Today in History - August 7

Return to home

317        Aug 7, Flavius Julius Constantius II, Emperor Egypt, Byzantium, Rome (337-61), was born.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

626        Aug 7, Battle at Constantinople: Slavs, Persians and Avars were defeated. Emp. Heraclius repelled the attacks. The attacks began in 625.
    (PCh, 1992, p.60)(MC, 8/7/02)

1106        Aug 7, Henry IV (54), Holy Roman Emperor (1056/84-1105), died.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1485        Aug 7, Henry (VII) Tudor's army landed in Milford Haven, South-Wales.
    (ON, 12/06, p.1)

1573        Aug 7, Francis Drake’s fleet returned to Plymouth.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1585        Aug 7, Tatar forces of Khan Kutchum attacked a sleeping Cossack expedition under Yermak near the mouth of the Vagay River in Siberia. The Cossacks were decimated and Yermak drowned wearing a suit of armor given him by Tsar Ivan.
    (ON, 2/04, p.5)

1620        Aug 7, Kepler's mother was arrested for witchcraft.
    (MC, 8/7/02)
1620        Aug 7, French king Louis XIII beat his mother Marie de Medici at the Battle at Ponts-the-Ca, Poitou.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1731        Aug 7, William Cosby arrived in New York to assume his post as Governor for the New York Province.

1742        Aug 7, Nathanael Greene, American Revolutionary War General, was born.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1760        Aug 7, Ft. Loudon, Tennessee, surrendered to Cherokee Indians.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1779        Aug 7, Carl Ritter, cofounder of modern science of geography, was born in Quedlinberg, Prussia.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1782        Aug 7, General George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart, a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and noncommissioned officers. Washington authorized the award of the Purple Heart for soldiers wounded in combat.
    (AP, 8/7/97)(HN, 8/7/98)
1782        Aug 7, A statue of Peter the Great was unveiled in St. Petersburg on the 100th anniversary of his accession to the throne. It was made by French sculptor Etienne-Maurice Falconet (1716-1791), who spent 12 years on the work. Empress Catherine commissioned it in 1765.
    (WSJ, 8/5/06, p.P12)

1783        Aug 7, John Heathcoat (d.1861), English inventor of lace-making machinery (1809), was born. In 1816 Luddites burned down his Nottingham factory.
    (MC, 8/7/02)(Internet)

1789        Aug 7, The U.S. War Department was established by Congress.
    (AP, 8/7/97)

1794        Aug 7, George Washington issued a proclamation telling a group of Western Pennsylvania farmers to stop their Whiskey Rebellion. In the US in western Pennsylvania, angry farmers protested a new federal tax on whiskey makers. The protest flared into the open warfare known as the Whiskey Rebellion between US marshals and whiskey farmers.
    (, ESM, p.16)(HNQ, 10/14/99)

1802        Aug 7, Napoleon ordered the re-instatement of slavery on St. Domingue (Haiti).
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1814        Aug 7, Pope Pius VII reinstated the Jesuits.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1818        Aug 7, Henri Charles Litolff, French composer, pianist, was born.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1819        Aug 7, South American liberator Simon Bolivar defeated Spanish forces under Gen. Jose Barreiro in New Granada (Colombia) at the Battle of Boyaca. The revolutionary army entered Bogota Aug 10.
    (HNQ, 9/12/99)(ON, 3/05, p.2)

1820        Aug 7, The 1st potatoes were planted in Hawaii.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1821        Aug 7, Caroline of Brunswick (b.1768), wife of England’s King George IV, died. In 2006 Jane Robins authored “The Trial of Queen Caroline: The Scandalous Affair that Nearly Ended a Monarchy."
    (, 8/5/06, p.76)

1826        Aug 7, Marc Brunel hired his son, Isambard, to replace William Armstrong as chief engineer for building the tunnel under England’s Thames River.
    (ON, 4/06, p.8)(

1833        Aug 7, Powell Clayton, Brig. General (Union volunteers), (Gov-R-Ark), was born in Pa.
    (MC, 8/7/02)(Internet)

1836        Aug 7, Evander McIvor Law (d.1920), Brig General (Confederate Army), was born in South Carolina.
    (MC, 8/7/02)(Internet)

1864        Aug 7, Union Gen. Philip Henry Sheridan took command of his 30,000-man army at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. His orders from Gen. Grant were to march into the Shenandoah Valley and destroy the army of Confederate Gen. Jubal Early.
    (ON, 10/20/11, p.11)
1864        Aug 7, Union troops captured part of Confederate General Jubal Early's army at Moorefield, West Virginia.
    (HN, 8/7/98)

1876        Aug 7, Margaretha Zelle (aka Mata Hari) was born in the Netherlands. Mata Hari, otherwise known as Margaretha G. Macleod, passed secrets to the Germans in World War I.
    (WSJ, 1/16/97, p.A16)(HN, 8/7/98)

1882        Aug 7, Hatfields of south West Virginia and McCoys of eastern Kentucky re-engaged in a feud that dated back to 1865. Some 100 were wounded or died. In 2007 medical evidence indicated that many of the descendants of the McCoys suffered from an inherited disease that leads to hair-trigger rage and violent outbursts.
    (, 4/6/07, p.A16)

1888        Aug 7, The revolving door, the brainchild of Philadelphia inventor Theophilus Van Kannel (1841-1919), was patented. In 1889 he founded the Van Kannel Revolving Door Company.

1893        Aug 7, Alfredo Catalani (39), Italian composer, died.
    (MC, 8/7/02)(Internet)

1896        Aug 7, Ernesto Lecuona, composer (Malaguena), was born in Havana, Cuba.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1903        Aug 7, Louis Leakey, anthropologist, archeologist and paleontologist, was born in Kenya. He believed that Africa was the cradle of mankind.
    (HN, 8/7/98)(Internet)

1904        Aug 7, Ralph Bunche (d.1971), US diplomat and the first African-American Nobel Prize winner (1950), was born. "There are no warlike peoples- just warlike leaders."
    (HN, 8/7/98)(AP, 12/7/99)(MC, 8/7/02)

1906        Aug 7, In North Carolina, a mob defies a court order and lynches three African Americans which becomes known as "The Lyerly Murders."
    (HN, 8/7/99)

1909        Aug 7, Alice Huyler Ramsey (22) arrived in San Francisco on a ferry boat after driving a 1909 Maxwell Model DA across the country. She had left New York on June 9.
    (SFC, 7/10/09, p.D3)

1910         Aug 7, In San Francisco the Chutes vaudeville theater on Fillmore St. attracted Sophie Tucker, who revived her career after being black-balled by Flo Ziegfeld back in New York. Tucker performed the Grizzly Bear song in San Francisco. Sophie Tucker at the Chutes theater creates a genuine furor with her rendition of “The Dance of the Grizzly Bear." She did two Sunday through Saturday runs, August 7 - 13, and September 18 - 24. in 1910.
    (AJSF, Vol. 14. No. 2, Winter, 2003)(

1912        Aug 7, The Progressive Party (Bull Moose Party) nominated Theodore Roosevelt for president. Ex-President Theodore Roosevelt had stormed the Republican convention but failed to wrest the nomination from William Howard Taft. He then founded his own, short-lived, Progressive Party. The party split allowed Taft to win the election.
    (WSJ, 6/5/96, p.A12)(AP, 8/7/97)(SFEC, 3/5/00, p.D8)

1915        Aug 7, In the assault up Russell's Top at Gallipoli 232 Australians died.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1916        Aug 7, Persia formed an alliance with Britain and Russia.
    (HN, 8/7/98)

1922        Aug 7, The Irish Republican Army cut the cable link between the United States and Europe at Waterville landing station.
    (HN, 8/7/98)

1926        Aug 7, Stan Freberg, satirist, ad executive, cartoon voice (Bertie), was born in LA, Calif.
    (MC, 8/7/02)
1926        Aug 7, The United States declared non-intervention in the Spanish Civil War.
    (HN, 8/7/98)

1927        Aug 7, Edwin Edwards, governor of Louisiana (1972-1980, 1984-1988, 1992-1996), was born.
    (HN, 8/7/98)
1927        Aug 7, US Major General Leonard Wood (b.1860) died in Boston, Mass. His military service included commands in Cuba (1900-1902) and the Philippines 1905 and 1921-1927.  In 1910, he was named Chief of Staff of the Army, the only medical officer to ever hold the position. In 2005 Jack McCallum authored the biography “Leonard Wood."
1927        Aug 7, The Peace Bridge between the United States and Canada was dedicated during ceremonies attended by the Prince of Wales, Canadian PM William Lyon Mackenzie King and US Vice President Charles Dawes.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
1927        Aug 7, Maia Wojciechowska (d.2002) was born in Warsaw. She moved to the US in 1942 and became an acclaimed author of children’s books. Her work included the memoir "Till the Break of Day: Memories, 1939-1942."
    (SFC, 7/1/02, p.B5)

1928        Aug 7, Amazing Randi (James Randi), skeptic magician (Nova), was born in Toronto, Ontario.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1929        Aug 7, Ruth Carter-Stapleton, Pres. Carter’s sister, evangelist, was born in Plains, Ga.
    (MC, 8/7/02)
1929        Aug 7, Germany’s Graf Zeppelin airship embarked from Lakehurst, New Jersey, on the first round-the-world passenger voyage.
    (, 2/96, p.43)

1930        Aug 7, In Marion, Indiana, a mob broke into a jail and beat to death 2 young black men and hung them from a tree in the courthouse square. Tommy Shipp and Abe Smith and a 3rd teenager had just been arrested for a botched robbery that left Claude Deeter, a white man, dead. James Cameron (16) was saved from hanging, even as a noose was on his neck. In 2006 Cynthia Carr authored “Our Town: A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted Town and the Hidden History of White America."
    (SSFC, 3/26/06, p.M3)
1930        Aug 7, James D. Phelan (1897-1901), former 3-time mayor of SF, died. In 1914 he was elected and served a single term in the US Senate. His unsuccessful 1920 reelection campaign used the slogan "Keep California White."
    (SFC, 11/7/00, p.A15)(SFC, 8/5/05, p.F4)

1931        Aug 7, Leon Bismarck "Bix" Beiderbecke (29), jazz cornetist (In Mist), died. In 1974 Richard M. Sudhalter authored "Bix: Man and Legend."
    (WSJ, 6/13/03, p.W12)(MC, 8/7/02)

1932        Aug 7, Abebe Bikila (d.1973), barefoot runner from Ethiopia, winner of the 1960 Olympic marathon, was born.
    (HN, 8/7/98)(

1934        Aug 7, The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling striking down the government's attempt to ban the controversial James Joyce novel "Ulysses."
    (AP, 8/7/97)

1935        Aug 7,  In Danzig (Gdansk) 60% of voters agreed to Nazism (NSDAP).
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1936        Aug 7, The United States declared non-intervention in the Spanish Civil War.
    (HN, 8/7/00)

1938        Aug 7, Nazi's closed the theology department of Innsbruck university.
    (MC, 8/7/02)
1938        Aug 7, Konstantin S. Stanislavsky (75), Russian director (S Method), died.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1940        Aug 7, Churchill recognized the De Gaulle government in exile.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1941        Aug 7, In Romania 551 Jews were shot in the Kishinev ghetto.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1942        Aug 7, Garrison Keillor, American humorist and writer, was born.
    (HN, 8/7/00)
1942        Aug 7, B.J. (Billy Joe) Thomas, singer (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, Hooked on a Feeling), was born.
    (MC, 8/7/02)
1942        Aug 7, The U.S. 1st Marine Division under General A. A. Vandegrift landed on the islands of Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Solomon islands. This was the first American amphibious landing of the war and the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II. The initial landing party included Navajo Codetalkers. This was the 1st land Japanese defeat of WWII; Japan was building an air base with designs on isolating the Australian continent.
    (AP, 8/7/97)(HN, 8/7/98)(WSJ, 10/12/99, p.A24)(MC, 8/7/02)
1942        Aug 7, The Nazi 36th Police Battalion, made up of ethnic Estonians, massacred some 2,500 Jews at Novogrudok, Belarus (according to the Simon Wiesenthal Foundation).
    (SSFC, 2/15/04, p.A4)
1942        Aug 7, Transport 16 departed with French Jews to Nazi-Germany.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1944        Aug 7, July 20th Plot trial under Nazi judge Roland Freisler began in Berlin.
    (MC, 8/7/02)
1944        Aug 7, German forces launched a major counter attack against U.S. forces near Mortain, France.
    (HN, 8/7/98)

1947         Aug 7, The balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki, which had carried a six-man crew 4,300 miles across the Pacific Ocean, crashed into a reef in a Polynesian archipelago. [see Apr 28]
    (AP, 8/7/97)

1953        Aug 7, Eastern Airlines entered the jet age with the Electra prop-jet.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1956        Aug 7, British government sent 3 aircraft carriers to Egypt.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1957        Aug 7, Oliver Hardy (65), the heavier half of the Laurel and Hardy comedy team, died in North Hollywood, Calif.
    (AP, 8/7/07)

1958        Aug 7, Alberto Lleras Camargo (1906-1990) began serving as President of Colombia and continued to August 7, 1962.

