Today in History - September 13
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81CE Sep 13,
Titus Flavius Vespasianus, emperor of Rome (69-81), died at 42.
122 Sep 13, Building began on
1515 Sep 13, King Francis of
France defeated the Swiss army under Cardinal Matthias Schiner at
Marignano, northern Italy. Switzerland was last involved in a war.
French armies defeated the Swiss and Venetians at the Battle of
Marignano and Milan fell to the French. Francis I conquered Lombardy
in northern Italy.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.11)(SFC, 6/7/96, p.A12)(HN,
1549 Sep 13, Pope Paul III
closed the first session of the Council of Bologna.
1556 Sep 13, Charles V and
Maria of Hungary marched into Spain.
1564 Sep 13, On the verge of
attacking Pedro Menendez's Spanish settlement at San Agostin,
Florida, Jean Ribault's French fleet was scattered by a devastating
1592 Sep 13, Michel Eyquem de
Montaigne, French philosopher (L'Amiti), died at 59.
1598 Sep 13, Philip II (71),
King of Spain (1556-98), died. He had ordered the 1588 Spanish
Armada attack on England. After its failure he dispatched 3 smaller
armadas, but they all failed.
(MC, 9/13/01)(ON, 3/02, p.6)
1625 Sep 13, 16 Rabbis
(including Isiah Horowitz) were imprisoned in Jerusalem.
1663 Sep 13, The 1st serious
American slave conspiracy occurred in Virginia.
1739 Sep 13, Grigory Potemkin
(d.1791), Russian army officer, statesman, Catherine II's lover, was
born. [see Sep 24]
1743 Sep 13, England, Austria
& Savoye-Sardinia signed the Treaty of Worms.
1751 Sep 13, Henry Kobell,
Dutch painter and cartoonist, was born.
1755 Sep 13, Bertrand Barere,
French Revolutionist, was born in Tarbes.
1759 Sep 13, During the final
French and Indian War, the Battle of Quebec [Canada] was fought.
British Gen. James Wolfe’s army defeated Commander Louis Joseph de
Montcalm’s French forces on the Plains of Abraham overlooking Quebec
City. An English fleet of 20 ships led by General James Wolfe (32)
landed 3,600 English troops near Quebec in the early hours of the
day. The fleet was sent up the St. Lawrence River to take the region
from the French. "Measured by the numbers engaged," wrote historian
Francis Parkman, the Battle of Quebec "was but a heavy skirmish;
measured by results, it was one of the great battles of the world."
On this rainy morning the armies of England and France clashed
outside the walls of Quebec City and altered the balance of power of
an entire continent. The battle on the Plains of Abraham lasted less
than half an hour. As French forces withered and an English victory
became apparent, Wolfe was shot in the chest, his third wound of the
battle. He said to a distraught soldier just before he died, "Do not
weep, my dear. In a few minutes I shall be happy." By the time the
rain had washed away the blood, Quebec had surrendered to the
British. Four years later, the Treaty of Paris gave England sole
dominion over most of the land that Quebec City had governed, from
Cape Breton Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the Mississippi
(CFA, '96, p.54)(SFC, 7/7/96, BR p.7)(AP,
9/13/97)(HNQ, 9/8/98)(HNPD, 9/19/98)
1774 Sep 13, Tugot, the new
controller of finances, urged the king of France to restore the free
circulation of grain in the kingdom.
1775 Sep 13, Gotthold Lessing's
"Die Juden," premiered in Frankfurt-am-Main.
1782 Sep 13, The British
fortress at Gibraltar, under siege by French and Spanish forces
since 1789, held off a heavy attack of battering ships.
(HN, 9/13/98)(ON, 7/01, p.9)
1788 Sep 13, The Congress
of the Confederation authorized the first national election, and
declared New York City the temporary national capital. The
Constitutional Convention authorized the first federal election
resolving that electors (electoral college) in all the states will
be appointed on January 7, 1789. The Convention decreed that the
first federal election would be held on the first Wednesday in
February of the following year.
(AP, 9/13/97)(HN, 9/13/00)
1789 Sep 13, Start of the US
National Debt as the government took out its first loan, borrowed
from the Bank of North America (NYC) at 6 percent interest. The US
debt had reached $77 million when Washington became president.
(MC, 9/13/01)(WSJ, 10/1/03, p.B1)
1789 Sep 13, Guardsmen in
Orleans, France, opened fire on rioters trying to loot bakeries,
1791 Sep 13, France's King
Louis XVI accepted a constitution.
1803 Sep 13, Commodore John
Barry, considered by many the father of the American Navy, died in
1813 Sep 13, John Sedgwick
(d.1864), Major General (Union volunteers), was born.
1814 Sep 13, British ships
bombarded Ft. McHenry under the command of General Armistead.
Francis Scott Key detained on a British ship watched the bombing.
The British used red glaring Congreve rockets and air bursting bombs
during the war.
(NG, Sept. 1939, p.392)(SFC, 6/22/96, p.E4)
1819 Sep 13, Clara Josephine
Schumann, [nee Wieck], pianist and composer, was born in Leipzig,
1835 Sep 13, Ladd & Co.
began the 1st sugar cane plantation in Hawaii.
1847 Sep 13, General Winfield
Scott took Chapultepec, removing the last obstacle to U.S. troops
moving on Mexico City.
1848 Sep 13, Dr. John Martyn
Harlow treated Phinneas Gage in Vermont for a head injury from a
tamping iron that had pierced the man’s skull during a blasting
accident. Gage survived until 1860, but with definite personality
changes that Dr. Harlow tracked.
(ON, 10/02, p.9)(Econ, 12/23/06, Survey p.3)
1851 Sep 13, Walter Reed
(d.1902), U.S. Army doctor, was born in Gloucester County, Va. In
1900 he went to Cuba and verified that yellow fever was caused by a
(HN, 9/13/98)(WSJ, 10/22/99, p.B1)(AP, 9/13/02)
1857 Sep 13, Milton S. Hershey,
chocolate manufacturer and philanthropist, was born in Dauphin
1859 Sep 13, In San Francisco
David C. Broderick, a US Senator, faced David S. Terry, Chief
Justice of the California Supreme Court, in a duel at Lake Merced.
Broderick was hit in the chest and died after 60 hours. Terry
resigned his position and was charged with murder, but not
(PI, 5/30/98, p.5A)
1860 Sep 13, John J. Pershing
(d.1948), aka "Black Jack," was born in Laclede, Missouri. He led
the campaign against Pancho Villa in Mexico and commanded the
American Expeditionary Force in France during World War I.
1861 Sep 13, In the 1st naval
battle of Civil War, Union frigate "Colorado" sank privateer "Judah"
off Pensacola, Fla.
1862 Sep 13, Union troops in
Frederick, Maryland, discovered General Robert E. Lee's attack plans
for the invasion of Maryland wrapped around a pack of cigars. They
gave the plans to General George B. McClellan who did nothing with
them for the next 14 hours.
1863 Sep 13, The Loudoun County
Rangers routed a company of Confederate cavalry at Catoctin Mountain
1863 Sep 13, Franz von Hipper,
German naval commander at the Battle of Jutland in World War I, was
1867 Sep 13, Gen. E.R.S. Canby
ordered South Carolina courts to impanel blacks as jurors.
1869 Sep 13, Jay Gould and
James Fisk attempted to control the US gold market.
1874 Sep 13, Arnold Franz
Walter Schonberg, 12-tone composer, was born in Vienna, Austria.
1876 Sep 13, Sherwood Anderson
(d.1941), author, poet and publisher (Winesburg), was born in
Winesburg, Ohio. "Sometimes I think we Americans are the loneliest
people in the world. To be sure, we hunger for the power of
affection, the self-acceptance that gives life. It is the oldest and
strongest hunger in the world. But hungering is not enough."
(AP, 9/28/00)(MC, 9/13/01)
1881 Sep 13, Lewis Latimer
invented and patented an electric lamp with a carbon filament.
1881 Sep 13, Ambrose Everett
Burnside, US Union general, died at 57.
1882 Sep 13, British troops
defeated Egyptian forces in the Battle at Tel-el-Kebir.
1886 Sep 13, Alain Locke,
writer and first African-American Rhodes scholar, was born.
1890 Sep 13, Cecil Rhodes'
colonies hoisted the Union Jack in Mashonaland and Salisbury.
1894 Sep 13, J.B. Priestley
(d.1984), British novelist and playwright, was born. "The weakness
of American civilization, and perhaps the chief reason why it
creates so much discontent, is that it is so curiously abstract. It
is a bloodless extrapolation of a satisfying life. ... You dine off
the advertiser's 'sizzling' and not the meat of the steak."
(AP, 9/13/98)(HN, 9/13/00)
1894 Sep 13, Alexis-Emmanuel
Chabrier, French composer (Espana, L'etoile), died at 53.
1898 Sep 13, Hannibal Goodwin
(1822-1900) patented celluloid photographic film.
1898 Sep 13, 20,000 Paris
construction workers went on strike.
1899 Sep 13, The first reported
fatal car accident in the US was in Ohio when Henry H. Bliss, a
"real estate dealer" was hit by an electric taxi as he exited a
trolley on West 74th Street and Central Park West.
1903 Sep 13, Claudette Colbert
(d.1996), actress, was born in France as Lily Claudette Chauchoin.
She won an Oscar for "It Happened One Night."
1905 Sep 13, U.S. warships
headed to Nicaragua on behalf of American William Albers, who was
accused of evading tobacco taxes.
1907 Sep 13, The RMS Lusitania
arrived in New York, completing its maiden voyage from England.
1909 Sep 13, Herbert Berghof,
actor (Belarus File), was born in Vienna, Austria.
1911 Sep 13, Bill Monroe,
musician and the Father of Bluegrass, was born.
1915 Sep 13, In San Francisco
bank robber Charles Nelson was killed at his lodging on the corner
of Oak and Buchanan after holding off some 100 police officers
(SSFC, 9/6/15, DB p.50)(SSFC, 9/13/15, DB p.50)
1916 Sep 13, Roald Dahl
(d.1990), son of Norwegian immigrants, was born in Llandaff, Wales.
He is best known for his children’s books such as "James and the
1918 Sep 13, U.S. and French
forces took St. Mihiel, France, in America's first action as a
1921 Sep 13, Ludwig-Alexander
von Battenberg [Mountbatten], WW I admiral, died at 67.
1922 Sep 13, A major fire began
to ravage Smyrna, Greece, shortly following occupation by Turkish
troops under Mustafa Kemal. The fire lasted 4 days.
1922 Sep 13, In El Azizia,
Libya, a temperature of 136.4 degrees Fahrenheit (57.8 Celsius) was
the hottest ever measured on Earth.
1924 Sep 13, Maurice Jarre,
composer (Dr. Zhivago-Acad Award 1966), was born in Lyons, France.
1932 Sep 13, Paul Gorguloff,
the murderer of French Pres. Doumer, was beheaded.
