Today in History - August 11
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117 Aug 11,
The Roman army of Syria hailed its legate, Hadrian, as emperor,
which made the senate's formal acceptance an almost meaningless
event. One of his first acts was to withdraw Rome’s army from
Mesopotamia (modern Iraq).
991 Aug 11, Danes under Olaf
Tryggvason killed Ealdorman Brihtnoth and defeated the Saxons at
1180 Aug 11, Guillaume de Sens,
French master builder (Canterbury), died.
1259 Aug 11, Mongke, Mongol
great-khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, died.
1456 Aug 11, Janos Hunyadi
(69), Hungarian Prince and general strategist died of plague at
about age 49.
(PC, 1992, p.150)(MC, 8/11/02)
1492 Aug 11, Cardinal Rodrigo
Borgia Lanzol (61), father of Cesare and Lucretia, became Pope
Alexander VI (d.1503). He siphoned off untold riches from Church
funds. Borgia arrived in Rome from Spain in 1449 and Italianized his
name from Borja to Borgia. His rise in the church was helped a great
deal when his uncle became Pope Calixtus III.
(HN, 8/10/98)(PTA, p.424)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R4)(MC,
1519 Aug 11, Johann Tetzel
(~79), Dominican monk, died.
1597 Aug 11, Germany threw out
English salesmen in "a noble experiment."
1772 Aug 11, An explosive
eruption blew 4,000 feet off Papandayan, Java, and 3,000 people were
1792 Aug 11, A revolutionary
commune was formed in Paris, France.
1807 Aug 11, David Atchison,
legislator, was born. He was president pro tempore of the U.S.
Senate, and president of U.S. for one day [March 4, 1849], the
Sunday before Zachary Taylor was sworn in.
1807 Aug 11, The Eclipse, a
Yankee fur trading vessel, sank in the Shumagin Islands, south of
the Alaska Peninsula. It is the oldest known American shipwreck in
Alaska and as of 2007 had not been found.
1833 Aug 11, Robert G.
Ingersoll (d.1899), advocate of scientific realism and humanistic
philosophy, was born in Dresden, NY. "Heresy is what the minority
believe; it is the name given by the powerful to the doctrines of
the weak." "The history of the world shows that when a mean thing
was done, man did it; when a good thing was done, man did it."
"Courage without conscience is a wild beast."
1837 Aug 11, Marie Francois
Carnot, engineer, French pres (1887-94), was born.
1849 Aug 11, Lajos Kossuth,
president of Hungary, abdicated in favor of Gen. Gorgey as Russia
intervened in the Hungarian revolution.
1856 Aug 11, A band of
rampaging settlers in California killed four Yokut Indians. The
settlers had heard unproven rumors of Yokut atrocities.
1860 Aug 11, The first US
successful silver mill began operation near Virginia City, Nev.
1861 Aug 11, James Bryan
Herrick, physician who first described sickle-cell anemia, was born.
1862 Aug 11, Carrie James Bond,
songwriter who wrote "I Love You Truly" and "A Perfect Day," was
1862 Aug 11, President Abraham
Lincoln appointed Union General Henry Halleck to the position of
general in chief of the Union Army.
1866 Aug 11, The world's 1st
roller rink opened at Newport, RI.
1868 Aug 11, Thaddeus Stevens
(1792-1868), Pennsylvania Republican and architect of Radical
1874 Aug 11, Harry S. Parmelee
patented a sprinkler head.
1885 Aug 11, Joseph Pulitzer’s
NY World announced that $100,000 was raised in US for a pedestal for
the Statue of Liberty.
(ON, 4/03, p.3)
1892 Aug 11, Hugh MacDiarmid,
founder of the Scottish Nationalist Party, was born.
1896 Aug 11, Harvey Hubbell
patented an electric light bulb socket with a pull chain.
1904 Aug 11, German General
Lothar von Trotha defeated the Hereros tribe near Waterberg, South
Africa. [see Namibia]
1906 Aug 11, In France Eugene
Lauste received the first patent for a talking film.
1908 Aug 11, Britain's King
Edward VII met with Kaiser Wilhelm II to protest the growth of the
1909 Aug 11, The SOS distress
signal was first used by an American ship, the Arapahoe, off Cape
1912 Aug 11, Moroccan Sultan
Mulai Hafid abdicated his throne in the face of internal dissent.
Most of the country became a French protectorate with Spain taking
the northern fifth.
(HN, 8/10/98)(SFEC, 7/25/99, p.T11)(AP, 5/17/03)
1914 Aug 11, Jews were expelled
from Mitchenick, Poland.
1915 Aug 11, In San Francisco
the Cairo Café on the Joy Zone of the Panama-Pacific Exposition was
closed down following complaints some half dozen Oriental maids had
been imported from the brothels of the Barbary Coast.
(SSFC, 8/16/15, DB p.46)
1916 Aug 11, The Russia army
took Stanislau, Poland, from the Germans.
1918 Aug 11, The British
attacked with 450 tanks at the Battle of Amiens as the Allies pushed
(MC, 8/11/02)(PC, 1992, p.728)
1919 Aug 11, The Green Bay
Packers football was club founded.
1919 Aug 11, Andrew Carnegie
(b.1835), industrialist, philanthropist, and founder of Carnegie
Steel, died. Carnegie became a philanthropist in later life, giving
away more than $350 million and building 2,509 public libraries. His
value in 1999 dollars totaled $100 billion.” The man who dies rich
dies disgraced,” was the motto of Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie‘s last
years were spent giving away as much money as possible in an effort
to shed his image as one of the era‘s leading “robber barons.” Among
other bequests to good causes, he established the Carnegie Institute
of Technology and hundreds of Carnegie Free Public Libraries across
the U.S. In 2005 Les Standiford authored “Meet You In Hell,” an
account of the rivalry between Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick. In
2006 David Nasaw authored “Andrew Carnegie.”
(SFEC, 5/23/99, Par p.7)(HNQ, 4/21/00)(WSJ,
7/29/05, p.W8)(SSFC, 10/22/06, p.M3)
1919 Aug 11, Germany's Weimar
Constitution was signed by President Friedrich Ebert.
1921 Aug 11, Alex Haley,
genealogist and author of "Roots," was born.
1925 Aug 11, Carl Rowan,
gun-toting newspaper columnist (Wash Post), was born.
1926 Aug 11, Claus Von Bulow,
accused of murdering his wife, was born.
1927 Aug 11, Raymond Leppard,
conductor (St Louis Symphony Orch), was born in London, England.
1929 Aug 11, Babe Ruth hit his
500th major league home run against the Cleveland Indians.
1933 Aug 11, Jerry Falwell
(d.2007), founder of the conservative political lobbying
organization, the Moral Majority, was born in Virginia.
1934 Aug 11, The US government
opened a maximum security prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco
Bay and the first federal prisoners arrived. From the time it opened
to 1937 there was no talking by prisoners allowed. Federal convicts
from McNeil Island Prison in Washington joined a small number of
military prisoners, left over from the island‘s time as a US Army
prison. The facility had been used as a military prison since 1859,
but was redesigned to be a high-security penitentiary for the "most
dangerous" prisoners. The prison closed in 1963.
(AP, 8/11/97)(SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W30)(HNQ,
7/10/00)(OAH, 2/05, p.A6)
1935 Aug 11, There was a Nazi
mass demonstration against German Jews.
1937 Aug 11, Edith Wharton
(b.1862), American author, died in France. Her books included “The
House of Mirth” (1905) and “Ethan Frome” (1911). In 1975 R.W.B.
Lewis (d. 2002) authored the Pulitzer prize-winning "Edith Wharton:
A Biography." In 2007 Hermione Lee authored “Edith Wharton.”
(SFC, 6/17/02, p.B5)(Econ, 1/27/07,
1939 Aug 11, Moses Annenberg,
owner of the Philadelphia Enquirer, was indicted by a federal jury
in Chicago for evading some $3.2 million in income taxes.
(SFC, 10/2/02, p.A2)
1939 Aug 11, Sergei Rachmaninov
had his last appearance in Europe.
1940 Aug 11, 38 German
aircrafts were shot down over England.
1940 Aug 11, Italian forces
attacked Observation Hill in British Somaliland. Capt. Wilson and
Somali gunners under his command beat off the attack and opened fire
on the enemy troops attacking Mill Hill, another post within his
range. The enemy finally overran the post at 5 p.m. on the 15th
August when Capt. Wilson, fighting to the last, was reportedly
killed. 2 months later he was awarded a Victoria Cross. In April
1941, however, Wilson was found alive in a prisoner of war camp in
Eritrea. Wilson died at age 96 on Dec 23, 2008.
1941 Aug 11, Elizabeth
Holtzman, DA (D-Rep-NY, Watergate Committee), was born in Brooklyn.
1941 Aug 11, Soviet bombers
raided Berlin but caused little damage.
1942 Aug 11, Some 999 Jews were
taken from Mechelen transit camp in Belgium.
1942 Aug 11, During World War
II, Vichy government official Pierre Laval publicly declared that
"the hour of liberation for France is the hour when Germany wins the
1942 Aug 11, The German
submarine U-73 attacked a Malta bound British convoy and sank the
HMS Eagle, one of the world's first aircraft carriers.
1942 Aug 11-1942 Sep 30, The SS
began exterminating 3,500 Jews in Zelov Lodz, Poland.
1943 Aug 11, Richard Strauss'
2nd Horn Concerto premiered.
1944 Aug 11, German troops
abandoned Florence, Italy, as Allied troops closed in on the
1949 Aug 11, President Truman
nominated Gen. Omar N. Bradley to become the first chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff.
1951 Aug 11, The Mississippi
River flooded some 100,000 acres in Ks, Okla, Mo and Ill.
1954 Aug 11, After Chinese
Nationalists placed 58,000 troops on Quemoy and 15,000 troops on
Matsu the ROC began building defensive structures and the PRC began
shelling ROC installations on Quemoy. Zhou Enlai, Premier of the
People's Republic of China responded with a declaration that Taiwan
must be "liberated." He dispatched the People's Liberation Army
(PLA) and began shelling both Quemoy and Matsu.
1954 Aug 11, A formal peace
took hold in Indochina, ending more than seven years of fighting
between the French and Communist Vietminh.
1956 Aug 11, Elvis Presley
released "Don't Be Cruel."
1956 Aug 11, Abstract artist
Jackson Pollock (b.1912) died in an automobile accident in East
Hampton, N.Y. He was born in Wyoming and became a leader of the
abstract expressionist school of art.
(AHD, 1971, p.1015)(AP, 8/11/97)
1957 Aug 11, Paul Hindemith's
opera "Harmonie der Welt," premiered in Munich.
1960 Aug 11, Chad became
independent from France, but remained within the French community.
Francois Tombalbaye became the 1st president.
(PC, 1992, p.973)(EWH, 1st ed., p.1173)
1962 Aug 11, The Soviet Union
launched cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev on a 94-hour flight.
1963 Aug 11, The Metropolitan
Life Insurance Co. said San Francisco’s Parkmerced community, with a
population of some 8,000, will be open to negroes.
(SSFC, 8/11/13, DB p.42)
1964 Aug 11, Beatles' "A Hard
Days Night" opened in NYC.
1964 Aug 11, There was a race
riot in Paterson, NJ.
1965 Aug 11, Beatles movie
"Help" opened in NYC.
1965 Aug 11, Rioting and
looting broke out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los
Angeles. A small clash between the California Highway Patrol and two
black youths sets off six days of rioting in the Watts area of Los
(AP, 8/11/97)(SFEC, 5/23/99, Z1 p.4)(HN,
1966 Aug 11, Wilkes Bashford
(33), men’s clothing retailer, opened his own shop in SF. In 2009 he
filed for bankruptcy and sold his operations to
Mitchells/Richards/Marshs, an East Coast company.
