1522 Aug 27, Giovanni A. Amadei
(75), Amadeo, Italian sculptor, architect, died.
1569 Aug 27, Pope Pius named
Cosimo I de' Medici, grand duke of Toscane.
1576 Aug 27, The Venetian
painter Titian (Tiziano Vecelli), born about 1488, died of the
plague. His handling of color and mastery of new oil techniques made
him one of the greatest painters of the Renaissance. In 2012 Sheila
Hale authored “Titian: His Life."
1610 Aug 27, Polish King
Wladyslaw was crowned king of Russia.
1626 Aug 27, The Danes were
crushed by the Catholic League in Germany, marking the end of Danish
intervention in European wars.
1635 Aug 27, Lope Felix de Vega
(72), playwright, poet (Angelica, Arcadia), died.
1665 Aug 27, "Ye Bare & Ye
Cubb," the 1st play performed in N. America, was performed at
1675 Aug 27, The Strasbourg
Agreement, signed between France and the Holy Roman Empire, banned
the use of poison bullets in conflict.
1770 Aug 27, The German
philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) was born in
Stuttgart. He wrote "The Science of Logic." Hegel greatly influenced
Karl Marx. His method was to metaphysicize everything, that is, to
discern in concrete reality the working of some Idea or Universal
Mind. Hegel proposed that all change, all progress, is brought about
by the conflict of vast forces. A world-historical figure or nation
or event lays down a challenge. This thesis, as he called it, is
opposed by an antithesis. The conflict between them is resolved,
inevitably, by a synthesis of the two forces on a higher plane of
(V.D.-H.K.p.258)(AP, 8/27/97)(HN, 8/27/98)
1776 Aug 27, The Americans were
defeated by the British at the Battle of Long Island, New York.
1783 Aug 27, 1st hydrogen
balloon flight (unmanned); reached 900 m altitude.
1788 Aug 27, Jacques Neeker was
named French minister of Finance.
1789 Aug 27, French National
Assembly issued "Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen."
1793 Aug 27, Maximilien
Robespierre was elected to the Committee of Public Safety in Paris,
Aug 26-1813 Aug 27, The Battle of Dresden was Napoleon’s last major
victory against the allied forces of Austria, Russia and Prussia.
French forces under Napoleon scored a victory against the Allied
army led by Field Marshal Schwarzenberg. Three days after the
battle, the Allies surrounded and captured a French corps at the
Battle of Kulm.
1816 Aug 27, Admiral Sir Edward
Pellew, a noble from Devon, England, bombed Algiers, a refuge for
Barbary pirates. He flew the green, white and black flag of St.
Petroc. In 1836 the battle was pictured in a painting by George
Chambers, Senior. Pellew was subsequently named Lord Exmouth.
(http://tinyurl.com/gjooc)(Econ, 9/30/06, p.66)
1825 Aug 27, William Moorcroft,
East India Co. head of 5,000 acre horse farm at Pusa, India, died
near Balkh, Afghanistan, while returning to India following his trip
to Bukhara, Uzbekistan, to trade for horses. In 1985 Garry Alder
authored "Beyond Bukhara: The Life of William Moorcroft, Asian
Explorer and Veterinary Surgeon."
(ON, 1/02, p.6)
1828 Aug 27, Simon Bolívar
proclaimed himself dictator of Gran Colombia through the "Organic
Decree of Dictatorship".
1832 Aug 27, Black Hawk, leader
of Sauk-Indians, gave himself up.
1858 Aug 27, The 2nd of 7 of
the Lincoln-Douglas debates in the 1858 Illinois senatorial race of
took place in Freeport, Ill. Stephen Douglas formulated what became
known as the Freeport Doctrine, which stated that the people of a
territory could, by lawful means, exclude slavery prior to the
formulation of a state constitution. Douglas first pronounced it in
response to a question posed by Lincoln as to how Douglas could
reconcile the doctrine of "popular sovereignty" with the Dred Scott
(HNQ, 6/4/99)(ON, 4/08, p.2)
1859 Aug 27, The first
commercial oil well was set up. Colonel Edwin L. Drake drilled the
first successful oil well in the United States near Titusville,
(HFA, '96, p.36)(AP, 8/27/97)
1861 Aug 27, Union troops made
an amphibious landing at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
1861 Aug 27, At the Battle of
Cape Hatteras, SC, Union troops took Fort Clark.
1862 Aug 27, As the Second
Battle of Bull Run raged, Confederate soldiers attacked Loudoun
1869 Aug 27, Karl Haushofer,
soldier, geographer, was born.
1871 Aug 27, Theodore Dreiser
(d.1945), American novelist (Sister Carrie, American Tragedy), was
born. "Our civilization is still in a middle stage, no longer wholly
guided by instinct, not yet wholly guided by reason."
(AP, 1/4/00)(HN, 8/27/00)
1874 Aug 27, Karl Bosch, German
chemist (BASF, Nobel 1931), was born.
1877 Aug 27, Charles Stewart
Rolls, British auto manufacturer (Rolls-Royce Ltd), was born.
1881 Aug 27, New York state’s
Pure Food Law went into effect to prevent "the adulteration of food
1881 Aug 27, A hurricane hit
Florida and the Carolinas; about 700 died.
1882 Aug 17, Samuel Goldwyn,
American movie mogul who helped start MGM (Metro Goldwyn Mayer), was
born as Schmuel Gelbfisz in Warsaw, Poland.
1883 Aug 27, The island volcano
Krakatoa erupted; the resulting tidal waves in Indonesia's Sunda
Strait claimed some 36,417 lives in Java and Sumatra. In 2003 Simon
Winchester authored Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: Aug 27,
1883" [see Aug 26].
(AP, 8/27/97)(SSFC, 4/6/03, p.M2)
1886 Aug 27, Eric Coates, viola
player, composer, was born in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, England.
1890 Aug 27, Man Ray (d.1976)
was born as Emmanuel Radinski in Philadelphia, Pa. A painter and
photographer, he and Marcel Duchamp founded the Dadaism movement.
1892 Aug 27, Fire seriously
damaged New York City's original Metropolitan Opera House, located
at Broadway and 39th Street.
1894 Aug 27, The US Congress
passed the Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act, providing for a graduated
income tax. It imposed a 2% tax on incomes over $4000. Pres. Grover
Cleveland enacted the tax to cope with the deficit. The Supreme
Court ruled it unconstitutional on May 20, 1895.
1899 Aug 27, C.S. Forester
(Cecil Scott Forester), novelist, was born in England. He authored
the "Horatio Hornblower" series.
(HN, 8/27/00)(MC, 8/27/02)
1901 Aug 27, In Havana, Cuba,
U.S. Army physician James Carroll allowed an infected mosquito to
feed on him in an attempt to isolate the means of transmission of
yellow fever. Days later, Carroll developed a severe case of yellow
fever, helping his colleague, Army Walter Reed, prove that
mosquitoes can transmit the sometimes deadly disease.
(MC, 8/27/02)(ON, 10/01, p.8)
1908 Aug 27, Lyndon B. Johnson,
the 36th president of the United States (1963-1969), was born near
(AP, 8/27/97)(HN, 8/27/98)
1910 Aug 26-27, 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
Skopje, Macedonia. She later founded the Missionaries of Charity in
Calcutta and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for her work.
(SFC, 8/28/96, p.A10)(SFC, 8/26/97, p.C3)(AP,
1910 Aug 27, Thomas Edison
demonstrated the first "talking" pictures using a phonograph in his
New Jersey laboratory.
1912 Aug 27, Edgar Rice
Burroughs’s "Tarzan of the Apes" first appeared in a magazine.
Burroughs (d.1950 at 74) wrote "Tarzan of the Apes" for The
All-Story Magazine and received $700.
(SDUT, 6/6/97, p.E2)(SFEC, 5/9/99, Par p.8)(HN,
1913 Aug 27, In San Francisco a
fire at arcade stables on Folsom St. between 5th and 6th killed 95
(SSFC, 8/25/13, DB p.58)
1914 Aug 27, 2nd day of battle
at Tannenberg: Germany bombed Usdau.
1915 Aug 27, Walter W. Heller
(d.1987), economist (Old Myths & New Realities), was born in
1915 Aug 27, In San Francisco a
fire in the Presidio killed the wife of Brig. Gen. John J. Pershing
and 3 of their 4 children.
(SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W4)(SSFC, 8/23/15, DB p.46)
1916 Aug 27, Italy declared war
1921 Aug 27, J.E. Clair of Acme
Packing Co. of Green Bay was granted an NFL franchise.
1928 Aug 27, Fifteen nations
signed the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact, also known as the Pact of
Paris, outlawing war and calling for the settlement of disputes
through arbitration. Forty-seven other countries eventually sign the
pact. The pact was developed by French foreign minister
Aristide Briand and U.S. Secretary of State Frank Kellogg. The
document did not stipulate any sanctions and allowed for so many
exceptions—including wars of ‘self-defense‘ and obligations under
the League Covenant and Monroe Doctrine—that the pact was quite
(AP, 8/27/97)(HN, 8/27/98)(HNQ, 10/20/00)
1928 Aug 27, 16 people died in
NYC’s 2nd worst subway accident.
1929 Aug 27, Ira Levin, author
(Rosemary Baby, Boys From Brazil, This Perfect Day), was born in
1932 Aug 27, Antonia Fraser,
biographer (Mary Queen of Scots), was born.
1932 Aug 27-28, In England
200,000 textile workers went on strike.
1934 Aug 27, Arlen, Ira
Gershwin & Harburg musical premiered in NYC.
1937 Aug 27, Andrew Mellon
(b.1855), equity-fund capitalist and former US Treasury Secretary
(1921-1932), died. In 2006 David Canadine authored the biography
1938 Aug 27, George Eyston set
an automobile land-speed record.
1939 Aug 27, Nazi Germany
demanded Danzig and Polish corridor.
1939 Aug 27, The world's first
jet-propelled plane, the Heinkel He-178, made its first flight at
Marienehe, north Germany. Hans von Ohain’s aircraft became the first
jet-powered airplane to fly. It remained airborne for 7 minutes.
Erich Warsitz made the 1st jet-propelled flight.
(SFC, 8/10/96, p.A20)(Reuters, 8/28/01)(MC,
1941 Aug 27, The Soviet armada
began to move out of Tallinn. By the next day 5 ships were sunk by
German bombers and Soviet ships began to encounter minefields set by
the Kriegsmarine and Finnish Navy. The Soviets succeeded in
evacuating 165 ships, 28,000 passengers and 66,000 tons of equipment
1941 Aug 27, The Shah of Iran
abdicated the throne to his son Reza Pahlavi. Britain forced Reza
Shah to abdicate and installed his son Mohammed.
1941 Aug 27, The Prime Minister
of Japan, Fumimaro Konoye, issued an invitation for a meeting with
1942 Aug 27, Cuba declared war
on Germany, Japan and Italy.
1944 Aug 27, 200 Halifax
bombers attack oil-installations in Hamburg.
1945 Aug 27, B-29 Superfortress
bombers began to drop supplies into Allied prisoner of war camps in
1945 Aug 27, Life Magazine’s
issue for VJ-Day featured a photo that Life photographer Alfred
Eisenstaedt made on May 8, VE-Day when he got signalman Jim Reynolds
to pose for a kiss with a nurse on Times Square. That the photo was
posed was denied by Life and Reynold’s role was not verified. Edith
Shain (d.2010 at 91) in a letter claimed to be the nurse with
documented letters from Eisenstaedt. In 2007 Houston Police
Department forensic artist Lois Gibson completed a detailed
investigation and concluded that Glenn McDuffie (80) is the man in
Alfred Eisenstaedt's Aug. 14, 1945 image of a sailor kissing a nurse
in Times Square. The 2012 book "The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery
Behind the Photo That Ended World War II" published by the Naval
Institute Press identified the pair as Greta Zimmer Friedman
(d.2016) and George Mendonsa (d.2019 [see May 8 and Aug 27].
(WSJ, 8/14/96, p.A14)(WSJ, 8/20/96, p.A11)(AP,
8/4/07)(SFC, 6/24/10, p.A9)(AFP, 9/11/16)(SFC, 2/19/19, p.C3)
1945 Aug 27, American troops
began landing in Japan following the surrender of the Japanese
government in World War II.
1948 Aug 27, Former US Chief
Justice Charles Evans (86) Hughes died in Osterville, Mass.
1950 Aug 27, Charles Fleischer,
comedian (Roger Rabbit), was born in Wash, DC.
1952 Aug 27, Paul Reubens
(Pee-wee Herman), actor (Pee-wee's Big Adventure), was born in
1955 Aug 27, The "Guinness Book
of World Records" was 1st published. It posted sales of 80 million
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R34)(WSJ, 7/30/99, p.B1)(MC,
1958 Aug 27, The Arkansas
Legislature voted 94-1 to pass a law allowing Gov. Orval E. Faubus
to close public schools in the face of forced integration. Ray S.
Smith (1924-2007) was the only dissenting legislator.
(SFC, 11/13/07, p.D9)
1958 Aug 27, USSR launched
Sputnik 3 with 2 dogs aboard.
1961 Aug 27, Francis the
Talking Mule was the mystery guest on "What's My Line."
1962 Aug 27, The United States
launched the Mariner 2 space probe with an Atlas D booster. On
December 14, 1962, Mariner 2 passed within just over 20,000 miles of
Venus, reporting an 800F surface temperature, high surface
pressures, a predominantly carbon dioxide atmosphere, continuous
cloud cover, and no detectable magnetic field.
(AP, 8/27/97)(SFEM, 8/22/99,
1963 Aug 27, Cambodia severed
ties with South Vietnam.
1963 Aug 27, William Edward
Burghardt Du Bois (b.1868), sociologist, influential leader of black
Americans, founder of the National Negro Committee which eventually
became the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People, died in Accra, Ghana at the age of 95. He coined the phrase
"double consciousness" to describe the black survival skill of
moving between the black and white American cultures.
(WUD, 1994, p.439)(SFEC, 3/22/98, BR p.5)(HNPD,
1964 Aug 27, Gracie Allen
(b.~1895), TV comedian (Burns & Allen), died in Los Angeles.
1965 Aug 27, Bob Dylan was
booed off stage in NY's Forest Hills.
1965 Aug 27-1965 Sep 13,
Hurricane Betsy killed 75 in Louisiana & Florida. Betsy left New
Orleans under 7 feet of water.
