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Sep 16, Tomas de Torquemada (b.1420) died in Avila, Spain. He was a
Spanish Dominican friar and the first Grand Inquisitor in Spain's
movement to restore Christianity among its populace in the late 15th
century. He was one of the chief supporters of the Alhambra Decree,
which expelled the Jews from Spain in 1492.
1560 Sep 16, Arnaud du Tilh,
who had confessed to impersonating Martin Guerre, was hanged in
front of Guerre’s house in Artigat, France. In 1941 Janet Lewis
(1899-1998) published "The Wife of Martin Guerre," a historical
novel based on Guerre. The story was turned into an opera in 1961
with music by William Bergsma. In 1984 a French film version was
released "The Return of Martin Guere." An American version,
"Somersby," was made in 1993 set during the Civil War.
1620 Sep 16, The Pilgrims
sailed from England on the Mayflower, finally settling at Plymouth,
Mass. The Pilgrims were actually Separatists because they had left
the Church of England. The 4 children of William Brewster, who
arrived on the Mayflower, were named: Love, Wrestling, Patience, and
(HN, 9/16/98)(SFEM, 11/15/98, p.23)(SFC, 3/20/99,
1638 Sep 16, France's King
Louis XIV, the Sun King, was born. He ruled from 1643-1715 and died
(WUD, 1994, p.848)(AP, 9/16/97)
1668 Sep 16, King John Casimer
II of Poland abdicated the throne.
(HN, 9/16/98)(PCh, 1992, p.241)
1736 Sep 16, Gabriel Daniel
Fahrenheit (b.1686), Gdansk-born German physicist, died in the
Netherlands. He discovered that water boils at 212F and freezes at
1747 Sep 16, The French
captured Bergen-op-Zoom, consolidating their occupation of Austrian
Flanders in the Netherlands.
1777 Sep 16, Nathan Rothschild
(d.1836), banker, was born in Frankfurt. He was the son of Mayer
Rothschild (1744-1812), who rose from the Frankfurt ghetto to become
the banker to Prince William of Prussia. Nathan worked in London as
a banker and invested Prussian money in the Napoleonic Wars and
smuggled it to Wellington in Spain. He was the first to hear news
from Waterloo and sold stock to convince other investors that the
British had lost. His agents bought the stock at low prices. His 4
brothers established banks in Vienna, Naples and Paris.
1789 Sep 16, Jean-Paul Marat
set up a new newspaper in France, L'Ami du Peuple.
1795 Sep 16, The Capitulation
of Rustenburg: A Dutch garrison at the Cape of Good Hope surrendered
to a British fleet under Adm. George Elphinstone.
(EWH, 4th ed, p.884)
1810 Sep 16, Mexico began its
revolt against Spanish rule. Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
delivered the cry for freedom in front of a small crowd of his
parishioners (The Grito de Dolores) in Dolores Hidalgo. This action
stemmed from meetings of the literary and social club of Queretaro
(now a central state of Mexico), which included the priest, the
mayor of the town, and a local military captain named Ignacio
Allende. They believed that New Spain should be governed by the
Creoles (criollos) rather than the Gachupines (peninsulares). Rev.
Hidalgo was joined by Rev. Jose Maria Morelos. Both priests were
later executed by firing squads. When Mexico revolted the Spanish
settlements began to fall apart. Under Mexican rule the missions
were secularized and the huge land holdings were broken up. At age
55, Hidalgo was a tall, gaunt man who carried his head habitually
bent forward, giving him the appearance of a true contemplative. But
looks were deceiving. He had a restless, willful nature, and his
expressive green eyes shot fire when he argued politics. In his
student days, he had won debates and honors; as a theologian he
enjoyed considerable local renown. He was a visionary, resentful of
authority and with a touch of the crusader about him.
(SFC, 5/19/96,CG, p.16)(SCal, Sep, 1995)(WSJ,
8/13/97, p.A12)(AP, 9/16/97)(HNQ, 12/17/00)
1819 Sep 16, Dr. John Jeffries,
who crossed the English Channel (1785) with Frenchman Jean-Pierre
Blanchard for the first time in a hydrogen balloon, died in Boston.
(HN, 5/15/98)(HN, 1/7/99)
1834 Sep 16, The Bank of the US
abandoned its policy of loan curtailment as Nicholas Biddle moved to
secure a new charter from the state of Pennsylvania.
1836 Sep 16, Morocco signed a
Treaty of Peace with the United States at Meccanez. A clause of
conclusion under the seal of the United States consulate at Tangier,
was signed by James R. Leib, consul and agent of the United States,
on October 1, 1836.
1838 Sep 16, James J. Hill,
railroad builder, was born.
1859 Sep 16, In San Francisco
US Senator David C. Broderick died at the Leonides Haskell house at
Fort Mason, following his Sep 13 duel with David S. Terry, Chief
Justice of the California Supreme Court, near Lake Merced.
(SFC, 9/7/09, p.C1)
1864 Sep 16, Confederate
General Nathan Bedford Forrest led 4,500 men out of Verona, Miss. to
harass Union outposts in northern Alabama and Tennessee.
1875 Sep 16, James Cash Penny,
founder and owner of the J.C. Penny Company department stores, was
1885 Sep 16, Karen Horney,
psychoanalyst who exposed the male bias in the Freudian analysis of
women, was born.
1887 Sep 16, Nadia Boulanger
(d.1979), conductor, was born in Paris, France. She became the 1st
woman to conduct Boston Symphony (1939).
1889 Sep 16, Robert Younger, in
Minnesota's Stillwater Penitentiary for life, died of tuberculosis.
Brothers Cole and Bob remained in that prison.
1891 Sep 16, Karl Doenitz,
German Admiral who succeeded Hitler in governing Germany, was born.
1893 Sep 16, Albert
Szent-Gyorgyi, biochemist who isolated vitamin C, was born.
1893 Sep 16, More than 100,000
settlers ("Sooners") claimed land in the Cherokee Strip during the
first day of the Oklahoma land rush.
(AP, 9/16/97)(HN, 9/16/98)
1908 Sep 16, General Motors
Holding Company was formed in Flint, Mich., by William Durant.
1919 Sep 16, The American
Legion was formally chartered by an act of Congress.
1920 Sep 16, A bomb exploded in
front of the Morgan building at 23 Wall St. in NYC at noon on a busy
Thursday. 30 people were immediately killed and 8 soon died from
their wounds. A 16-foot stretch of the Tennessee-marble façade with
pockmarks of the blast was retained as a memorial.
Investigators believed the bombing was carried out by Galleanists
(Italian anarchists), a group responsible for a series of bombings
the previous year. Ron Chernow described the incident in his book
"The House of Morgan." No one was charged but Prof. Paul Avrich, in
his book "Sacco and Vanzetti: The Anarchist Background," later held
that Mario Buda, an Italian immigrant, was the culprit.
p.B1)(SFC, 9/22/01, p.A3)(SSFC, 4/16/06, p.E4)(WSJ, 8/18/07, p.P8)
1922 Sep 16, Rev. Edward
Wheeler Hall and his mistress, choir member Eleanor Mills, were
found shot to death in a New Jersey apple orchard. Hall’s wife and
her 2 brothers were indicted for the murder, but they were acquitted
at trial. In 1964 William Kunstler authored “The Minister and the
Choir Singer, “an account of the double murder and trial.
(WSJ, 11/10/07, p.W8)
1925 Sep 16, Charlie Byrd, jazz
guitarist, was born.
1925 Sep 16, Blues musician
B.B. King ("Blues Boy") was born in Mississippi. In the mid-1950s,
while King was performing in Twist, Arkansas, some audience members
got into a fight over a woman named Lucille. They knocked over a
kerosene stove and set the place on fire. Everybody ran
outside...but when King realized he left his guitar inside, he
rushed back to retrieve it. From then on, King named all his guitars
1926 Sep 16, John Knowles,
writer, was born. His work included “A Separate Peace."
1929 Sep 16, Boston Mayor
Nichols banned the performance of Eugene O'Neill play "Strange
Interlude" on the grounds that it was obscene. The play had never
been banned anywhere, and many Bostonians wanted to see it, but the
mayor would not change his mind. The mayor of neighboring Quincy,
Mass., allowed the play to be performed there on September 30th, and
it played to sold-out crowds for a month. This was later among
events covered in the book “Censorship of the American Theatre in
the 20th Century" (2003).
1931 Sep 16, Omar Mukhtar
(b.1862), Libyan hero, was hanged by Italian authorities in the
concentration camp of Solluqon. From 1912 he had led an insurrection
against Italian invaders.
1934 Sep 16, Anti-Nazi
Lutherans staged a protest in Munich.
1940 Sep 16, President
Roosevelt signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act,
which set up the first peacetime military draft in U.S. history.
(AP, 9/16/97)(HN, 9/16/98)
1940 Sep 16, Samuel T. Rayburn
of Texas was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
1940 Sep 16, The Luftwaffe
bombed the Bristol Aeroplane Company.
1942 Sep 16, The Japanese base
at Kiska in the Aleutian Islands was raided by American bombers.
1945 Sep 16, Japan surrendered
Hong Kong to Britain.
1950 Sep 16, Henry Louis Gates
Jr., critic and scholar, was born.
1950 Sep 16, The U.S. 8th Army
broke out of the Pusan Perimeter in South Korea and began heading
north to meet MacArthur's troops heading south from Inchon.
1953 Sep 16, "The Robe," the
first movie filmed in the widescreen process CinemaScope, had its
world premiere at the Roxy Theater in New York.
1957 Sep 16, Qi Baishi
(b.1864), Chinese artist, died in Beijing. In 2011 one of his ink
paintings was auctioned for $65 million.
1963 Sep 16, The
science-fiction anthology series "The Outer Limits" premiered on
1963 Sep 16, The Federation of
Malaysia was formally established. Sabak (Sabah) and Sarawak,
Britain’s colonies on Borneo, joined the Malayan peninsula to form
Malaysia with Tunku Abdul Rahman (60) as prime minister. The
federation formed under bitter opposition from Indonesia, which
refused to recognize the country and waged a guerrilla war against
it. Race riots erupted between ethnic Malays and the Chinese
(PC, 1992, p.988)(SSFC, 3/10/02, p.C10)(Econ,
9/20/08, p.60)(Econ, 2/23/13, p.39)
1964 Sep 16-1964 Oct 20, French
Pres. Charles de Gaulle visited South America with stops in
Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina,
Paraguay, Uruguay and Brasil. He was the 1st head of state from
outside Latin America to visit Paraguay.
(http://gaullisme.free.fr/GEChronologie.htm)(Econ, 10/1/05, p.36)
1965 Sep 16, "The Dean Martin
Show" premiered on NBC.
1966 Sep 16, The Metropolitan
Opera opened its new opera house at New York's Lincoln Center for
the Performing Arts.
1967 Sep 16, The TV series
"Mannix," starring Mike Connors, premiered on CBS.
1968 Sep 16, Republican
presidential nominee Richard Nixon exclaimed, "Sock it to ME?" in a
taped bit for the NBC-TV comedy program "Rowan & Martin's
1969 Sep 16, President Nixon
ordered the withdrawal of 35,000 soldiers from Vietnam and reduced
the number required to be drafted.
1970 Sep 16, The American TV
show "McCloud" was released. It starred Dennis Weaver (1924-2006)
and was written and produced by Leslie Stevens (d.1998). The series
continued to 1977.
1970 Sep 16, The Black
September conflict began when King Hussein of Jordan declared
military rule in response to a fedayeen coup d’état to seize his
kingdom. This resulted in the deaths or expulsion of thousands of
Palestinians from Jordan.
1972 Sep 16, "The Bob Newhart
Show" premiered on CBS and ended in 1978. Suzanne Pleshette
(1937-2008) played Bob Newhart’s wife.
(AP, 9/16/97)(SSFC, 1/20/08, p.A2)
1972 Sep 16, Marine sergeant
William Miller was shot and killed near Camp Lejeune, NC. In 2009
three people faced murder charges after prosecutors alleged that the
murder was the result of a love triangle centered around Miller’s
ex-wife, Vickie Babbitt. Fellow ex-Marine George Hayden (57), who
married Babbit after Miller’s death, was alleged to have shot
Miller. Ex-Marine Rodger Gill (56) was alleged to have witnessed the
(SFC, 12/31/09, p.A7)
1972 Sep 16, South Vietnamese
troops recaptured Quang Tri province in South Vietnam from the North
1973 Sep 16, Victor Jara
(b.1932), one of the best-known members of Latin America's "New
Song" folk movement, died. He had been arrested after the Chilean
military coup that overthrew Allende and taken to a soccer stadium
used as a detention camp. Court papers indicate Jara was tortured,
his hands smashed with rifle butts, and then was shot to death along
with former prison service director Littre Quiroga. In 2008 a court
charged retired Col. Mario Manriquez in the case, saying he was
"responsible" for the death. In 2009 Jara’s body was exhumed for a
proper autopsy. Army draftee, Jose Paredes, later described the
murder and named the officers he said were responsible. Paredes told
interrogators that a lieutenant known as "El Loco," the Crazy One,
held Jara against a dressing room wall and played Russian roulette
until a bullet blasted through the singer's skull. In 2012 eight
retired army officers were charged in Jara’s slaying. On Sep 5,
2013, a civil suit accused Lt. Pedro Barrientos Nunez of ordering
torture and firing the fatal shot that killed Jara. In 2014 three
more people were charged in the murder of Jara.
11/26/09)(SFC, 12/29/12, p.A2)(SFC, 9/6/13, p.A5)(SFC, 9/4/14, p.A2)
1974 Sep 16, President Ford
announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam War deserters
and draft-evaders. Limited amnesty was offered to Vietnam-era draft
resisters who would now swear allegiance to the United States and
perform two years of public service.
(AP, 9/16/97)(HN, 9/16/98)
1975 Sep 16, Administrators for
Rhodes Scholarships announced the decision to begin offering
fellowships to women.
1975 Sep 16, Papua New Guinea
(PNG), a former Australian colony, became independent.
(WSJ, 12/20/96, p.B8)(WSJ, 3/18/98, p.A14)
1976 Sep 16, Secretary of state
Henry Kissinger sent a cable canceling a US warning against carrying
out international political assassinations that was to have gone to
Chile and two neighboring nations just days before a former
ambassador was killed by Chilean agents on Washington's Embassy Row.
The document was not made public until 2010.
1976 Sep 16, The Episcopal
Church, at its General Convention in Minneapolis, formally approved
the ordination of women as priests and bishops.
1977 Sep 16, Maria Callas, “our
century’s greatest singer," the American-born prima donna famed for
her lyric soprano and fiery temperament, died in Paris at age 53.
(SFC, 8/8/97, p.D1)(AP, 9/16/97)
1978 Sep 16, The Grateful Dead
performed at the Great Pyramid of Giza. Hanza El Din (1930-2006),
Nubian oud virtuoso, first played with the Grateful Dead.
1978 Sep 16, In northeast Iran
a magnitude 7.7 earthquake killed some 25,000 people.
