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Barca of Carthage won his greatest victory over the Romans at
Cannae. Hannibal seized a grain depot in the small village of Cannae
in order to lure the Romans to battle. Having crossed over the Alps,
Hannibal‘s forces defeated the Romans at the Trebia River and also
at Lake Trasimene. Thereafter, the Romans were unwilling to commit a
large force to attacking Hannibal. However, Hannibal‘s spies had
learned two Roman consuls shared command of the legions and
attempted to goad the more impetuous of the two into battle at
(HN, 8/2/98)(HNQ, 11/16/00)
47BC Aug 2, Caesar defeated
Pharnaces at Zela in Syria and declares "veni, vidi, vici," (I came,
I saw, I conquered).
257 Aug 2, Pope Stefanus I (St. Stephen), bishop
of Rome (254-57), heretic fighter, died.
686 Aug 2, John V, 1st
Greek-Syrian Pope (685-86), died.
1002 Aug 2, Abu Amir Mohammed
ibn Abd Allah ibn Mohammed ibn Abi Amir (64) died.
1100 Aug 2, William II (44),
[Rufus], king of England, was shot dead in New Forest.
1100 Aug 2, Henry I
(1068-1135), the son of William the Conqueror, became King of
England. He soon published the Charter of Liberties to persuade
barons that he would behave more reasonably than his brother William
1455 Aug 2, Johan Cicero,
elector of Brandenburg (1486-99), was born.
1552 Aug 2, The treaty of
Passau gave religious freedom to Protestants living in Germany.
1553 Aug 2, An invading French
army was destroyed at the Battle of Marciano in Italy by an imperial
1554 Aug 2, The Battle of
Marciano (aka the Battle of Scannagallo) occurred in the countryside
of Marciano della Chiana, near Arezzo, Tuscany. The battle marked
the defeat of the Republic of Siena in its war against the Duchy of
Florence, and resulted in Siena losing its independence and being
absorbed into the Duchy of Florence. When the Florentine army
defeated the Siennese a moratorium was put on further development in
the walled city.
1589 Aug 2, Henry III, King of
France, was assassinated by a Jacobin monk, Jacques Clement. Last of
the House of Valois, he named Henry (1553-1610), King of Navarre, to
succeed him. During France's religious war, a fanatical monk stabbed
King Henry II to death.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.24)(WUD, 1994, p.662)(HN, 8/2/98)
1754 Aug 2, Pierre Charles
L'Enfant, French engineer who designed the layout of Washington,
D.C., was born.
1776 Aug 2, In
Philadelphia most members of the Continental Congress began
attaching their signatures to the parchment copy of the Declaration
of Independence. Benjamin Harrison was one of the signers. His son
and grandson later became the 9th and 23rd presidents of the US.
Most of the 55 signatures were affixed on August 2, but Matthew
Thornton of New Hampshire, who was not a member of Congress when the
declaration was adopted, added his name in November.
(Civil., Jul-Aug., '95, p.61)(SFC, 5/7/96,
p.A-6)(AP, 8/2/97)(HNQ, 7/4/99)
1782 Aug 2, George Washington
created the Honorary Badge of Distinction. [see Aug 7]
1787 Aug 2, Horace de Saussure,
Swiss scientist, reached the top of Mont Blanc.
1788 Aug 2, Thomas Gainsborough
(61), English painter, died. His work included the 1771 portraits of
the Viscount and Viscountess Ligonier and "Blue Boy" (1770).
(HN, 5/14/01)(AAP, 1964)(WSJ, 12/19/02,
p.D10)(SSFC, 9/23/18, p.A11)
1790 Aug 2, The enumeration for
the first United States census began; the final total was 3,929,214.
1791 Aug 2, Samuel Briggs and
his son patented a nail-making machine.
1799 Aug 2, Jacques-Etienne
Montgolfier (54), balloonist, died.
1802 Aug 2, Napoleon Bonaparte
was proclaimed "Consul for Life" by the French Senate after a
plebiscite from the French people.
1819 Aug 2, The first parachute
jump from a balloon was made by Charles Guille in New York City.
Aug 2, John Tyndall (d.1893), British physicist, was born. He was
the first scientist to show why the sky is blue. "It is as fatal as
it is cowardly to blink (at) facts because they are not to our
(AP, 9/25/99)(HN, 8/2/00)
1831 Aug 2, The Dutch army,
headed by the Dutch princes, invaded Belgium, in the so-called "Ten
Days Campaign", and defeated Belgian forces near Hasselt and Leuven.
Only the appearance of a French army under Marchal Gérard caused the
Dutch to stop their advance.
1832 Aug 2, Some 1,300 Illinois
militia under General Henry Atkinson massacred Sauk Indian men,
women and children who were followers of Black Hawk at the Bad Axe
River in Wisconsin. Black Hawk himself finally surrendered three
weeks later, bringing the Black Hawk War to an end.
(HN, 8/2/98)(MC, 8/2/02)
1835 Aug 2, Elisha Grey,
inventor (Telephone), was born.
1847 Aug 2, William A.
Leidesdorff launched the first steam boat in San Francisco Bay.
1852 Aug 2, State Sen. James W.
Denver, from Klamath and Trinity counties, challenged Edward
Gilbert, editor of the SF Alta California newspaper, to a duel due
to an inflammatory editorial. The pair met at Fair Oaks, near
Sacramento, and when Gilbert forced a 2nd round of shots, Denver put
a fatal shot through his chest. Denver’s 2nd shot hit Gilbert above
the left hip. C.A. Washburn succeeded Gilbert at the Alta.
(PI, 6/13/98, p.5A)(PI, 8/8/98, p.5)(SFC,
1862 Aug 2, The US Army
Ambulance Corps was established by Maj. Gen. George McClellan.
1862 Aug 2, Union General John
Pope captured Orange Court House, Virginia.
1865 Aug 2, Irving Babbitt,
founder of modern humanistic movement, was born.
1865 Aug 2, Capt. James Waddell
(1824-1886) of the Confederate ship Shenandoah learned of the end of
the US Civil War when he encountered the Liverpool barque Barracouta
as it sailed from San Francisco.
1865 Aug 2, A new transatlantic
cable being laid by the SS Great Eastern snapped and was lost. It
was recovered and spliced to another cable in 1866.
1874 Aug 2, Gold was discovered
in the Black Hills of western South Dakota during an expedition led
by Colonel Custer. The land belonged to the Sioux but was invaded by
prospectors. Sioux leaders Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull retaliated.
(HT, 3/97, p.43)(AH, 6/03, p.37)
1875 Aug 2, The world’s 1st
roller skating rink opened in London.
1876 Aug 2, Frontiersman Wild
Bill Hickok, holding aces over eights, was shot and killed from
behind by “Crooked Nose" Jack McCall, while playing poker at a
saloon in Deadwood, S.D.
(AP, 8/2/97)(MC, 8/2/02)(Econ, 5/29/04, p.32)
1877 Aug 2, Sir James Douglas
(b.1803), the first provincial governor of British Columbia
(1858-1864), died. He was the son of a black woman from Barbados and
a Scottish planter.
(SFC, 2/12/10, p.A18)
1887 Aug 2, Rowell Hodge
patented barbed wire.
1891 Aug 2, Arthur Edward
Drummond Bliss, composer (Olympians), was born in London.
1892 Aug 2, Jack Warner, US
movie studio head (Warner Bros), was born.
1892 Aug 2, Charles A. Wheeler
patented a prototype of the escalator. [see Mar 15]
1909 Aug 2, The 1st Lincoln
head pennies were minted. It was 95% copper and was the first US
coin to depict the likeness of a president.
(SFEC, 9/8/96, Par p.21)(SFC, 12/29/96, Z1
1909 Aug 2, The Wright Flyer
was formally accepted by the US Army in exchange for $30,000. It was
designated Signal Corps Airplane No. 1, the world’s first military
1914 Aug 2, In Joncherey,
northeastern France, French corporal Jules-Andre Peugeot and German
lieutenant Albert Mayer died in a firefight, the first official
casualties of World War I.
1914 Aug 2, Germany invaded
1914 Aug 2, German press
falsely reported that French bombed Nuremberg.
1914 Aug 2, Great Britain
1914 Aug 2, Russian troops
invade Eastern Prussia.
1917 Aug 2, Royal Naval Air
Service officer E.H. Dunning became the first pilot to land on the
deck of a moving ship. He performed the tricky maneuver by flying
his Sopwith Pup alongside the HMS Furious as it steamed at high
speed into the wind, then side-slipping inward to the deck. Furious
joined the British Royal Navy as an aircraft carrier after being
fitted with a primitive flight deck. Five days after his successful
deck landing, Dunning drowned during another attempt when his
aircraft developed mechanical problems and plunged overboard.
1918 Aug 2, A British force
landed in Archangel, Russia, to support White Russian opposition to
1920 Aug 2, Marcus Garvey
presented his "Back To Africa" program in NYC.
1921 Aug 2, A jury in Chicago
acquitted several former members of the Chicago White Sox baseball
team and two others of conspiring to defraud the public in the
notorious "Black Sox" scandal.
1921 Aug 2, Opera singer Enrico
Caruso (b.1873) died in Naples, Italy. The body of the great tenor
Enrico Caruso was entombed for 6 years in a transparent coffin.
(SFC, 5/25/96, p.B4)(AP, 8/2/00)(MC, 8//02)
1922 Aug 2, Alexander Graham
Bell (b.1847), Scottish-US physicist (telephone), died in Nova
Scotia. He and Gardiner Hubbard, his father-in-law, were the
founders of the National Geographic Society.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Graham_Bell)(ON, 1/03, p.5)
1922 Aug 2, China was hit by a
typhoon and some 60,000 died.
1923 Aug 2, The 29th president
of the United States, Warren G. Harding (57), died in San Francisco
at the Palace Hotel of a "stroke of apoplexy." Not considered to
have been a particularly intelligent man, Harding owed his rise to
political power to the driving ambition of his wife, Florence Kling
Harding. As president, the Ohio native was troubled by scandals
caused by his weakness for pretty women and a tendency to place
unscrupulous friends--called "The Ohio Gang"--in positions of power.
Graft, corruption and other scandals that led to the suicides of two
high Federal officials had begun to taint the Harding Administration
when the president suddenly died of a heart attack, just before the
Teapot Dome Scandal broke, the largest scandal of his
administration. In 1998 Carl Sferrazza Anthony published "Florence
Harding: The First Lady, The Jazz Age and the Death of America’s
Most Scandalous President." Vice President Calvin Coolidge became
president upon the death of Warren G. Harding.
(TMC, 1994, p.1923)(AP, 8/2/97)(SFEC, 3/1/98,
p.W27)(SFC, 8/1/98, p.A15,19)(HN, 8/2/98)(HN, 8/2/98)
1924 Aug 2, James Baldwin
(d.1987), writer, was born. His books included "The Fire the Next
Time," "Go Tell it on the Mountain" and "Notes of a Native Son."
"People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them." "The
price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an
intimate knowledge of its ugly side."
(AP, 3/1/98)(AP, 12/18/98)(HN, 8/2/02)
1924 Aug 2, Carroll O'Connor
(d.2001), actor (All in the Family, Heat of the Night), was born in
NYC. His youngest brother Robert was born Aug 1, 1935.
(www.bookrags.com/biography-carroll-oconnor/)(e-mail from Robert)
1927 Aug 2, Four years after
becoming president, Calvin Coolidge issued a written statement to
reporters: "I do not choose to run for President in 1928."
1931 Aug 2, Spanish Catalonia
agreed by over 99% for autonomous status.
1932 Aug 2, Peter O'Toole,
actor (Lord Jim, Beckett, Lawrence of Arabia), was born in Ireland.
(HN, 8/2/00)(MC, 8/2/02)
1934 Aug 2, The 1st airplane
train towed 3 mail gliders behind it.
1934 Aug 2, Pres. Paul von
Hindenburg of Germany died. Within hours Adolf Hitler announced a
law, dated the previous day, that made him Reichsfuhrer, an office
that combined the duties of president and chancellor.
1936 Aug 2, French aviator
Louis Bleriot (b.1872) died. He made the first crossing of the
English Channel from Calais to the grounds of Dover Castle in 1909.
(ON, 6/07, p.9)
1939 Aug 2, US Congress passed
the Hatch Act. Its main provision is to prohibit federal employees
from engaging in partisan political activity. Named after Senator
Carl Hatch of New Mexico, the law was officially known as An Act to
Prevent Pernicious Political Activities.
1939 Aug 2, Albert Einstein
signed a letter to President Roosevelt urging creation of an atomic
weapons research program.
(HFA, '96, p.36)(AP, 8/2/97)
1940 Aug 2, Clermont-Ferrand
sentenced Gen. Charles de Gaulle to death. [see Aug 4]
1941 Aug 2, The summary of an
FBI probe of GM senior executives with links to Adolph Hitler found
collusion Germany by James D. Mooney, president of GM Overseas
Corp., but no evidence of any disloyalty to America.
(SSFC, 1/7/07, p.E6)
1941 Aug 2, Buffy Sainte-Marie,
folksinger and songwriter, was born in Saskatchewan, Canada.
1941 Aug 2, German 11th Army
surrounded 20 Russian divisions at Uman.
1941 Aug 2, Jews were expelled
from Hungarian Ruthenia.
1942 Aug 2, Isabel Allende,
author of "The House of the Spirits," was born.
1943 Aug 2, A Navy patrol
torpedo boat, PT-109, commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, sank after
being sheared in two by the Amagiri, a Japanese destroyer, off the
Solomon Islands. Lt. John F. Kennedy, towing an injured sailor, swam
to a small island in the Solomon Islands. The night before, his
boat, PT-109, had been split in half by the destroyer Amagiri.
Kennedy was credited with saving members of the crew. Two members of
the crew were killed in the collision in the Blackett Strait off
Gizo, the main town of western Solomon Islands. An injured Kennedy
and the ship's other survivors clung to the wreckage and swam to a
nearby island, where Aaron Kumana and Biuku Gasa found them. The
pair rowed 35 miles through enemy-held waters to summon a rescue
(AP, 8/2/97)(HN, 8/2/98)(AP, 8/30/07)
1943 Aug 2, The 10-day allied
bombing of Hamburg, Germany, ended.
1943 Aug 2, In Poland at the
Nazi Treblinka concentration camp some 600 prisoners staged an
uprising and fled into the woods. Some 300 inmates managed to
escape. Only 40 survived. Some 900,000 Jews, chiefly from
Poland, were killed from 1941 to 1944 at Treblinka. In 1999 Ian
MacMillan authored "Village of a Million Spirits: A Novel of the
(SFEC, 8/22/99, BR p.5)(AP, 8/2/18)
1944 Aug 2, Jewish survivors of
Kovno Ghetto, Lithuania, emerged from their bunker.
1945 Aug 2, President Truman,
Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Clement Attlee
concluded the Potsdam conference.
1945 Aug 2, Pietro Mascagni
(81), Italian composer (Cavalleria Rusticana), died.
1945 Aug 2, Emil Nikolaus von
Reznicek (b.1860), Austrian composer, died in Berlin. The overture
to his opera Donna Diana (1894) was later used as the theme for the
radio and TV series “Sergeant Preston of the Yukon."
