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31CE Sep 18,
Sejanus, Roman head of praetorian guard, was executed.
53CE Sep 18, Marcus Trajanus
(d.117), 13th Roman emperor (Trajan's Arch) (98-117), was born at
Italica near Seville, Spain.
96CE Sep 18, Domitian, Roman
emperor, died. He was murdered and was succeeded by Nerva.
1426 Sep 18, Hubert [Huybrecht]
van Eyck, painter, died.
1437 Sep 18, Farmers revolted
in Transylvania (later Rumania).
1502 Sep 18, Christopher
Columbus landed at Costa Rica during his 4th and last voyage.
Columbus left 52 Jewish families in Costa Rica.
(MC, 9/18/01)(WSJ, 6/15/00, p.A1)
1544 Sep 18, English King Henry
VIII's troops occupied Boulogne, France. [see Sep 14]
1598 Sep 18, Toyotomi Hideyoshi
(b.1536), Japan’s unifier and folk hero, died. His death left two
main rivals for power, Ishida Mitsunari and Tokugawa Ieyasu.
1634 Sep 18, Anne Hutchinson,
the first female religious leader in American colonies, arrived at
the Massachusetts Bay Colony with her family. She preached that
faith alone was sufficient for salvation. As her following grew, she
was brought to trial and found guilty of heresy against Puritan
orthodoxy and banished from Massachusetts. She left with 70
followers to Providence, Rhode Island, Roger Williams's colony based
on religious freedom.
1636 Sep 18, Pietro Sanmartini,
composer, was born.
1679 Sep 18, New Hampshire
became a county Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1709 Sep 18, Samuel Johnson,
English lexicographer, essayist, poet and moralist best known for
"The Dictionary of the English Language," was born.
1739 Sep 18, Turkey and Austria
signed peace treaty-Austria ceding Belgrade to Turks.
1752 Sep 18, Adrien-Marie
Lagendre, mathematician, worked on elliptic integrals, was born.
1755 Sep 18, Ft. Ticonderoga
opened in NY.
1758 Sep 18, James Abercromby
was replaced as supreme commander of British forces after his defeat
by French commander, the Marquis of Montcalm, at Fort Ticonderoga
during the French and Indian War.
1759 Sep 18, Quebec surrendered
to the British and the Battle of Quebec ended. The French
surrendered to the British after their defeat on the Plains of
(AP, 9/18/97)(HN, 9/18/98)
1759 Sep 18, British commander
James Wolfe died at the Battle of Quebec.
1769 Sep 18, John Harris built
the 1st spinet piano in the US.
1783 Sep 18, Leonhard Euler
(b.1707), Swiss-born mathematician, died in St. Petersburg, Russia.
His work estalished calculus as the basic tool of the mathematical
sciences. Euler had introduced latin squares as a new kind of magic
squares. It later formed the basis for the “sudoku” number game. In
2016 Ronald Calinger authored “Leonhard Euler: Mathematical Genius
in the Enlightenment.”
p.67)(Econ, 1/9/16, p.72)
1789 Sep 18, The 1st loan was
made to pay salaries of the US president & Congress. [see Sep
1793 Sep 18, President George
Washington laid the foundation stone for the U.S. Capitol on Jenkins
(AP, 9/18/97)(SFC, 7/18/98, p.A15)(HN, 9/18/98)
1809 Sep 18, The London Royal
Opera House opened.
1810 Sep 18, Chile declared its
independence from Spain (National Day). Bernardo O’Higgins helped
lead Chile to independence.
(AP, 9/18/97)(SFEC, 10/27/96, p.T9)
1812 Sep 18, A fire in Moscow
(set by Napoleon's troops) destroyed 90% of houses and 1,000
churches. [see Sep 14]
1819 Sep 18, Leon Foucault,
French physicist, was born. [see Sep 17]
1827 Sep 18, John Towsend
Trowbridge, poet and author of books for boys, who wrote the Jack
Hazzard and Toby Trafford series, was born.
1830 Sep 18, Tom Thumb" the
first locomotive built in the United States, lost a nine-mile race
in Maryland to a horse. [see Aug 25]
1830 Sep 18, William Hazlitt
(b.1778), in his time England’s finest essayist, died. "A nickname
is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man." In 2008
Duncan Wu authored “William Hazlitt: The First Modern Man.”
(AP, 11/10/99)(WSJ, 1/16/09,
1839 Sep 18, John Aitken,
physician and meteorologist, was born.
1850 Sep 18, The US Congress
passed the second Fugitive Slave Bill into law (the first was
enacted in 1793) as part of Compromise of 1850. It allowed slave
owners to reclaim slaves who had escaped to other states. The
Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 set fines up to $1,000 for facilitating a
slave’s flight. The act authorized federal commissioners to receive
a $10 fee if they decided for a slaveholder, but only a $5 fee for
deciding for a fugitive.
9/18/97)(WSJ, 1/30/03, p.D8)(AH, 10/02, p.53)
1851 Sep 18, The first edition
of The New York Times was published as the New-York Daily Times. It
was founded by Henry J. Raymond, Republican Speaker of the NY State
Assembly, and banker George Jones as a conservative counterpoint to
Horace Greeley's Tribune.
(AP, 9/18/97)(SFEM, 1/16/00,
1858 Sep 18, Abraham Lincoln
and Stephen A. Douglas held the fourth of their senatorial debates,
this one in Charleston, Ill.
1861 Sep 18, Australian
explorer John King (d.1872) was found by a rescue party. A land
prospector or "squatter" touring the area in 1875 met an Aboriginal
woman who claimed to have witnessed Robert O’Hara Burke being shot
by John King, and he detailed her story in his journal. Historian
Darrell Lewis unearthed the story around 1990.
(ON, 12/01, p.5)(AFP, 7/23/11)
1862 Sep 18, After waiting all
day for a Union attack which never came at Antietam, Confederate
General Robert E. Lee began a retreat out of Maryland and back to
Virginia. At Antietam, George McClellan and his 'bodyguard' dawdled
throughout a long 'Fatal Thursday.'
1863 Sep 18, Union cavalry
troops clashed with a group of Confederates at Chickamauga Creek.
1864 Sep 18, Battle of
1881 Sep 18, The Chicago
Tribune reported on a televideo experiment.
1874 Sep 18, The Nebraska
Relief and Aid Society was formed to help farmers whose crops were
destroyed by grasshoppers swarming throughout the American West.
1888 Sep 18, Start of Sherlock
Holmes adventure "Sign of Four."
1891 Sep 18, Harriet Maxwell
Converse was 1st white woman to become an Indian chief (her Indian
name was Ga-is-wa-noh: the Watcher). She devoted herself to the
study and preservation of Native American culture, was a staunch
defender of Indian property rights during the 1880s.
1892 Sep 18, At Spithaead,
England, verdicts and sentences were announced for the 10 prisoners
from the mutiny on the Bounty. 4 men were acquitted, and 6 were
found guilty and condemned to death. 2 of the condemned were
pardoned and another was freed on a technicality. 3 were later
(ON, 3/04, p.9)
1895 Sep 18, John G.
Diefenbaker, conservative prime minister (13th) of Canada from 1957
to 1963, was born in Neustadt, Ontario.
(HN, 9/18/98)(MC, 9/18/01)
1895 Sep 18, D.D. Palmer of
Davenport, Iowa, founded the 1st "college" of chiropractic near a
duck farm in Iowa.
1895 Sep 18, The Montana State
Capital Site Commission received the four property deeds from
developer Peter Winne for the new seat of government in Helena.
(HIR, 9/11/97, p.5A)
1897 Sep 18, Alberto
Santos-Dumont crashed his 1st dirigible into trees at the Zoological
Gardens in Paris.
(ON, 3/03, p.10)
1904 Sep 18, In East London
Jewish anarchists on Brick Lane pelted Ultra-Orthodox worshippers
with bacon sandwiches on Yom Kippur.
(http://tinyurl.com/3x7moee)(Econ, 3/5/11, p.17)
1905 Sep 18, Eddie "Rochester"
Anderson, Oakland California, actor (Jack Benny Show), was born.
1905 Sep 18, Greta Garbo
(d.1990), actress nominated for Oscars for her roles in "Anna
Christie" and "Ninotchka," was born in Stockholm.
(HN, 9/18/98)(MC, 9/18/01)
1911 Sep 18, Russian Premier
Piotr Stolypin (b.1862) died four days after being shot at the Kiev
opera house by socialist lawyer Dimitri Bogroff. As governor of the
Saratov province, Stolypin ruthlessly suppressed local peasant
uprisings, and helped to squelch the revolutionary upheavals of
1914 Sep 18, Battle of Aisne
ended with Germans beating the French during WW I.
1914 Sep 18, Gen. von
Hindenburg was named commander of German armies on the Eastern
1914 Sep 18, The Irish Home
Rule Bill became law, but was delayed until after World War I. The
Government of Ireland Act became law. It was an act by the British
government to take effect at the end of World War I.
(WSJ,3/13/95, p.A-15)(HN, 9/18/98)
1915 Sep 18, Reverend Sherman
Coolidge (1862-1932), an Arapaho minister and one of the founders of
the Society of American Indians (SAI), issued a proclamation
declaring the second Saturday of each May as “American Indian Day”
and appealing for US citizenship for American Indians.
1921 Sep 18, John Glenn,
astronaut, was born. [see Jul 18]
1926 Sep 18, A hurricane hit
South Florida killing about 400 people and leaving some 50,000
homeless. The category 4 storm became known as the Great Miami
(Econ, 12/20/08, p.116)(Econ, 6/15/13, p.27)
1927 Sep 18, The Columbia
Phonograph Broadcasting System (later CBS) made its debut with a
basic network of 16 radio stations.
1929 Sep 18, Preston Sturges'
"Strictly Dishonorable," premiered in NYC.
1929 Sep 18, Charles Lindbergh
took off on a 10,000 mile air tour of South America. B.F. Mahoney
was the 'mystery man' behind the Ryan company that built Lindbergh's
Spirit of St. Louis.
1931 Sep 18-1931 Sep 19, The
Mukden Incident was initiated by the Japanese Kwangtung Army in
Mukden. It involved an explosion along the Japanese-controlled South
Manchurian Railway. It was soon followed by the Japanese invasion of
Manchuria and the eventual establishment of the Japanese-dominated
state of Manchukuo. The neutrality of the area, and the ability of
Japan to defend its colony in Korea, was threatened in the 1920s by
efforts at unification of China. Within three months Japanese troops
had spread out throughout Manchuria. The occupation ended at the
conclusion of the Second World War in 1945.
1934 Sep 18, The League of
Nations admitted the Soviet Union. Joseph Avenol, secretary-general
of the League of Nations, sold out the organization he had sworn to
(WUD, 1994, p.424,1682)(HN, 9/18/98)
1940 Sep 18, Harper and
Brothers published "You Can't Go Home Again" by Thomas Wolfe.
1940 Sep 18, 19 German aircraft
were shot down above England.
1943 Sep 18, Hitler ordered the
deportation of Danish Jews (unsuccessful).
1944 Sep 18, British submarine
Tradewind torpedoed Junyo Maru: 5,600 killed. Tradewind, a
twin-screw Triton-class boat of the Royal Navy, attacked the
Japanese merchant ship Junyo Maru, killing an estimated 4,320
people--around 1,700 Western POWs, 500 Indonesian prisoners and
thousands of Japanese slave laborers. Tradewind’s captain, Lt. Cmdr.
S.L.C. Maydon, wasn’t aware until many years later that the ship he
had sunk had been carrying human cargo, including thousands of his
own, and Allied, troops.
(MC, 9/18/01)(HNQ, 3/7/02)
1945 Sep 18, 1000 white
children walked out of Gary, Indiana, schools to protest
1946 Sep 18, Dr. Robert
Shiurba, renowned scientist and Cafe Babar denizen, was born in
1947 Sep 18, The National
Security Act went into effect. It created a Cabinet secretary of
defense and unified the Army, Navy and newly formed Air Force into a
National Military Establishment. The US Air Force was carved out of
the old Army Air Corps. The act established the National Security
Council and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
(HFA, ‘96, p.38)(AP, 9/18/97)(SFC, 9/17/97,
p.A3)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.A4)
1948 Sep 18, Margaret Chase
Smith became the first woman elected to the Senate without
completing another senator's term when she defeated Democratic
opponent Adrian Scolten. Smith was also the only woman to be elected
to and serve in both houses of Congress.
1948 Sep 18, Ralph J. Bunche
was confirmed as acting UN mediator in Palestine.
1949 Sep 18, Frank Morgan,
actor (Annie Get Your Gun, Wizard of Oz), died at 59.
1951 Sep 18, Dr. Benjamin
Solomon Carson, Sr., African-American neurosurgeon, was born.
1957 Sep 18, "Wagon Train"
1960 Sep 18, Two thousand
cheered Castro's arrival in New York for the United Nations session.
1961 Sep 18, Dag Hammarskjold,
Secretary-General of the UN, was killed in a plane crash in Northern
Rhodesia (now Zambia). He was flying to negotiate a cease-fire in
the Congo. Hammarskjold was the son of a former Swedish prime
minister. In 1953, he was elected to the top UN post and in 1957 was
reelected. During his second term, he initiated and directed the
United Nation's vigorous role in the Belgian Congo. Hammarskjold had
sent Conor O’Brien (1919-2008), an Irish diplomat, to the Congo
where a rebellion was openly being backed by Belgium and secretly by
Britain and France. O’Brien ordered in UN troops, but the mission
ended in disarray and the UN repudiated the mission. O’Brien
recounted his version of the events in his book “To Katanga and
9/18/97)(SSFC, 12/21/08, p.B6)
1963 Sep 18, "The Patty Duke
Show" premiered on ABC television.
1963 Sep 18, The USSR ordered
58.5 million barrels of cereal from Australia.
1964 Sep 18, U.S. destroyers
fired on hostile targets in Vietnam.
1964 Sep 18, Sean O'Casey,
Irish playwright (Playboy of Western World), died at 84.
1965 Sep 18, The NBC situation
comedies "I Dream of Jeannie" and "Get Smart" premiered.
