Today in History - July 28
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1165 Jul 28,
Ibn al-'Arabi, Muslim mystic, philosopher, was born.
1488 Jul 28, Some 440 men from
the Isle of Wight declared war on France. They were crushed in the
Battle of St Aubin near Rennes. Over four hours some 5,000 Breton
soldiers were beaten and stabbed to death. According to legend, just
one lad made it back to the Island to pass on the appalling news.
1540 Jul 28, King Henry VIII's
chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, was executed. The same day, Henry
married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard. In 2014 Tracy Borman
authored “Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII’s Most
(AP, 7/28/97)(HN, 7/28/98)(PCh, 1992,
p.181)(Econ, 9/13/14, p.91)
1576 Jul 28, Martin Frobisher,
English navigator, discovered Frobisher Bay in Canada. He explored
the Arctic region of Canada and twice brought tons of gold back to
England that was found to be iron pyrite. Michael Lok, textile
exporter, led the financing for the 1st expedition which was made to
find a route to China. Lok was later sued for losses from 3
(TL-MB, 1988, p.22)(SFEM, 11/15/98, p.26)(ON,
1586 Jul 28, Sir Thomas Harriot
introduced potatoes to Europe.
1615 Jul 28, French explorer
Samuel de Champlain discovered Lake Huron on his seventh voyage to
the New World.
1655 Jul 28, French dramatist
and novelist Cyrano de Bergerac, the inspiration for a play by
Edmond Rostand, died in Paris.
1746 Jul 28, Thomas Heyward,
soldier, signed Declaration of Independence, was born.
1746 Jul 28, John Peter Zenger,
journalist involved in 1st amendment fight, died.
1750 Jul 28, Philippe Fabre
d'Eglantine, poet, satirist, politician, was born in France.
1750 Jul 28, Composer Johann
Sebastian Bach (65) died in Leipzig, Germany. In 2000 Christoff
Wolff authored the biography "Johann Sebastian Bach." In 2005 James
Gaines authored “Evening in the Palace of Reasoning,” a portrait of
Bach in 1747. In 2013 John Eliot Gardiner authored “Bach: Music in
the Castle of Heaven.”
(AP, 7/28/00)(WSJ, 8/2/00, p.A12)(SC,
7/28/02)(WSJ, 3/1/08, p.W8)(Econ, 10/12/13, p.96)
1751 Jul 28, In France the 1st
volume of the Encyclopedie, edited by Diderot and D’Alembert, was
published with a print run of 1,625.
(ON, 4/05, p.8)
1794 Jul 28, Maximilien
Robespierre, a leading figure of the French Revolution, was sent to
the guillotine. Robespierre had dominated the Committee of Public
Safety during the "Reign of Terror." He asserted the collective
dictatorship of the revolutionary National Convention and attacked
factions led by men such as Jacques-René Hébert which he felt
threatened the government‘s power. Factions opposed to Robespierre
gained momentum in the summer of 1794. Declared an outlaw of
the National Convention, Robespierre and many of his followers were
captured and he—along with 22 of his supporters—were guillotined
before cheering crowds.
(AP, 7/28/97)(HN, 7/28/98)(HNQ, 11//00)
1808 Jul 28, Sultan Mustapha IV
of the Ottoman Empire was deposed and his cousin Mahmud II gained
the throne and ruled to 1839.
(HN, 7/28/98)(Ot, 1993, xvii)
1821 Jul 28, Peru declared its
independence from Spain.
1830 Jul 28, Revolution in
France replaced Charles X with Louis Philippe.
1835 Jul 28, King Louis
Philippe of France survived an assassination attempt by Giuseppe
Maria Fieschi, who rigged 25 guns together and fired them all with
the pull of a single trigger.
1844 Jul 28, Gerard Manley
Hopkins, English poet and Jesuit priest, was born.
1849 Jul 28, Memmon became the
1st clipper to reach SF after 120 days out of NY.
1851 Jul 28, A total solar
eclipse was captured on a daguerreotype photograph.
1859 Jul 28, Balington Booth,
founder of Volunteers of America, was born.
1863 Jul 28, Confederate John
Mosby began a series of attacks against General Meade's Army of the
Potomac as it tried to pursue General Robert E. Lee in Virginia's
Shenandoah Valley. Confederate Colonel John S. Mosby was known as
"The Gray Ghost." The rather ordinary looking Mosby led his Partisan
Rangers in guerilla warfare operations that continually confounded
Union commanders in the Piedmont region of Virginia. Learn more
about Mosby‘s Confederacy in Faquier and Loudoun counties.
(HN, 7/28/98)(HNQ, 7/15/00)
1864 Jul 28, Atlanta
Campaign-Battle of Ezra Church.
1866 Jul 28, Beatrix Potter
(d.1943), English author of children's stories (The Tale of Peter
Rabbit), was born.
1866 Jul 28, Metric system
became a legal measurement system in US. It defined the meter as
exactly 39.37 inches and was later superseded.
(SC, 7/28/02)(SFC, 10/13/03, p.E2)
1868 Jul 28, The 14th Amendment
to the Constitution, guaranteeing due process of law, was certified
in effect by Secretary of State William H. Seward. It gave freed
slaves full citizenship and equal protection under the laws, however
it did not spell out the extent of integration with white America.
Framers expected the amendment’s Privileges or Immunities clause
would protect US citizens’ rights against state infringement.
7/28/08)(WSJ, 3/14/09, p.W3)
1868 Jul 28, Pres. Johnson
signed the Burlingame Treaty. It was negotiated by Anson Burlingame,
who represented the interests of China, and committed the US to a
policy of noninterference in Chinese affairs. It also established
commercial ties and provided unrestricted immigration of Chinese to
(Ind, 8/11/01, 5A)
1874 Jul 28, Ernst Cassirer,
German philosopher, educator (Essay on Man), was born.
1883 Jul 28, Shocks, triggered
by the volcano Epomeo (Isle of Ischia, Italy), destroyed 1,200
houses at Casamicciola killing 2,000.
1885 Jul 28, Moses Montefiore
(b.1784), Italy-born British financier, banker, philanthropist and
Sheriff of London (1837-1838) died. Abigail Green authored Moses
Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero.”
1887 Jul 28, Marcel Duchamp
(d.1968), French artist, was born. He is known best for "Nude
Descending a Staircase," (1912) featured in the 1913 Armory Show in
New York. Arturo Schwarz published his complete works in 1969 with a
new edition in 1997. In 1996 Calvin Tompkins wrote "Duchamp: A
(V.D.-H.K.p.361)(WSJ, 12/18/96, p.A18)(HN,
1892 Jul 28, Joe E. Brown,
comedian (Buck Circus Hour), was born in Holgate, Ohio.
1896 Jul 28, The city of Miami,
Fla., was incorporated.
1898 Jul 28, Start of Sherlock
Holmes "Adventure of the Retired Colourman."
1898 Jul 28, Spain, through the
offices of the French embassy in Washington, D.C., requested peace
terms in its war with the United States.
1900 Jul 28, The hamburger was
created by Louis Lassing in Connecticut.
1901 Jul 28, Alfred Renton
Bryant Bridges (d.1990), aka Harry Bridges, American labor leader
who headed the West Coast Longshoremen’s Union, was born in
(SFC, 7/27/01, p.A21)(HN, 7/28/98)
1901 Jul 28, Rudy Vallee,
singer (Vagabond Dreams, My Time Is Your Time), was born in Vermont.
1902 Jul 28, Kenneth Fearing,
poet and novelist (The Big Clock), was born.
1907 Jul 28, Earl Silas Tupper,
founder of Tupperware, was born.
1907 Jul 28, Vivian Vance,
actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), was born in Cherryvale, Ks.
1909 Jul 28, Malcolm Lowry,
novelist (Under the Volcano), was born.
1910 Jul 28, Bill Goodwin,
announcer (Burns & Allen, Boing Boing Show), was born in SF,
1911 Jul 28, Ann Doran, actress
(Longstreet, Shirley), was born in Amarillo, Tx.
1914 Jul 28, Foxtrot was 1st
danced at New Amsterdam Roof Garden in NYC by Harry Fox.
1914 Jul 28, Austria-Hungary
declared war on Serbia, beginning World War I. The New York Stock
Exchange closed for 4 1/2 months.
(CFA, '96, p.50)(HN, 7/28/98)
1914 Jul 28, World War I. Van
Doren described the world of this time in four economic zones:
1) Where the industrial force exceeds the number
of people engaged in agriculture. This included Great Britain, the
US, Germany, Belgium and Japan.
2) The agricultural population continues to be
about twice as large as the industrial force. This included Sweden,
Italy and Austria.
3) Those countries that had begun to
industrialize but were still primarily preindustrial. This included
4) Countries that still depended almost
exclusively on handicrafts, artisanal work, and unskilled labor.
This included most of the Third World.
1915 Jul 28, The United States
occupation of Haiti began as 330 US Marines landed at Port-au-Prince
on the authority of President Woodrow Wilson to safeguard the
interests of US corporations. Roger Gaillard (d.2000 at 77),
historian, later wrote a multi-volume chronicle of the US Marine
occupation of Haiti from 1915-1934.
1915 Jul 28, 10,000 blacks
marched on 5th Ave in NYC to protest lynchings.
1916 Jul 28, David Brown,
director (Jaws, Planet of the Apes), was born in NYC.
1916 Jul 28, Laird Cregar,
actor (Charley's Aunt, Hangover Square), was born in Phila.
1920 Jul 28, Revolutionary and
bandit Pancho Villa surrendered to the Mexican government.
1922 Jul 28, Jacques Piccard,
undersea explorer (bathyscaph Trieste), was born in Switzerland.
1922 Jul 28, A statement
drafted by the Diplomatic Service of the USA specified in the
concealed form temporariness of self-dependence of the state system
of Lithuania and, at the same time, Latvia and Estonia, as
long as the Bolshevist Russia exists, as well as conditionality of
the states by acknowledging their governments only, and not the
1927 Jul 28, John Ashbery,
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet (Self-Portrait in a Convict's Mirror),
1927 Jul 28, Baruch Blumberg,
physician, medical researcher, was born.
1928 Jul 28, The Olympics
opened at Amsterdam. Track and field events opened for women for the
1st time despite objections from Pope Pius IX. Germany was allowed
to participate for the 1st time since WWI.
(SC, 7/28/02)(NG, 8/04, Geographica)(WSJ,
1928 Jul 28, Mexico's
Pres.-elect Alvaro Obregon was murdered. His assassin Juan
Excapulario was captured.
(SFC, 7/18/03, p.E5)
1929 Jul 28, Jacqueline Bouvier
Kennedy Onassis, wife of President John F. Kennedy and first lady
from 1961 to 1963, was born in Southampton, N.Y.
(AP, 7/28/98)(HN, 7/28/98)
1930 Jul 28, Darryl Hickman,
actor (Human Comedy, Tea & Sympathy), was born in Hollywood,
1930 Jul 28, 114° F (46° C) at
Greensburg, Kentucky, was a state record.
1931 Jul 28, Congress made "The
Star-Spangled Banner" our 2nd national anthem.
1931 Jul 28, Clyde Panghorn and
Hugh Herndon took off from Roosevelt Field, NY, in an attempt to set
a round-the world speed record. They got delayed in Siberia and
changed their plan to pursue a record non-stop flight from Japan to
the US. Herndon's mother, an heiress of Standard Oil Company money,
financed most of the trip.
(ON, 1/03, p.10)
1931 Jul 28, Hubert Wilkins,
Australian explorer, set out from England for Norway aboard the
submarine Nautilus. The ship was the former US WW I vessel O-12.
Wilkins planned to reach the North Pole but failed. [see Aug 28]
(ON, 1/02, p.8)
1932 Jul 28, Under orders from
Pres. Hoover shacks built in the shadow of the nation’s Capitol by
World War I veteran demonstrators were burned. In 1924 Congress had
enacted a law that provided compensation to veterans—those entitled
to more than $50 would receive certificates maturing in 1945.
