Return to home82CE Jul 27,
Joseph of Arimathea, died and was buried in tomb he once lent to
1214 Jul 27, At the Battle of
Bouvines in France, Philip Augustus of France defeated John of
1245 Jul 27, Frederick II of
France was deposed by a council at Lyons, which found him guilty of
1361 Jul 27, The Battle of
Wisby (Visby) was fought near the town of Visby on the Swedish
island of Gotland, between the forces of the Danish king and the
Gotland peasants. The Danish force was victorious.
1452 Jul 27, Ludovico Sforza
(Ludovico il Moro, "The Moor," d.1508), Italian duke of Milan
(1494-1500), was born. He was the second son of Francesco Sforza,
and was famed as patron of Leonardo da Vinci and other artists.
1501 Jul 27, Copernicus was
formally installed as canon of Frauenberg Cathedral.
1586 Jul 27, Sir Walter Raleigh
returned to England from Virginia with the 1st samples of tobacco.
(HN, 7/27/01)(MC, 7/27/02)
1588 Jul 27, The Spanish
anchored off Calais in a crescent-shaped, tightly-packed defensive
formation, not far from Parma's army of 16,000, which was waiting at
1643 Jul 27, Cromwell defeated
the Royalists at the Battle of Gainsborough.
1663 Jul 27, British Parliament
passed a second Navigation Act, requiring all goods bound for the
colonies be sent in British ships from British ports.
1689 Jul 27, Government forces
defeated the Scottish Jacobites at the Battle of Killiecrankie.
1694 Jul 27, The Bank of
England received a royal charter as a commercial institution. The
mission of the bank was to provide war finance. Financiers agreed to
lend the crown £1.2 million in return for a partial monopoly on the
issue of currency.
(SFC, 5/7/97, p.C2)(AP, 7/27/97)(Econ, 1/10/09,
p.49)(Econ, 11/5/11, p.92)
1768 Jul 27, Charlotte Corday,
French patriot who assassinated Jean Paul Marat, was born.
1776 Jul 27, Silas Deane
(1737-1789), secretly sent to France as America’s first official
envoy, wrote a letter to the US Congress informing them that he has
been successful beyond his expectations. Deane had served as the
Connecticut delegate to the Continental Congress.
1777 Jul 27, Thomas Campbell,
Scottish writer (The Pleasures of Hope), was born.
1777 Jul 27, The Marquis of
Lafayette arrived in New England to help the rebellious colonists
fight the British.
1778 Jul 27, British and French
fleets fought to a standoff in the first Battle of Ushant.
1781 Jul 27, Mauro Giuseppe
Sergio Pantaleo Giuliani, composer, was born.
1789 Jul 27, President
Washington signed a measure establishing the Department of Foreign
Affairs, forerunner of the Department of State.
1793 Jul 27, In France,
Robespierre became a member of the Committee of Public Safety.
1794 Jul 27, French
revolutionary leader Maximilien Robespierre was overthrown and
placed under arrest; he was executed the following day.
1809 Jul 27, In Bolivia a
proclamation of independence of the La Paz colony, said to have been
written by Priest Medina and the first proclamation of that kind,
was released and sent to the other main cities of the colony, hoping
they would support the uprising.
1809 Jul 27-1809 Jul 28, Arthur
Wellesley led the British army to triumph against the Spanish King
Joseph Bonaparte at Talavera de la Reina against a French army twice
his size. For this he was made Lord (the Duke of) Wellington.
(WSJ, 6/6/96, p.A15)
1816 Jul 27, US troops
destroyed the Seminole Fort Apalachicola, to punish the Indians for
harboring runaway slaves.
1824 Jul 27, Alexandre Dumas
fils, French playwright, novelist (Camille), was born.
1828 Jul 27, Gilbert Charles
Stuart, painter, died.
1830 Jul 27, A second
Revolution broke out in Paris opposing the laws of Charles X.
1848 Jul 27, In Ohio the
foundation stone for the Burnet House hotel was laid in Cincinnati.
Before 1802 the site was occupied by an Indian mound. From 1802-1825
it was occupied by the estate of Judge Jacob Burnet (1770-1853).
Jacob’s half-brother David G. Burnet was the first president of the
Republic of Texas.
1852 Jul 27, George Foster
Peabody, philanthropist and namesake of the Peabody awards for
excellence in broadcasting, was born.
1857 Jul 27, Jose Celso
Barbosa, Puerto Rican statesman and humanitarian, was born in
1861 Jul 27, President Abraham
Lincoln replaced General Irwin McDowell with General George B.
McClellen as head of the Army of the Potomac.
(AP, 7/27/97)(HN, 7/27/98)
1861 Jul 27, Battle of Mathias
Point, VA. Rebel forces repelled a Federal landing.
1863 Jul 27, William Lowndes
Yancey (b.1814), former Alabama state senator, and advocate of
states’ rights and slavery, died at his home near in Montgomery,
Alabama. In 2006 Eric H. Walther authored “William Lowndes Yancey
and the Coming of the Civil War."
1864 Jul 27, Battle of
Darbytown, VA (Deep Bottom, Newmarket Road) (Strawberry Plains).
1866 Jul 27, Cyrus W. Field
finished laying out the first successful underwater telegraph cable
between North America and Europe. A previous cable in 1858 burned
out after only a few weeks of use.
1867 Jul 27, Enrique Granados,
composer (Maria del Carmen), was born in Lerida, Spain.
1870 Jul 27, Hilaire Belloc,
French writer (Cautionary Tales), was born.
1877 Jul 27, Ernst von
Dohnanyi, composer (Message to Posterity), was born in Hungary.
1880 Jul 27, A.P. Abourne
patented a process for refining coconut oil.
1883 Jul 27, Albert Franz
Doppler (61), composer, died.
1888 Jul 27, Philip Pratt
unveiled the 1st electric automobile.
1890 Jul 27, Artist Vincent van
Gogh shot himself in Auvers-sur-Oise, France. He survived the
impact, but not realizing that his injuries were to be fatal, he
walked back to the Ravoux Inn. He died 2 days later.
1894 Jan 27, The privately
financed Mid-Winter International Exposition opened in San
Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. It featured an Electric Tower, a Fine
Arts Building and a Royal Pavilion. The Tennis courts were situated
at their current site. It was the result of a campaign led by
Michael de Young, founding publisher of the SF Chronicle. The
Egyptian-styled fine arts building became the M.H. de Young Memorial
(SFC, 5/19/96,City Guide, p.4)(SFC, 7/29/97,
p.A5,6)(SFC, 10/3/97, p.A22)(SFC, 7/5/14, p.C2)
1906 Jul 27, Leo Durocher,
baseball player and manager, was born.
1908 Jul 27, Joseph Mitchell
(d.1996), writer for The New Yorker, was born. He pursued the
"general of nuisance: flops, drunks, con-artists, panhandlers,
gin-mill owners and their bellicose bartenders..."
(SFC, 5/25/96, p.A19)(HN, 7/27/01)
1909 Jul 27, Gianandrea
Gavazzeni, conductor, was born.
1909 Jul 27, Orville Wright
tested the U.S. Army's first airplane, flying himself and a
passenger for 1 hour, 12 minutes and 40 seconds over Fort Myer,
(AP, 7/27/97)(HN, 7/27/02)(MC, 7/27/02)
1914 July 27, Germany informed
Belgium and Luxembourg of its intention to pass its troops through
their countries. German Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg
reportedly called the 1839 London Treaty, in which all the European
powers had guaranteed Belgian neutrality, "a scrap of paper" not
worth fighting over. Bethmann-Hollweg was trying to persuade Britain
not to declare war based on the treaty. Unsuccessful in his efforts,
Britain and Belgium declared war when German troops entered Belgium
on August 4.
1914 Jul 27, British troops
invaded the streets of Dublin, Ireland, and began to disarm Irish
1919 Jul 27, In a Chicago race
riot 15 whites and 23 blacks were killed with 500 injured.
1920 Jul 27, A radio compass
was used for 1st time for aircraft navigation.
1921 Jul 27, Canadians Sir
Frederick Banting and Charles Best isolated insulin at the
University of Toronto.
1922 Jul 27, Norman Lear, TV
writer, producer (All in The Family), was born.
1922 Jul 27, The US government
recognized the Lithuanian government de jure.
(Dr, 7/96, V1#1, p.4)
1924 Jul 27, The summer
Olympics closed in Paris.
1924 Jul 27, Ferruccio Dante
Michelangelo Benvenuto Busoni (58), composer, died. He left
unfinished his opera "Doktor Faust," which was finished in 1982 by
Antony Beaumont. The opera was based on work by Christopher Marlowe
and puppet plays that preceded the Goethe treatment.
(SFC, 6/25/96, p.E2)(WSJ, 9/2/99, p.A12)(MC,
1925 Jul 27, Charlie Poole
(1892-1931) and His North Carolina Ramblers recorded “Don’t Let Your
Deal Go Down Blues" at the NYC studios of Columbia Records.
1929 Jul 27, Jack Higgins,
[Harry Patterson], novelist, was born.
1930 Jul 27, David Hughes,
English novelist (The Horsehair Sofa, The Man Who Invented
Tomorrow), was born.
1931 Jul 27, Grasshoppers in
Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota destroyed thousands of acres of
1939 Jul 27, Michael Longley,
Irish poet, was born.
1940 Jul 27, Bharati Mukherjee,
Indian novelist (The Middleman and Other Stories), was born.
1940 Jul 27, Bugs Bunny made
his official debut in the Warner Bros. animated cartoon "A Wild
Hare." This marked the beginning of the Bugs Bunny series by Fred
"Tex" Avery along with the rhetorical "What’s up, Doc?"
(AP, 7/27/97)(SFEC, 10/5/97, Z1 p.6)
1941 Jul 27, The German army
1941 Jul 27, Japanese forces
landed in Indo-China.
1942 Jul 27, Benny Goodman and
his Orchestra and vocalist Peggy Lee recorded "Why Don't You Do
Right" in New York for Columbia Records.
1944 Jul 27, U.S. troops
completed the liberation of Guam.
1945 Jul 27, US Communist Party
1946 Jul 27, Gertrude Stein
(72), US-French author, poet (Ida, Tender Buttons), died in France.
Her work included the murder mystery "Blood on the Dining-Room
Floor" and “The Biography of Alice B. Toklas" (1933). She once said
of Oakland, Ca.: "There is no there there." Painter Francis Rose
carved the headstone on her grave at the Pere Lachaise cemetery. A
biography of Stein by Linda Wagner-Martin was published in 1996
titled "Favored Strangers." In 2007 Janet Malcolm authored “Two
Lives: Gertrude and Alice."
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_Stein)(SFC, 6/9/96, Z1
p.5)(WSJ, 10/5/99, p.A24)(WSJ, 9/25/07, p.D6)
1948 Jul 27, Otto Skorzeny
escaped an anti-Nazi camp at Darmstadt.
1949 Jul 27, The British
36-seat jet-propelled De Havilland Comet 1 flew for the first time.
This was the world’s first passenger jet.
1953 Jul 27,
An armistice ending fighting in the three-year Korean War was signed
by representatives of the United Nations, Korea and China in
Panmunjom. Lt. Gen. William K. Harrison represented the UN and Gen.
