Today in History - July 16
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276 Jul 16,
Marcus Annius Florianus, emperor of Rome (276), was murdered.
390 Jul 16, Brennus and Gauls
defeated the Romans at Allia.
622 Jul 16, Islamic Era began.
Mahomet began his flight from Mecca to Medina (Hegira).
1099 Jul 16, Crusaders herded
the Jews of Jerusalem into a synagogue and set it afire.
1212 Jul 16, Battle of Las
Navas de Tolosa marked the end of Muslim power in Spain.
1429 Jul 16, Joan of Arc led
French army in the Battle of Orleans. [see May 9]
1439 Jul 16, Kissing was banned
in England in order to stop germs from spreading.
1519 Jul 16, There was a public
debate between Martin Luther and theologian John Eck.
1548 Jul 16, La Paz, Bolivia,
1557 Jul 16, Anne of
Cleves (41), queen of England and 4th wife of Henry VIII, died.
1723 Jul 16, Sir Joshua
Reynolds, British portrait painter and first president of the royal
Academy of Arts, was born.
1728 Jul 16, Henri Moreau,
composer, was born.
1764 Jul 16, Ivan VI (23),
Emperor of Russia (1740-41), was murdered.
1765 Jul 16, Prime Minister of
England Lord Greenville resigned and was replaced by Lord
1769 Jul 16, Father Junipero
Serra founded Mission San Diego de Alcala, the 1st mission in Calif.
The Franciscan friars soon planted cuttings of olive trees.
California’s first olive press was established in Ventura County in
1871. Serra went on to build nine missions along the coast and to
take over tribal lands.
8/27/06, p.F2)(SFC, 1/23/15, p.A12)
1774 Jul 16, Russia and the
Ottoman Empire signed the treaty of Kuchuk-Kainardji, ending their
1775 Jul 16, John Adams
graduated from Harvard.
1779 Jul 16, American troops
under General Anthony Wayne, aka Mad Anthony Wayne, captured Stony
Point, NY, with a loss to the British of more than 600 killed or
1782 Jul 16, Mozart's opera
"Das Entfuehrung aus dem Serail" premiered in Vienna.
1790 Jul 16, The District of
Columbia was established as the seat of the United States
1791 Jul 16, Louis XVI was
suspended from office until he agreed to ratify the constitution.
1796 Jul 16,
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (d.1875), French painter, was born. His
work included "Madame Corot" (1833-1835) and "Interrupted Reading"
(1870-1873). He led the way toward new forms of perspective and
composition that was later mined by impressionism and photography.
(SFC, 6/4/96, p.E5)(WSJ, 10/25/96, p.A15)(WSJ,
3/25/97, p.A16)(MC, 7/16/02)
1798 Jul 16, The Marine
Hospital Service was established in the Department of the Treasury
under provisions of an act (1 Stat. 605) authorizing marine
hospitals for the care of American merchant seamen. In 1902 it was
redesignated the Public Health and Marine Hospital Service by an act
of July 1, 1902 (32 Stat. 712),
1809 Jul 16, A well-prepared
revolutionary insurrection burst out in La Paz, Bolivia.
1821 Jul 16, Mary Baker Eddy
(d.1910), founder of the Christian Science movement (1879), was
(HN, 7/16/98)(WSJ, 9/26/03, p.W17)
1825 Jul 16, Alexander Gordon
Laing (32), British Army Major, set off on camel from Tripoli in an
attempt to become the 1st European to cross the Sahara Desert and
reach the fabled city of Timbuktu (Mali).
(SSFC, 1/1/06, p.M2)(ON, 11/06, p.5)
1827 Jul 16, Josiah Spode,
1858 Jul 16, Eugene Ysaye,
violinist, conductor, composer (Pierill Houou), was born in Belgium.
1862 Jul 16, Ida Bell Wells,
first president of the American Negro League, was born.
1862 Jul 16, David G. Farragut
became the first rear admiral in the U.S. Navy.
1862 Jul 16, Two Union soldiers
and their servant ransacked a house and raped a slave in
1867 Jul 16, D.R. Averill
patented a ready-mixed paint.
1867 Jul 16, Joseph Monier
patented reinforced concrete.
1872 Jul 16, Roald Amundsen
(d.1928), Norwegian explorer, discoverer of the South Pole, was
(Ind, 4/27/02, 5A)(MC, 7/16/02)
1875 Jul 16, The new French
constitution is finalized.
1882 Jul 16, Mary Todd Lincoln,
the widow of Abraham Lincoln, died of a stroke.
1887 Jul 16, "Shoeless" Joe
Jackson, black sox player (Say it ain’t so, Joe), was born.
1894 Jul 16, Many negro miners
in Alabama were killed by striking white miners.
1896 Jul 16, Trygve Lie, first
secretary-general of the United Nations (1946-52), was born in
(HN, 7/16/98)(MC, 7/16/02)
1896 Jul 16, William Hamilton
Gibson, illustrator, author, novelist, died.
1907 Jul 16, Orville
Redenbacher (d.1995), agronomist and popcorn entrepreneur, was born
in Brazil, Indiana. "Do one thing and do it better than anyone."
(AH, 10/01, p.36)(AP, 7/16/07)
1907 Jul 16, Barbara Stanwyck
(d.1990), Oscar winning actress, was born in New York as Ruby
(HN, 7/16/98)(AP, 7/16/07)
1907 Jul 16, The SF
supervisors, under pressure from graft prosecutors, named Edward
Robeson Taylor (67), a doctor and lawyer, as mayor. He quickly
replaced 16 of 18 supervisors, forced the police chief to quit and
replaced many city officials with honest and competent men.
(SFC, 11/6/07, p.B5)
1911 Jul 16, Ginger Rogers
(d.1995), actress and dancer, was born as Virginia Katherine McMath.
(HN, 7/16/01)(MC, 7/16/02)
1912 Jul 16, A Naval torpedo,
launched from an airplane, was patented by B.A. Fiske.
1914 Jul 16, A Socialist
conference in Brussels was attended by Kautsky, Trotsky & Rosa
1915 Jul 16, Barnard Hughes,
actor (Tron, Where's Poppa, Best Friends), was born in Bedford
1917 Jul 16, Ludwig Philipp
Scharwenka (70), German composer (Album Polonaise), died.
1920 Jul 16, Gen. Amos Fries
was appointed 1st US army chemical warfare chief.
1926 Jul 16, National
Geographic took the 1st natural-color undersea photos.
1927 Jul 16, Augusto Sandino
began a 5-year war against the US occupation of Nicaragua.
1928 Jul 16, Anita Brookner,
writer (Hotel du Lac), was born.
1929 Jul 16, Col. Charles
Lindbergh was severely angered when he realized a sound-camera man
had recorded a private conversation using a concealed microphone.
The “voice that has never been filmed” left San Francisco’s Mills
Field airport on the cameraman’s reel.
(SFC, 7/16/04, p.F4)
1934 Jul 16, The nation’s 1st
general strike was called in San Francisco in response to violence
and disregard of worker’s rights in the waterfront strike. Some
140,000 workers walked off their jobs. It collapsed after 4 days.
Seven men were killed and thousands were injured. The general strike
ended after 4 days and went into arbitration. In the fall
arbitrators gave the union a hiring hall, a 6-hour day and a small
wage increase. [see May 9, Jul 5]
(SFEC, 12/15/96, BR p.5)(SFEC, 5/2/99, Z1
p.4)(SFC, 9/27/02, p.D11)(PCh, 1992, p.826)
1935 Jul 16, The first parking
meters were installed, in Oklahoma City. Carlton Magee's automatic
meter, the "Park-O-Meter" was installed by the Dual Parking Meter
Company in Oklahoma City. The parking meters were divided by 20-foot
spaces painted on the pavement and accepted nickels.
(AP, 7/16/97)(HNQ, 8/4/02)
1936 Jul 16, 1st x-ray photo of
arterial circulation was made in Rochester, NY.
1940 Jul 16, Adolf Hitler
ordered the preparations to begin on the invasion of England,
Operation Sea Lion.
1941 Jul 16, Dag Solstad,
Norwegian novelist and playwright, was born.
1942 Jul 16, Jews were
transported from Holland to an extermination camp.
1942 Jul 16, The first
large-scale roundups of Jews began under protests by only a
half-dozen Catholic church leaders. French police rounded up some
13,000 Jews over 2 days in Paris, many of whom were first holed up
in harsh conditions at Paris' Vel d'Hiv, or the Winter Velodrome
stadium. The roundup of foreign-born Jews was based on a list
compiled by Paris police. Some 125,000 Jews had been recorded in a
roll based on a census the Nazis demanded in 1941. In 1942 the Vichy
police handed over some 40,000 Jews to the Germans.
(SFEC, 9/28/97, p.A22)(Econ, 7/24/04, p.49)(AP,
1944 Jul 16, Soviet troops
occupy Vilna, Lithuania, in their drive towards Germany.
1945 Jul 16, The first US test
explosion of the atomic bomb was made at Alamogordo Air Base, south
of Albuquerque, New Mexico, equal to some twenty thousand tons of
TNT. The bomb was called the Gadget and the experiment was called
Trinity from a poem by John Donne (Batter my heart, three-person’d
God), and it was conducted in a part of the desert called Jornada
del Muerto, (Dead Man’s Trail), and measured the equivalent of
18,600 (21,000) tons of TNT. It was the culmination of 28 months of
intense scientific research conducted under the leadership of
physicist Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer under the code name Manhattan
Project. The successful atomic test was witnessed by only one
journalist, William L. Laurence of the New York Times, who described
seeing the blinding explosion: "One felt as though he had been
privileged to...be present at the moment of the Creation when the
Lord said: Let There be Light." Oppenheimer’s own thoughts from the
Hindu Bhagavad-Gita were very different: "I am become death, the
shatterer of worlds." The event is described in Richard Thode’s "The
Making of the Atomic Bomb." In 2005 Diane Preston authored
“Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima.”
(NOHY, 3/1990, p.212-213)(HNPD, 7/16/98)(SFC,
12/31/98, p.D4)(SFEC, 12/19/99, Par p.15)(SSFC, 7/10/05, p.E3)
1945 Jul 16, The US cruiser
Indianapolis left SF with an atom bomb to be assembled at Tinian
Island in the western Pacific.
(SSFC, 7/31/05, p.B1)
1946 Jul 16, US court martial
in Dachau condemned 46 SS to hang for the Malmedy massacre of
1947 Jul 16, Raoul Wallenberg,
Swedish diplomat jailed by the Soviets who believed that he was an
American spy, reportedly died at the Lubyanka prison in Moscow of an
alleged heart attack. He had saved more than 20,000 Hungarian Jews
from Nazi death camps. A 2001 Swedish report failed to confirm his
death. In 2010 Russian Security Services archives said a man
identified as Prisoner No. 7, who was interrogated 6 days after the
diplomat’s reported execution on July 17, was likely Wallenberg. On
Oct 26, 2016, Swedish officials declared Wallenberg officially dead
as of July 31, 1952.
(SFC, 5/5/96, p.A-7)(SFC, 12/23/00, p.A12)(SFC,
1/13/01, p.A14)(WSJ, 2/28/09, p.A7)(SFC, 4/2/10, p.A4)(Econ,
1948 Jul 16, Ruben Blades,
songwriter and actor, was born.
1948 Jul 16, Pinchas Zukerman,
violinist and conductor, was born in Tel Aviv Israel.
(HN, 7/16/01)(MC, 7/16/02)
1949 Jul 16, In Florida Norma
Padgett (17) and her husband were reportedly assaulted by four black
men near Okahumpka after their car broke down. Willie Padgett was
robbed and Norma claimed she was raped. Samuel Shepherd (22), Walter
Irvin (22) and Charles Greenlee (16) were beaten in a jail after
their arrests. Ernest Thompson (26) was killed by a posse days after
the alleged crime. Thompson was shot more than 400 times. Three
years later Sheriff Willis McCall shot Irvin and Shepherd as he
drove them from prison to a 2nd trial. The case was later documented
by Gilbert King in "The Devil in the Grove" and by Gary Corsair in
"The Groveland Four: The Sad Saga of a Legal Lynching". In 2019
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis granted posthumous pardons to the four
(SFC, 1/11/19, p.A10)(SFC, 1/12/19, p.A6)
1950 Jul 16, Brazil, host for
soccer’s World Cup, lost the final game to Uruguay 2-1. Uruguay’s
goals came in 13 minutes late in the second half. Alcides Ghiggia
(1926-2015) scored the winning goal.
1951 Jul 16, "The Catcher in
the Rye," a coming-of-age novel by J.D. Salinger (1919-2010), was
first published. Holden Caulfield, the main character, became
recognized as the quintessential American teenager.
(SFC, 1/17/97, p.D7)(AP, 7/16/98)(WSJ, 12/15/07,
p.W10)(SFC, 1/29/10, p.A1)
1952 Jul 16, Stewart Copeland,
drummer (Police: Fall Out, Every Breath You Take, LP: The Equalizer
& Other Cliffhangers), was born.
1953 Jul 16, Joseph Hilaire
Pierre Belloc (82), author (Path to Rome), died.
1957 Jul 16, Marine Maj. John
Glenn set a transcontinental speed record when he flew a jet from
California to New York in 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8 seconds.
1958 Jul 16, Michael Flatley,
Irish choreographer (Lord of Dance), was born in Chicago, Ill.
1958 Jul 16, The
science-fiction film "The Fly" opened in San Francisco.
1960 Jul 16, Albrecht von
Kesselring (74), German field marshal (Italy), died.
1960 Jul 16, The 1st UN troops
reached Congo to replace Belgian troops.
1964 Jul 16, In accepting the
Republican presidential nomination in San Francisco (Cow Palace –
Daly City), Sen. Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona said "extremism in
the defense of liberty is no vice" and that "moderation in the
pursuit of justice is no virtue."
(AP, 7/16/97)(SSFC, 7/13/14, DB p.38)
1965 Jul 16, Mount Blanc Road
tunnel between France & Italy opened.
