Return to home554 Aug 14,
Ravenna became the seat of the Byzantine military governor in Italy.
1167 Aug 14, Raynald van
Dassel, archbishop of Cologne, died.
1248 Aug 14, Construction of
Cologne Cathedral began. [see May 15]
1281 Aug 14, During the second
Mongol attempt to conquer Japan, Kublai Khan's invading fleet
disappeared in typhoon off of Japan. A Mongol army of 45,000 from
Korea had joined an armada with 120,000 men from southern China
landing at Hakozaki Bay. The typhoon destroyed their fleet leaving
them to death or slavery.
(Jap. Enc., BLDM, p. 214)(EWH, 4th ed.,
1385 Aug 14, Jogaila and his
brothers signed a treaty with Poland at Krievos Castle. Here he
agreed to convert to Christianity and to seek the conversion of all
of Lithuania and that then Lithuania and Poland would unite. The
treaty also included an agreement to free all captive Catholics and
to help Poland regain all the land it had lost to the German
Knights. Vytautas urged Jogaila to go to Poland and leave Lithuania
to be ruled by himself.
(H of L, 1931, p.48)(Ist. L.H., 1948, p. 68)
1385 Aug 14, Portuguese forces
defeated Castilians at Aljubarrota and gained independence. Nuno
Alvares Pereira helped secure Portugal's independence from the
Spanish kingdom of Castile. After leaving the military, Pereira
entered religious life as a Carmelite and changed his name to Nuno
de Santa Maria. He dedicated himself to the poor, never taking the
privileges that would have been afforded to him as a former
commander. In 2009 the Vatican declared him a saint.
(PCh, 1992, p.136)(HN, 8/15/98)(AP, 4/26/09)
1457 Aug 14, Gutenberg's
financier Johann Fust and calligrapher Peter Schoffer published the
2nd printed book. This is the oldest known exactly dated printed
(HN, 8/14/00)(MC, 8/14/02)
1498 Aug 14, Columbus landed at
the mouth of the Orinoco River in Venezuela.
1552 Aug 14, Fra Paolo Sarpi,
[Paulus Venetus], expert, philosopher, was born in Venice.
1559 Aug 14, Spanish explorer
de Luna entered Pensacola Bay, Florida.
1587 Aug 14, Gugliemo Gonzaga
(b.1538), Italian composer, died.
1607 Aug 14, The Popham
expedition reached the Sagadahoc River in the northeastern North
America (Maine), and settled there.
1652 Aug 14, Abraham Elsevier
(60), Dutch book publisher, publisher, died.
1727 Aug 14, William Croft
(b.1678), English composer, died.
1756 Aug 14, French commander
Louis Montcalm took Fort Oswego, New England, from the British.
1765 Aug 14, Massachusetts
colonists challenged British rule by an Elm (Liberty Tree).
1777 Aug 14, Hans Christian
Oersted, Danish scientist, was born. He discovered electromagnetism.
1778 Aug 14, Augustus Montague
Toplady (b.1740), English Calvinist hymn writer (Rock of Ages),
died. His best prose work is the "Historic Proof of the Doctrinal
Calvinism of the Church of England" (London, 1774).
1784 Aug 14, The 1st Russian
settlement in Alaska was established on Kodiak Island. Grigori
Shelekhov, a Russian fur trader, founded Three Saints Bay.
1793 Aug 14, Republican troops
in France laid siege to the city of Lyons.
1810 Aug 14, Samuel Sebastian
Wesley (d.1876), English composer, was born in London.
1811 Aug 14, Paraguay declared
independence from Spain.
(PC, 1992, p.373)
1813 Aug 14, British warship
Pelican attacked and captured US war brigantine Argus.
1814 Aug 14, British marines
landed near the mouth of the Patuxent River in Maryland and began
marching overland to attack Washington, DC.
(ON, 6/08, p.1)
1816 Aug 14, Great Britain
annexed Tristan da Cunha.
1820 Aug 14, The 1st US eye
hospital, the NY Eye Infirmary, opened in NYC.
1836 Aug 14, Walter Besant
(d.1901), English writer, philanthropist (Rebel Queen), was born.
1840 Aug 14, Baron Richard
Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing (d.1902), German psychiatrist, was born.
He was the author of the seminal work “Psychopathia Sexualis"
1842 Aug 14, Seminole War ended
and the Indians were moved from Florida to Oklahoma.
1846 Aug 14, Henry David
Thoreau was jailed for tax resistance.
1848 Aug 14, The Oregon
Territory was established.
1851 Aug 14, Doc Holliday was
born in Griffin, GA.
1861 Aug 14, Martial Law was
declared at St. Louis, MI.
1863 Aug 14, Ernest L. Thayer,
author of the poem "Casey at the Bat," was born.
1864 Aug 14-16, Confederate
General Joe Wheeler besieged Dalton, Georgia.
1864 Aug 14, A Federal assault
continued for a 2nd day of battle at Deep Bottom Run, Virginia.
1867 Aug 14, John Galsworthy
(d.1933), English novelist and dramatist (Forsyth Saga, Nobel 1932),
was born in England. He was reported to have thrown a brick through
a glass window in order to be arrested so that he could have time to
write. His play "Justice" was the result of this experience.
(WUD, 1994, p.581)(SFC, 12/5/98, p.E4)(MC,
1870 Aug 14, David [James]
Glasgow Farragut (b.1801), US admiral, died.
1880 Aug 14, Construction of
Cologne Cathedral, begun in 1248, was completed 633 years after it
1889 Aug 14, David S. Terry,
former Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court (1857-1859),
was shot by a bodyguard of Stephen Field, an associate justice of
the US Supreme Court, after Terry slapped Field in the face at a
railroad restaurant in Lathrop, Ca.
1900 Aug 14, International
forces from 8 nations, including 2,000 US Marines and Japanese
troops, entered Beijing to put down the Boxer Rebellion, which was
aimed at purging China of foreigners and foreign influence.
(AP, 8/14/01)(Econ, 12/18/10, p.75)
1903 Aug 14, John Ringling
North, circus director (Ringling Bros), was born in Baraboo, Wisc.
1904 Aug 14, The cattle-herding
Hereros, a tribe of Southwest Africa (later Namibia), became the
first genocide victims of the 20th century. Kaiser Wilhelm II had
sent General Lothar von Trotha to put down a Herero uprising along
with the groups of rebellious Khoikhoi. Trotha drove the Hereros
into the desert and then issued a formal "extermination order"
(Schrecklichkeit) authorizing the slaughter of all who refused to
surrender. Out of some 80,000 Hereros, 60,000 died in the desert. Of
the 15,000 who surrendered, half of those died in prison camps. Some
9,000 escaped to neighboring countries. In 2004 a senior German
government official apologized for the genocide during a ceremony in
Namibia marking the 100th anniversary of the uprising. In 2005 a
German minister acknowledged violence by German colonial powers and
admitted that following uprisings, the surviving Herero, Nama and
Damara were interned in camps and put to forced labor of such
brutality that many did not survive.
4/14/99)(AP, 8/14/04)(SSFC, 6/25/06, p.E5)
1907 Aug 14, "Ha-Tikva" was
adopted as official Zionist hymn.
1908 Aug 14, A race war broke
out in Springfield, Illinois. Angry over reports that a black man
had sexually assaulted a white woman, a white mob wanted to take a
recently arrested suspect from the city jail and kill him. Most
blacks had fled the city, but as the mob swept through the area,
they captured and lynched a black barber, Scott Burton, who had
stayed behind to protect his home. Rioting continued the next day
leaving a total of two blacks and 5 whites dead and hundreds of
thousands of dollars worth of property destroyed. Some 4,000 state
militiamen were required to quell the riot, which helped inspire the
creation of the NAACP the following year.
8/14/08)(WSJ, 1/20/08, p.A12)
1912 Aug 14, The US Public
Health Service was established under the Dept. of the Treasury by
the Public Health and Marine Hospital Service Act (37 Stat. 309).
1912 Aug 14, The JUSTIN,
carrying a US battalion of 354 men and its equipment, arrived at
Corinto, Nicaragua, and anchored near the Annapolis. US forces
remained until 1925.
1915 Aug 14, British transport
Royal Edward was sunk a by German U boat and some 1000 people were
1917 Aug 14, The Chinese
Parliament declared war on the Central Powers, Germany and Austria,
during World War I. Some 100,000 Chinese laborers ended up serving
near the front lines in Flanders as the “Chinese Labor Corps," which
endured military discipline under British officers. Hundreds died in
the influenza that swept post-war Europe and the last were shipped
home in 1920.
(AP, 8/14/97)(Econ, 4/24/10, p.41)
1920 Aug 14, Nehemiah Persoff,
actor (Al Capone, Yentl), was born in Jerusalem, Palestine.
1924 Aug 14, Georges Pretre,
conductor (NY Met), was born in Waziers, France.
1925 Aug 14, Russell Baker,
author and columnist for The New York Times, was born.
1925 Aug 14, The Mount Rushmore
monument was 1st proposed.
1928 Aug 14, Lina Wertmuller,
[Arcanguela von Elgg], actress (7 Beauties), was born in Rome.
1928 Aug 14, The play "Front
Page" by Ben Hecht (1894-1964) and Charles MacArthur (1895-1956)
premiered in NYC.
1932 Aug 14, Philips made its 1
1935 Aug 14, The Social
Security Act became law as President Franklin Roosevelt signed the
Social Security Bill, providing assistance to the poor and needy. It
created an old-age and unemployment insurance, and supplemented
mothers’ pensions with Aid to Dependent Children.
1936 Aug 14, Rainey Bethea was
hanged in the last US public execution.
1937 Aug 14, China declared war
1938 Aug 14, Niara Shudarkasa,
educator and first woman president of Lincoln University, was born.
1941 Aug 14, The Atlantic
Charter was created in 1941. It was a joint declaration of peace
aims and a statement of principles by US Pres. Roosevelt and British
Prime Minister Churchill that renounced aggression.
(HFA, '96, p.36)(WUD, 1944, p.1683)(AP, 8/14/97)
1941 Aug 14, Josef Jakobs,
German spy, was executed in Tower of London.
1942 Aug 14, Dwight D.
Eisenhower was named the Anglo-American commander for Operation
Torch, the invasion of North Africa.
1944 Aug 14, The US federal
government allowed the manufacture of certain domestic appliances,
such as electric ranges and vacuum cleaners, to resume on a limited
1944 Aug 14, In Seattle, Wa.,
and a riot took place at Fort Lawton, following a scuffle between an
Italian prisoner and a black soldier. POW Guglielmo Olivotto was
found hanged the next day. In an ensuing trial 28 men were
convicted. In 2005 Jack Hamann and his wife Leslie authored “On
American Soil," which covered the riot and the subsequent events.
The convictions of the soldiers were overturned based largely on
shortcomings in the prosecution described in the book.
1945 Aug 14, Steve Martin,
American comedian, actor and screenwriter, was born.
1945 Aug 14, Alfred Eisenstaedt
shot a picture of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square. In 2007
Houston Police Department forensic artist Lois Gibson completed a
detailed investigation and concluded that Glenn McDuffie (80) is the
man in the image, which was published on the cover of Life Magazine
on Aug 27.
1945 Aug 14, President Truman
announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending World
War II. Shaken by the atomic destruction wreaked on Hiroshima and
Nagasaki and faced with the daunting prospect of Allied invasion,
the Japanese Emperor Hirohito met with his ministers on the morning
of August 14 and announced, "We cannot continue the war any longer."
Japan accepted the Allies "Potsdam Declaration," a cease-fire. In
1999 Prof. John W. Dower published "Embracing Defeat: Japan in the
Wake of World War II." Dower earlier published "War Without Mercy,"
a study of the war in the Pacific.
