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410 Aug 18,
King Alaric I's Visigoths occupied and plundered Rome. [see Aug 24]
(PC, 1992, p.50)
472 Aug 18, Flavius Ricimer,
general of the Western Roman Empire, kingmaker, was born.
1227 Aug 18, Genghis Khan
(Chinggis), Mongol conqueror, died in his sleep at his camp, during
his siege of Ningxia, the capital of the rebellious Chinese kingdom
of Xi Xia. Subotai was one of Genghis Khan's ablest lieutenants, and
went on to distinguish himself after the khan's death. In Khan's
lifetime he and his warriors had conquered the majority of the
civilized world, ruling an empire that stretched from Poland down to
Iran in the west, and from Russia's Arctic shores down to Vietnam in
the east. Russian archaeologist Peter Kozloff uncovered the
tomb of Genghis Khan in the Gobi Desert in 1927. In 2006 Zhu
Yaoting, a Beijing academic, authored a biography of Genghis Khan.
(AP, 8/18/97)(HN, 10/29/98)(Econ, 12/23/06, p.61)
1503 Aug 18, Pope Alexander VI
(1492-1503), born in Spain as Rodrigo di Borgia (1431), died. He had
recently authorized the building of a prison in the cellars of
Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome.
1564 Aug 18, Spanish king
Philip II joined the Council of Trent.
1587 Aug 18, In the Roanoke
Island colony, Ellinor and Ananias Dare became parents of a baby
girl whom they name Virginia Dare, the first English child born on
what is now Roanoke Island, N.C., then considered Walter Raleigh’s
second settlement in Roanoke, Virginia. Virginia Dare, born to the
daughter of John White, became the first child of English parents to
be born on American soil. However, the colony she was born into
ended up mysteriously disappearing.
(HN, 8/18/98)(PC, 1992, p.203)(AP, 8/18/07)
1588 Aug 18, A storm struck the
remaining 60 ships of the Spanish Armada under the Duke of Medina
Sidonia after which only 11 were left. Many of the ships went to
Ireland where most of the Spaniards were killed by the English.
(ON, 3/02, p.6)
1674 Aug 18, Jean Racine's
"Iphigenie," premiered in Versailles.
1698 Aug 18, After invading
Denmark and capturing Sweden, Charles XII of Sweden forced Frederick
IV of Denmark to sign the Peace of Travendal.
1735 Aug 18, The Evening Post
began publishing in Boston, Mass.
1750 Aug 18, Antonio Salieri
(d.1825), Italian composer (Tatare), was born.
(WSJ, 1/14/04, p.D10)(MC, 8/18/02)
1759 Aug 18, The French fleet
was destroyed by the British under "Old Dreadnought" Boscawen at the
battle of Lagos Bay.
1769 Aug 18, Gunpowder in
Brescia, Italy, church exploded and some 3,000 were killed.
1774 Aug 18, Meriwether Lewis,
American explorer, was born in Charlottesville, VA. He led the Corps
of Discovery with William Clark.
(HN, 8/18/00)(MC, 8/18/02)
1782 Aug 18, Poet and artist
William Blake married Catherine Sophia Boucher.
1792 Aug 18, Lord John Russel,
Prime Minister of England from 1846 to 1852 and 1865 to 1866, was
1807 Aug 18, Charles Francis
Adams (d.1886), U.S. diplomat and public official whose father was
John Quincy Adams, was born.
(AHD, 1971, p.14)(HN, 8/18/98)
1807 Aug 18, Robert Stevenson
(1772-1850) began work on the 117-foot Bell Rock lighthouse at the
mouth of Scotland’s Firth of Forth based on a proposal he submitted
in 1800. The lighthouse began operating on Feb 1, 1811.
(ON, 5/06, p.6)
1812 Aug 18, Returning from a
cruise into Canadian waters Captain Isaac Hull's USS Constitution of
the fledgling U.S. Navy encountered British Captain Richard Dacre's
HMS Guerriere about 750 miles out of Boston. After a frenzied
55-minute battle that left 101 dead, Guerriere rolled helplessly in
the water, smashed beyond salvage. Dacre struck his colors and
surrendered to Hull's boarding party. In contrast, Constitution
suffered little damage and only 14 casualties. The fight's outcome
shocked the British Admiralty while it heartened America through the
dark days of the War of 1812. [see Aug 19]
1817 Aug 18, Gloucester, Mass.,
newspapers told of a wild sea serpent seen offshore.
1834 Aug 18, Mt. Vesuvius
1835 Aug 18, The last
Potawatomi Indians left Chicago.
1838 Aug 18, Six US Navy ships
departed Hampton Roads, Va., led by Lt. Charles Wilkes on a 3-year
mission called the US South Seas Exploring Expedition, the "U.S. Ex.
Ex." The mission proved Antarctica to be a continent. Wilkes was
tried in a military court for abuses of power, but was generally
acquitted. In 2003 Nathaniel Philbrick authored "Sea of Glory," an
account of the expedition.
(Econ, 11/8/03, p.80)(WSJ, 11/12/03,
1846 Aug 18, U.S. forces led by
Gen. Stephen W. Kearney captured Santa Fe, N.M.
1849 Aug 18, Benjamin Louis
Paul Godard, composer, was born in Paris.
1850 Aug 18, Honore de Balzac
(b.1799), French novelist, died at age 51.
(WUD, 1994, p.115)(MC, 8/18/02)
1856 Aug 18, In SF thousands of
armed men paraded through the streets and then formally dissolved
the second Committee of Vigilance. They had run SF for nearly 4
months much to the distress of Mayor James Van Ness and militia
officer William T. Sherman.
(SFC, 8/18/06, p.B1)
1862 Aug 18, Confederate
General J.E.B. Stuart’s headquarters was raided by Union troops of
the 5th New York and 1st Michigan cavalries.
1862 Aug 18, A Sioux Uprising
began uprising in Minnesota. It resulted in more than 800 white
settlers dead and 38 Sioux Indians condemned and hanged. The
Minnesota Uprising began when four young Sioux murdered five white
settlers at Acton. The Santee Sioux, who lived on a long, narrow
reservation on the south side of the Minnesota River, were reacting
to broken government promises and corrupt Indian agents. a military
court sentenced 303 Sioux to die, but President Abraham Lincoln
reduced the list. The 38 hangings took place on December 26, 1862,
in Mankato, Minn.
(MC, 8/18/02)(HNQ, 1/4/00)
1864 Aug 18, Union General
William T. Sherman sent General Judson Kilpatrick to raid
Confederate lines of communication outside Atlanta. The raid was
unsuccessful. Union General William Sherman considered Judson
Kilpatrick, his cavalry chief, 'a hell of a damn fool.'
1864 Aug 18, Day 1 of 3 day
Petersburg Campaign-Battle of Weldon Railroad, Va.
1870 Aug 18, Prussian forces
defeated the French at the Battle of Gravelotte during the
Franco-Prussian War. French Commander Bazaine's efforts to break his
soldiers through the German lines were bloodily defeated at
Mars-la-Tour and Gravelotte. The Prussians advanced on Chalons.
1873 Aug 18, Leo Slezak,
Austria tenor, actor (Othello), was born.
1873 Aug 18, Otto Harbach,
songwriter (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes), was born in, SLC, Utah.
1894 Aug 18, US Congress
established the Bureau of Immigration.
1896 Aug 18, Adolph Ochs (39)
took over the New York Times. He served as publisher until 1935.
(HN, 8/18/00)(SFC, 4/6/01, p.D3)
1896 Aug 18, The northern
California Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods railroad was completed. It
was 8 ˝ miles long. The Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railroad attracted
visitors to what later became known as Stinson Beach. The railway
continued operating to 1930.
(SFC, 8/17/96, p.A17)(SFC, 11/27/07, p.A13)(SFC,
1904 Aug 18, [Francis] Max
Factor (d.1996), cosmetics manufacturer (Max Factor), was born. His
father, Max Factor (d.1938), was born in Lodz, Russia, in 1877 and
came to the US with his family in 1902.
1908 Aug 18, Edgar Faure
(d.1988), thriller writer, PM of France (1952, 52-56), was born.
1911 Aug 18, Britain’s
Parliament Act of 1911 was given Royal Assent. It asserted the
supremacy of the House of Commons by limiting the
legislation-blocking powers of the House of Lords (the suspensory
1914 Aug 18, President Wilson
issued his Proclamation of Neutrality, aimed at keeping the United
States out of World War I.
1914 Aug 18, Germany declared
war on Russia.
1918 Aug 18, Elsa Morante,
Italian writer and author of "History: A Novel," was born.
1919 Aug 18, Anti-Cigarette
League of America formed in Chicago, Illinois.
Aug 18, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment
to the Constitution, which guaranteed the right of all American
women to vote. This completed the three-quarters necessary to put
the amendment into effect. Aaron Sargent, who wrote the 19th
amendment, also built Grandmere's Inn in Nevada City. Carrie Chapman
Catt, founder of the League of Women Voters, played a crucial role
in its passage. She also held some very racist views: she called the
ballots of proletarian voters "undesirable" and referred to Indians
as "savages." [see Aug 26, 1920]
(SFC, 4/14/96, T-3)(SFC, 6/9/96, p.B-11)(AP,
1922 Aug 18, Shelly Winters,
actress who won an Academy Award for The Diary of Anne Frank, was
1923 Aug 18, Jimmy Witherspoon,
blues singer, was born.
1927 Aug 18, Rosalynn Smith
Carter, 1st lady (1977-1981), was born in Plains, Georgia.
1929 Aug 18, The first
cross-country women's air derby began. Louise McPhetride Thaden won
first prize in the heavier-plane division, while Phoebe Fairgrave
Omlie finished first in the lighter-plane category.
1930 Aug 18, Eastern Airlines
began passenger service.
1932 Aug 18, Luc Montagnier,
virologist, was born. He discovered the human immunodeficiency virus
1932 Aug 18, Auguste Piccard
and Max Cosijns reached 16,201m in a balloon.
1933 Aug 18, Roman Polanski,
Polish film director best known for Rosemary's Baby and Chinatown,
1934 Aug 18, Vincent Bugliosi,
attorney, author (Helter-Skelter), was born in Hibbing, Minn.
1936 Aug 18, Federico Garcia
Lorca was shot and killed by a Francoist squad on the outskirts of
Grenada and buried in an unmarked grave along with 3 other
prisoners. His dramatic works included "Blood Wedding," "Yerma,"
Dona Rosita the Spinster," and "The House of Bernarda Alba." In 1998
the biography "Lorca: A Dream of Life" by Leslie Stainton was
published in London.
(MT, Spg. ‘99, p.3)
1937 Aug 18, Robert Redford,
actor (Sting, Candidate, Natural, Great Gatsby), was born in Calif.