1934 Sep 13, Judge Landis sold
the World Series broadcast rights to Ford for $100,000.
1939 Sep 13, Joyce Arleen
Auger, US soprano (Songs of the Auvergne), was born.
1939 Sep 13, Igor Sikorsky
invented the 1st helicopter. [see Sep 14]
1940 Sep 13, Buckingham Palace
was hit by German bombs causing superficial damage.
1941 Sep 13, David
Clayton-Thomas (singer: group: Blood Sweat and Tears: You Made Me So
Very Happy, Spinning Wheel), was born.
1942 Sep 13, Battle of Edson's
Ridge began at Guadalcanal.
1943 Sep 13, Chiang Kaishek
became president of China.
1943 Sep 13, Germans counter
attacked at Salerno.
1943 Sep 13, The Scottish-built
S.S. Terra Nova sank off the Greenland after being damaged by ice.
It had gained fame by taking the explorer Robert Scott and a crew to
the Antarctic in 1910 in an effort to become the first to reach the
South Pole. Her crew were saved by a United States Coast Guard
cutter Southwind. Wreckage of the ship was discovered in 2012.
1944 Sep 13, Jacqueline Bisset
(actress: Rich and Famous, The Deep, Airport, Bullitt, Wild Orchid,
Murder on the Orient Express, Choices), was born in England.
1944 Sep 13, US 28th Infantry
division opened an assault on the Siegfried line, Westwall.
1944 Sep 13, Heath Robinson
(b.1872), English cartoonist, died. He is best known for drawings of
eccentric machines and "Heath Robinson" has entered the language as
a description of any unnecessarily complex and implausible
1945 Sep 13, Iran demanded the
withdrawal of Allied forces.
1947 Sep 13, WPVI TV channel 6
in Philadelphia, PA (ABC) began broadcasting.
1948 Sep 13, Republican
Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was elected to the U.S. Senate,
becoming the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.
1949 Sep 13, The Ladies
Professional Golf Association of America was formed in New York City
with Patty Berg as its first president.
1949 Sep 13, Theodor Heuss
(1884-1963) began serving as the first President of the Federal
Republic of Germany following WWII and continued to 1959.
1951 Sep 13, In Korea, U.S.
Army troops began their assault in Heartbreak Ridge. The month-long
struggle would cost 3,700 casualties.
1951 Sep 13, Lt. Daniel J.
Marini led 40 marines to capture Hill 712 in Korea near Imjin River.
He received a Silver Star in 1997.
(SFC, 1/9/97, p.A18)
1951 Sep 13, American Lt. Alvin
Earl Crane was shot down while on a reconnaissance flight over North
Korea. His remains were returned by North Korea in 1990, but
positive identification by DNA only took place in 2005.
(SSFC, 5/14/06, p.B6)
1951 Sep 13, Arthur Szyk
(b.1894), Poland-born American-Jewish artist, died of a heart attack
after being Investigated by the House Un-American Activities
Committee for being an assumed member of a Communist front
1952 Sep 13, John Melville,
federal housing administrator, announced that all adults living in
San Francisco Bay Area federally aided public housing will be asked
to sign a loyalty affidavit under the Levering Act. Refusal would be
grounds for eviction.
(SFC, 9/13/02, p.E2)
1953 Sep 13, Nikita Khrushchev
(b.1894) was elected First Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party’s
Central Committee. [see Sep 12]
(WUD, 1994, p.1685)
1956 Sep 13, Stravinsky's
"Canticum Sacrum," premiered in Venice.
1956 Sep 13, IBM introduced the
Model 305 computer capable of storing 20 megabytes of data. Reynold
B. Johnson (d.1998 at 92), IBM lab leader, developed a way to store
computer data on a metal disk instead of on tape or drum. The first
commercial disk drive, called RAMAC (random access method of
accounting and control), was developed by IBM and sold for $50,000.
It used 50 disk platters, each 2-feet in diameter. Together they
held 5 megabytes of data. His Random Access Method of Accounting
Control began the disk drive industry.
p.A21)(WSJ, 8/22/06, p.B3)
1960 Sep 13, VP Richard Nixon
campaigned in San Francisco and 40,000 came to Union Square as he
promised to keep the US military as the strongest in the world.
(SSFC, 9/12/10, DB p.50)
1960 Sep 13, The US Federal
Communications Commission banned payola. The scandal included Alan
Freed a popular DJ at WABC, he lost his job for allegedly accepting
gifts and money for playing certain records for money. There was
substantial evidence was uncovered to prove that the payola practice
1960 Sep 13, Leo Weiner,
Hungarian composer (Toldi), died at 75.
1961 Sep 13, An unmanned
Mercury capsule was orbited and recovered by NASA in a test for the
first manned flight.
1961 Sep 13, Battles took place
between UN and Katanga troops in Congo.
1962 Sep 13, Pres. John F.
Kennedy signed a bill into law creating the Point Reyes National
Seashore. Boyd Stewart, a Marin, Ca., cattleman, helped create the
Point Reyes National Seashore on 70,000 acres of grassland.
1/1/05, p.A14)(SSFC, 5/19/13, p.A2)
1963 Sep 13, "Outer Limits"
premiered on ABC TV.
1963 Sep 13, The last bucket of
concrete was poured on the Glen Canyon Dam (Arizona) on the Colorado
River to form Lake Powell. It marked the beginning of a 290 mile
stretch of the river from the dam through the Grand Canyon to Lake
Mead. It was built to provide power to six Western states. The lake
filled by 1980. [last source says the lake filled within 5 years]
(SFC, 4/12/96, p.E-3)(SFC, 5/19/97, p.A10)(SFEC,
8/24/97, p.A1)(NH, 9/97, p.40)
1965 Sep 13, Ben Gazzara
(1930-2012) starred for two seasons, 1965 to 1968, on the NBC
prime-time drama "Run for Your Life." He played a wealthy,
successful lawyer, Paul Bryan, who quits his practice after learning
he has a terminal illness and then embarks on a globe-trotting quest
for adventure before he dies.
1965 Sep 13, The Beatles
1968 Sep 13, Albania officially
withdrew from the Warsaw Pact. Albania had condemned the August
Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.
1969 Sep 13, John Lennon and
his wife, Yoko Ono, presented the Plastic Ono Band in concert for
the first time at the Toronto Peace Festival (Lennon's first in four
years). The 1st hit by the new group, "Give Peace a Chance," made it
to number 14 on the charts.
1970 Sep 13, The supersonic
airliner Concorde landed for the 1st time at Heathrow airport.
1971 Sep 13, State troopers and
prison guards stormed Attica Correctional Facility in New York. The
four-day inmates' rebellion over poor living conditions claimed 43
lives, including 11 guards and 32 prisoners. Inmate Frank Smith
(d.2004) was beaten tortured and abused by guards. In 1997 a federal
jury awarded him $4 million. Another 1,280 inmates sought $2.8
billion in damages against the state. In 2000 a federal court
described the guards' reaction as an "orgy of brutality" and ordered
the state to pay $8 million to inmates who were tortured after the
(SFC, 6/6/97, p.A3)(AP, 9/13/97)(SFC, 2/16/00,
p.A5)(SFC, 8/3/04, p.B6)
1971 Sep 13, Lin Biao (b.1907)
died in a plane crash in Mongolia as he was trying to flee to the
Soviet Union after the unsuccessful plot to assassinate Mao. He was
once designated as Mao's "closest comrade in arms" and hand-picked
to be the chairman's successor.
1973 Sep 13, Israel shot down
12 Syrian aircraft to1 Israeli loss when IAF jets were attacked
during a reconnaissance mission over Syrian territory.
1974 Sep 13, The "Rockford
Files," starring James Garner, was first broadcast on NBC-TV. It
continued to 1980.
1974 Sep 13, In the Netherlands
the French embassy at the Hague was taken over by Haruo Wako and 2
other Japanese Red Army militants. A 4-day standoff ended with the
release of comrade Yutaka Suyaka from a French jail. The attack was
linked to Carlos the Jackal, aka Ilich Ramirez Sanchez. In 2005 a
Tokyo District Court sentenced Wako to life imprisonment.
(SFC,12/11/97, p.C2)(SFC, 11/9/00,
1975 Sep 13, Shiko Munakata
(b.1903), renowned Japanese artist and printmaker, died in Tokyo
from liver cancer.
1949 Sep 13, Theodor Heuss
(1884-1963) began serving as the first President of the Federal
Republic of Germany following WWII and continued to 1959.
1976 Sep 13, The United States
announced it would veto Vietnam's UN bid.
1977 Sep 13, General Motors
introduced 1st US diesel auto, the Oldsmobile 88.
1977 Sep 13, Kilauea volcano
began erupting in Hawaii.
1977 Sep 13, Leopold Stokowski
(b.1882), conductor, died in Hampshire, England. He was the founder
of the New York City Symphony and The American Symphony Orchestra.
He conducted the music for and appeared in Disney’s Fantasia.
(WSJ, 8/6/97, p.A12)(AP,
1978 Sep 13, The US Navy's F-18
Hornet makes its public debut during rollout ceremonies in St.
1981 Sep 13, In the 33rd Emmy
Awards winners included Taxi, Hill St Blue, Judd Hirsh & Isabel
1981 Sep 13, William Loeb
(b.1905), publisher of Manchester Union Leader, NH, died at 75.
1982 Sep 13, In Sweden Marcus
Wallenberg Jr. (b.1899), former tennis champion and banker, died.
1984 Sep 13, Simon Peres formed
an Israeli government with Likud. A national unity government (Likud
and Labor) was formed.
(SFC, 4/24/98, p.A17)(http://tinyurl.com/2vs7e2)
1987 Sep 13, Soviet Foreign
Minister Eduard Shevardnadze arrived in Washington for talks aimed
at a possible superpower summit; Shevardnadze carried with him a
letter from Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to President Reagan.
1988 Sep 13, As Hurricane
Gilbert made its way toward Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, forecasters
reported the barometric pressure of Gilbert's center measured a low
of 26.13 inches, making it the strongest hurricane ever recorded in
the Western Hemisphere.
1989 Sep 13, Fay Vincent was
named commissioner of Major League Baseball, succeeding the late A.
1989 Sep 13, Desmond Tutu led
the biggest anti-apartheid protest march in S. Africa.
1990 Sep 13, NBC’s
cop-courtroom drama "Law & Order" premiered on NBC.
1990 Sep 13, The Senate
Judiciary Committee opened its first day of confirmation hearings
for Supreme Court nominee David H. Souter, who firmly refused to
discuss his views on abortion.
1990 Sep 13, The UN Security
Council at its 2939th meeting adopted Resolution 666, regarding
foodstuffs to be supplied to the civilian population in Iraq or
Kuwait in order to relieve human suffering.
1991 Sep 13, President Bush,
who had suffered an irregular heartbeat because of a thyroid
condition, was pronounced in "incredible physical condition" after a
checkup by his doctors.
