Return to home326 Jul 25,
Constantine refused to carry out the traditional pagan sacrifices.
975 Jul 25, Thietmar bishop of
Merseburg, German chronicler, was born.
1360 Jul 25, Jews were expelled
from Breslau, Silesia.
1471 Jul 25, Thomas A. Kempis
(91), [Thomas Hammerken von Kempen], German writer, monk, died. His
popular "Imitation of Christ" went through 99 editions by the end of
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R34)(Internet)
1564 Jul 25, Maximillian II
became emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
1575 Jul 25, Christoph
Scheiner, astronomer, was born in Germany.
1587 Jul 25, Japanese shogun
Toyotomi Hideyoshi banned Christianity in Japan and ordered all
Christians to leave. Although the order was not immediately
enforced. A decade later, the crackdown began, and 26 Christians
(HN, 7/25/98)(AP, 11/21/08)
1593 Jul 25, France's King
Henry IV converted from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism.
1609 Jul 25, Admiral William
Somers, head of a 7-ship fleet enroute to Virginia, spied land after
being blown off course and soon drove his ship, the Sea Venture,
onto the reefs of Bermuda. William Strachey (1572-1621), was also
aboard the Sea Venture and later sent a letter to England that
described the event. The letter is thought by many to have been the
inspiration for Shakespeare’s "Tempest." Strachey became secretary
of the colony at Jamestown, Virginia, after his arrival there on May
23, 1610. In 2009 Hobson Woodward authored: A Brave Vessel: The True
Tale of the Castaways Who Rescued Jamestown and Inspired
Shakespeare’s “The Tempest."
(AM, May/Jun 97 p.29)(SFC, 8/18/09,
1616 Jul 25, Andreas Libavius,
German alchemist, died.
1670 Jul 25, Jews were expelled
from Vienna, Austria.
1729 Jul 25, North Carolina
became a royal colony.
1759 Jul 25, British forces
defeated a French army at Fort Niagara in Canada. During their 7
(HN, 7/25/98)(SC, 7/25/02)
1775 Jul 25, Anna Symmes
Harrison, 1st lady, was born.
1775 Jul 25, Maryland issued
currency depicting George III trampling the Magna Carta.
1791 Jul 25, Free African
Society (FAS) leaders drew up a plan to organize the African Church.
Richard Allen purchased a site for a church for the African-American
community in Philadelphia. It later stood as the oldest parcel of
land continuously owned by African Americans. The Richard Allen
Museum contains 19th century artifacts from the church.
1797 Jul 25, Presidente Fermin
Francisco de Lasuen founded Mission San Miguel Archangel, the 16th
California mission. He took possession of the land on behalf of
Viceroy Branciforte. The mission facilitated travel between Mission
San Luis Obispo and Mission San Antonio.
1799 Jul 25, On his way back
from Syria, Napoleon Bonaparte defeated the Ottomans at Aboukir,
1805 Jul 25, Aaron Burr visited
New Orleans with plans to establish a new country, with New Orleans
as the capital city.
1814 Jul 25, British and
American forces fought each other to a stand off at Lundy's Lane
(Niagara Falls), Canada, in some of the fiercest fighting in the War
1822 Jul 25, Gen. Agustin de
Iturbide was crowned Agustin I, 1st emperor of Mexico.
1824 Jul 25, Costa Rica gained
Guanacaste province from Nicaragua as the town people of Nicoya and
Santa Cruz decided to join Costa Rica. In 2013 Nicaragua’s President
Daniel Ortega warned Costa Rica that he may ask the International
Court of Justice to restore to Managua the province he said it lost
1830 Jul 25, King Charles X of
France signed the July Ordinances, also known as "The Ordinances of
Saint-Cloud". These, among other steps, suspended the liberty of the
press, dissolved the newly elected Chamber of Deputies and excluded
the commercial middle-class from future elections.
1832 Jul 25, The 1st US
railroad accident was at Granite Railway, Quincy, Mass., and 1 died.
1834 Jul 25, Samuel Taylor
Coleridge (b.1772), English poet, died. He and his friend William
Wordsworth were among the founders of the Romantic Movement in
England and later identified, along with Robert Southey, as the Lake
School of poets. Coleridge’s work included "The Rime of the Ancient
Mariner," "Frost at Midnight" and "Kubla Khan." In his later life he
authored the "Bibliographia Literaria," a work of literary theory.
In 1999 Richard Holmes published "Coleridge: Darker Reflections,
1804-1834," which focused on the poet's later life. His volume
"Coleridge: Early Visions" was published in 1989. In 2007 Adam
Sisman authored “The Friendship: Wordsworth & Coleridge."
p.A20)(WSJ, 2/20/07, p.D8)
1840 Jul 25, Flora Adams
Darling, founded Daughters of American Revolution, was born.
1844 Jul 25, Thomas Eakins
(d.1916), American painter, was born.
(SFC, 5/6/97, p.E4)(WUD, 1994, p.447)(HN,
1844 Jul 25, Louis Napoleon
(b.1779), French king of the Netherlands (1806-10), died.
1845 Jul 25, China granted
Belgium equal trading rights with Britain, France and the United
1848 Jul 25, Arthur James
Balfour (d.1930), the First Earl of Balfour and prime Minister of
Great Britain (1902-1905), was born: "A religion that is small
enough for our understanding would not be large enough for our
(AP, 11/14/97)(HN, 7/25/98)
1850 Jul 25, Gold was
discovered in the Rogue River in Oregon, extending the quest for
gold up the Pacific coast.
1850 Jul 25, The clipper ship
Frolic, enroute from Hong Kong to SF, wrecked on a reef at the north
edge of what is now California’s Preserve off Point Cabrillo Light
Station. It had run opium from India to China to trade for silver
and merchandise. The crew escaped in small boats and though all
trade goods were lost the area became recognized as ideal for a
1853 Jul 25, David Belasco,
actor, playwright and producer, was born.
1853 Jul 25, Joaquin Murrieta
(b.1829), aka the Mexican Robin Hood or the Robin Hood of El Dorado,
was shot and killed by California Rangers near Coalinga. A plaque
(California Historical Landmark #344) near Coalinga at the
intersection of State Routes 33 and 198 later marked the approximate
site of the incident. His head was reportedly paraded around mining
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joaquin_Murrieta)(SFC, 3/3/14, p.D2)
1860 Jul 25, The 1st US
intercollegiate billiard match was between Harvard and Yale.
1861 Jul 25, The Crittenden
Resolution, calling for the American Civil War to be fought to
preserve the Union and not for slavery, was passed by Congress.
1865 Jul 25, Dr. James Barry
(b.1795), British military medical officer and senior inspector
general, died. It was soon revealed that Dr. Barry was likely a
female. In 2003 Rachel Holmes authored “Scanty Particulars: the
Scandalous Life and Astonishing Secret of Queen Victoria’s Most
Eminent Military Doctor."
1866 Jul 25, Ulysses S. Grant
was named General of the Army, the first officer to hold the rank.
1867 Jul 25, President Andrew
Johnson signed an act creating the territory of Wyoming. [see Jul
1868 Jul 25, Congress passed an
act creating the Wyoming Territory. [see Jul 25, 1867]
1871 Jul 25, A carrousel was
patented by Wilhelm Schneider in Davenport, Iowa.
1880 Jul 25, Morris Raphel
Cohen, American philosopher and mathematician, was born.
1883 Jul 25, Alfredo Casella,
composer (La Giara), was born in Turin, Italy.
1884 Jul 25, Davidson Black,
doctor of anatomy (identified Peking Man), was born in Canada.
1894 Jul 25, Walter Brennan,
actress (Real McCoys, At Gun Point), was born in Swampscott, Mass.
1894 Jul 25, Japanese forces
sank the British steamer Kowshing which was bringing Chinese
reinforcements to Korea.
1896 Jul 25, An estimated 5,000
cyclists gathered in SF to demonstrate for better roads.
(Ind, 8/2/03, p.5A)
1898 Jul 25, US Gen’l. Nelson
A. Miles (1839-1925) landed troops at Guanica on the southern coast
of Puerto Rico. Spain and the US came to terms at the Treaty of
Paris and the US acquired Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico became a US
territory. He was promoted to lieutenant general in 1901. He retired
from the army in 1903. His books include Personal Recollections and
Observations (1896) and Serving the Republic (1911).
(HT, 4/97, p.65)(SFC, 3/26/97,
1899 Jul 25, Ralph Dumke, actor
(Movieland Quiz), was born in Indiana.
1901 Jul 25, A fire destroyed
the Byron Hot Springs Hotel in Byron, Ca. A new hotel, designed by
James and Merritt Reid, was built to replace it. It burned down in
1912 and was replaced in 1914 with a new design by James Reid.
1902 Jul 25, Eric Hoffer
(d.1983), American longshoreman, philosopher and author of "In Our
Time," was born: "Our present addiction to pollsters and forecasters
is a symptom of our chronic uncertainty about the future. ... We
watch our experts read the entrails of statistical tables and graphs
the way the ancients watched their soothsayers read the entrails of
a chicken." "It almost seems that nobody can hate America as much as
native Americans. America needs new immigrants to love and cherish
it." "We do not usually look for allies when we love. Indeed, we
often look on those who love with us as rivals and trespassers. But
we always look for allies when we hate."
(AP, 5/21/97)(AP, 10/28/97)(AP, 5/23/98)(HN,
1903 Jul 25, In San Francisco
Layman’s Folly, the German-style castle built on Telegraph Hill in
1883 by entrepreneur Frederick Layman, was destroyed by fire.
11/27/00, p.A18)(SFC, 3/8/14, p.C2)
1905 Jul 25, Elias Canetti,
Bulgarian-British novelist, essayist (Nobel 1981), was born.
1907 Jul 25, Jack Gilford,
actor (Save the Tiger, Cocoon, Arthur 2), was born in NYC.
1907 Jul 25, Johnny Hodges,
jazz musician, was born.
1909 Jul 25, Draugas, "The
Friend," a Lithuanian newspaper, began publishing in Chicago.
(Dr, 7/96, V1#1, p.3)
1909 Jun 20, The first
honeymoon in a balloon.
(HFA, '96, p.32)
1909 Jul 25, French aviator
Louis Bleriot (1872-1936) made the first crossing of the English
Channel from Calais to the grounds of Dover Castle in a powered
aircraft, winning a £1,000 prize offered by the London Daily Mail.
Piloting his Type XI monoplane at an average of 39 miles per hour,
Blériot made the trip of 23.2 miles in just under 36 minutes.
(AP, 7/25/97)(HNPD, 7/25/98)(ON, 6/07, p.9)
1912 Jul 25, The Comoros were
proclaimed to be French colonies.
1914 Jul 25, Russia declared
that it would act to protect Serbian sovereignty.
1916 Jul 25, An explosion at
the Cleveland Waterworks tunnel project trapped 12 men and 18
would-be rescuers. 8 men were saved and 10 bodies were recovered by
a team led by black inventor Garrett A. Morgan (d.1963) dressed in
his new Safety Hood.
(ON, 3/02, p.12)
1918 Jul 25, Annette Adams of
Calif. was sworn in as the 1st US woman district attorney.
1918 Jul 25, A race riot in
Chester, Pennsylvania, left 3 blacks and 2 whites dead.
1924 Jul 25, Frank Church,
Sen-D-Id, was born in Boise.
1924 Jul 25, Estelle Getty,
actress (Sophia Petrillo-Golden Girls), was born in NYC.
1924 Jul 25, Greece announced
the deportation of 50,000 Armenians.
1925 Jul 25, Jerry Paris,
director, actor (Jerry-Dick Van Dyke Show), was born in SF, Calif.
1927 Jul 25, Midge Decter,
writer and editor, was born in St. Paul Minn.
1930 Jul 25, Maureen Forrester,
contralto (Resurrection Symphony), was born in Montreal, Canada.
1932 Jul 25, Paul J. Weitz,
astronaut (Skylab 2, STS 6), was born in Erie, Pennsylvania.
1934 Jul 25, There was a Nazi
coup in Vienna. Austrian Premier Engelbert Dollfus was shot and
killed by Nazis. Hitler murdered Austria's Chancellor Dollfus.