1938 Aug 18, President
Roosevelt and Canadian PM William Lyon Mackenzie King dedicated the
Thousand Islands Bridge connecting the United States and Canada.
1940 Aug 18, Walter Chrysler
(b.1875), the founder of Chrysler Corporation, died. He was a
locomotive mechanic who founded Chrysler in 1924 with money and
experience gained as general manager of Buick and executive VP of
GM. He oversaw the purchase of Dodge Brothers, which was much bigger
than Chrysler at the time. In 2000 Vincent Curcio authored
"Chrysler: The Life and Times of an Automotive Genius."
(WSJ, 6/19/96, Adv. Supl)(HNQ, 8/21/99)(WSJ,
1940 Aug 18, The Duke of
Windsor (1894-1972), was installed as Governor of the Bahamas. He
had served as Britain’s King Edward VIII in 1936. Edward continued
as governor of the Bahamas to 1945.
1940 Aug 18, 71 German aircraft
were shot down above England.
1941 Aug 18, The concentration
camp at Amersfoort, Netherlands, opened.
1942 Aug 18, Carlson's Raiders
landed on Makin (Kiribati) in the Gilbert islands and killed 350
Japanese. [see Aug 17]
1942 Aug 18, Japan sent a
crack army to Guadalcanal to repulse the U.S. Marines fighting
1943 Aug 18, The Royal Air
Force Bomber Command completed the first major strike against the
German missile development facility at Peenemunde.
1943 Aug 18, Final convoy of
Jews from Salonika, Greece, arrived at Auschwitz.
1943 Aug 18, The Heinkel-111 of
Otto Skorzeny, Waffen SS commander, was shot down at Sardinia.
1943 Aug 18, Hans Jeschonnek,
German air force general, chief-staff, committed suicide.
1943 Aug 18, Shukri Kouatly was
elected president of Syria.
1945 Aug 18, Subhas Chandra
Bose (b.1897), a leader of the Indian Independence Movement, died
after his overloaded Japanese plane crashed in Japanese-occupied
Formosa. He had led some 40,000 soldiers against the British during
WWII as an ally of Hitler and imperial Japan.
p.92)(Econ, 12/20/14, p.57)
1945 Aug 18, Indonesia adopted
a new Constitution. It was later described as a “dictator’s dream.”
This Constitution (usually referred to by the Indonesian acronym
UUD'45) remained in force until it was replaced by the Federal
Constitution on December 27, 1949.
1947 Aug 18, The
Hewlett-Packard Company was incorporated and reported revenues of
$1.5 million. The 111 employees recorded sales of $679,000. In 2007
Michael S. Malone authored “Bill & Dave: How Hewlett and Packard
Built the World’s Greatest Company.”
(SFC, 3/3/99, p.A11)(SFC, 1/13/01, p.A15)(SSFC,
1947 Aug 18, Naval torpedo and
mine factory exploded at Cadiz, Spain, killing 300.
1949 Aug 18, China’s Mao Zedong
published an essay titled “Farewell, Leighton Stewart!” Stewart,
China’s American ambassador, was leaving amid escalating tension
with the nearly victorious Communist Party.
(Econ, 3/8/14, p.47)
1951 Aug 18, The 1st
transcontinental wireless phone call was made from SF to NYC by Mark
Sullivan, president of PT&T, and H.T. Killingworth of AT&T.
(SFC, 8/17/01, p.WB6)
1952 Aug 18, Chile, Ecuador and
Peru signed the Declaration on the Maritime Zone. On Jan 27 the
Int’l. Court of Justice ruled on the sea border between Chile and
Peru. It confirmed Chile’s hold over inshore waters rich in fish.
(http://tinyurl.com/nx4o9uz)(Econ, 2/1/14, p.30)
1954 Aug 18, Assistant
Secretary of Labor James E. Wilkins became the first black to attend
a meeting of a president's Cabinet as he sat in for Labor Secretary
James P. Mitchell.
1955 Aug 18, South Sudanese
openly open fire and told the government in Khartoum that enough is
enough. Southern Sudanese were transported in thousands to Port
Sudan to dig salt for the survival of the northern government.
Regions in South Sudan come together to give support to Torit
mutineers. The Torit mutiny resulted into the Anya-nya I war that
ended with the Addis Ababa Agreement in 1972.
1956 Aug 18, Elvis Presley's
"Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel" reached #1.
1958 Aug 18, The 1st US edition
of the novel "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov was published by Putnam.
The 1st French edition was in 1955.
1958 Aug 18, An American TV
game show scandal investigation started.
1958 Aug 18, Fidel Castro made
a speech on Cuban pirate radio Rebelde.
1959 Aug 18, A magnitude 7.3
quake near Hebgen Lake, Montana, just west of Yellowstone National
Park triggered a landslide that killed 28 people.
1960 Aug 18, Enovid 10, the 1st
commercial oral contraceptive, debuted in Skokie, Ill.
1960 Aug 18, Beatles gave their
1st public performance at Kaiser Keller in Hamburg.
1961 Aug 18, Learned Hand
(b.1872), Chief judge of US court of Appeals, died. In 1994 Stanford
Prof. Gerald Gunther (d.2002) authored the biography "Learned Hand,
the Man and the Judge."
(AP, 12/13/97)(SFC, 8/2/02, p.A27)
1962 Aug 18, Peter, Paul and
Mary released their 1st hit "If I Had a Hammer."
1962 Aug 18, Pres. J.F. Kennedy
led the official groundbreaking ceremonies for the San Luis
Joint-Use Complex, Ca. In 1961 the state and feds had agreed to the
project which required the B.F. Sisk San Luis Dam for storage of
flows pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The Sisk Dam was
named after Congressman B.F. Sisk of Fresno.
1962 Aug 18, In Iran brothers,
Ahmad and Mahmoud Khayami founded "Iran National" to manufacture
cars. After the 1979 Islamic Revolution it became known as Iran
Khodro. Their later Paykan design was based on the 1967 Hillman
Hunter, which was originally designed and manufactured by the
British Rootes Group. Mahmoud Khayami is also known for starting the
Kourosh Department Stores: the first large retail chain stores of
Iran, not unlike their American counterparts Sears and Kmart.
1963 Aug 18, James Meredith
became the first black to graduate from the University of
(AP, 8/18/97)(HN, 8/18/98)
1964 Aug 18, South Africa was
banned from Olympic Games because of apartheid policies.
1965 Aug 18, Operation Starlite
marked the beginning of major U.S. ground combat operations in
1966 Aug 18, Australians
bloodily repulsed a Viet Cong attack at Long Tan, South Vietnam.
1969 Aug 18, Two concert goers
died at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, New York, one
from an overdose of heroin, the other from a burst appendix. The
Woodstock Music and Art Fair ended in Sullivan County, NY, with a
mid-morning set performed by Jimi Hendrix.
(HN, 8/18/99)(AP, 8/18/07)
1971 Aug 18, Joel David Kaplan
(44), a NY businessman and Carlos Antonio Contreras Castro, a
Venezuelan counterfeiter, escaped by helicopter from Mexico’s Santa
Maria Acatitla Federal Prison. Vasilios Basil Choulos (d.2003), SF
lawyer, plotted out the helicopter jailbreak. Kaplan was allegedly
framed and serving 28 years for murder in the Mexican prison. The
successful break led to the 1973 book "Ten-Second Jailbreak" and the
1975 film "Breakout."
1973 Aug 18, Gene Krupa
(1909-1973), drummer, played for the final time with Benny Goodman
1976 Aug 18, Two U.S. Army
officers were killed in Korea's demilitarized zone as a group of
North Korean soldiers wielding axes and metal pikes attacked U.S.
and South Korean soldiers. Major Arthur G. Bonifas was attacked and
beaten to death by North Korean soldiers as he attempted to cut down
a poplar tree in the DMZ.
(SFEC, 6/25/00, p.T8)(AP, 8/18/02)
1977 Aug 18, In South Africa
Steve Biko and Peter Jones were picked up by police at Grahamstown.
They were arrested at a police roadblock under the Terrorism Act No
83 of 1967. Biko suffered a major head injury while in police
custody, was chained to a window grille for a day and died on Sep
1979 Aug 18, In Los Angeles
singer Nick Lowe married singer Carlene Carter, the stepdaughter of
1979 Aug 18, Iran Ayatollah
Khomeini sent the army to attack and occupy Paveh, Sanandaj and
Saghez. Having defeated the Kurds in the cities, he appointed
Khalkhali, as head of security for Kurdistan, who proceeded with a
series of summary trials and executions.
1979 Aug 18, USSR performed a
nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh, Semipalitinsk, USSR.
1981 Aug 18, Anita Loos
(b.1888), American writer, died. Her novels included “Gentlemen
Prefer Blondes” (1925). It was made into eponymous films in 1928 and
1953. Loos started writing scenarios for D. W. Griffith while in her
teens, and eventually worked on over sixty films.
1982 Aug 18, For the first
time, volume on the New York Stock exchange topped the $100 million
level as 132.69 million shares were traded.
1983 Aug 18, Hurricane Alicia
slammed into the Texas coast, leaving 21 dead and causing more than
$1 billion damage.
1983 Aug 18, Samantha Druce
earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the youngest
person to swim the English Channel. She completed the crossing in 15
hours 26 minutes at the age of 12 years 118 days.
1983 Aug 18, Nikolaus Pevsner
(b.1902, German-born British architectural researcher, died. His
work included the 46 volume series “The Buildings of England”
1984 Aug 18, A Triangle Oil
Corp. above-ground storage tank at Jacksonville, Fla., spilled 2.5
million gallons of oil and burned after lightning sparked a fire.
1985 Aug 18, In San Francisco
George Bender (32) and brother Columbus Bender (33) stole over
$65,000 in quarters from a Brink’s offices at 970 Illinois Street.
They were caught after carrying $3,400 in quarters from a Reno
casino, saying they had made a killing at the MGM Grand Hotel. A
year later they were sentenced to 4 years in jail.
(SSFC, 10/16/11, DB p.42)
1985 Aug 18, Peter and Barbara
Pan were found in their blood-soaked bed in Lake Merced, a housing
development in San Francisco. Both had been shot in the head. Peter
Pan (66), an accountant, was pronounced dead at the scene. Mrs. Pan
(64) survived but would be an invalid for the rest of her life.
Scrawled on the wall in lipstick were an inverted pentagram and the
words "Jack the Knife." The murder was later attributed to Richard
Ramirez, the “night stalker.”
8/22/10, DB p.42)
1987 Aug 18, American
journalist Charles Glass escaped his kidnappers in Beirut after 62
days in captivity. Glass had been abducted June 17 with two
Lebanese, who were released after a week.
1988 Aug 18, Indiana Sen. Dan
Quayle was nominated to be George Bush's running mate during the
Republican convention in New Orleans; meanwhile, questions were
being raised about Quayle's service in the Indiana National Guard
during the Vietnam War.
