Today in History - September 2
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490BC Sep 2, Phidippides of
Athens set out on his 26-mile run that inspired the Marathon.
Phidippides was sent to seek troops from Sparta to help against the
invading Persian army. The Spartans were unwilling to help, until
the next full moon, due to religious laws. On Sept. 4th, Phidippides
returned the 26 miles Marathon without Spartan troops.
31BC Sep 2, Famous Naval Battle
of Actium in the Ionian Sea, between Roman leader Octavian and the
alliance of Roman Mark Antony and Cleopatra, queen of Egypt.
Octavian soundly defeated Antony's fleet which was burned and 5000
of his men were killed.
911AD Sep 2, Viking monarch Oleg of Kiev, Russia,
signed a treaty with the Byzantines.
1031 Sep 2, In Hungary Emeric
(b.1007), the son of King Stephen, was killed by a boar while
hunting. On Nov 5, 1083, King Ladislaus I unearthed Emeric's bones
in a large ceremony. Emeric was canonized for his pious life and
purity along with his father and Bishop Gerhard by Pope Gregory VII.
1192 Sep 2, Sultan Saladin and
King Richard the Lion Hearted signed a cease fire.
1384 Sep 2, Louis I, duke of
Anjou and king of Naples (Battle of Poitiers), died.
1547 Sep 2, Hernan Cortes,
Spanish general who defeated Aztec Indians, died.
1644 Sep 2, At the Battle at
Lostwithiel: Robert Devereux's infantry surrendered.
1666 Sep 2, The Great Fire of
London, having started at Pudding Lane, began to demolish about
four-fifths of London. It started at the house of King Charles II's
baker, Thomas Farrinor, after he forgot to extinguish his oven. The
flames raged uncontrollably for the next few days, helped along by
the wind, as well as by warehouses full of oil and other flammable
substances. Approximately 13,200 houses, 90 churches and 50 livery
company halls burned down or exploded. But the fire claimed only 16
lives, and it actually helped impede the spread of the deadly Black
Plague, as most of the disease-carrying rats were killed in the
(CFA, '96, p.54)(AP, 9/2/97)(HNPD, 9/2/98)(HNQ,
1716 Sep 2, Johann Trier,
composer, was born.
1732 Sep 2, Pope Clement XII
renewed anti-Jewish laws of Rome.
1776 Sep 2-9, The Hurricane of
Independence killed 4,170 people from North Carolina to Nova Scotia.
(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)
1779 Sep 2, Louis Napoleon
Bonaparte (d.1844), French king of the Netherlands (1806-10), was
born in Corsica. He was one of 3 younger brothers of Napoleon I.
1789 Sep 2, The Treasury
Department, headed by Alexander Hamilton, was created in New York
(AP, 9/2/97)(HN, 9/2/98)
1792 Sep 2, Verdun, France,
surrendered to the Prussian Army.
1792 Sep 2, In the "September
Massacres"- French mobs removed nobles and clergymen from jails, and
(Econ, 7/18/09, p.80)
1798 Sep 2, The Maltese people
revolted against the French occupation, forcing the French troops to
take refuge in the citadel of Valetta in Malta.
1807 Sep 2, British forces
began bombarding Copenhagen for several days, until the Danes agreed
to surrender their naval fleet.
1820 Sep 2, China’s Emperor
Jiaqing (b.1760) died.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiaqing_Emperor)(Econ, 3/19/11, p.93)
1838 Sep 2, Lydia Kamekeha
Liliuokalani (d.1917), last sovereign before annexation of Hawaii by
the United States, was born. Lili’uokalani, the last monarch of
Hawaii (1891-1893). She composed Hawaii’s most famous song “Aloha
(WSJ, 1/23/97, p.A12)(HN, 9/2/98)
1842 Sep 2, A letter by Abraham
Lincoln (31) in the Sangamon Journal satirized the Illinois State
Auditor’s call for state taxes to be paid in silver or gold. This in
part led auditor James Shields to challenge Lincoln to a duel.
(ON, 11/02, p.11)
1850 Sep 2, Eugene Field,
author, poet and journalist, was born. His work included “Little Boy
(HN, 9/2/00)(MC, 9/2/01)
1856 Sep 2, Paul Du Chaillu
(1831-1903), French-American journalist and hunter, shot and killed
his 1st gorilla in Gabon. Over the next 3 years he killed 31
gorillas. In 1861 he published “Explorations & Adventures in
(ON, 11/04, p.12)
1864 Sep 2, During the Civil
War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman's forces occupied Atlanta.
1865 Sep 2, William Rowan
Hamilton, Ireland's greatest man of science who made contributions
in the study of optics and applications of algebra to geometry,
1870 Sep 2, Samuel Augustus
Maverick (b.1803), Texas lawyer, politician, land baron and signer
of the Texas Declaration of Independence, died. His name is the
source of the term "maverick", first cited in 1867, which means
independent minded. Maverick was considered independent minded by
his fellow ranchers because he refused to brand his cattle.
1870 Sep 2, Napoleon III with
80,000 men capitulated to the Prussians at Sedan, France.
(PCh, 1992, p.516)(WSJ, 3/14/95, p.A-16)(HN,
1877 Sep 2, Frederick Soddy,
named an isotope and received 1921 Nobel prize for chemistry, was
1885 Sep 2, In Rock Springs,
Wyoming Territory, 28 Chinese laborers were killed and hundreds more
chased out of town by striking coal miners.
1894 Sep 1-2, Forest fires
ravaged over 160,000 acres and destroyed Hinckley, Minnesota. About
600 people died.
(MC, 9/2/01)(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)
1897 Sep 2, "McCall's" magazine
was 1st published.
1898 Sep 2, Anglo-Egyptian
lines under Gen’l. Kitchener were charged by 50,000 fanatical
Dervishes and were mowed down by howitzers, machine guns and rifles.
Lt. Winston Churchill led one of the last (and most useless) cavalry
charges in history. Sir Herbert Kitchener led the British to victory
over the Mahdists at Omdurman and took Khartoum. The Dervishes left
11,000 dead and 16,000 wounded. The Anglo-Egyptian army suffered
fewer than a dozen casualties. In 1899 Winston Churchill published
"The River War, An Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan." This
was the 1st use of the machine gun in battle.
(WSJ, 8/25/98, p.A14)(HN, 9/2/98)(ON, 10/99,
1901 Sep 2, Adolph Rupp,
basketball coach at the University of Kentucky who achieved a record
876 victories, was born.
1901 Sep 2, Vice President
Theodore Roosevelt offered the advice, "Speak softly and carry a big
stick," in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair.
1904 Sep 2, Set Svanholm, tenor
(Met Opera and London Convent Garden), was born in Vesteras, Sweden.
1906 Sep 2, Giuseppe Giacosa
(b.1847), Italian songwriter (libretti opera Puccini), died.
1910 Sep 2, Alice Stebbins
Wells was admitted to the Los Angeles Police Force as the first
woman police officer to receive an appointment based on a civil
1910 Sep 2, Henri "le Douanier"
Rousseau (b.1844), French customs officer and painter, died in
Paris. He had recently completed his masterpiece “The Dream.”
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Rousseau)(WSJ, 9/13/06, p.D10)
1915 Sep 2, Austro-German
armies took Grodno, Poland.
1917 Sep 2, Cleveland Amory,
conservationist and TV reviewer (TV Guide), was born in Nahant,
1917 Sep 2, Admiral Tirpitz
formed the Deutsche Vaterlands Party.
1918 Sep 2, Laurindo Almeida,
composer and guitarist, was born.
1918 Sep 2, Martha Mitchell,
wife of Attorney General John Mitchell, was born.
1918 Sep 2, Some 9,000 soldiers
from California and the Philippines began arriving at Vladivostok
under Gen. William S. Graves. His orders said to stay out of
trouble. US President Woodrow Wilson sent the Polar Bear Expedition
to Russia in response to requests from the governments of Great
Britain and France to join the Allied Intervention in North Russia
(also known as the North Russia Campaign). The Allied intervention
in the Russian Civil War fought the Red Army in the surrounding
region during the period of September 1918 through to July 1919.
1919 Sep 2, Marge Champion,
dancer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), was born in LA,
1920 Sep 2, W. Somerset
Maugham's "East of Suez," premiered in London.
1921 Sep 2, At the Battle of
Blair Mountain in West Virginia an army of 10 to 15 thousand miners
and their families faced a private army of some 2,000 men and 2,100
state and federal troops. The fledgling US Air Force dropped a few
bombs as a demonstration meant to overawe the labor organizers and
in the event. The death toll for the battle was estimated from fewer
than 20 to more than 50.
1924 Sep 2, The Rudolf Friml
operetta "Rose Marie" opened on Broadway and ran for 558
performances. Producer Arthur Hammerstein ordered that it be written
for singer Mary Ellis (1897-2003).
(AP, 9/2/99)(SFC, 2/3/03, p.B4)
1928 Sep 2, SF inventor Philo
T. Farnsworth announced two major advances in television technology.
He reportedly eliminated all moving parts and shortened the wave
band length to keep broadcasts from interfering with each other. His
work was funded by local capitalists headed by W.W. Crocker and Roy
(SSFC, 9/6/15, p.F3)
1930 Sep 2, The first non-stop
airplane flight from Europe to the US was completed as Captain
Dieudonne Coste and Maurice Bellonte of France arrived in Valley
Stream, New York, aboard a Breguet biplane. The plane was known as
"The Question Mark" because it bore a large question mark, instead
of a name, on each side.
1935 Sep 2, A hurricane slammed
into the Florida Keys, claiming more than 400 lives. Estimates of
the dead reached 500-800. Some 260 WW I veterans were killed in the
Labor Day hurricane as well as over 160 permanent residents. In 2002
Willie Drye authored “The Storm of the Century: The Labor Day
Hurricane of 1935.”
(WSJ, 4/2/07, p.B1)(AP, 9/2/07)(AH, 2/03, p.59)
1936 Sep 2, The 1st
transatlantic round-trip air flight took place. [see Sep 6]
1937 Sep 2, Peter Ueberroth,
baseball commissioner, was born. He organized the 1984 LA Olympics.
1937 Sep 2, Pierre de Coubertin
(b.1863), French Baron and the major force behind the revival of the
modern Olympics, died.
1940 Sep 2, The US Great Smoky
Mountains National Park dedicated.
1942 Sep 2, German troops
1942 Sep 2, Eric Ravilious
(b.1903), English painter, died when the aircraft he was on was lost
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Ravilious)(Econ., 4/18/15, p.76)
1944 Sep 2, Troops of the U.S.
First Army entered Belgium.
1944 Sep 2, Navy pilot George
Herbert Walker Bush was shot down by Japanese forces as he completed
a bombing run over the Bonin Islands. Bush was rescued by the crew
of the U.S. submarine Finback; his two crew members, however, died.
1945 Sep 2, The Japanese
surrender delegation boarded the USS Missouri anchored in Tokyo Bay
to formally sign documents of surrender, ending World War II.
(WSJ, 8/31/95, p.A-10)(AP, 9/2/97)(HN, 9/2/98)
1945 Sep 2, Ho Chi Minh (55)
promulgated the Vietnamese Declaration of Independence and unity
from the north to the south. He was known to have written letters to
President Truman asking for humanitarian assistance and advocated
political rather than military action. His letters went unanswered.
(WSJ, 11/30/95, p.A-23)(SFEM, 6/9/96, p.9)(AP,
1946 Sep 2, Nehru formed a
government in India.
1947 Sep 2, The Inter-American
Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (IACHR) was adopted by the original
signatories in Rio de Janeiro (hence the colloquial name "Rio
Treaty." It came into force on December 3, 1948, and was registered
with the United Nations on December 20, 1948.
