Today in History - July 26
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Jul 26, Mu'awiyan defeated Caliph Ali in the Battle of Siffin in
Mesopotamia [now Iraq].
796 Jul 26, Offa, king of
Mercia (in central England), died.
811 Jul 26, Nicephorus I,
Byzantine Emperor (802-11), died in the Battle at Pliska. The
Bulgarian under monarch Krum beat the Byzantines.
1267 Jul 26, The Inquisition
formed in Rome under Pope Clement IV.
1497 Jul 26, "Edward IV's son"
Perkin Warbeck's army landed in Cork.
1524 Jul 26, James I became
king of Scotland at age 12.
1526 Jul 26, The Spaniard Lucas
Vasquez de Ayllon and his colonists left Santo Domingo in the
Caribbean for Florida.
1529 Jul 26, Francisco Pizarro
received a royal warrant in Toledo, Spain, to "discover and conquer"
1579 Jul 26, Francis Drake left
SF to cross Pacific Ocean.
1588 Jul 26, Captain John
Hawkins was knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
1656 Jul 26, Rembrandt declared
he is insolvent.
1678 Jul 26, Joseph I Habsburg,
German king, Roman catholic emperor (1705-11), was born.
1680 Jul 26, John Wilmot, 2nd
Earl of Rochester, poet, courtier, died.
1753 Jul 26, New style date is
Aug 6. Georg Richmann (b.1711), German physicist, died of
electrocution in St. Petersburg, Russia, during an attempt to
duplicate Benjamin Franklin’s “sentry box” experiment. Reportedly,
ball lightning traveled along the apparatus and was the cause of his
death, apparently the first person in history to die while
conducting electrical experiments.
1758 Jul 26, British battle
fleet under Gen. James Wolfe captured France's Fortress of
Louisbourg on Ile Royale (Capre Breton Island, Nova Scotia) after a
7-week siege, thus gaining control of the entrance to the Saint
(HN, 7/26/98)(MC, 7/26/02)
1759 Jul 26, The French
relinquished Fort Carillon in New York, to the British under General
Jeffrey Amherst. The British changed the name to Fort Ticonderoga,
from the Iroquois word Cheonderoga (land between the waters).
(HN, 7/26/98)(AH, 10/02, p.26)
1775 Jul 26, The Continental
Congress established a postal system for the colonies with Benjamin
Franklin as the first postmaster general in Philadelphia.
(AP, 7/26/97)(HN, 7/26/98)
1782 Jul 26, John Field,
pianist, composer (Nocturnes), was born in Dublin, Ireland.
1788 Jul 26, New York became
the 11th state to ratify the Constitution.
1790 Jul 26, US Congress passed
Alexander Hamilton’s Assumption plan making it responsible for state
debts. Virginia had withdrawn its opposition in return for having
the nation’s new capital located on its borders.
1790 Jul 26, An attempt at a
counter-revolution in France was put down by the National Guard at
1791 Jul 26, Franz Xavier
Wolfgang Mozart, 6th child of Austrian composer WAM, was born.
1794 Jul 26, After remaining
uncharacteristically silent for several weeks, Robespierre demanded
that the National Convention punish "traitors" without naming them.
1796 Jul 26, George Catlin,
American artist and author, was born.
1805 Jul 26, Constantine
Brumidi, artist (Myrtle Murdock), was born.
1805 Jul 26, Naples and
Calabria were struck by an earthquake and some 26,000 died.
1822 Jul 26, Simon Bolivar and
Jose de San Martin held a secret meeting.
1826 Jul 26, Riots in Vilnius,
Lithuanian, caused the death of many Jews.
1847 Jul 26, Liberia became the
first African colony to become an independent state. A mutual
agreement between the settlers and the society created the republic
of Liberia. More than 10,000 free blacks had moved there. Joseph
Jenkins Roberts, the Virginia-born son of free blacks, was elected
the first president of Liberia, an African nation that grew out of
the efforts of the American Colonization Society. Roberts made a
state visit to the United States in 1851. The American Colonization
Society supported setting up a colony for freed slaves in Africa as
an alternative to American integration. [see Aug 26]
(HNPD, 7/26/98)(HN, 7/26/98)
1848 Jul 26, Charles Ellet Jr.,
engineer, completed a light suspension bridge over the Niagara
River. A boy’s kite was used to transfer the 1st line across.
(ON, 7/02, p.8)
1848 Jul 26, The French army
suppressed the Paris uprising.
1850 Jul 26, The final design
for London’s Great Council Exhibition, the first-ever World’s Fair,
was officially approved. The structure of the glass and iron
building, designed by Joseph Paxton, was essentially completed by
Jan 1, 1851. The Exhibition opened May 1.
(WSJ, 1/26/98, p.A16)(ON, 7/04, p.12)
1856 Jul 26, George Bernard
Shaw (d.1950), Irish-born, English dramatist, critic and social
reformer (Pygmalion-Nobel 1925), was born in Dublin. "The worst sin
toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be
indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity."
(V.D.-H.K.p.237)(HN, 7/26/98)(AP, 3/15/00)
1858 Jul 26, Baron Lionel de
Rothschild became the 1st Jew elected to British Parliament.
1863 Jul 26, In the Battle of
Salineville, Ohio, John Hunt Morgan and 364 troops surrendered.
Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan and his cavalrymen
were captured during their daring raid into Ohio. Conditions for
Confederate soldiers housed in the Ohio State Penitentiary in
Columbus improved after General Morgan sent a written complaint to
the Buckeye State’s governor, David Todd. The Confederates were
placed in the dark, dank stone prison, where they were subject to
harsh punishment and forced to live on bread and water. Todd visited
the prison after receiving Morgan’s letter, and soon afterward
reforms were instituted to improve living conditions. Morgan did not
stay to savor the improvements, though. In November 1863, he and six
other Confederate officers escaped.
(HNQ, 9/20/01)(MC, 7/26/02)
1863 Jul 26, Samuel Houston
(70), 1st Pres. of Republic of Texas (1836-38, 41-44), died.
1864 Jul 26, Battle at Ezra
Chapel (Church), Georgia [Hood's Third Sortie].
1864 Jul 26-31, Riots took
place at McCook's to Lovejoy Station, and Stoneman's to Macon,
1870 Jul 26, In France Marx’s
"First Address" was approved and internationally distributed by the
General Council of the International Working Men's Association.
1871 Jul 26, Ferdinand Hayden
(1830-1887) and his government sponsored team arrived at the
Yellowstone Lake and the geyser fields.
(ON, 11/02, p.3)
1874 Jul 26, Serge
Koussevitsky, conductor of the Boston Symphony, was born in
1882 Jul 26, Richard Wagner's
final opera "Parsifal," premiered in Bayreuth, Germany.
(WSJ, 7/2/99, p.W11A)(MC, 7/26/02)
1875 Jul 26, Charles E. Boles
(b.1829), aka Black Bart, robbed his first stage coach in the
Stanislaus River Canyon, California. He robbed at least 28 of Wells
Fargo coaches before he was caught by a Wells Fargo agent in SF in
1883. He served four years of a six year sentence in San Quentin and
then was never heard from again. In 1995 Charles Hoeper authored
“Black Bart: Boulevardier Bandit.”
(HN, 8/27/01)(SFC, 3/29/14, p.D1)
1875 Jul 26, Carl Jung
(d.1961), Swiss psychiatrist and analytical psychologist who
identified the introvert and extrovert types, was born in Kesswil,
Switzerland. He saw the I Ching as a tool to help tune into the
noncausal connectedness of the universe-- what he called
(NH, 9/97, p.13)(WUD, 1994, p.774)(SFEC,10/19/97,
BR p.3)(HN, 7/26/98)
1882 Jul 26, Richard Wagner's
final opera "Parsifal," premiered in Bayreuth, Germany.
1886 Jul 26, William Gladstone
was replaced by Lord Salisbury as prime minister of England.
1893 Jul 26, George Grosz
(d.1959), German satiric artist and illustrator, was born. He
arrived in Berlin in 1911 and began drawing what he saw in a style
of expressionism and the journalistic style of Heinrich Zille. A
collection of his work was published in 1997 based on an exhibition
catalog titled: "The Berlin of George Grosz: Drawings, Watercolors
and Prints, 1912-1930."
(SFEC, 7/13/97, BR p.10)(HN, 7/26/01)
1894 Jul 26, Aldous L. Huxley
(d.1963), author (Brave New World), was born in Surrey, England.
"Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking
things for granted." "Parodies and caricatures are the most
penetrating of criticisms."
(AP, 7/13/97)(AP, 7/26/98)(MC, 7/26/02)
1895 Jul 26, Gracie Allen,
vaudeville, screen, radio and television personality, wife and foil
of George Burns, was born.
1903 Jul 26, Dr. Horatio Nelson
Jackson of Vermont and his mechanic Sewell Croker arrived in NYC
completing the first cross-country automobile trip in 63 days after
leaving SF. On July 26, 2003 Peter Kesling and Charlie Wake
completed a rerun of the original trip.
(WSJ, 7/19/02, p.W9)(WSJ, 5/7/03, p.B1)(SSFC,
7/27/03, p.A2)(ON, 9/04, p.12)
1908 Jul 26, US Attorney
General Charles J. Bonaparte issued an order creating an
investigative agency that was a forerunner of the FBI. Until this
time Pinkerton had served as the America’s unofficial national law
(AP, 7/26/97)(ON, 7/06, p.12)
1908 Jul 26, Salvador Allende
Gossens, Chile's last elected president (1970-73), was born.
1909 Jul 26, The SS Waratah
left Durban, South Africa, with 211 passengers and crew. The
steamship, enroute from Melbourne to London, was due in Cape Town 3
days later, but never arrived.
(Econ, 9/19/09, p.94)
1914 Jul 26, Erskine Hawkins,
trumpeter, was born.
1914 Jul 26, Austrian-Hungary
condemned a Serbian ultimatum.
1915 Jul 26, James Murray, lead
compiler of the Oxford English Dictionary, died. The final entry to
the dictionary was completed in 1928. In 2003 Simon Winchester
authored “The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English
(ON, 11/05, p.7)
1917 Jul 26, J. Edgar Hoover
got job with the Justice Department.
1918 Jul 26, Britain's top war
ace, Edward Mannock, was shot down by ground fire on the Western
1919 Jul 26, James Lovelock,
British biologist and inventor, was born. He developed the Gaia
hypothesis. According to this idea the earth is influenced by life
to sustain life, and the planet is the core of a single, unified,
living system. "The earth is a living organism, and I’ll stick by
that," he says.
1922 Jul 26, Jason Robards Jr,
actor (A Thousand Clowns, Any Wednesday), was born in Chicago.
1925 Jul 26, Tyeb Mehta,
painter and film maker, was born in Gujarat, India. In 2005 one of
his paintings fetched $1.58 million.
1925 Jul 26, William Jennings
Bryan (b.1860), lawyer, died 5 days after assisting the prosecution
in the Scopes-monkey trial. In 2006 Michael Kazin authored “A Godly
Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan.”
1926 Jul 26, Philippines
government asked the US to plebiscite for independence.
