Today in History - September 5

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1187        Sep 5, Louis VIII, [Coeur-de-Lion] king of France (1223-26), was born.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1235        Sep 5, Henry I, duke of Brabant, died. Brabant was a duchy later divided between Netherlands and Belgium.
    (WUD, 1994 p.177)(MC, 9/5/01)

1519        Sep 5, In the 2nd Battle of Tehuacingo, Mexico, Hernan Cortes faced the Tlascala Aztecs.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1548        Sep 5, Catharine Parr (36), queen of England and last wife of Henry VIII, died.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1550        Sep 5, William Cecil appointed himself English minister of foreign affairs.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1568        Sep 5, Tommasso Campanella, Italian philosopher and poet, who wrote “City of the Sun,” was born.
    (HN, 9/5/98)

1569        Sep 5, Pieter Breughel, South Netherlands (Flemish) painter, died at about 44.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1622        Sep 5, In France Richelieu became Cardinal.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1634        Sep 5, Battle at Nordlingen: King Ferdinand III & Catholic Spain beat Sweden & German protestants.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1638        Sep 5, Louis XIV, "The Sun King" (1643-1715) of France, was born. He built the palace at Versailles. [see Sep 16]
    (HN, 9/5/98)

1664        Sep 5, After days of negotiation, the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam surrendered to the British, who would rename it New York. The citizens of New Amsterdam petitioned Peter Stuyvesant to surrender to the English.
    (HN, 9/5/98)(ON, 4/00, p.3)

1666        Sep 5, The great fire of London, begun on Sep 2, was extinguished. Old St. Paul’s was among the 87 churches burned down.
    (HN, 9/5/98)(

1698        Sep. 5, Russia's Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards.
    (AP, 9/5/97)

1735        Sep 5, Johann Christian Bach (d.1782), composer, son of JS Bach, was born. He is known as the London Bach. He traveled to Italy, became a Catholic, and went to England where he was mentor to the young Mozart. He also represented the Style Gallant.
    (LGC-HCS, p.31)(MC, 9/5/01)

1750        Sep 5, A decree issued in Paderborn Prussia allowed for annual search of all Jewish homes for stolen or "doubtful" goods.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1774        Sep 5, The first Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia in a secret session in Carpenter's Hall with representatives from every colony except Georgia. Tensions had been tearing at relations between the colonists and the government of King George III. The British taking singular exception to the 1773 shipboard tea party held in Boston harbor. The dispute convinced  Britain to pass the "Intolerable Acts"- 4 of which were to punish Mass. for the Boston Tea Party. Peyton Randolph of Williamsburg, Va., chaired the 1st Continental Congress. Its first official act was a call to prayer.
    (AP, 9/5/97)(HNQ, 6/25/00)(AH, 10/04, p.14)(AH, 4/07, p.31)

1778        Sep 5, Gideon Olmstead and 3 fellow Americans took over the British sloop Active and sailed it toward the New Jersey coast, where it was intercepted by the American brig Convention, owned by the state of Pennsylvania. A state court ruled the sloop a prize of the state. An appeals committee overturned the Philadelphia court. Olmstead spent the next 30 years fighting for his claim and won in 1808. [see Mar 6, 1779]
    (ON, 12/01, p.9)

1781        Sep 5, The British fleet arrived off the Virginia Capes and found 26 French warships in three straggling lines. Rear Adm. Thomas Graves waited for the French to form their battle lines and then fought for 5 days. Outgunned and unnerved he withdrew to New York. The French had some 37 ships and 29,000 soldiers and sailors at Yorktown while Washington had some 11,000 men engaged. French warships defeated British fleet, trapping Cornwallis in Yorktown.
    (NG, 6/1988, p.763)(SFEC,11/23/97, Par p.19)(MC, 9/5/01)

1792        Sep 5, Maximilien Robespierre was elected to the National Convention in France.
    (HN, 9/5/98)

1791        Sep 5, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Vogelsdorf Germany, opera composer (Les Huguenots, Le Prophete), was born.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1793        Sep 5, The Reign of Terror began during the French Revolution as the National Convention instituted harsh measures to repress counter-revolutionary activities. One delegate, claiming that the middle class Girondist (moderates) leaders be sentenced to death cried, "It is time for equality to wield its scythe over all the heads. Very well, Legislator, place Terror on the agenda!" The delegates agreed to arrest all suspects and dissenters, try them swiftly in the kangaroo courts known as the Revolutionary Tribunals, and sentence them uniformly to death.
    (MC, 9/5/01)(AP, 9/4/07)

1800        Sep 5, Malta surrendered to British after they blockaded French troops.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1803        Sep 5, Francois Devienne, composer, died at 44.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1804        Sep 5, In a daring night raid, American sailors under Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, boarded the captured USS Philadelphia and burned the ship to keep it out of the hands of the Barbary pirates who captured her.
    (HN, 9/5/98)

1816        Sep 5, Louis XVIII of France dissolved the chamber of deputies, which had been challenging his authority.
    (HN, 9/5/98)

1836        Sep. 5, Sam Houston was elected president of the Republic of Texas.
    (AP, 9/5/97)

1842        Sep 5, Jesse James, legendary outlaw of the American West, was born. [see 1847]
    (HN, 9/5/00)

1844        Sep 5, Iron ore was discovered in Minnesota's Mesabi Range.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1847        Sep 5,    Jesse Woodson James (Jesse James, d.1882) was born in Kearney, Mo, the son of a clergyman. At seventeen, James left his native Missouri to fight as a Confederate guerrilla in the Civil War. After the war, he returned to his home state to establish one of history’s most notorious outlaw gangs. With his younger brother Frank and several other ex-Confederates, including Cole Younger and his brothers, James robbed his way across the Western frontier targeting banks, trains, stagecoaches, and stores from Iowa to Texas. Eluding even the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, the gang escaped with thousands of dollars.
    (WUD, 1994 p.762)(USLC, 9/5/99)(MesWP)

1859        Sep 5, Harriot E. Wilson's “Our Nig,” was published, the first U.S. novel by an African American woman.
    (HN, 9/5/98)

1862        Sep 5, Gen. Lee crossed Potomac & entered Maryland. [see Sep 4]
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1864        Sep 5, In California boilers on the steamer Washoe exploded on its voyage from San Francisco to Sacramento. An estimated 175 people were onboard. Reporter Mark Twain estimated as many as 100 people were killed and 75 wounded or missing.
1864        Sep 5, British, French & Dutch fleets attacked Japan in Shimonoseki Straits.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1867        Sep 5, The first shipment of cattle left Abilene, Kansas, on a Union Pacific train headed to Chicago.
    (HN, 9/5/98)

1870        Sep 5, Author Victor Hugo returned to Paris from the Isle of Guernsey where he had lived in exile for almost 20 years.
    (HN, 9/5/00)

1877        Sep 5, The great Sioux warrior Crazy Horse, a cousin of Kicking Bear, was fatally bayoneted at age 36 by a soldier at Fort Robinson, Nebraska. In 1975 Stephen Ambrose authored "Crazy Horse and Custer." In 2002 Ambrose was accused of plagiarizing from the 1955 book "Custer" by Jay Monaghan (d.1980). In 1999 Larry McMurtry authored the biography "Crazy Horse" for the Penguin Lives series. In 2004 Joseph M. Marshall III authored “The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History.” In 2006 Kingsley M. Bray authored “Crazy Horse: A Lakota Life.”
    (SFEC, 2/7/99, Par p.14)(HN, 12/24/99)(SFC, 1/9/02, p.A2)(SSFC, 12/5/04, p.E5)(AH, 10/07, p.62)

1878        Sep 5, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Bill Tilghman and Clay Allison, four of the West's most famous gunmen, met in Dodge City, Kansas.
    (HN, 9/5/98)

1881        Sep 5, A fire in the thumb of Michigan killed 169 people and burned a million acres.
    (SFC, 10/30/03, p.A15)

1882        Sep 5, The first Labor Day observance--a picnic and parade--was held in New York City. Parades like the one in Buffalo, New York, around 1900, soon became an important part of Labor Day festivities. Matthew Maguire, a machinist and secretary of the New York City Central Labor Union, probably first suggested the celebration in 1882 to recognize the contributions of workers to America. Local and regional Labor Day observances spread across the nation until, on June 28, 1894, the U.S. Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September a legal holiday.
    (AP, 9/5/97)(HNPD, 9/5/98)

1885        Sep 5, The 1st gasoline pump was delivered to a gasoline dealer in Ft. Wayne, Ind.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1887        Sep 5, A gas lamp at Theater Royal in Exeter started a fire killing about 200.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1892        Sep 5, Joseph Szigeti, Budapest Hungary, violinist (Violinist Notebook 1933), was born.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1897        Sep 5, Arthur C. Nielson, founder of the Nielson Ratings, was born.
    (HN, 9/5/00)

1905        Sep 5, Arthur Koestler (d.1983), Hungarian novelist and essayist, was born. He wrote about communism in “Darkness at Noon” (1941) and “The Ghost in the Machine.”
    (HN, 9/5/98)(SFEC, 1/2/00, BR p.5)(WSJ, 8/26/06, p.P8)
1905        Sep 5, The Russian-Japanese War ended as representatives of the combating empires, meeting in New Hampshire, signed the Treaty of Portsmouth. Japan achieved virtually all of its original war aims.
    (AP, 9/5/97)(HN, 9/5/98)

1910        Sep 5, Marie Curie demonstrated the transformation of radium ore to metal at the Academy of Sciences in France.
    (HN, 9/5/98)

1912        Sep 5, John Cage (d.1992), inventive composer, writer, philosopher, and artist, was born. [2nd source says Sep 15] “The highest purpose is to have no purpose at all.”
    (HN, 9/5/98)(SFC, 12/27/99, p.E3)(AP, 6/20/00)

1914        Sep 5, The First Battle of the Marne began during World War I. The German First Army was led by Gen. Alexander von Kluck.
    (AP, 9/5/97)(WSJ, 12/31/99, p.A10)

1921            Sep 5, Roy Gardner (1886-1940), train and mail robber, made his escape from McNeil Island in Washington state during an inmate baseball game. He was probably the first and only man to escape from the Island, which led the US Government to build another "escape proof" federal prison on Alcatraz Island.
1921        Sep 5, Actress Virginia Rappe died in suite rooms (1219-1221) rented by film comedian Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle at the St. Francis Hotel in SF. Arbuckle was charged with her murder. In 1922 he was acquitted of a reduced charge of manslaughter, but his career was over. In 2004 Jerry Stahl authored the imaginary memoir “I, Fatty.” Evidence suggested that Rappe had died due to a botched abortion.
    (SFC, 8/4/04, p.E4)(AH, 2/05, p.46)

1929        Sep 5, Roger Babson (1875-1967), investment advisor, gave a speech saying, "Sooner or later a crash is coming, and it may be terrific." Later that day the stock market declined by about 3%. This became known as the "Babson Break". The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression soon followed.
    (, 9/11/10, p.88)(

1933        Sep 5, In an uprising known as the "Revolt of the Sergeants," Fulgencio Batista took over control of Cuba. Pres. Cespedes and his cabinet abandoned the Presidential palace the next day.