1968 Sep 18, The film "Funny
Girl" with Barbra Streisand premiered in NYC.
1970 Sep 18, Jimi Hendrix (27),
rock star guitarist, died in London of drug overdose. Hendrix had
performed briefly as an opening act for the Monkeys as well as
behind the Isley Brothers and Little Richard. In 1978 David
Henderson authored the biography “Scuse me While I Kiss the Sky.” In
2005 Charles R. Cross authored “Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of
(WSJ, 1/9/97, p.A8)(AP, 9/18/97)(WSJ, 4/16/99,
p.W13C)(SSFC, 8/21/05, p.F1)
1972 Sep 18, Thousands of
Gujarati Indians began arriving in Britain following their expulsion
from Uganda by Dictator Idi Amin. Deprived of its business class the
nation soon plummeted into economic chaos.
(http://tinyurl.com/2lm7n5)(SFC, 8/16/03, p.A21)
1973 Sep 18, Sondheim’s "A
Little Night Music" moved to the Majestic Theater on Broadway.
1973 Sep 18, Australia
abolished the death penalty.
(SFC, 1/9/02, p.A8)(http://tinyurl.com/6bbah5)
1974 Sep 18, Hurricane Fifi
struck Honduras with 110 mph winds and killed about 8,000. The
hurricane made landfall as a Category 2 storm in Belize on the next
day, and continued through Guatemala and Mexico as a tropical
system. After weakening to a depression, Fifi emerged into the
Pacific Ocean, becoming the first crossover storm since Hurricane
Irene-Olivia in 1971.
1975 Sep 18, Police and FBI
arrested SLA members Patty Hearst, William and Emily Harris, Steven
Soliah and Wendy Yoshimura in SF. James Kilgore disappeared and
later surfaced a Univ. of Cape Town Prof. Charles William Pape. He
was arrested in 2002. Hearst was convicted of bank robbery and
served over 22 months in federal prison. Pres. Carter commuted her
sentence in 1979. Kathleen Ann Soliah remained a fugitive until 1999
when she was picked up in St. Paul, Minn., under the name of Sara
Jane Olson. She was wanted for placing 2 pipe bombs under police
cars in LA.
(SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W23)(SFC, 2/4/99, p.A8)(SFC,
6/17/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/11/09, p.B2)
1975 Sep 18, Fairfield Porter
(b.1907), American artist, died. Much of his work was done along the
1976 Sep 18, Rev. Sun Myung
Moon (b.1920) held a "God Bless America" convention.
1977 Sep 18, Cosmos, a Soviet
nuclear-powered satellite, was launched. It fell onto Northern
Canada on Jan. 24, 1978.
(SSFC, 3/18/01, p.A1)
1979 Sep 18, The Who played the
5th of their 5 concerts at Madison Square Garden.
1979 Sep 18, Bolshoi Ballet
dancers Leonid & Valentina Kozlov defected to the US.
1980 Sep 18, Cosmonaut Arnoldo
Tamayo, a Cuban, became the first black to be sent on a mission in
1980 Sep 18, In Damascus,
Arkansas, a nuclear-armed Titan II missile exploded in its silo
killing one serviceman and spreading toxic fumes in the area. In
2013 Eric Schlosser authored “Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons,
the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety.”
(SSFC, 9/22/13, p.F1)
1980 Sep 18, Katherine A.
Porter (b.1890), US author (Ship of Fools) and Pulitzer Prize winner
1981 Sep 18, The $11 million
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum was dedicated in Grand Rapids,
(SFEC, 5/11/97, p.T8)(AP, 9/18/01)
1981 Sep 18, The French
National Assembly voted to abolish the death penalty. This in effect
outlawed execution by the guillotine.
(SFEC, 2/9/97, Z1
1987 Sep 18, US President
Reagan announced that he and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev
would meet later in the year to sign a treaty banning medium and
shorter-range nuclear missiles.
1987 Sep 18, The movie "Fatal
Attraction," starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, opened in US
1987 Sep 18, In San Francisco
Pope John Paul II ended his 21-hour visit to the city by celebrating
Mass at Candlestick Park before some 70,000 people.
(SSFC, 12/22/13, p.A14)
1988 Sep 18, The Soviet Union
won the first gold medal of the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South
Korea, in the women's air rifle event, while U.S. divers picked up
silver and bronze medals in women's platform.
1988 Sep 18, In Burma
Gen’l. Saw Maung (d.1997 at 69) became chairman of a military junta,
called The State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC). He had
been the army chief of staff and defense minister before leading the
coup. The junta took power and put under house arrest Aung San Suu
Kyi, the elected president. After years of economic distress the
junta released Aung San in 1995 in hopes of gaining foreign economic
aid. The junta announced that Burma would henceforth be called
Myanmar, and the capital, Rangoon, Yangon.
6/30/96, A11)(SFC, 7/25/97, p.A18)
1989 Sep 18, California’s Gov.
Deukmejian signed into law a bill making it illegal to eat household
(SSFC, 9/14/14, DB p.42)
1989 Sep 18, The NeXT computer
with NeXTSTEP 1.0 software was released. The computer was priced at
(SFC, 8/25/11, p.A10)
1989 Sep 18, Hurricane Hugo
reached Puerto Rico, causing extensive damage as it continued to
barrel toward the U.S. mainland.
1990 Sep 18, The SF Giants
cited rising player salaries and sought to raise ticket prices for a
3rd year in a row. Upper reserved seats at Candlestick would jump
from $7 to $8 if approved by the SF Recreation and park Dept.
(SSFC, 9/13/15, DB p.50)
1990 Sep 18, The city of
Atlanta was named the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics.
1990 Sep 18, Former
savings-and-loan chief executive Charles H. Keating was jailed
in Los Angeles in lieu of $5 million bail after he was indicted on
criminal fraud charges.
1991 Sep 18, Saying he was
"pretty fed up," President Bush said he would send warplanes to
escort U.N. helicopters searching for hidden Iraqi weapons if Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein continued to impede weapons inspectors.
1991 Sep 18, The Upper
Atmosphere Research Satellite was deployed from the space shuttle
Discovery. It measured the ozone hole for the next decade.
Operations of the satellite ceased in 2001 due to NASA economics.
The space shuttle Discovery landed in California, ending a five-day
(SFC, 8/24/01, p.A13)(AP, 9/18/01)
1992 Sep 18, Ross Perot's name
was submitted for the 50th state ballot -- Arizona -- on the same
day that Perot hinted on NBC's "Today" show that he might throw his
hat into the presidential ring, after all.
1993 Sep 18, Kimberly Clarice
Aiken of South Carolina was crowned Miss America at the pageant in
Atlantic City, N.J.
1994 Sep 18, Ken Burn's
"Baseball" premiered on PBS.
1994 Sep 18, Tennis star Vitas
Gerulaitis, 40, was found dead in the guest cottage of a friend's
home in Southampton, N.Y., of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.
1994 Sep 18, Haiti's military
leaders agreed to an Oct. 15 departure deadline, thereby averting a
U.S.-led invasion to force them from power.
1995 Sep 18, President Clinton
began a five-day re-election campaign fund-raising tour that got off
to a rocky start after a deal to convert the Philadelphia Naval
Shipyard to civilian use collapsed at the last minute.
1995 Sep 18, In Hong Kong
pro-democracy candidates won a sweeping victory in the last
legislative election under British rule. Democrats took 70% of the
direct vote. China vowed to disband the legislature.
(SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A8)
1996 Sep 18, Republican
presidential nominee Bob Dole fell off a stage during a campaign
rally in Chico, Calif., after a railing gave way; he was not
1996 Sep 18, The O.J. Simpson
civil trial opened in Santa Monica, Calif.
1996 Sep 18, The Food and Drug
Administration declared the French abortion pill RU-486 safe and
effective, but withheld final approval until later. The pill would
be taken with the drug misoprostol, which was already approved for
(SFC, 9/19/96, p.A1)(AP, 9/18/97)
1996 Sep 18, In France Maurice
Papon, a member of the Vichy government of WW II, was declared
eligible for trial for his role in arresting and deporting 1,690
Jews during WW II.
(SFC, 9/19/96, p.A10)
1996 Sep 18, In Guatemala 2
generals and 16 officials were fired in a probe of black-market
(SFC, 9/19/96, p.A10)
1996 Sep 18, A North Korean
submarine went aground off the coast of South Korea. The bodies of
11 crewmen were found dead nearby. Another 8-9 men were still at
large. Seven more were found the next day and shot to death.
(SFC, 9/19/96, p.A8)(SFC, 9/20/96, p.A14)
1996 Sep 18, Photos taken of
Mars that indicated a huge dust storm near the north pole that was
active for months.
(SFC, 11/5/96, p.A4)
1997 Sep 18, Coopers &
Lybrand and Price Waterhouse agreed to merge to create the world's
biggest accounting firm.
1997 Sep 18, Media mogul Ted
Turner pledged to give the United Nations $1 billion over the next
(SFC, 9/19/97, p.A1)(AP, 9/18/98)
1997 Sep 18, In Colorado
Sabrina (31) Bebb-Jones was reported missing by employees of the
Hotel Melrose in Grand Junction. Her husband, Marcus Bebb-Jones, a
professional gambler, was later accused of dumping her on a mountain
pass in northwestern Colorado. Her skull was found and positively
identified in 2004. He returned to his native England, where he was
arrested in 2009.
1997 Sep 18, In Albania a
Socialist lawmaker shot and wounded a rival from the opposition
Democrats inside the parliament building.
(WSJ, 9/19/97, p.A1)
1997 Sep 18, In Bosnia a car
bomb in Mostar injured about 50 people and destroyed 56, apartments,
9 businesses and 44 cars.
(SFC, 9/20/97, p.A10)
1997 Sep 18, In Egypt two
gunmen killed 10 people in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in front of the
Egyptian Museum. Of the dead were nine German tourists and a bus
driver and a dozen more were wounded as the tour bus was set afire.
Saber and Mahmoud Abu el-Ulla, a former inmate of a mental hospital
and his brother, were caught, convicted and sentenced to death.
(SFC, 9/19/97, p.A12)(SFC,10/31/97, p.D3)(AP,
1997 Sep 18, In Norway an
explosion at a Russian-operated coal mine in the Svalbard islands
killed 23 Russian and Ukrainian workers.
(SFC, 9/19/97, p.A14)
1997 Sep 18, In Wales voters
narrowly approved a referendum for partial self-government with
50.3% of the vote in which only 50% of the voters took part.
(SFC, 9/19/97, p.A12)(AP, 9/18/98)
1998 Sep 18, The House
Judiciary Committee voted to release the video tape of Pres.
Clinton’s grand jury testimony along with 2,800 pages of sexually
(SFC, 9/19/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 18, A Clinton advisory
board on race relations issued its $4.8 million, 121 page report:
"One America in the 21st Century: Forging a new Future." Its
recommendations included a call for a permanent White House panel on
(SFC, 9/19/98, p.A3)
1998 Sep 18, A federal judge in
San Jose awarded the Church of Scientology a $3 million settlement
against Grady Ward for publishing secret scriptures on the Internet.
Grady would not have to pay the full fine if he refrains from
publishing church secrets and pays the church $200 per month for the
rest of his life.
(SFC, 9/19/98, p.A23)
1998 Sep 18, Mark McGwire hit
his 64th home run of the season, pulling out of a tie with Sammy
1998 Sep 18, In Algeria a bomb
exploded in a market in Tiaret and killed 22. Another 30 people were
wounded in the blast.
(SFC, 9/19/98, p.C16)
1998 Sep 18, In Bangladesh
Muslim militants called for the death of Taslima Nasrin, a writer
who suggested that the Koran be rewritten. Her novel "Lajja" (Shame)
criticized Muslims for attacking minority Hindus after the 1992
mosque destruction in India.
(SFC, 9/19/98, p.C16)
1998 Sep 18, The ozone hole
over Antarctica reached 10.5 million sq. miles, its largest size
ever. It opened to 2 1/2 times the size of Europe. It was
feared that ultraviolet radiation would impact the marine food
(SFC, 10/2/98, p.B3)(SFC, 11/23/98, p.A10)
1998 Sep 18, The worst storm in
a century hit the Netherlands and Belgium over the past week.
(SFC, 9/19/98, p.A5)
1998 Sep 18, In Israel Hamas
supporters clashed with Israeli police during a rally for the
Awadallah brothers. 32 Palestinians were injured and the borders
with the West Bank and Gaza were again sealed.
(SFC, 9/19/98, p.A12)
1998 Sep 18, In Italy the TV
dubbers agreed to end their 2-month strike.
(SFC, 9/19/98, p.C16)
1998 Sep 18, Japanese leaders
agreed to a plan to take over some of the biggest and weakest banks
and to use taxpayer money to dispose of some $606 billion in bad
(SFC, 9/19/98, p.A12)
1998 Sep 18, In Nigeria
authorities dropped charges against Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka
and 14 others. Gen’l. Abubakar had asked that the charges be dropped
and said that he was seeking a national reconciliation.
(SFC, 9/19/98, p.C16)
1998 Sep 18, In the Philippines
the Princess of the Orient passenger ship sank south of Manila near
Fortune Island with 443 people on board. There were 311 confirmed
survivors. The sinking was blamed on a shift in cargo in heavy seas.
Rescue efforts continued off the Philippines for the Princess of the
Orient, a ferry which had sunk in a storm, leaving at least 70
people dead and 80 others missing.
(SFC, 9/19/98, p.A14)(SFEC, 9/20/98, p.A19)(WSJ,
9/21/98, p.A1)(AP, 9/18/08)
1998 Sep 18, Russia began using
bank reserves to help pay bank debts and pump new money into the
economy. Inflation was already running at 40% for the month.
(SFC, 9/19/98, p.C16)
1998 Sep 18, A secret, 269 page
Swiss report asserted that Raul Salinas assumed control of
practically all drug shipments in Mexico in 1988 when his brother
(SFC, 9/19/98, p.A12)
1998 Sep 18, Uganda’s
government closed the Int’l. Credit Bank due to activities
"detrimental to the interests of depositors."