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emil_von_Reznicek)(SFC, 2/19/07, p.B4)
1949 Aug 2, James Fallows,
writer and editor of U.S. News and World Report, was born.
1950 Aug 2, Lance Ito, judge in
the OJ Simpson trial, was born.
1950 Aug 2, The U.S. First
Provisional Marine Brigade arrived in Korea from the United States.
1950 Korea suffered its worst
winter of the century.
1952 Aug 2, Paul David Crews,
murderer (featured in the FBI Most Wanted List), was born in SC.
1955 Aug 2, American poet
Wallace Stevens (b.1879) died. Some of his best-known poems include
"Anecdote of the Jar," "Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock," "The
Emperor of Ice-Cream," "The Idea of Order at Key West," "Sunday
Morning," "The Snow Man," and "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a
Blackbird." In 2016 Paul Mariani authored “The whole Harmonium: The
Life of Wallace Stevens."
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallace_Stevens)(Econ, 4/9/15, p.83)
1956 Aug 2, Albert Woolson
(109), last veteran US Union army, died. Walter Williams, officially
recognized as the last survivor of the 4 million who fought in the
Civil War, died in 1959 at age117 in Houston. He had served as
forage master for a Confederate cavalry company.
1961 Aug 2, In San Francisco a
shooting at 924 Grant Ave. in Chinatown left George Kwan (56) dead
and Peter Kwan (52) wounded. They were both members of the Four
Families Association. Lew Fook You (55), also an association member,
was taken into custody.
(SSFC, 7/31/11, DB p.42)
1964 Aug 2, The Pentagon
reported the first of two attacks on U.S. destroyers by North
Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin. U.S. destroyer
Maddox was reportedly attacked by North Vietnamese patrol boats.
Later evidence supported claims that the Tonkin Gulf incident was
deliberately provoked or was in reaction to American covert
1964 Aug 2, There was a race
riot in Jersey City, NJ.
1965 Aug 2, Newsman Morley
Safer filmed the destruction of the Vietnamese village of Cam Ne by
US Marines. Safer sent the 1st Vietnam report indicating we are
losing. Safer’s report was broadcast by CBS on August 5 and led
Pres. Johnson to call CBS demanding that Safer be fired. CBS
president Frank Stanton refused to fire Safer.
(HN, 8/2/98)(WSJ, 12/30/06, p.A8)
1967 Aug 2, The crime and race
drama "In the Heat of the Night," starring Sidney Poitier and Rod
Steiger, opened in New York.
1969 Aug 2, Bob Dylan made a
surprise appearance at the Minn. Hibbing High School 10-year
1969 Aug 2, Richard Nixon
visited Romania becoming the first president to visit a communist
nation since the start of the Cold War.
1973 Aug 2, A flash fire killed
51 at the Summerland leisure center on the Isle of Man, UK.
1976 Aug 2, Fritz Lang
(b.1890), Austrian-born, German and American film director, died in
Beverly Hills. His work included "Metropolis," "M," and "The Big
1978 Aug 2, In San Francisco a
Mill Valley tax lawyer and four other men were arraigned in US
District court on charges they conspired to smuggle 547 pounds of
hashish from Pakistan to San Francisco. Assistant US attorney Robert
Mueller took part in the case. The Drug Enforcement Administration
(DEA) had confiscated the hashish during a drug raid at a storage
facility in Concord.
(SFC, 7/28/18, p.C1)
1980 Aug 2, In Bologna, Italy,
a Fascist bomb attack killed 85 people at the train station.
1985 Aug 2, In Texas 137 people
were killed when a Delta Air Lines jumbo jet crashed while
attempting to land at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
1986 Aug 2, US attorney Roy M.
Cohn died at Bethesda Naval Hospital of cardiac arrest and
complications from AIDS. He was an American lawyer best known for
being Senator Joseph McCarthy's chief counsel during the
Army–McCarthy hearings in 1954, for assisting with McCarthy's
investigations of suspected communists, as a top political fixer,
and for being Donald Trump's personal lawyer.
1987 Aug 2, More than a million
people gathered in Tehran, calling for the overthrow of the sheiks
of Saudi Arabia, where hundreds of Iranian pilgrims had died in
rioting in the Muslim holy city of Mecca.
1988 Aug 2, Despite threats of
a veto, President Reagan promised reluctantly to allow a
plant-closing notification bill to become law, accusing Democrats of
1988 Aug 2, Joe Carcione
(b.1914), US produce expert known on radio, TV and newspapers as the
Green Grocer, died in Burlingame, Ca.
(SSFC, 7/28/13, DB p.46)
1988 Aug 2, Raymond Carver
(b.1938), American poet, short story writer (Furious Season), died.
His books included “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love"
(1981). In 2009 Carol Sklenicka authored “Raymond Carver: A Writer’s
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Carver)(SSFC, 11/22/09, Books
1989 Aug 2, The House of
Representatives voted against including abortion curbs in a spending
bill for the District of Columbia.
1989 Aug 2, NASA confirmed
Voyager 2's discovery of 3 more moons of Neptune designated
temporarily 1989 N2 (Larissa), 1989 N3 (Despina) and 1989 N4
1990 Aug 2, Norman Maclean
(b.1902), writer and professor of English, died in Chicago. His
books included "A River Runs Through It and Other Stories" (1976).
1990 Aug 2, Iraq invaded
Kuwait, seizing control of the oil-rich emirate. The day came to be
known in Kuwait as "Black Thursday." 330 Kuwaitis died during the
occupation and war. Sadam Hussein, leader of Iraq, took over Kuwait.
US Pres. George H.W. Bush led an inter-national coalition for
sanctions and a demand for withdrawal. The Iraqis were later driven
out in Operation Desert Storm.
(SFC, 9/4/96, p.A8)(TMC, 1994, p.1990)(AP,
8/2/97)(SFEC, 7/30/00, p.C18)1
1990 Aug 2, By a vote of 14-0,
the United Nations Security Council condemned the invasion and
annexation of Kuwait by Iraq and demanded in Resolution 660 the
unconditional withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait.
1990 Aug 2, Yasser Arafat
supported Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. This resulted in the PLO’s
(SFC, 11/11/04, p.A18)
1991 Aug 2, President Bush told
a news conference only poor health would prevent his running for
1991 Aug 2, US Secretary of
State James A. Baker III met in Jerusalem with a group of
Palestinians, but failed to line up their immediate support for a
Middle East peace conference.
1991 Aug 2, Blaine Harden of
the Washington Post wrote that the Serbian aim "is obviously ethnic
cleansing of the critical areas that are to be annexed to Serbia."
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A14)
1992 Aug 2,
At the Barcelona Summer Olympics, American Jackie Joyner-Kersee
repeated as heptathlon champion.
1992 Aug 2, The Bush campaign,
accused by Bill Clinton of mudslinging, responded with a vitriolic
press release that referred to "sniveling hypocritical Democrats."
President Bush later disavowed the release.
1993 Aug 2, In a dramatic scene
shown on national television, Jessica, a 2 1/2-year-old girl at the
center of a custody battle, was removed from the Michigan home of
Jan and Roberta DeBoer and turned over to her biological parents,
Dan and Cara Schmidt of Iowa.
1994 Aug 2, US Congressional
hearings began on White Water.
1994 Aug 2, Serbia threatened
to cut all aid to the Bosnian Serbs if they didn't approve an
international peace plan.
1995 Aug 2, Hurricane "Erin"
came ashore near Vero Beach, Florida; the storm was blamed for
1995 Aug 2, China ordered the
expulsion of two US Air Force officers it said were caught spying on
1996 Aug 2, Wall Street
investors, worried about possible interest rate increases, roared
their approval after the government reported that unemployment was
creeping higher, consumer spending had slipped and manufacturing may
1996 Aug 2, In Somalia Mohamed
Farrah Aidid was buried after dying from wounds received during
fighting in Mogadishu. Followers named his son, Hussein, as their
(WSJ, 8/5/96, p.A1)
1997 Aug 2, Two fires in San
Diego burned out of control and destroyed 11 homes, 30 cars, 15
other structures and caused the crash of an air tanker dousing the
(SFEC, 8/3/97, p.B5)
1997 Aug 2, William Burroughs
(1914-1997), writer, the godfather of the beat generation, died at
83 in Kansas City Mo. His work included "Naked Lunch" (1959), which
was originally banned and published in the US in 1962. He also wrote
the books "Junkie" and "Queer."
(SFEC, 8/3/97, p.B6)(SFC, 8/4/97, p.E5)(AP,
1997 Aug 2, Typhoon Victor
struck Hong Kong and one person was killed. The typhoon battered the
surrounding Guangdong province and at least 65 people were killed.
(SFEC, 8/3/97, p.A18)(SFC, 8/9/97, p.A12)
1997 Aug 2, Charles Taylor was
sworn in as president of Liberia.
(SFC, 8/4/97, p.A10)
1997 Aug 2, In Nigeria Fela
Anikulapo-Kuti (b.1938), pop superstar, died of AIDS. He was a
saxophone player who fused rock with African rhythms into a blend
known as "Afrobeat." His albums included: "Zombie," "Army
Arrangement," and "Vagabond in Power." He recorded more than 50
albums in the 1970s and 1980s and his 27 wives mourned his death. In
2003 Michael Veal authored "Fela: the Life and Times of an African
(SFC, 8/4/97, p.A16)(SFC, 4/27/04, p.E6)
1998 Aug 2, In Indiana a stolen
pickup carrying a homemade bomb crashed into the Tippecanoe County
Courthouse in Lafayette. The driver escaped and there were no
(SFC, 8/4/98, p.A3)
1998 Aug 2, Ventriloquist Shari
Lewis (Sheri Lewis, puppeteer) died in Los Angeles at age 65.
(AP, 8/2/99)(SFC, 8/4/98, p.A7)
1998 Aug 2, In Afghanistan the
Taliban captured the base of Rashid Dostum.
(WSJ, 8/3/98, p.A1)
1998 Aug 2, Cyclist Marco
Pantani of Italy won the Tour de France, which had been marred by a
1998 Aug 2, Fidel Castro
visited Grenada following an invitation from Prime Minister Keith
(SFC, 7/25/98, p.A10)(SFC, 8/3/98, p.A8)
1998 Aug 2, In Mexico Felipe
Gonzalez of the National Action (PAN) led the elections in
(SFC, 8/3/98, p.A8)
1998 Aug 2, Serbian forces,
shelling rebel position and burning villages, pushed back Albanian
separatists on 3 fronts.
(SFC, 8/3/98, p.A8)
1999 Aug 2, The Clinton
administration declared West Virginia and parts of 5 other eastern
states agricultural disaster areas due to heat and drought.
(SFC, 8/3/99, p.A3)
1999 Aug 2, The US EPA moved to
restrict the pesticides azinphos-methyl and methyl parathion due to
evidence of toxicity to children.
(WSJ, 8/2/99, p.C22)(SFC, 8/3/99, p.A3)
1999 Aug 2, The US Army THAAD
missile, Theater High-Altitude Air Defense, was tested successfully
over New Mexico for a 2nd time following a string of failures dating
(SFC, 8/3/99, p.A5)
1999 Aug 2, It was reported
that the national death toll from the recent US-East heat wave hit
185 with 80 dead in Illinois and 44 in Missouri.
(SFC, 8/2/99, p.A5)(WSJ, 8/2/99, p.A1)
1999 Aug 2, In Afghanistan the
Taliban captured the capital of northern Parwan province, the last
stronghold of Sheik Massood. Thousands fled their homes.
(SFC, 8/3/99, p.A9)
1999 Aug 2, In Bosnia NATO
troops arrested Radomir Kovac, former Bosnian Serb paramilitary
leader, for enslaving and raping Muslim women in 1992-1993.
(WSJ, 8/3/99, p.A1)
1999 Aug 2, In a war of nerves
with rival Taiwan, China tested a new long-range rocket, the 3-stage
Dong Feng 31.
(SFC, 8/3/99, p.A8)(AP, 8/2/00)
1999 Aug 2, In India the
Brahmputra Mail train from Gauhati collided with the Awadh-Assam
Express from New Delhi at Gaisan Station. Over 285 people were
killed and a 1000 injured. A faulty switch was suspected.
(SFC, 8/3/99, p.A8)(SFC, 8/4/99, p.A9)(SFC,
8/5/99, p.A14)(AP, 2/18/04)
1999 Aug 2, In Kosovo thousands
of Albanian students and professors reclaimed Pristina Univ.
(SFC, 8/3/99, p.A9)
1999 Aug 2, In Namibia
separatist rebels for the independence of the Caprivi border area
attacked the town of Katima Mulilo and 16 people were killed. Pres.
Sam Nujoma later blamed the Caprivi Liberation Army and accused from
opposition leader Mishake Muyongo of being behind the revolt.
(WSJ, 8/3/99, p.A1)(SFC, 8/4/99, p.A9)
1999 Aug 2, Russian troops
clashed with Islamic fighters in Dagestan and 11 people were killed.
(SFEC, 8/8/99, p.A20)
1999 Aug 2, In Serbia, an
independent group of experts in Belgrade laid out "The Stability
Pact for Serbia," a plan for a transitional government. In Valjevo
some 8,000 rallied for the resignation of Milosevic.
(SFC, 8/3/99, p.A8)
2000 Aug 2, Pres. Clinton
delayed the federal execution of Juan Raul Garza, convicted in 1993
for killing 3 men in Texas in 1990-1991. Garza, a Texas drug
kingpin, was executed June 19th, 2001.
(SFC, 8/3/00, p.A3)(AP, 8/2/01)
2000 Aug 2, Republicans awarded
Texas Governor George W. Bush their 2000 presidential nomination at
the party’s convention in Philadelphia and ratified Dick Cheney as
his running mate.
2000 Aug 2, Former President
Ford was hospitalized after suffering one, possibly two, small
2000 Aug 2, In SF a jury
awarded 17 bakery workers of Interstate Brands Corp. $120 million
for racial discrimination.
(SFC, 8/3/00, p.A1)
2000 Aug 2, In India rain in
Tibet flooded the Sutlej River in India and drowned at least 107
people in Himachal Pradesh state.
(SFC, 8/3/00, p.A13)
2000 Aug 2, In Kashmir the
death toll from guerrilla attacks climbed to 101.
(SFC, 8/3/00, p.A12)
2000 Aug 2, In the Solomon
Islands warring militias signed a cease-fire on an Australian
warship off the capital of Honiara.
(WSJ, 8/3/00, p.A1)
2000 Aug 2, Zimbabwe’s Congress
of Trade Unions (ZCTU) called a one day general strike to protest
the policies of Pres. Mugabe. Finance minister Simba Makoni
announced that the government had agreed to devalue its currency
(WSJ, 8/2/00, p.A17)(WSJ, 8/3/00, p.A1,9)
2001 Aug 2, Robert S. Mueller
(56), former US attorney in SF, won Senate confirmation to become
the FBI director.
(SFC, 8/3/01, p.A3)
2001 Aug 2, Solid Democratic
opposition sank President Bush's nomination of Mary Sheila Gall to
be chairwoman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
2001 Aug 2, Ron Townson, the
centerpiece singer for the pop group the 5th Dimension, died of
renal failure in Las Vegas. He was 68.
