Today in History - August 26

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55 BC        Aug 26, Roman forces under Julius Caesar invaded Britain.
    (AP, 8/26/97)

1071        Aug 26, Turks defeated the Byzantine army under Emperor Romanus IV at Manzikert (Malaz Kard), Eastern Turkey. Romanus was taken prisoner.
    (PCh, 1992, p.85)(Ot, 1993, p.4)

1346        Aug 26, During the Hundred Years War, King Edward III's 9,000-man English army annihilated a French force of 27,000 under King Philip VI at the Battle of Crecy in Normandy. The battle is regarded as one of the most decisive in history. [see Aug 25]
    (PC, 1992, p.128)(WSJ, 11/4/04, p.D10)

1429        Aug 26, Joan of Arc makes a triumphant entry into Paris.
    (HN, 8/26/99)

1648        Aug 26, There was a people's uprising, the Fronde, against Anna of Austria, regent for Louis XIV of France, and Cardinal Mazarin (d.1661), the effective ruler.
    (PC, 1992, p.241)(MC, 8/26/02)

1676        Aug 26, Sir Robert Walpole (d.1745), the first and longest serving prime minister of England, was born. He was not then called the prime minister as the king held all honors. He collected a large number of paintings by old masters at his Houghton Hall home in Norfolk.
    (WSJ, 3/3/97, p.A16)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Walpole)

1723        Aug 26, Anton van Leeuwenhoek (b.1632), Dutch biologist, inventor (microscope), died in Delft, Netherlands. [some sources say Aug 30]
    (www.es.rice.edu/ES/humsoc/Galileo/Catalog/Files/leewnhok.html)

1740        Aug 26, Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, French inventor, born. He and his brother Jacques-Etienne invented the hot air balloon in 1783.
    (RTH, 8/26/99)

1743        Aug 26, Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, was born. He discovered "dephlogisticated air" which he called oxygen and was executed by the revolution in 1794.
    (HN, 8/26/99)(RTH, 8/26/99)

1768        Aug 26, Capt James Cook departed from Plymouth with Endeavour to the Pacific Ocean. Daniel Solander and Joseph Banks accompanied Cook to catalog plants and animals of Australia and New Zealand on the 3-year journey.
    (www.artstor.org/what-is-artstor/w-html/col-endeavour-london.shtml)(SSFC, 4/19/09, Books p.J7)

1789        Aug 26, The Constituent Assembly in Versailles, France, approved the final version of the Declaration of Human Rights.
    (HN, 8/26/99)

1791        Aug 26, John Fitch and James Rumsey, rival inventors, were both granted a US patent for a working steamboat.
    (MC, 8/26/02)(WSJ, 7/27/04, p.D10)

1813            Aug 26-1813 Aug 27, The Battle of Dresden was Napoleon’s last major victory against the allied forces of Austria, Russia and Prussia.
    (www.napoleonguide.com/battle_dresden.htm)

1819        Aug 26, Albert "Bertie" von Saxon-Coburg-Gotha (d.1861), husband of queen Victoria, was born at Schloss Rosenau, near Coburg, Bavaria.
    (WUD, 1994, p.34)(www.encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com)

1839        Aug 26, The slave ship La Amistad was captured off Long Island. The USS Washington, an American Navy brig, seized the Amistad, and escorted it to New London, Connecticut.
    (http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/amistad/AMI_BCIN.HTM)

1843        Aug 26, Charles Thurber patented a typewriter.
    (MC, 8/26/02)

1846        Aug 26, Felix Mendelssohn's "Elijah," premiered.
    (MC, 8/26/02)

1847        Aug 26, Liberia was proclaimed an independent republic. Freed American slaves founded Liberia. They modeled their constitution after that of the US, copied the US flag, and named their capital Monrovia, after James Monroe, who financed early settlers. Over the decades 16,400 former slaves made the voyage. They assumed that the 16 native tribes were there to be exploited.
    (AP, 8/26/97)(SFC, 4/10/96, p.A-4)(SFC, 4/16/96, p.A-9)

1850        Aug 26, Charles Richet, French physiologist (anaphylaxis-Nobel 1913), was born.
    (MC, 8/26/02)

1862        Aug 26, Confederate General Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson encircles the Union Army under General John Pope at the Second Battle of Bull Run.
    (HN, 8/26/99)

1863        Aug 26, Battle of Rocky Gap, WV, (White Sulphur Springs).
    (MC, 8/26/02)

1873        Aug 26, Lee De Forest (d.1961), inventor of the Audion vacuum tube, was born in Council bluffs, Iowa. He is considered the father of radio.
    (WUD, 1994 p.379)(www.britannica.com)

1875        Aug 26, John Buchan (d.1940), Lord Tweedsmuir, was born in Perth, Scotland. He became a writer and governor general of Canada (1935), and was famous for his spy story "The Thirty-Nine Steps" (1915). "There may be Peace without Joy, and Joy without Peace, but the two combined make Happiness."
    (HN, 8/26/99)(WSJ, 12/9/06, p.P12)(AP, 1/7/98)

1883        Aug 26, The island volcano Krakatoa in Indonesia began erupting with increasingly large explosions and killed some 36,000 people, both on the island itself and from the resulting 131-foot tidal waves that obliterated 163 villages on the shores of nearby Java and Sumatra. A book by Ian Thornton: "Krakatau: The Destruction and Reassembly of an Island Ecosystem" was published in 1996. [see Aug 27] The history of hundreds of volcanoes is at a Volcano World Web page: (www.volcano.und.nodak.edu/vw.html).
    (AP, 8/26/97)(Nat. Hist, 3/96, p.6)(HN, 8/26/02)

1884        Aug 26, Earl Biggers, author ("Charlie Chan" detective series), was born.
    (MC, 8/26/02)

1898        Aug 26, Peggy Guggenheim, art patron and collector, was born.
    (HN, 8/26/00)

1901        Aug 26, Maxwell Taylor, U.S. general and diplomat, born. As commanding general of the 8th Army in 1953, he directed U.N. forces during the latter stages of the Korean War.
    (RTH, 8/26/99)

1906        Aug 26, Christopher Isherwood, English-US novelist and playwright, was born. He wrote "Goodbye to Berlin" (Berlin Stories), the inspiration for the play "I am a Camera" and the musical and film "Cabaret." [1904 also given as birth year]
    (WUD, 1994 p.755)(HN, 8/26/00)
1906        Aug 26, Albert Bruce Sabin, U.S. virologist, born in Poland. In 1955, he developed an oral vaccine against polio.
    (RTH, 8/26/99)

1907        Aug 26, Harry Houdini escaped from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 sec.
    (MC, 8/26/02)

1908        Aug 26, Tony Pastor (b.1837), singer and actor, died. He is considered to be the father of American vaudeville.
    (www.britannica.com/eb/article-9058682/Tony-Pastor)

1910        Aug 26, William James (b.1842), American psychologist and philosopher, died. His work included “the Principles of Psychology" (1890) and “The Varieties of Religious Experience" (1902). William James was the older brother of novelist Henry James. In 2006 Robert D. Richardson authored the biography: “William James."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_James)

1910        Aug 26, Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu (d.1997), later known as Mother Teresa and care-taker of the poor in Calcutta, was born to an ethnic Albanian family in Uskub (later Skopje, Macedonia). In 1950 she founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta and in 1979 was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for her work.
    (SFC, 8/26/97, p.C3)(AP, 9/26/04)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Teresa)

1914        Aug 26, The French government appointed Gen. Joseph Simon Gallieni (65) as military governor of Paris. He had been called out of retirement at the onset of war to serve in the Ministry of War in Paris.
    (ON, 8/08, p.4)

1915        Aug 26, Gre [Gerarda D] Brouwenstijn, Dutch opera soprano, was born.
    (MC, 8/26/02)

1920            Aug 26, US Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. The amendment had been first introduced in Congress in 1878, setting in motion supporters who demonstrated, lobbied, marched and spoke out for woman suffrage. They were often met with venomous opposition. Early on, the two main factions of the movement disagreed about how to achieve their goal, but they ultimately united in 1890 to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association and worked together to get the amendment passed. By August 18, 1920, three-fourths of the United States had agreed to the bill.
    (AP, 8/26/97)(HNPD, 8/26/99)

1921        Aug 26, Ben Bradlee, editor, journalist, executive (Washington Post), was born in Boston.
    (MC, 8/26/02)

1929        Aug 26, The 1st US roller coaster was built.
    (MC, 8/26/02)

1930        Aug 26, Lon Chaney (47), actor (Thunder, Big City, Unholy 3), died.
    (MC, 8/26/02)

1935        Aug 26, Geraldine Ferraro, (Rep-D-NY) 1st female dem VP candidate (1984), was born.
    (MC, 8/26/02)
1935        Aug 26, The US Public Utilities Act gave federal agencies powers to regulate gas and electric companies.
    (SSFC, 1/18/09, p.D6)

1936        Aug 26, The Anglo-Egyptian Treaty, calling for most British troops to leave Egypt, except those guarding the Suez Canal, was signed in Montreux, Switzerland. It was abrogated by Egypt in 1951.
    (AP, 8/26/05)

1937        Aug 26, President Roosevelt signed the Judicial Procedure Reform Act, a compromise on his judicial reorganization plan.
    (SSFC, 1/18/09, p.D6)

1939        Aug 26, The first televised major league baseball games were shown on experimental station W2XBS, a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. The Reds won first, 5-2; the Dodgers, second, 6-1.
    (AP, 8/26/98)

1942        Aug 26, 7,000 Jews were rounded up in Vichy, France.
    (MC, 8/26/02)
1942        Aug 26, Japanese troops landed on New Guinea, Milne Bay.
    (MC, 8/26/02)
1942        Aug 26, A Russian counter offensive began in Moscow.
    (MC, 8/26/02)

1943        Aug 26, The United States recognizes the French Committee of National Liberation.
    (HN, 8/26/99)

1944        Aug 26, US 12th Army Corps crossed the river Seine East of Paris.
    (MC, 8/26/02)
1944        Aug 26, In World War Two, Bulgaria announced that it had withdrawn from the war and that German troops in the country were to be disarmed.
    (RTH, 8/26/99)

1945        Aug 26, Japanese diplomats boarded the Missouri to receive instructions on Japan's surrender at the end of WW II.
    (MC, 8/26/02)
1945        Aug 26, Franz Werfel (54), Czech-German-US poet, writer (Mirror Man), died.
    (MC, 8/26/02)

1949        Aug 26, The US submarine Cochino (SS-345) sank off Norway following an electrical fire and battery explosion a day earlier. A 2nd battery explosion made "Abandon Ship" the only possible order, and Cochino sank. The crew of the Tusk rescued all of Cochino's men except for Robert Wellington Philo, a civilian engineer. 6 sailors from Tusk were lost during the rescue.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Cochino_%28SS-345%29)