Nam Il represented North Korea. General Mark Clark, commander of the
UN forces, added his signature to the armistice agreement. Armistice
negotiations had begun in July 1951, when the outlook for reunifying
North and South Korea became bleak, and fighting continued. The
cease-fire provided for an exchange of prisoners of war and
established a 2 ½ mile wide demilitarized zone and a demarcation
line at the 38th parallel. Not all aspects of the agreement,
however, were finalized—the UN Commission for the Unification and
Rehabilitation of Korea was not suspended until 1977. N. Korea
measures 46,540 sq. miles, its population in 1974 was ~15 million
people. 33,651 Americans had died and 8,000 were still missing in
(NG, 8/74, p.255)(TMC, 1994, p.1953)(WSJ,
6/24/96, C1)(WUD, 1994, p.1685)(HNPD, 7/27/98)(HN, 7/27/98)(SFEC,
5/9/99, p.T10)(SFEC, 6/25/00, Par p.5)(SFC, 7/25/03, p.E6)
1953 Jul 27, Vatican disallowed
priests holiday work in factories.
1960 Jul 27, Vice President
Nixon was nominated for president at the Republican national
convention in Chicago.
1962 Jul 27, Martin Luther King
Jr. was jailed in Albany, Georgia.
1963 Jul 27, Garrett A. Morgan
(86), inventor and founder of the Cleveland Call, died.
(ON, 3/02, p.12)
1964 Jul 27, President Lyndon
Johnson sent an additional 5,000 advisers to South Vietnam.
1965 Jul 27, Pres. Johnson
signed a bill requiring cigarette makers to print health warnings on
all cigarette packages about the effects of smoking.
1967 Jul 27, In the wake of
urban rioting, President Johnson appointed the Kerner Commission to
assess the causes of the violence. The same day, black militant H.
Rap Brown said violence was "as American as cherry pie."
1968 Jul 27, A 3-day race riot
began in Gary, Indiana.
1970 Jul 27, Antonio de
Oliveira Salazar (b.1889), former dictator of Portugal (1932-68),
1972 Jul 27, "Applause" closed
at Palace Theater in NYC after 900 performances.
1973 Jul 27, Eddie Rickenbacker
(b.1890), American WW I fighter pilot, died in Zurich. He and
several associates bought Eastern Airlines in 1938 and guided it to
become one of the most profitable airlines in the postwar era.
1974 Jul 27, The House
Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to recommend President Nixon's
impeachment on a charge that he had personally engaged in a "course
of conduct" designed to obstruct justice in the Watergate case.
(AP, 7/27/97)(HN, 7/27/98)
1976 Jul 27, John Lennon was
granted a green card for permanent residence in US.
1976 Jul 27, Air Force veteran
Ray Brennan became the first person to die of so-called
"Legionnaire’s Disease" following an American Legion convention in
1976 Jul 27, Kakuei Tanaka,
former PM (1972-1974) of Japan, was arrested for accepting a bribe
from the US Lockheed Corp. Tanaka was convicted in 1983 but
continued to fight the charges. A. Carl Kotchian (d.2008 at 94), a
Lockheed salesman, had testified that Lockheed had paid $12.6
million in bribes to Japanese businessmen and government officials.
BLDM, p. 216)(SFC, 12/24/08, p.B7)
1980 Jul 27, On day 267 of the
Iranian hostage crisis, the deposed Shah of Iran (1941-1979) died at
a military hospital outside Cairo, Egypt, at age 60.
1981 Jul 27, Adam Walsh (6)
disappeared from a Hollywood mall. Fishermen discovered his severed
head 2 weeks later in a canal 120 miles away. In 2008 police named
Ottis Toole, who had died in prison in 1996, as the murderer. The
Adam Walsh Act of 2006 obliged states to make their sex offender
(SFC, 12/17/08, p.A7)(Econ, 8/8/09, p.9)
1981 Jul 27, William Wyler
(b.1902), German-born American film director (The Best Years of Our
Lives, Ben Hur), died.
1982 Jul 27, Menken and
Ashman's musical "Little Shop of Horrors" premiered in NYC.
1984 Jul 27, Actor James Mason
died in Lausanne, Switzerland, at age 75.
1987 Jul 27, Retired Ohio
autoworker John Demjanjuk, accused of being the sadistic Nazi guard
known as "Ivan the Terrible," testified at his trial in Jerusalem
that he was not "the hangman you're after." His subsequent
conviction was overturned by the Israeli Supreme Court.
1987 Jul 27, In Warwick, RI,
Craig Price (13) crept across his neighbor's yard, broke into a
little brown house on Inez Avenue and stabbed Rebecca Spencer 58
times. She was a 27-year-old mother of two. On Sep 1, 1989, he
butchered Joan Heaton (39) with kitchen knives she had bought
earlier that day. The bodies of her daughters, Jennifer 10, and
Melissa 8, were found in pools of blood, pieces of knives broken off
in their bones; Jennifer had been stabbed 62 times. Price was
scheduled to be released in 1994 but was sentenced to 15 years,
seven to serve and eight suspended, following contempt charges and
belligerent statements. Fights in prison added more time to his
sentence. As of 2007 Price's scheduled release date was February
2022. He will be 48.
1988 Jul 27, Sein Lwin (d.2004)
then became chairman of Burma's ruling party and the country's
president, but the pro-democracy protests grew. Instead of
negotiating, Sein Lwin tried to end the protests by force, and the
capital became a bloody battleground.
1989 Jul 27, Workers at the
Nissan Motor Corp. assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn., voted against
representation by the United Auto Workers.
1989 Jul 27, Charles Stevens
(20) of Oakland, Ca., was arrested on a freeway on-ramp while
watching police attend to the wrecked car of his last murder victim.
Over the last 4 months he had shot to death 4 people and fired at 10
others. In 2007 the California state Supreme Court upheld his death
(SFC, 6/5/07, p.C2)
1989 Jul 27, Eighty people were
killed when a Korean Air DC-10 crashed in Libya.
1990 Jul 27, Louisiana Governor
Buddy Roemer vetoed a tough abortion bill passed by his state’s
1990 Jul 27, A mistrial was
declared in Raymond Buckey’s retrial on charges of molesting
children at the McMartin Pre-School in California.
1990 Jul 27, Zsa Zsa Gabor
began a 3 day jail sentence for slapping a cop in 1989.
1990 Jul 27, In Trinidad Yasin
Abu Bakr and 114 rebels set off a car bomb that gutted the police
station in front of Parliament. They then stormed into the
legislature, spraying bullets, and took the prime minister and his
Cabinet hostage in a rebellion that killed 24 people.
1990 Jul 27, White Russia
(Belarus) declared independence.
1991 Jul 27, Fighting escalated
in the breakaway republic of Croatia, as a Yugoslav air force jet
fired on Croatian forces and ground fighting erupted into clashes
with federal tanks and troops.
1992 Jul 27, President Bush's
aides attacked Democratic nominee Bill Clinton's foreign policy
credentials and judgment.
1992 Jul 27, At the Summer
Olympics in Barcelona, the U.S. men's volleyball team was stripped
of its victory over Japan the day before in an opening-round game.
1993 Jul 27, IBM reported a
record $8.4 billion quarterly loss.
1993 Jul 27, Boston Celtics
star Reggie Lewis died after collapsing on a Brandeis University
basketball court during practice; he was 27.
1993 Jul 27, Israeli guns and
aircraft pounded southern Lebanon in reprisal for rocket attacks by
1993 Jul 27, Bombs exploded in
Rome and Milan, killing at least five people.
1994 Jul 27, Bosnian Serbs
reimposed their blockade of Sarajevo and fired on a U.N. convoy,
killing one British soldier and wounding another.
1995 Jul 27, The Korean War
Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington by President Clinton
and South Korean President Kim Young-sam.
1995 Jul 27, Miklos Rozsa (88),
Hungarian movie composer (Atomic Cafe, Fedora), died.
1996 Jul 27, The Santa Fe Opera
premiered "Emmeline" by Tobias Picker. It was based on a novel by
1996 Jul 27, American Gail
Devers won the women's 100-meter dash.
1996 Jul 27, A pipe bomb was
set off at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. One person, Alice
Stubbs Hawthorne (44), was killed and 111 injured. Eric Rudolph was
later charged with the bombing. He was arrested May 31, 2003.
Rudolph later pleaded guilty to the bombing.
(WSJ, 7/29/96, p.A1,3)(WSJ, 8/9/96, p.A10)(SSFC,
6/1/03, p.A1)(AP, 7/27/08)
1996 Jul 27, The cruise ship
Universe Explorer caught fire in Alaska’s Inside Passage and 5 crew
members were killed and 76 people injured.
(WSJ, 7/29/96, p.A1)
1996 Jul 27, Lee Lescaze,
journalist and editor, died of cancer. In 2007 Lynn Darling, his
widow, authored “Necessary Sins," a chronicle of their life
1996 Jul 27, A ship carrying 69
people sank in the Indian Ocean off the Comoro islands near the
island of Mwali. 5 survivors were found.
(WSJ, 7/29/96, p.A1)
1996 Jul 27, In Burundi a
Tutsi-led army killed at least 30 Hutu rebels in retaliation for an
attack on a coffee plantation. Independent sources said that Hutus
set fire to the factory and rice plantation in Giheta to justify a
retaliatory attack on villages where Hutu rebels were thought to
have taken refuge. Villagers said Tutsi soldiers massacred about
1,000 Hutus as they roamed from village to village in Gitega
(WSJ, 7/30/96, p.A1)(SFC, 8/8/96, p.A8)
1996 Jul 27, In Indonesia
soldiers raided the headquarters of Megawati Sukarnoputri. They
arrested 176 people and riots followed with 2 dead and 26 injured.
(WSJ, 7/29/96, p.A1)
1997 Jul 27, United Auto
Workers approved a deal to end a six-day strike at a General Motors
parts plant that forced four assembly plant shutdowns and threatened
GM's entire North American production.
(SFC, 7/28/97, p.A3)(AP, 7/27/98)
1997 Jul 27, In Belarus Some
5-7 thousand marchers rallied to condemn Pres. Lukashenko. within
hours activists were detained by the government.
(SFC, 7/28/97, p.A3)
1997 Jul 27, In San Sebastian,
Spain, some 30,000 marched in support of the ETA separatist
(SFC, 7/28/97, p.A11)
1997 Jul 27, Mohammed Mahdi
al-Jawahri, classical Arab poet, died in Syria. He was the most
famous poet of Iraq from whence he fled in 1979. His work included
"Between Passion and Feeling" (1928) and "Al Jawahri’s Divan"
(SFC, 8/2/97, p.A21)
1998 Jul 27, President Clinton
held a town meeting in Albuquerque, N.M., on the future of Social
Security, during which he expressed skepticism about proposals to
privatize part of the Social Security trust fund.
1998 Jul 27, Monica Lewinsky
was interviewed for five hours by prosecutors in New York in a
possible prelude to an immunity deal.
1998 Jul 27, In Chicago two
boys, aged 7 and 8, reportedly killed an 11-year-old girl, Ryan
Harris, with a thrown rock that caused the girl to fall and hit her
head. The boys dragged her to a wooded area and began to play with
her body and later lied to police. The boys faced the juvenile
equivalent of first degree murder. Her body was found the next day.
Later evidence of semen caused prosecutors to drop murder charges
against the boys. The boys later sued Chicago for false arrest and
settled for $6.2 million. In September police arrested another
suspect whose DNA matched that found on Ryan. The charges on the 2
boys were dropped Sept 4 and in 1999 Floyd Durr was indicted for the
murder of Ryan Harris. On March 4, 2005 Floyd Durr, was convicted of
three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and one count of
aggravated kidnapping. He was sentenced to 20-year terms of
imprisonment on the former convictions and a 15-year term of
imprisonment on the latter. On April 10, 2006, Durr was sentenced to
life plus 30 years in exchange for pleading guilty to raping and
(SFC, 8/11/98, p.A3)(SFC, 9/5/98, p.A3)(SFC,
9/23/98, p.A6)(USAT, 3/24/99, p.6A) (http://tinyurl.com/6rkl3d)
1998 Jul 27, Noel Behn (70),
novelist and screenwriter, died in Manhattan. His work included "The
Kremlin Letter," "The Big Stick-Up at Brink’s," and "The
(SFC, 8/1/98, p.A19)
1998 Jul 27, In Fiji a new
constitution took effect with a bill of rights that replaced a
document that barred non-native people from top posts. Indians made
up about 46% of the population.
