Today in History - August 8
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70CE Aug 8,
Tower of Antonia was destroyed by the Romans.
117 Aug 8, Marcus Ulpius
Trajanus (Trajan), emperor of Rome (98-117), died.
869 Aug 8, Lotharius II, King
of Middle-France (Lotharingen) (855-869), died.
870 Aug 8, The Treaty of Mersen
(Meerssen) partitioned the realm of Lothair II by his uncles Louis
the German of East Francia and Charles the Bald of West Francia, the
two surviving sons of Emperor Louis I the Pious.
1306 Aug 8, King Wenceslas of
Poland was murdered.
1562 Aug 8, Diego Te, a Maya
man in the Yucatec town of Sotuta, testified that a year earlier he
had witnessed a village leader and another man cut the hearts from 2
boys and hand them to a shaman, who rubbed the hearts onto the
mouths of two Maya idols. The account was preserved in the Archivo
General de Indias in Seville, Spain.
(AM, 7/05, p.43)
1567 Aug 8, Duke of Alba's army
entered Brussels, Belgium.
1570 Aug 8, Charles IX of
France signed the Treaty of St. Germain (Peace of St.
Germain-en-Laye), ending the third war of religion and giving
religious freedom to the Huguenots.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.22)(HN, 8/8/98)
1571 Aug 8, John Ward, English
composer, was born in Canterbury.
1588 Aug 8, The English Navy
destroyed the Spanish Armada. 600 Spaniards were killed in the day’s
fighting and 800 badly injured. The Duke of Medina Sidonia led the
"invincible" Spanish Armada from Lisbon against England. It was
shattered around the coasts of the English Isles by an English fleet
under the command of Lord Howard of Effingham with the help of Sir
Francis Drake, Sir John Hawkins, and a violent storm (see Aug 18).
The victory opened the world for English trade and colonization. In
1959 Garrett Mattingly authored “The Armada.” In 1998 Geoffrey
Parker published "The Grand Strategy of Phillip II." In 2005 Neil
Janson authored “The Confident Hope of a Miracle: The True Story of
the Spanish Armada,” and James McDermott authored “England & the
Spanish Armada: The necessary Quarrel.”
(ON, 3/02, p.5)(SSFC, 2/20/05, p.B2)(Econ,
1636 Aug 8, The invading armies
of Spain, Austria and Bavaria were stopped at the village of
St.-Jean-de-Losne, only 50 miles from France.
1648 Aug 8, Ibrahim, the sultan
of Istanbul, was thrown into prison, then assassinated.
1655 Aug 8, Eastern Lithuania
was occupied by Russian and Cossack forces. Western Lithuania was
occupied by Swedish forces. Following three days of pillaging
Vilnius was burned in a fire the lasted 17 days.
1736 Aug 8, Mahomet Weyonomon,
a Mohegan sachem or leader, died of smallpox while waiting to see
King George II to complain directly about British settlers
encroaching on tribal lands in the Connecticut colony. The tribal
chief was buried in an unmarked grave in a south London churchyard.
1763 Aug 8, Charles Bulfinch,
1st US professional architect (Mass State House), was born in
1776 Aug 8, John Paul Jones was
commissioned as a captain and appointed to command the Alfred. His
orders were to harass enemy merchant ships and defend the American
(ON, 2/04, p.6)(Internet)
1786 Aug 8, The US Congress
adopted the silver dollar and decimal system of money.
1786 Aug 8, Jacques Balmat and
Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard became the first men to climb Mont Blanc
(HN, 8/8/98)(ON, 4/04, p.1)
1788 Aug 8, King Louis XVI
called the French States and Generals together.
1788 Aug 8, Louis FAD Duke de
Richelieu (92), French marshal, died.
1815 Aug 8, Napoleon Bonaparte
set sail for St. Helena, in the South Atlantic, to spend the
remainder of his days in exile.
1844 Aug 8, Brigham Young was
chosen to head the Mormon church following the killing of Joseph
Smith in Illinois.
(AP, 8/8/97)(HN, 8/8/98)
1854 Aug 8, Smith and Wesson
patented metal bullet cartridges.
1860 Aug 8, Queen of Sandwich
Islands (Hawaii) arrived in NYC.
1862 Aug 8, Minnesota’s 5th
Infantry fought the Sioux Indians in Redwood, Minn., and 24 soldiers
(SFC, 2/7/03, p.A23)
1863 Aug 8, Confederate
President Jefferson Davis refused General Robert E. Lee's
1864 Aug 8, Union troops and
fleet occupied Fort Gaines, Alabama.
1864 Aug 8, The 1st Geneva
Convention was issued on protecting the war wounded.
1866 Aug 8, African-American
Matthew Alexander Henson was born in Maryland. He and four Inuits
accompanied U.S. Naval Commander Robert E. Peary when he planted the
U.S. flag at the North Pole on April 6, 1909. Henson became an
Arctic expert during Peary's first two failed expeditions. By the
third attempt, which began in July 1908, Henson's strength,
knowledge of the Eskimo language and dog driving skills made him an
essential member of the team. Whether Peary's party actually reached
the North Pole or missed it by as much as 60 miles due to a
navigational miscalculation remains controversial to this day.
1876 Aug 8, Thomas A. Edison
received a patent for his mimeograph.
1879 Aug 8, Emiliano Zapata,
Mexican revolutionary who occupied Mexico City three times, was born
in Anenecuilco, Morelos state, Mexico.
(HN, 8/8/98)(WUD, 1994 p.1659)(Internet)
1881 Aug 8, Paul L.E. von
Kleist, German general-fieldmarshal (Eastern Front), was born.
1890 Aug 8, Daughters of
American Revolution (DAR) organized. [see Oct 11]
1896 Aug 8, Marjorie Kinnan
Rawlings (d.1953), author of "The Yearling," was born.
1897 Aug 8, Anarchist Miguel
Angiolillo assassinated Spanish PM Antonio Canovas del Castillo at
Santa Agueda, Spain. Práxides Mateo Sagasta became prime minister of
1898 Aug 8, Adolph Sutro
(b.1830), former mayor of SF, died. He had acquired a 100,000 volume
private library, most of which was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake.
He served as the 24th mayor of SF (1895-1897).
(G, Winter 98/99,
1899 Aug 8, The first household
refrigerating machine was patented.
(SFEC, 8/8/99, Z1 p.8)(HN, 8/8/00)
1901 Aug 8, Ernest Orlando
Lawrence (d.1958), winner of the 1939 Nobel Prize for physics, was
1901 Aug 8, Santos-Dumont flew
his powered dirigible around the Eiffel Tower a 2nd time but sprang
a leak and caught suspension wires in his propeller blades.
(ON, 3/03, p.11)
1902 Aug 8, Jean Y.Y. Tissot,
French painter, illustrator, died.
1907 Aug 8, Benny Carter, jazz
musician, composer and bandleader, was born in New York.
1908 Aug 8, Arthur J. Goldberg
(d.1990), labor lawyer, UN ambassador, Supreme Court justice
(1962-65), was born in, Chicago, Illinois. He was instrumental in
the merger of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of
(HN, 8/8/98)(AP, 8/8/08)
1909 Aug 8, In Australia Sister
Mary MacKillop (b.1842) died. She had founded the Sisters of St
Joseph at age 24 and spent her life educating the poor and taking
learning to the harsh Outback. In 2009 Pope Benedict XVI recognized
a miracle in which she apparently cured a woman of cancer, paving
the way to making her Australia’s first saint.
1918 Aug 8, Opening salvos by
the combined air and ground assault by soldiers from Britain,
Australia, Canada, the United States and France began the Battle of
Amiens. They quickly began to push back German troops to turn the
tide on the Western Front.
1919 Aug 8, Afghanistan
established independence from the UK with the signing of the Treaty
1919 Aug 8, Dino De Laurentiis,
producer (King Kong), was born in Torre Annunziata, Italy.
1922 Aug 8, Rudi Gernreich,
designer (1st women's topless swimsuit, miniskirt), was born in
1922 Aug 8, An Italian general
strike was broken by fascist terror.
1925 Aug 8, The first national
congress of the Ku Klux Klan opened. 200,000 members marched in
(HN, 8/8/98)(MC, 8/8/02)
1925 Aug 8, Alija Izetbegovic
(d.2003) was born in Bosanski Samac. He later led Bosnia's Muslims
during the 1992-95 war for independence and became one of the
republic's first postwar presidents.
(AP, 10/19/03)(SFC, 10/20/03, p.A18)
1929 Aug 8, Josef Suk,
violinist (Artist of Merit-1977), was born in Prague,
1937 Aug 8, Dustin Hoffman,
American actor, was born.
1937 Aug 8, The Japanese Army
occupied Beijing, China.
1940 Aug 8, The German
Luftwaffe attacked Great Britain for the first time, beginning the
Battle of Britain.
1942 Aug 8, U.S. Marines
captured the Japanese airstrip on Guadalcanal.
1942 Aug 8, Six convicted Nazi
saboteurs who had landed in the United States were executed in
Washington, D.C. Two others received life imprisonment.
1944 Aug 8, U.S. forces
completed the capture of the Marianas Islands.
1944 Aug 8, Erwin von Witzleben
(62), German fieldmarshal, was hanged.
1944 Aug 8, On the island of
Guam US Marine Corps patrols from the 21st Regiment discovered 45
bodies of young Chamorro men in Chagui'an, beheaded and with their
hands tied behind their backs. The site of the massacre was later
disputed as the Guam Preservation Trust moved to put the Chagui'an
Massacre site in Yigo into the National Register of Historic Places.
1945 Aug 8, President Truman
signed the United Nations Charter.
1945 Aug 8, The Soviet Union
declared war against Japan. 1.5 million Soviet troops launched a
massive surprise attack (August Storm) against Japanese occupation
forces in northern China and Korea. Within days, Tokyo's million-man
army in the region had collapsed in one of the greatest military
defeats in history.
(SFC, 9/9/96, p.A19)(AP, 8/8/97)(AP, 8/6/05)
1949 Aug 8, Joaquin
Torres-Garcia (b.1874), Uruguayan artist, died. As a theoretician he
published "more than one hundred and fifty books, essays and
articles written in Catalan, Spanish, French, English.
1950 Aug 8, U.S. troops
repelled the first North Korean attempt to overrun them at the
battle of Naktong Bulge, which continued for 10 days.
1950 Aug 8, Florence Chadwick
(1918-1995) swam the English Channel from France to Dover in 13
hours and 23 minutes. A year later she swam the reverse in 16:22.
1950 Aug 8, Nicolai Yakovlevich
Miaskovsky (b.1891), Russian composer, died.
1953 Aug 8, The song “Vaya con
Dios” recorded by Les Paul and his wife Mary Ford reached number one
on the Billboard magazine Best Seller Chart and stayed there for 9
(SFC, 8/14/09, p.D6)
1953 Aug 8, The United States
and South Korea initialed a mutual security pact.
1953 Aug 8, In Russia Georgi
Malenkov reported the possession of hydrogen bomb.
1955 Aug 8, Fidel Castro formed
his "July 26th Movement."
1959 Aug 8, In San Francisco
beatniks hung an effigy of police officer William Bigarani from a
telephone pole outside the Co-Existence Bagel Shop in North Beach.
He and officer John Cuneo had been intimidating local beats for
months and had recently crushed a toe of poet Bob Kaufman.
(SFC, 3/14/15, p.C2)
1960 Aug 8, The pop song "Itsy
Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini", sung by Brian Hyland
(16), hit #1. The song was written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss.
1962 Aug 8, The Chilean TV
variety show "Sabados Gigantes" (Gigantic Saturdays) debuted with
Mario Luis Kreutzberger Blumenfeld (b.1940) as Don Francisco. In
April, 1986, the show got shortened to the singular version (Sabado
Gigante) went it went on air in Miami, Fla. Kreutzberger was the son
of German Jews who fled Nazi persecution.
Par p.16)(SFC, 4/14/04, p.E1)
1963 Aug 8, Britain's "Great
Train Robbery" took place as thieves made off with 120 mailbags with
2.62 million pounds in banknotes. 15 men under Bruce Reynolds
(d.2013) held up the Glasgow to London Royal Mail (Glasgow-Euston
train) and took off with $7.2 mil in sterling. They badly beat up
train driver Jack Mills. He never returned to work and died seven
years later without making a full recovery. Ronald Biggs claimed to
be one of the 15 men and later lived freely in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil. His share of the robbery was $2.8 mil but he was arrested
just four weeks after the robbery. He escaped from Wandsworth Prison
in 1965 and was still wanted in Britain. Only 1/8 of the money
stolen was ever recovered. Dinner at home with Mr. Biggs could be
purchased for $50. In 1994 Biggs published an autobiography. In 1999
a video game was developed based on the event. Biggs (71) returned
to Britain in 2001 and in 2009 he was up for parole. Reynolds spent
five years as a fugitive. On his return to Britain he was caught by
police and sentenced 25 years in prison for the train heist, of
which he served just 10. Reynolds published a memoir titled
"Autobiography of a Thief" and became a consultant on a crime film.
(SFE, 10/1/95, p.T-8)(AP, 8/8/97)(WSJ, 11/4/99,
p.A28)(WSJ, 5/7/01, p.A1)(AFP, 7/1/09)(AP, 2/28/13)
1965 Aug 8, In San Francisco
race car driver Bart Martin (26) was killed at the Candlestick Park
Sports Car Races. A two-mile track had been laid out around
Candlestick Park’s huge parking area.
(SSFC, 8/2/15, DB p.50)
1965 Aug 8, Shirley Jackson,
writer and author of horror fiction, died in Vermont. Her work
included "The Haunting of Hill House" (1959) and "The Lottery"
(1948). In 1997 a collection of short fiction was published titled
"Just an Ordinary Day." In 2016 Ruth Franklin authored “Shirley
Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life.”
(SFEM, 1/12/97, BR p.3)(Econ, 9/24/16,
1966 Aug 8, South African
Broadcasting banned the Beatles for Lennon's anti-Jesus remark.