1957        Aug 26, Ford Motor Company revealed the Edsel, its latest luxury car.
    (HN, 8/26/99)
1957        Aug 26, The Soviet Union announced it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.
    (AP, 8/26/97)

1958        Aug 26, Alaskans went to the polls to overwhelmingly vote in favor of statehood.
    (AP, 8/26/08)
1958        Aug 26, Ralph Vaughan Williams (85), English composer (Fantasia on Themes of Thomas Tallis), died.
    (MC, 8/26/02)

1960        Aug 26, Knud Jensen (23), Danish cyclist, collapsed while riding in a 100-km team trial at the Olympics in Rome. He fractured his skull and died. An autopsy revealed amphetamines in his blood. His death would led the International Olympic Committee to begin a program of drug testing beginning with the 1968 Games held in Grenoble, France and Mexico City, Mexico.
    (WSJ, 8/7/06, p.B1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knud_Enemark_Jensen)

1961        Aug 26, The official International Hockey Hall of Fame opened in Toronto.
    (AP, 8/26/97)

1964        Aug 26, President Johnson was nominated for a term of office in his own right at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.
    (AP, 8/26/97)

1968        Aug 26, The Democratic National Convention opened in Chicago. Thousands of antiwar demonstrators took to Chicago's streets to protest the Vietnam War during the Democratic National Convention.
    (AP, 8/26/08)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F6)

1969         Aug 26, Donald “Shorty" Shea (b.1933), a Hollywood stuntman, was murdered about this time. The location of his body was not discovered until 1977. Manson family leader Charles Manson and family members Tex Watson, Steve Grogan aka Clem and Bruce Davis were eventually convicted of murdering Shea.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_%22Shorty%22_Shea)

1971        Aug 26, New Jersey Gov. William T. Cahill announced that the New York Giants football team had agreed to leave Yankee Stadium for a new sports complex to be built in East Rutherford.
    (AP, 8/24/01)

1972        Aug 26, In southern Chile the Calbuco volcano erupted for four hours. It is considered one of the top three most potentially dangerous among Chile's 90 active volcanos.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calbuco_%28volcano%29)(AP, 4/23/15)
1972        Aug 26, The XX Olympiad opened in Munich, Germany. The IOC had withdrawn Rhodesia’s invitation to the summer Olympics after several African nations threatened a boycott.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1972_Summer_Olympics)
1972        Aug 26, Sir Francis Chichester (b.1901), English adventurer, died. In 1966-67 he sailed around the world alone in his 53-foot yacht, Gypsy Moth IV.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Chichester)

1973        Aug 26, The Univ. of Texas at Arlington became the 1st accredited school to offer belly dancing.
    (www.celebratetoday.com/celebrate.html)(http://tinyurl.com/696e4t)

1974        Aug 26, Charles Lindbergh (72), the first man to fly solo, nonstop across the Atlantic, died at his home in Hawaii. Lindbergh had 3 illegitimate children in Germany with Brigitte Hesshaimer, a Munich hat maker. In 1998 A. Scott Berg authored "Lindbergh." Earlier Lindbergh's daughter authored her memoir "Under a Wing."
    (AP, 8/26/97)(SFEC, 11/15/98, Par p.29)(SSFC, 10/24/04, Par p.2)

1975        Aug 26, An international plan began to show significant results to stop Venice from sinking into the sea. Venice was built on 118 small islands. By the early 1960s, rising seawater and floods threatened Venice. Scientists determined that Venice was sinking, and that much of the city would disappear if swift measures were not taken.
    (http://twotrees.www.50megs.com/attic/history/08/26.html)

1976        Aug 26, In France Raymond Barre (1924-2007) began serving as prime minister and continued to 1981.
    (Econ, 11/20/10, p.58)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Barre)
1976        Aug 26, Prince Bernhard, husband of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, agreed to resign his positions with the Dutch armed forces and industry following severe criticism of his behavior by a commission of enquiry into a Lockheed bribery scandal. Bernhard had allegedly received $1.1 million as a gift from Lockheed.
    (RTH, 8/26/99)(SFC, 12/24/08, p.B7)

1978        Aug 26, Charles Boyer (b.1897), French-born film actor (Gaslight, Rogues), committed suicide in Phoenix, Az., 2 days after his wife's death from cancer. Boyer and actress Pat Robertson lost their only child in 1965, when their son shot himself playing Russian roulette.
    (http://www.imdb.com)(SSFC, 1/21/07, Par p.2)
1978        Aug 26, Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice was elected the 264th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church following the death of Paul VI. The new pontiff took the name John Paul I. He served only 33 days before dying of a heart attack on September 28.
    (AP, 8/26/97)(RTH, 8/26/99)
1978        Aug 26, Sigmund Jahn became the first German in space when he blasted off aboard Russia’s Soyuz 31.
    (RTH, 8/26/99)

1979        Aug 26, Alvin Karpis (1907-1979), Canadian-born US gangster, died. His autobiography, “The Alvin Karpis Story," was completed in 1971.
    (WSJ, 7/15/04, p.D8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_Karpis)

1981        Aug 26, Roger Nash Baldwin (b.1884), one of the founders of the ACLU, died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Nash_Baldwin)

1982        Aug 26, The Argentine government lifted a ban on political parties.
    (RTH, 8/26/99)

1985        Aug 26, Thirteen-year-old AIDS patient Ryan White began "attending" classes at Western Middle School in Kokomo, Indiana, via a telephone hook-up at his home. School officials had barred Ryan from attending classes in person.
    (AP, 8/26/00)
1985        Aug 26, French government claimed no knowledge of assault on Rainbow Warrior.
    (www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-1689202,00.html)

1986        Aug 26, In the so-called "preppie murder" case, 18-year-old Jennifer Levin was found strangled in New York's Central Park; Robert Chambers later pleaded guilty to manslaughter for strangling Jennifer Levin during a tryst in Central Park. Chambers was released from prison in 2003 after serving a 15-year sentence. He owed the Levin family $25 million from a wrongful death suit [see Mar 25, 1988]. In 2007 Chambers was arrested for dealing cocaine. He pleaded guilty and faced another long term in prison.
    (SFC, 2/15/03, p.A4)(AP, 8/26/04)(SFC, 8/12/08, p.A6)
1986        Aug 26, Ted Knight (b.1923), [Tadeus Konopka], actor (Mary Tyler Moore), died.
    (www.infoplease.com/biography/var/tedknight.html)

1987        Aug 26, The US stock market began a 2 month decline of 41%.
    (SFC, 10/17/97, p.B2)(www.financialsense.com/Market/wood/2003/0905.htm)
1987        Aug 26, In an attempt to eliminate a superpower stumbling block, West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl said his country would destroy its 72 Pershing 1A rockets if Washington and Moscow scrapped all their intermediate-range nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 8/26/97)

1988        Aug 26, Republican presidential nominee George Bush denounced Democrat Michael Dukakis' criticism of Reagan administration drug policies as "an insult," one day after the Massachusetts governor called U.S. dealings with Panamanian General Manuel Noriega "criminal."
    (AP, 8/26/98)

1989        Aug 26, A team from Trumbull, Conn., became the first American team since 1983 to win the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
    (AP, 8/26/99)
1989        Aug 26, Irving Stone, US writer born as Irving Tennenbaum (Love is Eternal, Lust for Life), died in Los Angeles.
    (www.absoluteastronomy.com/i/irving_stone)

1990        Aug 26, Fifty-five Americans, who had been evacuated from the US Embassy in Kuwait, left Baghdad by car and headed for the Turkish border.
    (AP, 8/26/00)
1990        Aug 26, The bodies of two slain college students were found in their off-campus apartment in Gainesville, Florida; three more bodies were discovered in the days that followed, setting off a wave of panic.
    (AP, 8/26/00)

1991        Aug 26, In an address to the Supreme Soviet, President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised national elections in a last-ditch effort to preserve his government, but leaders of Soviet republics told him the hour of central power had passed.
    (AP, 8/24/01)

1992        Aug 26, A federal judge declared a mistrial in the Iran-Contra cover-up trial of former CIA spy chief Clair George. George was convicted of perjury in a retrial, but was then pardoned by President H.W. Bush.
    (AP, 8/26/97)
1992        Aug 26, The United States, Britain and France imposed a 2nd no-fly zone south of the 32nd parallel, the southern one-third of Iraq aimed at protecting Iraqi Shiite Muslims.
    (AP, 8/26/97)(SFC, 9/24/02, p.A11)
1992        Aug 26, Arthur Leigh Allen (b.1933) of Vallejo, a convicted child molester and alleged Zodiac killer, died in Vallejo, Ca. In 1985 Robert Graysmith authored "Zodiac" in which he identified the killer with the pseudonym of "Robert Starr." Graysmith authored "Zodiac Unmasked" in 2002. In 2009 lawyer Robert Tarbox said a merchant seaman had identified himself as the Zodiac killer as a walk-in client at his SF Montgomery Street office in the early 1970s.
    (SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W20)(SSFC, 5/12/02, p.M6)(SSFC, 7/19/09, p.A18)

1993        Aug 26, Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman and 14 co-defendants entered innocent pleas in federal court in New York, a day after their indictment on charges of conspiring to wage terrorism against the United States.
    (AP, 8/26/98)
1993        Aug 26, Landlady Dorothea Puente was convicted in Monterey, Calif., of murdering three of her boardinghouse tenants; she was later sentenced to life without parole.
    (AP, 8/26/98)
1993        Aug 26, Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed a friendship treaty with the Czech Republic after condemning the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.
    (RTH, 8/26/99)

1994        Aug 26, US Congressional leaders and White House officials all but conceded that a health reform bill was dead.
    (AP, 8/26/99)
1994        Aug 26, In Egypt a 13-year-old Spanish boy was killed and 3 others injured in a tour bus attack by Islamic extremists at Nag Hammadi.
    (SFC, 11/19/97, p.C2)

1995        Aug 26, In his weekly radio address, President Clinton explained his decision to impose a two-year moratorium on mining claims on 4500 acres of federal land near the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park, saying the land was "more priceless than gold."
    (AP, 8/26/00)
1995        Aug 26, John Costello (b.1943), British historian, died.
    (www.ihr.org/jhr/v20/v20n2p40_Douglas.html)(http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Obituary/1995/misc.html)
1995        Aug 26, Evelyn Wood (86), speed reading guru, died in Tucson, Arizona. The Salt Lake City school teacher, began popularizing her “Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics" in the late 1950s after seeing her graduate-school professors speed-read through a paper.
    (www.readfaster.com/evelynwood.asp)(WSJ, 7/25/06, p.D1)

