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Sep 14, Thascius Caecilius Cyprian (b.~200), Christian writer and
Bishop of Carthage (248), died as a martyr in Carthage.
407 Sep 14, Johannes
Chrysostomus (b.c347), patriarch of Constantinople (398) and exiled
in 404, died in Pontus (later northeast Turkey). He is generally
considered the most prominent doctor of the Greek Church and the
greatest preacher ever heard in a Christian pulpit.
1146 Sep 14, Zangi of the Near
East was murdered. The Sultan Nur ad-Din, his son, pursued the
conquest of Edessa (NW Mesopotamia).
1321 Sep 14, Dante Alighieri,
author of the "Divine Comedy," died of malaria just hours after
finishing writing "Paradiso." The poem was completed in Italian
rather than Latin. It helped make Italian the dominant linguistic
force in European literature for the next few centuries. In 2006
Barbara Reynolds authored “Dante: The Poet, the Political Thinker,
3/26/99, p.W2)(Econ, 12/2/06, p.84)
1486 Sep 14, Heinrich Agrippa
von Nettesheim (d.1535), German occultist, alchemist, royal
astrologer, was born in Cologne.
1531 Sep 14, Philipp Apian
(d.1589), German geographer and cartographer, was born.
1544 Sep 14, Henry VIII's
forces took Boulogne, France.
1638 Sep 14, John Harvard
(B.1607), a Massachusetts Puritan minister died. On his deathbed he
bequeathed half his estate to Harvard College.
1646 Sep 14, Robert Devereux
(b.1591), 3rd earl of Essex, died.
1716 Sep 14, The 1st lighthouse
in the US was lit in Boston Harbor. It was blown up by the British
in 1776 and was replaced in 1783.
1737 Sep 14, Johann Michael
Haydn (d.1806), composer and younger brother of Franz Joseph, was
born in Austria.
1741 Sep 14, George Frederick
Handel (1685-1759) finished "Messiah" oratorio, after working on it
in London non-stop for 23 days. Messiah premiered April 13, 1742.
1743 Sep 14, Nicolas Lancret,
French artist, died. He was a brilliant depicter of light comedy
which reflected the tastes and manners of French society under the
regent Orleans. His work included “Study of a Woman Seated on the
Ground” and “Study of a Man.”
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Lancret)(SFC, 7/13/13, p.E3)
1750 Sep 14, Carl T. Pachelbel
(b.1690), German-born US organist and composer, died. He was the
younger brother of Johann Pachelbel.
1759 Sep 14, Louis Joseph de
Montcalm-Grozon, Marquis de Montcalm (b.1712) and chief of French
forces, died at age 47 on the Plains of Abraham in Canada.
1760 Sep 14, Luigi Cherubini
(d.1842), Italian-born prodigy and French composer, was born.
1769 Sep 14, Baron Freidrich
von Humboldt (d.1859), German naturalist and explorer who made the
first isothermic and isobaric maps, was born.
1773 Sep 14, Russian forces
under Aleksandr Suvorov successfully stormed a Turkish fort at
1786 Sep 14, Two French ships
appeared off the coast of Monterey, the first foreign vessels to
visit Spain's California colonies. Aboard was a party of eminent
scientists, navigators, cartographers, illustrators, and physicians.
For the next ten days Jean Francois de La Pérouse, the commander of
this expedition, took detailed notes on the life and character of
the area. Perouse’s notes were later published under the title “Life
in a California Mission: Monterey in 1786: The Journals of Jean
Francois De LA Perouse.”
1791 Sep 14, Louis XVI solemnly
swore his allegiance to the French constitution.
1812 Sep 14, The Russian army
left Moscow. Napoleon's invasion of Russia reached its climax as his
Grande Armee entered Moscow, only to find the enemy capital deserted
and burning, set afire by the few Russians who remained. The fires
were extinguished by Sep 19.
1814 Sep 14, In the dawn light
Francis Scott Key saw that the American flag still waved over Fort
McHenry in Maryland during the War of 1812. He looked on from the
deck of a boat on the Patasco River nine miles away and wrote “The
Star Spangled Banner.” The lyrics were alter adopted to the British
tune "To Anacreon in Heaven,” which had also served as Irish
drinking song and a number of other songs. "The Star-Spangled
Banner" was officially recognized as the national anthem in 1931.
The seldom sung third verse says: “No refuge could save the hireling
and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave.” The
40 feet long flag had been made by Baltimore widow Mary Young
Pickersgill and her 13-year-old daughter just a month before the
attack. In 1907 the flag was donated to the Smithsonian.
7/4/97, p.A2)(AP, 9/14/97) (WSJ, 7/3/02, p.B1)(SFC, 9/15/17 p.A5)
1836 Sep 14, Aaron Burr, the
3rd US Vice President, died. He had served as vice-president under
Thomas Jefferson. Burr is alleged to have fathered a black
illegitimate son named John Pierre Burr. In 1999 Roger W. Kennedy
authored "Burr, Hamilton and Jefferson: A Study in Character." In
2007 Nancy Isenberg authored “Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron
(WSJ, 10/27/99, p.A16)(WSJ, 10/5/05, p.A1)(WSJ,
1847 Sep 14, US forces under
Gen. Winfield Scott took control of Mexico City (the "Halls of
Montezuma"). The Mexican forces fled with their leader, Santa Anna.
(HFA, '96, p.48)(AP, 9/14/97)
1849 Sep 14(OS), Ivan Pavlov
(d.1936), Russian physiologist who studied dogs' responses to food
suggestions, was born. He won a Nobel Prize in 1904.
1849 Sep 14, La Meuse, the
first ship to sail from France to California, arrived in San
Francisco with 41 all male passengers.
(SF, 8/29/15, p.C2)
1851 Sep 14, James Fenimore
Cooper (b.1789), writer, died at Cooperstown, NY.
1852 Sep 14, Augustus Pugin
(b.1812), English Gothic architect and designer, died. He had just
this year helped oversee the completion of the new Palace of
Westminster and sketched a design for the clock tower shortly before
his death. In 2007 Rosemary Hill authored “God’s Architect: Pugin
and the Building of Romantic Britain.
1852 Sep 14, Arthur Wellesley
(b.1769), General and Duke of Wellington, died at 83.
1853 Sep 14, The Allies landed
at Eupatoria on the west coast of Crimea.
1856 Sep 14, At the Battle of
San Jacinto, Nicaragua defeated invaders. General José Dolores
Estrada led his men against the powerful forces of William Walker
and his filibusters, who sought to take over Nicaragua and all of
1860 Sep 14, Hamlin Garland,
author, was born. He wrote about the Midwest in novels such as “A
Son of the Middle Border” and “The Book of the American Indian.”
1862 Sep 14, At the battles of
South Mountain and Crampton’s Gap, Maryland Union troops smashed
into the Confederates as they closed in on what would become the
Antietam battleground. Confederates delayed McClellan’s advance
(HN, 9/14/98)(AM, 11/04, p.28)
1862 Sep 14, A contingent of
Federal troops escaped from the beleaguered Harper's Ferry.
1862 Sep 14, In San Francisco
some 3,000 people packed into Platt’s Music Hall at Bush and
Montgomery to hear Unitarian minister Starr King (1824-1864) speak
on behalf of the Sanitary Commission, a forerunner of the Red Cross.
His speech inspired businessmen to raise money and within 5 days
$100,000 was raised. In one year California raised some $500,000.
(SFC, 11/30/13, p.C3)
1864 Sep 14, Lord Robert Cecil,
one of the founders of the League of Nations and its president from
1923 to 1945, was born.
1867 Sep 14, Charles Dana
Gibson, illustrator, was born. He was the creator of the ‘Gibson
1872 Sep 14, Britain paid US
$15 million for damages during Civil War. The British government
paid £3 million in damages to the United States in compensation for
building the Confederate commerce-raider Alabama. The confederate
navy‘s Alabama was built at the Birkenhead shipyards. Despite its
official neutrality during the American Civil War, Britain allowed
the warship to leave port, and it subsequently played havoc with
Federal shipping. The U.S. claimed compensation, and a Court of
Arbitration at Geneva agreed, setting the amount at £3 million.
(HNQ, 9/2/00)(ON, 9/01, p.12)
1874 Sep 14, In Louisiana the
Battle of Liberty Place was an attempted insurrection by the
Crescent City White League against the legal Reconstruction state
government in New Orleans.
1879 Sep 14, Margaret Sanger
(d.1966), feminist, nurse, birth control proponent, was born in
Corning, NY. [see Sep 14, 1883]
1882 Sep 14, British General
Wolseley (d.1913) reached Cairo.
1883 Sep 14, Margaret Higgins
Sanger was born. While not the first in the U.S. advocating the use
of contraceptives, she coined the term "birth control" in 1914. She
was the founder of the birth control movement in the United States
and the National Birth Control League. Wife of an affluent architect
and mother of three, Sanger worked as a visiting nurse on New York's
Lower East Side, where she witnessed the misery and poverty caused
by uncontrolled fertility. Sanger became a nurse and after moving to
New York City in 1912 became involved in the bohemian society. She
launched Woman Rebel magazine in March 1914. For sending pleas for
birth control through the mails, she was indicted in August 1914
under New York's 1873 Comstock Act, which classified information
related to contraception as being obscene. She went on to lead a
global movement for birth control and founded the organization that
would later become Planned Parenthood. She died on September 6,
1966. [see Sep 14, 1879]
(HNQ, 6/22/98)(SFEM, 6/28/98, p.39)(HN,
1883 Sep 14, A Ukase barred
Yiddish theater in Russia.
1885 Sep 14, Vittorio Gui
(d.1975), Italian conductor and composer (Batture d'aspetto), was
born in Rome.
1886 Sep 14, Jan Garrique
Masaryk (d.1948), Czech statesman, was born.
1886 Sep 14, George K. Anderson
of Memphis, Tennessee, patented typewriter ribbon.
1887 Sep 14, Karl Taylor
Compton, physicist and atomic bomb scientist, was born in Wooster,
1893 Sep 14, In Virginia the
Randolph-Macon Women’s College opened under Pres. William Waugh
Smith. The first session began with 36 boarding students and
1899 Sep 14, Hal B. Wallis
(d.1986), film producer, was born in Chicago. His work included “The
Maltese Falcon, Casablanca.”
1901 Sep 14, President McKinley
died in Buffalo, N.Y., of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin.
Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as the 26th President
of the United States upon the death of William McKinley, who was
shot eight days earlier.
(AP, 9/14/97)(HN, 9/14/98)
1905 Sep 14, Pierre de Brazza
(b.1852), Franco-Italian explorer, died and was buried in Algeria.
He was born in Italy and later naturalized French. Brazza
single-handedly opened up for France entry along the right bank of
the Congo that eventually led to French colonies in West Africa. In
2006 his remains were exhumed and moved to a mausoleum in
Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo.
1909 Sep 14, The Tootsie Roll
trade-mark was registered. The application by NYC candy makers
Hirschfeld and Stern & Saalberg stated that “Tootsie” had been
used in association with the candy since September 1908. Leo
Hirshfield had invented Bromangelon Jelly Powder around 1895.
1911 Sep 14, Russian Premier
Piotr Stolypin was mortally wounded in an assassination attempt at
the Kiev opera house.
1912 Sep 14, The United States
government notified Nicaragua that it would protect American lives
and property there and uphold the government against rebels.
1913 Sep 14, The Lincoln
Highway Association announced the route of the Lincoln Highway. Its
leaders, particularly Henry Joy, President of the Packard Motor Car
Company, decided on as straight a route as possible and that
decision dictated the course. That initial line was 3,389 miles
long. Less than half of it, 1,598 miles, was improved. (Eventually,
as segments of the route were improved, the length shrunk to about
1913 Sep 14, Jacobo Guzman
Arbenz (d.1971), president of Guatemala (1951-54) was born. He was
overthrown by the CIA. Arbenz, soldier and nationalist politician
and president Guatemala, was the son of a Swiss pharmacist who
emigrated to Guatemala, Arbenz joined a group of army officers that
overthrew dictator Jorge Ubico in 1944. Arbenz became president with
the support of army and leftists, including the Communist Party. His
radical policies, especially regarding expropriation of portions of
the United Fruit Company holdings, led to a U.S. backed coup in 1954
and his fleeing to Mexico. Arbenz died in 1971 in Mexico City.
1921 Sep 14, Constance Baker
Motley, first African-American women to be appointed a federal
judge, was born.
1927 Sep 14, Isadora Duncan
(born in San Francisco in 1878), modern dance pioneer, died in Nice,
France, when her scarf became entangled in a wheel of her sports
car. A 1968 film with Vanessa Redgrave portrayed her life.
(AP, 9/14/97)(WSJ, 2/20/98, p.A16)(SFC, 9/13/02,
1929 Sep 14, The Dow Jones
Industrials added Curtis-Wright as a replacement for Wright
(WSJ, 4/8/04, p.C4)
1930 Sep 14, Allan Bloom,
writer, was born. His work included “The Closing of the American
1930 Sep 14, Nazis took 107
seats in German elections.
1933 Sep 14, Zoe Caldwell,
actress (Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), was born in Australia. In 2001
Caldwell authored “I Will Be Cleopatra: An Actress’s Journey.”
(www.infoplease.com)(SSFC, 12/16/01, p.M4)
1934 Sep 14, Kate Millet,
feminist writer, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her work included
1936 Sep 14, Irving G. Thalberg
(37), film producer and husband to actress Norma Shearer (d.1983),
died of pneumonia. In 1937 Hollywood established the Thalberg
Memorial Award people whose work reflected a "consistently high
quality." In 2009 Mark A. Viera authored “Irving Thalberg: Boy
Wonder to Producer Prince.”
(WSJ, 2/9/01, p.W1)(SSFC, 7/25/04, Par p.2)(Econ,
1937 Sep 14, TG Masaryk
(b.1886), the first president of Czechoslovakia, died in Bohemia.
1939 Sep 14, British fleet sank
the German U-39 U-boat.
1939 Sep 14, In the 1930s Igor
Sikorsky (d.1972) turned his attention again to helicopter design
and on this day flew the VS-300 on its first test flight. Sikorsky,
scientist, engineer, pilot and businessman, was a pioneer in
aircraft design who is best known for his successful development of
the helicopter. He was fascinated with flight even as a child in
Russia, and a 1908 meeting with the Wright brothers determined the
course of his life in aviation. After two early helicopter designs
failed, Sikorsky turned his attention to fixed-wing aircraft. By
1913 he had developed the Il’ya Muromets, four-engine passenger
aircraft that were converted to bombers for use in WWI. The
Bolshevik Revolution forced Sikorsky and his family to emigrate to
America in 1919 where he established the Sikorsky Aero Engineering
Corporation in New York. Over the next 20 years, Sikorsky’s company
built passenger planes and flying boats, including the S-40 American
Clipper that was used to open new air routes across the Pacific.
[see Sep 13]
1940 Sep 14, Congress passed
the Selective Service Act, providing for the first peacetime draft
in U.S. history. It passed by one vote.
(AP, 9/14/97)(SFEC, 8/27/00, BR p.4)
1942 Sep 14, The 3-day Battle
of Edson's Ridge at Guadalcanal continued.
1943 Sep 14, German troops
abandoned the Salerno front in Italy.
1944 Sep 14, A Category 3
hurricane, the Great Atlantic Hurricane, struck eastern New England.
Winds hit 109 MPH in Connecticut and 46 people were killed on land
and caused $100 million in damage. The storm sank 5 ships killing
(AP, 9/21/97)(WSJ, 5/31/06,
1947 Sep 14, Sam Neill, actor
(Jurassic Park, Dead Calm, Piano), was born in Omagh, Northern
1948 Sep 14, A groundbreaking
ceremony took place in New York at the site of the United Nations'
1956 Sep 14, Egypt assumed
complete control over the operation of the Suez Canal.
(EWH, 1968, p.1249)
1957 Sep 14, Pres. Eisenhower
met with Arkansas Gov. Faubus in Rhode Island. Faubus agreed to
cooperate with the president’s decisions regarding the high schools
of Little Rock.
1959 Sep 14, The Soviet space
probe Luna 2 became the first man-made object to reach the moon as
it crashed onto the lunar surface.
1960 Sep 14, The "Twist" sung
by Chubby Checker (born as Ernest Evans in 1941) hit #1. It reached
#1 a 2nd time in Jan. 1962.
