Today in History - August 21
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1129 Aug 21,
The warrior Yoritomo was made Shogun without equal in Japan.
1165 Aug 21, Philip II
Augustus, 1st great Capetian king of France (1179-1223), was born.
1525 Aug 21, Estavao Gomes
returned to Portugal after failing to find a clear waterway to Asia.
1560 Aug 21, Tycho Brahe
(1546-1601) became interested in astronomy.
1660 Aug 21, Hubert Gautier,
engineer, wrote 1st book on bridge building, was born in Nimes,
1680 Aug 21, Pueblo Indians
took possession of Santa Fe, N.M., after driving out the Spanish.
They destroyed almost all of the Spanish churches in Taos and Santa
(AP, 8/21/97)(SFEC, 6/21/98, Z1 p.8)
1765 Aug 21, William IV
(d.1837), king of England (1830-37) the "sailor king," was born.
(WSJ, 4/27/00, p.A24)(SC, 8/21/02)
1789 Aug 21, Augustin-Louis
Baron Cauchy, French mathematician, was born.
1794 Aug 21, France surrendered
the island of Corsica to the British.
1798 Aug 21, Jules Michelet,
French historian was born in Paris to a family with Huguenot
traditions. He wrote the 24-volume "Historie de France".
1807 Aug 21, Robert Fulton's
North River Steamboat set off from Albany on its return trip to New
York, arriving some 30 hours later.
1808 Aug 21, Napoleon
Bonaparte's General Junot was defeated by Wellington at the first
Battle of the Peninsular War at Vimiero, Portugal.
1810 Aug 21, Sweden’s Riksdag
elected Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, Marshal of France under Napoleon,
as heir apparent to the Swedish throne.
1831 Aug 21, Nat Turner led a
rebellion in Southampton county, Va. This became known as "Nat
Turner's Rebellion" or the "Southampton Slave Revolt." Turner and
about seven followers murdered 55 white people, including the entire
family of his owners, the Joseph Travis's. Turner had been taught to
read by the Travis children and his studies of the bible led him to
have visions of insurrection. Turner was later executed. A 1998 play
by Robert O’Hara "Insurrection: Holding History" centered on the
1/16/98, p.D1)(AP, 8/21/07)
1841 Aug 21, John Hampson of
New Orleans patented the Venetian blind.
1853 Aug 21, Henry Wellcome
(d.1936) was born in Wisconsin. In 1880 Henry went to London to join
Silas Burroughs and set up a successful pharmaceutical firm called
Burroughs, Wellcome & Co.
1858 Aug 21, The first of seven
debates between Illinois senatorial contenders Abraham Lincoln and
Stephen Douglas took place in Ottowa, Ill. Douglas went on to win
the Senate seat in November, but Lincoln gains national visibility
for the first time. Douglas stated in the 1st debate: "I believe
this government was made on the white basis. I believe it was made
by white men for the benefit of white men and their posterity
forever, and I am in favor of confining citizenship to white men."
(WSJ, 3/3/00, p.W11)(HN, 8/21/00)(AP, 8/21/08)
1863 Aug 21, William Clarke
Quantrill (d.1865), a pro-Confederate guerrilla fighter during the
American Civil War, attacked Lawrence, Kansas, with a force
estimated at anywhere from 200 to 450 raiders. Though Senator Lane,
a prime target of the raid, managed to escape through a cornfield in
his nightshirt, the bushwhackers killed an estimated 150-200 men and
boys, dragging many from their homes to kill them before their
families. When Quantrill rode out at 9 a.m., most of Lawrence's
buildings had been burned, including all but two businesses; his
raiders looted indiscriminately and also robbed the town's bank. The
raid would become notorious in the North as one of the most vicious
atrocities of the Civil War.
1864 Aug 21, Confederate
General A.P. Hill attacked Union troops south of Petersburg, Va., at
the Weldon railroad. His attack was repulsed, resulting in heavy
1872 Aug 21, Aubrey Beardsley
(d.1898), English artist (Salome), was born in Brighton.
1878 Aug 21, The American Bar
Association was founded in Saratoga, N.Y.
1887 Aug 21, Mighty (Dan) Casey
Struck-out in a game with the NY Giants.
1890 Aug 21, Bill Henry,
newscaster (Who Said That?), was born in SF, Calif.
1896 Aug 21, Roark Bradford,
writer, humorist (Ol' Man Adan an' His Chillun), was born.
1904 Aug 21, William "Count"
Basie, American band leader and composer, was born. [see Apr 26]
1906 Aug 21, Friz Freleng,
animator (Bugs Bunny-Emmy 1982), was born.
1907 Aug 21, Dr. Roy K.
Marshall, TV scientist (Nature of Things), was born in Glen Carbon,
1909 Aug 21, C. Dillon Douglas,
US Secretary of Treasury (1961-65), was born in Geneva, Switz.
1910 Aug 20-1910 Aug 21, The
Great Idaho Fire killed 86 people and destroyed some 3 million acres
of timber in Idaho and Montana. In 2009 Timothy Egan authored “The
Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Save America.”
1911 Aug 21, Leonardo da
Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” was stolen from the Louvre Museum. The painting
turned up in Italy two years later.
1912 Aug 21, Mr. Carter-Cotton
was chosen as 1st chancellor of Univ. of British Columbia.
1915 Aug 21, Jack Weston
[Morris Weinstein], actor (4 Seasons, Rad), was born in Cleveland.
1915 Aug 21, Italy declared war
1921 Aug 21, Nancy Kulp,
actress (Jane-Beverly Hillbillies), was born in Harrisburg, Pa.
1922 Aug 21, Curly Lambeau and
Green Bay Football Club were granted an NFL franchise.
1923 Aug 21, Chris Schenkel,
sportscaster (Monday Night Fights), was born in Biuppus, Ind.
1927 Aug 21, The 4th
Pan-African Congress met in NYC.
1929 Aug 21, Marie Severin,
comic book artist, was born. In the 1950s she worked for the Federal
Reserve Bank of New York as it began publishing educational
1930 Aug 21, Princess Margaret
Rose (d.2002), sister to Elizabeth, was born to King George VI and
Queen Elizabeth at Glamis Castle, Scotland.
(WSJ, 8/10/00, p.A16)(SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A12)
1931 Aug 21, Nancy Hadley,
actress (Love That Jill, Joey Bishop Show), was born in LA, Calif.
1931 Aug 21, Babe Ruth hit his
600th HR as the Yanks beat Browns 11-7.
1933 Aug 21, Dame Janet Baker,
mezzo-soprano (Owen Wingrave), was born in York, England.
1936 Aug 21, Wilt Chamberlain
(d.1999 at age 63), four-time MVP for the National Basketball
Association, was born in Philadelphia. From 1952-1955 he led
Overbrook High School to a 56-3 record.
(HN, 8/21/98)(SFC, 10/13/99, p.D4)
1936 Aug 21, Mart Crowley,
playwright (Boys in the Band), was born.
1938 Aug 21, Kenny Rogers,
country singer, was born in Houston.
(HN, 8/21/00)(SSFC, 5/20/01, Par p.22)
1939 Aug 21, Clarence Williams
III, actor (Mod Squad, 52 Pick Up, Purple Rain), was born in NYC.
1940 Aug 21, Leon Trotsky,
exiled Communist revolutionary, died in Mexico City from wounds
inflicted by an assassin the day before. Earlier this year Josef
Grigulevich (27), a Lithuania-born KGB agent, established a safe
house at Zook's Pharmacy in Santa Fe, NM, for the assassins of Leon
Trotsky. The pharmacy, visible in archive photos, was replaced in
1990 by a Haagen-Dazs ice cream shop. Grigulevich was recruited by
Soviet strongman Josef Stalin's secret police as a university
student in Paris and learned the assassin's trade during the Spanish
civil war. He later published 58 books on Latin American history. In
2011 intelligence expert E.B. Held authored "A Spy's Guide to
Albuquerque and Santa Fe."
(AP, 8/21/08)(AFP, 2/4/11)
1942 Aug 21, U.S. Marines
turned back the first major Japanese ground attack on Guadalcanal in
the Battle of Tenaru.
1944 Aug 21, Jackie DeShannon,
singer (What the World Needs Now), was born in Hazel, Kentucky.
1944 Aug 21, The US, Britain,
the Soviet Union and China opened the Dumbarton Oaks conference in
Washington, D.C. It laid the foundation for the establishment of the
(SFEC, 6/29/97, p.T10)(AP, 8/21/07)
1945 Aug 21, Patty McCormack,
actress (Mama, Peck's Bad Girl, Ropers), was born in Brooklyn NY.
1945 Aug 21, President Harry S.
Truman ended the Lend-Lease program that had shipped some $50
billion in aid to America's Allies during World War II.
(AP, 8/21/97)(HN, 8/21/98)
1946 Aug 21, Lev Alburt, USSR
International Chess Master (1976), was born.
1951 Aug 21, Harry Smith, TV
host (CBS Morning Show), was born in Indiana.
1953 Aug 21, Joe Strummer [John
Mellor], rocker (Clash-Rock the Casbah), was born.
1953 Aug 21, Marion Carl in
Douglas Skyrocket reached a record 25,370 m.
1956 Aug 21, Kim Cattrall,
actress (Mannequin, Star Trek VI), was born in Liverpool, England.
1957 Aug 21, Kim Sledge,
vocalist (Sister Sledge-We are Family), was born in Phila.
1958 Aug 21, Walter Schumann
(44), choral director (Ford Show), died.
1959 Aug 21, Hawaii became the
50th state as President Eisenhower signed an executive order, five
months after he'd signed the Hawaiian statehood bill.
1962 Aug 21, Matthew Broderick,
actor (Ferris Buehler, Biloxi Blues), was born.
1963 Aug 21, Martial law was
declared in South Vietnam as police and army troops began a
crackdown on Buddhist anti-government protesters.
1965 Aug 21, Gemini 5 was
launched into Earth orbit atop Titan V with Cooper and Conrad.
(SFC, 7/9/99, p.A6)
1967 Aug 21, Michael Bendetti,
actor (Officer Tony McCann-21 Jump Street), was born.