(WUD, 1994, p.1691)(AP, 6/22/02)
1979 Sep 16, In Wisconsin the
Madison Press Connection published a detailed explanation of how to
build a hydrogen bomb in an article written by Charles Hansen
(1947-2003) of Mountain View, Ca. In 1988 Hansen published "U.S.
Nuclear Weapons: The Secret History."
1979 Sep 16, Hafizullah Amin
took the presidency of Afghanistan following the killing of Nur
Muhammad Taraki. Amin was later executed and replaced with Babrak
1980 Sep 16, Jean Piaget, Swiss
psychologist, theorist and educator, died at 84.
1981 Sep 16, Pres. Reagan
announced his intention to appoint Edgar Callahan (d.2009 at 80) as
chairman of the National Credit Union Administration, making him the
highest-ranking credit union regulator in the country. Callahan,
former director the Department of Financial Institutions in
Illinois, stepped down in 1987 after guiding the industry into
1982 Sep 16-1982 Sep 18, The
massacre of some 1,500 Palestinian men, women and children by
Lebanese Christian militiamen began in west Beirut's Sabra and
Chatilla (Shatilla) refugee camps. Elie Hobeika (d.2002), Christian
militia chieftain, led the massacre of Palestinian refugees in the
camps. Israel’s defense minister, Ariel Sharon, was held responsible
and lost his top post. The massacre triggered peace rallies in
Israel with some 400,000 demonstrating in Tel Aviv. In 2001
survivors lodged a complaint in Belgium against Sharon. British
journalist Robert Fisk (1946-2020) was among the first to enter
Sabra and Shatila, where more than a thousand people were massacred.
(AP, 9/16/97)(SFC, 10/10/98, p.A8)(SFC, 5/24/00,
p.A15)(SFC, 6/19/01, p.A8)(SFC, 1/25/02, p.A10)(WSJ, 8/1/06,
p.A10)(Econ., 11/7/20, p.44)
1987 Sep 16, Pope John Paul II
visited San Francisco and drew the largest protests of his US tour
as homosexuals, feminists and Jews protested outside Mission Dolores
(SSFC, 9/16/12, DB p.46)
1987 Sep 16, In Canada an
international convention met in Montreal and negotiators from 23 of
the world’s major industrial nations signed a treaty to slow down
global chlorofluorocarbon (CFCs) production in order to restore
atmospheric ozone. One of its most important architects was Egyptian
scientist Mostafa Tolba (1922-2016). The Montreal Protocol, a treaty
designed to save the Earth's ozone layer by calling on nations to
reduce emissions of harmful chemicals by the year 2000, was amended
in 1990 and 1992. In 1991 a fund was established to help developing
countries meet their obligations By 2016 197 nations had signed the
(NOHY, W3/90, p.47)(SFC, 5/31/96, A1,17)(SFEC,
6/15/97, BR p.4)(AP, 9/16/97)(Econ, 4/2/15, p.78)(Econ, 9/24/16,
1988 Sep 16, Hurricane Gilbert
slammed into the Mexico coast for the second time in three days, its
center sweeping ashore north of La Pesca, 120 miles south of
1989 Sep 16, Debbye Turner of
Missouri was crowned Miss America at the pageant in Atlantic City,
1990 Sep 16, Iraqi television
broadcast an eight-minute videotaped address by President Bush, who
warned the Iraqi people that Saddam Hussein’s brinkmanship could
plunge them into war “against the world."
1991 Sep 16, A federal judge in
Washington dismissed all Iran-Contra charges against Oliver North.
1991 Sep 16, Confirmation
hearings began on the nomination of Robert Gates to head the CIA.
1991 Sep 16, Supreme Court
nominee Clarence Thomas concluded five days of testimony at his
1992 Sep 16, A proposed debate
between President Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton was canceled after
the Bush campaign's refusal to negotiate with a bipartisan
1992 Sep 16, Former U.S. Rep.
Millicent Fenwick, R-N.J., died at age 82.
1992 Sep 16, Black Wednesday
occurred in the United Kingdom when John Major's Conservative
government was forced to withdraw the pound sterling from the
European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) after it was unable to keep
the pound above its agreed lower limit in the ERM. The day became
known as “Black Wednesday." George Soros pocketed $2 billion on his
short sale of $10 billion. The event is documented in Robert
Slater's Soros: "The Life, Times and Trading Secrets of the World's
Greatest Investor." Britain’s Conservative government was forced to
withdraw the Pound from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM)
due to pressure by currency speculators.
p.A1)(Econ, 3/25/06, p.62)
1993 Sep 16, The American TV
sitcom Frasier, a spinoff from “Cheers," premiered with John Mahoney
(1940-2018) as the cranky dad of pompous sons Frasier and Niles. The
show continued to 2004.
1993 Sep 16, A judge in Berlin
convicted three elderly former Communist leaders in the shooting
deaths of East Germans who had tried to scale the Berlin Wall.
1994 Sep 16, A federal jury
ordered Exxon Corp. to pay $5.3 billion in punitive damages to
commercial fishermen and others harmed in the 1989 Exxon Valdez
spill in Alaska. A US Court of Appeals threw out the punitive
damages in 2001.
(AP, 9/16/99)(SFC, 3/27/99, p.A7)(SFC, 11/8/01,
1994 Sep 16, Two astronauts
from the space shuttle Discovery went on the first untethered
spacewalk in 10 years.
1995 Sep 16, Shawntel Smith of
Oklahoma was crowned “Miss America" at the pageant in Atlantic City,
1995 Sep 16, President Clinton
voiced support for a Senate welfare overhaul plan sponsored by
Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.
1996 Sep 16, President Clinton
claimed the endorsement of the nation's largest police organization,
the Fraternal Order of Police, in his bid for re-election.
1996 Sep 16, Chicago and Paris
signed a sister-city pact.
(SFC, 9/27/96, p.A17)
1996 Sep 16, Space shuttle
Atlantis blasted off more than six weeks late on a mission to pick
up NASA astronaut Shannon Lucid, aloft since last March, from the
Russian space station Mir.
(SFC, 9/17/96, p.A4)(AP,
1996 Sep 16, Former US national
security adviser McGeorge Bundy died in Boston at age 77.
1996 Sep 16, Kuwait agreed to
allow the US to send 3,300 troops to its soil over the confrontation
(SFC, 9/17/96, p.A10)
1997 Sep 16, Attorney General
Janet Reno named Charles La Bella the Justice Department's new lead
prosecutor in the campaign fund-raising investigation.
1997 Sep 16, Two Air national
Guard F-16 fighters collided off Atlantic City, N.J. All the crew
(SFC, 9/17/97, p.A2)
1997 Sep 16, In Egypt a
state-owned farm-truck carrying up to 120 boys and girls overturned
and killed 29 of them.
(SFC, 9/17/97, p.C4)
1998 Sep 16, In his first news
conference since the release of Kenneth Starr's graphic report,
President Clinton said he'd told "the essential truth" about his
affair with Monica Lewinsky; as for whether he might resign, Clinton
responded that Americans "want me to go on."
1998 Sep 16, House Judiciary
Committee Chairman Henry Hyde, responding to a report in an Internet
publication, Salon Magazine, admitted to "indiscretions" with a
woman in the 1960s at a time when both were married.
1998 Sep 16, The first photos
of Phobos from the Mars Global Surveyor were reported. Its diameter
is 16 miles at the equator and 11 miles pole to pole. Deimos
measured 7 miles in diameter.
(SFC, 9/16/98, p.A9)
1998 Sep 16, Algeria was
rebuked for abuses by its security forces by a UN report. Amnesty
Int’l. called the report a whitewash.
(WSJ, 9/17/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 16, In Bosnia early
results from weekend elections indicated that hard-line nationalists
led with 60% of the votes counted.
(SFC, 9/17/98, p.A12)
1998 Sep 16, The UN announced
that the treaty to eliminate anti-personnel land mines will take
effect in 6 months. Burkino Faso became the 40th country to ratify
(SFC, 9/17/98, p.C4)
1998 Sep 16, In Germany Mamduh
Mahmud Salim, an alleged terrorist associated with Osama bin Laden,
(SFC, 9/19/98, p.C16)
1998 Sep 16, From Norway it was
reported that Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik (51), too
depressed to work, was on sick leave. Plunging oil prices, surging
interest rates and political bickering forced him to leave almost 2
(WSJ, 9/16/98, p.A22)
1998 Sep 16, In Russia the
ruble fell to 14-16 to the dollar in street trading. Two more
economic moderates were brought into the new cabinet.
(SFC, 9/17/98, p.A12)
1998 Sep 16, Serb forces in
Kosovo attacked 12 villages between Mitrovica and Podujevo, 20 miles
north of Pristina.
(SFC, 9/17/98, p.A15)
1998 Sep 16, In Spain the
Basque separatist ETA announced an indefinite cease fire to begin
(SFC, 9/17/98, p.C4)
1999 Sep 16, Bill Gates
announced a $1 billion program to fund minority scholarships under a
20-year Gates Millennium Scholars program.
(USAT, 9/17/99, p.2B)
1999 Sep 16, The White House
said it would allow US firms to export computer encryption
(SFC, 9/17/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 16, The US Senate
approved legislation to double the salary of the president to
$400,000 in 2001 and a 3.4% cost of living to members of Congress.
(USAT, 9/17/99, p.14A)
1999 Sep 16, Missouri passed a
late-term abortion law with an override over Gov. Mel Carnahan's
veto. A Federal judge put the law on hold the next day.
(SFC, 9/18/99, p.A3)
1999 Sep 16, Hurricane “Floyd"
hit the Carolinas and began making its way up the East Coast,
damaging 12,000 homes and claiming more than 50 lives even after it
weakened to a tropical storm.
1999 Sep 16, In Hong Kong
typhoon York left one man dead and 466 injured.
(USAT, 9/17/99, p.13A)
1999 Sep 16, In Russia Pres.
Yeltsin ordered the Dagestan border sealed against the 1,500 Chechen
militants massed there. Moscow police reported the discovery of a
cache of 3.5 metric tons of explosive powder hidden among sacks of
sugar from southern Russia. In southern Russia, an explosion
described by authorities as the fourth massive terrorist attack in
two weeks demolished an apartment building, killing at least 18
(WSJ, 9/17/99, p.A1,13)(AP, 9/16/00)
1999 Sep 16, In Venezuela a
Colombian delegation met with the largest guerrilla group to revive
(WSJ, 9/17/99, p.A1)
2000 Sep 16, Campaign aides for
Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush agreed on a series of
2000 Sep 16, American Nancy
Johnson captured the first gold medal of the Sydney Olympics,
winning the women's 10-meter air rifle.
2000 Sep 16, In Peru Pres.
Fujimori, engulfed in a bribery scandal, announced that he would
call an immediate general election and not seek office. He also
decided to deactivate the National Intelligence Service.
(SFEC, 9/17/00, p.A11)
2000 Sep 16, In the Philippines
the military under orders from Pres. Estrada staged a surprise
attack on Abu Sayyaf rebels on Jolo Island.
(SFC, 9/16/00, p.A1)(SFEC, 9/17/00, p.A2)
2000 Sep 16, Hrihori Gongadze
(31), journalist, disappeared in Kiev. He was an outspoken critic of
the government and of high-level corruption. A beheaded body,
believed to be his, was found in Nov. Gongadze was the founder of
the Internet news site Ukrainian Truth. In 2001 the government
announced that he was killed by criminals who were also murdered and
that the killings had nothing to do with politics. Suspects in the
murder were arrested in 2005. In 2005 a commission investigating the
kidnapping and killing of Gongadze accused parliament's Speaker
Volodymyr Lytvyn of instigating the slaying. Findings stemmed from
recordings in which voices resembling those of Lytvyn, former
President Leonid Kuchma and other officials are heard allegedly
conspiring against Gongadze. The trial of three former police
officers charged with killing Gongadze opened in 2006. In 2008 a
court in Kiev jailed three former police officers for between 12 and
13 years for the murder of Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze. In
2009 National Security Service agents arrested the fourth suspect,
Olexiy Pukach, who was working as the chief of the Interior
Ministry's surveillance department at the time of the killing.
(SFC, 11/17/00, p.D6)(SFC, 12/14/00, p.C4)(SFC,
5/16/01, p.D14)(SFC, 3/2/05, p.A3)(AP, 9/21/05)(AP, 1/10/06)(AFP,
2001 Sep 16, President George
W. Bush pledged a crusade against terrorists, saying there was "no
question" Osama bin Laden was the "prime suspect" in the Sept. 11
attack. US officials warned that the new war on terrorism will be a
long, often secret and a “dirty" contest.
(SFC, 9/17/01, p.A1)(AP, 9/16/02)
2001 Sep 16, Eight
cross-country runners from the University of Wyoming were killed
when their sport utility vehicle collided head-on with a pickup
truck that had swerved into their lane.
2001 Sep 16, Samuel Z. Arkoff
(83), movie producer died in Burbank, Calif.
2001 Sep 16, Israeli forces
invaded Palestinian territory at Ramallah. One Israeli soldier and 1
Palestinian security officer were killed. Many people were wounded.
(SFC, 9/17/01, p.A18)
2001 Sep 16, Pakistan told
Afghanistan to surrender Osama bin Laden within 3 days or face
almost certain military action.
(SFC, 9/17/01, p.A8)
2001 Sep 16, A Russian module
docked with space station Alpha 2 days after its launch from
(SFC, 9/17/01, p.A18)
2001 Sep 16, In Sri Lanka Tamil
rebels in about 20 boats attacked a ship with 1,200 Sri Lankan
soldiers and killed at least 11. 12 soldiers were missing and 15
rebels were reported killed.
(SFC, 9/17/01, p.A18)
2002 Sep 16, In Argentina a bus
filled with Catholic pilgrims fell into a deep gorge some 50 miles
from Catamarca, killing 38 and injuring 27.
2002 Sep 16, In Chechnya a land
mine planted at a busy intersection in the capital Grozny exploded
as a passenger bus drove by, and 19 people were killed and 20 others
wounded. 3 suspects in the blast were detained.
(AP, 9/16/02)(AP, 9/17/02)
2002 Sep 16, European political
and business officials gathered for a two-day summit on the lagging
economy and the last snags to expanding the European Union into
2002 Sep 16, Indian-ruled
Kashmir ended the first stage of state assembly elections against a
backdrop of violence and in the shadow of a tense confrontation
between nuclear powers India and Pakistan. Indian troops killed 9
suspected Islamic rebels in a border sweep hours before the
elections. A 44% turnout was reported.
(Reuters, 9/16/02)(WSJ, 9/16/02, p.A1)(SFC,
2002 Sep 16, Iraq said it would
allow UN weapons inspectors unconditional access to suspected
weapons sites. Naji Sabri, Iraq's minister of foreign affairs,
addressed the letter to UN Sec. Gen. Kofi Annan. The inspection
commission, headed by Hans Blix, is responsible for overseeing the
destruction of Iraq's chemical and biological weapons and the
long-range missiles to deliver them. Core staff: 63 people from 17
(SFC, 9/17/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/17/02, p.A3)(AP,
2002 Sep 16, In Lagos, Nigeria,
an accidental factory fire complex fire left at least 15 dead.
