Today in History - September 24
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768 Sep 24,
Pepin the Short (54) of Gaul died. His dominions were divided
between his sons Charles (Charlemagne) and Carloman.
(PC, 1992, p.67)
786 Sep 24, Al-Hadi, Arabic
caliph of Islam (185-86), died.
787 Sep 24, The 2nd Council of
Nicaea (7th ecumenical council) opened in Asia Minor.
1046 Sep 24, In Hungary Gerard
Sagredo (b.980), an Italian bishop from Venice (also known as
Gellert or Gerhard), was placed on a 2-wheel cart, hauled to a
hilltop and rolled down the later named Gellert Hill, and still
being alive at the bottom was beaten to death. He operated in the
Kingdom of Hungary (specifically in Budapest), and educated Saint
Emeric of Hungary, the son of Saint Stephen of Hungary). Gellert
played a major role in converting Hungary to Christianity. He was
canonized in 1083 along with St. Stephen and St. Emeric and became
one of the patron saints of Hungary.
1501 Sep 24, Gerolamo Cardano,
mathematician, was born. He authored “Games of Chance,” the first
systematic computation of probabilities.
1541 Sep 24, Philippus Aureolus
Paracelsus (b.1493), Swiss alchemist, physician and theologian,
died. The 1835 poem "Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim" by Robert
Browning was based on the life of Paracelsus. In 2006 Philip Ball
authored ”The Devil’s Doctor: Paracelsus and the Renaissance World
of Magic and Science.”
1542 Sep 24, Thomas Wyatt
(b.1503), British poet, died. He is credited with introducing the
sonnet into English. In 2011 Nicola Shulman authored “Graven With
Diamonds: The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt, Courtier, Poet, Assassin.”
1545 Sep 24, Albrecht von
Brandenburg, archbishop, monarch, founder of The Brandenburg
Concerts of Mainz, died at 55.
1583 Sep 24, Albrecht Eusebius
Wenzel von Wallenstein, German general, was born.
1625 Sep 24, The Dutch attacked
San Juan, Puerto Rico.
1645 Sep 24, The Battle of
Rowton Heath took place during the English Civil War between the
Parliamentarians, commanded by Sydnam Poyntz, and the Royalists
under the personal command of King Charles I. The result was a
significant defeat for the Royalists, with heavy losses and Charles
prevented from relieving the Siege of Chester. William Lawes
(b.1602), Cavalier composer, died at the Battle of Rowton Heath.
1657 Sep 24, The 1st autopsy
and coroner's jury verdict was recorded in the state of Maryland.
1667 Sep 24, Jean-Louis Lully,
composer, was born.
1683 Sep 24, King Louis XIV
expelled all Jews from French possessions in America.
1716 Sep 24, Medici Grand Duke
Cosimo III passed a law limiting and regulating the area of wine
production in Tuscany, thus creating the 1st "Appelation Controlee"
1717 Sep 24, Horace Walpole
(1797), son of Robert Walpole, author and Fourth Earl of Orford, was
born. He was a life time collector of bibelots and authored one of
the first Gothic novels: "The Castle of Otranto" (1764). "The whole
secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a
thousand things well." Wilmarth Lewis (d.1979) later edited Yale's
48-volume edition of Walpole's correspondence. He created the Gothic
(AP, 1/13/98)(WSJ, 10/19/99, p.A24)(HN, 9/24/00)
1732 Sep 24, 21 homosexuals
were burned in South Horn.
1739 Sep 24, Grigorij A.
Potemkin (d.1791), Monarch of Tauris and friend of Catherine II, was
born. [see Sep 13]
(MC, 9/24/01)(WSJ, 2/14/02, p.A18)
1748 Sep 24, Philipp Meissner,
composer, was born.
1755 Sep 24, John Marshall,
fourth chief justice of the Supreme Court (1801-35), and U.S.
secretary of state, was born.
(HN, 9/24/98)(MC, 9/24/01)
1788 Sep 24, After having been
dissolved, the French Parliament of Paris reassembled in triumph.
1789 Sep 24, President George
Washington appointed John Jay as the 1st Chief Justice.
1789 Sep 24, The US Federal
Judiciary Act was passed. It created a six-person Supreme Court and
provided for an Attorney General.
(AP, 9/24/97)(AH, 10/04, p.14)
1813 Sep 24,
Andre-Ernest-Modeste Gretry, composer, died at 72.
1848 Sep 24, Branwell Bronte,
brother of the Bronte sisters and the model for Hindley Earnshaw in
Emily's novel "Wuthering Heights," died of tuberculosis.
1852 Sep 24, Henri Giffard, a
French engineer, flew over Paris in the 1st dirigible flight.
1856 Sep 24, John Marsh,
Harvard graduate and pioneer California settler, was murdered on the
road between Pacheco and Martinez while traveling to SF. Marsh was
the 1st non-Hispanic to live in Contra Costa County. He had made a
fortune attracting settlers to Contra Costa and selling them land.
His new 7,000 stone mansion in Brentwood was later made the
center-piece of the John Marsh/Cowell Ranch State Park.
(SSFC, 9/24/06, p.B3)
1862 Sep 24, President Abraham
Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus against anyone suspected
of being a Southern sympathizer.
1862 Sep 24, The Confederate
Congress adopted the confederacy seal.
1865 Sep 24, James Cooke walked
a tightrope from the San Francisco Cliff House to Seal Rocks.
1869 Sep 24, Thousands of
businessmen were ruined in a Wall Street panic, dubbed Black Friday,
after financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk attempted to corner the
(AP, 9/24/97)(Econ, 9/5/09, p.91)
1870 Sep 24, George Claude,
French engineer, was born. He invented the neon light.
1876 Sep 24, Mary Newton (2),
the daughter of US Army Engineer Lt. Col. John Newton, triggered a
huge blast to clear rocks in the Hell Gate channel of the East
River. Newton had been authorized to begin work to deepen the
channel in 1867.
(ON, 2/08, p.8)
1881 Sep 24, Henry Morton
Stanley signed a contract with Congo monarch. [see May 8]
1894 Sep 24, E. Franklin
Frazier, first African-American president of the American
Sociological Society, was born.
1896 Sep 24, American author F.
Scott Fitzgerald (d.1940) was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He wrote
about the "Jazz Age" between World War I and World War II. He
published his first novel in 1920, "This Side of Paradise," and
gained instant acclaim and celebrity, marrying Zelda Sayre shortly
afterward. In 1924, Fitzgerald wrote what has become his best-known
novel, "The Great Gatsby." Although it was not especially popular at
the time, as more readers began to appreciate the novel for its
perspective of how materialism drives people, it became an American
classic. As years passed, Fitzgerald battled alcoholism and his wife
sought treatment for her mental illness. He died in Hollywood at age
45 in 1940. "If you're strong enough, there are no precedents."
(HFA, ‘96, p.38)(AP, 9/24/97)(HNPD, 9/24/98)(HN,
1898 Sep 24, Howard W Florey,
pathologist, was born in Australia. He purified penicillin and won a
Nobel Prize 1945.
1904 Sep 24, Sixty-two died and
120 were injured in head-on train collision in Tennessee.
1906 Sep 24, Victor Herbert’s
musical "Red Mill," premiered in NYC.
1906 Sep 24, Devils Tower, the
first US National Monument, was designated by President Theodore
Roosevelt. Devils Tower is a volcanic rock formation, rising 867
feet over a base of gray igneous rock at 1,700 feet, located in the
Black Hills of Wyoming.
(SSFC, 6/18/06, p.G5)(www.nps.gov/deto/)
1911 Sep 24, Konstantin
Chernenko, president of the Soviet Union 1984-1985, was born.
1914 Sep 24, In the
Alsace-Lorraine area between France and Germany, the German Army
captured St. Mihiel.
1915 Sep 24, Bulgaria mobilized
troops on the Serbian border.
1922 Sep 24, Cornell MacNeil,
US, operatic baritone (La Traviata), was born.
1924 Sep 24, Boston,
Massachusetts, opened its airport.
1929 Sep 24, U.S. Army pilot
Lt. James H. Doolittle guided a Consolidated NY2 Biplane over
Mitchel Field in New York in the first all-instrument flight.
(AP, 9/24/97)(HN, 9/24/98)
1930 Sep 24, G. Kaufman &
M. Hart's "Once in a Lifetime," premiered in NY.
1930 Sep 24, Noel Coward's
comedy “Private Lives” opened in London starring Gertrude Lawrence
and Coward himself.
1931 Sep 24, Anthony Newley,
actor (Dr Doolittle, Garbage Pail Kids, Stop the World) and
composer, was born in England.
1931 Sep 24, The DJIA dropped
(SFC, 10/17/97, p.B2)
1934 Sep 24, Babe Ruth made his
farewell appearance as a regular player with the New York Yankees in
a game against the Boston Red Sox. The Sox won, 5-0.
1936 Sep 24, Jim Henson,
Greenville Miss, muppeteer, was born. Puppeteer Henson created the
"Muppets" in 1954. (Sesame Street, Muppet Show)-18 Emmys, 17
Grammys, 4 Peabody Awards and 5 Ace Awards (National Cable
Television Association) The famous voice of Kermit the Frog, died
suddenly in May 1993.
(HN, 9/24/98)(MC, 9/24/01)
1940 Sep 24, Luftwaffe bombed
the Spitfire factory in Southampton.
1941 Sep 24, There was a bomb
explosion in German headquarters in Hotel Continental in Kiev.
1943 Sep 24, German forces
executed 117 Italian officers on the Greek island of Cephalonia
(Kefalonia). The massacre became the basis for the 1994 bestseller
Captain Corelli's Mandolin by British writer Louis de Bernieres. On
Oct 18, 2013 an Italian court handed a life sentence in absentia to
former German army corporal Alfred Stork (90) for his role in the
1943 Sep 24, Soviet forces
reconquered Smolensk. [see Sep 25]
1947 Sep 24, The World Women's
Party met for the first time since WW II.
1948 Sep 24, Mildred Gillars,
accused of being Nazi wartime radio propagandist "Axis Sally,"
pleaded innocent in Washington, D.C., to charges of treason.
(Gillars ended up serving 12 years in prison.)
1950 Sep 24, In "Operation
Magic Carpet" all Jews from Yemen moved to Israel.
1951 Sep 24, The Soviet Union
conducted its 2nd nuclear test.
1955 Sep 24, President
Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while on vacation in Denver. The
illness didn't prevent Eisenhower from being re-elected to a second
term the following year.
(AP, 9/24/97)(MC, 9/24/01)
1956 Sep 24, The first
transatlantic telephone cable system from Newfoundland to Scotland
(HN, 9/24/98)(MC, 9/24/01)
1957 Sep 24, The Brooklyn
Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field, defeating the
Pittsburgh Pirates 2-to-0.
1957 Sep 24, President Dwight
D. Eisenhower sent federal troops into Little Rock, Arkansas, to
protect nine black students entering its newly integrated high
1958 Sep 24, “The Donna Reed
Show" premiered on ABC-TV.
1960 Sep 24, The USS
Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched
at Newport News, Va.
(AP, 9/24/97)(HN, 9/24/98)
1962 Sep 24, US Circuit Court
of Appeals ordered James Meredith admitted to the Univ. of Miss. The
University of Mississippi agreed to admit James Meredith as the
first black university student, sparking more rioting.
(HN, 9/24/98)(MC, 9/24/01)
1963 Sep 24, The U.S. Senate
ratified a treaty with Britain and the Soviet Union limiting nuclear
1964 Sep 24, The TV situation
comedy "Munsters" premiered on CBS with Al Lewis (d.2006) as the
(AP, 9/24/04)(SSFC, 2/5/06, p.A2)
1968 Sep 24, The CBS news
magazine "60 Minutes" premiered on CBS-TV on a Tuesday night. Don
Hewitt created and produced the TV news show “60 Minutes.” He wrote
his book “Minute by Minute” in 1985.
(SFEM, 2/8/98, Par p.26)(AP, 9/24/98)
1968 Sep 24, The TV show "Mod
Squad" premiered on ABC and continued to 1973. It was about 3 hip
young cops who worked undercover in LA. A film version was begun in
(AP, 9/24/98)(SFC, 8/27/99,
1969 Sep 24, The trial of the
"Chicago Eight" (later seven) began. Demonstrations began outside
the court house, with the "Weatherman" group proclaiming the "Days
of Rage" in protest of the trial. The Chicago Eight staged
demonstrations at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago to
protest the Vietnam War and its support by the top Democratic
presidential candidate, Vice President Hubert Humphrey. These
anti-Vietnam War protests were some of the most violent in American
history as the police and national guardsmen beat antiwar
protesters, innocent bystanders and members of the press. Five
defendants (Tom Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger,
Rennie Davis) were convicted of crossing state lines to incite riots
at the 1968 Democratic national convention; the convictions were
ultimately overturned. In 1970 Harold Jacobs authored "Weatherman."
In 2004 Jeremy Varon authored "Bringing the War Home: The Weather
Underground, the Red Army Faction and Revolutionary Violence in the
Sixties and Seventies."