(SSFC, 8/6/06, p.D1)(SFC, 11/11/09, p.A12)
1967 Aug 11, Roy M. Wheat (20)
led a team from Company K, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, providing
security for a Navy construction crew on the Liberty Road in Quang
Nam Province, Vietnam. Lance Corporal Roy Wheat accidentally
triggered a well-concealed, bounding type anti-personnel mine. He
yelled for team members Lance Corporals Vernon Sorenson and Bernard
Cannon to run. Then he flung himself onto the mine as it exploded,
absorbing the tremendous impact with his body. Roy Wheat was killed,
but his companions were spared certain injury and possible death.
Marine Roy M. Wheat was the only Mississippian to earn the Medal of
Honor during the Vietnam War.
1968 Aug 11, Eight US troops
were killed and 50 wounded when an Air Force F100 fighter
accidentally bombed a US unit near Ta Bat, northeast of Saigon. The
fighter intended on hitting Viet Cong who were located in front of
1971 Aug 11, Construction began
on the Louisiana Superdome. It opened on August 3, 1975.
1975 Aug 11, The United States
vetoed the proposed admission of North and South Vietnam to the
United Nations, following the Security Council's refusal to consider
South Korea's application.
1975 Aug 11, Alfred Loomis
(b.1887), financier and amateur physicist, died. In 2002 Jennet
Conant authored "Tuxedo Park," an account of how Loomis led research
that enhanced radar and led to the atom bomb.
1975 Aug 11, Anthony C.
McAuliffe (b.1898), US general and commandant of 101st division,
died. He is famous for his WWII single-word reply to a German
surrender ultimatum: "Nuts!"
1977 Aug 11, The California
legislature restored the death penalty.
1978 Aug 11, “Le Freak” by Chic
was released. In October it topped the US hot 100 chart.
1978 Aug 11, The American
Indian Religious Freedom Act (AIRFA) put an end to the persecution
of Native American religions.
1978 Aug 11, Chiefs of state
and foreign dignitaries arrived in Vatican City for the funeral of
Pope Paul VI.
1982 Aug 11, Pan Am flight 830
from Tokyo to Honolulu was bombed. The bombing was set in motion
when Mohammed Rashed, wife Christine Pinter and their son traveled
to Tokyo with fraudulent identification documents. Rashed tucked a
bomb beneath window seat 47K, pulled the pin, engaged the timer and
got off in Japan. Toru Ozawa (16), vacationing with his family,
occupied the same seat on the next leg and was killed. 15 people
were injured. In 1998 Mohammed Rashid, a Palestinian national, was
turned over to the US by Egypt on charges related to the bombing. In
2002 Rashid pleaded guilty in exchange for a release date of March
1984 Aug 11, In LA, Ca., Carl
Lewis (b.1961) duplicated Jesse Owens' 1936 feat with 4 Olympic
track gold medals.
1984 Aug 11, President Reagan
sparked controversy when he joked during a voice test for a paid
political radio address: "My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell
you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia
forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."
1984 Aug 11, Alfred A. Knopf
(91), US publisher, died.
1984 Aug 11, Percy Mayfield
(b.1920), songwriter and blues artist, died. His songs included "Hit
the Road Jack" and "Please Send Me Someone to Love."
1985 Aug 11, "Dreamgirls"
closed at Imperial Theater in NYC after 1522 performances.
1987 Aug 11, Economist Alan
Greenspan succeeded Paul Volcker as chairman of the Federal Reserve
Board. Greenspan retired in 2006.
(SSFC, 1/29/06, p.A9)
1987 Aug 11, Britain and France
ordered minesweepers to the Persian Gulf, but said they would not be
used in combined operations with the United States as it escorted
reflagged Kuwaiti ships.
1988 Aug 11, The U.S. Senate
confirmed Dick Thornburgh to succeed Edwin Meese III as attorney
general, by a vote of 85-0.
1988 Aug 11, Jean-Pierre
Ponnelle (b.1932), French opera director (Figaro, Barber of Seville,
numerous operas in Europe, Bayreuth, Met Opera), died in Munich,
1989 Aug 11, Poland's
Solidarity-dominated Senate adopted a resolution expressing sorrow
for the nation's participation in the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of
1990 Aug 11, Egyptian and
Moroccan troops arrived in Saudi Arabia to join US forces in helping
to protect the desert kingdom from possible Iraqi attack.
1991 Aug 11, Shiite Muslim
kidnappers in Lebanon released two Western captives: Edward Tracy,
an American held nearly five years, and Jerome Leyraud, a Frenchman
who had been abducted by a rival group three days earlier.
1991 Aug 11, The space shuttle
"Atlantis" returned safely from a nine-day journey.
1992 Aug 11, In Washington,
D.C., negotiators for the United States, Canada and Mexico continued
to work out final details of the proposed North American Free Trade
1992 Aug 11, The Mall of
America, the biggest shopping mall in the country, opened in
1993 Aug 11, President Clinton
named Army Gen. John Shalikashvili to be the new chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, succeeding the retiring Gen. Colin Powell.
1993 Aug 11, Pope John Paul II
1994 Aug 11, A US federal
jury awarded $286.8 million to some 10,000 commercial fishermen for
losses as a result of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.
1994 Aug 11, The Tenth
International Conference on AIDS concluded in Yokohama, Japan.
1995 Aug 11, President Clinton
banned all US nuclear tests, calling his decision "the right step as
we continue pulling back from the nuclear precipice."
1995 Aug 11, Pres. Clinton
vetoed a congressional move to end the arms embargo on Bosnia and
sent Envoy Richard Holdbrooke on a new peace mission.
(WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A14)(SFC,10/16/97, p.A12)
1996 Aug 11, The Reform Party
opened the first part of its two-stage convention in Long Beach,
Calif., with Ross Perot and Richard Lamm battling for the
1996 Aug 11, It was reported
that a Greek Cypriot man was killed and 41 injured in a border
clash, after Greek Cypriot motorcyclists defied orders to halt a
rode across the line to protest Turkey’s 1974 invasion.
(WSJ, 8/12/96, p.A1)
1996 Aug 11, In Indonesia
Budiman Sujatmiko, leader of the unauthorized People’s Democratic
Party, was one of ten people arrested. The government was
considering charges of subversion.
(SFC, 8/13/96, p.A10)
1996 Aug 11, In Russia Pres.
Yeltsin appointed Alexander Lebed as his pres. envoy to Chechnya.
(WSJ, 8/12/96, p.A9)
1996 Aug 11, In Turkey the
prime minister approved an agreement to buy $20 billion of natural
gas from Iran over 22 years.
(WSJ, 8/12/96, p.A1)
1996 Aug 11, Rafael Jeronym
Kubelik (b.1914), conductor, died at age 82. He led the Czech
Philharmonic from 1941 to 1948 and the Chicago Symphony from
1050-1953. He was then musical director at London’s Covent Garden
opera house and from 1961-1979 headed the Munich orchestra of
Bavarian Radio. He was the son of Czech violinist Jan Kubelik.
1997 Aug 11, Pres. Clinton made
the first use of the historic line-item veto approved by Congress.
He removed 3 narrow provisions in the new budget legislation in
spending and tax bills. The Supreme Court later struck down the
line-item veto as unconstitutional.
(SFC, 8/12/97, p.A1)(AP, 8/11/05)
1997 Aug 11, US federal
officials arrested 29 people in a drug sweep in New York, Michigan
and New Mexico. The arrests were linked to Mexico’s Juarez cartel.
(SFC, 8/12/97, p.A3)
1997 Aug 11, It was reported
that the US Energy Dept. was short of tritium for nuclear weapons
and would borrow space from a civilian power plant for its
(SFC, 8/11/97, p.A3)
1997 Aug 11, Steelhead trout of
the west coast was added to the federal list of imperiled species.
(SFC, 8/12/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 11, The Environmental
Working Group claimed that high levels of the weed killer atrazine
were found in 245 Midwest communities. The chemical is used to spray
corn and kill weeds.
(SFC, 8/12/97, p.A3)
1997 Aug 11, In Hawaii lava
from Kilauea Volcano began to flow over the walls of a 700-year-old
temple believed to have been used for human sacrifice.
(SFC, 8/12/97, p.A3)
1997 Aug 11, In Columbia
leftist guerrillas killed at least 9 people in 2 separate incident.
(SFC, 8/12/97, p.A9)
1997 Aug 11, In Honduras some
700 inmates escaped from prisons at Santa Barbara and Trujillo after
rioting prisoners set fire to facilities and burned them to the
(SFC, 8/12/97, p.A9)
1997 Aug 11, From Israel it was
reported that mobsters were in control of gambling, prostitution and
money laundering rings in the resort city of Netanya. Seven gang
killings in the last 18 months were reported and protection money
was demanded from stall holders and shop owners.
(SFC, 8/11/97, p.A6)
1997 Aug 11, It was reported
that Sri Lanka was getting desperate for recruits and that more than
12,000 soldiers had deserted the army in recent months. Women were
being recruited and it was noted that half of the Tamil rebel attack
forces were composed of women. The government military service was
comprised of some 114,000 vs. about 5,000 Tamil fighters.
(SFC, 8/11/97, p.A7)
1997 Aug 11, Int’l. donors
offered Thailand a $16-17 bil loan package.
(SFC, 8/12/97, p.A8)(SFC, 1/8/98, p.A7)
1998 Aug 11, Mitchell Johnson
(14), one of the shooters in the March 24 Jonesboro, Ark.,
schoolyard massacre, pleaded guilty to murder and battery. He and
Andrew Golden (12) were both convicted. The boys were detained by
Arkansas juvenile authorities until they turned 18, then transferred
to federal custody. Federal authorities released the two when they
turned 21. In 2008 a US District Judge sentenced Johnson (24) to 4
more years in prison for possession of a 9mm pistol, a Federal
violation of his parole. Charges remained pending on the possession
of marijuana and a stolen credit card.
1998 Aug 11, Steve Fossett (54)
became the first man to cross the south Atlantic in a balloon. He
was on his 4th attempt to float around the world.
(SFC, 8/12/98, p.A8)
1998 Aug 11, Bell Atlantic
workers returned to work after reaching a tentative agreement with
(SFC, 8/12/98, p.A9)
1998 Aug 11, British Petroleum
PLC under John Browne announced a merger with Amoco Corp. in a
purchase valued at $49 billion. The deal vaulted BP into the top
(SFC, 8/12/98, p.A1)(AP, 8/11/99)(Econ, 1/20/07,
1998 Aug 11, The Judicial
Council of the Methodist Church ruled pastors who perform gay
marriages can be tried under a 1996 resolution prohibiting gay
(SFC, 8/12/98, p.A1)
1998 Aug 11, Tajikistan
appealed to other former Soviet states for help in securing its
borders as the Taliban consolidated its hold in Afghanistan.
(WSJ, 8/12/98, p.A1)
1999 Aug 11, Pres. Clinton
offered conditional amnesty to imprisoned Puerto Rican militants
(FALN). The separatists were responsible for at least 150 bombings
over a 9-year period that killed 6 people and injured over 70.
(SFC, 9/8/99, p.A3)(WSJ, 9/14/99, p.A22)
1999 Aug 11, In Kansas the KC
Board of Education deleted virtually any mention of evolution from
the state's science curriculum. Gov. Bill Graves said the next day
that the decision was "out of sync with reality."