Thousands of rioters soon burned and looted the factory. 45 bodies
were later recovered.
(AP, 9/17/02)(WSJ, 9/19/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 16, In Singapore
authorities announced the arrests of 21 men they identified as
members of an extremist Islamic organization. The men were initially
detained in August and linked to Riduan Isamuddin, an Indonesian
(SFC, 9/17/02, p.A12)(SFC, 9/20/02, p.A14)
2002 Sep 16, Sri Lanka's
government and Tamil Tiger rebels began peace talks brokered by
Norway in Thailand.
(Reuters, 9/16/02)(SFC, 9/16/02, p.A7)(WSJ,
2002 Sep 16, In Ukraine, some
15,000 demonstrators marched in Kiev and tens of thousands of others
gathered in public squares around the country, demanding that
President Leonid Kuchma resign or call new elections.
2003 Sep 16, The US vetoed a UN
resolution demanding that Israel not harm or expel Arafat.
(WSJ, 9/17/03, p.A1)
2003 Sep 16, North Carolina (D)
Sen. John Edwards (50) entered the US presidential race.
(SFC, 9/17/03, p.A6)
2003 Sep 16, Actor-singer Sheb
Wooley (82) died in Nashville, Tenn.
2003 Sep 16, Mohammed Abdel
Qader and his brother were summoned to a Cairo police station by
Captain Ashraf Safwat. Abdel Qader died five days later and an
autopsy gave torture by electric shock combined with a weak heart as
the cause of death.
2003 Sep 16, Guinea-Bissau's
army chief of staff who overthrew the West African nation's
president has won an agreement from political leaders to have
presidential powers until new elections are held.
2003 Sep 16, In Indonesia
escalating fighting in resource-rich Aceh province left at least 22
suspected separatist rebels and one Indonesian soldier dead.
2003 Sep 16, Baha Mousa (26),
an Iraqi hotel receptionist, died after being beaten at a British
military camp in Basra. An autopsy said he died of asphyxia, caused
by a stress position that soldiers forced him to maintain. He was
arrested, along with nine other Iraqis, at the Haitham Hotel in
Basra 2 days earlier by members of the 1st Battalion The Queen's
Lancashire Regiment (QLR). In 2006 Corp. Donald Payne pleaded guilty
to a charge of inhumane treatment of Iraqi civilians, but denied
manslaughter. Payne, who became Britain's first convicted war
criminal, was dismissed by the army and jailed for a year over the
killing. In 2008 the British Ministry of Defense agreed to pay just
under $6 million to the family of Mousa and 9 others who suffered
injuries while in the custody of British forces. In 2009 Britain
opened a public inquiry into the case and Britain's military
apologized for its treatment of Mousa. On Sep 8, 2011, an inquiry
concluded that British soldiers beat Mousa to death in an act of
unjustified violence that left a "very great stain" on Britain's
p.66)(AP, 7/10/08)(AP, 7/13/09)(AP, 9/21/09)(Reuters, 9/8/11)
2003 Sep 16, Italian consumer
groups asked for a boycott on virtually all products and services to
protest price hikes.
2003 Sep 16, In western Japan a
man reportedly involved in a pay dispute set off an explosion that
killed himself, a hostage and a police officer in an office
2003 Sep 16, It was reported
that scientists in Japan have transformed mouse stem cells into
(SFC, 9/16/03, p.A6)
2003 Sep 16, The UN turned over
responsibility for security in East Timor's second largest city to
the country's fledgling police force.
2004 Sep 16, The National
Hockey League lockout went into effect.
2004 Sep 16, Hurricane Ivan
slammed ashore in Alabama with winds of 130 mph, packing deadly
tornadoes and powerful waves and rain that threatened to swamp
communities from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. Ivan was blamed
for at least 115 deaths, 43 in the US.
(SFC, 9/17/04, p.A1)(AP, 9/16/05)
2004 Sep 16, Waves from
Hurricane Ivan triggered an underwater mudslide that toppled a
Taylor Energy Company oil platform and buried 28 wells under
sediment 10 miles off the coast of Louisiana. By 2015 it was
estimated that some 300,000 to 1.4 million gallons of oil had
spilled from the site. The leak continued into 2017 and regulators
warned it could last a century or more. In 2018 a new estimate said
10,500 to 29, 4000 gallons of oil were leaking daily from the site.
(SFC, 4/17/15, p.A6)(SFC, 5/11/17,
p.A5)(SFC, 12/22/18, p.A7)
2004 Sep 16, Gunmen abducted
two Americans and a Briton, Kenneth Bigley (62), in a brazen attack
on a house in an upscale Baghdad neighborhood. The US military said
it killed 60 in Fallujah and Ramadi strikes. The number of
foreigners kidnapped during the Iraq insurgency reached at least
100. All 3 were beheaded. Bigley’s decapitation was confirmed on Oct
(AP, 9/16/04)(WSJ, 9/17/04, p.A1)(AP,
2004 Sep 16, In Nigeria an oil
pipeline exploded near Lagos as thieves tried to siphon oil from it,
sparking a fire that killed at least 30 people.
2004 Sep 16, Taiwan celebrated
the opening of what officials called the world's fifth-longest road
tunnel. The 12.9-kilometre Hsueh Mountain tunnel was part of the
newly built 55-kilometer Taipei-Ilan Expressway, which runs through
mountains and river valleys in northeastern Taiwan.
2005 Sep 16, President Bush
ruled out raising taxes to pay the massive costs of Gulf Coast
reconstruction in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, saying other
government spending had to be cut to pay for the recovery effort.
2005 Sep 16, The Univ. of
Michigan’s preliminary index of US consumer sentiment fell to 76.9
from 89.1 last month.
(SFC, 9/17/05, p.C1)
2005 Sep 16, Gordon Gould
(d.2005), laser pioneer, died. In 1957 as a Columbia Univ. doctoral
student, Gould came up with a process for concentrating visible
light as opposed to microwaves of a maser. He was the 1st to use the
(Econ, 6/11/05, TQ p.28)(WSJ, 9/20/05, p.A1)
2005 Sep 16, In London the
Property Derivatives Interest Group (PDIG) was launched. It aimed to
spread information on using property derivatives to buy and sell
exposure to the property market without having to buy or sell the
(Econ, 9/17/05, p.78)
2005 Sep 16, In Brazil federal
prosecutors charged six men accused of stealing $70 million from
Brazil's Central Bank last August in one of the world's biggest bank
robberies. 3 men were arrested shortly after the robbery, and
another 3 were still at large.
2005 Sep 16, Mike Tyson arrived
in Chechnya to open a boxing match.
(WSJ, 9/17/05, p.W12)
2005 Sep 16, It was reported
that a mutating strain of stem rust fungus, dubbed Ug99, was
spreading across East Africa and threatened crops worldwide. It was
1st discovered in Ugandan wheat crops in 1999.
(SFC, 9/17/05, p.B8)
2005 Sep 16, The French civil
aviation authority DGAC said it has banned flights by Cameroon
Airlines for an indefinite period, citing safety concerns.
2005 Sep 16, The Greek
government said it would give cash bonuses to Greek mothers who have
more than two babies, in an effort to boost the country's birth rate
as the population ages.
2005 Sep 16, In Haiti
investigative Judge Cluny P. Jules decided that former PM Yvon
Neptune and 29 others should stand trial for the February 2004
massacre in the western town of St. Marc. A list of calls from
Neptune's cell phone showed that he had spoken for at least 350
minutes with the alleged perpetrators of the killings from Feb. 7 to
Feb 13, when the killings were either being organized or taking
place at St. Marc.
2005 Sep 16, India's government
ordered the state railway to accomplish the seemingly impossible:
revamp the network, one of the world's largest, and get rid of the
bugs, rats, filth and surly workers.
2005 Sep 16, Indonesia's ailing
airline PT Garuda Indonesia said it signed a $2 billion deal with
aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co. to upgrade the company's fleet.
2005 Sep 16, A suicide car
bomber struck as worshippers were leaving a Shiite mosque in the
northern Iraqi town of Tuz Khormato killing 11 people. Militants
killed at least 14 more people across the country as the
Sunni-dominated insurgency pressed its "all-out war" to destabilize
(AP, 9/16/05)(SFC, 9/17/05, p.A3)
2005 Sep 16, In Iraq 3 US
soldiers were killed near Baghdad.
(SFC, 9/20/05, p.A14)
2005 Sep 16, Israeli PM Ariel
Sharon met with Jordan's King Abdullah II, their first talks in
months and a further sign of warming relations between the Jewish
state and the Arab world after Israel's Gaza withdrawal.
2005 Sep 16, Premier Silvio
Berlusconi declared Italy's mission in Iraq "an absolute and total"
success, and said Italy would continue to reduce its military
2005 Sep 16, Italian officials
said they have captured Paolo Di Lauro (52), an alleged top boss of
the Camorra crime syndicate, dealing what they said was a serious
blow to organized crime in the Naples area.
2005 Sep 16, In Osaka Susumu
Kitagawa (58), convicted of robbing, raping and killing two women in
the 1980s, was executed. This was Japan's first hanging of the year.
His execution left 74 people on death row in Japan.
2005 Sep 16, In Lebanon a
powerful bomb exploded in a Christian neighborhood of eastern
Beirut, killing at least one person and wounding 23.
2005 Sep 16, The Lithuanian
government denied Moscow's requests to hand over a Russian pilot
whose fighter jet crashed in the NATO member's territory after
violating its airspace, saying it must first complete an
2005 Sep 16, The Volcano of
Fire in western Mexico blasted ash and gas three miles high, with an
explosion that was heard in villages 10 miles from the crater.
2005 Sep 16, In Nepal police
arrested 87 journalists as they gathered in Kathmandu to protest
media restrictions while thousands of pro-democracy activists
demonstrated elsewhere in the city to demand an end to absolute
royal rule. About 200 of those protesters were also arrested.
2005 Sep 16, North Korea
announced the introduction of the Stalinist country's first credit
card, but just how it would work was unclear.
2005 Sep 16, South Korea and
North and South Korea pledged to work to ensure peace and reduce
military tensions on their divided peninsula.
2005 Sep 16, Thousands of
Palestinians broke through Egyptian and Palestinian Authority lines
on the Gaza border, pouring into Egypt in defiance of government
attempts to secure the frontier.
2005 Sep 16, A cargo steamer
overturned and sank in the Russian far northern river port of
Dudinka. The steamer, licensed for 33 tons, was carrying 92 tons of
fruit and vegetables. It was not licensed to carry passengers, but
up to 10 people aside from the 5-man crew could have been aboard.
2005 Sep 16, UN Sec.-Gen. Kofi
Annan announced that a group of six US-based foundations is
committing $200 million over five years to support universities in 7
African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa,
Tanzania and Uganda) including a project to significantly improve
Internet access. The Rockefeller, Carnegie, Ford and MacArthur
foundations were extending their involvement in an earlier project,
while the Andrew W. Mellon and William and Flora Hewlett Foundations
began participating for the first time.
2005 Sep 16, The UN said the
hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica has grown to near record
size this year, suggesting 20 years of pollution controls have so
far had little effect.
2005 Sep 16, A 3-day UN summit,
billed as the largest gathering of world leaders in history, ended
and achieved far less than U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan had
hoped. The final document represented the lowest common denominator
that all 151 member states could agree on after months of
2005 Sep 16, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez said he has documentary evidence that the
United States plans to invade his country. Chavez, interviewed on
ABC's "Nightline," said the plan is called "Balboa" and involves
aircraft carriers and planes.
2005 Sep 16, Zimbabwe's Pres.
Mugabe said that his government will take a stake in privately
operated mining enterprises, but he does not intend to nationalize
the industry as he has commercial farmland.
2006 Sep 16, In SF Zachary
Roche-Balsam (19) was killed when he tried to stop a robbery of 2
women after a party in the Ingleside Heights neighborhood. In 2007
police arrested and charged Vernon Anderson Jr. (21) with the
(SFC, 4/11/07, p.B2)
2006 Sep 16, Thousands of
US-led coalition and Afghan troops launched Mountain Fury, a
large-scale anti-Taliban operation in five Afghan provinces. A bomb
blast south of Kabul killed three Afghan aid workers and wounded
(AP, 9/16/06)(SSFC, 9/17/06, p.A5)
2006 Sep 16, In Cuba
representatives of 118 Nonaligned Movement nations condemned
Israel's attacks on Lebanon and supported a peaceful resolution to
the US-Iran nuclear dispute in the final declaration.
2006 Sep 16, Fouad el-Mohandes
(82), one of Egypt's most beloved comedians, died in Cairo. His
plays and movies made over a half century brought him fans across
the Arab world.
2006 Sep 16, Iraq’s PM Nuri
al-Maliki launched a fresh peace bid and the US pledged more troops
to help restore stability in the Iraqi capital. At least eight
people were killed in rebel attacks. Police recovered 48
bodies from across Baghdad. Most were those of young men who had
been tortured, blindfolded, handcuffed and shot several times. Iraqi
police uncovered a large munitions cache stored in the southern town
of Ad Dayr.
(AP, 9/16/06)(SSFC, 9/17/06, p.A23)(AP, 9/17/06)
2006 Sep 16, Ivory Coast named
a new Cabinet, replacing the ministers of transport and environment
but reappointing most others, after a toxic waste dumping scandal
prompted the resignation of the entire 32-member body last week.
2006 Sep 16, In Mexico hundreds
of thousands of supporters of leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
elected him the leader of a "parallel government" opposed to
President-elect Felipe Calderon's administration. Mexico extradited
accused drug kingpin Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix to the US,
making him the first major Mexican drug lord to be sent north to
face trial on drug charges. He later pleaded guilty to federal
charges of selling cocaine in a San Diego motel. Hurricane Lane, a
Category 3 storm, battered Mazatlan.
(SFC, 9/18/06, p.A7)(AP, 9/17/07)
2006 Sep 16, Pakistani
President Pervez Musharraf and Indian PM Manmohan Singh held
"historic" talks on the disputed Kashmir region, on the sidelines of
a developing-world summit in Havana. They also agreed to restart
peace talks suspended since train bombings killed more than 200
people in Mumbai in July.
(AFP, 9/16/06)(AP, 9/16/06)
2006 Sep 16, Leaders across the
Muslim world demanded Pope Benedict XVI apologize for his remarks on
Islam and jihad. The Vatican said Pope Benedict XVI "sincerely"
regretted offending Muslims with his reference to an obscure
medieval text characterizing some of the teachings of Islam's
founder as "evil and inhuman," but the statement stopped short of
the apology demanded by Islamic leaders. Two West Bank Christian
churches were hit by firebombs, and a group claiming responsibility
said it was protesting Pope Benedict XVI's remarks about Islam.
(AP, 9/16/06)(AP, 9/16/07)
2006 Sep 16, In Singapore top
finance chiefs stepped up pressure on China to relax its grip on its
currency, warning that trade imbalances threaten a flourishing
global economy. G7 finance ministers and central bank governors also
called for a resumption of global free trade talks and a revamp of
the IMF, saying China should be given a louder voice but must also
fulfill its broader economic responsibilities.
