Today in History - July 19
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64CE Jul 19,
The Circus Maximus in Rome caught fire.
711 Jul 19, The Muslim troops
crossed the Strait of Gibraltar and defeated the Visigoth king
Rodrigo at the battle of Guadalete. Berbers under Tarik-ibn Ziyad
occupied Northern Spain. The Umayyads with the help of the Berbers
in North Africa moved across the Strait of Gibraltar and began the
conquest of Spain and Portugal. The word Gibraltar comes from the
term Jabal-al-Tarik, which means the hill of Tarik. Gebel-al-Tarik
means "Rock of Tarik."
9/29/96, Z1 p.2)
1510 Jul 19, In Berlin 38 Jews
were burned at the stake.
1525 Jul 19, The Catholic
princes of Germany formed the Dessau League to fight against the
(TL-MB, 1988, p.13)(HN, 7/19/98)
1545 Jul 19, A French fleet
entered The Solent, the channel between the Isle of Wight and
Hampshire, England, and French troops landed on the Isle of Wight.
King Henry VIII of England watched his flagship, Mary Rose, capsize
in Portsmouth harbor as it left to battle the French. 73 people died
including Roger Grenville, English captain of Mary Rose. The Mary
Rose was raised in 1982.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.17)(HN,
1553 Jul 19, 15-year-old Lady
Jane Grey, daughter of John Dudley, the Duke of Northumberland, was
deposed as Queen of England after claiming the crown for nine days.
Mary, the daughter of King Henry VIII, was proclaimed Queen.
(WSJ, 9/12/96, p.A14)(AP, 7/19/97)
1631 Jul 19, Cesare Cremonini
(b.1550), Italian philosopher and lecturer at Padua Univ., died. His
skepticism influenced the culture of the late Renaissance. In 2007
Edward Muir authored “The Culture Wars of the Late Renaissance.”
(WSJ, 5/5/07, p.P10)
1788 Jul 19, Prices plunged on
the Paris stock market.
1814 Jul 19, Samuel Colt,
inventor of the first practical revolver, was born.
1814 Jul 19, British Royal Navy
explorer Captain Matthew Flinders (b.1774) died in London. He was
buried at St. James's burial ground, but the headstone was removed
in the 1840s, leaving the precise location of his grave a mystery.
He had led the first known circumnavigation of Australia. In 2019
his remains were found by archaeologists excavating the burial
ground burial ground where a railway station is planned.
1821 Jul 19, The coronation of
George IV of England was held. His wife, Caroline, was refused
admittance. She died Aug 7.
1834 Jul 19, Hilaire Germain
Edgar Degas (d.1917), French impressionist painter, was born. His
mother was a Creole and he journeyed to New Orleans in the 1870s.
His work included "The Millinery Shop," "Combing the Hair," "Nude
Fixing Her Hair," "Two Dancers" (c1890-1898), "Frieze of Dancers"
(1893-1898), "Self Portrait" (c1863-1865 & c1895-1900) and "Blue
Dancers" (1895). He also collected art and by the time of his death
had amassed more than 500 paintings and 5,000 prints. The collection
was auctioned off in Paris from Mar 1918 to Jul 1919. His time in
New Orleans is covered in the 1997 book "Degas in New Orleans:
Encounters in the Creole World of Kate Chopin and George Washington
Cable" by Christopher Benfey.
(WUD, 1994, p.380)(WSJ, 10/2/96, p.B5)(SFC,
10/22/96,p.E8)(WSJ,10/21/97, p.A20)(SFEC, 1/4/98, BR p.9)(HN,
1848 Jul 19, The first women’s
rights convention convened in Seneca Falls, New York. Organized by
Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the two-day convention
discussed such topics as voting, property rights and divorce. It
launched the women’s suffrage movement. The convention issued a
"Declaration of Sentiments" based on the Declaration of
Independence. "The ideal newspaper woman has the keen zest for life
of a child, the cool courage of a man and the subtlety of a woman."
Elizabeth Cady Stanton made her first public speech at the Woman's
Rights Convention. After Cady Stanton was denied participation in an
anti-slavery convention and was told that women were
"constitutionally unfit for public and business meetings," she and
four other women, including abolitionist Lucretia Coffin Mott,
planned a convention to challenge that notion. They drafted a
"Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions," 11 resolutions calling
for equal rights for women, including the right to vote. After
lengthy debate, the document was amended and signed by 68 women and
32 men of the approximately 300 attendees, setting the American
women's rights movement in motion. Susan B. Anthony joined the
movement in 1852.
(HNPD, 7/19/98)(SFEC, 7/20/97, Par p.8)(SFEM,
6/28/98, p.30)(SFC, 7/6/98, p.D8)
1849 Jul 19, F.A. Alphonse
Aulard, French historian, was born.
1850 Jul 19, Margaret Fuller
(b.1810), America’s first foreign correspondent, died aboard the
Elizabeth, along with her husband and child, as the ship slammed
into a sandbar less than 100 yards from Fire Island, NY. In 2012
John Matteson authored “The Lives of Margaret Fuller.”
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Fuller)(SSFC, 1/29/12, p.F4)
1860 Jul 19, Lizzie Borden,
teacher, famous 1892 murder suspect, was born.
1862 Jul 19, Nathan Bedford
Forrest made his 1st raid.
1862 Jul 19, Horace Parnell
Tuttle, an assistant at Harvard College Observatory, spotted a comet
in the constellation of Camelopardalis. Following his announcement
Lewis Swift of Marathon, NY, said he had seen the comet three days
earlier. The comet came to be called the 109P Swift-Tuttle. In the
1970s British astronomer Brian Marsden (1937-2010) suggested that
the comet had already been observed in 1737 and that it would return
in 1992, which it did.
(Econ, 12/4/10, p.111)
1864 Jul 18-20, Battle of
Winchester, VA (Stephenson's Depot).
1865 Jul 19, Charles Horance
Mayo (d.1939), American surgeon and co-founder of the Mayo Clinic
Foundation for Medical Education and Research, was born. "I have
never known a man who died from overwork, but many who died from
(HN, 7/19/98)(AP, 12/11/00)
1867 Jul 19, The US enacted
1870 Jul 19, The
Franco-Prussian War began. Napoleon declared war on Bismarck.
Emperor Napoleon III of France declared war on Germany under Otto
von Bismarck. Napoleon was defeated in three months and abdicated.
(WSJ, 3/14/95, p.A-16)(V.D.-H.K.p.260)(AP,
1893 Jul 19, Vladimir
Mayakovsky, Russian poet, was born.
1896 Jul 19, A.J. Cronin,
Scottish novelist (The Citadel, The Keys of the Kingdom), was born.
1905 Jul 19, Boyd Neel,
conductor (Story of an Orch), was born in Blackheath, Kent England.
1916 Jul 19, In the WWI Battle
at Fromelles, France, German machine guns and artillery left over
5,500 Australians and over 1,500 British killed, wounded or missing
in less than 24 hours.
(SFC, 7/20/10, p.A2)
1918 Jul 19, German armies
retreated across the Marne River in France.
1919 Jul 19, Raymonde de
Larouche (1882-1919), French actress and aviatrix, died in a plane
crash at Le Crotoy airport in France.
1922 Jul 19, George McGovern,
1972 Democratic candidate for president of the United States, South
Dakota senator, was born.
1927 Jul 19, Jan Myrdal,
Swedish writer, journalist (Albania Defiant), was born.
1938 Jul 19, Richard Jordan,
actor (Dune, Old Boyfriends, Gettysburg), was born in NYC.
1940 Jul 19, Hitler ordered
Great Britain to surrender.
1941 Jul 19, British Prime
Minister Winston Churchill launched his "V for Victory" campaign in
Europe. The BBC World Service began regular broadcasting throughout
Europe with the opening four notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony,
which in Morse Code spell V for "Victory."
(AP, 7/19/97)(MC, 7/19/02)
1942 Jul 19, German U-boats
were withdrawn from positions off the U.S. Atlantic coast due to
effective American anti-submarine countermeasures.
1943 Jul 19, More than 150 B-17
and 112 B-24 Allied bombers attacked Rome for the first time.
(AP, 7/19/97)(HN, 7/19/98)
1943 Jul 19, American planes
sank the German U-513 submarine off the coast of southern Brazil. In
2011 researchers from the Vale do Itajai University found the
submarine off the coast of Santa Catarina state.
1944 Jul 19, The Democratic
National Convention convened in Chicago with the renomination of
President Franklin D. Roosevelt considered a foregone certainty.
1944 Jul 19, Some 1,200 8th Air
Force bombers bombed targets in SW Germany. Some 500 15th Air Force
Liberators (Flying Fortresses) bombed the Munich vicinity.
1944 Jul 19, Count Claus von
Stauffenberg visited a RC church in Berlin-Dahlem.
1944 Jul 19, Carl Bock, Danish
Gestapo agent, was liquidated.
1944 Jul 19, Swedish diplomat
Raoul Wallenberg 1st met SS ober Sturmbannfuhrer Adolf Eichmann.
1947 Jul 19, Bernie Leadon (The
Eagles: Take It Easy, Best of My Love, One of these nights), was
1947 Jul 19, Brian Harold May
(Queen: Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Another One Bites the Dust),
1947 Jul 19, Gerard Schwarz,
trumpeter, conductor (LA Chamber Orch), was born in Weehawken, NJ.
1951 Jul 19, In Omaha, Neb., a
trenching machine sliced through the main transcontinental telephone
cable and disrupted coast-to-coast communication.
(SFC, 7/13/01, WBb p.6)
1956 Jul 19-20, The US and
Britain announced the withdrawal of their aid offers to Egypt for
the construction of the Aswan high dam.
(EWH, 1968, p.1249)
1963 Jul 19, The US Navy
accidentally dropped a 2-foot, 25-pound practice bomb on Market St.
near Front St. in San Francisco.
(SSFC, 7/14/13, p.47)
1965 Jul 19, Syngman Rhee
(b.1875), the first president of the Provisional Government of the
Republic of Korea (1948-60), died.
1966 Jul 19, Gov. James Rhodes
declared a state of emergency in Cleveland due to a race riot.
1967 Jul 19, The 1st air
conditioned NYC subway car was R-38 on the F line.
1967 Jul 19, Race riots took
place in Durham, NC.
1969 Jul 19, Apollo 11 and its
astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins,
went into orbit around the moon. The Apollo 11 lunar lander engine
was built by TRW.
(AP, 7/19/99)(F, 10/7/96, p.71)
1969 Jul 19, John Fairfax
(1937-2012), British self-proclaimed "professional adventurer,"
became famous as the first person to row solo across the Atlantic
Ocean. Two year later he rowed across the Pacific with his
then-girlfriend Sylvia Cook.
1971 Jul 19, In Sudan a coup
was aborted and Pres. Nimeiri was restored to power by loyal troops.
He denounced the Communist Party and executed the rebel leaders 4
(WUD, 1994, p. 1688)
1974 Jul 19, The House
Judiciary Committee recommended that President Richard Nixon should
stand trial in the Senate for any of the five impeachment charges
1975 Jul 19, The Apollo and
Soyuz space capsules that were linked in orbit for two days
(AP, 7/19/97)(HN, 7/19/98)
1979 Jul 19, Two supertankers
collided off Tobago and spilled 260,000 tons of oil. It was the
worst oil spill to date with 88 million gallons spewed.
1979 Jul 19, The Nicaraguan
capital of Managua fell to Sandinista guerrillas, two days after
President Anastasio Somoza fled the country.
1980 Jul 19, The Moscow Summer
Olympics began, minus dozens of nations that were boycotting the
games because of the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan.
1981 Jul 19, Louis Cheslock
(b.1898), composer and author, died in Baltimore.
1983 Jul 19, In Honduras Reyes
Mata, a Cuban-trained doctor and guerrilla leader, led a unit of 96
Nicaraguan-trained rebels and Rev. James F. Carney into the Olancho.
They were routed by the Honduran army. American CIA records,
disclosed in 1998, reported that Mata was tortured and executed by
the Honduran army.
1984 Jul 19, U.S. Rep.
Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York won the Democratic nomination for
vice president at the party's convention in San Francisco. Pasqua
Coffee sold 16,000 cups of premium coffee from a pushcart at the
(AP, 7/19/97)(SFEM, 8/1/99, p.8)
1985 Jul 19, Christa McAuliffe
of New Hampshire was chosen to be the first schoolteacher to ride
aboard the space shuttle. McAuliffe and six other crew members died
(1/28/96) when the Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff.
(SFC, 12/18/96, p.A3)(TMC, 1994, p.1986)(AP,
1986 Jul 19, Caroline Kennedy,
daughter of President John F. Kennedy, married Edwin A. Schlossberg
in Centerville, Massachusetts.
1988 Jul 19, Jesse Jackson
brought his 1988 presidential campaign to an emotionally charged
close at the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, telling
party faithful to unite because "the only time we win is when we
1989 Jul 19, In Iowa 112 people
were killed when a United Air Lines DC-10 crashed while making an
emergency landing at Sioux City; 184 other people survived. In 2014
Laurence Gonzales authored “Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and
(AP, 7/19/08)(SSFC, 7/27/14, p.N2)
1990 Jul 19, President Bush
joined former presidents Ronald Reagan, Gerald R. Ford and Richard
M. Nixon at ceremonies dedicating the Nixon Library and Birthplace
in Yorba Linda, California.
1990 Jul 19, Baseball’s
all-time hits leader Pete Rose was sentenced in Cincinnati to five
months in prison for tax evasion.
1991 Jul 19, President Bush
toured the Souda Bay US naval base during a visit to Greece.
1991 Jul 19, Boxer Mike Tyson
had sex with Desiree Washington, a Miss Black America contestant. On
September 9, 1991, an Indiana Grand Jury voted to indict Tyson on
three counts, including one for the rape of Washington. Tyson was
convicted on February 10, 1992 and was imprisoned.
1991 Jul 19, The South African
government acknowledged that it had been giving money to the Inkatha
Freedom Party, the main rival of the African National Congress.
1992 Jul 19, US Secretary of
State James A. Baker III opened a fresh round of Mideast diplomacy,
meeting in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and
1992 Jul 19, Paolo Borsellino,
Italian anti-mafia judge, was murdered by mafia. In 2014 An Italian
newspaper reported that the remote control to detonate the bomb that
killed anti-Mafia prosecutor Paolo Borsellino was hidden inside the
intercom at his mother's Palermo residence. Salvatore Riina was
later credited with ordering the murder.