1966 Jul 16, "Half a Sixpence"
closed at Broadhurst Theater in NYC after 512 performances.
1967 Jul 16, A prison brawl
ignited barracks, killing 37 in Jay, Florida.
1969 Jul 16, Apollo XI set out
from Cape Canaveral (Cape Kennedy), Florida, with Neil Armstrong,
Edwin Aldrin, and Michael Collins on the first manned mission to the
surface of the moon.
(V.D.-H.K.p.182, 341)(AP, 7/16/97)
1969 Jul 16, Vu Ngoc Nha
(d.2002), top aide to presidents Ngo Dinh Diem and Nguyen Van Thieu,
was arrested in Saigon. The CIA uncovered him as the head of a
Communist espionage ring. He and 2 others were convicted of treason
and sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 8/13/02, p.A20)
1973 Jul 16, In testimony
before the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign
Activities (the Ervin Committee), former presidential assistant
Alexander Butterfield disclosed to lawyer Donald Sanders (d.1999 at
69) that President Richard Nixon had tape recorded all of his
conversations in the White House and Executive Office Building.
Butterfield's revelations led to Nixon's assertion of executive
privilege and his refusal to release the tapes to the Ervin
Committee on July 17 or to special prosecutor Archibald Cox on July
23. Judge John Sirica ordered Nixon to turn over the tapes on August
29, an order subsequently upheld by U.S. Court of Appeals on October
12. When a Nixon "compromise" of release of written summaries of the
tapes was turned down by Cox, Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot
L. Richardson and deputy attorney general William Ruckelshaus to
fire Cox. Both refused and resigned. Solicitor General Robert Bork
complied with Nixon's order on Saturday, October 20, resulting in
the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre."
(AP, 7/16/97)(HNQ, 10/15/98)(SFC, 9/28/99, p.A26)
1976 Jul 16, In the "Spaggiari
Affair," a heist masterminded by Albert Spaggiari (1932-1989), a
gang tunneled into the vault of a branch of Societe Generale in Nice
during a public holiday, spent two days and two nights there and
made off with about 24 million euros (21 million pounds) worth of
cash and valuables. The heist spawned several books and movies.
1979 Jul 16, Saddam Hussein
succeeded Premier al-Bakr and became president of Iraq and chairman
of the Revolutionary Command Council (RCC). He established a
multilayered security system with 3-5 secret police units. He later
put his son Qusai in charge of his 10,000 member Special Guards.
(AP, 7/16/97)(SFC, 2/21/98, p.A10)(SFC, 2/24/98,
1979 Jul 16, Nguyen Chi Thien
(d.2012), Vietnamese poet, managed to pass 400 of his poems to the
British ambassador in Hanoi before being arrested. They were later
published as “Flowers of Hell” and won for him the Int’l. Poetry
Award in 1985.
(Economist, 10/13/12, p.114)
1980 Jul 16, Ronald Reagan won
the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in
(AP, 7/16/97)(SFEM,11/2/97, p.12)
1980 Jul 16, Juan Antonio
Samaranch (b.1920) of Spain was elected president of the Int’l.
Olympic Committee (IOC). His reign lasted 21 years.
1981 Jul 16, Singer Harry
Chapin (38) was killed when his car was struck by a tractor-trailer
on New York’s Long Island Expressway.
1982 Jul 16, George Shultz
(b.1920) was sworn in as the US Sec. of State under Ronald Reagan.
He served until Jan 20, 1989.
1982 Jul 16, In NYC the Rev.
Sun Myung Moon, Korean founder of the Unification Church, was
sentenced to 18 months for tax fraud.
1987 Jul 16, Former White House
political director Lyn Nofziger was charged with violating federal
ethics laws in a six-count indictment. His convictions on three
counts of illegally lobbying White House officials were overturned
by a federal appeals court.
1988 Jul 16, The Rev. Jesse
Jackson arrived in Atlanta for the Democratic national convention,
telling cheering supporters he was seeking "shared responsibility"
with nominee-apparent Michael Dukakis.
1989 Jul 16, Leaders of the
seven major industrial democracies called at their economic summit
in Paris for "decisive action" against global pollution.
1989 Jul 16, Conductor Herbert
von Karajan (b.1908) died near Salzburg, Austria.
1990 Jul 16, NYC's Empire State
Building caught fire, but there were no fatalities.
1990 Jul 16, A 7.7 earthquake
in Philippines killed some 5,000 people.
1990 Jul 16, Soviet President
Mikhail Gorbachev and West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl announced
that Moscow had agreed to drop its objection to a united Germany’s
membership in NATO.
1990 Jul 16, The Ukraine
Parliament approved a declaration of State Sovereignty. The people's
deputies vote 339-5 to proclaim July 16 a national holiday.
1991 Jul 16, Leaders of the
Group of Seven nations holding their economic summit in London
issued a communiqué calling for a "new spirit of cooperation" in the
1991 Jul 16, Robert Motherwell
(b.1915), US painter (Elegies to Spanish Rep), died.
1991 Jul 16, Frank Rizzo (70),
(Mayor-D-Phila, 1972-80), died of a heart attack.
1992 Jul 16, Bill Clinton
delivered his acceptance speech a day after winning the Democratic
presidential nomination at the party's convention in New York City.
To the dismay and anger of supporters, Ross Perot announced he would
not run for president. He later changed his mind.
1993 Jul 16, In Oakland Ca.,
Sizzler Restaurant manager Anthoney Vaughn was shot and killed
during a robbery by 2 men at 2710 Telegraph Ave. In 2012 Charles
Luckett (58) was charged with Vaughn’s murder after biological
evidence linked him to the scene.
(SFC, 6/27/12, p.C2)
1993 Jul 16, The surging
Mississippi River charged through a levee at West Quincy, Mo.,
closing the Bayview Bridge, the only bridge across the river to
Illinois for more than 200 miles.
1994 Jul 16, "Sisters
Rosensweig" closed at Barrymore Theater in NYC after 556
1994 Jul 16, The 3 tenors,
Placid Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras, performed in
Los Angeles, Ca.
1994 Jul 16, The first of 21
pieces of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 slammed into Jupiter. The comet was
initially discovered by astronomer Eugene Shoemaker (d.1997 at 69).
(HFA, '96, p.34)(SFC, 7/19/97, p.A21)(AP,
1995 Jul 16, William Barloon
and David Daliberti, the two Americans who were imprisoned in Iraq
for crossing the border from Kuwait four months earlier, were
1995 Jul 16, Amazon.com went
live on the Internet. The 1st book sold on the site was “Fluid
Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental
Mechanisms of Thought.”
(SFC, 7/5/05, p.E2)
1995 Jul 16, Stephen Spender
(b.1909), English poet and critic, died. In 2004 John Sutherland
authored “Stephen Spender: The Authorized Biography.”
(HN, 2/28/01)(Econ, 6/19/04, p.81)
1995 Jul 16, Early reports of
massacres in Bosnia emerged as the first survivors of the long march
from Srebrenica began to arrive in Muslim-held territory. Following
negotiations between the UN and the Bosnian Serbs, the Dutch were at
last permitted to leave Srebrenica, leaving behind weapons, food and
1996 Jul 16, President Clinton
told the National Governors Association he was granting states new
powers to deny benefits to recipients who refuse to move from
welfare to work.
1996 Jul 16, Russian President
Boris Yeltsin met a day late with Vice President Al Gore, easing
some of the concerns about his fragile health.
1996 Jul 16, US states were
adopting laws that would allow drug users and their families to sue
(WSJ, 7/16/96, p.B1)
1996 Jul 16, Handwriting
analysis tagged Newsweek columnist and CBS commentator Joe Klein as
the anonymous author of Primary Colors, a satire of the 1992 Clinton
(WSJ, 7/17/96, p.A2)
1996 Jul 16, Pres. Clinton
waived for 6 months sanctions on Cuba that would have allowed US
courts to sue foreign companies for the use of property confiscated
by the Castro regime.
(WSJ, 7/16/96, p.A1)
1996 Jul 16, An ambush in
Algeria killed the former head of a militant Muslim group.
(WSJ, 7/29/96, p.A1)
1996 Jul 16, Hong Kong
authorities arrested a US immigration agent on charges of smuggling
illegal immigrants through Central America. Jerry Wolf Stuchiner, a
19 year veteran, was found with forged Honduran passports at Hong
Kong’s Kai Tak Airport.
(SFC, 7/17/96, A7)
1996 Jul 16, Ukrainian Prime
Minister Pavlo Lazarenko escaped an assassination attempt. He
proceeded to the Donbass coalfields where 200,000 miners were on
(WSJ, 7/17/96, p.A1)
1997 Jul 16, Hundreds of FBI
agents, some handing out photos in gay bars and hotels, blanketed
south Florida in the continuing hunt for alleged
prostitute-turned-serial killer Andrew Phillip Cunanan, who was
suspected of killing designer Gianni Versace.
1997 Jul 16, Jerold Mackenzie
was awarded $26.6M for being fired from Miller Brewing in 1993 for
sexual harassment for relaying a Seinfeld episode to a co-worker.
Higher courts later threw the entire award out. In 2003 Mackenzie
accepted an out-of-court settlement for $625,000.
1997 Jul 16, In Recife, Brazil,
the 18,000 man police force went on strike. The crime and murder
rate immediately surged and some 3,000 soldiers were called to try
to maintain order.
(SFC, 7/23/97, p.A10)
1997 Jul 16, In Cambodia Hun
Sen named a new co-premier, Ung Huot, the foreign minister and a
member of Ranariddh’s Funcinpec Party. Exiled legislators said was
the appointment was illegal.
(SFC, 7/17/97, p.A8)(WSJ, 7/17/97, p.A1)
1997 Jul 16, In Cuba Vladimiro
Roca, Martha Beatriz Roque, Felix Bonne, and Rene Gomez Manzano were
detained for issuing a document "La Patria es de Todos," criticizing
the political system. They were scheduled for a trial on charges of
sedition in 1999. The Prosecution recommended a 6 year sentence for
Roca and 5 year sentences for the others after the 4 rejected a
government offer to go into exile. Roca was sentenced to 5 years,
Manzano and Bonne to 4 years, and Roque to 3 ½ years.
(USAT, 10/9/98, p.13A)(SFC, 2/27/99, p.A17)(SFC,
3/3/99, p.A10)(SFC, 3/16/99, p.A8)
1997 Jul 16, In Mexico Benjamin
Flores Gonzalez (29), a newspaper editor of La Prensa, was gunned
down in San Luis Colorado across the border from Yuma, Ariz.
(SFC, 7/17/97, p.A9)
1998 Jul 16, The U.S. Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia refused to block Independent
Counsel Kenneth Starr from calling President Clinton's Secret
Service protectors before a grand jury.
1998 Jul 16, In Stockton, Ca.,
a jury awarded $30 million in damages to 2 brothers for enduring
years of sexual abuse from Rev. Oliver O’Grady. In 2006 Amy Berg
produced her film “Deliver Us From Evil,” a documentary on O’Grady,
who was deported to Ireland after serving time in the US.
(SFC, 7/17/98, p.A1)(SFC, 10/25/06, p.E1)
1998 Jul 16, The US FDA
approved the use of thalidomide as a treatment for leprosy.
(SFC, 7/17/98, p.A1)
1998 Jul 16, In Gudermes,
Chechnya, fighting broke out and over 50 people were reported killed
in a battle between Chechen security forces and Muslim Wahabist
paramilitary, a conservative arm of Sunni Islam.
(SFC, 7/17/98, p.A16)
1998 Jul 16, China’s leaders
announced a war on smuggling and the formation of a new
anti-smuggling police force.
(SFC, 7/17/98, p.A12)
1998 Jul 16, The Russian
parliament agreed to a 5% sales tax.
(SFC, 7/17/98, p.A12)
1998 Jul 16, In Turkey some
2000 soldiers were flown into northern Iraq to hunt Kurdish rebels
who fled there after killing 22 Turkish troops in a raid.
(SFC, 7/17/98, p.A16)
1999 Jul 16, Stanley Kubrick’s
final film, "Eyes Wide Shut" starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman,
made its debut.
1999 Jul 16, US Representative
Michael Forbes of New York announced his switch from the Republican
to the Democratic Party.
(SFC, 7/20/99, p.A5)
1999 Jul 16, Scientists
announced plans to develop "chemically assembled electronic
(SFC, 7/16/99, p.A1)
1999 Jul 16, John F. Kennedy
Jr. (38), his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and sister, Lauren
Bessette, were killed when the Piper Saratoga, which he piloted
crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near Martha's Vineyard, Mass.
(SFEC, 7/18/99, p.A1)(AP, 7/16/07)
1999 Jul 16, In Wiener
Neustadt, Austria, the 3-day Woodstock '99 "One World" experienced
music festival was projected to have an audience of 250,000.
(SFC, 1/29/99, p.D9)
1999 Jul 16, In Burundi peace
talks ended in a deadlock.
(SFC, 7/17/99, p.A14)
1999 Jul 16, In Mexico a judge
cut the 50 year prison sentence of Raul Salinas in half and a Swiss
court overturned the seizure of his stashed fortune, though the
money remained frozen pending further investigation.
(SFC, 7/17/99, p.A11)
1999 Jul 16, A NATO memorandum
warned soldiers and workers of a "possible toxic threat" from the
use depleted uranium ordnance used by the US during the air campaign
across Yugoslavia. The "hazard awareness" document was not released
and was not made public until 2001.
(SFC, 1/8/01, p.A9)(SFC, 1/9/01, p.A14)
1999 Jul 16, A Russian supply
ship for Mir was launched from Baikomur in Kazakhstan. It proceeded
to successfully dock with Mir.
(WSJ, 7/19/99, p.A1)
2000 Jul 16, Families and
friends of the victims of the TWA Flight 800 explosion broke ground
for a new memorial on the Long Island shore not far from where the
plane went down in 1996, killing all 230 people on board.