1928 Jul 26,
Stanley Kubrick (d.1999), American film director, was born in Bronx,
NY. His works included Spartacus and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
(HN, 7/26/98)(SFC, 3/8/99, p.A7)(MC, 7/26/02)
1928 Jul 26, Bernice Rubens,
Welsh novelist and filmmaker, was born.
1929 Jul 26, Jean Shepherd,
humorist (Playboy satire Award 1966, 1967, 1969), was born.
1939 Jul 26, The London Times
reported the discovery of a buried ship and other artifacts at
Sutton Hoo. Archeologist later suspected that it was an empty grave
and memorial for a 7th century Anglo-Saxon chief.
(ON, 4/03, p.10)
1940 Jul 26, Mary Jo Kopechne
(d.1969), killed while driving with Ted Kennedy, was born.
1940 Jul 26, In Iran the Shah's
police squad unexpectedly arrived at the residence of opposition
politician Mohammad Mossadegh (1888-1967), searching and ransacking
his house. Although no incriminating evidence against him was found,
he was taken to the central prison in Tehran nonetheless. Mossadegh
was released in November, but was kept under house arrest until 1941
when Mohammad Reza, ascended to the throne.
1941 Jul 26, Benjamin Lee Whorf
(1897), American linguist, died. He had argued that different
languages condition or restrain the mind’s habits of thought.
1942 Jul 26, Roman Catholic
churches protested the Dutch bishops’ stand against the spread of
1942 Jul 26, RAF bombed
1943 Jul 26, In England Mick
[Michael Phillip] Jagger, musician, member of the Rolling Stones,
was born in Dartford, Kent.
(SFEM,11/9/97, p.9)(HN, 7/26/01)
1943 Jul 26, Otto Skorzeny's
commando group arrived in Rome.
1944 Jul 26, The first
desegregation in the US Army.
(HFA, '96, p.34)
1944 Jul 26, There was a
Japanese suicide attack on US lines in Guam.
1945 Jul 26, US cruiser
Indianapolis reached Tinian with atom bomb.
1945 Jul 26, The US, Britain
and China issued the Potsdam Declaration to Japan that she surrender
unconditionally. Two days later Japanese Premier Kantaro Suzuki
announced to the Japanese press that the Potsdam declaration is to
be ignored. In 1961 Herbert Feis authored “Japan Subdued.”
(WSJ, 5/5/95, p.A-12)(WSJ, 1/14/07, p.P8)
1945 Jul 26, Winston Churchill
resigned as Britain's prime minister after his Conservatives were
soundly defeated by the Labor Party. Clement Attlee became the new
1946 Jul 26, President Truman
ordered the desegregation of all US forces.
1947 Jul 26, President Truman
signed the National Security Act, creating the Department of
Defense, the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence
Agency, CIA, FBI, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The act forbade the
CIA from operating within the US. The CIA was transformed from the
Office of Strategic Services (OSS), founded by Gen. William Donovan
(1941), and was led by Adm. Walter Chilcott Ford (d.1999 at 96)
(SFC, 11/23/96, p.A2)(AP, 7/26/97)(SFC, 11/25/99,
p.D9)(WSJ, 1/14/07, p.P8)
1948 Jul 26, President Harry
Truman In Executive Order No. 9981 called for "equality of treatment
and opportunity for all persons in the armed forces without regard
to race, color, religion or national origin."
(USAT, 7/23/98, p.8A)(HN, 7/26/98)(MC, 7/26/02)
1950 Jul 26, United States
military involvement in Vietnam began as President Harry Truman
authorized $15 million in military aid to the French.
1950 Jul 26-1950 Jul 29, US
troops killed up to 300 South Korean refugees trapped under a bridge
at No Gun Ri. The villagers had gathered there to avoid strafing
from US planes which killed some 100. US troops feared the refugees
included infiltrators from North Korea. The killings were not made
public until 1999. On Jan 11, 2001 the US Army admitted that
civilians were massacred and Pres. Clinton offered his regrets. The
US Army blamed the "fog of war" in apology and acknowledgement. In
2007 the Army acknowledged it had found, but did not divulge, that a
high-level document said the US military had a policy of shooting
approaching civilians in South Korea.
(SFC, 9/30/99, p.A1,16)(WSJ, 6/5/00, p.A32)(SSFC,
12/30/01, p.D2)(AP, 4/13/07)
1951 Jul 26, Alice in
Wonderland, an American animated film produced by Walt Disney, was
released in New York City and London by RKO Radio Pictures. It was
based primarily on Lewis Carroll's “Alice's Adventures in
Wonderland” with a few additional elements from “Through the
1952 Jul 26, Adlai E. Stevenson
was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in
Chicago; John J. Sparkman was nominated for vice president.
1952 Evita Peron (b.1919), the
first lady of Argentina, died of cancer at age 33. Her biography:
"Eva Peron" was written by Alicia Dujovne Ortiz. "Santa Evita" was a
(1996) novel by Tomas Eloy Martinez based on the fate of her corpse.
Eva wrote a little book "Mi Mensaje" (My Message, or In My Own
Words) that was unfinished and lost until 1987 and published in
English under the title "In My Own Words." "My Mission In Life" was
ghostwritten under Eva’s name by Manuel Penella de Silva.
(SFEC, 8/18/96, PM p. 8)(SFEC, 11/3/96, BR
1952 Jul 26, King Farouk I of
Egypt abdicated in the wake of a coup led by Gamal Abdel Nasser.
1953 Jul 26, A band of
anti-Batistas revolted against Pres. Fulgencio Batista with an
unsuccessful attack on the Moncada army barracks in eastern Cuba.
Castro was among the moncadistas and ousted Batista six years later.
Castro was imprisoned on the Isle of Pines after the attack at
(AP, 7/26/97)(SFEC, 8/23/98, BR p.5)(WSJ,
1956 Jul 26, Dorothy Hamill,
(Olympic Hall of Famer, Olympic Gold Medalist ice skater ;
U.S. Ice Skating Champion [1974-1976]), was born.
1956 Jul 26, Andy Goldsworthy,
British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist, was born. He
produced site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural
and urban settings. He lives and works in Scotland.
1956 Jul 26, The Italian liner
Andrea Doria sank off New England, some 11 hours after colliding
with the Swedish liner Stockholm; at least 51 people died.
1956 Jul 26, Egypt’s Premier
Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal to provide revenue
for the construction of the high Aswan dam. His speech in
Alexandria, which included the codeword “De Lesseps,” triggered the
army to start the seizure of the canal.
(EWH, 1968, p.1241)(EWH, 1968, p.1249)(Econ,
1957 Jul 26, Pres. Carlos
Castillo Armas of Guatemala was assassinated.
(WUD, 1994, p.1685)
1957 Jul 26, USSR launched the
1st intercontinental multistage ballistic missile.
1958 Jul 26, Britain's Prince
Charles (9), was made the Prince of Wales by his mother, Queen
Elizabeth II, although his investiture did not take place until the
1959 Jul 26, Kevin Spacey,
actor (Henry & June, Darrow), was born in South Orange, NJ.
1959 Jul 26, There was a
partial nuclear reactor meltdown at Rocketdyne’s Santa Susana Field
Laboratory 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. A report in
2006 said it may have caused hundreds of cases of cancer in the
community, and that chemicals threatened to contaminate ground and
1963 Jul 26, In San Francisco
The Fly Trap restaurant at 73 Sutter St. closed to make room for the
43-story Wells Fargo Tower.
(SSFC, 7/21/13, p.42)
1963 Jul 26, Skopje,
Yugoslavia, was destroyed by earthquake and over 1,000 were killed.
1964 Jul 26, Teamsters
president Jimmy Hoffa and six others were convicted of fraud and
conspiracy in the handling of a union pension fund.
1965 Jul 26, Republic of
Maldives (Falkland Islands) gained independence from Britain.
1968 Jul 26, Britain’s Theater
Act abolished censorship of the theatre and amended the law in
respect of theatres and theatrical performances.
1969 Jul 26, Frank Loesser,
songwriter (b.1910), died. His songs included “Baby It’s Cold
Outside” sung in the 1949 film “Neptune’s Daughter.” In 2008 Thomas
L. Riis authored Frank Loesser.
1971 Jul 26, Apollo 15 was
launched from Cape Kennedy.
1971 Jul 26, Diane Arbus
[Nemerov] (b.1923), photographer, committed suicide in NYC. In 1984
Patricia Bosworth authored: "Diane Arbus: A Biography." In 2011
William Todd Schultz authored “An Emergency in Slow Motion: The
Inner Life of Diane Arbus.”
1973 Jul 26, Peter Shaffer's
"Equus," premiered in London.
1980 Jul 26, Kenneth Tynan
(53), dramaturge for Britain’s National Theater, died in California
from emphysema. In 2001 John Lahr edited essays from his last 10
years: "The Diaries of Kenneth Tynan."
1984 Jul 26, Ed Gein (b.1906),
mass murderer (movie "Psycho" based on him), died.
1986 Jul 26, Kidnappers in
Lebanon released the Reverend Lawrence Martin Jenco, an American
hostage held for nearly 19 months.
1986 Jul 26, Averell Harriman
(b.1892), statesman and former New York Governor, died at age 94 in
Yorktown Heights, NY. He left his fabulous art collection, fortune,
and influence in the Democratic Party to his wife, Pamela Churchill
Harriman. She was later appointed by Pres. Clinton as ambassador to
France. In 1996 Sally Bedell Smith wrote her biography: "Reflected
Glory: The Life of Pamela Churchill Harriman."
(SFC, 10/23/96, p.E6)(AP, 7/26/06)
1987 Jul 26, US Secretary of
Defense Caspar Weinberger said the Navy's anti-mine capabilities
would be improved in the Persian Gulf in the wake of a mine
explosion that damaged the tanker Bridgeton.
1988 Jul 26, U.N. Secretary
General Javier Perez de Cuellar met twice with Iran's foreign
minister in the first formal talks about a cease-fire for the
eight-year war between Iran and Iraq.
1989 Jul 26, Mark Wellman, a
29-year-old paraplegic, reached the summit of El Capitan in Yosemite
National Park after hauling himself up the granite cliff six inches
at a time over nine days.
1990 Jul 26, US Congress passed
and Pres. George Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act
(WSJ, 7/26/95, p.A-12)(SFEC, 5/25/97, p.C10)
1990 Jul 26, The US House of
Representatives reprimanded Congressman Barney Frank, (Democrat,
Massachusetts) for ethics violations.
1990 Jul 26, The US Centers for
Disease Control reported that a young woman, later identified as
Kimberly Bergalis, had been infected with the AIDS virus, apparently
by her dentist.
1991 Jul 26, US Secretary of
State James A. Baker the Third addressed Mongolia’s first
legislature chosen in multiparty elections, applauding the rise of
democracy and promising millions of dollars in aid.
1991 Jul 26, Paul Reubens (Pee
Wee Herman) was arrested in Florida for exposing himself at an adult
1992 Jul 26, Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) went into effect.
1992 Jul 26,
Singer Mary Wells died in Los Angeles at age 49.
1992 Jul 26, Muhamed Cehajic,
mayor of Prijedor, Bosnia, disappeared and was believed killed.