1960 Sep 14, REITs were created
when President Eisenhower signed into law the REIT Act title
contained in the Cigar Excise Tax Extension of 1960. REITs were
created by Congress in order to give all investors the opportunity
to invest in large-scale, diversified portfolios of income-producing
1960 Sep 14, A Congo coup led
by Col. Mobutu overthrew PM Patrice Lumumba.
1960 Sep 14, Iraq, Iran,
Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela formed OPEC. Fuad Rouhani
(1907-2004) of Iran served as its 1st secretary-general. In 1964 he
was succeeded by Abdul Rahman Bazzaz of Iraq.
(HN, 9/14/98)(WSJ, 7/28/03, p.A8)
1961 Sep 14, SF vice squad
stage an early morning raid at the Tay-Bush Inn, a restaurant at
Bush and Taylor, and jailed 103 people. All but 14 were men accused
of dancing together and kissing. Of 242 patrons 139 escaped. Police
arrested 103 of an estimated 242 patrons in the “biggest action of
its kind.” Charges against all but 2 of those arrested were later
dropped (1st source says August 14).
(SSFC, 8/14/11, DB p.42)(SFC, 6/21/13, p.C3)
1963 Sep 14, Mary Ann Fischer
of Aberdeen, S.D., gave birth to four girls and a boy, the first
surviving quintuplets in the United States.
1964 Sep 14, California’s State
Health Advisory Board approved a change in health regulations that
enables fathers to be present during the birth of their children.
(SSFC, 9/14/14, DB p.42)
1964 Sep 14, UC Berkeley
officials announced a new policy prohibiting political action at the
campus entrance at Bancroft Way and Telegraph.
(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F5)
1964 Sep 14, Pope Paul VI
opened the third session of the Second Ecumenical Council of the
Vatican, also known as Vatican Two.'' The session closed two months
1964 Sep 14, Vasily Grossman
(b.1905), Ukraine-born journalist and writer, died in Moscow. His
eyewitness reports of a Nazi extermination camp, following the
discovery of Treblinka, were among the earliest accounts of a Nazi
death camp by a reporter. His novels included "Stalingrad) (1952)
and "Life and Fate" (1960). In 2019 Alexandra Popoff authored Vasily
Grossman and the Soviet Century."
1965 Sep 14, The situation
comedy "My Mother the Car" premiered on NBC-TV.
1965 Sep 14, The TV show
"F-Troop" premiered. It ended in 1967 after 65 episodes.
1965 Sep 14, Dmitry Medvedev
was born in Leningrad. In 2008 with the backing of Vladimir Putin,
he became prime minister of Russia.
(WSJ, 2/28/08, p.A14)
1965 Sep 14, The 4th meeting of
2nd Vatican council opened.
1965 Sep 14, Vasily Grossman
(b.1964, Soviet writer, died in Moscow. In 1961 his novel “Life and
Fate,” a book about Nazis and Soviets at war, was confiscated. A
copy was smuggled to the US and published in English 1985. In 2011
the BBC dramatized the book on Radio 4.
1966 Sep 14, Operation
Attleboro, designed as a training exercise for American troops in
South Vietnam, became a month-long struggle against the Viet Cong.
1966 Sep 14, Tillie Edelstein
(b.1898), actress and screenwriter, died. As Gertrude Berg, she
created “The Goldbergs” (1929), a radio program that later became
first television sitcom. In 2009 Aviva Kempner directed a
documentary of Berg titled “Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg.”
1967 Sep 14, The TV series
“Ironside” began and continued to 1975. It featured Raymond Burr.
Early episodes used the old Hall of Justice at 750 Kearney in San
1968 Sep 14, Al Frueh (b.1880),
American caricature artist (New Yorker magazine), died.
1969 Sep 14, Males of Swiss
canton Schaffhausen rejected female suffrage.
1971 Sep 14, "Cannon" with
William Conrad premiered on CBS-TV.
1972 Sep 14, The family drama
series "The Waltons" premiered on CBS.
1973 Sep 14, Pres Nixon signed
into law a measure lifting pro football's blackout.
1975 Sep 14, Rembrandt's
"Nightwatch" was slashed and damaged in Amsterdam.
1975 Sep 14, Pope Paul VI
declared Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton the first native-born
American saint in the Roman Catholic Church.
(AP, 9/14/97)(HN, 9/14/98)
1976 Sep 14, The National
Emergencies Act was enacted. The United States federal law was
passed to end all previous national states of emergency and to
formalize the emergencies powers of the President. It also said
Congress could overrule the president with a joint resolution.
1978 Sep 14, The Soviet Union
suspended further flights of the supersonic TU 144.
(WUD, 1994, p.1691)
1979 Sep 14, Colombia signed an
extradition treaty with the US, but Colombian leaders enacted
legislation that nullified the pact. It became effective march 4,
1982 Sep 14, John C. Gardner
(b.1933), US, writer (Life & Times of Chaucer High), was killed
in a motorcycle accident. In 2004 Barry Silesky authored "John
Gardner: Literary Outlaw."
1982 Sep 14, Lebanon's
president-elect, Bashir Gemayel, was killed by a bomb.
1982 Sep 14, Princess Grace of
Monaco, formerly actress Grace Kelly, died at age 52 of injuries
from a car crash the day before. Her daughter Stephanie survived the
crash. Kelly rose to prominence in film with 1952's 'High Noon', and
she worked with Alfred Hitchcock in several films including 'Rear
Window'. Her movie career was a brief six years where she did win an
Oscar for 'The Country Girl'. In 1956 she retired from film
following her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco.
(AP, 9/14/97)(AP, 10/10/02)
1984 Sep 14, Richard Brautigan
(49), writer, died from self-inflicted gunshot wound in Bolinas, Ca.
His work included "Trout Fishing in America" (1967) and A
Confederate General from Big Sur" (1964). In 1989 Keith Abbott
authored the biography: "Downstream from Trout Fishing in America: A
Memoir of Richard Brautigan." In 1999 Edna Webster published "The
Edna Webster Collection of Undiscovered Writings." In 2004 Greg
Keeler authored “Waltzing with the Captain: Remembering Richard
Brautigan. In 2012 William Hjortsberg authored “Jubilee Hitchhiker:
The Life and Times of Richard Brautigan.”
(SFC, 10/7/99, p.E1)(SSFC, 8/22/04, p.M3)(SFC,
1984 Sep 14, Janet Gaynor (77),
the first actress to win an Academy Award (1929), died in San
Francisco. She had never fully recovered from a car crash in 1982.
Her 34 movies included “Seventh Heaven” and the first “A Star Is
(SSFC, 9/13/09, DB p.46)
1984 Sep 14, In Georgia Taressa
Stanley, a clerk at a Quickie convenience store in Warner Robbins,
was killed during a robbery. Police soon arrested Timothy R. Johnson
(22) and reportedly frightened him into pleading guilty. Georgia’s
Supreme Court overturned Johnson’s conviction in 2006 and he was
freed in 2013 after a new jury found him not guilty on all charges.
(http://tinyurl.com/nwxssoz)(SFC, 11/12/15, p.A7)
1985 Sep 14, The situation
comedy "The Golden Girls" premiered on NBC and continued to 1992.
The show included Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan
(d.1010 at 76) and Estelle Getty as 4 older women living together in
Spring, 2009, p.44)(SFC, 6/4/10, p.C8)
1985 Sep 14, Shiite Muslim
kidnappers in Lebanon released the Rev. Benjamin Weir after holding
him captive for 16 months.
1986 Sep 14, President Reagan
and his wife, Nancy, appeared together on radio and television to
appeal for a “national crusade” against drug abuse.
1987 Sep 14, Cal Ripken
(b.1960), baseball star for the Baltimore Orioles, ended his streak
of 8,243 consecutive innings (908 games).
1987 Sep 14, Transportation
Secretary Elizabeth Dole resigned to devote herself to the
presidential campaign of her husband, Senate Minority Leader Bob
1987 Sep 14, The first e-mail
from China was sent to an int’l. network and proclaimed: “Across the
Great Wall we can reach every corner in the world.”
(Econ, 4/6/13, SR p.3)
1988 Sep 14, Hurricane
“Gilbert” slammed into Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula after forcing
thousands of residents to flee.
1989 Sep 14, ACT-UP AIDS
activists shut down the New York Stock Exchange for a short time
when they chained themselves to a balcony overlooking the floor.
(SFC, 3/22/97, p.A13)
1989 Sep 14, Joseph T.
Wesbecker, a 47-year-old pressman on disability for mental illness,
killed himself after he shot 8 people dead and wounded 12 at a
printing plant in Louisville, Ky.
1990 Sep 14, Ken Griffey, Sr.
and Jr, hit back-to-back HRs in the 1st inning.
1990 Sep 14, During the Persian
Gulf crisis, the US Navy reported that American troops had fired a
warning shot at an Iraqi tanker, then boarded it briefly before
allowing it to proceed.
1991 Sep 14, US Secretary of
State James A. Baker III met with leaders of the Baltic nations,
which had declared independence from the Soviet Union.
1991 Sep 14, Carolyn Suzanne
Sapp of Hawaii was crowned “Miss America.”
1991 Sep 14, The government of
South Africa, the African National Congress and the Inkatha Freedom
Party signed a national peace pact.
1992 Sep 14, The grand dragon
of the Ku Klux Klan's Invisible Empire of Florida announced that he
was moving the group's headquarters from Orlando to Gainesville. He
said, it's "a progressive community, and we think we can fit in."
1992 Sep 14, California became
the first US state to implement a formal rule about client-lawyer
sexual conduct. Rule 3-120 barred lawyers from using their position
of power to coerce clients into sleeping with them.
1992 Sep 14, Germany cut key
interest rates for the first time in five years, an action the
United States and European Community nations had been urging to help
spur a world economic recovery.
1992 Sep 14, The Italian Lira
was devalued 7%. This forced Italy to withdraw from the Exchange
Rate Mechanism (ERM), a pre-euro system of semi-pegged currencies.
(http://tinyurl.com/eh943)(Econ, 7/16/11, p.79)
1993 Sep 14, British tourist
Gary Colley was shot and killed, his female companion Margaret
Jagger wounded, at a highway rest stop in Florida. Three young men,
Aundra Aikins, John Crumitie, and Deron Spear, were arrested charged
and convicted. Two suspects later received life sentences; two
others received lesser sentences.
(AP, 9/14/03)(SFC, 8/29/97, p.A8)
1993 Sep 14, Israel and Jordan
signed a framework for negotiations, a day after the signing of a
PLO-Israeli peace accord.
1994 Sep 14, On the 34th day of
a strike by players, Bud Selig, acting commissioner, announced the
1994 baseball season was over. All 28 baseball owners voted to
cancel rest of 1994 season.
1995 Sep 14, Bosnian Serbs
agreed to move heavy weapons and tanks away from Serajevo. NATO
halted bombing in response.
(WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A14)(SFC,10/16/97, p.A12)
1996 Sep 14, There was a rumor
published that was gleaned from the Internet that “friendly fire”
caused the crash of TWA Flight 800.
(SFC, 9/14/96, p.A4)
1996 Sep 14, Tara Dawn Holland
of Overland Park, Kansas, won the Miss America beauty pageant.
(SFC, 9/15/96, p.A6)(AP, 9/14/97)
1996 Sep 14, Juliet Prowse
(b.1936), actress and dancer (Mona McCluskey), died.
1996 Sep 14, Bosnians went to
the polls in their first national elections since the
three-and-a-half civil war that ravaged the Balkan republic.
1996 Sep 14, In Cambodia King
Norodom Sihanouk granted amnesty to Ieng Sary, the Khmer Rouge rebel
(SFC, 9/15/96, p.A16)
1997 Sep 14, At the 49th Annual
Primetime Emmy Awards, "Law and Order" won best drama series while
"Frasier" won best comedy series.
1997 Sep 14, An Air Force
F-117A Stealth fighter broke apart in midair at a Baltimore County
air show. The pilot ejected safely but about a dozen people on the
ground were slightly injured.
(SFC, 9/15/97, p.A2)
1997 Sep 14, Overcoming fears
of violence, Bosnians flooded polling stations to vote in local
1997 Sep 14, In India at least
77 people were killed when a train plunged from a bridge near Champa
town in the east of Madhya Pradesh state. Another 234 were injured.
(SFC, 9/15/97, p.A11)
1997 Sep 14, Two Israeli
soldiers were killed in a Hezbollah attack in southern Lebanon.
(WSJ, 9/15/97, p.A1)
1997 Sep 14, Israel announced
that it will return half of the $67 million in Palestinian tax
revenues as a “goodwill gesture.”
(SFC, 9/15/97, p.A10)
1997 Sep 14, It was reported
that Norway is the world’s 2nd largest oil exporter and that the
government sets aside nearly $8.3 billion into a fund for the
(SFEC, 9/14/97, p.A24)
1998 Sep 14, President Clinton,
struggling to regain his footing from the Monica Lewinsky scandal,
pledged during a speech in New York to work with America's allies to
deal with the "biggest financial challenge facing the world in a
1998 Sep 14, In Chicago Vincas
Valkavickas (78), a retired factory worker, was put under
deportation proceedings. A complaint alleged that he assisted Nazi
forces as a Lithuanian police officer and guarded Jewish men, women
and children between 1941-1944 at Sviencionys, Lithuania.
(SFC, 9/16/98, p.A3)
1998 Sep 14, In Miami ten
suspected Cuban spies were arrested for trying to penetrate the
military and exile groups. Five men later pleaded guilty to lesser
charges; the trial of the other five has been postponed until May
2000. The 5 remaining men were convicted in June, 2001, for acting
as unregistered agents and conspiracy to commit crimes against the
US. In 2009 a federal judge lowered the life sentence of Ramon
Labanino to 30 years. The 19-year sentence against Fernando Gonzalez
was reduced to about 18 years.
(WSJ, 9/15/98, p.A1) (WSJ, 9/15/98, p.A1)(AP,
9/14/99)(SSFC, 8/5/07, p.A19)
1998 Sep 14, In Albania
fighting continued in Tirana. Anti-government protestors stormed
public buildings and 3 Berisha supporters were killed in a
(WSJ, 9/15/98, p.A1)(USAT, 9/15/98, p.12A)(SFC,
1998 Sep 14, Air Canada pilots
ended a 13-day strike with a 9% salary increase over 2 years.
(SFC, 9/15/98, p.A10)
1998 Sep 14, Yang Shangkun
(b.1907), president of China during the 1969 Tiananmen massacre,
died in Beijing.
(WSJ, 9/15/98, p.A1)(SFC, 9/16/98, p.C4)
1998 Sep 14, Ecuador allowed
its currency, the sucre, to drop by almost 10%. Pres. Jamil Mahuad
outlined a new emergency economic package. The currency devaluation
went to 15% and a new austerity eliminated power subsidies.
Welfare coupons for $17 were to be issued to the poor beginning Nov
(WSJ, 9/15/98, p.A17)(WSJ, 9/16/98, p.A17)
1998 Sep 14, In Indonesia a
strike by 6,000 taxi drivers in Medan deteriorated into a riot.
Hundreds looted a government-owned rice warehouse on East Timor.
(WSJ, 9/16/98, p.A19)
1999 Sep 14, Hurricane “Floyd”
clobbered the Bahamas, toppling power lines, ripping roofs off homes
and pushing a roiling sea into streets before heading toward the
southeastern United States. Hurricane Floyd forced the evacuation of
800,000 in South Carolina and 500,000 in Georgia.
(SFC, 9/15/99, p.A1)(AP, 9/14/00)
1999 Sep 14, In Anaheim, Ca.,
Dung Trinh killed 3 employees at West Anaheim Medical Center during
a shooting spree. He was despondent over the death of his mother.
(SFC, 9/15/99, p.A6)
1999 Sep 14, Indonesian
soldiers looted the abandoned UN mission in Dili, East Timor, just
hours after 110 UN personnel and 13-hundred East Timorese were
evacuated and flown to safety to end a ten-day siege.
(SFC, 9/15/99, p.A14)(AP, 9/14/00)
2000 Sep 14, President Clinton
said he was “quite troubled” by the way the Energy and Justice
departments had handled the Wen Ho Lee case, and he expressed his
2000 Sep 14, US Government
scientists narrowly rejected a proposal to ease the ban on gay male
blood donors, citing uncertainty over whether the move would
increase the AIDS risk to the nation's blood supply.
