Today in History - July 13
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574 Jul 13,
Pope John III died.
(PTA, 1980, p.122)
1024 Jul 13, Henry II, the
Monk, German King (1002-24), died.
1099 Jul 13, The Crusaders
launched their final assault on Muslims in Jerusalem.
1534 Jul 13, Ottoman armies
captured Tabriz in northwestern Persia.
1558 Jul 13, Led by the court
of Egmont, the Spanish army defeated the French at Gravelines,
1568 Jul 13, Alexander Nowell,
the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, perfected a way to bottle beer.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.21)(MC, 7/13/02)
1585 Jul 13, A group of 108
English colonists, led by Sir Richard Grenville, reached Roanoke
Island, North Carolina. Roanoke Island near North Carolina became
England's first foothold in the New World. Sir Walter Raleigh sent a
detachment of 108 men to build a fort on the island. The detachment
included two scientists, Thomas Hariot, a surveyor, mathematician,
astronomer and oceanographer, and Joachim Gans, a metallurgist.
(NG, Geographica, Jan, 94)(HN, 7/13/98)
1643 Jul 13, In England, the
Roundheads, led by Sir William Waller, were defeated by royalist
troops under Lord Wilmot in the Battle of Roundway Down.
1657 Jul 13, Oliver Cromwell
constrained English army leader John Lambert.
1754 Jul 13, At the beginning
of the French and Indian War, George Washington surrendered the
small, circular Fort Necessity in southwestern Pennsylvania to the
French, leaving them in control of the Ohio Valley.
1755 Jul 13, Edward Braddock
(60), British general, died following the July 9, 1755 battle at
Fort Duquesne (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). Out of the 1,400 British
soldiers who were in involved in the battle, 900 of them died.
Future President George Washington carried Braddock from the field
and officiated at his burial ceremony. The general was buried in a
road his men had built. The army then marched over the grave to
obliterate any traces of it and continued to eastern Pennsylvania.
After the French and Indian War (1754-1763), the Braddock Road
remained a main road. In 1804, some workmen discovered human remains
in the road near where Braddock was supposed to have been buried.
The remains were re-interred on a small knoll adjacent to the road.
In 1913 the marker was placed there. Braddock was born in
Perthshire, Scotland, about 1695, the son of Major-General Edward
Braddock (died 1725).
1772 Jul 13, Capt James Cook
began a 2nd trip on the ship Resolution to South Seas.
1787 Jul 13, Congress, under
the Articles of Confederation, enacted the Northwest Ordinance,
establishing rules for governing the Northwest Territory, for
admitting new states to the Union and limiting the expansion of
(AP, 7/13/97)(HN, 7/13/98)
1789 Jul 13, Parisians rioted
over an increase in price of grain. The mob plundered the armories
and opened the prison gates of St. Lazare. The King at Versailles
refused to withdraw his troops from Paris.
1791 Jul 13, The bones of the
greatest French satirist, philosopher, and writer, Voltaire
(Jean-Marie Arouet) were enshrined in the Pantheon in Paris.
1793 Jul 13, John Clare,
English poet, was born.
1793 Jul 13, Pierre Dupont de
Nemours was ordered arrested in Paris on charges of plotting with
rebels against the French Revolutionary National Assembly.
1793 Jul 13, French
revolutionary writer Jean Paul Marat was stabbed to death in his
bath by Charlotte Corday, who was executed four days later. In 1970
Marie Cher authored "Charlotte Corday, and Certain Men of the
(AP, 7/13/97)(ON, SC, p.8)
1794 Jul 13, Robespierre
boycotted the Committee of Public Safety and the National convention
after being denounced as a dictator.
1798 Jul 13, English poet
William Wordsworth visited the ruins of Tintern Abbey.
1821 Jul 13, Confederate
cavalry commander Nathan Bedford Forrest was born in Tennessee's
1832 Jul 13, Henry Schoolcraft
discovered the source of the Mississippi River in Minnesota. Henry
Rowe Schoolcraft came upon the lake where the Mississippi starts and
intended to call it Veritas Caput, the Latin for "true head." The
name was too long and got shortened at both ends to Itasca.
(SFC, 10/5/96, p.E3)(HN, 7/13/98)
1854 Jul 13, US forces shelled
and burned San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua.
1858 Jul 13, Louis Martin and
Zelie Guerin married in Alencon, France, and for 10 months refrained
from sex in a “Josephite marriage.” Assured by a priest that raising
children was a sacred activity they went on to have 9 children, 5 of
whom joined religious order. Their youngest daughter became famous
as St. Theresa of Liseux, The Little Flower,” canonized in 1925.
(WSJ, 10/17/08, p.W11)
1861 Jul 13, Battle of
Corrick's Ford, VA (Carrick's Ford): Union army took total control
of western Virginia.
1862 Jul 13, Confederate
General Nathan Bedford Forrest defeated a Union army at
Murfreesboro, Tennessee. [see Aug 13]
1863 Jul 13, Rioting against
the Civil War military draft erupted in New York City; about 1,000
people died over three days. Antiabolitionist Irish longshoremen
rampaged against blacks in the deadly Draft Riots in New York City
in response to Pres. Lincoln’s announcement of military
conscription. Mobs lynched a black man and torched the Colored
Orphan Asylum. The 2003 film "Gangs of New York" focused on this
event. In 2006 Barnet Schecter authored “The Devil’s Own Work,” an
account of the riots.
(WSJ, 3/19/96, p.A-12)(AP, 7/13/97)(HN,
7/13/98)(WSJ, 8/2100, p.A14)(WSJ, 1/18/06, p.D13)
1863 Jul 13-15, Battle of
Tupelo, MS (Harrisburg).
1864 Jul 13, Gen Jubal Early
retreated from the outskirts of Washington back to Shenandoah
1865 Jul 13, Horace Greeley
advised his readers to "Go west young man."
1866 Jul 13, Great Eastern
began a two week voyage to complete a 12-year effort to lay
telegraph cable across the Atlantic between Britain and the United
States. Massachusetts merchant and financier Cyrus W. Field first
proposed laying a 2,000-mile copper cable along the ocean bottom
from Newfoundland to Ireland in 1854, but the first three attempts
ended in broken cables and failure. Field's persistence finally paid
off in July 1866, when Great Eastern, the largest ship then afloat,
successfully laid the cable along the level, sandy bottom of the
North Atlantic. As messages traveled between Europe and America in
hours rather than weeks, Cyrus Field was showered with honors. Among
the honors was this commemorative print referring to the cable as
the Eighth Wonder of the World.
(HN, 7/13/98)(HNPD, 7/29/98)
1868 Jul 13, Henry Clay Warmoth
(1842-1931) began serving as the 23rd governor of Louisiana and
continued to 1872.
1878 Jul 13, The Treaty of
Berlin was the final act of the Congress of Berlin (13 June – 13
July 1878), by which the United Kingdom, Austria-Hungary, France,
Germany, Italy, Russia and the Ottoman Empire under Sultan Abdul
Hamid II revised the Treaty of San Stefano signed on 3 March the
same year. The Treaty of San Stefano had ended the Russo-Turkish War
of 1877-78. The Congress of Berlin divided the Balkans among
European powers. The Slavic converts to Islam in the Sandzak region
of southwestern Serbia were separated from their ethnic cousins in
(AP, 7/13/97)(HN, 7/13/98)(WSJ, 6/16/99, p.A20)
1886 Jul 13, Father Edward J.
Flanagan, catholic priest, founder of Boys Town, was born in
1889 Jul 13, Vincent van Gogh
painted "Moonrise." The exact date was determined in 2003 by a
physicist using a computer and moon data from the painting.
(SFC, 7/16/03, p.D2)
1890 Jul 13, John C.
"Pathfinder" Fremont (76), US explorer, governor (Arizona,
California), died. He was buried in obscurity in Sparkill, NY.
Fremont (b.1830) was the 1st Republican presidential candidate in
1856. In 1999 David Roberts authored "A Newer World: Kit Carson,
John C. Freemont and the Claiming of the American West." In 2002 Tom
Chaffin authored “Pathfinder: John Charles Fremont and the Course of
American Empire.” In 2007 Sally Denton authored “Passion and
Principle: John and Jessie Fremont, the Couple Whose Power, Politics
and Love Shaped Nineteenth-Century America.”
(WUD, 1994, p.567)(SFEC, 2/13/00, BR p.5)(SSFC,
12/22/02, p.M1)(SSFC, 7/1/07, p.M1)
1898 Jul 13, Guglielmo Marconi
patented his radio.
1921 Jul 13, Ernest Gold,
composer, was born.
1921 Jul 13, Charles Scribner
Jr., music publisher (Scribner), was born.
1924 Jul 13, Alfred Marshall
(b.1842), a founding father of modern economics, died in Cambridge,
England. His book, “Principles of Economics” (1890), was the
dominant economic textbook in England for many years. He described
economics as “the study of men as they live and move and think in
the ordinary business of life.” He was the first to lay out the
wider costs of human behavior, called externalities and
(Econ, 10/27/12, SR
p.72)(Econ, 8/19/17, p.58)
1925 Jul 13, Will Rogers, an
Oklahoma cowboy, who had been standing in for W.C. Fields in the
"Ziegfeld Follies," impressed the critics.
1928 Jul 13, Robert N.C. Nix,
Jr., first African-American chief justice of a state supreme court,
1930 Jul 13, David Sarnoff
reported in NY Times that "TV would be a theater in every home."
1931 Jul 13, A major German
financial institution, Danabank, failed, leading to the closing of
all banks in Germany until August 5. By the end of the 1931,
approximately six million Germans are out of work.
1933 Jul 13, David Storey,
English novelist (The Sporting Life), was born.
1934 Jul 13, Wole Soyinka,
Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian playwright, was born.
1935 Jul 13, Jack Kemp,
football player, vice-presidential candidate for the Republican
party in 1996, was born.
1935 Jul 13, Richard Strauss
resigned as chairman of the Nazi Reichskulturkammer.
1935 Jul 13, In Iran
worshippers at the Shrine of Imam Reza in Mashad protested a dress
code that demanded Western-style brimmed hats. A riot broke out as
troops opened fire.
1939 Jul 13, Frank Sinatra
recorded his first song, "From the Bottom of my Heart," with the
Harry James Band.
1939 Jul 13, Howard Long was
hanged at the New Hampshire State Prison for the sex-killing of
10-year-old Mark Neville Jensen of Alton.
1940 Jul 13, Patrick Stewart,
actor (Picard-Star Trek Next Generation), was born in England.
1941 Jul 13, Britain and the
Soviet Union signed a mutual aid pact, providing the means for
Britain to send war materiel to the Soviet Union. As their escorts
turned away, the ships of the doomed Allied convoy PQ-17 followed
orders and began to disperse in the Arctic waters.
1942 Jul 13, Harrison Ford,
actor (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Frantic), was born in Chicago, Ill.
1942 Jul 13, 5,000 Jews of
Rovno, Polish Ukraine, were executed by Nazis.
1942 Jul 13, SS shot 1,500 Jews
in Josefov, Poland.
1943 Jul 13, Aubrey Grossman,
chairman of the Bay Area Council Against Discrimination reported
that Camp Mather, San Francisco's city-operated vacation spot in the
Sierra, did not accept Negroes or Oriental patronage.
(SSFC, 7/8/18, DB p.50)
1943 Jul 13, Greatest tank
battle in history ended with Russia's defeat of Germany at Kursk.
Almost 6,000 tanks took part and 2,900 were lost by Germany.
1944 Jul 13, Erno Rubik,
inventor (Rubik's cube), was born in Budapest.
1946 Jul 13, Alfred Stieglitz
(82), US photographer, art dealer (Camera Work), died. He was an art
dealer, curator, publisher, proselytizer for modern art and for
photography as an art. He also married Georgia O’Keeffe and promoted
(NH, 10/96, p.36)(www.fact-index.com)(Econ,
1946 Jul 13, The first Karlovy
Vary Int’l. Film Festival (Mezinárodní Filmový Festival Karlovy
Vary) was held in Czechoslovakia. Its first two years were
non-competitive showcases. The competition was started in 1948 and
with the exceptions of 1953 and 1955 the festival was held annually
until 1958. From 1960 on to 1992 it was alternating with the Moscow
Film Festival, being celebrated annually again since 1994.
1949 Jul 13, The militantly
anti-communist Pope Pius XII excommunicated communist Catholics
voters in Italy, an action aimed at the Italian Communist Party.
(MC, 7/13/02)(AP, 5/5/06)
1951 Jul 13,
Arnold Schoenberg (b.1874), composer, died. He wrote the book "Style
and Idea" and composed such works as the 21 songs of "Pierrot
Lunaire" based on a poem by Albert Giraud translated into German by
Otto Erich Hartleben, "Moses und Aron" and "Erwartung." In 2002
Allen Shawn authored "Arnold Schoenberg’s Journey."
(LGC-HCS, 1970, p. 562-575)(WSJ, 8/20/96,
p.A8)(WSJ, 1/31/02, p.A16)
1953 Jul 13, The 1st
Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, organized by Tom
Patterson, opened with Alec Guiness in Richard III.
(WSJ, 7/18/02, p.D10)
1954 Jul 13, In Geneva, the
United States, Great Britain and France reached an accord on
Indochina, dividing Vietnam into two countries, North and South,
along the 17th parallel.
1954 Jul 13, Frida Kahlo
(b.1907), artist, died in Mexico City. Her final painting was an
incomplete portrait of Joseph Stalin. Hayden Herrera authored her
biography in 1983. Raquel Tibol later authored "Frido Kahlo: An Open
(SFC, 4/22/01, p.D3)(WSJ, 7/6/01,
1955 Jul 13, Ruth Ellis, last
English woman (murderess), was executed by hanging. Ten days before
she had shot her husband, Ellis suffered a miscarriage after
Blakely, the baby's father, punched her in the stomach.
(MC, 7/13/02)(AP, 9/16/03)
1960 Jul 13, Massachusetts Sen.
John F. Kennedy won the Democratic presidential nomination at his
party's convention in Los Angeles.
1971 Jul 13, William Tolbert
(1913-1980), vice-president of Lebanon 1951, succeeded William
Tubman as president and continued Tubman’s policies until his own
death in 1980.
1971 Jul 13, The Army of
Morocco executed ten leaders accused of leading a revolt.
1971 Jul 13-19, Jordanian
troops proceeded to wipe out Palestinian guerrillas; some 1,500
prisoners were brought to Amman; Iraq and Syria broke off relations
(WUD, 1994, p. 1688)
1972 Jul 13, George McGovern
claimed the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's
convention in Miami Beach, Fla. McGovern defeated Scoop Jackson for
the nomination. McGovern’s campaign was led by Jean Westwood (d.1997
at 73), the first woman to chair a major US political party.