1967 Aug 8, The Association of
Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was established in Bangkok by the
five original Member Countries, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia,
Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam joined
on 8 January 1984, Vietnam on 28 July 1995, Laos and Myanmar on 23
July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999.
1968 Aug 8, Richard M. Nixon
was nominated for president at the Republican National Convention in
Miami Beach. Later that day, Nixon chose Maryland Gov. Spiro T.
Agnew to be his running mate.
1968 Aug 8, In Florida a riot
broke out last night in several neighborhoods of Miami, including
one community just 10 miles from the Republican Convention. 3
negroes were killed by gunfire.
1969 Aug 8, Actress Sharon Tate
(26) and four other people were brutally murdered in her Beverly
Hills home; cult leader Charles Manson and a group of his disciples
were later convicted of the crime. The best writing on the Manson
murders was by Joan Didion in "The White Album."
(SFEC, 3/16/97, z1 p.4)(AP, 8/9/97)(HN,
8/9/98)(SFEC, 9/19/99, BR p.6)
1972 Aug 8, A special meeting
of the Democratic National Committee chose R. Sargent Shriver, the
former director of the Peace Corps, as McGovern‘s running mate. The
Democrat ticket was swamped in the general election by incumbent
President Richard Nixon in the November 7 election.
1973 Aug 8, Vice President
Spiro T. Agnew branded as "damned lies" reports he had taken
kickbacks from government contracts in Maryland and vowed not to
resign. He eventually did resign.
1973 Aug 8, In Texas Elmer
Wayne Henley (17) called police in the Houston suburb of Pasadena to
report a shooting. The high school dropout said he had killed Dean
Corll after the 33-year-old electric company employee threatened to
rape and kill Henley and two other teenagers who had gone to party
at Corll's modest bungalow. By night's end 8 corpses were recovered
from makeshift graves inside the corrugated metal shed in southwest
Houston. The next day 9 more were discovered. Another 10 bodies were
found on remote High Island beach, 80 miles east of Houston, and in
a wooded area near Lake Sam Rayburn in East Texas. 27 dead Some as
young as 13, none older than 21, were all victims of one killer,
Dean Corll, and his two teenage accomplices, Elmer Wayne Henley and
David Owen Brooks. The boys had seemed to vanish over the previous
three years. In July, 1974, Henley was convicted in six of the
murders and sentenced to six life terms in prison.
1973 Aug 8, Secret agents of
the Korean Central Intelligence Agency kidnapped Kim Dae-jung from a
Tokyo hotel, just days before he was to launch a coalition of
Japan-based South Korean organizations to work for their country's
democratization. Conservative politician Kim Jong Pil (b.1926), the
father of the secret police agency, led the kidnapping and near
assassination of politician Kim Dae Jung (b.1925). In 2007 a
fact-finding panel of the National Intelligence Service said it
cannot rule out the possibility that former President Park Chung-hee
may have directly ordered the kidnapping of Kim, then his main
1974 Aug 8, President
Nixon announced he would resign his office 12PM Aug 9, following
damaging revelations in the Watergate scandal.
1974 Aug 8, Baldur von Schirach
(b.1907), Nazi youth leader, died.
1975 Aug 8, Julian "Cannonball"
Adderley (b.1928), sax player, died of a stroke.
1978 Aug 8, The United States
launched Pioneer Venus II, which carried scientific probes to study
the atmosphere of Venus.
(HFA, '96, p.36)(AP, 8/8/99)
1978 Aug 8, James Ramp (52),
Philadelphia police officer, was killed during a standoff with MOVE.
9 members of MOVE, a Black group that espoused equality with animals
and preached against technology, were convicted. Members of the
group adopted the surname Africa.
1979 Aug 8, In Iran the
revolutionary prosecutor banned the leading left-wing newspaper,
Ayandegan. 5 days later hezbollahis broke up a Tehran rally called
by the National Democratic Front, a newly organized left-of-center
political movement, to protest the Ayandegan closing.
1979 Aug 8, Iraqi president
Saddam Hussein executed 21 political opponents.
1980 Aug 8, In Rantoul,
Illinois, Brianna Stickle (3) was found raped and killed. In 2012
Andre Davis (50) was released after spending 32 years in jail. DNA
evidence taken at the scene was found to not be his.
(SSFC, 7/8/12, p.A7)
1983 Aug 8, In Guatemala Gen’l.
Efrain Rios Montt (b.1926) was overthrown and the military
government of Gen. Humberto Mejia Victores took power.
1985 Aug 8, Mary Louise Brooks
(b.1906), American silent film star, died. In 1982 she authored her
memoir “Lulu in Hollywood.”
1987 Aug 8, In the Persian
Gulf, a Navy F-14 "Tomcat" fighter fired two missiles at an Iranian
jet approaching an unarmed U.S. scout plane. Both missiles missed
their target and the Iranian plane flew off.
1988 Aug 8, A renovated NYC
Central Park Zoo reopened after 4 years.
1988 Aug 8, Sec. of State
Shultz narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in Bolivia.
1988 Aug 8, U.N.
Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar announced a cease-fire
between Iran and Iraq. This became an Iraqi national holiday until
it was abolished in 2003.
(SFC, 2/24/9, p.A9)(AP, 8/8/98)(AP, 7/13/03)
1988 Aug 8, In Burma an
uprising began after more than a quarter of a century of military
rule and international isolation that had condemned once-prosperous
country to poverty. The flag of the uprising featured a fighting
1988 Aug 8-1988 Aug 13, Police
in Burma (Myanmar) killed nearly 3,000 protesters in the streets of
(SFEC, 1/19/96, Par. p.5)(SFEC, 10/22/00, p.T8)
1989 Aug 8, The space shuttle
Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on a secret,
five-day military mission to deploy a new Pentagon spy satellite.
(AP, 8/8/99)(SSFC, 2/2/03, p.A6)
1990 Aug 8, Pete Rose began a
5-month prison term at Marion (IL) Federal prison camp.
1990 Aug 8, As the Persian Gulf
crisis deepened, American forces began taking up positions in Saudi
Arabia; Iraq announced it had annexed Kuwait as its 19th province;
President Bush warned Iraqi President Saddam Hussein that "a line
has been drawn in the sand."
1991 Aug 8, James B. Irwin
(b.1930), Col USAF, astronaut (Apollo 15), died. He was the 8th
person to walk on the moon.
1991 Aug 8, Lebanese kidnappers
freed British TV producer John McCarthy, held hostage for more than
five years; however, a rival group abducted Frenchman Jerome
Leyraud, threatening to kill him if any more hostages were released
Leyraud was freed three days later.
1991 Aug 8, The 2,120-foot
8-inch Radio One tower in Poland fell down.
1992 Aug 8, The U.S. basketball
"Dream Team" clinched the gold at the Barcelona Summer Olympics,
defeating Croatia 117-85.
1992 Aug 8, The space shuttle
Atlantis returned from a problem-plagued mission.
1992 Aug 8, AIDS activist
Alison Gertz died in New York at age 26.
1993 Aug 8, Six people were
killed when their balloon hit a power line near Aspen, Colorado,
tearing off the basket and sending it plunging 30 meters to the
1993 Aug 8, Freddie Woodruff
(b.1947), CIA agent chief in Tbilisi, Georgia, was shot and killed
during an outing with friends. Georgian authorities charged Anzor
Sharmaidze (20), a volunteer soldier, with the murder. Sharmaidze
confessed under torture and later said he was framed for the murder.
In 2008 Sharmaidze was granted parole from prison.
1993 Aug 8, In Somalia, four
U.S. soldiers were killed when a land mine was detonated underneath
their vehicle. This prompted President Clinton to order Army Rangers
to try to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
1994 Aug 8, Israel and Jordan
opened the first road link between the two once warring countries.
1995 Aug 8, President Clinton,
during a visit to Baltimore, ordered all companies doing business
with the federal government to report the pollution they cause.
1995 Aug 8, Hussein Kamel
al-Majid, formerly Iraq's industry minister, defected to Jordan with
his brother and their wives, both of whom were daughters of Saddam
Hussein. He vowed to topple Saddam and said that Sadam Hussein had
planned to invade Kuwait and Saudi Arabia this month and that Iraq
had been three months away from testing an atomic bomb before the
Gulf War began.
(WSJ, 8/21/95, p.A-1)(SFC, 9/4/96, p.A8)
1996 Aug 8, President Clinton
belittled Bob Dole's tax plan, vowing to oppose tax cuts that he
said the country couldn't afford. Republican sources, meanwhile,
said Dole was seriously considering Jack Kemp to be his running
1996 Aug 8, Sir Neville Mott
(1906-1996), who shared the 1977 Nobel Prize in physics with Philip
Anderson and John van Vleck for research on the behavior of
electricity in non-crystalline or so-called "disordered" materials,
died in London.
(SFC, 8/11/96, p.D5)
1996 Aug 8, Medical researchers
successfully cured patients with sickle-cell anemia by using a risky
bone-marrow transplant technique.
1996 Aug 8, In Cambodia the
government announced an internal power struggle and split in the
Khmer Rouge. Leng Sary, a Pol Pot chum and the Khmer Rouge foreign
minister, opposed Son Sen, the minister of defense and led
defections that grew to 10,000.
(SFC, 8/12/96, p.A13)(SFC, 6/14/97, p.A15)(WSJ,
1996 Aug 8, Food poisoning due
to E. coli bacteria in the city of Sakai, Japan, was attributed to
1997 Aug 8, US Sec. of State
Madeleine Albright announced that the bulk of US aid to Cambodia
would be suspended.
(SFC, 8/9/97, p.A9)
1997 Aug 8, The Teamsters and
United Parcel Service completed a second day of federally mediated
talks, with neither side reporting progress toward ending a strike.
1997 Aug 8, It was reported
that researchers have discovered how the defective gene in
Huntington’s disease causes the disorder. A genetic "stutter"
inserts from 30 to 150 copies of the amino acid glutamine into key
proteins and alters their properties.
(SFC, 8/8/97, p.A3)
1997 Aug 8, In Ddjelfa,
Algeria, a bomb in a baby bassinet killed 9 people. In the village
of Zeboudja insurgents slit the throats of 21 people and 20 others
were shot and wounded.
(SFC, 8/11/97, p.A8)
1997 Aug 8, Gen’l. Eric
Shinseki, the American in charge of NATO forces in Bosnia, announced
a plan to force all paramilitary troops to disband or face arrest.
(SFC, 8/9/97, p.A9)
1997 Aug 8, In Columbia Senator
Jorge Cristo and a bodyguard were killed in Cucuta. Police said
leftist guerrillas were responsible.
(SFC, 8/9/97, p.C1)
1997 Aug 8, The resumption of
limited oil sales by Iraq was cleared by the UN Security Council.
The UN plan allows the sale of $2 billion in crude oil every 6
(SFC, 8/9/97, p.C1)
1997 Aug 8, Fighting broke out
on the Israel-Lebanon border when guerrillas fired rockets into
northern Israel and Israeli warplanes struck back. 13 people have
died since Aug 4 when Israeli commandos set off bombs behind the
front line killing 3 guerrilla field commanders and 2 fighters.
(SFC, 8/9/97, p.A8)
1997 Aug 8, In Kenya a
nationwide strike was called and declared illegal by the government.
In Nairobi a crowd of some 2,000 gathered and killed Gilbert Simiyu,
a plainclothes police officer. The strike turned into a riot with
(SFC, 8/9/97, p.C1)
1997 Aug 8, The largest int’l.
military exercise in Latvia’s history took place over 5 days at the
Adazi training center organized by the Northwest Europe Command.
Troops from 15 countries were to participate.
1997 Aug 8, In Peru at least 20
bus passengers were killed in a crash in the province of Cuzco. Some
80 people have died in 4 bus crashes in the last week.
(SFC, 8/9/97, p.C1)
1997 Aug 8, On St. Vincent
James and Penny Fletcher were acquitted of the murder of Jerome
Joseph after 9 months of incarceration.
(SFC, 8/9/97, p.A8)
1998 Aug 8, Pres. Clinton in
weekly radio address vowed the bombers of 2 US embassies in Africa
would be brought to justice, "no matter how long it takes or where
it takes us.''
1998 Aug 8, A riot broke out in
Reno, Nv., during the annual "Hot Autumn Nights" festival. There was
some property damage and a few minor injuries. 130 people were
(SFC, 8/10/98, p.A2)
1998 Aug 8, In Afghanistan the
Taliban overran Mazar-i-Sharif and killed 9 of 11 diplomats from
Iran. 8 of the dead were diplomats, the 9th was a journalist. Later
reports indicated that the Taliban killed as many as 4,000
civilians, mostly Hazaras, in a campaign partly designed to wipe out
the Shiite Muslim minority. Hazara residents were given 3 choices:
convert to Sunni Islam, leave for Shiite Iran, or die.
(SFC, 9/11/98, p.D4)(SFC, 9/18/98, p.D8)(SFC,
2/19/01, p.A9)(SFC, 2/12/02, p.A16)
1998 Aug 8, A group called the
Liberation Arm of the Islamic Sanctuaries claimed responsibility for
the bombing of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and threatened
more attacks. Israeli troops began to arrive to assist in rescue
(SFC, 8/8/98, p.A1)(SFEC, 8/9/98, p.A1)(SFC,
1998 Aug 8, In Iran the first
daily newspaper dedicated to women’s issues, the daily Zan, was
launched by Faezeh Hashemi. She was the daughter of former Pres.
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
(SFEC, 8/9/98, p.A16)
1998 Aug 8, In Northern Ireland
some 15,000 Apprentice Boys marched through Londonderry with a few
(SFEC, 8/9/98, p.A17)
1998 Aug 8, In Serbia Slobodan
Milijkovic, a Serb wanted by the Int’l. War Crimes Tribunal, was
shot and killed by a policeman along with 2 others following insults
at an outdoor cafe in Belgrade. Milijkovic, a suspected member of
the Chetnicks ultra-nationalist paramilitary unit, had rejected
responsibility and said politicians were to blame for the war.
(SFEC, 8/9/98, p.A17)
1998 Aug 8, From Sri Lanka it
was reported that recent fighting has left some 1,800 guerrillas and
1,600 government troops dead.