(AP, 9/24/99)(SFEC, 11/7/99, p.A5)
1970 Sep 24, The TV show “The
Odd Couple” premiered with Jack Klugman (1922-2012), Tony Randall
(1920-2004) and Al Molinaro (1919-2015). The show continued to 1975.
1970 Sep 24, Moon Landrieu
(b.1930) began serving as the mayor of New Orleans and continued to
1978. From 1979-1981 he served as the US Secretary of Housing and
Urban Development under Pres. Jimmy Carter.
1970 Sep 24, The Soviet Luna 16
landed in Kazakhstan, completing the first unmanned round trip to
1973 Sep 24, The PAIGC (African
Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde) declared the
independence of Guinea-Bissau from Portugal. This became national
day for Guinea-Bissau.
1976 Sep 24, US District Judge
William Orrick sentenced newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst to seven
years in prison for her part in a 1974 bank robbery. She was
released after 22 months after receiving clemency from President
(SFC, 9/21/01, WB p.5)(AP, 9/24/07)
1976 Sep 24, In California
Frances Mays was kidnapped at knifepoint by Richard Allen Davis at
the South Hayward Bart station. She was able to break free and
flagged down a passing patrol car. Harris was caught and served five
years. He later kidnapped Polly Klaas on 10/1/93.
(SFC, 5/16/96, p.A-15)
1977 Sep 24, ABC launched the
TV series “The Love Boat.” The series continued to 1986 with Gavin
MacLeod as the commander of the Pacific Princess.
1979 Sep 24, CompuServe began
operation as the 1st computer information service.
1979 Sep 24, Hilla Limann
1934-1998) was elected president of Ghana. She served until 1981.
1979 Sep 24, Russian ice
skaters Protopopov and Belousova asked for asylum in Switzerland.
1981 Sep 24, Four Armenian
gunmen seized the Turkish consulate in Paris, holding 60 hostages
for 15 hours before surrendering.
1982 Sep 24, US, Italian and
French peacekeeping troops began arriving in Lebanon. Some 400,000
Israelis gathered at the first of many demonstrations to protest the
1982 Sep 24, British PM
Margaret Thatcher visited Beijing. Deng refused her request for
continued British administration of Hong Kong after 1997, but agreed
to open negotiations on handover.
1982 Sep 24, Sarah Churchill
(b.1914), actress (Royal Wedding, Spring Meeting), died. She was the
2nd daughter of Winston Churchill and Clementine Churchill: the
third of the couple's five children.
1983 Sep 24, In North Carolina
Sabrina Buie (11) went missing. Days later her body was found.
Forensic tests showed she had been raped and suffocated. Henry
McCollum (19) and his half-brother Leon Brown (15) were arrested and
convicted following confessions that were coerced. In 2014 McCollum
and Brown were freed after DNA evidence pointed to another man who
lived near where Buie’s body was found. On June 4, 2015, McCollum
and Brown were pardoned by Gov. Pat McCrory. On Sep 2, 2015, the two
brothers were awarded $750,000 each for their wrongful conviction.
p.A8)(SFC, 6/5/15, p.A7)(SFC, 9/3/15, p.A6)
1984 Sep 24, San Francisco's
Hard Rock Café opened at 1699 Van Ness Ave. This was the chain's
third outpost in the US and the sixth in the world. In 2002 it moved
to Pier 39.
(SFC, 3/7/02, p.B1)(SFC, 9/22/18, p.C1)
1987 Sep 24, President Reagan
rebuffed congressional calls to limit U.S. forces in the Persian
Gulf, and defended the recent U.S. attack on an Iranian mine-laying
1988 Sep 24, Members of the
eastern Massachusetts Episcopal diocese elected Barbara C. Harris
the first female bishop in the church's history.
1988 Sep 24, In Burma Win Tin
(1929-2014) and Aung San Suu Kyi formed the National League for
Democracy (NLD) party.
(SFC, 5/7/02, p.A9)(Econ, 5/3/14, p.82)
1988 Sep 24, Canadian sprinter
Ben Johnson won the men's 100-meter dash in 9.79 seconds at the
Seoul Summer Olympics. He was disqualified three days later for
using anabolic steroids.
(AP, 9/24/98)(Econ, 8/2/08, SR p.15)
1989 Sep 24, Residents of
Charleston, S.C., attended church services as they faced a third day
of recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Hugo. Hugo caused 56
deaths in the Caribbean and 29 in the United States. The storm hit
Guadeloupe, Montserrat, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico
before striking South Carolina.
(AP, 9/24/99)(AP, 9/11/04)
1990 Sep 24, South African
President F.W. de Klerk met at the White House with President Bush.
1990 Sep 24, East Germany
signed a treaty with the Soviet Union ending its membership in the
1990 Sep 24, The Supreme Soviet
voted to give preliminary approval to a plan for switching the
Soviet Union to a free-market economy.
1991 Sep 24, Children's author
Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, died in La Jolla,
Calif., at age 87.
1991 Sep 24, Kidnappers in
Lebanon freed British hostage Jack Mann after holding him captive
for more than two years.
1992 Sep 24, Democratic
presidential candidate Bill Clinton promised to press for a national
health-care system for all Americans; the Bush campaign countered
that the plan would be too expensive for average Americans.
1992 Sep 24, Acting US Navy
Secretary Sean O'Keefe stripped three admirals of their jobs for
failing to investigate aggressively the Tailhook sex abuse scandal.
1993 Sep 24, Addressing the
United Nations, Nelson Mandela asked the world community to lift
economic sanctions against South Africa, saying huge foreign
investments would help prevent unrest and build a multiracial
1993 Sep 24, Norodom Sihanouk
was reinstalled as king of Cambodia.
(HN, 9/24/98)(MC, 9/24/01)
1993 Sep 24, The 1st Israeli
was killed by Islamics after PLO signed the peace accord.
1993 Sep 24, Imelda Marcos,
wife of the late Ferdinand Marcos, former dictator of the
Philippines, was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment after being
found guilty on charges of widespread corruption. Imelda was also
noted for her vast shoe collection.
1994 Sep 24, A firefight
erupted between U.S. Marines and a group of armed Haitians outside a
police station in the northern coastal city of Cap-Haitian; 10 of
the Haitians were killed.
1995 Sep 24, Israel’s Rabin and
the PLO under Arafat, signed a pact, Oslo II, in Taba, Egypt, ending
nearly three decades of Israeli occupation of West Bank cities. They
scheduled a 9/7/97 date for Israel’s departure from the West Bank,
except for Jewish settlements and certain military locations. A
final accord was scheduled for 5/7/99. The Oslo Accords stipulated
that 80% of the water from the “mountain aquifer” beneath land
occupied by Israel in 1967 should go to Israel, and the rest to the
(SFC, 1/9/96, p.A10)(AP, 9/24/00)(SFC, 4/30/02,
p.A8)(Econ, 7/30/16, p.38)
1995 Sep 24, A 16-year-old boy
in Cuers, France, killed 13 people before turning a gun on himself.
1996 Sep 24, The United States,
represented by President Clinton, and the world's other major
nuclear powers signed a treaty to end all testing and development of
1997 Sep 24, Garth Brooks was
named best entertainer by Country Music Association.
1997 Sep 24, President Clinton
urged the annual convention of the AFL-CIO not to try to punish
Democratic lawmakers who stood with him on his request for stronger
authority to negotiate new free-trade treaties.
1997 Sep 24, The Islamic
Salvation Army (AIS) declared a truce and blamed recent killings on
a splinter fundamentalist group, the Armed Islamic Group (GIA).
(WSJ, 9/25/97, p.A1)(SFC, 9/27/97, p.A10)
1997 Sep 24, It was reported
that drought has destroyed crops across the Indonesian archipelago
and could force up to 1 million villagers into a famine diet. Forest
and scrub fires continued to burn out of control. 750,000 acres of
bush land had burned. It was the worst drought in 50 years.
(SFC, 9/24/97, p.A12)(SFC, 9/25/97, p.A11)(SFC,
1997 Sep 24, In the Republic of
the Congo it was reported that the Cobras, the private militia of
former military dictator Gen’l. Denis Sassou-Nguesso, had taken
control of more than three-quarters of the country.
(SFC, 9/24/97, p.A10)
1998 Sep 24, The US government
began releasing the new, harder-to-counterfeit $20 bill.
(SFC, 8/5/98, p.A6)(AP, 9/24/99)
1998 Sep 24, Eddie DeBartolo,
co-owner of the SF 49ers, struck a deal with federal prosecutors to
keep out of jail. He will pay a fine and testify against former
Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards.
(SFC, 9/25/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 24, Long Term Capital
Investment, a hedge fund, received a $3.5 billion bailout by fifteen
financial institutions orchestrated by the Federal Reserve.
(WSJ, 9/25/98, p.A8)
1998 Sep 24, NATO instructed
its generals to begin preparing for air strikes on Yugoslavia unless
pres. Milosevic ends his attacks on ethnic Albanians.
(SFC, 9/25/98, p.A12)
1998 Sep 24, Hurricane Georges
charged toward Florida Keys. The death toll from Hurricane Georges
reached 443. The Dominican Republic toll was later set at 265; 172
in Haiti; 6 in Cuba; 11 in Puerto Rico; 2 in Antigua; 4 in St. Kitts
and Nevis and 1 in the Bahamas.
(SFC, 9/25/98, p.A16)(WSJ, 9/28/98, p.A1)(SFC,
10/3/98, p.A11)(SFC, 10/7/98, p.A12)(AP, 9/24/99)
1998 Sep 24, French doctors
performed a hand transplant on a New Zealand man, Clint Hallam (48).
He had lost his hand in a sawing accident in a New Zealand prison
where he was serving a 2-year sentence for fraud.
(SFC, 10/16/98, p.D2)
1998 Sep 24, In Sierra Leone
troops from the ECOMOG peacekeeping force killed at least 50
traditional Kapra hunters after the hunters opened fire on them. The
hunters claimed to have mistaken the troops for rebels.
(SFC, 9/28/98, p.A10)
1999 Sep 24, Oregon teenager
Kip Kinkel, who killed his parents and gunned down two classmates at
school, abandoned an insanity defense and pleaded guilty to murder.
He was later sentenced to 112 years without parole.
1999 Sep 24, In Burundi the
government reported that Hutu rebels had hacked to death 11
civilians in 2 separate attacks.
(SFC, 9/25/99, p.A14)
1999 Sep 24, In Chechnya tens
of thousands of civilians fled Grozny as Russian planes continued to
bomb the capital to wipe out Islamic militants accused of
(SFC, 9/25/99, p.A13)
1999 Sep 24, In Honduras two
weeks of torrential rain left 6 people dead and flood gates were
opened to save the El Cajon dam.
(SFEC, 9/26/99, p.A21)
1999 Sep 24, In Indonesia the
government suspended a new law that gave the armed forces expanded
emergency powers following serious protests and 2 days of rioting in
Jakarta. The Parliament recommended that a number of officials tied
to the Golkar Party be yanked from office over the disappearance of
some $70 billion from Bank Bali.
(SFC, 9/25/99, p.A12)(SFC, 9/28/99, p.A16)
1999 Sep 24, A jury acquitted
former Italian Premier Giulio Andreotti of the 1979 killing of a
1999 Sep 24, In Japan typhoon
Bart hit wreaked havoc in the south and killed at least 26 people.
(SFC, 9/25/99, p.A14)
1999 Sep 24, In Serbia some
30,000 protested in Belgrade against Pres. Milosevic.
(SFC, 9/25/99, p.A14)
2000 Sep 24, Janice Brustlein,
painter aka Biala, died in Paris at age 97.
(SFC, 10/14/00, p.A24)
2000 Sep 24, In Bangladesh
flooding forced some 60,000 to flee their homes and at least 9
people sere killed.
(WSJ, 9/25/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 24, In France voters
approved a reduction in the president’s term of office to 5 years
(SFC, 9/25/00, p.A12)
2000 Sep 24, In India 6 days of
rain left 370 people dead or missing.
(WSJ, 9/25/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 24, Vladimiro
Montesinos, Peru’s ousted spy chief, fled to Panama.
(SFC, 9/25/00, p.A12)
2000 Sep 24, For the first time
the citizens of the Yugoslav federation, Serbia and Montenegro,
voted directly for president. Supporters of opposition candidate
Vojislav Kostunica declared victory the next day, but the election
commission said a runoff was needed, prompting massive protests that
toppled President Slobodan Milosevic.
(SFC, 9/26/00, p.A1)(AP 9/24/01)
2001 Sep 24, President Bush
ordered a freeze on the assets of 27 people and organizations with
suspected links to terrorism, including Islamic militant Osama bin
Laden, and urged other nations to do likewise.
(SFC, 9/25/01, p.A1, 9)(AP, 9/24/02)
2001 Sep 24, The US rewarded
Jordan for its role in the anti-terrorist coalition with the passage
of a free trade treaty.
(SFC, 9/25/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 24, The US received
from Russia an essential go-ahead to use 3 former republics as bases
for attacks on Afghanistan.
(SFC, 9/25/01, p.A1,6)
2001 Sep 24, The US agreed to
pay $582 million in overdue dues to the UN.