(SFC, 7/28/98, p.A10)
1998 Jul 27, In Colombia rebels
kidnapped a congressman and 6 others at a roadblock in Santander
(WSJ, 7/28/98, p.A1)
1998 Jul 27, It was reported
that Russia and Iran were supporting the Northern Alliance of rebel
groups fighting against the Taliban.
(SFC, 7/27/98, p.A9)
1998 Jul 27, In Hodeida, Yemen,
3 nuns were killed by Abdullah al-Nashri (25), an unstable, mental
patient treated by the Missionaries of Charity.
(SFC, 7/28/98, p.A10)
1999 Jul 27, The House approved
President Clinton’s one-year extension of normal trade with China.
1999 Jul 27, In an overwhelming
defeat for major league umpires, their threatened walkout collapsed
when all of the umpires withdrew their resignations; however, about
one-third of them ended up losing their jobs anyway.
1999 Jul 27, The US eased
sanctions against Iran, Libya and Sudan to allow the sale of food,
medicine and medical equipment.
(SFC, 7/27/99, p.A5)
1999 Jul 27, The Columbia space
shuttle landed at Cape Canaveral after a 3 day mission to deploy the
Chandra X-ray telescope. With Air Force Colonel Eileen Collins at
the controls, space shuttle "Columbia" returned to Earth, ending a
(SFC, 7/28/99, p.A3)(AP, 7/27/00)
1999 Jul 27, Binney & Smith
Inc., makers of Crayola crayons, adopted the name "chestnut" to
replace "Indian red."
(SFC, 7/28/99, p.B12)
1999 Jul 27, In Indonesia
renewed fighting in Ambon and Aceh left 17 people dead.
(WSJ, 7/28/99, p.A1)
1999 Jul 27, A bomb in
Pakistan-ruled Kashmir killed 7 people and injured 40 when it
exploded on a bus in the Kotli district.
(WSJ, 7/28/99, p.A1)
1999 Jul 27, It was reported
that Paraguay had raised $400 million through 2 bond issues arranged
by the government of Taiwan with 20-year maturities and an interest
rate of about 6.8%.
(WSJ, 7/28/99, p.A20)
1999 Jul 27, In Switzerland 19
people were killed as they tried to "canyon" down a narrow gorge on
the Saxeten River off Lake Brienz. Two people were still missing and
13 were identified as Australians. 18 tourists and 3 guides died in
the flash flood. In 2001 6 former employees of the adventure company
were convicted of negligent manslaughter and given suspended
sentences with fines.
(SFC, 7/28/99, p.A1)(SFC, 7/29/99, p.A10)(SFC,
2000 Jul 27, In Chechnya 74
bodies, mostly men, were removed from a mass grave near Tangi-Chu.
As many as 80 more remained.
(SFC, 7/28/00, p.A12)
2000 Jul 27, In Germany an
explosive device detonated and injured 9 people at a train station
(SFC, 7/28/00, p.D3)
2000 Jul 27, In Nepal a
Canadian built Twin Otter Royal Nepal Airlines plane crashed near
Jogbudha and all 25 people aboard were killed.
(SFC, 7/28/00, p.A1)
2000 Jul 27, North Korea joined
the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
(SFC, 7/28/00, p.D3)
2000 Jul 27, Yugoslav President
Slobodan Milosevic called presidential, parliamentary and local
elections for the following September. The election resulted in
Milosevic’s fall from power.
2001 Jul 27, A judge in West
Palm Beach, Fla., sentenced 14-year-old Nathaniel Brazill to 28
years in prison for fatally shooting teacher Barry Grunow at Lake
Worth Middle School.
2001 Jul 27, Jeanine Sanchez
Harms was last seen alive in Campbell, Ca. In 2004 San Jose
architect Maurice Xavier Nasmeh was arrested for her murder. In 2007
a judge dismissed murder charges against Nasmeh due to lack of
evidence. On Jan 15, 2011, Wayne Sanchez (52), the brother of Harms,
shot and killed Nasmeh at the El Paseo de Saratoga Shopping Center,
and then killed himself. In August, 2011, evidence linked Nasmeh to
the murder of Harms and the case was closed.
(SFC, 12/17/04, p.B1)(SFC, 6/28/07, p.B3)(SFC,
1/17/11, p.A1)(SFC, 8/25/11, p.C6)
2001 Jul 27, It was reported
that the Earth Liberation Front had begun selling a promotional
videotape for $10 called "An Introduction to the Earth Liberation
(SFC, 7/27/01, p.A10)
2002 Jul 27, John Ruiz retained
the WBA heavyweight title in Las Vegas after his opponent, Kirk
Johnson, was disqualified for hitting low blows.
2002 Jul 27, Five US soldiers
were wounded during a joint recon patrol east of Khost. 2 allied
Afghan militiamen were killed. On Aug 7 Sgt. Christopher James Speer
(28) of Albuquerque died from his wounds. Omar Khadr (15) was
arrested for throwing the grenade that mortally wounded Speer and
sent to Guantanamo. Khadr was born in Canada to a family with deep
ties to al-Qaida. In 2007 a military judge dismissed charges against
(SFC, 8/13/02, p.A6)(SSFC, 6/3/07, p.A4)(AP,
2002 Jul 27, Nearly 60 false
killer whales stranded on an Australian beach died or were
euthanized after failed attempts to return them to the water.
2002 Jul 27, In Austria a hand
grenade exploded in the X-Large Disco makeshift discotheque in Linz,
frequented by young Serbian and Croatian immigrants, wounding 27
2002 Jul 27, In Iran a
hard-line court outlawed the leading reform-minded opposition party,
the Freedom Movement, and gave its leaders jail terms of up to 10
years and fines of more than $6,000. The court said Freedom Movement
leaders acted against national security with the intention of
"overthrowing the establishment."
2002 Jul 27, New Zealanders
gave Prime Minister Helen Clark a historic second term after she
called early elections to capitalize on a strong economy that pulled
the country through the global slump largely untouched.
2002 Jul 27, In Pakistan a
court sentenced Wajihul Hassan (27) to death for making derogatory
comments about the prophet Mohammed and Islam.
(SSFC, 7/28/02, p.A14)
2002 Jul 27, South American
leaders ended a two-day summit with an agreement to strengthen
cooperation to better negotiate with the United States a free-trade
zone for the hemisphere. In a document called the "Guayaquil
Consensus," the 10 presidents said it was important to fortify
cooperation between the region's two major trade blocs (Mercosur,
made up of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, with Chile and
Bolivia as associated members, and the Andean pact, composed of
Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia) to permit South
America to proceed successfully with negotiations for a
hemispheric-wide free-trade zone.
2002 Jul 27, In Lviv, Ukraine,
a fighter jet slammed onto the tarmac and sliced through a crowd
watching an air show, killing 85 people and injured 116.
(AP, 7/28/02)(WSJ, 8/8/02, p.A1)
2003 Jul 27, Bob Hope (b.1903),
master of the one-liner and favorite comedian of servicemen and
presidents alike, died at his home in Toluca Lake, Ca. He was born
Leslie Townes Hope on May 29, 1903, in Eltham, England, the 5th of 7
sons of a British stonemason and a Welsh singer of light opera.
2003 Jul 27, In Bermuda Premier
Jennifer Smith stepped down after retaining her seat by just eight
votes and watching her governing party narrowly win elections in the
British territory. Members of the center-left Progressive
Labor Party endorsed Alex Scott (63) to replace her.
2003 Jul 27, Lance Armstrong
rode to his 5th straight Tour de France victory in a ceremonial
final stage in Paris.
(SSFC, 7/27/03, p.A1)
2003 Jul 27, Cambodia held
elections for seats in the123-member national Assembly in the third
democratic election in a decade.
(AP, 7/27/03)(SSFC, 7/27/03, p.A9)
2003 Jul 27, The Israeli
Cabinet voted to release up to 540 jailed Palestinians.
(SFC, 7/28/03, p.A1)
2003 Jul 27, In Manila some 300
mutinous Philippine troops, who seized a downtown residential
shopping complex, surrendered. This ended a 19-hour standoff with
government forces without a shot fired. Pres. Arroyo declared a
state of rebellion, which lasted to Aug 11. In 2008 Arroyo pardoned
9 military officers who apologized after being convicted of the
coup. In 2010 Antonio Trillanes IV, the most prominent of the 300
troops, was released from seven years in detention in a presidential
amnesty for military rebels.
(AP, 7/27/03)(WSJ, 8/12/03, p.A1)(AP,
2004 Jul 27, Barack Obama,
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate from Illinois, delivered a speech
at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. Other speakers
included Ted Kennedy, Howard Dean, Ron Reagan, and Teresa Heinz
Kerry. Democrats assailed President Bush's handling of the Iraq war
at their convention in Boston and painted a vivid portrait of John
Kerry as a decorated war hero. The candidate's wife, Teresa Heinz
Kerry, told the gathering: "He earned his medals the old-fashioned
way, by putting his life on the line."
(AP, 7/27/04)(AP, 7/27/05)
2004 Jul 27, NYC Mayor Michael
Bloomberg visited a slum in Haiti and met interim leaders.
2004 Jul 27, A boat carrying
people to a flood shelter capsized in Bangladesh killing 10 people.
The total monsoon death toll for SE Asia passed 1,000 as the worst
flooding in years turned the capital, Dhaka, into an open sewer and
2004 Jul 27, Belarus ordered a
leading independent university closed, citing licensing problems, a
week after a march against Lukashenko’s rule.
(WSJ, 7/28/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 27, Brazil’s police
said they have arrested 6 suspects in the Jan 28 shooting deaths of
4 Labor Ministry employees. They still don't know who ordered the
2004 Jul 27, The official
Xinhua News Agency said Chinese authorities have shut down 700
pornographic Web sites in less than two weeks as part of a massive
campaign to clean up the Internet.
2004 Jul 27, A Costa Rican
policeman apparently distraught over an impending job transfer
killed himself and three of the 10 hostages he had taken at the
2004 Jul 27, A Baghdad mortar
barrage killed an Iraqi garbage collector and injured 14 coalition
2004 Jul 27, The chief
executive of a Jordanian firm working for the U.S. military in Iraq
said he was withdrawing from the country to secure the release of
two employees who have been kidnapped by militants.
2004 Jul 27, The U.N. Security
Council extended an arms embargo on Congo for a year as fighting
continued between rival factions.
2004 Jul 27, All but three of
70 suspected mercenaries accused of plotting a coup in Equatorial
Guinea pleaded guilty to lesser charges in Zimbabwe.
2005 Jul 27, The US House
approved the Central America trade pact, CAFTA, 217-215. It is aimed
at reducing trade barriers among the US, Costa Rica, El Salvador,
Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.
(WSJ, 7/28/05, p.A1)
2005 Jul 27, Ahmed Ressam, an
Algerian who'd plotted to bomb the Los Angeles airport on the eve of
the millennium, was sentenced to 22 years in prison by a judge in
2005 Jul 27, The US charged
Iraqi-born Wasem al Delaema (32), a Dutch citizen, with conspiring
to kill Americans in Iraq and asked the Dutch government to
extradite him for prosecution. Authorities alleged al Delaema was
one of several men calling themselves the Fighters of Fallujah who
plotted attacks near that Iraqi city in October 2003. In 2010 a
Dutch court reduced his sentenced to 8 years and released him.
