70 Aug 29, The
Temple of Jerusalem burned after a nine-month Roman siege. The
Second Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed by Rome’s 10th Legion and
the Jews there were exiled. In the Jewish War the Israelites tried
unsuccessfully to revolt against Roman rule. The destruction buried
the shops that lined the main street. Archeologists in 1996 found
numerous artifacts that included bronze coins called prutot.
Carpenters from Israel’s Antiquities Authority used manuscripts of
the Roman master builder Vitruvius to reconstruct contraptions used
in the construction of the temple. In 2007 Martin Goodman authored
“Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations."
(SFC, 5/23/95, p.A-10)(SFC, 8/28/96, p.A10)(WSJ,
6/22/98, p.A20)(HN, 8/29/98)(SFEC, 3/28/99, p.T11)(Econ, 1/20/07,
284 Aug 29, Gen Gaius Aurelius
V Diocletianus Jovius (3) became emperor of Rome. Reign of
Diocletian (Era of Martyrs), began.
886 Aug 29, Basilius I, the
Macedonian, Byzantine emperor (867-886), died.
1178 Aug 29, Anti-Pope
Callistus III gave pope title to Alexander III.
1387 Aug 29, Henry V, king of
England (1413-22) / France (1416-19), was born. [see Aug 9]
1484 Aug 29, Cardinal Cibo was
crowned as Pope Innocent VIII.
1526 Aug 29, Ottoman Suleiman
the Magnificent crushed a Hungarian army under Lewis II at the
Battle of Mohacs.
1533 Aug 29, Francisco Pizarro
captured Cuzco and completed his conquest of Peru. He ordered the
imprisonment and murder of Atahualpa, the last ruler of the Inca
Empire. Atahualpa was executed by orders of Francisco Pizarro,
although the chief had already paid his ransom. Ruminahui
(Rumanahui), a general of Atahualpa, led 15,000 soldiers into the
mountains north of Quito, after Pizarro killed the Inca emperor
Atahualpa. His forces carried an estimated 70,000 man-loads of gold.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.14)(AP, 8/29/97) (SFEC, 7/5/98,
p.A10)(SFEC, 8/9/98, p.A15)(HN, 8/29/98)
1561 Aug 29, Bartholomeus
Pitiscus, German mathematician (Trigonometry), was born.
1632 Aug 29, English
philosopher John Locke was born in Somerset, England. The
philosopher of liberalism influenced the American founding fathers
and was famous for his treatise "An Essay Concerning Human
Understanding." It was he who stated that the child is born with a
tabula rasa, a blank state. On it, he said, experience wrote words,
and thus knowledge and understanding came about, through the
interplay of the senses and all that they perceived. "New opinions
are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason
but because they are not already common."
(V.D.-H.K.p.64,219)(AP, 8/4/97)(AP, 8/29/97)(HN,
1640 Aug 29, English King
Charles I signed a peace treaty with Scotland.
1655 Aug 29, Swedish king Karel
X Gustaaf occupied Warsaw.
1661 Aug 29, Louis Couperin
(b.1626), French composer, died.
1664 Aug 29, Adriaen
Pieck/Gerrit de Ferry patented a wooden firespout in Amsterdam.
1708 Aug 29, French Canadian
and Indian forces attacked the village of Haverhill, Mass., killing
1742 Aug 29, Edmond Hoyle
(1672-1769) published his "Short Treatise" on the card game whist.
1758 Aug 29, New Jersey
Legislature formed the 1st Indian reservation.
1769 Aug 29, Edmond Hoyle
(b.1672), English games expert, died.
1776 Aug 29, General George
Washington retreated during the night from Long Island to New York
1776 Aug 29, Americans withdrew
from Manhattan to Westchester.
1780 Aug 29,
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (d.1867), French painter, was born.
His work included the "Portrait of Monsieur de Norvins" and
(WUD, 1994, p.731)(WSJ, 7/1/96, p.A11)(MC,
1786 Aug 29, Shay’s Rebellion
began in Springfield, Mass. Daniel Shay led a rebellion in
Massachusetts to protest the seizure of property for the non-payment
of debt. Shay was a Revolutionary War veteran who led a short-lived
insurrection in western Massachusetts to protest a tax increase that
had to be paid in cash, a hardship for veteran farmers who relied on
barter and didn‘t own enough land to vote. The taxes were to pay off
the debts from the Revolutionary War, and those who couldn‘t pay
were evicted or sent to prison. [see Jan 25, 1787]
1792 Aug 29, The English
warship Royal George capsized in Spithead and 900 people were
1793 Aug 29, Slavery was
abolished in the French colony of Santo Domingo (Haiti).
(HN, 8/29/98)(MC, 8/29/01)
Aug 29, Pope Pius VI (b.1717) died in Valence, France.
1809 Aug 29, Oliver Wendell
Holmes, Sr., poet, essayist and father of Supreme Court Justice
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., was born.
1810 Aug 29, Juan Bautista
Alberdi (d.1884), Argentine politician, writer, was born.
1831 Aug 29, Michael Faraday,
British physicist, demonstrated the 1st electric transformer.
Faraday had discovered that a changing magnetic field produces an
electric current in a wire, a phenomenon known as electromagnetic
1842 Aug 29, Britain &
China signed the Treaty of Nanking ending the Opium war. This opened
the port of Shanghai to foreigners. The 1997 Chinese film "The Opium
War" was directed by Xie Jin. It was about the events leading up to
the Treaty of Nanking. The treaty of Nanking ceded Hong Kong Island
to Britain in perpetuity.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Nanjing)(SFC, 5/20/98, p.E3)
1854 Aug 29, Daniel Halladay
patented a self-governing windmill.
1862 Aug 29, Confederate spy
Belle Boyd was released from Old Capital Prison in Washington, DC.
1862 Aug 29, The US Bureau of
Engraving & Printing began operation.
1862 Aug 29, Union General John
Pope’s army was defeated by a smaller Confederate force at the
Second Battle of Bull Run.
1862 Aug 29, P.M.B. Maurice
Maeterlinck, Belgium, poet (Blue Bird, Nobel 1911), was born.
1869 Aug 29, John Wesley Powell
and his men successfully navigated the last rapid in the Grand
Canyon and reached the mouth of the Virgin River in Nevada.
(ON, 8/12, p.8)
1876 Aug 29, Charles F.
Kettering, inventor (automobile self-starter), was born in Ohio.
1877 Aug 29, Brigham Young
(76), the second president of the Mormon Church, died in Salt Lake
1879 Aug 29, Jeanne Jugan
(b.1792), a French nun, died. She had helped found the Little
Sisters of the Poor. In 2009 she was canonized as a saint of the
1882 Aug 29, Australia defeated
England in cricket for the first time. The following day an obituary
appeared in the Sporting Times addressed to the British team.
1883 Aug 29, Seismic sea waves,
created by Krakatoa eruption, created a rise in the English Channel
32 hrs after explosion.
1885 Aug 29, Gottlieb Daimler
received a German patent for a motorcycle.
1893 Aug 29, The “clasp
locker," a clumsy slide fastener and forerunner to the zipper was
first patented by Whitcomb L. Judson. He demonstrated it at the
World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. He invented an improved
C-Curity fastener in 1902.
(Wired, Dec., ‘95, p.138)(SFEC, 6/6/99, Z1
p.10)(ON, 7/04, p.3)
1896 Aug 29, The
Chinese-American dish chop suey was invented in New York City by the
chef to visiting Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-chang.
1898 Aug 29, Preston Sturges
(Edmund P Biden), American screenwriter, film director and
playwright, was born.
1904 Aug 29, Werner Forssman,
German urologist, was born. He was the first to catheterize his own
heart and won a Nobel prize in 1956.
1914 Aug 29, 4th day of
Tannenberg: Russian Narev-army panics, Gen Martos caught.
1915 Aug 29, Ingrid Bergman
(d.1982), Oscar winning actress famous for her role in "Casablanca"
and "Anastasia," was born in Stockholm, Sweden. "Happiness is good
health and a bad memory."
(HN, 8/29/98)(AP, 7/21/97)
1915 Aug 29, Syriac Catholic
bishop Flavien Michel Melki (b.1858) and his Chaldean counterpart,
Monsignor Philippe-Jacques Abraham, were murdered in Cizre by
Ottoman forces for refusing to renounce Christianity. In 2015 Melki
was officially recognized as a "martyr" of the Catholic church and
beatified by Pope Francis.
1916 Aug 29, Congress created
the US Naval reserve.
1916 Aug 29, The US Jones Law
(Act of Congress of August 29, 1916), also known as the Philippine
Autonomy Act of 1916, replaced the Philippine Organic Act of 1902
that earlier served as a constitution for the Philippine Islands.
Manuel Luis Quezon (1878-1944), Resident Commissioner to Washington,
D.C. since 1909, pushed the passage of the Jones Act.
1916 Aug 29, Gen Von Hindenburg
became German Chief of Staff.
1916 Aug 29, Transport ship
Hsin-Yu & cruiser Hai-Yung collided and 1000 people were killed.
1917 Aug 29, Canada’s PM Robert
Borden introduced the Military Service Act. The Act was passed:
allowing the government to conscript men across the country if the
PM felt that it was necessary.
1920 Aug 29, Charlie "Bird"
Parker, self-taught jazz saxophonist, pioneer of the new "cool"
movement, was born.
1923 Aug 29, Richard
Attenborough, actor, director (Gandhi, Young Winston), was born in
1923 Aug 29, Alexander
Zemlinsky (1871-1942, Vienna-born composer, completed his 45-minute
Lyric Symphony for Soprano, Baritone, and Orchestra, in Seven Songs
on Poems by Rabindranath Tagore, Opus 18.
1924 Aug 29, Dinah Washington
(d.1963), singer, was born as Ruth Jones in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She
was known in the 50s as "Queen of the Harlem Blues."
(HN, 8/29/00)(SSFC, 8/22/04, p.M1)
1927 Aug 29, Marion Williams,
gospel singer, was born.
1928 Aug 29, Thomas Stewart,
baritone (La Roche Capriccio), was born in San Saba, Texas.
