Today in History - July 30
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The International Day of Friendship. On 27 April
2011 the General Assembly of the United Nations declared 30 July as
official International Friendship Day.
30 BC Jul 30, Mark
Antony, lover of the Egyptian queen Cleopatra VII and claimant to
the Roman throne, stabbed himself when faced with certain defeat at
the hands of his rival Octavian. Antony expected to be named the
heir to Rome after the assassination of his friend and confidant
Julius Caesar, but had not counted on Caesar naming his adopted son
Octavian as his successor. Shaken by his loss at Actium and
abandoned by his allies, Antony committed suicide. Cleopatra
followed him in death shortly afterward when she allowed herself to
be bitten by a venomous asp.
579 Jul 30, Pope Benedict I
(PTA, 1980, p.124)
762 Jul 30, A Persian
astrologer, selected by caliph al-Mansur (the Victorious), selected
this day as propitious for breaking ground for the city of Baghdad.
Al-Mansur was one of the founders of the Abassid dynasty.
(WSJ, 2/14/09, p.W8)
1178 Jul 30, Frederick I
(Barbarossa), Holy Roman Emperor, was crowned King of Burgundy.
1419 Jul 30, Anti-Catholic
Hussites, followers of executed reformer Jan Huss, stormed the town
hall in Prague and threw 3 Catholic consuls and 7 citizens out the
window. This episode has been called "The Defenestration in Prague."
The out-the-window gentlemen all landed safely in a manure pile.
(NH, 9/96, p.23)(MC, 7/30/02)
1511 Jul 30, Giorgio Vasari
(d.1574), Italy, painter, architect and art historian (Vasari's
Lives), was born. He wrote "Lives of the Artists."
(WUD, 1994, p.1582)(MC, 7/30/02)
1588 Jul 30, The English
soundly defeated the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines.
(ON, 3/02, p.3)
1619 Jul 30, The first
representative assembly in America the House of Burgesses, became
the first legislative assembly in America when it convened at
(AP, 7/30/97)(HN, 7/30/98)
1626 Jul 30, An earthquake hit
Naples and some 10,000 died.
1646 Jul 30, English parliament
set the Newcastle Propositions of King Charles I.
1712 Jul 30, Abraham Elsevier,
1715 Jul 30, Eleven of twelve
Spanish ships carrying gold and silver disappeared in a hurricane
near Vero Beach, Florida.
1718 Jul 30, William Penn,
English Quaker, colonizer (No cross, no crown), died.
1729 Jul 30, The city of
Baltimore was founded.
1733 Jul 30, Society of
Freemasons opened their 1st American lodge in Boston.
1747 Jul 30, Antonio Benedetto
Maria Puccini, composer, was born.
1751 Jul 30, Maria A. [Nannerl]
Mozart, Austrian pianist, Wolfgang's sister, was born.
1771 Jul 30, Thomas Gray (54),
English poet ("Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard"), died.
1775 Jul 30, Captain Cook
returned to England.
1784 Jul 30, Denis Diderot
(b.1713), French philosopher, critic, and encyclopedist, died. "Men
will never be free until the last king is strangled with the
entrails of the last priest."
1787 Jul 30, The French
parliament refused to approve a more equitable land tax.
1792 Jul 30, The French
national anthem "La Marseillaise" by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle,
was first sung in Paris.
1799 Jul 30, The French
garrison at Mantua, Italy surrendered to the Austrians.
1818 Jul 30, Emily Bronte,
author of Wuthering Heights, was born.
1824 Jul 30, Gioacchino Rossini
became manager of Theatre Italian in Paris.
1831 Jul 30, Helene P.
Blavatsky, founder (Theosophist Cooperation), was born.
1839 Jul 30, Slave rebels took
over the slave ship Amistad.
1844 Jul 30, The New York Yacht
Club was founded.
1855 Jul 30, Wilhelm von
Siemens, German industrialist, was born.
1857 Jul 30, Thorstein Veblen
(d.1929), political economist and sociologist, was born in Wisconsin
to Norwegian immigrants. He authored “The Theory of the Leisure
Class” in 1899.
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R20)(SFEC, 7/11/99, BR p.4)(HN,
1863 Jul 30, Henry Ford
(d.1947), founder of the Ford Motor Company and developer of the
Model T, was born in Dearborn Township, Mich. He led American war
production with the gigantic facility at Willow Run. "You can’t
build a reputation on what you are going to do."
(AP, 8/16/97)(AP, 7/30/98)(HN, 7/30/98)
1863 Jul 30, Pres. Lincoln
issued his "eye-for-eye" order to shoot a rebel prisoner for every
black prisoner shot.
1863 Jul 30, George Crockett
Strong (29), US Union Gen-Maj, died of injuries.
1864 Jul 30, Gen Burnside
failed on an attack of Petersburg and in an effort to penetrate the
Confederate lines around Petersburg, Va., Union troops exploded some
8,000 pounds of gunpowder underneath the Confederate trenches. The
blast killed 100s of Confederates. Union forces could not capitalize
on the assault and ended up trapped in the bloody crater. The
ensuing action is known as the Battle of the Crater. 4,000 Union
soldiers were killed, wounded or captured in the Battle of the
Crater during the Siege of Petersburg. [see Jul 29]
(HN, 7/30/98)(HNQ, 8/23/00)(MC, 7/30/02)
1864 Jul 30, Gen. Jubal Early
ordered Confederate troops to attack Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. The
town was burned by Confederate forces under Gen. McCausland
1865 Jul 30, The worst US
steamship disaster occurred. The Brother Jonathon, a paddle wheel
steamer, sank off the coast of Northern California near Crescent
City. 225 people died after the ship hit a rock near Crescent City.
There were 19 survivors. The 220-foot, side-wheeled steamer was on
route to Puget Sound and reportedly carried as much as $2 million in
gold. In the 1990s Deep Sea Research found and salvaged 1,207 gold
coins from the ship. California received 20% of the treasure and the
rest was put up for auction in 1999.
7/18/96, p.A18)(SFC, 6/10/97, p.A4)(SFC, 4/23/98, p.A6)(SFC,
5/28/99, p.D7)(SSFC, 4/21/02, p.A27)
1870 Jul 30, Clara Barton
departed for field with the Red Cross following the French
declaration of war against Prussia. In Basle Antoinette Margot (27)
joined her as an aide and interpreter.
(ON, 8/12, p.11)
1878 Jul 30, German
anti-Semitism began during the Reichstag election.
1880 Jul 30, Robert Rutherford
("Colonel") McCormick, US, editor, publisher (Chicago Tribune), was
c1889 Jul 30, Casey Stengel, New York Yankees
manager who led his team to 10 World Series, was born.
1889 Jul 30, Vladimir Zworykin,
called the "Father of Television" for inventing the iconoscope, was
born in Russia.
1898 Jul 30, Henry Moore
(d.1986), English sculptor, was born. In 1998 John Hedgecoe
published “A Monumental Vision: The Sculpture of Henry Moore.”
(SFEC, 7/19/98, BR p.9)(HN, 7/30/01)
1898 Jul 30, Otto von Bismarck
(b.1815), German-Prussian statesman and former "Iron" chancellor
(1871-1890), died. He held the German social security system as his
greatest accomplishment. In 1986 Lothar Gall authored “Bismarck.” In
2011 Jonathan Steinberg authored “Bismarck: A Life.”
(WUD, 1994, p.151)(WSJ, 6/23/07, p.P10)(Econ,
1899 Jul 30, Gerald Moore,
England, pianist (Am I Too Loud), was born.
1902 Jul 30, Anti-Jewish
rioters attacked the funeral procession of Rabbi Joseph in NYC.
1908 Jul 30, An around the
world automobile race ended in Paris. The American Thomas Speedway
Flyer, was declared the winner over teams from Germany and Italy. In
1966 driver George Schuster authored “The Longest Auto Race.” The
restored Flyer was later displayed at the National Automobile Museum
in Reno, Nevada.
(ON, 4/08, p.10)(AP, 7/30/08)
1909 Jul 30, C. Northcote
Parkinson (d.1993), historian and author, was born. Author of
Parkinson's Law: "Work expands so as to fill the time available for
(HN, 7/30/01)(AP, 3/10/02)
1916 Jul 30, German saboteurs
blew up a munitions pier on Black Tom Island, Jersey City, NJ. 7
people were killed. Damages totaled about $20-25 million. After much
legal maneuvering a commission in 1939 ruled that Germany was guilty
of sabotaging Black Tom and another plant in Kingsland, NJ, and
awarded$50 million to the claimants. In 1953 the new Federal
Republic of Germany began making payments. The last payment was made
(AH, 10/04, p.36,77)
1912 Jul 30, Emperor Meiji
died. Under Meiji the country had moved from a preindustrial state
to a leading modern power. His son Yoshihito followed his father to
the throne. With him the Meiji era ended officially and the Taisho
1918 Jul 30, Poet Joyce Kilmer
(b.1886), a sergeant in the 165th U.S. Infantry Regiment, was killed
during the Second Battle of the Marne in World War I. Kilmer is
perhaps best remembered for his poem "Trees."
1919 Jul 30, Federal troops
were called out to put down Chicago race riots.
1924 Jul 30, William H. Gass,
writer (Omensetter's Luck), was born.
1928 Jul 30, George Eastman
showed the 1st color motion pictures in the US. [see Jun 4, 1929]
1932 Jul 30, The Summer Olympic
Games opened in Los Angeles. The US won 41 gold medals, Italy was
2nd with less than a third of that. Bill Miller of Stanford won a
gold medal in the pole vault when he cleared 14'-1 ¾". Later in the
year he set a world record at 14'-1 7/8". Babe Didriksen (21) of
Texas won 2 track gold medals and a silver.
(SFC, 7/14/96, Par p.4)(AP, 7/30/97)(NG, 8/04,
1935 Jul 30, The 1st Penguin
book was published in England and started the paperback revolution.
The sixpenny books made a 1st blow to the library system.
(SFC, 12/29/99, p.E1)(MC, 7/30/02)(Econ, 5/1/04,
1940 Jul 30, Patricia Shroeder,
Democratic congresswoman from Colorado, was born.
1940 Jul 30, A bombing lull
ended the first phase of the Battle of Britain.
1941 Jul 30, Paul Anka, singer
and song-writer, was born in Ottawa. He later composed the song “My
(G&M, 7/30/97, p.A24)
1942 Jul 30, President
Roosevelt signed a bill creating a women's auxiliary agency in the
Navy known as "Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service" or
WAVES for short.
1942 Jul 30, The US
passenger-freighter Robert E. Lee with 268 passengers was sunk by
the German U-166 submarine. 15 crew members and 10 passengers died.
In 2001 wreckage of the U-166 was found in the Gulf of Mexico and it
appeared that it was sunk by Coast Guard PC-566 right after the
attack. U-166 had 52 crew members. [see Aug 1, 1942]
(SFC, 6/9/01, p.A5)
1942 Jul 30, German SS
einsatzgruppen death battalions killed 25,000 Jews in Minsk,
1944 Jul 30, US 30th division
reached the suburbs of St. Lo, Normandy.
