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180        Jul 17, Christenen Cittinus Donatus Natzalus Secunda Speratus Vestia was sentenced to death in Carthage.
    (MC, 7/17/02)

924        Jul 17, Edward the Older, English king (899-924) and son of Alfred the Great, died. He was succeeded by his son Athelston.
    (PC, 1992, p.75)

1048        Jul 17, Damasus II, born as Poppo, became Pope. He was the second of the German pontiffs nominated by Emperor Henry III.

1212        Jul 17, Moslems were crushed in the Spanish crusade.
    (HN, 7/17/98)

1345        Jul 17, Jacob Van Artevelde, [Manner Man], Flemish broker, was lynched.
    (MC, 7/17/02)

1429        Jul 17, The dauphin, son of Charles VI, was crowned as king of France.
    (PCh, 1992, p.144)(MC, 7/17/02)

1453        Jul 17, France defeated England at the 1st Battle at Castillon, France, ending the 100 Years' War. [see Oct 19]
    (HN, 7/17/98)

1585        Jul 17, English secret service discovered Anthony Babington's murder plot against queen Elizabeth I.
    (MC, 7/17/02)

1603        Jul 17, Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618) was arrested. He was prosecuted by Sir Edward Coke. James I suspended his death sentence and had him incarcerated in the Tower of London for 13 years during which time he wrote his "History of the World."
    (, 1/6/04, p.D10)

1674        Jul 17, Isaac Watts, English minister and hymn writer, was born.
    (HN, 7/17/01)

1717        Jul 17, Handel's "Water Music" was played for George I on the occasion of a royal barge trip on the Thames.
    (LGC-HCS, p.40)(Internet)

1762        Jul 17, Peter III of Russia was murdered and his wife, Catherine II, took the throne.
    (HN, 7/17/98)

1763        Jul 17, John Jacob Astor, American fur trader who died the richest man in the country, was born.
    (HN, 7/17/98)

1774        Jul 17, Capt Cook arrived at New Hebrides (Vanuatu).
    (MC, 7/17/02)

1781        Jul 17, Yuma Indians in southern California attacked two missions killing all the men but two and enslaving the women and children. They were upset after a Spanish officer let a large horse herd loose to graze in Yuma fields.
    (SFC, 12/13/14, p.C2)

1785        Jul 17, France limited the importation of goods from Britain.
    (HN, 7/17/98)

1790        Jul 17, Economist Adam Smith (b.1723), Scottish moral philosopher and a pioneer of political economy, died. In 2001 Emma Rothschild authored "Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet, and the Enlightenment." In 2002 Peter J. Dougherty authored "Who’s Afraid of Adam Smith." In 2010 Nicholas Phillipson authored “Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life."
    (WSJ, 6/21/01, p.A16)(WSJ, 11/13/02, p.D10)(, 8/7/10, p.84)

1791        Jul 17, National Guard troops opened fire in Paris on a crowd of demonstrators calling for the deposition of the king.
    (HN, 7/17/99)

1799        Jul 17, Ottoman forces, supported by the British, captured Aboukir, Egypt from the French.
    (HN, 7/17/99)

1801        Jul 17, The U.S. fleet arrived in Tripoli after Pasha Yusuf Karamanli declared war for being refused tribute.
    (HN, 7/17/99)

1821        Jul 17, Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
    (AP, 7/17/97)
1821        Jul 17, Andrew Jackson became the governor of Florida.
    (HN, 7/17/98)

1841        Jul 17, The British humor magazine Punch was first published.
    (AP, 7/17/97)

1845        Jul 17, Earl Grey (b.1764), former British prime minister (1830-1834), died. A member of the Whig Party, he backed significant reform of the British government and was among the primary architects of the Reform Act of 1832. In addition to his political achievements, Earl Grey famously gives his name to an aromatic blend of tea.

1850        Jul 17, Statesman Daniel Webster said: "I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American."
    (HNQ, 2/15/02)

1861        Jul 17, At Manassas, VA, Gen Beauregard requested reinforcements for his 22,000 men and Gen Johnston was ordered to Manassas.
    (MC, 7/17/02)

1862        Jul 17, US army was authorized to accept blacks as laborers.
    (MC, 7/17/02)
1862        Jul 17, James Glaisher (52), British meteorologist, rose to some 22,000 over Wolverhampton with balloonist Henry Tracy Coxwell in an attempt to set an altitude record. They reached 24,000 feet in a 2nd attempt on Aug 18. On Sep 5 Glaisher passed out as they reached 29,000 feet. At a record 7 miles Coxwell managed to begin their descent.
    (ON, 4/03, p.11)

1864        Jul 17, Confederate President Jefferson Davis replaced General Joseph E. Johnston with General John Bell Hood in hopes of defeating Union General William T. Sherman outside Atlanta.
    (HN, 7/17/98)

1877        Jul 17, Riots and violence erupted in several major American cities stemming from strikes against railroads in protest of wage cuts. Strikes started against the Baltimore & Ohio, and quickly spread west, with riots erupting in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Chicago and St. Louis. Nine were killed when Federal troops were sent into Martinsburg, West Virginia. On July 21, 26 were killed and the Union Depot and machine shops were burned down.
    (HNQ, 12/11/98)

1888        Jul 17, S.Y. Agnon, Israeli writer (The Day Before Yesterday), was born.
    (HN, 7/17/01)

1889        Jul 17, Erle Stanley Gardner, writer of detective stories and creator of Perry Mason, was born.
    (HN, 7/17/98)

1894        Jul 17, Georges Lemaitre, Belgian astronomer, was born.
    (HN, 7/17/01)

1897        Jul 17, The Steamer Portland arrived into Seattle from Alaska with 68 prospectors carrying more than a ton of gold. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer announced that men with gold from Alaska were landing. This unleashed the Klondike gold rush and tens of thousands headed for the Yukon. The Klondike gold rush gave America and Canada a psychological boost in getting the economy moving again after the terrible depression that followed the 1893 crash.
    (CFA, ‘96, p.88)(Hem., 7/95, p.79)(CFA, ‘96, p.89)(WSJ, 5/1/97, p.A16)(WSJ, 7/17/97, p.A20)

1898        Jul 17, Bernice Abbott, photographer, was born.
    (HN, 7/17/01)
1898        Jul 17, U.S. troops under General William R. Shafter took Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
    (HN, 7/17/98)
1898        Jul 17, During the Spanish-American War, Spain surrendered to the United States at Santiago, Cuba.
    (AP, 7/17/97)

1899        Jul 17, James Cagney (d.1986), American actor famous for his role in "Yankee Doodle Dandy," was born.

1902        Jul 17, Christina E. Stead, novelist and screenwriter who wrote "The Man Who Loved Women," was born.
    (HN, 7/17/98)

1903        Jul 17, James Abbott McNeil Whistler (b.1834), expatriate painter famous for painting his mother (1872), died.
    (, 4/03, p.9)

1905        Jul 17, Edgar Snow, American author and journalist, was born in Kansas City, Missouri.

1912        Jul 17, Art Linkletter, radio and television personality, was born.
    (HN, 7/17/98)

1917        Jul 17, In San Francisco the Twin Peaks Tunnel was dedicated by Mayor James Rolph. It blasted through to West Portal and opened in 1918.
    (SFCM, 7/10/05, p.4)(SSFC, 11/2/14, p.A2)
1917        Jul 17, The British royal family adopted the Windsor name. King George V changed the family name to the House of Windsor from the German-sounding House of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha. [see Jun 17,19]
    (AP, 7/17/97)(SFEC, 1/19/97, Par p.2)(DTnet, 6/19/97)

1918        Jul 17, Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, was executed at Ekaterinburg by the Bolsheviks under orders from Lenin. His wife, son, 4 daughters, and 4 servants were also executed. The family mass grave was discovered by a former KGB agent in 1979 in the Urals and only 9 bodies were found. The bodies were dug up in 1991. A 1997 documentary film by Victoria Lewis, "Mystery of the Last Tsar," told the story. The Czar, his wife, three children and four servants were executed by a 12-man firing squad in the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg. A reburial of the family was scheduled in St. Petersburg for Jul 17, 1998.
    (SFC, 4/5/97, p.E3)(SFC, 2/28/98, p.A8)(SFC, 7/15/98, p.A9)(AP, 7/17/07)
1918        Jul 17, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna (b.1864) was murdered at a mine the village of Siniachikha. The Cheka beat Grand Duke Sergei Mikhailovich Romanov, Princes Ioann Konstantinovich, Konstantin Konstantinovich, Igor Konstantinovich, Vladimir Pavlovich Paley, Feodor Remez (Grand Duke Sergei's secretary), and Varvara Yakovleva, a sister from the Grand Duchess's convent,  before throwing their victims into a pit, Elizabeth being the first. Hand grenades were then hurled down the shaft, but only one victim, Feodor Remez, died as a result of the grenades. Finally a large quantity of brushwood was shoved into the opening and set alight.

1922        Jul 17, Donald Davie, English poet and literary critic, was born.
    (HN, 7/17/01)

1923        Jul 17, James Purdy, writer (Cabot Wright Begins), was born.
    (HN, 7/17/01)

1925        Jul 17, Laszlo Nagy, Hungarian poet, was born.
    (HN, 7/17/01)

1930        Jul 17, A natural gas explosion in the Mitchell ravine tunnel of the Hetch Hetchy water project in California killed 12 men. 35 other workers quit charging that carelessness and lack of equipment was responsible for the tragedy.
    (SFC, 7/15/05, p.F6)

1934        Jul 17, Donald Sutherland, actor (M*A*S*H, Body Snatchers), was born in St John, NB.
    (MC, 7/17/02)

1935        Jul 17, Diahann Carroll, actress, was born in NYC, NY, as Carol Diann Johnson.
1935        Jul 17, Peter Schickele, composer, creator of P.D.Q. Bach, was born.
    (HN, 7/17/01)
1935        Jul 17, The entertainment trade publication Variety ran its famous headline, "Sticks Nix Hick Pix," which might be translated as "rural America dislikes rural-themed movies."
    (AP, 7/17/97)

1936        Jul 17, Gen. Francisco Franco was flown from the Canary Islands, where he served as military governor, to Spanish Morocco where he led a rebellion against the elected Popular Front. This began the Spanish civil war. The first word of the rebellion was reported by Lester Ziffren (1906-2007) of the United Press. The rebel Nationalist movement under Francisco Franco gained support from the fascist regimes in Italy and Germany in opposition.
    (SFC, 11/12/96, p.A12)(SFC, 7/13/01, WBb p.3)(WSJ, 11/24/07, p.A8)

1938        Jul 17, Pilot Douglas Corrigan sought permission from the Civil Aviation Authority to fly across the Atlantic from New York to Ireland, but he was turned down on the grounds that his plane was in poor condition. Corrigan seemed to accept the ruling, but when he took off from New York on this day, saying he was headed for California, he banked sharply to the east and headed out over the ocean. Twenty-eight hours and 13 minutes later, Corrigan landed in Ireland, innocently explaining that his 180-degree wrong turn must have been due to a faulty compass. No one believed Corrigan's explanation, especially the aviation authorities in both Ireland and America, who suspended the rebellious pilot's license and ordered his aircraft dismantled. Upon his return to America, "Wrong-Way" Corrigan was greeted as a hero. More than a million people lined New York's Broadway for a ticker-tape parade honoring the man who had flown in the face of authority.   
    (AP, 7/17/97)(HNPD, 7/178)

1939        Jul 17, Spencer Davis, vocalist (Spencer Davis Group-Gimme Some Lovin), was born in Wales.
    (MC, 7/17/02)

1941        Jul 17, The longest hitting streak in baseball history ended when the Cleveland Indians pitchers held NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio, the Yankee Clipper, hitless for the first time in 57 games. His hitting strike ended with 56 games.
    (, 3/9/99, p.A10)
1941        Jul 17, Brigadier-General Brehon Somervell gathered a small group of officer’s from the army’s construction division and told them they were to build a single headquarters to house the entire war department, then scattered over sites, in Virginia.
    (Econ, 6/30/07, p.93)
1941        Jul 17, Jelly Roll Morton