3/12/14)(Econ 6/10/17, p.53)
1993 Jul 19, President Clinton
fired FBI Director William Sessions, citing "serious questions"
about Sessions' conduct and leadership.
1993 Jul 19, President Clinton
announced a compromise allowing homosexuals to serve in the
military, but only if they refrained from all homosexual activity,
under a compromise dubbed "don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue."
(HN, 7/19/98)(AP, 7/19/08)
1993 Jul 19, Szymon Goldberg
(84), Polish-born violinist, conductor, died in Japan. He became a
US citizen in 1953 and two years later founded the Netherlands
1994 Jul 19, A bomb ripped
apart a Panama commuter plane, killing 21, including 12 Jews, a day
after a car bomb destroyed a Jewish community center in Buenos
Aires, Argentina, killing 95 people.
1994 Jul 19, Funeral services
were held for North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung, who had died July 8
at age 82.
1995 Jul 19, Las Vegas
Review-Journal columnist, John L. Smith, authored a book due out
Aug, 1999, titled: "Running Scared: The Dangerous Life and
Treacherous Times of Las Vegas Casino King Steve Wynn."
(RNR, 7/19/95, p. 10)
1995 Jul 19, President Clinton
firmly rejected calls for dismantling affirmative action programs.
1995 Jul 19, A pair of House
subcommittees held a joint hearing on the federal government’s raid
on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas.
1995 Jul 19, The Dow Jones
industrial average ended at 4628.87, down 57.41, after plunging more
than 130 points earlier in the session.
1996 Jul 19, The 26th summer
Olympics opening ceremonies began in Atlanta, Georgia. The photo
finish was computerized and in color for track and field events.
Beach volleyball was inaugurated as an Olympic sport.
(WSJ, 7/19/96, p.A1)(AP, 7/19/97)(SFC, 8/23/04,
p.C3)(NG, 8/04, Geographica)
1996 Jul 19, A Food and Drug
Administration advisory committee recommended, with some conditions,
that the abortion-inducing drug RU-486 be approved.
1996 Jul 19, Bosnian Serb
official Radovan Karadzic yielded to international pressure to give
up all political power after negotiations led by US envoy Richard
(SFC, 7/20/96, p.A8)(AP, 7/19/97)
1996 Jul 19, In China the
Yangtze River threatened to burst its banks. Workers used 500 tons
of rice in sacks to fill gaps in the banks. Millions were left
homeless and 716 were reported dead.
(SFC, 7/20/96, p.A8)
1996 Jul 19, In Sri Lanka Tamil
rebels sank a navy gunboat with 40 members. The Tigers claim to have
killed 500 government soldiers at the Mullaitivu camp.
(SFC, 7/20/96, p.A8)
1997 Jul 19, Eleven armored
carriers from NATO gathered in a show of force near the home of
ousted Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, Bosnia's No. 1 war crimes
1997 Jul 19, In Bosnia the Serb
Democratic Party expelled Pres. Biljana Plavsic after she threatened
to arrest Karadzic and his allies for rampant corruption.
(SFC, 7/21/97, p.A8)
1997 Jul 19, In Cambodia Hun
Sen rejected a peace plan proposed by the 7-nation ASEAN group.
(SFEC, 7/20/97, p.A19)
1997 Jul 19, In Indonesia a
court sentenced 16 people to jail terms of 2-7 months for the May
rioting that left 123 dead on Borneo.
(WSJ, 7/21/97, p.A1)
1997 Jul 19, The Irish
Republican Army declared a new cease-fire and opened the way for
supporters to join peace talks with Northern Ireland's pro-British
1998 Jul 19, Workers for Saturn
Corp., a division of GM in Tennessee, authorized union leaders to
call their first-ever strike.
(SFEC, 7/20/98, p.A1)
1998 Jul 19, Seeking to break a
16-month deadlock, Israel and the Palestinians held their first
high-level talks in months.
1998 Jul 19, Seeking to break a
16-month deadlock, Israel and the Palestinians held their first
high-level talks in months. Jalal Rumaneh (30), a member of Hamas,
attempted to explode a car bomb made of 160 gallons of flammable
liquid and nails in Jerusalem. The Fiat van ignited but failed to
(SFEC, 7/20/98, p.A9)(AP, 7/19/08)
1998 Jul 19, In North Belfast
Andrew Kearney (33) was shot in the ankle and behind each knee in
retaliation for a bar fight with an IRA man. He bled to death in a
lift before help arrived.
(SFC, 9/3/98, p.A14)
1998 Jul 19, In Russia Pres.
Yeltsin decreed economic reforms that were rejected by his
parliament in order to obtain IMF funds to stabilize the ruble.
(SFEC, 7/20/98, p.A9)
1998 Jul 19, In Kosovo,
Yugoslavia, Albanian separatists claimed to have take the town of
Orahovac with 20,000 residents. Serbs forces denied the claim.
Hundreds of Serb police battled secessionist guerrillas for control
of the central Kosovo town of Orahovac.
(SFEC, 7/20/98, p.A10)(AP, 7/19/99)
1999 Jul 19, Federal officials
said radar data showed the plane piloted by John F. Kennedy Junior
dropped 11,000 feet in just 14 seconds. Senator Edward Kennedy
released a statement saying, "We are filled with unspeakable grief
and sadness by the loss of John and Carolyn and of Lauren Bessette."
1999 Jul 19, Carleton "Carly"
Fiorina (44) was named the new president and CEO of Hewlett Packard
Co. She was brought over from Lucent Tech. and became the 3rd woman
running a Fortune 500 company. In 2003 George Anders authored
"Perfect Enough," a look at HP and Fiorina’s efforts. In 2003 Peter
Burrows authored "Backfire," a look at Fiorina’s past work.
(SFC, 7/20/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/7/03, p.W12)
1999 Jul 19, In Nanaimo, BC,
public hearings began on the expropriation of a 140-square-mile area
of Nanoose Bay by the Canadian federal government from the province.
The area was used by the US for torpedo testing.
(SFC, 7/22/99, p.C2)
1999 Jul 19, China began
arresting 70 members of the Fulan Gong in raids in at least 15
(SFC, 7/21/99, p.A10)
1999 Jul 19, In Iran the secret
police alleged that student leader Manouchehr Mohammadi had
confessed to serving US-based "spies and Zionists."
(SFC, 7/20/99, p.A12)
1999 Jul 19, Off the Nicaragua
coast a lobster boat with 72 people sank. 64 were rescued and 18
were missing. All 18 were later recovered. A plane with 16 people
was presumed crashed in the Nicaragua jungle.
(SFC, 7/21/99, p.C2)(SFC, 7/23/99, p.A12)
2000 Jul 19, President Clinton
shuttled between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat and his own experts during peace talks at Camp
David after delaying his departure for an economic summit in Japan.
(SFC, 7/19/00, p.A1)(AP,
2000 Jul 19, The US announced a
plan to offer sub-Saharan African nations $1 billion in loans
through the Export-Import Bank to finance the purchase of American
AIDS drugs and medical services.
(SFC, 7/19/00, p.A10)
2000 Jul 19, In Belgium the
World Diamond Congress approved measures to track diamonds and
penalties for dealers who break rules and buy or sell "blood
diamonds," those sold to support civil wars.
(SFC, 7/20/00, p.A12)
2000 Jul 19, In Chechnya 7
Russian servicemen were killed in 4 Russian-controlled areas.
(SFC, 7/21/00, p.B10)
2000 Jul 19, In Tilaran, Costa
Rica, a nursing-home fire killed 17 elderly people.
(WSJ, 7/20/00, p.A1)
2000 Jul 19, In Okinawa over
25,000 demonstrators formed a chain around a US Air Base to protest
American presence ahead of the G-8 meeting.
(SFC, 7/21/00, p.A8)
2000 Jul 19, In North Korea
Russia’s Pres. Putin met with Kim Jong Il. Kim promised to abandon
his missile program if other states provide technology for "peaceful
space research.’ Kim later said this was just a joke.
(SFC, 7/20/00, p.A13)(WSJ, 8/15/00, p.A1)
2000 Jul 19, In Russia the Duma
passed legislation that gave Pres. Putin the right to fire
provincial governors and took away the governor’s automatic immunity
and membership in the Federation Council.
(SFC, 7/20/00, p.A16)
2001 Jul 19, The US joined
major powers in calling for 3rd parties to monitor a cease-fire
between Israel and the Palestinians.
(SFC, 7/20/01, p.A14)
2001 Jul 19, The Roman Catholic
Church declared that Mormon converts must be rebaptized.
(SFC, 7/20/01, p.A9)
2001 Jul 19, The Code Red
computer worm began hitting Internet-connected computers, exploiting
a flaw in Microsoft software. This was among the first network worms
to spread rapidly because it required only a network connection, not
a human opening an attachment.
(SFC, 7/30/01, p.D1)(SFC, 9/3/07, p.C3)
2001 Jul 19, Gunther
Gebel-Williams (b.1934), circus animal trainer died in Venice,
(AP, 7/16/02)(NW, 12/31/01, p.107)
2001 Jul 19, In Argentina
workers staged a nationwide strike due to government spending cuts.
(SFC, 7/20/01, p.A17)
2001 Jul 19, It was reported
that 2 Belarussian defectors alleged that the Lukashenko regime ran
a death squad that had killed as many as 30 foes.
(WSJ, 7/19/01, p.A1)
2001 Jul 19, British
millionaire author Jeffrey Archer (61) was convicted on perjury
charges and sentenced to 4 years in jail.
(SFC, 7/20/01, p.A14)
2001 Jul 19, Scientists in Chad
found fossils in the Djurab desert of a human ancestor that they
later dated to 6-7 million years BP. In 2002 they named the group
Sahelanthropus tchadensis (with the nickname Toumaï, "hope of life"
in the Goran language).
(NW, 7/22/02, p.46)
2001 Jul 19, In the West Bank
Jewish extremists, who identified themselves as the Committee for
Road Safety, killed 3 Palestinians including a 3-month-old girl, in
a drive-by shooting near Hebron.
(SFC, 7/20/01, p.A14)
2001 Jul 19, Japanese
prosecutors charged a U.S. airman with rape in an alleged attack on
a woman in Okinawa. Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Woodland was later
convicted and sentenced to nearly three years in prison.
2001 Jul 19, In Nepal PM Girija
Prasad Koirala resigned over pressures from a bribery scandal in his
(SFC, 7/20/01, p.D3)
2002 Jul 19, The Dow Jones
industrials dipped below their post-terrorist attack lows in a
2002 Jul 19, Alejandro Avila
was arrested in connection with the slaying of 5-year-old Samantha
Runnion of Stanton, Calif.
2002 Jul 19, ConAgra Beef Co.
began recalling 19 million pounds of beef, manufactured in Greeley,
Colo., over the last 3 months, due to possible E. coli
(SFC, 7/20/02, p.A1)
2002 Jul 19, US and British
warplanes destroyed a military communications facility in southern
Iraq. Iraq said the strike killed 5 people including a couple and
(SFC, 7/20/02, p.A11)
2002 Jul 19, Alexander I.
Ginzburg (65), Russian-born poet, died in Paris. In 1959 he created
the 1st samizdat (self-published journal) of the post-Stalin period.
He was flown to the US in 1979 as part of an exchange for Soviet
(SSFC, 7/21/02, p.A27)
2002 Jul 19, Alan Lomax (87),
musicologist and son of folklorist John A. Lomax, died in Safety
Harbor, Fla. His books included the book "The Land Where the Blues
Began." In 2010 John Szwed authored “Alan Lomax: The Man Who
Recorded the World.”
(SFC, 7/20/02, p.A20)(SSFC, 1/23/11, p.G5)
2002 Jul 19, In Australia
Evdokia Petrov (88), former Soviet Union spy, died in Melbourne. She
lived under the name Maria Anna Allyson. Her husband Vladimir Petrov
(1991) was the third secretary at the Soviet embassy in Australia
and also covertly served as a KGB spy. They defected in 1954.
2002 Jul 19, Britain's
government said it would pay $7 million in compensation to more than
220 Kenyans who say they are victims of unexploded ammunition left
behind by British troops.
2002 Jul 19, In Britain
authorities reported that family doctor Harold Shipman, Britain's
worst serial killer, murdered 215 of his patients in 23 years as a
trusted small-town practitioner. [see Jun, 1998]
(AP, 7/19/02)(SFC, 7/20/02, p.A8)
2002 Jul 19, In Bolivia a
crowded bus plunged into a ravine in an Andean road near La Paz,
killing 19 and injuring 15.
2002 Jul 19, In central China a
downpour of giant hailstones, some the size of eggs, killed 15
people and left hospitals overflowing with head-wound victims.
2002 Jul 19, In eastern
Guatemala a passenger bus slammed head-on into a semi truck, killing
2002 Jul 19, Tens of thousands
of Iranians took to the streets of the capital condemning President
Bush for criticizing their government with calls of "Death to
America" and "Death to Bush."
2002 Jul 19, Israel introduced
collective punishment on the family of Ali Ajouri, following his
role in the July 17 suicide bombing.
2002 Jul 19, Italy took steps
to return the prized Axum obelisk to Ethiopia. The 1,700-year-old
monument was hauled off by Italian forces after their 1937 invasion
of the African country.
2002 Jul 19, In Abiteye,
Nigeria, unarmed women occupying at least four ChevronTexaco
facilities took two hostages in a bid to meet with oil executives.
2002 Jul 19, In Saudi Arabia a
passenger bus collided head on with a truck and caught fire outside
the holy city of Mecca, killing 26 people and injuring 24
2003 Jul 19, In Spinboldak,
Afghanistan, US forces, backed by helicopter gunships, killed up to
24 suspected Taliban insurgents after their convoy came under
2003 Jul 19, The first Human
Tongue Transplant took place in Vienna, Austria. Tongue transplants
had been performed for years on animals, but this was the first
attempt at transplanting a human tongue. It was carried out at
Memorial University Hospital in Vienna, Austria during a 14-hour
operation by Dr. Rolf Ewers and eight surgeons. It was performed on
an unidentified 42-year-old patient who was suffering from a
malignant tumor affecting his tongue and jaw. Doctors believed he
would ultimately be able to talk, have feeling and limited movement,
but probably won’t regain the sensation of taste.
2003 Jul 19, In southern China
a bus plunged more than 300 feet off a cliff, killing 23 people.
2003 Jul 19, In Jakarta,
Indonesia, Budiarto Angsono, president of the PT Asaba computer
firm, along with his bodyguard, were murdered. Police said it was
likely the work of hitmen. Hiring a hitman to kill was said to cost
2003 Jul 19, In Kenya a
twin-engine plane carrying 12 American tourists and two South
African crew members en route to a game reserve crashed into Mount
Kenya, apparently killing everyone on board.