(www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/Storm_pages/betsy1965/)(WSJ, 8/31/05, p.B1)
1965 Aug 27, Le Corbusier
(b.1887), Swiss-French architect and writer, died in France. He was
born as Charles Edouard Jeanneret-Gris in La Chaux-de-Fonds,
Switzerland. His book included books include “Vers une architecture"
(Towards a New Architecture) (1923), “The City of Tomorrow" (1925),
and “When the Cathedrals Were White" (1937). In 2014 Anthony flint
authored “Modern man: The Life of Le Corbusier, Architect of
1966 Aug 27, There was a race
riot in Waukegan, Illinois.
1966 Aug 27, Sir Francis
Chichester began 1st solo ocean voyage around the world.
1967 Aug 27, Brian Epstein,
manager of the Beatles, was found dead in his London flat from an
overdose of sleeping pills.
1971 Aug 27, Bennett Cerf
(b.1898), publisher and co-founder of Random House, died. Cerf began
appearing weekly on What's My Line? in 1951 and continued until the
show's CBS network end in 1967.
1971 Aug 27, Margaret
Bourke-White (b.1904), US photographer, died.
1972 Aug 27, The USS Newport
News CA-148 and three other ships (USS Rowan DD-782, USS Providence
CLG-6, and USS Robison DDG-12) carried out a night time raid against
heavily defended targets at the mouth of Haiphong Harbor.
1975 Aug 27, Haile Selassie,
the last emperor of Ethiopia’s 3,000-year-old monarchy, died in
Addis Ababa at age 83 almost a year after he was overthrown in a
military coup. It was later discovered that the Derg, the ruling
military committee, had voted to murder the imprisoned emperor.
Selassie was born of royal blood and originally named Ras Tafari,
and is regarded as the savior by a religious sect originating in
Jamaica whose members are called Rastafarians. Crowned emperor in
1930 under the title Haile Selassie I (meaning "Power of the
Trinity"), he was by tradition a descendant of King Solomon and the
Queen of Sheba. He reigned as emperor of Ethiopia until 1974.
Ryszard Kapuscinski later authored "The Emperor," a biography of
(AP, 8/27/00)(HNQ, 2/4/00)(WSJ, 4/18/01,
p.A20)(Econ, 9/29/07, p.49)
1976 Aug 27, Transsexual Renee
Richards was barred from competing in US Tennis Open in Forest
1977 Aug 27, "Chicago" closed
at 46th St Theater in NYC after 947 performances.
1979 Aug 27, British war hero
Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed off the coast of Ireland in his
29-foot sail boat in Sligo, Ireland; the Irish Republican Army
claimed responsibility. Also killed were his 14-year-old grandson
Nicholas, 83-year-old Lady Brabourne, and 15-year-old John Maxwell.
Thomas McMahon (31) was the bombmaker and was jailed at Dublin’s
Mountjoy prison. He was released in 1998 as part of the Northern
Ireland peace agreement.
(AP, 8/27/97)(SFC, 8/8/98, p.A13)(HN, 8/27/98)
1979 Aug 27, In Sanandaj, Iran,
11 Kurdish prisoners were executed by a firing squad following a 30
minute trial under Shiite cleric Sadegh Khalkhali. Jahangir Razmi, a
photographer for Iran’s independent Ettela’at newspaper, captured
the execution on film. Within hours an anonymous photo of the
execution ran across 6 columns of the paper. On Sep 8 the newspaper
was seized by the Foundation for the Disinherited, a state-owned
holding company. On April 14, 1980, the photo won a Pulitzer Prize.
In 2006 Razmi made public 27 images from the execution that he had
(WSJ, 12/2/06, p.A1)
1979 Aug 27, In Northern
Ireland 18 British militia died in ambush and bomb attack at
Warrenpoint, South Down.
1980 Aug 27, In South Korea
Chun Doo-hwan (b.1931) had the military junta name him president,
1981 Aug 27, Rene Soto clubbed
to death Anselmo Covarrubias in LA County. Maria Suarez (21), a
battered "sex slave" to Covarrubias and witness to the murder, was
convicted of first-degree murder and sent to prison. In 2002 Gov.
Davis rejected a recommended parole for Suarez. In 2003 Gov. Davis
issued a parole. Suarez was released in 2004.
(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.A20)(SFC, 6/22/02, p.A1)(SSFC,
4/6/03, p.A12)(SFC, 5/26/04, p.A1)
1981 Aug 27, Divers recovered
the Banco di Roma safe from the Andrea Doria.
1984 Aug 27, President Reagan
announced the Teacher in Space project.
1985 Aug 27, Dr. Fisher was a
mission specialist on STS 51-I which launched from Kennedy Space
1985 Aug 27, In Nigeria Gen’l.
Ibrahim Babangida began his rule. He gave up power in 1993.
1987 Aug 27, In the Philippines
members of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement, led by Colonel
Gregorio Honasan, attempted to overthrow Pres. Corazon Aquino. Her
son Benigno Aquino and four guards were ambushed as they rushed to
the presidential palace. 3 guards were killed.
1987 Aug 27, A Soviet Foreign
Ministry official said his country was studying a proposal by West
German Chancellor Helmut Kohl to dismantle his country's 72 aging
Pershing 1A missiles if the superpowers destroyed all their
1988 Aug 27, Tens of thousands
of civil rights marchers gathered in Washington, D.C., on the eve of
the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream"
1989 Aug 27, Some 100 marched
through Bensonhurst, NYC, protesting racial killings.
1989 Aug 27, The first U.S.
commercial satellite rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.,
a Delta booster carrying a British communications satellite.
1989 Aug 27, Chuck Berry
performed his tune Johnny B. Goode for NASA staff in celebration of
Voyager II's encounter with the planet Neptune.
1990 Aug 27, Fifty-two
Americans reached freedom in Turkey after they were allowed to leave
Iraq; three young men originally in the group, however, were
detained by the Iraqis. In Washington, the State Department ordered
the expulsion of 36 Iraqi diplomats.
1990 Aug 27, Texan blues
guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan (35) was killed in a helicopter crash
after performing at a concert in Wisconsin.
1991 Aug 27, The first flight
of the YF23 V-22 Osprey tiltrotor took place.
(NPub, 2002, p.25)
1991 Aug 27, Moldova (Moldavia)
declared independence from USSR.
1992 Aug 27, President Bush
ordered federal troops to Florida for emergency relief in the wake
of Hurricane Andrew.
1992 Aug 27, The US and its
allies began air patrols following the imposition of a no-fly zone
over southern Iraq to stop air attacks on Shiite Muslim rebels.
(SFC, 9/4/96, p.A8)
1993 Aug 27, The U.N. Security
Council suspended 2 1/2-month-old economic sanctions against Haiti
to spur the country's return to democracy. They were reimposed the
1993 Aug 27, Gen’l. Ibrahim
Babangida ended his rule over Nigeria.
1994 Aug 27, The US State
Department said the US and Cuba had agreed to resume talks on Cuban
migration, with the hope of stemming the flow of refugees headed
1995 Aug 27, American and
Chinese officials agreed to begin planning a fall summit between
President Clinton and Chinese President Jiang Zemin.
1995 Aug 27, A wildfire in the
Hamptons, the largest in 50 years, ended after 4 days. A 16-alarm at
the St. George Hotel complex began in Brooklyn.
1996 Aug 27, First lady Hillary
Rodham Clinton addressed the Democratic convention in Chicago,
forcefully making her husband's case for re-election while rebutting
her Republican critics.
1996 Aug 27, California Gov.
Pete Wilson signed an executive order aimed at halting state
benefits to illegal immigrants.
1996 Aug 27, In Indianapolis 4
police officers engaged in a fight outside the city’s Circle Center
mall. They were off duty and had just consumed a large amount of
beer in the city’s luxury suite at a ball game. They were later
tried for battery, disorderly conduct and public intoxication but
the 1997 trial ended in a hung jury.
(SFEC, 10/26/97, p.A7)
1996 Aug 27, WorldCom announced
the acquisition of MFS Communications in a $12.4 billion deal.
WorldCom was formerly LDDS Communications and had gone public this
(WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)(WSJ, 5/1/02, p.A8)
1996 Aug 27, Actor Greg Morris
("Mission: Impossible") was found dead at his Las Vegas home; he was
1996 Aug 27, Alexander Lanusse,
military president of Argentina (1971-73), died.
1996 Aug 27, In Bosnia the
municipal elections scheduled for Sep 14 were cancelled by the
American diplomat Robert Frowick due to widespread abuse of rules
(SFC, 8/28/96, p.A8)
1996 Aug 27, The last Rwandan
refugee camp in Burundi closed.
(SFC, 8/28/96, p.A10)
1996 Aug 27, In India plans
were made to amend the 1948 electricity laws to allow private
companies to enter the transmission sector and help shoulder the
investment needed to satisfy demand.
(WSJ, 8/27/96, p.A10)
1996 Aug 27, Seven Iraqis freed
their 184 captives aboard a Sudanese airliner at the London airport
and asked for political asylum.
(SFC, 8/28/96, p.A8)
1996 Aug 27, Israeli police
tore down a youth center in Jerusalem’s Old City saying that it was
illegally built with money from Arafat’s Palestinian Authority.
(SFC, 8/28/96, p.A8)
1996 Aug 27, In Norway the 29
stave churches (1100-1400AD) left were under government protection
and threatened by arsonists of a Satanic movement.
(WSJ, 8/27/96, p.A12)
1996 Aug 27, Russian and
Chechen military commanders signed the Khasavyurt Accords, an
agreement for military disengagement.
(SFC, 8/28/96, p.A8)(USAT, 9/2/04, p.13A)
1996 Aug 27, South Korea was
reported to be the world’s 11th largest economy and America’s 5th
largest trading partner.
(WSJ, 8/27/96, p.A1)
1996 Aug 27, The 450,000 strong
army of Turkey was the largest in NATO and the only one that was
(WSJ, 8/27/96, p.A10)
1997 Aug 27, Former Agriculture
Secretary Mike Espy was charged with seeking and accepting more than
$35,000 dollars in trips, sports tickets and favors from companies
that did business with his agency. A jury found Espy innocent in
1998 of taking illegal gifts, but eight others pleaded guilty or
were convicted of various charges; President Clinton later issued
seven pardons and a commutation.
1997 Aug 27, There was a report
on the US nuclear arsenal broken down to the number of nuclear
weapons in each state. New Mexico was 1st with 2,850, Georgia 2nd
with 2,000, and Washington State 3rd with 1,600. The total stockpile
was totaled at 12,500 warheads, of which 8,750 were described as
(SFC, 8/26/97, p.A6)
1997 Aug 27, A secret CIA
report acknowledged that the CIA knew of human rights abuses by the
Honduran military in the 1980s. It was declassified in 1998.
(SFC, 10/24/98, p.A3)
1997 Aug 27, It was announced
that the diet drugs, Redux and Pondimin, caused brain damage in
animals at doses similar to those taken by humans.
(WSJ, 8/27/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 27, Brandon Tartikoff
(48), TV exec (NBC), died in Los Angeles.
1997 Aug 27, From India it was
reported that at least 945 people had died since June due to
torrential monsoon rains.
(SFC, 8/26/97, p.C3)
1997 Aug 27, It was reported
that a 3-part expose in the Israeli Maariv newspaper alleged that
gameshow host Dudu Topaz was involved in rigging the winners in the
Mar 30 show "First in Comedy."
(SFC, 8/26/97, p.E7)(WSJ, 8/28/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 27 Israel lifted a
month-long blockade of Bethlehem imposed after a suicide bombing
July 30 that killed 16 people.
(WSJ, 8/28/97, p.A1)(AP, 8/27/98)
1997 Aug 27, It was announced
that South Korea had a $22 billion trade deficit in 1996 and that
the purchase of foreign goods was being actively discouraged.
(SFC, 8/26/97, p.C3)
1997 Aug 27, The annual Burning
Man Festival began near Gerlach, Nevada, on a private ranch on the
Hualapai Playa, a prehistoric lakebed. Some 20,000 people came to
the instantly created "Black Rock City" for the torching of the
(SFEC, 8/24/97, p.A3)(SFC, 8/30/97, p.A1, 15)
1998 Aug 27, Two suspects in
the August 7 bombing of the US Embassy in Kenya were sent to the
United States to face charges. Mohamed Rashed Daoud al-'Owhali and
Mohammed Saddiq Odeh were convicted in 2001 of conspiring to carry
out the bombing; both were sentenced to life in prison.
1998 Aug 27, The DJIA fell 350
points and markets around the world fell in response to the problems
(SFC, 8/28/98, p.A1)
1998 Aug 27, Hurricane Bonnie
was downgraded to a tropical storm as its winds dropped to 65 mph.
(WSJ, 8/28/98, p.A1)
1998 Aug 27, In Congo Unita
forces from Angola joined the rebels, while forces from Namibia
fought for Kabila’s regime.
(WSJ, 8/28/98, p.A1)
1998 Aug 27, Re: Cyprus. Russia
planned to deliver the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to the
Greek Cypriot government for about $200 million. Pres. Glafcos
Clerides said the missiles would be deployed in Nov. if Turkey did
not accept a proposal for demilitarization.
(SFC, 4/29/98, p.A11)(SFC, 8/28/98, p.D4)
1998 Aug 27, In Israel a bus
bombing in Tel Aviv injured 21 people. A small bomb in a trash can
exploded in Tel Aviv and injured one person.
(WSJ, 8/28/98, p.A1)(SFC, 8/28/98, p.D3)
1998 Aug 27, In Pakistan Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif announced the coming end of secular law and a
new rule of Islamic law based on the Koran.
(WSJ, 8/31/98, p.A18)
1998 Aug 27, In Kosovo a Serb
shell was said to have killed 11 of 14 members of the Asllani family
fleeing the village of Grape outside of Pristina.
(WSJ, 8/28/98, p.A1)(SFC, 8/28/98, p.D4)
1998 Aug 27, In Russia major
banks announced plans to merge and the government announced that it
would nationalize SBS-Agro, the 3rd largest bank in the country.
(SFC, 8/28/98, p.A12)
1999 Aug 27, The US Federal
Communications Commission announced new government wiretapping rules
intended to help law enforcement authorities keep pace with advances
in phone technology. A federal appeals court later threw out some of
the new rules, citing privacy concerns.
1999 Aug 27, In Norway the
Supreme Court declared that it was legal to use discriminatory
statements in real estate listings.