1959        Aug 7, The United States launched Explorer 6, which sent back a picture of the Earth. The satellite, popularly known as the "paddlewheel satellite," featured a photocell scanner that transmitted a crude picture of the earth's surface and cloud cover from a distance of 17,000 miles
    (HFA, '96, p.36)(AP, 8/7/97)(MC, 8/7/02)

1960        Aug 7, Students staged kneel-in demonstrations in Atlanta churches.
    (MC, 8/7/02)
1960        Aug 7, Vaino Hannikainen (60), Finnish composer, died.
    (MC, 8/7/02)
1960        Aug 7, Ivory Coast became independent from France. Felix Houphouet-Boigny (b.1905) began to rule Ivory Coast as prime minister. Houphouet-Boigny led the country until his death in 1993. Encouragement of investment and stability made it one of region's most prosperous.
    (SFC, 12/25/99, p.A12)(AP, 9/24/02)

1961        Aug 7, Soviet premier Khrushchev predicted that the USSR economy would surpass that of the US.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1964        Aug 7, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces. It allowed the president to use unlimited military force to prevent attacks on U.S. forces. U.S. Senators Wayne Morse of Oregon and Ernest Gruening of Alaska share the distinction of casting the only votes against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. The resolution supported President Lyndon Johnson's military actions against North Vietnam in retaliation for its attack on a U.S. spy ship in the Tonkin Gulf. The resolution passed in the House 414-0 and the Senate 88-2. The resolution, which amounted to a declaration of war, was repealed by Congress on January 13, 1971.
    (AP, 8/7/97)(HNQ, 6/24/98)(HN, 8/7/98)
1964        Aug 7, Turkey began an air attack on Greek-Cypriots.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1965        Aug 7, San Francisco police arrested Ronnie Davis, founder of the SF Mime Troupe, in Lafayette Park. He was charged with performing in a public park without a permit. The troupe’s permit had been revoked for its adoption of “Il Candelaio.," a 16th century play by Giordano Bruno. Bill Graham, manager of the troupe, soon threw a benefit for the troupe and hired an unknown band called the Jefferson Airplane. The benefit raised $4000 and led Graham to leave the Mime Troupe and open the Fillmore.
    (SFC, 8/8/15, p.C1)

1966        Aug 7, The United States lost seven planes over North Vietnam, the most in the war up to this point.
    (HN, 8/7/98)
1966        Aug 7, There was a race riot in Lansing, Michigan.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1970        Aug 7, At a hearing for the "Soledad Brothers," Jonathon P. Jackson (17), the younger brother of George L. Jackson, attempted an armed rescue attempt at the Marin Civic Center. A shootout in the parking lot followed and 4 people were killed and 5 injured. Among the dead were Jackson, Judge Harold Haley, Black Panther James McClain, and convict William A. Christmas. Angela Davis was charged with murder, kidnapping and conspiracy, but was acquitted in 1972 after spending a year in jail. An attempt by black militant James David McClain to escape his trial in Marin County, California, ended in a shootout with police that claimed the lives of McClain, two of three cohorts, and Judge Harold J. Daley, one of several hostages.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W21)(SFC, 8/19/98, p.A18)(AP, 8/7/00)
1970        Aug 7, In Colombia Misael Pastrana (1923-1997), a member of the Conservative Party, began serving as the country’s 31st president. He was elected by a margin of 63,000 votes. Some who favored his opponent, Gen’l. Gustavo Rojas Pinilla, formed the M-19 rebel group and waged war for almost 2 decades before they disarmed in 1989.
    (SFC, 8/23/97, p.A20)(
1970        Aug 7, Israel, Jordan and Egypt agreed to a ceasefire under the terms of the US proposed Roger Plan. The Roger Plan was originally proposed in a December 9, 1969, speech at an Adult Education conference. The plan was formally announced on 19 June 1970.

1973        Aug 7, Hermine Braunsteiner Ryan (1919-1999) became the first Nazi war criminal extradited from the United States to Germany. A US judge had certified her extradition to the Secretary of State on May 1, 1973. She became the first Nazi war criminal to be extradited from the US. The NY Times had exposed the local housewife in 1964 as a former guard at the Nazi Majdanek death camp in Poland.
    (SSFC, 4/4/10, Par. p.4)(
1973        Aug 7, A US plane accidentally bombed a Cambodian village, killing 400 civilians.
    (HN, 8/7/98)(
1973        Aug 7, Pat Halley (1950-2007), a Detroit reporter for the Fifth Estate, tossed a pie in the face of the teenage "Lord of the Universe" at a formal session of Common Council in protest of the Guru's claim of divinity. A week later Halley was savagely beaten and almost killed by two devotees of the Guru Maharaj Ji (15). Halley was released from Detroit General Hospital on Aug. 21 in good condition after undergoing surgery to repair a caved-in portion of his skull.

1974        Aug 7, French stuntman Philippe Petit walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center. In 2002 Petit authored "To Reach the Clouds: My High Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers." In 2003 Steven Galloway authored "Ascension," a novel that featured a fictional Gypsy tightrope walker named Ursari, who makes a final, fateful skywalk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on July 4, 1976. In 2008 James Marsh produced his documentary film of the event: Man On Wire."
    (AP, 8/7/97)(SSFC, 9/8/02, p.M4)(SSFC, 10/11/03, p.M3)(WSJ, 8/8/08, p.W1)

1975        Aug 7, In China a dam collapse in Henan province killed tens of thousands of people. The event was covered up for many years. A typhoon from the South China Sea brought three successive days of enormous rain storms to the area of southern Henan Province. Altogether 62 dams failed in one night, including two major dams. As a result of this catastrophe 85,600 people died according to the official government figures but others place the toll at 230 thousand.
    (WSJ, 8/29/07, p.A12)(

1976        Aug 7, Scientists in Pasadena, Calif., announced that the Viking 1 spacecraft had found the strongest indications to date of possible life on Mars.
    (AP, 8/7/97)

1977        Aug 7, "Shenandoah" closed at Alvin Theater in NYC after 1,050 performances.

1983        Aug 7, Some 675,000 employees struck ATT Corp.
1983        Aug 7, Cynthia Munoz (17) of Campbell, Ca., was found raped and murdered with stab wounds. In 2007 prosecutors with DNA evidence charged Christopher Melvin Holland (52) with the murder and sought his arrest. Holland was arrested in San Jose, Ca., on Oct 18, 2007.
    (, 10/19/07, p.B5)

1985        Aug 7, Spc. Edward Pimental (20), a US Army soldier, left a discotheque in the western German city of Wiesbaden with a woman and was soon killed. Terrorists used Pimental's ID card to enter the US Rhein-Main air base in Frankfurt. The following day, explosives packed in a Volkswagen rocked the parking lot behind the base headquarters. Two Americans were killed and 23 people were injured. In 1994 a Frankfurt court found Eva Haule guilty of killing Pimental. In 1996 a judge said Birgit Hogefeld, who was also convicted in the Pimental killing and the Rhein-Main bombing, had lured Pimental out of the disco. In 2007 Haule (53) was released from jail after serving 21 years of a life sentence.
    (AP, 8/17/07)

1987        Aug 7, Lynne Cox became the 1st to swim from US to Russia across the Bering Strait.
1987        Aug 7, The presidents of 5 Central American nations, meeting in Guatemala City, signed an 11-point agreement designed to bring peace to their region.
    (AP, 8/7/97)

1988        Aug 7, The Writers Guild of America ended their 6 months strike.
1988        Aug 7, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati signaled his government's acceptance of Iraq's modified peace proposal aimed at bringing about a cease-fire in the Persian Gulf.
    (AP, 8/7/98)

1989        Aug 7, A small plane carrying Congressman Mickey Leland, D-Texas, and 15 others disappeared during a flight in Ethiopia. The wreckage of the plane was found six days later; there were no survivors.
    (AP, 8/7/99)

1990        Aug 7, President Bush ordered US troops and warplanes to Saudi Arabia to guard the oil-rich desert kingdom against a possible invasion by Iraq. The US Persian Gulf War began. Operation Desert Shield ended Feb 28, 1991. It cost $8.1 billion and left 383 US casualties with 458 wounded.
    (AP, 8/7/99)(WSJ, 9/22/99, p.A8)
1990        Aug 7, The UN imposed sanctions on Iraq and devastated the economy.
    (SFC, 9/4/96, p.A8)

1991        Aug 7, The five permanent members of the UN Security Council agreed to authorize Iraq to sell as much as $1.6 billion in oil over six months to pay for food, humanitarian supplies and war reparations; however, Baghdad rejected the resolution.
    (AP, 8/7/01)

1992        Aug 7, Jennifer Capriati won the gold medal in tennis at the Barcelona Olympics, beating Steffi Graf.
    (AP, 8/7/02)
1992        Aug 7, The luxury liner Queen Elizabeth 2 ran aground off Massachusetts.
    (AP, 8/7/97)
1992        Aug 7, The 39-nation Conference on Disarmament in Geneva produced the final draft of a treaty to ban chemical weapons, ending 24 years of talks.
    (AP, 8/7/97)

1993        Aug 7, The public got its first glimpse inside Buckingham Palace as people were given the opportunity to tour the London home of Queen Elizabeth II. Proceeds from ticket sales were earmarked to help repair fire damage at Windsor Castle.
    (AP, 8/7/98)

1994        Aug 7, The 10th International Conference on AIDS opened in Yokohama, Japan.
    (AP, 8/7/99)

1995        Aug 7, Ten days before he was to be put to death for the murder of a police officer, black activist and radio reporter Mumia Abu-Jamal won a reprieve from the original trial judge in Philadelphia. As of 2008, his legal appeals are still unsettled and he is a prisoner at State Correctional Institution Greene near Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.
    (AP, 8/7/00)(

1996        Aug 7, More than 6 million American Online customers worldwide were left stranded when the system crashed for almost 19 hours.
    (AP, 8/7/97)
1996        Aug 7, There was a report that cervical cancer in women was linked to the human papilloma virus (HPV). There is an estimated 75 different strains of HPV and that 97% of cervical cancers were due to the virus and commonly spread by sexual intercourse.
    (SFC, 8/7/96, p.A5)
1996        Aug 7, NASA researchers formally presented their case for the existence of life long ago on Mars. [see Aug 6]
    (AP, 8/7/01)
1996        Aug 7, The presidents of Serbia and Croatia agreed to establish diplomatic relations.
    (SFC, 8/8/96, p.A11)
1996        Aug 7, In Honduras the attorney general accused the army of spying on thousands of public officials, judges, politicians and journalists.
    (SFC, 8/8/96, p.C1)
1996        Aug 7, In Russia communist leader Gennady Zyuganov was elected to lead a coalition of Communists and nationalists under the banner of the Popular Patriotic Union.
    (SFC, 8/8/96, p.A8)
1996        Aug 7, In Spain flash floods at a Pyrenees mountain campsite killed at least 71 [86] people at a campground.
    (WSJ, 8/9/96, p.A1)(AP, 8/7/97)