1996        Aug 26, There was a review of Public Television’s new program "Adventures from the Book of Virtues" based on the anthology by William J. Bennett "The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories."
    (WSJ, 8/26/96, p.A10)
1996        Aug 26, Democrats opened their 42nd national convention in Chicago.
    (SFC, 8/26/96, p.A4)(AP, 8/26/97)
1996        Aug 26, A new fake fat, Z-trim, was announced. It was developed by a researcher of the US Dept. of Agriculture.
    (SFC, 8/26/96, p.A4)
1996        Aug 26, Barbara Jewell, mother of security guard Richard Jewell, tearfully called on President Clinton to clear her son's name in connection with the Centennial Olympic Park bombing. Jewell was later cleared by the Justice Department.
    (AP, 8/26/97)
1996        Aug 26, A Cuban court convicted fugitive U.S. financier Robert Vesco of economic crimes. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison for economic crimes against the state.
    (AP, 8/26/97)(SFC, 8/27/96, p.A8)
1996        Aug 26, In Seoul, South Korea, former Pres. Chun Doo Hwan was sentenced to death for mutiny, treason and corruption. His successor, Roh Tae Woo, was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison. Nine leading businessman were also convicted. They included Lee Kin Hee, chairman of Samsung Group, and Kim Woo Choong, chairman of Daewoo Group. The death sentence was later commuted, and Chun was freed as part of an amnesty in 1997.
    (SFC, 8/26/96, p.A1)(AP, 8/26/06)
1996        Aug 26, In Sierra Leone rebels killed 31 villagers and 7 soldiers in the eastern village of Foindu.
    (SFC, 8/29/96, p.A14)(AP, 8/26/97)
1996        Aug 26, In South Africa Eugene de Kock, former police colonel, was found guilty of 5 counts of murder. He still face 116 charges that included 3 for murder.
    (WSJ, 8/27/96, p.A1)

1997        Aug 26, It was announced that researchers at Johns Hopkins had found a gene that causes colon cancer in some people of Jewish ancestry.
    (WSJ, 8/26/97, p.A1)
1997        Aug 26, In Columbia Mayor Mauricio Guzman of Cali was arrested for allegedly accepting money from a drug cartel.
    (SFC, 8/26/97, p.C3)
1997        Aug 26, It was reported that China executed at least 4,367 people in 1996.
    (SFC, 8/26/97, p.A9)
1997        Aug 26, It was reported that Israel planned to proceed with the building of a dam on the Yarmuk River. The territory is claimed by Syria.
    (SFC, 8/26/97, p.A10)
1997        Aug 26, Two defectors and their families from North Korea were accepted by the US. One was Chang Sung Gil, the ambassador to Egypt, the other was his brother Chang Sung Ho, a commercial councilor at the North Korean mission in Paris. High level arms talks were immediately terminated.
    (SFC, 8/26/97, p.A1)
1997        Aug 26, Former South African President F.W. de Klerk, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize for helping to end apartheid, announced his retirement from politics and his leading role in the National Party which had created the practice of apartheid.
    (SFC, 8/26/97, p.C2)(AP, 8/26/98)

1998        Aug 26, Attorney General Janet Reno reopened the investigation of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., focusing on two allegations of a conspiracy beyond James Earl Ray. A Justice Department investigation later rejected allegations that conspirators had aided or framed James Earl Ray in King's assassination.
    (AP, 8/26/08)
1998        Aug 26, American U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter, at the center of several standoffs with Iraq, resigned his U.N. post.
    (RTH, 8/26/99)
1998        Aug 26, In NYC a judge ruled to allow a Million Youth March for Sep 5. It was being organized by Khalid Abdul Muhammad and was opposed by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
    (SFC, 8/28/98, p.A3)
1998        Aug 26, Hurricane Bonnie drifted ashore in North Carolina and began creeping up the coast, packing heavy rains and high winds.
    (AP, 8/26/99)
1998        Aug 26, A Yemeni national, Mohammed Rashed Daoud Owhali, aka Khalid Salim, suspected in the bombing of the US embassy at Nairobi, was flown to the US from Kenya.
    (SFC, 8/27/98, p.A14)(SFC, 8/28/98, p.A1)
1998        Aug 26, A $225 million rocket and communication satellite exploded after take-off at Cape Canaveral.
    (SFC, 8/27/98, p.A3)
1998        Aug 26, In China the government revised its death toll from the floods to over 3,000 [4,150] people.
    (SFC, 8/27/98, p.a14)(SFC, 8/6/99, p.A12)
1998        Aug 26, In Congo Rwandan-backed rebels attempted an assault on Kinshasa but were held off by government soldiers and troops from Zimbabwe and Namibia.
    (SFC, 8/27/98, p.A10)
1998        Aug 26, Libya indicated that it would accept an American and British proposal that 2 suspects of the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet be tried in the Netherlands by Scottish judges.
    (SFC, 8/27/98, p.A10)
1998        Aug 26, The Russian ruble fell another 5% as government attempts to support it failed.
    (SFC, 8/27/98, p.A1)

1999        Aug 26, Attorney General Janet Reno pledged that a new investigation of the 1993 Waco, Texas, siege would "get to the bottom" of how the FBI used potentially flammable tear gas grenades against her wishes and then took six years to admit it.
    (AP, 8/26/00)
1999        Aug 26, US officials reported that its permanent military presence in Haiti would be replaced by temporary missions.
    (SFC, 8/27/99, p.A14)
1999        Aug 26, American Home Products, the parent company of Wyeth-Ayerst was reported to have agreed to pay over $50 million to over 36,000 women to settle claims against the Norplant implantable contraceptive.
    (SFC, 8/27/99, p.A5)
1999        Aug 26, In Australia the Parliament recognized 200 years of injustice to its indigenous people.
    (SFC, 8/27/99, p.D3)
1999        Aug 26, In Senegal the army reported 29 dead fisherman from recent storms and that another 100 were missing.
    (SFC, 8/27/99, p.D3)
1999        Aug 26, In East Timor anti-independence militiamen left 6 people dead in Dili.
    (SFC, 8/27/99, p.A1)
1999        Aug 26, In Tibet Tashi Tsering, a carpenter, lowered the Chinese flag in the capital and attempted to put up the banned Tibetan flag. He was arrested and died on Oct 13 from beatings while under Chinese police custody.
    (SFC, 10/14/99, p.A14)
1999        Aug 26, The Turkey quake death toll was lowered to 13,040 with 26,630 injured. The parliament passed a law to give amnesty to Kurdish rebels with no criminal record. The death toll was later raised to over 17,000.
    (SFC, 8/27/99, p.A14)(SFC, 10/15/99, p.A19)

2000        Aug 26, The Houston Comets won their fourth straight WNBA championship by defeating the New York Liberty 79-73.
    (AP, 8/24/01)
2000        Aug 26, Maracaibo, Venezuela, won the Little League World Series title, defeating Bellaire, Texas, 3-2.
    (AP, 8/24/01)
2000        Aug 26, Pres. Clinton visited Nigeria. Pres. Obasanjo, head of 110 million people, pressed Clinton to help reduce the country’s $32 billion debt. Clinton appealed to the leaders of the oil-rich nation to set aside political acrimony so that their citizens could lift themselves from poverty and isolation.
    (SFEC, 8/27/00, p.A14)(AP, 8/24/01)
2000        Aug 26, United Airlines signed a tentative accord with its 10,000 pilots following 20 months of negotiations.
    (SFEC, 8/27/00, p.A1)
2000        Aug 26, In Israel 3 Israeli soldiers were killed in a West Bank shootout with Palestinian militants of Hamas. The Israeli raid was an attempt to capture Mahmoud Abu Hanoud near Nablus. Hanoud was wounded and escaped.
    (SFEC, 8/27/00, p.C12)(SFC, 8/28/00, p.A11)
2000        Aug 26, In Sierra Leone 11 British soldiers were seized by the "West side Boys," a faction of a former pro-government alliance.
    (SFEC, 8/27/00, p.C11)
2000        Aug 26, In Somalia Abdiqasim Salad Hassan, a former interior minister, won the presidential elections.
    (SFEC, 8/27/00, p.C12)
2000        Aug 26, In Sasolburg, South Africa, black employee John Mosoko Rampuru (37) died after being dragged behind a pickup for over 3 miles by white building contractor Pieter Odendaal (44). On November 12, 2001, the Bloemfontein High Court sentenced Odendaal to 10 years in jail after finding him guilty of culpable homicide but not murder with intent. Judge AP van Coller suspended 3 years of Odendaal's sentence and freed him on bail pending appeal.
    (SFEC, 9/10/00, p.C12)(http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/1651683.stm)

2001        Aug 26, The Tokyo Kitasuna beat Apopka, Fla., 2-1 to win the Little League championship in South Williamsport, Pa.
    (AP, 8/26/02)
2001        Aug 26, President Bush admitted he was worried about the economy's "paltry" growth and, without making promises, assured steel company executives and workers that protecting domestic steel was a national security priority.
    (AP, 8/26/02)
2001        Aug 26, IBM computer scientists reported that they had constructed a working logic circuit within a single molecule of carbon fiber known as a carbon nanotube.
    (SSFC, 8/26/01, p.A20)(SFC, 8/27/01, p.D1)
2001        Aug 26, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors proclaimed the City Lights Bookstore at 261 Columbus Ave. as Landmark No. 228.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_San_Francisco_Designated_Landmarks)(SSFC, 5/31/09, p.B2)
2001        Aug 26, In the French Alps a hot-air balloon caught fire after apparently hitting a high voltage wire and 6 people were killed.
    (WSJ, 8/27/01, p.A1)(AP, 2/26/13)
2001        Aug 26, In Iran film director Tahmineh Milani was arrested on charges of supporting counterrevolutionary and armed opposition groups. A relative said it was due to her stand on the clerical oppression of women.
    (WSJ, 8/31/01, p.A1)(SFC, 9/1/01, p.A10)
2001        Aug 26, Israeli jets flattened the Palestinian Gaza City police headquarters in retaliation for the shooting ambush of a settler family. Other Palestinian police buildings and checkpoints were bombed.
    (SFC, 8/27/01, p.A6)
2001        Aug 26, In Macedonia an explosion at a hotel in Celopek killed 2 Macedonian Slavs.
    (SFC, 8/27/01, p.A6)
2001        Aug 26, In Taiwan Pres. Chen Shui-bian endorsed an economic council’s proposals to expand commercial ties with China.
    (SFC, 8/27/01, p.A6)