(WSJ, 9/21/98, p.A22)
1999 Sep 18, The 79th annual
Miss America Pageant was held in Atlantic City. Heather Renee French
(24), a graduated design student from Maysville, Ky., was the
(SFC, 9/17/99, p.D3)(SFC, 9/20/99, p.A7)
1999 Sep 18, Sammy Sosa of the
Chicago Cubs hit his 60th homerun and became the 1st major leaguer
to hit 60 in 2 different seasons.
(WSJ, 9/20/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 18, A multinational
fleet sailed toward East Timor, the vanguard of a U-N-approved force
assigned to bring order to the bloodied Indonesian province.
1999 Sep 18, In India poll
violence left 44 people dead.
(WSJ, 9/20/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 18, Indonesian troops
prepared to leave East Timor as a multinational force steamed in.
(SFEC, 9/19/99, p.A17)
1999 Sep 18, In Kosovo the KLA
rejected a NATO plan to transform it into a small civil defense
groups one day before the deadline for demobilization.
(SFEC, 9/19/99, p.A20)
1999 Sep 18, Russian forces
attacked rebel targets in Chechnya to prevent guerrilla raids in
(SFEC, 9/19/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 18, In Sri Lanka over
50 Sinhalese villagers were massacred by female-led Tamil rebels.
(SFC, 9/29/99, p.A10)(SFC, 3/11/00, p.A10)
2000 Sep 18, The first working
day of a transit strike that began over the weekend forced nearly a
half-million Southern California commuters to scrounge for rides or
get behind the wheel themselves.
2000 Sep 18, It was reported
that scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab had fashioned the
smallest transistor using a buckyball, single molecule of carbon-60.
(SFC, 9/18/00, p.A6)
2000 Sep 18, In Argentina 2
men, suspected in the assassination of Paraguayan Vice Pres. Luis
Maria Argana, escaped from jail.
(SFC, 9/19/00, p.A10)
2000 Sep 18, In Colombia gunmen
released 23 captives from as many as 80 in the highlands outside
(SFC, 9/19/00, p.A9)
2000 Sep 18, In Indonesia Gen.
Rusdihardjo, the national police chief, was fired by Pres. Wahid for
not arresting Tommy Suharto.
(SFC, 9/19/00, p.A9)
2000 Sep 18, In the Ivory Coast
loyalist soldiers drove back attackers in an assassination attempt
on Gen. Guei. 2 bodyguards were killed.
(SFC, 9/19/00, p.A10)
2000 Sep 18, In Jordan a
military tribunal sentenced 6 Muslim militants to death for planned
terrorist attacks against US and Israeli targets in Jordan. 4 of the
6 were at large and tried in absentia.
(SFC, 9/19/00, p.A12)
2000 Sep 18, It was reported
that Kenya was losing 50,000 ebony trees annually due to the
thriving wood-carving industry. An estimated 80,000 carvers used the
(SFC, 9/18/00, p.A8)
2000 Sep 18, Workers began
rebuilding a railway line between the capitals of North and South
2000 Sep 18, Somali gunmen
freed 2 European aid workers.
(SFC, 9/19/00, p.A10)
2001 Sep 18, A week after the
Sept. 11 attacks, President George W. Bush said he hoped to "rally
the world" in the battle against terrorism and predicted that all
"people who love freedom" would join. Pres. Bush won a strong
commitment from French Pres. Jacques Chirac to fight terrorism.
(SFC, 9/19/01, p.A1)(AP, 9/18/02)
2001 Sep 18, The US asked
Lebanon and Syria to extradite Palestinian and Lebanese Shiites
suspected of terrorism in the past 20 years.
(WSJ, 9/19/01, p.A12)
2001 Sep 18, It was reported
that more than 4 planes may have been targeted by hijackers on Sep
(SFC, 9/19/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 18, James Ziegler, US
Immigration commissioner (INS), signed an order extending the time
detainees could be held in terrorist probes.
(SFC, 9/19/01, p.A7)
2001 Sep 18, Letters postmarked
in Trenton, N.J., and later tested positive for anthrax, were sent
to the New York Post and NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw.
2001 Sep 18, Analysts said the
terrorist attacks will trigger a full-blown recession and that the
economy would rebound in 2002.
(SFC, 9/19/01, p.D9)
2001 Sep 18, The new computer
worm, W32.Nimda, struck the Internet.
(SFC, 9/19/01, p.D1)
2001 Sep 18, The US airline
industry won assurances of billions of dollars in financial help
from the government. Charitable donations to victims of the
terrorist attacks topped $200 million. Boeing estimated that it
would cut as many as 30,000 workers by the end of the year.
(SFC, 9/19/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/19/01, p.A3)
2001 Sep 18, Boeing announced
plans to lay off up to 30,000 commercial airplane employees by the
end of 2002.
2001 Sep 18, The number of dead
in NYC was estimated at a probable 5,422 due to the Sep 11 terrorist
(WSJ, 9/19/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 18, In Cairo a
15-year-old boy was sentenced to 3 years in prison for practicing
(SFC, 9/19/01, p.B4)
2001 Sep 18, In Eritrea
authorities ordered all independent newspapers closed and arrested 6
former generals and Cabinet ministers in an apparent crackdown on
(SFC, 9/19/01, p.B4)(SSFC, 4/29/12, p.E9)
2001 Sep 18, Pres. Yasser
Arafat declared "a cease-fire on all fronts" and Israel responded by
suspending military operations against Palestinian targets and
withdrawing from Palestinian-ruled areas.
(SFC, 9/19/01, p.B2)
2001 Sep 18, In Serbia a court
reported that 269 bodies had been removed from a mass grave at
Batajnica, 6 miles north of Belgrade. The bodies were suspected to
be ethnic Albanians killed in the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo.
(SFC, 9/19/01, p.B4)
2002 Sep 18, The Bush
administration pressed Congress to take the lead in authorizing
force against Iraq, with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld
asserting, "It serves no U.S. or U.N. purpose to give Saddam Hussein
excuses for further delay."
2002 Sep 18, Bob Hayes (59),
former Olympic gold medal sprinter (1964) and Dallas Cowboy, died.
(WSJ, 9/20/02, p.A1)(NW, 9/30/02, p.15)
2002 Sep 18, A French appeals
court ordered wartime collaborator Maurice Papon freed, accepting
his lawyers' arguments that the 92-year-old is too sick to finish
his 10-year sentence for helping send Jews to Nazi death camps.
2002 Sep 18, In Srinagar,
Kashmir, 2 ruling party workers were gunned down and a ruling
lawmaker was attacked ahead of the second round of voting in a state
election dogged by anti-poll violence that left 13 people dead.
(Reuters, 9/18/02)(SFC, 9/19/02, p.A10)
2002 Sep 18, A Palestinian
suicide bomber blew himself up at a bus stop in the Arab-Israeli
village of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel, wounding several people.
2002 Sep 18, Abu Salem, alleged
terrorist mastermind, Mafia boss and one of India's most wanted men,
was arrested in Portugal. Salem is accused by Indian police of being
involved in the country's worst bombing attack, which killed 257
people in Bombay in 1993, as well as a string of murder and
2002 Sep 18, The World Bank
reported that the Vietnamese natural environment, which supports one
of the world's most biologically diverse ecosystems, has
deteriorated rapidly over the past 10 years.
2003 Sep 18, Hurricane Isabel
plowed into North Carolina's Outer Banks with 100 mile-an-hour winds
and pushed its way up the Eastern Seaboard; the storm was later
blamed for 30 deaths.
2003 Sep 18, Anti-virus
companies warned of a new computer worm circulating through e-mail
that purports to be security software from Microsoft Corp.
2003 Sep 18, In Afghanistan US
forces killed at least 11 Taliban in fighting over the last 3 days
as part of operation "Mountain Viper," which has been going on for
more than two weeks. US helicopters attacked a tent in southern
Afghanistan, killing two Taliban militants and 10 nomadic tribesmen
after the Taliban sought shelter there. Local Taliban commander,
Mullah Mohammed Gul Niazi, was among the dead.
(AP, 9/18/03)(AP, 9/20/03)
2003 Sep 18, In Afghanistan US
helicopter fire left 5 women and four children dead and six people
wounded in the Nuabahar district.
2003 Sep 18, A law against
"promotion" of homosexuality was removed from the British statute
books, after more than a decade of gay-rights protests.
2003 Sep 18, A human rights
group estimated that 11,000 children are fighting in Colombia's
(SFC, 9/19/03, p.A15)
2003 Sep 18, Iraqi guerrillas
ambushed an American patrol in Al Auja, Saddam Hussein's native
village, killing 3 US soldiers. The number of US killed since the
start of war in March reached 297.
(SFC, 9/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Sep 18, Genshin Fujinami
(44), a Japanese Buddhist monk of the Tendai sect, completed a
7-year, 24,800-mile spiritual journey to the Hiei mountains. 46
other marathon monks have completed the journey since 1885. The
ritual, believed to be a path to enlightenment, dates to the 8th
(SFC, 9/20/03, p.A2)
2003 Sep 18, Nepal was shut
down in a 3-day strike imposed by Maoist rebels.
(WSJ, 9/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Sep 18, A Russian military
jet crashed in central Russia during a test flight and four crew
members are missing.
2003 Sep 18, Syria's new prime
minister formed a 31-member Cabinet, touted as a new effort to carry
out economic and bureaucratic reforms.
2003 Sep 18, Zimbabwe's high
court ordered the nation's only independent newspaper reopened.
Police had shut it down because it refused to get a government
(WSJ, 9/19/03, p.A1)
2004 Sep 18, Miss Alabama
Deidre Downs, an aspiring medical student, won the Miss America
2004 Sep 17, Pop singer Britney
Spears married her fiance, dancer Kevin Federline, in a surprise
2004 Sep 18, Louisiana voters
overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment banning
same-sex marriages and civil unions.
2004 Sep 18, The Economist
announced its annual prizes for technology innovators. Winners in 6
categories included: David Goeddel for gene cloning; Vic Hayes for
standardizing Wi-Fi networks; Linus Torvalds for the development of
Linux; Takeshi Uchiyamada for developing the Prius hybrid car; Gerd
Binnig, Heinrich Rohrer and Christoph Gerber for developing the
scanning-tunneling microscope (1981); and Muhammad Yunus for the
development of micro-credit.
(Econ, 9/18/04, TQ p.17)
2004 Sep 18, Russ Meyer (82),
producer-director who helped spawn the "skin flick" with such films
as "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" (1966) and later gained a measure
of critical respect, died. In 2005 Jimmy McDonough authored “Big
Bosoms, Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of Sex Films.
(AP, 9/22/04)(SFC, 9/22/04, p.A2)(SSFC, 7/10/05,
2004 Sep 17, Marvin Mitchelson
(76), Hollywood divorce lawyer, died in Beverly Hills, Calif.
2004 Sep 18, In Afghanistan 4
gunmen riding two motorcycles ambushed the car of a militia
commander in Helmand province, killing him and wounding two of his
2004 Sep 18, Munich's mayor
opened the southern city's 171st Oktoberfest festival for a crowd of
2004 Sep 18, India said the US
had lifted export restrictions on equipment for India's commercial
space program and nuclear power facilities.
2004 Sep 18, Indian troops shot
dead 14 Islamic militants in clashes across Indian-administered
Kashmir, while suspected rebels killed four civilians.
2004 Sep 18, The UN atomic
watchdog agency demanded Iran suspend all uranium enrichment
activities and set a November timetable for compliance.
2004 Sep 18, Militants
threatened to decapitate two Americans and a Briton being held
hostage unless their demands were met within 48 hours. In Kirkuk a
car bomb near a crowd of recruits killed 19 people and wounded 67.
(AP, 9/18/04)(SSFC, 9/19/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 18, Northern Ireland's
rival Protestant and Roman Catholic parties are being left to find
common ground on their own, after three days of intensive high-level
talks failed to come up with a deal to revive power-sharing
government in the province.
2004 Sep 18, Moscow police
arrested Alexander Pumane, a former submarine officer, on suspicious
behaviour and found mines and explosives in his car. Pumane soon
died under interrogation.
(Econ, 10/23/04, p.52)
2004 Sep 18, A divided UN
Security Council approved a resolution threatening oil sanctions
against Sudan unless the government reins in Arab militias blamed
for a killing spree in Darfur and ordered an investigation of
whether the attacks constitute genocide.
2004 Sep 18, Ugandan helicopter
gunships and ground troops attacked a rebel hideout in southern
Sudan, killing at least 25 insurgents and capturing seven others.
2005 Sep 18, "Everybody Loves
Raymond" won the Emmy for best comedy in its final season;
first-year hit "Lost" was named best drama.
2005 Sep 18, Former US
president Bill Clinton sharply criticized George W. Bush for the
Iraq War and the handling of Hurricane Katrina, and voiced alarm at
the swelling US budget deficit.
2005 Sep 18, Tropical Storm
Rita formed southeast of the Florida Keys.
2005 Sep 18, Joel Hirschhorn
(67), songwriter, died. He shared 2 best theme Oscars with Al Kasha:
one for “The Morning After” from The Poseidon Adventure (1972); the
other for “We May Never Love Like This Again,” from the film “The
Towering Inferno” (1974).
2005 Sep 18, Afghans chose a
legislature for the first time in decades, embracing their newly
recovered democratic rights and braving threats of Taliban attacks
to cast votes in schools, tents and mosques. The turnout was
reported to be a disappointing 50%. 19 polling stations were
attacked by Taliban insurgents and a dozen people were killed. Women
won seats in 13 of the 34 provinces.
(AP, 9/18/05)(WSJ, 9/23/05, p.A1)(Econ, 9/24/05,
p.17)(Econ, 10/22/05, p.46)
2005 Sep 18, Exit polls showed
conservative challenger Angela Merkel's party leading in German
parliamentary elections but falling short of the majority she needed
to form a center-right coalition as the nation's first female
chancellor. Merkel's bloc won the most votes in elections, but fell
short of a clear mandate to govern.
