Today in History - August 28

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29/30AD    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.
    (MC, 8/28/01)

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.
    (www.connect.net/ron/august.html)(SSFC, 12/21/03, 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]
    (MC, 8/28/01)

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.
    (AP, 8/28/97)

1640        Aug 28, The Indian War in New England ended with the surrender of the Indians.
    (HTNet, 8/28/99)

1645        Aug 28, Hugo Grotius, Dutch jurist and politician, died. In 1917 Hamilton Vreeland authored “Hugo Grotius: The Father of Modern Science and International Law."
    (RTH, 8/28/99)(ON, 10/04, p.4)

1646        Aug 28, Fulvio Testi (53), Italian poet (Poesie liriche), died.
    (MC, 8/28/01)

1655        Aug 28, New Amsterdam & Peter Stuyvesant barred Jews from military service.
    (MC, 8/28/01)

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]
    (HN, 8/28/98)

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, p.A16)(HN, 8/28/98)

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 in 1975.
    (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.
    (MC, 8/28/01)

1818        Aug 28, Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, trader, founder of Chicago, died.
    (MC, 8/28/01)

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, 8/28/00)

1830        Aug 28, “Tom Thumb," the 1st locomotive in US, ran from Baltimore to Ellicotts Mill.
    (MC, 8/28/01)

1833        Aug 28, Edward Burne-Jones, British painter, was born.
    (RTH, 8/28/99)

1837        Aug 28, Pharmacists John Lea & William Perrins began to manufacture Worcester Sauce. [see 1834]
    (MC, 8/28/01)

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).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_American)

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.
    (RTH, 8/28/99)
1850        Aug 28, The English Channel telegraph cable was laid between Dover and Cap Gris Nez.
    (HTnet, 8/28/99)

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, p.D8)

1861        Aug 28, The Battle of Fort Hatteras, NC.
    (MC, 8/28/01)

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 heavy casualties.
    (HN, 8/28/98)
1862        Aug 28, The Battle of Thoroughfare Gap, VA.
    (MC, 8/28/01)

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.
    (RTH, 8/28/99)

1882        Aug 28, Belle Benchley, the first female zoo director in the world, who directed the Zoological Gardens of San Diego, was born.
    (HN, 8/28/98)

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 crash.
    (SFC, 6/5/98, p.A23)(SFCM, 2/6/05, p.3)(GenIV, Winter 04/05)

1884        Aug 28, The 1st known photograph of a tornado was made near Howard, South Dakota.
    (MC, 8/28/02)

1894        Aug 28, Karl Boehm, Austrian conductor, was born. Famed for his interpretations of Wagner and Beethoven.
    (RTH, 8/28/99)

1896        Aug 28, Liam O’Flaherty, Irish novelist, was born.
    (RTH, 8/28/99)

1897        Aug 28, Charles Boyer (d.1978), French actor of film and stage, was born. Films included "Algiers,'' “Fanny," and "Gaslight.''
    (RTH, 8/28/99)

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 Enchantment."
    (HN, 8/28/98)

1906        Aug 28, John Betjeman, poet laureate of England (Mt Zion), was born.
    (MC, 8/28/01)

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).
    (SFC, 7/22/99, p.B1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Parcel_Service)

1908        Aug 28, Roger Tory Peterson, author, was born in Jamestown, NY. His work included the innovative bird book “A Field Guide to Birds."
    (HN, 8/28/00)

1909        Aug 28, American Glenn Curtiss won the James Gordon Bennett Cup at the first major international air show held in Rheims France.
    (www.centennialofflight.gov/essay/Wright_Bros/Patent_Battles/WR12.htm)

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.
    (MC, 8/28/01)

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 33 killed.
    (HN, 8/28/98)(RTH, 8/28/99)
1914        Aug 28, Anatoli Liadov (59), composer, died.
    (MC, 8/28/01)

1916        Aug 28, C. Wright Mills (d.1962), sociologist, writer (The Power Elite), was born in Waco, Texas.
    (Google)
1916        Aug 28, Germany declared war on Romania.
    (MC, 8/28/01)
1916        Aug 28, Italy's declaration of war against Germany took effect during World War I.
    (AP, 8/28/97)

1917        Aug 28, Jack Kirby, cartoonist (X-Men, Spiderman, Hulk, Capt America), was born.
    (MC, 8/28/01)
1917        Aug 28, 10 suffragists were arrested as they picketed the White House.
    (AP, 8/28/97)

1919        Aug 28, Godfrey Hounsfield, British inventor of the EMI-scanner, was born.
    (RTH, 8/28/99)

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.
    (AP, 8/28/97)

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 Budapest, Hungary.
    (MC, 8/28/01)

