1522 Sep 6, Juan Sebastian
Elcano (Del Cano), Magellan’s second in command, returned to Spain
with 18 men and one ship, the Vittorio, laden with spices. His coat
of arms was augmented in reward with the inscription: Primus
circumdisti me: “You were the first to encircle me."18 survivors of
the original Magellan expedition completed the circumnavigation of
the globe under Sebastian del Cano. Plumes of the bird of paradise
from New Guinea were first brought back to Europe. One of the five
ships that set out in Ferdinand Magellan's trip around the world
made it back to Spain. Only 15 of the original 265 men that set out
survived. Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.
(V.D.-H.K.p.177-178)(SFEC, 11/10/96, Z1
p.2)(TL-MB, 1988, p.12)(NH, 9/96, p.8)(HN, 9/6/98)
1622 Sep 6, A Spanish silver
fleet disappeared off Florida Keys; thousands died. The Santa
Margarita, discovered off of Key West in 1980 by pioneering
shipwreck salvor Mel Fisher, was bound for Spain when it sank in a
hurricane in 1622.
(MC, 9/6/01)(AP, 6/18/07)
1635 Sep 6, Adrian A. Metius,
mathematician and fort architect, died at 63.
1649 Sep 6, Robert Dudley,
English navigator and writer (Arcano del Mare), died.
1683 Sep 6, Jean-Baptiste
Colbert (b.1619), French finance minister (1665-1683) under Louis
XIV, died. He pioneered “dirigisme," i.e. state control of the
economy and state intervention in industry. “The art of taxation
consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible
amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing."
p.71)(Econ, 2/22/14, SR p.5)
1688 Sep 6, Imperial troops
defeated the Turks and took Belgrade, Serbia.
1690 Sep 6, King William III
escaped back to England.
1701 Sep 6, James II [Stuart],
king of England (1685-88), died at 68.
1711 Sep 6, Heinrich Melchior
Muhlenberg, founder of the US Lutheran church, was born.
1715 Sep 6, A pro-James III
uprising took place in Scotland.
1729 Sep 6, Mozes Mendelssohn,
German enlightened philosopher (Haksalah), was born. [see Sep 26]
1757 Sep 6, Marie Joseph du
Motier, Marquis de LaFayette, French soldier and statesman who aided
George Washington during the American Revolution, was born in
1766 Sep 6, John Dalton,
English scientist, was born. He developed the atomic theory of
1776 Sep 6, The Turtle, the 1st
submarine invented by David Bushnell, attempted to secure a cask of
gunpowder to the HMS Eagle, flagship of the British fleet, in the
Bay of NY but got entangled with the Eagle’s rudder bar, lost
ballast and surfaced before the charge was planted. Sergeant Ezra
Lee released the bomb the next morning as a British barge
approached. The British turned back and the bomb soon exploded. A
month later the turtle was lost under British attack as it was being
transported on a sailboat.
(SFEC,11/23/97, Par p.14)(Arch, 5/05, p.36)
1776 Sep 6, A hurricane hit
Martinique; 100 French & Dutch ships sank and 600 died.
1781 Sep 6, Anton Diabelli,
Austria publisher and composer, was born.
1781 Sep 6, Martha Jefferson
(b.1748), wife of Thomas Jefferson, died.
1791 Sep 6, Mozart’s last opera
"La Clemenza di Tito," premiered in Prague. It was composed for the
coronation festivities of the King of Bohemia.
(WSJ, 4/10/00, p.A44)(MC, 9/6/01)
1793 Sep 6, French General Jean
Houchard and his 40,000 men began a three-day battle against an
Anglo-Hanoverian army at Hondschoote, southwest Belgium, in the wars
of the French Revolution.
1797 Sep 6, William "Extra
Billy" Smith, Confederacy (Confederate Army), was born.
1800 Sep 6, Catherine Esther
Beecher, educator who promoted higher education for women, was born
in East Hampton, Long Island, NY.
1819 Sep 6, William Starke
Rosecrans, Maj. General (Union volunteers), was born.
1819 Sep 6, Thomas Blanchard
(b.1788) patented the lathe.
1837 Sep 6, The Oberlin
Collegiate Institute of Ohio went co-educational.
1838 Sep 6, The steamship
Foxfarshire with some 60 passengers and crew suffered engine failure
and drifted onto Big Harkar Rock near the Longstone Lighthouse on
the Farne Islands in northeast England. Over 40 people drowned.
Grace Darling (22) rowed with her father (54), light keeper, to
(ON, 10/00, p.9)
1847 Sep 6, Henry David Thoreau
left Walden Pond and moved back into town, to Concord,
1855 Sep 6, Ferdinand B.
Hummel, composer, was born.
1860 Sep 6, Jane Addams
(d.1935) was born. She is known for her work as a social reformer,
pacifist, and founder of Hull House in Chicago in 1889, and as the
first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (1931). “The
essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of one’s
self." “You do not know what life means when all the difficulties
are removed! I am simply smothered and sickened with advantages. It
is like eating a sweet dessert the first thing in the morning."
(AHD, 1971, p.15)(AP, 8/28/97)(HN, 9/6/98)(AP,
1861 Sep 6, Union General
Ulysses S. Grant's forces captured Paducah, Kentucky from
Confederate forces. A lifelong friend and trusted aide of Ulysses S.
Grant, Ely Parker rose to the top in two worlds, that of his native
Seneca Indian tribe and the white man's world at large.
1862 Sep 6, Stonewall Jackson
occupied Frederick, Maryland.
1863 Sep 6, After 59 day siege,
confederates evacuated Ft Wagner, SC.
1865 Sep 6, Russia forbade the
use of Latin letters in the Lithuanian language. Following the
1863 uprising the Czarist authorities prohibited the publication of
Lithuanian books in Roman letters. Books in Cyrillic were allowed
but not accepted by the people. Secret book couriers smuggled in
Latin lettered books until 1904.
(DrEE, 9/14/96, p.4)(LC, 1998, p.24)
1866 Sep 6, Frederick Douglass
became the 1st US black delegate to a national convention.
1869 Sep 6, 110 miners, a
number of them young boys, were killed in coal mine disaster which
occurred early in the morning in Avondale, Pennsylvania, when a fire
broke out in a mineshaft, cutting off the miners' escape route and
their only source of air.
1870 Sep 6, The last British
troops to serve in Austria were withdrawn.
1876 Sep 6, A race riot took
place in Charleston, SC.
1883 Sep 6, Lord Birkett,
England, judge (Nuremberg Trials), was born.
1888 Sep 6, Joseph P. Kennedy,
Boston Mass, diplomat, father of JFK, RFK & Teddy, was born.
1893 Sep 6, Floriano Vieira
Peixoto, acting president of Brazil, faced a rebellion by officers
of his navy led by Admiral Custodio Jose de Mello.
(ON, 12/06, p.11)
1898 Sep 6, Lord Kitchener
destroyed Mahdi's tomb in Omdurman (Sudan).
1899 Sep 6, Billy Rose,
songwriter famous for "It's Only a Paper Moon," and "Me and My
Shadow," was born.
1899 Sep 6, Carnation processed
its 1st can of evaporated milk.
1901 Sep 6, At the Pan-American
Exposition in Buffalo, New York, anarchist Leon Czolgosz (28) made
his way along a reception line filing past President William
McKinley. Concealed within a handkerchief, Czolgosz held a
.32-caliber revolver. As he came face to face with the president, he
fired two shots through the handkerchief, striking McKinley in the
chest and the abdomen. McKinley died eight days after the shooting
and became the third American president assassinated. He was
succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt. Czolgosz, explaining
that he "thought it would be a good thing for the country to kill
the President," was put to death by electrocution 45 days later.
Emma Goldman was one of the people blamed for the assassination.
(AP, 9/6/97)(Hem, Dec. 94, p.70) (WSJ, 5/17/95,
p.A-18) (WSJ, 12/11/95, p.A-1)(HNPD, 9/6/98)(HN, 9/6/98)
1907 Sep, By this time some 55
new cases of bubonic plague were identified in San Francisco and the
issue became a national concern.
(ON, 1/00, p.6)
1908 Sep 6, Paul Lavalle,
bandleader, was born in Beacon, NY.
1909 Sep 6, American explorer
Robert Peary sent word that he had reached the North Pole five
months earlier (Apr 6, 1909).
1914 Sep 6, In the Battle of
Marne German forces bypassed Paris to chase retreating allied
forces. French Gen. Gallieni orchestrated an attack using the
British Expeditionary Force along with the French 3rd, 5th and 6th
(ON, 8/08, p.5)
1915 Sep 6, Franz Josef
Strauss, Germany, Nazi and minister of defense (1956-62), was born.
1916 Sep 6, Clarence Saunders
opened his first Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Memphis, Tenn. He
pioneered self-service in the US and obtained a patent. He later
franchised over a 1,000 stores.
(WSJ, 11/16/98, p.A12)(Econ, 10/2/04, p.18)(AP,
1917 Sep 6, French pilot
Georges Guynemer shot down 54th German aircraft.
1918 Sep 6, The German Army
began a general retreat across the Aisne, with British troops in
1924 Sep 6, An assassination
attempt on Mussolini failed.
1928 Sep 6, Robert Pirzig,
author, was born. His work included “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle
1930 Sep 6, In Argentina a
military coup took place. It involved the overthrow of the
government of Hipolito Yrigoyen by forces loyal to General Jose
(Econ, 2/15/14, p.20)
1936 Sep 6, Aviator Beryl
Markham flew the first east-to-west solo flight across the Atlantic
Ocean. [see Sep 2]
1937 Sep 6, The Soviet Union
accused Italy of torpedoing two Russian ships in the Mediterranean.
1939 Sep 6, Arthur Rackham,
English artist and illustrator (Grimm's Fairy Tales), died at 71.
1939 Sep 6, The 1st WW II
German air attack on Great Britain took place.
1939 Sep 6, The Union of South
Africa declared war on Germany.
1941 Sep 6, Emperor Hirohito of
Japan gave his sanction “with misgivings" to simultaneous efforts to
negotiate peace with the US and to prepare for an attack if the
(SFC, 10/3/00, p.A10)
1941 Sep 6, Jews over the age
of 6 in German-occupied areas were ordered to wear yellow Stars of
(AP, 9/6/97)(HN, 9/6/98)
1941 Sep 6, Jews of Vilna,
Poland (Lithuania), were confined to their ghetto.
1943 Sep 6, The United States
asked the Chinese Nationals to join with the Communists to present a
common front to the Japanese.
1944 Sep 6, During World War
II, the British government relaxed blackout restrictions and
suspended compulsory training for the Home Guard.
1945 Sep 6, George Weller
(d.2002), a Chicago Daily News journalist, wrote his 1st story on
the bombing of Nagasaki. Posing as a US Army colonel Weller had
slipped into Nagasaki in early September. His stories infuriated
MacArthur so much he personally ordered that they be quashed, and
the originals were never returned. Carbon copies of his stories,
running to about 25,000 words on 75 typed pages, along with more
than two dozen photos, were discovered by his son, Anthony, in 2004
at Weller's apartment in Rome, Italy. In 2005 the national Mainichi
newspaper began serializing the stories and photographs for the
first time since they were rejected by US military censors. In 2007
Weller’s son Anthony edited “First Into Nagasaki: The Censored
Eyewitness Dispatches on Post-Atomic Japan and Its Prisoners of
(AP, 6/19/05)(WSJ, 3/1/07, p.D5)
1947 Sep 6, Jane Curtin, was
born. She became a successful improvisational comedy performer
gained celebrity with her performances on the original cast of TV's
'Saturday Night Live' show in 1975.