Milomar Stakic became mayor and was later accused of direct
involvement in establishing concentration camps at Omarska, Keraterm
and Trnopolje. Momcilo Radanovic was later accused of leading a
brigade that carried out numerous massacres and extortion of money
from non-Serbs. Stakic was arrested in 2001 and sentenced to life in
prison in 2003.
(SFC, 2/1/97, p.A12)(SFC, 3/24/01, p.A12)(SFC,
1992 Jul 26, Iraq agreed to
permit weapons inspectors to search the Agriculture Ministry in
1992 Jul 26, Miguel Indurain of
Spain won cycling's Tour de France for the second year in a row.
1993 Jul 26, President Clinton
launched a harder sell for his budget at a conference in Chicago,
accusing Republicans of gridlock.
1993 Jul 26, In the SF Bay Area
Pat Hatfield founded the Colma Historical Association.
1993 Jul 26, Ret. Gen. Matthew
B. Ridgway (98), US Army Chief of Staff (1953-55), died in Fox
1993 Jul 26, A Boeing 737-500
crashed in South Korea and 68 people were killed.
1994 Jul 26, The US House
Banking Committee opened limited hearings on the Whitewater
1994 Jul 26-1994 Jul 27, A car
bomb heavily damaged the Israeli embassy in London, injuring 14;
hours later, a second bomb exploded outside a building housing
Jewish organizations in north London.
(AP, 7/26/99)(NYT, 10/8/04, p.A12)
1994 Jul 26, In Cambodia 3
Western backpackers were kidnapped from a train by the Khmer Rouge.
The surprise train attack left 13 dead. Frenchman Michel Braquet,
Briton Mark Slater, and Australian David Wilson were held at the
base of Nuon Paet, who later ordered them killed. Paet was convicted
for the killings in 1999 and sentenced to life in prison. Sam Bith
and Chhouk Rin, former Khmer Rouge guerrillas, were charged in
connection with the abduction and slayings in 1999. Col. Rin was
arrested in 2000. Chhouk Rin was acquitted in 2000 due to an amnesty
for rebel defectors. In 2002 Bith was convicted and jailed for life.
(SFC, 6/8/99, p.A12)(SFC, 6/22/99, p.A12)(SFC,
6/22/99, p.A12)(SFC, 1/19/00, p.A16)(WSJ, 7/19/00, p.A1)(MC,
1994 Jul 26, The Turkish air
force bombed Kurds in Iraq and 79 people were killed.
1995 Jul 26, The Senate voted
69-to-29 to unilaterally lift the UN embargo on arms shipments to
1995 Jul 26, Former Michigan
Governor George W. Romney died at age 88.
1996 Jul 26, Amy Van Dyken
became the first American woman to win four gold medals at a single
Olympics as she captured the 50-meter freestyle in Atlanta.
1996 Jul 26, President Clinton
rejected a clemency plea from Jonathan Pollard, who'd spent more
than 10 years in prison for spying for Israel.
1996 Jul 26, It was announced
that researchers had devised a new small molecule that may be used
in pill form to replace large molecules which up to now needed to be
(WSJ, 7/26/96, p.A1)
1996 Jul 26, Researchers
announced the discovery of a gene, fosB, associated with infant care
(SFC, 7/26/96, p.A10)
1996 Jul 26, UN sources said
that 268 Hutu civilians were killed in Burundi’s Gitega province.
The Tutsi army said Hutu rebels attacked a coffee factory in Giheta.
(SFC, 8/8/96, p.A8)
1997 Jul 26, Pres. Clinton
visited Lake Tahoe and announced that the Forest Service would allot
350 acres to the Washoe Indian tribe for a cultural center and give
tribal members access to the edge of Lake Tahoe. He also made an
executive order for $50 million over 2 years and 25 initiatives to
improve the water quality of Lake Tahoe. He brought with him $26
million worth of natural gas postal trucks and sewage pipes to help
preserve the lake.
(SFEC, 7/27/97, p.A1,14)(AP, 7/26/98)
1997 Jul 26, In Belgium at the
Ostend Air Show a Jordanian aerobatics airplane crashed and killed 9
(WSJ, 7/28/97, p.A1)
1997 Jul 26, In Cambodia
Communist guerrillas announced that Pol Pot was sentenced to life
imprisonment and Nate Thayer, a US reporter for the Far Eastern
Economic Review, claimed to have seen Pol Pot and prepared a report
for the Review.
(WSJ, 7/28/97, p.A12)
1997 Jul 26, From Egypt it was
reported that a cease-fire had been proclaimed by 6 imprisoned
leaders of the Gamaa al Islamiya. The government dismissed the
cease-fire as empty talk.
(SFC, 7/26/97, p.A13)
1998 Jul 26, The White House
said President Clinton's lawyers were working with prosecutor
Kenneth Starr to avert Clinton's direct testimony to a grand jury
about the Monica Lewinsky case. The president ended up testifying
via closed-circuit television.
1998 Jul 26, AT&T and
British Telecommunications PLC announced they were forming a joint
venture to combine international operations and develop a new
Internet system. The joint venture, known as Concert, proved a
money-loser and was shut down.
1998 Jul 26, It was reported
that Digital Video Express (DIVX) was being marketed by Circuit City
and the Good Guys as an alternative choice to Digital Video Disks
(DVD). The system was developed by Circuit City and a law firm to
provide viewers purchase options. The disks scramble after 48 hours
if not renewed or purchased.
(SFEC, 7/26/98, DB)
1998 Jul 26, In Michigan 3
spectators were killed and 6 people injured at the US 500 Race in
(WSJ, 7/27/98, p.A1)
1998 Jul 26, In Algeria
attackers in Khelil in Tlemcen province and in Sidi Abdelmoumen in
Saida province killed 20 people in overnight attacks.
(SFC, 7/27/98, p.A10)
1998 Jul 26, In Cambodia a
Khmer Rouge attack left 10 people dead as the nation voted for a new
government. 40-50 guerrillas struck at an army outpost at O’Kong
Bich. No party was expected to win a majority of the 122 seat
(SFC, 7/27/98, p.A8)
1998 Jul 26, In Guinea-Bissau
army rebels and the government agreed to a cease-fire and promised
to open peace talks.
(SFC, 7/27/98, p.A10)
1998 Jul 26, Serb military
action in the villages of Srednja Klina and Hgornja Klina near
Srbica left 3 elderly people shot to death and 2 others wounded.
(SFC, 7/27/98, p.A8)
1999 Jul 26, Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright and her Russian counterpart, Igor Ivanov,
announced a second Washington-Moscow "hot line" would be installed
to help avoid misunderstandings like those that had developed over
(WSJ, 7/27/99, p.A1)(AP, 7/26/00)
1999 Jul 26, Cary Stayner, a
motel handyman, described in detail for an off-camera jailhouse
interview with San Francisco TV station KBWB how he’d killed a
naturalist and three Yosemite sightseers.
1999 Jul 26, The eastern third
of the US was gripped in heat and at least 24 deaths over the last
(SFC, 7/27/99, p.A3)
1999 Jul 26, Brazil said it
would temporarily suspend all trade talks with Argentina after
Argentina moved to curb certain Brazilian exports.
(WSJ, 7/28/99, p.A20)
1999 Jul 26, Eritrea and
Ethiopia agreed to send delegates to Algeria to finalize
arrangements to end their 14-month border war.
(SFC, 7/27/99, p.A10)
1999 Jul 26, Japanese
government officials and US Sec. of State Madeleine Albright issued
a threat of economic and diplomatic consequences to North Korea if
it fires another rocket over Japanese territory.
(SFC, 8/3/99, p.A10)
2000 Jul 26, George W. Bush and
his just-chosen running mate, Dick Cheney, set out on their first
campaign excursion together as they visited Cheney’s former hometown
of Casper, Wyoming.
2000 Jul 26, A federal judge in
New York approved a $1.25 billion settlement between Swiss banks and
more than a-half million plaintiffs who alleged the banks had
hoarded money deposited by Holocaust victims.
2000 Jul 26, The US Navy
reported that an F-14 Tomcat jet crashed in Saudi Arabia during a
training flight. Iraqi air defense later reported that Iraqi units
had shot down a US Air Force F-14 over southern Iraq in mid July and
that the Navy report was a coverup.
(SFEC, 8/20/00, p.B16)
2000 Jul 26, Napster Inc. was
hit with a preliminary injunction to halt all illegal song swapping
over the Internet. A temporary stay was granted on appeal 2 days
(SFC, 7/27/00, p.A1)(SFC, 7/29/00, p.A1)
2000 Jul 26, In Cuba over 1
million protestors marched in Havana against the US trade embargo.
(SFC, 7/27/00, p.C3)
2000 Jul 26, In Fiji George
Speight was arrested by the military, which then stormed a
stronghold of his followers.
(SFC, 7/27/00, p.A10)
2000 Jul 26, In Indonesia the
attorney general filed corruption charges against former Pres.
(SFC, 7/27/00, p.A16)
2000 Jul 26, In Russia a tax
reform bill was passed that scrapped the graduated income tax in
favor of a 13% flat tax.
(SFC, 7/27/00, p.A10)
2001 Jul 26, Hewlett-Packard
announced 6,000 worldwide job cuts and JDS Uniphase announced
another 7,000 cuts.
(SFC, 7/27/01, p.A1)
2001 Jul 26, China granted
parole to two U.S.-based scholars convicted of spying for Taiwan.
2001 Jul 26, The UN War Crimes
tribunal indicted Gen. Ante Gotovina on 8 counts of war crimes
linked to alleged atrocities in 1995. In 2005 Croatia’s failure to
arrest him hindered the country’s entry to the EU.
(SFC, 7/27/01, p.D6)(Econ, 3/12/05, p.52)
2001 Jul 26, In Indonesia the
legislature elected Hamzah Haz as vice president. In Jakarta a
high-court justice was assassinated by gunmen on motorbikes.
(WSJ, 7/27/01, p.A1)
2001 Jul 26, In Indonesia
Syafiuddin Kartasasmita, a Supreme Court Justice, was shot to death
by 4 assassins. Tommy Suharto was later implicated in the murder.
(SFC, 8/7/01, p.A7)
2001 Jul 26, An Israeli youth
was killed in a drive-by shooting and 3 bombs went off in the West
Bank with no injuries.
(WSJ, 7/27/01, p.A1)
2002 Jul 26, The US
Republican-led House voted, 295 to 132, to create an enormous
Homeland Security Department, the biggest government reorganization
2002 Jul 25, Cassandra
Williamson (6) vanished from a suburban St. Louis home; her body was
found hours later at an abandoned glass factory. Johnny Johnson
(24), an acquaintance of Cassandra's father who had spent the night
at the house was later indicted for murder.
(SFC, 7/27/02, p.A3)(AP, 7/26/03)
2002 Jul 26, The SF-based Texas
Pacific Group agreed to buy Burger King from Diageo PLC for $2.26
(SFC, 7/26/02, p.B1)
2002 Jul 26, Hershey Foods in
Hershey, Pa., announced that it would put itself up for sale under
directions by the Hershey Trust Co.