(SFC, 8/8/98, p.B1)
1999 Aug 8, Opening a new
attack on the Republican tax-cut measure, President Clinton warned
the nation’s governors at their meeting in St. Louis that the $792
billion package would trigger "huge cuts" in Medicare, farm programs
and other spending critical to their voters.
1999 Aug 8, In Guyana Pres.
Janet Jagan (78) announced that she was resigning due to ill health
and that Bharat Jagdeo (35), her finance minister, would succeed
(SFC, 8/9/99, p.A9)
1999 Aug 8, In Honduras the
government began investigating the El Aguacate air base where human
remains had been discovered 4 days earlier. The site was a former
training base for Nicaraguan Contras.
(SFC, 8/9/99, p.A8)
1999 Aug 8, In Jerusalem Yasser
Arafat accepted Ehud Barak's proposal to delay land transfers and
troop withdrawals until October.
(SFC, 8/9/99, p.A8)
1999 Aug 8, In southern Lebanon
Israeli warplanes bombed suspected rebel positions after Hezbollah
guerrillas struck an Israeli outpost at Blatt.
(SFC, 8/9/99, p.A10)
1999 Aug 8, In southern Russia
federal forces opened fire from the ground and air on Islamic
militants in Dagestan. Prime minister Stepashin was in the capital
Makhachkala. The state is home to some 33 ethnic groups including
Wahhabi militants backed by Chechen commanders. Shamil Basayev, a
Chechen militant, declared Dagestan an independent Islamic state
within days of seizing several villages.
(SFC, 8/9/99, p.A11)(SFC, 8/14/99, p.A10)
1999 Aug 8, In Sierra Leone
rebels freed at least 19 of 35 captives taken on Aug 5.
(SFC, 8/9/99, p.A10)
1999 Aug 8, In Sweden AB Volvo
reached a deal to acquire Scania AB for $7.3 billion.
(WSJ, 8/9/99, p.A13)
2000 Aug 8, Vice President Al
Gore formally introduced and celebrated his Jewish running mate,
Senator Joseph Lieberman, during an appearance in Gore’s home state
2000 Aug 8, Audiotapes recorded
Enron traders deliberately congesting Western power lines: “If you
can congest it, that’s a moneymaker no matter what.”
(SFC, 6/15/04, p.A1)
2000 Aug 8, Some 109 nuclear
waste sites in 27 states, Puerto Rico and territorial islands of the
Pacific would remain dangerous for centuries according to a new
report by the US National Research Council.
(WSJ, 8/8/00, p.A24)
2000 Aug 8, The Civil War
submarine Hunley was raised and returned to Charleston, SC. State
Sen. Glenn McConnell raised funds for the Hunley project, which by
2006 reached $13.8 million, with another $15.5 million committed.
(SFC, 8/9/00, p.A3)(Econ, 4/10/04, p.25)
2000 Aug 8, In Bhutan flash
floods and mudslides left at least 50 people dead.
(SFC, 8/9/00, p.A14)
2000 Aug 8, Chile’s Supreme
Court stripped General Augusto Pinochet’s immunity, clearing the way
for the former dictator to be tried on human rights charges.
However, an appeals court later ruled Pinochet unfit to stand trial
because of his deteriorating health and mental condition.
(SFC, 8/9/00, p.A10)(AP, 8/8/01)
2000 Aug 8, In northeast India
flash floods and mudslides left at least 80 people dead and 2
(SFC, 8/9/00, p.A14)
2000 Aug 8, In Iran the daily
Bahar newspaper was closed by the hard-line judiciary for
"disturbing public opinion."
(SFC, 8/9/00, p.A14)
2000 Aug 8, In Kashmir the
militant Hizbul Mujahedeen called off its cease-fire.
(SFC, 8/9/00, p.A11)
2000 Aug 8, In Russia a bomb
exploded through an underground walkway in Moscow’s Pushkin Square
and at least 13 people were killed. Another bomb was found and
(SFC, 8/9/00, p.A1)(AP, 8/8/01)
2000 Aug 8, In Spain a car bomb
exploded in Madrid, where 11 people were injured and in Zumaia where
1 man was killed. The ETA was blamed.
(SFC, 8/9/00, p.A14)
2001 Aug 8, Four American
Senators met with Pres. Jiang Zemin in China and warned him that the
continued sales of sensitive missile technology would trigger an
arms race and boost internal US support for a missile defense
(SFC, 8/9/01, p.A10)
2001 Aug 8, US Federal
authorities announced the arrests of 100 people nationwide in an
Internet child pornography operation, Landslide Productions Inc.,
based in Fort Worth, Tx.
(SFC, 8/9/01, p.A3)
2001 Aug 8, Maureen Reagan
(b.1941), daughter of former Pres. Ronald Reagan, died of malignant
melanoma. She authored the 1989 autobiography "First Father, First
(SFC, 8/9/01, p.A20)(NW, 12/31/01, p.106)
2001 Aug 8, In Argentina
thousands of state workers, students and jobless marched on Buenos
Aires for a 2nd day to protest government plans to cut wages and
(SFC, 8/9/01, p.A9)
2001 Aug 8, In Bangladesh a
stampede of textile workers was caused by a false fire alarm and 23
people were crushed to death.
(WSJ, 8/9/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 8, Jacques Kerchache
(b.1942), French explorer and collector of primitive art, died in
(Econ, 4/16/11, p.91)(http://tinyurl.com/3pyax8r)
2001 Aug 8, In Iran Mohammad
Khatami was sworn in as president for a second term. Political
in-fighting with conservatives delayed the ceremony by 3 days.
(SFC, 8/9/01, p.A9)(AP, 8/8/02)
2001 Aug 8, In Italy police
chief Gianni de Gennaro acknowledged that excessive force had been
used against protesters of the Group 8 summit.
(SFC, 8/9/01, p.A8)
2001 Aug 8, In Lebanon up to
250 people were arrested in protests that demanded Syrian withdrawal
(SFC, 8/9/01, p.A9)
2001 Aug 8, In Macedonia
political leaders initialed a peace agreement as rebels ambushed an
army convoy and killed 10 soldiers.
(SFC, 8/9/01, p.A8)
2002 Aug 8, The FCC ordered TV
manufacturers to install tuners for digital signals in new TV sets
(SFC, 8/9/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 8, Bankrupt
telecommunications firm WorldCom said it had uncovered another $3.3
billion in bogus accounting, adding to the $3.85 billion fraud it
revealed in June.
2002 Aug 8, In Oregon the
Florence and Sour Biscuit fires merged and formed the largest active
fire in the nation. The fire soon covered 308,000 acres.
(SFC, 8/9/02, p.A9)(SFC, 8/10/02, p.A5)
2002 Aug 8, Australia's highest
court ruled that Aborigines do not have rights to oil or minerals
found under tribal land now being used by mining companies.
2002 Aug 8, The Chinese
government awarded an Australian consortium a 25-year natural gas
supply contract in Australia's biggest-ever foreign trade deal.
2002 Aug 8, In Colombia
President Alvaro Uribe pressed ahead with Plan Meteor to equip 1
million citizens with radios to report on rebel activity.
(AP, 8/9/02)(SFC, 8/9/02, p.A20)
2002 Aug 8, In Indonesia
Lorenzo Taddei (34), an Italian tourist, was shot dead in Central
Sulawesi when gunmen fired on the bus he was traveling in.
2002 Aug 8, In Northern Ireland
gunmen shot the son of Protestant extremist Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair
in both legs, an act known as kneecapping.
(WSJ, 8/9/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 8, Saddam Hussein
organized a big military parade and then warned "the forces of evil"
not to attack Iraq as he sought once more to shift the debate away
from world demands that he live up to agreements that ended the Gulf
2002 Aug 8, Israeli troops and
tanks briefly swept into a town in the northern Gaza Strip for the
second time in two days, killing a youth and wounding three others
in a clash with Palestinian stone throwers. Negotiators failed to
reach agreement, but scheduled more talks on a gradual Israeli troop
pullback from some Palestinian areas.
2002 Aug 8, In Nigeria police
freed 46 captives many of them chained and badly beaten in raids on
five "torture centers" run by a feared vigilante group.
2002 Aug 8, South Korea said 10
people were dead after four days of torrential rains that North
Korea reported had also caused scores of casualties and destroyed
crops in the hungry communist state.
2002 Aug 8, Taiwan said it may
forge ahead with legislation for a referendum on formal independence
from China, but sought to soften the blow with an assurance it would
not hold a vote unless forced into a corner.
2002 Aug 8, The bodies of two
Uzbek prisoners, Muzafar Avazov and Khusnuddin Olimov, who died in
custody while jailed for alleged religious extremism were returned
to their families for burial. Both men were jailed for membership in
the banned Islamic group Hizb-ut-Tahrir.
2003 Aug 8, George Soros
pledged $10 million to a political action committee called America
Coming Together to defeat George Bush in 2004.
2003 Aug 8, A US federal judge
ruled that some 264,000 square miles of submerged lands in the
Northern Mariana Islands, a US commonwealth, belong to the United
2003 Aug 8, The Boston Roman
Catholic archdiocese offered $55 million to settle lawsuits stemming
from sex abuse by priests. The archdiocese later settled for $85
2003 Aug 8, In eastern Colombia
suspected rebels set off a car bomb near the Saravena airport,
killing five civilians, including two children.
2003 Aug 8, In India workers
camped out at a mountain tunnel were hit by a fierce overnight
thunderstorm near a Himalayan resort in Himachal Pradesh state,
leaving at least 26 dead.
2003 Aug 8, Mahmud Dhiyab
Al-Ahmad, Saddam Hussein's former interior minister, (No. 29 on the
list of 55 most-wanted Iraqis) surrendered to coalition forces.
2003 Aug 8, A West Bank raid on
a bomb lab by Israeli troops killed 2 members of the Islamic
militant group Hamas. An Israeli soldier also was killed.
2003 Aug 8, Hezbollah
guerrillas shelled Israeli positions in a disputed Lebanese border
region for the first time in eight months, drawing Israeli
airstrikes and artillery fire.
2004 Aug 8, The US military
said 2 American soldiers and their Afghan interpreter died when a
bomb hit their Humvee.
2004 Aug 8, Alan Keyes, the
Republican two-time presidential hopeful, threw his hat into
Illinois' Senate race (he ended up losing to Democrat Barack Obama).
2004 Aug 8, Fay Wray (b.1907),
film actress, died. She was best known for her 1933 performance in
(SFC, 8/10/04, p.B7)
2004 Aug 8, Traces of the
anti-depressant Prozac have been found in Britain's drinking water
supply, setting off alarm bells with environmentalists concerned
about potentially toxic effects. In the decade up to 2001, overall
prescriptions of antidepressants in Britain rose from 9 million to
24 million a year.
2004 Aug 8, Iraq reinstated
capital punishment for people guilty of murder, endangering national
security and distributing drugs.
2004 Aug 8, Iraq's chief
investigating judge said Ahmad Chalabi, a former Governing Council
member with strong U.S. ties, was wanted in Iraq on counterfeiting
charges, while Salem Chalabi, head of the special tribunal in charge
of trying Saddam, faced an arrest warrant for murder.
2004 Aug 8, Militants in Iraq
said they had taken a top Iranian diplomat hostage. Faridoun Jihani
was identified as the "consul for the Islamic Republic of Iran in
2004 Aug 8, In San Juan
Chamula, Mexico, hundreds of enraged residents of this impoverished
Indian community locked the mayor and three other municipal
officials in jail, claiming they embezzled funds from public works
2004 Aug 8, In Pakistan 2 bombs
ripped through an Islamic school, killing 8 and injuring 42.
2004 Aug 8, Pakistan confirmed
that Qari Saifullah Akhtar, a senior bin Laden operative, had been
captured in the UAR and transferred to Lahore.
(SFC, 8/9/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 8, The death toll from
monsoons in South Asia reached 1,972. At least 1,152 have died in
India, 691 in Bangladesh, 124 in Nepal and 5 in Pakistan.
(AP, 8/8/04)(SSFC, 8/8/04, p.A3)
2004 Aug 8, President Leonid
Kuchma, joined by other top officials, attended the startup of
nuclear reactor No. 2 at the Khmelnitskyi plant in western Ukraine.
2005 Aug 8, Pres. Bush signed
the Energy Policy Act. The bill gave billions in tax breaks to
encourage homegrown energy production. Under the new law, effective
March 2007, Daylight Saving Time would begin three weeks earlier
than previously, on the second Sunday in March. DST would be
extended by one week to the first Sunday in November.
2005 Aug 8, After orbiting the
Earth for nearly two weeks, astronauts aboard space shuttle
Discovery were told to circle the planet for another day as bad
weather in Florida forced NASA to delay Monday's scheduled landing.
2005 Aug 8, In California 42
inmates were injured when a simmering dispute between two ethnic
groups erupted into the largest riot at San Quentin State Prison in
2005 Aug 8, Crude-oil prices
rallied to a new high above $63 a barrel.
2005 Aug 8, Barbara Bel Geddes
(82), stage and screen actress, died in Maine. She was best known
for her role as the matriarch on the TV series “Dallas.”
(SFC, 8/10/05, p.B7)
2005 Aug 8, John H. Johnson
(b.1919) founding publisher of Ebony (1945), Jet (1951), and Ebony
Man (1985), died in Chicago.
(HN, 11/1/98)(SFC, 8/8/05, p.B4)(AP, 8/8/06)
2005 Aug 8, In southern
Afghanistan one US service member and at least 16 suspected Taliban
rebels were killed in fighting.
2005 Aug 8-2005 Aug 9, In
Afghanistan US airstrikes during operations against militants killed
civilians and wounded others, including an infant according to local
2005 Aug 8, Milan Lukic, a
former Bosnia Serb paramilitary leader, was captured in Argentina.
He was wanted by a U.N. tribunal on charges of crimes against
2005 Aug 8, The EU head office
gave its clearance for the import of a genetically modified corn
product made by American biotechnology company Monsanto Co. for use
in animal feed.