(AP, 9/18/05)(AP, 9/18/06)
2005 Sep 18, in Indonesia the
main zoo Jakarta was shut down after 19 of its birds died of the
avian influenza that has killed four people in the sprawling
2005 Sep 18, Iran said that it
has no plans to resume uranium enrichment soon but warned that it
might change its mind if the International Atomic Energy Agency asks
the UN Security Council to consider sanctions against the Islamic
2005 Sep 18, Iraq's parliament
signed off on revisions to the country's draft constitution as a
leading lawmaker declared that acceptance of the new charter was a
matter for the people.
2005 Sep 18, In Iraq police
found 20 bodies shot to death and dumped in the Tigris River north
of the capital, where there was no major violence for the first time
in five days. 4 more were found handcuffed and shot in east Baghdad.
2005 Sep 18, Armed Shiite
militiamen from the outlawed Mahdi Army demonstrated in central
Basra after British soldiers arrested their local leader on charges
of terrorism. British forces confirmed they had arrested "three
(AP, 9/19/05)(Econ, 9/24/05, p.55)
2005 Sep 18, Fakher Haider
(38), an Iraqi journalist working for The New York Times, was
abducted him from his home in the southern city of Basra by men
claiming to be police officers. His body was found the next day.
2005 Sep 18, Yegor Yakovlev
(75), a journalist whose weekly Soviet newspaper became a flagship
of openness during the glasnost era of Mikhail Gorbachev, died.
2005 Sep 18, At least 2.2
million people die of work-related accidents and diseases around the
world each year, the UN International Labour Organization said in a
report, adding that the estimate was 10 percent higher than in 2002.
The report was to be released at the 17th World Congress on Safety
and Health at Work in Orlando, Florida, which runs to Sep 22.
2005 Sep 18, Leaders from
developing nations took the speaker's platform on the second day of
the annual UN General Assembly debate to criticize rich countries
for not doing enough to ease the plight of the world's poorest
2006 Sep 18, The US Commerce
Department said the current account deficit had widened more than
expected in the second quarter to $218.4 billion, as surging oil
prices pushed goods imports higher.
2006 Sep 18, A jury in Santa
Clara, Ca., convicted Dean Schwartzmiller (64) of molesting 2 San
Jose boys. Authorities said he had molested over 100 boys and
chronicled his exploits in a manuscript.
(SFC, 9/19/06, p.A1)
2006 Sep 18, Researchers at
Intel and UC Santa Barbara announced new technology using lasers on
silicon chips for optical computing. Practical use was thought to be
5-7 years away.
(SFC, 9/19/06, p.A1)
2006 Sep 18, The body of Luz
Maria Franco-Fierros (49) was found dragged to death in Castle Rock,
Colorado, leaving a trail of blood more than mile long. Police the
next day arrested Jose Luis Rubi-Nava (36) as suspect in the murder.
(SFC, 9/21/06, p.A20)(SFC, 9/22/06, p.A3)
2006 Sep 18, Anousheh Ansari
(40), an Iranian-American telecommunications entrepreneur, took off
on a Russian rocket bound for the international space station,
becoming the world's first paying female space tourist. Aboard the
space station, an oxygen generator overheated and spilled a toxic
irritant, forcing the crew to don masks and gloves in the first
emergency ever declared aboard the 8-year-old orbiting outpost.
2006 Sep 18, The 184-nation IMF
approved reforms to increase the voice of China, South Korea,
Turkey, and Mexico to reflect their growing economic sway.
(SFC, 9/19/06, p.D2)
2006 Sep 18, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber on a bicycle killed four Canadian
troops handing out candy to children and wounded 27 civilians. A
suicide car bombing in Kabul killed at least four policemen and
wounded one officer and 10 civilians. In Heart a bombing killed 12
people and wounded 17 including the deputy police chief. An outdoor
wedding celebration north of Kabul was attacked by assailants who
threw a grenade, killing five women and wounding 18. Four suspects
were detained after the blast in the village of Sayadan.
(AP, 9/18/06)(AP, 9/19/06)(AP, 9/20/06)
2006 Sep 18, In Bangladesh at
least 100,000 opposition supporters rallied in Dhaka demanding
electoral reforms ahead of national elections and using strident
rhetoric against the ruling coalition.
2006 Sep 18, A court in Belgium
ordered Google to remove all links to French and German language
newspaper reports published in Belgium due to copyright laws.
(SFC, 9/19/06, p.D7)
2006 Sep 18, Britain and Spain
reached a historic deal to resolve side issues stemming from their
300-year-old dispute over Gibraltar, but sidestepped the main one,
their claims to the Rock's sovereignty.
2006 Sep 18, Premier Wen Jiabao
said China will increase its peacekeeping force in Lebanon to 1,000
and double the humanitarian aid it has pledged.
2006 Sep 18, In Colombia
federal prosecutor Mario Iguaran delivered a televised apology for a
scandal surrounding psychic Armando Marti. In 2005 he had hired
Marti, a self-described clairvoyant, to help his staff deal with a
crushing caseload and to improve relations. The operation was
code-named “Mission Perseus of Zeus” and it granted Marti unfettered
access to the institution, as much as $1,800 a month, and a
government-issued armored car.
(SFC, 9/20/06, p.A8)
2006 Sep 18, In Germany
Jacqueline Battles, the German wife of an American contractor
accused of cheating the US government in Iraq, was arrested on
suspicion of money laundering. In March a US jury ordered
contractors Mike Battles and Scott Custer to pay $10 million for
swindling the US government over Iraqi rebuilding projects in
connection with their Middletown, R.I.-based company, Custer Battles
2006 Sep 18, The Iraqi army's
4th division took over operational control of central Salahuddin
province from the US-led coalition. Sheik Fassal al-Guood, a
prominent Sunni tribal leader, said 15 of Ramadi's 18 tribes "have
sworn to fight those who are killing Sunnis and Shiites," and said
they had an armed force of about 20,000 men. Bombers and gunmen
killed 8 people in Baqouba as security forces prepared to further
tighten security ahead of the holy month of Ramadan. In southern
Basra police found the body of Lt. Col. Fawzi Abdul Karim
al-Mousawi, chief of the city's anti-terrorism department. Gunmen
killed a former member of the defunct Ba'th Party in Hillah. Police
in Baghdad found the bodies of 3 men, bound, blindfolded and shot in
the head. Six bombs killed 24 people and wounded 84 in Kirkuk. The
tortured bodies of 15 people were found elsewhere. In total bombers
and gunmen killed at least 41 people and wounded dozens across Iraq,
while parliament leaders again put off debate on legislation that
some Iraqis fear could threaten the country's unity and bring even
more violence. 3 US soldiers died, including one killed by a
roadside bomb explosion and another after being shot. A third
soldier died from non-battle-related injuries.
(AP, 9/18/06)(AP, 9/19/06)
2006 Sep 18, Israel said it
will consider freeing Palestinian prisoners and releasing millions
of dollars in tax rebates to Palestinians if their government
moderates its hardline views. Israel charged three Hezbollah members
arrested in Lebanon during the recent war with murder for
involvement in deadly attacks on soldiers.
2006 Sep 18, Palestine’s PM
Ismail Haniyeh's bodyguards opened fire outside the parliament
building to disperse a crowd of protesters angry over the
government's failure to end a growing economic crisis in the Gaza
2006 Sep 18, Russia’s Ministry
of Natural Resources said it would cancel an environmental permit
for a $20 billion oil and natural gas project led by Royal Dutch
Shell on the Far East island of Sakhalin.
(WSJ, 9/19/06, p.A17)
2006 Sep 18, In Somalia a
massive car bomb exploded outside the makeshift parliament building
in Baidoa, killing 11 people, including the president's brother, in
an apparent assassination attempt. As Pres. Yusuf fled, a gunbattle
broke out between his bodyguards and eight suspected accomplices of
an apparent suicide bomber. Six were killed and two were captured.
(AP, 9/18/06)(AP, 9/19/06)
2006 Sep 18, In eastern Sri
Lanka the bodies of 11 Muslim men were found hacked to death. Tamil
Tiger rebels and government forces blamed each other for the
2006 Sep 18, The Vatican opened
part of its secret archives to let historians review millions of
diplomatic letters, private correspondence and other church
documents to gain insight into how the Holy See dealt with the
growing persecution of Jews before World War II.
2007 Sep 18, President Bush,
cheered on by Iraq war veterans and their families on the White
House's South Lawn, urged lawmakers to back his plan to withdraw
some troops from Iraq but keep at least 130,000 through the summer
of 2008 or longer.
2007 Sep 18, The US Federal
Reserve lowered interest rates by half a point triggering a rise in
the DJIA of 336 points. The Dow close at 13,739.39. The federal
funds rate was lowered to 4.75% and the discount rate was lowered to
(SFC, 9/19/07, p.C1)(WSJ, 9/19/07, p.A1)
2007 Sep 18, O.J. Simpson was
charged with seven felonies, including kidnapping, in the alleged
armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors in a Las Vegas
2007 Sep 18, Maryland’s highest
court, in a 4-3 decision, upheld a law defining marriage as a union
between a man and a woman and said the 1973 ban on gay marriage does
not discriminate on the basis of gender and does not deny any
(SFC, 9/19/07, p.A3)
2007 Sep 18, New research said
nearly half of an estimated 7,000 languages, spoken in the world
today, are in danger of extinction.
(SFC, 9/19/07, p.A16)
2007 Sep 18, It was reported
that cranberry juice combats a wide range of bacteria, including
those that cause stomach ulcers, gum disease and food-borne
illnesses as well as urinary tract infections. Recent research
suggested that astringent compounds in the berry, called
proanthocyanidins, may work to prevent infection-causing bacteria
from adhering to cells in the urinary tract.
(WSJ, 9/18/07, p.D6)
2007 Sep 18, In the SF Bay area
the East Bay Regional Park District approved a $6.63 million deal to
add the 1,476-acre Tyler Ranch to its holdings.
(SFC, 9/19/07, p.B1)
2007 Sep 18, Afghan Mullah
Abdullah Jan, the Taliban commander of Qara Bagh district in Ghazni
province, was among 12 killed in the strike on a mud-brick housing
compound overnight in neighboring Giro district.
2007 Sep 18, In London shares
in troubled mortgage lender Northern Rock rose on a promise by the
central bank to back its deposits, but worried customers continued
to line up to withdraw their savings.
2007 Sep 18, Typhoon Wipha
targeted China's booming eastern province of Zhejiang and the
nation's financial capital, Shanghai, prompting evacuation of over
1.6 million people as ships were recalled to port.
2007 Sep 18, Parnaz Azima, an
Iranian-American reporter who was trapped in Iran for months on
suspicion of trying to stir up a revolution, was allowed to leave
the country and return to the United States. Azima was one of the
one of Radio Azadi’s, a US-funded service later renamed Radio Farda,
original broadcasters in Prague. In March, 2008, an Iranian
revolutionary court sentenced her to a one-year prison term in
absentia for her “antirevolutionary” work.
(AP, 9/18/07)(WSJ, 6/13/08, p.A10)
2007 Sep 18, The Iraqi
government rolled back against Blackwater, suggesting the firm's
operations were only suspended pending completion of a joint
US-Iraqi investigation. The Ministry of Defense said 20 Iraqis were
killed, considerably higher than the 11 dead reported before. The
Iraqi Cabinet decided to review the status of all foreign security
companies. Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for
all contracts of foreign securities firms to be annulled and blamed
the government for failing to protect Iraqis. A car bombing occurred
in a parking lot near the Health Ministry and a medical complex in
central Baghdad, killing seven people and wounding 23. Another
parked car bomb targeted a police patrol in Palestine Street,
killing two civilians and wounding six. A parked car bomb also
struck a busy market in northern Baghdad, killing six people and
wounding 26. Two roadside bombs also killed a policeman and two
civilians and wounded eight other people in separate attacks in
predominantly Shiite areas of eastern Baghdad. A bomb exploded under
an oil pipeline near the northern city of Beiji, causing huge
quantities of crude oil to spill into the Tigris River. The US
military blamed al-Qaida insurgents. An American soldier was killed
in an attack in southern Baghdad. In Anbar province a US soldier
died in a non-combat incident.
(AP, 9/18/07)(AP, 9/19/07)(AP, 9/20/07)
2007 Sep 18, In Italy local
authorities said Milan central railway station's notorious Platform
21, which witnessed the deportation of hundreds of Jews in 1943-45,
will host the city's first Holocaust memorial. The museum will open
in two years' time and occupy 6,000 square meters of the underground
2007 Sep 18, Maoists stormed
out of Nepal's government and vowed to disrupt upcoming elections
after other parties refused to bow to the ex-rebels' demand for the
monarchy to be immediately abolished.
2007 Sep 18, The Nigerian navy
said that over the past 3 years it had seized 236 ships, tugboats
and barges used for smuggling crude oil and petroleum products in
the high seas and Niger delta.
2007 Sep 18, A government
lawyer announced that President Gen. Pervez Musharraf will step down
as army chief and restore civilian rule to Pakistan, but only after
he is re-elected president.
2007 Sep 18, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that Taiwan's application to join
the UN wasn't accepted for legal reasons linked to the 1971 UN
resolution that gave China's seat to the Beijing-based People's
Republic of China.
2007 Sep 18, Zimbabwe's main
opposition party reached an agreement with the government on the
adoption of a bill which paves the way for joint presidential and
legislative elections next year. Police said 17 police officers have
been arrested on charges of corruption and trading in diamonds while
guarding a mine in the country's eastern district.
(AFP, 9/18/07)(AFP, 9/19/07)
2008 Sep 18, Central banks
around the world poured in $180 billion in extra liquidity to calm
markets made jittery by the mayhem on Wall Street. An SEC measure
took effect making short sellers and their broker dealers deliver
securities by the close of business on the settlement date, three
days after the sale. The Bush administration asked lawmakers for the
power to rescue banks by buying distressed assets. Pres. Bush said
“markets are adjusting” as he defended the government’s recent
(AP, 9/18/08)(Reuters, 9/18/08)(SFC, 9/19/08,
p.A14)(WSJ, 9/19/08, p.A1)
2008 Sep 18, A non-profit
Internet rights group filed a lawsuit against President George W.
Bush and others in his administration for the "massively illegal"
surveillance of emails and telephone calls without court warrants.