1944        Jul 17, An explosion at Port Chicago, now the Concord Naval Weapons Station in Ca., killed 320 seamen when a pair of ammunition ships exploded. 10,000 tons of ammunition exploded. 202 of the victims were black enlisted men. The Navy court-martialed 50 black sailors for refusing to go back to work after the catastrophe. They were released from prison in 1946 with dishonorable discharges and reductions in rank. The story was later described by Robert Allen in his 1989 "The Port Chicago Mutiny." In 1999 Pres. Clinton issued a pardon to Freddie Meeks, one of the last living convicted African American sailors.
    (SFEC, 3/2/97, z1 p.3)(SFC, 2/24/98, p.A15)(SFC, 12/24/99, p.A1)(SSFC, 2/6/05, Par p.6)
1944        Jul 17, Field Marshall Erwin Rommel was wounded when an Allied fighter strafes his staff car in France.
    (HN, 7/17/98)

1945        Jul 17, President Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill began meeting at Potsdam in the final Allied summit of World War II.
    (AP, 7/17/97)
 1945        Jul 17-Aug 2, The Potsdam Conference convened. It re-established the European borders that were in effect as of Dec 31, 1937.
    (WSJ, 5/5/95, p.A-12)(Voruta #27-28, Jul 1996, p.2)

1946        Jul 17, Chinese communists opened a drive against the Nationalist army on the Yangtze River.
    (HN, 7/17/98)
1946        Jul 17, Dragoljub "Draza" Mihailovic (53), Yugoslav gen. (Nazi), was executed.
    (MC, 7/17/02)

1947        Jul 17, Sheik Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi (1918-2010) became the Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah (UAR) when he overthrew his uncle and father-in-law Shaykh Sultan Bin Salem (or Salim) al-Qassimi in a bloodless coup d'etat. Shaykh Saqr exiled the Sultan to Sharjah. Ras al-Khaimah joined the United Arab Emirates in 1972.

1948        Jul 17, Southern Democrats opposed to the nomination of President Truman met in Birmingham, Ala., to endorse South Carolina Gov. Strom Thurmond.
    (AP, 7/17/97)

1951        Jul 17, Lucie Arnaz (actress and Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz' daughter), was born.
    (MC, 7/17/02)

1954        Jul 17, The 1st major league baseball game was played where a majority of a team was black (Dodgers).
    (MC, 7/17/02)
1954        Jul 17, Gen. Joseph Swing, appointed by Pres. Eisenhower to head the INS, began "Operation Wetback." Because political resistance was lower in California and Arizona, the roundup of aliens began there. Some 750 agents swept northward through agricultural areas with a goal of 1,000 apprehensions a day. By the end of July, over 50,000 aliens were caught in the two states. Another 488,000, fearing arrest, had fled the country.
    (CSM, 7/6/06)

1955        Jul 17, Walt Disney’s $17-million Disneyland opened to the public in Anaheim, Calif. The site had been a 160-acre orange ranch just off the Santa Ana Freeway. Entry tickets for kids was 50 cents and $1 for adults.
    (SSFC, 5/1/05, p.F3)(AP, 7/17/08)(SFC, 7/17/15, p.C3)

1957        Jul 17, Leona Gage (1939-2010) of Maryland won the Miss USA title as part of the Miss Universe Pageant in Long Beach, Ca. Officials soon stripped her of the title after learning that she was a mother of two and had lied about her age.
    (SFC, 10/13/10, p.C5)(
1957        Jul 17, Lila Bliss found her daughter, Juliette Hampton Morgan (b.1914), dead next to an empty bottle of sleeping pills. In 1936 Juliette had signed a pledge with other women in Montgomery, Alabama, to no longer remain silent in the face of crime done in their name. In 2007 Mary Stanton authored “Journey Toward Justice," a biography of Juliette Hampton Morgan.
    (WSJ, 2/17/07, p.P13)

1959        Jul 17, Dr. Leakey discovered oldest human skull (600,000 years old) to date.
    (MC, 7/17/02)
1959        Jul 17, Billie Holiday (b.1915), jazz and blues singer, died in NYC at age 44. In 1956 William Dufty (d.2002) authored the biography "Lady Sings the Blues." In 2000 Robert O’Meally authored "Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday."
    (SFEM, 10/1/00, p.4)(SFC, 7/5/02, p.A24)(SSFC, 7/12/09, p.42)
1959        Jul 17, Tibet abolished serfdom.
    (MC, 7/17/02)

1960        Jul 17, Francis Gary Powers pleaded guilty to spying charges in a Moscow court after his U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.
    (HN, 7/17/98)

1961        Jul 17, Ty Cobb (74), baseball great (Detroit Tigers), died of cancer in Atherton, Ca. He was the first man elected into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
    (SSFC, 7/17/11, p.42)

1962        Jul 17, Air Force pilot Robert White (1924-2010) flew the rocket-powered X-15 to an altitude of 314,750 feet (59.6 miles).
    (SFC, 3/24/10, p.C4)

1966        Jul 17, Ho Chi Minh ordered a partial mobilization of North Vietnam to defend against American airstrikes.
    (HN, 7/17/98)

1967        Jul 17, Race riots took place in Cairo, Illinois.
    (MC, 7/17/02)
1967        Jul 17, John Coltrane (b.1926), jazz composer-musician died in Huntington, N.Y. He gained attention through recordings as part of Miles Davis’ quintet in the 50s. By 1960, following critical acclaim, Coltrane was leading his own quartet that eventually dissolved in 1965. He worked with various musicians for the next two years until succumbing to liver cancer in 1967. Coltrane’s style, developed over the years from influences ranging from Miles Davis’ forms of modal improvisation to Eastern musical theory, has influenced and been imitated by numerous jazz musicians since. His album’s included "Kulu Se Mama" written by Juno Lewis (d.2002). In 2002 Ashley Kahn authored "A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album." In 2007 Ben Ratliff authored “Coltrane: The Story of Sound."
    (SFC, 4/23/02, p.A18)(SSFC, 12/8/02, p.M5)(AP, 7/17/07)(Econ, 11/10/07, p.104)

1968        Jul 17, Beatle's animated film "Yellow Submarine" premiered in London. The US premiere was on November 13.
1968         Jul 17, The Arab Socialist Baath Party staged a bloodless coup in Iraq and gained control as the Revolution Command Council. Abdul Rahman Arif, brother of Abdul Salam Arif (d.1966), was ousted in the Baathist coup and exiled to Istanbul. Ahmed Hasan-al-Bakr became president of Iraq after the July 17 coup. This became a national holiday until it was abolished in 2003. Saddam Hussein soon became recognized as the strongman of the regime.
    (NG, 5/88, p.653)(SFC, 9/24/02, p.A10)(AP, 7/13/03)(NW, 9/8/03, p.32)

1969        Jul 17, An FBI memo titled "New Left and Extremist Movements" revealed Gov. Reagan’s plans for the destruction of disruptive elements on California college campuses through "psychological warfare" and other methods.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F8)

1972        Jul 17, The first women since the 1920s were officially hired as special FBI agents.   

1973        Jul 17, Zahir Shah (1914-2007) was on vacation in Europe, when his government was overthrown in a military coup headed by his relative Daoud Khan and PDPA (Afghan Communist Party). Zahir Shah fled to Italy where he lived until his return in 2002. Daoud Khan abolished the monarchy and declared himself President of the Republic of Afghanistan.
    (, 9/22/01, p.A7)(AP, 7/23/07)

1974        Jul 17, Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean (b.1910), pitcher (St Louis Cards), died in Nevada.

1975        Jul 17, A US Apollo spaceship docked with a Soyuz spacecraft in orbit in the first superpower linkup of its kind. Soviet cosmonauts Valery Kubasov (1935-2014) and lt. Col. Alexei A. Leonov spent 44 hours with Brig. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, Deke Slayton and Vance D. Brand.
    (AP, 7/17/97)(SFC, 3/3/14, p.D2)

1976        Jul 17, The XX1 Olympiad, opened in Montreal. Closing ceremonies for the summer Olympics were held August 1. 26 African nations boycotted the games after the IOC failed to bann New Zealand after its rugby team toured South Africa. Taiwan withdrew after it was denied the right to compete as the Republic of China.  In 1998 it was revealed that 143 members of the East German team had taken performance-enhancing drugs.
    (WSJ, 7/15/96, p.B1)(WSJ, 10/21/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/12/08, p.R2)

1979        Jul 17, Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza Debayle resigned and fled to Miami in exile.
    (AP, 7/17/97)(HNQ, 6/29/99)

1980        Jul 17, Ronald Reagan formally accepted the Republican nomination for president.
1980        Jul 17, In Bolivia a bloody coup installed a reactionary (and cocaine-tainted) dictatorship led by general Luis Garcia Meza. Former president (1956-1960) Hernan Siles Zuazo (1914-1996), who had won the most votes in elections flew to exile. He returned in 1982, when the military's experiment had ran its course and the Bolivian economy was on the verge of collapse. He served a 2nd term from 1982-1985.
    (SFC, 8/8/96, p.A22)(
1980        Jul 17, Zenko Suzuki (1911-2004) was appointed prime minister of Japan. He resigned after 2 years.
    (SFC, 7/21/04, p.B7)(

1981        Jul 17, In Missouri 114 people were killed when a pair of walkways above the lobby of the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel collapsed during a tea dance.
    (AP, 7/17/97)(

1986        Jul 17, White House chief of staff Donald Regan drew criticism for suggesting in an interview that American women would not be prepared to “give up all their jewelry" if the U.S. were to impose economic sanctions against South Africa.
    (AP, 7/17/06)

1987        Jul 17, 10 teen-agers were killed when raging floodwaters from the Guadalupe River near Comfort, Texas, swept away a church bus and van holding 43 people.
    (AP, 7/17/97)

1988        Jul 17, Michael Dukakis arrived in Atlanta to claim the Democratic nomination for president, saying, "We're working hard to make sure we have a good convention, a strong and united party."
    (AP, 7/17/98)

1989        Jul 17, The controversial B-2 Stealth bomber underwent its first test flight at Edwards Air Force Base in California, two days after a technical problem forced a postponement.
    (AP, 7/17/99)
1989        Jul 17, Isidore Feinstein Stone (b.1907), author (I.F. Stone's Weekly), died in Boston. In 2006 Myra MacPherson authored “All Governments Lie," a biography of Stone. In 2009 D.D. Guttenplan authored “American Radical: The Life and Times of I.F. Stone."
    (, 9/30/06, p.P8)(Econ, 5/16/09, p.90)

1990        Jul 17, The seven nations negotiating German unification reached agreement in Paris on Poland’s permanent border, clearing the way for the merger of East and West Germany.
    (AP, 7/17/00)

1991        Jul 17, The US Senate voted 53-to-45 to give itself a $23,200 pay raise while at the same time banning outside speaking fees.
    (AP, 7/17/01)
1991        Jul 17, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev made a personal appeal for Western aid at the conclusion of the Group of Seven economic summit in London.
    (AP, 7/17/01)

1992        Jul 17, Donna Ferguson (18) and Todd Rudiger (29) were murdered in Portland, Ore. In 1998 Sebastian Shaw was indicted for the murders. He pleaded guilty in 2000 and was sentenced to two life terms. Later, his DNA would be conclusive evidence that he also killed one Jay Rickbeil in July 1991. He would receive a third sentence of life in prison. Shaw, born in Vietnam in 1967 as Chau Quong, had been airlifted from the roof of the US Embassy on the day Saigon fell.
    (SFC, 5/25/06, p.B1)(
1992        Jul 17, A historic accord for deep cuts in tanks and other non-nuclear arms in Europe went into effect, nearly two years after it was signed by NATO and the Warsaw Pact.
    (AP, 7/17/97)
1992        Jul 17, Slovakia's government decreed its independence from Czechoslovakia. The independence did not become official until January 1, 1993.