(WSJ, 8/14/95, p. A-11)(AP, 8/14/97)(HN,
8/14/98)(WSJ, 3/31/99, p.A20)(AP, 8/14/08)
1945 Aug 14, Japanese
occupation of Hong Kong ended.
(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)
1947 Aug 14, Daniele Steel,
author (Remembrance, Zoya, Star, Daddy), was born in NYC.
1947 Aug 14, Britain
partitioned the subcontinent and Pakistan was founded as an
independent country. The Muslim areas in the east and west became
independent Pakistan with Mohammed Ali Jinnah as president.
(WSJ, 1/9/95, A-8)(TMC, 1994, p.1947)(WSJ,
12/21/95, p.A-12)(WSJ, 5/16/96, p.A-10)(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)(SFEC,
1948 Aug 14, The summer Olympic
games in London ended.
1950 Aug 14, Gary Larson,
cartoonist (Far Side), was born in Tacoma, Washington.
1950 Aug 14, Indonesia’s
legislature adopted a provisional constitution that called for a
parliamentary democracy with government to be responsible to a
unicameral House of Representatives elected directly by the people.
Sukarno became president under the new system.
1951 Aug 14, Newspaper
publisher William Randolph Hearst (b.1863) died in Beverly Hills,
Calif. In 2000 David Nasaw authored "The Chief: The Life of William
Randolph Hearst." W.A. Swanberg was the author of the biography
"Citizen Hearst." In 2002 Louis Pizzitola authored "Hearst Over
Hollywood: Power, Passion and Propaganda in the Movies." In 2009
Kenneth Wyle authored “The Uncrowned King: The Sensational Rise of
William Randolph Hearst."
(SFEC, 8/11/96, p.A19)(AP, 8/14/98)(SFC, 8/7/99,
p.A9)(WSJ, 6/16/00, p.W8)(SFEC, 7/2/00, BR p.1)(SFC, 3/27/02,
p.D5)(SSFC, 1/11/09, Books p.1)
1952 Aug 14, Alfred Sauvy
(1898-1990), a French economist, first used the term “Third World,"
in an article published in the French magazine L'Observateur. He
used it to describe the importance of underdeveloped countries. He
was paraphrasing a remark by Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyes, a delegate to
the Estates General in 1789, who said the third estate is
everything, has nothing but wants to be something.
1956 Aug 14, Bertold Brecht
(b.1898), German dramatist (Mother Courage), died. His first play
was "Baal." He also wrote "The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui," a
satire on Hitler’s rise to power. In 1959 Prof. Martin Esslin
(d.2002 at 83) authored "Brecht: A Choice of Evils."
(WSJ, 10/3/96, p.A12)(SFEC, 8/10/97, DB
p.15)(SFC, 2/28/02, p.A20)(MC, 8/14/02)
1956 Aug 14, Freiherr
Constantine von Neurath, German foreign minister under Hitler
1958 Aug 14, Gladys Love Smith
Presley (48), Elvis Presley's mother, died in Memphis, Tenn.
1958 Aug 14, KLM Flight 607-E,
a Lockheed Super Constellation, crashed west of Ireland, killing 99.
1958 Aug 14, Frederic
Joliot-Curie, French nuclear physicist (Nobel 1936), died.
1959 Aug 14, Magic (Earvin Jr.)
Johnson; basketball player (LA Lakers NBA MVP [1987, 89, 90];
Olympic Dream Team ), was born.
1961 Aug 14, An East German
soldier, Hans Conrad Schuhmann (Schuman), jumped a 3-foot barbed
wire barrier to West Berlin to join his family. His photograph made
int’l. headlines. He committed suicide in 1998.
(SFEC, 6/21/98, p.A25)(SFEC, 10/31/99, Z1 p.4)
1962 Aug 14, Robbers held up a
U.S. mail truck in Plymouth, Mass., making off with more than $1.5
1962 Aug 14, French and Italian
workers broke through at the Mount Blanc Vehicular Tunnel. [see Jul
1965 Aug 14, The Beatles taped
an appearance for the Ed Sullivan Show.
1965 Aug 14, Sonny and Cher's
"I Got You Babe" hit #1.
1965 Aug 14, The first major
engagement between the regular armed forces of India and Pakistan
took place. The next day, Indian forces scored a major victory after
a prolonged artillery barrage and captured three important mountain
positions in the northern sector. Later in the month, the Pakistanis
counterattacked, moving concentrations near Tithwal, Uri, and Punch.
Their move, in turn, provoked a powerful Indian thrust into Azad
Kashmir. Other Indian forces captured a number of strategic mountain
positions and eventually took the key Haji Pir Pass, eight
kilometers inside Pakistani territory.
1969 Aug 14, British troops
arrived in Northern Ireland to intervene in sectarian violence
between Protestants and Roman Catholics. The outlawed Irish
Republican Army came into Northern Ireland to protect and encourage
Catholics and the Provisional IRA soon began terrorist actions
against the British troops and Protestant civilians. This culminated
in an attack on the Bogside which started on August 12 and ended Aug
14. Some 500 houses were burned to the ground, 1,500 people forced
from their homes, and 9 people murdered.
(SFC, 6/18/96, p.A8)(AP, 8/14/97)(HNQ, 8/17/99)
1969 Aug 14, Leonard Sidney
Woolf (b.1880), English publisher, writer, died. He was the husband
of writer and critic Virginia Woolf (1882-1941). His books included
“The Village in the Jungle," a novel based on his time in Sri Lanka
(1904-1911). In 2006 Victoria Glendinning authored “Leonard Woolf: A
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Woolf)(Econ, 9/16/06, p.93)
1970 Aug 14, City University of
NY inaugurated open admissions.
1971 Aug 14, Philip Zimbardo, a
Stanford Univ. psychologist, began his Stanford Prison Experiment.
He had recruited 24 students and randomly divided them into guards
and prisoners in a simulated prison environment on campus. The
experiment ended after six days. A film dramatizing the experiment
opened in 2015.
(SSFC, 7/19/15, p.A6)
1971 Aug 14, Georg von Opel
(b.1912), German auto manufacturer, died.
1973 Aug 14, The U.S. "secret"
bombing of Cambodia came to a halt, marking the official end to 12
years of American combat in Indochina.
(AP, 8/14/97)(HN, 8/14/98)
1974 Aug 14, The 93rd Congress
authorized US citizens to own gold. The Gold ownership ban from 1933
was rescinded by Public Law 93-373.
1974 Aug 14, The Turkish army
mounted a second full-scale offensive in Cyprus, despite the fact
that talks were still being held in Geneva and just as agreement was
about to be reached. 37% of the area of Cyprus came under Turkish
1974 Aug 14, Greek Cypriots
began a 2-day massacre that killed 83 Turkish Cypriot men in
1976 Aug 14, Some 10,000
Northern Ireland women demonstrated for peace in Belfast.
1976 Aug 14, In Northern
Ireland Majella O'Hare (12) was shot in the back, as she walked with
other schoolgirls to a Catholic Church to give their confessions in
the village of Whitecross in South Armagh, a borderland powerbase
for the IRA. Her father, who died in 1992, witnessed the shooting
and watched her die in an army helicopter as she was being evacuated
to hospital. The family received a 1,500-pound ($2,400) payment from
the British government in 1976 as compensation for the killing. In
2011 the family received a face-to-face apology from Britain's
senior government official in Northern Ireland.
1980 Aug 14, President Carter
and Vice President Walter Mondale were nominated for a second term
at the Democratic national convention in New York.
1980 Aug 14, Some 17,000 Polish
workers, led by Lech Walesa, began a 17-day strike at the Lenin
Shipyards in Gdansk. This resulted in the creation of the Solidarity
(TMC, 1994, p.1980)(WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A12)(AP,
1981 Aug 14, Pope John Paul II
left a Rome hospital, three months after being wounded in an attempt
on his life.
1981 Aug 14, Karl Bohm
(b.1894), Austrian conductor and early Nazi sympathizer, died.
1984 Aug 14, IBM released PC
DOS version 3.0.
1986 Aug 14, Pakistani
opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was arrested.
1987 Aug 14, The government
reported that America's merchandise trade deficit had soared to
$15.7 billion in June 1987.
1988 Aug 14, Pres. Reagan
arrived in New Orleans on the eve of the Republican national
convention that would nominate VP George Bush, to be its choice to
1988 Aug 14, Enzo Ferrari
(b.1898), Italian sportscar manufacturer (Ferrari), died.
1989 Aug 14, South African
President P.W. Botha announced his resignation after losing a bitter
power struggle within his National Party.
1990 Aug 14, Interrupting his
vacation in Kennebunkport, Maine, President Bush returned to
Washington, where he told reporters he saw no hope for a diplomatic
solution to the Persian Gulf crisis, at least until economic
sanctions forced Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait.
1990 Aug 14, Denver voted for a
1% sales tax to pay for a baseball franchise.
1991 Aug 14, President Bush
expressed "100 percent" support for United Nations efforts to
mediate a settlement to the Middle East hostage crisis.
1991 Aug 14, Freed American
hostage Edward Tracy returned to the United States, arriving in
Boston, where he was reunited with his sister, Maria Lambert.
1992 Aug 14, The White House
announced that the Pentagon would begin emergency airlifts of food
to Somalia to alleviate mass deaths by starvation.
1992 Aug 14, Federal Judge John
J. Sirica, who had presided over the Watergate trials of the 1970s,
died in Washington, D.C., at age 88.
1993 Aug 14, A jury in New York
acquitted Washington lawyer Robert Altman of fraud charges for
dealings linked to the Bank of Credit and Commerce International.
1993 Aug 14, Pope John Paul II
denounced abortion and euthanasia as well as sexual abuse by
American priests in a speech at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver.
1994 Aug 14, Eight children who
were left alone died in an early morning house fire in Carbondale,
1994 Aug 14, Rain turned the
final full day of Woodstock '94 in Saugerties, N.Y., into a mudbath.
1994 Aug 14, In Ohio Harry
Mitts Jr. shot and killed John Bryant (28) of Garfield Heights, a
black man, and Sgt. Dennis Glivar (44), a white police officer.
Mitts was distraught over a recent divorce and had been drinking
heavily. In 2013 Mitts (61) was executed by lethal injection.
(SFC, 9/25/13, p.A7)(http://tinyurl.com/pt4mewq)
1994 Aug 14, Space telescope
Hubble photographed Uranus with rings.
1994 Aug 14, Ilich Ramirez
Sanchez, the terrorist known as "Carlos the Jackal," was captured in
Khartoum, Sudan. He was jailed in France the next day.
(SFC,12/17/97, p.A18)(AP, 8/15/97)
1995 Aug 14, Shannon Faulkner
officially became the first female cadet in the history of The
Citadel, South Carolina's state military college. She quit the
school less than a week later, citing the stress of her court fight,
and her isolation among the male cadets.
1996 Aug 14, The Republican
National Convention in San Diego nominated Bob Dole for president
and Jack Kemp for vice president in an evening that featured a
talk-show-style testimonial by Elizabeth Dole, who strolled the
convention floor with a wireless microphone.
1996 Aug 14, Sergiu Celibidache
(84), Romanian conductor (would not use recording studio), died in
1996 Aug 14, In Cyprus another
man was killed in demonstrations when Turkish troops opened fire on
Greek Cypriot demonstrators.
(SFC, 8/15/96, p.C2)
1996 Aug 14, In India police
arrested a kitchen worker in a food-poisoning incident that traced
to poisonous seeds.
(WSJ, 8/15/96, p.A1)
1996 Aug 14, An impasse on the
nuclear test ban treaty was reached when India refused to sign on
the basis that there was no commitment by the 5 acknowledged nuclear
powers to a timetable for disarmament.