2008 Sep 18, California’s
budget standoff ended as Gov. Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders
struck a deal on a $104 billion budget after 80 days of stalemate.
(SFC, 9/19/08, p.A1)
2008 Sep 18, In south Berkeley,
Ca., drug dealers Kevin Antoine Parker (42) and Kelvin Earl Davis
(26) were shot and killed. In 2011 Oakland gang member Desmen
Lankford was convicted of the shooting and faced life in prison.
(SFC, 9/15/11, p.C3)
2008 Sep 18, Chicago Mayor
Richard Daly unveiled an aggressive plan to reduce heat-trapping
gases. The plan included changing building codes to promote energy
efficiency and solar panels at municipal properties as well as
alternative fueling stations.
(SFC, 9/19/08, p.A4)
2008 Sep 18, In Minnesota the
new Interstate 35W bridge opened. The old span over the Mississippi
River had collapsed on August 1, 2007. The new $234 million St.
Anthony Falls Bridge was embedded with an early warning system
consisting of hundreds of sensors.
(SFC, 9/18/08, p.A8)(Econ, 9/5/09, TQ p.6)
2008 Sep 18, In southern
Afghanistan NATO-led troops killed an ally of President Hamid Karzai
during an overnight gunbattle. The Afghan president said the death
resulted from a "misunderstanding between foreign and local forces."
Ruzi Khan Barakzai, the former police chief of Uruzgan province and
a tribal leader and militia commander, were killed outside the
provincial capital of Tirin Kot. Taliban militants killed two
policemen and wounded three others after attacking their checkpoint
in the eastern Paktika province.
2008 Sep 18, Australia’s PM
Kevin Rudd said the west's relations with Russia are at a turning
point after its intervention in Georgia and a pact to sell
Australian uranium to Moscow is in the balance.
2008 Sep 18, HBOS, Britain’s
biggest mortgage lender, agreed under government pressure to be
taken over by Lloyds TSB.
(Econ, 9/20/08, p.90)
2008 Sep 18, China announced
plans to buy shares and take other measures to support the nation’s
plummeting stock market.
(WSJ, 9/19/08, p.A8)
2008 Sep 18, The Bank of China
announced that it would take a 20% stake in the French arm of LCF
Rothschild, its first investment in a euro-zone bank.
(Econ, 9/27/08, p.77)
2008 Sep 18, In Iraq an
explosives-laden car parked at a bus station in the southern city of
Nasiriyah killed two people and wounded one. 7 American soldiers
were killed in southern Iraq when their helicopter crashed as it was
flying into the country from Kuwait.
2008 Sep 18, Tzipi Livni (50),
Israel's foreign minister, eked out a victory in a surprisingly
tight race to replace PM Ehud Olmert as the head of the governing
party, putting her in a strong position to become the country's
first female leader in 34 years.
2008 Sep 18, In Italy 6
immigrants from Ghana, Togo and Liberia were slain by automatic
gunfire as they stood outside a store that sold ethnic goods in
Castel Volturno, a town north of Naples.
2008 Sep 18, MEND militants in
southern Nigeria, as part of their "oil war," claimed to have
destroyed a major oil pipeline belonging to Royal Dutch Shell in the
fifth attack on the company in less than a week.
2008 Sep 18, In northwest
Pakistan militants briefly seized 300 boys at a school. The incident
ended with the deaths of 2 suicide bombers. No children were harmed.
(SFC, 9/19/08, p.A6)
2008 Sep 18, Peru’s Pres. Alan
Garcia led a deputation of half his cabinet and over 200 business
leaders to see Brazil’s Pres. da Silva.
(Econ, 9/13/08, p.44)
2008 Sep 18, Russia ordered its
main stock exchanges closed for a second day as President Dmitry
Medvedev unveiled an expanded $120 billion rescue package and called
for pouring 500 billion rubles ($20 billion) into blue-chip shares
in an effort to stabilize them.
(AP, 9/18/08)(WSJ, 9/19/08, p.A8)
2008 Sep 18, Rwanda became the
first country in the world where women outnumber men in parliament,
according to provisional results announced at the close of a
four-day legislative vote.
2008 Sep 18, Armed pirates
hijacked a Greek ship with 25 crew members off Somalia, bringing to
55 the number of reported attacks in the lawless sea lane of the
2008 Sep 18, Sri Lanka's
military said it was moving closer to the headquarters of the Tamil
Tigers. Naval forces fought a ferocious sea battle with Tamil Tiger
separatists off Sri Lanka's northwestern coast, sinking 10 boats.
Tamil Tiger separatists and government forces fought intense battles
across the embattled northern region, killing at least 62 rebels and
eight soldiers according to military officials. The Tamil Tigers,
meanwhile, said they repelled a government offensive in Kilinochchi,
killing 25 soldiers.
(AFP, 9/18/08)(AP, 9/18/08)(AP, 9/19/08)
2008 Sep 18, Rebels said
Sudanese aircraft bombed Darfur rebel positions in the latest
offensive in the war-torn region, with the UN reporting wounded
government troops in the area.
2008 Sep 18, A senior Yemen
security official said at least 25 militants with suspected links to
al-Qaida have been arrested in the last 24 hours in connection with
the deadly attack on the US Embassy in San’a.
2009 Sep 18, In Chicago 4
former members of a now-disbanded police unit admitted that they
used to barge into people’s homes and steal money. They were
sentenced to 6 months in jail and promised to cooperate in an
(SFC, 9/19/09, p.A6)
2009 Sep 18, Mesac Damas (33),
a man with prior charges of domestic violence, left Miami on flight
to Haiti. The next day his wife and 5 children were found slain in
Naples, Fl. Damas was later arrested in Haiti and returned to the US
where he was charged with 6 counts of first-degree murder.
(SFC, 9/21/09, p.A7)(SFC, 10/27/09, p.A4)
2009 Sep 18, In Virginia the
bodies of four people were found at a Longwood University
professor's home near campus in Farmville, about 50 miles west of
Richmond. Richard Alden Samuel McCroskey III (20) was arrested the
next day as he tried to catch a flight back to his home in Castro
Valley, California. McCroskey had recorded songs that spoke of
death, murder and mutilation under the name Syko Sam. His MySpace
Web page said he has only been rapping for a few months but has been
a fan for years of the horrorcore genre. The victims included his
girlfriend, Emma Niederbrock (16), her mother, Prof. Debra Kelley
(53), her father, Pastor Mark Niederbrock (50), and Emma’s best
friend, Melanie Wells (18). In 2010 McCroskey pleaded guilty to the
murders and was sentenced to life in prison.
(AP, 9/20/09)(SFC, 9/22/09, p.A12)(SFC, 9/23/09,
p.D1)(SFC, 9/21/10, p.A5)
2009 Sep 18, It was reported
that some 20-50 thousands birds have died along the shore of Utah’s
Great Salt Lake so far this year from avian botulism.
(SFC, 9/18/09, p.A21)
2009 Sep 18, Irving Kristol
(89), political writer and publisher, died in Washington DC. He was
known as the godfather of neoconservatism. In 1965 Kristol and
Daniel Bell founded the “Public Interest,” a quarterly public policy
journal. Kristol’s books included “Neoconservatism: The
Autobiography of an Idea” (1995).
(SFC, 9/19/09, p.A9)(Econ, 9/26/09, p.100)
2009 Sep 18, In Afghanistan
gunmen opened fire in a mosque in Jawzjan province, killing five men
and wounding another two.
2009 Sep 18, The African Union
announced it would impose sanctions on Guinea's junta leader,
Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, over his intention to run in upcoming
2009 Sep 18, Australia approved
a vaccine against swine flu and said it would start administering
the medicine this month to its most at-risk citizens, including
medical staff, pregnant women and the chronically ill. Regulators
approved CSL Ltd.'s vaccine for people above age 10, but the
Therapeutic Drug Administration was awaiting the results of more
clinical trials before approving it for younger children.
2009 Sep 18, In Vienna,
Austria, a 150-nation IAEA nuclear conference passed a resolution
directly criticizing Israel and its atomic program for the first
time in 18 years. Iran hailed the vote as a "glorious moment." 49
voted for the resolution. 45 were against and 16 abstained from
endorsing or rejecting he document.
2009 Sep 18, Paul Gilles Nanda
(52), a Cameroonian employee of the Development Bank of Central
African States (BDEAC), was jailed in the Republic Congo. He had
compiled a document to disclose bad management at the bank with
evidence to back it up. The Austrian daily Oberosterreichische
Nachrichten revealed at the end of August that the BDEAC had lost 11
billion CFA francs during an affair in which international financier
Bernard Madoff stole billions of dollars from thousands of
2009 Sep 18, Canada-based oil
producer Verenex Energy Inc. agreed to be sold to the Libyan
Investment Authority for about $314.1 million Canadian ($293.7
million) in cash, after a better deal with a Chinese firm fell
2009 Sep 18, Colombia’s spy
chief, Felipe Munoz Gomez, said the domestic spy department will be
dismantled and a new agency will be set up to focus on intelligence
and counterintelligence work involving national security. This
followed a recent wiretapping scandal.
2009 Sep 18, In Ecuador the
last 15 US troops left the Pacific Manta air base, officially
closing the US military post in what Ecuador's government calls a
recovery of sovereignty.
2009 Sep 18, Angry French
farmers dumped millions of liters of fresh milk next to next the
famed Mont Saint-Michel, one of France's most famous tourist sites,
to denounce the slumping cost of milk and an EU plan to end
production quotas, which could further drive prices down.
2009 Sep 18, In Hong Kong Du
Jun (41), a Beijing native and former managing director for Morgan
Stanley, was sentenced to 7 years in prison for insider trading. He
was also fined about $3 million.
(SFC, 9/19/09, p.D1)
2009 Sep 18, In India at least
nine Maoists and a soldier were killed when government troops
launched a major offensive against a rebel stronghold in the central
state of Chhattisgarh.
2009 Sep 18, In Iran
hard-liners attacked senior pro-reform leaders in the streets on
Quds Day as tens of thousands marched in competing mass
demonstrations by the opposition and government supporters.
Opposition protesters, chanting "death to the dictator," hurled
stones and bricks in clashes with security forces firing tear gas.
The Quds Day ceremony was established in 1979 by the leader of the
Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as an annual event
opposing Israel’s control of Jerusalem.
2009 Sep 18, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded at a market in Mahmoudiya, a region that was once the scene
of frequent attacks on Shiites, killing seven people and wounding 21
2009 Sep 18, Israelis welcomed
the Jewish New Year, grateful for the recent calm spell in the
region but skeptical that the coming year would see the achievement
of ever-elusive peace. It coincided this year with Eid al-Fitr, a
Muslim feast marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
2009 Sep 18, In Mexico City
Luis Felipe Hernandez Castillo (38), while scrawling graffiti inside
the downtown at the Balderas subway station, pulled out a gun and
began shooting when confronted by police, killing at least two
people and wounding five before being shot and subdued by officers.
2009 Sep 18, Myanmar released
at least 25 political detainees as part of an amnesty program. The
country was believed to be holding some 65,000 prisoners including
over 2,200 political detainees.
(SFC, 9/19/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 18, NATO
Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called for the US, Russia
and NATO to link their missile defense systems against potential new
nuclear threats from Asia and the Middle East, saying that the old
foes must forget their lingering Cold War animosity.
2009 Sep 18, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide car bomb destroyed a 2-story hotel at a market in
Usterzai, a small mainly Shiite town, killing over 30 people and
trapping victims under smashed shops as families bought supplies for
a major religious festival.
(AFP, 9/18/09)(SFC, 9/19/09, p.A4)(AP, 9/20/09)
2009 Sep 18, In Poland a
methane leak in a coal mine set off an explosion that killed 12
miners in the southwestern city of Ruda Slaska.
2009 Sep 18, Puerto Rican
authorities captured Angel Ayala Vazquez, also known as "Angelo
Millones," an alleged dealer they say led a violent drug ring in at
least two sprawling housing projects in Puerto Rico and trafficked
narcotics to the US mainland.
2009 Sep 18, South Korean
scientists said they had developed a new transistor which moves
faster and consumes less energy than existing semiconductors, a
technology opening the way for no-booting computers.
2009 Sep 18, In Sudan Darfur
rebels accused Sudanese government forces of attacking their
positions over the last 2 days, weeks after a senior peacekeeper
said the region was no longer in a state of war.
2009 Sep 18, Turkey's military
said it was planning to spend close to $1 billion (euro680 million)
for its first long-range missile defense system.
2009 Sep 18, In Venezuela an
emergency meeting of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA)
took place in Caracas. Former presidents from Peru and Bolivia
joined newspaper editors from across the Americas in condemning what
they call a series of attempts by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez,
and some of his allies, to clamp down on the news media.
2010 Sep 18, Afghans braved
Taliban rockets and polling site bombings to vote for a new
parliament in elections seen as a measure of the government's
competence and commitment to democratic rule. The governor of
Kandahar province survived a bomb attack. Insurgent leader in Shigal
Wa Sheltan district in eastern Kunar province was killed in a
precision airstrike as he was attempting to attack a polling site. A
rocket in northern Baghlan province killed two civilians. Another
civilian was killed by a rocket that hit a house in eastern Kunar
province. In northern Kunduz province militants tried to
disrupt security in Gortepa, near Kunduz city. In a preventive
strike, Afghan security forces killed five militants, injured two
and arrested one. Afghan election officials declared the elections a
success despite widespread reports of fraud. 4.3 million ballots
were cast. Attacks across the country killed at least 21 civilians
and 9 police officers. Journalist, Hojatullah Mujadadi, a radio
station manager in Kapisa province north of Kabul, was arrested by
(AP, 9/18/10)(Reuters, 9/19/10)(AP, 9/21/10)(AP,
9/23/10)(Econ, 9/25/10, p.55)
2010 Sep 18, In Britain Pope
Benedict XVI said he was ashamed of the "unspeakable" sexual abuse
of children by priests, issuing an apology to the British faithful
even as thousands of people opposed to his visit marched in central
London in the biggest protest of his five-year papacy.