(WUD, 1994, p.424,1682)(TMC, 1994, p.1934)(HN,
1935 Jul 25, Barbara Harris,
Tony award winning actress in The Apple Tree, was born.
1935 Jul 25, Adnan Khashoggi,
billionaire arms dealer, was born.
1935 Jul 25, Laurent Terzieff,
actor (Pharaoh-Moses the Law Giver), was born in Paris, France.
1935 Jul 25, C. Jackson
discovered asteroid #1641 Tana.
1936 Jul 25, The 115 acre
Orchard Beach opened in the Bronx.
1936 Jul 25, G. Neujmin
discovered asteroid #3761.
1940 Jul 25, John Sigmund began
swimming for 89 hrs 46 mins in the Mississippi River.
1941 Jul 25, The U.S.
government froze Japanese and Chinese assets.
1943 Jul 25, Jim McCarty,
rocker (The Yardbirds-For Your Love), was born.
1943 Jul 25, Janet Margolin,
actress (Take the Money & Run, David & Lisa), was born in
1943 Jul 25, Benito Mussolini
was dismissed as premier of Italy by King Victor Emmanuel III and
placed under arrest. Mussolini was later rescued by the Nazis and
re-asserted his authority.
1944 Jul 25, Bing Crosby and
the Andrews Sisters recorded Cole Porter's "Don't Fence Me In" in
Los Angeles for Decca Records.
1944 Jul 25, Allied forces
begin the breakthrough of German lines in Normandy.
1944 Jul 25, The Messerschmitt
262 became the 1st jet fighter used in combat.
1945 Jul 25, Donna Theodore,
Broadway singer (Hollywood Talent Scouts), was born.
1946 Jul 25, The United States
detonated a 2nd atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in the
first underwater test of the device. [see July 1]
1946 Jul 25, In Monroe,
Georgia, 2 black couples were killed by Ku Klux Klansmen near
Moore’s Ford Bridge in Walton County. Roger Malcolm had just been
given bail after stabbing a white farmer. Pres. Truman ordered an
FBI investigation and 55 suspects were named in the lynching of
Roger and Dorothy Malcolm and George and Mae Murray Dorsey, but no
one was ever charged. Dorothy Malcolm was pregnant.
(SFC, 7/26/05, p.A5)(Econ., 2/21/15, p.32)
1948 Jul 25, Steve Goodman,
singer, songwriter (Somebody Else’s Trouble), was born in Chicago.
1950 Jul 25, Top staff officers
of the US 8th Army, Muccio's representative Harold J. Noble and
South Korean officials met and decided on a policy of air-dropping
leaflets telling South Korean civilians not to head south toward US
defense lines, and of shooting them if they did approach US lines
despite warning shots. This information was in a letter from
ambassador John J. Muccio to US Sec. of State Dean Rusk. The letter
was declassified in 1982.
1950 Jul 25, American soldiers
In Korea ordered villagers away from Im Ke Ri and sent them on the
road to Hwanggan.
(SFC, 1/12/01, p.A8)
1950 Jul 25, The Goethe Link
Observatory discovered asteroids #1799 Koussevitsky, #1822 Waterman
1951 Jul 25, L. Boyer
discovered asteroid #1714 Sy.
1952 Jul 25, Goethe Link
Observatory discovered asteroid #1788 Kiess.
1952 Jul 25, Puerto Rico became
a self-governing commonwealth of the United States.
1953 Jul 25, A truce ended the
Korean War. S.L.A. Marshall later authored "The River and the
Gauntlet," a description of the slaughter the war brought to both
sides. Clay Blair later authored "Forgotten War," and Roy Appelman
wrote "East of Chosin" and "Disaster in Korea."
(SFEC, 5/16/99, Z1 p.4)(WSJ, 8/6/99, p.W7)
1953 Jul 25, NYC transit fare
rose from 10 to 15 cents and 1st use of subway tokens began.
1954 Jul 25, Lynn Frederick,
actress (Schizophrenia), was born in Middlesex, England.
1954 Jul 25, Walter Payton,
Chicago Bear football running back, was born in Columbia, Miss.
1955 Jul 25, Iman, model, David
Bowie's girlfriend, actress (Star Trek VI), was born.
1956 Jul 25, Jordanians
attacked the UN Palestine truce.
1956 Jul 25, The Italian luxury
liner Andrea Doria sank after colliding with the Swedish ship
Stockholm in 200 feet of water 50 miles southeast of Nantucket
Island, Mass. 46 people of its 1,706 passengers and crew were
killed. The Dorea was headed from Genoa, Italy, to NY, and sank
eleven hours after the crash.
(WSJ, 5/30/97, p.A1)(AP, 7/25/97)(SFC, 1/1/99,
p.A16)(SFC, 7/30/99, p.D5)(AP, 1/14/12)
1957 Jul 25, The monarchy in
Tunisia was abolished in favor of a republic. Habib Bourguiba
(1903-2000) began serving as president and continued to 1987.
1959 Jul 25, Dr. Isaac Halevi
Herzog (71), chief rabbi of Israel (1936-59), died.
1959 Jul 25, King Mutara III
(b.~1912), monarch of Rwanda (1931 and 1959), died. Mutara was known
for being the first Mwami to convert to Catholicism.
1961 Jul 25, Katherine Kelly
Lang, actress (Brooke-Bold & Beautiful), was born in LA, Calif.
1963 Jul 25, The United States,
the Soviet Union and Britain initialed a treaty in Moscow
prohibiting the testing of nuclear weapons in the atmosphere, in
space or underwater.
1963 Jul 25, Ugo Cerletti
(b.1877), Italian neurosurgeon, died. In the 1930s he and Lucio Bini
pioneered the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), electric
shock, to cure patients of depression.
1964 Jul 25, Beatles' "Hard
Day's Night, A," album went #1 and stayed #1 for 14 weeks.
1964 Jul 25, There was a race
riot in Rochester, NY.
1965 Jul 25, Bob Dylan played a
Fender Stratocaster at the Newport Folk Festival, RI. In 2015 Elijah
Wald authored “Dylan Goes Electric! Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the
Night that Split the Sixties."
(SFC, 7/20/15, p.E2)
1966 Jul 25, Supremes released
"You Can't Hurry Love."
1966 Jul 25, Yankee manager
Casey Stengel was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame.
1967 Jul 25, Construction began
on SF MUNI Metro (Market Street subway).
1967 Jul 25, US Navy Lt.
Commander Donald Davis crashed his jet on the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Searchers later recovered fragments of his remains for return to the
(SFC, 5/25/98, p.A4)
1968 Jul 25, H. Wroblewski
discovered asteroid #1993 Guacolda on exposures by G. Plouguin and
I. Belyaiev at the University of Chile, Cerro El Roble Station.
1969 Jul 25, Some 70,000
attended the Seattle Pop Festival. The music festival, organized by
Boyd Grafmyrem, was held at the Gold Creek Park, Woodinville,
Washington, from July 25 to July 28, 1969.
1969 Jul 25, The Nixon Doctrine
was put forth in a press conference in Guam, in which he stated that
the US henceforth expected its Asian allies to take care of their
own military defense [see Nov 3, 1969].
1969 Jul 25, A week after the
Chappaquiddick accident that claimed the life of Mary Jo Kopechne,
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving the
scene of an accident.
1972 Jul 25, US health
officials conceded that blacks were used as guinea pigs in the 40
year Tuskegee Syphilis Study in Macon County, Ala. By this time 28
participants had died of syphilis, 100 were dead of related
complications, at least 40 wives had been infected and 19 children
had contracted the disease at birth [see 1932].
1973 Jul 25, Pres Nixon refused
to release Watergate tapes of conversations in the White House
relevant to the Watergate investigation.
1973 Jul 25, Russia launched
its Mars 5 Orbiter.
1974 Jul 25, The US Supreme
Court ruled in Milliken v Bradley that desegregation cannot be
required across school district lines. The case had originated in
1974 Jul 25, T. Smirnova,
Russian astronomer, discovered asteroid #2345 Fucik.
1975 Jul 25, Jay R. Ferguson
Jr., American actor (Taylor Newton-Evening Shade), was born in
1975 Jul 25, "A Chorus Line,"
the longest-running Broadway show (6,137), premiered on Broadway. It
had opened off-Broadway at The Public Theater on May 21, 1975.
1976 Jul 25, Edwin Moses
(b.1955), American track star, won an Olympic Gold Medal In Montreal
in the 400-meter hurdles.
1978 Jul 25, Louise Joy Brown,
the first test-tube baby, was born in Oldham, England; she'd been
conceived through in-vitro fertilization. In 2004 Robin Marantz
Henig authored "Pandora's Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies
sparked the Reproductive Revolution.
(TL, 1988, p.119)(AP, 7/25/97)(SSFC, 2/22/04,
1978 Jul 25, The Viking 2
Orbiter to Mars was powered down after 706 orbits.
1979 Jul 25, In the Philippines
Batas Pambansa No. 20 was enacted creating the Regional Autonomous
Government in Western and Central Mindanao regions.
1980 Jul 25, In San Francisco
the Red Vic repertory movie theater opened at Haight and Belvedere.
In 1991 it moved to 1727 Haight. In 2011 it was set to close
following a final birthday screening.
(SFC, 7/7/11, p.A1)
1981 Jul 25, Ian Martin (69),
Scottish-born film and TV actor (Uncle Bill-O'Neills), died in NYC.
1981 Jul 25, In El Salvador 45
farmers were allegedly massacred at the hands of the military in San
Francisco Angulo. In 2014 the Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors
must investigate the massacre.
(SFC, 2/7/14, p.A2)
1983 Jul 25, The first nonhuman
primate, a baboon, was conceived in a lab dish in San Antonio, Tx.
1984 Jul 25, Soviet cosmonaut
Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space. She
carried out more than 3 hours of experiments outside the orbiting
space station Salyut 7.
1985 Jul 25, A spokeswoman for
Rock Hudson confirmed that the actor, hospitalized in Paris, was
suffering from "AIDS." Hudson died the following October.
1986 Jul 25, Marc Smith, NYC
construction worker turned poet, held the first poetry slam at the
Green Mill jazz club in Chicago. He pitted writers against one
another in a test of writing skills and performance.
1986 Jul 25, Vincente Minnelli
(76), movie director known for such musicals as "Gigi," "An American
in Paris" and "Meet Me in St. Louis," died in Los Angeles.
1987 Jul 25, US Commerce
Secretary Malcolm Baldrige died of internal injuries he sustained
while participating in a rodeo. He was succeeded by C. William
1987 Jul 25, The USSR launched
Kosmos 1870, a 15-ton Earth-study satellite.
1988 Jul 25, A judge in New
York ordered the feuding San Diego Yacht Club and a New Zealand
challenger to settle the battle for the America's Cup with a
September race. The Americans used a two-hulled catamaran to easily
defeat the New Zealanders' monohull, setting off a legal dispute
that ended two years later in victory for the American team.
1989 Jul 25, The pilot of the
United DC-10 that crashed in Sioux City, Iowa, July 19, Alfred C.
Haynes, appeared at a news conference in which he dismissed
descriptions of himself as a hero after he and his crew managed to
save 184 of the 296 people aboard the crippled aircraft.
1990 Jul 25, Comedian Roseanne
Barr sparked controversy with an off-key rendition of the
"Star-Spangled Banner" during a double-header at Jack Murphy Stadium
in San Diego.
1990 Jul 25, The US ambassador
to Iraq, April Glaspie, met with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to
discuss Iraq’s economic dispute with Kuwait.
1990 Jul 25, The US Senate
formally denounced Senator Dave Durenberger (Republican, Minnesota)
for financial improprieties.
1991 Jul 25, Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev urged Communist leaders at a Central Committee
meeting to reject "outdated ideological dogmas" and embrace a market
1991 Jul 25, A deadline for
Iraq to provide full details of its weapons of mass destruction
passed, with US officials indicating military action was not
1992 Jul 25, Opening ceremonies
were held in Barcelona, Spain, for the 25th Summer Olympics.
1992 Jul 25, A 68-foot high
Mistos (Match-Cover) by Claes Oldenburg was built for the Summer
Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, in reference to the Olympic Torch. In
the Olympics the Unified team of the former Soviet Union won 45 gold
medals and the US won 37.