1929 Aug 29, John Jacob Raskob
(1879-1950), former General Motors executive, announced the
construction of the world’s tallest building, the Empire State
(ON, 12/08, p.10)
1929 Aug 29, The Graf Zeppelin
returned to Lakehurst, New Jersey, after 21 days 4 hours, a new
(Hem., 2/96, p.43)(MC, 8/29/01)(ON, 1/03, p.10)
1936 Aug 29, John McCain, later
Arizona Senator and 2008 US presidential candidate, was born at the
Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone.
1938 Aug 29, Elliott Gould
(Goldstein) actor, was born. His films included Bob & Carol, Ted
& Alice, M*A*S*H, The Long Good-Bye, The Night They Raided
1939 Aug 29, William Friedkin,
director (Exorcist, Cruising, French Connection), was born in
1939 Aug 29, Chaim Weizmann
informed England that Palestine Jews would fight in WW II.
1941 Aug 29, Robin Leach, host
for Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, was born.
1941 Aug 29, Henri Louis (40),
French officer, resistance fighter, was executed.
1941 Aug 29, The German
Einsatzkommando in Russia killed 1,469 Jewish children.
1942 Aug 29, The American Red
Cross announced that Japan had refused to allow safe conduct for the
passage of ships with supplies for American prisoners of war.
1943 Aug 29, Responding to a
clampdown by Nazi occupiers, Denmark managed to scuttle most of its
1944 Aug 29, 15,000 American
troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris as the French
capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis.
1945 Aug 29, Gen MacArthur was
named the Supreme Commander of Allied Powers in Japan.
1945 Aug 29, U.S. airborne
troops landed in transport planes at Atsugi airfield, southwest of
Tokyo, beginning the occupation of Japan.
1945 Aug 29, British liberated
Hong Kong from Japan.
1946 Aug 29, J.E. Feenstra,
Nazi military police commandant, was executed.
Aug 29, The USSR successfully detonated its first atomic bomb at
Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan. It was a copy of the Fat Man bomb and
had a yield of 21 kilotons.
1952 Aug 29, In the largest
bombing raid of the Korean War, 1,403 planes of the Far East Air
Force bombed Pyongyang, North Korea.
1954 Aug 29, The SF
International Airport’s (SFO) Terminal 2 opened with a ceremony led
by Mayor Robinson. Mills Field became SF Airport.
(SFEC, 5/16/99, Z1 p.4)(SSFC, 8/22/04, p.F8)
1956 Aug 29, French government
sent troops to Cyprus near Suez crisis.
1957 Aug 29, Congress passed
the Civil Rights Act of 1957. South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond
(then a Democrat) ended a filibuster against a civil rights bill
after talking for 24 hours and 18 minutes. Arnold Aronson (d.1998 at
86) help to lobby for the bill.
(AP, 8/29/97)(SFC, 2/20/98, p.A23)(SSFC,
12/17/00, Par p.15)
1958 Aug 29, Michael Jackson
(d.2009), pop singer, entertainer, was born in Gary, Ind., the 7th
of nine children.
(SFC, 6/14/05, p.D6)(SFC, 6/26/09, p.A1)
1958 Aug 29, Air Force Academy,
established in 1954, opened its doors near Colorado Springs, Colo.
1958 Aug 29, Britain’s Notting
Hill Riots began when a gang of white youths attacked a Swedish
woman, Majbritt Morrison. The youths had seen her the previous night
arguing with her Jamaican husband Raymond at Latimer Road tube
station. This led to a series of violent demonstrations
against non-white West Indians in the ethnically diverse northwest
London neighborhood of Notting Hill. This event first drew public
attention to the growing problem of racial tension in Britain.
(Econ, 6/30/12, SR
1962 Aug 29, Rebecca DeMornay,
actress: Risky Business, The Three Musketeers, Guilty as Sin,
Backdraft, was born.
1962 Aug 29, A US U-2 flight
saw SAM launch pads in Cuba.
1964 Aug 29, "Funny Thing
Happened" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 965 performances.
1964 Aug 29, Walt Disney’s
"Mary Poppins" released.
1965 Aug 29, Gemini 5, carrying
astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles ("Pete") Conrad, splashed down
in the Atlantic after eight days in space.
1966 Aug 29, The Beatles
concluded their fourth American tour with their last public concert,
at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
1966 Aug 29, In Egypt Sayyid
Qutb (b.1906), intellectual godfather of radical Islam, was hanged
for treason under Pres. Nasser. Qutb had earlier written: "A Muslim
has no nationality except his belief." He denounced western hedonism
and the decadence of Muslim regimes. Qutb had spent some time in the
US (1948-1951) and authored the 1951 essay “The America I Have
Seen." While in prison (1954-1964) in Egypt, Qutb authored
“Milestones," to chart the course of his crushed movement. His
brother Muhammad went into exile in Saudi Arabia where he taught at
King Abdul Aziz Univ. Osama bin Laden was one of his students. In
2010 John Calvert authored “Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical
(WSJ, 3/22/04, p.A18)(Econ, 2/4/06, p.24)(Econ,
7/17/10, p.86)(Econ, 8/6/11, p.20)
1967 Aug 29, Charles Darrow
(b.1889), self-claimed inventor of Monopoly, died.
1968 Aug 29, Maine Sen. Edmund
Muskie was chosen to be the Democratic nominee for vice president at
the party's convention in Chicago.
1968 cAug 29, Senator Abraham
Ribicoff strongly criticized Chicago’s Mayor Daly for his strong-arm
tactics in controlling protestors at the Democratic National
(SFC, 2/23/98, p.A5)
1970 Aug 29, Ruben Salazar
(42), a Latino journalist for KMEX, was killed by a tear gas
canister fired by a sheriff’s deputy following an anti-war
demonstration in East Los Angeles. In 2008 a US postage stamp was
issued in his honor. On Feb 22, 2011, a report on the case found no
evidence supporting suspicions that Salazar was deliberately killed.
It stated that Salazar’s death was due to a series of tactical
blunders that would be unacceptable by today's law enforcement
(SFC, 4/21/08, p.A1)(AP, 2/22/11)
1971 Aug 29, Nathan Leopold
(b.1904), US kidnapper and murderer of Bobby Franks (1924), died in
1971 Aug 29, In SF 2 men burst
into the Ingleside Police Station and fired through a hole in a
bullet-proof glass window killing Sgt. John Young (45). A civilian
clerk was wounded. Black Panthers were suspected. 3 men were charged
in 1975 but charges were dismissed in 1976. In 2005 a SF judge
jailed 4 men for contempt after refusing to answer questions from a
grand jury. In 2007 police charged 9 former members of the Black
Liberation Army with waging a campaign of “chaos and terror" that
left at least 3 officers dead from 1968-1973. 8 of the men were
charged with murder in the Ingleside slaying. On June 29, 2009,
Herman Bell pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, as he
continued to serve a life sentence in New York for the murder of 2
police officers. On July 6 Anthony Bottom pleaded no contest to
conspiracy to commit voluntary manslaughter. Bottom was already
serving a sentence in NY for the murder of a 2 NYC police officers
in May 1971. Prosecutors dismissed charges against 4 other men. This
left just Francisco Torres to stand trial for Young’s murder.
(SFC, 9/1/05, p.B1)(SFC, 10/8/05, p.B2)(SFC,
1/26/07, p.A1)(SFC, 6/30/09, p.B1)(SFC, 7/7/09, p.C1)
1972 Aug 29, Rene Leibowitz
(b.1913), Warsaw-born French conductor and composer, died in Paris.
1973 Aug 29, Judge John Sirica
ordered President Nixon to turn over secret Watergate tapes. Nixon
refused and appealed the order.
1973 Aug 29, Michael Dunn
(b.1934), American dwarf actor, died in London.
1974 Aug 29, Moses Malone
became the first basketball player to go straight from high school
to the pros when he joined the Utah Stars.
(SFC, 7/7/96, Z1 p.5)
1975 Aug 29, Star in Cygnus
went nova becoming 4th brightest in sky.
1975 Aug 29, Eamon de Valera
(92), Irish president (1937-59), died near Dublin. De Valera was
born in NYC (1882) and emigrated to Ireland as a child and joined
the Easter Rebellion of 1916 against British rule. He was saved from
execution because of his American citizenship, and was released
under a general amnesty in 1917.
(AP, 8/29/97)(ON, 9/04, p.7)
1975 Aug 29, In Peru Gen.
Francisco Belaunde (b.1921) began serving as president. He continued
to July 28, 1980.
1981 Aug 29, Lowell Thomas
(89), broadcaster and world traveler died in Pawling, N.Y.
1982 Aug 29, Ingrid Bergman
(b.1915), Swedish film star, died in England. In 1997 Donald Spoto
wrote a biography of Ingrid Bergman: "Notorious, The Life of Ingrid
Bergman." Bergman’s own autobiography was titled "My Story."
(SFEC, 7/20/97, BR p.6)(SFC, 5/31/00,
1983 Aug 29, William Goyen
(b.1915), Texas-born novelist and playwright, died in Los Angeles.
His 1st novel was “House of Breath" (1950).
1985 Aug 29, Joann Hobson (16)
of Stockton, Ca., went missing. Her remains were found in 2012 in a
compacted well in Linden, Ca., and attributed to Speed Freak Killers
Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog.
(SFC, 3/31/12, p.C1)
1985 Aug 29, In Missouri the
St. Louis Union Station, purchased by a New York financier, reopened
as a Grand Hyatt hotel. The massive, Romanesque-style building,
designed by architect Theodore Link in 1894, was once the largest
and busiest railroad terminal in the world. In 1976, the Saint Louis
Union Station was designated a National Historic Landmark.
1986 Aug 29, The Beatles
performed their last public concert. The San Francisco event at
Candlestick Park drew some 24,000 people.
(SSFC, 8/28/11, DB p.42)
1987 Aug 29, Academy
Award-winning actor Lee Marvin died in Tucson, Ariz., at age 63.
1987 Aug 29, In South Korea 33
followers of a cult were found bound, gagged and murdered in a
factory in Yongin. Authorities said the tourist souvenir factory was
owned by Park Soon Ja (48), the cult leader who was called
"Benevolent Mother" by her followers.
(AP, 8/30/87)(Econ, 6/14/14, p.36)
1988 Aug 29, On the
presidential campaign trail, Democrat Michael Dukakis sought to
counter Republican George Bush's salvos against the Massachusetts
prison furlough program, while Bush continued to charge that Dukakis
was soft on defense.
1988 Aug 29, In NYC the Macy’s
Tap-o-Mania set a Guinness record.