2005 Aug 8, India and Pakistan
agreed to extend a two-year-old cease-fire in disputed Kashmir, but
did not discuss the question of reducing their military presence
2005 Aug 8, In eastern India
suspected rebels launched renewed attacks overnight on pipelines,
leaving oil operations in the remote region in critical shape.
2005 Aug 8, Health officials in
Indonesia reported 205 children with polio.
(WSJ, 8/9/05, p.A1)
2005 Aug 8, Iran resumed
uranium conversion activities at its Isfahan nuclear facility, a
step that Europeans and the US warned would prompt them to seek UN
sanctions against Tehran.
2005 Aug 8, In Iraq armed men
deposed Baghdad’s Mayor Alaa al-Tamini. They installed Hussein
al-Tahaan, a member of the Badr organization, and governor of
(SFC, 8/10/05, p.A3)
2005 Aug 8, Japanese lawmakers
rejected legislation to split up and sell the nation's postal
service, leading PM Junichiro Koizumi to call snap elections next
month. He promised to make the vote a referendum on his reform plan
and pledged to resign if it fails.
2005 Aug 8, In Saudi Arabia
King Abdullah pardoned 4 prominent activists who were jailed after
criticizing the strict religious environment and the slow pace of
2006 Aug 8, The US Federal
Reserve halted interest rate hikes at 5.25%. the DJIA fell 45.79 to
11,173. Nasdaq fell 11.65 to 2,060. Jeffrey Lacker, head of the
Richmond Fed, voted against the decision halt rate hikes.
(SFC, 8/9/06, p.C1)(Econ, 8/12/06, p.59)
2006 Aug 8, Medicare said it
plans to cut doctor payment rates by 5.1% and force hospitals to
disclose financial data.
(WSJ, 8/9/06, p.A1)
2006 Aug 8, Voters in
Connecticut rejected three-term Sen. Joe Lieberman for Ned Lamont, a
political newcomer, in the nation's first major test of the depth of
anger over the Iraq war. Lieberman ended up winning re-election to
the Senate by running as an independent
(AP, 8/9/06)(AP, 8/8/07)
2006 Aug 8, Roger Goodell was
chosen as the NFL's next commissioner.
2006 Aug 8, In Indianapolis,
Indiana, a fatal stabbing boosted the homicides to 13 in just one
week in the midst of an upsurge of violence that has police working
longer shifts and saturating high-crime areas.
2006 Aug 8, In eastern
Afghanistan US military killed 15 insurgents who attacked a US base
in Nuristan province. 12 militants and 8 policemen were killed in
fighting in Kandahar.
(AP, 8/9/06)(AP, 8/10/06)
2006 Aug 8, Clive Goodman,
royal editor at Britain’s News of the World, and Glenn Mulcaire, a
private investigator, were arrested for hacking phones between
November 2005 and August 2006. Both men were jailed in January,
(Econ, 7/16/11, p.26)
2006 Aug 8, Chad and Sudan
agreed to reopen their borders and resume diplomatic relations that
they severed in a dispute four months ago.
2006 Aug 8, In Chile police
used tear gas and water cannons to disperse about 2,000
rock-throwing students seeking better equipment for 21 schools in
the Santiago area.
2006 Aug 8, Gustavo Arcos
Bergnes (79), who fought alongside Fidel Castro in the Cuban
revolution but was later imprisoned as a dissident, died in Havana.
2006 Aug 8, A car bomb killed a
prosecutor in Dagestan, Russia, and two police were shot dead as
they arrived on the scene.
2006 Aug 8, Eritrea announced
that Brigadier General Kemal Gelchu, a dissident Ethiopian general,
had defected to Eritrea, said that he would be joining the OLF to
fight for his Oromo people's rights.
(Econ, 8/19/06, p.44)
2006 Aug 8, Gunmen with
automatic weapons stormed Kaieteur News, Guyana's largest newspaper,
killing at least six people and wounding three in an attack that may
have been connected to a simultaneous protest at the nation's main
2006 Aug 8, Indian officials
said flooding caused by monsoon rains have killed 69 people in
western India in the past three days, and caused tens of thousands
to flee their homes.
2006 Aug 8, Indonesian health
officials said 2 teenagers have died of bird flu. This would bring
Indonesia's death toll to 44 and make it the world's hardest-hit
2006 Aug 8, A series of
bombings and shootings killed at least 31 people in Baghdad and
other parts of Iraq as more US troops were seen in the capital as
part of Operation Together Forward, a campaign to reduce
Sunni-Shiite violence that threatened civil war. A US Army
helicopter crashed in Iraq's western Anbar province, leaving two
crew members missing and four injured. A policeman was killed and
another wounded when they were trying to defuse a roadside bomb in
Samarra. An explosion at a mosque in Baqouba left four people dead.
(AP, 8/8/06)(AP, 8/9/06)(Econ, 9/2/06, p.44)
2006 Aug 8, Israeli forces
battled Hezbollah guerrillas across southern Lebanon as diplomats at
the United Nations struggled to keep a peace plan from collapsing
over Arab demands for an immediate Israeli withdrawal. At least 19
Lebanese civilians were killed in Israeli airstrikes. Israel
reported five soldiers killed.
(AP, 8/8/06)(AP, 8/9/06)
2006 Aug 8, The Philippine
Congress began hearing new impeachment complaints against President
Gloria Arroyo, linking her to corruption and human rights abuses and
alleging she cheated in the 2004 election.
2006 Aug 8, Russian officials
said drawings by the late architect Yakov Chernikhov (d.1951), worth
millions of dollars, had disappeared from the Russian State Archive
of Literature and Art. Chernikhov was widely admired for his
avant-garde and constructivist designs. Rosokhrankultura said it
became aware of the Chernikhov thefts after nine missing drawings
were sold at auction by auction house Christie's on June 22.
2006 Aug 8, In Sri Lanka Tamil
rebels released water from a disputed reservoir, ending a 19-day
blockade that sparked some of the worst fighting between government
troops and guerrillas in four years. In Colombo a car bomb killed
two people, including a 3-year-old girl.
2006 Aug 8, Turkey battled the
largest recorded outbreak of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever, which
has killed at least 20 people this year, and experts said more cases
of the Ebola-like disease are inevitable in coming months.
2006 Aug 8, Five Yemeni army
officers were killed when their military helicopter crashed during a
2007 Aug 8, The US space
shuttle Endeavour and a crew of 7 took off from Cape Canaveral, Fl.,
on a special mission. Teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan was part of
(SFC, 8/9/07, p.A7)
2007 Aug 8, Researchers from
the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill reported that coral
coverage in the Indo-Pacific, an area stretching from Indonesia's
Sumatra island to French Polynesia, had dropped 20 percent in the
past two decades. They said the decline was driven by climate
change, disease and coastal development.
2007 Aug 8, In SF Donald Fisher
(78) and his wife Doris, founders of Gap (a chain of clothing
stores), announced plans to build the Contemporary Art Museum of the
(SFC, 8/8/07, p.A3)
2007 Aug 8, Virgin America,
part of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, made its inaugural flight
from JFK to San Francisco. For the first nine months of 2008 Virgin
announced a $174.5 million loss on $259 million in revenue.
(SFC, 1/3/11, p.D2)
2007 Aug 8, A tornado struck
Brooklyn, NY. This was the first ever tornado in recorded history to
touch down in Brooklyn. It was the first tornado to hit New York
City since 2003, when a weak tornado touched down in Staten Island,
and only the sixth tornado recorded in the city since 1950.
2007 Aug 8, Melville Shavelson
(90), comedy writer, producer and director, died in Studio City, Ca.
His films included “Cast a Giant Shadow” (1966). His books included
“How to Make a Jewish Movie.”
(SFC, 8/10/07, p.B9)
2007 Aug 8, Argentine
authorities said they were investigating why Venezuelan businessman
Antonini Wilson was carrying $800,000 in undeclared cash aboard an
executive jet charted by Argentina's state energy company. In
December US prosecutors said that the suitcase full of Venezuelan
cash was intended to finance the presidential campaign of Cristina
(AP, 8/8/07)(AP, 12/13/07)
2007 Aug 8, Australia's central
bank hiked interest rates 0.25 points to a decade-high 6.5 percent
in an unprecedented pre-election move that the government admitted
creates a political headache.
2007 Aug 8, An Austrian federal
court rejected Kazakhstan's request to have its ex-ambassador to
Austria, a former son-in-law of the Central Asian nation's
autocratic president, extradited to face kidnapping charges in his
2007 Aug 8, Researchers from
Belgium and China said a simple blood test can detect early stage
liver cancer and more accurately diagnose the disease that is a
major killer in Asia and Africa.
2007 Aug 8, A British air force
helicopter crashed near an army base in northern England, killing
two military personnel and injuring 10.
2007 Aug 8, Beijing began the
one-year countdown to the 2008 Olympics. Jacques Rogge, president of
the International Olympic Committee, acknowledged that Beijing's air
pollution could force the postponement of outdoor events during next
(AP, 8/7/07)(AP, 8/8/07)
2007 Aug 8, An international
team of researchers said the long-threatened Yangtze River dolphin
in China is probably extinct. They also said this would mark the
first whale or dolphin to be wiped out due to human activity.
2007 Aug 8, In southwest
Colombia families confirmed that two military officers kidnapped
four months ago by leftist rebels have died in captivity. Army Sgts.
Alexander Cardona and Jesus Sol were taken hostage by the
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), while on patrol near
2007 Aug 8, A report by the
Egyptian Organization for Human Rights detailed 567 cases of police
torture in the last 14 years, of which 167 led to the victim’s
(Econ, 9/1/07, p.38)(www.eohr.org/)
2007 Aug 8, Ethiopia said it
had killed more than 500 rebels and captured 170 in the past two
months during an offensive in the volatile but energy-rich Ogaden
region bordering Somalia.
2007 Aug 8, Ma Lik (55), the
leader of Hong Kong's leading pro-Beijing political party, DAB, died
of complications from colon cancer.
2007 Aug 8, In northeastern
India's Assam state suspected separatist rebels fatally shot 12
people in two separate attacks. Police suspect the attack was
carried out jointly by the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA)
and another local insurgent group, the Karbi Longri National
Liberation Front, which is fighting for autonomy for people of the
2007 Aug 8, Millions of people
in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, voted for governor for the first
time, the latest in a wave of local elections hailed as key to
strengthening democracy in the world's most populous Muslim nation.
2007 Aug 8, Iraqi PM Nouri
al-Maliki arrived in Iran for talks expected to focus on bilateral
relations and overcoming "terrorism challenges." Iraqis told they
will not get automatic asylum in Britain despite braving death
threats to work alongside British troops will now have their cases
reviewed. US-led forces swooped into the Shiite militia stronghold
of Sadr City, killing 32 suspected militants and detaining 12 others
in fighting and an airstrike targeting alleged smuggling networks
from Iran. Police and witnesses said 9 civilians were killed in the
2007 Aug 8, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed three Palestinian militants near Israel's border
with the Gaza Strip in two separate incidents.
2007 Aug 8, Mauritania passed a
law promising prison time for people who keep slaves, a monumental
step in the northwest African nation's push to eliminate the
long-standing practice. The government officially abolished slavery
in 1981, but no one has ever been prosecuted for it and no law
created a punishment.
2007 Aug 8, In Nigeria
kidnappers released a British and a Bulgarian hostage in the
southern oil region, while the young son of a local legislator was
seized in a separate incident and gunbattles raged for a third day.
2007 Aug 8, Pakistani security
forces killed three separatist militants after they were fired on
while surveying a flood-hit area in southwestern Baluchistan
2007 Aug 8, In South Africa
Pres. Mbeki dismissed deputy health minister Nozizwe
Madlala-Routledge following reports that she had gone to Spain to
attend an AIDS conference without his permission. AIDS activists
have been highly critical of her boss, Health Minister Manto
Tshabalala-Msimang, who promoted garlic and lemons as a remedy for
AIDS and mistrusted antiretroviral medicines.
2007 Aug 8, Venezuela's
socialist President Hugo Chavez took a campaign of petrodollar
diplomacy to Uruguay, seeking stronger political ties while offering
energy aid from one of the world's largest oil producers.
2007 Aug 8, In Vietnam
officials said at least 34 people have died and 17 more were missing
and feared dead after Tropical Storm Pabuk lashed the country.
2008 Aug 8, John Edwards,
former North Carolina senator and Democratic presidential candidate,
admitted that he had an extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter, a
film producer, in 2006 but denied fathering a daughter with her.
8/9/08)(Econ, 8/16/08, p.34)
2008 Aug 8, Struggling home
finance giant Fannie Mae reported a massive second quarter loss of
2.3 billion dollars, more than three times analysts' estimates.
2008 Aug 8, UBS AG agreed to
buy back $19 billion in auction rate securities improperly sold as
higher-rate equivalents for super-safe money market funds.
(WSJ, 8/9/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 8, Joseph Bennett (43)
of Canada tried to drive 58 bags containing 275,000 Ecstasy pills,
estimated at $6.5 million in street value, into Port Huron,
Michigan. In 2009 a federal judge in Detroit sentenced him to 7½
years in prison.
(SFC, 6/25/09, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/koa934)
2008 Aug 8, Nebraska Beef, an
Omaha meat packer, recalled 1.2 million pounds of beef after
products were linked to illnesses in 12 states. In July the company
had recalled over 5 million pounds of beef due to an outbreak of E.
coli in 7 states.
(SSFC, 8/10/08, p.A4)
2008 Aug 8, In Texas a charter
bus carrying Vietnamese worshippers on a pilgrimage ran off a
highway overpass north of Dallas and plunged onto a roadway below.
15 people were killed and 40 injured. In 2014 Angel de la Torre, the
owner of the Houston bus company charged after the crash that killed
17 passengers, avoided prison after a federal judge sentenced him to
three years of probation in a plea agreement.
(AP, 8/8/08)(AP, 10/29/14)
2008 Aug 8, In western
Afghanistan a coalition service member died in a roadside blast.