2001 Aug 2, Belize agreed to
conserve 23,000 acres in exchange for the cancellation of a US debt
that included $1.4 million in debt relief and $10 million savings in
interest payments over 26 years.
(SFC, 8/3/01, p.D3)
2001 Aug 2, The UN war crimes
tribunal found Radislav Krstic, former Bosnian Serb general, guilty
for the 1995 genocide of some 8,000 Muslim men in Srebrenica. He was
sentenced to 46 years in prison. A 2004 appeal reduced the sentence
to 35 years.
(SFC, 8/3/01, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/gm9l9)
2001 Aug 2, Colombia reported a
big victory over rebels at Juan Jose. 60 rebels were killed along
with 13 soldiers.
(SFC, 8/3/01, p.D3)
2001 Aug 2, In Iran Pres.
Khatami was confirmed for a 2nd 4-year term.
(SSFC, 8/5/01, p.A14)
2001 Aug 2, Palestinian judges
sentenced 4 Palestinian men to death for helping Israel’s army carry
out lethal attacks. 3 Palestinian men, suspected of collaboration,
were recently gunned down in the streets.
(SFC, 8/3/01, p.A12)
2001 Aug 2, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf extremists seized 36 Filipinos civilians on Basilan
island and beheaded 10 of them.
(SFC, 8/4/01, p.A6)(SSFC, 8/5/01, p.A14)
2001 Aug 2, On Vieques, Puerto
Rico, the US Navy used tear gas and foam rubber projectiles to clear
protesters and journalists.
(SFC, 8/4/01, p.A3)
2002 Aug 2, A federal judge
ruled the U.S. government had to reveal the names of people detained
in the investigation of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; an appeals
court later sided with federal authorities.
2002 Aug 2, In Louisiana Gov.
Mike Foster declared a state of emergency after West Nile virus
killed 4 residents and infected another 58.
(SFC, 8/3/02, p.A3)
2002 Aug 2, The Angolan
government and UNITA rebels declared the official end to their
nearly three-decade old civil war.
2002 Aug 2, Australia and
Malaysia signed a counter-terrorism pact which pledged them to work
together to fight suspected Islamic militants in the region.
2002 Aug 2, In Greece a cache
of weapons, including automatic rifles, was stolen from a military
armory after thieves tunneled through a wall.
2002 Aug 2, In Gonaives, Haiti,
gunmen broke through the wall of a prison, freeing Amiot Metayer, a
former presidential supporter and head of the Cannibal Army, a
militant communal group. 159 of 221 inmates escaped.
2002 Aug 2, Facing an
increasing possibility of U.S. military action, Iraq gave the first
solid indication in nearly four years that it will allow U.N.
weapons inspectors to return and invited the chief inspector to
Baghdad for talks.
2002 Aug 2, The Israeli army
blew up two buildings with explosives labs and arrested at least 50
Palestinians in house to house searches as troops took control of
Nablus, a city Israel called "the main factory of suicide bombings."
Israelis killed 3 people in Nablus and 3 Palestinians in Gaza
including a woman (85) and a girl (9).
(AP, 8/2/02)(SFC, 8/3/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 2, A government plan
to buy Swaziland's King Mswati III a $250 million luxury jet, a
price five times the nation's national deficit, drew protests in
this South African nation, which has been plagued by severe food
2002 Aug 2, In Uruguay the
government sent thousands of police to guard shopping districts, a
day after looters hit stores and supermarkets as the national
economic crisis deepened.
2002 Aug 2, Pope John Paul II
returned to Rome after ending an 11-day pilgrimage to Canada,
Guatemala and Mexico.
2002 Aug 2, In Venezuela gunmen
with high-caliber weapons ambushed a police patrol in a Caracas
slum, wounding at least five people and raising tensions ahead of a
Supreme Court ruling on alleged coup leaders.
2003 Aug 2, Gov. Davis signed a
nearly $100 million budget for California and blamed Republicans for
the budget's painful cuts.
(SSFC, 8/3/03, p.A1)
2003 Aug 2, Bolivian police
seized 3 more tons of cocaine meant for shipment to Spain in the
country's biggest drug bust ever.
2003 Aug 2, Indonesia judges
sentenced US reporter William Nessen to 41 days for failing to
inform officials of an address change in Jakarta. Nessen had already
been jailed for 40 days following time spent with rebels in Aceh.
(SFCM, 11/2/03, p.15)
2003 Aug 2, A bomb exploded in
a car south of Beirut, killing at least two people in the vehicle
and wounding passers-by.
2003 Aug 2, Canadian military
personnel joined nearly 2,000 civilian firefighters battling the
three fires -- in Kamloops, Barriere and Falkland, British Columbia.
An estimated 8,500 people had already been evacuated as 16,500 acres
2003 Aug 2, Saddam Hussein's
two elder sons and a grandson were buried as martyrs near the
deposed Iraqi leader's hometown of Tikrit, where insurgents
afterward attacked U.S. troops with three remote-controlled bombs.
2003 Aug 2, In Liberia Pres.
Charles Taylor agreed to cede power on Aug. 11.
2004 Aug 2, Pres. Bush proposed
creating a national intelligence director in line with the Sep 11
(WSJ, 8/3/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 2, Police in Salt Lake
City arrested Mark Hacking, whose wife, Lori, had disappeared, on a
charge of aggravated murder. On October 1, 2004, searchers found
human remains in the Salt Lake County landfill. By that afternoon
police had confirmed that the remains were those of Lori Hacking.
Lori Kay Soares was buried in Orem City Cemetery, Orem, Utah County,
Utah. The dates on her stone are December 31, 1976 to July 19, 2004.
2003 Aug 2, Afghan troops
backed by U.S. warplanes killed as many as 70 militants in a daylong
battle near the Pakistani border.
2004 Aug 2, Masked gunmen
killed a Turkish hostage with three gunshots to the head, according
to a video posted on the Internet, and the Turkish truckers' union
said it would stop bringing supplies to U.S. forces in Iraq. A car
bomb in Baquba killed at least 3 Iraqi national guardsmen. 6
American service members were reported killed over the last 24
(AP, 8/2/04)(SFC, 8/4/04, p.A3)
2004 Aug 2, In western Japan 7
members of a family were found stabbed to death with a kitchen
2004 Aug 2, In Gaza City 5
masked men broke into a hospital and shot dead a convicted
Palestinian collaborator who had been wounded in a grenade attack in
his prison cell just hours earlier.
2004 Aug 2, The UN began
air-dropping food for refugees in Darfur, Sudan.
(WSJ, 8/3/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 2, Ukraine's prime
minister called for reducing the country's troop contingent in Iraq,
openly disagreeing with top defense officials who want to increase
2005 Aug 2, President Bush
signed a free trade pact with five Central American nations and the
2005 Aug 2, A federal appeals
court ruled that a 117-year-old policy of admitting only Native
Hawaiians to the exclusive Kamehameha Schools amounts to unlawful
2005 Aug 2, Seattle pitcher
Ryan Franklin was suspended 10 days for violating baseball's policy
on performance-enhancing drugs.
2005 Aug 2, Belarusian police
arrested two leaders of an ethnic Polish cultural group after
seizing the group's headquarters, raising already heightened
tensions between the neighboring countries.
2005 Aug 2, An Air France jet
skidded off a Toronto runway and burst into flames, prompting 309
passengers and crew to slide down escape chutes. In Dec, 2009, a
Canadian judge approved a C$12 million ($11.4 million) class-action
settlement with 184 passengers of the Air France jet.
(AP, 8/3/05)(Reuters, 12/31/09)
2005 Aug 2, France, Britain and
Germany hardened their tone toward Iran, warning that Tehran risked
triggering an international crisis and could face U.N. sanctions if
it follows through with a threat to resume its nuclear program.
2005 Aug 2, Georgia’s Pres,
Saakashvili said he is counting on US help to facedown Moscow and
reassert control over Abkhazia and Southern Ossetia.
(WSJ, 8/2/05, p.A1)
2005 Aug 2, Forest fires in
Indonesia's Sumatra province covered Kuala Lumpur and 32 other areas
of Malaysia with a smoky haze.
2005 Aug 2, Hassan Moghaddas,
an Iranian judge who sentenced several reformist dissidents to jail,
including hunger-striking reporter Akbar Ganji, was shot dead in his
car by a lone gunman riding a motorcycle.
2005 Aug 2, A roadside bomb
targeting a US military convoy exploded at the entrance to a tunnel
in central Baghdad, and at least 29 civilians were wounded. American
freelance journalist Steven Vincent was found shot to death in Basra
after being abducted by armed men. Vincent had been shot multiple
times after he and his Iraqi translator were abducted at gunpoint
hours earlier. He had been writing about the rise of conservative
Shiite Islam and the corruption of the Iraqi police.
2005 Aug 2, North Korea's main
envoy said his country won't give up its nuclear weapons until an
alleged U.S. atomic threat against the communist nation is
eliminated, the first public comments from the North after eight
days of six-party negotiations.
2005 Aug 2, A 3-year old
Palestinian boy was killed and 9 Palestinians were wounded in the
northern Gaza Strip when rockets launched by militants misfired and
landed in Palestinian areas.
2005 Aug 2, The Russian Foreign
Ministry said it will not renew the accreditation of ABC-TV after it
broadcast an interview with a notorious Chechen warlord.
2005 Aug 2, Violent mobs surged
again into the streets of Sudan's capital sparked by the death of
Sudanese vice president and former southern rebel leader John
2006 Aug 2, A Pentagon official
said evidence collected on the deaths of 24 Iraqis in Haditha
supports accusations that US Marines deliberately shot the
civilians, including unarmed women and children on Nov 19, 2005.
2006 Aug 2, Five days after
being pulled over by police, actor-director Mel Gibson was charged
with misdemeanor drunken driving, having an elevated blood-alcohol
level and having an open container of liquor in his car. Gibson
later pleaded no contest to drunken driving under a deal in which he
received three years' probation, paid a fine and agreed to attend
alcohol rehabilitation classes.
2006 Aug 2, Florida and CSX
Transportation struck a deal on a nearly $1 billion commuter rail
system in central Florida to relieve gridlock in and around Orlando.
2006 Aug 2, AOL shifted to an
advertising strategy as customers cancelled their dial-up service
and jumped to high-speed Internet connections.
(SFC, 8/3/06, p.C1)
2006 Aug 2, Australia's central
bank raised interest rates by 25 basis points to a six-year high of
6.0% in an effort to head off inflationary pressures in a booming
2006 Aug 2, The Australian
government said it had started reducing troop numbers in East Timor
as security in the tiny nation was steadily improving.
2006 Aug 2, In southern
Colombia a land mine planted by leftist rebels killed six coca
eradicators and injured seven others.
2006 Aug 2, A Paris commercial
court granted Eurotunnel protection from creditors, enabling the
operator of the Channel Tunnel to freeze payments on its debt
mountain of 9.0 billion euros (11.5 billion dollars).
2006 Aug 2, India banned
children under the age of 14 from working as domestic servants or at
hotels, tea shops, restaurants and resorts. The labor ministry said
the ban would come into effect from October 10.
2006 Aug 2, President Jalal
Talabani said that Iraqi forces will assume security duties for the
whole country by the end of the year, taking over responsibility
from US and other foreign troops now policing all but one of the 18
provinces. Sectarian and political violence claimed at least 53
lives, including 11 young soccer players and spectators who died
when two bombs exploded in a field in a Shiite neighborhood of
Baghdad. 2 US Marines died in Anbar province.
(AP, 8/2/06)(AP, 8/3/06)(SFC, 8/4/06, p.A9)
2006 Aug 2, Israel pressed the
first full day of a massive new ground attack, sending 8,000 troops
into southern Lebanon and seizing five people it said were Hezbollah
fighters in a dramatic airborne raid on a northeastern town.
Hezbollah retaliated with its deepest strikes yet into Israel,
firing a record number of more than 230 rockets. An Israeli-American
was killed as he fled for home by bicycle, and a stray rocket hit
the West Bank for the first time. People in the Lebanese village of
Al Jamaliyeh, outside the Hezbollah stronghold of Baalbek, used a
front-end loader to carry away some of the dead after a night of
Israeli airstrikes and a commando raid inside Baalbek that residents
said killed at least 15 civilians.
(AP, 8/2/06)(SFC, 8/3/06, p.A1)
2006 Aug 2, In Oaxaca, Mexico,
about 500 women banging spoons against pots and pans seized a
state-run television station and broadcast a homemade video that
showed police kicking protesters out of Oaxaca's main square last
month. In southern Monte Orden village heavy rains caused a
mountainside to give way, burying 2 homes and killing 11 people, 4
of them children.
2006 Aug 2, Production at
Cantarell, Mexico’s biggest oil field, was reported to be declining.
The site accounted for about 60% of Mexico’s oil. A third of
Mexico’s federal budget depended on oil sales.
(WSJ, 8/2/06, p.A4)
2006 Aug 2, Somali leaders
struggled to regroup after a week in which 29 ministers quit the
government, with the defectors urging the virtually powerless
administration to reconcile with Islamic militants who have seized
2006 Aug 2, South Africans
faced one of their harshest winters in years, with at least four
deaths blamed on flooding from heavy rain that has caused travel
delays in the south and west of the country.
2006 Aug 2, Tamil rebels said
they had overrun four Sri Lankan army camps around the northeastern
port of Trincomalee. The Defense Ministry acknowledged that five
soldiers were killed in the attacks and claimed its forces killed 40
insurgents and wounded 70 others.
2006 Aug 2, In southern
Thailand a bomb planted along a railroad exploded and killed three
2007 Aug 2, Charles Simic
(b.1938) of Concord, NH, a Yugoslav-born immigrant, was named to
become the new US poet laureate, replacing Donald Hall beginning Sep
(SFC, 8/3/07, p.E20)
2007 Aug 2, A Marine Corps
squad leader was convicted at Camp Pendleton, Calif., of murdering
an Iraqi man (52) during a frustrated search for an insurgent in
2006. The next day Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III was sentenced to 15
years in prison for killing Hashim Ibrahim Awad (see Aug 3).
(AP, 8/2/08)(SFC, 6/18/15, p.A6)
2007 Aug 2, US federal agents
arrested dozens of doctors accused of obtaining medical licenses
through fraud or bribery, carrying out sweeping raids across Puerto
Rico. The FDA accused 88 doctors of falsified credentials.
(AP, 8/2/07)(WSJ, 8/3/07, p.A1)
2007 Aug 2, A US appeals court
ruled that Katrina victims cannot collect for damage from levee
(WSJ, 8/3/07, p.A1)
2007 Aug 2, FBI agents arrested
Rahmat Abdhir (43), aka Sean Kasem and Sean Kalimin, in San Jose,
Ca., for providing material support to his brother, Zulkifli Abdhir
(41), a US-trained engineer and terror suspect in the Philippines.
(SFC, 8/3/07, p.B5)
2007 Aug 2, Scientists warned
that bisphenol A (BPA), an estrogen-like compound in plastic, is
probably causing an array of serious reproductive disorders in
(SFC, 8/3/07, p.A3)
2007 Aug 2, In Washington state
a helicopter with four people aboard crashed and burst into flames
on the east slopes of the Cascade Range, starting a wildfire. By the
next day it spread through dry timber to cover 300 to 400 acres.