1948 Sep 6, Queen Juliana
(1909-2004) of the Netherlands was crowned, two days after the
abdication of her mother, Queen Wilhelmina. Juliana abdicated in
(AP, 9/6/98)(SSFC, 3/21/04, p.B7)
1949 Sep 6, Howard Unruh (28)
killed 13 neighbors in 12 minutes in Camden, New Jersey. The dead
included 5 men, 5 women and 3 children. Unruh (1921-2009) was
eventually pronounced insane and spent the rest of his life in a
state psychiatric hospital.
1951 Sep 6, William Burroughs
(1914-1997), American writer, shot and killed his wife Joan Vollmer
(27) in Mexico City. He claimed to be trying to shoot a glass off
her head, a la William Tell, during a day of drinking and drugs but
shot her in the head.
(SFEC, 8/3/97, p.B6)(Internet)
1952 Sep 6, The 9th US Circuit
Court of Appeals upheld a conviction against Harry Bridges as a
Communist who lied to obtain US citizenship.
(SFC, 9/6/02, p.E3)
1952 Sep 6, Canadian television
broadcasting began in Montreal.
1952 Sep 6, An engine on a de
Havilland 110 plane falls into a crowd at Farnborough Air Show in
England. Thirty people on the ground and the pilot are killed.
1953 Sep 6, The last American
and Korean prisoners were exchanged in Operation Big Switch, the
last official act of the Korean War.
1953 Sep 6, Adenauer's CDU won
elections in German FR.
1954 Sep 6, A US plane was shot
down above Siberia.
1955 Sep 6-1955 Sep 7,
Well-orchestrated mobs ran amok in the Greek sections of Istanbul.
Churches, shops and cemeteries were looted and desecrated and some
people were killed. Provocation, believed to have been orchestrated
by the Tactical Mobilization Group of the Special Forces command,
led to a mass exodus of ethnic Greeks from Istanbul. In 2005 Speros
Vryonis Jr. authored “The Mechanisms of Catastrophe: The Turkish
Pogrom of September 6-7, 1955, and the Destruction of the Greek
Community of Istanbul.
(Econ, 8/27/05, p.67)(Econ, 1/2/10, p.38)
1956 Sep 6, Felix Borowski,
composer and music critic, died at 84.
1958 Sep 6, Miss Mississippi
Mary Ann Mobley was crowned Miss America 1959 in Atlantic City, N.J.
1965 Sep 6, India and Pakistan
began a second war over Kashmir. Pakistan paratroopers raided
Punjab. It ended in a cease-fire that left India with control of
two-thirds of Kashmir.
(WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A12)(SFEC, 8/3/97, p.A15)(HN,
9/6/98)(SFC, 6/8/02, p.A20)
1966 Sep 6, A race riot took
place in the Summerhill neighborhood of Atlanta, Ga., from Sep 6-11.
Blacks rioted after a suspected car thief is shot escaping a white
cop and 138 people were arrested with 35 injured. Student
Non-Violent Coordinating Committee's (SNCC's) Stokely Carmichael is
indicted for inciting a riot, and Julian Bond resigns from SNCC.
1966 Sep 6, Margaret Higgins
Sanger (b.1883), birth control advocate and founder of the
organization that became Planned Parenthood, died. In 1992 Ellen
Chesler authored “Woman of Valor: Margaret Sanger and the Birth
Control Movement in America. In 2011 Jean H. Baker authored
“Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion."
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Sanger)(SSFC, 12/4/11, p.F1)
1966 Sep 6, South African Prime
Minister Hendrik Verwoerd was stabbed to death by a deranged page
during a parliamentary session in Cape Town. Demitrios Tsafendas was
reported to have been insane with the belief that a tapeworm inside
his head instructed him to do the killing. In 2001 Henk Van Woerden
authored "The Assassin: A Story of Race and Rage in the Land of
(AP, 9/6/97)(SSFC, 7/8/01, DB p.63)
1968 Sep 6, Swaziland in
southern Africa gained independence from Britain.
1969 Sep 6, "Cabaret" closed at
Broadhurst Theater NYC after 1166 performances.
1970 Sep 6, Palestinian
guerrillas seized control of three jetliners which were later blown
up on the ground in Jordan after the passengers and crews were
1971 Sep 6, In Montevideo,
Uruguay, a hundred Tupamaro guerrillas escaped from prison.
(WUD, 1994, p.
1972 Sep 6, The Summer Olympics
resumed in Munich, West Germany, a day after the deadly hostage
crisis that claimed the lives of 11 Israelis and five Arab
1975 Sep 6, A 6.8 quake along
the Anatolian Fault kills over 2,000 in Lice, Turkey.
1976 Sep 6, A Soviet pilot
landed his MIG-25 in Tokyo and asked for political asylum in the
1978 Sep 6, Genentech of South
San Francisco, Ca., announced the successful laboratory production
of human insulin using recombinant DNA technology.
1978 Sep 6, James Wickwire of
Seattle and Louis Reichardt of San Francisco became the first
Americans to reach the summit of Pakistan's K-2, the world's
1978 Sep 6, In California a
fire destroyed the 4,000-foot-long Island Mountain tunnel of the
Northwestern Pacific Railroad.
(SFEC, 9/7/97, Z1
1978 Sep 6, Bulgarian defector
Georgi Markov, living in London, was stabbed in the leg by a man
carrying an umbrella; Markov died four days later, an apparent
victim of the Bulgarian secret police using a ricin-coated pellet.
The assassin was later identified as Francesco Gullino (Guillino,
Giullino), code name Piccadilly, an Italian-born Dane, operating
under instructions from Vasil Kotsev, Bulgaria’s top spymaster.
(AP, 9/7/08)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.61)
1979 Sep 6, Pres. Carter
designated the first Sunday of September following Labor Day of each
year as National Grandparents Day.
1981 Sep 6, "They're Playing
Our Song" closed at Imperial NYC after 1082 performances.
1983 Sep 6, The USSR admitted
to shooting down KAL 007 on Sep 1.
1984 Sep 6, Lanford Wilson's
play "Balm in Gilead," written in 1965, premiered in NYC.
1985 Sep 6, Tscherim Soobzokov
(b.1924), a former Waffen SS soldier, was killed by a bomb at his
home in Patterson, NJ. In 2006, declassified documents of the
Central Intelligence Agency confirmed that Soobzokov had been a CIA
agent in Jordan and that the agency had misled the United States
Immigration and Naturalization Service on Soobzokov's Nazi past.
1985 Sep 6, All 31 people
aboard a Midwest Express Airlines DC-9 were killed when the
Atlanta-bound jetliner crashed just after takeoff from Milwaukee's
(WSJ, 6/14/96, p.A15)(AP, 9/6/05)
1986 Sep 6, Some 300 invitees
paid $5,000 to hear Barbra Streisand's benefit concert. Streisand
launched her concert One Voice, in part, as a protest against
Reagan-era nuclear arms proliferation in the late Cold War.
1986 Sep 6, An attack on the
Neve Shalom synagogue in Istanbul killed 22 people. The Palestinian
Abu Nidal group was blamed.
(NYT, 10/8/04, p.A12)
1987 Sep 6, Doctors at Johns
Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore succeeded in separating 7-month-old
Benjamin and Patrick Binder, twin brothers from Ulm, West Germany,
who were joined at the head, after 22 hours of surgery.
1988 Sep 6, Lee Roy Young
became the first African-American Texas Ranger in the force's
1988 Sep 6, A 25-hour drama
began as technical problems kept a two-man Soviet space crew from
returning to Earth aboard a Soyuz space capsule. The problems were
cleared up, and the crew landed safely the next day.
1989 Sep 6, The Guardian
reported that a French police computer had mixed codes and accused
41,000 Parisians of murder and prostitution rather than traffic
1989 Sep 6, The National Party,
the governing party of South Africa, lost nearly a quarter of its
parliament seats to far-right and anti-apartheid rivals, its worst
setback in four decades.
1990 Sep 6, Iraq increased
pressure on trapped Westerners, warning that anyone trying to leave
without permission could face life in prison.
1991 Sep 6, In the Soviet
Union, the State Council, a new executive body composed of President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev and republic leaders, recognized the
independence of the Baltic states of Estonia Latvia, and Lithuania.
All three were admitted into the UN later this month.
1992 Sep 6, The Georgia Dome in
Atlanta, Ga., officially opened and became America’s largest indoor
sports arena as well as the home of the Atlanta Falcons.
1992 Sep 6, An unidentified
35-year-old man who was the recipient of a transplanted baboon liver
died at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 10 weeks after
receiving the organ.
1993 Sep 6, President Clinton
visited South Florida, where he met with residents recovering from
1993 Sep 6, Jacquelyn McNealy
(24) was wounded and partially paralyzed at a Pine Bluff, Ark.,
concert that featured Tupac Shakur. In 1996 she won a $16.6 million
(SFC, 11/21/96, p.A3)
1993 Sep 6, Automakers Renault
of France and Volvo of Sweden announced they would merge; however,
Volvo canceled the deal the following December.
1994 Sep 6, Irish Prime
Minister Albert Reynolds and Gerry Adams, head of the IRA's
political ally, Sinn Fein, made a joint commitment to peace after
their first face-to-face meeting.
1995 Sep 6, Baltimore Orioles
shortstop Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s record by playing his
2,131st consecutive game.
1995 Sep 6, The Senate Ethics
Committee voted unanimously to recommend expulsion of Oregon Senator
Bob Packwood, accused of sexual and official misconduct.
1995 Sep 6, Los Angeles police
detective Mark Fuhrman invoked his Fifth Amendment right against
self-incrimination as he was called back to the witness stand at the
O.J. Simpson trial.
1995 Sep 6, An Ontario
Provincial Police sniper fatally wounded protester Dudley George
(1957-1995) as police moved in to try to end the occupation of
Ipperwash Provincial Park, on the shores of Lake Huron, by
demonstrators who were demanding the return of the park and adjacent
lands to native ownership. The Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point
First Nation claimed the park lands as an aboriginal burial ground.
In 2007 Ontario said it will return 109 acres to native ownership.
1995 Sep 6, Hurricane “Luis"
moved away from the Caribbean after lashing resort islands.
1996 Sep 6, Eddie Murray of the
Baltimore Orioles hit his 500th career home run during a game
against the Detroit Tigers, joining Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and
Willie Mays as the only players with at least 3,000 hits and 500
1996 Sep 6, The death toll from
Hurricane Fran rose to 17 in Virginia, West Virginia and the
1996 Sep 6, In Belarus
lawmakers challenged the president and added amendments to a
referendum that proposed the elimination of the presidency, popular
election of local governors and tougher controls on government
spending. Earlier in the week Lukashenko had tax service freeze the
accounts of 5 leading independent newspapers.
(SFC, 9/7/96, p.A10)
1996 Sep 6, In Columbia rebels
blew up a section of the largest oil pipeline and killed 16 police
officers and soldiers.
(SFC, 9/7/96, p.A9)
1996 Sep 6, The Berggruen art
collection opened in Berlin on a loan for ten years. The opening
coincided with the publication of the autobiography of Heinz
Berggruen: Main Path and Side Paths: Reminiscences of an art
(WSJ, 9/13/96, p.A8)
1996 Sep 6, The Palestinian Al
Quds Univ. in Abu Dis was reopened after a 6-month closure.
(SFC, 9/7/96, p.A9)
1997 Sep 6, The USS Hopper, the
354th ship in the modern naval fleet, was commissioned. The
high-tech destroyer is the 2nd warship to be named after a woman.
Grace Hooper (d.1992) was a computer programmer for the Navy until
she retired in 1986 at age 79. She coined the term “debugging" when
she pulled a moth from her computer.