(SFC, 8/12/99, p.A2)(SFC, 8/14/99, p.A3)
1999 Aug 11, Buford O. Furrow
Jr., a white supremacist, surrendered to the FBI in Las Vegas and
confessed to wounding 5 people in LA and killing mail carrier Joseph
Ileto (39). He said that he wanted his act to be "a wakeup call to
America to kill Jews."
(SFC, 8/12/99, p.A1,17)(AP, 8/11/00)
1999 Aug 11, A tornado hit
downtown Salt Lake City killing one person and injuring over a
(SFC, 8/12/99, p.A1)(AP, 8/11/00)
1999 Aug 11, A total eclipse of
the sun by the moon was centered over Cornwall, England, and lasted
2 minutes and 6 sec.
(SFEC, 10/13/96, p.A18)(WSJ, 12/1/98, p.A1)
1999 Aug 11, In Congo warring
sides agreed to stop fighting until Aug 20 to allow the UN to
vaccinate 10 million children against polio.
(WSJ, 8/12/99, p.A1)
1999 Aug 11, In Indonesia
police and soldiers shot at battling mobs of Muslims and Christians.
The death toll for the last 3 days of fighting in Malaku province
climbed to 23.
(SFC, 8/12/99, p.D3)
1999 Aug 11, In Liberia 6
European relief workers were kidnapped in Kolahun by insurgents
based in Guinea.
(SFC, 8/13/99, p.D2)
1999 Aug 11, In Sri Lanka
suspected Tamil rebels set off a mine under a bus carrying police
officers and at least 11 people were killed and 17 wounded.
(SFC, 8/12/99, p.D3)
2000 Aug 11, Pat Buchanan won
the Reform Party’s presidential nomination and named Ezola Foster
(62), a black former teacher, as his running mate. Dissidents,
disputed by party founder Ross Perot’s supporters, chose physicist
John Hagelin at a rump convention.
(SFC, 8/12/00, p.A3)(AP, 8/11/01)
2000 Aug 11, The National
Transportation Safety Board released evidence reports in the October
31st, 1999, crash of EgyptAir Flight 990 off the New England coast;
a transcript of the cockpit voice recording showed the chilling
details of the pilot’s futile struggle to save the Boeing 767 and
its 217 occupants.
2000 Aug 11, A jury in Orlando,
Fla., ordered the Disney Co. to pay $240 million to Nicholas
Stracick and Edward Russell for stealing their ideas for a sports
(SFC, 8/12/00, p.A3)
2000 Aug 11, As many as 8
people subdued Jonathan Burton (19) during a flight to Salt Lake
City from Las Vegas after he broke into the cockpit. Burton was
pronounced dead on arrival to a Salt Lake hospital.
(SFC, 9/21/00, p.A6)
2000 Aug 11, British and US
bombers struck southern Iraq and Iraqi military reported 2 people
killed and 19 injured.
(SFC, 8/14/00, p.A12)
2001 Aug 11, In his weekly
radio address, President Bush said his decision to restrict but not
forbid federal financing of embryonic stem cell research placed him
at the crossroads between protecting and enhancing human life.
2001 Aug 11, A woman (71) who
lived near downtown Atlanta died of the West Nile virus, the first
reported death from the disease outside the Northeast since the
virus emerged on the East Coast in 1999. Tests done by the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the cause of
death. The virus, which can cause deadly swelling of the brain, has
killed nine people in New York and New Jersey since 1999.
(AP, 8/17/01)(SFC, 8/18/01, p.A6)
2001 Aug 11, In northwestern
Angola a train carrying hundreds of refugees and some soldiers hit a
mine and derailed. Refugees were machine-gunned and over 252 were
killed. Unita forces claimed responsibility.
(SSFC, 8/12/01, p.A18)(WSJ, 8/13/01, p.A1)(SFC,
8/14/01, p.A6)(SFC, 8/16/01, p.A9)
2001 Aug 11, Britain restored
power-sharing in Northern Ireland after a 1-day suspension in order.
The move allowed a 6-week postponement of whether or not to call new
(SSFC, 8/12/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 11, In Brunei some
10,000 items belonging to Prince Jefri Bolkiah’s bankrupt
development corporation went on auction.
(SSFC, 8/12/01, p.A18)
2001 Aug 11, In, Bogota,
Colombia 3 members of the Irish Republican Army were arrested after
spending 5 weeks training FARC rebels in explosives and terrorist
(SFC, 8/14/01, p.A7)
2001 Aug 11, In northern
Thailand heavy rains triggered flash floods that left at least 86
people dead and 70 missing.
(SSFC, 8/12/01, p.A18)(WSJ, 8/14/01, p.A1)
2002 Aug 11, Dr. Steven J.
Hatfill, a bioweapons expert under scrutiny for anthrax-laced
letters, fiercely denied any involvement and said he had cooperated
with the investigation. He was eventually exonerated and given a
$5.8 million settlement from the US government after years of their
harassing him. Investigators on June 27, 2008, announced that the
anthrax attacks had been carried out by another government
scientist, Bruce Edwards Ivins, whom they concluded had acted alone.
2002 Aug 11, US Airways, the
6th largest US airline, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
(SFC, 8/12/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 11, Karrie Webb won
her third Women's British Open title.
2002 Aug 11, Jiri Kolar (87), a
Czech poet and artist known mainly for his pioneering work in the
art of collage, died in Prague. His poetry books included "Birth
2002 Aug 11, In Congo fighting
around Bunia ended and at least 110 civilians were killed and more
than 70 injured. More than 10,000 families were displaced during the
2002 Aug 11, In eastern Congo
renovation work uncovered the remains of 38 people buried in a
communal grave at the site where the United Nations began building
new headquarters for its peacekeeping force.
2002 Aug 11, In northern India
monsoon rains killed at least 43 people in Uttaranchal state.
(SFC, 8/12/02, p.A8)
2002 Aug 11, Israeli troops
shot and killed Basil Naji (22), a Palestinian gunman, after he
opened fire on Israeli road workers in the northern Gaza Strip,
wounding one of them.
(AP, 8/11/02)(SFC, 8/12/02, p.A10)
2002 Aug 11, In southwestern
Uganda a minibus and a fuel tanker collided near Omukabale, killing
at least 17 people and injuring two others.
2002 Aug 11, Yemen reported
that 6 suspected Muslim militants were arrested for planning a
bombing attack in the capital San'a. Two more were arrested in
connection with a previous blast.
2003 Aug 11, Pres. Bush named
Mike Leavitt, Republican governor of Utah, to head the EPA.
(SFC, 8/11/03, p.A1)
2003 Aug 11, Herb Brooks, who
coached the U.S. Olympic hockey team to the "Miracle on Ice" victory
over the Soviet Union in 1980, died in a car wreck near Minneapolis
at age 66.
2003 Aug 11, In Afghanistan
NATO took command of the 5,000-strong international peacekeeping
force in Kabul, its 1st deployment outside Europe.
2003 Aug 11, British troops
restored badly needed electricity to parts of Basra and supervised
distribution of gasoline after two days of protests over fuel and
2003 Aug 11, In northern China
a gas explosion ripped through a coal mine, killing at least 33
miners and leaving nine missing.
2003 Aug 11, The Dominican
Republic granted asylum to former Ecuadorian President Gustavo
Noboa, who has been under investigation for allegedly mishandling
his country's foreign debt negotiations and costing the country $9
2003 Aug 11, A helicopter
chartered by one of India's largest oil companies crashed into the
Arabian Sea near Bombay with 29 people on board. Two people were
2003 Aug 11, In Liberia Pres.
Charles Taylor shook hands with his designated successor as his
long-promised resignation ceremony started in Monrovia. A UN
official later reported that Taylor took $3 million with him, that
had been donated for disarming and demobilizing thousands of armed
combatants. Taylor flew into exile in Nigeria following his
(AP, 8/11/03)(SFC, 9/6/03, p.A3)(AP, 7/14/09)
2003 Aug 11, Gunmen killed
Nadirshakh Khachilayev, a former lawmaker, in Makhachkala, capital
of Dagestan. In 1998 his armed supporters were accused of seizing a
Dagestani government building during a violent anti-government raid
and Russia's parliament voted to lift his immunity.
2003 Aug 11, Saudi Crown Prince
Abdullah flew to Morocco for talks with King Mohammed VI about Iraq
and the Palestinian territories.
2003 Aug 11, Hambali (39), an
Indonesian whose real name is Riduan Isamuddin, was captured in a
raid in the ancient temple city of Ayutthaya, Thailand. Hambali, the
operational head of Jemaah Islamiyah, was handed over to US
authorities and flown out of the country. He was al Qaeda's top man
in Southeast Asia and the suspected mastermind behind a string of
deadly bombings including the Bali attacks.
(Reuters, 8/15/03)(SFC, 8/15/03, p.A3)(AP,
2004 Aug 11, The U.S. women's
soccer team defeated home team Greece 3-0 on the first day of
competition in the 2004 Olympic Games. The opening ceremony took
place two days later.
2004 Aug 11, A 3-day wildfire
near Lake Shasta broke out and covered some 10,000 acres destroying
86 homes in Jones Valley. Matt Rupp (44) served 2 years in jail for
accidentally igniting the fire while riding a mower over a field of
(SSFC, 8/15/04, p.B2)(SSFC, 8/10/08, p.A1)
2004 Aug 11, In Algeria an
appeals court upheld a two-year prison term for one of Algeria's
best known journalists in a case seen by many as a pretext to crush
2004 Aug 11, Britain granted
its 1st license for human embryonic cloning research.
(WSJ, 8/12/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 11, In northeast
Colombia suspected rebel gunmen lined up and killed nine coca
pickers on a remote ranch.
2004 Aug 11, Ahmad Chalabi,
former Iraqi Governing Council member who fell out of favor with the
United States, returned to Iraq to face counterfeiting charges, but
was never arrested. Charges were later dropped citing lack of
evidence. Chalabi regained enough credibility to be made deputy
prime minister on April 28, 2005. At the same time he was made
acting oil minister. Since then he has thrived in becoming
invaluable to the Iraqi government.
2004 Aug 11, An Islamic Web
site carried a videotape that appeared to show militants in Iraq
beheading a man identified as a CIA agent. The authenticity of the
videotape could not be verified immediately.
2004 Aug 11, U.S. jet fighters
bombed the turbulent city of Fallujah, killing four people and
injuring four others.
2004 Aug 11, Ngugi wa Thiongo
(b.1938), exiled Kenyan writer, was accosted by assailants during a
return trip to Nairobi. His face was burned with cigarettes and his
wife was raped.
2004 Aug 11-2004 Aug 15,
Pakistani officials arrested around a dozen local and foreign
militants who hatched a plot to launch strikes on August 13 and
Pakistan's 57th Independence Day celebrated on August 14. The plot
was masterminded by an Egyptian Al-Qaeda suspect named Sheikh Esa
alias Qari Ismail.
2004 Aug 11, A West Bank
assailant detonated a large bomb near a busy Israeli military
checkpoint, killing two Palestinian men and wounding 16 people.
2004 Aug 11, In northwestern
Turkey 2 trains collided head on, killing 8 people, injuring 55
(AP, 8/11/04)(AP, 8/12/04)
2005 Aug 11, President Bush
expressed sympathy for war protesters like Cindy Sheehan, the mother
camped outside his Texas ranch demanding answers for her
solider-son's death, but said he believed it would be a mistake to
bring U.S. troops home immediately.
2005 Aug 11, Scott Sullivan,
former WorldCom finance chief, was sentenced to five years in prison
for his high-ranking role in the largest accounting fraud in U.S.
2005 Aug 11, It was reported
that an anonymous donor will give $25 million to UC Berkeley’s Haas
School of Business to construct a new building for its executive
(SFC, 8/11/05, p.C1)
2005 Aug 11, Qualcomm announced
that it would buy Flarion for some $600 million in order to gain
access to post-3G network technology.