1938        Sep 5, In San Francisco some 85,000 unionists, led by ILWU head Harry Bridges, marched to celebrate Labor Day.
    (SSFC, 9/1/13, DB p.42)
1938        Sep 5, Achille Gaggia, Italian barman, applied for a patent for an espresso maker that forced boiling water through coffee at high pressure. The Gaggia company was founded in 1947 and formally formed in 1948.
    (Econ, 6/11/11, SR p.6)(

1939        Sep 5, The United States under FDR proclaimed its neutrality in World War II.
    (AP, 9/5/97)
1939        Sep 5, In Czestochowa, Poland, approximately 150 Jews were shot dead by the Germans. The day was remembered as “Bloody Monday.”

1940        Sep 5, Raquel Welch, film actress (Myra Breckenridge, 1,000,000 BC, 100 Rifles), was born in Chicago, Ill.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1942        Sep 5, Eduardo Mata, Mexico City Mexico, conductor (Improvisaciones), was born.
    (MC, 9/5/01)
1942        Sep 5, Werner Herzog, director (Burden of Dreams, Stroszek, Woyzeck), was born.
    (MC, 9/5/01)
1942        Sep 5, British and US bombed Le Havre & Bremen.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1944        Sep 5, "Mad Tuesday" 65,000 Dutch Nazi collaborators fled to Germany.
    (MC, 9/5/01)
1944        Sep 5, Germany launched its first V-2 missile at Paris, France.
    (HN, 9/5/98)

1945        Sep 5, Iva Toguri D'Aquino (1916-2006), a Japanese-American suspected of being wartime radio propagandist "Tokyo Rose," was arrested in Yokohama. In 1949 she was tried in San Francisco and convicted for having spoken “into a microphone concerning the loss of ships.” Toguri was sentenced to 10 years in prison but was released after six years for good behavior; she was pardoned in 1977 by President Ford.
    (AP, 9/5/99)(SFC, 9/28/06, p.A18)(SFC, 9/28/06, p.A18)

1950        Sep 5, Cathy Guisewite, cartoonist and creator of the “Cathy” cartoon strip, was born in Dayton, Ohio. In 2010 Guisewite said her cartoon strip, begun in 1976, would end on Oct 3.
    (, 8/12/10, p.A12)

1953        Sep 5, The 1st privately operated atomic reactor opened in Raleigh NC.
    (MC, 9/5/01)
1953        Sep 5, US gave Persian premier Zahedi $45 million aid.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1955        Sep 5, The 1st SigAlert, a traffic alert system, was broadcast in Los Angeles. The system was invented by Loyd C. Sigmon (d.2004).
    (SSFC, 6/6/04, B5)

1957        Sep 5, Viking Press first published "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac. Kerouac typed out the manuscript in 20 days on a single roll of teletype paper. In 1997 his book of notes from the early 1950s: "Some of the Dharma" was published.
    (SFEC, 8/31/97, BR p.8)(SSFC, 1/30/05, p.A19)(AP, 9/5/07)
1957        Sep 5, Cuban dictator Batista bombed the Cienfuegos uprising.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1958        Sep 5, The novel "Doctor Zhivago" by Russian author Boris Pasternak was published in the United States for the first time.
    (AP, 9/5/98)
1958        Sep 5, Martin Luther King was arrested in an Alabama protest for loitering and fined $14 for refusing to obey police.
    (HN, 9/5/98)
1958        Sep 5, The 1st color video recording on magnetic tape was presented in Charlotte, NC.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1960        Sep 5, Cassius Clay captured Olympic light heavyweight gold medal.
    (MC, 9/5/01)
1960        Sep 5, Congo’s President Kasavubu fired Premier Lumumba.
1960        Sep 5, Senegal became independent from France. Leopold Sedar Senghor (d.2001 at 95), poet and politician, was elected president of Senegal, Africa. 
    (PC, 1992, p.973)(HN, 9/5/98)(SFC, 12/21/01, p.A34)

1961        Sep 5, President Kennedy signed a law against hijacking. It called for the death penalty for convicted hijackers.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1963        Sep 5, In San Francisco burlesque patrons viewed the last show of the President Follies at 60 McAllister St.
    (SSFC, 9/1/13, DB p.42)

1972        Sep 5, Terror struck the Munich Olympic games in West Germany as Arab guerrillas attacked the Israeli delegation. Palestinian terrorists killed 2 athletes and took 9 others and their coaches hostage. Eleven Israelis, five guerrillas and a police officer were killed in a 20-hour siege. The Palestinian commandos were linked to Carlos the Jackal, aka Ilich Ramirez Sanchez. In 1984 George Jonas authored “Vengeance,” an account of an Israeli hit squad ordered to track down those responsible for the Munich attack. In 2000 the TV documentary "One Day in September" depicted the events. In 2005 Aaron J. Klein authored “Striking Back,” and account of Israel’s response to the Munich attack. The 2005 the Stephen Spielberg film “Munich” was based on the book by George Jonas.
    (SFC,12/11/97, p.C2)(WSJ, 9/8/00, p.W4)(WSJ, 12/21/05, p.D10)(WSJ, 1/14/06, p.A9)

1974        Sep 5, Charles Dean (23), brother of 2004 presidential candidate Howard Dean, was captured by Pathet Lao. He was executed on or about December 14, 1974. In 2003 his remains were reported found along with Australian companion Neil Sharman.
    (SFC, 11/19/03, p.A3)(

1975        Sep 5, President Ford escaped an attempt on his life by Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a disciple of Charles Manson, in Sacramento, Calif. In 1997 Jess Bravin wrote her biography: “Squeaky: The Life and Times of Lynette Alice Fromme.”
    (SFC, 6/18/97, p.E5)(AP, 9/5/97)
1975        Sep 5, Czech tennis ace Martina Navratilova asked for political asylum in NYC.

1977        Sep 5, The United States launched the Voyager 1 spacecraft two weeks after launching its twin, Voyager 2.
    (AP, 9/5/97)
1977        Sep 5, West German industrialist Hanns-Martin Schleyer was kidnapped in Cologne by members of the Baader-Meinhof gang. Schleyer was later killed by his captors. Schleyer was the president of the German Employers Federation.
    (AP, 9/5/97)(WSJ, 1/11/00, p.A1)

1978        Sep 5-1978 Sep 17, US Pres. Carter, Menachem Begin of Israel and Anwar Sadat of Egypt met at Camp David, Md. In 2014 Lawrence Wright authored “Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David.”
    (SFC, 6/2/97, p.D5)(Econ, 9/20/14, p.79)

1980        Sep 5, In Fresno, Ca., Billy Ray Hamilton and his girlfriend Connie Barbo killed Bryon Schletewitz (27), Josephine Rocha (17) and Douglas White (18), employees at Fran’s Market, on directions from Clarence Ray Allen. Allen, incarcerated at Folsom Prison for murder, had ordered the murder of Schletewitz for testifying against him during his 1997 trial for the murder of Mary Sue Kitts (17). Clarence Ray Allen (76) was executed by lethal injection on January 17, 2006 at San Quentin State Prison in California.
    (, 12/8/05, p.B3)(SFC, 1/13/06, p.A15)
1980        Sep 5, The opera “Satyagraha” by Philip Glass, commissioned by the city of Rotterdam, was first performed by the Netherlands Opera.
    (WSJ, 4/19/08, p.W14)(
1980        Sep 5, The St. Gotthard tunnel in the Swiss Alps, the world's longest auto tunnel, opened.
    (HFA, '96, p.38)(

1981        Sep 5, Aime Maeght (b.1906), French painter and art dealer, died. In 1964 he and his wife founded the Marguerite and Aime Maeght Foundation in honor of a son lost to leukemia in the 1950s.
    (, 7/26/14, p.71)

1982        Sep 5, In San Francisco a van crashed into a taxi carrying actress Janet Gaynor (75), her husband Paul Gregory, actress Mary Martin and manager Ben Washer. Washer was killed and the others were injured. Gaynor never fully recovered and died in 1984.
    (SSFC, 9/13/09, DB p.46)

1984        Sep 5, Robert S. Laurent (1933-2004) received a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) and was kept alive for 8 days by the electric heart assist pump until a new heart became available. Dr. Peer M. Portner (d.2009 at 69) of Stanford Univ. pioneered the device.
    (, 2/25/09, p.B6)

1986        Sep 5, The Pakistan army stormed a hijacked US B-747 in Karachi and 22 people were killed. In 2001 Zayd Hassan Abd Al-latif Masud Al Safarini, jailed in Pakistan for 15 years, arrived in Alaska and was expected to face a 1991 indictment for the 1986 hijacking of a Pan Am jet. In 2003 Safarini pleaded guilty and agreed to 3 life sentences plus 25 years. On Jan 3, 2008, Pakistani authorities freed and deported four Palestinians convicted in the hijacking.
    (SFC, 10/2/01, p.A3)(SFC, 12/17/03, p.A4)(AP, 9/5/06)(AP, 1/3/08)

1987        Sep 5, Some four-dozen people were killed in an Israeli air raid on targets near the southern Lebanese port town of Sidon.
    (AP, 9/5/97)
1987        Sep 5, In his weekly radio address, President Reagan urged American workers to shun protectionist legislation and "meet the competition head-on."
    (AP, 9/5/97)

1988        Sep 5, On the campaign trail, Republican George Bush continued to link his opponent with "the liberal left," while Democrat Michael Dukakis charged that under a GOP administration, "the rich have become richer, the poor have gotten poorer."
    (AP, 9/5/98)

1989        Sep 5, In his first nationally broadcast address from the White House, President Bush outlined a plan to fight illicit drugs, which he called the "quicksand of our entire society."
    (AP, 9/5/99)

1990        Sep 5, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein urged Arabs to rise up in a Holy War against the West and former allies who had turned against him.
    (AP, 9/5/00)
1990        Sep 5, In Moscow, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz.
    (AP, 9/5/00)

1991        Sep 5, Jury selection began in Miami in the drug and racketeering trial of former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega.
    (AP, 9/5/01)
1991        Sep 5, In Moscow, Soviet lawmakers approved the creation of an interim government to usher in a new confederation.
    (AP, 9/5/01)

1992        Sep 5, A strike that had idled nearly 43,000 General Motors Corp. workers ended as members of a United Auto Workers local in Lordstown, Ohio, approved a new agreement.
    (AP, 9/5/97)

1993        Sep 5, "Jelly's Last Jam" closed at Virginia Theater NYC after 569 performances.
1993        Sep 5, "Will Rogers Follies" closed at Palace Theater NYC after 983 performances.
1993        Sep 5, Claude Renoir, French cinematographer (Spy Who Loved Me), died at 78.
1993        Sep 5, Seven Nigerian soldiers were killed in a militia ambush in Somalia as they went to the aid of other UN peacekeepers surrounded by a stone-throwing mob.
    (AP, 9/5/98)