1997        Aug 7, It was reported that US retail space and semiconductor manufacturing capacity far exceeded demand. A downturn in the economy was said to have already begun.
    (WSJ, 8/7/97, p.A1)
1997        Aug 7, The space shuttle Discovery was launched with a crew of six. A satellite was dropped off to study the Earth’s ozone layer.
    (SFC, 8/8/97, p.A3)
1997        Aug 7, A DC-8 cargo plane crashed on take-off at Miami Int’l. Airport. Four people were killed on the denim filled 29-year-old plane bound for the Dominican Republic.
    (SFC, 8/8/97, p.A3)
1997        Aug 7, The US State Dept. expressed concern over reports of Chinese nuclear-capable M-11 missiles sold to Pakistan.
    (SFC, 8/8/97, p.E3)
1997        Aug 7, In Argentina Pres. Eduardo Frei of Chile and Argentine Pres. Carlos Menem opened a $325 million pipeline for natural gas from Argentina to Santiago.
    (SFC, 8/8/97, p.E3)
1997        Aug 7, From China it was reported that Zhu Qihua planned to move the Big Green Mountain by Lanzhou, a railroad hub, in order to clear the air of heavy smog.
    (WSJ, 8/7/97, p.A1)
1997        Aug 7, In Mexico Jose Paoletti Moreda and his son Renato were arrested on charges of leading an operation that smuggled deaf people into the US and forced them to work under virtual slavery conditions. Another couple was arrested with ten deaf smuggled immigrants in Dallas on Aug 15.
    (SFC, 8/8/97, p.A3)(SFC, 8/16/97, p.A2)
1997        Aug 7, In Romania Prime Minister Victor Ciorbea announced the closure of 17 factories at the urging of the IMF. 30,000 jobs would be lost and the following day thousands protested the closing of the essentially bankrupt companies.
    (SFC, 8/9/97, p.C1)
1997        Aug 7, A Russian capsule on a fix-it mission docked gingerly with the crippled Mir space station, bringing a new crew to salvage the orbiting outpost.
    (AP, 8/7/98)
1997        Aug 7, In Switzerland the measures to freeze the assets of deposed Zairean Pres. Mobuto Sese Seko were declared legal.
    (SFC, 8/8/97, p.E3)

1998        Aug 7, The Federal Aviation Administration, in a follow-up to the probe of the 1996 explosion that destroyed TWA Flight 800, ordered the inspection of Boeing 747 fuel tanks.
    (AP, 8/7/99)
1998        Aug 7, A fire in Tracy, Ca., burned some 2.5 million tires at Royster’s Tire Disposal. Some 6 million tires were expected to burn for weeks.
    (SFC, 8/8/98, p.A21)(SFC, 8/10/98, p.A20)
1998        Aug 7, In Utah five young girls (ages 2-6) died from heat exposure after they were trapped in the trunk of a car in West Valley City.
    (SFC, 8/8/98, p.A5)
1998        Aug 7, Steve Fossett departed from western Argentina on his 4th attempt to circle the world in a balloon.
    (SFC, 8/12/98, p.A8)
1998        Aug 7, In China the death toll from the summer floods passed 2,000 and the Jingjiang flood plain was ordered evacuated.
    (SFC, 8/8/98, p.A14)
1998        Aug 7, In Colombia Pres. Andres Pastrana took office. Following his inauguration Pastrana replaced the top leaders of the military.
    (SFC, 8/5/98, p.A10)(WSJ, 8/10/98, p.A1)
1998        Aug 7, In Congo Pres. Kabila left Kinshasa for Lubumbashi, his former rebel base, to meet with a visiting South African delegation.
    (SFC, 8/8/98, p.A13)
1998        Aug 7, Two powerful bombs exploded at the US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. At least 147 [244-247] people were killed and over 4,800 were injured. 11 [12] of the dead were Americans. In Nairobi at least 53 buildings were damaged. The adjacent Ufundi Cooperative House was demolished and the 22-story Cooperative Bank House had all its windows shattered. Haroun Fazil of the Comoros Islands was later the 3rd bombing suspect to be charged in the Kenya bombing. Ali Mohamed, a former US Army sergeant, was involved in the US Embassy bombings. In 2000 he pleaded guilty for his role under the direction of Osama bin Laden. In 2001 Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-‘Owhali (24) of Saudi Arabia, Khalfan Khamis Mohamed (27) of Tanzania, Wadi El-Hage (40) of Texas, and Mohamed Sadeek Odeh (36) of Jordan were convicted on 302 counts. In 2007 Walid Muhammad bin Attash told a military tribunal at Guantanamo that he was responsible for organizing the 2000 Cole attack in Yemen as well as the 1998 bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. In 2014 Adel Abdul Bary, a suspect in the bombings, pleaded guilty to lesser charges of making threats against Americans.
    (SFC, 8/8/98, p.A1)(SFEC, 8/9/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/18/98, p.A1)(AP, 8/7/99)(SFC, 10/21/00, p.A1)(SFC, 5/30/01, p.A13)(SFC, 9/21/01, p.A1)(SFC, 3/20/07, p.A3)(SFC, 9/20/14, p.A5)
1998        Aug 7, In Nairobi Catherine Bwire (25) was one of 25 people blinded by the bombing. She was pregnant and gave birth to a daughter on Oct 27.
    (SFC, 11/25/98, p.A16)
1998        Aug 7, In Pakistan Sadik Howaida (34), later named as Mohammed Saddiq Odeh, was detained at the Karachi airport. He reportedly confessed to participating in the bombing in Nairobi. He said that he and 2 coconspirators had left Nairobi and planned to enter Afghanistan a few days before the bombing. He acknowledged that the team was recruited and financed by Osama bin Laden who was ensconced in a fortress-style hideout in Kandahar. Odeh later refused to admit responsibility to American officials.
    (SFEC, 8/16/98, p.A17)(SFC, 8/17/98, p.12,17)(SFC, 8/18/98, p.A6)
1998        Aug 7, In Peru Pres. Andres Pastrana took office.
    (SFC, 8/5/98, p.A10)
1998        cAug 7, Immediately after the bombing of 2 US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, Sudanese authorities arrested 2 men suspected of being involved in the plot. [see Aug 21]
    (SFC, 7/30/99, p.A12)
1998        Aug 7, Vietnam devalued its currency 7%.
    (WSJ, 8/10/98, p.A10)

1999        Aug 7, President Clinton, during a visit to his home state of Arkansas, promised to devote the rest of his presidency to erasing poverty.
    (AP, 8/7/00)
1999        Aug 7, The Southern Party held its inaugural rally in Flat Rock, North Carolina, pledging to work peacefully for a separate Southern nation.
    (AP, 8/7/00)
1999        Aug 7, Wade Boggs became the first player to homer for his three-thousandth hit.
    (AP, 8/7/00)
1999        Aug 7, Islamic fighters based in Chechnya seized at least 2 village in Dagestan. Warlords Shamil Basayev and Wahabi commander Amir Khattab (Hattab) were reported to be involved. This triggered the second Chechen war. The Wahabis are a puritan branch of Sunni Islam founded in the 18th century in Saudi Arabia.
    (SFEC, 8/8/99, p.A20)(Econ, 4/9/11, p.28)
1999        Aug 7, In China Song Yongyi, a research librarian at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., was imprisoned while collecting data on the Cultural Revolution. On Dec 12 he was charged with "the purchase and illegal provision of intelligence to foreigners." Yongyi was released on Jan 28, 2000.
    (SFC, 1/26/00, p.A8)(SFC, 1/29/00, p.A8)
1999        Aug 7, Pres. Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea made an unconditional offer for cooperation with the OAU to end its war with Ethiopia during a meeting with Algerian Pres. Bouteflika, the OAU chairman.
    (SFC, 8/9/99, p.A10)
1999        Aug 7, In Indonesia a tugboat and oil tanker collided under thick haze and the tanker ignited killing 10 people.
    (SFC, 8/10/99, p.A10)
1999        Aug 7, In Kosovo French troops kept ethnic Albanians away from Serbs on the Ibar River bridge at the Kosovska Mitrovica mining center. In Vrbas, Serbia, some 2,000 people rallied against Pres. Milosevic.
    (SFEC, 8/8/99, p.A21)
1999        Aug 7, In Finland the village of Kutemajarvi planned a sex fair for people over age 45 to commemorate the UN designation of 1999 as the Int'l. Year of Older Persons.
    (SFC, 1/16/99, p.A12)

2000        Aug 7, Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore selected Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman as his running mate; Lieberman was the first Jew on a major party’s presidential ticket.
    (SFC, 8/8/00, p.A1)(AP, 8/7/01)
2000        Aug 7, It was reported that another 16 people were killed by rebels in northern Colombia and that Occidental Petroleum had halted production at its 2nd largest field due to rebel attacks. Rightist paramilitary killed 7 villagers in San Diego.
    (WSJ, 8/7/00, p.A1)(SFC, 8/9/00, p.A14)
2000        Aug 7, Chechen rebels claimed 11 Russian soldiers in a military convoy were killed by a remote controlled mine.
    (SFC, 8/8/00, p.A12)
2000        Aug 7, In Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim, former deputy prime minister, was convicted of sodomy and sentenced to 9 years in prison. Sukma Dermawan, Ibrahim’s codefendant and adopted brother, was also found guilty.
    (SFC, 8/8/00, p.A11)
2000        Aug 7, In Spain a bomb exploded in Bilbao and killed 3 suspected Basque separatists, who appeared to be transporting explosives.
    (SFC, 8/8/00, p.A12)
2000        Aug 7, Venezuela’s Pres. Hugo Chavez arrived in Saudi Arabia to begin a tour of 10 oil-producing nations that included Iraq.
    (SFC, 8/8/00, p.A10)

2001        Aug 7, Three researchers told a committee at the National Academy of Sciences they were unswayed by arguments against human cloning and would soon try to clone human beings.
    (AP, 8/7/02)
2001        Aug 7, Larry Adler (87), harmonica virtuoso, died in London.
    (SFC, 8/11/01, p.A17)(AP, 8/7/02)
2001        Aug 7, In Cambodia the Constitutional Council approved legislation to establish a special court to try former Khmer Rouge leaders for crimes against humanity.
    (SFC, 8/8/01, p.A9)
2001        Aug 7, In Colombia Pres. Pastrana announced that he was suspending talks with the 5,000 ELN rebels.
    (SFC, 8/8/01, p.A8)
2001        Aug 7, Two Israelis were shot dead on the West Bank. Israel gave its soldiers a freer hand to fire on Palestinians.
    (WSJ, 8/8/01, p.A1)
2001        Aug 7, In Macedonia police conducted a predawn raid in Skopje and 5 members of the National Liberation Army were killed.
    (SFC, 8/8/01, p.A8)
2001         Aug 7, In Peru a gunfight between police and leftist rebels in the province of Satipo left 12 rebels and 4 police officers dead.
    (SFC, 8/10/01, p.A18)
2001        Aug 7, In the Philippines the Islamic and National fronts signed a separate unity pact to bridge their 23-year split. Muslim separatists agreed to a cease-fire with the government. Only the Abu Sayyaf was left fighting the government.
    (SFC, 8/8/01, p.A8)
2001        Aug 7, In Romania a gas explosion in the Vulcan coal mine killed at least 14 miners.
    (SFC, 8/8/01, p.A9)
2001        Aug 7, The Vatican denounced what it called a "slanderous campaign" against the Roman Catholic Church over the Holocaust-era pope, Pius XII.
    (AP, 8/7/02)