2007 Aug 2, In Oakland, Ca.,
Chauncey Bailey (57), editor of the Oakland Post and former reporter
for the Oakland Tribune, was shot and killed on his way to work by a
masked gunman. In 2009 an indictment accused Yusuf Bey IV (23), the
leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery, of murder for allegedly telling
two of his followers to kill Bailey. In 2009 Devaughndre Broussard
(21) pleaded guilty to 2 counts of voluntary manslaughter as part of
a deal to secure testimony against Yusuf Bey IV and Antoine Mackey,
another bakery figure. In 2012 Thomas Peele authored “Killing the
Messenger: A Story of Radical Faith, Racism’s Backlash, and the
Assassination of a Journalist."
(SFC, 8/3/07, p.A1)(SFC, 4/30/09, p.A1)(SFC,
5/8/09, p.B1)(SSFC, 2/26/12, p.F1)
2007 Aug 2, Armen Baliantz
(b.1921), SF restaurateur born in China to Armenian parents, died.
Her Bali’s Restaurant at Pacific and Battery, had closed in Feb,
(SFC, 8/4/07, p.A1)
2007 Aug 2, In southern
Afghanistan US-led airstrikes in Helmand province killed at least 3
senior Taliban figures, including commander Mullah Rahim.
(SFC, 8/4/07, p.A3)
2007 Aug 2, In Brazil a strike
by subway workers disrupted the commute of millions of people in Sao
Paulo, causing huge traffic jams and long lines at bus stops.
2007 Aug 2, Bulgaria said it
had decided to write off Libya's communist-era debt as a
contribution to an international fund for the victims of an AIDS
epidemic blamed by Tripoli on six Bulgarian medics.
2007 Aug 2, Canada dismissed
Russia's claim to a large chunk of the resource-rich Arctic, saying
the tactic was more suited to the 15th century than the real world.
2007 Aug 2, China’s state media
reported that courts in northern China have sentenced 31 people,
including a police officer, to prison terms of up to five years
stemming from the use of slave labor in brick kilns. In east China a
rising wave in the Qiantang River, known for its strong tides,
engulfed 33 swimmers and visitors walking along a levee. At least
eight were killed.
(AP, 8/2/07)(AP, 8/3/07)
2007 Aug 2, Beijing and
Washington agreed to cooperate more closely on product and food
safety as the US recalled almost 1 million toys due to lead
concerns. Mattel apologized to customers as it recalled nearly a
million Chinese-made toys from its Fisher-Price division that were
found to have excessive amounts of lead.
(AP, 8/3/07)(SFC, 8/3/07, p.D1)(AP, 8/2/08)
2007 Aug 2, Officials said days
of heavy monsoon rains have devastated large swaths of northern
India and Bangladesh, killing at least 164 people, stranding
millions and washing away vital crops.
2007 Aug 2, Much of Baghdad was
without running water and had been for at least 24 hours. A suicide
car bomber slammed into an Iraqi police station northeast of
Baghdad, killing at least 13 people. Fadhil al-Akil (35), an aide to
Iraq's top cleric, was killed in the Shiite city of Najaf. A mortar
and rocket-propelled grenade landed on homes in Khan Bani Saad, a
mixed town northeast of Baghdad, killing four civilians, two of them
children. The US military said American and Iraqi troops had killed
seven suspects and captured 22 others in two days of raids across
Iraq. A total of 58 people were killed or found dead across the
country. US troops killed Haitham Sabah Shaker Mohammed al-Badri,
the al-Qaida in Iraq mastermind of the bombing that destroyed the
golden dome of a famed sacred Shiite shrine last year. 3 US soldiers
were killed in a single roadside bombing on Baghdad's east side. The
blast wounded 11 other US troops. Another soldier was killed and
three wounded in combat in western Baghdad. A US Marine was killed
during combat in Iraq's western Anbar province.
(AP, 8/2/07)(AP, 8/3/07)(AP, 8/4/07)(AP, 8/5/07)
2007 Aug 2, Lebanon's most
senior Shiite Muslim cleric issued a religious edict banning honor
killings, calling the custom of murdering a female relative for
sexual misconduct "a repulsive act." More fierce fighting erupted as
troops pounded the remaining Fatah Islam hideouts in the camp with
artillery and tank fire. Two more Lebanese soldiers were killed in
heavy fighting with the al-Qaida-inspired militants.
2007 Aug 2, A Libyan official
said that Moammar Gadhafi's long-isolated country has signed
contracts worth $405 million with French companies for missiles and
2007 Aug 2, An Islamic militant
and a policeman died when officers foiled a suicide bombing at a
Pakistani police school in Sargodha.
2007 Aug 2, In the Netherlands
Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch maker of consumer goods and food products,
announced that it would cut 20,000 jobs worldwide, 11 percent of its
total workforce, over the next four years.
2007 Aug 2, Two deep-diving
Russian mini-submarines descended more than 2 1/2 miles under North
Pole ice to stake a flag on the ocean floor, part of a quest to
bolster Russian claims to much of the Arctic's oil-and-mineral
2007 Aug 2, An unmanned Russian
cargo ship carrying over 2.5 tons of supplies, equipment and gifts
blasted off for the international space station.
2007 Aug 2, A 6.4-magnitude
quake struck on the southern tip of Sakhalin island, just north of
Japan. At least 2 people were killed and some 2,000 in Nevelsk moved
to tent camps after the powerful earthquake left apartment buildings
2007 Aug 2, Kafeel Ahmed (27),
the suspect who was critically burned in a botched car bomb attempt
at Glasgow Airport, died after 5 weeks in hospital from burns to 90%
of his body.
2007 Aug 2, In Sierra Leone 2
former members of a pro-government militia were convicted of war
crimes, the second round of rulings by a UN-backed court attempting
to punish those most responsible for brutalities committed during
Sierra Leone's decade-long civil war. A boat traveling from Freetown
to the northern town of Kassiri capsized in the mouth of the Little
Scarcies River. At least 10 people were killed and 45 others left
(AP, 8/2/07)(AP, 8/3/07)(AP, 8/4/07)
2007 Aug 2, In Somalia mortars
slammed into homes in Mogadishu after fighting between insurgents
and Ethiopian troops, killing 8 people, including a mother and her
2007 Aug 2, In Thailand a
lawyer said the wife of Thailand's deposed premier Thaksin
Shinawatra will seek 1.4 billion dollars in compensation from
military-backed authorities that have frozen her assets.
2007 Aug 2, In Yemen security
forces fired tear gas and water cannons at former soldiers
protesting in Aden demanding to be allowed back in the military. One
person was reported killed. The protesters were largely members of
the army of south Yemen who were ousted after being defeated by
2008 Aug 2, The US Centers for
Disease Control (CDC) said that due to new tracking methods 40% more
people are infected by the HIV virus than was previously believed.
(SSFC, 8/3/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 2, In Santa Cruz, Ca.,
2 firebombs exploded outside the homes of 2 UC Santa Cruz
biologists. They were similar to some used in the past by animal
(SFC, 8/4/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 2, Peter W. Rodman
(b.1943), lawyer, government official and foreign policy expert,
died. His book “Presidential Command: Power, Leadership, and the
Making of Foreign Policy from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush" was
published in 2009.
2008 Aug 2, In Afghanistan a
suspected rebel bomb struck a minibus carrying a newly married
couple, killing the bride and groom and 11 wedding guests.
2008 Aug 2, Perez Celis
(b.1939), a prestigious Argentine muralist, painter and sculptor,
died in Buenos Aires.
2008 Aug 2, Geoff Ballard
(b.1932), founder of Ballard Power and advocate for fuel cells, died
in Vancouver, Canada. In 1999 he had started General Hydrogen to
explore ways to manufacture and market hydrogen as a fuel. Plug
Power bought General Hydrogen in 2007 for $10 million.
(SFC, 8/12/08, p.B5)
2008 Aug 2, In China Zhang
Jinfu (43), a farmer, killed six and injured one in a stabbing spree
in the Hubei province village of Xuyang.
2008 Aug 2, China’s Sanlu
Group, a dairy product producer, told Fronterra, a New Zealand
company that owns 43% of Sanlu, that there was problem with milk
(Econ, 9/20/08, p.57)
2008 Aug 2, Saad Eddin Ibrahim
(69), an exiled Egyptian human rights activist who also holds US
nationality, was sentenced in abstentia to two years in prison for
defaming Egypt. He was accused him of defaming the country after a
series of articles and speeches on citizenship and democracy in
which he criticized the Egyptian regime. Ibrahim, who founded the
Ibn Khaldoun Centre for Development Studies, was sentenced in 2001
to seven years for "tarnishing Egypt's reputation," before being
freed on appeal after spending 10 months behind bars.
2008 Aug 2, Overnight fighting
that included sniper and mortar fire between Georgian forces and
separatists in the breakaway South Ossetia region left six people
dead and 13 wounded.
2008 Aug 2, In northern India
40 farm laborers died after a truck carrying them home from the
fields plunged into a river near Ghoomsa in Bihar state.
2008 Aug 2, More than 1,000
Sunni Arabs and Turkomen staged a demonstration to protest calls by
Kurds to annex the oil-rich city of Kirkuk to their autonomous
region as Iraqi officials met in Baghdad to defuse tension over the
disputed city. The U.S. military said it has released more than
10,000 detainees in Iraq so far this year, more than in all of 2007,
as it continues to try phase out its running of Iraqi prisons. A
roadside bomb in Baghdad killed one member of the US-allied Sunni
fighters and wounded two others. An American soldier died and
another was injured in a vehicle accident southwest of Baghdad.
(AP, 8/2/08)(AP, 8/3/08)
2008 Aug 2, In Nigeria gunmen
seized 2 French oil workers from a bar in Onne near the oil hub of
Port Harcourt. The 2 were released on Sep 5.
2008 Aug 2, In Pakistan a bomb
exploded at a bridge, killing at least nine security forces in the
Swat valley, where Pakistani troops are battling Islamic militants.
2008 Aug 2, In Pakistan 22
climbers, mostly foreigners, reached the summit of K-2, the world's
second-highest mountain, but an ice avalanche struck them during
their descent. At least 11 of the mountaineers were killed.
(AP, 8/3/08)(AFP, 8/4/08)
2008 Aug 2, Hamas security
forces battled fighters in a tribal stronghold where they say
suspects in a deadly bombing last week were hiding. Three Hamas men
were killed, along with six Fatah supporters, and nearly 90 were
wounded. Some 180 Fatah supporters fled into Israel from a deadly
(AP, 8/2/08)(AP, 8/3/08)
2008 Aug 2, In Sri Lanka a
two-day summit of leaders of the 15th South Asian Association for
Regional Cooperation (SAARC), opened amid extraordinary security.
Leaders of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, The Maldives,
Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka attended the summit. Government troops
captured rebel-held Vellankulam village in Mannar, the last rebel
stronghold in the area. Fresh fighting between Sri Lankan troops and
Tamil Tiger separatists killed 14 rebels and two soldiers across the
embattled northern region.
(AP, 8/2/08)(AP, 8/3/08)
2009 Aug 2, In eastern
Afghanistan 3 American soldiers died in a complex militant ambush,
raising NATO's two-day August death toll to nine and continuing the
bloodiest period of the eight-year war for US and allied troops.
2009 Aug 2, In Austria
researchers unveiled two piano pieces recently identified as
childhood creations by Mozart (1756-1791). He likely wrote the two
newly attributed pieces when he was 7 or 8 years old, with his
father, Leopold, transcribing the notes as his son played them at
2009 Apr 2, Austrian
authorities arrested British-born Julius Meinl V (b.1959), head of
Meinl Bank, for suspected breach of trust and deception of
investors. He had spun much of his family’s property portfolio into
Meinl European Land (MEL). By 2007 MEL had lost €1.8 billion in an
attempt to support its share price. He was released after posting a
€100 million bail.
(Econ, 8/1/09, p.60)
2009 Aug 2, China reported that
police in the northwest region of Xinjiang have arrested hundreds of
people in connection with disturbances that left at least 197 people
2009 Aug 2, In Dagestan
militants shot and killed a police officer. In Ingushetia militants
killed three government workers.
2009 Aug 2, In eastern
Indonesia a plane carrying 16 people disappeared over a jungle-clad
and mountainous region of Papua. All aboard were killed.
(AP, 8/2/09)(AP, 8/5/09)
2009 Aug 2, In Iraq Tariq Aziz,
one of Saddam Hussein's best-known lieutenants, was convicted of
helping to plan the forced displacement of Kurds from northeastern
Iraq and sentenced to seven years in jail. The ruling came more than
four months after Aziz was sentenced to 15 years in prison for
crimes against humanity in the 1992 execution of Iraqi merchants.
Rania Ibrahim, a teenage Iraqi girl, was sentenced to seven and a
half years in prison for attempting to blow herself up at a
checkpoint in Baqouba in August, 2008. She claimed her husband's
female relatives strapped explosives on her. An explosives-laden car
exploded near an outdoor market in a mainly Sunni area of Haditha,
killing at least 5 people and wounding 34, raising concern that
sectarian violence could resurge.
(AP, 8/2/09)(SFC, 8/4/09, p.A2)(AP, 8/6/09)
2009 Aug 2, Mexican police
raided a church service in Apatzingan, Michoacan state, and arrested
Miguel Angel Beraza, a man known as "The Truck," and another
suspect. Beraza was suspected of moving a half ton of crystal
methamphetamine into the US each month and was said to be a
high-ranking lieutenant in the drug cartel known as La Familia.
2009 Aug 2, It was reported
that illegal blast fishing had become rampant in Nicaragua and was
spreading across Central America’s Pacific coast.
(SSFC, 8/2/09, p.A8)
2009 Aug 2, Red Cross and
Nigerian defense officials said more than 700 people were killed
during a 5-day uprising by a radical Islamic sect in the north. Over
700 dead bodies were given mass burial in Maiduguri town alone, as a
search for bodies continued.
2009 Aug 2, In Pakistan two
policemen were shot and killed by men who fled from a checkpoint in
the northwestern city of Peshawar. The military said that four
militants were killed and another 27, including a suspected local
commander, were arrested in several search-and-clearance operations
in Swat and nearby areas.
2009 Aug 2, In Peru attackers
believed to be Shining Path rebels killed three police officers and
two women in an assault on a remote police post in San Jose de Secce
in Ayacucho province, a coca-growing region.
2009 Aug 2, Stanley Robertson
(69), the last of Scotland’s traveling storytellers, died. He had
spent 47 years filleting fish for a living.
(Econ, 9/5/09, p.94)
2009 Aug 2, On the Spanish
Canary Island of La Palma strong winds fanned forest fires for a 2nd
day, and firefighters were forced to retreat as flames raged out of
control near two towns.
2009 Aug 2, In southeast Sudan
armed tribesmen attacked a fishing village where hundreds of
displaced people were camped near a river, leaving at least 185
people, most of them women and children, dead in the worst violence
in three months.
2009 Aug 2, In Zimbabwe 40
people were killed and 30 others injured when a bus overturned after
colliding with a lorry south of Harare.
(AP, 8/2/09)(AP, 8/3/09)
2010 Aug 2, President Barack
Obama said the United States will end its combat mission in Iraq as
scheduled on August 31 despite a recent flare-up in violence.