1988 Aug 18, Frederick Ashton
(b.1904), Ecuador-born dancer and choreographer, died in England.
1988 Aug 18, Hamas published a
manifesto calling for a holy war to create an Islamic state from the
Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, including Israel. It
challenged the PLO's claim as the sole representative of the
Palestinian people. The Hamas charter declared that all Palestine is
Islamic trust land, can never be surrendered to non-Muslims and is
an integral part of Muslim world.
1989 Aug 18, The US Labor
Department reported that the Consumer Price Index rose only 0.2% in
July 1989, easing fears of a recession.
1989 Aug 18, In Colombia,
leading presidential hopeful Luis Carlos Galan was assassinated
outside Bogota; the Medellin drug cartel was strongly suspected. On
May 12, 2005, Alberto Santofimio Botero, former justice minister,
was arrested in connection with the assassination. In 2008 a court
overturned the conviction of Alberto Santofimio for lack of
evidence. In 2010 Colombian prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for
retired Gen. Miguel Maza Marquez (73), a former domestic security
chief, who they say participated in the assassination of Galan. In
2011 the Supreme Court reinstated Galan’s murder conviction and
reinstated the 24-year prison sentence a lower court imposed in 2007
on Alberto Santofimio.
(AP, 8/18/99)(AP, 12/22/05)(AP, 10/22/08)(AP,
1990 Aug 18, A US frigate fired
warning shots across the bow of an Iraqi oil tanker in the Gulf of
Oman, apparently the first shots fired by the US in the Persian Gulf
1991 Aug 18, Soviet hard-liners
(State Emergency Committee), led in part by PM Valentin Pavlov,
launched a coup aimed at toppling President Mikhail S. Gorbachev,
who was vacationing in the Crimea. They were unhappy with the drift
toward the collapse of the USSR. Gorbachev and members of his family
remained effectively imprisoned until the coup collapsed three days
(AP, 8/18/97)(HN, 8/18/98)(AP, 4/1/03)
1992 Aug 18, Basketball star
Larry Bird announced his retirement after 13 years with the Boston
1992 Aug 18, On the second
night of the Republican National Convention in Houston, U.S. Sen.
Phil Gramm, R-Texas, delivered the keynote address, denouncing Bill
Clinton's economic program as "worse than sleaze."
1992 Aug 18, John Sturges (82),
director (Gunfight at OK Corral), died of emphysema.
1993 Aug 18, A judge in
Sarasota, Fla., ruled that Kimberly Mays, the 14-year-old girl
switched at birth with another baby, need never see her biological
parents again, in accordance with her stated wishes. However, she
later moved in with Ernest and Regina Twigg.
1994 Aug 18, Florida Gov.
Lawton Chiles declared an immigration emergency and demanded federal
help to cope with the largest surge of Cuban refugees since the 1980
1994 Aug 18, Stella Liebeck,
who spilled scalding coffee from McDonald’s on her lap, was awarded
$2.7 million in punitive damages. She ended up getting only
$480,000. The Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants product liability
lawsuit became a flashpoint in the debate in the US over tort
1994 Aug 18, Gottlob Frick
(b.1906), German operatic basso, died.
1995 Aug 18, Shannon Faulkner,
who’d won a two-and-a-half-year legal battle to become the first
female cadet at The Citadel, quit the South Carolina military
college after less than a week, most of it spent in the infirmary.
After her departure, the male cadets openly celebrated on the
campus. By May 2005, The Citadel's Corps of Cadets included 118
female cadets, 6% of the total student population.
1995 Aug 18, Premier John Swan
of Bermuda promised to resign after voters rejected a vote for
independence from Britain with 76% voice.
(WSJ, 8/18/95, p.A-1)
1996 Aug 18, "Dinosaurs of the
Flaming Cliffs" by Michael Novacek was reviewed. It told of the
author’s work as a fossil hunter in the Mongolian valley of Ukhaa
(SFEC, 8/18/96, BR p.5)
1996 Aug 18, "Where Wizards
stay Up Late, The Origins of the Internet" by Katie Hafner and
Matthew Lyon was reviewed.
(SFEC, 8/18/96, BR p.3)
1996 Aug 18, The film "The
Spitfire Grill" with Ellen Burstyn was the most popular movie at the
Sundance Film Festival. It was produced by a religious group,
Gregory Productions, owned by the Mississippi-based Sacred Heart
(SFEC, 8/18/96, PM p. 2)
1996 Aug 18, On the eve of his
50th birthday, President Clinton was guest of honor at a trio of
events in New York that combined celebrating with fund-raising. Ross
Perot, the presidential nominee of the Reform Party, launched his
campaign with a speech in which he criticized the Republican and
Democratic parties as captives of special interests.
1996 Aug 18, In Pakistan 18
people were killed when 7 masked gunmen opened fire on a group of
Shiite worshipers in central Punjab province. 100 were injured. The
militant Sunni group Sipah-e-Sahaba, or Guardians of the Friends of
the prophet were blamed.
(SFC, 8/19/96, p.A9)
1996 Aug 18, In South Korea
police cut off food and medicine to students and raided the offices
of the largest student organization.
(WSJ, 8/19/96, p.A1)
1997 Aug 18, The Lutheran
Church approved a Formula of Agreement document that called for
closer cooperation with the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United
Church of Christ and the Reformed Church in America. A separate
document called the Concordat of Agreement for closer ties with the
Episcopal Church was 6 votes short of a required majority.
(SFC, 8/19/97, p.A3)
1997 Aug 18, UPS management
agreed to a tentative contract with the striking Teamsters Union to
end a 15-day-old strike. New full-time jobs and pay raises were part
of the settlement.
(SFC, 8/19/97, p.A1)(AP, 8/18/98)
1997 Aug 18, In Virginia the
VMI class of 2001 included 30 women among the 460 freshman students.
Beth Ann Hogan became the first coed in the Virginia Military
Institute's 158-year history.
(SFC, 8/18/97, p.A3)(AP, 8/18/98)
1997 Aug 18, Burnum Burnum
(b.1936 as Henry James Penrith), Australian Aboriginal activist,
died at age 61. He had been a member of the "stolen generation,"
Aborigine children taken from their families into government
(SFC, 8/19/97, p.A20)
1997 Aug 18, Militiamen under
the South Lebanon Army, a key ally of Israel, shelled the port city
of Sidon and killed at least 6 people while injuring over 3 dozen.
In apparent retaliation northern Israel was hit by dozens of
Katyusha rockets fired from Lebanon.
(SFC, 8/19/97, p.A8)
1997 Aug 18, In Taiwan typhoon
Winnie swept over the island and left 24 people dead.
(SFC, 8/19/97, p.A9)
1997 Aug 18, In Tajikistan
government forces killed 50 mutinous troops in a battle over a
bridge on the Vakhsh River.
(SFC, 8/19/97, p.A9)
1998 Aug 18, A day after his
grand jury testimony, President Clinton left Washington on a
vacation with his family. Meanwhile, some lawmakers called for
Clinton to resign in the wake of his admissions concerning Monica
Lewinsky while a spokeswoman for Hillary Rodham Clinton said the
first lady "believes in this marriage."
1998 Aug 18, In China the
Songhua River rose to 397 1/2 feet and threatened the provincial
capital of Harbin.
(SFC, 8/19/98, p.C16)
1998 Aug 18, In India a flash
flood swept up some 100 Hindu pilgrims in Uttar Pradesh. 182 people
were feared dead.
(SFC, 8/19/98, p.C16)
1998 Aug 18, In Kenya FBI
agents, acting on a tip from Mohammed Saddiq Odeh, raided The
Hilltop Hotel in Nairobi and confiscated 175 pounds of TNT. The room
was reported to have been occupied by 2 Palestinians, a Saudi and an
Egyptian from Aug 3 to Aug 7.
(SFC, 8/19/98, p.A1)
1998 Aug 18, In Mexico police
nabbed Daniel Arizmendi (39) and 9 others. Arizmendi was the leader
of a kidnapping gang that sent the ears of victims to their families
to pressure for ransom.
(SFC, 8/19/98, p.A12)
1998 Aug 18, In Northern
Ireland a splinter group claimed responsibility for the bombing in
Omagh. The group offered apologies for the dead and declared an
(SFC, 8/19/98, p.A12)
1998 Aug 18, In Paraguay newly
elected Pres. Grau freed Linio Oviedo, the leader of a 1996 coup
attempt, and within days faced a move by Congress for impeachment.
(WSJ, 8/21/98, p.A1)
1999 Aug 18, Ramos Horta of
Indonesia, 1996 Nobel Prize winner, warned the government that
computer hackers would wreak electronic mayhem on the country if
voting in the East Timor referendum is hampered.
(SFC, 8/19/99, p.D10)
1999 Aug 18, Russian forces
lost 8 soldiers in Dagestan as they tried to storm Tando village.
(SFC, 8/19/99, p.D10)
1999 Aug 18, In Singapore S.R.
Nathan was declared president without elections.
(WSJ, 8/20/99, p.A1)
1999 Aug 18, In Turkey the
Tupras oil refinery near Ismit burned out of control as the death
toll passed 4,000 from the 7.4 earthquake centered on Izmit. A day
after a deadly earthquake struck western Turkey, survivors denounced
the rescue effort as sluggish and disorganized. The death toll
eventually topped 17,000.
(SFC, 8/19/99, p.A1,15)(AP, 8/18/00)
1999 Aug 18, In Uzbekistan 6
members of a banned opposition group, Erk (Freedom), were convicted
for involvement in several bombings and sentenced to 8-15 years in
(SFC, 8/19/99, p.D10)
2000 Aug 18, Fresh from the
Democratic National Convention, Al Gore and Joseph Lieberman shoved
off from the banks of the Mississippi on a riverboat cruise to stir
excitement for their freshly launched White House campaign.
2000 Aug 18, In Chechnya rebels
killed 8 Russian soldiers in several attacks on checkpoints and
(SFC, 8/19/00, p.A10)
2000 Aug 18, Alberto Orlandez
Gamboa, a Colombian drug cartel leader known as "The Snail," was
extradited to the US to stand trial for drug trafficking and money
(SFC, 8/19/00, p.A10)
2000 Aug 18, In Indonesia the
700-member People’s Consultative Assembly passed a decree that
allowed the security forces to keep 38 seats in the legislature
until 2009 and banned retroactive prosecution of human rights cases.
(SFC, 8/19/00, p.A8)
2000 Aug 18, In Japan the Mount
Oyama volcano erupted for a 5th time on the island of Miyake. The
eruptions began July 9 after 17 years of dormancy.
(SFC, 8/19/00, p.A9)
2000 Aug 18, In Mexico at least
4 people were killed when violence broke out during the inauguration
of Mayor Jesus Tolentino in Chimalhuacan, a suburb of Mexico City
and part of the area known as the misery belt.
