Return to home1124 Jul 7,
Tyre [Tyrus] surrendered to the Crusaders.
1307 Jul 7, Edward I (b.1239),
King (Longshanks) of England (1272-1307), died.
1456 Jul 7, Joan of Arc was
acquitted, even though she had already been burnt at the stake on
May 30, 1431.
1550 Jul 7, Chocolate was
1585 Jul 7, King Henri III
& Duke De Guise signed the Treaty of Nemours: French Huguenots
lost all freedoms.
1607 Jul 7, "God Save the King"
was 1st sung.
1690 Jul 7, Johann Tobias
Krebs, composer, was born.
1713 Jul 7, The 1st performance
of Georg F Handel's "To Deum" & "Jubilate."
1742 Jul 7, A Spanish force
invading Georgia ran headlong into the colony's British defenders. A
handful of British and Spanish colonial troops faced each other on a
Georgia coastal island and decided the fate of a colony.
(HN, 5/3/98)(HN, 7/7/99)
1753 Jul 7, English parliament
granted Jews English citizenship.
1754 Jul 7, King's College in
New York City opened. The school was renamed Columbia College 30
1752 Jul 7, Joseph Marie
Jacquard, inventor of the first loom that could weave patterns, was
1777 Jul 7, American troops
gave up Fort Ticonderoga, on Lake Champlain, to the British.
1791 Jul 7, Benjamin Rush,
Richard Allen and Absalom Jones founded the Non-denominational
1795 Jul 7, Thomas Paine
defended the principal of universal suffrage at the Constitutional
Convention in Paris.
1797 Jul 7, The US House of
Representatives exercised its constitutional power of impeachment,
and voted to charge Senator William Blount of Tennessee with "a high
misdemeanor, entirely inconsistent with his public duty and trust as
a Senator." Blount had financial problems which led him to enter
into a conspiracy with British officers to enlist frontiersmen and
Cherokee Indians to assist the British in conquering parts of
Spanish Florida and Louisiana.
1798 Jul 7, Napoleon
Bonaparte's army began its march towards Cairo, Egypt, from
1801 Jul 7, A new constitution,
drafted by a committee appointed by Toussaint Louverture
(L’Ouverture), went into effect and declared the independence of
Hispaniola. The constitution made him governor general for life with
near absolute powers.
1802 Jul 7, The first comic
book was published in Hudson, NY. "The Wasp" was created by Robert
1807 Jul 7, Napoleon I of
France and Czar Alexander I of Russia signed a treaty at Tilsit
ending war between their empires. It divided Europe among themselves
and isolated Britain.
(HN, 7/7/98)(AP, 7/7/07)
1814 Jul 7, Sir Walter Scott's
novel Waverly was published anonymously so as not to damage his
reputation as a poet.
1815 Jul 7, After defeating
Napoleon at Waterloo, the victorious Allies marched into Paris.
1846 Jul 7, U.S. annexation of
California was proclaimed at Monterey after Commodore Sloat reached
Monterey and claimed California for the US.
(HFA, '96, p.48)(AP, 7/7/97)
1856 Jul 7, In California the
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors held their 1st meeting at the
general store of John Vogan on Main Street in Redwood City. The
county had just recently been created.
(Ind, 2/3/01, 5A)(SFC, 5/18/13, p.C2)
1860 Jul 7, Gustav Mahler,
conductor of the Vienna State Opera House, was born in Kalischat,
(HN, 7/7/98)(MC, 7/7/02)
1863 Jul 7, Confederate General
Robert E. Lee, in Hagerstown, Maryland, reported his defeat at
Gettysburg to President Jefferson Davis.
1863 Jul 7, The 1st military
draft was called by the US. It allowed exemptions for $100.
1863 Jul 7, Orders barring Jews
from serving under US Grant were revoked.
1865 Jul 7, The trap doors of
the scaffold in the yard of Washington's Old Penitentiary were
sprung, and Mary Surratt, Lewis Paine, David Herold and George
Atzerodt dropped to their deaths. The four had been convicted of
"treasonable conspiracy" in the assassination of President Abraham
Lincoln, and had learned that they were to be hanged only a day
before their execution. Shortly after 1 p.m. the prisoners were led
onto the scaffold and prepared for execution. The props supporting
the platform were knocked away at about 2 p.m. Assassin John Wilkes
Booth had been killed on April 26, 12 days after Lincoln's
assassination. Other convicted conspirators--Edman Spangler, Dr.
Samuel Mudd, Samuel Arnold and Michael O'Laughlin--were imprisoned.
(AP, 7/7/97)(HNPD, 7/7/98)
1875 Jul 7, Jesse James robbed
a train in Otterville, Missouri.
1879 Jul 7, George Caleb
Bingham (b.1811), artist and legislator, died in Kansas City, Mo.
His paintings included “The Jolly Flatboatmen," which became a
best-seller in 1846 after it was chosen by the American Art Union
for its annual engraving.
1884 Jul 7, Lion Feuchtwanger,
German philosopher, writer (Jud Suss), was born.
1887 Jul 7, Marc Chagall
(d.1985), French painter and designer, was born in Vitebsk, Belarus,
Russia, as Moishe Shagal. He left there in 1907 to attend art school
in St. Petersburg. He was sent to Paris by a benefactor and
befriended Chaim Soutine and Alexander Archipenko and stayed until
1914. "From late cubism he adopted a manner of making forms and
space interpenetrate." His work included "Les Amoureux" (The Lovers
- 1916), a portrait of himself and his wife. In 1996 it sold for
$4.2 mil. In 1997 Mikhail Guerman published "Marc Chagall: The Land
of My Heart - Russia."
1893 Jul 7, In Bardwell, Ky.,
C.J. Miller, a black man accused of murdering two white girls, was
mutilated, torched and left hanging from a telegraph pole. Ida Wells
(1862-1931) was commissioned to investigate the story by the Chicago
Inter-Ocean newspaper and published her findings under the title
“History Is a Weapon."
1893 Jul 7, Guy de Maupassant
(42), writer, died.
1896 Jul 7, The Democratic
National Convention opened in Chicago. The National Democratic Party
formed to run a slate of candidates in 1896 because the Democratic
Party had been taken over by the free-silver faction, which called
for the free and unlimited coinage of silver at the 16 to 1 ratio.
They also condemned trusts, monopolies, high protective tariffs and
the use of injunctions against labor. The “sound money" or gold
Democrats withdrew from the party convention, organized the National
Democratic Party and nominated John M. Palmer of Illinois its
presidential candidate. The gold plank in the Republican Party
caused a similar split, with free-silver Republicans bolting the
party and forming the National Silver Republicans, who endorsed the
Democratic Party candidate for president, William Jennings Bryan.
Republican William McKinley won the presidential election.
(AP, 7/7/97)(HNQ, 8/23/99)
1898 Jul 7, The United States
(HFA, '96, p.34)(AP, 7/7/97)
1899 Jul 7, George Cukor
(d.1983), film director, was born in New York City.
(AP, 7/7/99)(MC, 7/7/02)
1905 Jul 7, The International
Workers of the World founded their labor organization in Chicago.
The IWW was formed by William Haywood of the Western Federation of
Miners, Daniel De Leon of the Socialist Labor Party and Eugene V.
Debs of the Socialist Party. Members of the Industrial Workers of
the World (IWW) were also known as Wobblies. The Wobblies were
formed partly in response to the American Federation of Labor’s
opposition to the unionization of unskilled labor. As an
organization that advocated sabotage, they were suppressed and
prosecuted by the federal government from 1917-18 and were driven
underground by the "Red Scare" that started in the United States in
1919. Ideological disputes with the newly formed U.S. Communist
Party dissipated their remaining energies so that they ceased to be
a force of any significance past the mid-1920s. In 1969 Melvyn
Dublfsky authored its definitive history "We Shall Overcome."
(HNQ, 10/16/00)(SSFC, 1/7/01, p.A24)(HN, 7/7/01)
1906 Jul 7, Leroy "Satchel"
Page, baseball pitcher for the Negro Leagues and the Major League,
1907 Jul 7, Robert Heinlein
(d.1988), science-fiction author, was born in Butler, Miss.
"Goodness without wisdom always accomplishes evil."
(V.D.-H.K.p.383)(AP, 5/25/99)(AP, 7/7/07)
1908 Jul 7, Great White Fleet
left SF Bay.
1908 Jul 7, The Democratic
National Convention opened in Denver.
1911 Jul 7, Gian-Carlo Menotti,
composer (Amahl & Night Visitors), was born in Italy.
1913 Jul 7, British House of
Commons accepted Home-Rule Law.
1919 Jul 7, William Moses
Kunstler, defense attorney (Chicago 8), was born.
1919 Jul 7, The U.S. Army’s
First Transcontinental Motor Train left Washington, D.C., bound for
San Francisco. The 62-day journey crossed 3,250 miles. In 2002 Peter
Davies authored "American Road," an account of the trip.
(HN, 3/7/01)(WSJ, 7/19/02, p.W9)
1920 Jul 7, A device known as
the radio compass was used for the first time on a U.S. Navy
1922 Jul 7, Pierre Cardin,
fashion designer (Unisex), was born in Paris, France.
(AP, 7/7/02)(MC, 7/7/02)
1925 Jul 7, Afrikaans was
recognized as one of the official languages of South Africa, along
with English and Dutch.
1927 Jul 7, Doc Severinson,
[Carl], bandleader, trumpeter (Tonight), was born in Arlington, Or.
1927 Jul 7, Christopher Stone
became the first British ‘disc jockey’ when he played records for
1930 Jul 7, Construction began
on Boulder Dam on the Colorado River. It is now known as Hoover Dam.
1930 Jul 7, Arthur Conan Doyle
(b.1859), British novelist, died. His work included 4 Sherlock
Holmes mystery novels and 56 short stories about Holmes. Doyle was
an eye doctor. In 1999 Daniel Stashower published "Teller of Tales:
The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle." In 2007 Andrew Lycett authored
“Conan Doyle: The Man who Created Sherlock Holmes."
(SFEC, 6/13/99, Par
p.12)(www.sherlockian.net/acd/)(ON, 3/06, p.12)(Econ, 10/6/07, p.98)
1937 Jul 7, A conflict between
troops of China and Japan came to be known as the Marco Polo Bridge
Incident. The incident occurred near the Marco Polo Bridge outside
of Beijing and eventually escalated into warfare between the two
countries and was the prelude to the Pacific side of World War II.
1940 Jul 7, Ringo Starr,
drummer for the Beatles, was born. He went on to a solo career and
1941 Jul 7, Although a neutral
country, the United States sent troops to occupy Iceland to keep it
out of Germany's hands.
(WUD, 1944, p.1683)(HN, 7/7/98)
1941 Jul 7, Nazis executed
5,000 Jews in Kovno, Lithuania.
1943 Jul 7, Adolf Hitler made
the V-2 missile program a top priority in armament planning.
1943 Jul 7, In the 3rd day of
battle at Kursk the Germans occupied Dubrova. Erich Hartmann shot 7
Russian aircraft at Kursk.
1944 Jul 7, Bomber Command
dropped 2,572 tons of bombs on Caen, France.
