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258CE Aug 6,
Pope Sixtus II, bishop of Rome (257-58), was beheaded upon orders of
(ITV, 1/96, p.60)(MC, 8/6/02)
1177 Aug 2, Philip of Flanders
arrived in Acre. A Christian army under the joint command of Philip
of Flanders and Raymond of Tripoli marched west to campaign against
the Muslims around Tripoli.
1221 Aug 6, St. Dominic,
Italian founder of the Dominicans religious order, died.
1497 Aug 6, John Cabot returned
to England after his first successful journey to the Labrador coast.
1504 Aug 6, Matthew "Nosey"
Parker, archbishop of Canterbury, was born.
1623 Aug 6, Anne Hathaway, wife
of William Shakespeare, died.
1637 Aug 6, Ben Johnson (65),
English dramatist and poet, died. In 1960 Jonas Barish wrote "Ben
Jonson and the Language of Prose Comedy."
(AP, 1/4/98)(WUD, 1994, p.771)(SFC, 4/4/98,
1651 Aug 6, Francois Fenelon
(d.1715), French theologian and writer (Playing for Time), was born.
"Nothing is more despicable than a professional talker who uses his
words as a quack uses his remedies."
(AP, 11/27/98)(MC, 8/6/02)
1660 Aug 6, Diego Rodriguez de
Silva Velasquez (b.1599), Spanish court painter, died.
(WSJ, 2/24/00, p.A16)(MC, 8/6/02)
1661 Aug 6, Holland sold Brazil
to Portugal for 8 million guilders.
1664 Aug 6, Johann Christoph
Schmidt, composer, was born.
1675 Aug 6, Russian Czar
Aleksei banned foreign haircuts.
1774 Aug 6, Mother Ann Lee,
founder of the Shaker Movement, arrived in NY.
1787 Aug 6, The Constitutional
Convention in Philadelphia began to debate the articles contained in
a draft of the United States Constitution.
1806 Aug 6, The Holy Roman
Empire went out of existence as Emperor Francis I abdicated.
1809 Aug 6, Alfred Lord
Tennyson (d.1892), English poet laureate (1850), was born. His work
included: "The Charge of the Light Brigade." "Knowledge comes, but
(HN, 8/6/98)(AP, 10/6/00)
1811 Aug 6, Judah Philip
Benjamin (d.1884), Sec. War and Sec. State for the Confederacy, was
born a British subject in the Virgin Islands. He went on to become
the first professed Jew elected to U.S. Senate, from the state of
Louisiana in 1852. He was brought to South Carolina as a child.
After attending Yale (1825--7) he settled in New Orleans. He served
Louisiana in the US Senate (Whig, 1853--9; Democrat, 1859--61). He
was noted for his pro-slavery speeches in the Senate. Favoring
secession, he served the Confederacy as attorney general (1861) and
then as secretary of war (1861--2). He was blamed for the
Confederate army's lack of equipment, but Jefferson Davis promoted
him to secretary of state (1862--5). Late in the war he urged the
recruitment of slaves into the Confederate Army. With the collapse
of the Confederacy he fled to the West Indies and then to England
(1866), where he made a brilliant new career as a British barrister,
especially in appeal cases. He wrote the Treatise on the Law of Sale
of Personal Property (1868), which at once became the standard in
the field. In 1872, he became a counsel to the queen. Benjamin died
(HNQ, 12/8/98)(MC, 8/6/02)
1820 Aug 6, M.A. Elisa
Bonaparte (43), Corsican monarch of Lucca, died.
1825 Aug 6, Simon Bolivar drew
up a constitution for Bolivia in which a life president appointed
his successor. Sucre served as the sole capital until losing a brief
civil war to La Paz in 1899. Upper Peru became the autonomous
republic of Bolivia.
(Econ, 7/1/06, p.77)(AP, 7/21/07)(AP, 8/6/08)
1861 Aug 6, The US Congress
passed the Confiscation Act, which permitted the Union Army to seize
the property, including slaves, owned by anyone supporting the Civil
1862 Aug 6, Confederate Army
ironclad "Arkansas" was badly damaged in Union attack.
1863 Aug 6, The CSS Alabama
captured the Federal ship Sea Bride near the Cape of Good Hope.
1864 Aug 6, Rebels evacuated
Ft. Powell, Mobile Bay.
1870 Aug 6, White conservatives
suppressed the black vote and captured Tenn. Legislature.
1870 Aug 6, At the Battle at
Spicheren: Prussia beat France. Crown Prince Frederick, commanding
one of the three Prussian armies invading France, defeated French
Marshal MacMahon at Worth and Weissenburg, pushed him out of Alsace,
surrounded Strasbourg, and drove on towards Nancy. Two other
Prussian armies isolated Marshal Bazaine's forces in Metz.
1881 Aug 6, Alexander Fleming
(d.1955), Scottish bacteriologist who discovered penicillin (1928),
was born. He won the Nobel Prize in 1945. Fleming first observed the
antibiotic properties of the mold that makes penicillin, but it was
Ernst Boris Chain and Howard Walter Florey who developed it into a
1888 Aug 6, Martha Turner was
murdered by an unknown assailant, believed to be Jack the Ripper, in
London, England. Between August and November 506 women were murdered
in London’s Whitechapel district. In 1994 Philip Sugden authored
“The Complete History of Jack the Ripper.”
(HN, 8/6/98)(WSJ, 1/31/09, p.W8)
1889 Aug 6, Major General
George Kenney, commander of the U.S. Fifth Air Force in New Guinea
and the Solomons during World War II, was born.
1890 Aug 6, Cy Young gained the
first of his 511 major league victories as he pitched the Cleveland
Spiders to a win over the Chicago Colts. However, the score is a
matter of dispute, with some sources saying 6-1, and others saying
1890 Aug 6, Convicted murderer
William Kemmler became the 1st person to be executed in the electric
chair. He was put to death at Auburn State Prison in New York for
murdering his lover, Matilda Ziegler, with an axe. In 2003 Jill
Jonnes authored "Empires of Light," and account of how Edison, Tesla
and Westinghouse brought electric power to public use. In 2003 Mark
Essig authored "Edison and the Electric Chair: A Story of Light and
(AP, 8/6/97)(HN, 8/6/98)(MC, 8/6/02)(WSJ,
8/19/03, p.D5)(Econ, 9/20/03, p.81)
1904 Aug 6, The Japanese army
in Korea surrounded a Russian army retreating to Manchuria.
1911 Aug 6, Lucille Ball
(d.1989), American actress and comedian, was born. "I don't know
anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of
people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work -- and
realizing what opportunity is and what isn't."
(AP, 3/12/98)(HN, 8/6/98)
1914 Aug 6, Ellen Louise
Wilson, the first wife of the twenty-eighth president, Woodrow
Wilson, died of Barite’s disease.
1914 Aug 6, Austria-Hungary
declared war against Russia and Serbia declared war against Germany.
1914 Aug 6, A German Zeppelin
bombed Liege City and killed 9 people.
1916 Aug 6, Richard Hofstadter,
physicist who won the Nobel prize in 1961 for his studies of
neutrons and protons, was born.
1918 Aug 6, The 2nd battle of
the Marne ended.
1926 Aug 6, Gertrude "Trudy"
Ederle (1905-2003), American Olympic gold medalist, became the first
woman to swim the English Channel. Before setting out from Cap
Griz-Nez, France, at 7:09 a.m., Ederle coated her body with layers
of lard and petroleum jelly to insulate her from the cold waters. On
that day, the sea was so rough that steamship crossings had been
cancelled, but Ederle swam on in spite of being buffeted by waves
and plagued by seasickness. She reached Dover at 9:40 p.m., after
swimming the Channel in 14 hours and 39 minutes. This time broke the
existing world record of 21 hours and 45 minutes set by British Navy
Captain Matthew Webb in 1875. Ederle died Nov 30, 2003. [see Sep
(AP, 8/6/97)(HNQ, 7/31/98)(HNPD, 8/30/98)(SFC,
1926 Aug 6, Warner Bros.
premiered its "Vitaphone" sound-on-disc movie system in New York
with a showing of "Don Juan" featuring music and sound effects.
1927 Aug 6, Andy Warhol,
American pop artist, was born.
1927 Aug 6, A Massachusetts
high court heard the final plea from Sacco and Vanzetti, two
Italians convicted of murder.
1930 Aug 6, In NYC state
Supreme Court Judge Joseph Force Crater (b.1889) dined at a West
45th Street steakhouse with a group of friends that included a
showgirl. Crater had earlier withdrawn $5,150 from a pair of bank
accounts. He was last seen at 9:15 p.m., climbing into the cab.
Crater had been recently appointed by Gov. Franklin Roosevelt to the
NY Supreme Court. In 2004 Richard J. Tofel authored “Vanishing
Point,” an account of Tammany Hall and Crater’s disappearance. The
1947 film “The Judge Steps Out,” starring Alexander Knox, was
inspired by the case. Evidence in 2005 suggested that several men
killed the judge and buried him under the Coney Island Boardwalk in
Brooklyn. [see Sep 1]
1937 Aug 6, Franco's artillery
opened fire on Madrid.
1942 Aug 6, Goering proclaimed
occupied areas "thoroughly empty to plunder."
1942 Aug 6, The Soviet city of
Voronezh fell to the German army.
1944 Aug 6, All 1,200 Jewish
death marchers from Lipcani, Moldavia, died by this date.
1944 Aug 6, The deportation of
70,000 Jews from Lodz. Poland, to Auschwitz began.
1945 Aug 6, Hiroshima, Japan,
was struck with the uranium bomb, Little Boy, from the B-29
airplane, Enola Gay, piloted by Col. Paul Tibbets (1915-2007) of the
US Air Force along with 11 other men. The 9,600 pound bomb had a
2-part core of enriched uranium-235. It killed an estimated 140,000
people in the first use of a nuclear weapon in warfare. Major Thomas
Wilson Ferebee (d.2000 at 81) was the bombardier. Richard Nelson
(d.2003) was the radio operator. In 1946 John Hersey authored
“Hiroshima,” an account of the bombing based on interviews with 6
(AP, 8/6/97)(SSFC, 7/31/05, p.B2)(WSJ, 8/12/06,
p.P8)(SFC, 11/2/07, p.A23)
1948 Aug 6, Victoria Manalo
Draves (1924-2010) became the 1st woman to win 2 diving gold medals,
and the 1st Asian American woman to win an Olympic medal.
p.F1)(SFC, 4/28/10, p.C4)
1948 Aug 6, Bob Mathias, later
a US state representative, won the decathlon at the London Olympics.