However, because of the Depression, Congress proposed in 1932 that
the certificates be redeemable immediately, as a bonus. Veterans
groups began to gather in Washington, D.C., to march for their
cause. When the bill was defeated, the veterans (nicknamed the Bonus
Expeditionary Force (BEF), "Bonus Army") refused to leave. Hoover
resorted to using U.S. troops to force them to evacuate. One veteran
was killed and 50 veterans and police were injured in the melee. In
May 1933, newly elected President Franklin Roosevelt also opposed
the bill, but he issued an executive order allowing 25,000 veterans
to enroll in the Citizens’ Conservation Corps in lieu of getting
bonuses. In 1971 Roger Daniels authored “The Bonus March.” In 1994
Donald J. Lisio authored “The President and Protest.”
(AP, 7/28/97)(HNPD, 7/28/98)(WSJ, 11/7/05, p.B1)
1933 Jul 28, The NFL divided
into two, 5 team divisions.
1933 Jul 28, The first singing
telegram was delivered to vocalist Rudy Vallee for his birthday. It
was the idea of George P. Oslin (1899-1996), a Western Union
executive. He wrote "The Story of Telecommunications" in 1992.
(HFA, ‘96, p.34)
1934 Jul 28, Jacques D'Amboise,
dancer, educator (NYC Ballet Company), was born.
1934 Jul 28, 118° F (48° C) at
Orofino, Idaho was a state record.
1935 Jul 28, G. Neujmin
discovered asteroid #1386 Storeria.
1937 Jul 28, Peter Duchin,
pianist, bandleader (Peter Duchin Orch), was born in NYC.
1937 Jul 28, Joseph Lee, father
of Playgrounds movement, died.
1938 Jul 28, Robert Hughes
[Studley Forrest], writer, critic, was born in Australia.
1938 Jul 28, K. Reinmuth
discovered asteroid #1485 Isa.
1940 Jul 28, Phil Proctor,
comedian (Firesign Theater), was born.
1941 Jul 28, Riccardo Muti,
conductor (Philadelphia Orch), was born in Napoli, Italy.
1941 Jul 28, A Japanese army
landed in Cochin, China (modern day Vietnam).
1942 Jul 28, Nazis liquidated
10,000 Jews in Minsk, Russia.
1943 Jul 28, Mike Bloomfield,
blues musician (Analine), was born.
1943 Jul 28, Bill Bradley, U.S.
senator, professional basketball player, was born in Crystal City,
1943 Jul 28, President
Roosevelt announced the end of coffee rationing.
1945 Jul 28, Jim Davis,
cartoonist (Garfield), was born.
1945 Jul 28, Richard Wright,
rocker (Pink Floyd-The Wall), was born.
1945 Jul 28, The US Senate
ratified UN charter 89-2.
1945 Jul 28, A twin-engine U.S.
Army B-25 bomber crashed into the Empire State Building between the
78th and 79th floors and killed 14 people. The plane’s propellers
severed elevator cables and sent one on a 38-story fall in which the
(SFC, 2/24/96, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/11/97, p.A1)(HT,
5/97, p.26)(AP, 7/28/97)
1946 Jul 28, Linda Kelsey,
actress (Kate-Day by Day), was born in Minneapolis, Minn.
1947 Jul 28, Sally Struther,
actress (Gloria-All in the Family), was born in Portland, Oregon.
1948 Jul 28, Georgia Engel,
actress (Georgette-Mary Tyler Moore Show), was born in Wash DC.
1948 Jul 28, In Ludwigshafen,
Germany, the I.G. Farben chemical plant exploded due to a vapor
explosion from dimethyl ether and 182/209 died.
(HSAB, 1994, p.46)(SC, 7/28/02)
1949 Jul 28, Marilyn Quayle,
wife of vice president Dan Quayle, was born.
1951 Jul 28, The UN members
adopted the Convention on Refugees. It was not signed by Indonesia.
This was the founding charter for the UN High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR). It spelled out the entitlements of those who flee
their country for fear of being killed or persecuted. A 1967
Protocol removed limitations to persons fleeing events occurring
before 1 January 1951 and within Europe and thus gave the Convention
4/22/06, p.43)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.67)
1954 Jul 28, Hugo Chavez, later
president of Venezuela, was born in Sabaneta, Venezuela.
1957 Jul 28, The Situationist
International (SI) was formed at a meeting in the Italian village of
Cosio d'Arroscia with the fusion of several extremely small
avant-garde artistic tendencies: the Lettrist International, the
International Movement for an Imaginist Bauhaus (an off-shoot of
COBRA), and the London Psychogeographical Association. The groups
came together intending to reawaken the radical political potential
of surrealism. The group also later drew ideas from the left
communist group Socialisme ou Barbarie.
1957 Jul 28, The 6th World
Youth Festival opened in Moscow with the motto “For Peace and
Friendship.” Some 34,000 participated from 131 countries. The 1st
such conference was held in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1947. This
festival also marked the international debut of the song "Moscow
Nights", which subsequently went on to become perhaps the most
widely recognized Russian song in the world.
1959 Jul 28, In preparation for
statehood, Hawaiians voted to send the first Chinese-American, Hiram
L. Fong, to the Senate and the first Japanese-American, Daniel K.
Inouye, to the House of Representatives. Hiram Fong served 3 terms.
(AP, 7/28/97)(SFEC, 2/6/00, Rp.10)
1960 Jul 28, Republican
National convention selected Richard Nixon.
1961 Jul 28, Scott E.
Parazynski, MD, astronaut, was born in Little Rock, Ark.
1962 Jul 28, 19 died in a train
crash in Steelton, Pa.
1962 Jul 28, Mariner I,
launched to Mars, fell into the Atlantic Ocean.
1964 Jul 28, Ranger 7 was
launched toward the Moon. It sent back 4308 TV pictures.
1965 Jul 28, President Johnson
announced he was increasing the number of American troops in South
Vietnam to 175,000 "almost immediately."
(HN, 7/28/98)(AP, 7/28/08)
1966 Jul 28, Operation
Latchkey, a series of 38 nuclear test explosions conducted in 1966
and 1967, began with the Saxon blast at the Nevada Test Site. All
but one of the tests took place in Nevada.
1967 Jul 28, Pirate Radio
Station 390 (Radio Invicta) in England, closed down.
1973 Jul 28, Bill Graham
produced a rock festival in Watkins Glen, NY, that featured the
Allman Brothers, the Band, and the Grateful Dead. The concert drew
some 650,000 people, the single largest paying crowd in concert
1973 Jul 28, Astronauts Alan
Bean, Owen Garriott & Jack Lousma) launched to continue
maintenance at Skylab 3.
1973 Jul 28, In Czechoslovakia
a retired major of the communist secret police heard 4 people
singing an anti-communist song and called the police. They were
convicted of hooliganism and sentenced to up to one year behind
bars. In 2011 The Czech Supreme Court canceled the sentence. Ivan
Martin Jirous, a poet and artistic leader of the Plastic People of
the Universe, a nonconformist rock band banned by the communist
regime, was among the four.
1974 Jul 28, Truman Bradley
(b.1905), host (Science Fiction Theater), died.
1975 Jul 28, The US Dept of
Interior designated the grizzly bear a threatened species in the
lower 48 states under the US Endangered Species Act. Most of the
bears in the lower US lived in and around Yellowstone National Park
in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
1976 Jul 28, Eldon Joersz set a
world air speed record of 3,530 kph near Beale AFB in California.
1976 Jul 28, In China a 7.8-8.2
earthquake in the northern city of Tangshan killed at least 242,000
people, according to an official estimate.
(AP, 7/28/97)(SFC, 1/8/00,
1977 Jul 28, Roy Wilkins turned
over leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP) to Benjamin L. Hooks (d.2010 at 85). Hoods
continued as executive director to 1992. He was awarded the
Presidential Medal of Honor in 2007.
(AP, 7/28/00)(SFC, 4/16/10, p.C8)
1977 Jun 28, The 1st Prudhoe
Bay oil of the Alaska pipeline reached the port of Valdez as
construction of the Trans-Alaskan pipeline was completed.
1978 Jul 28, Price of gold
topped the $200 per oz level for 1st time. Spot gold closed at
1978 Jul 28, Perth Observatory
discovered asteroid #3188 and #3422.
1979 Jul 28, Rachel Moncrief
(50) was stabbed to death at Camino Camper in Santa Clara, Ca. In
2011 DNA evidence on a marijuana cigarette linked David Dixon (61)
of Richmond, Ca., to the murder.
(SFC, 8/19/11, p.C1)
1980 Jul 28, Fernando Belaunde
Terry (1912-2002) became president of Peru for a 2nd term and held
office to 1985. His first term ran from 1963-1968.
1984 Jul 28, The summer
Olympics were held in Los Angeles for the second time. The Russians
along with Cuba and Eastern Bloc countries boycotted the 23rd modern
Olympic games. Iran and Libya also boycotted the games. Taiwan
returned under the name Chinese Taipei. China appeared for the first
time since 1952. The US won 83 gold medals, Romania was 2nd with 20.
Women were allowed to compete in the Olympic marathon for the 1st
time. Joan Benolt of the US won. The 1st Olympic Guide was published
this year by David Wallechinsky. The 5th edition came out in 2000.
(WSJ, 7/19/96, p.R6)(SFC, 7/14/96, Par p.4)(WSJ,
7/28/00, p.W9)(SSFC, 4/13/03, p.F1)(NG, 8/04, Geographica)(WSJ,
1984 Jul 28, Bess Flowers
(b.1898), American film actress, died.
1985 Jul 28, Grant Williams
(b.1930), film and TV actor, died of toxic poisoning.
1985 Jul 28, In Peru Alan
Garcia, leader of the American People’s Revolutionary Alliance
(APRA), assumed the presidency and led until 1990. Under his rule
much of the nation's external debt was not serviced and the period
was marked by 4-digit inflation, food shortages, int’l. isolation
and terrorist attacks.
(WSJ, 10/31/95, p.C-17)(WSJ, 12/27/96, p.A7)(SFC,
1986 Jul 28, NASA released the
transcript from the doomed Challenger. Pilot Michael Smith could be
heard saying, "Uh-oh!" as spacecraft disintegrated.
1987 Jul 28, Attorney General
Edwin Meese told the congressional Iran-Contra committees that
President Reagan was "quite surprised" the previous November when
Meese told him about the diversion of Iran arms-sales profits for
use by the Contra rebels.
1987 Jul 28, James Burnham
(b.1905), American author and philosopher, died at his home in
Connecticut. His books included The Managerial Revolution" (1941)
and “The Coming Defeat of Communism” (1949). In 2002 Daniel Kelly
authored "James Burnham and the Struggle for the World: A Life."
(WSJ, 7/16/02, p.D6)(http://tinyurl.com/mca87)
1988 Jul 28, Both houses of
Congress overwhelmingly approved some $6 billion in aid for
drought-stricken farmers. The US drought shrank the corn harvest by
(AP, 7/28/98)(WSJ, 8/4/05, p.A1)
1988 Jul 28, The Pentagon said
that its precautions were enough to protect against accidents even
though a safety review said that research into chemical and
biological weapons could be dangerous to surrounding communities.
1988 Jul 28, Jordan cancelled a
$1.3 billion development plan in West Bank.
1989 Jul 28, Israeli commandos
abducted a pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim Hezbollah cleric, Sheik
Abdul-Karim Obeid, from his home in south Lebanon.
(SFEC, 11/17/96, p.A14)(AP, 7/28/99)
1990 Jul 28, A blackout hit
1990 Jul 28, Political newcomer
and upset winner Alberto Fujimori was sworn in as president of Peru.
1991 Jul 28, Dennis Martinez
pitched the 15th perfect game in major-league baseball history as
the Montreal Expos beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-to-0.
1991 Jul 28, Miguel Indurain of
Spain won the Tour de France bicycle race.
1991 Jul 28, President Bush
warned Iraq it would be making "an enormous mistake" if it failed to
disclose its nuclear weapons program to United Nations inspectors.