(Smith., Aug. 1995, p.81)(SFC, 7/14/96, Par p.4)
1992 Jul 25, Greg Spiers
created the Lithuanian Basketball Team’s tie-died shirt featuring
the Grateful Dead’s skeleton slam-dunking. He later sued for a share
of the profits on the shirts.
(SFEC, 8/18/96, DB p.44)
1992 Jul 25, Actor-singer
Alfred Drake died in New York at age 78.
1993 Jul 25, Israel launched
its heaviest artillery and air assault on Lebanon since 1982 in an
attempt to eradicate Hezbollah and Palestinian guerrilla threats.
Guerrillas fired rockets into Israel. The fighting ended July 31
with a U.S.-brokered cease-fire. Israel and Hezbollah then agreed
not to attack civilian targets, but the cease-fire was short lived.
(AP, 7/25/98)(SFC, 5/24/00, p.A15)
1994 Jul 25, Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan's King Hussein signed a
declaration at the White House ending their countries' 46-year-old
formal state of war.
1995 Jul 25, A bomb exploded at
the Paris subway St. Michel station, killing 8 people and injuring
some 200. The Armed Islamic Group claimed responsibility. In 1999
five people linked to Algerian militants were sentenced to 10-year
prison terms for the attacks. 16 others received lesser sentences.
In 2002 Boualem Bensaid and Smain Ait Ali Belkacem, Islamic
militants, were convicted and sentenced to life in prison for their
roles in the bombings. British police arrested Rachid Ramda (25) at
the request of the French government due to his connections with
Bensaid. In 2005 Ramda was still in Belmarsh prison awaiting
extradition. In 2007 Ramda (38) was sentenced to life in prison with
no possibility of parole for 22 years.
7/25/00)(Econ, 10/22/05, p.61)(AP, 10/26/07)
1995 Jul 25, Two weeks after
overrunning Srebrenica, Bosnian Serbs took over the safe area of
(WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A14)(SFC,10/16/97, p.A12)
1995 Jul 25, Radovan Karadzic
and Gen’l. Ratko Mladic and 22 other Serbs were indicted for
genocide by the UN War Crimes Hague Tribunal for commanding forces
responsible for sniping in Serajevo and for genocide and crimes
against humanity. Also indicted was Milan Martic, Croatian Serb
leader of rebel Serb forces, for ordering the shelling of Zagreb in
(WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A14)(SFC, 11/30/96, p.A15)(AP,
1996 Jul 25, Divers searching
the wreckage of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island, N.Y., recovered the
flight data and cockpit voice recorders.
1996 Jul 25, In Burundi the
military seized power and named former president Pierre Buyoya, a
Tutsi, as president. Hutu officials sought refuge in foreign
embassies. Burundian Hutus fled to Zaire's South Kivu province, base
of the National Council for the Defense of Democracy, an extremist
Burundi Hutu movement backed by Zaire.
(WSJ, 7/26/96, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/15/96, p.A16)
1996 Jul 25, Mexico said it
will repay $7 bil of the remaining $10.5 bil borrowed from the US
Treasury, partly through a $6 bil issue of securities.
(WSJ, 7/26/96, p.A1)
1997 Jul 25, US immigration
agents rounded up 17 deaf Mexicans in Sanford, North Carolina. This
followed the revelation of 50 deaf Mexicans held in servitude in NYC
and forced to sell trinkets on the streets. In Dec. Adriana Paoletti
Lemus (29), also deaf and one of two alleged ringleaders, pleaded
(SFC, 7/26/97, p.A5)
1997 Jul 25, Autumn Jackson,
the young woman who claimed to be Bill Cosby's out-of-wedlock
daughter, was convicted by a federal jury in New York of trying to
extort $40 million from the entertainer.
(SFC, 7/26/97, p.A1)(AP, 7/25/98)
1997 Jul 25, In San Francisco
some 5,000 bikers defied the city-approved route for the Critical
Mass bike ride and struck out on their own. Some 250 were arrested
for traffic violations. Numerous incidents of confrontations between
bikers, police and commuters were reported.
(SFC, 7/26/97, p.A1)
1997 Jul 25, An FDA drug panel
endorsed Rituximab, a drug designed to treat B-cell lymphoma. It was
made by Genentech and IDEC Pharmaceuticals. In November Genentech
and Idec (later Biogen Idec), received FDA approval for Rituxan for
1997 Jul 25, In Elk Creek,
Virginia, Louis Ceparano and Emmett Cressell Jr. doused Garnett Paul
"G.P." Johnson with gasoline, set him on fire and cut off his head.
They were both indicted for murder and robbery. Ceparano pleaded
guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison in 1998.
(SFC, 8/14/97, p.A3)(SFC,10/24/97, p.A4)(SFC,
1997 Jul 25, Ben Hogan (b.1912
in Dublin, Tx.), golf legend, died in Fort Worth, Texas, at 84. A
1996 biography by Curt Sampson was titled: "Hogan."
(SFC, 7/26/97, p.B1)(AP, 7/25/98)
1997 Jul 25, In Afghanistan
police units of the Pashtun ethnic group raided minority
neighborhoods as opposition forces gathered 12 miles outside Kabul.
(SFC, 7/26/97, p.A14)
1997 Jul 25, In Albania the new
Socialist led government was sworn in while a gang battle in Berat
left 10 people dead.
(SFC, 7/26/97, p.A14)
1997 Jul 25, In the Congo
soldiers fired into a crowd of protestors in Kinshasa and killed at
least 3 people. The protest was against Kabila’s ban on political
(SFC, 7/26/97, p.A14)
1997 Jul 25, In India Kocheril
Raman Narayannan (1920-2005) was sworn in as president, becoming the
first member of the "untouchable" Dalits caste to do so.
(AP, 7/25/98)(SFC, 11/10/05, p.B8)
1997 Jul 25, In Ireland Rev.
Brendan Smyth (71) was sentenced to 12 years in prison for 74
instances of sexual abuse of 20 young people over 36 years.
(SFC, 7/26/97, p.A14)
1997 Jul 25, Thousands of
German soldiers fought to contain the rain-gorged Oder River.
(SFC, 7/26/97, p.A12)
1998 Jul 25, Two government
officials revealed that Pres. Clinton was subpoenaed by Independent
Council Kenneth Starr to testify before a federal grand jury
investigating Monica Lewinsky.
(SFEC, 7/26/98, p.A1)(AP, 7/25/99)
1998 Jul 25, The US Capitol was
reopened, a day after a gunman killed two police officers; a wounded
suspect, Russell E. Weston Junior, was charged with murder. Weston
was later found unfit to stand trial because of paranoid
schizophrenia. Weston refused to take any medications voluntarily.
In May 2001, a federal judge authorized doctors to treat Weston
involuntarily. A panel from a federal appeals court ruled in July
2001 that Weston could be forced to take the drugs which he was
forced to do for 120 days. He remains incarcerated in a psychiatric
center in the federal prison in Butner, North Carolina.
1998 Jul 25, The new
nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Harry S. Truman, was
commissioned by Pres. Clinton. The 97,000 ton ship cost $4.5
(SFEC, 7/26/98, p.A2)
1998 Jul 25, It was reported
that the US dropped secret plans to seize Radovan Karadzic and
Gen’l. Ratko Mladic in Bosnia.
(SFEC, 7/26/98, p.A17)
1998 Jul 25, It was reported
that 5-7% of the drugs in Brazil were faked medicines mostly from
India, China and Pakistan.
(SFEC, 7/26/98, p.A20)
1998 Jul 25, It was reported
that authorities in Split, Croatia, declared a natural disaster
following an invasion of mice that devoured the region’s crops.
(SFC, 7/25/98, p.A8)
1998 Jul 25, In Japan some 60
people at a festival in the Wakayama prefecture were sickened after
eating a curried rice dish. Four people died and police suspected
that cyanide was mixed in the food. A district court convicted
Masumi Hayashi in 2002 of deliberately lacing a pot of curry with
arsenic and serving it to neighbors at the festival. In 2009 Japan's
highest court upheld her death sentence.
(SFC, 7/27/98, p.A10)(AP, 4/21/09)
1998 Jul 25, The governor of
Puerto Rico called for a December referendum on statehood.
(WSJ, 7/27/98, p.A1)
1998 Jul 25, Serb forces
attacked rebel positions in Kosovo to clear major roads.
(SFC, 7/27/98, p.A8)
1999 Jul 25, The Woodstock ‘99
music festival in Rome, New York, ended in fires and looting.
1999 Jul 25, Lance Armstrong
won the Tour de France cycling race for his 1st time. In 2005 a
French sports newspaper reported that frozen urine specimens
indicated that Armstrong had used EPO (erythropoietin), a hormone
drug that boosts production of red cells.
(AP, 7/25/00)(SFC, 8/26/05, p.A1)
1999 Jul 25, The US and Vietnam
agreed to normalize relations after 3 years of negotiations.
Commercial ties were expected to follow.
(SFC, 7/26/99, p.A8)
1999 Jul 25, Jack Gargan, a
political activist from Florida, was elected chairman of the Reform
Party in Dearborn, Mich.
(USAT, 7/26/99, p.12A)
1999 Jul 25, In the Cincinnati
area 7 people were reported dead over the weekend from sweltering
(SFC, 7/26/99, p.A7)
1999 Jul 25, In Iraq residents
of Rumaitha and Khudur took to the streets over food and medicine
shortages. 16 soldiers were killed and Saddam Hussein ordered a tank
unit to quell the riots after which another 14 people died.
(SFC, 8/7/99, p.A12)
1999 Jul 25, Morocco held a
funeral for King Hassan the Second.
1999 Jul 25, In Nigeria ethnic
fighting over the weekend killed at least 70 people in Kano.
(WSJ, 7/27/99, p.A1)
1999 Jul 25, In Pakistan tens
of thousands protested against Pres. Sharif for the pullback in
(SFC, 7/26/99, p.A10)
1999 Jul 25, In Venezuela
candidates from the Fifth Republic Movement, supported by Pres.
Chavez, won over 80% of the 131 constituent assembly seats in
preliminary results. Less than half the eligible voters cast
(WSJ, 7/26/99, p.A19)
2000 Jul 25, Presidential
candidate George W. Bush announced Former Defense Sec. Dick Cheney
as his running mate.
(SFC, 7/25/00, p.A1)
2000 Jul 25, In France a NY
bound Concorde jet crashed in Gonesse after takeoff and all 109
people aboard were killed along with 4 people on the ground.
Passengers included 96 Germans, 2 Danes and an Austrian. Debris from
a blown tire was later believed to have caused an engine fire. A 5th
body was found in the rubble of the Hotelissimo. It was the
first-ever crash of the supersonic jet. A final probe in 2002
attributed runway junk as the cause of the crash. A French accident
inquiry concluded in December 2004 that the disaster was partly
caused by the strip of metal that fell on the runway from the
Continental plane that took off just before the supersonic jet. In
2010 Continental was ordered to pay a fine of 200,000 euros for the
crash and to pay Concorde's operator Air France a million euros in
damages. On Nov 28, 2012, a French appeals court overturned
manslaughter convictions against Continental Airlines and a mechanic
for the Concorde crash.
(SFC, 7/26/00, p.A1)(SFC, 7/27/00, p.A12)(SFC,
7/29/00, p.A12)(AP, 7/25/01)(SFC, 1/17/02, p.A8)(AFP, 12/6/10)(AP,
2000 Jul 25, The
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks ended at Camp David with no success
due to the difficulty over the issue of Jerusalem.
(SFC, 7/26/00, p.A1)
2000 Jul 25, In Jordan a
US-made C-130 transport plane crashed and 13 soldiers were killed.
(SFC, 7/26/00, p.A14)
2000 Jul 25, The Russian Zvezda
space module docked with the Int’l. Space Station.
(SFC, 7/26/00, p.A11)
2000 Jul 25, In Seoul, South
Korea, thousands clashed with police in the biggest anti-American
protests in 2 years.
(WSJ, 7/26/00, p.A1)
2000 Jul 25, In Zimbabwe at
least 230 white farmers quit working along with some businessmen in
Karoi to protest the breakdown in law and order.
(SFC, 7/26/00, p.A14)
2001 Jul 25, The space shuttle
Atlantis landed in Florida.