(SFC, 8/28/99, p.A14)
1999 Aug 27, The Russian Mir
space station was closed down as the last crew undocked.
(SFC, 8/28/99, p.A10)
1999 Aug 27, In Russia
investigators suspected that at least 12 current or former Russian
officials had diverted $15 billion in IMF funds through 2 NY banks.
It was reported that an estimated $10 billion left the country
illegally each year.
(USAT, 8/27/99, p.1A)(SFC, 8/28/99, p.A10)
1999 Aug 27, In East Timor some
800 militiamen attacked the village of Mimo and 3 people were
(SFC, 8/28/99, p.A10)
1999 Aug 27, In Venezuela
members of Congress clashed with police as they attempted to defy a
government ban on conducting a legislative session.
(SFC, 8/28/99, p.A1)
2000 Aug 27, Pres. Clinton
visited the village of Ushafa in Nigeria and urged Nigerians to
confront the "tyranny" of AIDS.
(SFC, 8/28/00, p.A1)
2000 Aug 27, In Colombia gunmen
killed at least 17 people in 2 massacres at Cienaga and
(SFC, 8/28/00, p.A12)
2000 Aug 27, In Costa Rica 10
people were killed when a small plane crashed into a volcano.
(SFC, 8/28/00, p.A12)
2000 Aug 27, In Iran fighting
between students and hard-liners in Khorramabad left a police
(SFC, 8/30/00, p.B10)
2000 Aug 27, In Lebanon
elections were held for 63 seats of the 128-member parliament for
Mount Lebanon and North Lebanon.
(SFC, 8/28/00, p.A11)
2000 Aug 27, Kidnappers in the
southern Philippines released 6 foreign hostages for a reported $5
million in ransom. The 5 were part of a group of 21 kidnapped on Apr
(SFC, 8/28/00, p.A11)
2000 Aug 27, In Moscow the
Ostankino television tower caught on fire and burned for close to 26
hours. 2 people were found dead in an elevator that fell some 1000
feet during the fire. A 3rd body was later found in the elevator
(SFC, 8/28/00, p.A12)(SFC, 8/29/00, p.A7)(WSJ,
2000 Aug 27, In Russia a ferry
collided with a barge at the Votkinsky reservoir and 6 people were
killed with 16 injured.
(SFC, 8/28/00, p.A12)
2001 Aug 27, The Bush
administration confirmed that Sec. of State Colin Powell would not
attend the UN conference on racism in Durban, South Africa.
(SFC, 8/28/01, p.A6)
2001 Aug 27, An unmanned US
reconnaissance aircraft, Predator, was reported shot down over
southern Iraq near Basra. In northern Iraq US planes attacked a
missile and Iraq claimed 1 civilian was killed.
(SFC, 8/28/01, p.A7)(WSJ, 8/28/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 27, Intel unveiled a
2-GHz Pentium 4 chip.
(SFC, 8/27/01, p.D1)
2001 Aug 27, Michael Dertouzos,
MIT computer scientist, died at age 64. His books included ""The
Unfinished Revolution: Human Centered Computers and What They Can Do
For Us." He also helped drive the creation of the WWW Consortium to
ensure uniformity on the Web.
(SFC, 8/31/01, p.A24)
2001 Aug 27, Australia denied
access to the Tampa, a Norwegian cargo ship carrying some 433
refugees, mostly from Afghanistan, who had been rescued from a
sinking Indonesian ferry.
(SFC, 8/29/01, p.A8)(Econ, 5/7/05, Survey p.13)
2001 Aug 27, In Belarus a
videotape was released that showed 2 men saying they were members of
the Belarus KGB and had shot to death 2 Lukashenko opponents in
(SFC, 8/28/01, p.A6)
2001 Aug 27, Israeli
helicopters fired missiles into the offices of Mustafa Zibri, chief
of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, in El Bireh.
Zibri was killed and thousands of Palestinians began protests.
(SFC, 8/28/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 27, In Indonesia PM
Megawati reached an agreement with the IMF to restart a $5 billion
loan that was halted last Dec.
(WSJ, 8/28/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 27, In Macedonia NATO
troops began collecting rebel weapons and one British soldier was
killed when a suspected block of concrete was thrown at his vehicle
by Macedonian youths.
(SFC, 8/28/01, p.A6)(WSJ, 8/28/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 27, Peru's Congress
voted to lift the constitutional immunity of former President
Alberto Fujimori, so that prosecutors could charge him with crimes
2001 Aug 27, It was reported
that AIDS victims in Thailand were packing stadiums to receive V-1
Immunitor, a locally produced drug advertised as a clinically tested
oral AIDS vaccine. Salang Bunnag sponsored the giveaway directed at
Thailand’s 755,000 AIDS patients.
(SFC, 8/27/01, p.A1)
2002 Aug 27, Pres. Bush met
with Prince Bandar bin Sultan of Saudi Arabia, who said war with
Iraq was not acceptable and that Saudi Arabia would not cooperate.
Bush told the Saudi diplomat he had not yet decided whether to
(SFC, 8/28/02, p.A1)(AP, 8/27/03)
2002 Aug 27, Stanley R.
Greenberg (74), writer, died. His work included over 40 plays for
stage, film and TV including the screenplay for the 1973 film
(SFC, 8/28/02, p.A19)(MoTV, 1977, p.667)
2002 Aug 27, In northern
Colombia government forces clashed with rebels, killing eight
guerrillas. The eight were among 14 people killed in scattered
fighting across the insurgency-plagued nation.
2002 Aug 27, A Tokyo court
acknowledged for the first time Japan's use of biological weapons
before and during World War II, but rejected demands for
compensation by 180 Chinese who claimed they were victims of the
germ warfare program.
2002 Aug 27, In Macedonia 2
policemen were killed ahead of Sep 15 elections.
(WSJ, 8/27/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 27, Two Russian border
guards were arrested and confessed to killing eight of their
comrades in Ingushetia to avenge hazing. President Vladimir Putin
called for better discipline and combat-readiness amid a string of
2002 Aug 27, In South Africa
delegates to the World Summit on Sustainable Development called for
increased global efforts to bring new agricultural technologies to
poor farmers to help feed the developing world.
2002 Aug 27, In Sudan more
members of the opposition Popular National Congress, including two
former government ministers, were arrested on suspicion of creating
2003 Aug 27, The Bush
administration relaxed clean air rules to allow industrial plants to
make upgrades without installing pollution controls.
(SFC, 8/28/03, p.A1)
2003 Aug 27, A moving crew
rolled a massive Ten Commandments monument out of the rotunda of the
Alabama Judicial Building to comply with a federal court order as
protesters knelt, prayed and chanted, "Put it back!"
2003 Aug 27, Oklahoma charged
Bernie Ebbers (62), ex-CEO of WorldCom, and 6 other former
executives with 15 felony violations of state's securities laws. The
charges against Ebbers were dropped when the Federal government
filed on March 2, 2004 security fraud and conspiracy charges. Ebbers
was found guilty of all charges on March 15, 2005. He was sentenced
to 25 years in a federal prison in Louisiana, the toughest sentence
yet among other recent corporate accounting scandals.
2003 Aug 27, In Chicago
Salvador Tapia (36) shot and killed 6 people inside Windy City Core
Supply Inc. autoparts warehouse. He opened fire on police and was
killed. Tapia had been fired from the auto parts warehouse six
2003 Aug 27, American and
Afghan forces killed about a dozen insurgents and recaptured a
mountain pass in southeastern Afghanistan.
2003 Aug 27, Chancellor Gerhard
Schroeder said that Germany was committed to deploying troops to
northern Afghanistan to support reconstruction efforts.
2003 Aug 27, In Nasik, India,
thousands of Hindu pilgrims jostling to reach a river for a
religious festival toppled a bamboo fence, sparking a stampede that
killed at least 39 people, mostly women. At least 125 people were
2003 Aug 27, In Iraq 2 more US
soldiers were killed in combat, and the international relief agency
Oxfam said it pulled its foreign staff out of Iraq because of the
2003 Aug 27, Nepal's rebels
announced that they were ending a seven-month cease-fire and
withdrawing from peace talks with the government aimed at closing
seven years of insurgency.
2003 Aug 27, The US and North
Korea held direct talks for the first time in months, meeting for a
half-hour on the sidelines of a six-nation summit in Beijing
designed to resolve the standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear program.
2003 Aug 27, Senegal announced
its 5th government in three years under President Abdoulaye Wade, in
a Cabinet overhaul that followed criticism of Wade's administration
and its handling of recent flooding.
2003 Aug 27, Serbia declared
Kosovo part of its territory.
(WSJ, 8/28/03, p.A1)
2003 Aug 27, Mars came within
34,646,437 miles of Earth, its closest in the past 60 millennia.
(SFC, 8/27/03, p.A1)
2004 Aug 27, President Bush
signed executive orders designed to strengthen the CIA director's
power over the nation's intelligence agencies and create a national
2004 Aug 27, Thousands of
cyclists snarled traffic in NYC and police said they arrested more
than 250 people and confiscated their bicycles in the first
significant protest against President Bush before the Republican
2004 Aug 27, A fire at a
University of Mississippi fraternity house killed 3 students.
2004 Aug 27, It was reported
that SABMiller was investing $82.2 million to build a brewery in
Dongguan, Guangdong province, China.
(WSJ, 8/27/04, p.A10)
2004 Aug 27, In eastern
Colombia rebels killed a mayor and a former town council member
after abducting them at a roadblock.
2004 Aug 27, Liu Xiang
(b.1983), Chinese hurdler, set a record and won Olympic gold in
Athens in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 12.91 seconds
equaling the 1993 time of Colin Jackson.
2004 Aug 27, A group of
Eritreans expelled from Libya hijacked a plane which was flying them
home and forced it to land in Khartoum where they surrendered.
2004 Aug 27, Al-Sadr's
followers handed over the keys to the Imam Ali Shrine to religious
authorities loyal to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. Militants, who
had been holed up in the site, left it after Iraq's top Shiite
cleric brokered a peace deal to end three weeks of fighting. Iraqi
police discovered about 10 bodies in a maverick religious court run
by rebel Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's followers.
2004 Aug 27, In Iraq saboteurs
hit a pipeline that runs within the West Qurna oilfields, 90 miles
north of the southern city of Basra.
2004 Aug 27, Pakistan's
National Assembly elected former finance minister Shaukat Aziz prime
minister, after he was hand-picked for the post by military leader
Pres. Pervez Musharraf.
2004 Aug 27, Riot police used
water cannons to disperse protesters demanding that the Philippines
lift its ban on allowing its citizens to go to war-ravaged Iraq for
2004 Aug 27, Officials said one
of two Russian airliners that crashed nearly simultaneously was
brought down by a terrorist act, after finding traces of explosives
in the plane's wreckage. An Islamic militant group claimed
responsibility for the attack in a Web statement. Chechen women
Amanta Nagayeva (30) and S. Dzhebirkhanova (27) had purchased their
tickets at the last minute.
(AP, 8/27/04)(SFC, 8/31/04, p.A8)
2004 Aug 27, A Zimbabwean court
found Briton Simon Mann guilty of attempting to illegally buy arms
for an alleged coup plot in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea but absolved
66 other suspected mercenaries. In 2011 Simon Mann authored “Cry
Havoc," his chronicle of the failed coup.
(AP, 8/27/04)(Econ, 12/3/11, p.103)
2005 Aug 27, President Bush
asked Americans in his weekly radio address to be patient with the
US military mission in Iraq as thousands of pro-Bush and anti-war
demonstrators competed for attention in his tiny hometown of
2005 Aug 27, US Federal Reserve
Chairman Alan Greenspan said US home prices could fall as the
housing surge "inevitably" slows. He cast doubt on central banks'
ability to sway such asset values.
2005 Jun 27, Bunnatine
Greenhouse, a senior contracting official for the US Army Corps of
Engineers, testified to a Democratic Party public committee,
alleging specific instances of waste, fraud, and other abuses and
irregularities by Halliburton with regard to its operations in Iraq
since the Iraq War. In August she was demoted in what her lawyer
called an "obvious reprisal" for her revelations about the
2005 Aug 27, John Dobson,
Connecticut-based telescope inventor, celebrated his 90th birthday
in SF at the Randall Museum.
(SFC, 8/26/05, p.B1)
2005 Aug 27, Coastal residents
jammed freeways and gas stations as they rushed to get out of the
way of Hurricane Katrina, which was headed toward New Orleans.
2005 Aug 27, Sunni negotiator
Fakhri al-Qaisi said that the Sunnis have submitted
counter-proposals on the constitution to the parliament speaker and
will meet later with the U.S. ambassador.
2005 Aug 27, The US military
has released nearly 1,000 prisoners from Abu Ghraib prison after
Iraqi authorities requested that they be set free.
2005 Aug 27, Kyodo News said
Kenichi Shinoda, an ex-gang boss in Nagoya and formerly the
Yamaguchi-gumi's number-two, became the sixth head of the
90-year-old yakuza gang in a ceremony in the western port city of
Kobe. Japan's biggest underworld syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi,
formally appointed its new don, marking the first change of power
for the dreaded group in 16 years.
2005 Aug 27, A drive-by
shooting in Kosovo killed two Serbs and wounded two more. Serbia's
PM Vojislav Kostunica blamed the shooting on ethnic Albanians.
2005 Aug 27, North Korea
demanded the US rescind its recent appointment of a special envoy on
human rights in the communist country, warning the position could
hurt international efforts to end the North's nuclear weapons
program. Washington announced last week that Jay Lefkowitz, a former
adviser to President Bush, will be in charge of promoting efforts to
"improve the human rights of the long-suffering North Korean
2005 Aug 27, Stanislaw Dziwisz
(66), Pope John Paul II's longtime aide, was installed as archbishop
2005 Aug 27, In Sweden the HSB
Turning Torso skyscraper was completed and became the new landmark
for the city of Malmo.
(Econ, 2/2/13, SR
2005 Aug 27, UN member states
agreed to let about 30 nations take the lead in trying to resolve
major differences over an action plan world leaders can adopt at
next month's summit.
2006 Aug 27, Heart-pounding spy
thriller "24" finally broke through at the Emmy Awards, winning the
prize as best drama series in its fifth try, while new workplace
satire "The Office" was crowned best comedy.