2010 Sep 18, In China
protesters in several cities marked a politically sensitive
anniversary, the start of a brutal Japanese invasion in 1931, with
anti-Japan chants and banners, as authorities tried to stop anger
over a diplomatic spat between the Asian giants from getting out of
2010 Sep 18, Egyptian police
killed a Sudanese man and wounded three others when they opened fire
on would-be migrants trying to enter Israel.
2010 Sep 18, Frenchman Philippe
Croizon (42), whose arms and legs were amputated, swam about 21
miles across the English Channel in 13½ hours using leg prostheses
that have flippers attached.
2010 Sep 18, In Germany tens of
thousands demonstrated in Berlin against the government's proposal
to extend the life of Germany's nuclear power plants for another
decade or more.
2010 Sep 18, A Honduras
military helicopter crashed during an exhibition for children and
the pilot was killed.
2010 Sep 18, In Hungary
Hacktivity 2010, the largest computer hackers' conference in eastern
Europe, kicked off, with some 1,000 participants expected to attend
the two-day event.
2010 Sep 18, Iranian media
reported that Shiva Nazar Ahari, journalist and founder of the
Committee of Human Rights Reporters in Tehran, has been to six years
in prison on anti-government charges.
2010 Sep 18, Kashmir police
fired on fresh anti-India demonstrations, killing 3 protesters and
bringing the number of civilian deaths in an unprecedented wave of
unrest to 102.
2010 Sep 18, In Mexico’s
Guerrero state unidentified men traveling in two vehicles threw two
human heads into a refreshment stand in Coyuca de Catalan. One of
the heads was blindfolded with duct tape. They were later associated
to 2 of 9 police officers abducted a day earlier. Authorities in
Ciudad Juarez said police arrested two alleged leaders of the Aztecs
gang linked to at least 10 murders, including the killing of a
federal police officer last month.
(AP, 9/18/10)(AP, 9/19/10)
2010 Sep 18, Nigeria’s
President Goodluck Jonathan formally declared his bid for the 2011
presidential poll, three days after launching it on his Facebook
page, ending months of doubts over his ambition.
2011 Sep 18, It was reported
that New Jersey has uncovered a windfall of $26 million by scouring
old bank accounts and finding money left over from several bond
issues, some dating back to the 1960s.
(SSFC, 9/18/11, p.A10)
2011 Sep 18, The journal Nature
Structural & Molecular Biology reported that online gamers have
deciphered the structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus that had
thwarted scientists for a decade. The gamers produced an accurate
model of a monomeric protease enzyme in just three weeks.
2011 Sep 18, In Florida
Jeremiah Fogle (57) killed his wife and shot two church pastors in
Lakeland. Fogle had pleaded guilty for shooting a previous wife and
was sentenced in 1987 to 10 years probation.
(SFC, 9/20/11, p.A5)
2011 Sep 18, In Tennessee 5
bikers were found dead in a recreational vehicle at the Clarksville
Speedway. An organizer for the motorcycle festival blamed the deaths
on fumes from a generator.
2011 Sep 18, Dan Warren (85),
fighter for desegregation in America’s South, died.
(Econ, 10/15/11, p.100)
2011 Sep 18, In Afghanistan 2
NATO service members were killed by bombs.
2011 Sep 18, In Burundi armed
men burst into a pub in Gatumba. One wounded man said an attacker
yelled: "Make sure there's no survivors." Survivor Jackson Kabura
said the men entered wearing military fatigues. The bar shooting
left 39 people dead. The accused later claimed the massacre's
"sponsors" were top security official General Maurice Mbonimpa,
deputy police chief General Gervais Ndirakobuca and the commander of
a special police unit, Colonel Desire Uwamahoro.
(AP, 9/19/11)(AFP, 9/23/11)(AFP, 12/13/11)(Econ,
2011 Sep 18, In the Dominican
Rep. army Col. Cesar Ubri, an aide to the country's top anti-drug
official, was shot to death, reportedly as a warning from drug
traffickers. On Sep 21 a police officer and another man were
arrested as suspects in the slaying of Ubri. They confessed to the
killing and said they trying to steal his car.
(AP, 9/19/11)(AP, 9/22/11)
2011 Sep 18, Egyptian
businessman and former Tourism Minister Zohair Garanah was sentenced
to three years in prison after being convicted of corruption. He was
already serving a five-year jail term for allowing investors to
illegally acquire state land. His first sentence was passed by a
Cairo court on May 10.
2011 Sep 18, Guinea-Bissau's
diabetic Pres. Malam Bacai Sanha returned home after being
hospitalized in Senegal.
2011 Sep 18, Hong Kong police
said they have made the southern Chinese territory's largest ever
cocaine bust, seizing more than half a ton of the drug, worth around
$77 million. 8 people were arrested including an American man, a
Colombian woman with Hong Kong residency and five Mexicans.
2011 Sep 18, In India a
magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit Sikkim state in the northeast near the
border with Nepal. Some buildings collapsed in Sikkim's state
capital of Gangtok. At least 108 people were killed with more than
100,000 homes damaged. The confirmed deaths included 6 in Nepal and
7 in Tibet.
(AP, 9/19/11)(AP, 9/20/11)(AP, 9/23/11)
2011 Sep 18, Iran hanged Elias
Babai Chegini (39), a convicted drug trafficker, at a prison in the
northwestern city of Qazvin. His hanging raised to 200 the number of
executions reported in Iran so far this year.
2011 Sep 18, Thousands of
Moroccans demonstrated calling for greater political freedoms, as
the country's pro-democracy movement attempted to regain momentum
lost over the summer.
2011 Sep 18, In Nigeria unknown
gunmen shot dead four people and injured several others in a raid on
a Christian farming village in northern Nigerian Kaduna state.
2011 Sep 18, In Pakistan’s
Khyber tribal area dozens of Taliban armed with rocket launchers
stormed a police post in the triggering clashes that killed 10
militants and 5 anti-militant fighters.
2011 Sep 18, The UN made an
emergency appeal for funding for Pakistan. Monsoon rains since early
August have killed more than 220 people, damaged or destroyed some
665,000 homes and displaced more than 1.8 million people in the
southern Sindh province.
2011 Sep 18, In Saudi Arabia 10
more men at a special summary court were accused of plotting to
carry out attacks against US forces in Qatar and Kuwait.
(SSFC, 9/25/11, p.A4)
2011 Sep 18, Yemeni government
troops shelled a district of the capital that has been held for
months by a powerful anti-government tribal chief and his armed
supporters. Pro-regime snipers killed at least 26 of the protesters.
(AP, 9/18/11)(AP, 9/19/11)
2012 Sep 18, YouTube said that
it was stopping users in Saudi Arabia from viewing “Innocence of
Muslims,” an anti-Islam video that has sparked protests across the
Muslim world, after the kingdom's press agency reported that the
ruler had banned all access to the film and the site appeared to be
2012 Sep 18, An Arizona judge
said the police can immediately start enforcing the “show me your
papers” provision of the state’s controversial immigration law.
(SFC, 9/19/12, p.A6)
2012 Sep 18, In Oakland, Ca.,
Mary Nolan (60), a divorce lawyer linked to the Contra Costa “dirty
DUI” scandal, was arrested and charged with one count of unlawful
interception of communications, and 4 counts of tax evasion. On Sep
27 Nolan pleaded guilty 5 federal felony charges. She had hired
investigator Christopher Butler to plant a secret listening device
in the car of a client’s ex-husband. Butler was involved in private
sting operations nicknamed “dirty DUIs.”
(SFC, 9/19/12, p.C1)(SFC, 9/28/13, p.D1)
2012 Sep 18, The Chicago
Teachers Union’s House of Delegates decided to end their strike, the
city’s first in the last 25 years.
(SFC, 9/19/12, p.A6)
2012 Sep 18, Karen King of
Harvard Univ. presented at a conference in Rome a translation of
newly-discovered text of the early Christian era that seems to quote
Jesus speaking of “my wife.”
(Economist, 9/22/12, p.70)
2012 Sep 18, In Afghanistan a
female suicide bomb attack on a minivan carrying foreign workers
that killed 12 people. Afghan militants claimed responsibility
saying it was retaliation for a film mocking the Prophet Mohammad.
2012 Sep 18, Two unarmed
policewomen were killed in a shooting in Manchester. Police
constables Fiona Bone (32) and Nicola Hughes (23) were gunned down
in a hail of bullets after responding to a hoax call about a
burglary in the northern English city of Manchester. The attack was
by Dale Cregan (29), one of Britain’s most wanted fugitives, and was
likely to reignite a long-running debate in Britain over whether
officers should carry guns.
(Reuters, 9/18/12)(Reuters, 9/19/12)
2012 Sep 18, In China the trial
of former Chengdu police chief Wang Lijun ended. He confessed to
defection as well as 3 other charges including abuse of power,
taking bribes and bending the law for personal gain. On Sep 24 Lijun
was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
(SFC, 9/19/12, p.A4)(AP, 9/24/12)
2012 Sep 18, Daniel Barrera,
one of Colombia's most wanted drug traffickers, was captured in
neighboring Venezuela with the help of Caracas as well as British
and US intelligence agencies. He had a $5 million bounty on his head
from the United States and $2.7 million from Colombia's government.
2012 Sep 18, Egypt's general
prosecutor issued arrest warrants for seven Egyptian Coptic
Christians and a Florida-based American pastor and referred them to
trial on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that has sparked riots
across the Muslim world. The prosecutor's office said the seven men
and one woman, all of whom are believed to be outside of Egypt, are
charged with harming national unity, insulting and publicly
attacking Islam and spreading false information.
2012 Sep 18, In Mexico a
government helicopter carrying a crew making a tourism video crashed
into at Lake Zirahuen in Michoacan state. The video director
drowned, while three crew members and a state employee escaped.
2012 Sep 18, In Mexico 29
people were killed in a fire at a gas pipeline distribution center
near Reynosa across from McAllen, Texas.
2012 Sep 18, Pakistan’s PM Raja
Pervaiz Ashraf told a Supreme Court panel that his government will
no longer stand in the way of a revival of the long graft case in
Switzerland against Pres. Asif Ali Zardari.
(SFC, 9/19/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 18, Somali officials
said Islamist extremist fighters have started to leave their coastal
stronghold of Kismayo in the face of advancing allied African
(SFC, 9/19/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 18, Striking platinum
miners in South Africa signed a wage deal ending a bloody 5-week
strike at the Lonmin PLC mine that had spread to the gold and chrome
sectors of the industry which anchors the economy of Africa's
2012 Sep 18, Santiago Carrillo
(b.1915), former leader of Spain’s Communist Party (1960-1982), died
in Madrid. In 2014 Pauil Preston authored “The Last Stalinist: The
Life of Santiago Carrillo.”
2012 Sep 18, In Syria fierce
clashes broke out between rebels and regime forces battling for
control of a border crossing on the frontier with Turkey. Turkish
authorities told residents to evacuate the area.
2012 Sep 18, In Turkey
suspected Kurdish rebels in Bingol province attacked a military
convoy with a rocket killing 10 soldiers and wounded over 70 others.
(SFC, 9/19/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 18, In Venezuela
Daniel Barrera, one of Colombia’s most wanted drug lords, was
captured in San Cristobal. Barrera, aka “El Loco,” has been in
Venezuela since 2008, posing as a cattle rancher.
(SFC, 9/20/12, p.A4)
2013 Sep 18, In Afghanistan
Taliban gunmen shot and killed Amanullah Aman, the head of the
Independent Election Commission in northern Kunduz province, a day
after he warned that deteriorating security threatened next year's
presidential elections. Insurgents killed 18 policemen and wounded
18 in an ambush in the Wurduj district of Badakshan province. 47
insurgents were killed in the same area during a police operation
earlier in the week.
(Reuters, 9/18/13)(AP, 9/20/13)(AFP, 9/20/13)
2013 Sep 18, In Canada a
passenger train collided with a double-decker city bus in Ottawa,
killing at least five people.
2013 Sep 18, China’s state
media said China will crack down on penalties paid by families
flouting strict family planning rules after a National Audit Office
probe found $260 million in fines had been levied illegally.
2013 Sep 18, Egypt partially
reopened its border crossing with the Gaza Strip, a week after it
was closed in response to a deadly attack on an Egyptian military
headquarters near the frontier.
2013 Sep 18, Marcel
Reich-Ranicki (93), literary critic, died in Germany. He had escaped
from Poland to West Germany in 1958 and soon joined the Gruppe 47, a
liberal bookish clique. His talkshow “Literary Quartet” ended in
2001 after 77 editions.
(Econ, 9/28/13, p.90)
2013 Sep 18, Greek workers shut
schools and forced hospitals to operate with only emergency staff at
the start of a 48-hour strike against the latest plans to fire
thousands of public sector employees.
2013 Sep 18, A Hong Kong couple
were jailed for torturing, beating and abusing their Indonesian
maid, who said they once dressed her in a diaper and tied her to a
chair for five days while they went on holiday. Tai Chi-wai (42), an
electric appliance salesman, was jailed for three years and three
months. His wife, Catherine Au Yuk-shan (41), a public hospital
assistant, got five-and-a-half years. Kartika Puspitasari (30) was
assaulted and tortured over a two-year period until she escaped last
2013 Sep 18, In northern India
a court in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, ordered the arrest of 16
politicians and community leaders for inciting the Sep 7-8 violence
that left over 40 people dead.
(Econ, 9/21/13, p.42)
2013 Sep 18, Iran freed 11
political prisoners including human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh in
another sign that hardline policies may be easing under a new
president. Sotoudeh was seen by campaign groups as Iran's highest
profile political prisoner.
(Reuters, 9/18/13)(SFC, 9/19/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 18, In Ireland
hundreds of hard-line protesters opposed to ongoing austerity
measures clashed with police in Dublin.
(SFC, 9/19/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 18, In northern Mali a
company of about 150 Chadian soldiers of the UN peacekeeping force
abandoned their posts in protest at the length of time they have
2013 Sep 18, In Mexico looting
broke out in Acapulco as the government struggled to reach tens of
thousands of people cut off by flooding that had claimed at least 80
2013 Sep 18, Nigeria's military
said it had killed 150 insurgents, including a commander, in an
operation against Islamist group Boko Haram in which 16 of its own
forces were also killed. Army spokesman Brigadier General Ibrahim
Attahiru was quoted in local newspapers as denying a story on
Nigeria's Premium Times website that Boko Haram had killed 40
soldiers in an ambush in the same area.