1993        Jul 17, President Clinton, with several Cabinet members in tow, traveled to Arnold, Mo., where he heard the governors of eight flood-stricken states appeal for more financial assistance; however, he held out little hope the government could offer a total bailout.
    (AP, 7/17/98)

1994        Jul 17, Fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy continued to smash into Jupiter, sending up towering fireballs.
    (AP, 7/17/99)
1994        Jul 17, Brazil defeated Italy to win its fourth World Cup title in Los Angeles. The 15th FIFA World Cup was hosted by the United States.
    (AP, 7/17/99)(
1994        Jul 17, Hutus left Rwanda for refugee camps in Zaire.
    (SFC, 11/19/96, p.A16)

1995        Jul 17, Thirty-two people were injured when a Boston Green Line trolley rammed another train under Copley Square.
    (AP, 7/17/00)

1996        Jul 17, Interior Sec. Bruce Babbitt signed an agreement to put 58 sq. miles of land in Orange county under a new Natural Community Conservation Planning program designed to protect entire ecosystems.
    (SFC, 7/18/96, p.A4)
1996        Jul 17, TWA flight 800 crashed off of Long Island, N.Y., shortly after leaving John F. Kennedy International Airport and 230 people died. It was a 25-year-old Paris-bound Boeing 747 whose previous flight had been from Greece. Later reports of a missile attack were tracked to a Navy P-3 Orion flying at 20,000 feet as opposed to the altitude of the Boeing at 13,600 feet. In 1997 the FBI issued a report that the disaster was caused by an explosion in the central fuel tank and was not the result of sabotage. In 2013 former investigators pushed to reopen the probe into the crash.
    (WSJ, 7/18/96, p.A1)(SFC, 3/21/97, p.A7)(AP, 7/17/97)(SFC,11/19/97, p.A3)(SFC, 6/20/13, p.A7)
1996        Jul 17, Scientists discovered that the earth’s solid-iron core rotates 12 miles a year faster than the liquid-iron outer core. The inner core grows about an inch in radius every 50 years. A report was published in Nature.
    (WSJ, 7/18/96, p.A1)(SFC, 7/18/96, p.A6)
1996        Jul 17, The Community of Portuguese-Speaking countries was formed. It included Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde and Sao Tome and Principe. Leaders then held their first summit meeting.
    (WSJ, 7/18/96, p.E6)

1997        Jul 17, President Clinton nominated Army Gen. Henry Shelton to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
    (AP, 7/17/98)
1997        Jul 17, Woolworth Corp. announced that it would close more than 400 of its five-and-dime retail stores, ending 117 years in business.
    (WSJ, 7/17/97, p.A1)(AP, 7/17/98)
1997        Jul 17, The Columbia space shuttle and it crew of 7 returned after a 16-day mission. On the Mir space station, the 3-man crew struggled to stabilize a free-spin after a cable to a key computer system was mistakenly pulled.
    (SFC, 7/18/97, p.A1,9)(AP, 7/17/98)
1997        Jul 17, Disney sub-contractor H.H. Cutler announced that it would terminate its business in Haiti due to slumping sales of children’s clothes. Some 2,300 jobs would be lost. Int’l. activists had criticized the operations for wages as low as $.28 per hour. The unemployment rate was at 80%.
    (SFC, 7/18/97, p.A12)
1997        Jul 17, Dr. Robert C. Weaver (b.1907), the first African American to serve on a president’s cabinet, died in NYC. He was the administrator of the federal Housing and Home Finance Agency, the predecessor to HUD, under President John F. Kennedy. He was named national chairman of the NAACP in 1960 and in 1962 he was awarded the NAACP Spingarn Medal. Weaver wrote more than 175 articles and four books on housing and urban issues. [see Jan 18,1966]
1997        Jul 17, In India K.R. Narayannan, a member of the Dalits, was elected president by the national and state legislatures. The Dalits, or "oppressed people," were according to Hinduism the lowest class of people, a fifth class below the 4 main castes. He will replace Pres. Shanker Dayal Sharma whose 5-year term expires Jul 25.
    (SFC, 7/18/97, p.A10)
1997        Jul 17, In Peru thousands of demonstrators protested against Pres. Fujimori chanting "Down with the dictatorship." Three cabinet ministers had also resigned in the last 24 hours. Pres. Fujimori named 5 new ministers including 2 generals and sparked concern that he was moving even closer to the armed forces.
    (SFC, 7/18/97, p.A10)(SFC, 7/19/97, p.A11)
1997        Jul 17, In Russia Boris Yeltsin signed decrees to cut the size of the armed forces by one-third and installed plans to boost tax collection.
    (WSJ, 7/17/97, p.A1)
1997        Jul 17, In the Ukraine the parliament confirmed Valery Pustovoitenko as prime minister. He was an ally of Pres. Kuchma and vowed to work with lawmakers.
    (WSJ, 7/17/97, p.A1)

1998        Jul 17, Prosecutors in the Monica Lewinsky case questioned President Clinton's Secret Service protectors before a grand jury.
    (AP, 7/17/99)
1998        Jul 17, The Clinton administration sought approval to use funds for covert operations against Iraqi Pres. Saddam Hussein.
    (SFC, 7/18/98, p.A3)
1998        Jul 17, Scientists reported in the journal Science that the syphilis genome, 1.1 million base pairs of DNA, had been mapped.
    (SFC, 7/17/98, p.A7)
1998        Jul 17, In Bangladesh a week of flooding left 54 people dead.
    (SFC, 7/18/98, p.A14)
1998        Jul 17, In Cambodia Khmer Rouge guerrillas under Ta Mok attacked a convoy of election workers and killed 2 people.
    (SFEC, 7/19/98, p.A24)
1998        Jul 17, In Eritrea a Ukrainian IL-78 transport plane crashed near Asmara and killed 9 people.
    (SFC, 7/18/98, p.A14)
1998        Jul 17, In Rome UN delegates from more than 100 countries overwhelmingly approved (120-7) a historic treaty, the Statute of Rome, creating the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal, with jurisdiction over individuals, ignoring strenuous U.S. objections over certain provisions. It was to be located in the Hague with 18 judges from 18 countries serving 9 year terms. It still required ratification by 60 countries to become effective. The vote passed 120 to 7 with 21 abstentions. The US, China, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Qatar and Yemen voted against the International Criminal Court Treaty (ICC). In 2002 the US moved to withdraw its signature.
    (SFC, 7/18/98, p.A10)(WSJ, 7/20/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/6/02, p.A1,4)(Econ, 11/22/03, p.27)
1998        Jul 17, Rising seawater was attacking the coastline of the Marshall islands.
    (SFC, 7/18/98, p.A1)
1998        Jul 17, In Papua New Guinea a 23-foot tidal wave followed a 7.0 earthquake at the Solomon Islands and killed at 2,500-3,000 people. The villages of Malol, Arop, Otto, Warupu and Sissano were turned into barren strips of sand.
    (SFC, 7/18/98, p.A10)(SFEC, 7/20/98, p.A1)(AP, 7/18/99)
1998        Jul 17, Nicholas II, Czar of Russia, executed with his wife Alexandra, their five children and four servants in 1918, was buried in St. Petersburg.
    (SFC, 10/16/96, p.A10)(SFC, 2/28/98, p.A8)(AP, 7/17/99)
1998        Jul 17, A 6.2 earthquake in Taiwan triggered falling rock that killed 4 people and injured 19.
    (SFC, 7/18/98, p.A14)
1998        Jul 17, In Uganda Pres. Museveni proposed a single continental army and government for Africa with headquarters in Kampala.
    (SFC, 7/18/98, p.A12)

1999        Jul 17, A search began for the missing plane that was carrying John F. Kennedy Junior, his wife, Carolyn, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, on a flight from New Jersey to Massachusetts. The plane had crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near Martha’s Vineyard the night before, killing all three aboard.
    (AP, 7/17/00)
1999        Jul 17, The body of Canadian singer Fatima Kama (28) was found when a member of the public spotted a black suitcase abandoned on the third floor of a Heathrow Airport parking lot. Youssef Ahmed Wahid, a former Kuwait Airways steward, was arrested within days of the discovery at his hometown of Ramadiyeh in southern Lebanon. He reportedly denied having anything to do with the killing, and was eventually released and then went on the run. In 2010 authorities in Bahrain arrested Wahid as a suspect in the case.
    (AP, 8/24/10)
1999        Jul 17, In Colombia FARC and government negotiators failed to agree on observers for peace talks and the talks were put on hold.
    (SFC, 7/19/99, p.A12)
1999        Jul 17, In Iran the Select Council of Sit-In Students called off student protests and faxed a communique to news organizations calling for meetings with government leaders.
    (SFEC, 7/18/99, p.A21)
1999        Jul 17, In Nigeria fighting erupted when a Hausa woman was caught watching a Yoruba ritual. Over the next days hundreds of Hausa tribes people fled Shagamu to escape fighting with their Yoruba neighbors.
    (SFC, 7/21/99, p.C2)

2000        Jul 17, In India an Alliance Air Boeing 737 jet with 58 people caught fire and crashed into two homes just before landing at Patna airport. 7 people survived and another 4 were killed on the ground. A total of 56 people were killed on board and on the ground.
    (SFC, 7/17/00, p.A15)(SFC, 7/18/00, p.A12)(AP, 7/17/01)
2000        Jul 17, Nepal’s King Birendra abolished debt-bondage slavery following efforts by Kevin Bales, an American anti-slavery activist. Soon some 40,000 families in 5 districts suddenly found themselves emancipated and evicted by slaveholders. They moved into refugee camps and by 2007 a third still lived in the camps. In 2007 Bales authored “Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves."
    (SSFC, 9/30/07, p.M1)
2000        Jul 17, In Russia Boris Berezovsky planned to resign his seat in the Duma and launch an opposition movement against Pres. Putin.
    (SFC, 7/18/00, p.A12)(WSJ, 7/18/00, p.A1)
2000        Jul 17, Bashar Assad, son of Hafez Assad, began a seven-year term as Syria’s 16th head of state.
    (AP, 7/17/01)

2001        Jul 17, John Ashcroft, US Attorney Gen’l. reported that 184 FBI laptops and nearly 450 guns were stolen or lost over the last decade.
    (SFC, 7/18/01, p.A1)
2001        Jul 17, A USAF F-16 crashed in northeast San Bernadino County, Ca. Maj. Aaron George, pilot, and Judson Brohmer, photographer, were killed.
    (SFC, 7/18/01, p.A5)
2001        Jul 17, Katharine Graham, Pulitzer Prize winner and publisher of the Washington Post, died at age 84 in Boise, Idaho.
    (SFC, 7/18/01, p.A6)
2001        Jul 17, In Argentina Pres. De la Rua signed a plan to slash the deficit.
    (SFC, 7/18/01, p.C4)
2001        Jul 17, In Guangxi, China, the Lajiapo and Longshan mines flooded and 81 miners were killed. Immediate news was covered up. In Aug 20 company employees and 70 suspected gang members were arrested for the coverup. 11 mine officials and 4 county political leaders were arrested.
    (SFC, 8/7/01, p.A7)(SFC, 8/15/01, p.A7)(SFC, 9/1/01, p.A10)(SFC, 9/1/01, p.A10)
2001        Jul 17, An Israeli helicopter fired missiles at a hut in Bethlehem and 4 Palestinians were killed. A few hours later Palestinians fired a mortar shell into a Jewish neighborhood of Jerusalem.
    (SFC, 7/18/01, p.A12)
2001        Jul 17, In Montenegro Pres. Kostunica appointed Dragisa Pesic as the new Prime Minister.
    (SFC, 7/18/01, p.C4)
2001        Jul 17, In Moscow Russia and China agreed to plan a $1.7 billion pipeline for oil from Siberia to northeastern China.
    (SFC, 7/18/01, p.C4)