McGovern was nominated as candidate with Sen. Eagleton for
vice-president. Sen. Eagleton later dropped out after it was learned
that he suffered from a serious clinical emotional illness. The
Democratic competition for president included Vice-President Hubert
Humphrey, Sen. Ed Muskie, Gov. Terry Sanford, Sen. Henry Jackson,
Mayor John Lindsay, and Rep. Shirley Chisholm.
(WSJ, 8/5/96, p.A10)(WSJ, 2/26/96, p.A-10)(SFC,
8/23/97, p.A20)(AP, 7/13/07)
1973 Jul 13, In Chile a strike
began that lasted until the September 11 coup. More than a million
workers were on strike demanding that Allende go. American CIA
funding was involved.
1974 July 13, The US Senate
Watergate Committee proposed sweeping reforms to prevent another
1977 Jul 13, A 25-hour power
blackout hit the New York City area and looters rampaged in the city
after lightning struck upstate power lines. Some 9 million people
(TMC, 1994, p.1977)(AP, 7/13/97)(SFC, 8/15/03,
1978 Jul 13, Lee Iacocca was
fired as president of Ford Motor Co. by chairman Henry Ford II.
Iacocca later joined Chrysler as its president.
(WSJ, 6/19/96, Adv. Supl.)(AP, 7/13/97)
1978 Jul 13, Walter Poenisch
completed a "swim for peace" from Cuba to the US in 34 hours and 15
min. He used flippers and made the swim unassisted.
(SFC, 5/13/97, p.A3)(http://www.swim4peace.com/)
1979 Jul 13, Teradata, a
software company, was incorporated. It had started in a garage in
Brentwood, Calif. The name Teradata was chosen to symbolize the
ability to manage terabytes (trillions of bytes) of data.
1979 Jul 13, A 45-hour siege
began at the Egyptian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, as four Palestinian
guerrillas killed two security men and seized 20 hostages.
1981 Jul 13, Simon Gray's
"Quartermaine's Terms," premiered in London.
1983 Jul 13, Chrysler under Lee
Iacocca paid off the last of its guaranteed loans totaling $1.2
billion, 7 years ahead of schedule.
1985 Jul 13, Live Aid, an
international rock concert in London, Philadelphia, Moscow and
Sydney, took place to raise money for Ethiopia and Africa's starving
people. It was organized by Bob Geldof of Ireland.
(TMC, 1994, p.1985)(AP 7/13/97)(Econ, 6/4/05,
1985 Jul 13, Lt. Cmdr. Michael
Gershon, a Navy Blue Angel pilot, was killed when 2 planes collided
during an air show at Niagara Falls, NY.
1987 Jul 13, Jury selection
began in Washington for the perjury trial of President Reagan's
former aide and longtime confidant, Michael K. Deaver. Deaver was
later convicted of lying under oath about his lobbying business; he
was fined $100,000 and ordered to perform community service.
1988 Jul 13, Final results of
Mexico's recent presidential election were released, giving the
victory to the candidate of the governing party, Carlos Salinas de
Gortari. Opponents called election "stolen."
1989 Jul 13, Washington, D.C.
attorney Thomas L. Root was rescued after ditching his private plane
in the Atlantic Ocean near the Bahamas; he had suffered a mysterious
1989 Jul 13, Cuba executed four
military officers for conspiring to smuggle drugs to the United
States. Antonio de la Guardia, a colonel in the Interior Ministry,
was executed along with army general Arnaldo Ochoa and 2 other
officers in a drug trafficking case. Gen’l. Patricio de la Guardia,
Antonio’s twin, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Patricio was
released in 1997. Patricio had led an int’l. para-military brigade
in Chile during the Allende years that was estimated at 15,000 men.
(SFC, 3/19/97, p.A14)(WSJ, 10/30/98, p.A19)(AP,
1989 Jul 13, Abdul Rahman
Qassemlu, Kurd leader in Iran, was murdered.
1990 Jul 13, Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev closed the Communist Party’s 28th congress by
saying he would welcome Western aid without political strings.
1991 Jul 13, Soviet and
American negotiators meeting in Washington wrangled over a treaty to
reduce long-range nuclear missiles.
1992 Jul 13, Democrats opened
their 41st national convention at New York's Madison Square Garden
with speakers who taunted George H.W. Bush as a failed president
ripe for defeat in November.
1993 Jul 13, The American
League defeated the National League in the All-Star Game, 9-3, in
1993 Jul 13, Race car driver
Davey Allison died in Birmingham, Ala., of injuries suffered in a
1993 Jul 13, A.K. Ramanujan
(b.1929), Indian poet and scholar, died in Chicago. In 1999 his
collected essays were published.
1994 Jul 13, President Clinton
visited flood-stricken Georgia, where he announced more than $60
million in aid for Georgia, Alabama and Florida.
1994 Jul 13, Tonya Harding's
ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, was sentenced in Portland, Ore., to two
years in prison for his role in the attack on Nancy Kerrigan. He
ended up serving six months.
1995 Jul 13, President Clinton
denounced a base-closing list for the damage it would do to
California and Texas, but then approved the package while promising
to save jobs in those states.
1995 Jul 13, Just six days
after the space shuttle "Atlantis" returned, the shuttle "Discovery"
blasted off on a nine-day mission.
1995 Jul 13, In Michigan six
union locals, representing some 2,500 workers of the Detroit Free
Press, Detroit News and Detroit newspapers Inc., went on a strike
that lasted 19 months.
1995 Jul 13, In Thailand
Banharn Silpa-archa (1932-2016), a provincial political powerbroker,
began serving as prime minister.
1996 Jul 13, After battering
the Carolinas, the weakened remnants of Hurricane Bertha moved
north, spawning tornadoes and dumping rain from Maryland to
1996 Jul 13, Hollywood producer
Pandro S. Berman (1905-1996) died. He produced Top Hat, Morning
Glory, The Blackboard Jungle, Swing Time, The Gay Divorcee, Shall We
Dance, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Gunga Din, Of Human Bondage,
National Velvet, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Butterfield 8, Father of the
Bride and Move.
(SFC, 7/14/96, p.C8)
1996 Jul 13, Mt. Merapi volcano
in Java was about to erupt.
(SFC, 7/13/96, p.A10)
1996 Jul 13, Winter storms
raged across South Africa and snowdrifts up to 8-feet high blocked
the main road from Johannesburg to Durban.
(SFC, 7/13/96, p.A10)
1996 Jul 13, Tehran, Iran, was
invaded by thousands of lizards and snakes over the past three
months. Military exercises nearby or rising levels of groundwater
have been cited as possible reasons.
(SFC, 7/13/96, p.A10)
1996 Jul 13-14, In Uganda more
than 90 Sudanese refugees were killed in a camp 220 miles north of
Kampala. The Lord’s Resistance Army was blamed.
(WSJ, 7/16/96, p.A1)
1997 Jul 13, Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright returned to her Jewish roots in the Czech
Republic, finding names of family members killed by the Nazis
inscribed on a Prague synagogue wall. News reports the previous
February revealed that Albright, who'd been raised a Roman Catholic,
had Jewish relatives, many of whom died in the Holocaust.
1997 Jul 13, In Poland floods
threatened the isle of Ostrow Tumski on the Oder River in the heart
of Wroclaw, whose buildings date back to the 13th century. A
100-year flood swept through the Sudety Mountains.
(SFC, 7/14/97, p.A15)(SFEC, 8/2/98, p.T8)
1997 Jul 13, In San Sebastian,
Spain, Miguel Angel Blanco (29), a Basque town councilor and
low-ranking member of the Popular Party of Prime Minister Jose Maria
Aznar, died of head wounds from the ETA, Basque Homeland and
Freedom, a Basque separatist group. Almost 800 people have died
since the ETA began fighting in 1968.
(SFEC, 7/13/97, p.A11)
1998 Jul 13, Thomas Martin
Thompson (43) was executed at San Quentin, Ca., for the murder of
Ginger Fleischli in 1981. In 2015 a federal appeals court judge that
Thompson was likely innocent.
(SFC, 7/14/98, p.A1)(SFC, 6/2/15, p.D1)(SSFC,
1998 Jul 13, A jury in
Poughkeepsie, N.Y., ruled that the Rev. Al Sharpton and two others
had defamed a former prosecutor by accusing him of raping Tawana
Brawley. Steven Pagones won a $345,000 judgment.
1998 Jul 13, Four young cousins
in Gallup, N.M., died after becoming trapped in a car trunk.
1998 Jul 13, In Azerbaijan
Suret Huseinov, a former prime minister, went on trial for treason.
(SFC, 8/13/98, p.A11)
1998 Jul 13, Ten nations joined
the EU in locking out the leaders of Belarus for the eviction of
(SFC, 7/14/98, p.A9)
1998 Jul 13, The IMF announced
a $17.1 billion rescue package for Russia.
(SFC, 7/14/98, p.A1)
1998 Jul 13, In Italy Silvio
Berlusconi, former premier, was convicted for the 3rd time since
Dec. This conviction was for illegal party financing in 1991. A
prior conviction was for bribing tax inspectors.
(SFC, 7/14/98, p.A10)
1998 Jul 13, In Japan Prime
Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto resigned after voters rejected his
Liberal Democratic Party.
(SFC, 7/13/98, p.A1)
1998 Jul 13, King Hussein of
Jordan went to the US to receive treatment for cancer.
(SFC, 11/28/98, p.A12)
1998 Jul 13, In Chiapas,
Mexico, a technical junior high school in Oventic was inaugurated by
Commandante Ezequiel and Peter Brown of the US. Brown was deported 2
weeks later for violating Mexican laws, i.e. building a school on a
(SFEC, 7/26/98, p.A18)
1998 Jul 13, In Norway
delegates from 21 countries met to draft strategy to keep small arms
out of the hands of terrorists.
(SFC, 7/13/98, p.A8)
1999 Jul 13, The American
League won the All-Star game for the third straight time, defeating
the National League 4-to-1 at Boston’s Fenway Park.
(SFC, 7/14/99, p.A1)(AP, 7/13/00)
1999 Jul 13, Angel Maturino
Resendiz, suspected of being the "Railroad Killer," surrendered in
El Paso, Texas. He was subsequently tried, convicted and executed on
July 27, 2006 at Huntsville Prison in Texas. He had been suspected
of killings in 15 cases in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
1999 Jul 13, In Tehran police
fired tear gas at thousands of protesters as street battles spread
across the city for the sixth day. Tens of thousands of security
forces countered the protesters.
(SFC, 7/14/99, p.A1)(AP, 7/13/00)
1999 Jul 13, In Kashmir Islamic
militants of the United Jihad Council said they would change
positions but not pull out of the disputed region.
(WSJ, 7/14/99, p.A1)
1999 Jul 13, In Russia Nikita
Krivchun (20) stabbed Leopold Kaimovsky (52), director of the Jewish
Cultural Center, numerous times in Moscow.
(SFC, 7/14/99, p.C10)
2000 Jul 13, Fellow Democrat
Bill Bradley endorsed Vice President Al Gore for president, four
months after conceding their fight for the White House.
2000 Jul 13, It was reported
that the US and Vietnam had completed a trade agreement for
generally unfettered commerce between the two countries.
(SFC, 7/13/00, p.A12)
2000 Jul 13, In China a
mudslide following heavy rains killed at least 119 villagers in
Ziyang county in Shanxi province. The death toll was later raised to
213 with another 23 killed in the Liangshan area of Sichuan
(SFC, 7/17/00, p.A13)(SFC, 7/21/00, p.B7)
2000 Jul 13, In Fiji the Great
Council of Chiefs elected Ratu Josefa Iloilo as the new president.
(SFC, 7/14/00, p.A13)
2000 Jul 13, In southern Sudan
rebels reported the killing of at least 92 pro-government fighters
of the Murahilin tribe after 2 days of fighting.
(SFC, 7/14/00, p.D2)
2001 Jul 13, Pres. Bush ordered
toughened enforcement of the sanctions against Cuba and promised to
expand support for human rights activists there.
(SFC, 7/14/01, p.A11)
2001 Jul 13, It was reported
that California was awash with methamphetamines produced by Mexican
drug trafficking cartels. Prices were down to $20 per gram vs. $100
in the rest of the country.
(SFC, 7/13/01, p.A3)
2001 Jul 13, A judge in San
Jose, Calif., sentenced Andrew Burnett, the man who had tossed a
fluffy little dog to its death in a bout of road rage, to the
maximum three years behind bars.
2001 Jul 13, In Missouri a
private plane crashed into a home in Carterville and all 6 people
aboard were killed.
(SFC, 7/14/01, p.A3)
2001 Jul 13, It was reported
that record droughts persisted in Afghanistan northern China, North
Korea, Mongolia and Tajikistan.
(SFC, 7/13/01, p.D4)
2001 Jul 13, The IOC awarded
Beijing, China, the honor of hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics.
(SFC, 7/14/01, p.A1)
2001 Jul 13, In Gaza and the
West Bank 2 Islamic Hamas militants were killed. Israeli soldiers
shot and killed one in Tulkarm. Fawaz Badran (27) was killed when
his car exploded.
(SFC, 7/14/01, p.A10)
2002 Jul 13, US governors
opened their summer meeting in Boise, Idaho, with high health care
costs the main topic.
2002 Jul 13, Yousuf Karsh (93),
photographer, died in Boston.
2002 Jul 13, A family of 4 were
found stabbed to death in their home near Whittier, Ca. Jasmine Ruiz
(8) was sexually assaulted before being killed. Alfonso Ignacio
Morales (23) was arrested July 15.
(SSFC, 7/14/02, p.A7)(SFC, 7/16/02, p.A4)
2002 Jul 13, A unanimous UN
Security Council vote to exempt American peacekeepers from
prosecution by the new war crimes tribunal for a year ended a U.S.
threat to halt U.N. peacekeeping but angered many court supporters.
2002 Jul 13, Dominican
lawmakers voted to reform the country's constitution to allow
presidents to serve two consecutive terms in office.