2006 Sep 16, Sten Andersson
(b.1923), a leading figure in Sweden's governing Social Democratic
Party and one-time mediator in the Middle East peace process, died.
As foreign minister from 1985 to 1991, Andersson helped start a
dialogue between the Palestine Liberation Organization and the US.
2006 Sep 16, In southern
Thailand bomb blasts killed four people including a Canadian (29),
who became the first Westerner to die in the two-year Muslim
insurgency. At least five bombs exploded: two in department stories;
two in front of a bar and a parking lot at the Odean Shopping Mall;
and a fifth at a nearby massage parlor in Songkhla province's Hat
2006 Sep 16, Togo's Pres. Faure
Gnassingbe named Yawovi Agboyibo (63), an opposition party leader,
as prime minister, bringing the nation one step closer to
long-delayed parliamentary elections.
2006 Sep 16, In Yemen 4
suspected al-Qaida members who were plotting attacks in San’a were
2007 Sep 16, The 59th Primetime
Emmy Awards were held in Los Angeles. NBC won 7 awards, HBO and ABC
both won 6. “The Sopranos" won for the best drama series and “30
Rock" won for the best comedy series.
(AP, 9/17/07)(SFC, 9/17/07, p.E1)
2007 Sep 16, The Phoenix
Mercury beat the Detroit Shock 108-92 to win their first WNBA title.
2007 Sep 16, Police in Las
Vegas arrested O.J. Simpson saying he was part of an armed group
that broke into a hotel room on Sep 13 and snatched memorabilia that
documented his sports career.
(SFC, 9/17/07, p.A1)
2007 Sep 16, It was reported
that this year’s $150,000 Lasker Prize will go to Dr. Albert Starr
of Portland, Ore., and Dr. Alain Carpentier of Paris, France, for
their work in heart valve replacement. The Lasker Prize for basic
research prize will go to Dr. Ralph Steinman of Rockefeller Univ.
for discovering dendritic cells, which trigger defenses against
(SSFC, 9/16/07, p.A2)
2007 Sep 16, An out-of-control
wildfire raged through the San Bernardino National Forest, keeping
about 5,000 people from their homes in two mountain communities.
2007 Sep 16, In Garmser
district of south Helmand province, Afghan and coalition forces
using small-arms fire and airstrikes killed about 10 insurgents.
Four other rebels were killed overnight in a battle that erupted
after they attacked a police post in the eastern province of Paktia.
Afghan and NATO troops came under fire in Surobi district, about 25
miles east of Kabul, and called in airstrikes, killing at least one
suspected insurgent. The bombardment destroyed one house in the
village of Gazbala, killing two men and wounding two others. General
Dan McNeill, the top NATO commander, said a convoy of explosives
seized last week by NATO troops in Afghanistan definitely came from
Iran but not necessarily from the government in Tehran.
(AFP, 9/16/07)(AP, 9/17/07)
2007 Sep 16, State media
reported that Chinese authorities had ordered the recall of tainted
leukemia drugs blamed for leg pains and other problems, the latest
crisis to strike the country's embattled food and drug industries.
2007 Sep 16, Bernard Kouchner,
France's foreign minister, warned that the world should prepare for
war if Iran obtains nuclear weapons and said European leaders were
considering their own economic sanctions against the Islamic
2007 Sep 16, Greece's
Conservative PM Costas Karamanlis won re-election with a slim
majority in parliament as voters showed dissatisfaction with both
major parties in the wake of a financial scandal and devastating
forest fires that killed more than 65 people last month. The
governing conservatives won 41.8 percent of the vote, giving them
152 of parliament's 300 seats, a loss of 13 seats. The Socialists
took 38.1 percent, or 102 seats, a loss of 15 and the party's lowest
number of parliament seats in 30 years.
(AP, 9/16/07)(AP, 9/17/07)
2007 Sep 16, The death toll
from Indonesia's massive earthquake rose to 23 as more villagers
started returning home.
2007 Sep 16, In Iraq a
booby-trapped bicycle exploded near a cafe serving tea and food
during Ramadan fasting hours, killing at least five people in Tuz
Khormato. Dozens of fighters linked to the Sunni-dominated al-Qaida
in Iraq streamed into Shiite villages north of Baghdad, torching
homes and killing at least 15 residents in Jichan and Ghizlayat.
Blackwater security contractors opened fire in a predominantly Sunni
neighborhood of western Baghdad, killing 17 civilians. At least 39
people were killed or found dead nationwide. In 2008 5 Blackwater
guards were indicted for the shootings that left 17 civilians dead.
On Dec 31, 2009, a US judge dismissed the case against the
Blackwater guards. In 2014 Matthew Murphy testified that he saw Paul
Slough fire at least hand grenades into a car where a woman and her
son died. On Oct 22, 2014, a US federal jury convicted four
Blackwater guards for killing 14 Iraqis. On August 4, 2017, an
appeals court threw out the first-degree murder conviction of
Nicholas Slatten and ordered resentencings for three others
convicted in the case.
(AP, 9/16/07)(Econ, 9/22/07, p.61)(AP,
9/16/08)(SFC, 12/6/08, p.A6)(AP, 1/1/10)(SFC, 7/4/14, p.A6)(SFC,
10/23/14, p.A8)(SFC, 8/5/17, p.A7)
2007 Sep 16, Israeli fire
killed two Palestinians in separate incidents in the West Bank,
including a militant.
2007 Sep 16, In Jordan the US
Embassy said the US has signed an accord with Jordan on the
sidelines of a nuclear energy summit in Vienna, Austria, aimed at
supporting the peaceful development of the kingdom's nascent nuclear
2007 Sep 16, An alliance of
Pakistani opposition parties said they would resign from national
and provincial assemblies if President Pervez Musharraf tried to
seek re-election from the sitting parliament.
2007 Sep 16, In Peru an
unofficial referendum was held in three districts affected by plans
for developing a copper mine at Rio Blanco. Some 95% of the votes
were against the 1.4 billion project planned by China’s Zijin
Consortium, which had recently acquired the concession.
(Econ, 9/22/07, p.51)
2007 Sep 16, In Russia former
KGB officer Andrei Lugovoi, the sole suspect in the radiation
poisoning death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, announced
plans to run for parliament on the ticket of a pro-Kremlin
2007 Sep 16, Saudi King
Abdullah oversaw the signing in Jiddah of a reconciliation agreement
negotiated by several Somali factions in an attempt to stabilize
their country and battle the Islamic opposition.
2007 Sep 16, Six South Koreans
died and four were missing in South Korea after typhoon Nari hit the
country's southern coast.
2007 Sep 16, In Thailand a
One-Two-Go Airlines passenger plane filled with foreign tourists
crashed as it tried to land in pouring rain on the island of Phuket,
splitting in two and bursting into flames. 89 people were killed.
(AP, 9/17/07)(AP, 9/16/08)
2007 Sep 16, Reports said the
Zimbabwean government has reversed a ban on pay increases put in
place in a bid to curb the world's highest inflation rate.
2008 Sep 16, Urgently trying to
keep cash flowing amid a Wall Street meltdown, the Federal Reserve
pumped another $70 billion into the nation's financial system to
help ease credit stresses. Late in the day the Federal Reserve
agreed to a 2-year $85 billion loan to insurance giant American
International Group (AIG) in exchange for a 79.9% equity stake in
the form of warrants called equity participation notes. Central
banks in the US, Europe and Japan pumped tens of billions into their
banking systems to keep money flowing.
(AP, 9/16/08)(SFC, 9/17/08, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/17/08,
2008 Sep 16, The United States
pledged 1.8 million dollars to Cambodia's cash-strapped Khmer Rouge
court, making its first donation to the UN-backed genocide tribunal
aimed at trying regime leaders.
2008 Sep 16, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger promised to veto a state budget approved by lawmakers
just hours earlier.
(SFC, 9/17/08, p.A1)
2008 Sep 16, Local media
reported that a Florida judge has deemed unconstitutional a law
banning baggy pants that show off the wearer's underwear.
2008 Sep 16, In Texas the torn
apart body of Brandon McClelland (24), a black man, was found on a
rural road near Paris. He had crossed the border to Oklahoma the
previous evening with friends Finley and Charles Ryan Crostley (27)
to buy beer. In 2009 murder charges were dropped against Finley and
Crostley due to lack of evidence.
(SFC, 10/25/08, p.A5)(SFC, 6/5/09, p.A6)
2008 Sep 16, James Crumley
(1939), American novelist, died in Missoula, Montana. His books
included “The Last Good Kiss" (1978). The opening line of that book
has been widely called the best in crime fiction.
2008 Sep 16, In Bolivia
government soldiers arrested Pando state Gov. Leopoldo Fernandez on
suspicion of directing the recent massacre of government supporters.
(SFC, 9/17/08, p.A8)
2008 Sep 16, The US declared
Bolivia to be “non-compliant" in the war on drugs, a step that
implicated an end of American aid.
(Econ, 9/20/08, p.52)
2008 Sep 16, Tian Wenhua, the
board chairwoman and general manager of China dairy giant Sanlu
Group, was fired from her posts in the wake of the tainted milk
2008 Sep 16, Costa Rica
Security Minister Janina del Vecchio said that a 70-foot (20-meter)
submarine-type vessel was intercepted by the US Navy in
international waters near Costa Rica.
2008 Sep 16, French troops
stormed a yacht hijacked by Somali pirates, killing one, capturing
six others and freeing their two French hostages, who had been held
since Sep 2.
2008 Sep 16, Georgia’s
government said intercepted mobile phone calls show that Russian
tanks and troops invaded before Georgia unleashed its offensive
against South Ossetia, pressing its claim that Russia was the
aggressor in the war last month.
2008 Sep 16, Honduras said it
will welcome a new US ambassador after a one-week delay meant to
show support for Bolivia in its diplomatic spat with Washington.
2008 Sep 16, A Japanese
researcher said he has taught a beluga whale to "talk" by using
sounds to identify three different objects, offering hope that
humans may one day be able to hold conversations with sea mammals.
2008 Sep 16, In Iraq a bicycle
laden with explosives exploded near a military truck in a market
north of Baghdad, killing 2 civilians and wounding 19. Gen. Ray
Odierno took over as the top American commander of the Iraq
2008 Sep 16, Malawi withdrew
its recognition of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR),
proclaimed by the Polisario Front in the disputed territory of
Western Sahara. SADR was declared in 1976 by the Polisario Front, a
rebel movement that wants independence for Western Sahara. The
guerilla war against Rabat's forces ended with a ceasefire in 1991.
2008 Sep 16, In Mexico
explosions at an Independence Day celebration killed 7 people and
injured 101 in the city of Morelia. Michoacan Gov. Leonel Godoy said
organized crime was responsible.
2008 Sep 16, A Buddhist monk
slashed his throat in a suicide attempt at Myanmar's most sacred
temple, the scene of several pro-democracy protests that erupted a
year ago. A trustee of the Shwedagon temple said the monk became
desperate after running out of money to pay for medical care.
2008 Sep 16, In Nigeria
militants destroyed the Orubiri flow station operated by the Shell
Petroleum Development Company in Rivers state. The next day MEND
said it killed all the soldiers on guard at the facility and took
2008 Sep 16, Norwegian PM Jens
Stoltenberg said Norway will give Brazil US$1 billion by 2015 to
preserve the Amazon rain forest, as long as Latin America's largest
nation keeps trying to stop deforestation.
2008 Sep 16, Pakistan's
military has ordered its forces to open fire if U.S. troops launch
another air or ground raid across the Afghan border. Security forces
backed by air support again pounded suspected militant hideouts in a
northwest Pakistan tribal region, killing eight alleged insurgents.
2008 Sep 16, Hamas police
waged a fierce gunbattle against members of a heavily armed
Palestinian clan in a crowded neighborhood. A night of clashes left
11 people dead including an infant, and at least 40 wounded.
(AP, 9/16/08)(SFC, 9/17/08, p.A11)
2008 Sep 16, Thailand's ruling
People's Power Party announced that it has reconciled with a
renegade faction, clearing a hurdle toward the selection of Somchai
Wongsawat as a consensus candidate for prime minister.
2008 Sep 16, Ukraine's
pro-Western coalition collapsed, paving the way for complicated
coalition talks or yet another early parliamentary election.
2009 Sep 16, Sen. Max Baucus
brought out the much-awaited Senate Finance Committee version of an
American health-system remake, a landmark $856 billion, 10-year
measure that starts a rough ride through Congress without visible
Republican backing. The 6 committee members received an average
$74,600 from health industry lobbyists through June. Chuck Grassley,
R-Iowa, led the group with $223,600. Baucus, D-Montana, was 2nd with
(AP, 9/16/09)(SSFC, 9/20/09, p.A1)
2009 Sep 16, In Pennsylvania
Andrew Mogilyansky, a wealthy Russian-American car exporter from
suburban Philadelphia, was sentenced to 8 years in prison for
procuring girls from a Russian orphanage to have sex with them.
(SFC, 9/17/09, p.A7)
2009 Sep 16, Melvin Simon
(b.1926), co-owner with brother Herb of the Indiana Pacers
basketball franchise and chairman emeritus of Simon Property Group
Inc., the nation’s largest owner of retail real estate, died. A few
months before his death he signed a controversial will that excluded
a son and 2 sisters in favor of his 2nd wife.
2009 Sep 16, Afghanistan's
election commission released preliminary vote totals showing
President Hamid Karzai with 54.6 percent of the vote in the first
full results to be released since the country's Aug. 20 election. A
UN-backed group investigating fraud has ordered a massive audit and
recount of about 10 percent of the country's voting stations. A NATO
service member died from a bomb strike in the south.
(AP, 9/16/09)(AP, 9/17/09)
2009 Sep 16, Brazil’s JBS
Friboi company announced that Texas-based chicken processor
Pilgrim’s Pride has agreed to be taken over for $800 million. This
and a pending acquisition with Bertin, another Brazilian firm, would
make JBS the world’s largest processor of meat.
2009 Sep 16, In Bulgaria Sport
Minister Svilen Neikov ordered a probe after the numbers 4, 15, 23,
24, 35 and 42 were selected by a machine, in a different order, on
consecutive draws televised live on Sept. 6 and Sept. 10. No one won
the Sept. 6 draw, but 18 people guessed correctly in the Sept. 10
contest and each received 10,164 leva ($7,585, euro5,150) in prize
2009 Sep 16, In Chechnya a
suicide bomber wounded six police officers in Grozny.
2009 Sep 16, The European
Parliament gave Jose Manuel Barroso another five-year term as
European Commission president, but its vote reflected lingering
misgivings about the conservative ex-Portuguese premier.