(SFC, 9/25/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 24, US crop-dusters
were grounded for a 2nd day amid fears of a terrorist chemical
(SFC, 9/25/01, p.A3)
2001 Sep 24, In Maryland 2
college students, sisters, were killed by tornadoes at College Park.
Gov. Parris Glendening toured the area the next day.
(SFC, 9/26/01, p.C3)
2001 Sep 24, In Afghanistan
Taliban officials said they were dispatching 300,000 fighters to
defend their borders. Analysts estimated Taliban strength at 45,000
fighters with 20,000 in action against the Northern Alliance.
(SFC, 9/25/01, p.A5)
2001 Sep 24, The Taliban
occupied the offices of the UN World food Program and seized 1,400
metric tons of food.
(SFC, 9/25/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 24, In Colombia
Consuelo Araujo (62), the wife of the attorney general, was
kidnapped along with 10 others near Valledupar. Araujo was found
shot to death on Sep 30.
(SFC, 9/25/01, p.A12)(SFC, 10/1/01, p.A8)
2001 Sep 24, Kazakstan offered
air and military bases to the US for attacks on Afghanistan.
Tajikistan and Uzbekistan were said to be negotiating use of their
territory by the US.
(SFC, 9/25/01, p.A6)
2001 Sep 24, It was reported
that at least 16 Syrian, Jordanian and Lebanese citizens were
arrested in Paraguay in the wake of the Sep 11 terrorist attacks in
(SFC, 9/24/01, p.B1)
2001 Sep 24, Russia pledged
support for US efforts and arms for anti-Taliban forces in
(WSJ, 9/25/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/26/01, p.A16)
2001 Sep 24, The UN announced
that it is withdrawing its int’l. staff from Somalia after losing
insurance coverage on flights in and out of the country.
(SFC, 9/25/01, p.A12)
2002 Sep 24, The US Census
Bureau reported a rise in the poverty rate to 11.7%, with 32.9
million people classified as poor. It was the 1st rise in 8 years.
(WSJ, 9/25/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 24, The annual $500,00
"genius award" MacArthur grants were given to 24 men and women
including David B. Goldstein, energy specialist at the Natural
Resources Defense Council in SF for his work on energy-efficient
(SFC, 9/25/02, p.A3)(WSJ, 9/25/02, p.B1)
2002 Sep 24, The Dow Jones
industrials dropped nearly 190 points to hit a four-year low. The
Federal Reserve voted to keep U.S. interest rates steady for now
despite rare dissent within its ranks.
(AP, 9/24/02)(Reuters, 9/24/02)
2002 Sep 24, British Prime
Minister Tony Blair asserted that Iraq had a growing arsenal of
chemical and biological weapons and planned to use them, as he
unveiled an intelligence dossier to a special session of Parliament.
2002 Sep 24, Youssouf Togoimi,
rebel head of the Movement for Democracy and Justice in Chad and a
former minister in the government of President Idriss Deby, died
from wounds suffered after his vehicle struck a land mine Aug 28.
Togoimi died in a hospital in neighboring Libya where he was flown
2002 Sep 24, The Danish
government announced that the US will return to Denmark a section of
the U.S. air base at Thule in northern Greenland that was created in
2002 Sep 24, In India commandos
stormed the Swaminarayan Hindu temple in Gandhinagar to try to flush
out gunmen who killed 32 Hindus and wounded over 70. Two attackers
were killed the next day after a 14-hour siege.
(Reuters, 9/24/02)(SFC, 9/25/02, p.A11)(WSJ,
2002 Sep 24, Iraq dismissed a
British government report that said Saddam Hussein is pursuing
chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.
2002 Sep 24, Allied aircraft
struck Iraqi air defense facilities again in a double strike at two
southeastern installations. Precision-guided weapons were aimed at a
radar facility near Al Amarah about 165 miles southeast of Baghdad
and a defense communications facility at Tallil, about 170 miles
southeast of the capital.
2002 Sep 24, Israel defied a
U.N. Security Council demand to end its six-day siege of Yasser
Arafat's devastated West Bank headquarters. 9 Palestinians were
killed in an Israeli strike against alleged munitions factories and
other targets in Gaza City. Israeli troops demolished three houses
of Palestinian terror suspects, while Jewish settler leaders
inaugurated a new Jewish settlement near the Palestinian city of
(AP, 9/24/02)(AP, 9/25/02)
2002 Sep 24, In Spain a
booby-trapped sign bearing the logo of the armed Basque separatist
group ETA exploded, killing one police officer and wounding three
2002 Sep 24, Tropical Storm
Lili unleashed a mudslide that buried a woman and three of her
children in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
2003 Sep 24, After four
turbulent months, three special legislative sessions and two
Democratic walkouts, both houses of the Republican-controlled Texas
Legislature adopted redistricting plans favoring the GOP.
2003 Sep 24, In Cold Spring,
Minn., Jason McLaughlin (15), a high school freshman, shot and
killed senior Aaron Rollins (17) and wounded Seth Bartell (14)
before surrendering. Bartell died from his wounds on Oct 10. On
August 30, 2005, McLaughlin was sentenced to life in prison, with no
possibility for parole until he’s well over 50. He was convicted of
first degree murder in the shooting death of Bartell and
second-degree murder for killing Rollins.
2003 Sep 24, Herb Gardner (68),
Tony-winning playwright, died in New York.
2003 Sep 24, In Israel 27
reserve pilots refused to take part in targeted killings.
(WSJ, 9/25/03, p.A1)
2003 Sep 24, India rejected
Pakistan's invitation to negotiate a settlement concerning the
disputed province of Kashmir.
2003 Sep 24, Families of people
killed when US jets bombed Libya urged Tripoli to suspend payments
to relatives of the victims of the 1988 downing of a Pan Am airliner
until they receive compensation from the United States.
2003 Sep 24, Swedish police
arrested a new suspect in the murder of Foreign Minister Anna Lindh,
and released a man they had held for more than a week.
2004 Sep 24, The California Air
Resources Board backed sweeping reductions in auto emissions.
2004 Sep 24, Nova Scotia became
the sixth Canadian province or territory to allow gay marriages when
the provincial Supreme Court ruled that banning such unions was
2004 Sep 24, French author
Francoise Sagan (69), who shot to fame with her first novel "Bonjour
Tristesse" (1954) at the age of 18 and courted controversy
throughout her life, died. She was a longstanding friend of late
President Francois Mitterrand and was convicted of taking drugs and
for tax evasion.
(Reuters, 9/24/04)(SSFC, 9/26/04, p.B5)
2004 Sep 24, Iraq's interim PM
Ayad Allawi appealed to world leaders at the UN General Assembly to
unite behind his country's effort to rein in spiraling violence,
lighten the foreign debt and improve security ahead of the January
elections. PM Allawi and President Bush declared that Iraq is on the
road to stability, with the Iraqi leader saying elections would be
possible in all but 3-4 of Iraq's 18 provinces.
(AP, 9/24/04)(AP, 9/24/05)
2004 Sep 24, Palestinians
shelled a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip and killed an
Israeli-American woman just ahead of Yom Kippur.
2004 Sep 24, An uprising by
some 800 gang members at two Salvadoran prisons ended peacefully on
Friday following government promises to study complaints by inmates.
2004 Sep 24, The UN High
Commissioner for Refugees proposed autonomy for the troubled Darfur
region of Sudan. The government has resisted this but said it would
be willing to discuss it anew in an effort to end the violence that
has killed 50,000 people.
2005 Sep 24, The 184-nation
International Monetary Fund and the World Bank opened their annual
meetings in Washington DC. They were ready to act on a breakthrough
deal that would forgive more than $40 billion owed by the poorest
2005 Sep 24, The US deficit was
reported to be over $700 billion. The growing deficit put negative
pressure on the dollar causing foreign lenders to demand higher
(Econ, 9/24/05, Sur. p.22)
2005 Sep 24, The anti-war march
in Washington DC drew tens of thousands. In SF an anti-war march
from Dolores park to Jefferson Square drew 20-50 thousand people.
(SSFC, 9/25/05, A1)
2005 Sep 24, The 2nd annual
Love Parade began at Market and Second streets in SF and was
followed by a celebration at the Civic Center Plaza. 24 floats
carried some 200 DJs.
(SSFC, 9/25/05, A21)
2005 Sep 24, Hurricane Rita,
reduced to Category 3, made landfall east of Sabine Pass, on the
Texas-Louisiana line, smashing windows, sparking fires and knocking
power out to more than 1 million customers, but largely sparing
vulnerable Houston and already reeling New Orleans. Within hours it
weakened to Category 2.
2005 Sep 24, Thomas Ross Bond
(b.1926), child star, died in Los Angeles. He played Butch the bully
in the "Our Gang" and "The Little Rascals" serials of the 1930s. In
the 1940s, Bond played Jimmy Olsen in two Superman movies and
appeared as Joey Pepper in several installments of the "Five Little
2005 Sep 24, Monica
Lozada-Rivadineira (26), an immigrant from Bolivia, disappeared in
NYC. Her daughter, Valery, was found in the evening wandering
barefoot in Queens. On Oct 6 Police found her body in a Pennsylvania
landfill and police said she was killed by her boyfriend. In 2006
Cesar Ascarruna (32) pleaded guilty to manslaughter and reckless
endangerment. He was sentenced to 32 years in prison.
(AP, 10/7/05)(SFC, 3/16/06, p.A3)
2005 Sep 24, Aruba election
board officials reported that the ruling party kept its majority in
parliament in legislative elections for all 21 seats.
2005 Sep 24, Thousands of
people marched through central London demanding that British PM Tony
Blair withdraw British troops from Iraq. Marches also took place in
the US and Europe.
2005 Sep 24, India's western
state of Gujarat was on flood alert after two days of lashing
monsoon rains that killed at least 15 people.
2005 Sep 24, A suicide car
bomber driving at high speed exploded his vehicle near an Iraqi army
checkpoint in downtown Baghdad, killing three soldiers and an Iraqi
2005 Sep 24, In Iraq 2
insurgents from al-Qaida in Iraq were captured during raids in the
Baghdad. They were identified as Walid Muhammad Farhan Juwar
al-Zubaydi, also known as "the Barber," and Ibrahim Muhammad Subhi
2005 Sep 24, Israel killed at
least two Hamas militants in a missile strike and moved artillery
cannons to the Gaza border, launching what it vowed would be a
"crushing" response to a Hamas rocket barrage on Israeli towns. An
air strike caused heavy damage to the Al-Arkam school run by Hamas.
(AP, 9/24/05)(SSFC, 9/25/05, A3)
2005 Sep 24, Turkish scholars
at a twice-canceled conference on the massacre of Armenians in the
early 20th century cautiously discussed the politically charged
topic, avoiding inflammatory language as protesters denounced the
gathering as traitorous.
2005 Sep 24, The 35-nation
board of the U.N. atomic watchdog agency approved a resolution that
could lead to Iran's referral to the U.N. Security Council for
violating a nuclear arms control treaty, something the United States
has been urging for years.
2006 Sep 24, In a combative
interview on "Fox News Sunday," former President Clinton defended
his handling of the threat posed by Osama bin Laden, and accused
host Chris Wallace of a "conservative hit job."
2006 Sep 24, Democrats seized
on an intelligence assessment that said the Iraq war had increased
the terrorist threat, saying it was further evidence Americans
should choose new leadership in upcoming elections.
2006 Sep 24, A survey by the
Pew Internet and American Life Project said machines after 2020 will
become intelligent, evolve rapidly, and could end up treating humans
(SFC, 9/25/06, p.F1)
2006 Sep 24, Residents in
Richmond, Ca., set up a tent city to protest violence, homicides and
drug dealing in their Iron Triangle neighborhood.
(SFC, 10/11/06, p.A7)
2006 Sep 24, Inco, one of
Canada’s two largest mining companies, agreed to be acquired by
Companhia Vale do Rio Doce of Brazil for $17.8 billion and absorbing
Inco's debt of $1.2 billion. The deal was closed in October.
2006 Sep 24, In China Chen
Liangyu, the Communist Party boss of Shanghai, was sacked for
corruption, toppling the highest leader so far in national party
chief Hu Jintao's drive to root out abuse and enforce loyalty.
(Reuters, 9/25/06)(Econ, 9/30/06, p.49)
2006 Sep 24, In Copenhagen,
Denmark, youths angered at a court decision to evict squatters from
a downtown building hurled stones, bottles and eggs at police during
a protest. More than 200 were detained.
2006 Sep 24, In Ecuador a
speeding bus overturned on a curving mountain road near Quito,
killing 47 people and injuring five children.
2006 Sep 24, India's federal
government called off a six-week truce with separatist rebels in
Assam and ordered the resumption of military operations in the
2006 Sep 24, Iraq’s PM Nouri
al-Maliki called for Shiites and Sunnis to use the Islamic holy
month of Ramadan to put aside their differences. Iraq's
parliamentary groups agreed to open debate on a contentious
Shiite-proposed draft legislation that will allow the creation of
federal regions in Iraq. Authorities reported that at least 20
people were killed in scattered violence across the country.
Authorities reported that 45 bodies were received at the morgue, the
apparent victims of sectarian death squads.