(SFC, 8/15/96, p.C2)
1996 Aug 14, Iraq and Turkey
signed an agreement to improve political and economic ties.
(SFC, 8/15/96, p.C3)
1996 Aug 14, In Mongolia
officials sealed off parts of Ulan Bator to halt an outbreak of
(WSJ, 8/15/96, p.A1)
1996 Aug 14, In Peru, 35 people
were electrocuted when a stray rocket during a fireworks show
knocked down a high-tension line.
1996 Aug 14, In Russian Yeltsin
gave security chief Lebed the authority to control and coordinate
the operations of the army, Interior Ministry, Federal Security
Service and other agencies in Chechnya.
(SFC, 8/15/96, p.C2)
1997 Aug 14, An unrepentant
Timothy McVeigh was formally sentenced to death for the Oklahoma
1997 Aug 14, In Argentina
public sector and opposition unions called for a 24-hour strike to
protest the nation’s 16.1% unemployment rate and proposed labor
(SFC, 8/15/97, p.A15)
1997 Aug 14, From Canada it was
reported that Ontario planned to close down 7 of 19 nuclear power
plants for repairs. Inadequate maintenance practices and management
problems were charged in an internal document and, Allan Kupcis, the
CEO had resigned.
(SFC, 8/14/97, p.C3)
1997 Aug 14, Congo announced a
$2.5 billion project to build roads and that it would seek EU
(WSJ, 8/14/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 14, In Kenya 6
officers and 7 civilians were killed in Mombasa when assailants
burned down a police station.
(SFC, 8/15/97, p.A17)
1997 Aug 14, Russian cosmonauts
Vasily Tsibliyev and Alexander Lazutkin made it safely home to Earth
after a luckless six-month mission aboard the Mir space station.
1997 Aug 14, In Turkey the
parliament approved an amnesty program for some 89 journalists
imprisoned for their news coverage. Pres. Demirel signed the
(SFC, 8/15/97, p.A15)
1997 Aug 14, In Yemen ten
Italian tourists were reported kidnapped in 2 separate incidents.
(SFC, 8/15/97, p.A17)
1998 Aug 14, A federal appeals
court in Richmond, Va., ruled that the Food and Drug Administration
had no authority to regulate tobacco, striking down FDA rules making
it harder for minors to buy cigarettes; the Clinton administration
said it would appeal. In 2000 the US Supreme Court ruled that the
government lacked the authority to regulate tobacco as an addictive
1998 Aug 14, It was reported
that the average compensation for the 100 top Prudential Insurance
executives doubled from 1994 to 1997 to about $820,000.
(WSJ, 8/14/98, p.A1)
1998 Aug 14, In China flooding
in Daqing broke a levee protecting the nation’s largest oil field.
155 0f 20,000 wells were closed as 200,000 people fought the flood.
(SFC, 8/15/98, p.A10)
1998 Aug 14, In Colombia
government soldiers were attacked by some 600 guerrillas near
Riosucio in Choco state. The fighting continued for 2 days and 60
soldiers and guerrillas were killed.
(SFC, 8/17/98, p.A9)
1998 Aug 14, In Congo Bizima
Karaha, a minister who had defected to the rebels, said that the
port of Matadi was captured. A rebel army was marching toward
Kinshasa from the western coastline.
(SFC, 8/15/98, p.A10)
1998 Aug 14, Indonesia and the
UN signed an agreement to allow human rights observers access to
(SFC, 8/15/98, p.A16)
1998 cAug 14, In Israel the
government approved a plan to erect barriers between Israel and the
West Bank to help prevent car thefts which totaled 46,000 last year.
(SFC, 8/19/98, p.A13)
1998 cAug 14, Israel’s main
waste dump exploded. It was reported that industrial pollution
plagued the country.
(SFC, 8/19/98, p.A12)
1998 Aug 14, Russia announced
that it would proceed with plans to regulate wolves with a planned
poisoning of 15,000.
(SFC, 8/15/98, p.A16)
1998 Aug 14, In Kosovo, Serbia,
Adem Demaci agreed to take the leadership of the political wing of
(SFC, 8/15/98, p.A16)
1999 Aug 14, Gov. George
Bush, Republican presidential candidate, won the Iowa Straw Poll
with Steve Forbes 2nd and Elizabeth Dole 3rd.
(SFEC, 8/15/99, p.A1)(AP, 8/14/00)
1999 Aug 14, Lane Kirkland,
former 16-year AFL-CIO president (1979-1995), died at age 77
(SFEC, 8/15/99, p.D8)(AP, 8/14/00)
1999 Aug 14, Pee Wee Reese,
Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop for the Dodgers, died at age 81 in
(WSJ, 8/16/99, p.A1)(AP,
1999 Aug 14, In Canada hunters
found the body of an ancient hunter preserved in a glacier in the
Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Wilderness, 1000 miles north of
(SFC, 8/25/99, p.A1,9)
1999 Aug 14, Separatist rebels
in India killed at least 7 people in Kashmir and Assam attacks on
Pakistan Independence Day.
(WSJ, 8/16/99, p.A1)
1999 Aug 14, In Northern
Ireland violence broke out in Londonderry and Belfast before and
during the Apprentice Boys of Derry march.
(SFEC, 8/15/99, p.A21)
1999 Aug 14, Russia bombed
guerrilla bases in Dagestan and Chechnya as 4 Russian soldiers were
killed and 13 wounded.
(SFEC, 8/15/99, p.A24)(WSJ, 8/16/99, p.A1)
1999 Aug 14, In Serbia Tomislav
Nikolic, the new vice premier, was quoted in Der Spiegel saying that
Milosevic should resign because he capitulated in Kosovo. Separately
Zoran Zivkovic said demonstrations on Aug 19 in Belgrade would give
the Milosevic regime 10-20 days to resign.
(SFEC, 8/15/99, p.A26)
2000 Aug 14, The Democratic
convention opened in Los Angeles at Staples Auditorium.
Demonstrators fought with police following a concert by the band
Rage Against the Machine. The concert followed a "March of Corporate
Shame" through downtown LA. President Clinton offered a triumphant
review of his years in office, and exhorted delegates to propel Al
Gore on the road to succeed him.
(SFC, 8/15/00, p.A5)(AP, 8/14/01)
2000 cAug 14, In India a train
bombing in Uttar Pradesh killed 7 people and injured dozens.
Pakistani agent were blamed.
(WSJ, 8/15/00, p.A1)
2000 Aug 14, NATO peacekeepers
shut down the Serb-run Trepca smelter at Zvecan, Kosovo, due to
(SFC, 8/15/00, p.A12)
2000 Aug 14, In Kyrgyzstan a
4-day clash between Islamic militants and government troops left as
many as 95 people dead. The militants were said to belong to the
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which was trying to carve out an
(SFC, 8/15/00, p.A14)
2000 Aug 14, The Russian
Orthodox Church announced the canonization of Nicholas II and his
immediate family, executed in 1918.
(SFC, 8/15/00, p.A12)
2001 Aug 14, US warplanes
attacked an Iraqi air defense system modernized with fiber optics by
(WSJ, 8/15/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 14, Helios, a
remote-controlled, solar powered NASA plane, reached a record 96,500
(WSJ, 8/15/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 14, Some 18,000
firefighters in 8 US Western states battle 315,000 burning acres.
(SFC, 8/15/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 14, Jeffrey K.
Skilling stepped down as CEO of Enron Corp. after 6 months in the
(SFC, 2/7/02, p.A8)
2001 Aug 14, In Houston 3
people died from heroin overdoses and joined 15 others who died over
(SFC, 8/15/01, p.A4)
2001 Aug 14, Twenty people
detained in riots at the Group of Eight summit in Italy the previous
month were ordered released by a Genoa court. They included 15
Austrians, three Americans, a Slovak and a Swede.
2001 Aug 14, In India it was
reported that 15 wild elephants had died in Nameri National Park in
Assam state from an unknown disease.
(SFC, 8/15/01, p.A7)
2001 Aug 14, Israeli tanks
rolled into Palestinian-controlled Jenin. Bulldozers destroyed a
Palestinian police station and Israeli forces took back with them
some 70 Palestinians, who had been jailed in Jenin for collaboration
with Israel. In Nablus Shadi Affori (19), a Fatah member, was killed
in an explosion at his home.
(SFC, 8/14/01, p.A1)(SFC, 8/15/01, p.A6)
2001 Aug 14, In Macedonia
Albanian guerrillas agreed to disarm under NATO supervision and the
government agreed to extend amnesty for the fighters.
(SFC, 8/15/01, p.A6)
2001 Aug 14, In Northern
Ireland the IRA withdrew a plan to dispose of its weapons.
(SFC, 8/15/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 14, In Peru Pres.
Toledo dismissed military commanders and put in his own men.
(WSJ, 8/15/01, p.A1)
2002 Aug 14, Aircraft from the
U.S.-British coalition patrolling southern Iraq bombed two Iraqi air
2002 Aug 14, Texas Gov. Rick
Perry denied a reprieve for Javier Suarez Medina and authorities in
Huntsville gave Suarez a lethal injection as he sang the hymn
2002 Aug 14, Larry Rivers (78),
pop artist pioneer, died in Southampton, N.Y.
2002 Aug 14, Terry Jupp (46)
died during weapons tests on a remote island used as a military
facility off England's eastern coast. Investigations later
established that part of his team's work involved attempts to
construct bombs from widely available ingredients including hydrogen
peroxide. Similar bombs were later used in the 2005 suicide attacks
on London mass transit, which killed 52 commuters.
2002 Aug 14, In southwest China
a massive wall of mud and rock unleashed by heavy rains slammed into
villages, burying 67 people in the second deadly landslide to strike
the area this week.
2002 Aug 14, Republic of Congo
President Denis Sassou-Nguesso promised to fight corruption as he
was sworn after winning this central African nation's first
elections since back-to-back civil wars.
2002 Aug 14, An Indonesian
court sentenced a former East Timor governor to three years in jail
over violence linked to the territory's 1999 independence vote.
2002 Aug 14, Israel's military
intelligence chief told parliament that Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat has amassed a personal fortune of about $1.3 billion.
2002 Aug 14, Mexican President
Vicente Fox angrily canceled a scheduled meeting with President Bush
hours after Texas executed a Mexican national for killing a Dallas
police officer despite pleas from the Mexican leadership. Javier
Suarez Medina, a Mexican national, was never told he could contact
the Mexican consulate for help after his 1988 arrest, a violation of
the 1963 Vienna Convention of Consular Relations.
(AP, 8/14/03)(AP, 8/15/02)
2002 Aug 14, Black militants
armed with clubs and stones began evicting a white farmer from his
land in northeastern Zimbabwe, the first seizure since a government
eviction order expired last week.
2003 Aug 14, A massive power
blackout hit 8 northeastern US states and southern Canada. It shut
down 10 major airports and 9 nuclear power stations. The problem
began in the FirstEnergy plant near Cleveland at 2pm. Cleveland lost
power at 4:09pm.
(AP, 8/15/03)(SFC, 8/15/03, p.A1)(SFC, 8/16/03,
p.A1)(WSJ, 8/18/03, p.A6)
2003 Aug 14, Roy Moore,
Alabama's chief justice, said that he would refuse to move a Ten
Commandments monument from the state judicial building in
(SFC, 8/15/03, p.A4)
2003 Aug 14, Dozens of American
troops landed at Liberia's main airport, increasing the U.S.
presence to boost West African peacekeepers, as rebels began
withdrawing from Monrovia. A "quick reaction" force of 150 combat
troops were sent to back up Nigerian peacekeepers.
2003 Aug 14, The French health
ministry estimated that about 3,000 people had died in France of
heat-related causes since abnormally high temperatures swept across
the country about two weeks ago.