(AP, 7/30/05)(AP, 10/13/10)
2005 Jul 27, Wal-Mart filed
suit in Arkansas against former Vice Chairman Thomas Coughlin for
alleged fraud using company cards for bogus expenses.
(WSJ, 7/28/05, p.B2)
2005 Jul 27, NASA grounded the
shuttle fleet after admitting a large piece of foam had fallen off
the Jul 26 Discovery launch.
(SFC, 7/28/05, p.A1)
2005 Jul 27, In Miami, Florida,
Arthur Teele Jr., a former city commissioner, committed suicide in
the lobby of the Miami Herald. He had been recently indicted on
federal charges that included mail fraud and money laundering.
Columnist Jim DeFede was fired shortly thereafter after admitting
that he had just taped a conversation with Teele, but without direct
(SFC, 7/29/05, p.A4)
2005 Jul 27, Robert Wright
(90), composer and lyricist, died in Miami. His work in
collaboration with George Forrest included the Broadway musicals
“Song of Norway" (1944) and “Kismet" (1953).
(SFC, 7/30/05, p.B4)
2005 Jul 27, Environment
Minister Ian Campbell said Australia and the US have been secretly
negotiating a new international pact on greenhouse gas emissions to
replace the Kyoto Protocol, which they refused to sign. The other
participants in the pact to use cleaner energy technologies to curb
climate-changing pollution included China, India, Japan, South
(AP, 7/27/05)(SFC, 7/28/05, p.A3)
2005 Jul 27, British police
arrested 4 men in raids in Birmingham including Yasin Hassan Omar,
who was suspected of being a member of the gang that carried out
botched bombings last week in London.
2005 Jul 27, It was reported
that some Chinese beer makers used small quantities of formaldehyde
to improve color and prevent sediment from forming during storage.
Major producers did they did not use the additive. The practice was
abandoned in the West.
(WSJ, 7/27/05, p.B9)
2005 Jul 27, In Ethiopia state
media reported that police had arrested 25 people in connection with
a series of bombings that killed five and injured 31 in an apparent
attempt to disrupt elections in an eastern province.
2005 Jul 27, A French court
convicted 62 defendants in a mass pedophilia trial and sentenced
some of them to up to 28 years in prison for their roles in a
network that systematically raped and prostituted children in
2005 Jul 27, France Telecom
bought an 80% stake in Amena, Spain’s 3rd largest mobile telephone
(Econ, 7/30/05, p.54)
2005 Jul 27, The heaviest
rainfall ever recorded in India shut down the financial hub Bombay,
snapped communication lines and closed airports. Officials said at
least 633 people had died across India in two months of monsoon
2005 Jul 27, There was a
massive fire on an oil platform in India's biggest oil field. Ships
and helicopters rescued more than 350 survivors. 10 people were
confirmed dead with several still missing.
2005 Jul 27, Iran said it will
restart some nuclear activities as soon as August and that it has
fully developed solid-fuel technology in producing missiles, a major
breakthrough that increases the accuracy of missiles hitting
2005 Jul 27, Iraqi commandos
captured Hamdi Tantawi, an Egyptian said to be an associate of Ayman
al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's 2nd in command. Iraq's most feared terror
group said it had killed two kidnapped Algerian diplomats.
(AP, 7/27/05)(AP, 7/27/06)
2005 Jul 27, Israeli troops
killed a Palestinian stone-thrower during an arrest raid that caught
a wanted Islamic Jihad militant in this West Bank town.
2005 Jul 27, Bishop Jovan
Vraniskovski in Skopje, Macedonia, was sentenced to at least 18
months in jail for “instigating national and religious hatred."
(Econ, 9/10/05, p.50)
2005 Jul 27, North Korea said
it would give up its nuclear weapons only after the alleged US
atomic threat is removed from the divided peninsula and relations
with the US are normalized.
2005 Jul 27, Officials reported
that Pakistani security forces have rounded up about 600 suspected
militants and Islamic clerics in a week-long crackdown that followed
the July 7 London attacks.
2005 Jul 27, In eastern
Pakistan Hashim Qadeer, an Islamic militant who set up the initial
meeting (Jan 23, 2002) between Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel
Pearl and his kidnappers, was arrested. The suspect was a member of
two outlawed militant groups, Harkat-ul Mujahedeen and
2005 Jul 27, Rescuers found the
bodies of four South Korean soldiers, a day after they were swept
away by a fast moving river during training exercises near the
border with North Korea.
2005 Jul 27, The UN started
evacuating more than 400 refugees from a camp in Kyrgyzstan and will
fly them to a third country to keep them from being sent home to
Uzbekistan where they fear prosecution. Uzbekistan has been
pressuring Kyrgyzstan to hand over the refugees, and Kyrgyz
officials relented in recent weeks, sending at least 87 of them
2005 Jul 27, A UN envoy
presented her report condemning Zimbabwe's sweeping slum clearance
to the Security Council, despite opposition from China, Russia and
African countries, and called for urgent assistance to help those
who have lost their homes and jobs.
2006 Jul 27, Pres. Bush signed
Adam Walsh Act of 2006. It required convicted child molesters to be
listed on a national Internet database and face a felony charge for
failing to update their whereabouts.
p.A1)(www.fd.org/odstb_AdamWalsh.htm)(Econ, 8/8/09, p.9)
2006 Jul 27, Floyd Landis'
stunning Tour de France victory just four days earlier was thrown
into question when he tested positive for high levels of
testosterone during the race. Landis denied cheating.
2006 Jul 27, An Arkansas judge
approved a $90 million settlement between Google Inc. and
advertisers who claimed improper billing for fraudulent clicks on
(SFC, 7/28/06, p.D3)
2006 Jul 27, In California as
many as 126 people were reported dead over the last 12 days from a
heat wave. The heat also killed an estimated 16,000 livestock in the
Central Valley as well as some 1 million poultry. By the end of the
month the heat wave left 164 dead in California and moved east.
(SSFC, 7/30/06, p.A12)(WSJ, 8/2/06, p.A1)(SFC,
2006 Jul 27, In Richmond,
California, police and federal agents arrested Jose Santos Bonilla
(33), a suspected leader of the local MS-13 street gang. The gang
was in a street war with Richmond Sureno Trece (RST).
(SFC, 7/28/06, p.B5)
2006 Jul 27, Sharman Networks
Ltd., the company behind Kazaa file-sharing software, said it will
redesign its software and pay over $115 million in penalties to
leading music and movie companies.
(SFC, 7/28/06, p.D3)
2006 Jul 27, Robert Charles
Browne, serving a life sentence in Colorado for murdering a teenage
girl, claimed responsibility for as many as 48 slayings across the
country dating back from 1970 until his arrest in 1995. The other
claims include 17 murders in Louisiana, nine in Colorado, seven in
Texas, five in Arkansas, three in Mississippi, two each in
California, New Mexico and Oklahoma, and one in Washington state.
2006 Jul 27, In California the
Trust for Public Land donated 6,845 acres of coastline property
north of Santa Cruz to the state for public use. The Coast Dairies
property was initially settled by the Moretti and Respini families
(SFC, 7/28/06, p.A1)
2006 Jul 27, Matthew Amorello,
chairman of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, resigned in the
wake of problems with Boston’s Big Dig tunnels.
(SFC, 7/28/06, p.A10)
2006 Jul 27, Intel introduced a
new line of microprocessors called Core 2 Duos. New features
included higher performance and lower power consumption.
(SFC, 7/28/06, p.D1)
2006 Jul 27, Ayman al-Zawahri,
Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader, issued a worldwide call for Muslims to rise
up in a holy war against Israel and join the fighting in Lebanon and
Gaza until Islam reigns from "Spain to Iraq."
2006 Jul 27, A fire raged
through a rain forest along Brazil's eastern coastline, burning up
to 25,000 acres of trees.
2006 Jul 27, Canadian police
said they had busted two cross-country drug smuggling schemes,
seizing 110 kilograms (243 pounds) of cocaine worth C$8.8 million
($7.8 million) and charging six people.
2006 Jul 27, China’s government
introduced new taxes on real estate to discourage speculation. State
media said flooding and landslides caused by Tropical Storm Kaemi
have killed at least 25 people in southern China, including six who
died when a torrent of water washed away a military barracks.
(AP, 7/27/06)(SFC, 7/28/06, p.D1)
2006 Jul 27, In Kinshasa,
Congo, 3 policemen and a civilian were killed in clashes outside a
stadium where 40,000 supporters greeted Vice-President Jean-Pierre
Bemba, a rebel leader turned presidential candidate.
2006 Jul 27, The European Court
of Human Rights found Russia guilty of violating the "right to life"
of a young Chechen who disappeared after a Russian general ordered
him shot. Khadzimurat Yandiyev (25) was last seen in the hands of
Russian troops in February 2000.
2006 Jul 27, French health
officials said 64 people have died in a heat wave that has gripped
the country for nearly two weeks.
2006 Jul 27, Georgia’s Pres.
Saakashvili said his troops had established control over the Kodori
Gorge area after Emzar Kvitsiani, a former presidential envoy, said
he was reactivating a local militia.
(SFC, 7/28/06, p.A3)
2006 Jul 27, Greek authorities
said 5 schoolchildren have been charged with killing an 11-year-old
boy who disappeared five months ago. Alex Mechisvili dropped from
sight in the northern town of Veroia. His body has not been found.
2006 Jul 27, Former Haitian PM
Yvon Neptune was released from jail, more than two years after his
arrest on charges of orchestrating the killing of political
opponents at the start of a rebellion that engulfed the country.
2006 Jul 27, In India police
arrested two more men in connection with Bombay's deadly train
blasts, bringing to eight the number of people detained by
investigators since the explosions killed more than 200 people
earlier this month.
2006 Jul 27, In Iraq a rocket
and mortar barrage followed by a car bomb blasted an upscale, mostly
Shiite district of Baghdad, killing 32 people and wounding 153. 4 US
Marines died in action in western Anbar province. A Salvadoran
soldier was killed in Iraq, the 2nd soldier from El Salvador to be
killed in the conflict in 8 days. Armed men in Iraqi army uniforms
and driving Iraqi army vehicles stole $1.35 million in Iraqi
currency in West Baghdad. Gunmen killed 3 men working for a foreign
security company in Baghdad’s Mansour neighborhood. The bodies of at
least 19 men, shot in the head and bearing signs of torture, were
found in various parts of Baghdad.
(AP, 7/27/06)(AP, 7/28/06)(SFC, 7/28/06,
2006 Jul 27, Top Israeli
Cabinet ministers decided not to expand the country's Lebanon
offensive but ordered the call up of thousands of additional reserve
soldiers to boost the campaign. The decision came as Israeli jets
pounded across Lebanon, extending their air campaign.
2006 Jul 27, The Israeli air
force fired missiles at a target in eastern Gaza City, wounding 15
people, at least one of them critically. 5 Palestinians were killed
including a woman (75) and a child. A Palestinian was shot and
killed in Jerusalem after he attacked a police patrol. The severely
burned body of man, thought to be Israeli, was found in the West
(AP, 7/27/06)(SFC, 7/28/06, p.A14)
2006 Jul 27, Japan said it will
allow US beef imports, suspended for the past six months, to restart
from all but one of 35 US beef processing plants authorized by the
US government as suppliers to Japan.
2006 Jul 27, Malawi's former
President Bakili Muluzi was arrested on corruption charges related
to millions of dollars in donor funds that allegedly ended up in his
personal account. He was released on bail after being questioned.