1945 Jul 30, The USS
Indianapolis, which had just delivered key components of the
Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian, was torpedoed
by a Japanese submarine. Only 317 out of 1,196 men survived the
sinking and shark-infested waters. [see Jul 29] In 2001 Doug Stanton
authored "In Harm’s Way," an account of the sinking and trial of
Capt. McVey. In 2001 the Navy exonerated the Indianapolis’ captain,
Charles Butler McVay the Third, who was court-martialed and
convicted for failing to evade the submarine that sank his ship.
(AP, 7/30/97)(SFEC, 8/20/00, Par p.4)(WSJ,
4/6/01, p.W9)(AP, 7/29/01)
1946 Jul 30, Jeffrey
Hammond-Hammond, rock bassist (Jethro Tull), was born.
1947 Jul 30, Arnold
Schwarzenegger, 5x Mr. Universe and film star, was born in Thal bei
Graz, Austria. In 2003 he was elected governor of California.
(SSFC, 6/22/03, Par p.4)(Internet)
1949 Jul 30, British warship
HMS Amethyst escaped down Yangtze River after having been refused a
safe passage by Chinese Communists after 3-month standoff.
1956 Jul 30, Anita Hill,
professor of law, Clarence Thomas' nemesis, was born.
1956 Jul 30, US motto "In God
We Trust" was authorized.
1960 Jul 30, Over 60,000
Buddhists marched in protest against the Diem government in South
1963 Jul 30, British spy Kim
Philby was discovered in Moscow. Philby, writer for The Economist,
who spent six years filing dispatches from the Middle East, was
discovered to be a spy and defected to the Soviet Union.
(WSJ, 6/6/95, p.A-14)(MC, 7/30/02)
1964 Jul 30, US Naval fired on
Hon Ngu and Hon Mo in North Vietnam.
1965 Jul 30, President Johnson
signed into law the Medicare bill, which went into effect the
following year. John W. Gardner (d.2002), a member of Johnson’s
cabinet, was responsible for starting Medicare. A statute required
coverage of items that were reasonable and necessary.
(AP, 7/30/97)(SFC, 2/18/02, p.A6)(WSJ, 7/16/03,
1966 Jul 30, US airplanes
bombed the demilitarized zone in Vietnam.
1967 Jul 30, General William
Westmoreland claimed that he was winning the war in Vietnam but
needed more men.
1967 Jul 30, There was a race
riot in Milwaukee and 4 people were killed.
1967 Jul 30, Alfred Krupp (59),
German industrialist, died.
1968 Jul 30, In Gary, Indiana,
policemen took aim at snipers after the third night of racial
unrest. 64 people were taken into custody. Mayor Richard G. Hatcher,
the first Negro mayor in a city with a Negro majority, said that he
now believes that gangs realize they will not be allowed to use
violence to get what they want.
1968 Jul 30, Saddam Hussein
took charge of internal security services in Iraq.
1970 Jul 30, George Szell
(b.1897)), Hungarian-US conductor, died in Cleveland, Ohio. He had
served as the music director of the Cleveland Orchestra since 1946.
1971 Jul 30, US Apollo 15 with
astronauts Scott and Irwin landed at Mare Imbrium on the Moon.
1971 Jul 30, In SF Officer
Arthur O’Guinn was fatally shot while making a traffic stop. 2
people were caught and convicted of 2nd-degree murder. They were
paroled in the late 1970s.
(SFC, 1/27/07, p.A8)
1971 Jul 30, A Japanese 727
collided with a jet fighter. 162 people were killed.
(WUD, 1994, p.
1974 Jul 30, The House
Judiciary Committee voted down an article of impeachment against
President Richard Nixon relating to demeaning his office by
misconduct of personal financial affairs. In April, 1974, a
congressional inquiry into possible tax fraud revealed that Nixon
owed $476,531 in back taxes for the period 1969-72. He agreed to pay
and no conclusion was drawn by the congress regarding fraud. The
Judiciary Committee vote against the article of impeachment was
26-12. Article 3 of the impeachment was passed. Nixon resigned on
August 9, 1974. Peter Rodino presided over the impeachment hearings.
1974 Jul 30, The prime
ministers of Greece and Turkey and the British Foreign Secretary
signed a peace agreement to settle the Cyprus crisis.
1975 Jul 30, Former Teamsters
union president Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from the parking lot of the
Machus Red fox Restaurant in suburban Detroit. Although presumed
dead, his remains have never been found. He was scheduled to meet
with Mafia captain Tony Jack Giacalone (d.2001 at 82) and New Jersey
Teamster boss Anthony Provenzano. In 2004 Charles Brandt authored “I
Heard You Paint Houses,” in which he says Teamster official Frank
Sheeran (d.2003) claimed to have shot Hoffa. Hoffa was declared
legally dead in 1982.
(HFA, '96, p.34)(AP, 7/30/97)(SFC, 2/26/01,
p.A24)(SFC, 5/29/04, p.A2)
1975 Jul 30, James Benjamin
Blish (b.1921), sci-fi author (Star Trek Reader, Black Sunday),
died. Blish also wrote criticism of science fiction using the
pen-name William Atheling Jr.
1975 Jul 30, Representatives of
35 countries convened in Finland for a conference on security and
human rights that resulted in the Helsinki accords.
1978 Jul 30, To celebrate the
80th birthday of sculptor Henry Moore (1898-1986), an exhibition of
his work was held in London’s Hyde Park.
1978 Jul 30, Tropical Storm
Amelia formed in the western Gulf of Mexico near Brownsville, Texas.
The storm moved over land, but continued to intensify to a 50 mph
tropical storm. The storm dissipated over Texas on August 1.
Flooding rains due to torrential rains exceeding 40 inches led to
the deaths of 30 people in Texas.
1980 Jul 30, The Israeli
Knesset passed a law reaffirming all of Jerusalem as the capital of
the Jewish state.
1980 Jul 30, The Pacific island
of Vanuatu gained independence from Britain.
1981 Jul 30, Senegalese troops
aborted an attempt to overthrow the government of Gambia by a
paramilitary field force. Pres. Jawara was restored to power.
1983 Jul 30, Lynn Fontanne
(b.1887), British-born stage and screen actress (Emmy 1965), died in
1984 Jul 30, Holly Roffey (11
days old) received a heart transplant in England. She died on Aug
1984 Jul 30, The British tanker
Alvenus spilled 2.8 million gallons of oil at Cameron, La.
1985 Jul 30, Germaine Krull
(b.1897), Polish born German photographer, died.
1987 Jul 30, Former White House
Chief of Staff Donald T. Regan told the Iran-Contra congressional
committees he had repeatedly urged President Reagan to break off
arms sales to Iran.
1987 Jul 30, Microsoft acquired
Forethought, the developer of PowerPoint, for $14 million. Microsoft
created its own version 3 years later. Robert Gaskins had engaged
Dennis Austin to do the initial programming for PowerPoint 1.0 for
(Wired, 12/98, p.196)(WSJ, 6/20/07, p.B1)
1987 Jul 30, Some 50,000 Indian
troops arrived in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, to disarm the Tamil Tigers and
enforce a peace pact. After a time they began fighting the Tigers
and in 1990 the government asked them to leave.
(SFC, 7/24/96, p.A9)(SFC, 11/2/96, p.A21)(Econ,
1988 Jul 30, Jordan's King
Hussein dissolved his country's lower house of Parliament, half of
whose 60 members were from the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Hussein
renounced sovereignty over the West Bank to the PLO.
1989 Jul 30, In Lebanon, the
pro-Iranian group Organization for the Oppressed on Earth threatened
to kill an American hostage, Marine Lt. Col. William R. Higgins,
unless Israel released Sheik Abdul-Karim Obeid, a cleric seized by
1990 Jul 30, George
Steinbrenner was forced by Commissioner Fay Vincent to resign as
principal partner of NY Yankees.
1990 Jul 30, GM’s first Saturn
car rolled off the line at Spring Hill, Tennessee. In the fall, GM
introduced its all-new Saturn cars to compete against the imports in
the small car market. Roger Smith, GM’s CEO, announced the secret
Saturn project in 1985 in order to "leap-frog" the Japanese car
1990 Jul 30, British
Conservative Party lawmaker Ian Gow was killed in a bombing claimed
by the Irish Republican Army.
1990 Jul 30, In Monrovia,
Liberia, soldiers opened fire on worshippers in church over 600 Gios
and Manos were killed.
1991 Jul 30, President Bush and
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev began their face-to-face
meetings in Moscow.
1992 Jul 30, At the Barcelona
Summer Olympics, Shannon Miller won the silver medal in the women's
all-around gymnastics event.
1992 Jul 30, A TWA Lockheed
L-1011 caught fire during takeoff from New York City's Kennedy
International Airport; all 292 people aboard survived.
1993 Jul 30, Bosnia's outgunned
Muslim-led government abandoned its efforts to hold the region
together, agreeing to a preliminary accord to divide the former
Yugoslav republic into three ethnic states.
1994 Jul 30, The first U.S.
troops landed in the Rwandan capital of Kigali to secure the airport
for an expanded international aid effort.
1995 Jul 30, Russia and Chechen
rebels signed an agreement calling for a gradual withdrawal of
Russian troops and the disarmament of rebel fighters.
1996 Jul 30, The U.S. Olympic
softball team defeated China, 3-1, to win the gold medal.
1996 Jul 30, A federal law
enforcement source said security guard Richard Jewell had become a
focus of the investigation into the bombing at Centennial Olympic
Park. Jewell was later cleared as a suspect, and Eric Rudolph
eventually pleaded guilty.
1996 Jul 30, Claudette Colbert,
actress in many classic films, died in Barbados at 92.
(AP, 7/30/97)(WSJ, 7/31/96, p.A1)
1997 Jul 30, The US lifted a
12-year ban on US citizens visits to Lebanon.
(G&M, 7/31/97, p.A8)
1997 Jul 30, Eighteen people,
including two Americans, were killed in a landslide that swept one
ski lodge onto another at the Thredbo Alpine Village in southeast
1997 Jul 30, In Algeria it was
reported that Muslim militants massacred over 80 villagers in recent
attacks in apparent retaliation to a government offensive. 40
villagers were killed at Metmata village in Ain Defla province.
(WSJ, 7/29/97, p.A12)(SFEC, 8/3/97, p.A15)
1997 Jul 30, Two men bombed
Jerusalem's most crowded outdoor market, killing themselves and 16
others. Following the suicide bombing in Israel that killed 15
people, 79 Palestinians were arrested.
(SFC, 8/2/97, p.A8)(AP, 7/30/98)
1997 Jul 30, In Sierra Leone
Major Johnny Komora announced that elections for civilian rule would
be held in Nov of 2001.
(SFC, 8/1/97, p.A16)
1998 Jul 30, The US Post Office
began selling a 40-cent breast cancer stamp. Eight cents from every
stamp will go to breast cancer research sponsored by the NIH and the
Dept. of Defense.