2003 Aug 14, In northeast India
suspected separatist rebels blew up a bus on the main highway,
killing six passengers.
2003 Aug 14, Israeli troops
killed Mohammed Sidr, a top Islamic Jihad commander, in a gun battle
at his hideout in Hebron.
(AP, 8/14/03)(WSJ, 8/15/03, p.A6)
2003 Aug 14, A Greek oil tanker
that ran aground Jul 27 off the port city of Karachi broke apart,
but officials said the worst was over and rich fishing grounds
nearby were not threatened. The ship carried 378,000 to 450,000
gallons. It leaked an estimated 12,000 metric tons.
(AP, 8/14/03)(SFC, 8/15/03, p.A3)
2003 Aug 14, The UN Security
Council approved a resolution welcoming the Iraqi Governing Council
and created a mission to oversee UN efforts to help rebuild the
country and establish a democratic government.
2003 Aug 14, Rebels lifted
their siege of Liberia's capital.
2003 Aug 14, The 16-member
Pacific Islands Forum (Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the Cook
Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue,
Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, the Solomon
Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) planned to create a region-wide
aviation market aimed at encouraging tourism.
2004 Aug 14, William D. Ford
(77), 15-term congressman died in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan.
2004 Aug 14, In western
Afghanistan rival militias clashed, reportedly killing 21 people.
Eight militiamen, including two commanders, were killed when
fighting erupted between two rival warlords over control of a
2004 Aug 14, Africa’s worst
desert locust plague in 15 years continued across Chad.
(SFC, 8/14/04, p.C8)
2004 Aug 14, In El Salvador a
bus careened off a mountain highway and toppled into a ravine in
eastern El Salvador, killing 34 people and injuring 24 others.
2004 Aug 14, A visibly weak
Pope John Paul II joined thousands of other ailing pilgrims at a
cliffside shrine in Lourdes, France, telling them he shares in their
physical suffering and assuring them the burden is part of God's
2004 Aug 14, Truce talks
between Shiite militants and Iraqi officials broke down, raising the
prospect of a return to the fierce fighting between militiamen and
2004 Aug 14, U.S. warplanes
bombed the Sunni city of Samarrah. Iraqi hospital officials said
several people died, while the U.S. military said 50 militants were
2004 Aug 14, More than 100
unemployed university graduates stormed a Palestinian Authority
building in a Gaza Strip refugee camp, calling on the Palestinian
leadership to provide them with jobs.
2004 Aug 14, Czeslaw Milosz
(93), Polish poet and Nobel laureate (1980), died in Krakow. He was
known for his intellectual and emotional works about some of the
worst cruelties of the 20th century. Milosz was born on June 30,
1911, in Szetejnie, now Lithuania, and studied law at the University
in Vilnius. There, he published his first book of poems, "Three
Winters," in 1936. In 2006 Cynthia L. Haven edited the book “Czeslaw
(AP, 8/14/04)(Econ, 8/21/04, p.72)(SSFC, 9/24/06,
2004 Aug 14, In central Russia
a crowded minibus crashed into a car on a highway linking the Volga
River cities of Ulyanovsk and Kazan, touching off a fire and killing
all 15 people.
2005 Aug 14, Cristeta Comerford
was named the new White House chef, the first woman to hold the
2005 Aug 14, It was reported
that the Detroit area had more than 12,000 abandoned homes, a
byproduct of decades of layoffs at the city's auto plants and white
flight to the suburbs.
2005 Aug 14, Fighting across
southern Afghanistan left 28 suspected Taliban rebels dead. In Zabul
province Afghan forces attacked a group of suspected militants,
killing 16 of them and arresting one. In neighboring Uruzgan
province's Dehrawud district, a gunbattle between Afghan soldiers
and insurgents left five militants dead.
2005 Aug 14, Algerian President
Abdelaziz Bouteflika unveiled a draft charter for peace and national
reconciliation that will be put to a referendum on September 29.
2005 Aug 14, A land mine
exploded in Chechnya when Russia troops came to the aid of a local
official whose home was under attack by rebels, killing a senior
Russian military officer and four other soldiers.
2005 Aug 14, A Cypriot
airliner, Helios Air 737, crashed into a hill north of Athens,
killing all 121 people on board. An inquiry in 2006 ruled pilots
erred in setting pressurization controls. On April 20, 2012, three
executives of a defunct Cypriot airline and a British engineer were
each sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison for their role in
Greece's worst air crash. The ruling came four months after a
Cypriot court acquitted the three executives during a separate
hearing over the accident.
(AP, 8/14/05)(WSJ, 10/11/06, p.A1)(Reuters,
2005 Aug 14, Egypt’s Interior
Ministry announced that it had identified those responsible for the
July 23 terrorist attack at Sharm el-Sheik.
(SFC, 8/15/05, p.A3)
2005 Aug 14, In Iraq a US
soldier on a patrol was killed and 3 others wounded in a blast east
of Rutbah, 250 miles west of Baghdad. 30 bodies were found in a
grave south of Baghdad that was 10-14 days old. One insurgent was
killed in the raid that led to the grave and 13 others were
2005 Aug 14, Israel sealed the
Gaza Strip to Israeli civilians, signaling the start of the historic
withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
2005 Aug 14, A legal source
said Jordan will charge London-based radical Muslim cleric Abu
Qatada (44) with plotting to stage terrorist attacks when he is
extradited from Britain.
2005 Aug 14, Kurmanbek Bakiyev,
Kyrgyzstan’s new president, pledged in his inaugural speech that the
former Soviet Central Asian nation, which hosts both US and Russian
military bases, will pursue an independent foreign policy under his
2005 Aug 14, Pakistani
President Pervez Musharraf urged the country to reject conservative
religious forces saying they were a hurdle to progress and wanted to
push the country into backwardness.
2005 Aug 14, Security forces
arrested 12 minority Tamils before dawn in connection with the
assassination of Sri Lanka's foreign minister, and a Tamil lawmaker
said only a peace deal could stop such killings in a country many
fear is sliding back to war.
2006 Aug 14, The US State
Department began issuing smart chip-embedded passports to Americans
as planned, despite ongoing privacy concerns and legal disputes
involving companies bidding on the project. New ones issued under
this program will cost $97, which includes a $12 security surcharge
added last year.
2006 Aug 15, NYC’s Mayor
Bloomberg said he is putting $125 million of his own money into a
new worldwide anti-smoking campaign.
(SFC, 8/16/06, p.A2)
2006 Aug 14, In the largest
electronics-related recall involving the Consumer Products Safety
Commission, Dell Inc. agreed to replace 4.1 million notebook
computer batteries made by Sony Corp. because they can burst into
2006 Aug 14, PepsiCo Inc.
announced that CFO Indra Nooyi will replace Steven Reinemundi as
CEO, making her the No. 2 female CEO in the Fortune 500 behind
Patricia Woertz of Archer Daniels Midland. ADM was ranked 56th in
the Fortune 500 and PepsiCo was 61st.
(SFC, 8/15/06, p.D5)
2006 Aug 14, Bruno Kirby (57),
a veteran character actor known for playing the best friend in two
of Billy Crystal's biggest comedies, "When Harry Met Sally" and
"City Slickers," died in LA.
2006 Aug 14, In southern
Afghanistan clashes between police and militants killed 11 suspected
Taliban and six policemen. 4 NATO troops were wounded in one of two
bombings in Kabul.
2006 Aug 14, Australian PM John
Howard ditched plans for a tough new immigration law, conceding he
did not have sufficient support in parliament.
2006 Aug 14, In Brazil
Guilherme Portanova (30), a kidnapped television reporter, was freed
after Globo met the gang's demand to broadcast a video calling for
improvements in Brazil's troubled prison system. In Rio de Janeiro
Andres Costa Ramos Bordalo was stabbed to death by an assailant who
stole his knapsack on Copacabana beach. Police stepped up patrols
but at least 22 tourists were robbed during the week.
(AP, 8/14/06)(AP, 8/19/06)
2006 Aug 14, The British
government downgraded its terror threat level from critical to
severe, saying intelligence suggested an attack was no longer
2006 Aug 14, In Chile a tough
nationwide anti-smoking law that took effect.
2006 Aug 14, In China the death
toll from Typhoon Saomai rose to 255 after scores more bodies were
pulled from the sea.
2006 Aug 14, Cuban state
television aired the first video of Fidel Castro since he stepped
down as president to recover from surgery, showing the bedridden
Cuban leader talking with his brother Raul as well as Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez.
2006 Aug 14, In southern
Ethiopia torrential rains spilled a river from its banks. At least
900 people died as continuing rains submerged five villages, knocked
down grain silos and swept away cattle. Tens of thousands were
marooned by the waters.
(AFP, 8/15/06)(Reuters, 8/17/06)
2006 Aug 14, At least 10 people
were killed in shootings and bombings across Iraq, including three
blacksmiths shot by gunmen in the northern city of Mosul.
2006 Aug 14, Israeli soldiers
killed six Hezbollah fighters in three skirmishes in Lebanon after
the UN-imposed cease-fire took effect. The clashes came as Lebanese
civilians defied an Israeli travel ban and streamed back to their
homes in war-ravaged areas. Lebanese, Israeli and UN officers met on
the border to discuss the withdrawal of Israeli forces from southern
Lebanon and the deployment of the Lebanese army in the region.
Lebanon said nearly 791 people were killed since the fighting began.
Israel said 116 soldiers and 39 civilians were killed in fighting or
from Hezbollah rockets in the 34-day war.
2006 Aug 14, A Japanese tanker
spilled about 1.4 million gallons of crude oil in the eastern Indian
Ocean following a collision with a cargo ship. The spill, which
would be about 4,500 tons, may be the largest ever involving a
Japanese tanker. The tanker was carrying about 77.6 million gallons,
or 250,000 tons, of crude. It had left port in Oman bound for Japan.
2006 Aug 14, Malaysia said it
would issue a "big fat no" to any nation or group that asked it to
dismantle a system of positive discrimination for its majority
ethnic Malays as part of trade talks.
2006 Aug 14, US authorities
arrested Tijuana drug lord Francisco Javier Arellano Felix (38)
aboard a boat off Mexico's Pacific coast. Mexican analysts doubted
the significance of Arellano Felix's arrest as the gang has
effectively lost much of its influence over the years. In 2007 Felix
pleaded guilty to federal crimes that carried a mandatory life
sentence. He agreed to forfeit $50 million and the yacht on which he
(AP, 8/17/06)(SFC, 9/18/07, p.A3)
2006 Aug 14, Nigeria formally
handed sovereignty over the potentially oil-rich Bakassi peninsula
to Cameroon after withdrawing its 3,000 troops in compliance with a
UN-brokered deadline. This ended a 13-year feud between Abuja and
Yaounde. Nigeria will maintain administrative control of southern
Bakassi for the next two years, after which the area will be in a
state of flux for another five years before it will be finally
handed over to Cameroon.
(AP, 8/13/06)(AFP, 8/14/06)
2006 Aug 14, In Nigeria Ayo
Daramola, a member of the country's ruling party and a potential
candidate in Ekiti state, was found stabbed to death in his home,
the third killing of a potential gubernatorial candidate in recent
weeks. Armed men kidnapped four more foreign oil workers in the
southern oil city of Port Harcourt, but released 3 Filipinos
abducted more than 10 days ago.
(AFP, 8/14/06)(AP, 8/15/06)
2006 Aug 14, In Gaza American
reporter Steve Centanni (60) and New Zealand cameraman Olaf Wiig
(36) were seized by masked gunmen near the headquarters of the
Palestinian security services. An Israeli airstrike destroyed a
house in the Gaza Strip, injuring at least eight people. The
military said an Islamic Jihad command center was targeted but
Palestinians said the building was empty.