1992 Jul 28, Democrats
counterattacked a day after aides to President Bush had accused
Democrat Bill Clinton of lacking foreign policy expertise.
1992 Jul 28, Iraq opened its
Agricultural Ministry to U.N. weapons experts after a three-week
1992 Jul 28, At the Barcelona
Olympics, the U.S. women's 400-meter freestyle relay team won the
1993 Jul 28, President Clinton
declared himself ready to provide air power to protect peacekeepers
in Bosnia if he received a request from the United Nations.
1994 Jul 28, US Congressional
negotiators agreed on a crime-fighting package that included hiring
100,000 new police officers, banning assault-style weapons, vastly
expanding the death penalty and putting third-time felons behind
bars for life.
1994 Jul 28, In India 10 people
died in a seven-hour gun battle when Indian police raided a camp run
by Naga militants.
1995 Jul 28, A jury in Union,
South Carolina, rejected the death penalty for Susan Smith,
sentencing her instead to life in prison for drowning her two young
sons. Smith was eligible for parole after 30 years.
1995 Jul 28, In Sri Lanka the
Tamil Tigers lost some 400 guerrillas in a raid on Weli Oya army
camp where only 2 soldiers died.
(SFC, 7/24/96, p.A9)
1996 Jul 26, President Clinton,
addressing a veterans convention in New Orleans, called on Congress
to pass expanded anti-terrorism measures.
1996 Jul 28, Federal
investigators reported "very good leads" in the hunt for the Olympic
bomber, a day after the explosion in Centennial Olympic Park in
1996 Jul 28, In Kashmir, India,
a guard shot at 2 people who refused to move a motor scooter and a
bomb exploded that killed 6 and wounded 17 near the headquarters of
a Muslim group.
(WSJ, 7/29/96, p.A1)
1996 Jul 28, In the Philippines
typhoon Gloria struck and killed at least 39 people on Luzon and
left 16 missing.
(WSJ, 7/29/96, p.A1)
1996 Jul 28, Turkey reached an
agreement with prisoners to end a hunger strike after 12 inmates
died. Elsewhere soldiers clashed with Kurds and 16 died along with
28 Kurdish rebels.
(WSJ, 7/29/96, p.A1)(SFC, 11/23/00, p.D4)
1997 Jul 28, The Clinton
administration and congressional leaders reached a tentative
agreement on balancing the budget by 2002 while slashing taxes for
millions of families, students and investors.
1997 Jul 28, A flash flood hit
Fort Collins, Colo., following torrential rains. At least 5 people
were killed and 40 or more injured.
(SFC, 7/30/97, p.A6)(AP, 7/28/98)
1997 Jul 28, In Santiago,
Chile, nearly a million children stayed home when the government
closed schools for 2 days due to high smog levels.
(SFC, 7/29/97, p.A10)
1998 Jul 28, During a day of
official mourning, President Clinton praised two slain police
officers at the U.S. Capitol as heroes whose sacrifice "consecrated
this house of freedom."
1998 Jul 28, Monica Lewinsky
struck a deal with independent council Kenneth Starr granting her
blanket protection from prosecution in exchange for her "full and
truthful testimony" to a grand jury on her relationship with Pres.
(SFC, 7/29/98, p.A1)(AP, 7/28/99)
1998 Jul 28, General Motors and
the UAW agreed tentatively to settle an almost two-month strike at
two parts plants in Flint.
(SFC, 7/29/98, p.A1)(AP, 7/28/99)
1998 Jul 28, Bell Atlantic and
GTE announced a $52 billion deal to create the second-biggest phone
1998 Jul 28, In Indiana
explosions at the coal-fired generating plant of Southern Energy Co.
in Hammond injured 16 people.
(SFC, 7/29/98, p.A3)
1998 Jul 28, In Chicago the
body of Ryan Harris (11) was found. [see Jul 27]
(SFC, 9/23/98, p.A6)
1998 Jul 28, In Cambodia Hun
Sen claimed victory and preliminary results showed him with 67
seats, Ranariddh with 42 and Rainsy with 13.
(WSJ, 7/29/98, p.A1)
1998 Jul 28, In Poland Zbigniev
Herbert (b.1924), poet and essayist, died at age 73 in Warsaw. He
insisted that civilization depended on artists’ staking out clear
moral positions resistant to the winds of history and ideology. In
1999 John and Bogdana Carpenter translated "Elegy for the Departure
and Other Poems," and "The King of the Ants: Mythological Essays."
(SFC, 7/30/98, p.B2)(SFEC, 3/28/99, BR p.8)
1998 Jul 28, The Ukraine faced
a financial crises as $1 billion in bond payments came due and
parliament rejected austerity measures.
(WSJ, 7/28/98, p.A1)
1999 Jul 28, The US Senate
opened debate on the Republicans’ $792 billion tax cut bill.
1999 Jul 28, Surgeon General
David Satcher declared suicide a serious national threat, saying,
"People should not be afraid or ashamed to seek help."
1999 Jul 28, Defense Sec.
William Cohen announced that NATO commander Army Gen'l. Wesley Clark
would be replaced by Air Force Gen'l. Joseph Ralston.
(SFC, 7/29/99, p.A3)
1999 Jul 28, In Florida Lionel
Tate (12) flung Tiffany Eunick (6) around a living room in a session
of play wrestling. Eunick died from severe injuries. Tate was
convicted of 1st degree murder in 2001 and sentenced to life in
prison. In 2003 an appeals court ordered a new trial and Tate agreed
to a 2nd degree murder charge. Tate was released in 2004.
(SFC, 1/26/01, p.A3)(SFC, 3/10/01, p.A1)(AP,
6/19/01)(SFC, 12/11/03, p.A3)(AP, 1/5/04)(SFC, 1/27/04, p.A2)
1999 Jul 28, In Afghanistan
Taliban fighters launched an offensive to crush warlord Ahmed Shah
Massood following weeks of preparations.
(SFC, 7/29/99, p.A12)
1999 Jul 28, In Brazil the army
was ordered by Pres. Cardoso to clear the nation's highways from
blockades set up by striking truckers protesting poor roads, high
tolls and high gasoline prices.
(WSJ, 7/29/99, p.A1)
1999 Jul 28, The IMF approved a
$4.5 billion financial package to help keep Russia afloat through
Dec. parliamentary elections and presidential voting in June, 2000.
(SFC, 7/29/99, p.A10)
2000 Jul 28, Pres. Clinton
warned Yasser Arafat that relations with the US would be harmed if
statehood was declared without a peace deal with Israel.
(SFC, 7/29/00, p.A10)
2000 Jul 28, Bank of America,
which merged with NationsBank in 1998, announced the layoff of
10,000 people over the next year to cut costs.
(SFC, 7/29/00, p.A1)
2000 Jul 28, The US FDA
approved Cipro for inhalational anthrax.
2000 Jul 28, In Afghanistan
rulers ordered a complete ban on growing poppies. Defiers of the ban
were threatened with jail.
(SFC, 7/29/00, p.A11)(SFC, 11/18/00, p.A13)
2000 Jul 28, In Northern
Ireland 78 prisoners were released from the Maze Prison as part of
the Good Friday Peace Accord.
(SFC, 7/29/00, p.A12)
2000 Jul 28, In Peru violent
protests took place as Pres. Fujimori was sworn in for his 3rd term
and 5 people were killed in fires set by vandals.
(SFC, 7/29/00, p.A10)
2001 Jul 28, US Sec. of State
Colin Powell met with China’s Pres. Zemin and reached agreement to
restart a formal dialogue with the US on human rights and weapons
(SSFC, 7/29/01, p.A12)
2001 Jul 28, Joan Finney, whose
populist beliefs and gift for connecting with voters helped her
become the first woman governor of Kansas, died at 76.
2001 Jul 28, Samir Ait Mohamed
(32) was detained in Vancouver on immigration charges. On Nov 15 he
was arrested on US charges for plotting to bomb the Los Angeles
airport during millennium festivities. He was held in Canadian
prisons until he was deported to Algeria on January 11, 2006.
2001 Jul 28, An Israeli
helicopter attack in the Gaza Strip destroyed a workshop making
munitions and was followed by armed clashes.
(SSFC, 7/29/01, p.A18)
2001 Jul 28, In Peru Pres.
Toledo was inaugurated as the nation’s 1st president of Indian
descent. He promised a government at the service of its people.
(SSFC, 7/29/01, p.A14)
2001 Jul 28, Jamal Beghal (36),
a French-Algerian, was arrested in Dubai, UAR, with a false French
passport while traveling to Europe from Afghanistan. He was
extradited to France in Sep 30. He told police of a plans to bomb
the US Embassy in Paris on orders from Abu Zubaydah, a top bin Laden
(WSJ, 10/3/01, p.A18)(SFC, 10/23/01, p.A5)
2002 Jul 28, Cycling champion
Lance Armstrong won his fourth straight Tour de France.
2002 Jul 28, In Somerset,
Pennsylvania 9 coal miners, trapped July 24 by a flood 240 feet
underground, were rescued after 77 hours underground in the Quecreek
(SSFC, 7/28/02, p.A1)(AP, 7/28/03)
2002 Jul 28, Police in Dallas
found 2 bodies in a tractor trailer from which some 40 suspected
illegal immigrants had escaped earlier.
(SSFC, 7/28/02, p.A9)
2002 Jul 28, In Algeria Rachid
Abou Tourab, the head of a violent Islamic group believed to have
killed scores of civilians during a decade-long rebellion, was
killed with 15 associates in a confrontation with government troops.
2002 Jul 28, In Canada Pope
John Paul ended the celebrations of World Youth Day for 800,000
people in Toronto's massive Downsview Park. Speaking publicly on the
church abuse scandal for the first time, Pope John Paul II told
young Catholics that sexual abuse of children by priests "fills us
all with a deep sense of sadness and shame."
(Reuters, 7/29/02)(AP, 7/28/03)
2002 Jul 28, Aircraft from
U.S.-British air patrols over southern Iraq bombed an Iraqi
communications site, the sixth strike this month in retaliation for
what the Pentagon says were hostile actions by Iraq.
2002 Jul 28, Jewish settlers
went on a rampage as they returned home from the funeral of an
Israeli soldier, shooting dead a 14-year-old girl and wounding
several other Palestinians.
(AP, 7/28/02)(SFC, 7/31/02, p.A12)
2002 Jul 28, Myanmar's military
government released 32 political prisoners, among them 14 members of
the opposition, ahead of the visit next month of top U.N. envoy
2002 Jul 28, Torrential
overnight rains set off more floods in eastern India as the death
toll from floods in India, Nepal and Bangladesh passed 300.
2002 Jul 28, A Russian Il-86
cargo plane crashed into a forest shortly after taking off from
Moscow's Sheremetyevo-1 airport, killing 14 people. There were two
survivors, officials said.
2002 Jul 28, Serbs and ethnic
Albanians voted for new, power-sharing local governments in a tense
region near Kosovo.
2003 Jul 28, J.P. Morgan Chase
& Co. agreed to pay $305 million to settle actions related to
loans and trades made with Enron Corp. and Dynegy Inc.
(WSJ, 7/28/03, p.A1)
2003 Jul 28, Aaron Bell, jazz
bassist with Duke Ellington, died in NYC.
(EntW, 12/03, p.94)
2003 Jul 28, Bangladesh became
the second nation to ban the current issue of Newsweek's
international edition over an article on new interpretations of
Islam's holy book.
2003 Jul 28, In Cambodia PM Hun
Sen's party claimed victory in general elections, saying it expects
to win around 73 of the 123 seats in the National Assembly. Hun
Sen's party swept to victory, but apparently fell short of the
two-thirds majority needed to govern outright.
(AP, 7/28/03)(AP, 7/29/03)
2003 Jul 28, In northern China
a blast ripped through a fireworks factory in Wangkou, killing 29
people and injuring at least 141.