2010 Aug 2, Robert Einhorn, the
State Department's special adviser for nonproliferation and arms
control, said new US sanctions against North Korea will seek to
strangle the narcotics trafficking, counterfeiting of U.S. dollars
and other "illicit and deceptive" activities that provide the regime
with the hard currency used for its nuclear weapons program.
2010 Aug 2, US Rep. Howard
Berman, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee,
suspended assistance to the Lebanese Armed Forces, saying he cannot
be sure the country's armed forces are not working with Hezbollah.
2010 Aug 2, The US government
said BP's ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico gushed an estimated
4.9 million barrels of oil, making it the largest accidental oil
spill of all time.
2010 Aug 2, The US House ethics
committee said California Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, will
face a trial for her 2009 role in steering federal funds to a bank
she is personally connected.
(SFC, 8/3/10, p.A6)
2010 Aug 2, In Louisiana 6
Shreveport teenagers wading in the shallows of the Red River drowned
in front of their horrified families after falling into deep water.
None of the teens or nearby adults could swim.
2010 Aug 2, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber blew himself up next to a police
truck bringing an official to work, killing six children nearby.
Militants attacked a second government official in the east the same
day. In eastern Nuristan province, NATO and Afghan troops attacked
two villages that had been held by Taliban fighters, killing more
than 30 insurgents as they secured the Bachancha and Badmuk
villages. Two Afghan soldiers were killed. In northern Balkh
province 6 Afghan private security guards were poisoned and fatally
stabbed during a bank robbery.
(AP, 8/2/10)(AP, 8/3/10)
2010 Aug 2, In Australia
publicist Kristy Fraser-Kirk (25) sued Australia's poshest
department store and its former head, Mark McInnes, for 33 million
US dollars over alleged sexual misconduct that led to the disgraced
chief executive's resignation. McInnes abruptly quit in June after
claims of inappropriate behavior were made.
2010 Aug 2, Bolivia’s deputy
land minister Juan Manuel Pinto said that a local court has upheld a
government decision to seize a ranch from US cattleman Ronal Larsen
(65) and his family on the grounds they treated workers as virtual
slaves. Larsen has owned the 58-square-mile (15,000-hectare) ranch
nearly four decades. Pinto said the ranch and an adjacent
15-square-mile (3,790-hectare) spread owned by an unrelated family,
the Chavezes, would be cleared by authorities and divided among
2,000 Guarani families.
2010 Aug 2, Brazilian
authorities said police have dismantled a kidnapping ring that
scoured social networking sites for victims.
(SFC, 8/3/10, p.A2)
2010 Aug 2, China’s state media
said thousands of tons of garbage washed down by recent torrential
rain are threatening to jam the locks of the massive Three Gorges
Dam, and is in places so thick people can stand on it.
2010 Aug 2, Chinese
plainclothes officers detained Ye Haiyan, an activist for sex
workers' rights, a few days after she publicly called for
prostitution to be legalized.
2010 Aug 2, In China lethal gas
leaked into a coal mine at the Sanyuandong Coal Mine in Dengfeng
city, Henan province. No survivors were found among the 16 miners
trapped by the lethal gas leak.
(AP, 8/3/10)(AP, 8/5/10)
2010 Aug 2, In Colombia Orlando
Sigifredo Ibarra Sarmiento, an Ecuadoran businessman (37), was
seized in the border city of Ipiales. In 2012 a deserter from a
guerrilla army led the hostage to freedom.
2010 Aug 2, In Iraq 2 bombings
and a drive-by shooting killed eight people.
2010 Aug 2, A string of rockets
was fired toward the Israeli resort city Eilat, and one hit in
neighboring Jordan, killing one person and wounding four. On Aug 3
Jordan said it has evidence that the rocket attack originated from
neighboring Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. After days of denials an
Egyptian official said the deadly rocket attacks were carried out by
the militant Palestinian Hamas group operating from Egypt.
(AP, 8/2/10)(AP, 8/3/10)(AP, 8/4/10)
2010 Aug 2, Omar Abdullah, the
chief minister of Indian Kashmir, held crisis talks on the "cycle of
violence" afflicting the region, as five more protesters died,
taking the death toll to 37 in two months.
2010 Aug 2, Malaysia set itself
a historic precedent as 2 female sharia judges began working for the
(Econ, 8/7/10, p.39)
2010 Aug 2, Compania Mexicana
de Aviacion filed for bankruptcy.
(Econ, 8/14/10, p.53)
2010 Aug 2, North Korea opened
this year's massive dance and gymnastics performance known as the
Arirang Festival, turning to propaganda to unite its people amid new
US sanctions on the isolated country to squeeze its nuclear program.
2010 Aug 2, Pakistani lawmaker
Raza Haider (35) was killed in a drive-by shooting in downtown
Karachi, where political and ethnic assassinations have fanned
increasing tensions. Haider was a member of the Muttahida Qaumi
Movement, the political party that runs the city and represents
mainly descendants of Urdu-speaking migrants from India who settled
in Pakistan when it was created in 1947.
(AFP, 8/2/10)(AP, 8/3/10)
2010 Aug 2, In Pakistan fears
were growing for up to 2.5 million people affected by the worst
floods in 80 years amid outbreaks of disease after monsoon rains
killed up to 1,500 people.
2010 Aug 2, In the Philippines
the 2010 winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards were announced.
Winners included Tadatoshi Akiba, the three-term mayor of Hiroshima,
who spearheaded a global campaign for nuclear disarmament, and
photographer Huo Daishan (56), who documented river pollution in his
native China. The awards are considered Asia's equivalent of the
Nobel Prize. Other awardees were physicists Christopher Bernido and
wife Maria Victoria Carpio-Bernido of the Philippines, who
introduced a novel way of teaching science, and Bangladeshi A.H.M.
Noman Khan, who set up service-and-training centers for helping
persons with disabilities.
2010 Aug 2, Romania's central
bank issued a special coin commemorating Miron Cristea, a prime
minister (1938-1939) and religious leader, who stripped Jews of
their citizenship before World War II. The move prompted protest
from Romanian Jews as well as a director at the US Holocaust
2010 Aug 2, Russia declared a
state of emergency in seven regions after wildfires killed at least
34 people and left thousands homeless in the worst heatwave since
records began 130 years ago. Officials said wildfires were also
destroying what was left of wheat crops, decimated by severe
drought. Expectations of slashed exports sent wheat prices soaring.
(AP, 8/2/10)(SFC, 8/3/10, p.A2)
2010 Aug 2, In southern Somalia
Islamist rebels ordered business people to donate cash and jewelry
for a holy war against African Union peacekeeping troops and the
2010 Aug 2, Somali pirates
hijacked the MV Suez, a Panamanian-flagged cargo ship with 23 crew
onboard, during an early morning raid.
2010 Aug 2, A cattle raid in
Southern Sudan possibly sparked by the region's high bride price,
100 cows or more, left 21 people dead.
2010 Aug 2, UN chief Ban
Ki-moon announced a four-member panel, including an Israeli and a
Turk, to probe Israel's deadly raid in May on a Gaza-bound aid
2010 Aug 2, UNESCO added 6
sites located in Brazil, China, Mexico, France's Reunion Island and
the South Pacific nation of Kiribati to World Heritage status.
2011 Aug 2, Pres. Obama signed
the Budget Control Act of 2011. This was emergency legislation to
avoid a government default on the national debt a little more than
an hour after it passed the Senate. The act called for mandatory
cuts, the sequester, to spur a deal to reduce the deficit.
(AP, 8/2/11)(Econ, 2/23/13, p.27)
2011 Aug 2, The US Senate
recessed and left without resolving a partisan standoff over a bill
to end the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration.
This left the FAA unable to collect taxes on airline ticket sales
and already cost the government over $200 million.
(SFC, 8/3/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 2, Former Detroit
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (41) was released from prison in Jackson,
Mi., on parole but still faced a federal corruption trial.
(SFC, 8/3/11, p.A9)
2011 Aug 2, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber blew up his car outside a compound frequented by
foreigners just after dawn, killing four guards, as two other
militants stormed the building in Kunduz city and engaged the Afghan
police in a two-hour gunbattle. The building was used by two
security companies, at least one of whom provides security for GIZ,
a German development and assistance organization that contracts
mostly with the German government.
2011 Aug 2, Robyn Gardner (35),
of Frederick, Maryland, vanished after snorkeling with her companion
off the western tip of Aruba. On Aug 6 police detained her traveling
companion Gary V. Giordano (50), as he sought to fly back to the US.
Giordano had an accidental-death insurance policy on Gardner for
$1.5 million and sought to claim the money two days after reporting
(AP, 8/9/11)(AP, 8/18/11)
2011 Aug 2, Brazil’s Pres.
Dilma Rousseff announced her long-awaited industrial policy. It
included the abolishment of a 20% payroll tax for the labor
intensive industries of clothing, footwear, furniture and software
effective October 1.
(Econ, 8/6/11, p.32)
2011 Aug 2, A Brazilian Air
Force plane crashed near the city of Bom Jardim da Serra in the
state of Santa Catarina, killing all eight people aboard.
2011 Aug 2, London’s
Metropolitan Police, investigating phone hacking and police bribery
at the defunct British tabloid News of the World, arrested Stuart
Kuttner (71), a former News of the World managing editor.
2011 Aug 2, China's eastern
city of Hangzhou offered its taxi drivers a subsidy of one yuan
($0.16) per trip in a bid to end a two-day strike in the tourism
2011 Aug 2, In the Dominican
Rep. journalist Jose Silvestre was killed. On Aug 9 a prosecutor
said hotel owner Matias Avelino Castro wanted to prevent journalist
Jose Silvestre from publishing a planned story that linked Avelino
to a murder and drug trafficking. An arrest warrant was issued for
Avelino but his whereabouts were unknown.
2011 Aug 2, French authorities
agreed to extradite Manuel Noriega back to Panama.
(SFC, 8/3/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 2, A Guatemalan court
sentenced three former special forces soldiers to 6,060 years in
prison each for the Dec 7, 1982, massacre of 201 men, women and
children at Dos Erres during the country's civil war. The sentences
for Manuel Pop Sun, Reyes Collin Gualip and Daniel Martinez included
30 years for each death, plus 30 years for crimes against humanity.
The three men are former members the Guatemalan military's elite
2011 Aug 2, Haitian lawmakers
rejected President Michel Martelly's second pick for prime minister.
16 senators voted against the nomination of Bernard Gousse, a
controversial former justice minister. The rest of the 30-member
Senate refrained from voting.
2011 Aug 2, In southern India
at least 10 people were beaten to death by a group of angry
villagers who thought they were thieves in the village of Barlahally
Cross, Karnataka state.
2011 Aug 2, In Indonesia some
10,000 Papuans protested for independence, defying a heavy police
presence a day after a deadly ambush that police blamed on
2011 Aug 2, In Iraq a car bomb
outside the Syrian Catholic church in Kirkuk wounded 23 people.
Police discovered two more car bombs parked outside the Christian
Anglican church and the Mar Gourgis church, both in downtown Kirkuk.
Unidentified gunmen evening shot dead Iraqi army Lieutenant Colonel
Azad Mohammed Ahmed in the Khadra area in the south of Kirkuk while
he was driving to his house with one of his guards. 2 members of an
anti-Qaeda tribal militia, the Sahwa, which turned against Al-Qaeda
and sided with the US military from late 2006, were shot dead north
of the city of Baquba by unknown gunmen. Successive bombings
targeting an alcohol shop on Baghdad's western outskirts killed 2
policemen at the beginning of the holy Muslim fasting month of
(AP, 8/2/11)(AP, 8/3/11)
2011 Aug 2, The Israeli
military said it has slapped restraining orders on 12 Israeli
settlers, accused of setting fire to Palestinian mosques, property
and vehicles, limiting their movement in the West Bank. Israel’s
Supreme Court ordered the government to remove the largest
unauthorized settlement outpost in the West Bank.
(AP, 8/2/11)(SFC, 8/3/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 2, Italy recalled its
ambassador to Syria to protest the repression of anti-government
protests and urged other European nations to do the same.
2011 Aug 2, Japan’s Tokyo
Electric Power Co. reported its 2nd deadly radiation reading in as
many days at its wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant.
(SFC, 8/3/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 2, A boat carrying 330
migrants from Libya arrived late in the day on the Italian island of
Lampedusa, a day after officials found 25 people choked to death in
the engine room of another Libyan refugee boat.
2011 Aug 2, Mexican authorities
said they have detained the director and four guards at a prison in
Ciudad Juarez where 17 inmates were killed in fighting last week. A
second Mexican polling firm reported three workers missing in
Michoacan state, two days after six workers from another survey
company vanished from the same place.
2011 Aug 2, Mexican authorities
said they have detained the director and four guards at a prison in
Ciudad Juarez where 17 inmates were killed in fighting last week. A
second Mexican polling firm reported three workers missing in
Michoacan state, two days after six workers from another survey
company vanished from the same place. Gunmen killed three police
officers in Ascension, Chihuahua state.
(AP, 8/2/11)(AP, 8/4/11)
2011 Aug 2, In northern Myanmar
Kachin rebels ambushed a car carrying workers from a Chinese-backed
hydroelectric project, killing seven people.
2011 Aug 2, Niger's President
Mahamadou Issoufou announced that 10 people have been arrested for
attempting a coup last month. He said they planned the coup to take
place overnight from July 12 to 13.
2011 Aug 2, In Pakistan 11
people were reported gunned down in Karachi. In an attempt to
contain the violence, authorities called in 1,000 paramilitary
troops from the Frontier Corps and also police from the Frontier
2011 Aug 2, In Papua New Guinea
Peter O’Neill became prime minister after the speaker ruled the post
vacant. He took office on an anti-corruption platform.
p.45)(Econ 7/1/17, p.34)
2011 Aug 2, In the Philippines
waist-deep floods have swamped the streets in Manila after a night
of monsoon rains closed down schools and government offices. In the
southern Philippines an improvised bomb exploded in front of a gun
store in Cotabato city, killing at least one person and wounding 9
others, including a 7-year-old girl. Typhoon Muifa killed four
people in the Philippines even though it did not make landfall.
(AP, 8/2/11)(AP, 8/6/11)
2011 Aug 2, In South Africa the
main link on Africa's fastest railway opened to thousands of
commuters who shuttled at 160 km (100 miles) per hour between
Johannesburg and Pretoria.
2011 Aug 2, South Africa agreed
to a $368-million loan to neighboring Swaziland, just one quarter of
the amount sought by King Mswati III to avoid his government's
2011 Aug 2, In Spain a man (74)
was charged and killed by the young bull during an early morning
bull-run in the northern town of Lodosa.
2011 Aug 2, In Sudan a landmine
killed four Ethiopian UN peacekeepers and badly wounded seven others
on patrol in the disputed territory of Abyei.
2011 Aug 2, In Sudan a heavy
rain storm in West Darfur caused two buildings housing Sudanese
soldiers to collapse, killing 20 and injuring another 30.
2011 Aug 2, Syrian troops
tightened their siege on the city of Hama by taking up positions
near homes and sending residents fleeing for their lives.
2011 Aug 2, A team of Ugandan
and French paleontologists announced they had found a
20-million-year-old ape skull in northeastern Uganda, saying it
could shed light on the region's evolutionary history.
