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1498 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.
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. 33 people were killed and over 200 wounded. A 16-foot
stretch of the Tennessee-marble façade with pockmarks of the blast
was retained as a memorial. 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.
(WSJ, 12/10/98, 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 a reduces
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.
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.
(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)
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. 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. By
1997 156 nations had signed the Montreal Protocol.
(NOHY, W3/90, p.47)(SFC, 5/31/96, A1,17)(SFEC,
6/15/97, BR p.4)(AP, 9/16/97)
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, Britain under John
Major devalued the pound and the economy soared. 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, 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, New Jersey.
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 to boycott 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, 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
(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)
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. Their a
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, 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.
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