2006 Aug 27, In Kentucky a
Comair commuter jet carrying 50 people, crashed in a field and
caught fire shortly after taking off in light rain. The co-pilot was
the sole survivor. The taxi route for commercial jets using Blue
Grass Airport's main runway was altered a week before Comair Flight
5191 took the wrong runway and crashed.
(AP, 8/27/06)(AP, 8/28/07)
2006 Aug 27, Ernesto became the
first hurricane of the Atlantic season with winds of 75 mph, and
forecasters said it would strengthen as it headed toward the Gulf of
2006 Aug 27, In Afghanistan
insurgent attacks in Helmand province killed a British soldier,
while 10 suspected Taliban militants died when police repelled an
attack on a government compound in the same province. Insurgent
attacks left seven wounded in Kandahar province.
(AP, 8/27/06)(AP, 8/28/06)
2006 Aug 27, In Brazil
archbishop Luciano Mendes de Almeida (75), an avid human rights
2006 Aug 27, Britain’s National
Patient Safety Agency reported that 2,159 patients died between
April 2005 and March 2006 as a result of "patient safety incidents"
in the National Health Service (NHS).
2006 Aug 27, China adopted a
new bankruptcy law making it easier to restructure insolvent firms.
It became effective on June 1, 2007.
2006 Aug 27, State media quoted
officials saying that one-third of China's vast landmass is
suffering from acid rain caused by its rapid industrial growth,
while local leaders are failing to enforce environmental standards
for fear of hurting business.
2006 Aug 27, In western India a
water tank collapsed during a Bharatpur town fair, killing 45 people
who had climbed on top of it to watch a wrestling match.
2006 Aug 27, Iran test fired a
new submarine-to-surface missile during war games in the Persian
Gulf. A brief video clip showed the long-range missile, called
Thaqeb, or Saturn, exiting the water and hitting a target on the
water's surface within less than a mile.
2006 Aug 27, In Baghdad 2
explosions killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens. Gunmen in 3
cars opened fire at the outdoor market of Khalis, a mostly Shiite
town. 12 people were killed and 25 others were wounded. 7 US
soldiers were killed in and around Baghdad, 6 by roadside bombs and
one by gunfire. Bombings and shootings killed at least 73 people
across the country. A US service member died in fighting in Anbar
province west of Baghdad.
(AP, 8/27/06)(AP, 8/28/06)(SFC, 8/28/06,
2006 Aug 27, Israeli aircraft
fired two missiles at an armored car belonging to the Reuters news
agency, wounding five people, including two cameramen. Two Hamas
militants were killed in separate airstrikes.
2006 Aug 27, Jordan's
parliament endorsed the country's first anti-terrorism law despite
objections by some lawmakers that the bill curtails freedoms.
2006 Aug 27, Mauritania police
said the bodies of 15 people found washed ashore on the beaches of
Nouakchatt, Mauritania's capital, are believed to be those of
African migrants who were trying to reach Spain's Canary Islands by
boat. Spain's Interior Ministry said more than 18,300 people have
reached the Canary Islands so far this year, the highest total ever.
2006 Aug 27, Mexican electoral
officials said Juan Sabines, a leftist candidate, won the governor's
race in Mexico's volatile southernmost state of Chiapas, edging out
Jose Antonio Aguilar, backed by President Vicente Fox's party by
about 6,300 votes.
2006 Aug 27, Hundreds of
rioters angered by the killing of a rebel Baluch tribal leader
rampaged through Quetta in southwestern Pakistan, burning shops,
banks and police vehicles. Police arrested 450 rioters who rampaged
2006 Aug 27, Militants freed
Steve Centanni and cameraman Olaf Wiig, two Fox News journalists in
the Gaza Strip, ending a nearly two week hostage drama.
2006 Aug 27, In Russia a man
doused himself with flammable liquids and set himself on fire on Red
Square before dozens of shocked tourists.
2006 Aug 27, In Turkey a bomb
on a minibus injured 21 people including 10 British tourists. The
explosion was in the popular Mediterranean resort town of Marmaris.
2 other bomb blasts hit at the same time in garbage cans on the main
2007 Aug 27, Officials
announced that US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales had resigned,
ending a months long standoff with critics who questioned his
honesty and competence at the helm of the Justice Department. Pres.
Bush accepted his resignation Aug 24. Solicitor General Paul Clement
will be acting attorney general until a replacement is found.
2007 Aug 27, Sen. Larry Craig,
R-Idaho, said in a statement he was not involved in any
inappropriate conduct when he was arrested at the Minneapolis
airport and should have not pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.
The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reported that Craig was
arrested June 11 by a plainclothes officer investigating complaints
of lewd conduct in an airport restroom.
2007 Aug 27, Atlanta Falcons
quarterback Michael Vick apologized for "using bad judgment and
making bad decisions" and vowed to redeem himself after pleading
guilty in Richmond, Va., to a federal dogfighting charge.
2007 Aug 27, Police arrested
Paul Devoe III (43) in Shirley, NY, following 5 recent murders in
Texas and one in Pennsylvania. On December 19, 2007, the Texas
Travis County District Attorney announced his office's intention to
pursue the death penalty.
2007 Aug 27, The US-led
coalition in Afghanistan accused Taliban militants of falsely
reporting civilian casualties to discredit Afghan and international
forces. Afghan and US-led coalition troops killed up to 21 suspected
Taliban militants in 3 separate clashes in southern Afghanistan. A
roadside blast killed 4 Afghan soldiers in the east. 3 American and
2 Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban ambush in the Ghazi Abad
district of eastern Kunar province. A NATO trooper died in a nearby
(AP, 8/27/07)(Reuters, 8/27/07)(AP, 8/28/07)(AFP,
2007 Aug 27, In Colombia the
Bogota stock exchange launched the sale of up to 20% of state-owned
(Econ, 9/1/07, p.31)
2007 Aug 27, Ethiopia ordered
six Norwegian diplomats to leave the country by Sept. 15, expressing
"dissatisfaction" with Norway's conduct in the Horn of Africa
2007 Aug 27, Pres. Sarkozy
called for a clear timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops
from Iraq as he outlined an assertive role for France in other world
hotspots. Sarkozy urged EU nations to accept a greater share of
defense spending to cope with escalating global threats.
(AFP, 8/27/07)(Reuters, 8/27/07)
2007 Aug 27, The French
government said a tax official cheated the government out of 600,000
euros ($820,000) by creating a phantom identity as a university
professor and claiming a salary for some 15 years.
2007 Aug 27, In Greece the
worst wildfires in living memory have killed 63 people and tore
through town and forest alike. In the last 24 hours, 89 new fires
broke out. Arson is often suspected, mostly to clear land for
2007 Aug 27, A sniper killed a
Shiite pilgrim on a Baghdad bridge while another was killed and six
injured in other attacks as tens of thousands of faithful made their
way to the southern city of Karbala for a major religious
commemoration. At least five people were killed in Karbala as
scuffles broke out between police and pilgrims. North of Baghdad
hundreds of US and Iraqi forces backed by helicopters and jet
fighters killed 33 Sunni insurgents who were holding back the water
supply to the Shiite town of Khalis. In Fallujah a mosque suicide
bombing left 11 dead and 10 people were wounded in an attack that
targeted an anti-al-Qaida Sunni sheik who had just returned from
(AP, 8/27/07)(AP, 8/28/07)(AP, 8/29/07)
2007 Aug 27, Israel’s Haaretz
newspaper reported that security officials fear Hamas' exiled
leadership in Syria is working to renew suicide attacks against
Israel in an effort to derail peace efforts by Israel and
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Israeli intelligence assessed
that Islamic Hamas militants have smuggled 40 tons of weapons into
the Gaza Strip since the group wrested control of the territory in
2007 Aug 27, Morocco's former
interior minister, Driss Basri (69), died in a Paris hospital, to be
mourned in some circles as a loyal servant of the crown and
condemned by others as a ruthless axeman.
2007 Aug 27, About 50
pro-democracy activists were arrested outside Yangon, as the Myanmar
junta clamped down on dissent following a series of protests last
week against a sharp hike in fuel prices.
2007 Aug 27, An official said
the Dutch government will spend $38 million over the next four years
to prevent both the growth of Islamic fundamentalism and right-wing
2007 Aug 27, Gunmen in southern
Nigeria set free Peter Agwuna, a Nigerian supervisor for the Elf oil
group, who was seized in Port Harcourt about a month ago.
2007 Aug 27, Pakistan's PM Aziz
called for reconciliation between the country's main political
parties as President Gen. Pervez Musharraf prepares to seek
re-election. But he said the government had no plans to allow two
banned opposition leaders to become premiers again. In northwest
Pakistan militants and soldiers exchanged fire, killing one militant
and injuring three civilians and a soldier in North Waziristan.
(AP, 8/28/07)(AP, 8/27/07)
2007 Aug 27, Panama’s cabinet
resigned after a tainted medicine scandal and the government’s
failure to implement construction safety standards.
(WSJ, 8/28/07, p.A1)
2007 Aug 27, Russia announced
the arrest of 10 people in the killing of journalist and Kremlin
critic Anna Politkovskaya. Russia's top prosecutor said a Chechen
crime boss, Russian police and security officers were involved in
the death of the journalist Anna Politkovskaya. But he suggested
that someone outside Russia masterminded the killing of the frequent
(AP, 8/27/07)(AP, 8/27/08)
2007 Aug 27, In South Africa
Hewlett-Packard became the first multinational to be exempted from
selling 30 percent of its business in South Africa to black
investors. Under an agreement reached with the government, the
company will instead invest millions of dollars in a new business
institute to provide training for 1,800 students over the next six
2007 Aug 27, A Sudanese
criminal court dismissed the case against nine people on trial in
connection with the beheading of Mohammed Taha, a prominent
journalist, and brought formal charges against 10 other defendants.
CARE’s country director Paul Barker said the Sudanese government's
Humanitarian Aid Commission had given him 72 hours to leave the
country without giving reasons for the decision.
(AP, 8/27/07)(Reuters, 8/27/07)
2007 Aug 27, Taiwan's leading
computer vendor Acer Inc moved to substantially boost its market
share by acquiring US rival Gateway amid a major consolidation among
the world's top computer companies. Acer said it would pay $710
million for Gateway.
(AP, 8/27/07)(Econ, 9/1/07, p.60)
2007 Aug 27, The UN opened in
Vienna its latest round of talks on global warming.
(WSJ, 8/27/07, p.A1)
2007 Aug 27, Opera Romana
Pellegrinaggi, a Vatican-backed charter airline service, made its
inaugural flight, aiming to carry pilgrims to such Catholic shrines
as Lourdes, Fatima, Santiago de Compostela and the Holy Land.
2008 Aug 27, In Colorado
Democrats officially made Barack Obama their presidential nominee
and Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., their vice presidential nominee,
following speeches by former Pres. Bill Clinton and Sen John Kerry,
the Democrat’s 2004 presidential candidate. Obama made a surprise
late visit to the convention, following Biden’s acceptance speech,
to praise his wife, his former rival, and former President Bill
Clinton for going to bat for him.
2008 Aug 27, In Honolulu Marcus
Eriksen and fellow eco-mariner Joel Paschal celebrated the end of
their 2,600-mile voyage on what they call the JUNK raft. They had
spent three months crossing the Pacific on a raft made of plastic
bottles to raise awareness of ocean debris. Research suggested that
every square kilometer of the ocean has an average of 13,000 pieces
of plastic floating in it. The floating portion was thought to make
up only 15% of marine litter.
(AP, 8/28/08)(Econ, 2/28/09, SR p.9)
2008 Aug 27, US scientists said
they have transformed ordinary pancreas cells in living mice into a
rarer type of cell that churns out insulin opening possibilities for
future treatment of disease.
(WSJ, 8/28/08, p.D3)
2008 Aug 27, In Afghanistan a
German soldier was killed and another three injured in a roadside
bomb attack in Kunduz province. Germany counted some 3,300 soldiers
as part of the international force in Afghanistan. US-led coalition
troops clashed and called in airstrikes against militants in Kunduz
province, killing more than a dozen insurgents. In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed a US coalition soldier on a
patrol. In the Nad Ali area of Helmand province, a fight between
police and militants killed 14 insurgents. More than a dozen
militants were killed after they attacked a coalition base in
Shaheed Hasas district of the southern Uruzgan province. Two Afghan
guards also died during the attack. About a dozen militants were
killed during a raid by coalition troops in eastern Paktika
(AP, 8/27/08)(AP, 8/28/08)(AP, 8/30/08)
2008 Aug 27, The first outbreak
of violence in China's western region of Xinjiang since a pair of
high-profile attacks during the Olympics left 2 Chinese policemen
dead and 7 more wounded. In north China 9 miners in Hebei province
became trapped underground after the illegal mine they worked in
collapsed. Police were only informed 2 days later. All 9 were feared
(AP, 8/28/08)(AFP, 8/29/08)
2008 Aug 27, China and Iraq
signed a $3 billion deal revising a prewar agreement for China's
biggest oil company to help develop the Ahdab oil field. On Sep 2
Iraq’s Cabinet approved the deal with China National Petroleum Corp.
(AP, 8/28/08)(AP, 9/2/08)
2008 Aug 27, The Group of Seven
(G7) industrialized democracies condemned Russia for its actions in
Georgia, underlining the country's growing estrangement from the
2008 Aug 27, A US military ship
docked at the southern Georgian port of Batumi. Meanwhile, Russia's
missile cruiser, the Aurora, and two missile boats, anchored at the
port of Sukhumi, the capital of Abkhazia. The moves by both sides
underscored an escalating standoff between Moscow and the West over
this small Caucasus nation devastated by war with Russia.
2008 Aug 27, Indian police were
ordered to shoot on sight to end Hindu-Christian clashes. Parts of
eastern Orissa state have been rocked by Hindu-Christian clashes
since Aug 23, when a hardline Hindu holy leader and four other
people were shot dead by unknown assailants.
2008 Aug 27, American forces
arrested Ali al-Lami, a top Iraqi Shiite government official, as he
stepped off a plane at Baghdad's airport. The US said the man
arrested was a leader of Iranian-backed militias and was behind a
bombing that killed 10 people on June 24, including four Americans.
An American soldier died of wounds suffered in a roadside bombing a
day earlier in northeast Baghdad.
(AP, 8/27/08)(AP, 8/28/08)
2008 Aug 27, In
Indian-administered Kashmir police traded fire with militants
allegedly holding 8 people hostage, including 6 children, in a
building in Jammu. 3 soldiers and 3 civilians died in the violence.