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'' and "Husbands.''
    (RTH, 8/28/99)

1931        Aug 28, John Shirley-Quirk, baritone (Death in Venice), was born in Liverpool, England.
    (MC, 8/28/01)
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.
    (MC, 8/28/01)

1933        Aug 28, For the first time, a BBC-broadcasted appeal was used by the police in tracking down a wanted man.
    (HTnet, 8/28/99)

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.
    (HN, 8/28/00)
1938        Aug 28, Mauthausen concentration camp began operating in Austria.
    (MC, 8/28/01)

1941        Aug 28, Paul Peter Plishka, bass (Met Opera), was born in Old Forge, Penn.
    (MC, 8/28/01)
1941        Aug 28, The German U-boat U-570 was captured by the British and renamed Graph.
    (HN, 8/28/98)

1943        Aug 28, Denmark declared a universal strike against Nazi occupiers.
    (MC, 8/28/01)
1943        Aug 28, Mussolini was transferred from La Maddalena Sardinia to Gran Sasso.
    (MC, 8/28/01)

1944        Aug 28, German forces in Toulon and Marseilles, France, surrendered to the Allies.
    (HN, 8/28/98)
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.
    (AP, 11/4/06)(http://italy.indymedia.org/news/2006/11/1175818.php)

1945        Aug 28, US forces under General George Marshall landed in Japan. 
    (HTNet, 8/28/99)
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.
    (HN, 8/28/98)

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.
    (AP, 8/28/97)

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.
    (HN, 8/28/00)

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, p.A20)   

1957        Aug 28, Sen Thurmond began a 24-hr filibuster against civil rights bill.
    (MC, 8/28/01)

1958        Aug 28, Ernest Orlando Lawrence (b.1901), US physicist, Nobel Prize winner (1939), died.
    (RTH, 8/28/99)

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).
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raphael_Lemkin)

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 America."
    (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.
    (MC, 8/28/01)

1964        Aug 28, Race riots took place in Philadelphia.
    (MC, 8/28/01)

1965        Aug 28, The Viet Cong were routed in the Mekong Delta by U.S. forces, with more than 50 killed.
    (HN, 8/28/98)

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, p.86-88)(AP, 8/28/97)
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 National Convention.
    (SFC, 2/23/98, p.A5)(www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/abrahamribicoff1968dnc.htm)

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.
    (SFC, 9/27/07, p.A20)(www.religioustolerance.org/army_mary.htm)

1972        Aug 28, Prince William of Gloucester was killed in an air race near Wolverhampton in the west Midlands.
    (http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/28/newsid_2536000/2536275.stm)

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 p.5)(www.bookrags.com/biography/abbie-hoffman/)
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.
    (www.thehistorychannel.co.uk/site/this_day_in_history/this_day_August_28.php)
1973        Aug 28, More than 600 people died as an earthquake shook central Mexico.
    (AP, 8/28/08)

1977        Aug 28, Ralph Samuelson (b.1904), the acknowledged father of water skiing, died on Pine Island, Minnesota.
    (ON, 8/12, p.12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Samuelson)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Catton)
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).
    (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6524588)

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, p.37)(http://tinyurl.com/37ryof)
1979        Aug 28, Konstantin Simonov (b.1915), Russian war correspondent and poet, died in Moscow. His poems included “Wait For Me" (1942).
    (www.simonov.co.uk/biography.htm)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstantin_Simonov)

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.
    (AP, 8/28/97)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/01)

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.
    (www.historyforsale.com/html/prodetails.asp?source=froogle&documentid=266183)

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 sight.
    (www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3284684,00.html)(AP, 8/28/08)

1985        Aug 28, Ruth Gordon (88), American actress (Big Bus), died of a stroke in her sleep.
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0002106/)

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.
    (AP, 8/28/06)   

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.
    (AP, 8/28/97)
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 [33] 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 before meals.
    (HTnet, 8/28/99)

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 court appearance.
    (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 behavior.
    (http://tinyurl.com/bk4uq)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/01)

1992        Aug 28, The US government mounted two huge relief operations, rushing food and drinking water to hurricane-ravaged Florida.
    (AP, 8/28/97)
1992        Aug 28, US cargo planes landed in Somalia with tons of food for African famine victims.
    (AP, 8/28/97)

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.
    (AFP, 3/11/09)(AFP, 6/25/12)(http://tinyurl.com/6mx57rr)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/98)

1994        Aug 28, A Drug Enforcement Administration plane crashed in a remote area of Peru's cocaine-producing jungle, killing five U.S. agents.
    (AP, 8/28/99)