His unofficial title became "the world's greatest athlete." He won
gold again in 1952.
(AP, 8/6/98)(SFC, 11/10/99, p.E7)(WSJ, 7/23/96,
1951 Aug 6, Typhoon floods
killed 4,800 in Manchuria.
1959 Aug 6, Preston Sturges
(60), born as Edmund Biden, US director, screenwriter, died.
1960 Aug 6, Chubby Checker
debuted his version of "The Twist" on the Dick Clark Show. Hank
Ballard did the original in 1958.
1962 Aug 6, Jamaica became an
independent dominion within the British Commonwealth.
1964 Aug 6, In Eastern Nevada a
bristlecone pine tree, Pinus longaeva, near Wheeler Peak was cut
down for scientific study of its age. The tree had been named
Prometheus (WPN-114) for its age which turned out to be about 4,900
(SFEC, 8/23/98, Z1 p.1,4)
1965 Aug 6, The Voting Rights
Act of 1965 was passed and signed by President Johnson. It outlawed
the literacy test for voting eligibility in the South. It was later
used to justify drawing some congressional districts that would make
the architects of South Africa's apartheid blush. In 1995 Roberts
and Stratton authored "The New Color Line: How Quotas and Privilege
(WSJ, 10/26/95, p.A-20)(HFA, '96, p.36)(AP,
1965 Aug 6, Indian troops
invaded Pakistan. Indo-Pakistani fighting spread to Kashmir and to
the Punjab, The 2nd Indo-Pakistani conflict started without a formal
declaration of war. Skirmishes with Indian forces started as early
as August 6 or 7.
1966 Aug 6, Demonstrations
against war in Vietnam become widespread throughout US.
1969 Aug 6, Theodor Adorno,
German philosopher, died of a heart attack. In 2008 Detlev Claussen
authored “Theodor W. Adorno: One Last Genius.”
1973 Aug 6, Fulgencio Batista y
Zaldivar (b.1901), former dictator Cuba (1940-58), died in Spain.
1976 Aug 6, Gregor Piatigorsky
(b.1903), Russian cellist, died.
1978 Aug 6, There was a
bloodless coup in Honduras.
(WUD, 199, p.1691)
1978 Aug 6, Pope Paul VI
(1963-78), born as Giovanni Montini, died at Castel Gandolfo at age
1979 Aug 6, Paul Volcker
(b.1927), appointed by Pres. Carter, took over as the new chair of
the US Federal Reserve Board.
1981 Aug 6, Five people were
killed and one seriously injured when a hot air balloon caught fire
after touching electrical wires and crashed in a suburb of Chicago.
1986 Aug 6, William J.
Schroeder died after living 620 days with the "Jarvik 7" artificial
1987 Aug 6, President Reagan's
new Central America peace initiative ran into problems as the United
States and Nicaragua openly disagreed on procedures for a negotiated
1988 Aug 6, As many as 400
drowned in India when a ferry capsized in the Ganges River.
1988 Aug 6, Iraq's president
said his country would agree to a cease-fire with Iran, provided the
Iranians promised to hold direct talks immediately after the truce
1989 Aug 6, "Oh! Calcutta!"
closed at Edison Theater in NYC after 5959 performances.
1989 Aug 6, Jaime Paz Zamora
was inaugurated as president of Bolivia.
1990 Aug 6, JonBenet Ramsey,
little beauty queen, was born. She was murdered in 1996 at her home
1990 Aug 6, The UN Security
Council (Resolution 651) ordered a worldwide embargo on trade with
Iraq to punish the Baghdad regime for invading Kuwait.
(SFC, 9/4/96, p.A8)(NH, 9/96, p.14)(AP,
8/6/00)(SFC, 9/24/02, p.A12)
1990 Aug 6, Pakistan’s PM
Benazir Bhutto was ousted after 20 months in office by Pres. Ghulam
Ishaq Khan on charges of incompetence and corruption. An interim
government was led by Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi. It was later estimated
that $1.5 billion was received in bribes, kickbacks and commissions
from a variety of enterprises.
(SFC, 11/5/96, p.A9)(SFC, 8/20/98, p.B10)
1991 Aug 6, The US Justice
Department joined forces with the anti-abortion group Operation
Rescue in fighting a federal judge’s order to keep two abortion
clinics in Wichita, Kansas, open.
1991 Aug 6, Harry Reasoner
(68), TV newsman, died in Norwalk, Connecticut.
1991 Aug 6, Former Iranian PM
Shahpour Bakhtiar and his chief of staff were killed in Bakhtiar’s
residence outside Paris. Their bodies were found 2 days later. In
1994 Ali Vakili Rad was arrested in Switzerland and sentenced to
life in prison for stabbing Shapour Bakhtiar to death. In 2010
France issued a deportation order to send Rad back to Iran shortly
after Tehran freed a young French academic accused of spying.
(AP, 8/8/01)(AP, 5/17/10)
1992 Aug 6, Americans led by
Carl Lewis swept the long jump at the Barcelona Summer Olympics,
while Kevin Young won the 400-meter hurdles and Mike Marsh the 200
1992 Aug 6, President Bush
granted full diplomatic recognition to the former Yugoslav republics
of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia and Croatia, the same day Britain's
Independent Television News showed videotape of emaciated detainees
at a pair of Serb prison camps.
1993 Aug 6, The U.S. Senate
joined the House in passing President Clinton's budget plan, 51-50,
with a tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Al Gore.
1993 Aug 6, Louis Freeh won US
Senate confirmation to be director of the FBI.
1993 Aug 6, Ben Klassen
(b.1918), founder of the racist Creativity Movement (1973),
committed suicide. He had made a packet of money by inventing an
electric-can opener and spent it on printing copies of his books,
which included “Nature’s Eternal Religion” and “The White Man’s
Bible.” Creativity almost died out as a religion until the New
Church of the Creator was established three years later by Matthew
F. Hale as its Pontifex Maximus (high priest). In January, 2003,
Hale was incarcerated for plotting with the movement's head of
security, Anthony Evola (an FBI informant), to murder a federal
1993 Aug 6, Morihiro Hosokawa
was elected the new prime minister of Japan by the country's lower
house of Parliament. The Liberal Democratic Party was ousted after
ruling since 1955. Hosokawa had formed the Japan New Party in May
1992. It ruled for only 8 months.
(Jap. Enc., BLDM, p. 217)(WSJ, 3/27/96,
p.B-13)(AP, 8/6/98)(Econ, 11/10/07, p.52)
1994 Aug 6, In Wedowee, Ala.,
an apparent arson fire destroyed Randolph County High School. It had
been the focus of tensions over the principal's stand against
1995 Aug 6, Thousands of people
in Hiroshima, Japan, set glowing lanterns afloat in rivers, capping
a day of tributes on the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing.
1996 Aug 6, Officials announced
the Air Force had punished 16 officers in connection with the crash
that killed Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and 34 others the previous
1996 Aug 6, The US Naval
Academy at Annapolis expelled 15 midshipmen, 12 men and 3 women, for
drug use that included LSD and marijuana.
(SFC, 8/7/96, p.A3)
1996 Aug 6, GE Capital said it
would purchase First Colony in an $11 billion deal, one of the
biggest in the insurance industry.
(WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)
1996 Aug 6, NASA scientists
presented evidence that a meteorite from Mars (ALH 84001) that was
found in Antarctica in 1984 contained organic minerals such as
carbonate globules, magnetite, iron sulfide and polycyclic aromatic
hydrocarbons. In 2001 Imre Friedmann (1921-2007), extreme
microbiologist, led a team of researchers to study the same
meteorite and claimed conclusive evidence that Mars had been teeming
with life 3.5 billion years ago. Researchers in 2007 said the
organic material in the rock was made by chemical reactions.
(SFC, 8/8/96, p.A6)(Econ, 6/30/07, p.96)(Econ,
1997 Aug 6, The Dow Jones
reached an all-time high at 8,259.31.
(SFC, 8/16/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 6, Ending years of
impassioned rivalry, Apple Computer and Microsoft agreed to share
technology in a deal giving Microsoft a stake in Apple's survival.
Microsoft announced that it would buy $150 million in non-voting
(SFC, 8/7/97, p.A1)(AP, 8/6/98)
1997 Aug 6, The tobacco
industry was forced to release documents that indicated efforts to
quash safety research and revealed steps taken for protection
(SFC, 8/7/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 6, It was reported
that residents of 47 states faced warnings not to eat certain types
of freshwater fish due to pollution. The EPA said that some 2,200
fish consumption advisories were in effect in the US and that 15% of
the nation’s lakes and 5% of the rivers were covered by the
(SFC, 8/7/97, p.A3)
1997 Aug 6, It was reported
that MWC480 is a young star in the constellation Taurus, 450 Light
years distant, with a gas-rich disk that looked like a "construction
zone" for new planets.
(SFC, 8/7/97, p.A11)
1997 Aug 6, It was reported
that scientists had created the genetic blueprint for Helicobacter
pylori, a bacterium responsible for stomach ulcers.
(SFC, 8/7/97, p.A11)
1997 Aug 6, Korean Air Flight
801 from Seoul, a Boeing 747-300 jumbo jet, crashed into a hillside
a short distance from Guam’s Agana International Airport killing 228
with 26 survivors. A programming glitch in the ground radar system
was later identified as a contributing factor but not the cause.
p.A1)(AP, 8/6/98)(WSJ, 11/13/01, p.A14)
1998 Aug 6, Monica Lewinsky
testified for 8 1/2 hours that she had a sexual affair with Pres.
Clinton before a federal grand jury.
(SFC, 8/7/98, p.A1)(AP, 8/6/99)
1998 Aug 6, The House
Government Reform and Oversight Committee voted to cite Attorney
General Janet Reno for contempt of Congress for her refusal to turn
over reports recommending that she seek an independent counsel to
investigate campaign fund-raising.
1998 Apr 6, Tammy Wynette (55),
country singer, died at her Nashville, Tenn., home. Her songs
included the 1968 hit "Stand by Your Man." In 2000 Jackie Daly
authored the biography "Tammy Wynette."
(SFC, 4/798, p.A7)(AP, 4/6/99)(WSJ, 6/2/00,
1998 Aug 6, Rebels in Congo
seized control of Moanda, an important oil depot.
(SFC, 8/7/98, p.A14)
1998 Aug 6, NATO set exercises
in Albania for Aug 17-22 to show force against the Serb offensive in
(WSJ, 8/7/98, p.A1)
1998 Aug 6, In Russia tax
collectors raided three biggest oil companies and demanded payment
of over $150 million in unpaid taxes.