(SFC, 5/9/98, p.A1,14)(SFC, 7/30/98, p.A1)
1998 Jul 30, In California a
scientific panel advised the state that diesel exhaust posed a
serious cancer threat.
(SFC, 7/31/98, p.A23)
1998 Jul 30, A group of 13 Ohio
machinists stepped forward to claim the $295.7 million Powerball
jackpot. The workers opted to take the cash option: one payment of
about $161.5 million.
1998 Jul 30, “Buffalo Bob”
Smith, the cowboy-suited host of the Howdy Doody Show from
1947-1960, died at age 80 in Hendersonville [Flat Rock], N.C.
(SFC, 7/31/98, p.D7)(AP, 7/30/99)
1998 Jul 30, In France a
Proteus Airlines Beechcraft collided with a Cessna off the west
coast and 15 people were killed.
(SFC, 8/1/98, p.A11)
1998 Jul 30, Japan's Parliament
declared Keizo Obuchi the country's next prime minister.
(AP, 7/30/99)(SFC, 9/21/99, p.A10)
1999 Jul 30, In Serajevo Pres.
Clinton pledged $700 million in aid in addition to $500 million for
Kosovo as talks began to rebuild the Balkans.
(SFC, 7/31/99, p.A6)
1999 Jul 30, The US agreed to
pay $4.5 million to the injured and families of the victims of the
May 7 bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.
(SFC, 7/31/99, p.A6)
1999 Jul 30, Republicans pushed
their $792 billion-dollar tax cut through the Senate.
1999 Jul 30, Linda Tripp, whose
secretly recorded 1997 phone conversations with Monica Lewinsky led
to the impeachment of President Clinton, was charged in Maryland
with illegal wiretapping. Prosecutors later dropped the charges.
(SFC, 7/31/99, p.A1)(AP, 7/30/00)
1999 Jul 30, United Airlines
agreed to offer domestic-partner benefits to employees and retirees
worldwide following a 2-year legal struggle against the SF
(SFC, 7/31/99, p.A1)
1999 Jul 30, The leaders of
some 40 nations gathered in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, pledging
to push economic and democratic reforms for the war-torn Balkans.
1999 Jul 30, In Colombia a
powerful car bomb exploded in Medellin outside an anti-kidnapping
unit that had arrested 7 suspected members of FARC just hours
earlier. At least 10 people were killed.
(SFC, 7/31/99, p.A8)
1999 Jul 30, A Venezuelan
airliner with 16 people went missing. Rebels on Aug 8 promised to
free 14 passengers and crewmen. Colombian rebels freed 8 passengers
Aug 9 and allowed the pilot and co-pilot to fly the plane back to
(WSJ, 8/2/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/9/99, p.A1)(WSJ,
2000 Jul 30, In Tamil Nadu,
India, film star Rajkumar and 3 companions were kidnapped by
Veerappan and his gang. Veerappan was accused of killing at least
130 police officers and had eluded capture for 18 years. On Aug 6
the governments of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka agreed to met rebel the
(SFC, 8/5/00, p.A11)(SFC, 8/7/00, p.A14)
2000 Jul 30, In Kashmir a
Pakistan-based rebel group opposed to a cease-fire attacked Indian
security forces and killed at least 3 soldiers.
(SFC, 8/1/00, p.A10)
2000 Jul 30, In Kazakstan the
last nuclear test facility was destroyed with a controlled
detonation of 100 tons of explosives.
(SFC, 7/31/00, p.A14)
2000 Jul 30, North and South
Korea agreed to hold regular high-level talks and to re-open their
suspended border liaisons to implement earlier agreements.
(SFEC, 7/30/00, p.A2)
2000 Jul 30, In Venezuela
national elections were scheduled. 56% of the populace turned out
and endorsed Pres. Chavez to a 6-year term by a 59 to 37% margin
over Francisco Arias. Chavez’s Fifth Republic Movement won 9 of 23
state governor races and a simple majority of the legislature. The
new constitution gave voters the right to revoke the president’s
mandate after 3 years by referendum.
(SFC, 7/29/00, p.A10)(SFC, 7/31/00, p.A12)(SFC,
2001 Jul 30, Former Pres.
Clinton opened his new office in Harlem.
(SFC, 7/31/01, p.A1)
2001 Jul 30, Intel rolled out
its new Pentium III-M processor based on .13 micron chip technology.
(SFC, 7/31/01, p.E3)
2001 Jul 30, In Alaska a
sightseeing plane crashed near Glacier Bay National Park and all 6
people aboard were killed.
(WSJ, 8/1/01, p.A1)
2001 Jul 30, In Argentina the
Senate passed a tough austerity package supported by Pres. de la
(SFC, 7/31/01, p.A7)
2001 Jul 30, It was reported
that Bolivia’s Pres. Banzer would step down Aug 6 due to his cancer
(WSJ, 7/30/01, p.A1)
2001 Jul 30, In Canada
medicinal use of marijuana became legal. The government grew the
drug in an abandoned salt mine in Flin Flon, Manitoba, and sold it
to authorized users at C$5 ($4.40) a gram.
(SFC, 7/31/01, p.A6)(Reuters, 11/13/06)
2001 Jul 30, In the West Bank 6
Palestinian Fatah activists were killed in an explosion near the
Al-Fara refugee camp. Israeli helicopters soon after rocketed a
weapons storage center in Gaza and at least 7 Palestinian police
officers were wounded.
(SFC, 7/30/01, p.A6)(WSJ, 7/30/01, p.A1)(SFC,
2001 Jul 30, In Macedonia peace
talks dragged into a 3rd day as rebels controlled part of Tetovo.
(SFC, 7/31/01, p.A7)
2001 Jul 30, In South Africa
Catholic bishops denounced condoms as “immoral and misguided”
weapons against AIDS.
(SFC, 7/31/01, p.A6)
2001 Jul 30, In Taiwan Typhoon
Toraji left some 200 people dead.
(SFC, 7/31/01, p.A7)(AP, 7/30/06)
2001 Jul 30, Zimbabwean
president Robert Mugabe's ruling party won a special parliamentary
2002 Jul 30, WNBA player Lisa
Leslie became the first woman to dunk in a professional game on a
breakaway in the first half of the Los Angeles Sparks' 82-73 loss to
the Miami Sol.
2002 Jul 30, President Bush
signed into law the most far-reaching government crackdown on
business fraud since the Depression. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, named
after sponsors Paul Sarbanes and Mike Oxley, was signed into law in
response to corporate scandals. Its rules included the independence
of corporate directors’ requirements for better internal monitoring.
The law curbed stock option backdating by requiring prompt reporting
of stock option grants. The Public Company Accounting Oversight
Board (PCOAB) was established as part of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. In
2006 the Free Enterprise Fund filed a suit claiming that the PCOAB
(AP, 7/30/03)(WSJ, 7/22/03, p.B1)(Econ, 2/18/06,
p.70)(WSJ, 12/27/06, p.A6)
2002 Jul 30, Expelled from
Congress a week earlier, an unrepentant Ohio Democrat James A.
Traficant Jr. was sentenced to eight years behind bars for
corruption and made it clear he intended to run for re-election from
his prison cell — and expected to win. He didn't. Traficant was
released from prison in Rochester, Minnesota, on Sep 2, 2009.
(AP, 7/30/03)(SFC, 9/3/09, p.A6)
2002 Jul 30, At Cape Cod, Mass.
46 pilot whales beached themselves a 2nd time one day after rescuers
managed to return most of a pod back to sea. All the animals died.
(SFC, 7/31/02, p.A3)
2002 Jul 30, In Brazil the real
fell 3.3% to 3.3 to the dollar, its 7th consecutive record low.
(WSJ, 7/31/02, p.A12)
2002 Jul 30, The leaders of
Congo and Rwanda signed a peace agreement, proclaiming it a key step
in efforts to end a war that has embroiled six African nations and
left 2.5 million people dead.
2002 Jul 30, In Egypt a
military court convicted 16 members of the outlawed Muslim
Brotherhood group, mostly academics and professionals, on charges of
conspiring against the government and sentenced them to up to five
years in prison.
2002 Jul 30, In Guatemala City
Pope John Paul II canonized his 463rd saint, Pedro de San Jose
Betancur, a 17th century Spanish missionary and Central America's
(SFC, 7/31/02, p.A2)(AP, 7/30/07)
2002 Jul 30, Rome decided to
have the coins collected from the Trevi fountain every day and not
just on Mondays. The next day Roberto Cercelletta (50), a
self-described unemployed Roman resident, self-inflicted razor cuts
on his stomach in a protest and asked if the money collected has
really gone to the Catholic charity Caritas in past years.
2002 Jul 30, Pope John Paul II
began a three-day visit to Mexico to canonize Juan Diego, the first
Indian saint. He arrived from Guatemala to a greeting by President
Vicente Fox and tens of thousands of people lining Mexico City's
2002 Jul 30, In the Philippines
some 2,000 leftist protestors slammed a U.S.-led anti-terror
exercise, ahead of a visit by Secretary of State Colin Powell for
talks on combating terrorism.
2002 Jul 30, A Palestinian
suicide bomber blew himself up at a central Jerusalem fast-food
stand popular with police, wounding four Israelis. In the West Bank,
gunmen killed two Israeli settlers who had entered a Palestinian
2003 Jul 30, President Bush
took personal responsibility for the first time for using disputed
intelligence in his State of the Union address, but predicted he
would be vindicated for going to war against Iraq.
2003 Jul 30, Textile
manufacturer Pillowtex filed for bankruptcy saying it will close 16
plants and sell its assets. 4,300 people in the Kannopolis, NC, area
lost their jobs.
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R10)(Econ, 4/23/05, p.30)
2003 Jul 30, Sam Phillips
(b.1923), founder of Sun Records (1952), died in Memphis. Phillips
produced Elvis Presley's 1st record.
(SFC, 8/1/03, p.A19)
2003 Jul 30, In Cambodia
opposition parties said they would only form a coalition government
if PM Hun Sen stepped down.
(SFC, 8/1/03, p.A3)
2003 Jul 30, Guatemala's
highest court cleared the way for former dictator Efrain Rios Montt
to run for president.
2003 Jul 30, In India Lal
Bihari, president of the Association of the Living Dead, estimated
35,000 people in Uttar Pradesh state have been wrongly certified as
dead. "We have knocked on doors of government officials and police.
No one is ready to recognize us as living persons because revenue
records declare us dead."
2003 Jul 30, Iraq's U.S.-picked
interim government named its first president: Ibrahim al-Jaafari, a
Shiite Muslim from the Daawa party banned by Saddam Hussein.
(AP, 7/30/04)(WSJ, 4/28/05, p.A1)
2003 Jul 30, The last
Volkswagen Beetle was produced in Puebla, Mexico. The first Beetles
had arrived in 1956. Mexico had begun producing its own version of
the Beetle in 1964.
(WSJ, 7/31/03, p.A1)(SSFC, 9/14/08, p.A10)
2004 Jul 30, Mike Tyson was
knocked out in the fourth round of a fight in Louisville, Ky., by
British heavyweight Danny Williams.