1948 Sep 2, Christa McAuliffe,
the first civilian passenger on a space mission, was born in Boston,
Mass. During that 1986 mission, she and the six other crew members
on the space shuttle Challenger perished in an explosion shortly
1950 Sep 2, In Oakland, Ca.,
the Children’s Fairyland opened at Lake Merritt. 6,000 children
streamed through the instep of Old Mother Hubbard's Shoe. Walt
Disney based his theme park on Fairyland and stole away the first
director, Dorothy Manes, with a higher salary. It was reconstructed
(SFEC,12/21/97, p.B5)(SFC, 3/18/98, p.A15)(SFEC,
1951 Sep 2, Mark Harmon (actor
Wyatt Earp, Till There Was You, Reasonable Doubts, People magazine’s
Sexiest Man Alive ), was born.
1952 Sep 2, Jimmy Connors
tennis champion, was born. His wins included: Australian Open
, Wimbledon [1974, 1982], U.S. Open [1974, 1976, 1978, 1982,
1952 Sep 2, Dr. Floyd J. Lewis
1st used a deep freeze technique in heart surgery.
1956 Sep 2, Tennessee National
Guardsmen halted rioters protesting the admission of 12
African-Americans to schools in Clinton.
1957 Sep 2, Pres. Eisenhower
signed the Price-Anderson Act, which limited firms’ liability in
commercial nuclear disasters. The Price-Anderson Nuclear Industries
Indemnity Act, a United States federal law, has since been renewed
several times since its passage.
1957 Sep 2, Arkansas Gov. Orval
Faubus called out the National Guard to prevent nine black students
from entering Central High School in Little Rock. Pres. Eisenhower
soon responded with Federal troops to enforce federal law for
integration. The nine students, mentored by Daisy Gatson (d.1999 at
84) went on to lead very productive lives as detailed in a 1997
1958 Sep 2, President
Eisenhower signed the National Defense Education Act, which provided
aid to public and private education to promote learning in such
fields as math and science.
1963 Sep 2, "The CBS Evening
News" was lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes.
1963 Sep 2, Alabama Gov. George
C. Wallace prevented the integration of Tuskegee High School by
encircling the building with state troopers.
(AP, 9/2/97)(HN, 9/2/98)
1964 Sep 2, Keanu Reeves, film
actor, was born. His films included Chain Reaction, Johnny Mnemonic,
Speed, Little Buddha, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, My Own Private Idaho,
Parenthood, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Dangerous Liaisons.
1964 Sep 2, Indonesian
paratroopers landed in Malaysia.
1965 Sep 2, The Treblinka trial
in Dusseldorf ended.
1967 Sep 2, Paddy Roy Bates,
retired British army major, landed on the island of Sealand, a WW II
military fortress 6 miles off the coast of England, and declared it
a sovereign nation, the Principality of Sealand.
1969 Sep 2, The first Internet
message was a packet switch delivered to UCLA from BBN Corp. (Bolt
Beranek and Newman). The 1st 2 machines of ARPANET were connected at
Prof. Len Kleinrock's lab at UCLA. The US Dept. of Defense’s
Advanced Research and Projects Agency (ARPANET) launched a
self-healing computer network with TCP/IP (Transmission Control
Protocol / Internet Protocol). By the early 1980’s the military
component became a separate network and the true birth of today’s
Internet is marked. By 2007 some university researchers with the
federal government's blessing want to scrap the Internet and start
3/16/97, z1 p.3)(SFC, 8/30/99, p.C10)(SFC, 9/3/99, p.C1)
1969 Sep 2, North Vietnamese
president Ho Chi Minh died. The son of a poor scholar, Ho Chi Minh
led the nationalist movement of his country for three decades. Ho
Chi Minh became an active socialist while in France where he
petitioned for colonial reforms following World War I. His
involvement with the international communist movement continued into
the 1920s, meeting and working with communist leaders in Europe and
the newly formed Soviet Union. He formed the Indochinese Communist
Party in 1930 and its successor, the Viet-Minh, in 1941, going on to
serve as president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam from 1945
until his death.
1972 Sep 2, Dave Wottle of the
United States won the men's 800-meter race at the Munich Summer
1973 Sep 2, John R. R. Tolkien,
British story writer, died of ulcer at 81. His work included "The
Hobbit" and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. In 2007 his son
Christopher Tolkien edited “The Children of Hurin,” compiled from
notes and material left by his father.
(WSJ, 7/15/96, p.B1)(Econ, 4/21/07, p.94)
1974 Sep 2, Pres. Ford signed
the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), to protect
pension accounts. It was passed partly in response to Studebaker
employee pension losses in 1963. The US Pension Benefit Guaranty
Corporation (PBGC) was set up to insure the bulk of corporate
America’s pension plans. It was expanded to include 401(k) accounts
1975 Sep 2, Joseph W. Hatcher
of Tallahassee, Florida, became the state's first African-American
supreme court justice since Reconstruction.
1978 Sep 2, Gen. Charles Blair
(b.1909), pilot and the 3rd husband of actress Maureen O’Hara, died
in a Grumman Goose seaplane crash in the Caribbean. 3 passengers
were also killed and seven were severely injured.
1979 Sep 2, Charles Burton
(1942-2002) led a small group down the Thames on a 3-year journey to
follow the meridian line connecting Greenwich to the North and South
Poles. Sir Ranulph Fiennes (b.1944) and his wife Ginnie also took
part. Burton and Fiennes returned to Greenwich Aug 29, 1982.
1980 Sep 2, In the SF Bay Area
US District Judge William Ingram found Mafia boss Joseph Bonanno
guilty of conspiracy to influence witnesses before a federal grand
jury investigating the Santa Clara Valley business affairs of his 2
(SFC, 9/2/05, p.F2)
1983 Sep 2, Yitzhak Shamir
(68), the Foreign Minister of Israel, was elected to succeed PM
Menachem Begin as leader of the governing Herut Party.
1984 Sep 2, "Zorba" closed at
the Broadway Theater in NYC after 362 performances.
1986 Sep 2, A judge in Los
Angeles sentenced Cathy Evelyn Smith to three years in prison for
involuntary manslaughter in connection with the 1982 drug overdose
death of comedian John Belushi. She served 18 months.
1987 Sep 2, West German pilot
Mathias Rust, who flew a private plane from Helsinki, Finland, to
Moscow's Red Square, went on trial in the Soviet capital. Rust, who
was convicted and given a four-year sentence, was released Aug. 3,
1988 Sep 2, Democrat Michael
Dukakis welcomed back former top aide John Sasso to his presidential
campaign, nearly a year after Sasso resigned because of his role in
torpedoing the campaign of Democratic Sen. Joseph Biden.
1989 Sep 2, In Nicaragua, a
14-party opposition coalition chose Violeta Barrios de Chamorro as
its presidential candidate. Chamorro went on to win the election the
1990 Sep 2, Dave Stieb of the
Toronto Blue Jays hurled a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians,
1990 Sep 2, Brian Watkins (22),
a tourist from Utah, was stabbed in the heart and died in NYC while
defending his family from muggers. Seven young men were convicted in
the case. In 2015 a judge overturned the conviction of Johnny
Hincapie (43) and ordered a new trial. Hincapie had testified that a
detective beat him to get a signed confession.
12/8/12, p.31)(SFC, 10/7/15, p.A7)
1990 Sep 2, Dozens of Americans
reached freedom in the first major airlift of Westerners from Iraq
during the month-old Persian Gulf crisis.
1990 Sep 2, The UN Convention
on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) entered into force. As of 2008
only the United States and Somalia had failed to ratify the
1991 Sep 2, President Bush
formally recognized the independence of the Baltic states of
Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
1991 Sep 2, In Moscow, the
Soviet Congress of People's Deputies opened its first session since
the failed coup, taking up proposals aimed at drastically
restructuring the country.
1992 Sep 2, On the campaign
trail, President Bush announced nearly $2 billion in new aid for US
farmers and a $6 billion jet fighter sale that would largely benefit
Texas. Democrat Bill Clinton, meanwhile, charged that Bush would
short change middle-class students to finance tax cuts for the rich.
Bush announced the agreement to sell Taiwan 150 F-16 jet fighters at
the General Dynamics factory in Fort Worth, Texas.
1992 Sep 2, Michael Nguyen (9)
was murdered in San Francisco. Two men were later found guilty of
murdering the boy for profit based on insurance claims.
(SFC, 6/12/96, p.A13)
1993 Sep 2, The United States
and Russia formally ended decades of competition in space by
agreeing to a joint venture to build a space station.
1994 Sep 2, The US government
reported the nation's unemployment rate for August was unchanged
from July, at 6.1 percent.
1995 Sep 2, At a military
cemetery on a hill high above Honolulu, President Clinton marked the
50th anniversary of the end of World War II, saying it taught
Americans that "the blessings of freedom are never easy or free."
1995 Sep 2, Vaclav Neumann
(74), Czech conductor, died.
1996 Sep 2, The US launched
cruise missiles at selected air defense targets in Iraq to
discourage Sadam Hussein’s military moves against a Kurd faction.
(SFC, 9/3/96, p.A1)
1996 Sep 2, In Palestine
stories of corruption were rife and Arafat was accused of pouring
money into his 9 security forces rather than infrastructure.
(SFC, 9/2/96, p.A14)
1996 Sep 2, In the Philippines
an accord was signed between Pres. Ramos and Moro rebel leader Nur
Misuari to end a 24-26 year Muslim rebellion during which some
120,000 people were killed.
(WSJ, 8/20/96, p.A1)(SFC, 8/20/96, p.A9)(SFC,
9/2/96, p.A12)(AP, 9/2/97)
1996 Sep 2, The Ukraine
government planned to introduce its new currency, the hyrvna. The
old karbovanets would be swappable for only 2 weeks.
(WSJ, 8/27/96, p.A10)
1997 Sep 2, It was reported
that 52,000 books, fiction and non-fiction, would be published this
year in the US.
(WSJ, 9/2/97, p.A1)
1997 Sep 2, US troops in Bosnia
relinquished control of the TV transmitter in exchange for
agreements to permit opposition voices on the air and an end to
(SFC, 9/3/97, p.C2)
1997 Sep 2, The US demanded
exemptions to a proposed global ban on land mines at an int’l
meeting in Oslo, Norway. The exemptions were for mines on the Korean
peninsula and for certain types of mines.
(SFC, 9/3/97, p.C2)
1997 Sep 2, The US stock market
made a record 257 point gain.
(SFC, 9/3/97, p.B1)
1997 Sep 2, In Miami Beach,
Florida US postal worker, Jesus Antonio Tamayo (64) shot and
critically injured his former wife, Manuela Acosta (62) and a friend
and then killed himself.
(SFC, 9/3/97, p.A3)
1997 Sep 2, Rudolf Bing (95),
opera manager (NY Met Opera), died.
1997 Sep 2, Viktor E. Frankl
(b. 1905), psychotherapist, died in Vienna at age 92. He was the
author of “Man’s Search for Meaning.” He developed logotherapy, a
theory whose primary belief is that man’s primary motivational force
is his search for meaning. His teachings are called the 3rd Vienna
School of Psychotherapy after Freud and Adler. He held that one can
discover the meaning of life in 3 different ways: “by creating a
work or doing a deed; by experiencing something or encountering
someone; and by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering.”
(WSJ, 9/4/97, p.A1)(SFC, 9/4/97, p.C4)
1997 Sep 2, Ethnic Armenians in
Nagorno-Karabakh elected Arkady Gukasian as president with an 89%
vote. Azerbaijan called the vote invalid.