(WSJ, 7/18/96, p.A1)(AP, 7/16/01)
2000 Jul 16, An oil leak in
Brazil’s Parana state began near the Getulio Vargas Refinery in
Araucaria and dumped over 1 million gallons of crude into a
tributary of the Iguacu River. Petrobras was later fined $94 million
for the country’s worst spill in 25 years.
(SFC, 7/18/00, p.A12)(SFC, 8/3/00, p.A13)
2000 Jul 16, In Indonesia a 2nd
day of fighting left 20 people dead after Indonesian troops joined
Muslim militants against Christian gangs in the Maluku Islands.
(SFC, 7/17/00, p.A12)
2000 Jul 16, In Nigeria another
pipeline blast killed over 100 people between the villages of Ifie
and Ijala. The line was punctured to steal fuel.
(SFC, 7/17/00, p.A13)(WSJ, 7/17/00, p.A1)(WSJ,
2000 Jul 16, In Pakistan a bomb
exploded on a train leaving Hyderabad and 10 people were killed.
(SFC, 7/17/00, p.A13)
2001 Jul 16, The IOC in Moscow
elected Jacques Rogge (59), a Belgian surgeon, to succeed Juan
(SFC, 7/17/01, p.A1)
2001 Jul 16, In northwest China
an illegal cache of explosives blew up in Mafang and 41 people were
(SFC, 7/17/01, p.A7)
2001 Jul 16, In India the
leaders of Pakistan and India failed to reach an accord on their
half-century dispute over Kashmir, ending a landmark three-day
summit on a solemn note. They did agree to meet later in the year in
(SFC, 7/17/01, p.A6)(AP, 7/16/02)
2001 Jul 16, In Israel a
Palestinian suicide bomber killed himself and 2 Israelis at a bus
stop north of Tel Aviv. The bombing was believed to be an effort to
mar the opening of the Maccabiah, the Jewish Olympics in Jerusalem.
Israel retaliated by shelling Palestinian police posts in 2 West
(SFC, 7/17/01, p.A6)(WSJ, 7/17/01, p.A1)
2001 Jul 16, In Serbia
authorities began exhuming bodies from another mass grave near
(SFC, 7/17/01, p.A7)
2002 Jul 16, The body of
Samantha Runnion (5), who had been kidnapped a day earlier from her
home in Stanton, Calif., was found in a heavily forested area about
50 miles away.
2002 Jul 16, Belgian banks
signed agreements to pay some $54 million to the country's Jewish
community for property lost during the Nazi occupation.
(SFC, 7/17/02, p.A9)
2002 Jul 16, In Chechnya
separatist fighters attacked Russian army convoys and checkpoints
and 6 people were killed.
(WSJ, 7/17/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 16, In Ecuador Julia
Butterfly Hill was arrested with 7 other demonstrators in Quito for
protesting a proposed oil pipeline from the Amazon Basin to the port
of Esmeraldas that would run through the Mindo-Nambillo Reserve.
Hill was deported July 18.
(SFC, 7/18/02, p.A12)(SFC, 7/19/02, p.A14)
2002 Jul 16, In Ecuador rains
caused a landslide that buried 11 vehicles including a bus with 40
(SFC, 7/18/02, p.A15)
2002 Jul 18, Greek police
reported the capture of Alexandros Giotopoulos (58), the alleged
head of the November 17 terror group. Police also reported
confessions from other members to bombings and assassinations.
(SFC, 7/19/02, p.A14)
2002 Jul 16, In
India-controlled Kashmir a grenade wounded at least 13 people in
(SFC, 7/17/02, p.A7)
2002 Jul 16, The Irish
Republican Army issued an unprecedented apology for hundreds of
civilian deaths over 30 years.
2002 Jul 16, In the West Bank
Palestinian gunmen ambushed a bus at the Emmanuel settlement left 8
(SFC, 7/17/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 7/18/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 16, Russia and China
signed their first friendship treaty in more than half a century.
2003 Jul 16, The Environmental
Protection Agency announced it was starting big-money, long-term
cleanups at 10 Superfund toxic waste sites and putting ten other
sites aside for later.
2003 Jul 16, New research
indicated that frequent masturbation, particularly in the 20s, helps
prevent prostate cancer later in life.
2003 Jul 16, In Santa Monica,
Ca., 10 people were killed and over 70 injured when a car driven by
George Russell Weller (87) plowed through a crowded street market in
an apparent accident. In 2006 a jury convicted Weller on 10 counts
of felony manslaughter. He was sentenced to 5 years probation due to
his failing health. Weller was also ordered to pay about $107,100 in
fines and restitution.
(SFC, 7/18/03, p.A1)(SFC, 11/21/06, p.A3)(AP,
2003 Jul 16, Celia Cruz
(b.1925), Cuban-born Latin music singer, died in Fort Lee, NJ. In
2004 Eduardo Marceles authored “Azucar! The biography of Celia
Cruz.” An autobiography based on recorded material was also
published as “Celia: My Life,” by Celia Cruz and Christina
(SFC, 7/17/03, p.A21)(SSFC, 8/15/04, p.M6)
2003 Jul 16, Carol Shields
(68), the Pulitzer-prize winning author who wrote "The Stone
Diaries" (1995) and more than 20 other books, died at her home in
Victoria, British Columbia.
(AP, 7/17/03)(SFC, 7/18/03, p.A29)
2003 Jul 16, Salvatore Mancuso,
head of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, said the largest
paramilitary group agreed to lay down weapons because of the
government's success in retaking control of wide swaths of land from
2003 Jul 16, In northern India
more than 100 people were feared dead in flash floods caused by a
heavy rain in a remote hill area of Himachal Pradesh state.
2003 Jul 16, In Sao Tome, an
island nation off West Africa, Pres. Fradique de Menezes was ousted
in a coup led by army Maj. Fernando Pereira. The revolt changed
control of the impoverished country's new oil wealth.
2004 Jul 16, Domestic icon
Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison and five
months of home confinement by a federal judge in New York for lying
about a stock sale. On March 4, 2005, Stewart was released from
Alderson Federal Prison Camp, aka “Camp Cupcake,” in West Virginia.
She was then placed under home confinement and required to wear an
ankle bracelet for an additional 5 months.
2004 Jul 16, PNC Financial,
based in Pennsylvania, agreed to by Riggs National of Washington DC
for $779 million. Riggs was fined $25 million in May for violating
money laundering regulations.
(Econ, 7/24/04, p.69)
2004 Jul 16, George Busbee 76,
former Georgia Gov., died in Savannah.
2004 Jul 16, New Zealand's
prime minister and media heaped vitriol on Israel over the case of
two Israelis imprisoned for passport fraud, saying there's "no
doubt" the pair are spies.
2004 Jul 16, A Saudi transport
company said it had pulled out of Iraq to save the life of an
Egyptian truck driver taken hostage by kidnappers who demanded the
firm leave the country.
2004 Jul 16, In Thailand the
15th Int’l. AIDS Conference ended in Bangkok.
(SFC, 7/17/04, p.A14)
2005 Jul 16, J.K. Rawling’s
latest book, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” the 6th of
the series, went on sale.
(SSFC, 7/17/05, p.A1)
2005 Jul 16, In Australia Sir
Ronald Wilson (82), a former World War II fighter pilot who became a
respected Australian judge and headed a national inquiry into the
"stolen generations" of Aboriginal children, died.
2005 Jul 16, The death toll
from the July 7 bombings in London rose to 55 as a badly wounded
young architect succumbed 9 days after being rescued. British PM
Tony Blair warned that an "evil ideology" of Islamic extremism was
bent on spreading terror through the West.
(SSFC, 7/17/05, p.A17)(AP, 7/16/06)
2005 Jul 16, A small plane from
Costa Rica, piloted by the son of a former owner of the San Jose
Sharks hockey team, crashed off the Pacific Coast, killing six
2005 Jul 16, A Russian-made
plane that disappeared from radar shortly after takeoff in
Equatorial Guinea crashed with 55 people aboard.
2005 Jul 16, In Finland
Indonesia's government and Aceh rebels reached a tentative peace
deal to end a 29-year insurgency in the tsunami-devastated province.
They agreed to sign a peace accord on Aug 15 in exchange for more
(AP, 7/17/05)(WSJ, 7/18/05, p.A1)
2005 Jul 16, Security forces in
India's portion of Kashmir killed at least 17 suspected Islamic
militants, including 13 rebels who had entered the region from
2005 Jul 16, Iran said it had
arrested 200 people and deported another 800, all of whom were said
to be linked to al-Qaida.
(SSFC, 7/17/05, p.A3)
2005 Jul 16, In Baghdad a
suicide car bomber attacked police commandos in the southern
district of Dura, killing one commando and three civilians, two of
them children. A 2nd Baghdad suicide bomber blew up a car in an
attack targeting a passing US military convoy. One civilian was
killed. A 3rd bomber blew himself up in a police station in Mosul,
killing 4 policemen and wounding 18 more. A 4th bomber blew himself
up in the Jabala area, when Iraqi police tried to arrest him. The
explosion wounded two policemen and four civilians. 3 British
soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in a rare attack in the
relatively stable southern part of the country.
2005 Jul 16, In Iraq a suicide
bomber blew up a fuel truck near a crowded vegetable market outside
a Shiite mosque in Musayyib killing 98 people. A suspected
mastermind of the attack was captured later during a raid by Iraqi
forces in which two of his associates were killed.
(Reuters, 7/17/05)(AP, 7/23/05)
2005 Jul 16, US forces in Iraq
began setting up a base 3 miles from the Rawah, a crossroads town
and smuggling route near the Syrian border.
(SSFC, 7/31/05, p.A20)
2005 Jul 16, Israeli troops
raided towns across the West Bank, arresting 26 suspected
Palestinian militants. Israeli aircraft launched a series of
airstrikes in Gaza City and the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis.
2005 Jul 16, Hurricane Emily
skirted Jamaica with winds spiking at 155 mph.
(SSFC, 7/17/05, p.A3)
2005 Jul 16, In Lagos a court
convicted Amaka Anajemba, a Nigerian woman, of helping defraud a
Brazilian bank of $242 million in the country's biggest
international fraud case. She was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison
and ordered to give up $25.5 million in cash and assets. Banco
Noroeste of Sao Paolo, Brazil, was reportedly fleeced of some $242
million over seven years until 2001.
2005 Jul 16, Pakistani security
officials said 3 of the 4 London suicide bombers recently visited
Pakistan. Investigators probed whether they met with Al-Qaeda-linked
2005 Jul 16, Pakistani soldiers
fought militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan
border. 18 people, mostly women and children, died in the clash.
2005 Jul 16, A Russian air
force helicopter carrying border guards crashed in mountainous
southern Chechnya, killing eight people.
2005 Jul 16, In Turkey a bomb
blast destroyed a minibus near Kusadasi, a popular Aegean Sea beach,
killing 5 people, including at least 2 foreigners. Initial reports
implicating a female suicide bomber were soon changed to a remote
controlled or timer bomb as the cause.
(Reuters, 7/16/05)(AP, 7/17/05)
2006 Jul 16, President Bush and
other Group of Eight world leaders meeting in St. Petersburg,
Russia, urged Israel to show "utmost restraint" and blamed Hezbollah
and Hamas for escalating violence in the Middle East. G8 leaders
adopted statements on the summit's three priority areas of energy
security, education and the fight against infectious diseases.
(AP, 7/16/06)(AP, 7/16/07)
2006 Jul 16, US federal
officials arrested David Carruthers in Texas, the British boss of
BetonSports, as he changed planes enroute from London to Costa Rica.
He was charged the next day, along with 10 others, with conspiracy
and fraud related to online gambling.
(Econ, 7/22/06, p.61)
2006 Jul 16, Robert Brooks
(b.1937), chairman of Hooters of America, died in South Carolina. He
made a fortune selling chicken wings served by scantily clad
2006 Jul 16, In Afghanistan
Amir Gul Hassanyar was arrested in northern Kunduz province. He
allegedly carried out numerous roadside bombings and trafficked in
weapons and drugs.
2006 Jul 16, A British soldier
was killed and 3 others wounded in two different attacks near Iraq's
main southern city of Basra. 17 people were killed in rebel violence
across Iraq. Six of 29 people seized at an Iraqi Olympic Committee
meeting were released in Baghdad.
2006 Jul 16, Seven Canadians
from the same Montreal family, including four young children, were
killed in Lebanon when Israeli aircraft bombed a house in the south
of the country.
2006 Jul 16, Hundreds of
exhausted evacuees flew into Cyprus as Western countries moved their
citizens from the Middle East amid continued Israeli bombardment of
2006 Jul 16, A small German
tourist plane crashed on takeoff from the Italian island of Elba,
killing four people aboard and seriously injuring one.
2006 Jul 16, Iran said that
Western incentives to halt its nuclear program were an "acceptable
basis" for talks, and it is ready for detailed negotiations.
2006 Jul 16, A suicide bomber
detonated explosives inside a cafe packed with Shiites in Tuz
Khormato, a mostly Turkomen city 130 miles north of Baghdad. 26
people were killed and 22 injured. In the south, a British soldier
was killed and another wounded during a raid against a "terrorist
suspect" in Basra.
2006 Jul 16,
Lebanese guerrillas fired a relentless barrage of rockets into the
northern Israeli city of Haifa, killing eight people at a railway
depot and wounding seven in a dramatic escalation of a five-day-old
conflict that has shattered hopes for Mideast peace. Israeli
airstrikes reduced entire apartment buildings to rubble and knocked
out electricity in swaths of Beirut.
2006 Jul 16, In Mexico City
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador led hundreds of thousands of marchers
demanding a full recount of in the disputed election.
(SFC, 7/17/06, p.A3)
2006 Jul 16, North Korea
rejected a UN Security Council resolution sanctioning the communist
nation for recent missile tests and warned the measure was a prelude
to a renewed Korean War.
2006 Jul 16, Turkish PM Recep
Tayyip Erdogan signaled that his government was planning a tough
response to mounting violence by Kurdish rebels after 13 members of
the security forces were killed in the southeast over the past week.
2006 Jul 16, Ugandan
negotiators at talks to end one of Africa's longest wars demanded on
that Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels disarm and hand over all
their weapons in order to receive amnesty.