2002        Jul 17, Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa reported that some 200 Army personnel had used government charge cards to get cash to spend at strip clubs near military bases. Soldiers ran up a $38,000 bill.
    (WSJ, 7/18/02, p.A1)(SFC, 7/18/02, p.A6)
2002        Jul 17, The National Cancer Institute published a report that linked estrogen used for hormone replacement to ovarian cancer.
    (SFC, 7/17/02, p.A1)
2002        Jul 17, In Britain, a one-day strike by 750,000 municipal employees closed schools, libraries and recreation centers in their first national walkout in more than two decades.
    (AP, 7/17/03)
2002        Jul 17, In Israel a double suicide bombing in Tel Aviv killed two foreign workers and one Israeli. Over 40 people were injured.
    (WSJ, 7/18/02, p.A1)(SFC, 7/18/02, p.A1)(AP, 7/17/07)
2002        Jul 17, In Nigeria hundreds of unarmed women of the Ijaw tribe seized control of at least 4 more ChevronTexaco facilities in the Niger Delta.
    (SFC, 7/18/02, p.A17)
2002        Jul 17, In Paraguay Pres. Macchi announced the lifting of a state of emergency following 2 days of protests over his economic policies.
    (SFC, 7/18/02, p.A15)
2002        Jul 17, Spanish troops reclaimed the island of Perejil off the coast of Morocco, a week after it was occupied by Moroccan troops.
    (WSJ, 7/18/02, p.A1)(SFC, 7/18/02, p.A17)
2002        Ju 17, Switzerland formally requested membership to the United Nations.
    (SFC, 7/18/02, p.A15)

2003        Jul 17, President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair forcefully defended their decision to topple Saddam Hussein during a joint White House news conference. In a speech to the U.S. Congress, Blair said even if they were proven wrong about Iraq's weapons capabilities, "We will have destroyed a threat that at its least is responsible for inhuman carnage and suffering."
    (SFC, 7/18/03, p.A1)(AP, 7/17/04)
2003        Jul 17, Democrats Joe Lieberman, Dick Gephardt and Dennis Kucinich apologized to the NAACP for bypassing a presidential forum.
    (AP, 7/17/04)
2003        Jul 17, The US combat death toll in Iraq hit a milestone as the Pentagon acknowledged its casualties from hostile fire reached 147, the same number of troops who died at enemy hands in the first Gulf War. Gen. John Abizaid, head of central command, said loyalists are fighting an increasingly organized "guerrilla-type campaign."
    (AP, 7/17/03)
2003        Jul 17, Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced the creation of a 500-member grand council, or loya jirga, to approve a new constitution for the country this year.
    (AP, 7/17/03)
2003        Jul 17, The leaders of an Australian Christian church voted to allow homosexuals to become priests, drawing protest from within the congregation.
    (AP, 7/17/03)
2003        Jul 17, In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, police killed 3 alleged gang members and pulled the bullet-riddled bodies of 7 others from a sludge-filled river in 2 notorious shantytowns due to an escalating gang war over drug control between The Red Command and Third Command.
    (AP, 7/18/03)
2003        Jul 17, David Kelly (59), the British Ministry of Defense adviser, was reported missing. He was a possible source for news that claimed the government had doctored intelligence on Iraqi weapons to strengthen the case for war. His body was found the next day. Weapons expert David Kelly apparently committed suicide by slashing his left wrist. In 2010 the British government released a formerly secret autopsy report in an attempt to end speculation that Kelly’s was not a suicide.
    (AP, 7/18/03)(AP, 7/19/03)(AP, 10/22/10)
2003        Jul 17, Congo's main rebel leaders were sworn as vice presidents in a new power-sharing government, designed to end the country's nearly 5-year civil war. 4 vice presidents represented the ruling party, the opposition party and 2 rebel groups.
    (AP, 7/17/03)(Econ, 8/9/03, p.39)
2003        Jul 17, A US company launched Mexican sales of microchips that can be implanted under a person's skin and used to confirm health history and identity.
    (AP, 7/17/03)
2003        Jul 17, In Mexico a landslide triggered by heavy rains in the southern state of Oaxaca swept away two houses and killed nine people, including five children.
    (AP, 7/18/03)
2003        Jul 17, Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said that police corruption likely led to the escape from prison of three terror suspects, including a top bomb expert, and threatened to shake up the police force.
    (AP, 7/17/03)
2003        Jul 17, In Russia's Dagestan region a shrapnel-filled bomb exploded near a police station, killing at least four people and injuring 18 others.
    (AP, 7/17/03)
2003        Jul 17, Walter Zapp (97), inventor of the Minox mini camera featured in spy movies, died, in northern Switzerland. Zapp was born in 1905 in Riga, Latvia.
    (AP, 7/28/03)

2004        Jul 17, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger mockingly used the term "girlie men" during a rally as he claimed Democrats were delaying the state budget by catering to special interests.
    (AP, 7/17/05)
2004        Jul 17, Office Depot and Hewlett-Packard launched the country's first free, nationwide, in-store electronics recycling program. The program ran to Sep 6.
    (TechWeb, 7/19/04)
2004        Jul 17, Monsoon rains submerged new areas of Bangladesh and India, killing at least 13 people, as the death toll from flooding in South Asia rose to more than 400.
    (AP, 7/17/04)
2004        Jul 17, French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie proposed a defense partnership between 3 North African countries, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia -- and four southern European countries, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain, preferably at defense minister level.
    (AP, 7/18/04)
2004        Jul 17, An Ariane 5 rocket took off from French Guyana carrying the heaviest commercial telecom satellite ever.
    (WSJ, 7/19/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 17, In Germany thousands of DaimlerChrysler workers walked off the job, extending protests against threats to cut jobs if employees don't accept steps to cut labor costs.
    (AP, 7/17/04)
2004        Jul 17, A car bomb struck the Iraqi justice minister's convoy as it passed through western Baghdad, killing four of his bodyguards. The minister was unhurt in the blast. A roadside bomb hit a U.S. convoy, killing one U.S. soldier.
    (AP, 7/17/04)
2004        Jul 17, Japan’s NTT DoCoMo launched a wallet phone aimed to combine cash and cell phones with a small embedded chip that can store money and personal information.
    (Reuters, 7/18/04)
2004        Jul 17, At least 15 people were killed and many more injured when a crowded bus skidded off a road and fell into a gorge in Kashmir.
    (AP, 7/17/04)
2004        Jul 17, A court in Oman convicted an American woman of murdering her husband and sentenced her to death. Rebecca Thompson, along with her 14-year-old son, Derrick, and two Omani men, were convicted for the Jan 1 killing of Mark Thompson.
    (AP, 7/17/04)
2004        Jul 17, A Palestinian security panel under Yasser Arafat declared a state of emergency after a spate of kidnappings.
    (SFC, 7/17/04, p.A11)
2004        Jul 17, Palestinian PM Ahmed Qureia submitted his resignation to Yasser Arafat, who rejected it the next day.
    (AP, 7/17/05)
2004        Jul 17, Sudanese rebels walked out of peace talks, saying government representatives had refused to meet their conditions for a new round of negotiations.
    (AP, 7/17/04)

2005        Jul 17, Time magazine's Matthew Cooper said a 2003 phone call with White House political adviser Karl Rove was the first he heard about the wife of Bush administration critic Joseph Wilson apparently working for the CIA.
    (AP, 7/18/05)
2005        Jul 17, Whirlpool Corp. offered to buy fellow appliance maker Maytag Corp. for $1.37 billion in cash and stock, topping an earlier offer that Maytag had accepted from an investment group.
    (AP, 7/18/05)
2005        Jul 17, The North American Solar Challenge, a race for solar powered cars, began in Austin, Texas. It was set to end Jul 27 in Calgary, Canada.
    (SFC, 7/22/05, p.A13)
2005        Jul 17, Meleia Willis-Starbuck (19) was shot dead on College Ave. in Berkeley, Ca., by Christopher Hollis (21), a close friend. In 2008 a jury convicted Hollis of voluntary manslaughter.
    (SFC, 7/18/05, p.A1)(SFC, 7/22/05, p.A1)(SFC, 4/30/08, p.B1)
2005        Jul 17, Geraldine Fitzgerald (91), stage and screen actress, died in NYC. Her films included “Dark Victory" (1939), “Ten North Frederick" (1958) and “Rachel Rachel" (1968).
    (SFC, 7/20/05, p.B7)
2005        Jul 17, The 168-page Afghanistan Justice Project report was issued and covered human rights abuses since the late 1970s. It holds several top officials and candidates in national elections, scheduled for September, among those responsible for mass arrests, tortures and executions.
    (AP, 7/18/05)
2005        Jul 17, Tiger Woods closed with a 2-under 70 to win the British Open for his tenth career major.
    (AP, 7/17/06)
2005        Jul 17, Sir Edward Heath (b.1916), PM of England (1970-1974), died. He led England into what is now the EU but lost the Conservative Party leadership to Margaret Thatcher.
    (AP, 7/17/05)(SFC, 7/18/05, p.B6)(Econ, 7/23/05, p.80)
2005        Jul 17, Egypt demanded that institutions in Britain and Belgium return two pharaonic reliefs it says were chipped off tombs and stolen 30 years ago, threatening to end their archaeological work here if they refuse.
    (AP, 7/17/05)
2005        Jul 17, In Iraq The Iraqi Special Tribunal filed its first criminal case against Saddam Hussein for a 1982 massacre of Shiites. Adel Karim, a deputy minister for industrial development, said Iraq wants to launch a privatization program that would end state monopolies over industry. Suicide strikes killed 22 people in the Baghdad area.
    (AP, 7/17/05)(AP, 7/17/06)
2005        Jul 17, In Paraguay some 360 villagers marched on Asuncion to lobby for the expropriation of 128,500 acres of land containing their town of Puerto Casado, owned by Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church. The South Korean based church had purchased a 1.48 million-acre property in 2000.
    (WSJ, 7/18/05, p.A10)
2005        Jul 17, Officials said heavy rains and flash floods have killed 20 people in the past week and inundated tens of thousands of homes in Romania. Death for the month reached 26.
    (AP, 7/17/05)
2005        Jul 17, Pilots at Asiana Airlines, South Korea's No. 2 carrier, went on strike.
    (AP, 7/20/05)
2005        Jul 17, In central Spain 11 firefighters trying to extinguish a forest fire sparked by a smoldering barbeque were killed.
    (AP, 7/17/05)
2005        Jul 17, The Sudanese council of ministers held its last meeting in Khartoum ahead of the formation of a power-sharing cabinet that will include southern former rebels.
    (AP, 7/17/05)
2005        Jul 17, In Thailand an emergency decree was signed into law that granted PM Shinawatra sweeping powers to tap phones, directly command security forces and order curfews. It also granted immunity to security forces in emergency zones.
    (Econ, 7/23/05, p.40)
2005        Jul 17, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, leader of this Arab nation for more than a quarter-century, said he will not run in next year's elections, and he urged political parties to nominate "young blood" to lead the country.
    (AP, 7/17/05)