2004 Jul 19, A 3-day meeting of
the US National Governors Association ended in Seattle.
(SFC, 7/19/04, p.A7)
2004 Jul 19, Lori Hacking (27)
of Salt Lake City, Utah, went missing. Her husband Mark (28) said
she failed to return from a jog. She was reportedly five weeks
pregnant. Police found her husband Mark Hacking running naked around
a motel not far from his home the next day. He was put into a
psychiatric hospital after police found him. Police arrested Hacking
on Aug 2 and filed 1st degree murder charges on Aug 9. In 2005 Mark
Hacking pleaded guilty to her murder. On June 6, 2005, Mark Hacking
was sentenced 6 years to life in prison, the maximum the judge could
give under Utah law. Under Utah's system of indeterminate criminal
(SFC, 8/2/04, p.A3)(SFC, 8/3/04, p.A2)(SFC,
8/10/04, p.A4)(SFC, 4/16/05, p.A5)
2004 Jul 19, An Egyptian truck
driver held hostage for two weeks by insurgents in Iraq was freed
and taken to the Egyptian Embassy.
2004 Jul 19, Indian Foreign
Minister Natwar Singh said he would push for progress in talks to
promote better ties with Pakistan when he meets Pakistani leaders
2004 Jul 19, Iraq announced the
appointment of 43 new ambassadors in its first move to re-engage
with the world.
2004 Jul 19, A suicide bomber
in a fuel truck blew it up at a police station in southwest Baghdad,
killing nine people and wounding about 60.
2004 Jul 19, An Israeli
aircraft struck a Palestinian militant safe house at a beach camp
near Gaza City, wounding three fighters.
2004 Jul 19, Zenko Suzuki,
former prime minister of Japan (1980-1982), died.
(SFC, 7/21/04, p.B7)
2004 Jul 19, Kashmir militants
attacked a Congress party rally in Duru and killed 5 people.
(WSJ, 7/20/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 19, The car of a
Hezbollah militia official exploded as he was leaving his home in
southern Beirut, killing him in an attack the Islamic militant group
said was a "brazen crime" by Israel that would be avenged.
2004 Jul 19, The Philippines
said that it has completed the withdrawal of its peacekeeping
contingent from Iraq.
2004 Jul 19, President Vladimir
Putin dismissed the military's chief of general staff and other top
military and law enforcement officials after a devastating assault
by militants in southern Russia last month.
2004 Jul 19, In eastern Ukraine
a coal mine methane gas explosion killed at least 34 miners near
2005 Jul 19, President Bush
announced his choice of federal appeals court judge John G. Roberts
Jr. (50) to replace Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
Roberts ended up succeeding Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who
died in September 2005.
(AP, 7/20/05)(SFC, 7/20/05, p.A1)(AP, 7/19/06)
2005 Jul 19, In Phoenix, Az., a
blistering 4-day heat wave was blamed for the deaths of 12 people.
10 were homeless; the other two were elderly women.
2005 Jul 19, Computer and
printer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. said it will cut 14,500 jobs and
overhaul its retirement program in a restructuring plan designed to
save $1.9 billion annually.
2005 Jul 19, Miroslav Bralo
(37), former Bosnian Croat special forces soldier, pleaded guilty to
war crimes at the Yugoslav tribunal in the Hague. Bralo was a member
of an infamous unit, known as "the Jokers," responsible for attacks
on Bosnian Muslim villages in the Lasva Valley of central Bosnia and
Herzegovina in 1993.
2005 Jul 19, British firm
SABMiller announced a $7.8 billion purchase of Grupo Empresarial
Bavaria, South America’s 2nd largest brewer.
(Econ, 7/23/05, p.61)
2005 Jul 19, Insurgents set off
a bomb near a police minibus in breakaway Chechnya after luring the
security forces into a trap, killing 14 people, including two
children, and wounding more than 20 others.
2005 Jul 19, Egypt said that
Magdy el-Nashar, the detained chemist wanted by Britain for
questioning about the London bombings, had no links to the July 7
attacks or to al-Qaida.
2005 Jul 19, In Guatemala a
judge issued an arrest warrant for former President Alfonso Portillo
(2000-2004) in connection with the alleged misuse of millions of
dollars during his tenure. Portillo, who fled to Mexico, is accused
of authorizing the transfer of $16 million from the finance
department to the defense department, where investigators allege
much of it was converted to cash and pocketed by officials close to
2005 Jul 19, Iran publicly
executed two teenagers accusing them of raping a 13-year-old boy and
having gay sex, according to Iran's ISNA news agency. Before Mahmoud
Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni were executed in Edalat ("Justice") Square
in Mashhad, they were held in prison for 14 months and lashed 228
2005 Jul 19, US Army soldier
Lavena Johnson (b.1985) of Missouri was apparently raped and
murdered while on duty in Iraq. A DOD report said she had killed
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaVena_Johnson)(Econ, 10/19/13, p.35)
2005 Jul 19, One of the Sunni
Arabs appointed to a committee to draft Iraq's constitution was
assassinated in a drive-by shooting. Mijbil Issa was gunned down,
along with two bodyguards, in the Karradah area of Baghdad. Gunmen
opened fire on a minibus carrying Iraqi workers to a U.S. airbase in
central Iraq, killing 13.
2005 Jul 19, Israeli police
encircled thousands of Gaza withdrawal opponents, confining them to
a fenced-in farming village to prevent them from marching to the
nearby Gaza Strip. Israeli and Palestinian leaders announced a fresh
(AP, 7/19/05)(Econ, 7/23/05, p.41)
2005 Jul 19, Fouad Siniora
succeeded Najib Mikati as PM of Lebanon.
2005 Jul 19, In Mexico City
soccer coach Ruben Omar Romano was kidnapped following a practice
session with his team Cruz Azul.
(SFC, 7/21/05, p.A6)
2005 Jul 19, In Nepal police
broke up a demonstration in the capital by hundreds of students
protesting the king's seizure of absolute power.
2005 Jul 19, In Niger some 3.6
million people were in need of food, among them 800,000 malnourished
children. About 150,000 could die unless food arrives quickly in the
impoverished West African nation of 13 million.
2005 Jul 19, In Senegal
ministers, entrepreneurs and trade experts from 35 African countries
and the US began to plot ways to give African goods a better shot at
US markets and find means to boost non-oil exports from the poorest
continent. Senegal was one of 37 African countries eligible to
participate in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), signed
in 2000 by US president Bill Clinton that gives African exports
duty-free status on the US market.
2005 Jul 19, In his first
decrees as Sudan's No. 2 leader, former rebel chief John Garang
dissolved his guerrilla movement and dismissed all government
officials in 10 southern states.
2005 Jul 19, A top Turkish
general said the US had given direct orders for the capture of rebel
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leaders in Iraq.
2006 Jul 19, President Bush
used his first veto to underscore his politically risky stand
against federal funding for the embryonic stem cell research that
most Americans support.
2006 Jul 19, Chicago
prosecutors reported that local police tortured scores of black
suspects from the 1970s to the 1980s to extract confessions, but
that the cases were too old or too weak to prosecute.
(SFC, 7/20/06, p.A4)
2006 Jul 19, The Dow Jones rose
212.19 to 11,011 and Nasdaq closed up 37.49 to 2,080 following
remarks by Ben Bernanke that inflation seems to be under control.
(SFC, 7/19/06, p.C1)
2006 Jul 19, Alain Rappaport
premiered the web site www.medstory.com, a consumer search product
for information on health and medicine. As of February 2007,
Medstory, Inc. was acquired by Microsoft Corporation. Medstory, Inc.
develops Web search technology for health information for
biotechnology and healthcare sectors.
(SFC, 7/19/06, p.C1)(http://tinyurl.com/yylb6rjs)
2006 Jul 19, Jack Warden
(b.1920), an Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated actor, died in
NYC. He played gruff cops, coaches and soldiers in a career that
spanned five decades and included almost 100 feature films.
(AP, 7/22/06)(SFC, 7/22/06, p.B6)
2006 Jul 19, In southern
Afghanistan coalition forces retook Garmser and killed 2 Taliban.
(SFC, 7/20/06, p.A13)
2006 Jul 19, Britain faced the
hottest day ever recorded in July as a heat wave swept much of
Europe. Temperatures hit 96.6 degrees south of London.
2006 Jul 19, In Canada
teamsters railway workers said they initiated a strike against
Canadian National Railway in an effort to resolve a long-standing
2006 Jul 19, Doku Umarov, the
leader of the Chechen rebels, dismissed a Russian amnesty offer,
saying attacks outside his home region would be his rebels' answer
2006 Jul 19, It was reported
that factories and cities in China dump some 40-60 billion tons of
waste-water and sewage into lakes and rivers each year.
(WSJ, 7/19/06, p.A1)
2006 Jul 19, Director Gerard
Oury (87), a cultural icon of France whose decades-old comedies
remain hits today, died at his Riviera home. His top hits include
the 1973 movie "Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob" (The Mad Adventures of
2006 Jul 19, In Iraq gunmen
kidnapped 20 employees of a government agency that cares for Sunni
mosques and shrines nationwide, and the organization suspended its
work until further notice. At least 49 people were killed in a
string of bombings and shootings, mostly in Baghdad. Sixteen other
bodies were found in widely separate parts of the country, apparent
victims of sectarian death squads. An explosion in a cafe killed 5
people in Kirkuk. In Basra assailants slit the throats of a mother
and her 3 children and killed the mother’s sister. The family had
fled there to escape threats that they had cooperated with
(AP, 7/19/06)(SFC, 7/20/06, p.A3)
2006 Jul 19, A government
report said Ireland's population has surged this year to a modern
high of more than 4.2 million people largely because of immigrants
from the newest EU nations.
2006 Jul 19, Israeli troops
clashed with Hezbollah guerrillas on the Lebanese side of the
border, while warplanes flattened buildings and killed at least 56
people overnight as fighting entered its second week with the US
signaling it will not push Israel toward a fast cease-fire.
Lebanon's PM Fuad Saniora called for a cease-fire and said that 300
people have been killed, 1,000 have been wounded and a half-million
displaced in Israel's eight-day-old onslaught on Lebanon. Hezbollah
rockets slammed into the Arab-Israeli town of Nazareth killing two
young brothers as they played outside and wounding 18 other people.
(AP, 7/19/06)(Reuters, 7/19/06)(SFC, 7/20/06,
2006 Jul 19, Israeli forces
killed six Palestinians after tanks moved into a refugee camp in
central Gaza under cover of machine gun fire.
2006 Jul 19, In Nigeria a
4-story apartment building collapsed overnight in Lagos. Red Cross
officials confirmed that at least 24 people were killed.
2006 Jul 19, Pakistani police
mounted more raids to catch suspected Taliban fighters living in
Baluchistan province. Police said more than 200 Afghans have been
arrested in the last 3 days.
2006 Jul 19, South Korea's
president condemned North Korea for potentially sparking an arms
race with its recent missile launches, while the North said it was
ending reunions between relatives separated by the Korean Peninsula
divide. An aid group in North Korea said floods and landslides have
left more than 100 people dead or missing.
2006 Jul 19, Sweden launched a
fresh effort to salvage Sri Lanka's troubled truce as ceasefire
monitors reported at least 900 people killed in a surge of ethnic
violence since December.
2006 Jul 19, Taiwan’s largest
air carrier launched the 1st direct cargo flight between the island
and China since 1949.
(WSJ, 7/20/06, p.A6)
2007 Jul 19, A federal judge
dismissed a lawsuit brought by former CIA operative Valerie Plame,
who was demanding money from Bush administration officials she
blamed for leaking her agency identity.
2007 Jul 19, The prices of lead
and tin hit historic peaks in London, supported by tight global
supplies and fierce demand for both base metals.
2007 Jul 19, Taliban gunmen
abducted 23 members of a South Korean church group in southern
Afghanistan. The next day a purported spokesman for the Islamic
militia said it will question them about their activities in
Afghanistan before deciding their fate. Two hostages were fatally
shot; the rest were later freed. In northern Afghanistan a suicide
bomber blew himself up outside a police station, killing one
civilian and wounding 25 other people. In Helmand's Marja district,
Taliban militants ambushed police, leaving six officers dead and two
others wounded. 2 separate bombings in southern Afghanistan left
five civilians dead, while a Taliban ambush killed six police
officers. A car bomb targeting a US-led coalition convoy in Helmand
province's Sangin district killed two civilians and wounded two
coalition troops. A mine exploded under a civilian car in Kandahar
province's Zhari district, killing three civilians.
(AP, 7/19/07)(AP, 7/20/07)(AP, 7/19/08)
2007 Jul 19, The
Armenian-controlled breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh held a
presidential election amid a rumbling dispute with Azerbaijan over
the mountainous enclave's unrecognized independence.
2007 Jul 19, Up to 50 migrants
were missing in rough seas south of the Canary Islands after their
2007 Jul 19, In southern
Hungary a tourist bus collided with a truck. The truck driver and
six bus passengers were killed, and 16 others were injured.
2007 Jul 19, Lawmakers voted in
an election widely expected to give India its first female
president. Pratibha Patil (72), governor of the northwestern state
of Rajasthan, was said to have been selected for her unswerving
devotion to Sonia Gandhi, leader of the Congress party, and Gandhi's
powerful family, which has historically controlled the party.
Pratibha Patil was elected as the country's first female president
in a vote seen as a victory for the hundreds of millions of Indian
women who contend with widespread discrimination. An Indian
anti-terror court sentenced three more men to death for their
involvement in a series of bomb attacks in Mumbai in 1993 which
killed 257 people.
(AP, 7/19/07)(AFP, 7/19/07)(AP, 7/21/07)
2007 Jul 19, Sunni lawmakers
ended their five-week boycott of parliament, raising hopes the
factious assembly can make progress on benchmark legislation
demanded by Washington. The bodies of two men with bullets in their
heads were found dumped near a Sunni mosque in Baghdad. A Kurdish
political party member was ambushed and killed in eastern Mosul.
Gunmen firing from a speeding car killed a bodyguard of a Sunni
parliament member in Mosul. Assailants blew up two bridges in
Haditha overnight. The US said two American soldiers have been
charged with killing an Iraqi on June 23 near Kirkuk. Insurgents
killed three British troops and two American soldiers in separate
attacks in southern and central Iraq.
