Return to home29/30AD Aug 28, John the Baptist
was beheaded by King Herod, perhaps at whim of Salome.
(HFA, '96, p.36)(MC, 8/28/01)
388 Aug 28, Magnus Maximus,
Spanish West Roman Emperor (383-88), was executed.
430 Aug 28, Augustine (b.354)
died in Hippo (Annaba, Algeria) with a Vandal army outside the gates
of the city. His writings included "The Confessions." In 1999 Garry
Wills authored the biography "St. Augustine." Augustine had
developed the theory of a "just war" and said a nation’s leaders
must consider among other things, anticipated loss of civilian life
and whether all peaceful options have been exhausted before war
starts. In 2003 Garry Wills authored "Saint Augustine's Sin." In
2005 James J. O’Donnell authored “Augustine: A New Biography."
Augustine turned against the spirit of intellectual inquiry once he
found salvation. His dogmatic invective laid the foundations for
centuries of intellectual tyranny by the Catholic church.
p.M6)(Econ, 5/14/05, p.86) (Econ, 1/29/11, p.82)
476 Aug 28, A barbarian general
overthrew the last of the Roman emperors. The Western Roman Empire
was formally disbanded and emperor Romulus August was ousted.
(ATC, p.32)(MC, 8/28/01)
1533 Aug 28, Atahualpa, last of
the Inca rulers was strangled at the orders of Spanish conquistador
Francisco Pizarro. The Inca empire died with him. [see Aug 29]
1565 Aug 28, A Spanish
expedition under Pedro Menendez de Aviles arrived at an inlet on the
Florida coast on the feast day of St. Augustine and gave the
theologian’s name to the encampment.
(WSJ, 7/18/08, p.W8)
1609 Aug 28, Henry Hudson
discovered Delaware Bay.
1640 Aug 28, The Indian War in
New England ended with the surrender of the Indians.
1645 Aug 28, Hugo Grotius,
Dutch jurist and politician, died. In 1917 Hamilton Vreeland
authored “Hugo Grotius: The Father of Modern Science and
(RTH, 8/28/99)(ON, 10/04, p.4)
1646 Aug 28, Fulvio Testi (53),
Italian poet (Poesie liriche), died.
1655 Aug 28, New Amsterdam
& Peter Stuyvesant barred Jews from military service.
1676 Aug 28, Indian chief King
Philip, also known as Metacom, was killed by English soldiers,
ending the war between Indians and colonists. [see Aug 12]
1749 Aug 28, German author
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (d.1832), “the master spirit of the
German people," was born at Frankfurt am Main. Scientist,
philosopher, novelist, and critic as well as lyric, dramatic, and
epic poet, he was the leading figure of his age after Napoleon. He
had early pretensions in the visual arts and was an avid draftsman
into old age. He is best known for “Faust."
(V.D.-H.K.p.239)(AP, 8/28/97)(WSJ, 7/16/98,
1774 Aug 28, Mother Elizabeth
Ann Seton, the first American-born saint and the founder of the
Sisters of St. Joseph, was born in New York City. She was canonized
(AP, 8/28/97)(HN, 8/28/98)(RTH, 8/28/99)
1793 Aug 28, Adam-Philippe
Custine, Duke de Lauzun (French duke, general, fought in American
Revolution, hero in both countries), was guillotined in Paris.
1818 Aug 28, Jean Baptiste
Pointe du Sable, trader, founder of Chicago, died.
1828 Aug 28, Leo Tolstoy
(d.1910), Russian novelist, was born near Tula. His work included
“War and Peace" and “Anna Karenina." "History would be an excellent
thing if only it were true." "It is amazing how complete is the
delusion that beauty is goodness." [see Sep 9]
(WUD, 1994 p.1491)(AP, 4/15/97)(AP, 10/14/99)(HN,
1830 Aug 28, “Tom Thumb," the
1st locomotive in US, ran from Baltimore to Ellicotts Mill.
1833 Aug 28, Edward
Burne-Jones, British painter, was born.
1837 Aug 28, Pharmacists John
Lea & William Perrins began to manufacture Worcester Sauce. [see
1839 Aug 28, William Smith,
British geologist, died. He made the 1st geological map of England
and became impoverished in the process. In 2001 Simon Winchester
authored “The Map That Changed the World."
(RTH, 8/28/99)(WSJ, 8/17/01, p.W6)
1845 Aug 28, The first issue of
Scientific American magazine was published as a 4-page weekly
newspaper by inventor Rufus M. Porter (1792-1844).
1849 Aug 28, Venice, under
Daniele Manin, surrendered to Austrians under Count Radetsky,
following a siege since July 20 after proclaiming independence.
(HTNet, 8/28/99)(MC, 8/28/01)
1850 Aug 28, Richard Wagner's
opera "Lohengrin'' was premiered at Weimar, Germany, under the
direction of Franz Liszt.
1850 Aug 28, The English
Channel telegraph cable was laid between Dover and Cap Gris Nez.
1859 Aug 28, Leigh Hunt
(b.1784), English poet and essayist, died. He is remembered for his
immortal couplet: “The Two divinist things this world has got: / A
lovely women in a rural spot. In 2005 Nicholas Roe authored “Fiery
Heart: The first Life of Leigh Hunt." Anthony Holden authored “The
Wit in the Dungeon: The Life of Leigh Hunt."
(RTH, 8/28/99)(Econ, 1/29/05, p.80)(WSJ, 12/6/05,
1861 Aug 28, The Battle of Fort
1862 Aug 28, Mistakenly
believing the Confederate Army to be in retreat, Union General John
Pope attacks, began the Battle of Groveten. Both sides sustained
1862 Aug 28, The Battle of
Thoroughfare Gap, VA.
1864 Aug 28, The Democratic
National Convention began in Chicago. General George B. McClellan's
campaign platform called the war in America a failure. [see Aug 31]
(WSJ, 9/25/03, p.A18)
1867 Aug 28, The US occupied
the Midway Islands in Pacific.
(SFEC, 3/29/98, Z1 p.8)(MC, 8/28/01)
1879 Aug 28, Cetewayo (or
Cetshwayo), last of the great Zulu kings, was captured by the
British at the end of the Zulu wars.
1882 Aug 28, Belle Benchley,
the first female zoo director in the world, who directed the
Zoological Gardens of San Diego, was born.
1883 Aug 28, John Montgomery
(b.1858) made the first manned, controlled flight in the US in his
"Gull" glider, whose design was inspired by watching birds. The
craft weight 38 pounds and flew to 15 feet for at least 300 feet at
Otay Mesa near San Diego, Ca. In 1911 Montgomery died in a glider
(SFC, 6/5/98, p.A23)(SFCM, 2/6/05, p.3)(GenIV,
1884 Aug 28, The 1st known
photograph of a tornado was made near Howard, South Dakota.
1894 Aug 28, Karl Boehm,
Austrian conductor, was born. Famed for his interpretations of
Wagner and Beethoven.
1896 Aug 28, Liam O’Flaherty,
Irish novelist, was born.
1897 Aug 28, Charles Boyer
(d.1978), French actor of film and stage, was born. Films included
"Algiers,'' “Fanny," and "Gaslight.''
1903 Aug 28, Bruno Bettelheim
(d.1990), Austrian-US psychologist, psychoanalyst and educator, was
born. His book included "Love is not Enough" and "Uses of
1906 Aug 28, John Betjeman,
poet laureate of England (Mt Zion), was born.
1907 Aug 28, Two Seattle
teenagers began a telephone message service that grew to become the
United Parcel Service (UPS). Jim Casey (19) and Claude Ryan founded
the American Messenger Company in Seattle, Wash. In 1913 the company
merged with Evert McCabe and formed Merchants Parcel Delivery. In
1919 the company expanded beyond Seattle and changed their name to
United Parcel Service (UPS).
1908 Aug 28, Roger Tory
Peterson, author, was born in Jamestown, NY. His work included the
innovative bird book “A Field Guide to Birds."
1909 Aug 28, American Glenn
Curtiss won the James Gordon Bennett Cup at the first major
international air show held in Rheims France.
1911 Aug 28, Ishi (d.1916), a
native Yahi Indian, walked out of the forest near Oroville, Ca. He
underwent examination at UC medical center in San Francisco and
liked to practice "drawing bow" on Parnassus Heights.
(SFC, 7/14/96, Z1 p.2)(SFEC, 12/26/99,
p.W4)(SSFC, 2/8/04, p.M1)(SFC, 9/6/14, p.C1)
1913 Aug 28, Richard Tucker,
[Reuben Ticker], Tenor (NY Met Opera), was born in Brooklyn, NY.
1914 Aug 28, Three German
cruisers were sunk by ships of the Royal Navy in the Battle of
Heligoland Bight, the first major naval battle of World War I. The
Germans lost four ships and 1,000 sailors; British casualties were
(HN, 8/28/98)(RTH, 8/28/99)
1914 Aug 28, Anatoli Liadov
(59), composer, died.
1916 Aug 28, C. Wright Mills
(d.1962), sociologist, writer (The Power Elite), was born in Waco,
1916 Aug 28, Germany declared
war on Romania.
1916 Aug 28, Italy's
declaration of war against Germany took effect during World War I.
1917 Aug 28, Jack Kirby,
cartoonist (X-Men, Spiderman, Hulk, Capt America), was born.
1917 Aug 28, 10 suffragists
were arrested as they picketed the White House.
1919 Aug 28, Godfrey
Hounsfield, British inventor of the EMI-scanner, was born.
1922 Aug 28, The first-ever
radio commercial aired on station WEAF in New York City. The
10-minute advertisement was for the Queensboro Realty Company, which
had paid a fee of $100.
1925 Sep 28, Seymour Cray
(d1996), computer expert, was born. His computers were all designed
along RISC lines (Reduced Instruction Set Computing), for which
credit is often given to IBM design work in the 1970s. He invented
“vector processing" which involved chaining together long series of
calculations in specialized hardware to expedite solutions.
(SFEC, 10/6/96, C12)
1925 Aug 28, Donald O’Connor
(d.2003), dancer, actor (Singing in the Rain, Anything Goes), was
born in Chicago, Ill.
(HN, 8/28/00)(SSFC, 9/28/03, p.A33)
1929 Aug 28, Bill Evans
(d.1980), pianist, was born in Plainfield, N.J. [see Aug 16]
(WSJ, 8/28/98, p.W7)
1929 Aug 28, Istvan Kertesz,
conductor (Budapest Opera 1953-57/London Philharmonic), was born in
1930 Aug 28, Ben Gazzara, U.S.
actor, was born. On stage he appeared in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof''
and was best known for his roles in the films "Anatomy of a Murder''
1931 Aug 28, John
Shirley-Quirk, baritone (Death in Venice), was born in Liverpool,
1931 Aug 28, Hubert Wilkins,
Australian explorer, reached within 550 miles of the North Pole in
the submarine Nautilus. [see Nov 30]
(ON, 1/02, p.8)
1932 Aug 27-28, In England
200,000 textile workers went on strike.
1933 Aug 28, For the first
time, a BBC-broadcasted appeal was used by the police in tracking
down a wanted man.
1938 Aug 28, The first degree
given to a ventriloquist’s dummy was awarded to Charlie
McCarthy—Edgar Bergen’s wooden partner. The honorary degree, “Master
of Innuendo and Snappy Comeback," was presented on radio by Ralph
Dennis, the dean of the School of Speech at Northwestern University.
1938 Aug 28, Mauthausen
concentration camp began operating in Austria.
1941 Aug 28, Paul Peter
Plishka, bass (Met Opera), was born in Old Forge, Penn.
1941 Aug 28, The German U-boat
U-570 was captured by the British and renamed Graph.
1943 Aug 28, Denmark declared a
universal strike against Nazi occupiers.
1943 Aug 28, Mussolini was
transferred from La Maddalena Sardinia to Gran Sasso.