1991 Sep 13, Virginia Gov. L.
Douglas Wilder declared his candidacy for the Democratic
1992 Sep 13, Stefan Edberg
defeated Pete Sampras to win the U.S. Open title in New York, a day
after Monica Seles beat Arantxa Sanchez Vicario to win her seventh
Grand Slam title.
1992 Sep 13, Lou Jacobs, US
clown (1966 US postage stamp), died.
1993 Sep 13, In a historic
scene at the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and
PLO chairman Yasser Arafat shook hands after signing an accord
granting limited Palestinian autonomy. It gave Arafat control of
most of the Gaza Strip and 27% of the West Bank. In 2002 Neal
Kozodoy edited ""The Mideast Peace Process: An Autopsy."
(AP, 9/13/97)(WSJ, 2/11/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/12/04,
1994 Sep 13 President Clinton
signed into law a $30 billion anticrime bill. It included a 10 year
ban on assault weapons, which expired in 2004.
(AP, 9/13/99)(SFC, 9/10/04, p.A1)
1994 Sep 13, Bob Blackbull,
Blackfoot Indian, received his first shipment of mustangs in
Browning, Montana, and revived a piece of their culture.
(SFC, 9/2/96, p.A3)
1994 Sep 13, In Cyprus 3
British soldiers abducted tour guide Louise Jensen (23). Her body
was found 2 days later. In 1996 they were sentenced to life
imprisonment after being convicted of abducting, conspiring to rape,
and killing Louise Jensen. In 2006 the former soldiers were released
and deported to Britain after serving only 12 years.
1994 Sep 13, Some 180 nations
at a U.N.-sponsored conference in Cairo, Egypt, adopted a 20-year
blueprint for slowing the world's population growth.
1995 Sep 13, The FBI made at
least a dozen arrests, capping a nationwide two-year investigation
of pedophiles and pornographers using the America Online computer
1995 Sep 13, "The Drew Carey
Show" premiered on ABC television.
1995 Sep 13, The hole in the
Earth's ozone layer was growing fast and was twice the size it was
in 1994. It now reached about the size of Europe.
(WSJ, 9/13/95, p.A-1)
1996 Sep 13, The stock market
hit a new record of 5,838.52 on the Dow.
(SFC, 9/14/96, p.A1)
1996 Sep 13, Gillette unveiled
an agreement to buy Duracell in a $7.3 billion stock deal.
(WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)
1996 Sep 13, Hurricane Hortense
headed north with winds at 140 mph.
(WSJ, 9/13/96, p.A8)
1996 Sep 13, Rap star Tupac
Shakur (b.1971) died of gun shot wounds in Las Vegas after he was
wounded Sep 7 in a drive-by shooting as he was leaving a Mike Tyson
fight in Las Vegas. He had just finished filming "Gang Related"
later retitled "Criminal Intent." He was buried at Stone Mountain,
(SFC, 9/14/96, p.A1)(AP,
1996 Sep 13, Subaru Takahashi
(14) in his boat "Advantage" became the youngest person to complete
a solo sail voyage across the Pacific Ocean. He did the 6000 mile
journey in 54 days.
(SFC, 9/14/96, p.A1,7)
1996 Sep 13, In Mexico Juan
Francisco Ealy, editor of El Universal, was arrested on allegations
of tax fraud. His paper had recently begun strong criticism of the
(SFC, 9/14/96, p.A10)
1997 Sep 13, Katherine Shindle
of Illinois was crowned Miss America in Atlantic City, N.J.
(SFEC, 9/14/97, p.A2)
1997 Sep 13, It was reported
that a monster hurricane named Linda was moving up the Pacific
(SFC, 9/13/97, p.A1)
1997 Sep 13, Victor Szebehely,
a theorist of celestial mechanics, died in Texas. He wrote or edited
some 18 books including: "Theory of Orbit," and "Adventures in
(SFC, 9/29/97, p.A23)
1997 Sep 13, In Algeria
security forces killed 8 suspected Muslim militants in a rocket
attack on a mosque in a suburb of the capital. Earlier a Muslim
cleric was assassinated by suspected militants in Constantine.
(WSJ, 9/15/97, p.A1)
1997 Sep 13, In Bosnia
municipal elections were held under NATO escort. There was a high
(SFEC, 9/14/97, p.A22)(SFC, 9/15/97, p.A10)
1997 Sep 13, A German military
transport, a Soviet-made Tupelov-154 jet, was reported crashed with
24 people off the coast of Angola. A midair collision with a USAF
C-141 Starlifter cargo plane from Namibia was reported and the total
dead reached 32. Poor communications and faulty regional traffic
control were cited as the cause. On Mar 31, 1988 the German
government reported that the German crew was at fault for flying in
airspace reserved for west-bound traffic.
(SFC, 9/15/97, p.A1)(SFC, 12/16/97, p.B1)(WSJ,
3/31/98, p.A1)(SFEC, 4/25/99, p.A5)
1997 Sep 13, Funeral services
were held in Calcutta, India, for Nobel peace laureate Mother
1997 Sep 13, In Lebanon six
soldiers were killed in a rocket attack by Israeli helicopters.
(SFEC, 9/14/97, p.A22)
1997 Sep 13, In Mexico City a
national Zapatista civilian movement was inaugurated.
(SFEC, 9/14/97, p.A24)
1997 Sep 13, From New Zealand
it was reported that the government approved the release of the
rabbit calcivirus to eradicate the rabbit pest problem.
(SFC, 9/13/97, p.A20)
1997 Sep 13, In the Philippines
the Mount Pinukis volcano, 120 miles east of Zamboanga City, erupted
after being dormant since 1985.
(SFC, 9/13/97, p.A20)
1998 Sep 13 NBC's "Frasier" won
a record fifth consecutive Emmy as TV's best comedy series; ABC's
"The Practice" was honored as best drama.
1998 Sep 13 Sammy Sosa of the
Chicago Cubs hit his 61st and 62nd home runs of the sea-son, passing
Roger Maris' record and pulling into a tie with St. Louis' Mark
1998 Sep 13 Patrick Rafter won
his second consecutive U.S. Open tennis title, beating fellow
Australian Mark Philippoussis 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0.
1998 Sep 13, George Wallace
(79), former governor of Alabama, died in Montgomery.
(WSJ, 9/15/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 13, Algerian security
forces said 27 people were killed in Zougala in Ain Defla province.
Other sources said 38 people were killed.
(SFC, 9/16/98, p.C2)
1998 Sep 13, In Afghanistan
Taliban forces captured the last major opposition stronghold of
(SFC, 9/14/98, p.A12)
1998 Sep 13, In Albania
opposition supporters burned the Tirana office of Premier Nanos and
sent the prime minister and his cabinet fleeing.
(SFC, 9/14/98, p.A12)
1998 Sep 13, In Ukraine Victor
Verloo (64), a Peace Corps volunteer from Sacramento, was stabbed to
death by robbers in Chernihiv, north of Kiev.
(SFC, 9/16/98, p.A3)
1999 Sep 13, Sotheby's in
Chicago held its first motorcycle auction.
(WSJ, 9/30/99, p.A24)
1999 Sep 13, Researchers
reported that gene therapy restored vigor to aged brains in
experiments with monkeys.
(WSJ, 9/14/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 13, Hurricane Floyd
with winds at 150 mph stretched out for 700 miles and approached the
Florida coast as over a million people were ordered to evacuate the
(SFC, 9/14/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/14/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 13, In Bangladesh one
person was killed and 50 injured on the 1st day of a general strike
called by opposition parties.
(WSJ, 9/14/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 13, In Gaza Israelis
and Palestinians opened talks on a final peace accord.
(SFC, 9/14/99, p.A12)(AP, 9/13/00)
1999 Sep 13, Indonesia agreed
to an int'l. commission to investigate possible atrocities in East
Timor and to create no obstacles to the deployment of a foreign
(SFC, 9/14/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 13, In Moscow a
suspected bomb blast destroyed an apartment building and at least 28
people were killed. Rescuers later pulled 118 bodies from the ruins
of the 8-story building. [see Dec 29, 2003]
(SFC, 9/13/99, p.A10)(SFC, 9/14/99, p.A12)(SFC,
1999 Sep 13, In New Zealand
Asia-Pacific (APEC) leaders ended their 3-day conference and called
for the abolition of all agricultural export subsidies.
(SFC, 9/14/99, p.A14)
1999 Sep 13, In Turkey a 5.8
aftershock at Golcuk left at least 7 people dead and over 420
(SFC, 9/14/99, p.A12)
1999 Sep 13, In Zimbabwe AIDS
activists gathered in Lusaka for a 4-day conference on the disease
that had already killed 11 million Africans. 5 Africans were being
infected every 2 minutes.
(SFC, 9/14/99, p.A12)
2000 Sep 13, With the US
government all but abandoning its case against him, former Los
Alamos scientist Wen Ho Lee pleaded guilty in Albuquerque, New
Mexico, to a single count of mishandling nuclear secrets; he was
then set free with an apology from U.S. District Judge James Parker,
who said the government's actions had "embarrassed our entire
2000 Sep 13, In Indonesia a car
bomb exploded in the garage of the Jakarta stock exchange and at
least 13-15 people were killed.
(SFC, 9/14/00, p.C2)(WSJ, 9/14/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 13, In South Africa
the government announced war with the Muslim vigilante group, PAGAD,
People Against Gangsterism and Drugs, following a series of
(SFC, 9/14/00, p.C7)
2000 Sep 13, In Spain masked
police raided the EKIN offices, the fund-raising wing of the ETA. 20
people were arrested.
(SFC, 9/14/00, p.C5)
2001 Sep 13, Pres. Bush asked
Congress for powers to wage war against an unidentified enemy. Bush
called the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington "the first
war of the 21st century" as his administration labeled fugitive
Osama bin Laden a prime suspect. The United States promised to wage
all-out retaliation against those responsible and any regime that
protected them. Jetliners returned to the nation's skies for the
first time in two days, carrying nervous passengers who faced strict
new security measures.
(SFC, 9/14/01, p.A1)(AP, 9/13/02)
2001 Sep 13, The US requested
that Pakistan grant air and land space for military actions in
Afghanistan. US Special Forces arrived in Afghanistan.
(WSJ, 9/14/01, p.A1)(NW, 8/26/02, p.38)
2001 Sep 13, The data flight
recorder for United Flight 93 was found at the Pennsylvania crash
site. In the Sep 11 terrorist attack, 18 hijackers were identified
as ticketed passengers.
(WSJ, 9/14/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 13, A graphic list of
the companies that operated in the NYC WTC was published.
(SFC, 9/13/01, p.D8)
2001 Sep 13, US airports opened
with limited service under heavy security. Private planes were still
(SFC, 9/14/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/1/04, p.A4)
2001 Sep 13, A private Lear jet
with 3 Saudi passengers flew from Tampa, Fla., to Lexington, Ky., as
part of an effort to help prominent Saudis, who feared reprisals
over the Sep 11 attack by al-Qaida in NYC.