(SFC, 7/26/02, p.B3)
2002 Jul 26, In Argentina a new
Evita Museum opened in Buenos Aires on the 50-year anniversary of
(SFC, 7/26/02, p.A16)
2002 Jul 26, In Brazil the new
$1.4 billion Amazon Radar Surveillance (SIVAM), developed by
Raytheon, was unveiled. It was to be used to curb crime and gather
(SFC, 7/26/02, p.A16)
2002 Jul 26, The Burundian army
claimed it has killed at least 500 Hutu rebels during fighting over
the last two weeks, while suffering only 15 losses.
2002 Jul 26, It was reported
that the regional Chinese governments of Tibet, Sichuan and Yunnan
had agreed to develop an area to be called "The China Shangri-La
Ecological Tourist Zone" across 50 counties next to Meili Snow
(SFC, 7/26/02, p.A15)
2002 Jul 26, In Guayaquil,
Ecuador, South American presidents gathered for a 2nd region-wide
summit in the face of political instability and economic turmoil.
2002 Jul 26, Indian Vice
President Krishan Kant, 75, died of a heart attack.
2002 Jul 26, An Indonesian
court sentenced former President Suharto's son Tommy to a total of
15 years in jail for paying a hitman to kill a Supreme Court judge
and other offences.
2002 Jul 26, In Indonesia
bomb-like explosions hit the troubled city of Ambon, injuring 51
people, 10 of them seriously.
2002 Jul 26, Israel sent tanks
and troops into Gaza City. Troops fatally shot a Palestinian man as
he stood in his kitchen in Qalqilya. Palestinian security officials
said Israeli soldiers were firing live ammunition as they searched
houses, and that the man had been hit in the head.
2002 Jul 26, Liberian attackers
crossed into eastern Sierra Leone and abducted 18 villagers, in the
second such raid in just over a week.
2002 Jul 26, Jose Juan Palafox,
a regional director of Mexico's main intelligence agency was slain
in the border city of Tijuana, the 11th person killed this week in
what authorities say is an escalating drug war.
2002 Jul 26, Palestinian gunmen
waiting in ambush fired on two passing Israeli cars near a Jewish
settlement in the southern West Bank, killing four people and
injuring two children before fleeing.
2002 Jul 26, In Peru 2 buses
collided on a slick highway on the coast and another bus slammed
into them, killing at least 12 people and injuring 37.
2003 Jul 26, Backers of a drive
to oust California Governor Gray Davis held a boisterous celebration
at the state Capitol in Sacramento, more than two months before the
Oct. 7 recall election.
2003 Jul 26, John Higham (82),
historian, died. His books included "Hanging Together: Unity and
Diversity in American Culture."
(SSFC, 12/28/03, p.E9)
2003 Jul 26, Harold C.
Schonberg (87), New York Times music critic, died in New York.
2003 Jul 26, Cuba celebrated
the 50th anniversary of the start of Fidel Castro's revolution
against Fulgencio Batista.
2003 Jul 26, In Haiti a 4-day
Voodoo religion pilgrimage, ended. It began with rituals to Ogou,
the god of war, and ended with rites to the goddess of love, Erzuli.
This year's crowd of more than 10,000 was half the turnout of last
2003 Jul 26, In Iraq a grenade
attack killed 3 US soldiers and wounded four while they guarded a
children's hospital in Baqouba.
2003 Jul 26, Jiri Horak (79),
the first leader of the Czech Social Democratic Party (190-1992)
after the fall of communism, died in Florida.
2003 Jul 26, Across northern
Japan 3 powerful earthquakes knocked out power grids, collapsed
buildings and set off mudslides. At least 268 people were hurt.
2003 Jul 26, In Liberia a
mortar attack into a church harboring thousands of refugees, killed
at least 15 and wounded about 55 others.
2004 Jul 26, The Democratic
National Convention opened in Boston with an estimated 35,000
visitors. Speakers included Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, Hillary and Bill
Clinton. Speakers castigated George W. Bush as a president who
mishandled the economy and bungled the war on terror.
(SFC, 7/27/04, p.A1)(AP, 7/26/05)
2004 Jul 26, A new variation of
the Mydoom computer virus spread across the Internet.
(SFC, 7/27/04, p.D1)
2004 Jul 26, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai formally filed his candidacy for October presidential
elections and chose a brother of late resistance hero Ahmad Shah
Masoud as his running mate for vice president.
2004 Jul 26, Banco Santander
Central Hispano of Spain, with the help of Royal Bank of Scotland,
announced a deal to acquire Abbey National Bank in the UK. The $16
billion deal created the tenth largest bank in the world.
2004 Jul 26, Czech President
Vaclav Klaus named Social Democrat leader Stanislav Gross (B.1969)
as the country's next prime minister, making him Europe's youngest
leader and paving the way for a new center-left government.
2004 Jul 26, Mohammed Mamdouh
Helmi Qutb, an Egyptian diplomat held hostage by militants in Iraq
for three days, was released and was in good condition.
2004 Jul 26, Al-Qaida-linked
Islamic militants threatened to "shake the earth" everywhere in
Italy if Rome does not withdraw troops from Iraq. The Internet
statement, attributed to the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades, was the 2nd
such threat against the government of Prime Minister Silvio
Berlusconi in two weeks.
2004 Jul 26, A suicide car
bomber attacked near a U.S. base in the northern city of Mosul,
killing three Iraqis. Assassins gunned down a senior Interior
Ministry official and militants said they kidnapped two Jordanian
truck drivers in spiraling violence in Iraq. Basra gunmen shot 2
women dead and wounded 3 who were on their way to cleaning jobs at
(AP, 7/26/04)(WSJ, 7/27/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 26, Attackers shot and
killed Col. Musab al-Awadi, the ministry's deputy chief of tribal
affairs, and 2 of his bodyguards in a drive-by shooting at the
official's Baghdad home.
2004 Jul 26, Close to 5,000
'cybernauts' gathered for a weeklong computer party in Spain’s
southeastern city of Valencia.
2005 Jul 26, Discovery and
seven astronauts blasted into orbit on America's first manned space
shot since the 2003 Columbia disaster, ending a painful, 2 1/2-year
shutdown devoted to making the shuttle less risky and NASA more
safety-conscious. Its mission was to resupply the space station and
deliver a new gyroscope and storage platform.
(AP, 7/26/05)(SFC, 7/27/05, p.A1)
2005 Jul 26, Danny Simon (86),
TV comedy writer and older brother of Neil Simon, died in Portland,
(SFC, 7/28/05, p.B7)
2005 Jul 26, In Afghanistan
more than 1,000 stone-throwing protesters tried to break into
Bagram, the main U.S. base to free eight detained villagers, and
Afghan troops fired warning shots and used clubs to beat the mob
back. U.S. troops also fired into the air.
2005 Jul 26, In Afghanistan US
military officials moved to defuse tension after a riot outside
their main base by handing 6 villagers, accused of being bombmakers,
over to local authorities.
2005 Jul 26, In Argentina
provincial Sen. Victor Hugo Luna offered a bill that would
confiscate 196,000 acres from US rancher Peter McBride’s Taco Pampa
property in La Paz in order to recognize land rights of local goat
herders. McBride had purchased his 286,000 acres for $500,000.
(WSJ, 8/23/05, p.A9)
2005 Jul 26, A
government-commissioned study said Australia will become warmer and
drier with average national temperatures rising as much as two
degrees Celsius and rainfall decreasing significantly by 2030.
2005 Jul 26, Chinese health
officials reported that over the last 4 weeks an unidentified
illness has killed 19 farmers and sickened 80 in southwestern China
after they butchered sick pigs or sheep. The pigs in question were
infected with streptococcus bacteria, a common pathogen in humans
and domestic animals.
2005 Jul 26, Six-party nuclear
disarmament talks opened in Beijing after a 13-month boycott by
North Korea, and the communist nation's envoy said his country was
ready to work on eliminating atomic weapons from the Korean
2005 Jul 26, In Dagestan,
Russia, the head of traffic police in Izberbash was killed at a
(WSJ, 7/29/05, p.A11)
2005 Jul 26, Investigators have
identified a suicide bomber in the weekend attacks that killed
scores in this Red Sea resort, saying he was an Egyptian with
Islamic militant ties. DNA tests identified him as Youssef Badran,
an Egyptian Sinai resident.
2005 Jul 26, A third previously
unknown Islamist group, Tawhid and Jihad Group in Egypt, claimed
responsibility on the Internet for the bomb attacks on Egypt's Sharm
el-Sheikh resort in which as many as 88 people were killed. It said
it was responsible for bomb attacks that ripped through the resort
town of Taba last October, killing 34 people.
(AP, 7/26/05)(Econ, 7/30/05, p.40)
2005 Jul 26, Pernod Ricard SA
said it has completed its takeover of British rival Allied Domecq
PLC to become the world's second-largest wines and spirits maker.
The acquired brands included Ballantine’s, Malibu and Beefeater.
(AP, 7/26/05)(WSJ, 9/7/05, p.B2)
2005 Jul 26, In India women and
men armed with truncheons and stones attacked police in Gurgaon
where violent clashes between protesting Honda workers and police a
day earlier reportedly injured 700 people.
2005 Jul 26, In Indonesia a 2nd
suspect tried in September's deadly bombing at the Australian
Embassy was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison for
helping transport materials used in the attack. Agus Ahmad (31) told
the South Jakarta District Court he believed six bags given to him
by a friend contained crystal stones, but the three judges did not
2005 Jul 26, Al-Qaida in Iraq
said it had condemned to death two Algerian diplomats who were
abducted in Baghdad. A video made public showed the men blindfolded
and in captivity.
2005 Jul 26, Officials said
Jerusalem planners have approved the construction of a new Jewish
neighborhood in the city's Muslim Quarter.
2005 Jul 26, John Goldson (69),
a prominent British hotelier, was killed in Kenya’s central Rift
Valley when he went to investigate a break-in by about seven gunmen
at the lodge outside Naivasha, some 90 kilometers (55 miles)
northwest of Nairobi. In 2006 police arrested Ibrahim Abdi Noor,
believed to be the leader of the gang that shot and killed Goldson.
2005 Jul 26, In Lebanon Samir
Geagea (53), a notorious anti-Syrian Christian warlord, was released
after 11 years in prison.
2005 Jul 26, Myanmar agreed to
forgo its chairmanship of Southeast Asia's bloc next year to avoid a
damaging Western boycott of the group's meetings.
2005 Jul 26, Nepal's former
prime minister and a member of his Cabinet were convicted of
embezzlement by the king's anti-corruption commission and sentenced
to two years in prison.
2005 Jul 26, A boat ferrying
passengers between remote villages sank in a southwestern Nigerian
river, killing at least 18 people.
2005 Jul 26, A Dutch court
sentenced Mohammed Bouyeri (27), the killer of filmmaker Theo Van
Gogh, to life in prison. He was linked to the “Hofstad Group,” some
of whom were accused of wild plans to blow up Schiphol airport, the
Dutch parliament and a nuclear reactor.