(WSJ, 7/26/01, p.A1)
2001 Jul 25, India’s bandit
queen, Phoolan Devi, was killed by masked gunmen in New Delhi. She
had led a revolt against the abuse of low-class women and won a seat
in parliament. Sher Singh Rana later confessed to the killing. 2
accomplices were later arrested.
(WSJ, 7/26/01, p.A1)(SSFC, 8/5/01, p.A14)
2001 Jul 25, Israeli troops
killed Salah Darwazeh, a Hamas militant, with antitank rockets as he
drove near Nablus. Informant Ahmed Abu Issah, father of nine, was
paid $50 for information on Darwazeh and was later condemned to
death by a Palestinian court.
(WSJ, 7/26/01, p.A1)(SFC, 8/11/01, p.A1)
2001 Jul 25, Kim Jong Il of
North Korea rode by rail into Russia for a meeting with Pres. Putin.
(WSJ, 7/26/01, p.A11)
2002 Jul 25, Encouraged by a
tinny tapping sound coming up from the depths, rescuers in Somerset,
Pa., brought in a huge drill in a race to save nine coal miners
trapped 240 feet underground by a flooded shaft.
2002 Jul 25, Zacarias Moussaoui
declared he was guilty of conspiracy in the Sept. 11 attacks, then
dramatically withdrew his plea at his arraignment in Alexandria, Va.
2002 Jul 25, In Canada Pope
John Paul made his first appearance at a Catholic youth festival
before as many as 200,000 young faithful eager to welcome the aging
Pontiff with prayer and song.
2002 Jul 25, Chinese police
have formally arrested Liu Xiaoqing, one of the country's most
famous film stars and 2-time winner of the prestigious Hundred
Flowers Best Actress award, on suspicion of large-scale tax evasion.
Liu was queen of Chinese cinema in the 1980s and is best remembered
for playing Qing Dynasty Empress Dowager Cixi in the film "The Reign
Behind the Curtain."
2002 Jul 25, Some 5,000 women
gathered from all over Colombia, traveling hours by bus, all with
one message: They wanted an end to 38 years of civil war.
2002 Jul 25, Israeli police
said an Israeli policeman has been arrested on suspicion of selling
ammunition to Palestinians, raising to ten the number of suspects
detained in the case.
2002 Jul 25, Torrential monsoon
rains and overflowing rivers worsened flooding in eastern India,
Nepal and Bangladesh and officials said 270 people have died and
more than six million people have been left homeless during the last
2002 Jul 25, Hundreds of
Nigerian women left ChevronTexaco pumping stations in canoes and on
foot following an agreement with company executives.
2002 Jul 25, Palestinian gunmen
shot dead a Jewish rabbi settler in what militants called the first
response to an Israeli air strike that killed 15 Palestinians
including a top militant.
2002 Jul 25, In Russia Pres.
Putin signed into law a bill that allowed the sale of farmland, but
not to foreigners.
(SFC, 7/26/02, p.A17)
2002 Jul 25, The Spanish
government welcomed a British proposal to turn its military base in
Gibraltar into a NATO facility, a move that would open it to all
alliance members including Spain. Spain and Britain came up with the
idea of sharing sovereignty over the Rock. This was rejected
resoundingly in a nonbinding referendum in Gibraltar.
(AP, 7/25/02)(AP, 9/19/06)
2002 Jul 25, In Vietnam the
National Assembly approved a 2nd term for PM Phan Van Khai (68).
(SFC, 7/26/02, p.A17)
2003 Jul 25, Pres. Bush ordered
a naval amphibious force from the Mediterranean to position itself
off the coast of Liberia.
(SFC, 7/26/03, p.A1)
2003 Jul 25, Palestinian PM
Mahmoud Abbas met with Pres. George Bush in Washington DC. Abbas
thanked Bush for his efforts in pursuit of a peaceful Middle East
and for a recent grant of $20 million in direct aid to the
2003 Jul 25, John Schlesinger
(b.1926), film director, died. His films included "Midnight Cowboy"
(1969) and "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (1971).
(SFC, 7/26/03, p.A22)
2003 Jul 25, In northeastern
Congo thousands of tribal fighters attacked three villages with
mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles, killing as
many as 150 people.
2003 Jul 25, In Haiti gunmen
ambushed a delegation from the Interior Ministry on a central
highway, killing 4 and seriously wounding one.
2003 Jul 25, An Israeli soldier
fired a tank-mounted machine gun at a pickup truck carrying a
Palestinian family, killing a 4-year-old Palestinian boy and
wounding two other children.
2003 Jul 25, Japanese lawmakers
voted to send military forces to Iraq to help with reconstruction.
(SFC, 7/26/03, p.A3)
2003 Jul 25, In eastern
Pakistan police commandos stormed a jail after five prisoners took
nine visiting judges and 50 female detainees hostage, officials
said. The raid ended the drama, but left three of the justices dead.
2003 Jul 25, In Spain 2 top
members of the outlawed Basque separatist group ETA were sentenced
to 790 years in prison for a 1987 bombing that killed 21 people and
2004 Jul 25, The Warwick
agreement came about as a compromise between Britain’s Labor
Government and trade unions at the Labor Party's National Policy
2004 Jul 25, Colombia's ELN
rebel group kidnapped Misael Vaca Ramirez, the Catholic Bishop of
Yopal, but planned to set him free bearing a political message for
2004 Jul 25, Lance Armstrong
(32) became the 1st 6-time winner of the 2,107-mile Tour de France
(SFC, 7/26/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 25, American and Iraqi
forces clashed with insurgents in a battle that escalated from
gunfire to artillery barrages north of Baghdad, killing 13 Iraqi
2004 Jul 25, Gunmen killed
Brig. Khaled Dawoud, a former regional official who worked under
Saddam Hussein's government, and his son in a drive-by shooting in
2004 Jul 25, Tens of thousands
of Jewish settlers and their supporters joined hands to form a human
chain along a 55-mile route, serving notice they will fight Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip.
2004 Jul 25, Israeli soldiers
in the West Bank shot to death six members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs
Brigades in a gunbattle in the town of Tulkarem.
2004 Jul 25, In Kashmir a group
of 9 militants barged into the home of Mohammed Shafi in a remote
village in Rajouri district and beheaded him. They also killed his
22-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter.
2004 Jul 25, Carmen Gutierrez,
a doctor who won Mexico's Woman of the Year award (1997), was found
dead in a canal on the outskirts of Mexico City. She was kidnapped
2004 Jul 25, Pakistan arrested
Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a Tanzanian al-Qaida suspect, wanted by the
United States in the 1998 bombings at U.S. embassies in Kenya and
2004 Jul 25, A Spanish
newspaper reported that Morocco had warned Spain earlier this month
that it lost track of 400 Moroccan Islamist militants who trained in
al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan, Bosnia or Chechnya.
2004 Jul 25, The death toll
from monsoon flooding in South Asia reached 944.
2004 Jul 25, Central African
Republic President Francois Bozize wrapped up a two-day visit to
Sudan with a pledge to help his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Beshir
resolve the crisis in the western Darfur region.
2005 Jul 25, Corporal Dustin
Berg, an Indiana National Guard soldier, pleaded guilty to negligent
homicide in the death of an Iraqi police officer. He was later
sentenced to 18 months in military prison.
2005 Jul 25, The Brotherhood of
Teamsters and the Service Employees Int’l. Union broke from the
AFL-CIO as 1,000 delegates gathered in Chicago for the federation’s
50th annual convention. They formed a coalition called Change to Win
with 5 other unions with a mission to emphasize organizing rather
than supporting like-minded politicians.
(SFC, 7/26/05, p.A1)
2005 Jul 25, Sony BMG Music
Entertainment agreed to pay $10 million to non-profit entities and
to stop paying radio stations to feature its artists. A 1960 federal
law barred record companies from offering payola, undisclosed
financial incentives for airplay.
(SFC, 7/26/05, p.D3)
2005 Jul 25, Hershey Co. of
Pennsylvania announced the acquisition of Scharffen Berger Chocolate
Maker Inc. of Berkeley, Ca.
(SFC, 7/26/05, p.D1)
2005 Jul 25, Intel announced
plans to build a $3 billion computer microprocessor fabrication
plant in Arizona.
(SFC, 7/26/05, p.D1)
2005 Jul 25, San Leandro, Ca.,
police officer Nels Niemi was shot and killed by a convicted
methamphetamine user. Police arrested Irving Alexander Ramirez the
next day in Daly City. In 2007 Ramirez was convicted of first-degree
murder. On Aug 3 he was sentenced to die by lethal injection.
(SFC, 7/27/05, p.A1)(SFC, 5/11/07, p.B1)(SFC,
2005 Jul 25, In Virginia 4
adult Scout leaders from Alaska were killed on the opening day of
their Jamboree when a tent pole apparently struck a power line.
2005 Jul 25, Ford Rainey (96),
stage and screen actor, died in Santa Monica, Ca.
(SFC, 7/28/05, p.B7)
2005 Jul 25, Fighting between
Taliban rebels and U.S. and Afghan forces in Uruzgan province killed
about 50 suspected militants, in the deadliest clashes in weeks
ahead of crucial legislative elections. The fighting killed one US
and one Afghan soldier.
(AP, 7/26/05)(SFC, 7/26/05, p.A3)
2005 Jul 25, In Gonzaga,
Brazil, hundreds of relatives and friends of Jean Charles de
Menezes, the Brazilian shot to death in London after being mistaken
for a terrorist, marched along the cobblestone streets of his
hometown, demanding the arrest of the British police who fired the
2005 Jul 25, British police
identified 2 suspects in the July 21 bombings: Muktar Said Ibrahim
(27) and Yasin Hassan Omar (24)
(SFC, 7/30/05, p.A11)
2005 Jul 25, A wildlife charity
warned that large carnivorous mice on the British-ruled island of
Gough in the south Atlantic are eating seabird chicks alive in mass
feeding frenzies, threatening several species' survival.
2005 Jul 25, Indian and
Pakistani trucks laden with goods rolled across the border for the
first time in 50 years.
2005 Jul 25, Indian army said
it had shot dead five militants in Kupwara district of Kashmir when
they were trying to sneak into India from the Pakistani side.
2005 Jul 25, In India violence
erupted when about 1,000 angry Honda workers protested the dismissal
of four colleagues in Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi.
2005 Jul 25, In Iraq Sunni Arab
members of a committee drafting Iraq's new constitution ended their
boycott, six days after they walked out to protest the
assassinations of two fellow Sunni constitution framers. A US
soldier was killed when a roadside bomb exploded under his vehicle
near Samarra north of Baghdad.
2005 Jul 25, Baghdad was hit by
twin suicide car bombs that killed at least 8 people as Australian
PM John Howard made a surprise visit there.
2005 Jul 25, Israel expressed
outrage that Pope Benedict XVI failed to condemn terrorist attacks
against Israelis. Pope Benedict urged dialogue with the best
elements of Islam.
(SFC, 7/26/05, p.A3)
2005 Jul 25, An appeals court
in Milan, Italy, issued arrest warrants for six more purported CIA
operatives accused of helping plan the 2003 kidnapping of a radical
Egyptian Muslim cleric.
2005 Jul 25, Magistrates in
Italy impounded BPI’s shares in Antonveneta. 2 days later Consob,
Italy’s stockmarket regulator, froze BPI’s offer for up to 90 days.
[see Jul 12]
(Econ, 8/13/05, p.57)
2005 Jul 25, Nepal's main
political parties rejected an appeal by the country's Maoist rebels
for talks to plan joint opposition to King Gyanendra's seizure of
power, saying the guerrillas should stop killing civilians first.
2005 Jul 25, North Korean and
US negotiators held a rare one-on-one meeting in Beijing amid a
flurry of contacts between delegations to the six-nation talks aimed
at persuading the communist nation to relinquish its nuclear
2005 Jul 25, Opposition
lawmakers in the Philippine parliament filed impeachment proceedings
against President Gloria Arroyo, accusing her of vote-rigging and
2005 Jul 25, Saudi authorities
arrested a number of suspected militants in Arar, Medina and Riyadh.
Among those arrested Mohammed Saeed Mohammed al-Sayam al-Umari (25)
was No. 10 on Saudi list of 36 most wanted terrorists.