(SFEC, 8/31/97, p.B1,3)
1997 Sep 6, In Albania the
Socialist government dismissed 17 generals.
(WSJ, 9/8/97, p.A16)
1997 Sep 6, In Algeria at least
87 people were killed and 100 injured by about 50 attackers in the
town of Beni Messous.
(SFEC, 9/7/97, p.A8)
1997 Sep 6, Britain bade
farewell to Princess Diana with a funeral service at Westminster
1997 Sep 6, Weeping masses
gathered in Calcutta, India, to pay homage to Mother Teresa, who had
died the day before at age 87.
1998 Sep 6, Connecticut Dr.
George Reardon (b.1930) died. He began abusing children in the 1950s
as a young doctor in Albany, New York, and continued in Connecticut
through the 1980s. In 2011 a jury found St. Francis Hospital in
Hartford at fault for failing to protect young patients from abuse
by Dr. Reardon. A man who said he suffered abuse as an 8-year-old
was awarded $2.75 million.
(SFC, 7/9/11, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/3s682nb)
1998 Sep 6, Divers working off
Nova Scotia found the flight data recorder from Swissair Flight 111,
which had crashed Sep 2, killing all 229 people on board. However,
it turned out the recorder had stopped working several minutes
before the crash.
1998 Sep 6, In Japan Akira
Kurosawa, film director, died at age 88.
(SFC, 9/7/98, p.A21)
1998 Sep 6, North Korea revised
its constitution to make Kim Il Sung the country’s “eternal
(SFC, 9/7/98, p.A10)
1998 Sep 6, In Peshawar,
Pakistan, an estimated 15,000 members of the Movement for the
Enforcement of Islam in English marched against the American missile
attack in Afghanistan. The US did not inform Pakistan of the strikes
that crossed Pakistani air space.
(SFC, 9/7/98, p.A10)(WSJ, 9/14/01, p.A5)
1999 Sep 6, Six large int'l.
vitamin companies agreed to settle a price-fixing lawsuit for an
estimated $1.1 billion.
(SFC, 9/7/99, p.A3)
1999 Sep 6, Detroit's teachers
reached a tentative agreement and won smaller classes and raises of
up to 4%. The union represented 9,200 teachers and some 172,000
students were affected. The teachers ratified the contract two days
(AP, 9/6/00)(SFC, 9/7/99, p.A5)
1999 Sep 6, In Afghanistan
opposition fighters attacked the Taliban in Baghlan province and
seized 7 military posts.
(SFC, 9/7/99, p.C1)
1999 Sep 6, Jiang Zemin arrived
in Australia, the first visit there by a Chinese president.
(WSJ, 9/7/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 6, In Dagestan Russian
forces used artillery and air power against rebel guerrillas and 2
dozen people were killed on the Chechen side of the border. Fighting
in NoIvolakskoye left 14 Russian soldiers dead.
(SFC, 9/7/99, p.A12)(WSJ, 9/7/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 6, In East Timor
martial law was declared by Indonesia as militias began executing
independence leaders. A UN peace-keeping force was being formed to
cope with the violence. A mass slaying of up to 200 civilians took
place in Suai. 3 Roman Catholic priests were among the dead. In 2004
Martenus Bere, Indonesian former militia leader, was indicted for
his role in the Suai Church massacre.
(SFC, 9/7/99, p.A1)(SFC, 11/27/99, p.A14)(AFP,
1999 Sep 6, In Egypt Said
Hassan Suleiman (40) inflicted a light wound with a sharp object On
Pres. Mubarak in Port Said. Suleiman was immediately killed by
(SFC, 9/7/99, p.A12)
1999 Sep 6, In Israel the High
Court ruled that security police have acted illegally by routinely
inflicting physical pain on detained Palestinians.
(SFC, 9/7/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 6, In Libya Moammar
Khadafy unveiled plans for a new, safe, 5-passenger "Rocket of the
(SFC, 9/8/99, p.A16)
1999 Sep 6, In Pakistan 2 bombs
injured 11 people, mostly Sunni Muslim students in Karachi.
1999 Sep 6, Russian soldiers in
Ranilug, Kosovo, killed 3 Serbs who fired on them and refused to
stop beating 2 ethnic Albanians.
(SFC, 9/7/99, p.A12)
2000 Sep 6, Vice pres. Gore
released his economic plan in the form of a 200-page book.
(SFC, 9/6/00, p.A4)
2000 Sep 6, Michael Swango, a
former doctor suspected in a string of poisoning deaths, pleaded
guilty to killing three patients in a Long Island, N.Y., hospital,
and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
2000 Sep 6, In Afghanistan the
Taliban captured Taloqan, 160 miles north of Kabul. The Taliban lost
about 500 soldiers, while the opposition lost about 300.
(SFC, 9/7/00, p.A12)(SFC, 9/8/00, p.D2)
2000 Sep 6, In Colombia police
found a 100-foot submarine under construction by cocaine smugglers
18 miles from Bogota.
(SFC, 9/8/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 6, Two top officials
of Hong Kong Univ. resigned after it was found that they and an
advisor had pressured a prominent pollster to suppress surveys
critical of Tung Chee-hwa.
(SFC, 9/6/00, p.A10)
2000 Sep 6, In India the
Defense Research Laboratory (DRL) located in Tezpur, Assam,
published a report stating that it had achieved a new world record
of 855,000 SHU (Scoville heat units) obtained from a Naga Jolokia
(bhut jolokia) pepper. Seeds were brought to the US for testing and
in the Fall of 2006 Professor Paul Bosland of NMSU succeeded in
testing the chili. The Bhut Jolokia was confirmed as the world
record holder by Guinness, and in February, 2007 it was official.
2000 Sep 6, Israeli police
officers pummeled 3 Palestinian detainees and took pictures of
themselves holding their victims by the hair. The officers were
(SFC, 9/19/00, p.A10)
2000 Sep 6, In Somalia clan
fighting left at least 25 people dead and 18 injured in villages
north of Mogadishu.
(WSJ, 9/7/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 6, In West Timor
thousands of armed militia rampaged through a UN office in Atambua
and killed at least 3 UN workers and burned their bodies. UN relief
workers were flown out the next day and 90,000 refugees faced
shortages of food and medicine. The militia attack followed the
death of Olivio Mendosa Moruk, an East Timorese militia leader. In
2001 Julius Naisama was sentenced to 20 months in jail for his part
in the attack. 5 others received sentences of 10-16 months.
(SFC, 9/7/0, p.A1)(SFC, 9/8/00, p.A12)(SFC,
9/13/00, p.A14)(SFC, 5/5/01, p.D2)
2000 Sep 6, World leaders
gathered in NYC for a UN Millennium Summit to bring peace and
prosperity to the world.
(WSJ, 9/5/00, p.A1)(SFC, 9/5/00, p.A10)(SFC,
2001 Sep 6, In SF Barry Bonds
became the fifth player in baseball history to hit 60 home runs in a
season, connecting in the second inning of San Francisco's game
(SFC, 9/7/01, p.A1)(AP, 9/6/02)
2001 Sep 6, The NFL referees'
union rejected the league's latest contract offer and replacement
officials worked the opening weekend of the regular season.
2001 Sep 6, Pres. Bush named
John Danforth as a special envoy to broker a peace agreement in
Sudan’s civil war.
(SFC, 9/7/01, p.A14)
2001 Sep 6, In a dramatic
shift, the Bush administration abandoned the Clinton-era effort to
break up Microsoft. The US Justice Dept. and 18 states dropped
efforts to breakup Microsoft Corp.
(SFC, 9/7/01, p.A1)(AP, 9/6/02)
2001 Sep 6, The US Senate
passed a deadline extension for illegal immigrants to apply for
(WSJ, 9/7/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 6, Scott Stoll (38)
and Dennis Snader (36) set off from San Francisco on a bicycle
journey that aimed to cover 24,901.55 miles, equal to the
circumference of the Earth. After 3+ years Stoll completed 25,752
miles across North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and
Africa. Stoll ended his adventure on the southern tip of South
Africa on October 24, 2004. The Milwaukee native returned to
Waukesha where he grew up and his parents still live.
(SSFC, 2/26/06, p.F3)(www.theargonauts.com)
2001 Sep 6, Mexican President
Vicente Fox addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress, urging
greater trust between the neighboring countries as the basis for "a
new partnership in North America."
2001 Sep 6, Jack Welch, CEO of
General Electric, turned over the leadership to Jeffrey Immelt.
(SFC, 9/7/01, p.B9)
2001 Sep 6, In Afghanistan the
Taliban jailed 35 more people working for a Christian aid
(SFC, 9/10/01, p.B2)
2001 Sep 6, Britain announced
that it would wrap up its mission in Sierra Leone by the end of the
(SFC, 9/7/01, p.A16)
2001 Sep 6, In Colombia gunmen
killed a congressman who headed a peace commission.
(WSJ, 9/7/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 6, Ethiopia banned the
Ethiopian Women’s Lawyers Assoc. The group had organized a Feb.
march of some 1,000 women to the office of PM Meles Zenawi and
parliament to protest domestic violence.
(SFC, 9/8/01, p.A9)
2001 Sep 6, In Indonesia gunmen
killed the rector of the biggest university in Aceh province.
(WSJ, 9/7/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 6, Israel’s PM Sharon
said he was considering a buffer zone to foil terrorists. Foreign
Minister Shimon Peres said he would meet with Yasser Arafat next
week. Israeli gunships killed 2 Palestinian men. In an apparent
reprisal an Israeli soldier was shot dead and an Israeli woman
seriously wounded along the “green line."
(SFC, 9/7/01, p.A14)
2001 Sep 6, North and South
Korea agreed to resume talks next week.
(SFC, 9/7/01, p.A16)
2001 Sep 6, In Zimbabwe Foreign
Minister Stan Mudenge pledged to abide by a brokered deal to stop
violent takeovers of white-owned farms. The government agreed to
“restore the rule of law to the process of land reform."
(SFC, 9/8/01, p.A8)
2002 Sep 6, Meeting outside
Washington D.C., for only the second time since 1800, Congress
convened in New York to pay homage to the victims and heroes of
Sept. 11, 2001.
2002 Sep 6, US officials
reported that the assets of Wa'el Hamza Julaidan, alleged al Qaeda
financier, had been frozen, and that he had been located in Saudi
(SFC, 9/7/02, p.A8)
2002 Sep 6, A US Navy
helicopter crashed in the Persian Gulf, killing an American
television cameraman and injuring four sailors.
2002 Sep 6, Salvatore Gravano,
mob turncoat aka Sammy the Bull, was sentenced to 20 years in
prison. In 1998 Gravano, took over his son's failing Arizona
drug-dealing operation, an ecstasy drug ring. Gravano pleaded guilty
(SFC, 5/26/01, p.A6)(SFC, 9/7/02, p.A4)
2002 Sep 6, A jury in
Pensacola, Fla., convicted 13- and 14-year-old brothers of murdering
their sleeping father with a baseball bat in an unusual case in
which an adult friend was acquitted of the crime under a different
prosecution theory. The judge threw out the convictions and ordered
mediation; Alex and Derek King later pleaded guilty to third-degree
murder. Alex was sentenced to seven years and Derek to eight years.
2002 Sep 6, Iran reported the
successful test fire of a Fateh 110 A ballistic missile.
(SFC, 9/7/02, p.A5)
2002 Sep 6, Israel attacked a
factory in the Gaza Strip with missiles fired from helicopters after
a Palestinian "mega" bomb attempt was thwarted a day earlier.
(AP, 9/6/02)(SFC, 9/6/02, p.A14)
2002 Sep 6, In India the film
"Ek Chhoti Si Love Story" (A Short Love Story) was released across
India despite a court order and attacks on some theatres, has kicked
up a controversy over its explicit sexual content.