1944 Aug 28, German forces in
Toulon and Marseilles, France, surrendered to the Allies.
1944 Aug 28-1944 Sep 9, In
Italy 10 citizens from Forli were killed "without need and without
any justified motive" by a platoon led by German officer Heinrich
Nordhorn. In 2006 an Italian military tribunal convicted Nordhorn
(86) in absentia in the killings of the 10 civilians.
1945 Aug 28, US forces under
General George Marshall landed in Japan.
1945 Aug 28, Chinese communist
leader Mao Tse-tung arrived in Chunking to confer with Nationalist
leader Chiang Kai-shek in a futile effort to avert civil war.
1947 Aug 28, Legendary
bullfighter Manolete was mortally wounded by a bull during a fight
in Linares, Spain; he died the following day at age 30.
1949 Aug 28, A riot prevented
Paul Robeson from singing near Peekskill, NY. A fundraising concert
for the widows and orphans of the Spanish Civil War turned into the
Peeksill riots. Helen Krimont Seitz (d.2001 at 90), a pioneer of
modern day care, helped organize the concert.
(SFC, 3/8/01, p.C4)(MC, 8/28/01)
1952 Aug 28, Rita Dove,
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, was born.
1955 Aug 28, Emmett Till (14),
a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle's home in
Money, Miss., by white men after he had supposedly whistled at
Carolyn Bryant, a white woman. Till’s beaten body was found three
days later. His left eye and an ear were missing, as were most of
his teeth. His nose was rushed and there was a hole in his right
temple. Eyewitnesses linked Carolyn’s husband Roy Bryant and
half-brother J.W. Milam to the murder. Bryant and Milam were
indicted Sep 10 for a trial on Sep 19. Both were acquitted by an
all-white jury. Bryant and Milan later confessed to the killing in a
magazine interview. The area was a cotton-trading center where the
white Citizens Councils maintained their regional headquarters. In
2004 the US Justice Dept. opened a criminal investigation into the
case. In 2005 the US Senate acknowledged a share in the boy’s death.
(AP, 8/28/99)(SFC, 5/11/04, p.A4)(SFC, 6/14/05,
p.A2)(SFC, 9/9/05, p.F5)(SFC, 3/17/06, p.A5)(SFC, 7/25/13,
1957 Aug 28, Sen Thurmond began
a 24-hr filibuster against civil rights bill.
1958 Aug 28, Ernest Orlando
Lawrence (b.1901), US physicist, Nobel Prize winner (1939), died.
1959 Aug 28, Raphael Lemkin
(b.1900), a Polish lawyer of Jewish descent, died in NYC. In 1943 he
coined the word genocide and first used the word in print in “Axis
Rule in Occupied Europe: Laws of Occupation - Analysis of Government
- Proposals for Redress" (1944).
1963 Aug 28, The civil rights
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom drew 200-250,000
demonstrators and was the occasion for King’s “I Have a Dream"
speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial. It was organized by Bayard
Rustin (1912-1987). In 1997 a biography of Rustin by Jervis Anderson
was published: “Bayard Rustin: The Troubles I’ve Seen." The 1997
play “Civil Sex" by Brian Freeman was based on Rustin’s life. Rev.
Thomas Kilgore Jr. (d.1998 at 84) helped organize the march on
Washington. Martin Luther King led marches on Washington and Selma,
Alabama. His chief lieutenant was Andrew Young who in 1996 wrote:
“An Easy Burden: The Civil Rights Movement and the Transformation of
(WSJ, 11/6/96, p.A21)(SFEC, 1/26/97 BR, p.4)(WSJ,
1/30/97, p.A14)(AP, 8/28/97)(SFC, 2/7/98, p.21)(HN, 8/28/98)
1963 Aug 28, Evergreen Point
Floating Bridge connecting Seattle & Bellevue opened.
1964 Aug 28, Race riots took
place in Philadelphia.
1965 Aug 28, The Viet Cong were
routed in the Mekong Delta by U.S. forces, with more than 50 killed.
1968 Aug 28, In Chicago, Ill.,
Vice-President Hubert Horatio Humphrey was nominated by the
Democrats for US Presidency on the first ballot. Riots broke out
outside the Democratic National Convention as police and anti-war
demonstrators clashed in the streets.
(WUD, 1994, p.1687)(TMC, 1994, p.1968)(Hem, 8/96,
1968 Aug 28, Connecticut
Senator Abraham Ribicoff (1910-1998) nominated George McGovern for
the US Presidency and strongly criticized Chicago’s Mayor Daly for
his strong-arm tactics in controlling protestors at the Democratic
1971 Aug 28, Marie Paule
Giguere (b.1921), a Catholic nun in Quebec, founded the Army of Mary
as a prayer group, saying she was receiving visions from God. In
2007 the Vatican declared her teachings were heretical and in
Arkansas six nuns were excommunicated after refusing to give up
membership in the sect.
1972 Aug 28, Prince William of
Gloucester was killed in an air race near Wolverhampton in the west
1973 Aug 28, Abbie Hoffman
(1936-1989), "cultural revolutionary," was busted for smuggling and
dealing cocaine. He went underground for 7 years and became the
environmental activist Barry Freed.
(SFC, 12/29/96, BR
1973 Aug 28, Princess Anne
became the first member of the British royal family to visit the
Soviet Union when she arrived in Kiev for an equestrian event.
1973 Aug 28, More than 600
people died as an earthquake shook central Mexico.
1977 Aug 28, Ralph Samuelson
(b.1904), the acknowledged father of water skiing, died on Pine
1978 Aug 28, Bruce Catton
(b.1899), US historian, died in Frankfort, Michigan. He won a 1954
Pulitzer Prize for history for his book “A Stillness at Appomattox,"
his study of the final campaign of the war in Virginia.
1978 Aug 28, Robert Shaw
(b.1927), English-born film and stage actor, died of heart attack in
Ireland. He received a "Best Supporting Actor" Oscar nomination for
his portrayal of Henry VIII in “A Man for All Seasons" (1966).
1979 Aug 28, Brazil’s presiding
General Joao Figueiredo declared a reciprocal amnesty law that
prevented the prosecution of soldiers and military agents for acts
of violence during the dictatorship.
(SFC, 6/14/96, p. A17)(Econ, 11/27/04,
1979 Aug 28, Konstantin Simonov
(b.1915), Russian war correspondent and poet, died in Moscow. His
poems included “Wait For Me" (1942).
1981 Aug 28, John W. Hinckley
Jr. pleaded innocent to charges of attempting to kill President
Reagan. Hinckley was acquitted in 1982 by reason of insanity.
1981 Aug 28, The US national
Centers for Disease Control, noting a high incidence of Kaposi's
sarcoma and pneumocystis in homosexual men, announced a medical task
force had been formed to find out why. It was later determined the
increased number of illnesses was caused by AIDS.
1982 Aug 28, LeAnn Rimes,
country pop singer, was born in Jackson, Miss.
(SSFC, 1/23/05, Par p.14)
1982 Aug 28, The burlesque
musical "Sugar Babies" closed at the Mark Hellinger Theater in NYC
after 1208 performances.
1983 Aug 28, Israel’s PM Begin,
reportedly despondent over the death of his wife and the rising
casualty toll of Israeli troops in Lebanon, announced his intention
to resign as fighting continued in Lebanon with no apparent end in
1985 Aug 28, Ruth Gordon (88),
American actress (Big Bus), died of a stroke in her sleep.
1986 Aug 28, Jerry A.
Whitworth, retired US Navy warrant officer, convicted for his role
in a Soviet spy ring, was sentenced by a federal judge in San
Francisco to 365 years in prison.
1987 Aug 28, A fire damaged the
Arcadia, Fla., home of Ricky, Robert and Randy Ray, three
hemophiliac brothers infected with the AIDS virus whose
court-ordered school attendance sparked a local uproar. The Ray
family moved to Sarasota, Fla.
1987 Aug 28, John Huston, U.S.
actor and film director, died at age 81 in Middletown, R.I. Among
his best known films are "The Maltese Falcon,'' "The Treasure of the
Sierra Madre'' and "The African Queen.''
(AP, 8/28/97)(RTH, 8/28/99)
1988 Aug 28, Seventy 
people were killed when three Italian stunt planes collided during
an air show at the U.S. Air Base in Ramstein, West Germany, sending
flaming debris into the crowd of spectators.
(AP, 8/28/98)(RTH, 8/28/99)
1988 Aug 28, The Yan Hee
Polyclinic in Bangkok, Thailand, reported on a new slimming
technique. Overweight Thais were suppressing their appetites by
sticking lettuce seeds in their ears and pressing them in ten times
1989 Aug 28, Former
televangelist Jim Bakker's fraud and conspiracy trial opened in
Charlotte, N.C.; Bakker was convicted of all 24 counts the next
October and then served 4 ½ years of an 8 year sentence.
(AP, 8/28/99)(SSFC, 7/22/07, p.B7)
1990 Aug 28, German spy Juergen
Mohamed Gietler was arrested for passing military information to
Iraq. He provided Iraq with intelligence reports on US military
plans that included what the West knew of Iraqi Scud-B missile
sites. He was convicted in a secret trial in 1991, sentenced to 5
years in prison and released in 1994 after which he moved to Egypt.
(SFC,11/18/97, p.B1)(SFC,12/24/97, p.A6)
1990 Aug 28, In Foster City,
Ca., police stopped a car for running a red light and found Norman
Hsu, a native of Hong Kong, inside with a Chinatown gang leader, who
had abducted him for not paying a debt. Hsu fled to Hong Kong in
1992 following fraud charges filed by Oakland businessman Augie Wu.
In 2003 Hsu resurfaced in NYC as a major donor for Democratic
candidates. In 2007 his criminal background was revealed and
candidates pledged to give his contributions to charity. In
California Hsu posted a $2 million bail and again failed to make his
(SFC, 9/6/07, p.A15)(WSJ, 9/6/07, p.A3)
1990 Aug 28, Iraq declared
occupied Kuwait the 19th province of Iraq, renamed Kuwait City
Kadhima, and created a new district named after President Saddam
Hussein. A puppet regime under Alaa Hussein was set up. Alaa Hussein
was convicted of treason in 2000 and sentenced to death. Saddam
Hussein, saying he sympathized with his foreign captives, pledged to
free detained women and children.
(RTH, 8/28/99)(SFC, 5/4/00, p.A18)(AP, 8/28/00)
1991 Aug 28, In NYC 5 subway
riders were killed after subway motorman Robert Ray fell asleep
drunk while in control of a train. He was convicted of manslaughter
in 1992 and sentenced to 15 years. He was set free in 2001 for good
1991 Aug 28, Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev ordered a shake-up of the KGB and sacked his
cabinet in the wake of the failed coup by hard-liners.
1992 Aug 28, The US government
mounted two huge relief operations, rushing food and drinking water
to hurricane-ravaged Florida.
1992 Aug 28, US cargo planes
landed in Somalia with tons of food for African famine victims.
1993 Aug 28, In Australia
Jeffrey Gilham (23) allegedly stabbed his father, mother and brother
to death in their Sydney home, but told police he killed his sibling
in a fit of rage after discovering he had murdered their parents. He
pleaded guilty in 1995 to the manslaughter of his brother (25),
escaping with a five-year good behavior bond. Gilham was eventually
charged with the killings of his parent in February 2006 after 13
years of campaigning by his paternal uncles. In 2009 Jeffrey Gilham
was sentenced to life in prison. In 2012 a court found Jeffrey
should be acquitted and not retried over the killing of his parents.
1993 Aug 28, The Bosnian
Parliament ordered President Alija Izetbegovic back to talks on
ending 17 months of war with demands to squeeze more territory for
the Muslim-led government.
1994 Aug 28, A Drug Enforcement
Administration plane crashed in a remote area of Peru's
cocaine-producing jungle, killing five U.S. agents.