2002 Jul 13, Outside Jammu,
Kashmir, a grenade and gun attack on a Hindu slum that left 27
people dead, dozens wounded and rekindled fears of war with nuclear
(Reuters, 7/14/02)(SSFC, 7/14/02, p.A12)
2002 Jul 13, It was reported
that Dr. P.V. Rajiv in southern India saved three sick newborn
babies using a cloned version of the anti-impotence drug Viagra. "We
saved the babies by giving sildenafil citrate, also called Viagra,"
he said. Dr. Rajiv first gave the drug orally to a baby suffering
pulmonary hypertension, after consulting international journals
which reported its use to treat adults in a similar condition. Blue
babies have a condition that contracts vessels carrying oxygen-rich
blood to the lungs.
2002 Jul 13, In southern Iraq 7
civilians were reported injured in U.S. air raids.
2002 Jul 13, Police in northern
Kenya opened fire on protesters outside a U.N. refugee camp, killing
2002 Jul 13, Morocco’s King
Mohammed VI publicly celebrated his marriage to a 24-year-old
computer engineer during two days of festivities that showed the
38-year-old king's desire to modernize the monarchy.
2002 Jul 13, In Mansahra,
northern Pakistan, 9 foreigners and three Pakistanis were hurt when
an unidentified assailant hurled a hand grenade at a tourist party.
(Reuters, 7/13/02)(SSFC, 7/14/02, p.A20)
2002 Jul 13, President
Alejandro Toledo declared a state of emergency Saturday in southeast
Peru, where snow and freezing weather has killed at least 18 people
in less than two weeks.
2003 Jul 13, Compay Segundo
(95), a once-forgotten Cuban musician who gained worldwide fame with
the "Buena Vista Social Club," died in Havana.
2003 Jul 13, In Iraq a
25-member interim Iraqi Governing Council (IGC) of prominent Iraqis
from diverse political and religious backgrounds was named at an
inaugural meeting, the first national body since the fall of Saddam
Hussein. The council abolished a number of old holidays and
established April 9, the fall of Baghdad and Saddam's regime, as a
new national holiday.
(AP, 7/13/03)(WSJ, 4/19/04, p.A14)
2003 Jul 13, In Kashmir a bus
skidded off a mountain road after hitting another vehicle and fell
into a river, killing at least 16 people and injuring 19.
2003 Jul 13, Kuwait's emir,
Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah (76), appointed his brother as prime
minister, separating the post from the crown prince for the first
time in a move seen as a step toward political reform.
2003 Jul 13, Hashim Salamat
(61), founder of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), died in
the Philippines. In the 1960s he was sent to Egypt where he obtained
an Islamic philosophy degree from Al Azhar college in 1967 and a
masters degree two years later.
2004 Jul 13, The American
League cruised past the National League 9-4 in the All-Star game.
2004 Jul 13, Ken Jennings (30),
a software engineer from SLC, crossed the $1 million mark in a
30-game winning streak on Jeapardy.
(USAT, 7/4/04, p.1A)
2004 Jul 13, In an Ohio court
De Beers ended a 60-year impasse and agreed to pay a $10 million
fine for the price fixing of industrial diamonds.
(Econ, 7/17/04, p.60)
2004 Jul 13, American troops in
Afghanistan numbered about 17,000 with some 140,000 serving in Iraq.
(WSJ, 7/13/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 13, Police forces
loyal to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen forced the acting head of
state Chea Sim out of the country in a purge of the ruling party.
2004 Jul 13, Chechnya's acting
president escaped injury in the Chechen capital when an explosion
hit his motorcade, but one person was killed and three were wounded.
A separate clash left 18 soldiers dead.
(AP, 7/13/04)(WSJ, 7/14/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 13, It was reported
that the bid price for a car license plate in Shanghai had surged to
$4,133 in May.
(WSJ, 7/13/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 13, Carlos
Kleiber (b.1930), German conductor, died. He was buried in Slovenia
next to his wife. He was considered as one of the great conductors
of the 20th century.
2004 Jul 13, A confidant of
Osama bin Laden (Khaled bin Ouda bin Mohammed al-Harby) surrendered
to Saudi diplomats in Iran and was flown to Saudi Arabia.
2004 Jul 13, At least 13
people, eight Maoist guerrillas, two security men and three
civilians, were killed in revolt-racked Nepal during the last
2004 Jul 13, The Philippines
said it would withdraw its tiny peacekeeping force from Iraq as soon
as it can. The Philippine government made a direct appeal to
insurgents holding a Filipino hostage, pleading with them to show
mercy for the man they threatened to kill if the country did not
agree to pull its troops from Iraq early.
2004 Jul 13, Overflowing rivers
swamped villages in South Asia, leaving millions of residents
stranded in their flooded homes and 272 people dead in the annual
2004 Jul 13, The US State Dept.
announced that Uzbekistan had not passed the test for assistance
(Econ, 7/17/04, p.43)
2005 Jul 13, Bernie Ebbers
(63), former CEO of WorldCom, was sentenced to 25 years in prison
for his role in fraud orchestrating the biggest corporate accounting
fraud in US history.
(WSJ, 7/14/05, p.A1)
2005 Jul 13, In Virginia a
federal judge sentenced Ali Timini (41), a prominent Muslim
spiritual leader, to life in prison for inciting his followers for
violent jihad against the US. Timini was convicted in April.
(SFC, 7/14/05, p.A9)
2005 Jul 13, The National
Hockey league and the players’ union reached an agreement in
principle on a 6-year labor deal ending a lockout that canceled the
last season. It included a team wage limit of $39 million and a 24%
reduction in current salaries.
(WSJ, 7/14/05, p.D1)(Econ, 7/23/05, p.36)
2005 Jul 13, The Pennsylvania
Health Care Cost Containment Council issued a report that said more
than 11,000 people caught some sort of infection in Pennsylvania
hospitals last year and nearly 1,800 died from them.
2005 Jul 13, The White Holly, a
retrofitted WW II Navy freighter, embarked from SF Bay on a 7,000
mile roundtrip cruise to study coral reef decay.
(SFC, 7/14/05, p.A1)
2005 Jul 13, A fuel gauge that
mistakenly read full instead of empty forced NASA to call off the
first shuttle launch in 2½ years.
2005 Jul 13, It was reported
that a triple-star system, HD 188753, is located 149 light-years
away in the constellation Cygnus. The primary star is like our Sun,
weighing 1.06 solar masses. The other two stars form a tightly
bound pair, which is separated from the primary by approximately the
2005 Jul 13, In Afghanistan a
suspected Taliban gunmen killed Saleh Mohammed, a senior
pro-government Muslim cleric in Helmand province.
2005 Jul 13, PM John Howard
said Australia will send 150 elite troops to Afghanistan by
September to fight a growing tide of violence by remnants of the
Taliban and al-Qaida.
2005 Jul 13, British police
identified 3 of the July 7 bombers as Shahzad Tanweer (22), Mohammed
Sidique Khan (30), and Hasib Hussain (19), the bomber on the N0. 30
bus. The 4th suicide bomber was identified the next day as Lindsey
Germaine (19), a Jamaican-born Briton.
(SFC, 7/30/05, p.A11)
2005 Jul 13, Opposition
movements from across Egypt's political spectrum joined in
opposition to President Hosni Mubarak with calls for a boycott of
September's presidential vote.
2005 Jul 13, Egypt announced it
was launching a campaign for the return of five of its most precious
artifacts from museums abroad, including the Rosetta Stone in London
and the graceful bust of Nefertiti in Berlin.
2005 Jul 13, Rudy Therassan,
Haiti's former national police commander (2201-2003), was sentenced
to almost 15 years in prison. He was accused of protecting Colombian
cocaine shipments through his destitute homeland. He pleaded guilty
in federal court in April to conspiring to import at least 22 pounds
of cocaine into the US and laundering money.
2005 Jul 13, In India an
Islamic trust claimed ownership of the Taj Mahal and demanded a
slice of tourist revenue from the 17th-century monument to love, but
the government-run group charged with its upkeep vowed to challenge
that claim in court.
2005 Jul 13, The US military
filed charges against 11 US soldiers for assaulting detainees in
Baghdad. A suicide car bomb exploded next to US troops handing out
candy and toys, killing more than two dozen people, including 18
children and teenagers and an American soldier.
(AP, 7/16/05)(AP, 7/13/06)
2005 Jul 13, Israeli troops
reoccupied the West Bank city of Tulkarem early, killing a
Palestinian policeman in a firefight and arresting five Islamic
Jihad activists after the militant group killed four Israelis in a
2005 Jul 13, In Brescia, Italy,
a judge convicted two North Africans of belonging to an extremist
cell alleged to have planned attacks, including one against Milan's
subway. Moroccan Mohamed Rafik was sentenced to four years and eight
months in prison and Tunisian Kamel Hamraoui to three years and four
2005 Jul 13, In Kenya in an
apparent revenge attack, men believed to be from the Gabra tribe
killed 10 members of the rival Borana tribe as they were being
driven to a seminar in Marsabit, 250 miles northeast of Nairobi.
2005 Jul 13, In southern
Pakistan 3 trains collided in a deadly chain reaction after a train
driver misread a signal, killing 133 people and injuring hundreds in
the country's worst crash in more than a decade.
2005 Jul 13, Thousands of
Peruvians protested against a proposed US-trade pact that a UN
investigator warned would put medicines out of reach of millions of
2005 Jul 13, Pressure grew for
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to quit as her
opponents staged the largest rally against her so far.
2005 Jul 13, Russian President
Vladimir Putin signed a decree stripping the security services of
control over a number of detention centers, satisfying a
long-standing request by Europe's top human rights body.
2006 Jul 13, President Bush met
with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Stralsund, Germany, while on
his way to the G8 summit in Russia.
2006 Jul 13, Former CIA officer
Valerie Plame sued Vice President Dick Cheney, presidential adviser
Karl Rove and other White House officials, saying they orchestrated
a "whispering campaign" to destroy her career.
2006 Jul 13, Tongsun Park (71),
a South Korean businessman accused of being an Iraqi agent and
trying to influence the oil-for-food program, was convicted of
conspiracy in New York federal court. Park, arrested last year, was
the first person tried in the scandal. He will be sentenced in
October and could face more than a dozen years in prison for his
role in the decade-long conspiracy.
2006 Jul 13, The Massachusetts
Turnpike authority said it found as many as 240 potential defects in
ceiling bolts on Boston’s Big Dig tunnel. Gov. Mitt Romney filed
emergency legislation and called for the resignation of the head of
the Turnpike Authority in the wake of falling concrete slabs that
killed a woman on July 10.
(SFC, 7/14/06, p.A4)
2006 Jul 13, Hazleton, Pa.,
passed Mayor Louis Barletta’s Illegal Immigration Relief Act in an
effort to get rid of undocumented immigrants. In August federal
lawsuits were filed against Hazleton and other local governments for
attempting to regulate immigration. A 1976 US Supreme Court decision
said regulation of immigration is exclusively a federal power. In
2007 a federal judge struck down the Hazleton anti-illegal
(SFC, 8/16/06, p.A5)(SFC, 7/27/07, p.A13)
2006 Jul 13, The Dow Jones fell
166 to 10846 and Nasdaq closed down 36 to 2,054. Crude oil for
August delivery closed at a record $76.70.
(SFC, 7/14/06, p.D1)
2006 Jul 13, The Sawtooth
Complex fire in southern California grew to 40,000 acres and
remained out of control. It looked to soon merge with the 2,500-acre
(SFC, 7/14/06, p.A1)
2006 Jul 13, Red Buttons (87),
comic film and TV star, died at his home in Century City, Ca. His
over 30 films included “Hatari” and “The Poseidon Adventure.”
Buttons was born as Aaron Chwatt in NYC on Feb. 5, 1919.
(SFC, 7/14/06, p.B9)
2006 Jul 13, A collaborative
effort to study malaria went public via the Web site Africa@home.
Project leaders planned to use spare computing capacity to study
malaria. By July 19 it reached the stable level of some 5000
computers needed at this stage for MalariaControl.net.
2006 Jul 13, British and Afghan
forces battled Taliban holdouts after repelling a brazen insurgent
attack on a police headquarters a day earlier. Afghan and US-led
coalition forces killed nine militants after suspected Taliban
fighters attacked two army checkpoints in the latest fighting to
rock southern Afghanistan. More than 30 enemy extremists were killed
in an operation in Uruzgan province.
(AP, 7/13/06)(AP, 7/14/06)(AFP, 7/15/06)
2006 Jul 13, In Belarus
Alexander Kozulin (50), an opposition leader, was convicted of
organizing an unauthorized rally against the disputed election of
Pres. Lukashenko and sentenced to 5 1/2 years in jail.
2006 Jul 13, In Brazil gangs
torched buses and attacked banks and police stations across Sao
Paulo, deepening crime fears as a wave of rampant violence entered
its third day.
2006 Jul 13, The NatWest
British bankers David Bermingham, Gary Mulgrew and Giles Darby were
extradited to the US for a $20 million fraud linked to the collapsed
Enron Corp. Many viewed the March, 2003, US and British extradition
treaty as imbalanced and favoring US interests.
(Econ, 7/15/06, p.12, 56)
2006 Jul 13, The Guardian
newspaper said PM Tony Blair wants China, India, Brazil, Mexico and
South Africa to join the G8 to secure multilateral deals on trade,
climate change and Iran.
2006 Jul 13, Three Canadian
military personnel were killed and four others injured on after
their helicopter crashed into the Atlantic Ocean during a search and
rescue training exercise off Canada's east coast.
2006 Jul 13, Canada confirmed
its second case of mad cow disease in as many weeks, and the 7th
2006 Jul 13, A Chinese reporter
who posted essays on foreign Web sites criticizing the ruling
Communist Party was sentenced to two years in prison on subversion
2006 Jul 13, The EU criticized
Israel for using "disproportionate" force in its attacks on Lebanon
following the cross-border raid by Hezbollah guerillas who captured
2 Israeli soldiers.
2006 Jul 13, Indian police
detained about 350 people for questioning in the Bombay train
bombings amid suspicion that Kashmiri militants could be linked to
the attacks that killed at least 200 people. Officials said they
believe the bombings were the work of Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, a
Pakistan-based Islamic militant group.
(AP, 7/13/06)(SFC, 7/14/06, p.A17)
2006 Jul 13, President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad shrugged off a decision by world powers to refer Iran to
the U.N. Security Council over its atomic program, saying Tehran
would never abandon its "right to exploit peaceful nuclear
2006 Jul 13, British and
Australian forces handed over security duties for a relatively
peaceful southern province to Iraqis in the first such transfer of
an entire province. Gunmen killed the coach of Iraq's national
wrestling team in a botched abduction attempt but a player escaped.
A suicide car bomber struck a police patrol in the northern city of
Mosul, killing five people and wounding five. At least 19 people
were killed in attacks nationwide.