2003 Jul 28, In Liberia rebels
captured the second-largest city of Buchanan, depriving embattled
President Charles Taylor of his last significant port outside the
2003 Jul 28, A mass grave was
discovered in the mountainous Russian republic of
Kabardino-Balkaria, a poor mountainous region close to Chechnya,
with the remains of men, women and children who died 10 to 20 years
2003 Jul 28, In Saudi Arabia 6
suspected militants were killed in a firefight with Saudi police,
who raided a farm where they were hiding out. Two police also were
2004 Jul 28, Democrats in
Boston made John Kerry their nominee for president as John Edwards,
the vice-presidential nominee, promised the country “hope is on the
(SFC, 7/29/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 28, In California
police in Irvine said they were looking for a man who may have
witnessed the contamination of baby food jars with ground-up castor
beans containing tiny amounts of the poison ricin. Notes were found
in jars on May 31 and June 16.
(SFC, 7/29/04, p.A3)
2004 Jul 28, Francis Crick
(88), British Nobel laureate who with American James Watson
discovered the double-helix structure of DNA, died of colon cancer
in San Diego, Ca.
(AP, 7/29/04)(Econ, 8/7/04, p.71)
2004 Jul 28, A bomb exploded in
a mosque where Afghans were registering for upcoming elections,
killing six people including two U.N. staffers.
2004 Jul 28, In Colombia
Marxist guerrillas freed a Roman Catholic bishop. 3 top commanders
of right-wing death squads spoke before Congress under safe-conduct
passes and professed commitments to peace talks.
(AP, 7/28/04)(SFC, 7/29/04, p.A13)
2004 Jul 28, Francisco Reyes,
former Guatemalan vice president (2000-2004), was arrested on
charges of illegally taking over a government property worth $2.4
2004 Jul 28, Muslims and Hindus
burned buildings and clashed with police in a third day of sectarian
riots in the western Indian town of Verawal, throwing acid at
officers who shot at the crowd. The unrest has left two dead and
more than a dozen wounded.
2004 Jul 28, Iran's judiciary
claimed that an Iranian-Canadian photojournalist died (Jul 10, 2003)
in custody from a fall after her blood pressure dropped during a
2004 Jul 28, A suicide car bomb
exploded on a downtown boulevard in Baqouba, shredding a bus full of
passengers and nearby shops and killing 70 people, almost all Iraqi
2004 Jul 28, A fierce battle
between insurgents and Iraqi soldiers fighting alongside
multinational forces in the south-central city of Suwariyah left 7
Iraqi soldiers and 35 insurgents dead.
2004 Jul 28, The Italian
parliament approved structural economic reforms that included
raising the retirement age from 57 to 60 effective in 2008.
(Econ, 7/31/04, p.44)
2004 Jul 28, The second wave in
the biggest mass defection of North Koreans to South Korea arrived
on a flight from an unidentified Southeast Asian country, bringing
the total in the two-day airlift to nearly 460.
2004 Jul 28, Peru’s President
Alejandro Toledo, facing allegations of corruption, invited
government auditors to review all of his bank accounts.
2004 Jul 28, Deaths from
monsoon rains across South Asia reached 1,238.
2004 Jul 28, The Ugandan army
reportedly killed 120 rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) fighters
during clashes in southern Sudan and narrowly missed capturing
Joseph Kony, the insurgents' leader.
2005 Jul 28, Assistant
Secretary of State David Welch told the US House International
Relations Committee said Iranian cadres are training Hezbollah
fighters in Lebanon.
2005 Jul 28, The Senate
Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee sent a bill by Sen.
Chuck Hagel to the then GOP-run Senate. The legislation would have
regulated and trimmed Freddie Mac and its sister company, Fannie
Mae. Shortly after this Freddie Mac began making payments to DCI, a
Republican consulting firm. DCI undermined support for the bill in a
campaign targeting 17 Republican senators in 13 states. The measure
died at the end of the 109th Congress.
2005 Jul 28, A new clinical
study reported that the herbal remedy echinacea does not ward off
cold symptoms and does not help speed recovery from colds.
(SFC, 7/28/05, p.A1)
2005 Jul 28, Scientists
reported that the variety of tuna, marlin, swordfish and other big
ocean predators has declined up to 50 percent over the past
half-century due to overfishing. The variety of species has dropped
by as much as 50% in the past 50 years.
(AP, 7/28/05)(SFC, 7/29/05, p.A4)
2005 Jul 28, NASA said space
shuttle Discovery had escaped any serious damage from the
potentially deadly piece of foam that broke off from the fuel tank
during liftoff and looked safe to fly home in a week.
2005 Jul 28, Arthur Zankel,
financier and philanthropist, fell to his death from his ninth-floor
apartment on NYC’s Upper East Side. Police called it an apparent
suicide. In 2006 details of his will indicated donations of $120
million that included some $40 million for Skidmore College in
Saratoga Springs, NY, and $22 million to Manhattan’s Carnegie Hall.
(www.nysun.com/article/17769)(WSJ, 6/2/06, p.W2)
2005 Jul 28, Scientists from
China, France, Japan and the USA reported their 1st detection of
antineutrinos from deep within the Earth’s mantle. They used the
KamLAND detector in Japan.
(SFC, 7/28/05, p.A2)
2005 Jul 28, Stephen McCullagh
(29), an assistant scoutmaster from St. Helena, and Boy Scout Ryan
Collins (13) were killed by lightning in Sequoia National Park in
the Sierra Nevada.
(SFC, 8/6/05, p.B2)
2005 Jul 28, The main body of
Canadian soldiers being deployed to Afghanistan has begun arriving
in the treacherous Kandahar region. They're part of what will be a
250-strong provincial reconstruction team, the first such team
Canada has sent to Afghanistan.
2005 Jul 28, A team of
anti-drug investigators, lawyers and judges will start prosecuting
major narcotics cases in Afghanistan, the world's largest opium and
heroin producer, as part of a new UN program.
2005 Jul 28, Anti-terrorist
officers arrested nine men in dawn raids in connection with the
botched July 21 attacks on London's transit system, bringing to 20
the number of people police have in custody, including one of the
2005 Jul 28, Chechnya’s Shamil
Basayev, linked to a dozen deadly attacks on civilians, admitted he
was a terrorist in an interview being broadcast on ABC News'
"Nightline." The Kremlin denounced the network's decision to run the
interview, which was conducted by well-known Russian journalist
2005 Jul 28, President Hosni
Mubarak announced his bid to run in Egypt's first multicandidate
elections on Sept. 7, promising new legislation to "besiege"
terrorism and replace the country's much-criticized emergency laws.
2005 Jul 28, Egypt's President
Hosni Mubarak called for an extraordinary Arab summit to be held in
Sharm el-Sheikh on August 3, just days after the deadly attacks in
the Red Sea resort.
2005 Jul 28, DaimlerChrysler
said CEO Juergen Schrempp, architect of the controversial merger
between Daimler-Benz and Chrysler Corp., will step down and turn the
top job over to Chrysler head Dieter Zetsche.
2005 Jul 28, In India
opposition leader Lal Krishna Advani was charged in court with
inciting religious riots that triggered the razing of a mosque in
1992 and left thousands dead.
2005 Jul 28, Record-breaking
rains paralyzed Bombay and its surrounding state. B.M. Kulkarni,
head of Maharashtra state's police emergency control room, said that
273 people had died in Mumbai and at least 513 in other parts of the
2005 Jul 28, An explosion on a
passenger train in northern India killed two people and injured at
least 20 others.
2005 Jul 28, Indonesia brushed
off a call in a UN report for an international tribunal to try
Indonesian and militia leaders blamed for a bloody 1999 rampage in
2005 Jul 28, ICANN transferred
the Internet .iq name to Iraq’s telecommunications regulator.
InfoCom Corp., which sold computers and Web services in the Middle
East, got the .iq assignment in 1997, but was indicted in 2002 for
funneling money to a member of Hamas. InfoCom was convicted in April
(SFC, 8/6/05, p.C2)
2005 Jul 28, Insurgents
launched coordinated attacks against Iraqi army checkpoints
northeast of Baghdad, killing 6 Iraqi soldiers, police said.
Roadside bombs killed 2 US soldiers. A bomb ignited a train carrying
fuel in the south of Iraq's capital and 2 people were killed. In
western Iraq 2 US Marines were killed by insurgent gunfire and
rocket-propelled grenades. The Marines reported killing 9
insurgents, 5 believed to be Syrians, during an engagement in the
same small village.
(AP, 7/28/05)(WSJ, 7/29/05, p.A1)(AP, 7/29/05)
2005 Jul 28, Jamie Leigh Jones,
a Halliburton/KBR employee in Baghdad, Iraq, was allegedly drugged,
raped and held against her will at Camp Hope by seven KBR employees.
On May 16, 2007, she filed a lawsuit against the company and the
employees which the Department of Justice failed to act upon. On
December 19, 2007, she testified before Congress. The Department of
Justice had been subpoenaed to also testify; they failed to appear
or send a reason for declining to appear. In 2011 Jones (26) lost
her lawsuit against KBR.
2005 Jul 28, The Irish
Republican Army announced it will renounce violence and resume
disarmament in a dramatic declaration designed to revive Northern
Ireland's peace process.
2005 Jul 28, In the
Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir suspected Islamic militants
raided the village of Dhoob, separated the villagers by religion and
killed 5 Hindus by slitting their throats.
2005 Jul 28, The Concepcion
Volcano on the island of Ometepe in southwestern Lake Nicaragua
erupted at least four times. Concepcion has registered 17 eruptions
since 1883. The last was in 1999.
2005 Jul 28, Pakistan's
President Pervez Musharraf said all the estimated 1,400 foreign
nationals studying in the country's madrassas would have to leave
the Islamic seminaries.
2005 Jul 28, In Panama a 2-day
summit started for 25 members of the Association of Caribbean States
(ACS). Venezuela said it will continue offering crude on favorable
terms, and even in barter trades, to countries in the region.
Thirteen of the 15 members of the narrower Caribbean Community
group, or Caricom, mainly island nations, have already signed onto
Venezuela's oil initiative.
2005 Jul 28, In
Karachaevo-Cherkessia, Russia, 2 police officers were shot to death.
(WSJ, 7/29/05, p.A11)
2005 Jul 28, An official
reported anonymously that Haroon Rashid Aswat (31) has been arrested
in the border town of Livingstone, having crossed into Zambia from
Zimbabwe. Aswat was sought in connection with the July 7 attacks in
London that killed 56 people.
2006 Jul 28, Actor-director Mel
Gibson launched an anti-Semitic tirade as he was arrested on the
Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif., for driving drunk; Gibson
later apologized and was sentenced to probation and alcohol
2006 Jul 28, Clark McLeod, who
had been chairman and chief executive of McLeodUSA, agreed to turn
over $4.4 million in profits he was accused of receiving from the
so-called act of "spinning." The former executive was accused by NY
Attorney General Eliot Spitzer of directing more than $77 million of
McLeodUSA's investment banking business to Salomon Smith Barney. In
exchange, the company "secretly" gave McLeod shares of 34 stocks
before its initial public offering, which resulted in a windfall of
$4.8 million on the first day of public trading of the stock.
2006 Jul 28, The Pfizer Board
of Directors named Jeffrey B. Kindler Pfizer's chief executive
officer. He succeeds Hank McKinnell, who will remain Pfizer's
chairman of the board until his retirement in February, 2007.
McKinnell vacated Pfizer’s CEO spot 19 months before he was
scheduled to step down, under pressure from investors angered about
his retirement package and a drop of as much as 40% in the company's
stock price during his five years in charge. The company later
disclosed in a filing with the SEC that the package totaled more
than $180 million. It includes an estimated $82.3 million in pension
benefits, $77.9 million in deferred compensation, and cash and stock
totaling more than $20.7 million.
2006 Jul 28, Wal-Mart Stores
Inc. said it is ending its loss-generating business in Germany just
two months after leaving South Korea in what analysts welcomed as a
move to focus resources on expanding in more profitable
international markets like China and Latin America. Wal-Mart sold
its 85 German stores to Metro, the local market leader.