(Econ, 8/20/05, p.51)
2005 Aug 11, Yahoo agreed to
pay $1 billion in cash and turn over its Chinese operations to
Alibaba in return for a 40% stake in the Chinese e-commerce company.
Jack Ma started Alibaba.com in 1999 to support small business people
(WSJ, 8/12/05, p.A1,B1)
2005 Aug 11, A team of
scientists from 10 countries reported that they had deciphered the
genetic code of rice. This was the first cereal crop to be
(SFC, 8/11/05, p.A6)(Econ, 5/10/14, p.14)
2005 Aug 11, Scientists
reported the discovery of an asteroid with 2 small moons. Asteroid
87 Sylvia was about 175 miles in diameter and circled the sun
between the orbits of mars and Jupiter.
(SFC, 8/11/05, p.A2)
2005 Aug 11, In Afghanistan a
US service member was killed in Paktika province, the sixth American
fatality in a week. An American soldier was killed and two others
were wounded in an explosives training accident in central Uruzgan
(AP, 8/11/05)(AP, 8/12/05)
2005 Aug 11, Argentina and
Venezuela signed an accord to set up a joint trust fund aimed at
providing export financing to small businesses. Presidents Kirchner
and Chavez signed a series of accords during the Chavez visit that
included an expansion of Venezuelan fuel oil imports. Kirchner
thanked Chavez for the purchase of $500 million of Argentine
government bonds over the last few months.
(WSJ, 8/12/05, p.A7)
2005 Aug 11, In Vienna the
board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
unanimously approved a resolution demanding that Iran suspend all
nuclear activities it resumed earlier this week.
2005 Aug 11, Thirty-five
Bangladeshi children who worked as camel jockeys in the United Arab
Emirates arrived home to an uncertain future as part of a United
Nations-sponsored program. The UAE now plans to use robots to race
camels rather than children.
2005 Aug 11, A one-day strike
by British Airways baggage handlers and other ground staff forced
the cancellation of hundreds of flights to and from Heathrow
2005 Aug 11, Brazilian police
said they recovered a small percentage of the currency stolen from
the Central Bank in one of the world's biggest heists. Brazil's
Central Bank released an official statement saying that the amount
stolen was $70 million, instead of the $67.8 million it reported
2005 Aug 11, Beijing ordered an
investigation into the cause of a flood at a coal shaft in southern
China. Hopes of finding survivors among the 122 miners still trapped
underground all but disappeared.
2005 Aug 11, El Salvador sent
its fifth contingent of 380 soldiers to Iraq for humanitarian
missions. President Tony Saca said it was in the same spirit as the
countries that helped El Salvador during its 12-year civil war.
2005 Aug 11, Manmohan Singh,
India's first Sikh prime minister, apologized for riots two decades
ago that killed nearly 3,000 Sikhs and were blamed on the Congress.
2005 Aug 11, Indian officials
said waterborne diseases have killed at least 46 people in Bombay in
the past four days following widespread floods in the city last
2005 Aug 11, Indonesian
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a former army general, and the
Timorese ex-guerrilla fighter Xanana Gusmao witnessed the signing of
documents appointing the 10 members of the Commission for Truth and
2005 Aug 11, In Iraq gunmen
killed at least 16 people in attacks across the country, including
one that left a young girl wounded and her parents dead.
2005 Aug 11, An ex-soldier was
sentenced to eight years in prison for fatally shooting British
activist Tom Hurndall in April, 2003. It was the first case in which
an Israeli soldier was convicted of killing a foreigner during more
than four years of Israeli-Palestinian violence.
2005 Aug 11, Louis-Jodel
Chamblain, a Haitian rebel leader who once led a paramilitary group
accused of killing and torturing thousands of people, was released
2005 Aug 11, Lebanese police
arrested Omar Bakri, the Islamic cleric who is being investigated in
Britain for his remarks on the London bombings.
2005 Aug 11, Pakistan test
fired its first cruise missile without warning archrival India under
a new treaty requiring notification of tests involving missiles
capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The Foreign Ministry said the
missile notification agreement formalized by the two nuclear-armed
nations over the weekend did not cover cruise missiles.
2005 Aug 11, Peru's PM Carlos
Ferrero quit unexpectedly in an apparent protest against President
Alejandro Toledo's appointment of an unpopular political ally as
2005 Aug 11, The two unions
representing 90,000 striking South African gold miners agreed to
accept management's latest offer and return to work, ending the
worst strike in 18 years in the world's largest gold-producing
2005 Aug 11, A senior South
Korean official said that North Korea has the right to a peaceful
nuclear program, a view conflicting with Washington in its
disagreement with the hard-line Pyongyang regime that has snagged
2005 Aug 11, Southern leader
Salva Kiir Mayardit was sworn in as Sudan's 1st vice president.
2005 Aug 11, A judge in
Suriname convicted the son of a former dictator of leading a ring
that trafficked in cocaine, illegal arms and stolen luxury cars,
sentencing him to 8 years in prison.
2005 Aug 11, Uganda police
arrested Andrew Mwenda a day after the KFM radio station he works
for was shut down following threats from President Yoweri Museveni
to close media outlets that report conspiracies about the Garang's
2005 Aug 11, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously to extend its mission in Iraq, reaffirming
its leading role in helping to promote a national dialogue which is
crucial for the country's political stability and unity.
2005 Aug 11, Venezuela's major
newspapers calculated that pro-Chavez candidates won some 47 percent
of city council posts across the country, while opposition
candidates won 17 percent and other independent parties had 18
percent of posts in the Aug 7 elections.
2006 Aug 11, A Kentucky judge
ruled that Gov. Ernie Fletcher, under fire for a hiring scandal, is
protected by executive immunity and cannot be prosecuted while in
2006 Aug 11, BP PLC announced
it would keep one side of the Prudhoe Bay oil field open as it
replaced corroded pipes, averting a larger crimp in the nation's oil
2006 Aug 11, In SF Ed Jew,
operator of a Chinatown flower shop, filed to run as supervisor for
District 4. He won a surprise victory in November. In 2007 he faced
residency questions and an FBI investigation regarding money
accepted from a businessmen facing permit problems. On January 10,
2008 he resigned from the Board of Supervisors. Jew had been accused
of violating the city charter by not living in the district he
represented. On November 6, 2007, federal prosecutors obtained a
grand jury indictment of Jew on five felony bribery, fraud and
extortion charges, accusing him of running a scheme to shake down
Sunset District businesses for $84,000 in bribes. His trial on
federal charges was slated to being in July 2008.
2006 Aug 11, Jamie Gold (36), a
former Hollywood talent agent, won the $12 million grand prize in
the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Nv.
(SFC, 8/12/06, p.A2)
2006 Aug 11, In Michigan 3
Palestinian American men from Texas were arrested after buying
dozens of cell phones at a Wal-Mart store. They were found with a
1000 cell phones and later charged with federal fraud conspiracy and
money laundering. Initial terrorism charges were dropped.
(SFC, 8/17/06, p.A3)
2006 Aug 11, Mike Douglas (born
in 1925 as Michael Delaney Dowd Jr.), popular television host, died
in Florida. His Mike Douglas Show began in Cleveland in 1961 and
ended in 1982. In 1999 he authored the memoir “”I’ll be Right Back:
Memories of TV’s Greatest Talk Show.”
(SFC, 8/12/06, p.B6)
2006 Aug 11, A suicide car
bomber struck a NATO-led convoy in southern Afghanistan, killing one
soldier. In northeastern Afghanistan 3 US soldiers were killed and 3
wounded after militants attacked an American patrol with
rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire.
(AP, 8/11/06)(AP, 8/12/06)
2006 Aug 11, In Brazil
officials said police had arrested 30 businessmen, government
officials and soldiers accused of taking part in a scheme to net
millions of dollars by over-billing for meals in the military and at
2006 Aug 11, British officials
identified 19 of the suspects accused of planning to blow up
US-bound aircraft in the biggest terrorist plot to be uncovered
since 9/11, while investigators probed their movements, background
and finances. In addition, five Pakistanis have been arrested in
Pakistan as suspected "facilitators" of the plot, as well as two
Britons arrested there about a week ago. A Pakistani intelligence
official said 10 Pakistanis were arrested in Bhawalpur district, 300
miles southwest of Islamabad, in connection with the terror plot in
(AP, 8/11/06)(AP, 8/12/06)
2006 Aug 11, Typhoon Saomai,
the strongest storm to strike China in 50 years, weakened to a
tropical depression but drenched the country's southeast after
killing at least 105 people with another 190 missing.
2006 Aug 11, German novelist
Guenter Grass (78) admitted in an interview that he served in the
Waffen SS, the combat arm of Adolf Hitler's dreaded paramilitary
forces, during World War II. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature
in 1999 for works including his 1959 novel, "The Tin Drum." His new
memoir about the war years, Peeling the Onion” was published in
September, 2006. The English translation came out in 2007.
(AP, 8/11/06)(SSFC, 7/8/07, p.M1)
2006 Aug 11, Indonesian
officials issued a last-minute stay of execution for three Christian
militiamen on death row, but they added that the sentences would
still be carried out. Fabianus Tibo, Marinus Riwu and
Dominggus da Silva, were scheduled to be executed August 12. They
had been sentenced to death for inciting and carrying out attacks on
Muslims in 2000 during religious violence on Sulawesi that left
1,000 dead from both faiths.
2006 Aug 11, US soldiers raided
a funeral and detained 60 men suspected of ties to al-Qaida car
bombings in the first major roundup of suspected insurgents since
troop reinforcements began arriving for a new crackdown in Baghdad.
2006 Aug 11, Israeli airstrikes
pounded south Beirut and border crossings to Syria, killing at least
14 people across Lebanon as ground fighting picked up intensity in
the south. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert accepted an emerging
Mideast cease-fire deal and informed the United States of his
decision. An Israeli drone fired at a convoy of refugees fleeing
southern Lebanon, killing at least six people and wounding 16.
2006 Aug 11, North Kenya
authorities said they caught at least 45 sympathizers or members of
the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), a small Ethiopian group operating
on the border. Ethiopia reported having shot dead 11 Ogaden National
Liberation Front (ONLH) fighters.
(Reuters, 8/11/06)(Econ, 8/19/06, p.44)
2006 Aug 11, An oil tanker sank
in rough seas off the Philippine coast of Guimaras Island, about 312
miles southeast of Manila. About 528,000 gallons of industrial fuel
was leaking from the accident.
2006 Aug 11, The Sri Lankan air
force bombed Tamil Tiger-held areas in the east. Tamil Tigers warned
of a humanitarian crisis after 42,000 people were displaced by a
surge in violence that has left Sri Lanka's truce in tatters, as
fighting erupted on two new fronts.
(AP, 8/11/06)(AFP, 8/11/06)
2006 Aug 11, The UN Human
Rights Council condemned Israel for "massive bombardment of Lebanese
civilian populations" and other "systematic" human rights
violations, and decided to send a commission to investigate. UN
Resolution 1701 called for Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon and the
disarmament of Hezbollah.
(AP, 8/11/06)(Econ, 8/26/06,
2006 Aug 11, The Zimbabwe
Cabinet slashed fuel prices for private motorists by almost half,
but experts said the move could lead to further shortages and fail
to snuff out a flourishing black market.
2007 Aug 11, President George
W. Bush welcomed France's Pres. Sarkozy to the Bush family's
oceanfront home in Maine for a private meeting, boat ride and picnic
2007 Aug 11, Republican Mitt
Romney (b.1947) won the first test of the 2008 White House race,
using a big wallet and broad organization to muscle aside a field of
rivals in a low-turnout Iowa straw poll. Mike Huckabee (b.1955),
former governor of Arkansas, came in second.