(SFC, 8/19/00, p.A9)
2000 Aug 18, In the Philippines
3 Malaysians were released by Abu Sayyaf rebels.
(WSJ, 8/21/00, p.A12)
2000 Aug 18, Government forces
seized 5 tons of cocaine as part of the "Orinoco 2000" probe
financed by the US DEA. Another 5 tons was discovered at the Doble
Uno ranch just days later. The cocaine was suspected to have been
dropped from Colombia.
(SFC, 8/21/00, p.A10)(SFC, 8/26/00, p.A10)
2001 Aug 18, It was reported
that a month-long drought ravaged Central America. Honduras lost 80%
of its basic grains, El Salvador lost 80% of grains in its eastern
provinces, Nicaragua lost 50% and Guatemala lost 80% of its beans in
the eastern provinces. Hundreds of thousands of peasants were
(SFC, 8/18/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 18, In Luanda, Angola,
some 10,000 people marched in a government-organized protest against
the Aug 11 train ambush.
(SSFC, 8/19/01, p.A16)
2001 Aug 18, In the Philippines
a pre-dawn fire swept through the Manor Hotel in Quezon City and 75
people, trapped behind security bars, were killed
(SFC, 8/18/01, p.A10)(AP, 8/18/02)
2001 Aug 18, In Spain a Basque
rebel car bomb exploded outside 2 resort hotels in Salou.
(WSJ, 8/20/01, p.A1)
2002 Aug 18, Rich Beem beat
Tiger Woods to capture the PGA Championship.
2002 Aug 18, US federal agents
said they had seized over 2,300 unregistered missiles at a
counter-terrorism school, High Energy Access Tools (HEAT), in
Roswell, New Mexico, that was training students from Arab countries
and arrested its Canadian leader.
(Reuters, 8/18/02)(WSJ, 8/19/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 18, In Britain
detectives announced that two bodies found in a nature reserve
almost certainly belong to a pair of missing 10-year-olds. Holly
Wells and Jessica Chapman had been missing since August 4.
2002 Aug 18, Turpal-Ali
Atgeriyev (b.1969), a former Chechen rebel commander and top
official in the region's rebel government, died of complications
from leukemia while serving a 15-year prison term for terrorism in
2002 Aug 18, Israel agreed to a
partial withdrawal from Palestinian territory in exchange for
reduced tensions in the areas.
(SFC, 8/19/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 18, In a tearful,
farewell Mass in his beloved Krakow, Pope John Paul II told more
than 2 million Poles that he would like to return one day — but that
"this is entirely in God's hands."
2002 Aug 18, In central Russia
a bus drove into a ditch in the republic of Chuvashia and
overturned, killing 22 people and injuring 38.
2003 Aug 18, Suspected Taliban
insurgents killed at least nine policemen in an ambush in Logar
province's Kharwar village, about 55 miles south of Kabul.
2003 Aug 18, A 24-year-old
woman from China tipped over 303,621 dominos, breaking a
long-standing record for the world's longest solo domino topple.
2003 Aug 18, In Shanxi
province, China, there was a gas explosion in a coal mine where 27
miners were working. At least 25 were killed.
2003 Aug 18, Lucien Abenhaim, a
senior French health official resigned after the health minister
admitted that up to 5,000 people, many of them elderly and alone,
might have died in the recent heat wave.
2003 Aug 18, All of Georgia was
without power for the entire day, and officials in the impoverished
former Soviet republic were struggling to determine the cause of the
2003 Aug 18, Israel delayed
plans to hand over Jericho and Qalqiliya, two West Bank towns to
2003 Aug 18, In Accra, Ghana,
Liberia's government and rebels signed a peace accord to end 14
years of vicious war with plans for elections in 2 years.
2003 Aug 18, A six-month ordeal
for 14 European tourists kidnapped by Islamic extremists while on
desert safaris in Algeria has ended with their release to officials
in neighboring Mali.
2003 Aug 18, In Venezuela 9
workers died as 8 tried to rescue a comrade who was felled by toxic
industrial gases at an animal feed plant outside Caracas.
(WSJ, 8/19/03, p.A1)
2004 Aug 18, Google said it now
expects its stock to trade between $85 and $95 per share, down from
its old forecast of between $108 and $135. It also said the total
number of shares to be sold will be cut to 19.6 million, down from
2004 Aug 18, In California
federal agents raided a farm in lake County where Charles Lepp grew
over 32,000 marijuana plants. He said he had informed local
authorities that his land would be used to enable patients who
didn’t own land to grow marijuana for medical purposes. In 2009 Lepp
(56) was sentenced to 10 years in prison under federal law that
required a 10-year term for growing at least 1,000 marijuana plants.
2004 Aug 18, Two campers were
found slain at Fish Head Beach in Sonoma Ct., Ca. Lindsay Cutshall
(23) of Fresno, Ohio, and Jason Allen (26) of Holland, Mich., were
found with gunshots to the head. They had planned a wedding next
2004 Aug 18, Elmer Bernstein
(82), film composer, died in Ojai, Ca. His work included over 200
film and TV scores. He received an Academy Award in 1967 for his
score in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”
(SFC, 8/20/04, p.B6)
2004 Aug 18, Hiram L. Fong
(97), Hawaii's first U.S. senator, died.
2004 Aug 18, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai's 17 rivals in the presidential race threatened to
boycott landmark October 9 elections unless he stepped down before
2004 Aug 18, In El Salvador
rival inmates fought each other with knives and sticks at a San
Salvador prison, leaving at least 31 people dead and two dozen
2004 Aug 18, In South Ossetia 3
Georgian peacekeepers were killed in overnight shooting.
2004 Aug 18, In Athens Paul
Hamm won the men's gymnastics all-around Olympic gold medal by the
closest margin ever in the event; controversy followed after it was
discovered a scoring error might have cost Yang Tae-young of South
Korea the title.
2004 Aug 18, Indian shares slid
as oil prices surged to a new high of $47 a barrel, threatening
domestic demand and growth in Asia's fourth-largest economy.
2004 Aug 18, Iraq's new air
force took to the skies for the 1st time since the 2003 US invasion.
The limited operations were intended to protect infrastructure
facilities and borders.
2004 Aug 18, In Iraq a rocket
slammed into a busy market in the northern city of Mosul, killing at
least five civilians. U.S. forces clashed with insurgents southeast
of Baghdad in fighting that left up to five civilians dead.
2004 Aug 18, Communist rebels
isolated Nepal's capital from the rest of the country, stopping all
road traffic near Katmandu by threatening to attack vehicles. The
campaign, announced last week, was aimed at pressuring the
government to free jailed guerrillas.
2004 Aug 18, Five Palestinians
were killed in a blast outside the house of a well-known Hamas
militant in Gaza City.
2004 Aug 18, In Venezuela
opposition leaders charged that as many as 500 of 8,900 polling
stations used voting machines that were programmed with an
artificial cap to limit the number of votes cast in favor of
recalling Pres. Chavez. In 2003 the Chavez regime has purchased 28%
of Bizta Software, owned and operated by 2 Venezuelans, who also
supplied the election machinery (Smartmatic Corp). Bizta bought back
the shares after the story broke and after the 2 companies received
a significant part of the $91 million referendum contract.
(WSJ, 8/19/04, p.A11,12)
2005 Aug 18, It was reported
that US Defense Dept. data-mining operation, Able Danger, had
identified Mohamed Atta and 3 other Sep 11 hijackers by name in
(SFC, 8/17/05, p.A5)
2005 Aug 18, Cindy Sheehan,
who'd started an anti-war demonstration near President Bush's Texas
ranch nearly two weeks earlier, left the camp after learning her
mother had suffered a stroke, but told supporters the protest would
2005 Aug 18, In Kansas BTK
killer Dennis Rader (60) was sentenced to 10 consecutive life terms
after a hearing where family members spoke of their grief and loss
from his 1974-1991 murder spree.
(AP, 8/19/05)(WSJ, 8/19/05, p.A1)
2005 Aug 18, Ohio Gov. Bob Taft
pleaded no contest to charges that he broke state ethics law by
failing to report golf outings and other gifts. A judge found him
guilty and fined him $4,000.
2005 Aug 18, It was reported
that an anthrax outbreak had killed hundreds of cattle in parts of
the Great Plains, forcing quarantines and devastating Dakota
ranchers who worry how they will recover financially. Two ranches in
Texas were quarantined last month after anthrax was found in cattle,
horses and deer.
2005 Aug 18, In Afghanistan a
US Marine and an Afghan soldier were killed during battles with
militants in eastern Kunar province ahead of next month's landmark
elections. 2 American soldiers were killed in the south.
2005 Aug 18, British bank Royal
Bank of Scotland (RBoS) announced that it would lead a consortium to
buy a 10-percent stake in Bank of China for 3.1 billion dollars (2.5
2005 Aug 18, Andronico Luksic
(78), Chilean billionaire, died. His holding included beach resorts
in Croatia, where his father was born.
(SFC, 8/30/05, p.B4)
2005 Aug 18, China and Russia
began unprecedented joint military exercises involving air, sea and
land forces, as commanders from both nations insisted the war games
weren't meant to intimidate other countries.
2005 Aug 18, In rural Colombia
gunmen dragged a Catholic priest out of a classroom and shot him to
death, bringing to 3 the number of clergy killed there this week.
2005 Aug 18, Ecuador’s
president said protests have completely halted national oil
production despite imposition of emergency rule in 2 Amazon
(WSJ, 8/19/05, p.A1)
2005 Aug 18, Egyptian police
detained Hassan el-Arishi, a suspected mastermind behind the July 23
deadly attacks in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik.
2005 Aug 18, Pope Benedict XVI
began his first foreign trip as pontiff, leaving Rome to take part
in the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany.
2005 Aug 18, In India the death
toll in an encephalitis outbreak in Uttar Pradesh rose to 90 with
more deaths being reported due to the water-born disease.
2005 Aug 18, In Iraq 4 American
soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in Samarra, 60 miles north
of Baghdad. Jasim Waheeb, an investigative judge from Baghdad, was
shot to death with his.
(AP, 8/18/05)(SFC, 8/19/05, p.A3)
2005 Aug 18, Israeli forces
stormed the synagogue Neve Dekalim to remove about 1,500 protesters
inside. This was the main synagogue of the Gaza Strip Jewish
settlement and one of the last bastions of resistance to the Gaza
2005 Aug 18, The three
IRA-linked fugitives who fled convictions in Colombia surrendered to
Irish police after eight months on the run.
2005 Aug 18, In Nicaragua
Miskito Indian leaders asked government and human rights
investigators to probe allegations that at least 150 of their people
were killed under the Sandinistas during the 1980s.