About 20 Taliban fighters were killed in a battle with Afghan and
US-led forces near a key military supply route in the western Bala
Buluk district. An Afghan child was killed and two injured by
militants who attacked alliance troops in northeastern Kunar
(AP, 8/8/08)(AP, 8/9/08)
2008 Aug 8, In Algeria 12 armed
Islamists, including a number of individuals considered among the
leaders of Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb, were killed overnight by the
army in an ambush near Beni Douala, near Tizi Ouzou.
2008 Aug 8, Australian Customs
and police said they had seized 4.4 tons of ecstasy tablets worth
nearly 400 million dollars, describing it as the biggest haul of the
illicit drug anywhere in the world. Police said the seizure of the
drugs, which were concealed in tins of tomato shipped to Australia
from Italy, had resulted in the arrests of 21 people across the
country beginning in pre-dawn raids.
2008 Aug 8, Bolivia said it has
reached an agreement in principle to purchase the local operations
of energy company Royal Dutch Shell PLC as part of President Evo
Morales' nationalization push.
2008 Aug 8, President Bush
blended carefully calibrated political messages for China and Russia
with enthusiasm for his nation's athletes as he became the first US
president to attend an Olympics abroad.
2008 Aug 8, In Beijing, China,
the 29th Olympic Games, costing an estimated 40 billion dollars and
shrouded by political controversies, burst into life with a
spectacular opening ceremony. The official slogan for the games this
year was “One world, one dream.” Actress activist Mia Farrow began
Web-casting her own "Darfur Olympics" from a refugee camp on the
barren Sudan-Chad border, aiming to shame China into using its
influence with Khartoum to end the Darfur conflict. Construction
before the games forced more than 1m people from their homes.
(AP, 8/8/08)(AP, 8/7/08)(Econ, 8/2/08,
p.28)(Econ, 7/30/16, p.68)
2008 Aug 8, In the Czech
Republic an international express train crashed into a collapsed
bridge, killing at least six people and injuring dozens.
2008 Aug 8, The EU tightened
trade sanctions against Iran to punish Tehran for not committing to
a long-standing demand of the international community that it freeze
its nuclear enrichment program.
2008 Aug 8, Georgian troops
launched a major military offensive to regain control of South
Ossetia, prompting a furious response from Russia, which sent tanks
into the region. The convoy was expected to reach the provincial
capital by evening. Georgia said it shot down two Russian combat
planes. Separatist officials in South Ossetia said 15 civilians had
been killed in fighting overnight. Georgia later acknowledged that
it used M85 cluster munition near the Roki tunnel that connects
South Ossetia with Russia, while Russia denied use of cluster bombs.
(AP, 8/8/08)(AP, 9/1/08)
2008 Aug 8, Guinea Bissau's
army announced it had arrested rear admiral Jose Americo Bubo Na
Tchute, the head of the navy, over an attempted coup.
2008 Aug 8, Anti-US cleric
Muqtada al-Sadr ordered most of his followers to disarm but said he
will maintain an elite fighting unit to resist the Americans in
Iraq. Ashraf al-Yas (19) talked his way through a police checkpoint,
drove his vehicle into a crowded farmers market and detonated his
explosives. He killed 28 people and injured 72 in Tal Afar. A
roadside bombing in Baghdad killed an American soldier and wounded 2
(AP, 8/8/08)(AP, 8/9/08)(SSFC, 8/10/08,
2008 Aug 8, In Nigeria police
arrested the head of a federal agency charged with developing
Nigeria's impoverished southern oil region after allegations the man
spent millions of dollars on a witch doctor in hopes vanquishing a
2008 Aug 8, In Pakistan at
least seven Pakistani troops and 30 militants were reported killed
in two days of clashes at Loisam and its surrounding areas in the
Bajaur tribal district. Insurgents stormed a police post in Buner
and killed 8 police officers.
(AFP, 8/8/08)(SSFC, 8/10/08, p.A11)
2008 Aug 8, In Sri Lanka
artillery shells fired by the army hit a hospital overnight killing
an 18-month-old baby and wounding 16 people. Infantry clashes in the
north killed 31 rebels and four soldiers.
(AP, 8/8/08)(AP, 8/9/08)
2008 Aug 8, The Large Hadron
Collider (LHC) near Geneva, began initial tests.
2008 Aug 8, In Turkey Mehmet
Dursun Uygurturkoglu (35) doused himself with gasoline and set
himself alight during a protest by ethnic Uighurs outside the
Chinese Embassy. Other demonstrators jumped on the man and quickly
extinguished the flames with a blanket.
2008 Aug 8, Researchers said at
least 38 Warao Indians have died in remote villages in Venezuela
since June 2007. Medical experts suspected an outbreak of rabies
spread by bites from vampire bats.
2009 Aug 8, Sonia Sotomayor was
sworn-in as the first Hispanic on the US Supreme Court.
2009 Aug 8, In Dinuba, Ca., a
car fleeing from police ran a stop sign and slammed into a pickup,
killing three people in the car and four young children in the
2009 Aug 8, In Chino, Ca., a
2-day prison riot began. It housed almost twice as many prisoners as
it was designed for and was typical of California’s 33 state
prisons. At this time California spent about $49,000 a year on each
prisoner, almost twice the national average.
(Econ, 8/15/09, p.28)
2009 Aug 8, Continental Express
Flight 2816, en route with 47 passengers to Minneapolis from
Houston, was stranded overnight at Rochester, Minn., after being
forced to land due to storms. On Nov 24 the Dept. of Transportation
levied $175,000 in fines against Continental, ExpressJet and Mesaba
Airlines for keeping the plane on the tarmac.
(SFC, 11/25/09, p.A6)
2009 Aug 8, Near Hoboken, New
Jersey, 9 people died in an air collision over the Hudson River,
including 3 members of a Pennsylvania family in the private plane
and five Italian tourists and a pilot from New Jersey in a Liberty
(AP, 8/9/09)(SSFC, 8/9/09, p.A9)
2009 Aug 8, NATO helicopters
wounded five Afghan police by mistake during a battle with
insurgents in Ghazni province. A British soldier, serving with
NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), was killed by
an improvised explosive device (IED). A US soldier was killed in the
south in a hostile fire incident.
(Reuters, 8/8/09)(AFP, 8/9/09)(AP, 8/11/09)
2009 Aug 8, In China hundreds
of villagers rioted after news broke about the lead poisoning at the
Wugang Manganese Smelting Plant in Wenping township, central Hunan
province. A crowd of 600 to 700 people overturned four police cars
and smashed a local government sign. China later detained two
factory officials after 1,354 children were reported poisoned by
lead pollution from the manganese processing plant.
2009 Aug 8, India’s army said
its troops killed three Islamic militants along the de facto Kashmir
border, thwarting the seventh attempt by rebels to infiltrate from
Pakistan in a week.
2009 Aug 8, In northern India
landslides triggered by heavy rains killed at least 43 people in
three remote villages in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand state.
2009 Aug 8, Indonesian police
reportedly killed Noordin Mohammad Top, the self-proclaimed
Southeast Asian commander of al-Qaida, in a 16-hour siege of a
village hide-out in Central Java. Authorities said they could not
confirm that a recovered body was that of the militant leader
without DNA tests. DNA tests failed to confirm Top’s death. Police
raided a house on the outskirts of Jakarta where they killed two
suspected militants and seized bombs and a car rigged to carry them.
The house was just 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the president's
(AP, 8/8/09)(AP, 8/9/09)(AP, 8/12/09)
2009 Aug 8, In northern Italy
rules for officially condoned vigilante groups took effect.
(Econ, 8/15/09, p.46)
2009 Aug 8, In Mauritania a
suicide bomber killed himself outside the French Embassy, wounding
two embassy guards and a woman in the street. An African branch of
Al-Qaida later said the attack was a response to the aggression of
"crusaders" including former colonial ruler France, and to
Mauritanian leaders against Islam and Muslims.
(AP, 8/8/09)(AP, 8/18/09)
2009 Aug 8, In Mexico
assailants in the state of Guerrero opened fire on a car carrying a
couple and their 3-year-old son, killing all three. In Chihuahua
gunmen killed four people in an attack in a bar.
2009 Aug 8, In Moldova the four
pro-Western parties that upset the Communists in recent elections
agreed on a coalition deal to form a new government.
2009 Aug 8, Myanmar government
troops seized a weapons factory near the Chinese border after being
informed about it during a ministerial meeting with China on
combating transnational crime. This triggered several days of
clashes with an ethnic militia that sent more than 30,000 refugees
fleeing across the border into China.
2009 Aug 8, In Pakistan a
gunfight between militants and supporters of a pro-government tribal
elder killed 6 militants and 2 tribesmen in the Mohmand tribal
region near the Afghan border.
2009 Aug 8, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas was named head of his Fatah movements at his
party's first conference in two decades, strengthening the hand of
the Western-backed leader in his bid to revive peace talks with
2009 Aug 8, Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev hailed the Russian victory in a war with Georgia a
year ago, saying the war had redrawn the map of the Caucasus for
2009 Aug 8, In Somalia’s pirate
stronghold of Harardhere, fighting over the last 24 hours killed at
least 12 people. A dispute over a car escalated as clan militias got
involved. Mortar shells slammed into a busy market in the capital,
Mogadishu, killing six people and wounding 18.
2009 Aug 8, In South Africa US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and South African President Jacob
Zuma pledged to cement closer ties between their new
2009 Aug 8, Sri Lanka held
local elections near an area once dominated by the Tamil Tiger
rebels, but voters largely stayed away from the polls in the
violence-scarred region. Voter turnout was 22% in Jaffna and 52% in
Vavuniya, according to election monitors. The pro-Tiger Tamil
National Alliance (TNA) scored unexpected success with 8 of 23 seats
in Jaffna and 5 of 11 seats in Vavuniya.
(AP, 8/8/09)(Econ, 8/15/09, p.35)
2009 Aug 8, Typhoon Morakot
lashed Taiwan with powerful winds and downpours leaving at least one
person killed and five missing.
2009 Aug 8, Venezuela’s
President Hugo Chavez said he's returning his ambassador to
Colombia, moving to resolve rising diplomatic tensions after weapons
sold to Venezuela were found in a rebel cache.
2010 Aug 8, In San Francisco
German tourist Mechthild Schroer was killed by a stray bullet
outside a comedy club at 414 Mason. On May 4, 2011, police arrested
7 of 8 young men accused of taking part in a gang gunbattle that
left her dead. In 2014 four men indicted in the shooting pleaded
guilty to lesser charges and were expected to serve five to nine
years in state prison.
(SFC, 5/5/11, p.A1)(SFC, 10/1/11, p.C2)(SFC,
2010 Aug 8,
Patricia Neal (84), American actress, died at her home in
Massachusetts. Her films included “The Fountainhead” (1949), “The
Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951), “Hud” (1963) and “A Face in the
Crowd” (1957). Her 1988 autobiography was titled ”As I Am.”
(SFC, 8/9/10, p.A6)
2010 Aug 8, Matthew Simmons
(67), who rattled the energy industry by arguing the world was
rapidly approaching peak oil production capacity, died at his home
in North Haven, Maine. In his 2005 book "Twilight in the Desert,"
Simmons argued Saudi Arabia's oil reserves were nearing the highest
levels of production they were capable of achieving, after which
point the world's yearly oil supply would begin to decline.
2010 Aug 8, In Afghanistan
Pres. Karzai said foreign security companies should all be replaced
by Afghan police, the same day that the bodies of 10 members of a
medical team, killed on Aug 5, were returned to Kabul. 52 companies
employed about 30,000 people, most of them former military officers.
(SSFC, 8/15/10, p.E7)(http://tinyurl.com/34uqwfs)
2010 Aug 8, Arab League chief
Amr Moussa signed a letter asking for backing of a resolution urging
Washington and other powers to end support of Israel's nuclear
secrecy and to push the Jewish state to allow international
inspections of its program. Arab nations planned submit the request
to the September assembly of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
2010 Aug 8, In China landslides
in the northwestern province of Gansu left at least 337 people dead
in the deadliest incident so far in the country's worst flooding in
a decade. More than 1,148 were missing.
2010 Aug 8, In Iraq a suicide
car bomber struck a police patrol west of Baghdad and killed 8
people, mostly civilians. Gunmen armed with AK-47 rifles boarded 4
commercial ships in a two-hour time span in the vicinity of an oil
terminal in the northern Persian Gulf. The assailants took
computers, cell phones and money from crew members before fleeing.
The interrogation of two Iraqis arrested after the incident
indicated it was a robbery attempt without a larger agenda.
(SFC, 8/9/10, p.A2)(AP, 8/16/10)
2010 Aug 8, Libya's government
announced it will pay compensation to some people it had wrongfully
imprisoned, the latest step in an effort to draw a line under a
history of human rights abuses.
2010 Aug 8, Former Mexican
Pres. Vincente Fox, who was a key US ally in the war on drugs,
backed the legalization of drugs, saying prohibition has failed to
curb Mexico's spiraling violence and corruption.
2010 Aug 8, North Korean
authorities seized a South Korean fishing boat and its 7-man crew.
North Korea freed the crew on Sep 7.
(SFC, 8/9/10, p.A2)(AP, 9/7/10)
2010 Aug 8, South African
journalists launched a campaign to fight what they say is an attempt
to curtail media freedoms in a nation known for one of Africa's
freest and most open constitutions.
2010 Aug 8, In Spain people
began complaining of jellyfish attacks. Over the next three days
some 700 people were stung at three beaches on the Costa Blanca near
Elche, where normally just a handful get stung daily.
2010 Aug 8, Gunmen in south
Sudan killed 23 people, including police officers, in an ambush on a
truck in the key oil producing state of Unity, Koch county.
2010 Aug 8, Venezuela’s Pres.
Chavez rejected Larry Palmer as the US ambassador to Caracas citing
comments by Palmer regarding low morale in Venezuela’s military.
(SFC, 8/9/10, p.A1)
2011 Aug 8, US House leaders
announced that they are terminating the long-running congressional
page program for high school students, both out of cost
considerations, and in recognition of the diminished demand for page
services in the digital age.