2013 Sep 18, Russian coast
guards fired warning shots and arrested two Greenpeace activists who
scaled the Prirazlomnaya Arctic oil platform in a protest over the
potential threat to the environment from operations slated to start
2013 Sep 18, Syrian warplanes
struck rebel-held areas and clashes between militants and government
forces continued unabated. Key powers meeting in NY continued to
forge a deal that would eliminate Syrian chemical weapons.
2013 Sep 18, Uganda said it has
recalled the commander of its peacekeeping force in Somalia and
almost two dozen other officers suspected of involvement in a scam
to steal food and fuel and sell it on the black market.
2013 Sep 18, Ukraine formally
gave the go-ahead for landmark trade deals to be signed with the
European Union, disregarding pressure from Moscow for Kiev to halt
its westward course.
2014 Sep 18, The United States
pledged $53 million in fresh aid to Ukraine for its struggle against
Russia's incursion, including counter-mortar radar equipment, in a
gesture of support for visiting Ukraine Pres. Poroshenko.
2014 Sep 18, San Francisco
opened for business its new $100m James R. Herman cruise ship
terminal at Pier 27. Herman (d.1998) was a former port commissioner
and ILWU leader.
(SFC, 9/19/14, p.D7)
2014 Sep 18, Oracle founder
Larry Ellison relinquished his position as CEO and named Mark Hurd
and Safra Catz as co-presidents.
(SFC, 9/19/14, p.A1)
2014 Sep 18, In Florida
ex-convict Don Spirit (51) killed his daughter (28) and her 6
children outside Gainsville and then killed himself.
(SFC, 9/20/14, p.A7)
2014 Sep 18, Albania's
parliament fired Ardian Fullani, the country's central bank
governor, following his recent arrest after millions of dollars from
the bank's reserves went missing.
2014 Sep 18, Australia’s PM
Tony Abbott said militants connected with radical group Islamic
State were planning to behead a member of the public, after hundreds
of police raided homes in a sweeping counter-terrorism operation.
2014 Sep 18, Belgium said it
has arrested Martina Johnson, a high-ranking member of the rebel
movement that plunged Liberia into conflict more than two decades
ago, and charged her with war crimes and crimes against humanity.
2014 Sep 18, In Cameroon
militants launched an assault in the village of Assighassia near the
city of Mokolo. The army responded and two of the militants were
killed and a Cameroonian soldier injured.
2014 Sep 18, Chilean police
arrested three suspects in the Sep 8 bombing attack, the country's
worst bomb attack in more than two decades.
2014 Sep 18, In eastern China
an official hanged himself after being sacked following a corruption
probe into his presence at an extravagant banquet. Lou Xuequan (50)
had been Communist Party chief of a district in Nanjing city.
2014 Sep 18, Finland’s
government extended a license to Finnish-Russian consortium
Fennovoima to build a nuclear reactor in Pyhajoki. In response the
environmentalist Green Party said it's dropping out of the coalition
2014 Sep 18, French President
Francois Hollande said he's agreed to Iraq's request for air support
against Islamic State fighters who've captured swathes of the
country. Hollande ruled out carrying out any military action against
Islamic State militants in Syria.
(AP, 9/18/14)(Reuters, 9/18/14)
2014 Sep 18, Indian PM Narendra
Modi stood beside Chinese President Xi Jinping at a news conference
and said he raised India's concerns about repeated incidents at the
border. Both leaders said peace and stability along the border were
necessary for economic growth and development in the region.
2014 Sep 18, In Iraq a series
of attacks, including several bombings in commercial areas of
Baghdad, killed at least 36 people.
(AP, 9/18/14)(AP, 9/19/14)
2014 Sep 18, Islamic State
fighters backed by tanks captured 21 Kurdish villages over the past
24 hours in northern Syria near the Turkish border, prompting
civilians to flee their homes amid fears of retribution by the
extremists sweeping through the area.
2014 Sep 18, The Lithuanian
fishing vessel "Juros Vilkas" (Sea Wolf) and its 28-member crew was
in international waters when it was seized by Russia’s Navy in the
2014 Sep 18, In Mali 5 Chadian
peacekeepers died and three others were injured when their truck was
hit by an explosive device.
2014 Sep 18, In Nigeria Boko
Haram gunmen stormed a crowded market in northeastern Borno state,
killing several people and carting away food.
2014 Sep 18, Amnesty Int’l.
charged Nigeria’s police and military with the routine torture of
men, women and children. Detainees have been reportedly denied
access to family and lawyers and have suffered beatings, shootings,
rape, electric shocks as well as teeth and nails pulled by pliers.
(SFC, 9/19/14, p.A2)
2014 Sep 18, In Pakistan
unidentified gunmen shot dead a professor of Islamic studies who had
faced accusations of blasphemy and threats from colleagues over his
moderate views. Dr. Muhammad Shakil Auj, the dean of the faculty of
Islamic Studies at the university in Karachi, had received threats
following complaints that his teaching was too liberal.
2014 Sep 18, Poland said it
will create a joint military unit with Lithuania and Ukraine, with
its command headquarters in the eastern Polish city of Lublin.
2014 Sep 18, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin said Western sanctions against Russia violated the
principles of the World Trade Organization and the main way to
combat them was to develop the domestic market.
2014 Sep 18, Scotland voted on
whether to stay within the United Kingdom or end the 307-year-old
union with England and become an independent nation. In a record 85
percent turnout opponents of independence won 55 percent of the vote
while separatists won 45 percent with all 3.6 million votes counted.
(Reuters, 9/18/14)(Reuters, 9/19/14)
2014 Sep 18, In Slovenia an
international whaling conference voted against Japan's highly
criticized plans to resume whaling in the Antarctic next year, but
Japan vowed to go ahead anyway.
2014 Sep 18, In South Sudan
fighting started when gunmen detained Ugandan local government
officials carrying out a census, accusing them of straying into
South Sudanese territory. By the next day at least 7 people were
killed on both sides of Uganda and South Sudan's border.
2014 Sep 18, In Switzerland
some 200 companies pledged to create new work and training
opportunities for Europe's young jobseekers, of which one out of
four is unemployed.
2014 Sep 18, Turkish PKK
rebels, who have spent three decades fighting for autonomy for
Turkey's Kurds, called for the youth of the country's mostly Kurdish
southeast to join the fight against Islamic State militants in
2014 Sep 18, Ugandan President
Yoweri Museveni fired PM Amama Mbabaz, a former ally who is widely
expected to seek the presidency in elections in 2016.
2014 Sep 18, A Vietnamese court
sentenced four policemen to up to 17 years in prison for beating a
suspect to death, in an unusually harsh punishment for police
2014 Sep 18, In Yemen armed
Shi'ite rebels pushed into Sanaa after clashing with the army in the
city's northwest outskirts. Nearly 40 people were killed.
(Reuters, 9/18/14)(AFP, 9/21/14)
2015 Sep 18, The United States
issued regulations easing restrictions on American companies seeking
to do business in Cuba and opening up travel in the latest action to
weaken the US trade embargo amid warming relations with the
2015 Sep 18, The US repatriated
Yang Jinjun to China. He was on a Chinese list of 100 wanted
corruption suspects published in April. He had fled to the United
States in 2001, was the general manager of a company called Minghe
Group in Wenzhou city and was wanted on suspicion of corruption and
2015 Sep 18, The United States
and Russian militaries renewed high-level contacts to discuss their
roles in the conflict in Syria.
2015 Sep 18, America’s
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that several
diesel-engined Volkswagens and Audis had software which switched
NOX-controlling technology on only when faced with highly
predictable sort of demands seen under test conditions.
(Econ, 9/26/15, p.24)
2015 Sep 18, In southern
California a sheriff's deputy in a helicopter shot at a suspected
home invasion robber who led authorities on a 100-mph chase, and the
suspect died on I-25 in San Bernadino.
2015 Sep 18, Palo Alto
Networks, a California-based network security company, reported that
it had identified 39 apps in the Apple App Store infected with
XcodeGhost, after developers in China began noticing something
strange in Apple’s suite of coding tools. The malware could be used
to obtain passwords or other personal details.
(SFC, 9/22/15, p.A1)
2015 Sep 18, The Oklahoma
Corporation Commission (OCC), which regulates the state's oil and
gas industry, ordered companies to shut or reduce usage of five
saltwater disposal wells around the north-central Oklahoma city of
Cushing. Days later an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.5 struck
near the crude oil hub of Cushing.
2015 Sep 18, In Afghanistan at
least 8 police officers were killed after their checkpoint was
attacked in southern Zabul province.
2015 Sep 18, The African Union
suspended Burkina Faso and slapped sanctions on the leaders of its
military coup as troops tried to stop protesters from marching on
the capital's Revolution Square.
2015 Sep 18, Burkina Faso's
military released interim President Michel Kafando and PM Isaac Zida
as soldiers blocked demonstrators from gathering in the capital.
Both men were detained Sep 16 during a coup that dissolved his
(AP, 9/18/15)(SFC, 9/18/15, p.A9)
2015 Sep 18, In China at least
5 police officers were stabbed to death by separatists in a knife
attack at a coal mine in the violence-prone far western region of
2015 Sep 18, Croatia’s PM Zoran
Milanovic warned matters were out of control and that his government
would no longer be able to register or accommodate the migrants.
Hundreds of migrants crossed into Hungary from Croatia, handed over
by bus under the watch of Hungarian security forces. Some 8,000
migrants arrived in Hungary from Croatia with more on their way.
(Reuters, 9/18/15)(Reuters, 9/19/15)
2015 Sep 18, In Finland a
one-day strike halted public transportation and shut down ports
nationwide as workers protested against government cutbacks aimed at
trying to drag the Nordic country out of a three-year economic
2015 Sep 18, In Germany
employees of a logistics company in Woerth am Rhein found 300 kg
(661 pounds) of cocaine in a container loaded with engine parts that
had been shipped from Brazil to the Belgian port of Antwerp.
2015 Sep 18, In northern
Guatemala social activist Rigoberto Lima Choc was slain near a civil
courthouse in Sayaxche, Peten department. A day earlier, a court
ordered the temporary closure of a company that grows palm trees for
oil production. The ruling came in response to a complaint by Lima
Choc over the contamination of a local river known as the Rio de la
2015 Sep 18, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir gunmen first threw a grenade, and when
that didn't explode they sprayed bullets at Bashir Ahmed, himself a
former militant, outside his home as he was carrying his son. Ahmed
died right away. His son (3) died the next day.
2015 Sep 18, In Iran Nizar
Zakka, an American-Lebanese IT expert, went missing after attending
a conference in Tehran. On Nov 3 state broadcaster IRIB said he has
been arrested and linked to US military and intelligence agencies.
2015 Sep 18, In Iran flash
floods triggered by heavy rains killed 10 people in Tehran, and
south of the country.
2015 Sep 18, Kenya's education
ministry ordered all schools to shut because of a three-week
teachers' strike over pay.
2015 Sep 18, Fighters from
Mali's former rebel alliance, the Coordination of Azawad Movements
(CMA), took control of the northeastern town of Anefis after
loyalist fighters who seized it last month withdrew.
2015 Sep 18, In northwest
Pakistan an attack by Taliban gunmen on an air force base killed 29
people including 16 worshippers, who were gunned down when the
militants stormed a mosque inside the compound during prayers. 13
gunmen were also killed in the attack on Badaber air base, about 10
km (6 miles) south of Peshawar.
(Reuters, 9/18/15)(AP, 9/18/15)
2015 Sep 18, Palestinians
clashed with Israeli security forces in Jerusalem and the occupied
West Bank after the Islamist movement Hamas called for a "day of
rage" over tensions at the Al-Aqsa mosque site.
2015 Sep 18, Russia delivered
new arms including warplanes as the regime increases attacks on
2015 Sep 18, Saudi authorities
said incoming fire from Yemen hit a residence for construction
workers in the south, killing at least 3 people and wounding 28.
2015 Sep 18, In Somalia 12
government soldiers were killed in an attack by Al-Qaeda-affiliated
Shebab militants at the military base in the Yaq-Bariweyne area.
Several of the militants were also killed during the fighting.
2015 Sep 18, Spanish
authorities said they have seized 1.5 metric tons (1.7 tons) of
cocaine and arrested 10 suspects from a ring that imported the drug
from South America via large ships that offloaded the cargo off
Spain's northern coast to smaller recreational boats for shipment
2015 Sep 18, Syrian regime
aircraft carried out at least 25 strikes on jihadist-controlled
Palmyra, the country's famed ancient city, with 8 civilians among
2015 Sep 18, In Yemen at least
14 pro-government troops were killed overnight when a Saudi-led
coalition air raid targeted their position "by mistake" in the
region of Harib. The United Nations' children's agency said it was
"appalled" that vital water supplies, which were intended to help
11,000 people, were destroyed in the bombing of a warehouse used by
the agency in southern Sanaa. Raids on the rebel-held capital killed
15 people, 10 of them civilians.
(AFP, 9/18/15)(AP, 9/19/15)(AFP, 9/20/15)
2016 Sep 18, In Afghanistan a
US airstrike killed a policeman at a checkpoint outside the Uruzgan
provincial capital of Tirin Kot. A 2nd US airstrike struck the same
area and killed 7 others in what was apparently a
2016 Sep 18, Czech police
detained Oleg Vorotnikov (38), a founding member of the Russian
underground art collective Voina, wanted in Russia over a series of
high-profile stunts that authorities branded insulting and violent.
Vorotnikov was released on Sep 21 and allowed to stay in the
Czech Republic during extradition proceedings. Prague had not yet
received an official extradition request, which must be filed within
(Reuters, 9/20/16)(Reuters, 9/21/16)
2016 Sep 18, A Palestinian
attacker stabbed an Israeli army officer in the chest near a West
Bank settlement and moderately wounded him, before Israeli soldiers
shot the attacker and apprehended him.