2006 Jul 13, An Israeli
warplane bombed the Palestinian Foreign Ministry, collapsing part of
the structure and causing widespread damage in the area.
2006 Jul 13, Israel unleashed a
furious military campaign on Lebanon's main airport, highways,
military bases and other targets, retaliating for scores of
Hezbollah guerrilla rockets that rained down on Israel and reached
as far as Haifa, its third-largest city, for the first time. The
death toll in two days of fighting rose to 57 people. Lebanese
guerrillas fired three rockets at the northern Israeli town of
Safed, wounding seven people. Israel imposed a sea and air blockade
on Lebanon to cut off supply routes to Lebanese militants. Israel
hit hundreds of targets in Lebanon as part of its effort to force
the release of two soldiers captured by Hezbollah guerrillas.
Hezbollah’s Al-Manar Television broadcast pictures of the Iranian
supplied 333mm Raad-1 rocket used in an attack on the Israeli army
base near Safed.
(AP, 7/13/06)(SFC, 7/14/06, p.A14)
2006 Jul 13, In the northern
Philippines a powerful Asian storm strengthen to a typhoon after
killing at least nine people.
2006 Jul 13, In Thailand a top
court decided to accept a case that accuses PM Thaksin Shinawatra's
ruling party and its main rival of electoral fraud.
2006 Jul 13, The presidents of
Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia formally opened a pipeline designed
to bypass Russia and bring Caspian oil to Europe, a route that
President Bush said would bolster global energy security.
2007 Jul 13, A US jury in
Chicago found Conrad Black guilty of criminal fraud and obstruction
of justice. Black and the others had been accused by US prosecutors
of pilfering $60 million in payments that should have benefited
Hollinger International, once the world's third-largest English
language newspaper chain, and its shareholders. Black was sentenced
to a 6 1/2-year sentence and began serving it at a federal prison in
(Reuters, 7/13/07)(AP, 7/13/08)
2007 Jul 13, In southern
Afghanistan NATO-led and Afghan troops clashed with Taliban
militants, leaving 10 suspected militants dead.
2007 Jul 13, A court in Brazil
issued an arrest warrant for self-exiled Russian tycoon Boris
Berezovsky on charges of money-laundering, but he denied any
involvement. The case dates back to 2004, when MSI spent millions of
dollars acquiring new players, which raised the interest of Sao
Paulo state prosecutors. They wanted to know more about the
investment group, its Iranian-born president, Kia Joorabchian, and
the origin of the money he and his unidentified partners injected
into the club. Brazilian prosecutors said they have also issued an
arrest warrant for Joorabchian, a British citizen.
2007 Jul 13, Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, began hosting the Pan American Games. An estimated 5,500
athletes from 42 countries participated in 38 sports. The games
ended July 29.
2007 Jul 13, China’s General
Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine
said on its Web site that frozen poultry products from Tyson Foods
Inc., the world's largest meat processor, were found to be
contaminated with salmonella. AQSIQ said other imports barred
included frozen chicken feet from Sanderson Farms, Inc. tainted with
residue of an anti-parasite drug, as well as frozen pork ribs from
Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. containing a leanness-enhancing feed
2007 Jul 13, French legislators
approved a measure lowering the cap on tax burdens to 50% of income,
despite resistance from leftists and even within the ruling
2007 Jul 13, A French gendarme
shot a superior officer dead in a Paris suburb before killing his
own twin children and finally turning the gun on himself.
2007 Jul 13, The International
Atomic Energy Agency said Iran has agreed to answer lingering
questions about its nuclear experiments and will let UN inspectors
return to a plutonium-producing reactor it is building.
2007 Jul 13, In northern Iran
at least 18 people were killed and 24 others injured in a road
accident when a truck slammed into a bus full passengers.
2007 Jul 13, US forces battled
Iraqi police and gunmen, killing six policemen, after an American
raid captured an Iraqi police lieutenant accused of leading a cell
of Shiite militiamen. 7 gunmen also died in the fight. A volley of
at least four mortars were fired from the city's dangerous southern
districts at the Green Zone. The mortars hit near the home of a
senior Iraqi military official, killing two Iraqi soldiers. Khalid
W. Hassan (23), an Iraqi journalist for The New York Times, was shot
to death on his way to work. A US soldier was killed by small arms
fire near Rusdi Mulla.
(AP, 7/13/07)(AP, 7/19/07)
2007 Jul 13, A powerful typhoon
pounded Japan's southern Okinawa island chain, cutting power to tens
of thousands of households and grounding flights with winds up to
2007 Jul 13, In north Lebanon
Islamic militants fired back volleys of rockets at the Lebanese army
as troops pounded the remaining suspected hideouts of the Fatah
Islam fighters holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp.
2007 Jul 13, Roman Robles-Cota
(32), a police chief in the northern Mexican town of Sonoyta pleaded
guilty to charges that he bribed a US Border Patrol agent in 2005 in
an effort to help a smuggling operation.
2007 Jul 13, The main US
development fund signed a $506.9 million aid agreement with
Mozambique to promote economic growth and reduce poverty.
2007 Jul 13, In Nepal
landslides in two mountainous districts killed at least 26 people
and injured 17 more.
2007 Jul 13, In Pakistan Muslim
protesters burnt effigies of Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf
and American icon "Uncle Sam" in mass rallies against this week's
deadly Red Mosque army raid.
2007 Jul 13, Some 4,000
Palestinians remained stuck on the Egyptian side of the border with
trouble finding food and shelter, shortages they blamed on local
authorities who are indifferent to their plight.
2007 Jul 13, The Great Canary
Telescope, one of the most powerful in the world, began spying on
the universe, using its 34-foot wide mirror to search for planets
similar to our own from a mountaintop on one of Spain's Canary
Islands. The Canary Island observatory said institutes in Mexico and
the US collaborated in the project, involving more than 1,000 people
in nearly 100 companies.
2007 Jul 13, Andrew Natsios,
the US envoy to Sudan, accused the country's government of resuming
bombing civilian positions in its troubled Darfur region, and warned
of a "disturbing" trend of Arab groups resettling in the area.
2007 Jul 13, UN officials said
they are investigating allegations that Indian peacekeepers in Congo
traded food and even military intelligence with Rwandan Hutu rebels
in return for gold.
2007 Jul 13, Authorities in
Zimbabwe announced the arrest of hundreds more retailers and
executives as part of an ongoing price crackdown as it emerged the
head of the central bank had warned against the blitz.
2008 Jul 13, The US Securities
and Exchange Commission said it would immediately conduct
investigations aimed at preventing the intentional spreading of
false information intended to manipulate securities prices. the
Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department announced steps to brace
slumping mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
(Reuters, 7/14/08)(AP, 7/14/08)
2008 Jul 13, Terry Childs (43),
a San Francisco computer engineer, was arrested on felony charges
for allegedly plotting to hijack the city’s computer system. Childs,
who continue to draw his $127,735 annual salary, refused to provide
passwords to the network system and was held in lieu of a $5 million
bail. Mayor Newsom met with Childs on July 21, who provided system
code. Cisco engineers had the system back under control by July 22.
On April 27, 2010, Childs was convicted of felony computer
tampering. On April 27, 2010, a Superior Court jury concluded that
his crime cost the city over $200,000, making him eligible for a
maximum state sentence of 5 years. On Aug 6, 2010, Childs was
sentenced to 4 years in prison and ordered to pay $1.5 million. Hi
conviction was upheld in 2013.
(SFC, 7/16/08, p.B1)(SFC, 7/23/08, p.B1)(SFC,
4/28/10, p.C1)(SFC, 8/7/10, p.C2)(SSFC, 10/27/13, p.C2C3)
2008 Jul 13, Belgian-based
brewer InBev announced it will buy Anheuser-Busch for $52 billion.
2008 Jul 13, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up next to
a police patrol killing 24 people in Uruzgan province. A two-day
battle sparked by an insurgent attack killed at least 40 militants
in Helmand province. A NATO soldier died in a roadside blast in
Helmand province. In Kunar province, fighting erupted when militants
attacked a NATO security force outpost. In eastern Logar province
gunmen kidnapped parliament member Abdul Wali and his driver.
Well-armed militants got inside a remote military outpost in the
village of Wanat in the mountainous northeastern province of Kunar.
9 American soldiers were killed in the deadliest assault on US
forces in Afghanistan in three years. In 2010 the US Army reversed a
decision to punish three officers for command failures that led to
the deadly firefight. In 2014 Sgt. Matthew Pitts was awarded the
Medal of Honor for his actions in Wanat.
(AP, 7/13/08)(AP, 7/14/08)(AP, 6/23/10)(AFP,
2008 Jul 13, Algeria’s
government newspaper El Moudjhaid said a consortium of British-based
oil services company Petrofac and Indonesian engineering company
IKPT provisionally won a contract to build an LNG plant in western
Mediterranean port of Arzew.
2008 Jul 13, Pope Benedict XVI
arrived in Sydney, after a stop in Darwin, for one of the largest
Christian gatherings on Earth, starting a visit set to be marked by
his apology for sexual abuse by priests in Australia.
2008 Jul 13, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy urged the disparate and conflicted countries around
the Mediterranean Sea to make peace as European rivals did in the
20th century as he launched an unprecedented Union for the
Mediterranean. 43 nations, including Israel and Arab states, pledged
to work for a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction at the
close of a summit to launch an unprecedented Union for the
Mediterranean aimed at securing peace across the restive region.
(AP, 7/13/08)(AP, 7/14/08)
2008 Jul 13, Iranian state TV
said the country is exploring a newly discovered oil field believed
to contain more than 1 billion barrels of crude oil.
2008 Jul 13, In Iraq gunmen
attacked a soccer game near Duluiya killing a police officer and a
Sunni Muslim allied with the US against al-Qaida. A roadside bomb in
Fallujah killed 4 police officers. A bomb hit a truck near Baquba.
The driver and his assistant died of their wounds at a nearby
hospital. Some 70 women graduated in the first Daughters of Iraq, a
group of female security volunteers.
(SFC, 7/14/08, p.A3)
2008 Jul 13, Thousands of
Japanese rallied against the permanent basing of the nuclear-powered
USS George Washington aircraft carrier near Tokyo, saying a recent
onboard fire made it unsafe.
2008 Jul 13, In Indian Kashmir
10 people were hurt when police had to fire shots in the air and use
tear gas to disperse a crowd that was attacking pro-India
2008 Jul 13, In Mexico gunmen
opened fire on four cars on a busy street in Guamuchil, killing
eight people. Among the victims were a girl (11), two 17-year-old
boys and two women aged 18 and 19. On July 16 Mexico's government
offered a reward of nearly US$100,000 for information leading to the
capture of the gunmen.
(AP, 7/14/08)(AP, 7/17/08)
2008 Jul 13, In Poland
Bronislaw Geremek (76), former foreign minister (1997-2000), died in
a car accident near Lubien. He was an icon in the struggle against
communist rule and a founding member of the Solidarity trade union.
(AFP, 7/13/08)(Econ, 7/26/08, p.98)
2008 Jul 13, In Sierra Leone a
passenger plane loaded with 1,540 pounds of cocaine was found
abandoned at the main airport.
(SFC, 7/14/08, p.A11)
2008 Jul 13, A World Food
Program contractor was gunned down in Somalia, the 5th agency worker
to be killed this year.
2008 Jul 13, In Sudan thousands
of protesters chanting "Down, Down USA!" rallied in Khartoum after
reports that the International Criminal Court (ICC) may seek the
arrest of Sudan's president for alleged war crimes. A stampede among
crowds of people attending a military graduation ceremony killed 17
people at the al-Merriekh Stadium in Omdurman, the twin city of
Khartoum. The dead were mostly women and children with 3 dozen
(Reuters, 7/13/08)(AP, 7/14/08)
2009 Jul 13, The US Fisheries
Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
issued a ban on krill fishing within 200 miles of the Pacific coast
of California, Oregon and Washington due to concerns that commercial
krill fishing threatened food sources for fish, whales and
(SFC, 7/14/09, p.A4)
2009 Jul 13, In southern
Afghanistan 2 US Marines were killed in a hostile incident. An
insurgent attack in eastern Nuristan province killed a US soldier.
The police chief of Jalrez district in Wardak province was killed
along with 3 officers in a roadside blast.
(AP, 7/14/09)(SFC, 7/14/09, p.A3)
2009 Jul 13, British and
Israeli officials said Britain has revoked several licenses granted
to British companies to sell weapons parts to Israel because of
concerns over their use in Israel's recent war in the Gaza Strip.
2009 Jul 13, In China police
shot dead two Uighur men and wounded a third on the streets of
Urumqi, where tens of thousands of troops are stationed to restore
calm a week after deadly ethnic riots.
2009 Jul 13, China's Health
Ministry ordered a hospital to stop using electric shock therapy to
cure youths of Internet addiction, saying there was no scientific
evidence it worked.
2009 Jul 13, In Cuba the body
of Rev. Mariano Arroyo Merino (74) was discovered in his room at the
parish he served in the coastal neighborhood of Regla, situated on
Havana Bay across from the capital. Authorities were still
investigating the death of another Spanish priest, the Rev. Eduardo
de la Fuente Serrano, whose body was found in a remote, sparsely
populated area just outside the capital in mid-February.
2009 Jul 13, In Germany retired
auto worker John Demjanjuk was formally charged with 27,900 counts
of acting as an accessory to murder, one for every person who died
at Sobibor during the time he is accused of serving as a guard at
the Nazi death camp.
2009 Jul 13, German automobile
group Daimler said it sold 40 percent of its stake in US electric
car maker Tesla Motors to United Arab Emirate's Aabar Investments
group to boost development of low-emission vehicles.
2009 Jul 13, Munich Re, the
world’s largest reinsurance group, invited 20 large companies to
join it in forming a consortium called Desertec to build a legion of
solar power stations in Africa and Arabia and connect them to
(Econ, 7/11/09, p.83)
2009 Jul 13, In Indonesia a
policeman's body was found at the bottom of a ravine near the
Indonesian operations of US mining conglomerate Freeport, raising
the death toll from a series of weekend ambushes in restive Papua
province to three.
2009 Jul 13, Iraqi authorities
imposed vehicle bans in two mostly Christian towns and increased
security around churches in Baghdad after attacks targeting the
Christian minority. An Iraqi soldier was killed when a bomb attached
to his private vehicle exploded at noon in an area of northern
2009 Jul 13, Japan passed a law
that will allow children to receive organ transplants for the first
time, reversing a ban that doomed many young patients or forced them
to seek medical care abroad.