1944 Jul 7, Hungary’s regent
Miklos Horthy issued an order suspending Nazi deportations of
(ON, 10/20/11, p.1)
1944 Jul 7, There was a heavy
Japanese counter offensive on Saipan.
1945 Jul 7, Matti Salminen,
operatic basso (King Philip-Don Carlos), was born in Turku, Finland.
1946 Jul 7, William Durkin
(1916-2006) rescued Howard Hughes (1905-1976) from the fiery
wreckage of an XF-11 reconnaissance plane that Hughes was testing
over Beverly Hills.
(SFC, 5/1/06, p.B8)
1946 Jul 7, Italian-born Mother
Frances Xavier Cabrini was canonized as the first American saint.
She was the founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart.
(AP, 7/7/97)(SFEC, 9/14/97, p.A18)
1947 Jul 7, A made-up photo in
Life magazine featured a biker in Hollister, Ca. In 1997 bikers
returned to Hollister for a 50-year anniversary and began an annual
tradition. [see Jul 4]
(SFC, 7/4/02, p.A18)
1948 Jul 7, Six female
reservists became the first women to be sworn into the regular U.S.
1949 Jul 7, The police drama
"Dragnet," starring Jack Webb and Barton Yarborough, premiered on
NBC radio. It became a TV series in 1951 and 1967.
(AP, 7/7/99)(MC, 7/7/02)
1950 Jul 7, South Africa’s
Population Registration Act commenced. It required that each
inhabitant of South Africa be classified and registered in
accordance with their racial characteristics as part of the system
of apartheid. It was repealed by section 1 of the Population
Registration Act, Repeal Act No 114 of 1991.
1952 Jul 7, The American ocean
liner SS United States, known as "the Big U," crossed the Atlantic
in record 82:40, while on her maiden voyage.
(USAT, 1/20/04, p.14A)
1956 Jul 7, The Douglas Moore
and John Latouche opera "Ballad of Baby Doe," premiered.
1956 Jul 7, Seven Army trucks
loaded with dynamite exploded in middle of Cali, Columbia, killing
1,100-1,200. 2000 buildings were destroyed.
1954 Jul 7, Elvis Presley made
his radio debut as Memphis, Tennessee, station WHBQ played his first
recording for Sun Records, "That’s All Right (Mama)."
1958 Jul 7, President Dwight D.
Eisenhower signed the Alaska statehood bill. Alaska became the 49th
state in January 1959.
1961 Jul 7, James R. Hoffa was
elected president of Teamsters.
1962 Jul 7-1962 Jul 17,
Operation Sunbeam was a series of four nuclear tests conducted at
the United States of America's Nevada Test Site.
1962 Jul 7, In Burma Sein Lwin
headed the army unit that shot dead Rangoon University students
protesting Ne Win's rule.
1965 Jul 7, Moshe Sharett,
Israel’s 2nd prime minister (1954-1955), died.
1966 Jul 7, The U.S. Marine
Corps launched Operation Hasting to drive the North Vietnamese Army
back across the Demilitarized Zone in Vietnam.
1967 Jul 7, Beatles' "All You
Need is Love" was released.
1967 Jul 7, Vivian Leigh (53),
actress (Scarlet-Gone with the Wind), died.
1969 Jul 7, The first U.S.
troops to withdraw from South Vietnam left Saigon.
1969 Jul 7, J.S. Furnivall
(b.1878), British anthropologist, died in Cambridge. He coined the
term “plural society" while working as colonial servant in Burma.
1969 Jul 7, Canada's House of
Commons gave final approval to a measure making the French language
equal to English throughout the national government.
1969 Jul 7, Der Spiegel
revealed Munich's Bishop Defregger as a war criminal. Charges
against Defregger were dropped in 1970.
1972 Jul 7, Athenagoras
(b.1886), 268th patriarch of Constantinople, died.
1975 Jul 7, Philippines’
President Ferdinand E. Marcos signed Presidential Decree No. 742 and
Letter of Instruction 290 creating Western and Central Mindanao
regions in Mindanao and establishing the Office of the Regional
Commissioner in both regions.
1976 Jul 7, The US 94th
Congress amended the Flag Code.
1976 Jul 7, The 1st female
cadets enrolled at the West Point Military Academy in NY. West Point
Military Academy admitted 119 women out of a class of 1367. Four
years later 62 women graduated.
1977 Jul 7, Sir Michael Tippett
(1905-1998), British composer, premiered his 4th opera "The Ice
Break," which featured a race riot and a psychedelic sequence.
1978 Jul 7, China cut off all
aid to Albania after a dispute and left it completely isolated.
(WUD, 1994, p.1691)(CO, GAAE/Albania)
1978 Jul 7, The Solomon Islands
gained independence from Britain.
1981 Jul 7, President Reagan
announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O'Connor to
become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
(AP, 7/7/97)(HN, 7/7/98)
1981 Jul 7, The 1st
solar-powered aircraft, Solar Challenger, crossed the English
Channel flying 163 miles from Paris to Canterbury. It was created by
Dupont and Paul MacCready.
1983 Jul 7, Samantha Smith (11)
of Manchester, Maine, left for a visit to the Soviet Union at the
personal invitation of Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov.
1986 Jul 7, The US Supreme
Court struck down Gramm-Rudman deficit-reduction law.
1986 Jul 7, Jordan’s government
shut down all 25 offices of al-Fatah, the mainstream group in the
divided Palestine Liberation Organization.
1987 Jul 7, Lt. Col. Oliver
North began his long-awaited public testimony at the Iran-Contra
hearing, telling Congress that he had "never carried out a single
act, not one," without authorization.
1988 Jul 7, Russia’s PHOBOS 1
Mars Orbiter and lander was launched. Contact was lost on September
1988 Jul 7, The European
Parliament adopted a resolution condemning brutalities against
Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh.
1988 Jul 7, The candidate of
Mexico's ruling party, Carlos Salinas de Gortari, claimed a
"national victory" one day after presidential elections that
opponents charged were riddled by fraud.
1989 Jul 7, The US Labor Dept.
reported that unemployment rose 0.1% in June to 5.2%.
1990 Jul 7, President Bush
welcomed fellow leaders of the Group of Seven countries, who were
gathering in Houston for their 16th annual economic summit.
1990 Jul 7, Martina Navratilova
captured a record-breaking ninth women’s title at Wimbledon,
outplaying Zina Garrison, 6-4, 6-1.
1991 Jul 7, Responding to
President Bush’s call for stepped-up efforts on arms control talks,
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev told the White House he was
sending Foreign Minister Alexander Bessmertnykh and other officials
for talks with Secretary of State James A. Baker the Third.
1991 Jul 7, Michael Stich
defeated Boris Becker, 6-4, 7-6, 6-4, to win the men’s singles title
1991 Jul 7, Jordan’s king
abolished most provisions of martial law.
1992 Jul 7, Group of Seven
leaders meeting in Munich, Germany, condemned the carnage in former
Yugoslavia and warned Serb-led troops that U.N. military force would
be used if needed to keep relief operations going.
1993 Jul 7, The Group of Seven
nations, on the first day of their economic summit in Tokyo,
unveiled a long-sought agreement on world trade. Prior to the summit
opening, President Clinton delivered a speech at Waseda University.
1993 Jul 7, Mia Zapata (27), a
rising punk-rock star, was last seen alive in Seattle. In 2003 Jesus
C. Mezquia (b.1965), who lived in Seattle at the time of the rape
and murder, was arrested in Florida on DNA evidence. On March 25,
2004, a jury convicted Florida fisherman Jesus Mezquia of her murder
and he was sentenced to 36 years in prison.
1994 Jul 7, President Clinton,
visiting Poland, assured the parliament that the U.S. would "not let
the Iron Curtain be replaced by a veil of indifference."
1994 Jul 7, Panama withdrew its
offer to the United States to accept thousands of Haitian refugees.
1995 Jul 7, The space shuttle
"Atlantis" landed at Cape Canaveral, Florida, bringing back American
astronaut Norman Thagard, who’d spent three and a-half months aboard
the Russian space station "Mir."
1995 Jul 7, UN military
observers in Bosnia appealed to the UN to "stop the carnage and
damage in a UN declared safe zone."
(SFC, 6/4/96, p.A12)
1996 Jul 7, Dutch tennis player
Richard Krajicek won the Wimbledon men's title, defeating American
MaliVai Washington 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.
1996 Jul 7, President Clinton
delivered more Whitewater trial testimony before video cameras, this
time testifying in the case of two Arkansas bankers accused of
making political contributions with bank funds; a jury later
acquitted Herby Branscum Jr., and Robert M. Hill of four counts and
was deadlocked on seven other counts. Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth
Starr decided against retrying the bankers
1996 Jul 7, The average cost of
a Big Mac in the US was $2.36. In Germany it was $3.22.
(SFC, 7/7/96, Par, p.17)
1996 Jul 7, In Ecuador lawyer
Abdala Bucaram, aka El Loco, was elected president with 54% of the
vote. He led the center-left Roldosista party.
(SFC, 7/8/96, p.A8)
1997 Jul 7, Montgomery Wards,
the nation’s largest privately owned retailer, filed for Chapter 11
(SFC, 7/8/97, p.A1)
1997 Jul 7, It was reported
that toxic waste was being used across the country in fertilizers
with no regulation. Substances being recycled in fertilizer included
low level radioactive waste from a uranium processing plant in Gore,
Okla.; lead-laced waste from a pulp mill in Camas, Wash.; and toxic
byproducts from steel-making in Moxee City, Wash.
(SFC, 7/7/97, p.A2)
1997 Jul 7, In California it
was reported that the state’s million plus cows were churning out $3
billion worth of milk and leaking harmful nitrates into the ground
water of the Central Valley. Years ago the Chino basin was forced to
write off vast quantities of tainted ground water due to dairies.
(SFC, 7/7/97, p.A8)
1997 Jul 7, Three days after
landing on Mars, the Pathfinder spacecraft yielded what scientists
said was unmistakable photographic evidence that colossal floods
scoured the Red Planet's now-barren landscape more than a billion
1997 Jul 7, In Chile the
government agreed to back the 670,000 acre nature preserve of Doug
Tompkins, founder of the Esprit clothing chain.
(SFC, 7/8/97, p.A7)
1997 Jul 7, Abdul Rashid Wani
(30) disappeared in Srinagar, Kashmir, while running an errand on
the day of his niece’s wedding.
(SSFC, 12/2/07, p.A17)
1997 Jul 7, In Kenya 9 people
died during protests for constitutional reform.
(SFC, 7/8/97, p.A8)(SFC, 7/12/97, p.A10)
1998 Jul 7, The American League
defeated the National League 13-8 in baseball's All-Star Game,
played in Denver.
1998 Jul 7, A jury in Santa
Monica, Calif., convicted Mikail Markhasev of murdering Ennis Cosby,
Bill Cosby's only son, during a roadside robbery.
1998 Jul 7, The American League
defeated the National League 13-8 in baseball's All-Star Game,
played in Denver.
1998 Jul 7, The US Court of
Appeals ruled that condemned prisoners have the option to choose
death by lethal injection or by gas in San Quentin’s death chamber.
The gas chamber was shut down in 1994.