The militants had illegally crossed into Indian Kashmir from
Pakistan a day earlier.
(AP, 8/27/08)(AP, 8/28/08)
2008 Aug 27, Abie Nathan (81),
the peace activist who made a dramatic solo flight to Egypt in a
rattletrap single-engine plane (1966) and later founded the
groundbreaking "Voice of Peace" radio station, died in Tel Aviv.
2008 Aug 27, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously to keep a peacekeeping force in Lebanon
for another year, calling for stepped-up efforts to achieve a
permanent cease-fire and long-term resolution of the 2006
2008 Aug 27, In Mexico a
38-year-old man from Oregon was arrested in San Jose del Cabo
following a fight at an apartment complex. He died in jail hours
later. On Aug 31 six Mexican officers placed under house arrest on
suspicion of homicide.
2008 Aug 27, In Pakistan
security forces clashed with militants across the wild tribal belt,
trading fire with insurgents in a health center and repelling a
major assault on an outpost in a region known as an al-Qaida safe
haven. Officials claimed as many as 49 insurgents died as the
fighting spread to South Waziristan.
(AP, 8/27/08)(SFC, 8/28/08, p.A5)
2008 Aug 27, In Spain tens of
thousands of people from around the world hurled tons of ripe
tomatoes at each other in the annual food fight in the eastern
Spanish town of Bunol.
2008 Aug 27, Two hijackers, who
commandeered a jetliner from Sudan's Darfur region and diverted it
to a remote desert airstrip in southern Libya, surrendered after a
2008 Aug 27, Thailand issued
arrest warrants for protest leaders besieging the main government
complex, as authorities scrambled to find a peaceful end to the
administration's most serious challenge yet.
2008 Aug 27, Zimbabwe's
opposition said it will not join any new government with President
Robert Mugabe until power-sharing talks are concluded, after the
84-year-old declared he would name his own cabinet.
2009 Aug 27, Chicago's 9-story
old main post office, which dated from the 1920s and has been vacant
for more than a decade, was sold at auction for $40 million to
International Property Developers North America Inc, which did not
specify its plans.
2009 Aug 27, Toyota confirmed
that it would stop making cars at the NUMMI plant in Fremont, Ca.,
idling some 4,700 workers.
(SFC, 8/28/09, p.A1)
2009 Aug 27, In Afghanistan a
US service member died in a militant attack involving a roadside
bomb and gunfire, a death that pushed August into a tie with July as
the deadliest months of the eight-year war.
2009 Aug 27, A senior UN
official condemned Australia's controversial intervention into
remote Aboriginal communities, describing the measures as
discriminatory and finding entrenched racism in Australia.
2009 Aug 27, Mike Perham (17)
became the youngest person to sail solo around the world with
assistance, as he entered British waters after 156 days at sea. The
Guinness Book of World Records created a new category for Perham:
youngest sailor to circumnavigate the globe solo, supported. His
father, Peter, sailed in a boat behind him, but did not offer
assistance, which Guinness defines as being accompanied on the boat
by another human being.
2009 Aug 27, In Honduras a plan
was made public in which the interim leader offered to resign and
back exiled President Manuel Zelaya's return home, provided the
ousted leader gives up his claim to the presidency.
2009 Aug 27, In Iraq car bombs
targeted primarily Iraqi troops in the city and a northern Baghdad
suburb, killing one and wounding 22 people. Iraqi forces tightened
security around Shiite mosques, shrines and political party offices
ahead of the funeral of Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, a top Shiite leader,
who died in Iran a day earlier.
2009 Aug 27, In Mexico the
bodies of four farm workers were found dumped in a stable for bulls
in the western state of Michoacan. The bodies bore signs of torture
and had the letter "Z" carved into their foreheads, a possible
reference to the Zetas, hit men tied to the Gulf cartel. In the
northern state of Nuevo Leon, state Public Safety Secretary Aldo
Fasci said about 2,000 police officers across the state had been
fired over the last two years for suspected links to organized crime
and drug cartels. Speaking at a meeting of private security firms,
he said 500 others were dismissed for other causes.
2009 Aug 27, In Oaxaca, Mexico,
supporters of a teacher’s union tried to retake a school controlled
by Section 59 when gunfire erupted and teacher Antonio Norberto
Camacho was shot to death. Section 59 was created in the midst of
the protests led by Section 22 and anti-government groups in 2006.
2009 Aug 27, In Myanmar fresh
fighting erupted between government forces and an armed ethnic group
in the remote northeast, forcing tens of thousands to flee across
the border into China.
2009 Aug 27, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed at least 19 security officers at the Torkham
security checkpoint, one of the main border crossings for convoys
ferrying NATO supplies into Afghanistan. A suspected US drone fired
two missiles at a militant hide-out in northwest Pakistan, killing
at least six people and wounding nine.
(AP, 8/27/09)(AP, 8/30/09)
2009 Aug 27, In Russia Sergei
Mikhalkov (96), an author favored by Stalin who wrote the lyrics for
the Soviet and Russian national anthems, died. He fathered two noted
film directors. As a functionary and later chairman of the
government-regulated Soviet Writers' Union, Mikhalkov became an
integral part of the propaganda machine designed to indoctrinate
Soviet citizens and weed out dissidents.
(AP, 8/27/09)(Econ, 9/12/09, p.96)
2009 Aug 27, In Saudi Arabia a
suicide bomber targeted the assistant interior minister, Prince
Mohammed bin Nayef, and blew himself up just before going into a
gathering of well-wishers for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in
Jiddah. Nayef was slightly wounded.
2009 Aug 27, In Sudan Martin
Luther Agwai, the outgoing military commander of the joint
UN-African Union (UNAMID) peacekeeping force in the western Sudan
region, said there is no more war in Darfur. Agwai defended his
soldiers against persistent criticism of their effectiveness,
insisting they have ended the massacres that long plagued the
Sudanese region. The Nigerian officer will be replaced next week by
Rwandan Patrick Nyamvumba.
2009 Aug 27, Taiwan's president
angered China with his surprise announcement that he has agreed to
let the Dalai Lama visit the island to comfort survivors of a
2009 Aug 27, A Turkish train
collided with a construction vehicle during a journey from Ankara to
Istanbul, derailing several carriages and leaving many people
2009 Aug 27, Uruguay lawmakers
approved a bill allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt. The
99-seat Chamber or Representatives passed the bill 40-13, with the
remaining members absent. The law, still needing Senate approval,
was supported by socialist President Tabare Vazquez's Broad Front
coalition, which has already legalized gay civil unions and ended a
ban on homosexuals in the armed forces.
2009 Aug 27, Vietnam police
took Bui Thanh Hieu, who writes a blog under the pen name Nguoi Buon
Gio, or Wind Trader, into custody for questioning. Pham Doan Trang,
a writer for the popular online newspaper VietnamNet, was detained
the day before. Both were released on Sep 6.
2009 Aug 27, In Zimbabwe South
Africa’s President Jacob Zuma he met with PM Tsvangirai who has
accused Mugabe's ZANU-PF party of stalling on reforms and continuing
to attack and harass its activists.
2010 Aug 27, Aijalon Gomes (31)
hugged former US President Jimmy Carter and boarded a plane for
Boston, seven months after his arrest in North Korea. The North's
state news agency said Kim Yong Nam, the number two leader, has told
former Carter that the reclusive state is committed to
denuclearizing the peninsula and resuming six-way talks.
(AP, 8/27/10)(Reuters, 8/27/10)
2010 Aug 27, The Washington
Post reported that the CIA is making payments to a significant
number of officials in Afghan President Hamid Karzai's
administration. The Post also cited a former CIA official as saying
that the CIA payments to Afghan officials were necessary because
"the head of state is not going to tell you everything" and because
Karzai often seems unaware of moves that members of his own
2010 Aug 27, US federal
officials said they had arrested 370 illegal immigrants as part of a
3-day roundup in the Midwest.
(SFC, 8/28/10, p.A5)
2010 Aug 27, The US military
said it is demanding to know what happened to $1.9 million worth of
computers intended for Iraqi schoolchildren. The computers were
allegedly auctioned off by Iraqi officials for less than $50,000.
(SFC, 8/28/10, p.A2)
2010 Aug 27, Scott Curley (23)
shot and killed Utah Kane county Deputy Brian Harris (41) following
an attempted robbery. Harris was shot near Fredonia, just south of
the Utah border. Curley escaped into the desert area along the
(SFC, 8/28/10, p.A5)
2010 Aug 27, Homemade bombs
killed 3 US troops in southern and eastern Afghanistan. 3 insurgents
were reported killed and 3 detained in eastern Paktiya province by
Afghan and coalition forces pursuing a Taliban sub-commander.
2010 Aug 27, Australian police
warned social networking sites to be alert to illegal child sex
activity, after cracking an alleged pedophile porn ring operating on
Facebook. Australian police said six arrests had been made in
Britain, including the alleged head of the network, three in
Australia and two in Canada.
2010 Aug 27, Bahrain's public
prosecutor banned media from reporting on a prominent Shiite
activist and scores of other opposition members detained in an
ongoing crackdown ahead of October parliament elections.
2010 Aug 27, Forensic experts
in Bosnia said they have exhumed the remains of 54 Muslim civilians
killed in the July, 1995, Srebrenica massacre. The skeletal remains
were dug out of three mass graves buried under garbage at a dump
site near Srebrenica.
2010 Aug 27, British
researchers said they have decoded the genetic sequence of wheat.
(SFC, 8/28/10, p.A2)
2010 Aug 27, In northern Iraq
gunmen killed three anti-Qaeda militiamen overnight in the latest
revenge attack against the force credited with turning the tide
against the jihadists.
2010 Aug 27, Kenya's President
Mwai Kibaki signed a new constitution into law that institutes a
US-style system of checks and balances and has been hailed as the
most significant political event since Kenya's independence nearly a
half century ago.
2010 Aug 27, In northern Mexico
a car exploded in front of the offices of a major Mexican television
station in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas state, where officials were
investigating the massacre of 72 Central and South American
2010 Aug 27, Myanmar's junta
carried out a major military reshuffle Friday that retired more than
a dozen senior leaders, in an apparent move to prepare for November
2010 Aug 27, In Nigeria Jhalil
Tafawa Balewa, a physician, businessman and son of the country's
first prime minister, was abducted by gunmen and taken to a forest
in Katampe area on the outskirts of Abuja. The next day police
engaged the suspects and rescued the abductee.
2010 Aug 27, Some Nigerian
women and girls are being forced into prostitution in neighboring
Ivory Coast after being deceived with promises of a better life
outside of their country, according to a new report by Human Rights
2010 Aug 27, Hundreds of
thousands of Pakistanis fled floodwaters after the surging River
Indus smashed through levees in two places, but many refused to
leave the danger zone while others took shelter in an ancient
graveyard for Muslim saints.
2010 Aug 27, In Peru Police two
Roman Catholic priests were stabbed to death inside the historic at
the San Francisco monastery two blocks from Lima's main square. The
victims are identified as Ananias Aguila of Peru and Linan Ruiz of
2010 Aug 27, In Russia 9
suspected militants were killed in two separate shootouts with
police in the Kabardino-Balkariya republic. Separately 5 suspected
militants and a police officer were killed in another shootout in
the republic of Dagestan.
2010 Aug 27, Sudan's President
Omar al-Bashir, for whom international arrest warrants have been
issued over the Darfur conflict, returned home after a trip to
2010 Aug 27, In northern Turkey
overnight torrential rains triggered landslides and floods in
Gundogdu, killing at least 12 people.
2010 Aug 27, The UN anti-racism
panel called on Iran to counter racism and ethnic discrimination,
including incitement to hatred by officials and "double
discrimination suffered by women from minorities.
2010 Aug 27, A Venezuelan
National Guard helicopter crashed during a counter-drug mission near
the Colombian border, killing all 10 soldiers on board.
2010 Aug 27, In Yemen gunmen
killed a soldier and wounded three others in an ambush in the
southern province of Lahij.
2011 Aug 27, Hurricane Irene
knocked out power to nearly 250,000 customers in North Carolina and
Virginia and a nuclear power station in the storm's path reduced
power but remained undamaged.
2011 Aug 27, In northern
California Jere Melo, a Fort Bragg councilman, was shot and killed
after he stumbled on a marijuana operation east of the city. Aaron
Bassler was identified as the suspect in the shooting.
(SFC, 8/29/11, p.C1)
2011 Aug 27, In Afghanistan a
car bomb exploded outside a bank in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province,
killing four people, including 3 children. Less than three hours
later, two explosions hit Kandahar. The first blast, a car bomb
outside the city's main hospital, wounded seven people. Soon after,
a suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle near a police compound,
killing 3 civilians and wounding more than 20 people. A NATO service
member was killed in a roadside bombing in the south.
(AP, 8/27/11)(AFP, 8/27/11)
2011 Aug 27, In Brazil a
streetcar popular with tourists derailed in Rio de Janeiro and at
least five people were killed.
2011 Aug 27, Seven heavily
armed assailants boarded the Cameroonian ship Monica with 150 people
on board off the coast of Nigeria and took its captain hostage. The
others on board were released unharmed.
2011 Aug 27, The Canadian Union
of Public Employees, which represents 6,800 Air Canada flight
attendants, said Air Canada flight attendants have rejected a
tentative contract that union bargainers negotiated with the
country's largest air carrier. The union has scheduled a strike vote
for next month.
2011 Aug 27, National carrier
Egyptair resumed direct flights to Iraq after a break of 21 years.
2011 Aug 27, Indian
hunger-striker Anna Hazare (74), who has led a huge public campaign
against corruption, agreed to end his 12-day fast after forcing new
concessions from lawmakers.
2011 Aug 27, Off eastern
Indonesia a ferry sank off southern Sulawesi killing at least 12
people. 93 people were rescued, but others were feared trapped.
(SSFC, 8/28/11, p.A6)
2011 Aug 27, In Iraq 24 people,
all but one of them women and children, were killed when a bus
caught fire after being hit by a car in the northern city of Kirkuk.
3 more people were killed in the car.
(AFP, 8/27/11)(SSFC, 8/28/11, p.A6)
2011 Aug 27, Iran warned that a
power vacuum in Damascus could spark an unprecedented regional
crisis, as thousands of protesters insisted they will defy tanks and
bullets until President Bashar Assad is toppled.