2006 Jul 25, President Bush was
visited at the White House by Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki, who said he
and Bush agreed that training and better arming Iraqi forces as
quickly as possible was central to efforts to stabilizing his
country. A Darfur rebel leader was in Washington to meet President
Bush, who is trying to convince Khartoum to accept UN peacekeepers
to quell the increasing violence in Sudan's remote west. President
Bush pressed Darfur rebel leader Minni Arcua Minnawi to help
implement a deal aimed at ending the violence in western Sudan.
(AP, 7/25/06)(Reuters, 7/25/06)(AP, 7/25/07)
2006 Jul 25, In NYC 14 athletes
competed in the 10th annual Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race in
Jamaica, Queens. The 51-day event was sponsored by followers of
meditation master Sri Chinmoy.
2006 Jul 25, SF Supervisors
gave final approval to a plan to provide health care coverage to the
city’s estimated 82,000 uninsured residents.
(SFC, 7/26/06, p.B1)
2006 Jul 25, Hewlett-Packard
signed a $4.5 billion agreement to buy Mercury Interactive Corp., a
maker of software for information technology networks.
(SFC, 7/26/06, p.C1)
2006 Jul 25, The Afghan
government, together with the UN, appealed for $76 million to head
off an "imminent food crisis" due to drought. A roadside bomb
exploded in Kabul, killing two Afghans riding in a taxi. US-led
coalition troops killed seven suspected Taliban militants in
southern Afghanistan. In Musa Qala district 10 militants were killed
and 15 wounded by coalition and Afghan forces backed by airstrikes.
(AP, 7/25/06)(AP, 7/26/06)
2006 Jul 25, Canada said it
planned to pay a total of C$1.1 billion ($965 million) to around
5,500 people who had contracted hepatitis C from transfusions.
2006 Jul 25, Greek protesters
toppled a statue of President Truman and clashed with police during
demonstrations against the fighting in Lebanon.
2006 Jul 25, The first edition
of a newspaper owned by the Iranian version of Hezbollah appeared on
newsstands with messages of support for its Lebanese cousins in
their fight against Israel.
2006 Jul 25, In Iraq police in
Diyala province said five bodies were found on the streets in
Muqdadiyah. Gunmen killed a police officer in front of his office in
Mosul. 2 roadside bombs exploded in Baghdad, killing two civilians
and wounding two bystanders and a policeman. 4 other civilians were
shot dead around the capital. Two members of a Shiite family were
killed and one was wounded when their removal van was sprayed with
bullets. US and Iraqi soldiers captured six members of an alleged
"death squad" in Baghdad, hoping to quell the rampant sectarian
violence dividing the capital. Attacks elsewhere in Iraq left at
least 34 people dead, including an American soldier.
(AP, 7/25/06)(AFP, 7/25/06)
2006 Jul 25, Israeli troops
sealed off the town of Bint Jbail, a Hezbollah stronghold in fierce
fighting in south Lebanon. Warplanes struck Nabatiyeh and destroyed
a house killing seven people, four from the same family. Guerrillas
fired rockets at northern Israel, killing a girl. An Israeli
airstrike killed 4 UN observers at a UNIFIL post in southern
Lebanon. The observers were from Austria, Canada, China and Finland.
Irish observers had warned that airstrikes were too close. UNIFIL
was created in 1978 after Israel's first major invasion of southern
Lebanon and has been there ever since.
(AP, 7/25/06)(Reuters, 7/25/06)(WSJ, 7/27/06,
2006 Jul 25, Italian carmaker
Fiat Group and India's Tata Motors Ltd. announced they have signed
an agreement for a joint-venture in India to make passenger
vehicles, engines and transmissions for Indian and overseas markets.
2006 Jul 25, The Slovak central
bank raised key interest rates by 50 basis points.
2006 Jul 25, Sri Lanka, which
at 80,000 has the largest contingent of expatriate workers in
Lebanon, wants those trapped in the conflict to stay put and those
who have fled the bombings to return, a minister said.
2006 Jul 25, Officials and news
reports said the Swedish government knew in 2000 that Saddam
Hussein's government demanded kickbacks from companies participating
in the UN Oil-for-Food Program.
2006 Jul 25, Thailand's three
election commissioners, seen as close allies of embattled PM Thaksin
Shinawatra, were convicted of allowing unqualified candidates to run
in parliamentary elections and sentenced to four years in prison.
2007 Jul 25, A US presidential
commission urged broad changes to veterans' care that would boost
benefits for family members helping the wounded, establish an
easy-to-use Web site for medical records and overhaul the way
disability pay was awarded.
2007 Jul 25, In the US over a
dozen Muslims, including at least one Pakistani and several US
citizens of Pakistani origin, were sentenced to imprisonment for
their association with Lashkar-e-Taiba and for conspiracy to wage
war against India.
(WSJ, 12/8/08, p.A6)
2007 Jul 25, In Stockton, Ca.,
police arrested 51 alleged gang members and seized $400,000 worth of
drugs following a 6-month investigation. Members and affiliates of
the Norteno and south side Stockton gangs were arrested with state
and federal warrants.
(SFC, 7/27/07, p.B12)
2007 Jul 25, In SF faulty
PG&E breakers caused a power outage that knocked out a number of
(SFC, 7/26/07, p.C1)
2007 Jul 25, In northern
California the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan
was unveiled. It called for spending $350 million over the next 30
years to preserve 30,000 acres of open space around Mt. Diablo. It
also listed some 12,000 acres for new development.
(SFC, 7/26/07, p.B1)
2007 Jul 25, IBM Corp.
announced the creation of the Global Citizen's Portfolio, a suite of
investments and programs to help IBM employees enhance their skills
and expertise, in order to become global leaders, professionals and
citizens. The program included the Corporate Service Corps, a
corporate version of the Peace Corps.
2007 Jul 25, In Alaska a
sightseeing plane crashed leaving a pilot and 2 couples from a
visiting cruise ship dead.
(WSJ, 1/25/07, p.A1)
2007 Jul 25, Afghan authorities
found the bullet-riddled body Bae Hyung-kyu (42) in Qarabagh
district of Ghazni province, where 23 South Koreans were abducted
July 19. Bae, a deputy pastor and a founder of Saemmul Presbyterian
Church, was killed on his birthday. Militants said the hostage was
sick and couldn't walk, and therefore was shot. 22 South Koreans
were still believed held but were not suffering health problems. A
German journalist and two Afghans colleagues apparently kidnapped by
Taliban militants in eastern Afghanistan were freed.
(AP, 7/25/07)(AP, 7/26/07)
2007 Jul 25, Miguel Angel
Moratinos, Spain’s Foreign Minister arrived in Algeria on a visit
aimed at strengthening cooperation in energy and sorting out a row
with Madrid's top gas supplier.
2007 Jul 25, Tony Blair held
talks on with the crown prince of Bahrain on his first regional tour
as an international envoy for Middle East peace.
2007 Jul 25, British Defense
Secretary Des Browne announced that Britain has agreed to let the US
use a Royal Air Force base as part of its planned missile defense
system. The British government said it will build two new aircraft
carriers costing 3.9 billion pounds in a project which will support
10,000 British jobs over the next ten years.
2007 Jul 25, China said it will
step up inspections on the use of antibiotics in fish farms,
including chemicals that can cause cancer, after contaminants caused
trading partners to block its seafood exports.
2007 Jul 25, Human Rights Watch
said the escalating use of land mines by Colombian rebels is killing
and mutilating hundreds annually, making this nation the world
leader in mine victims.
2007 Jul 25, Ethiopian
authorities ordered the International Committee of the Red Cross to
pull out of the volatile Ogaden region within 7 days for allegedly
interfering in political issues. Five opposition members imprisoned
since 2005 pleaded guilty to attempting to overthrow Ethiopia's
government, but asked the judge for a pardon.
(AFP, 7/25/07)(AP, 7/25/07)
2007 Jul 25, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy headed for talks with Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi,
a day after the release of six foreign medics, in a signal of
normalized ties between Europe and Tripoli. France and Libya signed
a memorandum of understanding to build a Libyan nuclear reactor for
water desalination and clinched a raft of other deals.
(AP, 7/25/07)(AFP, 7/25/07)
2007 Jul 25, India inaugurated
Pratibha Patil (72) as its 1st female president. She promised to
fight for the rights of women and an end to the widespread practice
of aborting female fetuses. In northeastern India 2 domesticated
elephants went on a rampage through several villages, killing eight
people and wounding five before being shot dead by police.
(AFP, 7/25/07)(AP, 7/26/07)
2007 Jul 25, Iranian
authorities announced new arrests in the cases of two
Iranian-Americans held on charges of conspiring against the
government, saying that an unspecified number of Iranians had been
2007 Jul 25, Iraq's largest
Sunni Arab bloc said it has suspended its membership in PM Nouri
al-Maliki's coalition government, dealing a new setback to the
Shiite leader's efforts to achieve national reconciliation. The
Iraqi Accordance Front, which has six Cabinet members as well as 44
of parliament's 275 seats, said it was giving al-Maliki a week to
meet their demands or it would quit his 14-month-old Cabinet
altogether. 2 suicide bombings killed at least 50 cheering, dancing,
flag-waving Iraqis celebrating the national soccer team's semifinal
victory in the Asian Cup tournament. A roadside bomb targeting a
police patrol on the road between Hillah and Diwaniyah, killed 5
Iraqi officers and wounding 2 as they were on their way home from an
operation with US forces. A joint US-Iraqi force backed with
helicopter gunships clashed with suspected Shiite militiamen when
they raided several homes in eastern Baghdad. Six people were killed
and 10 wounded. A senior police officer in Karbala escaped an
assassination attempt when a roadside bomb targeted his five-car
convoy while he was on his way to work, but 3 of his guards were
(AP, 7/25/07)(AP, 7/26/07)
2007 Jul 25, The foreign
ministers of Egypt and Jordan began a historic visit to Israel to
formally present an Arab peace plan, saying they were extending "a
hand of peace" on behalf of the region.
2007 Jul 25, Lebanese army
troops unleashed barrages of artillery and tank shells at Islamic
militants in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon.
2007 Jul 25, The Nigerian
government filed suit against three leading tobacco companies,
seeking more than 40 billion dollars (29 billion euros) in damages
for the cost of treating smoking-related diseases.
2007 Jul 25, A South Korean aid
group said some 430 North Koreans have died of hunger in a northern
region in the past month because of chronic food shortages.
2007 Jul 25, In northwestern
Pakistan suspected militants fired four rockets into Bannu, killing
10 people as they slammed into houses and a mosque.
2007 Jul 25, Sudanese papers
reported that another 16 people died in clashes between the two
tribes when Aballa men fell on a band of Torjum, killing nine.
2007 Jul 25, The UN governor in
Kosovo called on major powers to set a clear roadmap to the final
status of Serbia's breakaway province, whose independence bid is
blocked by Russia. Serbia warned the US and the EU not to recognize
Kosovo's independence without UN consent, saying that would prompt
an immediate response from Serbian authorities and could destabilize
2007 Jul 25, Vietnam’s
lawmakers overwhelmingly re-elected PM Nguyen Tan Dung, in hopes
that strong growth and economic reforms would continue under his
2007 Jul 25, State television
reported that Zimbabwe is to import 200,000 tons of the staple maize
from Tanzania to avert widespread food shortages following a poor
harvest. An international rights group said Zimbabwe's government
routinely arrests and tortures women's rights activists as part of a
crackdown on protests against President Mugabe and his policies.
2008 Jul 25, President George
W. Bush signed an order expanding US sanctions against the
"illegitimate" Zimbabwe government of President Robert Mugabe.
2008 Jul 25, US regulators took
over two banks and sold them to Mutual of Omaha Bank, the sixth and
seventh bank failures this year as financial institutions struggle
with a housing bust and credit crunch. The Office of the Comptroller
of the Currency said it closed First National Bank of Nevada and
First Heritage Bank NA of California.
2008 Jul 25, US Federal
regulators formally approved the merger of Sirius Satellite Radio
Inc. and rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., the nation's only
two satellite radio operators. The companies first applied for
permission to combine in March 2007.
2008 Jul 25, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger signed a bill banning trans fat in restaurants and
food facilities, making California the first state to do so. The law
takes effect in two stages: Jan 1, 2010 and Jan 1, 2011.