(SFC, 9/3/97, p.C3)
1997 Sep 2, In London, a
grieving human tide engulfed St. James's Palace, where Princess
Diana's body lay in a chapel closed to the public, as the British
monarchy and government prepared for her funeral. The White House
announced that first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton would attend on
behalf of the United States.
1997 Sep 2, In Russia Space
Agency officials blamed the cosmonauts for the Jun 25 crash on the
Mir space station. Later ground controllers were also held partly
(SFC, 9/3/97, p.C3)(SFC, 9/5/97, p.A12)
1998 Sep 2, President Clinton
concluded his Moscow summit with Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
(WSJ, 9/3/98, p.A1)(AP, 9/2/99)
1998 Sep 2, It was reported
that US officials acknowledged that they were not aware that Sudan’s
Shifa factory produced human and veterinary medicines. The admitted
that their only knowledge about what the plant produced came from
its Web site.
(SFC, 9/2/98, p.A9)
1998 Sep 2, Tropical Storm Earl
hit the Florida Panhandle. It was expected to reach hurricane
strength with winds over 74 mph.
(SFC, 9/2/98, p.A2)(SFC, 9/3/98, p.A3)
1998 Sep 2, Tropical Storm Isis
grew into a hurricane and hit the tip of Baja California.
(SFC, 9/3/98, p.C2)
1998 Sep 2, Investigators in
Poughkeepsie arrested Kendall Francois for the murder of Catina
Newmaster (25), one of 8 women missing since 1996. The bodies of 3
women were pulled from his house.
(SFC, 9/3/98, p.A3)
1998 Sep 2, A Swissair MD-11
jetliner crashed off Nova Scotia with 229 people aboard and all were
feared dead. The New York to Geneva flight had 136 Americans on
(SFC, 9/3/98, p.A1)(SFC, 9/4/98, p.A17)(AP,
9/2/99)(WSJ, 11/13/01, p.A14)
1998 Sep 2, In Afghanistan a
$415 million deal was signed with the Taliban government for
telecommunications by Gary Breshinsky of Telephone Systems Int’l.
(SFC, 9/16/98, p.A10)
1998 Sep 2, Colombia devalued
its currency by 9% and the peso fell 5.3%.
(SFC, 9/3/98, p.B1)(SFC, 9/11/98, p.D2)
1998 Sep 2, A new strain of
HIV-1 was reported by French researchers from a Cameroonian woman
who died if AIDS in 1995.
(SFC, 9/1/98, p.A4)
1998 Sep 2, Indonesian police
on Sumatra shot 2 people to death in Lhokseumawe on the 2nd day of
rioting. Rioters freed 90 prisoners and hundreds of ethnic Chinese
fled the town. Several thousand fresh troops were sent to the city
in the province of Aceh.
(WSJ, 9/3/98, p.A1)(SFC, 9/3/98, p.C18)
1998 Sep 2, Malaysia PM
Mahathir Mohamad ousted deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim after
the deputy disagreed with the free-spending policies of his boss.
(SFC, 9/21/98, p.A12)(SFC, 9/22/98, p.A7)
1998 Sep 2, In Northern Ireland
the IRA-allied Sinn Fein party announced that Martin McGuiness, its
senior negotiator, would work with the Canadian-led commission
charged with disarming paramilitary groups.
(SFC, 9/3/98, p.A14)
1998 Sep 2, In Russia Yuri
Timoshenkov, mayor of Nizhznevartovsk, was injured along with 2
bodyguards when a bomb exploded near his car.
(SFC, 9/3/98, p.C2)
1998 Sep 2, In Rwanda
prosecutors held Jean-Paul Akayesu, a former Hutu village mayor,
guilty of 9 counts genocide. He was later sentenced to life in
prison and 80 years for other violations.
(SFC, 9/3/98, p.A14)(SFC, 10/3/98, p.A10)
1999 Sep 2, It was announced
that President and Mrs. Clinton had signed a contract to purchase a
$1.7 million house in Chappaqua, New York, ending a months-long
guessing game over where the couple would live after leaving the
1999 Sep 2, US Sec. of State
Albright and her top negotiators worked to restart Middle East peace
negotiations stalled over the number of Palestinian prisoners to be
released by Israel.
(SFC, 9/3/99, p.A8)
1999 Sep 2, Genetic experts
reported that Chardonnay and 15 other varietal wines have resulted
from a coupling between Pinot and Gouais blanc grapes.
(SFC, 9/3/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 2, NATO and UN
officials agreed to the formation of a civilian emergency force in
Kosovo from the remnants of the KLA.
(SFC, 9/3/99, p.A9)
1999 Sep 2, In East Timor
pro-Indonesia militiamen killed 2 UN workers as the Indonesian
government dispatched 500 riot police to maintain peace.
(SFC, 9/3/99, p.A8)
1999 Sep 2, North Korea
declared a new demilitarized zone with South Korea that placed 5
islands controlled by South Korea with North Korean territory.
(SFC, 9/3/99, p.A9)
1999 Sep 2, In Russia a TV
network was forced off the air by the new media ministry after a
report on a political party led by Yeltsin and Boris Nemtsov.
(WSJ, 9/3/99, p.A1)
2000 Sep 2, In Alaska Joshua
Alan Wade killed Della Brown (33), a native Alaskan, by smashing her
head with a rock in Anchorage. Wade was acquitted in 2003 in her
killing, but was convicted of tampering with her body and served
several years in prison. In 2010 Wade acknowledged her murder.
2000 Sep 2, The California
opening for the 6,356 mile American Discovery Trail was celebrated
at Crissy Field in SF. The 15-state trail is the result of an
11-year effort backed by Backpacker Magazine and the American Hiking
(SFEC, 9/3/00, p.C1)
2000 Sep 2, In Nevada some
28,000 people gathered for the finale of the Burning Man festival in
the Black Rock Desert.
(SFEC, 9/3/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 2, Curt Siodmak,
novelist, screenwriter and film director, died at age 98. His
autobiography “Wolf Man’s Maker” was published soon after his death.
(SFC, 11/21/00, p.A25)
2000 Sep 2, In Colombia a
US-made warplane crashed and 7 airmen were killed during heavy
fighting with rebels. Another 8 soldiers were killed along with 12
rebels in the combat on Mount Montezuma, 155 miles west of Bogota. A
rebel assault on a police station at Tomarrazon in Guajira state
left 7 police officers dead.
(SFEC, 9/3/00, p.A15)(SFC, 9/4/00, p.A9)
2000 Sep 2, Hundreds of
thousands of North Koreans welcomed home 63 former spies and
guerrillas released by South Korea.
2001 Sep 2, The Nevada Burning
Man festival came to a close. Also burned was “The Mausoleum,” a
plywood temple built over several weeks and dedicated to the dead.
(SSFC, 9/9/01, p.B3)
2001 Sep 2, Dr. Christiaan
Barnard (b.1922), South African cardiologist, died in Paphos,
Cyprus. He performed the world’s 1st human heart transplant in 1967,
authored a distinguished text on cardiology, a scandalous
autobiography and 4 minor novels.
(SFC, 9/3/01, p.A15)(AP, 9/2/02)(NW, 12/31/01,
2001 Sep 2, Troy Donahue (65),
a one-time teen movie idol, died in Santa Monica, California.
(SFC, 9/3/01, p.A15)(AP, 9/2/02)
2001 Sep 2, In Virginia David
Peltier (10) died from a shark attack at Virginia Beach.
(SFC, 9/3/01, p.A3)
2001 Sep 2, In Colombia Ramiro
Carranza, director of the foreign branch of the secret police (DAS),
was abducted near Quetame.
(SFC, 9/5/01, p.A9)
2001 Sep 2, The 2nd annual
European Day of Jewish Culture was set in 23 European countries.
(SSFC, 8/19/01, p.A10)
2001 Sep 2, North Korea
announced a desire to reopen stalled peace talks with South Korea.
(SFC, 9/2/01, p.A8)
2001 Sep 2, Namibia confirmed
that it had pulled all its troops from all of Congo except the
capital. Uganda said it had pulled 6 of 10 battalions.
(SFC, 9/3/01, p.A10)
2001 Sep 2, In the Seychelles
voting ended. Pres. France Albert Rene won another 5 year term.
(SFC, 9/4/01, p.B1)
2002 Sep 2, The $195 million
Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles was dedicated. It
was designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo.
(SFC, 9/2/02, p.A2)
2002 Sep 2, Glenn Tilton was
named chairman, president and chief executive officer of United
Airlines parent UAL Corp.
2002 Sep 2, Consolidated
Freightways Corp. of Vancouver, Wa., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
and laid off 15,500 people nationwide.
(SFC, 9/3/02, p.A4)
2002 Sep 2, In New Hampshire 7
people were killed when their small plane crashed near Swanzey.
(SFC, 9/3/02, p.A10)
2002 Sep 2, Jerry Boyd
(b.1930), boxing trainer and author (pen name F.X. Toole), died. Two
of his short stories were adopted for the 2004 film “Million Dollar
2002 Sep 2, In Bolivia a bus
slid off a muddy shoulder on one the most dangerous highways and
plunged into a ravine, killing at least 20 people.
2002 Sep 2, Thousands of
illegal Indonesian workers and their families are living in dire
conditions in camps near the country's border with Malaysia and one
relief worker said a few are selling their babies to raise cash.
2002 Sep 2, Tens of thousands
of South Koreans heaved shovels to clear mud and debris from homes
devastated by Typhoon Rusa, the worst typhoon to hit the country in
40 years. The death toll from South Korea's worst typhoon in 40
years rose to 113 as soldiers led a desperate search for 71 people
still missing after the weekend devastation.
(AP, 9/2/02)(Reuters, 9/3/02)(SFC, 9/3/02, p.A3)
2002 Sep 2, Russia urged Iraq
to admit U.N. weapons inspectors to avoid a war that could
jeopardize multibillion-dollar economic deals between the trading
2002 Sep 2, The Sudanese
government suspended peace talks with southern rebels because of the
rebel takeover of Torit.
2002 Sep 2, At least 14 people
were killed and more than 20 were missing after their makeshift
houses on the banks of an overflowing stream collapsed after heavy
rain in northern Thailand.
2002 Sep 2, Tunisia's highest
court upheld jail terms against opposition leader Hamma Hammami,
head of the outlawed Communist Workers Party, and two officials of
his political party.
2002 Sep 2, At the UN Earth
Summit in South Africa negotiators agreed on a global plan to reduce
the use of oil and switch to other cleaner and more efficient forms
(SFC, 9/3/02, p.A1)
2003 Sep 2, A federal appeals
court in San Francisco threw out more than 100 death sentences in
Arizona, Montana and Idaho because the inmates had been sent to
death row by judges instead of juries.
2003 Sep 2, Typhoon Dujuan
slammed into the southern Chinese coastal city of Shenzhen, killing
at least 20 people and causing extensive damage to parts of the
country's showcase economic development zone.
2003 Sep 2, The official Xinhua
News Agency reported that heavy flooding in northern China had
killed 38 people with another 34 people missing since Aug 24.
2003 Sep 2, In China's Inner
Mongolia a locust plague, Oedaleus decorus asiaticus, was reported
to have affected some 47 million acres of grasslands.
(WSJ, 9/2/03, p.A1)
2003 Sep 2, Two South China
tigers, the first ever to leave the country, arrived in South Africa
as part of a project to save the endangered species.
2003 Sep 2, Ptolemy Alexander
Reid (85), former Guyanese Prime Minister, died after suffering a
stroke. Reid was named prime minister under President Forbes
Burnham, and held the post from 1980 to 1984.