(SFC, 7/8/98, p.A17)
1998 Jul 7, A jury in Santa
Monica, Calif., convicted Mikhail Markhasev of murdering Ennis
Cosby, Bill Cosby's only son, during a roadside robbery. Markhasev
was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.
1998 Jul 7, In Texas 2 Border
Patrol agents were killed in a gun battle with Ernest Moore who was
suspected of killing a woman and her daughter. Moore soon after died
of wounds at a hospital.
(SFC, 7/8/98, p.A2)
1998 Jul 7, In Angola 16
policemen were killed in an ambush by Unita.
(WSJ, 7/7/98, p.A1)
1998 Jul 7, In Australia the
Senate passed a law that scaled back Aboriginal land rights under
threat by Prime Minister John Howard to dissolve both houses and
call for new elections.
(SFC, 7/8/98, p.A12)
1998 Jul 7, Britain sent more
troops to Northern Ireland to help quell the rioting.
(SFC, 7/8/98, p.A10)
1998 Jul 7, In Indonesia troops
battled protestors on Irian Jaya who demanded independence.
(WSJ, 7/8/98, p.A1)
1998 Jul 7, In Italy Silvio
Berlusconi, media tycoon and former prime minister, was sentenced to
2 years and 9 months in prison for bribing tax officials.
(WSJ, 7/8/98, p.A1)
1998 Jul 7, Mexican courts
ordered the attorney general’s office to rehire more than half the
826 agents dismissed 6 months ago for failed drug tests and alleged
(SFC, 7/10/98, p.A16)
1998 Jul 7, In Nigeria
opposition leader Moshood Abiola (60) died of a heart attack while
still in prison and his death sparked rioting in Lagos that left at
least 19 people dead. Gen’l. Abubakar dissolved his cabinet,
inherited from Abacha, but left intact the Provisional Ruling
Council. He called the death a tragedy and appealed for calm.
(SFC, 7/8/98, p.A1)(SFC, 7/9/98, p.A1)(AP,
1998 Jul 7, In Puerto Rico a
general 2 day strike was called against the sale of the phone
company and the San Juan Int’l. Airport was blocked for a short
(SFC, 7/8/98, p.A3)
1998 Jul 7, The UN voted to
grant the Palestinian delegation nearly the same rights as given to
(SFC, 7/8/98, p.A10)
1999 Jul 7, In NYC "The Peony
Pavilion," a 22-hour Chinese opera, opened at the LaGuardia Theater.
(WSJ, 7/7/99, p.A20)
1999 Jul 7, President Clinton
became the first president since Franklin D. Roosevelt to visit an
Indian reservation as he toured the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in
1999 Jul 7, In the first
class-action lawsuit by smokers to go to trial, a jury in Miami held
cigarette makers liable for making a defective product that causes
emphysema, lung cancer and other illnesses.
(SFC, 7/8/99, p.A1)(AP, 7/7/00)
1999 Jul 7, In Bahrain the top
dissident, Sheik Abdul-Ameer al-Jamri, was sentenced to 10 years in
prison and fined $15 million after he was convicted of spying and
inciting unrest. He was freed the next day with an amnesty.
(WSJ, 7/8/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 7/9/99, p.A1)
1999 Jul 7, Britain and Libya
announced a resumption of diplomatic relations.
(SFC, 7/8/99, p.A8)
1999 Jul 7, From China it was
reported that flooding on the Yangtze River since late June had
killed 240 people and caused over $3 billion in damage.
(WSJ, 7/7/99, p.A1)
1999 Jul 7, In Iran the
parliament approved general outlines for new press restrictions.
(SFC, 7/8/99, p.A9)
1999 Jul 7, From Kazakstan it
was reported that a rocket carrying a telecom satellite blew up and
that launches at Baikonur would be suspended.
(WSJ, 7/7/99, p.A1)
1999 Jul 7, Pres. Ahmed Tejan
Kabbah of Sierra Leone signed a peace accord with rebel leader Foday
Sankoh in Togo. Sankoh was given the vice-presidency and the rebels
were promised 4 ministerial and 4 deputy ministerial posts.
(SFC, 7/8/99, p.A8)
2000 Jul 7, The 4th installment
of the "Harry Potter" series, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,"
by J.K. Rowling went on sale.
(SFC, 7/8/00, p.A1)
2000 Jul 7, In Denver Episcopal
bishops approved an alliance with the nation’s largest Lutheran
(SFC, 7/8/00, p.A3)
2000 Jul 7, President Clinton
postponed the first federal execution since 1963 so that death row
inmate Juan Raul Garza could ask for clemency under guidelines being
updated by the government. Garza was executed June 19, 2001.
2000 Jul 7, A$100 million US
test missile failed to hit a dummy warhead from another missile. It
was the 2nd failure of 3 tests.
(SFC, 7/8/00, p.A1)
2000 Jul 7, In West Virginia 2
teenagers (17) in Grant Town confessed to killing Arthur Warren Jr.
(26), a gay man. They beat him to death and then drove over his body
several times to make it look like a hit-and-run.
(SFC, 7/8/00, p.A4)
2000 Jul 7, Stock car driver
Kenny Irwin was killed when his car slammed into a wall during
practice at New Hampshire International Speedway; he was 30.
2000 Jul 7, In Austria the
parliament approved a $415 million fund to compensate Nazi-era
victims of forced labor.
(SFC, 7/8/00, p.C14)
2000 Jul 7, Three days of
torrential rains over central China left at least 22 people dead in
Sichuan. Thousands of buildings, 17 bridges and 7 hydroelectric
power stations were damaged. In Guangxi Zhuang a bus fell into the
Liujiang River in Liuzhou and at least 65 people were killed.
(SFC, 7/8/00, p.D8)(SFC, 7/10/00, p.A9)
2000 Jul 7, German drug maker
Boehringer Ingelheim said it would donate nevirapine, a drug to help
prevent the transmission of AIDS from mothers to infants, to every
nation in the developing world that asks for it.
(SFC, 7/8/00, p.A1)
2000 Jul 7, In Fiji supporters
of George Speight seized up to 30 hostages at Korovou.
(SFC, 7/8/00, p.A11)
2000 Jul 7, In Nicaragua
another earthquake struck and at least 2 people were killed.
(SFC, 7/8/00, p.A12)
2000 Jul 7, Typhoon Kai Tak
killed at least 39 people in the Philippines and moved on to Japan.
(SFC, 7/8/00, p.A11)(WSJ, 7/10/00, p.A1)
2000 Jul 7, The World Bank
cancelled its Chinese resettlement project for Tibet. China then
withdrew its request for a $40 million loan and vowed to proceed
with its own development program.
(SFC, 7/8/00, p.A10)
2001 Jul 7, Bolivia’s Pres.
Banzer (75) was reported to be hospitalized in Washington DC with
cancer in his lung and liver.
(SFC, 7/7/01, p.B1)(SSFC, 7/8/01, p.A16)
2001 Jul 7, It was reported
that China had executed 1,781 people over the last 3 months.
(SFC, 7/7/01, p.A8)
2001 Jul 7, In Croatia PM Ivica
Racan announced that citizens indicted by the UN War Crimes tribunal
could be extradited to the Hague.
(SSFC, 7/8/01, p.A16)
2001 Jul 7, In Bradford,
England, 80 police officers were injured in race riots, later known
as the “Bradford riots." They began after a rally by the far-right
National Front was banned. Asian and white youths ran amok in the
streets armed with firebombs and baseball bats. The Manningham Labor
Club was firebombed.
(SSFC, 7/8/01, p.A16)(AP, 7/6/02)(Econ, 3/5/11,
2001 Jul 7, In Jamaica a police
crackdown began in Kingston following 2 months of fighting between
gangs that killed 37 people. The murder rate for the country had
reached 530 for the half year.
(SFC, 7/11/01, p.A8)
2001 Jul 7, In the Gaza Strip a
Palestinian boy was shot and killed and 2 others injured by Israeli
soldiers. Palestinian militants were said to have been shooting in
the Raffah refugee camp area.
(SSFC, 7/8/01, p.A13)
2001 Jul 7, In Puerto Rico
Parmenio Medina (62), a Colombian-born journalist, was gunned down
in his car. He ran a radio program called "La Patada," or "The
Kick," which denounced fraud at a religious radio station. In 2007 a
court convicted Omar Chaves, a businessman, of ordering the murder
of the journalist. Chaves also got a 12-year prison sentence on a
fraud count. His partner, Father Minor de Jesus Calvo, was acquitted
of the killing, but was convicted of fraud and sentenced to 15 years
2002 Jul 7, Lleyton Hewitt
crushed David Nalbandian in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2, in the
Wimbledon final to win his second Grand Slam title.
2002 Jul 7, Texas Gov. Rick
Perry saw by helicopter the devastation days of torrential rain had
brought to central and southern Texas.
2002 Jul 7, Afghanistan's vice
president, Abdul Qadir, was buried with full military honors one day
after being assassinated.
2002 Jul 7, Nearly two dozen
people were killed and thousands left homeless as torrential monsoon
rains lashed large parts of Asia over the weekend, worsening floods
and triggering fresh storms and landslides. Monsoon flooding killed
at least 11 in Bangladesh.
(Reuters, 7/7/02)(Reuters, 7/8/02)
2002 Jul 7, In southern China
13 people were killed when a wall being demolished at a vegetable
market crumbled after heavy rain, burying vendors and workers under
a mound of rubble.
2002 Jul 7, In Hong Kong tens
of thousands of civil servants staged a huge street protest against
a government plan to pass a law that would cut their pay by up to
2002 Jul 7, In Indonesia 53
people burned alive or jumped to their deaths when fire ripped
through a crowded Palembang karaoke bar on Sumatra island but the
final death toll could be double that.
(AP, 7/8/02)(Reuters, 7/9/02)(WSJ, 7/9/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 7, In Northern Ireland
Protestant hard-liners battled riot police after being barred from
parading through the main Catholic section of Portadown.
2002 Jul 7, The 14th Int'l.
AIDS Conference opened in Barcelona. Estimates said AIDS had claimed
20 million lives to date and threatened 40 million currently
infected. African cases were estimated at 28.5 million.
(SFC, 7/5/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 7/7/02, p.A6)
2002 Jul 7, In eastern Ukraine
rescue workers found the bodies of 35 miners killed in one of two
fires over the weekend in mines.
(AP, 7/7/02)(AP, 7/8/02)
2003 Jul 7, Hilary Lunke won
the U.S. Women's Open.
2003 Jul 7, Pres. Bush departed
for a 5-country African tour. In 2007 Ari Fleischer, former White
House press secretary, said he had lunch with Scooter Libby on this
day and was told by Libby that Ambassador Wilson had been sent to
Africa by his wife, Valerie Plame, who worked for the CIA. Wilson
had criticized the Bush administration the previous day for the way
it used intelligence to justify the war in Iraq.
(SFC, 7/7/03, p.A8)(SFC, 1/30/07, p.A3)
2003 Jul 7, A federal judge
approved a settlement fining WorldCom $750 million for its
$11-billion accounting scandal.