(Reuters, 8/11/07)(WSJ, 8/13/07, p.A5)
2007 Aug 11, Zhang Shuhong, who
co-owned Lee Der Industrial Co. Ltd., killed himself at a warehouse,
days after China announced it had temporarily banned exports by the
2007 Aug 11, It was reported
that citizens in 5 of Egypt’s 26 governorates have been suffering a
dire shortage of drinking water.
(Econ, 8/11/07, p.40)
2007 Aug 11, In Guatemala 46
children believed abducted or coerced from their parents were
rescued from Casa Quivira, an adoption home catering to foreigners
run by Clifford Phillips of Deland, Fla., and his Guatemalan wife
and attorney, Sandra Gonzalez.
2007 Aug 11, The int’l. medical
charity Doctors Without Borders said it has been stopped from
working in a Maoist-hit area of India, after being accused of
treating banned rebels.
2007 Aug 11, Iran’s state-run
news network said Iran and Iraq have signed an agreement to build
pipelines for the transfer of Iraqi crude oil and oil products.
2007 Aug 11, A powerful
roadside bomb killed Khalil Jalil Hamza, the governor of Qadisiyah
province and the police chief. The southern province has seen fierce
internal fighting between Shiite factions. Militants bombed the
house of a prominent anti-al-Qaida Sunni cleric, seriously wounding
him and killing three of his relatives in what appeared to be an
increased campaign against Sunnis who have turned against the terror
network. The bodies of four men abducted a week ago were found
chopped into pieces in Dujail, 50 miles north of Baghdad. A roadside
bomb killed one civilian and wounded another while they were driving
on the highway south of Baghdad. A local tribal leader in Albu
Khalifa, a village west of Baghdad, was gunned down by militants who
broke into his home. Gunmen ambushed a police patrol southwest of
the northern city of Kirkuk, killing three officers and wounding
another. The US military reported the death of a Task Force
Lightning soldier in a non-combat incident. 5 American soldiers were
killed in southeastern Baghdad, including four in an ambush bombing
after a sniper felled a soldier.
(AP, 8/11/07)(AP, 8/12/07)
2007 Aug 11, Hamas militiamen
detained 32 Fatah supporters across Gaza, half of them after
breaking up a bachelor's party and beating guests with clubs and
2007 Aug 11, Sierra Leone held
its first elections since UN peacekeepers left nearly two years ago,
a vote that will test whether the diamond-rich West African country
can transfer power peacefully after years of conflict. The
opposition won a parliamentary majority, but the presidential race
faced a runoff in September.
(AP, 8/11/07)(WSJ, 8/24/07, p.A1)
2007 Aug 11, In Somalia 2
prominent radio journalists were assassinated in Mogadishu within
hours of each other, one just outside his office and the other as he
returned from his colleague's burial.
2007 Aug 11, In northeast Sri
Lanka security forces shot dead five suspected LTTE cadres as they
tried to lay landmines. Two gunmen riding on a motorbike shot dead a
Muslim man in the eastern district of Ampara.
2007 Aug 11, A security
official said disarmament has finally started in south Sudan's state
of Eastern Equatoria under a 2005 peace deal now it has been made
possible by the departure of Ugandan rebels.
2007 Aug 11, Togo national
television said 3 new cases of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu
have been detected in poultry on farms in Sigbehoue, 45 kilometers
east of the capital.
2008 Aug 11, President George
W. Bush said he used talks with China's leaders during the Beijing
Olympics to press them to use their influence with Sudan to help end
the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.
2008 Aug 11, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger sued state Controller John Chiang for refusing to
follow the governor’s order to slash pay for thousands of state
workers during the budget impasse.
(SFC, 8/12/08, p.B1)
2008 Aug 11, Federal
prosecutors in NYC charged Joseph Shereshevsky and Steven Byers,
partners in Chicago-based WexTrust Capital, with raising over $250
million through a Ponzi scheme, mainly from Orthodox Jews.
(WSJ, 8/15/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 11, Jurors in
Stockton, Ca., convicted William Choyce (54) for the murders of 3
prostitutes. He was serving time in state prison for rape when DNA
evidence linked him to the murders dating back to 1988.
(SFC, 8/13/08, p.B12)
2008 Aug 11, George Furth
(b.1932), writer and actor, died in Santa Monica. He wrote the book
for “Company,” a 1971 Broadway musical with music and lyrics by
Stephen Sondheim. As an actor he appeared in over 85 films and TV
(SFC, 8/12/08, p.B5)
2008 Aug 11, Don Helms (81),
steel guitarist, died in Nashville. Helms had played on over 100
Hank Williams songs.
(SSFC, 8/17/08, p.B4)
2008 Aug 11, An Afghan police
officer was killed and two others were injured in a roadside bomb
explosion on the southeastern outskirts of Kabul. 3 civilians were
killed and 15 people were wounded, including three NATO troops, when
a suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into a NATO military convoy
in Kabul. In the northern province of Maimana meanwhile a Latvian
ISAF soldier was killed and three others wounded when their vehicle
hit a roadside bomb.
2008 Aug 11, Fred Sinowatz (b.
1929) former Chancellor of Austria (1983 to 1986), died.
2008 Aug 11, In Belarus
Emmanuel Zeltser, an American lawyer, was sentenced to 3 years in
prison after being convicted at a closed trial for commercial
espionage and using false documents. He is an expert on organized
crime and money laundering. The US raised protests over his
detention and concerns about his health in custody. Zeltser (55) was
released on June 30, 2009, following a presidential pardon.
(AP, 8/12/08)(AP, 7/1/09)
2008 Aug 11, Brazil's
environment minister said he granted a license for the Santo Antonio
hydroelectric dam but attached stringent conditions to protect
Amazon Indian reservations and nature preserves. The dam is expected
to cost 9.5 billion reals (US$5.9 billion) and go online in 2012.
The dam is one of two planned for the Madeira river in the Amazon
state of Rondonia.
2008 Aug 11, In China the US
remained third in the medals table at the end of the third day of
Olympic competition with three gold medals behind hosts China with
nine after the completion of 34 events, and South Korea with four.
Abhinav Bindra became the first Indian to ever win a solo gold medal
at the Olympic Games after winning the men's 10m air rifle title.
2008 Aug 11, Swarms of Russian
jets launched new raids on Georgian territory and Georgia faced the
threat of a second front of fighting as Russia demanded that Georgia
disarm troops near the breakaway province of Abkhazia.
2008 Aug 11, Indian troops shot
dead Sheikh Abdul Aziz (52), a prominent Kashmiri separatist leader,
and three other protesters. The shooting came as Indian security
forces tried to prevent about 100,000 Muslims from marching towards
the de facto border with Pakistan.
2008 Aug 11, The Iraqi
government said it has halted military operations in Diyala province
for a week to give insurgents time to surrender. A female suicide
bomber (15) struck a market checkpoint in the provincial capital of
Baqouba, killing at least one policeman and wounding 14 other
people. Another bomb exploded in the Wijaihiyah area, about 12 miles
east of Baqouba, killing 5 Iraqi women. A bomb stuck under a car
exploded in eastern Baghdad, killing the driver and wounding two
(AP, 8/11/08)(SFC, 8/12/08, p.A7)
2008 Aug 11, Mauritania's
ousted PM Yahya Ould Ahmed Waqef defiantly refused to recognize the
African country's ruling military junta, after he was freed from
house arrest under international pressure.
2008 Aug 11, In Acapulco,
Mexico, gunmen traveling in a sport utility vehicle fired at a
hardware store killing a girl (14) and a man (35).
2008 Aug 11, Pakistani forces
trained gunfire and dropped bombs on Islamic militants in and around
the main town of a tribal region next to the Afghan border, forcing
thousands of residents to flee. The bodies of two men beheaded by
militants were found about 12 miles north of Khar along with a note
accusing them of spying for US and Pakistani authorities. In
Peshawar an explosion killed one man and wounded another apparently
as they were planting a bomb near a private clinic.
2008 Aug 11, Philippine attack
aircraft and artillery bombed Muslim rebel positions for a second
day, raising fears of a humanitarian disaster in North Cotabato
province with nearly 130,000 refugees forced to flee. Members of the
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) attacked a town on the island
of Basilan, around 200 km (125 miles) southwest of where the main
fighting was taking place, and disrupted voting in local elections
2008 Aug 11, Thailand's Supreme
Court issued arrest warrants for ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra and
his wife after they failed to appear at a hearing on corruption
charges and fled to London, saying they could not get justice in
2008 Aug 11, A roadside bomb
exploded in eastern Turkey, killing nine soldiers who were on their
way back from an operation against Kurdish rebels.
2008 Aug 11, Two Yemeni
security officers and five suspected al-Qaida militants died in a
gunbattle in Tarim, a southern Yemeni town.
2009 Aug 11, Bernard Madoff's
long-time deputy, Frank DiPascali, pleaded guilty to financial
crimes including helping others carry out Wall Street's biggest
investment fraud, but shed little more light in court on the
2009 Aug 11, General Motors
Corp. said its Chevrolet Volt rechargeable electric car should get
230 miles per gallon of gasoline in city driving, more than four
times the mileage of the current champion, the Toyota Prius.
2009 Aug 11, The US Homeland
Security department was scheduled to return $2.4 million to Mexico's
tax administration, the first batch of money seized during a
binational investigation into smuggled oil that authorities expect
to lead to more arrests and seizures. So far this year, oil theft
was up 10 percent, and confirmed in 19 states, up from 13 in 2008.
2009 Aug 11, Former US
President Bill Clinton appointed the physician and Harvard
University professor Paul Farmer as the UN Deputy Special Envoy to
Haiti to assist in advancing the economic and social development of
the impoverished Caribbean nation.
2009 Aug 11, Eunice Kennedy
Shriver (88), the sister of President John F. Kennedy, died at a
Hyannis hospital. She carried on the family's public service
tradition by founding the Special Olympics and championing the
rights of the mentally disabled. Shriver organized the first Special
Olympics in 1968 in Chicago.
2009 Aug 11, In Richmond, Ca.,
distraught boyfriend Nathaniel Burris (46) shot and killed toll
collector Deborah Ross (51) in her booth at the Richmond-San Rafael
Bridge. He also shot and killed Golden Gate Transit bus driver Ersie
Charles Everette III (58) in the parking lot and then escaped.
Burris was arrested later in the day in Placer County. Burris was
convicted of the double murder on Nov 7, 2012. On Nov 20 a jury
sentenced him to death.
(SFC, 8/12/09, p.A1)(SFC, 8/13/09, p.A12)(SFC,
11/8/12, p.C3)(SFC, 11/21/12, p.C1)
2009 Aug 11, An Afghan official
said authorities have hired some 10,000 Afghan tribesmen to protect
this month's presidential election, raising the possibility that
village militias could be enlisted to fight against the Taliban. In
southern Afghanistan roadside bombs killed nine civilians. The body
of a Polish soldier, who had disappeared while under fire a day
earlier, was found in Ghazni province.
2009 Aug 11, In Brazil
authorities charged Bishop Edir Macedo and nine other people linked
to the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God with siphoning off
billions of dollars in donations from his mostly poor followers to
buy jewelry, TV stations and other businesses for himself. Macedo,
who founded the church in 1977, owns a large television network,
three newspapers and several radio stations. He also owns a tourism
agency and an air taxi company.