(AP, 7/19/07)(AP, 7/20/07)
2007 Jul 19, In Pakistan 30
elders from several tribal regions in the northwest traveled to
North Waziristan in the latest government-backed effort to persuade
militants to reverse their decision to end a peace deal. 3 suicide
bombings killed at least 51 people. A suicide bomber hit a convoy of
Chinese workers passing though the main bazaar in Hub, killing 29
Pakistani bystanders and police, and prompting Musharraf to call for
national unity against extremists. A suicide attacker detonated a
bomb at a mosque in an army cantonment in the northwestern town of
Kohat, killing at least 15 people. A suicide car bomber detonated
his explosives when guards prevented him from entering the parade
ground of a police academy in another northwestern town, Hangu. Six
bystanders and one policeman died.
(AP, 7/19/07)(AP, 7/20/07)
2007 Jul 19, About 2,000 people
protested at the border terminal between Egypt and the Gaza Strip,
demanding the crossing be opened to allow thousands of Palestinians
trapped in Egypt to return.
2007 Jul 19, Peru's public
school teachers ended a 15-day strike against a new law requiring
them to take competency tests after government officials agreed to
talks on their demand for better training.
2007 Jul 19, Rev. Giancarlo
Bossi (57), an Italian priest held hostage for over a month in the
southern Philippines, was released.
2007 Jul 19, Russia announced
the tit-for-tat expulsion of four British diplomats, a visa ban on
British officials and the suspension of bilateral counter-terrorism
cooperation amid a mounting diplomatic row. US Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice called on Russia to honor Britain's request to
extradite the chief suspect over the murder of former agent
2007 Jul 19, A 30-minute
gunbattle rocked Mogadishu in the hours before a long-awaited Somali
peace conference was set to begin. At least two people were killed.
2007 Jul 19, Sudan’s head of
civil defense said more than 50 people have been killed and 20
injured in the worst floods in living memory which have partially or
completely destroyed 18,000 homes.
2007 Jul 19, A UN-backed court
sentenced three former rebel leaders to prison, the first
punishments handed down by the war crimes tribunal since it was set
up five years ago after Sierra Leone's decade-long conflict ended.
Alex Tamba Brima (35) and Santigie Borbor Kanu (42) were each given
50-year jail terms, while Brima Bazzy Kamara (39) received 45 years.
2008 Jul 19, Democratic
presidential contender Barack Obama started a campaign-season tour
of combat zones and foreign capitals, visiting with US forces in
Kuwait and then Afghanistan — the scene of a war he says deserves
more attention and more troops. Afghan troops clashed with Taliban
insurgents in Zabul province attacking a supply convoy for NATO
troops, killing nine militants. Roadside bombs in Kandahar province
killed a NATO soldier in a separate convoy and four policemen. In
Helmand province militants attacked a police checkpoint and in the
ensuing gunfight three Taliban fighters were killed. NATO forces
accidentally killed at least four civilians in eastern Paktika
(AP, 7/19/08)(AP, 7/20/08)
2008 Jul 19, The Arab League
criticized the International Criminal Court's prosecutor for seeking
the arrest of Sudan's president on genocide charges, saying
diplomacy should be given a priority to solve the conflict in
2008 Jul 19, In Sidney,
Australia, Pope Benedict apologized directly for the first time for
sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy, but victims groups said
they wanted action and not words.
2008 Jul 19, Brazilian actress
and comedian Dercy Goncalves (101), known for her vulgar wit and
scandalous behavior, died in Rio de Janeiro.
2008 Jul 19, In Bogota the
presidents of Brazil and Colombia vowed to boost trade and
investment between their nations ahead of crucial world trade talks
2008 Jul 19, Czech police said
a 21-year-old British man, wanted for child sex and pornography
offences in Britain, has been detained in a Prague suburb where he
had been in hiding for two years.
2008 Jul 19, In Germany more
than 1.5 million revelers danced through the streets of Dortmund at
the annual Love Parade techno music festival.
2008 Jul 19, In Geneva a
decision to bend policy and sit down with Iran at nuclear talks
fizzled, with Iran stonewalling Washington and 5 other world powers
on their call to freeze uranium enrichment.
2008 Jul 19, Iraq's largest
Sunni Arab political bloc ended a nearly yearlong boycott of the
Shiite-led government in another step toward healing the sectarian
rifts that once brought almost daily bloodshed. In Baghdad British
PM Gordon Brown said plans are being made to scale back troops, but
refused to consider an "artificial timetable" for withdrawing
Britain's remaining 4,000 soldiers.
2008 Jul 19, In Kashmir at
least 10 Indian soldiers were killed and 14 others injured when
their bus was hit by an improvised explosive device in the disputed
(AFP, 7/19/08)(SSFC, 7/20/08, p.A2)
2008 Jul 19, In Lebanon the
Jund al-Sham group, which follows the extremist ideology of
al-Qaida, clashed with members of the mainstream Palestinian Fatah
movement. Two other Palestinian militants were killed in the clash.
2008 Jul 19, While visiting
Buenos Aires Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus said his country is
ready to conduct talks with the US about hosting elements of a
missile defense system.
2008 Jul 19, In Nepal lawmakers
failed to elect the country's first president and end weeks of
political deadlock. No candidate won the 298 votes necessary. A bus
veered off a mountain road and plunged into a river in central Nepal
killing 14 passengers and leaving many missing.
(AFP, 7/19/08)(AP, 7/19/08)
2008 Jul 19, In Pakistan
paramilitary forces stumbled on 2 training camps near Dera Bugti in
Baluchistan province. 6 troops and an unknown number of ethnic
Baluch insurgents died in fighting that began when militants fired
on patrolling security forces.
(WSJ, 7/22/08, p.A12)
2008 Jul 19, Mullah Rahim, the
most senior Taliban leader in Afghanistan's Helmand province, gave
himself up to Pakistani officials.
2008 Jul 19, In Sri Lanka
soldiers killed 11 rebels in Vavuniya while five rebels died in the
nearby Mannar district. A soldier was killed by a sniper's bullet in
2009 Jul 19,
Frank McCourt (78), former NYC teacher and Irish-born author, died
of cancer. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his memoir “Angela’s Ashes”
(SFC, 7/20/09, p.C5)
2009 Jul 19, Warren Titus (94),
founder of the Royal Viking and Seabourn cruise ship lines, died at
a hospice in Marin County, Ca. He helped father the modern cruise
concept as president of Peninsular and Oriental Navigation Co.,
which later morphed into Princess Cruises. He left P.&O. to
start the Royal Viking Line in 1972. After the SF-based Royal Viking
went out of business in 1987, he was called by Atle Brynestad, a
Norwegian millionaire, to start Seabourn Cruise Lines.
(SFC, 7/31/09, p.D5)
2009 Jul 19, In southern
Afghanistan a Russian-owned civilian Mi-8 helicopter crashed and
burst into flames shortly after takeoff from the Kandahar NATO base,
killing 16 civilians in the latest in a string of deadly aircraft
crashes in the country. Gunmen killed a candidate for provincial
council in Kunduz province as he was traveling to a campaign event.
The US military denounced the release of a video showing a soldier
captured in Afghanistan, describing the images as Taliban propaganda
that violated international law. 3 civilians were killed when German
troops opened fire on their pickup truck. In Farah province, a van
full of civilians hit a roadside bomb, killing 11 people on board,
including a child and his mother. A British soldier was killed by an
explosion while on a foot patrol in the Sangin region of Helmand
(AP, 7/19/09)(Reuters, 7/19/09)(AP, 7/20/09)
2009 Jul 19, An amateur
astronomer in Australia detected a new scar on Jupiter that covered
some 73 million square miles, a larger area than the Pacific ocean.
(SFC, 7/22/09, p.A1)
2009 Jul 19, In
Kazakhstan more than 5,000 ethnic Uighurs rallied
in Almaty to protest China's use of deadly force to quash Uighur
protests this month.
2009 Jul 19,
In Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (b.1956), former head of the
junta that toppled the country’s first freely elected leader, won
the presidency in a vote his opponents decried as a fraudulent
"electoral coup." The final result gave Aziz 52.47% of the vote,
enabling him to avoid a runoff. The Constitutional Court declared
the result official on July 23, just hours after the head of the
election commission resigned over doubts about the ballot.
(AP, 7/19/09)(AP, 7/23/09)
2009 Jul 19, In Pakistan at
least 26 people died in heavy overnight rains in Karachi.
2009 Jul 19, Palestinian
authorities allowed Al-Jazeera to resume operations in the West
Bank, four days after banning the Arab satellite station over the
airing of a claim linking President Mahmoud Abbas to the death of
his legendary predecessor, Yasser Arafat.
2009 Jul 19,
Philippine officials said hundreds of marines and army troops have
been deployed to two islands in the southern Philippines for a new
offensive aimed at eradicating al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf militants
by the end of this year.
2009 Jul 19,
Sudan said it was committed to peace with neighboring Chad after
accusing it of bombing its western Darfur region last week, but also
warned it would not be held back if threatened.
2009 Jul 19,
In Thailand’s Yala province a 48-year-old rubber plantation owner
was shot dead in a drive-by shooting as he returned home by
motorcycle. In another attack a gold shopkeeper was killed after
suspect insurgents fired assault rifles into his shop in Narathiwat
province before fleeing on a motorcycle.
2009 Jul 19, In Turkey patrons
of a usually smoke-filled hookah bar stepped outside to light up as
a ban on indoor public smoking extended to bars, restaurants and
2010 Jul 19, The US federal
government allowed BP to keep the cap shut tight on its busted Gulf
of Mexico oil well for another day despite a seep in the sea floor
after the company promised to watch closely for signs of new leaks
underground, settling for the moment a rift between BP and the
2010 Jul 19, The Wall Street
Journal reported that Tehran has used a small Iranian-owned bank in
Germany to circumvent sanctions slapped on firms blacklisted for
involvement in the Islamic republic's missile programs.
2010 Jul 19, Despite being
rebuffed twice by the US Supreme Court, five states (Michigan,
Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota and Pennsylvania) filed suit with a lower
court demanding tougher federal and municipal action to prevent
Asian carp from overrunning the Great Lakes and decimating their
2010 Jul 19, Scientists
reported that a vaginal gel containing Gilead Science Inc.’s AIDS
drug Viread cut HIV infections by as much as 54% in a trial in South
Africa. The gel was developed by Conrad, a Virginia-based nonprofit
(SFC, 7/20/10, p.D2)
2010 Jul 19, San Francisco
welcomed Barcelona, Spain, as its newest sister city.
(SFC, 7/20/10, p.D1)
2010 Jul 19, American companies
TPG and Carlyle Group edged out KKK in a takeover battle for
Healthscope, an Australian hospital chain with a bid of $1.7
(Econ, 7/24/10, p.64)
2010 Jul 19, Physicist Gerson
Goldhaber (b.1924) died at his home in Berkeley, Ca. He contributed
to the 1955 discovery of the antiproton and to the discovery of the
“charm” quark, later known as the J/psi particle (1974).
2010 Jul 19, In Tennessee
Lorenzen Wright, a 13-year former NBA player, went missing. His body
was found on July 28 in a wooded area of southeast Memphis. On Dec.
15, 2017, police arrested Lorenzen’s wife, Sheera Wright (46), and
charged her with his murder.
(AFP, 7/29/10)(SSFC, 12/17/17, p.A8)
2010 Jul 19, Six Afghan
policemen and two US troops were killed by roadside bombs in
southern Afghanistan. Afghan and coalition forces killed five
insurgents and detained five more near Tatang in Nangarhar.
(AP, 7/19/10)(AP, 7/23/10)
2010 Jul 19, David Warren
(b.1925), an Australian scientist who invented the "black box"
flight data recorder, died. He designed and constructed a black box
prototype in 1956, but it took several years before officials
understood just how valuable the device could be and began
installing them in commercial airlines worldwide. In 2002, Warren
was awarded the Order of Australia, among the nation's highest
civilian honors, for his work.
2010 Jul 19, In England Boeing
Co. and Airbus announced new orders worth almost $13 billion at the
start of the Farnborough International Airshow, raising hopes that
the aviation industry is on the way back up after a dire two-year
2010 Jul 19, The army in the
Central African Republic claimed control of the northern town of
Birao, following an attack by rebels on its military base there. At
least 3 people were killed.
(AFP, 7/19/10)(AFP, 7/20/10)
2010 Jul 19, China's Cabinet,
the State Council, issued an order that said the black-market trade
in food waste and used oil posed "serious potential food safety
risks." It vowed to crack down on refined restaurant waste finding
its way back to dinner tables through illegal channels.
2010 Jul 19, In China
landslides triggered by flooding killed at least 37 people with 97
missing in the central province of Shaanxi. In nearby Sichuan
province, a weekend of torrential rains left 23 dead and forced
nearly 600,000 to evacuate their homes.
(AP, 7/19/10)(AP, 7/20/10)
2010 Jul 19, One of China's
biggest ports, Dalian, shut down after a pipeline explosion
triggered a major offshore oil spill, forcing a refinery to cut
processing and importers to divert cargoes elsewhere. The government
later said 1,500 tons of oil were spilled. Others later estimated as
much as 60-90 thousand tons.
(Reuters, 7/19/10)(SFC, 7/31/10, p.A4)
2010 Jul 19, Egypt signed a
significant agreement with BP to develop 2 offshore gas fields in
the largest deal for the beleaguered oil giant since its drilling
rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
2010 Jul 19, Germany’s domestic
intelligence service started a program for Islamic radicals who want
to quit extremism.
(SFC, 7/20/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 19, A Greek journalist
was gunned down outside his home in Athens, in an attack police say
is linked to a domestic terrorist group (Sect of Revolutionaries).
Sokratis Giolias (37) died after being shot more than 15 times
before dawn in the neighborhood of Ilioupoli.
2010 Jul 19, In eastern India a
powerful crash between two express trains at a station killed 63
people and injured scores more in West Bengal state.
(AP, 7/19/10)(AP, 7/20/10)
2010 Jul 19, In Iraq a British
national was killed in a car bomb attack on a convoy in the northern
city of Mosul. A car bomb exploded near a restaurant in Baqouba,
killing six people.
(AFP, 7/19/10)(AP, 7/22/10)
2010 Jul 19, Israeli forces
demolished a cluster of tents and shacks belonging to Palestinians
in the northern West Bank.
2010 Jul 19, In Pakistan gunmen
killed two Pakistani Christian brothers accused of blasphemy against
Islam as they left a court in Faisalabad. The men were chained
together when the attack took place.