1994        Sep 5, A U.N.-sponsored population conference opened in Cairo, Egypt, where Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland lashed out at the Vatican and at Muslim fundamentalists by defending abortion rights and sex education. 179 nations signed a statement to ensure every woman’s right to education and health care and to make choices about childbearing. In 2004 world leaders of 85 nations endorsed the plan but the US refused because the statement mentioned “sexual rights.” 
    (AP, 9/5/99)(SFC, 10/14/04, p.A9)

1995        Sep 5, O.J. Simpson jurors heard testimony that police detective Mark Fuhrman had uttered a racist slur, and advocated the killing of blacks.
    (AP, 9/5/00)
1995        Sep 5, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, addressing the UN-sponsored fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, declared it was "time to break the silence" about the abuse of women.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
1995        Sep 5, James "Pigmeat" Jarrett, pianist, died at 95.
1995        Sep 5, France under Pres. Chirac resumed nuclear testing, after a three-year moratorium, in the French South Pacific atoll of Mururoa. World-wide protests failed to stop testing.
    (WSJ, 9/8/95, p.A-8)(AP, 9/5/00)

1996        Sep 5, “Kinds of Minds” by Daniel C. Dennet ($20) and “Full House: The Spread of Excellence From Plato to Darwin” by Stephen Jay Gould ($25) were reviewed.
    (WSJ, 9/5/96, p.A14)
1996        Sep 5, Computer scientists found the largest known prime number while testing a Cray T94 computer system. It has 378,632 digits and can be expressed as two to the 1,257,787th power minus 1.
    (WSJ, 9/5/96, p.A6)
1996        Sep 5, Astronomers using the Hubble space telescope discovered a galaxy under construction. They say 18 gigantic star clusters were packed within a space just 2 million light years across and apparently on the verge of forming a brand new galaxy. Light from the event originated 11 billion years ago.
    (SFC, 9/5/96, p.A3)
1996        Sep 5, Hurricane Fran hit at Cape Fear, North Carolina. It tore through the Carolinas with winds at 115-mph.
    (SFC, 9/6.96, p.A3)(AP, 9/5/97)
1996        Sep 5, Cambodia rushed troops to aid the 1,000 or so Khmer Rouge dissidents near the village of Chup Koki. About 5,500 Khmer Rouge rebels remained loyal to Pol Pot.
    (SFC, 9/6.96, p.A14)
1996        Sep 5, In France PM Alain Juppe proposed a tax cut. It would reduce the top marginal rate to 54% next year from 56.8%, and to 47% in 2000.
    (WSJ, 9/66/96, p.A11)
1996        Sep. 5, Russian President Boris Yeltsin acknowledged he had serious health problems and would undergo heart surgery.
    (AP, 9/5/97)
1996        Sep 5, In Suriname Jules Wijdenbosch, backed by former military strongman Desi Bouterse, defeated Pres. Ronald Venetiaan in a close runoff.
    (SFC, 9/6.96, p.A14)
1996        Sep 5, Turkey declared a new security zone inside northern Iraq and air attacks were staged on suspected Kurdish rebel bases.
    (SFC, 9/6.96, p.A13)

1997        Sep 5, In Arizona Sec. of State Jane Dee Hull assumed the role of governor, the 3rd current female governor in the US after Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire.
    (SFC, 9/6/97, p.A5)
1997        Sep 5, The new Kansas City Jazz Museum opened next to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
    (WSJ, 11/19/97, p.A20)
1997        Sep 5, Leon Edel (b.1907), American scholar and biographer, died. His work included a 5-volume biography of Henry James (1843-1916), for which he received the 1963 Pulitzer Prize.
    (WSJ, 6/17/08, p.A21)(
1997        Sep 5, In Argentina a group headed by Sociedad Macri SA took over the postal service with an offer to pay the state about $102 million annually for 20 years.
    (WSJ, 9/8/97, p.A15)
1997        Sep 5, In England funeral services for Princess Diana were held in London. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II broke the royal reticence over Princess Diana's death, delivering a televised address in which she called her former daughter-in-law "a remarkable person." The 1973 song “Candle in the Wind,” an ode to Marilyn Monroe on the album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin, was adopted for the funeral.
    (SFC, 9/6/97, p.A1)(SFC, 9/24/97, p.E1)(AP, 9/5/07)
1997        Sep 5, Hungarian-born conductor Sir George Solti (b.1912) died at age 84 in France. He was made a Knight Commander of the British Empire in 1972 for his contributions to British music.
    (SFC, 9/6/97, p.A3)(AP, 9/5/98)
1997        Sep 5, Athens, Greece, won the competition to host the 2004 Summer Olympics.
    (WSJ, 9/8/97, p.A16)
1997        Sep 5, In India Mother Teresa (b.1910), the Calcutta nun who worked on behalf of the destitute, died of heart failure in Calcutta. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II broke the royal reticence over Princess Diana's death, calling her "a remarkable person" in a televised address. In 1996 a US Congress joint resolution declared her an honorary US citizen. In 2003 Albania declared 2004 to be "Mother Teresa Year" and set aside Oct. 19 as a national holiday in her honor. "It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you ... yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand."
    (SFC, 9/6/97, p.A1)(AP, 9/5/98)(AP, 9/12/03)(SFC, 9/3/10, p.A4)
1997        Sep 5, In Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu announced that the Oslo peace process was being frozen.
    (SFC, 9/6/97, p.A3)
1997        Sep 5, In Lebanon at least 12 Israeli commandos were killed in a botched raid deep inside Lebanese territory. Itamar Ilya, a commando, was killed with 11 other soldiers in Southern Lebanon.
    (SFC, 9/5/97, p.A1)(SFC, 6/26/98, p.A16)(

1998        Sep 5, The opera “Turandot” opened in a Ming Dynasty palace in the Forbidden City. The $15 million production was conducted by Zubin Mehta.
    (WSJ, 9/16/98, p.A20)
1998        Sep 5, President Clinton appealed to the people of Ireland never to allow "the enemies of peace to break your will" as he wrapped up a three-day visit.
    (AP, 9/5/99)
1998        Sep 5, In NYC the Million Youth March ended in a wild melee as police rushed the speaking platform after the event ran minutes over the allotted time. An estimated 20,000 people were in attendance. Mayor Giuliani later supported the police action at the rally where 6,000 people had gathered. Some 3,000 officers were massed in the area. A grand jury was later asked to investigate.
    (SFEC, 9/6/98, p.A3)(SFC, 9/7/98, p.A3)(SFC, 9/9/98, p.A3)

1999        Sep 5, The Houston Comets won their third straight WNBA championship, beating the New York Liberty, 59-to-47.
    (AP, 9/5/00)
1999        Sep 5, Allen Funt, founder of "Candid Camera" and the father of "reality" television, died in Pebble Beach at 84.
    (SFC, 9/7/99, p.B1)
1999        Sep 5, Alan Clark (b.1928), diarist and a conservative member of British Parliament, died. His several books of military history, included “The Donkeys” (1961), which became the musical satire, “Oh, What a Lovely War!.” In 2009 Ion Trewin authored “Alan Clark: The Biography.”
    (Econ, 10/3/09, p.106)
1999        Sep 5, In China increases in salaries, pensions and welfare payments were announced for 84 million people as a birthday gift for the Oct 1 anniversary.
    (SFC, 9/6/99, p.A14)
1999        Sep 5, In Dagestan several thousand rebels began a 2nd siege from Chechnya. Hundreds of Islamic insurgents launched a new offensive in southern Russia, hours after a bomb smashed a building housing Russian military families; the blast was the first of four apartment building explosions blamed by Russian officials on Chechen rebels that killed a total of about 300 people.
    (SFC, 9/6/99, p.A12)(AP, 9/5/00)
1999        Sep 5, In East Timor anti-independence militias went on a rampage and 100 people were reported slaughtered in a church and hundreds of other beheaded as tens of thousands tried to flee. 18 suspects were indicted for the slaughter in 2001. In Indonesia 7 senior officials were charged in 2002 including former East Timor Gov. Abilio Soares.
    (SFC, 9/6/99, p.A1)(SFC, 2/22/02, p.A14)
1999        Sep 5, In India month long staggered elections for a new parliament began. 6 party activists were killed on the 1st day of elections. India had 543 parliamentary districts.
    (SFC, 9/4/99, p.A14)(SFC, 9/6/99, p.A13)(SFEC, 9/19/99, p.A22)
1999        Sep 5, In Israel 2 car bombs exploded prematurely in Tiberius and Haifa and 3 men placing them were killed. Israeli police soon arrested 5 associated suspects believed to be Israeli Arabs.
    (SFC, 9/6/99, p.A12)(SFC, 9/7/99, p.A14)

2000        Sep 5, On the eve of congressional hearings into the recall of 6.5 million Firestone tires, Ford Motor Co. released new documents to bolster its contention that it had no reason to doubt the safety of the tires being investigated in 88 deaths.
    (AP, 9/5/01)
2000        Sep 5, Oyster harvesting was shut down in Galveston Bay as a large toxic algal bloom began to spread from the Texas Gulf Coast to the Florida panhandle. Million of fish began to die.
    (SFC, 9/30/00, p.B10)
2000        Sep 5, In Honduras protestors from the Chorti tribe began blocking Copan Archeological Park and demanded land to farm. Police removed some 900 protestors on Sep 7 and at least 17 people were injured.
    (SFC, 9/9/00, p.A12)
2000        Sep 5, The Vatican issued a statement that declared efforts to depict all religions as equal are wrong and reasserted that the Catholic Church is the one true church.
    (WSJ, 9/6/00, p.A1)

2001        Sep 5, Mexican President Vicente Fox arrived at the White House as the first state visitor of the Bush presidency. Fox told Pres. Bush that he would like a sweeping immigration settlement by the end of the year.
    (SFC, 9/6/01, p.A1)(AP, 9/5/02)
2001        Sep 5, A SF federal appeals court ruled that prisoners have a constitutional right to reproduce. This opened the door for fatherhood via artificial insemination for those prisoners denied conjugal visits.
    (SFC, 9/6/01, p.A3)
2001        Sep 5, Heywood Hale Broun (83), sports commentator, died in Kingston, N.Y.
    (AP, 9/5/02)
2001        Sep 5, In Northern Ireland Protestant extremists threw a homemade bomb at Catholic girls walking to school through a gauntlet of riot police. 2 police officers were wounded. The paramilitary Red Hand Defenders took responsibility.
    (SFC, 9/6/01, p.A1)
2001        Sep 5, In Mexico Maria de los Angeles Tames, attorney and daughter of a former senator, was killed. On Mar 5, 2002, Juan Antonio Dominguez, mayor of Atizapan, was arrested in connection with the slaying of the city council member, who had planned to reveal evidence of corruption and drug trafficking. On Apr 10, 2002 Dominguez and his former chief of staff Daniel Garcia were charged with masterminding the murder.
    (SFC, 3/7/02, p.A7)(WSJ, 4/12/02, p.A1)
2001        Sep 5, In Peru the attorney general filed homicide charges against former Pres. Fujimori (who was living in self-exile in Japan), linking him to 2 massacres by the Colina group, paramilitary death squads, in the early 1990s.
    (SFC, 9/6/01, p.A8)(AP, 9/5/02)
2001        Sep 5, In South Africa a fire killed at least 19 people at Kruger National Park. 15 of the dead were women hired to cut grass.
    (SFC, 9/6/01, p.E5)