2016 Sep 18, In Kashmir a
separatist attack on an army base in Uri near the disputed frontier
killed 18 soldiers. 4 rebels were killed as the soldiers returned
fire. India accused Pakistan of being behind the attack.
(Reuters, 9/18/16)(SFC, 919/16, p.A4)(AP,
2016 Sep 18, In Pakistan two
gunmen on a motorcycle killed 3 soldiers near the northwestern city
of Peshawar. Jamaatul Ahrar, a breakaway faction of the Taliban,
claimed responsibility for the attack.
2016 Sep 18, Russia held
elections for a new national parliament. Vladimir Putin won even
greater supremacy over Russia's political system after the ruling
United Russia party took three quarters of the seats in parliament,
paving the way for him to run for a fourth term as president. The
official turnout was 48%.
(AP, 9/18/16)(AP, 9/19/16)(Econ, 9/24/16, p.50)
2016 Sep 18, Moscow said air
strikes by a US-led coalition on the Syrian army threatened the
implementation of a US-Russian ceasefire plan for Syria and bordered
on connivance with Islamic State.
2016 Sep 18, The Syrian
military said one of its war planes had been downed in the eastern
city of Deir al-Zor during an operation against Islamic state, where
the militant group has been under intense air strikes in the past 24
2017 Sep 18, President Donald
Trump made his debut at the United Nations, using his first moments
at the world body to urge the 193-nation organization to reduce
bureaucracy and costs while more clearly defining its mission around
2017 Sep 18, The US Navy
dismissed Rear Admiral Charles Williams, commander of Task Force 70,
and Captain Jeffrey Bennett, commander of Destroyer Squadron 15,
after a series of collisions involving Seventh Fleet warships in
Asia, citing a loss of confidence in their ability to command.
2017 Sep 18, The US National
Hurricane Center (NHC) said Hurricane Maria has strengthened into a
major hurricane and is expected to intensify further as it moves
through the Leeward Islands and the northeastern Caribbean Sea.
2017 Sep 18, New Jersey-based
Toys 'R' Us, the toy retailer struggling with $5 billion in debt and
intense online competition, said it has filed for bankruptcy
protection ahead of the key holiday shopping season. The company
said its stores will remain open for business as usual.
2017 Sep 18, Inmates James
Sanders (41) and Ryan Young (21) were discovered missing from
Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.
(SFC, 9/19/17 p.A5)
2017 Sep 18, In New York City a
charter bus barreled through an intersection, slammed into a city
bus and then plowed onto a sidewalk. Three people were killed in the
Flushing neighborhood of Queens.
(SFC, 9/18/17 p.A5)
2017 Sep 18, Gov. Scott Walker
signed into law a $3 billion incentive package for Taiwan-based
Foxconn Technology Group to build a flat-screen plant in
southeastern Wisconsin, a deal that he calls a "huge win" for the
2017 Sep 18, Video streaming
pioneer Roku, based in Los Gatos, Ca., said that it hopes to raise
as much as $252 million in an IPO as it tries to expand into more
(SFC, 9/18/17 p.D1)
2017 Sep 18, US defense
contractor Northrup Grumman said it plans to acquire Orbital ATK for
$7.8 billion in cash and the assumption of $1.4 billion in debt.
(SFC, 9/18/17 p.D2)
2017 Sep 18, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb in the southern province of Kandahar killed at least
six civilians traveling in a car that hit the device.
2017 Sep 18, In Azerbaijan
police began arresting dozens of gay and transgender people in Baku.
At least 46 people were soon sentenced to between 10 to 30 days in
jail for resisting police. Homosexuality was decriminalized in the
country in 2000, but animosity toward LGBT people remains strong.
2017 Sep 18, More than 10,000
Muslims in Bangladesh marched toward Myanmar's embassy to protest
the country's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. The Rohingya fleeing a
Myanmar military offensive arrived in Bangladesh with fresh accounts
of violence and arson as a rights group called for sanctions and an
arms embargo to stop what the United Nations has branded ethnic
cleansing. More than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims have been sent fleeing
(AP, 9/18/17)(Reuters, 9/18/17)
2017 Sep 18, A Botswana Power
Co. official discovered eight dead elephants that had come into
contact with a fallen power line near a water source created by a
leaking pipe. A ninth elephant soon died despite efforts to save it.
(SFC, 9/22/17 p.A2)
2017 Sep 18, A new report by
the Congo Research Group (CRG) at New York University said Congolese
army commanders orchestrated a wave of massacres that killed
hundreds of people between 2014-2016 as they vied for influence with
anti-government insurgents in northeastern Democratic Republic of
2017 Sep 18, Egypt's Finance
Minister says the country will face a $10 to $12 billion budget
shortfall for the current 2017-18 fiscal year, and plans expanded
foreign debt issuance to overcome it.
2017 Sep 18, Much of Haiti came
to a halt because of a transportation strike over new taxes proposed
by the government.
2017 Sep 18, India's government
said that it has evidence there are extremists who pose a threat to
the country's security among the Rohingya Muslims who have fled
Myanmar and settled in many Indian cities.
2017 Sep 18, Iran released
Mahvesh Sabet (64), a member of the Baha'i faith. She and six other
leaders of the minority community were arrested in March 2008 and
sentenced to 20 years in jail for heresy and espionage for Israel.
Her six colleagues remained imprisoned. The Baha'i faith considers
Bahaullah, an Iranian born in 1817, to be the latest prophet sent by
God, in contrast with Islamic orthodoxy.
2017 Sep 18, Iraq's supreme
court ordered the suspension of a September 25 referendum on the
independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, as legal and political pressure
mounted on the Kurds to call off the vote. Clashes erupted in Kirkuk
between Kurds and Turkmen amid preparations for the referendum.
(AFP, 9/18/17)(SFC, 9/20/17 p.A3)
2017 Sep 18, Irish budget
airline Ryanair was under pressure to provide more information to
travelers after canceling up to 50 flights a day over the next six
weeks because it "messed up" its pilots' holiday schedules.
2017 Sep 18, In northeastern
Nigeria suspected suicide bombers killed at least 12 people and
injured 26 others in Borno state, epicenter of the Islamist militant
Boko Haram insurgency.
2017 Sep 18, A Norwegian court
sentenced a former police officer Eirik Jensen to 21 years in prison
for severe corruption and being an accomplice in one of Norway's
biggest drug-smuggling cases. Jensen was arrested and suspended from
duty in February 2014 in connection with an investigation into the
2017 Sep 18, Portugal's stock
market surged and its government borrowing rates fell after the
country recovered its investment-grade rating from Standard &
2017 Sep 18, Russian
President Vladimir Putin attended the weeklong war games with
Belarus that have demonstrated the Russian military's resurgent
might and made neighboring countries nervous.
2017 Sep 18, Somalia’s
Southwestern state declared its support for Saudi Arabia and other
Arab countries that have cut ties with Qatar, in a new challenge to
Somalia's efforts to stay neutral in the dispute.
2017 Sep 18, Syrian government
troops came closer to encircling the Islamic State group in a pocket
of Deir Ezzor city after crossing the adjacent Euphrates River.
2017 Sep 18, The World Health
Organization urged Yemen to approve cholera vaccinations it has
offered to help contain an epidemic that could affect nearly a
million people by year's end.
2017 Sep 18, South Africa's
opposition Democratic Alliance said it will lay a criminal complaint
against McKinsey for "fraud, racketeering and collusion" over work
the global consultancy did with businessmen friends of President
2017 Sep 18, In South Sudan an
outbreak of fighting between government and rebel forces in the
oil-producing north left at least 25 people dead.
2018 Sep 18, The US-China trade
war escalated further, with China announcing retaliatory tax
increases on $60 billion worth of US imports, including coffee,
honey and industrial chemicals.
2018 Sep 18, The internet
watchdog Citizen Lab said it has used an internet survey technique
to identify suspected spyware infections linked to the Israeli
company NSO Group in 45 countries, including the United States,
Britain, France, India and Turkey.
2018 Sep 18, The Wall Street
Journal said that the Xinhua News Agency and CGTN, the international
arm of state broadcaster CCTV, had been told in recent weeks to
register as foreign agents amid growing scrutiny of efforts by
overseas media organizations to influence US.
2018 Sep 18, The UC San Diego's
Center for Medicinal Cannabis announced that the US Drug Enforcement
Administration has approved the importation of marijuana extracts
from Canada for a clinical trial in treating tremors.
(SFC, 9/19/18, p.A4)
2018 Sep 18, Delaware signed a
final 50-year agreement with a private Emirati port operator to
privatize the Port of Wilmington. The state will receive yearly
concession payments of around $10 million.
2018 Sep 18, Lawrence
Martin-Bittman (b.1931), former Czechoslovakian Cold War spy, died
at his home in Rockport, Mass. He had defected to West Germany in
1968 and sought asylum in the US, where he changed his name to
Lawrence Michael Martin and later added Bittman to his surname. His
books included "The Deception Game" (1972), and "The KGB and Soviet
Disinformation: An Insider's View" (1985).
(SSFC, 9/23/18, p.C9)
2018 Sep 18, It was reported
that millions of animals trapped inside of North Carolina’s factory
farm operations died from drowning during Hurricane Florence.
2018 Sep 18, Philadelphia
announced an agreement to overhaul its civil forfeiture laws
limiting what law enforcement officers can seize and what proceeds
from the confiscated property can fund.
(SFC, 9/19/18, p.A4)
2018 Sep 18, In South Carolina
two women being transported to a mental health facility drowned
after deputies drove their van into flooded waters in Marion County
near Little Pee Dee River. On Dec. 4, 2019, officers Stephen Flood
and Joshua Bishop were charged with reckless homicide and
involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of Wendy Newton (45) and
Nicolette Green (43).
(SFC, 9/20/18, p.A6)(SFC, 1/5/19, p.A7)
2018 Sep 18, Cybersecurity firm
FireEye said an Iranian government-aligned group of hackers launched
a major campaign targeting Mideast energy firms and others ahead of
US sanctions on Iran.
(SFC, 9/19/18, p.A2)
2018 Sep 18, It was reported
that Burkina Faso authorities have jailed more than 30 adults after
they carried out botched female genital mutilation on nearly 60
infants and girls who have been hospitalized. Burkina Faso had
outlawed the procedure in the early 1990s.
(SFC, 9/19/18, p.A2)
2018 Sep 18, French President
Emmanuel Macron unveiled plans to make France's health care system,
considered one of the best in the world, more efficient and
sustainable for the next 50 years.
2018 Sep 18, In Germany
Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of the BfV intelligence agency, was
ousted from his post but then made deputy minister — with a hefty
pay rise. He had been criticized for appearing to downplay
anti-migrant violence and for his contacts with a far-right party.
2018 Sep 18, Bollywood actress
and former porn star Sunny Leone (37) appeared in New Delhi for the
unveiling of her wax likeness at the city's Madame Tussauds museum.
She made a name for herself in the porn industry before breaking
into Bollywood in 2012, starring in the sequel to the hit movie
"Jism" (Hindi for body).
2018 Sep 18, Italian
prosecutors said the far-right League can repay some 45 million
euros ($53 million) it owes the state over the next 75 years, saving
the governing party from possible bankruptcy.
2018 Sep 18, Liberia's
Information Minister Eugene Nagbe said several shipments of freshly
printed Liberian dollars ordered from abroad by the central bank
have been unaccounted for since they passed through the country's
main ports in November 2017 and August this year. The government
sought US help in investigating the whereabouts of the cash,
equivalent to nearly five percent of Liberia's GDP.
2018 Sep 18, Lithuanian
authorities said Walmart has agreed to remove shirts with Soviet
emblems from its online shop after three Baltic countries complained
about the clothing.
2018 Sep 18, A Dutch firm
started building the country's first recycling plant to turn plastic
from used nappies into household items like garden furniture or
2018 Sep 18, Niger said an
Italian priest was kidnapped overnight in a region where a number of
extremist groups are active. Rev. Pierluigi Maccalli, a member of
the Society of African Missions religious order, had promoted
initiatives to encourage an end to the cultural practice of female
(AP, 9/18/18)(Reuters, 9/18/18)
2018 Sep 18, It was reported
that rainy season flooding across Nigeria has killed more than 100
(SFC, 9/18/18, p.A2)
2018 Sep 18, In North Korea
South Korean President Moon Jae-in began his third summit with North
Korean leader Kim Jong Un. A 52-member "special" civilian entourage
accompanied Moon Jae-in to promote civil exchanges and engagement
with younger Koreans.
2018 Sep 18, Pakistan's new PM
Imran Khan arrived in Saudi Arabia as part of his first official
2018 Sep 18, President Vladimir
Putin, standing next to Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, said that the
Russian state atomic energy firm Rosatom would start the
construction of two new reactors at the Paks power nuclear plant in
Hungary soon. Orban told reporters that they had agreed on gas
supplies for 2020.
2018 Sep 18, South Africa's
largest trade union federation elected a woman president, a first
for the 33-year-old labor movement that helped lead the fight
against apartheid. Zingiswa Losi (42) was nominated unopposed at an
annual meeting of the Congress of South African Trade Unions
2018 Sep 18, UN-backed
investigators who examined a bloody crackdown by Myanmar security
forces that caused hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee
to neighboring Bangladesh issued a searing critique of the United
Nations' own response to the human rights crisis. The members of a
fact-finding mission on Myanmar fleshed out preliminary findings and
recommendations released in a shorter version three weeks ago.
2018 Sep 18, Pope Francis
decreed that ordinary Catholics should be consulted about issues
facing the Catholic Church and that bishops gathering for periodic
meetings can make binding decisions on church teaching.
2018 Sep 18, Impoverished
Venezuelans reacted with fury after videos of President Nicolas
Maduro gorging on succulent pieces of meat in a restaurant owned by
a celebrity Turkish chef went viral. Maduro had a stopover in
Istanbul where he was invited to dine with Turkish authorities.
2018 Sep 18, Zimbabwe's new
Pres. Emmerson Mnangagwa ruled out an early return of the Zimbabwean
dollar, toning down remarks by his finance minister that backed
reintroducing the currency.
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