2003 Jul 7, A chunk of foam
insulation fired at shuttle wing parts blew open a gaping 16-inch
hole, yielding what one member of the Columbia investigation team
said was the "smoking gun" proving what brought down the spaceship
on Feb 1.
2003 Jul 7, The CDC confirmed
the year's 1st case of West Nile Virus, which killed 284 in the US
(SFC, 7/8/03, p.A6)
2003 Jul 7, NASA's 2nd Mars
Lander, named Opportunity, was launched.
(SFC, 7/8/03, p.A1)
2003 Jul 7, In Corsica
explosions rocked vacation homes owned by mainland French in new
nationalist violence a day after Corsicans rejected a plan designed
to set up a single executive body to run Corsican affairs.
2003 Jul 7, In Indonesia
gunbattles between soldiers and rebels in Aceh province left 18
insurgents dead, and the bodies of five civilians were discovered in
2003 Jul 7, In northwestern
Tanzania a bus rolled several times after one of its front tires
burst, killing at least 19 people and injuring 23 others.
2004 Jul 7, Former Enron
chairman Kenneth Lay was indicted on criminal charges related to the
energy company's collapse.
2004 Jul 7, Jeff Smith (65), a
white-bearded minister who became public television's popular
"Frugal Gourmet" (1983-1997) before a sex scandal ruined his career,
2004 Jul 7, The Iraqi
government issued a long-anticipated package of security laws to
help crush insurgents, including a provision allowing interim PM
Iyad Allawi to impose martial law. 4 Iraqi National Guard soldiers
were killed and 20 injured from a gunbattle in central Baghdad.
(AP, 7/7/04)(SFC, 7/8/04, p.A15)
2004 Jul 7, In Russia the board
of Guta Bank approved its sale to the state-owned Vneshtorgbank. A
day earlier Guta had announced a suspension of payments.
(Econ, 7/10/04, p.66)
2004 Jul 7, In Sri Lanka a
Tamil Tiger suicide bomber detonated explosives at a police station,
killing herself and 4 officers.
2004 Jul 7, It was reported
that fighting between Arab and African tribes has killed at least 70
people and displaced thousands more this week in the Darfur region
of western Sudan.
2005 Jul 7, Morgan Stanley
disclosed that Philip Purdell had been given an exit package worth
an estimated $113.7 million. 2 days earlier John Mack was signed on
as CEO on a contract worth as much as $25 million a year.
(SFC, 7/8/05, p.C1)
2005 Jul 7, Gustaf Sobin (69),
American-born writer and poet, died in France. His work included the
2000 novel “The Fly-Truffler."
(SFC, 7/13/05, p.B7)
2005 Jul 7, A Human Rights
Watch report said numerous officials in Afghan President Hamid
Karzai's government are implicated in war crimes that took place at
the start of the country's bloody civil war in the early 1990s.
2005 Jul 7, In Pale,
Bosnia-Herzegovina, NATO troops arrested Aleksandar Karadzic, the
son of top Bosnian Serb war crimes fugitive Radovan Karadzic, who is
wanted for alleged genocide including the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.
2005 Jul 7, Four blasts rocked
the London subway and tore open a packed double-decker bus during
the morning rush hour, sending bloodied victims fleeing. 52 were
killed in the subway blasts, including 13 on the bus, and London
hospitals reported more than 700 wounded. A group calling itself
"The Secret Organization of al-Qaida in Europe" posted a claim of
responsibility, saying they were in retaliation for Britain's
involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2007 British police arrested
3 suspects. [see ref URL for CNN timeline on the bombing] In 2008 a
jury failed to convict 3 Britons accused of helping the suicide
bombers. In 2009 three men were found not guilty of helping to plan
the suicide bombings, although two were convicted on lesser charges.
7/11/05)(WSJ, 3/23/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/2/08, p.A6)(AFP, 4/28/09)(AFP,
2005 Jul 7, Al-Qaida in Iraq
said in a Web statement that it has killed Ihab al-Sherif, Egypt's
top envoy in Iraq, posting a video of the blindfolded diplomat
2005 Jul 7, Egypt recalled its
staff to Cairo and said it will temporarily shut its diplomatic
mission in Iraq.
2005 Jul 7, Hurricane Dennis, a
Category 4 storm with 135-mph winds, left 10 people dead in Haiti
and some 100 missing.
2005 Jul 7, The 150-ton KMP
Digul sank off Papua province, Indonesia, while en route from the
port town of Merauke to Tanah Merah. As many as 200 were feared
(AP, 7/9/05)(AP, 7/10/05)
2005 Jul 7, Iraq's president
called for national unity as mortar attacks killed 4 civilians in
the northern city of Mosul and police opened fire on demonstrators
in Saddam Hussein's hometown Tikrit, wounding 4.
2005 Jul 7, About 600 US
Marines and Iraqi soldiers launched Operation Scimitar near
Fallujah, the fourth counterinsurgency operation in less than a
2005 Jul 7, Ali Shakir, the
head of Iraq's karate union, was kidnapped south of Baghdad.
2005 Jul 7, Saddam Hussein's
chief lawyer quit the Iraqi dictator's Jordan-based legal team,
saying some of the team's American members were trying to control
the defense and tone down his criticism of the U.S. presence in
2005 Jul 7, Luxembourg PM
Jean-Claude Juncker asked his citizens to pass a referendum in favor
of the EU Constitution.
(WSJ, 7/8/05, p.A5)
2005 Jul 7, In Pakistan 2
masked gunmen opened fire on an intelligence officer in a remote
northwestern tribal region, killing him before fleeing.
2005 Jul 7, Romania's PM Calin
Popescu Tariceanu said his Cabinet would resign and early elections
would be called after a court blocked essential justice reforms
required by the EU.
2005 Jul 7, In Scotland world
leaders united in a show of solidarity to condemn the deadly
bombings in London as an attack on all nations and vowed to defeat
the terrorists responsible.
2006 Jul 7, The Arkansas state
board barred Dr. Randeep Mann from prescribing narcotics after
officials said 10 of his patients died from a lethal mix of drugs or
an overdose of prescription medicines.
2006 Jul 7, Louisiana joined 21
other states in banning Internet hunting, the practice of using a
mouse click to kill animals on a distant game farm.
2006 Jul 7, Oil hit a fresh
record high of $75.78 a barrel, boosted by strong demand in the US
and global tension ranging from Iran's nuclear work to North Korea's
2006 Jul 7, Fighting in
southern Afghanistan killed a US-led coalition soldier and at least
eight suspected Taliban militants.
2006 Jul 7, Syd Barrett (60), a
founding member of the rock group Pink Floyd, died at his home in
Cambridge, England. The band’s first album was “The Piper at the
Gates of Dawn."
(Reuters, 7/11/06)(SFC, 7/12/06, p.B7)(Econ,
2006 Jul 7, In Canada 2
Mounties were wounded near the Saskatchewan community of Spiritwood
as they investigated what appeared to be a family dispute.
Constables Robin Cameron (29) and Marc Bourdages (26) died from
their wounds on July 15 and 16.
2006 Jul 7, In northern China a
fire ignited explosives at a home in Dongzhai, a village in the
coal-mining province of Shanxi, killing at least 47 people, many of
them neighbors who had rushed to the scene to battle the flames. A
seven-story apartment building collapsed in the major city of
Zhengzhou in central China, killing at least two people and burying
an unknown number of others.
2006 Jul 7, UN peacekeepers in
Haiti found the bodies of 16 people believed killed in a surge of
2006 Jul 7, Iraqi forces backed
by US aircraft battled militants in a Shiite stronghold of eastern
Baghdad, killing or wounding more than 30 fighters and capturing an
extremist leader who was the target of the raid. Residents claimed
up to 11 civilians died. A series of bombs and a mortar round
targeting the main Islamic weekly service struck four Sunni mosques
in the Baghdad area and a Shiite mosque in northern Iraq, killing 17
people and wounding more than 50.
(AP, 7/7/06)(AP, 7/8/06)
2006 Jul 7, Israel launched an
airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip. Witnesses said three
Palestinians were killed. The Israeli military said the attack on
the town of Beit Lahiya targeted a group of militants. Palestinians
said 32 people had died in days of Gaza fighting.
(AP, 7/7/06)(WSJ, 7/8/06, p.A1)
2006 Jul 7, Former Italian PM
Silvio Berlusconi was ordered to stand trial following an
investigation into the sale of television rights at Mediaset SpA.
2006 Jul 7, The first batch of
Japanese troops began pulling out of Iraq.
2006 Jul 7, North Korea
announced a scientific breakthrough. State-run media boasted that
researchers developed a new cosmetic agent to make skin supple.
2006 Jul 7, Pakistan's
president amended a controversial Islamic law so that women facing
charges for adultery and other minor crimes can be released on bail.
The much-awaited amendment by President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to the
Hadood Ordinance will initially affect 1,300 female prisoners.
2006 Jul 7, In the Philippines
6 fugitive military officers linked to a failed 2003 mutiny against
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo were arrested.
2006 Jul 7, Officials said
Russian authorities have dramatically curtailed the number of
stations broadcasting Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of
America news programs, sending an unsettling signal about the state
of press freedoms in Russia.
2006 Jul 7, A Spanish judge
charged two former Guatemalan dictators with genocide and issued
international warrants for their arrest. National Court Judge
Santiago Pedraz issued warrants on charges of genocide, torture,
terrorism and illegal detention against Gen. Efrain Rios Montt, Gen.
Oscar Humberto Mejia Victores and six other men.
2006 Jul 7, Spain’s Agriculture
Ministry said it has recorded its first case of H5N1 bird flu. The
deadly strain was found in a water fowl in a marsh area outside the
northern city of Vitoria.
2006 Jul 7, The UN General
Assembly unanimously approved a series of reforms that were welcomed
by the US as a long overdue step toward greater efficiency and
accountability. A two-week UN conference reviewing efforts to fight
the illegal weapons trade ended in failure, with nations too divided
on too many contentious issues to agree on the best way to combat a
scourge that fuels conflict worldwide. Japan introduced a draft UN
Security Council resolution to sanction North Korea for
test-launching a series of missiles. The Council unanimously adopted
a compromise resolution on July 15.
(AP, 7/8/06)(AP, 7/7/07)
2007 Jul 7, The 24-hour Live
Earth music marathon reached the Western Hemisphere with rappers,
rockers and country stars taking the stage at Live Earth concerts to
fight climate change.
(SSFC, 7/8/07, p.A4)(AP, 7/7/08)
2007 Jul 7, A Big Mac in the US
cost an average $3.41. At current exchange rates the cheapest Big
Mac was in China at $1.45, and the most expensive in New Zealand at
(Econ, 7/7/07, p.74)
2007 Jul 7, Wildfires in
California consumed 17,000 acres in Inyo National Forest and 7,500
acres in Los Padres National Forest. An 8,000-acre wildfire forced
hundreds of people in the town of Winnemucca to leave their homes,
one of more than a dozen blazes that charred a combined 55 square
miles in northern Nevada. In Utah a 160,000-acre wildfire forced
evacuations at Cove Fort and the Blundell Geothermal Power Plant.