2009 Sep 16, Hungary said it
will accept a detainee from Guantanamo Bay, inching President Barack
Obama closer to his pledge to close the U.S. military detention
2009 Sep 16, In Iraq the US
military closed Camp Bucca, an isolated desert prison that was once
its largest lockup in Iraq, as it moved to release thousands of
detainees or transfer them to Iraqi custody before the end of the
year. American Marines shot and wounded an Iraqi man in the former
flashpoint city of Fallujah believing he was throwing a grenade at
them. Local police and witnesses said the object was only the man's
slipper. Al-Jumaili, a 30-year-old auto mechanic, said he ran after
throwing his slipper, but was slowed after a bullet grazed his leg.
(AP, 9/16/09)(AP, 9/17/09)
2009 Sep 16, Israel rejected UN
calls to open an independent inquiry into its conduct in last
winter's Gaza Strip war and said it would launch a diplomatic
offensive to block any attempt to bring its soldiers before an
international war crimes tribunal. The Goldstone Commission report
had concluded that Israel committed actions amounting to war crimes
during its December incursion into Gaza. It also concluded that
there was evidence that Palestinian armed groups had committed war
crimes against humanity.
(AP, 9/16/09)(SSFC, 9/20/09, p.A20)
2009 Sep 16, Japan opposition
leader Yukio Hatoyama took office as prime minister, naming a new
Cabinet and vowing to rebuild the economy and refocus Japan's place
on the world stage with his largely untested party. Japan’s debt was
almost 200% of GDP. Shizuka Kamei, founder of the People’s New Party
(PNP) (2005), took office as the new minister for financial and
(AP, 9/16/09)(Econ, 9/5/09, p.69)(Econ, 9/26/09,
2009 Sep 16, Kenyan government
trucks took 1,500 slum residents to new homes as part of a UN-backed
plan to eliminate the shantytowns that house more than half the
2009 Sep 16, Liberia's
parliament approved a new law to crack down on narco trafficking
amid concerns that druglords want to turn the west African nation
into a transit point.
2009 Sep 16, Mexican navy
personnel arrested of a suspect in the June 1 kidnapping of
Francisco Serrano, the customs administrator for the Gulf coast
state of Veracruz, who remains missing. Jose Osiris was captured in
the port of Veracruz along with 10 other people who may have been
accomplices. Guerrero state police reported they had found the
decomposed bodies of four men by the side of a highway. Because of
their poor condition, the cause of death and identity of the bodies
has not yet been established.
2009 Sep 16, Nigerian militants
(MEND) announced they will extend a cease-fire that expired
overnight by one month, holding off on attacks on oil installations
and kidnapping foreigners, but warned that the government must
address the group's grievances.
2009 Sep 16, Russia’s Finance
Minister Alexei Kudrin said Russia has reached a settlement with
Bank of New York Mellon over a $22.5 billion lawsuit against the
bank stemming from a 1990s money laundering scheme by one of its
executives. Russia would receive no less than $14 million for court
costs under the long-anticipated, out-of-court deal. The government
would also get a $4 billion discounted loan from the bank, an "act
of goodwill." The two-year court case stems from a decade-old
scandal in which a Bank of NY vice president and her husband were
convicted of illegally wiring $7.5 billion of Russian money into
accounts at the bank.
2009 Sep 16, Syrian President
Bashar Assad met with Turkey's PM Erdogan in Istanbul to discuss
ways to revive the stalled peace process between Syria and Israel, a
day after security talks with Iraq collapsed.
2009 Sep 16, In Venezuela the
collision of a truck carrying chlorine gas and a cargo vehicle
killed nine people and provoking breathing problems in 326 others.
2009 Sep 16, Yemeni warplanes
hit a makeshift camp for civilians fleeing fighting between the
government and Shiite rebels. Nearly 87 civilians were killed as
government warplanes hit a camp of people fleeing fighting in the
northern region of Saada.
(AP, 9/16/09)(SFC, 9/18/09, p.A2)
2010 Sep 16, US federal
prosecutors in Newark, NJ, announced charges against 53 people
stemming from an identity theft ring and fraud investigation. The
group targeted Asian immigrants in New Jersey, Connecticut, New York
and California and used Social Security numbers from legal
immigrants working in American territories.
(SFC, 9/17/10, p.A4)
2010 Sep 16, In Maryland Paul
Warren Pardus (50), distraught by his mother’s health condition,
shot and wounded her surgeon, Dr. David Cohen, and then killed his
mother and himself at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
(SFC, 9/17/10, p.A4)
2010 Sep 16, Afghan election
officials announced they will close about 300 additional voting
centers because of security concerns, dropping the number of polling
stations to 5,516. About 100 rock-throwing protesters moved toward a
NATO military base in Chora district of Uruzgan in southwest
Afghanistan. Provincial governor, Khudi Rahim, said one person was
killed. A NATO service member was killed in an insurgent attack in
2010 Sep 16, Thousands of young
Argentines marched to the presidential palace to protest the quality
of public education, joining a student rebellion that accuses
politicians of neglecting schools and universities that were once
the envy of Latin America.
2010 Sep 16, Australian
scientists said they had made a breakthrough in the fight to save
the cancer-hit Tasmanian devil by mapping the species' genome for
the first time.
2010 Sep 16, In Britain Imran
Farooq (50), a founding member of Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi
Movement (MQM), a major political force in Karachi, was found with
head injuries and stab wounds outside his home in north London. On
Dec 9 British police arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of
murdering Farooq. On Aug 27, 2014, British police arrested another
man (30) in connection with the 2010 murder.
(AFP, 9/17/10)(AFP, 12/9/10)(AP, 8/27/14)
2010 Sep 16, Pope Benedict XVI,
arrived in Edinburgh beginning a controversial visit to Britain. He
acknowledged that the Catholic Church had failed to act decisively
or quickly enough to deal with priests who rape and molest children.
He said the church's top priority now was to help the victims heal.
2010 Sep 16, Cambodia's
UN-backed court said 4 top Khmer Rouge leaders will stand trial for
crimes including genocide during the "Killing Fields" era.
2010 Sep 16, China warned that
the worst offenders of food safety rules would get the death penalty
in a new crackdown on an industry that has spawned embarrassing and
deadly scandals in products ranging from seafood to baby formula.
2010 Sep 16, Germany's Jesuits
announced a plan to pay the victims of sexual abuse in the order's
schools a "symbolic compensation" of at least euro5,000 ($6,500)
each, saying the gesture is meant to be "financially painful" to the
Roman Catholic organization.
2010 Sep 16, Germany's top
security official said two former inmates of the US military prison
at Guantanamo Bay have arrived in the country to begin new lives
2010 Sep 16, The head of
communication for Guinea's National Independent Electoral Commission
says The Sep 19 presidential runoff will be postponed by at least
2010 Sep 16, In Honduras a
street vendor died from inhaling tear gas fired by police against
hundreds of supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya.
2010 Sep 16, In the Indian
portion of Kashmir protesters defied a round-the-clock curfew and
attacked government forces with rocks, wounding six of them.
2010 Sep 16, In Iran assailants
abducted six people, 5 soldiers and a bank clerk, in the southeast
of the country. The Sunni militant group Jundallah, or Soldiers of
God, claimed responsibility and said those abducted were
Revolutionary Guard forces. On Sep 18 the state news IRNA reported
that Revolutionary Guard forces rescued five of the hostages and
killed 3 gunmen. A sixth hostage died in the operation. Amir Bilchi
Kangarlu, a man convicted of raping several young girls, was hanged
in the town of Varamin, south of the capital Tehran.
(AFP, 9/18/10)(AP, 9/18/10)(AFP, 9/17/10)
2010 Sep 16, The Iraqi
government said its Cabinet has unanimously approved a $400 million
settlement for Americans who say they were abused by Saddam
2010 Sep 16, Israel's Supreme
Court ordered the Jerusalem city government to provide more than
$120,000 in funding for a prominent gay community center. It was
reported that Israeli government offices, that provide a wide array
of public services, are pulling the plug on online payments on the
Jewish Sabbath and holidays, creating a potential new source of
friction between the religious and secular in the Jewish state.
2010 Sep 16, The Israeli
government said it has officially approved plans to buy
American-made F-35 stealth fighter jets. Israel planned on buying 20
of the warplanes for nearly $3 billion and will begin receiving the
jets by 2015.
2010 Sep 16, Israel's Supreme
Court ordered the Jerusalem city government to provide more than
$120,000 in funding for a prominent gay community center.
2010 Sep 16, In Mexico gunmen
attacked two newspaper photographers in the drug war-torn border
city of Ciudad Juarez, killing Luis Carlos Santiago (21) and
seriously wounding Carlos Sanchez of the Diario de Juarez.
2010 Sep 16, In Niger armed
AQIM assailants kidnapped 7 people, including 5 French nuclear
experts, a person from Togo and a person from Madagascar, near the
uranium mining town of Arlit, in the northern Sahara desert region.
3 of the hostages were released in February, 2011. Pierre Legrand,
Thierry Dol, Marc Feret and Daniel Larribe were released on Oct 29,
2013. Some 20 to 25 million euros was paid to obtain their release.
(AP, 9/17/10)(SFC, 9/22/10, p.A2)(SFC, 2/26/11,
2010 Sep 16, North Korea said
it proposed a joint probe with the US of the deadly March 26 sinking
of a South Korean warship. An earlier international investigation
2010 Sep 16, In Poland Akhmed
Zakayev (51), a senior Chechen separatist wanted in Russia for
alleged murder, kidnapping and terrorism, was arrested in Warsaw
where he was to attend a conference organized by the World Chechen
Congress. Zakayev, who lives in Britain, was apprehended "without
any trouble" on an international warrant issued by Russia. Zakayev
was released the next day.
(AP, 9/17/10)(AP, 9/18/10)
2010 Sep 16, Some of Russia's
prominent opposition leaders have formed a coalition to challenge
the rule of President Dmitry Medvedev and PM Vladimir Putin. Former
deputy premier Boris Nemtsov said the coalition aims to compete in
next year's parliamentary elections and field a presidential
candidate in 2012.
2010 Sep 16, In Somalia mortar
rounds fired by suspected Islamist insurgents hit the government
complex in Mogadishu killing 3 soldiers triggering a counterattack
that killed a dozen more people.
(SFC, 9/17/10, p.A2)
2010 Sep 16, In Sudan 37 people
were killed and 26 injured when two buses collided in the northern
state of White Nile.
2010 Sep 16, Turkey's PM Recep
Tayyip Erdogan said his country was seeking closer commercial ties
with Iran and aims to triple trade volumes in the next five years
while still respecting the limits set by UN sanctions.
2010 Sep 16, In Turkey a
roadside bomb attack killed 10 people traveling on a minibus near
the village of Gecitli in the rugged Hakkari province, where Kurdish
guerrillas have been fighting for autonomy for decades.
2011 Sep 16, President Barack
Obama signed into law a major overhaul of the nation's patent system
to ease the way for inventors to bring their products to market. The
America Invents Act was the first significant change in patent law
2011 Sep 16, The US National
Marine Fisheries Service moved the loggerhead turtle population of
in the North Pacific from threatened to endangered.
(SFC, 9/17/11, p.C2)
2011 Sep 16, In Montana Ty Bell
and Steve Stevenson were on a black bear hunting trip with two other
people along the Montana-Idaho border when they were attacked by a
grizzly bear they had wounded. Stevenson died of a single gunshot to
the chest as Bell tried to kill the bear.
2011 Sep 16, In Reno, Nevada, a
World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter plane competing in an event
described as a car race in the sky suddenly pitched upward, rolled
and did a nose-dive toward a crowded grandstand. 9 people were
killed and more than 60 injured. Pilot Jimmy Leeward (74) was among
those killed. A 10th victim died on Sep 19.
(AP, 9/17/11)(AP, 9/18/11)(SFC, 9/20/11, p.A6)
2011 Sep 16, In northwest
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed nine civilians, including five
children, as they were herding cattle.
2011 Sep 16, Bahrain security
forces clashed with mourners at the funeral of Sayyed Jawad Ahmed,
who died 2 days earlier after inhaling tear gas fired at protesters.
(SFC, 9/17/11, p.A2)
2011 Sep 16, Brazilian federal
police say an Irish man (20) has been arrested with nearly two
pounds of cocaine in his gut. Police identified the suspect only by
his initials, P.B.K. Investigators said that he tried to board a
flight in Sao Paulo, headed to Brussels.
2011 Sep 16, Burundi opposition
leader Agathon Rwasa, suspected to be behind a spate of violent
incidents, accused state security forces of massacring and torturing
2011 Sep 16, The EU said
helicopters are being used to ferry staff and supplies to border
crossings in the north after minority Serbs blocked main roads in
anger over Kosovo's efforts to take over customs posts. Both
northern crossings remained closed for commercial goods, but
Kosovo's trade minister Mimoza Kusari said Serbian goods started
entering Kosovo's eastern border with Serbia minutes after the EU
mission took over control.
2011 Sep 16, India welcomed the
previous day’s decision by the US State Department to designate the
homegrown militant group Indian Mujahideen a terrorist organization.
2011 Sep 16, India's central
bank raised its repo interest rate a quarter point (to 8.25%) for
the 12th time in 18 months on to combat near double-digit inflation,
despite signs of slowing economic growth.
2011 Sep 16, In Indonesia
Jakarta city governor Fauzi Bowo called on women not to wear
miniskirts when riding on public transport in the capital after a
27-year-old woman was attacked in a public minivan early this month.
The next day Governor Bowo apologized for his remarks as some 50
women donned miniskirts to protest his remarks.
2011 Sep 16, In Iraq thousands
of Al-Sadr followers rallied for more jobs and government aid in
demonstrations that showed his support among Shiites. Al-Sadr has
repeatedly demanded full withdrawal of US troops by the end of the
year, as required under a 2008 security agreement between Baghdad
and Washington. 41 experts, former lawmakers and top officials in
the administration of former President George W. Bush called on
Obama to keep far more than 4,000 troops in Iraq, a figure the White
House is reportedly considering.
2011 Sep 16, An Israeli and a
Palestinian were wounded in a confrontation in the West Bank amid
rising tensions ahead of a Palestinian bid for statehood at the
2011 Sep 16, The Jammu-Kashmir
State Human Rights Commission broadened its investigation into
unmarked graves in the Indian portion of Kashmir to include
thousands more in two additional districts. Residents had claims of
3,844 unmarked graves at 208 locations in the remote districts of
Rajouri and Poonch.
2011 Sep 16, A Russian Soyuz
capsule carrying 3 astronauts, an American and two Russians, landed
in Kazakhstan following a stay at the Int’l. Space Station.
(SFC, 9/17/11, p.A2)
2011 Sep 16, Libyan
revolutionary forces faced fierce resistance as they streamed into
Bani Walid and Sirte, among the last remaining bastions of support
for Moammar Gadhafi. The battles coincide with a visit to Tripoli by
Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The UN General Assembly also voted
to give Libya's seat in the world body to the National Transitional
(AP, 9/16/11)(AP, 9/17/11)
2011 Sep 16, Myanmar's new
government was reported to have stopped blocking some foreign
websites this week, such as the BBC and YouTube, in a gesture toward
openness tempered by remaining harsh laws that still keep readers of
such sites at risk of arrest.