(AP, 8/14/06)(AP, 8/15/06)
2006 Aug 14, Fighting in Sri
Lanka's north and east, and a bombing in the capital, left at least
50 people dead, including 43 schoolgirls killed in what the Tamil
Tigers charged was a government air raid on a children's home in
rebel territory. Hours later in Colombo, an auto rickshaw packed
with explosives blew up as a car carrying Pakistan's high
commissioner, Basir Ali Mohmand, passed along a crowded road. At
least seven people were killed, including four army commandos
guarding the envoy.
2007 Aug 14, Teacher-astronaut
Barbara Morgan transformed the space shuttle Endeavour and space
station into a classroom for her first educational session from
orbit, fulfilling the legacy of Christa McAuliffe, who died in the
1986 Challenger disaster.
2007 Aug 14, In New Jersey the
Newark Community Foundation, launched last month, said it will help
pay for Community Eye, a surveillance system tailored towards gun
(Econ, 8/18/07, p.27)
2007 Aug 14, Toy-making giant
Mattel Inc. issued recalls for some 18 million Chinese-made toys
that contained magnets which children could swallow. Mattel also
recalled 436,000 toy cars daubed with lead-based paint.
(AP, 8/14/07)(Econ, 8/18/07, p.58)
2007 Aug 14, It was reported
that Pulickel Ajayan and colleagues at Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute had developed a flexible battery using carbon nanotubes
2007 Aug 14, A NATO soldier was
killed when a joint ISAF-NATO patrol was ambushed by Taliban
insurgents in eastern Paktia province.
2007 Aug 14, A new study said
nearly every Australian city will have to find new water supplies
over the next decade as climate change and population growth stretch
the nation's already limited water resources.
2007 Aug 14, In Brazil police
arrested Oscar Maroni Jr., for racketeering and trafficking in
women. Maroni, known as the Larry Flynt of Brazil, was also under
pressure to stop construction of his 11-story Oscar’s Hotel at the
edge of the Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo, which was cited for
impacting air safety.
(WSJ, 9/5/07, p.A1)
2007 Aug 14, In Iraq four
suicide truck bombers struck nearly simultaneously in Qahataniya
killing at least 400 victims. Estimates soon rose to over 500 and
later to 796. The victims were members of a small Kurdish sect, the
Yazidis, who have been the target of Muslim extremists who consider
them infidels. The US military blamed al-Qaida. A suicide truck
bomber struck the Thiraa Dijla bridge in Taji, sending cars plunging
into the river and killing at least 10 people in the 2nd attack on
the span in 3 months. Local officials said four civilians, including
a 3-year-old girl, were killed and five wounded during a raid by
joint US-Iraqi forces in Sadr City. The US military said 4 gunmen
were killed and 8 detained after a fierce gunfight, but it had no
reports of civilian deaths. Extremists abducted five officials from
an Oil Ministry compound in the capital in a raid using gunmen
dressed as security officers. Nine US soldiers were reported killed,
including five in a helicopter crash.
(AP, 8/14/07)(AP, 8/15/07)(AP,
2007 Aug 14, Benjamin Netanyahu
won elections as leader of Israel's hardline Likud Party. Israeli
troops and aircraft attacked Islamic militants in the southern Gaza
Strip. Four fighters and two civilians died in the clashes and 26
people were wounded. Separately, two security officers for Gaza's
Hamas rulers were reported killed in fierce fighting with the
powerful Palestinian Doghmush clan.
(AP, 8/14/07)(AP, 8/15/07)
2007 Aug 14, Gunmen in southern
Nigeria abducted the mother of a state lawmaker, the latest in a
spate of kidnappings targeting the children and elderly parents of
2007 Aug 14, North Korean
officials said that 200 people were dead or missing across the
country due to floods caused by days of heavy rains. On Aug 17 an
international aid group said over 300 were dead or missing from the
floods. The toll was later raised to 600.
(AP, 8/14/07)(AP, 8/17/07)(AP, 8/25/07)
2007 Aug 14, Tikhon Khrennikov
(94), Stalin’s music master, died. His 1939 opera “Into the Storm,"
based on a novel by Nikolai Virta, was the first in which Lenin
appeared as a character on the stage.
(Econ, 9/1/07, p.77)
2007 Aug 14, In Somalia a local
human rights group said fighting in Mogadishu has killed 31
civilians and wounded 60 in the past 24 hours.
2007 Aug 14, A Taiwanese court
acquitted opposition presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou of
corruption charges, giving a big boost to the campaign of a
politician who backs better relations with rival China.
2007 Aug 14, A Thailand judge
issued arrest warrants for ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife
for failing to appear at their trial on corruption-related charges.
2007 Aug 14, Turkish Foreign
Minister Abdullah Gul, a former Islamist, filed his candidacy for
president, risking a fresh government showdown with army-backed
2008 Aug 14, The US and Poland
struck a deal to install a missile defense facility in the
2008 Aug 14, In the Virgin
Islands 2 former government officials faced prison after being found
guilty of running a million-dollar bribery and kickback scheme. Dean
Plaskett, former commissioner of the islands' planning and natural
resources department, was sentenced to nine years in prison. Marc
Biggs, former commissioner of the property and procurement office,
will serve seven years.
2008 Aug 14, The US Mint
planned to issue the Jackson dollar coin, the 7th of its
presidential dollar series.
2008 Aug 14, American Airlines,
British Airways and Iberia of Spain said they had signed an
agreement to cooperate over flights between North America and Europe
to help them overcome soaring fuel costs.
2008 Aug 14, Scientists
reported that the number of oxygen-starved "dead zones" in coastal
waters around the world has roughly doubled every decade since the
1960s, killing fish, crabs and massive amounts of marine life at the
base of the food chain.
(SFC, 8/15/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 14, Afghan police
pulled back from posts in the Nad Ali district of Helmand province
after two weeks of clashes with militants. The Taliban claimed to
have taken over that district. An explosion targeting a foot patrol
in southern Afghanistan killed 3 members of the US-led coalition.
Afghan and foreign troops clashed with insurgents in the Shwak
district of eastern Paktika province.
(AP, 8/15/08)(SFC, 8/15/08, p.A11)(AP, 8/17/08)
2008 Aug 14, A colonel in the
Algerian army and another soldier were killed in a bomb attack in
the Jijel region.
2008 Aug 14, Australian police
arrested a Catholic priest (65) and charged him with 30 counts of
sexual assault related to abuse allegations dating back three
2008 Aug 14, Chile’s central
bank said it is boosting its lending rate to 7.75%, warning that
additional adjustments will likely be necessary to ensure inflation
meets its 3 percent target in the next two years. Annual inflation
reached 9.5% in July, Chile's highest rate since 1994.
2008 Aug 14, A bomb exploded
during a crowded street fair in northwestern Colombia, killing seven
people and wounding 17.
2008 Aug 14, Georgian and
Russian troops faced off at a checkpoint outside the key city of
Gori, calling an already shaky cease-fire into question. An American
official said Russia appears to be sabotaging airfields and other
military infrastructure as its forces pull back. The Russian General
Prosecutor's office said it has formally opened a genocide probe
into Georgian treatment of South Ossetians. For its part, Georgia
this week filed a suit against Russia in the International Court of
Justice, alleging murder, rape and mass expulsions in both
2008 Aug 14, India’s cabinet
approved a 21% average wage increase for federal-government
employees to be backdated to January 2006. In southern India at
least nine schoolchildren and two adults were killed after a
speeding school bus plunged into a river outside Mangalore.
(WSJ, 8/14/08, p.A8)(AP, 8/15/08)
2008 Aug 14, In Iraq 2 roadside
bombs went off in separate Baghdad locations, killing one policeman
and wounding 17 people, including 14 Shiite pilgrims headed on foot
to the holy city of Karbala for a major religious festival. Gunmen
shot dead an off-duty policeman and army soldier in separate
incidents in the northern city of Mosul. A female suicide bomber
blew herself up in Iskandariyah. The US military said 18 people were
killed in the attack, but Iraqi police in the area gave a higher
death toll of 26. An American Marine was killed during a small-arms
fire attack west of Baghdad.
(AP, 8/14/08)(AP, 8/15/08)
2008 Aug 14, A senior US
military intelligence officer said Iraqi Shiite assassination teams
are being trained in at least four locations in Iran by Tehran's
elite Quds force and Lebanese Hezbollah and are planning to return
to Iraq in the next few months to kill specific Iraqi officials as
well as US and Iraqi troops.
2008 Aug 14, Thousands of
Muslims poured into the streets of Kashmir, demanding independence
from India hours after archival Pakistan called on the United
Nations to stop what it characterized as gross human rights
violations in the divided Himalayan region. Police shot dead another
protester, bringing the death toll from days of rioting to 22 as
security was boosted on the eve of India's Independence Day
(AP, 8/14/08)(AFP, 8/14/08)
2008 Aug 14, Libya and the
United States settled all outstanding lawsuits by American victims
of terrorism, clearing the way for the full restoration of
2008 Aug 14, Military leaders
in Mauritania named former EU ambassador Moulaye Ould Mohamed
Laghdaf as prime minister.
(WSJ, 8/15/08, p.A8)
2008 Aug 14, Nigeria
relinquished control of the oil-rich Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon
despite fears the handover will provoke attacks from local armed
groups who oppose it.
2008 Aug 14, Pakistan's PM
Yousuf Raza Gilani said in an Independence Day speech that the
country must defeat extremism to survive. Officials said some
135,000 residents have fled a Pakistani tribal area bordering
Afghanistan to escape clashes between troops and Taliban militants
that have left scores dead.
(AP, 8/14/08)(AFP, 8/14/08)
2008 Aug 14, In Sri Lanka
government jets hit a series of Tamil Tiger targets in the
Mullaittivu region in support of troops fighting on the ground.
Fighting between the two sides killed 27 rebels and two government
(AP, 8/14/08)(AP, 8/15/08)
2008 Aug 14, Syria agreed to a
longtime Lebanese demand to negotiate the demarcation of their
border a day after the countries said they would establish full
diplomatic relations for the first time.
2008 Aug 14, Taiwan's former
president Chen Shui-bian's admitted that he broke the law by not
truthfully declaring campaign donations he received, and said that
his wife sent an unspecified amount of money abroad.
2009 Aug 14, Real estate lender
Colonial BancGroup Inc. was shut down by federal officials in the
biggest US bank failure this year. The FDIC, which was appointed
receiver of the Montgomery, Ala.-based Colonial and its about $25
billion in assets, said the failed bank's 346 branches in Alabama,
Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Texas will reopen at the normal times
starting on Aug 15 as offices of Winston-Salem, N.C.-based BB&T.
Regulators also closed four other banks: Community Bank of Arizona,
based in Phoenix; Union Bank, based in Gilbert, Ariz.; Community
Bank of Nevada, based in Las Vegas; and Dwelling House Savings and
Loan Association, located in Pittsburgh. The closures boosted to 77
the number of federally insured banks that have failed in 2009.
2009 Aug 14, Lynette “Squeaky"
Fromme (60), the Charles Manson follower convicted of trying to
assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975, was released from a Texas
prison hospital after more than three decades behind bars.
2009 Aug 14, It was reported
that in North Carolina nine women, who lived at the edges of the
poor community in Rocky Mount, have disappeared since 2005. Six
bodies have been found along rural roads just a few miles outside
town, most so decomposed that investigators could not tell how they
died. At least one of the women was strangled. All the deaths have
been classified as homicides. Three women were still missing.
2009 Aug 14, In California the
Lockheed fire in Santa Cruz County, which began on Aug 12, covered
over 5,000 acres and was only 15% contained. 9 big wildfires across
the state covered over 100,000 acres.