1968 Aug 21, William Dana
reached 81.53 km. in the last high-altitude X-15 flight.
1968 Aug 21, After 5 years
Russia once again jammed Voice of America radio.
1968 Aug 21, The Soviet Union
and other Warsaw Pact nations invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the
"Prague Spring" liberalization drive led by Alexander Dubcek.
1971 Aug 21, Three prisoners,
George Jackson (29), Ronald Kane (28), John Lynn (29), and 3 guards,
Jere Graham (39), Frank DeLeon (44) and Paul Krasenes (52), were
killed during an attempted prison escape at San Quentin, California.
Jackson after meeting with his lawyer, Stephen Bingham, pulled a
hidden automatic pistol from his hair and began to release other
prisoners. Jackson’s prison letters were published as "Soledad
Brother." Hugo Pinell, one of the San Quentin 6, was killed in 2015
by two fellow inmates.
(WUD, 1994, p.1688)(SFC, 8/25/96, Z1 p.5)(SSFCM,
8/19/01, p.7)(SFC, 12/10/15, p.D8)
1971 Aug 21, In the Philippines
there was a grenade attack on a political rally of the opposition
Liberal party. It nearly wiped out the party's senatorial slate
running against Marcos' Nacionalista Party. Marcos blamed the
communists, but others believed that Marcos planned the attack.
(SFC, 3/21/00, p.A23)
1971 Aug 20-21, In Vietnam
heavy rains flooded the Red River delta and some 100,000 people were
1972 Aug 21, The US Republican
convention opened in Miami Beach, Florida.
1972 Aug 21, The US orbiting
astronomy observatory Copernicus was launched.
1972 Aug 21, Donald A. Cameron,
British aeronaut, made the 1st hot air balloon flight over the Alps.
1973 Aug 21, Teamster's Union
and AFL-CIO's United Farm Workers' union came to a settlement with
regard to organizing grape growers in California. In response Cesar
Chavez called an end to the UFW grape strike. A nationwide boycott
of California’s non-union grapes, lettuce and Gallo wines was
1975 Aug 21-22, In Los Angeles
Kathleen Ann Soliah (later known as Sarah Jane Olson) and other
members of the SLA placed 2 pipe bombs under parked police cars at
an Int'l. House of Pancakes on Sunset Blvd. They did not explode.
Olson pleaded guilty to 2 felony accounts in 2001. Olson was
convicted and sentenced in 2002 to 20 years to life in prison and
was then arraigned with 3 others for the Apr 21 murder of Myrna
(SFEC, 6/20/99, p.A3)(SFC, 1/23/01, p.A13)(SFC,
11/1/01, p.A1)(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A1)
1978 Aug 21, Charles Eames
(1907-1978), an American polymath artist, died. Together with his
wife he designed numerous objects, furniture and made more than 75
1982 Aug 21, Calvin Simmons
(b.1950), Oakland, Ca. symphony conductor, died in a canoeing
accident near Lake George, NY. Simmons was the first
African-American conductor of a major US symphony.
1982 Aug 21, A group of
Palestinian guerrillas left Lebanon by ship under an evacuation plan
mediated by the United States.
1982 Aug 21, In Swaziland
Sobhuza II (b.1899), former king and father of King Mswati III,
died. At his death he had 70 wives and left over 1000 grandchildren.
1983 Aug 21, The musical play
"La Cage Aux Folles" opened on Broadway.
1983 Aug 21, Philippine
opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino Jr., ending a self-imposed exile
in the United States, was shot dead moments after stepping off a
plane at Manila International Airport. Fabian Ver (d.1998 at 78),
leader of the Philippine army, was among 20 men later charged in the
murder of Aquino. Ver fled to Hawaii in 1986 along with Marcos.
1984 Aug 21, Democratic
vice-presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro appeared before
reporters in Queens, N.Y., to field questions about her family's
1985 Aug 21, Tunisia expelled
253 Libyans in apparent retaliation for Libya’s expulsion of over
20,000 Tunisian workers in recent weeks.
1986 Aug 21, In Cameroon 1,746
people died when toxic gas, an invisible bubble of CO2, erupted
[seeped out] from a volcano under Lake Nyos. Venting of the lake
began in 2001.
(AP, 8/21/97)(WSJ, 11/17/97, p.B1)(SFC, 8/14/99,
p.A6)(SC, 8/21/02)(AP, 2/15/03)
1987 Aug 21, Sgt. Clayton
Lonetree, the first Marine ever court-martialed for spying, was
convicted in Quantico, Va., of passing secrets to the KGB after
becoming romantically involved with a Soviet woman while serving as
a U.S. Embassy guard in Moscow. Lonetree ended up serving eight
years in a military prison, and was released in February 1996.
1988 Aug 21, More than 1,000
people were killed in an earthquake on the Nepal-India border.
1989 Aug 21, The US space probe
Voyager 2 fired its thrusters to bring it closer to Neptune's
mysterious moon Triton.
1989 Aug 21, Colombian soldiers
and police raided the estates of drug lords as part of a crackdown
that followed the shooting death of a presidential candidate.
1990 Aug 21, Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein delivered a speech in which he defended the detaining
of foreigners in his country, and promised "a major catastrophe"
should fighting break out in the Persian Gulf.
1991 Aug 21, The hard-line coup
against Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev collapsed in the face
of a popular uprising led by Russian federation President Boris N.
Yeltsin. The coup failed in part when General Alexander Lebed
refused to move troops to surround Yeltsin’s Moscow stronghold. 3
young men were killed on the night of the failed coup.
(SFC, 10/18/96, A15)(AP, 8/21/97)(Econ, 12/3/11,
1991 Aug 21, Boris Yeltsin
assured the Foreign Ministers of NATO, who were convened in
Brussels, that the coup attempt was failing.
(DrEE, 1/4/97, p.4)
1992 Aug 21, The day after the
close of the Republican National Convention in Houston, the two
major party candidates traded hard blows, with President Bush
deriding Bill Clinton as a "wishy-washy" leader, and Clinton lashing
back at Bush as a "great fearmonger."
1992 Aug 21, US marshals moved
onto the property of Randy Weaver in Ruby Ridge, Idaho and began a
shoot out where Mr. Weaver’s 14-year old son, Sammy, was killed as
well as Marshall Bill Degan. Federal agents were than held at bay
for 11 days and before it ended Weaver’s wife was shot dead. The
FBI, in an attempt to serve an arrest warrant on Randy Weaver on
weapons charges, killed Weaver's wife and son at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.
Kevin Harris was acquitted of federal charges in 1993. In 1995 the
government awarded Weaver family $3.1 mil for wrongful-death claims.
In 1996 criminal charges were filed against Michael Kahoe, chief of
the Violent Crimes and Major Offenders Section of the FBI, for
destroying a report critical of the FBI. He was sentenced and fined
in 1997. In 1997 Kevin Harris was charged with the murder of Bill
Degan and FBI agent Lon Horiuchi was charged with the murder of
Vicki Weaver. State murder charges against Kevin Harris were dropped
in 1997. State manslaughter charges were filed against sharpshooter
Horiuchi in 1998.
(WSJ,3/13/95, p.A-14)(SFC, 6/14/96, p.A19)(WSJ,
8/16/95, p. A-1)(SFC, 8/22/97, p.A19)(WSJ, 10/3/97, p.A1)(SFC,
10/11/97, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/8/98, p.1)
1992 Aug 21, In the Bahamas PM
Lynden Pindling (1930-2000), in office since 1973, retired from
office and was succeeded by Hubert Ingraham. There were allegations
that Pindling had taken bribes from Colombian drug lords. Ingraham
continued in office to 2002 and again from 2007-2012.
1992 Aug 21, Serbian soldiers
separated over 200 men, mostly Croats and Muslims, from a convoy of
civilians from the Trnopolje detention camp in Bosnia. The captives
were taken to a wooded ravine at Mount Vlasic and shot dead. In 2003
Darko Mrdja, commander of a special police unit, admitted to a court
in the Hague of playing a role in the slaughter. In 2009 Bosnian
forensic experts found the remains of at least 60 Muslims and Croats
in the ravine.
(SSFC, 7/27/03, p.A8)(AP, 8/26/09)
1993 Aug 21, The US Justice
Dept. took over the FTC investigation into the business practices of
(WSJ, 11/8/99, p.A30)
1993 Aug 21, In a serious
setback for NASA, engineers lost contact with the Mars Observer
spacecraft on a $980 million mission. Its fate remains unknown.
1994 Aug 21, The US House, by a
vote of 235-195, passed a $30 billion crime bill that banned certain
1994 Aug 21, Mexico held its
presidential election, which was won by Ernesto Zedillo.
1994 Aug 21, An Air Morocco
regional jet crashed and killed all 44 onboard. It was suspected
that the pilot steered the plane into the ground.
1995 Aug 21, ABC News settled a
$10 billion libel suit by apologizing to Philip Morris for reporting
the tobacco giant had manipulated the amount of nicotine in its
1995 Aug 21, A commuter plane
crashed near Carrollton, Georgia. Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight
529 enroute to Gulfport, Miss., crashed with 29 people aboard. 10
died. In 2001 Gary M. Pomerantz authored "Nine Minutes, Twenty
Seconds: The Tragedy & Triumph of ASA Flight 529."
(AP, 8/21/00)(SSFC, 10/21/01, p.R4)
1995 Aug 21, A Palestinian
suicide bomber blew up a bus in Jerusalem and killed 4 Israelis, 1
American, and wounded more than 100 people. Hamas took
(WSJ, 3/6/96, p. A-15)(G&M, 7/31/97, p.A8)
1996 Aug 21, President Clinton
signed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of
1996, aimed at making health insurance easier to obtain and keep.
(SFC, 8/22/96, p.A3)(AP, 8/21/97)
1996 Aug 21, Today’s issue of
Science reported the 1,738 gene sequence of the organism
Methanococcus jannaschii that oceanographers in 1982 found in an
undersea volcanic vent and later classified as Archaea, distinct
from Prokarya and Eukarya.