2003 Sep 2, In eastern India an
overcrowded boat capsized in the swollen Kosi River of Bihar state,
and at least 25 people were missing and feared drowned.
2003 Sep 2, In Indonesia a
court in Jakarta convicted radical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir of
inciting others to overthrow the government. He was sentenced to
four years in prison for sedition. The court threw out charges that
he belonged to al-Qaida's main Asian ally. His conviction was later
overturned after he'd spent more than two years behind bars.
(AP, 9/2/03)(AP, 9/2/08)
2003 Sep 2, Saudi Arabia's
Crown Prince Abdullah met Russia's Pres. Putin on the first visit to
post-Soviet Russia by a Saudi leader, aimed at coordinating oil
exports and soothing Russian concerns about alleged funding of
Chechen rebels by Saudi charities.
2003 Sep 2, In northeastern
Uganda rebels shot or clubbed to death 25 people on a bus and then
set the vehicle ablaze.
2004 Sep 2, Pres. Bush pledged
"a safer world and a more hopeful America" as he accepted his
party's nomination for a second term at the Republican National
Convention in New York.
(SFC, 9/3/04, p.A1)(AP, 9/2/05)
2004 Sep 2, A military jury at
Camp Pendleton, Calif., convicted Marine Sgt. Gary Pittman of
dereliction of duty and abuse of prisoners at a makeshift detention
camp in Iraq. A jury at Fort Lewis, Wash., convicted a National
Guardsman of trying to help al-Qaida; Spc. Ryan G. Anderson was
sentenced to life in prison.
2004 Sep 2, Halliburton said an
internal investigation has found that a consortium it later took
over (1998) had once considered bribing Nigerian officials to win a
1995 energy contract.
2004 Sep 2, Hurricane Frances
raged through the sparsely populated southeastern Bahamas.
2004 Sep 2, The first Chinese
tourists to visit Paris, French, on an official tour group were
treated to a full taste of its charms.
2004 Sep 2, A controversial
monument commemorating Estonians who fought in the German army
against Soviet troops during World War II was removed, after the
government said it damaged the Baltic state's image.
2004 Sep 2, Egypt's antiquities
chief revealed a 2,500-year-old hidden tomb under the shadow of one
of Giza's three giant pyramids.
2004 Sep 2, In Germany a fire
in Weimar's Duchess Anna Amalia Library caused the loss or damage of
thousands of irreplaceable books. Some 6,000 historical works were
2004 Sep 2, Kidnappers handed
over two French journalists in Iraq to an Iraqi Sunni Muslim
opposition group. A militant group in Iraq said it had killed three
Turkish captives. Gunmen ambushed an Associated Press driver,
riddling his car with bullets and killing him near his home in
2004 Sep 2, Anwar Ibrahim was
set free after his sodomy conviction was overturned by Malaysia's
highest court. This was six years to the day after the one-time heir
apparent to the country's premiership plunged into a divisive fight
with his political mentor.
2004 Sep 2, In Beslan, Russia,
camouflage-clad commandos carried crying babies away from a school
where gunmen holding hundreds of hostages freed at least 26 women
2004 Sep 2, In Saudi Arabia one
policeman was killed and three others wounded in clashes with
militants in a town northeast of Riyadh.
2004 Sep 2, The UN Security
Council narrowly approved a U.S.-backed resolution aimed at
pressuring Lebanon to reject a second term for its pro-Syrian
president and calling for an immediate withdrawal of all foreign
(AP, 9/2/04)(Econ, 9/11/04, p.43)
2005 Sep 2, Pres. Bush made a
tour of damages from Hurricane Katrina in Alabama, Mississippi and
New Orleans. He acknowledged that current relief results were not
acceptable. A National Guard convoy packed with food, water and
medicine rolled into New Orleans to bring relief suffering
multitudes and put down the looting and violence. Scorched by
criticism about sluggish federal help, President Bush acknowledged
the government's failure to stop lawlessness and help desperate
people during a daylong tour of the Gulf Coast. During a live TV
benefit concert, rapper Kanye West went off-script to sharply
(SFC, 9/3/05, p.A1)(AP, 9/2/05)(AP, 9/2/06)
2005 Sep 2, FEMA signed a
6-month contract with Carnival Cruise Lines for 3 ships to help in
relief operations from Hurricane Katrina at a cost of $236 million.
(SFC, 9/28/05, p.A12)
2005 Sep 2, In New Orleans
Henry Glover (31) was shot and killed by police, who then burned his
body. In 2010 a US federal grand jury indicted 3 current and 2
former New Orleans police officers in the shooting of Henry Glover
(31). On Dec 9, 2010, former officer David Warren was found guilty
of manslaughter. Officer Gregory McRae was found guilty of burning
Glover’s body in a car. In 2012 an appeals court overturned Warren’s
conviction and scheduled a new trial. On Dec 11, 2013, a federal
jury acquitted David Warren of a civil rights violation and a
firearm charge. In 2014 Gregory McRae (53) already imprisoned for
burning Henry Glover's body, was re-sentenced to 17-years, 3-month
in prison. On April 1, 2015, Coroner Jeffrey Rouse classified
Glover’s death as a homicide.
(SFC, 6/12/10, p.A9)(SFC, 12/10/10,
p.A14)(SFC, 12/12/13, p.A8)(AP, 8/15/14)(SFC, 4/2/15, p.A5)
2005 Sep 2, In New Orleans
police Officer Ronald Mitchell shot and killed Danny Brumfeld (45)
outside the city’s convention center. In 2011 Mitchell was convicted
of lying about the aftermath of the deadly shooting.
2005 Sep 2, The US Labor
Department reported the August unemployment rate was 4.9%, a
2005 Sep 2, Machinists at
Boeing Co. went on a nearly monthlong strike.
2005 Sep 2, Davis Crippen (75),
technical manual editor, died in Piermont, New York. From 1939 he
had amassed a comic book collection that was valued in the millions.
(WSJ, 8/5/06, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/jly4g)
2005 Sep 2, Bob Denver (70), TV
and film star, died. He played the beatnik Maynard G. Krebs on “The
Many Loves of Dobbie Gillis” TV series (1959), and Willie Gilligan
on “Gilligan’s Island” (1964-1967).
(SFC, 9/7/05, p.B7)
2005 Sep 2, The National
Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases awarded the University
of Hawaii a grant of nearly $25 million for the construction of a
regional biocontainment laboratory. The lab will conduct biodefense
and emerging infectious disease research.
2005 Sep 2, Suspected Taliban
gunmen kidnapped a district government chief, a candidate for
legislature and three other people after ambushing their vehicle in
2005 Sep 2, The African Union
said it is suspending peacekeeper deployments to Sudan's war-torn
western Darfur region for nearly three weeks due to lack of jet fuel
and heavy rains.
2005 Sep 2, A powerful storm
packing winds of up to 70 mph slammed into southern Brazil, killing
and least one person and injuring five others.
2005 Sep 2, Bulgaria said it
has begun preparations to withdraw its 400 troops from Iraq.
2005 Sep 2, The US Embassy in
Cambodia said the US has established a $2 million endowment (DC-Cam)
to assist a Cambodian group researching crimes committed by the
Khmer Rouge government in the late 1970s.
2005 Sep 2, China said it plans
to end a 1998 prohibition on direct sales on Dec. 1, clearing the
way for such companies as Avon Products Inc. to expand into its
booming market for cosmetics and other consumer products.
2005 Sep 2, China’s government
said torrential rains and flooding from Typhoon Talim killed at
least 10 people and left 15 missing in eastern China.
2005 Sep 2, Provisional results
indicated that Ethiopia's ruling party won all 31 seats being
contested in repeat elections following fraud allegations.
2005 Sep 2, EU governments said
Europe will dip into its emergency stocks of gasoline to help the US
through an energy crisis due to Hurricane Katrina.
2005 Sep 2, French police
evicted about 140 mainly African squatters, some sobbing or
screaming, from two dilapidated buildings in Paris as authorities
began a sweep of dwellings deemed fire hazards following two deadly
2005 Sep 2, Some 5,000 US and
Iraqi troops launched an assault at Tal Afar and at least 30
insurgents were killed.
(SFC, 9/3/05, p.A3)
2005 Sep 2, Israel's vice
premier, Ehud Olmert, said Israel has frozen plans to expand its
largest West Bank settlement and will only revive the project with
2005 Sep 2, Premier Silvio
Berlusconi's Cabinet approved a reform program for Italy's central
bank that includes a seven-year fixed term for the Bank of Italy
2005 Sep 2, Former Nepali PM
Girija Prasad Koirala vowed to intensify anti-king protests, a day
after he won a 3rd term as chief of Nepal's oldest political party,
the Nepali Congress.
2005 Sep 2, Russia's President
Vladimir Putin said the Beslan school siege would be thoroughly
investigated to establish whether official incompetence contributed
to the deaths of 331 hostages.
2005 Sep 2, Two Russian
citizens formerly held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba, were released from custody after investigators found no
evidence of their involvement in terrorism-related activity.
2005 Sep 2, A bomb exploded in
a pile of garbage in the capital of the southern Russian region of
Dagestan, killing a serviceman and wounding five others who had been
searching for explosives.
2005 Sep 2, In South Korea an
apparent gas explosion sparked a fire at a public bathhouse
building, killing at least five people and injuring 43 others.
2005 Sep 2, A team of South
Korean scientists said they have developed a new technology that
could open the way to make new devices that could replace current
silicon-based semiconductors. The team led by Kim Hyun-Tak of the
Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) said
they had successfully manufactured a "Mott Insulator, named after
Sir Nevill Mott, a British scientist who won the 1977 Nobel Physics
2005 Sep 2, Syrian troops
clashed with members of the Jund al-Sham Islamic militant
organization in the northern city of Hama. Five militants were
2006 Sep 2, USAID announced a
new contract totaling $1.4 billion awarded to the joint venture of
the Louis Berger Group, Inc. and Black & Veatch Special Projects
Corp. for work in Afghanistan. Two months earlier an employee for US
contractor Lewis Berger had handed the government evidence of
overbilling on contracts going back to the mid-1990s. In 2010 Berger
agreed to pay tens of millions to settle allegations of overbilling.
2006 Sep 2, In Nevada’s Black
Rock Desert the Burning Man art festival culminated with the burning
of a 40-foot wooden man. It included a Belgian art installation
titled “Uchronia” (aka the Belgian Waffle), a 250,000, 15-story
wooden cavern funded by Jan Kriekels and constructed by 90 Belgium
(SSFC, 9/3/06, p.B1)
2006 Sep 2, Bob Mathias
(b.1930), 2-time Olympic decathlon champion (1948, 1952), died at
his home in Fresno, Ca. He also served in the US House of
Representatives for 4 terms (1967-1976). He starred as himself in
the film “The Bob Mathias Story” (1954).
(SSFC, 9/3/06, p.A1)
2006 Sep 2, Walter Redman (75),
aka Dewey Redman, tenor saxophonist and bandleader, died in NYC. He
cut his 1st album in SF in 1966.
(SFC, 9/7/06, p.B7)
2006 Sep 2, A NATO Nimrod
reconnaissance aircraft crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing 14
British servicemen. The alliance said there was no indication
hostile fire was involved. The Nimrod MR2 exploded after an
air-to-air refueling operation. A later investigation said that
leaking fuel ignited by a hot pipe was the most likely cause of a
fire that destroyed the plane. British patrol NATO and Afghan forces
began Operation Medusa in southern Afghanistan. Dozens of insurgents
were killed during the fighting.