2002 Sep 6, In Indian Kashmir
suspected Muslim rebels shot dead Sheikh Abdul Rehman, a politician
contesting state elections, in the first killing of a candidate
since the campaign began.
2002 Sep 6, Jews began Rosh
Hashanah at sunset. This ended their year 5762 and began year 5763.
(SFC, 9/7/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 6, Mexico said it was
withdrawing from the 1947 Inter-American Reciprocal Defense Treaty
designed to protect the Americas against communism, a year after
President Vicente Fox called the agreement obsolete.
2002 Sep 6, A Yemeni man died
when a bomb he was carrying exploded in a crowded market in San'a,
injuring two bystanders.
2003 Sep 6, Fabian, the most
powerful hurricane to hit Bermuda in 50 years pushed away from the
British territory after deadly winds split trees and swept trucks
off roads. Four people were missing and feared dead.
2003 Sep 6, In central Colombia
soldiers killed at least 25 suspected rebels and paramilitary
fighters in three military operations.
2003 Sep 6, The European Union
said it will declare all wings of the militant Palestinian group
Hamas a terrorist organization and freeze its assets after dozens of
deadly attacks in Israel.
2003 Sep 6, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir a bomb targeting an army convoy exploded
in the main wholesale market for fruit, killing six people,
including an army officer, and wounding 25.
2003 Sep 6, An Israeli missile
strike on Gaza City lightly wounded Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed
Yassin, the highest-ranking member of the militant group to be
targeted by Israel in recent weeks.
2003 Sep 6, Palestinian Prime
Minister Mahmoud Abbas, whose support was considered essential to
any prospect of peace success, submitted his resignation.
2003 Sep 6, In Taiwan thousands
of pro-independence activists marched in the capital, demanding that
the island's official name be changed from the Republic of China to
2004 Sep 6, Former Pres.
Clinton (58) underwent successful quadruple heart bypass surgery in
(SFC, 9/4/04, p.A1)(SFC, 9/7/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 6, Former hurricane
Frances pounded the Florida Panhandle as a tropical storm.
2004 Sep 6, Harvey Wheeler
(85), co-author with Eugene Burdick of “Fail-Safe" (1962), died. The
novel was turned into a 1964 film by Sidney Lumet.
(SFC, 12/28/04, p.D12)
2004 Sep 6, Algeria's largest
Islamic rebel group with ties to al Qaeda said it has appointed a
new chief, known as an explosives expert, as it tries to regroup
following the loss of key leaders in recent gun battles with
2004 Sep 6, In southwest China
at least 90 people were killed and 77 were missing after some of the
worst rainstorms in recent years triggered landslides and flash
2004 Sep 6, Colombia’s attorney
general's office ordered the arrest of a military officer and two
soldiers in connection with the killing of three union officials
2004 Sep 6, The Supreme Court
ordered the Dominican government to relinquish control of the
country's oldest daily newspaper, which was taken over more than a
year ago amid a major bank scandal.
2004 Sep 6, India and Pakistan
ended 2-day talks to settle their dispute over Kashmir. Yasin Malik,
the chairman of pro-independence Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front
(JKLF), said the dispute could not be settled unless residents of
the region are included in talks. India’s Natwar Singh and
Pakistan’s Khurshid Kasuri closed the 1st stage of an 8-part
(AFP, 9/6/04)(Econ, 9/11/04, p.38)
2004 Sep 6, An apparent suicide
bomber detonated an explosives-packed vehicle on the outskirts of
Fallujah, killing seven U.S. Marines and three Iraqi national
2004 Sep 6, An Israeli military
satellite fell into the Mediterranean Sea after a botched launch
from southern Israel.
2004 Sep 6, In Lebanon 4
Cabinet ministers resigned to protest the extension of President
Emile Lahoud's term.
2005 Sep 6, Pres. Bush said the
US government could end up spending as much as $200 billion to care
for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. President Bush and Congress
pledged to open separate investigations into the sluggish federal
response to Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans' broken levees.
(WSJ, 9/7/05, p.A1)(AP, 9/6/06)
2005 Sep 6, New Orleans Mayor
C. Ray Nagin instructed law enforcement officers and the US military
to evacuate all holdouts for their own safety. He warned that the
fetid water could spread disease and that natural gas was leaking
all over town.
2005 Sep 6, The California
Legislature became the first legislative body in the nation to
approve same-sex marriages, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger later
vetoed the bill.
(SFC, 9/7/05, p.A1)(AP, 9/6/06)
2005 Sep 6, The SF Board of
Education voted to invoke a compatibility clause as schools
Superintendent Arlene Ackerman resigned. She said she would remain
until June 30, 2006.
(SFC, 9/7/05, p.B1)
2005 Sep 6, The Wikipedia,
which surged this year to become the most popular reference site on
the Web, was fast overtaking several major news sites as the place
where people swarm for context on breaking events. The online
encyclopedia, based in St. Petersburg, Fla., was written entirely by
(Reuters, 9/6/05)(SFC, 12/6/05, p.A1)
2005 Sep 6, Jack Real (90),
aviation pioneer, died in Ca. He helped develop the Apache
helicopter and wrote the book “The Asylum of Howard Hughes" (2003)
about his friendship with billionaire Howard Hughes.
(SFC, 9/15/05, p.B7)(http://tinyurl.com/7bsk4)
2005 Sep 6, Australia staged a
high seas arrest of a Cambodian-flagged ship with an international
crew suspected of fishing illegally in sub-Antarctic waters.
2005 Sep 6, In Australia Donna
Fitchett (46) murdered her 2 sons aged 9 & 11. She was first
convicted in 2008 and sentenced to 24 years prison. She appealed her
conviction and was granted a retrial in May, 2010. A jury again
found her guilty after she admitted drugging her sons and then
strangling one and smothering the other. On Sep 1, 2010, she was
sentenced her to 27 years in prison.
2005 Sep 6, In Brazil thousands
of anti-corruption demonstrators rallied in Sao Paulo, demanding
harsh punishment for politicians caught up in a bribery scandal
shaking the administration of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
2005 Sep 6, China’s state media
reported that Muslim separatists in western China have carried out
260 attacks in the past decade, killing 160 people and injuring 440.
2005 Sep 6,
Eugenia Charles (b.1919), former PM of Dominica (1980-1995), died.
She invited Ronald Reagan to invade Grenada in 1983.
(SFC, 9/8/05, p.B7)(Econ, 9/17/05, p.90)
2005 Sep 6, Dominican Republic
legislators overwhelmingly approved a free-trade agreement with the
US and five Central American countries, rejecting arguments that the
pact would devastate the domestic sugar industry. The other five
countries are Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and
Nicaragua. Costa Rica and Nicaragua had not yet ratified the pact.
2005 Sep 6, In Iraq US Marine
jets attacked two bridges across the Euphrates River near the Syrian
border to prevent insurgents from moving foreign fighters and
munitions toward Baghdad and other cities. 2 US troops were reported
killed in a roadside bombing in Baghdad.
(AP, 9/6/05)(WSJ, 9/7/05, p.A1)
2005 Sep 6, Israel said it its
has authorized construction of 117 homes in one of the West Bank's
largest settlements and approved preliminary plans for another 3,000
housing units there, despite repeated US appeals to freeze
2005 Sep 6, Italy's Fiat SpA is
to launch a new version of its Punto, Fiat's most popular model. The
company has sold 6 million Puntos since launching the car in 1993.
In 1997 the Punto became the best-selling car in Europe, with
600,000 models sold.
2005 Sep 6, Nine countries:
Antigua, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Dominica, Suriname, St. Kitts, St.
Vincent and the Dominican Republic, signed oil deals with Venezuela
in Jamaica. Cuba and Jamaica had previously signed. Chavez urged
Caribbean governments to consider Cuba-style socialism as an
alternative to capitalism.
2005 Sep 6, In Jamaica
opposition-led protests left one person dead.
(WSJ, 9/8/05, p.A1)
2005 Sep 6, Japan said it had
completed the 20-year privatization of the nation's biggest
2005 Sep 6, Typhoon Nabi lashed
southern Japan and South Korea driving more than 300,000 people from
their homes. At least 9 people were killed, and 16 people were
missing, including two in South Korea.
2005 Sep 6, Pakistan said it
has sent 9,500 more troops to the border with Afghanistan to prevent
infiltration by militants intent on disrupting Afghan elections
later this month.
2005 Sep 6, Rwanda said Maj.
Gen. Laurent Munyakazi has been arrested on suspicion of playing a
key role in the 1994 genocide in which more than half a million
Tutsis and moderates from the Hutu majority were killed.
2005 Sep 6, Father Guy Theunis,
a Belgian priest, was arrested in Rwanda on suspicion of involvement
in the 1994 genocide. Judicial sources said Theunis was accused of
republishing extracts of items from an extremist magazine known as
"Kangura" which they said incited hatred and violence.
2005 Sep 6, Saudi security
forces stormed a villa in Dammam where Islamic militants were holed
up, ending 3 days of fierce fighting that killed 4 policemen and a
number of militants.
2005 Sep 6, Lars Erik
Petersson, former chief executive of Sweden's largest insurer,
Skandia, was charged with fraud for allegedly handing out large
bonuses to other executives without board approval.
2006 Sep 6, Pres. Bush
acknowledged that the CIA had subjected dozens of detainees to
“tough" interrogation at secret prisons abroad and that 14 remaining
detainees have been transferred to the detention center at
(SFC, 9/7/06, p.A1)
2006 Sep 6, In Phoenix,
Arizona, police arrested Mark Goudeau (42), a construction worker,
for 2 sexual assaults. In December police identified Goudeau as the
Baseline Killer and recommended charging him with 71 counts
including 9 murders committed from August, 2005, to June, 2006. His
trial opened in 2011.
12/8/06, p.A13)(SFC, 6/7/11, p.A4)
2006 Sep 6, In Chicago George
Ryan (72), former Illinois governor, was sentenced to 6½ years in
prison for offenses including racketeering, conspiracy and fraud.
(SFC, 9/7/06, p.A4)
2006 Sep 6, Philadelphia’s Art
Commission voted 6-2 to move a 2,000-pound bronze statue of Rocky
Balboa, commissioned by actor Sylvester Stallone, out of storage and
onto a street-level pedestal near the steps of the Philadelphia
Museum of Art.
(SFC, 9/7/06, p.A2)
2006 Sep 6, Andy Ross, owner of
Cody’s bookstore in Berkeley, Ca., announced that the store had been
sold to Yohan Inc., a book company based in Tokyo.
(SFC, 9/7/06, p.C1)
2006 Sep 6, Intel announced it
would cut more than a tenth of its workforce as part of a drive to
become more efficient in the face of tough competition in the
computer chip market.
2006 Sep 6, Reporting in the
Annals of Internal Medicine, European researchers said virgin olive
oil may be particularly effective at lowering heart disease risk
because of its high level of antioxidant plant compounds.
2006 Sep 6, Research reported
in Nature magazine said thawing permafrost, due to global warming,
is releasing trapped methane at a much higher rate than was assumed.
(WSJ, 9/7/06, p.A1)
2006 Sep 6, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf held
talks on counterterrorism in Kabul. NATO forces killed 21 militants
in air and ground attacks in southern Kandahar province. Afghan
police killed four Taliban fighters in southeastern Paktiya
province. 3 British soldiers were killed.
(AP, 9/6/06)(AP, 9/7/06)(WSJ, 9/7/06, p.A1)
2006 Sep 6, Six junior members
of British Prime Minister Tony Blair's government resigned to
protest his refusal to set a date to leave office amid a growing
Labour Party revolt.