2002        Sep 5, The U.S. military stated that American and British planes attacked an air defense command and control facility at a military airfield 240 miles southwest of Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/6/02)
2002        Sep 5, In Illinois Judge Harold Frobish of Livingston County ruled that prison inmates can choose to starve themselves rather than endure years of solitary confinement and that right outweighs the state's duty to keep them alive.
    (SFC, 9/7/02, p.A4)
2002        Sep 5, Actor Cliff Gorman (65), who'd won a Tony for portraying comedian Lenny Bruce in the 1971 play "Lenny," died in New York.
    (AP, 9/4/03)
2002        Sep 5, Afghan President Hamid Karzai survived an assassination attempt in the southern city of Kandahar. The attack, by a man dressed in military uniform, occurred shortly after a powerful car bomb in the capital killed at least 26 people and wounded 150.
    (Reuters, 9/6/02)(SFC, 9/6/02, p.A1)
2002        Sep 5, In Gabon US Sec. of State Colin Powell talked into the night with the Pres. Omar Bongo about the country's commitment to preserve its lush forests, peace efforts and the IMF.
    (AP, 9/6/02)
2002        Sep 5, The Canadian government said it will spend C$105 million ($66.9 million) in the first stage of a plan to connect the country's rural residents to high-speed Internet service by 2005.
    (Reuters, 9/6/02) 
2002        Sep 5, In Colombia gunmen on motorcycles killed Fernando Mancilla, the new chief of secret police for Antioquia province, as he drove his car in Medellin.
    (AP, 9/6/02)(SFC, 9/6/02, p.A17)
2002        Sep 5, In Congo some  6,000 Ngiti and Lendu tribe tribal fighters and their allies attacked the mission hospital in Nyankunde, slaughtering patients in their beds. They killed some 650 people from the Bira, Hema and 16 other tribes on the 1st day of the attacks.
    (AP, 12/24/02)
2002        Sep 5, In Greece Dimitris Koufodinas  (44), a main hit man for the November 17 terror group, surrendered to police.
    (SFC, 9/6/02, p.A13)
2002        Sep 5,  Palestinian fighters blew up an Israeli tank in Gaza, killing the driver instantly. Another Palestinian, linked to the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, killed an Israeli officer and wounded another soldier before he was shot dead.
    (SFC, 9/6/02, p.A14)
2002        Sep 5, In Somalia militiamen tied white flags to their weapons as an informal cease-fire halted two days of fierce fighting in a capital area that has left more than 25 people dead and 50 wounded.
    (AP, 9/5/02)

2003        Sep 5, A roller coaster derailed at Southern California's Disneyland theme park, killing one man and injuring 10 other people, including a 9-year-old.
    (Reuters, 9/5/03)
2003        Sep 5, Gisele MacKenzie (76), former TV star, died. She starred on "Your Hit Parade" from 1953-1957, after which she starred in NBC's "The Gisele MacKenzie Show."
    (SFC, 9/6/03, p.A16)
2003        Sep 5, Afghan forces in the southern province of Zabul captured five fugitive Taliban militants, including an insurgent leader, after a battle that killed scores of rebels. Coalition forces killed Mullah Abdul Razzaq Hafees, a Taliban commander, and 19 other militants in fighting in southern Afghanistan.
    (AP, 9/6/03)(AP, 10/6/03)
2003        Sep 5, Hurricane Fabian slammed into Bermuda killing 4 people. [see Sep 6]
    (AP, 9/5/08)
2003        Sep 5, Statistics Canada said the nation's unemployment rate rose to 8.0% in August, an 18-month high.
    (AP, 9/5/03)
2003        Sep 5, Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano spewed lava, rocks and ash in its strongest eruption in more than two years.
    (AP, 9/5/03)
2003        Sep 5, Wayan Limbak (106), a Balinese dancer who helped create the island's famous Monkey Dance, died. Working with German painter Walter Spies in the 1930s, Limbak adopted a traditional exorcism ritual to invent the dance, known in Indonesian as Kecak.
    (AP, 9/6/03)
2003        Sep 5, Israeli commandos killed a Hamas bombmaker in a firefight and pulverized the West Bank apartment building in which he had been hiding.
    (AP, 9/5/04)
2003        Sep 5, European Union foreign ministers met in Riva del Garda, Italy, to discuss Iraq, the tattered Mideast peace plan and their bloc's draft constitution as some 500 anti-globalization protesters blocked main roads to an Italian Alps town.
    (AP, 9/6/03)

2004        Sep 5, The 19th Burning Man went up in flames in Gerlach, Nevada, where some 35, 664 people had gathered for the annual festival.
    (SSFC, 9/5/04, p.B1)
2004        Sep 5, The eye of Hurricane Frances made official landfall near Sewall’s Point, Fl. Sustained winds of 105 mph knocked out power to some 2 million people. Frances left 19 dead in Florida as it slowly moved northwest.
    (SSFC, 9/5/04, p.A1)(SFC, 9/6/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/8/04, p.A1)
2004        Sep 5, Australian Prime Minister John Howard defended his country's controversial refusal to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gases as he launched the 19th World Energy Congress in Sydney.
    (AP, 9/5/04)
2004        Sep 5, In Sylhet, Bangladesh, 2 people were killed and 10 wounded in a bomb blast.
    (Reuters, 9/5/04)
2004        Sep 5, London’s Sunday Times reported that John Knight, a millionaire British arms dealer, is reportedly fuelling a bloody civil war in Sudan by arranging to supply its government with tanks, rocket launchers and a cruise missile.
    (AP, 9/5/04) 
2004        Sep 5, Iraqi forces reportedly captured Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the King of Clubs and most wanted member of Saddam Hussein's ousted dictatorship. DNA evidence revealed that the suspect was only a cousin of al-Douri. An ensuing battle left as many as 70 people dead. A mortar attack killed 2 US soldiers.
    (AP, 9/5/04)(SFC, 9/6/04, p.A3)
2004        Sep 5, Typhoon Songda, billed as the strongest to hit southern Japan in at least three decades, lashed Okinawa island with heavy rains and high winds and headed toward Japan's main islands.
    (AP, 9/5/04)
2004        Sep 5, A Turkish company said it was withdrawing from Iraq a day after Iraqi militants threatened to behead its employee unless it ceased operations there.
    (AP, 9/5/04)

2005        Sep 5, President Bush nominated John Roberts (50) to succeed William H. Rehnquist as chief justice and called on the Senate to confirm him before the Supreme Court opens its fall term on Oct. 3. Roberts could shape the court for decades to come. President Bush and Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, during a Gulf Coast tour, consoled Hurricane Katrina victims and thanked relief workers.
    (AP, 9/5/05)(AP, 9/5/06)
2005        Sep 5, A nuclear-powered US Navy submarine collided with a Turkish cargo ship in the Persian Gulf. Nobody was injured and both ships appeared to suffer only superficial damage.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, Jerry Rice ended an NFL career that included three Super Bowls and records for most career receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
    (AP, 9/5/06)
2005        Sep 5, Taylor Behl (17), a Virginia Commonwealth University student, disappeared. Her body was found in Mathews County, about 70 miles east of Richmond, a month later. Behl’s body was found in a shallow grave with the help of photos on Benjamin Fawley’s Web site. In 2006 Fawley (39) was sentenced to 30 years in prison for her death.
    (AP, 8/10/06)
2005        Sep 5, In the town of Soelden, Austria, a 1,500-pound chunk of concrete being used for construction at a ski resort fell from a helicopter and hit a gondola cable, hurling dozens of passengers to the ground and killing 9 Germans. In 2006 the helicopter pilot was convicted of criminal negligence and sentenced to 15 months in prison.
    (AP, 9/5/05)(AP, 6/23/06)
2005        Sep 5, China said the death toll from last week's Typhoon Talim climbed by 13 to at least 95 on the mainland, with another 30 people missing.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, China and the EU reached an agreement to unblock some 77 million garments held up at European borders after Chinese textile imports broke through 2005 quota limits.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, Suspected rebels dynamited six energy pylons, leaving more than 2.3 million people in southwestern Colombia without electricity.
    (AP, 9/6/05)
2005        Sep 5, In eastern Congo a Russian-made airplane crashed in the forest, killing 7, including 3 Russian crew members.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, In Egypt an actor knocked over a candle on a stage filled with billowing paper, starting a blaze that killed at least 32 people at the Culture Palace in Beni Suef.
    (AP, 9/6/05)
2005        Sep 5, In Egypt a bus in Abu Swaylim village collided with a car and then plunged into a canal, killing 7 people, leaving at least 5 missing and presumed drowned, and injuring 14.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, In Indonesia a domestic jetliner slammed into a crowded neighborhood after taking off from Medan, bursting into flames and killing at 143 people including 44 on the ground. 18 passengers survived the crash, including an 18-month-old boy.
    (AP, 9/6/05)(AP, 9/5/06)
2005        Sep 5, Insurgents launched a surprise attack on Baghdad's heavily guarded Interior Ministry building, killing two police officers and wounding several others. In southern Iraq, two British soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb. In the northern city of Tal Afar, bodies of 3 district leaders were found. The 3 had turned down demands by insurgents to cooperate in their fight with US and Iraqi forces. 8 Iraqi civilians, including 5 children, were killed in fighting there. Another 25 Iraqi civilians died in other incidents in Baghdad, Baqouba and elsewhere.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, Kashmir's main political separatist alliance started peace talks with the Indian prime minister, seeking trust and an easing of harsh military controls in the troubled region.
    (Reuters, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova (1944-2006), linked for decades to the ethnic Albanian majority's anti-Serb struggle, said he has lung cancer, but he pledged to stay in office as the U.N.-run province nears crucial talks on its future.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, Kyrgyzstan President Kurmanbek Bakiyev said that his Central Asian nation will allow the US military base on its territory for as long as necessary to bring stability to Afghanistan, but he also said the rent will increase.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, In Nepal more than a dozen demonstrators were hurt in violent clashes with police, the 3rd day of protests against King Gyanendra's seizure of power seven months ago. Authorities released more than 50 pro-democracy protesters detained over the weekend.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, Nigerian unions dropped a threat to hold a nationwide general strike but instead vowed to launch a series of mass street rallies to protest against rising petrol prices.
    (AFP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, An explosion destroyed a house after nightfall in Gaza City, killing four people and injuring at least 30. It belonged to a well-known family of supporters of the Islamic militant group Hamas, but the Israeli military denied having anything to do with the blast.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, UBS said it will sell three of Switzerland's oldest private banks and asset manager GAM to Julius Baer for 5.6 billion Swiss francs ($4.6 billion), to enable it to focus on its own private banking business.
    (AP, 9/5/05)
2005        Sep 5, In the Ukraine Oleksandr Zinchenko, a close aide to President Viktor Yushchenko who was a chief organizer of the "Orange Revolution" protests, said he had resigned from the government because of systemic corruption.
    (AP, 9/6/05)
2005        Sep 5, A Venezuela official said a state governor allied to leftist Pres. Hugo Chavez has ordered troops to seize an abandoned tomato-processing plant owned by the H.J. Heinz Co.
    (AP, 9/5/05)