2002        Aug 7, Destiny Wright disappeared at a sleepover with other children in Philadelphia. Abdul El-Shabazz (18) was arrested the next day and led police to her body.
    (SFC, 8/10/02, p.A5)
2002        Aug 7, Former ImClone Systems chief executive Samuel Waksal was indicted in New York on charges of obstruction of justice and bank fraud in addition to previous securities fraud and perjury charges. Waksal later pleaded guilty to securities fraud and was sentenced to more than seven years in prison.
    (AP, 8/7/03)
2002        Aug 7, Ford Motor Co. and Canadian fuel cell developer Ballard Power Systems Inc. jointly unveiled a hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine-driven generator they said could help pave the way toward the commercialization of fuel cell technology.
    (Reuters, 8/7/02)
2002        Aug 7, A U.S. Air Force cargo plane crashed on a Puerto Rican mountaintop with at least 10 military personnel on board, and all were feared dead.
    (AP, 8/8/02)
2002        Aug 7, Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill urged Argentina to adopt a sound recovery strategy. As O'Neill prepared to leave Argentina, more than 5,000 people rallied near the president's downtown offices to protest his visit.
    (AP, 8/7/02)
2002        Aug 7, In Afghanistan at least 15 people were killed south of Kabul in a shootout between police and recently escaped Pakistani members of al Qaeda.
    (Reuters, 8/7/02)(SFC, 8/9/02, p.A14)
2002        Aug 7, The first British Cabinet minister to visit this country in two decades met with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, saying Libya was making a serious attempt to move away from its international pariah status.
    (AP, 8/7/02)
2002        Aug 7, The IMF agreed to lend Brazil $30 billion to stem a financial panic. This was its biggest loan to date.
    (SFC, 8/8/02, p.A10)
2002        Aug 7, In Colombia a remote-controlled mortar attack killed 21 people during the inauguration of Pres. Alvaro Uribe. 69 people were wounded.
    (AP, 8/8/02)(SFC, 8/8/02, p.A1)(
2002        Aug 7, About 30 Israeli tanks firing heavy machineguns raided the northern Gaza Strip in a sweep for militants and troops shot dead a Palestinian policeman.
    (AP, 8/7/02)
2002        Aug 7, The Palestinian Cabinet accepted Israel's proposal for a troop withdrawal from some areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in exchange for Palestinian security guarantees, even as Israeli troops hunting terror suspects killed five Palestinians in three raids.
    (AP, 8/7/02)
2002        Aug 7, In the Philippines Marxist rebels vowed all-out resistance against the government's renewed campaign to crush their revolt after President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ordered the deployment of troops in their strongholds.
    (Reuters, 8/7/02)
2002        Aug 7, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud said his country had made it clear to Washington, publicly and privately, that the U.S. military will not be allowed to use the kingdom's soil in any way for an attack on Iraq. Saud said the longtime U.S. ally does not plan to expel American forces from an air base used for flights to monitor Iraq.
    (AP, 8/7/02)(AP, 8/8/02)
2002        Aug 7, In eastern Tajikistan a dam holding water in a lake in the Pamir Mountains broke and flooded a village and killing 20 people.
    (AP, 8/7/02)

2003        Aug 7, Scientists reported a new vaccine that was successful against the Ebola virus in monkeys.
    (WSJ, 8/7/03, p.D6)
2003        Aug 7, In the August issue of Foundations of Physics Letters, Peter Lynds of New Zealand claimed to see time and motion in a new way. Lynds refutes an assumption dating back 2,500 years, that time can be thought of in physical, definable quantities. In essence, scientists have long assumed that motion can be considered in frozen moments, or instants, even as time flows on. "There isn't a precise instant underlying an object's motion," he said. "And as its position is constantly changing over time -- and as such, never determined -- it also doesn't have a determined position at any time."
    (AP, 8/7/03)
2003        Aug 7, In Afghanistan some 40 suspected Taliban fighters killed 6 Afghan soldiers and a driver for a US aid organization.
    (SFC, 8/8/03, p.A7)
2003        Aug 7, Bangladesh and Namibia pledged more than 6,000 troops for a UN peace-keeping force to replace multinational soldiers now deploying in war-torn Liberia.
    (AP, 8/8/03)
2003        Aug 7, Chechen rebels using a shoulder-fired missile shot down a Russian military helicopter in the mountains, killing three of the crew.
    (AP, 8/7/03)
2003        Aug 7, Gunmen ambushed a Russian military convoy near the border with Chechnya, killing six soldiers and wounding seven.
    (AP, 8/8/03)
2003        Aug 7, Denmark's unemployment rate rose in June to 6.2 percent, the highest level in almost five years.
    (AP, 8/7/03)
2003        Aug 7, An Indonesian court sentenced Amrozi bin Nurhasyim to death in the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people.
    (AP, 8/7/04)
2003        Aug 7, In Iraq a car bomb shattered a street outside the walled Jordanian Embassy, killed 19 people — including two children.
    (SFC, 8/9/03, p.A1)(AP, 8/7/08)
2003        Aug 7, In Liberia Charles Taylor picked Vice Pres. Moses Blah (56) as his successor. West African peacekeepers entered Liberia's rebel-besieged capital.
    (AP, 8/7/04)
2003        Aug 7, An opposition party in the Turks and Caicos, a British territory, won legislative elections and will return to power after eight years out of office.
    (AP, 8/8/03)

2004        Aug 7, Greg Maddux became the 22nd pitcher in major league history to reach 300 victories, leading the Chicago Cubs to an 8-4 victory over San Francisco.
    (AP, 8/7/05)
2004        Aug 7, AP reported that a beheading was broadcast on 2 Arab TV stations. The video of the beheading was fake and had been initially made and posted on the Internet in May by 3 people from the SF Bay Area. Benjamin Vanderford of SF said he made the video to show how easy it is to spread lies over the Internet.
    (SSFC, 8/8/04, p.A12)
2004        Aug 7, Paul N. Adair (b.1915), Texas oil field firefighter, died. The 1968 film “Hellfighter" with John Wayne was based on his life.
    (SFC, 8/9/04, p.B6)(Econ, 8/14/04, p.78)
2004        Aug 7, Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi signed a long-awaited amnesty law that would pardon Iraqis who have played minor roles in the country's 15-month-long insurgency. The Iraqi government closed the Iraqi offices of the Arab television station Al-Jazeera for 30 days, accusing it of inciting violence.
    (AP, 8/7/04)
2004        Aug 7, Clashes between US-led forces and fighters loyal to al-Sadr continued for a 3rd day in Najaf and Sadr City. 23 civilians were killed and 121 wounded in the day’s fighting.
    (SSFC, 8/8/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 7, A bomb exploded outside a car dealership in Karachi, Pakistan, killing two people and wounding three.
    (AP, 8/7/04)
2004        Aug 7, Nahed Arreyes, Palestinian justice minister, resigned to protest Yasser Arafat’s refusal to share power.
    (SSFC, 8/8/04, p.A18)
2004        Aug 7, The Romanian sitcom "The Winding Road to Europe" featured villagers in the fictional La Europa pub and swapping stories about how joining the EU will change their lives. The European Union's Romania office has funded 12 15-minute episodes of "Winding Road" at $16,800 each, 4 of which had already aired.
    (AP, 8/7/04)
2004        Aug 7, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a three-week cultural jamboree, began this weekend. This year's event featured 1,700 shows, a big jump on last year's 1,541.
    (AP, 8/7/04)
2004        Aug 7, Some 6,000 people turned out for the start of a three-day gay and lesbian festival in Singapore, where homosexual acts are still illegal. "Nation.04" -- a festival of international DJs, podium dancers, pumping music and muscular boys stripping off their tops on packed dance floors -- has increased in size every year since it was launched four years ago.
    (AP, 8/8/04)

2005        Aug 7, Peter Jennings (67), Canadian-born ABC broadcaster, died of cancer. He had delivered the news to Americans each night in five separate decades.
    (AP, 8/8/05)
2005        Aug 7, A British remote-controlled vehicle cut away undersea cables that snarled a Russian mini-submarine in deep waters off the Kamchatka Peninsula allowing it to surface. 7 people trapped for nearly 3 days on the mini-sub were rescued.
    (AP, 8/7/05)
2005        Aug 7, In southern China rescuers attempted to reach 123 miners trapped in a flooded coal mine.
    (AP, 8/7/05)(AP, 8/9/05)
2005        Aug 7, In India's northeast Assam state suspected separatist rebels blew up a crucial oil pipeline and nearby homes, shutting down operations.
    (AP, 8/7/05)
2005        Aug 7, In central Iraq a suicide bomber driving an empty fuel tanker detonated his vehicle near a police station, killing at least two people. Three Iraqi soldiers and two Oil Ministry employees were killed in two separate drive-by shootings in Baghdad.
    (AP, 8/7/05)
2005        Aug 7, Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resigned from his post to protest next week's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank.
    (AP, 8/7/05)
2005        Aug 7-2005 Aug 8, In Nepal communist insurgents overran about 200 troops 340 miles northwest of Kathmandu and killed at least 40 soldiers in fierce clashes between the military and Maoist rebels.
    (AP, 8/9/05)(AP, 8/12/05)
2005        Aug 7, Envoys to North Korean disarmament talks suspended their meetings for three weeks, deadlocked over the North's insistence on retaining a peaceful nuclear program.
    (AP, 8/7/05)
2005        Aug 7, Thousands of miners stopped work for the first strike in South Africa's key gold sector since 1987 after wage negotiations collapsed last week.
    (AP, 8/7/05)
2005        Aug 7, Benon Sevan (67), the former head of the scandal-tainted oil-for-food program, resigned from the UN hours before he was expected to be accused of getting kickbacks from the $67 billion operation.
    (AP, 8/8/05)
2005        Aug 7, Voters across Venezuela cast ballots to select thousands of local officials in elections that could predict how well President Hugo Chavez's political allies will fare in key congressional elections in December. Chavez accused the US Drug Enforcement Agency of using its agents as spies and said he was suspending cooperation with the DEA.
    (AP, 8/7/05)(SFC, 8/8/05, p.A3)
2005        Aug 7, Zambia deported Haroon Rashid Aswat (31), a Briton who has been questioned in connection with the July 7 London transit bombings and is suspected of links to al-Qaida.
    (AP, 8/7/05)