(SFC, 8/8/98, p.A13)
1999 Aug 6, Tony Gwynn became
the 22nd major leaguer to reach three-thousand hits.
1999 Aug 6, In Canton, Texas, a
jury awarded Debbie Lovett (36) $23 million for heart-valve problems
that she blamed on the diet drug combination fen-phen in the first
such lawsuit to reach a jury. The case was settled for less than a
tenth of that amount during an appeal.
(SFC, 8/7/99, p.A3)(AP, 8/6/00)
1999 Aug 6, Violence in Kashmir
left 32 dead.
(SFC, 8/7/99, p.A12)
1999 Aug 6, In Poland the 5th
free Station Woodstock rock festival was held in Zary with an
estimated 200,000 people in attendance.
(SFEC, 8/8/99, p.A22)
1999 Aug 6, In Russia soldiers
on 2 bases opened fire on comrades and 8 people were killed.
(SFC, 8/7/99, p.A12)
1999 Aug 6, In Serbia Pres.
Milosevic addressed the Diaspora 99 conference in an effort to get
financial support from wealthy Serb émigrés. The economy was
reported to have suffered $30 billion in damages from 11 weeks of
war, but not much in assistance was forthcoming.
(WSJ, 8/9/99, p.A14)
2000 Aug 6,
Workers at Verizon, the nation’s largest local telephone company,
went on an 18-day strike over working conditions and union
2000 Aug 6, In Burundi Hutu
rebels ambushed a truck carrying military cadets and 28 soldiers and
6 civilians were killed near Nyabiraba village.
(SFC, 8/8/00, p.A12)
2000 Aug 6, In Colombia
rightist paramilitary killed 6 men in Vilanueva.
(SFC, 8/9/00, p.A14)
2000 Aug 6, In Nigeria an
overcrowded boat capsized on the Atlantic coast near the Cameroon
border and at least 40 people drowned. 42 survived.
(SFC, 8/8/00, p.A12)
2000 Aug 6, In San Juan, Puerto
Rico, thousands rallied to protest new US military exercises on
(SFC, 8/7/00, p.A3)
2000 Aug 6, Russian officials
reported that scores of rebels were killed in weekend artillery
attacks outside Grozny, Chechnya, following warnings of a possible
rebel offensive. As many as 160 insurgents were reported killed.
(SFC, 8/7/00, p.A12)(SFC, 8/8/00, p.A12)
2001 Aug 6, Former Pres.
Clinton signed an agreement with Knopf to publish his memoirs for an
advance of over $10 million.
(SFC, 8/7/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 6, US intelligence
told Pres. Bush that al Qaeda might try to hijack American planes.
The document "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US" was presented to
Bush while he was on vacation in Crawford, Texas.
(SFC, 5/17/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/9/04, p.A3)(SSFC,
2001 Aug 6, Hurricane Barry hit
the Florida Panhandle along with parts of Alabama and Georgia.
(SFC, 8/6/01, p.A5)
2001 Aug 6, In Bolivia Pres.
Banzer stepped down form office. Vice Pres. Jorge Quiroga (41)
assumed the office.
(SFC, 8/7/01, p.A7)
2001 Aug 6, Jorge Amado
(b.1912), author of 32 novels, died at age 88. He was considered
Brazil’s greatest contemporary writer.
2001 Aug 6, In India’s Madras
state a fire at the Badshaw asylum in Erwady killed 27 patients,
many of who were chained to their beds.
(SFC, 8/7/01, p.A6)(SFC, 8/9/01, p.A9)
2001 Aug 6, In Indonesia 2 men,
Rolan and Noval, were arrested for the murder of justice Syafiuddin
Kartasasmita. They said Tommy Suharto paid them for the murder.
(SFC, 8/8/01, p.A8)
2001 Aug 6, The IRA announced a
method of destroying its arsenal that raised hopes for a peace
accord in Northern Ireland.
(SFC, 8/7/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 6, In Macedonia peace
talks hit a snag over government demands for a quick rebel
(SFC, 8/7/01, p.A6)
2001 Aug 6, General Duong Van
"Big" Minh (86), who was the president of South Vietnam for just a
few days before the country fell to Communist invaders in 1975, died
in Pasadena, Calif.
2002 Aug 6, President Bush
signed legislation restoring broad trade negotiating authority to US
presidents. Bush signed the Trade Adjustment Assistance Reform Act
(TAA) offering wage insurance to any trade displaced worker over 50.
2002 Aug 6, Surgeons in LA
completed a 22-hour operation on Guatemalan twins, Maria de Jesus
Quiej Alvarez and sister Maria Teresa, joined at their heads. UCLA
doctors donated their services in the $1.5 million operation. They
returned to Guatemala Jan 13, 2003.
(SFC, 8/7/02, p.A1)(SFC, 8/8/02, p.A3)(SFC,
2002 Aug 6, In northeastern
Congo fighting began between rebels and tribesmen for control of
Bunia, an important trading center, and killed at least 48 people,
2002 Aug 6, In eastern India 20
people were feared drowned when a boat overturned in Bihar state.
(SFC, 8/7/02, p.A12)
2002 Aug 6, In Jakarta,
Indonesia, thousands of protesters stormed parliament to demand
constitutional reforms including direct presidential elections.
(SFC, 8/7/02, p.A12)
2002 Aug 6, Israeli troops
killed the suspected mastermind of a Tel Aviv suicide bombing, while
U.S. diplomats said the United States was considering moving
consular offices out of traditionally Arab east Jerusalem due to
2002 Aug 6, Israel agreed to
buy about 1.75 billion cubic feet of water from Turkey annually for
the next 20 years to alleviate the nation's growing water shortage
and ensure the success of an arms deal with Ankara.
2002 Aug 6, In Kashmir
suspected Islamic militant lobbed a grenade and opened fire on a
group of Hindu pilgrims 175 miles north of Jammu.
(SFC, 8/6/02, p.A7)
2002 Aug 6, In western Mexico
the brakes apparently failed on a 26-year-old bus before it plowed
through a highway toll booth and slammed into a concrete wall,
killing at least 33 people, 10 of them children, headed for a
re-enactment of the Last Supper. About 20 people were injured.
2002 Aug 6, U.N. officials said
over 24,000 Sudanese refugees will be moved out of northern Uganda
due to rebel attacks. A Ugandan army spokesman raised the death toll
in the attack to 23 people.
2003 Aug 6, Arnold
Schwarzenegger on The Tonight Show told Jay Leno and a national TV
audience of his candidacy to replace Gray Davis as governor of
California. Hours later, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante said he was
entering the recall race as well.
(SFC, 8/7/03, p.A1)(AP, 8/6/04)
2003 Aug 6, Roberto Marinho
(98), who turned his father's O Globo newspaper into a media empire
and became one of Brazil's richest men, died.
(AP, 8/7/03)(SFC, 8/9/03, p.A14)
2003 Aug 6, Israel freed 334
Palestinian prisoners in a bid to jump-start peace efforts, but the
gesture fell flat among Palestinians.
2003 Aug 6, Record-breaking
heat, already blamed for three dozen deaths, continued to torment
2004 Aug 6, Louisiana’s
Democrat Rep. Rodney Alexander (57) switched party affiliations and
filed as a Republican 30 minutes before a deadline.
(SFC, 8/13/04, p.A4)
2004 Aug 6, US payroll data
fell far short of expectations and sent the US and British markets
crashing to the floor. New July jobs totaled 32,000. The Dow plunged
147 points to a new 2004 low of 9815.33.
(AP, 8/6/04)(SFC, 8/7/04, p.C1)(WSJ, 8/9/04,
2004 Aug 6, In Deltona, Fla., 4
men and two women were found slain in a home after one of them
failed to show up for an early morning shift at a nearby Burger
King. A man who was angry about a suspected theft recruited three
teenagers to stab and beat six people to death with baseball bats.
(AP, 8/6/04)(AP, 8/8/04)
2004 Aug 6, Rick James (56),
Funk legend born as James A. Johnson, died. He was best known for
the 1981 hit "Super Freak" before his career disintegrated amid drug
use and violence that sent him to prison.
(AP, 8/6/04)(SFC, 8/7/04, p.B7)
2004 Aug 6, In Afghanistan
gunmen ambushed a convoy carrying election workers into a remote
Taliban stronghold, killing two of them.
2004 Aug 6-2004 Aug 8, Up to
100,000 rock and rollers crowded a remote desert venue in China's
isolated Ningxia province over the weekend for a three-day festival
featuring the nation's oldest and best bands.
2004 Aug 6, A German court
found 2 former top East German officials guilty of failing to stop
the killing of people trying to escape across the Berlin Wall and
sentenced them to probation.
2004 Aug 6, Abdul Karim Rawi,
gov. of Iraq’s Anbar province, resigned under pressure from
insurgents who had kidnapped his 3 sons.
(SFC, 8/7/04, p.A13)
2004 Aug 6, There was intense
fighting in Najaf. The U.S. military said 300 militants were killed
in the past two days. Assailants in Iraq killed 3 US servicemen, one
in the capital and two in the south.
(AP, 8/6/04)(AP, 8/7/04)
2004 Aug 6, Israel reopened a
border crossing with Egypt, closed since July 18, enabling some
2,000 stranded Palestinians to return home.
(SFC, 8/7/04, p.A11)
2004 Aug 6, Mali said swarms of
locusts had spread across most of its vast arid territory. The
swarms were moving across the Sahara desert toward countries
including Senegal, Niger, Chad and Gambia.
2004 Aug 6, Reuters learned
from Pakistani intelligence sources that computer expert Mohammad
Naeem Noor Khan, arrested secretly in July, was working under cover
to help the authorities track down al Qaeda militants in Britain and
the United States when his name appeared in U.S. newspapers.
(Reuters, 8/7/04)(SFC, 8/10/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 6, U.S. officials
returned $20 million in embezzled Peruvian government funds that had
been deposited in American banks under the direction of fallen spy
chief Vladimiro Montesinos.
2004 Aug 6, Saudi officials
reported the capture of Faris Ahmed Jamaan al-Showeel al Zahrani,
No. 12 on their list of 26 most wanted terrorism suspects.
(SFC, 8/7/04, p.A10)
2004 Aug 6, Yemeni warplanes
and artillery pounded mountain hideouts of an anti-U.S. leader and
his followers in a major offensive aimed at ending a six-week
conflict that has killed at least 500 people.
2005 Aug 6, Anti-war activist
Cindy Sheehan, whose soldier-son, Casey, was killed in Iraq, began a
weeks-long protest outside President Bush's ranch in Texas.