2011 Sep 16, Authorities in
Panama said they have found five bodies buried under the floor of a
house and believe the remains are of young people of Chinese origin
who were kidnapped for ransom in the past two years.
2011 Sep 16, The UNHCR warned
that more than 8,000 people have fled violence in Sudan's South
Kordofan state to South Sudan and more are expected to arrive.
2011 Sep 16, Syrian troops
reportedly killed at least 17 people in raids on anti-government
protesters, but failed to stop thousands from pouring into streets
nationwide and taking their uprising against President Bashar
Assad's autocratic rule into a seventh month.
2011 Sep 16, In southern
Thailand bombs concealed in a car and two motorcycles killed at
least three people and wounded at least 30 in the border town of
2011 Sep 16, In Turkey 3
Chechens were gunned down near a park in Istanbul. Chechen groups
blamed Russia's secret service for the killings of the three, who
were allegedly involved with Chechen militants.
2011 Sep 16, In Yemen thousands
of protesters took to the streets demanding the resignation of Pres.
Saleh, a day after the US State Department said it hoped a power
transfer deal could be signed within a week. Officials in Saudi
Arabia and Yemen said that President Ali Abdullah Saleh will not
return to Sanaa and will, instead, remain in Riyadh.
2012 Sep 16, It was reported
that a 19th person has died at the National Institutes of Health
Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., from an antibiotic-resistant
strain of Klebsiella pneumoniae (KPC). The outbreak stemmed from a
single patient carrying the superbug into the hospital last summer.
(SSFC, 9/16/12, p.A7)
2012 Sep 16, In San Francisco
Jesus Solis (20) was murdered on the 1200 block of Treat Ave. in the
Mission District. Suspects Adrian Landers and Dylan Lemalie were
later charged with the murder. Their trial ended in a hung jury.
Lemalie ultimately pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was
sentenced to prison. In 2018 Landers was caught breaking into
(SFC, 2/7/18, p.D4)
2012 Sep 16, It was reported
that a $300,000 project by the Nature Conservancy has created an
artificial bat cave deep in the Tennessee woods. Conservationists
hoped to help save bats dying from a fungus that causes white-nose
(SSFC, 9/16/12, p.A22)
2012 Sep 16, An Afghan police
officer turned his gun on NATO troops at a remote checkpoint in the
south of the country before dawn, killing four American troops.
Airstrikes by NATO planes reportedly killed 8 women and girls in
Laghman province. NATO forces said that the strike killed a large
number of insurgents, as many as 45, but may have also killed
civilians. Gen. John Allen ordered a temporary scaling back of joint
operations with Afghan police and soldiers.
(AP, 9/16/12)(Economist, 9/22/12, p.50)
2012 Sep 16, Guyana authorities
said they have seized about 60 pounds of cocaine at the Cheddi Jagan
(SFC, 9/17/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 16, Iranian newspapers
reported that the 15 Khordad Foundation, a religious foundation, has
increased a reward for killing British author Salman Rushdie to $3.3
million from $2.8 million in response to alleged insults to the
2012 Sep 16, In Iraq the last
big batch of a group of controversial Iranian exiles reluctantly
left Camp Ashraf, their decades-old home in northeast Iraq, and
moved to a refugee camp outside Baghdad, taking what officials say
is a necessary step towards resettling them in other nations. An
estimated 200 exiles remained to try to sell off the property that
was left behind in the move.
2012 Sep 16, The CEO of EL AL
Airlines said Israel's national airline will stop flying to Cairo,
even though the Israel-Egypt peace treaty mandates flights to the
country. Eliezer Shkedi said that flights are nearly empty, and the
airline cannot afford the high security and operating costs.
2012 Sep 16, In Nigeria Red
Cross officials said they have found 25 corpses following a massive
flood from the Benue River in Adamawa state.
(SFC, 9/17/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 16, Hundreds of
Pakistanis protesting an anti-Islam video produced in the US clashed
with police as they tried to march toward the US Consulate in
2012 Sep 16, In northwestern
Pakistan a roadside bomb ripped through a minibus near the Afghan
border, killing 15 passengers and wounded 12 others in Lower Dir
2012 Sep 16, Sudan's President
Omar al-Bashir arrived in Egypt for a state visit, even though he is
wanted for arrest by the International Criminal Court.
2012 Sep 16, Syrian activists
reported heavy bombardment of rebel-held areas throughout the
country. The state-run news agency said troops have captured and
cleared the neighborhood of Midan in the embattled northern city of
2012 Sep 16, In eastern Turkey
suspected Kurdish rebels detonated a landmine along a highway in
Bingol province, killing eight police officers and wounding nine.
Officials in southeastern Hakkari province said a total of 123
"terrorists," a reference to Kurdish rebels, had been killed in
military operations in the past 10 days.
2013 Sep 16, The United States
and Cuba sat down in Havana for a second round of talks on
re-establishing direct mail services between the two countries after
a 50-year ban.
2013 Sep 16, A former US Navy
reservist opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard, killing 12 people
before he was shot dead by police. He was identified by the FBI as
Aaron Alexis (35), a civilian contractor from Queens, NY, who most
recently resided in Fort Worth, Texas.
(SFC, 9/17/13, p.A1)
2013 Sep 16, In Colorado 7
people were confirmed dead and at least 1,500 homes destroyed after
a week of rare, torrential rains along the eastern slopes of the
Rockies. Helicopter search-and-rescue flights resumed in
2013 Sep 16, Glafira Rosales, a
Long Island art dealer, pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud,
money laundering and tax evasion. She admitted to having fooled two
local commercial art galleries in to buying 63 forged works of art
for more than $30 million over the past 15 years.
(Econ, 9/21/13, p.12)(http://tinyurl.com/lkxwn8g)
2013 Sep 16, The annual Ig
Nobel Prizes were presented at Harvard’s Sanders Theater by the
publishers of the Annals of Improbable Research.
(SFC, 9/17/13, p.C4)
2013 Sep 16, Belgium said it
was investigating suspected foreign state espionage against its main
telecoms company, which is the top carrier of voice traffic in
Africa and the Middle East, and a newspaper pointed the finger at
the United States.
2013 Sep 16, In Cambodia
thousands of opposition supporters gathered for a 2nd day in Phnom
Penh to push for an independent investigation into the July
2013 Sep 16, Bombardier of
Canada launched the maiden flight of its new cSeries narrow-body
plane with 100-150 seats.
(Econ, 9/21/13, p.66)
2013 Sep 16, In Chechnya 3
police officers were killed by a suicide bomber who detonated a bomb
in a car outside a police station.
2013 Sep 16, Cuba’s Catholic
bishops issued their first pastoral letter in two decades. They
called for political reform in tandem with social and economic
changes already under way.
(SFC, 9/17/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 16, Nine Egyptian
policemen were injured when a bomb detonated on a road in North
Sinai, scene of a surge in Islamist militancy, near the border with
the Gaza Strip.
2013 Sep 16, Israel's supreme
court struck down a year-old law that meant African migrants could
be held in detention for up three years without charge.
2013 Sep 16, Engineering teams
on the Italian island of Giglio began lifting the wrecked Costa
Concordia liner upright in one of the most complex and costly
maritime salvage operations ever attempted.
2013 Sep 16, In Madagascar a
suspected bomb-maker was killed in Antananarivo when an explosive
device he is believed to have been building blew up prematurely.
2013 Sep 16, In Mexico two
powerful storms converged from the Pacific and the Gulf, killing at
least 42 people and stranding some 40,000 tourists in the Pacific
resort of Acapulco amid some of the worst flooding in decades. Half
of the remote village of La Pintada was buried in a landslide
leaving 68 people missing.
(Reuters, 9/16/13)(SFC, 9/20/13, p.A5)
2013 Sep 16, Philippine forces
launched air strikes to root out rogue Muslim rebels from a southern
city, stepping up efforts to end more than a week of clashes that
have killed scores of people.
2013 Sep 16, Rwandans voted in
a parliamentary election that is widely expected to hand an easy win
to the ruling coalition in a national assembly that may be asked to
change the constitution to allow President Paul Kagame a third term.
2013 Sep 16, Representatives
from 15 Caribbean nations gathered in St. Vincent to seek slavery
reparations from Britain, France and the Netherlands.
(SFC, 9/17/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 16, International
donors promised Somalia 1.8 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in
reconstruction aid to back a three-year plan aimed at strengthening
the country's economy and building up its fragile security.
2013 Sep 16, South Korean
workers crossed into North Korea as the joint Kaesong industrial
zone restarted operations five months after being shuttered by
rising military tensions and threats of war.
2013 Sep 16, South Korea's
military shot and killed a man who undertook a rare attempt to enter
North Korea by floating across a river that runs near the heavily
2013 Sep 16, In Syria an
al-Qaida linked group kidnapped Xavier Espinosa, a Spanish
journalist, and photographer Ricardo Garcia Vilanova. Both men were
released on March 30, 2014.
(SFC, 12/11/13, p.A2)(AP, 3/30/14)
2013 Sep 16, Turkish warplanes
shot down a Syrian helicopter after it crossed into Turkish
airspace. Syria's army acknowledged the helicopter had strayed into
Turkish airspace for a short time while monitoring "terrorists"
moving across the border into Syria, but said it was an accident and
that the aircraft was on its way back when it was shot down.
2013 Sep 16, UN war crimes
investigators said they know of 14 potential chemical attacks in
Syria since they began monitoring Syrian human rights abuses in
September 2011. UN inspectors confirmed that sarin was used in the
mass killing near Damascus on Aug 21.
(Reuters, 9/16/13)(SFC, 9/17/13, p.A3)
2013 Sep 16, In Venezuela a
clash between rival gangs killed at least 16 inmates at the Sabaneta
prison in the latest bloodshed to afflict the notoriously
over-crowded penal system.
2014 Sep 16, The United States
announced it will send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola
outbreak as part of a ramped-up plan, including a major deployment
in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is spiraling fastest out
2014 Sep 16, In California the
Three Feet for Safety Act took effect to help protect bicyclists
(SFC, 9/16/14, p.C1)
2014 Sep 16, NASA selected
Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the Int’l. Space
Station in the next few years.
(SFC, 9/17/14, p.A7)
2014 Sep 16, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber killed at least 3 foreign troops in an attack on
a convoy near the US embassy in Kabul. Taliban fighters killed 6
Afghan policemen in an ambush in Herat province.
(Reuters, 9/16/14)(AP, 9/17/14)
2014 Sep 16, In Afghanistan
Palwasha Tokhi became the 7th journalist killed in the country so
far this year. She was stabbed to death by a visitor reportedly
delivering a wedding invitation.
(SFC, 9/18/14, p.A2)
2014 Sep 16, In southern Egypt
a couple hundred Christian protesters clashed with police after
holding a demonstration in front of a police station demanding
authorities locate an abducted housewife.
2014 Sep 16, In Egypt a
powerful explosion killed 5 police conscripts and an officer near
the border town of Rafah in the restive Sinai Peninsula.
2014 Sep 16, In France a pilots
strike at Air France entered its second day, with the two sides
appearing no closer to resolving a dispute over cost cuts that has
forced the airline to cancel 60 percent of flights.
2014 Sep 16, Germany-listed
Ultrasonic AG said in a statement it has been unable to reach its
chief executive, Qingyong Wu, and chief operating officer, Minghong
Wu, since the weekend. The company said most of its cash was in
China and Hong Kong has been transferred beyond its control.
2014 Sep 16, A court in Germany
lifted an emergency injunction that banned the SF-based ridesharing
service Uber from operating anywhere in the country.
2014 Sep 16, In Guinea a team
of health officials accompanied by journalists came to Womey village
to educate people about how to avoid contracting Ebola. A group of
local residents turned on their would-be benefactors, attacking them
with knives and rocks and killing 8 of them.
2014 Sep 16, Iraqi lawmakers
rejected PM Haider al-Abadi’s nominees to lead the defense and
(SFC, 9/17/14, p.A2)
2014 Sep 16, Israeli police
said they have arrested 22 Palestinians in annexed Arab east
Jerusalem overnight on suspicion of throwing stones and petrol
bombs, as three months of protests showed no let-up.
2014 Sep 16, In Japan the first
dolphins of the season were slaughtered in the small town of Taiji.
2014 Sep 16, In Libya Mohamed
al-Kilani, a senior militia commander and former MP, was slain while
commanding elements of the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) alliance in
clashes with fighters accused of being loyal to Kadhafi in the
suburb of Warshefana.
2014 Sep 16, In Nigeria 12
soldiers were sentenced to death for mutiny after shots were fired
at their commanding officer in the restive northeast city of
Maiduguri on May 14.
2014 Sep 16, In Pakistan a
group of militants attacked an army post from neighboring
Afghanistan, sparking a shootout that left 11 insurgents and 3
soldiers killed. Government warplanes killed 20 local militants in
the Khyber tribal region.
2014 Sep 16, Romania's energy
minister said Russia was playing games with gas supplies to cause
concerns in EU states, after analysts warned that Moscow could use
the flows to retaliate against sanctions imposed over its role in
2014 Sep 16, Russia’s
Investigative Committee placed Vladimir Yevtushenkov (65), the head
of Sistema, under house arrest. His sprawling conglomerate included
MTS, Russia’s largest mobile operator, and Bashneft, a profitable
oil company. Yevtushenkov was charged with money laundering. Market
watchers saw this as an attempt by the government and state-owned
Rosneft to take over Bashneft.
(SFC, 9/18/14, p.A5)
2014 Sep 16, Slovak gas
importer SPP reported a 25 percent reduction in gas supplies from
Russia via Ukraine, the biggest drop since a decline in deliveries
was first reported last week.
2014 Sep 16, South Korean
border guards arrested an American man who they believe was
attempting to swim across a river to rival North Korea.
2014 Sep 16, Authorities in
South Sudan announced a ban on foreign workers, including aid agency
staff, and ordered their jobs to be given to locals.
2014 Sep 16, In Syria a
government warplane crashed into the city of Raqqa, the defacto
capital of the Islamic State. At least 8 people were killed.
Jihadists claimed to have shot it down. At least 48 people were
killed by government airstrikes over the last two days in Talbiseh.
In Damascus at least 18 fighters were killed after two groups of
rebels crawled into the city through sewers to attack a government
(AFP, 9/16/14)(AP, 9/17/14)(SFC, 9/17/14, p.A4)
2014 Sep 16, Tunisia’s PM Mehdi
Jomaa said that security forces were heightening security across the
North African country with special focus in border areas monitoring
arms smuggling and Islamist groups.
2014 Sep 16, Ukraine's
parliament ratified an agreement to deepen economic and political
ties with the EU, and passed legislation to grant autonomy to the
rebellious east as part of a peace deal.
2015 Sep 16, US and allied
forces conducted 21 air strikes in Iraq and one in Syria against
Islamic State militants.
2015 Sep 16, A US federal
parole board cleared Libyan “forever prisoner" Omar Mohammed
Khalifhas for release from Guantanamo. The decision raised to 53 the
number of cleared captives among the 116 detainees.