2006        Jul 17, US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said President George W. Bush blocked a Justice Department probe into a secret program to tap international phone calls and electronic communications of US citizens.
    (AFP, 7/18/06)
2006        Jul 17, Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti alleged that a doctor and two nurses decided to administer lethal doses of morphine and a sedative to at least four trapped and desperately ill patients during Hurricane Katrina.
    (AP, 7/18/06)
2006        Jul 17, Space shuttle Discovery and its crew of 6 returned to Earth through thick clouds, ending an impressive mission that put NASA's space program back on a solid, safer course.
    (AP, 7/17/06)
2006        Jul 17, Mickey Spillane (b.1918), American mystery writer, died in South Carolina. His 13 Mike Hammer novels began with “I, the Jury" (1946). A number of his books were made into films including “The Girl Hunters" (1963) in which he played the starring role.
    (SFC, 7/18/06, p.B5)(Econ, 7/29/06, p.78)
2006        Jul 17, In southeastern Afghanistan coalition forces killed four al-Qaida suspects and captured three others. Separate attacks killed three Afghan soldiers and three government employees in the south.
    (AP, 7/17/06)
2006        Jul 17, In China tropical storm Bilis left at least 612 people dead as it pounded the southeast over the weekend, toppling houses and forcing the evacuation of a prison and thousands of villages.
    (AP, 7/18/06)(AP, 7/24/06)
2006        Jul 17, Congo officials said Peter Karim, a warlord accused of kidnapping seven UN peacekeepers, has agreed to disband his militia and become a colonel in Congo's army. Gunmen opened fire on an election rally and killed several people in Congo's volatile east, the latest outburst of violence as the nation prepares for its first free legislative and presidential balloting in 46 years.
    (AP, 7/17/06)(AP, 7/19/06)
2006        Jul 17, Europe’s Airbus, reeling from a management shakeup that followed delays in its flagship superjumbo jet program, unveiled a long-awaited revamp of its mid-sized A350 at the Farnborough Air Show in England.
    (AP, 7/17/06)(WSJ, 7/17/06, p.A3)
2006        Jul 17, In India some 500 suspected communist rebels attacked a government-run relief camp and two police stations in eastern Chattisgarh state, killing at least 26 villagers. Four rebels also died.
    (AP, 7/17/06)
2006        Jul 17, In Indonesia a magnitude 7.7 earthquake sent a 6-foot-high tsunami crashing into Pangandaran on Java island, killing at least 659 people with some 330 missing.
    (AP, 7/19/06)(AP, 7/22/06)
2006        Jul 17, Iraq and the US signed a commercial cooperation agreement. In Mahmoudiya dozens of heavily armed attackers raided an open air market, killing at least 41 people and wounding about 90. Police said they found 12 bodies in different parts Mahmoudiya, possible victims of reprisal killings.  A bomb killed two people and wounded nine in east Baghdad. 3 American soldiers were killed in separate attacks, two in the Baghdad area and one in Anbar province west of the capital.
    (AP, 7/17/06)(AP, 7/18/06)
2006        Jul 17, Israeli warplanes pummeled Lebanese infrastructure, killing at least 17 people. Hezbollah patron Iran said a cease-fire and a prisoner swap were possible, and the international community signaled willingness to send peacekeepers to back a diplomatic solution. 3 rounds of rockets fired by Hezbollah guerrillas struck Haifa, with one destroying a three-story building and wounding three people. Hezbollah fired a total of 50 rockets in to Israel. Total deaths in Lebanon reached 210 and 24 in Israel.
    (AP, 7/17/06)(WSJ, 7/18/06, p.A1,7)
2006        Jul 17, Israel bombed the Palestinian Foreign Ministry building in Gaza City, pushing ahead with its 3-week offensive in Gaza.
    (AP, 7/17/06)
2006        Jul 17, British PM Tony Blair and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for the deployment of international forces to stop Hezbollah from bombing Israel, a proposal that Israel quickly rejected.
    (AP, 7/17/06)
2006        Jul 17, One of two young twin brothers who led a small band of ethnic rebels calling themselves "God's Army" surrendered to Myanmar's military government. Johnny Htoo (18) and 8 fellow members of the group surrendered with weapons in two separate groups on July 17 and 19 at the coastal region military command in southeastern Myanmar.
    (AP, 7/25/06)
2006        Jul 17, Nigeria signed a deal with the Clinton Foundation to make cheap AIDS drugs available to fight the disease.
    (AFP, 7/17/06)
2006        Jul 17, G8 leaders called on North Korea to stop its missile tests and to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
    (AP, 7/17/06)
2006        Jul 17, The presidents of Russia and Kazakhstan agreed at the G8 summit to create a joint venture to process natural gas from Kazakhstan's Karachaganak gas field.
    (AP, 7/17/06)
2006        Jul 17, In Moscow full trading began in the shares of Rosneft Oil Co. The company raised $10.4 billion with shares at $7.55. The next day a London court dismissed a blocking plea by Yukos and full trading began in London.
    (Econ, 7/22/06, p.71)
2006        Jul 17, A Serbian court issued an international arrest warrant for the widow of former President Slobodan Milosevic, who now lives in Moscow.
    (AP, 7/17/06)
2006        Jul 17, In western Venezuela a fire broke out at the Amuay oil refinery. Officials said it was soon extinguished without reported injuries or loss of deliveries.
    (AP, 7/17/06)

2007        Jul 17, The US offered additional food aid to Zimbabwe to ease its famine but criticized what it said were reckless actions by Pres. Robert Mugabe to try to deal with the problem.
    (AP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, Jim Nicholson, Secretary of the US Veteran’s Administration abruptly resigned in the wake of charges of shoddy health care for veterans injured in the Iraq war.
    (AP, 7/17/08)
2007        Jul 17, The Dow Jones industrial average crossed 14,000 for the first time before ending the day at 13,918.22.
    (AP, 7/17/08)
2007        Jul 17, The California State Water Resources Control board passed a 70-year mercury cleanup plan for the SF Bay.
    (SFC, 7/19/07, p.B1)
2007        Jul 17, In Virginia Michael Vick, quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons, was indicted by a federal grand jury along with 3 others on charges related to competitive dog fighting. In Dec. Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy that involved gambling and killing pit bulls.
    (SFC, 7/19/07, p.A6)(AP, 12/10/07)
2007        Jul 17, Whole Foods launched an internal investigation after it became public that CEO John Mackey had for many years posted critical comments online against Wild Oats prior to a planned acquisition of the firm this year.
    (Econ, 7/21/07, p.62)
2007        Jul 17, In Sao Paulo, Brazil, a TAM airlines Airbus-320 slammed into a gas station and a TAM building and burst into flames after trying to land on a short, rain-slicked runway at Congonhas airport. All 187 people aboard were killed along with 12 on the ground.
    (AP, 7/18/07)(AP, 7/17/08)
2007        Jul 17, A British court sentenced Yassin Nassari (27), a British-born Syrian cleric, to 3˝ years in prison for bringing missile plans into Britain in 2006. He had led a branch of the Islamic Society at the Univ. of Westminster. Nassari served just over seven months of his sentence.
    (Econ, 1/9/10, p.61)(
2007        Jul 17, Cambodia's government issued a directive preventing Christians from promoting their religion in public places, or using money or other means to persuade people to convert.
    (AP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, A foreman from a kiln in north China where workers were beaten and forced to work 18-hour days was sentenced to life in jail and another man was sentenced to death for the beating death of a laborer. A total of 29 people were convicted in seven different courts in Shanxi for their roles in the slavery scandal.
    (AP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, An international think-tank said China's smog-choked cities and contaminated waterways are leaving many people sick and unable to work, in turn fomenting unrest and threatening the country's economic growth.
    (AP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, It was reported that the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization and WFP estimated that the cereal deficit for East Timor this year and next will reach 86,364 tons. With commercial imports anticipated at 71,000 tons, the shortfall needs to be filled through food assistance.
    (AFP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, Lawmakers loyal to anti-US cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said they are ending a nearly five-week boycott of parliament sessions after officials accepted their demands for rebuilding a Shiite shrine damaged by bombings. In eastern Baghdad a suicide driver detonated his vehicle near an Iraqi army patrol in Zayouna, a mostly Shiite area, killing 10 people including six civilians. The bodies of two security guards were found in the western Baghdad neighborhood of Mansour, two days after they were kidnapped from the office of a cell phone company where they worked. 29 members of a Shiite tribe were massacred overnight in Diyala province when dozens of suspected Sunni gunmen raided their village near Muqdadiyah. The dead included four women. 3 American soldiers were killed in separate bombings in Baghdad.
    (AP, 7/17/07)(AP, 7/18/07)
2007        Jul 17, In Lebanon militants continued to resist the army's advance. Security officials said Army troops are making "significant" gains in their long-running battle against al-Qaida-inspired fighters barricaded inside a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon. At least 60 militants and more than 20 civilians have been killed in fighting since May 20.
    (AP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, Libya's foreign minister said the death sentences for five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV have been commuted to life in prison. The ruling came after the families of the children each received $1 million and agreed to drop their demand for the execution of the six.
    (AP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, Najib Razak, Malaysia’s deputy prime minister, said Malaysia is an Islamic state and not a secular one, while carefully assuring members of minority faiths that their rights will be protected. More than 60% of Malaysia's 27 million people are Muslim Malays and Islam is the official religion under the country's constitution. But while the constitution defines the ethnic majority Malays as Muslims it also guarantees freedom of religion.
    (AFP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell said it has been unable to fight a major fire along a key oil supply pipeline because of unrest in southern Nigeria's Ogoniland region. The fire, raging for more than a month, has affected the company's Trans-Niger pipeline that passes through six villages whose residents are hostile to the company.
    (AFP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, A suicide bomber killed four Pakistanis, including three soldiers, in the North Waziristan region on the Afghan border, hours after pro-Taliban militants vowed to launch attacks on security forces. An apparent suicide bomber in Islamabad killed 16 people and injured 44 at a rally where the former chief justice was scheduled to speak.
    (SFC, 7/18/07, p.A13)(AP, 7/19/07)
2007        Jul 17, Russia vowed a "targeted and appropriate" response to Britain's expulsion of four diplomats in a mounting confrontation over the probe into the radiation poisoning death of a former KGB officer.
    (AP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, Syria’s Pres. Bashar Assad was sworn in for a 2nd, seven-year term in office.
    (AP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, In southern Thailand twin bomb attacks killed one policeman and wounded 18 other people, as the junta formally extended a state of emergency in the region.
    (AP, 7/17/07)
2007        Jul 17, In western Ukraine a train carrying yellow phosphorus derailed, releasing a cloud of toxic gas into the air over 14 villages. 20 people were hospitalized and hundreds evacuated.
    (AP, 7/17/07)