2006        Aug 7, In Arizona 9 illegal immigrants died when their SUV, crammed with up to 22 people, flipped while trying to evade pursuit by the Border Patrol.
    (WSJ, 8/8/06, p.A1)
2006        Aug 7, In the SF Bay Area Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies seized over 20,000 marijuana plants on Mount Hamilton. Street value at maturity was estimated at $80 million.
    (SFC, 8/9/06, p.B5)
2006        Aug 7, Sue Bierman (82), former SF supervisor (1992-2000) died in a car crash in Cole Valley. A park created in the wake of the demolition ramps leading to and away from the Embarcadero Freeway (1959-1992) was soon renamed Sue Bierman Park, after the former supervisor (d. 2006 at 82) who battled city freeways.
    (, 7/26/09, p.A16)
2006        Aug 7, Wal-Mart announced chainwide pay caps and said they were intended to move people up the company ladder.
    (SFC, 8/15/06, p.D3)
2006        Aug 7, Utah doctors successfully separated conjoined twins Kendra and Maliyah Herrin. The 4-year-old sisters had been born fused at the midsection with just one kidney and one set of legs. Reconstruction surgery continued.
    (AP, 8/8/06)
2006        Aug 7, A new finding implied that the universe is about 15.8 billion years old and about 180 billion light-years wide based on new evidence, which suggested that the Hubble constant, a number that measures the expansion rate and age of the universe, is actually 15% smaller than other studies have found.
    (AP, 8/7/06)(
2006        Aug 7, Oil company BP scrambled to assess pipeline corrosion in Alaska that will shut shipments from the nation's biggest oil field, removing about 8% of daily US crude production and driving oil and gasoline prices sharply higher. BP said it would have to replace 16 miles of pipeline at the Prudhoe Bay field.
    (AP, 8/7/06)(AP, 8/7/07)
2006        Aug 7, John Weinberg (81), former head of the Goldman Sachs investment firm, died. He and John Whitehead led the firm from 1976-1985. Weinberg led it by himself until 1990.
    (Econ, 8/19/06, p.73)
2006        Aug 7, Suspected Taliban militants hanged a woman (70) and her son (30) from a tree in Helmand province after accusing them of spying for the government.
    (AP, 8/9/06)
2006        Aug 7, Robert McNaught of the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia made the 1st sighting of a comet that came to be called Comet McNaught.
    (Econ, 1/20/07, p.89)
2006        Aug 7, Belgian officials said thefts of drain covers in Charleroi have soared in recent days as skyrocketing metal prices have made them lucrative.
    (Reuters, 8/8/06)
2006        Aug 7, In Brazil suspected PCC gang members in the pre-dawn hours attacked 78 symbols of government and businesses across Sao Paulo state, many in the city itself. Police killed two suspects after they allegedly opened fire on a gas station, torched a bus and tried to flee in a car as officers chased them. This marked the third time in four months that the gang has unleashed its fury on the streets to oppose the prison transfer of its leaders.
    (AP, 8/8/06)
2006        Aug 7, China’s state media said the death toll from Tropical Storm Prapiroon, named after the Thai god of rain, rose to 80 with 9 more people missing.
    (AFP, 8/6/06)(AP, 8/8/06)
2006        Aug 7, An explosion at a Chinese perfume factory killed at least seven people and left three hospitalized.
    (AP, 8/7/06)
2006        Aug 7, Colombia’s President Alvaro Uribe inaugurated an unprecedented second term, promising to seek an elusive peace with leftist rebels while maintaining the hardline security policies credited with a sharp drop in murder and kidnappings.
    (AP, 8/7/06)
2006        Aug 7, Gunmen in Haiti killed Guido Vitiello (67), an Italian businessman, and kidnapped his wife, Gigliola Martino (65), amid a spate of violence in the impoverished Caribbean nation. Martino was released Aug 10.
    (AP, 8/8/06)(AP, 8/11/06)
2006        Aug 7, Indonesia barred Islamic militants from traveling to the Mideast to fight Israel after a Jakarta group said more than 200 had already gone.
    (WSJ, 8/8/06, p.A1)
2006        Aug 7, A suicide truck bomber struck the provincial headquarters of an Iraqi police commando force north of Baghdad, killing ten policemen. In Baquba six Iraqi soldiers were killed and another 15 wounded when insurgents attacked their checkpoint. In all insurgent and militia attacks left at least 30 Iraqis killed or found dead. Two Iraqi journalists were killed in separate incidents in Baghdad. Mohammed Abbas Hamad (28), a journalist for the Shiite-owned newspaper Al-Bayinnah Al-Jadida, was shot by gunmen at he left his home. Police found the bullet-riddled body of freelance journalist Ismail Amin Ali (30), about a half mile from where he was abducted two weeks ago.
    (AP, 8/7/06)(AFP, 8/7/06)(AP, 8/8/06)(WSJ, 8/8/06, p.A1)
2006        Aug 7, The death toll in an Israeli airstrike on a Shiite neighborhood in south Beirut reached 41. Across the country 77 Lebanese were killed along with three Israeli soldiers. The UN said an oil spill caused by Israeli raids on a Lebanese power plant could rival the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster that despoiled the Alaskan coast if not urgently addressed. the Jiyyeh plant, which was bombed by Israel on July 14 and July 15 a few days into its offensive against Hezbollah. 12,000 tons of leaking oil had already polluted more than 140 kilometers (87 miles) of the Lebanese coast and spread north into Syrian waters.
    (AP, 8/8/06)(AP, 8/9/06)(AFP, 8/8/06)
2006        Aug 7, Morocco’s state news agency reported that security services have arrested 44 suspected terrorists and dismantled a network allegedly planning attacks.
    (AP, 8/7/06)
2006        Aug 7, Dutch police arrested a Rwandan immigrant, identified as Joseph M. (38), and charged him with war crimes and torture for his alleged role in the 1994 genocide that tore apart his home country.
    (AP, 8/10/06)
2006        Aug 7, A pro-North Korean newspaper in Japan said floods last month in North Korea killed at least 549 people and left 295 others still missing.
    (AP, 8/7/06)
2006        Aug 7, In northwestern Pakistan a discarded ordnance shell exploded in a tribal village, killing three young brothers who were playing with the explosive. A relief official said flooding and heavy rains in northwestern Pakistan in recent days have left 144 people dead and 97 others injured.
    (AP, 8/7/06)(AP, 8/8/06)
2006        Aug 7, In Sri Lanka 17 civilians working for a French aid agency were found slain execution style in Muttur after fierce battles between rebels and the government over water supplies. All but one were Tamils. In 2008 a local rights group accused Colombo of a major cover-up of the August 2006 killing of Action Against Hunger (ACF) workers and for the first time named a list of suspects.
    (AP, 8/7/06)(AP, 8/29/06)(AFP, 4/3/08)
2006        Aug 7, The only rebel leader to have signed onto a peace deal for Darfur was sworn in as a senior aide to the Sudanese president as international aid groups said the fighting in the war-torn region has intensified.
    (AP, 8/7/06)
2006        Aug 7, Venezuelan authorities captured Elias Verde, the alleged head of an international drug trafficking group that was involved in a major cocaine smuggling operation earlier this year in France.
    (AP, 8/8/06)

2007        Aug 7, In SF Barry Bonds his record breaking 756th homerun. He had just tied Hank Aaron’s record on August 4. The Giants lost to the Washington Nationals 8-6. The ball was later auctioned to fashion designer Marc Ecko for a record $752,467, which included a 20% buyer’s premium.
    (AP, 8/8/07)(SSFC, 9/16/07, p.B1)(SFC, 9/18/07, p.A1)
2007        Aug 7, A US jury convicted Gregory Reyes (44), the former chief executive of Brocade Communications Systems Inc., on all counts in the government's first criminal trial of options backdating.
    (Reuters, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 7, The US FDA approved a new drug to help patients with AIDS. Pfizer’s Selzentry is the first anti-AIDS drug that blocks the CCR5 receptor, often used by the HIV virus to enter white blood cells.
    (SFC, 8/7/07, p.A4)
2007        Aug 7, Scientists reported that a widespread die-off of frogs, toads and salamanders is primarily due to the chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Global climate change was believed to encourage the spread of the fungus.
    (SFC, 8/7/07, p.A4)
2007        Aug 7, A group of 75 Taliban militants tried to overrun a US-led coalition base in southern Afghanistan, a rare frontal attack that left more than 20 militants dead. Taliban militants clashed with police in the same district where 23 South Koreans were abducted by Afghan insurgents. Four militants were killed and six wounded.
    (AP, 8/7/07)(AP, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 7, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Venezuela would invest in a regasification plant for liquid natural gas for Argentina, which is weathering an energy crisis. Chavez was in Argentina as part of a regional tour.
    (AP, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 7, Administers in Vienna said that the mid-Pacific nation of Palau has ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, bringing to 139 the number of countries that have fully endorsed the pact. The treaty, which bans all nuclear explosions, will not enter into force until it has been ratified by 44 states listed in an annex that participated in a 1996 disarmament conference and have nuclear power or research reactors. Only 34 of the 44 countries have both signed and ratified the pact. The holdouts are China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, North Korea and the United States.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7, The toll from severe floods across South Asia soared to nearly 1,900 and although water levels in the region's swollen rivers started to recede, millions of people in Bangladesh, India and Nepal still faced hunger. About 40% of Bangladesh was under water.
    (AFP, 8/7/07)(Econ, 8/11/07, p.34)
2007        Aug 7, Britain called for the Bush administration to release five British residents held at Guantanamo Bay, a policy reversal that suggests new PM Gordon Brown is pursuing a tougher line with the US than his predecessor.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7, Britain’s Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said tests had confirmed a second foot-and-mouth outbreak in southern England as he awaited an initial report into biosecurity at a vaccine laboratory suspected of being at the center of the cases.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7, Britain's GW Pharmaceuticals Plc said that Health Canada had approved its cannabis-based medicine Sativex for treatment of cancer patients.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7,     Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia (44), an alleged Colombian drug kingpin wanted by the United States, was arrested in a luxury condominium on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He had extensive plastic surgery but was identified by Brazilian and American anti-drug agents using advanced voice recognition technology.
    (AP, 8/7/07)(AP, 8/10/07)
2007        Aug 7, China Daily reported that foreign exchange and public security authorities had closed down the operations of an illegal bank based in Shenzhen, across the border from Hong Kong. It did business in every province of the country and in the year and half to May had done some $544 million in unspecified transactions.
2007        Aug 7, State media said Chinese city traffic police have an average life expectancy of just 43 years because of the dire working conditions and pollution.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7, Mobs torched government buildings and foreign aid offices, as street violence triggered by the appointment of East Timor's new PM spread to Baucau, the 2nd-largest city. The former ruling Fretilin party won 21 seats in the 65-member Parliament, well short of a majority, but insisted it had the right to form the next government. Gusmao's party won 18, but formed a coalition that now comprises 37 seats.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7, A European diplomat said that Russian officials told the Iranians about two weeks ago that Russian fuel roads to the Bushehr reactor would be held back as long as unresolved questions about Tehran's past nuclear activities remained.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7, Georgia accused Russia of "undisguised aggression," saying two Russian fighter jets intruded on its airspace and fired a missile that landed near a house. Russia denied the allegation.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7, Indian communist parties, which shore up the government, rejected a landmark nuclear pact between New Delhi and Washington saying it compromised India's sovereignty and imposed US influence. In northeastern Assam state, gunmen killed 4 traders in the village of Harinagar after they refused to pay about $1,200 each. Police blamed the militant group Dima Halam Daogah, which demands an autonomous state for people of the Dimasa tribe.
    (AP, 8/7/07)(AP, 8/9/07)
2007        Aug 7, Kurdish guerrillas killed a Turkish lieutenant in the southeast, as the Iraqi prime minister arrived for a visit. Turkey and Iraq agreed to try to root out a Kurdish rebel group from northern Iraq, but Iraq's prime minister said his parliament would have the final say on efforts to halt the guerrillas' cross-border attacks into Turkey. Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish government approved a regional oil law, paving the way for foreign investment in their northern oil and gas fields even as similar US-backed legislation for the entire country remained stalled. Two US Marines died west of Baghdad, one in fighting and the other in a non-combat incident that was under investigation.
    (AP, 8/7/07)(AP, 8/9/07)
2007        Aug 7, Israeli police, using sledgehammers, chain saws and power clippers, stormed a building in the biblical city of Hebron and dragged out hundreds of Jewish settlers who had holed up there illegally.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7, Ahmed Benchemsi, the publisher of two Moroccan weeklies charged with showing disrespect to the monarchy, defended himself, reserving the right to criticize his country's political system. A day earlier magistrates in Casablanca charged Benchemsi, the publisher of the Nishan and TelQuel weeklies, and ordered him to stand trial.
    (AFP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7, ECOWAS said the last refugees from Liberia and Sierra Leone in Nigeria have been allowed to settle and they will have access to work, education and health on the same terms as Nigerians, West African regional bloc.
    (AP, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 7, In Nigeria 6 Russian hostages, kidnapped on June 3, were freed in the oil producing Niger Delta after two months in captivity. Rusal, the world's largest aluminium producer, acquired 77 percent of the Nigerian company Alscon in February.
    (AFP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7, In Pakistan government forces attacked two militant bases with helicopter gunships and artillery in some of the army's toughest action in the lawless Afghan border region since militant attacks began surging last month. Low-level al-Qaida members, including Arabs and Chechens, were among 12 militant fighters killed. 2 gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on paramilitary forces in a town in North West Frontier Province, killing one.
    (AP, 8/7/07)(AP, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 7, A large explosion in northern Gaza killed an 8-year-old boy and his 6-year-old sister and injured five other children. Witnesses said a group of children stumbled upon a homemade rocket or a mortar shell and began playing with it. The device exploded, injuring all seven children, two of whom died later of their wounds.
    (AP, 8/7/07)
2007        Aug 7, Darfur rebel commanders shot down a government MiG 29 plane they say was bombing civilian villages in their areas in Sudan's Darfur region.
    (Reuters, 8/8/07)
2007        Aug 7, A judge in Trinidad ordered three men extradited to the US to face charges in an alleged plot to attack New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, and a confidential US document said they planned to seek help from Iran.
    (AP, 8/7/07)