2011 Aug 8, The US Justice
department and 4 the attorney generals of California, Illinois,
Florida, and Indiana accused Pittsburgh-based Education Management
Corp. of paying recruiters to enroll students in an $11 billion
(SFC, 8/8/11, p.A5)
2011 Aug 8, Global stock
markets sank again as worries over the downgrade of US debt
outweighed relief at a European Central Bank pledge to buy up
Italian and Spanish bonds to help the two countries avoid
devastating defaults. The DJIA fell 634.76 points.
(AP, 8/8/11)(SFC, 8/9/11, p.A7)
2011 Aug 8, San Francisco’s
Mayor Ed Lee (59) said he will run for a full 4-year term.
(SFC, 8/8/11, p.A1)
2011 Aug 8, In Oakland, Ca.,
Carlos Nava (30) was killed by accident during a driveby shooting at
64th Ave. and Int’l. Boulevard. On Aug 11 Lawrence Curtis Denard
(26) was charged with the boy’s murder. On Aug 12 Willie Torrence,
the driver of the car, was arrested in Las Vegas. On July 23, 2014,
Denard and Torrence (25) were sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 8/12/11, p.C1)(SFC, 8/16/11, p.C1)(SFC,
2011 Aug 8, In Afghanistan
coalition forces in a midnight bombing raid killed the Taliban
insurgents responsible for the Aug 5 attack on a US helicopter. The
F-16 strike killed the "shooter" as well as a Taliban militant,
2011 Aug 8, Bangladesh police
said the main opposition leader, ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia, has
been accused of abuse of power and graft in a new case filed by the
country's main anti-corruption body. In a separate case, a court
Dhaka issued an arrest warrant against Tareque Rahman, Zia's elder
son and heir apparent, accusing him of laundering over 204 million
taka ($2.73 million) in Singapore between 2003 and 2007.
(AFP, 8/8/11)(Econ, 8/13/11, p.42)
2011 Aug 8, London police said
they had arrested 100 people in a second night of rioting,
condemning it as "copycat" disorder following weekend unrest sparked
by the death of a man in a police shooting.
2011 Aug 8, Chad’s Idriss Deby
Itno vowed he would battle corruption as he was sworn in as
president for a new five-year term.
2011 Aug 8, In Colombia
Muhammad Nazarruddin (32), the ex-treasurer of Indonesian President
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's party, was reported arrested in Cartagena
after weeks on the run over corruption allegations. Nazarruddin has
been on the run since May when anti-graft investigators linked him
to a bribery scandal involving contracts on a 23-million-dollar
athletes' village for the Southeast Asian Games scheduled in
(AFP, 8/9/11)(Econ, 2/25/12, p.51)
2011 Aug 8, Cuban state media
reported that Cuba and Angola, long-standing allies, have boosted
military cooperation during a visit to the communist-run Caribbean
island by Angolan defense officials.
2011 Aug 8, In El Salvador 9
former soldiers and officials turned themselves over to a court
after being indicted in Spain in the 1989 killings of six Jesuit
priests and two other people during the Central American country's
civil war. A tenth suspect in the Spanish case has since died, and
10 other suspects have not been located.
2011 Aug 8, In Guatemala former
first lady Sandra Torres’ bid to succeed her ex-husband came to an
end when the constitutional court ruled her ineligible to run
because of her relationship to the president.
2011 Aug 8, In India Lobsang
Sangay, a Harvard-trained legal scholar, was sworn in as new head of
the Tibetan government-in-exile, taking over from the Dalai Lama as
the official leader of his people's fight for freedom.
2011 Aug 8, In Libya a rebel
spokesman in Misrata said forces loyal to Moamer Kadhafi had
launched an assault on rebel positions in Zliten's Souk Telat area,
killing 3 and wounding 15. A rebel source at Al-Qusbat, around 90 km
(55 miles) east of Tripoli, said that town was living through its
fourth day under siege. Libya's rebels sacked their executive
committee. Mahmoud Jibril, who was the head of the outgoing
committee, was asked to form a new board.
(AFP, 8/8/11)(AP, 8/9/11)
2011 Aug 8, Mexico's government
said it is suspending about $102 million in federal law enforcement
grants to 80 percent of the country's most violent municipalities
because they haven't shown progress in using the money. Two
university professors were injured by the explosion of a package
bomb on a campus near the national capital at a campus of Monterrey
Technological Institute. The anti-technology group Individuals
Tending to Savagery was later said to be responsible. The
bullet-riddled bodies of four police officers and a civilian were
found dumped in Michoacan state. The officers from Colima had just
gone off duty when they vanished on Aug 6. A naval academy cadet
went missing after he failed to turn up at the Veracruz state
(AP, 8/9/11)(SFC, 8/10/11, p.A2)(AP, 8/15/11)
2011 Aug 8, In Nigeria gunmen
killed five people and wounded four others in a nighttime attack on
in Bisichi village, Plateau state, leaving the dead mutilated with
machete wounds. Boko Haram attackers killed a senior prison official
and a school teacher in Maiduguri.
(AP, 8/9/11)(AP, 8/10/11)
2011 Aug 8, Residents of
Somalia's war-torn capital fled fighting after remnants of extremist
Shebab rebel forces, who pulled out of Mogadishu at the weekend,
battled with government troops overnight.
2011 Aug 8, In South Africa
drivers operating feeder buses to high-speed train service went on a
one-day strike, only six days after a new link between Johannesburg
and the capital Pretoria opened. Drivers were demanding a wage
increase from 4,600 rand ($660, 467 euros) to 5,000 rand a month.
Train drivers earned about 21,000 rand per month.
2011 Aug 8, Sudan said it has
granted a petroleum exploration license to China after visiting
Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and President Omar al-Bashir held talks
2011 Aug 8, Swaziland's
cash-strapped university failed to re-open for the new academic
year. It expected to remain closed indefinitely.
2011 Aug 8, Syria’s eastern
city of Deir el-Zour came under fresh artillery fire as a deadly
military assault left President Bashar Assad's regime increasingly
isolated, with Arab nations forcefully joining the international
chorus of condemnation for the first time.
2011 Aug 8, In Tunisia hundreds
of people demonstrated in central Tunis to demand that members of
the toppled Ben Ali regime be stopped from re-entering the political
scene or escaping justice for alleged crimes.
2012 Aug 8, In eastern
Afghanistan two suicide attackers hit a NATO patrol, killing 3
American coalition service members and USAID foreign service officer
Ragaei Abdelfattah. Afghan officials added that a civilian was also
killed in the bombing in Kunar province. On Nov 12, 2015, Army
Captain Florent Groberg (32) was awarded the US Medal of Honor for
tackling a suicide bomber and saving members of his patrol.
2012 Aug 8, Belarus ordered
Sweden to close its embassy in Minsk by the end of the month, a move
that comes only days after Belarusian President Alexander
Lukashenko's regime forced the Swedish ambassador out of the
2012 Aug 8, Britain arrested
Spaniard Kemen Uranga Artola (43) in London suspected of being a
member of the Basque separatist group ETA. Media reports said Uranga
is suspected of the murder of a judge, Jose Maria Lidon, who was
killed by an ETA group in 2001.
2012 Aug 8, A spokeswoman for
London’s Olympics organizers (LOCOG) confirmed that 7 competitors
from Cameroon have gone missing at the London Olympics and British
police have been informed.
2012 Aug 8, Chilean police used
water cannons and tear gas to break up a demonstration in Santiago
by thousands of students demanding free education.
(SFC, 8/9/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 8, In eastern China
Typhoon Haikui slammed into in Zhejiang province south of Shanghai,
the country's third in a week, killing at least two people and
causing more than $1 billion in damage.
2012 Aug 8, In CongoDRC 3 elite
troops were killed at an airport at Lubumbashi in a night attack
blamed on regional separatists. A national intelligence agency
source said the attackers were from the same Katangan separatist
group that carried out the earlier assault.
2012 Aug 8, Egypt's state
television reported the military killed 20 militants in
unprecedented air strikes. Egypt said the attackers who killed 16
Egyptian soldiers had help from Gaza. In response Egypt closed its
border crossing and shut down hundreds of smuggling tunnels. Gazans
said the sealing of their territory following a weekend attack by
Islamic militants has sent prices soaring and is leaving hundreds of
medical patients stranded. President Mohammed Morsi fired his
intelligence chief for failing to act on an Israeli warning of an
imminent attack days before militants stormed a border post in the
(AFP, 8/8/12)(AP, 8/8/12)
2012 Aug 8, In Honduras a new
police extortion unit was reported to have received 506 complaints
of extortion involving homes, taxis and businesses in Tegucigalpa in
the first half of this year.
2012 Aug 8, India's struggling
Kingfisher Airlines was forced to cancel more than 30 flights after
pilots and engineers refused to show up for work because of unpaid
2012 Aug 8, In Iraq a car bomb
targeting Shiite Muslims in Al-Tanmiyah village and the shooting of
a lawyer and his family in Baiji left 21 people dead, after Al-Qaeda
warned it would target lawyers and retake territory in a new
2012 Aug 8, Israeli security
forces said Hezbollah militants have smuggled explosives into
northern Israel using a network of drug dealers on either side of
the Lebanese-Israeli border.
2012 Aug 8, A probe ordered by
Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara on the 2010-2011 post-election
crisis found that his forces killed over 700 people and those of
ex-leader Laurent Gbagbo about twice as many.
2012 Aug 8, Libya's first
elected assembly took over power from the transitional council that
has ruled the country since last year's uprising against longtime
dictator Moammar Gadhafi. A timetable called for the new assembly to
name a president within a day and then form a government within 30
days of its first session.
2012 Aug 8, In northern Mali a
man's hand was chopped off as punishment for the theft of a
motorbike in the village of Ansongo.
2012 Aug 8, Myanmar authorities
warned that it was facing a deepening drug crisis after seizing
narcotics including more than 1.4 million amphetamine pills and 116
kilos of heroin in July.
2012 Aug 8, Pakistan's Supreme
Court ordered PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to appear before the panel to
explain why he has not followed instructions from its judges to
reopen an old corruption case against the president.
2012 Aug 8, In the Philippines
more than one million people in and around Manila battled deadly
floods amid relentless monsoon rains, with neck-deep waters trapping
slum dwellers and the wealthy on roofs.
2012 Aug 8, Russian prosecutors
said a reclusive sect in Kazan, Tatarstan, that literally went
underground to stop contact with the outside world, kept 27 children
in dark and unheated cells, many of them for more than a decade. The
children have been freed and the parents charged with child abuse.
Child abuse charges were brought against members of the sect and
leader Faizrakhman Satarov (83), who declared himself a Muslim
prophet in contradiction with the principles of Islam, has also been
charged with negligence.
2012 Aug 8, In South Africa
Mziwamadoda Qwabe (27), one of the men accused of killing Swedish
honeymooner Anni Dewani, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25
years in prison in a plea deal. South Africa was still awaiting the
extradition of the victim's British husband Shrien Dewani, who is
accused of masterminding the November 2010 killing in a murder set
up to look like a botched carjacking. On Aug 15 Xolile Mngeni, named
by Qwabe as the gunman, denied charges of murder, kidnapping,
robbery and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. On Nov
19 Mngeni was convicted of premeditated murder. In October, 2014,
Mngeni died in a hospital unit of a Cape Town prison. He had been
diagnosed in 2011 with brain cancer.
(AFP, 8/8/12)(AFP, 8/15/12)(AP, 11/19/12)(AP,
2012 Aug 8, In South Africa at
least two people died and two went missing as heavy snow and rain
battered the southeast.
2012 Aug 8, Syrian troops
launched a broad ground assault on rebel-held areas of Aleppo and
activists reported clashes as opposition forces fought back.
Turkey's state-run news agency reported that some 2,400 people
crossed into Turkey overnight to escape the escalating violence.
Residents said Syrian fighter jets launched airstrikes on Tel Rifat,
hitting a home and a high school and killing six people from one
family. The Observatory said violence across Syria cost the lives of
at least 167 people -- 95 civilians, 54 soldiers and 18 rebels.
(AP, 8/8/12)(AFP, 8/9/12)(AP, 8/9/12)
2012 Aug 8, In Uganda regional
leaders ended a meeting on a proposed neutral force for eastern
CongoDRC, with no concrete progress but a pledge to meet in a month.
2013 Aug 8, California’s
Central Valley agricultural interests sued the federal government in
an attempt to stop releases into the Klamath River to protect
spawning salmon. On Aug 23 the federal government began releasing
Trinity River water into the lower Klamath to protect spawning
salmon following a 9-day delay.
(SFC, 8/9/13, p.D1)(SFC, 8/24/13, p.C4)
2013 Aug 8, In San Francisco an
inaugural gun buyback by SF Bay Area-based Gunbuyback.org collected
157 firearms in exchange for $15,500.
(SFC, 8/9/13, p.A6)
2013 Aug 8, In southern
California a wildfire in Riverside County, estimated at 15.5 square
miles, damaged buildings, threatened about 600 homes and forced some
1,500 people to flee.
(SFC, 8/9/13, p.A5)
2013 Aug 8, In southern
California Judith Oakes, the accountant at Rialto Unified school
district, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft, embezzlement and
burglary. Video surveillance showed her stuffing cash from student
lunch money into her bra.
(SSFC, 9/1/13, p.A8)
2013 Aug 8, Paul White (45) of
Minnesota claimed his third of a $448 million Powerball jackpot. 16
workers from a county garage in New Jersey shared a 2nd ticket. A
3rd winner, also from New Jersey, had not yet come forward.
(SFC, 8/9/13, p.A5)(SFC, 8/10/13, p.A4)
2013 Aug 8, Afghan President
Karzai urged the Taliban to lay down their arms. In the east a bomb
planted in a graveyard killed 7 women and 7 children of a single
family in Nangarhar province's Ghany Khel district.