(AP, 7/26/05)(Econ, 7/16/05, p.13)
2006 Jul 26, Iraq’s PM Nouri
al-Maliki addressed US Congress and asked for more US reconstruction
aid. He did not talk of sectarian violence in Iraq and did not
(SFC, 7/27/06, p.A12)
2006 Jul 26, The Washington
state Supreme Court upheld a ban on gay marriage, saying lawmakers
have the power to restrict marriage to unions between a man and
2006 Jul 26, Chicago’s City
Council voted by a veto-proof margin to require big-box stores like
Wal-Mart to pay employees at least $10 per hour plus benefits.
(WSJ, 7/27/06, p.A1)
2006 Jul 26, In a dramatic
turnaround from her first murder trial, a jury in Houston found
Andrea Yates not guilty by reason of insanity in the drowning of her
children in the bathtub; she was committed to a state mental
2006 Jul 26, SF police officer
Nick-Tomasito Birco (39) was killed when a Dodge van carrying 4
robbery suspects broadsided his patrol car at Cambridge and Felton.
Steven Wayne Petrilli (19) was charged the next day with murder,
manslaughter, evading police and robbery. In 2010 Petrilli was
convicted of 1st degree murder. In 2011 Carl Lather (25) and
Nicholas smith (26) pleaded guilty to manslaughter and robbery
(SFC, 7/27/06, p.A1)(SFC, 7/28/06, p.B1)(SFC,
9/24/10, p.C3)(SFC, 2/5/11, p.C2)
2006 Jul 26, In southern Zabul
province, gunmen ambushed and killed one Afghan worker and wounded
three others as they drove to work on a road being built between the
town of Qalat to a new US air base just outside town. 5 militants
were killed and 11 were wounded when they battled 200 Afghan police
in Garmser. All 16 people including two Dutch soldiers and at least
2 American civilians were killed when their helicopter crashed in
southeast Afghanistan. The Russian-made helicopter was operated by a
logistics company ferrying supplies and fuel from Kabul to the Khost
(AP, 7/26/06)(AFP, 7/27/06)
2006 Jul 26, China's PM Wen
Jiabao called for urgent steps to prevent economic overheating, as
the government forecast more double-digit growth in the next
2006 Jul 26, Xinhua News said
heavy rain from Tropical Storm Kaemi caused a levee in southern
China to collapse, threatening to inundate an area that's home to
2006 Jul 26, An unhappy China
said that Canada's decision to bestow honorary citizenship on the
Dalai Lama could hurt commercial relations between the two
2006 Jul 26, Jessica Gilbert
(19), a British chess prodigy, fell from an eighth-floor hotel room
window in the Czech Republic where she was competing in an
international chess tournament. Her death took place days before the
trial of her father, whom she had accused of rape, was to begin. In
December Ian Gilbert (48), a director of the Royal Bank of Scotland,
was acquitted of 5 counts of raping Jessica, while she was still a
child, and 6 sexual offenses against other people.
2006 Jul 26, Georgian
authorities reported sporadic fighting in a mountainous region where
police are trying to subdue a defiant militia leader, the latest
confrontation in a volatile former Soviet republic plagued by
2006 Jul 26, Germany, Israel
and the US signed an agreement opening to researchers an archive of
millions of Nazi files describing how the Holocaust was carried out.
2006 Jul 26, Israel suffered
its bloodiest day in Lebanon in its offensive against Hezbollah,
with militants killing at least nine soldiers in a battle for the
strategic town of Bint Jbail.
2006 Jul 26, Israeli strikes
killed 23 people in the Gaza Strip, including 16 militants and a
mother and her two young daughters, in the deadliest day of fighting
since Israel withdrew from the coastal strip last year.
2006 Jul 26, In Indian Kashmir
5 people were killed and 12 wounded, including nine in a tourist
area, in 4 different gun battles.
2006 Jul 26, Pro-government
militia fighters in western Ivory Coast began laying down arms, the
first step of a delayed nationwide disarmament program.
2006 Jul 26, Power was restored
to parts of Liberia's dilapidated capital Monrovia for the first
time in 15 years, another step in the country's emergence from more
than a decade of civil war.
2006 Jul 26, A UN report said
the death toll from floods and landslides in North Korea this month
has risen to at least 154 people, with 127 others missing.
2006 Jul 26, Somalia's
virtually powerless government said a cargo plane landed at the
capital's airport and was carrying weapons for Islamic militants who
have seized control of much of southern Somalia. A spokesman for the
country's official government, based 150 miles northwest of
Mogadishu, said the plane was carrying land mines, bombs and
long-range guns from Eritrea for a militia loyal to the Supreme
Islamic Courts Council.
2006 Jul 26, Sri Lanka's
military carried out air attacks against suspected Tamil Tiger
positions in northeast Sri Lanka after the rebels allegedly blocked
an irrigation canal.
2007 Jul 26, The US Senate
passed, 85-8, a measure intensifying national anti-terror efforts.
2007 Jul 26, A federal judge in
Boston ordered the government to pay a record nearly $102 million
for the FBI's role in the 1968 wrongful murder convictions of four
men. Judge Nancy Gertner powerfully condemned misconduct that she
said ran "all the way up to the FBI director."
2007 Jul 26, The DJIA suffered
one of its worst losses of the year, closing down 311.50 to
(SFC, 7/27/07, p.D1)(AP, 7/26/08)
2007 Jul 26, Oakland, Ca.,
Mayor Ron Dellums brokered negotiations between the locked-out
Teamsters’ Union and Waste Management following 25 days of
(SFC, 7/28/07, p.A1)
2007 Jul 26, There was an
explosion at a remote test facility in the Mojave Desert belonging
to Scaled Composites LLC during testing of a new space tourism
vehicle. 2 people died at the scene and one later died at a hospital
2007 Jul 26, In southern
Afghanistan US-led coalition forces and Afghan troops fought two
separate battles with militants, killing more than 60 suspected
Taliban insurgents. A British soldier was killed in the fighting.
(AP, 7/26/07)(AFP, 7/26/07)
2007 Jul 26, Bhutan's prime
minister and six members of his Cabinet resigned to pave the way for
the 1st parliamentary elections in the Buddhist kingdom and its
transition to democracy.
2007 Jul 25, Brazil's Pres.
Lula da Silva fired Defense Minister Waldir Pires in response to a
fatal jetliner crash that turned months of anger over breakdowns in
the military-run national air system into a full-blown political
2007 Jul 26, In London,
England, Bachan Athwal (70), a British grandmother, faced life
imprisonment after being convicted of the "honor killing" of her
son's wife who she murdered after luring her to India. Her son (43)
was also found guilty of murder. The two killed Sikh Heathrow
Airport worker Surjit Kaur Athwal (27), who disappeared in December
1998 after she decided to walk out of her arranged marriage.
2007 Jul 26, A London court
sentenced five students to jail for collecting information on
bomb-making and terrorism.
2007 Jul 26, Canada nixed a
decade-old policy that required prospective Sikh immigrants to
change their last names to avoid confusion with other Sikhs.
2007 Jul 26, China’s state
media said flooding in the far west has killed 32 people over the
last 10 days, while a central city of 9 million was on high alert as
the mighty Yangtze River approached dangerous heights. Runoff from a
lead-zinc mine polluted the Zijiang river in Hunan province, cutting
off supplies to the riverside city of Lengshuijiang and residents
(AP, 7/26/07)(AP, 7/28/07)
2007 Jul 26, East Timor's
President Jose Ramos-Horta asked visiting Australian PM John Howard
to keep Australian peacekeepers in the young nation until the end of
2007 Jul 26, The European Court
of Human Rights ordered the Russian government to pay damages of
$196,000 to the family members of 11 Chechen civilians killed by
Russian soldiers in 2000, when security forces rampaged through
Novye Aldi, setting fire to houses and killing at least 50
2007 Jul 26, Juan Cruz Maiza,
the alleged head of ETA’s logistics, was arrested in France along
with two helpers.
(Econ, 8/4/07, p.44)
2007 Jul 26, Germany's Identity
Foundation said leading Indian economist and Nobel laureate Amartya
Sen (73) will be awarded the Meister Eckhart prize for his work on
human development theory.
2007 Jul 26, In Indonesia a
dozen Christian men were convicted and sentenced to up to 14 years
in jail for beating to death and beheading two Muslims to avenge the
government executions of three Christians last year.
2007 Jul 26, A parked car bomb
exploded near a market in a predominantly Shiite area of Baghdad,
killing 28 people and wounding 74. In northern Iraq a suicide bomber
blew himself up at the gate of a police station, killing 7 people
and wounding 13 in Mosul. A US soldier was killed by a roadside bomb
in Diyala province; 3 more were killed in fighting in Anbar
(AP, 7/26/07)(WSJ, 1/27/07, p.A1)(AP,
2007 Jul 26, An Israeli
airstrike targeting a car south of Gaza City killed 3 Islamic Jihad
militants. Israeli forces also killed a Hamas militant during a
military operation in the southern Gaza Strip. In the West Bank
Israeli troops struck and seriously injured a Palestinian who tried
to stab a soldier. The man's family said he later died of his
2007 Jul 26, Jordan pleaded for
international help to deal with hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who
have fled here to avoid the violence at home, saying they cost the
kingdom $1 billion a year in basic services.
2007 Jul 26, A court in Nigeria
sentenced Dieprieye Alamieyeseigha, former Bayelso state governor,
to two years in jail on charges of corruption and money laundering
and ordered him to forfeit millions in property and cash. Vice
Admiral Ganiyu Adekeye, the new head of the navy, told a
parliamentary commission about the suspected illegal bunkering on
ships under naval guard and how the ex-officers allegedly dipped
into the lucrative trade.
(AP, 7/26/07)(AFP, 7/28/07)
2007 Jul 26, North Korea walked
out of military talks with South Korea, ending 3 days of high-level
negotiations with no agreement amid a lingering dispute over their
shared sea border.
2007 Jul 26, Pakistan said it
successfully test-fired a cruise missile capable of delivering
nuclear warheads deep into India.
2007 Jul 26, In Somalia 2
separate explosions killed at least five civilians in Mogadishu,
where the government is struggling to contain a lethal insurgency.
2007 Jul 26, In northern Syria
an explosion at an ordnance depot that was blamed on summer heat
killed at least 15 soldiers and wounded 50 others.
2007 Jul 26, Turkish police
arrested Maksym Yastremskiy (24), a Ukrainian data-theft suspect.
The US Secret Service had been investigating him since 2004. Losses
to US individuals from identity theft thieves, online and offline,
totaled $49 billion in 2006.
(WSJ, 8/10/07, p.A6)
2007 Jul 26, UN arms experts
reported that Eritrea has secretly supplied "huge quantities of
arms" to a Somali insurgent group with alleged ties to al-Qaida in
violation of an international arms embargo and despite the
deployment of African peacekeepers.
2007 Jul 26, A bull named
Shambo was taken away from a Hindu monastery at Skanda Vale, Wales,
ending a long and public battle between Hindus who revere bulls and
authorities who said he must be killed because he had tested
positive for tuberculosis.
2007 Jul 26, Zimbabwe state
media reported that nearly 5,000 store owners, managers and business
executives have been arrested since the government began its
campaign to slash prices last month.