Muluzi faced 42 counts of theft, corruption and breach of trust.
2006 Jul 27, President-elect
Alan Garcia made good on a pledge to draw talent from across the
political spectrum in his 16-member Cabinet by appointing six women,
including Peru's first female justice and interior ministers.
2006 Jul 27, The head of
Russia's state arms-trading agency said that Russia has signed
contracts with Venezuela for 24 military planes and 53 helicopters.
2006 Jul 27, A Russian rocket
that was to put 18 satellites in orbit crashed shortly after
liftoff. The Dnepr rocket crashed about 15 miles south of the
Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The rocket was carrying a Russian
satellite and 17 from other countries, including the United States
2006 Jul 27, At least 20
members of Somalia's parliament resigned, accusing the country's
virtually powerless government of failing to bring peace. The
parliament is supposed to have 275 member but 16 members have
defected to the Islamic militia and other seats remain unfilled
after members' deaths.
2006 Jul 27, Police found the
bodies of four Africans on a boat packed with 26 other would-be
immigrants that was intercepted off Spain's Canary Islands.
2006 Jul 27, Zambian opposition
leaders were scrambling after President Levy Mwanawasa called
elections for Sept. 28 and dissolved the parliament and Cabinet.
2007 Jul 27, The United States
and India said they have worked out differences blocking the sharing
of civilian nuclear fuel and technology, hailing a "historic
milestone" accord that would reverse three decades of American
2007 Jul 27, Joe Nacchio, the
former Qwest Communications chief who was forced to resign during a
multibillion-dollar accounting scandal, was sentenced to six years
in prison for illegally selling $52 million in stock while not
telling investors that his telecommunications company faced serious
financial risks. On March 17, 2008, the US Court of Appeals for the
Tenth Circuit overturned his conviction on the basis of defense
expert witness testimony that was improperly excluded, and ordered a
new trial before a different trial judge.
2007 Jul 27, California’s top
court ruled that police can no longer seize vehicles of suspects in
drug or prostitution arrests.
(WSJ, 1/28/07, p.A1)
2007 Jul 27, SF Mayor Newsom
signed a $6.06 billion spending package, the largest budget in SF
(SFC, 7/28/07, p.B3)
2007 Jul 27, The DJIA ended
down over 500 points in its worst week in 5 years.
(SFC, 7/28/07, p.C1)
2007 Jul 27, In Phoenix,
Arizona, 2 news helicopters covering a police chase on live
television collided and crashed to the ground, killing all four
people on board.
2007 Jul 27, Afghan and NATO
troops over the last 24 hours clashed with Taliban insurgents and
called in airstrikes, killing at least 50 suspected militants and
dozens of civilians. The third British soldier to die in three days
in southern Afghanistan was killed in a rocket attack.
(AP, 7/27/07)(AFP, 7/28/07)
2007 Jul 27, Mohamed Haneef
(27), an Indian doctor, was freed from custody after Australia's
chief prosecutor said that a charge linking him to failed terrorist
bombings in Britain was a mistake. In 2010 Haneef accepted what his
lawyer described as a "substantial" but confidential settlement for
his ordeal in which authorities incorrectly linked him to failed car
bombings at airports in London and Glasgow.
(AP, 7/27/07)(AFP, 12/21/10)
2007 Jul 27, In China 2 men
were sentenced to death for masterminding a plan to steal oil from
an underwater pipeline, a botched plot that caused an estimated $53
million in damages.
2007 Jul 27, French judges
filed preliminary charges against former PM Dominique de Villepin
for his suspected role in a smear campaign that targeted Nicolas
Sarkozy before he became president.
2007 Jul 27, A fierce gunbattle
broke out after a joint US-Iraqi force arrested a rogue Shiite
militia leader in the holy city of Karbala, some 50 miles south of
Baghdad, leading to an airstrike and the deaths of some 17
militants. A truck bomb in Baghdad’s Shiite neighborhood of Karrada
killed at least 105 people and injured 193.
(AP, 7/27/07)(AP, 7/28/07)(SFC, 9/20/07, p.A17)
2007 Jul 27, The Israeli army
suspended an officer and five soldiers involved in wounding a
Palestinian man July 26 in the southern West Bank and put all of
their unit's operational duties on hold.
2007 Jul 27, Pakistan’s Pres.
Musharraf held secret talks in Abu Dhabi with former PM Benazir
Bhutto. In Islamabad hundreds of students clashed with security
forces and a nearby bombing killed 13 people during the reopening of
the Red Mosque for the first time since a bloody army raid to oust
Islamic militants from the complex. In Quetta gunmen opened fire on
the vehicle of Raziq Bugti, the official spokesman for a provincial
government in Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan, killing him.
(AP, 7/27/07)(AP, 7/28/07)(SSFC, 7/29/07, p.A14)
2007 Jul 27, Victor Frunza
(72), a Romanian anti-communist dissident and writer, died in
Denmark of a heart attack. He was forced to leave Romania in 1980
after writing a letter critical of the communist regime led by
dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. While in Romania, Frunza secretly wrote
a history of communism in the country that was published in Denmark
in 1984. He also wrote essays championing human rights and published
a political magazine.
2007 Jul 27, Russia said it
planned to send a small submarine to the ocean floor under the North
Pole to stake a claim to the region.
(WSJ, 1/28/07, p.A1)
2007 Jul 27, Sudan said it
would appeal a US ruling ordering it to pay $7.9 million in
compensation to the families of the 17 sailors killed in the October
2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen. The bombing was carried out
by two Yemeni militants with Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network who
had trained in Sudan. US federal Judge Robert Doumar ruled in
mid-March that Sudan should be held accountable for the attack, and
on July 25 ruled that it must pay compensation to the families.
2007 Jul 27, Zimbabwe's former
finance minister Chris Kuruneri was acquitted by the high court for
allegedly smuggling money abroad to build a house in South Africa.
2008 Jul 27, In Knoxville,
Tennessee, Jim D. Adkisson (58) entered the Tennessee Valley
Unitarian Universalist Church during a children's performance and
killed 2 people. In 2009 Adkisson pleaded guilty to killing 2 people
and wounding 6 others because he hated the church’s liberal
(AP, 7/28/08)(SFC, 7/28/08, p.A2)(SFC, 2/10/09,
2008 Jul 27, In Afghanistan
some 50 to 70 insurgents were killed when helicopter gunships and
ground fighting repulsed an attack by about 100 rebels in the Spera
district of Khost province near the Pakistan border. 2 Policemen
were killed in the attack. Elsewhere in Khost province, a suicide
bomber blew himself up inside a tent of security guards, killing one
of them and injuring six more. NATO troops killed two children in
southern Afghanistan by opening fire on a car that they feared was
about to attack their convoy.
(AFP, 7/27/08)(WSJ, 7/28/08, p.A10)(AP, 7/28/08)
2008 Jul 27, In Antigua
newlyweds Benjamin and Catherine Mullany, both 31, were attacked
inside their cottage at the Cocos Hotel resort in the island's
southwest. Both were shot in the head. Catherine was killed. A
comatose Benjamin was flown back to Britain where he was pronounced
dead on August 3. On August 18 a 20-year old man and 17-year-old
male were taken to a magistrate court in St. John's and were charged
with murder, robbery and receiving stolen goods. The trial of Avie
Howell and Kaniel Martin began June 1, 2011.
(AP, 8/2/08)(AP, 8/4/08)(AP, 8/19/08)(AP, 6/2/11)
2008 Jul 27, Cambodian PM Hun
Sen's party claimed it won a sweeping victory in polls overshadowed
by a military standoff with Thailand. Tens of thousands of
opposition supporters were excluded from the electoral register.
(AFP, 7/27/08)(Econ, 8/2/08, p.45)
2008 Jul 27, In Egypt Youssef
Chahine (1926), filmmaker, died in Cairo. His 28 films included “The
Blazing Sun" (1954) with Omar Sharif. His 1994 film “The Emigrant,"
about the Old Testament figure of Joseph, was denounced by militant
Islamists and banned.
(SFC, 7/29/08, p.B5)
2008 Jul 27, Iran hanged 29
people at dawn after they had been convicted of murder, drug
trafficking and other crimes.
2008 Jul 27, In Iraq gunmen
hiding in reeds in Madain, a Sunni town south of Baghdad, killed
seven Shiite pilgrims as they were marching to a shrine in the
capital for a major holiday.
2008 Jul 27, Israeli troops
killed a Hamas militant in the West Bank town of Hebron. Troops
exchanged gunfire with the man (25) for 12 hours before bulldozing
2008 Jul 27, Mexico City
residents voted against the president's proposal to give private
companies a bigger role in the country's state-run oil industry in a
2008 Jul 27, Ram Baran Yadav,
Nepal's first president, appealed for rival parties in the
newly-republican nation to form a consensus government and end weeks
of political deadlock, in his maiden address to the people.
2008 Jul 27, Spain's National
Court jailed seven people on charges of belonging to a militant cell
of the Basque separatist group ETA.
2008 Jul 27, In Sri Lanka at
least 16 different battles broke out in the Welioya and Vavuniya
regions, some of them sparked by government attacks on the rebels'
bunker lines. The rebels also carried out at least five roadside
bombings against troops. The violence killed 18 rebels and four
2008 Jul 27, In Istanbul,
Turkey, bomb blasts killed 17 people in a crowded square in the
residential neighborhood of Gungoren. 5 of the dead were children.
Turkish warplanes bombed 12 Kurdish rebel targets on Mount Qandil in
(AP, 7/28/08)(AP, 7/27/08)
2008 Jul 27, Floods in western
Ukraine killed 22 people, including 4 children, and 5 in neighboring
Romania after 5 days of nonstop rain. A senior government official
described them as the worst in a century. Heavy rain in the
southwestern Carpathian Mountains caused the Prut and Dniestr rivers
to overflow. The flooding affected more than 40,000 houses and led
to the evacuation of some 20,000 people.
(Reuters, 7/27/08)(AP, 7/28/08)
2008 Jul 27, Venezuela’s Pres.
Chavez, during his weekly TV program "Alo Presidente", made some
sharp criticisms of various government officials, calling on them to
fight against bureaucracy and corruption. He then brought to the
attention of the audience the book, "Reformism or Revolution" by
Alan Woods (b.1944), a Welsh Trotskyist.
2009 Jul 27, President Barack
Obama in Washington, DC, opened 2 days of high-level talks with
China. Obama called for deeper US-Chinese economic cooperation and
outlined a broad agenda for a positive relationship between two
countries that do not always see eye to eye.
2009 Jul 27, In North Carolina
Daniel Patrick Boyd (39) was arrested with his two sons and four
other North Carolina men. Prosecutors accused them of military-style
training at home and plotting "violent jihad" through a series of
terror attacks abroad. In 1991 Boyd and his brother were convicted
of bank robbery in Pakistan. They were also accused of carrying
identification showing they belonged to the radical Afghan guerrilla
group, Hezb-e-Islami, or Party of Islam. Each was sentenced to have
a foot and a hand cut off for the robbery, but the decision was
later overturned. In 2011 Zakarija Boyd (22) pleaded guilty to one
charge of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. In
June, 2012, Anes Subasic was sentenced to 30 years in jail. On Aug
24, 2012, Daniel Patrick Boyd was sentenced to 18 years in
(AP, 7/28/09)(SFC, 6/8/11, p.A8)(SFC, 8/25/12,
2009 Jul 27, Afghanistan’s
President Hamid Karzai said he wants new rules governing the conduct
of US-led forces in Afghanistan and would be willing to talk with
Taliban leaders who publicly renounce violence and endorse peace.