(AP, 9/24/06)(SFC, 9/25/06, p.A9)
2006 Sep 24, In Indian Kashmir
4 suspected Islamic militants were shot dead by troops in northern
Uri district in a gunbattle with troops. 2 more were killed in
2006 Sep 24, In Lebanon Samir
Geagea, an anti-Syrian Christian leader, dismissed Hezbollah's
claims of victory in its war with Israel as tens of thousands of his
supporters rallied in a show of strength that highlighted the
country’s sharp divisions.
2006 Sep 24, In St. Petersburg,
Russia, attackers stabbed to death Nitesh Kumar Singh, an Indian
medical student, in the latest in a series of hate crimes there.
2006 Sep 24, In Somalia
hundreds of Islamic militiamen in heavily armed trucks took over the
southern town of Kismayo, one of the last seaports that had been
outside their control.
2006 Sep 24, Swiss voters in a
national referendum backed tougher asylum rules put forth by justice
minister Christoph Blocher, despite fears that the new rules will
deny refugees a fair hearing. 68% approved a new immigration law
which was meant to tackle what authorities say is the lack of
integration of many foreigners into Swiss society.
(AP, 9/24/06)(Econ, 9/30/06, p.61)
2006 Sep 24, Thailand's
military council issued new orders intended to stave off any
possible opposition to their coup, banning political activities at
the district and provincial levels.
2007 Sep 24, The US Drug
Enforcement Agency (DEA) said that its 10-month “Operation Raw Deal”
had resulted in 124 arrests in 27 states and 9 foreign countries. 56
steroid labs were seized along with $6.5 million and 232 kilograms
of steroid powder produced in China.
2007 Sep 24, More than 73,000
General Motors Corp workers walked off the job after marathon
contract talks between the United Auto Workers union and GM stalled
and the union called the first national strike since 1970 against
the top U.S. automaker.
2007 Sep 24, In SF
union-represented security officers at 14 buildings in the Financial
District went on strike protesting contract negotiations that have
been fruitless for 3 months. Workers returned to their jobs on Sep
27 following some progress in negotiations.
(SFC, 9/25/07, p.C1)(SFC, 9/28/07, p.C1)
2007 Sep 24, In Huntsville,
Texas, two inmates wrested guns from guards, stole a pickup truck
then ran over and killed a female guard. John Ray Falk (40) and
Jerry Martin (37) were both arrested within hours following a huge
(SFC, 9/25/07, p.A6)
2007 Sep 24, The annual
$500,000 "genius award" MacArthur grants were given to 24 men and
women. Bay Area winners included Claire Kremen for her studies on
honey bees, and inventor Saul Griffith for his work to bring
corrective eyewear to people in the Third World.
(SFC, 9/25/07, p.B1)
2007 Sep 24, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in NYC for a speech at Columbia
University followed by a scheduled address to the UN General
Assembly. Ahmadinejad defended Holocaust revisionists and raised
questions about who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks in a tense
showdown at Columbia University.
(AP, 9/24/07)(AP, 9/25/07)
2007 Sep 24, Dell Inc.
announced a deal to launch a retail presence in China by selling
computers through the country's biggest chain of electronics stores
as it struggles to capture a bigger share of the booming market.
2007 Sep 24, A US navy MH60
helicopter crashed into a lake on the Pacific island of Guam,
killing one crew member.
2007 Sep 24, Wolfgang K.H.
Panofsky (b.1919), German-born Stanford physicist, died. He led the
construction of the Stanford Linear Accelerator following approval
by Congress in 1961.
(SFC, 9/26/07, p.B7)
2007 Sep 24, In western
Afghanistan Italian special forces rescued two captive Italian
intelligence agents from a militant convoy, killing at least eight
kidnappers. Both kidnapped Italians were wounded in the raid, but
one died from his wounds in Rome on Oct 4. In southern Afghanistan a
Canadian soldier was killed and four were wounded during a military
(AP, 9/24/07)(Reuters, 9/25/07)(AP, 10/4/07)
2007 Sep 24, An Australian man
was conscious and spoke to his medical team during life-saving brain
surgery in what doctors are claiming as a world-first procedure with
2007 Sep 24, Two Congolese
troops and a Ugandan soldier were killed in clashes on the
flashpoint border of Lake Albert where oil was recently discovered.
Six civilians were killed when Ugandan soldiers opened fire on a
Congolese passenger boat on Lake Albert.
(AFP, 9/25/07)(Reuters, 9/25/07)
2007 Sep 24, French PM Francois
Fillon warned that the country's public finances were in a
"critical" state and need drastic action to reduce worrying
2007 Sep 24, Hungarian
officials said that in an effort to bring prostitutes into the legal
economy, they will allow sex workers to apply for an entrepreneur's
permit, a move that could generate government revenues from an
industry worth an estimated $1 billion annually.
2007 Sep 24, Iran closed major
border crossings with northeastern Iraq to protest the US detention
of an Iranian official the military accused of weapons smuggling.
The International Atomic Energy Agency technical officials began
talks with Iran to resolve remaining issues surrounding the
country's controversial nuclear program. Iran released from jail
peace activist Ali Shakeri, the last of four Iranian-Americans
imprisoned in recent months after being accused of stirring up a
(AP, 9/24/07)(AP, 9/25/07)
2007 Sep 24, Iraq’s Pres.
al-Maliki spoke in NYC at the Council on Foreign Relations. When
asked about the country's various problems, took a jab at the Bush
administration, saying that the build-up of Iraq's forces after the
collapse of Saddam's regime, was not handled properly. A suicide
attacker struck a unity meeting of about 800 people in Baqouba,
killing at least 24, including the city's police chief and other top
2007 Sep 24, Israel’s Supreme
Court gave the country’s main land distributor 3 months to change
its policy of selling property only to Jews.
(SFC, 9/25/07, p.A3)
2007 Sep 24, A powerful blast
ripped through a shopping mall in the center of Pristina, Kosovo's
capital, killing two and injuring 10 others.
2007 Sep 24, In Myanmar as many
as 100,000 protesters led by a phalanx of barefoot monks marched
through Yangon. The movement has grown in a week from faltering
demonstrations to one rivaling the failed 1988 pro-democracy
2007 Sep 24, Pakistani police
intensified a crackdown that opposition parties say has left
hundreds of activists in custody while the Supreme Court dismissed
three challenges to the re-election bid of Pakistan's military
2007 Sep 24, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin named a new government, tapping new economics and
health ministers and retaining his foreign and defense ministers in
an expected but largely cosmetic shuffle before parliamentary and
2007 Sep 24, A group of UN
experts monitoring Darfur said that serious human rights violations
appeared to be continuing in the strife-torn western Sudanese
2007 Sep 24, The Swiss
drugmaker Novartis AG said that the European Commission had approved
its Exelon skin patch to treat Alzheimer's disease.
2008 Sep 24, Pres. Bush went on
national TV to support the economic bailout plan.
(WSJ, 9/25/08, p.A1)
2008 Sep 24, A US federal
appeals court ruled Ivory Coast plantation workers, who claimed they
were sterilized by a US-made pesticide, cannot sue the manufacturers
and distributors of the chemical in the US, because they can’t show
that the companies intended them harm. Some 700 workers accused US
companies of genocide for marketing DBCP abroad after the pesticide
was banned in the US.
(SFC, 9/25/08, p.B3)
2008 Sep 24, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger began signing bills including legislation that bans
text messaging while driving and a law that forbids companies that
do business with the state from having investments in Sudan.
(SFC, 9/25/08, p.B1)
2008 Sep 24, In California a
mercury spill at Searles Valley Minerals in San Bernardino County
released some 90 pounds during a demolition project. Another 90
pounds was released in a 2nd spill at the site on Oct 10.
(SSFC, 2/8/09, p.A21)
2008 Sep 24, In NYC police Lt.
Michael Pigott ordered a fellow officer to fire a taser at Imam
Morales, who had threatened to kill himself and stood naked on a
window ledge. Morales fell about 10 feet and died. A distraught
Pigott committed suicide on Oct 2.
(SFC, 10/3/08, p.A6)
2008 Sep 24, Google introduced
a $10 million project to reward 5 winners in an Internet competition
for an idea making the world a better place.
(SFC, 9/25/08, p.C1)
2008 Sep 24, Oracle unveiled a
joint project with Hewlett Packard for a storage server for data
warehousing: the HP Oracle Database Machine.
(SFC, 9/25/08, p.C1)
2008 Sep 24, In Afghanistan a
bomb blast in the capital has wounded Kabul's chief criminal
investigator. Gen. Ali Shah Paktiawal was investigating the
overnight killing of three officers at the checkpoint in Kabul's
western outskirts when a blast struck his team. A remote-controlled
bomb struck a police vehicle in Spin Boldak district, killing two
(AP, 9/24/08)(AP, 9/25/08)
2008 Sep 24, Britain pledged
26.9 million pounds for drought-hit Ethiopia, where some 9.6 million
people are in need of emergency food aid.
2008 Sep 24, Typhoon Hagupit
plowed into south China, killing at least 13 people, closing
schools, canceling flights, uprooting trees and bringing down
billboards in several cities. Torrential rain isolated more than
20,000 people in an area of southwest China still recovering from a
devastating earthquake in May. Flash floods and landslides unleashed
by heavy rains killed at least 16 people in Sichuan province.
(Reuters, 9/25/08)(AP, 9/26/08)
2008 Sep 24, The European Union
warned that Iran is nearing the ability to arm a nuclear warhead
even if it insists its atomic activities are peaceful.
2008 Sep 24, French power
provider EDF said it has agreed to acquire British Energy Group PLC
for about $23.2 billion in cash in a deal that would create a
powerhouse in nuclear energy.
2008 Sep 24, Iraq's parliament
overwhelmingly approved a provincial elections law, overcoming
months of deadlock and giving a boost to US-backed national
reconciliation efforts. An ambush against Iraqi forces raiding
Othmaniyah, a Sunni village northeast of Baghdad killed 35, most of
them commandos sent to the area as part of a US-backed military
crackdown. A suicide bomber killed a US soldier in Diyala province.
(AP, 9/24/08)(AP, 9/25/08)
2008 Sep 24, Taro Aso (68),
former foreign minister and flamboyant conservative of the Liberal
Democratic Party (LDP), took charge as Japan's new prime minister,
pledging to work for a "cheerful" nation by reviving an economy in
(AP, 9/24/08)(Econ, 9/27/08, p.53)(Econ, 11/1/08,
2008 Sep 24, In Morocco at
least 12 people were killed and 43 injured when a bus overturned in
the southern province of Taroudannt.
2008 Sep 24, In Nicaragua
Russia's ambassador to Managua said that his country will replace
the Nicaraguan army's aging weaponry.
2008 Sep 24, North Korea barred
UN nuclear inspectors from its main nuclear reactor and within a
week plans to reactivate the plant that once provided the plutonium
for its atomic test explosion.
2008 Sep 24, The Pakistani army
said it found the wreckage of a suspected US spy plane near the
Afghan border, but denied claims that it had been shot down. A
suicide bomber killed an 11-year-old girl and wounded 11 troops in
the frontier city of Quetta. Security forces killed 20 militants in
the Bajur border region.
2008 Sep 24, Ruslan Yamadayev
(46), a former Russian lawmaker and brother of a Chechen warlord,
was assassinated as he was stopped at a traffic light just outside
the British Embassy in Moscow.
2008 Sep 24, Sudanese forces
were laying siege to a remote desert hideout where bandits held 19
people captive, including European tourists, but said they did not
plan to storm the area. Negotiations were continuing with the
kidnappers, who have reportedly demanded a ransom of up to 15
2008 Sep 24, In Tanzania the
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) sentenced Simeon
Nchamihigo, Rwanda’s former deputy prosecutor, to life in prison for
his role in Rwanda's 1994 genocide.
2009 Sep 24, Massachusetts’
Gov. Deval Patrick named former Democratic Party chairman Paul G.
Kirk Jr. to temporarily fill the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat.
The appointment will let Kirk, who was close friends with the
senator, serve in the post until voters pick a permanent replacement
in a Jan. 19 special election.
2009 Sep 24, A US federal jury
rejected a New Orleans family’s claims that a FEMA issued trailer
they lived in after Hurricane Katrina was defective and exposed them
to dangerous fumes. The trailer made by Gulf Stream Coach Inc. had
been occupied for 19 months by Alana Alexander and her son (12).
(SFC, 9/25/09, p.A8)
2009 Sep 24, In California
thousands of students, professors and workers at UC campuses across
the state poured out of classrooms to rally against deep cuts to
(SFC, 9/25/09, p.A1)
2009 Sep 24, In Chicago Derrion
Albert (16), a sophomore at Christian Fenger Academy High School,
was beaten to death as 2 groups of students from different
neighborhoods engaged in a fight following a shooting earlier in the
day. 4 teenagers were charged with murder. The melee was caught on
video. On Dec 8, 2010, a 15-year-old boy was convicted of
first-degree murder. 4 suspects were still awaiting trial. In 2011
the last of 5 convicted suspects was sentenced to 32 years in
2009 Sep 24, In Pennsylvania US
Pres. Obama hosted a 2-day meeting of the G20 as it opened in
(SFC, 9/26/09, p.A4)
2009 Sep 24, In Texas Hosam
Maher Husein Smadi (19) parked what he thought was an explosive
laden truck in a parking garage beneath the 60-story Fountain Place
office tower in Dallas. FBI agents had provided Smadi with the
truck. Smadi was indicted the next day.