2008 Jul 26, In southern
Afghanistan NATO-led soldiers killed four civilians after opening
fire on a car that did not stop at a checkpoint.
2008 Jul 26, US presidential
hopeful Barack Obama met PM Gordon Brown in London, focusing on key
foreign policy issues facing both countries, particularly
Afghanistan and Iraq. Obama also met with Tory leader David Cameron
and Middle East envoy Tony Blair.
2008 Jul 26, Brazil's Embraer
(EMBR3.SA), the world's third-biggest commercial jet maker, said it
would invest 148 million euros in two new plants in Portugal -- its
first industrial units in Europe that will make wings and tailpieces
2008 Jul 26, In southern Haiti
at least 29 people were killed when a large truck carrying people
and merchandise collided with three pickups east of Cavailon.
2008 Jul 26, In western India
at least 51 people were killed and 161 wounded when 19 bombs went
off in several crowded neighborhoods of Ahmadabad, Gujarat state.
(AP, 7/26/08)(Econ, 8/2/08, p.44)
2008 Jul 26, President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said that Iran now has 6,000 centrifuges, a significant
increase in the number of uranium-enriching machines in its nuclear
2008 Jul 26, In Lebanon three
more people were killed in the second day of sectarian clashes
between Sunnis and Alawites in northern Lebanon, bringing the total
to 9 with 42 wounded.
2008 Jul 26, In Nigeria
unidentified men in a speed boat seized eight foreign oil workers at
gunpoint in the Niger delta. They were released later in the day.
2008 Jul 26, In Pakistan 3
soldiers and at least 12 suspected insurgents were killed in
fighting after the militants ambushed a convoy in the Dera Bugti
district of Baluchistan province.
2008 Jul 26, Hamas security
arrested dozens of supporters of the rival Fatah group, hurled
grenades at the home of a Fatah leader and set up checkpoints across
Gaza following the previous day’s beachside blast that killed five
Hamas members and a 6-year-old girl. Masked Hamas gunmen nabbed
Sawah Abu Saif (42), a Palestinian cameraman for German TV, from his
Gaza home, during a mass weekend roundup of alleged activists of the
rival Fatah movement. He was tortured and released on July 31.
(AP, 7/26/08)(AP, 7/31/08)
2008 Jul 26, South Korea’s
government said days of torrential rains have led to the deaths of
seven people and left six others missing.
2008 Jul 26, In Spain Maria
Remedios Garcia Albert (57) was arrested in San Lorenzo de el
Escorial on suspicion of belonging to Colombia's FARC rebel group.
2008 Jul 26, In northern Sri
Lanka 12 Tamil Tiger rebels were killed by security forces in fresh
clashes in the Wanni region.
2008 Jul 26, Sudan’s army
attacked a rebel police post in North Darfur, killing four troops,
before conducting search operations in nearby villages according the
Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM). Sudan's army initially denied the
report. On July 29 Khartoum said rebels of Minni Arcua Minnawi's
Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) attacked a convoy on that road and
the police responded, killing four of them and injuring two.
(Reuters, 7/27/08)(Reuters, 7/29/08)
2009 July 26, Alaska Gov. Sarah
Palin stepped down and was replaced by Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell.
2009 Jul 26, In New York a car
crash in Briarcliff killed 8 people including 4 children. Diane
Schuler (36) was drunk and high on marijuana when she went the wrong
way on Taconic State Parkway and crashed into an SUV.
(SFC, 7/27/09, p.A4)(SFC, 8/5/09, p.A5)
2009 Jul 26, Merce Cunningham
(b.1919), avant-garde dancer and choreographer, died at his home in
(SFC, 7/28/09, p.A7)
2009 Jul 26, It was reported
that Marines in Helmand working alongside DEA-mentored Afghan police
seized 297 tons of poppy seeds, 77 pounds (35 kilograms) of heroin
and 300 pounds (135 kilograms) of opium in raids in mid-July. Some
1,200 pounds (550 kilograms) of hashish and 4,225 gallons (16,000
liters) of chemicals used to convert opium to heroin were also
2009 Jul 26, In northwestern
Algeria members of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb killed two local
security officers in an ambush in the Mascara region.
2009 Jul 26, In Chechnya a
suicide bomber killed five people and wounded a number of others
near a concert hall in the capital. four policemen died trying to
prevent the bomber from entering the hall. 4 militants were found
dead after an explosion in the Nazran district of Ingushetia
province that borders Chechnya to the west.
2009 Jul 26, In Macao, China,
Fernando Chui (52), the sole candidate for chief executive in the
former Portuguese colony, was endorsed by a 300-member panel in the
first leadership change since Macao reverted to Chinese rule in
2009 Jul 26, Egypt's prosecutor
general officially charged 26 suspects, including two Lebanese and
five Palestinians, for spying for the militant group Hezbollah, as
well as plotting terrorist attacks and aiding militants in the Gaza
strip. Some were accused of planning to attack ships on the Suez
canal and tourists in Egypt.
(Reuters, 7/26/09)(AP, 7/26/09)
2009 Jul 26, Guinea-Bissau
voters went to the polls for a presidential runoff between two
former heads of state. The West African country’s veteran leader was
assassinated in March. On July 29 election officials announced that
Malam Bacai Sanha was the new president. Sanha took 63.39% of the
runoff vote, beating opponent Kumba Yala, who took 36.69%.
(AFP, 7/26/09)(AP, 7/29/09)
2009 Jul 26, India launched the
first nuclear-powered submarine built on its soil, asserting itself
as a world power. It joined 5 other countries that can design and
construct such vessels. The 367-foot (112-meter) -long submarine,
named "Arihant" or "Destroyer of Enemies," was sent for sea trials
at a ceremony attended by PM Manmohan Singh.
2009 Jul 26, Human Rights Watch
said Iranian authorities are spreading fear by arresting prominent
human rights lawyers to prevent them from representing protesters
detained in the aftermath of the country's disputed presidential
election. An appeals court found Iran's Industry, Minister Ali Akbar
Mehrabian, guilty of fraud, in a new embarrassment for President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad's office announced the dismissal of
Intelligence Minister Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi. No reasons were
given but the two had differed over top vice president Rahim Mashai.
(AP, 7/27/09)(AP, 7/27/09)
2009 Jul 26, In Iraq 5 people
were killed in a daylight attack at a popular money exchange office,
a reflection of the increasing crime in Iraq even as violence is on
the decline. 5 more people, including 3 police officers, were killed
and 23 others wounded when a suicide bomber struck a Ramadi funeral
for a police officer, who had been killed the day before in a
roadside bomb attack.
(AP, 7/26/09)(AP, 7/27/09)
2009 Jul 26, Hazem al-Braikan
(36), a Kuwaiti businessman linked to Citigroup and charged in the
United States with fraud, was found dead in his bed in Kuwait
City with a gunshot wound to the head and a handgun at his side. The
US SEC charged al-Braikan last week with scheming to make millions
by manipulating the stock of certain US companies.
2009 Jul 26, Gaza's top judge
said that he has ordered female lawyers to wear Muslim headscarves
when they appear in court, the latest sign that the Islamic militant
group is increasingly imposing its strict interpretation of Islamic
law on residents of the coastal strip.
2009 Jul 26, In northern
Nigeria Islamist militants attacked a police station in Bauchi.
Police killed over 50 militants and arrested more than 150 others.
The fundamentalists, known as Boko Haram (education is prohibited)
in the local Hausa language, clamored for the prohibition of western
education in Bauchi and Yobe states. In 2010 Nigerian police said 32
of its men were murdered in the Bauchi attack.
(AP, 7/26/09)(Reuters, 7/26/09)(Econ, 8/1/09,
2009 Jul 26, In Pakistan
Moulana Sufi Mohammad, the radical Islamic cleric who brokered a
peace deal with the Taliban in Swat, was arrested in the restive
northwest. Sufi Mohammad is the father-in-law of Moulana Fazllulah,
the leader of the Taliban in Swat and head of a banned Pakistani
Islamist rebel group called Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi
2009 Jul 26, Somali government
troops took full control of Belet Weyne, the strategic western town
where the national security minister was killed last month.
2009 Jul 26, In Tajikistan a
small explosion hit the Tajik capital of Dushanbe. A 2nd small
explosion followed the next day. There were no injuries. A
high-profile meeting between the leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan
and Russia, was scheduled to start July 30 for talks on
communications and transportation.
2009 Jul 26, In Tanzania a bus
crashed into a truck in Korogwe killing 33 people.
(SSFC, 7/26/09, p.A2)
2010 Jul 26, WikiLeaks founder
Julian Assange promised that the release of some 91,000 secret US
military documents on the Afghanistan war is just the beginning,
adding that he still has thousands more Afghan files to post online.
The files were mostly field reports and intelligence assessments
from 2004-2009. Pakistan's most powerful spy agency on lashed out
against a trove of leaked US intelligence reports that alleged close
connections between it and Taliban militants fighting NATO troops in
Afghanistan, calling the accusations malicious and unsubstantiated.
(AP, 7/26/10)(Econ, 7/31/10, p.28)
2010 Jul 26, The US FCC
announced that it had made the controversial practice of
“jailbreaking” your iPhone, or any other cell phone, legal.
Jailbreaking, the practice of unlocking a phone (and particularly an
iPhone) so it can be used on another network and/or run other
applications than those approved by Apple, has technically been
illegal for years.
2010 Jul 26, In Michigan an oil
pipeline, owned by Canada-based Enbridge Inc., leaked over 800,000
gallons into Talmadge Creek and flowed to the Kalamazoo River
coating fish and birds in Battle Creek and Emmet Township. The US
government estimated the leak at over 1 million gallons.
Enbridge later estimated cleanup costs at about $1.2 billion. In
2014 a settlement between the company and residents and landowners
was said to be $6.25 million. On May 13, 2015, officials said
Enbridge Energy and its affiliates will pay $75 million to settle
(SFC, 7/28/10, p.A4)(SFC, 7/30/10, p.A7)(SFC,
12/25/14, p.A10)(Reuters, 5/13/15)
2010 Jul 26, The Plastiki
sailboat, largely constructed from 12,500 recycled plastic bottles,
docked in Sydney Harbor completing a 4-month journey across the
Pacific Ocean meant to raise awareness about the perils of plastic
2010 Jul 26, A special tribunal
in Bangladesh issued arrest warrants against four senior leaders of
the country's largest Islamic party ahead of a planned trial over
alleged crimes against humanity during the nation's 1971
2010 Jul 26, In Brazil
gunmen used a pickup truck to block an air taxi from taking off at a
small airport in the northeastern city of Caruaru and stole money
and documents it was carrying for the country's federation of banks.
2010 Jul 26, Campaign group
Global Witness said it was launching legal action against the
British government for allegedly failing to refer companies trading
Congolese "conflict minerals" for UN sanctions.
2010 Jul 26, The British
culture department announced plans to abolish the UK Film Council, a
body responsible for funding 900 British films since it was set up
2010 Jul 26, In Cambodia a
UN-backed court sentenced Kaing Guek Eav (67), a Khmer Rouge prison
chief better known as Duch, to 30 years in jail for crimes against
humanity over mass executions during Cambodia's "Killing Fields"
2010 Jul 26, China’s Geely
Holding Group received final government approval to acquire Volvo
Cars from Ford Motor Co. in a $1.8 billion deal.