(AP, 7/28/06)(Econ, 8/5/06, p.54)
2006 Jul 28, In Seattle, Wash.,
gunman Naveed Afzal Haq (30) killed Pam Waechter (58) of Seattle and
wounded five others at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. Haq
said he was "angry at Israel." On June 4, 2008, a jury found him not
guilty on one count of attempted murder (for victim Carol Goldman);
on the remaining counts, the jury declared itself to be hung. The
judge declared a mistrial.
2006 Jul 28, In New Orleans 4
men, 3 brothers and a friend, were killed in the Treme neighborhood
as they sat on the porch of an abandoned house. The dead included
16-year-old twins, their brother (21) and a friend (39). Another
shooting the next day put the year to date homicide number in New
Orleans at 77.
(SSFC, 7/30/06, p.A15)
2006 Jul 28, Fourteen Taliban
fighters were killed in a "clearance operation" in southern Helmand
province's Garmser district. In the northeastern province of Kapisa,
police killed four Taliban militants including a "famous commander"
while also losing one of their own men. 2 policemen guarding an
archaeological site in northern Balkh province were killed and
another was wounded when unknown assailants attacked them overnight.
2006 Jul 28, A US airman
convicted of raping three teenage British girls was sentenced to 12
years in prison. Prosecutors said Staff Sgt. James Gardner took
advantage of vulnerable girls who lived in a children's home near
the US base at Menwith Hill in northern England.
2006 Jul 28, In eastern China
an explosion at a chemical plant killed at least 22 people and
prompted the evacuation of 7,000 others. 28 people were missing.
2006 Jul 28, In Haiti hundreds
of people fled their homes in a hillside slum of Port-au-Prince to
escape fierce fighting between gangs that has killed at least 30
people in the past 2 months.
2006 Jul 28, A bomb planted
between a Sunni mosque and a youth center exploded during prayers,
killing four people and wounding another nine. gunmen in Tikrit
killed two civilians who were employed by US troops.
2006 Jul 28, Israeli warplanes
and artillery intensified strikes, hitting Hezbollah positions and
crushing houses and roads in towns in southern Lebanon, killing as
many as 12 people. Hezbollah announced it had fired a new rocket,
called the Khaibar-1, striking near the northern Israeli town of
Afula. Beirut said 600 people have been killed in Lebanon, with
confirmed fatalities at 445, since fighting broke out, most of them
Lebanese civilians. 33 Israeli soldiers have died in the fighting
and 19 civilians were killed in Hezbollah's unyielding rocket
attacks on Israel's northern towns.
(AP, 7/28/06)(WSJ, 7/28/06, p.A1)
2006 Jul 28, Hezbollah
politicians, while expressing reservations, joined their critics in
the government in agreeing to a peace package that includes
strengthening an international force in south Lebanon and disarming
2006 Jul 28, The UN decided to
remove 50 unarmed observers (UNTSO and UNIFIL) from posts along the
Israeli-Lebanese border and relocate them with lightly armed UN
2006 Jul 28, Israeli troops
withdrew from northern Gaza after a bloody two-day sweep that killed
2006 Jul 28, The Laos
government and UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said an
outbreak of the H5N1 strain of bird flu has killed more than 2,000
chicken on a poultry farm. The Xaythani district farm found 155 dead
chickens on July 14, and about 2,000 dead birds the following day.
2006 Jul 28, In Nepal Communist
rebels and the government have extended a cease-fire for another
three months to allow talks aimed at ending a decade-long conflict
2006 Jul 28, Dutch retail giant
Ahold has announced that its 1.1 billion-dollar (941,000-euro)
settlement with US and Dutch investors over the company's accounting
scandal that broke in 2003 and sent share prices plummeting, is now
2006 Jul 28, In Quetta,
Pakistan, a bomb believed rigged to a motorcycle exploded outside a
bank and wounded 21 people, one critically.
2006 Jul 28, Alan Garcia
returned to the presidency of Peru, pledging to battle poverty 16
years after ending his first term.
2006 Jul 28, Poland's
conservative President Lech Kaczynski vowed to campaign for a return
of the death penalty in the European Union.
2006 Jul 28, In Russia Pres.
Putin signed a law making slander of a public official a crime.
(WSJ, 7/29/06, p.A1)
2006 Jul 28, Hundreds of people
rioted near the headquarters of Somalia's virtually powerless
government after a Cabinet minister was fatally shot outside a
2006 Jul 28, South Korea sent a
satellite into orbit primarily for making geographical surveys but
also possibly for tracking military movements in North Korea, which
raised regional security concerns by launching missiles on July 5.
2006 Jul 28, The Spanish
government approved a divisive bill allowing reparations for victims
of the Spanish Civil War and the ensuing dictatorship of Gen.
2006 Jul 28, Sudanese
government forces and allied militias attacked bases of a new rebel
alliance in Darfur despite a ceasefire in the violent west.
2006 Jul 28, Taiwanese
prosecutors indicted a man for murder, alleging he helped his
brother stage a train derailment that ultimately led to the death of
his brother's wife, and said they will seek the death penalty. The
wife of Lee Suan-chuan, a train-ticket seller, was injured when the
train she was traveling on derailed and tumbled into a deep valley
on March 27 in southern Taiwan's Pingtung region.
2006 Jul 28, The five permanent
members of the UN Security Council reached a deal on a resolution
that would give Iran until the end of August to suspend uranium
enrichment or face the threat of economic and diplomatic sanctions.
2006 Jul 28, Danilo Astori,
Uruguay’s Finance Minister, said Uruguay will make an early debt
payment of $900 million to the IMF due in 2007. The move will save
about $40 million in interest payments. This would cancel about half
its entire debt to the IMF.
(WSJ, 7/31/06, p.A6)
2007 Jul 28, In California
garbage workers in Alameda County approved a new contract with Waste
Management ending a bitter 26-day lockout.
(SSFC, 7/29/07, p.A1)
2007 Jul 28, It was reported
that over 4,000 Hazaras, a Shia Muslim ethnic minority concentrated
in Afghanistan’s central highlands, had been displaced from Behsood
district, Wardak province, over the last 2 months by bands of Kuchi
nomads. Some 200 ethnic Pushtun and Sunni Muslim nomads, together
with their families and livestock, emptied about 65 Hazara villages
and left about a dozen people dead.
(Econ, 7/28/07, p.43)
2007 Jul 28-2007 Jul 29, Nearly
12,000 people were displaced and one person died in western Ethiopia
in flash floods over the weekend.
2007 Jul 28, In southern India
police shot dead at least eight protestors after a political
demonstration turned violent. Police opened fire after hundreds of
protestors burned furniture in a government office in a small town
in Andhra Pradesh state, where communist parties campaigned for
distribution of government land to the rural and urban poor.
2007 Jul 28, A parked car bomb
exploded in a busy shopping street in predominantly Shiite eastern
Baghdad, killing at least four people and wounding 10. US troops
captured 16 suspected insurgents during raids targeting al-Qaida in
Iraq in raids in the northern cities of Samarra and Tarmiyah.
2007 Jul 28, The Liberian
government said it had lifted a six-year moratorium on the diamond
trade, put in place after former President Charles Taylor was
accused of using "blood diamonds" to fuel civil war in neighboring
2007 Jul 28, Libya said the
Czech Republic, Qatar and Bulgaria contributed to an international
fund to support hundreds of children who contracted HIV at a Libyan
hospital in the 1990s. Libya also denounced a decision by Bulgaria's
president to pardon six medics from life jail terms in an AIDS case
as a "betrayal" and an "illegal procedure."
(Reuters, 7/28/07)(AFP, 7/28/07)
2007 Jul 28, Palestinian
officials said Israel has agreed to allow at least 627 Palestinians
who have been stranded in Egypt for weeks to pass into the Gaza
2007 Jul 28, Serbian police
arrested Nikola Radosavljevic (38), a man suspected of killing 9
people and injuring another two in a shooting spree hours earlier in
an eastern Serbian village.
2007 Jul 28, In Zimbabwe Arthur
Mutambara, leader of the breakaway faction of the Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC), said on that the country could not wait for
outsiders to liberate them from on-going political and economic
2008 Jul 28, Pres. Bush met
with Pakistan’s new PM Yousaf Raza Gilani at the White House and
they agreed to battle terrorists in Pakistan.
(SFC, 7/29/08, p.A10)
2008 Jul 28, A senior Bush
administration official said the budget deficit for this year will
set a record in dollar terms, approaching $490 billion.
2008 Jul 28, Sir Richard
Branson and Burt Rutan unveiled their White Knight Two, the
mothership of SpaceShip Two, at the Mohave Air & Space Port in
California. Spaceship Two, the passenger rocket, was being built for
Branson’s Virgin Galactic, which hoped to soon carry passengers into
(SFC, 7/29/08, p.A5)
2008 Jul 28, The
propeller-driven "Zephyr" aircraft, owned by QinetiQ Group PLC,
began a flight over the Arizona desert and continued for an
unofficial record of 83 hours and 37 minutes, more than doubling the
official world record set by Northrop Grumman's "Global Hawk" in
2001. The 66 pound- (30 kilogram-) plane was launched by hand and
flown by autopilot and via satellite.
2008 Jul 28, Police in Alabama
arrested Anthony Hopkins (37), a part-time evangelist, after finding
a body in his home freezer. Police believed it was the body of his
wife, Arletha Hopkins, who had not been heard of for 3 years.
2008 Jul 28, US-led coalition
troops killed several militants during a raid in central
Afghanistan, while a suspected bomb maker and his family died in an
accidental blast in Kunar province.
2008 Jul 28, Hernan Arbizu,
former JPMorgan Chase & Co private banking executive, was
arrested in Argentina following an indictment on charges of
embezzling about $5.4 million. He fled to Argentina before being
fired in June.
2008 Jul 28, Tarek bin Laden
signed a deal with Djibouti to build Noor City, the first of a
hundred “Cities of Light” that the Saudi Binladen Group planned
around the world. Plans called for the city to have 2.5 million
people by 2025 and 4.5 million for its Yemeni twin.
2008 Jul 28, In England
hijackers made off with boxes of blank British passports worth a
fortune on the black market in a raid on a delivery van in the
Manchester suburb of Oldham. British policed later said the
passports were "very secure" as they contained a micro-chip which
had not been activated.
(AFP, 7/29/08)(AP, 7/31/08)
2008 Jul 28, Antoine Wendo
Kolosoy (aka Papa Wendo, b.1925), Congolese riverboat mechanic,
boxer and rumba singer, died at age 82. He cut his first records in
1947 for Olympia, a Belgian label.
(Econ, 8/16/08, p.84)
2008 Jul 28, Lebanese singer
Suzanne Tamim (30) was found stabbed and her throat slashed in
Dubai. On August 8 Egypt banned news coverage of the brutal slaying
following media reports in other papers that said a wealthy Egyptian
businessman ordered 3 men to carry out the killing. On Sep 2 Hisham
Talaat Moustafa, an Egyptian lawmaker and business tycoon, was
arrested in the death Tamim. He was accused of paying a former
police officer $2 million to kill her. On May 21, 2009, Moustafa was
sentenced to death for ordering Tamim’s death. Former officer,
Mohsen el-Sukkary, was also convicted and sentenced to death. In
2010 Moustafa was spared the death penalty after a retrial changed
his original death sentence to 15 years in prison.
9/2/08)(AP, 5/21/09)(AP, 9/28/10)
2008 Jul 28, Pierre Beres
(b.1913), king of the French booksellers, died.
(SFC, 8/4/08, p.B3)
2008 Jul 28, In Iraq 3 female
suicide bombers blew their explosive vests in the middle of pilgrims
in Baghdad, moments after a roadside bomb attack, killing at least
32 people and wounding 102. In Kirkuk 25 people were killed and 185
wounded when a blast tore through a crowd of Kurds protesting a
draft provincial elections law. A roadside bomb attack killed four
civilians near Balad Ruz.