2011 Aug 27, In Iran residents
of Orumiyeh residents demonstrated against parliament’s refused in
mid-August to fast-track a rescue plan to save Lake Orumiyeh, Iran’s
largest lake. The drying lake, situated between East and West
Azarbaijan provinces in the northwest, has lost more than half of
its surface over the last two decades due to drought and the damming
of rivers feeding it. The protest was repressed by force.
2011 Aug 27, Iran inaugurated a
plant for producing carbon fiber, which it is banned from importing
by international sanctions targeting dual-use materials.
2011 Aug 27, In Libya rebels
claimed victory over the suburb of Qasr bin Ghashir, near Tripoli's
airport, after an overnight battle. Egyptian news agency MENA
reported from Tripoli that six armored Mercedes sedans have crossed
the border at the southwestern Libyan town of Ghadamis into Algeria.
Khamis Gaddafi and Abdullah al-Senussi were reportedly killed by a
unit of the national liberation army during clashes in Tarhouna.
Khamis had been reported dead twice before during the uprising.
(AP, 8/27/11)(Reuters, 8/29/11)
2011 Aug 27, In Pakistan some
200 to 300 "terrorists" based in Afghanistan attacked seven
paramilitary Frontier Corps checkposts in the northwestern district
of Chitral. Pakistani military said 25 troops and 20 militants were
reported killed in the cross-border raid. Local police said 38
soldiers and 9 militants were killed.
(AFP, 8/27/11)(SSFC, 8/28/11, p.A8)
2011 Aug 27, In the Philippines
a slow-moving typhoon made landfall, drenching most of the north and
triggering landslides that killed five children and a man digging
for gold. Super-typhoon Nanmadol killed at least 16 people and left
flattened bridges and blocked roads in its wake as it moved away
from the Philippines and churned towards Taiwan.
(AP, 8/27/11)(AP, 8/28/11)(AFP, 8/29/11)
2011 Aug 27, Singapore held its
first contested presidential election in nearly two decades. The
election was emerging as a two-way fight between Tony Tan (71),
widely perceived as the government's candidate, and former
legislator and ex-PAP member Tan Cheng Bock, a medical doctor.
Former deputy prime minister Tony Tan was elected president with a
margin of just 7,269 votes out of 2.1 million ballots cast.
(AFP, 8/27/11)(AFP, 8/28/11)
2011 Aug 27, Singapore held its
first contested presidential election in nearly two decades. The
election was emerging as a two-way fight between Tony Tan (71),
widely perceived as the government's candidate, and former
legislator and ex-PAP member Tan Cheng Bock, a medical doctor.
2011 Aug 27, Syrian security
forces fanned out in flashpoint cities nationwide to crush protests
against President Bashar Assad.
2011 Aug 27, Turkey’s
government published a decree for returning assets that once
belonged to Greek, Armenian or Jewish trusts. It made provisions for
the government to pay compensation for any confiscated property that
has since been sold on.
2012 Aug 27, NYC prosecutors
said Democrat state Senator Shirley Huntley helped create a false
paper trail to conceal that a nonprofit agency she had founded was a
sham charity that allowed her nice and an aide pocket money rather
than help poor parents navigate the city’s school system.
(SFC, 8/28/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 27, Share of Hertz
Global Holdings Inc. and Dollar Thrifty rose after Hertz struck a
deal to acquire Thrifty for about $2.6 billion.
(SFC, 8/28/12, p.D2)
2012 Aug 27, The US FDA said it
has approved a request by Gilead Sciences to sell a pill for new HIV
patients that combines four of the company’s drugs into one. The
Stribild therapy contains two new rugs and two previously approved
compounds for the Truvada HIV medicine.
(SFC, 8/29/12, p.D2)
2012 Aug 27, In Afghanistan 2
American soldiers were shot and killed by one of their Afghan
colleagues in Laghman province. A NATO helicopter crashed in Logar
province, but NATO said no one was killed.
(AP, 8/27/12)(AP, 8/28/12)
2012 Aug 27, Greenpeace said in
a statement that 14 activists have chained themselves to the anchor
chain of the vessel which was carrying Gazprom's workers to the
Prirazlomnaya platform in the Pechora Sea.
2012 Aug 27, In China Tibetans
Lobsang Kalsang (18), a Buddhist monk, and former monk Damchoek (17)
died in hospital after setting themselves on fire in Aba town.
2012 Aug 27, In northwest China
a commercial van slammed into a truck, killing nine people.
2012 Aug 27, Curacao
conservationists and residents said an extensive fuel spill has
fouled a stretch of shoreline and oiled pink flamingos and other
wildlife in a nature preserve on the tiny Dutch Caribbean island.
2012 Aug 27, Iraqi officials
said gunmen with silenced weapons killed army Brig. Gen.
Abdul-Muhsen Khazal in the Sunni town of Taji. Two civilians died in
separate attacks in Haditha and Mosul.
2012 Aug 27, In Kenya deadly
riots broke out in Kenya's main port of Mombasa after the
assassination of a radical cleric linked to Somalia's
Al-Qaeda-allied Shebab militants. Thousands of angry protestors took
to the streets after Aboud Rogo Mohammed, who was on US and UN
sanction lists for allegedly supporting the Shebab, was shot dead.
One civilian was killed in the riots.
(AFP, 8/27/12)(AP, 8/29/12)
2012 Aug 27, In Nigeria 10
people were killed in floods in Adamawa state following the release
of water from a dam in Cameroon.
(SFC, 8/27/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 27, In southwestern
Pakistan two gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire on a car
carrying Shiite Muslims in Quetta, killing three of them. In a
separate incident, gunmen killed five Sunni Muslims in the town of
Mach in Baluchistan. Fighting in Bajaur claimed the lives of 31
militants and two members of a government-backed peace committee.
(AP, 8/27/12)(AFP, 8/31/12)
2012 Aug 27, Senegal’s
President Macky Sall cut short his trip to South Africa, and was
returning to Senegal where he had ordered a full emergency response
after weekend torrential rain left 6 people dead.
2012 Aug 27, In Somalia African
Union forces seized the port city of Merca from rebels linked to
al-Qaida. At least 5 children were killed and more than 10 others
wounded in a blast in a school in Balad, after they played with
explosives left over from fighting in the area.
(AP, 8/27/12)(AFP, 8/27/12)
2012 Aug 27, In South Africa
strikers threatened retaliation against non-strikers at the
London-listed Lonmin mine where most of the 28,000-workforce did not
show up for shift 11 days after the country's worst police violence
2012 Aug 27, A Syrian military
helicopter caught fire and crashed after it was apparently hit
during fighting between government forces and rebels in the capital
Damascus. SANA reported that authorities released a total of 378
people detained for their participation in street protests. A
car-bomb killed 12 mourners at a funeral for two regime supporters
in the largely Druze and Christian Damascus suburb of Jaramana. Some
190 people were reported killed across Syria.
(AP, 8/27/12)(AFP, 8/28/12)(Economist, 9/1/12,
2012 Aug 27, In Syria Czech
Ambassador Eva Filipi, who has overseen US interests in Syria since
the US embassy was closed in February, told a Czech television
station that US reporter Austin Tice (31) has been "detained by
government forces on the outskirts of Damascus. Tice last
communicated with his colleagues on August 13, though he did not
indicate how he planned to leave Syria.
2012 Aug 27, Tunisia extended
the state of emergency in the country for another month ahead of the
start of the new school year over fears of increased violence. This
was the 8th extension following the popular uprising that overthrew
long-ruling dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali a year and a half ago.
2012 Aug 27, Uganda's Pres.
Yoweri Museveni made his son, Col. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, a one-star
general and appointed him commander of the country's special forces,
leading some Ugandans to conclude that the son is being groomed to
succeed his father.
2013 Aug 27, Entergy Corp. said
it will shut down the Yankee Nuclear Power Station, Vermont’s only
nuclear power plant, in the 4th quarter of 2014.
(SFC, 8/28/13, p.A8)
2013 Aug 27, In Brazil a
commercial building, under construction in Sao Paulo, collapsed and
killed at least 6 people.
(SFC, 8/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 27, British farm union
officials said a cull of badgers has begun in a bid to halt the
spread of cattle tuberculosis. Plans called for about 5,000 badgers
to be killed during the six-week program.
2013 Aug 27, In the Central
African Republic sustained gunfire and looting broke out overnight
in Bangui, causing many people to flee their homes.
2013 Aug 27, A Dominican Rep.
judge ruled there is enough evidence to try sect leader Peter Brunck
(62) and his son, Daniel Roland, on weapons violations and a charge
of "rebellion." They faced up to 10 years in prison, and prosecutors
said further counts are possible. The Academy for Future Health's
German-language website says the planet is "cleansing itself of the
debris that lives on its surface," and goes on to mention aspects of
the global financial crisis, extraterrestrials and the looming fall
of the "inhuman" US government.
2013 Aug 27, In Ingushetia
unidentified gunmen assassinated the top regional security official
as he was being driven to work.
2013 Aug 27, Kyrgyzstan
officials scrambled to control the spread of bubonic plague that
killed a rural boy last week as three more people showed possible
symptoms of the disease.
2013 Aug 27, Pakistani Taliban
fighters attacked an army camp overnight near the Afghan border,
killing at least one soldier.
2013 Aug 27, In Portugal and
Spain firefighters and local residents struggled to tackle raging
wildfires that have consumed large swathes of forest, claiming the
lives of 4 emergency workers. Almost 31,000 hectares (77,000 acres)
of Portugal's countryside has already been destroyed by fire this
2013 Aug 27, South Africa's
petrol station and car dealership workers announced a strike for
higher wages next week, signaling further labor disruption to a
struggling economy that also faces looming stoppages in its gold
2013 Aug 27, Syria's foreign
minister said his country would defend itself using "all means
available" in case of a US strike, denying his government was behind
an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus and challenging
Washington to present proof backing up its accusations.
2013 Aug 27, Tunisia’s PM Ali
Larayedh declared Ansar al-Sharia a terrorist organization after
obtaining proof it killed two secular politicians and several
2014 Aug 27, White House Press
Sec. Josh Earnest confirmed that Douglas McAuthur McCain, of the
Minneapolis area, was fighting alongside militants who were trying
to carve out their own state in Iraq and Syria, and that he had died
(Reuters, 8/27/14)(SFC, 8/28/14, p.A3)
2014 Aug 27, Louisiana Gov.
Bobby Jindal sued the Obama administration over school standards.
The suit accused the US Dept. of Education of illegally manipulating
money and regulations to force states to adopt Common Core
(SFC, 8/28/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 27, In in Stratford,
Pa., Raymond Wychowanec (63) shot and killed his hospitalized wife
(62) and then tried to kill himself, prompting investigators to
search their New Jersey home, where their son (35) was found fatally
2014 Aug 27, An F-15 fighter
jet enroute to Louisiana crashed in a mountainous area western
Virginia. Pilot Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr. was killed.
(SFC, 8/28/14, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/kgw6bvm)
2014 Aug 27, Afghanistan's
deadlocked presidential election veered further off course after
both candidates withdrew their observers from a U.N.-supervised
audit of votes that was meant to resolve the crisis.
2014 Aug 27, Australia’s
intelligence chief David Irvine said 15 Australians, including two
suicide bombers, are believed to have died fighting in Syria and
Iraq and warned that espionage and foreign intervention threats were
2014 Aug 27, Britain's
bailed-out Royal Bank of Scotland was fined £14 million for not
taking enough care to explain to home-buyers the costs of taking out
2014 Aug 27, Bulgarian poet
Valeri Petrov (born as Valeri Nissim Mevorah in 1920), died. His
many translations included the complete works of Shakespeare.
2014 Aug 27, Cameroon's army
attacked the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, shelling one of
their camps across the border and reportedly killing "many"
2014 Aug 27, China moved to
limit 2017 elections for Hong Kong's leader to a handful of
candidates loyal to Beijing.
2014 Aug 27, China and Vietnam
said they're committed to negotiating maritime disputes to avoid a
recurrence of tensions that spiked when China deployed an oil rig in
waters claimed by Hanoi.
2014 Aug 27, A landslide in
southwest China killed at least 15 people, with 8 missing and 22
(Reuters, 8/30/14)(SFC, 8/30/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 27, Muslims for Human
Rights alleged that corrupt Kenyan wildlife rangers have been
killing poachers to cover up the officers' collusion with the
criminals slaughtering the country's elephants. The group has
documented the disappearances of 18 suspected poachers over the last
2014 Aug 27, Moldova and
Romania inaugurated a new pipeline that will pump gas from Romania
to Moldova in an attempt to reduce the former Soviet republic's
dependence on Russian energy. However, 43-km (28-mile) pipeline will
provide only five percent of its gas needs.
2014 Aug 27, In central Nigeria
clashes broke out in Nasawrawa state, a week after some Eggon
villagers accused Fulanis of stealing cattle. Fighting between the
Fulani herdsmen and farmers from the Eggon ethnic group left at
least 60 people dead, mostly from machete cuts.
2014 Aug 27, Saudi authorities
beheaded three citizens after they were convicted of murder in
separate cases, bringing to 41 the number of executions there this
2014 Aug 27, Sierra Leone said
a third top doctor has died from Ebola, as health workers tried to
determine how a fourth scientist also contracted the disease before
being evacuated to Europe.
2014 Aug 27, Switzerland said
Russian banks will require approval to issue long-term financial
instruments in Switzerland, as it detailed measures to ensure it
does not become a place for individuals or funds to avoid European
sanctions on Moscow.
2014 Aug 27, Syrian rebels,
including fighters from an al-Qaida-linked group, seized control of
a frontier crossing with Israel in the Golan Heights after heavy
clashes with Pres. Assad's forces. The heavy fighting that left at
least 20 Syrian soldiers and an unknown number of rebels dead.
Dozens of Syrian soldiers escaping Tabqa were captured as they
attempted to cross the desert to government-held territory in the
Orontes Valley to the west.
(AP, 8/27/14)(AFP, 8/28/14)
2014 Aug 27, In southeastern
Ukraine pro-Russian rebel forces entered the key town of Novoazovsk
after three days of heavy shelling. The new southeastern front has
raised fears the separatists are seeking to create a land link
between Russia and Crimea. The Ukrainian military said that more
Russian soldiers had crossed the border entering the small town of
Amvrosiyivka in five armored infantry carriers and a truck.
(AP, 8/27/14)(Reuters, 8/27/14)
2014 Aug 27, Zimbabwe riot
police beat and briefly detained more than a dozen opposition
protesters, at a demonstration over high unemployment.