(WSJ, 7/26/08, p.A1)(SSFC, 7/27/08, p.C1)
2008 Jul 25, Texas nurse Chere
Lyn Tomayko, wanted by the FBI for international parental
kidnapping, was awarded refugee status in Costa Rica and cannot be
extradited to the US. In December 1996, a US judge gave joint
custody of a daughter, Alexandria Camille Cyprian, to Tomayko and
her ex-boyfriend Robert Cyprian, with the condition that Alexandria
live in Tarrant County, Texas. Tomayko said she moved to Costa Rica
because she had been physically abused by Cyprian.
2008 Jul 25, Harriet Burns
(b.1928), the 1st woman hired to work as a designer for Walt Disney
Imagineering (1955), died in Los Angeles.
(SFC, 7/31/08, p.B5)
2008 Jul 25, Harvey Houtkin
(b.1948), self-proclaimed father of day trading, died in San Diego.
He had opened All-Tech Direct Inc. in Suffern, NY, in 1988 and
traded on the Small Order Execution System. He was suspended from
trading in 2001.
2008 Jul 25, Randy Pausch (47),
a Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist, died at his home in
Virginia. His "last lecture" in September 2007, about facing
terminal cancer, has become an Internet sensation and a best-selling
2008 Jul 25, In southern
Afghanistan a Danish soldier died in a roadside bomb attack. The
death brings the number of Danish troops killed in Afghanistan since
2001 to 15. 3 Taliban militants died in a fight with police in the
Gereshk district of Helmand province.
2008 Jul 25, In Goiania,
Brazil, Mohamed D'Ali Carvalho Santos stabbed to death and
dismembered Cara Marie Burke (17), a British citizen, while high on
crack cocaine. In 2009 Santos was sentenced to 19 years for the
killing and two more for hiding the body.
2008 Jul 25, British PM Gordon
Brown suffered another serious blow to his leadership after Scottish
nationalists won a longtime Labour seat in Glasgow.
(AFP, 7/25/08)(WSJ, 7/26/08, p.A1)
2008 Jul 25, In Colombia police
arrested Sen. Carlos Garcia, the head of one of Colombia's main
governing parties, for alleged ties with far-right paramilitaries.
2008 Jul 25, Estonia urged the
EU to take stronger action against Somali pirates attacking cargo
ships bound for Europe, after an Estonian sailor was held hostage
for 41 days.
2008 Jul 25, The EU and South
Africa began their first-ever summit in the French city of Bordeaux.
Brussels solidly backed Pretoria's mediating role in Zimbabwe as the
only way of ending ruinous political chaos.
2008 Jul 25, US presidential
hopeful Barack Obama met with Pres. Sarkozy during a short stop in
(SFC, 7/26/08, p.A3)
2008 Jul 25, German
semi-conductor group Infineon posted a sharp quarterly loss and
announced the loss of 3,000 jobs.
2008 Jul 25, India's
high-technology capital Bangalore was rocked by 8 bomb blasts. One
woman was killed and over 150 wounded.
(AFP, 7/25/08)(Econ, 8/2/08, p.44)(WSJ, 11/28/08,
2008 Jul 25, A bomb exploded
outside a Gaza City cafe and another went off outside the home of a
Hamas lawmaker. One person was killed. A mysterious beachside blast
killed 3 Hamas members and a 6-year-old girl. 2 more Hamas activists
died the next day.
(AP, 7/25/08)(AP, 7/26/08)
2008 Jul 25, In Lebanon clashes
between Sunni Muslim gunmen and the Alawite broke out at dawn when a
hand grenade was thrown toward a Sunni area. Fighting left one
2008 Jul 25, Energy companies
in the three Baltic states and Poland agreed to set up a joint
venture to develop a nuclear power plant in Lithuania.
2008 Jul 25, In Nigeria two oil
workers, one Nigerian and one Filipino, were kidnapped in the Niger
2008 Jul 25, In northwestern
Pakistan militants blew up a girls school and 10 shops in 2 separate
areas of the Swat valley. There were no casualties.
2008 Jul 25, A bomb exploded
outside a Gaza City cafe and another went off outside the home of a
Hamas lawmaker. One person was killed. A mysterious beachside blast
killed 3 Hamas members and a 6-year-old girl. 2 more Hamas activists
died the next day.
(AP, 7/25/08)(AP, 7/26/08)
2008 Jul 25, Sheik Hassan Dahir
Aweys, Somalia's new hard-line opposition leader, promised to pacify
his shattered country through Islamic law, warning UN peacekeepers
they will face attack if they deploy and support the government.
2008 Jul 25, Ahmedou Ould
Abdallah, the UN special envoy for Somalia, sounded the alarm about
rampant illegal fishing and the dumping of toxic waste off the coast
of the lawless nation.
2008 Jul 25, In Sri Lanka heavy
fighting between Sri Lankan government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels
along the front lines of their civil war killed 62 rebels and eight
2008 Jul 25, Sudan threatened
to expel peacekeepers from Darfur if President Omar al-Beshir is
indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court.
2008 Jul 25, In eastern Yemen a
suicide car bomber rammed a vehicle into the Interior Ministry's
headquarters, killing a policeman and injuring eight others.
2008 Jul 25, A UN official said
as much as 25 percent of cyclone relief aid in Myanmar is being lost
because of the military government's foreign exchange system.
2009 Jul 25, In Afghanistan 7
suicide bombers tried to storm state targets in Khost, killing one
civilian and wounding others in the third Taliban commando raid in a
week. A British soldier was killed when a bomb exploded in southern
Helmand province. A US service member died during a clash with
insurgents in the south. Afghan elders struck the first local truce
with Taliban insurgents in northwestern Badghis province after
nearly three weeks of talks.
(AFP, 7/25/09)(AP, 7/26/09)(AP, 7/27/09)
2009 Jul 25, In Algeria five
Islamists were killed by the army about 15 km (nine miles) east of
2009 Jul 25, Brazil agreed to
triple its compensation to Paraguay to operate the huge Itaipu
hydroelectric dam on their shared border, ending a decades-long
dispute between the neighbors. President Fernando Lugo persuaded
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to sign a deal
tripling Brazil's payments from $120 million to $360 million a year.
On Apr 6, 2011, Brazil's lower house of Congress finally approved
(AFP, 7/25/09)(AP, 4/21/11)
2009 Jul 25, In Britain a new
poll was released showing solid support for the right to die. The
Royal College of Nursing said it was adopting a neutral stance on
the issue after its research showed nurses were divided. The British
Medical Association remained opposed.
2009 Jul 25, In eastern China
more than 3,000 villagers of Shipu town, in Zhejiang province,
blocked a highway and clashed with police while protesting alleged
official corruption in a land compensation deal.
2009 Jul 25, Chinese state
television launched an Arabic-language channel beamed to the Middle
East and Africa as part of efforts to expand the communist
government's media influence abroad.
2009 Jul 25, In Colombia at
least 16 suspected FARC guerrillas and one soldier have been killed
in clashes over the last 24 hours.
2009 Jul 25, Iran's opposition
leaders appealed to the top clerics in the holy city of Qom to
pressure the ruling Islamic regime to release protesters and
activists, who they say have been tortured following last month's
disputed presidential election. Protesters across the world called
on Iran to end its clampdown on opposition activists, demanding the
release of hundreds rounded up during demonstrations against the
country's disputed election.
2009 Jul 25, Iraqis voted in
elections in the self-ruled Kurdish north. Regional Kurdish
President Massoud Barzani, who has been a consistent critic of the
central government, won re-election with almost 70% of the vote,
while the leading candidate from the opposition party, Kamal
Mirawdeli, received 25%. A coalition of the two ruling parties,
Barzani's Kurdistan Democratic Party and Iraqi President Jalal
Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, received a little over 57%
of the vote for the 111-seat parliament, while the opposition
Gorran, or Change, party took about 23%.
(AP, 7/25/09)(AP, 7/29/09)
2009 Jul 25, Mexican police
captured 11 suspected members of the La Familia cartel and seized a
methamphetamine lab in the western state of Michoacan.
2009 Jul 25, In Pakistan a
remote controlled bomb killed two Pakistani soldiers in the tribal
Bajaur district. Troops retaliated killing three suspected Taliban
2009 Jul 25, Swedish wireless
equipment maker LM Ericsson said it had penned a deal to buy a
majority of Nortel Networks' North American wireless business for
2009 Jul 25, In Sweden a woman
in her 40s and her five daughters were killed when they tried to
escape an apartment fire in a Stockholm suburb.
2009 Jul 25, Zimbabwe’s PM
Morgan Tsvangirai said compensation must be considered for victims
of political violence as the country held a weekend of national
2010 Jul 25, The US and South
Korea launched a major naval exercise involving a nuclear-powered US
aircraft carrier in the Sea of Japan despite North Korea's threats
of nuclear retaliation.
2010 Jul 25, Ships and workers
moved back into BP Plc's Gulf of Mexico oil spill site as seas
calmed, and BP could begin pumping mud into the blown-out well later
this week in a bid to plug the gusher.
2010 Jul 25, In Washington DC a
storm downed electrical lines and left 4 people dead.
(SFC, 7/27/10, p.A5)
2010 Jul 25, In Algeria a
suicide bomber killed at least one person in the eastern Kabylie
region by driving a car rigged with explosives into a building used
by security forces. Al-Qaeda's branch in North Africa soon claimed
responsibility for the suicide bombing.
(AP, 7/26/10)(AFP, 7/29/10)
2010 Jul 25, In Brazil about
300 Amazon Indians prevented workers from entering or leaving the
construction site of a hydroelectric plant that protesters say is on
an ancient burial ground. Native Indians took some 100 workers
hostage at the construction site. Indians from eight tribes taking
part in the protest demanded compensation for losses caused by
construction of the Dardanelos plant in the southern Amazon city of
Aripuana. The hostages were released the next day.
(AP, 7/25/10)(Reuters, 7/25/10)(AP, 7/26/10)
2010 Jul 25, Former Nazi SS
officer Erich Steidtmann (95), suspected but never convicted of
involvement in World War II massacres, died from a heart attack at
his home in Hannover. Steidtmann was investigated several times for
his alleged involvement in killings at the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943 and
two massacres in the Polish city of Lublin.
2010 Jul 25, Iran's official
news agency said an explosion at a petrochemical factory at its
Kharg island oil terminal has killed four people.
2010 Jul 25, An Israeli
military spokesman said Gaza-based militants fired four rockets into
southern Israel over the weekend. None of them caused any casualties
2010 Jul 25, In Japan 5 people
died when a rescue helicopter sent to help a party of climbers
crashed in mountains near Tokyo.
2010 Jul 25, In Pakistan US
missiles hit a compound in South Waziristan, killing four militants
in a second drone attack in as many days in the region seen as
2010 Jul 25, In the Philippines
gunmen strafed the center of a southern township, killing an aide to
Vice Mayor Rasul Sangki, a key witness to the Nov 23, 2009, mass
2010 Jul 25, Puerto Rico's Gov.
Luis Fortuno declared a state of emergency for 17 flooded
communities in the US territory due to a weather system that later
turned into Tropical Storm Bonnie.
2010 Jul 25, In Thailand a bomb
at a bus stop in downtown Bangkok killed one person and wounded 11
shortly after polls closed in a parliamentary election that pitted a
government candidate against a jailed leader of recent mass
(AP, 7/25/10)(SFC, 7/26/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 25, In Turkey foreign
ministers of Turkey and Brazil urged Iran to be flexible and open in
dealings with the West over its atomic program as Iran renewed its
readiness to resume frozen nuclear talks. Turkish Foreign Minister
Ahmet Davutoglu said Iran has expressed willingness to have talks
with the European Union on its nuclear program after the month of
Ramadan ends in early September.
(AFP, 7/25/10)(Reuters, 7/25/10)
2010 Jul 25, Uganda's
president urged African Union leaders at a summit in Kampala to
"sweep the terrorists" out of Africa.
2010 Jul 25, In Yemen Al-Qaida
militants attacked the patrol in the southern town of Aqla in Shabwa
province with rocket propelled grenades and sprayed it with bullets
killing 6 soldiers.
2011 Jul 25, President Barack
Obama addressed the nation and criticized a newly minted Republican
plan to avert an unprecedented government default. He said
congressional leaders must produce a compromise that can reach his
desk before the Aug. 2 deadline.
