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317 Aug 7,
Flavius Julius Constantius II, Emperor Egypt, Byzantium, Rome
(337-61), was born.
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.
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.
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
(ON, 2/04, p.5)
1620 Aug 7, Kepler's mother was
arrested for witchcraft.
1620 Aug 7, French king Louis
XIII beat his mother Marie de Medici at the Battle at Ponts-the-Ca,
1731 Aug 7, William Cosby
arrived in New York to assume his post as Governor for the New York
1742 Aug 7, Nathanael Greene,
American Revolutionary War General, was born.
1760 Aug 7, Ft. Loudon,
Tennessee, surrendered to Cherokee Indians.
1779 Aug 7, Carl Ritter,
cofounder of modern science of geography, was born in Quedlinberg,
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.
1789 Aug 7, The U.S. War
Department was established by Congress.
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).
1814 Aug 7, Pope Pius VII
reinstated the Jesuits.
1818 Aug 7, Henri Charles
Litolff, French composer, pianist, was born.
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.
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.”
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.
1833 Aug 7, Powell Clayton,
Brig. General (Union volunteers), (Gov-R-Ark), was born in Pa.
1836 Aug 7, Evander McIvor Law
(d.1920), Brig General (Confederate Army), was born in South
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
(ON, 10/20/11, p.11)
1864 Aug 7, Union troops
captured part of Confederate General Jubal Early's army at
Moorefield, West Virginia.
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.
(www.tugvalleychamberofcommerce.com/tour.html)(SFC, 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.
1896 Aug 7, Ernesto Lecuona,
composer (Malaguena), was born in Havana, Cuba.
1903 Aug 7, Louis Leakey,
anthropologist, archeologist and paleontologist, was born in Kenya.
He believed that Africa was the cradle of mankind.
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
(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."
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
(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,
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,
1915 Aug 7, In the assault up
Russell's Top at Gallipoli 232 Australians died.
1916 Aug 7, Persia formed an
alliance with Britain and Russia.
1922 Aug 7, The Irish
Republican Army cut the cable link between the United States and
Europe at Waterville landing station.
1926 Aug 7, Stan Freberg,
satirist, ad executive, cartoon voice (Bertie), was born in LA,
1926 Aug 7, The United States
declared non-intervention in the Spanish Civil War.
1927 Aug 7, Edwin Edwards,
governor of Louisiana (1972-1980, 1984-1988, 1992-1996), was born.
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.
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,
1929 Aug 7, Ruth
Carter-Stapleton, Pres. Carter’s sister, evangelist, was born in
1929 Aug 7, Germany’s Graf
Zeppelin airship embarked from Lakehurst, New Jersey, on the first
round-the-world passenger voyage.
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.
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."
1935 Aug 7, In Danzig
(Gdansk) 60% of voters agreed to Nazism (NSDAP).
1936 Aug 7, The United States
declared non-intervention in the Spanish Civil War.
1938 Aug 7, Nazi's closed the
theology department of Innsbruck university.
1938 Aug 7, Konstantin S.
Stanislavsky (75), Russian director (S Method), died.
1940 Aug 7, Churchill
recognized the De Gaulle government in exile.
1941 Aug 7, In Romania 551 Jews
were shot in the Kishinev ghetto.
1942 Aug 7, Garrison Keillor,
American humorist and writer, was born.
1942 Aug 7, B.J. (Billy Joe)
Thomas, singer (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, Hooked on a
Feeling), was born.
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,
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
(SSFC, 2/15/04, p.A4)
1942 Aug 7, Transport 16
departed with French Jews to Nazi-Germany.
1944 Aug 7, July 20th Plot
trial under Nazi judge Roland Freisler began in Berlin.
1944 Aug 7, German forces
launched a major counter attack against U.S. forces near Mortain,
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]
1953 Aug 7, Eastern Airlines
entered the jet age with the Electra prop-jet.
1956 Aug 7, British government
sent 3 aircraft carriers to Egypt.
1957 Aug 7, Oliver Hardy (65),
the heavier half of the Laurel and Hardy comedy team, died in North
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.
1960 Aug 7, Vaino Hannikainen
(60), Finnish composer, died.
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
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.
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
1966 Aug 7, There was a race
riot in Lansing, Michigan.
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,
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.
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.
1973 Aug 7, A US plane
accidentally bombed a Cambodian village, killing 400 civilians.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
1992 Aug 7, Jennifer Capriati
won the gold medal in tennis at the Barcelona Olympics, beating
1992 Aug 7, The luxury liner
Queen Elizabeth 2 ran aground off Massachusetts.
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.
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
1994 Aug 7, The 10th
International Conference on AIDS opened in Yokohama, Japan.
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.
1996 Aug 7, More than 6 million
American Online customers worldwide were left stranded when the
system crashed for almost 19 hours.
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]
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
(SFC, 8/8/96, p.A8)
1996 Aug 7, In Spain flash
floods at a Pyrenees mountain campsite killed at least 71 
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
(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
(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
(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.
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.
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  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
(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
(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.
1999 Aug 7, The Southern Party
held its inaugural rally in Flat Rock, North Carolina, pledging to
work peacefully for a separate Southern nation.
1999 Aug 7, Wade Boggs became
the first player to homer for his three-thousandth hit.
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
(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.
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
(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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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
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.
2003 Aug 7, Scientists reported
a new vaccine that was successful against the Ebola virus in
(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."
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.
2003 Aug 7, Chechen rebels
using a shoulder-fired missile shot down a Russian military
helicopter in the mountains, killing three of the crew.
2003 Aug 7, Gunmen ambushed a
Russian military convoy near the border with Chechnya, killing six
soldiers and wounding seven.
2003 Aug 7, Denmark's
unemployment rate rose in June to 6.2 percent, the highest level in
almost five years.
2003 Aug 7, An Indonesian court
sentenced Amrozi bin Nurhasyim to death in the 2002 Bali bombings
that killed 202 people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
2005 Aug 7, In southern China
rescuers attempted to reach 123 miners trapped in a flooded coal
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2006 Aug 7, Wal-Mart announced
chainwide pay caps and said they were intended to move people up the
(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
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(AP, 8/7/06)(AFP, 8/7/06)(AP, 8/8/06)(WSJ,
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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,
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
2007 Aug 7, Britain's GW
Pharmaceuticals Plc said that Health Canada had approved its
cannabis-based medicine Sativex for treatment of cancer patients.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
2009 Aug 7, Portugal said it
has agreed to take two Syrian detainees from Guantanamo prison.
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.
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.
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
(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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
2011 Aug 7, Libyan PM Baghdadi
Mahmudi said government troops have recaptured the strategic town of
Bir Ghanam, southwest of Tripoli, from rebel forces.
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.
2011 Aug 7, Rival Palestinian
groups Fatah and Hamas opened talks in Egypt aimed at implementing a
reconciliation agreement struck in May.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
2014 Aug 7, Pres. Obama signed
a $16.3 billion bipartisan measure to address health care for
(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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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".
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.
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
(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)
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