1989 Aug 29, Seven bombs
believed set off by drug traffickers exploded in Medellin and
1990 Aug 29, A defiant Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein declared in a television interview that
America could not defeat Iraq, saying, "I do not beg before anyone."
1991 Aug 29, In a stunning blow
to the Soviet Communist Party, the Supreme Soviet legislature voted
to suspend the activities of the organization and freeze its bank
accounts because of the party's role in the failed coup.
1991 Aug 29, Libero Grassi,
Italian underwear manufacturer, anti mafia, was gunned down in
1992 Aug 29, About 13,000
people staged an anti-extremist rally in Rostock, Germany, even as
right-wingers continued attacks on immigrants.
(AP, 8/29/97)(HN, 8/29/98)
1992 Aug 29, The U.N. Security
Council agreed to send 3,000 more relief troops to Somalia to guard
1992 Aug 29, Mary Norton (88),
children’s book author (Borrowers), died in England.
1993 Aug 29, Negotiations
continued between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization,
with Israel reported on the verge of recognizing the PLO.
1993 Aug 29, In Rio’s Vigario
Geral favela 21 residents were massacred by police to avenge the
killing of 4 colleagues. 52 policemen were accused in the massacre
and in 1997 Paulo Roberto Alvarenga was the first to be tried. He
was sentenced to 450 years in prison but the law limited him to
serve no more than 30 years.
4/28/97, p.A12)(Econ, 4/9/05, p.31)
1994 Aug 29, At the end of a
weekend referendum, Bosnian Serbs overwhelmingly rejected what was
billed as a last-chance peace plan.
1995 Aug 29, At the O.J.
Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles, without the jury present, tape
recordings of police detective Mark Fuhrman were played in which
Fuhrman could be heard spouting racial invectives.
1995 Aug 29, In Tbilisi,
Georgia, the motorcade of Eduard Shevardnadze was attacked as he
left for the ceremonial signing of the new constitution.
(SFC, 2/10/98, p.A12)
1996 Aug 29, In a rousing
climax to the Democratic convention in Chicago, President Clinton
appealed for a second term, declaring, "Hope is back in America."
The convention also nominated Al Gore for a second term as vice
president. Earlier in the day, President Clinton's chief political
strategist, Dick Morris, resigned amid a scandal over his
relationship with a prostitute.
1996 Aug 29, Green Party
presidential candidate Ralph Nader chose Winona LaDuke as his
(SFC, 8/30/96, p.A3)
1996 Aug 29-1996 Aug 30, In SF,
Ca., dancers from the North Beach Lusty Lady Club voted on union
representation with the Service Employees International Union, Local
790. The vote passed 57 to 15. The contract was ratified Apr 10,
(SFC, 8/14/96, p.A15)(SFC, 8/31/96, p.A17)(SFC,
1996 Aug 29, Researchers
reported that gene therapy was used to halt the growth of some
cancer tumors. The therapy centered on the p53 gene, which regulates
the speed of cell division.
(SFC, 8/29/96, p.A1,15)
1996 Aug 29, Japanese
authorities arrested Dr. Takeshi Abe, a hemophilia expert, who
headed a government panel on AIDS in the 1980s when some 1,800
hemophiliacs were infected with AIDS after using blood-clotting
agents contaminated with the AIDS virus. He had failed to recommend
a heat treatment for the products more than 2 years after such
treatment was approved in the US.
(SFC, 8/30/96, p.A18)
1996 Aug 29, Yasser Arafat
called for a 4-hour general strike in Palestine in opposition to
Israeli political actions.
(SFC, 8/29/96, p.A1)
1996 Aug 29, A Russian Tupelov
154 plane with 141 passengers crashed on a desolate arctic island 6
miles from Spitsbergen where they were returning to jobs in a
Russian-run coal mine.
(SFC, 8/30/96, p.A14)
1997 Aug 29, In NYC some 7,000
protestors marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest police
brutality and the assault on Abner Louima.
(SFC, 8/30/97, p.A3)
1997 Aug 29, In Algeria some
300 villagers of Rais were slain by hooded men armed with axes in an
Algerian farm village in the worst carnage since an Islamic
insurgency began. In addition 20 young women were abducted.
(SFC, 8/30/97, p.A10)(AP, 8/29/98)
1997 Aug 29, In Britain the
government formally invited Sinn Fein, the political wing of the
IRA, to peace talks next month in Northern Ireland.
(SFC, 8/30/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 29, In Japan the
Supreme Court upheld the government’s right to control the nation’s
textbooks but not to tamper with the truth. Japan's Supreme Court
ruled that the country's Education Ministry broke the law by
removing mention of a Japanese World War II atrocity from historian
Saburo Ienaga's high school textbook. Novelist Ryotaro Shiba was
quoted: "A country whose textbooks lie... will inevitably collapse."
(SFC, 8/30/97, p.A12)(AP, 8/29/98)
1997 Aug 29, In Kenya thousands
fled from the Indian Ocean coast in fear of ethnic violence and
attacks from government security forces.
(SFC, 8/30/97, p.A12)
1998 Aug 29, Northwest Airlines
pilots went on strike after their union rejected a last-minute
1998 Aug 29, In England new
type of mosquito was reported to be breeding in the underground Tube
with a taste for the rats and mice that lived there.
(SFC, 8/28/98, p.A5)
1998 Aug 29, In Quito, Ecuador,
a Cuban plane with 90 people onboard crashed. 80 people were killed
including 5 children playing on the ground. At least 8 people
survived the crash of the Russian-made Tupelov-154.
(SFEC, 8/28/98, p.A15)(SFC, 8/31/98, p.A10)(AP,
1998 Aug 29, In Indonesia riots
quelled after thousands of fishermen burned at least 10 trawlers in
Cilacap. They complained of exploitation by ethnic Chinese where
they were paid about 18 cents per day. There were riots all week
across the country due to economic turmoil.
(SFEC, 8/28/98, p.A21)
1999 Aug 29, Hurricane "Dennis"
wallowed along the coast toward the Carolinas, prompting evacuation
orders for the fragile Outer Banks barrier islands.
1999 Aug 29, In Burundi Hutu
militiamen attacked 2 neighborhoods outside Bujumbura and killed at
least 26 civilians.
(SFC, 8/30/99, p.A14)
1999 Aug 29, In Macedonia a
NATO soldier from Norway was arrested for a car crash that killed a
Macedonian official, his wife and daughter.
(WSJ, 8/31/99, p.A1)
1999 Aug 29, In South Africa a
heavy storm in Cape Town left 4 people dead and some 5,000 homeless.
(SFC, 8/30/99, p.A14)
2000 Aug 29, President Clinton
ended a four-day trip to Africa with a brief visit to Cairo, where
he sought the help of President Hosni Mubarak on the Middle East
peace process, i.e. a deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
(SFC, 8/30/00, p.A12)(AP, 8/29/01)
2000 Aug 29, Montana Gov. Marc
Racicot asked Pres. Clinton to declare the state a federal disaster
area due to the wildfires.
(SFC, 8/30/00, p.A3)
2000 Aug 29, Pope John Paul II
laid down moral guidelines for medical research in the 21st century,
endorsing organ donation and adult stem cell study, but condemning
human cloning and embryo experiments.
2000 Aug 29, In Belgium the
government announced a package of tax reductions worth $2.9 billion.
(SFC, 9/1/00, p.D2)
2000 Aug 29, A videotape by
Pres. Clinton sought to calm fears over a $1.3 billion aid package
expected to escalate the guerrilla war in Colombia. Pres. Clinton
was scheduled to arrive the next day. Plan Colombia was America’s
3rd largest military aid package after Israel and Egypt.
(SFC, 8/30/00, p.A14)(SSFC, 11/11/07, p.M5)
2000 Aug 29, In France Interior
Minister Jean-Pierre Chevenement resigned over a proposed peace plan
for Corsica. The plan offered limited rights to pass laws beginning
in 2004 for the 250,000 inhabitants.
(SFC, 8/30/00, p.A12)
2000 Aug 29, In Libya 6 former
hostages held captive in the Philippines arrived to thank Moammar
Khadafy for his role in securing their release.
(SFC, 8/30/00, p.A12)
2000 Aug 29, In Spain Manuel
Indiano (29), a councilman in Zumarraga, was shot and killed outside
his candy store. The ETA was blamed.
(SFC, 8/30/00, p.B10)
2001 Aug 29, George Rivas, the
ringleader of the biggest prison breakout in Texas history, was
sentenced to death for killing an Irving, Tx., policeman, Aubrey
Hawkins, while on the run.
2001 Aug 29, In Algiers a bomb
exploded in the Casbah and 34 people were injured.
(SFC, 8/30/01, p.A12)
2001 Aug 29, Australian
commandos seized the Norway cargo ship carrying 438 rescued refugees
after the captain defied orders not to enter Australian waters.
(SFC, 8/30/01, p.A12)(AP, 9/1/01)
2001 Aug 29, In Colombia
Yolanda Paternina (50), a government prosecutor, was shot and killed
while returning home in Sincelejo. She had been investigating a
January paramilitary massacre and 2 of her colleagues were missing
(SSFC, 9/2/01, p.A20)
2001 Aug 29, Japan launched a
domestically developed rocket with hopes of developing its
commercial satellite industry.
(WSJ, 8/30/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 29, Four Palestinians
and 1 Israeli were killed in ongoing violence.
(SFC, 8/30/01, p.A8)
2001 Aug 29, In Spain a Binter
Mediterraneo CN-235 airplane crash-landed near Malaga’s airport and
at least 3 of 47 people aboard were killed.
(WSJ, 8/30/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 29, In Sudan the UN
reported that 3,480 child soldiers had been sent back to their
southern homes following 6 months of retraining. 4,000 more children
were expected to transition out of the Sudan People’s Liberation
Army over the next 18 months.
(SFC, 8/30/01, p.A12)
2002 Aug 29, The federal
government approved a plan to store Colorado River water under the
Mohave Desert and tap it for use by Southern California during times
(SFC, 8/30/02, p.A10)
2002 Aug 29, A judge in
Norwalk, Conn., sentenced Michael Skakel, a Kennedy cousin, to 20
years to life in prison for the 1975 murder with a golf club of
Connecticut neighbor Martha Moxley.