2007 Jul 16, Pres. Bush said he
would call Israel, the Palestinians and others in the region to a
peace conference and urged Arabs to send Cabinet-level officials to
a Fall meeting to be led by Sec. of State Condoleeza Rice.
(SFC, 7/17/07, p.A7)(AP, 7/16/08)
2007 Jul 17, The US freed 16
Saudis from Guantanamo and flew them home, where they were taken
into custody for investigation of possible links to terrorism.
(WSJ, 1/17/07, p.A1)
2007 Jul 16, A man carrying a
gun and declaring "I am the emperor" was shot and killed by security
outside the offices of Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter.
2007 Jul 16, Dikembe Mutombo
(41), NBA basketball star, said he wants to score for his native
Democratic Republic of Congo by financing a new hospital and
training young hoops players. Mutombo invested $15 million (11
million euros) in the construction of the hospital, more than half
the total cost.
2007 Jul 16, Rupert Murdoch’s
News Corp. reached a tentative agreement to buy Dow Jones & Co.,
publisher of the Wall Street Journal, for $5 billion.
(SFC, 7/17/07, p.A3)
2007 Jul 16, IHOP Corp.
announced that it had sealed a deal to buy Applebee’s for about $2.1
billion. This would make IHOP the nation’s largest sit-down
restaurant chain with 3,250 locations and sales of nearly $7
(WSJ, 1/17/07, p.A2)
2007 Jul 16, An Amtrak train
hit a car at a Florida crossing killing 4 occupants.
(WSJ, 1/17/07, p.A1)
2007 Jul 16, Mark Sneed (50),
president of Phillips Foods, died of a heart attack at his home in
Riva, Md. He drove the company’s expansion to Asian suppliers for
(WSJ, 1/21/07, p.A4)
2007 Jul 16, Afghanistan's
government fired Abdul Sattar Murad, the governor of Kapisa
province, days after he said Afghans are distancing themselves from
Pres. Hamid Karzai and that a "vacuum of authority" is allowing the
Taliban, al-Qaida and other groups to gain power. In southern
Kandahar province suspected Taliban militants ambushed two police
officers riding a bike in Zhari district, killing both.
(AP, 7/17/07)(AP, 7/19/07)
2007 Jul 16, Argentina’s
President Nestor Kirchner's economy minister resigned after a
prosecutor ordered her to testify about $64,000 in cash that was
found in a bag in her office bathroom. Kirchner accepted Felisa
Miceli's resignation and appointed economist and Industry Secretary
Gustavo Peirano as her replacement.
2007 Jul 16, Bangladesh police
arrested former PM Sheikh Hasina on extortion charges, and she was
ordered jailed pending trial.
2007 Jul 16, Britain ordered
the expulsion of four Russian diplomats because of Moscow's refusal
to extradite the lead suspect in the fatal poisoning of a former KGB
officer in London.
2007 Jul 16, The High Court in
London upheld a ban on a teenager from wearing a so-called "purity
ring" at school to signal her refusal of sex before marriage.
2007 Jul 16, The Canadian
government agreed to disburse C$1.4 billion ($1.3 billion) in aid
over 20 years to Quebec's 15,000 Cree to improve health, security
and other services for the native Indians.
2007 Jul 16, Orascom
Construction Industries S.A.E. of Cairo said it is investing $115
million to acquire a 50% stake in a North Korean cement plant.
(WSJ, 1/16/07, p.A6)
2007 Jul 16, In Ethiopia a
court sentenced 35 opposition politicians and activists to life in
prison and denied them the right to vote or run for public office
for inciting violence in an attempt to overthrow the government.
They had protested the alleged rigging of ’05 elections. Those
facing life imprisonment include the leader of the Coalition for
Unity and Democracy, Hailu Shawel; Berhanu Nega, who was elected
mayor of Addis Ababa; former Harvard scholar Mesfin Woldemariam; and
former UN special envoy and former Norfolk (Va.) State University
professor, Yacob Hailemariam.
(AP, 7/16/07)(WSJ, 1/17/07, p.A1)
2007 Jul 16, A group
representing thousands of children of Holocaust survivors filed a
class-action lawsuit against the German government, demanding that
Germany pay for their psychiatric care.
2007 Jul 16, Haitian radio
reported that US Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested Guy
Philippe (39), a former rebel leader and presidential candidate with
alleged ties to drug traffickers.
2007 Jul 16, Reliance
Communications, India's second largest telecom company, said it paid
300 million dollars to buy US-based telecom firm Yipes Holdings to
expand data services.
2007 Jul 16, A court in Iran
sentenced Adnan Hassanpour (27), a journalist for the closed
Kurdish-Persian weekly, to death on charges of endangering national
security and propaganda against the state. Abdolvahed “Hiva” Botimar
(29) was also sentenced to death by a revolutionary tribunal in
2007 Jul 16, In Iraq twin
suicide car bombings exploded within 20 minutes of each other in
Kirkuk, killing at least 85 people and wounding around 150 in
attacks targeting a Kurdish political office and ripping through the
Haseer outdoor market. A string of attacks in Baghdad killed at
least 14 people. An American soldier died from wounds received the
day before by a bombing in Ninevah province. American soldiers
killed about a dozen insurgents during a three-hour gunfight in
Fadhil. A US Marine died in a non-combat related incident in Anbar
(AP, 7/16/07)(AP, 7/17/07)(WSJ, 1/17/07, p.A1)
2007 Jul 16, A 6.8 earthquake
struck northwestern Japan, destroying hundreds of homes, buckling
seaside bridges and causing a fire at one of the world's most
powerful nuclear power plants. 11 people were killed and hundreds
were injured. The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant suffered a
slew of problems, including spilled waste drums, leaked radioactive
water, fires and burst pipes.
(AFP, 7/16/07)(WSJ, 1/17/07, p.A1)(Econ, 7/21/07,
2007 Jul 16, In northern
Lebanon fierce fighting erupted at a besieged Palestinian refugee
camp as army troops pounded the remaining hideouts of
al-Qaida-inspired militants holed up inside with artillery and tank
fire. 4 soldiers were killed in fighting. Troops captured two
militants while pursuing the fighters in the camp's old
(AP, 7/16/07)(AP, 7/17/07)
2007 Jul 16, Health officials
in Malawi prepared to launch a massive HIV testing program to
identify tens of thousands of people unknowingly infected with the
2007 Jul 16, In Mexico police
fired tear gas to prevent hundreds of leftist protesters from
reaching the venue of an international folk festival in Oaxaca, in
the worst outbreak of violence in the troubled Mexican city since
2007 Jul 16, Pakistan held
crisis talks with tribal elders to save a peace deal with
pro-Taliban militants, amid fears of fresh violence after 3 weekend
suicide attacks left more than 70 dead.
2007 Jul 16, Scotland’s
University of Edinburgh confirmed that it had withdrawn an honorary
doctorate awarded to Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe in 1984,
because of concern over his human rights record.
2007 Jul 16, Public schools
reopened in South Africa after seven weeks following a month-long
strike by teachers and winter holidays.
2007 Jul 16, In Venezuela RCTV
resumed broadcasting on cable and satellite TV channels. The station
had been pushed off public access on May 28.
2007 Jul 16, Zimbabwean Roman
Catholic Archbishop Pius Ncube was named in an adultery case. State
radio reported that a woman, identified as Rosemary Sibanda,
"admitted the affair" to the state broadcasting company. The radio
report said the woman's husband, Onesimus Sibanda, was demanding
$160,000 in damages.
2008 Jul 16, The United States
signed a pair of agreements to boost trade and investment ties with
countries in southern and eastern Africa. These included the Trade,
Investment and Development Cooperation Agreement with the Southern
Africa Customs Union (SACU), which includes Botswana, Lesotho,
Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland; and the Trade Investment and
Framework Agreement (TIFA) with the East African Community, which
includes Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
2008 Jul 16, The US Postal
Service released a series of stamps honoring black cinema.
(SFC, 7/16/08, p.E3)
2008 Jul 16, California state
educators said 24% of the state’s high school students had dropped
out of school during the 2006-2007 school year.
(SFC, 7/17/08, p.A1)
2008 Jul 16, Jo Stafford
(b.1917), pop star singer during the 1940s and 1950s, died in Los
Angeles. Her songs included “You Belong To Me,” a big hit in 1952.
(SFC, 7/19/08, p.B5)
2008 Jul 16, The governor of
Kandahar said eight militants were killed during an operation in the
southern province's Khakrez district in the past two days. A
regional Taliban commander, Mullah Mahmoud, who controlled about 250
fighters, was among those killed. Several militants were killed in
the Nahr Surkh district of Helmand. Coalition and Afghan security
forces uncovered and destroyed a large weapons cache in northern
(AP, 7/16/08)(AP, 7/17/08)
2008 Jul 16, Thousands of
British local government employees began a two-day strike over pay.
Unions expected more than half a million workers in England, Wales
and Northern Ireland to join the walkout that began after midnight.
2008 Jul 16, Anglican bishops
from around the world gathered in Canterbury for the Lambeth
Conference, with the 10-yearly meeting set to be dominated by deep
splits over the roles of women and homosexuals.
2008 Jul 16, Cambodia assembled
its troops near the Thai border in the second day of alleged
incursions by Thai soldiers amid tensions over disputed border land
near a historic temple.
2008 Jul 16, The government of
China’s Gansu province told the Ministry of Health about an unusual
surge of kidney stones among infants who had all drunk the same
brand of milk.
(Econ, 9/20/08, p.57)
2008 Jul 16, In Egypt a truck
ploughed into traffic at a closed level crossing, pushing a bus,
truck and several cars into the path of a passenger train. Four
people died from their injuries overnight bringing the total number
of dead to 41.
2008 Jul 16, In France the
first stone was laid at the Louvre's new Arts of Islam gallery, the
first major modern architectural addition to the museum since its
famed glass pyramid was built in the 1980s.
2008 Jul 16, In eastern India
at least 20 special commando police officers were killed when their
vehicle struck a land mine planted by communist rebels in Orissa
2008 Jul 16, Coalition forces
handed the Iraqi government control of a province south of Baghdad,
reflecting security improvements across the country. US and Polish
forces operated in the mostly Shiite province of Qadisiyah, the
tenth of 18 provinces to revert to Iraqi authority. A car bomb
killed at least 7 children and 11 other people in the northern city
of Tal Afar. 90 people also were injured in the blast at a popular
outdoor market. A car bomb killed two civilians in Mosul.
2008 Jul 16, Hezbollah handed
over two black coffins with the bodies of two Israeli soldiers and
Israel freed 5 Lebanese militants, including Samir Kantar, who
killed a 4-year-old girl and her father in 1979.
(AP, 7/16/08)(WSJ, 7/17/08, p.A1)
2008 Jul 16, An Italian
parliamentary panel gave initial approval to a plan to fingerprint
everyone in the country, a move that could defuse criticism over a
mandatory program to fingerprint Gypsies.
2008 Jul 16, Malaysian police
arrested opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on suspicion that he
sodomized a male aide, pre-empting his voluntary appearance at the
police headquarters to answer the allegation. He was interrogated
for more than eight hours and made to sleep on a "cold cement" floor
in a holding cell before being released the next day.
(AP, 7/16/08)(AP, 7/17/08)
2008 Jul 16, Mexico's navy
seized a homemade submarine carrying a drug shipment off the Pacific
coast and arrested its four-man crew.
2008 Jul 16, In Nigeria about
30 armed men in speedboats attacked a navy vessel that was guarding
key oil facilities in southern Rivers state. Three militants, a
naval serviceman and a civilian were killed. MEND said it was not
2008 Jul 16, In southwestern
Pakistan a roadside bomb wounded seven security personnel and two
passers-by. In the northwest a military operation began to expel
insurgents from Zargari. 10 militants were killed and five troops
(AP, 7/16/08)(AP, 7/18/08)
2008 Jul 16, The Philippine
government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front reached a deal to
create an ancestral homeland for 3 million Muslims.
(WSJ, 7/17/08, p.A8)
2008 Jul 16, Gold production
was severely disrupted in parts of South Africa as thousands of
mineworkers downed tools to protest rising living costs.
2008 Jul 16, In South Korea
former Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-hee saw the suspension of his prison
sentence in a tax-evasion conviction, a move that confirmed South
Koreans' view that tycoons are immune from jail.
2008 Jul 16, In Spain King
Abdullah of Saudi Arabia kicked off an interfaith conference in
Madrid, an effort to bring Muslims, Christians and Jews closer
together amid a world that often puts the three faiths at odds.
2008 Jul 16, Sri Lankan
soldiers captured a key naval base used by the Tamil Tiger rebels in
the northern part of the country. Fighting in the north killed 24
rebels and 3 soldiers.
(AP, 7/16/08)(AP, 7/17/08)
2008 Jul 16, In Sudan a
peacekeeper with the United Nations-African Union was shot and
killed in Darfur. The peacekeeper, believed to be a Nigerian company
commander, died while on patrol near a peacekeeping camp.
2008 Jul 16, Turkey’s military
said 11 Kurdish rebels were killed in an ongoing operation in
Hakkari province, near the border with Iraq.
2008 Jul 16, In Turkey Ahmet
Yildiz, a gay Kurd, was allegedly killed by his father for
besmirching the family honor. In 2011 the film “Zenne Dancer,” based
on his story, won 5 awards at the Golden Orange Film Festival.
2008 Jul 16, Zimbabwe’s central
bank's governor said the annual rate of inflation, already the
highest in the world, has hit a new record level of 2.2 million
2009 Jul 16, Michelle Cawthra,
a former Colorado Dept. of Revenue supervisor, said love for her
ex-boyfriend Hysear Randell led her to steal $11 million in
unclaimed tax refunds from the state over a 2-year period. Randell
was on trial in Denver for theft, forgery, computer crimes and
(SFC, 7/17/09, p.A6)
2009 Jul 16, In Phoenix,
Arizona, 4 boys, all Liberian refugees (9-14) lured a Liberian girl
(8) to a storage shed and raped her. Charges against one of the
boys, aged 8, were dropped on Dec 16 after a judge ruled the boy was
not competent to stand trial.