(SFC, 9/26/09, p.A6)
2009 Sep 24, Susan Atkins (61),
a follower of cult leader Charles Manson, died at a prison facility
in Chowchilla, Ca. Her remorseless witness stand confession to
killing pregnant actress Sharon Tate in 1969 shocked the world. She
had been suffering from brain cancer.
2009 Sep 24, Emile Norman
(b.1918), pioneering gay artist, died in Monterey, Ca.
(SFC, 9/26/09, p.A12)
2009 Sep 24, Afghan officials
started a partial vote recount from last month's presidential
election in a long-awaited procedure due to bring to an end weeks of
uncertainty over the ballot. The process was expected to take about
two weeks. Four US soldiers died in southeastern Zabul province,
three of them killed when their Stryker vehicle hit a bomb, and the
fourth shot to death in an insurgent attack.
(Reuters, 9/25/09)(AP, 9/25/09)
2009 Sep 24, Australia said it
has created a massive nature reserve in the country's far north that
will be managed by Aborigines. The so-called Indigenous Protected
Areas in the Northern Territory contain rock art sites that are
50,000 years old and wilderness areas rivaling the nearby World
Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.
2009 Sep 24, In Belgium 2 armed
robbers made off with a $1.1 million painting by Belgian surrealist
Rene Magritte, “Olympia” (1948), in a morning heist at a small
museum in Brussels.
2009 Sep 24, In the Central
African Republic 2 local employees of the Italian Coopi NGO were
killed when Lord's Resistance Army rebels attacked their vehicle.
2009 Sep 24, The Colombian
military discovered a mass grave holding 16 rebels believed killed
in combat, including a nephew of a top guerrilla commander. the FARC
fighters were believed killed during fighting in July and included a
nephew of the rebel band's No. 2 leader, Jorge Briceno.
2009 Sep 24, Two French
military fighter Rafale jets crashed into the Mediterranean Sea
during a training mission and one pilot was missing.
2009 Sep 24, The Clinton Global
Initiative announced $258 million in aid projects for Haiti. The 21
projects included a $2 million pledge by actor mat Damon’s Water.org
to get water and sanitation to 50,000 people.
(SFC, 9/25/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 24, In Honduras the
national curfew was lifted, but hundreds of troops and police
continued to ring the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, where an
increasingly exhausted President Manuel Zelaya, his family and about
70 supporters, have been sheltered since he sneaked back into
Honduras on Sep 21.
2009 Sep 24, Ireland, the first
nation to tax plastic bags as a way to stop them littering the
countryside, announced plans to double its levy to a 44 euro cents
(59 US cents) per bag.
2009 Sep 24, Japan’s Tokyo Game
Show, billed as the world's largest computer entertainment fest,
kicked off with hopes that depressed sales of game consoles will
enjoy a holiday resurrection.
2009 Sep 24, In Mexico
Chihuahua state prosecutor Arturo Chavez, criticized for failing to
solve dozens of rapes and murders of women in his northern border
state, was confirmed as Mexico's attorney general and leader of the
nation's war on vicious drug cartels.
2009 Sep 24, In northwestern
Pakistan militants ambushed a convoy of prominent anti-Taliban
tribal elders, spraying their cars with gunfire and killing nine
people. Tribesmen killed two militants in the gunbattle. In a
separate attack militants killed two members of another anti-Taliban
committee in the Swat Valley to the northeast. Soldiers killed at
least six militants in the nearby Malakand region after insurgents
ambushed a vehicle carrying Pakistani troops near an Afghan refugee
camp. 10 suspects were arrested in operations over the past 24 hours
and 15 militants surrendered to security forces. A suspected US
missile strike killed 4 people near the town of Mir Ali in North
(AP, 9/24/09)(SFC, 9/25/09, p.A7)
2009 Sep 24, In Puerto Rico
police officer Luis Martinez was killed in the northern coastal city
of Manati. In 2011 suspect Anthony Rivera Morales (23) was arrested
at a homeless shelter in New York and extradited back to the US
island territory to face murder charges.
2009 Sep 24, Spain said it has
disqualified a group of Israeli academics from a solar power design
competition because their university is in the West Bank, the latest
in a series of low-level European sanctions against Israel over its
2009 Sep 24, In Spain Garry
Kasparov soundly defeated Anatoly Karpov in an exhibition chess
match marking the 25th anniversary of their first title bout.
2009 Sep 24, Swiss lawmakers
decided not to join the European Union's anti-piracy efforts, amid
concern that participating in the mission off Somalia could violate
the Alpine nation's long-standing neutrality.
2009 Sep 24, In Thailand an
experimental combination of two previously unsuccessful vaccines cut
the risk of becoming infected with HIV by more than 31%, in the
world's largest AIDS vaccine trial of more than 16,000 volunteers.
This was the first time an experimental vaccine has prevented
infection with the AIDS virus.
2009 Sep 24, The UN Security
Council unanimously approved a historic resolution aimed at ridding
the world of nuclear weapons at a summit-level meeting chaired by
President Barack Obama.
2009 Sep 24, Venezuela’s
Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said the animated television
series "Family Guy." should be pulled from the airwaves because it
promotes the use of marijuana. He said that cable networks that
broadcast "Family Guy" would be fined by Venezuela's
telecommunications regulator if they refuse to dump the program.
2009 Sep 24, In Vietnam 9 North
Koreans took refuge in Denmark's embassy in Hanoi seeking political
asylum and passage to Seoul. On Oct 20 they left the mission and
were on their way to South Korea.
(Reuters, 10/20/09)(SFC, 9/25/09, p.A2)
2010 Sep 24, Facebook founder
Mark Zuckerberg announced a $100 million donation to Newark, N.J.,
public schools in a move that could enhance his reputation just
before the opening on an unflattering movie about him, "The Social
2010 Sep 24, In Florida 3
thieves in Coral Gables put an alleged bomb on a bank teller and
ordered him to steal as much money as possible while they held his
father as hostage.
(SFC, 9/25/10, p.A6)
2010 Sep 24, The Texas State
Board of Education adopted a resolution that seeks to curtail
references to Islam in Texas textbooks, as social conservative board
members warned of what they describe as a creeping Middle Eastern
influence in the nation's publishing industry.
2010 Sep 24, Three Afghan
journalists (Hojatullah Mujadadi, Mohammad Nadir and Rahmatullah
Naikzad), arrested by coalition forces over the past week, were
released. NATO had said it had information linking the men to
networks that act as a mouthpiece for the Taliban and spread
insurgent propaganda. A suicide bomber in a car targeted a NATO
convoy on the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif city in Balkh province in
the north. One child was killed and 28 people were wounded in a
wedding party bus that was passing by. In Khost province and more
than 30 insurgents died in an airstrike following an attack on an
Afghan National Security Force outpost.
(AP, 9/24/10)(AP, 9/26/10)
2010 Sep 24, Agathon Rwasa, a
former rebel chief in Burundi, appealed by letter to UN chief Ban
Ki-moon to intervene and prevent the east African nation from
falling again into violent conflict. Rwasa headed the ex-rebel
National Liberation Forces, which became a political party in 2009
after a peace deal ended Burundi's 13-year civil war.
2010 Sep 24, Cambodia's
opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, said he has filed a criminal lawsuit
in the United States against PM Hun Sen, accusing him of being
behind a deadly 1997 attack on a political rally.
2010 Sep 24, The Central
African Republic's government in a broadcast statement accused main
opposition leader and former prime minister Martin Ziguele of
heading a rebel movement.
2010 Sep 24, A Chilean court
froze all 9.7 million dollars in assets belonging to a troubled
mining company to fund the huge rescue operation for 33 miners
trapped below ground since early August.
2010 Sep 24, European coastal
nations agreed to review rules for offshore drilling, but said each
country should decide individually on how to improve safety oil rig
safety to avoid disasters like the Gulf of Mexico spill.
2010 Sep 24, In Guyana a
teenager (16) was reported missing. Police found her body Oct. 3
inside a suitcase that had been weighted down with dumbbells and
tossed in a creek in the capital of Georgetown. On Oct 8 police
charge the girl’s mother Bibi Sharmina Gopaul and her lover Jarvis
Small with murder.
2010 Sep 24, In Haiti a freak
storm blasted through the capital, killing at least five earthquake
survivors as it tore down trees, billboards and tent homes.
2010 Sep 24, Iran’s President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told reporters that Iran would consider ending
higher level uranium enrichment, the most crucial part of its
controversial nuclear activities, if world powers send Tehran
nuclear fuel for a medical research reactor.
2010 Sep 24, Japan said it
would free Zhan Qixiong (41), a Chinese fishing boat captain, whose
arrest in disputed waters over two weeks ago sparked the worst row
in years between the Asian giants.
2010 Sep 24, In Kuwait US Army
Spc. Marc C. Whisenant (23) of Holly Hill, Fla., died in a military
2010 Sep 24, A Malaysian
political cartoonist said he has been arrested under the Sedition
Act and his offices raided by police over his new book,
"Cartoon-O-Phobia," just hours before its planned launch. Zulkifli
Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, used cartoons to highlight
contentious issues such as the sodomy trial of opposition leader
Anwar Ibrahim and police shootings.
2010 Sep 24, In Mexico Ricardo
Solis, the recently elected mayor of the small town of Gran Morelos'
in the northern state of Chihuahua, was shot in the head and chest
by gunmen who drove up in two SUVs. Soldiers near Monterrey came
under fire when they went to look into a tip that a local ranch had
been taken over by members of a drug gang. The soldiers fired back,
killing two alleged assailants, and then seized 12 rifles and over
2,000 rounds of ammunition. Mexican soldiers detained Jose Angel
Fernandez, the Zetas drug cartel's alleged operations chief for the
resort city of Cancun, along with three alleged accomplices.
Fernandez was suspected in last month's fire-bombing of a bar that
killed eight people.
(Reuters, 9/25/10)(AP, 9/25/10)(AP, 9/26/10)
2010 Sep 24, Pakistan's PM
Yousuf Raza Gilani called Aafia Siddiqui, a female scientist
convicted of trying to kill US interrogators in Afghanistan, "the
daughter of the nation" and vowed to campaign for her release from
an American jail.
2010 Sep 24, In Peru hundreds
of student protesters toppled a perimeter wall at Cuzco's airport,
prompting flight suspensions and cancellations that stranded about
500 tourists. The students backed peasants who have been blocking
roads in the region for nearly two weeks, protesting government
plans to build a reservoir in the municipality of Espinar.
2010 Sep 24, In Romania some
6,000 police officers protested plans to cut their wages by 25
percent, part of government's austerity measures to reduce the
budget deficit. Pres. Basescu asked the interior ministry to
withdraw his police protection shortly after the protest.
2010 Sep 24, Spain's government
approved an "austere" budget for 2011 aimed at reassuring nervous
markets over its ability to rein in a massive public deficit and fix
its battered economy.
2010 Sep 24, Sudan’s
information minister said South Sudanese people will lose the right
to be citizens in the north if their region votes for independence
in a referendum, raising fears for southerners living in northern
2010 Sep 24, A Thai court
ordered the ex-wife of deposed PM Thaksin Shinawatra to return a
valuable plot of land she bought from the government while her
husband was the country's leader. The Civil Court ruled that the
2003 purchase by Potjaman na Pombejra was void because it violated
an anti-corruption law.
2010 Sep 24, The UN atomic
watchdog threw out an Arab-backed resolution urging Israel to accede
to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The International Atomic
Energy Agency, on the last day of its annual general conference,
voted against the resolution, with 51 votes against, 46 votes for
and 23 abstentions.
2010 Sep 24, Yemeni forces,
backed by tanks and heavy artillery, drove al-Qaida militants from
the town of Hawta in Shabwa province after five days of fighting.
2010 Sep 24, Investigators of
the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, who visited an animal reserve
near the southern border town of Beit Bridge and the Limpopo river,
reported that occupiers slaughtered 300 zebra for their skins in the
last two months. 7 African antelope were killed this week.
2011 Sep 24, NASA’s
20-year-old, 6-ton Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) fell
back to Earth. NASA calculations later showed the satellite entered
Earth's atmosphere generally above American Samoa. But falling
debris as it broke apart didn't start hitting the water for another
300 miles to the northeast, southwest of Christmas Island, just
(AP, 9/24/11)(AP, 9/28/11)
2011 Sep 24, In San Francisco
40 or so naked men and one woman staged a nude-in at Castro and 17th
streets to support their right to wander in the buff.
(SSFC, 9/25/11, p.D3)
2011 Sep 24, In Florida Bob
Ward, a millionaire developer who lived in Isleworth, was convicted
of murdering his wife in their mansion. Ward was accused of shooting
of his wife, Diane, in September 2009.