2008        Jul 17, Kay Ryan (b.1945) of Fairfax, Ca., was named the 16th poet laureate of the US. She was selected by James Billington, the Librarian of Congress.
    (SFC, 7/18/08, p.A6)
2008        Jul 17, The US Treasury moved to freeze assets of four Algerians it said were leaders of an al Qaeda-affiliated group responsible for deadly bombings in Algeria last month.
    (Reuters, 7/17/08)
2008        Jul 17, The US government lifted a salmonella warning on tomatoes, but still warned caution on fresh jalapeno and serrano peppers.
    (SFC, 7/18/08, p.A6)
2008        Jul 17, It was reported that the US debt amounted to $455,000 per household. By September the national debt reached $10 trillion and obliged the national debt clock in New York’s Times Square to move its dollar sign to make room.
    (SFC, 7/17/08, p.A10)(Econ, 10/9/10, SR p.6)
2008        Jul 17, Andy Stern, head of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), led a global day of action targeting KKR-owned sites in 25 countries, calling for an end to favorable tax treatment of private equity.
    (Econ, 8/2/08, p.70)
2008        Jul 17, California became the first US state to approve green building standards.
    (SFC, 7/18/08, p.A1)
2008        Jul 17, In western Afghanistan US Special Forces and Afghan troops called in airstrikes during a raid on a militant cell, killing 15 insurgents while freeing 15 hostages in Herat province. Taliban militants attacked a convoy carrying supplies for NATO forces in Zabul. A following gunbattle killed an Afghan security worker and wounded five.
    (AP, 7/17/08)(AP, 7/18/08)
2008        Jul 17, Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman once identified as a possible al-Qaida associate, was arrested by Afghan police, who found recipes for explosives and descriptions of New York landmarks in her handbag. [see Aug 5]
    (SSFC, 8/24/08, p.A5)(AFP, 8/30/08)
2008        Jul 17, Algeria and Germany wound up two days of talks in Algiers with a call for more economic cooperation between the two countries.
    (AP, 7/17/08)
2008        Jul 17, In Algeria a truck and a bus collided on one of the main highways in the Relizane region killing 7 people with 28 seriously injured.
    (AFP, 7/17/08)
2008        Jul 17, Argentina's Senate narrowly rejected a grain-export tax package, a government-backed proposal that has led to nationwide farm strikes and regional food shortages.
    (AP, 7/17/08)
2008        Jul 17, In Sidney, Australia, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a stinging attack on pop culture, consumerism and "false idols" to 150,000 mainly teenaged Catholic pilgrims gathered for World Youth Day.
    (AFP, 7/17/08)
2008        Jul 17, Belgium's King Albert II refused to accept the resignation of the prime minister and his government, calling on key officials to redouble efforts to resolve a longtime disagreement over more self-rule for the country's Dutch and French speakers.
    (AP, 7/18/08)
2008        Jul 17, A new company of Chinese engineers deployed to Sudan's war-torn western region of Darfur, boosting the number of UN-led peacekeeping troops to 8,000.
    (AP, 7/17/08)
2008        Jul 17, Wikimania 2008 opened in to Alexandria, Egypt, for a 3-day tradecraft meeting. The gathering of online encyclopedia creators drew some 650 Wikipedians from 45 countries.
    (WSJ, 8/8/08, p.W1)(
2008        Jul 17, In Amman, Jordan, a gunman shot and wounded six people near a Roman amphitheater. He shot himself in the head as he was chased by police, and was in critical condition. A police official identified the assailant as Thaer al-Weheidi (19), a resident of Baqaa camp, the largest of 11 Palestinian refugee settlements in Jordan. Al-Weheidi died on July 22.
    (AP, 7/17/08)(AP, 7/22/08)
2008        Jul 17, Kuwait's official news agency says the tiny Gulf country has named an ambassador to Iraq for the first time since the 1991 Gulf War.
    (AP, 7/17/08)
2008        Jul 17, Macedonia's main opposition party walked out of parliament after its deputy leader was arrested and charged in a corruption probe.
    (AP, 7/18/08)
2008        Jul 17, Six prominent members of Colombia’s largest rebel group FARC met this day with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega according to Nicaragua’s La Prensa newspaper. The members of the guerrilla organization arrived in Nicaragua in a Cessna airplane from Venezuela. Both Ortega and Venezuela denied the newspaper report.
2008        Jul 17, Nigerian villagers blew up a key crude oil supply pipeline operated by Agip, the Nigerian subsidiary of Italian group Eni, cutting production.
    (AFP, 7/17/08)
2008        Jul 17, Violent protests erupted at Pakistan's main stock market as growing economic and political uncertainty pushed Pakistani shares to a new 18-month low.
    (AP, 7/17/08)
2008        Jul 17, A survey team member said a Russian government audit has revealed that up to 50,000 pieces are missing from the country’s museums, everything from Pre-Revolutionary medals and weapons to precious works of art.
    (AP, 7/18/08)
2008        Jul 17, Sri Lankan air force jets bombed a group of ethnic Tamil rebels. Troops attacked rebel bunkers along the front lines in the Vavuniya area, killing 10 Tamil Tiger fighters. Fighting in the area also killed four soldiers, while a fifth soldier was missing in action. Fighting in Welioya killed nine rebels and one soldier, while another rebel was killed in Jaffna.
    (AP, 7/17/08)(AFP, 7/18/08)
2008        Jul 17, An official of the Swiss bank UBS announced that it was halting its offshore banking services for US citizens after it came under scathing criticism for facilitating massive tax evasion.
    (AFP, 7/18/08)
2008        Jul 17, An organization claiming to represent groups involved in southern Thailand's Muslim insurgency announced it will end all violence in the region as of July 14. Former army commander and Defense Minister Chetta Thanajaro said the organization that made the announcement represented 11 different underground groups operating in southern Thailand.
    (AP, 7/17/08)
2008        Jul 17, Venezuela's ruling party pledged to seek to reform the nation's constitution to let President Hugo Chavez seek indefinite re-election.
    (AP, 7/18/08)

2009        Jul 17, In Douglas, Georgia, federal authorities arrested Cecil Stephen Haire (51), the so-called “limping bandit." He was said to have robbed 23 banks across the Southwest over the last 3 years.
    (SFC, 7/22/09, p.A4)
2009        Jul 17, Walter Cronkite (b.1916), TV journalist, died with his family by his side at his Manhattan home after a long illness. On April 16, 1962, he replaced Douglas Edwards as anchor of the CBS "Evening News." Polls in 1972 and 1974 had pronounced Cronkite the "most trusted man in America."
    (AP, 7/18/09)
2009        Jul 17, In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb tore through a vehicle, killing a British soldier and 11 civilians, including five children. In Nangarhar province, a gunfight broke out between Taliban fighters and local civilians after militants fired at an Afghan army officer who had come to visit his relatives. 3 militants and two civilians were killed and one civilian was missing. Eleven militants were captured, eight of them Pakistanis.
    (AP, 7/17/09)(AP, 7/18/09)(SFC, 7/18/09, p.A2)
2009        Jul 17, Leszek Kolakowski (b.1927), Polish-born Oxford philosopher and historian of ideas, died in Oxford. “We Learn history not in order to know how to behave or how to succeed, but to know who we are." His work included the 3-volume series “Main currents of Marxism: Its Rise, Growth and Dissolution" (1976).
    (Econ, 8/1/09, p.76)(
2009        Jul 17, In China government officials in Beijing descended on the Open Constitution Initiative (OCI), a public interest lawyer’s group that challenged abuse and corruption by state and local governments. They took away almost everything the group owned and tax authorities ordered it to pay $207,900.
    (Econ, 7/25/09, p.38)
2009        Jul 17, The Republic of Congo's top opposition politician, Mathias Dzon, filed for an annulment of the incumbent president's re-election and claimed there had been vote-rigging and intimidation.
    (AP, 7/17/09)
2009        Jul 17, In Ecuador a US anti-narcotics force flew its last surveillance mission from Ecuador's Pacific Coast. The force had begun dismantling its operation and would be out of the country by September, two months before the end of its lease.
    (AP, 7/19/09)
2009        Jul 17, In Indonesia suicide attacks at the Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta killed 9 people including 2 suspected suicide bombers and wounded 53. Suspicion quickly fell on Jemaah Islamiyah and anti-terror desk chief, Ansyaad Mbai, said evidence pointed to Malaysian-born extremist Noordin Mohammed Top. In 2010 the South Jakarta District Court found Amid Abdillah guilty of violating the Anti-Terror Law by helping a splinter of the Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah plan the suicide bombings. The same court has earlier sentenced Saefudin Zuhri, an in-law of Top, and Aris Susanto to eight years in prison for assisting and harboring Top and two other suspects.
    (AP, 7/17/09)(AFP, 7/18/09)(AP, 7/21/09)(AP, 8/7/09)(AP, 6/14/10)
2009        Jul 17, In Iran tens of thousands of government opponents packed Iran's main Islamic prayer sermon, chanting "freedom, freedom" and other slogans as their top clerical backer Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani delivered a sermon bluntly criticizing the country's leadership over the crackdown on election protests. Outside, pro-government Basiji militiamen in front of a line of riot police fired tear gas at thousands of protesters who chanted "death to the dictator" and called on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to resign.
    (AP, 7/17/09)
2009        Jul 17, In Iraq two bombs exploded around 3 a.m. in Karmah near the house of police Capt. Bahjat Khawam. The bombs were planted under the police officer's car and near a gate to his house. The officer's daughter (12) and a granddaughter (4) were killed in the attack. In Baghdad bombings killed 3 Iraqis and injured over 40 others. One bomb planted under a bridge killed a married couple who were among hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims heading to a shrine to commemorate Imam Mousa al-Kazim.
    (AP, 7/17/09)(SFC, 7/18/09, p.A2)
2009        Jul 17, In Japan 10 senior citizen climbers were found dead in the northern mountains of Hokkaido, apparently from hypothermia. Police began investigating possible negligence by the tour organizers.
    (AP, 7/17/09)
2009        Jul 17, The Malian army announced that it had killed 26 "Islamist fighters" in the far north of the country.
    (AFP, 7/21/09)
2009        Jul 17, In Nouakchott, Mauritania, police exchanged fire with suspected Islamic extremists, killing one and wounding another who was wearing explosives wrapped around his body. A 3rd suspect reportedly escaped.
    (AP, 7/18/09)
2009        Jul 17, Mexico's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter percentage point, dropping the interbank rate to 4.5% to stimulate a recession-dogged economy.
    (AP, 7/18/09)
2009        Jul 17, In Namibia 2 European journalists were fined $625 (US) by a court for filming the annual seal hunt along the coast of the southern African nation. On July 31 British investigative journalist Jim Wilckens and South African cameraman Bart Smithers were found guilty of violating the Marine Resources Act by entering a restricted area without permission.
    (AFP, 7/18/09)(AFP, 8/4/09)
2009        Jul 17, In Pakistan a missile believed to have been fired by a US drone killed five militants in North Waziristan, a tribal region known as a haven for Taliban and al Qaeda fighters. Militants destroyed two NATO fuel tankers in separate roadside bomb attacks in the Khyber tribal region, one of the two land routes for supplies going to Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 7/17/09)
2009        Jul 17, Russia said it would lift a ban on live pigs and raw pork imports from the US state of Wisconsin and Canada's Ontario province from July 18 due to what it said was a "stabilization" of the situation of the H1N1 virus in those places.
    (Reuters, 7/17/09)
2009        Jul 17, The UN said an international accord requiring governments to publicly identify sites of environmental pollution will come into force on Oct. 8.
    (AP, 7/17/09)

2010        Jul 17, In Afghanistan a British and an American soldier died in Taliban-style bomb attacks. Another NATO soldier was killed in a separate attack. 4 Afghan policemen died when insurgents attacked a checkpoint in Gereshk district of Helmand province. One Afghan soldier died and another was wounded in Sabari district of Khost province after their vehicle hit a roadside bomb.
    (AFP, 7/17/10)(AP, 7/18/10)
2010        Jul 17, In Albania 14 people died and 12 others were injured, many of them seriously, when a bus fell off a cliff 140 km (87 miles) north of the capital, Tirana.
    (AP, 7/17/10)
2010        Jul 17, In China 28 miners were killed when an electrical cable caught fire inside a coal shaft in northern Shaanxi province. There were no survivors. 8 coal miners died when a blaze engulfed a mine in central Henan province.
    (AP, 7/18/10)
2010        Jul 17, Typhoon Conson weakened as it headed toward Vietnam, after passing over the Chinese island of Hainan where falling billboards killed at least two people.
    (Reuters, 7/17/10)
2010        Jul 17, In France rioters exchanged gunfire with police in Grenoble early in the day, setting fire to shops and cars after police shot dead a man accused of robbing a casino.
    (AP, 7/17/10)
2010        Jul 17, Hong Kong adopted its first minimum wage law, but no rate was yet set
    (Econ, 7/17/10, p.73)(
2010        Jul 17, In Kenya Pastor John Kamau and accomplice Samuel Chege Gitau were arrested with a substance believed to be ammonium nitrate, a detonator and a safety fuse.
    (AP, 7/18/10)
2010        Jul 17, Lithuania’s state-owned forests reportedly amounted to 830,000 hectares or 3204 square miles and were operated by 42 companies. Government plans called for a single forestry company charged with managing the industry on a commercial basis.
    (Econ, 7/17/10, p.57)
2010        Jul 17, In Mexico 4 policemen were shot dead by unknown assailants on a rural road near the port of Acapulco. Six other violent deaths were recorded in Ciudad Juarez including a man and his daughter were shot by gunmen who entered his home early in the day.
    (AP, 7/18/10)
2010        Jul 17, In central Nigeria Muslims attacked a Christian village, killing eight people with machetes and burning seven houses and a church in fresh religious violence.
    (AFP, 7/18/10)
2010        Jul 17, In northwest Pakistan suspected militants ambushed a convoy of vehicles being escorted by security forces, killing 18 people, including two women in the Kurram region. 6 people were injured when two bomb blasts hit a market in Lahore, damaging two Internet cafes. Jet fighters killed 18 militants in strikes on suspected hideouts in the Orakzai region.
    (Reuters, 7/17/10)(AFP, 7/17/10)
2010        Jul 17, Gaza's Hamas rulers banned women from smoking water pipes in cafes, calling it a practice that destroys marriages and sullies the image of the Palestinian people.
    (AP, 7/18/10)
2010        Jul 17, In Poland thousands of gays and lesbians from around Europe marched through Warsaw to demand equal rights and more tolerance toward homosexuals.
    (AP, 7/17/10)
2010        Jul 17, In Puerto Rico US federal authorities arrested Jose Figueroa Agosto (45), a fugitive alleged drug kingpin, after a decade-long chase through the Caribbean marked by his narrow escapes and public taunting that he paid off police to remain free.
    (AP, 7/17/10)