The British government announced the end of the first phase of
Operation Panther's Claw against the Taliban in southern
Afghanistan, saying it now needs to hold and build on the ground it
has cleared of insurgents. A Taliban rocket killed 4 civilians at
home in the central province of Ghazni overnight. A civilian was
killed in a bomb blast in eastern Khost province. The US military in
Afghanistan said it has stopped releasing body counts of insurgents
believed killed in operations because the tolls distract from the US
objective of protecting Afghans.
(AP, 7/27/09)(AFP, 7/27/09)
2009 Jul 27, Algerian papers
reported that security forces have killed five armed Islamic
extremists in the northeastern Tizi Ouzou region, about 100 km (60
miles) east of Algiers.
2009 Jul 27, In Canada union
officials in Toronto said they had reached a tentative deal to
settle a civic workers strike that had halted garbage collection and
many other city services for more than a month.
2009 Jul 27, In Colombia three
soldiers and two civilians were killed in a rifle and grenade attack
on a boat carrying coca eradication workers on the San Juan river in
Choco state. Six people were wounded and six more were missing.
2009 Jul 27, A Congo government
spokesman said The Democratic Republic of Congo has suspended
transmission of French broadcaster Radio France International (RFI).
2009 Jul 27, El Salvador
announced a decision to close schools nationwide for two weeks to
combat the spread of swine flu. El Salvador has already confirmed
545 cases of swine flu, including seven deaths.
2009 Jul 27, In Ethiopia Bashir
Ahmed Makhtal (36), an Ethiopian-born Canadian citizen, was found
guilty of being a member of a rebel group fighting for autonomy for
an ethnically Somali part of the country. Bashir was convicted of
membership in the ONLF and supporting terrorism in Ogaden, and could
face the death penalty. His grandfather was a founder of the ONLF.
On August 3 he was sentenced to life in prison for terrorism-related
(Reuters, 7/27/09)(AP, 8/3/09)
2009 Jul 27, European Union
nations gave their final approval to a ban on imports of seal
products in an effort to force Canada to end its annual seal hunt.
2009 Jul 27, An overloaded
sailboat carrying an estimated 200 Haitian migrants sank off the
Turks and Caicos Islands and as many as 85 people were missing.
2009 Jul 27, Iran's supreme
leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the closure of Kahrizak
prison, where rights workers say protesters detained in the
country's election turmoil have died.
2009 Jul 27, In Iraq 2 people
were killed in bombings targeting police officers, considered the
weakest link among the Iraqi security forces that have taken the
lead from withdrawing American forces. The first bombing came in
eastern Baghdad, when a roadside bomb targeted a police patrol but
missed, killing one civilian. A short time later, a bomb attached to
a car exploded in Fallujah, killing a police captain.
2009 Jul 27, Mexico announced a
pilot program to have special courts handle cases involving addicted
offenders who commit crimes while under the influence of drugs.
2009 Jul 27, Amnesty Int’l.
launched a campaign to repeal Nicaragua’s 2006 total ban on
(SFC, 7/28/09, p.A4)
2009 Jul 27, In Nigeria
Residents of Gamboru-Ngala in Borno state said heavily armed members
of a Nigerian Taliban sect stormed the town and went on the rampage,
burning a police headquarters, a church and a customs post. Police
put the death toll in weekend religious clashes at 65, including 5
2009 Jul 27, In Pakistan North
West Frontier Province Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour said
security forces had rescued dozens of children aged 6 to 15 who the
Taliban were allegedly training as suicide bombers.
2009 Jul 27, Russia’s Interior
Ministry said Semyon Mogilevich, an alleged organized crime boss who
is also wanted in the US, was released from pretrial detention 18
months after his arrest in Moscow. He has been on the FBI's wanted
list since 2003, accused of manipulating the stock of a
Pennsylvania-based company, YBM Magnex Inc., which collapsed in
2009 Jul 27, In Somalia mortar
attacks by rebels disrupted a parliamentary session as heavy
fighting between the militia and African Union-backed government
forces killed 7 civilians.
2009 Jul 27, Thousands of South
African council workers went on strike to press for wage hikes,
crippling public services in Africa's biggest economy and piling
political pressure on new President Jacob Zuma.
2009 Jul 27, Sweden said it was
demanding an explanation as to why Swedish-made anti-tank rocket
launchers, sold to Venezuela years ago, were obtained by Colombia's
main rebel group. Three launchers were recovered in October in a
FARC arms cache belonging to a rebel commander known as "Jhon 40"
and Colombia only recently asked Sweden to confirm whether they had
been sold to Venezuela,
2009 Jul 27, The Taiwanese and
Chinese presidents swapped messages, the first such exchange since
the two sides split amid civil war 60 years ago.
2009 Jul 27, The leader of the
Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, led solemn prayers in
Kiev on the first day of 10-day visit aimed at reasserting Moscow's
dominance over church leaders in Ukraine.
2010 Jul 27, An audit by the US
Special Investigator for Iraq Reconstruction said the US Defense
Department is unable to properly account for over 95 percent of $9.1
billion in Iraqi oil money tapped by the US for rebuilding the war
2010 Jul 27, BP said its
much-criticized CEO Tony Hayward will be replaced by American Robert
Dudley on Oct. 1, as it reported a record quarterly loss and set
aside $32.2 billion to cover costs of the devastating Gulf of Mexico
2010 Jul 27, SF supervisors
voted 10-1 to transform the abandoned Hunters Point Naval Shipyard
into a new waterfront community.
(SFC, 7/28/10, p.A1)
2010 Jul 27, The Walt Disney
Co. announced a deal to buy Playdom Inc. of Mountain View, Ca., a
maker of social-networking games, in a deal valued at $563.2
(SFC, 7/28/10, p.D2)
2010 Jul 27, In southern
Afghanistan a US service member died. A NATO drone went down in a
Taliban-held area of northern Afghanistan because of mechanical
2010 Jul 27, Bangladesh raised
the minimum wage for its millions of garment workers by 80 percent,
following months of violent protests over pay and conditions.
2010 Jul 27, Bolivian
authorities arrested Valentin Mejillones (55), an Aymara priest who
inaugurated President Evo Morales, in a bust that netted 530 pounds
(240 kg) of liquid cocaine.
2010 Jul 27, In Brazil Wallace
Souza (51), a former TV crime show host and state legislator accused
of commissioning killings to boost ratings, died. He suffered from
Budd Chiari syndrome, a rare disorder that causes clots to form in
blood vessels in the liver.
2010 Jul 27, British PM David
Cameron visited Turkey, saying the world needs Turkey's help in
pushing Iran to address concerns about its nuclear program and
harshly criticizing Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla that
killed nine Turkish activists.
2010 Jul 27, Canadian actor
Maury Chaykin (b.1949) died at a Toronto hospital. Chaykin had roles
in "Dances With Wolves," "The Postman," "Owning Mahoney," "Mystery,
Alaska," "A Life Less Ordinary," and "The Adjuster."
2010 Jul 27, In southern China
a landslide caused by rains left 21 people missing, adding to a
growing death toll from China's worst flood season in a decade,
which is expected to worsen with heavy rains forecast across the
2010 Jul 27, In CongoDRC a boat
ferrying about 200 passengers to Kinshasa capsized after hitting a
rock. As many as 138 people were killed with 80 confirmed dead.
2010 Jul 27, In Egypt armed and
masked Bedouin tribe members hijacked a bus from an industrial area
in the central Sinai peninsula. The bus was carrying 30 employees of
Sinai Cement who were dumped before the hijackers fled with the
2010 Jul 27, French PM Francois
Fillon said France is "at war" with al-Qaida and will step up
efforts to fight its North African offshoot after it executed a
French hostage in the Sahara.
2010 Jul 27, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated a new policy to encourage population
growth, dismissing Iran's decades of internationally-acclaimed
family planning as ungodly and a Western import.
2010 Jul 27, Iran vowed to
press ahead with its nuclear program even as it expressed readiness
to resume talks on the thorny issue despite being slapped with tough
new EU sanctions. Russia condemned new EU sanctions on Iran,
tempering hopes of closer cooperation between Moscow and the West
over Iran's nuclear program.
(AFP, 7/27/10)(Reuters, 7/27/10)
2010 Jul 27, In Iraq mortars
killed 7 people and wounded 46 in the Shiite holy city of Karbala.
2010 Jul 27, Japan and China
agreed in Tokyo to seek an early conclusion to talks over plans to
jointly exploit oil and gas fields in a disputed area of the East
2010 Jul 27, Kyrgyzstan's
government appealed to an international donors conference for $1.2
billion in aid to rebuild the country after months of political and
2010 Jul 27, In Mexico 3
federal police agents were shot to death on a highway in a
confrontation with gunmen. A second cousin of Gov.-elect Cesar
Duarte was shot to death by attackers in the city of Parral. The
severed heads of eight men were found left in pairs along highways
in the northern Mexico state of Durango. Rogelio Segovia Hernandez,
a suspected drug cartel lieutenant with a quarter-million-dollar
reward on his head, was captured in the border state of Chihuahua,
where rival gangs are waging a bloody turf war.
(AP, 7/27/10)(AP, 7/28/10)
2010 Jul 27, Dutch judges gave
the green light for a teenage girl's bid to become the youngest
person to sail around the world solo, thwarting a bid to have Laura
Dekker (14) kept in child care.
2010 Jul 27, A former Pakistani
spy, Sultan Amir Tarar, kidnapped by militants four months ago in
northwestern Pakistan threatened in a video to expose the
government's "weaknesses" unless it frees prisoners to secure his
release as demanded by his captors.
2010 Jul 27, Philippine police
tracked down Mark Dizon (28), a suspect in a series of grisly
robberies and killings, with the help of his Facebook account. He
was accused of killing nine people, six Filipinos, an American, a
Canadian and a Briton, in three different robberies at hotels and
homes this month in Angeles city.
2010 Jul 27, In central Russia
a Tver city court sentenced Dmitry Orlov (22), a neo-Nazi leader, to
life in jail and imprisoned 13 others for four hate killings and
2010 Jul 27, Iranian Shiite
cleric Yasser Khalili was arrested in Saudi Arabia and put on trial
on September 3 charged with "raising a shoe" at Prophet Mohammed's
shrine. He was arrested while on pilgrimage by the Commission for
the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice and "jailed for
38 days in handcuffs. A judge ordered him to be whipped 150 times in
public in the prophet's shrine. The story was not made public until
Jan 8, 2011.
2010 Jul 27, Serb lawmakers
passed a resolution vowing that their country will never recognize
Kosovo as an independent state, despite a UN court ruling backing
the independence declaration by the former Serbian province.
2010 Jul 27, In Somalia clashes
in Mogadishu, pitting Islamist insurgents against government troops
backed by African Union forces, killed at least 17 civilians.
2010 Jul 27, In South Africa 4
white former students pleaded guilty to charges surrounding a 2007
video they made humiliating black university employees at the
University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. The video emerged in
2008 and the case prompted bitter protests that racism remains
entrenched in South Africa more than a decade after the end of
racist white rule. A court on July 30 ordered the 4 students to pay
fines of nearly $3,000 each for making the video.
(AP, 7/27/10)(AP, 7/30/10)
2010 Jul 27, In Uganda African
Union leaders wrapping up a three-day summit in Kampala agreed to
send thousands of extra troops to reinforce its military contingent
battling Al Qaeda-linked insurgents in Somalia.
2010 Jul 27, Venezuela's
justice ministry announced the capture of a purported Colombian drug
trafficker, Gloria Esther Chavez Ceballos, alias "Gloria Amparo."
Ceballos was alleged to lead a group of smugglers known as "Los
Indios" that moves drugs to the Caribbean and Europe. Authorities
said police have apprehended six alleged far-right paramilitary
fighters from Colombia, including a militia leader wanted in the
killing of a Venezuelan mayor near the border with Colombia.