2011 Jul 25, California
Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill allowing illegal
immigrants to receive privately funded scholarships to attend the
state's public colleges and universities.
2011 Jul 25, In New Hampshire
Celina Cass (11) disappeared from her house in West Stewartstown, a
mile from the Canadian border. Divers found her body on August 1
near a hydroelectric dam that spans the Connecticut River between
Stewartstown and Canaan, Vt.
(AP, 7/27/11)(AP, 8/1/11)
2011 Jul 25, In Algeria three
suspects, including two would-be suicide bombers, were killed by
security forces around 60km (36 miles) east of Algiers following a
tip-off. The dead included Abdelkahar Belhadj, the son of former
Islamic leader Ali Belhadj.
(AFP, 7/27/11)(AFP, 7/28/11)
2011 Jul 25, The Catholic
Church in Australia apologized for the forced adoption of babies
from young, unwed mothers in the 1950s, '60s and '70s, saying the
practice was "deeply regrettable."
2011 Jul 25, A court in Burundi
found Frenchman Patrice Faye (58) guilty of raping five teenagers,
giving him a 25-year jail sentence and a fine of 14,000 euros
($20,000). Faye was accused of raping five girls aged 13 to 17,
students at a school he set up for poor children. He denied the
charges and said a doctor had confirmed that three of his accusers
were still virgins.
2011 Jul 25, Guinea’s national
communications council banned media from reporting on "the attack
against the head of state, as well as any interactive broadcast of a
political nature." The media ban was lifted on July 28.
(AFP, 7/27/11)(AFP, 7/29/11)
2011 Jul 25, In India some
3,000 eunuchs met in Kolkata to draft a strategy to highlight the
poverty, discrimination and sexual abuse faced by them. The term
eunuch is used in India to describe transvestites, transsexuals and
others who identify themselves as neither male nor female but as a
members of a third gender.
2011 Jul 25, Iranian forces
shelled suspected rebel outposts in Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdish
region, killing two Iraqi civilians.
2011 Jul 25, Israeli security
forces intercepted on the Dead Sea carrying assault rifles and
ammunition from Jordan.
2011 Jul 25, In Jerusalem
Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders joined forces to launch a
multi-faith environmental campaign, the Interfaith Centre for
Sustainable Development, citing religious injunctions to protect the
Earth across their three faiths.
2011 Jul 25, Kosovo’s
government sent special police units to the Serb-inhabited north to
seize two border points which had been beyond its control since
(Econ, 8/6/11, p.43)
2011 Jul 25, The Libyan
government showed foreign journalists a destroyed flu clinic in
Zlitan and food warehouses it said had been hit earlier in the day
by NATO airstrikes, killing eight people. NATO denied that it had
targeted civilians and said it had only hit a number of military
objectives in the area.
2011 Jul 25, Maltese lawmakers
have approved a law allowing citizens of this heavily Catholic
Mediterranean island to divorce in their own country. The law takes
effect in October, after Malta's president signs it. The ruling
Nationalist Party had opposed divorce.
2011 Jul 25, In Mexico a gun
battle in a rural area south of Mexico City led to the death of nine
suspected gunmen. Police also reported two dead in Acapulco. They
were found shot to death on a major avenue. 5 gunmen were killed in
a firefight and car chase with soldiers on a highway in Nuevo Leon
near Laredo, Texas. A deadly clash between two rival gangs erupted
at the state prison in Ciudad Juarez when a group of inmates entered
the preventive detention area and opened fire on inmates. At least
17 inmates were killed. Soldiers and federal and state police
officers took control of the prison early the next day. In October
police found three pistols, two machine pistols and an assault rifle
hidden in cell blocks at prison.
(AP, 7/25/11)(AP, 7/26/11)(AP, 10/5/11)
2011 Jul 25, Pakistani police
said at least 16 people have died over the past 24 hours as renewed
violence involving rival ethnic and sectarian groups continued to
2011 Jul 25, Saudi authorities
blocked the website of Amnesty International inside the kingdom
following criticism of a controversial new anti-terrorism draft law.
2011 Jul 25, Senegal police
detained Thiat, a member of the rap group Y An A Marre (the name
means "We've had it"), which has been a leading force behind mass
protests calling for the resignation of aging President Abdoulaye
2011 Jul 25, Sierra Leone said
it has launched a five-year plan to regulate the sale and use of
small arms, which still abound a decade after the end of a civil
war, causing insecurity.
2011 Jul 25, A Southern
Sudanese official said northern Sudan has declared "economic war" by
violating an agreement and issuing a new currency just weeks after
the two countries split. He said the north had agreed not to issue a
new currency until six months after the south did. The move will
cost the southern government at least $700 million.
2011 Jul 25, Sudan jailed
journalist Amal Habani for reporting the alleged rape of a female
opposition activist by security forces.
2011 Jul 25, Syrian security
forces tightened their siege of neighborhoods in the city of Homs,
sending military reinforcements and cutting mobile and land lines in
the Khaldieh and Bayada districts. Troops shot dead three civilians
in central and northern Syria.
(AP, 7/25/11)(AP, 7/26/11)
2011 Jul 25, Taiwanese Major
General Lo Hsien-che (51), lured by a honey trap into spying for
China, was sentenced to life in prison by a military high court, in
one of the island's worst espionage cases for half a century. He was
indicted in May for spying and taking bribes from China beginning in
2011 Jul 25, Thailand's
anti-corruption body filed complaints against three former Cabinet
ministers and an ex-governor of Bangkok that allege wrongdoing in a
2004 contract to buy fire trucks and boats for the Thai capital.
2011 Jul 25, Vietnam named
Truong Tan Sang (62), a longtime rival of PM Nguyen Tan Dung, as its
new president, a largely symbolic post in the communist nation.
2012 Jul 25, The Pentagon said
it planned to sell 60 Patriot missiles to Kuwait in a deal worth an
estimated $4.2 billion, as the emirate tries to bolster its defenses
against the threat from Iran.
2012 Jul 25, Argentina’s Pres.
Cristina Fernandez revealed a new 100-peso note featuring the face
of Eva Peron on the eve the 60th anniversary of her death. Peron’s
the first woman to appear on any Argentine banknote.
(SFC, 7/26/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 25, Britain’s the
Department of Health said it is to extend its seasonal flu
vaccination program to all British children, free of charge,
becoming the first country in the world to do so.
2012 Jul 25, Official figures
showed Britain is suffering a far deeper recession than thought, in
a development that is likely to increase the pressure on the
government to ease up on its tough austerity approach.
2012 Jul 25, The Olympics
kicked off with a women's football match between Britain and New
Zealand in Cardiff. The match in the Welsh capital comes two days
before the July 27 opening ceremony at the main London stadium but
marks the competitive sporting debut for the Games.
2012 Jul 25, In eastern
CongoDRC M23 rebels allied with a local militia battled Congolese
troops backed by UN peacekeepers, and allegedly fighting alongside
rebels of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Rwanda. At
least 2 civilians were killed.
2012 Jul 25, In France a
helicopter crashed in the Verdon Gorge and killed all 6 people on
board. They were all employees of Eurocopter, an EADS-owned firm.
(SFC, 7/26/12, p.A7)
2012 Jul 25, Indian police
recovered 12 bodies from rice fields and roadsides in the remote
state of Assam as the death toll from ethnic violence rose to 38
after four days of clashes.
2012 Jul 25, Indian anti-graft
activist Anna Hazare, whose hunger strike last year generated a
nationwide outpouring of support, vowed to hold another fast to pile
pressure on the government.
2012 Jul 25, Top Iranian
government officials and lawmakers agreed in a meeting to budget
cuts in a bid to shore up an economy struggling with Western
sanctions and inflation.
2012 Jul 25, The Islamic State
of Iraq claimed responsibility for the July 23 attacks that left 113
dead in a statement posted on jihadist forum Honein.
2012 Jul 25, The International
Monetary Fund announced it had reached a preliminary deal with
Jordan for a $2 billion loan to steady the country's battered
economy. Jordan currently is hosting more than 140,000 Syrians, and
is building more camps to house the refugees.
2012 Jul 25, Liberia's
government welcomed the lifting of UN sanctions against 17 Liberians
who were part of former warlord-turned-president Charles Taylor's
2012 Jul 25, Madagascan leader
Andry Rajoelina and the man he toppled in 2009, Marc Ravalomanana,
met on a remote Seychelles island to force a breakthrough in
2012 Jul 25, Mexican regulators
said they have fined HSBC $28 million for failing to prevent money
laundering through accounts at the bank. Mexico's National
Securities and Banking Commission said the Mexico subsidiary of the
London-based bank has paid the fines. Officials said HSBC in 2007
and 2008 sent about $7 billion in cash from Mexico to the US.
2012 Jul 25, Pakistan's
government told the Supreme Court that it will not reopen an old
corruption case against the president, defying a judicial order that
has already brought down one prime minister and now threatens his
2012 Jul 25, In Peru a pipeline
carrying a toxic cocktail of copper concentrate laced with a
periodic-table's mix of volatile compounds sprung a leak at a
pumping station in Santa Rosa de Cajakay. The leak spilled 45 tons
of slurry into the town, spreading toxic dust that left 42 people
hospitalized for up to 11 days. Mine owner Antamina said little
about the accident and was silent about the slurry's chemistry.
2012 Jul 25, Former Philippine
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo walked out of a government
hospital where she had been detained for nearly eight months on
election rigging charges after a court found that evidence against
her was weak and granted bail.
2012 Jul 25, Scotland’s
government announced plans to bring forward legislation allowing
same-sex couples to marry, making it the first part of the UK to do
2012 Jul 25, In Singapore
Pastor Kong Hee of City Harvest Church appeared in court with 5
others on charges of misusing up to $40 million of church money to
fund the music career of his wife, Sun Ho.
(Econ, 8/4/12, p.36)
2012 Jul 25, The opposition
Syrian National Council said 2 more Syrian diplomats, the envoy to
Cyprus and her husband, the former ambassador to the UAR, have
defected. Opposition activists said fighting raged through the night
in many neighborhoods of Aleppo, bringing the conflict in Syria's
largest city into its fifth day. At least 19 civilians, three rebels
and an unknown number of soldiers died in fighting in Aleppo. The
Observatory said 143 people were killed throughout Syria, including
75 civilians, 41 soldiers and 27 rebel fighters.
(AP, 7/25/12)(AP, 7/25/12)(AFP, 7/26/12)
2012 Jul 25, Taiwan decided to
levy capital gains tax on share trading, more than two decades after
a previous attempt to do so sparked a plunge in the stock market and
was eventually abandoned. The new measures, which will take effect
in January, were passed by the 113-seat parliament, controlled by
the ruling Kuomintang.
2012 Jul 25, Tunisian President
Moncef Marzouki pardoned 1,300 prisoners to mark national day, the
55th anniversary of the proclamation of the republic.
2012 Jul 25, Turkey sealed its
border with Syria to trucks, effectively cutting off a trade
relationship once worth almost $3 billion with the embattled nation.
A foreign ministry diplomat said 2 more Syrian brigadier generals
crossed into Turkey, bringing to 27 the number of generals who have
fled the unrest in Syria.
(AP, 7/25/12)(AFP, 7/25/12)
2012 Jul 25, Zanzibari
authorities charged three people with manslaughter for the sinking
of a ferry last week in which at least 104 people drowned, including
the ship's owner and captain.
2013 Jul 25, President Barack
Obama and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang pledged to finish
talks on a regional free-trade agreement by the end of the year. The
two leaders clashed over human rights during their White House
2013 Jul 25, The US Justice
Dept. said Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to destroying
evidence after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
(SFC, 7/26/13, p.A7)
2013 Jul 25, US federal
prosecutors unsealed an indictment against SAC Capital Advisors, a
Connecticut-based hedge fund, led by billionaire Steven A. Cohen.
(SFC, 7/26/13, p.C3)
2013 Jul 25, In San Francisco
Barnaby Jack (35), a hacker who specialized in finding security
flaws, was found dead. He had been due to give a presentation
entitled “Implantable Medical Devices: Hacking Humans." Police ruled
out foul play.
(Econ, 8/3/13, p.52)
2013 Jul 25, Julian Assange
formally inaugurated a new political party and declared his
candidacy for a seat in the Australian Senate. He planned to lead
his WikiLeaks campaign from the Ecuadoran Embassy in London.