2015 Aug 27, In Austria 71
refugees were found dead in an abandoned freezer truck near the
Hungarian border. Three Bulgarians and an Afghan were soon arrested
in connection with the truck deaths.
(Reuters, 8/27/15)(Reuters, 8/28/15)
2015 Aug 27, China accused 11
transport and customs officials and several municipal authorities in
Tianjin of “dereliction of duty" and “abuse of power" over a
chemical explosion on Aug. 12 that killed some 140 people in the
2015 Aug 27, Chinese state-run
media reported that courts in the restive, western region of
Xinjiang have jailed 45 people on terrorism-related charges,
including 18 convicted of organizing illegal border crossings.
2015 Aug 27, In China debris
from a Long March-4 rocket carrying a remote sensing satellite
crashed into a villager's home minutes after the launch from Shaanxi
2015 Aug 27, Tropical Storm
Erika unleashed severe flooding across Dominica, triggering
landslides that destroyed at least 20 homes in the tiny eastern
Caribbean island. At least 31 people were killed and 371 homes were
(AP, 8/27/15) (AP, 8/28/15)(AP,
2015 Aug 27, French police
cleared out one of the country’s biggest Roma camps, dismantling a
sprawling network of makeshift shelters next to a Paris region
highway under pouring rain. The camp had housed 200-300 people for
at least three years.
2015 Aug 27, Two French
investigative journalists were arrested and soon charged in Paris
with trying to blackmail the king of Morocco out of two million
euros ($2.2 million) in hush money. Eric Laurent and Catherine
Graciet were working on a book about King Mohammed VI, which was due
for release early next year.
2015 Aug 27, Greece's top
Supreme Court judge Vassiliki Thanou was named the head of a
caretaker government to lead the country to elections expected next
2015 Aug 27, In Guatemala
pressure grew on President Otto Perez Molina as protesters prepared
to march for his resignation and the attorney general's office urged
him to step down due to corruption scandals.
2015 Aug 27, The Indian army
killed 4 insurgents and captured another during a 12-hour clash near
the disputed border with Pakistan in the Indian-controlled portion
2015 Aug 27, The Islamic State
said it carried out the suicide car bomb attacks near Ramadi,
capital of Iraq's western Anbar province, which had killed at least
five people, including two senior military commanders.
2015 Aug 27, Italy's government
put Rome city hall under close supervision following allegations it
had fallen under the sway of organized crime, but allowed
beleaguered Mayor Ignazio Marino to stay in office.
(Reuters, 8/27/15)(Econ, 9/5/15, p.58)
2015 Aug 27, The International
Atomic Energy Agency said it has signed an agreement with Kazakhstan
to establish a low-enriched uranium bank in the Central Asian
country, a move that supporters say could reduce concerns about
nuclear weapons proliferation.
2015 Aug 27, An overcrowded
boat sank on its way to Europe sank in waters off the Libyan town of
Zuwara. 198 of some 500 migrants were rescued. Up to 200 people were
(Reuters, 8/28/15)(AP, 8/29/15)(Reuters, 8/30/15)
2015 Aug 27, Monaco's Prince
Albert II apologized for his country's role in deporting Jews to
Nazi camps — seven decades after police rounded up scores of people
from the seaside principality, including those who had sought refuge
from the Holocaust in what they thought was a safe and neutral land.
2015 Aug 27, NATO opened a
training center in Georgia as it eyes closer partnership with the
Western military alliance. Russia called the move provocative.
(AFP, 8/27/15)(Reuters, 8/27/15)
2015 Aug 27, In northeastern
Nigeria Boko Haram extremists attacked the fishing village of Kafa,
killing 4 people.
2015 Aug 27, A Pakistani
anti-corruption court issued an arrest warrant for former PM Yousaf
Raza Gilani (2008-2012) and another senior party leader, Makhdoom
Amin Fahim, in a case alleging millions of dollars of graft in a
trade development scheme.
2015 Aug 27, In central
Pakistan a suspected Taliban militant blew himself up during a
police raid, killing his own wife and two children in the town of
2015 Aug 27, In the Philippines
radio commentator Cosme Maestrado (46) was shot dead in front of a
public market in the southern port city of Ozamiz.
2015 Aug 27, Romania's PM
Victor Ponta gave Moldova 100 million euros ($117 million) in
financial aid in a gesture of support for the former Soviet
republic's EU membership bid, as Moldova marked its 24th anniversary
of independence. Ponta called for a Romanian gas pipeline to be
extended to Chisinau, the Moldovan capital.
2015 Aug 27, In Russia
Alexander Borodai, a former leader of pro-Russian separatist rebels
in eastern Ukraine, announced he was launching a support network for
Russian volunteers who fought in the conflict and the families of
2015 Aug 27, Saudi Arabia's
Health Ministry said 15 more people have died in the last seven days
after contracting the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
2015 Aug 27, A Syrian judge
said courts are hearing a series of cases against officials accused
of corruption and mismanagement.
2015 Aug 27, In southeastern
Turkey 6 people were killed in street fighting between security
forces and Kurdish rebels in a mainly Kurdish town of Yuksekova
after authorities imposed a curfew in the town late the previous
2015 Aug 27, The Ukrainian
government said it has reached a deal with its international
bondholders to lighten its public debt burden, a crucial move that
will help the country avoid default as it tries to cope with the
devastating costs of war.
2015 Aug 27, Ukraine said 7
servicemen have been killed and 13 wounded in fighting with
pro-Russian separatists in the past 24 hours.
2016 Aug 27, The global
fertility rate has crashed from 5.1 babies per woman in 1964 to 2.5
(Econ, 8/27/16, p.10)
2016 Aug 27, Afghan security
forces withdrew from the Janikhail district headquarters of Paktia
province to prevent civilian casualties. At least 5 police officers
were killed and five others were wounded in heavy fighting.
2016 Aug 27, Police in
Bangladesh killed 3 suspected militants, including Tamim Chowdhury,
the alleged mastermind of a major attack on a cafe last July 1 that
left 20 people dead. The militants belonged to the banned group
Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB).
2016 Aug 27, An Egyptian court
ordered the release of rights lawyer Malek Adly. He had been held
without charge in solitary confinement for over 100 days after
defying President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
2016 Aug 27, Voting started in
Gabon, where Pres. Ali Bongo Ondimba was trying to overcome a
coalition of high-profile opponents to win re-election and maintain
a family dynasty that stretches back to the 1960s. Gabon does not
have a runoff system, meaning he does not have to win more than 50
percent of the votes in the first round to win.
2016 Aug 27, Errol Austin, a
captain in an Amerindian village in western Guyana, said land
certificates given to them last year by ex-President Donald
Ramotar's administration, haven't been recognized by the South
American nation's mines and lands commissions.
2016 Aug 27, In Iran Brig. Gen.
Gholam Reza Jalali, head of an Iranian military unit in charge of
combatting cybersabotage, acknowledged Iran's petrochemical industry
had been the target of cyberattacks. He put the blame on imported
and installed components at the facilities.
2016 Aug 27, In Kenya Japanese
PM Shinzo Abe told African leaders that his country will commit $30
billion in public and private support for infrastructure
development, education and healthcare expansion in the continent.
2016 Aug 27, In Malaysia nearly
a thousand protesters marched in the heart of the Kuala Lumpur
calling for the arrest of an unnamed high-ranking government
official who US investigators say received $700 million skimmed from
the sovereign state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). The
unnamed official is PM Najib Razak, who has repeatedly denied any
2016 Aug 27, Moldovan police
fired tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters during a
parade to mark the former Soviet republic's independence day.
Figures published this week found that more than a quarter of
Moldova's citizens have emigrated for work, and more than half of
them work in Russia.
2016 Aug 27, In Pakistan a
shootout erupted late today on the edge of Lahore when gunmen tried
to break the militants out of police custody. 4 Islamic extremists,
allegedly involved in a 2009 attack on the visiting Sri Lankan
cricket team, were killed in the shootout with police.
2016 Aug 27, In northern
Paraguay suspected members of the little-known Paraguayan People's
Army killed 8 soldiers in an attack in Arroyito. The group was
blamed last year in the killing of a German couple.
2016 Aug 27, In the Philippines
about 20 heavily-armed fighters of the Maute militant group stormed
the Lanao del Sur provincial jail in Marawi city before nightfall,
disarmed the guards and rescued eight comrades, including three
women. The attack also allowed 15 other inmates to escape from the
2016 Aug 27, In Russia a fire
in a Moscow printing plant killed 17 people. A representative of the
Kyrgyz diaspora in Russia said all the dead were members of its
community. Some 500,000 Kyrgyz citizens worked in Russia.
2016 Aug 27, In Saudi Arabia a
rocket fired from Yemen killed a three-year-old boy in Najran.
2016 Aug 27, South Africa's
wealthy Gupta family, with influential ties to Pres. Jacob Zuma,
said they plan to sell all their business interests in the country
by the end of the year.
2016 Aug 27, Spanish police
said they have arrested 57 people and dismantled an illegal
immigration ring giving Chinese citizens Spanish residency permits
through fake job contracts as domestic staff.
2016 Aug 27, Turkish
authorities arrested three former top diplomats over the failed July
15 coup, including a senior official who brokered a meeting between
the then premier and the US-based preacher blamed for the plot.
2016 Aug 27, Turkey sent more
tanks into Syria to bolster a military offensive against jihadists
and Kurdish fighters. One Turkish soldier was killed and three more
wounded in a rocket attack by Kurdish militia on two tanks taking
part in the offensive.
(AP, 8/27/16)(AFP, 8/27/16)
2016 Aug 27, Uzbekistan's
authoritarian Pres. Islam Karimov (78) suffered a brain hemorrhage
and was in stable condition in intensive care.
2016 Aug 27, Venezuela sent
opposition leader Daniel Ceballos, who was under house arrest, back
to jail and expelled a delegation of Ecuadoran lawmakers, amid
rising political tension over a campaign to recall leftist President
2016 Aug 27, In Yemen warplanes
from the Saudi-led coalition struck a rebel convoy near a taxi stand
outside Taez late today, killing 7 civilians and 9 insurgents.
2017 Aug 27, In Berkeley, Ca.,
some 400 law enforcement officers backed off and allowed hundreds of
black-masked agitators to pass barriers and confront conservative
demonstrators in Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park. 13 people
were arrested at the officially canceled “No to Marxism in Berkeley"
(SFC, 8/28/17, p.A7)
2017 Aug 27, In southern
California Aurelio Teran (38) was arrested after fatally stabbing
his wife Viridiana multiple times in front of their son (12) in Los
(SFC, 8/29/17, p.A5)
2017 Aug 27, US film director
Tobe Hooper (74) died in Los Angeles. His work included “The Texas
Chain Saw Massacre" (1974) and “Poltergeist" (1982).
(SFC, 8/28/17, p.C3)
2017 Aug 27, In North Dakota
the body of Savanna Greywind (22) was found in the Red River in
Fargo. She was eight months pregnant when last seen on August 19. On
August 24 police found a newborn baby and arrested suspects Brooke
Crews (38) and William Hoehn (32) for kidnapping. On Dec. 11 Crews
pleaded guilty in the killing of her neighbor. In Feb. 2, 2018,
Crews was sentenced to life in prison.
(SFC, 8/29/17, p.A5)(SFC, 12/12/17, p.A4)(SFC,
2017 Aug 27, Tropical Storm
Harvey unleashed catastrophic flooding in Houston, turning streets
in Texas' largest city into raging rivers as trapped residents
climbed to higher floors and the death toll rose.
2017 Aug 27, In Abu Dhabi a
Singaporean man and his transgender friend facing jail for dressing
in a "feminine" way had their sentences reduced to a fine and
deportation. Singaporean fashion photographer Muhammad Fadli bin
Abdul Rahman and his transgender friend Noor Vitriya Kistina Ibrahim
were arrested earlier this month at an Abu Dhabi shopping mall.
2017 Aug 27, In Afghanistan two
police officers, including a district police chief, were reported
killed when their convoy was attacked by militants in western Nimroz
2017 Aug 27, Albania's PM Edi
Rama named a restructured Cabinet with a goal of increasing the
country's economic growth from 3.8 to 5 percent in four years.
2017 Aug 27, Five mountain
climbers died in the Austrian Alps in Wildgerlostal on Mount Gabler,
east of Innsbruck. Two Italian mountain climbers died after falling
into a crevasse in the Italian Alps. A day earlier Another Italian
climber died after being hit by boulders in the Valtellina Alpine
2017 Aug 27, Bangladesh police
said they have detained and forcibly returned 90 Rohingya migrants
to Myanmar, just hours after Myanmar troops on the other side of the
border had opened fire on people fleeing the country.
2017 Aug 27, In England a gas
cloud appeared on the beach and cliffs of Birling Gap, 60 miles
south of London. A local hospital treated more than 130 people for
minor injuries. Neither the gas nor its source were yet identified.
(SFC, 8/29/17, p.A2)
2017 Aug 27, China’s ruling
Communist Party's anti-corruption watchdog said Mo Jiancheng, the
head of the anti-graft committee for the Ministry of Finance, has
been put under investigation himself for suspected graft.
2017 Aug 27, Severe Tropical
Storm Pakhar made landfall west of the Chinese casino hub of Macau
in the early morning, packing maximum sustained winds of 90 km (55
miles) per hour and gusts of up to 106 kph (65 mph).
2017 Aug 27, Colombia's leftist
FARC rebel group debuted its political party at a conference, a key
step in its transition into a civilian organization after more than
50 years of war. A six-day meeting in Bogota of FARC members is
expected to conclude September 1 with a platform that the party,
still officially un-named, will campaign on in elections next year.
2017 Aug 27, In southeastern
France a girl (9) disappeared from a wedding party in
Pont-de-Beauvoisin, 85 kilometers (53 miles) from Lyon. Police dogs
found the girl's trace but lost it in the village hall's car park,
suggesting she may have got into a car. On Sep 3 a local man (34),
who was among the guests, was remanded in custody on charges of
"kidnapping, illegal confinement or arbitrary detention" after her
DNA was found in his car.
(AP, 8/31/17)(AP, 9/4/17)
2017 Aug 27, In France Mireille
Darc (79), a star of French cinema in the 1970s, died in Paris. She
caused a sensation in a plunging backless gown in "The Tall Blond
Man With One Black Shoe" (1972).