2002        Aug 26, US VP Cheney, speaking at a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Tennessee, warned that there is "no doubt" that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is amassing weapons of mass destruction for use against America and its allies.
    (SFC, 8/27/02, p.A1)(AP, 8/26/03)
2002        Aug 26, In Bangui, Central African Republic, former military ruler Gen. Andre Kolingba was convicted in absentia of taking part in a failed 2001 coup and was sentenced to death.
    (AP, 8/26/02)
2002        Aug 26, In San Antonio, Honduras, Jose Callejas (46), director of a Human Rights Committee, was killed. Organized crime was blamed.
    (SFC, 8/29/02, p.A12)
2002        Aug 26, Israeli troops arrested Jamal Abdel Salam Abu el-Heijah, leader of Hamas in the Jenin region in a West Bank raid as Israel's defense minister said a security deal to ease violence was still in force.
    (AP, 8/26/02)
2002        Aug 26, In Nigeria an Islamic court has sentenced a couple to death by stoning for having an affair, marking the first time in Nigeria that a man has been sentenced to death for adultery.
    (AP, 8/29/02)
2002        Aug 26, The 4th UN World Summit on Sustainable Development opened in Johannesburg, SA, with a call from South African President Thabo Mbeki for coordinated international action to fight poverty and protect the world's natural resources. Pres. Bush sent Colin Powell as his stand-in. The 3rd gathering was in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
    (SSFC, 8/25/02, p.A3)(AP, 8/26/03)
2002        Aug 26, As Zimbabwean and Ethiopian activists staged protests, South African security officials promised to clamp down on any protesters demonstrating at the U.N. development summit without government approval.
    (AP, 8/26/02)

2003        Aug 26, In the face of criticism, President Bush defended his handling of the war and reconstruction of Iraq, telling an American Legion conference in St. Louis the fight was essential to the U.S. campaign against terrorism.
    (AP, 8/26/04)
2003        Aug 26, Investigators concluded that NASA's overconfident management and inattention to safety doomed the space shuttle Columbia as much as did damage to the craft.
    (AP, 8/26/04)
2003        Aug 26, The CBO forecast a US deficit of $401 billion this year and $480 billion in 2004.
    (WSJ, 8/27/03, p.A1)
2003        Aug 26, The toll of U.S. troops killed in postwar Iraq surpassed the number killed in major combat, reaching 139.
    (AP, 8/26/03)
2003        Aug 26, In northern Iraq the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Iraqi Turkmen Front signed an agreement in Kirkuk aimed at preventing ethnic violence after clashes left 11 people dead last week.
    (AP, 8/28/03)
2003        Aug 26, A hidden cache of fireworks exploded in a town in China's southeast, killing at least 20 people in the 2nd such disaster to strike the same county in one month.
    (AP, 8/27/03)
2003        Aug 26, Two Russian military helicopters collided over an airfield in Russia's Far East, killing five people and injuring one.
    (AP, 8/26/03)

2004        Aug 26, The US supply of vaccine for the impending flu season took a big hit when Chiron Corp. announced it had found tainted doses in its factory, and would hold up shipment of about 50 million shots.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2004        Aug 26, MIT named Yale neuroscientist Susan Hockfield as its new president, the 1st woman to ever hold that job.
    (WSJ, 8/27/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 26, Laura Branigan (b.1957), a Grammy-nominated pop singer best known for her 1982 platinum hit "Gloria," died in East Quogue, N.Y.
    (AP, 8/29/04)(SFC, 8/30/04, p.B4)
2004        Aug 26, Australia announced a cruise missile program to give it the region's "most lethal" air combat capacity, a move that further strained awkward relations with Indonesia.
    (AP, 8/26/04)
2004        Aug 26, Chile’s Supreme Court stripped Pinochet of his immunity.
    (WSJ, 8/27/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 26, Typhoon Aere crashed into mainland China prompting the evacuation of nearly a million people, as the death toll climbed to 35 after a mudslide killed 15 villagers in Taiwan.
    (AP, 8/26/04)
2004        Aug 26, In Colombia a bomb exploded in front of a beauty salon in Bogota as a police car drove by, killing two officers and wounding two other people.
    (AP, 8/27/04)
2004        Aug 26, Cuba broke diplomatic ties with Panama after the outgoing Panamanian president Mireya Moscoso pardoned four Cuban exiles, including Luis Posada Carriles, the communist government accuses of trying to assassinate President Fidel Castro.
    (AP, 8/27/04)(SFC, 5/18/05, p.A9)
2004        Aug 26, At the Athens Olympics, the US women's soccer team won the gold medal by beating Brazil, 2-1, in overtime; Shawn Crawford led a U.S. sweep of the 200 meters.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2004        Aug 26, In India a passenger bus and another carrying paramilitary soldiers and their families were blown up in separate explosions in the insurgency-wracked Assam state, killing four people and wounding 39.
    (AP, 8/26/04)
2004        Aug 26, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani arranged a peace pact with Muqtada al-Sadr. The 5-point plan called for Kufa and Najaf to be declared weapons-free.
    (SFC, 8/27/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/27/04, p.A1)
2004        Aug 26, A mortar barrage hit a mosque in Kufa filled with Iraqis preparing to join a march in Najaf by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, killing 27 people and wounding 63.
    (AP, 8/26/04)
2004        Aug 26, The Arabic TV network Al-Jazeera reported it had received a video that appeared to show the killing of Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni (56).
    (AP, 8/27/04)
2004        Aug 26, In northern Vietnam a boat capsized in heavy winds on a river, killing 16 people.
    (AP, 8/28/04)

2005        Apr 26, Florida’s Gov. Bush signed legislation giving people the right to meet “force with force," effective Oct 1. Utility crews in South Florida scrambled to restore power to more than 1 million customers blacked out by Hurricane Katrina, which continued to churn in the Gulf of Mexico.
    (SFC, 4/27/05, p.A5)(AP, 8/26/06)
2005        Aug 26, In SF the new Int’l. Hotel, with 88 studio and 16 one-bedroom apartments, re-opened at 848 Kearny Street. Over 50 tenants from the original “I-Hotel" were evicted Aug 4, 1977. 12 people from the original hotel were 1st in line as 7,500 applicants vied for apartments.
    (SFC, 8/27/05, p.B1)
2005        Aug 26, In eastern Afghanistan a bomb killed a US service member and wounded four when it exploded near their armored vehicle in Paktika province.
    (AP, 8/27/05)
2005        Aug 26, Fire raced through a crowded Paris apartment building housing African immigrants, trapping residents in their sleep and killing 17 people, most of them believed to be children.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 26, India’s Maharashtra government planned to ban most plastic bags, blaming them for choking drains and causing floods a month ago that left more than 1,000 people dead.
    (Reuters, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 26, In India nearly 5,000 people held a rally as shops and businesses shut down in Amritsar, the hometown of Sarabjeet Singh facing death by hanging in Pakistan for allegedly spying. They demanded clemency and his immediate return home.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 26, In India 24 people were drowned when flash floods inundated hundreds of villages around a commercial town in Uttar Pradesh.
    (AP, 8/27/05)
2005        Aug 26, In Indian Kashmir at least 15 people, including three soldiers, were wounded when suspected Islamist rebels threw five grenades at different places in Sopore. 4 people, including 2 militants, were killed in separate shootouts across the region in the past 24 hours.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 26, An Iranian daredevil died while attempting to break the world record for jumping over buses on a motorcycle. Javad Palizbanian (44) was trying to leap over 22 buses parked side-by-side when his motorbike came down on the 13th bus.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
2005        Aug 26, Shiite negotiators, prodded by Pres. Bush, offered what they called their final compromise proposal to Sunnis Arabs to try to break the impasse over Iraq's new constitution.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 26, In Iraq US warplanes launched multiple airstrikes against a suspected "terrorist safe house" in the western Anbar province, destroying the building where up to 50 militants were believed to be hiding.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 26, A Pakistani military court sentenced five men to death for their roles in a 2003 suicide plot to kill President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 26, Jailed Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky ended his nearly weeklong hunger strike after hearing that his business partner Platon Lebedev was transferred from solitary confinement to a regular cell.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 26, In Kazan, Russia, tens of thousands of Tatars, Russians and others packed the main square for a gala concert to celebrate the millennial anniversary of the Volga River city.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 26, The first South Korean tourists visited historic sites in Kaesong, North Korea, set to become only the 2nd destination in the communist nation that can be visited by ordinary citizens of its southern neighbor.
    (AP, 8/27/05)
2005        Aug 26, Sri Lanka's Supreme Court ruled that President Chandrika Kumaratunga's final term expires in December, ending her controversial 11-year reign and clearing the way for a vote before November 21.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 26, The UN food relief agency said that it's battling to feed 90,000 Eritrean and Ethiopian refugees displaced in eastern Sudan mainly due to a serious funding shortfall.
    (AP, 8/27/05)

2006        Aug 26, Tropical Storm Ernesto strengthened over the Caribbean as it headed toward Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, threatening to become the first hurricane of the 2006 Atlantic season.
    (AP, 8/26/06)
2006        Aug 26, In Afghanistan a large number of militants attacked the Musa Qala district government compound in Helmand, provoking a clash with police that left 10 insurgents dead.
    (AP, 8/27/06)
2006        Aug 26, Thousands of farmers took to the streets across northern Bangladesh over the fatal shooting of at least five people protesting against an open-pit coal mine.
    (AFP, 8/27/06)
2006        Aug 26, Chad ordered US energy giant Chevron and Malaysia's Petronas to leave the country within 24 hours for failing to honor tax obligations, a move apparently aimed at increasing control over its oil output. Chad's president Idriss Deby suspended the oil minister and two other Cabinet members who negotiated deals with the two foreign oil firms.
    (AP, 8/27/06)
2006        Aug 26, Iran's hard-line president inaugurated a heavy-water production plant, a facility the West fears will be used to develop a nuclear bomb, as Tehran remained defiant ahead of a UN deadline that could lead to sanctions.
    (AP, 8/26/06)
2006        Aug 26, Iraq's PM Nouri al-Maliki urged hundreds of tribal leaders to join his efforts to end sectarian strife and terrorism Kidnapped Sunni lawmaker Tayseer al-Mashhadani was released after being held for nearly two months. Al-Mashhadani and 7 of her bodyguards were seized July 1 by gunmen in a Shiite area of east Baghdad. Gunmen in a speeding car opened fire on two sisters working as translators for the British consulate, killing one of them and seriously wounding the other. 26 people were killed in dozens of attacks across Iraq. One US soldier was killed by a roadside bomb.
    (AP, 8/26/06)(AP, 8/27/06)(AP, 8/28/06)
2006        Aug 26, In Nepal a landslide in a mountainous western village killed at least 10 people and injured three others.
    (AP, 8/26/06)
2006        Aug 26, In Pakistan government forces killed Nawab Akbar Bugti (79), the most prominent leader in the rebellion by Baluch tribesmen, in a raid on his cave hideout in the mountainous area of the southwestern provinces of Baluchistan. A top security official said at least 16 security forces, including four officers, were killed.
    (AP, 8/27/06)
2006        Aug 26, In the West Bank, Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen traded heavy fire during a standoff at a fugitives' hideout and doctors said a 16-year-old Palestinian was killed. Twenty Palestinians were wounded in the clashes in the West Bank city of Nablus.
    (AP, 8/27/06)
2006        Aug 26, In Russia's Dagestan region police surrounded a home and exchanged gunfire with suspected militants, killing four and wounding a woman who was with the gunmen.
    (AP, 8/27/06)
2006        Aug 26, In Sri Lanka police found a large weapons cache hidden in a house on the outskirts of Colombo, and arrested 17 people suspected of planning a major attack. Sporadic fighting left 12 rebels killed and 20 injured during a battle in the northeastern Batticaloa district.  A bomb killed six Sri Lankan soldiers and wounded 11 as they cleared up after fierce fighting with Tamil Tiger rebels in the besieged northern Jaffna peninsula.
    (AP, 8/26/06)(AFP, 8/27/06)
2006        Aug 26, A Sudanese court charged reporter Paul Salopek (44) with espionage. He was detained by pro-government forces in Darfur on Aug 6. Salopek was on freelance assignment for National Geographic magazine.
    (SSFC, 8/27/06, p.A19)
2006        Aug 26, An international rights groups said a court in tightly controlled Turkmenistan has sentenced three rights defenders to jail terms of six to seven years.
    (AP, 8/26/06)
2006        Aug 26, Officials said Uganda and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army have signed a truce to end a 19-year conflict that killed thousands of people.
    (AP, 8/26/06)