2011 Sep 24, In Utah thousands
of people stripped to their underwear and ran through Salt Lake City
to protest what they called the "uptight" laws of Utah. Guiness
World Records later said 2,270 people participated breaking a
previous record of 550 set last year in Great Britain.
(AP, 9/25/11)(SFC, 10/7/11, p.A6)
2011 Sep 24, In Afghanistan an
insurgent attack killed one NATO service member. 4 Afghans were
wounded in suicide bombings in the east and north. A German tourist
was shot dead and two Afghan companions were injured when they were
attacked by armed men while traveling in Ghor province.
(AP, 9/24/11)(AFP, 9/24/11)
2011 Sep 24, Bahraini
by-elections, boycotted by the Shiite opposition after it walked out
of parliament over violence against pro-democracy activists,
registered a poor turnout.
2011 Sep 24, In Britain
thousands of Muslims rallied at London’s Wembley arena to promote a
moderate version of Islam. The rally was led by Muhammad
Tahir-ul-Qadri, a Pakistani-born Islamic scholar.
(SSFC, 9/25/11, p.A4)
2011 Sep 24, In Britain a
mother and five of her children were killed when a fire tore through
a house in the Neasden district of northwest London.
2011 Sep 24, In Chile a massive
power blackout affected 9 million people across the country, forcing
thousands in the capital to be evacuated from trains or subway cars.
2011 Sep 23, French oil giant
Total said it had restarted production from an offshore oil platform
off Libya, making it the first major to return to work since the
fall of Kadhafi.
2011 Sep 24, Kurdish rebels
attacked a Turkish army outpost, killing 5 soldiers and wounding 10
in the country's southeast. Three rebels also were killed.
2011 Sep 24, In Libya hundreds
of revolutionary fighters pushed into Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of
Sirte in the first significant assault in about a week as the new
rulers try to rout remaining loyalists of the fugitive leader. 7 men
were killed and 152 wounded, 17 seriously. Gunmen loyal to Gadhafi
crossed the Libyan border from Algeria and attacked revolutionary
forces in Ghadamis near the frontier, killing six people.
(AP, 9/24/11)(AFP, 9/24/11)(AP, 9/25/11)
2011 Sep 24, In Malawi Robert
Chasowa (25), a pro-democracy activist, allegedly jumped from a
five-story building and left a note saying he was killing himself
because politics are dangerous. Chasowa's family and fellow
activists said his injuries are not consistent with such a fall. His
death raised suspicions amid attacks on anti-government critics.
(AP, 9/26/11)(Econ, 10/8/11, p.62)
2011 Sep 24, Hundreds of black
Mauritanians rallied against a census they see as racist, in
protests that turned violent in some cities, and several arrests
2011 Sep 24, Mexican police
found a woman's decapitated body in the border city of Nuevo Laredo,
alongside a handwritten sign saying she was killed in retaliation
for her postings on a social networking site. She was identified as
Marisol Macias Castaneda, a newsroom manager for the Nuevo Laredo
newspaper Primera Hora.
2011 Sep 24, Russia’s PM
Vladimir Putin (58) declared he planned to reclaim the presidency at
March elections that could open the way for the former KGB spy to
rule until 2024.
2011 Sep 24, In Somalia at
least one person was killed by a powerful explosion at the offices
of the UN Mine Action Service in Mogadishu.
2011 Sep 24, Sri Lanka’s UN
diplomat, Major General Shavendra Silva, was served with a summons
at his New York residence. A civil case has been filed against Silva
on behalf of two people whose relatives were killed in the final
days of the conflict, which ended in a military onslaught against
Tamil separatists in 2009. The Sri Lankan foreign ministry said
Silva is protected by relevant international treaties on diplomatic
2011 Sep 24, In the UAR voters
chosen by the rulers of the United Arab Emirates began casting their
ballots in only the second-ever polls to elect half of the members
of the powerless Federal National Council. Some 129,000 Emirati
citizens were eligible to elect 20 representatives out of 450
candidates, including some 85 women, in 13 voting centers across the
Gulf state whose leadership has promised gradual political
2011 Sep 24, Venezuelan
opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez launched his presidential campaign,
challenging President Hugo Chavez to accept him in the race after a
human rights court overturned a ban on his candidacy.
2011 Sep 24, The World Bank
said it would nearly quadruple its aid for the drought and
famine-struck Horn of Africa to $1.9 billion, saying more than 13
million people require immediate assistance.
2011 Sep 24, In Yemen fighting
raged in Sanaa, leaving at least 40 dead as forces loyal to
President Ali Abdullah Saleh battled pro-opposition soldiers and
moved to clear the protest camp at Change Square that has been the
epicenter of the country's uprising.
2012 Sep 24, A federal appeals
court reversed itself ruling that the US Army Corps of Engineers is
not liable for devastation caused in Hurricane Katrina from a
government-built navigation canal. The same court had ruled in march
that the government was liable for some of the flooding, affirming a
(SFC, 9/26/12, p.A5)
2012 Sep 24, In San Francisco
the Purple Onion Comedy Club featured its final show. All items from
the “dungeon” club were scheduled to be auctioned off the following
(SSFC, 9/16/12, p.A1)
2012 Sep 24, In Brazil a judge
ordered the arrest of the president of Google’s local operations for
failure to remove YouTube videos that attacked a mayoral candidate.
(SFC, 9/26/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 24, The British
government said it would allocate 1 billion pounds towards a new
state-backed business bank designed to expand lending to smaller
2012 Sep 24, Czech Rep.
officials said 2 people have been arrested in the wave of methanol
poisoning that has killed at least 25 people.
(SFC, 9/25/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 24, An Egyptian court
sentenced 14 Salafists to death by hanging and four to life
imprisonment for attacks last year on army and police in the Sinai.
(Reuters, 9/24/12)(Economist, 9/29/12, p.55)
2012 Sep 24, A court in
southwestern France convicted a factory chief and a subsidiary of
oil giant Total of manslaughter for an explosion at a chemical plant
in September, 2001, that killed 31 people.
2012 Sep 24, In India Ranjit
Singh, an alleged drug kingpin, escaped from police custody while
being transported back by train to Delhi’s Tihar Jail from a hearing
in northern Punjab state. He was suspected of running a $40 million
heroin and methamphetamine network. His escape was not made public
until Sep 25.
(SFC, 9/28/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 24, In Iraq a suicide
car bomb went off near a school in western Anbar province, killing
2012 Sep 24, An Israeli court
spared former PM Ehud Olmert (66) a prison term for breach of trust,
opening the door to a political comeback. Olmert was ordered to pay
an $18,000 fine and serve a one year suspended sentence.
(Reuters, 9/24/12)(SFC, 9/25/12, p.A3)
2012 Sep 24, Kazakhstan’s PM
Karim Masimov resigned after leading the oil-rich Central Asian
nation for more than five years and shepherding its economy through
the global financial crises.
2012 Sep 24, The Pakistani
government distanced itself from an offer by one of its Cabinet
ministers to pay $100,000 for anyone who kills the maker of an
anti-Islam film. A pair of missiles from a US spy aircraft hit North
Waziristan killing 5 militants.
(AP, 9/24/12)(SFC, 9/25/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 24, Palestinian
officials said Khaled Mashaal, the supreme leader of the Palestinian
Islamic militant group Hamas, has decided to step down, clearing the
way for the movement to choose a new head for the first time.
2012 Sep 24, Syrian warplanes
bombed two buildings in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at
least five people including three children from the same family.
2012 Sep 24, A Vietnamese court
issued jail sentences from 4 to 12 years to three bloggers who wrote
about human rights abuses, corruption and foreign policy.
(SFC, 9/25/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 24, In Yemen gunmen
killed a senior intelligence officer in a drive-by shooting as he
emerged from his office in the capital. Col. Abdullah al-Ashwal was
the most senior official to be assassinated in Sanaa.
2013 Sep 24, Pres. Obama
addressed the opening of the UN General Assembly in NYC. Obama and
Iran's new Pres. Hassan Rowhani made very tentative moves to end
decades of hostility between their countries but could not break the
deadlock enough to organize a meeting.
(SFC, 9/24/13, p.A3)(AFP, 9/25/13)
2013 Sep 24, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a bill to create the first-state-wide
early-warning system to alert residents of dangerous earthquakes.
The system was expected to cost at least $80 million.
(SFC, 9/25/13, p.D5)
2013 Sep 24, The John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named 24 winners as this year’s
MacArthur Fellows. Each will receive no-string fellowships and
$625,000 to be paid out over five years.
(SFC, 9/25/13, p.A9)
2013 Sep 24, Burger King
introduced “Satisfries,” a new crinkle-cut french fry with about 20%
fewer calories and a slightly higher price.
(SFC, 9/25/13, p.A5)
2013 Sep 24, America’s Applied
Materials and Tokyo Electron of Japan said they were creating a new
semiconductor company worth $29 billion.
(Econ, 9/28/13, p.62)
2013 Sep 24, Afghan security
forces fired a mortar round across the border, killing 2 Pakistanis
and wounding one person. Pakistan summoned a top Afghan official to
lodge a strong protest over the incident.
2013 Sep 24, In Bahrain Taqi
al-Maidan (25), an American citizen, was among four suspects
sentenced on charges that include trying to kill a policeman. He was
sentenced to 10 years in prison.
2013 Sep 24, A member of staff
at London's Metropolitan Police (MPS) headquarters was one of two
people arrested as part of a bribery investigation sparked by the
phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World tabloid. A total of
74 people have now been arrested under Operation Elveden, the
investigation into illegal payments to police and public officials
2013 Sep 24, Cambodia's
parliament reappointed premier Hun Sen for another five-year term,
extending his nearly three-decade rule as the opposition threatened
to mount fresh protests over the disputed elections.
2013 Sep 24, China published a
list that included military-like hardware and chemical substances
that would be banned from export to North Korea for fear they could
be used in the construction of nuclear, chemical and biological
(SFC, 9/25/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 24, Greek public
sector workers went on strike for the second time in a week,
shutting schools and leaving hospitals with skeleton staff, as
inspectors from Greece's foreign lenders checked whether the country
was meeting its bailout targets.
2013 Sep 24, In western Iraq
militants launched a coordinated assault against police and military
sites with car bombs, rockets and machine guns, killing at least 9
policemen in Anbar province. Separately 2 Iraqi soldiers and 3
militants were killed during clashes in the Himreen basin northeast
of Baghdad, where army units were launching a big operation. Gunmen
tried to take over Ana, a small Sunni town in the county's west,
sparking battles that left 11 people including six attackers dead.
(Reuters, 9/24/13)(AP, 9/24/13)
2013 Sep 24, Kenyan officials
said 3 soldiers have died and 8 others have been injured in a fight
with militants who attacked The Westgate mall in Nairobi. Fighting
there continued for a 4th day with at least 62 people killed.
2013 Sep 24, In the Netherlands
the commission that vets cases of euthanasia said cases rose by 13%
in 2012 from 2011, the sixth consecutive year of increases. 4,188
cases were recorded in 2012.
2013 Sep 24, In Pakistan a
magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the southern part of Baluchistan
2013 Sep 24, In Peru Michaella
McCollum Connolly (20) of Ireland and Melissa Reid (19) of Britain,
pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle 11 kilograms of cocaine out
of Peru. Both were arrested on August 6 at the international airport
in Lima and initially claimed to have been kidnapped by a drug
2013 Sep 24, In the Republic of
Congo a rail crash killed 3 people and injured 28 others, when a
passenger train hit one laden with oil tankers.
2013 Sep 24, Russian
investigators said they will file piracy charges against Greenpeace
activists who tried to climb onto an offshore drilling platform in
the Arctic owned by Gazprom. 30 activists from 18 countries were
aboard the Arctic Sunrise seized last week.
2013 Sep 24, In Syria a car
bomb killed at least 7 civilians when it exploded in a southern
2013 Sep 24, In Yemen a lone
attacker on a motorcycle gunned down Col. Ali al-Deilami, head of
finance at the city's military hospital, while he was on his way to
work in Sanaa.
2013 Sep 24, Zimbabwean
authorities said at least 81 elephants have been killed for their
ivory tusks by poachers using cyanide poison in water holes in
Hwange National Park. The elephant toll soon rose to 91.
(AP, 9/24/13)(AP, 10/1/13)
2014 Sep 24, American warplanes
pounded Islamic State positions in Syria for a 2nd day at a
strategic post on the Iraqi border, but the campaign did nothing to
halt the fighters' advance on the Kurdish town of Kobani where
nearly 140,000 refugees have fled. Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, the
Nusra Front, evacuated its bases in populated areas of the Idlib
region after US-led forces carried out air strikes on the group.
2014 Sep 24, Arkansas-based
Walmart introduced a service to be operated by Green Dot Corp. It
will be called GoBank and provide low cost mobile checking accounts
linked to a debit card.
(SFC, 9/25/14, p.C4)
2014 Sep 24, In the SF Bay Area
a Superior Court judge ruled that venture capitalist Vinod Khosla
must reopen the gate to popular Martins Beach, a crescent shaped
inlet five miles south of Half Moon Bay. He had purchased the
surrounding property in 2008 for $32.5 million and closed access to
the beach in Sep 2010 citing maintenance and liability costs.