1995 Aug 28, Chase Manhattan
and Chemical Banking announced a $10 billion deal to create the
biggest bank in the nation.
1995 Aug 28, California
Governor Pete Wilson formally entered the GOP presidential race.
1995 Aug 28, A mortar shell
tore through a crowded market in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina,
killing 38 people and triggering NATO airstrikes against the Bosnian
Serbs. Bosnian Serb shells hit Serajevo near the main market and
killed 37 people and wounded 85 others.
(SFC,10/16/97, p.A12)(HTNet, 8/28/99)(AP,
1996 Aug 28, Democrats
nominated President Clinton for a second term at their national
convention in Chicago.
1996 Aug 28, The UN introduced
the first world archive of prehistoric and primitive art with more
than 20,000 computerized images. The World Archive of Rock Art will
be curated by the Camuno Center for Prehistoric Art based in the
Alpine town of Capo di Ponte.
(SFC, 8/29/96, p.B5)
1996 Aug 28, “Florence: A
Portrait," a book by Michael Levey, was reviewed. It was discussed
as an interpretive history of Medici patronage.
(WSJ, 8/28/96, p.A10)
1996 Aug 28, The troubled
15-year marriage of Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana
officially ended with the issuing of a divorce decree in London’s
High Court. Under the terms of the divorce settlement, Diana was
stripped of her ‘Royal Highness’ title.
(AP, 8/28/97)(HTNet, 8/28/99)
1996 Aug 28, China accused the
US of aiding Taiwanese separatism by selling Stinger antiaircraft
missiles and other weapons to the Taipei government.
(WSJ, 8/28/96, p.A1)
1996 Aug 28, In China Mou
Qizhong, head of the Land Economic Group, was being pressured by the
government to repay up to $50 million in overdue loans. He was also
the proponent for listing China’s 13,700 large state-owned
enterprises on the New York Stock Exchange. However the state has a
minimum 7.65% upfront payment law to take 51% control of a joint
(WSJ, 8/28/96, p.A1,4)
1996 Aug 28, In Mexico the EPR
struck at government targets in 6 states and left at least 6 dead
and 28 injured.
(SFC, 8/30/96, p.A1)
1996 Aug 28, In Poland
Agnieszka Kotlarska, fashion model, was knifed and killed by a thief
outside her home.
(SFC, 8/29/96, p.A14)
1996 Aug 28, South Africa
announced an investigation into the killings that have left 25
miners dead in the recent weeks at 4 gold fields.
(WSJ, 8/28/96, p.A1)
1997 Aug 28, After nearly a
year of legal challenges, California's affirmative action ban,
Proposition 209, became law. In SF some 4,000 people marched with
Jesse Jackson across the Golden Gate Bridge to protest Prop. 209, in
what was dubbed the “March to Save the Dream."
(SFC, 8/29/97, p.A1)(AP, 8/28/98)
1997 Aug 28, The UN imposed air
and travel sanctions on the UNITA movement in Angola to deter Jonas
Savimbi reform increasing tensions.
(SFC, 8/29/97, p.A16)
1997 Aug 28, In Algeria a 2nd
bomb this week killed 8 people in the Casbah.
(USAT, 8/29/97, p.8A)
1997 Aug 28, US troops clashed
with Bosnian Serbs in Brcko. NATO forces rescued some 50 besieged UN
police monitors as crowds, opposed to Pres. Plavsic, demanded the
expulsion of Western peacekeepers. U.S. troops fired tear gas and
warning shots to fend off rock-hurling Serb mobs. The attempt by
US-led NATO forces to install Plavsic forces in police stations in 3
(SFC, 8/29/97, p.A1)(SFC, 9/3/97, p.C2)(AP,
1997 Aug 28, Four Israeli
soldiers were killed in a fire caused by strafing from Israeli
helicopters in southern Lebanon in a battle where 4 Amal guerrillas
were also killed.
(WSJ, 8/29/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 28, In Mexico the
government’s National Human Rights Commission recommended that the
Durango State Attorney Gen’l. Francisco Arroyo be fired for
negligence. This was in response to the suicide 2 months ago of
16-year-old Yessica Diaz Cazares who had been gang raped some 5
months ago. Yessica had spent 3 months recounting her story to
officials under threats from her attackers and pressure from
authorities to drop the charges.
(SFC, 8/30/97, p.A14)
1997 Aug 28, Pres. Yeltsin set
the draft Russian military budget at $14 million, up from $11.9
million. He also fired the head of the defense council and his
(WSJ, 8/29/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 28, In Sri Lanka Pres.
Kumaratunga pushed parliament to enact constitutional changes to
address Tamil grievances.
(SFC, 8/29/97, p.A16)
1997 Aug 28, In Taiwan Pres.
Lee Teng-hui selected Vincent Siew (58) to replace Lien Chen as
(SFC, 8/29/97, p.A18)
1997 Aug 28, In Venezuela 29
prison inmates died after a dominant prison gang fell on a group of
newcomers at the El Dorado Jail in Bolivar state.
(WSJ, 8/29/97, p.A1)
1998 Aug 28, President Clinton,
speaking in Oak Bluffs, Mass., said he'd become such an expert in
asking forgiveness in recent days that it was now "burned in my
bones." But he still stopped short of offering a direct apology for
the Monica Lewinsky affair.
1998 Aug 28, Over 6,000 pilots
of Northwest Airlines went on strike.
(SFC, 8/28/98, p.A3)
1998 Aug 28, The Japanese money
market interest rates were reported to be 0.5 % as compared to 7.5%
(WSJ, 8/28/98, p.A10)
1998 Aug 28, In Venezuela
Aragua state police beat and took away Benito Antonio Barrios (28).
Barrios died later in the day from multiple gunshot wounds. This
began a series of police shootings and killings of related family
members that continued to 2012.
(SFC, 2/6/13, p.35)
1999 Aug 28, Pres. Clinton
announced a $100 million distribution by the US Dept. of Education
for charter schools.
(SFEC, 8/29/99, p.A8)
1999 Aug 28, In China it was
announced that stipends to unemployed workers would be raised 30% to
help arrest an economic slide and brighten sentiment before the 50th
anniversary of Communist Party rule.
(SFC, 8/30/99, p.A14)
1999 Aug 28, Three crewmen
aboard the “Mir" space station returned safely to Earth after
bidding farewell to the 13-year-old Russian orbiter. The Russian
government had planned to abandon Mir in 2000 because of a shortage
of funds, but later extended its mission.
1999 Aug 28, In Venezuela
Congress members announced that they would refuse to authorize funds
for the constitutional panel and would withhold legal permission for
Pres. Chavez to leave the country.
(SFEC, 8/29/99, p.A22)
2000 Aug 28, Pres. Clinton
stopped in Burundi where Tutsi minority parties refused to sign a
deal with the Hutu majority. Clinton urged the parties to work for
(SFC, 8/29/00, p.A6)
2000 Aug 28, Four Chinese
students and a man whose sister was killed in the Tiananmen Square
massacre filed a suit in NYC against Li Peng, head of the Chinese
Parliament, for human rights abuses.
(SFC, 9/1/00, p.A16)
2000 Aug 28, An apparent
murder-suicide left a professor and a graduate student dead at the
Univ. of Arkansas. It was later found that the graduate student had
been kicked out of a degree program.
(WSJ, 8/28/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/30/00, p.A1)
2000 Aug 28, Foster’s Brewing
of Australia reported a deal to buy the California Beringer winery
for some $1.5 billion.
(SFC, 8/29/00, p.A1)
2000 Aug 28, In Indonesia the
parliament agreed to begin a formal investigation into 2 financial
scandals involving Pres. Wahid.
(SFC, 8/29/00, p.A8)
2000 Aug 28, Iraq charged that
311 of its citizens had been killed and 927 wounded by US and
British warplanes since the bombing campaign began in Dec 1998.
(WSJ, 8/28/00, p.A1)
2000 Aug 28, In Israel Prime
Minister Barak said that he planned to complete a peace deal and
call for approval by a referendum.
(SFC, 8/29/00, p.A6)
2000 Aug 28, In Mexico Rodolfo
Montiel, winner of a 2000 Goldman environmental prize for fighting
rampant deforestation, was convicted on drugs and weapons charges
and sentenced to 6 years and 8 months in jail. Human rights groups
allege that he was tortured and that the charges were trumped up.
(SFC, 8/29/00, p.A1)
2000 Aug 28, Authorities in
Peru announced that four years after military judges convicted
American Lori Berenson of planning a rebel attack, the military had
overturned her life sentence, clearing the way for a new civilian
trial. Berenson, who maintained her innocence, was convicted June,
1999, of "terrorist collaboration" and sentenced to 20 years in
2000 Aug 28, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf guerrillas abducted Jeffrey Schilling (24), their first
(SFC, 8/30/00, p.A1)
2001 Aug 28, Gateway, the
nation's No. 4 manufacturer of personal computers, said it was
laying off 4,700 employees, 25% of its global work force, because of
an increasingly bleak market.
2001 Aug 28, Israeli force
occupied parts of Beit Jala in the West Bank.
(SFC, 8/29/01, p.A1)
2002 Aug 28, Federal grand
juries charged six men in Detroit with conspiring to support
al-Qaeda's terrorism as members of a sleeper cell.
(AP, 8/28/03)(SFC, 8/29/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 28, Prosecutors
indicted WorldCom's former chief financial officer, Scott Sullivan,
and Buford Yates Jr., WorldCom's former director of general
accounting. Sullivan, accused of overseeing a long-running
conspiracy to hide operating expenses in order to boost WorldCom's
earnings, later pleaded innocent; Yates later pleaded guilty to
securities fraud and conspiracy and agreed to help prosecutors.
(WSJ, 8/29/02, p.A1)(AP, 8/28/03)
2002 Aug 28, Amiri Baraka, poet
known as LeRoi Jones until 1968, was proclaimed the poet laureate
for New Jersey. Gov. Jim McGreevey later regretted the proclamation
following Baraka's poem "Somebody Blew Up America."
(WSJ, 10/3/02, p.D6)
2002 Aug 28, In Texas Toronto
Patterson was executed for the 1995 killing of a cousin when he was
(SFC, 8/30/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 28, Canadian police
arrested a man in the rape and killing of an 11-year-old aboriginal
boy who was found in a basement storage room in Winnipeg.
2002 Aug 28, Germany awarded
its Goethe Prize to Marcel Reich-Ranicki, literary critic and
Polish-born Holocaust survivor.
(SFC, 9/2/02, p.D5)
2002 Aug 28, Police in India
reported that 14 people, including 10 Muslim militants, were killed
in clashes between Indian security forces and separatist rebels in
India's Jammu and Kashmir state.
2002 Aug 28, Nepal's government
announced that it was lifting a state of emergency imposed in Nov,
(SFC, 8/29/02, p.A12)
2002 Aug 28, Nigeria renewed
warnings that it cannot pay its debt service payments for the year
because of falling oil revenue.
2002 Aug 28, Delegates at the
World Summit on Sustainable Development focused on ways to bring
fresh water and sanitation to hundreds of millions of people who
lack access to either. Negotiators hailed their first breakthrough:
a deal to protect the world's oceans and marine life.
2002 Aug 28, The United Nations
confirmed that Uganda and Zimbabwe have begun their pledged troop
withdrawals from Congo.
2002 Aug 28, U.N. Sec.-Gen.
Kofi Annan urged the United States to resist attacking Iraq, joining
calls from leaders in Germany, China, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain for
restraint in considering military action to topple Saddam Hussein.
2003 Aug 28, The US Library of
Congress said it would name Louise Gluck as the nation's poet
laureate. Her 9 books included "The Wild Iris" (1992).
(SFC, 8/29/03, p.A3)
2003 Aug 28, A US Defense
Department survey found that nearly one in five female Air Force
Academy cadets said they had been sexually assaulted during their
time at the academy.