(WSJ, 6/1/04, p.A1)
2001 Sep 13, In Utah Amtrak’s
California Zephyr train crashed into a freight train near the Nevada
border. 6 people were injured.
(SFC, 9/14/01, p.A23)
2001 Sep 13, Actress Dorothy
McGuire (85) died in Santa Monica, Calif.
2001 Sep 13, In Estonia the
death toll from tainted alcohol, consumed in or near the seaside
resort of Parnu, rose to 51. At least 85 more remained hospitalized
and methanol was blamed.
(SFC, 9/14/01, p.A32)
2001 Sep 13, An Indonesian boat
with 129 people, mostly from Iraq, refused to change course and
landed at Australia’s Ashmore Reef. The UN issued Australia a
warning that it could be breaching its int’l. obligations toward
refugees by mounting a blockade.
(SFC, 9/14/01, p.A32)
2001 Sep 13, Israeli forces
entered Jenin and Jericho and Palestinian officials reported that 10
people were killed.
(SFC, 9/13/01, p.A12)
2001 Sep 13, Peru issued an
int’l. arrest warrant for former Pres. Alberto Fujimori on charges
that he shared responsibility for 25 death-squad slayings in the
early years of his rule.
(SFC, 9/14/01, p.A32)
2002 Sep 13, President Bush
said it was "highly doubtful" that Saddam Hussein would comply with
demands that he disarm and avoid a confrontation with the world
community. And he mocked Democrats and other lawmakers who wanted UN
action before a congressional vote on confronting Saddam.
2002 Sep 13, Argentine police
arrested Luis Ramirez Pineda (77), a retired Chilean army general,
at a Buenos Aires hotel on an international warrant for alleged
involvement in human rights abuses stemming from the 1973 coup in
2002 Sep 13, It was reported
that political theater in Brazil had taken on a new grassroots form
called the Theater of the Oppressed, wherein spectators stepped into
scenes in "interventions" to take the part of the underdog.
(WSJ, 9/13/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 13, In Guatemala
Miguel Angel Orozco (33), a policeman who had shot a woman, was
seized and burned to death by an angry mob in Coatepeque. Radio
stations quoted witnesses as saying Orozco had been drunk at the
2002 Sep 13, Four Palestinians
were killed in Gaza, including three in an explosion at a home
believed to harbor a bomb workshop. Elsewhere, a Palestinian gunman
died in a firefight with Israeli soldiers.
2002 Sep 13, Iraq will pay up
to $5,000 each to Palestinians whose home is demolished in the
Israeli campaign against suspected militants, a pro-Iraqi group said
Friday, hinting also that Iraq is supplying weapons to the
2002 Sep 13, A top Iraqi
official said Baghdad opposes the return of U.N. weapons inspectors
and President Bush's speech to the United Nations was "full of
lies." Iraq will attack Israel if it takes part in a U.S. strike
against President Hussein's government, an Iraqi minister said in
2002 Sep 13, In Nepal 9 police
officers were killed when their jeep drove over a land mine. The
6-year Maoist insurgency has left nearly 5,000 people dead.
(SFC, 9/14/02, p.A10)
2002 Sep 13, Peru's Pres.
Alejandro Toledo signed a $50 million loan agreement with World Bank
to provide fresh water and sanitation facilities to more than a
million people in rural areas of Peru.
2002 Sep 13, Foreign ministers
of the U.N. Security Council's permanent five nations said that
Iraq's refusal to obey past U.N. resolutions "is a serious matter
and that Iraq must comply." Russia, Europe and key Arab states piled
pressure on Iraq on Friday to readmit U.N. weapons inspectors to
avert possible U.S.-led military action.
(AP, 9/13/02)(Reuters, 9/13/02)
2002 Sep 13, In South Africa
the Italian ship, the Jolly Rubino, that ran aground within
the boundaries of the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, began leaking
oil and was in danger of breaking up, according to conservation
officials and a salvage company.
2003 Sep 13, In Las Vegas,
Sugar Shane Mosley beat Oscar De La Hoya, winning a close but
unanimous decision to take the WBC and WBA 154-pound titles.
2003 Sep 13, The California
Democratic Party voted to endorse Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante while
continuing to support Gov. Gray Davis in the Oct. 7 recall election.
2003 Sep 13, Frank O'Bannon
(73), Indiana Gov. since 1996, died. He had suffered a massive
stroke in his Chicago hotel room on Sep 8. He was succeeded by Lt.
Gov. Joe Kernan.
(SFC, 9/9/03, p.A3)
2003 Sep 13, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir suspected Islamic rebels killed a former
lawmaker as gunbattles and other violence escalated across
Indian-controlled Kashmir, leaving 20 people dead and 37 wounded.
2003 Sep 13, Angry mourners
swarmed Fallujah, Iraq, a day after eight Iraqi police were killed
in a friendly fire incident involving U.S. troops; the U.S. military
apologized for the deaths.
2003 Sep 13, In the southern
Philippines soldiers killed two suspected members of the Muslim
extremist Abu Sayyaf group and seized pictures of al-Qaida chief
Osama bin Laden and documents in Arabic language after storming a
2004 Sep 13, Oprah Winfrey
celebrated the premiere of her 19th season by surprising each of her
276 audience members with a new car.
2004 Sep 13, Oakland posted a
7-6, 10 inning win over the Rangers in a game that was delayed in
the ninth inning after Texas reliever Frank Francisco hurled a chair
and hit two fans at the Coliseum; the chair hit a man in the head
and broke a woman's nose.
2004 Sep 13, A Sony Group-led
consortium struck a deal to buy MGM for $3 billion.
(WSJ, 9/14/04, p.A3)
2004 Sep 13, Colorado became
home to the country's newest national park as Interior Secretary
Gale Norton officially reclassified the Great Sand Dunes National
Monument. The dunes' foundation was laid about 25 million years ago
through erosion of the San Juan Mountains. The sand dunes were
declared a national monument in 1932 by President Herbert Hoover.
(AP, 9/12/04)(SFC, 9/15/04, p.A3)
2004 Sep 13, The US ban on
assault rifles, signed in 1994 by Pres. Clinton, expired. The
expiration means firearms like AK-47s, Uzis and TEC-9s can now be
(SFC, 9/10/04, p.A1)(AP, 9/13/04)
2004 Sep 13, Scientists
reported a new type of cancer-influencing gene that can either
suppress or trigger tumors.
(SFC, 9/13/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 13, US warplanes
pounded a suspected hideout of al-Qaida-linked militants in the
Sunni insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, killing 20 people including
women and children.
(AP, 9/13/04)(SFC, 9/14/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 13, Two Australians
and two East Asians have been kidnapped in Iraq, said a statement
purportedly from the Islamic Secret Army handed out in the Sunni
Muslim insurgent bastion of Samarra. A video posted on a Web site in
the name of the militants purportedly showed the beheading of a
kidnapped Turkish truck driver.
(AP, 9/13/04)(AP, 9/13/05)
2004 Sep 13, An Israeli
helicopter fired a missile at a car in the West Bank town of Jenin,
killing three Al Aqsa men. Israeli police shut down six Palestinian
elections offices in east Jerusalem after seizing voter registration
(AP, 9/13/04)(WSJ, 9/14/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 13, Pres. Putin
announced a series of measures that would enhance Kremlin power.
These included presidential selection of the governors for Russia’s
(Econ, 9/18/04, p.55)
2005 Sep 13, Pres. Bush said he
accepted responsibility for shortcomings in the federal government’s
response to Hurricane Katrina.
(SFC, 9/14/05, p.A1)
2005 Sep 13, Pres. Bush met
briefly with Chinese Pres. Hu Jintao in NYC on the sidelines of the
opening session of the UN General Assembly. Bush sought China's help
to stop nuclear weapons programs in North Korea and Iran and won a
pledge from President Hu Jintao to step up pressure on Pyongyang.
(SFC, 9/14/05, p.C1)(AP, 9/13/06)
2005 Sep 13, It was reported
that nearly 40 more detainees have joined a hunger strike at the
Guantanamo Bay prison camp for terror suspects, bringing the total
2005 Sep 13, Louisiana
authorities charged the owners of a New Orleans area nursing home
with negligent homicide in the deaths of 34 patients in the wake of
Hurricane Katrina. The state death toll was raised to 423.
(SFC, 9/14/05, p.A10)
2005 Sep 13, The New Orleans
Airport resumed commercial operations.
2005 Sep 13, In Afghanistan the
bodies of 7 men, killed by suspected Taliban rebels, were found in
the central Afghan province of Uruzgan, along with the cards that
entitled them to vote in upcoming parliamentary and provincial
2005 Sep 13, Sredoje Lukic, a
top Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect, surrendered to the Serb
authorities in Bosnia. He was indicted by a UN tribunal in 2000 for
some of the worst atrocities in the Bosnian war.
2005 Sep 13, Julio Cesar Turbay
(89), former Colombian President (1978-1982), died. He negotiated
the release in 1980 of dozens of diplomats held hostage by leftist
rebels for 61 days.
2005 Sep 13, Iwan Darmawan
Mutho, alias Rois (30), an Indonesian Islamic militant, vowed
revenge after he was sentenced to death for plotting a deadly
bombing at the Australian embassy which was allegedly funded by
Osama bin Laden.
2005 Sep 13, US forces along
the Euphrates River attacked the insurgent stronghold of Haditha,
capturing a militant with ties to al-Qaida in Iraq and killing four
2005 Sep 13, The Dutch
government said it plans to open an electronic file, effective Jan
1, 2007, on every child at birth as a tool to spot and protect the
troubled kids of the future.
2005 Sep 13, Negotiations aimed
at ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program resumed in Beijing
after a month-long recess, but prospects for progress were uncertain
as Pyongyang remained insistent on its right to use civilian atomic
2005 Sep 13, Norway's PM Kjell
Magne Bondevik, who presided over four years of unprecedented
prosperity fueled by high oil prices, said he will resign after a
left-wing opposition bloc won parliamentary elections.
2005 Sep 13, Tens of thousands
of people filled the center of Gaza City for the biggest Hamas
demonstration ever seen here, celebrating Israel's pullout and
listening to Hamas leaders vowing to continue the fight until
Israelis leave the rest of the Palestinian areas.
2005 Sep 13, The customs chiefs
at Moscow's international airport and the Pacific port of Nakhodka
were suspended pending a smuggling investigation. Sheremetyevo
Airport chief Igor Volkov and Nakhodka port chief Alexei Kotlyarov
were suspended for a month.