2011 Jul 27, House Democrats
said that President Barack Obama should invoke a little-known
constitutional provision to prevent the nation from going into
default if Congress fails to come up with a plan to raise the debt
ceiling. The 14th amendment says that the validity of the nation's
public debt "shall not be questioned." However, only Congress has
the authority to extend the government's borrowing authority.
2011 Jul 27, Florida
authorities captured Frederick Barrett (60) in Colorado. He had
escaped in 1979 ago from the Florida prison where he was serving a
life sentence for murder. Barrett was convicted of killing a
traveling companion on the Florida Turnpike in February 1971.
2011 Jul 27, The Chicago
Sun-Times reported that Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh, the tea
party-backed Republican who squeaked into office last year by vowing
to bring fiscal responsibility to Washington and who has been one of
President Barack Obama's most outspoken critics during the standoff
over the debt ceiling, is being sued for more than $100,000 in
unpaid child support.
2011 Jul 27, Pfc. Naser Abdo
(21) was arrested at a Texas motel about three miles from Fort
Hood's main gate. The AWOL infantry soldier was caught with weapons
and a bomb inside a backpack and admitted planning what would have
been Fort Hood's 2nd terrorist attack in less than two years. He had
spoken out against the 2009 Fort Hood shootings last year as he made
a public plea to be granted conscientious objector status to avoid
serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.
2011 Jul 27, In Afghanistan
Kandahar Mayor Ghulam Haidar Hamidi (64), a close ally of Afghan
President Hamid Karzai, was assassinated in a suicide attack.
(AFP, 7/27/11)(Econ, 8/6/11, p.75)
2011 Jul 27, In Australia a
25-year-old unemployed truck driver (online nickname "Evil"), who
had been unable to find a job in information technology, faced 49
charges after a six-month investigation into his online activities.
2011 Jul 27, Britain officially
recognized Libya's main opposition group as the country's legitimate
government, and expelled all diplomats from Moammar Gadhafi's
2011 Jul 27, Chadian rebels
denounced the repatriation and imprisonment of 27 senior members of
their force captured in Sudan.
2011 Jul 27, China’s Ministry
of Public Security said police had rescued 81 children from a major
child trafficking ring in Hebei province.
(SFC, 7/28/11, p.A2)
2011 Jul 27, Honduras
authorities seized a semi-submersible craft off the country's
Caribbean coast. The crew tried to sink it but officials recovered
7.3 tons (6.6 metric tons) of cocaine.
2011 Jul 27, An Indian judge
investigating corrupt mining practices in a resource-rich southern
state said that illegal extraction had cost the public $3.6 billion.
He accused politicians in Karnataka, including the state's chief
minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, of causing the losses from 2006 to 2010
through the illicit mining of iron ore, much of which is thought to
have been shipped to China. A day later Yeddyurappa offered to quit
following the charges.
(AFP, 7/27/11)(AFP, 7/28/11)
2011 Jul 27, India and
Pakistan's foreign ministers insisted relations were back on track
after peace talks that highlighted a "new era" of cooperation over
the ruptures of the past. It was the first meeting of the
arch-rivals' foreign ministers for a year.
2011 Jul 27, An Indian army
officer was shot dead in a battle with rebels along the de facto
Kashmir border. The latest fighting came after Indian foreign
minister S.M. Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart, Hina Rabbani
Khar, outlined in New Delhi the countries' commitment to fight
militancy, boost trade and sustain the peace process.
2011 Jul 27, In Kosovo some 200
Serbs attacked police outposts on the border with Serbia, setting
one of them on fire and killing Kosovo policeman Enver Zymberi. As
the masked Serbs attacked, European Union police on the scene leaped
into their cars and fled the area. In late August EU special police
launched an operation related to a criminal investigation of the
(AP, 7/28/11)(AP, 8/31/11)
2011 Jul 27, In Mexico six men
were shot to death and four were wounded by assailants at a fair in
the town of Yurecuaro, Michoacan state. Three men who had been
tortured and shot in the head were found dead on the outskirts of
the Morelia, the capital of Michoacan.
2011 Jul 27, Mozambique’s state
daily Noticias said the country’s highest decision-making body, the
Council of Ministers, has endorsed measures to criminalize
embezzlement, influence peddling, and graft.
2011 Jul 27, Niger announced
the creation of the High Authority to Combat Corruption to step up
its fight against graft.
2011 Jul 27, In the Philippines
winners were announced for Asia's Magsaysay award this year for
giving green technologies to the poor. They included US-trained
Indian engineer Harish Hande (44) for bringing solar lights to a
country where half of all households have no electricity; Indonesian
social worker Tri Mumpuni (46) was recognized after her IBEKA
foundation built 60 small power plants harnessing the energy of
water stored in dams to bring electricity to half a million people;
and Dutch marine engineer Auke Idzenga's Alternative Indigenous
Development Foundation won for using an ancient, near-forgotten
technology, the ram pump, to help impoverished communities on Negros
island. Other winners included a man who set up an Islamic school
for girls in Indonesia, a lender to India's poorest, and a man
working to restore democracy in Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge
murdered his father.
2011 Jul 27, In the Philippines
heavy rains and floods battered the northeast for a third day,
swamping homes of about a half million people. Tropical Storm
Nock-ten was expected to blow out of the country to the South China
Sea by July 28 after cutting through the heart of Luzon Island. The
death toll reached 52 with 27 still missing.
(AP, 7/27/11)(AFP, 7/31/11)
2011 Jul 27, Scottish teenager
Jake Davis (18) was arrested with 16 computers in the Shetland
Islands. This was the alleged nerve center of Lulz Security
(LulzSec), a group of internet hackers whose targets included
computer-security and online gaming firms. The group had broken from
Anonymous, another hacker group, three months earlier. Ryan Cleary
(19) was arrested in June at his home in Wickford, Essex, charged
with attacking websites as part of LulzSec.
2011 Jul 27, South Korean
scientists said they have created a glowing dog using a cloning
technique that could help find cures for human diseases such as
Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
2011 Jul 27, In South Korea
walls of mud buried 10 college students sleeping in a resort cabin
and flash floods submerged the streets and subway stations in Seoul,
killing at least 36 people in the country’s heaviest rains this
(AP, 7/27/11)(SFC, 7/28/11, p.A2)
2011 Jul 27, It was reported
that the price of a cow in Juba, South Sudan, has risen to between
$375 and $560. The price for a bride ranged from 150 cows to 400.
(SFC, 7/25/11, p.D2)
2011 Jul 27, UNAMID, the joint
African Union-UN peacekeeping force, said air strikes 2 weeks ago
around the village of Abu Hamara in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region
killed one civilian and prompted villagers to flee their homes.
2011 Jul 27, In Swaziland a
court overturned a government application to stop protesters from
demonstrating over the king's handling of an economic crisis.
2011 Jul 27, Syrian troops
opened fire on scores of people in a Damascus suburb, killing at
least 8 people trying to halt the soldiers' advance by throwing
stones and burning tires. Zainab al-Hosni (18) was abducted by
plainclothes individuals believed to be members of the security
forces, apparently to pressure her activist brother Mohammad Deeb
al-Hosni to turn himself in. On Sep 23 it was reported that her
family found her corpse by chance as they searched for her activist
brother's body in Homs. The family said she had been decapitated,
her arms cut off, and skin removed.
(AP, 7/27/11)(AP, 9/23/11)
2011 Jul 27, Zimbabwe police
arrested 13 members of the Restoration of Human Rights group, who
staged a protest outside a court where allegations of police
assaults and torture were to be raised. The High Court again
postponed an appeal for bail by eight activists of the prime
minister's former opposition group accused over the killing of a
police inspector in May.
2012 Jul 27, In Detroit the
bodies of Jacob Kudla (18) and Jourdan Bobbish (17), both of
Westland, were found with gunshot wounds on the East Side. The next
day police charged Casey Green (39) and Larry Anderson (40) with
larceny, obstruction of justice, and tampering with evidence in the
car the two teens were driving.
(SSFC, 7/29/12, p.A12)
2012 Jul 27, In Pennsylvania
Kevin Cleeves (35) confronted his estranged wife about custody
arrangements for their daughter and shot the woman to death and
killed her boyfriend and his mother in Quincy Township. He then fled
with his daughter (4) before the two were found the next day about
250 miles away in Ohio.
2012 Jul 27, Singer and actor
Tony Martin (b.1913 as Alvin Morris) died at his home in LA. He had
appeared in over 30 films included “Casbah" (1948).
(SFC, 7/31/12, p.A7)
2012 Jul 27, Argentina's
President Cristina Fernandez granted vast new power over the
nation's economy to Axel Kicillof (41), a young firebrand who was
the brains behind the takeover of YPF from Spain's Repsol oil
company. Fernandez also put Kicillof in charge of a commission
responsible for implementing the country's new energy policy.
2012 Jul 27, Britain’s Queen
Elizabeth II declared the London Olympics open after playing a cameo
role in a dizzying ceremony designed to highlight the grandeur and
eccentricities of the nation that invented modern sport. More than
10,000 athletes from 204 countries will compete in 26 sports over 17
days of competition in the only city to have staged the modern Games
2012 Jul 27, Indian officials
said a truck bringing pilgrims from the Amarnath Shrine in
Jammu-Kashmir state plunged into a gorge killing 16 men, bringing
the overall toll in this year’s pilgrimage to 128.
(SFC, 7/28/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 27, Israel's Supreme
Court delayed by at least 3 weeks the scheduled evacuation of the
unauthorized West Bank Migron outpost that has become a symbol of
2012 Jul 27, In Kenya Olga
Fonseca Gimenez (57), the charge d'affaires and acting ambassador of
Venezuela, was found dead at her official residence in Nairobi.
Police said she was murdered by strangulation. Fonseca arrived in
Kenya in July to replace Ambassador Gerardo Carillo-Silva, who had
fled the country after three male workers at the ambassador's
residence filed a complaint with the police accusing him of sexual
harassment. Dwight Sagaray, First Secretary at the embassy, was
arrested the next day in connection to the murder.
(AP, 7/27/12)(AFP, 7/30/12)
2012 Jul 27, The wife of
Madagascar's ousted leader Marc Ravalomanana was deported and put on
a flight to Thailand, hours after she landed at the island nation's
2012 Jul 27, In southern Nepal
at least 14 pilgrims were killed when a jeep carrying them to a
sacred Hindu site swerved off a highway and fell 100 meters (330
feet) into a stream below.
2012 Jul 27, The Netherlands
said it has suspended part of its development aid to Rwanda because
of Kigali's alleged support for rebels in neighboring Democratic
Republic of Congo.
2012 Jul 27, Saudi authorities
detained a number of protesters in the restive eastern Shiite region
after they set tires ablaze during an overnight rally. Security
forces opened fire on Shiite protesters in the tense Qatif district
of Eastern Province, wounding several as hundreds marched to demand
the release of detainees.
2012 Jul 27, In Serbia Ivica
Dacic, Slobodan Milosevic's former spokesman, became the new prime
minister, promising to promote reconciliation in the Balkans after
his nomination triggered fears of resurgent nationalism in the
2012 Jul 27, In South Africa
Germany-born conservationist Rita Miljo (81) died in a fire that
destroyed much of her Center for Animal Rehabilitation and Education
in the bush of Limpopo province. Sha had cared for and reintroduced
packs of baboons into the wilds of South Africa.