(WSJ, 8/30/02, p.A1)(AP, 8/29/03)
2002 Aug 29, Assailants entered
a home in Artemisa, a village in western Cuba and killed five
people, including four members of a family, apparently by cutting
2002 Aug 29, Indian soldiers
killed 5 guerrillas after they crossed into the India-controlled
portion of Kashmir.
(SFC, 8/30/02, p.A19)
2002 Aug 29, Israeli tank
shells slammed into a Bedouin encampment in Gaza, killing four
members of a Palestinian family and wounding four others.
2002 Aug 29, Hezbollah
guerrillas shelled Israeli positions in a disputed border area,
wounding 3 soldiers and drawing fire from Israeli warplanes and
2002 Aug 29, In western
Macedonia police killed two ethnic Albanians after gunmen abducted
at least five people from a bus, as tension soared. The 5 abducted
people were released after 2 days.
(AP, 8/30/02)(AP, 8/31/02)
2002 Aug 29, In Russia a small
plane disappeared in the Far East region of Khabarovsk. The plane
crashed into a cliff and 16 people were killed.
(AP, 8/29/02)(AP, 9/2/02)
2002 Aug 29, Kerim Sadok
Chatty, 29, of Tunisian origin was arrested with a gun in his
carry-on luggage at a Swedish airport as he headed to an Islamic
conference in Birmingham, England. He had flunked out of a flight
school in South Carolina in 1996. Chatty was charged with attempted
hijacking on Sep 2.
(AP, 9/1/02)(SFC, 9/3/02, p.A6)
2002 Aug 29, A joint force of
Thai police and soldiers killed six armed drug traffickers and
seized a million methamphetamine pills after ambushing a drug convoy
near the Golden Triangle.
2002 Aug 29, The World Summit
on Sustainable Development focused on ways business and governments
could work together to spread prosperity in the developing world
while protecting the environment.
2002 Aug 29, Uzbek Pres.
Karimov urged democratic changes.
(SFC, 8/30/02, p.A18)
2002 Aug 29, In Venezuela
thousands of opponents of President Hugo Chavez took to the streets
in Maracay to protest tax increases they say will further impoverish
Venezuelans in this recession-ridden country.
2002 Aug 29, In Zimbabwe a bomb
attack gutted the office of a radio station critical of President
Robert Mugabe's government, and authorities raided a human rights
group and a camp for displaced farm workers run by a private
2003 Aug 29, Rep. Bill Janklow,
R-S.D., was charged with felony manslaughter in a car accident that
claimed the life of motorcyclist Randolph E. Scott. Janklow was
later convicted and served 100 days in jail.
2003 Aug 29, Jeffrey Lee
Parson (18), suspected of writing a variant of the "Blaster," a
virus-like computer worm, was arrested in his hometown, the
Minneapolis suburb of Hopkins. He was charged with one count of
intentionally causing or attempting to cause damage to a computer
and faced a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if
convicted. Parson pleaded guilty in August 2004 and was subsequently
sentenced on January 28, 2005 to 18 months in prison followed by a
three-year supervised release program, and was required to do 225
hours of community service. He was ordered to pay restitution of
$497,546.55 to Microsoft Corporation and $1,056 to specific
individuals to have their computer hard drives cleaned.
(SFC, 8/29/03, p.A1)(SFC, 8/30/03,
2003 Aug 29, Six nations trying
to defuse a standoff over North Korea's nuclear program ended their
talks in Beijing with an agreement to keep talking.
2003 Aug 29, France raised the
death toll from the August heat wave to as many as 11,435.
(SFC, 8/30/03, p.A7)
2003 Aug 29, The board of Air
France approved a deal to combine with Dutch KLM under a holding
company to form the world's #3 airline.
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R12)
2003 Aug 29, In Haiti's
west-coast city of St. Marc torrential rains burst river banks, left
at least 24 people dead and destroyed dozens of flimsy riverside
(AP, 9/2/03)(AP, 9/11/03)
2003 Aug 29, In Najaf, Iraq, a
massive car bomb exploded at the Imam Ali mosque during prayers,
killing Mohammed Bakir al-Hakim, one of Iraq's most important Shiite
clerics, and at least 85 other people. Two Iraqis and two Saudis
were caught soon after. Attackers fired rocket-propelled grenades at
two U.S. convoys in separate ambushes, killing one American soldier
and wounding six.
(SFC, 9/1/03, p.A1)(AP, 8/29/08)
2003 Aug 29, A Jewish settler
was killed and his pregnant wife wounded in a Palestinian shooting
attack. In Jenin Palestinian gunmen fired on Israeli soldiers
manning a lookout in a four-story office building. The violence came
just hours after an Israeli helicopter in southern Gaza fired
missiles to kill a Hamas fugitive as he drove a donkey cart.
2003 Aug 29, Excel Motors, a
fledgling Jamaican automaker, exported the Caribbean island's first
locally manufactured car to the Bahamas. The two-door Island
Cruiser, one of 22 built this year at the company's plant in western
Jamaica, sold for $11,500.
2003 Aug 29, In central Mexico
a truck carrying sulfuric acid collided head-on with a sport-utility
vehicle on a mountain road, killing five people and forcing dozens
of people to hospitals after they inhaled the fumes.
2003 Aug 29, In Nigeria crude
oil spilling from a ruptured Shell Oil pipeline burst into flames
near a southeastern village, scorching yam fields and spreading
thick, black smoke for miles. More than one-tenth of Nigeria's
exports are stolen daily by criminal rings who siphon the fuel from
pipelines using everything from buckets to sophisticated pumps.
2004 Aug 29, Tens of thousands
of demonstrators took to the fortified streets of Manhattan to
protest President Bush's foreign and domestic policies as Republican
delegates gathered to nominate the president for a second term.
Organizers estimated up to 400,000 participants.
(AP, 8/29/04)(SFC, 8/30/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 29, Tropical storm
Gaston hit South Carolina.
(SFC, 8/30/04, p.A3)
2004 Aug 29, In Afghanistan an
explosion tore through the office of DynCorp., an American defense
contractor, in the heart of Kabul, killing 12 people, including 3
(AP, 8/29/04)(SFC, 8/31/04, p.A8)(WSJ, 8/31/04,
p.A1)(WSJ, 8/31/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 29, In Brazil an
overcrowded balcony collapsed inside a popular Sao Paulo nightclub
that featured male strippers, killing six people and injuring at
2004 Aug 29, Chechens voted for
a replacement for their assassinated president. One man was killed
when he attempted to blow up a polling station. Alu Alkhanov, the
Russian government's candidate in Chechnya, received nearly 74
percent of the vote.
(AP, 8/29/04)(AP, 8/30/04)
2004 Aug 29, Muslim leaders in
France condemned the kidnapping of two French journalists in Iraq
and said the government should not capitulate to militant demands to
revoke a law that bans the wearing of Islamic head scarves in
2004 Aug 29, Closing ceremonies
were held in Athens, Greece, for the 28th Olympiad. During one of
the final events, lead marathon runner Vanderlie Lima of Brazil was
pushed into the crowd by an intruder, but managed to finish 3rd
behind Stefano Baldini of Italy.
(SFC, 8/30/04, p.D1)
2004 Aug 29, Saboteurs blew up
a pipeline in southern Iraq in the latest attack. Al-Sadr called on
his followers to lay down arms and get involved in politics.
(AP, 8/29/04)(WSJ, 8/31/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 29, Israeli troops
killed an armed Palestinian man as he tried to sneak into southern
2004 Aug 29, In Sidon, Lebanon,
fighting in a Palestinian camp left 3 dead.
(WSJ, 8/30/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 29, Mexico City's
leftist Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador led more than 150,000
demonstrators in a march to protest efforts to impeach him.
2004 Aug 29, A rocket attack
and a remote control bomb killed 2 Pakistani paramilitary soldiers
in the western tribal regions where troops are hunting al
2004 Aug 29, Nikolai Getman
(b.1917), Russian artist and gulag survivor (1946-1953), died in
2004 Aug 29, The UN Security
Council set this date for Sudan to stop the killing in Darfur, allow
help to reach the region and disarm the militias terrorizing the
(Econ, 8/28/04, p.39)
2005 Aug 29, In NYC 8 former
executives of the KPMG accounting firm were indicted for fraud. KPMG
admitted setting up fraudulent tax shelters and agreed to pay $456
million in penalties.
(SFC, 8/30/05, p.C3)
2005 Aug 29, A Connecticut man
known on the Internet as "illwill" pleaded guilty in Manhattan
federal court to charges relating to the theft of the source code to
Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating software, considered among the
company's crown jewels. William Genovese, Jr. (28) admitted selling
the source code for Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0. On January 27,
2006, he was sentenced to 2 years in jail.
2005 Aug 29, Hurricane Katrina
hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, La., as a Category 3 storm. Katrina
ripped two holes in the curved roof of the Louisiana Superdome,
letting in rain as thousands of storm refugees huddled inside. In
Mississippi many of the 13 floating casinos in Biloxi and Gulfport
smashed historic homes and buildings. The Grand Casino Biloxi
destroyed the historic Hotel Tivoli. Storm surges and winds from
Katrina unleashed at least 40 oil spills and some 193,000 barrels of
oil and other petrochemicals were driven across fragile marshy
ecosystems southeast of New Orleans. The death toll from Katrina
eventually reached at least 1,600. An estimated 300 Louisiana
residents died out of state; some 230 people perished in
Mississippi. Property damage estimates were in the hundreds of
billions of dollars.
(SFC, 9/6/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/23/05, p.A1)(WSJ,
3/21/06, p.A1)(AP, 8/29/06)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.36)
2005 Aug 29, In New Orleans 34
people died at a Tenet Healthcare hospital after Hurricane Katrina
knocked out power and the temperature inside the building rose to
more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). The
hospital’s windows couldn’t be opened. On July 22, 2011, a
judge approved a $25 million class-action settlement over the deaths
of the patients. The Dallas-based company settled 11 other cases
(SFC, 7/23/11, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/4kbb8dp)
2005 Aug 29, An oil rig tore
free of its moorings as Hurricane Katrina lashed the Alabama coast,
before surging downriver and smashing into a suspension bridge. 92%
of crude and 83% of natural gas production were shut down, as Gulf
of Mexico rigs were evacuated.
2005 Aug 29-2005 Sep 5, The
annual Burning Man Festival in Nevada planned to introduce BORG2, an
event within the main event concentrating on art projects.