(SFC, 8/15/09, p.A8)
2009 Aug 14, Hillary Clinton
ended her whirlwind seven-nation African trip at Cape Verde, with a
tough love message that Africans must tackle their own problems.
2009 Aug 14, An Australian
judge ruled that Christian Rossiter (49), a quadriplegic man who
says he cannot "undertake any basic human functions," has the right
to direct a nursing home to stop feeding him and allow him to die.
(AP, 8/14/09)(SFC, 8/15/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 14, In Dagestan gunmen
killed 2 traffic police officers in Makhachkala. 3 suspected
militants were killed in a separate episode.
(SFC, 8/15/09, p.A3)
2009 Aug 14, In Germany shares
in Volkswagen, Europe's biggest carmaker, plunged after it approved
a takeover of luxury auto manufacturer Porsche to create a sector
2009 Aug 14, In Honduras 2
dozen supporters of ousted Pres. Zelaya were charged with sedition
in an intensifying crackdown on protests against the coup-installed
2009 Aug 14, In Iraq
journalists took to the streets in Baghdad to protest what they say
is political pressure to silence the media. The rally came as
journalist Ahmed Abdul-Hussein was threatened with a lawsuit over
editorials related to the July 28 Baghdad bank robbery that left
eight security guards dead.
2009 Aug 14, In Libya a
delegation of US senators led by John McCain met with Libya's leader
to discuss the possible delivery of non-lethal defense equipment.
2009 Aug 14, In northern Mexico
a fight among prisoners killed 19 inmates and left more than 20
injured at the prison in the city of Gomez Palacio, Durango state.
The battle apparently involved inmates jailed on drug or organized
crime charges. Assailants in pickup trucks opened fire on Monclova
police chief Juan Carlos Pacheco as he headed home. Pacheco was not
hurt but three of the police officers guarding him died. Federal
police announced the capture of Hector Oyarzabal, an alleged La
Familia leader, who was described as director of the gang's drug
operations in several towns of the state of Mexico, which surrounds
most of Mexico City. In Ciudad Juarez two women and a man were found
shot to death in their car.
2009 Aug 14, Nigeria’s banking
chief said the government will inject US$2.55 billion into five
troubled banks, in Africa's first major bank rescue program since
the global credit crunch began. Central Bank Chief Sanusi Lamido
Sanusi also announced the sacking of the heads of five major banks
for piling up debts worth billions of dollars and poor management.
The heads of Afribank plc, Intercontinental Bank plc, Union Bank
plc, Oceanic Bank plc and Finbank plc were removed by Sanusi. The
Nigerian anti-graft agency soon froze the accounts of the sacked
directors for running the institutions into insolvency.
(AP, 8/14/09)(AFP, 8/22/09)
2009 Aug 14, In Nigeria the
number of polio cases caused by the vaccine was reported to have
doubled so far this year with 124 children paralyzed, compared to 62
in 2008, out of about 42 million children vaccinated. For every case
of paralysis, hundreds of other children don't develop symptoms, but
pass on the disease.
2009 Aug 14, Pakistan lifted a
ban on political activities in its tribal regions, granting the
areas close to Afghan border parliamentary representation for the
first time in the hopes it would reduce the grip of the Taliban
there. 3 bomb explosions killed a man and wounded 18 other people in
Baluchistan, an impoverished but oil-rich province where Baluch
nationalist groups have been fighting for more autonomy for decades.
2009 Aug 14, In the southern
Gaza town of Rafah on the Egyptian border fighting broke out when
Hamas security men surrounded a mosque where about 100 members of
Jund Ansar Allah, or the Soldiers of the Companions of God, were
holed up. Abdel-Latif Moussa, the leader of the group, defied Gaza's
Hamas rulers by declaring in a prayer sermon that the territory was
an Islamic emirate. 11 homemade rockets were launched from Gaza into
Egypt. Only five of the rockets detonated, injuring a young girl.
2009 Aug 14, A Swiss court
backed the government's plan to give aid agencies 7 million Swiss
francs ($6 million) seized from bank accounts linked to Haiti's
former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier. The Duvalier
family, which wants to reclaim the money, can now appeal the case to
Switzerland's highest court. The accounts have been blocked since
2009 Aug 14, Taiwan's president
said floods and mudslides unleashed by Typhoon Morakot last weekend
have killed about 500 people on the island, as he called on rescue
crews to step up their efforts. Ma said the death toll includes 120
confirmed deaths, and about 380 people believed to be buried in the
debris of a landslide in Shiao Lin, the hardest-hit village. Taiwan
asked major world donors for heavy equipment to alleviate damages
from Typhoon Morakot. Aid offers were initially refused on Aug 11.
On Aug 23 the death toll from Typhoon Morakot was raised to at least
(AP, 8/14/09)(Reuters, 8/15/09)(AP, 8/23/09)
2009 Aug 14, A Taiwanese
telephone company said Seabed movements believed caused by Typhoon
Morakat damaged seven undersea cables linking Asian nations,
disrupting Internet and telephone services.
2009 Aug 14, In Venezuela
lawmakers loyal to President Hugo Chavez gave final approval on to
legislation that has raised fears among government opponents of
impending socialist indoctrination in schools. The National Assembly
also approved a law that paves the way for the government to take
over private buildings and land in urban areas.
2010 Aug 14, In California an
off-road truck plowed into a crowd and scattered "bodies everywhere"
moments after sailing off a jump at the California 200 race in the
Mohave Desert, killing eight people and injuring 12 others.
2010 Aug 14, In New York a
shooting outside a restaurant in downtown Buffalo left four people
dead and four wounded. Keith Johnson (25) was arrested and charged
with 4 counts of 2nd degree murder. Prosecutors soon dropped charges
against Johnson following examination of surveillance video. On Aug
25 Riccardo McCray turned himself in and was charged 4 counts of 2nd
(AP, 8/14/10)(SSFC, 8/15/10, p.A10)(SFC, 8/16/10,
p.A7)(SFC, 8/26/10, p.A7)
2010 Aug 14, Abbey Lincoln
(b.1930), jazz singer and actress, died in Manhattan. Her first
album, “Affair… a Story of a Girl in Love" (1956) was made the same
year in which she appeared in her first film “The Girl Can’t Help
It." From 1962-1970 she was married to drummer Max Roach.
(SSFC, 8/15/10, p.C10)
2010 Aug 14, In Afghanistan the
international coalition said more than 20 insurgents including Arab,
Chechen and Pakistani fighters have been killed by NATO and Afghan
forces who are ramping up operations in the east against a Taliban
faction linked to al-Qaida. Four police were killed and four others
wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Gereshk district
in Helmand province. NATO and coalition troops killed two insurgents
after a patrol came under small arms and rocket-propelled grenade
fire in Kunduz province. NATO forces killed two insurgents who
attacked a police station by hitting their truck with an airstrike
as they fled an area in northern Kunduz province. One police officer
was reported killed in the fighting.
(AP, 8/14/10)(AP, 8/15/10)
2010 Aug 14, China’s People's
Daily reported that China will test a wider range of dairy products
and even breast milk as authorities investigate claims that a brand
of infant formula caused apparent breast growth in a small number of
babies. State media have said the babies with apparent breast growth
were found to have abnormal levels of the hormones estradiol and
prolactin, which stimulate lactation, or the making of breast milk.
2010 Aug 14, The EU told
military-run Myanmar that its Nov. 7 elections, the first in two
decades, will not be considered legitimate in the eyes of the world
unless it can ensure the vote is free and fair.
2010 Aug 14, Gabon signed
contracts worth 4.5 billion dollars (3.5 billion euros) with Indian
and Singaporean companies for infrastructure projects. The
investments were expected to generate some 50,000 jobs.
2010 Aug 14, In Iraq two
policemen were shot dead and their bodies set ablaze at a Baghdad
checkpoint. A drive-by shooting killed 2 more police officers in
Baghdad. An anti-Qaeda fighter was killed at a checkpoint manned by
government-backed Sunni fighters in northeast Baghdad. A bomb
attached to a police officer’s car in Baghdad blew up, killing the
driver and wounding 2 passengers. Mohammed Ali al-Deen (34), who
returned less than a month ago after completing a pharmacy course in
Washington DC, was gunned down at his home in Noamaniyah in the
central province of Wasit.
(AFP, 8/14/10)(AFP, 8/15/10)(SSFC, 8/15/10, p.A8)
2010 Aug 14, In Indian Kashmir
fresh clashes erupted between anti-India protesters and security
forces, where 55 demonstrators have died during two months of
2010 Aug 14, In Italy police in
Sicily said they've hit at the heart of the financial empire of a
convicted Mafia associate, seizing euro800 million (more than $1
billion) in property and businesses, including a clinic for cancer
patients and a local soccer team. Local health mogul Michele Aiello
(53) was convicted of Mafia association, corruption and fraud and
sentenced to 15 1/2 years in prison.
2010 Aug 14, Lebanese
intelligence agents killed two suspected members of an
al-Qaida-inspired group in the Bekaa Valley. Local TV station
Al-Jadeed reported that one of them was Abdul-Rahman Awad, a leader
of the Fatah Islam group, and his aide, Ghazi Faysal Abdullah. They
were heading to Iraq to join insurgents.
(AP, 8/14/10)(AP, 8/18/10)
2010 Aug 14, Mexican
authorities said that police in Ciudad Juarez have captured five
alleged drug gang members suspected in the killings of two federal
officers, including one whose body was hacked to pieces.
(AP, 8/14/10)(AFP, 8/15/10)
2010 Aug 14, Aid officials said
Niger is now facing the worst hunger crisis in its history, with
almost half the country's population in desperate need of food and
up to one in six children suffering from acute malnutrition.
Villagers described the situation as worse than in 2005, when aid
organizations treated tens of thousands of children for
malnutrition, and worse even than 1973, when thousands died.
2010 Aug 14, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen targeted non-ethnic Baluchis traveling on a bus and
painting a house in two attacks, killing 16 people and wounding
2010 Aug 14, In Portugal more
than 600 firefighters battled at least 26 serious wildfire outbreaks
fanned by gusting winds in three separate areas.
2010 Aug 14, In Russia the
number of wildfires in the Moscow region fell sharply overnight, but
hundreds of blazes continued to rage in other areas of Russia, and
officials warned that some of them are in hard-to-reach regions.
2010 Aug 14, In Singapore the
inaugural Youth Olympic Games officially opened in a spectacular
blaze of color, with Jacques Rogge hailing it as a new chapter in
the Olympic movement. The Games, which feature athletes aged 14 to
18, are a project Rogge has championed since becoming IOC chief in
2010 Aug 14, South Korean Lee
Dae-Ho broke a world record by scoring a home run for his ninth
2010 Aug 14, In Sudan's Darfur
region two Jordanian peacekeepers, deployed with the joint United
Nations-African Union mission, were kidnapped. On Aug 17 Jordanian
and Sudanese officials said the peacekeepers have been freed.
(AP, 8/15/10)(AFP, 8/17/10)
2010 Aug 14, In Thailand formed
US Marine Dashawn Longfellow was beaten and stabbed to death
following a brawl at a Phuket bar. In 2012 British kickboxer Lee
Aldhouse was indicted for the stabbing.
(SFC, 12/27/12, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/dynf6av)
2011 Aug 14, The hacker group
known as Anonymous struck a Bay Area Rapid Transit website and
released customer information in retaliation for BART’s decision to
cut cellular phone service to prevent an antipolice protest in San
Francisco. Hackers carried out a 2nd attack on Aug 17 breaching the
website of the agency’s rank-and-file police.
(SFC, 8/15/11, p.A1)(SFC, 8/18/11, p.A1)
2011 Aug 14, In eastern
Afghanistan a team of six suicide bombers, some wearing explosive
vests, stormed a provincial governor's compound, killing 22 people
in the Parwan provincial capital of Charikar. 3 of the attackers
were killed as they approached the governor's house. 16 of the dead
were civilian Afghan government employees and 6 were policemen. A
French soldier was killed by isolated fire during an operation in
the northeast province of Kapisa.