2007        Aug 26, In northern California the 17th annual Cotati Accordion Festival ended with some 5,000 people and 30 bands attending the 2-day event. Day tickets rose to $17.50.
    (SFC, 8/27/07, p.D2)
2007        Aug 26, The $95 million Hawaii Superferry made its maiden run from Honolulu to Maui as environmentalists protested. The 349-foot giant catamaran, named Alakai, carried over 500 passengers and 150 cars for the 3-hour trip. The special one-way $5 fares will soon rise to over $240 for one passenger and a car.
    (SFC, 8/27/07, p.A4)
2007        Aug 26, Afghan police killed six suspected militants during a one-hour gunbattle in Paktika province, which borders Pakistan. Unidentified assailants shot and killed a soldier from the 37-nation strong security assistance force during a foot patrol in eastern Afghanistan. A Dutch soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan. In southern Zabul province, Afghan and coalition troops clashed with insurgents in Daychopan district, killing four suspected Taliban and wounding four others. Afghan troops destroyed a heroin laboratory in Helmand province after battling Taliban fighters guarding the facility.
    (AP, 8/27/07)
2007        Aug 26, A road bridge linking Tajikistan and Afghanistan paid for by the US was officially opened at a ceremony attended by the presidents of the two Central Asian countries.
    (AP, 8/26/07)
2007        Aug 26, Australia released a new draft citizenship test. The 40-page document outlining citizenship application procedures said migrants who want to become Australian citizens will have to be able to correctly identify the country's prime minister and national flower.
    (AFP, 8/26/07)
2007        Aug 26, Massive fires consuming large areas of southern Greece for a third day raced toward the site of the ancient Olympics, engulfing villages and forests as the flames reached one of the most revered sites of antiquity.
    (AP, 8/26/07)
2007        Aug 26, Iran vowed to use a new 2,000-pound "smart" bomb against its enemies and unveiled mass production of the new weapon.
    (AP, 8/26/07)
2007        Aug 26, Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki lashed out at American critics, saying Sen. Hillary Clinton and other Democrats who had called for his ouster should "come to their senses." A US helicopter attacked two Kurdish police outposts, killing four policemen and wounding eight. A spokesman for the Kurdish Peshmerga militia believed the attack was mistaken friendly fire. Waves of Shiite pilgrims descended on Karbala for the Shabaniyah festival marking the birth of the 9th century Hidden Imam. A woman making the 50-mile trek from Baghdad was shot to death by men in a passing car in the southwest of the capital.
    (AP, 8/26/07)(AP, 8/26/08)
2007        Aug 26, In northwestern Pakistan a suicide bomber in a car killed four policemen and wounded two in an attack in Swat.
    (Reuters, 8/26/07)
2007        Aug 26, The moderate Palestinian government began implementing the closure of 103 institutions in the West Bank and Gaza in an apparent crackdown against the Islamic Hamas.
    (AP, 8/27/07)
2007        Aug 26, In Manila, Philippines, economic ministers of Southeast Asian countries (ASEAN) and China agreed to strengthen product standards and safety. The move follows recalls of several tainted Chinese products from international markets.
    (AP, 8/26/07)
2007        Aug 26, In Somalia bombings and grenade attacks killed two schoolboys and three other people in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 8/26/07)
2007        Aug 26, In eastern Uganda a truck carrying soldiers and their families overturned, killing 72 people and injuring 40 others.
    (AP, 8/27/07)

2008        Aug 26, The Pentagon said two men were cleared for release to Algeria from Guantanamo, Cuba, where about 260 detainees remained.
    (AP, 8/26/08)
2008        Aug 26, In the 2nd day of the Democratic Convention in Denver Sen. Hillary Clinton endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for the US presidential nomination.
    (SFC, 8/27/08, p.A1)
2008        Aug 26, California’s Gov. Schwarzenegger signed a measure for a statewide bullet train system to be placed on the November ballot.
    (SFC, 8/27/08, p.A1)
2008        Aug 26, California Attorney General Jerry Brown said he expected raids on medical pot clubs that sell for big profits in the Bay Area. He had recently issued guidelines on sales of medical marijuana and state officials over the weekend raided a club in Los Angeles County.
    (SFC, 8/27/08, p.B1)
2008        Aug 26, An Ohio jury convicted Andrew Siemaszko, a former nuclear plant engineer, of hiding information in 2001 about reactor corrosion at the Davis-Besse plant along Lake Erie. Siemaszko’s attorney’s said the plant’s owner set him up as a scapegoat because he spoke out about safety concerns.
    (WSJ, 8/27/08, p.A1)
2008        Aug 26, A UN team in Herat, Afghanistan, said it found "convincing evidence" that 90 civilians, including 60 children, were killed in US-led air strikes last week. Aerial bombardment was clearly evident with some 78 houses having been totally destroyed and serious damage to many others. Kazuya Ito (31), a Japanese aid worker, was kidnapped at gunpoint with his driver near Jalalabad. Ito was found killed the next day. A group of Taliban fighters attacked a police checkpoint in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, sparking a clash that killed 18 militants. An air strike killed 30 Taliban in southeastern Afghanistan close to the border with Pakistan.
    (AP, 8/26/08)(AP, 8/27/08)(Reuters, 8/27/08)
2008        Aug 26, Brazil asked the WTO for the right to impose $4 billion in annual sanctions against US goods and services to penalize the US for handing out illegal cotton subsidies.
    (WSJ, 8/27/08, p.A9)
2008        Aug 26, In Brazil Olavo Egydio Setubal (b.1923), industrialist and former mayor of Sao Paulo, died. His industrial and financial empire, which grew up from a metal shop, included Banco Itau Holding Financiera SA, Brazil’s 2nd largest bank.
    (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=29439734)(WSJ, 8/30/08, p.A5)
2008        Aug 26, In southwest China explosions ripped through a chemical plant, killing at least 11 people, injuring dozens and forcing the evacuation of thousands of nearby residents.
    (AP, 8/26/08)
2008        Aug 26, In Dubai a fire in a building packed with foreign laborers killed 11 people. 10 of the victims were Indian.
    (AP, 8/27/08)
2008        Aug 26, Hurricane Gustav hit Haiti and triggered flooding and landslides that killed 15 people before weakening to a tropical storm.
    (AP, 8/27/08)(SFC, 8/28/08, p.A2)
2008        Aug 26, In India Christians clashed with Hindu mobs who attacked churches, and eight people died in the violence in Kandhamal district of Orissa state, a region known for deadly religious fighting.
    (AP, 8/27/08)
2008        Aug 26, Andhra Chiranjeevi (53), Indian film star, launched his People’s Rule Party (Prajarajyam) in southern Andhra Pradesh state.
    (Econ, 3/14/09, p.43)
2008        Aug 26, In Iraq a suicide bomber attacked police recruits in Jalula in Diyala province killing 28 people and wounding 25. A bomb planted in a parked car killed 5 people and wounded 8, including three policemen, in the city of Tikrit.
    (AP, 8/26/08)(SFC, 8/27/08, p.A7)
2008        Aug 26, Israel ordered the Gaza Strip's border crossings closed after militants violated a cease-fire by launching two rockets the previous evening, bringing to 46 the number of rockets launched by militants since the truce began.
    (AP, 8/26/08)
2008        Aug 26, Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim won a "landslide" victory in a by-election to return him to parliament, and said he was on track to oust a weakened government. The Malays National Organization (UMNO) and its allies had ruled since independence in 1957.
    (AFP, 8/26/08)(Econ, 8/30/08, p.39)
2008        Aug 26, A Maltese fishing trawler rescued the migrants. Authorities said the survivors first told the fishermen that 10 people were missing, but later said as many as 70 people from Somalia, Eritrea and Sudan made the sea voyage with them.
    (AP, 8/28/08)
2008        Aug 26, In Mexico 3 decapitated bodies were found in an empty lot on the eastern outskirts of Tijuana. The bodies had messages written on their backs in permanent marker saying they worked for "the weakened 'engineer,'" a nickname for Francisco Sanchez Arellano, a top lieutenant in Tijuana's powerful Arellano Felix drug cartel. A day earlier 2 bodies were found in Tijuana, one with the head placed on the upper back.
    (AP, 8/27/08)(SFC, 8/27/08, p.A11)
2008        Aug 26, North Korea said it has suspended work on disabling its nuclear facilities as of August 14 and is considering restoration of the Yongbyon reactor that can make material for atomic bombs, accusing the US of violating a disarmament deal by failing to delist North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.
    (AP, 8/26/08)
2008        Aug 26, In Pakistan an explosion on the outskirts of Islamabad killed at least seven people and wounded 20. Around midnight 75-100 militants attacked the Tiarza Fort in South Waziristan. The attack was repulsed with 11 militants killed.
    (AP, 8/27/08)(SFC, 8/28/08, p.A5)
2008        Aug 26, Russia formally recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the breakaway Georgian territories at the heart of its war with Georgia, heightening tensions with the West as the US dispatched a military ship bearing aid to a port city still patrolled by Russian troops. In a direct challenge to Russia, the US announced it intends to deliver humanitarian aid to the beleaguered Georgian port city of Poti, which Russian troops still control through checkpoints on the city's outskirts.
    (AP, 8/26/08)
2008        Aug 26, In Sri Lanka ground battles in the northern regions of Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi and Welioya killed 27 rebels and two soldiers.
    (AP, 8/27/08)
2008        Aug 26, Sudanese hijackers commandeered the Boeing 737 jetliner, which was carrying 95 passengers and crew, soon after it took off from the southern Darfur town of Nyala, not far from a refugee camp that the Sudanese military attacked a day earlier.
    (AP, 8/27/08)
2008        Aug 26, In Thailand thousands of anti-government demonstrators pushed into the Thai prime minister's office compound and rallied outside several ministries. A violent masked mob from the same protest group forced a state-run TV station off the air.
    (AP, 8/26/08)
2008        Aug 26, Zimbabwe's opposition heckled Robert Mugabe in an unprecedented show of defiance when the president opened parliament with traditional pomp and his familiar denunciations of the West.
    (AP, 8/26/08)