2000 Sep 14, In Belgium truck
drivers agreed to lift a blockade of highways and fuel depots after
5 days of fuel cost protests.
(SFC, 9/15/00, p.A14)
2000 Sep 14, In Burma the
military lifted restrictions against Suu Kyi and 8 other leaders of
the National League for Democracy.
(SFC, 9/16/00, p.A10)
2000 Sep 14, In Cambodia and
Vietnam the Mekong River flooded. At least 89 people had died in
Cambodia and 8 in Vietnam since the floods began in July.
(SFC, 9/15/00, p.A18)
2000 Sep 14, Germany banned the
Blood and Honor skinhead group saying it spread Nazism through
music, magazines and web sites.
(SFC, 9/15/00, p.D4)
2000 Sep 14, In Peru a video
was broadcast that showed Vladimiro Montesinos, the country’s chief
spy, bribing congressman Alberto Kouri to support Pres. Fujimori.
The heads of Peru’s 14 military divisions were all from the
military-school class of Montesinos. The annual military budget was
$1.5 billion. There were allegations that Montesinos was involved in
the sale of AK47 assault rifles to rebels in Colombia. In 2009
Fujimori acknowledged that soon after the video emerged he paid
Montesinos $15 million in state money to quit.
(SFC, 9/16/00, p.A10)(WSJ, 9/20/00, p.A23)(SFC,
9/22/00, p.D3)(AP, 7/13/09)
2000 Sep 14, In the Philippines
guerrillas bombed 3 gas stations and lawmakers planned to undo
economic reforms and nationalize oil imports to cut soaring fuel
(WSJ, 9/15/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 14, In Spain Ramon
Rekalde, a former Socialist Party official, was wounded with a shot
in the head in San Sebastian. The ETA was blamed.
(SFC, 9/15/00, p.D2)
2001 Sep 14, Pres. Bush
declared a national emergency and summoned as many as 50,000
military reservists. Congress approved nearly $40 billion and gave
Pres. Bush war powers ok. The number of hijackers involved in the
Sep 11 attacks was raised from 18 to 19 and their names were made
public. Bush prayed with his Cabinet and attended services at
Washington National Cathedral, then flew to New York, where he waded
into the ruins of the World Trade Center and addressed rescue
workers in a flag-waving, bullhorn-wielding show of resolve.
Americans packed churches and clogged public squares on a day of
remembrance for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
(SFC, 9/15/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/17/01, p.A1)(AP,
2001 Sep 14, Passenger lists
were published for the 4 airplanes that were hijacked and crashed by
terrorists on Sep 11.
(SFC, 9/14/01, p.A6)
2001 Sep 14-24, Six chartered
flights carrying mostly Saudi nationals departed from the US. [see
(WSJ, 6/1/04, p.A4)
2001 Sep 14, A Palestinian
attack wounded 2 Israeli policemen.
(SSFC, 9/16/01, p.A28)
2002 Sep 14, President Bush
said the United States was willing to take Iraq on alone if the
United Nations failed to "show some backbone" by confronting Saddam
2002 Sep 14, In Lackawanna, New
York, 5 men of Yemeni descent were charged with supporting foreign
terrorist organizations. They trained in an al Qaeda camp run by
Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network in the spring of 2001. A 6th
member of the cell was arrested in Bahrain. All 6 were indicted Oct
21. In 2003 Mukhtar al-Bakri was sentenced to 10 years, Yasein Taher
to 9 years. All terms ranged from 7-10 years.
(AP, 9/15/02)(SFC, 9/17/02, p.A12)(SFC, 10/22/02,
p.A7)(SFC, 12/5/03, p.A3)(WSJ, 12/18/03, p.A1)
2002 Sep 14, Lolita Torres
(72), a singer and one of the top actresses of Argentina's golden
era of cinema, died of complications from a lung infection.
2002 Sep 14, In China 38 (49)
people died and hundreds were hospitalized with food poisoning after
eating breakfast snacks, sesame cakes, fried dough sticks and fried
glutinous rice balls, in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing. A man
jealous of a business rival later confessed to spiking his
competitor's breakfast snacks with rat poison.
(Reuters, 9/14/02)(Reuters, 9/17/02)(WSJ,
2002 Sep 14, In Congo DRC it
was reported that some 1,200 people had died from a cholera epidemic
and that another 18,000 were infected.
(SFC, 9/14/02, p.A20)
2002 Sep 14, In Santo Domingo,
Dominican Republic, demonstrators threw homemade firebombs at police
who retaliated with tear gas during a fourth day of violent protests
over electricity blackouts that have left 2 dead.
2002 Sep 14, In France Tim
Montgomery, American sprinter, set a 9.78 second record in the
100-meter dash at the IAAF Grand Prix in Paris. In 2004 he admitted
to using steroids and a growth hormone. In 2005 he was banned from
track for 2 years and his 2001-2005 records were expunged.
(SFC, 6/24/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 12/14/05, p.A1)
2002 Sep 14, In Italy tens of
thousands of protesters rallied in central Rome, accusing
conservative Premier Silvio Berlusconi of using political power for
his personal benefit, and saying opposition parties were not doing
enough about it.
2002 Sep 14, In Ivory Coast’s
Azagny National Park there were only 39,000 western chimpanzees left
of an original 600,000. The western chimpanzee, one of four
subspecies of the common chimpanzee, was already extinct in the wild
in Benin, Gambia and Togo. It was almost extinct in Senegal, Burkina
Faso, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Ghana.
2002 Sep 14, President Emile
Lahoud said Lebanon will start pumping water from a shared border
river for its southern villages despite Israeli military threats.
2002 Sep 14, In Liberia Pres.
Charles Taylor lifted the state of emergency he imposed eight months
ago, declaring that the rebel insurrection against his government
had been all but crushed.
2002 Sep 14, In Macedonia an
ethnic Albanian was killed and two were wounded in a clash with
police, as tensions soared on the eve of key elections.
2002 Sep 14, South and North
Korea have set a date to begin mine clearing and establish a
military hotline during reconstruction of railway links across their
fortified border divided for 50 years.
2002 Sep 14, In Syria 2 buses
collided in the northeast, killing 13 people and injuring four
2003 Sep 14, Japanese filmmaker
Takeshi Kitano's "Zatoichi," the story of a mythical blind
swordsman, and Denys Arcand's "The Barbarian Invasions" took top
awards at the Toronto International Film Festival.
2003 Sep 14, Illinois Gov. Rod
Blagojevich directed the state Special Advocate to draft a plan for
busing inexpensive medications from Canada for state employees and
(SFC, 9/15/03, p.A1)
2003 Sep 14, The Lasker
foundation presented awards for medical research to Dr. Robert
Roeder for his work on gene transcription, and to Dr. Marc Feldman
and Sir Ravinder Maini for their anti-TVF work that led to drugs for
treating rheumatoid arthritis.
(SSFC, 9/14/03, p.A2)
2003 Sep 14, Yetunde Price
(31), older sister of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, was
shot and killed in LA County. Suspect Aaron Michael Hammer (24) was
arrested 2 days later.
(SFC, 9/16/03, p.A1)
2003 Sep 14, Hafiz Abdul Rahim,
a top commander of the former Taliban regime who allegedly led rebel
fighters in southern Afghanistan, was killed along with 14 other
fighters in a shootout with Afghan forces.
2003 Sep 14, Estonians passed a
referendum to join the European Union.
2003 Sep 14, In the West Africa
country of Guinea-Bissau the army launched a coup, arresting the
president and ordering government ministers detained. Verissimo
Correia Seabre and fellow senior officers arrested the elected
president, Kumba Yala.
2003 Sep 14, Lt. Gen. Ricardo
Sanchez, the US military commander in Iraq, authorized the use of
loud rock music, "to create fear, disorient ... and prolong capture
shock." The tactic became common in the US war on terror, with
forces systematically using loud music on hundreds of detainees in
Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.
2003 Sep 14, In Iraq a roadside
bomb attack on a convoy in the troubled city of Fallujah killed one
US soldier and injured three others.
2003 Sep 14, In Cancun, Mexico,
the WTO talks collapsed when delegates from Africa, the Caribbean
and Asia walked out accusing wealthy nations of failing to offer
sufficient compromises on agriculture and other issues.
(SFC, 9/15/03, p.A3)(AP, 9/14/08)
2003 Sep 14, A Saudi importer
of some 58,000 Australian sheep was reported to be trying to give
them away for free. The sheep had been stranded for five weeks on
the ship, the Cormo Express, due to a 6% infection rate for scabby
mouth disease. Australia in 2002 had imposed tougher rules on ships
exporting livestock to the Persian Gulf after it was revealed that
14,500 sheep had died from heat stress in one month. Some 5,700
sheep aboard the Cormo Express died before Eritrea accepted the
(AP, 9/14/03)(Econ, 12/2/06, p.88)
2003 Sep 14, Dhaher bin Thamer
al-Shimry, a Saudi marijuana trafficker, was beheaded, bringing the
number of beheadings in the kingdom this year to 41.
2003 Sep 14, Pope John Paul II
wrapped up a pilgrimage to Slovakia by beatifying two clerics, Greek
Catholic Bishop Vasil Hopko and Roman Catholic Sister Zdenka
Schelingova, who were jailed and tortured under the former communist
2003 Sep 14,
Sweden voted 56-42% "No" in a referendum on whether to adopt the
2004 Sep 14, President Bush
told veterans in Las Vegas he was proud of his time in the Texas Air
National Guard as he sought to deflect questions about his
2004 Sep 14, Arizona,
California and Nevada joined with the federal government to
undertake a 50-year, $620 million project to restore wildlife
habitat along 342 miles of the lower Colorado River.
(SFC, 9/15/04, p.A8)
2004 Sep 14, Firefox, developed
by Mozilla, released a new Web browser.
(Econ, 9/25/04, p.76)
2004 Sep 14, More than 35,000
Colombian Indians marched in a violence-wracked region to protest
attacks against Indians and a free-trade pact pursued by the US.
2004 Sep 14, Hurricane Ivan
whipped western Cuba with 160 mph winds. The hurricane knocked some
25 million barrels of oil off world markets by causing undersea
mudslides in the Gulf of Mexico.
(AP, 9/14/04)(WSJ, 10/27/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 14, A car bomb ripped
through a busy market near a Baghdad police headquarters where
Iraqis were waiting to apply for jobs on the force killing 47 and
wounding 114. Gunmen opened fire on a van carrying police home from
work in Baqouba, killing 12 people.
(AP, 9/14/04)(SFC, 9/15/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 14, Saboteurs blew up
a junction where multiple oil pipelines cross the Tigris River in
northern Iraq, setting off a chain reaction in power generation
systems that left the entire country without power.
2004 Sep 14, Senior Israeli
Cabinet ministers approved the payment of cash advances to Jewish
settlers who will be removed from their homes under Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip.
2004 Sep 14, Mount Asama, one
of Japan's largest and most active volcanoes, began spewing gray
smoke into the air. Its last major eruption was in 1783.
2004 Sep 14, Russia announced
it was pouring $5.4 billion in additional funding into its security
2004 Sep 14, A UN World Health
report said 6-10 thousand people were dying from disease and
violence in Sudan’s Darfur region.
(SFC, 9/15/04, p.A3)
2005 Sep 14, A US federal judge
in Sacramento ruled that requiring children to recite a Pledge of
Allegiance that contains the phrase “under God” in public schools is
(SFC, 9/15/05, p.A1)
2005 Sep 14, The US Coast
Guard, acting on Colombian intelligence, intercepted a ship towing
an unmanned submarine-like vessel that held more than 2 tons of
cocaine. Separately, 2.5 tons of cocaine were discovered hidden in
the oil tanks of a ship docked in the Colombian Pacific port of
2005 Sep 14, The Port of New
Orleans resumed commercial operations. Officials said damage to
agriculture in the Gulf states due to Hurricane Katrina has topped
(AP, 9/14/05)(SFC, 9/15/05, p.C1)
2005 Sep 14, Delta Airlines and
Northwest Airlines, America’s 3rd and 4th largest airlines, filed
(Econ, 9/17/05, p.59)
2005 Sep 14, Robert Wise (91),
film editor turned director, died of heart failure. He was nominated
for seven Academy Awards, had hits in a variety of genres and worked
with Orson Welles on "Citizen Kane." But he gained his greatest
acclaim and four Oscars, with the big-budget productions of "West
Side Story" and "The Sound of Music." In 1996 he became the 26th
recipient of the American Film Institute’s life achievement award.
(AP, 9/15/05)(SFC, 9/16/05, p.B8)
2005 Sep 14, In Afghanistan
about 40 gunmen attacked a police post in the mountainous Char-Chilo
district of Uruzgan province. Police killed three of the attackers
and arrested one after a two-hour gunbattle. A bomb exploded along a
road frequently traveled by U.S.-led and Afghan army forces near
Tirin Kot, the provincial capital, blowing up a civilian vehicle and
killing three passengers.
2005 Sep 14, In Australia the
CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization)
Total Wellbeing Diet book was reported to have already sold 370,000
copies. Publishers targeted sales of one million to the country of
just 20 million people.
2005 Sep 14, Brazil’s police
arrested 43 people during raids on clandestine rings sneaking an
increasing number of Brazilians into the United States, Europe and
2005 Sep 14, Britain declared
that the Ulster Volunteer Force, a major outlawed Protestant group
in Northern Ireland, has abandoned its 11-year-old truce and is an
enemy of the peace once again.
2005 Sep 14, Chile’s Supreme
Court stripped Gen. Augusto Pinochet of immunity from prosecution,
paving the way for a trial of the former dictator for his alleged
role in the disappearance and killing of 15 dissidents during his
2005 Sep 14, Egypt said it had
found an arms-smuggling tunnel under the Gaza border, and
Palestinians crossing the frontier were warned to return by sunset
when passport controls will be reimposed.
2005 Sep 14, In NYC Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blasted US unilateralism, militarism
and privilege and called for the UN to promote spirituality. The
conservative Muslim leader advanced unusual broad concepts,
including recommendations that the UN "institutionalize justice at
the international level" and ensure all members have "equal rights."
2005 Sep 14, A leading Shiite
lawmaker said Iraq's draft constitution has been finalized and will
be sent to the United Nations to be printed.
2005 Sep 14, More than a dozen
explosions ripped through Baghdad in rapid succession, killing at
least 160 people and wounding 570 in a series of attacks that began
with a suicide car bombing that targeted laborers assembled to find
work for the day. Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility.
(AP, 9/14/05)(SFC, 9/15/05, p.A3)
2005 Sep 14, Gunmen wearing
military uniforms surrounded a village north of Baghdad and executed
2005 Sep 14, In Nepal police
fired tear gas and beat protesters with batons as 7,000 people
poured into the center of the Nepalese capital in continuing
2005 Sep 14, In Pakistan gunmen
on a motorcycle murdered a minority Shiite Muslim in Quetta before
2005 Sep 14, Former Russian PM
Mikhail Kasyanov said he plans to run in the 2008 presidential
election. He urged Russia's fragmented opposition to unite or face
at least another decade of undemocratic rule.
2005 Sep 14, In Geneva the UN
refugee and food agencies' chiefs made a joint appeal to donors for
more money to alleviate shortages of survival rations for people
displaced by war across Africa.
2005 Sep 14, Taiwan failed for
the 13th straight year to get a seat at the United Nations, a move
that has been blocked annually since 1993 by archrival China and its
2005 Sep 14, In NYC UN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan appealed to world leaders marking the
60th anniversary of the United Nations to help restore confidence in
the world body. He also said that UN members had failed to achieve
the profound reform the global organization needed on its 60th
anniversary. President Bush urged compassion for the needy and
pressed the global community to "put the terrorists on notice" by
cracking down on any activities that could incite deadly attacks.