2008 Jul 28, In central Japan 4
people died after being swept away in torrential rains that caused
floods and mudslides and prompted an evacuation order for 50,000
2008 Jul 28, In Nepal
protesters blocked traffic and held demonstrations to protest the
decision by Paramananda Jha, the newly elected vice president, to
take his oath of office in Hindi, which is not recognized as an
2008 Jul 28, Militants in
Nigeria's Niger Delta said they had blown up two major oil pipelines
belonging to Royal Dutch Shell, forcing the firm to halt some
production and helping push world oil prices higher.
2008 Jul 28, A suspected US
missile strike on a Pakistani madrassa killed six people, including
foreigners. Pakistani security officials said Al-Qaeda chemical
weapons expert Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar (54) was believed to have
been killed in the US missile strike in the South Waziristan tribal
district. The Egyptian, also known as Abu Khabab al-Masri, had a
five-million-US-dollar bounty on his head and allegedly ran
terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. In Kohat a bomb rigged to a
bicycle killed a teenage boy and wounded 12 policemen. Pakistani
Taliban militants shot dead three intelligence officials near
Mingora, the main town in Swat. The Taliban later confirmed that
al-Masri had been killed along with 3 other commanders.
(Reuters, 7/28/08)(AFP, 7/28/08)(AP,
7/28/08)(AFP, 7/29/08)(AP, 8/3/08)
2008 Jul 28, In the Philippines
a packed commuter bus strayed into an oncoming lane and crashed
head-on into another bus on a highway south of Manila, killing at
least 11 people and injuring 29 others.
2008 Jul 28, Navanethem Pillay,
a judge from South Africa, was confirmed as the new UN chief of
(SFC, 7/29/08, p.A3)
2009 Jul 28, The US government
turned up the pressure on the interim government of Honduras to
accept the return of exiled President Manuel Zelaya, suspending the
diplomatic visas of four Honduran officials a month after a military
2009 Jul 28, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger cut a half billion more from the state budget and
signed a package of legislation to wipe out the state’s $24 billion
deficit. It was later reported that state lawmakers added 336
employees between January and the end of July adding about $14.4
million a year to the state payroll.
(SFC, 7/29/09, p.A1)(SSFC, 8/9/09, p.A1)
2009 Jul 28, Tennessee state
Sen. Paul Stanley (47) resigned in Nashville after his extramarital
affair with an intern (22) was revealed by an investigation into an
extortion case. McKensie Morrison’s boyfriend was charged with
trying to extort $10,000 from the GOP lawmaker.
(SFC, 7/29/09, p.A6)
2009 Jul 28, It was reported
that scientists claimed to have created a form of aluminum that's
nearly transparent to extreme ultraviolet radiation and which is a
new state of matter.
2009 Jul 28, At the EAA
AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Aabar Investments, an Abu
Dhabi-based sovereign wealth fund, and Virgin Galactic signed a
strategic partnership in which Aabar would take a 32% stake in
Virgin Galactic for $280 million. To date Virgin Galactic has been
wholly owned and funded by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.
(Econ, 9/12/09, p.87)(http://tinyurl.com/y8gtjad)
2009 Jul 28, Tony Rosenthal
(b.1914), American artist and abstract sculptor, died in
Southampton, NY. He created the Regent’s Cube located in the
Regent’s Plaza at the Univ. of Michigan, his alma mater.
Commissioned by the Class of 1965 and officially titled “Endover,”
the revolving cube is one of three designed Rosenthal. It was
installed on Regents’ Plaza (the open space bounded by the LS&A
Building, Michigan Union and Fleming Building) in 1968. The others
are at home in New York City and Miami.
2009 Jul 28, Richard Holbrooke,
the US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, said in Brussels
that Taliban militants are receiving more funding from sympathizers
abroad than from Afghanistan's illegal drug trade. NATO military
officials in Afghanistan have estimated that the Taliban raise
between $60-$100 million a year from the trade in illegal narcotics.
2009 Jul 28, The top UN
official in Afghanistan urged the Taliban not to disrupt elections,
as militants killed nine people, ambushed a presidential campaign
manager and fired rockets into a UN compound.
2009 Jul 28, Algeria's coast
guard arrested 19 illegal migrants in a dinghy off the western town
of Arzew, near Oran, as they tried to reach Europe.
2009 Jul 28, In Australia Shane
Kent (33), an Australian convert to Islam, admitted being part of a
terror cell that plotted to kill thousands of people by bombing
major sports events. The former forklift truck driver was about to
face a retrial on the charges, which he previously denied, after a
Supreme Court jury last September failed to reach a verdict.
2009 Jul 28, In Bangladesh the
heaviest rain in 53 years battered the capital, Dhaka, leaving at
least six people dead and stranding thousands in their swamped
2009 Jul 28, A majority of
people in Britain see the Afghan war as impossible to win, according
to a new poll taken amid steeply rising casualties and growing
government emphasis on finding a political solution to the conflict.
2009 Jul 28, Britain said it
will withdraw its remaining 100-odd troops in Iraq to Kuwait by the
end of the month after the Iraqi parliament failed to pass a deal
allowing them to stay to protect oil platforms and provide training.
2009 Jul 28, A court in
southwest China accepted the country's first lawsuit filed by an
environmental group against a local government. The All-China
Environmental Federation had filed the suit on behalf of residents
against the local land resources bureau in Qingzhen city in Guizhou
province, which sold land to a drink and ice cream processing plant
they allege is a threat to a scenic lake area.
2009 Jul 28, Fiji’s
self-appointed PM Commodore Frank Bainimarama, who took power in a
bloodless 2006 coup, said aged and ailing President Ratu Josefa
Iloilo will retire on July 30.
2009 Jul 28, An Iranian
parliament official said 140 people detained in Iran's postelection
turmoil have been released from Tehran's main prison Evin.
2009 Jul 28, Iraqi forces
raided Camp Ashraf, an Iranian opposition settlement north of
Baghdad. The standoff continued into the next day and left 11 people
dead. A gang made up of members of the presidential guard and led by
the head of security for the 2nd biggest Shia party robbed a bank in
central Baghdad killing 8 security guards. Initially police said the
gunmen made off with 8 billion Iraqi dinars ($6.9 million). Five
members of Iraq's security forces charged in the bank robbery went
on trial on Aug 23. They had allegedly made off with $4.8 million.
On Sep 2 four members of the security forces, convicted of the
robbery, were sentenced to hang.
(AP, 7/29/09)(SFC, 7/29/09, p.A2)(Econ, 8/8/09,
p.43)(AP, 8/23/09)(SFC, 9/3/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 28, President Felipe
Calderon said Mexico will start issuing nationwide identity cards
for its citizens starting this year, and by 2012 everyone will have
one. The body of Juan Daniel Martinez (48), a Mexican radio
journalist, was found beaten, gagged and partially buried the resort
city of Acapulco. Jose Ibarra, a federal agent who had been
investigating the Nov 13, 2008, killing of Mexican journalist
Armando Rodriguez, was shot dead at his home in the northern border
city of Ciudad Juarez.
(AP, 7/28/09)(AP, 7/29/09)(AP, 7/30/09)
2009 Jul 28, In Morocco a man
accused of leading a terrorist network was sentenced to life in
prison for terror attacks in Morocco, holdups in Europe, large-scale
money laundering projects and arms trafficking. Abdelkader Belliraj
(51), a dual Moroccan-Belgian national, had faced the death penalty.
34 co-defendants were handed sentences ranging from 30 years in
prison to one-year suspended sentences.
2009 Jul 28, Nigerian
authorities imposed curfews and poured security forces onto the
streets of several northern towns after a two-day wave of Islamic
militant attacks against police killed dozens of people.
2009 Jul 28, In Pakistan the
decapitated body of a Pakistani police constable was discovered in
the Swat town of Sangota. The find was a sign that Taliban militants
have not given up the fight for the northwestern valley, despite the
nearly three-month-old army offensive there. A suicide car bomber
rammed his vehicle into a checkpoint in North Waziristan tribal
region, causing an explosion that killed 2 police and wounded 5
other security officials.
2009 Jul 28, The UN refugee
agency said thousands of Somalis are preparing to cross the Gulf of
Aden to Yemen after fleeing fighting around the capital of
2009 Jul 28, Venezuela’s Pres.
Hugo Chavez recalled his ambassador from Bogota and threatened to
halt Colombian imports after the neighboring country said anti-tank
weapons found in a rebel arms cache came from Venezuela.
2010 Jul 28, US District Judge
Susan Bolton put most of Arizona’s new immigration law, SB1070, on
hold in a key first-round victory for the federal government in a
fight that may go to the US Supreme Court.
(AP, 7/29/10)(Econ, 7/31/10, p.25)
2010 Jul 28, In Arizona a
medical helicopter crashed on a Tucson street killing all three
(SFC, 7/29/10, p.A6)
2010 Jul 28, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger, citing an impending cash crises, ordered furloughs
for 156,000 state employees, requiring them to take 3 unpaid days a
month beginning on July 31. On Aug 12 a judge denied
Schwarzenegger’s request pending a full hearing in September. On Aug
18 the state Supreme Court allowed the furlough program to resume as
it continued to revue his authority to do so.
(SFC, 7/29/10, p.C2)(SFC, 8/13/10, p.C1)(SFC,
2010 Jul 28, SF arrested 2 Bay
Area women and charged them with embezzlement for allegedly writing
$2.6 million in bonus checks to themselves from Autonomy Inc.
(SFC, 7/29/10, p.C3)
2010 Jul 28, Aaron Cooper, an
inmate at Red Onion State Prison in Pound, Va., was murdered by
cellmate Robert Gleason. On Feb 11, 2011, Gleason (40), who already
faced the death penalty for the May, 2009, murder of cellmate Harvey
Watson Jr. (63), pleaded guilty to Cooper’s murder. Gleason was
executed in the electric char on Jan 16, 2013.
(SFC, 2/12/11, p.A6)(SFC, 1/17/13, p.A6)
2010 Jul 28, In southern
Afghanistan a packed bus hit a roadside bomb killing 25 people
aboard. An Afghan villager, who was said to be carrying a rifle, was
killed by US soldiers in the volatile Arghandab Valley, a strategic
area near Kandahar City. In central Uruzgan province 3 Afghan
soldiers were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb. German
Army Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz told reporters in Kabul that the
Taliban's senior leadership ordered the assassination of multiple
tribal elders in an area of Uruzgan.
2010 Jul 28, Argentina and
Uruguay held a signing ceremony in Buenos Aires on an agreement to a
joint environmental monitoring program along the shared Uruguay
River, ending a seven-year pollution controversy over a Finnish
paper mill on the Uruguayan side.
2010 Jul 28, Former Bosnian
Vice President Ejup Ganic returned to Sarajevo and was greeted by
hundreds of supporters a day after a British judge declared him a
free man and rejected Serbia's request for his extradition to face
war crimes charges.
2010 Jul 28, British PM David
Cameron kicked off a much-hyped visit to India, pitching for
investment and open trade to boost Britain's fragile post-recession
2010 Jul 28, British
authorities found a suspect package "at a premises on Albert
Embankment," the location of Britain's foreign intelligence agency.
Another device was intercepted at a postal sorting office. Two men,
aged 52 and 21, were later arrested in Wales on explosives charges
and were being held on Aug 1 at a London police station.
2010 Jul 28, In Bulgaria
archeologist Kazimir Popconstantinov found a box while digging under
the alta of an early Christian church off the coast of Sozopol. The
box bore an inscription with the name of St. John the Baptist and
allegedly contained some of his bone fragments.
(Econ, 8/21/10, p.43)
2010 Jul 28, In northeastern
China floods caused by heavy rains stranded tens of thousands of
residents without power, as the worst flooding in more than a decade
continued to besiege many areas of the country.
2010 Jul 28, In eastern China a
powerful blast caused by a suspected gas leak rocked a plastics
factory, killing at least 12 people and seriously injuring more than
a dozen others.