(SFC, 9/25/14, p.A1)
2014 Sep 24, In Missouri Army
Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez (30) was found guilty of sexually
assaulting and harassing eight female soldiers.
(SFC, 9/25/14, p.A8)
2014 Sep 24, Fred Branfman
(b.1942), author of “Voices from the Plain of Jars” (1972), died His
book exposed details of America’s secret war in Laos going back to
(Econ, 10/18/14, p.94)
2014 Sep 24, The Algerian group
Jund al-Khilifa (Soldiers of the Caliphate) beheaded Herve Pierre
Gourde (55), a French national.
(Econ, 10/4/14, p.53)
2014 Sep 24, Deborah Devonshire
(94), the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire and the youngest of the six
Mitford sisters, died.
(Econ, 10/4/14, p.102)
2014 Sep 24, Canada-based
BlackBerry introduced its new Passport smartphone, a square-shaped
device with a keyboard.
(SFC, 9/25/14, p.C3)
2014 Sep 24, In China Liu
Tienan (59), the former deputy head of China's top planning agency,
confessed in court to extensive bribery involving several companies
including a Toyota Motor Corp. joint venture.
2014 Sep 24, Europol Director
Rob Wainwright said law enforcement agencies across the EU have
arrested more than 1,000 people in a closely coordinated nine-day
sweep. Operation Archimedes targeted almost all kinds of crime
ranging from drug trafficking to illegal immigration, tax fraud,
counterfeiting and theft.
2014 Sep 24, A German federal
court ruled that church-run institutions are within their rights to
refuse to allow Muslim employees to wear headscarves at work.
2014 Sep 24, India's top court
said that private companies will have to return most of the coal
fields allocated to them by the government since 1993 under a
corruption prone bidding system.
2014 Sep 24, India won Asia's
race to Mars when its unmanned Mangalyaan spacecraft successfully
entered the Red Planet's orbit after a 10-month journey on a tiny
2014 Sep 24, In India the death
toll from flash floods and landslides in the northeast rose to 73.
2014 Sep 24, In Indonesia Anas
Urbaningrum, a former top leader of the ruling Democratic Party, was
sentenced to eight years in prison for corruption and money
2014 Sep 24, In Indonesia
scientists released some 3,000 tiny wasps in a secure tent-like
habitat to monitor their success in an effort to halt an infestation
of cassava crops by mealybugs. Scientists hoped their number would
multiply to 450,000 prior to release in a month following government
(SFC, 9/25/14, p.A6)
2014 Sep 24, In Iraq jihadists
controlling the city of Tikrit blew up a Muslim shrine and rigged
the Green Church, one of the region's oldest churches, with
explosives. Sunni militants killed 19 Shiite militiamen in an ambush
in Babilan village, north of Baghdad.
(AFP, 9/25/14)(SFC, 9/25/14, p.A2)
2014 Sep 24, In Israel clashes
broke out at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound as Palestinians
protested against Jews visiting the flashpoint holy site on the eve
of Jewish New Year.
2014 Sep 24, Japan said that it
has stepped up sanctions against Russia over the unrest in Ukraine
to be in line with other Group of Seven nations before their
upcoming meeting in New York.
2014 Sep 24, Japan’s economy
minister stormed out of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks in
Washington DC. The TPP involved a dozen countries on a proposed free
(Econ, 10/4/14, p.47)
2014 Sep 24, A Jordanian court
acquitted radical Muslim preacher Omar Mahmoud Othman (aka Abu
Qatada), known for his fiery pro-al-Qaida speeches, of involvement
in a plot to target Israeli and American tourists and Western
diplomats in Jordan more than a decade ago.
(AP, 9/24/14)(SFC, 9/25/14, p.A4)
2014 Sep 24, In Nigeria a woman
(20), one of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted last April by
Islamist Boko Haram rebels in Chibok, was reportedly "dropped off by
suspected Boko Haram militants" at Mubi in Adamawa state.
2014 Sep 24, In Pakistan a
suspected US drone fired four missiles at a vehicle carrying Uzbek
and local militants in North Waziristan, killing 10 of them.
2014 Sep 24, In Poland some 200
coal miners blocked railway tracks on the border with Russia to
protest imports of cheap Russian coal, saying it threatens their
2014 Sep 24, Nurses in Portugal
began a 48-hour strike over pay, working hours and what they say is
an acute shortage of staff in the public health service.
2014 Sep 24, In South Korea
Qatari basketballers forfeited a women's match against Mongolia and
considered withdrawing from the Asian Games competition after being
refused permission to wear a hijab.
2014 Sep 24, South Korea said
it will buy 40 F-35A fighter jets from Lockheed Martin for about $7
(SFC, 9/25/14, p.A2)
2014 Sep 24, In Sweden fugitive
US intelligence agent Edward Snowden was jointly awarded Sweden’s
2014 Right Livelihood Honorary Award for his courage and skill in
revealing the unprecedented extent of state surveillance violating
basic democratic processes and constitutional rights.
2014 Sep 24, Ukrainian peace
efforts stalled after pro-Russian insurgents called their own
elections in defiance of a deal under which they and the Ukrainian
army began withdrawing heavy weapons after 5 months of war.
2014 Sep 24, In Zimbabwe a
white family was evicted from their land in the eastern Goromonzi
district by security agents. Media soon reported that Bona Mugabe
(24), the daughter of Pres. Mugabe (90), was involved in the
2015 Sep 24, The United States
and its coalition partners targeted Islamic State with 22 fresh
airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.
2015 Sep 24, Kuang Wanfang, a
Chinese woman who served a US prison term for money laundering was
returned to China, just ahead of a meeting between President Barack
Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Wanfang, the wife of a
former official of the state-owned Bank of China, was wanted in a
2015 Sep 24, In Washington, DC,
Pope Francis issued a ringing call to action on behalf of
immigrants, urging US lawmakers to embrace "the stranger in our
midst" as he became the first pontiff in history to address a joint
meeting of the legislators.
2015 Sep 24, In south Texas an
SUV crammed with at least 15 people rolled during a police chase
leaving 6 people dead in Edna.
(SFC, 9/25/15, p.A9)
2015 Sep 24, In Seattle, Wa., a
“Ride the Duck” amphibious tour vehicle and a charter bus carrying
foreign college students collided on the Aurora Avenue bridge
killing 4 foreign students.
(SFC, 9/25/15, p.A9)(SFC, 9/26/15, p.A6)
2015 Sep 24, In Virginia David
W. Landersman, a senior navy intelligence officer, was indicted by a
federal grand jury on charges of theft and conspiracy as part of a
long-running investigation into a secretive military operation. His
brother, Mark S. Landersman, was convicted in October, 2014, on
conspiracy charges for building untraceable silencers and shipping
them across state lines without a proper firearms license.
(SSFC, 10/4/15, p.C3)
2015 Sep 24, In Burundi
unidentified gunmen raided a police station in Bujumbura. One of the
attackers was killed with no other casualties.
2015 Sep 24, In Congo DRC at
least 8 people were killed in an attack on an army camp late today
in Rumangabo village, North Kivu province, that local sources blamed
on Rwandan Hutu rebels targeted by a Congolese army operation.
2015 Sep 24, German customs
investigators said they had seized their largest-ever haul of
illegal pharmaceuticals -- 3.5 million pills from India, mostly
slimming and sexual potency "lifestyle drugs". The seizures were
carried out in some 20 raids on homes, flats and garages earlier
2015 Sep 24, It was reported
that Matthias Mueller, the head of German luxury sports car maker
Porsche, has been picked to succeed Martin Winterkorn as the chief
executive of scandal-battered auto giant Volkswagen.
2015 Sep 24, Indonesia pledged
to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent by 2030,
relative to a business-as-usual scenario without climate action. It
pledged to raise that target to 41 percent with international
support, including access to finance and clean technology.
2015 Sep 24, Israel approved
harsher measures to combat the practice of stone throwing amid a
recent surge in Palestinian violence. A Palestinian man died from
wounds after being shot by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank last
(SFC, 9/25/15, p.A2)
2015 Sep 24, Japan's PM Shinzo
Abe announced an updated plan for reviving the world's third-largest
economy, setting a GDP target of 600 trillion yen ($5 trillion).
2015 Sep 24, In Nepal nearly
400 protesters clashed with police in Birgunj, a town on the border
with India. They belonged to ethnic and religious groups
dissatisfied with Nepal's constitution adopted on Sep 20, and
demanded more territory and rights for ethnic federal states.
2015 Sep 24, Hamas accused
Egypt of further besieging the Gaza Strip by flooding the border
area to the south of the Palestinian enclave, which is already under
an Israeli blockade.
2015 Sep 24, The International
Criminal Court unveiled at least 60 new war crimes charges against
Dominic Ongwen, the deputy leader of Uganda's Lord's Resistance
Army, including the use of child soldiers and keeping sex slaves.
2015 Sep 24, New Zealander
lawmakers amended rules to add a fifth new flag design called "Red
Peak" to the original four finalists, following a popular campaign
for the geometric design.
2015 Sep 24, In southeastern
Niger 15 civilians were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants
on a border village.
2015 Sep 24, In Saudi Arabia at
least 717 pilgrims were killed in a stampede at Mina outside of
Mecca, the worst disaster to strike the annual hajj pilgrimage in 25
years. On October 8 an AP count put the number killed to at least
1,313. On Oct 14 the death toll was raised to 1,621. On Oct 19 the
death toll was raised to at least 2,121.
(Reuters, 9/24/15)(SFC, 10/9/15, p.A2)(SFC,
10/15/15, p.A2)(SFC, 10/20/15, p.A4)
2015 Sep 24, In northern Saudi
Arabia gunmen opened fire at two police checkpoints in Hail
province, killing at least 3 people.
2015 Sep 24, In Saudi Arabia an
Islamic State loyalist and his brother allegedly killed their
cousin, a Saudi soldier, and 3 other people after luring them to a
desert area. On Sep 26 Saudi forces tracked the brothers to a
mountainous area where Abdul-Aziz Radi Ayash al-Anzi (18) was killed
in an ensuing gunfight. His brother, Saad Radi Ayash al-Anzi (21),
was wounded and arrested.
2015 Sep 24, Serbia banned
imports from Croatia to protest Croatia's decision to close the
border to cargo as the two countries criticized each other for their
handling of migrants. Croatia responded by banning all
Serbian-registered vehicles from entering the country.
2015 Sep 24, Singapore ordered
emergency school closures as air pollution reached "hazardous"
levels due to suffocating smoke from agricultural fires raging on a
nearby Indonesian island.
2015 Sep 24, The South African
military said it is withdrawing about 50 peacekeepers from a United
Nations mission in Congo because they violated disciplinary codes.
2015 Sep 24, South Korea-based
Samsung Semiconductor dedicated its new 1.1 million-sq.-foot North
American headquarters in San Jose, Ca.
(SFC, 9/26/15, p.D1)
2015 Sep 24, Syrian government
planes carried out several airstrikes and dropped barrel bombs on
the IS-controlled city of Palmyra for the third straight day,
forcing hundreds of civilians to flee their homes in the ancient
2015 Sep 24, Two Turkish
soldiers and 34 Kurdish rebels were killed in fighting in Sirnak
2015 Sep 24, The United
Nations' highest court ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear a case
focusing on Bolivia’s access to the Pacific Ocean. Bolivia asked the
International Court of Justice in 2013 to order Chile to negotiate
over Bolivia's claim to at least part of the 240-mile (400-km) strip
of the Pacific coast.
2015 Sep 24, In Yemen as many
as 25 Muslim worshippers performing Eid al-Adha prayers were killed
when Islamic State suicide bomber Abu Omar al-Hadidi, disguised as a
woman, blew himself up at the al-Balili mosque, run by the Houthi
group, just outside the Old City of Sanaa. 4 children and an adult
were killed when Houthis and their allies fired mortar shells into a
residential neighborhood in the city of Taiz.
(Reuters, 9/24/15)(AP, 9/24/15)
2016 Sep 24, Pres. Barack Obama
opened National Museum of African-American History & Culture in
Washington, DC. It had been approved by Pres. George W. Bush in
(Econ, 1/14/17, p.77)
2016 Sep 24, In southern
California 3 adults were found dead in Fullerton after a child
called police to report that her parents had died. Two children were
(SSFC, 9/25/16, p.A11)
2016 Sep 24, Louisiana
accordionist Stanley Dural Jr. (b.1947), head of the Buckwheat
Zydeco band, died in Lafayette of lung cancer.
(SSFC, 9/25/16, p.A15)
2016 Sep 24, The African Union,
European Union, UN and the 57 International Organization of La
Francophonie made a joint appeal to the government and opposition in
the Democratic Republic of Congo to exercise restraint amid violent
2016 Sep 24, India's PM
Narendra Modi said he'll work to isolate Pakistan internationally,
accusing India's archrival of trying to destabilize Asia by
2016 Sep 24, Iran's state TV
said the country has started its first web-based national general
2016 Sep 24, In Iraq 12 people
were killed when militants attacked a police checkpoint north of
Tikrit and then detonated a car bomb at the entrance to the city.