(AP, 9/2/06)(AP, 9/3/06)(AP, 12/4/07)
2006 Sep 2, The UN said opium
cultivation in Afghanistan is spiraling out of control, rising 59%
this year to produce a record 6,100 tons, nearly a third more than
the world's drug users consume.
2006 Sep 2, Bangladesh's trade
shipments ground to a virtual halt as shipping companies refused to
use the nation's main port in a protest over container fees.
Operations began to resume the next day after 2 shipping companies
agreed to withdraw their boycott.
(AFP, 9/2/06)(AFP, 9/3/06)
2006 Sep 2, British police
arrested 14 people in overnight raids and said they suspected the
men had been involved in training and recruiting for terror attacks.
Two others were arrested in an unrelated terror investigation in
2006 Sep 2, In Chile miners at
Escondida returned to work following a 25-day strike that cost the
company some $200 million in lost profits. Their new deal included a
bonus of $12,000 on account of high copper prices.
(Econ, 9/9/06, p.40)
2006 Sep 2, In China’s Guizhou
Province a mine gas explosion killed at least 8 people. Six miners
died when their pit in central Hubei province flooded.
2006 Sep 2, A small boat of
African migrants from Eritrea was intercepted off the coast of
Sicily. They said eight people died during their grueling trip. They
had left from Libya 10-12 days earlier.
2006 Sep 2, Indonesia said it
will send up to 1,000 troops to southern Lebanon by the month's end,
after Israel dropped objections to its participation in the U.N.
2006 Sep 2, President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad vowed Iran would defend the aims of its nuclear program
during any negotiations as the EU gave Tehran extra time to show it
was serious about talks. Iran offered to help support the cease-fire
in Lebanon in talks with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and
insisted that diplomacy is the only way to resolve Tehran's nuclear
dispute with the West.
2006 Sep 2, In Iraq attacks
killed 13 Pakistani and Indian pilgrims south of Baghdad and three
bombings left six people dead.
2006 Sep 2, Italian soldiers
poured into Lebanon, part of the first large contingent of
international troops dispatched to boost the UN force keeping the
peace between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas.
2006 Sep 2, Hezbollah announced
the death of Hajj Ali Mohammed Saleh Bilal, a military commander,
from wounds suffered in monthlong fighting with Israel.
2006 Sep 2, At least eight
boats carrying 674 migrants from Mauritania reached the Canary
Islands in the space of 24 hours.
2006 Sep 2, The former Stella
Polaris, a historic ocean liner (1927-1970), sank overnight off
Japan's southeastern coast. The Swedish company Petro-Fast AB had
planned to operate the ship, renamed the Scandinavia, as a
hotel-restaurant in Stockholm.
2006 Sep 2, Unpaid teachers
shut down thousands of schools across the West Bank and Gaza Strip,
the first day of the school year, in a major challenge to the Hamas
2006 Sep 2, In Romania liberal
leaders expelled Mona Musca, one of the country's most popular
politicians, from the party after she admitted to having
collaborated with the Securitate secret police under the communist
dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu.
2006 Sep 2-2006 Sep 3, In
northwestern Russia hundreds of people looted shops and burned a
restaurant belonging to Caucasus businessmen in Kondopoga in
Karelia. The outbreak of racial violence was triggered by the recent
killing of two locals.
2006 Sep 2, Sudan's president
ordered the release of an envoy of Slovenia's president who was
convicted of espionage in the war-torn region of Darfur and
sentenced to two years in prison. Tomo Kriznar, the Slovenian
president's envoy to Darfur, was arrested in July and convicted on
Aug. 14 by a court in the North Darfur capital of el-Fasher.
2007 Sep 2, In SF a free
concert in Golden Gate Park celebrated the 40th anniversary of the
Summer of Love featuring dozens of veterans of the era. Boots
Hughston bankrolled the $120,000 budget for the party.
(SFC, 8/30/07, p.E1)(SFC, 9/3/07, p.A9)
2007 Sep 2, Hurricane Felix
strengthened into a dangerous Category 4 storm as it toppled trees
and flooded homes on a cluster of Dutch islands before churning its
way into the open waters of the Caribbean.
2007 Sep 2, Detained former
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina Wajed was charged in a new graft case as
part of the emergency government's corruption crackdown.
2007 Sep 2, In central Chinese
4 boats carrying the toxic chemical methanol caught fire in Wuhan,
causing one boat to sink and prompting fears of drinking water
2007 Sep 2, In western Colombia
10 soldiers were killed in a clash with leftist FARC rebels. Five
more were missing.
2007 Sep 2, In Copenhagen,
Denmark, a protest by hundreds of youth activists turned violent,
with protesters setting fire to street barricades and cars and
smashing shop windows. Officers used tear gas to disperse the crowd.
The unrest started after a demonstration the previous day
commemorating the Youth House, a makeshift cultural center for the
city's anarchists and disaffected youth that was demolished in
2007 Sep 2, Ethiopian rebels
declared a ceasefire to allow a UN mission to tour the eastern
Ogaden region and assess alleged rights violations and a worsening
2007 Sep 2, Dozens of Muslim
clerics issued an edict against the construction of Indonesia's
first nuclear power plant on seismically charged Java island, saying
the potential dangers far outweighed the benefits.
2007 Sep 2, Iran's president
claimed that his country is now running 3,000 centrifuges to enrich
uranium for its controversial nuclear program. Haleh Esfandiari
(67), an Iranian-American academic imprisoned for months and accused
of trying to create a "soft revolution" in Iran was permitted to
leave the country and rejoin her family.
(AP, 9/2/07)(AP, 9/3/07)
2007 Sep 2, It was reported
that at least 1,809 civilians had been killed in August across Iraq,
compared to 1,760 in July. This brought to 27,564 the number of
civilians killed since the Associated Press began collecting data on
April 28, 2005. A US soldier was killed and three others injured
when a roadside bomb blew up next to their patrol outside of
(SSFC, 9/2/07, p.A20)(AP, 9/3/07)
2007 Sep 2, Israeli police
recommended that former Finance Minister Avraham Hirchson be
indicted on charges of stealing millions from a union he headed in
2007 Sep 2, In Lebanon the last
militant stronghold of a Palestinian refugee camp devastated by more
than 3 months of fighting fell to the army. The army killed 39
militants and captured at least 15 others as they tried to break out
of the Nahr el-Bared camp. 5 soldiers were killed in the 2-day
fight, raising to 158 the number of troops killed in the conflict
that began May 20. The dead also included over 20 civilians and over
60 militants. Shaker Abbsi, leader of the Fatah al Islam militants,
managed to escape.
(AP, 9/2/07)(SFC, 9/3/07, p.A13)(SFC, 9/11/07,
2007 Sep 2, In Nepal 3 bombs
exploded almost simultaneously in and around Katmandu, killing at
least two people and injuring 13 in the first attack on Katmandu
since a communist insurgency ended last year.
2007 Sep 2, Following two days
of talks in Geneva, Christopher Hill, the chief US negotiator,
said North Korea had agreed to account for and disable its atomic
programs by the end of the year; the head of the North Korean
delegation said his country's willingness to cooperate was clear,
but he did not cite any dates.
2007 Sep 2, Pro-Taliban
militants said they had abducted scores of Pakistani soldiers,
demanding the withdrawal of troops from tribal areas near the Afghan
border in exchange for their release.
2007 Sep 2, Temasek,
Singapore’s state-owned investment company, said it would take an
8.3% stake in China Eastern Airlines and Singapore Airlines
announced a 15.7% stake.
2007 Sep 2, Sri Lanka said that
troops captured a Tamil Tiger naval base during a weekend advance
into rebel-held territory that the guerrillas said killed nine
2007 Sep 2, In Yemen riot
police opened fire on a demonstration by retired officers and
soldiers, killing two people and wounding more than 20 on the second
day of protests demanding the right to rejoin the army.
2008 Sep 2, Pres. Bush
delivered a 6-minute televised speech to GOP delegates in St. Paul,
Minn., as the convention returned to its pre-hurricane schedule.
(WSJ, 9/3/08, p.A5)
2008 Sep 2, Google’s new Web
browser, named Chrome, became available for download.
(WSJ, 9/2/08, p.A1)
2008 Sep 2, New Orleans
residents were blocked from returning home due to damage from
Hurricane Gustav, but Mayor Nagin said they would be allowed back on
(WSJ, 9/3/08, p.A1)
2008 Sep 2, In Oakland, Ca.,
police arrested 3 men involved in a spate of takeover robberies at
East Bay restaurants and small businesses.
(SFC, 9/4/08, p.A1)
2008 Sep 2, In SF, Ca., Mark
Guardado (45), president of the San Francisco chapter of the Hells
Angels Motorcycle Club, was shot and killed during a fight in the
Mission District. Christopher Ablett (37) of Modesto, a member of
the Mongols Motorcycle Club, was later identified as a suspect in
the killing. Ablett surrendered to police in Oklahoma on Oct. 4. On
Feb 22, 2012, Ablett was convicted of murdering Guardado.
(SFC, 9/4/08, p.B1)(SFC, 9/12/08, p.B1)(SFC,
10/7/08, p.B3)(SFC, 2/24/12, p.C4)
2008 Sep 2, In Washington state
a shooting rampage in Skagit County left 6 people dead. The suspect,
Isaac Zamora (28), was described as a person with a mental illness.
He turned himself in at the sheriff’s office in Mount Vernon. Mental
health experts later found Zamora to be incompetent to stand trial.
(SFC, 9/3/08, p.A4)(SFC, 9/4/08, p.A7)(WSJ,
2008 Sep 2, In Afghanistan 22
Taliban were killed in a clash in Zabul province's Naw Bahar
district. 7 Arab fighters were among the dead. Another 10 militants
died in clashes with Afghan and foreign troops in Nad Ali district
of Helmand province. NATO troops in Operation Oqab Tsuka (Eagle’s
summit) delivered a Chinese-built turbine for the power station at
Kajaki. Taliban insurgents opened fire on a patrol of Australian, US
and Afghan troops, as it returned to base. More than a dozen
coalition troops were wounded; none died. In 2009 Australian trooper
Mark Donaldson was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military
honor in the British Commonwealth, for his efforts to protect the
wounded during the attack.
(AP, 9/3/08)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.64)(AP, 1/16/09)
2008 Sep 2, Argentina’s Pres.
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner promised to repay $6.7 billion that
Argentina owed to the Paris Club of 19 foreign governments following
its 2001 default, It will use part of its $47 billion in foreign
currency reserves to pay the debts. The government still refused to
negotiate with private holders of $20 billion of its bonds, who held
out against the 2005 debt restructuring.
(WSJ, 9/3/08, p.A12)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.45)
2008 Sep 2, Australia's central
bank cut interest rates for the first time in over six-and-a-half
years, pushing them down 25 basis points to 7% amid signs of cooling
2008 Sep 2, In Australia Brian
Spillane, a 65-year-old ex-priest, was arrested and charged in
Sydney with 60 counts relating to alleged sexual assaults against
eight people. Spillane was originally charged in May with 33 child
sex offenses against five people as a result of a police
investigation into allegations of abuse in the 1980s at St.
Stanislaus in the city of Bathurst.
2008 Sep 2, Bolivia and Iran
pledged cooperation and signed energy pacts, rebuffing US concerns
over improved ties.
(WSJ, 9/3/08, p.A1)
2008 Sep 2, The British
government slashed stamp duty, meaning homes worth up to 175,000
pounds would be exempt from the land sales tax for the next year in
a move aimed at reenergizing the housing market.
2008 Sep 3-2008 Sep 4, In
China’s Hunan province, thousands of people demonstrated and clashed
with police in Jishou about a property company they said cheated
them of their money. News of the protests did not become public
until after the Olympics.