2005 Aug 18, Nigerian media
quoted Pres. Obasanjo as saying police violations "ranged from
extra-judicial killings to torture and unlawful detention." He
singled out an incident in June in which policemen in the capital,
Abuja, allegedly killed six people returning from a night outing
after branding them armed robbers. Six policemen were charged in the
killings. Among those accused is Danjuma Ibrahim, the second-ranking
policeman in the city.
2005 Aug 18, In Pakistan a
homemade bomb exploded near a polling station as clashes between
supporters of rival candidates in Pakistani municipal elections left
7 dead and 82 injured.
2005 Aug 18, In Peru US Defense
Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, seeking to promote stability in Latin
America, met with Pres. Alejandro Toledo.
2005 Aug 18, Saleh Mohammed
al-Aoofi, Al-Qaida's leader in Saudi Arabia, was killed along with 5
others during clashes with police in the western city of Medina.
Majed Hamed Abdullah al-Haasiri (29), who was No. 14 on a list of 36
most wanted terrorists sought for connection to terror attacks in
the kingdom dating back to 2003, was killed in a shootout with
police in Riyadh.
(AP, 8/18/05)(AP, 8/27/05)
2005 Aug 18, Western Sahara
guerrillas released their last Moroccan prisoners, 404 soldiers held
for up to 20 years from a long-ended war over the barren but
2005 Aug 18, A pride of lions
attacked a Japanese woman (50) visiting the Lion and Cheetah Park at
Norton, a Zimbabwe wildlife park. She died the next day.
2006 Aug 18, President George
W. Bush criticized a federal court ruling the day before that his
warrantless wiretapping program was unconstitutional, declaring that
opponents "do not understand the nature of the world in which we
2006 Aug 18, The US FDA
approved a mix of bacteria-killing viruses for spraying on cold
cuts, hot dogs and sausages to combat deadly microbes.
(SFC, 8/19/06, p.A4)
2006 Aug 18, Raymond Payne, a
former HSBC Bank USA vice president, pleaded guilty in Manhattan
federal court to a conspiracy charge over his role in a $30 million
telemarketing fraud targeting low-income people with poor credit
histories. Prosecutors said First Choice, run by Canadian
co-defendants Stephen Clark and Leslie Pinsky, extracted $30 million
from people, and transferred the money to the HSBC account. In 2007
Clark was sentenced just over 11 years in prison.
(Reuters, 8/18/06)(Reuters, 6/15/07)
2006 Aug 18, In western
Missouri bone fragments from at least two people were found on a
three-acre wooded property northeast of Drexel. Michael Lee Shaver
Jr. (33) was arrested the next day and charged with murder for a
killing in 2001. Shaver claimed that he had killed, dismembered and
burned 7 men in his home following drug transactions.
(AP, 8/20/06)(SFC, 8/21/06, p.A3)
2006 Aug 18, In Bristow,
Oklahoma, Donald Thompson (59), a former judge convicted of exposing
himself while presiding over jury trials, was sentenced to four
years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of $40,000.
(SFC, 8/19/06, p.A2)
2006 Aug 18, The Washington
Post reported that sprinter Marion Jones had tested positive for the
endurance drug EPO at the US Track and Field Championships on June
23. A 2nd test came back negative and cleared the allegations. On
October 5, 2007, Jones pleaded guilty to using steroids before the
Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics and acknowledged that she had, in fact,
lied when she previously denied steroid use. Her sanction required
disqualification of all her competitive results obtained after
September 1, 2000, and forfeiture of all medals, results, points and
prizes. On January 11, 2008, Jones was sentenced to 6 months
in jail. She began her sentence on March 7, 2008 and was released on
September 5, 2008.
(SFC, 8/19/06, p.A1)(SFC, 9/7/06,
2006 Aug 18, Ford Motor Co.
announced sharp cuts in its North American production that would
force it to partially shut down plants in the US and Canada in the
2006 Aug 18, Boeing took steps
toward shutting down production of its C-17 military cargo plane.
Production would continue until mid-2009 for the $200 million
(WSJ, 8/19/06, p.A8)
2006 Aug 18, Afghanistan
Education Minister Mohammed Hanif Atmar said attacks have closed
more than 208 schools, including 144 burned down, in the past year
as militants changed tactics to hit soft targets. At least 41
teachers and students have been killed over the past 12 months in a
wave of attacks on the country's schools.
2006 Aug 18, Anglo-Australian
resources giant BHP Billiton closed its operations at the world's
biggest copper mine in Chile and ended negotiations with striking
workers. The strike began on August 7 at the Escondida Mine,
majority owned by BHP. The Chilean government has signaled it was
ready to intervene.
2006 Aug 18, The Financial
Times reported that Britain has agreed to a multi-billion-dollar
defense deal to supply 72 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft to Saudi
2006 Aug 18, In Canada the 16th
International AIDS Conference ended in a firestorm with vitriol
hurled at G8 countries and South Africa over lapses in the battle
against the disease that has claimed 25 million lives.
2006 Aug 18, Chile's Supreme
Court voted to strip Gen. Augusto Pinochet of immunity from
prosecution, allowing him to be tried on corruption charges for his
once-secret multimillion dollar overseas bank accounts.
2006 Aug 18, China’s central
bank announced its 2nd interest rate hike in 4 months to choke off
excess investment. The benchmark lending rate rose .27% to 6.12%
effective Aug 19.
(WSJ, 8/19/06, p.A4)
2006 Aug 18, The death toll
from Typhoon Saomai, the strongest storm to hit China in more than
five decades, jumped to 436 after more than 100 new deaths were
confirmed in the country's east.
2006 Aug 18, In southwest
Ethiopia search and rescue teams kept up frantic efforts to save
thousands marooned by fatal flash floods, where relief workers
reported near-total devastation. Some 73,000 people had been
affected by raging waters from unusually heavy seasonal rains.
2006 Aug 18, In Greece a
700-year-old icon, said to have the power to work miracles, was
discovered stolen from the cliff-side Elona Monastery. In September
police arrested a Romanian national in Crete and recovered the
Madonna and Child icon.
(SSFC, 10/8/06, p.A26)(http://tinyurl.com/grxc8)
2006 Aug 18, The United
Liberation Front of Asom announced that it would stop attacking the
forces of the Indian government, which announced a unilateral
cease-fire Aug. 13. It was the first truce announced by the rebel
group since its formation in 1979.
2006 Aug 18, In Iraq 7 pilgrims
heading to a major Shiite religious gathering were shot dead in a
2006 Aug 18, Steorn, an Irish
company, said it has developed technology that it claims produces
free energy. The company said its discovery is based on the
interaction of magnetic fields and allows the production of clean,
free and constant energy.
2006 Aug 18, Israeli soldiers
killed 3 Palestinian gunmen and wounded 2 others in confrontations
in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.
(WSJ, 8/19/06, p.A1)
2006 Aug 18, At least 10 people
died and as many as 40 were feared missing when a small boat packed
with illegal immigrants sank off Sicily, prompting Italy to call for
greater cooperation to fight human trafficking.
2006 Aug 18, The Lebanese army
reached the country's southern border with Israel for the first time
in decades, sending a lone jeep on patrol through Kfar Kila, a
battered stronghold of support for Hezbollah militants. At least 845
Lebanese were killed in the 34-day war: 743 civilians, 34 soldiers
and 68 Hezbollah. Israel says it killed about 530 guerrillas. On the
Israeli side, 157 were killed, 118 soldiers and 39 civilians, many
from the 3,970 Hezbollah rockets. The Lebanese government estimated
infrastructure damages at $2.5 billion. The Lebanese death toll was
later raised to 1200 and economic costs put to some $12
(AP, 8/18/06)(SFC, 8/19/06, p.C1)(Econ, 11/11/06,
2006 Aug 18, In Lesotho a
14-nation southern Africa summit closed with a pledge to speed up
regional economical integration, even as leaders expressed concern
about crisis-plagued member-state Zimbabwe.
2006 Aug 18, Nigeria’s military
launched a crackdown on suspected militants in the oil-rich south as
militants released another foreign hostage taken in a spate of
2006 Aug 18, Greenpeace warned
a sunken Philippine oil tanker was a pollution timebomb as oil from
its punctured tanks destroyed coral reefs and washed up blackened
fish on pristine beaches. Oil trapped in the tanks of the Solar I,
which went down last week with 500,000 gallons of industrial oil on
board, could pour out at any time. To date some 50,000 gallons had
leaked into the sea close to the central island of Guimaras.
2006 Aug 18, The UN said more
than 41,000 people on Sri Lanka’s Jaffna peninsula, about 10 percent
of its population, were believed to have fled their homes and warned
that supplies in the area had reached "alarmingly low levels".
2006 Aug 18, A bus carrying
Iranian tourists crashed into a truck in eastern Turkey, killing 18
and injuring 29.
2007 Aug 18, A seven-alarm fire
ripped through the former Deutsche Bank next to ground zero in Lower
Manhattan, killing two firefighters who were responding to the
(AP, 8/19/07)(Econ, 9/8/07, p.34)
2007 Aug 18, Michael K. Deaver
(69), adviser to President Reagan, died in Bethesda, Md.
2007 Aug 18, Hurricane Dean
barreled across the eastern Caribbean and took aim at Hispaniola,
Jamaica and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, with forecasters saying it
could turn into a monster Category 5 storm within 72 hours. Dean
claimed at least six lives as it began sweeping past the Dominican
Republic and Haiti.
2007 Aug 18, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomber detonated near a convoy of private
security forces, killing four Afghan guards and 11 civilians,
including 3 women and 2 children. Armed assailants abducted a German
woman from a restaurant in Kabul.
2007 Aug 18, It was reported
that Albanian migrants sent home almost $1 billion a year to support
jobless family members and to build homes. New business was said to
be discouraged by blackmail and intimidation from existing firms
with licenses going to political cronies in the face of a corrupt
(Econ, 8/18/07, p.46)
2007 Aug 18, In Britain a man
died and six other people were missing after a fire gutted a hotel
in the popular seaside resort of Newquay.
2007 Aug 18, Chile’s national
poverty line was reported to be $90 per month. The richest tenth of
the population garnered 38.6% of the national income.
(Econ, 8/18/07, p.23)
2007 Aug 18, It was reported
that China faced a major shortage of skilled talent including
doctors with only 4,000 general practitioners. Lawyers numbered
about 122,000. An average of 2,200 new pilots per year will be
needed to keep up with the growth in air travel. Accountants,
technicians and good managers were also reported to be in short
(Econ, 8/18/07, p.59)
2007 Aug 18, UNESCO said a
joint mission of several UN agencies is conducting an emergency
investigation into the shooting of endangered mountain gorillas in a
Democratic Republic of Congo national park. In the last two months,
seven of the primates have been killed in separate incidents in the
2007 Aug 18, Two men hijacked a
Turkish passenger plane from Cyprus bound for Istanbul, holding
several people hostage for more than four hours before surrendering.