2004 Jul 30, Leaders of the
Sept. 11 commission urged US senators to embrace their proposals for
massive changes to the nation's intelligence structure.
2004 Jul 30, Democratic
presidential nominee John Kerry plunged into the general election
and embarked on a coast-to-coast campaign swing through 21 states.
2004 Jul 30, Abdurahman
Alamoudi pleaded guilty in a Virginia court to moving cash from
Libya and involvement in a Libyan plot to assassinate Saudi Prince
2004 Jul 30, In NYC Joseph
Massino, a Bonanno crime boss, was convicted of orchestrating
murder, racketeering, arson and extortion over the last 25 years.
(SFC, 7/31/04, p.A2)
2004 Jul 30, Scientists
reported the creation of synthetic prions and showed they could
replicate without genetic material and cause brain disease in
(SFC, 7/30/04, p.A3)
2004 Jul 30, A new Austrian
postage stamp featuring a likeness of California Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger went on sale on his birthday.
2004 Jul 30, In Belgium a major
natural gas pipeline exploded in Ath, killing 16 people and injuring
120, including firefighters and police responding to a report of a
(AP, 7/30/04)(WSJ, 8/2/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 30, In Colombia Maria
Elena Rios (25) was shot to death in the head and back in a hillside
slum of Medellin. An internal army investigation absolved Capt. Jhon
Jairo Cano and four soldiers of any wrongdoing. The investigation
was reopened in 2007 along with 130 other investigations of killings
of civilians presented as deaths of leftist rebels in action, as the
US Congress refuses to ratify a bilateral trade pact over concerns
about human rights in Colombia.
2004 Jul 30, In Iraq fierce
overnight fighting between U.S. Marines backed by fighter aircraft
and insurgents using small arms and mortars killed 13 Iraqis in
2004 Jul 30, Parties to Ivory
Coast's moribund peace process committed themselves again to
knitting their civil-war divided country back together, setting new
target dates for implementation of their peace deal at a summit in
2004 Jul 30, A small bomb
exploded in Faisalabad, an industrial city of eastern Pakistan,
wounding 18 people, mostly children.
2004 Jul 30, In Pakistan an
attack on Shaukat Aziz, the prime minister designate, was a response
to Pres. Gen. Pervez Musharraf's transferring wanted militants to
U.S. custody. 7 people were killed plus the suicide bomber. In 2005
police arrested 3 brothers for harboring suicide bombers, who made
the attack on Aziz that left 9 bystanders dead.
(AP, 7/31/04)(AP, 1/18/05)
2004 Jul 30, Turkish
authorities seized 200 pounds of plastic explosives hidden in a
truck as it crossed into Turkey from Iraq.
2004 Jul 30, In Uzbekistan
suicide bombers hit the U.S. and Israeli embassies, killing at least
2004 Jul 30, A Venezuelan judge
ordered the arrests of 59 former military officers on suspicion of
plotting against President Hugo Chavez's government.
2005 Jul 30, President Bush was
pronounced "fit for duty" after a checkup that showed that the
59-year-old commander in chief, an avid mountain bike rider, had
lost eight pounds since his last physical exam in December 2004.
2005 Jul 30, Rep. William
Jefferson, D-La., received $100,000 at the Ritz-Carlton in
Arlington, Virginia, to use for bribing Abubakar Atiku,
vice-president of Nigeria. Vernon Jackson, a Kentucky businessman,
later admitted to paying over $400,000 in bribes to secure deals for
his telecommunications company in Nigeria and other African
countries. Documents released in 2005 said an FBI informant recorded
a video of the transaction.
(SFC, 5/22/06, p.A3)
2005 Jul 30, In central
Afghanistan thousands of rockets, mortars and anti-aircraft
ammunition have been seized in the largest cache of militant weapons
discovered in months.
2005 Jul 30, In England Anthony
Walker (18), a black teenager who was followed late July 29 through
a Liverpool park by a group of men shouting racist taunts, died
after an attacker embedded an ax in his skull.
2005 Jul 30, The death toll in
China from a mysterious pig-borne disease continued to rise, with
several more cities affected. Sichuan province in southwestern China
has launched a campaign to educate poor, illiterate farmers not to
slaughter sick pigs or eat their meat after an outbreak of swine flu
hit about 100 villages and killed at least 34 people.
(Reuters, AFP, 7/30/05)
2005 Jul 30, In southern China
a brick wall collapsed at a festival, killing seven people and
injuring 22. The wall fell during the opening ceremony of an annual
"torch festival" celebrated by the Yi ethnic minority in Yunnan
province's Yuanyang county.
2005 Jul 30, Leaders of a
Colombian right-wing paramilitary faction, believed to be one of the
most heavily involved in drug trafficking, demobilized their troops
and said they wanted to form a political party. Nearly 700 fighters
in the "Southern Liberators" unit of the paramilitary United
Self-Defense Forces turned in their weapons at a ceremony in
2005 Jul 30, The CzechTek rave,
attended by some 5000 fans, was broken up by some 1000 riot police.
(Econ, 8/13/05, p.44)(http://czechtek.muzika.cz/)
2005 Jul 30, In Egypt police
and government supporters beat pro-reform activists with batons,
sometimes kicking them as they on lay the ground, during a protest
against President Hosni Mubarak's announcement that he would run for
re-election for a fifth time.
2005 Jul 30, Wim Duisenberg
(b.1935), Dutch-born first chief of the European Central Bank who
helped create the euro currency, was found dead at a home in Faucon,
2005 Jul 30, In India the
discovery of more bodies pushed the death toll from this week's
monsoon floods in Bombay to more than 850. Officials warned it will
likely rise to around 1,000.
2005 Jul 30, In southern Iraq 2
British contractors guarding a consulate convoy were killed by a
roadside bomb. A car bomb exploded near the National Theater in
Baghdad, killing 5 people, including 3 policemen. Assailants in
military garb tried to assassinate a prominent Sunni Arab leader. 5
US soldiers were killed by roadside bombs in two separate incidents
(AP, 7/30/05)(AP, 7/31/05)
2005 Jul 30, In Kashmir
militants holed up in buildings on a busy street in Srinagar fired
at security forces during a raid.
2005 Jul 30, Maoist guerrillas
in eastern Nepal kidnapped seven civil servants.
2005 Jul 30, A Russian oil
tanker slammed into a St. Petersburg bridge, leaking diesel oil into
the Neva River.
2005 Jul 30, A Russia newspaper
reported that a strain of bird flu harmful to humans has been found
in an outbreak of the disease in Siberia. The administration of
Novosibirsk ordered the slaughter of 65,000 domestic fowl in 14
(AP, 7/30/05)(WSJ, 8/2/05, p.A9)
2006 Jul 30, Murray Bookchin
(b.1921), American anarchist and libertarian socialist, died in
Vermont. Bookchin initiated the critical theory of social ecology
within anarchist, libertarian socialist, and ecological thought. His
books included “Post-Scarcity Anarchism” (1971) and “The Ecology of
Freedom: The Emergence and Dissolution of Hierarchy” (1982).
2006 Jul 30, Afghan and
coalition forces killed 23 Taliban militants in clashes in Helmand
province's Garmser district.
2006 Jul 30, In Bahrain 16
Indian workers died when a fire broke out in the building where they
lived in the capital Manama. The six-storey building housed some 300
workers, mostly Indians, working for a contracting company.
2006 Jul 30, It was reported
that China had lowered the estimated number of HIV/AIDS infected
people from 840,000 to 650,000.
(SSFC, 7/30/06, p.A17)
2006 Jul 30, Congolese voted in
their first democratic election in more than four decades. Incumbent
President Joseph Kabila later won a runoff.
(AP, 7/30/06)(AP, 7/30/07)
2006 Jul 30, Afghan soldiers
and police killed six Taliban fighters and captured eight during a
clash in southeastern Paktika province's Waza Khwa district. A
suspected Taliban died when a land mine he was planting north of
Kandahar city exploded.
2006 Jul 30, In India at least
8 people died during heavy monsoon rains at the weekend and more
than 25,000 were evacuated in the western state of Gujarat.
2006 Jul 30, In Iraq gunmen
killed at least 23 pilgrims on their way to Najaf. A car bomb in
Kirkuk killed 6 people and wounded 17.
(SFC, 7/31/06, p.A3)
2006 Jul 30, Israeli missiles
hit several buildings in Qana, a southern Lebanon village, as people
slept, killing 29, mostly children, in the deadliest attack in 19
days of fighting. Israeli PM Ehud Olmert expressed "great sorrow"
for the airstrikes but blamed Hezbollah guerrillas for using the
area to launch rockets at Israel. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
called an emergency meeting of the Security Council. Israel
suspended air attacks on south Lebanon for 48 hours in the face of
widespread outrage over the airstrike.
(AP, 8/3/06)(AP, 7/30/07)
2006 Jul 30, In Indian Kashmir
6 people were killed in shootings and 10 wounded in a grenade attack
on a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims.
2006 Jul 30, Residents on the
tiny island nation of Sao Tome and Principe off West Africa voted
for a new president.
2006 Jul 30, The first
commercial flight in a decade departed Mogadishu’s newly reopened
international airport, demonstrating how Islamic militants have
pacified the once-anarchic capital and much of southern Somalia.
2006 Jul 30, The Seychelles
held presidential elections. External debt was reported to be $590
million for the population of 82,000 people.
(Econ, 8/12/06, p.40)
2006 Jul 30, Sunbathers on a
beach in Spain's Canary Islands came to the aid of 88 African
migrants whose boat ran aground, giving them food, water and
blankets after their dangerous trip in search of a new life.
2006 Jul 30, Duygu Asena (60),
a best-selling writer and crusader for women's rights in Turkey,
died after a two-year battle with a brain tumor. In 1978 she founded
the first women's magazine in Turkey. Asena was the first Turkish
writer to explore such topics as women's rights, sexuality and
wife-beating. Her 1987 book “Woman Has No Name" broke sales records
when it was printed, but was soon banned by the government which
found it to be too lewd and obscene. The ban was lifted after a
two-year court battle. A film adaptation of the book broke box
office records in Turkey.
2006 Jul 30, In eastern Uganda
a minibus that was speeding collided with a fuel truck killing 30
2007 Jul 30, US President
George W. Bush and Britain’s PM Gordon Brown held talks. Brown hoped
to secure support for a Darfur peace deal and movement on stalled
world trade talks. Bush and PM Brown, meeting at Camp David, forged
a unified stand on Iraq.
(AP, 7/30/07)(AP, 7/30/08)
2007 Jul 30, Jinzhou Chang
(24), a Contra Costa college student, was shot and killed in El
Cerrito, Ca., while helping his immigrant father make repairs at an
apartment complex. Three 17-year-old boys were soon arrested and
faced robbery and murder charges.
(SFC, 8/9/07, p.B5)
2007 Jul 30, Bill Walsh
(b.1931), former head coach of the SF 49ers football team, died at
his Woodside home following a long battle with leukemia.
2007 Jul 30, A 2nd South Korean
hostage was slain by the Taliban in central Afghanistan.