(SFC, 8/10/09, p.A4)(SFC, 12/17/09, p.A12)
2009 Jul 16, In Chicago Willis
Tower was introduced to Chicago by Mayor Richard M. Daley and others
during a public Sears Tower renaming ceremony hosted by Willis Group
Holdings. The London-based insurance brokerage secured the naming
rights as part an agreement to lease 140,000 square feet of space,
and has said it plans to bring hundreds of jobs to the city.
2009 Jul 16, CIT Group Inc.
shares tumbled 75% as its inability to get emergency government
funding raised expectations that the commercial lender will file for
(AP, 7/16/09)(SFC, 7/17/09, p.C1)
2009 Jul 16, In California the
UC Board of Regents cut $813 million from US budgets and approved
pay raises, dividends and other benefits for over two dozen
(http://tinyurl.com/n3hcj3)(SFC, 8/7/09, p.A1)
2009 Jul 16, Jeffrey Locker
(52), a debt-ridden motivational speaker, was found strangled and
stabbed in his car in East Harlem, hours after he was seen buying
condoms. In 2011 jurors found Kenneth Minor guilty of helping Locker
(SFC, 3/4/11, p.A10)
2009 Jul 16, In southeastern
Afghanistan local Taliban commanders threatened to kill a captured
American soldier unless the US military stops operations in Ghazni
province's Giro district and Paktika province's Khoshamand district.
The British soldier was killed during a foot patrol near Gereshk in
southern Helmand province.
(AP, 7/16/09)(AP, 7/17/09)
2009 Jul 16, Australia and
China traded warnings over Rio Tinto employees detained for spying,
as the United States urged Beijing to ensure transparency and fair
treatment for staff of foreign companies.
2009 Jul 16, The Chadian rebel
Union of Forces of Resistance (UFR) claimed the Chadian air force
attacked two villages in the southeastern Chadian region of Tissi.
Rebels claimed some 50 had been killed some 100 wounded. Sudan
accused Chad of launching air raids on its western region of Darfur.
2009 Jul 16, Colombian
authorities extradited to the United States Gerardo Aguilar (50),
alias "Cesar," a FARC rebel "jailer" captured in last year's July 2
rescue of three US military contractors and ex-presidential
candidate Ingrid Betancourt. He faced drug-trafficking charges,
kidnapping and other charges on an indictment in Washington, D.C.
2009 Jul 16, In Egypt 8 Serb
tourists and 3 Egyptians were killed when a truck on the wrong side
of the road hit their coach head-on along Egypt's Red Sea coast.
2009 Jul 16, In Marseilles,
France, a worker was killed immediately when the roof of a stage
being built for a Madonna concert fell apart on top of several
workers. Madonna canceled her scheduled July 19 performance. A 2nd
worker died the next day.
2009 Jul 16, Iceland’s Althingi
(parliament) voted 33 to 28 to apply to join the EU.
(Econ, 7/25/09, p.50)
2009 Jul 16, The leaders of
India and Pakistan, following rare talks in Egypt, vowed to
cooperate in the fight against terror in the wake of the devastating
2009 Jul 16, In India Rita
Bahuguna Joshi, a leading politician of India's ruling Congress
party, was arrested and her house set on fire by activists after she
suggested that a rival leader be raped so she can better understand
the plight of rape victims.
2009 Jul 16, Iran announced
that Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, the head of its nuclear agency, has
resigned, a move that may have been connected to the country's
postelection turmoil. Aghazadeh told the semiofficial ISNA news
agency that he submitted his resignation from Iran's Atomic Energy
Organization 20 days ago and also resigned from his other post as
one of Pres. Ahmadinejad's vice presidents.
2009 Jul 16, In Iraq 18 people
were injured in an explosion that targeted a minibus transporting
Shiite pilgrims to a holy shrine in Najaf. 3 US soldiers were killed
in a rocket attack on a base outside of Basra. On July 18 an
Iranian-backed militiaman confessed to the rocket attack near the
(AP, 7/16/09)(AP, 7/17/09)(AP, 7/18/09)
2009 Jul 16, In Israel
Ultra-Orthodox Jews clashed with police using horses and water
cannon in Jerusalem in the third day of rioting over the arrest of a
mentally ill Hasidic woman who authorities say was starving her
2009 Jul 16, Mexico’s Interior
Secretary Fernando Gomez Mont said the government was pouring 1,500
federal police officers, 2,500 soldiers and 1,500 navy personnel
into Michoacan state, the home base for the violent La Familia
cartel led by Servando "La Tuta" Gomez.
2009 Jul 16, In northwestern
Pakistan gunmen killed UN employee Zill-e-Usman (59) and a guard
during a failed kidnap attempt at a refugee camp near Peshawar, a
blow to humanitarian efforts to help civilians displaced by army
offensives against the Taliban.
(AP, 7/16/09)(SFC, 7/17/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 16, In Taiwan’s
southern city of Kaohsiung, more than 3,000 athletes and staff from
105 countries and territories marched into the World Games Stadium,
a new, eye-catching structure designed by renowned Japanese
architect Toyo Ito. China’s 100-strong delegation boycotted the
opening ceremony of the World Games in Taiwan, underscoring the
limits of the historic breakthrough in relations between Taipei and
2009 Jul 16, In Tajikistan 5
militants were killed in a gunfight at a remote military checkpoint
near the border with Afghanistan. Law enforcement agencies later
issued a joint statement claiming the perpetrators of the attack
were suspected terrorists with Russian citizenship. Authorities said
that earlier this month Mirzo Ziyoyev, a rebel commander in
Tajikistan's 1990s civil war, who later became a government
minister, was killed by members of a militant group he had allegedly
joined recently. The government said Azizov was a member of the
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, or IMU, an al-Qaida-linked militant
group that has operated in ex-Soviet Central Asia and Afghanistan.
2009 Jul 16, The UN Security
Council banned travel and froze assets of 10 North Korean
individuals and businesses linked to the country’s nuclear and
ballistic missile programs.
(SFC, 7/17/09, p.A2)
2010 Jul 16, Kendall Myers
(73), a retired US intelligence analyst and great grandson of
Alexander Graham Bell, was sentenced to life in prison for spying
for Cuba. His wife was sentenced to 5½ years.
(SFC, 7/17/10, p.A5)
2010 Jul 16, In the US 94
people, including several doctors and nurses, were charged in scams
totaling $251 million. Authorities indicted 33 suspects in the Miami
area, accused of charging Medicare for about $140 million in various
scams. Busts were carried out this week in Miami, New York City,
Detroit, Houston and Baton Rouge, La., Federal authorities, while
touting the operation, cautioned the cases represent only a fraction
of the estimated $60 billion to $90 billion in Medicare fraud
absorbed by taxpayers each year.
2010 Jul 16, James Gammon
(b.1940), TV and film actor, died in Orange County, Ca. His films
included “Major League” (1989) and its 1994 sequel. His TV roles
included the father on “Nash Bridges” (1996-2001).
(SFC, 7/20/10, p.A4)
2010 Jul 16, In Afghanistan 2
NATO soldiers including one British and one American died in
Taliban-style bomb attacks.
2010 Jul 16, In Brazil an
11-year-old boy in a school classroom was killed by a stray bullet
from a shootout between police and suspected drug gang members in
Rio de Janeiro.
2010 Jul 16, Canada’s Defense
Minister Peter MacKay said Canada will buy 65 new fighter jets from
Lockheed Martin Corp for C$9 billion ($8.6 billion), one of the
biggest arms deals in the nation's history.
2010 Jul 16, A typhoon that
left a trail of destruction and deaths in the Philippines hit
southern China as emergency workers prepared for torrential rains
and lashing winds, flights and ferries were canceled and tens of
thousands of residents were evacuated.
2010 Jul 16, In Guyana the
publisher of Kaieteur News vowed to fight a libel lawsuit filed by
President Bharrat Jagdeo for a column that accused the president of
racism and of hiring people to disrupt an academic conference. A
June 28 column accused Jagdeo and his party, which is dominated by
people of East Indian descent, of hiring "goons" to noisily disrupt
a conference two days earlier.
2010 Jul 16, In Indian Kashmir
hundreds of anti-India protesters clashed with police and
paramilitary soldiers despite a rigid curfew being reimposed in most
of Kashmir following weeks of unrest that has killed 15 people.
2010 Jul 16, In Mexico 5
factory workers were gunned down when armed men burst into a party
at a house in Ciudad Juarez. In other municipalities of Chihuahua,
which shares a long border with Texas, there were four killings.
2010 Jul 16, In Mexico Roberto
Cabrera (38), with a mysterious bulge under his T-shirt, was
stopped, searched and detained at Mexico City's international
airport after arriving from Peru. Authorities found 18 tiny
endangered monkeys in a girdle he was wearing. Two of the monkeys
2010 Jul 16, In Pakistan a
powerful bomb blast ripped through a busy market in the Khyber
tribal region, an area along the Afghan border, killing 10 people
(AP, 7/16/10)(AP, 7/17/10)
2010 Jul 16, The Sudanese army
said it inflicted a series of defeats on Darfur's most powerful
rebel group, killing and capturing hundreds in a series of clashes
over the past few days. General Al-Tayeb al-Musbah Osman told the
state news agency that the army killed at least 300 members of the
rebel Justice and Equality Movement and captured another 86. The
army said 75 of its troops were also killed.
2010 Jul 16, Turkey unveiled
its first drone airplane, a surveillance craft able to fly for
24-hour stretches over the rugged mountains where Kurdish rebels are
waging a deadly insurgency.
2011 Jul 16, Pres. Obama met
with the Dalai Lama despite a warning from Beijing that the meeting
would risk damaging relations.
(SSFC, 7/17/11, p.A8)
2011 Jul 16, In San Francisco
Kenneth Wade Harding (19) was killed in a confrontation with police
in the Bayview district. Harding was wanted in Washington state in
connection with a July 13 killing. On July 21 police said Harding
died from a bullet allegedly fired from his own gun.
(SFC, 7/22/11, p.A1)
2011 Jul 16, In Florida Tyler
Hadley (17) of Port St. Lucie bludgeoned his parents with a hammer,
then hosting dozens of friends for a party while their bodies lay in
2011 Jul 16, Dawn, a NASA
spacecraft, went into orbit around Vesta, an asteroid in the
asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. After a year it was expected
to leave Vesta and head for the asteroid Ceres.
(Econ, 7/16/11, p.81)
2011 Jul 16, In southern
Afghanistan a man wearing an Afghan army uniform killed a NATO
soldier. A British soldier on a routine patrol was shot dead in
southern Afghanistan, the 376th British serviceman to die there
(AFP, 7/16/11)(AFP, 7/17/11)
2011 Jul 16, In Algeria
security forces in the eastern Boudjellal mountain region shot dead
two gunmen overnight near the border with Tunisia. A suicide bomber
blew up his car in front of a police station at Bordj-Menaiel.
Another suicide bomber drove his motorbike at a crowd near the town
hall of Bordj-Menaiel, killing a police officer and a local
2011 Jul 16, Bangladesh
reported its population is up nearly 10% in a decade to 142.3
million, following its latest census.
2011 Jul 16, Brazil’s President
Dilma Rousseff attended a ceremony marking the startup of operations
at a shipyard where the four Scorpene attack submarines will be
built. The four diesel-powered submarines will be built as part of a
2008 agreement with France that includes the future construction of
Latin America's first nuclear submarine.
2011 Jul 16, Bulgarian railway
workers found seals on a train carriage door broken, and the door
not properly closed. 64 unarmed missile warheads from the train
transporting military equipment to Bulgaria from Romania were
missing. The components were said to not be dangerous.
2011 Jul 16, China’s state
media said landslides triggered by torrential rain across the
country have left 13 people dead and hundreds trapped in their cars.
2011 Jul 16, Authorities in
Ecuador banned the sale of alcohol in the coastal municipality of
Urdaneta in Los Rios province after at least 19 people died after
drinking adulterated alcohol. The victims began drinking the alcohol
on July 7. Adulterated liquor was later traced to a factory near
Guayaquil, where methanol was being added to fruity wines. By
September some 51 were dead and 771 poisoned.
(AP, 7/15/11)(AP, 7/17/11)(Econ, 9/24/11, p.49)
2011 Jul 16, The Greek oil
tanker 'Aegean Star' belonging to the Endeavour Marine Agency
company and flying a Liberian flag was hijacked, 30 nautical miles
off the coast of Nigeria. The ship was released on July 18.
(AFP, 7/18/11)(Reuters, 7/18/11)
2011 Jul 16, Iran and China
signed a series of agreements worth $4 billion (2.8 billion euros)
for infrastructure projects as part of a broader bid to boost trade
volume between the two nations. The agreements were signed during a
visit by He Guoqiang, a senior executive of the Chinese Communist
2011 Jul 16, In Iraq a bomb,
hidden in an empty rickshaw, blew up near Shiite pilgrims headed to
the holy city of Karbala, killing two people and wounding 26. In
Baghdad, a bomb in a minibus parked outside a restaurant and
nightclub in the Karradah neighborhood killed three passers-by and
wounded at least nine. Pediatrician Safi Harzan (48) was freed in a
village south of Kirkuk after spending three weeks in captivity
after his family paid $500,000 to kidnappers.
(AP, 7/16/11)(AFP, 7/17/11)
2011 Jul 16, Israeli aircraft
struck Gaza overnight for the fourth time in as many days, wounding
a militant who was about to fire a rocket.
2011 Jul 16, In Jordan 4
policemen suspected of attacking journalists at a demonstration in
the Amman were arrested.
2011 Jul 16, In Libya 12 rebel
fighters were killed in an advance on the strategic oil town of
Brega, with rebel forces sweeping the outskirts for land mines so
they could move in.
(AP, 7/16/11)(AFP, 7/17/11)
2011 Jul 16, In Libya at least
12 rebels were reported killed in a failed assault on Brega.