(SFC, 8/23/96, p.A21)
1996 Aug 21, In Australia
rescuers worked to save some 200 pilot whales on the southwestern
coast near Dunsborough. Most were herded to sea but 14 died.
(SFC, 8/22/96, p.E3)
1996 Aug 21, The new Globe
theater opened in England.
1996 Aug 21, It was reported
that police in Oulu, Finland have come up with a 3-foot harpoon to
stop runaway drivers. The harpoon could also release tear gas if
(SFC, 8/21/96, p.A9)
1996 Aug 21, In France
thousands marched in support of illegal immigrants and called for
the removal of newly appointed Interior Minister Jean Louis-Debre.
(SFC, 8/22/96, p.E2)
1996 Aug 21, In Nepal the
Communists called a general strike against the center-right
(WSJ, 8/22/96, p.A1)
1996 Aug 21, In Vietnam, The
Red River flooded to its worst level since 1971 and hundreds were
forced to evacuate.
(SFC, 8/22/96, p.E3)
1997 Aug 21, A hamburger recall
was extended to cover some 25 million pounds. The Hudson Foods Inc.,
of Rogers, Ark., closed its Nebraska beef-processing facility under
a "non-negotiable" recommendation by Agricultural Sec. Dan Glickman
due to E. coli poisonings in Colorado.
(SFC, 8/22/97, p.A3)(AP, 8/21/98)
1997 Aug 21, The CEO of Philip
Morris Cos. said that cigarettes "might have" killed 100,000
Americans. It was the first acknowledgement by the company of a
possible link between smoking and death.
(SFC, 8/22/97, p.A3)
1997 Aug 21, In Afghanistan
leaders of the alliance fighting the Taliban army were killed in an
air crash aboard an Antonov 32 about 90 miles NW of Kabul.
(SFC, 8/22/97, p.A15)
1997 Aug 21, From Bosnia Judge
Jovo Rosic reported that he was beaten up and ordered to vote
against Pres. Plavsic last week.
(SFC, 8/22/97, p.A14)
1997 Aug 21, In France Pope
John Paul II began a visit to Paris with an outdoor encounter with
500,000 young people from around the world.
(SFC, 8/22/97, p.A14)
1997 Aug 21, In North Korea a
tidal wave from a passing typhoon struck and destroyed some 700,000
tons of corn and left 28,000 people homeless.
(WSJ, 9/2/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 21, Palestinians began
an embargo of Israeli goods.
(SFC, 8/22/97, p.A14)
1997 Aug 21, In Russia Yuri
Nikulin (b.1921), a cherished comic actor, died.
(SFC, 8/22/97, p.A24)
1997 Aug 21, From Russia the
Kremlin demanded the release of journalists of ORT TV. They were
jailed in Belarus for allegedly trying to cross the border illegally
into Lithuania. The journalists had made negative reports on Pres.
(SFC, 8/22/97, p.A15)
1998 Aug 21, Samuel Bowers, a
73-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader, was convicted in
Hattiesburg, Miss., of ordering a 1966 firebombing that killed civil
rights activist Vernon Dahmer. Bowers died in prison in November
2006 at age 82.
1998 Aug 21, In Bogota,
Colombia, Venezuelan trafficker Fernando "Fatso" Flores was
arrested. He was expected to be extradited to the US for shipping
nearly 8 tons of cocaine to Florida in 1991.
(SFC, 8/28/98, p.D3)
1998 Aug 21, In South Africa
former Pres. Botha (82) was convicted of ignoring a subpoena to
testify about apartheid atrocities in front of the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission. He was fined $1,577 and given a suspended
1 year jail sentence.
(SFC, 8/22/98, p.A8)
1998 Aug 21, Pres. Omar
el-Bashir said that Sudan could prove that the bombed Shifa
Pharmaceutical factory was not used for chemical weapons. Ten people
were reportedly treated for injuries and damages were estimated at
(SFC, 8/22/98, p.A1,3)
1998 cAug 21, Sudanese
authorities, angered by the US attack of US cruise missiles,
released 2 men suspected in the bombing of 2 US embassies on Aug 7.
The men were sent to Pakistan.
(SFC, 7/30/99, p.A12)
1998 Aug 21, Zimbabwe sent 600
troops to support Pres. Kabila in the Congo. Rwanda called for a
cease fire and warned that it would intervene if the troops from
Zimbabwe were not withdrawn.
(SFC, 8/22/98, p.A8)
1999 Aug 21, In France the St.
Pierre-de-Trivisy town council, home of Roquefort cheese, imposed a
100% tax on Coca Cola in retaliation for American tariffs on
(SFC, 8/27/99, p.D4)
1999 Aug 21, In Turkey the
death toll from the Aug 17 earthquake reached 12,000. Governors in 3
of 9 stricken provinces called off searches for survivors. US
President Clinton urged Americans to contribute to the relief
effort. The death toll from the massive earthquake eventually
(SFEC, 8/22/99, p.A1)(AP, 8/21/00)
2000 Aug 21, Britain deployed
troops in Belfast after 2 men were killed in a feud between
Protestant paramilitary factions. Sam Rocket was gunned down 2 days
later in retaliation. The Ulster Defense Assoc. and the Ulster
Volunteer Force appeared to be feuding over control of rackets.
(WSJ, 8/22/00, p.A1)(SFC, 8/25/00, p.D5)(WSJ,
2000 Aug 21, In China an
earthquake in Wuding county, Yunnan province, left 177,000 people
homeless and 211 injured.
(SFC, 8/26/00, p.A9)
2000 Aug 21, Iraq threatened to
retaliate against Turkey over airstrikes that left some 40 civilians
(WSJ, 8/22/00, p.A1)
2000 Aug 21, In Kashmir Muslim
guerrillas used booby traps to kill 5 Indian soldiers, while Indian
security forces killed 8 people believed to be part of the
separatist movement. Indian shelling into the Pakistani controlled
side killed a man and an 8-year-old girl. In Jachil Dhara guerrilla
set explosives killed an Indian general and a colonel.
(SFC, 8/22/00, p.A12)
2000 Aug 21, Norwegian divers
opened the hatch to the Russian Kursk submarine but found no sign of
(SFC, 8/21/00, p.A1)
2000 Aug 21, In the Philippines
rebels killed 17 army soldiers in Negros Occidental province.
(SFC, 8/22/00, p.A12)
2000 Aug 21, In Sierra Leone
Issa Sesay, the top field commander of the Revolutionary United
Front, replaced Foday Sankoh as head.
(SFC, 8/22/00, p.A11)(WSJ, 8/22/00, p.A1)
2001 Aug 21, It was reported
that the US had given Russia an unofficial deadline of November to
agree to changes in the anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty or face a
unilateral US withdrawal. The State Dept. denied the ultimatum the
(SFC, 8/22/01, p.A10)
2001 Aug 21, The CIA placed
Khalid Al-Midhar and Nawaf Alhazmi under suspicion as part of the
investigation in the bombing of the destroyer Cole in Yemen. The 2
were among the hijackers who commandeered the jet that hit the
Pentagon on Sep 11.
(SFC, 5/17/02, p.A19)
2001 Aug 21, The US Federal
Reserve announced another .25% lowering of the short-term federal
funds interest rate.
(SFC, 8/22/01, p.C1)
2001 Aug 21, Federal
authorities working with McDonald's announced they had broken up a
criminal ring, 8 people nationwide, that allegedly rigged the
popular Monopoly and "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" games played by
millions of the fast-food chain's customers over the previous six
years. $13 million had been illegally won by insider Jerome Jacobsen
(58), at Simon Marketing Inc. in LA.
(SFC, 8/22/01, p.A2)(AP, 8/21/02)
2001 Aug 21, It was reported
that nuclear waste researchers had developed a process,
pyroprocessing, to remove long term radioactive elements from waste
and transmute them to less radioactive elements.
(WSJ, 8/21/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 21, Robert Tools, the
first person to receive a self-contained artificial heart (Jul 2),
was introduced to the public at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky.,
through a video link from his doctor's office. Tools survived with
the device for 151 days, and died Nov. 30, 2001, of other health
2001 Aug 21, In Argentina it
was planned to begin the use of the patacon, a negotiable bond, as
legal tender in the Buenos Aires province. The IMF announced plans
to add $8 billion to a $14 billion rescue package.
(WSJ, 8/21/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/22/01, p.A3)
2001 Aug 21, It was reported
that Chinese authorities had removed Khenpo Jigme Phuntsog (68), a
Tibetan monk, from his Serthar religious academy in the Larung
valley of Sichuan province. The move was seen as an effort to reduce
the 6-7 thousand monks and nuns living in the area.
(SFC, 8/21/01, p.A7)
2001 Aug 21, Yasser Arafat
agreed to truce talks with Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres.
(SFC, 8/22/01, p.A10)
2001 Aug 21, In Macedonia a
14th century monastery, St. Atanasie and the Holy Virgin, in Lesok
was bombed. Each side blamed the other.
(SFC, 8/22/01, p.A10)
2001 Aug 21, In Kosovo gunmen
killed 5 Albanians.
(WSJ, 8/22/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 21, It was reported
that rebels in Sierra Leone were still mining diamonds using
conscripts and children. Sales were being made to middlemen who
smuggled the stones out of the country. The UN mandate to enforce a
cease-fire did not include enforcing a mining ban.
(SFC, 8/21/01, p.A6)
2001 Aug 21, Zimbabwe halted
beef exports as foot-and-mouth disease broke out in the latest
series of farm expropriations where militants released quarantined
(WSJ, 8/22/01, p.A1)
2002 Aug 21, President Bush
told reporters at his Texas ranch that ousting Iraq's Saddam Hussein
was "in the interests of the world" but indicated the United States
was in no hurry.
2002 Aug 21, A jury in San
Diego convicted David Westerfield of kidnapping 7-year-old Danielle
van Dam from her home and killing her. Westerfield was later
sentenced to death.
2002 Aug 21, Michael Kopper,
former Enron financial executive, pleaded guilty to charges related
to wire fraud and money laundering. He admitted to large kickbacks
to the CFO, Andrew Fastow, and agreed to return $12 million.