2007 Jul 30, Bangladesh's High
Court suspended former PM Sheikh Hasina's extortion trial and
ordered her released on bail.
2007 Jul 30, A raging forest
fire has destroyed thousands of acres of woodland on Spain's Gran
Canaria island and forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people.
2007 Jul 30, China tightened
credit in a new effort to cool its sizzling economy, ordering banks
to shrink the pool of money for lending by increasing their reserves
for a sixth time this year.
2007 Jul 30, China’s state
media said floods, landslides and mud flows triggered by torrential
rains have killed 652 people in China so far this year, with more
heavy rains in the forecast.
2007 Jul 30, A UN investigator
said extreme sexual violence against women is pervasive in the
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and local authorities do little
to stop it or prosecute those responsible.
2007 Jul 30, Egyptian police
clashed with Bedouins protesting a government order to demolish
their houses along the Palestinian Gaza Strip's border, leaving
dozens injured. Egyptian media have reported a government plan to
force the Bedouins from a 500-foot-wide band of land along the
border to prevent traffickers from digging tunnels used to smuggle
weapons and people into Gaza.
2007 Jul 30, The European
Commission said it was seeking a court injunction against Polish
plans to build a key continental highway to prevent permanent damage
to the Rospuda Valley, a "unique environmental site."
2007 Jul 30, It was reported
that India’s Maharashtra state government has banned domesticated
elephants from Mumbai, India's largest city, saying that forcing the
animals to walk the city's chaotic, crowded and polluted streets was
an act of cruelty. The ban took effect last week.
2007 Jul 30, UN inspectors
visited a nuclear reactor being built in central Iran, a facility
that has been off-limits since April. Iran's foreign ministry
spokesman criticized a US plan to sell state-of-the-art weapons to
2007 Jul 30, Ayatollah Ali
Meshkini (85), a founding member of Iran's Islamic regime and leader
of an important government assembly, died.
2007 Jul 30, A minibus exploded
in a Baghdad market, killing at least six people. Relief agencies
said about 8 million Iraqis, nearly a third of the population, need
immediate emergency aid because of the humanitarian crisis caused by
the Iraq war. A US Marine was killed in combat operations in Anbar
(AP, 7/30/07)(AP, 7/31/07)
2007 Jul 30, An Israeli
parliamentary committee voted unanimously to revoke the privileges
of disgraced former president Moshe Katsav, who signed a plea
bargain in June admitting he sexually harassed several female
employees. An Israeli aircraft attacked a car carrying Palestinian
militants, wounding two members of Islamic Jihad and the Gaza
commander of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades.
2007 Jul 30, Michelangelo
Antonioni (b.1912), film director, died (94). He was one of Italy's
most influential post-war film directors whose portrayals of modern
angst and alienation won him a cult following. His films included
the Oscar-nominated "Blowup," "Zabriskie Point" and the
internationally acclaimed "L'Avventura" (The Adventure).
2007 Jul 30, Japan’s PM Shinzo
Abe rejected calls for his resignation, saying the country couldn't
afford the resulting "power vacuum."
2007 Jul 30, In northern
Lebanon the army unleashed tank and artillery fire on the remaining
hideouts of al-Qaida-inspired militants holed up in a Palestinian
2007 Jul 30, The Mexican Miners
and Metalworkers Union (SNTMMRM) struck Grupo Mexico to demand wage
increases and improved safety conditions. Striking workers occupied
the Cananea copper mine in the northern state of Sonora and
continued into 2010.
2007 Jul 30, The body of Luis
Lazaro Lara Morejon, a Cuban-American who was under investigation in
a migrant smuggling case, was found riddled with bullets along a
road outside Cancun, Mexico.
2007 Jul 30, In Pakistan 3
paramilitary soldiers and four civilians died in militant attacks in
the North Waziristan tribal region.
2007 Jul 30, In the Philippines
southeast Asian foreign ministers agreed to set up a regional human
rights commission, overcoming fierce resistance from military-ruled
Myanmar. Myanmar agreed not to veto discussion over the human rights
commission at a November summit.
(AP, 7/30/07)(Econ, 8/4/07, p.36)
2007 Jul 30, Patriarch Teoctist
(b.1915), head of the Romanian Orthodox Church, died in Bucharest,
He made history when he invited the late John Paul II to his
Orthodox country in 1999 but was criticized for being too close to
2007 Jul 30, In Somalia
insurgents attacked government buildings in Mogadishu, starting a
gunbattle with troops that killed at least 4 people, including a
four-year-old child. In the central town of Belet Weyne, two
children and their father were killed when Ethiopian troops fired
artillery shells into a residential area after a land mine exploded
near their convoy. A land mine exploded near a bus in southern
Mogadishu, killing 5 on board and wounding 3 others.
(AP, 7/31/07)(AP, 8/1/07)
2007 Jul 30, Officials said at
least 19 people have been killed and hundreds of homes destroyed by
a series of forest fires which have swept through parts of
northeastern South Africa.
2007 Jul 30, Ingmar Bergman
(b.1918), Swedish film and stage director, died. The iconoclastic
filmmaker was widely regarded as one of the great masters of modern
cinema. His 1987 autobiography was titled "The Magic Lantern."
2008 Jul 30, President Bush
signed a massive housing bill intended to provide mortgage relief
for 400,000 struggling homeowners and stabilize financial markets.
Bush also signed an executive order updating the authority of the
national intelligence director.
(AP, 7/30/08)(WSJ, 7/31/08, p.A1)
2008 Jul 30, President George
W. Bush signed legislation repealing a rule that prevented
HIV-infected immigrants, students and tourists from receiving US
visas without special waivers. Bush also signed an act reauthorizing
PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. It will
provide $39 billion to be spent on AIDS over the next 5 years, up
from $15 billion for the past 5 years.
8/5/08)(www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/hivaids/)(Econ, 8/9/08, p.75)
2008 Jul 30, The NY Times
reported that a top Central Intelligence Agency official has
traveled to Islamabad and confronted senior officials with evidence
of ties between Pakistan's spy agency and militants operating in
that country's tribal areas.
2008 Jul 30, US federal health
officials said the salmonella strain linked to a nationwide outbreak
has been found in irrigation water and in a sample from a batch of
serrano peppers at a Mexican farm in Nuevo Leon. Mexico's
Agriculture Department rejected the FDA's conclusion saying "The
farm unit in question ended its harvest more than a month ago, so
the sample they say they have lacks scientific validity" because the
sample "was taken recently from a tank holding rain water that was
not used in production."
2008 Jul 30, In SF Mayor Gavin
Newsom signed into law a $6.5 billion city budget.
(SFC, 7/31/08, p.B1)
2008 Jul 30, Nicholas Corozzo
(68), New York City mob captain, pleaded guilty to racketeering and
2 murders in 1996. In 2009 he was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
(http://tinyurl.com/cz7tj8)(SSFC, 4/19/09, p.A10)
2008 Jul 30, In Afghanistan
Insurgents and a roadside blast killed five Afghan policemen.
2008 Jul 30, Aborigines won
traditional ownership rights over a large stretch of coastline in
northern Australia, in a landmark ruling lawyers said could set a
precedent in other parts of the country.
2008 Jul 30, Former Bosnian
Serb leader Radovan Karadzic sat in a UN jail cell after being flown
to the Netherlands in the dead of night to face charges of genocide
against Muslims and Croats during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
2008 Jul 30, Media watchdog
Ofcom fined the BBC 400,000 pounds, the largest financial penalty it
has ever issued against the public broadcaster, for misleading the
public through fake quizzes and competitions.
2008 Jul 30, In Canada Tim
McLean (22), sleeping on a Greyhound bus was killed and decapitated
by his seatmate, Vince Weiguang Li (40), as the bus rolled across
the Canadian Prairies in Manitoba. On march 5, 2009, a judge ruled
that Li would not be judged criminally responsible due to mental
(Reuters, 7/31/08)(AP, 8/1/08)(AP, 3/5/09)
2008 Jul 30, A human rights
group said Chinese authorities have sent Liu Shaokun to a labor camp
for a year. He had posted pictures of collapsed schools on the
Internet and was detained last June for allegedly “seriously
disturbing social order.” And disrupting post-quake reconstruction
(WSJ, 7/31/08, p.A7)
2008 Jul 30, The UN Security
Council voted to end an 8-year-long peacekeeping mission between
Eritrea and Ethiopia despite continuing tensions, a move that the
United Nations' chief has warned could lead to a new war.
2008 Jul 30, Germany's highest
court partially overturned bans on smoking in bars, ruling that
states must either ban smoking in all restaurants and pubs or offer
exceptions for single-room establishments.
2008 Jul 30, In the troubled
Russian republic of Ingushetia a car bomb exploded outside the
regional police headquarters morning, killing at least two police.
2008 Jul 30, Nearly 50,000
Iraqi police and soldiers were involved in a US-backed operation
against al-Qaida in Iraq in one of its last major strongholds near
the capital. A roadside bomb targeted an Iraqi army patrol in
eastern Baghdad, killing at least one Iraqi soldier and wounding
seven other people.
2008 Jul 30, Israel’s PM Ehud
Olmert announced he would step down after his Kadima Party's
leadership race in September, called because of a series of
corruption allegations against him.
2008 Jul 30, In Lebanon gunmen
attacked a Lebanese military post in the country's east, killing one
soldier and wounding another.
2008 Jul 30, Mexican police
captured Ever Villafane Martinez, a Colombian cartel operative who
represented Colombia's Norte del Valle drug cartel in dealings with
Mexico's Beltran Leyva gang. He had escaped from a Colombian prison
in 2001 and was wanted on drug charges in the US.
2008 Jul 30, Morocco's King
Mohammed VI condemned Algeria's continuing closure of their common
border, despite repeated calls by Rabat for it to be reopened.
Algiers has set a global settlement of the conflict in Western
Sahara as a precondition for reopening the border, which it closed
in 1994 after Morocco claimed Algerian secret service agents were
behind an Islamist extremist attack in Marrakesh.
2008 Jul 30, Nigerian security
officials said rival militant factions in Nigeria's oil-producing
Niger Delta have clashed in an apparent turf war, killing at least
2008 Jul 30, The UN said hunger
in North Korea is at its worst since the 1990s, prompting the
resumption of emergency UN food shipments after a two-year hiatus.
2008 Jul 30, In Pakistan fierce
fighting erupted in the restive Swat valley, killing 25 militants
and four soldiers and undermining the government's strategy of
offering peace deals to pro-Taliban insurgents. Sher Ali, an
insurgent commander known as Mullah Toor, was killed in the
(AP, 7/30/08)(WSJ, 7/31/08, p.A12)
2008 Jul 30, The papal nuncio
said Paraguay's president-elect Fernando Lugo (57) has received
unprecedented permission from the pope to resign as bishop, ending a
dispute over his priestly status.
2008 Jul 30, Alexander
Tsygankov, a Russian oil executive detained in Libya since last
November, was freed, hours before Russian PM Vladimir Putin was due
to host the country's prime minister.