2008        Aug 7, A US federal judge ruled that American Indian plaintiffs were entitled to $455 million, a fraction of the $47 billion they sought in a year trial for alleged losses on royalties overseen by the Interior Department since 1887.
    (SFC, 8/8/08, p.A6)
2008        Aug 7, A federal judge ordered Detroit’s Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to jail for violating the terms of his bond in his perjury case, a decision the judge said he would have made for any "John Six-Pack" defendant before him.
    (AP, 8/7/08)
2008        Aug 7, In Arizona an SUV packed with suspected illegal immigrants flipped over southeast of Phoenix killing at least 9 people. There were 19 people in the vehicle.
    (SFC, 8/8/08, p.A4)
2008        Aug 7, In northern California the Muir Heritage Land Trust said it will pay $1.8 million for 423 acres in Franklin Canyon, ending a long-standing land fight.
    (SFC, 8/8/08, p.B1)
2008        Aug 7, Afghan and coalition forces killed at least four militants in Nahr Surkh district of Helmand province. In central Afghanistan US-led coalition forces "inadvertently" killed four women and a child during a clash that killed several militants.
    (AP, 8/8/08)
2008        Aug 7, In Algeria 18 people were reported dead from a crash between a van and a bus near the city of Mascara, and 25 were reported injured. Three men who were in critical condition subsequently died.
    (AFP, 8/8/08)
2008        Aug 7, It was reported that two subsidiaries of government-owned Dubai World have acquired a 20% stake in Canada’s circus operator Cirque du Soleil. In May the circus had agreed to perform on Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island, for 15 years starting in 2011.
    (SFC, 8/7/08, p.C2)
2008        Aug 7, It was reported that the Dubai-based Al Yousuf Group has invested $10 million in Zap, a Santa Rosa, Ca., firm that makes electric cars.
    (SFC, 8/7/08, p.C1)
2008        Aug 7, In Thailand first lady Laura Bush, meeting with refugees who fled a brutal campaign by Myanmar's military junta, urged China and other countries to join the US in imposing sanctions against the country.
    (AP, 8/7/08)
2008        Aug 7, The US Olympic team chose Lopez Lomong, one of the "Lost Boys" of Sudan, to carry the flag at the Olympic opening ceremony, throwing the spotlight on China's much-criticized policy on Darfur.
    (AFP, 8/7/08)
2008        Aug 7, A new US Embassy report released by the Japanese Foreign Ministry said the USS Houston submarine was already leaking during nine earlier port calls in Japan and the amount of radiation leaked was larger than initially reported. It "has been steadily leaking a small amount" of radiation from June 2006 to July 2008 when it entered a drydock in Hawaii.
    (AP, 8/7/08)
2008        Aug 7, Critics of China's human rights record made sure they were not forgotten, a day before the grand opening of the Beijing Olympics, with protest actions the world over and in China itself. Thousands of Tibetan exiles demonstrated in Nepal and India.
    (AFP, 8/7/08)(AP, 8/7/08)
2008        Aug 7, Heavy shelling overnight in the Georgian breakaway province of South Ossetia wounded at least 21 people. Cyber attacks from Russia began to target Georgian government Web sites. An organization known as the Russian Business Network was the leading suspect in the attacks. Georgia’s Pres. Saakashvili ordered the shelling of Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia.
    (AP, 8/7/08)(WSJ, 8/12/08, p.A9)(Econ, 8/30/08, p.49)
2008        Aug 7, Sheik Salah al-Obeidi said Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr will call on his fighters to maintain a cease-fire against American troops but may lift the order if a planned Iraq-US security agreement lacks a timetable for the withdrawal of American forces. A roadside bomb killed eight Bedouins, including three women and two children, on a remote desert highway west of Nasiriyah frequently used by US and Iraqi troops. Gunmen killed a senior member of the Sunni Iraqi Islamic Party, Mahmoud Younis Fathi, and a colleague as they were driving to work in the northern city of Mosul. Elsewhere in Mosul, three Iraqi policemen were killed when a booby-trapped wooden cart exploded after they arrived to collect a body that had been left on the street beside it.
    (AP, 8/7/08)
2008        Aug 7, Japan accepted over 200 Indonesian nurses into the country, an unprecedented move as Tokyo struggles to quell a labor shortage triggered by sinking fertility rates.
    (AP, 8/7/08)
2008        Aug 7, Maldives Pres. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom signed and adopted a new constitution that allows multiparty elections and other democratic reforms after decades of authoritarian rule. Under the constitution Islam is the only religion its people can legally practice.
    (AP, 8/7/08)(AFP, 6/5/12)
2008        Aug 7, Pakistan's ruling coalition announced plans to seek the impeachment of Pres. Pervez Musharraf, alleging the US-backed former general had "eroded the trust of the nation" during his eight years in power. Musharraf cancelled his trip to the Olympics in Beijing.
    (AP, 8/7/08)(SFC, 8/8/08, p.A2)
2008        Aug 7, A device exploded on a beach in Sochi, a Black Sea Russian resort that will host the 2014 Winter Olympics, killing two people and wounding three.
    (AP, 8/7/08)
2008        Aug 7, In Sri Lanka army troops attacked and captured a rebel bunker in Welioya, where separate clashes killed 15 rebels and four soldiers. In nearby Vavuniya district, fighting killed two rebels and wounded two soldiers.
    (AP, 8/8/08)
2008        Aug 7, In Turkey a series of explosions at a municipal government building in Istanbul slightly injured three people. Shells from a mortar-like mechanism were fired from a cemetery near a municipal government building.
    (AP, 8/7/08)

2009        Aug 7, Pres. Obama signed into law a measure tripling the budget of the $1 billion incentive “cash for clunkers" program.
    (SFC, 8/8/09, p.A5)
2009        Aug 7, The US Environmental Protection Agency said the US Department of Agriculture has agreed to pay $30,000 in penalties for alleged improper maintenance of underground storage tanks in Puerto Rico.
    (AP, 8/8/09)
2009        Aug 7, In eastern Afghanistan an American service member was killed in an attack on a convoy. A blast in Kandahar's Zhari district killed an Afghan guard escorting a NATO supply convoy.
    (AP, 8/7/09)
2009        Aug 7, Britain’s Ministry of Justice said Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs (79) has been officially released from his prison sentence. Biggs earned notoriety for his role in the 1963 Great Train Robbery, for which he was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Escaping, he spent 35 years as a celebrity fugitive, living a party lifestyle in Brazil before returning home.
    (AFP, 8/7/09)
2009        Aug 7, James Robinson (71), a former California priest, arrived at London's Heathrow Airport after being extradited from the United States. He was charged with sexually abusing young boys when he served in the United Kingdom between 1959 and 1983.
    (AP, 8/8/09)
2009        Aug 7, In China Li Peiying (60), the former head of Beijing airport's management company, was executed following his conviction on corruption charges. He was found guilty in February of accepting almost $4 million in bribes and embezzling about $12 million in public money since 1995.
    (AP, 8/7/09)
2009        Aug 7, Guatemala's top three police officials were fired after hundreds of pounds of cocaine allegedly disappeared from a shipment seized by authorities. Interior Minister Raul Velazquez said police made the 1-ton seizure on Aug 6, but when federal prosecutors weighed the drugs, 258 pounds (117 kilograms) were missing.
    (AP, 8/7/09)
2009        Aug 7, Indonesia's anti-terrorism unit engaged in a shootout in Central Java during a raid targeting suspected militants behind deadly bomb attacks in Jakarta last month.
    (Reuters, 8/7/09)
2009        Aug 7, In Iraq a suicide car bomb devastated a Shiite mosque in northern Iraq, one of a series of attacks that killed at least 37 Shiite pilgrims and worshippers. The deadliest blast occurred in Rasheediyah, north of Mosul, when a suicide car bomb struck a mosque, killing at least 30 people and trapping dozens more underneath the rubble. In Baghdad 3 roadside bombs targeting Shiite pilgrims killed 7 people returning from Karbala.
    (AP, 8/7/09)
2009        Aug 7, In Mexico Zambrano Flores, a top lieutenant of the Tijuana-based Arellano Felix cartel, was arrested in Tijuana. Police seized 10 rifles, 7 pistols, almost 4,000 rounds of ammunition during his arrest.
    (AP, 8/8/09)
2009        Aug 7, Nepal's Maoists launched a fresh round of protests, paralyzing parliament and accusing the new government of failing to address their demands.
    (AFP, 8/7/09)
2009        Aug 7, Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua formally received the first set of 32 Niger Delta militants who have surrendered their arms under an amnesty he offered them in June and commended them for their "patriotism."
    (AP, 8/8/09)
2009        Aug 7, In Pakistan a deadly shooting reportedly took place at a meeting of top Taliban commanders Hakimullah Mehsud (28), a deputy to Baitullah Mehsud and the warlord's main spokesman, and Wali-ur Rehman, a senior commander in Mehsud's umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) movement. They had convened to discuss the choice of a successor to Baitullah Mehsud. Both commanders later phoned international media organizations to prove they were alive.
    (AFP, 8/9/09)(AP, 8/12/09)(Econ, 10/17/09, p.34)
2009        Aug 7, A Peruvian government prosecutor presented homicide charges against two police generals and 15 other officers for a June government crackdown at an Amazon highway blockade manned by Indians protesting development on their ancestral lands. The criminal charges, which must be ratified by a judge, were the first to implicate police in violence that left at least 33 dead, including 23 police.
    (AP, 8/12/09)
2009        Aug 7, Portugal said it has agreed to take two Syrian detainees from Guantanamo prison.
    (AP, 8/7/09)
2009        Aug 7, Sri Lankan authorities questioned Selvarasa Pathmanathan, former chief arms smuggler the new leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels, after he was arrested 2 days earlier in Southeast Asia and flown to Sri Lanka. Rebels said he was arrested in Kuala Lumpur.
    (AP, 8/7/09)
2009        Aug 7, International donor the Global Fund, which had a financial dispute with Zimbabwe's previous government, took the unusual step of giving $37.9 million in aid directly to Zimbabwe's new unity government instead of channeling it through private groups.
    (AP, 8/7/09)