(SFC, 9/17/15, p.A6)
2015 Sep 16, The WWF
conservation group said the amount of fish in the oceans has halved
since 1970, in a plunge to the "brink of collapse" caused by
over-fishing and other threats.
2015 Sep 16, The Afghan Taliban
said that a major dispute undermining the movement has been
resolved, after relatives of the militant group's late leader,
Mullah Omar, pledged support for his appointed successor Mullah
2015 Sep 16, Albanian
authorities said they have destroyed almost all of the marijuana
planted in the country, a major European producer of the plant.
2015 Sep 16, In Argentina the
government of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner issued an executive
order overriding the extradition of Kurt Frederick Sonnenfeld to the
US. The Argentina Supreme Court had approved the extradition in
December. Sonnenfeld claims prosecutors framed him for his wife's
2002 death to silence him. He also claimed to have video footage
indicating the government knew the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks
2015 Sep 16, In Burkina Faso
junta leader Gilbert Diendere led a coup and arrested acting
president Michel Kafando, PM Isaac Zida, and two ministers. Diendere
said he did not want to keep power and would hand it back to
civilian rule when conditions were in place to do so.
(Reuters, 9/17/15)(AFP, 9/17/15)
2015 Sep 16, A Burundi official
said more than 100 men in a central province have been arrested in
two days by security forces trying to prevent Burundians from being
recruited to fight the government.
2015 Sep 16, In Chile a
magnitude 8.3 earthquake killed at least 12 people and sent powerful
waves barreling into coastal areas, forcing more than 1 million
people from their homes.
(Reuters, 9/17/15)(SSFC, 9/20/15, p.A6)
2015 Sep 16, Hungarian police
fired tear gas and water cannon at protesting migrants demanding
they be allowed to enter from Serbia as a border crackdown by
Budapest turned violent. A group of migrants crossed into Hungary
illegally. Ahmed Hamed, a Syrian-Cypriot, spoke to the crowd using a
loudspeaker before hundreds of migrants forced open the border gate
and police fired water cannon and teargas. In 2018 Hamed was
sentenced in a preliminary ruling to seven years in prison for
illegally crossing the border and for being an accomplice in "an act
of terror" during clashes with the police.
(Reuters, 9/16/15)(Reuters, 3/14/18)
2015 Sep 16, Israel reinstated
the detention without trial of Palestinian Mohammed Allan (31),
whose recent two-month hunger strike brought him near death and
boosted tensions in the occupied West Bank.
2015 Sep 16, Lebanese police
beat back protesters with clubs and sticks and arrested dozens of
people in downtown Beirut as a second session of dialogue between
politicians got underway. Heaps of garbage have accumulated in
Beirut's streets after authorities closed the capital's main
landfill on July 17 and failed to provide an alternative.
2015 Sep 16, Libya's coast
guard intercepted a Russian-flagged tanker suspected of carrying an
illegal shipment of petrol and detained 12 crew members from Russia.
2015 Sep 16, Malaysian police
fired water cannons at ethnic Malays who turned unruly at a
pro-government rally that many fear has the potential to provoke
racial trouble in this multiethnic nation with large Chinese and
Indian minorities. Some 40,000 ethnic Malays had gathered in a park
in support of the United Malays National Organization (UNMO) Riot
police prevented a mob of protesters from marching down a Petaling
Street, where ethnic Chinese stallholders served bargain-hunting
(AP, 9/16/15)(Econ, 9/26/15, p.38)
2015 Sep 16, Nepal passed a
long-awaited constitution. It set the country up as a secular
federation of seven states, each with a legislature and chief
2015 Sep 16, A Pakistani
counter-terrorism official said police have arrested Mohammad
Shabih, an alleged al-Qaida financier, in the southern port city of
2015 Sep 16, In Sierra Leone
severe flooding followed torrential rain. In Freetown at least 10
people were killed. A week later an estimated 9,000 survivors were
still sheltering in tents.
2015 Sep 16, In South Sudan at
least 203 people were killed when an oil truck exploded as a crowd
tried to gather fuel from the vehicle after it had veered off the
(Reuters, 9/17/15)(AFP, 9/23/15)
2015 Sep 16, Thailand police
arrested former primary school teacher Decha Pradit, who they said
admitted to having sexually abused 24 schoolgirls, after a tip-off
from the US Department of Homeland Security. The abuse occurred over
a decade ago while he had worked as a gym teacher at a school in
northern Uttaradit province from 2002 to 2004.
2015 Sep 16, Ukraine’s Pres.
Petro Poroshenko signed a decree late today enacting targeted
measures against some 400 officials and 90 companies held
responsible for Ukraine's bloody pro-Russian uprising and Moscow's
annexation of Crimea last year. Dozens of foreign reporters were
2015 Sep 16, Ukraine's
parliament unanimously voted in favor of a recommendation for the
United Nations to revoke Moscow's right to block Security Council
resolutions in cases when "conflicts grow especially fierce".
2015 Sep 16, Yemeni PM Khaled
Bahah returned to the southern port of Aden in a step towards
restoring a government on home soil after months of working from
exile with Gulf Arab allies to fight against Houthi control of the
country. The conflict has killed more than 4,500 people over nearly
2016 Sep 16, Oklahoma police
Officer Betty Shelby shot a black man who ignored repeated requests
to put up his hands before reaching into an SUV that was stalled in
the middle of a street in Tulsa. Terence Crutcher (40) died at a
hospital following the shooting. Police dash cam video showed
Crutcher with his hands up and no weapon was found at the scene.
(SSFC, 9/19/16, p.A11)(SFC, 919/16, p.A5)(SFC,
2016 Sep 16, A British judge
ruled that Lauri Love (31), man accused of hacking into US
government computer systems and stealing confidential information,
should be extradited to the United States to face trial. Love was
arrested in 2013 on suspicion of computer crimes but has not been
charged in Britain.
2016 Sep 16, Canadian novelist
W.P. Kinsella (81), author of “Field of Dreams" (1982), died in
Hope, British Columbia. The book became the blueprint for the 1989
Oscar-nominated film of the same name.
(SSFC, 9/19/16, p.C2)
2016 Sep 16, In Central African
Republic by militia fighters killed 6 people and wounded several
more in attacks in the central Kaga Bandoro region, the fiefdom of
the Popular Front for the Renaissance of the Central African
Republic (FPRC), an ex-Seleka splinter group, led by Noureddine
(AFP, 9/18/16)(Reuters, 9/19/16)
2016 Sep 16, In northwestern
China the government of Gansu province said that three officials
face possible dismissal and three others have been reprimanded over
the case of Yang Gailan, a villager (28) who axed her four young
children to death and killed herself because she couldn't feed them.
Yang's husband killed himself a week later.
2016 Sep 16, In southern Iran a
soldier killed himself after shooting to death three of his
2016 Sep 16, In Israel three
alleged assailants were killed while carrying out attacks on
Israelis, shattering weeks of relative calm in Israel and the
2016 Sep 16, In Italy Carlo
Azeglio Ciampi (b.1920), former PM (1993-1994) and President
(1999-2006), died. He was a highly respected economist who helped
usher in the euro as treasury minister.
2016 Sep 16, In Kenya angry
protesters marched in Nairobi against plans to build an elevated
railway line over the country's oldest national park, saying the
project will threaten wildlife that includes lions, leopards and
2016 Sep 16, In Myanmar seven
soldiers were jailed for killing villagers in Shan State, a rare
punishment for abuses by the army.
2016 Sep 16, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked a Sunni mosque in Ambar, killing
at least 36 worshippers and wounding 28 others.
(AP, 9/16/16)(AP, 9/17/16)
2017 Sep 16, Georgia Tech
police shot Scout Shultz (21), the president of the Pride Alliance
student group this evening, after he failed to drop a knife. Shultz
died of his wounds early the next day at an Atlanta hospital. Three
suicide notes were found in Schultz’s dorm room.
(SFC, 9/18/17 p.A4)(SFC, 9/19/17 p.A6)
2017 Sep 16, In New Mexico Bob
Martin, (64), a reporter for Albuquerque KRQE-TV, was killed when
the news helicopter he piloted crashed near Ancho.
(SFC, 9/18/17 p.A4)
2017 Sep 16, Counterterrorism
officials and analysts said thousands of Shiite Muslims from
Afghanistan and Pakistan are being recruited by Iran to fight with
President Bashar al-Assad's forces in Syria, lured by promises of
housing, a monthly salary of up to $600 and the possibility of
employment in Iran when they return.
2017 Sep 16, Bangladesh said it
will build 14,000 new shelters to house the hundreds of thousands of
Rohingya Muslim refugees camping on roadsides, in fields and on
2017 Sep 16, British police
arrested Ahmed Hassan (18) at the port of Dover in relation to the
Sep 15 bombing at London’s Parsons Green subway station. On Sep 22
Hassan, accused of planting the bomb, was charged with attempted
(SFC, 9/23/17 p.A2)
2017 Sep 16, In western Denmark
two race officials died after being hit by a rally car, driven by a
male (73) and female (22) co-pilot, which came off the road.
2017 Sep 16, The Gulf desert
emirate of Dubai announced the award of a $3.8-billion contract for
the final phase of a solar park aimed at generating 5,000 megawatts
of electricity by 2030. The contract went to Chinese conglomerate
Shanghai Electric and ACWA Power of Saudi Arabia.
2017 Sep 16, An Egyptian court
sentenced ousted president Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood
to 25 years in prison in a final ruling over a case accusing him of
spying for Qatar. Mursi was already serving a 20-year sentence after
being convicted for the killing of protesters during demonstrations
2017 Sep 16, An Egyptian court
condemned to death seven people for membership of the Islamic State
group and over the beheading in Libya of 21 Christians in Feb 2015,
all but one of them from Egypt. Of the seven defendants, three were
sentenced to death in absentia.
2017 Sep 16, In Germany the
184th Oktoberfest opened in Munich.
(SSFC, 9/17/17 p.A3)
2017 Sep 16, Iceland's Pres.
Gudni Th. Johannesson accepted the resignation of PM Bjarni
Benediktsson, and said a new election mostly likely will be held on
2017 Sep 16, Iran's central
bank president said a Chinese state-owned investment firm has
provided a $10 billion credit line for Iranian banks. In total,
China has agreed to allocate $35 billion in financing and loans for
2017 Sep 16, Iraqi forces
captured Akashat, a desert outpost of the Islamic State group near
the Syrian border, in preparation for a drive up the Euphrates
Valley towards the frontier. Iraqi commanders estimated IS still has
more than 1,500 fighters in its Al-Qaim enclave.
2017 Sep 16, In Libya a force
from the al-Ammu militia clashed with traffickers off shore,
thwarting an attempt to move multiple boat-loads of migrants. By
Oct. 5 at least 93 people were killed, including eight civilians,
and more than 180 wounded in battles that have carved up the city.
2017 Sep 16, Malaysian police
arrested seven suspects over the last 24 hours accused of
intentionally starting the Sept. 14 fire that killed 23 children and
teachers at an Islamic school in Kuala Lumpur.
2017 Sep 16, In Mexico gunmen
killed a married couple who were investigators for the state
prosecutor's office, as well as a child who was with them in Cancun.
2017 Sep 16, Philippine troops
late today rescued a Roman Catholic priest and another civilian who
were among dozens of people abducted in May when hundreds of
militants aligned with the Islamic State group laid siege on
southern Marawi city.
2017 Sep 16, Hundreds of
Singaporeans, most dressed in black, held a silent protest against
an uncontested presidential election this week in which applications
from four candidates were rejected.
2017 Sep 16, In Somalia
fighting between the military and police backed by intelligence
forces killed nine people in Mogadishu. The fighting reportedly
occurred because police were wrongly informed that there were armed
militias in the area.
2017 Sep 16, In Spain more than
700 mayors from across Catalonia gathered in Barcelona to confirm
their support for a planned independence referendum that Madrid has
2017 Sep 16, A military
alliance fighting together with the Syrian army said it launched an
assault in Deir al-Zor province to drive Islamic State militants
from the border with Iraq. A Russian airstrike wounded six fighters
of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces near the city of Deir
(Reuters, 9/16/17)(AP, 9/16/17)
2017 Sep 16, Police in
Tanzania’s autonomous region of Zanzibar said 20 people have been
detained for engaging in gay and lesbian activities. 12 men and 8
women were arrested following a police raid on a hotel where the
suspects were attending a workshop.
(SSFC, 9/17/17 p.A3)
2017 Sep 16, Turkey’s official
news reported that police have detained 74 people believed to be
members of the Islamic State group in simultaneous operations in 15
locations in Istanbul.
(SSFC, 9/17/17 p.A3)
2017 Sep 16, In Yemen a young
soldier participating in operations against Al-Qaeda in Yemen
murdered three jihadist detainees who confessed to killing his
colonel father. Twelve civilians including women and children were
killed in an air raid by the Saudi-led coalition northeast of the
2018 Sep 16, Christine Blasey
Ford (51), a San Francisco Bay Area clinical psychology professor,
came forward with explosive allegations that Supreme Court nominee
Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were
teenagers more than three decades ago.
(SFC, 9/17/18, p.A1)
2018 Sep 16, Marc Benioff,
chairman and co-CEO of San Francisco-based Salesforce.com, and his
wife Lynne, said they will buy Time magazine for $90 million from
owner Meredith Corp.
(SFC, 9/17/18, p.D1)
2018 Sep 16, Flooding from
Hurricane Florence spread across the Carolinas as the death toll
climbed to 17.
(SFC, 9/17/18, p.A4)
2018 Sep 16, In Kansas Deputy
Robert Kunze (41) was fatally shot after a fight erupted during the
arrest of supected vehicle thief Robert Greeson (29) in a rural area
near Wichita. Greeson was pronounced dead at the scene.
(SFC, 9/18/18, p.A4)
2018 Sep 16, London mayor Sadiq
Khan called for another referendum on Britain's EU membership,
saying the prime minister's handling of Brexit negotiations had
become "mired in confusion and deadlock" and was leading the country
down a damaging path.
2018 Sep 16, In China "Kinky
Boots", whose music and lyrics were written by pop veteran Cyndi
Lauper, wrapped up its two-month -- a long run for a country where
censors often frown upon gay entertainment.
2018 Sep 16, In southern China
Typhoon Mangkhut barreled into Guangdong province, killing two
people after lashing the Philippines with strong winds and heavy
rain that left at least 64 dead and dozens more feared buried in a
2018 Sep 16, Egypt's
Antiquities Ministry said a sphinx made of sandstone has been found
in the Temple of Kom Ombo in Aswan during work to protect the site
from groundwater. The ministry said the statue probably dates back
to the Ptolemaic time, 320BC-30BC.
2018 Sep 16, Eritrean President
Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed signed a "peace agreement
"during a summit in Saudi Arabia.
2018 Sep 16, In Ethiopia
overnight ethnic-based attacks in the outskirts of Addis Ababa
killed several people and caused hundreds to flee their homes.
Police said 70 suspects were arrested.