2009        Aug 26, In California Phillip Garrido (58) and his wife Nancy (55) were arrested for their 1991 kidnapping of  Jaycee Lee Dugard (11) from a bus stop outside her home in South Lake Tahoe. Police freed Dugard and her 2 children who were fathered by Dugard, who had kept them in tents in a fenced, backyard compound in Antioch, Ca.
    (AP, 8/28/09)
2009        Aug 26, In southern California the Station Fire began in Los Angeles County and soon grew to become the largest wildfire in county history. It did not get contained until Sep 1.
    (SFC, 11/14/09, p.A4)
2009        Aug 26, Dominick Dunne (b.1925), novelist and Vanity Fair columnist, died. His books included “The Two Mrs. Grenvilles" (1985), based on the 1955 Woodward murder case.
    (SFC, 8/27/09, p.A9)
2009        Aug 26, Ellie Greenwich (b.1940), songwriter, died. Her string of hits in the 1960s included “Da Doo Ron Ron" (1963), “Chapel of Love" (1964) and “Be My Baby" (1963). Many of her songs were done in collaboration with producer Phil Spector and her husband Jeff Barry.
    (SFC, 8/28/09, p.D5)
2009        Aug 26, Afghan President Hamid Karzai widened his lead after officials released more partial vote results. The latest returns boosted Karzai's standing to 44.8% and Abdullah’s at 35.1%. The count was based on returns from 17% of polling stations nationwide. In eastern Afghanistan a firefight left as many as 12 militants dead. Reports of the death toll varied widely. A spokesman of the governor of Paktika province said 12 militants died, while police said two were killed. The US military did not report any deaths. 7 insurgents, including a wounded commander, were detained.
    (AP, 8/26/09)(AP, 8/27/09)
2009        Aug 26, Australia's highest court ruled that the country's military justice system is unconstitutional because its judges are not independent of the military command, throwing into doubt 171 cases judged in the past two years.
    (AP, 8/26/09)
2009        Aug 26, A Brazilian prosecutor in Amazonas state accused Wallace Souza, a former police officer and TV crime show host, of attempting to have a federal judge assassinated in 2007. Souza was already accused of setting up at least 5 killings to boost his TV ratings. Souza was soon kicked out of the state legislature and on Oct 5 police issued a warrant for his arrest.
    (SFC, 8/27/09, p.A2)(AP, 10/7/09)
2009        Aug 26, In Cambodia a Phnom Penh Municipal Court Judge found Michael James Dodd of Washington, DC, guilty of soliciting sex from a 14-year-old girl. He was arrested in October 2008 at his rented house in Phnom Penh, in the girl's company. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay 20 million riel ($4,878) in compensation to the girl's family.
    (AP, 8/26/09)
2009        Aug 26, China’s state media reported that the majority of transplanted organs in China come from executed prisoners in a rare disclosure about an industry often criticized for being opaque and unethical.
    (AP, 8/26/09)
2009        Aug 26, In China six members of an alleged "terror gang" were detained in the suburbs of the city of Aksu, 675km (420 miles) southwest of Urumqi. The Ministry of Public Security later said a "large quantity" of materials and tools needed to make explosive devices was seized.
    (AFP, 9/16/09)
2009        Aug 26, In Colombia hooded men in uniforms without insignias shot and killed 12 members of the Awa indigenous group, including five children, on a reserve in a region plagued by the cocaine trade.
    (AP, 8/26/09)
2009        Aug 26, In the Republic of Congo 7 people, including five Russian crew members, were killed when a cargo plane crashed on the outskirts of Brazzaville.
    (AFP, 8/26/09)
2009        Aug 26, In Greece the fires around Athens were put out or contained to small areas after razing 80 square miles (210 square km) of forest and hillside scrub, an area more than three times the size of Manhattan. It was the most destructive blaze in decades in the Attica region, and the worst in Greece since wildfires in 2007 killed 76 people and blackened 1,060 square miles (2,750 square km).
    (AP, 8/26/09)
2009        Aug 26, Central America's development bank said it is freezing credits to Honduras following the June 28 coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya. Many other multilateral agencies and foreign governments have put Honduras aid projects on hold, in the face of the interim government's refusal to reinstate Zelaya.
    (AP, 8/26/09)
2009        Aug 26, A small Indonesian ferry sank off the resort island of Bali, killing nine people while three others are still missing.
    (Reuters, 8/26/09)
2009        Aug 26, Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim (b.1950), the scion of a revered clerical family, died of lung cancer in Iran, the country that was long his key ally. He channeled rising Shiite Muslim power after the fall of Saddam Hussein to become one of Iraq's most influential politicians.
    (AP, 8/26/09)
2009        Aug 26, In Mexico gunmen in Ciudad Juarez killed Pablo Pasillas (33), the aide of a Mexican federal agent investigating the death of a crime reporter, a month after the first agent assigned to the case was shot dead. In a separate attack, gunmen in the western town of Tlaquepaque wounded Maximiano Barbosa, the founder of Mexico's most influential debtors group, as well as his son.
    (AP, 8/27/09)
2009        Aug 26, Nigerian authorities arrested two dozen people wanted over massive debts owed to troubled banks in a scandal that has rocked the country's financial industry.
    (AFP, 8/26/09)
2009        Aug 26, In Bucharest, Romania, fans at first politely applauded the Roma performers sharing a stage with Madonna. Then the pop star condemned widespread discrimination against Roma, or Gypsies, and the cheers gave way to jeers. Official Romanian data put the local Roma population at 500,000.
    (AP, 8/27/09)
2009        Aug 26, Top Russian officials acknowledged for the first time that the Arctic Sea, a ship hijacked last month in the Baltic Sea, might have been carrying a suspicious cargo, deepening the mystery around its seizure.
    (AFP, 8/26/09)
2009        Aug 26, Russia, worried about North Korean missile and nuclear tests, said it has deployed sophisticated air defenses in its Far East region to protect against any potential test mishap.
    (AFP, 8/26/09)
2009        Aug 26, Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden fired at a US Navy helicopter as it made a surveillance flight over the Win Far, a Taiwanese-flagged fishing vessel seized in April, the first such attack by pirates on an American military aircraft.
    (AP, 8/27/09)
2009        Aug 26, In South Africa soldiers, demanding higher wages, tried to scale the fence at the Union Buildings where President Jacob Zuma has his office. Police used teargas, rubber bullets and water cannons to disperse the soldiers, who marched despite a court order barring their protest.
    (AP, 9/1/09)
2009        Aug 26, In Spain Bunol's town hall estimated more than 40,000 people, some from as far away as Japan and Australia, took up arms with 100 tons of tomatoes in the yearly food fight known as the "Tomatina," now in its 64th year.
    (AP, 8/26/09)
2009        Aug 26, In Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents detonated a car bomb outside a crowded open-air restaurant during lunchtime, wounding 26 people.
    (SFC, 8/26/09, p.A2)
2009        Aug 26, Doctors at Zimbabwe's state hospitals called off a crippling two-week strike, broken by the reality that the government had no money to meet their wage demands.
    (AFP, 8/26/09)

northern city of Kunduz. Police suspected the attackers were jihadists from Russia's Chechnya region who are active in the surrounding province, also called Kunduz. The attack killed 8 Afghan police. A roadside blast tore through a crowded market, killing 3 police and 2 civilians in Archi town, Kunduz province. In eastern Ghazni province's Andar district, two Afghan guards working for a private security company were killed in a Taliban attack on a supply convoy. Two attackers were killed, including a senior regional commander, Mullah Mohmmadi.
    (AP, 8/26/10)(AP, 8/27/10)
2010        Aug 26, Bolivia’s government said it has confiscated 280,000 more acres of allegedly fallow or ill-gotten land. The seizure included 51,000 acres from the ranching company of prominent opposition figure Osvaldo Monasterio.
    (SFC, 8/27/10, p.A2)
2010        Aug 26, Interpol said police have seized about 10 metric tons of counterfeit medicines and arrested 80 people in a sweep across eastern Africa. Authorities across Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zanzibar took part in the bust.
    (Reuters, 8/26/10)
2010        Aug 26, Asil Nadir (69), a Turkish Cypriot businessman, returned to London to face charges of fraud. He had fled Britain almost two decades ago following the spectacular collapse of his business empire. Nadir fled the country in May of 1993, four months before he was scheduled to face trial.
    (AP, 8/26/10)
2010        Aug 26, Canada-based Research in Motion said it was willing to work with India to support the country's needs to lawfully access encrypted services on the company's Blackberry smartphone.
    (Reuters, 8/26/10)
2010        Aug 26, The archbishop of Paris joined the tide of criticism over France's crackdown on Gypsies, calling it a "circus," while the EU's justice commissioner denounced French officials' discriminatory tone about the vulnerable minority.
    (AP, 8/26/10)
2010        Aug 26, In Germany Nadja Benaissa (28), a member of girl group No Angels, broke down in tears after a German court handed her a two-year suspended sentence for infecting a former sex partner with the AIDS HIV virus.
    (AFP, 8/26/10)
2010        Aug 26, Two Greek fighter jets crashed in mid-air during a training exercise south of the island of Crete, killing one of the three crew members and leaving the other two injured.
    (AP, 8/26/10)
2010        Aug 26, An Iranian government newspaper reported that 5 rebels and 2 members of the Revolutionary Guards have been killed in clashes in Iran's Kordestan province near the Iraqi border.
    (AFP, 8/26/10)
2010        Aug 26, In Iraq insurgents killed six members of a government-allied Sunni militia using a roadside bomb and ambush near the town of Muqdadiyah.
    (AP, 8/26/10)
2010        Aug 26, A Malaysian man was arrested after his bag bursting with 95 live boa constrictors broke open on a luggage conveyer belt at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Keng Liang "Anson" Wong (52), who had been previously convicted of wildlife trafficking in the United States, later pleaded guilty to wildlife smuggling.
    (AP, 9/4/10)
2010        Aug 26, In Mexico at least 16 people were injured, some seriously, after a grenade was thrown into a crowded bar in the internationally-popular beach resort of Puerto Vallarta. 5 of the injured were detained as part of an investigation. Four of those detained each lost a leg in the explosion.
    (Reuters, 8/26/10)(AP, 8/26/10)
2010        Aug 26, North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jong Il was in China on his second visit this year to his country's biggest source of diplomatic and financial support.
    (AP, 8/26/10)
2010        Aug 26, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan laid out plans to privatize most of the country's power sector, as corruption and mismanagement continued to cause daily outages in the oil-rich nation.
    (AFP, 8/26/10)
2010        Aug 26, Pakistani Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq claimed that the United States and other countries were not really focused on providing aid to flood victims but had other "intentions" he did not specify. The death toll in the floods stood around 1,500 people. Officials ordered nearly half a million people to evacuate towns as rising floods threaten further havoc.
    (AP, 8/26/10)(AFP, 8/26/10)
2010        Aug 26, In the Philippines fire broke out late at night, possibly when gasoline a man was pouring into a container near an open stove caught alight, in two crowded villages in Navotas city, north of the capital Manila. 2 people were killed and thousands left homeless.
    (AP, 8/27/10)
2010        Aug 26, Puerto Rican teachers walked off their jobs in a one-day strike over staff and funding levels, giving students a day off barely 3 weeks into the new academic year.
    (AP, 8/26/10)
2010        Aug 26, In South Africa thousands of civil servants took to the streets across the country in a peaceful demonstration for higher wages. Police management tried to bar officers from joining the nationwide strike entering its second week.
    (AP, 8/26/10)
2010        Aug 26, A Sri Lankan housemaid, L. T. Ariyawathi (49), was admitted to a hospital and planned to undergo surgery to remove 24 nails embedded in her body. Ariyawathi said her employer in Saudi Arabia had inflicted the injuries on her as a punishment. The woman traveled to Saudi Arabia in March and returned home last week, complaining of abuse by her employer.
    (AFP, 8/26/10)
2010        Aug 26, Venezuelan authorities seized more than 4.4 tons (4 metric tons) of cocaine at a ranch after F-16 fighter jets intercepted a plane that was flying to pick up the load.
    (AP, 8/26/10)
2010        Aug 26, Yemeni Shiite rebels signed an agreement with the government laying out a timetable for implementing previous accords. The agreement was signed in Doha, Qatar.
    (AFP, 8/26/10)