2011 Aug 2, In Zimbabwe at
least 14 people were killed after a minibus crashed 120 miles east
of Harare, the second deadly accident involving an overcrowded bus
in the southern African country in recent days.
2012 Aug 2, US Treasury
Department investigators said the Internal Revenue Service may have
delivered more than $5 billion in refund checks to identity thieves
who filed fraudulent tax returns for 2011. They estimate another $21
billion could make its way to ID thieves' pockets over the next five
2012 Aug 2, In Afghanistan five
insurgents linked to the Haqqani network were killed in a pre-dawn
gunbattle in an area of Kabul home to Western embassies.
2012 Aug 2, In Algeria
smugglers were taken by surprise when a border patrol arrived on
near Roubane village, less than a kilometer from the Moroccan
frontier, and after a brief exchange of fire the gunmen fled. 4
border guards killed in the clash.
2012 Aug 2, Argentina's
president celebrated the final $2.3 billion payment on a bond given
to people whose savings were confiscated a decade ago, calling it a
lesson for European countries now mired in foreign debt.
2012 Aug 2, In Bahrain riot
police fired tear gas and stun grenades as hundreds of
anti-government protesters attempted to block a key highway.
2012 Aug 2, Bangladesh said it
has ordered three international charities to stop providing aid to
Rohingya refugees who cross the border to flee persecution and
violence in Myanmar.
2012 Aug 2, In Brazil a federal
judge ordered Brazilian mining company Vale to suspend its planned
expansion of a rail line in northern Brazil because it would
endanger the livelihood of the Awa Guaja Indian tribe living in the
2012 Aug 2, A court in London
jailed an Ethiopian diplomat for trying to smuggle a large stash of
cannabis through London's Heathrow Airport. Amelework Wondemagegne
(36), an official at the Ethiopian embassy in Washington, had tried
to claim diplomatic immunity when she was caught at the airport in
April with 56 kilograms (123 pounds) of cannabis.
2012 Aug 2, John Keegan
(b.1934), a leading British scholar on battles, died. His books
included “The Face of Battle" (1976).
(SFC, 8/4/12, p.C4)
2012 Aug 2, Chinese state media
said courts in the restive Xinjiang region with a large Muslim
population have jailed 20 people for up to 15 years for using the
Internet to incite separatism and "holy war."
2012 Aug 2, A judge in Egypt
investigating corruption charges against former Hosni Mubarak
premier Ahmed Shafiq ordered Mubarak's two sons detained for
allegedly buying land from Shafiq at below market price.
2012 Aug 2, It was reported
that France planned to offer financial incentives to French
fishermen for hunting bull sharks, a threatened shark species,
following recent attacks on people off the coast of Reunion.
(SFC, 8/2/12, p.A4)
2012 Aug 2, Hong Kong choked
under the worst smog ever recorded in the city, with residents
warned to stay indoors, away from the blanket of toxic haze.
2012 Aug 2, In Iraq 3 attacks
on separate checkpoints north of Baghdad killed eight people,
including four policemen and three anti-Qaeda militiamen. In all 33
people were killed in attacks mainly targeting the security forces.
(AFP, 8/2/12)(AFP, 8/3/12)
2012 Aug 2, Iraq's Kurdistan
region said it will resume oil exports during the first week of
August as a confidence-building measure, after stopping them for
more than four months following a row with Baghdad. Kurdistan halted
oil exports to the federal government on April 1 over $1.5 billion
it said is owed to foreign oil companies working in the region, that
Baghdad has allegedly withheld.
2012 Aug 2, Syrian opposition
activists say regime forces have swept through neighborhoods south
of the capital Damascus in a deadly military operation that has
inflicted casualties. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said
more than 179 people were killed today.
(AP, 8/2/12)(AFP, 8/3/12)
2012 Aug 2, Kofi Annan, the
UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, resigned citing divisions within the
Security Council preventing a united approach to stop the fighting.
2012 Aug 2, Turkish warplanes
and attack helicopters are pounding Kurdish rebel positions in a
major clash in a rugged area near Turkey's borders with Iraq and
Iran. Turkish troops and Kurdish rebels have been clashing in the
area for about two weeks.
2012 Aug 2, In Yemen al-Qaida
gunmen shot dead four soldiers in Jaar, one of the militants' former
2013 Aug 2, Burkina Faso police
said that two officers were seriously wounded in the unrest on
campuses in Ouagadougou this week. The violence began after
university officials told students to vacate their dormitories at
the end of July and they refused.
2013 Aug 2, Germany canceled a
Cold War-era surveillance pact with the United States and Britain in
response to revelations by National Security Agency leaker Edward
Snowden about those countries' alleged electronic eavesdropping
2013 Aug 2, A report by the
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said Honduras' 24 prisons
are controlled by inmates because the state has abandoned its role
in rehabilitating people convicted of crimes.
2013 Aug 2, In Iraq an
explosion and fire disabled a pipeline carrying gas from northern
oilfields to power stations early today.
2013 Aug 2, In Libya five
people were wounded in a bomb blast at a police station in Benghazi.
2013 Aug 2, Moroccan riot
police broke up a protest by hundreds of people late today against a
royal pardon for a Spanish pedophile serving a 30-year sentence for
raping and filming children as young as four.
2013 Aug 2, In northern Syria
overnight clashes between Kurdish opposition fighters and rebels
linked to al-Qaida killed 12 Islamic fighters.
2013 Aug 2, Taiwanese lawmakers
exchanged punches and threw water at each other ahead of an expected
vote that would authorize a referendum on whether to finish a fourth
nuclear power plant on the densely populated island of 23 million
2013 Aug 2, Tunisian forces
launched air and ground strikes on Islamist militants near the
Algerian border after fierce overnight clashes in the area.
2013 Aug 2, In Yemen clashes
erupted in Sanaa when a group of soldiers, who had joined a mutiny,
tried to storm the presidential palace. One of the mutinied troops
was killed and six were wounded in the fighting.
2013 Aug 2, Zimbabwe's Movement
for Democratic Change (MDC) said it could take to the streets to
challenge President Mugabe's victory in an election it rejects as a
farce and which faces skepticism from the West. Observers from the
Southern African Development Community (SADC) described Zimbabwe's
elections as "free and peaceful."
2014 Aug 2, Sami Inkinen (38)
and Meredith Loring (34) arrived in Hawaii after a record-breaking
45-day row from California.
(SFC, 8/6/14, p.A1)
2014 Aug 2, Donald Ray Morgan
(44), of Landis, NC, wanted for selling an assault rifle and other
weapons over the Internet, was intercepted at Kennedy Airport and
questioned about the Islamic State. A judge ordered him held without
bail and sent him to NC to face the gun charge.
2014 Aug 2, Toledo, Ohio,
issued the warning just after midnight after tests at a treatment
plant showed two sample readings for microsystin above the standard
for consumption. The city said not to boil the water because that
would only increase the toxin's concentration. The mayor also warned
that children should not shower or bathe in the water and that it
shouldn't be given to pets. The water supply was fouled by toxins
possibly from algae on Lake Erie. On Aug 4 city officials declared
the water safe.
(AP, 8/3/14)(SFC, 8/5/14, p.A12)
2014 Aug 2, Australia officials
said some 157 asylum-seekers, thought to be mostly ethnic Tamils
from Sri Lanka and detained at sea for weeks, have been sent to the
island of Nauru after rejecting a return to India.
2014 Aug 2, In Azerbaijan 5
more soldiers were killed in overnight skirmishes between Azeri
government forces and ethnic Armenian separatists controlling the
breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh enclave.
2014 Aug 2, Health experts said
a cholera epidemic in northern Cameroon has killed at least 65
people and probably infected about 1,300 people over the last two
2014 Aug 2, In eastern China a
suspected dust explosion at an automotive parts factory that
supplies General Motors killed 75 people in Kunshan. The death toll
climbed to 146 when other workers died in the hospital. This was the
country's worst industrial accident since 2005. On December 30
China's Cabinet announced the firing of the top two officials of
Kunshan. 20 others were placed under judicial review for possible
indictment. By 2016 Chinese courts jailed 14 government officials
and company executives for up to seven-and-a-half years over the
(AP, 8/2/14)(SFC, 8/5/14, p.A2)(AP, 12/30/14)(AP,
2014 Aug 2, President Abdel
Fattah al-Sisi said an Egyptian truce plan provides a "real chance"
to end the Gaza conflict, stressing the need for its speedy
2014 Aug 2, Air France
cancelled some of its short and medium-haul flights from airports
across France due to a strike by ground staff on one of the busiest
travel days of the year.
2014 Aug 2, In Iraq Islamic
State militants fought Kurdish forces for the northern town of Zumar
located near an oil field and the Syrian border amid conflicting
reports of who was in control.
2014 Aug 2, Israel signaled it
was winding down the 25-day-old Gaza war unilaterally, saying it
would not attend Egyptian-hosted negotiations for a new truce and
giving Palestinians who had fled fighting in one northern town the
all-clear to return. Gaza's mostly civilian death toll rose to
1,669. Israel said its Iron Dome interceptor shot down rockets
launched at the cities of Tel Aviv and Beersheba.
2014 Aug 2, In Lebanon fighting
began in the eastern border town of Arsal after troops detained
Syrian citizen Imad Ahmad Jomaa, who identified himself as a member
of the Nusra Front.
2014 Aug 2, Libya's new
nationalist-dominated parliament held its first consultative meeting
in Tobruk, boycotted by Islamists, as violence wracked the country
from which thousands were fleeing.
2014 Aug 2, In northern Nepal
more than 150 people were feared dead after a massive landslide
blocked a mountain river, causing the water to form a lake that was
threatening to burst in the village of Mankha. The search for
victims ended on Aug 6 with just 33 of 156 victims recovered.
(SFC, 8/4/14, p.A2)(AP, 8/6/14)
2014 Aug 2, The Philippines
urged its thousands of workers in Libya to leave the strife-torn
nation now while they still can, warning that the remaining exit
routes were closing fast.
2014 Aug 2, Russia’s Labirint
(Labyrinth) travel company announced it had halted operations,
leaving 27,000 Russians "abroad without return tickets." After
making emergency arrangements they were able to bring a third home,
cutting the number stuck abroad to just under 16,000. Labirint was
the fourth Russian tour operator to go bust in the past three weeks,
stranding more than 50,000 abroad.
2014 Aug 2, In Syria Yaacub
al-Omar, the local chief of Al-Qaeda's affiliate Al-Nusra Front, was
killed overnight died in an apparent assassination after a bomb went
off in his car in Idlib province. Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah
fighters killed at least 50 jihadists from the Islamic State and
Al-Nusra Front groups in overnight clashes near the border with
(AP, 8/2/14)(AFP, 8/2/14)
2014 Aug 2, The UN refugee
agency UNHCR said Sri Lanka must stop deporting Pakistani asylum
seekers, a practice banned under international law. Sri Lanka began
arresting asylum seekers and refugees on June 9 and has since
detained 214 Pakistanis and Afghans in two asylum centers.
2014 Aug 2, In southern Yemen 4
policemen were killed in an attack on a security checkpoint in
2015 Aug 2, US officials said
the United States has decided to allow airstrikes to defend Syrian
rebels trained by the US military from any attackers, even if the
enemies hail from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
2015 Aug 2, In northern
California the Rocky Fire in Clear Lake County doubled its size over
24 hours to 54,000 acres. 24 homes were destroyed in the area and
(SFC, 8/3/15, p.A1)
2015 Aug 2, In Afghanistan 8
fighters, including a commander, were killed in a battle over the
leadership between two Taliban groups in a village in Shindand
2015 Aug 2, Bronwyn Bishop, the
speaker of Australia's House of Representatives, resigned following
weeks of accusations that she used taxpayer money to pay for
extravagant and unnecessary travel. The travel row erupted with
reports on July 15th that Mrs. Bishop had spent A$5,227 ($3,800)
last November chartering a helicopter to fly from Melbourne to
Geelong, two cities little more than an hour’s car ride apart.
2015 Aug 2, Britain and France
vowed that a cross-Channel migrant crisis was their "top priority"
in a united front that belied simmering anger over an issue which
has become a political hot potato.
2015 Aug 2, In Burundi General
Adolphe Nshimirimana, a close aide to Pres. Pierre Nkurunziza, was
killed in a rocket attack on his car in Bujumbura.
2015 Aug 2, Canada’s PM Stephen
Harper requested the dissolution of parliament and began campaigning
for an October 19 vote.
(SFC, 8/3/15, p.A2)
2015 Aug 2, In the Central
African Republic one UN peacekeeper was killed and eight were
injured in Bangui after they came under attack by armed men bearing
machine guns and grenades.
2015 Aug 2, In El Salvador six
incarcerated gang members escaped from jail after prying open the
bars of their cell.
2015 Aug 2, Iran said it will
stop giving cash handouts to another million of its wealthiest
citizens in order to ease a budget crisis caused in part by plunging
oil prices and sanctions linked to its disputed nuclear program. The
new cuts will be implemented by August 22.
2015 Aug 2, In Israel Shira
Banki (16) died today after being seriously wounded when an anti-gay
extremist stabbed her and several others in last week's attack on
Jerusalem's gay pride parade. She was among six people wounded July
30 by ultra-Orthodox Jewish Yishai Schlissel, who had carried out a
similar attack on a gay pride parade in 2005.
2015 Aug 2, A Moroccan man (27)
suffocated to death while trying to illegally enter Spain hidden
inside a suitcase in the trunk of a car. Police soon charged the
man's brother (34) with involuntary manslaughter.
2015 Aug 2, Nigeria's military
besieged Boko Haram positions in the Islamist militant group's
heartland in Borno state after setting free 178 hostages, mainly
women and children. 13 bodies were recovered following an assault on
Malari village about 20 km from Maiduguri.
2015 Aug 2, Pakistani security
forces killed Umar Lateef, a senior Al-Qaeda commander, and detained
his wife in an overnight raid on his hideout in the southwestern
province of Baluchistan. His wife was head of Al-Qaeda's women's
wing in south Punjab and Baluchistan.
2015 Aug 2, Russia's
counterterrorism agency said its forces in Ingushetia province have
killed 8 militants who had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State
group. Those killed included the group's leader, Adam Tagilov, who
was accused of staging December's attack in Chechnya's provincial
capital, Grozny, which left 25 people dead.
2015 Aug 2, A Russian Mi-28
military helicopter from an elite aerobatic squadron crashed during
an air show, killing one pilot and injuring another in the Ryazan
2015 Aug 2, In Russia police in
St. Petersburg detained several gay activists who held pickets in
defense of gay rights on Airborne Forces Day.
2015 Aug 2, Natalia Molchanova
(b.1962), Russian champion and the world’s greatest free diver, went
missing during a recreational dive near Ibiza, Spain. Search efforts
were abandoned on August 5.
2015 Aug 2, Two Turkish
soldiers were killed and 31 wounded in a suicide bombing overnight,
as violence escalated following Ankara's air bombardment of Kurdish
militants in northern Iraq. A day later the outlawed Kurdistan
Workers' Party (PKK) claimed responsibility.