Wildfires also burned in Colorado, Arizona, Oregon and Washington
(AP, 7/8/07)(SSFC, 7/8/07, p.A5)
2007 Jul 7, In Oregon Kent
Couch (47) in his lawn chair with some snacks and a parachute rose
to the sky under 105 large helium balloons. Nearly 9 hours later the
gas station owner came back to earth in a farmer's field near Union,
193 miles from home. In September he had gotten off the ground for
2007 Jul 7, A global poll
picked the Great Wall of China, Rome's Colosseum, India's Taj Mahal,
Peru’s Macchu Picchu, Jordan’s Petra, Brazil's Statue of Christ
Redeemer and Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid as the new seven wonders
of the world. The campaign to name the new wonders was launched in
1999 by the Swiss adventurer Bernard Weber.
2007 Jul 7, Barton Shackelford,
former president of PG&E (1979-1985), died in Kentfield, Ca.
(SFC, 7/16/07, p.C6)
2007 Jul 7, In Kandahar
province Taliban fighters ambushed police traveling in between
Ghorak and Mawiwand, sparking a six-hour battle. About 20 Taliban
fighters were wounded in the engagement, and several police were
missing. Taliban fighters beheaded two civilians they accused of
being spies for the government or NATO. A roadside blast struck a
NATO convoy in southern Afghanistan and wounded four alliance
(AP, 7/7/07)(AP, 7/9/07)
2007 Jul 7, A court in
Algeria's Kabylie region sentenced Said Sahnoun, a correspondent for
newspapers in sub-Saharan Africa, to 10 years in prison for spying
2007 Jul 7, Algeria's state oil
and gas company and KBR Inc., a former Halliburton Co. subsidiary,
signed a $2.88 billion deal for a liquefied natural gas plant.
2007 Jul 7, Britain’s PM Gordon
Brown pledged 14 million pounds in extra aid for parts of northern
England hit by floods which killed at least four people.
2007 Jul 7, Jack Odell
(b.1920), British creator of the Matchbox miniature toys (1953),
died. The toys were made by Lesney Products, founded by Leslie and
Rodney Smith in 1947. The company went public in 1960 and bankrupt
in 1982, when it was sold to Hong Kong’s Universal International
Ltd. In 1997 Mattel acquired Matchbox.
(WSJ, 1/14/07, p.A4)
2007 Jul 7, German scientists
said a genetically engineered herpes virus, designed to kill cancer
cells but leave normal tissue unharmed, has shown early promise in
2007 Jul 7, Authorities said
floods in eastern India have left nearly a million people stranded
from torrential monsoon rains.
2007 Jul 7, In Iraq a bombing
in Armili, a farming town of 26,000, mostly Shiites from Iraq's
ethnic Turkoman minority, killed over 130 people. Another car bomb
attack against a military checkpoint in Baghdad killed at least 3
people and wounded 10. British troops came under heavy attack by
militants in Basra, killing one soldier and wounding 3. An American
soldier was killed in combat in Salahuddin province.
(AFP, 7/7/07)(AP, 7/8/07)
2007 Jul 7, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir protesters clashed with police in Srinagar
a day after a teenager was killed when police fired on a crowd
protesting alleged human rights abuses.
2007 Jul 7, In Indonesia a
speeding bus carrying a group of junior high school students and
their teachers plunged into a 30-foot ravine on the main island of
Java, killing 14 people. Poisonous fumes from the Indonesia’s Salak
volcano killed six teenagers who were camping on the mountain.
(AP, 7/7/07)(AP, 7/8/07)
2007 Jul 7, Nepal's king
celebrated his 60th birthday with a lavish ceremony at his palace
that set off protests in the streets of Katmandu.
2007 Jul 7, President Pervez
Musharraf told Islamist militants barricaded in a mosque to
surrender or die, while concern grew for hundreds of women and
children inside the besieged compound in the Pakistani capital.
2007 Jul 7, Pope Benedict XVI
removed restrictions on celebrating the old form of the Latin Mass
in a concession to traditional Catholics, but he stressed that he
was in no way rolling back the reforms of the Second Vatican
2007 Jul 7, Zimbabwe's
government announced a new law making it an offense to defy steep
price cuts ordered in an effort to control runaway inflation and a
growing economic crisis.
2008 Jul 7, Tropical storm
Bertha strengthened to become the first hurricane of the Atlantic
2008 Jul 7, Bruce Conner
(b.1933), SF-based artist, died. His collages and prints looked back
to classics of surrealism. His work was later said to look like a
bridge between the Beat generation and postmodernism.
p.B5)(SFC, 5/4/09, p.E3)
2008 Jul 7, In Afghanistan a
car bomb detonated by a suicide bomber ripped through the front wall
of the Indian Embassy in central Kabul, killing 41 people in the
deadliest attack in the capital since the fall of the Taliban.
(AP, 7/7/08)(AP, 7/8/08)
2008 Jul 7, Austria’s ruling
coalition crumbled and new elections were expected as early as
September. The left-right alliance broke up after 18 months in
(WSJ, 7/8/08, p.A12)(Econ, 7/12/08, p.63)
2008 Jul 7, In central
Bangladesh 2 passenger buses collided head-on, killing at least 20
people and wounding dozens more.
2008 Jul 7, The Church of
England's ruling body voted its support for women to become bishops
without giving traditionalist supporters of male-only priesthood the
concessions they had sought.
2008 Jul 7, In China Diana
O'Brien (22), a Canadian model, was found murdered in her Shanghai
apartment. On Jul 11 police arrested Chen Jun (18), who confessed to
killing the woman during a robbery.
2008 Jul 7, In Colombia a
rose-laden US cargo plane headed for Miami crashed before dawn near
Bogota, killing a father and son in their home on the ground. It was
the second time in six weeks that a Boeing 747 flown by Ypsilanti,
Michigan-based Kalitta Air has crashed.
2008 Jul 7, In Congo (DRC)
unidentified gunmen ambushed a vehicle belonging to the World
Wildlife Fund in Virunga national Park, killing two people and
wounding three others.
2008 Jul 7, Police in East
Timor's capital fired tear gas to disperse students protesting a
plan by lawmakers to buy themselves new cars with state funds.
2008 Jul 7, In Egypt smugglers
killed a police officer during a shootout on the border with Israel.
2008 Jul 7, A court in
Equatorial Guinea convicted former British officer Simon Mann on of
being the key player in a failed 2004 coup plot in this Central
African nation and sentenced him to 34 years and four months in
2008 Jul 7, European Union
nations gave their backing to a French-drafted pact calling for
tightening immigration and asylum rules across the 27-nation bloc.
2008 Jul 7, In Germany war
crimes suspect Callixte Mbarushimana, a former UN employee wanted
for his alleged role in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, was arrested in
2008 Jul 7, Germany’s Fresenius
SE said it has agreed to buy US generic drug maker APP
Pharmaceuticals for $3.7 billion in cash in a deal that will give
the health care company more opportunities in the North American
market for drugs administered intravenously.
2008 Jul 7, PM al-Maliki said
Iraq has proposed a short-term memorandum of understanding with the
US rather than trying to hammer through a formal agreement on the
presence of US forces. A roadside bomb near a dress shop in Baqouba
killed a woman and injured 14 others.
2008 Jul 7, Israeli troops in
jeeps swooped down on the West Bank town of Nablus, shutting down a
girls' school, a medical center and two other facilities of a
Hamas-affiliated charity. Palestinian militants fired a mortar shell
at a border crossing with the Gaza Strip. Israel's military said it
had begun digging up the bodies of Lebanese fighters after the
government struck a deal with Hezbollah guerrillas to swap five
living prisoners and dozens of bodies for two Israeli soldiers
captured in 2006.
2008 Jul 7, Israeli Lt. Col.
Omri Borberg was caught on video holding the arm of Ashraf Abu
Rahmeh while he was shot in the foot with a rubber-coated bullet in
the West Bank village of Naalin. On Jan 27, 2011, an Israeli
military court sentenced two soldiers, convicted in the close-range
shooting of a bound and blindfolded Palestinian man, but spared them
2008 Jul 7, In Italy transport
workers went on strike, forcing the cancellation of thousands of
bus, tram and subway lines and snarling traffic across the country.
2008 Jul 7, In Japan G8 leaders
raised the prospect of more sanctions against Zimbabwe unless quick
progress is made to end a political crisis after a violent election
that extended President Robert Mugabe's 28-year rule. The G8 met
with seven African leaders at its annual summit. African leaders
urged the Group of Eight nations to tackle spiking oil and food
prices. Japan included 5 “outreach" countries (Brazil, China, India,
Mexico and South Africa) for brief discussions with the G8.
(Reuters, 7/7/08)(AFP, 7/7/08)(Econ, 7/5/08,
2008 Jul 7, In Indian Kashmir
Ghulam Nabi Azad, the chief minister said he was stepping down
following protests over the government’s handling of the transfer of
government land to the Shiri Amarnath Shrine Board, a trust running
the revered Hindu shrine.
(WSJ, 7/8/08, p.A12)
2008 Jul 7, Mexican police
found six charred bodies on a Tijuana street following a bloody
weekend that left 14 people dead.
2008 Jul 7, In Pakistan a total
of seven small blasts left 43 people wounded in the commercial
capital of Karachi.
2008 Jul 7, Serbia's parliament
approved a new government that includes a pro-Western group and the
political party of the late strongman Slobodan Milosevic.
2008 Jul 7, The South African
Reserve Bank said 5 million coins featuring a smiling Nelson Mandela
will go into circulation on July 18, the former president's 90th
2008 Jul 7, Sudan's parliament
approved a new electoral law, a crucial step towards scheduled
national elections and a democratic transition laid out in peace
arrangements after a 21-year civil war.
2008 Jul 7, A UNESCO official
said that an 11th century temple that sits on Cambodia's disputed
border zone with Thailand has been designated as a world heritage
site. Hindu-themed Preah Vihear reflects the beliefs of the kings
who ruled what was then the Angkorean empire.
2009 Jul 7, Google announced
its new operating system, Google Chrome OS, which would initially
target low cost netbooks.
(SFC, 7/9/09, p.C1)
2009 Jul 7, Ron Nicolino
(b.1939), artist and former resident of Point Richmond, Ca., died of
cancer. He had attempted to string a collection of bras across the
Grand Canyon in the mid-1990s, but was unable to get federal
permission. Instead he and Ellen Duffy concocted the creation of a
bra ball. A dispute led each one to create their own versions.
Nicolino’s 1,600 pound “Big Giant Bra Ball" was left with his mother
in Washington state.
(SFC, 7/16/09, p.D7)
2009 Jul 7, In eastern
Afghanistan a hand grenade thrown at a police vehicle exploded in a
crowd, killing one civilian and wounding 28 others in Khost
province. A British soldier died in an explosion in Helmand
province. He was the 7th British soldier killed in Afghanistan in a
week. Hundreds of insurgents attacked police posts and a government
building in eastern Nuristan province. The attacks continued into
the next day leaving 6 policemen and 21 insurgents dead. (AP,
2009 Jul 7, British officials
unveiled a memorial of 52 steel pillars in a London park, one for
each victim of the July 7, 2005, attacks on the city's transit
2009 Jul 7, The Cameroonian
newspaper Le Jour said five Chinese workers were abducted off the
oil-rich Bakassi peninsula in Cameroon near the border with Nigeria.