2010        Aug 7, Elena Kagan was sworn in as the 112th person to serve on the US Supreme Court.
    (SSFC, 8/8/10, p.A7)
2010        Aug 7, San Francisco began charging a $7 fee for visitors to the arboretum in Golden Gate Park.
    (SFC, 9/18/10, p.A1)
2010        Aug 7, The last bus departed the San Francisco Transbay Terminal allowing demolition to soon begin of the 71-year-old terminal.
    (SFC, 12/2/10, p.C2)
2010        Aug 7, It was reported that an ice island measuring 100 square miles has broken off the Petermann Glacier in northern Greenland.
    (SFC, 8/7/10, p.A2)
2010        Aug 7, The Panamanian-registered MSC Chitra smashed into the St. Kitts-registered MV-Khalijia-II near Mumbai's Jawahar Lal Nehru port. The environment minister of Maharashtra state told reporters the next day that about 2 tons of oil was pouring into the water every hour. Indian authorities plugged the fuel leak on Aug 9 after some 500 tons of oil had spewed into the Arabian Sea.
    (AP, 8/9/10)(AP, 8/10/10)
2010        Aug 7, In Iraq explosions killed at least 20 people at Basra’s al-Ashaar market. 5 policemen were killed in an overnight shootout at a suspected bomb workshop in Baghdad. One policeman was shot dead at a checkpoint in Fallujah. A suicide bomber killed a policeman and injured 3 others on foot patrol in Mosul.
    (SSFC, 8/8/10, p.A5)(AP, 8/7/10)

2011        Aug 7, Some 45,000 Verizon Communications Inc. workers from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C., went on strike after negotiations fizzled over a new labor contract for more than a fifth of the company's work force. The company's revenue rose 2.8% to $27.5 billion in the second quarter. Workers returned to work on Aug 22, despite not reaching an overall settlement.
    (AP, 8/7/11)(SSFC, 8/21/11, p.A10)
2011        Aug 7, San Diego police officer Jeremy Henwood (36) died one day after being shot in the face while sitting in his patrol car. Suspect Dejon Marquee White (23) was fatally shot by police as he tried to avoid arrest.
    (SFC, 8/8/11, p.A5)
2011        Aug 7, Marshall Grant, bassist in the original Johnny Cash trio, died in Jonesboro, Ark.
    (SFC, 8/10/11, p.C8)
2011        Aug 7, Hugh L. Carey, former New York governor (1975-1982), died at his shelter Island summer home. Before becoming governor Carey spent 14 years representing Brooklyn districts in the US House of Representatives.
    (SFC, 8/8/11, p.C3)
2011        Aug 7, In Ohio a family argument outside Akron ended in the shooting deaths of eight people in two places, including an 11-year-old. Two more people were wounded.
    (AP, 8/8/11)
2011        Aug 7, Mark Hatfield (89), former Oregon governor (1958-1966) and US Senator (1967-1997), died in Portland. In 1965 Hatfield was the only US governor to vote against a resolution supporting Pres. Johnson’s policy in Vietnam.
    (SFC, 8/9/11, p.C4)
2011        Aug 7, Texas billionaire and philanthropist Charles Wyly (77) died after a car accident in western Colorado. His family has donated millions of dollars to Republican causes and Dallas arts projects. Charles Wyly had helped his brother run their startup computer software company, University Computing, and later founded and led several other companies including arts and crafts retail chain Michaels Stores Inc., which was sold in 2006. He also was a former member of a White House Advisory Council for Management Improvement. Last summer, the SEC accused Wyly and his brother of using offshore havens to hide more than a half-billion dollars in profits over 13 years of insider stock trading.
    (AP, 8/8/11)
2011        Aug 7, Nancy Wake (98), Australia's greatest World War II heroine, died in London. She was a prominent figure in the French Resistance.
    (AFP, 8/8/11)(Econ, 8/13/11, p.82)
2011        Aug 7, In Afghanistan two French Foreign Legion soldiers and five others were injured in a clash with insurgents in the northeastern Tagab valley. They were among four NATO troops killed in two separate insurgent attacks.
    (AFP, 8/7/11)(AP, 8/7/11)
011        Aug 7, Cape Verde islanders voted for a new president as Pedro Pires wrapped up two terms at the helm of a nation hailed for its stable democracy. His ruling party faced a split vote. A run-off was scheduled for August 21.
    (AFP, 8/8/11)
2011        Aug 7, Typhoon Muifa blew down power lines and billboards in the Chinese financial hub of Shanghai and aimed at a northeast port city where beaches were closed and sandbags were piled on the waterfront. At least one death was reported with one person missing.
    (AP, 8/7/11)
2011        Aug 7, In Dubai water pipes ruptured during maintenance at the seven-building Oceana complex on one of the iconic palm islands, forcing residents to bath in the sea and head to the malls to use the restroom.
    (AP, 8/11/11)
2011        Aug 7, In Egypt a Coptic Christian was killed and four Muslims were wounded in clashes in the southern province of Minya after clashes triggered by a road accident.
    (AFP, 8/8/11)
2011        Aug 7, Indian army and police claimed they killed a Pakistani commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba militants during a gunbattle in Poonch region of Kashmir. An investigation found the dead man was a local Hindu resident and mentally unsound. A soldier and police officer were arrested and investigated for murder.
    (AP, 8/8/11)
2011        Aug 7, In Iraq insurgents killed at least two people and wounded 11 in an overnight bomb attack on the home of a Shiite family in the mainly Sunni town of Iskandiriyah.
    (AFP, 8/7/11)
2011        Aug 7, Libyan PM Baghdadi Mahmudi said government troops have recaptured the strategic town of Bir Ghanam, southwest of Tripoli, from rebel forces.
    (AFP, 8/7/11)
2011        Aug 7, In Nepal airports, hotels, restaurants, government offices and public transport became smoke-free under a new law that went into effect today.
    (AP, 8/7/11)
2011        Aug 7, Rival Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas opened talks in Egypt aimed at implementing a reconciliation agreement struck in May.
    (AFP, 8/7/11)
2011        Aug 7, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah demanded a stop to Syria’s “killing machine."
    (Econ, 8/13/11, p.43)
2011        Aug 7, Sao Tome and Principe voted peacefully in the second round of a presidential election. Former strongman Manuel Pinto da Costa (75) was elected back to power.
    (AP, 8/8/11)(AFP, 9/3/11)
2011        Aug 7, Tropical Storm Muifa battered South Korea with strong rain and winds leaving four people dead and two missing.
    (AFP, 8/8/11)
2011        Aug 7, Syrian government forces killed at least 59 people including 42 in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour. 10 people were reported shot dead in Idlib while taking part in a funeral. The 22-member Arab League, which had been silent since the uprising began, said it is "alarmed" by the situation in Syria and called for the immediate halt of all violence. Saudi Arabia said it is recalling its ambassador to Syria for consultations.
    (AP, 8/7/11)(AP, 8/8/11)
2011        Aug 7, Sudanese security forces seized all the copies of Al-Ahdath newspaper from the printers, in the latest sign of a clampdown on independent media in Khartoum.
    (AFP, 8/7/11)

2012        Aug 7, The US Dept. of Justice reached a $60 million settlement with Pfizer for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). This covered similar offences by Wyeth, which was acquired by Pfizer in 2009.
    (Econ, 8/11/12, p.58)
2012        Aug 7, In Arizona Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty to 19 of 49 charges related to the Jan 8, 2011, shootings that killed 6 people and wounded then Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others. The government agreed not to seek the death penalty in the plea deal.
    (SFC, 8/8/12, p.A4)
2012        Aug 7, In Louisiana police found the body of Michaela "Mickey" Shunick. She had been last seen riding her bicycle from a friend's house early May 19, days before her 22nd birthday. Eight days later, the bike was found partially submerged in a swampy area under a highway bridge. Brandon Lavergne (33), a registered sex offender, has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping in Shunick's death.
    (Huffington, 8/10/12)
2012        Aug 7, In North Carolina Academi LLC, formerly knows as Blackwater, agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle federal crime charges related to arms smuggling and other crimes.
    (SFC, 8/8/12, p.A4)
2012        Aug 7, In Texas Marvin Wilson (54), convicted of killing a police informant, was executed after the US Supreme Court rejected arguments that he was too mentally impaired to qualify for the death penalty. Wilson was convicted of murdering Jerry Williams (21) in November 1992, several days after police seized 24 grams of cocaine from Wilson's apartment and arrested him.
    (AP, 8/7/12)
2012        Aug 7, DreamWorks Animation said it plans to build a $3.2 billion "entertainment zone" in Shanghai, as the US film giant seeks to bolster its presence in the booming Chinese market.
    (AFP, 8/7/12)
2012        Aug 7, Shares in Standard Chartered PLC dropped 22% sharply as investors reacted to US charges that the bank was involved in laundering money for Iran.
    (AP, 8/7/12)(Econ, 8/18/12, p.64)
2012        Aug 7, Judith Crist (b.1922), American film critic, died at her home in Manhattan.
    (SFC, 8/8/12, p.C4)
2012        Aug 7, In Afghanistan an American soldier was killed when two individuals wearing Afghan National Army uniforms turned their weapons against ISAF service members in Paktia province. 9 civilians were killed in a roadside bomb explosion on the outskirts of Kabul. A suicide truck bomb attack was launched against a NATO base south of the capital. A French soldier and around 10 Taliban fighters were killed in an early morning ambush and subsequent firefight during a joint operation with the Afghan army in Kapisa province near Kabul.
    (AFP, 8/7/12)(AFP, 8/10/12)
2012        Aug 7, Bahrain authorities charged 15 policemen with mistreating medics during last year's crackdown on opposition protesters. An independent commission found 3 protesters were shot at close range. Bahrain said in June that 3 police officers would be charged with murder.
    (AP, 8/7/12)
2012        Aug 7, Jessica Harper (50), former security chief of Lloyds Banking Group, pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court in London to taking the money from her employers using false invoices over a four-year period from 2007 to 2011 and then laundering the cash.
    (AFP, 8/7/12)
2012        Aug 7, In China Dolkar Kyi (26) immolated herself at Tso monastery in Kanlho prefecture (Gannan in Chinese), Gansu province, after chanting slogans calling for the return of the Dalai Lama.
    (AFP, 8/7/12)
2012        Aug 7, In Egypt gunmen opened fire late this night on three security checkpoints around el-Arish, the capital of North Sinai province. Egypt’s military in response started a joint military-police ground operation in Sinai, backed by warplanes, to "restore stability and regain control" of the Sinai.
    (AP, 8/8/12)
2012        Aug 7, In Italy official government statistics showed that the economy contracted by 0.7 percent in the second quarter compared with the previous three months, shrinking for the fourth quarter in a row.
    (AP, 8/7/12)
2012        Aug 7, Hundreds of tourists evacuated beach resorts along Mexico's Caribbean coast as Hurricane Ernesto headed toward landfall near Mexico's border with Belize. It weakened to a tropical storm while moving over land the next day.
    (AP, 8/8/12)
2012        Aug 7, In Nigeria assailants shot at troops on patrol, sparking an exchange of fire that left two soldiers and two of the gunmen dead in Okene city.
    (AFP, 8/8/12)
2012        Aug 7, In the Philippines relentless rains submerged half of Manila, triggered a landslide that killed 8 people and sent emergency crews scrambling to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents.
    (AP, 8/7/12)
2012        Aug 7, Russia began hosting a 3-day meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) on Russky Island, just off the coast of Vladivostok. A 3,100 meter cable bridge to the island was the longest cable bridge in the world.
    (Economist, 9/8/12, p.52)
2012        Aug 7, In Senegal at least 23 people were killed in a collision between a bus and a truck near the town of Kaffrine.
    (AFP, 8/7/12)
2012        Aug 7, The Competition Tribunal of South Africa fined Telkom, the one-time monopoly state telephone company, with a $54.8 million fine over unfair competition.
    (AP, 8/7/12)
2012        Aug 7, South African officials recorded snowfall across every South African province except Limpopo. South African Weather Service records show it has snowed in Johannesburg on only 22 other days in the last 103 years. The last snow fell there in June 2007.
    (AP, 8/7/12)
2012        Aug 7, In Syria total of 225 people, mostly civilians, were reported killed. A Turkish government official said 1,328 Syrian refugees had crossed the border by midmorning, nearly double the number of refugees who reached Turkey a day earlier.
    (AFP, 8/8/12)(AP, 8/7/12)
2012        Aug 7, A Turkish government official said 1,328 Syrian refugees had crossed the border by midmorning, nearly double the number of refugees who reached Turkey a day earlier.
    (AP, 8/7/12)