One militant was killed at the checkpoint after shooting dead four
police officers in the attack.
2006 Sep 24, In Mexico
thousands marched in Mexico City against same-sex marriage, which
President Enrique Pena Nieto supports, while hundreds of gay rights
supporters rallied nearby.
2016 Sep 24, In South Africa
thousands of conservationists and top government officials went into
talks in Sandton, a suburb of Johannesburg, for the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to thrash out
international trade regulations on elephant ivory, rhino horn and
hundreds of endangered wild animals and plants.
(AFP, 9/24/16)(Econ, 10/1/16, p.48)
2016 Sep 24, In Spain Asian
cinema dominated awards at the San Sebastian film festival, with
veteran Chinese director Feng Xiaogang's "I am not Madame Bovary"
taking the top Golden Shell prize while Fan Bingbing won the best
actress gong for her role in the same film.
2016 Sep 24, It was reported
that war crimes investigators collecting evidence of the Islamic
State group's elaborate operation to kidnap thousands of women as
sex slaves say they have a case to try IS leaders with crimes
against humanity but cannot get US or global backing to bring
current detainees before an international tribunal.
2016 Sep 24, Syrian government
forces captured a rebel-held area on the edge of Aleppo. A
monitoring group said 49 people were killed. The UN said nearly 2
million people in Aleppo are without running water following an
escalation in fighting over the past few days.
2017 Sep 24, President Donald
Trump’s ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries expired,
90 days after it went into effect. Trump signed a proclamation
imposing strict new restrictions, effective on October 18, on
travelers from a handful of countries, including five that were
covered by his expiring travel ban.
(AP, 9/24/17)(AP, 9/25/17)
2017 Sep 24, US federal
immigration authorities began a national sweep targeting cities that
prohibit cooperation between local law enforcement and ICE. Over the
next few days 498 people from 42 countries were arrested in eight
states and Washington, DC.
(SFC, 9/29/17, p.A8)
2017 Sep 24, At UC Berkeley
ultraconservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos showed up for about
15 minutes on the steps of Sproul Hall one day after the
conservative student group that had invited him withdrew its
invitation for him to speak at a planned Free speech Week. The
university estimated that police presence cost it some $80,000.
(SFC, 9/25/17 p.A1)
2017 Sep 24, In California a
large riot erupted at the Men’s Colony Prison in San Luis Obispo,
leaving one inmate dead and several injured.
(SFC, 9/25/17 p.C4)
2017 Sep 24, In Tennessee
Emmanuel Kidega Samson (25) stormed into a church in Antioch with a
gun before he was subdued by church usher Robert Engle (22). Samson
killed one woman in the church parking lot before entering the
church where he wounded six people. In 2019 Samson was found guilty
of murder and faced a life sentence.
(SFC, 9/25/17 p.A5)(SSFC, 5/26/19, p.A10)
2017 Sep 24, In Afghanistan a
car bomber attacked a Danish convoy belonging to the NATO-led
military mission in Kabul, wounding a number of civilians but
leaving international forces unharmed.
2017 Sep 24, In Australia
hundreds of people attended rallies in major cities to protest an
advertisement the Indian community described as "highly insulting"
in its depiction of the Hindu deity Lord Ganesha. The ad featured
various religious figures including the Hindu god, considered
vegetarian by followers, sitting down to a meal of lamb.
2017 Sep 24, Refugees left one
of Australia's offshore detention centers for the United States, as
part of a swap brokered by former US president Barack Obama last
year. About 25 men left the Manus Island detention center in Papua
2017 Sep 24, Bangladesh banned
telecommunication companies from selling mobile phone connections to
Rohingya refugees, citing security concerns for the latest
restrictions. Bangladesh has already prohibited the sale of SIM
cards to its own citizens who cannot provide an official identity
card, in a bid to frustrate the organizational capacity of homegrown
2017 Sep 24, Brexit negotiator
David Davis dismissed a report that Britain was prepared to pay a
£40 billion ($54 billion, 45 billion euros) divorce bill on leaving
2017 Sep 24, In London several
players from the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars knelt
during the playing of the US national anthem, in the first NFL game
since President Donald Trump condemned players who are protesting
against racial inequality.
2017 Sep 24, A petition by more
than 600,000 people asked London transport authorities to reverse
their decision not to renew Uber's license when it expires.
2017 Sep 24, Germany’s
Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office but faced the
prospect of forming a coalition with two disparate new partners. The
rightwing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) poached one million
votes from Merkel's conservatives, leaving her without an obvious
(AP, 9/24/17)(AFP, 9/25/17)(SFC, 9/25/17 p.A3)
2017 Sep 24, Iran’s powerful
Revolutionary Guard launched a military exercise in its northwestern
Kurdish region one day ahead of Iraqi Kurds voting in an
independence referendum, in a sign of Tehran's concerns over the
vote. Iran also closed its airspace to flights taking off from
Iraq's Kurdish region following an Iraqi request.
2017 Sep 24, Iraq executed 42
Sunni Muslim militants convicted on terrorism charges ranging from
killing members of security forces to detonating car bombs.
2017 Sep 24, Kurdish region’s
Pres. Masoud Barzani said that while the Sep 25 vote will be the
first step in a long process to negotiate independence, the region's
"partnership" with the Iraqi central government in Baghdad is over.
2017 Sep 24, In northern Mali
three UN soldiers from Bangladesh were killed by an explosive device
that detonated as they were escorting a convoy.
2017 Sep 24, In Mexico a
magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck off the west coast. The epicenter of
the quake was 99 km south-southwest of Tonala, in Chiapas state.
2017 Sep 24, In Mexico the
search continued in a ruined office building in Mexico City's hip
Roma neighborhood and a five-story apartment in historic Tlalpan
after the Sep 19 magnitude 7.1 quake toppled dozens of buildings and
killed over 300 people. Economic losses were estimated at $4 billion
to $8 billion.
2017 Sep 24, The Russian
Defence Ministry said that Russian Lieutenant-General Valery Asapov
had been killed by Islamic State shelling near Deir al-Zor.
2017 Sep 24, In South Africa
thieves in a vehicle with police markings robbed 36 Dutch tourists
who were traveling in a bus after leaving Johannesburg's main
2017 Sep 24, In Spain
demonstrators calling for Catalan independence gathered in hundreds
of towns across the region following Madrid's actions last week to
try to block a referendum on self rule that it considers illegal.
The grassroots groups driving Catalonia's separatist movement defied
Spanish authorities by distributing one million ballots for an Oct.
1 independence vote that the central government in Madrid has called
illegal and vowed to halt.
(Reuters, 9/24/17)(AP, 9/24/17)
2017 Sep 24, A court in Sudan
sentenced university student Asim Omer to death after convicting him
of killing a policeman during protests in Khartoum last year.
Students at Khartoum University demonstrated several times last year
against an alleged plan to sell off buildings belonging to the
2017 Sep 24, Swiss voters
rejected raising women's retirement age to 65 in a referendum on
shoring up the wealthy nation's pension system as a wave of Baby
Boomers stops working.
2017 Sep 24, In northern Syria
US-allied militias announced the formation of a civilian council to
govern the oil rich eastern province of Deir al Zor where they are
racing with the Syrian army to capture territory held by Islamic
State. Warplanes continued to pound Syria's rural Idlib and Hama,
where insurgents led by an al-Qaida-linked group began an offensive
against government troops in the area.
(Reuters, 9/24/17)(AP, 9/24/17)
2017 Sep 24, The Vatican said
it had been forced to oust its former auditor general, who resigned
without explanation in June, because he had been spying on senior
officials. Libero Milone had accused the Vatican of getting rid of
him because his investigations into possible illegal activity had
hit too close to home.
2017 Sep 24, Zimbabwean
activist pastor Evan Mawarire was arrested during a church service
after he posted a video bemoaning the country's worsening economic
2018 Sep 24, Donald Trump
arrived at the UN for a meeting on the global drug trade, ahead of a
sit-down with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who comes bearing
a personal message to Trump from Kim after their inter-Korean talks
last week. Some 129 countries at the UN signed on to a US-drafted
pledge to fight the global drug problem.
(AP, 9/24/18)(Reuters, 9/24/18)
2018 Sep 24, The US State
Department approved the sale to Taiwan of spare parts for F-16
fighter planes and other military aircraft worth up to $330 million.
2018 Sep 24, The US and China
officially put new tariffs on each other's goods. China also
reportedly pulled out of a meeting to discuss trade. Oil prices
jumped after OPEC decided not to produce more oil.
2018 Sep 24, In Montana a US
judge in Billings restored protections to grizzly bears in the
Northern Rocky Mountains and blocked the first hunts in the lower 48
states planned in almost three decades.
(SFC, 9/25/18, p.A6)
2018 Sep 24, The New York-based
Open Society Foundations (OSF) said in a statement that it had
submitted a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights in
Strasbourg, calling on it to "defend Hungarian democracy" and urge a
repeal of Hungary's controversial "Stop Soros" laws adopted last
2018 Sep 24, In Texas the
Dallas police chief dismissed Officer Amber Guyger, who was charged
with manslaughter in the Sept. 6 shooting of Botham Jean (26).
(SFC, 9/25/18, p.A7)
2018 Sep 24, A federal judge in
Texas sentenced John Portillo (59), the national vice-president of
the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Prganization, to two consecutive life
terms and another 20 years for directing a violent
racketeering and drug trafficking enterprise.
(SFC, 9/26/18, p.A6)
2018 Sep 24, Two Saudi Arabian
sisters, Tala Farea (16) and Rotana Farea (22), were last seen in
Virginia, where they lived. Police later said they appeared to have
traveled to NYC. On Oct. 24 their bound bodies washed up on NYC's
(SFC, 11/1/18, p.A7)
2018 Sep 24, Brexit advocates
unveiled a new economic plan for Britain's departure from the
European Union as official figures emerged showing the country's
increasingly deteriorating trade in goods relationship with the
2018 Sep 24, ELN Marxist rebels
in Colombia said they will not suspend their insurgency until
President Ivan Duque names a new team of peace negotiators to
restart Cuban-hosted talks.
2018 Sep 24, In CongoDRC the
death toll from a weekend attack in the restive east rose to 21,
with the violence prompting aid groups to suspend their Ebola work
in the area.
2018 Sep 24, In Costa Rica
American businessman William Sean Creighton Kopko was
kidnapped. On Jan 12, 2019, police in Costa Rica and Spain said they
have arrested 12 people alleged to have been involved in the
kidnapping. The victim was still missing.
2018 Sep 24, The EU referred
Poland to its top court for an alleged breach of the independence of
its supreme court, the latest showdown between Brussels and populist
member state governments.
2018 Sep 24, Authorities in
Hong Kong took an unprecedented step to quash separatist voices by
banning the Hong Kong National Party, led by Andy Chan (27).
2018 Sep 24, India's army said
five suspected militants and a soldier have been killed in two days
of fighting near the highly militarized de facto frontier that
divides the disputed region of Kashmir.
2018 Sep 24, Italy tightened
criteria for migrants receiving humanitarian protection as its
populist government deepened its crackdown on those seeking asylum.
2018 Sep 24, Kenyan police
charged Migori province Gov. Okoth Obado with the murder of a
university student who claimed he had impregnated her in an
extramarital affair. Sharon Otieno was kidnapped along with
journalist Barack Oduor last month when they were due to meet with
the governor. Otieno's body was later found in a forest.
2018 Sep 24, Kenya's military
said it's killed 10 rebels from the al-Shabab extremist group in an
ambush in the south where several soldiers have died from roadside
2018 Sep 24, Pope Francis
traveled to Latvia and praised Latvians for persevering through the
horrors of Soviet and Nazi occupation, persecution and exile.
2018 Sep 24, Moldova's
Constitutional Court temporarily stripped the country's pro-Moscow
President Igor Dodon of his duties for refusing to endorse new
ministers in a political standoff.
2018 Sep 24, Myanmar's army
chief warned against foreign interference as world leaders gather at
the UN to find ways to hold the country's powerful generals
accountable for atrocities against Rohingya Muslims last year.
2018 Sep 24, In Norway a man
(51) was convicted of terror offenses for providing online
instructions on how to carry out attacks and sentenced to 2 ½ years
in prison. The man had denied calling for acts of terror, adding
that he had wanted to infiltrate IS to destroy it from the inside.
2018 Sep 24, Staff at the
United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees went on strike in the
Gaza Strip to protest against job losses and US funding cuts.
2018 Sep 24, Russia announced
it will supply an S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria in
two weeks against strong Israeli objections, a week after Moscow
blamed Israel for indirectly causing the downing of a Russian
military plane in Syria.
2018 Sep 24, Swedish
authorities said they had temporarily halted the deportation of
Muslim minority Uighurs to China due to concerns over the situation
2018 Sep 24, The UN World Food
Program took its campaign to fight world hunger to a global cinema
audience with an innovative, interactive advertisement.
2018 Sep 24, A court in
southern Vietnam sentenced activist Doan Khanh Vinh Quang (42) to 27
months in prison for Facebook posts that judges said insulted the
ruling Communist Party and government and called for anti-government
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