2009 Jul 7, Canadian officials
said they had identified yet another new flu virus, this one a
mixture of human and swine influenzas, in two farm workers in
2009 Jul 7, In China mobs of
Han Chinese wielding meat cleavers and clubs and groups of Muslim
Uighur men beat people in the streets of Urumqi, the capital of
Xinjiang region. The government imposed a curfew as it tried to stem
communal violence. The official Xinhua News Agency said that 1,434
suspects had been arrested, and that checkpoints had been set up to
stop rioters from escaping.
2009 Jul 7, In Egypt 22 people
were killed in two separate accidents on the notoriously dangerous
road between the capital Cairo and the southern city of Minya.
2009 Jul 7, Ethiopia's
parliament adopted a new anti-terrorism bill despite criticism by
rights groups that the legislation violates civil liberties.
2009 Jul 7, In India at least
16 people were killed and 25 injured after a fire tore through a
firecracker factory in Madurai.
(SFC, 7/9/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 7, In Italy Matteo
Salvini, a member of the often xenophobic, anti-immigrant Northern
League party, resigned his seat in the lower chamber of Parliament
after being filmed singing a racist chant about Naples and its
2009 Jul 7, In northern Mexico
an anti-crime activist and a neighbor were killed by gunmen believed
linked to a drug cartel. Anti-crime activists said the slaying of
Benjamin LeBaron, a US citizen, in Chihuahua state was the first
time one of their own had been killed for denouncing crime and
called it a chilling warning. Jose Rodolfo Escajeda, a lieutenant
and one of the main operators of the Juarez cartel, was later
presumed responsible for the killing of LeBaron and a neighbor near
Nuevo Casas Grandes.
(AP, 7/8/09)(AP, 9/6/09)
2009 Jul 7, In Pakistan a US
missile strike pulverized a compound in a stronghold of Taliban
warlord Baitullah Mehsud, killing 16 foreign and local militants in
South Waziristan. Two paramilitary soldiers were killed and nine
security personnel wounded in three bomb attacks in North and South
Waziristan. The military said that four militants were killed,
including a brother of Ibn-e-Amin, one of the most-wanted Taliban
commanders in the Swat valley.
2009 Jul 7, In the Philippines
a crude bomb hidden on a motorcycle exploded in a port city on
southern Jolo island where al-Qaida-linked militants are active,
killing at least two people and wounding 24.
2009 Jul 7, In Moscow President
Barack Obama asked the Russian people to "forge a lasting
partnership" with the US, but he acknowledged after talks with PM
Vladimir Putin that on divisive issues there won't be "a meeting of
the minds anytime soon.
2009 Jul 7, Spanish police
arrested Jorge Alberto Soza (72), an ex-Argentine police official
suspected of human rights abuses committed during the South American
country's dirty war. Soza was wanted in Argentina in connection with
18 cases of kidnapping and torture between 1975 and 1977 when he was
an assistant Federal Police commissioner and chief delegate in the
southern Argentine city of Neuquen.
2009 Jul 7, Pope Benedict XVI
called for a radical rethinking of global economy in “Caritas et
Verite" (Charity in Truth) his 3rd encyclical.
(SFC, 7/8/09, p.A2)
2010 Jul 7, At a US military
tribunal Ibrahim Gitmo detainee Ahmed Mahmoud, a Sudanese man who
was said to have worked in Afghanistan as Osama bin Laden’s
bodyguard, driver, cook and paymaster, pleaded guilty to charges of
conspiracy and supporting terrorism.
(Econ, 7/31/10, p.23)
2010 Jul 7, In Philadelphia,
Pa., a 250-foot barge collided on the Delaware River with a stalled
amphibious sightseeing boat. 2 visitors from Hungary were killed. In
2011 tug pilot Matt Devlin agreed to plead guilty to involuntary
manslaughter following evidence that he was talking on a cell phone
during the accident.
(AP, 7/9/10)(SFC, 7/15/11, p.A7)
2010 Jul 7, In Brazil Bruno
Souza, a star goalkeeper and captain of defending club champion
Flamengo, surrendered to police to face questioning in connection
with the disappearance and suspected death of his ex-lover, Eliza
Samudio, last seen alive on June 7. Police believed Bruno was in a
home near Belo Horizonte home with Samudio at the time of her
murder, and that her body was later cut into pieces, some of which
were fed to dogs in a bid to cover the murder.
2010 Jul 7, Police in northeast
England detained Abid Naseer (24), the alleged ringleader of an
al-Qaida bomb plot, at the request of the US government. He was
among 12 people arrested last year in raids across northern England.
All were released without charge.
2010 Jul 7, In Britain
scientists at a top research unit embroiled in a row over climate
research were cleared of dishonesty, but their lack of openness was
criticized. The Independent Climate Change Email Review found
nothing in the emails to undermine reports from the United Nations'
climate change panel.
2010 Jul 7, China executed the
former top justice official in the southwestern city of Chongqing,
the highest ranking person caught in a massive crackdown on violent
gangs and corrupt officials who protect them. Wen Qiang (55), former
director of the Chongqing Municipal Judicial Bureau, was convicted
in April of corruption charges involving organized crime.
2010 Jul 7, Cuba promised the
Roman Catholic Church it will free 52 political prisoners, slashing
the number held by nearly a third in what would be the communist-led
island's largest release of dissidents since Pope John Paul II
visited in 1998.
2010 Jul 7, East Timor's Pres.
Jose Ramos Horta said he supports in principle an Australian plan to
turn his country into a regional center for processing asylum
seekers but does not want his tiny, impoverished nation to become an
2010 Jul 7, European Union
lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to cap bankers' short-term cash
bonuses from next year, a move that European leaders hope other
parts of the world will follow.
2010 Jul 7, A French court
convicted Manuel Noriega of money-laundering and sentenced Panama's
former dictator to seven years in jail after he spent two decades in
a US prison.
2010 Jul 7, Germany's interior
minister Thomas de Maiziere said his country plans to take in two
inmates from the United States' Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
2010 Jul 7, Iranian media
reported that the Veil and Modesty Festival, a fashion organization,
has issued a new list of culturally appropriate haircuts for men,
possibly indicating a new crackdown on male attire after years of
strict rules for women, Iranian media reported.
2010 Jul 7, In Iraq militants
targeted the homes of security forces west of Baghdad, blowing them
up and killing three family members despite heightened security
around the capital for a Shiite religious occasion. In a separate
attack in the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Dora in southern
Baghdad, police Maj. Abdul-Rahman Sobhi was killed when a bomb
attached to his car detonated as he drove to work. Nearly 60 people
were killed in attacks in and around Baghdad, including 35 by a
suicide bomber who targeted pilgrims heading to a mosque in northern
Baghdad. Two people were killed near Ramadi, when insurgents blew up
the houses of three policemen.
(AP, 7/7/10)(AP, 7/8/10)
2010 Jul 7, Israel said that
its moves to ease its blockade on Gaza do not include relaxing
regulations on Palestinians looking to travel out of the enclave.
Israel's military released maps and aerial photographs showing what
it described as a network of Hezbollah weapons depots and command
centers inside villages in south Lebanon, near the Israeli border.
(AFP, 7/7/10)(AP, 7/7/10)
2010 Jul 7, A Tokyo court
convicted a New Zealand activist of assault and obstructing Japanese
whaling ships in the Antarctic Ocean, and sentenced him to a
suspended prison term. Peter Bethune (45) was also found guilty on
three other charges: trespassing, vandalism and possession of a
knife. Bethune was deported 2 days later.
(AP, 7/7/10)(AP, 7/9/10)
2010 Jul 7, In Indian Kashmir 2
people were killed and anger increased when security forces beat
people in funeral processions.
(Econ, 7/10/10, p.42)
2010 Jul 7, In Mexico a judge
acquitted Juan Llaca Diaz, a man charged with dealing in precursor
drug chemicals and allegedly linked to the bust of a Chinese-Mexican
businessman who hid $205 million at his Mexico City mansion.
2010 Jul 7, A Mexican air force
helicopter crashed in the western state of Jalisco, killing three
military personnel on board.
2010 Jul 7, Royal Dutch Shell
said it has begun production at a major project in Nigeria that
should eventually provide up to 70,000 barrels of oil per day and
help boost electricity for the power-starved nation.
2010 Jul 7, The UN WHO said at
least 2,000 lead-poisoning victims in northern Nigeria may require
treatment to remove brain-damaging lead. The poisoning was believed
to be related to the processing of lead-rich ore for the extraction
(SFC, 7/8/10, p.A4)
2010 Jul 7, A Peruvian judge
halted the expulsion of Paul McAuley (62), a British religious
activist. He was accused by the government of inciting unrest among
indigenous groups protesting environmental damage to the Amazon rain
2010 Jul 7, In the Philippines
officials said Nicanor Faeldon (44), a rebel soldier accused of
leading two failed coup attempts, has turned himself in to
authorities after 3 years on the run. Faeldon, a former bomb making
trainer with the marines, was accused of helping lead 300 soldiers
in taking over the upscale Oakwood Hotel and a nearby shopping
center in Manila's financial district of Makati in July 2003,
rigging the area with bombs.
2010 Jul 7, In Poland Warsaw
district court Judge Tomasz Calkiewicz ordered that Uri Brodsky, a
Mossad agent, be extradited to Germany on charges of forgery.
Brodsky was suspected of helping fake a German passport that was
used by a member of a hit squad believed to be behind the killing of
Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January.
2010 Jul 7, Thailand police
said Russian pianist and composer Mikhail Vasilievich Pletnev,
founder of the Russian National Orchestra, has been charged with
raping a 14-year-old boy at a beach resort.
(SFC, 7/8/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 7, A Yemeni court
convicted two al-Qaida militants for the killing of senior police
and army officers and sentenced them to death. Mubarak el-Shabawni
(23) and Mansour Salem (18), arrested last December, denounced the
verdict and shouted 'God is Great' afterward.
2011 Jul 7, In Michigan Rodrick
Shonte Dantzler (34) killed seven people in a bloody rampage that
ended when he shot himself in the head during a hostage standoff
with police. Police said Dantzler had targeted two former
(Reuters, 7/7/11)(SFC, 7/9/11, p.A5)
2011 Jul 7, In Texas Humberto
Leal (38), a Mexican national, was executed for the rape-slaying of
a teenager after the US Supreme Court turned down an appeal to spare
him that was supported by Mexico and the White House. He was
sentenced to death for the 1994 murder of 16-year-old Adria Sauceda.
2011 Jul 7, In Wyoming Everett
E. Conant III opened fire inside a mobile home in Wheatland killing
his three sons and a brother. His wife was
wounded. He surrendered without incident and was
charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder,
battery and a weapons violation.
2011 Jul 7, Rupert Murdoch
caused astonishment when he killed off the 168-year-old News of the
World after it was dogged by allegations that it hacked the
voicemails of a teenage murder victim and the families of dead
soldiers. This was widely seen as a way to quell the scandal and
save the bid by his News Corp. for control of the satellite
broadcaster BSkyB, on which the British government is due to decide.