2005 Aug 6, Robin Cook (59),
former British Foreign Secretary, who quit Prime Minister Tony
Blair's Cabinet in 2003 to protest the Iraq war, died after
collapsing on a Scottish mountain while walking with his wife.
(AP, 8/6/05)(Econ, 8/13/05, p.75)
2005 Aug 6-2005 Aug 7, In Sao
Paulo, Brazil, thieves tunneled 260 feet to a Central Bank vault and
stole some $70 million, in what has been described as the biggest
such robbery ever in Brazil. On Feb 25, 2008, police arrested
Antonio Jussivan Alves dos Santos, the leader of the thieving
gang. In March he was sentenced to nearly 50 years in jail.
(AP, 8/8/05)(AP, 3/6/08)
2005 Aug 6, In Central African
Republic an overloaded boat carrying hundreds of people has sunk on
a river, and at least 13 people were reported dead and dozens more
2005 Aug 6-2005 Aug 8, Tropical
Storm Matsa hit China’s eastern province of Zhejiang. 13 people were
killed since it hit the mainland as a typhoon. Beijing's Municipal
Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters was preparing to
evacuate as many as 40,000 people in the mountains north of Beijing
as Tropical Storm Matsa approached.
2005 Aug 6, Ibrahim Ferrer
Planas, Cuban singer, died. In 1996 he recorded with Ry Cooder for
the "Buena Vista Social Club" which was followed by his own solo
(Econ, 8/20/05, p.68)
2005 Aug 6-2005 Aug 14,
Helsinki, Finland, hosted the 10th IAAF World Championships. The
International Amateur Athletic Federation was founded in 1912 by 17
national athletic federations who saw the need for a governing
authority, for an athletic program, for standardized technical
equipment and world records.
2005 Aug 6, India airlifted
tons of food and medicines to Manipur where tribesmen campaigning
for a separate homeland have blocked roads and cut off supplies for
nearly 2 months. Naga tribesmen living in Manipur began the blockade
on June 19, leading to a severe shortage of food and fuel in the
state's capital Imphal.
2005 Aug 6, India and Pakistan
agreed to set up a telephone hotline to prevent accidental nuclear
conflict and also agreed to notify each other before testing
2005 Aug 6, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
was sworn in as Iran's president, saying he wants peaceful relations
with the world but rejecting outside pressure to change course.
2005 Aug 6, Iran rejected
Europe's proposal for ending the standoff over Tehran's nuclear
program, saying it was "unacceptable" because it did not give the
country the right to enrich uranium.
2005 Aug 6, Sunni Arab members
of the committee drafting Iraq's new constitution rejected Kurdish
demands for a federal state.
2005 Aug 6, In Iraq a US patrol
with Task Force Liberty was hit in the city of Samarra. All the
soldiers were transported to a coalition medical facility where two
of them died from wounds.
2005 Aug 6, Leonardo Rodriguez
Alcaine (b.1919), Mexican trade union leader and a long-serving
legislator of the Revolutionary Institutional Party, died. He
presided over the Workers' Confederation of Mexico (CTM) from July
21, 1997 until his death.
2005 Aug 6, Palestinian judges
and lawyers shut down the Palestinian legal system until further
notice to protest recent attacks against senior legal officials.
2005 Aug 6, In Turkey Lu'ai
Sakra, a Syrian with links to al-Qaida, was arrested for plotting to
slam speedboats packed with explosives into cruise ships filled with
2005 Aug 6, A Tunis Air jet
carrying 35 passengers went down in the sea off the Sicilian coast,
and rescuers were on their way. 16 people were killed, while 23
survived. A bad fuel gauge on the Tuninter plane caused the crash.
On March 23, 2009, the Tunisian pilot who paused to pray instead of
taking emergency measures before crash-landing his plane, was
sentenced to 10 years in jail by an Italian court along with his
co-pilot. Another five employees of Tuninter, a subsidiary of
Tunisair, were sentenced to between 8 and 9 years in jail.
(AP, 8/5/05)(AP, 8/7/05)(WSJ, 9/8/05,
2006 Aug 6, Oil giant BP
announced an indefinite shutdown of the biggest oilfield in the US,
at Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, after finding a pipeline leak. BP was able
to maintain partial operations.
2006 Aug 6, Walt Disney World
hiked ticket prices for the second time in 2006, raising the cost of
a basic one-day, one-park admission to $67, according to a pricing
chart posted on the company's media Web site.
2006 Aug 6, Scientists said a
recurring "dead zone" of low-oxygen water off the Oregon coast is
larger than in previous years and may be triggered by global
warming. They concluded that it is being caused by explosive blooms
of tiny plants known as phytoplankton, which die and sink to the
bottom, then are eaten by bacteria which use up the oxygen in the
2006 Aug 6, In Afghanistan 4
suspected Taliban killed two police using rocket-propelled grenades
and heavy machine guns at a checkpoint in Murghab district in
western Badghis province. A suspected suicide bomber in a small
truck hit a military convoy outside Kandahar, wounding at least one
foreign soldier. A British soldier was killed in Helmand province.
(AP, 8/6/06)(SFC, 8/7/06, p.A8)
2006 Aug 6, Bolivia’s President
Evo Morales officially opened a Constituent Assembly to rewrite the
2006 Aug 6, In Burundi gunmen
hurled a grenade at a bar frequented by army officers, killing four
people. Authorities said the attack was an attempt to undermine the
2006 Aug 6, Cambodian customs
over the weekend seized 12 luxury vehicles stolen in Canada,
including a Hummer and a Cadillac popular with hip-hop music stars,
giving an intriguing insight into the world of international car
2006 Aug 6, In China an
explosion aboard a bus in Hunan province's Guiyang county killed
eight people, just days after a similar explosion killed 11. Fatal
explosions aboard public buses in recent years have been blamed on
both bomb attacks and accidents with gas canisters and other
2006 Aug 6, A former official
of Egypt's Gama'a Islamiya said that even if some members of the
Islamist group had joined al Qaeda it was unlikely that most would.
2006 Aug 6, In eastern Ethiopia
over 250 people were killed by flooding in Dire Dawa. As many as 300
(Reuters, 8/8/06)(AP, 8/11/06)
2006 Aug 6, Hong Kong's
legislature passed a law regulating phone tapping and other
surveillance measures, a move critics fear will curtail civil
liberties in the former British colony now ruled by China.
2006 Aug 6, In India a boat
capsized in a rain-swollen river near New Delhi, leaving 3 people
dead and 27 others missing as the nationwide death toll from the
monsoon rose to at least 359.
2006 Aug 6, It was reported
that illegal logging in Indonesia’s Aceh province had risen to
record levels as people reached into virgin forests to rebuild some
130,000 homes destroyed in December, 2004, tsunami. Deforestation
across Indonesia had already led to a 40% loss in the last 50 years.
(SSFC, 8/6/06, p.A20)
2006 Aug 6, Iran's top nuclear
negotiator said that Iran will expand uranium enrichment, in
defiance of a UN Security Council resolution giving the Islamic
Republic until Aug. 31 to halt the activity or face the threat of
political and economic sanctions.
2006 Aug 6, In Iraq 3 US
soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing southwest of Baghdad.
2006 Aug 6, Israeli forces
arrested the speaker of the Palestinian parliament at his house in
the West Bank, and pressed their monthlong offensive in Gaza against
2006 Aug 6, Hezbollah
guerrillas unleashed their deadliest barrage of rockets yet into
northern Israel, killing 12 reservists at a staging area. Israeli
bombardment killed at least 25 people in southern Lebanon as
fighting only intensified despite a draft UN cease-fire resolution.
Hezbollah rockets crashed into Haifa, killing at least three people
and wounding more than 40.
(AP, 8/6/06)(SFC, 8/7/06, p.A1)
2006 Aug 6, In Kyrgyzstan Imam
Mokhammadrafik Kamalov (53) was killed in the city of Osh along with
two suspected Islamic radicals during an operation to track down men
suspected of attacking Kyrgyz and Tajik border posts in May, killing
2006 Aug 6, In Scotland the
Fringe Festival kicked off when an estimated 100,000-strong crowd
turned out on the streets of Edinburgh to watch a parade by 3,000
performers from the Fringe and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
2006 Aug 6, A government
spokesman said Somalia's top interim leaders have agreed to end a
rift threatening the fragile administration after crisis talks led
by Seyoum Mesfin, Ethiopia's foreign affairs minister.
2006 Aug 6, Crews fought more
than 20 forest fires in northern Spain and stopped blazes from
advancing into two historic towns. The fires killed three people and
destroyed thousands of acres of woodland. Authorities said most of
the blazes were deliberately set.
(AP, 8/6/06)(AP, 8/7/06)
2006 Aug 6, Sri Lanka rejected
peace broker Norway's deal with Tamil Tiger rebels to lift a water
blockade at the root of the latest bloodshed that has claimed at
least 425 lives.
2006 Aug 6, Taiwan condemned
China after oil producer Chad switched diplomatic ties to Beijing
from Taipei, forcing Premier Su Tseng-chang to scrap his plans to
visit the African nation at the last minute.
2007 Aug 6, President Bush
wrapped up two days of talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at
Camp David. Bush and Karzai ruled out making any concessions to the
Taliban militants during their 2-day meeting at Camp David.
(AP, 8/7/07)(AP, 8/6/08)
2007 Aug 6, A US federal judge
in LA barred the Navy from using underwater sonar blasts for
anti-submarine tests off California’s Channel Islands, due to
potential harm to 30 species of marine mammals including 5 species
of endangered whales.
(SFC, 8/7/07, p.D2)
2007 Aug 6, In Utah 6 coal
miners were trapped by a cave-in more than 1,500 feet below the
surface at the Crandall Canyon Mine.
(AP, 8/7/07)(SFC, 8/18/07, p.A3)
2007 Aug 6, American Home
Mortgage Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection, the latest casualty
of a mortgage industry that has plunged into distress.
2007 Aug 6, Cerberus Capital
Management LP named Robert Nardelli, former CEO of Home Depot, to
lead its newly acquired Chrysler unit.
(WSJ, 8/6/07, p.A1)
2007 Aug 6, Wal-Mart signed an
agreement to start wholesale operations in India in equal
partnership with Bharti Enterprises, an Indian conglomerate.
(Econ, 8/11/07, p.59)
2007 Aug 6, Montana was under a
state of emergency as firefighters battled several huge blazes.
Residents near a state park on Michigan's Upper Peninsula were
ordered to evacuate as another wildfire spread there.
2007 Aug 6, Militants attacked
police at a checkpoint in Zabul province, and the ensuing clash left
five suspected militants dead. Militants attacked a police vehicle
just outside Kandahar city, killing two officers and wounding eight
others. Dutch soldiers fatally shot a motorcyclist who approached
their convoy and failed to heed warning signals and shots.