2010 Jul 26, The EU adopted
tighter sanctions on Iran over its disputed nuclear program, with
steps to block oil and gas investment and curtail Tehran's refining
and natural gas capability.
2010 Jul 26, France said it is
upgrading its diplomatic relations with the Palestinian Territories
to try to spur international efforts toward creating a Palestinian
2010 Jul 26, French Defense
Minister Herve Morin visited Vietnam marking the first time a French
defense minister traveled to the country since Vietnam's 1954
surprise defeat at Dien Bien Phu. The next day Vietnam’s state media
reported that Morin has agreed to help Vietnam modernize its
2010 Jul 26, In northeast India
gunmen ambushed a jeep In Assam state, killing four paramilitary
soldiers and wounding another three in an attack blamed on
2010 Jul 26, In Iraq a suicide
bomber driving a minibus blew himself up in front of the Baghdad
office of a Saudi-funded television channel, killing 4 people. Twin
car bombs killed 21 people in the Shiite city of Karbala, while four
people died in a suicide attack on a Saudi-funded television channel
(AP, 7/26/10)(AFP, 7/27/10)
2010 Jul 26, In Mexico six men
were found inside a car in the southwestern city of Chilpancingo,
Guerrero state. Next to them lay a message reading: "This will
happen to all rapists, extortionists and kidnappers. Attentively,
the New Cartel of the Sierra." The bodies of four men were found
dumped in a plaza in Nuevo Laredo. In Cuernavaca state investigators
found the burned bodies of three men near a major highway. The
victims had been bound before being burned. Painted on a nearby wall
were the letters "CPS," an apparent reference to the Southern
Pacific drug cartel. 4 journalists disappeared in the Laguna region,
which includes Durango and areas of the neighboring state of
Coahuila. A Milenio newspaper and TV network cameramen and three
other journalists were abducted after covering a prison scandal in
the northern state of Durango in which inmates are accused of being
hired guns for a local cartel. The 4 were soon freed and 3 men
working for the Sinaloa drug cartel were detained for participating
in the kidnapping.
(AP, 7/26/10)(AP, 7/27/10)(Reuters, 7/29/10)(AP,
2010 Jul 26, In Nicaragua
William Adolfo Cortez of Texas and his wife Jane, an American couple
wanted in Panama in the March 21 death of a US woman, were arrested
by the Nicaraguan army at the border with Costa Rica.
2010 Jul 26, Nigeria's drug
enforcement agency seized nearly half a ton of cocaine and arrested
two Chinese nationals and a Nigerian in connection with the seizure.
The shipment originated from Chile and passed through Peru, Bolivia
and Antwerp in Belgium before being shipped to Nigeria.
2010 Jul 26, In Pakistan a
Taliban suicide bomber struck near the home of a provincial minister
whose only son was recently killed by the militants. Mian Iftikhar
Hussain, information minister of Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa province and an
outspoken critic of the Taliban, was the apparent target. 7 people
were killed and 25 wounded.
2010 Jul 26, In central Romania
an Israeli helicopter crashed with no survivors among the six
Israeli and one Romanian soldiers on board.
2010 Jul 26, The island nation
of Seychelles said it has prosecuted and convicted Somali pirates
for the first time. A Seychelles court sentenced 11 Somali pirates
to 10 years in prison each for their attempt to hijack the
Seychelles coast guard patrol boat Topaz last December.
2010 Jul 26, In Somalia African
Union forces propping up government troops launched an offensive
against Islamist rebels in Mogadishu, killing at least 11 people,
2010 Jul 26, In Sudan a
helicopter, which was assigned to the UN-AU force, disappeared while
transporting three members of the rebel Liberation Justice Movement
from peace negotiations with the government in Doha, Qatar, to
locations in South Darfur. The Russian-owned helicopter, which
landed in the wrong place in Darfur, was recovered the next day with
all the passengers and crew except the Russian pilot. Pilot Yevgeny
Mostovshchikov was returned to his UN peacekeepers' base on July 29.
(AP, 7/27/10)(AFP, 7/29/10)
2010 Jul 26, In north Yemen
Shiite rebels took control of a strategic army post and captured
some 70 soldiers, in the latest clash to endanger an increasingly
2011 Jul 26, Oregon Rep. David
Wu (56) said he would resign his Democratic seat in the US Congress
following allegations of sexual misconduct with a teenage girl.
(SFC, 7/25/11, p.A7)
2011 Jul 26, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai outlined conditions governing negotiations for a future
strategic partnership with the United States as he met defense
chiefs at his palace.
2011 Jul 26, In Algeria a
suicide bomber blew himself up to avoid arrest in the eastern town
of Bouhamza, causing no other casualties.
2011 Jul 26, Australia
authorities said a lethal bat-borne horse virus has been detected in
a dog for the first time, prompting fears it has jumped species.
2011 Jul 26, Australian painter
Margaret Olley (88), one of Australia's most important and respected
artists, was found dead at her Sydney home. She was best known for
her colorful still life paintings.
2011 Jul 26, In China hundreds
of people rioted in the southwest after security forces reportedly
beat a disabled street vendor to death in Guizhou province's Anshun
2011 Jul 26, China’s Jiaolong
undersea craft, named after a mythical sea dragon, reached 5,057
meters (16,591 feet) below sea level in a test dive in the
northeastern Pacific. In 1960 the US Navy reached the bottom of the
Mariana Trench, the deepest point in the world's oceans at 11,000
2011 Jul 26, In Haiti a
sailboat that sank off the country's northern coast killing at least
12 people. Police rescued at least 19 people, but 21 passengers
2011 Jul 26, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled a series of reforms to address a massive
housing crisis which has sparked the biggest social protests seen in
the Jewish state since the 1970s. He said some 50,000 homes would be
built and put on the market in the next 18 months, and pledged to
build 10,000 dormitory places for university and college students,
who would also benefit from subsidized public transport.
2011 Jul 26, Kosovo's special
police forces, that moved into the country's disputed north
overnight to extend the government's writ at borders with Serbia,
will withdraw as part of a deal between Kosovo and Serbia and
mediated by NATO.
2011 Jul 26, In south Lebanon a
roadside bomb blew up next to a United Nations convoy carrying
French peacekeepers, wounding at least five of them in the second
attack on the UN force in two months.
2011 Jul 26, In Malawi more
than 250 people appeared in courts to face charges over violent
anti-government demonstrations last week.
2011 Jul 26, In Mexico the body
of Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz, a police beat reporter, was found in
the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, the second reporter from the same
newspaper slain in a month. She had been missing since July 24.
Shepherds came across two decomposing bodies near a dirt road in the
town of Juarez and alerted police. Another 16 bodies were buried
(AP, 7/26/11)(AP, 7/27/11)
2011 Jul 26, In Morocco a C-130
military transport plane crashed into a mountain in Western Sahara
in bad weather, killing 78 people. There were three survivors.
2011 Jul 26, Nigeria's central
bank jacked up its main interest rate by 0.75 points to 8.75
percent, the fourth increase in six months in a move aimed at
putting a lid on inflation.
2011 Jul 26, In Norway the
defense lawyer for Anders Behring Breivik says the terror suspect
claims he is part of an organization with several cells in Western
countries and his attacks in Norway were necessary because he's in a
state of war.
2011 Jul 26, Gaza's Hamas
government executed two Palestinians convicted of spying for Israel.
2011 Jul 26, The UN refugees
agency said some 40,000 famine-hit people have fled to the Somali
capital Mogadishu over the past month in search of food and water.
An estimated 3.7 million people in Somalia, around a third of the
population, are on the brink of starvation and millions more in
Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda have been affected by the worst
drought in the region in 60 years.
2011 Jul 26, Syria’s Cabinet
endorsed draft legislation that would enable newly formed political
parties to run for parliament and local councils.
2012 Jul 26, The US Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that 90 people had been
arrested after a nationwide bust. Agents also seized some 5 million
packets of synthetic drugs and supplies to make 14 million more.
(Econ, 8/4/12, p.30)
2012 Jul 26, NYC councilman
Larry Seabrook was convicted on 9 of 12 counts in a corruption case
accusing him of putting hundreds of thousands of dollars meant for
community projects in the pockets of his girlfriend and family.
(SFC, 7/27/12, p.A10)
2012 Jul 26, NYC authorities
announced enterprise criminal charges against 33 people involved in
a lucrative motorcycle theft and smuggling ring.
(SFC, 7/27/12, p.A13)
2012 Jul 26, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai, who is under pressure from the international community
to do more to battle corruption, issued an ambitious list of
government reforms that orders his ministries, prosecutors and
judiciary to fight bribery, nepotism and cronyism. A bomb in the
south killed 2 NATO service members.
(AP, 7/27/12)(SFC, 7/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 26, The Murdoch media
empire unexpectedly jettisoned the News of the World after a public
backlash over the illegal guerrilla tactics it used to expose the
rich, the famous and the royal and remain Britain's best-selling
Sunday newspaper. James Murdoch, son of the media magnate, said:
"This Sunday will be the last issue of the News of the World."
2012 Jul 26, China’s state news
agency said Gu Kailai, the wife of Bo Xilai, the former political
leader whose downfall sent shockwaves through China, has been
charged with murdering British businessman Neil
Heywood last November. Zhang Xiaojun, previously described as an
orderly who worked for the high-flying couple, will also be
prosecuted on the same charge.
2012 Jul 26, Cuban President
Raul Castro said that his government is willing to mend fences with
bitter Cold War foe the United States and sit down to discuss
anything, as long as it is a conversation between equals.
2012 Jul 26, In southern
Ethiopia ethnic clashes erupted between the Borana and Garri tribes
over a land dispute and left 18 dead and scores displaced.
2012 Jul 26, Indian authorities
rushed more troops to northeastern Assam state to quell ethnic
violence that has left 42 people dead and 13 others missing.
2012 Jul 26, In India about 100
disabled children took part in the "Bhopal Special Olympics" at a
muddy sports ground in the shadow of the Union Carbide factory
responsible for the 1984 world's worst industrial accident.
2012 Jul 26, In Iraq militants
downed an army helicopter killing one soldier. Overnight gun battles
around the town of Hadid killed at least 19 people including 11
policemen, in what appeared to be part of an al-Qaida surge to
retake one of its former strongholds.
2012 Jul 26, Mauritania and the
European Union signed a new fishing accord after months of heated
debate to agree on the EU's exact financial contribution.
2012 Jul 26, Mexico’s human
rights commission reported that there have been 126 attacks on
journalists since year 2000 and that 82 have been killed and 16 gone
(SFC, 7/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 26, In southern
Nigeria suspected sea pirates attacked a speed boat transporting
workers for Italian firm Agip, leaving at least one person dead.
2012 Jul 26, In northwestern
Pakistan a truck packed with explosives blew up in a crowded market,
killing 11 people in the Bajur tribal area. Security concerns led
officials to temporarily close the Torkham crossing in the northwest
Khyber tribal area, a supply route to NATO troops in Afghanistan.