2010 Jul 28, The Galapagos
Islands, 620 miles (1,000 kms) off Ecuador's coast, were removed
from the UNESCO list of sites endangered by environmental threats or
2010 Jul 28, French Pres.
Nicolas Sarkozy ordered authorities to expel Gypsy illegal
immigrants and to dismantle their camps.
(SFC, 7/29/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 28, In northern France
Dominique Cottrez (46) and her husband, Pierre-Marie Cottrez, were
detained after two corpses were discovered in plastic bags by new
owners in the garden of a house that had belonged to the woman's
father in the town of Villers-au-Tertre. Under questioning, the
woman admitted that there were six other corpses and told
investigators that they were in plastic bags in the garage of her
home where they were found. On June 25, 2015, Cottrez (51), a mother
of two grown daughters, went on trial in the city of Douai.
(AP, 7/29/10)(AP, 6/25/15)
2010 Jul 28, German prosecutors
said Samuel Kunz (88) was informed last week of his indictment on
charges including participation in the murder of 430,000 Jews at the
Belzec death camp in occupied Poland, where he allegedly served as a
guard from January 1942 to July 1943. Kunz (b.1921) was also charged
with murder over "personal excesses" in which he allegedly shot a
total of 10 Jews in two other incidents.
2010 Jul 28, In Iraq a
sandstorm downed an Iraqi military helicopter, killing its five-man
crew. Midmorning bombings in Baghdad killed 6 people.
2010 Jul 28, Japan hanged two
convicted killers, including a man who burned six women to death, in
the country's first executions in a year. The justice minister said
she wants renewed debate on whether to continue the punishment.
2010 Jul 28, Japan’s Nissan
said is new car models will feature air conditioners that pump
breathable vitamin C and stress-reducing seats.
2010 Jul 28, In Mexico 3 men
and a woman were gunned down at a pizzeria in Mexico City.
2010 Jul 28, In the waters off
Oman an explosion damaged an oil tanker carrying 270,000 tons of
oil, near the mouth of the Persian Gulf. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines said
the blast on its tanker M. Star caused one minor injury but did not
cause an oil leak. Officials said the damage was caused by a freak
wave. Japan's ministry said "A crew member saw light on the horizon
just before the explosion, so (Mitsui O.S.K.) believes there is a
possibility it was caused by an outside attack.” On Aug 4 an obscure
al-Qaida-linked group said one of its suicide bombers attacked the
Japanese oil tanker, a claim that, if true, would be the first time
the terror network has attacked the Japanese. On Aug 6 the Emirates'
WAM news agency quoted an unnamed government official as saying the
investigation revealed traces of homemade explosives on the hull of
(AP, 7/28/10)(Reuters, 7/28/10)(AP, 8/4/10)(AP,
2010 Jul 28, In Pakistan an
Airbus A321 passenger jet, flight number ED202, crashed into the
hills overlooking Islamabad amid poor weather, killing all 152
people on board and blazing a path of devastation strewn with body
parts and twisted metal wreckage.
2010 Jul 28, In northwest
Pakistan flash floods and building collapses brought on by heavy
rains killed 34 people.
2010 Jul 28, In Russia a band
of 100 masked people staged a violent environmental protest in a
quiet Moscow suburb, hurling Molotov cocktails and fireworks at city
hall while objecting to plans for clearing a local forest for
2010 Jul 28, In Spain a
bullfighting ban, passed in Catalonia's parliament, provoking
passionate reactions throughout the country.
2010 Jul 28, South African
wildlife authorities said poachers killed 152 endangered rhinoceros
in the country so far this year, about 20 more than the number
killed in the whole of 2009.
2010 Jul 28, In Sudan 3 people
were killed during a gun battle between supporters of rival rebel
groups in a camp for displaced people in west Darfur. 7 UNAMID
peacekeepers on patrol in west Darfur were wounded when they were
ambushed by unidentified armed individuals.
2010 Jul 28, A Turkish tour
boat caught fire and sank in the Mediterranean. 18 tourists and five
crew jumped into the water after flames engulfed the Kayhan-9 on its
way from the Turkish resort of Marmaris to Fethiye. One Spanish
tourist was missing.
2011 Jul 28, The Obama
administration accused Iran of entering into a secret deal with an
Al-Qaida offshoot that provides money and recruits for attacks in
Afghanistan and Pakistan.
(SFC, 7/29/11, p.A7)
2011 Jul 28, In NYC the United
States opened discussions with North Korea, in a move testing
Pyongyang's willingness to negotiate giving up its nuclear arsenal.
2011 Jul 28, Scientists
reported that they have found a single gene responsible for a
disease called the Proteus syndrome, believed to been responsible
for the disfigured “Elephant Man,” who toured Europe in the 19th
(SFC, 7/29/11, p.A8)
2011 Jul 28, Peter Berg,
co-founder of the Diggers and founder of the Planet Drum Foundation,
died in San Francisco. The Diggers were a radical community-action
group of activists and Improv actors (1966-68), based in the
2011 Jul 28, In Afghanistan
triple suicide blasts and shootings killed 21 people including a
local BBC reporter in an ongoing attack on Uruzgan province. It was
the deadliest to hit Afghanistan in more than a month. On September
8 NATO acknowledged that Afghan journalist Ahmed Omed Khpulwak (25)
was accidentally killed by an American soldier, who mistook him for
a suicide bomber.
(AFP, 7/28/11)(AP, 7/29/11)(SFC, 9/9/11, p.A2)
2011 Jul 28, Australian farmer
Steve Marsh launched legal action against neighbor Michael Baxter
after genetically modified canola blew onto his farm, prompting
authorities to strip him of his organic license.
2011 Jul 28, Bahraini police
raided a medical center operated by the Paris-based Doctors Without
Borders (MSF) saying it was "unlicensed."
2011 Jul 28, In northern
Bangladesh a crowded bus collided head on with a truck, killing at
least 17 people and injuring 30.
2011 Jul 28, Britain’s Business
Secretary Vince Cable said he is to scrap a raft of "ridiculous"
business regulations including alcohol licenses to sell chocolate
liqueurs and age limits on buying Christmas crackers.
2011 Jul 28, In CongoDRC more
than 100 people were feared dead after a boat accident on the
Tshuapa river in the northwest.
(AFP, 7/29/11)(SFC, 7/29/11, p.A2)
2011 Jul 28, Cyprus Pres.
Demetris Christofias dismissed his cabinet.
(Econ, 8/6/11, p.63)
2011 Jul 28, In Iraq a suicide
bomber and a car bomb struck an Iraqi bank in Tikrit where policemen
were picking up their paychecks, killing 12 and wounding 34 people.
An Iraqi Kurd boy (10) was killed in shelling by Tehran's forces of
Iranian Kurdish separatist bases in Battas, northern Iraq.
(AP, 7/28/11)(AP, 7/29/11)
2011 Jul 28, In Jordan a
military court convicted the Palestinian-born mentor of al-Qaida in
Iraq's slain leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi on terrorism charges and
sentenced him to five years in prison. Isam Mohammed Taher
al-Barqawi, better known as Sheik Abu-Mohammed al-Maqdisi, was found
guilty of "plotting terrorism" and recruiting militants in Jordan to
join the Taliban in Afghanistan. Three other Jordanian-Palestinians,
including a fugitive who was tried in absentia, were found guilty of
the same charges.
2011 Jul 28, In Kosovo American
and French peacekeepers under NATO took control of two customs posts
on the northern border with Serbia after they were attacked by Serbs
armed with firebombs.
2011 Jul 28, In western Libya
hundreds of rebels launched a broad offensive against government
forces, seizing three small towns and advancing on others to secure
a major supply route near the Tunisian border. Four rebel fighters
were killed and several wounded. Abdel-Fattah Younis, the rebel
military chief, was killed along with two aides while on route to
Benghazi for questioning by rebel authorities. Younis was Gadhafi's
interior minister before defecting to the rebels early in the
uprising. Rebel minister Ali Tarhouni later said Younes was killed
by the Obaida Ibn Jarrah Brigade, which was mainly comprised of
former prisoners of Gaddafi's notorious Abu Salim prison in the
capital Tripoli, who had always distrusted Younes.
(AP, 7/28/11)(AP, 7/29/11)(Reuters,
2011 Jul 28, Dozens of ethnic
black Mauritanians rallied to denounce a census they feel aims at
depriving them of their citizenship in a country riven by ethnic and
2011 Jul 28, Mexico's Army
seized five metric tons of marijuana near the US border in Puerto
Penasco, a beach city popular with visitors from Arizona.
2011 Jul 28, Mozambique’s
official opposition party, the former rebel group Renamo, said it
will build barracks for its demobilized soldiers to "defend
democracy." The first barracks will be built in the northern
provinces of Cabo Delgado and Niassa, and in the central provinces
of Sofala and Zambezia, one-time Renamo strongholds.
2011 Jul 28, Palestinian police
raided the West Bank home of a rival of President Mahmoud Abbas. The
raid targeted Mohammed Dahlan, a former security chief in the Gaza
Strip who was expelled from Fatah in June because of his repeated
criticism of the president. Police arrested 23 guards and
assistants, and confiscated 16 guns, a computer and two vehicles.
2011 Jul 28, In Peru Ollanta
Humala, the leftist military man who won the presidency after
abandoning a radical platform, promised in his inaugural address to
make his priority the one in three Peruvians still mired in poverty.
2011 Jul 28, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf militants killed 7 marines, severing the heads of two of
them, and wounded 27 others who were about to raid their jungle camp
in southern Sulu province. The militants withdrew into the woods
after 5 hours of fighting and government forces captured their
(AP, 7/28/11)(AFP, 7/29/11)
2011 Jul 28, In Somalia heavy
fighting erupted in Mogadishu as African Union peacekeepers launched
an offensive aimed at protecting famine relief efforts from attacks
by al-Qaida-linked militants. At least six people were killed. The
WFP said that it has a funding shortfall of $252 million for the
famine relief efforts in the Horn of Africa.
2011 Jul 28, A South Korean
Asiana Airlines cargo plane crashed in waters off southern Jeju
resort island. South Korean pilot, identified by the airline as Choi
Sang-ki, was flying a Boeing-747 with a co-pilot, transporting
computers, semiconductors, resin solution and paint among other
items to Pudong in China.
2011 Jul 28, South Sudan became
the 54th member of the African Union (AU) after it received a
majority vote from member states, including one from Sudan.
2011 Jul 28, In Sri Lanka
Pattani Razeek, managing trustee of non-governmental organization
the Community Trust Fund, was exhumed by police after a tip-off from
two suspects arrested in relation to the case. The prominent human
rights activist has been missing since Feb 2010.
2011 Jul 28, In Swaziland
thousands of people participated in a second day of demonstrations
over the handling of an economic crisis by King Mswati III.
2011 Jul 28, A global
campaigning organization, Avaaz.org, said that one person disappears
in Syria every hour and that almost 3,000 people have gone missing
since the start of the uprising against President Bashar Assad more
than four months ago.
2011 Jul 28, In Yemen clashes
with government troops in a mountainous area north of the capital
killed at least eight anti-government fighters.
2061 Jul 28, 31st recorded
perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.
2012 Jul 28, In Massachusetts
Daryl Benway (41), who had recently separated from his wife, shot
his two children, killing his 7-year-old daughter, before committing
2012 Jul 28, In Afghanistan two
NATO service members were killed in an insurgent attack in the east
of the country.
2012 Jul 28, Australian media
reported that Sri Lankan navy officials have urged Australia to
deport the growing number of boatpeople arriving from their country,
saying it was the "best way" to deter people smugglers.
2012 Jul 28, Authorities in
eastern China dropped plans for a waste water discharge project
after thousands of protesters angry about pollution took to the
streets in Qidong, Jiangsu province. On Jan 30, 2013, 14 defendants
were prosecuted on charges of encouraging mass violence against
government buildings and intentionally damaging property in
(AP, 7/28/12)(AP, 1/31/13)
2012 Jul 28, In China serial
killer Zhang Yongming (56) was sentenced to death for murdering 11
people in Jinning county between 2008 and 2012.