2005 Sep 13, The UN General
Assembly approved a watered-down, 35-page reform document after
months of hard bargaining. The current text refers the issue back to
the president of the General Assembly for further negotiations “with
the aim of establishing the mandate, modalities, functions, size,
composition, membership, working methods and procedures for the
2005 Sep 13, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez extended a preferential oil trade deal to 13
Caribbean countries in what he says is part of a plan to challenge
U.S. economic domination of the region. The plan includes a $50
million fund to pay for social programs across the Caribbean,
similar to those Chavez has started at home with rising oil profits.
2005 Sep 13, The World Bank
proposed a new accounting method that includes natural and human
2006 Sep 13, A letter from the
office of IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei, sent to the head of the US
House of Representatives' Select Committee on Intelligence, said an
August 23 committee report contained serious distortions of IAEA
findings on Iran's nuclear activity.
(AP, 9/14/06)(SFC, 9/14/06, p.A15)
2006 Sep 13, In California
water users and environmentalists announced a settlement that
requires Friant to release 364,000 to 462,000 acre-feet of water in
normal years to the San Joaquin River, the state’s 2nd longest
(SFC, 9/13/06, p.B1)
2006 Sep 13, The SEC froze
trade in the shares of Indigenous Global Development Corp. (IGDC),
run by Deni Leonard, a Native American businessman. An SEC suit said
Leonard claimed to have struck deals with Canadian tribes to develop
and purchase natural gas to be sold to power plants, but no deals
(SSFC, 11/26/06, p.A1)
2006 Sep 13, Ann Richards
(b.1933), former Texas Gov. (1990-1994), died after a battle with
cancer. As governor, Richards appointed the first black University
of Texas regent, the first crime victim on the state Criminal
Justice Board, the first disabled person on the human services board
and the first teacher to lead the State Board of Education. Under
Richards, the fabled Texas Rangers pinned stars on their first black
and female officers.
(AP, 9/14/06)(Econ, 9/30/06, p.96)
2006 Sep 13, US financier
George Soros pledged to invest 50 million dollars in a development
project that aims to show how targeted investment can end extreme
poverty in African villages. The Millennium Villages project is
involved in 79 villages in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali,
Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda.
2006 Sep 13, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai, while opening a road linking to Pakistan, said
Pakistan and Afghanistan must unite to save their people from the
menace of terrorism. Afghan and US-led coalition forces killed
as many as 30 Taliban in raids on three villages in Ghazni province.
In southern Helmand province police killed 16 Taliban in a
mountainous area outside the town of Garmser. NATO announced that
suicide bombings have killed 173 people in Afghanistan this year.
151 of the year's suicide attack victims were Afghan civilians,
(AP, 9/13/06)(AFP, 9/13/06)
2006 Sep 13, NASA scientists
said the ice in the Arctic Sea is melting in winter as well as in
summer, likely due to global warming. The ice was reportedly melting
at 9% a decade.
(SFC, 9/14/06, p.A1)(Econ, 9/9/06, Survey p.6)
2006 Sep 13, The presidents of
Brazil and South Africa, at a trilateral trade meeting in Brasilia,
said they supported changes in international rules to allow India to
buy nuclear fuel and reactors from the United States and other
countries. The trio created the India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue
Forum (IBSA) in 2003 to promote the interests of their emerging
(Reuters, 9/13/06)(AFP, 9/14/06)
2006 Sep 13, A man in a black
trench coat opened fire at a downtown Montreal college, slaying a
young woman, Anastasia De Sousa (18), a student at Dawson College,
and wounding at least 19 other people before police shot and killed
him. Officials soon identified the killer as Kimveer Gill (25),
resident of a Montreal suburb.
(AP, 9/13/06)(Reuters, 9/14/06)
2006 Sep 13, Chinese Premier
Wen Jiabao vowed to continue his vast country's opening up to the
international community, notably rejecting suggestions Beijing is
set to crack down on foreign media.
2006 Sep 13, International
police deployed to East Timor in the wake of unrest in May formally
handed over their authority to the UN at a ceremony in the capital.
A battle between rival gangs armed with machetes killed one fighter
and injured five others in Dili.
(AFP, 9/13/06)(AP, 9/14/06)
2006 Sep 13, The EU's foreign
policy chief and Iran's top nuclear negotiator abruptly postponed
talks on easing tensions over the refusal of the Tehran regime to
suspend uranium enrichment.
2006 Sep 13, In Iraq police
found the bodies of 65 men who had been tortured, shot and dumped,
most around Baghdad. Car bombs, mortar attacks and shootings killed
at least 39 people around Iraq and injured dozens more.
(AP, 9/13/06)(WSJ, 9/14/06, p.A1)
2006 Sep 13, In Jordan a
military court convicted 10 suspected militants in two separate
terrorism cases that included conspiracies to kill Americans.
Lawmakers approved a measure that would only allow a state-appointed
council to issue religious edicts, a move aimed at denying Islamic
hard-liners a forum for disseminating extremist ideology. The
measure will become law with the expected approval of the upper
house of Parliament and the king.
(AP, 9/13/06)(AP, 9/14/06)
2006 Sep 13, The Palestinian
Cabinet resigned to clear the way for a new unity government, and
President Mahmoud Abbas said he plans to send a delegation to the UN
to try to revive a Mideast peace plan.
2006 Sep 13, Andrei Kozlov
(41), the top deputy chairman of Russia's Central Bank, was shot in
Moscow along with his driver, by unidentified assailants. The driver
was killed immediately and Frankel died the next morning. Officials
suggested the attack was prompted by his efforts to clean up the
country's banking system. In October officials arrested 3 Ukrainian
citizens, who were allegedly hired to kill Kozlov. In Jan 2007
Alexei Frankel, whose license was revoked by Kozlov in 2004, was
charged with organizing the murder. On Oct 28 a Moscow jury found
Frankel guilty of organizing the murder.
(AP, 9/14/06)(WSJ, 9/22/06, p.A1)(SFC, 10/17/06,
p.A15)(Econ, 1/27/07, p.76)(WSJ, 10/29/08, p.A14)
2006 Sep 13, A helicopter
crashed in Siberia, killing three of the four people aboard, an
emergency official said. The MD-600 helicopter crashed about 12
miles from the city Novokuznetsk in the Kemerovo region about 1,850
miles east of Moscow.
2006 Sep 13, In South Korea
hundreds of workers bulldozed homes in a village to make way for the
expansion of a US military base set to become the Americans' new
headquarters, despite strong objections from protesters.
2006 Sep 13, Zimbabwe police
arrested trade union leaders and blocked streets and the main square
of the capital to thwart an anti-government march, and the main
labor federation apparently called off a planned nationwide strike
at the last minute.
2007 Sep 13, Pres. Bush in a
nationwide address said the US engagement in Iraq would stretch
beyond his presidency. Bush said he wanted gradual US troop
withdrawals from the country and that 5,700 US forces in Iraq would
be home by Christmas and at least 21,500 would return by July, 2008.
(SFC, 9/14/07, p.A1)(AP, 9/13/08)
2007 Sep 13, Bill Allen (70),
former head of VECO Corp., testified in a federal corruption trial
in Anchorage, that he had bribed 3 Alaska legislators, including the
son of US Sen. Ted Stevens.
(SFC, 9/14/07, p.A9)
2007 Sep 13, In Philadelphia
police chief Sylvester Johnson acknowledged that police alone could
not quell the city’s deadly violence and planned to introduce “Call
to Action: 10,000 Men,” an effort to get volunteers on the streets
as of Oct 21.
(SFC, 9/14/07, p.A5)
2007 Sep 13, The NFL fined New
England Patriots coach Bill Belichick $500,000 and the team $250,000
for spying on the New York Jets during a game.
2007 Sep 13, In Florida Shawn
Sherwin Labeet (25) opened fire on 4 Miami-Dade county police
officers during a traffic stop killing officer Jose Somohano (37).
Labeet was found and killed hours later.
(SFC, 9/14/07, p.A6)
2007 Sep 13, Crude oil futures
finished at their 3rd record in a row rising 18 cents to close above
80 for the first time at $80.09 a barrel.
(WSJ, 9/14/07, p.A1)
2007 Sep 13, Humberto, the
first hurricane to hit the US Gulf Coast in two years, sneaked up on
southeast Texas overnight and crashed ashore with heavy rains and 80
mph winds. One man died when a carport collapsed on him.
2007 Sep 13, The X PRIZE
Foundation and Google Inc. announced the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a
robotic race to the Moon to win a remarkable $30 million prize
purse, so long as the task is completed by 2012.
2007 Sep 13, Afghan police in
Helmand province shot and killed a would-be suicide bomber before he
could detonate his explosives.
2007 Sep 13, In London,
England, Ian Strachan (30) and Sean McGuigan (40) were charged with
blackmail. The two suspects had approached an unidentified royal
family member in August and demanded $100,000 not to publicize a
video allegedly showing the royal engaged in a sex act. The charges
did not become public until Oct 28.
2007 Sep 13, In central China a
man threw six children from a balcony of their school. A girl (9)
was killed and 2 others badly hurt.
(Econ, 9/22/07, p.58)
2007 Sep 13, The UN said the
repatriation of Congolese refugees from neighbouring Zambia was
suspended, due to insecurity in the small town of Moba where they
2007 Sep 13, Three powerful
earthquakes jolted Indonesia in less than 24 hours, triggering
tsunami alerts and sending panicked residents fleeing to high
ground. At least 10 people were killed in the tremors.
2007 Sep 13, Abdul-Sattar Abu
Risha, the most prominent figure in a US-backed revolt of Sunni
sheiks against al-Qaida in Iraq, was killed with two of his
bodyguards by a bomb planted near his home in Anbar province, 10
days after he met with President Bush. In a helicopter assault
mission in Karmah, Anbar province, three suspected insurgents were
killed and three American soldiers were injured.
(AP, 9/13/07)(AP, 9/14/07)
2007 Sep 13, The Jewish New
Year of 5768 began and marked a year of agricultural sabbatical,
known in Hebrew as "shmita." The commandment requires Jewish farmers
in Israel to let their fields rest every seventh year, just as Jews
are required to rest every seventh day. Israeli aircraft fired a
missile at a car in a Gaza refugee camp, injuring two members of the
violent Islamic Jihad group.
2007 Sep 13, In Italy consumer
groups held nationwide protests to draw attention to the burden
placed on families by the rising cost of food, especially Italians'
beloved staple, pasta.
2007 Sep 13, In the Marshall
Islands legislation was introduced aiming to open up the
communications sector by removing the telecom agency's exclusive
rights. This was likely to become an issue ahead of national
elections in November.
2007 Sep 13, In Mozambique a
non-governmental organization working with the disabled said at
least 440 sites are still heavily infested by landmines near
residential districts in 3 provinces.
2007 Sep 13, In Pakistan
militants attacked a military base near the Afghan border, sparking
a battle that drew in army helicopters and left about 30 insurgents
and two soldiers dead. In fighting near Razmak, a town in South
Waziristan, army forces repelled repeated militant attacks, and
tribesmen informed officials that up to 50 rebels died in
counter-strikes. Two soldiers were killed and eight wounded. A
suicide attacker penetrated Ghazi Tarbela base, a high-security
military base about 60 miles south of Islamabad, and detonated an
explosive-laden vehicle, killing 16 soldiers from an elite
counterterrorism task force.