2009 Aug 11, In Brazil police
were reported to be investigating the "Canal Livre" crime TV show
saying the show's host, state legislator Wallace Souza, was
suspected of commissioning at least five murders to boost his
ratings and prove his claim that Brazil's Amazon region is awash in
violent crime. Police also have accused Souza of drug trafficking.
2009 Aug 11, Canada signed a
free trade deal with Panama and said it wanted to conclude more such
agreements, given that talks to open up the global trading system
were going nowhere.
2009 Aug 11, In Chechnya Zarema
Sadulayeva, the head of the Save the Generation Chechen aid group,
and her husband, Alik Dzhabrailov, were found shot dead in the trunk
of their car a day after being kidnapped.
2009 Aug 11, China formally
arrested four employees of Anglo-American mining giant Rio Tinto
Ltd. for infringing trade secrets and bribery, but stopped short of
laying politically explosive espionage charges in a case that has
strained ties with key trading partner Australia.
2009 Aug 11, Authorities in the
Democratic Republic of Congo arrested Gregoire Ndahimana, a former
Rwandan mayor, for his alleged role in the 1994 genocide. Measures
were taken for him to be transferred to the International Criminal
Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.
2009 Aug 11, In Congo US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for the Democratic
Republic of Congo to punish soldiers responsible for rape as she
toured the war-torn east. She also unveiled a $17 million plan to
help fight the sexual violence in eastern Congo.
(AFP, 8/11/09)(SFC, 8/12/09, p.A3)
2009 Aug 11, In France restive
youths in a Paris suburb torched a tourist bus and nearly a
half-dozen cars and hurled objects at police, in a night of
fullblown unrest prompted by the death of a teen fleeing police on
Aug 9. Some witnesses claimed a police car hit the young
motorcyclist after he tried to flee a document check outside the
2009 Aug 11, In Honduras some
10,000 protesters arrived in Tegucigalpa after staging weeklong
walks across Honduras, producing one of the largest demonstrations
in support of Zelaya since he was ousted by the army June 28 and
flown out of the country.
2009 Aug 11, In Indonesia
UNAIDS regional director Prasada Rao cited a new report saying more
than 1.5 million women living with HIV in Asia were infected by
their partners and 50 million more are at risk of infection. Rao
spoke on the sidelines of the ninth International Congress on AIDS
in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP), which is being held on the
Indonesian resort island of Bali.
2009 Aug 11, Iran's opposition
said at least 69 people have died in two months of postelection
unrest based on accounts from the victims' families, more than
double the official toll released by parliament. Mir Hossein
Mousavi, the top opposition leader, said that the abuse and death of
protesters detained after the disputed presidential elections shows
the need for "deep change" in the country, in the most sweeping call
for reform of the system to date.
(AP, 8/11/09)(AP, 8/12/09)
2009 Aug 11, In southeastern
Kenya assailants armed with arrows, spears and machetes killed
Campbell Bridges (72), a Scottish-born geologist, in an apparent
dispute over mining rights. In 1968 Bridges became the first to
record the discovery of gemstone-quality tsavorite, in Tanzania.
Tsavorite, mined in Tanzania and Kenya, is a green variety of garnet
that shines even before polishing. On Aug 19 Kenyan police arrested
Alfred Makogo Njiruka, the chairman of a small miners association
and the suspected mastermind in the killing of Bridges.
(AP, 8/13/09)(AP, 8/20/09)
2009 Aug 11, Kuwaiti
authorities announced they have arrested an al-Qaida-linked group
that was planning to attack Camp Arifjan, a key US military base in
Kuwait. 5 of the suspects are cousins who were convicted for
involvement in the 2002 attack on a group of US Marines training on
the Kuwaiti island of Failaka, where one Marine was killed and
(AP, 8/11/09)(AP, 8/13/09)
2009 Aug 11, Liechtenstein
raised the gate on its tax-haven fortress, making a deal enabling
London to snare about 5,000 British accounts holders with up to 3.0
billion pounds in secret deposits.
2009 Aug 11, In northern Mexico
Monterrey city police were told not to sit in parked patrol cars
observing traffic, because officials suspect they could be spying
for criminal gangs or drug cartels. Gunmen attacked a vehicle
carrying a prison director in Chihuahua, killing three bodyguards
and wounding two more seriously.
2009 Aug 11, A Myanmar court
convicted Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi of violating her
house arrest by allowing John Yettaw, an uninvited American, to stay
at her home. The head of the military-ruled country ordered the
democracy leader to serve an 18-month sentence under house arrest.
Yettaw was also convicted, and had just spent a week in a prison
hospital for epileptic seizures.
(AP, 8/11/09)(AP, 8/15/09)
2009 Aug 11, In Pakistan police
officials in Islamabad confirmed that they had registered a criminal
case against former Pres. Pervez Musharraf for detaining 60 Supreme
Court judges and their families following emergency rule in 2007.
(SFC, 8/12/09, p.A3)
2009 Aug 11, In Pakistan at
least 10 militants were killed in a suspected US drone strike in
South Waziristan region, the same area where Pakistani Taliban
leader Baitullah Mehsud is said to have been killed last week.
2009 Aug 11, The Palestinian
Fatah movement ended a 4-day conference. Pres. Abbas was unanimously
re-elected as party head and a group of younger leaders were elected
to its top council, bolstering its credentials as the West's best
hope for Mideast peace. Also elected were Marwan Barghouti (50), a
firebrand militant leader now jailed by Israel and seen as a likely
future president, and Jibril Rajoub (56), a former aide to the late
Yasser Arafat who led several crackdowns against Hamas.
(AP, 8/11/09)(Econ, 8/15/09, p.41)
2009 Aug 11, In Papua New
Guinea a charter plane carrying 13 people to a popular tourist site
vanished on approach in bad weather to an airport nestled in rugged
terrain. No survivors were found in the wreckage, which was located
the next day in the mountainous Kokoda region.
(AP, 8/11/09)(AP, 8/12/09)
2009 Aug 11, In Somalia 4
European aid workers and two Kenyan pilots were released after being
held hostage for nine months.
2009 Aug 11, In South Africa a
report to the Parliament said first year students at 4 universities
were found to be unable to read or write properly. The country’s
education system was described as dysfunctional.
(SSFC, 8/16/09, p.A4)
2009 Aug 11, Taiwanese
authorities put the confirmed death toll from Morakot at 62 and
listed 57 people as missing, but that did not include residents in
the village of Shiao Lin.
2009 Aug 11, A Thai court
rejected a US request to extradite Viktor Bout, an alleged Russian
arms smuggler dubbed the "Merchant of Death," dealing a setback to
American efforts to try him on charges of plotting to supply weapons
to Colombian rebels. The court rejected the extradition request
because Bout had not been accused of committing any crimes against
Thailand, which has not listed FARC as a terrorist group.
2009 Aug 11, Yemen’s government
launched "Operation Scorched Earth," an all-out offensive to stamp
out an uprising in the northern Saada province, after rebels claimed
they had wrested more control of the region from Sunni-led
(AP, 8/13/09)(AFP, 2/8/10)
2009 Aug 11, Two Yemenis jailed
in the United States over terrorism charges received a tumultuous
public welcome on their return home after serving more than six
years in prison. Sheik Mohammed Ali Hasan Al-Moayad (60) and his
assistant Mohammed Zayed were arrested in 2003 and convicted of
supporting terrorist groups such as Al-Qaida. Al-Moayad was
sentenced to 75 years in prison and Mohammed Zayed received 45
years, but on August 7 they pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of
supporting the Palestinian militant group Hamas and given six years
2010 Aug 11, The US Treasury
Dept. said it is sending an additional $2 billion to what it calls
the 17 “hardest hit” states to help unemployed homeowners pay their
(SFC, 8/12/10, p.D1)
2010 Aug 11, A US military
tribunal sentenced Ibrahim al-Qosi (50), Osama bin Laden's former
cook, to 14 years in prison, but he is expected to serve far less
under a plea deal that remains secret. Al-Qosi has been held at
Guantanamo for more than eight years. In Feb, 2011, a US military
legal official reduced the sentence, suspending all but two years.
On July 11, 2012, al-Qosi was returned to Sudan.
(Reuters, 8/12/10)(AP, 2/9/11)(AP, 7/11/12)
2010 Aug 11, In Iowa 3 nights
of heavy rainfall caused creeks and rivers to swell, forcing
hundreds of residents from their homes and killing a 16-year-old
girl when three cars were swept away by a torrent of water on a
2010 Aug 11, Over a billion
Muslims around the world began observing the holy month of Ramadan,
with the dawn-to-dusk fast posing a particular challenge for the
devout in the sweltering Middle East summer.
2010 Aug 11, Dan Rostenkowski
(b.1928), former US Rep. from Illinois (1959-1995), died at his home
in Wisconsin. In 1996 he pleaded guilty to mail fraud and served 15
months in prison.
(SFC, 8/12/10, p.A6)
2010 Aug 11, In Afghanistan
about 350 of the country’s Islamic clerics, or ulema, ended a 3-day
meeting with a declaration calling on President Hamid Karzai to
enact sharia, or Islamic law, including punishments such as
stonings, lashing, amputation and execution.
2010 Aug 11, Researchers
reported that plastic surgery patients have carried a new class of
superbugs resistant to almost all antibiotics from South Asia to
Britain and they could spread worldwide. This so-called NDM-1 gene
was first identified last year by Cardiff University's Timothy Walsh
in two types of bacteria, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Escherichia
coli, in a Swedish patient admitted to hospital in India.
2010 Aug 11, Bosnian officials
said they have so far found 60 partial skeletons in the muddy banks
of the manmade Lake Perucac in eastern Bosnia since the water level
was lowered for dam maintenance. The victims were killed at the
beginning of the 1992-95 war, thrown into the Drina river, and
lodged into the banks of the lake. In 2012 a mass funeral was held
for 66 Muslim Bosnians killed in Visegrad.
(AP, 8/11/10)(AP, 5/26/12)
2010 Aug 11, Canada said a
cargo ship that may be carrying as many 500 migrants from Sri Lanka
was nearing its Pacific coast. The M.V. Sun Sea entered an economic
zone within 200 miles of Vancouver Island and was being tracked by a
Canadian navy warship.
2010 Aug 11, In the Central
African Republic the local Red Cross said floods have killed three
people and left more than a thousand homeless in the country's
2010 Aug 11, Chinese rescuers
raced against a potential new deluge in northwest Gansu province and
hurried to drain an unstable lake formed by the country’s worst
mudslides in decades. The mudslide left about 1500 people dead.
(AFP, 8/11/10)(AFP, 5/13/12)
2010 Aug 11, China launched its
biggest relocation program since the Three Gorges Dam. The first
group of 499 villagers was moved in central Hubei province and a
total of 60,000 people were to be relocated by Sept. 30. The rest,
for a total of 330,000, will be moved by 2014.
2010 Aug 11, In CongoDRC around
40 people were killed when an overloaded truck laden with passengers
plowed into Lake Tanganyika, Africa’s deepest lake.
2010 Aug 11, Indonesia's
best-known radical cleric, Abu Bakar Bashir, was charged with
helping plan terrorist attacks in the world's most populous Muslim
nation, a crime that carries a maximum penalty of death.
2010 Aug 11, Iranian state
television broadcast a purported confession by Sakineh Mohammadi
Ashtiani, of being an accomplice to the murder of her husband. The
Iranian woman had faced death by stoning for adultery. Ashtiani was
first convicted in May 2006 of having an "illicit relationship" with
two men following the death of her husband. The next day her lawyer
told a British newspaper that she was tortured for two days before
confessing on state TV to being an accomplice to her husband's
(AP, 8/12/10)(AFP, 8/12/10)
2010 Aug 11, In Iraq gunmen
burst into a house in Sadiyah, Diyala province, killing three people
and sending the surviving children to an Iraqi army checkpoint to
lure soldiers to the residence. As the troops arrived at the
booby-trapped house, it blew up, leaving 8 soldiers dead. Gunmen
broke into the house of a senior female doctor in Baghdad and killed
her. the gunmen used pistols fitted with silencers and stole 250
million Iraqi dinars (about $215,000).