2006 Sep 6, State media said
hundreds of people in northwestern China have been hospitalized with
lead poisoning that was likely caused by pollution from a nearby
smelter. The first sign of trouble in the villages of Xinsi and
Moba, Gansu province, came on Aug. 18.
2006 Sep 6, In eastern India 50
miners were killed after an explosion inside a state-owned coal mine
in Jharkhand state.
(AP, 9/7/06)(AP, 9/8/06)
2006 Sep 6, An Indonesian
appeals court sentenced four Australian members of a drug smuggling
ring to death, prompting a protest from the Australian government.
Scott Rush, Tan Duc Than Nguyen, Si Yi Chen and Matthew Norman had
originally received life terms for trying to take home more than 18
pounds of heroin from Indonesia's resort island of Bali last year.
2006 Sep 6, Iran unveiled its
first locally manufactured fighter plane during large-scale military
exercises. The report said the bomber Saegheh is similar to the
American F-18 fighter plane, but "more powerful."
2006 Sep 6, Iraq executed 27
"terrorists" convicted by Iraqi courts of killings and rapes in
several provinces. 2 bombs exploded in northern Baghdad within
minutes of each other, killing at least nine people and wounding 39
others. In northeastern Baghdad, gunmen opened fire on a procession
of pilgrims heading to the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles
south of Baghdad, killing one person and wounding two. Mortar
attacks in residential areas in Diyala province, north of Baghdad,
killed three people: a 2-year-old child in the Khan Bani Saad area
and two people in Muqdadiyah. In Baqouba gunmen killed three
construction workers waiting for a bus. An employee in the Diyala
police and army coordination office was shot to death as she left
her house in the city's Tahrir neighborhood. Gunmen also killed the
owner of a food store in the same area. Gunmen, in Baghdad kidnapped
the nephew of Iraq's parliament speaker, Mahmoud al-Mashhadani. 2
American soldiers were killed in separate incidents. Attacks across
Iraq left 36 dead and 29 corpses were found.
(AP, 9/6/06)(AP, 9/7/06)(WSJ, 9/7/06, p.A1)
2006 Sep 6, Japan's Princess
Kiko gave birth to the royal family's first male heir in four
decades. The male heir was named Hisahito, meaning "virtuous, calm
(AP, 9/6/06)(AP, 9/12/06)
2006 Sep 6, In Macau Steve
Wynn, American gambling mogul, opened his $1.2 billion Wynn Macau, a
near replica of his Nevada casino.
(WSJ, 9/7/06, p.A1)
2006 Sep 6, Mexico’s newly
declared President-elect Felipe Calderon began building his
government and his supporters called on backers of leftist Andres
Manuel Lopez Obrador to end weeks of national protests over the
disputed July 2 election. Gunmen barged into a bar in central Mexico
and tossed five human heads on the dance floor. An avalanche left 10
villagers dead in northern Mexico.
(AP, 9/6/06)(AP, 9/7/06)
2006 Sep 6, Mexican authorities
arrested Jaime Maya Duran, a reputed major figure in one of
Colombia's largest and most feared drug cartels responsible for
nearly half of the cocaine smuggled into the US. He was flown
immediately to New York, where he is under indictment on drug
trafficking and money laundering charges.
2006 Sep 6, Unpaid employees in
the Palestinian prime minister's office joined a widespread strike
that is challenging the survival of the Hamas-led government. Sinn
Fein leader Gerry Adams met with a Hamas legislator in the West Bank
and advised Israel and the Palestinians to solve their problems
using the Northern Ireland formula, negotiations.
2006 Sep 6, The Philippine
government said it will take full control of Manila airport's
controversial new airport terminal despite an international court
ruling to return it to its builders. Philippine International Air
Terminals Co Inc (PIATCO) built the terminal under a
"build-operate-transfer" contract, but in 2002 President Arroyo
revoked the contract on the grounds that certain terms were
illegally renegotiated by Joseph Estrada, her deposed predecessor.
2006 Sep 6, A fire broke out
aboard the Daniil Moskovsky, a Russian nuclear submarine in the
Barents Sea, killing two crew members and injuring another. The navy
said there was no radiation threat.
2006 Sep 6, More than 80
international scientists and academics released a letter that
condemned South Africa's AIDS policies as ineffective and immoral
and called for the firing of the health minister in a letter to
President Thabo Mbeki.
2006 Sep 6, Sudanese security
forces in Khartoum fired tear gas and beat demonstrators with sticks
in a crackdown on protests against price increases for basic goods,
after thwarting similar protests a week ago. In Khartoum the
beheaded body of Mohammed Taha Mohammed Ahmed, editor-in-chief of
the independent daily Al-Wifaq, was recovered, a day after he was
kidnapped by gunmen. He had been accused of insulting Islam. A group
claiming to be al-Qaida's branch in Sudan said that it killed the
chief editor. In 2007 ten people were sentenced to death for the
murder and beheading of Ahmed.
(Reuters, 9/6/06)(AP, 9/7/06)(AP, 9/13/06)(AP,
2007 Sep 6, A Pentagon
spokesman said 16 detainees from the US military prison at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been transferred to the custody of Saudi
2007 Sep 6, FBI agents arrested
12 people, including 11 public officials, in New Jersey on charges
of taking bribes in exchange for influencing the awarding of public
contracts. Mims Hackett Jr., mayor of Orange, was among those
(SFC, 9/7/07, p.A3)(WSJ, 5/27/08, p.A2)
2007 Sep 6, Authorities in
Colorado arrested Norman Hsu (56), a fugitive political fundraiser.
Hsu had failed to appear in a Redwood City, Ca., courtroom on Sep 5,
following bail over a 1992 fraud conviction. It was later reported
that Hsu had recently received $40 million from Source Financing
Investors LLC, an investment fund run by Joel Rosenman, one of the
creators of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and that the money was
missing. On Sep 19 the fund filed suit against Hsu.
(SFC, 9/7/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/12/07, p.A1)(SFC,
2007 Sep 6, Martin Villegas,
Mexican boot maker to world leaders, including President Bush and
Vicente Fox, was arrested in Colorado along with two other Mexican
nationals and two US residents following a three-year undercover
operation by US Fish and Wildlife Service agents. The five allegedly
made 25 illegal shipments of banned skins into the US since 2005.
2007 Sep 6, A cocktail of
artificial colors and the commonly-used preservative sodium benzoate
are linked to hyperactivity in children, according to a
ground-breaking study published by The Lancet.
2007 Sep 6, Scientists reported
that the Israeli acute paralysis virus, first identified in the
Middle East in 2004, is associated with the Colony Collapse Disorder
(CCD), which was wreaking havoc on commercial bees in the US.
(SFC, 9/7/07, p.A8)(Econ, 9/8/07, p.83)
2007 Sep 6, Madeleine L’Engle
(b.1918), author, died in Litchfield, Conn. Her more than 60 books
included “A Wrinkle in Time" (1962), winner of the 1963 Newberry
Medal for best American children’s book.
(SFC, 9/8/07, p.A2)
2007 Sep 6, Alex (31), a gifted
African Grey parrot that could count to six, identify colors and
even express frustration with repetitive scientific trials, died at
Brandeis Univ., Mass., after 30 years of helping researchers better
understand the avian brain.
(AP, 9/12/07)(Econ, 9/22/07, p.103)
2007 Sep 6, Afghan and US-led
coalition forces killed "more than 20" insurgents in an eight-hour
battle that saw coalition aircraft bombing and strafing enemy
positions in Kandahar province. Two NATO soldiers were killed
in two separate bomb blasts in southern Afghanistan.
2007 Sep 6, In Algeria a bomb
ripped through a crowd waiting for the Algerian president to arrive
in Batna, killing 22 people and injuring more than 107.
2007 Sep 6, Australian PM John
Howard said he would tell Russian President Vladimir Putin that he
would not approve the sale of uranium to Moscow if there was any
possibility it could be resold to Iran or Syria.
2007 Sep 6, In Australia
Pacific Rim nations agreed that climate change was of "vital
interest," but officials squabbled over whether their leaders should
include energy efficiency targets in a statement at their annual
summit. China’s President Hu Jintao, on the defensive over recalls
of tainted toothpaste, pet food and toys, told President Bush that
Beijing was stepping up product safety inspections.
2007 Sep 6, Media reports said
China has created its first agency to combat corruption, a rampant
problem that the country's communist leadership has said is a threat
to their rule. State media also reported that Chinese computer
hackers are infiltrating British government networks, giving them
access to secret information.
(AP, 9/7/07)(AFP, 9/6/07)
2007 Sep 6, Ayman Ismail
Hassan, one of the key witnesses and co-defendants in the trial of
Egyptian opposition leader Ayman Nour, was found hanged in his
prison cell in Cairo. "I confessed to forgery under pressure from
officers from state security," Hassan told reporters on June 30,
2005, after his lawyer told the court he had changed his plea to not
2007 Sep 6, Fiji's military-led
government imposed a monthlong state of emergency, accusing the
prime minister who was ousted in a coup last year of seeking to
"destabilize" the South Pacific nation.
2007 Sep 6, German police
hunted for about a dozen people suspected of plotting massive bomb
attacks against Americans in a plot whose discovery fanned debate
over increasing official surveillance powers.
2007 Sep 6, Indonesia and
Russia signed a $1 billion defense deal that will allow Indonesia to
buy dozens of helicopters, tanks and submarines, part of visiting
Russian President Vladimir Putin's efforts to boost his country's
military clout in Asia.
2007 Sep 6, The Iraqi
government announced it was adding millions of dollars to the budget
of the western province of Anbar to help rebuild the region. Gunmen
opened fire on Sunni worshippers in a drive-by shooting following
evening prayers in Kirkuk, killing at least three people and
wounding four. American and Iraqi Special Forces clashed with
suspected Shiite militiamen in western Baghdad before calling in
airstrikes. Residents and police said at least 14 people were
killed. A roadside bomb exploded next to a group of construction
workers in the predominantly Shiite area of Zafaraniyah, killing one
and injuring five. Authorities discovered five bodies, two in
Baghdad's southern Dora area and 3 in the western Amil area, all
blindfolded and shot with their hands bound. In Tikrit a car bomb
near a gas station killed two civilians and wounded 14 others. In
several operations targeting al-Qaida in Iraq, US troops killed six
terrorist suspects and detained 25 others. Four US Marines were
killed in fighting in Anbar province, and three soldiers were killed
by a roadside bomb in northern Iraq.
(AP, 9/6/07)(AP, 9/7/07)
2007 Sep 6, Legendary Italian
tenor Luciano Pavarotti (71), who brought opera to the masses with
his powerful voice and jovial personality, died of pancreatic cancer
2007 Sep 6, Israeli troops
backed by tanks and bulldozers crossed into southern Gaza to strike
at Palestinian militants and 10 militants were killed. Palestinian
militants said fighters in a pickup truck and jeep crashed through a
fence on the Gaza-Israel border and attacked an Israeli army post.
An Israeli airstrike hit in Syria where it was believed weapons,
being sent from Iran to the militant Islamic group in Lebanon, were
stored. It was later reported that the airstrike was aimed at a
partly constructed nuclear reactor.
(AP, 9/6/07)(AP, 9/12/07)(SSFC, 10/14/07, p.A19)
2007 Sep 6, Jamaica's electoral
office confirmed the Labor Party's victory in a close election,
sealing its return to power after 18 years in opposition. The center
right JLP won 50.1% of the popular vote and 32 of 60 seats in
(AP, 9/7/07)(Econ, 9/8/07, p.42)
2007 Sep 6, Japan and North
Korea wrapped up a rare meeting without a breakthrough in an
emotional row over kidnappings, but they pledged to keep talking
amid small signs of hope between the arch-rivals.