2018 Sep 16, In western Germany
some four thousand people protested against the expansion of a coal
strip mine that would entail the chopping down of the ancient
2018 Sep 16, In northern
Germany a Polish man (20) received a fatal stab wound after an
altercation with an unknown man who then fled the scene in
2018 Sep 16, Greek police
reported that the number of migrants detained for entering Greece
illegally has risen sharply so far this year.
2018 Sep 16, In India four
police officers were suspended, three days after a mob beat a Muslim
business-school graduate to death near Imphal. A video showed armed
policemen standing around the man as he lay on his side in a field.
2018 Sep 16, At least 100
Myanmar youth activists and journalists called for the release of
two jailed Reuters journalists, warning that the seven-year prison
terms handed to the pair this month threaten the public's right to
2018 Sep 16, A weekend report
by respected Dutch daily NRC linked 20 of 39 bishops and cardinals
to (sexual) abuse. The paper reported that four bishops committed
abuse and a further 16 senior clergymen transferred priests who had
been accused of abuse to new locations.
2018 Sep 16, Palestinian Khalil
Jabarin (17) fatally stabbed Ari Fuld (45), an American-born Jewish
settler, in the occupied West Bank then was himself shot and seized
by armed civilians. Camera footage showed Fuld firing a weapon at
his attacker before collapsing. He later died of his wounds. On July
21, 2020, Jabarin (19) was sentenced to life in prison.
(Reuters, 9/16/18)(AP, 7/21/20)
2018 Sep 16, In Russia up to
thousand protestors demonstrated in Saint Petersburg against a plan
to raise the state pension age which has sparked public anger.
2018 Sep 16, Syria held its
first municipal elections since 2011, amid tensions with the
country's self-administered Kurdish region, which refused to allow
2018 Sep 16, In northern
Thailand a landslide at a refugee camp left one person dead and
seven missing at the Mae La Oon refugee camp, which houses about
9,000 people, mostly members of the Karen ethnic minority from
2018 Sep 16, Thai police
discovered 10 million methamphetamine pills and 37 kg (81 pounds) of
heroin hidden under sacks of chicken manure.
2018 Sep 16, In Yemen Saudi-led
coalition fighting alongside the Yemeni government against Shiite
Huthi rebels carried out an air raid on a radio station tower in the
port city of Hodeida killing at least three people. At least 32
insurgents were reported killed and 14 others wounded in clashes and
air strikes over the last 24 hours.
2018 Sep 16, Zimbabwe state
media said the death toll in the cholera outbreak in Harare has
risen to 28.
2019 Sep 16, The White House
instructed two former aides of Pres. Donald Trump not to appear at a
House Judiciary hearing on Sept. 17, saying Rick Dearborn and Rob
Porter are immune from testifying on Trump's possible impeachment
for obstruction of justice and abuse of power.
(SFC, 9/17/19, p.A6)
2019 Sep 16, FBI agents in
Alabama took Nayef Qashou into custody. He was apprehended as part
of a yearslong terrorism probe in which the FBI says he told agents
he would execute a US soldier if ordered to do so by the Islamic
State group. Qashou arrived in the US through Atlanta's airport in
2015, planning to study nursing at an Opelika, Alabama, community
2019 Sep 16, The FBI searched
the New York home of Michael Mann, a payroll processing company CEO
suspected of fraud. The FBI is investigating whether New York
state-based MyPayrollHR allegedly from employee checks and accounts.
(CBS News, 9/17/19)
2019 Sep 16, In Oceanside, New
York, an alleged fight over a girl involving over 50 teenagers has
left a 16-year-old student dead after being stabbed in the chest and
an 18-year-old student charged in his death while many of the other
teens took videos of the victim dying rather than helping to save
(ABC News, 9/19/19)
2019 Sep 16, Oil prices soared
after attacks on crude facilities in Saudi Arabia sparked worries
over the impact of an oil shock on economic growth, halting a
positive run in world stocks as investors reached for less risky
2019 Sep 16, Xiaoning Sui (48),
of Surrey, British Columbia, was arrested in Spain on a charge of
fraud and conspiracy. She was accused of paying $400,000 to get her
son into the University of California, Los Angeles, as a fake soccer
recruit in 2018.
2019 Sep 16, A homeowner in
Georgia state shot and killed three young masked men at his home
early today. The three teens allegedly approached the home and
attempted to rob three people in the front yard.
(ABC News, 9/16/19)
2019 Sep 16, Negotiators for
General Motors Co and the United Auto Workers resumed talks to
resolve a strike that shut down the automaker's highly profitable US
operations. UAW members will get $250 a week from the union's strike
2019 Sep 16, Houston police
officers shot and killed a man after he fired a pistol at them while
running in the direction of an elementary school. The man ignored
police orders to drop the gun and began running toward Valley West
Elementary, firing back at the officers.
2019 Sep 16, In Afghanistan US
Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin, a Green Beret on his fourth combat
deployment, was killed by small arms fire in Wardak Province.
2019 Sep 16, A German
government source said Chancellor Angela Merkel's government will
extend a halt on arms exports to Saudi Arabia pointing to the war in
neighboring Yemen and the Social Democrats' refusal to drop
opposition to lifting the moratorium.
2019 Sep 16, Indonesian police
said authorities have arrested nearly 185 people suspected of
starting forest fires.
(SFC, 9/17/19, p.A4)
2019 Sep 16, An Iranian naval
patrol of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps intercepted a vessel
carrying 250,000 liters of fuel near the Strait of Hormuz. The boat
was suspected of being used to smuggle fuel. 11 crew members were
2019 Sep 16, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to annex "all the settlements" in the West
Bank, including an enclave deep in the heart of the largest
Palestinian city, in a last-ditch move that appeared aimed at
shoring up nationalist support the day before a do-over election.
2019 Sep 16, Police in North
Macedonia detained 81 migrants found in a truck near the border with
Serbia, after the driver ignored a police warning to stop for a
check and later abandoned the vehicle.
2019 Sep 16, Philippine
immigration agents and government troops arrested 324 Chinese
accused of involvement in illegal online gambling. A week earlier
agents arrested 277 Chinese in a raid on an online investment scam
syndicate that defrauded hundreds of people in China.
(SFC, 9/18/19, p.A2)
2019 Sep 16, In Russia Pavel
Ustinov (23) was sentenced to three and a half years in jail for
dislocating a police officer's shoulder when he was arrested during
an Aug. 3 rally in Moscow. He denied the charges and said he had not
even taken part in the protest.
2019 Sep 16, Spain's National
Court rejected the extradition to the US of Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal,
a former Venezuelan military spy chief accused of drug smuggling.
Carvajal had fled to Spain earlier this year after publicly
supporting the opposition's efforts to oust Pres. Maduro.
(SFC, 9/17/19, p.A2)
2019 Sep 16, The World Health
Organization (WHO) said three people have died and at least 222 have
been infected in Spain's largest ever outbreak of listeria.
2019 Sep 16, Shops were shut in
Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil-majority north in support of a rally in
Jaffna town demanding an international probe into alleged atrocities
during the nation's civil war and an end to reported state-sponsored
efforts to change the ethnic balance of the Tamils' traditional
2019 Sep 16, Sudan's Health
Ministry said at least seven people have died from a cholera
outbreak over the past three weeks in a southeastern province.
2019 Sep 16, The Solomon
Islands became the sixth country to switch allegiance to China since
President Tsai Ing-wen took office in Taiwan in 2016. Taiwan accused
China of trying to influence its presidential and legislative
2019 Sep 16, In Turkey the
leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey met in Ankara to discuss the
situation in Syria, with the aim of halting fighting in the
country's northwestern province of Idlib and finding a lasting
political solution to Syria's civil war, now in its ninth year.
2019 Sep 16, A UN-backed court
based in the Netherlands unveiled new charges, including terrorism
and intentional homicide, against a Hezbollah fighter who also is
accused of assassinating former Lebanese PM Rafiq Hariri. The
Special Tribunal for Lebanon announced that a judge has confirmed a
new five-count indictment accusing Salim Jamil Ayyash of three
bombings targeting Lebanese politicians in 2004 and 2005.
2019 Sep 16, A special UN
fact-finding mission has urged that Myanmar be held responsible in
international legal forums for alleged genocide against its Muslim
2019 Sep 16, UN aid chief Mark
Lowcock said Saudi Arabia plans to pay $500 million next week of a
pledge it made in February to help fund a humanitarian response in
Yemen, which the world body has described as the world's worst aid
2019 Sep 16, Yemen's
Iran-backed Huthi rebels, who claimed responsibility for devastating
weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities, threatened to carry out
more strikes and urged foreigners to stay away.
2020 Sep 16, The US Justice
Department said it has charged five Chinese residents and two
Malaysian businessmen in a wide-ranging hacking effort. The two
Malaysian businessmen, Wong Ong Hua (46) and Ling Yang Ching (32)
were charged with conspiring with two of the Chinese hackers to
profit from computer intrusions targeting videogame companies in the
United States, France, Japan, Singapore and South Korea.
2020 Sep 16, Attorney General
William Barr, at Hillsdale College in Michigan, called the
coronavirus lockdown orders the “greatest intrusion on civil
liberties in American history" since slavery.
2020 Sep 16, Robert Redfield,
the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told
Congress that universal mask-wearing could bring the pandemic under
control within a few months. Redfield also said vaccines might not
be available for most Americans until the middle of 2021. Hours
later, Pres. Donald Trump rebuked Redfield, questioning the value of
masks and saying a vaccine would be available to the public more
(NY Times, 9/17/20)
2020 Sep 16, It was reported
that the US has imposed sanctions on The Gambia's former First Lady
Zineb Jammeh after accusing her of corruption during her husband
Yahya Jammeh's rule. She was suspected to have helped him in the
illegal transfer of money, and controlled his assets abroad.
2020 Sep 16, Hurricane Sally
strengthened overnight and made landfall in Alabama this morning as
a Category 2 storm. It weakened to a still-dangerous Category 1,
with winds of 80 mph, by mid-morning. The hurricane left at least
two people dead in Alabama.
(AP, 9/16/20)(SFC, 9/19/20, p.A5)
2020 Sep 16, If carbon
emissions continue at current rates, so much mercury will leach from
thawing permafrost that fish in the Yukon River could become
dangerous to eat within a few decades, according to a study
published in the journal Nature Communications.
2020 Sep 16, California to
date had 771,841 cases of coronavirus and 14,720 deaths. The SF Bay
Area had 95,997 cases and 1,360 deaths. Total cases nationwide
reached over 6,627,276 with the death toll at 196,691.
2020 Sep 16, The body of
Michael Williams (44) was found ablaze in rural Iowa. He was
believed to have been killed on Sept. 12. He was allegedly strangled
to death, wrapped in cloth and plastic that was secured with rope
and tape, and then transported to a rural area where his body was
burned. On Sept. 22 four white people were charged with murder.
(Miami Herald, 9/23/20)
2020 Sep 16, NYC Mayor Bill de
Blasio announced that everyone in the mayor's office, including the
mayor himself, will be furloughed for one week without pay beginning
Oct. 1 to close a budget shortfall created by the pandemic.
2020 Sep 16, Stanley Crouch
(74), the fiercely iconoclastic social critic who elevated the
invention of jazz into a metaphor for the indelible contributions
that Black people have made to American democracy, died at a
hospital in the Bronx.
(NY Times, 9/17/20)
2020 Sep 16, Applied DNA
Sciences said it plans to initiate clinical trial of one of its five
LineaDNA vaccine candidates for veterinary use to prevent
coronavirus infections in domestic cats.
2020 Sep 16, Eli Lilly and Co
said interim trial data showed its experimental antibody treatment
reduced the need for hospitalization and emergency room visits for
patients with moderate COVID-19.
2020 Sep 16, A coalition of 11
state treasurers called on drugmaker Gilead Sciences to reduce the
price of remdesivir, its promising treatment for some patients of
(Good Morning America, 9/17/20)
2020 Sep 16, Authorities in
Bosnia arrested nine former Bosnian Serb military officers and
troops who are suspected in the killing of 44 civilians during the
1992-95 Bosnian War.
2020 Sep 16, Britain reported
3,991 new coronavirus cases up from 3,105 a day earlier.
(SFC, 9/17/20, p.A4)
2020 Sep 16, EU Commission
President Ursula von der Leyen said the EU will build its own agency
for biomedical research and convene a global health summit in Italy
next year in a bid to be better prepared for future pandemics.
2020 Sep 16, A top German
security official said authorities in western Germany have suspended
29 police officers suspected of sharing far-right propaganda in
WhatsApp groups, at least two of which were active for several
2020 Sep 16, The Israeli
military struck Hamas militant sites in the Gaza Strip early today
in response to rocket fire toward Israel the previous night that
coincided with the signing of normalization agreements between
Israel and two Arab countries at the White House.
2020 Sep 16, An Israeli court
sentenced a young man to 3 1/2 years in prison for his role in the
2015 arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents
in the West Bank village of Duma.
2020 Sep 16, Israel's Betalin
Therapeutics said it is preparing an initial public offering that
will value the biotech firm between $150-170 million to fund trials
for its diabetes treatment. Betalin is developing an artificial
micro-pancreas that is implanted in the thigh of diabetics to help
control the level of sugar in their blood.
2020 Sep 16, Japan's parliament
elected Yoshihide Suga as the country's 99th prime minister.
(The Week, 9/16/20)(Econ., 9/19/20, p.36)
2020 Sep 16, A senior
Portuguese official said Lisbon and Rabat are negotiating a deal
that would allow an agreed number of citizens from Morocco to work
legally in Portugal.
2020 Sep 16, In rural Romania a
stash of some 200 rare and valuable books, stolen in 2017 from a
London warehouse, was discovered hidden in a concealed space under a
2020 Sep 16, It was reported
that a military court in Somalia has sentenced a militant Islamist
to life in prison for his role in a deadly attack last January on a
US base in Kenya. Farhan Mohamud Hassan was also convicted of being
a member of al-Shabab.
2020 Sep 16, South Korean
shipbuilder Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co Ltd said it had
delivered the world's first very large container ship powered by
liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Singapore's Eastern Pacific Shipping
2020 Sep 16, Turkey began final
Phase III trials of an experimental Chinese coronavirus vaccine. The
vaccine candidate being trialed was developed by Sinovac.
2020 Sep 16, In north-eastern
Uganda 219 prisoners broke out of a prison facility in Moroto. Seven
were soon recaptured. One soldier and two inmates were killed.
2020 Sep 16, The UN children's
agency UNICEF has called on the Nigerian authorities to urgently
review an Islamic court's decision to sentence a 13-year-old boy to
10 years in prison for blasphemy. The boy was convicted in August of
making uncomplimentary remarks about God during an argument with a
friend in northern Kano state.
2020 Sep 16, The UN agency for
Palestinian refugees said it is experiencing a financial crisis that
could force it to halt some services to an already impoverished
population of more than 5 million people.
2020 Sep 16, Independent
experts for the UN’s top human rights body accused the government of
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of crimes against humanity,
highlighting grisly cases of torture and killings allegedly carried
out by security forces who used techniques like electric shocks,
genital mutilation and asphyxiation.