2011 Aug 14, In Algeria a
suicide bomber crashed a small truck apparently laden with
explosives into a police station in Tizi Ouzou, the capital of the
Kabylie region, injuring 29 people. Kabylie, the Berber capital, is
the stronghold of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. On Aug 17
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility.
(AP, 8/14/11)(AP, 8/18/11)
2011 Aug 14, In Bangladesh a
group of influential villagers in Habiganj district voted that
Ferdousi Akhter (35) should leave the community after she was
accused of having an affair with a neighbor while her husband was
working abroad. Akhter took her four children aged 8-12 and jumped
with them in front of a train later in the day, killing herself and
two of the children.
2011 Aug 14, In Cambodia a
6-year-old girl died from bird flu. She was the eighth person to die
from the H5N1 flu virus this year in Cambodia.
2011 Aug 14, Canada's trade and
agriculture ministers said Vietnam has lifted its eight-year-old ban
on Canadian live breeding cattle, sheep and goats, becoming the
first Asian country to do so since a 2003 discovery of mad cow
2011 Aug 14, Chinese state
media said authorities in the northeastern port city of Dalian
ordered a petrochemical plant be shut down after more than 12,000
people demonstrated over pollution concerns. Calls to relocate the
plant grew after waves from Tropical Storm Muifa broke a dike
guarding it on August 8 and raised fears that flood waters could
release toxic chemicals. A gas blast in a coal mine killed 10 people
in Panxian county in Guizhou province.
(AP, 8/14/11)(AP, 8/15/11)(Econ, 8/20/11, p.41)
2011 Aug 14, In Honduras 2
peasants and 4 guards at the Paso del Aguan ranch died when 300
peasants armed with machetes and automatic rifles tried to take over
the ranch. Police the next day found the bodies of five peasants in
a trash dump near the ranch. They included 3 men and 2 women.
2011 Aug 14, An Indian naval
ship closed in on a cargo ship, believed to have been hijacked and
used to smuggle contraband in the eastern Arabian Sea. The
"overwhelmed" crew did not offer any resistance. Automatic weapons
were found on the ship. The crew included five Yemenis, two
Tanzanians, one Kenyan and one Somalian.
2011 Aug 14, Bollywood
superstar Shammi Kapoor (b.1931) died in Mumbai. The Indian movie
star was featured in over 100 films including “Tumsa Nahin Dekha"
(Never Seen Anyone Like You, 1957) and “Junglee" (1961).
2011 Aug 14, In Iraq a pair of
bombs hit an Iraqi army patrol in north Baghdad, killing five
security personnel and injuring 10 other people.
2011 Aug 14, In Jersey a Polish
man (30) 6 people in a frenzied stabbing spree, the deadliest crime
in memory on the Channel Island. Damian Rzeszowski stabbed to death
his wife Izabela Rzeszowska (30) their two children, Kinga (5) and
Kacper (2) in a flat in the capital St Helier. He also killed his
wife's father Marek Garstka (56) and her friend Marta Dominika De La
Haye (34) and five-year-old daughter Julia Frances. On Aug 24, 2012,
Rzeszowski was convicted of manslaughter. On Oct 29, 2012, he was
sentenced to 30 years in prison for each murder with the sentences
to run concurrently.
(AP, 8/15/11)(AFP, 8/25/11)(AP, 8/28/12)(AP,
2011 Aug 14, In Jordan a reform
committee presented constitutional changes to King Abdullah II, but
activists said the changes do not go far enough. The 42 proposed
changes included limiting the jurisdiction of military courts to
only terrorism and espionage cases.
2011 Aug 14, Libyan rebels and
troops loyal to Moammar Gadhafi fought for control of Zawiya, a day
after opposition forces pushed from the western mountains into the
strategic city in their most dramatic advance in months. Rebel
officials said they had captured the town of Gharyan, 50 miles (80
km) south of Tripoli, which sits on the supply road from southern
Libya to the capital. Rebels said they also captured the town of
(AP, 8/14/11)(AP, 8/15/11)
2011 Aug 14, In Mexico 8 people
were killed in Acapulco. A grenade blast has killed one man and
wounded a woman and two children in the Gulf coast city of Veracruz.
A grenade tossed onto a busy tourist boulevard in the Gulf coast
city of Veracruz killed one man and seriously wounded his wife and
their two young children. The navy found objects belonging to 4
servicemen kidnapped earlier this month in a raid on a warehouse.
Investigators later found four bodies in four pits on the outskirts
of the state capital.
(AP, 8/14/11)(AP, 8/15/11)(AP, 8/18/11)
2011 Aug 14, Myanmar opposition
leader Aung San Suu Kyi tested the limits of her freedom by taking
her first political trip into the countryside since being released
from house arrest.
2011 Aug 14, Nepal's latest
prime minister, Jhalnath Khanal, resigned after failing to make
progress toward adopting a constitution during his six months in
2011 Aug 14, In Nepal hundreds
of gay, lesbian, transgender people marched with supporters in the
southern town of Narayanghat to demand equal rights under a new
constitution the country is in the process of writing.
2011 Aug 14, In Nigeria
attackers stabbed eight people to death in Jos, a central region
beset by religious and ethnic tensions.
2011 Aug 14, In Pakistan a bomb
attached to a timer ripped through a two-story hotel in Dera Allah
Yar, Baluchistan province, reducing the building to rubble and
killing 12 people. Elsewhere in Baluchistan, two gunmen riding a
motorcycle killed a local journalist in the city of Khuzdar.
Suspected militants fired rockets at a paramilitary base in Miran
Shah, North Waziristan, during an independence day ceremony, killing
3 soldiers and wounding 23 others. A land mine killed 2 paramilitary
soldiers and wounded 5 others on patrol in the Orakzai tribal area.
2011 Aug 14, Singapore's PM Lee
Hsien Loong said his government will seek to favor its citizens
after a backlash against a surge in foreign workers. He also said
the government will build 50,000 apartments during this year and
next to help stabilize a spike in housing prices.
2011 Aug 14, In eastern South
Africa two planes carrying 13 people went missing. The wreckage was
spotted from a helicopter on Aug 16 and there were no survivors.
2011 Aug 14, Syrian gunboats
firing heavy machine guns pounded impoverished districts of Latakia,
killing at least 19 people in a renewed assault on the Mediterranean
coastal city. A health official said two law enforcement officials
were killed in Latakia and 41 wounded in addition to a number of
gunmen whose identities were not known.
2011 Aug 14, In southern Yemen
17 al-Qaida-linked militants and three army soldiers have been
killed in fighting over the last 24 hours.
2012 Aug 14, The Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation announced the winners of its $100,000
Reinventing the Toilet Challenge. The winning toilet was developed
by Michael Hoffman of the California Institute of Technology.
(Economist, 9/1/12, TQ p.10)
2012 Aug 14, In California
William Howard of Danville, a law enforcement whistleblower, was
relieved from duty. He had cooperated in building a criminal case
against former Deputy Sheriff Stephen Tanabe (49), who was indicted
for making “dirty DUI arrests." Howard said his dismissal was
retaliation for breaking the police code of silence. On Sep 3, 2013,
Tanabe was convicted for his role in the DUI arrests. On Feb 19,
2014, Tanabe was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison.
(SFC, 8/18/12, p.A1)(SFC, 9/4/13, p.A8)(SFC,
2012 Aug 14, Remy Charlip (83),
dancer and author of 38 children’s books, died in San Francisco. He
was one of the co-founders of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
(SFC, 8/18/12, p.C4)
2012 Aug 14, In Afghanistan
suicide attacks involving as many as 14 bombers killed at least 27
people in Nimroz province. Police killed and captured several of
them. A separate market bombing in Kunduz province, killed 10
people, including five children. In the east a car hit a roadside
bomb killing 4 children in Paktika province. The day’s death toll
reached 50 including 11 police and 39 civilians. At least 110 people
were wounded in all the attacks.
(AP, 8/14/12)(AP, 8/15/12)
2012 Aug 14, Argentine
prosecutors put former president Fernando de la Rua (1999-2001) on
trial for bribery, accusing him of bribing senators for votes in
2000 to weaken worker protections. De la Rua was found innocent on
Dec 23, 2013.
(AP, 8/14/12)(SFC, 12/24/13, p.A2)
2012 Aug 14, In Argentina the
world’s largest tango festival opened for a 2-week run in Buenos
(SFC, 8/15/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 14, In Argentina
subways began rolling again in Buenos Aires after union leaders
suspended a 10-day strike, but their tentative deal depends on an
unresolved power struggle between the mayor and the president.
2012 Aug 14, In Botswana the
world's leading producer of diamonds De Beers began rough stone
sorting, a first step in its transfer from London to Gaborone.
2012 Aug 14, Britain’s Standard
Chartered settled allegations that it helped Iranian clients dodge
US sanctions, announcing a fine of $340 million from a New York
banking watchdog. Standard Chartered also agreed to house a
government anti-laundering monitor for two years at its New York
2012 Aug 14, Britain’s Office
for National Statistics said consumer price inflation inched up to
2.6 percent from 2.4 percent in June as prices for airfares soared
and clothing retailers reined in seasonal discounts.
2012 Aug 14, Chilean police
broke up protests by students, who had taken control of several high
schools in Santiago, demanding free education.
(SFC, 8/15/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 14, Chinese police
killed a fugitive armed robber and suspected serial killer dubbed
China's most dangerous man, ending a huge manhunt. Zhou Kehua (42),
suspected of killing nine people, spent eight years on the run
before being shot dead in Chongqing.
2012 Aug 14, Egyptian Cabinet
ministers and World Bank officials signed off on a $200 million
project aimed at creating 250,000 jobs after more than a year of
slow economic growth.
2012 Aug 14, Egypt's security
forces exchanged fire with militants in the Sinai peninsula, as the
military continued its campaign against Islamists in the lawless
2012 Aug 14, Egypt opened its
border with Hamas-ruled Gaza for a 3-day period ahead of a major
Muslim holiday this weekend, but imposed tight restrictions on who
can travel and did not say whether it would resume normal border
operations. From its side, Hamas also temporarily prevented access
to the illegal underground tunnels in a show of goodwill toward
2012 Aug 14, Malaysia's PM
Najib Razak said he would review a legal amendment that critics
claim threatens free expression online after they staged a one-day
"Internet blackout." NGOs, bloggers and opposition politicians
staged the protest earlier in the day by replacing their homepages
with black screens featuring messages attacking the new section of
the Evidence Act, which went into effect in April despite widespread
2012 Aug 14, In northern
Nigeria 3 people were killed in a bomb blast on a Kaduna road
leading to a mosque where a cleric had condemned the Islamist
militant group Boko Haram.
2012 Aug 14, Nigerian officials
said flooding in central Plateau state caused by heavy rains has
killed at least 33 people, with many others still missing, while
also destroying homes, bridges and farmland.
(AFP, 8/14/12)(AP, 8/15/12)
2012 Aug 14, In Senegal 7
people including a baby died as heavy rains pounded the capital
Dakar, causing partial home collapses.
2012 Aug 14, Svetozar Gligoric
(89), a legendary Serbian and Yugoslav chess grandmaster, died in
Belgrade. He was the national champion 12 times and one of the
world's top players in the 20th century.
2012 Aug 14, In Syria activists
reported clashes and shelling in the northern city of Aleppo,
southern province of Daraa, suburbs of Damascus and the northwestern
region of Idlib. Syria's PM Riad Hijab, who defected to the
opposition, said that Bashar Assad's regime was near collapse and
urged other political and military leaders to tip the scales and
join the rebel side. In a video, said to have been released by
rebels and aired by Arab satellite TV Al-Arabiya, a man identifies
himself as Hassane Salim al-Mikdad, and says he was one of 1,500
Hezbollah fighters sent to Syria on Aug 3.