2007 Aug 6, The European
Commission announced a formal EU-wide import ban on meat and
livestock from the British mainland following the outbreak there of
foot and mouth disease. The outbreak halted British animal movement
and the export ban was estimated to be costing the British meat
industry some £10 million a week.
(AP, 8/6/07)(Econ, 8/11/07, p.45)
2007 Aug 6, Independence hero
Xanana Gusmao was named East Timor's new prime minister, triggering
fresh violence in the capital.
2007 Aug 6, Baron Elie Robert
de Rothschild (90), who helped France's renowned Rothschild
winemaking and banking dynasty recover from the ravages of World War
II, died while vacationing at his Austrian hunting lodge.
2007 Aug 6, Iran's leading
reformist newspaper was shut down for the second time in a year
after publishing an interview with a poet who called for greater
2007 Aug 6, Iranian and US
diplomats held "frank and serious" expert-level talks in Baghdad on
security issues in Iraq.
2007 Aug 6, Iraq's political
crisis worsened as five ministers loyal to former Iraqi leader Ayad
Allawi announced a boycott of Cabinet meetings. A suicide bomber
slammed his truck into a densely populated residential area in the
northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar, killing at least 28 people,
including 19 children. 4 US soldiers were killed in a blast that
also wounded 11 in Diyala province. One US soldier was killed and
another wounded when their vehicle was targeted by an armor-piercing
explosively formed penetrator in a western section of Baghdad. A
British soldier died from injuries sustained in a gunbattle in
(AP, 8/6/07)(AP, 8/7/07)
2007 Aug 6, Ehud Olmert became
the first Israeli PM to visit a Palestinian town since the outbreak
of fighting seven years ago, meeting under heavy guard with
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to talk about the creation of a
2007 Aug 6, Lebanon’s
government said that police have killed Abu Hureira, the deputy
commander of al-Qaida inspired militants. He was killed a few days
ago by police in the northern port city of Tripoli, near the Nahr
el-Bared refugee camp where Fatah Islam militants have been fighting
Lebanese soldiers for more than two months.
2007 Aug 6, Nigerian police
said that they have arrested 17 people over the past two months on
suspicion of carrying out kidnappings in the oil-rich south of the
country. At least 17 people were killed in flooding in central
Nigeria's Plateau state while more than 200 houses were washed away.
(AP, 8/6/07)(AP, 8/7/07)
2007 Aug 6, A Moscow court
convicted Alexei Pichugin, former top security officer with the
dismantled Yukos oil company in the deaths of 3 people, sentencing
him to life in prison in a retrial. Russia deployed new air defense
systems capable of shooting down ballistic missiles, and the air
force chief said the weapon could be used to protect 2014 Winter
Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
(AP, 8/6/07)(AP, 8/6/07)
2007 Aug 6, South Africa stated
its readiness to assist Guinea Bissau in tackling drug trafficking
as the tiny west African nation has been used as a transit hub for
2007 Aug 6, In Tanzania
Darfur's rebel groups concluded four days of talks by agreeing on a
common platform to soon enter final peace negotiations with the
2007 Aug 6, PM Surayud
Chulanont said Thailand will return some 8,000 ethnic Hmong refugees
to Laos despite their claims that they face persecution in their
2007 Aug 6, Vietnam’s disaster
officials said the worst tropical storm to hit the country so far
this year has killed nine people, while 14 others remain missing.
2007 Aug 6, Zimbabwe police
said at least 7,600 shop managers and business executives have been
arrested in a crackdown on businesses accused of profiteering, as
President Robert Mugabe vowed to continue the blitz.
2008 Aug 6, President George W.
Bush flew into Bangkok on the latest leg of a pre-Olympics Asian
tour, although his focus in Thailand is mainly on the "outpost of
tyranny" junta in neighboring Myanmar.
2008 Aug 6, The US said it will
protest to China over its decision to revoke the visa of Olympic
gold medalist Joey Cheek, an activist on the African region of
Darfur where China is accused of failing to help end the crisis.
Speedskater Cheek is co-founder of Team Darfur, an international
coalition of athletes campaigning to draw world attention to the
humanitarian crisis there.
2008 Aug 6, A jury of six
military officers at Guantanamo Bay reached a split verdict in the
war crimes trial of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a former driver for Osama
bin Laden, clearing him of some charges but convicting him of others
that could send him to prison for life. Hamdan was convicted of
supporting terrorism but acquitted of conspiracy to commit attacks.
The next day the US military jury sentenced Hamdan to 5 1/2 years in
prison, including five years and a month already served at
(AP, 8/6/08)(WSJ, 8/7/08, p.A1)(AP, 8/8/08)
2008 Aug 6, A Bulgarian court
declared the Kremikovtzi steel plant to be insolvent. Ukrainian
billionaire Kostyantin Zhevago and Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal SA
competed to take over the plant operations following the insolvency
(WSJ, 8/7/08, p.B2)
2008 Aug 6, Officials said
Cambodia's genocide tribunal has been hit by new corruption
allegations, compelling foreign donors to withhold more than
$300,000 from the proceedings pending a review of the claims.
2008 Aug 6, China announced
changes to its foreign exchange rules to address surging growth in
its hard currency reserves.
(WSJ, 8/7/08, p.C12)
2008 Aug 6, France accused
Rwanda of making "unacceptable accusations" by alleging Paris played
an active role in the 1994 genocide, but said it was still
determined to mend damaged ties with Kigali.
2008 Aug 6, In Indian Kashmir a
Hindu protester was shot dead in army firing as Premier Manmohan
Singh was due to hold talks with political parties in a bid to
defuse tensions in the region.
2008 Aug 6, Israel released
five Palestinian teenagers from jail as part of a prisoner exchange
agreement made with Lebanon's Hezbollah militia last month.
2008 Aug 6, Army officers in
Mauritania, upset with government overtures toward Islamic
hard-liners, staged a coup overthrowing the first government to be
freely elected in more than 20 years. President Sidi Ould Cheikh
Abdallahi was held at his palace in Nouakchott by presidential guard
soldiers, led by Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz. Arab-dominated Mauritania,
with a population of 3.4 million, has been wracked by more than 10
coups or attempted coups since independence from France in 1960.
(AP, 8/6/08)(Econ, 8/9/08, p.44)
2008 Aug 6, In Nepal a contest
to choose the next "Miss Nepal," slated August 7, was cancelled
after Maoist female lawmakers denounced the beauty pageant.
2008 Aug 6, Pakistani Pres.
Pervez Musharraf abruptly canceled then reinstated his trip to the
Olympic Games as local media reported that the ruling coalition had
agreed on steps to remove him. 9 militants including Ali Bakht, a
top-ranking militant, were killed and many injured during a search
and cordon operation conducted by security forces in the Kabal
district of the Swat valley. Two insurgents died when the explosive
device they were planting in a female educational institution
exploded prematurely in Kabal sub-district. 3 civilians died in the
various parts of the Swat district when stray mortar rounds hit
their houses. An attack on a Pakistani military checkpost by some
200 pro-Taliban militants triggered intense fighting that killed 25
insurgents and two paramilitary soldiers near the Afghan border.
2008 Aug 6, Thousands protested
in South Africa as workers disrupted gold mining and other major
industries in a national strike over price hikes rattling the
continent's economic powerhouse.
2008 Aug 6, Taiwan's President
Ma Ying-jeou declassified documents allegedly implicating his
predecessor Chen Shui-bian in a high-profile embezzlement case.
2008 Aug 6, Riot police used
tear gas as they blocked hundreds of Venezuelans protesting what
they call new moves by President Hugo Chavez to concentrate his
2008 Aug 6, Zimbabwe's ruling
ZANU-PF and the opposition MDC called on their supporters to end
political violence in the country. A newspaper reported that
President Robert Mugabe would have amnesty from prosecution and a
ceremonial role in government under a draft settlement to resolve
the country's crisis.
(Reuters, 8/6/08)(AFP, 8/6/08)
2009 Aug 6, The US Senate
confirmed Justice Sonia Sotomajor to the Supreme Court on a largely
partisan vote of 68-31.
(SFC, 8/7/09, p.A1)
2009 Aug 6, The Securities and
Exchange Commission said that former American International Group
Inc. CEO Maurice "Hank" Greenberg agreed to pay a $15 million fine
to settle fraud charges.
2009 Aug 6, Writer-director
John Hughes (b.1950) died of a heart attack while visiting family in
NYC. His films in the 1980s and '90s included "The Breakfast Club,"
"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Home Alone." He also wrote or
directed such hits as "National Lampoon's Vacation," "Pretty in
Pink," "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" and "Uncle Buck."
2009 Aug 6, In western
Afghanistan four American service members were killed in a roadside
bombing. 3 British paratroopers were killed after their armored
vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb and Taliban opened fire during a
patrol with Afghan forces north of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province.
Roadside bombs killed 5 policemen in Kandahar's Arghandab district.
An airstrike in Zabul province killed 3 suspected militants who were
planting a bomb on a road.
(AP, 8/6/09)(AP, 8/7/09)
2009 Aug 6, In Belgium a fire
killed nine elderly people at a care home in the Flemish town of
Melle. Officials later said it was probably caused by an electrical
2009 Aug 6, Two well-dressed
thieves walked into a London Bond Street jewelry store and, after
brandishing handguns at shop workers, made off with $65 million
worth of gems in one of Britain's biggest jewelry heists. The arrest
of one suspect was announced on Aug 12. On Sep 7 a 9th suspect,
David Joseph (22), was detained. On June 25, 2010, Aman Kassaye (24)
was convicted for his role in the robbery. On Aug 6, 2010, Kassaye
was sentenced to 23 years in jail. Three other men involved in the
robbery, Solomun Beyene, Clinton Mogg and Thomas Thomas, were
sentenced to 16 years each. Two others were cleared by the court.
(AP, 8/12/09)(SFC, 8/13/09, p.A2)(SFC, 9/8/09,
p.A2)(AFP, 6/25/10)(AP, 8/6/10)
2009 Aug 6, DR Congo President
Joseph Kabila met his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame in the
lakeside city of Goma for the first official bilateral talks between
the neighboring states in 13 years.
2009 Aug 6, Ethiopia’s Federal
High Court issued the guilty verdicts against 13 men, including a
US-based professor, convicted in absentia for plotting to overthrow
the government. Berhanu Nega, Ethiopian-born professor with US
nationality and teacher of economics at Philadelphia's Bucknell
Univ., was accused of masterminding a plan to topple PM Meles
2009 Aug 6, Iraq's cabinet
approved a bill to ban smoking in public places. A roadside bomb
struck a car full of Shiite pilgrims in southern Baghdad, killing
one and wounding four others. Gunmen broke into a goldsmith shop in
the western Baghdad district of Baiyaa, killing the owner and making
off with an unknown quantity of gold.