2007 Aug 18, Ethiopia freed 32
opposition members who had been detained for post-election violence
2007 Aug 18, In Germany 2
Africans were attacked by right-wing extremists in Mainz, the same
night as a brutal mob assault on eight Indians in the country's
former communist east.
2007 Aug 18, About 16 mortar
shells rained on houses in the Sharqiya residential area in Khalis,
a Shiite enclave north of Baghdad, killing at least 7 people.
Overnight a series of bombs struck commercial areas in Kirkuk,
killing at least four people and wounding 38.
2007 Aug 18, Kazakhs headed to
the polls in parliamentary elections seen as a key test of
authoritarian Pres. Nursultan Nazarbayev's pledge to boost democracy
in this oil-rich nation. Nur Otan, the party of President Nursultan
Nazarbayev, won all 98 available seats in the lower parliament. The
tally was quickly condemned by the opposition.
(AFP, 8/18/07)(AP, 8/19/07)(Econ, 8/25/07, p.42)
2007 Aug 18, In northern
Lebanon gunbattles with Islamic extremists in a Palestinian refugee
camp left one soldier dead. Another died of wounds the next day.
2007 Aug 18, In Peru President
Alan Garcia called for the orderly distribution of emergency
supplies as desperate victims of a magnitude-8 earthquake on the
southern coast looted markets and blocked arriving aid trucks. The
death toll climbed to 540.
(AP, 8/18/07)(AP, 8/20/07)
2007 Aug 18, In the Philippines
16 troops and dozens of Muslim extremists were killed in clashes
between government forces and Al-Qaeda-linked rebels on the southern
island of Basilan.
2007 Aug 18, Rival clan
militias fought over scarce pasture land and wells in central
Somalia, leaving 18 people dead and 15 wounded.
2007 Aug 18, A powerful typhoon
slammed into Taiwan, killing at least one person, forcing thousands
to evacuate and disrupting power supplies across the
2008 Aug 18, US and Liberian
officials said US Peace Corps volunteers will return to Liberia for
the first time since civil war broke out in this West African nation
nearly two decades ago.
2008 Aug 18, California’s
supreme court barred doctors from denying medical care to gays and
lesbians based on religious beliefs.
(WSJ, 8/19/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 18, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomb blew up outside Camp Salerno, a US
military base in Khost, killing 12 civilian laborers, as the country
marked Independence Day. A mine blew up a police vehicle in the
province of Nangarhar and killed two policemen. About 100 insurgents
ambushed a group of French paratroopers, killing 10 soldiers in an
area outside the capital known as a militant stronghold. An Afghan
official said insurgents kidnapped four of the soldiers and later
killed them. 13 militants were reported killed [see Oct 15, 2009].
(AFP, 8/18/08)(AP, 8/19/08)(Econ, 8/34/08, p.34)
2008 Aug 18, Argentina
announced its first nationwide gay-rights measure: granting same-sex
couples the right to claim their deceased partners' pensions.
2008 Aug 18, In southeastern
Bangladesh chunks of earth loosened by heavy rains buried several
hillside thatched huts, killing five people and injuring seven.
2008 Aug 18, In Britain Philip
Thompson (27), a pedophile who acted as a "librarian" for a global
Internet child abuse ring, was jailed after one of the biggest
undercover police investigations into online abuse.
2008 Aug 18, State media
reported that Chinese authorities have not approved any of the 77
applications they received from people who wanted to hold protests
during the Beijing Olympics.
2008 Aug 18, In northeast China
a gas explosion tore through a coal mine, leaving 24 workers
2008 Aug 18, Equatorial
Guinea's exiled opposition leader Severo Moto was released from a
Spanish jail four months after he was detained for allegedly trying
to send weapons to the oil-rich African nation.
2008 Aug 18, In southern Iraq
masked gunmen ambushed a bus carrying electoral officials south of
Basra, killing two and seriously wounding a third. A suicide bombing
killed 7 policemen in Ramadi.
(AP, 8/18/08)(WSJ, 8/19/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 18, Tens of thousands
of Muslims waving green and black protest flags gathered in Indian
Kashmir's main city for a march to UN offices demanding freedom from
India and intervention by the world body.
2008 Aug 18, The river Kosi, a
tributary to the Ganges, burst an embankment on the Nepali side of
the border with India and flowed into a channel it had abandoned a
century earlier. Water flooded into Bihar state and displaced over 3
(Econ, 9/6/08, p.51)
2008 Aug 18, Mexican soldiers
rescued 25 Central Americans kidnapped in the Gulf coast state of
Veracruz. One man was arrested in the raid in Tierra Blanca.
2008 Aug 18, Mexico’s Cemex SAB
rejected Venezuela’s bid for the company’s assets in Venezuela. At
midnight oil workers and Venezuelan soldiers occupied Cemex
facilities around the country.
(WSJ, 8/19/08, p.A10)
2008 Aug 18, The leader of
Nepal's Maoists, Prachanda, was sworn in as prime minister,
finalizing his transformation from warlord to the country's most
2008 Aug 18, Niger's Tuareg
rebel leader Aghaly ag Alambo said his fighters would lay down their
guns and, together with neighboring Mali's Tuareg rebellion, submit
to mediation by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
2008 Aug 18, Pakistani
President Pervez Musharraf announced that he will resign, just days
ahead of impeachment in parliament over attempts by the US-backed
leader to impose authoritarian rule on his turbulent nation.
2008 Aug 18, Peru's government
declared a state of emergency in remote jungle regions where Indian
groups are blocking highways and oil and gas installations to
protest a law that makes it easier to sell their lands.
2008 Aug 18, In the southern
Philippines separatists of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)
attacked several towns and villages on Mindanao and killed 38
(SFC, 8/19/08, p.A9)(AP, 8/20/08)
2008 Aug 18, Heads of state and
other dignitaries from African countries and Turkey started an
economic cooperation summit in Istanbul.
2008 Aug 18, Russia said its
military began to withdraw from the conflict zone in Georgia, but
left unclear exactly where troops and tanks will operate under the
cease-fire that ended days of fighting in the former Soviet
2009 Aug 18, Robert Novak (78),
political columnist, died in Washington DC after a battle with brain
cancer that was diagnosed in July 2008. He was a conservative,
pugilistic debater and proud owner of the "Prince of Darkness"
moniker, which he used in his 2007 memoir: "The Prince of Darkness:
50 Years Reporting in Washington." A column of his in 2003 outed
Valerie Plame as a CIA agent.
2009 Aug 18, A Taliban suicide
bomber attacked a NATO convoy on the outskirts of Kabul, killing 8
people and wounding more than 50, just days before the presidential
election that the militant group has vowed to disrupt. A suicide
bomber struck the gates of an Afghan army base in the southern
Uruzgan province, killing 3 Afghan soldiers and two civilians. Two
US soldiers were killed and 3 wounded in a separate blast in eastern
(AP, 8/18/09)(SFC, 8/19/09, p.A3)
2009 Aug 18, An international
claims commission in The Hague awarded Ethiopia slightly more than
Eritrea as it settled mutual claims worth hundreds of millions of
dollars for death, injury, rape, looting and destruction during
their two-year border conflict. This concluded a complex arbitration
that was part of the 2000 peace agreement closing out a border
conflict that cost tens of thousands of lives.
2009 Aug 18, In Indonesia a
dump truck, packed with more than 60 plantation workers and their
families, overturned and killing at least 25 with dozens injured. At
least three children were among the dead near Sampit town in Central
2009 Aug 18, Iraqi forces
seized a launcher loaded with 13 Iranian-made rockets after an
attack the previous day against the US base outside the southern
city of Basra.
2009 Aug 18, Israeli government
officials said Israel has quietly stopped approving new building
projects in the West Bank while publicly still refusing US demands
for an official settlement freeze.
2009 Aug 18, In Lebanon 8
members of an al-Qaida-inspired group sawed bars off their cell
windows in a high-security prison, scaled down the building using
blankets tied together, then stood on each other's shoulders to help
one jump over a wall and escape. Prison guards managed to stop the
other seven from fleeing. Officials described the escaped prisoner,
Taha al-Hajj Suleiman, as a Syrian militant and a "dangerous" member
of the Fatah Islam group. Suleiman was caught the next day in the
woods just north of the Roumieh prison.
(AP, 8/18/09)(AP, 8/19/09)
2009 Aug 18, In Mexico gunmen
shot up the offices of the Siglo de Torreon newspaper in Torreon,
(SFC, 8/19/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 18, In Mozambique an
overcrowded ferry with 50 people went down off the coast in a
northern province. 17 people were feared drowned.
2009 Aug 18, Pakistani
government and UN officials said flash floods have killed at least
27 people in the northwest, and that more than 80,000 have seen
their homes or crops destroyed.
2009 Aug 18, Russia's President
Dmitry Medvedev hosted Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres for talks
that were expected to focus on the Middle East and the Iranian
2009 Aug 18, Former South
Korean Pres. Kim Dae-jung (85) died. He spent years as a dissident
under a military dictatorship and later won the Nobel Peace Prize
for seeking reconciliation with communist North Korea.
2009 Aug 18, In Sudan clashes
between rival militias broke out in the southern oil-rich Unity
state, the latest to hit a region still recovering from two decades
of civil war.
2009 Aug 18, In Zimbabwe a
truck hit a bus head-on, killing 11 people including six members of
a family returning from a funeral.
2010 Aug 18, CIA Director Leon
Panetta said the CIA is opening a counterproliferation center to
combat the spread of dangerous weapons and technology, a move that
comes as Iran is on the verge of fueling up a new nuclear power
2010 Aug 18, WikiLeaks founder
Julian Assange said the US Army has expressed willingness to discuss
the online whistleblower's request for help in reviewing classified
documents from the Afghan war and removing information that could
harm civilians. The Pentagon said it would not negotiate with
WikiLeaks to create "a sanitized version" of a second batch of
classified Afghan war documents the whistleblower website plans to
(AP, 8/18/10)(AFP, 8/18/10)
2010 Aug 18, The US FDA said
some 380 million eggs have been recalled nationwide due to
salmonella contamination. Officials soon confirmed that over 2,000
people had been sickened by salmonella from May to July and over
500m eggs were recalled. The affected eggs were all traced back to
two farms in Iowa.
(SFC, 8/19/10, p.C3)(Econ, 9/4/10, p.32)
2010 Aug 18, The North Carolina
justice system shook as an audit commissioned by Attorney General
Roy Cooper revealed that the State Bureau of Investigation withheld
or distorted evidence in more than 200 cases at the expense of
potentially innocent men and women. 3 defendants in botched cases
have been executed.
(SFC, 8/19/10, p.A6)
2010 Aug 18, In Wisconsin the
bodies of a couple, their 13-month-old daughter, and their three
dogs were found dead at their home in Superior. Matthew Magdzas
(23), an Iraq war veteran, apparently shot and killed his pregnant
wife and young daughter before turning the gun on himself. He left
behind no clues to explain what might have prompted the bloodshed.