2006        Sep 5, Pres. Bush named Mary Peters, former Federal Highway Administrator, to replace Norm Pineta as transportation secretary.
    (SFC, 9/6/06, p.A4)
2006        Sep 5, The Academy of American Poets announced that Michael Palmer (63), a resident of San Francisco, has been selected as the recipient of the 13th Wallace Stevens Award for "outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry." The award included $100,000.
2006        Sep 5, Dan Rather said he has donated $2 million to his alma mater, Sam Houston State University, the largest single monetary gift in the school's 127-year history.
    (AP, 9/6/06)
2006        Sep 5, Chevron and Devon energy announced successful oil production from a new deep water region in the Gulf of Mexico estimated at 3-15 billion barrels of oil plus gas.
    (WSJ, 9/5/06, p.A1)
2006         Sep 5, Bill Ford stepped down as CEO of Ford Motor Co. and was replaced by Alan Mulally, a top Boeing executive. Mulally will get a base salary of $2 million and an immediate payout of $18.5 million which includes a $7.5 million hiring bonus and $11 million to offset forfeited performance and stock option awards from Boeing.
    (SFC, 9/6/06, p.C3)(WSJ, 9/9/06, p.A1)
2006        Sep 5, The US FDA granted Abiomed approval to sell AbioCor, the world’s first implantable artificial heart.
    (SFC, 9/6/06, p.A3)
2006        Sep 5, The lower deck of the SF Bay Bridge reopened after being shut down for the 3-day Labor Day weekend due to demolition work.
    (SFC, 9/5/06, p.B1)
2006        Sep 5, The Wireless Silicon Valley Project picked Silicon Valley Metro Connect, a collaboration of Azulstar Networks, Cisco systems, IBM and Seakay, to build and operate a wireless network across 38 cities in the SF Bay Area.
    (SFC, 9/6/06, p.C1)
2006        Sep 5, A cook was charged with shooting and dismembering the owner of a Maine bed-and-breakfast and three other people in a Labor Day weekend killing rampage. Christian Nielsen has since pleaded not guilty to murder by reason of insanity.
    (AP, 9/5/07)
2006        Sep 5, In southern Afghanistan US artillery and airstrikes killed between 50 and 60 suspected Taliban militants, the fourth day of a NATO-led offensive. NATO said 700 Taliban were trapped by the offensive.
    (AP, 9/5/06)(WSJ, 9/6/06, p.A1)
2006        Sep 5, A federal judge in Argentina ruled unconstitutional a 1990 presidential pardon extended to Jorge Rafael Videla, who led Argentina's military junta during the worst periods of the so-called "Dirty War" crackdown on dissidents between 1976 and 1983. A day earlier the same judge ruled that pardons for Albano Harguinday, the interior minister under Videla, and Jose Martinez de Hoz, the economy minister under Videla, were also unconstitutional.
    (, 9/16/06, p.47)
2006        Sep 5, Burundi Vice-President Alice Nzomukunda resigned over corruption and human rights abuses that she says are hampering her nation's progress.
2006        Sep 5, Danish authorities said they foiled a serious terror plot with the arrest of nine men accused of preparing explosives for a planned attack in Denmark. The suspects were Danish citizens between the ages of 18 and 33. Eight of them had immigrant backgrounds. In 2007 a jury in Copenhagen handed down guilty verdicts to Mohammad Zaher (34), Ahmad Khaldhadi (22), and Abdallah Andersen (32). Riad Anwer Daabas (19) was acquitted. Zaher and Khaldhadi, described as the two most active, were each sentenced to 11 years in prison, while Andersen was given a four-year sentence.
    (AP, 9/5/06)(AP, 11/24/07)
2006        Sep 5, Cellular telephones were found inside four prisoners in El Salvador's maximum-security prison after suspicious officials took X-rays of each of the inmates.
    (AP, 9/6/06)
2006        Sep 5, French oil and gas field surveyor Geophysique said it will buy US rival Veritas for $3.1 billion in cash and stock, establishing a major new global player in the booming oil exploration industry.
    (AP, 9/5/06)
2006        Sep 5, The Iraqi parliament voted to extend the country's state of emergency for 30 more days.
    (AP, 9/5/06)
2006        Sep 5, Israeli forces left five villages in southern Lebanon and were replaced by Lebanese troops, who also moved into the center of a Hezbollah stronghold devastated by weeks of fighting.
    (AP, 9/5/06)
2006        Sep 5, In Kyrgyzstan Maj. Jill Metzger (33), a US Air Force officer, went missing while shopping in the capital of Bishkek. Metzger reappeared 3 days later and said she had been seized by three young men and a woman in a minibus and held in a rural area about 30 miles from the capital.
    (AP, 9/6/06)(AP, 9/9/06)
2006        Sep 5, In south Lebanon a remote-controlled bomb wounded a senior police intelligence officer who played a key role in the investigation into the slaying of a former Lebanese prime minister. Four of the officer's aides and bodyguards were killed in the sophisticated attack.
    (AP, 9/5/06)
2006        Sep 5, The president of Mexico's top electoral court recommended that the full tribunal uphold the slim lead of ruling party candidate Felipe Calderon. Marcelo Garza, the top police investigator for Nuevo Leon, a northern Mexican state that borders Texas, was shot to death by a lone gunman outside an art gallery.
    (AP, 9/5/06)(AP, 9/6/06)
2006        Sep 5, Pakistan's government and pro-Taliban militants signed an agreement in Miran Shah to ensure "permanent peace" in a tribal region bordering Afghanistan, seeking to end five years of violent unrest in the area. Under the truce the Pakistan army pulled back to barracks tens of thousands of troops that had been involved in bloody operations against suspected Taliban and al-Qaida hideouts, and militants agreed to halt attacks in Pakistan and over the border against foreign troops in Afghanistan. Tribal elders were supposed to police the deal. The truce ended in July 2007. Lawmakers from a coalition of six Islamic groups threatened to vacate their parliamentary seats if the government changes a rape law criticized by human rights activists.
    (AP, 9/5/06)(AP, 9/5/06)(AP, 7/16/07)
2006        Sep 5, Palestinian security officers went on the rampage in Gaza City to demand back pay from the cash-strapped Hamas-led government. Israel pressed ahead with its offensive against Hamas militants, killing five with airstrikes in the Rafah refugee camp.
    (AP, 9/5/06)(AP, 9/6/06)
2006        Sep 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin met South African leader Thabo Mbeki at the start of a visit intended to forge closer ties between the mineral and diamond superpowers.
    (Reuters, 9/5/06)
2006        Sep 5, Turkey became the first Muslim country with diplomatic ties to Israel to pledge troops to an expanding international peacekeeping force that will monitor a fragile cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah.
    (AP, 9/6/06)
2006        Sep 5, In Somalia thousands of people massed in Mogadishu vowing to fight any foreign peacekeepers sent to the embattled nation, while a coalition of East African nations approved an ambitious plan to deploy troops in Somalia by early next month.
    (AP, 9/5/06)
2006        Sep 5, Police in Uruguay arrested 27 people suspected of trafficking drugs to Europe and seized a record 770 pounds of cocaine.
    (AP, 9/6/06)

2007        Sep 5, Fred Thompson (b.1942), former Tennessee Senator (1994-2002) as well as film and TV character actor, announced himself as a formal Republican candidate for the US presidency on the Jay Leno show. Thompson quit the race on Jan 22, 2008.
    (SFC, 9/6/07, p.A4)(, 1/23/08, p.A11)
2007        Sep 5, Contest organizers in Tucson, Az., said Kelly McBee, a 30-year-old mother of three from northern Wyoming, is the new Mrs. America. McBee won the national crown in a ceremony at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.
    (AP, 9/6/07)
2007        Sep 5, Coroners in Southern California said as many as 28 people may have died of heat-related causes during the last 8-day run of hot weather.
    (SFC, 9/6/07, p.A3)
2007        Sep 5, In Virginia US Rep. Paul Gillmor (68), a Republican from Ohio, was found dead in his apartment in Arlington.
    (SFC, 9/6/07, p.A7)
2007        Sep 5, Afghan and US-led coalition troops killed more than 40 suspected Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan. 13 mine-clearing workers were kidnapped in Paktia province.
    (AP, 9/5/07)(AP, 9/6/07)(AP, 9/7/07)
2007        Sep 5, In Australia President Bush urged Pacific Rim nations to band together on tackling global warming, saying all major polluters must be part of any solution.
    (AP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 5, The Belgian-based International Polar Foundation unveiled what it claimed to be the world's first zero-emissions polar science station in Antarctica to conduct research on climate change.
    (AP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 5, Chinese authorities said two late-night radio shows that discussed sex and drugs have been banned for damaging young people and being "extremely pornographic."
    (AP, 9/6/07)
2007        Sep 5, German officials announced that three militants from an Islamic group linked to al-Qaida were planning "imminent" bomb attacks against Americans in Germany when an elite anti-terrorist unit raided their small-town hideout.
    (AP, 9/5/08)
2007        Sep 5, The ship Oceanic II, dubbed the Scholar Ship, became home to some 200 students from 35 countries and embarked from Piraeus, Greece, as a seaborne university funded by Royal Caribbean Cruises. A 16-week semester included stops in Lisbon, Panama City, Auckland, Shanghai and other places for just under $20,000.
    (SFC, 9/12/07, p.61)
2007        Sep 5, In Guatemala 2 candidates from Nobel Laureate and presidential hopeful Rigoberta Menchu's political party were shot dead amid a wave of campaign-related violence that has claimed about 50 lives.
    (AP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 5, In Karbala US forces captured an Iraqi believed to be working as the local contact to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps's elite Quds Force to supply Shiite militias with Iranian-made weapons.
    (AP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 5, Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit said Israel will grant citizenship to some of the estimated 300 refugees from Sudan's violence-ridden Darfur region who have already arrived.
    (AP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 5, Japan and North Korea held talks for the first time in six months in a bid to ease tensions amid signs of cautious optimism for progress from the arch-foes. The meeting in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator is part of a working group set up by six-nation talks designed to stop North Korea's nuclear weapons programs.
    (AFP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 5, Hurricane Henriette threatened Mexico's mainland after punishing the Los Cabos resorts.
    (AP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 5, North Korea said it had arrested spies working for an unspecified foreign country who were collecting intelligence on the communist state's military and state secrets.
    (AP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 5, Militants freed six soldiers who were among more than 100 Pakistani troops abducted over the weekend near the Afghan border.
    (AP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 5, Rwanda's President Paul Kagame said that his country was no longer interested in joining the southern African grouping SADC in order to avoid "overlapping" roles with other blocs.
    (AP, 9/5/07)
2007        Sep 5, Canada’s ambassador to Zimbabwe said the number of people facing serious food shortages there is expected to grow to 4.1 million over the first quarter of next year.
    (AP, 9/5/07)