(SFC, 8/21/02, p.A1)(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 21, Weldon Spring,
Missouri, was reported open to the public as tourist attraction. The
radioactive site opened after a $1 billion, 16-year cleanup.
(SFC, 8/21/02, p.A2)
2002 Aug 21, A new Lockheed
Martin Atlas V rocket launched a 4-ton French communications
satellite into orbit.
(WSJ, 8/23/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 21, In Canada Pres.
Chretien, amid growing rifts within his Liberal Party, said he will
not seek a 4th term and will resign in Feb 2004.
(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A8)
2002 Aug 21, Israeli troops
blew up two apartment buildings in a Gaza Strip refugee camp, just
hours after undercover forces killed the brother of a radical
Palestinian leader during an arrest raid in the West Bank. Israeli
security officials announced the breakup of a Hamas cell in East
(AP, 8/21/02)(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A7)
2002 Aug 21, In east Nepal a
massive landslide triggered by monsoon rains wiped out a village,
killing at least 60 people.
2002 Aug 21, North Korean
leader Kim Jong Il toured the shop floor of a Russian defense plant,
getting a firsthand glimpse of how Russia's Sukhoi fighter jets are
2002 Aug 21, In Pakistan Pres.
Musharraf announced sweeping changes to the Constitution that
boosted the power of his authoritarian regime. His decrees included
a security council that institutionalized the military's role in
government; power to fire the prime minister and dissolve the
legislature; a requirement for all candidates to have university
(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 10/12/02, p.A20)(SSFC,
2003 Aug 21, Alabama's top
judge, Chief Justice Roy Moore, refused to back down in his fight to
keep a Ten Commandments monument and lashed out at his colleagues
who ordered it removed from the rotunda of the state judicial
2003 Aug 21, Paul Hamm put
together a near-perfect routine on the high bar to become the first
American man to win the all-around gold medal at the World
2003 Aug 21, Coca Cola signed
basketball prodigy LeBron Jones (18) to a 6-year deal to pitch
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R10)
2003 Aug 21, Argentina's Senate
voted overwhelmingly to scrap a pair of amnesty laws dating to the
1980s that had ended trials for human rights abuses committed during
the country's military dictatorship.
2003 Aug 21, The US military
reported that Ali Hassan al-Majid, No. 5 on the list of most-wanted
Iraqis, had been captured. [see Apr 5]
2003 Aug 21, In Ecuador some
1000 Indians and union workers marched through Quito, protesting the
economic policies of President Lucio Gutierrez.
2003 Aug 21, France raised the
death toll from the recent heat wave to as many as 10,000.
(SFC, 8/22/03, p.A9)
2003 Aug 21, Israel killed
Ismail Abu Shanab, a senior Hamas political leader, in a missile
strike, retaliating for a suicide bombing of a bus in which 20
people died including six children. Abu Shanab was widely
regarded as a moderate in the group, and served as a liaison with
Abbas during the prime minister's efforts to persuade Hamas to halt
attacks. Palestinian militants abandoned a two-month-old truce after
Israel killed the Hamas leader.
(AP, 8/21/03)(AP, 8/21/08)
2003 Aug 21, Liberia's rebels
and government chose Gyude Bryant, a gentle-mannered businessman, to
lead a transition administration.
2003 Aug 21, Vladimir Gusinsky,
former Russian media mogul who clashed with the Kremlin and fled
under fraud accusations three years ago, was arrested at the Athens
airport. Russia initially sought Gusinsky on charges of
misrepresenting the assets of his company Media-Most to obtain a
$262 million loan from the government-controlled gas giant Gazprom.
It later added allegations of money laundering.
2004 Aug 21, In Ohio health
officials said cases of gastrointestinal illness had risen to 510
from people in the Put-in-Bay resort area.
(SSFC, 8/22/04, p.A3)
2004 Aug 21, In Afghanistan US
soldiers opened fire on a pickup truck that failed to stop at a
checkpoint in central Ghazni province, killing a man and two women.
2004 Aug 21, In Dhaka,
Bangladesh, a series of bombs exploded as Sheikh Hasina, a top
opposition leader, was speaking at a rally from atop a truck,
killing 23 people and injuring hundreds. On March 18, 2012 a court
charged Tareque Rahman (46), the eldest son of former premier
Khaleda Zia, over the grenade attack. Rahman was living in Britain
and would be tried in absentia.
(AP, 8/21/04)(Econ, 6/18/05, p.37)(AFP, 3/18/12)
2004 Aug 21, In Chechnya gunmen
attacked a police station and polling sites in Grozny, killing
several people 8 days before a special election to replace the
region's assassinated president.
2004 Aug 21, A Chinese official
said a lethal strain of avian influenza had been found among pigs at
(SFC, 8/21/04, p.A9)
2004 Aug 21, The International
Gymnastics Federation ruled that South Korean Yang Tae-young was
unfairly docked a tenth of a point in the all-around gymnastics
final at the Athens Olympics, costing him the gold medal that ended
up going to Paul Hamm of the United States; however, the ruling did
not change the final result.
2004 Aug 21, Iraq celebrated
their national soccer team's startling 1-0 victory over Australia in
the Olympic quarterfinal.
2004 Aug 21, In Najaf, Iraq,
militants loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr kept their
hold on a revered shrine, and clashes flared.
2004 Aug 21, Pakistani
officials said they had arrested at least five al-Qaida-linked
terrorists who were plotting suicide attacks on government leaders
and the U.S. Embassy.
2004 Aug 21, Sudan signed an
agreement to ensure the voluntary return of more than one million
people displaced by fighting in the Darfur region and said it was
giving Darfuris more say in local government.
2004 Aug 21, The head of the
Organization of American States said the results of an audit
supported the official vote count showing that President Hugo Chavez
won this month's recall referendum in Venezuela.
2004 Aug 21, A military plane
crashed into a mountain in central Venezuela, killing 25 people,
including five children.
2005 Aug 21-2005 Aug 22, US
federal authorities indicted 87 Asians and US citizens on charges of
smuggling counterfeit money, drugs and cigarettes into the US.
(SFC, 8/23/05, p.A3)
2005 Aug 21, Harvard scientists
said they have fused an adult skin cell with an embryonic stem cell
in a potentially dramatic development that could lead to the
creation of useful stem cells without first having to create and
destroy human embryos.
(AP, 8/22/05)(SFC, 8/22/05, p.A2)
2005 Aug 21, Robert Moog
(b.1934), developer of the music synthesizer (1964), died in NC. The
1968 hit record “Switched-On-Bach” by Walter Carlos (Wendy Carlos)
used the Moog synthesizer and Carlos used it to produce the
soundtrack for “A Clockwork Orange” (1971).
(SFC, 8/23/05, p.B5)(WSJ, 8/24/05, p.D10)(Econ,
2005 Aug 21, Afghan forces and
US Marines killed more than 40 suspected militants in an operation
against insurgents in the Koregnal Valley, believed responsible for
twin attacks that killed 19 troops in June.
2005 Aug 21, A roadside bomb
killed four US soldiers and wounded three others as they patrolled
2005 Aug 21, Bangladeshi and
Indian border officials resolved a dispute over embankment building
on a river cutting across their frontier that led to heavy firing by
2005 Aug 21, A merchant vessel
rescued 3 people north of Matanzas, Cuba, after 5 days at sea. No
one else was found. 31 people were believed killed in the Florida
Straits in their attempt to reach the US.
2005 Aug 21, Protests in
Ecuador's northeast Amazon region that brought oil production to a
halt were suspended after demonstrators and the government agreed to
2005 Aug 21, Egyptian police
arrested 300 people as security forces deployed 2,100 men backed by
armored vehicles in the Sinai Peninsula for a massive sweep through
the rugged desert region in search of terrorists involved in a
series of recent bombings.
2005 Aug 21, Voting in eastern
Ethiopia ended peacefully, as elite forces, pro-government militia
and police patrolled streets to secure the region's delayed
elections. Dr. Berhanu Nega (b.1958) was elected mayor of Addis
Ababa. He was jailed in Kaliti Prison following riots in October
from where he authored a book entitled “Dawn of Freedom.” Nega, the
founder of Ginbot 7, was sentenced to death in absentia in 2009
after he moved to exile in the US.
2005 Aug 21, Pope Benedict XVI
triumphantly ended his four-day trip to his native Germany,
celebrating an open-air Mass for a million people in Cologne.
2005 Aug 21, Thousands of
troops poured into four Gaza settlements, the final phase of
removing settlers from the coastal strip.
2005 Aug 21, Security forces
arrested 10 suspected militants from Pakistan's North Waziristan
region and recovered weapons, wigs and women's outfits from a fake
2005 Aug 21, In Scotland Rory
Blackhall (11), from Livingston in West Lothian, was found
2006 Aug 21, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger and Democratic lawmakers agreed to raise California’s
minimum wage by $1.25 over the next year to $8.00 per hour, making
it the highest minimum wage in the nation.
(SFC, 8/22/06, p.A1)
2006 Aug 21, NATO and Afghan
forces used aircraft in clashes that left 14 militants dead, capping
several days of intense fighting that killed more than 100 people
and threatened efforts to stabilize southern Afghanistan.
2006 Aug 21, Burundi police
arrested former President Domitien Ndayizeye, apparently in
connection with an alleged plot to overthrow the tiny central
African country's government.
2006 Aug 21, A fierce gun
battle pinned down foreign envoys in the Congolese capital Kinshasa
as fighting erupted for a second day following the announcement of a
presidential election run-off. At least five people died in
(Reuters, 8/21/06)(AFP, 8/21/06)
2006 Aug 21, In northern Egypt
a passenger train barreled into railway station and collided with a
second train outside Qalyoub, killing at least 58 people and
injuring more than 100.
(AFP, 8/21/06)(SFC, 8/22/06, p.A3)
2006 Aug 21, In London,
England, 11 people were charged with conspiracy to commit murder in
the alleged plot to blow up as many as 10 trans-Atlantic jetliners.