2013 Aug 8, In Afghanistan 3
Chinese citizens, 2 men and a woman, were murdered in an apartment
in Kabul. One Afghan man was also found dead. One Chinese citizen
(Reuters, 8/10/13)(AP, 8/11/13)
2013 Aug 8, In Egypt thousands
of demonstrators converged on the Brotherhood protest camp in
northeastern Cairo in a festive atmosphere to attend prayers and a
rally on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the
end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
2013 Aug 8, Italy's parliament
approved measures to ease some of the worst prison overcrowding in
Europe by cutting pre-trial detentions and using alternative
punishments for minor offences.
2013 Aug 8, Human Rights Watch
said a picked-up wave of political assassinations in Libya has
killed 51 people as the country lacks any effective law enforcement.
2013 Aug 8, In Malaysia Mr. K.
Veerappan, a convicted drug dealer, was shot and killed whiled
stopped at a traffic light in the Georgetown section of Penang. He
was said to have been a member of “Gang 36.”
(Econ, 8/17/13, p.37)
2013 Aug 8, In southwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked a police officer's funeral in
Quetta, killing 21 police officers and 9 civilians gathered to mourn
a police officer shot dead earlier that day in front of his
2013 Aug 8, Nicolae Gheorghe
(b.1946), Romanian Gypsy campaigner for rights of the Roma, died of
(Econ, 8/17/13, p.78)(http://tinyurl.com/pudxsh7)
2013 Aug 8, In South Sudan
cattle rustlers killed 8 people in Jonglei state. One of the raiders
was also killed.
2013 Aug 8, Syrian rebels
targeted President Bashar al-Assad's motorcade heading to a Damascus
mosque to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, but state
television showed him unharmed and the government denied he had been
2013 Aug 8, In Yemen three
suspected US drones 12 alleged al-Qaida militants, 6 in Marib
province and 6 in Hadramawt province.
2014 Aug 8, A US federal court
ruled that the NCAA has violated antitrust law in a 2009 case
involving Ed O’Bannon, a former college basketball star. EA Sports,
a video game company, had paid a fat fee to the NCAA but nothing to
(Econ, 8/16/14, p.21)
2014 Aug 8, Oracle Corp. sued
the state of Oregon in a breach of contract suit against Cover
Oregon, the state’s health insurance exchange. The state’s health
insurance website was never launched and disputed bills totaled $23
million. Gov. John Kitzhaber has called for the state to sue Oracle
and recover some of the $134 million already paid.
(SFC, 8/9/14, p.A8)
2014 Aug 8, Afghanistan's
feuding presidential candidates signed a deal to form a national
unity government, opening an apparent way forward in a dispute over
the fraud-tainted election that threatens to revive ethnic conflict.
2014 Aug 8, Cambodian
opposition lawmakers ended a 10-month boycott of Parliament, joining
the assembly for the first time after reaching a breakthrough
political deal with the country's ruling party.
2014 Aug 8, In Canada a patient
back from Nigeria who showed symptoms of fever and flu -- possible
signs of Ebola -- was put in isolation in a Toronto-area hospital.
2014 Aug 8, A Chinese court
sentenced Peter Humphrey, a private British investigator, to 2½
years in prison and his business-partner wife, Yu Yingzeng, to two
years after they pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining private
records of Chinese citizens as they researched corporate fraud. In
early 2013 Glaxo Pharma had asked their Hong Kong-based company,
China Whys, to investigate whether a former employee was passing
information of suspected fraud to Chinese authorities.
(SFC, 8/9/14, p.D4)
2014 Aug 8, An Iraqi official
said hundreds of women from the Yazidi religious minority have been
taken captive by Sunni militants. US jets pounded jihadist positions
to pave the way for Iraq's federal and Kurdish forces and also
dropped aid to stranded Yazidi civilians on Mount Sinjar.
(AP, 8/8/14)(AFP, 8/9/14)
2014 Aug 8, Israeli warplanes
struck targets in retaliation for dozens of Palestinian cross-border
rocket attacks. A 10-year-old boy was killed and 11 people wounded
in the airstrikes. The Israeli delegation in Cairo returned to
2014 Aug 8, Menahem Golan
(b.1929), Israeli action filmmaker, died in Tel Aviv. He produce
over 200 movies and directed a fourth of them. They included “Cobra”
(1986), the “Death Wish” sequels 2-5 (1982-1994), “Entebbe:
Operation Thunderbolt” (1977), “Delta Force” (1986), “Bloodsport”
(1987) and “Over the Top” (1987).
(SFC, 8/11/14, p.C3)
2014 Aug 8, Japan’s Yomiuri
Shimbun reported that Japan and the United States will jointly
develop a fuel-cell powered submarine that can run for a month under
the sea on a single charge an unmanned. The 10-meter (33-feet) long
sub would be able to chart a pre-programmed course before returning
2014 Aug 8, In Jordan tens of
thousands celebrated the "Gaza victory" in the war against Israel,
at a rally organized by the Islamist opposition.
2014 Aug 8, In Libya a UN
delegation held talks in Tripoli to try to broker a ceasefire
between armed factions that have turned the capital into a
battleground after the worst fighting since the fall of Muammar
2014 Aug 8, Malaysia Airlines
will be taken over by the country's state investment fund and
de-listed, as part of plans announced today for a "complete
overhaul" to rescue the company from oblivion after two crippling
2014 Aug 8, In Myanmar the
ASEAN regional summit opened for talks among ministers from 10
Southeast Asian countries. It will expand over the weekend to
comprise 27 countries who are members of the so-called ASEAN
2014 Aug 8, Nigeria's president
declared the containment of the Ebola virus a national emergency as
officials confirmed two new cases of Ebola, bringing the total
number of infections in Africa's most populous country to nine,
including 2 deaths.
2014 Aug 8, In Syria Islamic
State jihadists captured the key Brigade 93 Syrian army base in Raqa
province overnight. 36 soldiers were killed, some of whom were
beheaded, while others died in the fighting or in the initial triple
suicide bombing that launched the attack.
2014 Aug 8, Thailand's new
military-stacked National Legislative Assembly convened for the
first time, electing a president in a key step towards crafting a
new constitution likely to embed the army's political influence.
2014 Aug 8, Ukrainian army
units, which had been trapped by separatists on the border with
Russia, broke out of the blockade and rejoined government forces,
but 15 soldiers and border guards were killed in the operation. At
least 3 civilians were killed and another 10 wounded in overnight
shelling of Donetsk, the main rebel stronghold besieged by
government forces. The shelling came a few days after rebels had
positioned a Grad multiple rocket launcher near the apartment
building and fired at Ukrainian positions.
(Reuters, 8/8/14)(AP, 8/8/14)
2014 Aug 8, Etihad, the flag
carrier of the United Arab Emirates, agreed to inject a further $750
million into Alitalia in return for a 49% stake.
(Econ, 8/16/14, p.55)
2014 Aug 8, The World Health
Organization declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an
international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary
response to stop its spread.
2014 Aug 8, In eastern Yemen
militants killed 14 soldiers near the city of Shibam in Hadramawt
2015 Aug 8, The US Justice
Department said Julito Francis, a former US Virgin Islands
government official, faces 11 counts including conspiracy, bribery
and perjury. He was charged in a $17 million bribery scheme. A
construction company owner and the co-principal of an architectural
company were also charged.
2015 Aug 8, San Francisco
resident Kim Chambers (38) completed a 30-mile swim from the
Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge in 17 hours and 12
minutes, becoming the first woman to do so.
(SSFC, 8/9/15, p.A12)
2015 Aug 8, Texas police found
the bodies of 6 children and 2 parents in a Houston-area home after
a standoff that ended with a man's surrender. David Conley (48) was
arrested and charged with the murders. Conley had an earlier
relationship with the mother Valerie Jackson, and was believed to be
the father of one of the children.
(AFP, 8/9/15)(SFC, 8/10/15, p.A6)
2015 Aug 8, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber in northern Kunduz province killed 29 people, mainly
members of illegal armed groups that have clashed with security
forces and the insurgents in the past. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah
Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack.
2015 Aug 8, In Brazil at least
30 boats of all sizes paraded across Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay
to protest contamination in the waters where sailing events will be
held next year during the Olympic Games.
2015 Aug 8, In Cambodia Chhouk
Bandith, former governor of Bavet town in the eastern province of
Svay Rieng, turned himself in for arrest in Phnom Penh. He had been
convicted of shooting and wounding 3 female garment workers during a
2015 Aug 8, In China Typhoon
Soudelor hit the city of Putian in Fujian province late today.
Strong winds caused power outages to more than 1.41 million
household in the province.
2015 Aug 8, In Egypt gunmen
killed a policeman southwest of Cairo.
2015 Aug 8, Finland detained a
Russian citizen, Maxim Senakh, at the request of US federal
authorities on computer fraud charges. Senakh was accused in the
state of Minnesota of infecting computer servers with malware,
resulting in criminal gains worth millions of dollars. Russia later
called the move illegal.
2015 Aug 8, Hong Kong recorded
its hottest day since authorities began taking temperature readings
130 years ago, due to the influence of a nearby typhoon. The daily
maximum temperature hit 36.3 degrees Celsius.
2015 Aug 8, In eastern India
dozens of villagers beat to death 5 women, accusing them of
practicing witchcraft and blaming them for a series of misfortunes
in Kinjia village, Jharkhand state. Police arrested around 50 people
involved in the attack.
2015 Aug 8, Iran issued an
advisory warning its citizens to avoid land travel to neighboring
Turkey after an Iranian bus was attacked by gunmen.
2015 Aug 8, Today marked the
anniversary of the US beginning airstrikes against the extremists in
Iraq. US-led forces conducted 16 air strikes in Iraq and seven in
Syria against Islamic State targets.
(AP, 8/8/15)(AP, 8/9/15)
2015 Aug 8, In the Central
African Republic a Rwandan soldier serving with the UN peacekeeping
mission shot dead 4 Rwandan troops and wounded eight others before
2015 Aug 8, Mali's special
forces rescued four people who hid in a hotel in Sevare for nearly
24 hours after Islamic extremists stormed the building and launched
a rare attack far from their northern strongholds that killed 12
(AP, 8/8/15)(AFP, 8/9/15)
2015 Aug 8, In Mexico the body
of Miguel Angel Jimenez, leader of a group searching for 43 missing
students, was found behind the wheel of his taxi near Acapulco. 2
men were killed by gunfire outside a home in La Paz where a party
had been held. Two other people were found dead at a home in Cabo
San Lucas, earlier in the day. Both victims, a man and a woman, had
been shot in the head.
(AFP, 8/10/15)(AP, 8/10/15)
2015 Aug 8, Six Russian
opposition activists ended their hunger strike in Novosibirsk after
one of them was hospitalized following 12 days of going without food
to protest being barred from elections.
2015 Aug 8, In Russia a
privately owned Cessna seaplane and a Robinson R44 helicopter
collided over the Istrinskoye reservoir outside Moscow late today
and fell into the water. All 9 people aboard the two crafts were
(AFP, 8/9/15)(AP, 8/10/15)
2015 Aug 8, Spain's Guardia
Civil police force said they have arrested 34 suspected members of a
gang based in Colombia that smuggled drugs between the two
2015 Aug 8, Syrian activists
said hundreds of Christian families have fled the central town of
Sadad toward the government-held central city of Homs and Damascus,
as Islamic State fighters advanced toward it. A shell hit a street
in central Damascus, killing 5 people and wounding 36.
2015 Aug 8, Typhoon Soudelor
battered Taiwan with strong wind and torrential rain, cutting power
to 3.62 million households as the death toll rose to 6 with four
missing. The eye of the typhoon passed Taiwan and headed toward
2015 Aug 8, In southern Turkey
Kurdish PKK rebels fired at a police vehicle, killing a policeman
and wounding another.
2015 Aug 8, UAE state news
agency WAM said 3 soldiers from the United Arab Emirates have been
killed while taking part in a Saudi-led military campaign against
Yemen's dominant Houthi group.
2015 Aug 8, In Yemen
pro-government forces, strengthened by tanks newly supplied by a
Saudi-led coalition, launched an offensive to retake Zinjibar, the
rebel-held capital of Abyan province. A Saudi-led coalition
airstrike hit allied fighters in a friendly fire incident, killing
at least 20 fighters on a coastal road as they headed toward
(AFP, 8/8/15) (AP, 8/9/15)
2015 Aug 8, Zimbabwe police
blocked the country's main workers union from protesting against a
recent wave of job losses and briefly held union leaders.
2016 Aug 8, Delta canceled more
than 700 flights and had 2,600 others delayed, some for hours, after
a power outage at its Atlanta headquarters caused many computer
systems to crash. The company later blamed a malfunctioning
power-control system at its data center.
(AP, 8/9/16)(Econ, 8/13/16, p.46)
2016 Aug 8, Walmart announced
that it would acquire Jet.com, a shopping website, for $3.3 billion.
2016 Aug 8, In London and
southern England rail staff began a five-day strike in a
safety row over who opens and closes the doors impacting hundreds of
thousands of train commuters.
2016 Aug 8, In eastern China
residents of in Lianyungang protested for a third day against
possible plans to build a nuclear fuel reprocessing center, as
police banned public gatherings in hopes of preventing more
2016 Aug 8, In Congo DRC armed
groups killed 14 people in a string of overnight attacks in the
strife-torn North Kivu province, an area long shaken by ethnic
2016 Aug 8, Amnesty Int’l. said
Ethiopian security forces shot dead at least 67 people in the Oromia
region over the weekend. An opposition politician said more than 70
people were killed across Oromia with hundreds detained during
(SFC, 8/9/16, p.A3)
2016 Aug 8, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir police said government forces have
arrested more than a thousand protesters over the past two weeks in
an attempt to stem deadly anti-India demonstrations in the Himalayan
2016 Aug 8, Iran detained Xiyue
Wang, a Chinese-American history researcher. In 2017 he sentenced to
10 years in prison after being convicted of "infiltrating" and
sending confidential material abroad.
(AP, 7/17/17)(AP, 8/8/19)
2016 Aug 8, Japan's emperor
expressed concern about fulfilling his duties as he ages, in a
public address that was remarkable for its rarity and its suggestion
that he would like to abdicate.