2006 Sep 14, US federal health
officials said an outbreak a deadly strain of E. coli (0157:H7) had
left at least one person dead in Wisconsin over 100 others sick and
warned consumers not to eat bagged fresh spinach. The outbreak in 8
states soon extended to 25. The number sickened rose to at least
190. Most of the spinach crop at this time of the year comes from
California. A special effort was under way in the Salinas Valley of
California, a major leafy-vegetable growing region, to look for any
possible source of contamination there. The outbreak was traced to
California’s Natural Selection Foods of San Juan Bautista, which
recalled all suspect products. This was the same deadly strain that
in 1982 had sickened at least 47 people in Oregon and Michigan who
ate McDonald’s burgers. A surveillance system setup after a 1993
outbreak at the Jack-in-the-Box fast food chain helped single out
spinach as the likely source of this outbreak. A 2nd death on Sep
20, a 2-year-old boy in Idaho, was attributed to the spinach E.
coli. A 3rd death in late August, a woman (84) in Nebraska, was also
attributed to the spinach E. coli. On Sep 29 the FDA cleared spinach
from California’s Monterey, San Benito and Santa Clara counties.
(SFC, 9/23/06, p.A9)(WSJ, 9/25/06, p.A4)(SFC,
9/30/06, p.A5)(SFC, 10/7/06, p.A6)
2006 Sep 14, In Green Bay,
Wisc., police arrested two 17-year-olds, suspected of plotting a
shooting spree at East High School. William C. Cornell and Shawn R.
Sturtz were arrested for suspicion of conspiracy to commit
first-degree intentional homicide and conspiracy to commit arson.
Police found homemade bombs and weapons at their homes.
2006 Sep 14, In Washington DC 2
people demonstrated prosthesis that moved in response to thoughts.
Their bionic arms were designed by the Rehabilitation Institute of
(SFC, 9/15/06, p.A5)
2006 Sep 14, The Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation awarded $68.2 million to fight parasitic
diseases that included leishmaniasis, trypanosomiasis and hookworm.
The new money will support efficacy trials in India and Africa.
(WSJ, 9/14/06, p.A11)
2006 Sep 14, The hedge fund
Amaranth Advisors, led by Nick Maounis, announced a loss of some
$560 million. The name was taken from the Greek word for “unfading.”
Brian Hunter (32), a Canadian energy trader, got caught on the wrong
side of falling natural gas futures.
(WSJ, 9/23/06, p.B5)(Econ, 9/23/06, p.83)
2006 Sep 14, Mickey Hargitay
(80), Hungarian-born actor and world champion bodybuilder, died. He
was named Mr. Universe, Mr. America and Mr. Olympia in 1955. He was
married to sex siren Jayne Mansfield (1957-1964) and his daughter is
the Emmy-winning actress Mariska Hargitay. California Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger played Hargitay in the 1982 TV movie "The Jayne
2006 Sep 14, Prof. Frederic
Evans Wakemen Jr. (68), leading US scholar on China, died in Oregon.
His books included “Policing Shanghai 1927-1937” (1995) and
“Spymaster: Dai Li and the Chinese Secret Service” (2004). Prof.
Wakemen had taught at UC Berkeley (1965-2006).
(SFC, 9/26/06, p.B5)
2006 Sep 14, Taliban militants
attacked police headquarters in western Afghanistan, raising fears
that insurgents fleeing NATO attacks in the south are opening new
fronts. Two police and two militants were killed.
2006 Sep 14, Some 200
Pakistanis and Sri Lankans reached the Canary Islands in a 40-meter
(100-feet) metal boat. Officials began making arrangements the next
day for the repatriation of the immigrants. Canaries regional
President Adan Martin said 500 African children out of 836 minors
who have arrived in the Canaries this year were to be transferred to
the Spanish mainland. Some 20,000 would-be immigrants to Europe had
reached the Canary Islands since the beginning of the year.
(AP, 9/15/06)(Econ, 9/16/06, p.64)
2006 Sep 14, China’s stock
market regulator made official a ban on foreign acquisitions of
domestic stockbrokers and investment banks.
(Econ, 9/23/06, p.84)
2006 Sep 14, Current and former
French officials specializing in terrorism said that an al-Qaida
alliance with the Algerian Salafist Group for Call and Combat, known
by its French initials GSPC, was cause for concern. Al-Qaida's No.
2, Ayman al-Zawahri, announced the "blessed union" in a video posted
this week on the Internet to mark the fifth anniversary of the Sept.
11 attacks in the United States.
2006 Sep 14, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel said she has again raised human rights issues with
visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and urged Beijing to respect the
freedom of the press.
2006 Sep 14, Three men became
the first rabbis ordained in Germany since World War II.
2006 Sep 14, Ex-Col. Guy
Francois, former army commander twice accused of plotting to
overthrow Haiti's government, was shot to death in an upscale suburb
of the capital.
2006 Sep 14, An Indian federal
minister proposed a 1,000 US dollar incentive to encourage people to
break centuries-old taboos and marry across caste boundaries.
2006 Sep 14, An Iranian
opposition figure said Iran has secretly revived a program to enrich
uranium using laser technology, reportedly with favorable results,
citing information from members of the resistance inside the
2006 Sep 14, Iraqi officials
said Abu Jaafar al-Liby, described by the ministry as either the
second or third most important figure in al-Qaida in Iraq, was
killed by police earlier this week. Car bombs and drive-by shootings
killed at least 19 people, including 5 US soldiers, in a series of
attacks around central Iraq. Death squads left behind at least 22
(AP, 9/14/06)(AP, 9/15/06)(SFC, 9/15/06, p.A14)
2006 Sep 14, Libya's population
grew by 1.8% per year to 5.3 million in 2006 from 1995. A rare
government census showed that Libya had also cut its illiteracy rate
to 11.9% from 19% a decade ago.
2006 Sep 14, Nigerian President
Olusegun Obasanjo held talks in Tokyo on the start of a
2006 Sep 14, Poland will send
at least 900 troops early next year to bolster the NATO mission in
Afghanistan. NATO said the offer did not ease the immediate need for
2,500 additional soldiers in the violence-wracked south.
2006 Sep 14, The Swiss central
bank raised its key Libor interest rate by a quarter of a percentage
point to a range between 1.25% and 2.25% to dampen the threat of
2006 Sep 14, Turkey's top
Islamic cleric asked Pope Benedict XVI to take back recent remarks
he made about Islam on Sep 12. He unleashed a string of
counteraccusations against Christianity, raising tensions before the
pontiff's November visit.
(AP, 9/14/06)(SFC, 9/15/06, p.A17)
2006 Sep 14, Ukraine’s
pro-Russia premier suspended a bid to join NATO.
(WSJ, 9/15/06, p.A1)
2007 Sep 14, US Pres. Bush
signed the Honest leadership and Open Governance Act of 2007. It
required that the names of sponsors of earmarks be disclosed openly
and at an early stage. It also called for increasing transparency in
bundling, the fund-raising strategy whereby one supporter
coordinates contributions from many individuals. It also required
senators who leave office to wait 2 years before taking a cushy job
at a lobbying firm.
(Econ, 9/22/07, p.42)
2007 Sep 14, Resigning US
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales left the Justice Dept. following a
(SFC, 9/15/07, p.A5)
2007 Sep 14, The Monitor Group
of Cambridge issued a scathing review of the administration of the
Univ. of California finding widespread poor performance in the UC
president’s office and a broad lack of confidence in the office by
the governing regents and 10 UC campuses.
(SFC, 9/15/07, p.A1)
2007 Sep 14, Two airplanes
collided at the Reno National Championship Air Races, killing one
pilot and injuring another in the third fatal crash at the event in
2007 Sep 14, In Oakland, Ca.,
Amanda Pierre (89) was found stabbed to death and burned by Allen
Thomas, her great nephew. Thomas was sentenced to prison for 16
years, plus life without the possibility of parole. The murder
conviction was upheld in 2012.
(SFC, 3/23/12, p.C3)(http://tinyurl.com/7hvabge)
2007 Sep 14, In Sacramento,
Ca., Sean Aquitania and his 7-month-old-son were killed by robbers.
On Oct 10, 2011, Oakland police arrested Donald Jeffrey Ortez-Lucero
(27) in connection with the killings.
(SFC, 10/12/11, p.C3)
2007 Sep 14, Afghan police in
the Qarabagh district of Ghazni province killed 3 Taliban commanders
allegedly involved in the abduction of 23 South Koreans two months
2007 Sep 14, In Algeria a bomb
hidden in a bag exploded outside a compound housing police officials
in Zemmouri, killing three people.
2007 Sep 14, Australian police
confirmed that corrupt police officers were linked with a bloody
gangland war which raged for years in the country's second largest
city. Melbourne's criminal war began in the late 1990s and claimed
2007 Sep 14, The global credit
crisis struck Northern Rock PLC, Britain’s 5th largest mortgage
lender, as the Bank of England said it had approved emergency
funding to help the bank overcome a liquidity crisis.
(AP, 9/14/07)(Econ, 9/22/07, p.92)
2007 Sep 14, Human Rights Watch
said that soldiers in the Central African Republic (CAR) have
massacred hundreds of people and burned villages, forcing civilians
to flee, during a counter-insurgency campaign. The watchdog group
blamed President Francois Bozize's elite guard for atrocities
carried out since mid-2005, but said other military units, their
rebel foes and bandit groups were also guilty.
2007 Sep 14, China’s government
said it has ordered judges to use the death penalty more sparingly
by showing leniency for murderers who cooperate with authorities and
white collar criminals who help recoup their ill-gotten gains.
Beijing also said it will give urban Chinese who break the one-child
policy a black mark on their credit reports.
(AP, 9/14/07)(WSJ, 9/15/07, p.A1)
2007 Sep 14, A UN spokesman
said UN peacekeepers have discovered three graves, each containing
several bodies, at Rubare, a military base in eastern Congo recently
abandoned by rebels loyal to a renegade Gen. Nkunda.
2007 Sep 14, Developers in
Dubai said the Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building since July,
has also become the tallest free-standing structure on earth,
reaching 1,822 feet. The over 700-meter (2,313 feet) Burj Dubai
tower complex, a part of the Dubai Mall, was expected to be
completed this year. The design was by Skidmore, Owings &
Merrill of Chicago.
(Econ, 1/8/05, p.57)(SFC, 3/31/05, p.A2)(AP,
2007 Sep 14, Jacques Martin
(b.1933), the French television personality once married to
now-first lady Cecilia Sarkozy, died. Martin shot to fame as the
host of a series of hit comedy shows on French television, including
the satirical "Le Petit Rapporteur," a spoof newscast that ran from
2007 Sep 14, Georgia’s defense
minister said Georgia will cut the size of its military contingent
in Iraq from 2,000 soldiers and other personnel to around 300 by
2007 Sep 14, Powerful
earthquakes struck Indonesia for a third day, terrorizing thousands
of people who slept outside in fear of tsunami and falling debris.
The death toll reached 21 and seismologists warned that the worst
may be yet to come.
(AP, 9/14/07)(Reuters, 9/15/07)
2007 Sep 14, In Iraq some 1,500
mourners called for revenge as they buried the leader of the Sunni
revolt against al-Qaida, Adbul-Sattar Abu Risha, who had been
assassinated by a bomb claimed by an al-Qaida front. A suicide truck
bomb hit a police checkpoint near Beiji, killing four policemen.
South of Baghdad, unidentified gunmen killed three farmers who were
taking their turn guarding a village. Farther south in the city of
Hillah, gunmen attacked the home of Col. Hussein Ali Hassoon al
Khafaji, an Iraqi army battalion commander, killing a guard and
wounding another. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates raised the
possibility of cutting US troop levels in Iraq to 100,000 by the end
of 2008, well beyond the cuts President Bush had approved.
(AP, 9/14/07)(AP, 9/14/08)
2007 Sep 14, Japan's space
agency launched its much-delayed lunar probe, beginning what it
calls the largest mission to the moon since the US Apollo flights.
The Selenological and Engineering Explorer (SELENE), probe was
launched aboard one of the space program's mainstay H-2A rockets
from its launch-pad on remote Tanegashima island.
2007 Sep 14, It was reported
that researchers at Tokyo Univ. had developed a method, dubbed
surrogate broodstocking, whereby they inject newly hatched, sterile
Asian masu salmon with sperm-growing cells from rainbow trout. The
grown salmon then produce trout.
(SFC, 9/14/07, p.A14)
2007 Sep 14, Eight members of
Nigeria's ruling party seized by gunmen in the southern
oil-producing state of Ondo last weekend were released.
2007 Sep 14, Her party said
former PM Benazir Bhutto will return to Pakistan from an eight-year
exile on Oct. 18. The government said she was free to come back but
would have to face corruption cases against her.
2007 Sep 14, Officials in
Paraguay said fires have scorched 3 million acres and forced the
evacuation of some 15,000 people. Protracted drought was cited along
with illegal loggers, illicit hunters and clandestine marijuana
(SFC, 9/15/07, p.A3)
2007 Sep 14, Rwanda’s
government said floods killed 15 people and left about 1,000 people
homeless after 2 days of torrential downpours in the hills of
2007 Sep 14, A roadside bomb
blast and clashes between soldiers and secessionist Tamil Tiger
guerrillas across Sri Lanka's volatile north killed 29 people.
2007 Sep 14, Sudan's President
Omar al-Bashir said his government is ready to implement a
cease-fire with rebel forces at the start of peace talks over the
conflict in Darfur, scheduled for next month in Libya.
2007 Sep 14, Authorities in
Uganda said the heaviest rainfall in 35 years has displaced 150,000
people since August with at least 9 reported deaths. 400,000 people
were said to have lost their livelihoods.
(SFC, 9/15/07, p.A3)
2008 Sep 14, The Denver Broncos
won 39-38 following a 2-point conversion after a mistaken call by
NFL referee Ed Hochuli gave them the ball in the last minute of the
2008 Sep 14, California
legislators said they had reached a spending compromise, potentially
ending a record-breaking budget impasse.
(SFC, 9/15/08, p.A1)
2008 Sep 14, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber in a vehicle attacked a convoy carrying
Afghan doctors working for the UN, killing two doctors and their
driver. They were on a mission to monitor efforts to vaccinate
children against polio. 6 children died in central Ghazni after
ordnance they were playing with exploded. An Afghan interpreter
working for the US military was shot dead as he stepped out of his
2008 Sep 14, In Western
Australia's 4 people died in a helicopter crash in the Bungle Bungle
National Park of the remote Kimberly region.
2008 Sep 14, Archaeologist
Georgi Kitov (b.1943), an expert on the treasure-rich Thracian
culture of antiquity, died of a heart attack while excavating a
temple in central Bulgaria.
2008 Sep 14, In eastern Congo a
riot ensued following accusations that a soccer player was using
witchcraft. 13 people were left dead.
(SFC, 9/16/08, p.A7)
2008 Sep 14, Roadside bombs
killed five Iraqi policemen and injured eight others north of
Baghdad. An American soldier in Iraq died of causes unrelated to
2008 Sep 14, France's ecology
minister said the government is considering a "picnic tax" on
disposable dishes to encourage people to use reusable plates and
2008 Sep 14, Mexico's military
seized US$26.2 million in cash believed to belong to members of the
Sinaloa drug cartel. This was the 2nd biggest seizure since March
2007, when police seized US$207 million linked to a trafficking ring
2008 Sep 14, The Movement for
the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), the main militant group
in Nigeria's southern oil region, declared a state of war after two
days of clashes with government forces, launching reprisal raids and
raising the specter of more conflict in Africa's biggest oil
2008 Sep 14, Pakistani security
forces killed 16 suspected militants and wounded 25 on in the Bajur
tribal region, the latest round of a military offensive with no end
2008 Sep 14, Aeroflot Flight
821, traveling from Moscow to the Ural Mountains city of Perm,
crashed near residential buildings as it was preparing to land,
killing all 88 people aboard, including 21 foreign nationals. A
Russian investigator said the crash of the Boeing-737-500 was most
likely caused by engine failure.
2008 Sep 14, In Somalia at
least six people, including an African Union (AU) peacekeeper, were
killed Sunday in two separate incidents in Mogadishu.
2008 Sep 14, In Sudan Minni
Minnawi, a leader of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) faction turned
presidential advisor after signing the peace deal with Khartoum,
said his forces had came under attack at their base at Kolge in the
east Jebel Marra region.
2008 Sep 14, Typhoon Sinlaku
pounded Taiwan with fierce winds and torrential rains, leaving at
least 11 people dead.
(AP, 9/14/08)(AFP, 9/16/08)
2008 Sep 14, A Turkish ferry
carrying some 100 people sank in the Sea of Marmara, killing at
least one person. At least 23 more were missing.