One person, a woman, was released without charge. In 2009 Adam
Khatib (23) was sentenced for plotting with Abdulla Ahmed Ali, who
was convicted of leading the team. Ali was sentenced in September,
2009, to 40 years. Nabeel Hussain (25) received eight years while
Mohammed Shamin Uddin (39) was jailed for seven years.
(AP, 8/21/06)(AP, 12/10/09)
2006 Aug 21, In Haiti Amaral
Duclona, the leader of a major gang, defied President Rene Preval's
orders to disarm, saying his followers would give up their weapons
only if UN peacekeepers stop conducting raids in the slums.
2006 Aug 21, Diplomats and UN
officials said Iran has turned away UN inspectors wanting to examine
its underground nuclear site in an apparent violation of the
2006 Aug 21, In Iraq a US
serviceman was killed when the vehicle he was traveling in was hit
by a roadside bomb north of Baghdad. A defiant Saddam Hussein
refused to enter a plea on genocide charges and dismissed the court
as illegitimate as his second trial began.
(Reuters, 8/21/06)(AP, 8/21/07)
2006 Aug 21, Police raided the
official residence of Israeli President Moshe Katsav as part of a
sexual harassment investigation, seizing computers and documents.
Israeli troops shot two Hezbollah guerrillas during a clash in the
southern Lebanese village of Chamaa.
(AP, 8/21/06)(AP, 8/22/06)
2006 Aug 21, In Mexico’s
Chiapas state Juan Sabines, of Lopez Obrador's Democratic Revolution
Party (PRD), held a razor-thin lead over Jose Antonio Aguilar
Bodegas, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), who also is
backed by President Vicente Fox's National Action Party. Oaxaca sank
further into chaos as protesters armed with machetes, pipes and
clubs seized 12 private radio stations, cut off highways, and
blockaded bus terminals and newspaper offices.
2006 Aug 21, In Nigeria
soldiers stopped cars at checkpoints and arrested 60 people in the
third day of a crackdown on militants in the volatile oil region.
2006 Aug 21, In Russia a bomb
blast tore through a Moscow market, killing at least 11 people and
over 50 people. 3 detainees, all in their late teens or early 20s,
confessed to the crime.
(AP, 8/21/06)(AP, 8/22/07)
2006 Aug 21, Somalia’s
embattled PM Ali Mohamed Gedi named a new Cabinet, two weeks after
the old one was dissolved amid a rift within the UN-backed
transitional government over how to respond to the growing influence
of Islamic militants.
2006 Aug 21, South Korea and
the US launched joint military exercises, held annually since 1975,
despite protests from North Korea. The Ulchi Focus Lens exercises
were scheduled to run until September 1.
2006 Aug 21, In northern Spain
at least 6 people died in a train derailment.
2006 Aug 21, Saudi police
killed two armed men during clashes in the Red Sea port of Jeddah.
2007 Aug 21, A research firm
said US foreclosure filings rose 9 percent from June to July and
surged 93 percent over the same period last year, with Nevada,
Georgia and Michigan accounting for the highest foreclosure rates
2007 Aug 21, The US shuttle
Endeavour landed in Florida following a 13-day assembly mission on
the international space station.
(SFC, 8/22/07, p.A3)
2007 Aug 21, California state
senators ended a 52-day budget impasse and agreed on a $145 million
spending plan for 2007-2008.
(SFC, 8/22/07, p.A1)
2007 Aug 21, The board of MGM
Mirage approved a deal with Dubai World in which the holding company
for the Persian Gulf state will eventually acquire a 9.5% stake and
50% ownership in the Las Vegas CityCenter project.
(WSJ, 8/22/07, p.A3)
2007 Aug 21, An Australian
court ruled that the country's immigration minister wrongly revoked
a work visa for an Indian doctor who was briefly accused of links
with a failed British car bomb plot in June.
2007 Aug 21, Students in
emergency-ruled Bangladesh clashed with police for a second day
demanding that the army withdraw from Dhaka university campus.
2007 Aug 21, China’s government
announced that mainland citizens would be allowed to invest in Hong
Kong. State media reported that a test run of traffic controls to
clear Beijing's smoggy skies for next year's Olympic Games
successfully improved air quality. Media also reported that China
will execute people who sabotage the electricity supply, reversing
recent steps to rein in widespread use of the death penalty.
2007 Aug 21, The European
Central Bank provided more cash for banks that have been clamoring
for money, injecting $370.6 billion in its normal weekly
2007 Aug 21, The EU said it
will resume vital fuel aid to the Gaza Strip's electric company,
money the bloc suspended because of suspicions that Gaza's Hamas
rulers were diverting revenues.
2007 Aug 21, Haleh Esfandiari,
a detained Iranian-American academic accused of conspiring against
the government, was freed on bail from the Tehran prison where she
had been jailed since early May. Esfandiari, director of the Middle
East program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for
Scholars, was freed on $333,000 bail.
2007 Aug 21, In Iraq French
Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner called on Europe to play a bigger
role in Iraq because "the Americans will not be able to get this
country out of difficulty alone." The postwar Iraqi tribunal trying
former Saddam Hussein aides opened its third proceeding, putting
former Defense Minister Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical
Ali," and 14 other men on trial.
(AP, 8/21/07)(AP, 8/21/08)
2007 Aug 21, The Israeli army
said ground forces fired at gunmen who approached the Israel-Gaza
border fence. The Islamic Jihad group said three militants on a
mission against Israel were killed. Palestinians fired three rockets
into Israel including one that hit an empty kindergarten in the town
of Sderot near Gaza. Israeli troops targeted two figures spotted
near a rocket launcher in an area of northern Gaza where a rocket
had been fired into Israel earlier. The fire killed a 10-year-old
and a 12-year-old who were members of the same extended family. The
army said Palestinian rocket teams have been known to send young
children to retrieve rocket launchers after firing.
2007 Aug 21, Japanese PM Shinzo
Abe arrived in New Delhi to firm up billions of dollars of
investment projects, expand trade ties and discuss India's
controversial nuclear cooperation deal.
2007 Aug 21, Hurricane Dean
slammed into the Caribbean coast of Mexico as a roaring Category 5
hurricane, the most intense Atlantic storm to make landfall in two
decades. Dean made landfall after killing 13 people in the
2007 Aug 21, In Northern
Ireland animal rights officials seized more than a dozen dogs bred
for combat in the latest crackdown on illegal dogfighting.
2007 Aug 21, Russian news
agencies reported that authorities have detained a high-level
narcotics officer they say was behind large-scale drug sales over
2007 Aug 21, Hana Ponicka (85),
a Slovak writer and former anti-communist dissident, died.
2007 Aug 21, The leader of
India's ruling party, Sonia Gandhi, arrived in South Africa for a
three-day visit in a bid to strengthen ties between the two nations.
2007 Aug 21, Sudanese forces
surrounded and attacked Darfur's most volatile camp to flush out
rebels they say are behind recent attacks on police.
2007 Aug 21, Hundreds of people
held an anti-gay protest in Uganda's capital, denouncing what they
called an "immoral" lifestyle and demanding the deportation of an
American journalist writing about gay rights in the deeply
2007 Aug 21, Venezuela's
National Assembly, dominated by allies of President Hugo Chavez,
gave unanimous initial approval to constitutional reforms that would
allow him to run for re-election and possibly govern for decades to
2008 Aug 21, David Walker,
recently with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), was the
subject of the film documentary I.O.U.S.A. The film focused on
America’s financial condition and that it is a lot worse than
advertised, as the US debt rose to $9.5 trillion. It was produced by
Sarah Gibson, Christine O'Malley; directed by Patrick Creadon;
written by Patrick Creadon, Christine O'Malley; music by Peter
Golub; distributed by Roadside Attractions.
(Econ, 8/16/08, p.68)(http://tinyurl.com/4t3r2g)
2008 Aug 21, The US government
said it will allow producers of fresh iceberg lettuce and spinach to
use irradiation to control food-borne pathogens and extend shelf
(SFC, 8/22/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 21, Forbes magazine
reported that Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej (80) is the world's
richest royal sovereign with a fortune estimated at 35 billion
dollars, and oil-rich Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (60) of Abu
Dhabi is far back at No. 2 with 23 billion.
2008 Aug 21, Intel showed off a
wireless electric power system at the California firm's annual
developers forum in San Francisco. Analysts said it could
revolutionize modern life by freeing devices from transformers and
2008 Aug 21, In the US Virgin
Islands a judge imposed a life sentence on Daniel Castillo,
convicted of strangling Laquina Hennis, a 12-year-old girl, last
2008 Aug 21, Tropical Storm Fay
forced the evacuation of more Florida residents as it made landfall
for a 3rd time this week.
(WSJ, 8/22/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 21, British PM Gordon
Brown visited Kabul after meeting with British troops in Helmand
province. Brown pledged more support for Afghanistan including 120
million dollars towards a development fund that would include paying
teachers' salaries and 17 million dollars for a radio station in
Helmand. 11 militants reportedly died in a clash in the south.
Afghan and international troops clashed with militants in Khas in
Uruzgan province, killing 11 militants.
(AP, 8/21/08)(AP, 8/22/08)
2008 Aug 21, Britain's
government confirmed that a contractor lost a memory device
containing information on every prison inmate in England and Wales.
2008 Aug 21, Greek police
announced the arrest of Vassilis Paleokostas, the country's most
wanted man, while tracking down the alleged kidnappers of
industrialist Giorgos Mylonas, who was freed in June after his
family paid a ransom.
2008 Aug 21, Monsoon rains
pummeled northern India, bringing dozens of buildings crashing down
and killing 74 people. The deaths were reported in Uttar Pradesh
state, bringing this monsoon season's death toll to more than 300
people across India.
2008 Aug 21, US Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari
said they agree that timetables should be set for the withdrawal of
US troops. A key part of the US-Iraqi draft agreement envisions the
withdrawal of American forces from Iraq's cities by next June 30.
The US military released an Iraqi television cameraman for the
Reuters news agency and other news organizations without charges
after 26 days in detention.
(AP, 8/21/08)(AP, 8/22/08)
2008 Aug 21, Seif al-Islam
Gadhafi, the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, said he will no
longer be involved in politics, defying in a surprise announcement
long-held expectations he was preparing to succeed his father.