2010 Jul 19, The upper house of
Russia's parliament passed a bill (121-1) granting expanded powers
to the country's main security agency, a move that critics say
echoes the era of the Soviet KGB. The bill would allow the Federal
Security Service to issue warnings to people suspected of preparing
to commit crimes against Russia's security.
2010 Jul 19, In Russia the
Khamovniki District Court in Moscow said in a statement it has
convicted Tariel Oniani (58) on extortion and abduction charges. The
native of Georgia had been convicted seven times and is wanted in
Spain since 2005 on money laundering charges.
2010 Jul 18, In Slovenia a
cyber mastermind, suspected of creating a malicious software code
that infected 12 million computers worldwide and orchestrating other
huge cyber scams, was arrested and questioned. His arrest came about
five months after Spanish police broke up the massive cyber scam,
arresting three of the alleged ringleaders who operated the Mariposa
botnet, which stole credit cards and online banking credentials. On
July 28 the FBI later said that a 23-year old Slovene known as
Iserdo was picked up in Maribor, after lengthy investigation by
Slovenian police, FBI and Spanish authorities. The FBI also
identified, for the first time, the three individuals arrested in
connection with the case in Spain: Florencio Carro Ruiz, known as
"Netkairo;" Jonathan Pazos Rivera, known as "Jonyloleante;" and Juan
Jose Bellido Rios, known as "Ostiator.
2010 Jul 19, In Somalia at
least 12 people, including two government soldiers, were killed in
two days of battle between Islamist militants and government forces
backed by African Union peacekeepers. Government forces launched a
counterattack to recapture a government office they lost to
al-Shabab a day earlier.
2010 Jul 19, In Suriname former
dictator Desi Bouterse was elected president by parliament,
following weeks of jostling by opponents who sought to stop a
convicted drug trafficker and ex-strongman accused of killing
political opponents from returning to power. The next day Bouterse
said through a spokesman that he will not interfere in his ongoing
trial for the massacre of 15 political opponents during his military
(AP, 7/19/10)(AP, 7/21/10)(Econ, 11/23/13, p.40)
2010 Jul 19, A Turkish court
indicted 196 people, including four retired military commanders, of
conspiring in 2003 to overthrow the Islamic-oriented government in
an alleged plot that highlights tension between Turkey's pious
leadership and its secular opponents.
2010 Jul 19, In Uganda the
African Union summit opened in Kampala amid heightened security
following twin bomb attacks a week earlier.
2011 Jul 19, US authorities
announced 14 arrests of hackers and said they cooperated with
British and Dutch authorities. They were arrested for allegedly
mounting a cyberattack on PayPal’s website ion retaliation for the
firm’s suspending the accounts of WikiLeaks.
(AP, 7/20/11)(SFC, 7/20/11, p.A7)
2011 Jul 19, Harvard Univ.
fellow Aaron Schwartz (d.2013), a student of ethics, was charged
with hacking into the MIT computer network to steal nearly 5 million
academic articles from JSTOR, a paywalled repository. Schwartz
believed that academic papers should be freely available. The MIT
Disobedience Award was later founded partly to commemorate Mr.
(SFC, 7/20/11, p.A7)(Econ 7/1/17, p.72)
2011 Jul 19, NASA made
available the first image of the asteroid Vesta shot from its Dawn
spacecraft, 117 million miles from Earth.
(SFC, 7/20/11, p.A7)
2011 Jul 19, In California 3
Central Valley hikers were swept over the 317-foot Vernal Fall in
Yosemite National Park.
(SFC, 7/21/11, p.A1)
2011 Jul 19, Mortar shells from
Afghanistan killed four Pakistani soldiers, the latest cross-border
escalation as Afghan Pres. Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart
called for peace. NATO handed over responsibility for the security
of Mehterlam, the capital of eastern Laghman province, to Afghan
(AFP, 7/19/11)(AP, 7/19/11)
2011 Jul 19, Britain’s PM David
Cameron visited Nigeria, pushing a message of trade, aid and
democracy before making an early return home to deal with the
spiraling phone hacking crisis. Fresh clashes between Muslim and
Christian youths left five people dead and 12 seriously injured in
(AFP, 7/19/11)(AFP, 7/20/11)
2011 Jul 19, Britain's
competition watchdog reiterated its ruling for Spanish-owned
airports operator BAA to sell two more airports including London
Stansted followed by Edinburgh or Glasgow Airport.
2011 Jul 19, British health
bosses at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, where three patients
died after contaminated saline solution was found, said they were
dealing with a "criminal act." Two more people died on July 14 and
July 21. On July 20 Rebecca Leighton, a 26-year-old nurse at the
hospital, was arrested on suspicion of murder. On August 2
prosecutors dropped their case against.
(AFP, 7/19/11)(AP, 7/20/11)(AP, 7/22/11)(AFP,
2011 Jul 19, In Burundi at
least nine people died in clashes between unidentified "armed
gangsters" and security forces in northwest Cibitoke province. Two
soldiers, a police officer and six "gangsters" were among the dead.
2011 Jul 19, Egypt's interior
minister ordered 54 police officers, on trial for killing
protesters, be transferred to desk jobs in the ministry.
2011 Jul 19, The European
Commission resumed aid to Niger, releasing 25 million euros ($35
million) after the west African nation returned to democracy this
year following a coup.
2011 Jul 19, Gambian
prosecutors charged Ndey Tapha Sosseh, the former president of the
Gambia Press Union, with treason for attempting to overthrow the
government of President Yahya Jammeh. She was currently living in
exile in Mali.
2011 Jul 19, A Greek court
found six members of a militant anarchist group guilty of terrorism
charges and sentenced them to jail for involvement in bombings
targeting two Greek politicians and a courthouse. They received
sentences ranging from 11 to 25 years in prison. No one was injured
in the bombings.
2011 Jul 19, Guinea's
democratically elected Pres. Alpha Conde survived an assassination
attempt when gunmen descended on his home. At least one member of
his security detail was killed, several more were wounded and
portions of his house were destroyed by a rocket. Guinean security
forces arrested 37 soldiers in the wake of the attack.
(AP, 7/19/11)(AFP, 7/20/11)
2011 Jul 19, In Guinea-Bissau
thousands took to the streets of Bissau for the second rally in five
days to demand the resignation of PM Carlos Gomes Junior, accused of
hindering an assassination probe. The country is classified by the
United Nations as one of the world's poorest, coming in at 175 out
of 177 on the Human Development Index.
2011 Jul 19, An Indian
government official said the new Tumalapalli mine in Andhra Pradesh
state could contain the largest reserves of uranium in the world.
2011 Jul 19, In Indonesia some
15,000 underprivileged Indonesian newlyweds from various faiths
joined a mass reception to receive free marriage certificates that
they otherwise could not afford.
2011 Jul 19, Iran issued a new
warning that it will halt supplies of crude to India unless the
issue of billions of dollars in overdue payments is resolved. New
Delhi has been struggling for more than six months to pay Tehran due
to international banking sanctions imposed on the Islamic republic
over its nuclear program.
2011 Jul 19, Israeli naval
commandos seized control of a French ship attempting to break
Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, reporting no resistance during
the takeover in international waters. 16 people, including
pro-Palestinian activists from France, Canada and Sweden,
journalists and three crew members, were aboard the Dignity
al-Karama, a French-based ship.
2011 Jul 19, In Libya
government forces shelled rebel positions near the strategic oil
town of Brega. 27 rebels were killed with 83 wounded. More than 50
rebels have been killed in six days of fighting for Brega.
(AP, 7/19/11)(AP, 7/20/11)
2011 Jul 19, Syrian activists
said security forces have fired on a funeral procession in Homs,
killing at least 10 people.
2011 Jul 19, A Thailand Black
Hawk helicopter crashed during bad weather in a forested area near
Myanmar. 9 dead included an infantry division commander and a
television cameraman. The craft had been sent to retrieve the bodies
of five soldiers killed in the crash of another helicopter on July
2011 Jul 19, A United Arab
Emirates fighter plane crashed during a training mission, killing
2011 Jul 19, In Venezuela a
clash at a prison in San Felipe left six dead. Tension was high
since July 17, when one group of inmates vying for control of the
prison killed a leader of a rival group. Another prisoner was killed
and 16 were being treated for burns after violence broke out in a
prison in the western town of Cabimas.
2011 Jul 19, In Yemen residents
of Jaar, overrun by radical Islamists, said government shelling has
killed more than 20 militants in the past two days. Ayed
al-Shabwani, a senior leader of Yemen's al-Qaida branch, was killed
in fighting near the town of Zinjibar. One of the leader's cousins,
Awad al-Shabwani, was also killed in the fighting.
(AP, 7/19/11)(AP, 7/21/11)
2012 Jul 19, In Ohio Omar
Suleiman (76), Egypt's former spy chief, died in Cleveland. Suleiman
was appointed vice president on Jan. 29, 2011, at the peak of last
2012 Jul 19, Humayun Ahmed
(b.1948), Bangladesh's most popular fiction writer, died in the
United States after a near year-long battle against colon cancer. He
was also the country's leading film director and TV drama-maker. He
shot to fame with his first novel "Nondito Naroke" (In Blissful
Hell), published in 1972 while he studied at Dhaka university.
2012 Jul 19, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed a district police chief and four
other policemen in Uruzgan province.
2012 Jul 19, In Australia a
Chinese national (54) and an Australian man (47) were arrested when
drugs worth Aus$128 million (US$133 million) were seized in Sydney.
The bust disrupted an international syndicate dealing in
2012 Jul 19, The British
government warned unions that they risked public anger if planned
industrial actions went ahead. The Aslef rail union announced that
450 of its members in central England would walk out between August
6 and 8 in a dispute over pensions. The decision coincided with a
move by border officials to strike on July 26, the day before the
start of the Olympic Games.
2012 Jul 19, Britain’s
state-rescued Lloyds Banking Group agreed to sell 632 branches at a
loss to The Co-operative Group after an EU competition ruling.
2012 Jul 19, Scotland Yard
officer Constable Simon Harwood (45) was cleared by a jury of
killing newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson (47), who became caught up in
the G20 protests in London On April 1, 2009.
2012 Jul 19, China said it
would offer $20 billion in new loans to Africa, underscoring the
relationship's growing importance, as Chinese companies agreed to
operate more responsibly on the resource-rich continent.
2012 Jul 19, In Colombia farmer
Mauricio Largo was killed as Nasa Indians and other locals clashed
with police in the southwestern Cauca region. Residents, tired of
being caught in a 48-year conflict, demanded that the military and
leftist rebels leave the area.
(SFC, 7/21/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 19, In Egypt bearded
men in the short robes, favored by some Islamists, machine-gunned 2
soldiers as they were walking on foot in Sheikh Zweid town near the
Gaza Strip. Pres. Morsi, who was sworn in last month as Egypt's
first elected civilian president, issued an order to pardon 572
people convicted by military tribunals.
(AP, 7/19/12)(AFP, 7/23/12)
2012 Jul 19, France seized a
six-storey mansion on the chic Avenue Foch in the 16th district,
reportedly worth between 100 and 150 million euros, in connection
with an investigation into Teodorin Obiang, the son of Equatorial
Guinea leader Teodoro Obiang Nguema.
2012 Jul 19, Indian national
and state lawmakers voted for a new president, with former finance
minister Pranab Mukherjee seen as a certainty to take up the mainly
2012 Jul 19, India's top
carmaker Maruti Suzuki suspended production at a plant near New
Delhi after a manager was burnt to death and scores of others
injured in a riot by angry workers. At least 88 workers were
arrested and faced possible charges from murder to rioting and
arson. In 2017 thirteen factory workers were sentenced to life
imprisonment for taking part in the violence. Four other workers
were sentenced to five years in prison.
(AFP, 7/19/12)(AP, 3/19/17)
2012 Jul 19, In the Ivory Coast
4 people were killed in a late night attack town of Duekoue,
inhabited mostly by ethnic Malinke, triggered reprisals by youths
from Kokoma who blamed a group of displaced Guere people and went to
burn their nearby camp.
2012 Jul 19, In Lebanon
investigative Judge Ghassan Oeidat indicted 88 people allegedly
involved in 2007 fighting against the army in a Palestinian refugee
camp in northern Lebanon, demanding that some of them face the death
penalty. Oeidat also ordered the release of 126 others.
2012 Jul 19, In northern
Nigeria gunmen in two separate attacks shot dead at least five
people, including a policeman.
2012 Jul 19, In Oman a US Navy
helicopter crash killing 2 crewmembers. 3 others aboard the downed
MH-53E Sea Dragon survived.
2012 Jul 19, In Russia a top
Muslim cleric in Tatarstan province was shot dead and another was
wounded by a car bomb. The province's leader and local religious
authorities said the attacks were probably related to the priests'
criticism of radical Islamists.
2012 Jul 19, In Spain tens of
thousands protested in 80 cities throughout the country against the
government’s latest austerity package.
(SFC, 7/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 19, Sudan’s official
SUNA news agency said nearly 60 people have been killed this week in
fighting between Arab tribes in Sudan's conflict-plagued Darfur
2012 Jul 19, Syrian government
forces fired heavy machine guns and mortars in battles with rebels
in a number of neighborhoods in Damascus. State-run TV warned
citizens that gunmen were disguising themselves in military uniforms
to carry out attacks. Activists reported that 302- 310 people were
killed in violence nationwide making it the single deadliest day of
fighting since the revolt began. Syrian rebels seize the Bab al-Hawa
border crossing with Turkey. Rebels ransacked customs buildings and
pulled cargo from the back of stranded trucks.
(AP, 7/19/12)(AP, 7/20/12)(AFP, 7/21/12)(AFP,
2012 Jul 19, Togo’s President
Faure Gnassingbe named his commerce minister, Kwesi Ahoomey-Zunu, to
lead the new government.
2012 Jul 19, In Tunisia a
military court convicted former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali,
who is in exile in Saudi Arabia, for complicity in the deaths of
protesters in the north of the country during last year's uprising
and sentenced him to life in prison. Some 43 officials were tried in
the same case, receiving sentences ranging from five years in prison
2012 Jul 19, In Yemen a bomb
hidden inside the car of Col. Abdullah al-Maouzaei, charged with
hunting down members of al-Qaida's Yemen branch, exploded and killed
him in Aden.
2012 Jul 19, At the United
Nations permanent Security Council members Russia and China vetoed
resolutions on Syria for the third time in nine months.
2013 Jul 19, US prosecutors
charged Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a commander of al Qaeda's North African
operations, with participating in an attack on an Algerian gas plant
in January that killed dozens of workers, including three Americans.
Belmokhtar, an Algerian, remained at large.