2009 Sep 14, The US attended
its first formal meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, saying it
will try to promote dialogue at a body it once avoided and heavily
2009 Sep 14, Google rolled out
Fast Flip, which lets users scroll through the contents of online
newspapers in much the same way as they leaf through pages in print.
2009 Sep 14, Jody Powell (65),
former White House press secretary for Jimmy Carter (1977-1981, died
of a heart attack at his home in Maryland.
(SFC, 9/15/09, p.C4)
2009 Sep 14, Patrick Swayze
(57), actor, died from pancreatic cancer in Los Angeles. He
personified a particular kind of masculine grace both on and off
screen, from his roles in films like "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost" to
the way he carried himself in his long fight with cancer.
2009 Sep 14, Afghan and foreign
forces killed 27 Taliban militants in gunfights and an air strike in
a rebel stronghold of Kandahar province. A Taliban spokesman said
four militants were killed and five civilians died in the crossfire.
2009 Sep 14, In Australia
energy giants Chevron, Shell and ExxonMobil agreed to develop the
massive Gorgon field, giving the final go-ahead to a liquefied
natural gas (LNG) project worth hundreds of billions of dollars.
2009 Sep 14, The leaders of
Brazil and Guyana met to inaugurate the $5 million Takutu River
Bridge, that is expected to boost trade between Brazil and the
Caribbean. Traffic began crossing the bridge nearly two months ago
but today’s ceremony was billed as its formal commissioning.
2009 Sep 14, A British judge
sentenced Abdulla Ahmed Ali (28), the ringleader of a plot to bring
down trans-Atlantic planes with liquid explosives, to at least 40
years in jail and three fellow British Muslims to long prison
2009 Sep 14, China filed a WTO
complaint over new US tariffs on Chinese tires, stepping up pressure
on Washington in the latest in a series of trade disputes.
2009 Sep 14, China broke ground
on its fourth space center. The new port on the southern island
province of Hainan, slated to go into use in 2013, highlights the
country's soaring space ambitions six years after it sent its first
man into orbit.
2009 Sep 14, France Telecom SA
summoned all 20,000 of its managers to a conference call in an
effort to respond to a string of 23 employee suicides that unions
blame partly on layoffs and restructuring at the telecommunications
2009 Sep 14, In Germany
Siegfried Wolf, the co-chief executive of Magna International Inc.,
said as many as 10,500 Opel jobs in Europe could be cut, including
nearly half of them in Germany. Opel employs some 49,000 workers in
Europe and has plants in Germany, Spain, Britain, Poland and
2009 Sep 14, In Indonesia
expanded Islamic law was passed by the regional parliament in Aceh
province. One key article regarding adultery threatened 100 cane
lashes for the unmarried and stoning to death for those who are
2009 Sep 14, In Iran
authorities arrested at least 7 children and grandchildren of senior
clerics in Qom in fresh pressure on religious leaders who sympathize
with the opposition.
(SFC, 9/16/09, p.A5)
2009 Sep 14, In Mexico 31
police officers were arrested in Hidalgo state on suspicion of
collaborating with the Zetas, a gang of drug cartel hit men. 92
police were arrested there in June. Gunmen opened fire inside a
Ciudad Juarez hardware store, killing the woman who owned the store
and four other people, including a 19-year-old man. Minutes later an
armed gang killed five men riding in a pickup truck.
(AP, 9/14/09)(AP, 9/16/09)
2009 Sep 14, Norway's
left-leaning government faced a splintered opposition in an election
focused on how to manage the Nordic nation's soaring oil wealth and
seal cracks in its welfare system. Jens Stoltenberg's Labor-led
coalition won 86 seats to keep a slim majority in the 169-seat
Parliament after using oil money to shield the welfare state from
the global recession.
(AP, 9/14/09)(AP, 9/15/09)
2009 Sep 14, In Pakistan at
least 18 women and girls were killed in a stampede which broke out
as charity workers were handing out free flour to the poor in a
crowded neighborhood of Pakistan's financial capital Karachi.
2009 Sep 14, In Pakistan a US
missile slammed into a car at dawn, killing up to five militants in
the remote tribal belt near the Afghan border in the third attack in
a week. Nazimuddin, alias Yahyo, a top Uzbek militant, was believed
to be among the dead. Burqa-clad assailants armed with Kalashnikov
rifles and hand grenades attempted to attack an oil terminal in
Karachi, but were thwarted by a security guard who was gunned down
as the suspects escaped. Police later found a large cache of
rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), explosives, suicide vests, burqas
and other items apparently dumped by the suspects near a sewer in
the area. Fighter jets pounded suspected militant hide-outs and
killed five insurgents in the Salarzai area of the northwest Bajur
(AP, 9/15/09)(AFP, 9/14/09)(AP, 9/15/09)(AP,
2009 Sep 14, Finance Minister
Diana Dragutinovic said Serbia will have to lay off about one-fifth
of its government employees, 14,000 people, to meet conditions set
by the International Monetary Fund to receive more financial aid. A
trade union representing state employees has already announced
strikes if the layoffs are carried out.
2009 Sep 14, In southern
Somalia foreign troops firing from 6 helicopters killed two people
in a car and then took two others captive in an insurgent-held
village near Barawe. Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan (30), a Kenyan citizen
and one of Africa's most wanted al-Qaida suspects, was one of the
dead. He was wanted for questioning in connection with the car
bombing of a beach resort in Kenya and the near simultaneous attempt
to shoot down an Israeli airliner in 2002. Forces from the US Joint
Special Operations Command were involved in the raid.
(AP, 9/14/09)(AP, 9/15/09)
2009 Sep 14, The Saudi Interior
Ministry said on Jan 18, 2010, that an investigation has shown that
three Saudi militants were killed in a Sept. 14 blast outside the
country [see Afghanistan and Pakistan Sep 14, 2009].
2009 Sep 14, Vietnamese
scholars disbanded the Institute of Development Studies, the
country's first independent think tank, to protest a government
decree, effective Sep 15, restricting the right to conduct and
2010 Sep 14, Lehman Brothers
Holdings Inc, which filed for bankruptcy exactly two years ago, sued
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and dozens of other defendants to
recover more than $3 billion of which it said it was deprived due to
the bankruptcy filing.
2010 Sep 14, In North Carolina
Ariana Iacono (14) went back to school with her mother and her nose
ring, after her first suspension for a nose piercing ended. She was
suspended again for five days because her nose ring violated the
Johnston County school system's dress code. If she comes back to
school on Sept. 21 with the nose stud, she'll face a 10-day
suspension or referral to "alternative schooling." A similar
situation went to the courts in 2002, when a woman was fired from
her job at a Costco store over her eyebrow ring. The woman was also
a member of the Church of Body Modification, but the courts
eventually ruled that her religious beliefs did not require her to
always wear her jewelry.
2010 Sep 14, It was reported
that only about 3,500 tigers worldwide were left in the wild, with
less than a third of them breeding females. Most of the tigers were
(SFC, 9/15/10, p.A2)
2010 Sep 14, Afghan and NATO
troops killed 3 insurgents in eastern Wardak province. Four Taliban
were killed in southeastern Zabul province.
2010 Sep 14, Assailants
targeting security officials in Bahrain set off an explosion that
damaged several parked cars in the first such attack since the
country's Sunni-led rulers began a crackdown on suspected Shiite
dissidents last month.
2010 Sep 14, The British
embassy said Britain has offered to build 11 warships for Brazil, as
Brazil hones a maritime defense contract to protect recently found
vast offshore oil deposits.
2010 Sep 14, Colombian
authorities reported the arrest of Javier Caceres (52), a veteran
lawmaker and former president of Congress, on criminal conspiracy
charges for alleged collusion with far-right militias.
2010 Sep 14, The European
Commission threatened legal action against France over its crackdown
on Roma minorities, drawing a parallel between their treatment and
World War II-era deportations.
2010 Sep 14, Nokia, the Finnish
phone giant, unveiled of 3 new touchscreen smartphones.
2010 Sep 14, France introduced
a law against face-covering. It became commonly known as the burqa
2010 Sep 14, Indian police
opened fire on stone-throwing protesters in Kashmir as small groups
took to the streets in defiance of curfew orders.
2010 Sep 14, Iran released
Sarah Shourd (32), an American woman, on a bail of $500,000 more
than a year after she was detained. Authorities said they were not
considering the immediate release of two companions arrested with
2010 Sep 14, Farzad Farhangian,
a press attache at the Iranian embassy in Brussels, called for an
uprising against the Tehran government, as he became the third
Europe-based envoy to defect this year and announced he was seeking
asylum in Norway.
2010 Sep 14, Three Palestinians
were wounded by Israeli tank fire in a clash along the volatile Gaza
border. On Sep 25 Hamas reported that one died as the result of his
2010 Sep 14, The New York-based
Committee to Protect Journalists said Kazakhstan's failure to
improve media freedom has damaged its international standing and the
situation is getting worse, not better.
2010 Sep 14, A Nigerian
official said police over the weekend arrested 10 members of Boko
Haram, a radical Muslim sect accused of a recent spate of targeted
killings of police officers and local officials. Police also
arrested two more sect followers freed in a recent prison break.
Pere Fiofori, Emmanuel Gladstone and Dobra Ogbe, aged between 30 and
35, were arrested in a hotel in Ondo town and handed over to the
Rivers State police in connection with last month's murder of Soboma
George, in Port Harcourt.
(AP, 9/14/10)(AFP, 9/18/10)
2010 Sep 14, In Pakistan 2 US
missile attacks hit alleged militant targets in a tribal area
killing 15 alleged militants. They hit in a part of North Waziristan
region dominated by the Haqqani and Hafiz Gul Bahadur networks of
militants fighting US troops across the border in Afghanistan.
(AP, 9/14/10)(AFP, 9/15/10)
2010 Sep 14, Peruvian President
Alan Garcia chose Education Minister Jose Chang as the new prime
minister and Ismael Benavides as economic chief in a widely expected
cabinet shuffle to pave the way for his party to launch a candidate
in next year's presidential election.
2010 Sep 14, Authorities in the
self-declared republic of Somaliland said their troops have
surrounded up to 300 Ethiopian rebels who entered the territory
2010 Sep 14, The South
Africa-based retailer Massmart confirmed that it was in negotiations
to be acquired by Wal-Mart for $4.1 billion.
(Econ, 10/2/10, p.68)
2010 Sep 14, A Venezuelan
military helicopter crashed into a navy research boat and plunged
into the sea, leaving two missing and five injured.
2010 Sep 14, Zimbabwe's state
airline said it has fired 40 striking pilots for failing to meet a
deadline to return to their posts. The pilots said the indebted
airline has not paid out operational allowances for nearly 20
months. They earned up to $2,500 a month, about one third of the
international pay scale for airline pilots.
2011 Sep 14, In Oakland, Ca,
SAP AG’s former TomorrowNow software maintenance unit pleaded guilty
to charges related to unauthorized downloading of Oracle Corp.
software and agreed to pay a $20 million penalty.
(SFC, 9/15/11, p.A9)
2011 Sep 14, The World Health
Organization issued a report saying cases of tuberculosis resistant
to a multitude of drug treatments are rising at an alarming rate
(SFC, 9/15/11, p.A5)
2011 Sep 14, In Afghanistan a
20-hour insurgent assault in Kabul ended leaving 27 dead, including
police, civilians and insurgents. The Insurgents had fired rockets
into the US Embassy compound from a nearby unfinished high-rise
where they may have stored heavy weapons ahead of time. 4 other
attackers served as suicide bombers in coordinated attacks in
several areas of Kabul. 3 of them were killed by police before they
could detonate their explosives.
2011 Sep 14, An Angolan air
force plane crashed as it took off from a central base, killing 30
people including three generals. Six people survived the fiery crash
in Huambo province.
2011 Sep 14, In Bahrain Sayyed
Jawad Ahmed (35) died after inhaling tear gas the previous evening
fired at protesters.
2011 Sep 14, Armed pirates
raided a tanker off the West African coast and kidnapped 23 sailors,
62 nautical miles from Benin's capital of Cotonou, as the
Cyprus-flagged vessel tried to transfer its cargo of crude oil to a
Norwegian-registered ship. Analysts believed many of the pirates
come from Nigeria, where corrupt law enforcement allows criminality
to thrive. The tanker and crew were released on Oct 24 after the oil
(AP, 9/14/11)(AP, 9/24/11)
2011 Sep 14, Brazil's tourism
minister, Pedro Novais, resigned amid allegations of misusing public
funds. He became the fifth minister to resign since June. The
newspaper Folha de S. Paulo ran articles accusing the minister of
allowing his wife to use a government driver for errands. He was
also accused of using congressional funds to pay for a maid.
2011 Sep 14, Colombia's Supreme
Court convicted Jorge Noguera (47), a former director of the
country's domestic intelligence agency, for colluding with illegal
far-right militias and sentenced him to 25 years in prison. He was
chief of the Administrative Department of Security (DAS) under
then-President Alvaro Uribe from 2002 to 2005.
2011 Sep 14, Ethiopian
authorities arrested four opposition members suspected of plotting
attacks on state security. Prominent opposition leader Andualem
Arage was among those arrested. Independent journalists Sileshi
Hagos and Eskinder Nega were also reported arrested, joining 4
others detained under terrorism laws.
(AFP, 9/15/11)(AP, 9/17/11)
2011 Sep 14, In France
Dominique de Villepin, former chief of staff for former Pres.
Jacques Chirac, was acquitted on appeal in the “Clearstream” trial
(see July 2004).
(Econ, 9/17/11, p.50)
2011 Sep 14, In Haiti
protesters calling for the withdrawal of UN peacekeepers clashed
with police outside the earthquake-damaged Haitian National Palace.
2011 Sep 14, In Iraq attacks on
Iraqi security forces killed over 20 people and wounded more than 50
across the country. This included 16 people killed and 46 wounded by
a car bomb in the southern town of al-Shumali, Babel province.
(AP, 9/14/11)(SFC, 9/15/11, p.A3)
2011 Sep 14, Japanese
researchers from Hitachi working with university scientists unveiled
a headset they say can measure activity in the brain and could be
used to improve performance in the classroom or on the sports field.
2011 Sep 14, Kenya police said
two women and 15 men have died since Sep 11 in different bars in
Nyahururu town after ingesting a locally brewed alcoholic drink. 9
people were reported arrested in connection with the mass poisoning.
2011 Sep 14, In Libya NATO
airstrikes hit targets 24 targets near the three main strongholds of
Gadhafi's supporters, his hometown of Sirte, Bani Walid, Sabha, as
well as the smaller holdouts of Waddan and Zillah.
2011 Sep 14, In Mexico 4 gunmen
were killed by police in a shootout that led to the release of five
kidnapping victims in the western state of Michoacan.
2011 Sep 14, In Nigeria members
of the radical Muslim Boko Haram sect killed three people and
wounded two others in a shooting in Maiduguri.
2011 Sep 14, Jose Oquendo Reyes
became the second Peruvian journalist to be slain this month and the
third this year. Oquendo was shot to death in Chincha, a coastal
town 120 miles (200 km) south of Lima. A suspect was arrested.
2011 Sep 14, Somalia's PM
Abdiweli Mohamed Ali pleaded with the UN Security Council to send
more peacekeepers to help his beleaguered government fight Islamist
2011 Sep 14, Syrian troops
conducted raids in the northwestern province of Idlib and the
central region of Homs. Security forces shot dead eight people,
including a child, in a huge sweep on against anti-regime protesters
in the northwest.
(AP, 9/14/11)(AFP, 9/15/11)
2011 Sep 14, Turkey’s foreign
ministry announced that an early warning radar will be stationed in
Kurecik in the southeast as part of NATO's missile defense system.
2011 Sep 14, In Uganda Edris
Nsubuga and Muhamoud Mugisha were convicted of terrorism a day after
they admitted to charges of terrorism and conspiracy for their roles
in the July 11, 2010, bombing in Kampala that left 76 people dead.
12 others remained on trial. On Sep 16 Nsubuga was sentenced to 25
years in prison. Mugisha was sentenced to 5 years.
(AFP, 9/14/11)(AP, 9/16/11)
2011 Sep 14, In Yemen one
civilian was killed and five were wounded in three explosions near
police stations in the southern port city of Aden. Overnight clashes
between government forces and Al-Qaida militants left 14 dead
including 12 militants.