(SSFC, 1/2/05, p.A20)
2005 Aug 29, Jude Wanniski
(b.1936), economist and journalist, died. He coined the term
supply-side economics in 1975 to describe the theory that cutting
personal income tax rates would lead to increased investment and
create economic growth. In 1978 he authored “The Way the World
2005 Aug 29, Ontario became the
1st province in Canada to ban the pit bull dog. The pit bull was
already banned in several cities across Canada. In the US it was
already banned in Denver, Miami and Cincinnati.
(SFC, 8/30/05, p.A2)
2005 Aug 29, Egypt's
intelligence chief met Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to shore up
the strained cease-fire with Israel and discuss freedom of movement
across Gaza's borders.
2005 Aug 29, In France
firefighters said 7 people, including 4 children, died in an
apartment fire in Paris.
2005 Aug 29, Thousands of Sunni
demonstrators rallied in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit to
denounce Iraq's new constitution a day after negotiators finished
the new charter without the endorsement of Sunni Arabs.
2005 Aug 29, In northern Iraq a
US Army helicopter made a forced landing under hostile fire, and one
soldier was killed and another injured.
2005 Aug 29, In Sri Lanka
attackers on a bicycle hurled grenades at a Tamil-language newspaper
office in the capital of Colombo, killing a security guard.
2005 Aug 29, A Swedish nuclear
power plant shut down one of its three reactors because of an
abnormal accumulation of jellyfish in the cooling system.
2005 Aug 29, The Rev. Jesse
Jackson met with President Hugo Chavez in hopes of reducing tensions
between the US and Venezuela after religious broadcaster Pat
Robertson called for the assassination of Chavez.
2006 Aug 29, President George
Bush visited New Orleans one year after Hurricane Katrina devastated
the region to offer comfort and hope to residents.
2006 Aug 29, A US probe
determined that Kenneth Tomlinson, chairman of the Broadcasting
Board of Governors, misused government funds on several occasions,
overbilling for his time and funneling unauthorized contracts to a
(AP, 8/29/06)(WSJ, 8/30/06, p.A1)
2006 Aug 29, Omeed Aziz Popal
(29), a native of Afghanistan, killed one pedestrian in Hayward,
Ca., and injured another 16 at 11 locations in SF in a driving
rampage. SF police finally rammed him down at California and Spruce
streets. In 2008 a SF judge ruled that Popal was legally insane.
(SFC, 8/30/06, p.A1)(SFC, 8/1/08, p.B1)
2006 Aug 29, In East Oakland,
Ca., Anthony Quintero (24), a Brink’s guard, was killed during a
robbery that involved his partner Clifton Wherry Jr. and Dwight
Campbell, who shot Quintero. In 2009 Campbell (26) and Wherry (31)
were convicted of 1st degree murder. Both were sentenced to life in
prison without parole.
(SFC, 10/9/09, p.D5)(SFC, 12/12/09, p.C2)
2006 Aug 29, Warren Steed Jeffs
(50), a fugitive polygamist, was arrested in Nevada. He was on the
FBI’s 10 most-wanted list for sex crimes in Utah and Arizona. Jeffs
ruled the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
(FLDS) since his father died in 2002. The sect had broken from the
Mormon Church over a century ago.
(SFC, 8/30/06, p.A11)(Econ, 9/9/06, p.34)
2006 Aug 29, Tropical Storm
Ernesto's leading edge drenched Miami and the rest of southern
2006 Aug 29, A suicide car
bomber struck a NATO-Afghan military convoy, killing two civilians
and wounding one in the violence-wracked south. A remote-controlled
bomb killed two police officers on patrol.
2006 Aug 29, About 50 former
militants surrendered and handed over their weapons in a ceremony
led by Chechnya's powerful prime minister, who said rebel numbers
are dwindling in the war-ravaged region.
2006 Aug 29, President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad challenged the authority of the UN Security Council as
Iran faces a deadline to halt its uranium enrichment and he called
for a televised debate with President Bush on world issues.
2006 Aug 29, The bodies of 13
people, believed to have been aged between 25 and 35, were found
dumped behind a Shiite mosque in the Turath neighborhood in western
Baghdad. All were handcuffed, showed signs of torture and had been
shot in the head. 11 of the bullet-riddled corpses were found near a
school in the Shiite dominated Maalif neighborhood in southern
Baghdad. A pipeline carrying oil byproducts exploded near Diwaniyah,
killing at least 36 people with 45 injured.
(AP, 8/29/06)(AP, 8/30/06)
2006 Aug 29, Andres Manuel
Lopez Obrador, Mexico's leftist presidential candidate, rejected a
court decision upholding his rival's slim lead in the disputed July
2 race and called on his supporters not to recognize a government
led by Felipe Calderon.
2006 Aug 29, In Quetta,
Pakistan, gunfire and rioting broke out for a fourth straight day
after the funeral service for a prominent tribal chief killed by
Pakistani government forces. One policeman was killed and dozens of
shops destroyed. Three factory workers were killed in a restaurant
bombing in the Baluchistan town of Hub.
2006 Aug 29, An extremist
Kurdish militant group warned that "the fear of death will reign
everywhere in Turkey" and it urged tourists to avoid travel to the
2006 Aug 29, A cease-fire
between Uganda's government and the LRA, a shadowy rebel movement
that has terrorized this east African nation for nearly two decades,
went into effect.
2007 Aug 29, Fellow Republicans
called on Idaho Sen. Larry Craig to resign and party leaders pushed
him from senior committee posts as fallout continued over his arrest
at a Minneapolis airport restroom and guilty plea to disorderly
2007 Aug 29, US service
officials said the Army will examine as many as 18,000 contracts
awarded over the past four years to support US forces in Iraq to
determine how many are tainted by waste, fraud and abuse.
2007 Aug 29, The US Air Force
accidentally flew a nuclear-armed B-52 bomber from North Dakota to
Louisiana. On October 19 the Air Force said 70 service members would
be punished for widespread disregard of rules.
(SFC, 10/20/07, p.A4)
2007 Aug 29, New research said
arsenic in drinking water is a global threat to health, affecting
more than 70 countries and 137 million people. The country worst
affected is Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of people are
likely to die from cancers of the lung, bladder and skin caused by
2007 Aug 29, A new report said
CEOs of American companies made an average of $10.8 million last
year, more than 364 times the average pay of American workers. The
14th annual study was a joint report from the Institute for Policy
Studies and United for a Fair Economy.
(SFC, 8/30/07, p.C3)
2007 Aug 29, Alfred Peet
(b.1920), Dutch-born specialty coffee pioneer, died in Oregon. His
first shop opened in Berkeley, Ca., in 1966. He sold the business in
1979, but stayed on as a coffee buyer until 1984, when Baldwin and
Reynolds, co-owners of Starbucks, along with other investors bought
4 Bay Area locations of Peet’s. They later sold the chain to Howard
Shultz, who entered a no-compete agreement with Peet’s in the Bay
Area. Peet’s became a public company in 2001.
(SFC, 9/1/07, p.C1)
2007 Aug 29, Richard Jewell,
the former security guard who was wrongly linked to the 1996 Olympic
bombing, was found dead in his west Georgia home; he was 44.
2007 Aug 29, Taliban militants
released 12 of 19 South Korean captives they promised to free under
a deal struck with the South Korean government to resolve a nearly
six-week hostage crisis. A suicide bomber blew himself up in a
crowded bazaar in eastern Afghanistan, killing four civilians and
two Afghan soldiers. A Canadian soldier, based in the Afghan capital
Kabul, died of a gunshot wound after he was found injured in his
(AFP, 8/29/07)(Reuters, 8/29/07)(AP, 8/29/08)
2007 Aug 29, Britain unveiled a
statue of Nelson Mandela outside the houses of Parliament, honoring
the South African anti-apartheid campaigner as one of the great
leaders of his era.
2007 Aug 29, China began
selling $79 billion in bonds to finance a state agency that will
invest the country's foreign currency reserves.
2007 Aug 29, It was reported
that more than 100 people have died in a remote part of Congo,
including all those who attended the funerals of two village chiefs,
in what health officials fear is an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever.
2007 Aug 29, Pierre Messmer
(b.1916), a member of the French Resistance who was the country's
prime minister from 1972 to 1974, died.
2007 Aug 29, Hong Kong police
arrested two men accused of trying to smuggle more than 7,000 live
pet turtles to mainland China.
2007 Aug 29, In India the
world-famous Taj Mahal was closed to tourists after officials in the
city of Agra imposed a curfew following rioting that left one person
dead and 50 hurt. Rioters fought pitched battles with police,
pelting them with stones, glass bottles and setting vehicles alight,
after a speeding truck crushed four Muslims to death. Officials in
the eastern state of Orissa said at least 105 people have died of
cholera and some 6,000 people are suffering from diseases caused by
drinking dirty water.
2007 Aug 29, A group of eight
Iranians, including two diplomats, were released by US forces after
being detained a day earlier because unauthorized weapons were found
in their cars. An aide said Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has
ordered a six-month suspension of activities by his Mahdi Army
militia in order to reorganize the force. Marines from the 5th
Regimental Combat Team killed 12 suspected al-Qaida in Iraq fighters
and destroyed two vehicles in fighting near the Anbar city of
Fallujah. 4 al-Qaida fighters and two Sunni tribesmen opposed to the
terror movement were killed in gunfights in Haqlaniyah. 2 US service
members, a Marine and an Army soldier, were killed in fighting in
Anbar province. An American soldier died from wounds suffered the
day before in fighting near the northern city of Kirkuk. A US
soldier was killed in a roadside bomb attack during combat
operations in Iraq's eastern Diyala province.
(AP, 8/29/07)(AP, 8/30/07)(AP, 8/31/07)
2007 Aug 29, The three cousins,
10-year-old Mahmoud Ghazal, 10-year-old Sara Ghazal and 12-year-old
Yehiya Ghazal, were killed when Israeli troops combating Palestinian
rocket squads spotted figures moving near rocket launchers in
northern Gaza and ordered a strike.
2007 Aug 29, The 11-day Venice
Film Festival opened for its 75th anniversary edition.
(SFC, 8/30/07, p.E5)
2007 Aug 29, Lithuania's top
politicians attended an official ceremony in Vilnius to unveil
probably the first monument in the world honoring basketball, which
is said to be the second religion of this Baltic country.