2008 Aug 21, In Mexico Pres.
Calderon, congressional leaders, all state governors and a bevy of
others signed a “National Agreement for Security.”
(Econ, 9/6/08, p.44)
2008 Aug 21, A Montenegrin
court ordered three US citizens and seven other ethnic Albanians
back to prison after convicting them of plotting a rebellion to
establish an Albanian autonomous region within the Adriatic country.
2008 Aug 21, In Pakistan 2
suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the country’s main
defense industry complex in Wah, killing at least 67 people with 102
(Reuters, 8/21/08)(AP, 8/22/08)
2008 Aug 21, Russian forces
blocked the only land entrance to Georgia's main port city, a day
before Russia promised to complete a troop pullout from its
2008 Aug 21, Armed pirates
hijacked a Japanese chemical tanker with 19 crew, an Iranian bulk
carrier with 29 crew, and a German cargo ship with a crew of 9 off
(AP, 8/21/08)(AP, 8/22/08)
2008 Aug 21, In Sri Lanka
helicopter gunships attacked a rebel fortification in the northern
district of Vavuniya. 21 rebels and two soldiers died in fighting.
(AP, 8/21/08)(AP, 8/22/08)
2009 Aug 21, Guaranty Bank
became the 2nd-largest US bank to fail this year after the Texas
lender was shut down by regulators and most of its operations sold
at a loss of billions of dollars for the US government to a major
Spanish bank. Guaranty's failure, along with those of three small
banks in Georgia and Alabama, brought to 81 the number of US bank
failures this year.
2009 Aug 21, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai's campaign and chief rival Abdullah Abdullah both said
they had won Afghanistan's election, but Washington's chief envoy
warned candidates not to declare victory prematurely.
2009 Aug 21, Australian leader
Kevin Rudd and his trans-Tasman counterpart John Key chaired the
first-ever joint meeting of their cabinets, and said it had been a
valuable opportunity to discuss their joint challenges. They vowed
closer military ties and collaboration on climate change in the
2009 Aug 21, A massive oil and
gas leak forced the evacuation of an oil rig off Australia's
northwest coast. PTTEP Australasia, a branch of Thai-owned PTT
Exploration and Production Co. Ltd., said about 40 barrels of oil
had been discharged in the initial incident, and it was still
attempting to bring the leak under control at the rig, owned by
Norway's Seadrill. After 2 days PTTEP said plugging the leak will
take weeks. Government officials said there was little threat of
environmental damage. By the end of October an estimated 400 barrels
a day of oil continued leaking from the fissure off the Australian
coast. PTTEP Australasia has failed repeatedly to stop the leak but
said it is still trying.
(AFP, 8/22/09)(AP, 8/23/09)(AP, 10/30/09)
2009 Aug 21, In Chechnya
suicide bombers on bicycles detonated explosives, killing at least
four police officers and a civilian in coordinated attacks in the
2009 Aug 21, Chile's health
ministry said it ordered a quarantine for two turkey farms outside
the port city of Valparaiso after genetic tests confirmed sick birds
were afflicted with the same swine flu virus circulating in humans.
2009 Aug 21, In Iraq a small
truck passed through an Iraqi police checkpoint in southern Baghdad
but was not searched minutes before exploding at the front gate of
the market, killing two and wounding 20.
2009 Aug 21, Mexico
decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and heroin, a
move that prosecutors say makes sense even in the midst of the
government's grueling battle against drug traffickers. Gunmen killed
an army officer Capt. Alejandro Aranda and another man in a bowling
alley in Ciudad Juarez, a border city that has seen Mexico's highest
levels of drug-related violence in recent years.
(AP, 8/21/09)(AP, 8/22/09)
2009 Aug 21, New Zealanders
voted overwhelmingly to overturn a law that prohibits parents from
hitting children, according to the results of a nationwide
referendum, but the government said the law is working and won't be
changed. In the postal vote 87.6% of voters responded "No" to the
question: "Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a
criminal offense in New Zealand?"
2009 Aug 21, Leading Pakistani
Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud was appointed the new head of
the militant group. Hakimullah (28), the military chief of
Baitullah's Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or Pakistani Taliban
Movement, commanded 3 tribal regions and has a reputation as
Baitullah's most ruthless deputy. A US drone fired a missile into a
suspected militant hide-out in North Waziristan, killing 12 people
in an attempt to take out Siraj Haqqani, a jihadist commander
accused of attacks on Western troops in Afghanistan. Haqqani, a
prime suspect in suicide blasts in Kabul, held close ties to
Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency and controlled a
swathe of territory in North Waziristan and eastern Afghanistan.
(AP, 8/22/09)(AP, 8/21/09)(SFC, 8/22/09,
p.A2)(Econ, 10/17/09, p.36)
2009 Aug 21, Philippine police
arrested Dinno-Amor Rosalejos Pareja, also known as Khalil Pareja,
the alleged leader of a radical Islamist group believed to be
responsible for one of Southeast Asia's deadliest terror attacks.
Pareja is allegedly the leader of the Rajah Solaiman Movement, a
group of Christian converts to Islam. The group is believed to be
behind the 2004 ferry bombing that killed 116 people in Manila Bay.
It was the second-most deadly terrorist attack in Southeast Asia
after the 2002 attack on the Indonesian resort island of Bali that
killed 202 people.
2009 Aug 21, A landslide at
Portugal’s Maria Luisa beach in Albufeira on the Algarve coast
killed five people and injured at least four.
2009 Aug 21, Slovakia stopped
Hungary’s Pres. Laszlo Solyom from crossing its border. This was a
breach of EU rules on freedom of movement. Solyom had planned
to unveil a statue of St. Stephen, the first king of Hungary, in the
predominantly Hungarian city of Komarno. Slovakia’s government had
objected to the visit as the date coincided with the “Prague Spring”
of 1968, when Hungary, as part of the Warsaw pact, took part in the
Soviet crush of Czechoslovakia’s independence movement.
(Econ, 8/29/09, p.46)
2009 Aug 21, In Somalia an
insurgent attack on a peacekeeping base sparked gunbattles that
killed at least 22 people, as the undermanned African peacekeeping
force tried to maintain the government's tenuous hold on Somalia's
2010 Aug 21, Newly ubiquitous
"Golden Girls" actress Betty White won the fifth Emmy of her career
for hosting an episode of "Saturday Night Live," while fellow screen
veteran Ann-Margret got a standing ovation after receiving her first
2010 Aug 21, In Alaska a
float-plane carrying 4 people went missing 285 miles southwest of
Anchorage. The passengers included 3 Katmai National Park rangers.
(SFC, 8/23/10, p.A5)
2010 Aug 21, Roland Haas (58),
a Georgia-based former Army Reserve intelligence officer, was found
dead from a gunshot wound that pierced his femoral artery. In 2007
Haas had authored “Enter the Past Tense: My Secret Life as a CIA
Assassin.” Several former CIA officials denounced the book as a
(SFC, 8/26/10, p.A10)
2010 Aug 21, It was reported
that the cost of sustaining each American soldier in Afghanistan is
about $1 million.
(Econ, 8/21/10, p.33)
2010 Aug 21, In Afghanistan 2
foreign soldiers fighting the Taliban were killed in separate
attacks. 5 civilians were killed in northern Afghanistan when an IED
detonated. In the north insurgents, using a bomb detonated by remote
control, destroyed the vehicle in which former guerrilla commander
Salaam Pahlawan was traveling as he made his way to government
offices in Faryab province's Al Mar district. The attack also killed
two of Pahlawan's sons, ages 5 and 10, and two bodyguards. In Herat
province insurgents ambushed a convoy carrying a provincial council
member running for a seat in next month's elections for the national
parliament, killing the man's brother. Insurgents in Kandahar
province killed the head of a private security company, while one
civilian was killed and five wounded by a land mine in Herat's Anjil
district. At least 15 police officers were killed across the
country. This included 6 killed while asleep at a checkpoint on ring
Road in Helmand province.
(AFP, 8/21/10)(AP, 8/22/10)(SSFC, 8/22/10, p.A6)
2010 Aug 21, Australians voted
between giving their first female prime minister her own election
mandate and returning to a conservative government after just three
years. The inconclusive election left the nation facing its first
hung parliament since 1940. Both Labor and the Liberal-led coalition
conceded that neither is likely to hold the 76 seats needed to form
a government in the 150-seat lower chamber.
(Reuters, 8/21/10)(AP, 8/22/10)
2010 Aug 21, In Bangladesh at
least 15 people died over the last 24 hours after drinking toxic
home-brewed liquor in the northeast. They had consumed alcohol mixed
with toxic methanol in the Sylhet district late Aug 18.
2010 Aug 21, In Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, gunmen engaged in a shootout with police took 30 people
hostage at a luxury hotel popular with foreign tourists but within
hours freed the captives and surrendered to police. One bystander
was killed as she was getting out of a taxi.
2010 Aug 21, In China the Yalu
river, which marks the Chinese-North Korean border, breached its
banks on both sides following torrential rains. Four people died and
more than 94,000 were evacuated. In North Korea at least 5,150
people were evacuated as residents clambered on rooftops or took
shelter on hilltops.
(AFP, 8/21/10)(AP, 8/22/10)
2010 Aug 21, In Egypt a Vincent
Van Gogh painting, identified as "Poppy Flowers," was cut out of its
frame in the Mahmoud Khalil museum after it opened in the morning.
The painting was valued at 55 million dollars. The painting of the
yellow and red flowers in a vase had been stolen before, in 1977,
but was found the following year. None of the alarms and only seven
out of 43 surveillance cameras were working at the Cairo museum
where the painting was stolen. In October a court convicted 11
officials from the Culture Ministry of gross negligence and
sentenced them to 3 years in prison, pending an appeal.
(AFP, 8/21/10)(AP, 8/22/10)(SFC, 10/13/10, p.A2)
2010 Aug 21, Iranian and
Russian engineers began loading fuel into Iran's first nuclear power
plant, which Moscow has promised to safeguard to prevent material at
the site from being used in any potential weapons production.