2007 Sep 6, In Nicaragua the
death toll from Hurricane Felix rose to more than 40 as rescuers
searched the seas and civil defense workers reached isolated
communities devastated by the Category 5 storm. Scores of others
2007 Sep 6, In Nigeria 5
people, including two policemen, were shot dead in a failed attempt
to rob a bank in Lagos.
2007 Sep 6, In Paraguay former
Gen. Lino Cesar Oviedo (67) was released from prison after serving 5
years of a 10-year sentence. He quickly declared his ambition to
govern the country.
(SFC, 9/7/07, p.A3)
2007 Sep 6, An unmanned Russian
rocket carrying a Japanese communications satellite malfunctioned
after liftoff, sending parts crashing in an uninhabited part of
Kazakhstan and triggering concerns about environmental damage.
2007 Sep 6, The US and Chinese
presidents set aside their differences on Taiwan and put pressure on
the island to drop plans for a referendum on UN membership.
2007 Sep 6, Mark Weil (55), an
Uzbek theater director whose productions caused controversy in the
tightly controlled former Soviet republic, was stabbed to death
outside his home in Tashkent. The llkhom Theater of Tashkent, which
Weil founded in 1(SFC, 5/16/08, p.)976, was the first independent
theater in the Soviet Union.
(AP, 9/8/07)(SFC, 5/17/08, p.E10)
2007 Sep 6, Pope Benedict XVI
met with Israeli President Shimon Peres, as the elder statesman and
Nobel Peace Prize laureate continued his visit to Italy amid an
international push for peace in the Middle East.
2008 Sep 6, The $500 million
GeoEye-1, a super-sharp Earth-imaging satellite, was launched into
orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the Central California
coast. GeoEye Inc. said that in black-and-white mode, the satellite
can distinguish objects on the Earth's surface as small as 16
2008 Sep 6, Tropical Storm
Hanna blew hard and dumped rain in eastern North Carolina and
Virginia, but caused little damage beyond isolated flooding and
power outages as it quickly headed north toward New England.
2008 Sep 6, In Martinez, Ca.,
Jose Felix Sandoval, in search of his estranged wife, killed her
cousin and a police sergeant, before he was fatally shot by police
(SFC, 9/7/08, p.A1)
2008 Sep 6, The 45 nation
Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) overcame fierce obstacles and approved
a landmark US plan to engage in atomic trade with India, a deal that
reverses more than three decades of American policy. The plan still
needs backing from US Congress.
2008 Sep 6, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomb attack by a fake beggar inside a regional prosecutor's
office and a shoot-out between police and Taliban militants killed
2008 Sep 6, Angolan election
officials extended voting by a day in the capital, but said the
logistical problems that marred the first balloting in 16 years were
confined to Luanda.
2008 Sep 6, Thousands of
Armenians lined the streets of the Yerevan to protest the first-ever
visit by a Turkish leader and to demand that Turkey acknowledge the
World War I massacres of Armenian civilians as genocide.
2008 Sep 6, Cuba politely
declined a US offer to send a disaster assessment team to the island
after Hurricane Gustav, saying it would rather Washington suspend
restrictions on travel and the sale of food and other materials it
needs to recover.
2008 Sep 6, In Egypt massive
boulders fell from the towering Muqattam cliffs onto a shanty town
outside Cairo and buried dozens of homes. The death toll rose on a
daily basis and reached 103 on Sep 19. According to residents, there
could be up to 500 people buried under the hundreds of tons of rock
that fell. In 2010 a court convicted the Cairo deputy governor for
the rock slide that killed 119 people and sentenced him to five
years in prison. The court found Mahmoud Yassin and seven lesser
officials guilty of manslaughter.
(AP, 9/6/08)(AP, 9/13/08)(AP, 9/20/08)(AP,
2008 Sep 6, In Greece the body
of Amphithea Tanida (36) was found wrapped in sheets in a bathroom
in her parents' villa at Amarynthos on Evia. Masami Tanida (77), a
retired Japanese diplomat, and his wife Maria (67) were arrested the
next day and charged with murdering their daughter.
2008 Sep 6, In Iraq a suicide
car bomber blasted an outdoor market in northern Tal Afar city,
killing six people and wounding 54. Kurdish security forces raided a
house in Irbil province, killed a suspected member of an al-Qaida
front group and captured a 17-year-old girl wearing an explosives
2008 Sep 6, Yahoo! Japan
announced support for victimized users whose Yahoo IDs were used
illegally. The company admitted that its online auction site
suffered a huge security breach and agreed to reimburse users who
had been charged fees relating to fraudulent transactions.
2008 Sep 6, In Indian Kashmir
thousands of angry people took to the streets to denounce the
killing of a protester by government troops, who fired rubber
bullets and tear gas shells at Muslim demonstrators chanting
2008 Sep 6, Asif Ali Zardari,
the widower of slain former premier Benazir Bhutto, became
Pakistan's new president after winning a landslide election victory
in separate votes in the federal and provincial assemblies.
Overnight clashes left 24 people killed after residents of a village
in the volatile northwest foiled a militant kidnap attempt, then
were attacked. An explosives-packed pickup truck blew up at a police
checkpoint on the outskirts of Peshawar, killing 37 people.
(AP, 9/6/08)(AP, 9/7/08)(Econ, 9/20/08, p.55)
2008 Sep 6-2008 Sep 7, In the
southern Philippines 6 people were killed after a landslide
triggered by heavy rains buried houses in the village of Masara.
Another landslide the next day killed 5 more people there. At least
16 people were left missing.
(AFP, 9/6/08)(AP, 9/7/08)
2008 Sep 6, In Sri Lanka air
force helicopters bombed rebel bunkers in the rebel-held Mullaittivu
district to support advancing ground troops.
2008 Sep 6, Sudanese forces
launched ground and air attacks on two rebel bases in North Darfur,
killing an unknown number of people.
2008 Sep 6, Swaziland King
Mswati III celebrated his 40th birthday and the nation’s 40th year
of independence in a lavish extravaganza officially estimated at
$2.5 million, but widely believed to have cost 5 times more. Mswati
remained Africa’s last absolute monarch and lived a luxurious
lifestyle with his 13 wives. Some 70% of the population of 1 million
lived below the poverty line and nearly 40% of adults were infected
with the AIDS virus.
(SFC, 9/7/08, p.A9)
2008 Sep 6, Hurricane Ike
barreled toward the Turks and Caicos as a powerful Category 3 storm,
prompting an exodus of tourists and locals from the normally idyllic
Atlantic island chain.
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
(SFC, 9/7/09, p.A6)
2009 Sep 6, British PM Gordon
Brown said he would support compensation claims against Libya by
families of IRA victims who say Tripoli helped to arm the
2009 Sep 6, In Ecuador Lt. Col.
John Merino, President Rafael Correa's chief of security, died of
swine flu. Ecuador has reported 36 confirmed deaths from swine flu
as of last week, along with 1,382 infected.
2009 Sep 6, The El Salvador
navy said it has found 76 migrants aboard a boat in the Pacific.
They included 25 Bangladeshis, 25 Nepalese, 21 Eritreans and five
Ecuadoreans. The boat had set sail a week ago from the Ecuadorean
port of Manta.
2009 Sep 6, In Hong Kong a man
hurled acid at pedestrians in the Mong Kok shopping district, in the
neighborhood's fourth acid attack in a year. The attacker (28),
arrested nearby, targeted a couple strolling through the district,
but also hurt nine others.
2009 Sep 6, In Iran Venezuela’s
President Hugo Chavez sealed an agreement to export 20,000 barrels
per day of gasoline to Iran. The deal would give Tehran a cushion if
the West carries out threats of fuel sanctions over Iran's nuclear
program. The two countries also agreed to set up a bank together to
help finance joint projects.
2009 Sep 6, In Iraq a gunman
broke into a house in Mosul, killing a 3-year-old girl and her
grandmother before fleeing. Gunmen also attacked checkpoints in the
city, killing three policemen. In southeast Baghdad, a car parked
near a security checkpoint exploded, killing one person and wounding
2009 Sep 6, In Mexico attackers
shot four men to death in a motel parking lot in the border city of
2009 Sep 6, Pakistani military
destroyed two training centers and 17 militant homes. 2 people
kidnapped by militants were recovered. Troops killed 33 militants
during the latest action to pacify the Khyber Pass. Thousands of
civilians were reported fleeing the latest military operation in the
northwestern Khyber tribal region. 3 policemen were found fatally
shot, each by a single bullet to the head, west of Islamabad.
(AP, 9/6/09)(AP, 9/7/09)
2009 Sep 6, In the southern
Philippines the Superferry 9, carrying nearly 1,000 passengers, sank
leaving at least 9 people dead. After rescue efforts one passenger
was left unaccounted.
(AFP, 9/6/09)(AP, 9/7/09)
2009 Sep 6, Somali authorities,
who say they were not informed of a hostage exchange plan, stopped a
deal to swap three hostages held by Somali pirates with 23 suspected
pirates, who had been held in the Seychelles.
2009 Sep 6, Six South Koreans
camping and fishing along a river flowing from North Korea were
swept away when it suddenly doubled in height, because a new dam in
the North released a large amount of water without warning. On Oct
14 North Korea offered a rare apology for unleashing the dam water
and promised to alert Seoul to such measures in the future.
(AP, 9/6/09)(AP, 10/14/09)
2010 Sep 6, Pres. Obama called
for a $50 billion boost in spending on the nation’s roads, runways
and railroads in an effort to boost the sluggish US economy.
(SFC, 9/7/10, p.A5)
2010 Sep 6, The annual Labor
Day Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon raised $58.9 million, down from a
record $65 million in 2008.
(SFC, 9/7/10, p.A5)
2010 Sep 6, Oracle Corp.
announced that it has hired Mark Hurd (53), former CEO of
Hewlett-Packard, as a co-president.
(SFC, 9/7/10, p.A1)
2010 Sep 6, In Colorado a fire
broke out near Boulder and over the next 6 days destroyed at least
(SFC, 9/9/10, p.A11)(SFC, 9/13/10, p.A4)
2010 Sep 6, The Afghan central
bank ordered frozen the assets of Kabulbank's former chairman, Sher
Khan Farnood, and chief executive officer, Khalilullah Fruzi,
together with those of several other shareholders and major
borrowers. Farnood and Fruzi both own a 28 percent stake in
2010 Sep 6, In Afghanistan
Nahrin district chief Rahmad Sror Joshan Pool was killed when
rocket-propelled grenades hit his vehicle, setting it on fire.
Pool's bodyguard was also killed in the attack. One militant died
and two were wounded in the ensuing fire fight with police. 5
children were killed and five wounded in Yaya Khil district in the
southern province of Paktika when an insurgent rocket fired at an
Afghan army base hit a home. Kidnappers seized two electoral workers
and their two drivers in the western province of Ghor. NATO reported
the death of an American service member in an insurgent attack in
2010 Sep 6, A British judge
sentenced a Church of England minister to four years in jail for his
part in a sham-marriage scam which saw hundreds of African men marry
European women so they could stay in Britain.
2010 Sep 6, UNICEF said that
over 300 people have died in Cameroon from the country’s worst
outbreak of cholera in 20 years.
(SFC, 9/7/10, p.A2)
2010 Sep 6, In the Central
African Republic rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) began a
2-day attack the town of Ouandda Djalle. 16 people were killed
including two civilians, and 5 rebels.
2010 Sep 6, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel faced one of the biggest battles of her time in office
after announcing plans to put off the date when Europe's biggest
economy abandons nuclear power. Merkel said the operation of the
country’s 17 nuclear plants would be extended to promote energy
security. Under current law the last nuclear plant was to be closed
(AFP, 9/6/10)(SFC, 9/7/10, p.A2)
2010 Sep 6, The lawyer for
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman convicted for adultery,
said she was lashed 99 times last week in a separate punishment
meted out because a British newspaper on Aug 28 ran a picture of an
unveiled woman mistakenly identified as her.