2009 Aug 6, Japan's first jury
trial since World War II concluded with a mixed group of citizens
and professional judges convicting a man of murder and sentencing
him to a tougher-than-expected 15 years in prison.
2009 Aug 6, In Mexico 11
people, including two police officers and nine gunmen, died
following a running battle between police and gunmen in the central
city of Pachuca.
2009 Aug 6, Nigeria began a
60-day amnesty for militants fighting in the country's oil-rich
Delta region, a government official said, but the main militant
group said it would not participate. A cache of weapons and
ammunitions was uncovered at an arms depot owned by Niger Delta
militant leader Mujahid Dokubo-Asari in Port Harcourt.
(AP, 8/6/09)(AFP, 8/7/09)
2009 Aug 6, Nigeria's northern
Kano state withdrew a landmark criminal and civil suit against US
drug group Pfizer over a 1996 drug trial that left 11 children dead
and 189 others deformed. The withdrawal of the suit followed a
75-million dollar (52 million euros) out-of-court settlement between
the two parties.
2009 Aug 6, In northern
Pakistan a bus veered off a narrow mountain road and plunged into a
river, leaving about 34 people, including 26 soldiers, missing and
presumed dead. Sardar Rustam Jamali, the excise and taxation
minister in the western province of Baluchistan, was killed when
robbers tried to steal his car in an eastern neighborhood of the
2009 Aug 6, In Paraguay Social
Development Minister Pablino Caceres said he would meet with a 6
protesters who have hammered long nails through their hands and tied
themselves to crosses or laid in coffins in an appeal for land.
2009 Aug 6, In the northern
Philippines heavy monsoon rains inundated wide areas, triggering
flash floods and landslides that killed 21 people, including two
French citizens and a Belgian who were touring Mount Pinatubo.
Typhoon Morakot left seven others missing in landslides and
(AP, 8/7/09)(AP, 8/9/09)
2009 Aug 6, Russia’s PM Putin
and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, signed an
agreements in Ankara that included the construction of part of the
South Stream gas pipeline through the Black Sea.
(AP, 8/6/09)(Econ, 8/15/09, p.47)
2009 Aug 6, US Secretary of
State Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking in Kenya, pledged to "expand
and extend" American support for Somalia's weak interim government
as it struggles against Islamist extremists believed linked to
2009 Aug 6, Juan Manuel
Inciarte Gallardo (55), a suspected member of the armed Basque group
ETA, was deported from Mexico and arrested in Spain, where he is
wanted for allegedly killing five Spanish police officers and a
pregnant wife of one of the officers. Inciarte allegedly took part
in the slaying of the five police officers and the pregnant wife of
one officer between 1983 and 1985. He was wanted on terrorism
2009 Aug 6, In South Korea
unionists who occupied a car plant in protest at mass layoffs agreed
to end a 77-day sit-in which halted production and sparked violent
clashes with police.
2009 Aug 6, Rescue workers
searched for missing people after the Princess Ashika ferry,
carrying 149 passengers and crew, sank overnight off the coast of
Tonga. 93 people were missing and feared dead.
(SFC, 8/6/09, p.A2)(AP, 8/9/09)
2009 Aug 6, In northern Yemen
local officials and the rebels said Shiite Muslim rebels have seized
a key control post on a strategic highway linking the capital San'a
with Saudi Arabia, overcoming an army brigade after 12 hours of
2010 Aug 6, The US for the
first time attended a ceremony commemorating its atomic bombing of
Hiroshima, 65 years after the Japanese city's obliteration rang in
the nuclear age.
2010 Aug 6, It was reported
that Adnan Shukrijumah (35), a suspected al-Qaida operative who
lived for more than 15 years in the US, has taken over as chief of
the terror network's global operations, a position once held by 9/11
mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
2010 Aug 6, US Companies showed
a lack of confidence about hiring for a third straight month in
July, making it likely the economy will grow more slowly the rest of
the year. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.5 percent.
2010 Aug 6, Mark Hurd, CEO at
Hewlett Packard, resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment and
faulty expense reports. Hurd was expected to get $12.2 million in
severance payment and nearly $350,000 shares of HP stock at the Aug
6 closing price.
(SFC, 8/7/10, p.A1)(SSFC, 8/8/10, p.D6)
2010 Aug 6, In Michigan
investigators said a knife-wielding serial killer, possible
motivated by racial hatred, has been attacking men in the region of
Flint since May killing 5 people and wounding 8.
(SFC, 8/7/10, p.A6)
2010 Aug 6, Tony Judt (b.1948),
British historian, died. His work included “Postwar” (2005), a look
at the 44 years following the main fighting of WWII and the collapse
of the Soviet empire.
(Econ, 8/14/10, p.72)
2010 Aug 6, In northern
Afghanistan the bodies 10 members of a medical team, including six
Americans, were recovered. They had been shot and killed by
militants as they were returning from providing eye treatment and
other health care in remote villages. The Taliban claimed the next
day it killed them for being "Christian missionaries." The beheaded
body of Parliamentary candidate Najibullah Gulistani, who was
abducted 18 days ago, was found in Ghazni province.
(AFP, 8/7/10)(SFC, 8/7/10, p.A5)(AP, 8/9/10)
2010 Aug 6, Australian
scientists reported a study revealing that sea sponges share almost
70 percent of human genes.
2010 Aug 6, Britain and
Pakistan agreed to do more together to fight Islamist militancy,
brushing aside a diplomatic spat that followed British criticism of
Pakistani efforts to counter extremism. Visiting Pakistan's Pres.
President Asif Ali Zardari held official talks with PM David
Cameron, roughly a week after the British leader ignited a
diplomatic row by accusing Pakistan of exporting terrorism during a
trip to the country's nuclear rival, India.
(Reuters, 8/6/10)(AP, 8/6/10)
2010 Aug 6, In China AIDS
activist Tian Xi (24) was taken into custody after a run-in with an
administrator at Xincai County No. 1 People's Hospital, where he had
been given a tainted blood transfusion as a boy. He was inflected
with HIV via blood transfusion in 1996, and has been struggling to
get compensation and treatment from the government more or less ever
since. On Feb 11, 2011, Tian Xi was sentenced to one year in prison.
2010 Aug 6, In Indian Kashmir
at least 113 people were killed and hundreds injured after rare
rainfall triggered flash floods in an area of Ladakh popular with
foreign fans of high-altitude adventure sports.
(AFP, 8/6/10)(SFC, 8/7/10, p.A4)
2010 Aug 6, In Indonesia the
Mount Karangetang volcano erupted, sending lava and a searing gas
cloud tumbling down its slopes. At least four family members were
swept away and feared dead.
2010 Aug 6, In Iraq a drive-by
shooting and a bomb hidden in a motorcycle killed three traffic
policemen in Baghdad, taking to eight the number from the city's
force killed this week.
2010 Aug 6, In southern Israel
7 members of one family, including a pregnant woman and two
children, were killed when the minibus they were traveling in
ignored traffic signals and crossed the tracks right into the path
of a speeding train near the town of Kiryat Gat.
2010 Aug 6, Pakistan battled to
contain flooding in its rich agricultural south, evacuating half a
million people from risk areas as the UN warned of the "daunting"
scale of the crisis.
2010 Aug 6, Poland's new Pres.
Bronislaw Komorowski was sworn in and pledged to serve as a unifying
force and work closely with European allies.
2010 Aug 6, In Russia a choking
smog from raging wildfires shrouded Moscow, grounding flights,
plunging the city's iconic Red Square into a sea of dirty mist and
stinging eyes and throats across the Russian capital.
2010 Aug 6, Saudi Arabia
suspended BlackBerry messaging services, as concerns spread across
the Middle East and parts of Asia over security issues with the
2010 Aug 6, In Sudan
humanitarian officials said all aid agencies have been denied access
to Darfur's Kalma camp after five people were killed there and
thousands fled when divisions over peace talks turned violent.
UN-African Union peacekeepers (UNAMID) have been in a stand-off with
South Darfur’s government and Khartoum since five men and a woman
sought refuge in their Kalma police base during the violence late
2010 Aug 6, In Sweden a gang of
thieves staged a remarkable break-in near the Swedish royal family's
residence in Stockholm, smashing display cases at a historic
18th-century Chinese-style landmark and getting away with artifacts
that police called potentially priceless.
2011 Aug 6, The group known as
Anonymous said it has hacked into some 70 law enforcement websites
across the southern and central United States in retaliation for
arrests of its sympathizers in the U.S. and Britain.
2011 Aug 6, In Ohio an
18-year-old attending summer classes at the University of Cincinnati
was struck by a campus officer's stun gun and died of cardiac
2011 Aug 6, In southern
Afghanistan a coalition service member was killed.
2011 Aug 6, A riot tore through
parts of north London's deprived Tottenham neighborhood. 8 officers
were hospitalized after a peaceful protest against the Aug 4
shooting death of Mark Duggan (29), a passenger in a minicab,
degenerated into a Saturday night rampage. The riots soon spread to
Birmingham and other cities and involved as many as 15,000 people.
(AP, 8/7/11)(AFP, 8/7/11)(Econ, 8/4/12, p.51)
2011 Aug 6, France's Overseas
Ministry said four people have been killed and another 23 injured in
a conflict over an increase in airline ticket prices on Mare, an
island in the South Pacific archipelago of New Caledonia.
2011 Aug 6, Roman Opalka
(b.1931), French-born Polish painter, died in France. In 1965 in his
studio in Warsaw, Opalka began painting a process of counting – from
one to infinity.
2011 Aug 6, In Israel over a
quarter of a million people poured into the streets of major cities
in the “movement for justice,” an ongoing protest over the cost of
(SSFC, 8/7/11, p.A8)(Econ, 8/6/11, p.38)
2011 Aug 6, Libyan rebels
fighting Moammar Gadhafi's forces in the country's west launched a
major push toward key towns along the Mediterranean coast near the
capital Tripoli. NATO warplanes attacked 45 targets across Libya,
including an ammunition storage facility and a multiple rocket
launcher system in the Bir Ghanam area.