2007 Aug 29, In Myanmar
pro-government gangs on trucks staked out key streets in Yangon as
the country's military rulers sought to crush a rare wave of dissent
by pro-democracy activists protesting fuel price increases.
2007 Aug 29, A senior official
said Pakistan’s President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and former rival
Benazir Bhutto have reached an agreement regarding Musharraf's
military role, a key step toward a power-sharing deal.
2007 Aug 29, JEM and Sudan
Liberation Movement (SLM) attacked an army base in the Kordofan
region next to Darfur, which they said was the logistical and supply
centre for ongoing attacks in South Darfur. The rebels said 15
soldiers were killed. The government later reported that 41 people
were killed in the Kordofan region. Officials said floods across
Sudan have killed 101 people, spread disease and destroyed
livelihoods by wiping out agricultural crops.
(Reuters, 8/29/07)(Reuters, 8/30/07)(Reuters,
2007 Aug 29, Thousands of
hardline supporters of Robert Mugabe marched through Harare,
denouncing the Zimbabwe president's Western critics and endorsing
his controversial program of farm seizures. Zimbabwe's state media
called on the government to sever ties with Australia, accusing PM
John Howard's government of seeking to topple Pres. Mugabe.
2008 Aug 29, John McCain, on
his 72nd birthday, tapped little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (44)
to be his vice presidential running mate.
(AP, 8/29/08)(SFC, 8/30/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 29, US banking
regulators shut down Integrity Bancshares Inc. of Alpharetta, Ga.,
and sold all deposits to Regions Financial Corp. of Birmingham, Ala.
This marked the 10th US bank to fail this year.
(WSJ, 8/30/08, p.B3)
2008 Aug 29, In SF the 4-day
Slow Food Nation opened at the Civic Center Plaza and continued at
Fort Mason, where tickets to the Taste Pavilion sold for $65. The
Slow Food movement had begun in Italy in 1986.
(SSFC, 8/31/08, p.A1)(Econ, 9/13/08, p.38)
2008 Aug 29, In Oklahoma a
train slammed into a propane tanker truck triggering an explosion
that killed 2 people.
(WSJ, 8/30/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 29, Tropical Storm
Gustav drenched Jamaica, killing at least 4 people, and rolled over
the Cayman Islands with fierce winds that tore down trees and power
lines, setting off alarm from Cuba to New Orleans, and at gas pumps
across the US.
(AP, 8/29/08)(AP, 8/30/08)(SFC, 8/30/08, p.A3)
2008 Aug 29, A Georgian Foreign
Ministry official says Georgia is to recall all diplomatic staff
from its embassy in Moscow because of the Russian military presence
2008 Aug 29, Chinese police
investigating a spate of attacks this month in western Xinjiang
province shot dead six suspects and arrested three others near
2008 Aug 29, French
neurosurgeons said they had successfully treated brain tumors
through ultra-keyhole surgery, using a tiny fiber-optic laser to
destroy cancerous cells.
2008 Aug 29, In India Tata
Motors suspended work on its new plant in Mumbai, West Bengal, due
to ongoing demonstrations in support of local farmers who say they
were forced off their land to make way for the plant.
(WSJ, 8/30/08, p.A5)
2008 Aug 29, A gunmen killed a
member of a local US-allied Sunni group and his family in the
village of Withah, Diyala province. His father, mother and an infant
were also killed in the attack, which was in coordination with an
assault on a nearby Iraqi army checkpoint that wounded one Iraqi
2008 Aug 29, Central Japan was
hit by heavy rains and flooding forcing the evacuation of over a
(WSJ, 8/30/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 29, Fighter jets
bombed Taliban hide-outs in Pakistan's Swat Valley while troops
pushed into militant territory on the ground, killing at least 40
insurgents in a 24-hour siege.
2008 Aug 29, The San Juan Star,
Puerto Rico's Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language newspaper,
closed. The owner blamed the union for not agreeing to benefit cuts
and layoffs to offset declining revenue.
2008 Aug 29, Pirates, believed
to be Somali, hijacked the Malaysian MT Bunga Melati 5 tanker and
its 41 crew members off Yemen's coast in the Gulf of Aden. It was
the second tanker owned by MISC Berhard to be hijacked in the gulf
in the last 10 days.
2008 Aug 29, In Sri Lanka
renewed fighting in the embattled north killed 18 rebels and 5
2008 Aug 29, In Zimbabwe
power-sharing talks over a unity government resumed as Mugabe's
government made good on a promise to allow aid agencies to resume
operations. Mugabe announced cash awards for Zimbabwe’s Olympic
winners. He called Kirsty Coventry, who won three silvers and a gold
at the Beijing games, Zimbabwe's "golden girl" and gave her
(AP, 8/29/08)(AP, 8/30/08)
2009 Aug 29, California Gov.
Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Mariposa County due
to a wild fire in Yosemite National Park.
(SSFC, 8/30/09, p.A10)
2009 Aug 29, In San Francisco
the Outlands Music and Arts Festival continued in Golden Gate Park
for the 2nd of 3 days with 7 stages and nearly 100 bands. Ticket
prices were $95 for a single day and $225.50 for all 3 days.
(SSFC, 8/30/09, p.C2)
2009 Aug 29, In southeast
Georgia 7 people were found dead inside a dingy mobile home at a
trailer park built on the grounds of a historic US plantation near
Brunswick. One of two critically injured survivors died soon after.
Police arrested Guy Heinze Jr. (22), a family member who called 911
to report finding the people slain, but the charges were
drug-related and police wouldn't say if the man was a suspect in the
killings. On Sep 4 police Heinze on 8 counts of first-degree murder.
On Oct 25, 2013, Heinze was convicted on 8 counts of murder.
Prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.
(AP, 8/30/09)(SFC, 8/31/09, p.A5)(SFC, 9/5/09,
p.A6)(SFC, 10/26/13, p.A7)
2009 Aug 29, Chris Connor
(b.1927 as Mary Loutsenhizer), jazz singer of the 1950s and 1960s,
died. Her 2 charted hits included “I Miss You" (1956) and “Trust in
(SFC, 9/1/09, p.C5)
2009 Aug 29, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai widened his lead in the presidential race as new vote
tallies were released, inching closer to the 50 percent threshold of
votes he needs to avoid a run-off. The latest results show Karzai
ahead with 46.2% of the votes already counted against Abdullah's
2009 Aug 29, Australian
authorities intercepted a boat carrying 52 suspected asylum seekers,
the 18th such vessel to be discovered this year.
2009 Aug 29, Britain’s PM
Gordon Brown made a surprise visit to Afghanistan, where he pledged
to speed up the training of Afghan security forces.
2009 Aug 29, Britain’s Cairn
Energy began pumping crude from a vast oilfield in the Indian desert
state of Rajasthan that is set to increase the country's crude
output by 20 percent.
2009 Aug 29, The EU signed a
temporary trade pact with Mauritius, Seychelles, Zimbabwe and
Madagascar calling for tariffs on European goods to be removed over
the next 15 years.
2009 Aug 29, In Iraq a suicide
truck bomber attacked a small police station in the remote village
of Hamad north of Baghdad, killing at least 12 people. a second
attack occurred near Mosul in the city of Sinjar, where a parked
truck bomb killed at least four people and wounded 23 others. A
suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed 2 people in a market in
(AP, 8/29/09)(SSFC, 8/30/09, p.A7)
2009 Aug 29, In northwestern
Mexico a shooting killed eight people partying on a seaside
boulevard in Navolato, Sinaloa state. Among the dead were two
brothers in their 30s who had a record of car theft, Investigators
were considering the possibility that the gunmen belonged to a
criminal gang known as the "Death Squad," which has been killing car
thieves in the region.
2009 Aug 29, Fighting erupted
in northeast Myanmar after days of clashes in which the leader of
ethnic forces said more than 30 government troops had been killed.
Hundreds of ethnic rebels fled clashes in northeastern Myanmar,
surrendering their weapons and uniforms to Chinese border police and
crossing to safety after several days of skirmishes with Myanmar
government troops. The UN and Chinese officials said up to 30,000
civilian refugees have streamed into China to escape the fighting.
(Reuters, 8/29/09)(AP, 8/30/09)
2009 Aug 29, Portugal’s
government said 2 Syrians previously held at Guantanamo Bay have
arrived in Portugal as free men.
2009 Aug 29, Somali witnesses
said hundreds of Ethiopian troops have crossed the border and seized
control of the Somali town of Belet Weyne from Islamist insurgents.
2009 Aug 29, In Sudan an armed
group kidnapped two foreign civilians working for the joint
UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur. The UNAMID workers,
a Nigerian man and a Zimbabwean woman, were released on Dec 13.
(AP, 8/29/09)(AFP, 12/13/09)
2010 Aug 29, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai said Washington's war strategy for Afghanistan needed a
rethink. In southern Afghanistan 2 American servicemen died in
bombings. Officials found the bodies of five campaign aides,
kidnapped on Aug 25, who worked for a female candidate in the
western province of Herat. 2 suicide bombers attempted to climb over
the back wall of a compound housing the governor of the far western
province of Farah, but were spotted by guards and shot.
(AFP, 8/29/10)(AP, 8/29/10)
2010 Aug 29, In Britain 2 men
and a woman were arrested in connection with allegations that
Pakistani cricket players were involved in a betting scam.
2010 Aug 29, Chechen police
killed 12 rebels as they repulsed a raid on the Moscow-backed
president's home village of Tsentoroi. 5 civilians and 2 policemen
were also killed in the attack. An Islamist website,
www.kavkazcenter.com, challenged the official data saying that at
least 15 of Kadyrov's security officers were killed, while a total
of 60 insurgents attacked the village. It said 5 rebels were killed.
2010 Aug 29, In Ecuador a bus
ran off a highway and overturned, killing at least 36 people. At
least 12 others were badly hurt. The bus from the Turismo Oriental
line had left the city of Cuenca with about 30 passengers and had
picked up others along the way to Quito.
2010 Aug 29, In Hong Kong an
estimated 80,000 people marched in honor of eight locals killed Aug
23 in a bus hijacking in Manila, denouncing the Philippine
government for botching the rescue operation and demanding justice
for the dead.