(SFC, 9/7/10, p.A4)(AFP, 9/8/10)
2010 Sep 6, Italy’s Balzan
Foundation said its prize for the biology of stem cells has gone to
a Japanese researcher for discovering a way to transform adult cells
into cells with the characteristics of stem cells. The prize to
Shinya Yamanaka is one of four — two for sciences, two in
humanities. Brazilian mathematician Jacob Palis was cited for his
work in dynamic systems. The humanities prizes went to Italian
historian Carlo Ginzburg, the father of micro-history, for his
contributions to the study of ordinary people in Europe, and to
German Manfred Bauneck for his history of the European theater.
2010 Sep 6, A Japanese court
convicted two members of Greenpeace of stealing whale meat they
claim was intended for illegal consumption, giving each suspended
jail terms. Junichi Sato (33) and Toru Suzuki (43) were found guilty
of stealing 50 pounds (23 kg) of whale meat from a delivery service
company warehouse in April 2008. The meat came from whales killed
during Japan's controversial government-backed research hunts.
2010 Sep 6, In Kashmir Indian
government forces fired on protesters hurling stones at them,
killing three people and wounding at least 17 other demonstrators.
2010 Sep 6, A Kenyan court
convicted and sentenced seven Somali pirates to five years in jail.
A court in the Kenyan port town of Mombasa found the Somalis guilty
of attacking a German naval supply ship in the Gulf of Aden on March
29 last year.
2010 Sep 6, Mexico’s Navy
announced it had found a clandestine grave with two bodies in
Tamaulipas, not far from the Aug 24 massacre site. It was unclear if
the grave was related to the massacre of 72 migrants. Marines had
arrested four suspects at the scene on Sept. 3. The bodies appeared
to be those of a state detective and local police chief who
disappeared while investigating the massacre.
(AP, 9/6/10)(AP, 9/8/10)
2010 Sep 6, Mozambique state
radio reported that nine people have been arrested over the last 24
hours, accused of incitement for sending cell phone messages calling
for protests. The radio report said 3 of the 9 were arrested in
Nampula for trying to spread the protests to that northern province.
2010 Sep 6, In northwestern
Pakistan a Taliban suicide bomber detonated a car in an alley behind
a police station in Lakki Marwat, killing at least 19 police and
civilians in an explosion that shattered the station and neighboring
homes. A US drone fired 2 missiles and killed 5 alleged militants in
North Waziristan, home to the Haqqani network, a militant group
battling US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
(Reuters, 9/6/10)(AFP, 9/6/10)
2010 Sep 6, Philippine
officials said the government has asked a court to outlaw the Abu
Sayyaf as a terrorist group under a 2007 anti-terrorism law and
blacklist more than 200 of its Islamic fighters blamed for two
decades of bombings, kidnappings and beheadings.
2010 Sep 6, A South African
labor leader said civil servants are suspending a 20-day nationwide
strike for higher wages to give union members time to consider the
2010 Sep 6, Oxford press said
it has published a new Zulu-English dictionary, four decades after
the last such reference book was released for one of South Africa's
most widely spoken languages.
2010 Sep 6, The Spanish
government rejected a new ceasefire announcement by the separatist
group ETA and ruled out negotiations on an independent Basque
homeland, saying the militants have been decimated by arrests and
are desperate to regroup and rearm.
2010 Sep 6, In southwestern
Spain a passenger train crashed into a heavy-duty dump truck,
killing two people and injuring eight others.
2010 Sep 6, In Swaziland armed
police arrested 50 members the Swaziland Democracy Campaign as they
prepared for a protest march in Mbabane. The umbrella group had been
set up jointly with Cosatu, South Africa’s main union. South African
participants were deported and Swazis were harshly interrogated.
More people were arrested and beaten during the march the next day.
(Econ, 9/18/10, p.63)
2011 Sep 6, Newly retired Gen.
David Petraeus was sworn in as the 20th director of the CIA.
(SFC, 9/7/11, p.A6)
2011 Sep 6, US Navy Sec. Ray
Mabus announced that the battleship Iowa, commissioned in 1943,
would be heading to Los Angeles for life as a museum. The ship was
taken out of service in 1990 and towed to Suisun Bay, Ca., in 2001.
(SFC, 9/8/11, p.C2)
2011 Sep 6, Michigan Republican
Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law a stricter, four-year lifetime
limit on cash welfare benefits, prompting advocates for the poor to
warn that tens of thousands of residents will find themselves
without cash assistance on Oct 1.
2011 Sep 6, In Nevada Eduardo
Sencion (32), armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, shot an entire
group of five uniformed National Guard members eating breakfast at
an IHOP, killing 3 of them and another person in a hail of gunfire.
Sencion of Carson City, also shot himself and later died at a
(AP, 9/7/11)(SFC, 9/12/11, p.A4)
2011 Sep 6, In central Texas
calmer winds helped firefighters battling a wildfire that forced
thousands of residents to evacuate to shelters. 4 deaths were linked
to the fire. Some 122 wildfires continued to overwhelm the state. By
Sep 12 at least 1554 homes were incinerated in and around the city
(AP, 9/6/11)(SFC, 9/8/11, p.A11)(SFC, 9/12/11,
2011 Sep 6, Michael Hart
(b.1947), father of e-books and founder of Project Gutenberg (1971),
(Econ, 9/24/11, p.109)
2011 Sep 6, George Kuchar (69),
SF-based filmmaker, died. His over 500 low-budget films included
“Hold Me While I’m Naked" (1966) and “"The Devil’s Cleavage" (1975).
(SFC, 9/8/11, p.C4)
2011 Sep 6, In Afghanistan a
district government head and three of his bodyguards were killed in
a roadside bomb blast in Nangarhar province.
2011 Sep 6, In Bolivia a small
plane disappeared in the country's Amazon region. The wreckage was
found 2 days later. All 9 people aboard, including 2 Colombians and
7 Bolivians were aboard, were killed.
2011 Sep 6, In China police
detained Li Tianyi (15) in Beijing after witnesses said he and a
friend leapt from their BMW sports cars and beat a man and woman for
three minutes while their son looked on. General Li Shuangjiang
(72), a famous singer and music department dean at the Beijing-based
PLA Academy of Arts, soon apologized for his son's actions.
2011 Sep 6, In CongoDRC police
fired on protesters in Kinshasa after two early morning attacks in
which people ransacked and looted the offices of opposition leader
Etienne Tshisekedi and armed men set ablaze an independent
television station that the government had previously tried to
silence. At least one person was killed.
2011 Sep 6, Egyptian football
fans clashed with police in a Cairo stadium, injuring nearly 80
people, after they chanted slogans against ousted president Hosni
Mubarak and torched dozens of cars.
2011 Sep 6, In Ghana a boat
carrying over 90 passengers capsized on Lake Volta, killing two and
leaving 10 missing.
2011 Sep 6, Indian PM Manmohan
Singh arrived in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on an official visit
aimed at boosting the sometimes fraught relations between India and
its smaller Muslim-majority neighbor. Bangladesh and India signed
two deals to tackle poaching of critically-endangered Bengal tigers
from the world's largest mangrove forest.
(AFP, 9/6/11)(AFP, 9/7/11)
2011 Sep 6, In Indonesia 3
people were killed when a 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit Sumatra
2011 Sep 6, In Iraq gunmen
ambushed and killed 9 government soldiers as they were returning to
base after a midnight shift in Anbar province. US authorities
informed PM Nouri al-Maliki that the American military withdrawal
has officially begun. Under a 2008 agreement between Washington and
Baghdad, all US troops are slated to leave by Dec 31, 2011.
(AP, 9/6/11)(SFC, 9/7/11, p.A3)
2011 Sep 6, An Israeli defense
official said the military is temporarily suspending its contentious
policy of demolishing illegally built Palestinian homes in the West
Bank. The head of the territory's military administration issued
this order after determining the policy is not equally enforced
against illegally built Jewish settler homes.
2011 Sep 6, In Italy a
nationwide strike against austerity measures brought much of the
country to a near-halt.
(SFC, 9/7/11, p.A2)
2011 Sep 6, The chairman of the
Kenya National Union of Teachers said 200,000 teachers in public
schools have started a strike to protest the diversion of funds
meant to hire more teachers and ease classroom overcrowding. The
money has gone to the ministry of defense. The government soon said
it will make all 18,000 temporary teachers permanent and hire 5,000
extra teachers in January. On Sep 9 union head Wilson Sossion said
the union accepts the terms but will formally endorse them on Sep
(AP, 9/6/11)(SFC, 9/7/11, p.A2)(AP,
2011 Sep 6, In Libya tribal
elders from one of Moammar Gadhafi's last strongholds tried to
persuade regime loyalists holed up there to lay down their arms.
Mansour Dao, Gadhafi's security chief, was at the head of the first
convoy to roll into Niamey, the capital of Niger. NATO made a number
of airstrikes around Sirte, hitting six tanks, six armored fighting
vehicles and an ammunition storage facility, among other targets.
They also targeted the Gadhafi loyalist strongholds of Hun, Sabha
(AP, 9/6/11)(AP, 9/7/11)
2011 Sep 6, In Malawi a
pro-democracy campaigner trumped the ruling party candidate in a
critical by-election that signaled increasing opposition to Pres.
Bingu wa Mutharika's 7-year rule.
2011 Sep 6, At the Hague,
Netherlands, the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal sentenced Gen. Momcilo
Perisic, the former chief of the Yugoslav army, to 27 years
imprisonment for providing crucial military aid to Bosnian Serb
forces responsible for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre and for a deadly
four-year campaign of shelling and sniping in Sarajevo.
2011 Sep 6, Nigeria's secret
police announced that they had arrested five suspected members of a
radical Muslim sect accused of bombing an election office (April 8)
and a church (July 10) near the oil-rich nation's capital. A bomb
went off in Maiduguri disrupting a three-week lull in bombings in
the violence-torn city.
(AP, 9/6/11)(AFP, 9/6/11)
2011 Sep 6, In Senegal some 160
political parties, associations and social movements launched a
coalition to rally for the re-election of President Abdoulaye Wade
2011 Sep 6, Sierra Leone said
it has struck 27 political parties off the register for failing to
submit audited 2010 accounts. This left only four parties in the
running for next year's polls.
2011 Sep 6, In Swaziland more
than 1,000 people marched through the main city of Manzini in one of
the largest protests yet against Africa's last absolute monarch,
King Mswati III.
2011 Sep 6, The Swiss franc
dropped sharply after the country's central bank pegged it against
2011 Sep 6, Syrian soldiers
opened fire in the restive city of Homs and armored vehicles rolled
through its streets, as the UN secretary-general urged the world
community to take action on Syria. Security forces opened fire from
a checkpoint in Rastan, just north of Homs, killing two people,
including a 15-year-old boy. 5 unidentified corpses, including that
of a woman, also were found dumped around the city center.
(AP, 9/6/11)(AP, 9/7/11)
2011 Sep 6, Thailand
authorities arrested two men in the northeast for trying to smuggle
more 120 dogs into Vietnam to be sold for human consumption. 31 of
the dogs were dead.
2011 Sep 6, The UN's labor
agency said more than two dozen global clothing brands pledged to
investigate a spate of mass faintings among Cambodian garment
2012 Sep 6, President Barack
Obama and VP Joe Biden accepted the Democratic Party nomination for
a 2nd term. Obama urged voters to stay optimistic that America can
pull itself out of an economic rut.