(Reuters, 8/2/15)(AFP, 8/3/15)
2015 Aug 2, The United Arab
Emirates' top prosecutor referred 41 people to trial on charges of
planning to carry out terrorist acts with the aim of overthrowing
the government and establishing an extremist state.
2015 Aug 2, A small town in
north Wales appointed its first resident jester for over 700 years,
naming him in an elaborate medieval ceremony. Russel Erwood was
officially dubbed Erwyd le Fol (French for 'fool') during an event
in the main square in Conwy.
2016 Aug 2, President Barack
Obama and Singapore's PM Lee Hsien Loong held a formal meeting in
the Oval Office with US-Asia relations and the Trans-Pacific
Partnership trade deal involving both Singapore and the United
States on the agenda.
2016 Aug 2, In central
California a chartered bus hit a pole of an overhead sign on Highway
99, splitting the coach partway down the middle. Four people were
killed. In 2017 driver Mario David Vasquez (58) was charged with
(SFC, 8/3/16, p.D2)(SFC, 8/2/17, p.A10)
2016 Aug 2, In southern
California Egypt-born chemist Ahmed Zewail (70), a science adviser
to President Obama, died. He won the 1999 Nobel Prize for his work
on the study of chemical reactions over immensely short time scales.
On August 7 Zewail was given a state funeral with military honors in
(AP, 8/3/16)(AFP, 8/7/16)
2016 Aug 2, Delaware's Supreme
Court ruled the state's death penalty statute unconstitutional,
finding it in violation of the Sixth Amendment role of the jury.
2016 Aug 2, David Huddleston
(b.1930), American character actor, died in New Mexico of advanced
heart and kidney disease. His films included included “Blazing
Saddles" (1974) and “The Big Lebowski" (1998). His stage work
include playing Benjamin Franklin in the Broadway production “1776"
(SFC, 8/6/16, p.C3)
2016 Aug 2, In NYC Karina
Vetrano (30) was strangled to death while jogging. Her body was
found five hours later in a marshy park in her Queens neighborhood.
Officials hoped to use familial DNA to find her killer. On Feb 4,
2017, Chanel Lewis (20) was taken into custody after DNA evidence
linked him to the murder. Lewis' trial on Nov. 20, 2018, ended in a
hung jury. On April 1, 2019, Lewis was convicted of murder and
p.A11)(SSFC, 2/5/17, p.A4)(SFC, 11/22/18, p.A8)(SFC, 4/3/19, p.A7)
2016 Aug 2, A new report by the
US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the 2015 State
of the Climate, showed record heat absorption by the oceans and the
lowest groundwater storage levels globally.
(SFC, 8/3/16, p.A7)
2016 Aug 2, Australia's central
bank dropped interest rates to a new record low of 1.5% after a
recent run of soft inflation readings.
2016 Aug 2, Brazil's federal
police said they had arrested two people and raided properties over
alleged corruption at building firm Queiroz Galvao, widening a
sweeping investigation (Operation Carwash) focused on state-run oil
2016 Aug 2, In Brazil Olympics
chief Thomas Bach called for a complete overhaul of the anti-doping
system after revelations of state-backed cheating by Russia rocked
preparations for the Rio Games.
2016 Aug 2, A British court
ruled that the state-funded health service (NHS) is responsible for
paying for an HIV-prevention drug that has been called a "game
changer" in the fight against AIDS. The health service said it would
2016 Aug 2, Burundi said it
would refuse to allow United Nations police onto its territory to
monitor the security and human rights situation after the UN
Security Council voted to send 228 officers.
2016 Aug 2, China's Supreme
Court said people caught illegally fishing in Chinese waters could
be jailed for up to a year, issuing a judicial interpretation
defining those waters as including China's exclusive economic zones.
2016 Aug 2, China sentenced
prominent activist Zhai Yanmin (55) to three years in jail with a
four year reprieve for subverting the state, in a case linked to a
crackdown on human rights lawyers.
2016 Aug 2, The German state of
Bavaria said it would sue Volkswagen for damages caused by its
emissions-test cheating scandal, the first regional government in
VW's home country to take legal action against the carmaker.
2016 Aug 2, German authorities
arrested a Tunisian man (36) suspected of killing two other Tunisian
nationals whose remains were found in a Leipzig lake.
2016 Aug 2, Indian officials
said the death toll in flooding from heavy monsoon rains has climbed
to 96, with about a million people taking shelter in government-run
relief camps. A century-old bridge over the Savitri River between
Mumbai and Goa collapsed killing at least 20 people.
(AP, 8/2/16)(Econ, 10/15/16, p.75)
2016 Aug 2, Iran hanged 20
"terrorist" Sunni prisoners, in one of the Islamic republic's
biggest mass executions in recent years. A statement detailed 24
armed attacks between 2009 and 2011, including bombings and
robberies, allegedly committed by the Kurdish militants.
(AFP, 8/4/16)(SSFC, 8/7/16, p.A4)
2016 Aug 2, Iraqi PM Haider
al-Abadi imposed a travel ban on several parliamentary officials
accused of corruption, but parliament speaker Salim al-Juburi
rejected the order saying this could only be ordered by the
judiciary and calling for everyone to respect both it and the
2016 Aug 2, Israeli lawmakers
approved jailing children as young as 12 convicted of "terrorist
offences" in the wake of repeated attacks by young Palestinians.
2016 Aug 2, Italian financial
police arrested the former CEO of Veneto Banca and seized millions
in cash, shares and property as part of a wide-ranging
2016 Aug 2, Japan's Cabinet
approved a fresh economic stimulus package worth more than 28
trillion yen ($275 billion), PM Shinzo Abe's latest effort to get
the stalling recovery back on track.
2016 Aug 2, Forces loyal to
Libya's unity government said they were advancing inside the
jihadist stronghold of Sirte, following the first US air strikes on
Islamic State group positions in the city.
2016 Aug 2, Mexico’s Michoacan
state Gov. Silvano Aureoles said a mayor and four local police
officers have been arrested in connection with the murder of 10
people who were killed and burned over the weekend. The motive
appeared to be related to a rivalry over street-level drug sales.
2016 Aug 2, The New Zealand
government agreed to pay more than half a million dollars to David
Bain (44), who spent 12 years in jail after he was convicted in 1995
of killing five members of his own family in 1994, but was later
found not guilty at a retrial.
2016 Aug 2, Papua New Guinea's
Supreme Court ordered Australia to present a resettlement plan for
nearly 900 asylum seekers held in what it says is an illegal
detention center on Manus island. Detainees feared the move will
further delay their release.
2016 Aug 2, In Russia the Yamal
regional governor's office said a child has died of anthrax in
Siberia in the first fatal outbreak of the bacterial disease
reported in Russia in 75 years. More than 2,300 reindeer have also
died in the outbreak in the region.
2016 Aug 2, South Korea fined
Volkswagen 17.8 billion won ($16 million) and suspended sales of 80
VW models, alleging the German carmaker fabricated documents on
emissions or noise level tests.
2016 Aug 2, South Sudanese
President Salva Kiir fired five ministers, in a move that removed
figures known for close ties to ex-rebel leader Riek Machar. A
presidential decree showed that cabinet posts including the interior
and petroleum portfolios in the oil-rich state had been filled with
allies of the new vice president, Taban Deng Gai.
2016 Aug 2, A Syrian rescue
service operating in rebel-held territory said a helicopter dropped
containers of toxic gas overnight on a town close to where a Russian
military helicopter was shot down hours earlier. Russia launched
heavy air strikes overnight on the outskirts of divided Aleppo city,
slowing a "last-chance" assault by rebels seeking to break a
(Reuters, 8/2/16)(AFP, 8/2/16)
2016 Aug 2, Turkey’s President
Tayyip Erdogan said the country’s intelligence apparatus will be
restructured following a failed military coup last month because it
was under the control of the US-based cleric blamed for staging the
2016 Aug 2, In Ukraine Nadiya
Savchenko, the servicewoman-turned-lawmaker who spent two years in a
Russian jail, announced a new hunger strike to speed up the release
of other Ukrainian prisoners-of-war, accusing Pres. Poroshenko of
ignoring their plight.
2016 Aug 2, UN agencies said
tens of thousands of people have fled a fresh outbreak of violence
in South Sudan, reporting mass killings, looting and forced
recruitment of child soldiers. At least 9 people were reported
killed over the weekend in the latest clashes on a road in Central
Equatoria state, the region that includes the capital Juba.
2016 Aug 2, Pope Francis
appointed a commission to study the issue of female Church deacons
in a move seen as a potential first step towards women entering the
2016 Aug 2, Venezuelan
President Nicolas Maduro named Gen. Nestor Reverol as interior
minister. A day earlier US prosecutors announced the indictment of
Nestor Reverol, who once led Venezuela's anti-drug agency and
National Guard, on drug-trafficking charges.
2017 Aug 2, US President Donald
Trump reluctantly approved sanctions against Moscow calling the
legislation "significantly flawed" and adding that some of its
provisions were unconstitutional.
2017 Aug 2, The US
Environmental Protection Agency reversed a decision to delay an
Obama-era rule requiring states to curb smog-causing emissions, one
day after 15 states sued the agency over the move.
2017 Aug 2, US VP Mike Pence
spoke in Montenegro at the opening of a US-backed summit of top
Balkan officials. He pledged Washington's commitment to the area
that Russia also considers a zone of interest. Kosovo's president
said Pence pledged to help eliminate the obstacles to Kosovo
becoming a full NATO member.
2017 Aug 2, In Minnesota a 2nd
body was found in the rubble of an explosion at the Minnehaha
Academy in Minneapolis.
(SFC, 8/3/17, p.A5)
2017 Aug 2, Marcus Hutchins
(23), a British cybersecurity researcher, was arrested at McCarran
Int’l. Airport in Las Vegas as he prepared to fly home following a
cybersecurity convention. On August 14 he faced charges in Wisconsin
for committing computer fraud. Four months earlier he had identified
a “kill switch" to slow the outbreak of the WannaCry virus that
crippled computer worldwide. In 2019 Hutchins pleaded guilty to
writing malware in 2015, before changing to a career in
cybersecurity. He was sentenced to time served.
(SFC, 8/1517, p.A7)(SFC, 4/22/19, p.A7)(SFC,
2017 Aug 2, In Pennsylvania 32
CSX freight cars derailed in Hyndman and caused a propane fire that
burned itself out by August 4. Smaller sulfur fires continued to
(SFC, 8/5/17, p.A6)
2017 Aug 2, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber struck a NATO convoy near Kandahar city
killing two US soldiers and wounding another four. The Taliban took
responsibility for the attack.
(AP, 8/2/17)(AP, 8/4/17)
2017 Aug 2, Al-Qaida leader
Ayman al-Zawahri posted an audio message online in which he said a
man he identifies as Zuhair al-Maghribi (aka Said Bahaji) who worked
for As-Sahab, the terror network's media arm, is a "martyr." The
German man is believed to have provided logistical support to the
Hamburg-based Sept. 11 hijackers.
2017 Aug 2, Brazil’s
legislators voted 263 to 227 against referring Pres. Michel Temer,
indicted on June 26, to the Supreme Court.
(Econ, 8/19/17, p.27)
2017 Aug 2, Three British men,
who dubbed themselves the "Three Musketeers," were convicted of
plotting a bomb attack on troops or police inspired by Islamic
extremism. Jurors at London's Central Criminal Court found Naweed
Ali (29), Khobaib Hussain (25) and Mohibur Rahman (33) guilty of
preparing terrorist acts. The next day they were sentenced to at
least 20 years in prison. Accomplice Tahir Aziz received a minimum
(AP, 8/2/17)(AP, 8/3/17)
2017 Aug 2, Cambodian officials
arrested 175 Chinese citizens after a tipoff from Chinese police
about their suspected involvement in an internet phone scam.
2017 Aug 2, Chile's Congress
approved a bill late today that legalizes abortion in certain cases,
though it will still need to win the approval of the nation's courts
to go into effect.
2017 Aug 2, German automakers
offered to help cut inner-city pollution by updating the software of
5 million diesel cars in an attempt to avert vehicle bans and repair
2017 Aug 2, Germany accused
Vietnam of kidnapping a former Vietnamese oil executive who was
seeking asylum in Berlin and taking him home to face accusations of
corruption. Trinh Xuan Thanh was accused of causing around $150
million in losses at a Vietnamese state firm.
2017 Aug 2, German prosecutors
said Oskar Groening (96), a former Auschwitz death camp guard, is
fit to go to prison. He was convicted in 2015 as an accessory to
murder. His lawyer said he will contest their decision.
2017 Aug 2, An Indonesian court
on Borneo island jailed a man for eight months after he grew
medicinal marijuana to help ease the suffering of his
cancer-stricken wife, who died shortly after his arrest.
2017 Aug 2, The Italian
parliament gave the go-ahead to a naval mission aimed at boosting
the Libyan coastguard in its fight against human traffickers and
further reducing the number of migrant arrivals on Italy's coasts.
2017 Aug 2, Italian authorities
impounded a German NGO's migrant rescue boat on suspicion of
facilitating illegal immigration. The Iuventa was operated by the
Jugend Rettet organization.
2017 Aug 2, In Kashmir a fresh
strike called by anti-India separatists to protest the killings of
two top rebels and a civilian shut down the disputed region while
Akeel Ahmed Bhat, a teenage boy, died a day after he was wounded by
2017 Aug 2, Some 113 buses
carrying Syrian militants and refugees left a Lebanese border area
bound for a rebel-held part of Syria, under a deal made after
Shi'ite Hezbollah routed Sunni Islamist Nusra Front insurgents in
their last foothold at the frontier.
2017 Aug 2, Mexico's
surveillance scandal widened to encompass a pair of prominent human
rights attorneys probing a multiple homicide case. The internet
watchdog Citizen Lab said Karla Micheel Salas and David Pena were
targeted in 2015, weeks after they questioned prosecutors' handling
of the killings of activist Nadia Vera, journalist Ruben Espinosa
and three other women in a Mexico City apartment in July that year.
The victims were tortured and shot to death.
2017 Aug 2, Moldova declared
Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin persona non grata in
the wake of a diplomatic spat that saw his plane barred from flying
over Romania. Rogozin is under an EU travel ban over Russia's
annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region in 2014.
2017 Aug 2, Niger's Pres.
Mahamadou Issoufou sounded the alarm over his country's
world-leading birth rate, labelling the average of over seven
children per household a "handicap" to development in the
impoverished west African nation.
2017 Aug 2, Palestinian Ismail
Ibrahim Abu Aram (19) stabbed an Israeli (42) in Yavne near Tel
Aviv. Aram was apprehended at the scene, and the victim taken to
2017 Aug 2, In Portugal a light
plane made an emergency landing on a packed beach near Lisbon,
killing a man and an 8-year-old girl who were sunbathing.
2017 Aug 2, Qatar said it has
concluded a 5 billion euro deal with Italy for seven navy vessels,
part of a military cooperation agreement between the two countries.
2017 Aug 2, Russia’s Novaya
Gazeta reported that a Russian court has ordered Russia-born
reporter Khudoberdy Nurmatov to be deported to his native Uzbekistan
where he might face torture. Nurmatov, aka Ali Feruz, is openly gay,
a human rights activist and a correspondent for the independent
Novaya Gazeta newspaper. On August 4 it was reported that the
European Court of Human Rights has halted the impending deportation
(AP, 8/2/17)(AP, 8/4/17)
2017 Aug 2, A Saudi man was
shot dead helping evacuate residents the town of Awamiya, where
fighting between security forces and armed Shi'ite Muslims have
displaced thousands of people.