2007 Sep 13, In Moscow Shamil
Burayev, the former head of a district in Chechnya, was arrested on
suspicion of organizing the execution-style murder of investigative
journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
2008 Sep 13, Hurricane Ike
ravaged the Texas coast with 110 mph winds, flooding thousands of
homes and businesses, shattering windows in Houston's skyscrapers
and knocking out power to millions of people. Ike left at least 37
people dead in Texas, including 5 on Galveston Island, and 35 more
dead across 10 states. Galveston later requested $2.2 billion in
disaster relief. This amounted to about $36,000 per resident.
Officials later estimated that damages from Ike could exceed $50
(SFC, 9/15/08, p.A6)(SFC, 9/17/08, p.A8)(SFC,
9/23/08, p.A3)(SFC, 10/13/08, p.A2)(Econ, 10/4/08, p.34)
2008 Sep 13, In San Francisco
Tong Van Le left his store in Bernal Heights and headed home to
Novato where 5 men, who had followed him, shot him dead with a
high-powered rifle. They had allegedly been told to get rid of Tong
Le by Larry Blay Jr. (19), who was in jail on charges of robbing the
Nasser Market on Crescent Ave. Sep 13. With no witness the case
against Blay was dismissed in October. In June, 2009, an indictment
accused Blay and 4 of the 5 defendants of murder and conspiracy.
(SFC, 6/17/09, p.B1)(SFC, 7/29/09, p.D3)
2008 Sep 13, The Albert and
Mary Lasker Foundation announced Stanley Falkow (74), Stanford
microbiologist, was the winner of a $300,000 Lasker award for
Special Achievement in medical Science. His work helped to explain
how pathogens cause human diseases.
(SSFC, 9/14/08, p.B2)
2008 Sep 13, In Afghanistan
Mohammad Jan Abdullah Wardak, the governor of Logar province and a
former cabinet minister, was killed with 3 others in a bomb attack
near Kabul claimed by Taliban rebels and condemned by President
Hamid Karzai. A British soldier was killed in an explosion in
Helmand province. Taliban militants in Ghazni province ambushed and
killed 4 police. 3 more were wounded and died the next day.
(AP, 9/13/08)(AP, 9/14/08)(AFP, 9/14/08)
2008 Sep 13, A fiery bus crash
in China's Sichuan province killed 51 people.
2008 Sep 13, Hundreds of
Russian forces packed up and withdrew from positions in western
Georgia. A Georgian official said Russia had met a deadline for a
partial pullout a month after the war between the two former Soviet
republics. A Georgian policeman at a post near Abkhazia was killed
by gunfire that came from the direction of a position where
Abkhazian and Russian forces have been based. Some 1,200 Russian
servicemen still remained at 19 check-points and other positions, 12
outside South Ossetia and seven outside Abkhazia.
2008 Sep 13, In India a
coordinated series of bombings struck crowded shopping areas across
New Delhi, killing 21 people with over 100 wounded. 5 bombs exploded
and 3 were defused. India blamed a group with ties to
Lashkar-e-Taiba. A Muslim extremist group claimed responsibility for
(AFP, 9/14/08)(WSJ, 11/28/08, p.A6)(WSJ, 12/8/08,
2008 Sep 13, Bombs and
shootings killed at least 16 people in Iraq, including four
employees of an Iraqi television station. They were abducted in
Mosul while filming a program about the Islamic holy month of
Ramadan. At night in western Baghdad a bomb exploded in the car of
Fuad Ali Hussein, killing him and his deputy and two bodyguards.
Hussein was head of a neighborhood awakening council.
(AP, 9/13/08)(AP, 9/14/08)
2008 Sep 13, Nepalese police
said at least six people have been killed in southern Nepal in
rampages by wild elephants in the last two days.
2008 Sep 13, A MEND statement
said the armed forces of Nigeria had begun a full scale aerial and
marine offensive on the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger
Delta (MEND) positions and neighboring Ijaw communities in Rivers
2008 Sep 13, At least 24
Islamic militants were killed in fierce fighting with Pakistani
government troops hunting Taliban fighters across Bajaur near the
2008 Sep 13, A Palestinian
stabbed a 9-year-old Israeli boy in a West Bank settlement outpost,
setting off clashes that left injured six Palestinians. Israeli
troops fatally shot Hassan Hmeid (16), a Palestinian teenager during
a clash near Bethlehem. Witnesses said the troops opened fire when a
patrol entered Tekoa and were pelted with a hail of stones thrown by
local young people.
2008 Sep 13, Sri Lanka's Tamil
Tigers accused the government of planning a genocidal campaign
against Tamils as UN agencies pulled out of rebel-held regions in
the island's north. Violence in the last 24 hours killed eight Tiger
rebels and two troops.
2008 Sep 13, In Sudan an army
spokesman said troops had entered the North Darfur area to arrest
2008 Sep 13, Typhoon Sinlaku
lashed Taiwan with powerful winds and heavy rains, disrupting
flights and train services as well as celebrations for a major
2009 Sep 13, Al-Qaida leader
Osama bin Laden described President Barack Obama as "powerless" to
stop the war in Afghanistan and threatened to step up guerrilla
warfare there in a new audiotape released to mark the anniversary of
the Sept. 11 attacks in the US.
2009 Sep 13, It was reported
that the hoki fish, harvested in the deep waters around New Zealand,
had declined substantially. Hoki, the main ingredient in McDonald’s
Fillet-O-Fish sandwich, was also used by Denny’s and Long John
Silver’s restaurants. From 1996 to 2001 some 275,000 tons were
harvested by factory trawlers. The allowed catch was reduced to
100,000 tons in 2007 and 2008.
(SSFC, 9/13/09, p.A20)
2009 Sep 13, The Afghan health
ministry said it has so far recorded 673 cases of cholera
countrywide in almost a third of the country's 34 provinces,
including Kabul. No deaths have been reported. A British soldier was
killed in an attack on a foot patrol in Helmand province. A 2nd NATO
service member died in a bomb blast in the south.
(AFP, 9/13/09)(AP, 9/14/09)
2009 Sep 13, Bolivia's Pres.
Evo Morales began a visit to Spain. His plans to nationalize
Bolivia’s electricity sector and how this might affect Spanish
companies will be among the top items on his agenda.
2009 Sep 13, In southern
Democratic Republic of Congo at least 14 people were dead and
another 34 missing after their boat sank in an isolated stretch of
the Lualaba river.
2009 Sep 13, In Hong Kong a
construction platform inside an elevator shaft collapsed, sending 5
workers 20 stories down to their deaths inside a skyscraper. One
worker was injured.
2009 Sep 13, In Iraq gunmen
broke into the home of a Kurdish policeman in Kirkuk, killing his
wife and three children execution-style with shots to the head as
they slept. Two separate police patrols were hit with roadside bombs
in southern Kirkuk, wounding six policemen. Four people were killed
in an area about 60 miles (100km) south of Mosul in a tribal
dispute. A civilian contractor was shot and killed on an American
military base in Tikrit. A US soldier was detained in connection
with the incident. US and Iraqi forces killed one fighter, captured
another and seized a truck loaded with weapons in Mosul, an area of
that remains an insurgent stronghold. Later Iraqi policemen
searching for the gunman who escaped clashed with insurgents. Two
policemen and two insurgents were killed.
(AP, 9/13/09)(AP, 9/14/09)
2009 Sep 13, In Israel Capt.
Asaf Ramon (21), the son of Ilan Ramon, Israel's first and only
astronaut, was killed when his F-16 warplane crashed on a routine
training flight. Ilan Ramon was one of seven crew members killed
when the Columbia exploded as it re-entered the atmosphere in 2003.
2009 Sep 13, In southeast
Kazakhstan 37 people were killed when a fire ripped through a
decrepit drugs treatment facility in Taldykorgan.
2009 Sep 13, In Pakistan a bomb
blast killed 3 paramilitary troops in the Mandiknas area of the
Khyber region. A suicide bomber was killed as he tried to attack a
security post in the Swat Valley.
(SFC, 9/14/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 13, In central Russia
5 soldiers died in a fire at a military base in Tambov. A state news
report said the blaze may have destroyed sensitive security
(SFC, 9/14/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 13, In southern
Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents shot and killed five
paramilitary troops in Yala province.
2009 Sep 13, Venezuela’s Pres.
Chavez said Russia has opened a $2.2 billion line of credit for
Venezuela to purchase weapons including armored vehicles and
2009 Sep 13, Zimbabwe's PM
Morgan Tsvangirai accused President Robert Mugabe of violating a
fledgling power-sharing deal. The EU said ties with Zimbabwe would
only normalize once a unity accord is properly implemented, but
pledged a further 90 million euro this year to assist the troubled
2010 Sep 13, The US government
and the chocolate industry pledged $17 million to help end child
labor — some of it forced and dangerous — in Ghana and the Ivory
Coast, where much of the world's cocoa is grown.
2010 Sep 13, US House members
began an impeachment trial against Louisiana District Judge Thomas
Porteous (63) on grounds of corruption.
(SFC, 9/14/10, p.A4)
2010 Sep 13, US health
officials reported that an infectious-disease nightmare is
unfolding: Bacteria that have been made resistant to nearly all
antibiotics by an alarming new gene have sickened people in three
states and are popping up all over the world.
2010 Sep 13, US EPA officials
said that a leak in an oil pipeline in Reomeoville, Illinois, has
stopped. The volume spilled in the Chicago suburb was unknown. The
pipeline was owned by Enbridge Energy Partners.
(SFC, 9/14/10, p.A4)
2010 Sep 13, In California
PG&E said it will spend as much as $100 million to help rebuild
the San Bruno neighborhood recently devastated by the Sep 9 rupture
of a gas line. The relief fund would be independent of legal claims
and the cost of replacing homes damaged by fire.
(SFC, 9/14/10, p.A1)
2010 Sep 13, Hewlett-Packard
announced a $1.5 billion deal to buy ArcSight Inc, a provider of
computer network security.
(SFC, 9/14/10, p.D1)
2010 Sep 13, Photos of a
Louisiana waterway, its surface completely covered with dead sea
life were distributed to local media by Plaquemines Parish President
Billy Nungesser. This stretch of coastal Louisiana was hit hard this
summer by oil from BP's busted Gulf well.
2010 Sep 13, William Coblentz
(88), California power broker, died. He had served for 16 years as a
regent of UC, including 2 years as chairman.
(Econ, 10/2/10, p.93)
2010 Sep 13, Afghan and NATO
troops killed 23 insurgents in southern Helmand province.