2011        Jul 17, Afghanistan began handing responsibility for security from NATO soldiers to its own troops, igniting a process designed to leave the country free of foreign combat forces by 2014. Afghan and NATO troops killed at least 13 Taliban fighters in Nangarhar province after an overnight gunbattle ended with an airstrike on a building occupied by the insurgents. Gunmen wearing suicide vests attacked the home of Jan Mohammed Khan, an adviser to President Karzai, killing him and Uruzgan lawmaker Mohammed Ashim Watanwal. One attacker was killed and the other blew himself up.
    (AFP, 7/17/11)(AP, 7/17/11)(AP, 7/18/11)(SFC, 7/18/11, p.A4)
2011        Jul 17, Christian Martinez, an Australian convert to Islam, was pinned down and lashed 40 times for drinking alcohol by a group of 4 Muslim men who broke into his Sidney home to punish him for breaking sharia law. Two of the men were soon charged with aggravated breaking and entering with intent to commit an indictable offense.
    (AFP, 7/19/11)(AP, 7/20/11)
2011        Jul 17, Bahrain's main Shiite opposition bloc, Al-Wefaq, said it was pulling out of a national dialogue with the government on political reform because the initiative was not serious.
    (AFP, 7/17/11)
2011        Jul 17, London police arrested Rebekah Brooks (43), Rupert Murdoch's former British CEO, in the phone hacking and police bribery scandal. The former News of the World editor said she was assisting the police with their inquiries.
    (AP, 7/17/11)
2011        Jul 17, The Central African Republic government and a 500-man breakaway faction of the country's last active rebel movement, a dissident faction of the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP), signed a peace deal in Nzako.
    (AFP, 7/19/11)
2011        Jul 17, In Chile a man boarded a subway train, pulled out a gun and began shooting at the Plaza Maipu station in the southwestern part of Santiago. He killed two people and wounded four more before leaving the station and killing himself.
    (AP, 7/17/11)
2011        Jul 17, Egypt's PM Essam Sharaf named 12 new Cabinet members in a reshuffle under pressure from protesters demanding a purge of remnants of the former regime.
    (AP, 7/17/11)
2011        Jul 17, In India officers in the western state of Gujarat, the scene of serial blasts in 2008, arrested Sahazad Rangrez and recovered eight live bombs from his possession. Rangrez's wife Reshma reported him to the police after suffering domestic violence.
    (AFP, 7/18/11)
2011        Jul 17, In Indonesia the Mount Lokon volcano on northern Sulawesi island erupted again and released the greatest amount of energy so far, shooting soot and debris 11,400 feet (3,500 meters) into the sky.
    (AP, 7/17/11)
2011        Jul 17, Several Iranian Kurdish rebels based in Iraq were wounded in hours of clashes with Tehran's forces along the two countries' border.
    (AFP, 7/17/11)
2011        Jul 17, In Iraq a roadside bomb targeting a security patrol killed one policeman and a passer-by in western Baghdad. An American soldier died in Iraq in a noncombat incident.
    (AP, 7/17/11)(AP, 7/18/11)
2011        Jul 17, Japan’s female soccer team, fourth place finishers at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, came from behind twice to beat world-number ones and twice champions the United States 3-1 on penalties in the final of the World Cup in Frankfurt. It was the first football World Cup title for any Asian country.
    (AFP, 7/19/11)
2011        Jul 17, In Libya rebel attacks on the eastern oil city of Brega stretched into their fourth day, with reports of pitched battles in the residential areas. NATO jets destroyed a military storage facility and other targets in Tripoli's eastern outskirts.
    (AP, 7/17/11)
2011        Jul 17, In Morocco thousands of demonstrators, including Islamists, held peaceful rallies in Rabat, Casablanca and Tangiers to demand greater political reforms and social justice.
    (AFP, 7/17/11)
2011        Jul 17, A spokesman for the Hamas-run medical services in the Gaza Strip, said 4 children and 3 adults suffered moderate injuries in air strikes in the northern Beit Hanun area. Israel denied it had carried out any such raid.
    (AFP, 7/17/11)
2011        Jul 17, Voters in the tiny west African archipelago of Sao Tome and Principe voted for their next president. 54% of the country's 200,000 people have been described as poor by the UN Development Program (UNDP). Former strongman Manuel Pinto da Costa led the field with 35.85% of the vote. Speaker Evaristo Carvalho was second with 21.82% and will challenge the 73-year-old former president on July 24.
    (AFP, 7/17/11)
2011        Jul 17, In Switzerland the son of an American UN diplomat was attacked by up to a dozen assailants in Geneva, who beat him with metal rods and attempted to throw him into the river Rhone before a passing cyclist raised the alarm.
    (AP, 8/15/11)
2011        Jul 17, Syrian troops backed by tanks stormed the town of Zabadani near the border with Lebanon. Security forces reportedly have rounded up more than 500 people, including a leading dissident, across the country over the past two days. 6 bodies from various sects were found dumped in Homs, apparently in revenge attacks. Pro-government thugs called shabiha then went on a rampage, opening fire in predominantly Sunni neighborhoods in Homs.
    (AP, 7/17/11)(AP, 7/18/11)
2011        Jul 17, In southern Thailand a girl (5) and a local government official were shot dead and 11 people were injured when gunmen burst into a Buddhist temple during an annual fair.
    (AFP, 7/18/11)
2011        Jul 17, In Tunisia 6 police officers were injured, four seriously, in a series of overnight attacks on police stations and public buildings in cities across the country.
    (AFP, 7/17/11)
2011        Jul 17, In Uruguay Juan Maria Bordaberry (b.1928), former President-turned-dictator, died at home, where he was serving a 30-year sentence for killings and disappearances during his country's war against so-called subversives.
    (AP, 7/17/11)
2011        Jul 17, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returned to Cuba to begin chemotherapy nearly a month after surgery to remove a tumor.
    (AP, 7/17/11)
2011        Jul 17, Vietnamese police rounded up at least 10 people as they broke up an anti-China rally for the 2nd weekend running in a series of protests over tensions in the South China Sea.
    (AFP, 7/17/11)
2011        Jul 17, In Yemen hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded streets across the country to demand the ouster of President Saleh. Thousands of the embattled leader's supporters staged counter rallies to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of his rule.
    (AP, 7/17/11)

2012        Jul 17, In Alameda, California, a civil jury ordered convicted murderer Hans Reiser (48) to pay $60 million to his young son and daughter for strangling their mother in 2006.
    (SFC, 7/18/12, p.C2)
2012        Jul 17, Two Afghan police and three civilians were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Bati Kot district of eastern Nangarhar province. 9 Afghan soldiers were killed in an attack by Taliban insurgents on an army post in Helmand province.
    (AP, 7/17/12)(AFP, 7/18/12)
2012        Jul 17, Britain’s visiting minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham, said Britain will give its poor former colony Malawi additional aid of 24 million pounds for its economic recovery program.
    (AFP, 7/17/12)
2012        Jul 17, London-based HSBC apologized for failing to apply anti-laundering rules as US lawmakers accused it of giving Iran, terrorists and drug dealers access to the US financial system.
    (AFP, 7/18/12)
2012        Jul 17, India's Jindal Steel and Power scrapped plans to invest $2.1 billion in a Bolivian mining project and blamed the South American nation's "non-friendly business attitude" for the deal's collapse.
    (AFP, 7/17/12)
2012        Jul 17, Iraq's government urged all its citizens living in Syria to return home immediately to escape the escalating civil war.
    (AP, 7/17/12)
2012        Jul 17, In Israel the centrist Kadima Party broke from PM Netanyahu’s right-wing government prompted by a dispute over a bill to draft religious students into the military.
    (SFC, 7/18/12, p.A5)
2012        Jul 17, In Malaysia an Australian woman and a Nigerian man were arrested after one kg (2.2 pounds) of methamphetamine was discovered in a car they were driving in Kuala Lumpur.
    (AFP, 7/28/12)
2012        Jul 17, Mali's interim PM Cheick Modibo Diarra presented a roadmap for rescuing his country from a post-coup crisis to the region's lead mediator. It laid out a one-year plan for a return to constitutional rule, and the formation of a unity government to oversee the transition.
    (AFP, 7/17/12)
2012        Jul 17, Malian journalists went on strike for a day of "dead press," and marched in Bamako to protest recent attacks against journalists by armed men believed to be linked to the former junta.
    (AFP, 7/17/12)
2012        Jul 17, In central Nigeria a ten-year-old boy was killed when an assailant fired a heavy weapon at an Islamic school in the city of Jos.
    (AFP, 7/17/12)
2012        Jul 17, Romania's interim President Cris Antonescu signed a new law that requires a majority of registered voters to take part in a referendum for it to be valid, giving suspended President Traian Basescu a fighting chance of remaining in office when his impeachment comes up for a public vote.
    (AP, 7/17/12)
2012        Jul 17, A Saudi newspaper reported that a Lebanese man, nicknamed the "tattoo king," has been sentenced to one year in prison and 200 lashes. Charges included having met privately with women.
    (AFP, 7/17/12)
2012        Jul 17, In South Africa Madagascar's exiled former president Marc Ravalomanana was served with a summons at his hotel in Pretoria over a $23 million lawsuit filed by victims of 2009 unrest that led to his ouster.
    (AFP, 7/17/12)
2012        Jul 17, Spain successfully tapped bond market investors for €3.6 billion ($4.4 billion) in the first debt auction since the government's latest package of spending cuts and tax increases.
    (AP, 7/17/12)
2012        Jul 17, Syrian government forces backed by helicopter gunships battled rebels in heavy clashes in Damascus. The Muslim Brotherhood urged the Syrian people to rise up and back the rebels. The Israeli army intelligence chief said al-Assad has moved army forces from the Golan Heights area next to Israel toward Damascus and other internal conflict zones.
    (AFP, 7/17/12)
2012        Jul 17, The UN food agency warned the unrest in northern Mali means that efforts to contain the threat of desert locusts are being hampered and appealed for $10 million (8.1 million euros) in aid. It said control operations cannot be carried out because of political conflict and that 30 trucks and other equipment had been looted.
    (AFP, 7/17/12)
2012        Jul 17, The UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea Int’l. Prize for Research in the Life Sciences went to scientists from Egypt, Mexico and South Africa. The prize was sponsored by Equatorial Guinea’s Pres. Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who faced major allegations of corruption.
    (Econ, 7/21/12, p.sd43)