2009 Jul 13, Former Lebanese PM
Amin al-Hafez (83) died. He served a turbulent two-month term in
1973 before he was forced to resign.
2009 Jul 13, Mexican
prosecutors said they found the bound, blindfolded and tortured
bodies of a dozen people on a roadside near La Huacana in the
western state of Michoacan. The 12 bodies were soon identified as
federal agents investigating organized crime.
(AP, 7/14/09)(AP, 7/15/09)(SFC, 7/15/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 13, Mexico and the US
announced that they were working on a protocol for sharing
information in arms trafficking cases.
(AP, 7/14/09)(AP, 8/6/09)
2009 Jul 13, Pakistan began
sending home about two million people displaced two months ago by
the army's assault on Taliban militants in the Swat valley. An
explosion in Punjab province destroyed a house used as a religious
seminary, killing at least nine people, seven of them children, and
leaving many others in critical condition.
2009 Jul 13, In Russia 5
suspected militants and two law enforcement officers were killed in
separate attacks in the south. The militants were killed in two
separate gunbattles in Chechnya, while Interior Ministry troops in
Dagestan died in an ambush by insurgents.
2009 Jul 13, South Korea
reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il (67) has
life-threatening pancreatic cancer, days after fresh images of him
looking gaunt spurred speculation that his health was worsening
following a reported stroke last year.
2009 Jul 13, Turkey and four EU
countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary) formally agreed
to route the Nabucco natural gas pipeline across their territories,
pushing ahead with a US- and EU-backed attempt to make Europe less
dependent on Russian gas.
(AP, 7/13/09)(Econ, 7/18/09, p.47)
2009 Jul 13, Uganda said it
would arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir if he enters the
country, an unusual stance after a summit of African leaders
denounced the international arrest warrant against al-Bashir.
2009 Jul 13, The UN’s highest
court set travel rules for the Nicaraguan river that borders Costa
Rica, affirming freedom for Costa Rican boats while upholding
Nicaragua's right to regulate traffic.
2009 Jul 13, In Zimbabwe
militants from President Robert Mugabe's party disrupted the start
of a national conference aimed at drawing up a new constitution.
2010 Jul 13, A US federal
appeals court struck down the government’s long-standing prohibition
against indecency on broadcast television and radio ruling that the
policy was unconstitutionally vague.
(SFC, 7/14/10, p.A5)
2010 Jul 13, The US Defense
Department announced that Mohammed Odaini (26), a Guantanamo Bay
prisoner, has been transferred to his homeland of Yemen. Odaini,
also known as Mohammed Hassen, was 17 when he was first captured in
Pakistan at an alleged al-Qaeda safe house in Faisalabad.
2010 Jul 13, US first-time
adult passport fees rose to $135. Renewal fees rose to $100 from
$75. The cost for an adult passport card rose to $55 from $45 for
(SFC, 7/10/10, p.D1)
2010 Jul 13, A US law
enforcement official said the FBI's investigation into a Russian spy
ring that operated in the United States has resulted in another
Russian being detained, and he soon will be deported.
2010 Jul 13, Oakland, Ca., laid
off 80 police officers after negotiations between city officials and
union leaders failed to agree on job security.
(SFC, 7/14/10, p.A1)
2010 Jul 13, After securing a
new, tight-fitting cap on top of the leaking well in the Gulf of
Mexico, BP prepared to begin tests to see if it will hold and stop
fresh oil from polluting the waters for the first time in nearly
2010 Jul 13, George
Steinbrenner (80), who rebuilt the NY Yankees into a sports empire
with a mix of bluster and big bucks that polarized fans all across
America, died in Tampa, Fl.
2010 Jul 13, A renegade Afghan
soldier killed 3 British army Gurkha troops in a "suspected
premeditated attack" in Helmand province. The attacker remained at
large. A suicide attacker slammed a car bomb into the gate of the
headquarters of the elite Afghan National Civil Order Police in
Kandahar. Minutes later, insurgents opened fire with machine guns
and rocket-propelled grenades. Three US troops, an Afghan policeman
and five civilians died in the attack. Insurgents manning a
makeshift checkpoint pulled Saleh Mohammad, a member of a local
tribal council in Khas Uruzgan district, out of his vehicle and shot
him dead in the road.
(AFP, 7/13/10)(AP, 7/14/10)(AP, 7/15/10)
2010 Jul 13, Australian police
said they have seized 240 kg (530 pounds) of cocaine worth 84
million dollars ($73 million) which was stashed in paving stones. 4
men including an American, a Mexican and two Australians were
arrested over the haul, Australia's fifth biggest cocaine seizure,
which was discovered in two shipping containers sent to Melbourne
2010 Jul 13, In western China
landslides slammed into three mountain hamlets, killing 17 people
and leaving 44 missing, while crews drained a fast-rising reservoir
in another part of the country following heavy rains.
2010 Jul 13, Seven former
political prisoners from Cuba smiled and gave victory signs after
they and their families arrived in Madrid, the first of 52
dissidents the Cuban government has promised to free in a historic
2010 Jul 13, The Egyptian
government released a Bedouin activist and blogger after three years
of imprisonment as part of an effort to ease tensions in the Sinai
Peninsula. Authorities detained Mosaad Suleiman Abu Fagr (41) in
December 2007 and accused him of inciting Bedouins to protest
against government discrimination.
2010 Jul 13, Divers found
bottles of champagne in a wreck near the Aland Islands between
Finland and Sweden. 5 bottles of dark, foamy beer wee later
recovered while salvaging the champagne. The shipwreck was believed
to be from the early 19th century. In 2011 Finnish scientists said
they hoped to re-brew an old ale after studying the ancient beer
found in the shipwreck. On June 8, 2012, 11 bottles of the champagne
were auctioned for over $156,000.
2010 Jul 13, German government
sources said industrial group Siemens has won a major contract from
Russian Railways to be signed during a visit by Chancellor Angela
Merkel this week. The 2.2-billion-euro (2.8-billion-dollar) sale of
regional trains is the second major coup for Siemens in Russia this
2010 Jul 13, In Iraq 3 people
were killed by a device which blew up in a mock coffin during a
demonstration. In Yusifiyah, 25 km (15 miles) south of Baghdad,
gunmen killed a leader of the Sahwa militia, which has sided with US
forces against Al-Qaeda, and four family members in their home. Two
bombs exploded near a petrol station in Baghdad’s central district
of Muhandicin, killing two and wounding five others. A man was
killed in the western city of Fallujah when a "sticky bomb" attached
to his car blew up.
2010 Jul 13, Iraqi Oil Minister
Hussain al-Shahristani said the cabinet had decided to summon
representatives of the Kurdish regional government to discuss oil
smuggling to Iran and "to put an end to it, as it harms Iraq's
national and economic interests." Reports about the oil smuggling
surfaced just over a week after the US imposed new sanctions barring
the export of refined fuels to Iran.
2010 Jul 13, Israeli bulldozers
destroyed six buildings, including at least three homes, in
contested east Jerusalem, resuming the demolition of Palestinian
property after a halt aimed at encouraging peace talks.
2010 Jul 13, An Israeli
military vessel confronted a Libyan aid ship trying to breach
Israel's three-year-old Gaza blockade and ordered it to divert to an
2010 Jul 13, Italian police
launched one of their biggest operations ever against the powerful
'ndrangheta crime syndicate, arresting 300 people including top
bosses and seizing millions worth of property in pre-dawn raids.
2010 Jul 13, Kazakhstan’s
cabinet approved a crude-oil export tax of $20 per metric ton.
Chevron, based in San Ramon, Ca., owns 50% of Tengiz Chevroil, which
operates the biggest field in Kazakhstan.
(SFC, 7/14/10, p.D2)
2010 Jul 13, In Malaysia a
police raid for stolen vehicles found 42 of them at a warehouse in
Malaysia along with and hundreds of birds and other protected
wildlife. Officers found some 700 birds and caged leopard cats,
albino pygmy monkeys and other animals. They included about 20
2010 Jul 13, In Mexico 3 dead
bodies were found hanging from pedestrian bridges in the central
city of Cuernavaca. The bodies were accompanied by threatening notes
signed by a drug gang. The three men escaped from a state prison
last month. Gunmen killed three state police officers in two
ambush-style attacks in the border city of Ciudad Juarez. Another
officer was seriously wounded.
2010 Jul 13, In Muzaffarabad,
Kashmir, PM Raja Farooq Haider Khan, the top official in
Pakistan-held Kashmir, vowed to fight India for control of the
disputed territory in a speech to thousands of people assembled by a
coalition of banned militant groups.
2010 Jul 13, In Nigeria the
junior finance minister said the country’s corruption-ridden giant
state oil firm NNPC is insolvent with debts of five billion dollars.
2010 Jul 13, In eastern Nigeria
Christians and Muslims clashes, left eight people dead and 40
seriously wounded, with six mosques and one church also torched.
2010 Jul 13, Tanzanian lawyer
Jwani Mwaikusa was shot in Dar es Salaam. He was a defense lawyer
for a UN tribunal that tries suspects in Rwanda's 1994 genocide.
Police said his nephew and a neighbor were also killed.
2010 Jul 13, Turkey extradited
a man identified only as Salih S. to Germany to face charges of
supporting a terrorist organization and membership in a terrorist
organization. The German citizen, a member of the radical Islamic
Jihad Union, had trained at a terrorist camp in Pakistan. He was
accused of procuring GPS devices, night vision goggles and other
items for Adem Yilmaz, who was convicted with 3 others earlier this
year of plotting a thwarted attack that a judge said could have
killed large numbers of US soldiers and civilians in Germany.
2010 Jul 13, Zimbabwe's
President Robert Mugabe vowed that the country would go ahead with
diamond sales that were banned earlier this year because of rights
violations at its largest mines. He said his nation will sell its
massive stores of diamonds despite not receiving authorization from
the world's diamond control body.
(AFP, 7/13/10)(AP, 7/13/10)
2011 Jul 13, The US Bureau of
Public Debt announced that it will no longer sell US savings bonds
through banks and other financial institutions after Dec 31. Paper
bonds would still be available by directing a federal tax refund
into a Series I inflation-linked bond. The bureau said it will save
$70 million over 5 years.
(SFC, 7/14/11, p.D1)
2011 Jul 13, In Colorado a hail
storm took almost a third of the Frontier Airlines Airbus fleet out
of service forcing the airline to cancel numerous flights over the
(SSFC, 7/17/11, p.A7)
2011 Jul 13, The body of
Rebecca Nalepa (32), the girlfriend of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp
chief executive Jonah Shacknai, was found dead at his mansion near
San Diego, prompting an investigation by homicide detectives. Two
days earlier the 6-year-old son of Shacknai fell down the stairs at
the mansion. The boy died on July 17.
(Reuters, 7/14/11)(SFC, 7/18/11, p.A5)
2011 Jul 13, In Salem, NY, 4
people were killed in a blast that destroyed a 2-story house. A 5th
person, a baby girl, died the next day. A propane gas leak was
(SFC, 7/15/11, p.A7)
2011 Jul 13, In Afghanistan 5
French soldiers were killed in a suicide bombing in the northeastern
province of Kapisa. A NATO soldier in the south was killed in an
2011 Jul 13, Media mogul Rupert
Murdoch dramatically dropped his bid for control of pay-TV giant
BSkyB, bowing to pressure from the British government over the
phone-hacking firestorm at his newspaper empire.
2011 Jul 13, Egypt’s
transitional military government announced the early retirement of
600 senior police officers in an effort to mollify protesters. 54
lower ranking officers were shifted to jobs where they no longer
interact with civilians.
(SFC, 7/14/11, p.A2)
2011 Jul 13, In eastern England
a powerful explosion at a suspected illegal alcohol distillery in
Lincolnshire killed five men and seriously injured another.
2011 Jul 13, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel visited Angola and sparked controversy over an offer
to sell six to eight patrol vessels to Luanda.
2011 Jul 13, In Guinea-Bissau
health workers began a five-day strike to press demands pay bonuses
and better working conditions in the west African country.
2011 Jul 13, A Honduran patrol
boat located a semi-submersible craft used by drug traffickers to
carry cocaine. Five crew members were detained. Divers recovered
part of the cocaine aboard the craft. They estimate it was carrying
as much as five tons.
2011 Jul 13, In India a triple
bombing killed at least 17 people in Mumbai, India's financial
capital. By July 28 the death toll climbed to 25.
(AP, 7/14/11)(AP, 7/16/11)(AFP, 7/19/11)(AFP,
2011 Jul 13, Iran hanged a man
convicted of raping and murdering a five-year old girl in a village
near the southern port city of Bandar Abbas.
2011 Jul 13, Israel said it has
given final approval to build its Museum of Tolerance over a
centuries-old Muslim graveyard in the Jewish western half of
2011 Jul 13, In Israel hundreds
of ultra-Orthodox Jews clashed with police in a conservative
neighborhood of Jerusalem as tax officials tried to close down an
2011 Jul 13, Israeli soldiers
killed Ibrahim Sarhan (21), a member of Hamas, during a raid on a
northern West Bank refugee camp. He was shot dead as he emerged from
a mosque and tried to flee during an Israeli arrest operation in
Al-Fara camp. Israeli jets bombed two sites in Gaza, wounding one
woman, after Palestinians fired three rockets into southern Israel.
Israeli aircraft targeted three tunnels, two used for smuggling in
southern Gaza and one "used for terrorist activity" in the north of
the Palestinian territory.
(AFP, 7/13/11)(AFP, 7/16/11)
2011 Jul 13, In Japan radiation
fears mounted after news that contaminated beef from a farm just
outside the Fukushima nuclear no-go zone has been shipped across the
country and probably eaten.
2011 Jul 13, In Libya Kadhafi
forces caught rebels off guard and attacked Gualish, which the
insurgents captured a week earlier, and seized nearly all of it.
Rebels poured in from surrounding villages and drove the loyalists
out. At least eight rebels were killed and around 30 wounded in the
fighting. The Kadhafi regime said it was seeking to prosecute NATO
chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Libyan courts for "war crimes" over
the alliance's air strikes.
2011 Jul 13, Mexican
authorities said federal police have caught the top hitman for the
Knights Templar drug gang in the western state of Michoacan. Police
alleged that suspect Javier Beltran Arco oversaw murders for the
meth-trafficking gang. Beltran Arco is known by the nickname "El
Chivo," or The Goat. Federal police seized copies of the cartel's
22pp "The Code of the Knights Templar of Michoacan," during the
arrest. Michoacan authorities also announced the seizure of 44
metric tons of chemicals used to produce methamphetamine. The
material was found at the Lazaro Cardenas seaport in two containers
that had been shipped from Shanghai in China.