2010 Aug 21, Israel and the
Palestinians accepted a US call to restart direct peace talks but
politicians on both sides have warned of the pitfalls ahead, saying
talks will be stillborn unless Israel halts building in West Bank
settlements. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak accepted an invitation
to attend the start of direct peace talks.
2010 Aug 21, In Mexico a
gunbattle erupted between police and gunmen in Ciudad Juarez,
killing one person and prompting US authorities to close a highway
that runs along the border in El Paso, Texas. The bodies of two
security guards for Mexican bottling company FEMSA were found dead a
day after a shootout in Santa Catalina, a suburb of Monterrey.
2010 Aug 21, A consortium of
Mexican investors said they have acquired 95 percent of Mexicana de
Aviacion airline, which earlier this month filed for bankruptcy
protection. The Tenedora K group was formed "to capitalize" and
"save" Nuevo Grupo Aeronautico, the holding company that controls
Mexicana de Aviacion and two domestic airlines, Mexicana Click and
2010 Aug 21, About 150,000
Pakistanis were forced to move to higher ground over the last 24
hours as floodwaters from a freshly swollen Indus River submerged
dozens more towns and villages in the south. The floods have
affected about one-fifth of Pakistan's territory, straining its
civilian government as it also struggles against al-Qaida and
Taliban violence. At least 6 million people have been made homeless
and 20 million affected overall. The economic cost is expected to
run into billions of dollars.
2010 Aug 21, In Pakistan
suspected US missiles fired from an unmanned drone killed six
militants in a tribal region near the Afghan border.
2010 Aug 21, Laura Dekker, a
14-year-old Dutch sailor, departed in secrecy from Gibraltar on her
quest to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world,
avoiding the media because her manager said she didn't want the
2010 Aug 21, In the Philippines
communist guerrillas, the New People’s Army, killed a local council
member in northern Samar province and then waited for police to
arrive. They then killed 8 police officers.
(SSFC, 8/22/10, p.A6)
2010 Aug 21, In Romania
Gheorghe Apostol (b.1913), a veteran Communist politician, died. He
gained international attention in 1989 by publicly criticizing
Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
2010 Aug 21, In Russia
Madomedali Vagabov, the man suspected of organizing suicide bombings
that killed 40 people on the Moscow subway in March, was killed in a
shootout with Russian security forces. The National Antiterrorism
Committee told Russian news agencies that Vagabov was effectively
second in command in the separatist insurgency in Russia's
mountainous North Caucasus region.
2010 Aug 21, Hundreds of
residents of Kaliningrad, Russia's Baltic exclave, gathered on a
central square to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Vladimir
2010 Aug 21, In Venezuela a
soldier, identified as Jeffersson Jose Trujillo Vasquez, shot and
killed two officers at the Fort Tiuna military base in Caracas,
setting off a gunfight that wounded six other soldiers. Trujillo
Vasquez was arrested on Sep 21 in a slum in the city of Araure in
the western state of Portuguesa.
(AP, 8/21/10)(AP, 9/22/10)
2011 Aug 21, Northwestern
University researchers reported that they found that the basis of
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a malfunctioning protein
recycling system in the neurons of the brain and spinal cord.
2011 Aug 21, In El Cajon, San
Diego County, Ca., Kevin Collier committed suicide after killing his
baby daughter and mother-in-law. He wounded a police officer and
torched his home before killing himself. His wife had filed for
divorce days before.
(SFC, 8/27/11, p.A4)
2011 Aug 21, In northern
Indiana Arthur L. Anderson a 76-year-old Scout leader was stabbed to
death while leading Boy Scouts on a hiking trip. Suspect Shane C.
Golitko (22), who battered his mother and killed a dog near the
trail, was arrested following an eight-mile police chase.
2011 Aug 21, Afghan election
officials said that nine parliamentarians should be removed from
their posts because of election fraud allegations, an attempt to put
an end to a nearly yearlong state of limbo in the legislature. 3
government officials were gunned down, 2 in Helmand province and one
in Kandahar city. A district education director and two tribal
leaders were shot and killed by Taliban militants in Paktika
province's Omany district. Two Afghan civilians were killed in
Paktika’s Yahyakhail district when their motorbike hit a roadside
bomb. Villagers in Helmand province stoned to death a Taliban
commander and his bodyguard after they killed a local man (60)
accused of aiding the government.
(AP, 8/21/11)(SFC, 8/23/11, p.A3)
2011 Aug 21, In Cape Verde, one
of Africa's most stable and prosperous nations, liberal opposition
candidate Jorge Carlos Fonseca unseated the party which held the
presidency for a decade. Fonseca, a former foreign minister, won
54.90 percent of the vote, besting his socialist rival Manuel
Inocencio Sousa, who garnered 45.91 percent of the vote.
2011 Aug 21, An Indian
government report said hundreds of unmarked graves in Kashmir hold
more than 2,000 bullet-riddled bodies that may include innocent
victims, despite police claims that they were militants fighting
Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan territory.
2011 Aug 21, In Libya large
anti-regime protests erupted in several Tripoli neighborhoods where
thousands braved the bullets of snipers perched atop high buildings.
At the same time, hundreds of rebel forces advanced to within 15
miles west of the capital and were rushing forward in pickup trucks
and on foot. Rebels swarmed into Tripoli late in the day and
restored the country’s internet connection.
(AP, 8/21/11)(AP, 8/22/11)(Econ, 8/27/11, p.11)
2011 Aug 21, In Nigeria three
Christians died in an overnight attack on the village of Kwi in
troubled Plateau state. At least 4 people died in floods in the
northeast town of Kari. Some 1,800 people were displaced by the
floods. Another house collapse in Kano killed six more people.
Nigerian officers arrested Babagana Ismail Kwaljima and Babagan
Mali, two men tied to Boko Haram. They were planning an attack that
took place on August 26. A 3rd suspect, Mamman Nur, remained at
(AP, 8/21/11)(AP, 8/22/11)(SFC, 9/1/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 21, In Pakistan
militants carried out a series of attacks against soldiers in the
rugged tribal region along the Afghan border, killing two troops and
wounding more than a dozen others.
2011 Aug 21, Palestinian
militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip bombarded southern Israel
with rockets and mortars and Israel hit back with an airstrike.
Israeli troops also rounded up 50 Hamas activists in the West Bank
in a sweeping overnight raid. Gaza militants agreed to a cease-fire
with Israel to stop three days of violence.
2011 Aug 21, In the central
Philippines the steel-hulled inter-island ferry, M/V Island
Fastcraft 1, with at least 75 people caught fire then sank amid
stormy weather, leaving 3 people dead, one missing while the rest
2011 Aug 21, In Poland two
small planes have crashed within half an hour of each other in
separate accidents in the southern part of the country, killing six
2011 Aug 21, In Spain Pope
Benedict XVI urged more than 1.5 million young people to become
missionaries for the faith as he concluded a glitch-marred church
youth festival and announced that the next edition will be in Rio de
Janeiro in 2013.
2011 Aug 21, Syria’s Pres.
Assad promised imminent reforms, including parliamentary elections
by February. The opposition rejected his remarks. Pro-regime gunmen
fired their guns in celebration after Assad's appearance, killing
two people overnight.
2011 Aug 21, Trinidad President
George Maxwell Richards issued the state of emergency decree
following a spike in violent crime that saw 11 murders in 48 hours.
Dusk to dawn curfews were imposed.
2011 Aug 21, Turkish airstrikes
on suspected rebel targets in northern Iraq killed seven Iraqi
civilians, including five children and a woman, in an attack on
Kortak mountain. Police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse
Kurdish protesters who tried to march to a main square in Istanbul
to denounce the Turkish raids. In demonstrators marched to protest
2011 Aug 21, Vietnamese police
swooped in and crushed an anti-China rally, arresting dozens of
protesters who refused to stop chanting and forcing them onto two
buses that were driven away.
2011 Aug 21, In southern Yemen
a pair of suicide bombings targeting anti-al-Qaida tribesmen killed
11 people in Abyan province.
2012 Aug 21, American swimmer
Diana Nyad (63) ended her 4th attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida
after 41 hours and 45 minutes of swimming.
(SFC, 8/22/12, p.A6)
2012 Aug 21, Cuba said it has
sentenced 12 people to prison for corruption, including high-ranking
government officials and employees of a jointly run Cuban-Canadian
2012 Aug 21, In Germany a trial
opened in Koblenz for 26 alleged neo-Nazis on accusations they were
responsible for a spate of attacks on leftists.
2012 Aug 21, Two leading rights
groups called for an end to international cash and technical
assistance to Iran's anti-drug campaign, which they said was
bolstering a rise in executions.
2012 Aug 21, In Lebanon
overnight clashes between supporters and opponents of President
Bashar Assad left two dead and as many as 45 wounded.
2012 Aug 21, Liberian President
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf suspended 46 government officials, including
her son, for failing to declare their assets.
2012 Aug 21, Mexico's Supreme
Court declared unconstitutional a key portion of a military law that
has broadened the influence of military courts and angered civilian
victims seeking justice.
2012 Aug 21, In Pakistan US
drones fired missiles at a vehicle in North Waziristan killing 5
suspected militants and injuring two.
(SFC, 8/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 21, In Pakistan barber
Yousaf Khan (32) was kidnapped by seven members of a landowning
family who gouged his eyes with a sharp knife before slitting his
ears, nose, lips and tongue over a relationship with a married woman
in the family in Mirzapur village.
2012 Aug 21, Sierra Leone said
it has signed a $15 million (12 million euro) loan agreement with
China for the installation of a fiber optic cable which will boost
2012 Aug 21, In South Africa
Platinum giant Lonmin eased off its threat to fire miners who failed
to return to work, as the government pleaded for time to mourn the
44 people killed during a wildcat strike. The company said about
one-third of Lonmin's 28,000 employees at the Marikana platinum mine
reported for work today.