2008 Jul 30, Saudi Arabia's
Islamic religious police banned the sale dogs and cats as pets, as
well as walking them in public due to “the rising of phenomenon of
men using cats and dogs to make passes at women and pester families"
as well as "violating proper behavior in public squares and malls."
2008 Jul 30, Sri Lankan war
planes bombed a suspected Tiger base in the north. The army launched
a wave of attacks against Tamil Tiger separatists in the north,
sparking battles that killed 24 rebels and one soldier.
(AFP, 7/30/08)(AP, 7/31/08)
2008 Jul 30, Turkey’s high
court narrowly voted against disbanding the ruling Justice and
Development Party, but cut off millions of dollars in state aid to
the Islamic-oriented party.
(SFC, 7/31/08, p.A12)
2008 Jul 30, Zimbabwe’s reserve
bank said it will drop 10 zeros from its hyper-inflated currency —
turning 10 billion dollars into one. President Robert Mugabe
threatened a state of emergency if businesses profiteer from the
country's economic and political unraveling. Inflation this summer
reached an absurd 231 million percent.
(AP, 7/30/08)(Econ, 4/27/13, p.71)
2009 Jul 30, A US federal judge
ordered the release of Mohammed Jawad, a Guantanamo Bay detainee
accused of attacking US troops with a grenade on December 17, 2002.
American authorities claimed he was at least 16-years old at the
time of his arrest, but it later emerged he may have been as young
as 12-years old.
2009 Jul 30, Bill Leigon,
president of Hahn Family Wines in Soledad, Calif., said that visits
to the company's Web site have increased tenfold since news of an
Alabama ban on his Cycles Gladiator wine broke late last week.
Callers from across the country have been asking where they can buy
the wine. It was reported that the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage
Control Board had recently told stores and restaurants to quit
serving Cycles Gladiator wine because of a label that features a
nude nymph. The wine's label is copied from an 1895 French
advertising poster for Cycles Gladiator bicycles. It shows a side
view of a full-bodied nymph flying alongside a winged bicycle.
2009 Jul 30, The Taliban urged
Afghans to stay away from the Aug. 20 elections, dismissing the
balloting as an "American process" and threatening to block roads to
polling stations. In western Afghanistan a Taliban ambush on a NATO
convoy left nine insurgents and a policeman dead. A Taliban unit
ambushed a convoy of electoral material in Farah province.
Insurgents killed four Afghan soldiers in the gunbattle but the
ballots and other voting material were retrieved.
(AP, 7/30/09)(AP, 7/31/09)
2009 Jul 30, In China nearly a
thousand villagers gathered at government and police offices in
Zhentou township in Hunan province to highlight what they say is
deadly pollution being discharged from the Xianghe Chemical Factory
in nearby Liuyang city.
2009 Jul 30, A Hamburg court
ordered a German publisher to pay Sweden's Princess Madeleine
euro400,000 ($560,000) in damages for fabricating stories about her.
Sonnenverlag GmbH & Co KG magazines had carried false reports
about the 27-year-old princess being engaged and pregnant, among
other things. Sonnenverlag's parent company, Baden-Baden based
KLAMBT media group, confirmed the ruling.
2009 Jul 30, In Honduras Roger
Vallejo (38), a high school teacher in the capital of Tegucigalpa,
was wounded as thousands of Zelaya supporters blocked a highway and
clashed with security forces. Vallejo died of his wounds on Aug 1.
2009 Jul 30, Iranian police
fired tear gas and beat anti-government protesters with batons to
disperse thousands attending a graveside memorial for victims of
2009 Jul 30, In Iraq a bomb
blast in a building used by a Sunni-backed political group in Iraq's
Diyala province killed at least seven people. Government spokesman
Ali al-Dabbagh confirmed that seven people were killed when Iraqi
forces seized control of the Iranian Camp Ashraf on July 28. The
government said it will change the name of the camp to New Iraqi
Camp to remove the Iranian reference. The camp was originally named
for one of the founders of the People's Mujahedeen, Ashraf Rajavi.
2009 Jul 30, Italy approved the
use of the abortion drug RU-486, drawing fierce protests by the
Vatican. The Italian Drug Agency ruled that the drug cannot be sold
in drug stores but can only be administered by doctors in a
2009 Jul 30, Japanese astronaut
Koichi Wakata described his test of new underwear, called J-Wear, as
the shuttle Endeavour prepared to come home after over 2 weeks
aloft. Wakata tested the high-tech underwear for a month at a time
during his 4½ months aboard the ISS.
(SFC, 7/31/09, p.A9)
2009 Jul 30, A Libyan officials
said Libya and Canada have signed a memorandum of intent on nuclear
power. Since July 2007, Libya has signed three similar agreements
with France, Russia and Ukraine.
2009 Jul 30, North Korea's
military seized four South Korean fishermen after their boat strayed
into North Korean waters. The fishermen were released on Aug 29.
(AP, 7/31/09)(AP, 8/29/09)
2009 Jul 30, In northern
Nigeria security forces hunted door-to-door for Islamic militants
after killing more than 100 of them by storming the sect's compound.
A top rights group said innocent people were getting executed in the
process. Mohammed Yusuf (39), the leader of the Boko Haram movement,
was shot dead while in police detention. In February, 2011, seven
suspects accused of killing Yusuf were arraigned in a federal court.
Abubakar Shekau took over Boko Haram following the death of Yusuf.
(AP, 7/30/09)(Reuters, 7/31/09)(AP,
7/19/11)(Econ, 9/5/15, p.54)
2009 Jul 30, On the Spanish
island of Majorca 2 civil guard officers were killed when their
booby-trapped car exploded near a barracks.
2009 Jul 30, South African
President Jacob Zuma accepted "very substantial damages" from
Britain's Guardian newspaper over an article that wrongly suggested
he was a rapist.
2009 Jul 30, The UN Security
Council unanimously extended the mandate for the joint UN-African
Union peacekeeping mission which has been slowly deploying in
Sudan's conflict-torn Darfur region.
2009 Jul 30, Venezuela's top
prosecutor, Attorney General Luisa Ortega, insisted that freedom of
expression in Venezuela "must be limited" and proposed legislation
that would slap additional restrictions on the country's news media.
2009 Jul 30, Zimbabwe’s Daily
News, a popular newspaper banned nearly six years ago, won a new
license to resume printing. It was renowned for its willingness to
criticize Pres. Robert Mugabe. CNN said Zimbabwe agreed last week to
allow it to resume working in the country.
2009 Jul 30, Zimbabwe's health
minister said a cholera epidemic has ended, after more than 4,200
deaths and 100,000 cases since last August, but warned new outbreaks
remain a threat.
2010 Jul 30, It was reported
that Walt Disney Co. has agreed to sell Miramax, the studio behind
such films as "Trainspotting" and "No Country for Old Men," for more
than $660 million to Filmyard Holdings LLC, ending months of talks
between the media group and a star-studded cast of bidders.
2010 Jul 30, In Arizona 3
convicted murderers escaped from a private prison. Daniel Renwick
(36) was caught on Aug 1. Terry Province (42) and John McCluskey
(45) remained at large. On Aug 4, the burned remains of Linda and
Gary Haas (61) were found in a charred camper in Santa Rosa, New
Mexico. Province and McCluskey were linked to their killing as was
Casslyn Welch (44), a woman who helped them escape. Province was
captured on Aug 9 in Meeteetse, Wyoming. On Jan 20, 2012, Province
and Welch agreed to plead guilty to charges of carjacking resulting
in death, conspiracy and other charges.
(SFC, 8/2/10, p.A5)(SSFC, 8/8/10, p.A7)(SFC,
8/9/10, p.A5)(SFC, 1/21/12, p.A4)
2010 Jul 30, Patrick Joseph
McCabe (74), a former Catholic priest, surrendered to US authorities
in Alameda, Ca.. They sought to extradite him to Ireland to face
sexual assault charges dating back from 1973-1981. On June 5, 2011,
McCabe was handed over to Ireland’s national police service.
(SFC, 8/11/10, p.A1)(SFC, 6/8/11, p.C4)
2010 Jul 30, Louisiana’s
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said "commercial fishing will
reopen for finfish and shrimp in portions of state waters east of
the Mississippi River."
2010 Jul 30, In Oakland, Ca., a
US District judge sentence Peter C. Son (38) of Danville to 15 years
in federal prison for defrauding some 500 investors of $62 million
in a Ponzi scheme from 2003-2008. His partner, Jin K. Chung (46) of
Los Altos, was yet to be charged in criminal court.
(SFC, 7/31/10, p.C1)
2010 Jul 30, In Afghanistan an
SUV, driven by US contract employees, was involved in a traffic
accident. One Afghan died in the wreck and rioting followed. Kabul
police later said the Afghan driver had caused the accident. A US
service member died following an insurgent attack and two others
were killed in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan. British
and Afghan troops launched a new offensive in the Sayedebad area of
Helmand to try to deny insurgents a base from which to launch
attacks in Nad Ali and Marjah. 4 Afghan civilians were killed and 3
were injured when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Zabul
province of southern Afghanistan. When police arrived at the scene,
Taliban fighters opened fire. One insurgent was killed. In Kandahar,
a candidate in September's parliamentary election escaped
assassination when a bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded. A woman
and a child were killed and another child was wounded.
(AP, 7/30/10)(SFC, 8/2/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 30, The Australian
government committed to expanding its fiber broadband Internet
network to a further 300,000 homes across the vast island continent
if re-elected at next month's polls.
2010 Jul 30, Chilean Foreign
Minister Alfredo Moreno said his nation's ambassador would return to
Honduras, but did not specify when.
2010 Jul 30, It was reported
that China has overtaken Japan to become the world's second-largest
2010 Jul 30, In eastern
CongoDRC rebels from the Mai Mai militia and Rwandan Hutu FDLR
occupied Luvungi town, North Kivu, one day after beginning an attack
there. Over the next 4 days they gang-raped scores of women. The
rebels withdrew voluntarily on Aug 4. Later reports said there were
over 500 systematic rapes.
(AP, 8/23/10)(Reuters, 9/1/10)(AP, 9/7/10)
2010 Jul 30, In India
separatist rebels triggered a land mine that killed at least five
paramilitary soldiers and wounded 41 others in the remote
northeastern state of Assam.
2010 Jul 30, In Indian Kashmir
paramilitary soldiers fired on thousands of demonstrators, killing
three men and wounding at least 80 others as protests against Indian
rule spread across the disputed region.
2010 Jul 30, Iran said it was
ready for immediate talks with the US, Russia and France over an
exchange of nuclear fuel and added that it was also against
stockpiling higher enriched uranium.
2010 Jul 30, In northeastern
Iran an earthquake injured 274 people. A slightly stronger tremor
struck central Iran the next day.
2010 Jul 30, In Iraq the head
of a five-member family was killed when a roadside bomb hit the car
in which they were traveling. He was a local leader of a
government-backed Sunni armed group known as an Awakening Council.
The man, his wife and three children, two boys and a 4-year-old
girl, were killed in the attack.