(AP, 7/13/11)(AP, 7/20/11)
2011 Jul 13, Northern Ireland
police said 40 officers have been injured during two nights of
Catholic riots inspired by the mass parades of the province's
Protestant majority. 27 people were arrested.
(AP, 7/13/11)(AFP, 7/14/11)
2011 Jul 13, In Pakistan the
city of Karachi reeled from fresh political violence that killed at
least 14 people and added to the nation's instability after Zulfiqar
Mirza, a senior member of the ruling Pakistan People's Party, called
Altaf Hussain, chief of the city's powerful Muttahida Qaumi
Movement, a murderer and an extortionist.
2011 Jul 13, The Saudi-funded
Asharq Alawsat daily reported that Saudi authorities have dismantled
an Al-Qaeda-linked group of 16 people plotting to overthrow the
regime. The group, which called itself the "project of the
generation," also engaged in collecting funds under the guise of
charitable activities, which were in fact destined for "suspicious
2011 Jul 13, Sudan's parliament
passed a law cancelling the Sudanese nationality of southerners,
four days after their homeland proclaimed formal independence from
2011 Jul 13, In Syria at least
7 people were killed during army raids in the Jabal al-Zawiya region
in northern Idlib province. Security forces broke up a peaceful
anti-government protest in Damascus, beating some protesters and
arresting Syrian intellectuals, actors and artists.
2011 Jul 13, Tunisian PM Beji
Caid Essebsi painted a bleak picture of the national economy, which
he blamed on repeated strikes that have paralyzed several companies.
2011 Jul 13, The United Nations
made its first aid delivery to a rebel-held Somalia region after the
insurgents lifted a ban on the operations of foreign aid agencies.
The worst drought in 60 years affected over 10 million people in
northern Kenya, south-eastern Ethiopia, southern Somalia and
(AFP, 7/17/11)(Econ, 7/9/11, p.44)
2011 Jul 13, In Venezuela a
prison uprising that caused seven deaths ended peacefully on its
27th day when hundreds of inmates emerged from the embattled Rodeo
II prison after negotiations with officials.
2012 Jul 13, The United States
announced charges against an Iranian citizen and Chinese resident
for allegedly trying to export nuclear-related material to help
Tehran enrich uranium. Iranian citizen Parviz Khaki (43), was
arrested in May in the Philippines on request of the US. Chinese
resident, Yi Zongcheng, remained at large.
2012 Jul 13, The US Office of
the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Funds reported
a range of accounting weaknesses saying too much was wasted. Stuart
Bowen’s office has spent over $200 million tracking some $51 billion
in reconstruction funds.
(SFC, 7/14/12, p.A3)
2012 Jul 13, A federal judge in
Birmingham, Alabama, sentenced Ulugbek Kodirov (22) of Uzbekistan to
15 years in prison for plotting to kill Pres. Obama.
(SFC, 7/14/12, p.A4)
2012 Jul 13, Colorado police
found the body of Christina Cornejo (30) in Colorado Springs. She
had been stabbed multiple times. On July 17 Suspect and boyfriend
Brian Hedglin (40) was found dead having shot himself in the head
after he crashed a plane at Utah’s St. George Municipal Airport.
(SFC, 7/18/12, p.A8)
2012 Jul 13, Russell Wasendorf
Sr. (64), founder of Peregrine Financial Group, was arrested. He
admitted stealing at least $100 million from his Iowa-based firm. He
was found on July 9 in front of his corporate headquarters in Cedar
Falls following an attempted suicide.
(SFC, 7/18/12, p.D3)(Econ, 7/14/12, p.64)
2012 Jul 13, In Iowa two
cousins, aged 9 and 13, disappeared near a popular recreational lake
in Evansdale, a city about 110 miles northeast of Des Moines. On Dec
5 it was reported that hunters had found the bodies of the girls in
a wooded area of Black Hawk County.
2012 Jul 13, In Missouri Ashley
Key (22) and Britney Haarup (19) were killed. Police arrested
Clifford Miller (31) on July 15 and he told investigators where to
find the bodies. Miller said he was high on methamphetamine when he
killed the sisters in Edgerton.
(SFC, 7/17/12, p.A8)
2012 Jul 13, Celeste Holm
(b.1917), American musical comedy star, died in NYC. She sang in the
original Broadway staging of “Oklahoma” (1943) and won an Academy
Award for her role in “Gentleman’s Agreement” (1947).
(SFC, 7/16/12, p.C4)
2012 Jul 13, In western
Afghanistan, Abdul Salam Rahimi, the mayor of Shindand district in
Herat province, was assassinated by two gunmen on a motorbike. A
civilian, who was wounded in the shooting, later died at a hospital.
The Laghman provincial women's affairs director, Hanifa Safi, was
killed when a bomb attached to her vehicle exploded, critically
wounding her husband and daughter.
(AP, 7/14/12)(AFP, 7/15/12)
2012 Jul 13, The British
government launched an £80-billion initiative to provide the banking
sector with cheap funding to stimulate lending and boost growth.
2012 Jul 13, In Cambodia the
10-member ASEAN group ended its latest meeting for the first time
without a communique reflecting a rift between countries loyal to
China and those contesting territory with China.
(Econ, 7/21/12, p.35)
2012 Jul 13, In the Comoros
archipelago at least seven people died and six people were missing
after a ship carrying illegal immigrants capsized overnight off the
Indian Ocean French overseas territory of Mayotte.
2012 Jul 13, The International
Criminal Court issued arrest warrants against Bosco Ntaganda, a
rogue Tutsi Congolese general, and Sylvestre Mudacumura, a Rwandan
Hutu rebel leader based in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who
Kigali and Kinshasa accuse each other of using as proxies in DR
2012 Jul 13, Egypt's new
Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and Tunisian President Moncef
Marzouki told reporters in Cairo that the two nations will rebuild
ties after what he described as years of stagnant, routine
2012 Jul 13, In Egypt Bedouin
men kidnapped two US tourists and their guide in the lawless Sinai.
Police said that they were demanding the release of a jailed
tribesman in exchange for the hostages. Rev. Michel Louis (61) and
Lissa Alphonse (39) and their guide, Haytham Ragab, were released on
(AFP, 7/13/12)(AP, 7/16/12)
2012 Jul 13, An Ethiopian court
jailed journalist Eskinder Nga for 18 years for "terrorism" and 23
other reporters and activists for between eight years and life, in
sentences condemned by rights groups.
2012 Jul 13, In southern France
three Americans, crew members of Universal Jet Aviation, died when a
private plane crashed at Le Castellet airport.
2012 Jul 13, Two of Hong Kong's
richest tycoons and a former senior official were charged with
corruption in the biggest graft scandal the regional banking hub has
seen. Sun Hung Kai Properties co-chairmen Thomas and Raymond Kwok,
two of Asia's wealthiest men, were among five people charged with
2012 Jul 13, In Iraq 2 people
were killed and 16 others wounded in five separate attacks.
2012 Jul 13, Israeli troops
killed a Palestinian when they opened fire at him near the border in
the northern Gaza Strip. Israeli border police killed a man and
wounded another who had tried to cross the Egyptian border into
2012 Jul 13, Maldives police
arrested at least 55 anti-government protesters following violent
clashes with security forces in the capital Male.
2012 Jul 13, In northern Mali a
protest erupted after a young Islamist militant whipped a woman
carrying a baby for not wearing what he considered to be an adequate
veil. The baby fell and was injured. Angry citizens then marched
toward the radicals' base in Goundam town and vandalized the
2012 Jul 13, Mexican police
arrested Vincent Legrend Walters, one of the US Marshals Service's
most-wanted fugitives, in the resort city of Cancun, after 24 years
on the run. He was wanted in San Diego, California, on murder
charges in the 1988 killing of a woman kidnapped as part of a drug
deal. He also faces weapons and drug charges and is on the service's
list of 15 most wanted fugitives.
2012 Jul 13, An incomplete
tunnel along Arizona's border with Mexico was found during an
inspection of a drainage system on the Mexican side of Nogales in
early stages of construction. This was the 4th tunnel found this
2012 Jul 13, In north Nigeria a
suicide bomber tried to assassinate Umar Garbai el-Kanemi, a key
Islamic leader and Shehu of northeastern Borno state, outside his
mosque after Friday prayers but missed his target and killed five
2012 Jul 13, Pakistan's Chief
Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry ordered Baluchistan Frontier
Corps commander Major General Obaidullah Khattak to produce 30
missing people in court, saying there was evidence troops were
involved in their disappearance. The 30 people were allegedly
abducted in Totak Khuzdar district in February 2011. A bomb exploded
near a political rally in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing
at least five people. Prisoners at a jail in Hyderabad city took 15
staff hostage and tried to break out of the facility. Guards killed
(AFP, 7/13/12)(AP, 7/13/12)
2012 Jul 13, Papua New Guinea
police said they have arrested 29 people accused of being part of a
cannibal cult in the jungle interior and charged them with the
murders of seven suspected witch doctors. The cult members allegedly
ate their victims' brains raw and made soup from their penises.
2012 Jul 13, In Saudi Arabia a
gunman was killed during an attack on a police station in the Shiite
town of Al-Awamiya. Two security forces' patrols came under gunfire
from masked armed men on motorbikes in the town of Saihat, wounding
2012 Jul 13, In eastern South
Africa a cargo train loaded with coal collided with a truck carrying
farm workers at a crossing, killing at least 25 people in
Mpumalanga. The driver of the farm truck was charged the next day
(AP, 7/13/12)(AP, 7/14/12)
2012 Jul 13, Spanish civil
servants, some dressed in mourning, took to the streets to protest
the latest round of government austerity measures and their second
wage cut in as many years.
2012 Jul 13, In Sudan more than
30 people were arrested in Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman when
police fired tear gas at the Wad Nubawi mosque, which has become a
focus of Arab Spring-style protests.
2012 Jul 13, In Syria 118
people died including dozens of civilians gunned down by troops at
2012 Jul 13, Thailand customs
officials discovered a half ton of ivory hidden in crates aboard a
flight from Kenya. One official estimated that the 158 pieces of
ivory were from the tusks of around 50 elephants.
2013 Jul 13, A jury of six
Florida women ranging in age from their 30s to their 60s found
George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering unarmed teenager Trayvon
Martin last year, in the process underscoring the high value at
least these six jurors placed on self-defense. The Black Lives
Matter was born, as a phrase and a rallying cry, after the acquittal
(SSFC, 7/14/13, p.A10)(SSFC, 7/10/16, p.A8)
2013 Jul 13, In Florida
Jermaine McBean (33), a computer engineer, was shot as he walked
through his apartment complex in Broward County with an unloaded air
rifle propped across his shoulders. A photo by a nurse on the scene
showed he was wearing earbuds. Earbuds were later found at the
hospital in his pocket. In 2015 the FBI opened investigations as the
image indicated deputies may have tampered with evidence and lied
under oath. On July 27, 2016, a judge dismissed manslaughter charges
p.A5)(SFC, 7/28/16, p.A6)
2013 Jul 13, British reservists
Lance Corporals Craig Roberts and Edward Maher and Corporal James
Dunsby, died after an arduous march in rugged terrain on the Brecon
Beacons, a remote area of central Wales on one of the hottest days
of the year. On March 2, 2016, British health and safety officials
said they would give the Ministry of Defense (MoD) a "Crown Censure"
over the deaths during the test for the elite Special Air Service
2013 Jul 13, In Canada Cory
Monteith (31), the young actor who shot to fame in the hit TV series
"Glee," was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver. He was beset by
addiction struggles so fierce that he once said he was lucky to be
alive. A coroner said he died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol.
(AP, 7/14/13)(SFC, 7/17/13, p.F2)
2013 Jul 13, Egypt's Muslim
Brotherhood called for more mass demonstrations in support of ousted
President Mohamed Mursi after a huge pro-Mursi march broke up
peacefully before dawn, ending a week in which at least 90 people
2013 Jul 13, A tribunal in
Guinea sentenced Alpha Oumar Diallo and Jean Guilavogui to life
imprisonment for trying to assassinate President Alpha Conde in July
2011. Among six others sentenced were Badjar Fatou Diallo, a woman
convicted of being an active accomplice, Almamy Aguibou Diallo and
Mamadou Alpha Diallo who were sentenced to 15 years.
2013 Jul 13, In Ingushetia
Mikhail Musikhanov was killed by security forces along with another
militant in a shootout in the Sunzha region. He was the personal
bodyguard of rebel leader Doku Umarov, Russia's most wanted
insurgent, who has vowed to use "maximum force" to prevent President
Vladimir Putin staging the 2014 Games in Sochi.
2013 Jul 13, In Iraq a bomb
exploded outside two Sunni mosques in Baghdad, killing at least 23
people leaving prayers. A separate attack at a funeral northeast of
the capital killed at least 3 others.
(AP, 7/13/13)(Reuters, 7/15/13)
2013 Jul 13, Roberto Calderoli,
vice president of Italy's Senate, said at a political rally in the
northern town of Treviglio, "I love animals - bears and wolves, as
everyone knows - but when I see the pictures of Kyenge I cannot but
think of, even if I'm not saying she is one, the features of an
orangutan." Cecile Kyenge, an Italian citizen born in the Democratic
Republic of Congo, has been the target of repeated racial slurs
since her appointment as integration minister in April.
2013 Jul 13, Kazakhstan said
the wife of fugitive former minister and oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov
could not leave the country because she was under investigation.
Ablyazov said his wife and daughter were in danger.
2013 Jul 13, In Northern
Ireland 32 police officers were injured and 11 people arrested
during overnight violence around traditional Orange Day parades.
2013 Jul 13, In Pakistan 2
suspected Arab nationals were killed in North Waziristan in a late
night US drone strike.
2013 Jul 13, In Russia 18
people were killed and 25 injured when a truck ploughed into a bus
in a Moscow suburb.
2013 Jul 13, In Spain the
penultimate bull run of the San Fermin festival left at least 23
people injured. Two of the injuries were gorings.
2013 Jul 13, In Sudan’s western
region of Darfur seven Tanzanian peacekeepers were killed in an
ambush. 17 others were wounded.
2013 Jul 13, In Syria
Western-backed opposition fighters and a faction of al-Qaida-linked
rebels turned their guns on each other in Aleppo, battling for
control of a key checkpoint in the latest eruption of infighting
among the forces trying to topple President Bashar Assad's regime.