2010 Aug 11, Toyota said it has
suspended auto exports to Iran indefinitely in line with global
sanctions against Tehran's nuclear program.
2010 Aug 11, Mexico’s President
Felipe Calderon questioned prosecutors and judges as to why so few
people are caught and punished for violent crimes.
2010 Aug 11, Morocco’s official
media said security forces have broken up a radical Islamist cell
that was planning attacks in Morocco and foreign assets there.
2010 Aug 11, Nicaraguan Supreme
Court justices, who support President Daniel Ortega, picked seven
lawyers from Ortega's Sandinista party to replace opposition judges
who have been boycotting court sessions.
2010 Aug 11, In Nigeria a
condemned building collapsed in Abuja and killed 23 people.
Squatters who lived there described jumping from two storeys up to
escape. Russian sailors Igor Ivanov and Andrei Pukke were kidnapped
in the southern delta. On Sep 9 they were reported to have been
released by their captors following a $60,000 ransom.
(AFP, 8/12/10)(AFP, 8/14/10)(AP, 9/9/10)
2010 Aug 11, Norway pledged to
work for democracy in Swaziland, Africa's last absolute monarchy
during a Norwegian-sponsored meeting held in South Africa and
featuring diplomats and Swazi pro-democracy groups.
2010 Aug 11, The UN appealed
for $459 million in aid for flood-hit Pakistan, warning of a second
wave of death among sick, hungry survivors unless help arrived
2010 Aug 11, The Islamist Hamas
movement released 100 prisoners in its Gaza enclave, including
members of the rival Fatah, in honor of the start of Ramadan.
2010 Aug 11, Russia said it has
deployed high-precision air defense missiles in the breakaway
Georgian region of Abkhazia, sending a defiant signal to Tblisi and
the West two years after a war with Georgia.
2010 Aug 11, In Rwanda a
grenade attack shook Kigali wounding at least seven people as Pres.
Paul Kagame was declared winner of a much-criticized election devoid
of real opposition. Two people later died of injuries sustained in
the grenade blast.
(AFP, 8/12/10)(AFP, 8/18/10)
2010 Aug 11, Turkey said it
will support petrol sales by Turkish companies to Iran, despite US
sanctions that aim to squeeze the Islamic Republic's fuel imports.
2010 Aug 11, Zimbabwe auctioned
900,000 carats of rough diamonds that were mined from its Marange
fields, an area where human rights groups say soldiers killed 200
people, raped women and forced children into hard labor.
2011 Aug 11, Three boys, the
grandsons of Republican U.S. Rep. Gary Miller, were turned over to
US authorities at the Tijuana border. Their mother, Jennifer
Dejongh, was supposed to drop her three sons off at the California
congressman's house in 2007 for an extended visit but did not take
them there. Dejongh (34) was turned over to the Los Angeles County
Sheriff's Department and was held on $500,000 bail.
2011 Aug 11, Texas Gov. Rick
Perry confirmed that he is running for the US presidency as 8 other
Republican candidates debated in Iowa.
(SFC, 8/12/11, p.A10)
2011 Aug 11, Virginia sued the
Bank of Mellon alleging that it defrauded state and local pension
funds 73,000 times since 2000.
(SFC, 8/12/11, p.A5)
2011 Aug 11, The DJIA rose
423.37 to close at 11,143.31 the 4th straight day this week of a net
change of 400 points or more.
(SFC, 8/12/11, p.D1)
2011 Aug 11, US pharmaceutical
giant Pfizer began long-awaited compensation payments to Nigerian
families over a 1996 drug trial blamed for the deaths of 11 children
and disabilities in dozens of others. Only four families were paid
in the initial disbursements, while some 200 children participated
in the trial of meningitis drug Trovan.
2011 Aug 11, In southern
Afghanistan 5 NATO soldiers were killed by a bomb. Another NATO
service member died in an insurgent attack in the south. The Taliban
rejected a US claim to have killed the fighters who shot down an
American helicopter killing 38 troops. 5 Afghan police were killed
in an overnight clash with the Taliban in Helmand province. 2 Afghan
soldiers, abducted a day earlier, were found dead in Logar province.
A French soldier was killed when a roadside bomb exploded on a
convoy in Kapisa province.
(AFP, 8/11/11)(AP, 8/12/11)
2011 Aug 11, Brazilian police
arrested seven people and seized more than 2,600 animals in a 2-day
crackdown on the illegal trafficking of wild animals. The watchdog
group Renctas says about 15% of the $10 billion to $20 billion
global illegal animal trade takes place in Brazil.
2011 Aug 11, Brazilian Judge
Patricia Acioli was shot to death in front of her house. She had put
more than 60 officers behind bars, most of them for murder. All of
the 21 bullets that hit her came from a lot issued to police,
including some in Sao Goncalo, the city where she worked. A police
commander and seven officers were soon arrested in connection with
(AP, 9/16/11)(AP, 9/28/11)
2011 Aug 11, Police in London
raided houses to round up more rioting suspects as Britain's big
cities remained largely quiet after four days of rioting and looting
that drew thousands of police officers onto the streets. The four
days of riots left five people dead, thousands facing criminal
charges and hundreds of millions in damages.
(AP, 8/11/11)(AP, 8/15/11)
2011 Aug 11, Burundi and South
Africa signed several cooperation deals including in defense,
education and agriculture during Pres. Zuma's visit to the central
2011 Aug 11, Chinese security
forces launched a two-month "strike hard" crackdown against
violence, terrorism and radical Islam following renewed ethnic
violence in the restive western region of Xinjiang. It will last
through Oct. 15, and includes around-the-clock patrols of trouble
spots, identity checks and street searches of people and vehicles.
2011 Aug 11, Chinese designated
lama Gyaltsen Norbu (21), the hand-picked 11th Panchen Lama, arrived
at Xiahe, home of the Labrang Monastery. He left on Aug 16 following
a cool welcome.
(SFC, 8/12/11, p.A2)(Econ, 8/13/11, p.39)
2011 Aug 11, In Estonia a
gunman armed with explosives entered the Defense Ministry and opened
fire, but police stormed the building and killed him. No one else
was hurt. Officials identified the attacker as Karen Drambjan, an
Armenian-born lawyer who has held Estonian citizenship since the
early 1990s. He was a member of the small, left-wing Estonian United
Left Party that is not represented in Parliament.
2011 Aug 11, Ethiopian
officials said they will not heed the UN's recommendation to halt
construction on a dam that the world body says endangers a world
heritage site. Project manager Azeb Asnake said that government
impact studies found Gilgel Gibe III dam does not endanger Lake
Turkana, the world's largest desert lake.
2011 Aug 11, Umar Patek (41), a
key suspect in the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, was
escorted home to Indonesia under tight security to stand trial, six
months after he was captured in the same northwestern Pakistani town
where Osama bin Laden was killed. The al-Qaida-linked militant, had
a $1 million bounty on his head when authorities caught up with him
on Jan. 25 in Abbottabad.
2011 Aug 11, In Iraq the
criminal court of Salaheddin issued a death sentence for a
lieutenant colonel, the former deputy commander of an oil protection
unit in Salaheddin province, for smuggling 116 tankers of kerosene,
saying he aimed to "finance terrorism" with proceeds from the
kerosene sales. 2 roadside bombs went off in Ramadi killing 3
people. 24 people were wounded in the attack, which appeared to
target worshippers as they came out of a mosque.
(AFP, 8/11/11)(AP, 8/12/11)
2011 Aug 11, Israel's interior
minister gave final authorization to build 1,600 apartments in
disputed east Jerusalem and said it will approve 2,700 more in days.
2011 Aug 11, Israeli media said
Dirar Abu Sisi, a Gazan engineer snatched from Ukraine, has told
Israeli interrogators that he headed a Hamas military academy to
rebuild Hamas fighting capabilities after a devastating war with
Israel. Hamas has denied that Abu Sisi had any connection to the
2011 Aug 11, The UN’s Ivory
Coast mission said there were 26 extrajudicial killings in the Ivory
Coast in the past four weeks, mostly blamed on fighters who helped
President Alassane Ouattara take power. The killings were reported
between July 11 and August 10.
2011 Aug 11, In Lebanon a bomb
went off in a north Beirut suburb, killing two people and damaging
several cars, including one belonging to a judge. One of the two men
reportedly handling the bomb died almost immediately, while another
was seriously wounded and died later in hospital.
2011 Aug 11, Libyan loyalists
killed one rebel and wounded 10 others as the insurgents moved on
the town of Taurga in a bid to snuff out rocket fire on the besieged
city of Misrata. Rebel fighters gained control of a residential unit
in Brega. 11 rebels died in the clashes and 40 were wounded.
(AFP, 8/11/11)(AP, 8/12/11)
2011 Aug 11, Mexican police
arrested the suspected leader of a brutal drug gang called "The Hand
with Eyes" and he has confessed to helping carry out or ordering
more than 600 murders. Oscar Osvaldo Garcia Montoya (36) was
arrested in an overnight raid on a presumed safe house on the
outskirts of Mexico City.
2011 Aug 11, In Pakistan a
female suicide attacker and a handcart bomb targeted police in
Peshawar, killing 7 people in the first deadly attacks to hit the
northwest during Ramadan.
2011 Aug 11, A Rwanda court
acquitted former university lecturer and botanist Runyinya
Barabwiriza, a one-time adviser to killed president Juvenal
Habyarimana, after he spent 16 years in jail on accusations of
planning the 1994 genocide.
2011 Aug 11, South Africa
announced it has approved a national health insurance proposal aimed
at overhauling weak public facilities that serve more than 80
percent of the population. The National Health Insurance (NHI)
scheme will be piloted in 10 areas next year and rolled out
nationally over 14 years.
2011 Aug 11, Sri Lanka closed
all its national parks to tourists for a 3-day census of elephants.
Officials believed the Sri Lanka elephant population to be 5,000 to
6,000, down from an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 in the early 1900s.
2011 Aug 11, The Syrian army
stormed Saraqeb, a northwestern town near Turkey's border, and shot
dead 11 people in Qusair, a western town near the Lebanese border.
2011 Aug 11, Online media said
authorities in Uzbekistan have blocked dozens of Internet sites in
an apparent attempt to further stem the flow of information into the
authoritarian Central Asian nation.
2012 Aug 11, Mitt Romney
announced he's selected Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his vice
presidential running mate.
(SSFC, 8/12/12, p.A7)
2012 Aug 11, NYC police shot
and killed Darrius Kennedy (51). They said he lunged at them with a
knife in a confrontation that began in Times Square and drew
officers and spectators on a chase that ended with shots fired near
one of New York's most crowded tourist areas. Two officers fired 12
rounds hitting him with at least 7 shots.
(AP, 8/12/12)(SFC, 8/13/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 11, Wiki-Leaks said it
has been the victim of a sustained denial-of-service attack, leaving
its website sluggish or inaccessible for over a week.
(SFC, 8/13/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 11, In southwestern
Afghanistan a member of the Afghan National Police opened fire at
his colleagues at a checkpoint in Nimroz province, killing 11 of his
fellow policemen before being killed in an ensuing gunbattle. A
Taliban attack on a police checkpoint sparked a gunbattle that left
two police officers and two Afghan civilians dead in Kandahar
province. Security forces arrested 4 Afghans and a Pakistani in
Kabul, foiling an insurgent plot.