2008        Sep 5, US bank regulators shut down Silver State Bank, saying the Nevada bank failed because of losses on soured loans, mainly in commercial real estate and land development. It was the 11th failure this year of a federally insured bank.
    (AP, 9/6/08)
2008        Sep 5, In SF Western artist Thom Ross displayed 100 wooden Indians on horseback on the same stretch of Ocean Beach that was used in a 1902 photo of Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West Show featuring live Indians on horseback.
    (SFC, 9/6/08, p.A1)
2008        Sep 5, In Berkeley, Ca., arborists began removed trees in preparation for a $124 million UC athletic training center. 4 protesters continued a 21-month-old protest in a lone redwood.
    (SFC, 9/7/08, p.B1)
2008        Sep 5, In Lancaster, Ca., a road was paved, at the request of Honda’s Santa Monica advertising agency, with grooves so that passing cars would hear a rendition of Rossini’s William Tell Overture. On Sep 23, following complaints and safety concerns the road was repaved.
    (WSJ, 10/24/08, p.A1)
2008        Sep 5, Robert Giroux (b.1914), NYC publisher (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux), died in New Jersey. He had joined Farrar as editor in chief and was made a full partner in 1964.
    (SFC, 9/6/08, p.A2)
2008        Sep 5, In western Afghanistan an overnight raid in Farah province killed six militants and two civilians.
    (AP, 9/5/08)
2008        Sep 5, Angolans voted for the first time in 16 years in a parliamentary election expected to extend the ruling party's hold of more than three decades in the oil-rich African nation. A new quota required 30% of the candidates to be women.
    (AP, 9/5/08)(Econ, 9/20/08, p.76)
2008        Sep 5, Quentin Bryce was sworn in as Australia's governor general, the first woman to act as the British queen's representative Down Under. Morris Iemma (47), the embattled premier of Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, was forced to resign after his party withdrew support for him over a dramatic reshuffle of his cabinet.
    (AP, 9/5/08)(AFP, 9/5/08)
2008        Sep 5, In Bolivia protesters stormed a small airport and blocked major highways across eastern Bolivia in a standoff over central government reforms designed to empower the nation’s indigenous majority.
    (AP, 9/5/08)
2008        Sep 5, Canada joined the US and EU in imposing sanctions on Zimbabwe's authoritarian regime headed by President Robert Mugabe.
    (AP, 9/6/08)
2008        Sep 5, EU nations called for an international probe to find out which country should shoulder responsibility for starting the conflict between Georgia and Russia.
    (AP, 9/5/08)
2008        Sep 5, Rosetta, the European deep space probe launched in 2004, completed a flyby of the Steins asteroid in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
    (SFC, 9/7/08, p.A6)
2008        Sep 5, The flagship of the US Navy's Mediterranean fleet anchored outside the key Georgian port of Poti, bringing in tons of humanitarian aid to a port still partially occupied by hundreds of Russian troops.
    (AP, 9/5/08)
2008        Sep 5, The Iraqi government reacted sharply to published allegations that the US spied on Iraq's PM Maliki, warning that future ties with the United States could be in jeopardy if the report were true. An explosion in the western Baghdad neighborhood of Mansour killed six bodyguards of ex-Iraqi deputy prime minister and former Pentagon favorite, Ahmad Chalabi, who escaped the suicide car bomb attack on his convoy.
    (AP, 9/6/08)
2008        Sep 5, An Israeli defense official said Israel has allowed Palestinian security forces in the West Bank to receive a shipment of about 1,000 Kalashnikov rifles and tens of thousands of bullets in a step aimed at bolstering the moderate Palestinian government there. The weapons shipment reached the Palestinians through Jordan about one week ago.
    (AP, 9/5/08)
2008        Sep 5, Mila Schoen (b.1916), an Italian designer of elegant, impeccably tailored clothes, died at her villa in northern Italy.
    (AP, 9/5/08)
2008        Sep 5, In Japan right-leaning former Foreign Minister Taro Aso announced that he will run for ruling party president in a move that would put him on track to take over as Japan's next prime minister.
    (AP, 9/5/08)
2008        Sep 5, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, once reviled as a "mad dog" by President Reagan, on a historic visit which she said proved that Washington had no permanent enemies. John Foster Dulles was the last US Secretary of State to visit Tripoli, in May 1953.
    (Reuters, 9/6/08)
2008        Sep 5, Malaysia said it is dispatching three navy vessels to the Gulf of Aden to protect its merchant ships following a sharp surge in pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia.
    (AP, 9/5/08)
2008        Sep 5, In Mexico two 18th century paintings, "The Adoration of the Three Kings" and "The Birth of the Virgin," were stolen from the Santa Matilde church in Pachuca, the capital of central Hidalgo state. In February, 2010, they were found in an art gallery in Tlaquepaque, a town near the city of Guadalajara, where they were on sale for $35,000.
    (AP, 2/26/10)
2008        Sep 5, The political party of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged Myanmar's military government to ensure her well-being as she continued to refuse food deliveries to protest her detention.
    (AP, 9/5/08)
2008        Sep 5, Nigeria said it has set up a 40-member technical committee on peace talks to end the crisis in the oil-rich Niger Delta.
    (AFP, 9/5/08)
2008        Sep 5, Pakistan's Supreme Court reinstated three judges ousted by Pervez Musharraf, cementing political divisions in the country a day before it elects a new president. An explosion possibly caused by a missile strike killed five suspected foreign militants near the Afghan border in North Waziristan.
    (AP, 9/5/08)
2008        Sep 5, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pledged to try to reach a final status peace agreement with Israel by the end of the year, but he admitted the goal, set by US President George W. Bush, might not be achieved.
    (AP, 9/5/08)
2008        Sep 5, In Poland police detained Krzysztof B. (45), in the eastern city of Siedlce, after his wife and daughter came forward with the allegations that he had imprisoned and raped his daughter (21) for 6 years fathering 2 children, who were put up for adoption.
    (AP, 9/9/08)
2008        Sep 5, In Sri Lankan soldiers captured three Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers and killed 24 guerrillas in fighting across the island's restive north.
    (AP, 9/6/08)
2008        Sep 5, Taiwan newspapers said authorities in central Taiwan have turned off the red light at the county's last legal brothel after the death of its pimp aged 87. Prostitution has been illegal in Taiwan since 1997. Licensing of new brothels stopped in 1974, but isolated illegal brothels can be found all over the island. Brothels licensed prior to 1974 were allowed to keep operating.
    (Reuters, 9/8/08)
2008        Sep 5, Togo’s PM Komla Mally unexpectedly resigned after less than a year in office. He had been accused of lacking initiative and of being ineffective.
    (SFC, 9/7/08, p.A3)
2008        Sep 5, In Kiev US Vice President Dick Cheney pledged US support for Ukraine following last month's war between neighboring Russia and Georgia.
    (AP, 9/5/08)

2009        Sep 5, Brown Schneider celebrated his 3rd birthday at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park with family and friends.
    (EW, 9/5/09)
2009        Sep 5, In Afghanistan a US soldier serving in the NATO-led coalition died after coming under fire in the east of the country.
    (AFP, 9/5/09)
2009        Sep 5, The Group of 20 rich and developing countries held talks in London. They were expected to commit to further efforts to boost growth, despite fledging signs of an economic recovery.
    (AP, 9/5/09)
2009        Sep 5, Keith Waterhouse (80) a prolific British author, journalist and playwright, died. Waterhouse was best known for the 1959 novel Billy Liar -- the story of a day-dreamer who plans his escape from a depressing job as an undertaker. It was made into a film in 1963.
    (AFP, 9/5/09)
2009        Sep 5, A sightseeing boat carrying dozens of Bulgarian tourists sank in Lake Ohrid on Macedonia's western border, and at least 15 people drowned.
    (AP, 9/5/09)
2009        Sep 5, Chinese leaders removed the Communist Party chief of the restive western city of Urumqi, trying to appease public anger following sometimes violent protests this week that the government worries could re-ignite deadly ethnic rioting. The removal of Li Zhi came amid reports of police again dispersing crowds outside Urumqi's government offices using tear gas, and more unconfirmed reports of needle attacks.
    (Reuters, 9/5/09)
2009        Sep 5, In Iraq hundreds of Sunni Arabs opposed to the presence of Kurdish troops in disputed areas of northern Iraq demonstrated against a plan to deploy a mixed force of American, Kurdish and Iraqi soldiers in the area.
    (AP, 9/5/09)
2009        Sep 5, Gani Fawehinmi (71) prominent Nigerian lawyer and rights activist died in Lagos after a prolonged battle with cancer. Fawehinmi, holder of Nigeria's highest legal title, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), was an author, publisher, philanthropist, social critic, human and civil rights lawyer and politician.
    (AFP, 9/5/09)
2009        Sep 5, Pakistan officials said troops killed 43 alleged militants in an operation in the Khyber tribal region while airstrikes left several more dead in the stronghold of the new Taliban chief elsewhere in the northwest. Government fighter jets and helicopter gunships pounded militant hide-outs in three villages of the Orakzai tribal region, the stronghold of new Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud.
    (AP, 9/5/09)
2009        Sep 5, In Sweden Tesfaldet Tesloy (28), an illegal Eritrean immigrant who has lived in Sweden for six years, appeared on TV to collect a tax-free lottery prize of 1.2 million Swedish crown (101,654 pounds). Sweden's attempts to deport the man have failed due to his country's refusal to take him back, highlighting a common problem for immigration officials.
    (Reuters, 9/5/09)
2009        Sep 5, The IMF said Zimbabwe has received about 400 million dollars, as Special Drawing Rights, in support from the International Monetary Fund, part of its broader effort to cushion the blows of the global economic crisis. To convert the SDRs into hard currency, Zimbabwe would have to find another country to buy them. Otherwise the money serves to bolster Harare's meager foreign reserves.
    (AFP, 9/5/09)