2013 Jul 19, In California a
new class-action was filed in San Bernadino County to cover
residents of Hinkley who did not participate in a 1996 settlement
over chromium-6 in the local ground water. PG&E had used
chromium-6 in a local cooling system from 1952-1966 to fight
corrosion in machinery and then dumped the water into unlined ponds
(SFC, 7/26/13, p.A16)
2013 Jul 19, A Michigan state
judge ruled that Gov. Snyder had overstepped his authority by
approving Detroit’s bankruptcy filing. The ruling was immediately
challenged by the state’s attorney general.
(SFC, 7/20/13, p.A5)
2013 Jul 19, Ohio police
arrested Michael Madison (35), a registered sex offender, after
finding a female body in a garage in East Cleveland. Two more bodies
were found the next day. Authorities believed the victims, Shirellda
Terry (18), Angela Deskins (38) and Shetisha Sheeley (28) were
killed in the last 6-10 days.
(SFC, 7/22/13, p.A4)(SFC, 4/4/16, p.A4)
2013 Jul 19, In southern
Afghanistan a wave of bombings killed 15 people, including six
members of the country's security services.
2013 Jul 19, Algerian special
forces in the region of Bouira shot dead 4 Islamist militants,
including two deputies to the leader of al Qaeda's North African
2013 Jul 19, Australia's PM
Kevin Rudd, with PNG PM Peter O’Neill at his side, warned that all
refugees who arrive in the country by boat will be resettled on the
island nation of Papua New Guinea, a policy shift that rights groups
(AP, 7/19/13)(Econ, 7/27/13, p.34)
2013 Jul 19, Cambodian
opposition leader Sam Rainsy returned from self-imposed exile to
spearhead his party's election campaign against well-entrenched PM
2013 Jul 19, China said it is
ending controls on bank lending rates in a move toward creating a
market-oriented financial system to support economic growth.
2013 Jul 19, China arrested
activist Yang Lin (45) on a charge of subversion. His brother and a
rights group reported the arrest on Aug 11. This was the second such
arrest in less than two months and the latest sign that the
authorities are hardening their stance toward dissent.
2013 Jul 19, Wu Dengming (73),
Chinese environmental activist, died. He was the founder of the
Chongqing Green Volunteer League (1995).
(Econ, 8/10/13, p.78)
2013 Jul 19, In Egypt thousands
of supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi rallied in Cairo to
demand the restoration of the ousted Islamist leader, with his
opponents also planning protests nearby. A woman and a 13-year-old
boy were killed when supporters and opponents of the ousted
president clashed in the Nile Delta town of Mansoura.
2013 Jul 19, The European Union
published new guidelines explicitly banning any EU funding of
Israeli institutions operating in territories occupied since the
1967 Mideast war, amid vigorous Israeli objections.
2013 Jul 19, In central Iraq a
bomb exploded inside the Abu Bakir al-Sideeq mosque in the town of
Wijaihiya during midday prayers, killing at least 26 people.
2013 Jul 19, In Israel Wael Abu
Rida, a Palestinian secretly held by Israel after he vanished during
a visit to Egypt last month, was indicted on terrorism charges.
Authorities did not say how and where he was detained.
2013 Jul 19, In Italy a Milan
court convicted three of ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi's former
associates of procuring aspiring show girls willing to prostitute
themselves during the media mogul's infamous "bunga bunga" parties.
2013 Jul 19, Malian troops
deployed in the northern town of Kidal after attacks by
light-skinned Tuareg separatists on black residents killed at least
one, a week before elections meant to unify the fractured nation.
2013 Jul 19, In Pakistan
operation "Khyber II" began in Zao Kharmatang area in south of
Peshawar. 15 militants in the new northwest offensive targeting
militants. 4 soldiers were also killed in the action.
2013 Jul 19, Clerics in
northwest Pakistan issued a temporary ban on women shopping in the
province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa unless accompanied by a male
relative, in a step designed to keep men from being distracted
during the holy month of Ramadan.
2013 Jul 19, Romania's Pres.
Traian Basescu said that Romanian authorities have carried out "an
unauthorized operation" abroad to capture Omar Hayssam, a fugitive
Syrian-Romanian businessman convicted of ordering the kidnapping of
three Romanian journalists in Iraq in 2005.
2013 Jul 19, Russia
unexpectedly freed opposition leader Alexei Navalny on bail, bending
to the will of thousands of protesters who denounced his five-year
jail sentence as a crude attempt by President Vladimir Putin to
2013 Jul 19, In Switzerland the
world's top particle physics lab said it had measured the decay time
of a particle known as a Bs (B sub s) meson into two other
fundamental particles called muons, which are much heavier than but
similar to electrons. It was observed as part of the reams of data
coming from CERN's $10 billion Large Hadron Collider, the world's
largest atom smasher.
2013 Jul 19, A Syrian Kurdish
group said it aims to set up an independent council to run Kurdish
regions until Syria's civil war has ended, a move likely to alarm
Syrian rebels and neighboring Turkey, both wary of a possible
2013 Jul 19, In Turkey a
landslide triggered by heavy rains killed at least five people near
Turkey's border with Syria.
2013 Jul 19, Ukrainian riot
police dispersed a protest in central Kiev early today over last
month's rape of a woman who accused police officers of the crime.
2013 Jul 19, Health authorities
in the United Arab Emirates said they have identified four new cases
of a respiratory virus related to SARS whose main concentration has
been in neighboring Saudi Arabia.
2013 Jul 19, Pope Francis
created another commission of inquiry into the Vatican's troubled
finances, naming an eight-member committee to recommend ways to cut
waste, improve transparency and fix the Holy See's administrative
2013 Jul 19, Venezuela’s
Foreign Ministry said it was terminating efforts to improve
relations with the US following recent remarks by Samantha Power,
the US nominee for ambassador to the UN. On July 17 Power said part
of her role would be to challenge a crackdown on civil society in
several countries including Venezuela.
(SSFC, 7/21/13, p.A5)
2013 Jul 19, Zimbabwe's first
independent television station, 1st TV, said it is going on air to
challenge the 30-year state broadcasting monopoly controlled by
President Robert Mugabe. The station is a satellite feed from
outside Zimbabwe using a free network received by an estimated
700,000 homes across the nation.
2014 Jul 19, American TV and
film actor James Garner (86) died in Los Angeles. His whimsical
style in the 1950s TV Western "Maverick" led to a stellar career in
TV and films such as "The Rockford Files" and his Oscar-nominated
2014 Jul 19, The Kaiser
Foundation Health Plan fired Michael Albert Quinn, a former Bay Area
police officer, after it discovered 718 suspicious invoices
totalling over $7 million. In 2016 a civil suit was filed against
Quinn in Alameda County.
(SFC, 7/11/16, p.A1)
2014 Jul 19, In New Mexico
three teenagers ganged up on two homeless men and fatally beat them
before leaving their bodies nearly unrecognizable. Alex Rios (18)
and two boys (15&16) were placed in Bernalillo County detention
2014 Jul 19, In Buenos Aires,
Argentina, visiting Russian Pres. Putin met with Pres. Cristina
Fernandez and signed a deal on nuclear power as well as other
(SFC, 7/19/14, p.A3)
2014 Jul 19, Egyptian soldiers
in north Sinai prevented an aid convoy of activists from reaching
the Rafah border crossing with the embattled Palestinian Gaza Strip.
2014 Jul 19, In Egypt militants
firing rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns attacked the
El-Farafrah border security post, 630 km (390 miles) west of Cairo,
killing 22 soldiers and wounding another four near the border with
2014 Jul 19, French police
clashed with thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters who defied a
ban on a Paris demonstration over the Israeli offensive in Gaza.
2014 Jul 19, India's new Hindu
nationalist government cleared proposals worth nearly $3.5 billion
to modernize the nation's ageing Soviet-era military hardware and
boost its domestic defense industry.
2014 Jul 19, In Iraq a series
of bombings, including three over a span of less than 10 minutes,
killed at least 27 people across Baghdad. Northwest of Tikrit, heavy
fighting raged around an air base that previously served as a US
military facility known as Camp Speicher. Hundreds of Christian
families fled their homes in Mosul before a jihadist ultimatum
threatening their community's centuries-old presence in the northern
Iraqi city expired.
(AP, 7/19/14)(AFP, 7/19/14)
2014 Jul 19, The United Nations
accused Islamic State fighters in Iraq of executions, rape and
forced recruitment of children during a campaign to seize much of
northern Iraq, part of a conflict it said has killed almost 5,600
civilians this year.
2014 Jul 19, Israel pounded
Hamas rocket launchers, uncovered more than a dozen cross-border
tunnels and engaged in gunbattles with Palestinian militants on the
second day of its open-ended ground operation in Gaza, as the
Palestinian death toll there topped 310.
2014 Jul 19, In northeastern
Nigeria Boko Haram gunmen killed at least 46 villagers early today
and set homes ablaze in Damboa. The town had been under siege for
two weeks since Boko Haram dislodged soldiers from a new tank
battalion camp on its outskirts.
(SFC, 7/19/14, p.A2)(AP, 7/19/14)(Reuters,
2014 Jul 19, In Pakistan a US
drone fired several missiles at a sprawling compound in in Datta
Khel, North Waziristan, killing 11 militants.
2014 Jul 19, Palestinian gunmen
disguised in Israeli uniforms managed to infiltrate Israel from Gaza
using another tunnel and killed two Israeli soldiers and injured
2014 Jul 19, In Sudan 13
civilians were killed in an ambush on a commercial convoy about 30
km (19 miles) west of El Fasher, the North Darfur capital. The rebel
Sudan Liberation Army denied involvement.
2014 Jul 19, Ukraine accused
Russia and pro-Moscow rebels of destroying evidence of
"international crimes" as guerrillas and foreign observers faced off
over access to the wreckage of the downed Malaysian airliner.
2015 Jul 19, The family of
Babar Ahmad, a British man who was last year sentenced by a US court
to 12-1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to running a website
that supported the Taliban, said he has been released. His sentence
included 10 years he had already served.
2015 Jul 19, In California 2
Spanish racers were killed in a chain-reaction crash on the first
lap of a World Superbike race at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca.
2015 Jul 19, In Ohio Univ. of
Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing (25) shot and killed motorist
Samuel DuBose (43) after stopping him for a missing front license
plate. On July 29 a murder charge was announced against Tensing. On
Jan 18, 2016, the family announced a $5.3 settlement with the
university. On March 22, 2018, The Univ. of Cincinnati said Officer
Tensing will receive about $344,000 in back pay and legal fees to
settle a union grievance related to his firing following his
(AP, 7/30/15)(SFC, 1/19/16, p.A4)(SFC, 3/23/18,
2015 Jul 19, Argentina's
conservative opposition party was expected to win today’s mayoral
run-off election in Buenos Aires, retaining its power in the capital
ahead of presidential voting later this year.
2015 Jul 19, German Economy
Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrived in Iran with an economic delegation,
becoming the first high-ranking western politician to visit the
country after it struck a nuclear deal with world powers.
2015 Jul 19, Beach lovers on
the French Riviera expressed their anger over the imminent arrival
of the Saudi royal family, who have ordered a long stretch of beach
to be closed off to the public.
2015 Jul 19, Iraqi militants
from the Islamic State group blew up a sports stadium near Ramadi,
Anbar province. In recent months it was used as a military base for
Iraqi security forces and allied militia groups. The IS group also
ambushed a military unit near the city of Fallujah, killing the
group's commander, Ali Ahmed, and 4 of his men.
2015 Jul 19, Libyan war planes
sank one ship and attacked a second vessel near the eastern city of
2015 Jul 19, The Marshall
Islands, a small island country at high risk of climate
change-induced sea level rise, vowed to cut greenhouse gas emissions
by a third within a decade.
2015 Jul 19, Five
near-simultaneous explosions in Gaza targeted members of the armed
branches of Hamas and Islamic Jihad amid growing tensions between
the Palestinian territory's rulers and extremist opponents.
2015 Jul 19, The Ukrainian
military and pro-Russian separatists accused each other of shelling
residential districts of separatist-held Donetsk overnight, the
first attack on central parts of the city since a February ceasefire
agreement. The Ukrainian military said one serviceman had been
killed and seven wounded in separatist attacks in the past 24 hours.
2015 Jul 19, In Yemen the
Saudi-led coalition targeted Houthi positions north of Aden and in
Dar Saad killing at least 55 rebels. The death toll in Aden reached
(AP, 7/19/15)(Reuters, 7/21/15)(SFC, 7/21/15,
2016 Jul 19, The US government
announced a settlement with the Navajo Nation that will clear the
way for cleanup work to continue at abandoned uranium mines in the
four corners area.
(SFC, 7/20/16, p.A6)
2016 Jul 19, Writer-director
Garry Marshall (81) died in southern California. His work included
the TV hits “Happy Days” and “Laverne & Shirley” and the films
“Pretty Woman” (1990) and “Runaway Bride” (1999).
(SFC, 7/20/16, p.A9)
2016 Jul 19, In Kansas City,
Kansas, police Capt. Robert Melton was shot and killed while
searching for a suspect in a drive-by shooting. The alleged shooter
was soon caught.
(SFC, 7/20/16, p.A6)
2016 Jul 19, In Michigan a
judge dismissed all charges against Davontae Sanford (23) of
Detroit, who had been locked up for eight years for a murder
conviction for four 2007 slayings that were eventually linked to a
professional hit man.
(SFC, 7/20/16, p.A6)
2016 Jul 19, In Afghanistan the
Taliban launched multiple attacks including on a strategic tunnel in
the Hindu Kush mountains that links the capital, Kabul, with the
country's north and south.
2016 Jul 19, A British court
ordered disgraced Russian athlete Liliya Shobukhova (38) to repay
organisers of the London Marathon almost £400,000 (476,000 euros,
2016 Jul 19, Chinese state
newspapers began criticizing scattered protests against KFC
restaurants and other US targets in an apparent attempt to head off
large-scale street demonstrations sparked by an international
tribunal's ruling that denied Beijing's claim to virtually the
entire South China Sea.
2016 Jul 19, Authorities in
southern France detained a man who stabbed a woman and her three
daughters at an Alps resort, apparently upset at what they were
2016 Jul 19, India's top court
ordered Rahul Gandhi, a scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, to express
regret or face defamation charges for blaming the country's top
Hindu nationalist organization for the 1948 assassination of
independence leader Mohandas Gandhi.
2016 Jul 19, In India a police
officer was killed during clashes in Una, 340 km (210 miles) from
Gujarat's main city, Ahmedabad, where tannery workers were attacked
by self-styled hardline Hindu cow protectors.