2010 Jul 30, The leaders of
Syria and Saudi Arabia, once bitter rivals, made an unprecedented
show of cooperation, traveling together to Lebanon in hopes of
preventing any violence if members of a militant group are indicted
in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri. Saudi
Arabia, which was close to the slain premier, holds sway with
Lebanon's ruling alliance led by his son Saad, while Syria and Iran
support a rival camp led by Hezbollah.
2010 Jul 30, Liberia's
government, still recovering from a 14-year civil war and previous
decades of poverty and illiteracy, said it will now require all
children to get birth certificates, a document most of them lack.
2010 Jul 30, In Mexico Chinese
Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi signed a four-year cooperation accord
with Mexico aimed at boosting political and economic ties.
2010 Jul 30, In Myanmar
official talks between North Korea and Myanmar entered a second day.
The US said it is carefully watching the budding secretive
relationship between the 2 countries for signs of nuclear
2010 Jul 30, In Pakistan the
death toll from three days of flooding reached at least 430, as
rains bloated rivers, submerged villages, and triggered landslides.
2010 Jul 30, Gaza militants
fired a rocket into the Israeli city of Ashkelon, a rare strike in a
period of relative quiet.
2010 Jul 30, In Panama William
Dathan Holbert, a jailed US man, admitted killing five other
Americans so he could take over their businesses and other
properties in a Panamanian resort area. Laura Michelle Reese, his
wife, refused to talk. Holbert said his first killings in Panama
occurred about three years ago, when he fatally shot a US citizen
named Mike Brown, his wife and small son in the head.
2010 Jul 30, In Russia the
Nashi movement, a Kremlin-backed youth organization, welcomed the
resignation of Ella Pamfilova, President Dmitry Medvedev's human
rights adviser. The group had threatened her with a libel suit for
her harsh criticism. The Russian opposition has claimed Nashi
activists have assaulted and intimidated its leaders.
2010 Jul 30, Forest fires swept
across central Russia, killing at least 25 people and forcing the
evacuation of thousands during the hottest summer since records
began 130 years ago.
2010 Jul 30, A UN panel of
experts called on Israel to fall in line with international norms on
civil rights and to take action against targeted killings, torture
and impunity for security forces.
2010 Jul 30, The UN Security
Council extended the stay of peacekeepers in Sudan's western Darfur
region by another year, telling the force to focus primarily on
protecting civilians and aid deliveries.
2010 Jul 30, UNESCO added a
region of mountainous forests in Sri Lanka and the Papahanaumokuakea
archipelago off Hawaii to the World Heritage list. Florida's
Everglades and Madagascar's tropical forest were added to the roll
of endangered sites, which is meant to ring alarm bells and
encourage protective measures.
2011 Jul 30, In a last-minute
stab at compromise, Republican congressional leaders and the White
House made significant progress toward a deal to avert a government
default threatened for early next week. Under the plan, the nation's
debt limit would rise in two steps by a total of about $2.4 trillion
and spending would be cut by a slightly larger amount.
2011 Jul 30, In Alaska two
small planes collided. One managed to land in Anchorage, the other
crashed killed a pilot, his wife and their 2 children.
(SSFC, 7/31/11, p.A10)(SFC, 8/1/11, p.A5)
2011 Jul 30, In Ohio a new
model of a Wright brothers biplane crashed near Springfield killing
2 volunteer pilots.
(SFC, 8/1/11, p.A5)
2011 Jul 30, The Afghan
intelligence service said it has arrested army officer Gul Mohammad,
a senior Defense Ministry official, who allegedly leaked secrets
that helped the Taliban stage suicide attacks in Kabul. The agency
also it has arrested Maulvi Rahimullah, a senior Taliban official
accused of leading an insurgent propaganda campaign in eastern
Afghanistan, and Maulvi Sabor, an insurgent who allegedly helped
organize an April 1 attack. 10 Afghan security guards were killed in
Ghazni in an attack on a convoy carrying supplies to international
(AP, 7/30/11)(AFP, 7/31/11)
2011 Jul 30, A Colombian judge
ordered the arrest of Bernardo Moreno (51), former President Alvaro
Uribe's chief of staff, for alleged involvement in spying on judges,
journalists and politicians by the domestic security agency.
2011 Jul 30, In Egypt
unidentified gunmen attacked a terminal on the gas pipeline to
Israel for the fifth time since February.
2011 Jul 30, A Caribbean
Airlines jet coming from New York crashed and broke in two while
landing in Guyana with 163 people aboard, causing several injuries
but no deaths.
2011 Jul 30, A US-Iraqi raid
north of Baghdad killed tribal sheikh Hamid Hassan and two of his
family members. Local leaders branded the attack as a "massacre" of
civilians. Hassan (65) was the leader of a branch of the Rufayat
2011 Jul 30, Ivory Coast
President Alassane Ouattara fired the head of public television
after no news team was sent to cover his return from a trip to the
2011 Jul 30, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir 10 people were killed when an overcrowded
bus veered off a mountain road and fell into a rocky stream.
2011 Jul 30, NATO warplanes
bombed three Libyan state TV satellite transmitters in Tripoli
overnight, targeting facilities that have been used to incite
violence and threaten civilians. 3 state television journalists were
killed and 15 other people were reported wounded.
(AP, 7/30/11)(AP, 7/31/11)
2011 Jul 30, In Mexico six
employees of a nationally prominent polling firm disappeared in
Apatzingan, Michoacan state, while working ahead of the state's
upcoming race for governor.
2011 Jul 30, Morocco's King
Mohammed VI called for parliamentary elections to be held soon, in
his first speech since a July 1 referendum overwhelmingly approved
curbing some of his prerogatives.
2011 Jul 30, In southwest
Nigeria two women and a male pilot died after a helicopter crashed
in a hilly area outside Ife-Odan in Osun state.
2011 Jul 30, In Pakistan gunmen
opened fire on a commuter van and a rickshaw in Quetta, Baluchistan
province, killing at least 11 Shiite Muslims.
(SSFC, 7/31/11, p.A7)
2011 Jul 30, Panamanian police
seized more than half a ton of heroin inside an abandoned truck
parked along a road in the remote coastal town of Gobea. It was the
largest seizure of the drug in the country's history.
2011 Jul 30, Three Saudis were
beheaded in the western city of Taef after being convicted of
killing fellow citizens in two separate incidents.
2011 Jul 30, In Swaziland talks
on democratic reforms in Africa's last absolute monarchy stumbled as
the Swaziland Federation of Trade Unions, the country's largest
labor group, walked out of a civil society meeting.
2011 Jul 30, Syrian troops
stormed the eastern city of Deir el-Zour and barraged neighborhoods
with heavy machine gun fire. One person was shot dead in a nearby
2011 Jul 30, Tropical Storm
Nock-ten hit north-central Vietnam killing one person. The storm had
already left at least 50 people dead in the Philippines.
(SSFC, 7/31/11, p.A4)
2011 Jul 30, Influential Yemeni
tribal leaders announced the creation of what they have named the
"Alliance of Yemeni Tribes," a coalition to bolster six months of
2012 Jul 30, The US Congress
pressed ahead with a new package of sanctions on Iran, expanding
financial penalties and further targeting Tehran’s energy and
shipping sectors in an ongoing effort to undercut the country’s
suspected nuclear weapons program.
(SFC, 8/1/12, p.A5)
2012 Jul 30, A report by the
Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction was released. It
found that the American Embassy in Baghdad never got a written
commitment from Iraq to participate in a Police Development Program.
US auditors have concluded that more than $200 million was wasted on
the program that Baghdad says is neither needed nor wanted.
2012 Jul 30, HSBC PLC, Europe’s
biggest bank, apologized to shareholders as it disclosed a $700
million charge to cover the cost of US penalties for lapses
including its failure to enforce money-laundering controls in
2012 Jul 30, In London
Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte, claimed as an "adopted Brit," became the
youngest winner of the Olympic event at 15 years and 133 days when
she won the 100m breaststroke final over American world champion
Rebecca Soni. She became Lithuania's first Olympic swimming
2012 Jul 30, A Canadian
government-appointed arbitrator chose to enforce Air Canada's final
offer over one proposed by the union representing its 3,000 pilots,
ending a long and bitter contract dispute but angering the pilots.
2012 Jul 30, In Canada a
passenger found what appeared to be a sewing needle in a
pre-prepared sandwich on board an Air Canada flight from Victoria,
British Columbia to Toronto. On July 14 sewing needles were found in
food on four Delta flights from Amsterdam to the United States,
injuring one passenger.
2012 Jul 30, Northern India's
power grid crashed, halting hundreds of trains, forcing hospitals
and airports to use backup generators and leaving 370 million
people, more than the population of the United States and Canada
combined, sweltering in the summer heat.
2012 Jul 30, The Times of
India, citing a police investigation, said that five suspects were
believed to have worked with a local Indian journalist to plan the
Feb 13 attack on an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi. Police concluded
that members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, a branch of the Iranian
military, carried out the attack.
2012 Jul 30, Indian anti-graft
activist Anna Hazare (75) threatened a "wave of protest" that would
bring down the government on the second day of a hunger strike to
push for stronger anti-corruption laws.
2012 Jul 30, In southern India
a fire swept through a train car packed with sleeping passengers,
killing at least 47 people and sending panicked survivors rushing
for the only clear exit once the train stopped.
2012 Jul 30, In Indonesia a man
died of bird flu, the country's ninth fatal case this year.
2012 Jul 30, An Iranian
official said a court has sentenced 39 people linked to a $2.6
billion bank fraud. 4 people were sentenced to death and two to life
(SFC, 7/31/12, p.A4)
2012 Jul 30, In Iraq gunmen
shot dead television presenter Ghazwan Anas and wounded his mother,
wife and four-month-old baby boy in Mosul.
2012 Jul 30, Morocco's King
Mohammed VI vowed to press ahead with reforms, including
strengthening the independence of the judiciary and battling
corruption, in a speech to mark 13 years on the throne.
2012 Jul 30, In Nigeria
explosions, including a suicide blast, rocked two police stations in
the northwestern city of Sokoto, the historic seat of Islam in the
country. Nigeria's military killed two suspected Boko Haram
Islamists who were trying to smuggle heavy weapons into the country
during a shootout on the border with Chad.
(AFP, 7/30/12)(AFP, 8/1/12)
2012 Jul 30, Heavy rain pounded
North Korea for a 2nd day, submerging buildings, cutting off power,
flooding rice paddies and forcing people and their livestock to
reach safety on rooftops.
2012 Jul 30, In the West Bank
Nancy Zaboun, a 27-year-old mother of three, had her throat slashed
in Bethlehem after seeking a divorce from her abusive husband of 10
years. Zaboun's husband could face life in prison if convicted.
2012 Jul 30, In the Philippines
at least 14 people were killed and millions were left without power
as Tropical Storm Saola turned into a typhoon, bringing heavy rains
to large parts of the country.