2003 Aug 28, Two small pipe
bombs exploded at Chiron Corp., Emeryville, Ca. Animal rights
activists were suspected.
(SFC, 8/29/03, p.A1)
2003 Aug 28, In Erie, Pa.,
Brian Douglas Wells (46), pizza delivery man, was killed when a bomb
strapped to his chest exploded while under police custody. Wells
claimed a customer had strapped on the bomb and ordered him to rob a
bank. In 2007 a grand jury indicted 2 people in connection with the
crime. Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong (59), described as the ringleader,
pleaded guilty but mentally ill for killing her boyfriend to keep
him silent about the robbery. Diehl-Armstrong was trying to raise
money to hire Kenneth Barnes to kill her father due to an
inheritance dispute. In 2008 Kenneth Barnes (54) pleaded guilty to
conspiracy. In 2010 Diehl-Armstrong was convicted for her role in
the robbery. In 2011 she was sentenced to life plus 30 years in
(SSFC, 8/31/03, p.A8)(AP, 7/11/07)(SFC, 9/4/08,
p.A7)(SFC, 11/2/10, p.A5)(SFC, 3/1/11, p.A4)
2003 Aug 28, British Prime
Minister Tony Blair denied that the government had "sexed up" a
dossier on Iraq's weapons threat, and said he would have resigned if
it had been true.
2003 Aug 28, Akhmad Kadyrov,
the Kremlin-appointed head of Chechnya, said death squads associated
with security forces were seeking to prolong the conflict through
abductions and terror.
(SFC, 8/29/03, p.A8)
2003 Aug 28, The WWF reported
that the hippos of Congo's Virunga national Park have been nearly
wiped out by poachers and civil war.
(WSJ, 8/29/03, p.A1)
2003 Aug 28, A 40-minute
blackout in London, England, stranded hundreds of thousands of
(AP, 8/29/03)(WSJ, 8/29/03, p.A1)
2003 Aug 28, A North Korean
envoy at 6-nation talks said his nation intends to declare that it
has atomic arms and to test one as proof.
(WSJ, 8/29/03, p.A1)
2003 Aug 28, Peru’s Truth and
Reconciliation Commission published a report on the violence
unleashed by the Shining Path guerrillas, which included 69,280
deaths from 1980-2000. It identified 150 people it said should be
(Econ, 8/28/04, p.33)
2004 Aug 28, An explosion
ripped through a school in southeastern Afghanistan, killing nine
youngsters and one adult.
2004 Aug 28, London’s Notting
Hill Carnival began with more than a million revelers expected to
turn out to celebrate the 3-day event's 40th year.
2004 Aug 28, In Greece the US
men's basketball team won the bronze, the 100th U.S. medal of the
2004 Aug 28, In Hungary
hundreds of thousands of young people thronged the streets of
Budapest to the sounds of techno music for the city's fifth annual
electronic music parade.
2004 Aug 28, Five Hindu
pilgrims were killed and 14 others injured in a stampede at a river
bathing festival in southern India.
2004 Aug 28, Shiite militants
and U.S. forces battled in the Baghdad's Sadr City slum and a mortar
barrage slammed into a busy eastern neighborhood in a new round of
violence in the capital that left 10 people dead and dozens wounded.
U.S. warplanes carried out airstrikes for the second straight day in
the city of Fallujah.
(AP, 8/28/04)(AP, 8/29/04)
2004 Aug 28, Islamic militants
claiming to be holding two French journalists in Iraq gave France 48
hours to overturn the law banning the wearing of Islamic head
scarves in schools. The reporters, Christian Chesnot and Georges
Malbrunot, were released in December 2004.
2004 Aug 28, The foreign
ministers of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan
approved Russian membership to their economic block at talks in
Astana, the Kazakh capital.
2004 Aug 28, In Lebanon
pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud's bid to stay in office three more
years was assured in a dramatic about-face when political rival
Prime Minister Rafik Hariri bowed to Syrian pressure and proposed a
constitutional amendment allowing the head of state to extend his
2004 Aug 28, In Morocco a bus
trying to pass another vehicle on a winding mountain highway
collided with an oncoming truck and taxi, killing 29 people and
2004 Aug 28, Pakistan's
economic czar Shaukat Aziz was sworn in as PM and said his
government's greatest challenge would be combating terrorism and
maintaining law and order.
2004 Aug 28, Officials said
they had found traces of the explosive hexogen on the wreckage of
the second of two Russian airliners that crashed just minutes apart
earlier this week. Attention focused on the roles of two dead female
passengers believed to be of Chechen origin.
(AP, 8/28/04)(SFC, 8/31/04, p.A8)
2004 Aug 28, A Yemen court
convicted 15 militants on terror charges including the 2002 bombing
of a French oil tanker and plotting to kill the U.S. ambassador.
2005 Aug 28, In Louisiana Mayor
Ray Nagin ordered an immediate evacuation for all of New Orleans, a
city sitting below sea level with 485,000 inhabitants, as Hurricane
Katrina bore down with wind revved up to nearly 175 mph and a threat
of a massive storm surge.
2005 Aug 28, West Oahu of Ewa
Beach, Hawaii, won the Little League World Series title with a 7-6
win over the defending champions from Willemstad, Curacao.
2005 Aug 28, In Afghanistan 6
rebels died in a clash with Afghan police.
2005 Aug 28, Bangladesh said it
may reduce its work week from 6 to 5 days and raise fuel prices to
control soaring energy costs that have strained its economy.
2005 Aug 28, A committee of
China’s male-dominated parliament amended the Law on the Protection
of the Rights and Interests of Women. It made sexual harassment of
women unlawful and stipulated that equality between men and women is
a basic state policy.
(Econ, 9/3/05, p.38)
2005 Aug 28, Egyptian
authorities released senior Muslim Brotherhood member Mahmoud Ezzat
after holding him without trial for more than three months. 8 other
jailed members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood also were ordered
2005 Aug 28, India’s PM
Manmohan Singh, the first Indian premier to visit Afghanistan in
nearly 3 decades, pledged with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to
battle terrorism amid rising violence in the war-battered country.
2005 Aug 28, In Afghanistan
suspected Taliban rebels killed a candidate running in next month's
2005 Aug 28, Militants attacked
a joint patrol by Afghan and U.S.-led coalition forces near Kabul,
and an ensuing firefight left one suspected rebel dead and two
2005 Aug 28, The French civil
aviation authority made public for the 1st time a list on its
Internet site of airlines banned to land due to safety reasons. They
included: Air Koryo of North Korea; Air St. Thomas of the U.S.
Virgin Islands; International Air Services of Liberia; Thailand's
Phuket Airlines; and Linhas Aereas de Mocambique and Transairways,
both from Mozambique.
2005 Aug 28, Aasiya Andrabi,
Indian Kashmir's leading female separatist, formed a squad to raid
brothels and appealed to people for help in reporting cases of
2005 Aug 28, Iran rejected what
it termed conditional negotiations with Europe over Tehran's nuclear
program and said it wanted instead to have talks with the UN's
international nuclear watchdog agency.
2005 Aug 28, Iraqi negotiators
finished the country's new constitution without the endorsement of
Sunni Arabs who helped prepare it, dealing a blow to the Bush
administration and setting the stage for a bitter campaign leading
up to an October referendum.
2005 Aug 28, A Reuters
television sound technician was killed and a cameraman was injured
while trying to cover a Baghdad gunbattle involving insurgents and
US troops. Police said the men were fired on by American forces. In
2008 a Pentagon report concluded that the death of the Reuters
journalist was justified.
(AP, 8/28/05)(WSJ, 6/18/08, p.A1)
2005 Aug 28, In Israel Omri
Sharon, the oldest son of PM Ariel Sharon, was indicted on
corruption charges in connection with 1999 fund-raising activities
for one of his father's election campaigns.
2005 Aug 28, In Israel a
suicide bomber blew himself up outside the central bus station in
Beersheba during morning rush hour, critically wounding two security
2005 Aug 28, In the Philippines
a bomb stashed in a pack of clothes exploded on a ferry in Basilan
as it was loading passengers, injuring at least 30 people, including
2005 Aug 28, A Jewish student
was attacked by 7 young men near the Central Synagogue School in
Kiev, where he studied. He remained in a coma after 2 days and
Ukraine's Pres. Yushchenko condemned the brutal beating and ordered
senior officials to take personal control of the case.
2006 Aug 28, Prosecutors in
Colorado abruptly dropped their case against John Mark Karr in the
slaying of JonBenet Ramsey, saying DNA tests failed to put him at
the crime scene despite his repeated insistence he'd killed the
6-year-old beauty queen.
2006 Aug 28, Rice farmers in
Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi and Texas
sued BayerCrop Science alleging that its genetically modified rice
has contaminated the nation’s crop. Japan had suspended imports of
US long-grain rice a week earlier. On Jul 31 US authorities learned
that Bayer’s unapproved rice had been found in commercial bins in
Arkansas and Missouri.
(SFC, 8/29/06, p.E1)
2006 Aug 28, Columbus, Ga.,
beat Kawaguchi City, Japan, 2-1 to win the Little League World
Series championship game.
2006 Aug 28, In southeastern
Kentucky a small plane from Wichita Fall, Texas, crashed and all 7
people aboard were killed.
(SFC, 8/29/06, p.A3)
2006 Aug 28, Five people were
killed and dozens injured after a Montreal-bound Greyhound bus from
New York City overturned on a highway in upstate New York.
2006 Aug 28, Ed Benedict (94),
legendary animator, died in Auburn, Ca. He put life, love and
laughter in TV cartoon characters like Fred Flintstone (1960),
Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear.
(AP, 10/10/06)(SFC, 10/13/06, p.B9)
2006 Aug 28, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded market in Lashkar Gah,
Helmand province, killing 21 people and wounding 43. US-led
coalition troops killed 18 suspected insurgents when about 60
militants attacked with heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled
grenades in Cahar Cineh district of the southern Uruzgan province.
(AP, 8/28/06)(AP, 8/29/06)
2006 Aug 28, Don Chipp (81), an
Australian politician famed for his pledge to "keep the bastards
honest," died after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
2006 Aug 28, In Chile Paul
Schaefer (84), former leader of Colonia Dignidad, or Dignity Colony,
was sentenced to 7 years in prison for arms found at the secretive
enclave near Parral, 200 miles south of Santiago.
2006 Aug 28, Tropical Storm
Ernesto hit Cuba west of the US naval air base at Guantanamo after
killing 2 people in Haiti.
(AP, 8/28/06)(AP, 8/29/06)
2006 Aug 28, Ene Ergma (62), a
Soviet-trained astronomer, failed to win enough votes in parliament
to become Estonia's next president, forcing a new vote on a second
2006 Aug 28, Gunmen opened fire
with assault rifles in a Guatemala pool hall, killing eight people
including a 17-year-old boy. The attack occurred in the poor
Guatemala City suburb of Ciudad Quetzal.
2006 Aug 28, Guyana held
elections. Critics accused Guyana's government of turning a blind
eye to the cocaine flowing Guyana to the US and Europe. President
Bharrat Jagdeo's party appeared headed to victory in Guyana's
election, according to vote results.
(AP, 8/28/06)(AP, 8/30/06)
2006 Aug 28, In India officials
said monsoon rains and flooding have killed at least 130 people in
the western state of Rajasthan, with huge swathes of desert
2006 Aug 28, In Iraq a suicide
car bombing in Baghdad killed 16 people. Clashes in Diwaniyah
between Shiite militia and Iraqi security forces left 73 people
dead. A US service member died of wounds sustained in a vehicle
accident in Balad north of Baghdad.
(AP, 8/28/06)(AP, 8/29/06)
2006 Aug 28, In Ireland the
government and directors of the state-owned airline announced that
Aer Lingus Group PLC expects to raise more than $500 million by
selling stock for the first time in a public offering next month.