2012 Aug 21, Syrian government
forces stormed Moadamiyeh, a rebel-held town outside Damascus after
days of fierce fighting, killing at least 23 fighters. Army shelling
bombarded a cemetery in a Damascus suburb during funerals for
victims of a freshly discovered massacre. Warplanes and helicopters
attacked towns and villages north of Aleppo, killing 2 civilians,
including a young boy. At least 128 people were killed nationwide,
among them 81 civilians.
(AP, 8/21/12)(AFP, 8/21/12)(SFC, 8/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 21, Syrian deputy PM
Qadri Jamil visiting Moscow held out the prospect that embattled
President Bashar al-Assad could leave power as part of a negotiated
settlement to the increasingly ferocious conflict.
2012 Aug 21, Togolese
authorities fired tear gas to disperse a protest by several thousand
people in the capital Lome. This was the first of three days of
demonstrations planned by Let's Save Togo, a coalition of opposition
and civil society groups. A week earlier Togo's government banned
street demonstrations in commercial centers.
2012 Aug 21, In Yemen suspected
Al-Qaeda militants blew up a pipeline pumping liquefied gas to the
southern Balhaf export terminal. The early morning attack caused a
complete halt in operations.
2013 Aug 21, In Maryland a
military judge sentenced Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison
for providing more than 700,000 government files to WikiLeaks.
(SFC, 8/22/13, p.A5)
2013 Aug 21, Former south Texas
Judge Abel Limas (59) was sentenced to six years in prison and three
years of supervised release for collecting bribes and kickbacks in
his Brownsville courtroom totalling $257,000.
(SFC, 8/22/13, p.A5)
2013 Aug 21, In the Central
African Republic a Red Cross official said at least 12 people are
dead following clashes in Bangui.
2013 Aug 21, An Egyptian court
ordered the release of ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
2013 Aug 21, The EU decided to
suspend exports of weapons and goods that could be used for internal
repression but did not halt aid programs for fear of hurting
ordinary Egyptians already hit hard.
2013 Aug 21, In southern
Germany a gunman opened fire on a meeting in Dossenheim village,
killing 2 people and wounding five before taking his own life.
2013 Aug 21, Greece's new state
television channel began airing news programs, more than two months
after the government's abrupt closure of state broadcaster ERT drew
international condemnation and triggered an acute political crisis.
2013 Aug 21, In Iraq two bomb
attacks halted the flow of crude oil through a pipeline running from
the Kirkuk oil fields to the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan in Turkey,
causing severe damage.
2013 Aug 21, Jordan's King
Abdullah II swore in 13 new Cabinet ministers, enlarging the
government as part of promised reforms.
2013 Aug 21, In Liberia Rodney
Sieh, managing director of Frontpage Africa, was taken into custody
following a Supreme Court ruling that the paper should pay US $1.6
million (1.2 million euros) for libelling former agriculture
minister J. Chris Toe. The court ordered that the paper be closed
down until the damages are paid in full. On Nov 20 Sieh said all
charges against him have been dropped.
(AFP, 8/27/13)(AP, 11/20/13)
2013 Aug 21, In Malaysia a bus
travelling from the hilltop gambling resort of Genting Highlands to
the capital Kuala Lumpur plunged 200 feet into a ravine, killing 37
people. 16 people survived.
(Reuters, 8/21/13)(SFC, 8/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 21, In northeast
Nigeria Islamist sect Boko Haram attacked the Gwoza Police Station,
killing 2 officers but losing 7 of its members.
2013 Aug 21, The Pakistani
military accused Indian troops of shelling across the disputed
Kashmir border and killing an army captain, the latest in a series
of alleged attacks over the past two weeks that have sparked tension
between the nuclear-armed rivals.
2013 Aug 21, Pakistan’s
government said flooding from monsoon rains has killed 139 people
and affected nearly a million others.
(SFC, 8/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 21, In Peru coffee
growers from the central jungle clashed with police as they demanded
more government help in grappling with the roya fungus that has
eaten up their crops and earnings this year.
2013 Aug 21, In Puerto Rico US
federal authorities had arrested at least 68 people and were seeking
seven more in a multimillion dollar Social Security fraud case.
Puerto Rico has been said to have one of the highest rates of fraud
involving federal disability benefits.
2013 Aug 21, In Mogadishu,
Somalia, gunmen killed 2 men and wounded two women, including a
Swede, as they ambushed a car in what police believe may have been
an attempted kidnap.
2013 Aug 21, Syrian
anti-government activists accused the regime of carrying out a toxic
gas attack that killed at least 130 people, including many children,
during intense artillery and rocket barrages on the eastern suburbs
(AP, 8/21/13)(SFC, 8/24/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 21, Yemen’s government
apologized to southern seccessionists over the 1994 civil war begun
against them by the previous president, in hopes of bringing them
back to talks on the future of the country. Assailants shot dead the
intelligence chief of the southern city of Aden and his nephew.
(SFC, 8/22/13, p.A2)(Reuters, 8/21/13)
2014 Aug 21, A US federal judge
ruled that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional,
but put a stay delaying the effect of his order.
(SFC, 8/22/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 21, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed legislation, effective Jan 1, overturning a ban
on pets at bars and restaurants, and giving businesses the option of
allowing dogs in outside spaces.
(SFC, 8/23/14, p.A1)
2014 Aug 21, In Massachusetts
Dias Kadyrbayev (20) pleaded guilty to impeding the investigation in
the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. He was accused of removing a
backpack containing emptied-out fireworks from the dorm room of
(SFC, 8/22/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 21, Oklahoma police
officer Daniel Ken Holtzclaw (27) was arrested on complaints of
sexually assaulting at least six women during traffic stops.
(SFC, 8/23/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 21, In Oregon Blue
Kalmbach (16) was sentenced to 11 years in prison for carving a
swastika into another teen's forehead last February. Before carving
the swastika with a box-cutter style of knife, he and three others
shot the victim with a BB gun, forced him to eat cat feces and hit
with him a crow bar and cricket-type bat. Kalmbach was the last of
four teenagers to be sentenced in the case.
2014 Aug 21, A new study
suggested that there is an oversupply of synapses in at least some
parts of the brains of children with autism.
(SFC, 8/22/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 21, Cambodian
officials said at least 45 people have been killed due to flooding
in the last month. Some 11,500 families have been forced to flee
their homes due to the flash floods along the Mekong River.
(SFC, 8/21/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 21, China's Xi Jinping
began a two-day trip to neighboring Mongolia -- the first Chinese
president to visit in more than a decade -- with trade high on the
agenda against a backdrop of resource nationalism.
2014 Aug 21, In southern China
at least seven people were stabbed in an apparently random attack in
(SFC, 8/21/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 21, The WHO said at
least 70 people have died in northern Democratic Republic of Congo
from an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, denying that the
illness was Ebola.
2014 Aug 21, Egypt's Cairo
airport and Tunisia cancelled most flights to and from Libya, days
after the Libyan government said unidentified war planes had
attacked positions of armed groups in Tripoli.
2014 Aug 21, In Iraq the
Islamic State stoned a man to death in Mosul.
2014 Aug 21, An Israeli air
strike in the Gaza Strip killed 3 senior Hamas commanders (Mohammed
Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum). Palestinian
health officials said 26 Palestinians, including 3 children, the
Hamas commanders and at least 2 other militants, were killed in
2014 Aug 21, Lithuania signed a
deal with Norway's Statoil to supply natural gas to the country's
new terminal starting 2015, as the Baltic state strives to cut its
dependence on Russian energy.
2014 Aug 21, Mexican officials
increased the number of disappeared people since the 2006 start of
its drug war to 22,322.
(SFC, 8/23/14, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/onzjzhj)
2014 Aug 21, Pakistan’s lower
house of parliament passed a unanimous resolution rejecting calls
for PM Sharif's resignation and vowing to uphold democracy.
Opposition politician Imran Khan called off talks with the
government aimed at ending protests seeking the fall of the prime
minister, which have unnerved the nuclear-armed nation.
2014 Aug 21, Gunmen in
northwest Pakistan opened fire on tankers carrying fuel for NATO
troops in Afghanistan, killing a driver and wounding two others.
2014 Aug 21, Philippine police
arrested eight suspected members of an online syndicate in bulacan
province. They were accused of blackmailing over 1,00 Hong Kong and
Singaporean residents after luring them into exposing themselves in
front of a webcam.
(SFC, 8/23/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 21, Russian natural
gas exporter Gazprom said that Ukraine's outstanding debt for gas
supplies stood at $5.3 billion as of Aug. 1 and called on Kiev to
ensure that gas continues to transit without disruption to Europe.
2014 Aug 21, Russia said it was
investigating dozens of McDonald's restaurants, in what many
businessmen said was retaliation for Western sanctions over Ukraine
they fear could spread to other symbols of Western capitalism.
2014 Aug 21, Saudi police
arrested at least 400 mostly African illegal migrants south of
Riyadh. Authorities have been cracking down on illegal migrants
since the expiration in November of a seven-month amnesty during
which they had to regularize their status or leave the kingdom.
2014 Aug 21, Senegal closed its
land border with Guinea as part of intensifying efforts to contain
the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people since March in
Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
2014 Aug 21, Syrian troops
killed dozens of jihadi fighters, including a prominent media
activist, in heavy clashes around Tabqa air base, Raqa province,
that the Islamic State group is trying to seize. The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said at least 70 Islamic State jihadist
fighters have been killed in 48 hours of clashes with Syrian army
(AP, 8/21/14)(AFP, 8/22/14)
2014 Aug 21, Thailand's
legislature voted overwhelmingly to name Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha as
prime minister. Prayuth was the only candidate and the assembly was
hand-picked by the military junta.
2014 Aug 21, Ukrainian border
guards began to inspect a Russian truck convoy carrying aid
earmarked for humanitarian relief in eastern Ukraine that has been
stranded at the frontier for nearly a week. A Ukrainian military
spokesman said 3 refugees including a child (5) were killed near
Luhansk when rebel gunfire hit their car. 5 Ukrainian servicemen
were also reported killed overnight.
2014 Aug 21, Ukrainian Economy
Minister Pavlo Sheremeta said he had tendered his resignation,
voicing frustration at the poor pace of economic reform by a
government which he said acted "like a predator towards business".
2017 Aug 21, Next total solar
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