2010 Aug 18, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber rammed a car into a police vehicle, killing a
district police chief, two other policemen and a civilian on a
bridge leading into Kandahar city. An American service member was
killed in fighting in the south. A joint Afghan and NATO force
killed 12 insurgents in Puli Alam district of Logar province.
(AP, 8/18/10)(AP, 8/19/10)
2010 Aug 18, Anglo-Australian
mining giant BHP Billiton launched an enormous hostile takeover bid
for Canada's Potash Corp which values the world's largest fertilizer
producer at 40 billion dollars.
2010 Aug 18, In the Democratic
of Republic of Congo 3 Indian UN peacekeepers were killed in a
surprise attack on their base by 50 fighters armed with machetes,
spears and traditional weapons. The next day Congolese soldiers
arrested two suspects in the killing of the Indian peacekeepers.
(Reuters, 8/18/10)(AFP, 8/19/10)
2010 Aug 18, Crowds of
Egyptians angered by daily power outages at the height of a
scorching summer blocked a major highway south of Cairo with
barricades of burning tires.
2010 Aug 18, In Germany a
former Rwandan mayor living in Germany was charged for allegedly
organizing massacres and inciting killings during the African
country's 1994 genocide. Prosecutors alleged that the former Hutu
mayor, identified as Onesphore R. (53), called for pogroms against
the Tutsi minority on three occasions. Prosecutors asserted that the
man ordered and coordinated three massacres between April 11 and 15,
1994, in which at least 3,730 Tutsis were killed.
2010 Aug 18, Indian tycoon Anil
Ambani's Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd and CBS Studios
International announced plans to launch three new television
channels in India and South Asia.
2010 Aug 18, In northern India
a mudslide triggered by heavy rains demolished a school building,
killing at least 18 children.
2010 Aug 18, Iran took its case
against the United States to the UN and strongly condemned the top
US military chief for saying military action remains a possibility
if the country develops nuclear weapons.
2010 Aug 18, In Iraq 3 farmers
were killed and leaflets pinned to their bodies warning against
cooperation with American and Iraqi forces in a brutal act of
intimidation as thousands of US troops leave.
2010 Aug 18, Officials with
Nigeria's security services say they've intercepted 52 Kalashnikov
rifles and tens of thousands of ammunition rounds heading for Kos,
an area that has been the scene of religious violence. They said
five men were arrested for trying to bring the weapons from
2010 Aug 18, Shell in Nigeria
said it has warned it may not meet contractual obligations on Bonny
Light crude, after oil thieves sabotaged two pipelines in the
2010 Aug 18, In Pakistan
militants exploiting the flooding chaos clashed with police
overnight, as desperately needed international donations for the
millions of victims picked up pace three weeks after the deluge
2010 Aug 18, In Peru American
activist Lori Berenson, convicted of aiding leftist rebels,
surrendered to police after a court struck down a decision granting
her parole and ordered her to return to prison, where she is to
remain with her 15-month-old son for the time being.
2010 Aug 18, In the Philippines
a packed passenger bus negotiating a downhill curve plunged off a
Philippine mountain highway into a 100-foot (30-meter) ravine,
killing 41 people.
2010 Aug 18, Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev offered Pakistan support in dealing with
catastrophic floods as he hosted the leaders of Afghanistan,
Pakistan and Tajikistan for talks on efforts to stabilize the
2010 Aug 18, In South Africa
teachers left their classrooms and trials were postponed after court
workers walked out when hundreds of thousands of civil servants went
on strike for higher wages across the country.
2010 Aug 18, In Spain a bull
leapt into the packed grandstands of a bullring at the Tafalla arena
in the northern region of Navarra and ran amok, charging and
trampling spectators and leaving 40 people injured.
2010 Aug 18, Sudan's government
confirmed it will expel a number of international aid workers from
the restive western region of Darfur, without specifying how many.
2010 Aug 18, A leading
Venezuelan newspaper replaced front-page photos with the word
"censored" to protest a court's monthlong ban on the publication of
information and photos about violence.
2010 Aug 18, In Yemen a woman
was killed and two police officers wounded when a wanted southern
militant fired at a security patrol which was attempting to arrest
him in Al-Afar area of the Lahj province. Five policemen were
wounded in an explosion when a masked biker hurled a hand grenade
through the window of a police station in Zinjibar.
2011 Aug 18, US federal
officials said they have busted a drug trafficking gang in El Cahon,
southern California. Many of the 60 suspects were Iraqi Chaldeans
suspected of being affiliated with the Chaldean Organized Crime
Syndicate based in Detroit, Michigan.
(SFC, 8/19/11, p.A11)
2011 Aug 18, US mortgage rates
fell the lowest rate in more than half a century as the average rate
for a 30-year fixed loan dropped to 4.15%.
(SFC, 8/19/11, p.D1)
2011 Aug 18, Stock markets
around the world plunged as rising signs of a US recession combined
with renewed worries over the financial health of Europe's banks.
The DJIA closed at 10,990.58, down 419.63.
(AP, 8/18/11)(SFC, 8/19/11, p.D1)
2011 Aug 18, Kansas City, Mo.,
authorities passed an ordinance that sets curfews as early as 9 p.m.
for people under age 18, following the weekend shooting of three
teenagers at a large late-night "flash mob" gathering. Three youths
aged 13 to 16 were injured by apparently random gunshots at the
Country Club Plaza.
2011 Aug 18, Hewlett-Packard
said that it would exit the personal computer business.
(SFC, 8/19/11, p.A1)
2011 Aug 18, US researchers
reported that the drug, SRT-1720, protects mice from the usual
diseases of obesity. The drug is one of a set designed by Sirtris, a
small pharmaceutical company in Cambridge, Mass.
(SFC, 8/19/11, p.A13)
2011 Aug 18, In western
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed at least 21 passengers traveling
on a minibus. In the east a suicide car bomber attacked a coalition
base, killing two Afghan security guards.
2011 Aug 18, Chile officially
recognized 9,800 more victims of the Pinochet dictatorship
(1973-1990), increasing the total number of people killed, tortured
or imprisoned for political reasons to 40,018. Victims, relatives of
those killed and survivors were entitled to benefits and
2011 Aug 18, In China a fight
broke out in Beijing between the visiting Georgetown University
men's basketball team and the Bayi Rockets, the army's Chinese
Basketball Association team, forcing play to end early. Video
footage spread on the Internet and worldwide TV news.
2011 Aug 18, Four EU countries
(Austria, Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia) said they want hundreds
of millions of euros in collateral as security for a bailout of
Greece. Finland had just struck a deal with Greece for cash
collateral on Aug 16.
(SFC, 8/19/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 18, In Germany 9 cars
were torched in Berlin in the third consecutive night of arson
attacks that have outraged Germans and drawn condemnation from
Chancellor Angela Merkel. Police offered a euro5,000 ($7,180) reward
to anyone who helps them find the perpetrators.
2011 Aug 18, In India Anna
Hazare, who has been fasting since Aug 16, reached an agreement with
police to hold a 15-day demonstration fast starting Aug 19 to push
for tough new anti-corruption legislation, after a two-day standoff
at a New Delhi jail.
2011 Aug 18, In southern Israel
assailants armed with heavy weapons, guns and explosives launched
three attacks in quick succession near the border with Egypt's Sinai
Peninsula, killing 8 people and wounding about a dozen more. Israeli
security forces tracked down some of the assailants and are engaged
in an ongoing gunbattle with them. 3 Egyptian security personnel
died as a result of the gunbattles. 2 more died from wounds the next
day. A 6th died from wounds in September. Israel responded hours
after the border attack with an airstrike in Gaza that killed five
members of the Palestinian group that Israel said was behind it, an
organization known as the Popular Resistance Committees. The dead
included the group's leader.
(AP, 8/18/11)(AP, 8/19/11)(AFP, 9/11/11)
2011 Aug 18, Ivory Coast's
former strongman Laurent Gbagbo was charged with economic crimes
including aggravated theft and embezzlement of public funds.
2011 Aug 18, In Libya 5 loud
explosions shook the center of Tripoli, as rebels in the western
mountains claimed control of the Zawiya oil refinery. Gadhafi troops
were still in control of Gamal Abdel-Nasser Street and were hiding
in the hospital there. PM al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi said the
government was in negotiations with rebels. NATO planes took out
five tanks in Zawiya. NATO hit four military facilities in Tripoli.
(AP, 8/18/11)(AP, 8/19/11)
2011 Aug 18, Mexican soldiers
killed eight gunmen in a clash in the northern border state of Nuevo
Leon. Police in Acapulco reported finding two ice chests, one of
which held a man's head and the other containing what appeared to be
his leg and right foot. Guerrero state police said three other
coolers were found in another part of the city with other body
parts. 3 men were found shot to death in Acapulco city buses.
2011 Aug 18, Myanmar's
state-run media said the government has officially invited armed
ethnic groups to join peace talks for the first time.
2011 Aug 18, In Nigeria
attackers shot dead Tafai Saifudeen (55), a Lebanese auto parts
dealer, in front of his shop on Murtala Mohammed Way in the city of
2011 Aug 18, In Pakistan
suspected gang members killed 22 mostly Urdu-speaking people in
Karachi. Many of the victims were tortured, shot and stuffed in
sacks that were dumped on the streets.
2011 Aug 18, The chief of
Russia's state arms trader Rosoboronexport, Anatoly Isaikin, said
Moscow will keep supplying combat jets and other military gear to
Syria under contracts totaling about $3.5 billion (euro2.43
2011 Aug 18, Russia lost
contact with its Express-AM4 communications satellite shortly after
its launch, the latest in a series of failures that has dogged the
nation's space program. Failure of the upper stage, the Briz-M,
resulted in the loss of communications.
2011 Aug 18, In South Sudan 125
people were killed in a cattle raid during which tribesmen stole
2,000 cattle in the country's east. 8 villages were destroyed when
warriors from the Murle tribe in Pidor county attacked the Lou-Nuer
tribe of Uror county. On Aug 22 the numbers rose to at least 600
people killed and up to 985 people injured in the clashes. The UN
later said over 25,000 cows were stolen in the attack.