(Econ, 9/13/08, p.52)
2008 Sep 2, The Third High
Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness opened in Accra, Ghana, for a 3-day
meeting. It aimed to record how much progress had been relative to
the Paris 2005 declaration for making aid work better and targets
set for 2010.
2008 Sep 2, Iran sentenced four
female activists to six months in prison for writings demanding
equality for women. Sweden had awarded a human rights prize to
Parvin Ardalan, one of the activists, earlier this year.
2008 Sep 2, Iraq’s Cabinet
approved an oil deal, signed August 27, with China National
Petroleum Corp. An American soldier died of non-combat related
causes in Baghdad. Ibrahim Jassam, an Iraqi freelance photographer
working for Reuters, was detained during a raid on his home in the
town of Mahmoudiya. A US military spokesman said Jassam was detained
because he was "assessed to be a threat" to Iraq and coalition
forces. Jassam was released after 17 months in detention.
(AP, 9/2/08)(AP, 9/3/08)(AP, 2/10/10)
2008 Sep 2, In Mozambique 2
days of fires killed at least 32 people and injured hundreds more in
blazes which devoured large swathes of arable land. The fires also
displaced thousands and ravaged around 16,000 hectares (40,000
acres) in the three central provinces of Manica, Sofala and
2008 Sep 2, Pakistani Taliban
militants said they had kidnapped two Chinese telecoms engineers and
their entourage and would soon issue a list of demands. The
engineers went missing along with their local driver and a security
guard four days ago near the Afghan border where they had been
checking an installation.
2008 Sep 2, Prime Minister
Vladimir Putin said that Russia will respond calmly to an increase
in NATO ships in the Black Sea in the aftermath of the short war
with Georgia, but promised that "there will be an answer."
2008 Sep 2, In Russia's
troubled North Caucasus journalist Telman Alishaev was shot in
Dagestan. Islamic TV reporter Telman Alishaev died at a hospital in
Makhachkala the next day. Journalist Miloslav Bitokov was left with
a fractured skull after a beating in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkariya.
Police and co-workers said the two men were likely targeted for
2008 Sep 2, Sierra Leone's
President Ernest Koroma signed-off legislation to fight corruption,
then fulfilled his obligations by handing over a declaration of his
2008 Sep 2, South Africa signed
an energy agreement with oil-rich Venezuela as President Hugo Chavez
arrived on his first state visit. Political, trade and economic
relations were on the agenda with President Thabo Mbeki.
(AFP, 9/2/08)(AFP, 9/3/08)
2008 Sep 2, Sri Lanka's
government said it had dealt a major blow to Tamil rebels by
capturing the key northern town and guerrilla bastion of Mallavi
after heavy fighting that left dozens dead. Government forces
pounded rebel defenses with airstrikes, helicopter attacks and
ground assaults as heavy fighting across northern Sri Lanka killed
47 Tamil Tiger fighters and left 13 soldiers dead or missing. A
rebel affiliated Web site claimed the Tamil Tigers had killed as
many as 75 government soldiers in the recent fighting.
(AP, 9/2/08)(AP, 9/3/08)
2008 Sep 2, Thailand's prime
minister declared a state of emergency in the capital Bangkok after
a week of political tension exploded into violent street clashes
between supporters and opponents of the government that left one
2008 Sep 2, Ukraine lawmakers
loyal to PM Yulia Tymoshenko sided with opposition parties to pass a
law weakening presidential powers and boosting those of the prime
2009 Sep 2, US federal
prosecutors hit Pfizer Inc. with a record-breaking $2.3 billion in
fines for illegal drug promotions surrounding the marketing of 13
(SFC, 9/3/09, p.C1)
2009 Sep 2, BP announced the
discovery of oil at its new Tiber Prospect oil reserve in the Gulf
of Mexico. It later estimated the reserve held between 4 and 6
billion barrels of oil. Its Deepwater Horizon rig had drilled down 7
miles to reach the oil.
(http://tinyurl.com/mhnujo)(SSFC, 9/6/09, p.E4)
2009 Sep 2, A Taliban suicide
bomber killed Abdullah Laghmani, Afghanistan's deputy chief of
intelligence, during a visit to a mosque in Laghman province. The
blast east of Kabul also killed the executive director of Laghman's
governor's office, the head of Laghman's provincial council, two of
Laghmani's body guards, and 18 civilians. An intelligence officer
kidnapped a few days ago by Taliban militants in Kunduz province was
found hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Baghlan city. 4
militants were killed overnight when a roadside bomb they were
planting detonated. On Dec 20 Abdul Rahman, a Taliban military
commander in Laghman, and three members of his insurgent network
were arrested for the murder of Laghmani.
(AP, 9/2/09)(AP, 12/29/09)
2009 Sep 2, In central
Afghanistan American troops stormed through a hospital run by a
Swedish charity in Wardak province, breaking down doors and tying up
staff in a search for militants. The charity's country director
later said this went against an agreement between NATO forces and
charities working in the area, and was a clear violation of
internationally recognized rules and principles.
2009 Sep 2, In Algeria
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called for closer economic ties
with Algeria, notably in the energy sector, during a two-day visit
2009 Sep 2, In Burkina Faso 5
people were killed and 150,000 left homeless as heavy rainfall
triggered flooding across West Africa.
2009 Sep 2, In Chile Judge
Manuel Valderrama said the accounts of General Pinochet and his
family reached a value of $25,978,602.79 shortly before his death in
December 2006. The investigating judge said that more than $20
million of the funds have no justifiable origin.
2009 Sep 2, In eastern China a
chemical explosion near Linyi city in Shandong province killed 18
people and injured 10 others.
2009 Sep 2, The IMF said China
is buying the equivalent of $50 billion of the International
Monetary Fund's first bond sale in a move that might boost Beijing's
standing in the Fund and help its quiet campaign to expand the reach
of its tightly controlled currency. Brazil, Russia and India have
also agreed to participate in the $80 billion issue.
2009 Sep 2, In El Salvador
Christian Poveda (52), a French filmmaker who recently made a
documentary about the lives of members of El Salvador's street
gangs, was found shot dead in Tonacatepeque, a rural region north of
San Salvador. Earlier this year, Poveda, made the documentary "La
Vida Loca," which follows the lives of members La 18 street gang and
received widespread attention in El Salvador. 4 Mara 18 members and
a policeman were soon detained. On Dec 16 police arrested 10 more
members of the Mara 18 gang. 9 other gang members already in prison
have also been charged in the case. On Mar 9, 2011 a court sentenced
10 gang members and a police officer to prison terms ranging from
four to 30 years. 20 additional defendants were acquitted, but 17 of
them were serving time for other crimes.
(AP, 9/3/09)(AP, 12/17/09)(AP, 3/10/11)
2009 Sep 2, In Germany 6
countries met for talks to try to address concerns about Iran's
nuclear program. The German government said it has received no
official word yet on new proposals that Tehran is pledging to make.
2009 Sep 2, In Greece a van
bomb exploded outside the Athens Stock Exchange, injuring a woman
and causing extensive damage to the building in what police said was
a coordinated double bombing that also targeted a government
building in the northern city of Thessaloniki.
2009 Sep 2, Authorities in
Guinea banned live political chat shows, the latest sign of
political unease after violent demonstrations and accusations of
phone censorship deepened a row over delayed elections. The military
junta that has run the world's top bauxite producer since a December
2008 coup is facing mounting opposition and criticism after it
delayed until 2010 elections which the military leader has not ruled
out standing in.
2009 Sep 2, In India a
helicopter carrying Y.S.R. Reddy (60), a powerful politician from
southern Andhra Pradesh state, disappeared in heavy rains as it flew
over a forested region largely controlled by Maoist rebels. Wreckage
and the bodies of all 5 aboard were found the next day.
(AP, 9/2/09)(AP, 9/3/09)
2009 Sep 2, A powerful 7.0
earthquake rattled southern Indonesia, killing at least 64 people
crushed by falling rock or collapsed buildings and sending thousands
fleeing outdoors for safety in the middle of the work day. More than
10,000 buildings were severely damaged.
(AP, 9/2/09)(AP, 9/4/09)
2009 Sep 2, Liberia's Defense
Minister Brownie Samukai said police had arrested six Pakistani men
earlier in the week who tried to enter Liberia on fake US passports
with possible intent to carry out terrorism.
2009 Sep 2, In Mexico gunmen
broke into a drug rehabilitation center in Ciudad Juarez, lined
people against a wall and shot 18 dead. The brazen attack followed
the killing of Jose Manuel Revuelta, the No. 2 security official in
Michoacan, President Felipe Calderon's home state. 2 bodyguards and
a truck driver were also killed in the crossfire. The federal
Attorney General's Office announced the arrest of its two top
officials in Quintana Roo, a state on the Yucatan Peninsula, for
allegedly protecting the Gulf and the Beltran Levya drug cartels.
Chihuahua state authorities said they were investigating reports
that rehabilitation centers have turned into hideouts for drug
smugglers being sought by police and hit men from rival gangs.
(AP, 9/3/09)(AP, 9/4/09)
2009 Sep 2, Dutch prosecutors
said they will charge an Arab cultural group under hate speech laws
for publishing a cartoon that suggests the death of 6 million Jews
during World War II is a fabrication.
2009 Sep 2, In Pakistan
government forces killed three suspected militants, captured 35
others and destroyed six of their bases on the second day of its new
offensive near Pakistan's famed Khyber Pass. Suspected militants
opened fire on a vehicle carrying the religious affairs minister,
wounding him and killing his driver in a brazen attack in the heart
of Islamabad. Hamid Saeed Kazmi had been critical of Muslim
extremists blamed for scores of attacks in Pakistan over the last 2½
2009 Sep 2, In Peru drug-funded
Shining Path rebels shot down an air force helicopter in the
coca-growing highlands of Junin province, killing three troops and
wounding five. The military said three rebels were arrested and
another four killed.
2009 Sep 2, In Thailand a
number of drive-by shootings in the provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani
and Yala left eight dead, including a Muslim teacher and his son
(13). Security forces raided a rubber plantation in Yala and a house
in Narathiwat, sparking separate gunbattles in which two suspected
insurgents were killed.
2009 Sep 2, Vietnamese
authorities arrested blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (30), who writes
under the pen name Me Nam, at her home in Nha Trang. Quynh's arrest
was the latest in a series of police moves against writers who
criticized government policies toward China. The government
tightened its rules for bloggers earlier this year, saying they must
restrict their writings to personal matters. Quynh was released on
(AP, 9/4/09)(AP, 9/12/09)
2010 Sep 2, Israeli and
Palestinian leaders met in Washington and cleared the first hurdle
in what promises to be difficult negotiations, vowing to try to
settle core differences within a year and meet every two weeks.
Neither leader addressed the sensitive question of whether Israel
would extend a moratorium on settlement building in the West Bank
due to expire on September 26. The next round of talks was set for
September 14-15 in Egypt.
2010 Sep 2, A US federal
indictment charged 6 recruiters from Global Horizons manpower Inc.
of luring 400 laborers from Thailand to the US with promises of
lucrative jobs, then confiscated their passports and failed to honor
their employment contracts.
(SFC, 9/3/10, p.A4)
2010 Sep 2, The US Justice
Dept. sued Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa county, for
failing to turn over documents in an investigation of his aggressive
operations against illegal immigrants.
(SFC, 9/3/10, p.A7)
2010 Sep 2, The US Postal
Service issued a new 44 cent stamp recognizing Mother Teresa
(1910-1997) for her humanitarian work.