2017 Aug 27, Guatemala’s
President Jimmy Morales announced he is expelling the head of a UN
anti-corruption commission (CICIG) that is investigating the
president's campaign financing. He also announced he was firing
Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales for failure to carry out the
expulsion. The constitutional court soon blocked the expulsion
(AP, 8/27/17)(Econ, 9/2/17, p.29)
2017 Aug 27, The Iraqi military
says it has "fully liberated" Tal Afar's town center from the
Islamic State group.
2017 Aug 27, Israel’s defence
ministry said it has finalized a deal to purchase 17 more Lockheed
Martin F-35 stealth fighters in addition to 33 of the
ultra-high-tech jets already ordered.
2017 Aug 27, Lebanon began to
dig out the bodies of six soldiers kidnapped by Islamic State
militants three years ago. Two more bodies were believed buried
there and a search for a ninth soldier continued.
2017 Aug 27, Cease-fires took
effect in the border area between Syria and Lebanon, halting
separate but simultaneous weeklong offensives against the Islamic
State group by the Lebanese army on one side and Hezbollah and
Syrian troops on the other.
2017 Aug 27, The Libyan navy
seized an oil tanker near the maritime border with Tunisia and
detained the 20-member Filipino crew on suspicion of fuel smuggling.
2017 Aug 27, Myanmar's
government and advocates for the country's Muslim Rohingya ethnic
minority traded charges of killing civilians, burning down buildings
and planting land mines, as clashes that began last week when
insurgents launched attacks against police posts continued. The
death toll from the violence that started August 24 had reached 96,
mostly alleged Rohingya attackers but also 12 security personnel.
2017 Aug 27, In Myanmar an army
massacre reportedly took place in the village of Maung Nu. Dozens of
survivors were later interviewed and many carried reminders of the
tragedy with them into exile.
2017 Aug 27, Pakistani police
used tear gas and batons to disperse anti-US protesters in the
southern port city of Karachi. Police took action when a group of
Shiite students tried to march toward the US consulate and an
officer was injured in the process.
2017 Aug 27, In South Africa a
gunman opened fire in a packed theater in Johannesburg after his
cellphone went missing in the audience, killing one person and
2017 Aug 27, Ebrahim Yazdi
(85), a dissident Iranian politician and a former foreign minister
(1979), died at the age of 85 in Izmir, Turkey, where he was being
treated for complications from cancer after being denied a US visa
for follow-up treatment in Houston.
2017 Aug 27, The UN World Food
Program (WFP) says it has reduced food rations for 320,000 refugees
living in northwest Tanzania as a result of funding shortfalls.
2018 Aug 27, The Trump
administration reached a preliminary deal with Mexico to replace the
North American Free Trade Agreement. Canada still had significant
issues with some of pres. Trump's demands
(AP, 8/28/18)(SFC, 8/28/18, p.A5)
2018 Aug 27, The United States
told the World Trade Organization it would block the reappointment
of one of the WTO's four remaining appeals judges next month,
leaving the bare minimum of three on what is effectively the supreme
court of trade.
2018 Aug 27, Seth Frotman, the
US government's top officials overseeing the $1.5 trillion student
loan market, resigned in protest citing the White House's open
hostility toward protecting the nation's millions of student loan
(SFC, 8/28/18, p.A5)
2018 Aug 27, Rain fell across
Montana and slowed the spread of a fire burning near the US-Canada
border. The 3-square mile fire in the northern part of Glacier
National Park was suppressed but not extinguished.
(SFC, 8/28/18, p.A4)
2018 Aug 27, A US federal judge
in Seattle blocked the Trump administration from allowing a Texas
company to post online plans for making untraceable 3D guns. Company
owner Cody Wilson began selling his blueprint plans online the
(SFC, 8/28/18, p.A10)(SFC, 8/29/18, p.A5)
2018 Aug 27, Facebook banned
Myanmar's powerful military chief and 19 other individuals and
organizations from its site to prevent the spread of hate and
2018 Aug 27, In Afghanistan
three Afghan army soldiers were killed and five others wounded after
their convoy was ambushed by Taliban insurgents in northern Faryab
province. Two military pilots were shot and killed by unknown gunmen
2018 Aug 27, Nissan's first
electric sedan designed for China began production at the start of a
wave of dozens of planned lower-cost electrics being created by
global automakers for their biggest market.
2018 Aug 27, In Croatia
hundreds of workers from two major shipyards protested in Zagreb
over unpaid wages and working conditions.
2018 Aug 27, Egyptian police
forces killed five suspected Islamic militants in a shootout 390 km
(244 miles) south of Cairo. The fighting broke out when police
raided a suspected militant hideout in the Akhmim district of Sohag
2018 Aug 27, Ethiopian air
traffic controllers began a strike after disputes over pay and calls
for more employment benefits. Their average monthly salary was
2018 Aug 27, In France a man
was detained on suspicion of assaulting a 22-year-old student who
released a shocking video of an attack last month outside a Paris
cafe which went viral online. Surveillance footage of the incident
shows a man hurling an ashtray from a table outside the cafe at
Marie Laguerre, allegedly after she told him to "shut up" following
lewd comments. In October Firas M. (25) was sentenced to six months
in jail and fined $2,300.
(AFP, 8/28/18)(SFC, 10/6/18, p.A2)
2018 Aug 27, In Germany at
least 20 people were injured as pyrotechnics and other objects were
hurled by both far-right demonstrators as well as anti-fascist
counter-protesters in the eastern city of Chemnitz. This 2nd day of
protests followed the fatal stabbing of a German man (35) allegedly
by a Syrian and an Iraqi.
2018 Aug 27, In Indonesia a
15-year-old girl jailed for six months for terminating her pregnancy
after being raped by her brother was cleared by a higher court. The
girl's mother was still being investigated over whether she had
helped her daughter to have the abortion.
2018 Aug 27, Iran's
Revolutionary Guards top General Alireza Tangsiri said Iran has full
control of the Gulf and the US Navy does not belong there.
2018 Aug 27, Iranian lawyers
asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to order the United
States to lift sanctions imposed by the Trump administration against
Tehran, but Washington described the suit as meritless. Iran claimed
the US policy is "plainly in violation of the 1955 Treaty of Amity."
2018 Aug 27, Iran's Tasnim news
agency reported that Iran and Syria have signed a deal for military
cooperation in a meeting between the defense ministers of the two
countries in Damascus.
2018 Aug 27, Israel reopened
its only crossing for people with the Gaza Strip, a week after
shutting it over violence along the border with the Palestinian
2018 Aug 27, In central Japan
four elderly patients at the Y&M Fujikake Daiichi Hospital died
over the last 48 hours after the air conditioning failed in their
2018 Aug 27, In Libya at least
five people were killed and nearly 30 wounded in fighting between
militias in Tripoli.
2018 Aug 27, Pakistan's senate
passed a resolution condemning an anti-Islam cartoon contest planned
by a far-right Dutch lawmaker, in one of the first actions taken by
the assembly since last month's elections.
2018 Aug 27, In the Philippines
Roman Catholic Rev. Amado Picardal, who was one of the earliest
critics of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly crackdown
on drugs, said he has gone into hiding due to signs of being
targeted by motorcycle-riding hitmen.
2018 Aug 27, A Russian court
sentenced opposition leader Alexei Navalny to 30 days in jail after
convicting him of breaking public protest laws, a move that will
prevent him from leading a planned anti-government rally against
pension reform next month.
2018 Aug 27, In South Korea a
special counsel said Kim Kyoung-soo, a close political ally of Pres.
Moon Jae-in had conspired with a team of online bloggers to
illegally influence public opinion before Moon's election last year.
(SFC, 8/28/18, p.A3)
2018 Aug 27, In Switzerland a
weeklong gathering opened in Geneva to discuss ways to define and
deal with "killer robots," futuristic weapons systems that could
conduct war without human intervention.
2018 Aug 27, A Ugandan High
Court granted bail to 33 people, including popular songwriter Robert
Kyagulanyi, who have been charged with treason over their alleged
role in the stoning of President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy this
2018 Aug 27, UN investigators
said Myanmar's military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of
Muslim Rohingya with "genocidal intent" and the commander-in-chief
and five generals should be prosecuted for the gravest crimes under
2019 Aug 27, It was reported
that Pres. Donald Trump has told officials in his administration he
will pardon them if they have to break laws to get his US-Mexico
border wall completed in time for the 2020 election.
(The Independent, 8/28/19)
2019 Aug 27, Washington
approved the $3.3 billion sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan,
following close behind a series of new ballistic missile tests by
North Korea that could threaten the US ally.
2019 Aug 27, In Washington, DC,
a military contractor, whose top executive was killed in Iraq under
mysterious circumstances 15 years ago, won a judgment of roughly
$140 million against Iraq to reimburse the contractor for funds it
2019 Aug 27, The US the
Veterans Affairs department said authorities are investigating
suspicious deaths at a veterans hospital in West Virginia, and a US
senator said the probe may involve up to 11 deaths.
2019 Aug 27, Illinois nurse
Tina Jones (33) was sentenced to 12 years in prison, after admitting
to paying a dark web site $12,000 in bitcoin to have her former
lover's wife killed.
2019 Aug 27, In Oregon jet-car
speed racer Jessi Combs (30), known by fans as the "fastest woman on
four wheels," died in a crash in the Alvord Desert while trying to
break a speed record.
2019 Aug 27, Residents of
Barbados and other Caribbean islands braced for heavy rains as
tropical storm Dorian churned west-northwest, with officials
cautioning that it could approach hurricane strength.
2019 Aug 27, In Brazil a letter
signed by more than 500 career public servants warned that the
country's environmental protection system could collapse as policies
and political rhetoric encourage illegal land grabbing and the
Amazon and other biomes.
(SFC, 8/29/19, p.A4)
2019 Aug 27, Britain's
opposition parties said they had agreed to work together to try and
prevent a no-deal Brexit, including through passing legislation or
holding a vote of no-confidence in the government.
2019 Aug 27, Motorcyclist Harry
Dunn (19) collided head-on with a Volvo outside a US intelligence
base about 70 miles northwest of London; he suffered multiple
injuries and was later pronounced dead. Police believed the Volvo
driver was traveling on the wrong side of the road. The driver of
the vehicle, named as 42-year-old Anne Sacoolas, is the wife of a US
diplomat. After Dunn’s death, Sacoolas claimed immunity and returned
to the US with her family.
2019 Aug 27, In Cameroon a
lockdown in the country’s Anglophone regions began after a weekend
of unrest in which at least 40 people reportedly died. The lockdown
began a week before school holidays are scheduled to end and will
continue until Sept. 16.
2019 Aug 27, Deutsche Bank AG
confirmed it has tax returnes requsted by US lawmakers seeking
financial information for Pres. Trump and his family.
(SFC, 8/28/19, p.A6)
2019 Aug 27, It was reported
that Iran has sentenced three people — two women and a man — to
lengthy prison terms on security and spying charges, including on
behalf of Israel's Mossad spy agency. One of the two convicted women
is Aras Amiri, who had worked for the British Council while
allegedly spying on cultural activities in Iran. The other convicted
woman is Anousheh Ashouri, a dual British-Iranian national. She was
sentenced to 12 years for ties to Mossad, as was Ali Johari. Britain
said it was supporting the family of Anousheh Ashouri.
(AP, 8/27/19)(Reuters, 8/27/19)
2019 Aug 27, It was reported
that Kenya is urging the UN to list Al-Shabaab under the same
sanctions as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, but foreign donors said
the move could leave millions in drought-stricken Somalia without
2019 Aug 27, In Mexico at least
25 people were killed late today in an arson attack by suspected
gang members on the "Bar Caballo Blanco" (The White Horse Nightclub)
in the southeastern port of Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz state.
(Reuters, 8/28/19)(SFC, 8/29/19, p.A4)
2019 Aug 27, The Mozambican
government formally launched an exchange offer for its defaulted
2023 Eurobond, seeking the consent of bondholders for a
restructuring that would ease pressure on its strained public
2019 Aug 27, The Dutch Data
Protection Agency (DPA) said Microsoft is remotely collecting data
from users of Windows Home and Windows Pro, in a potential breach of
2019 Aug 27, Nigeria said it
will not relinquish assets to a firm registered in the British
Virgin Islands following a court ruling related to a $9 billion gas
project dispute. Earlier this month a judge in London granted
Process and Industrial Developments Ltd (P&ID) the right to
attempt to seize some $9 billion in assets from the Nigerian
government over an aborted gas project.
2019 Aug 27, Rare bombings
killed three Hamas policemen at Gaza City checkpoints. Two suicide
bomber were involved in the blasts. The Islamic State was believed
to be responsible.
(AP, 8/28/19)(SFC, 8/29/19, p.A2)
2019 Aug 27, In Russia the
annual opening of the Russian air show was attended by Turkey's
Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a guest of Pres. Vladimir Putin.
(SFC, 8/28/19, p.A2)
2019 Aug 27, The Russian
military said it will help reconstruction efforts in a town in
northwestern Syria that has been reclaimed by the Syrian government.
2019 Aug 27, An unmanned
spacecraft carrying Russia's first humanoid robot docked at the
International Space Station following a failed attempt over the
2019 Aug 27, Singapore-based
Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), a global alliance of plastic
makers and consumer goods companies, said it would prioritize much
of its $1 billion funds to curb plastic waste in Southeast Asia.
2019 Aug 27, Swedish officials
said Amir-Tohid Fazel, an Iranian journalist covering Foreign
Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's Nordic tour, has fled the official
delegation and applied for residency in Sweden.
2019 Aug 27, In Syria
insurgents launched counterattacks in areas recently taken by
government forces in the country's last remaining rebel region in
the northwest. The Kurdish-led regional administration in northern
Syria said the main US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia has begun
withdrawing its fighters from Ras al-Ayn, a town near Turkey's
border. Members of the militia known as YPG withdrew with their
heavy weapons three days earlier.
2019 Aug 27, Tanzanian
authorities said they had reached an agreement with Burundi to send
all Burundian refugees back home from October 1. The UN refugee
agency urged the two governments not to forcibly repatriate
Burundian refugees sheltering in Tanzania.
2019 Aug 27, The UN refugee
agency spokesman said at least 40 people are feared dead or missing
after the latest wreck of a boat carrying migrants bound for Europe
off the coast of Libya. 65 migrants, mostly from Sudan, were
(Reuters, 8/27/19)(SFC, 8/28/19, p.A4)