2011 Jul 16, In Mexico two
Mexican tourists in Acapulco were killed in a gun attack at a
restaurant on the main oceanfront avenue in the tourist zone of the
Pacific resort. Two other people were wounded.
2011 Jul 16, In Pakistan gunmen
ambushed a bus carrying Sunni Muslims and killed all 10 passengers
in the northwestern Kurram tribal region.
2011 Jul 16, In Syria security
forces continued a weekslong operation in the restive Idlib
province, near the Turkish border. Authorities raided homes in the
village Kfar Nabl and made scores of arrests. A civilian was killed
in Al-Bukamal when security forces opened fire to break up a
demonstration against the regime of President Assad. 3 security
personnel were killed and two kidnapped in an attack on a government
building. An opposition conference in Turkey, called the National
Salvation Conference, was attended by some 400 dissidents looking to
form a unified opposition to Pres. Assad, whose family has ruled
Syria for more than 40 years. The corpses of 3 Alawite government
supporters were dumped in Homs with their eyes gouged out.
(AP, 7/16/11)(AP, 7/17/11)(SFC, 7/19/11, p.A5)
2011 Jul 16, Hundreds of
Taiwanese farmers demanded help from the government after steep
falls in the prices of bananas, papayas, beans and other crops hurt
2011 Jul 16, In Yemen senior
protest figures announced the formation of a shadow government they
say will prepare to run the country should the embattled regime of
President Ali Abdullah Saleh collapse. The 17-member body included a
number of former ministers, one former prime minister, business
people and civil society leaders.
2012 Jul 16, US Navy gunners
aboard the USNS Rappahannock, a refueling ship, opened fire on a
small boat racing toward them in broad daylight near the Gulf city
of Dubai. One Indian was killed in the incident, and three of his
countrymen were seriously wounded. An Indian fisherman aboard the
boat told officials the crew received no warning before being fired
upon. In 2013 a Navy investigation said the sailors acted within
rules of engagement.
(AP, 7/17/12)(AP, 4/8/13)
2012 Jul 16, In Lebanon, Ohio,
investigators said a high school student was at the center of a
marijuana distribution ring that was taking in as much as $20,000 a
month. A year-long investigation culminated in the arrest of the
teen and 7 adults.
(SFC, 7/17/12, p.A8)
2012 Jul 16, Stephen R. Covey
(79), Utah-based motivational speaker and author of the best-selling
"The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" (1989), died in Idaho
(AP, 7/16/12)(Econ, 7/21/12, p.58)
2012 Jul 16, Kitty Wells,
American country singer, died in Madison, Tenn. Her songs included
“It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” (1952).
(SFC, 7/18/12, p.C4)
2012 Jul 16, Afghan soldier
Abdul Sabor was sentenced to death for killing four French troops on
Jan 20, 2012, in eastern Afghanistan. Insurgents twice ambushed the
convoy of Nuristan provincial Gov. Tamim Nuristani, but he escaped
unharmed both times. One policeman was killed in the 2nd ambush. A
magnetic bomb attached to the vehicle of the chief of Khan Abad
district of Kunar province exploded, killing one policeman and
wounding eight civilians.
2012 Jul 16, Jon Lord (b.1941),
keyboardist for the British Deep Purple rock band, died in London.
His work included “Concerto for Group and Orchestra” (1969).
(SFC, 7/18/12, p.C4)
2012 Jul 16, In Canada 2 people
were killed and 23 injured when a street party in Toronto’s suburb
of Scarborough ended in gunfire.
2012 Jul 16, Antonin Holy
(1936), a renowned Czech scientist, died. His research significantly
contributed to the development of antiviral drugs. He died the same
day the US Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada, a drug
Holy helped to create.
2012 Jul 16, Egypt’s ousted
leader Hosni Mubarek (84) was returned to a Cairo prison.
(SFC, 7/17/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 16, The EU formally
agreed to a two-year mission from next month to help Niger fight
organized crime and terrorism in the Sahel, where armed groups are
threatening regional stability.
2012 Jul 16, Indian officials
suspended 12 doctors for allegedly conducting prenatal sex tests, a
practice banned to stop the abortion of female fetuses that has
widened India's gender gap.
2012 Jul 16, Iraq signed an
initial deal with a Kuwait-led consortium made up of Kuwait Energy,
Dubai-based Dragon Oil and Turkey's TPAO. A contract was awarded to
a Russia-led group to drill for energy, part of Baghdad's efforts to
strengthen its role as a major producer.
2012 Jul 16, Israel's
settlement watchdog accused the government of quietly legalizing
Givat Salit, an unauthorized settlement outpost in the Jordan
Valley, in a move likely to spark international criticism.
2012 Jul 16, In Japan tens of
thousands of people rallied in Tokyo demanding an end to nuclear
power, the latest in a series of anti-atomic gatherings following
the tsunami-sparked disaster at Fukushima last year.
2012 Jul 16, Heavy rain again
lashed southwest Japan, triggering fears of more landslides and
hampering the clean-up operation after a record deluge that left at
least 32 people dead or missing.
2012 Jul 16, The president of
Libya's Olympic Committee Nabil al-Alam was kidnapped by gunmen in
the center of Tripoli and taken to a secret location. He was
released on July 22.
(AFP, 7/16/12)(AFP, 7/22/12)
2012 Jul 16, In Mali a Timbuktu
man accused of drinking alcohol was given 40 lashes by members of
the Ansar Dine Islamist group.
2012 Jul 16, Firefighters in
Montenegro struggled to contain wildfires that threatened an ancient
pine forest in the northeast of the country. The blaze had reached
the outer rim of the Crna Poda forest, where some of the pine trees
are 400 years old.
2012 Jul 16, New Zealand
announced plans to ban the use of drugs offering so-called 'legal'
highs unless manufacturers can provide clinical evidence that they
2012 Jul 16, Nigeria fined
Shell $5.0 billion over a December 2011 oil spill at the Bonga
oilfield in the Gulf of Guinea. The next day Shell spokesman Tony
Okonedo said the fine was unwarranted as the company had acted
quickly to contain the spill.
2012 Jul 16, In Pakistan
Taliban suicide bombers dressed in burqas stormed a police station,
sparking gunbattles in the northwestern town of Bannu near the
militant stronghold of North Waziristan.
2012 Jul 16, Pakistan began a
widely publicized 3-day polio vaccination campaign.
2012 Jul 16, In the Philippines
ex-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was charged with plunder in the
alleged misuse of nearly $9 million.
(SSFC, 7/22/12, p.A4)
2012 Jul 16, In the Republic of
Congo a police helicopter crash killed two Ukrainian pilots.
2012 Jul 16, In Somalia a car
bomb went off in Mogadishu killing Mohamed Abdinur Garweyne, a
former trade minister, and wounding six people nearby.
2012 Jul 16, In Sudan 7
military personnel died when their helicopter crashed in
conflict-plagued Darfur because of a malfunction.
2012 Jul 16, Syrian troops
resuming shelling of the southern Damascus neighborhood of Tadamon
and soldiers and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) clashing in two other
districts. The rebel Free Syrian Army said it has launched a
large-scale operation dubbed "the Damascus volcano and earthquakes
(AFP, 7/16/12)(AFP, 7/17/12)
2012 Jul 16, In Thailand 8
suspected drug dealers were killed in a clash with Thai security
forces who seized weapons and a large amount of illegal
2012 Jul 16,
The United Arab Emirates deported an online activist to Thailand
after stripping him of citizenship, part of a widening crackdown on
alleged anti-state challenges since the Arab Spring uprisings. Ahmed
Abdul Khaleq was deported on a Comoros Islands passport arranged by
UAE authorities in the first such banishment by the country. He is
among a group of activists whose citizenship has been revoked by UAE
officials after they campaigned for reforms.
2012 Jul 16, The UN's drugs and
crime office launched a new media awareness campaign to highlight
the threat posed by the multi-billion dollar operations run by
organized crime groups worldwide.
2013 Jul 16, National Security
Agency leaker Edward Snowden submitted a request for temporary
asylum in Russia, claiming he faces persecution from the US
government and could face torture or death.
2013 Jul 16, The police chief
of Oakland, Ca., said his force was understaffed and that officers
have struggled to cope with 3 nights of protests in the wake of the
acquittal of George Zimmerman in Florida. The local protests left
many downtown businesses vandalized.
(SFC, 7/17/13, p.A1)
2013 Jul 16, Rashia Wilson (27)
of Tampa, Florida, was sentenced to 21 years in prison for tax
fraud. She and eager associates had claimed bogus tax refunds of
over $11 million.
2013 Jul 16, In Afghanistan a
bomb planted on a bicycle in eastern Nangarhar province killed two
civilians and wounded three others.
2013 Jul 16, The countries that
regulate Antarctic fishing faced apparent Russian objections and
failed to agree on proposals to create giant marine sanctuaries in
the continent's oceans.
2013 Jul 16, Argentina's
state-controlled YPF oil company persuaded Chevron Corp. to sign a
long-sought deal to invest $1.24 billion in developing the Vaca
Muerta shale oil deposits.
(AP, 7/16/13)(Econ, 11/30/13, p.36)
2013 Jul 16, Australia's PM
Kevin Rudd said a deeply unpopular carbon tax will be replaced by a
less-severe emissions trading scheme a year ahead of schedule, in a
bid to lower power bills for households as a tight national election
2013 Jul 16, In rough seas
north of Christmas Island a boat carrying 150 people believed to be
asylum seekers capsized, killing four people.
2013 Jul 16, Chinese
authorities detained Xu Zhiyong, a well-known rights lawyer, in a
move activists described as the widening of a crackdown on
individuals calling for greater accountability to fight graft.
2013 Jul 16, Congo's army says
its helicopter gunships have bombarded rebel positions during a
third straight day of fighting between government forces and M23
2013 Jul 16, In Egypt interim
Pres. Adly Mansour swore in a Cabinet that included women and
Christians, but no Islamists.
(SFC, 7/17/13, p.A3)(AP, 7/16/13)(Reuters,
2013 Jul 16, In southwestern
France a neo-Nazi linked to Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring
Breivik was arrested after investigators decided he might stage a
large "terrorist act." Kristian Vikernes (40), who is also a
convicted murderer from Norway, had in the past received a copy of a
manifesto from Breivik, the far-right militant who killed 77 people
2013 Jul 16, A majority of
Greek lawmakers voted early today to lift former finance minister
George Papaconstantinou's immunity from prosecution over the fate of
a list of about 2,000 names provided by French authorities in 2010
as Greece's economy was struck by a major crisis.
2013 Jul 16, Tens of thousands
of Greek workers walked off the job and rallied in front of
parliament in a noisy protest against government plans to fire
public sector employees to satisfy foreign lenders.
2013 Jul 16, In India 23
children died and more than two dozen others were sick in Bihar
state after eating a free school lunch that was tainted with
insecticide. The principal of the school was arrested on July 24,
nine days after she went into hiding. In October Meena Kumari and
her husband were charged with murder.
(AP, 7/17/13)(AP, 7/18/13)(AP, 7/24/13)(AP,
2013 Jul 16, Israel condemned
new guidelines by the European Union which ban EU funding and
cooperation with Israeli institutions that operate in territory
captured by the Jewish state in the 1967 Mideast war.
2013 Jul 16, In Nigeria a
British national was kidnapped shortly after arriving at Lagos
airport. On July 22 a police superintendent said police officers
have "safely and effectively" rescued the kidnapped Briton as well
as two Chinese businessmen.
(Reuters, 7/19/13)(AP, 7/22/13)
2013 Jul 16, In Northern
Ireland protestant youths hurled petrol bombs at police, wounding at
least 27 officers in a fourth night of protests over restrictions on
2013 Jul 16, Spanish police
said they have arrested Brian Charrington, a Briton suspected of
leading a drug-trafficking organization, describing him as one of
Europe's top 10 most wanted criminals. He was arrested along with
his girlfriend and son as part of a police operation in which 13
people were detained between Spain and Venezuela.
2013 Jul 16, Syrian rebels
poured reinforcements into a key Damascus suburb in an attempt to
push back government troops who have renewed their campaign to
secure the capital and build on battlefield gains elsewhere in the
2013 Jul 16, Pirates looted a
chemical tanker and injured some of its crew off the coast of Togo.
Gunmen in speedboats boarded the Marshall Islands-flagged MT Ocean
Centurion and grabbed money and possessions of the ship and its
crew. Togo detained Captain Sunil James and a crew member known only
as Vijayan on charges of aiding the pirates.
(Reuters, 7/18/13)(AFP, 12/19/13)
2013 Jul 16, Turkish police
arrested about 30 people in Istanbul after briefly detaining more
than 1,000 in a widening crackdown after weeks of violent
2013 Jul 16, A man and a
15-year-old boy were killed by stray bullets shot from Syria into a
Turkish border town. Turkish troops returned fire, in the most
serious spillover of violence in weeks.
2013 Jul 16, Yemeni security
officials said militants have shot dead a man (20) suspected of
being gay. Saudi-born Saeed al-Shihri, a former Guantanamo Bay
prisoner and No. 2 figure of AQAP, was killed in a US drone strike.
(SFC, 7/17/13, p.A2)(Econ, 9/28/13, p.23)
2014 Jul 16, President Barack
Obama announced broader sanctions against Russia, targeting two
major energy firms including Rosneft, a pair of powerful financial
institutions, eight weapons firms and four individuals.
(AP, 7/17/14)(SFC, 7/17/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 16, In California
three robbers fleeing a bank in Stockton took three women hostage
and led police on a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph, ending
when 3 people were shot dead, including hostage Misty Holt-Singh.
Norteno gang members Gilbert Renteria Jr. (30) and Alex Martinez
(27) were killed. Jaime Ramos (19) survived and was arrested. Police
officers fired over 600 bullets into the disabled vehicle with Singh
inside. In 2015 her family filed suit against the city of Stockton.
(SFC, 7/18/14, p.D1)(SFC, 7/21/14, p.C2)(SFC,
2014 Jul 16, Texas blues legend
Johnny Winter (b.1944), died while on tour in Geneva. He was known
for his lightning-fast blues guitar riffs, his striking long white
hair and his collaborations with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and
childhood hero Muddy Waters.