(AFP, 7/30/12)(AFP, 7/31/12)(AP, 8/1/12)
2012 Jul 30, Puerto Rico’s Gov.
Luis Fortuno signed into law an updated penal code increasing prison
sentences for homicide, assault and other offenses as the US island
territory struggled to contain crime and the widespread perception
that violence is out of control.
2012 Jul 30, Saudi Arabia
implemented a ban on smoking in government offices and most public
places, including restaurants, coffee shops, supermarkets and
2012 Jul 30, Syrian government
forces mounted new ground attacks against rebel-controlled
neighborhoods in Aleppo, but failed to dislodge the opposition from
their strongholds. The UN said 200,000 Syrians have fled the
embattled city of Aleppo since intense clashes between regime forces
and rebels began 10 days ago. The Observatory reported 93 people
killed across the country. Khaled al-Ayoubi, Syria's top diplomat in
London, said he could no longer represent the regime and defected.
(AP, 7/30/12)(AFP, 7/31/12)
2012 Jul 30, In Vietnam Dang
Thi Kim Lieng, the mother of a prominent blogger, died after setting
herself on fire ahead of her daughter's trial for propaganda against
the Communist state. Ta Phong Tan (43), a Catholic former
policewoman, was arrested in September 2011 and has been held in
detention along with two other bloggers.
2012 Jul 30, In Vietnam
American Karin Joy Bowerman (27) died at a hospital in southern Nha
Trang province. Canadian Cathy Huynh (26) died there two days later
after developing similar symptoms and suffering a cardiac arrest.
Both had stayed at the same guesthouse on Nguyen Thien Thuat street
in Nha Trang.
2012 Jul 30, Yemeni security
services arrested suspected Al-Qaeda leader, Abdulrahman al-Baihani,
wanted for plotting "terrorist' attacks in the capital.
2013 Jul 30, In Washington DC
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held their first peace talks in
nearly three years in a US-brokered effort that Sec. of State John
Kerry hopes will end their conflict despite deep divisions.
2013 Jul 30, JPMorgan Chase
& Co. agreed to pay $410 million to settle federal charges of
manipulating electricity markets in California and Michigan from
2010 through 2012.
(SFC, 7/31/13, p.D1)
2013 Jul 30, In Maryland US
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy, but was
convicted on 20 of 22 other charges including espionage and theft.
He faced up to 136 years in prison for spilling government
information to WikiLeaks in 2010.
(SFC, 7/31/13, p.A6)
2013 Jul 30, In China Japan's
top career diplomat met China's foreign minister in the latest bid
to ease strains between Asia's two biggest economies over a bitter
territorial row. A Chinese official newspaper said Beijing had ruled
out a leaders' summit.
2013 Jul 30, The UN
peacekeeping mission in Congo announced that it plans to disarm
anyone outside the national security forces who is caught with a
firearm in the eastern city of Goma and its northern suburbs.
2013 Jul 30, In Germany
industrialist Berthold Beitz (99) died. He was honored for saving
hundreds of Jews in occupied Poland during World War II and became
one of post-war West Germany's leading industrialists.
2013 Jul 30, Georgia's culture
ministry said it will restore a towering monument to Soviet dictator
and native son Josef Stalin that was taken down three years ago. The
restoration is part of a rollback of Pres. Saakashvili's legacy
after his party lost a parliamentary vote last fall to a coalition
headed by a Russia-friendly billionaire.
2013 Jul 30, India's ruling
Congress party approved the break up Andhra Pradesh state and the
creation Telangana state, a move that has revived deep political
divisions and raised fears of violence in the area, home to global
firms including Google.
2013 Jul 30, In Iraq a suicide
bomber set off his explosives amid Shiite worshippers leaving a
mosque in the city's suburb of Hussainiya, killing 7. Another bomb
striking a Sunni mosque in the ethnically-mixed northern town of Tuz
Khormato killed 4. These attacks brought the death toll from
shootings and explosions today to 23.
2013 Jul 30, Ireland's
President Michael D. Higgins signed the country's first bill on
abortion into law, legalizing the practice in exceptional cases
where doctors deem a woman's life at risk.
2013 Jul 30, A Kenyan court in
Mombasa sentenced nine Somalis to five years in prison each for
attempting to hijack the German merchant vessel MV Courier in the
Gulf of Aden in March 2009.
2013 Jul 30, Kuwait's ruler
said he was pardoning all the people convicted of insulting him,
after a year-long crackdown on politically sensitive comments about
Gulf Arab state's leadership.
2013 Jul 30, In New Zealand
Hackers disabled several websites of the ruling party, protesting a
planned law to widen the surveillance powers of the country's spy
agency but the action was criticized by Internet entrepreneur Kim
Dotcom as counter-productive.
2013 Jul 30, Nigerian police
said they have arrested 42 suspected members of Islamist sect Boko
Haram in Lagos and the neighboring southwest state of Ogun.
2013 Jul 30, Pakistani
lawmakers elected Mamnoon Hussain (b.1940), a textile businessman
who briefly served as the governor of southern Sindh province, as
the country's next president.
(AP, 7/30/13)(SSFC, 8/4/13, p.A4)
2013 Jul 30, The Philippine
province of Albay was entirely cut off from power. The national
power grid operator stopped its supply due to $93 million in unpaid
bills. Power was restored after 24 hours on the conditions that the
top 100 delinquent customers — most of them business establishments
— remain disconnected and that the electric cooperative pay its
current outstanding bill of 59 million pesos ($1.3 million).
2013 Jul 30, In the Philippines
government troops checking on reports of armed men in Camiling
township, Tarlac province, were fired upon by guerrillas of the New
People’s Army. At least 6 rebels were reported killed.
(SFC, 8/1/13, p.A2)
2013 Jul 30, In Syria Isa Huso,
a prominent Syrian Kurdish politician, was assassinated early today
outside his home near the Turkish border when a bomb planted in his
car exploded in Al Qamishli. Mortar attacks and air raids in two
major cities killed at least 17 people.
(Reuters, 7/30/13)(AP, 7/30/13)
2013 Jul 30, Turkish soldiers
shot into the air and fired tear gas to prevent hundreds of people,
many of them believed to be smugglers, from trying to cross into
Turkey from Syria.
2013 Jul 30, In Yemen a
suspected US drone strike killed 3 alleged al-Qaida militants in one
of the group's strongholds in the town of Saeed in Shabwa province.
2014 Jul 30, The US State Dept.
imposed travel and visa restrictions on Venezuelan government
officials accused of human rights violation s during widespread
protests that have left more than 40 dead.
(SFC, 7/31/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 30, US government
agents arrested six Philadelphia narcotics officers on charges they
robbed and in some cases kidnapped drug dealers, including dangling
one over an 18th story balcony to force him to give up a computer
password. The men were accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of
dollars in cash and items including a Rolex watch and a designer
suit. In one instance, they are accused of seizing cocaine and
reselling it on the street.
2014 Jul 30, A federal judge
ordered Bank of America Corp to pay a $1.27 billion penalty for
fraud over shoddy mortgages sold by the former Countrywide Financial
2014 Jul 30, Jose Manuel Garcia
Guevara was returned to Lake Charles, La., after being arrested in
Mexico for the Feb. 19, 2008, rape and murder of Wanda Barton.
(SFC, 8/1/14, p.A7)
2014 Jul 30, Massachusetts Gov.
Deval Patrick signed a bill giving police increased authority to
break up crowds gathering around abortion clinics.
(SFC, 7/31/14, p.A8)
2014 Jul 30, Argentina entered
into default late today for the 8th time in its history.
(Econ, 8/2/14, p.26)
2014 Jul 30, In China Aini
Aishan (18) reportedly organized an attack on Jume Tahir. He was
arrested two days later in Hotan, Xinjiang province. Tahir was the
state-appointed imam of China's biggest mosque and often spoke in
support of government policies. In late September two Uighur
teenagers were sentenced to death for their role in the murder of
(AP, 8/25/14)(SFC, 9/29/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 30, The EU targeted
Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle for the first time
for the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine.
2014 Jul 30, Guinea officials
said at least 33 people have died in a stampede following a rap
concert on a beach in Conakry.
(SFC, 7/31/14, p.A7)
2014 Jul 30, In western India
torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote
village, killing at least 76 people as it swept away scores of
houses and trapping many more people under debris in Malin village,
Pune district, Maharashtra state. At least 88 people were missing
and feared dead.
(AP, 7/30/14)(SFC, 7/31/14, p.A7)(SSFC, 8/3/14,
2014 Jul 30, Israeli shelling
killed 111 Palestinians including 17 who died in a strike on a
crowded market place and another 16-17 at the UN Jabalya Elementary
girls school in Gaza's biggest refugee camp. An Israeli military
spokeswoman said militants had fired mortar bombs from the vicinity
of the school and troops shot back in response. 3 Israeli soldiers
were killed by a booby trap detonated as they uncovered a tunnel
(Reuters, 7/30/14)(Reuters, 7/31/14)(SFC,
2014 Jul 30, Lebanese sources
said Hezbollah commander Ibrahim al-Haj has been killed in a battle
near Mosul, indicating the Lebanese group that is already fighting
in Syria's civil war may be involved in a second conflict in the
2014 Jul 30, In Libya rival
militias fighting for control of Tripoli airport agreed to a
temporary ceasefire to allow firefighters to try to control a huge
blaze at a fuel depot hit by a rocket. Islamist groups seized the
army special forces headquarters in Benghazi after days of fighting
left at least 35 soldiers dead.
(Reuters, 7/30/14)(AFP, 7/30/14)
2014 Jul 30, In Libya unknown
gunmen kidnapped and raped a Filipina nurse in Tripoli. Following
the incident Filipino medical personnel left hospitals in Tripoli to
2014 Jul 30, In Nigeria a
female suicide bomber killed 6 people at a college campus in Kano
city, the fourth time Boko Haram Islamists were suspected of using a
female attacker in as many days.
2014 Jul 30, Pakistani security
forces in the northwestern Dir tribal region foiled an overnight
cross-border attack from Afghanistan, killing 6 militants.
2014 Jul 30, Russia's central
bank promised to support financial institutions hit by US sanctions
as stocks took a tumble in Moscow.
2014 Jul 30, In Syria the
number of people killed in army shelling on Douma, an
opposition-held town northeast of Damascus, rose to 17. Fighting
between the IS and Kurds killed 14 members of the Kurdish People's
Protection Units (PYG) and 35 IS members.
2014 Jul 30, Human Rights Watch
said the Syrian government has escalated its use of barrel bombs
against densely populated areas near Aleppo in defiance of a UN
Security Council resolution banning their use.
(SFC, 7/31/14, p.A5)
2014 Jul 30, Thailand officials
said the military government has approved a massive budget to
upgrade the country's railways including high-speed rail that would
eventually link with China as part of an eight-year plan to improve
2014 Jul 30, Tunisia said up to
6,000 people a day were fleeing into the country from Libya as
violence between rival militias continued.
(SFC, 7/31/14, p.A6)
2014 Jul 30, In Yemen one woman
was killed in protests that erupted in Sanaa after the Yemeni
government announced a rise in fuel prices. A third of the
population lives on less than $2 a day.
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