2006 Aug 28, An Israeli
airstrike on central Gaza killed 4 Palestinian militants.
2006 Aug 28, Italy approved
2,500 troops in a boost to an expanded international force in
2006 Aug 28, US Sen. Barack
Obama urged Kenyans to take control of their country's destiny by
opposing corruption and ethnic divisions in government during a
policy speech at the main university in his father's homeland.
2006 Aug 28, Mexico’s top
electoral court announced that a partial recount found no widespread
evidence of fraud.
(SFC, 8/29/06, p.A1)
2006 Aug 28, In the Netherlands
prosecutors at the International Criminal Court filed their first
indictment, charging Thomas Lubanga, a former Congolese warlord, for
allegedly abducting and recruiting children as young as 10 to fight
in Congo's brutal civil war.
2006 Aug 28, In Quetta,
Pakistan, mobs burned shops, banks and buses in a second day of
rioting over the killing of a top tribal chief by Pakistani troops,
raising fears that a decades-old conflict in the country's volatile
southwest could widen.
2006 Aug 28, Palestinian
municipal workers responsible for garbage collection, water
treatment, and sewage processing went on strike in Gaza City and two
other southern towns.
2006 Aug 28, In Sri Lanka at
least 31 people were killed and another 105 wounded as security
forces moved to push back rebel artillery threatening a strategic
2006 Aug 28, In South Africa
Adriaan Vlok, whose ministry helped suppress anti-apartheid
protests, last weekend visited the offices of the Rev. Frank
Chikane, a top presidential aide, to apologize. Vlok brought his
Bible and washed Chikane's feet in an attempt to atone for the sins
of the white racist regime that ruled the country until 1994.
2006 Aug 28, In Turkey a bomb
in the resort city of Antalya killed 3 people and injured 18. A
group calling itself the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons claimed
(AP, 8/28/06)(Econ, 9/2/06, p.6)
2007 Aug 28, The US Census
Bureau released its latest report on income, poverty and health
insurance in the US. It noted a continuing increase in the number
and proportion of Americans who lacked health insurance.
(Econ, 9/1/07, p.24)
2007 Aug 28, A day after
reports surfaced of his June arrest at the Minneapolis airport, Sen.
Larry Craig, R-Idaho, told a news conference the only thing he had
done wrong was to plead guilty after a police complaint of lewd
conduct in a men's room; Craig also declared, "I am not gay. I never
have been gay."
2007 Aug 28, A military court
at Fort Meade, Md., acquitted Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan of
failing to control US soldiers who abused detainees at Abu Ghraib
prison in Iraq, but found him guilty of disobeying an order not to
discuss the investigation. However, that conviction was later thrown
2007 Aug 28, EarthLink, the
Atlanta-based Internet provider, announced that it no longer
believed that providing citywide Wi-Fi for San Francisco was viable
for the company. Chicago abandoned plans for a city-wide Wi-Fi
network to access the Internet as EarthLink underwent restructuring.
2007 Aug 28, Burning Man became
Burnt Man four days early, and a San Francisco performance artist
was arrested on suspicion of igniting the signature figure of the
counterculture festival in the remote Nevada desert.
2007 Aug 28, In North Carolina
Dwayne Allen Dail (39), a man who remained in prison for 18 years
after being wrongly convicted of a 1987 child rape, was released
after new DNA testing cleared him of the crime. In October of 2007
he received a pardon from Gov. Mike Easley based on his innocence.
Dail also received some compensation from the state; he was eligible
for $20,000 per year of incarceration.
2007 Aug 28, The annual Small
Arms Survey said there are nine guns for every 10 people in the
United States, with about 270 million firearms in circulation.
Worldwide, civilians now have access to 650 million small arms, from
handguns to semiautomatic rifles, an arsenal that far outstrips what
is held by police and militaries.
2007 Aug 28, Arthur Jones (80),
inventor of the Nautilus exercise equipment (1970), died. In 1986 he
agreed to sell the business to Travis Ward of Texas for $23 million.
(SFC, 8/29/07, p.B7)(WSJ, 9/1/07, p.A4)
2007 Aug 28, Paul MacCready
(b.1925), designer of the Gossamer Albatross, died in California.
His bicycle powered plane crossed the English Channel in 1979. He
founded AeroVironment in 1971 to monitor air pollution.
(www.sas.org/maccready.htm)(Econ, 9/8/07, p.88)
2007 Aug 28, Miyoshi Umeki
(b.1929), Japanese-born actress, died in Licking, Mo. She was the
first Asian performer to win an Oscar, which she and Red Buttons
received for their supporting roles in the 1957 film “Sayonara."
(SFC, 9/12/07, p.A17)
2007 Aug 28, The Taliban agreed
to free 19 South Korean church volunteers held hostage since July
after the government in Seoul pledged to end all missionary work and
keep a promise to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by the end of
the year. In eastern Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked NATO
troops helping build a bridge, killing three soldiers. Afghan and
US-led coalition forces killed more than 100 suspected Taliban
insurgents in southern Afghanistan. The clash left one Afghan
(AP, 8/28/07)(AP, 8/29/07)
2007 Aug 28, In Azerbaijan a
16-story high-rise under construction in Baku collapsed killing at
least 12 people and leaving others trapped in the rubble. The head
of the construction company and another company executive were
arrested. They began construction of the building in 2002 without
(SFC, 8/29/07, p.A3)(AP, 8/31/07)
2007 Aug 28, Brazil's Supreme
Court charged one of the president's closest confidants with
conspiracy in a corruption scandal that has toppled much of his
inner circle. Analysts said Jose Dirceu, one of 40 people indicted,
would rather spend years in prison than go down swinging against
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. This was the first time ever that
Brazil’s highest court has brought criminal charges against
(AP, 8/28/07)(Econ, 9/1/07, p.32)
2007 Aug 28, Africa's Great
Lakes nations (Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and
Uganda) vowed to eliminate rebel groups roaming their territory and
spurring insecurity in the continent's most volatile region.
2007 Aug 28, Ethiopia justified
its decision to expel Norwegian diplomats arguing that Oslo was
interfering in its internal affairs and destabilizing the Horn of
2007 Aug 28, Foreign
firefighters and aircraft joined in battling wildfires that have
destroyed some of Greece's lushest landscape. The death toll from 5
days of blazes rose to at least 64.
2007 Aug 28, Police ordered a
curfew in the Shiite city of Karbala and ordered more than one
million pilgrims to leave after two days of violence. A city council
member in Karbala reported 38 dead and 231 injured in fighting when
gunmen believed from the Mahdi Army began firing on security forces
and Badr guards. 2 days of bloody clashes in Karbala claimed at
least 52 lives.
(AP, 8/28/07)(AP, 8/29/07)
2007 Aug 28, Israeli PM Ehud
Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tackled the major
issues dividing the two sides at their meeting: final borders,
Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees.
2007 Aug 28, In Kenya a crash
in the Kisii area killed 22 people when the bus they were traveling
in rammed a truck head-on.
2007 Aug 28, Las Vegas Sands
opened its $2.4 billion Venetian Macao, the world's largest
casino-resort, as part of Macau's heady transformation from gambling
haven to Asia's top entertainment draw.
(WSJ, 6/13/07, p.B1)(AFP, 8/28/07)(Econ, 9/1/07,
2007 Aug 28, Pro-democracy
supporters expanded their protests against Myanmar's military,
marching through the streets of the port town of Sittwe while
attempting to rally in the main city Yangon.
2007 Aug 28, Jose Maria Sison
(68), a Philippine communist leader, accused of commanding a rebel
uprising from exile for more than 20 years was arrested by Dutch
police in Utrecht on suspicion of ordering the murder of two former
allies in his home country. He was accused of ordering the killings
in 2003 and 2004 of Romulo Kintanar and Arturo Tabara, who were
gunned down in the Philippines.
2007 Aug 28, A Pakistani
cabinet minister and a ruling party MP said they had resigned to
protest President Pervez Musharraf's plan to remain army chief.
Pro-Taliban militants released 19 Pakistani soldiers who were
abducted earlier this month in the rugged tribal belt bordering
2007 Aug 28, Journalists and
diplomats said Saudi Arabia has banned the influential Arab
newspaper Al Hayat from distribution in the kingdom, just days after
it reported a Saudi man had served as a key figure for an al-Qaida
front group in Iraq.
2007 Aug 28, Organizers in
Scotland said the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world's biggest
arts festival, this year broke its attendance record by selling 1.7
2007 Aug 28, Turkey’s Foreign
Minister Abdullah Gul (56), a devout Muslim with a background in
political Islam, won the presidency, in a major triumph for the
Islamic-rooted government after months of confrontation with the
2008 Aug 28, In Denver Sen.
Barack Obama addressed the Democratic National Convention and
accepted the nomination for president of the US.
2008 Aug 28, The US-backed
coalition said a four-day battle that began with an ambush on a
joint US-Afghan patrol in southern Afghanistan has killed more than
100 militants. A dozen militants were killed in a gunbattle with
coalition forces in Paktika province.
(AP, 8/28/08)(AP, 8/29/08)
2008 Aug 28, An Argentine court
convicted two former generals for the murder of a senator during the
country's seven-year military dictatorship and sentenced them to
life in prison. Retired Gens. Antonio Bussi and Luciano Menendez
were found guilty of kidnapping, torturing and murdering Sen.
Guillermo Vargas Aignasse, who disappeared March 24, 1976, the day
of a military coup.
2008 Aug 28, Brazilian
authorities said more than 200 oil-slicked penguins had washed up
dead over the last 4 days on the beaches of Florianopolis, a popular
Brazilian island resort, and that they are searching for a cause.
2008 Aug 28, Grant Wilkinson
(34) was jailed for life for running Britain’s biggest-ever gun
factory which converted dozens of replica submachine guns into
deadly weapons used in nine gangland murders. He legally bought 90
replica Mac-10s in 2004, saying they were for use on the set of the
James Bond film "Casino Royale" and paying 55,000 pounds in cash.
2008 Aug 28, State media
reported that Chinese government auditors have uncovered the misuse
of millions of dollars in disaster assistance as part of an
embezzlement probe spanning 10 central government departments.
2008 Aug 28, Government forces
fought Tutsi rebels in the fiercest clashes for months in eastern
Congo, threatening a struggling peace process.
2008 Aug 28, It was reported
that Cuba had notified at least 2 foreign governments that it could
not meet debt payments.
(WSJ, 8/28/08, p.A8)
2008 Aug 28, In Greenland local
police said dozens of massacred narwhals, an Arctic whale with a
single long tusk, have been discovered on the east coast in what
could be a case of poaching. A scientific expedition from New
Zealand discovered the carcasses as they sailed along the coastline
about two weeks ago.
2008 Aug 28, In India Hindu
mobs ransacked a church and clashed with Christian villagers in
eastern Orissa state. Hindu mobs had already destroyed over a dozen
churches following the murder of a Hindu leader in Kahdhamal.
(WSJ, 8/29/08, p.A10)
2008 Aug 28, Shiite cleric
Muqtada al-Sadr released a statement saying his largely disbanded
Mahdi Army militia would extend its cease-fire "until further
notice." An American soldier died of wounds he received after coming
under fire while patrolling northern Baghdad a day earlier.
2008 Aug 28, In Indian Kashmir
Government forces ended a hostage crisis in the mainly Hindu city of
Jammu when they killed the last of three rebels believed to have
seized eight people. 2 hostages died in the gunbattle.
2008 Aug 28, Iran’s Junior
trade minister Mohammadali Zeyghami said Iran is ready to share its
nuclear technology with Nigeria to help the energy-starved west
African powerhouse boost electricity generation.
2008 Aug 28, Tropical Storm
Gustav bore down on Jamaica after leaving 67 people dead on
Hispaniola, including 59 in Haiti and 8 in the Dominican Republic.