2016 Aug 8, In Nepal a
helicopter crashed in a mountainous region, killing all seven people
2016 Aug 8, In Nigeria gunmen
dressed as priests killed three soldiers in the oil-producing Niger
2016 Aug 8, In Pakistan a
suicide bombing that targeted lawyers killed at least 74 people in
the city of Quetta.
(AP, 8/9/16)(Reuters, 8/11/16)
2016 Aug 8, Portugal’s National
Civil Protection Authority said that 3,000 firefighters, 1,060
vehicles and 16 water-dumping aircraft are deployed at 515
wildfires, some of which have been burning for days.
2016 Aug 8, Taiwan lodged a
complaint with Kenya over the deportation of five of its nationals
to China after a court acquitted them of charges of running illegal
telecoms operations. A Kenyan magistrate's court acquitted the five
Taiwanese nationals and 35 Chinese citizens on Aug 5 after the
prosecution failed to prove its case against them.
2016 Aug 8, Uganda's government
said it "will continue to suppress" the public activities of
homosexuals and that a rehabilitation program had been developed to
allow them to "lead normal lives again."
2017 Aug 8, Pres. Donald Trump
issued his strongest warning yet for North Korea in comments to
reporters in New Jersey, saying that "North Korea best not make any
more threats to the US. They will be met with fire and fury like the
world has never seen".
2017 Aug 8, The NY Times
published a draft report of the fourth National Climate Assessment.
It predicted that US temperatures will rise at least 2.5 degrees
over the next few decades.
(SFC, 8/9/17, p.A1)
2017 Aug 8, The US Centers for
Disease Control said an increasing number of people have been
sickened by eating salmonella infected papaya traced to a farm in
southern Mexico. 109 people in 16 states were now sickened. One
death in NYC was reported.
(SFC, 8/9/17, p.A6)
2017 Aug 8, US Border Patrol
agents in San Diego arrested Jorge Edwin Rivera (25) as he used a
drone to smuggle methamphetamine from Mexico. Rivera said he had
used drones five or six times since march to smuggle drugs.
(SSFC, 8/20/17, p.A14)
2017 Aug 8, In Chicago several
gunmen opened fire on a group of people on a sidewalk killing one
man and wounding six other people in the Bronzeville neighborhood.
(SFC, 8/10/17, p.A5)
2017 Aug 8, Glen Campbell (81),
American country music legend, died in Nashville. His songs included
“Rhinestone Cowboy” (1975) and “Wichita Lineman” (1968). The TV show
“Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” ran from 1969 to 1972 on CBS.
(SFC, 8/9/17, p.A6)
2017 Aug 8, McDonald's said it
will nearly double the number of restaurants in China in the next
five years, eventually surpassing Japan as the hamburger chain's
second-biggest market outside the US. The announcement came a week
after it completed a previously announced deal to sell most of its
operations in China.
2017 Aug 8, Former British
police Officer Adrian Pogmore (51) was jailed for a year for using a
police helicopter to film a couple having sex and other people
2017 Aug 8, In China a
7.0-magnitude earthquake late today struck a remote, mountainous
part of southwestern province of Sichuan, killing at least 19
people, including eight tourists, and injuring 247. The death toll
rose to 23 as more bodies were recovered.
(Reuters, 8/9/17)(AFP, 8/11/17)
2017 Aug 8, In Congo DRC
opposition campaigners launched a two-day general strike to pressure
President Joseph Kabila to set an election date -- a day after 12
people were shot dead in an anti-government rampage in the capital.
2017 Aug 8, Two Egyptian
policemen were killed and one wounded when a group of wanted
criminals opened fire on security forces in a village north of
2017 Aug 8, In France a BMW
rammed into a group of soldiers in the Paris suburb of
Levallois-Perret. Six soldiers were injured in the attack. Police
the next day arrested the chief suspect in the attack. The man was
wounded in a gunfight during his capture.
(AP, 8/9/17)(SFC, 8/10/17, p.A4)
2017 Aug 8, Germany’s wind
power group Siemens Gamesa said it has installed Asia's tallest wind
turbines, with a total height of 210 meters (230 yards), in
2017 Aug 8, Iranian authorities
detained 64 “half naked” youths at a pool party in central Isfahan
province. A report said the youngsters were dancing and drinking
2017 Aug 8, In Ivory Coast
twenty people escaped custody after assaulting police officers at
the courthouse in Abidjan.
2017 Aug 8, Kenya held
elections. The presidential vote pitted President Uhuru Kenyatta
(55), the businessman son of Kenya's founding president, against
Raila Odinga (72), a former political prisoner and son of Kenya's
2017 Aug 8, In Nepal a
parliamentary report released today said immigration officials at
its international airport are colluding with traffickers to
illegally send Nepali women to the Gulf where they are often
exploited and abused.
2017 Aug 8, Russian President
Vladimir Putin visited the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia and
assured it of Moscow's military support, an act of defiance to
Western governments that have condemned Russia's backing for the
2017 Aug 8, Russian opposition
leader Alexei Navalny launched a new YouTube attack against
President Vladimir Putin's close associates. The video described the
assets of billionaire brothers Arkady and Boris Rotenberg and their
sons. Navalny's video charged that they won lucrative government
orders unfairly and included footage of their palatial mansions.
2017 Aug 8, Lawmakers in South
Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) pledged to back
President Jacob Zuma in a no-confidence motion in parliament, aiming
to thwart opposition efforts to force him out. Zuma survived the
(Reuters, 8/8/17)(SFC, 8/9/17, p.A2)
2017 Aug 8, In South Africa
thieves broke into the offices of the Competition Commission, making
off with laptop computers. The Competition Commission is responsible
for investigating issues including cartel conduct and mergers and
acquisitions, before bringing them to the Competition Tribunal for
2017 Aug 8, The head of South
Sudan's UN mission announced the long-awaited arrival of troops from
a regional force meant to patrol roads and quell violence in the
war-ravaged country. About 150 troops from Rwanda arrived at the
weekend for the regional protection force (RPF).
2017 Aug 8, In Syria
pro-government forces intensified their assault on the rebel-held
suburbs of Damascus, a day after the Faylaq al-Rahman rebel faction
beat back an attempted government advance, killing several soldiers.
2017 Aug 8, In Syria airstrikes
on parts of the northern city of Raqqa that are controlled by the
Islamic State group killed 29 civilians, including nine women and 12
2017 Aug 8, In Thailand
journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk was charged with sedition and
violation of the country’s computer law for online postings
(SFC, 8/9/17, p.A2)
2017 Aug 8, A Turkish media
report said Turkey has begun construction of a wall along the
country's frontier with Iran, mimicking the Turkish barrier along
the Syrian border.
2017 Aug 8, Venezuela's Supreme
Court sentenced Caracas district mayor Ramon Muchacho to 15 months
in jail for defying orders to keep transit moving in an area
routinely blocked and barricaded by anti-government demonstrations.
2017 Aug 8, Venezuela’s new
constitutional assembly assumed even more power by declaring itself
as the superior body to all other governmental institutions,
including the opposition-controlled congress.
2017 Aug 8, In southern Yemen
four soldiers and six suspected al Qaeda attackers were killed and
10 soldiers wounded when a suicide bomber and gunmen tried to storm
an army camp.
2018 Aug 8, The US announced it
would impose new sanctions on Russia for illegally using a chemical
weapon in an attempt to kill former spy Sergei Skripal and his
daughter in Britain earlier this year.
(SFC, 8/9/18, p.A6)
2018 Aug 8, US customs
officials arrested an American woman (81) and seized 92 pounds of
heroin found in the rocker panel of a car driven by the woman at the
Tecate boder crossing in San Diego County.
(SFC, 8/11/18, p.A6)
2018 Aug 8, A large US federal
law enforcement operation targeted businesses in Minnesota and
Nebraska that knowingly hired and mistreated illegal immigrants. 17
business owners and managers were indicted for fraud, wire fraud and
(SFC, 8/9/18, p.A6)
2018 Aug 8, New York state
Republican Rep. Christopher Collins (68) was arrested on charges of
insider trading. He allegedly used information acquired as a board
member of Inate Immunotherapeutics Ltd. to sell shares before a
public announcement of a failed clinical trial.
(SFC, 8/9/18, p.A6)
2018 Aug 8, Robert Danzig (85),
a former chief of the Hearst Newspapers, died in a Cape Cod
hospital. He became publisher of Albany's Times Union and two other
Hearst papers in 1969. He served as president of the Hearst
Newspapers for two decades.
(SFC, 8/10/18, p.A7)
2018 Aug 8, It was reported
that Wells Fargo filed a disclosure last week revealing that bank
errors caused more than 600 people in foreclosure to be incorrectly
denied mortgage modification to make loans more affordable and that
some 400 of that group ultimately lost their homes.
(SFC, 8/8/18, p.C1)
2018 Aug 8, A Bangladesh court
acquitted a British man detained without charge for two years on
suspicion of involvement in the July 1, 2016, attack on a cafe in
Dhaka that killed 22 people. Hasnat Karim was in the cafe at the
time of the attack for his daughter's 13th birthday party.
2018 Aug 8, A spokesman said
Congo's President Joseph Kabila will not stand in the election
scheduled for December, finally agreeing to obey a two-term limit
but picking a hard-core loyalist under European Union sanctions to
2018 Aug 8, CongoDRC began
Ebola vaccinations in the country's latest outbreak of the deadly
virus that has already claimed at least nine lives in North Kivu
2018 Aug 8, Costa Rica's
supreme court voted to make same-sex marriage legal and gave the
country's legislature 18 months to change the law or it would
automatically become legal.
(SFC, 8/10/18, p.A2)
2018 Aug 8, Germany said it has
reached an agreement with Spain for that country to take back
previously registered migrants who show up at the German border, a
first step toward implementing a deal to defuse a domestic political
dispute over migration.
2018 Aug 8, In India a stampede
among thousands of mourners at the funeral of a powerful southern
Indian politician killed two people and injured 47.
2018 Aug 8, Iran’s Minister of
Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare, Ali Rabiei, was sacked by
parliament, the latest shuffle in top economic posts as the Islamic
Republic struggles to stabilize its economy.
2018 Aug 8, Italian police said
gangsters dropped 25-kilo (55-pound) weights on the limbs of drug
addicts, alcoholics and other indigents in an insurance fraud racket
that faked car accidents to obtain hundreds of thousands of euros in
claim payments. Police said 11 persons, including a nurse suspected
of procuring anesthetics, were arrested in the crackdown on two
Palermo-based criminal organizations.
2018 Aug 8, In southern Italy
hundreds of crop pickers and labor union activists marched from a
shanty town to protest what they say is the exploitation of migrant
farmworkers. 16 farmworkers were killed on Aug 4 and Aug 6 while
riding in vans that collided with trucks.
2018 Aug 8, Ivory Coast's
former first lady Simone Gbagbo was released from detention after
being granted an amnesty for her part in a short civil war in 2011.
2018 Aug 8, In Japan rain
lashed Tokyo and dozens of flights were canceled as Typhoon Shanshan
headed toward the capital.
2018 Aug 8, In Japan Okinawa
Gov. Takeshi Onaga (67) died of pancreatic cancer. He had led an
anti-US military base movement on the southern Japanese island.
2018 Aug 8, Kenya's national
wildlife service said authorities have arrested a suspected poacher
linked to the killing of a 12-year-old black rhino last month in
Lake Nakuru national park.
2018 Aug 8, Kenyan runner
Nicholas Bett (28), who won the 2015 world championship title in the
400-meter hurdles, was killed in an early-morning car crash in the
country's famed high-altitude training region.
2018 Aug 8, Malaysia's former
PM Najib Razak (65) pleaded not guilty to money laundering charges
slapped on him, as the country's new government looked for answers
to how billions of dollars went missing from a state fund 1MDB
during his term.
2018 Aug 8, Malaysia's minister
of Islamic affairs said he had ordered the removal of portraits of
two lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists from a
public photography exhibition, as they promoted LGBT activities.
2018 Aug 8, Workers seized
partial control of the headquarters of the UN agency for Palestinian
refugees in Hamas-run Gaza, accusing their union of "mutiny" over
2018 Aug 8, Philippine leader
Rodrigo Duterte said there would be no new casinos set up during his
presidency, a day after abruptly shelving Landing International's
$1.5 billion integrated casino project in Manila.
2018 Aug 8, Saudi Arabia said
there is no room for mediation in the kingdom's deepening diplomatic
dispute with Canada, and that Ottawa knew what it needed to do to
"fix its big mistake".
2018 Aug 8, Oil giant Saudi
Aramco said it will buy out the other 50-percent stake in a joint
chemical venture in the Netherlands in a deal valued at 1.5 billion
euros, or $1.7 billion.
2018 Aug 8, Saudi Arabia said
it executed and crucified a man from Myanmar convicted of killing a
woman and carrying out other crimes. In Saudi crucifixions the
condemned is usually beheaded and the body then put on display.
2018 Aug 8, South Korea-based
Samsung Electronics said it plans to spend a whopping $22 billion
over the next three years on artificial intelligence, auto
components and other future businesses as the company maps out its
strategy under the restored leadership of Vice Chairman Lee
2018 Aug 8, A Sri Lankan court
sentenced hard-line Buddhist monk Galagoda Atte Gnanasara to six
years in prison for contempt of court. Gnanasara was found guilty of
interrupting a court hearing in 2016 for military personnel accused
of involvement in the disappearance of journalist Prageeth
Ekneligoda. In June, the monk was sentenced in a separate case to
six months in prison for harassing and intimidating the journalist's
2018 Aug 8, Thailand granted
citizenship to three young soccer players who were trapped with
other team members for almost three weeks in a cave in northern
Thailand along with their 25-year-old coach. All four had been
stateless, and their lack of citizenship deprived them of some basic
benefits and rights, including the ability to travel outside of
Chiang Rai, the northern province where they live.
2018 Aug 8, Venezuela's Supreme
Court ordered the arrest of opposition leader Julio Borges and
called for the prosecution of opposition lawmaker Juan Requesens
(29), who police detained a day earlier, in connection with the
recent alleged assassination attempt against Pres. Maduro.
(SFC, 8/9/18, p.A2)
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