(SFC, 7/26/13, p.A2)
2013 Jul 25, In Brazil Pope
Francis urged young Catholics to shake up the church and make a
"mess" in their dioceses by going out into the streets to spread the
faith as he visited one of Rio's most violent slums and opened the
church's World Youth Day on a rain-soaked Copacabana Beach.
2013 Jul 25, In Chile a group
of demonstrators broke off from a largely peaceful protest calling
for the legalization of abortion and stormed into the Metropolitan
Cathedral of Santiago, interrupting a homily. They painted walls
with pro-abortion messages, broke ornaments and hauled pews all the
way to the Plaza de Armas square in front of the cathedral.
2013 Jul 25, China charged
disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai with bribery, abuse of power
and corruption, paving the way for a potentially divisive trial that
President Xi Jinping will want smoothly handled as he pushes major
2013 Jul 25, Two Egyptian
soldiers were killed and four were injured when gunmen opened fire
on a military checkpoint near the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid.
2013 Jul 25, Human Rights Watch
(HRW) said Egypt has been detaining Syrian refugees without charge
and threatening to deport them in a climate of growing hostility
since the army seized power last month.
2013 Jul 25, Strasboug-based
European Court of Human Right dismissed claims that Russian tycoon
Mikhail Khodorkovsky was prosecuted for political reasons, but said
that some procedures during a trial against him were unfair.
2013 Jul 25, In Iraq militants
ambushed a truck convoy with Iraqi Shiites in a remote area in the
country's north and killed 14 drivers. At least 28 more people were
killed in bombings and shootings across the country.
(AP, 7/25/13)(Reuters, 7/25/13)
2013 Jul 25, The Venice Film
Festival marked its 70th edition with films starring George Clooney
and Sandra Bullock as astronauts adrift in space, Scarlett Johansson
as a seductive alien roaming the Scottish countryside and Judi Dench
as a single Roman Catholic woman searching for a son she was forced
to give up decades before.
2013 Jul 25, In central Italy
at least one person was killed and 3 seriously injured after a
fireworks factory exploded in Picciano.
2013 Jul 25, In central Kenya a
small plane went missing. On July 27 three Swiss nationals were
found dead along with the wreckage of their plane on Aberdares
2013 Jul 25, In Libya
unidentified assailants fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the
United Arab Emirates embassy compound in Tripoli, the latest in a
series of attacks on foreign targets in the North African country.
2013 Jul 25, New Zealand banned
“Maniac," a horror film starring Elijah Wood as a scalp-collecting
serial killer, from general release after the government deemed it
too graphic and disturbing for the public. The film was a remake of
the 1980 slasher film about a killer who scalps his victims.
2013 Jul 25, In Niger the body
of a suspected stowaway fell from an Air France plane and was
discovered lifeless in a western suburb of the capital, Niamey.
2013 Jul 25, In northwest
Pakistan gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying Gul Wali Khan, deputy
commander of the Frontier Reserve Police, wounding him and killing
one of his guards and a driver in Peshawar.
2013 Jul 25, Senegal removed
national police director Abdoulaye Niang from his post amid
allegations he was involved in drug trafficking.
2013 Jul 25, A United Nations
reports said that Somali pirates have turned to a new business
model: Transporting weapons and providing "security" for ships
illegally plundering Somalia's fish stock.
2013 Jul 25, In South Africa
Sifiso Makhubo (42), accused of committing 36 rapes while being HIV
positive, hanged himself using a prison blanket, before he was to
stand trial for attempted murder, rape, robbery and kidnapping.
2013 Jul 25, In Switzerland a
member of the notorious "Pink Panther" jewel thief gang escaped from
prison after accomplices rammed a gate and overpowered guards with
bursts from their AK-47s. Milan Poparic (34) fled with fellow inmate
Adrian Albrecht (52) from the Orbe prison in the western canton
(state) of Vaud.
2013 Jul 25, Syrian warplanes
bombed an office of the main al-Qaida-linked rebel group in the
northern city of Aleppo. A car bomb killed at least 10 people and
wounded around 62 when it exploded on the edge of Damascus.
(AP, 7/26/13)(Reuters, 7/25/13)
2013 Jul 25, Togo began voting
in twice-delayed legislative elections in a test of whether mounting
discontent with the West African nation's long-ruling family dynasty
will translate into electoral gains for the opposition.
2013 Jul 25, In Tunisia two
gunmen on a motorbike shot dead Mohammed Brahmi (58), the leader of
the leftist opposition People’s Party, outside his house. Thousands
of Tunisians gathered in front of the Interior Ministry building in
Tunis to protest against the assassination.
(AP, 7/25/13)(Reuters, 7/25/13)(Econ, 8/3/13,
2014 Jul 25, Subsidies for
sporting stadiums across the US were reported to be increasingly
financed by savings from worker pension cuts.
(SFC, 7/25/14, p.A14)
2014 Jul 25, A Florida judge
overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that
applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another
county who made a similar ruling last week.
2014 Jul 25, Thousands of
people took to the streets of New York City to protest Israel's
offensive in the Gaza Strip and demand an end to the violence that
has already killed nearly 850 Palestinians.
2014 Jul 25, In Philadelphia
two men forced a woman into the back seat of her vehicle and drove
off. They later lost control and plowed into a group of people near
a fruit stand killing 3 children. Both men fled the scene.
(SFC, 7/26/14, p.A7)
2014 Jul 25, A Texas judge
recommended that Michael Phillips (57) of Dallas be exonerated based
on recent DNA evidence that absolved him of a 1990 rape for which he
served 12 years in prison.
(SFC, 7/26/14, p.A7)
2014 Jul 25, In western
Afghanistan Taliban insurgents halted minibuses, identified 14
Shiite passengers and shot them dead by the side of the road.
2014 Jul 25, Chinese state
media said the government has investigated more than 25,000 people
for corruption in the first six months of 2014.
2014 Jul 25, In Egypt 2
high-ranking police and army officers were shot dead by unknown
assailants in the Sinai region near the border with Israel.
2014 Jul 25, The European Union
extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian
intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Russia revolt in
eastern Ukraine. The action brought the total number of people under
EU sanction in connection with Russia's annexation of Crimea and the
revolt in eastern Ukraine to 87.
2014 Jul 25, Georgia's interior
minister said that $400 million of heroin seized earlier this month,
in the country's biggest ever drugs haul, belonged to the Taliban
and was headed for Europe.
2014 Jul 25, Campaigners on the
Greek island of Crete launched a seaborne protest against the
destruction of Syrian chemical agents in the Mediterranean. A US
naval ship fitted with hydrolysis equipment, which helps break down
lethal chemicals into a sludge, started the job of neutralizing the
arsenal in international waters last week.
2014 Jul 25, In Indonesia
Prabowo Subianto, the ex-general who lost the presidential election
to Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, mounted a legal challenge to the
result, alleging widespread electoral fraud and irregularities in
2014 Jul 25, Iranians took part
in huge rallies across the country to show solidarity with
Palestinians, urging them to keep up their struggle despite the
Israeli assault on Gaza.
2014 Jul 25, In northern Iraq a
series of blasts outside Shiite prayer halls killed four people and
wounded 19 others in Kirkuk. Gunmen traveling in 10 black SUVs
seized Riyadh al-Adhdah, a senior Sunni politician who had
previously been jailed on terrorism charges, from his home in
(AFP, 7/25/14)(AP, 7/26/14)
2014 Jul 25, Israeli aircraft
struck 30 houses in the Gaza Strip early today, killing Salah
Hassanein, a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group, and two of
his sons. Gaza officials said Israeli strikes killed 27 people. They
put the number of Palestinian deaths in 18 days of conflict at 819,
most of them civilians. US Secretary of State John Kerry pressed
regional leaders to nail down a Gaza ceasefire. The dead also
included 34 Israelis, among them 32 soldiers, and a Thai worker.
(AP, 7/25/14)(Reuters, 7/25/14)
2014 Jul 25, Japanese PM Shinzo
Abe struck a series of energy deals with Mexican President Enrique
Pena Nieto at the start of a five-country Latin American tour.
2014 Jul 25, Jordan’s air force
shot down a drone near the Syrian border, but it was not clear where
it came from.
(SFC, 7/26/14, p.A6)
2014 Jul 25, The Kyrgyzstan
Supreme Court found former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev guilty of
orchestrating the response to street protests in April 2010. He was
convicted and sentenced in absentia to life in prison for his role
in violently breaking up an opposition rally, resulting in 77
2014 Jul 25, Nigerian security
forces say they have arrested Michael Ogun (44), a suspected
internet fraudster, accused of stealing nearly $6 million from
people who thought were paying fees to apply for government jobs.
2014 Jul 25, Nigeria said that
Ebola caused the death of a Liberian national who died in quarantine
in Lagos, confirmation that the worst-ever outbreak of the virus has
reached Africa's most populous country. Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian
national who moved from Minnesota to Liberia to work for the
country's ministry of finance, died in what health officials
determined to be the first probable case of the Ebola virus in
(AFP, 7/25/14)(Yahoo News, 7/29/14)
2014 Jul 25, Eight Palestinians
were killed in incidents near the West Bank cities of Nablus and
(AP, 7/25/14)(Reuters, 7/26/14)
2014 Jul 25, In Pakistan two
gunmen riding a motorbike opened fire on two police men, killing
one, as they were on security duty on the outskirts of Quetta,
2014 Jul 25, A Russian security
official said up to 40 mortar shells fired by Ukrainian forces fell
on the Russian province of Rostov near the border with eastern
Ukraine where Kiev is fighting pro-Russian separatists.
2014 Jul 25, The Russian agency
in charge of agricultural products said it is banning imports of
Ukrainian dairy starting because of numerous quality flaws found in
its products. Russia is a key market for Ukrainian dairy products.
Kiev dismissed the move as politically motivated.
2014 Jul 25, Russia’s central
bank said it has lifted its one-week auction rate by 0.5 percentage
points to 8 percent. It cited "heightened geopolitical risks" that
are likely to push down the Russian ruble, fueling consumer price
2014 Jul 25, South Korean
police arrested Yoo Dae-gyun, the son of recently deceased Yoo
Byung-eun, owner of the April 16 ferry disaster.
(SFC, 7/26/14, p.A3)
2014 Jul 25, In Syria an
offensive by the jihadist Islamic State group against
government-held territory killed at least 85 people in the past 24
hours mainly in Hasakeh and Raqa. Rebels decapitated most of the
soldiers and hung several heads outside the base gates. Rebels shot
down a helicopter gunship over Camp Nairab, a slum in Aleppo,
killing 3 crew members and a child.
(AFP, 7/25/14)(AP, 7/26/14)(Reuters, 7/27/14)
2014 Jul 25, In southern
Thailand a car bomb killed at least two people and injured 36
outside a hotel in Betong.
2014 Jul 25, Turkey inaugurated
a high-speed rail service linking the capital Ankara to Istanbul
which will cut travel time between the country's main two cities by
2014 Jul 25, A Ugandan police
official said nine bodies have been discovered buried under four
different sites in an ongoing investigation of mass graves in a
western part of the country that had tribal violence recently.
2014 Jul 25, Ukraine government
forces took the strategically-important city of Lysychansk. It also
reported losing 13 soldiers in the past 24 hours. Local authorities
in the region of rebel strongholds of Donetsk and Lugansk said 16
people have been killed. A military spokesman said troops were
coming under increased fire from the Russian side of the border and
that the Ukrainian military had shot down three Russian surveillance
drones. The house of Andry Sadovy, mayor of the western city of
Lviv, was hit by a rocket fired late today.
(AFP, 7/25/14)(SFC, 7/26/14, p.A4)(AFP, 7/26/14)
2014 Jul 25, The World Health
Organization the death toll in West Africa's Ebola outbreak has
risen to 660, with the number of cases surpassing 1,000. In Guinea
fatalities reached 314, with 127 in Liberia and 219 in Sierra Leone.
2014 Jul 25, In Yemen Hawthi
rebels handed over the provincial capital of Amran to the central
government. The Shiite rebels had captured the city from their Sunni
Hashid rivals earlier this month.
(SFC, 7/26/14, p.A2)