2010 Aug 29, In Indonesia the
Sinabung volcano on the island of Sumatra erupted for the first time
in 400 years, spewing a vast cloud of smoke and ash into the air and
sending thousands of people fleeing from their homes.
2010 Aug 29, In Mexico gunmen
killed the mayor of a town in the border state of Tamaulipas.
Hidalgo Mayor Marco Antonio Leal Garcia was the second mayor to be
assassinated in the past two weeks in the area.
2010 Aug 29, In Pakistan
floodwaters inundated southern Sujawal town as authorities struggled
to build new levees with clay and stone to prevent one of the area's
biggest cities from suffering the same fate. Almost all of Sujawal's
250,000 residents fled the town before the water rushed in.
2010 Aug 29, Ekmeleddin
Ihsanoglu, the head of the Organization of The Islamic Conference,
said Muslims have pledged nearly $1 billion in cash and relief
supplies for Pakistan.
(SFC, 8/30/10, p.A2)
2010 Aug 29, In Russia scores
of skinheads attacked a crowd of some 3,000 people at a rock concert
in Miass. State new reported one girl (14) was killed.
(SFC, 8/30/10, p.A2)
2010 Aug 29, Gunmen in Sudan’s
Darfur region kidnapped a Russian helicopter captain and 2 crew
members working for a company transporting food for international
peacekeepers. Security forces fought with the kidnappers the next
night freeing 3 men.
(AFP, 8/30/10)(AP, 8/31/10)
2011 Aug 29, A US federal judge
blocked enforcement of Alabama’s new law cracking down on illegal
(SFC, 8/30/11, p.A6)
2011 Aug 29, The storm that had
been Hurricane Irene crossed into Canada overnight but wasn't yet
through with the US, where flood waters threatened Vermont towns and
big city commuters had to make do with slowly reawakening transit
2011 Aug 29, Adult film
productions in Los Angeles shut down temporarily after an adult film
performer tested HIV-positive. A retest by the end of the week
indicated no virus and film production was allowed to resume.
(SFC, 8/30/11, p.A6)(SSFC, 9/4/11, p.A8)
2011 Aug 29, In eastern Wyoming
3 workers were killed in an oil field explosion on a private ranch
40 miles northeast of Casper.
(SFC, 8/31/11, p.A6)
2011 Aug 29, Chinese
authorities jailed a Buddhist monk for 11 years over the March 17
self-immolation death of Rigzin Phuntsog. A court in the southern
province of Sichuan handed long jail sentences to two more monks the
next day over Phuntsog’s protest at their Kirti monastery.
2011 Aug 29, In China a female
staff member slashed children with a knife at a daycare center for
migrant workers in Shanghai's suburban Minhang district, wounding
2011 Aug 29, In China a mine
shaft in the city of Dazhou flooded as 30 miners were working
underground. 18 escaped, 10 were killed and 2 miners remained
2011 Aug 29, Estonia's
parliament re-elected US-educated President Toomas Hendrik Ilves
(57) for a second 5-year term as head of state. It was the first
time a presidential candidate has managed to get the required
two-thirds majority since Estonia declared independence in 1991.
2011 Aug 29, In India car
production was halted at the factory in Manesar after the
Japanese-controlled firm Maruti Suzuki accused some workers of
sabotaging production and "deliberately causing quality problems."
2011 Aug 29, Authorities in the
Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir said they are dropping about
1,200 criminal cases against young Kashmiri men for allegedly
throwing stones during violent protests against Indian rule last
2011 Aug 29, Libyan members of
the National Transitional Council announced further steps to
becoming an effective government. Suleiman Mahmoud al-Obeidi, the
rebels' deputy military chief, announced the formation of a
17-member committee to represent the 30 or local military councils
he said had been set up in the country's west. Moammar Gadhafi's
wife, Safiya Gadhafi, her daughter Aisha and sons Hannibal and
Mohammed entered Algeria.
(AP, 8/29/11)(AP, 8/30/11)
2011 Aug 29, Mexican police
announced the arrest of 5 suspects associated with the Zetas drug
cartel in the August 25 casino fire in Monterrey. At least one of
the suspects confessed that the attack was in response to the casino
owner’s refusal to pay protection money.
(SFC, 8/30/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 29, In Mexico 140
elementary schools in the resort city of Acapulco closed after
teachers refused to show up for fear of extortion threats and
kidnappings by drug gangs. Police in Ciudad Juarez exhumed the
skeletal remains, including five skulls, of seven people in a cotton
field. The Chihuahua state Attorney General's Office said officers
suspected the bodies had been there for two years. In southern
Chihuahua state police reported the weekend discovery of seven
bodies, of six men and one woman, buried together in a mountain
town. The seven had gone missing earlier this month.
2011 Aug 29, In Nigeria
religious rioting began in Jos leaving 4 people dead. Four
days of fighting left at least 21 people dead in the city on the
volatile dividing line between Nigeria's largely Christian south and
2011 Aug 29, A Palestinian
attacker (21) wounded 7 Israelis, one critically, near a Tel Aviv
nightclub early in the day, hitting a police checkpoint with a
stolen taxi and then stabbing others.
2011 Aug 29, South African
municipal workers called off a 16-day nationwide strike without
reaching an agreement with employers.
2011 Aug 29, Syrian security
forces pursuing anti-government protesters stormed several towns and
villages, killing at least six people including a child. 3 people
were reported killed overnight in the eastern town of al-Boukamal
near the border with Iraq.
2011 Aug 29, Typhoon Nanmadol
made landfall near the city of Taitung on the east coast of Taiwan
and pummeled some of the island's most densely populated areas.
2011 Aug 29, Turkey’s military
said its air strikes and artillery fire on suspected Kurdish rebel
targets this month killed up to 160 guerrillas.
(SFC, 8/30/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 29, In eastern Uganda
landslides killed at least 40 people, including children buried in
their homes in Mabono village. Two weeks ago seven people were
killed by landslides in the northeastern Karamoja region.
(AP, 8/29/11)(AP, 8/30/11)
2011 Aug 29, The UN Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned about a new mutant strain of
the deadly bird flu H5N1 virus (H5N1 - 188.8.131.52.) in China and
Vietnam, saying there could be a "major resurgence" of the disease.
2011 Aug 29, In southern Yemen
fierce fighting over the last 24 hours killed 26 al-Qaida militants
and 10 soldiers, including a colonel.
2012 Aug 29, A US military
spokesman said a team of 200 US Marines has begun patrolling
Guatemala's western coast this week in an unprecedented operation to
beat drug traffickers in the Central America region.
2012 Aug 29, NASA scientists
reported the discovery of a solar system called Kepler 47 with 2
stars orbiting each other every 7.5 days. The system some 5,000
light-years away, was orbited by two planets.
(SFC, 8/30/12, p.A9)
2012 Aug 29, In Afghanistan
five Australian soldiers were killed, three when an Afghan soldier
turned his gun on them inside a base in Uruzgan province and two
from a helicopter crash. A rocket hit a civilian house in Logar
province and killed one woman inside. A 12-year-old boy was
kidnapped and killed in southern Kandahar province, his severed head
placed near his body to send a warning to police.
(AP, 8/30/12)(Reuters, 8/31/12)
2012 Aug 29, It was reported
that Argentine authorities are planning to shoot seagulls in hopes
of reducing their population following seagull attacks on southern
right whales. Seagulls around the city of Puerto Madryn discovered
about a decade ago that by pecking at the whales as they come up for
air, they can create open wounds and feed on them.
2012 Aug 29, An asylum-seeker
boat heading for Australia disappeared off the Indonesian coast with
150 people aboard. Over the next 24 hours rescuers recovered 54
survivors, mostly males from Afghanistan.
(AFP, 8/30/12)(AFP, 8/31/12)
2012 Aug 29, The British
government stripped London Metropolitan University of its right to
sponsor visas for overseas students over alleged failings in its
procedures, leaving thousands of students facing possible
2012 Aug 29, Queen Elizabeth II
officially opened the London Paralympic Games at a showpiece
ceremony involving more than 3,000 volunteer and professional
2012 Aug 29, In China 154
miners were working underground at the Xiaojiawan coal mine in the
city of Panzhihua, Sichuan province, when a blast occurred. At least
43 people were killed and 3 remained trapped.
2012 Aug 29, The world's
largest marine park, a vast swathe of ocean almost twice the size of
France, was unveiled by the Cook Islands at the opening of the
Pacific Islands Forum.
2012 Aug 29, The Egyptian
military said that 11 "terrorists" have been killed in its campaign
against Islamist militants in the Sinai peninsula. This contradicted
earlier claims of having killed 20 militants in helicopter strikes.
2012 Aug 29, Egyptian
prosecutors said they have charged Safwat el-Sherif, former Pres.
Mubarak's minister of information for nearly two decades, with
corruption. An official said he had illegally appropriated villas,
lands and apartments originally owned by the state and had also
received gifts worth millions of Egyptian pounds from chief editors
in the state media in return for keeping them in their positions.
2012 Aug 29, At least 3
Georgian commandos and 11 militants from Dagestan were killed during
an operation to free hostages held along Georgia's border with
2012 Aug 29, India's Supreme
Court confirmed the death sentence handed down to Mohammed Kasab,
the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks in which 166
people were killed.
2012 Aug 29, An Indian court
convicted Maya Kodnani, a former Gujarat state minister, and 31
others of murder during one of the worst massacres in religious
riots in 2002.
2012 Aug 29, In Iraq attackers
killed 2 military officers in Baghdad including Brig. Gen. Nadhum
Tayeh. 3 policemen were killed in Kirkuk.
2012 Aug 29, Israeli Interior
Minister Eli Yishai warned that illegal immigrants from Sudan who do
not leave the country by October 15 will be detained. Israel began
expelling South Sudanese in June.
2012 Aug 29, Israeli troops
fired warning shots into the air near the border in central Gaza. A
42-year-old Gazan woman was in critical condition after being shot
in the area east of the central town of Deir al-Balah.
2012 Aug 29, Japan and North
Korea held their first face-to-face talks in four years, in an
attempt to lay the groundwork to overcome decades of mutual
2012 Aug 29, Japan's upper
house slapped PM Yoshihiko Noda with a censure motion that
effectively stalls parliament and heaps pressure on the premier to
call snap elections.