2013        Jul 17, The American Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accused Barclay’s, a British bank, of manipulating energy prices in California and other states and slapped the bank with a $453 million fine. Barclay’s said its trading was legitimate.
    (Econ, 7/20/13, p.64)
2013        Jul 17, Robert Seldon Lady (59), a former CIA base chief convicted in the 2003 abduction of a terror suspect from an Italian street, was detained in Panama after Italy requested his arrest in one of the most notorious episodes of the US program known as extraordinary rendition. After barely a day in detention, he was put on a plane to the US by the Panamanian government.
    (AP, 7/18/13)(AP, 7/19/13)
2013        Jul 17, In Oakland, Ca., Alaysha Carradine (8) was killed at a sleepover as bullets sprayed through an apartment door. Authorities later named Darnell Williams (22) as the shooter.
    (SFC, 10/2/13, p.A1)
2013        Jul 17, In Massachusetts a jogger discovered the body of Stephen Rakes (59) in woods on the side of a street in Lincoln. Rakes had hoped to testify in the trial of mobster James Bulger.
    (SFC, 7/19/13, p.A6)
2013        Jul 17, The Online user database of two big companies were reportedly hacked by political hacktivists working in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The private data of the users of TrueCaller and TangoMe were compromised which included private details of their social networks.
    (AP, 7/21/13)(
2013        Jul 17, In Afghanistan gunmen killed Afghan prosecutor Ahmad Wali Taheri in western Herat province. Taheri was the brother of Karzai's adviser on national security, Rangin Dafdar Spanta.
    (AP, 7/17/13)   
2013        Jul 17, In Bangladesh a special tribunal sentenced Ali Ahsan Mojaheed, a senior leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, to death for his role in the kidnapping and killing of people involving Bangladesh's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.
    (AP, 7/17/13)
2013        Jul 17, Britain legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval, clearing the way for the first same-sex weddings next summer.
    (AP, 7/17/13)
2013        Jul 17, In Dubai Marte Deborah Dalelv (24), a Norwegian woman, was sentenced to 16 months in jail for having sex outside marriage after she reported an alleged rape. On July 19 she decided to speak out in hopes of drawing attention to the risks of outsiders misunderstanding the Islamic-influenced legal codes in this cosmopolitan city. Norwegian diplomats secured her release and she has been allowed to remain at the Norwegian Seamen's Center in central Dubai. She said her alleged attacker received a 13-month sentence for out-of-wedlock sex and alcohol consumption. On July 22 Dubai pardoned Dalelv.
    (AP, 7/19/13)(Reuters, 7/22/13)
2013        Jul 17, Several hundred supporters of Egypt's deposed Pres. Morsi massed outside the Cabinet building in Cairo, expanding their protests denouncing the country's new government and demanding the reinstatement of the Islamist leader. Suspected militants killed 3 policemen and seriously wounded two in an attack in the Sinai Peninsula.
    (AP, 7/17/13)(AP, 7/18/13)
2013        Jul 17, Greece's shaky coalition government scraped through a vote on a bill to sack public sector workers as thousands chanting anti-austerity slogans protested outside parliament.
    (Reuters, 7/17/13)
2013        Jul 17, Guinea government spokesman Albert Camara said that the army has been deployed to N'Zerekore, Guinea's second-largest city, to restore order. Officials later said 3 days of clashes in the southeast have killed 98 people and injured scores more.
    (AP, 7/17/13)(Reuters, 7/24/13)
2013        Jul 17, In Iraq a bombing at a stream in Wajihiya where youngsters had sought refuge from the summer heat killed 4 people. Attacks targeting diners in cafes in Mosul and Baghdad killed at least 6 people.
    (AP, 7/17/13)
2013        Jul 17, Gunmen assassinated Mohammed Darrar Jammo (44), a pro-government Syrian journalist, at his home in southern Lebanon, shooting him nearly 30 times in the latest sign of Syria's civil war spilling over into its smaller neighbor. On July 19 the Lebanese army said the killers had been detained and their weapons seized. On July 30 Lebanese news reported that Jammo's Lebanese wife, Siham Younes, and her brother and nephew were arrested after an investigation showed they were behind the killing.
    (AP, 7/17/13)(Reuters, 7/19/13)(AP, 7/30/13)
2013        Jul 17, In northeastern Nigeria mobile phone services returned in Yobe state, ending two months of signal blackout after a state of emergency was declared in areas struck by Islamist insurgents.
    (Reuters, 7/17/13)
2013        Jul 17, A Romanian museum official said that ash from the oven of a woman whose son is charged with stealing 7 multi-million-dollar paintings from Rotterdam’s Kunsthal Musum (Nov 16, 2012) contains paint, canvas and nails. Olga Dogaru has claimed to have burned the stolen paintings last February after police began searching the village of Caracliu, where she lived. On July 22 Olga Dogaru told a Bucharest court that she did not burn the paintings in her stove.
    (SFC, 7/18/13, p.A2)(AP, 7/22/13)
2013        Jul 17, In Russia senior central bank officials disclosed their personal wealth, many of them for the first time. First Deputy Chairman Sergei Shvetso declared ownership of six apartments in Mexico and a home in the United States, possibly leaving him open to criticism as President Vladimir Putin campaigns to curtail holdings of foreign assets.
    (Reuters, 7/17/13)
2013        Jul 17, The Turkish military said a Syrian Kurdish party with links to Kurdish militants in Turkey has seized control of a Syrian border town after days of clashes with Islamist fighters.
    (Reuters, 7/18/13)
2013        Jul 17, The Yemen-based branch of al-Qaida confirmed that Saudi-born Saeed al-Shihri, the group's No. 2 figure and former Guantanamo Bay prisoner, was killed in a US drone strike. He had twice before been reported dead but the terror group later denied those reports.
    (AP, 7/17/13)

2014        Jul 17, A judge ruled that gays can marry in Florida's most gay-friendly county, siding with same-sex couples in the Florida Keys who challenged a voter-approved ban as discriminatory. But an immediate state appeal quickly silenced their wedding bells.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Florida health officials reported the first domestically-acquired infections in the United States of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus that has spread rapidly through the Caribbean. More than 230 chikungunya cases have been reported in Americans this year, but all the others were travelers believed to have been infected elsewhere.
    (AP, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 17, In Massachusetts police recovered 12 human bodies from a storage unit in Weymouth, about 13 miles (20 km) southeast of Boston, rented by former funeral home operator Joseph O'Donnell (55). A day earlier police found cremated remains in a storage unit rented by O'Donnell in Somerville, just north of Boston.
    (Reuters, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 17, In Wyoming, Michigan, the body of Brooke Slocum (18) was found in the trunk of Brady Oestrike (31). Her boyfriend Charles Oppenheimer (25) was found decapitated a day earlier. The couple had connected with Oestrike on Craigslist and arranged a sexual encounter. Oestrike fled a police chase and fatally shot himself after crashing his car.
    (SFC, 7/22/14, p.A4)
2014        Jul 17, Microsoft said it will cut 18,000 jobs over the next year, 14% of its total work force, in an effort to make the company more nimble.
    (SFC, 7/18/14, p.C1)
2014        Jul 17, Elaine Stritch (b.1925), actress and singer, died at her home in Birmingham, Mi. Her films included “A Farewell to Arms" (1957), “September" (1987), “Out to Sea" (1997) and “Small Time Crooks" (2000).
    (SFC, 7/18/14, p.A7)
2014        Jul 17, In Afghanistan four militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked Kabul International Airport. All 4 were killed by police special forces.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Australia's government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, In Brazil China's President Xi Jinpin pressed a charm offensive with Latin America, signing deals with Brazil, meeting regional leaders and proposing a $20 billion infrastructure fund that highlights Beijing's growing interests in the region.
    (AP, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 17, Airbus said that its orders and commitments for 496 aircraft at England’s Farnborough International Airshow. Boeing, meanwhile, secured business for 201 airplanes.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Cambodian police arrested two more opposition members of parliament on charges of leading an insurrection.
    (Reuters, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police laid 31 charges against suspended Sen. Mike Duffy over some $200,000 of falsified expenses.
    (SFC, 7/18/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 17, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs said heavy rains and landslides over the past week have killed at least 45 people in southern China and left 21 others missing.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, A European court ordered Russia to pay damages for putting defendants in metal cages in court, a practice it condemned as "degrading treatment." The enclosures have held opposition figures, Greenpeace activists and untold numbers of less-prominent suspects across the country.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, French President Francois Hollande began a visit to Ivory Coast to boost economic ties with a nation emerging from a long conflict that divided it and set back production. Ivory Coast still hosts hundreds of French companies.
    (AFP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, France's parliament adopted a law calling for more use of probation and other measures to reduce overcrowding in a creaking prison system.
    (Reuters, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, In Iraq a bomb attack ripped through a sprawling Baghdad market, killing 5 people. An 18-year-old Australian man was later identified as the suicide bomber. In Taji a suicide bomber rammed his car into a military checkpoint, killing 7 people. Militants attacked the Turkuman town of Amirli overnight, striking from three directions. 9 insurgents and one soldier were killed in the fighting.
    (AP, 7/18/14)(AFP, 7/21/14)
2014        Jul 17, Iraq's autonomous region of Kurdistan pumped an experimental 20,000 barrels of light crude from an oilfield recently seized from the federal authorities. It was the first time the Kurds pumped oil from Bai Hassan field -- 55 km (35 miles) northwest of Kirkuk. The field used to average 190,000 barrels per day.
    (AFP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Israeli tank fire killed three people in southern Gaza moments before a humanitarian truce began at 0700 GMT. The Israeli army said it had foiled a "major terror attack" by a group of 13 militants who managed to enter southern Israel by tunnel and were seen heading towards Sufa kibbutz near the fence. Palestinian militants fired a rocket at Israel just as a five-hour UN humanitarian cease-fire expired.
    (AFP, 7/17/14)(AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Israel launched a ground operation late today aimed at destroying tunnels and halting rocket fire by the enclave's Hamas rulers.
    (AP, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 17, Japan said it would join forces with Britain to jointly develop missile technology for fighter jets, while also moving to export Japanese-made parts for US surface-to-air missiles.
    (AFP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Lebanon filed a complaint against Israel at the UN Security Council, saying it had violated its sovereignty by opening fire on its territory in retaliation for rocket attacks. The foreign ministry said Israel fired 102 shells at Lebanon between July 11 and 14.
    (AFP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, In Libya several shells hit the terminal of the main airport in Tripoli, as fighting between rival militias for control of the airport continued for a fifth day.
    (Reuters, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Libya’s navy said it has retrieved the bodies of three would-be migrants and rescued almost 100 others after their boat sank.
    (AFP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 with 298 people on board was shot down over eastern Ukraine. Officials strongly suspected the Boeing 777 was downed by a missile fired by Ukrainian separatists backed by Moscow. More than half of the dead passengers, 189 people, were Dutch. Twenty-nine were Malaysian, 27 Australian, 12 Indonesian, 9 British, 4 German, 4 Belgian, 3 Filipino, one Canadian, one New Zealand and 4 as yet unidentified. All 15 crew were Malaysian. Joep Lange, pioneering AIDS researcher, was among those killed.
    (Reuters, 7/18/14)(Econ, 7/26/14, p.78)
2014        Jul 17, In Myanmar more than 700 workers protested in front of the South Korean Embassy to demand officials help them after a Korean-owned factory closed without paying their wages.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Pakistani police fought for more than 10 hours with militants they said were planning to attack the home of PM Nawaz Sharif. An intelligence officer and two militants were killed when the shootout erupted during an overnight operation in the eastern city of Lahore.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, In the Philippines three aid workers were abducted by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants in Sulu province. All three were freed after the government withheld anti-poverty funds, prompting an impoverished town to pressure the rebels to release the captives.
    (AP, 7/23/14)
2014        Jul 17, Polish rescue services said 7 people have been killed after falling into a septic tank where they were overcome by toxic gas in the western village of Karczowka.
    (Reuters, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Puerto Rican health officials declared an epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya, which was introduced into the Caribbean region late last year.
    (AP, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 17, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin lamented the latest round of US sanctions against Russia, saying they will stalemate bilateral relations and hurt not only Russian but also American businesses.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, In Somalia one person died and another was seriously wounded when an explosive device attached to their car was remotely detonated in Mogadishu.
    (AFP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, In South Korea a firefighting helicopter crashed near an apartment complex and school in the southern city of Gwangju, killing five.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Sri Lanka's government said Pres. Mahinda Rajapaksa has extended the terms of a commission investigating missing people and possible war crimes in the country's 26-year civil war, bringing in foreign experts for the first time to advise on the inquiry.
    (Reuters, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, A Swaziland lawyer said two government critics have been found guilty of contempt of court after publishing articles in which they lamented alleged threats to judicial independence.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, In central Syria Islamic militants killed as many as 270 Syrian troops, guards and workers as they captured the Shaar (Shaer) gas field in the desert region of Palmyra following daylong clashes. At least 40 militants were also reported killed. The fate of more than 200 people captured in the facility was unknown. Military helicopters dropped barrels packed with explosives on Morek. More than 20 bombs were dropped by aircraft and least 15 people, including 4 civilians, were killed in the fighting.
    (AFP, 7/17/14)(AP, 7/17/14)(AP, 7/18/14)(SFC, 7/19/14, p.A2)(Reuters, 7/19/14)
2014        Jul 17, In northern Syria Jihadists in Tabaqa, Raqa province, accused a woman of adultery and stoned her to death.
    (AFP, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 17, In eastern Ukraine separatists carried out 27 attacks on army checkpoints and positions of government forces over the last 24 hours leaving 5 Ukrainian servicemen killed.
    (Reuters, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Ukraine's SBU security agency released recordings of what it claimed were phone talks involving rebels and a Russian military intelligence officer admitting that they had hit a passenger jet after mistaking it for a military aircraft.
    (AFP, 7/20/14)

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