2011 Jul 7, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb killed 8 Afghan policemen on a patrol in the northern
district of Fayz Abad. A NATO service member died as a result of a
non-battle related injury in the south. In the east a NATO
helicopter crashed in Parnwan province, but the crew was recovered.
Up to 13 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed in a NATO
air strike in the eastern province of Khost.
(AP, 7/7/11)(AFP, 7/7/11)
2011 Jul 7, British officers
arrested Eneko Gogeaskoetxea Arronategui (44), a suspected Basque
separatist, in connection with a 1997 attempted assassination of
Spain's King Juan Carlos. The arrest came a day after the arrest of
ETA suspect Daniel Derguy on terrorism charges in Cahors, France.
2011 Jul 7, Canada formally
ended its combat mission in Afghanistan after years of being on the
front lines of the fight against Taliban insurgents in the south.
2011 Jul 7, In Canada Richard
Oland (69), part of the family that owns Moosehead Breweries, was
found dead in a pool of blood in his office. His body bore numerous
stab and blunt-force wounds to the head, neck and hands. Police said
his son was the last person to see him alive.
2011 Jul 7, Ash from a Chilean
volcano grounded flights across much of South America again,
disrupting travel for thousands of people just as the continent's
premier football tournament got going in Argentina.
2011 Jul 7, In China 4 miners
were killed in a gas explosion in a mine in the western-most
Xinjiang region. The death toll in a mine that flooded on July 2 in
Guangxi province rose to four, with 18 still trapped. In eastern
Shandong province, the number of miners trapped in a coal mine in
Zaozhuang city dropped to 28 following a fire the previous evening.
23 miners remained trapped in a coal mine in southwest Guizhou
province that also flooded on July 2.
2011 Jul 7, A CongoDRC colonel
known as Kifaru, accused of mass rapes last June in volatile eastern
Congo, surrendered with 106 others.
2011 Jul 7, Georgian President
Mikhail Saakashvili's personal photographer was arrested on
suspicion of espionage, along with his wife and two other
2011 Jul 7, In northern India a
train hit a stopped bus at a railway crossing, killing at least 35
people returning from a wedding party in Uttar Pradesh state.
2011 Jul 7, In Iraq a roadside
bomb killed 2 US soldiers outside the main American military base in
(SFC, 7/8/11, p.A2)
2011 Jul 7, An Israeli tank hit
a roadside bomb that was planted by Palestinian militants along the
border with the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. A soldier was slightly injured
in the incident.
2011 Jul 7, Ivory Coast's
government named Gen. Soumaila Bakayoko, a former rebel leader, as
the new army chief, replacing Gen. Philippe Mangou, who served under
the former strongman Laurent Gbagbo.
2011 Jul 7, Kenya police tear
gassed several hundred protesters marching toward the offices of
Kenya's president and prime minister to demand action over a growing
2011 Jul 7, Lebanese lawmakers
voted to approve the newly formed Hezbollah-dominated Cabinet after
a contentious debate over the government's position in confronting
the Islamic militant group.
2011 Jul 7, A senior Libyan
official accused NATO of intensifying its bombing campaign and
backing foreign mercenaries to lay the groundwork for an advance by
2011 Jul 7, In Libya the
International Organization for Migration (IOM) began an operation to
return home around 2,000 Chadian migrants, mostly women and
children, trapped in Libya.
2011 Jul 7, In Malaysia a man
carrying a machete barged into a kindergarten and held children and
teachers hostage for six tense hours before police shot him in the
head. The unidentified man was in hospital after sustaining a single
bullet wound to the head.
2011 Jul 7, Mexican judges
convicted four men, Juan Alfredo Soto, Aldo Fabio Hernandez, Jose
Dolores Arroyo and Heriberto Martinez, of killing 15 people in the
Jan 30, 2010, Ciudad Juarez attack, known as the Villa Salvarcar
massacre. The attack prompted President Felipe Calderon to alter the
government's anti-drug strategy in the area. On July 11 the 4 men
were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
(AP, 7/7/11)(AP, 7/11/11)
2011 Jul 7, In Mexico’s western
state of Michoacan presumed drug gang members shot at federal
officers, who repelled the attack and killed four alleged criminals
and wounded another in the city of Apatzingan. Police said the
gunmen were members of the Knights Templar, a criminal organization
that split off from La Familia cartel.
2011 Jul 7, In the Netherlands
a large section of the roof of a soccer stadium collapsed during
off-season construction work in Enschede, killing one person and
leaving 10 hospitalized.
2011 Jul 7, In Nigeria
motorcycles were completely banned in the northeastern city of
Maiduguri, wracked by violence blamed on the Boko Haram Islamist
2011 Jul 7, In Pakistan gunmen
shot up a bus and opened fire in several neighborhoods of Karachi,
killing at least 22 people. 49 other people were killed in the city
in sporadic shootings over the last 3 days.
(AP, 7/7/11)(SFC, 7/8/11, p.A2)
2011 Jul 7, Ricardo Alegria
(90), a Puerto Rican scholar, died. He was known for his pioneering
studies of the island's native Taino culture and is credited with
preserving the capital's colonial district.
2011 Jul 7, Swedish officials
said a man (36) with tracheal cancer has received a new lab-made
wind pipe seeded with his own stem cells in the first successful
attempt of its kind.
(SFC, 7/8/11, p.A2)
2011 Jul 7, Syrian protesters
hurled stones and set roadblocks of burning tires against government
forces trying to enter Hama, a key opposition city, where Syrian
troops had killed 23 civilians since July 5. Around a hundred
families fled Hama fearing a military crackdown.
(AP, 7/7/11)(AFP, 7/7/11)
2011 Jul 7, In Turkmenistan a
series of mysterious blasts severely damaged hundreds of houses in
the town of Abadan, 12 miles (20 km) from the capital, Ashgabat.
Exiled Turkmen activists said a munitions dump was the source of the
blast and that many people have been killed.
2011 Jul 7, Yemen’s Pres. Saleh
appeared on state TV late in the day, a first since flying to Saudi
Arabia a month ago to treat wounds sustained in an attack on his
palace. The video showed the leader with casts on his arms and
visibly weakened after a series of operations, reinforcing
speculation that he won't return to Yemen soon.
2012 Jul 7, The Obama
administration declared Afghanistan the United States' newest "major
non-NATO ally," an action designed to facilitate close defense
cooperation after US combat troops withdraw from the country in
2014. Afghanistan was the 15th such country to receive the
2012 Jul 7, Thousands of
visitors climbed aboard the USS Iowa as the storied WWII and Cold
War battleship opened as a museum at the port of Los Angeles.
2012 Jul 7, In Massachusetts
Democratic Representative Barney Frank wed his longtime partner,
James Ready, becoming the first sitting congressman to enter into a
2012 Jul 7, The US Border
patrol said agents had opened fire along the Rio Grande border after
being pelted by rocks. A Mexican citizen was fatally shot at the Los
Tomates-Veterans int’l. bridge in Brownsville, Texas.
(SFC, 7/10/12, p.A4)
2012 Jul 7,
Philip L. Fradkin (b.1935), environmental journalist and historian,
died at his home in Point Reyes, Ca. His 13 books included “A River
No More" (1981), about the taming of the Colorado River and “Wallace
Stegner and the American West" (2008).
(SFC, 7/11/12, p.C5)
2012 Jul 7, A video obtained by
Reuters showed a man shooting dead a woman accused of adultery in
front of a crowd near Kabul. Provincial Governor Basir Salangi said
the video was shot a week ago in the village of Qimchok in Shinwari
district. Salangi said two Taliban commanders were sexually involved
with the woman, either through rape or romantically, and decided to
torture her and then kill her to settle a dispute between the two of
2012 Jul 7, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb ripped through a pickup truck in the Chora district of
Uruzgan province killing six people. Another bomb exploded in the
Gereshk district of Helmand province, killing one child and wounding
another. A rocket attack targeting the governor's office in Farah
province killed one civilian and wounded 26 others. A NATO service
member was killed in southern Afghanistan in a roadside bomb
(AFP, 7/7/12)(AP, 7/8/12)
2012 Jul 7, In Burkina Faso
West African presidents (ECOWAS) met with civil leaders from Mali in
a bid to secure a national unity government to tackle a crisis in
the north where Islamists have enforced Sharia law.
2012 Jul 7, In China the Rev.
Thaddeus Ma Daqin was consecrated as auxiliary bishop of Shanghai.
Ma announced that he would no longer work for the Chinese Patriotic
Catholic Association (CCPA), the government body that oversees
Catholics in China.
(SFC, 7/11/12, p.A6)(Economist, 9/8/12, p.42)
2012 Jul 7, East Timor's voters
went to the polls in parliamentary elections seen as a key test for
the young and fragile democracy and likely to determine if UN
peacekeepers can leave by the end of the year. Preliminary results
showed resistance hero Xanana Gusmao to be set for a new term as
premier after his party won most seats in parliamentary polls, but
will have to form a coalition.
(AFP, 7/7/12)(AFP, 7/8/12)
2012 Jul 7, Egyptian border
guards arrested 68 Eritreans and Ethiopians trying to sneak across
the border into Israel.
2012 Jul 7, Thousands of
Israelis took to the streets in Tel Aviv to call on the government
to require all sectors of society to participate in national
2012 Jul 7, In Libya hundreds
of protesters burned ballots to demand greater representation
although most residents of the Mediterranean city of Benghazi voted
in historic elections. Acts of sabotage, mostly in the east of the
country, prevented 101 polling stations from opening. 80 seats were
set aside for party lists, while the remaining 120 were for
individual independent candidates. In Benghazi the liberal National
Forces Alliance took 95,733 votes against 16,143 for the Islamist
Justice and Construction Party (JCP). The National Forces Alliance,
a liberal coalition led by wartime prime minister Mahmud Jibril,
gained 39 of 80 seats open to parties in the General National
Congress. The Justice and Construction Party, which was launched by
Libya's Muslim Brotherhood, took only 17 seats. The remainder of
party seats went to a constellation of smaller, lesser-known
(AFP, 7/7/12)(AP, 7/8/12)(AFP, 7/11/12)(AFP,
2012 Jul 7, In Mexico tens of
thousands of people marched in Mexico City to protest Enrique Pena
Nieto's apparent win in the country's presidential election,
accusing his long ruling party of buying votes.
2012 Jul 7, Myanmar authorities
released all of the student leaders detained in the country's
biggest crackdown on activists since the dissolution of the junta.
At least 20 people were detained ahead of today’s commemoration a
1962 crackdown, sparking calls for their immediate release.
2012 Jul 7, In Nigeria
assailants launched "sophisticated attacks" on several villages near
Jos. At least 80 people were killed and more than 300 displaced
people from the attacks. Similar raids have been blamed on Muslim
herdsmen in the past.
(AP, 7/8/12)(AFP, 7/9/12)
2012 Jul 7, An explosion
injured five Palestinian children in the central Gaza Strip, a
hospital said, blaming Israeli tank fire. Witnesses said, however,
that there were no Israeli tanks in the area at the time and that
the explosion might have been caused by an old bomb.
2012 Jul 7, In the Philippines
presidential palace said President Benigno Aquino has signed a
long-delayed executive order revamping the mining industry.