2016 Jul 19, Authorities lifted
a three-day publication ban in the Indian-controlled portion of
Kashmir, but newspapers delayed print runs due to uncertainties
about the media restrictions.
2016 Jul 19, The Iraqi Cabinet
announced a two-day mandatory official holiday for all government
workers as temperatures soared above 123 degrees Fahrenheit.
(SFC, 7/20/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 19, In Libya a
French warplane bombed positions of Islamic militias outside the
eastern city of Benghazi, killing at least 16 fighters and
destroying the militias' weapons. The bombing came in retaliation
for the July 17 killing of members of the French special forces by
2016 Jul 19, In central Mali an
attack on an army base killed at least 17 soldiers and wounded more
than 30 in the city of Nampala.
2016 Jul 19, Morocco's Interior
Ministry arrested 52 people suspected of being part of a cell linked
to the Islamic State group.
2016 Jul 19, The IMF slashed
its growth forecast for the Nigerian economy this year, saying a
combination of plunging oil revenues and weakened investor
confidence will push it into recession.
2016 Jul 19, North Korea fired
three ballistic missiles into its eastern sea in an apparent protest
of South Korea's decision to allow the deployment of an advanced US
missile defense system in the country.
2016 Jul 19, The Philippine
Supreme Court dismissed a plunder case against former President
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and ordered her freed immediately after
nearly five years of hospital detention. The case involved the
alleged misuse of 366 million pesos ($7.8 million) from the state
lottery agency, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
2016 Jul 19, Romania's PM
Dacian Ciolos launched a national anti-corruption strategy in a bid
to crack down on widespread corruption that plagues every walk of
2016 Jul 19, The Russian
intelligence agency FSB said it is conducting a probe of several
top-ranking crime investigators on suspicion of collusion with
2016 Jul 19, Clown Dimitri
(80), a beloved Swiss clown and mime, died in Borgnone. He had
studied under Marcel Marceau and spread smiles from Broadway to
Congo with a traditional style that shunned modern, high-tech
2016 Jul 19, In Syria children
were among at least 56 civilians killed in strikes by a US-led
coalition near a village held by the Islamic State group. The
civilians had apparently been mistaken for jihadists and were bombed
while fleeing fighting in Al-Tukhar, Aleppo province. 12 civilians
were reported killed in strikes on the rebel-held town of Atareb.
2016 Jul 19, In Taiwan a tour
bus carrying 24 visitors from China burst into flames on a highway
near Taipei, killing all 26 people on board. On July 29
investigators said the driver, identified only by his surname Su,
was drunk when the accident happened.
(AP, 7/19/16)(AFP, 7/29/16)
2016 Jul 19, The Tanzanian
government admitted that it has banned imports and sales of sexual
lubricants in its latest move targeting the gay community. It
estimated that 23 percent of men who have sex with men in Tanzania
are living with HIV/AIDS.
2016 Jul 19, Turkey’s education
ministry said 15,200 state education employees have been suspended
after last week's attempted coup. Turkey's High Education Board
ordered the resignation of 1,577 deans at all universities.
(AFP, 7/19/16)(Reuters, 7/19/16)
2016 Jul 19, Turkey's central
bank cut a key interest rate for the fifth month in a row, days
after an attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
triggered concerns over the country's economic outlook.
2016 Jul 19, WikiLeaks released
nearly 300,000 emails from Turkey’s AK Party dating from 2010 to
July 6 this year. Obtained before the attempted coup, the date of
their publication was brought forward "in response to the
government's post-coup purges". In response Turkey blocked access to
the WikiLeaks website.
2016 Jul 19, Ukraine said 7
government troops were killed in the past 24 hours during fighting
with pro-Russian separatists, making July the deadliest month for
the Ukrainian military in nearly a year after a sharp increase in
2017 Jul 19, The office of
Arizona Sen. John McCain (80) said he has been diagnosed with
glioblastoma, a brain tumor.
(SFC, 7/27/17, p.A7)
2017 Jul 19, It was reported
that Maryland-based spice maker McCormick & Company has bought
New Jersey-based Reckitt Benckiser's food business in a $4.2 billion
2017 Jul 19, Britain’s publicly
funded BBC was forced to publish the names and salaries of its
highest-earning actors and presenters, unleashing a national debate
about fame, gender, race and the use of taxpayers' money. The list
showed that the BBC pays 96 on-air personalities at least 150,000
pounds ($195,000) a year, more than Britain's PM.
2017 Jul 19, British Columbia
Premier John Horgan said he is extending a state of emergency for
two more weeks as wildfires continued to sweep across the province.
(SFC, 7/27/17, p.A2)
2017 Jul 19, In China 30 to 50
people entered the Shanghai office of Sydney-headquartered
brokerage, Union Standard Group Forex (USGFX), and prevented 20
staff members from leaving in protest against losses made on
currency trades. Those being held were released on July 24.
(Reuters, 7/21/17)(Reuters, 7/25/17)
2017 Jul 19, Activists from
China's Uighur community said scores of students from the ethnic
minority detained by police in Egypt are being moved to a massive
prison complex in Cairo for interrogation by Chinese officials.
2017 Jul 19, Gen. Pierre de
Villiers, France’s armed forces chief, resigned in a dispute with
Pres. Emmanuel Macron over defense budget cuts. Gen. Francois
Lecointre, a career military officer, was nominated as the new
(Reuters, 7/19/17)(AP, 7/19/17)
2017 Jul 19, In Hungary Israeli
PM Benjamin Netanyahu met with leaders of Poland, Hungary, the Czech
Republic and Slovakia at a regional summit. He was caught by a live
microphone railing against the European Union's "crazy" insistence
on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a precondition for
closer ties with the 28-state bloc, and trumpeting Israel as
essential to its prosperity and survival.
2017 Jul 19, Indonesia’s Pres.
Joko Widodo banned Hizbut Tahrir, an Islamic organization that wants
to establish a global caliphate, under a new presidential decree
criticized as draconian by rights groups.
(AP, 7/19/17)(Econ 7/22/17, p.30)
2017 Jul 19, In Ivory Coast
gunmen, some of them in military uniforms, attacked the base of an
elite security unit in Abidjan late today, and stole stocks of
weapons as part of a series of overnight clashes.
2017 Jul 19, Kenya’s health
minister said a cholera outbreak in Nairobi has killed four people
since May and the government has shut down a three-star hotel and a
popular restaurant there to control its spread.
2017 Jul 19, A report by a
Seoul-based non-government group said North Korea carries out public
executions on river banks and at school grounds and marketplaces for
charges such as stealing copper from factory machines, distributing
media from South Korea and prostitution.
2017 Jul 19, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen shot dead four members of the Hazara Shi'ite Muslim
minority in Baluchistan province, in what police suspect was a
2017 Jul 19, The Philippine
government scrapped preliminary peace talks with communist rebel
leaders in Europe due to continuing guerrilla attacks, including new
violence that killed a government militiaman and wounded at least
four presidential guards in the country's south.
2017 Jul 19, Saudi Arabia’s
King Salman ordered the arrest and interrogation of arrest of Prince
Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, a day after
short video clips were published on YouTube and shared on Twitter
showing what appears to be a rifle pointed toward a man who is
bleeding from the head and pleading.
2017 Jul 19, Saudi Arabia's
national carrier said a US ban on laptops and tablets in the cabins
of its US-bound planes has been lifted.
2017 Jul 19, The Straits Times
newspaper reported that Singapore has annulled a couple's marriage
after the husband changed sex, prompting an outcry from a group that
campaigns for the rights of gay and transgender people.
2017 Jul 19, Spanish banker
Miguel Blesa, former head of the ill-fated Madrid-based savings bank
Caja Madrid, was found dead on a country estate. His brushes with
the law and extravagant hunting trips came to symbolize the excesses
of the country's economic boom.
2017 Jul 19, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said infighting between two of the most
powerful factions in opposition-held Idlib province has killed at
least 14 people in the past 24 hours. Fierce clashes between Syrian
rebels and al-Qaida-linked militants spread through northwest, as
the two sides jostled for control over the important border town of
(AFP, 7/19/17)(AP, 7/19/17)
2017 Jul 19, Thai army Lt. Gen.
Manas Kongpaen was one of dozens of people found guilty in a major
human trafficking trial that included 103 defendants accused of
involvement in a modern-day slavery trade. Kongpan (61) was
condemned to 27 years in prison for profiting from human
trafficking, an extraordinarily rare conviction of a senior member
of an army that dominates the kingdom.
(AP, 7/19/17)(AFP, 7/22/17)
2017 Jul 19, Ukrainian
President Petru Poroshenko said Ukraine and Georgia will coordinate
their efforts to reclaim areas captured by pro-Russian separatists.
Fresh clashes in east Ukraine left two soldiers dead in a spike in
fighting as a key rebel leader announced he planned to create a new
(AP, 7/19/17)(AFP, 7/19/17)
2017 Jul 19, In Uruguay
marijuana went on sale at 16 pharmacies, the final step in applying
a 2013 law that made the South American nation the first to legalize
a pot market covering the entire chain from plants to purchase. The
marijuana was produced by ICC and Symbiosis, the only two firms
licensed by the government to grow cannabis for recreational use.
Initial sales were in 5 gram packets priced at $1.30 a gram.
(Econ 5/6/17, p.32)(AP, 7/19/17)
2017 Jul 19, Vietnam planned to
rescue more than 1,000 bears from illegal farms across the country,
in a move to end the traditional medicine trade in the creatures'
2018 Jul 19, US President
Donald Trump said he wants a second meeting with Russia's Vladimir
Putin to start implementing ideas they discussed at the Helsinki
2018 Jul 19, In Florida Michael
Drejka (47), a white man, shot and killed Markeis McGlockton (28),
an unarmed black man, following an altercation at a Clearwater store
parking lot. On Aug. 13 Drejka was charged with manslaughter.
(SFC, 8/14/18, p.A5)
2018 Jul 19, Unexpected
twisters hit central Iowa and flattened buildings in Marshalltown,
Pella and Bondurant. At least 17 people were injured.
(SSFC, 7/22/18, p.A11)
2018 Jul 19, In Missouri a
"duck boat" sank in a storm on Table Rock Lake outside of Branson,
killing 17 people. The amphibious vehicle was filled with 31
passengers. On July 29 a $100 million suit was filed on behalf of
two of nine members of an Indiana family who died in the tragedy. On
July 30 a suit for $125,000 was filed on behalf of three daughters
of William and Michelle Bright of Higginsville, Mo.
(Reuters, 7/20/18)(SFC, 7/31/18, p.A5)
2018 Jul 19, Electric prices in
some US Western markets rose to their highest in more than four
years as power generators compete for dwindling natural gas supplies
to keep air conditioners humming as a heat wave bakes much of the
2018 Jul 19, Facebook said it
would begin removing misinformation that could lead people to being
physically harmed, largely in response to episodes Sri Lanka,
Myanmar and India, in which rumors spread on Facebook led to
real-world attacks on ethnic minorities.
(SFC, 7/20/18, p.C1)
2018 Jul 19, The Abu Dhabi
National Oil Company said it has awarded contracts worth AED 5.88
billion ($1.6 billion) to China's largest state-owned oil company to
conduct what is says is the world's largest continuous 3D offshore
and onshore seismic survey.
2018 Jul 19, Australia's PM
Malcolm Turnbull called on Pope Francis to fire Adelaide Archbishop
Philip Wilson (67), who is the most senior Roman Catholic cleric
ever convicted for covering up child sexual abuse.
2018 Jul 19, Flight space over
Belgium was closed due to a problem with a flight data processing
system at Belgium air traffic controller Belgocontrol.
2018 Jul 19, British police
arrested Maarten Peter Pieterse (59) and Emile Adriaan Jeroen
Schoemaker (44) after a Netherlands-registered boat that they were
travelling on was intercepted by a Border Force cutter 120 miles
(193 km) off the far southwestern county of Cornwall. Officers
discovered an estimated two tons of cocaine, wrapped in plastic
2018 Jul 19, At England's
Farnborough airshow US aviation giant Boeing announced 676 orders,
totaling $92 billion at list prices, while Airbus, its European
competitor, unveiled 431 orders worth $70 billion.
2018 Jul 19, The Press
Association reported that British police have identified several
Russians who they believe were behind the March 4 nerve agent attack
on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.
2018 Jul 19, In Chad 18 people
were killed in an attack by suspected Boko Haram jihadists in the
Lake Chad region near the border with Niger.
2018 Jul 19, The European
Commission stepped up a legal battle with Hungary over EU migration
rules and denounced as illegal its "Stop Soros" law that
criminalizes support for asylum seekers.
2018 Jul 19, President Emmanuel
Macron presented a distinctively modern face for Marianne, France's
traditional symbol of its revolutionary values. Macron chose the
Abidjan-based French-British street artist Yseult Digan, more widely
known as YZ (pronounced 'Eyes').
2018 Jul 19, In western Germany
Ahmed Massoud (32) was arrested in Duesseldorf after a standoff with
police, who were alerted by the suspect's wife. The woman told
officers that she had received a video call from Massoud in which he
was seen holding their crying daughter (7) and threatening to hurt
the girl. By the time police entered the apartment, the girl was
2018 Jul 19, Greek police boats
began searching along the Evros River on the Greek-Turkish border
for a Turkish woman and her three young children missing since the
boat they were using to cross the border capsized.
2018 Jul 19, In central India
security forces killed eight Maoist insurgents, including four
women, in an exchange of gunfire early today in Chhattisgarh state.
2018 Jul 19, India's lower
house of parliament approved a bill that would allow authorities to
seize assets of fugitives accused of crimes involving sums over 1
billion rupees ($14 million). The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill
law will go to the upper house and the president in the coming days.
2018 Jul 19, In Indonesia a
girl (15) who was raped by her brother was sentenced to six months
in prison for having an abortion. The brother (18) received a
two-year prison sentence for having sex with a minor.
2018 Jul 19, Israel's
parliament adopted a law defining the country as the nation state of
the Jewish people, provoking fears it could lead to blatant
discrimination against Arab citizens. The law also defined the
establishment of Jewish communities as being in the national
interest and downgraded Arabic from an official language to one with
(AFP, 7/19/18)(AFP, 7/21/18)
2018 Jul 19, An Israeli
airstrike against a Gaza crew launching incendiary devices killed a
member of the militant group Hamas and wounded three others.
2018 Jul 19, In Kazakhstan
Denis Ten (25), a 2014 Olympic bronze medalist figure skater, was
stabbed to death. Ten was knifed during a struggle with two men he
had caught trying to steal the mirrors on his car in Almaty.