(AP, 8/6/11)(AFP, 8/7/11)
2011 Aug 6, Mexican authorities
said dozens of armed villagers surrounded the home of a suspected
crime gang in Santa Cruz Tepenixtlahuaca, Oaxaca state, setting off
a gunbattle that killed a child, a woman and four men. Police said
the dismembered bodies of four young men were dumped near a high
school in Sinaloa state. Five young men were found dead near a
middle school outside Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state. 5 young people
were shot to death as they ordered dinner at a highway-side hot dog
stand in the San Ignacio municipality, Sinaloa state.
(AP, 8/6/11)(AP, 8/7/11)
2011 Aug 6, Niger's president
Mahamadou Issoufou took part in a national collective prayer asking
for rain. Niger depends heavily on its one annual rainy season (June
to September) to cultivate crops.
2011 Aug 6, In Pakistan a bomb
attack near Peshawar destroyed 16 tankers carrying fuel for US-led
forces in Afghanistan.
(SSFC, 8/7/11, p.A5)
2011 Aug 6, Hamas security
forces in the Gaza Strip detained two members of a Salafist
organization called Al-Tawfid wal Jihad, an Islamist group suspected
of firing rockets at Israel. (AFP, 8/6/11)
2011 Aug 6, In Saudi Arabia
security forces shot dead a gunman as he opened fire on the Jeddah
palace of Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz. Another man
was arrested during the attack in which two men opened fire after
midnight on the Qasr Shateh residence of Prince Nayef.
2011 Aug 6, Somali Islamist
fighters withdrew overnight from almost all their bases in the
famine-struck capital of Mogadishu, the most significant gain for
the embattled UN-backed government in four years. Al-Shabab still
held most of southern Somalia, where tens of thousands are estimated
to have starved.
2011 Aug 6, In Spain thousands
of demonstrators angry over the government’s austerity program
occupied a central Madrid plaza.
(SSFC, 8/7/11, p.A5)
2011 Aug 6, The Syrian military
tightened its suffocating siege on the city of Hama in its drive to
crush the main center of the anti-regime uprising in the country.
Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem pledged to press ahead with
reforms and said the new parliament "will represent the aspirations
of the Syrian people."
2012 Aug 6, In the San
Francisco Bay Area a series of explosions and fires tore through a
Chevron’s Richmond refinery.
(SFC, 8/7/12, p.A1)
2012 Aug 6, A US Navy draft
report acknowledged that the SF Bay’s Treasure Island was used as a
repair and salvage operation during the Cold War for ships that may
have been exposed to nuclear testing in the Pacific. In the 1940’sw
a mocked-up training ship, the Pandemonium, was doused with
low-level radioactive material, which sailors washed off.
(SFC, 8/17/12, p.A14)
2012 Aug 6, A mosque in
southwest Missouri burned to the ground in the second fire to hit
the Islamic center in little more than a month, and investigators in
Joplin spent the day combing through the wreckage searching for
evidence of arson.
2012 Aug 6, New York State
Department of Financial Services alleged that Standard Chartered PLC
schemed with the Iranian government to launder $250 billion from
2001 to 2007.
2012 Aug 6, NASA's Mars Science
Laboratory and Curiosity rover landed successfully on the Red
2012 Aug 6, Thousands of fish
were reported dying in the Midwest as the hot, dry summer dries up
rivers and causes water temperatures to climb in some spots to
nearly 100 degrees. About 40,000 shovelnose sturgeon were killed in
Iowa last week as water temperatures reached 97 degrees. Nebraska
fishery officials said they've seen thousands of dead sturgeon,
catfish, carp, and other species in the Lower Platte River. Illinois
biologists said the hot weather has killed tens of thousands of
large- and smallmouth bass and channel catfish. Kansas has seen
declining water levels that pulled younger, smaller game fish away
from the vegetation-rich shore lines and forced them to cluster,
making them easier targets for predators. In South Dakota there have
been reports of isolated fish kills in its manmade lakes on the
2012 Aug 6, In Afghanistan a
bomb strapped to a donkey by Taliban insurgents killed a district
police chief and wounded three others in Charsada, Ghor province.
2012 Aug 6, Britain’s Deputy PM
Nick Clegg announced that the government has dropped plans to
introduce a mainly-elected upper house of parliament, in a serious
blow to the ruling coalition.
2012 Aug 6, Bernard Lovell
(98), founder of Britain’s Jodrell Bank radio telescope, died. Sir
Lovell was knighted in 1961.
(Econ, 8/18/12, p.82)
2012 Aug 6, Cayman Islands
Premier McKeeva Bush scrapped a plan to impose a direct tax on
expatriates working in the British territory, which owes much of its
prosperity to its famed role as a no-tax financial center.
2012 Aug 6, German police
removed anti-capitalist protesters from an Occupy Frankfurt camp set
up almost 10 months ago next to the European Central Bank
(SFC, 8/7/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 6, Greek police said
they have detained some 6,000 people in Athens during weekend
roundups on suspicion that they have entered the country illegally
and will deport more than 1,600 of them to their home countries.
Greece launched an aggressive campaign to try to seal its 200-km
(130-mile) northeastern border, as it faced a debilitating financial
crisis that has caused a swell in joblessness and a surge in racist
attacks against immigrants with dark skin.
(AP, 8/6/12)(AP, 8/22/12)
2012 Aug 6, The Israeli
parliament approved a series of austerity measures presented by
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to help rein in the
country's growing deficit.
2012 Aug 6, In Ivory Coast a
raid on the Akouedo army base in Abidjan left 7 soldiers and one
2012 Aug 6, Jamaica celebrated
its 50th anniversary of independence from Britain.
(SFC, 8/7/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 6, A Jordanian
official and a rebel spokesman said Syria's PM Riad Hijab has
defected and fled to neighboring Jordan.
2012 Aug 6, Kenyan authorities
charged Dwight Sagaray, the first secretary of Venezuela's embassy,
with the murder of that country's acting ambassador to Kenya. Police
believed the killing was motivated by a battle over embassy
leadership. Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed Hassan, Sagaray's friend and an
alleged co-conspirator, was also charged. Prosecutor Tabitha Ouya
said the two suspects strangled Olga Fonseca Gimenez on the night of
July 26 to 27.
2012 Aug 6, Macau police said
they have arrested 150 people in raids at casinos and hotels across
the Chinese territory following a spate of violence that raised
fears of a revival of gang warfare in the world's most lucrative
2012 Aug 6, Mauritanian
President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz said he will not resign, despite
weeks of protests by the opposition who accuse him of despotism and
2012 Aug 6, In New Zealand
Mount Tongariro spewed ash and rocks for about 30 minutes after a
few weeks of increased seismic activity. It didn't cause any
injuries or damage in the sparsely populated central North Island
2012 Aug 6, In central Nigeria
gunmen opened fire on an evangelical church during a service,
killing at least 19 people in Okene city, Kogi state.
2012 Aug 6, In Pakistan gunmen
killed a truck driver in the Jamrud area of Khyber district over
suspicions that he was transporting supplies for NATO troops in
2012 Aug 6, In the southern
Philippines a breakaway group of Muslim rebels used chainsaws to
launch simultaneous attacks across 11 towns, leaving at least three
2012 Aug 6, Russia launched an
unmanned Proton-M rocked carrying Russian and Indonesian
communications satellites. A secondary booster module failed shortly
after launch from Kazakhstan.
(SFC, 8/8/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 6, In Syria a bomb
ripped through the third floor of the state TV building in Damascus.
At least three people were wounded in the bomb attack targeting the
building which also houses the country's state radio. Rebels claimed
that three of 48 Iranian captives were killed during shelling by
government forces in Damascus and its suburbs.
(AP, 8/6/12)(AP, 8/7/12)
2012 Aug 6, In southeastern
Turkey an overnight blast interrupted oil flow from Iraq. Kurdish
rebels were suspected to be behind the explosions. The blast hit the
Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline in Mardin province close to the border with
Syria. Repairs were expected to take up to 10 days. The oil flow was
reported restored on August 28.
(AFP, 8/6/12)(AFP, 8/28/12)
2012 Aug 6, In Uganda leaders
from 11 countries forming the International Conference on the Great
Lakes Region gathered in Kampala to discuss a new plan calling for a
neutral international force to deploy in eastern Congo to get rid of
all the fighters.
2012 Aug 6, Yemen's Pres. Abed
Rabbo Mansour Hadi issued a decree stripping the ex-president's son
of part of his military command, a measure seen as a step toward
reforming the armed forces. Two drones targeted Al-Qaeda positions
near Rada, in Bayda province.
(AP, 8/6/12)(AFP, 8/6/12)
2013 Aug 6, In Florida
Colombia-born Israel Hernandez-Llach (18) died after Miami Beach
police shocked him with a Taser as he ran away from officers who
caught him spray-painting the wall of a shuttered McDonald's.
2013 Aug 6, In Argentina a
suspected natural gas explosion destroyed a tall apartment building
in Rosario. At least 8 people were killed and some 60 injured.
(SFC, 8/7/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 6, Botswana said
disputed elections won by Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe did not
meet acceptable standards and has warned southern African nations
against violating commitments to democracy by accepting the result.
2013 Aug 6, In Cambodia
thousands of supporters of the main opposition party rallied to
demand an international inquiry into the recent general election,
rejecting the victory claimed by long-serving PM Hun Sen, who showed
no sign of stepping aside.
2013 Aug 6, In China a panel of
the Shanghai Communist Party Committee said that three Shanghai
Supreme Court officials had "participated in prostitution"
after being invited to dinner. A fourth court official had accepted
female companionship but did not take a woman to a room. A
whistleblower had filed a police complaint in April, but "the case
went nowhere" and he therefore decided to post the video online
instead of going to the police again. His case triggered the
2013 Aug 6, The EU said the
Maltese government, which has refused entry to a tanker carrying 102
African migrants, had a "humanitarian duty" to allow them to land as
soon as possible. Malta faced a record influx of African migrants,
with 1,000 arriving in the past month.
2013 Aug 6, In France masked
farmers began dumping pallets holding tens of thousands of eggs in
front of a grocery store in Ploumagoar. The action has continued
nightly in the region due to low egg prices. Over-production and
expensive renovations to meet new European norms on hen houses have
reduced egg farmer incomes.
2013 Aug 6, A Hungarian court
jailed four neo-Nazis for killing Roma families in a spree of racist
violence in 2008 and 2009 that shocked the country and led to
accusations that police had failed to protect an historically
2013 Aug 6, Five Indian
soldiers were killed in an ambush by militants and Pakistani
soldiers along the disputed border in Kashmir.
2013 Aug 6, In Iraq 8 car bombs
targeting busy markets and shopping streets in and around Baghdad
killed 31 people and wounded more than 100. An initial report put
the number killed at 51.