2011        Aug 26, Former Delaware pediatrician Earl Bradley (58) was sentenced 14 life sentences without parole for committing horrific acts of sexual abuse against scores of young patients over more than a decade.
    (AP, 8/26/11)
2011        Aug 26, In Missouri a medical helicopter crashed in Mosby killing a female patient, a pilot and two medical workers.
    (SSFC, 8/28/11, p.A10)
2011        Aug 26, Abkhazia, once dubbed the Soviet Riviera, held elections for a new president, with three veterans of the early 1990s separatist war against Georgia vying for the post. Candidates Vice President Alexander Ankvab (59), PM Sergei Shamba (60) and opposition leader Raul Khadjimba (53) fiercely rejected reunification with Georgia. Alexander Ankvab obtained 55 percent of the vote.
    (AP, 8/26/11)(AP, 8/27/11)
2011        Aug 26, In northwest Afghanistan a bomb exploded at an outdoor mosque, killing four worshippers in Faryab province. In western Herat a bomb placed on a small cart exploded, killing an Afghan woman and wounding seven other civilians. A NATO airstrike reportedly killed six civilians, including four women, in Logar province.
    (AP, 8/26/11)(AP, 8/27/11)
2011        Aug 26, In Algeria a bomb explosion followed by a suicide attack outside a military academy killed 16 officers in training and 2 civilians in Cherchell. Two Syrian officers were among 18 people killed in the twin suicide bombing. Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb soon claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 8/26/11)(AFP, 8/28/11)(SFC, 8/29/11, p.A2)
2011        Aug 26, In Britain the makers of painkiller Nurofen Plus recalled the tablets after anti-psychotic and epilepsy drugs were found to have been placed in packets in acts of suspected sabotage.
    (AP, 8/27/11)
2011        Aug 26, Cameroon authorities charged four people aged 17 to 46 with homosexuality and remanded them in custody. Homosexuality is outlawed in Cameroon and those arrested risk five years in prison.
    (AFP, 8/27/11)
2011        Aug 26, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera agreed to negotiate with students and teachers demanding more state funding for education and profound changes in government.
    (AP, 8/26/11)
2011        Aug 26, A Chilean official commission posted its final report online naming each additional victim that Chile recognizes as being killed, tortured or imprisoned for political reasons by the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. The addition of 30 slayings raises the death toll to 3,095, and the total victim list stands at 40,048.
    (AP, 8/26/11)
2011        Aug 26, Haitian notary Emile Giordani was snatched while driving his BMW on a sidestreet near downtown Port-au-Prince. Passers-by found his body the next morning dumped on a hilly road in the Canape Vert neighborhood of the capital.
    (AP, 8/27/11)(AP, 8/31/11)
2011        Aug 26, Israel said it is allowing Jewish settlers to expand a building in Hebron, one of the West Bank's most volatile cities. Hebron is holy to Muslims and Jews. Today, more than 600 Jews live there in fortified enclaves amid 170,000 Palestinians. Gaza militants called their second truce in less than five days in an attempt to keep more than a week of hostilities with Israel from escalating.
    (AP, 8/26/11)
2011        Aug 26, Japanese PM Naoto Kan announced he would resign after almost 15 months in office amid plunging approval ratings over his government's handling of the tsunami disaster and nuclear crisis. He would officially quit as prime minister after the ruling party votes on Aug 29 to pick a new leader, the country's sixth prime minister in five years.
    (AP, 8/26/11)
2011        Aug 26, Japan's nuclear agency said the amount of radioactive cesium that has leaked from a tsunami-hit nuclear plant is about equal to 168 of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II.
    (AP, 8/26/11)
2011        Aug 26, In Libya British warplanes struck a large bunker in Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte, his largest remaining stronghold, as NATO turned its attention to loyalist forces battling advancing Libyan rebels in the area. The two main tribes in Sirte, the Gadhadhfa and the Urfali, remained loyal to the Libyan leader. About 80 decomposing bodies were found in an abandoned hospital in Tripoli.
    (AP, 8/26/11)(AFP, 8/26/11)
2011        Aug 26, Mali's most radical Tuareg rebel chief Ibrahim Ag Bahanga, who never agreed to disarm, died in an accident.
    (AFP, 8/27/11)
2011        Aug 26, In Mexico about 700 soldiers, federal police and Treasury Department agents began raiding casinos in Monterrey seizing slot machines and putting them in moving trucks. The tax agency said the continuing operation was meant to verify whether casinos had paid taxes or introduced slot machines illegally.
    (AP, 8/28/11)
2011        Aug 26, In Mexico 4 miners were killed in an explosion that caved in part of a coal mine in the northern Mexico border state of Coahuila.
    (AP, 8/25/11)
2011        Aug 26, In Nigeria a suicide bomber in car laden with explosives rammed through two gates and blew up at the UN offices in Abuja shattering part of the 4-story concrete structure. 23 people were killed and 116 wounded. The radical Muslim sect known locally as Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attack. Two of the injured died later bringing the death toll to 25.
    (AP, 8/26/11)(AP, 8/27/11)(AP, 9/15/11)(AP, 12/28/11)
2011        Aug 26, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il renewed a push to restart talks on swapping aid for his country's nuclear disarmament during a stop in northeastern China on his return journey from Russia.
    (AP, 8/26/11)
2011        Aug 26, Senegal's army clashed with suspected rebels in the southern province of Casamance.
    (AFP, 8/26/11)
2011        Aug 26, It was reported that Somali Islamist rebels have beheaded at least 11 civilians in the capital in the past two weeks.
    (AP, 8/26/11)
2011        Aug 26, In South Korea Seoul mayor Oh Se-hoon's stepped down after losing a referendum on free school lunches for 50% of all schoolchildren. His resignation came two days after a citywide referendum that drew few of Seoul's 8 million eligible voters. The turnout of 25.7% didn't meet the legal requirement for counting ballots. The referendum's defeat means the 100% option takes effect.
    (AP, 8/26/11)
2011        Aug 26, Syrian security forces fired on tens of thousands of anti-government protesters, killing at least two people in Deir el-Zour more than five months into the country's uprising. Another person was killed when protesters emerged from a mosque in Daraa province.
    (AP, 8/26/11)(AFP, 8/26/11)
2011        Aug 26, The UN wildlife trade regulator said it was lifting its 2005 suspension on wildlife commerce with Nigeria, citing the country's improved efforts to combat illegal trade.
    (AFP, 8/26/11)
2011        Aug 26, It was reported that the Zimbabwe Electricity Regulatory Commission (ZERC) has increased electricity rates from 7.53 US cents to 9.83 US cents per kilowatt hour, effective next week, to help the regulator fund an expansion program that will boost electricity production.
    (AP, 8/26/11)

2012        Aug 26, In Afghan insurgents attacked a large party in a Taliban-controlled area of Helmand province and beheaded 17 people. 10 Afghan soldiers were killed in an attack on a checkpoint in the south, and five were either kidnapped or joined their assailants. In Ghor province in the east, officials said three students were killed in what looked like a revenge killing by the family of a Taliban commander who died recently in an explosion.
    (AP, 8/27/12)
2012        Aug 26, Britain’s Scotland Yard arrested 96 people during the annual Children's Day of the Notting Hill Carnival, mainly for drug and public order offences as well as robbery and assault.
    (AFP, 8/28/12)
2012        Aug 26, Canadian health officials said eight people have died in a rare outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the province of Quebec, having identified more than 100 cases of the dangerous strain of pneumonia since July.
    (Reuters, 8/27/12)
2012        Aug 26, In northern China a double-decker bus rammed into a tanker loaded with highly flammable methanol, causing both vehicles to burst into flames and killing 36 people close to the city of Yan'an in Shaanxi province. In the southwest 11 people were killed and another was seriously hurt when a van crashed into a truck Sichuan province.
    (AP, 8/26/12)(AP, 8/27/12)
2012        Aug 26, In Egypt Ibrahim Madhan, a suspected militant, was killed while riding a motorcycle in the Sinai Peninsula some 15 km (9 miles) from the Israeli border.
    (AP, 8/26/12)
2012        Aug 26, An Egyptian security official says Egypt has reopened its passenger terminal with the Gaza Strip and resumed normal operations there after nearly three weeks of disruption following a deadly attack on Egyptian soldiers by Islamic militants.
    (AP, 8/26/12)
2012        Aug 26, In India hundreds of Indian protesters angry at a controversial allocation of coal fields were baton charged by police and sprayed with tear gas during a demonstration in the capital New Delhi.
    (AFP, 8/26/12)
2012        Aug 26, In Indonesia a Sunni mob attack on Shiites in Sampang, East Java province, saw two men killed with sickles and dozens of homes torched.
    (AFP, 8/27/12)
2012        Aug 26, Iran opened a 120-nation gathering of self-described nonaligned nations with a slap at the UN Security Council and an appeal to rid the world of nuclear weapons even as Tehran faces Western suspicions that it is seeking its own atomic arms.
    (AP, 8/26/12)
2012        Aug 26, In Iraq gunmen with silenced weapons killed five people in two attacks in Baghdad.
    (AP, 8/26/12)
2012        Aug 26, Israeli authorities refused entry to about 100 pro-Palestinian activists, including 3 Americans, attempting to cross overland to the West Bank from Jordan.
    (AP, 8/26/12)
2012        Aug 26, In Japan Typhoon Bolaven, one of the most powerful typhoons in decades, hit Okinawa, with meteorologists warning it could bring record rain and wind to the southern region and waves of up to 13 meters (43 feet).
    (AFP, 8/26/12)
2012        Aug 26, In northwest Pakistan dozens of militants from Afghanistan attacked an anti-Taliban militia post in the Bajur tribal area for the third day, sparking fighting that killed one soldier and 20 militants. Locals and officials said thousands of people have fled North Waziristan in recent days, fearing a military offensive against Islamist militants.
    (AP, 8/26/12)(AFP, 8/26/12)
2012        Aug 26, In Russia members of the punk band Pussy Riot said two members have fled the country to avoid prosecution for a protest that sent 3 bandmates to prison.
    (SFC, 8/27/12, p.A2)
2012        Aug 26, Saudi authorities announced they had foiled a "terror" plot by elements suspected of links to Al-Qaeda, mostly Yemenis, and broken up two extremist cells in Riyadh and Jeddah.
    (AFP, 8/26/12)
2012        Aug 26, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that 32 dead bodies were found in the streets of Daraya and they had been killed by "gunfire and summary executions."
    (AP, 8/26/12)
2012        Aug 26, In Togo women in the civil rights group "Let's Save Togo" said they will have a week long sex strike to demand the resignation of President Faure Gnassingbé.
    (AFP, 8/26/12)
2012        Aug 26, In Zimbabwe a consortium of wildlife ranchers said tens of thousands of animals face annihilation in a wave of land takeovers in the southeast after hunting permits and land were granted to 25 leaders of the ZANU-PF party in a black empowerment program.
    (AP, 8/26/12)