2014 Jul 16, Britain’s National
Crime Agency said police have arrested 660 suspected pedophiles
including doctors, teachers and care workers in a six-month
operation targeting people watching indecent images online.
2014 Jul 16, Six Cambodian
opposition politicians were charged with leading an insurrection
movement after a clash with security forces who prevented their
followers from rallying in a public park a day earlier.
2014 Jul 16, Medical charity
MSF said a survey of nearly 33,000 Central African refugees in
neighboring Chad had shown 8 percent questioned had lost at least
one member of their family. The report said refugees reported 2,599
deaths between November 2013 and April 2014.
2014 Jul 16, Vietnam said China
has moved an oil rig out of waters claimed by Hanoi. Two months of
drilling had triggered a near-breakdown in ties between the
neighbors and led to deadly protests in Vietnam.
2014 Jul 16, Medical charity
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said women and children are being
kidnapped by armed gangs and forced to work as sex slaves in eastern
Democratic Republic of Congo.
2014 Jul 16, An Egyptian court
sentenced seven men to life in prison over sexual assaults at
Cairo's Tahrir Square, including during celebrations marking Abdel
Fattah al-Sisi's presidential election victory last month.
2014 Jul 16, Greek police
arrested one of the country's most wanted men during a shootout in
Athens' central tourist district that left four people wounded.
Nikos Maziotis (43) and his wife Panagiota Roupa were convicted in
absentia last year and sentenced to 25 years for participation in
Revolutionary Struggle, a group active between 2003 and 2009 and
best known for firing a rocket-propelled grenade into the US Embassy
and bombing the Athens Stock Exchange. Roupa was still at large.
2014 Jul 16, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir an army truck collided with a taxi,
outside Srinagar killing 7 people, including a pregnant woman, and
triggering violent protests. An Indian border guard was killed by
firing from Pakistani border officers.
2014 Jul 16, A civil court in
The Hague court cleared the Netherlands of liability in the deaths
of the most of the 8,000 Bosnian Muslims slain in the July, 1995,
Srebrenica massacre, but did order the nation to compensate the
families of more than 300 men turned over to Bosnian Serb forces and
2014 Jul 16, Nigerian President
Goodluck Jonathan sought parliamentary approval to borrow up to $1
billion (730 million euros) in foreign loan to fight an insurgency
by Boko Haram militants which has claimed thousands of lives in the
past five years.
2014 Jul 16, In Nigeria a
German worker at a technical skills training center was taken at
gunpoint from his car in Gombi town of Adamawa state as he drove to
work. On Jan 21, 2015, Cameroon announced the release of Nitsch
Eberhard Robert following an operation by its military and allies.
(AP, 7/17/14)(Reuters, 1/21/15)
2014 Jul 16, Pakistani military
jets killed 35 suspected militants as part of an anti-Taliban
offensive. A US drone strike killed 15-20 people in Datta Khel,
(Reuters, 7/16/14)(AP, 7/16/14)
2014 Jul 16, Hundreds of
Palestinian families, fled, as Israel intensified airstrikes on
Hamas targets. 4 Palestinian children were killed and one was
critically wounded on a Gaza beach by a shell fired by an Israeli
naval gunboat. The Palestinian death toll in nine days of fighting
rose to 207, with some 1,450 wounded. On the Israeli side, one man
was killed and several people wounded since the fighting erupted on
(AP, 7/16/14)(Reuters, 7/16/14)
2014 Jul 16, In the Philippines
Typhoon Rammasun left some 54 people dead, knocked out power in many
areas, damaged a parked plane but spared Manila when its fierce wind
(AP, 7/16/14)(SFC, 7/17/14, p.A3)(SFC, 7/19/14,
2014 Jul 16, In Poland a
malfunction at a power plant near Kozienice caused a leakage of
fuel, prompting emergency officials to work to make sure it doesn't
contaminate the nearby Vistula River.
2014 Jul 16, A Russian security
source said Russia has quietly reached a provisional agreement with
Cuba on reopening a big Soviet-era base at Lourdes from which it
spied in the United States.
2014 Jul 16, Russian jets
reportedly shot down a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter plane that was on
military operations near Amvrosiyivka, about 15 km (about 9 miles)
from the border with Russia, where government forces fought to quell
a pro-Russian separatist rebellion. Russia denied that it shot down
2014 Jul 16, In Somalia one
soldier was killed and two others injured in a car bomb explosion
near the town of Qoryoley west Mogadishu.
2014 Jul 16, Master Builders
South Africa said a major strike by engineering and metal workers,
which has already hit the vital auto manufacturing sector, is now
disrupting building construction.
2014 Jul 16, Syria’s President
Bashar Assad (48) was sworn in, marking the start of his third
seven-year term in office. Syria's civil war, now in its fourth
year, has killed more than 170,000 people and displaced one third of
the country's population.
2014 Jul 16, In western Tunisia
some 40-60 militants staged two simultaneous attacks at sundown on
army posts while soldiers held a Ramadan feast, killing at least 14
soldiers. The body of a 15th soldier was found on July 18.
(AP, 7/17/14)(AFP, 7/19/14)
2014 Jul 16, In Ukraine
fighting raged in the country’s east when separatists tried to break
through the lines of government forces near the border with Russia
and a tentative step towards agreeing conditions for a ceasefire
failed. 11 more Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the space of 24
hours while hundreds of bodies of rebels were found in shallow
graves in the former separatist stronghold of Slaviansk.
2014 Jul 16, The UN said the
worsening conflict in Darfur and an influx of people fleeing war in
South Sudan helped push to almost seven million the number needing
aid in Sudan.
2014 Jul 16, The United Arab
Emirates announced it will create a space agency with the aim of
sending the first Arab unmanned probe to Mars by 2021.
2015 Jul 16, The US Department
of State conferred the 2014 Human Rights Defender Award on Azimjon
Askarov, a journalist and activist. His son Sherzod accepted it on
his behalf. Askarov, an ethnic Uzbek, was convicted of "organizing
mass disturbances" and stirring up ethnic hatred leading to the
killing of a policeman during clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan in June
2010, when more than 400 people were killed. The next day Kyrgyzstan
protested the award.
2015 Jul 16, The United States,
Russia and other Arctic nations signed an agreement to bar their
fishing fleets from fast-thawing seas around the North Pole. The
accord was also signed in Oslo by the ambassadors of Canada, Norway
2015 Jul 16, In Colorado James
Holmes was pronounced guilty of 165 counts of murder, attempted
murder, and other charges relating to the July 20, 2012, massacre in
a movie theater in Aurora.
(SFC, 7/17/15, p.A6)
2015 Jul 16, In northeastern
Montana 4 tank cars of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train derailed
and leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil that was being hauled
from North Dakota.
(SFC, 7/18/15, p.A5)
2015 Jul 16, In Tennessee
Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez (24), born in Kuwait but naturalized and
raised in America, opened fire at two military facilities. 4 Marines
were killed. Police shot and killed Abdulazeez. A 5th sailor died of
wounds on July 18.
(AFP, 7/17/15)(SFC, 7/17/15, p.A1)(AFP, 7/18/15)
2015 Jul 16, In Afghanistan
Taliban gunmen killed 8 people including 4 police officers and 2
children in an ambush in Mihtarlam, the provincial capital of
2015 Jul 16, In Bangladesh a
special war crimes tribunal sentenced Forkan Mollick to death on
charges that he committed rape and murder in 1971 during the war for
independence from Pakistan. Mollick, a former low-ranking activist
of the Muslim League, shouted his innocence as police took him away.
2015 Jul 16, Britain’s
Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority confirmed that it has
given lawmakers a 10 percent pay increase, a headache for PM David
Cameron who has pledged that public sector workers should only get a
1 percent raise.
2015 Jul 16, Burkina Faso state
media said Blaise Compaore, the former president who ruled this West
African country for nearly three decades, has been charged with
"high treason" over his bid to change the constitution and run for a
third term. Compaore lived in neighboring Ivory Coast, though he
reportedly flew to Morocco this week for medical treatment.
2015 Jul 16, An Egyptian navy
vessel was targeted by militants affiliated with the Islamic State
group, who said they destroyed it with a rocket while it was
anchored off the Sinai peninsula's Mediterranean coast.
2015 Jul 16, Greek PM Alexis
Tsipras won the backing of parliament in the early hours for the
stringent reform measures demanded by creditors. Hours later Europe
moved to re-open funding to Greece's stricken economy.
2015 Jul 16, EU finance
ministers agreed to use the European Financial Stability Mechanism
for a 7 billion euro bridge loan to Greece until the country
negotiates its next full bailout.
2015 Jul 16, India and Pakistan
exchanged gunfire and mortar bombs in the disputed Kashmir region,
killing 5 civilians and injuring more than a dozen.
2015 Jul 16, In Indonesia
eruptions at Mount Raung and Mount Gamalama caused closures at three
airports, including Juanda International serving Surabaya, the
country's 2nd-largest city.
2015 Jul 16, Kyrgyzstan's
security police killed at least 2 members of an "international
terrorist organization" in a firefight near the center of the
capital Bishkek that was still going on. 6 militants killed by
security forces in Bishkek belonged to Islamic State. Another seven
were reported caught during the operation.
(Reuters, 7/16/15)(Reuters, 7/17/15)
2015 Jul 16, In central Morocco
a crowd lynched and fatally injured a man and seriously hurt his
alleged accomplice after accusing them of robbery near a weekly
2015 Jul 16, In Nigeria two
bombs killed at least 49 people buying goods for the holiday at the
market of Gombe town.
2015 Jul 16, In Saudi Arabia a
suicide bomber wounded two policemen at a checkpoint near a
high-security prison in Riyadh in an attack claimed by the Islamic
State jihadist group. The bomber, identified as Abdullah al-Rashid
(19), had also killed his uncle, a colonel in the interior ministry,
before blowing himself up.
2015 Jul 16, Swiss authorities
said extradited to the United States an official detained in a US
corruption investigation into world soccer's governing body FIFA.
Jeffrey Webb is one of seven current and former FIFA employees
arrested in Switzerland in May.
2015 Jul 16, In Syria Kurdish
fighters besieged members of the Islamic State group in the
northeastern city of Hassakeh as they pushed forward under the cover
of airstrikes by the US-led coalition. At least 11 civilians, among
them 3 children, were killed in regime barrel bomb attacks on
(AP, 7/16/15)(AFP, 7/16/15)
2015 Jul 16, In southern
Thailand unidentified gunmen shot dead 2 soldiers in an ambush.
Dozens of banners were found in the provinces of Pattani, Yala and
Narathiwat, home to a Muslim majority in predominantly Buddhist
Thailand, calling for independence.
2015 Jul 16, Ukraine's
parliament gave preliminary approval to a bill that would devolve
more powers to separatist-controlled areas in eastern Ukraine and
sent it for review at the country's highest court.
2015 Jul 16, In Yemen fighting
intensified in the southern port city of Aden as Saudi-backed troops
pushed to drive Shiite rebels out of several neighborhoods. The
Shiite rebels meanwhile fired rockets at the city's airport, killing
at least 3 people. Senior members of the exiled administration flew
into Aden to make preparations for the government's return.
(AP, 7/16/15)(Reuters, 7/16/15)
2017 Jul 16, Pres. Donald Trump
faced a declining approval rating dropping from 42 percent in April
to 36 percent, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll of 1,001
adults. Similarly, his disapproval rating has jumped five points to
2017 Jul 16, American-Canadian
filmmaker George Romero (b.1940) died in Toronto. His classic “Night
of the Living Dead” (1968) was made for about $100,000 and set the
standard for zombie movies.
(SFC, 7/17/17, p.C4)
2017 Jul 16, A Cameroon
military vessel sank off the country’s Atlantic coast. Three
soldiers were rescued and 34 people declared missing.
(SFC, 7/18/17, p.A2)
2017 Jul 16, China’s Ministry
of Agriculture approved two more genetically modified (GMO) crops
for import, the second such move in the past month to expand access
to biotech seeds as part of Beijing's 100-day trade talks with
Washington. Syngenta's 5307 insect-resistant corn sold under the
Agrisure Duracade brand and Monsanto's 87427 glyphosate-resistant
corn, sold under the Roundup Ready brand were approved for a period
of three years.
2017 Jul 16, In eastern China
at least 22 people were killed when a two-storey residential
building in Changshu, Jiangsu province, caught fire. Authorities
apprehended a man suspected of setting fire.
(Reuters, 7/16/17)(AP, 7/16/17)
2017 Jul 16, Police in central
China arrested American college student Guthrie McLean on charges of
intentional injury following a June 10 altercation with a taxi
driver. McLean was trying to protect his hearing-impaired mother
from a local taxi driver in a dispute.
2017 Jul 16, Republic of Congo
voters went to the polls in legislative elections in the oil-rich
African country, the first since violence-marred presidential polls
last year which returned Denis Sassou Nguesso to power.
2017 Jul 16, Egyptian police
clashed with residents on al-Waraq Nile River island in Cairo while
attempting to clear residents using state land without permission.
One person was killed and ten residents were arrested.
(SFC, 7/17/17, p.A4)
2017 Jul 16, Europol said 66
people have been arrested for trading horsemeat unfit for human
consumption and it had seized bank accounts, properties and luxury
cars following an investigation into a food scandal. Europol said 65
people were arrested in Spain, and the main suspect, a Dutch
citizen, was arrested in Belgium.
2017 Jul 16, In Indian Kashmir
at least 16 Hindu pilgrims were killed and 27 injured after a bus
they were traveling in skidded off a mountain road and fell into a
2017 Jul 16, The encrypted
messaging app Telegram said it is forming a team of moderators who
are familiar with Indonesian culture and language so it can remove
"terrorist-related content" faster, after Indonesia limited access
to the app and threatened a total ban. Russian expatriate Pavel
Durov founded Telegram in 2013.