2013        Aug 7, President Barack Obama canceled his Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The decision reflected both US anger over Russia's harboring of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and growing frustration within the Obama administration over what it sees as Moscow's stubbornness on other key issues, including missile defense and human rights.
    (AP, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 7, The United States updated sanctions on Myanmar to maintain a ban on importing rubies and jade amid a relaxation of curbs on US trade with the Southeast Asian nation.
    (Reuters, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 7, Arkansas-based Tyson Foods Inc, declared it would no longer accept cattle that had been fed the most popular brand of the feed additive, called Zilmax, a powerful and fast-selling product from pharmaceutical company Merck & Co.
    (Reuters, 8/13/13)
2013        Aug 7, In Denver, at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association conference, meat producer JBS USA presented a video showing short clips of cows struggling to walk and displaying other signs of distress. It was shown as part of a panel discussion on the pros and cons of using a class of drugs known as beta-agonists - the additives fed to cattle in the weeks before slaughter to add up to 30 pounds to bodyweight and reduce fat content in the meat.
    (Reuters, 8/13/13)
2013        Aug 7, In Afghanistan the Taliban ambushed a convoy of a female Afghan senator, seriously wounding her in the attack and killing her 8-year-old daughter and a bodyguard in the Muqur district of Gazni province. Senator Rouh Gul Khirzad's husband, son and another daughter were also wounded in the attack.
    (AP, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 7, British police arrested Domenico Rancadore (64), a senior member of an Italian mafia clan. He had been sentenced to seven years in jail while on the run and was detained in west London under a European arrest warrant.
    (Reuters, 8/8/13)
2013        Aug 7, China fined six companies, including Mead Johnson Nutrition Co, Danone and New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra, a total of $110 million following an investigation into price fixing and anti-competitive practices by foreign baby formula makers.
    (Reuters, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 7, A new government of technocrats appointed by the left-leaning Czech president lost a parliamentary confidence vote, leaving the country stuck in a political crisis.
    (AP, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 7, In Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Edwin Mejia (15) shot and killed traffic officer Santos Arita (42) after he and gang partner Eduardo Aguilera (15) were stooped for illegally riding tandem on a stolen motorcyle. Aguilera was soon caught and beaten to death by police. Mejia was also beaten and faced trial.
    (AP, 12/27/13)
2013        Aug 7, In Iraq a roadside bomb struck a police patrol in Mosul, killing 3 policemen and wounding two others. Another bomb in Mosul missed a police convoy but killed one civilian passer-by and wounded two others. Later, a bomb attached to a car killed two people in Musayyib. Gunmen attacked on a policeman's home in Tikrit killing the policeman, his wife, two sons and one daughter. As people gathered car bomb parked about 10 meters away exploded, killing 8 people and wounding 30.
    (AP, 8/7/13)(AP, 8/8/13)
2013        Aug 7, Israel gave preliminary approval for the construction of more than 800 new homes in Jewish settlements on occupied West Bank land where Palestinians seek statehood.
    (Reuters, 8/8/13)
2013        Aug 7, Italy allowed 102 migrants who were stranded on a tanker in the Mediterranean to disembark on the Sicilian coast after Malta refused them entry for three days despite European Union calls for it to help on humanitarian grounds.
    (Reuters, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 7, Japanese officials said highly radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant was pouring out at a rate of 300 tons a day. PM Shinzo Abe ordered the government to step in and help in the clean-up.
    (Reuters, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 7, A fire engulfed Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, forcing the indefinite suspension of international passenger flights and choking a vital travel gateway to east Africa. First responders looted electronics, a bank and an ATM during and after the blaze.
    (Reuters, 8/7/13)(AP, 8/8/13)
2013        Aug 7, An explosion at the border with Lebanon wounded 4 Israeli soldiers. The Lebanese Army said the troops were 400 meters inside Lebanese territory when the blast occurred. The area was known for having land mines.
    (Reuters, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 7, North Korea said it is lifting a ban on operations at a jointly run factory park shuttered since Pyongyang pulled out its 53,000 workers in April amid tensions with South Korea. The rivals agreed to meet next week for talks meant to restart the complex.
    (AP, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 7, In southwestern Pakistan a bomb planted outside a shopping center killed a 13-year-old girl and wounded over 20 people in Mastung district, Baluchistan province. A bomb blast that appeared to be targeting a provincial government minister killed 11 people before dawn at a soccer field in Karachi.
    (AP, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 7, Syrian government forces killed at least 62 rebels in an ambush near Damascus, a blow to opposition fighters confronting a regime offensive in the capital. In the north a missile struck the rebel-held city of Raqqa, killing 3 people and wounding dozens including children. Kurdish gunmen captured about 70 government troops who fled the air base of Mannagh in the northern province of Aleppo.
    (AP, 8/7/13)
2013        Aug 7, In Tanzania's semi-autonomous Zanzibar region men riding a motorbike threw acid at two British teenage girls (18) in leaving them with facial, chest and back injuries. The girls had been volunteering at a local school in Zanzibar.
    (Reuters, 8/8/13)
2013        Aug 7, Togo’s environment minister said Emile N'Bouke, a high-profile ivory trafficker, has been arrested. Activists said his work has fueled the slaughter of more than 10,000 elephants dating back to the 1970s.
    (AP, 8/8/13)
2013        Aug 7, In southern Yemen a US drone killed 7 suspected al Qaeda militants, a day after US and British embassies evacuated some staff because of growing fears of attacks.
    (AP, 8/7/13)

2014        Aug 7, Pres. Obama said he has authorized targeted US airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq and military airdrops of humanitarian supplies to besieged religious minorities.
    (Reuters, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, Pres. Obama signed a $16.3 billion bipartisan measure to address health care for veterans.
    (SFC, 8/8/14, p.A6)
2014        Aug 7, The US Justice Department said it has taken control of more than $480 million looted by former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha and his associates after a court ruling. The money stolen during Abacha's 1993-1998 de facto presidency and stashed in banks around the world will be returned to the Nigerian government.
    (Reuters, 8/8/14)
2014        Aug 7, In Central California seven robbers invaded a house used by pot growers and engaged the occupants in a gun battle that killed two of the attackers. Authorities soon arrested 3 of the suspected robbers.
    (Reuters, 8/9/14)
2014        Aug 7, A New York district judge sentenced Rudy Kurniawan (37) to a decade in prison. He was convicted of making bogus vintage wine in his southern California kitchen and selling it for millions.
    (SFC, 8/8/14, p.D8)
2014        Aug 7, In Washington state a four-day search for a missing girl who vanished from her Steele Creek Mobile Home Park home over the weekend came to a tragic end, as authorities said they believe they have found the body of 6-year-old Jenise Wright.
    (AP, 8/8/14)
2014        Aug 7, In Brazil police in Rio said they have arrested over 20 people as alleged members of a paramilitary militia group that charged monthly fees for protection against drug gangs and for illegal services like cable TV connections. Members included former police, firefighters, private security and off-duty prison guards.
    (SFC, 8/8/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 7, In Cambodia a UN-backed war crimes tribunal sentenced Khmer Rouge leaders Khieu Samphan (83) and Nuon Chea (88) to life in prison on war crime charges from 1975-1979, when the Khmer Rouge held power under top leader Pol Pot (d.1998).
    (, 8/7/14, p.A4)
2014        Aug 7, China’s state media said plans are in place to build lighthouses on five islands in the South China Sea, in defiance of calls from the United States and the Philippines for a freeze on such activity to ease tension over rival claims. At least two of the islands appear to be in waters also claimed by Vietnam.
    (Reuters, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, Colombia’s Pres. Juan Manuel Santos took the oath for his 2nd term and promised to redouble his efforts to end the nation’s half-century war with FARC.
    (SSFC, 8/10/14, p.A4)
2014        Aug 7, In eastern Cuba a homemade boat carrying 32 people left Manzanillo. After three weeks 15 badly sunburned and dehydrated survivors were rescued by the Mexican Navy.
    (Reuters, 9/5/14)(Reuters, 10/5/14)
2014        Aug 7, An oil company owned by Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler said it had discovered reserves of around 3 billion barrels in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
    (Reuters, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, Iraqi government forces, Shiite militiamen and Kurdish troops launched a large operation to free Amerli, a Turkmen town that has been besieged by jihadists for 50 days.
    (AFP, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, Jihadists seized Qaraqosh, Iraq's largest Christian town and surrounding areas, sending tens of thousands of panicked residents fleeing in what was being called a humanitarian disaster. In Kirkuk a blast ripped through a Shiite mosque where displaced people had sought refuge, killing at least eight and wounding 47.
    (AFP, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, Sunni militants from the Islamic State group seized the Mosul Dam, Iraq's largest dam, forcing Kurdish forces to withdraw from the area and placing them in control of enormous power and water resources and access to the river that runs through the heart of Baghdad.
    (AP, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, In Lebanon militants from Syria who overran the border town of Arsal mostly withdrew back across the rugged hills separating the two countries as a cease-fire appeared to hold, allowing Lebanese troops to free 7 fellow soldiers and ambulances to evacuate dozens of casualties. At least 17 soldiers were killed in the clashes, while 10 remained missing, along with an unknown number of policemen.
    (AP, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, Moscow imposed a total ban on imports of many Western foods in retaliation against sanctions over Ukraine, a stronger than expected measure that isolates Russian consumers from world trade to a degree unseen since Soviet days.
    (Reuters, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, It was reported that Russia has granted former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden an extension to stay in Russia for three more years.
    (Reuters, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, In Sierra Leone police and soldiers blockaded rural areas hit by the deadly Ebola virus, after neighboring Liberia declared a state of emergency to tackle the worst-ever outbreak of the disease, which has killed 932 people.
    (Reuters, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, South Korea's Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said China has confirmed it had blocked "some foreign messaging applications through which terrorism-related information" was circulating. These included KakaoTalk and Line. It named other blocked apps as Didi, Talk Box and Vower. The service disruptions in China began a month ago.
    (Reuters, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, Thai police said authorities are investigating the discovery of nine surrogate babies in a Bangkok condominium who are believed to share the same Japanese biological father. On Aug 22 Interpol said it has launched an investigation into the “Baby Factory" case in which Mitsutoki Shigeta (24), a Japanese businessman, fathered 16 surrogate babies.
    (Reuters, 8/7/14)(SFC, 8/23/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 7, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan branded Amberin Zaman, a prominent female journalist, a "shameless woman" and told her "to know your place".
    (AFP, 8/8/14)
2014        Aug 7, Turkish officials said up to 800 people from Iraq's Yazidi community have fled across the border to Turkey after escaping a lightning offensive by jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group.
    (AFP, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, In eastern Ukraine a Dutch recovery team called off its work at the site where Malaysian airliner MH 17 was shot down over rebel held territory last month, saying the frontline location had become too dangerous. Ukraine said the halt to the recovery meant it would stop observing a ceasefire at the site. 7 more Ukrainian service members were killed in the past day of fighting. Sustained shelling in Donetsk struck residential buildings and a hospital, killing at least 4 people and wounding 10 others. Russian citizen Alexander Borodai, the PM of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, said he was stepping down in favor of a local field commander, Alexander Zakharchenko.
    (Reuters, 8/7/14)(AP, 8/7/14)(AFP, 8/7/14)
2014        Aug 7, In southern Yemen troops defending Sayoun clashed for a 2nd day with suspected al-Qaida militants killing at least 7 and raising the militant death toll to 25.
    (SFC, 8/8/14, p.A2)

Go to
Go to August 8