2012 Aug 29, Jordanian PM Fayez
Tarawneh said that Syrian refugees responsible for violence in a
camp near the border will be deported. About 200 of 21,000 refugees
went on a rampage the previous evening at Zaatari Camp to protest
2012 Aug 29, Mexico's Attorney
General Marisela Morales says she has requested help from Interpol
in arresting Tomas Yarrington, the former governor of Tamaulipas,
for allegedly fomenting drug trafficking.
2012 Aug 29, In Pakistan at
least eight soldiers were killed in clashes after militants attacked
a checkpost in South Waziristan.
2012 Aug 29, Somali pirates
killed a Syrian hostage crew member and wounded another to protest a
delayed ransom payment for the MV Orna, hijacked on Dec 20, 2010.
(SSFC, 9/2/12, p.A9)
2012 Aug 29, Rebels in Sudan's
South Kordofan state destroyed a military camp in Rashad, killing
four soldiers after vowing to step up their efforts to overthrow the
2012 Aug 29, A Swaziland court
convicted a South African man of high treason and terrorism over a
botched bomb attack against King Mswati III. the court found Amos
Mbedzi guilty of planning to plant the bomb at a bridge of the
Lozitha Royal Palace in the commercial hub Manzini in 2008. The bomb
exploded prematurely, but Mbedzi survived with serious injuries
while two others in the car were killed.
2012 Aug 29, Swaziland
reinstated over 200 teachers fired earlier in August for
participating in a six-week long strike.
2012 Aug 29, Syrian rebels said
they destroyed five helicopters in a raid on a military airport
between the northern cities of Aleppo and Idlib. State television
said the attack was repelled.
2012 Aug 29, Taiwan's former
fire chief Huang Chi-min, hailed as a hero for leading rescue
efforts during Typhoon Morakot in 2009, was arrested on corruption
2012 Aug 29, Ukraine's highest
court upheld the guilty verdict against former PM Yulia Tymoshenko,
who is in jail on abuse of office charges.
2012 Aug 29, Vietnamese
researchers said new species of fish with a penis on its head has
been identified in the Mekong Delta.
2013 Aug 29, The United States
said it has transferred two men from the US detention center at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the government of Algeria as part of its
ongoing effort to close the controversial prison.
2013 Aug 29, The US government
announced that legally married gay couples will be treated the same
as married couples for federal tax purposes.
2013 Aug 29, The US Justice
Dept. said that states can let people use marijuana, license people
to grow it and allow adults to buy it, as long as it is kept away
from kids, the black market and federal property. Attorney-General
Eric Holder told the governors of Colorado and Washington that the
Dept. of Justice would not seek to block their experiments.
(SFC, 8/30/13, p.A6)(Econ, 9/14/13, p.30)
2013 Aug 29, US fast-food
workers walked off their jobs in over 50 cities demanding a minimum
wage of $15 and hour.
(SSFC, 9/1/13, p.D6)
2013 Aug 29, In southern
California border patrol agents found nearly 18,500 pounds of
marijuana, estimated at $14.7 million, in a tractor-trailer at a San
(SFC, 9/2/13, p.A7)
2013 Aug 29, A Canadian tax
court said Winston Blackmore, leader of a Hutterite community in
Bountiful, British Columbia that practices a fundamentalist form of
Mormonism, underreported his income by more than Can$1.68 million
2013 Aug 29, UN officials said
the airport in Central African Republic's capital has been forced to
close as thousands seek refuge from violence.
2013 Aug 29, Iran reported that
its foreign ministry has appointed Marzieh Afkham as its first-ever
spokeswoman. Pres. Hassan Rowhani appeared to welcome the move as
part of a campaign to empower women.
2013 Aug 29, In Iraq a blast in
a market in Samarra killed 18 and wounded 32 people. In Abu Ghraib a
car bomb killed 5 and wounded 8.
(SFC, 8/30/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 29, In Kenya a hacked
corpse was left outside the headquarters of the National Police
Service Commission in the center of Nairobi. A box containing a head
and 2 hands, apparently hacked from the same corpse, was sent to
Kenya's police commission chief, viewed as a grim warning against
his efforts to reform the force.
2013 Aug 29, In Kenya the
driver of a bus traveling on a dark, country road lost control of
the vehicle and it plunged into a valley, shearing the roof off as
it rolled and killing at least 41 people.
2013 Aug 29, Lithuania fired
its ambassador to Azerbaijan and its ambassador to Hungary after
their telephone conversations criticizing Pres. Grybauskaite and
insulting the countries they served were secretly recorded and
uploaded to YouTube.
(SFC, 8/30/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 29, Mali's interim
government said it has removed General Amadou Sanogo, who led a coup
last year, as head of a military committee tasked with reforming the
West African country's armed forces.
2013 Aug 29, Mali officials
said at least 23 people have been killed in flash floods caused by
torrential rain in Bamako. The next day the death toll was raised to
(AFP, 8/29/13)(AFP, 8/30/13)
2013 Aug 29, In New Zealand
former Wellington financial adviser David Ross pleaded guilty to
running a $300 million Ponzi scheme, the country's largest ever.
2013 Aug 29, A Pakistani
judicial official overturned the 33-year jail sentence passed on
Shakil Afridi, the doctor who helped CIA agents hunting for al Qaeda
leader Osama bin Laden in 2011. A new trial was ordered on the
grounds that another official had exceeded his authority when
handing down last year's sentence. Afridi remained in custody.
2013 Aug 29, In Papua New
Guinea Steven Tari and a follower were killed as they attacked a
young woman in Madang. Tari, an infamous cult leader known as "Black
Jesus" and suspected of cannibalism, had been on the run since
escaping from a Madang prison during a mass break-out with 48 others
2013 Aug 29, In Rwanda 2 people
were killed when an artillery shell crashed close to a market in the
frontier town of Gisenyi, near the border with Democratic Republic
2013 Aug 29, In Yemen suspected
Al-Qaeda gunmen in Huta shot dead Salem Ahmed Hasan (29) because
they believed he was a homosexual.
2014 Aug 29, The US imposed
sanctions on more than 25 Iranian businesses and individuals
suspected of working to expand Iran’s nuclear program.
(SSFC, 8/31/14, p.A5)
2014 Aug 29, California’s state
legislature passed three bills that would allow local agencies, for
the first time, to curb excessive pumping of groundwater by
(Econ, 9/20/14, p.29)
2014 Aug 29, In southern
California Carmen Montenegro (54) was convicted of the 2011 fatal
stabbing and dismembering of Samuel Wiggins Jr. (63).
(SSFC, 8/31/14, p.A12)
2014 Aug 29, In Florida Joel
Steinger (64), the mastermind of an $800 million insurance scam, was
sentenced to 20 years in prison. He victmized more than 30,000
investors in all 50 US states and numerous foreign countries between
1994 and 2004.
(SFC, 8/30/14, p.A9)
2014 Aug 29, In North Carolina
Lennon Lacy (17) was found hanging by a dog leash and a belt in
Bladenboro. A medical examiner ruled the black teen’s death a
suicide but the family questioned the ruling and the FBI opened an
(SFC, 12/13/14, p.A5)
2014 Aug 29, China's top
leaders decided to cut salaries and restrict expense accounts and
other perks of executives at state-owned enterprises (SOEs), as they
pursued a crackdown on corruption and extravagance.
2014 Aug 29, The jihadist
Islamic State group posted video of the execution of a captured
Kurdish fighter, in a warning to Iraqi Kurdish leaders to end
military cooperation with Washington.
2014 Aug 29, Japan executed a
mobster and a killer arsonist, bringing to 11 the total number of
death sentences carried out since PM Shinzo Abe took power in 2012.
2014 Aug 29, Libya's interim
government said it has submitted its resignation to the newly
elected parliament, raising the possibility that a more inclusive
government will be formed. Militias in Tripoli accepted a UN call
for a cease-fire. Islamist militias in the east claimed to have shot
down a fighter jet, said to be under the command of renegade General
Khalifa Hifter, that had been flying over the city of Bayda.
2014 Aug 29, Lebanon received
its first emergency shipment of weapons from the US.
2014 Aug 29, Malaysia Airlines
said it will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul to
revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet
2014 Aug 29, Pakistani
officials said troops have recovered Ajmal Khan, vice-chancellor of
Islamia College University Peshawar. He had been held for four years
by the Taliban in North Waziristan.
2014 Aug 29, In Papua New
Guinea Mount Tavurvur erupted early today in Rabaul district on New
Britain Island. The eruption forced several communities to evacuate
and some international flights were diverted.
2014 Aug 29, In Russia Lev
Shlosberg, a parliamentarian from the liberal Yabloko party, was
attacked and badly beaten this evening close to his home. His
newspaper this week had reported mysterious funerals of soldiers
from the Pskov region.
2014 Aug 29, Senegal’s Ministry
of Health said a man infected with Ebola has traveled to Senegal,
becoming the first recorded in this country of an outbreak that has
hit four other West African countries and has killed more than 1,500
people. Senegal's first case was a student (21) from Guinea.
(AP, 8/29/14)(Reuters, 8/29/14)
2014 Aug 29, A South
Korea-based pageant said that a Myanmar beauty queen, who was
stripped of her title for allegedly being rude and dishonest, has
run off with the $100,000 jeweled crown. On Sep 2 May Myat Noe (16)
said she won't return her bejeweled crown until pageant organizers
apologize for calling her a liar and a thief.
(AP, 8/29/14)(AP, 9/2/14)
2014 Aug 29, Syrian lawyer
Mudar Hassan Khadur, a pro-government activist who launched a social
media campaign calling on officials to provide information about
hundreds of missing soldier, was arrested.
2014 Aug 29, In Syria 44 Fijian
soldiers working as UN peacekeepers remained captive to a militant
group while 75 Philippine soldiers were in tense standoff with the
2014 Aug 29, Ukraine said it
would seek the protection of NATO membership after what Kiev and its
Western allies say is the open participation of the Russian military
in the war in the eastern provinces. Pro-Moscow rebels said they
would comply with a request from the Kremlin and open up a
'humanitarian corridor' to allow the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops
they have encircled.
2014 Aug 29, In Yemen hundreds
of thousands rallied in the capital and across the country against
an armed Shiite rebel group which has been holding its own sit-in
demanding a new government and the reinstatement of fuel subsidies.
Nearly 10 km (six miles) away, supporters of the Shiite Hawthi group
expanded their sit-in alongside the main airport road.