(SSFC, 7/29/12, p.A6)
2012 Jul 28, In Indonesia a
group of 150 youths, some as young as 13 and carrying swords and
golf clubs, raided the De Most bar in south Jakarta late at night,
smashing bottles of alcoholic drinks and damaging the property.
Police arrested 62 people, most of them minors, who attacked the bar
for serving alcohol during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
2012 Jul 28, Israeli troops
arrested Abdallah Harouf (24), a member of the Islamic Jihad
militant group, at his home in the West Bank city of Nablus. Local
residents said that four other people were also arrested.
2012 Jul 28, Jordan opened its
first tent camp for Syrians fleeing violence in their country, as
government officials said a surge of refugees left them no other
choice. After 3 years the Zaatari Refugee Camp held 81,000 people
and was counted as the ninth-biggest city in Jordan.
(AP, 7/29/12)(SFC, 8/3/15, p.A2)
2012 Jul 28, In Nepal a vehicle
crashed in the Palpa district killing 14 people on their way to
cremate the body of a relative.
(SSFC, 7/29/12, p.A6)
2012 Jul 28, North Korea’s
state media said flooding across the country this month has killed
88 people, left tens of thousands homeless and devastated swathes of
2012 Jul 28, In Peru searchers
found the bodies of two US mountaineers who apparently plunged to
their deaths off a ridge after ascending a glacier-capped peak. Gil
Weiss (29) and Ben Horne (32) fell an estimated 300 meters (nearly
1,000 feet) off a ridge after reaching the west summit of Palcaraju
in the Cordillera Blanca range in mid-July.
2012 Jul 28, Philippine
authorities arrested Ustadz Ahmadsali Asmad Badron, also known as
Ammad or Hamad Ustadz Idris, a founding member of the
Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group blamed for some of the worst terror
attacks in the region.
2012 Jul 28, A 2nd day of
Sudanese aerial bombing killed three civilians and wounded 21 in
Blue Nile state bordering South Sudan. In South Kordofan state 6
civilians were killed in an attack against villages by Khartoum
government forces before rebels battled the army, leaving the 17
(AFP, 7/30/12)(AFP, 7/31/12)
2012 Jul 28, The Syrian army
launched a massive assault on rebels in Aleppo amid growing world
concern about the risks of reprisals against the civilian
population. At least 10 soldiers and six rebels were killed in
fierce fighting after the assault began. The Observatory said that
nationwide violence killed at least 52 people, 22 civilians, 16
rebels and 14 soldiers.
2012 Jul 28, Uganda government
officials said an outbreak of Ebola virus in the western part of the
country has killed 14 people, many in the past week.
(SSFC, 7/29/12, p.A10)
2012 Jul 28, In Venezuela
leaders from across Latin America and the Caribbean pledged closer
ties to safeguard their economies from the world financial crisis as
they formed a new 33-nation regional bloc (CELAC), the Community of
Latin American and Caribbean States, including every nation in the
hemisphere except the US and Canada.
2012 Jul 28, Yemeni police said
a booby-trapped parcel has killed Ali Dahab (14), the son of Yemeni
tribal chief Sheikh Majed, in an attack suspected to be the work of
Al-Qaeda. Thousands of people rallied in Sanaa urging authorities to
release 117 protesters arrested during the year-long struggle to
oust Pres. Saleh.
(AFP, 7/28/12)(SSFC, 7/29/12, p.A6)
2013 Jul 28, NY-based Omnicom
Group Inc. and Paris-based Publicis Groupe SA said they are
combining in a "merger of equals" that will create the world's
largest advertising firm, one worth more than $35 billion.
2013 Jul 28, Eileen Brennan
(80), TV, stage and film star, died in Burbank, Ca. Her film work
included “Private Benjamin” (1980), “Clue” (1985), “The New
Adventures of Pippi Longstocking” (1988).
(SFC, 8/2/13, p.D7)
2013 Jul 28, William Scranton
(b.1917), former US ambassador to the UN (1976-1977) and the 38th
governor of Pennsylvania (1964-1967), died in southern, California.
(SFC, 8/2/13, p.D7)
2013 Jul 28, In southern
Afghanistan a late night bombing in Zabul province's Shahjoy
district killed 11 people and wounded 12. Three of the dead were
local police officers while the rest were women and children.
2013 Jul 28, Bahrain's King
Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa urged lawmakers to move ahead with proposed
harsher measures against escalating attacks by Shiite-led opposition
factions, including banning protest gatherings in the capital, after
top government officials joined an emergency parliament session to
discuss the Gulf nation's nearly 30 months of unrest.
2013 Jul 28, In Brazil Pope
Francis wrapped up a historic trip to his home continent with a Mass
on Copacabana beach that drew a reported 3 million people.
2013 Jul 28, In Burkina Faso
thousands of protesters marched through the capital decrying a
perceived attempt by President Blaise Compaore to extend his hold on
power through the creation of a new Senate.
2013 Jul 28, Cambodia held
general elections. The opposition appeared to make significant gains
in parliament. The ruling party of PM Hun Sen claimed a victory with
68 of the national Assembly’s 123 seats.
(AP, 7/28/13)(SFC, 7/29/13, p.A2)
2013 Jul 28, Egypt's interim
president gave the prime minister the power to grant the military
the right to arrest civilians after a weekend of violence between
supporters of the country's deposed leader and security forces.
2013 Jul 28, In France some 40
million euro ($53 million) worth of diamonds and other jewels were
stolen from the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in Cannes by a single
robber. A day later the value of the stolen jewels was raised to
(AP, 7/28/13)(AP, 7/29/13)
2013 Jul 28, In northern Iraq a
suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into a Kurdish security patrol
killing 8. Attacks around the country killed at least 4 more people.
2013 Jul 28, Israel approved
the release of 104 Arab prisoners in a move intended to facilitate
the restart of peace talks with the Palestinians and end nearly
three years of diplomatic standstill.
2013 Jul 28, An Italian tour
bus plowed through cars, crashed through the side wall of a highway
bridge and plunged into a ravine, killing at least 38 people near
the town of Monteforte Irpino.
2013 Jul 28, In Libya
explosions in Benghazi targeted buildings used by the judiciary. 43
were people wounded. Hours later clashes erupted in the western
Gwesha district between an armed group and military special forces.
2013 Jul 28, Malians turned out
in large numbers to vote in a presidential election.
2013 Jul 28, Mexican Vice
Admiral Carlos Salazar was killed in an ambush on a rural road in
the western state of Michoacan.
2013 Jul 28, In Nigeria
vigilante leader Aliko Musa said that his group stormed villages
over the weekend to hunt Boko Haram members. He said they retaliated
with big fire power and that 5 vigilantes and 20 civilians.
2013 Jul 28, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone strike killed five people in the Shawal area of
2013 Jul 28, In South Africa a
49-year-old worker was shot dead near Lonmin's Marikana mine,
stirring worries of new labor tension in the troubled platinum
mining belt that has been racked by a violent union dispute over the
2013 Jul 28, Togo’s electoral
commission said President Faure Gnassingbe's Union for the Republic
party has won 62 of 91 seats, up from 50 of the legislature's 81
seats in 2007.
2014 Jul 28, A US federal
appeals court upheld the government’s right to demand that gun
dealers in southwestern border states tell authorities if someone
buys more than two semiautomatic rifles in a five day span,
(SFC, 7/29/14, p.A5)
2014 Jul 28, California Gov.
Jerry Brown with state and business leaders began a 3-day business
trip to Mexico.
(SFC, 7/30/14, p.C1)
2014 Jul 28, James Shigeta
(b.1929), Honolulu-born American actor, died in Beverly Hills. He
played the lead role in the lavish musical “Flower Drum Song”
(1961). His other films included “Bridge to the Sun” (1961) and “Die
(SFC, 7/31/14, p.D2)
2014 Jul 28, Nathaniel Kibby
(34) of New Hampshire was arrested and charged with kidnapping
15-year-old Abigail "Abby" Hernandez more than nine months ago
sometime after she left Kennett High School in Conway.
2014 Jul 28, A US federal
appeals court struck down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.
(SFC, 7/29/14, p.A5)
2014 Jul 28, The international
Permanent Court of Arbitration ordered Russia to pay over $50
billion in compensation to the former majority shareholder of
now-defunct oil producer Yukos over the expropriation of the company
more than 10 years ago. Russia planned to appeal.
2014 Jul 28, Britain’s Passport
Office staff launched a 24-hour strike over staffing shortages and
pay just weeks after extra workers were drafted in to tackle a
backlog of tens of thousands of applications.
2014 Jul 28, In China at least
13 police officers and 20 Uighurs were killed and injured in an
alleged "terrorist attack" in the far western Xinjiang region, home
to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority. Chinese police shot dead
dozens of knife-wielding attackers after they staged assaults on two
towns in the Xinjiang region. On Aug 3 state media said that 37
civilians and 59 "terrorists" were killed in the attack in Xinjiang.
(AFP, 7/29/14)(Reuters, 7/29/14)(SFC, 7/31/14,
2014 Jul 28, In China police
took down the cross of the Longgang Huai En Church in the eastern
city of Wenzhou, known as China’s Jerusalem, saying it violated
height limits. Church leaders said the government is trying to
suppress the fast growing Protestant religion.
(SFC, 7/29/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 28, Egyptian troops
killed 7 suspected militants and arrested five as part of an ongoing
offensive in the volatile Sinai Peninsula. A girl (9) was killed
when a rocket hit the ground outside a house in the town of Sheikh
Zuwaid, northern Sinai.
(AP, 7/29/14)(AFP, 7/28/14)
2014 Jul 28, An Iraqi
government raid on jihadist targets in Jurf al-Sakhr, a flashpoint
town southwest of Baghdad, killed 17 people, including at least 3
civilians. North of Baghdad 3 fighters from the Shiite militia Asaib
Ahl al-Haq were killed and five wounded near Mansuriyah while
defending the Hamrin dam from an IS attack. Attacks around Baghdad
killed 10 people. 17 unidentified bodies with bullet wounds were
found in different, mainly Shiite, districts of Baghdad over the
last 24 hours.
(AFP, 7/28/14)(AP, 7/28/14)
2014 Jul 28, Israel eased its
offensive in the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rocket fire from the
enclave declined sharply in a 24 hour truce to mark the Muslim
holiday of Eid. Palestinian cross-border attacks killed 10 Israeli
soldiers. A rocket strike on Gaza's Shifa hospital killed 10 and
injured scores. Israel said it was caused by Hamas misfire; Hamas
said it was an Israeli air strike.
(Reuters, 7/28/14)(Reuters, 7/29/14)
2014 Jul 28, Japan said it is
imposing more sanctions against Russia over its support for
pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine who are accused of shooting down a
2014 Jul 28, In Nigeria two
separate blasts by female suicide bombers killed 3 people and
injured 13 in Kano.
(AFP, 7/28/14)(SFC, 7/29/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 28, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf gunmen attacked Filipino civilians traveling to celebrate
the end of Ramadan with their families, killing 21, including at
least six children in Sulu province. Among those killed were at
least four members of a Talipao civilian security force called
Barangay Police Action Team that has been helping the military fight
the jungle-based militants.
2014 Jul 28, Opposition
activists said more than 2,000 Syrians — almost half of them
pro-government forces — have been killed in just over two weeks of
fighting in Syria, making it one of the worst death tolls in the
country's civil war.
2014 Jul 28, In southern
Thailand a soldier and 3 suspected Muslim separatists were killed in
a clash in Narathiwat.
2014 Jul 28, In eastern Ukraine
heavy fighting raged around the Malaysia Airlines debris field, once
again preventing an international police team charged with securing
the site from even getting there. A government-supported volunteer
battalion said in a statement that it lost 23 soldiers during
fighting in a town called Lutuhyne. The UN High Commissioner for
Human Rights said in a report that at least 1,129 people have been
killed between mid-April, when fighting began, and July 26.
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