(AP, 9/15/11)(SFC, 9/15/11, p.A2)
2012 Sep 14, US federal
investigators said they are investigating the case of Nakoula
Baseley Nakoula (55), a man previously convicted of bank fraud
charges and linked to an anti-Islamic film “Innocence of Muslims.”
The film has inflamed protests across the Middle East. Nakoula was
released from federal prison in 2011 after serving a 21-month
sentence. Part of his sentence prohibited him from using computers
or the Internet for 5 years.
(SFC, 9/15/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 14, Undercover FBI
agents arrested Adel Daoud (18) for trying to detonate what he
believed was a car bomb outside a downtown Chicago bar. An
undercover operation in which an agent pretending to be a terrorist
had provided him with a phony car bomb and watched him press the
trigger. Prosecutors the next day said Daoud was offered several
chances to change his mind and walk away from the plot.
2012 Sep 14, In Illinois Jack
McCullough (72) was convicted in the 1957 murder of in Maria Ridulph
(7), with spectators letting out a deafening cheer as the verdict
was announced in one of the oldest unsolved crimes to eventually get
to court in the US.
2012 Sep 14, A Wisconsin judge
struck down nearly all of the 2011 state law championed by Gov.
Scott Walker that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for
most public workers.
2012 Sep 14, Hundreds of
Afghans, some shouting "Death to America," burned the US flag and an
effigy of President Barack Obama during a protest against an
anti-Islam film outside the eastern city of Jalalabad. Heavily armed
insurgents attacked the British Camp Bastion air base in Helmand
province, killing two US Marines and wounding several other troops.
6 Harrier fighter jets were destroyed. 14 insurgents were killed.
(AP, 9/14/12)(AP, 9/16/12)
2012 Sep 14, In eastern
Afghanistan a bus and truck collided and burst into flames in Ghazni
province, killing at least 51 people.
2012 Sep 14, The Czech Republic
banned the sale of spirits with more than 20 percent alcohol content
as it battles a wave of methanol poisonings that has already killed
2012 Sep 14, In Egypt a
20-year-old died from wounds suffered from rubber bullets. Several
hundred protesters have been clashing for several days with police
preventing them from reaching the US embassy to protest against an
anti-Muslim film. In Egypt's Sinai Peninsula suspected Islamic
militants stormed the base of int’l. peacekeepers near the
Gaza-Israel border, wounding four officers.
2012 Sep 14, A French magazine
published photos of Prince William's wife Kate sunbathing topless at
a private house in southern France, prompting a strong condemnation
from the royal family.
2012 Sep 14, A Japanese Cabinet
panel called for phasing out of nuclear power over the next three
decades in a major shift for Japan as it overhauls energy policy
following the Fukushima meltdowns.
2012 Sep 14, Kenyan police
disrupted a major terrorist attack in its final stages of planning,
arresting two people with explosive devices and seizing a cache of
weapons and ammunition. A manhunt was launched for eight more
suspects including would-be bombers and the masterminds behind the
2012 Sep 14, Pope Benedict XVI
appealed for peace and reconciliation among religions as violence
over an anti-Islam movie spilled over into Lebanon within hours of
his arrival. One protester was killed in the northern city of
Tripoli in clashes with security forces after a crowd set fire to a
KFC and a Hardee's restaurant to protest against an anti-Muslim
2012 Sep 14, In Mexico Eduardo
Castro Luque (48), elected to Sonora’s state Legislature
representing the PRI, was shot to death outside his home in
Hermosillo two days before taking office. Two assassins fled on a
(SSFC, 9/16/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 14, In central Nigeria
soldiers opened fire to drive away young Muslims protesting a film
critical of the Prophet Muhammad, as demonstrators elsewhere in the
county's Muslim north burned a US flag.
2012 Sep 14, In Norway the
Philip Morris company lost a court battle against Norway's
government over the right to display tobacco products in stores.
2012 Sep 14, Russia's
parliament expelled Gennady Gudkov (56), a former Kremlin loyalist
who joined the growing opposition movement, propelling President
Vladimir Putin's crackdown on political dissent into the halls of
2012 Sep 14, South African
police fired stun grenades to disperse striking miners, acting hours
after President Jacob Zuma's government vowed to halt illegal
protests and disarm strikers it fears are threatening the country's
2012 Sep 14, In Sudan heavy
violence came in Khartoum, where a prominent sheik on state radio
urged protesters to march on the German Embassy to protest alleged
anti-Muslim graffiti on mosques in Berlin and then to the US Embassy
to protest against an anti-Muslim film. Police dispersed the crowd
with tear gas, starting a stampede. Two protesters were killed in a
traffic accident during chaotic demonstrations outside the US
(AP, 9/14/12)(AP, 9/15/12)
2012 Sep 14, In Tunisia violent
protests outside the US Embassy in Tunis against an anti-Muslim film
were met with tear gas and gunshots. Police killed 4 people. Around
40 others were injured as plumes of black smoke wafted over the
city. I20 Tunisians accused of attacking the US Embassy were
convicted in 2013 and given two-year suspended sentences.
(AP, 9/14/12)(Economist, 9/22/12, p.56)(AP,
2012 Sep 14, The UN said that
an outbreak of the Ebola virus has killed 31 people in northeastern
Congo, more than doubling the death toll from a week ago.
2013 Sep 14, The United States
and Russia agreed a "framework for elimination of Syrian chemical
weapons." General Selim Idris, the head of the opposition Syrian
Supreme Military Council, said a US-Russian agreement to eliminate
Syria's chemical weapons was a blow to the two-and-a-half-year
uprising to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power.
2013 Sep 14, In southern
California officials seized some 2,000 pounds of marijuana and
arrested 18 people as they tried to bring pot ashore near Santa
(SSFC, 9/15/13, p.A10)
2013 Sep 14, North Carolina
police Officer Randall Kerrick shot Jonathan Ferrell, an unarmed
man, ten times. Ferrell, an ex-college football player, was
reportedly seeking assistance after a car accident. On Jan 289,
2014, Kerrick was indicted on a charge of voluntary manslaughter.
2013 Sep 14, In Afghanistan at
least 27 miners were killed in a collapse in a coal mine in the
northern province of Samangan.
2013 Sep 14, In northern Iraq a
suicide bomber killed at least 25 people at the funeral of a member
of Iraq's Shabak minority in Ninevah.
(Reuters, 9/14/13)(SSFC, 9/15/13, p.A4)
2013 Sep 14, Malaysia's PM
Najib Razak announced steps to further boost the economic
participation of the ethnic Malay majority, entrenching race-based
policies seen as shoring up Malay support ahead of a key ruling
2013 Sep 14, In the southern
Philippines fighting intensified between government troops and rogue
Muslim separatists, shattering a ceasefire almost immediately as it
was to go into effect and leaving many residents running low on
2013 Sep 14, In Poland some
100,000 union members marched through Warsaw to protest the
government’s labor and wage policies.
(SSFC, 9/15/13, p.A4)
2013 Sep 14, Syrian warplanes
struck rebel-held suburbs of the capital and government forces
clashed with insurgents on the frontlines.
2013 Sep 14, The opposition
Syrian National Coalition elected Ahmad Tumeh (48), a moderate
Islamist, as provisional prime minister, hoping to avoid being
sidelined as world powers renew diplomatic efforts to end the civil
2013 Sep 14, Yemeni tribesmen
bombed the main oil pipeline in the central Maarib province, the
fourth attack on the pipeline in a month.
2014 Sep 14, Miss New York Kira
Kazantsev was crowned Miss America.
2014 Sep 14, The US repeated as
world champion for the first time by crushing Serbia 129-92 in the
Basketball World Cup.
2014 Sep 14, In Nevada drone
aircraft competed for for the 1st time on the 3rd and final day at
the National Championship Air Races in Reno.
(SSFC, 9/14/14, p.A17)
2014 Sep 14, A new armed group
calling itself the Caliphate Soldiers in Algeria was reported to
have split from AQIM, al Qaeda's North African branch, and sworn
loyalty to the radical breakaway group Islamic State fighting in
Syria and Iraq.
2014 Sep 14, In Canada "The
Imitation Game," a biopic of British codebreaker Alan Turing
starring Benedict Cumberbatch, won the Toronto film festival's top
2014 Sep 14, In southern China
residents of Huizhou protested against a proposed garbage
incinerator for a 2nd straight day. 24 people were detained a day
earlier in the Guangdong province protests.
(AP, 9/14/14)(Reuters, 9/14/14)
2014 Sep 14, In China police
detained writer Huang Zerong (81), better known as Tieliu, on the
vague charge of causing trouble. Police also arrested Jaycee Chan
(31), the son of film star Jackie Chan, on drug charges. Taiwanese
movie star Ko Kai was also arrested. Police said both tested
positive for marijuana.
(SFC, 9/16/14, p.A2)
2014 Sep 14, In Croatia as many
as two-thirds of the country’s 21 counties struggled with flooding.
2014 Sep 14, Egypt’s Interior
Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said 7 jihadists were killed in a shootout
in the Sinai peninsula during a joint operation by police and the
2014 Sep 14, The Egyptian coast
guard arrested 157 migrants of different nationalities including
Palestinians who had been planning to sail illegally in a rickety
fishing boat from Egyptian shores to Italy.
2014 Sep 14, In Hong Kong
thousands of pro-democracy activists clad in black marched silently,
holding banners saying they felt betrayed and angry at Beijing's
refusal to allow fully-democratic elections for the city's next
chief executive in 2017.
2014 Sep 14, India’s Supreme
Court cancelled 214 of 218 coal mining licenses sold between 1992
and 2010. The government pledged to auction new licenses quickly.
(Econ, 9/27/14, p.72)
2014 Sep 14, In Israel scores
of veterans of elite intelligence unit 8200 rallied to its defense
after 43 comrades said they would no longer take part in its
"injustices" against millions of Palestinians.
2014 Sep 14, In Ivory Coast the
party of former President Laurent Gbagbo withdrew from the country's
election commission, setting back efforts to draw it into the
political mainstream before a scheduled presidential election next
2014 Sep 14, Libya's newly
elected parliament fired the president of the central bank after he
tried to prevent funds that had been allocated for the lawmakers
from leaving the bank.
2014 Sep 14, A boat packed with
some 200 African emigrants trying to reach European shores sank off
the Libyan coast. Only 36 survivors were rescued. As many as 500
migrants were feared to have drowned after traffickers rammed and
sank their boat.
(Reuters, 9/14/14)(AP, 9/15/14)(AFP, 9/15/14)
2014 Sep 14, Libyan PM Abdullah
al-Thinni said Qatar had sent three military planes loaded with
weapons and ammunition to a Tripoli airport controlled by an armed
2014 Sep 14, Maldives former
president Mohamed Nasheed told Britain's Independent on Sunday paper
that up to 200 Maldivians were fighting for Islamic State (IS) in
Iraq and Syria. The entire population of the Maldives is only around
330,000 Sunni Muslims.
2014 Sep 14, In northern Mali a
UN military vehicle struck a land mine in the volatile Kidal region,
killing a Chadian soldier and wounding four other peacekeepers.
2014 Sep 14, North Korea's
Supreme Court convicted Matthew Miller of Bakersfield, California,
of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced
him to six years of hard labor. He reportedly admitted to having the
"wild ambition" of experiencing prison life so that he could
secretly investigate North Korea's human rights situation.
2014 Sep 14, Pakistani police
arrested anti-government protesters overnight in what activists said
was an effort to crack down on weekslong sit-ins in the capital,
while the government said police only apprehended suspects in a
recent attack on state-run TV.
(AP, 9/14/14)(SSFC, 9/14/14, p.A6)
2014 Sep 14, In Pakistan 3
paramilitary soldiers were killed when a group of militants launched
a rocket attack on a mountain fort North Waziristan.
2014 Sep 14, In Pakistan severe
flooding sank a boat carrying a wedding party in Punjab province,
killing the bridegroom and 17 others. Experts placed explosives near
the dike to spare the city of Muzaffargarh from the flooding that
has ravaged the eastern Punjab province.
2014 Sep 14, In the Philippines
fast-moving Typhoon Kalmaegi slammed into the northeast, sparking
warnings of possible landslides, flash floods and storm surges.
2014 Sep 14, A fourth Sierra
Leonean doctor, a woman, died after contracting the dreaded Ebola
2014 Sep 14, Swedish PM Fredrik
Reinfeldt conceded defeat after a narrow victory by the center-left
over an Alliance government that has governed Sweden for eight
2014 Sep 14, Ukraine's defense
minister said that NATO countries were delivering weapons to his
country to equip it to fight pro-Russian separatists and "stop"
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
2014 Sep 14, In eastern Ukraine
two northern neighborhoods in Donetsk were shelled heavily. At least
6 people were killed and 15 others wounded. 73 Ukrainian soldiers
were freed in an exchange with the rebels.
2015 Sep 14, In Hawaii a
federal judge signed an agreement between the US Navy and
environmental groups that will limit the navy’s use of sonar and
other training that inadvertently harms marine mammals.
(SFC, 9/15/15, p.A7)
2015 Sep 14, In Mississippi
university instructor Shannon Lamb (45) died from a self-inflicted
gunshot wound in Greenville after fleeing police following the fatal
shooting in Gautier of Amy Prentiss (41), a woman he lived with, and
Ethan Schmidt (39), a professor at Delta State Univ.
(SFC, 9/15/15, p.A14)(SFC, 9/16/15, p.A7)
2015 Sep 14, In Texas
Ahmed Mohamed (14), was arrested at MacArthur High School in Irving,
Texas, for bringing an alleged hoax bomb to school. He had
repackaged an electronic clock in a pencil box and brought it to
school to show his teachers. On Nov 23 a law firm sent letters
demanding $10 million from the city of Irving and $5 million from
the city’s school district.
2015 Sep 14, In Seattle, Wa.,
schools were closed for a 4th day as a strike by teachers entered
its 2nd week. Teachers reached a tentative agreement as the strike
entered a 5th day but continued to picket pending its approval.
(SFC, 9/15/15, p.A5)(SFC, 9/16/15, p.A6)
2015 Sep 14, In Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents stormed a prison on the outskirts of Ghazni,
killing police and releasing 355 of the 436 prisoners, including
nearly 150 deemed a threat to national security, and then attacked
troops rushing to help. 4 Taliban and 4 members of the security
forces were killed in the attack.
2015 Sep 14, Australia will
have its fifth prime minister in eight years after the ruling
Liberal Party voted out Tony Abbott in favor of longtime rival
Malcolm Turnbull, following months of infighting and crumbling voter
support. Turnbull made a fortune in the 1990s by investing in
OzMail, an Australian internet-service provider.
(Reuters, 9/14/15)(Econ, 1/9/16, p.57)
2015 Sep 14, Austria and
Slovakia said they were reinstating border controls to cope with a
flood of refugees, following a similar move by Germany, which warned
it could face up to one million migrant arrivals this year.
2015 Sep 14, Thirty-two
countries including the United States and Britain expressed concern
about Bahrain's human rights record.
2015 Sep 14, Egyptian security
forces killed 12 people and wounded 10 "by accident" when they
mistook a convoy of mostly Mexican tourists for a group of militants
they were hunting in the desert. The dead included 8 Mexicans.
(Reuters, 9/14/15)(SFC, 9/16/15, p.A2)
2015 Sep 14, EU member states
approved plans for military action against people smugglers in the
Mediterranean, seizing and if necessary destroying boats to break up
the networks operating out of Libya.
2015 Sep 14, Hungarian police
rounded up a total of 7,437 migrants crossing the Serbian border by
1400 GMT (10 a.m. EDT), by far the highest daily figure this year.
2015 Sep 14, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir the bullet-riddled bodies of three local
men bearing torture marks were found in the Sopore region, leading
to days of protests and clashes between Kashmiris and government
2015 Sep 14, Indonesia said it
has agreed to share with Singapore the names of companies suspected
of causing forest fires that have led to a deterioration of air
quality in the city state.
2015 Sep 14, Israeli police and
Muslims clashed at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound
for a second straight day as Jews celebrated their new year and
protesters vowed to protect Islam's third-holiest site.
2015 Sep 14, Kenya media
reported that attackers tried to hack off body parts from Enock
Jamenya (56), a man with albinism, to sell for witchcraft.
2015 Sep 14, Madagascar police
said at least 18 people, including a paramilitary policeman, were
killed in cattle-rustling violence over the weekend when thousands
of animals were also stolen.