2012 Jul 26, In the Philippines
a clash with al-Qaeda linked Muslim militants left 10 soldiers and 9
rebels dead on Basilan Island.
(SFC, 7/28/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 26, A South African
court convicted "Boeremag" kingpin Mike du Toit of high treason in a
white supremacist plot to kill Nelson Mandela and drive blacks out
of the country in a trial that has spanned nearly a decade. The next
day his brother, former policeman Andre du Toit, received the same
verdict in a Pretoria court. The men were said to be behind nine
bomb blasts that shook the Johannesburg township of Soweto on
October 30, 2002.
2012 Jul 26, Syrian troops
prepared to launch an all-out offensive on rebel-held districts
across Aleppo, as pro-regime media warned of a looming "mother of
all battles." Jordanian authorities reported that the Syrian army
shot dead a six-year-old Syrian boy while firing at his parents and
a dozen other refugees as they tried to cross the border fence.
Ikhlas Badawi, a female lawmaker from Aleppo, defected to Turkey.
(AFP, 7/26/12)(AFP, 7/27/12)(AP, 7/29/12)
2012 Jul 26, Tunisian police
fired warning shots and tear gas to disperse protesters who attacked
provincial government headquarters in Sidi Bouzid, the town where
the country's revolution was born.
2012 Jul 26, In Ukraine a
bare-breasted feminist activist bearing a threatening message on her
body tried to attack the Russian Orthodox Church's leader Patriarch
Kirill at Kiev's airport, to protest alleged anti-Ukrainian policies
by the church and the Kremlin. Femen identified the woman as Yana
2012 Jul 26, The UN's food
agency said 10 Central African countries have agreed to take part in
a regional initiative to monitor the Congo Basin, one of the world's
largest primary rainforests. They included Burundi, Cameroon,
Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo,
Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda and Sao Tome and Principe.
2012 Jul 26, The UN Security
Council renewed the mandate of its peacekeeping force in the Ivory
Coast but reduced its size despite persistent ethnic violence in the
west of the country.
2013 Jul 26, The Obama
administration said it plans to repatriate two inmates to Algeria
from the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
2013 Jul 26, US songwriter JJ
Cale (74) died of a heart attack in la Jolla, San Diego County. His
songs included “After Midnight,” “Cocaine” and “Call Me the Breeze.”
(SSFC, 7/28/13, p.A10)
2013 Jul 26, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber on a motorcycle loaded with explosives killed local
police commander Dawlat Khan, 3 of his men, and 3 civilians in a
bazaar in Qarabagh district, Ghazni province.
2013 Jul 26, In Canada a truck
carrying 9,250 gallons of jet fuel crashed into a creek in the
Kootenay region of British Columbia. The truck was enroute to supply
helicopters battling wildfires in the Perry Ridge area.
(SSFC, 7/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Jul 26, Egyptian
prosecutors accused ousted President Mohammed Morsi of conspiring
with the Palestinian militant group Hamas and murder in his 2011
escape from prison that left 14 guards dead. Tens of thousands of
supporters and many less opponents of the Islamist leader massed for
rival rallies. In Alexandria 7 people were killed and over 100 were
injured in clashes between supporters and opponents of Morsi.
2013 Jul 26, Interpol rejected
a second request from Moscow to put British investment fund head
William Browder on its search list, dealing a fresh blow to Russia's
drive to jail the man behind a campaign to expose corruption and
2013 Jul 26, Israel blocked the
EU from aiding tens of thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank,
in retaliation for an EU ban on financial assistance to Israeli
organizations in the occupied territories.
2013 Jul 26, Italian police
said a mafia clan in Calabria staged hundreds of fake car crashes
every year to get millions of euros in insurance payouts to buy
drugs and weapons.
2013 Jul 26, Italy's coastguard
helped rescue 22 migrants and coordinated a search for missing
people after receiving a distress call from a boat that ran into
difficulties off the coast of Libya. 31 people were reported still
missing on July 28.
(Reuters, 7/26/13)(Reuters, 7/28/13)
2013 Jul 26, Japan's hawkish
new government released a defense paper calling for an increase in
the country's military capabilities and a more assertive role in
regional security due to increased threats from China and North
2013 Jul 26, In Libya
Abdelsalam al-Mosmary, a prominent critic of the Muslim Brotherhood,
was shot dead after leaving a mosque in Benghazi. Two military
officials were also killed in Benghazi.
2013 Jul 26, In Pakistan a pair
of bombings killed at least 57 people with as many as 167 people
wounded in apparent sectarian attacks in the town of Parachinar, in
the Kurram tribal area. Almost all the dead and wounded were
2013 Jul 26, In the Philippines
a powerful blast ripped through a crowded nightclub in Cagayan de
Oro City, killing 6 people and wounding dozens.
2013 Jul 26, Rwanda said the UN
has pledged $400 million over five years to help it reduce poverty,
hunger and disease.
2013 Jul 26, In Rwanda two
people were killed and two others seriously wounded following a
grenade attack in Kigali.
2013 Jul 26, Spanish police
detained Francisco Jose Garzon Amo (52), the driver of a train that
crashed in northwestern Spain, lowered the death toll from 80 to 78
and took possession of the "black box" of the train expected to shed
light on why it was going faster than the speed limit on the curve
where it derailed. The train was later reported to have traveling at
121-mph, far above the 50-mph speed limit on the curve where it
(AP, 7/26/13)(SFC, 7/27/13, p.A5)
2013 Jul 26, Syrian government
troops gained ground in clashes in two rebel-held neighborhoods in
the central city of Homs, edging closer to a historic mosque and
closing in on opposition fighters in the area.
2013 Jul 26, Syrian rebel
leaders met with the UN Security Council for the first time to
discuss the country's two-year war and appealed to Russia to stop
its powerful political and military support for Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad's government.
2013 Jul 26, The United
Nations' human rights office launched its first global outreach
campaign to promote tolerance and greater equality for lesbians,
gays, transgender people and bisexuals.
2014 Jul 26, The United States
evacuated its Libyan embassy staff under air cover as they faced a
"real risk" from fierce fighting around Tripoli airport.
2014 Jul 26, A US federal judge
ruled that a ban on citizens carrying handguns in public in the US
capital Washington DC is unconstitutional.
2014 Jul 26, The New York Times
called for the legalization of marijuana, in a bold editorial
comparing the federal ban on cannabis to Prohibition.
2014 Jul 26, US fast food
workers from across the country voted to escalate their efforts for
$15-an-hour pay and union membership by using nonviolent civil
2014 Jul 26, In southern
Afghanistan a bomb blast killed 4 civilians in Helmand province. In
Kandahar province Taliban attacks on some 15 checkpoints killed 6
police officers. Attacks across the country left at least 15 people
(AP, 7/26/14)(SSFC, 7/27/14, p.A5)
2014 Jul 26, A researcher in
Bolivia said construction workers have stumbled upon a mass grave in
the "El Minero" district of Potosi, with the remains of hundreds of
likely indigenous miners during the Spanish colonial era.
2014 Jul 26, In Cameroon Boko
Haram, Nigeria's Islamist militant group, carried out two
cross-border attacks overnight, killing at least 4 soldiers at the
village of Bargaram and prompting the Cameroonian army to send
reinforcements to the area.
2014 Jul 26, Egyptian
soldiers killed 12 suspected militants and arrested 11 others in the
northern Sinai. An insurgent-fired rocket struck a house in the town
of Sheikh Zuwayed, killing 3 civilians and wounding nine. Egypt's
chief prosecutor charged 20 suspected militants of Ajnad Misr
(Soldiers of Egypt) with carrying terrorist attacks that killed
seven people and wounded more than 100. 26 suspected militants were
killed in northern Sinai over the last two days.
(AP, 7/26/14)(SSFC, 7/27/14, p.A5)
2014 Jul 26, In Egypt 4
children were killed and five other people were injured when a
rocket landed near their homes in Rafah, near the Sinai border with
Gaza. Security sources said the rocket was likely fired by Islamist
militants operating in the Sinai peninsula.
2014 Jul 26, In France
Pro-Palestinian protesters clashed with police in central Paris when
thousands of marchers defied a ban by French authorities to rally
against Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip.
2014 Jul 26, Hungary’s PM
Viktor Orban said that the 2008 financial crisis showed that liberal
democracies would likely no longer remain competitive and pointed to
Singapore, China and Russia as successful role models.
2014 Jul 26, In Iraq several
members of Daash (the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State) were
killed in a battle just north of Muqdadiyah.
2014 Jul 26, Israeli troops
shot dead 2 Palestinian teenagers in continuing West Bank protests
over Israel's Gaza military campaign.
2014 Jul 26, Dr. Samuel
Brisbane, a top Liberian health official, died. He had fallen ill
while treating Ebola patients at the country's largest hospital, the
John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Center in Monrovia.
2014 Jul 26, In Libya 23
people, all Egyptian workers, were killed in the capital Tripoli
when a rocket hit their home during clashes between rival militias
battling over the city's main airport.
2014 Jul 26, Palestinians in
the Gaza Strip poured into the streets on to recover their dead and
stock up on food supplies after a 12-hour humanitarian truce agreed
by Israel and Hamas took hold on the 19th day of their conflict.
Hospital officials said 85 bodies have been found after the guns
fell silent at 8 a.m.
2014 Jul 26, In Sierra Leone a
patient with Ebola, whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they
forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a
traditional healer, died in an ambulance on the way to hospital
following a struggle with police.
2014 Jul 26, In northern Syria
a car bomb exploded in Azaz town near the Turkish border, killing
and wounding a number of people. The Syrian army recaptured the
Shaar (Shaer) gas field east of Homs that was seized by hardline
Islamic State fighters earlier this month. The Islamic State said
the fighters pulled out after destroying the field's equipment and
capturing at least 15 tanks and dozens of rockets which were used to
guard the field.
(AP, 7/26/14)(Reuters, 7/27/14)
2014 Jul 26, In Tunisia at
least 2 soldiers were killed when Islamist militants attacked a
checkpoint in a remote area of Kef region near the Algerian border.
2014 Jul 26, A Turkish court
ordered the formal arrest of 12 more police officers, including the
former head of Istanbul's intelligence unit, pending charges they
may have illegally wiretapped PM Tayyip Erdogan.
2014 Jul 26, Ukrainian
President Petro Poroshenko said his country was not fighting a civil
war in its east but was fighting "foreign mercenaries." Rebels in
Luhansk said at least 19 civilians had been killed in fighting
overnight and local officials said 60 percent of the city was left
with no electricity after power lines were damaged. Local
authorities said they have uncovered the first mass grave in the
former separatist bastion of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine,
containing the bodies of at least 4 civilians they say were executed
by pro-Russian rebels.
(Reuters, 7/26/14)(AFP, 7/26/14)
2014 Jul 26, In Ukraine Oleg
Babayev, mayor of the central-eastern city of Kremenchuk, was shot
dead by alleged separatists not far from his home. The house of
Andry Sadovy, mayor of the western city of Lviv, was hit by a rocket
fired late today.
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