2013        Aug 26, In California the Rim Fire expanded to 150,000 acres on the western edge of Yosemite Nat’l. Park. The fire began on Aug 17 and now covered over 250 square miles. Officials said it was 20% contained.
    (SFC, 8/27/13, p.A12)
2013        Aug 26, In Montana defendant Stacey Rambold (54) received a 15 year sentence with all but one month suspended for the rape of student Cherice Moralez (14) in 2008. Morales committed suicide in 2010, a few weeks before her seventeenth birthday and before the case went to trial. On Sep 4 state prosecutors said they are appealing the sentence. Rambold was released on Sep 26. On April 30, 2014, the state Supreme Court ruled that the one month sentence was too short. On Sep 26, 2014, Rambold was sentenced to ten years in prison.
    (http://tinyurl.com/mjks62n)(SFC, 9/7/13, p.A4)(SFC, 9/27/13, p.A7)(SFC, 5/1/14, p.A8)(SFC, 9/27/14, p.A6)
2013        Aug 26, Amgen agreed to buy Onyx Pharmaceuticals in a $10.4 billion transaction. Onyx’s Kyprolis drug was approved last year for a rare blood cancer.
    (SFC, 8/27/13, p.D1)
2013        Aug 26, In eastern Afghanistan 5 Taliban suicide bombers killed 2 Afghan soldiers and wounded several others when they attacked an army base in the Tagab district of Kapisa province. 10 other attackers were wounded but managed to flee. NATO said one its soldiers was killed by a bomb in southern Afghanistan.
    (AP, 8/26/13)(SFC, 8/27/13, p.A2)
2013        Aug 26, Greenpeace said that Russian authorities have boarded their ship which is in the Arctic to protest against oil drilling. The Greenpeace ship entered the waters of the Kara Sea on Aug 24.
    (AP, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, Argentina’s Pres. Cristina Fernandez offered new bonds to be paid in dollars in Buenos Aires to anyone still holding defaulted debt.
    (SSFC, 9/1/13, p.A4)
2013        Aug 26, Bolivia’s cultural patrimony chief, Lupe Meneses, said local churches have been robbed 38 times of 447 objects since 2009 — of highly stylized decorative silverwork, canvases, polished gold and silver altar pieces and gem-encrusted jewelry.
    (AP, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, China announced that Wang Yongchun, the deputy general manager of China Nat’l. Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), was under investigation for “severe discipline violations."
    (Econ, 9/7/13, p.48)
2013        Aug 26, Chinese media said the Amur River, which marks the border between China and Russia, has experienced its worst flooding in a century, cutting off roads to some areas.
    (AP, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, India's parliament passed a flagship 18-billion-dollar program to provide subsidized food to the poor that is intended to "wipe out" endemic hunger and malnutrition in the aspiring superpower.
    (AFP, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, In Iraq militants in police uniforms claiming to be carrying out a security operation kidnapped and killed 6 men in a pre-dawn attack north of Baghdad.
    (AFP, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, In eastern Mexico mudslides crashed through several homes, killing at least 13 people after a tropical storm pelted the state of Veracruz with heavy rains.
    (AFP, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, Nepal commissioned a group of former Maoist rebel fighters as officers in the national army, fulfilling a main component of a fragile peace deal that ended civil war but has failed to bring political stability.
    (Reuters, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 25, Nigerian Islamists killed 14 pro-government youth vigilantes in an attack on the northeastern town of Bama.
    (Reuters, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, Palestinian negotiators called off a planned round of peace talks after Israeli soldiers killed 3 protesters during clashes following an arrest raid in the West Bank.
    (AP, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, In the Philippines tens of thousands angry at official corruption marched through the center of Manila and other cities to demand the abolition of a misused fund for legislators' pet projects, the biggest protest aimed at Benigno Aquino's government.
    (Reuters, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, Qatar health authorities announced the 2nd confirmed case in a week of the MERS coronavirus in the Gulf state, with a 29-year-old man infected and in intensive care.
    (AFP, 8/27/13)
2013        Aug 26, In South Africa tens of thousands of construction workers downed tools, adding to strike chaos that has crippled output and disrupted air traffic while fanning fears of new violence.
    (AFP, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, Zurich, Switzerland, launched publicly funded, drive-in, open wooden garages to make prostitution less of a public nuisance and safer for women.
    (AP, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, In Syria snipers opened fire at a UN vehicle carrying a team investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Damascus. The Syrian government accused the rebels of firing at the team, while a rebel representative said a pro-government militia was behind the attack. Rebel forces took control of Khanasir, a strategic town in northern Syria, killing more than 50 pro-government fighters and cutting off government forces' only supply route out of the city of Aleppo. The Britain-based Observatory said it had obtained a photograph showing the execution of Alawite cleric Badr Ghazal by hardline Islamist rebels earlier this month.
    (AP, 8/26/13)(Reuters, 8/26/13)
2013        Aug 26, In Turkey Western powers meeting in Istanbul told the Syrian opposition to expect a strike against President Bashar al-Assad's forces within days.
    (Reuters, 8/27/13)
2013        Aug 26, The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo said it has opened a probe after residents accused its peacekeepers of killing 2 people who tried to storm a UN base in Goma.
    (AFP, 8/26/13)

2014        Aug 26, Officials said the US has begun surveillance flights over Syria after President Barack Obama gave the OK.
    (AP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 26, Bankrupt Detroit resumed shutting off water to people who have not paid bills after a month long suspension. Nearly 45% of the3 city’s 173,000 residential water accounts were considered past due.
    (SFC, 8/27/14, p.A8)
2014        Aug 26, Burger King said it has agreed to buy Canada's coffee and donut chain Tim Hortons in an $11 billion deal that would create the world's third-largest fast food company and be based in Canada.
    (AFP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 26, In Belarus Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, urged him not to escalate an offensive against pro-Moscow rebels, and threatened economic retaliation for signing a trade accord with the EU. Poroshenko replied by demanding a halt to arms shipments from Russia to the separatist fighters.
    (Reuters, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 26, A new report by Alexis Jay, a former chief social work adviser to the Scottish government, concluded that from 1997-2013 some 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham, northern England.
    (AP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 26, Cameroon's army killed 27 members of Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists near the northern town of Fotokol over the last two days.
    (Reuters, 8/27/14)
2014        Aug 26, In China a bus collided head-on with a truck in the country's northwest, killing 13 people and injuring many others in Gansu province.
    (AP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 26, In Colombia John Jairo Velasquez (52), better known by his nickname "Popeye," was paroled this evening despite protests from relatives of his many alleged victims. He has confessed to hundreds of murders as head of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's army of assassins. He spent 22 years behind bars for plotting the 1989 murder of former presidential candidate, Luis Carlos Galan.
    (AP, 8/27/14)
2014        Aug 26, In Egypt two microbuses racing down a narrow rural road in near the ancient city of Luxor collided and plunged into a canal early, killing 18 passengers including 8 children.
    (AP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 27, The European Commission agreed to Italian demands to replace the “Mare Rostrum" refugee rescue operation with an EU-wide project.
    (SFC, 8/28/14, p.A2)
2014        Aug 26, In Iraq a car bomb exploded in a busy Shiite area in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 11 people.
    (AP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 26, A spokesman said Malawian President Peter Mutharika has shot down a proposal to hike cabinet ministers' pay to almost triple his own salary, amid austerity measures following foreign aid flight.
    (AFP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 26, Malaysian police arrested 42 men after a riot by up to 1,000 mostly Nepalese workers sparked fires and destroyed parts of an electronics export factory.
    (Reuters, 8/27/14)
2014        Aug 26, Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif met the country's powerful army chief as a political deadlock over mass protests to demand the government's resignation showed no signs of resolution.
    (Reuters, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 26, Senior Pakistani militant figure Commander Maulana Qasim Khurassani said he and several of his associates have split from the Pakistani Taliban and formed their own group, inspired by the Afghan Taliban and their fight against US troops in Afghanistan. Khurassani said the new group is named Jamaat-ul-Ahrar.
    (AP, 8/27/14)
2014        Aug 26, Palestinian officials said a Gaza ceasefire deal with Israel has been reached under Egyptian mediation and a formal announcement of an agreement was imminent. Israel bombed more of Gaza's tallest structures, bringing down a 13-storey apartment and office tower and destroying most of a 16-floor residential building. 6 Palestinians were killed in other Israeli strikes. Israel's military said 70 rockets were fired from Gaza and that one damaged a house in Ashkelon.
    (Reuters, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 26, In South Sudan a UN mission Mi-8 cargo helicopter crashed near Bentiu, a hotly contested between the government and rebel fighters. A South Sudan government spokesman blamed the rebels for shooting down the helicopter. 3 people were reported killed with one survivor.
    (AP, 8/26/14)
2014        Aug 26, Yemeni prisoners Amin al-Bakri and Fadi al-Maqaleh were transferred from Afghanistan’s Bagram prison back to Yemen. They had been detained since 2002 when they were arrested in Pakistan.
    (SFC, 8/27/14, p.A2)

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