2015 Sep 14, Malaysian PM Najib
Razak said the government will pump 20 billion ringgit ($4.6
billion) into an equity fund to support the stock market and ruled
out capital controls despite the ringgit's plunge.
2015 Sep 14, The Netherlands
said police will carry out spot border checks in response to a surge
in asylum seekers into the European Union.
2015 Sep 14, Norway held local
elections. The opposition Labor Party emerged as the winner of the
election with 33 percent, its best result in a local election since
1987. The two parties in the right-leaning coalition government
suffered large losses, partly because of the anti-immigration
Progress Party's opposition to Syrian refugees.
2015 Sep 14, In the Philippines
suspected Abu Sayyaf militants stopped a truck at gunpoint and
abducted nine construction workers. Two escaped and sought help from
authorities on Basilan Island.
2015 Sep 14, South Sudan's army
repelled a fresh rebel attack, the latest battle to rock the country
despite a ceasefire aimed at ending a brutal 21-month civil war.
2015 Sep 14, In Syria at least
26 people including 2 children were killed in twin suicide car bomb
attacks in the northeastern city of Hasakeh. IS claimed
responsibility for the two attacks.
2015 Sep 14, Turkish police
raided the liberal news magazine Nokta (Full Stop) and detained one
of its senior editors over a photomontage on its cover portraying
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan taking a selfie at a soldier's
2015 Sep 14, In Yemen
Saudi-backed loyalist forces pressed an offensive against Shiite
Huthi rebels, the second day of a major campaign aimed at retaking
the capital a year after its fall.
2016 Sep 14, Human and civil
rights organizations launched a public campaign to persuade Pres.
Obama to pardon Edward Snowden for revealing the National Security
Agency’s mass surveillance programs.
(SFC, 9/15/16, p.A6)
2016 Sep 14, The United States
signed an unprecedented security agreement with Israel that will
give the Israeli military $38 billion over 10 years.
(SFC, 9/15/16, p.A2)
2016 Sep 14, A US report
released today said that widespread corruption in Afghanistan has
undermined efforts to rebuild the country and urged the US mission
to make anticorruption efforts a top priority.
2016 Sep 14, US Interior Sec.
Sally Jewell gave final approval for a renewable energy development
plan within nearly 11 million acres of public land in California’s
(SFC, 9/15/16, p.D1)
2016 Sep 14, In Afghanistan
insurgents killed five people, including a former warlord, in the
northern Baghlan province. The ambush targeted Samar, who served as
a mujahedeen commander during the 1980s struggle against the Soviet
2013 Sep 14, In China reporters
from two Hong Kong newspapers, the South China Morning Post and the
Chinese-language Ming Pao, were assaulted while conducting
interviews with Wukan villagers and later detained for several
hours. Wukan remained under siege two days after police arrested 13
protesters on allegations that they incited violence and arrest.
2016 Sep 14, In India PM
Narendra Modi and Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghanicalled for
an end to all sponsorship, support and sanctuaries to militants,
including those who have committed violence in the two countries.
India offered a fresh $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan for building
capacity in education, health, agriculture, energy and
infrastructure. They also signed an extradition treaty.
2016 Sep 14, Indonesian police
captured Muhammad Basri, a senior figure from the East Indonesia
Mujahideen militant group, and killed one of the group's members in
a joint operation with the military.
2016 Sep 14, Indonesia said the
country’s highest Islamic council has issued a fatwa on burning land
and forests in an effort to halt the toxic smog that blankets the
region each year.
2016 Sep 14, In Iran a gas leak
and fire at the Mobin Petrochemical Factory that services the South
Pars gas field injured four workers.
2016 Sep 14, South Africa said
rangers in Kruger National Par are killing about 350 hippos and
buffalos in an attempt to relieve the impact of the region's most
severe drought in more than three decades.
2016 Sep 14, Parts of Taiwan
came to a standstill as super typhoon Meranti brought the strongest
winds in 21 years. China issued a red alert for waves as the storm
bore down on the mainland.
2017 Sep 14, Harvard University
named convicted US intelligence leaker and transgender activist
Chelsea Manning a "visiting fellow", joining 11 others accorded the
honor. Awardees attend a number of scholarly events at the
university and share their knowledge and experience with students.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo accused the university of honoring a
"traitor" and cancelled a speaking appearance. Pompeo's move
followed former CIA acting director Mike Morrell's announcement that
he was stepping down as a senior fellow at The Belfer Center, part
of the Kennedy School, for the same reason.
2017 Sep 14, In Louisiana
Maxwell Gruver (18), a pledge at Louisiana State Univ.’s Phi Delta
Theta fraternity, died of acute alcohol poisoning. On Oct. 11 ten
people were arrested on hazing charges related to his death.
(SFC, 10/12/17, p.A8)
2017 Sep 14, In Texas crews
removed a statue of Robert E. Lee from the Lee Park in Dallas and
put it into storage at an abandoned naval air station.
(SFC, 9/16/17 p.A4)
2017 Sep 14, Brazil's attorney
general, Rodrigo Janot, charged Pres. Michel Temer with obstruction
of justice and leading a criminal organization.
(SFC, 9/15/17 p.A4)(Econ, 9/23/17, p.31)
2017 Sep 14, Brazil's federal
police conducted a raid and search operation at the house of
Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi in Brasilia, related to an ongoing
bribery and graft scandal.
2017 Sep 14, Cambodian PM Hun
Sen said he was suspending cooperation with the United States to
find the remains of Americans killed in the Vietnam War in the
latest ratcheting up of tensions between the two countries. Hun Sen
has accused the United States of plotting treason with opposition
leader Kem Sokha.
2017 Sep 14, The European Union
said it has extended sanctions by a further six months against
dozens of Russian citizens and companies deemed to have a role in
threatening the stability and independence of Ukraine.
2017 Sep 14, In France the
"secret" art collection amassed by Claude Monet, the father of
Impressionism, went on display for the first time in Paris, 90 years
after the great painter's death.
2017 Sep 14, The Greek
government entered a process of arbitration with a Canadian gold
mining company, days after Vancouver-based Eldorado Gold threatened
to suspend its investments in the country over what it said were
delays in the issuing of permits.
2017 Sep 14, The leaders of
India and Japan met in Gujarat state and agreed to deepen defense
ties and push for more cooperation with Australia and the United
States, as they seek to counter growing Chinese influence across
Asia. Abe flew to Gujarat to lay the foundation stone of a $17
billion bullet train project, India's first, that was made possible
by a huge Japanese loan.
2017 Sep 14, Iraq's parliament
voted to remove the governor of Kirkuk, a staunch supporter of
Kurdish independence, following a request from PM Haider al-Abadi
just days before a referendum on whether to split from Baghdad.
Governor Najmaddin Kareem said he was not going anywhere and Kurdish
leaders vowed to carry on with the vote planned for Sept. 25.
2017 Sep 14, In Iraq suicide
attacks near the southern city of Nassiriya left more than 80 people
killed, with wounded dozens more. The area targeted is used by
Shiite pilgrims and visitors from neighboring Iran headed for the
holy cities of Najaf and Karbala further north. The Islamic State
(Reuters, 9/14/17)(AFP, 9/14/17)(AP, 9/17/17)
2017 Sep 14, In Italy fans of
the old Latin Mass descended on Rome for their 10-year anniversary
pilgrimage. In 2007 Pope Benedict XVI passed a law allowing greater
use of the Latin Mass.
2017 Sep 14, In Luxembourg
Ryanair lost an EU court battle in which the airline had sought to
continue forcing cabin crew based outside Ireland to take their
disputes to Irish courts, in a case with implications across the
low-cost airline sector.
2017 Sep 14, In Malaysia 24
people, mostly teenagers, died in a fire at a school dormitory
outside Kuala Lumpur.
(SFC, 9/14/17 p.A4)
2017 Sep 14, In Mexico one
person was missing and about 200 homes were reported damaged by
water or wind in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero after Hurricane
Max hit land east of Acapulco.
2017 Sep 14, In Nigeria Nnamdi
Kanu, leader of the secessionist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB),
went missing following an alleged military raid that left his house
in the city of Umuahia riddled with bullet holes, its windows
smashed and doors hanging off hinges. Around 20 IPOB members were
reportedly shot dead but most of the bodies were taken by soldiers.
The army later denied the raid.
2017 Sep 14, A North Korean
state agency threatened to use nuclear weapons to "sink" Japan and
reduce the United States to "ashes and darkness" for supporting a UN
Security Council resolution and sanctions over its latest nuclear
2017 Sep 14, Médecins Sans
Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders, said the
government of Pakistan has moved to end 14 years of its operation in
the Kurram tribal region.
2017 Sep 14, In Romania a car
carrying a group of British volunteers slammed into a tree early
today, killing one person and injuring three others.
2017 Sep 14, A spokesman for
Russian President Vladimir Putin said hundreds of bomb threats made
by anonymous telephone callers against major public buildings this
week amount to "telephone terrorism."
2017 Sep 14, Russia’s Zapad
(West) 2017 maneuvers, mainly in Belarus this year, got underway
involving thousands of troops, tanks and aircraft. The exercises
will last until Sept. 20.
2017 Sep 14, In Singapore
Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament, was sworn in as the
country;s first female president.
(Econ, 9/16/17, p.36)
2017 Sep 14, In Sri Lanka Paul
Stewart McClean, a reporter for the Financial Times, went missing in
a lagoon near the city of Panama. The next day local navy divers
found the body of the British journalist, believed to have been
attacked by a crocodile while holidaying with friends.
2017 Sep 14, It was reported
that Swiss food giant Nestle paid as much as $500 million for a 68%
stake in the SF Bay Area-based Blue Bottle coffee firm.
(SFC, 9/15/17 p.A1)
2017 Sep 14, In Syria the
Russian Navy fired seven cruise missiles at Islamic state targets in
the suburbs of Syria's Deir al-Zor at Islamic State targets in the
eastern province of Deir el-Zour as pro-government forces closed in
on the militants holed up in the eponymous capital.
(AP, 9/14/17)(Reuters, 9/14/17)
2017 Sep 14, In southern
Thailand a soldier and a policeman were killed and 26 other people
wounded by two bombs believed to have been set off by Muslim
separatists in Yala province.
2017 Sep 14, Tunisia said it
has abolished a decades-old ban on Muslim women marrying
non-Muslims. The ban dated back to 1973.
2017 Sep 14, Turkish police
detained 24 protesters outside a courthouse where two dismissed
public employees, who had launched a hunger strike, are on trial on
terror charges. Academic Nuriye Gulmen and teacher Semih Ozakca were
detained in May on the 76th day of their hunger strike.
2017 Sep 14, Ukraine welcomed
Russian President Vladimir Putin's declared openness to deployment
of United Nations peacekeepers in separatist-controlled areas of
eastern Ukraine, but said Russian troops must not join such an
2017 Sep 14, The UN said the
number of Rohingya who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh to escape
ethnic unrest hit 389,000 and warned of a looming "worst case
scenario" with all of the Muslim minority group trying to leave. The
UN appealed for massive help.
(AFP, 9/14/17)(Reuters, 9/14/17)
2017 Sep 14, Yemeni forces
backed by a Saudi coalition managed to drive Al-Qaeda militants from
Abyan's Wadea district, symbolic as the birthplace of President
Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.
2018 Sep 14, Paul Manafort,
Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, reached an extraordinary
plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller's office that
requires him to assist the Russia investigation and converts him
into a potentially vital government cooperator.
2018 Sep 14, US Secretary of
State Mike Pompeo accused Russia of actively working to undermine
international sanctions on North Korea and said the enforcement of
the steps was essential to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear
2018 Sep 14, The US government
imposed sanctions on a Thailand-based company it says provides
services to an Iranian airline that Washington accuses of supporting
terrorist activities directed by Iran's government.
2018 Sep 14, Tina Talbot of
Waterford, Michigan, fatally shot her husband, Milosz Szczepanowicz,
after he had beaten her for days and threatened to kill her and her
son. She pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2019 and was sentenced to
20 months to 15 years. In 2020 she was released from prison after
serving 20 months.
2018 Sep 14, Hurricane Florence
made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane but was
soon downgraded to a tropical storm, even as it continued to wreak
havoc along the East Coast, downing trees and power lines and
forcing 20,000 people to flee to shelters. The storm eventually left
39 people dead. Damages in the state were later put at nearly $17
(AP, 9/15/18)(SFC, 10/3/18, p.A7)(SFC, 11/2/18,
2018 Sep 14, Texas police
disrupted the robbery of patrons in a bar in Fort Worth. Undercover
police officer Garret Hull (40) was shot in the head and one of the
robbers was killed in an exchange of fire. Hull died the next day.
Two suspects were arrested.
(SFC, 9/15/18, p.A5)(SSFC, 9/16/18, p.A12)
2018 Sep 14, In Wyoming hunting
guide Mark Uptain (37) and client Corey Chubon were attacked by a
bear. Chubom escaped with injuries. Uptain's body was found the next
(SFC, 9/17/18, p.A4)
2018 Sep 14, In western
Afghanistan at least five army personnel, all crew members of a
military helicopter, were killed late today when their aircraft
crashed and caught fire in Farah province.
2018 Sep 14, In Austria six men
were hospitalized with serious injuries after setting alight the
mattresses and bedding of the deportation cell in which they were
2018 Sep 14, China made no
mention of new funds for Venezuela's struggling government after
President Nicolas Maduro visited his key foreign financier in hopes
of securing new loans. Maduro was on a four-day trip to China to
discuss economic agreements.
2018 Sep 14, In China a driver
(23) for the ZTO Express delivery service was arrested for attempted
rape in the eastern city of Wenzhou.
2018 Sep 14, In Costa Rica a
labor strike that went into its fifth day with no apparent end in
sight. The government was struggling with a deficit estimated at 7.1
percent of GDP this year, which has pushed up the public debt load
and increased its need for revenue.
2018 Sep 14, Prosecutors in El
Salvador filed an extradition petition for former Pres. Mauricio
Funes and three family members on corruption charges for the alleged
embezlement of $351 million in public funds. Funes and his family
have been living in Nicaragua since 2016.
(SSFC, 9/16/18, p.A4)
2018 Sep 14, The European
Commission said the EU will scrap the twice-yearly seasonal clock
change across the bloc from October 2019, leaving member states to
decide by April whether they will stick permanently to summer or
2018 Sep 14, PM Edouard
Philippe said France plans to boost cycling with better bike lanes,
financial incentives for bicycle commuters and measures against bike
2018 Sep 14, In France about 15
Kurdish activists burned the Iranian flag in front of Iran's embassy
in Paris and broke some windows with stones. Some of the attackers
2018 Sep 14, Greece's supreme
court approved a Russian extradition request for Alexander Vinnik
(38), a bitcoin fraud suspect. The Greek supreme court also has
accepted an extradition request from the United States, where Vinnik
is accused of allegedly laundering billions of dollars with bitcoin.
2018 Sep 14, An Indian court
ruled there is enough evidence to send former UN climate chief
Rajendra Pachauri to trial on sexual harassment charges in a case
filed by a former female colleague in New Delhi. Police registered
the case against Pachauri after the 29-year-old female colleague
accused him three years ago of sexual harassment and criminal
2018 Sep 14, Muslim militants
freed three Indonesian men they kidnapped at sea early last year off
Malaysia then brought them to their jungle hideouts in the southern
2018 Sep 14, Iranian media said
that the reformist "Sedayeh Eslahat" newspaper was ordered shut down
on charges of insulting the Shiite religion for publishing an
article on female-to-male gender reassignment surgery. Prosecutor
Mohammad Jafar Montazeri also ordered the editor be punished.
2018 Sep 14, In Israel American
law professor Frank Romano (66), who reportedly also has French
citizenship, was detained in the embattled village of Khan al-Ahmar,
along with two Palestinian activists, for allegedly trying to block
Israeli troops in a West Bank village slated for demolition.
2018 Sep 14, Japan's determined
bid to return to commercial whale hunting was blocked by
anti-whaling nations in a tense vote at the International Whaling
Commission meeting in Brazil.
2018 Sep 14, In the
Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir a bus fell off a road into a
deep gorge, killing 16 people and injuring 16 others.