(SFC, 8/29/08, p.A2)
2008 Aug 28, In Lebanon
attackers opened fire on a military helicopter, killing a Lebanese
army officer and forcing the craft to make an emergency landing. The
next day Hezbollah handed over a man suspected of firing on the
(AP, 8/28/08)(AP, 8/29/08)
2008 Aug 28, Libya announced an
amnesty for more than 3,000 prisoners, including Europeans and
Africans, to mark the 39th anniversary of Moamer Kadhafi's rule.
2008 Aug 28, Mexico's Supreme
Court upheld the capital's abortion law, setting a precedent for the
rest of the country that could inspire other Latin American cities.
Twelve decapitated bodies bearing signs of torture were found in
eastern Mexico and authorities were still looking for the heads. 11
of the bodies were found in a suburb of Merida, a 12th in Buctzotz,
70 km to the northeast.
2008 Aug 28, In Nigeria Rashid
Ladoja, ex-governor of Oyo state (2000-2007), was arrested for
embezzling some 16 million dollars (11 million euros).
2008 Aug 28, A bomb near the
city of Bannu blew a bus carrying Pakistani police and government
workers off a high bridge, killing at least 11, as fighting between
security forces and extremists flared across the country's
(AP, 8/28/08)(WSJ, 8/29/08, p.A10)
2008 Aug 28, A Russian military
spokesman said Russia successfully tested a long-range Topol
missile, designed to avoid detection by anti-missile defense
systems, from its Plesetsk launch site. The RS-12M Topol, called the
SS-25 Sickle by NATO, has a maximum range of 10,000 km (6,125 miles)
and can carry one 550-kiloton warhead.
2008 Aug 28, Russian forces
turned over 12 Georgian soldiers on the border of Abkhazia.
Georgia's foreign minister said ethnic Georgians were being cleared
from their homes in South Ossetia. A joint declaration from the
Shanghai Cooperation Organization denounced the use of force and
called for respect for every country's territorial integrity.
Mikhail Mindzayev, the interior minister of South Ossetia, said an
unmanned Georgian spy plane was shot down over South Ossetia by
2008 Aug 28, Russia’s PM
Vladimir Putin said 19 US poultry producers will be barred from
exporting their products to Russia. He said the unnamed American
producers had ignored warnings from Russian inspectors who examined
poultry companies last year and that another 29 producers would
2009 Aug 28, The space shuttle
Discovery with 7 astronauts blasted off from Cape Canaveral just
before midnight to bring supplies to the int’l. space station.
(SFC, 8/29/09, p.A4)
2009 Aug 28, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and
Monterey counties due to wild fires.
(SSFC, 8/30/09, p.A10)
2009 Aug 28, Afghan Taliban
insurgents ambushed a police convoy, killing three policemen and
wounding about 30 others near Ghazni. In northern Afghanistan
foreign troops attacked a militant commander in Kunduz province,
killing him and his six men. A female militant who engaged troops
with an assault rifle and with ammunition packed to her chest was
among the dead. In eastern Afghanistan an American service member
died in a bomb blast that also wounded Cami McCormick, a CBS Radio
News correspondent. This made August the deadliest month of the
eight-year war for US forces.
(AP, 8/28/09)(AP, 8/29/09)
2009 Aug 28, PM Gordon Brown
said Britain will commit 665 million pounds ($1.08 billion) in aid
to help Pakistan stabilize its violent border areas and tackle the
underlying causes of extremism.
2009 Aug 28, In Cameroon a
petroleum-loaded cargo train collided with another train in the
southwest of the capital Yaounde. 2 firefighters were killed when 4
petroleum tankers exploded.
2009 Aug 28, Two Chechen
militants blew themselves up to escape capture, wounding three
policemen and three civilians in the process.
2009 Aug 28, In China 15 miners
died after inhaling poisonous gas at the Jicai Graphite Mine near
Chenzhou City in central Hunan province.
2009 Aug 28, Dagestan police
killed three militants who had opened fire on a police post in
Makhachkala, the capital. A policeman was shot dead in a separate
attack in the capital.
2009 Aug 28, Denmark announced
the 5 winners of its biennial Index design awards. The winners
included: Kiva.org, of the SF Bay Area for bringing money and
intellectual capital to the working poor; Better Place, of the SF
Bay Area for a clean energy system for all-electric cars; the
Freeplay fetal heart rate monitor; Philip Design for its India-team
designed safe kitchen stove for one-room homes; and Rotterdam-based
Pig 05049 for its list of 185 good and bad products made from a
(SFC, 8/29/09, p.E1)
2009 Aug 28, Iceland's
parliament approved a controversial deal to pay back billions of
euros (dollars) lost by British and Dutch savers in the collapse of
the online Icesave bank. The deal provided for the payment of 3.8
billion euros by 2023 to the British and Dutch governments for the
compensation they forked out to disgruntled savers.
2009 Aug 28, It was reported
that dozens of impoverished Indian farmers in southern Andhra
Pradesh state have killed themselves in recent weeks due to debt and
(SFC, 8/28/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 28, India's first moon
mission, launched amid much fanfare in 2008, came to an abrupt end
after the country's lunar craft lost contact with its controllers.
The satellite was launched on October 22 and then fired a
TV-set-sized probe painted in the green, white and orange colors of
the Indian flag which landed on the moon on November 14.
2009 Aug 28, In Indonesia the
overcrowded ferry Sari Mulia capsized in the Negara River in the
South Kalimantan province, leaving at least 19 people dead and 15
(AP, 8/29/09)(AP, 8/30/09)
2009 Aug 28, Iran’s President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the leaders of the opposition to be
prosecuted over the postelection turmoil, stepping up pressure
against the pro-reform movement that says he won the election by
fraud. Ahmadinejad also admitted for the first time that some
detained protesters were abused in custody but also denied any
government involvement, claiming instead that it was the work of
Iran's enemies and the opposition.
2009 Aug 28, In Iraq two
American soldiers died following an attack on a patrol in eastern
2009 Aug 28, In Mexico a convoy
of gunmen engaged state police in a running shootout that killed
five officers and possibly one of the attackers in the western
Mexico state of Jalisco. Americo Delgado (80), a lawyer for
convicted Mexican drug kingpin Benjamin Arellano Felix, was found
stabbed to death in his home. Felix was in prison serving a
22-year-sentence on drug trafficking and organized crime charges and
was fighting extradition to the United States.
(AP, 8/28/09)(AP, 8/29/09)
2009 Aug 28, In Mozambique
talks aimed at determining who should lead Madagascar in a new
interim government ended in failure with the ousted president and
the man who replaced him in a military coup both claiming the right
to do so. The parties set a deadline of Sept. 4 to arrive at a
2009 Aug 28, A Pakistani court
ordered the government to lift any remaining restrictions on Abdul
Qadeer Khan, a scientist alleged to have spread nuclear technology
to Iran, North Korea and Libya. Mehdi-Muhammed Ghezali, a Swedish
national and former Guantanamo detainee, was arrested on the
outskirts of Dera Ghazi Khan in southern Pakistani town along with a
group of foreigners, including 7 Turks and 3 other Swedes, who
lacked proper immigration stamps. They were allegedly trying to join
al-Qaida in the lawless tribal areas.
2009 Aug 28, In Pakistan
helicopter gunships destroyed a training camp for suicide bombers in
the Swat Valley, killing six Taliban fighters, as scattered violence
killed 12 others in the region recently retaken by the army. 12
suspected foreign militants were arrested in Dera Ghazi Khan on the
edge of the South Waziristan tribal area, after they allegedly
sneaked into the country from Iran.
2009 Aug 28, Mehdi-Muhammed
Ghezali, a Swedish national and former Guantanamo detainee, was
arrested on the outskirts of Dera Ghazi Khan in southern Pakistani
town along with a group of foreigners, including 7 Turks and 3 other
Swedes, who lacked proper immigration stamps. They were allegedly
trying to join al-Qaida in the lawless tribal areas.
2009 Aug 28, In southern Sudan
the Lou-Nuer tribe attacked a village of the Dinka tribe in Twic
East County, leaving 46 people dead and 15 in critical condition.
The attackers wore new military uniforms and were using new machine
guns, but did not provide their identity.
(Reuters, 8/29/09)(AP, 9/1/09)
2009 Aug 28, In Thailand former
journalist Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul was sentenced to 18 years in
prison for insulting King Bhumibol Adulyadej during a speech in
(SFC, 8/29/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 28, NATO’s Sec. Gen.
Fogh Rasmussen ended a 2-day visit to Turkey where he got a
commitment for more Turkish troops to work on reconstruction
projects in Afghanistan.
2009 Aug 28, The United Arab
Emirates confirmed that it has seized a cargo ship earlier this
month bound for Iran with a cache of banned arms from North Korea.
Diplomats identified the vessel as a Bahamas-flagged cargo vessel,
the ANL Australia, carrying rocket-propelled grenades and other
2009 Aug 28, In Zimbabwe South
Africa’s President Jacob Zuma met with President Robert Mugabe and
other leaders and appeared cautiously optimistic that their
differences within the coalition government could be resolved.
2010 Aug 28, From the steps of
the Lincoln Memorial conservative commentator Glenn Beck and tea
party champion Sarah Palin appealed to a vast, predominantly white
crowd on the National Mall to help restore traditional American
values and honor Martin Luther King's message.
2010 Aug 28, In Arizona Brian
Diez (26) shot 5 people including the mother of his 2 children and
her boyfriend before fleeing with the children to southern
California. Diez shot and killed himself the next day. 5 people died
in the shootings at Lake Havasu.
(SFC, 8/30/10, p.A5)
2010 Aug 28, In California a
drug task force found 47,800 marijuana plants hidden in an 8-acre
cornfield in Atwater. 2 men were arrested.
(SFC, 8/30/10, p.A5)
2010 Aug 28, Afghanistan's
presidential office condemned US media reports that Afghan
government officials have received payments from the CIA in return
for information. In eastern Afghanistan about 30 Taliban militants,
at least some dressed in US military uniforms, were killed after
launching pre-dawn attacks at NATO Forward Operating Base Salerno
and nearby Camp Chapman. 2 Afghan soldiers were killed and 3 wounded
in the fighting. In the southern provinces of Nimroz and Zabul, a
total of seven Taliban were killed in fighting. Unidentified gunmen
killed a candidate for Afghanistan's parliamentary elections in the
west of the country, the fourth candidate to be killed ahead of the
September 18 poll. NATO said one of its patrols mistakenly fired on
a vehicle carrying private security contractors in Wardak province
west of Kabul, killing two men. 48 schoolgirls, boys, and teachers
were hospitalized in the second case this week of suspected
poisoning caused by an unidentified chemical substance. 2 US
soldiers were killed in a bomb attack in the south and 3 more in
fighting in the east. in Herat, male parliamentary candidate Abdul
Manan was shot and killed on his way to a mosque by an assassin
traveling on the back of a motorcycle. Up to 15 insurgents were
killed in joint Afghan-NATO operations in Paktiya province,
including a Taliban commander, Naman, accused of coordinating
roadside bomb attacks and the movement of ammunition, supplies and
fighters. ISAF said 8 civilians were killed in a wave of attacks
including a suicide bombing. 3 Oxfam workers were killed when their
vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb suspected to have been set by
(AP, 8/28/10)(AFP, 8/28/10)(Reuters, 8/28/10)(AP,
8/29/10)(AFP, 8/29/10)(AP, 9/1/10)
2010 Aug 28, Algerian forces
killed 8 al-Qaida insurgents during clashes in the Berrekmouche
valley, a mountainous area considered a bastion for the terror
network's North African branch. One soldier was killed. Helicopter
bombardments continued into the next day.
2010 Aug 28, In Bolivia a
touring French couple Fanny Blancho (23) and her partner Jeremy
Bellanger (25) were last seen in the small city of Guayaramerin on
the border with Brazil.