1995        Aug 28, Chase Manhattan and Chemical Banking announced a $10 billion deal to create the biggest bank in the nation.
    (AP, 8/28/00)
1995        Aug 28, California Governor Pete Wilson formally entered the GOP presidential race.
    (AP, 8/28/00)
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, 8/28/00)

1996        Aug 28, Democrats nominated President Clinton for a second term at their national convention in Chicago.
    (AP, 8/28/97)
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 venture.
    (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 cities failed.
    (SFC, 8/29/97, p.A1)(SFC, 9/3/97, p.C2)(AP, 8/28/98)
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 culture minister.
    (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 premier.
    (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.
    (AP, 8/28/99)
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% in 1991.
    (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.
    (AP, 8/28/00)
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 peace.
    (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 prison.
    (AP, 8/28/01)
2000        Aug 28, In the Philippines Abu Sayyaf guerrillas abducted Jeffrey Schilling (24), their first American hostage.
    (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.
    (AP, 8/28/02)
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 17.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 8/29/02)
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.
    (Reuters, 8/28/02)
2002        Aug 28, Nepal's government announced that it was lifting a state of emergency imposed in Nov, 2001.
    (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.
    (AP, 8/28/02)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/02)
2002        Aug 28, The United Nations confirmed that Uganda and Zimbabwe have begun their pledged troop withdrawals from Congo.
    (AP, 8/28/02)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/02)

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.
    (AP, 8/28/04)
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 prison.
    (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.
    (AP, 8/28/04)
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 commuters.
    (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 prosecuted.
    (Econ, 8/28/04, p.33)

2004        Aug 28, An explosion ripped through a school in southeastern Afghanistan, killing nine youngsters and one adult.
    (AP, 8/29/04)
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.
    (AP, 8/29/04)
2004        Aug 28, In Greece the US men's basketball team won the bronze, the 100th U.S. medal of the Athens Games.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/04)
2004        Aug 28, Five Hindu pilgrims were killed and 14 others injured in a stampede at a river bathing festival in southern India.
    (AP, 8/28/04)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/04)
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 term.
    (AP, 8/28/04)
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 injuring 30.
    (AP, 8/29/04)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/04)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/04)

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.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/06)
2005        Aug 28, In Afghanistan 6 rebels died in a clash with Afghan police.
    (AP, 8/29/05)
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.
    (AFP, 8/28/05)
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 freed.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
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.
    (AFP, 8/28/05)
2005        Aug 28, In Afghanistan suspected Taliban rebels killed a candidate running in next month's legislative elections.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
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 others wounded.
    (AP, 8/30/05)
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.
    (AP, 8/29/05)
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 adultery.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
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 guards.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
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 nine children.
    (AP, 8/28/05)
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.
    (AP, 8/30/05)

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.
    (AP, 8/28/07)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/07)
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.
    (Reuters, 8/29/06)
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.
    (AFP, 8/29/06)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/06)
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 candidate.
    (AP, 8/28/06)
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.
    (AP, 8/29/06)
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 underwater.
    (AP, 8/28/06)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/06)
2006        Aug 28, An Israeli airstrike on central Gaza killed 4 Palestinian militants.
    (AP, 8/28/06)
2006        Aug 28, Italy approved 2,500 troops in a boost to an expanded international force in Lebanon.
    (AP, 8/28/06)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/06)
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.
    (AP, 8/29/06)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/06)
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.
    (AP, 8/31/06)
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 port.
    (AP, 8/28/06)
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.
    (AP, 8/29/06)
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 responsibility.
    (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."
    (AP, 8/28/08)
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 out.
    (AP, 8/28/08)
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.
    (SFC, 8/30/07, p.A1)(www.fool.com/investing/general/2007/08/30/too-windy-for-wi-fi.aspx)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/07)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/07)(www.innocenceproject.org/Content/832.php)
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.
    (AP, 8/29/07)
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 soldier dead.
    (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 authorization.
    (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 politicians.
    (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.
    (AFP, 8/28/07)
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 Africa.
    (AFP, 8/28/07)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/07)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/07)
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.
    (AP, 8/31/07)
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, p.62)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/07)
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.
    (AP, 8/29/07)
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 Afghanistan.
    (AFP, 8/28/07)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/07)
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 million tickets.
    (AFP, 8/28/07)
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 secular establishment.
    (AP, 8/28/07)