2018 Sep 14, In Mexico City
gunmen dressed as mariachi musicians killed five people and wounded
eight in Garibaldi Plaza, an iconic square where the bands serenade
(Reuters, 9/15/18)(AP, 9/16/18)
2018 Sep 14, In the northern
Mexico state of Sonora six severed human heads were found in a
plastic cooler on a roadside near Ciudad Obregon.
2018 Sep 14, In the Netherlands
four people who say Tibetan Buddhist teachers abused them physically
or psychologically presented the Dalai Lama with written accounts
from 12 alleged victims and appealed to him to address the problem.
2018 Sep 14, Nigerian finance
minister Kemi Adeosun (51), accused of forging a document to avoid
compulsory national service, said she was quitting to protect
2018 Sep 14, North and South
Korea opened their first liaison office near their tense border to
facilitate better communication and exchanges ahead of their
leaders' summit in Pyongyang next week. On June 16, 2020, North
Korea blew up the facility.
(AP, 9/14/18)(Econ., 6/20/20, p.31)
2018 Sep 14, In southwestern
Pakistan a roadside bomb exploded near a security convoy, killing
three security personnel near the town of Pashi, Baluchistan
2018 Sep 14, Palestinian Shadi
Abdel Aal (11) was fatally wounded during demonstrations east of
Jabalia in northern Gaza, becoming one of the youngest Palestinians
to be killed in months of unrest along the frontier. Two other
Palestinians were killed during the weekly protest by Israeli live
(AFP, 9/15/18)(Reuters, 9/17/18)
2018 Sep 14, Typhoon Mangkhut
made landfall on the northeastern tip of Luzon island in the
Philippines with top-of-the-scale Category 5 winds of 165 mph.
2018 Sep 14, Russia's Central
Bank hiked its key interest rate for the first time in nearly four
years, moving to shore up the ruble amid increasing risks of US
sanctions. It raised the rate to 7.5 percent from 7.25 percent.
2018 Sep 14, The Russian
Orthodox Church announced a rebuff to Ecumenical Patriarch
Bartholomew I, the leader of the worldwide Orthodox community,
saying it would not participate in events headed by the
Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate due to a dispute over control
of the church in Ukraine.
2018 Sep 14, In South Sudan
clashes erupted in Central Equatoria state when government troops
stormed bases in Lainya and Kajo Keji counties. Eight government
troops were killed in the battle in Lainya county. Another attack
took place in Mangalatore, near the site of the first attack, where
four government soldiers were killed. This came two days after the
warring sides signed what the government called a "final final"
peace agreement to end the civil war.
(AP, 9/14/18)(Reuters, 9/15/18)
2018 Sep 14, Swiss authorities
said that the Netherlands arrested and expelled two suspected
Russian spies earlier this year who allegedly tried to hack a Swiss
laboratory that conducts tests for the UN-backed chemical weapons
2018 Sep 14, In Syria residents
In cities and towns across the last opposition-held province of
Idlib, poured into the streets to demonstrate against President
Bashar Assad's government in defiance of an expected offensive to
retake the territory.
2018 Sep 14, In Syria Islamic
State gunmen took advantage of a sandstorm and killed 20 SDF
fighters in the country's east.
2018 Sep 14, In Thailand a
special order issued by the prime minister became law following its
publication in the Royal Gazette. It allows political parties to
gather funds to operate and, with the ruling junta's permission,
recruit party members and choose new leaders.
2018 Sep 14, Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan reproached the central bank for sharply raising
interest rates, saying the country would "see the results" of the
2018 Sep 14, Turkish security
forces fired tear gas at construction workers at Istanbul's new
airport who were protesting dangerous working conditions at the site
as it prepares to open for business next month.
2018 Sep 14, Uzbekistan's first
electronic music festival ever, an event, called Stihia or Element
in Russian, was staged at Muynak, an area of desert caused by one of
the world's largest man-made environmental catastrophes, the
shrinking of the Aral Sea.
2018 Sep 14, In Yemen sporadic
fighting took place in various areas around Hodeida. Two Saudi
pilots died when their helicopter crashed due to a technical fault
in Mahra province.
(AFP, 9/14/18)(Reuters, 9/14/18)
2018 Sep 14, Zimbabwe's
opposition MDC party called off plans to hold a mock inauguration to
name its leader Nelson Chamisa as the country's president after
public gatherings were banned due to a cholera outbreak.
2019 Sep 14, US President
Donald Trump confirmed that Hamza bin Laden, the son and designated
heir of Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, was killed in a
counter-terrorism operation along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
US media reported in late July and early August, citing intelligence
officials, that the younger Bin Laden had been killed sometime in
the last two years in an operation that involved the United States.
(The Telegraph, 9/14/19)
2019 Sep 14, President Donald
Trump gave a boost to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu days before he
faces his fiercest political test in more than a decade. Trump said
he and Netanyahu discussed the possibility of moving forward on a
"mutual defense" treaty between the allies.
(AP, 9/14/19)(AFP, 9/15/19)
2019 Sep 14, US Secretary of
State Mike Pompeo accused Iran of leading attacks on Saudi oil
plants that have cut the kingdom's output roughly in half, as he
ruled out Yemeni involvement and denounced Tehran for engaging in
false diplomacy. Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group claimed credit
for the attacks on two plants at the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil
industry, including the world's biggest petroleum processing
2019 Sep 14, In Oklahoma fights
broke out at the Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center in Vinita.
The next day more fights broke out at prisons in Hominy, Sayre, Fort
Supply, Lawton and Stringtown. One inmate was left dead and more
than a dozen injured.
2019 Sep 14, Officials
temporarily suspended aid efforts and closed a couple of small
airports in the Bahamas as Tropical Storm Humberto threatened to
lash the archipelago's northwest region that was already hit by
Hurricane Dorian two weeks ago. The list of missing still stood at
an alarming 1,300 people and the death toll at 50. Humberto moved
away from the Bahamas after dumping rain on parts of the
archipelago's northwest region that were already hammered by
(AP, 9/14/19)(AP, 9/15/19)
2019 Sep 14, In Burkina Faso
the heads of state from 15 countries in the West African economic
bloc known as ECOWAS met to discuss the fight against Islamic
extremism and the impact of the G5 Sahel Joint Force set up to
combat its spread.
2019 Sep 14, British police
said burglars have stolen a fully-functional 18-carat gold toilet
from Blenheim Palace, where it had been installed as an art exhibit.
Police said they had arrested one 66-year-old man in connection with
the theft, but had not recovered the artwork. The toilet, named
"America", was previously on display in a cubicle at New York's
Guggenheim Museum, where more than 100,000 visitors were able to use
it. As of late November the artwork by Maurizio Cattelan remained
(Reuters, 9/14/19)(NY Times, 11/21/19)
2019 Sep 14, Former Congolese
health minister Oly Ilunga was taken into custody over alleged
mismanagement of funds for the country's response to the Ebola
epidemic. Ilunga oversaw Congo DRC's handling of the outbreak, the
second deadliest in history, for nearly a year.
2019 Sep 14, Egypt's Pres.
Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi refuted corruption allegations raised by a
businessman about the country's military in a series of recorded
testimonials that went viral on social media. Officials said at
least three security force members and three militants were killed
in a militant attack on a checkpoint in restive northern Sinai
2019 Sep 14, In France hundreds
of demonstrators faced police in a tense stand-off in the city of
Nantes as revived "yellow vest" protests against the government of
President Emmanuel Macron took place across the country.
2019 Sep 14, Hong Kong police
moved in to break up scuffles between pro-China protesters and those
denouncing perceived Chinese meddling in the Asian financial hub,
the latest in months of sometimes violent clashes.
2019 Sep 14, Iranian state
television reported that Iran has signed a $440 million contract
with local company Petropars to develop the Belal gas field in the
Gulf, saying the country's vital energy sector was active despite US
2019 Sep 14, Japanese officials
culled 753 pigs in Saitama Prefecture north of Tokyo after detecting
an outbreak of swine fever.
2019 Sep 14, Malaysia's two
oldest political parties signed a charter of formal cooperation,
presenting arguably the largest political platform for the majority
Malay-Muslims at a time of simmering racial and religious tensions.
2019 Sep 14, Russian state
nuclear energy company Rosatom said the country's first-floating
nuclear power plant, known as "Akademik Lomonosov," has arrived to
its permanent base near an isolated Russian town across the Bering
Strait from Alaska. The plant will replace a coal-fired power plant
and an aging nuclear power plant supplying more than 50,000 people
with electricity in Chukotka.
2019 Sep 14, Saudi Arabia's oil
production and exports were disrupted after drone attacks on two
Aramco plants, including the world's biggest oil processing
2019 Sep 14, Singapore's air
quality deteriorated to "unhealthy" levels for the first time in
three years, data from the National Environment Agency (NEA) showed,
threatening to deepen a regional dispute over forest fires.
2019 Sep 14, Spanish
authorities said record rainfall has claimed two more lives in the
southeast, raising the overall death toll to six from the storms.
2019 Sep 14, Syrian state media
accused militant groups of preventing civilians from leaving the
last rebel-held stronghold in the country's northwest through a
corridor government troops are securing. State-run TV al-Ikhbariya
said no civilians came out via the corridor from Idlib province.
2019 Sep 14, Turkey's state
media said the government has ordered the arrest of 223 serving
military personnel across the country and in the breakaway state of
Northern Cyprus over suspected links to a network Ankara accuses of
organizing an attempted coup in 2016.
2019 Sep 14, Yemeni security
officials said shelling by Houthi rebels has killed at least 13
civilians over the last 24 hours including women and children in
Hodeida and Taiz provinces.
2020 Sep 14, Pres. Donald Trump
visited California and blamed the wildfires ravaging the West Coast
not on climate change but on the failure by Western states to
properly manage their forests. West Coast fires pushed into new
areas, prompting fresh evacuations in Idaho, Oregon and California.
At least 27 people dead and dozens more missing.
(NY Times, 9/15/20)
2020 Sep 14, A federal appeals
court ruled upheld a Trump administration policy that could lead to
the deportation of about 400,000 immigrants who originally came to
the US in emergency circumstances, like earthquakes or civil wars.
(NY Times, 9/15/20)
2020 Sep 14, The US deported a
key witness in an ongoing investigation into sexual abuse at an
Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in El Paso. The
Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General had forbidden
the woman's deportation, but changed course, and the woman was sent
(Business Insider, 9/16/20)
2020 Sep 14, Alaska dentist
Seth Lookhart (35), convicted on 46 counts of defrauding the federal
Medicaid program, was sentenced to 12 years in prison. The state
requested that the court order Lookhart to pay more than $2 million
in restitution for the Medicaid fraud.
2020 Sep 14, California and 19
other states filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s
decision to weaken curbs on methane emissions from the oil and gas
industry, saying the widespread West Coast wildfires should be a
reminder of the dangers posed by climate change.
2020 Sep 14, California
to date had 765,498 cases of coronavirus and 14,457 deaths. The SF
Bay Area had 95,275 cases and 1,307 deaths. Total cases nationwide
reached over 6,551,575 with the death toll at 194,443.
2020 Sep 14, Amazon.com Inc
said it is recruiting 100,000 more workers - the fourth hiring spree
it has announced for the United States this year - to keep pace with
e-commerce demand that jumped during the pandemic.
2020 Sep 14, Eli Lilly and Co
said its rheumatoid arthritis drug shortened the recovery time for
hospitalized COVID-19 patients also given Gilead Sciences Inc's
2020 Sep 14, Neurocrine
Biosciences Inc launched its add-on treatment for patients with
Parkinson's disease nearly five months after Food and Drug
Administration's approval, as the COVID-19 pandemic delayed its roll
out in the United States.
2020 Sep 14, Oracle surged 5.6%
as the cloud services company said it would team up with China's
ByteDance to keep TikTok operating in the United States, beating
Microsoft Corp in a deal structured as a partnership rather than an
2020 Sep 14, Verizon, the
country's largest phone company, said it is buying prepaid phone
seller Tracfone for up to $6.9 billion, expanding its low-income
2020 Sep 14, Belarus'
authoritarian Pres. Alexander Lukashenko visited Russia in a bid to
secure more loans and political support, as demonstrations against
the extension of his 26-year rule entered their sixth week.
President Vladimir Putin announced a $1.5 billion loan to Belarus
when he hosted his counterpart for more than four hours of talks in
(AP, 9/14/20)(AP, 9/15/20)
2020 Sep 14, A Chinese academic
countered US-backed allegations that China is using forced
sterilization against Muslims in Xinjiang, saying the claims were
based on "fabricated facts" and "falsified data".
(South China Morning Post, 9/15/20)
2020 Sep 14, The Czech Republic
reported 1,038 new cases of the coronavirus, the sixth time in the
past week the daily rise was above the 1,000 level.
2020 Sep 14, The national
Geologic Survey of Denmark and Greenland said that a big chunk of
Greenland's ice cap, estimated at 42 square miles, has broken off in
the far northeastern Arctic.
(SFC, 9/15/20, p.A2)
2020 Sep 14, It was reported
that German carmaker Daimler AG will pay $2.2 billion to resolve a
US government diesel emissions cheating investigation and claims
from 250,000 US vehicle owners.
2020 Sep 14, In India a woman
(19), who belonged to the Dalit community, was raped by four men in
the heartland state of Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district. Her family
found her naked, bleeding and paralyzed with a split tongue and a
broken spine in a field outside their home. She died on Sept. 28.
Four men, all from an upper caste, were arrested.
2020 Sep 14, Indonesia's
capital of Jakarta began two weeks of social restrictions to curb a
rise of coronavirus infections.
(SFC, 9/15/20, p.A6)
2020 Sep 14, A suspected
Israeli airstrike on Iran-backed fighters in eastern Syria killed 10
fighters, including eight Iraqis. The Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights said the airstrike also destroyed arms depots and ambulances
were seen rushing to the area.
2020 Sep 14, An Israeli court
handed down three life sentences to Jewish extremist Amiram
Ben-Uliel, convicted in a 2015 arson attack that killed a
Palestinian toddler and his parents.
2020 Sep 14, Yoshihide Suga
(71) was elected as the new head of Japan’s ruling party, all but
assuring that he will become the country's new prime minister when a
parliamentary election is held later in the week.
2020 Sep 14, The rival
government in eastern Libya submitted its resignation after a number
of protests over deteriorating living conditions and corruption. The
parliament in Tobruk needs to approve the resignation of the
government. The parallel government in the east of the country is
not recognized by the international community.
2020 Sep 14, Libya’s coast
guard intercepted three boats, and one of them capsized. The coast
guard retrieved two bodies, and survivors reported 22 others were
missing and presumed dead.
2020 Sep 14, In Mozambique a
video emerged showing people dressed in army uniforms beating and
killing a naked woman in the restive gas-rich Cabo Delgado province.
The defence ministry soon condemned the footage as "horrifying" and
vowed to "ascertain their authenticity".
2020 Sep 14, Nigerian health
workers demanding the payment of a hazard allowance for treating
coronavirus patients went on strike only a week after doctors in
Africa's most populous country staged a walk out.
2020 Sep 14, In the Philippines
new rules cut the social distancing minimum to 30 centimeters (12
inches) on public transport, as the country saw another daily record
in newly confirmed COVID-19 deaths. The country reported 259 new
confirmed deaths, a record for the second time in three days. Total
fatalities increased to 4,630, while infections have doubled in the
past 35 days to 265,888.
2020 Sep 14, The head of
Russia's sovereign wealth fund said Russia has recruited sufficient
participants for its large-scale COVID-19 vaccine trial, known as a
Phase III trial. Initial results are expected in October or November
2020 Sep 14, Swiss drugmaker
said Novartis said its Beovu matched Regeneron's Eylea in vision
clarity scores for a blindness-causing eye disease, after early
safety stumbles for the medicine in another condition caused
disappointing early sales.
2020 Sep 14, Human Rights Watch
said international donors slashed their funding in June partly
because of the “systemic interference” in relief operations by the
Houthi rebels who hold Yemen's capital, Sanaa, as well as by the
country's internationally recognized government and their southern
2020 Sep 14, Vietnam jailed
four people over their roles in the death of 39 migrants found in a
refrigerated truck in Britain last October.
(The Telegraph, 9/14/20)
2020 Sep 14, It was reported
that astronomers using powerful telescopes have detected a chemical
in the toxic atmosphere of Venus that could be a signal of something
living in one of the solar system’s most inhospitable environments.
(NY Times, 9/15/20)
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