2010 Aug 28, In Britain 13 men
were arrested in the ethnically-mixed city of Bradford as a
far-right, anti-Islamist group clashed with anti-fascist
demonstrators in the streets.
2010 Aug 28, An Egyptian
security official said police in the Sinai desert have discovered
two large caches of weapons that were to be smuggled to Gaza. The
find included anti-aircraft weaponry.
2010 Aug 28, In northern Greece
break-ins over the last 24 hours at two fur farms near the city of
Kastoria set more than 50,000 minks on the loose. The cost to the
farm owners could pass euro1 million ($1.27 million).
2010 Aug 28, Indian officials
said at least 215 people, mostly children, have died in an outbreak
of Japanese encephalitis in an impoverished region of northern
Indian and that the death toll is likely to soar.
2010 Aug 28, In Iran three
people died in the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that shook the country's
remote northeast. Forty others were injured.
2010 Aug 28, Saul de la Rosa
(27), a US resident, was abducted along with two other people when
he crossed into Ciudad Juarez. All three bodies were found Sept. 2.
Documents found on De la Rosa indicated he was a US resident.
2010 Aug 28, North Korean
dictator Kim Jong Il apparently headed home after a secretive and
surprise trip that reportedly included a meeting with China's top
leader to appeal for diplomatic and financial support for a
succession plan involving his youngest son.
2010 Aug 28, In Pakistan
floodwaters made another break in the levees protecting the southern
Pakistani city of Thatta. Over 175,000 residents fled for high
ground and left the city nearly empty.
2010 Aug 28, Sweden's financial
supervisory authority said has revoked the license of investment
bank HQ Bank AB, saying it breached Swedish legislation and
demonstrated serious deficiencies in its trading operations.
2010 Aug 28, In Switzerland
former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld hit out against the "corrupt"
US judiciary which sent him to jail even though he was the
whistleblower who led to the US tax fraud case against the bank.
“Why am I the only one in prison when I had revealed everything?"
Birkenfeld's revelations about the bank had led to US tax
authorities' offensive against UBS in 2008. In a prosecution through
US courts, the bank was forced to hand over 300 client names and pay
a 780-million-dollar fine.
2010 Aug 28, Vietnam's
president ordered 17,210 prisoners freed as part of the country's
annual National Day amnesty.
2010 Aug 28, In Yemen 9
soldiers and a civilian were killed in an attack by suspected
Al-Qaeda militants on an army post in the town of Jaar in southern
Abyan province. The interior ministry called for tighter security at
intelligence headquarters throughout the country and said it had put
security units on alert.
(AFP, 8/28/10)(AFP, 8/29/10)
2011 Aug 28, Seawater surged
into the streets of Manhattan as Tropical Storm Irene slammed into
New York, downgraded from a hurricane but still unleashing furious
wind and rain. The flooding threatened Wall Street and the heart of
the global financial network. At least 16 people were reported
killed in 6 states: 5 in North Carolina, 4 in Virginia, 3 in New
Jersey, 2 in Florida and one each in Maryland and Connecticut.
(AP, 8/28/11)(SFC, 8/29/11, p.A10)
2011 Aug 28, In Pennsylvania
Leonard John Egland (37) of Fort Lee, Va., an Army officer suspected
of killing four people in Pennsylvania and Virginia, was found dead
in Bucks County. He had fired a semiautomatic rifle at SWAT team
members who discovered his truck and found him before dawn in a
trash bin. Officers earlier in the day had found the bodies of
Egland's ex-wife, her boyfriend and his child. His former
mother-in-law, Barbara Reuhl (66) of Buckingham, was believed to
have been killed the previous night.
2011 Aug 28, In southern
Afghanistan 4 Taliban suicide attackers struck at a US-led NATO
reconstruction team in Qalat, Zabul province. One suicide attacker
was arrested with a rocket launcher and AK-47, another suicide
attacker was arrested wounded, a third one ran away. A government
health worker and his driver were killed in a roadside bomb blast in
the north. Two NATO service members were killed, one in an insurgent
attack and the other in a bomb blast.
(AFP, 8/28/11)(AP, 8/28/11)
2011 Aug 28, British Police
arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder of two
Metropolitan Police officers during the height of the London riots
earlier in August.
2011 Aug 28, Indian
anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare (74) ended his 13-day hunger
strike triggering wild celebrations among supporters after
parliament agreed to consider his demands.
2011 Aug 28, In Iraq a pair of
bombs killed 2 people and wounded 5 in Shiite Muslim areas of
Baghdad. A suicide bomber killed 29 people at Baghdad's largest
Sunni mosque. He had disguised himself as an injured beggar and
attended prayers there for nearly a week.
(AP, 8/28/11)(AP, 8/29/11)
2011 Aug 28, Nechirvan Barzani,
deputy chief of the most powerful political party in Iraq's
autonomous Kurdish region, called on separatist groups in the area
to lay down their arms in an interview published.
2011 Aug 28, Libyan rebels
rejected an offer by Moammar Gadhafi to negotiate and said they have
captured the eastern town of Bin Jawwad, forcing regime loyalists to
flee after days of fighting. A reporter found some 50 charred
corpses in a makeshift lockup near a military base that had been run
by the Khamis Brigade, an elite unit commanded by Gadhafi's son,
2011 Aug 28, Mexican police
excavated a corn field at the Almoloya de Juarez farming town not
far from the capital and discover the decomposed bodies of five
people. In Acapulco police found the decapitated body of a
25-year-old woman in the trunk of a sedan parked outside a home.
Elsewhere in Acapulco three men were shot dead in two separate
incidents and their bodies left in public view in residential
2011 Aug 28, In Nepal senior
Maoist party leader Baburam Bhattarai was elected as prime minister
in the latest attempt to form a stable government after extended
2011 Aug 28, In northeast
Nigeria gunmen stormed the home of Lawan Yaraye, chairman of Kukawa
district in Borno state, and shot him dead.
2011 Aug 28, In Nigeria heavy
rains that caused a dam to overflow in the southwest and led to
houses being submerged killing 102 people and displaced thousands.
Most of the victims were children who drowned in the city of Ibadan.
(AP, 8/28/11)(AP, 8/29/11)(AFP, 8/31/11)
2011 Aug 28, In southwestern
Pakistan Gunmen ambushed a passenger train, killing three people and
wounding 16 others in Mach, Baluchistan province.
2011 Aug 28, In Rwanda the
publisher of the fortnightly Ishema, Fidele Gakire, decided in
consultation with his editorial committee, to suspend publication of
the newspaper for one month, declaring that he is subject to serious
threats over an article about Pres. Paul Kagame.
2011 Aug 28, Syrian authorities
pursuing a crackdown against Pres. Assad's critics banned three
prominent opposition figures from leaving the country, and security
forces killed two people and arrested several others in northern
Khan Sheikon village. Snipers shot dead one man in the Damascus
suburb of Saqba overnight after troops deployed in the restive area.
Assad endorsed a new media law that would restrict government
censorship of local and foreign publications and end government
control over the media.
2011 Aug 28, Security sources
said hundreds of armed Tuaregs from Mali and Niger who fought for
toppled Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi have started to return to their
2012 Aug 28, US Republicans
emphatically approved a toughly worded party platform at their
national convention that would ban all abortions and gay marriages,
reshape Medicare into a voucher-like program and cut taxes to
energize the economy and create jobs.
2012 Aug 28, Shulamith
Firestone (b.1945), author of “The Dialectic of Sex: The Case For
Feminist Revolution" (1970), was found dead at her Manhattan
(SFC, 9/4/12, p.C4)
2012 Aug 28, Afghan authorities
said a "massive" suicide truck bombing in Kandahar city killed four
civilians and wounded the provincial police chief overnight.
2012 Aug 28, Belgium's highest
court granted conditional early release to a convent to Michelle
Martin, the accomplice and former wife of pedophile and child killer
Marc Dutroux, even though she let two of his victims starve to
2012 Aug 28, In Brazil
construction of the $11 billion Belo Monte hydroelectric dam resumed
hours after the country’s Supreme Court ordered work to resume.
(SFC, 8/29/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 28, In Dagestan Said
Afandi (75) a powerful leader of a Sufi Muslim brotherhood was
killed along with six other people, including an 11-year-old boy and
a woman, in the central village of Chirkei after a bomber disguised
as a pilgrim approached him in his house. Police the next day said
that the bomber was Aminat Kurbanova, a 30-year-old resident of
2012 Aug 28, Egyptian Deputy
Foreign Minister Ramzi Ezzeldin Ramzi formally gave Iran the
rotating presidency of the 120-nation Non-Aligned Movement. Iran is
currently hosting the weeklong gathering of the 51-year-old group,
which ends Aug 31.
2012 Aug 28, French sources
said prosecutors have opened a murder enquiry into Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat's 2004 death near Paris following claims he may
have died of polonium poisoning.
2012 Aug 28, Nine Israeli
teenagers, eight of them minors, were charged with taking part in an
Aug 17 violent hate attack on Palestinian Jamal Julani (17) from
east Jerusalem that left him in critical condition.
2012 Aug 28, The
government-linked Japan Bank for International Cooperation said it
would purchase a 26% stake in the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor
Development Corp. (DMIC).
2012 Aug 28, In Kenya angry
youths threw a grenade at a police truck, killing a prison officer
and injuring 16 officers as riots rocked the port city of Mombasa
for a 2nd day after the killing of a radical Islamist cleric. Two
more officers died of their wounds the next day.
(AFP, 8/28/12)(AP, 8/29/12)
2012 Aug 28, The Namibian Press
Agency reported the discovery of large deposits of iron ore that are
the first found in the mineral-rich southwest African country.
2012 Aug 28, Nigeria's Finance
Ministry said Nigeria will launch a $1 billion sovereign wealth fund
in the coming months to invest some of the nation's oil revenue.
2012 Aug 28, Nigerian soldiers
shot dead a man in Maiduguri who was pushing a wheelbarrow that
contained explosives. A witness said stray bullets from the shootout
wounded a woman and killed a baby strapped to her back.
2012 Aug 28, A Pakistani army
operation began to repel Taliban militants who had crossed over from
Kunar province in Afghanistan on Aug 24 and occupied the village of
Batwar in the Bajaur tribal district. 15 troops went missing in the
fight. A Taliban later in the week displayed the heads of 12
2012 Aug 28, Russian opposition
leader Boris Nemtsov said President Vladimir Putin is spending
billions of taxpayers' rubles on 20 luxurious residences, 43 jets
and four yachts. In a report titled “The Life of a Galley Slave,"
Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister, estimated that the
maintenance of Putin's residences, jets and cars alone costs $2.5
billion a year.
2012 Aug 28, Russian opposition
activist Taisiya Osipova was sentenced to eight years in prison in a
review of her drug-related case —twice as long as prosecutors had
requested in a ruling that drew immediate opposition outrage. A
witness for the defense testified at her trial that he saw a police
officer put the drugs in Osipova's apartment. She and her supporters
have maintained that police planted four grams of heroin in her home
in 2010 in revenge for her refusal to testify against her husband,
Sergei Fomchenkov, also a senior figure in The Other Russia
2012 Aug 28, The Russian
presidential human rights council questioned the guilty verdict and
two-year prison sentences against three members of punk provocateurs
Pussy Riot. The council said in a statement that "criminal law was
used to deal with actions which entail administrative liability
only" in the case.
2012 Aug 28, Typhoon Bolaven
pounded South Korea with strong winds and heavy rain as it churned
up rough seas that smashed two Chinese fishing ships into rocks,
killing at least five fishermen and forcing the coast guard to
perform a daring rescue for the survivors. At least 9 other people
were killed and 10 were missing as the typhoon knocked out power to
hundreds of thousands.