2010 Sep 13, The Belgian Roman
Catholic church acknowledged widespread sexual abuse over years by
its clergy and pleaded for time to set up a system to punish all
abusers and provide closure for victims.
2010 Sep 13, British trade
unions voted overwhelmingly to back rare coordinated strikes as they
were urged to "stand up and fight" government austerity cuts at
2010 Sep 13, A Canadian police
study said human trafficking groups have exploited Canada's visa
rules to bring victims from Europe and Asia to work in the illegal
2010 Sep 13, The Cuban Workers
Federation said Cuba will lay off more than 500,000 state employees
by March and expand private employment to give them work in the
biggest shift to the private sector since the 1960s.
2010 Sep 13, India’s PM
Manmohan Singh again voiced his willingness to talk to Kashmiris and
to respond to their demands, but the government has not yet
responded to a proposal by the separatists for peace talks. Indian
forces killed 18 protesters and wounded scores of others in
confrontations across Kashmir fueled in part by a report that a
Quran was desecrated in the United States. A police officer was also
(AP, 9/13/10)(AP, 9/14/10)
2010 Sep 13, In India Maoist
guerrillas killed two policemen and five civilians as the rebels
began a two-day shutdown across the east of the country.
2010 Sep 13, In Indonesia Yusuf
Sipakoly (52), a political prisoner being detained in Ambon, Maluku,
died while under police custody. His family claimed that he was
tortured by police.
2010 Sep 13, Iran's internal
battles over the handling of American detainee Sarah Shourd flared
again as the mouthpiece of the powerful Revolutionary Guard led the
backlash against a decision to free her on $500,000 bail.
2010 Sep 13, Amnesty
International said tens of thousands of detainees are being held
without trial in Iraqi prisons and face violent and psychological
abuse as well as other forms of mistreatment.
2010 Sep 13, Officials said
Israel will begin deporting families of illegal migrants in coming
weeks as an emotional debate rages over the ballooning numbers of
foreign workers that some fear could threaten the country's Jewish
2010 Sep 13, Staff at Israel's
Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv went on strike,
grounding all flights and leaving arriving passengers without their
2010 Sep 13, Japan freed 14
crew members of a Chinese fishing ship nearly a week after their
vessel and two Japanese patrol boats collided near disputed southern
islets. But China lashed out at Tokyo's decision to keep the captain
2010 Sep 13, In Malaysia Tengku
Muhammad Faris Petra was proclaimed the new sultan of northern
Kelantan state following a decision by the Council of Succession,
which determines who ascends to the throne. Faris has been embroiled
in a public dispute with his brother, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry, since
their father, Tengku Ismail Petra, fell ill more than a year ago. 9
of Malaysia's 13 states are ruled by hereditary royal families, who
are widely respected among the Muslim Malay majority though their
responsibilities are largely ceremonial. The executive power lies
with elected state and national representatives.
2010 Sep 13, Nicaragua
celebrated a special national holiday called by the Sandinista
Party. As the country was on vacation the party ordered the printing
of a rewritten (but bogus) constitution.
2010 Sep 13, In Nigeria unknown
attackers brandishing machetes stormed the home of Garba Bello, a
senior intelligence official, and hacked him and four members of his
family to death in an apparent targeted killing.
2010 Sep 13, South African
police fatally shot Nontsikelelo Anna Nokela (17) who was part of a
group protesting that a teachers strike gave them insufficient time
to prepare for exams. Investigators the next day arrested a police
officer after determining "the shooting was premeditated."
Investigators said the officer had earlier threatened to hurt the
students if they protested.
(AP, 9/14/10)(AP, 9/15/10)
2010 Sep 13, South Korea
announced plans to send 5,000 tons of rice and other aid to
flood-stricken North Korea in a sign of easing tension between the
2010 Sep 13, The UN court that
settles disputes among member states swore in 2 new female judges,
one from the United States and one from China to join the 15-member
bench. Russia's Yury Fedotov took office as the UN's new drugs and
crime czar. He replaced Italy's Antonio Maria Costa as the head of
the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and will also oversee the UN office
in the Austrian capital.
2010 Sep 13, The head of the UN
nuclear watchdog agency warned that Iran's selective cooperation
with his inspectors means that he cannot confirm that all of
Tehran's atomic activities are peaceful.
2010 Sep 13, In eastern
Venezuela a plane carrying 51 people crashed in a steel mill yard.
17 people on board were killed leaving 34 survivors.
(AP, 9/13/10)(AP, 9/14/10)
2011 Sep 13, A federal order
for one of the nation's largest American Indian tribes to restore
voting rights and benefits to about 2,800 descendants of members'
former slaves threw plans for a special election for a new Cherokee
Nation chief into turmoil. The tribe said that it would not be
dictated to by the US government over its move to banish African
Americans from its citizenship rolls.
(AP, 9/13/11)(Reuters, 9/13/11)
2011 Sep 13, The Census Bureau
released its annual report. It said that the ranks of America's poor
swelled to almost 1 in 6 people last year, reaching a new high as
longterm unemployment left millions of Americans struggling and out
of work. The number of uninsured edged up to 49.9 million, the
biggest in more than two decades. A 2010 income of $11,139 defined
the poverty level for an individual or $22,314 for a family of four.
(AP, 9/13/11)(Econ, 9/17/11, p.29)
2011 Sep 13, An online 200-page
paper by Project CLAMER, a collaboration of 17 European marine
institutes, said the rising temperature of ocean water is causing a
proliferation of the Vibrio genus of bacteria, which can cause food
poisoning, serious gastroenteritis, septicemia and cholera.
2011 Sep 13, In Afghanistan
Taliban gunmen with suicide bombs and heavy weaponry launched
coordinated attacks in Kabul targeting NATO's headquarters and the
US embassy, killing at least six people.
2011 Sep 13, Former Argentine
President Carlos Menem (81) and 17 members of his government were
acquitted of charges that they violated international weapons
embargoes on Ecuador and Croatia in the 1990s.
2011 Sep 13, In Argentina 11
people were killed and over 200 injured in Buenos Aires in a
rush-hour crash involving two passenger trains and a bus whose
driver who drove around barriers in an attempt to beat them across
(AP, 9/13/11)(AP, 9/14/11)
2011 Sep 13, Australian
lawmaker Nick Xenophon named Catholic priest Monsignor Ian Dempsey
as having allegedly raped Anglican Archbishop John Hepworth in
violent attacks dating back about 50 years.
2011 Sep 13, In Austria a
35-nation meeting of the UN nuclear agency adopted a post-Fukushima
nuclear safety plan, despite gripes by influential member nations
that it to too timid for making compliance voluntary.
2011 Sep 13, Benin President
Thomas Boni Yayi held talks in China with his counterpart Hu Jintao
on further Chinese investment in the West African nation.
2011 Sep 13, Westfield
Stratford City, Europe's biggest urban shopping center, opened in a
deprived area of east London where it will act as the gateway to the
2011 Sep 13, British pop art
pioneer Richard Hamilton (b.1922) died. His work ranged from images
of consumer culture to parodies of political leaders. One of his
best-known works was the plain white cover for the Beatles’ "White
Album" of 1968.
2011 Sep 13, China held trials
in Kashgar and Hotan and convicted 6 Uighur men of being behind the
summer bloodshed in the Xinjiang region that left dozens. 4 men were
sentenced to death and 2 were given 19-year prison sentences.
(SFC, 9/16/11, p.A7)
2011 Sep 13, In Germany
Nuremberg prosecutors said they have charged a 69-year-old man with
497 counts of rape over allegations that he abused his daughter for
34 years and fathered three sons by her.
2011 Sep 13, An Iranian court
set bail of $500,000 each for two American men, Shane Bauer and Josh
Fattal, arrested more than two years ago and convicted on
spy-related charges, clearing the way for their release a year after
a similar bail-for-freedom arrangement for the third member of the
group. Iran hanged five people, three of them for drug trafficking
and two in public for murder.
(AP, 9/13/11)(AFP, 9/13/11)
2011 Sep 13, In
Indian-administered Kashmir at least 22 people were killed and 18
others injured when an overcrowded passenger minibus plunged into a
2011 Sep 13, In Liberia 11
people were killed after an ambulance crashed into a crowd in
Vonzula, who had been waiting all day to see a visiting presidential
2011 Sep 13, In Libya NATO
warplanes pounded targets in a number of strongholds of support for
fugitive dictator Moammar Gadhafi, as an offensive by revolutionary
forces on Bani Walid, a key loyalist town, stalled.
2011 Sep 13, In Mexico placards
were left with two disemboweled bodies of a man and a woman in Nuevo
Laredo. They warned that the same fate awaits others who send
information on social media regarding gang activity.
(SFC, 9/16/11, p.A6)(Econ, 9/24/11, p.38)
2011 Sep 13, Myanmar said it
has released about 20,000 prisoners this year as of the end of July
under an amnesty program.
2011 Sep 13, In Nigeria
suspected members of the Boko Haram radical Muslim sect attacked an
army patrol in Maiduguri, wounding four soldiers. The soldiers later
arrested 15 people on suspicion of being sect members, with some of
them carrying weapons and ammunition.
2011 Sep 13, In Nigeria
Kindreck Dion Lee (34), one of Britain's most wanted drug and
firearm suspects, was arrested in Lagos. He was wanted for his
alleged involvement in bringing cocaine, cannabis, firearms and
ammunition into the country from Amsterdam.
2011 Sep 13, Nine North Koreans
who spent five days at sea in a small wooden boat were towed to a
Japanese port after they were spotted off the coast of central
2011 Sep 13, In northwestern
Pakistan Taliban gunmen attacked a school van on the outskirts of
Peshawar, killing four children and the driver in an assault they
said was carried out to punish local Matani tribesman for resisting
the insurgent movement.
2011 Sep 13, In Puerto Rico a
14-year-old girl went on a playground rampage with a hypodermic
needle, stabbing 37 classmates in the southern coastal town of
Arroyo. On Dec 2 she was sentenced to two years of probation.
(AP, 9/15/11)(AP, 12/2/11)
2011 Sep 13, Romania signed a
deal to host a crucial part of a US missile defense system.
Romania's President Traian Basescu announced the deal after meeting
with President Obama in Washington. Under NATO plans, a limited
system of US anti-missile interceptors and radars planned for Europe
include interceptors in Romania and Poland as well as radar in
2011 Sep 13, A Sri Lankan
minister led a protest march that forced organizers to abandon an
annual Hindu sacrifice ritual in which hundreds of goats were due to
slaughtered. The grisly ritual, in which goats are decapitated in
public using a large hatchet, was first banned in the 1980s but was
revived as locals believe the animals' blood grants favors from the
2011 Sep 13, Syrian security
forces riding in vehicles mounted with machineguns raided
neighborhoods outside the capital, Damascus, before dawn as Turkey's
PM Erdogan said he was concerned Syria could descend into a
sectarian civil war. Pro-democracy activists called a "day of anger"
across Syria to protest against Russia's backing for President
Bashar al-Assad. More than 20 people were reported killed throughout
Syria. Syrian troops fired tear gas at a gathering of mourners just
hours after U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford and other Western diplomats
expressed their condolences to the family of a rights advocate
killed last week.