2012 Sep 6, The US Institute of
Medicine said in a report that the US health care system squanders
$750 billion a year, roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar,
through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other waste.
2012 Sep 6, In Illinois Drew
Peterson (58), the crass former Illinois police officer who gained
notoriety after his much-younger wife vanished in 2007, was
convicted of murdering Kathleen Savio (d.2004), his 3rd wife, in a
potentially precedent-setting case centered on secondhand hearsay
statements. On Feb 21, 2013, Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in
prison for the murder of Savio.
(AP, 9/6/12)(SFC, 2/22/13, p.A7)
2012 Sep 6, In Kentucky Dr.
Mahmoud Yousef Hindi (55) shot and killed two men at a homeowner’s
association in Louisville due to frustration over battles with the
(SFC, 11/2/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 6, In Kansas City,
Missouri, Bishop Robert Finn was found guilty of a misdemeanor count
for failing to report suspected child abuse from a child pornography
case involving Rev. Shawn Ratigan.
(SFC, 9/7/12, p.A11)
2012 Sep 6, Google Inc. said it
has chosen a site just outside the capital of Chile for its first
data center in Latin America. The $150 million data center will
employ just 20 people.
2012 Sep 6, In China the
Yangtze River, the longest and largest river in China and the third
longest river in the world, began turning red near the city of
Chongquing, where it connects to the Jialin River. The color change
was also reported at several other points and officials began
2012 Sep 6, Colombia’s
President Juan Manuel Santos rejected a proposal by the FARC rebel
movement to observe a cease-fire during peace talks that are to
begin next month in Norway.
2012 Sep 6, Egypt's PM Hesham
Kandil said Qatar has agreed to invest $18 billion in Egypt over the
next five years to help boost the country's ailing economy.
2012 Sep 6, A Cairo court has
found four senior policemen not guilty of the killing of protesters
during last year's popular uprising, the latest acquittal of
officials charged in connection to the 850 deaths caused by the
2012 Sep 6, The European Union
launched an anti-dumping probe into Chinese solar panels after an
industry association claimed the products were being exported for
less than it costs to make them.
2012 Sep 6, The European
Central Bank unveiled a new bond-buying program that is largely
designed to keep a lid on Spain’s borrowing rates.
2012 Sep 6, Israeli soldiers
and aircraft hit Palestinian militants planting explosives along the
border with Gaza. 3 men were reported killed.
2012 Sep 6, In Mexico Jesus
Leonel Sanchez-Meza (aka Lionel Portillo-Meza) was arrested for
being among 5 men charged with killing US Border Patrol agent Brian
Terry in 2010 in Arizona. In 2014 Sanchez-Meza was returned to the
US to face murder charges.
(SFC, 6/19/14, p.A8)
2012 Sep 6, In Myanmar all nine
judges on the presidentially appointed Constitution Tribunal
abruptly resigned after the lower house of parliament voted to
impeach them in a standoff within the nascent government.
2012 Sep 6, In Nigeria an
association of mobile phone companies said at least 24 towers have
been attacked across the north, likely causing damage worth millions
of dollars. At least nine masts were burned down in Maiduguri. Hours
later security forces killed seven suspected Boko Haram sect members
(AP, 9/6/12)(AP, 9/7/12)
2012 Sep 6, A spokesman for
int’l. aid group Save the Children said the Pakistani government has
ordered its 6 foreign staff members to leave the country. The group
has recently come under Pakistani government scrutiny because of
reports that it helped facilitate meetings between the US and a
doctor who allegedly helped hunt down Osama bin Laden, a charge
which the group has vehemently denied.
2012 Sep 6, Dozens of
Palestinian taxi drivers snarled traffic in several West Bank cities
to protest rising fuel prices and the government's refusal to allow
them to raise fares.
2012 Sep 6, Qatar’s sovereign
wealth fund, a major stakeholder in Xstrata, agreed to a Glencore
offer of 3.05 shares of Glencore per Xstrata share. The deal was
brokered by former British PM Tony Blair.
(Economist, 9/15/12, p.61)
2012 Sep 6, In South Africa
managers of the Lonmin platinum mine, where police killed 34
striking workers, signed a peace deal with main labor unions but a
breakaway union and the strikers themselves rejected it.
2012 Sep 6, Sweden's central
bank cut its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to
1.25 percent, saying economic growth will slow due to the downturn
in the eurozone.
2012 Sep 6, Syrian troops
recaptured from rebels Tel Chehab, a border town used by refugees to
cross to Jordan, an apparent bid by the regime to stem the flood of
Syrians fleeing their country's civil war.
2012 Sep 6, Off the coast of
western Turkey 61 people drowned when a fishing boat carrying
migrants that smugglers had promised refuge in Europe sank after
hitting rocks. At least 46 survivors, mostly from Iraq and Syria,
were able to swim through the Aegean waters to shore 50 meters away.
(AP, 9/6/12)(SSFC, 9/9/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 6, In Yemen tens of
thousands of people took to the streets after Friday prayers in the
capital Sanaa demanding the prosecution of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the
longtime autocratic leader who stepped down in February after a
2013 Sep 6, Afghanistan began
releasing 11 Taliban prisoners in exchange for the release of Fariba
Ahmadi Kakar, a female member of the Afghan Parliament.
(SSFC, 9/8/13, p.A6)
2013 Sep 6, In Colombia alleged
drug don, Claudio Baez, was arrested as he headed to a football
match in Barranquilla.
2013 Sep 6, In Egypt thopusands
of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and the nation's ousted
president protested across the country against the military-backed
2013 Sep 6, German police
raided a Christian sect on suspicion of child abuse and took 40
children into foster care. Members of the “Twelve Tribes" sect,
founded by a Tennessee teacher in the 1970s, acknowledged that they
believe in spanking their children, but denied wrongdoing.
(SFC, 9/7/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 6, Israeli police
fired stun grenades at Palestinian protesters after Friday prayers
in Jerusalem's Old City, arresting 15 of them after youths threw
stones at Israeli security forces.
2013 Sep 6, The Netherlands
supreme court ruled that the Dutch state is liable for the deaths of
three Bosnian Muslims who were expelled from a UN compound at
Srebrenica in 1995.
2013 Sep 6, In Nigeria Anglican
Archbishop Ignatius Kattey and his wife were kidnapped in Port
Harcourt. His wife was soon released.
(Econ, 9/14/13, p.57)
2013 Sep 6, G20 leaders meeting
in Russia committed to crack down on cross-border companies that use
tax havens. They also agreed on a plan to share information on
individual taxpayers by the end of 2015.
2013 Sep 6, In Pakistan Sangeen
Zadran (45), a senior militant commander linked to the kidnap of a
US soldier, was killed along with others in a suspected US drone
strike in North Waziristan. The dead also included Zubir al Muzi
(32), an Egyptian national and al Qaeda commander who was an expert
in explosives. 3 Jordanians and 2 local fighters were also killed.
2013 Sep 6, In Pakistan Hafiz
Saeed, an Islamist with a $10 million US bounty on his head,
appeared openly at a rally in Islamabad, denouncing India as a
terrorist state as thousands of his supporters chanted for "holy
war" against the rival nuclear nation.
2013 Sep 6, Saudi Arabia’s
health ministry said 2 women have died of MERS, bringing the total
number of fatalities in the kingdom to 44.
2013 Sep 6, Somalia said that
international investigators commissioned by its government had
cleared it of corruption accusations leveled by United Nations
2013 Sep 6, Some South African
gold miners ended their strike for higher wages and were heading
back to work after just three days, bolstering confidence the strike
could be formally called off today.
2013 Sep 6, South Korea
extended a ban on Japanese fishery imports to a larger area around
the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant due to growing concerns over
2013 Sep 6, Thailand's
government said it had reached a deal with most rubber farmers in
the country's south demanding greater state support for rubber
prices, signaling a breakthrough in a two-week long protest.
2013 Sep 6, Turkish PM Tayyip
Erdogan said almost all leaders at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg
accepted the need for an operation to be carried out against Syria
following a chemical weapons attack there last month.
2014 Sep 6, A Bahrain court
ruled that prominent rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja be kept
behind bars for an extra 10 days despite a UN call for her release.
She was arrested for assaulting a police officer after arriving at
Manama airport on August 30. Khawaja accused police of attacking her
at the airport.
2014 Sep 6, China reported that
flooding in the southwest over the past week has left 44 people dead
and 18 missing, and has caused massive damage to housing and crops.
2014 Sep 6, The Democratic
Republic of Congo upped its death toll from Ebola to 32 but insisted
the outbreak, separate from an epidemic raging in west Africa, could
be contained in its remote forest hotspot.
2014 Sep 6, Egypt charged
ousted president Mohamed Mursi and nine others with endangering
national security by leaking state secrets and sensitive documents
to Qatar, furthering a state crackdown on his outlawed Muslim
2014 Sep 6, Egypt’s top
prosecutor ordered seven men detained and physically examined over
accusations of “debauchery," after a video emerged of a same-sex
wedding party. On Nov 1 eight men were convicted of “indecent
dabauchery" following their appearance at the wedding party.
(SSFC, 9/7/14, p.A8)(SSFC, 11/2/14, p.A3)
2014 Sep 6, In Germany the GdL
union for train drivers began a three-hour national strike to put
pressure on German railway company Deutsche Bahn in their ongoing
2014 Sep 6, Authorities in
northern India and Pakistan said more than 230 people have been
killed in torrential monsoon rains which triggered flooding,
landslides and house collapses. This included at least 155 people
killed in both sides of Kashmir.
2014 Sep 6, Libya’s government
said a Sudanese military transport plane bound for a Tripoli airport
under control of an armed faction had entered its airspace to supply
a "terrorist group" with ammunition. 12 people were reportedly
killed and ten wounded in the shelling of Warshefana residential
areas near Tripoli.
2014 Sep 6, Nigerian soldiers
fought off rebels advancing on Maiduguri, Borno state, headquarters
of the military campaign against the insurgency and the birthplace
of Boko Haram. The nearby towns of Duhu, Shuwa, Kirshinga and others
fell in assaults over the last 24 hours. Army soldiers fled when
hundreds of insurgents in stolen military armored personnel
carriers, trucks and motorcycles attacked Gulak, an administrative
headquarters of Adamawa state.
2014 Sep 6, In central Pakistan
gunmen killed 3 people including a senior army officer in an attack
on a Sufi shrine in Sargodha. A Taliban attack on a naval dockyard
in Karachi saw two militants and a sailor killed.
(AFP, 9/8/14)(AP, 9/9/14)
2014 Sep 6, Russia sent six
ships carrying personnel and equipment to a Soviet-era military base
in the Arctic that it is reopening to bolster its presence in the
2014 Sep 6, Somalia's Islamic
extremist rebels, al-Shabab, named a new leader, Ahmad Umar (aka Abu
Ubaidah), after confirming the killing of their previous leader by a
2014 Sep 6, In Sweden at least
20 cars were set on fire overnight in a poor immigrant suburb of
Stockholm, days before an election in which joblessness and Sweden's
open door asylum policy are major issues.
2014 Sep 6, Syria launched a
series of airstrikes targeting Raqqa, a stronghold of the Islamic
State extremist group, killing at least 41 people, most of whom died
when one missile slammed into a crowded bakery.
(AP, 9/6/14)(SSFC, 9/7/14, p.A5)(Reuters, 9/8/14)
2014 Sep 6, In eastern Ukraine
shelling resumed near the port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov late
today, just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin and
Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko had agreed in a phone call
that the truce was holding.
2014 Sep 6, Yemeni security
officials and tribal leaders said clashes between Shiite rebels and
Islamist tribesmen have killed 40 people over two days in the