(Reuters, 8/6/13)(AFP, 8/28/13)
2013 Aug 6, Japan unveiled its
biggest warship since WWII. The Izumo is officially a destroyer, but
it will come with 14 helicopters when it enters service in 2015.
(Econ, 8/10/13, p.35)
2013 Aug 6, Latvia's government
approved the extradition of Deniss Calovskis (b.1985), a man accused
by the United States of helping create a virus that affected over a
million computers worldwide, including many at NASA, and that
allowed hackers to steal millions of dollars from victims' bank
accounts. US authorities earlier this year accused Calovskis, along
with Romanian citizen Mihai Ionut Paunescu and Russian national
Nikita Kuzmin, of participating in a conspiracy that started in 2005
to create and disseminate the so-called Gozi virus. On August 8 the
extradition was put on hold after the European Court of Human Rights
(ECHR) said it would take on the case.
(AP, 8/6/13)(Reuters, 8/8/13)
2013 Aug 6, In Nepal an
unidentified Tibetan monk died after setting himself on fire in
(SFC, 8/7/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 6, In Peru an Irish
woman, Michaella McCollum Connolly (20), and a British woman,
Melissa Reid (19), were arrested in Lima for allegedly trying to
smuggle cocaine on a flight to Spain. Both girls claimed they were
threatened at gunpoint with their lives unless they carried out the
orders of a South American cartel.
(http://tinyurl.com/lfyxztk)(SFC, 8/14/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 6, Russia's highest
court reduced by two months the 11-year prison terms for jailed
former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner
Platon Lebedev. They had asked the court to overturn their verdicts
and release them immediately. Khodorkovsky was now set to be
released in August 2014, and Lebedev to be set free in May 2014.
2013 Aug 6, It was reported
that Somalia's government has signed an oil and gas exploration deal
with Soma Oil and Gas, a newly formed British company, the first
such agreement by a central government in Somalia following decades
2013 Aug 6, Syrian rebels
captured Mannagh helicopter base in the north of the country after
months of fighting. State TV denied that the base had fully fallen.
A car bomb in a pro-regime district near Damascus killed at least 18
people. Syria fighters under Chechen jihadist Tarkhan Batirashvili,
aka Omar al-Shishani, proved pivotal in taking the Syrian military's
Managh air base. In 2014 al-Shishani was identified as the military
commander of ISIL in Syria.
(AP, 8/6/13)(AP, 7/2/14)
2013 Aug 6, A Thailand inquest
found that 6 unarmed people killed at a Buddhist temple during a
2010 military crackdown on anti-government protesters in Bangkok
were slain by bullets fired by Thai soldiers.
2013 Aug 6, Tunisian police
shot dead an Islamist militant in a suburb on the outskirts of
2013 Aug 6, Eighteen Turkish
soldiers were injured when a group of several thousand alleged
smugglers clashed with the army as they tried to cross into Turkey
2013 Aug 6, Ugandan lawmakers
passed the controversial Public Order Management Bill. It drew sharp
criticism from the opposition and human rights campaigners who said
it was intended to silence dissent.
2013 Aug 6, Ukraine's Emergency
Situations Ministry said that a pipe carrying liquid ammonia
depressurized at the Stirol plant in the east of the country,
causing the release of the chemical. The leak killed 5 people and
sickened more than 20.
2013 Aug 6, In Yemen a
suspected US drone killed 4 alleged al-Qaida members. "Due to the
continued potential for terrorist attacks," the US State Department
ordered non-essential personnel at the US Embassy to leave the
country. A Yemeni military helicopter was shot down by a missile
over the al-Qaida stronghold of Wadi Ubida. At least 8 people were
killed, including a military commander, all part of a military force
guarding oil installations in the province.
(AP, 8/6/13)(Reuters, 8/7/13)
2013 Aug 6, Zimbabwe’s
President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party said it would increase black
ownership of the economy in the next five years after its landslide
election victory, adding to investors' concerns about the party's
2014 Aug 6, The US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention issued its highest alert for an
all-hands on deck response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.
2014 Aug 6, Scientists received
a signal from the European launched Rosetta probe, launched in 2004
and scheduled to land in May 2014, that it was in orbit around comet
(SFC, 7/18/05, p.A4)(Econ, 8/9/14, p.66)
2014 Aug 6, In southern
Afghanistan a police officer working for the Taliban poisoned 5
colleagues and then invited insurgents to kill them and steal their
weapons. In Uruzgan province Taliban fighters killed a guard at a
checkpoint and then executed 5 others as they slept.
(SFC, 8/7/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 6, Bahrain convicted
nine opposition activists of various public security charges and
stripped them of their citizenship. They received prison terms
ranging from seven to 22 years.
2014 Aug 6, Bulgaria's newly
appointed PM Georgi Bliznashki promised to restore public trust in
political institutions in the short time that his caretaker
government is in office.
2014 Aug 6, In northern
Cameroon Boko Haram-linked militants killed 10 people including a
soldier in a remote town near the border with Nigeria.
2014 Aug 6, China executed two
South Koreans convicted of smuggling drugs from North Korea and said
it will soon execute a third.
2014 Aug 6, China’s state media
said Karamay city in the western region of Xinjiang, has banned
people with head scarves, veils and long beards from boarding buses,
as the government battles unrest with a policy that critics said
discriminates against Muslims.
2014 Aug 5, In Egypt militants
attacked a police checkpoint in the Dhabaa area in the coastal
province of Matrouh, killing 5 policemen and losing 4 of their own
in the ensuing gunbattle.
2014 Aug 6, After a journey of
6.4 billion km (4 billion miles), Europe's unmanned Rosetta probe
reached its destination, a milestone in mankind's first attempt to
land a spacecraft on a comet.
2014 Aug 6, An Iraqi army
airstrike targeting the Islamic State group in Mosul killed some 60
suspected militants. In northern Iraq Kurdish forces attacked
Islamic State fighters near the Kurdish regional capital of Arbil in
a change of tactics supported by the Iraqi central government to try
to break the Islamists' momentum. A roadside bomb killed 3 Shi'ites
who volunteered to fight the Islamic State on a road between the
town of Samarra and Mosul. At least 5 car bombs killed 51 people in
Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad.
(AP, 8/6/14)(Reuters, 8/6/14)(SFC, 8/7/14, p.A3)
2014 Aug 6, Italy’s government
statisticians disclosed that the country was back in recession as
GDP fell by 0.2% in Q2.
(Econ, 8/9/14, p.46)
2014 Aug 6, The Italian foreign
ministry said two Italian aid workers have been kidnapped while
working on humanitarian projects in Aleppo, Syria.
2014 Aug 6, Kurds from Iraq,
Syria and Turkey joined forces in north Iraq to try to reclaim areas
lost to jihadists and rescue thousands of civilians, many of them
from the Yazidi minority, stranded in mountains without food or
2014 Aug 6, Lebanon's army
surrounded Arsal, a border town occupied by Islamist militants, as
army and Islamist militants clashed despite a 24-hour ceasefire
agreed to end five days of fighting that has killed dozens.
2014 Aug 6, Liberian Pres.
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf announced emergency measures that will, for 90
days, allow her government to curtail civil rights by imposing
quarantines on badly affected communities to contain the Ebola
2014 Aug 6, An umbrella group
for eastern Libya's extremist militias said it overran three more
army bases in Benghazi and seized large amounts of heavy weapons,
including armored vehicles. The newly inaugurated Libyan parliament
threatened to act against warring militias who don't abide by its
call for an immediate cease-fire, which it says will be supervised
by the United Nations.
(AP, 8/6/14)(AP, 8/7/14)
2014 Aug 6, In Malaysia British
medical students, Neil Dalton (22) and Aidan Brunger (22), were
stabbed to death in Kuching after a quarrel in a pub with four local
men. Police arrested three of the suspects and were searching for
the fourth. On March 31, 2015, Zulkipli Abdullah (24) was found
guilty of the stabbing and sentenced to death.
(AP, 8/6/14)(AP, 3/31/15)
2014 Aug 6, Nigeria confirmed
five new cases of Ebola in Lagos and a second death from the virus.
Authorities said a nurse who treated Ebola victim Patrick Sawyer is
now dead and five others are sick with one of the world's most
virulent diseases, as the death toll rose to at least 932 people in
four West African countries.
(AFP, 8/6/14)(AP, 8/6/14)
2014 Aug 6, In northern Nigeria
suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked Gwoza town. The raid left
dozens dead and sent others fleeing to a mountain near the
2014 Aug 6, Pakistani security
forces arrested an Indian border guard for allegedly violating their
de-facto border in the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir.
2014 Aug 6, In Pakistan a US
drone fired two missiles at a sprawling compound in North Waziristan
killing at least 6 people.
(AP, 8/6/14)(SFC, 8/7/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 6, A Gaza truce was
holding as Egyptian mediators pursued talks with Israeli and
Palestinian representatives on an enduring end to a war that has
devastated the Hamas Islamist- dominated enclave.
2014 Aug 6, The Kremlin
released the text of President Vladimir Putin’s order for government
agencies to restrict imports of food and agricultural products from
the countries that have imposed sanctions against Russia over the
conflict in Ukraine.
2014 Aug 6, Russian
photographer Andrei Stenin (33) was believed killed while travelling
along with a convoy of refugees that came under fire from Ukrainian
tanks and armored personnel carriers. His death was confirmed on Sep
2014 Aug 6, A Saudi Arabian who
had travelled to Sierra Leone and had symptoms similar to those
found in Ebola sufferers died of a heart attack. Samples submitted
to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came back
negative for the Ebola virus.
(AFP, 8/6/14)(AP, 8/10/14)
2014 Aug 6, In Saudi Arabia the
Makkah newspaper said Saudi men have been banned from marrying women
from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar and Chad as the Gulf state
toughens the rules restricting marriage with foreigners.
2014 Aug 6, Spanish police said
they have seized 127 kg of cocaine from a Spanish navy training
ship, which allegedly carried the drug from Colombia and dropped off
some in New York. A Civil Guard statement said three sailors were
arrested on July 12 when the ship returned to Spain, but the drug
wasn't found until Aug 2.
2014 Aug 6, In Switzerland a
man arrested a day earlier, for suspected involvement in the theft
and leaking of a medical file on injured ex-Formula One champion
Michael Schumacher, was found hanged in his cell.
2014 Aug 6, In Syria Jihadists
from the Islamic State group seized parts of a military base in Raqa
province after launching triple suicide bomb attacks at its gates.
Heavy fighting with troops continued at Brigade 93 in Raqa.
2014 Aug 6, In Yemen 10
soldiers and 18 suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed in
confrontations in southern and southeastern provinces. Several
others were captured, including a Saudi militant.
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