(AP, 9/13/11)(AFP, 9/13/11)(AP, 9/14/11)
2011 Sep 13, Taiwan's Defense
Ministry searched for three pilots aboard two reconnaissance F-5
aircraft which crashed on a training flight. The remains of the
three pilots were recovered from a mountain crash site.
2011 Sep 13, A Thailand court
ordered the military to stop labeling transgender people as being
mentally ill in a decision praised by activists.
2011 Sep 13, Hundreds of
thousands of Yemenis poured into the streets of major cities and
towns across the country to protest the latest attempt by their
embattled president to evade pressure to step down. 5 tribesmen were
killed in clashes between tribal fighters in Arhab opposed to
President Saleh and an elite military unit loyal to him.
(AP, 9/13/11)(AFP, 9/13/11)
2012 Sep 13, US federal
authorities identified Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (55), a southern
California man once convicted of financial crimes, as the key figure
behind the anti-Muslim film, "Innocence of Muslims," that ignited
mob violence against US embassies across the Mideast.
2012 Sep 13, A Ku Klux Klan
chapter sued the state of Georgia for rejecting the white
supremacist group's application to "adopt" a stretch of highway.
2012 Sep 13, In Nevada a
motorist “under the influence” plowed into a Las Vegas bus stop
killing 4 pedestrians and injuring 8 others.
(SFC, 9/14/12, p.A8)
2012 Sep 13, In Argentina tens
of thousands protested in Buenos
Aires clanging pots in opposition to government economic policies.
(Economist, 9/29/12, p.39)
2012 Sep 13, British insurers
launched a register of insurance fraudsters after calculating that
bogus claims rose 5 percent last year, adding 50 pounds to the
average policyholder's bill.
2012 Sep 13, Cambodia's
UN-backed tribunal issued a statement saying that Ieng Thirith (80)
suffers from a progressive, degenerative illness that is likely
Alzheimer's disease and which diminishes her mental capacity. The
court ruled that she was medically unfit to stand trial for genocide
during the Khmer Rouge's 1975-79 rule, a decision survivors called
shocking and unjust. Ieng Thirith was freed on Sep 16.
(AFP, 9/13/12)(AP, 9/16/12)
2012 Sep 13, From the Czech
Rep. it was reported that at least 19 people have died and 24
hospitalized after drinking cheap vodka and rum laced with methanol.
(SFC, 9/13/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 13, An Egyptian court
convicted former prime minister Ahmed Nazif on corruption charges
and sentenced him to three years in prison. Nazif was also fined 4.5
million Egyptian pounds, or about $750,000. Nazif was already
serving a seven-year term for his role in awarding contracts for
supplying new car license plates without going through legal
2012 Sep 13, In Egypt Alber
Saber was arrested after neighbors complained he had shared on
Facebook the amateur film made in the US that sparked protests
across the Muslim world. His arrest came during a wave of public
outrage over the film, produced by an Egyptian-American Copt. On Dec
12 a Cairo court convicted and sentenced Saber to three years in
prison for blasphemy and contempt of religion.
2012 Sep 13, In Guatemala the
Volcan del Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, erupted in a ferocious lava
flow 6 miles from Antigua.
2012 Sep 13, Mexican
prosecutors said they were investigating a 16-year-old suspected
hitman who was believed to have participated in at least 50 murders
while working for a drug gang. The teenager, identified as Francisco
Miguel N., was part of a gang known as Los Mazatlecos, a criminal
group attached to the Beltran Leyva drugs cartel.
2012 Sep 13, In Pakistan gunmen
killed seven road construction workers in Mastung district in
2012 Sep 13, In Uganda British
producer David Cecil appeared in court charged with "disobeying
lawful orders" from the Uganda Media Council, which says he staged
"The River and the Mountain," a play about being gay in Uganda, in
Kampala last month despite orders to the contrary.
2012 Sep 13, In Vietnam a
record numbers of people visited the dissident blog sites and the
bloggers pledged to keep up their struggle for freedom of
expression. Vietnam's government has vowed to crack down on three
2012 Sep 13, In Yemen hundreds
of protesters, angered by an anti-Islam film, chanted "death to
America" and stormed the US Embassy compound in Sanaa and burned the
American flag. At least 5 Yemenis were killed as state security
repulsed the attack. Pres. Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi apologized to
Pres. Barack Obama for the attack on the US Embassy.
9/13/12)(SFC, 9/14/12, p.A2)
2013 Sep 13, In western
Afghanistan Taliban militants unleashed car bombs at the US
Consulate in Herat, triggering a firefight with security forces in
an attack that killed at least 3 Afghans.
(AP, 9/13/13)(Reuters, 9/13/13)
2013 Sep 13, Australian man Tom
Denniss (52) completed a grueling run that looped the world, having
done the equivalent of a marathon a day for more than 20 months in
what he hopes is a record. Denniss began his endurance test on
December 31, 2011 at the Sydney Opera House and since then has
travelled more than 26,000 km (16,200 miles) over five continents.
2013 Sep 13, London police
arrested 12 men involved in a bold attempt to take control of a
bank's computer in order to rob the institution. 4 men were charged
the next day with trying to steal millions of pounds from Santander
Bank by hacking into its computer system. 8 others were released on
police bail pending further enquiries.
(AP, 9/13/13)(Reuters, 9/14/13)
2013 Sep 13, Burundi opened an
investigation into claims that a former ethnic Hutu rebel leader
ordered the massacre of Congolese refugees in an attack almost a
decade ago. The Banyamulenge, an ethnic Tutsi tribe from neighboring
Democratic Republic of Congo, in August accused Agathon Rwasa of
ordering the killing of 166 Banyamulenge seeking refuge inside a
camp in Burundi in 2004.
2013 Sep 13, Central African
Republic's new president Michel Djotodia said he was dissolving the
Seleka rebel alliance that swept him to power, a group that has
since been blamed for a wave of violence.
2013 Sep 13, Egyptian soldiers
backed by attack helicopters swept through several villages in the
strategic Sinai peninsula, part of an offensive aimed at driving out
2013 Sep 13, An Indian court
sentenced to death four men for the December gang rape and murder of
a young New Delhi woman, ordering them to the gallows.
2013 Sep 13, In India a
homemade bomb exploded at a market in Imphal, the capital of Manipur
state, killing at least 8 people.
(SFC, 9/14/13, p.A3)
2013 Sep 13, In Iraq a bomb
struck a Sunni mosque during prayers in Umm al-Adham village, on the
outskirts of Baqouba, killing at least 30 people.
2013 Sep 13, Lithuania made a
formal protest to Russia over extra border checks imposed over the
last month that are hampering trade as the countries spar over trade
relations with Ukraine. Russia and the EU, of which Lithuania holds
the rotating presidency, are each trying to convince Georgia,
Moldova and Ukraine to join their respective trade blocs.
2013 Sep 13, In Malawi Paul
Mphwiyo, an official at the national treasury, suffered gunshot
wounds outside his home. Pres. Joyce Banda said he was attacked to
stop him from exposing high-level fraud.
(Econ, 12/7/13, p.50)
2013 Sep 13, In Mexico police
used tear gas and water cannon to disperse demonstrators in the main
square of Mexico City, arresting 31 people, as the government took
control of the historic center after weeks of protests by teachers.
2013 Sep 13, In southwestern
Pakistan suspected militants fired rocket-propelled grenades at
trucks carrying NATO oil supplies, killing a driver.
2013 Sep 13, In Russia a fire
killed 37 people in a psychiatric hospital in Luka, a provincial
village north of Moscow. This was the second deadly blaze at such a
facility this year.
2013 Sep 13, In Rwanda one
person was killed and 14 wounded in a grenade blast in a market in
Kigali, the latest in string of such attacks over the past few
2013 Sep 13, South African
construction workers ended a three week strike after reaching a 12
percent wage hike deal with employers.
2013 Sep 13, Human Rights Watch
said South Sudan's army has killed almost 100 members of a small
tribe, executing some of them in cold blood, during seven months of
fighting with rebels in Jonglei state.
2013 Sep 13, UN investigators
said Syrian government forces are bombing and shelling hospitals in
rebel-held areas to stop sick and wounded people getting treatment,
acts which constitute war crimes.
2013 Sep 13, It was reported
that at least five Venezuelan newspapers have temporarily stopped
publishing in recent weeks for lack of paper.
2014 Sep 13, In California the
King Fire broke out west of Lake Tahoe. By Sep 25 it had scorced
93,000 acres and was only 38% contained.
(SFC, 9/25/14, p.A8)
2014 Sep 13, Univ. of Virginia
student Hannah Graham (18) went missing. Police later identified
Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. (32) as a suspect. He was returned to
Virginia on Sep 27 after being found in Texas. Matthew was also
linked to the 2009 murder of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington
(20). Graham’s body was found on Oct 18.
p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/mk4k2ac)(SSFC, 9/28/14, p.A10)(SFC,
10/1/14, p.A12)(SSFC, 10/19/14, p.A8)
2014 Sep 13, French police
detained Kemi Seba (aka Stellio Capo Chichi), a convicted
anti-Semite and radical black power activist, after he arrived in
Paris to promote a new book. Seba had been living in Senegal.
2014 Sep 13, Indonesia's elite
anti-terrorism squad arrested 7 suspected militants, including 4
Turks believed to be planning to join a jihadist group in eastern
Indonesia with possible links to the Islamic State group. Four of
the suspects were members of China's ethnic Uighur minority
(AP, 9/14/14)(AP, 9/15/14)
2014 Sep 13, Islamic State
militants publicly executed 8 Sunni men in a small northern Iraqi
village over the last 24 hours for allegedly plotting against the
2014 Sep 13, The Islamic State
released a video showing the beheading of British subject David
Haines and threatening the life of another British hostage.
2014 Sep 13, Liberian President
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf sacked 10 senior officials because they failed
to heed a warning to return from overseas travel to help the
government's fight against an Ebola epidemic.
2014 Sep 13, In the Philippines
rescuers plucked at least 110 survivors from dangerously shifting
waters and recovered at least 3 bodies from the M/V Maharlika II,
which listed and sank at nightfall.
2014 Sep 13, A Russian convoy
of more than 200 white trucks crossed the border to deliver
humanitarian aid to Luhansk, a move made without Kiev's consent yet
met with silence by Ukraine's top leaders.
2014 Sep 13, In Serbia a German
man (27), taking part in a gay rights conference, suffered
life-threatening brain injuries when he was severely beaten in
(SSFC, 9/14/14, p.A6)
2014 Sep 13, Ugandan police
arrested 19 suspected Islamist Shebab insurgents who planned to
carry out bomb attacks in Kampala and other towns.
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