(SFC, 7/28/12, p.A2)
2012 Jul 27, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said troops bombarded the neighborhood
of Fardous (Fardoss) killing at least four people. It added that
Sunni cleric Abdul-Latif al-Shami was kidnapped and killed in
Aleppo. Rebels captured 150 regime troops and militia members in the
northern city of Aleppo and the northwestern province of Idlib. The
Observatory said that at least 148 people were killed nationwide
including 90 civilians, 24 rebels and 34 soldiers.
(AP, 7/27/12)(AFP, 7/27/12)(AFP, 7/28/12)
2012 Jul 27, Tunisian Finance
Minister Houcine Dimassi resigned following a disagreement with the
policies of the government led by Islamist PM Hamadi Jebali. Dimassi
complained of excessive spending.
2012 Jul 27, Zimbabwe's central
bank chief warned the country's fragile economy could grind to a
halt if the government rushes its planned seizure of majority stakes
in foreign-owned banks.
2013 Jul 27, In Florida Pedro
Vargas (42) went on a shooting rampage overnight at an apartment
building in the Miami suburb of Hialeah. He killed 6 people before a
SWAT team killed him and rescued two neighbors he was holding
(Reuters, 7/27/13)(SFC, 7/29/13, p.A4)
2013 Jul 27, John Wrana (95), a
WWII veteran, was fatally shot by police with bean bag rounds after
he refused medical treatment and became belligerent at a suburban
Chicago senior facility. In 2014 a police officer was charged with
one count of reckless conduct.
(http://tinyurl.com/penpswl)(SFC, 4/3/14, p.A8)
2013 Jul 27, In Indiana a bus
carrying teenagers from a church camp crashed in Indianapolis. 3
people were killed.
(SSFC, 7/28/13, p.A8)
2013 Jul 27, Lindy Boggs
(b.1916), former Louisiana congresswoman (1973-1991), died.
(Econ, 8/3/13, p.78)
2013 Jul 27, In Brazil Pope
Francis challenged bishops from around the world to get out of their
churches and preach, and to have the courage to go to the farthest
margins of society to find the faithful.
2013 Jul 27, In London,
England, Ilya Segalovich (48) died of brain cancer. He was the
co-founder of Russia's largest search engine, Yandex.
2013 Jul 27, In Canada Sammy
Yatim (18) was shot to death while holding a knife by police
officers in an empty Toronto streetcar. The event, caught on video
and posted to YouTube, sparked calls of unnecessary police force. On
August 19 a Toronto police officer was charged with murder.
(SFC, 7/30/13, p.A2)(SFC, 8/20/13, p.A2)
2013 Jul 27, China and the EU
announced a truce on solar panel and related component tariffs. The
EU planned to set a minimum sales price and a quota. An August 8
deadline loomed on the dispute.
(Econ, 8/3/13, p.36)
2013 Jul 27, In Egypt clashes
erupted in Cairo between security forces and supporters of ousted
President Mohammed Morsi. More than 80 people were killed in the
violence at a Cairo vigil by backers of deposed President Mohamed
Morsi. People living on Badr el-Din street in Cairo found two young
men dumped in a pile of rubbish by a park. Amr Mohammed Salim (22),
a street vendor, was dead, hands bound and body covered with gashes,
residents said. Hany Moussa (24), a kitchen helper, was still alive,
(AP, 7/27/13)(Reuters, 7/28/13)(AP, 8/6/13)(Econ,
2013 Jul 27, Iran’s
semi-official news agency ISNA reported that a member of Ahl Al-Haq
faith, a small religious minority, set himself on fire next to the
country's parliament building. He was hospitalized.
2013 Jul 27, Kuwaiti held
parliamentary elections, the third parliamentary election in 17
months. Liberals and candidates from some of the more marginalized
tribes won seats in a parliament which may prove more cooperative
with the ruling family after opposition Islamists and populists
boycotted the election.
(AP, 7/27/13)(Reuters, 7/28/13)
2013 Jul 27, In Libya
protesters in Benghazi attacked offices of the Muslim Brotherhood
and the headquarters of a liberal coalition after demonstrations
sparked by assassinations turned violent. In Tripoli a crowd stormed
JCP headquarters before heading on to ransack the headquarters of
the liberal National Forces Alliance (NFA), the country's biggest
political party founded by wartime rebel PM Mahmoud Jibril. More
than a thousand inmates escaped al-Kweifiya prison in Benghazi.
(Reuters, 7/27/13)(AP, 7/27/13)
2013 Jul 27, A group of
protesters tried to disrupt Lithuania's second gay pride parade
ever, defying an enormous police presence by throwing eggs at
marchers and attempting to storm a stage.
2013 Jul 27, In Manila Japan’s
PM Shinzo Abe met with Pres. Benigno Aquino III and pledged support
for Philippine maritime forces as both countries confronted China in
separate territorial disputes.
(SSFC, 7/28/13, p.A6)
2013 Jul 27, Niger and Nigerian
intelligence agents arrested a Nigerian terrorist leader in a border
area. His identify or group was not revealed.
2013 Jul 27, In Saudi Arabia
one more man died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS,
bringing to 39 the number of deadly cases in the kingdom at the
center of the growing outbreak.
2013 Jul 27, In Somalia a
Turkish security official and a Somali student were killed in a
terrorist attack on the Turkish consulate and relief mission. Three
suicide bombers also died in the attack in Mogadishu.
2013 Jul 27, In Spain a youth
(16) was gored in the back while celebrating the Apostle James feast
at Isso, 322 km (200 miles) southeast of Madrid.
2013 Jul 27, In Sudan new
clashes erupted between the army and rebels in the country's main
oil-producing state of South Kordofan, bordering South Sudan. A
rebel ambush on an army convoy in Abyei killed 9 soldiers. Tribal
leaders said up to 94 people have been killed in new clashes between
two rival tribes in the strife-torn Darfur region.
(Reuters, 7/27/13)(AP, 7/31/13)
2013 Jul 27, Syrian government
forces captured the ancient Khalid Ibn al-Walid Mosque in Khaldiyeh,
an embattled northern neighborhood in Homs.
2013 Jul 27, In Thailand about
50,000 liters (13,200 gallons) of oil, about the amount contained in
one and a half tanker trucks, spilled into Prao Bay on the west
coast of Samet Island from a leak in a pipeline operated by PTT
Global Chemical Plc., a subsidiary of state-owned oil and gas
company PTT Plc.
2013 Jul 27, In Tunisia
thousands of protesters chanting anti-government slogans joined a
funeral march to lay to rest assassinated opposition politician
Mohammed Brahmi. One man was killed in violent protests in the
southern city of Gafsa.
(AP, 7/27/13)(Reuters, 7/27/13)
2013 Jul 27, In Vietnam Nguyen
Van Hai (61), better known as Dieu Cay, resumed eating after 35 days
after the Supreme People's Procuracy, the prosecutor's office,
agreed to look into his claim of abusive treatment. He had been
jailed for criticizing the country's rulers.
2013 Jul 27, In southern Yemen
rockets fired from unmanned aircraft killed at least four suspected
2014 Jul 27, The US stepped up
pressure on Moscow by releasing satellite images it says show that
rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine
and that heavy artillery for pro-Russian separatists has crossed the
2014 Jul 27, A tanker carrying
crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan was cleared by the US Coast Guard to
unload its cargo at sea off Texas. Iraq's central government, in a
court filing the next day, laid claim to the cargo that it says was
sold by the regional government of Kurdistan without permission from
Baghdad. In response a US judge signed an order telling the US
Marshals Service to seize the cargo. On July 29 federal magistrate
Nancy K. Johnson said that because the tanker was some 60 miles (100
km) offshore, and outside territorial waters, an order she issued to
seize the cargo could not be enforced.
(Reuters, 7/28/14)(Reuters, 7/29/14)
2014 Jul 27, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents attacked the home of Gen. Abdul Razeq, the
provincial police chief of Kandahar. The 6 gunmen killed a civilian
and a border policeman before they were shot dead.
(SFC, 7/28/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 27, In Cameroon Boko
Haram militants from Nigeria kidnapped the wife of Cameroon's vice
prime minister and killed at least 3 people in a cross-border attack
involving more than 200 assailants in the northern town of Kolofata.
2014 Jul 27, China’s Xinhua
news agency said retired military officers have been told to return
non-essential public housing after an investigation found
2014 Jul 27, Egypt's army said
it has destroyed 13 more tunnels connecting the Sinai Peninsula to
the Gaza Strip, taking to 1,639 the overall number it has laid waste
2014 Jul 27, In Iraq Shiite
militiamen in Baquba dragged four bodies of Islamic State jihadist
fighters (Daash) through the streets and hung them from a bridge and
a utility pole. Fighting between government forces and IS in the
Ramadi region killed 9 policemen in 17 hours of battle. Militants
destroyed the Prophet Jirjis Mosque and Shrine in Mosul.
(AFP, 7/27/14)(AFP, 7/28/14)(SFC, 7/28/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 27, Israel’s cabinet
voted to extend a truce until midnight at the request of the UN, but
called it off when Hamas launched rockets into Israel during the
morning. Palestinian medics said at least 10 people had died in the
wave of subsequent strikes that swept Gaza. Fighting subsided in
Gaza after Hamas Islamist militants said they backed a 24-hour
humanitarian truce, but there was no sign of any comprehensive deal
to end their conflict with Israel.
2014 Jul 27, In Japan Aiwa
Matsuo (15) was found with her head and left hand severed on a bed
in a suspect's apartment A schoolgirl (15) was arrested on suspicion
of murdering her classmate and dismembering the body in Sasebo,
2014 Jul 27, Liberia’s Pres.
Ellen Sirleaf Johnson closed all but three border crossings,
restricted public gatherings and quarantined communities heavily
affected by the Ebola outbreak.
(SFC, 7/29/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 27, In Libya at least
36 people were killed in Benghazi, many of them civilians, in
clashes between Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants over
the last 24 hours. A tank containing six million liters of fuel was
set ablaze by rocket fire late today near Tripoli’s airport.
(Reuters, 7/27/14)(AFP, 7/28/14)
2014 Jul 27, In Malaysia a car
crash involving a faulty air bag killed a pregnant woman. On Nov 14
Ford Motor Co. agreed to recall more 2004 and 2005 Ranger small
pickup trucks in response to the crash, because their air bags are
similar to the one that caused the woman's death.
2014 Jul 27, In Nigeria a bomb
attack on a Catholic church in the northern city of Kano killed 5
people and wounded eight. In a separate incident, a female suicide
bomber tried to attack police officers on the streets. She killed
herself but only wounded two of the officers.
2014 Jul 27, In Pakistan a mob
attacked homes of Ahmadis after a sect member was accused of posting
blasphemous material on Facebook. A woman member of the religious
sect and two of her granddaughters were killed in the town of
2014 Jul 27, Spanish police
said they have arrested 14 members of a gang of suspected of selling
forged passports for entry to the US. Eleven Cuban and three
Spaniards were arrested in Tenerife and Madrid.
(SFC, 7/28/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 27, In Syria the
Islamic State killed 15 Syrian rebels in an ambush as the jihadists
tried to advance on Aleppo province. Rebels in Hama province
captured Khattab and Rahbeh villages. In Homs city 7 people were
killed and 20 wounded in a car bomb attack on an Alawite district.
(Reuters, 7/27/14)(AFP, 7/27/14)
2014 Jul 27, In southern
Thailand a roadside bomb was detonated as soldiers were patrolling
near a mosque in Pattani. A girl was killed and five people were
2014 Jul 27, The UN Security
Council agreed on a statement calling for "an immediate and
unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between
Israel and Hamas.
2014 Jul 27, In southern Yemen
militant attacks on two army outposts and killed at least 8 people
early today, two months after the government said it had cleared
that area of al Qaeda fighters in an offensive.