(SFC, 9/3/10, p.A4)
2010 Sep 2, In California
Robert Borrmann (91), founder of the R.E. Borrmann Steel Co., was
killed along with his pilot and the pilot’s girlfriend when their
small plane crashed in a lagoon in Redwood City shortly after
takeoff from the San Carlos Airport.
(SFC, 9/3/10, p.A1)
2010 Sep 2, It was reported
that Miami-based Burger King Holdings has agreed to be acquired by
3G Capital for $3.3 billion, or $24 per share. The NY investment
firm was backed by Brazilian investors.
(SFC, 9/3/10, p.D6)
2010 Sep 2, Afghan financial
authorities and the owners of Afghanistan's biggest bank said that
Kabul Bank was in no danger of collapsing, as people across the
country rushed to withdraw their money. Over the next few days
withdrawals drained over half of the bank’s $500 million in liquid
cash. Authorities soon barred the sale of Kabul properties held by
the bank’s principal owners, but excluded Mahmoud Karzai, Pres.
Karzai’s brother. Mahmoud, the bank’s 3rd largest shareholder, had
purchased a $5.5 million home in Dubai with Kabul Bank funds.
Mahmoud Karzai had bought his 7% share in Kabul Bank with a $5
million loan from the bank.
(AFP, 9/2/10)(SFC, 9/6/10, p.A2)(Econ, 9/11/10,
2010 Sep 2, In Afghanistan 2
American troops died in fighting, while NATO and local officials
said coalition and Afghan forces killed dozens of insurgents in a
series of ground and air engagements. President Hamid Karzai said 10
Afghan civilians were killed in a NATO air strike on three vehicles
carrying election campaign workers in the north. Candidate Abdul
Wahid Khorasani was wounded and 10 relatives working on his campaign
were killed in what appeared to be a mistaken NATO airstrike. Abdul
Rahman, a candidate in this month's parliamentary elections, was
wounded in a grenade attack in Ghazni.
(AP, 9/2/10)(AFP, 9/2/10)(AP, 9/3/10)
2010 Sep 2, Australia’s PM
Julia Gillard edged closer to retaining power when an independent
lawmaker said he would support her center-left Labor Party to form
Australia's first minority government in almost seven decades.
2010 Sep 2, The London Times
published extracts of a new book by the eminent British theoretical
physicist Stephen Hawking in which he argues that God did not create
the universe and the "Big Bang" was an inevitable consequence of the
laws of physics. "The Grand Design" was co-authored with US
physicist Leonard Mlodinow.
2010 Sep 2, In Colombia two
separate mine blasts over the last 24 hours killed four soldiers and
wounded six more.
2010 Sep 2, El Salvador
lawmakers approved a new law making gang membership punishable by
four to six years in prison. Gang leaders would face up to 10 years.
Police found an oil drum filled with money on a ranch in the town of
Penitente Abajo, about 40 miles (62 km) from the capital. After
three days counting the bundles of $100, $50 and $20 bills,
authorities announced that it contained about $9 million in U.S.
dollars. Another plastic drum was uncovered Sep 4 about 5 yards
away, also crammed with money. A 3rd barrel was found on Sep 10
containing packets of $100 bills adding up to $4.2 million.
(AP, 9/2/10)(AP, 9/4/10)(AP, 9/11/10)
2010 Sep 2, An international
maritime group urged Indonesia to increase patrols in the South
China Sea after pirates attacked nine vessels in less than three
2010 Sep 2, In Iran
pro-government militiamen attacked the home of opposition leader
Mahdi Karroubi with homemade bombs and beat one of his bodyguards
unconscious, in an apparent attempt to keep him from attending a key
rally the next day.
2010 Sep 2, Iraq signed an
agreement to pay $400 million to Americans who say they were abused
by Saddam Hussein's regime. The signing was made public on Sep 10.
the money would be given to Americans who were affected by the Iraqi
invasion of neighboring Kuwait in 1990. Generally such agreements
have to be approved by the Cabinet, but this settlement would likely
be extremely unpopular among Iraqis who survived years under Saddam
only to suffer vicious sectarian fighting after the American
2010 Sep 2, In Mexico soldiers
killed at least 25 suspected cartel members in a raid and gunbattle
in Tamaulipas state near the US border, that has become one of the
most dangerous battlegrounds in the country's drug war.
2010 Sep 2, Serbia's justice
minister said authorities have confiscated euro200 million ($256
million) in property from organized crime bosses since gaining the
authority last year.
2010 Sep 2, South Africa's
government said it is withdrawing the April, 2009, special status
granted to illegal Zimbabwean immigrants who fled their country's
economic meltdown and political violence. A government said South
Africa will begin deportations after Dec 31.
2010 Sep 2, Striking South
African state workers staged a protest march after rejecting a
revised wage offer aimed at ending their three-week strike that has
the government and the labor movement at loggerheads.
2010 Sep 2, Typhoon Kompasu
struck South Korea, killing 5 people and toppling trees,
streetlights and scaffolding in what was called the strongest storm
to hit the Seoul area in 15 years. In North Korea the typhoon killed
dozens of people and destroyed roads, railways and thousands of
(AP, 9/2/10)(AP, 9/15/10)
2010 Sep 2, In Sudan armed men
attacked the settlement of Tabarat and reportedly killed 74 people
in attacks on a busy market there and in surrounding villages in
rebel-held territory of the Darfur region. Air force bombing
continued to the next morning. The insurgent Sudan Liberation Army
(SLA) accused the Sudanese army of attacking the settlements west of
the town of Tawila in North Darfur state. The UNAMID force was later
able to verify from eyewitnesses that 37 people were killed and 30
(Reuters, 9/3/10)(AFP, 9/3/10)(AP, 9/5/10)
2011 Sep 2, President Barack
Obama scrapped his administration's controversial plans to tighten
smog rules, bowing to the demands of congressional Republicans and
some business leaders.
2011 Sep 2, The US Federal
Housing Finance Agency sued 17 lenders for misleading Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac about residential mortgage-backed securities.
(SFC, 9/3/11, p.D1)
2011 Sep 2, In California Kinde
Durkee, a Democratic campaign manager based in Burbank, was arrested
on suspicion of mail fraud. She was alleged to have misappropriated
or stolen $670,000 from state Assemblyman Jose Solorio. Sen. Dianne
Feinstein’s campaign funds were also believed to be involved. On Sep
23 Feinstein’s campaign filed suit against Durkee and the First
California Bank in Los Angeles county. On March 30, 2012,
Durkee pleaded guilty to 5 charges of mail fraud. On Nov 28, 2012,
Durkee was sentenced to 8 years in prison for the largest
embezzlement of political funds in California history.
(SSFC, 9/4/11, p.A8)(SFC, 9/14/11, p.A9)(SFC,
9/24/11, p.A1)(SFC, 3/31/12, p.C1)(SFC, 11/29/12, p.C3)
2011 Sep 2, Anti-secrecy
website WikiLeaks published its full archive of more than 250,000 US
diplomatic cables unredacted and easily accessible online, drawing a
furious response from its media partners.
2011 Sep 2, Afghan and NATO
forces killed Saber Lal Melma, a former Guantanamo detainee. He had
returned to Afghanistan after being released in 2007 to become a key
2011 Sep 2, Lebanese imam,
Sheikh Maymun Zarzur, was killed after leading prayers at the Muslim
Welfare House in London. Scotland Yard said they had made one
arrest. The Muslim Welfare House was founded in 1970 functioning as
a community center.
2011 Sep 2, A Chilean CASA 212
military plane crashed after two failed attempts to land in
difficult weather on the Juan Fernandez islands, 400 miles (670
kilometers) from the Chilean mainland. All 21 aboard were believed
killed. Among those aboard was popular Chilean television
personality Felipe Camiroaga.
2011 Sep 2, Officials announced
a joint US-Colombian operation against a major trafficker, in which
police arrested 30 people and seized 21 small planes that were
ferrying cocaine to Central America. Most of the planes were seized
this past week in Guatemala and Honduras. Officials also announced a
$2.7 million reward for trafficker Daniel "Loco" Barrera.
2011 Sep 2, The EU banned oil
imports from Syria in a move that will cost the embattled regime
millions of dollars each day as it uses deadly force to try to crush
a 5-month-old uprising. At least 17 people were killed, most of them
in suburbs of Damascus. Pro-regime thugs reportedly attacked the
convoy of Hama province attorney general Adnan Bakkour in the Maaret
Hirmeh area, Idlib province, killing 4 people accompanying him and
wounding 3 others.
(AP, 9/2/11)(AP, 9/3/11)(AP, 9/5/11)
2011 Sep 2, In Gabon 9 leaders
of Conasysed (National Convention of Education Sector Trade Unions)
went on hunger strike outside the Saint-Mary Cathedral in
Libreville, to support wage claims. The Conasysed leaders had their
salaries docked because of a strike in January.
2011 Sep 2, The Indian state of
West Bengal will now be known as "Paschim Banga" after state
lawmakers voted unanimously in favor of the name change.
2011 Sep 2, Israeli activists
have called for a Sep 3 "demonstration of one million" people as
part of their ongoing protest movement against rising costs of
living in the Jewish state.
2011 Sep 2, In Mexico Samuel
Flores Borrego (39), also know as "el Metro 3," was shot dead near
Reynosa, across the border from McAllen, Texas, in what appeared to
be an attack by members of his own cartel. He was found inside a
vehicle along with the body of a police officer. The US government
had a reward of up to $5 million for the capture of Flores, who
faced drug-trafficking charges north of the border. Hidalgo state
police said they have arrested 31 suspected drug cartel members,
including 16 police officers who allegedly were paid to protect the
2011 Sep 2, A Nigerian army
spokesman said soldiers have shot dead a suspected Islamist and
wounded another in northeastern Adamawa state where 16 people were
killed last week in attacks on police stations and banks. 3 people
were killed when armed fighters clashed with security forces in the
city of Biu.
(AFP, 9/2/11)(AP, 9/3/11)
2011 Sep 2, In the Philippines
Joseph Balmer (54), a retired British policeman, and his Filipina
girlfriend (26) were shot to death in the home of a friend on the
northern city of Angeles. Witnesses later named Timothy Noah
Kaufman, an American man, as one of three suspects. In 2014 Kaufman
was extradited to the Philippines to stand trial for murder. On Aug
15, 2015, Kaufman (37) was found unconscious due to a heart attack
and was declared dead on arrival at a hospital. Filipino Jesus
Santos has been arrested and American, Joseph Tramontano, was at
2011 Sep 2, In Puerto Rico
Raymar Lucena Rivera, president of a local trucking corporation, was
arrested following accusations that he laundered more than $7
million in drug proceeds.
2011 Sep 2, Puntland soldiers
raided neighborhoods searching for gunmen linked to Al
Qaeda-inspired Shebab militants. At least 21 people were killed and
31 others wounded in two days of heavy fighting on the border of
Somalia proper and the breakaway state of Puntland.
2011 Sep 2, Sierra Leone said
its tourism industry raked in $19 million in the first half of the
year, as the country lures travellers to its white beaches after a
brutal civil war.
2011 Sep 2, In Somalia
Malaysian cameraman Noramfaizul Mohd Nor was killed in Mogadishu by
4 Burundi peacekeepers. The 4 were later discharged from the force
and faced trial in Burundi.
2011 Sep 2, Sudan's president
declared a state of emergency in Blue Nile state and fired elected
governor Malik Agar after clashes broke out between armed forces and
a rebel group. The SPLM-North's secretary general Yasser Arman met
with leaders of the three main Darfuri rebel groups to form the
nucleus of a united political and military movement for change.