2008        Aug 28, In Denver Sen. Barack Obama addressed the Democratic National Convention and accepted the nomination for president of the US.
    (AP, 8/28/08)
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.
    (AP, 8/29/08)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/08)
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.
    (AFP, 8/28/08)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/08)
2008        Aug 28, Government forces fought Tutsi rebels in the fiercest clashes for months in eastern Congo, threatening a struggling peace process.
    (Reuters, 8/28/08)
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.
    (AFP, 8/28/08)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/08)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/08)
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.
    (AFP, 8/29/08)
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 helicopter.
    (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.
    (AFP, 8/28/08)
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.
    (AFP, 8/29/08)
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).
    (AFP, 8/29/08)
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 northwest.
    (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.
    (AP, 8/28/08)
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 local forces.
    (AP, 8/28/08)
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 receive warnings.
    (AP, 8/29/08)

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.
    (AP, 8/28/09)
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.
    (AP, 8/30/09)
2009        Aug 28, Two Chechen militants blew themselves up to escape capture, wounding three policemen and three civilians in the process.
    (AP, 8/28/09)
2009        Aug 28, In China 15 miners died after inhaling poisonous gas at the Jicai Graphite Mine near Chenzhou City in central Hunan province.
    (AP, 8/29/09)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/09)
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 single pig.
    (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.
    (AFP, 8/28/09)
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 poor rainfall.
    (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.
    (AFP, 8/29/09)
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 others missing.
    (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.
    (AP, 8/28/09)
2009        Aug 28, In Iraq two American soldiers died following an attack on a patrol in eastern Baghdad.
    (AP, 8/28/09)
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 compromise.
    (AP, 8/28/09)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/09)
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.
    (AP, 8/29/09)
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.
    (AP, 9/14/09)
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 2008.
    (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.
    (Econ, 9/12/09, p.57)(www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=107181)
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 weapons.
    (AP, 8/29/09)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/09)

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.
    (AP, 8/28/10)
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 Taliban insurgents. 
    (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.
    (AP, 8/29/10)
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.
    (AP, 9/23/10)
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.
    (AFP, 8/28/10)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/10)
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).
    (AP, 8/30/10)
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.
    (AFP, 8/28/10)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/10)
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.
    (AP, 9/11/10)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/10)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/10)
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.
    (AFP, 8/29/10)
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.
    (AFP, 8/28/10)
2010        Aug 28, Vietnam's president ordered 17,210 prisoners freed as part of the country's annual National Day amnesty.
    (AP, 8/28/10)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/11)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/11)
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.
    (AFP, 8/28/11)
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.
    (AFP, 8/28/11)
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, Khamis.
    (AP, 8/28/11)
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 neighborhoods.
    (AP, 8/28/11)
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 political uncertainty.
    (AFP, 8/28/11)
2011        Aug 28, In northeast Nigeria gunmen stormed the home of Lawan Yaraye, chairman of Kukawa district in Borno state, and shot him dead.
    (AFP, 8/29/11)
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.
    (AFP, 8/28/11)
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.
    (AFP, 8/31/11)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/11)
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 home nations.
    (AFP, 8/28/11)

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.
    (AP, 8/29/12)
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 apartment.
    (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.
    (AFP, 8/28/12)
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 death.
    (AP, 8/28/12)
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 Makhachkala.
    (AP, 8/29/12)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/12)
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.
    (AFP, 8/29/12)
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.
    (AFP, 8/28/12)
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).
    (AFP, 8/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/12)
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 soldiers.
    (AP, 8/31/12)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/12)
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 opposition movement.
    (AP, 8/28/12)
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.
    (AP, 8/29/12)
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 government rescue.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 8/29/13)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/13)
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.
    (AFP, 8/28/13)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/13)
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.
    (Reuters, 8/28/13)
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.
    (AFP, 8/29/13)
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.
    (AP, 9/3/13)
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.
    (AP, 8/29/13)
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.
    (Reuters, 8/28/13)
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.
    (AFP, 8/28/13)
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.
    (AFP, 8/28/13)
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.
    (AFP, 8/28/13)
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 civilians.
    (Reuters, 8/28/13)
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.
    (AFP, 8/28/13)
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.
    (AFP, 8/28/13)
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.
    (Reuters, 8/28/13)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/13)

2014        Aug 28, In Nevada a woman (29) died after falling under a large vehicle at the Burning Man counter-cultural festival.
    (AFP, 8/28/14)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/14)
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 million.
    (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.
    (AFP, 8/28/14)
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.
    (AFP, 8/28/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 8/29/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 8/28/14)
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.
    (AFP, 8/28/14)
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 movements restricted.
    (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.
    (AFP, 8/28/14)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/14)
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 Tahir-ul-Qadri's organization.
    (AP, 8/28/14)
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 an accountant.
    (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 to Ukraine.
    (AFP, 8/28/14)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/14)
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.
    (AP, 8/28/14)
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.
    (AFP, 8/29/14)
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.
    (AFP, 8/28/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 8/28/14)

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