(AP, 8/21/11)(AFP, 8/22/11)(AFP, 9/28/11)
2011 Aug 18, Spanish
authorities arrested Aeromexico co-pilot Ruben Garcia Garcia for
attempting to smuggle 93 pounds of cocaine into the European
2011 Aug 18, Pope Benedict XVI
arrived in Spain for a nearly 4-day visit to celebrate World Youth
(SFC, 8/18/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 18, Syrian President
Bashar Assad told the UN chief that military operations in his
country have ended. The EU urged Syria's President Assad to resign
amid a mounting crackdown on an anti-government revolt. Activists
reported intense shooting around noon in the flashpoint city of
2011 Aug 18, In southern Turkey
the PKK attacked police and military stations in simultaneous
overnight rocket strikes in Siirt province, killing two soldiers and
wounding three civilians. Turkey's air force attacked 28 suspected
Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq, in a second day of
cross-border strikes in retaliation for stepped up attacks by the
2011 Aug 18, Vietnam’s
government warned that it would no longer tolerate weekly
demonstrations that have taken place in Hanoi for the past 10
weekends over disputed territory in the South China Sea.
2012 Aug 18, Philadelphia
police Officer Moses Walker (40) was shot to death, while out of
uniform, by a suspected street robber near his station.
(SSFC, 8/19/12, p.A12)
2012 Aug 18, Scott McKenzie
(73), pop singer born as Philip Blondheim, died at his home in LA.
In 1967 he sang “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your
Hair)” with the Mamas and Papas, a song written by John Phillips,
leader of the Mamas and the Papas. McKenzie also co-wrote “Kokomo”
(1988), a No. 1 hit for the Beach Boys.
(SFC, 8/21/12, p.C3)
2012 Aug 18, In Afghanistan a
bomb in a busy market killed four people in the western province of
Herat. The director of a prison in Helmand province's Grish
district, Mohammad Ismail, died when a bomb attached to his car
2012 Aug 18, In China Yu
Wenxia, Miss China, won the Miss World crown for 2012, defeating
more than 100 other hopefuls the world's biggest beauty pageant in
at a glittering ceremony in Ordos, a Chinese mining city on the edge
of the Gobi desert.
2012 Aug 18, In Egypt militants
wounded three policemen in the Sinai Peninsula in an ambush of their
vehicle with a rocket propelled grenade.
2012 Aug 18, In Indonesia a
magnitude-6.3 quake struck near Palu city on Sulawesi Island. At
least 6 people were killed.
2012 Aug 18, In northern Iraq
gunmen raided two family homes in Mosul, killing six people. Mosul
was once an al-Qaida stronghold.
2012 Aug 18, In Iraq Maryam
Rajavi, president of the National Council of Resistance of Iran,
which includes the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI),
said: “As a gesture of goodwill, the residents of Ashraf will
commence the 6th convoy of 400 residents from Camp Ashraf to Camp
Liberty on August 23."
2012 Aug 18, In Ivory Coast
armed men attacked former president Laurent Gbagbo's party
headquarters, abducting two people and wounding three. The party
blamed the raid on supporters of President Alassane Ouattara. PM
Jeannot Kouadio Ahoussou called on the perpetrators of attacks
against the army to disarm and not block the country's "revival."
2012 Aug 18, A flotilla of
boats carrying Japanese nationalists and lawmakers set sail for
islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and as Diaoyu in China, at the
heart of a vitriolic diplomatic row with China, despite warnings
from Beijing. China demanded that Japan cease actions "harming" its
2012 Aug 18, Lebanese security
officials said that five more Syrians were abducted in Beirut's
southern suburbs overnight.
2012 Aug 18, In Mozambique
Southern African leaders slammed Rwanda for supporting rebels in the
Democratic Republic of Congo as a threat to regional stability and
urged Kigali to immediately stop its "interference." The Southern
African Development Community (SADC) mandated a mission to Rwanda to
urge them to stop support for the M23.
2012 Aug 18, In Nigeria an
ocean surge crashed into waterfront shanties in Lagos, leaving at
least one person dead and 15 missing.
2012 Aug 18, In Pakistan A US
drone attack killed at least six militants in a remote tribal town
in North Waziristan as local people celebrated the Muslim festival
of Eid al-Fitr.
2012 Aug 18, Philippine
Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and his two pilots went missing
after their small plane crashed into the sea while attempting an
emergency landing in Masbate province. An aide of Robredo made a
dramatic escape from the plane.
2012 Aug 18, In southern
Russia’s republic of Dagestan, two masked gunmen burst into a Shiite
mosque during evening prayers and opened fire, wounding eight
2012 Aug 18, In South Korea 8
people were stabbed by a man wielding a box cutter after a man and
woman confronted him for spitting in a train.
(SSFC, 8/19/12, p.A4)
2012 Aug 18, Syrian activists
said government troops shelled and carried out air raids at rebel
areas across the country, including the southern province of Daraa,
the northern region of Aleppo and the suburbs of the capital,
Damascus. A Syrian warplane bombed a small town partially controlled
by anti-regime fighters near the Turkish border, killing eight
people and wounding at least 20.
2012 Aug 18, In Vietnam at
least 17 people were killed as Typhoon Kai-Tak, now downgraded to a
tropical depression, barreled across northern Vietnam bringing high
winds and floods to several areas including the capital Hanoi. The
typhoon had already left 2 dead in China and 4 dead in the
(AFP, 8/18/12)(AFP, 8/19/12)(AFP, 8/20/12)
2012 Aug 18, In Yemen suspected
al-Qaida militants attacked a government headquarters, killing 21
people in a bold attack in the country's main southern city of Aden.
(AFP, 8/18/12)(AFP, 8/19/12)
2013 Aug 18, In Redwood City,
Ca., the Malibu Grand Prix amusement park closed after 35 years of
(SSFC, 8/18/13, p.C1)
2013 Aug 18, In Afghanistan 11
members of the Afghan Public Protection Force and 21 insurgents were
killed in a two separate gun battles in Farah province.
2013 Aug 18, China’s Xinhua
News Agency said 12 deaths reported in Liaoning province. That added
to a total of 25 deaths reported earlier in Heilongjiang and Jilin,
the other two provinces in China's northeast. In the south, six
people were reported were killed by flooding and landslides in
2013 Aug 18, Egyptian
authorities raided homes of Muslim Brotherhood members in an
apparent attempt to disrupt the group ahead of mass rallies by
supporters of country's ousted president. 36 people were killed when
Muslim Brotherhood detainees tried to escape from a prison truck
convoy in northern Cairo. The convoy trucks were carrying more than
600 detainees rounded up in earlier street violence between security
forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.
2013 Aug 18, In Iraq two
separate bomb attacks in commercial areas of predominantly Sunni
neighborhoods of Baghdad killed at least 4 civilians.
2013 Aug 18, An Israeli
military official said Israeli forces have hit a target inside Syria
that was the source of mortar fire into the Israeli-occupied Golan
Heights. At least three shells had landed near the Syrian frontier
the previous evening, causing no injuries.
2013 Aug 18, Libya's Interior
Minister Mohammed Khalifa al-Sheikh stepped down in protest against
what he saw as interference in his work by PM Ali Zeidan and
2013 Aug 18, Spanish fishermen
in some 60 fishing boats protested the building of an artificial
reef near the disputed British territory of Gibraltar.
2013 Aug 18, A team of UN
chemical weapons experts arrived in Damascus to investigate the
possible use of chemical weapons in Syria's civil war.
2014 Aug 18, The US Dept. of
Agriculture said two parents and one child could expect to spend
$245,340 to raise a second child born in 2013 to the age of 17.
(SFC, 8/19/14, p.D1)
2014 Aug 18, Police in South
Pasadena, Ca., said they have thwarted a mass shooting plot with the
arrest of two teenagers (16 and 17) who were conspiring to kill
several staffers and as many fellow students as possible at South
Pasadena High School.
(Reuters, 8/18/14)(SFC, 8/20/14, p.A14)
2014 Aug 18, In Missouri police
and protesters collided in the streets of Ferguson again late today,
a day after Gov. Jay Nixon summoned the National Guard to help
restore calm to the St. Louis suburb. The violence left six wounded
and led to 31 arrests. A third and final autopsy was performed on
Michael Brown (18), shot and killed on Aug 9, for the Justice
Department by one of the military's most experienced medical
(AP, 8/19/14)(AFP, 8/19/14)
2014 Aug 18, In Ohio an
estimated 5-8 thousand gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio
River from the Duke Energy power plant in New Richmond. A 15-mile
section of the river was closed for cleanup.
(SFC, 8/20/14, p.A8)
2014 Aug 18, James Jeffords
(80), former US Senator from Vermont, died in DC. In 2001 he
declared that he would leave the Republicans and caucus with
Democrats. This cost Republicans their control of the Senate.
(SFC, 8/19/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 18, China's government
said it has concluded Mercedes-Benz violated anti-monopoly law and
charged excessive prices for parts, adding to a growing number of
global automakers snared in an investigation of the industry.
2014 Aug 18, China’s CNOOC
discovered a gas field at a depth of about 1,500 meters, about 150
km south of Hainan island. It was unclear whether the discovery
would become commercially viable.
2014 Aug 18, In Egypt gunmen
shot and killed a policeman on patrol and wounded another in the
Nile Delta province of Gharbiya.
2014 Aug 18, In Cairo Israeli
and Palestinian negotiators agreed to a 24-hour ceasefire late
2014 Aug 18, Indian and
Nepalese officials said that flooding and torrential rains have left
at least 100 dead in Nepal and 84 dead in India.
(SFC, 8/19/14, p.A5)
2014 Aug 18, Iraqi Kurdish
forces said they had recaptured the country's biggest dam from
Islamic State militants, although an employee at the site said
jihadist fighters still controlled key points on the vulnerable
2014 Aug 18, Israeli troops
demolished the homes of Hussam Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha, suspected
of the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers in the
occupied West Bank in June. Kawasme, a 40-year-old resident of the
West Bank city of Hebron, was arrested on July 11, but the other two
suspects remained at large.
2014 Aug 18, Human Rights Watch
said it has documented at least 10 cases of unlawful killings and 10
cases of enforced disappearances carried out by the Kenya
Anti-Terror Police Unit from last November to June.
(SFC, 8/19/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 18, In Libya
unidentified warplanes bombed militia positions in Tripoli. They
were later identified as aircraft based in Egypt and flown by pilots
from the UAE.
(Reuters, 8/18/14)(Reuters, 8/19/14)(Econ,
2014 Aug 18, Saudi Arabia
executed four people from the same family for attempting to smuggle
"large quantities" of hashish into the kingdom.
2014 Aug 18, The Syrian
authorities and rebels agreed to a truce in the southern Damascus
district of Qadam which was a battlefield for more than a year.
2014 Aug 18, In eastern Ukraine
government forces pressed pro-Russian separatists in fighting
overnight, encircling the rebel-held town of Horlivka and taking
control of smaller settlements. 17 civilians were killed in a rebel
attack on a convoy of people on the main road leading to Russia from
the besieged rebel-held city of Luhansk.
(Reuters, 8/18/14)(AP, 8/18/14)(Reuters, 8/21/14)
2014 Aug 18, In Yemen tens of
thousands of people joined an anti-government rally in Sanaa in
response to a call by Shiite rebel commander Abdulmalik al-Huthi.
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