2013 Jul 13, Turkey’s state-run
Anadolu news agency said the parliament has amended an internal
armed forces’ regulation that further strips the military of its
(SSFC, 7/14/13, p.A5)
2013 Jul 13, Turkish police
fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters
who gathered to march to Gezi Park, which has been at the heart of
fierce unrest against PM Erdogan's rule.
2013 Jul 13, In Yemen gunmen
killed two soldiers and wounded three in an ambush in Marib province
where the military is battling al-Qaida.
2014 Jul 13, Orbital Sciences
Corp. launched its 3rd space station delivery for NASA from Wallops
Island on the Virginia coast.
(SFC, 7/14/14, p.A5)
2014 Jul 13, American novelist
Thomas Berger (b.1924), author of “Little Big Man” (1964), died in
New York. He authored over 20 books and three were turned into
movies: “Little Big Man” (1970), “Neighbors” (1981) and “Meeting
(SFC, 7/25/14, p.D5)
2014 Jul 13, In Massachusetts
Conrad Roy III (18) filled his truck with carbon monoxide and
committed suicide in a Fairhaven store parking lot. Michelle Carter,
his girlfriend (17), urged him to kill himself in a barrage of text
messages. In 2017 Carter (20) was convicted of involuntary
manslaughter and sentenced to 15 months in jail. Carter remained
free as she pursued appeals.
p.A6)(SFC, 8/4/17, p.A10)(SFC, 2/7/19, p.A8)
2014 Jul 13, In Afghanistan an
overnight assault in Laghman province left 6 police officers and one
soldier dead, while security forces killed 15 insurgents. Insurgents
in Herat province attacked a police checkpoint early today, killing
one police officer. 4 insurgents were killed in the assault in
2014 Jul 13, In Brazil 15
journalists were injured at an anti-World Cup protest including a
Canadian, Peruvian and Italian and two Brazilians working for
foreign news agencies. None of the 15 were seriously injured. Rio de
Janeiro police department later suspended four officers caught on
video beating the journalists.
2014 Jul 13, In Central African
Republic a spokesman said Michel Djotodia has been re-elected as
head of the mostly Muslim movement previously known as Seleka during
a meeting in the northern town of Birao. Rebels also adopted a new
name: The Popular Front for the Rebirth of Central African Republic.
2014 Jul 13, In Egypt three
small bombs exploded in a western Cairo suburb, targeting an
electricity transmission pylon and cutting power to the area for
nearly an hour.
2014 Jul 13, France said its
military offensive that freed northern Mali from the grip of
Islamists would be replaced by an operation spanning the wider,
largely lawless Sahel region to combat extremist violence.
2014 Jul 13, Germany won its
4th World Cup title. Argentines celebrating their team's gutsy
performance in a 1-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup finals in
Brazil. In Buenos Aires Riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets
to disperse a group of rock-throwing vandals who disturbed a rally.
2014 Jul 13, Iraq's deadlocked
parliament failed to overcome the deep divisions hampering the
formation of a new government, making no progress on choosing new
leaders. Insurgents barreled unopposed into the town of Duluiyah,
some 80 km (45 miles) north of Baghdad. The Iraqi military launched
a counterattack. 6 members of the security forces and 6
pro-government Sunni militiamen were killed in the fighting.
2014 Jul 13, Israel briefly
deployed ground troops inside the Gaza Strip for the first time as
its military warned northern Gaza residents to evacuate their homes,
part of a widening offensive that has killed more than 160
2014 Jul 13, In Libya at least
6 people were killed and 25 injured when rival militias battled for
the control of the international airport in Tripoli. Civil aviation
authorities announced the airport will be closed for three days
because of security concerns. At least five people were killed and
nine wounded in Benghazi after heavy fighting between security
forces and rival militias erupted late today.
(AP, 7/13/14)(Reuters, 7/14/14)
2014 Jul 13, Russia threatened
Ukraine with "irreversible consequences" after a man was killed by a
shell fired across the border from Ukraine. Kiev said it had
bombarded a convoy of 100 armored vehicles and trucks that had
crossed into Ukraine carrying in rebel fighters from Russia. It also
said 7 of its troops had been killed in attacks. The Donetsk city
council said that 12 people had been killed at a mining settlement
nearby. Municipal authorities in Luhansk said 6 people were killed
in clashes there.
2014 Jul 13, Slovenes voted in
a second early election in three years amid political instability
that threatened the small nation's bid to pull out of an economic
downturn. Miro Cerar (50), a law expert and the son of Slovenian
Olympic medalist Miroslav Cerar, won with 36 of the parliament’s 90
(AP, 7/13/14)(Econ, 7/19/14, p.48)
2014 Jul 13, In South Africa
Nadine Gordimer (90), a Nobel literature laureate (1991) and
anti-apartheid activist, died at home in Johannesburg. Her work
included 15 novels and volumes of short stories that explored the
complex of relationships and racial conflict in apartheid-era South
(AFP, 7/14/14)(SFC, 7/15/14, p.A3)(Econ,
2014 Jul 13, Syria's Kurds
approved compulsory military service for their men to help ward off
a push by Islamic extremists in the predominantly Kurdish areas in
2015 Jul 13, Pres. Obama cut
the prison sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders. The sentences
of all 46 will now expire on Nov 10, 2015.
(SFC, 7/14/15, p.A7)
2015 Jul 13, In Kentucky a
flash flood in the area of Flat Gap left at least 3 people dead.
(SFC, 7/17/15, p.A8)
2015 Jul 13, In Texas Sandra
Bland (28) died in jail three days after she was arrested in a
traffic stop in Waller County. Police alleged that she had hanged
herself using a plastic liner taken from a garbage can. On Jan 6,
2016, Trooper Brian Encinia was indicted for perjury and faced
(SFC, 7/22/15, p.A5)(SFC, 7/23/15, p.A5)
2015 Jul 13, Wisconsin Gov.
Scott Walker (47) became the 15th prominent Republican to join the
US presidential race.
(SFC, 7/14/15, p.A7)
2015 Jul 13, British
authorities confirmed an outbreak at a farm of the H7N7 strain of
avian flu that is both highly contagious and potentially deadly for
2015 Jul 13, In London Ashley
Mote (79), a former Eurosceptic member of the European Parliament,
was sentenced to five years in prison for fraudulently claiming
almost 500,000 pounds ($777,000) in expenses.
2015 Jul 13, Cambodia's
National Assembly approved a controversial draft law that critics
say gives authorities sweeping powers to crack down on civil society
groups that challenge the government.
2015 Jul 13, In China police in
Shenyang, Liaoning Province, killed 3 Uighur men from the Xinjiang
region said to belong to a terrorist organization.
(SFC, 7/15/15, p.A2)
2015 Jul 13, Euro zone leaders
made Greece surrender much of its sovereignty to outside supervision
in return for agreeing to talks on an 86 billion euros ($95 billion)
bailout to keep the near-bankrupt country in the single currency.
2015 Jul 13, EU authorities
fined Spain almost 19 million euros ($21 million) for manipulating
economic statistics for one of its regions, the first penalty of its
2015 Jul 13, Hungary said it
has begun building a fence on the country's southern border with
Serbia, meant to stem the unprecedented flow of migrants. Around
80,000 migrants and refugees have reached Hungary so far this year.
About 80 percent of them are from war-torn countries like Syria,
Iraq and Afghanistan. 900 soldiers were tasked with building the
fence using materials prepared by inmates.
(AP, 7/13/15)(SFC, 7/17/15, p.A3)
2015 Jul 13, In central India
rebels held up a bus carrying a group of police commandos in
Bijapur, Chhattisgarh state, and abducted four of them. The bodies
of the men were found on July 15 on the side of a road.
2015 Jul 13, In eastern India a
couple and their six children were asleep in their mud home in the
village in Odisha's Keonjhar district when a mob armed with axes
broke in and attacked them. Two of the children survived. Nine
people were soon arrested for the hacking to deaths. They had
accused the family of practicing witchcraft and making village
2015 Jul 13, Indonesian
authorities said an orangutan trader has been jailed for two years
after he was caught trying to sell a baby ape from a backpack, a
rare conviction for wildlife crime in the country. A court in Medan
also ordered Vast Haris Nasution to pay a 10 million rupiah ($750)
fine after he was found guilty last week under laws that ban the
trade in orangutans.
2015 Jul 13, Iraqi troops and
Shi'ite Muslim militia forces attacked Islamic State fighters on
several fronts in Anbar province.
2015 Jul 13, Lithuania said it
is removing all the Soviet statues remaining in its capital,
prompted by renewed calls to take down the symbols of an oppressive
Soviet occupation amid the Ukraine crisis. The four remaining
statues, depicting Red Army soldiers, workers, students and
peasants, were erected on the historic Green Bridge over the River
Neris in 1952.
2015 Jul 13, Nigeria's
President Muhammadu Buhari sacked his army, navy, air force and
defense chiefs, a widely anticipated move as the former general has
made crushing Islamist militant group Boko Haram his top priority. A
suicide bomber hit a military checkpoint on the outskirts of
(Reuters, 7/13/15)(AFP, 7/13/15)
2015 Jul 13, In Northern
Ireland say some 24 officers were hurt in riots that were touched
off when a Protestant brotherhood was blocked from marching past a
2015 Jul 13, Romania’s National
Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) indicted PM Victor Ponta as part
of a wide-ranging corruption investigation and seized his assets,
increasing pressure on him to resign.
(AP, 7/13/15)(Econ, 2/11/17, p.39)
2015 Jul 13, A court in
Belgrade, Serbia, sentenced Darko Saric, for years one of the most
wanted crime figures in the Balkans, to 20 years in jail for
trafficking cocaine from Latin America to Europe and laundering 22
2015 Jun 13, In Singapore some
28,000 people rallied in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) rights.
(Econ, 7/18/15, SR p.4)
2015 Jul 13, The United Arab
Emirates put to death by firing squad Bader al-Hashemi (30), an
Emirati woman convicted of the jihadist-inspired murder of a US
school teacher. Hashemi was sentenced to death last month for
stabbing to death mother of three Ibolya Ryan (47) in a toilet of an
Abu Dhabi shopping mall on December 1, 2014.
2016 Jul 13, A US Judge in
Mississippi sentenced Genoveva Farfan (44) of Los Angeles to eight
years in prison for her role in a cybersecurity scheme after a
Mississippi woman reported she’d been scammed. Farfan was among 20
people indicted in a probe involving losses of $6.5 million.
(SFC, 7/14/16, p.A5)
2016 Jul 13, In the SF Bay Area
Antioch resident Adan Katami (38) was shot to death in Hayward.
Deputies soon arrested the gunman and his suspected getaway driver.
Authorities later said Tikisha Upshaw (37) of San Leandro had
orchestrated the killing with Berkeley resident Wessley Brown (38),
who hired Johnny /Wright Jr. (46) and Chariot Burks (25) of Memphis
to carry out the shooting. Katami and Upshaw had been business
associates in the illegal pot trade.
(SFC, 12/29/16, p.D4)
2016 Jul 13, Outgoing British
PM David Cameron urged his successor Theresa May to keep Britain
close to the European Union, even as she embarks on the monumental
task of ending four decades of membership.
2016 Jul 13, New British PM
Theresa May chose former London mayor Boris Johnson, known for his
gaffes and buffoonery, as foreign minister.
2016 Jul 13, In Burundi Hafsa
Mossi, a former minister in President Pierre Nkurunziza's
government, was "shot by criminals" in Bujumbura. She was a member
of the East African Legislative Assembly.
2016 Jul 13, Canadian priest
Amer Saka (51), a clergyman of the Baghdad-based Chaldean Catholic
Church, was arrested in Canada for stealing more than half a million
dollars (US$400,000) intended for the resettlement of Syrian
refugees, and then gambling it away.
2016 Jul 13, China warned other
countries against threatening its security in the South China Sea
after an international tribunal handed the Philippines a victory by
saying Beijing had no legal basis for its expansive claims there.
2016 Jul 13, Two Chinese
civilian aircraft landed at two new airports on reefs controlled by
China in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The aircraft
then returned to the southern Chinese island province of Hainan.
China also said it had completed four lighthouses on disputed reefs
and was launching a fifth.
(Reuters, 7/13/16)(SFC, 7/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 13, The Solar Impulse
2 landed in Cairo for its penultimate stop as the solar-powered
plane nears the end of its marathon tour around the world.
2016 Jul 13, El Salvador’s
Supreme Court overturned a 1993 amnesty law that had protected
military, paramilitary and guerrilla fighters from facing justice
for abuses during the country’s 12-year civil war.
(SFC, 7/16/16, p.A4)
2016 Jul 13, The French weekly
Canard Enchaine reported that Pres. Francois Hollande's hair is kept
perfectly groomed at a cost of of 9,895 euros ($10,900) a month.
Canard Enchaine also reported that in addition to his salary, the
hairdresser was entitled to a "housing allowance" and other "family
2016 Jul 13, Greek authorities
recovered 4 bodies and rescued six people after a boat full of
migrants overturned off the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos.
2016 Jul 13, In Iraq three
bombings in Baghdad killed at least 12 people, including a suicide
bombing in a mainly Shiite neighborhood that had been attacked the
2016 Jul 13, Officers with
Israel's paramilitary border police were confiscating an
arms-manufacturing machine when a car accelerated toward them.
Security forces fired toward the car, killing Anwar
al-Salaymeh (22). Another Palestinian was taken to hospital, and a
third Palestinian was detained for questioning.
2016 Jul 13, In Italy convicted
Cosa Nostra "boss of bosses" Bernardo Provenzano (b.1933), who
reputedly led the Mafia's powerful Corleone clan, died in Milan. He
was captured in 2006 in Sicily following decades of hiding in the
2016 Jul 13, Malaysia's central
bank cut interest rates for the first time in seven years to bolster
a slowing economy amid fears of greater volatility in global growth.
2016 Jul 13, In the Maldives
senior diplomat Mohamed Asim became foreign minister after his
predecessor resigned last week to protest the resumption of the
2016 Jul 13, Nepal's former
Maoist rebels joined forces with the largest opposition party to
lodge a motion of no-confidence in PM K.P. Oli, but the impoverished
Himalayan country's increasingly isolated leader vowed to fight on.
2016 Jul 13, Human Rights Watch
said foreigners employed as maids in Oman can face physicdal and
verbal abuse while entrapped in conditions that near slavery. Its
report alleged that the United Arab Emirates acts as a gateway for
maids trafficked into the sultanate.
(SFC, 7/14/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 13, In Pakistan Hafiz
Saeed (66), a founding member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group,
accused the US of giving India free reign to crush anti-Indiaian
protests in Kashmir. The US has put a $10 million bounty on Saeed.