(AP, 8/11/12)(AP, 8/12/12)(SFC, 8/13/12,
2012 Aug 11, In Bosnia Tarik
Bijelic (6) was buried. He had been hit by a land mine as he
scavenged in the forest for firewood to help his family make ends
meet. Under an international treaty, Bosnia was supposed to be free
of mines by 2009. It has quietly obtained another decade to clear an
estimated 1,300 remaining square km (500 square miles) of mine
2012 Aug 11, British police
investigating the disappearance of Tia Sharp (12) were holding her
grandmother, Christine Sharp (46), and two others after a body was
found in south London. The girl was said to have gone missing after
leaving the house to visit a nearby shopping center on August 3.
Stuart Hazell (37), the grandmother's boyfriend, was charged with
(AFP, 8/11/12)(AFP, 8/12/12)
2012 Aug 11, The International
Boxing Association (AIBA) said it has begun legal action after the
BBC repeated the previous evening that boxing medals could be bought
at London 2012. The BBC had repeated an allegation first made in a
Newsnight documentary last September that around $10m had been paid
from Azerbaijan to boxing authorities in return for two golds.
2012 Aug 11, Egypt's official
news agency said Qatar has granted Egypt a $2 billion loan to help
the country's flagging economy.
2012 Aug 11, Gabon's main
opposition leader Andre Mba Obame arrived in Libreville after 14
months in France, saying the International Criminal Court would look
into a 2009 "massacre" at Port-Gentil.
2012 Aug 11, In northern India
at least 52 people were killed and 45 injured when a heavily
overloaded bus plunged into a gorge near Chamba town in Himachal
2012 Aug 11, In northwest Iran
hundreds of villages were flattened by twin earthquakes (magnitude
6.4 and 6.3), leaving 306 dead and 3,037 injured. Around half the
600 villages located in the zone were damaged or destroyed.
(AFP, 8/12/12)(AFP, 8/13/12)
2012 Aug 11, Italian police
raided an underground passageway in Rome, built during the era of
Benito Mussolini, and seized a sprawling marijuana farm with a crop
valued at an estimated $3.7 million.
(SFC, 8/15/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 11, Jubilant Mexicans
celebrated their 2-1 Olympic gold medal soccer win over powerhouse
Brazil, marking Mexico's first ever Olympic soccer gold medal.
2012 Aug 11, In Morocco
hundreds of activists took to the streets of the main cities to
protest against corruption, the high cost of living and other causes
2012 Aug 11, Syrian forces
pounded a suburb of the capital Damascus with mortars and artillery
shells, a day after rebels operating in the town abducted a
pro-government TV crew. Two Syrian journalists were killed in
Damascus. A bus was attacked in a Damascus suburb, killing six
passengers traveling from the central province of Hama. 15 civilians
were killed in shelling and clashes in the town of Al-Tal. , the
Observatory said they were among 148 people killed across Syria --
85 civilians, 20 rebels and 43 soldiers.
(AP, 8/11/12)(AP, 8/12/12)(AFP, 8/12/12)
2012 Aug 11, Two women tied the
knot in Taiwan's first same-sex Buddhist wedding, a move rights
groups hope will help make the island become the first place in Asia
to legalize gay marriage.
2013 Aug 11, A San Francisco
Superior Court judge, at the request of Gov. Jerry Brown, ordered a
60-day cooling-off period to avert a BART strike.
(SFC, 8/12/13, p.A1)
2013 Aug 11, In New Hampshire
software engineer Muni Savyon (54) shot and killed his son Joshua
(9) and then killed himself with a handgun during a supervised
visitation at a YWCA office in Manchester.
(SFC, 8/12/13, p.A4)
2013 Aug 11, In Afghanistan a
father and two of his children were killed when the motorcycle they
were on hit a roadside bomb in Uruzgan province. 3 NATO service
members were killed in eastern Afghanistan. Heavy rains and
overnight hailstorms killed at least 22 people near Kabul.
2013 Aug 11, In Argentina a
possible re-election bid by President Cristina Fernandez seemed less
likely after Buenos Aires province rejected her candidate in the
midterm congressional primary, nominating instead a pro-business,
2013 Aug 11, Guinea-Bissau made
its first extradition of a suspected drug trafficker, part of an
effort to shake off its international reputation as a 'narco-state'.
The West African country handed over Telmo Perez Fernandes (48) to
Spanish authorities. The Spanish citizen was arrested on June 5 at
the request of the Spanish police.
2013 Aug 11, India and Pakistan
exchanged more gunfire across the disputed border in Kashmir.
2013 Aug 11, In Iraq a roadside
bomb hit a military convoy south of Baghdad killing 3 soldiers. 2
more soldiers were killed and nine wounded when a suicide bomber
drove his explosive-laden car into an army checkpoint in Baghdad's
western suburbs of Abu Ghraib.
2013 Aug 11, Israel's housing
minister gave final approval for building nearly 1,200 new
settlement apartments on lands the Palestinians want for their
2013 Aug 11, In Kenya a white
rhino was found shot and killed by poachers who cut off its horn in
Nairobi National Park, the first poaching death of a rhino in the
urban park in six years. The killing brings to 35 the number of
rhinos killed in Kenya so far this year, a sharp rise from the 29
killed in total in 2012.
2013 Aug 11, Lebanese security
forces said gunmen have shot the Sunni mayor of Arsal town and
killed two of his companions just hours after he oversaw a hostage
swap with a rival clan in an area increasingly riven by sectarian
2013 Aug 11, Malians voted in a
presidential runoff. Former PM Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (68) won the
election. Abdoulaye Ag Mohamed Ali, a Tuareg man, was killed in the
northern town of Lere where he had gone to vote.
(Reuters, 8/11/13)(AP, 8/13/13)
2013 Aug 11, Mozambican
government forces over the weekend attacked a guerrilla camp of the
Renamo opposition group in a flareup of violence ahead of local and
presidential elections between former foes from the country's
devastating 17-year civil war.
2013 Aug 11, In northeastern
Nigeria an attack on a mosque by suspected Islamic extremists killed
47 worshippers at Konduga town. Another 12 civilians died in a
simultaneous attack outside Maiduguri.
2013 Aug 11, Pakistani police
said that 14 people from Christian-dominated slums in Karachi were
hospitalized after drinking toxic liquor last night. 8 died and six
others were being treated.
2013 Aug 11, In Peru security
forces killed 3 rebels in combat in the Apurimac and Ene river
valley region, a coca-growing area in the country's southeast.
"Comrade Alipio" and "Comrade Gabriel" were said to be two of four
leaders of what remains of the Shining Path rebel group.
(AP, 8/12/13)(AP, 8/13/13)
2013 Aug 11, Jeon Wook-Pyo
(68), a South Korean man, escaped North Korea four decades after he
was kidnapped by North Korea while fishing near the disputed Yellow
Sea border. Jeon was among 25 fishermen aboard two boats that were
seized by a North Korean navy ship on December 28, 1972.
2013 Aug 11, Syrian rebels
launched an offensive in Deir el-Zour, an eastern city near the
border with Iraq, in an attempt to extend their advances in the
north and west of the country. Rebels reportedly killed 7 soldiers
and captured several others. Regime army warplanes also conducted
several air raids against rebel positions in Deir el-Zour.
2013 Aug 11, In Yemen suspected
al-Qaida gunmen killed 4 soldiers in an attack on forces guarding
the country's only liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal
in the Radhum area of Shabwa province.
2014 Aug 11, The United States
said it has begun urgently shipping weapons to the Iraqi Kurdish
forces battling an advance by extremist Islamic State militants.
2014 Aug 11, In southern
California Ezell Ford (25) was killed by police officers Sharlton
Wampler and Antonio Villegas. Ford's family said he was cooperating
with officers and lying on the ground when shot. The LAPD said Ford
had struggled with officers and was trying to grab one of their guns
when he was shot. On June 10, 2015, the Los Angeles Police
Commission determined that Wampler was unjustified in shooting Ford.
(Reuters, 8/17/14)(SFC, 8/29/14, p.A12)(SFC,
2014 Aug 11, American actor and
comedian Robin Williams (d.1951) was found dead of apparent suicide
at his home in Tiburon, Ca. Days later it was reported that he was
suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. His films
included “Good Morning Vietnam” (1987), “The Dead Poets Society”
(1989), “The Fisher King” (1991) and “Good Will Hunting” (1997), as
well as the TV series “Mork and Mindy” (1978-1982).
8/12/14, p.A1)(SFC, 8/15/14, p.D1)
2014 Aug 11, Heavy rain in
Michigan’s Detroit area dumped 5.2 inches in Warren and left two
(SFC, 8/13/14, p.A10)(AP, 8/16/14)
2014 Aug 11, The US Federal
Aviation Authority began imposing flight restrictions on more than
37 square miles of airspace surrounding Ferguson, Mo. The
restrictions were lifted after 12 days and it was later reported
that they had been imposed to keep away news helicopters during
Ferguson’s violent street protests over the death of Michael Brown
(SFC, 11/3/14, p.A7)
2014 Aug 11, Pierre Ryckmans
(78), Belgium-born author and Sinologist, died in Australia. His
books included “The Chairman’s New Clothes” (1971) and “Chinese
(Econ, 8/23/14, p.86)
2014 Aug 11, China accused the
US of deliberately stoking tensions in the South China Sea as it
rejected Washington's proposal for a freeze on provocative actions
in the region.
2014 Aug 11, Egyptian
authorities stopped the executive director of Human Rights Watch and
another US staffer from entering the country ahead of the release of
a critical report by the group on mass killings by security forces
2014 Aug 11, Indian police
accused Pakistan of injuring four people during overnight firing
along their border in Kashmir, on the eve of PM Narendra Modi's
visit to the disputed region.
2014 Aug 11, Iraqi police said
Islami State fighters have seized the town of Jalawla, 115 km (70
miles) northeast of Baghdad, after driving out the forces of the
autonomous Kurdish regional government. PM Nuri al-Maliki battled to
keep his job, deploying forces across Baghdad as Iraq's president
asked Haider al-Abadi, the Shi'ite coalition's nominee for prime
minister, to form a government.
2014 Aug 11, The Ivory Coast
announced that it has banned all flights from countries hit by Ebola
as part of steps to prevent the deadly virus from reaching the west
2014 Aug 11, Kosovo police
arrested at least 40 people in a major operation targeting Islamic
radicals suspected of fighting alongside extremists in Iraq and
Syria. Police in Kosovo say at least 16 Kosovars who joined the
militant group as volunteers have been killed in battles with Syrian
and Iraqi authorities.
2014 Aug 11, Mexico’s Pres.
Enrique Pena Nieto signed into law landmark energy reforms.
(Econ, 8/16/14, p.60)
2014 Aug 11, Nigeria confirmed
a new case of Ebola in Lagos, bringing the total number of people in
the country with the virus to 10.
2014 Aug 11, In Nigeria about
300 women and 500 children gathered at the gates of a military base
in the Borno state capital, claiming that their spouses were
ill-equipped to take on the Islamist militants. The military wives
had staged a similar protest in Maiduguri on Aug 9.
2014 Aug 11, Palestinian
militant Zacharia Akra (24) was shot dead early today in an exchange
of fire with Israeli troops in the northern West Bank.
2014 Aug 11, South Korea said
it would provide $13.3 million in funding for UN humanitarian
projects in North Korea -- its second indirect aid package for the
North in a month.
2014 Aug 11, Venezuela began
nightly closures of its border with Colombia in an effort to plug
smuggling, estimated to cost the government several billions a year.
Some 17,000 troops were deployed to enforce the blockade.
(Econ, 8/16/14, p.28)
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