(AP, 7/16/17)(SFC, 3/8/18, p.C6)
2017 Jul 16, Iran’s judiciary
said that the brother of President Hassan Rouhani has been detained.
Hossein Fereidoun was taken into custody over allegations of
2017 Jul 16, An Iranian
judiciary spokesman said a local court has sentenced a US dual
national, to 10 years in jail on spying charges. The man was later
identified as Xiyue Wang (37), a Chinese-American graduate student.
Wang was arrested on Aug. 8, 2016 while conducting research on the
1794-1925 Qajar dynasty for his doctorate in late 19th and early
20th century Eurasian history.
(AP, 7/16/17)(AP, 7/17/17)
2017 Jul 16, Israeli soldiers
and police on an arrest mission in the town of Nabi Salah in the
occupied West Bank shot dead a Palestinian early today. The man was
suspected of carrying out two shooting attacks in the West Bank a
day earlier and opened fire at soldiers and policemen who had
tracked him down. The man was identified as Amar Tirawi (34) from
(AFP, 7/16/17)(Reuters, 7/16/17)
2017 Jul 16, Israel reopened
Jerusalem's Noble Sanctuary-Temple Mount compound, drawing a protest
by Muslim religious authorities over the installation of metal
detectors at entrances two days after a deadly shooting.
2017 Jul 16, In Nigeria
violence erupted between herders and farmers in Kajuru village, 50
km (30 miles) outside the city of Kaduna. Two days of violence left
at least 33 people dead.
2017 Jul 16, Pakistan said it
has launched a new military operation near the Afghan border to
combat militants in the Rajgal Valley of the Khyber tribal region.
2017 Jul 16, The prime minister
of Papua New Guinea (PNG), Peter O'Neill, reportedly won a fourth
term in Parliament. Final results not expected until month-end.
Despite its mineral wealth, which includes Exxon Mobil's $20 billion
LNG plant, most of the nearly 8 million population lived at
2017 Jul 16, In the Philippines
14 inmates, including suspected Abu Sayyaf fighters and drug
dealers, escaped early today from a jail in a new building that also
houses the police headquarters in a government compound in Sulu's
main town of Jolo. Three of those who escaped were gunned down by
police and another was shot and captured.
2017 Jul 16, In the southern
Philippines suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen abducted four workers at a
school in Patikul town, Sulu province.
(SFC, 7/17/17, p.A2)
2017 Jul 16, In Syria a bomb
exploded near a hospital in the rebel-held northwestern city of
Idlib wounding five people. Hours later two shells hit the Russian
embassy in Damascus causing material damage.
2017 Jul 16, In Syria David
Taylor, a former US Marine, was killed while fighting for a Kurdish
militia battling the Islamic State.
(SFC, 7/26/17, p.A2)
2017 Jul 16, In Venezuela the
opposition held an unofficial vote to let Venezuelans have their say
about unpopular President Nicolas Maduro's plan to elect a new
legislative body with powers to rewrite the constitution and
supersede other institutions. Venezuelan expatriates began voting in
hundreds of cities worldwide in the unofficial plebiscite. The
Democratic Unity coalition brought millions onto the streets for the
informal referendum. More than 7 million Venezuelans cast symbolic
votes rejecting Maduro’s plan to retool the constitution.
(Reuters, 7/16/17)(Reuters, 7/17/17)(AP, 7/17/17)
2017 Jul 16, Five Yemeni
soldiers were killed and three wounded when gunmen suspected of ties
to Al-Qaeda opened fire on a military checkpoint in the northeast of
2017 Jul 16, In Zambia a baboon
plunged a tourist town into darkness after tampering with equipment
at a hydro-electric power station in Livingstone.
2018 Jul 16, Presidents Donald
Trump and Vladimir Putin held a historic summit vowing their
determination to forge a reset of troubled relations between the
world's greatest nuclear powers as they met in Helsinki, Finland.
Trump's news conference alongside Putin, where he discounted US
intelligence assessments that Russia meddled with the 2016 election,
drew fire from members of both political parties, who said he put
Russia above US interests.
(AFP, 7/16/18)(Reuters, 7/17/18)
2018 Jul 16, The Trump
administration said it's filing a challenge at the WTO against
China, the European Union, Canada, Mexico and Turkey for tariffs
they imposed against the US in retaliation to earlier US actions.
2018 Jul 16, US federal
prosecutors revealed that they have arrested Maria Butina (29), a
Russian citizen living in the US, and accused her of working as a
covert Russian agent.
(SFC, 7/16/18, p.A6)
2018 Jul 16, In southern
Afghanistan the Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in the
Arghistan district of Kandahar province late today, killing nine
policemen and wounding seven. 25 Taliban fighters were killed and 15
wounded in the ensuing battle.
2018 Jul 16, In Bangladesh a
truck overturned in a refugee camp for Rohingya Muslims from
Myanmar, killing at least four refugees, three from the same family
in Cox's Bazar.
2018 Jul 16, The BBC reported
that the British government will accept four changes to its customs
legislation proposed by eurosceptics within PM Theresa May's party,
neutralizing a planned rebellion by lawmakers who reject her Brexit
2018 Jul 16, Croatia rolled out
a red carpet and staged a euphoric heroes' welcome for the country's
national soccer team despite its loss a day earlier to France in the
World Cup final.
2018 Jul 16, Egypt's parliament
passed a law that could make senior military officers immune from
future prosecution tied to violence which followed the 2013 ouster
of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi.
2018 Jul 16, Egypt's parliament
passed a bill targeting popular social media accounts that
authorities accuse of publishing "fake news," the latest move in a
five-year-old drive to suppress dissent and silence independent
sources of news. The law reinforced the state's control over the
internet, including social media accounts of organizations and
individuals with more than 5,000 followers.
(AP, 7/18/18)(AFP, 8/10/18)
2018 Jul 16, Equatorial Guinea
began a "national dialogue" put forward by its autocratic leader
President Teodoro Obiang Nguema in the absence of key opposition
figures as political prisoners remained behind bars.
2018 Jul 16, Eritrea's
President Isaias Afwerki reopened his country's embassy in Ethiopia,
the latest in a series of dizzying peace moves after two decades of
war between the neighbors.
2018 Jul 16, In Finland
activists used today's summit between US President Donald Trump and
Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold a 2nd day of high-profile
protests in Helsinki over a variety of grievances.
2018 Jul 16, France expelled
Djamel Beghal, an Algerian-born man twice convicted in France on
terror charges, to stand trial in his homeland. He has been a
high-profile figure for years in the underground world of terrorism.
2018 Jul 16, The French Embassy
said a decision to close the Business France office in Moscow was
made because "operating conditions have degraded considerably" in
2018 Jul 16, In western Georgia
four miners were killed and six injured when the roof of a coal mine
collapsed in Tkibuli.
2018 Jul 16, India's government
said it has ordered inspections of all centers run by Mother
Teresa's charity following the arrest of a nun and a worker at one
of its shelters for unwed mothers for allegedly selling a baby.
2018 Jul 16, In Indonesia the
chief executive of electricity utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara
(PLN) denied wrongdoing after the country's Corruption Eradication
Commission (KPK) searched his house for evidence in a power station
2018 Jul 16, In Iraq protests
continued into their second week following days of clashes. Since
the daily protests began on July 8 in Basra eight people have been
killed, with demonstrators rallying to put social problems in the
2018 Jul 16, An Israeli
aircraft hit two Hamas posts in the Gaza Strip in response to
balloons carrying firebombs over the border fence to burn Israeli
2018 Jul 16, In Kenya former US
President Barack Obama praised a rapprochement between President
Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga but said they must
do more to heal the rifts between Kenya's 40-odd ethnic groups.
Obama was there to open a school in his father's home village of
2018 Jul 16, Libyan security
forces said right migrants, mostly children, had suffocated to death
trapped in a refrigerator truck carrying around 100 people in a
vehicle just east of Zuwara near the Tunisian border.
2018 Jul 16, In southern
Pakistan a trailer truck has hit a parked passenger bus carrying
wedding guests on a busy highway near the southern city of
Hyderabad, killing at least 15 people in the town of Matiarai, Sindh
2018 Jul 16, In central
Pakistan a gas cylinder exploded at a restaurant in the city of
Multan and killed at least three people.
2018 Jul 16, The Philippine
army said soldiers have arrested Nafisa Pundog, the wife of a top
leader of a pro-Islamic State militant group, and killed suspected
bomber Najib Pundog in separate raids in General Santos City. The
two individuals were not related.
2018 Jul 16, Saudi Arabia said
it's banning a long list of popular video games after allegations
surfaced that two children killed themselves after being encouraged
to do so in an online game. A girl (13) and a boy (12) had
reportedly killed themselves after playing the so-called "Blue
Whale" social media game.
2018 Jul 16, In Sicily about
400 migrants aboard two border patrol ships disembarked at the
Pozzallo port after a half-dozen European countries promised to take
some of them in rather than leave Italy alone to process their
2018 Jul 16, In Somalia a girl
(10) bled to death in a hospital two days after her mother took her
to a traditional circumciser in central Galmudug state. The UN says
about 98 percent of women and girls in the Horn of Africa nation
undergo female genital mutilation.
2018 Jul 16, Syrian regime
forces backed by Russia made sweeping advances on against rebels
holding out in the country's vital southern zone. Russian shelling
killed 30 jihadists over the last 24 hours. An ambush by Al-Qaeda's
former affiliate, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) left 12 regime forces
2018 Jul 16, In Syria
award-winning Palestinian-Syrian photographer Niraz Saied (27) was
reported to have died after nearly three years in regime detention.
He had documented life in the Yarmuk refugee camp in southern
2018 Jul 16, The political arm
of the Syrian Democratic Forces militia said it would work to set up
a unified administration to consolidate its authority in northern
and eastern Syria. The Kurdish-led SDF holds around a quarter of
2019 Jul 16, President Donald
Trump said the US is not going to sell F-35 fighter jets to Turkey
after Ankara decided to buy a missile defense system from Russia.
2019 Jul 16, The United States
added Bah Ag Moussa, a senior member of the al Qaeda affiliate in
Mali, to its global terrorism list, accusing him of engaging in
destabilizing attacks across the West African country.
2019 Jul 16, The US Dept. of
Health and Human Services formally notified family planning clinics
that it will begin enforcing a new regulation banning abortion
(SFC, 7/17/19, p.A8)
2019 Jul 16, The City Council
in Berkeley, Calif., voted to ban gender-specific words in the
liberal city’s municipal code, clearing the way for the changes to
2019 Jul 16, John Paul Stevens
(99), former US Supreme Court justice (1975-2010), died in Fort
(SFC, 7/17/19, p.A8)
2019 Jul 16, In Iowa Marvin
Oswaldo Escobar-Orellana (31), an illegal immigrant from Guatemala,
was arrested after he allegedly shot Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez and
her two children, with whom he lived in Des Moines, and called 911
on himself. He allegedly fabricated a story about Rodriguez killing
the two children, saying he had to kill her in self-defense.
(The National Interest, 7/20/19)
2019 Jul 16, The US attorney
for eastern New York said an exhaustive investigation has found
there is "insufficient evidence" to prove "beyond a reasonable
doubt" that the officer who arrested Eric Garner violated his civil
rights and that the government's investigation into Garner's 2014
death "has been closed." A medical examiner found a chokehold
contributed to Garner's death.
2019 Jul 16, In London six
climate activists were arrested after the Extinction Rebellion group
disrupted London Concrete, the British capital's biggest supplier of
ready-mixed concrete which supplies a major road tunnel project
under the River Thames.
2019 Jul 16, The Bulgarian
government said hackers have stolen the financial data of millions
of its citizens from the country's tax agency, in an attack that one
researcher said may have compromised nearly every adult's personal
2019 Jul 16, The European
Parliament voted 383-327 to confirm Ursula von der Leyen as the new
president of the European Commission.
(SFC, 7/17/19, p.A2)
2019 Jul 16, Greece's
newly-elected conservative government scrapped plans to remove
priests from the state payroll, reversing a decision by its leftist
predecessor that aimed to carve a clearer distinction between church
2019 Jul 16, In India a
four-story dlapidated residential building collapsed in Mumbai
killing at least ten people.
(SFC, 7/17/19, p.A4)
2019 Jul 16, In Iran 11 people
died after a minibus plunged into a ravine in a valley in the
central province of Isfahan. A crash between a bus and a car in the
southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan province killed seven people.
2019 Jul 16, In Iraq Masrour
Barzani, the newly confirmed prime minister of Iraq's self-ruled
Kurdish region, met with top officials on his first visit to Baghdad
since he was named to the post last month.
2019 Jul 16, Pakistan's central
bank raised its main policy rate by 100 basis points to 13.25%,
citing increased inflationary pressures and a likely near-term rise
in prices from higher utility costs.
2019 Jul 16, Peru announced the
arrest of former Pres. Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006) in San
Francisco, Ca., following their request for his extradition. Peru's
government had issued a warrant for his arrest in 2017 alleging that
he took $20 million in bribes from a Brazilian construction company
in exchange for infrastructure projects.
(SFC, 7/17/19, p.C3)
2019 Jul 16, Russian officials
refused to register nearly 30 candidates for elections to Moscow's
local parliament including prominent critics of Pres. Vladimir Putin
despite protests over the move.
2019 Jul 16, The Saudi military
said it has intercepted three drones launched at Saudi cities near
Yemen's border. Another drone was intercepted the following day
launched the kingdom's southern border by Iranian-backed rebels in
2019 Jul 16, South Korean
intelligence said Kim Hyok Chol, a North Korean nuclear negotiator
who was reported to have been executed over the failure of the
February Hanoi summit between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald
Trump, is still alive.
(The Telegraph, 7/16/19)
2019 Jul 16, In Syria at least
nine civilians were killed in government airstrikes on a residential
area in the northwestern province of Idlib. Another 15 people were
wounded in the strikes on a market in the village of Maarshourin.
2019 Jul 16, Representatives of
Zimbabwe's government workers protested against what they called
"slave salaries" as inflation almost doubled to 176%, a decade high
that highlights the country's rapidly deteriorating economy.
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