(SFC, 7/15/16, p.A4)
2016 Jul 13, In central Romania
anti-mafia police broke up a human trafficking gang which forced
dozens of kidnapped victims including children into beggary and
slavery, rescuing five people in the town of Berevoesti. 38 members
of an extended Roma family in the village of Gamacesti were formally
(Reuters, 7/13/16)(AP, 7/14/16)
2016 Jul 13, In Spain an
American was gored and five other runners were injured in the
next-to-last running of the bulls at Pamplona's San Fermin festival.
2016 Jul 13, Zimbabwe's state
prosecutor charged pastor Evan Mawarire with attempting to overthrow
the state via his Internet video campaign that inspired rare
protests this month against President Robert Mugabe.
2017 Jul 13, US Pres. Donald
Trump arrived in France for a brief 24-hour trip to Paris coinciding
with the July 14 Bastille Day celebrations.
2017 Jul 13, US congressional
Democrats and Republicans reached initial agreement to expand
college aid for military veterans by removing a 15-year time limit
to tap into benefits.
(SFC, 7/14/17, p.A6)
2017 Jul 13, US Attorney Gen’l.
Jeff Sessions announced that more than 400 people have been charged
with taking part in health care fraud and opioid scams that totaled
$1.3 billion in false billing.
(SFC, 7/14/17, p.A12)
2017 Jul 13, US federal Judge
Derrick Watson in Hawaii weakened the terms of the Trump
administration's controversial travel ban on visitors from six
majority-Muslim countries, dealing another legal setback to the
2017 Jul 13, CBS News and the
BBC announced a new editorial and newsgathering partnership that
aims to boost their global strength against rivals such as CNN.
2017 Jul 13, Charles Bachman
(b.1924), a pioneer in database management systems, died at his home
in Lexington, Mass. His road map, created with a GE team in the
early 1960s, was known as the Integrated Data Store (IDS), and
became widely considered as the world’s first DBS. In 1973 Bachman
was awarded the A.M. Turing Award.
(SFC, 7/27/17, p.D6)
2017 Jul 13, In Pennsylvania
drug dealer Cosmo DiNardo (20) confessed to killing four men
separately after selling them marijuana and then burning their
bodies on his family’s farm.
(SFC, 7/14/17, p.A6)
2017 Jul 13, In Australia an
unidentified man (58) became the 18th death worldwide due to
exploding Takata air bag inflators. The man died in a crash in a
Sydney suburb after he was hit in the neck by a metal fragment after
air bags deployed in a crash.
2017 Jul 13, Botswana police
said a Chinese man, alleged to be involved in illegal donkey skin
trade, has been arrested after being found with 500 animals
suffering in dire conditions.
2017 Jul 13, In Brazil a
congressional committee rejected a recommendation to try Pres.
Michel Temer for corruption.
(SFC, 7/14/17, p.A5)
2017 Jul 13, Brazil’s Pres.
Michael Temer signed into law an overhaul of the country’s 1943
labor law, to become effective in four months time.
(Econ 7/22/17, p.52)
2017 Jul 13, Britain published
legislation to sever political, financial and legal ties with the
European Union, an important step toward Brexit but one which the
opposition said it would challenge.
2017 Jul 13, Britain's Queen
Elizabeth opened the new headquarters of London's police in a
ceremony that was delayed by nearly four months due to a militant
attack which took place on nearby Westminster Bridge.
2017 Jul 13, In London two men
on a moped tossed a noxious substance into the face of a moped
driver (32) late today, then jumped on his vehicle and drove away.
The pattern was repeated across a swath of east London. Five victims
were attacked while riding mopeds. At least one, a man in his 20s,
was left with life-changing injuries. A boy (15) and boy (16) were
arrested on suspicion of robbery and grievous bodily harm.
2017 Jul 13, Bulgarian
prosecutors charged Veselin Mareshki, the deputy speaker of
parliament, with extortion. They said he threatened seven pharmacy
owners between 2012 and 2015 with damage to their outlets if they
did not transfer part of their business to him or halt operations.
2017 Jul 13, Nobel Peace Prize
laureate Liu Xiaobo (61), China's most prominent political prisoner,
died advanced liver cancer at a hospital in the country's northeast.
2017 Jul 13, China turned over
to Cambodia 100 buses to be used to expand public transportation in
its capital, Phnom Penh.
2017 Jul 13, The European Union
launched legal action against Hungary because of new rules governing
civic groups which receive funds from abroad. The European
Commission said that the law approved by Hungary's parliament in
June could prevent nongovernmental organizations "from raising funds
and would restrict their ability to carry out their work."
2017 Jul 13, European Union
leaders pushed Ukraine to step up its battle against corruption
after the 28-nation bloc agreed to ratify a landmark cooperation
2017 Jul 13, French President
Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have opened the
19th annual summit between the two European countries, centered on
security, defense and boosting the European project in a time of
2017 Jul 13, France and Germany
agreed to develop a European fighter jet to replace their existing
fleets, part of a raft of measures to tighten defense and security
cooperation, according to a document issued after a Franco-German
cabinet meeting in Paris.
2017 Jul 13, French power giant
EDF said that it has acquired 11 wind farm projects in Britain as
part of its drive to double renewable energy capacity by 2030.
2017 Jul 13, In Iraq the US-led
coalition backing the Iraqi military campaign conducted two air
strikes in the Mosul area, destroying 22 fighting positions and a
2017 Jul 13, Israel and the
Palestinians said they have reached a water-sharing deal to bring
relief to parched Palestinian communities, a modest but promising
breakthrough announced during the latest visit by US Mideast envoy
2017 Jul 13, Japanese officials
said the death toll from heavy rains and flooding in the south has
risen to 30, while rescue workers continued their efforts to find
2017 Jul 13, Lithuanian
aviation officials said that hundreds of thousands of airline
passengers will be diverted for more than a month as the country's
main airport near the capital will be shut for a major renovation as
of August 17.
2017 Jul 13, In western Niger
local authorities said at least 27 hippos have been slaughtered in a
touristy zone by villagers who blame them for destroying crops and
2017 Jul 13, Pakistani PM Nawaz
Sharif for the first time explicitly dismissed a report from a
corruption investigation that raised questions about the source of
his family's wealth, rejecting it as slander.
2017 Jul 13, In Pakistan
Islamist gunmen killed Superintendent of Police Mubarak Shah (56)
and three other policemen guarding him in Quetta.
2017 Jul 13, A Peruvian judge
ordered ex-president Ollanta Humala and his wife Nadine Heredia held
in pre-trial detention for allegedly accepting illegal campaign
donations from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. Humala and
Heredia surrendered to the judge one hour after the ruling.
2017 Jul 13, A Russian court
sentenced Zaur Dadayev, convicted of murdering opposition leader
Boris Nemtsov in 2015, to 20 years in jail. Four other Chechen men
convicted of being his accomplices received jail sentences ranging
from 11 to 19 years.
2017 Jul 13, Human Rights Watch
(HRW) released a report on extrajudicial killings in Rwanda. It said
a wave of documented extrajudicial killings took place between July
2016 and March 2017 in western Rwanda and appeared to be part of an
official strategy. HRW alleged that Rwandan security forces executed
at least 37 suspected petty offenders instead of prosecuting them.
2017 Jul 13, In eastern Saudi
Arabia attackers killed a border guard soldier late today and
wounded another in Qatif province, heavily populated by the
kingdom's minority Shiites.
2017 Jul 13, Social workers in
Serbia announced a strike to demand better treatment of domestic
abuse victims and an official say "we must sound the highest alarm"
following the killing of two women and a child at social care
centers in Belgrade this month.
2017 Jul 13, Turkish police
detained Ali Avci, the producer of a film on the life of President
Tayyip Erdogan, accusing him of ties to the Muslim cleric Ankara
says orchestrated last year's attempted coup. Anti-terror police
seized Avci at his Istanbul home and also seized another man
identified as a fugitive sought for being a user of ByLock, an
encrypted messaging app.
2017 Jul 13, The Vatican said a
Holy See tribunal has indicted two former top officials of a
children's hospital on charges of diverting nearly half a million
dollars to renovate the apartment of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who
was not indicted.
2018 Jul 13, US President
Donald Trump played down his extraordinary attack on Britain's plans
for Brexit, praising PM Theresa May's leadership and insisting ties
between the two countries "have never been stronger".
2018 Jul 13, A US federal grand
jury indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers alleged to
have hacked into Democratic party and campaign accounts in 2016. The
charges were drawn up by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former
FBI director who is looking into Russian interference in the
November 2016 vote. The indictment identified "Kate S. Milton" as an
alias for military intelligence officer Ivan Yermakov, one of 12
Russian spies accused of breaking into the Democratic National
Committee and publishing its emails in an attempt to influence the
(AFP, 7/14/18)(AP, 8/1/18)
2018 Jul 13, In northern
California the Ferguson Fire erupted in Mariposa County. Over the
next two days it burned through 4,310 acres and was just 2%
(SFC, 7/16/18, p.C1)
2018 Jul 13, Nissan said it is
recalling nearly 105,000 small cars to replace Takata passenger air
bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel at drivers and
2018 Jul 13, Algeria deported
391 African migrants trying to reach Europe, sending them back over
the Sahara desert into neighboring Niger.
2018 Jul 13, Azerbaijan police
located a second suspect in this week's fatal stabbing of two senior
police officials . He resisted arrest and was shot and killed.
2018 Jul 13, Tens of thousands
of protesters demonstrated in London against US President Donald
Trump, whose four-day visit to Britain has been marred by his
extraordinary attack on PM Theresa May's Brexit strategy.
2018 Jul 13, British police
said that scientists had confirmed the presence of the deadly nerve
agent Novichok in a small bottle found during searches of the house
of Charlie Rowley, but were still looking into how it got there.
(SFC, 7/14/18, p.A2)
2018 Jul 13, Cameroon's
President Paul Biya (85) said he would run for re-election in
October, aiming to extend his 36-year rule and keep his place on the
roster of Africa's longest-serving leaders.
2018 Jul 13, In China Alibaba
Pictures' special effects-heavy fantasy film "Asura" opened. The
film cost 750 million yuan ($113.5 million) to make and only took in
just over $7.3 million at the weekend. On July 15 the film's
official social media account posted a statement declaring that it
would be removed from theatres as of 10 pm that night. The estimated
loss of $106 million would make it the fifth-biggest flop in movie
2018 Jul 13, France said the
United States rejected a request for waivers for its companies
operating in Iran that Paris sought after President Donald Trump
imposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
2018 Jul 13, Germany deported a
Tunisian man who allegedly worked as a bodyguard for Osama bin
Laden, more than a decade after his asylum bid was first rejected.
He was identified by German authorities only as Sami A. and by Tunis
as Sami Idoudi, and had lived in Germany for more than two decades.
2018 Jul 13, Berlin police
provisionally confiscated 77 properties that were linked to a
suspected organized crime clan during a money-laundering
investigation. The raids were part of an investigation triggered by
a 2014 bank break-in in which at least 9.16 million euros ($10.66
million) was stolen and never recovered.
2018 Jul 13, A Greek court
agreed to extradite to France a Russian cybercrime suspect who also
is wanted on criminal charges in the United States and Russia.
Alexander Vinnik (38), a former bitcoin operator, was arrested in
Greece last year on a US-issued international warrant.
2018 Jul 13, Activists in Hong
Kong and Taiwan marked one year since the death in custody of Nobel
dissident Liu Xiaobo on Friday, in stark contrast to an enforced
silence in mainland China.
2018 Jul 13, In southern India
eight policemen rushed to the village of Murki to try to control a
mob of more than 200 that attacked the five friends, wrongly
assuming they were child kidnappers. The mob armed with sticks and
stones lynched Mohammed Azam (32), a call center employee, and
wounded three men late today in Karnataka's Bidar district after
rumors spread over WhatsApp that the victims were members of a gang
of child kidnappers. All eight officers were injured. Nearly three
dozen people were soon arrested for participating in the attack.
(AP, 7/15/18)(Reuters, 7/15/18)(AP, 7/29/18)
2018 Jul 13, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir three insurgents riding in a car fired at
a patrol of Indian paramilitary soldiers at a marketplace, killing
two in Achabal.
2018 Jul 13, Indonesia's deeply
conservative Muslim province of Aceh publicly caned 15 people found
guilty of violating Shariah law, despite pledging not to carry out
the punishment in public.
2018 Jul 13, In Iraq about 100
protesters demanding jobs and better services from leaders closed
access to Umm Qasr commodities port near the southern city of Basra.
2018 Jul 13, The Israel
military fired a Patriot missile at an unmanned aircraft that
approached the country's border from Syria for the second time this
2018 Jul 13, Kenya's government
said eight critically endangered black rhinos died after being moved
to a new reserve in southern Kenya, doubling the number of deaths
from similar operations in the previous dozen years. Kenya's Tourism
and Wildlife Minister Najib Balala ordered the Kenya Wildlife
Service (KWS) to immediately suspend the ongoing translocation of
2018 Jul 13, In Nicaragua a
24-hour opposition-called strike began against the government of
President Daniel Ortega.
2018 Jul 13, In southwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber killed at least 128 people, including a
politician running for a provincial legislature in Baluchistan
province in the second election-related attack this week. Four
others died in a strike in the northwest amid growing tensions over
ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif's return ahead of the July 25
vote. The death toll later spiked to 149.
(AP, 7/13/18)(AP, 7/14/18)(Reuters, 7/16/18)
2018 Jul 13, Pakistan's former
PM Nawaz Sharif returned from London along with his daughter Maryam
to face a 10-year prison sentence on corruption charges. Maryam
Sharif faced seven years in jail.
2018 Jul 13, South Africa
launched a set of limited edition bank notes and gold coins to mark
the 100th anniversary on July 18 of the birth of Nelson Mandela.
2018 Jul 13, All 193 UN member
nations except the United States, which pulled out last year,
approved the Global Compact For Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
On July 18 Hungary said it will quit the migration pact before its
final approval, calling the agreement a "threat to the world." By
early December right-wing European governments such as Austria,
Hungary and Poland had dropped out. The pact was to be adopted
mid-December in Marrakesh, Morocco.
(Reuters, 7/18/18)(Reuters, 12/9/18)
2018 Jul 13, The United Nations
Security Council imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan, nearly five
years after civil war erupted in the country.
2018 Jul 13, Zimbabwe state
media said top prosecutor Ray Goba has been suspended for failing to
prosecute high-profile corruption cases among other allegations.
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