(AP, 9/3/11)(AFP, 9/4/11)
2011 Sep 2, South Sudan’s
government decided to relocate its capital from Juba to a more
central location in Ramciel, Lakes state. The new capital will have
to be built from scratch.
2011 Sep 2, Tunisia imposed a
curfew in two separate areas following a series of clashes that left
a 17-year-old girl dead and dozens injured.
2011 Sep 2, Turkey said it has
agreed to host an early warning radar as part of NATO's missile
defense system aimed at countering ballistic missile threats from
2011 Sep 2, Turkey expelled the
Israeli ambassador to Ankara and suspended all military ties with
its one-time ally after a UN report slammed the "excessive" force
used in the May 31, 2010, raid on a Gaza aid flotilla.
2011 Sep 2, In Yemen hundreds
of thousands staged rival rallies, with massive crowds demanding
President Ali Abdullah Saleh step down and as many people turning
out in support of the ailing leader.
2011 Sep 2, Zimbabwe state
media reported that Pres. Mugabe has sworn in an anti-corruption
commission in an effort to stem graft.
2011 Sep 2, In Zimbabwe an
independent conservation group said a new influx of settlers at a
nature preserve in the southeast is destroying the sanctuary of at
least 70 elephants.
2012 Sep 2, In Saratoga, Ca.,
Audrie Pott (15) went to a house party, where she drank and passed
out. Teenage boys took advantage of her and took pictures, which
were posted on Facebook. Eight days after the attack she hanged
herself in shame. On April 11, 2013, police arrested 3 boys in
connection with her death.
(SFC, 4/13/13, p.A1)
2012 Sep 2, In New Jersey
Osvaldo Rivera (31) stabbed to death Dominick Andujor (6) and
wounded his sister (12). Police said Rivera was high on PVP-laced
(SFC, 9/4/12, p.A5)
2012 Sep 2, Algerian customs
officials said nearly four tons of cannabis with a street value of
around 1.6 million euros ($2 million) have been seized near border
2012 Sep 2, A wildlife rescue
organization said 13 whales have died following a mass stranding off
the Scottish coast. British Divers and Marine Life Rescue said that
the mammals were among a group of 26 pilot whales stranded at
Pittenweem in eastern Scotland.
2012 Sep 2, Egypt's state TV
lifted a decades-long ban on veiled female news presenters whom
successive secular-leaning regimes have barred from going on air.
2012 Sep 2, In Iraq two bomb
attacks against security forces killed four people including two
policemen and two soldiers in Tuz Khurmatu and the northern city of
2012 Sep 2, Israel completed
evacuation of the large unauthorized West Bank settlement of Migron,
culminating years of legal wrangling.
2012 Sep 2, In Gaza Ehab Abu
al-Nada (17) died four days after setting himself alight in
desperation over financial problems.
2012 Sep 2, South Africa's top
public prosecutor said that controversial murder charges against 270
miners for the killing of fellow workers shot dead by police, will
be provisionally dropped.
2012 Sep 2, In Syria 2 bombs
exploded near the military's joint chiefs of staff's offices in
central Damascus, lightly wounding four army officers and causing
damage to a building and cars.
2012 Sep 2, In south Yemen
pro-government militias killed two suspected members of Al-Qaeda, a
Pakistani and a Somali, in a raid on their hideout.
2013 Sep 2, US endurance
swimmer Diana Nyad (64), on her 5th attempt, became the first person
to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage.
(SFC, 9/3/13, p.A5)
2013 Sep 2, Microsoft Corp.
announced that it is buying Nokia Corp.'s line-up of smartphones and
a portfolio of patents and services for 5.44 billion euros
($7.2 billion) in an attempt to strengthen its fight with Apple Inc.
and Google Inc. to capture a slice of the lucrative mobile computing
2013 Sep 2, Verizon
Communications agreed to pay $130 billion to buy Vodafone Group out
of its US wireless business, signing history's third largest
corporate deal announcement to bring an end to an often tense
14-year marriage. Verizon issued $49 billion in bonds to finance the
(Reuters, 9/2/13)(Econ, 9/14/13, p.79)
2013 Sep 2, In Afghanistan
militants attacked a US base near the border with Pakistan, setting
off bombs, torching vehicles and shutting down a key road used by
NATO supply trucks. At least three people, apparently all attacking
insurgents, were killed in Nangarhar province.
2013 Sep 2, Belarus authorities
issued an arrest warrant for Suleyman Kerimov (47), a Russian
billionaire who co-owns the Moscow-based potash company Uralkali, as
a power struggle escalated over exports of the fertilizer.
2013 Sep 2, Cambodian staff at
a Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal went on strike, as a funding
crisis deepened at a court already bogged down by resignations,
political interference and the frail health of its elderly
2013 Sep 2, In China people
began noticing dead fish along a 19-mile stretch of the Fuhe River
in Hubei province. High levels of ammonia pollution from a plant
owned by the Hubei Shuanghuan Science and Technology Co. was blamed.
(SFC, 9/5/13, p.A7)
2013 Sep 2, Sixteen members of
Colombia's Cabinet presented their resignations to President Juan
Manuel Santos o pave the way for changes he may want to make after a
protest in the farming sector turned violent last week.
2013 Sep 2, A court in Cyprus
ordered the extradition of Dinos Michaelides, a former Cypriot
interior minister, to Greece for questioning related to corruption
charges against Akis Tsohatzopoulos, a once-powerful Greek
politician, who is now in jail.
2013 Sep 2, An Egyptian
judicial panel advised a court to dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood as
a legally registered non-governmental organization, posing a legal
challenge to the group as the army-backed government presses a
2013 Sep 2, India's upper house
of parliament approved a $20 billion scheme to distribute subsidized
wheat and rice to 800 million people, backing an anti-malnutrition
drive that investors fear will mean missing the fiscal deficit
2013 Sep 2, Iran's Foreign
Ministry said that six Slovaks, arrested last June, were released
from prison and handed over to Slovak Embassy officials in Tehran.
Two others remained in detention.
2013 Sep 2, In Iraq two suicide
bombers attacked the motorcade of Wisam al-Hardan, recently
appointed head of the Sunni militia known as Sahwa, near his house
in Baghdad's western Harthiyah neighborhood. He escaped the
assassination attempt but 5 bodyguards were killed and four others
2013 Sep 2, Myanmar’s state
Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee of monks, responsible for regulating
the Buddhist clergy, prohibited the creation of formal organizations
based around the 969 movement, led by Wirathu. The numerals 969,
which refer to the attributes of the Buddha, his teachings and the
monkhood, have come to symbolize a movement aimed at isolating
Muslims, who make up 5% of Myanmar's 60 million people.
(Reuters, 9/11/13)(Econ, 11/2/13, p.46)
2013 Sep 2, Senegal's new PM
Aminata Toure named a cabinet, putting a veteran human rights
campaigner in the key post of justice minister, suggesting
high-profile graft and rights cases were likely to remain a
2013 Sep 2, In South Africa
industrial action paralysed construction and automotive sectors, but
tens of thousands of petrol attendants delayed a strike.
2013 Sep 2, Spanish police said
they have arrested a gang of 10 bank robbers in Madrid who used the
drains to enter and flee from bank branches.
2013 Sep 2, The first of more
than 100 senior Turkish army officers began testifying in court over
their alleged role in ousting Turkey's first Islamist-led government
2014 Sep 2, In San Francisco
Rashawn Williams (14), a freshman at Sacred Heart Cathedral
Preparatory, was stabbed to death in front of a Mission District
convenience store. In 2015 an accused teen (14) was released after a
surveillance camera identified another assailant.
(SFC, 1/28/15, p.D1)
2014 Sep 2, In south Kansas
City, Mo., Brandon Howell (34), a convicted felon, fatally shot 3
people and wounded two others. Howell was soon arrested and charged
the next day.
(SFC, 9/4/14, p.A7)
2014 Sep 2, In Ohio Donald
Hoffman (41) was taken into custody as a person of interest in the
deaths of 4 men in Bucyrus. He was being held on a probation
2014 Sep 2, In Central African
Republic at least 5 people were killed during an attack by armed
men, believed to be ex-Seleka rebel fighters, in the northern town
of Nana Bakassa.
2014 Sep 2, The American
Chamber of Commerce in China said foreign companies in China feel
increasingly targeted for unfair enforcement of anti-monopoly and
other laws and might cut investment if conditions fail to improve.
2014 Sep 2, CongoDRC government
said the death toll from an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the
northern Djera region has risen to 31. The WHO confirmed there was
no link with an epidemic in West Africa.
2014 Sep 2, Doctors Without
Borders warned that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and
that the organization is completely overwhelmed by the outbreak in
four West African countries.
(SFC, 9/3/14, p.A2)
2014 Sep 2, In Egypt 11
policemen were killed when a roadside bomb blast struck their
armored vehicle in the restive Sinai Peninsula. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis
(Partisans of Jerusalem), an Al-Qaeda-inspired group based in the
Sinai, soon claimed responsibility.
(AFP, 9/2/14)(AP, 9/4/14)
2014 Sep 2, Fiji military
commander Brig. Gen. Mosese Tikoitoga said the Nusra Front has made
three demands for the release of peacekeepers: to be taken off the
UN terrorist list; the delivery of humanitarian aid to parts of the
Syrian capital of Damascus; and payment for three of its fighters it
says were killed in a shootout with UN officers.
2014 Sep 2, In Iraq angry
relatives of soldiers missing in the Islamic State June assault on
Mosul stormed the parliament building in Baghdad, attacked MPs and
began a sit-in in its main chamber.
2014 Sep 2, The Islamic State
released a video showing the beheading of US journalist Steven
Sotloff in retaliation for US air strikes in Iraq.
2014 Sep 2, Japanese
researchers said they have developed a new method to detect the
presence of the Ebola virus in 30 minutes, with technology that
could allow doctors to quickly diagnose infection.
2014 Sep 2, Mexico’s president
Enrique Peña Nieto an nounced a new Mexico City international
airport in his State of the Union address. The estimated cost was
169 billion pesos ($11 billion)
2014 Sep 2, Moscow declared
NATO a "threat" to its security after the Western military alliance
announced plans to reinforce defenses in eastern Europe because of
Russia's alleged stoking of war in Ukraine.
2014 Sep 2, Russian President
Vladimir Putin cited a 1939 Soviet victory over the Japanese army as
a foundation of relations with Mongolia during a visit to Ulan
2014 Sep 2, Islamic State
militants issued a threat to President Vladimir Putin, vowing to
oust him and "liberate" the volatile North Caucasus over his support
of the Syrian regime.
2014 Sep 2, A top Saudi
security official said that police had arrested 88 men suspected of
being part of an al-Qaida cell that was plotting attacks inside and
outside of the kingdom.
2014 Sep 2, Somalia's
government offered an amnesty to fighters with al-Shabab.
Authorities gave al-Shabab militants 45 days to take up the offer.
2014 Sep 2, Syrian government
air strikes in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor killed 16 people,
including 10 children.
2014 Sep 2, Thailand's ruling
junta ordered that a rights talk at a journalists' club in Bangkok
be shut down, further stoking concerns over freedom of expression in
the country since a military power grab in May.
2014 Sep 2, Ukraine’s military
said Russian troops were strengthening their positions in the east
and using aid shipments to smuggle in arms and other supplies to
separatist forces. 15 more Ukrainian servicemen were killed in
fighting in the past 24 hours.
2014 Sep 2, Yemen’s President
Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi announced a 30 percent reduction in recent fuel
price hikes to take effect Sep 4. Hadi also dismissed the country’s
Cabinet and prime minister.
(AFP, 9/3/14)(SFC, 9/3/14, p.A2)
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