2012 Aug 14, UN humanitarian
chief Valerie Amos arrived in Syria to address the "deteriorating
humanitarian situation" in the conflict-ravaged country and discuss
ways of scaling-up relief efforts.
2012 Aug 14, In Tunisia
hundreds of protesters demonstrated against the ruling Islamist
party during a general strike in Sidi Bouzid, hub of the 2011
2012 Aug 14, In Vietnam
hundreds of villagers stormed a local government office overnight,
smashing furniture and seriously injuring two officials in
connection with a land dispute.
2012 Aug 14, In Yemen troops
from the elite Republican Guard force, led by the son of ousted
president Saleh, attacked the headquarters of the defense ministry
in Sanaa. The clashes killed one attacker, two ministry guards and
2013 Aug 14, In Alabama a UPS
plane crashed near the Birmingham airport killing two pilots and
scaterring wreckage over a rural area. Reliance on computer
automation appeared to contribute to the crash.
(SFC, 8/15/13, p.A6)(SFC, 2/21/14, p.A8)
2013 Aug 14, In San Francisco
bicyclist Amelie Le Moullac (24) was fatally struck as a delivery
truck struck her while turning right from Folsom St. onto Sixth. On
Jan 15, 2015, a SF jury found the driver negligent and ordered his
employer, Daylight foods of Milpitas, to pay $4 million to her
(SFC, 1/16/15, p.D4)
2013 Aug 14, In Maryland US
soldier Bradley Manning told a military court "I'm sorry" for giving
war logs and diplomatic secrets to the WikiLeaks website three years
ago, the biggest breach of classified data in the nation's history.
2013 Aug 14, In New Hampshire
David Kwiatkowski, a traveling hospital technician, pleaded guilty
to 14 charges of drug theft and tampering, along with two similar
counts in Kansas. He was accused of infecting patients in multiple
states with hepatitis C through tainted syringes. On Dec 2 he was
sentenced to 39 years in prison.
(SFC, 8/15/13, p.A6)(SFC, 12/3/13, p.A8)
2013 Aug 14, Bahraini
protesters clashed with riot police in neighborhoods around the
capital. Stores shut their doors amid opposition calls for a general
strike, but a tight security clampdown stopped large-scale
demonstrations in the city.
2013 Aug 14, In Chile workers
began a surprise strike at Escondida, the world's largest copper
mine, over pay and working conditions.
2013 Aug 14, Typhoon Utor
struck the south coast of China, forcing airlines to cancel flights
and halting stock exchange trading in the financial center of Hong
Kong after leaving a trail of destruction in the Philippines.
2013 Aug 14, Egyptian police in
riot gear swept in with armored vehicles and bulldozers to clear two
sprawling encampments of supporters of the country's ousted Islamist
president in Cairo, showering protesters with tear gas as the sound
of gunfire rang out. Over 600 people were killed. Clashes also broke
out elsewhere in Cairo and other provinces across the country, with
police stations, government buildings and churches attacked or set
ablaze. Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei resigned late
today as Egypt's interim vice president in protest — a blow to the
new leadership's credibility with the pro-reform movement. 43
policemen were reported killed, 18 of them in Nasr City.
(AP, 8/14/13)(AP, 8/15/13)(Econ, 8/17/13, p.19)
2013 Aug 14, India’s finance
officials tightened capital controls to stop locals from taking
money out of the country.
(Econ, 8/24/13, p.12)
2013 Aug 14, In Iraq twin
roadside bombs exploded in Baquba, killing 14 people and wounding
2013 Aug 14, Israeli and
Palestinian negotiators reconvened for US-brokered peace talks in
Jerusalem amid little fanfare and low expectations.
2013 Aug 14, Kazakhstan’s
Supreme Court sentenced six men 5-10 years for conspiring to
assassinate government officials in Astana. They were arrested last
January. The court said one had trained his under-age Muslim wife as
a suicide bomber to detonate a charge.
2013 Aug 14, The Nigerian
military said its soldiers have killed two top commanders of the
Islamist sect Boko Haram during a four-hour gun battle in northeast
Adamawa state. Police said Mohammad Bama and Abubakar Zakariya Yau,
arrested last week, died in a gun battle that erupted after they
took army officers to show them their hideout in Mubi. Several other
sect members were also killed.
2013 Aug 14, North and South
Korea agreed to restart the joint Kaesong industrial park after a
series of talks on the fate of the last symbol of economic
2013 Aug 14, In Somalia the
international medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) began
closing all its local humanitarian operations because of attacks on
2013 Aug 14, In Switzerland
British stuntman Mark Sutton (42) was killed during a gathering
organized by Online extreme sports involving 20 wingsuit pilots who
were filmed as they jumped from helicopters.
2014 Aug 14, In Arizona
Michelle Cusseaux (50), was slain by a single bullet in the
threshold of her Phoenix apartment after threatening officers with a
claw hammer. Officers were serving an emergency court order to take
her to a mental health care facility.
2014 Aug 14, Missouri's
governor moved to calm days of racially charged protests over the
police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, naming an
African-American captain of the Highway Patrol to oversee security
in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
2014 Aug 14, New Hampshire
Governor Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency in response to
44 reported overdoses linked to people smoking or ingesting
"Smacked," a synthetic marijuana-like product sold in convenience
stores as potpourri.
2014 Aug 14, In New Hampshire
Seth Mazzaglia (31) was sentenced to life in prison for the Oct 9,
2012, rape and murder of college student Elizabeth Marriott (19) of
Westborough, Mass. Kathryn McDonough, his former girlfriend and key
witness, had testified that she had lured Marriott to their
apartment as a sexual offering to her then boyfriend.
(SFC, 8/15/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 14, Texas Gov. Rick
Perry deployed some 1,000 National Guard troops to the border with
2014 Aug 14, In Afghanistan
roadside bomb has stuck a police car in eastern Laghman province,
killing 3 officers in Badpakh district. Four policemen were also
wounded in the explosion. The Taliban executed five people in a busy
opium market in southern Helmand province and left their bodies
hanging overnight after accusing them of kidnapping a businessman.
More than half of Afghanistan's opium is produced in Helmand. Around
90 percent of the world's heroin is produced in Afghanistan and last
year's crop was the highest on record.
(AP, 8/14/14)(Reuters, 8/16/14)
2014 Aug 14, It was reported
that a drought in the Sao Paulo, Brazil, the worst in 84 years, has
forced local authorities to put water pumps below the gates of the
main reservoir for the 2nd time this years.
(SFC, 8/14/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 14, In China 23
workers were trapped after a coal mine flooded at the Anzhishun Coal
Mine in Jixi City, Heilongjiang province.
(SFC, 8/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 14, Colombia’s Pres.
Juan Manuel Santos said he is endorsing the legalization of
marijuana for medical and therapeutic use.
(SFC, 8/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 14, Egypt 4 Islamist
protesters and a policeman were shot dead in Cairo, one year after
government forces killed hundreds of demonstrators in the worst
bloodshed in Egypt's recent history. 30 members of the Brotherhood
were arrested for rioting.
(Reuters, 8/14/14)(AFP, 8/15/14)
2014 Aug 14, Agricultural
officials from all 28 European Union countries began emergency talks
to weigh the impact of Russia's ban on Western food imports and
whether to compensate EU farmers.
2014 Aug 14, In Haiti
supporters of former Pres. Jean-Paul Aristide clashed with UN
peacekeepers as he faced possible arrest for not providing
court-ordered testimony in a criminal investigation.
(SFC, 8/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 14, Hong Kong's Law
Society passed an historic vote of no-confidence in its president
over pro-Beijing comments, revealing a determination by the
traditionally conservative lawyers to confront perceived threats
from China to the legal independence in the free-wheeling, global
2014 Aug 14, An Indian court
sentenced the man convicted of killing India's "bandit queen"
Phoolan Devi to life imprisonment. Devi (38) was gunned down in
broad daylight in 2001. Sher Singh Rana was convicted last week
after a trial that had dragged on for more than a decade.
2014 Aug 14, In Iraq Nuri
al-Maliki finally stepped down as prime minister under heavy
pressure from allies at home and abroad late today. US jets and
drones launched more air strikes in northern Iraq to destroy
vehicles operated by extremist fighters from the so-called Islamic
(Reuters, 8/15/14)(AFP, 8/15/14)
2014 Aug 14, Israel and
militants in Gaza held their fire after a new truce got off to a
shaky start, with night-time Palestinian rocket fire followed by
Israeli air strikes.
2014 Aug 14, Lebanon charged 43
Syrians, including an Islamist commander whose arrest sparked five
days of fighting between Islamists and the Lebanese army, with
belonging to armed terrorist groups and seeking to establish an
2014 Aug 14, The Moroccan
interior ministry said it has dismantled a network responsible for
recruiting jihadists and sending them to fight in Syria and Iraq for
the Islamic State group.
2014 Aug 14, In Morocco some
250 African migrants tried to leap a triple-layer border fence
around Spain's north African territory of Melilla but only one
person made it through.
2014 Aug 14, In the Netherlands
Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan said the controversial winter
holiday character Black Pete would change in appearance over the
next four years to make him less of an offensive racial figure and
eventually just resemble someone who has climbed through a chimney.
(SFC, 8/15/14, p.A5)
2014 Aug 14, In Pakistan
thousands of anti-government protesters began a march to Islamabad,
from the eastern city of Lahore. Two protest groups, one led by
cricketer-turned-opposition politician Imran Khan, the other by
activist cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, headed to the capital to demand that
a government they condemn as corrupt step down. 11 Taliban-linked
militants were killed and 13 members of the Pakistani security
forces were wounded in attacks on two air force bases in the
strategic city of Quetta.
(Reuters, 8/14/14)(Reuters, 8/15/14)
2014 Aug 14, Pope Francis
arrived in South Korea for a 5-day visit and left the airport in a
compact black Kia that many South Koreans would consider too humble
a conveyance for a globally powerful figure. He called for renewed
efforts to forge peace on the war-divided Korean Peninsula and for
both sides to avoid "fruitless" criticisms and shows of force.
2014 Aug 14, South Korea’s
Korean Air Lines Co. said will suspend flights to Kenya in a measure
to prevent the spread of Ebola.
2014 Aug 14, Syrian government
troops captured Mleiha, a fiercely contested suburb of Damascus,
after five months of heavy fighting.
2014 Aug 14, The Ukrainian
parliament approved a law to impose sanctions on Russian companies
and individuals supporting and financing separatist rebels in
2014 Aug 14, In eastern Ukraine
artillery shells hit close to the center of Donetsk for the first
time, killing at least one person. Kiev repeated that a Russian aid
convoy could not enter until Ukrainian authorities had cleared its
cargo. Shelling over the last 24 hours killed at least 22 residents
in the besieged rebel-held bastion of Lugansk. Valery Bolotov, head
of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, announced his
resignation, saying he was injured and could not carry on in his
role. Igor Strelkov (aka Igor Girkin), an alleged Russian
intelligence colonel, quit as a key rebel chief.
(Reuters, 8/14/14)(AFP, 8/14/14)
2014 Aug 14, Ukrainian hackers
hostile to the government claimed to have launched a cyber-attack
against the websites of Poland's presidency and the Warsaw Stock
2014 Aug 14, The UN health
agency said the death toll from the worst outbreak of Ebola in four
decades had now climbed to 1,069 in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and
Sierra Leone. The WHO said the scale of the Ebola epidemic has been
vastly underestimated and that "extraordinary measures" were needed
to contain the killer disease.