2012 Jul 7, In Russia overnight
rains dumped as much as 28 cm (about 11 inches) of water on parts of
the Krasnodar region. Water rushed into the hard-hit town of Krymsk
with such speed and volume that residents said they suspected that
water had been released from a reservoir in the mountains above.
Federal investigators acknowledged that water had been released from
the reservoir, but they insisted it did not cause the flooding and
the dam had not been breached. The death toll in the southern Black
Sea region soon reached 171.
(AP, 7/7/12)(AP, 7/8/12)(AP, 7/9/12)
2012 Jul 7, Somali security
forces said they had detained over 500 people in a two-day operation
in the Mogadishu area who were either Islamist rebel fighters or had
have links to them.
2012 Jul 7, Sudan and South
Sudan pledged to cease hostilities along their disputed oil-rich
border but stopped short of actually signing an agreement.
2012 Jul 7, In Sudan Kamal
Omar, head of the politburo in the opposition Popular Congress
Party, was taken from his home by suspected agents of the National
Intelligence and Security Service. Omar was to fly to Qatar on July
9 for an appearance on Al-Jazeera satellite news channel.
2012 Jul 7, Syria's military
began large-scale exercises simulating defense against outside
"aggression." Activists struggling to topple the regime reported
fierce government offensives to try to retake rebellious areas
outside of Aleppo and near Damascus. Shells fired from inside Syria
killed 2 Lebanese civilians and injured 10 others. 77 people were
killed across Syria, among them 39 civilians, 25 soldiers and 13
(AP, 7/7/12)(AP, 7/8/12)(AFP, 7/8/12)
2012 Jul 7, Taiwanese residents
of the offshore island of Matsu voted in favor of opening Taiwan's
first legal casino.
2012 Jul 7, In Ukraine a bus
carrying Russian religious pilgrims crashed killing 14 of 45 people
onboard near Chernihiv.
(SSFC, 7/8/12, p.A4)
2012 Jul 7, In Yemen 2
protesters were killed and one man was left "clinically dead" and
several people were shot and wounded, including three police, as a
separatist march in Aden turned into a gunbattle. In the town of
Seyun in Hadramawt province, one protester was killed and four
others were wounded.
(AFP, 7/7/12)(AFP, 7/8/12)
2013 Jul 7, In Alaska an air
taxi crashed after takeoff from Soldotna killing the pilot and all 9
(SFC, 7/8/13, p.A4)
2013 Jul 7, In Montana Cody Lee
Johnson (25) died in Glacier National Park. Jordan Lynn Graham (22),
his newly-wed wife of 8-days, later admitted that she pushed her
husband off a cliff and then lied about his death. On Dec 12 Jordan
pleaded guilty to pushing her husband. On March 27 she was sentenced
to 30 years in prison.
(SFC, 9/11/13, p.A4)(SFC, 12/13/13, p.A15)(SFC,
2013 Jul 7, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb seriously wounded Fazil Ahmad, the High Peace
Council’s chief in Ghazni province. His driver was killed. The
government said fighting over the previous 24 hours killed 14 Afghan
soldiers and 64 Taliban militants.
(SFC, 7/8/13, p.A2)
2013 Jul 7, Bahrain said twin
attacks have left a policeman dead and three injured in the latest
sign of targeted strikes by anti-government factions.
2013 Jul 7, Abu Qatada, a
radical Muslim cleric once called "Osama bin Laden's right-hand man
in Europe," was deported from Britain to Jordan. Qatada pleaded
innocent to terrorism charges in Jordan.
2013 Jul 7, In India a series
of 10 bombs exploded in and around the Mahabodhi Temple complex, a
revered Buddhist site at Bodh Gaya in Bihar state. This is where
Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained enlightenment.
2013 Jul 7, The president of
Iraqi Kurdistan, Masoud Barzani, visited Baghdad for the first time
in more than two years, in a step towards resolving long-running
disputes between the central government and the autonomous region
over land and oil.
2013 Jul 7, Israel's cabinet
approved a draft law to abolish wholesale exemptions from military
duty granted to Jewish seminary students, stoking ultra-Orthodox
anger over the break with tradition.
2013 Jul 7, In Mexico an
election for mayor of Fresnillo, Zacatecas state, was won by
Benjamin Medrano (47). He became the first openly gay mayor ever
elected in Mexico and was scheduled to take office in September.
(SFC, 7/19/13, p.A2)
2013 Jul 7, North and South
Korea agreed to take steps to reopen a jointly run industrial park,
including facilities inspections, after the two rivals staged a
marathon meeting lasting more than 16 hours to arrange details.
2013 Jul 7, Gaza's Hamas
authorities said they have broken up a counterfeiting ring that had
printed millions of dollars worth of fake Israeli currency.
Authorities uncovered the ring last week.
2013 Jul 7, In Somalia
journalist Liban Abdullahi Farah was gunned down in Galkayo,
Puntland province. He was the 6th journalist to die violently in
Somalia this year.
(Econ, 8/3/13, p.44)(http://tinyurl.com/oafs6e7)
2013 Jul 7, In Spain several
thousand thrill-seekers tested their bravery by dashing alongside
six fighting bulls through the streets of of Pamplona on the first
day of the running of the bulls at the annual San Fermin festival.
Only four people were treated for injuries and no one was gored.
2014 Jul 7, National Nude
Recreation Week began in the US.
(Econ, 7/5/14, p.27)
2014 Jul 7, Chicago authorities
said the Fourth of July holiday weekend brought an explosion of
gunfire to the city, with more than 50 people shot and nine killed.
2014 Jul 7, In southern
California drivers in a long-running labor dispute with three
trucking companies at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach began
what they said would be an indefinite strike.
2014 Jul 7, Washington state
issued its first retail marijuana licenses.
(SFC, 7/8/14, p.A5)
2014 Jul 7, In Afghanistan
former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai led in the disputed
presidential election, according to a preliminary tally. Ghani had
about 4.5 million votes while Abdullah had 3.5 million votes. The
Independent Election Commission acknowledged that vote rigging had
occurred and promised to launch a more extensive investigation
before final results are released.
2014 Jul 7, In northern
Afghanistan a rocket fired by insurgents hit a home, killing five
children in Kunduz province. Gunmen killed five policemen in a
separate attack in Herat province.
2014 Jul 7, Australia's
government confirmed that it had handed over a boatload of asylum
seekers to Sri Lankan authorities in a transfer at sea, drawing
outrage from human rights groups who fear those on board could be
persecuted in their home country.
2014 Jul 7, Bahrain ordered US
diplomat Tom Malinowski to leave the country after he met with a
leading Shiite opposition group.
(AP, 7/7/14)(Econ, 7/12/14, p.42)
2014 Jul 7, In the Central
African Republic Muslim fighters attacked St. Joseph’s Cathedral
compound in Bambari killing at least 17 people.
(SFC, 7/9/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 7, Chile’s Pres.
Michelle Bachelet announced that her government objects to the
Int’l. Court of Justice’s jurisdiction to hear Bolivia’s suit over a
land dispute that goes back to the 1879-1884 War of the Pacific.
(SSFC, 7/13/14, p.A4)
2014 Jul 7, China’s state media
said authorities have taken down more than 40 groups called "violent
terror gangs" and arrested more than 400 people in the restive
western region of Xinjiang since the government began a crackdown in
2014 Jul 7, In an open letter,
more than 190 neuroscience researchers on called on the EU to put
less money into the effort to "build" a brain, and to invest instead
in existing projects. The 10-year $1.6 billion Human Brain Project
is largely funded by the European Union.
2014 Jul 7, Eduard Shevardnadze
(86), a former president of Georgia and Soviet foreign minister,
died in Georgia after a long struggle with illness.
2014 Jul 7, Germany's transport
minister announced plans to introduce a car toll that seeks to make
money off foreign drivers for the maintenance of its roads.
2014 Jul 7, India’s Supreme
Court ruled that Islamic courts have no legal authority in India,
saying Muslims cannot be legally subject to a parallel religious
2014 Jul 7, In Iraq Major
General Najm Abdullah al-Sudani, the commander of the army's 6th
division, was killed by hostile shelling in Ibrahim bin Ali in the
Abu Ghraib area, just west of Baghdad. At least 7 people including
four policemen were killed in northern Baghdad when a suicide bomber
blew up a car packed with explosives at a checkpoint.
(AFP, 7/7/14)(Reuters, 7/7/14)
2014 Jul 7, An Israeli official
said three suspects (ages 29,17,17) in the July 2 vigilante-style
killing of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir have confessed
to the crime.
(AP, 7/7/14)(Reuters, 7/14/14)
2014 Jul 7, Italy’s navy said
its search and rescue mission saved more than 2,600 migrants from
boats in the Mediterranean over the weekend, as the number reaching
Italy from Africa this year surged to a record.
2014 Jul 7, In Kenya thousands
of people rallied in Nairobi against President Uhuru Kenyatta's
rule, with some calling for him to step down because he had failed
to improve the lives of Kenyans more than a year after he came to
2014 Jul 7, A Kuwaiti court
freed prominent opposition leader Mussallam al-Barrak on bail after
police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse a fifth straight
night of demonstrations demanding his release.
2014 Jul 7, Lebanon charged 28
people with planning to carry out suicide bomb attacks and belonging
to the militant group Islamic State. Seven of the 28 charged by
prosecutors were in custody.
2014 Jul 7, A magnitude-6.9
earthquake on the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern
Mexico and Central America. At least 5 people were killed, 2 in
Guatemala and 3 in Mexico.
(AP, 7/7/14)(SFC, 7/9/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 7, Militants in the
Gaza Strip unleashed dozens of rockets on southern Israel late
today, setting off air raid sirens and forcing hundreds of thousands
of Israelis to stay indoors as the military rushed more forces to
the border and warned that even heavier fighting looked likely. 8
Palestinian militants were killed in fighting, the highest death
toll yet. Among the dead were 6 Hamas militants who Israel said were
killed in an accidental blast in a tunnel packed with explosives.
(Reuters, 7/7/14)(AP, 7/8/14)
2014 Jul 7, In Saudi Arabia
three mortar bombs landed near Arar, close to the northern border
with Iraq, where Islamist militants have grabbed land in a lightning
2014 Jul 7, Syrian troops
advanced in and around Aleppo in what appeared to be an attempt to
lay siege to rebel-held parts of the city.
2014 Jul 7, Thailand's navy
inaugurated a state-of-the-art headquarters and training center for
its submarine squadron, even though it has no subs to command.
2014 Jul 7, In Ukraine three
bridges on key roads leading into the Donetsk were blown up in an
apparent attempt to slow down any possible assault by government
forces on the rebel-held stronghold.
2014 Jul 7, Pope Francis begged
forgiveness in his first meeting with Catholics sexually abused by
members of the clergy and vowed to hold bishops accountable for
their handling of pedophile priests.
(SFC, 7/8/14, p.A4)
2014 Jul 7, A Vietnamese
military helicopter on a parachute training mission crashed 24 miles
west of to Hanoi, killing 16 people on board and critically injuring
five others. 2 of the injured soon died.
(AP, 7/7/14)(AP, 7/8/14)