2009        Sep 5, Crews working on a seismic retrofit of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge found what authorities called a "significant crack" in the eastern span that could keep the California landmark closed beyond a planned holiday weekend shutdown.
    (AP, 9/6/09)
2009        Sep 5, In Louisiana Dennis Carter Sr. (50) shot his estranged wife, son and 2-year-old grandson to death and critically wounded his pregnant daughter-in-law at their rural home, then killed himself as police tried to pull over his car 20 minutes later.
    (AP, 9/6/09)
2009        Sep 5, A small airplane crashed into a Tulsa, Okla., park killing all 5 people on board.
    (SSFC, 9/6/09, p.A7)
2009        Sep 5, Milwaukee police arrested Walter Ellis (49) after DNA evidence linked him to the slaying of 9 women, including 8 suspected prostitutes, dating back to 1986. On Feb 18, 2011, Ellis was convicted in the deaths of 7 women and faced a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
    (SFC, 9/8/09, p.A6)(SFC, 2/19/11, p.A6)
2009        Sep 5, In Afghanistan a US soldier serving in the NATO-led coalition died after coming under fire in the east of the country. Gunmen snatched New York Times reporter Stephen Farrell, who has dual British-Irish nationality, and his interpreter Sultan Munadi, while they were reporting on the aftermath of a NATO air strike on fuel tankers that killed scores of people. On Sep 9 Farrell was freed in a raid that killed a British soldier as well as Afghan translator Sultan Munadi (34).
    (AFP, 9/5/09)(AFP, 9/9/09)
2009        Sep 5, The Group of 20 rich and developing countries held talks in London. They were expected to commit to further efforts to boost growth, despite fledging signs of an economic recovery. Top finance officials agreed to curb hefty bankers’ bonuses, but the US and Britain shied away from imposing a cap.
    (AP, 9/5/09)(SSFC, 9/6/09, p.A5)
2009        Sep 5, In Britain racially charged violence erupted between a group protesting Islamic extremism and counter-demonstrators in the central city of Birmingham. Authorities arrested 90 people. The clashes erupted when a rally by the English Defense League ran into counter-demonstrators including anti-fascists and youths of South Asian descent.
    (AP, 9/6/09)
2009        Sep 5, Keith Waterhouse (80) a prolific British author, journalist and playwright, died. Waterhouse was best known for the 1959 novel Billy Liar -- the story of a day-dreamer who plans his escape from a depressing job as an undertaker. It was made into a film in 1963.
    (AFP, 9/5/09)
2009        Sep 5, The sightseeing boat Ilinden, carrying 55 Bulgarian tourists, sank in Lake Ohrid on Macedonia's western border, and 15 people drowned.
    (AP, 9/5/09)(AFP, 9/6/09)
2009        Sep 5, Chinese leaders removed the Communist Party chief of the restive western city of Urumqi, trying to appease public anger following sometimes violent protests this week that the government worries could re-ignite deadly ethnic rioting. The removal of Li Zhi came amid reports of police again dispersing crowds outside Urumqi's government offices using tear gas, and more unconfirmed reports of needle attacks.
    (Reuters, 9/5/09)
2009        Sep 5, In Colombia a grenade exploded in a crowd celebrating a national soccer team win in Medellin, killing one person and wounding at least 30. Police thought a reveler may have accidentally detonated the grenade by mishandling it.
    (AP, 9/6/09)
2009        Sep 5, In Iraq hundreds of Sunni Arabs opposed to the presence of Kurdish troops in disputed areas of northern Iraq demonstrated against a plan to deploy a mixed force of American, Kurdish and Iraqi soldiers in the area.
    (AP, 9/5/09)
2009        Sep 5, In southern Mexico gunmen killed Jose Francisco Fuentes Esperon (43), a state congressional candidate, his wife (38) and two sons (9&13) in their home in Villahermosa in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco. Police later arrested a boy (16) and two young men for allegedly killing Fuentes and his family. Chihuahua state prosecutors reported that a severed human head was found placed on a car hood in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, along with a message relating to drug cartels.
    (AP, 9/5/09)(AP, 9/7/09)
2009        Sep 5, Gani Fawehinmi (71) prominent Nigerian lawyer and rights activist died in Lagos after a prolonged battle with cancer. Fawehinmi, holder of Nigeria's highest legal title, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), was an author, publisher, philanthropist, social critic, human and civil rights lawyer and politician.
    (AFP, 9/5/09)
2009        Sep 5, Pakistan officials said troops killed 43 alleged militants in an operation in the Khyber tribal region while airstrikes left several more dead in the stronghold of the new Taliban chief elsewhere in the northwest. Government fighter jets and helicopter gunships pounded militant hide-outs in three villages of the Orakzai tribal region, the stronghold of new Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud. The tortured body of Akhtar Ali (28), operator of an electrical repair shop, was dumped on the doorstep of the family home in Mingora. He had been kidnapped on Sep 1. His death was believed to have resulted from a case of mistaken identity.
    (AP, 9/5/09)(Econ, 10/3/09, p.49)
2009        Sep 5, In Somalia at least six civilians were killed and 18 others wounded in clashes that erupted when insurgents attacked government and African Union forces in Mogadishu.
    (AFP, 9/6/09)
2009        Sep 5, In Sweden Tesfaldet Tesloy (28), an illegal Eritrean immigrant who has lived in Sweden for six years, appeared on TV to collect a tax-free lottery prize of 1.2 million Swedish crown (101,654 pounds). Sweden's attempts to deport the man have failed due to his country's refusal to take him back, highlighting a common problem for immigration officials.
    (Reuters, 9/5/09)
2009        Sep 5, The IMF said Zimbabwe has received about 400 million dollars, as Special Drawing Rights, in support from the International Monetary Fund, part of its broader effort to cushion the blows of the global economic crisis. To convert the SDRs into hard currency, Zimbabwe would have to find another country to buy them. Otherwise the money serves to bolster Harare's meager foreign reserves.
    (AFP, 9/5/09)

2010        Sep 5, In southern California 7 people were shot at a house party in Lancaster, including a girl (14) who later died of her wounds. Manuel Jamines, a Guatemalan immigrant, was fatally shot by a Los Angeles police officer. His death led to several days of violent protests. Police and witnesses said Jamines was threatening people with a knife.
    (SFC, 9/6/10, p.A4)(AP, 9/21/10)
2010        Sep 5, Afghanistan's Taliban said they would attempt to disrupt the Sep 18 elections and warned Afghans to boycott the vote, the first explicit threat against the poll by the hardline Islamists. A British soldier was killed by an exploding grenade. The death takes to 333 the British death toll in Afghanistan since 2001. Afghan journalist Sayed Hamid Noori was found outside his Kabul home covered in stab wounds. Noori had once been an anchor for state television and a newspaper editor. More recently, he held a leadership position in Afghanistan's Association of Independent Journalists and teacher of young journalists.
    (Reuters, 9/5/10)(AFP, 9/5/10)(AP, 9/6/10)
2010        Sep 5, Bangladesh issued a red alert over an outbreak of anthrax which has infected nearly 300 people and killed about 150 cattle in the north of the country in the past two weeks.
    (Reuters, 9/5/10)
2010        Sep 5, The Basque separatist militant group ETA declared a cease-fire in a video statement, suggesting it might turn to a political process in its quest for an independent homeland.
    (AP, 9/5/10)
2010        Sep 5, In Dagestan a suicide car-bomber killed 3 soldiers and wounded 32 others in an attack on a Russian military base. In Kabardino-Balkariya, another republic of the Caucasus region that includes Dagestan, a policeman was shot to death by a man whom he'd stopped for a document check.
    (AP, 9/5/10)
2010        Sep 5, In Ecuador 15 people were killed and at least seven injured when a drunken Luis Alberto Hessmer Vargas drove an SUV into a crowded bus stop in the coastal city of Guayaquil.
    (AP, 9/6/10)
2010        Sep 5, In Iraq a car bomb and suicide bombers hit a Baghdad military headquarters and killed 12 people, two weeks after an attack on the same site pointed to the failure of Iraqi forces to plug even the most obvious holes in their security. Five soldiers were among the dead. American troops found themselves battling heavily armed militants assaulting an Iraqi military headquarters in the center of Baghdad.
    (AP, 9/5/10)
2010        Sep 5, In northern Mexico soldiers opened fire on a family's car when it allegedly failed to stop at a military checkpoint, killing a 15-year-old boy and his father. Relatives who were also in the car said they were shot at after they passed a military convoy. On Sep 12 the military announced that it filed charges against four troops for the shooting.
    (AP, 9/6/10)(AP, 9/12/10)
2010        Sep 5, Mozambican authorities said five fishing boats have capsized in a storm off the country's central coast, killing at least 15 fishermen.
    (AP, 9/5/10)
2010        Sep 5, In Nigeria more than a dozen vehicles including three fuel tankers and two mini-buses caught fire in a pile-up on a highway, site of a deadly multi-car crash three weeks ago. No death toll was immediately available. Three separate shootings occurred by motorcycle-riding gunmen, leaving a retired police officer dead. Another person reported wounded later died, and four others were injured.
    (AFP, 9/5/10)(AFP, 9/7/10)

2011        Sep 5, President Barack Obama used a boisterous Labor Day rally in Detroit to put congressional Republicans on the spot, challenging them to place the country's interests above all else and vote to create jobs and put the economy back on a path toward growth.
    (AP, 9/5/11)
2011        Sep 5, The US White House estimated that Hurricane Irene will cost taxpayers $1.5 billion in disaster relief.
    (SFC, 9/6/11, p.A4)
2011        Sep 5, In Afghanistan 5 civilians were killed when a roadside bomb exploded next to their vehicle in western Faryab province. An American civilian employee was killed in Kabul province.
    (AP, 9/5/11)(AP, 9/6/11)
2011        Sep 5, Cambodian painter Van Nath (65) died. He had been forced to paint portraits of Pol Pot while interned at S-21 from 1978-1979. From 1980-1981 he painted from memory somber oils of what had happened at S-21 under the Khmer Rouge.
    (Econ, 9/17/11, p.93)
2011        Sep 5, In CongoDRC leading opposition figure Etienne Tshisekedi formally submitted his candidacy for the upcoming presidential elections.
    (AP, 9/5/11)
2011        Sep 5, An Ethiopian official said the government is holding 29 people in the capital and other parts of the country on suspicion of terrorism. Among those detained are two opposition politicians who were arrested last week.
    (AP, 9/5/11)
2011        Sep 5, The EU's counter-terrorism coordinator said Al-Qaeda's north African branch has acquired a stockpile of weapons in Libya, including surface-to-air missiles threatening air travel.
    (AFP, 9/5/11)
2011        Sep 5, The state government in Indian Kashmir defended repeated house arrest orders imposed on Syed Ali Geelani, a top hardline separatist leader, saying he was responsible for inciting violence.
    (AFP, 9/5/11)
2011        Sep 5, Iran said its Revolutionary Guard soldiers have killed at least 30 members of Kurdish opposition group in fighting outside the border city of Sardasht in an operation that began on Sep 2. Inside Iraq a PEJAK spokesman declared an immediate, unilateral cease-fire, which Iran rejected.
    (AP, 9/5/11)
2011        Sep 5, The Israeli military razed three buildings before dawn in Migron, an unauthorized West Bank settlement outpost, and clashed with settlers who reject a Supreme Court ruling ordering the enclave to be dismantled.
    (AP, 9/5/11)
2011        Sep 5, The Ivory Coast government announced the formation of a truth and reconciliation panel including footballer Didier Drogba, to probe post-election violence which left over 3,000 dead.
    (AFP, 9/5/11)
2011        Sep 5, In Libya rebels reportedly arrested Khalid Kaim, Gadhafi's deputy foreign minister in Tripoli. A large convoy of Gadhafi loyalists rolled into the central Niger town of Agadez. At the head of the convoy was Tuareg rebel leader Rissa ag Boula.
    (AP, 9/6/11)
2011        Sep 5, Mexico City police arrested Claudia Tapia (44), Jorge Iniestra (32), his mother and several of his siblings. Iniestra was arrested for allegedly keeping his two teenage stepdaughters captive for five years. He fathered five children with one of them, then killed the other young woman and one of the babies. Tapia was arrested for covering up the abuse.
    (AP, 9/7/11)
2011        Sep 5, Nigeria’s central bank said it plans to include the Chinese yuan as part of its foreign exchange reserves, a symbolic shift in Africa's largest oil producer and one of its biggest economies.
    (AFP, 9/5/11)
2011        Sep 5, Pakistan military said intelligence officers working with the CIA in Quetta have arrested 3 members of al-Qaida including Younis al-Mauritani, a top operative believed to have been tasked by Osama bin Laden with targeting American economic interests around the world. It named the other two detainees as Abdul-Ghaffar al-Shami and Messara al-Shami.
    (AP, 9/5/11)
2011        Sep 5, A Pakistani relief official said monsoon rains have killed 136 people since Aug 12 and destroyed crops and houses in the flood-prone south of the country.
    (AP, 9/5/11)
2011        Sep 5, Authorities in Panama arrested 80 Panamanians and Colombians breaking up a major cocaine trafficking organization that moved drugs from Colombia to Panama and then north to Mexico and the United States.
    (AP, 9/7/11)
2011        Sep 5, The UN said famine has spread into Somalia’s southern Bay region, where nearly 60% of people are acutely malnourished, four times the rate at which an emergency is declared. Hundreds were reported dying every day, with at least half of them children.
    (AP, 9/5/11)
2011        Sep 5, In Swaziland hundreds of anti-government protesters marched through Mbabane, the capital, demanding democracy after the government failed in efforts to have a court declare the “nationwide” strike illegal.
    (AP, 9/5/11)
2011        Sep 5, Syrian soldiers raided homes and made arrests in a manhunt for Adnan Bakkour, the attorney general who appeared on video last week saying he had defected from President Bashar Assad's regime. Troops stormed the flashpoint districts of Khaldieh and in central Homs province, killing at least two people. Another man was reported killed in the western town of Talkalakh during security operations.
    (AP, 9/5/11)
2011        Sep 5, Yemeni warplanes launched a series of airstrikes on a southern town overrun by Islamic militants, killing at least seven people in attacks on a mosque, a hospital and a national police building.
    (AP, 9/5/11)