2017 Aug 2, South African
poultry producer Astral Foods confirmed a second outbreak of highly
pathogenic H5N8 bird flu at one of its farms.
2017 Aug 2, Spanish police
arrested Yyacheslav Gulevich (57) a Russian gang boss who headed up
the Kemerovo organization which dealt in drugs, weapons and human
trafficking, as well as prostitution in Estonia. Three other group
leaders were also detained in the Estonian capital Tallinn.
2017 Aug 2, A Thai court
acquitted two former prime ministers of abuse of power in a case
involving the deadly dispersal of an anti-government protest in
2017 Aug 2, Turkey's top
military body replaced the land, air and naval commanders of the
military at a critical meeting just over a year after the failed
2017 Aug 2, The president of
Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly said the
legislature will call for an investigation into claims that the
official turnout figure in the July 30 election was inflated by at
least 1 million votes.
2018 Aug 2, The Trump
administration proposed weakening Obama-era federal fuel efficiency
standards and moved to revoke California's authority to set its own
strict tailpipe emissions rules, setting up what will likely be a
protracted legal battle between the federal government and US
states. Some 19 states, including California, and Washington D.C.
announced they intend to sue the administration to halt the
2018 Aug 2, The Trump
administration rescinded an Obama-era ban on the use of pesticides
linked to declining bee populations and the cultivation of
genetically modified crops in dozens of national wildlife refuges
where farming is permitted.
2018 Aug 2, The US military
carried out an airstrike in Somalia that killed four members of the
al-Shabab extremist group.
2018 Aug 2, In Alabama a
toddler with blood-stained clothes led police to a home where an
adult male and female were found dead.
(SFC, 8/4/18, p.A5)
2018 Aug 2, In Afghanistan
three foreign workers were abducted and killed in Kabul. A Taliban
attack in northern Afghanistan left three policemen dead. In
northern Faryab province seven members of the Afghan National Army
were killed in a late night attack.
(AP, 8/2/18)(SFC, 8/4/18, p.A2)
2018 Aug 2, The Bank of England
raised its main interest rate from 0.50 percent to 0.75 percent, the
highest level since March 2009 as it weighed conflicting signs about
the economy and growing concerns about Brexit. This was its second
raise since the 2008 financial crisis.
2018 Aug 2, China's foreign
minister said that US threats to hike tariffs run against the trend
toward globalization and will hurt US businesses and consumers.
2018 Aug 2, China's top
diplomat said that an initial draft of a proposed pact with
Southeast Asia aimed at preventing fighting in the disputed South
China Sea was a "breakthrough," and that talks can accelerate
without outside interference.
2018 Aug 2, China's religious
affairs administration said it would investigate claims a
high-ranking Buddhist monk sexually harassed nuns and coerced them
into sex. Xuecheng, the abbot of the well-known Longquan Temple on
the outskirts of Beijing, has denied the allegations.
2018 Aug 2, It was reported
that X-Men actress Fan Bingbing (36) has disappeared from social
media amid rumors she has been barred from leaving China during a
tax evasion investigation.
2018 Aug 2, Comoros Pres. Azali
Assoumani said figures from the Independent National Electoral
Commission (CENI), showed that 92.74 percent of voters picked "Yes"
to change the constitution, while 7.26 percent chose "No" in the
July 30 referendum. The yes vote allows Assoumani to run for two
more five year-terms starting with an early election next year,
rather than being required to step down when his present term ends
in 2021. Opposition parties and civil society organizations grouped
under the Peace in the Comoros umbrella group disputed the figures.
2018 Aug 2, Egypt's Coptic
Orthodox Church said it will not be taking in new monks in
monasteries nationwide for a year after the unresolved death of
Bishop Epiphanius, the abbot of St. Macarius Monastery in the desert
northwest of Cairo. Epiphanius was found dead in the monastery
earlier this week.
2018 Aug 2, The European
Commission said it would speed up payments to farmers hit by extreme
drought and allow them to use fallow land that normally would not be
used for production to feed their livestock. Searing heat has
devastated wheat fields across northern Europe while a combination
of dry conditions and extreme rain in the Black Sea have hit output
estimates, with prices soaring on fears of further crop damage.
2018 Aug 2, In France three
mountain climbers plunged to their death in the Domes de Miage of
the French Alps.
2018 Aug 2, The Greek chapter
of Medecins Sans Frontieres said more than 10,000 migrants and
refugees arrived in Greece from Turkey through the northern Evros
river crossing in the first half of 2018.
2018 Aug 2, Guinea-Bissau PM
Aristide Gomes said public-sector workers have secured a pay
increase. The strike, launched on July 24, ended after the
government agreed to increase minimum monthly pay from 19,200 CFA
francs ($33.91, 29.28 euros) to 50,000 francs from September.
2018 Aug 2, One of Iceland's
top whaling companies said it has stopped hunting minke whales this
year, in response to a new government regulation that enlarged the
protected area for baleen whales.
2018 Aug 2, In Iran scattered
protests broke out in several cities over the dramatic drop of the
country's currency and other economic problems ahead of the
imposition of renewed American sanctions.
2018 Aug 2, In Iraq jihadists
attacked a high voltage power line between Kirkuk and Diyala for the
eighth time in two months. The attack plunged Kirkuk, Salaheddin and
Nineveh provinces into darkness.
2018 Aug 2, Israel again halted
shipments of fuel and natural gas to Gaza in response to incendiary
balloons that have targeted southern Israel. senior Hamas officials
said Egypt is trying to broker a broad cease-fire deal between
Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers that is to pave the way for Gaza's
reconstruction and an eventual prisoner swap.
2018 Aug 2, Ultra-Orthodox Jews
in Israel, who say they should receive a blanket exemption from
military conscription, staged a sit-down protest at a major
Jerusalem junction, prompting scuffles with police.
2018 Aug 2, In Israel thousands
of people attended Jerusalem's annual Gay Pride parade under heavy
2018 Aug 2, In Mexico an open
pit mine in a locality known as Dengantzha in the Francisco I.
Madero township partially collapsed over a road within the mine.
Four of those killed were riding in a vehicle on that road. A 5th
victim was a shepherd.
2018 Aug 2, Pakistan's top
court barred Talal Chaudhry, the former deputy interior minister,
from holding office for the next five years for insulting judges in
a speech last March, in which he assailed the top court for
dismissing PM Nawaz Sharif from office.
2018 Aug 2, Russia said it will
deploy its military police on the Golan Heights frontier between
Syria and Israel, after weeks of mounting volatility in the area.
2018 Aug 2, Swedish police shot
dead a 20-year-old autistic man with Down Syndrome holding a toy gun
in central Stockholm. Three police officers shot the man who,
according to his family, had a three-year-old's intellectual
capabilities and difficulties communicating.
2018 Aug 2, Sweden said it will
buy the Patriot air defense missile system from US arms manufacturer
Raytheon, as it looks to boost its defenses amid growing tensions
2018 Aug 2, In Syria the
Islamic State killed a 19-year-old male student who was one of more
than 30 hostages kidnapped on July 25 in Sweida.
2018 Aug 2, Turkey's Treasury
and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said US sanctions imposed on
Turkey over the trial of an American pastor accused of backing
terrorism are unacceptable and will have limited impact on the
2018 Aug 2, The Organization
for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said that more than
160 people have been killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine since the
beginning of the year.
2018 Aug 2, UN peacekeepers
returned to patrol the frontier between Syria and the Israeli
occupied Golan Heights. The peacekeeping mission had been halted in
2014 over security concerns amid the violence in Syria's civil war.
(SFC, 8/3/18, p.A2)
2018 Aug 2, The Vatican changed
its universal catechism, a summary of Church teaching, to reflect
Pope Francis' total opposition to capital punishment. The Roman
Catholic Church formally changed its teaching to declare the death
penalty inadmissible whatever the circumstance, a move likely to be
criticized in countries where capital punishment is legal.
2018 Aug 2, International aid
group Save the Children said about 3,000 Yemeni children are fleeing
every day from the port city of Hodeida as fighting between a
Saudi-led coalition and Yemen's Shiite rebels continues to rage
along the country's west coast.
2018 Aug 2, In Zimbabwe
opposition leader Nelson Chamisa claimed victory in the disputed
presidential election as an anxious nation awaited an official
announcement of the result three days after voting. A lawyer said
police are investigating Chamisa and others for allegedly inciting
violence. Police sealed off the headquarters of the opposition
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and 27 party employees carrying
out voter tabulation were locked inside.
(Reuters, 8/2/18)(AP, 8/2/18)
2019 Aug 2, US President Donald
Trump accused his Chinese counterpart of failing to meet promises to
stem a deluge of the synthetic opioid fentanyl into the United
States, after months of praising Chinese President Xi Jinping for
2019 Aug 2, The United States
formally withdrew from a landmark nuclear missile pact with Russia
after determining that Moscow was in violation of the treaty,
something the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.
2019 Aug 2, US President Donald
Trump imposed another round of sanctions on Russia over the
poisoning of a former spy in Britain, a move Moscow said would hurt
already strained US-Russia ties.
2019 Aug 2, US federal
prosecutors accused the Honduran government of essentially
functioning as a narco state. A document filed in New York referred
to Honduran Pres. Juan Orlando Hernandez as a co-conspirator who
worked with his brother Juan Antonio Hernandez and former Pres.
Porfirio Lobo to use drug trafficking to help assert control over
(SFC, 8/5/19, p.A4)
2019 Aug 2, The United States
said it would bar two Venezuelan officials accused of human rights
violations from traveling to the United States in its latest action
to pressure Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro into stepping down.
The US State Dept. said Rafael Enrique Bastardo Mendoza, the
commander of Venezuela's special forces, and Ivan Rafael Hernandez
Dala, the chief of counterintelligence, had committed "gross
violations of human rights".
2019 Aug 2, President Donald
Trump's pick for national intelligence director, Texas Rep. John
Ratcliffe, withdrew from consideration after just five days of
growing questions about his experience and qualifications.
2019 Aug 2, Alaska officials
and the union for striking boat workers said they have reached a
deal to end a walkout that has shut down the state's ferry system
for 10 days at the peak of the summer tourist season.
2019 Aug 2, A judge in Oakland
sentenced Saleem Khan to 2½ years in federal prison for insider
trading involving the Ross Dress for Less store chain. He had
pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy and securities fraud. In
2016, Khan agreed to pay more than $15 million to settle a civil
case filed by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission.
2019 Aug 2, In southern
California three people were killed and several others hurt when a
chunk of a sandstone bluff overlooking a beach collapsed onto them
2019 Aug 2, Bulgarian PM Boyko
Borissov said the Balkan state's government will compensate owners
who voluntarily cull their domestic pigs, as the country works to
stamp out an outbreak of the highly contagious African swine fever.
2019 Aug 2, China's new UN
ambassador warned that if the United States wanted to fight China on
trade "then we will fight," and signaled that trade tensions could
hurt cooperation between the countries on dealing with North Korea.
2019 Aug 2, Chinese markets
slumped, with investors rushing for cover after US Pres. Donald
Trump slapped fresh tariffs on China citing a lack of progress in
their bilateral trade talks.
2019 Aug 2, Congo DRC's Ebola
response coordinator said the second case of Ebola recorded in Goma
had a large family including 10 children and managed to infect
several people before dying of the hemorrhagic fever. WHO
spokeswoman Margaret Harris said 538 primary and secondary contacts
had so far been traced of all four Ebola patients in Goma.
2019 Aug 2, In Hong Kong
thousands of civil servants joined in the anti-government protests
for the first time since they started two months ago, defying a
warning from the authorities to remain politically neutral.
2019 Aug 2, Indian security
officials said they had found evidence of attacks planned by
Pakistani military-backed militants on a major Hindu pilgrimage in
Kashmir. Thousands of Indian tourists, pilgrims and workers soon
started leaving the disputed region.
(Reuters, 8/2/19)(AP, 8/3/19)
2019 Aug 2, In Indonesia a
magnitude 6.8 undersea earthquake struck off the islands of Sumatra
and Java. Four people were killed and hundreds of buildings left
2019 Aug 2, The trade row
between Japan and South Korea escalated when Japan removed South
Korea from a favored trading nations list, prompting Seoul to warn
it would not be defeated again by its neighbor, laying bare
decades-old war time animosity.
2019 Aug 2, Morocco passed
legislation reintroducing French as a language of instruction in
schools. The country’s two official languages included modern
standard Arabic (MSA) and Tamazight (the Berber tongue). Most
Moroccans speak Darija (Moroccan Arabic).
(Econ, 8/17/19, p.35)
2019 Aug 2, North Korea fired
what appeared to be short-range ballistic missiles twice today into
the sea off its eastern coast in its third round of weapons tests in
just over a week.
2019 Aug 2, In Puerto Rico the
handpicked successor to disgraced Governor Ricardo Rossello was
sworn in after Rossello stepped down, but lawyer Pedro Pierluisi
said his term as governor might be short as the island's Senate
still had to ratify his position.
2019 Aug 2, Syrian government
airstrikes halted in the country's northwest after a truce went into
effect there, but ground fire killed at least one person in a
government-held village near President Bashar Assad's hometown.
2019 Aug 2, Saudi Arabia
published new laws that loosen restrictions on women by allowing all
citizens — women and men alike — to apply for a passport and travel
freely, ending a long-standing guardianship policy that had
controlled women's freedom of movement. The new laws are to go into
effect by the end of the month.
2019 Aug 2, In Sweden US rapper
A$AP Rocky and two of his friends were released from custody three
days into their highly publicized assault trial, a development
hailed by President Donald Trump who had tried to intervene in the
case. The three were free to leave the country ahead of a verdict
due on Aug. 14 - a ruling that in Sweden often points to an
acquittal or a sentence that is less than the time that defendants
have already served.
2019 Aug 2, Asia-Pacific
foreign ministers meeting in Thailand called for the peaceful
resolution to regional disputes at the close of an annual security
meeting, which was eclipsed by the US-China rivalry and a deepening
trade spat between Japan and South Korea.
2019 Aug 2, In Thailand six
small bombs and six incendiary devices went off as the foreign
ministers of Southeast Asian nations met in Bangkok, an event also
attended by diplomats from China, the United States and other world
2019 Aug 2, In northwestern
Turkey five people, including one child, were killed and 15 others
were wounded when a bus caught fire in Balikesir province.
2019 Aug 2, A Ugandan court
jailed prominent academic Stella Nyanzi for 18 months on cyber
harassment charges stemming from a Facebook post that included
sexually explicit criticism of long-ruling President Yoweri
2019 Aug 2, The UN said illegal
coca plantations in Colombia reduced slightly in 2018 but the
country remains the world's biggest producer of the primary
ingredient in cocaine production.
2019 Aug 2, In Yemen al-Qaida
militants targeted a military camp in southern Abyan province,
killing at least 20 troops and setting off hours-long clashes that
lasted into early morning.
2019 Aug 2, Zambia said it will
delay implementing a new sales tax until January 2020 to allow for
further refinement of the law.