2018 Jul 19, A Kenyan court
sentenced Ruth Kamande, a 24-year-old jail beauty queen, to death
for murdering her boyfriend by stabbing him 25 times, drawing
criticism from rights groups who called the punishment "inhumane."
She had slashed her partner Farid Mohammed (24) to death in 2015 and
was convicted in May.
2018 Jul 19, Macedonia's
parliament adopted a declaration supporting the country's bid to
join NATO, after the alliance formally invited it to join once it
fully implements a deal recently signed with neighboring Greece
changing its name to North Macedonia.
2018 Jul 19, The independent
group Fortify Rights said the Myanmar military systematically
prepared for attacks on Rohingya Muslims, confiscating knives and
other sharp-edged tools, arming and training non-Muslim civilians
and forcing Rohingya families to remove protective fences around
2018 Jul 19, Nicaragua's
President Daniel Ortega prepared to celebrate the anniversary of the
leftwing revolution that first brought him to power in 1979, while
cracking down on popular unrest demanding his ouster.
2018 Jul 19, In Niger French
Defence Minister Florence Parly arrived for talks with her Nigerien
counterpart Kalla Moutari and President Mahamadou Issoufou about
boosting the G5 Sahel force's "operational dynamics".
2018 Jul 19, The latest Global
Slavery Index showed one in 10 people in North Korea live in
slavery, with most forced to work for the state. The index listed
Eritrea, Burundi, the Central African Republic, Afghanistan,
Mauritania, South Sudan, Pakistan, Cambodia and Iran as the worst
offenders after North Korea.
2018 Jul 19, Two Palestinian
families demolished the homes they had lived in for nearly two
decades, saying they would rather destroy them than face the
prospect of Israeli settlers moving in.
2018 Jul 19, The Philippine
immigration bureau ordered the deportation of Sister Patricia Anne
Fox, an Australian nun, who has angered the president by joining
anti-government rallies. Her lawyers called the move "persecution"
and said they would appeal.
2018 Jul 19, Russian President
Vladimir Putin accused forces in the United States of trying to
undermine the success of his first summit with US President Donald
Trump, but said the two leaders had begun to improve U.S.-Russia
2018 Jul 19, Russian lawmakers
tentatively approved a hugely unpopular government plan to raise the
pension age to 65 for men and 63 for women. The plan has led to
protests and a record slump in Vladimir Putin's approval ratings.
2018 Jul 19, Saudi state news
agency SPA reported that state-owned Saudi Arabian Military
Industries (SAMI) has signed an agreement with Spain's Navantia to
set up a joint venture in the kingdom to build five warships.
2018 Jul 19, A Spanish Supreme
Court judge dropped extradition requests for six politicians wanted
on rebellion charges for their roles in promoting independence for
Spain's Catalonia region, including former regional president Carles
2018 Jul 19, In Sudan Egyptian
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met with President Omar al-Bashir as
well as other Sudanese officials at the start of a two-day visit.
They vowed to set differences aside and bolster relations. They
agreed to mend ties, frayed by repeated failures to reach a deal
over an upstream Nile dam being built by Ethiopia, and the revival
of a longstanding dispute over a border territory held by Cairo and
claimed by Khartoum.
2018 Jul 19, Syrian rebels
agreed to surrender a sensitive area bordering the Israeli-annexed
Golan Heights. The agreement followed another deal that saw
thousands of residents evacuated from two pro-regime towns in
northern Syria long besieged by hardline rebels. Over 7,00 people
were evacuated from the Foua and Kfarya villages.
(AFP, 7/19/18)(SFC, 7/20/18, p.A2)
2018 Jul 19, Turkish
authorities formally arrested Adnan Oktar, a controversial Islamic
televangelist and cult leader, on charges that include forming a
criminal gang, blackmail and sexual abuse of minors. At least 168 of
Oktar's followers were also formally arrested on the same charges.
2018 Jul 19, In northern
Vietnam a flash flood swept through a small village in Lang Chanh
district, Thanh Hoa province, and carried away a dozen stilt houses.
Flooding triggered by a tropical storm has killed at least 20 people
and left over a dozen missing.
2018 Jul 19, A boat carrying
more than 160 African migrants capsized off Yemen's southern
province of Shabwa. Twenty-five Ethiopian migrants were reported
(http://tinyurl.com/y9tt69an)(SFC, 7/21/18, p.A2)
2019 Jul 19, Pres. Donald Trump
selected Eugene Scalia, the sone of late Supreme Court Justice
Anthony Scalia, as his next secretary of labor. Scalia had a long
record of representing Walmart and other companies that pushed back
against unions and tougher labor laws.
(SFC, 7/20/19, p.A8)
2019 Jul 19, The United States
targeted a senior operative of the Iran-backed Hezbollah militant
group with sanctions as part of its pressure campaign against
Tehran. The government also issued a $7 million reward for
information leading to the capture of the operative, Salman Rauf
Salman, who is said to have coordinated the 1994 on a Jewish center
in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2019 Jul 19, The US government
expanded its policy requiring asylum seekers to wait outside the
country. The Dept. of Homeland Security said it would implement its
Migrant Protection Protocols in Brownsville, across the border from
(SFC, 7/20/19, p.A8)
2019 Jul 19, Officials say the
US is sending several hundred troops as well as aircraft and air
defense missiles to Saudi Arabia to counter Iran.
2019 Jul 19, The US Bureau of
Prisons relased more than 3,100 federal inmates as part of a
criminal justice overhaul signed into law last year. Nearly 900 were
to be turned over to other law enforcement agencies because of
detainers filed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and local
(SFC, 7/20/19, p.A4)
2019 Jul 19, Turkish banker
Mehmet Hakan Atilla, convicted of helping Iran evade economic
sanctions, was released from a US prison and surrendered to US
immigration officials to await deportation. A federal jury convicted
Atilla in 2018 of participating in a conspiracy that allowed Iran to
launder billions of dollars in oil proceeds through world financial
2019 Jul 19, The US Department
of Transportation (DOT) granted American Airlines Group Inc and
Qantas Airways Ltd final approval to operate a joint venture after a
prior effort was rejected in 2016.
2019 Jul 19, George Nader (60),
a Lebanese-American businessman, was hit with new federal charges of
child pornography, sex trafficking, and obscenity. Nader, with deep
political and financial ties to the United Arab Emirates, was a key
cooperator in Mueller’s probe of foreign influence in the 2016
(The Daily Beast, 7/19/19)
2019 Jul 19, In southern
California John Ewell (62) of Los Angeles was sentenced to four life
terms in prison for killing four people in a series of home invasion
robberies in 2010.
2019 Jun 19, In northern
California Rev. Oscar Diaz (56) fractured his hip in a car crash in
Santa Rosa. Police found a have dozen bags in his car with
$18,305.86 in cash in his car. It was later found that he had stolen
at least $95,000 from five Catholic churches over the course of 15
(SFC, 7/23/19, p.C1)
2019 Jul 19, Cesar Pelli (92),
internationally known architect based in Connecticut, died in New
Haven. His firm's work included the Salesforce Tower in San
Francisco and the three-block-long transit center next to it. The
firm's work also included the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and
Canary Wharf in London.
2019 Jul 19, Chevron said an
800,000-gallon oil spill in Central California may have started when
crews tried to recap an abandoned well. Chevron said the oil has
only fouled about an acre of land and 90 percent of the spilled
material has been recaptured.
2019 Jul 19, Harold Martin
(54), a former National Security Agency contractor, was sentenced in
Maryland to nine years in prison for stealing huge amounts of
classified material from US intelligence agencies over two decades,
though officials never found proof he shared it with anyone.
2019 Jul 19, Alexandria Kostial
(21), a Univ. of Mississippi student, was captured on video in The
Square late today. She was found the next morning by an on-patrol
Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department deputy near Sardis Lake in
Harmontown. Classmate Brandon Theesfeld (22) of Fort Worth was soon
arrested on a murder charge.
(Charlotte Observer, 7/25/19)
2019 Jul 19, The New Hampshire
Supreme Court upheld a state committee's rejection of a proposal to
bring a hydropower transmission line from Canada to markets in
southern New England, possibly dealing a fatal blow to a plan that
has raised concerns among communities and environmentalists that it
would harm the region's tourism industry and hurt property values.
2019 Jul 19, A massive heat
wave that has enveloped the US Midwest pushed into the Northeast,
ushering in temperatures that could top 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38
degrees C) in Washington and prompting utilities to take steps to
prevent power outages.
2019 Jul 19, In Virginia three
men, members of the now defunct Rise Above Movement were sentenced
between two and three years in prison for violence at the Aug. 12,
2017, "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville.
(SFC, 7/20/19, p.A8)
2019 Jul 19, Twitter suspended
the accounts of several Iranian state media outlets. The next day
Twitter said this was due to harassment of people linked to the
2019 Jul 19, In Afghanistan a
bomb exploded outside the gates of Kabul Univ. killing at least
eight people and wounding 33 others.
(SFC, 7/20/19, p.A2)
2019 Jul 19, Bulgaria's
parliament approved changes to the 2019 budget bill that will see
Balkan country's fiscal deficit quadruple from its initial target to
2.1% of economic output. The one-off jump in spending is needed to
finance a $1.26 billion deal to purchase eight F-16 aircraft from
the United States this year.
2019 Jul 19, A Cambodia court
said three Cambodian women have been charged with violating
surrogacy and human trafficking laws after they gave birth to babies
they delivered to Chinese nationals in Vietnam for $8,000 per child.
(SFC, 7/20/19, p.A2)
2019 Jul 19, In Canada a burned
vehicle belonging to Kam McLeod (19) and Bryer Schmegelsky (18) was
found south of Dease Lake in British Columbia. During a police probe
a body was found a little over a mile from the car. The men had not
been in contact with their families for several days. A week earlier
Australian Lucas Fowler (23) and Chynna Deese (24), his American
girlfriend, were found murdered about 300 miles from this location.
McLeod and Schmegelsky were suspects in the murders.
(SFC, 7/23/19, p.A2)(SSFC, 7/28/19, p.A4)
2019 Jul 19, Egyptian
airstrikes targeting Islamic militants in the restive northern Sinai
Peninsula killed at least 20 insurgents.
2019 Jul 19, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel criticized US President Donald Trump's comments about
Democratic lawmakers of color, saying they run counter to what she
considers "the strength of America" and expressing solidarity with
2019 Jul 19, Hong Kong police
found 4.4 pounds of TATP, a homemade explosive, and arrested a man
in a raid on a commercial building.
(SSFC, 7/21/19, p.A4)
2019 Jul 19, Hungarian
philosopher Agnes Heller (90) died in Hungary. She was a student of
Gyorgy Lukacs and later taught political theory for 25 years at the
New School for Social Research in NYC.
2019 Jul 19, Iran denied
President Donald Trump's claim that a US warship destroyed an
Iranian drone near the Persian Gulf in another escalation of
tensions between the two countries less than a month after Trump
nearly launched an airstrike.
2019 Jul 19, Iran's
Revolutionary Guard seized the Stena Impero, a British-flagged oil
tanker. Iran says it intervened because the British-flagged tanker
hit an Iranian fishing boat. A second Liberian-flagged ship was
2019 Jul 19, In northern Iraq
an unmanned aircraft dropped explosives on a base belonging to
Iran-linked Shi'ite paramilitary groups, killing at least one
person. A Turkish soldier was killed and six wounded in an operation
in northern Iraq during clashes with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers'
2019 Jul 19, Kenya's Pres.
Uhuru Kenyatta opened the Lake Turkana Wind Project, said to be
Africa's largest wind farm.
(SFC, 7/22/19, p.A2)
2019 Jul 19, Kosovo PM Ramush
Haradinaj said he was stepping down from his post after he was
summoned again as a suspect to the international war-crimes tribunal
in The Hague.
2019 Jul 19, Lebanese lawmakers
ratified a controversial austerity budget that aims to save an
indebted economy following a raucous voting day that saw protesters
attempting to breach the parliament security zone.
2019 Jul 19, The Dutch
government accepted that the state was partially liable for the
deaths in 1995 of 350 Muslim males who were expelled from a UN base
and killed by Bosnian Serb forces at Srebrenica.
2019 Jul 19, Dutch film actor
Rutger Hauer (75) died at his home in the Netherlands. His films
included "Turkish Delight" (1973), "Nighthawks" (1981) "Blade
Runner" (1982), "Ladyhawke" (1985), "Escape from Sobibor" (1987),
"Sin City" (2005), "Batman Begins" (2005) and "The Hitchhiker"
(SFC, 7/26/19, p.A9)
2019 Jul 19, Pakistani
Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said an agreement has been
reached on a plan to overhaul instruction at madrasas or religious
schools to bring the institutions closer into line with conventional
schools and curb extremist teaching.
2019 Jul 19, Panama's maritime
authority began the process of withdrawing the registration of an
oil tanker called MT Riah, which was towed to Iran after it
disappeared from ship tracking maps in the Strait of Hormuz on July
14. The authority said an investigation has determined the tanker
had "deliberately violated international regulations" by not
reporting any unusual situation.
2019 Jul 19, Puerto Ricans
streamed into San Juan's old city and called on Gov. Ricardo
Rossello to quit over the misogynistic and homophobic messages.
2019 Jul 19, Former South
African president Jacob Zuma abandoned his testimony to a state
commission probing corruption allegations against him, asserting
that he was being treated unfairly. But a deal was quickly reached
for him to return at some point in the future.
2019 Jul 19, The Spanish
government said around 200 migrants have tried to climb a barrier
separating the north African enclave of Melilla from Morocco. Around
50 migrants managed to scale the security fence surrounding the
2019 Jul 19, Sudan's
pro-democracy movement sought to postpone the signing of the second
and possibly more contentious part of a power-sharing agreement with
the country's military, saying that it needs more time to resolve
differences among its members over the deal.
2019 Jul 19, Ukraine's Pres.
Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in televised comments that Ukraine could
release journalist Kirill Vyshinskiy, who has been in jail for a
year on treason charges, if Russia releases film director Oleg
Sentsov from a Russian prison colony. Sentsov is serving 20 years in
a Russian prison for allegedly plotting acts of terrorism.
2019 Jul 19, Vietnam accused a
Chinese oil survey vessel and its escorts of violating its
sovereignty and demanded that China remove the ships from Vietnamese
2019 Jul 19, In southern Yemen
gunmen attacked a police checkpoint, killing at least five policemen
and wounding three in Abyan province. Officials blamed the attack on
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