2012        Sep 5, A US federal judge ruled that Arizona authorities can enforce the most contentious section of the state's heavily debated immigration law, regarding a section of the statute that critics have dubbed the "show me your papers" provision.
    (AP, 9/5/12)
2012        Sep 5, Texas health officials said at least 43 people have died this year in Texas of West Nile virus. Nationwide 87 deaths have been reported to the CDC.
    (SFC, 9/6/12, p.A10)
2012        Sep 5, Afghanistan's Defense Ministry said it has detained or removed hundreds of soldiers from its military's ranks as part of an investigation into the backgrounds of its troops after a surge in insider attacks against foreign forces. NATO said two of its service members died in a helicopter crash in Logar province.
    (AP, 9/5/12)
2012        Sep 5, In Canada a suitcase containing human remains was found floating in Lake Ontario near Toronto, the latest in a series of grisly discoveries by Toronto residents. Police the next day said the human remains belonged to a single mother who went missing early last month and whose body parts had been scattered throughout the city.
    (Reuters, 9/5/12)(Reuters, 9/6/12)
2012        Sep 5, China’s state media reported that former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun, whose flight to a US consulate set off China's biggest political scandal in years, has been charged with crimes including defection and bribe taking.
    (AP, 9/5/12)
2012        Sep 5, In Costa Rica a magnitude-7.6 earthquake blocked a few highways, collapsed some houses and left at least 2 people dead.
    (Reuters, 9/5/12)
2012        Sep 5, In the French Alps the bodies of 3 British vacationers and French cyclist, Sylvain Mollier (45), were found slain near the village of Chevaline. A 4-year-old girl was found alive among the bodies. Her sister (7) was beaten and shot but survived. Their BMW car was registered to Baghdad-born Saad al-Hilli (b.1962), who had lived in Britain since at least 2002. His family had been in France since August. A Swedish passport and Iraqi passport were also found at the scene. A family feud was suspected. On June 24, 2013, the brother of Saad al-Hilli was arrested after investigators gathered evidence that the siblings were fighting over their father's inheritance.
    (AP, 9/6/12)(AP, 9/7/12)(AP, 6/24/13)
2012        Sep 5, In southern India a massive blaze swept through a fireworks factory, killing at least 40 workers and injuring 60 others in Sivakasi town, Tamil Nadu state.
    (AP, 9/5/12)
2012        Sep 5, American senators visiting Iraq warned the Baghdad government that it risked damaging relations with the US if it is allowing Iran to fly over its airspace to deliver weapons to Syria.
    (AP, 9/5/12)
2012        Sep 5, An Israeli airstrike killed four Palestinian militants as they were preparing to fire rockets at nearby southern cities.
    (AP, 9/6/12)
2012        Sep 5, Japanese media reports said Japan’s government has agreed to buy three of the five privately owned islands in the East China Sea, called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, from the Kurihara family for 2.05 billion yen ($26 million). China responded by calling the reported purchase "illegal and invalid."
    (AP, 9/5/12)
2012        Sep 5, It was reported that the government of Kashmir has rejected wide-scale DNA testing of bodies in thousands of unmarked graves despite pleas by the families of those who disappeared during two decades of fighting in the restive region.
    (AP, 9/5/12)
2012        Sep 5, Deposed Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi's spy chief, Abdullah al-Senoussi, was put under detention in Tripoli after being extradited from Mauritania.
    (AP, 9/5/12)
2012        Sep 5, Nigeria's navy retook the MT Abu Dhabi Star oil tanker, hijacked a day earlier off Lagos, freeing 23 Indian sailors held hostage by pirates who fled as the navy arrived.
    (AP, 9/5/12)
2012        Sep 5, Moscow police arrested 10 environmental activists, including four dressed in polar bear costumes, who were protesting outside the main office of Gazprom. The protest by members of Greenpeace called upon Gazprom to halt its offshore drilling in the Arctic.
    (AFP, 9/5/12)
2012        Sep 5, In Syria 45 bodies of young men with their hands bound were found by the road in a government-held area
    (Economist, 9/8/12, p.48)
2012        Sep 5, In western Turkey an explosion and blaze triggered by an accidentally dropped hand grenade killed 25 soldiers during a stock check at an ammunition depot near the town of Afyonkarahisar.
    (AP, 9/6/12)
2012        Sep 5, In Zimbabwe an independent animal welfare group said it is filing cruelty charges against the veterinary teaching department at the Univ. of Zimbabwe after three emaciated, ailing and distressed horses were killed using an ax and a knife.
    (AP, 9/5/12)

2013        Sep 5, President Barack Obama flew to St. Petersburg, Russia, for meetings with world leaders at the Group of 20 summit.
    (AP, 9/5/13)
2013        Sep 5, Jose Trevino Morales (42), the brother of two kingpins of Mexico's infamous Zetas drug cartel, was sentenced to 20 years in US federal prison for his role in laundering money for the gang through the buying, training and racing of American quarter horses.
    (Reuters, 9/5/13)
2013        Sep 5, The US Secret Service, protector of the world's most widely traded currency, said that Peru has in the past two years overtaken Colombia as the No. 1 source of counterfeit US dollars.
    (AP, 9/5/13)
2013        Sep 5, California’s Dept. of Corrections said the 100 remaining hunger strikers had resumed eating ending a two-month hunger strike over the use of isolation cells. Inmate leaders said legislators had agreed to hold hearings on state prison conditions.
    (SFC, 9/6/13, p.D1)
2013        Sep 5, San Francisco parks employee Thomas Burnoski (58) ran over Christine Svanemyr (35) of Daly City as she was lying in the grass in Holly Park with her baby and dog. Svanemyr was killed. On Nov 1 Burnoski received notice of termination.
    (SFC, 9/7/13, p.A1)(SFC, 11/2/13, p.C2)
2013        Sep 5, California’s Rim Fire was now 80% contained. Since August 17 it has burned over 370 square miles.
    (SFC, 9/6/13, p.A11)
2013        Sep 5, Leaders of San Antonio, Texas, approved antibias protections for gay and transgender residents despite the disapproval of top Texas Republicans and religious conservatives.
    (SFC, 9/6/13, p.A6)
2013        Sep 5, In Afghanistan Sushmita Banerjee, an Indian woman whose memoir about life under Taliban rule was turned into a Bollywood movie, was shot dead by suspected members of the Islamist militia. On Sep 9 police detained two insurgents suspected in her killing.
    (AP, 9/5/13)(SFC, 9/10/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 5, In Egypt the driver of a car used in an attempt to blow up the interior minister died during the attack. Police killed two attackers who were trying to assassinate the interior minister. Al-Qaida-inspired militants on Oct 26 posted a video saying Waleed Badr, ex-Egyptian army officer, carried out the suicide bombing.
    (AP, 9/5/13)(Reuters, 9/5/13)
2013        Sep 5, In Indonesia some 1,000 members of the Islamic group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia resumed protests against the Miss World pageant to be held this weekend in Bali.
    (SFC, 9/6/13, p.A4)
2013        Sep 5, Kenya’s parliament voted to pull out of the Int’l. Criminal Court (ICC), after legislators staged what amounted to a parliamentary revolt against the trials of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto, scheduled to start next week.
    (AP, 9/6/13)
2013        Sep 5, Malawi said it plans to use the $15 million it gained from selling its presidential jet to feed the more than 1 million people suffering chronic food shortages.
    (Reuters, 9/5/13)
2013        Sep 5, Mali's new president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita made leading economist Oumar Tatam Ly his prime minister.
    (AFP, 9/5/13)
2013        Sep 5, In Nigeria gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram Islamists stormed the northeastern town of Gajiran, opening fire in a market and killing 15 people.
    (AFP, 9/6/13)
2013        Sep 5, North Korea agreed to restore a cross-border military hotline with South Korea.
    (SFC, 9/6/13, p.A2)
2013        Sep 5, South Africa’s department of environmental affairs said poachers have killed more than 600 rhinos in South Africa so far this year, with losses close to the total number of animals slaughtered in 2012.
    (AFP, 9/5/13)
2013        Sep 5, Syrian government troops battled al-Qaida-linked rebels over a regime-held Christian village in western Syria for the second day.
    (AP, 9/5/13)
2013        Sep 5, In southern Thailand rubber farmers clashed with police and threatened to shut down city halls in 14 southern provinces after the government rejected their demands for price rises.
    (Reuters, 9/5/13)
2013        Sep 5, An activist said 18 jailed United Arab Emirates nationals are on hunger strike in protest at what they say is ill-treatment following their conviction of plotting to overthrow the government.
    (Reuters, 9/5/13)

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