(AP, 8/28/12)(AFP, 8/28/12)(SFC, 8/29/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 28, In Spain the
regional government of Catalonia said it needed a $6.3 billion
(Economist, 9/1/12, p.54)
2012 Aug 28, Syria's army
pounded parts of the eastern belt of Damascus. At least 10 people
were killed in the northwestern town of Kafr Nabal in Idlib
province. 7 men were reported killed by government troops in the
central province of Hama. A car bomb rocked the funeral of two
government loyalists in a Damascus suburb killing 27 people. The
number of deaths from a 5-day onslaught in Daraya was raised to 340.
According to the Observatory violence today cost 189 lives: 143
civilians, 14 rebels and 32 soldiers.
(AFP, 8/28/12)(AFP, 8/29/12)
2012 Aug 28, Pirates attacked a
Greek oil tanker off the coast of Togo, taking control of its bridge
and kidnapping 24 Russian sailors before escaping amid an exchange
of gunfire with a naval patrol boat.
(AP, 8/28/12)(SFC, 8/29/12, p.A2)
2013 Aug 28, In northern
California the Rim Fire expanded to 300 square miles as fire crews
increased containment to just over 23%.
(SFC, 8/29/13, p.A12)
2013 Aug 28, Steve Bateman, the
mayor of Homestead, Fl., was arrested on corruption charges. He was
secretly being paid $125/hour as a consultant by a health care
company seeking city and county approval for a sewer connection so
it could build a local clinic.
(SFC, 8/29/13, p.A8)
2013 Aug 28, In Afghanistan
Taliban fighters launched a failed attack against a base that hosts
troops from America and Poland. 7 people were reported killed in the
attack in Ghazni city. A suicide attack against a coalition convoy
and a separate rocket attack against tankers carrying fuel for NATO
killed a total of 10 civilians and wounded 25 in Helmand and Farah
provinces. Taliban insurgents staged an evening mountain pass ambush
on a police convoy patrolling a key highway, killing 15 officers and
wounding 10 in Farah province.
(Reuters, 8/28/13)(AP, 8/29/13)
2013 Aug 28, In Bosnia 32
people were indicted for a string of murders and bank robberies in
what prosecutors hailed as one of the biggest crackdowns on
organized crime since the 1992-95 war. Bosnia's war crimes court
sentenced Goran Sari, a former Bosnian Serb police chief, to 14
years in prison for his role in the killing of Muslim civilians
during the 1992-1995 siege of Sarajevo.
(Reuters, 8/28/13)(AFP, 8/28/13)
2013 Aug 28, In China Li Tianyi
(17), the teenage son of a prominent Chinese general, denied the
charge of gang rape, inflaming public anger in a case that has
stirred resentment against the offspring of the political elite who
are widely seen as spoiled. In 2011 he drove a BMW into another car
in Beijing, beat up the couple inside the vehicle and then scoffed
at bystanders about calling the police. Tianyi was one of five
accused of assaulting a woman in a Beijing hotel in February. On Sep
26 a court sentenced Tianyi to 10 years in prison for his role in
the rape. Two juvenile accomplices, who pleaded guilty, were given
suspended sentences and released.
(Reuters, 8/28/13)(Econ, 10/26/13, p.53)
2013 Aug 28, In China Hong
Xiaorou (4) was killed in Fujian province when a bulldozer hit her
despite her grandmother screaming for the vehicle to stop as her
family resisted a land grab. Authorities said Hong's death was an
accident and that they had detained those responsible.
2013 Aug 28, Egyptian security
officials said police have detained more than 60 supporters and
members of the Muslim Brotherhood over the past 24 hours, including
relatives of top leaders.
2013 Aug 28, In western India
at least 11 people were killed and several more feared trapped when
a 4-storey apartment block collapsed in Vadodara.
2013 Aug 28, In Iraq more than
a dozen bombings ripped through Shiite neighborhoods in and around
Baghdad, the bloodiest in a wave of attacks that killed at least 86
people across the country.
(AP, 8/28/13)(Reuters, 8/28/13)
2013 Aug 28, The 70th edition
of the Venice Film Festival opened with "Gravity," a 3-D
techno-drama set in outer space.
2013 Aug 28, UN officials said
flash floods and heavy monsoon rains have battered Laos, killing at
least 20 people, washing away roads and damaging crops.
2013 Aug 28, Mexican police
detained Mario Nunez Meza (39), a drug cartel operator in Ciudad
Juarez. He was suspected of being responsible for the killing of
more than 350 people found in 23 clandestine graves.
2013 Aug 28, In Mexico a woman
approached a bus driver in Ciudad Juarez, took out a pistol, shot
him in the head and got off. The next day, apparently the same woman
did exactly the same thing to another driver on the same route. The
woman was thought to be seeking revenge for purported sexual abuse
of female passengers.
2013 Aug 28, Niger media and
the UN said severe flooding since the start of August has killed at
least 20 people and left around 48,000 homeless.
2013 Aug 28, A Nigerian court
granted a request for one of its citizens, Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi
(32), to be extradited to the United States to face charges of
assisting the Yemeni branch of al Qaeda.
2013 Aug 28, In the Philippines
Janet Napoles, a businesswoman who allegedly connived with
legislators to embezzle 10 billion pesos ($230 million) in funds
intended for development projects, surrendered directly to President
Benigno Aquino and asked for the president's protection.
2013 Aug 28, Russian police
said they have raided an exhibition and confiscated a painting that
portrayed President Vladimir Putin and PM Dmitry Medvedev lounging
together in women's lingerie. Artist Konstantin Altunin left Russia
in fear of being arrested after the show's closure.
2013 Aug 28, Saudi health
authorities said another Saudi man has died of the coronavirus MERS,
bringing the kingdom's death toll from the SARS-like virus to 42,
adding a new case was registered.
2013 Aug 28, Somalia's central
government agreed to recognize a former Islamist commander as the
interim leader of the southern Juba region, in a deal that could
help end months of clan fighting that has killed dozens of
2013 Aug 28, In South Korea
agents from the National Intelligence Service raided the homes and
offices of an opposition lawmaker and other members of a far-left
opposition. 3 people were detained on charges of plotting to
overthrow the government.
(SFC, 8/29/13, p.A5)
2013 Aug 28, In Spain some
20,000 revelers pelted each other with 130 tons (286 pounds) of
squashed tomatoes in a rain-drenched annual Spanish food fight known
as the Tomatina, but this year they had to pay to join the fun.
2013 Aug 28, A Togo government
statement said PM Kwesi Seleagodji Ahoomey-Zunu and his government
have resigned their posts a month after parliamentary polls that saw
the ruling party win a two-thirds majority.
2013 Aug 28, The latest UN IAEA
report said Iran has installed about 1,000 advanced uranium
enrichment centrifuges and is set to test them.
2013 Aug 28, UN chemical
weapons experts headed to a Damascus suburb for a new tour of areas
struck by a purported poison gas attack.
2014 Aug 28, In Nevada a woman
(29) died after falling under a large vehicle at the Burning Man
2014 Aug 28, Australia and
Indonesia signed a new security agreement to mend a relationship
badly damaged by allegations last year that Australia was listening
to the telephone conversations of Pres. Susilo Bambang.
2014 Aug 28, Brazilian
prosecutors in Para state said they have dismantled the country’s
largest deforestation gang and that eight suspected members have
been taken into custody for environmental damages estimated at $222
(SFC, 8/29/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 28, Alice Gross (14)
was last seen in the Ealing and Hanwell area of west London. Her
body was found in the River Brent on Sep 30. Arnis Zalkalns (41) of
Latvia, a suspect in her disappearance, was last sighted on Sep 3.
His body was found in Boston Manor Park on Oct 4.
(AP, 9/22/14)(AP, 10/5/14)
2014 Aug 28, In Ghana Ebola-hit
nations met for crisis talks in Accra as the death toll topped 1,500
and the WHO warned that the number of cases could exceed 20,000
before the outbreak is stemmed.
2014 Aug 28, In Guatemala a
community of 230 Orthodox Jews from several countries began leaving
the Indian village of San Juan La Laguna on the shores of Lake
Atitlan, where they have lived for six years, after claims and
counterclaims of discrimination and threats.
2014 Aug 28, In Guinea riots
broke out in the remote southeastern city of Nzerekore over rumors
that health workers had infected people with Ebola.
2014 Aug 28, In Hong Kong
anti-corruption officers in Hong Kong raided the home of Jimmy Lai,
a media magnate and outspoken critic of Beijing who has supported
pro-democracy activists through his publications.
2014 Aug 28, India’s PM
Narendra Modi launched a campaign for the state-owned banks to open
millions of accounts for poor citizens off the financial grid and
vulnerable to black market money lenders.
(SFC, 8/29/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 28, In northern Iraq
retreating jihadists set three wells ablaze at the Ain Zalah oil
field as they battled Kurdish forces who launched a major attack
nearby. Iraqi security forces backed by volunteer militiamen retook
several villages located on the way to the town of Amerli.
2014 Aug 28, In the
Israeli-occupied Golan Heights a group of 44 UN peacekeepers from
Fiji were detained by militants fighting the Syrian army in the
vicinity of Al Qunaytirah. 81 troops from the Philippines had their
(Reuters, 8/28/14)(SFC, 8/30/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 28, Lebanese troops
clashed with gunmen in Arsal, a mainly Sunni Muslim area near the
Syrian border where there was deadly fighting with rebels from over
the frontier in early August.
2014 Aug 28, The US Embassy in
Myanmar said that two 150 megawatt solar energy plants in the
Mandalay region could account for 10 percent to 12 percent of
Myanmar's power generation when completed in 2016 after ACO
Investment Group and Myanmar’s Ministry of Energy inked a $480
million deal to build two solar energy plants.
2014 Aug 28, In Nicaragua two
miners escaped a cave-in at an unlicensed gold mine in Bonanza. 20
miners were brought out the next day and rescuers dug away to free
five more still trapped.
(SSFC, 8/31/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 28, Pakistani police
registered allegations of abetting murder against PM Nawaz Sharif
and his brother over the June killing of 14 supporters of cleric
Tahir-ul-Qadri who is currently leading thousands of anti-government
demonstrators in Islamabad. The case was filed by cleric
2014 Aug 28, Pakistan’s Dawn
newspaper reported that unidentified militants have stormed the ARY
new agency in Quetta gunning down the bureau chief, a reporter and
(SSFC, 8/31/14, p.A4)
2014 Aug 28, In central Russia
several dozen women gathered outside a military base in Kostroma to
demand that commanders come clean about the whereabouts of their
husbands after reports of secret funerals for soldiers covertly sent
2014 Aug 28, South Africa's
Supreme Court of Appeals ordered the release of taped phone
conversations about corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma,
a move that could resurrect a case that has dogged the leader since
before he took office.
2014 Aug 28, In Serbia a
gendarmerie unit officer was killed on the tense border with Kosovo.
Police described the shooting as a "terrorist attack" by Kosovo
Albanians who were allegedly cutting wood illegally in a forest on
the Serbian side of the boundary.
2014 Aug 28, Somalia took its
maritime border dispute with Kenya to the United Nations' top court,
which could decide the fate of potentially lucrative oil and gas
reserves off east Africa.
2014 Aug 28, Syrian regime air
strikes killed six IS leaders. The Islamic State said it has
executed more than 160 Syrian soldiers in three different places in
Raqa province yesterday and at dawn today.
2014 Aug 28, Turkey's new Pres.
Recep Erdogan took the oath of office. New PM Ahmet Davutoglu
reappointed all key ministers who served under Erdogan, setting a
course of continuity for the new government.
(AP, 8/29/14)(SFC, 8/29/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 28, Ukrainian
President Petro Poroshenko said that Russian forces had entered his
country and the military conflict was worsening after Russian-backed
separatists swept into a key town in the east. NATO said well over
1,000 Russian troops are now operating inside Ukraine. 15 civilians
were reported killed in shelling in Donetsk.