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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.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

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.
    (HN, 9/24/00)

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."
    (, 1/21/06, p.81)

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."
    (Econ, 5/7/11, p.91)(

1545        Sep 24, Albrecht von Brandenburg, archbishop, monarch, founder of The Brandenburg Concerts of Mainz, died at 55.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1583        Sep 24, Albrecht Eusebius Wenzel von Wallenstein, German general, was born.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1625        Sep 24, The Dutch attacked San Juan, Puerto Rico.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

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.
    (, 4/16/11, p.90)

1657        Sep 24, The 1st autopsy and coroner's jury verdict was recorded in the state of Maryland.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1667        Sep 24, Jean-Louis Lully, composer, was born.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1683        Sep 24, King Louis XIV expelled all Jews from French possessions in America.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

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" wine.
    (Carmignano, 1997)

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 novel genre.
    (AP, 1/13/98)(WSJ, 10/19/99, p.A24)(HN, 9/24/00)

1732        Sep 24, 21 homosexuals were burned in South Horn.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

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)

1742        Sep 24, The Faneuil Hall in Boston opened to public.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1748        Sep 24, Philipp Meissner, composer, was born.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

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.
    (HN, 9/24/98)

1789        Sep 24, President George Washington appointed John Jay as the 1st Chief Justice.
    (MC, 9/24/01)
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.
    (MC, 9/24/01)   

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.
    (HN, 9/24/98)
1862        Sep 24, The Confederate Congress adopted the confederacy seal.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1865        Sep 24, James Cooke walked a tightrope from the San Francisco Cliff House to Seal Rocks.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

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 gold market.
    (AP, 9/24/97)(Econ, 9/5/09, p.91)

1870        Sep 24, George Claude, French engineer, was born. He invented the neon light.
    (HN, 9/24/00)

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]
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1894        Sep 24, E. Franklin Frazier, first African-American president of the American Sociological Society, was born.
    (HN, 9/24/98)

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, 9/24/98)(AP, 8/16/99)

1898        Sep 24, Howard W Florey, pathologist, was born in Australia. He purified penicillin and won a Nobel Prize 1945.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1904        Sep 24, Sixty-two died and 120 were injured in head-on train collision in Tennessee.
    (HN, 9/24/98)

1906        Sep 24, Victor Herbert’s musical "Red Mill," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 9/24/01)
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)(

1911        Sep 24, Konstantin Chernenko, president of the Soviet Union 1984-1985, was born.
    (HN, 9/24/98)

1914        Sep 24, In the Alsace-Lorraine area between France and Germany, the German Army captured St. Mihiel.
    (HN, 9/24/98)

1915        Sep 24, Bulgaria mobilized troops on the Serbian border.
    (HN, 9/24/98)

1922        Sep 24, Cornell MacNeil, US, operatic baritone (La Traviata), was born.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1924        Sep 24, Boston, Massachusetts, opened its airport.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

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.
    (MC, 9/24/01)
1930        Sep 24, Noel Coward's comedy “Private Lives" opened in London starring Gertrude Lawrence and Coward himself.
    (HN, 9/24/00)

1931        Sep 24, Anthony Newley, actor (Dr Doolittle, Garbage Pail Kids, Stop the World) and composer, was born in England.
    (MC, 9/24/01)
1931        Sep 24, The DJIA dropped 7.1%
    (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.
    (AP, 9/24/04)
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.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1941        Sep 24, There was a bomb explosion in German headquarters in Hotel Continental in Kiev.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1943        Sep 24, German forces executed 117 Italian officers on the Greek island of Cephalonia. 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 execution.
    (AFP, 10/18/13)
1943        Sep 24, Soviet forces reconquered Smolensk. [see Sep 25]
    (MC, 9/24/01)

1947        Sep 24, The World Women's Party met for the first time since WW II.
    (HN, 9/24/98)

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.)
    (AP, 9/24/97)

1950        Sep 24, In "Operation Magic Carpet" all Jews from Yemen moved to Israel.
    (MC, 9/24/01)

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 began operation.
    (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.
    (AP, 9/24/97)
1957        Sep 24, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent federal troops into Little Rock, Arkansas, to protect nine black students entering its newly integrated high school.
    (HN, 9/24/98)

1958        Sep 24, “The Donna Reed Show" premiered on ABC-TV.
    (AP, 9/24/08)

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 testing.
    (AP, 9/24/99)

1964        Sep 24, The TV situation comedy "Munsters" premiered on CBS with Al Lewis (d.2006) as the family patriarch.
    (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 1998.
    (AP, 9/24/98)(SFC, 8/27/99, p.C14)(

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, 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.
    (Econ, 2/13/10, p.34)(
1970        Sep 24, The Soviet Luna 16 landed in Kazakhstan, completing the first unmanned round trip to the moon.

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.
    (, 9/22/13, p.M3)

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 Carter.
    (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.
    (, 3/9/08, p.D3)

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.
    (AP 9/24/01)

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 Lebanon War.
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.
    (, 9/4/14, p.A8)(SFC, 6/5/15, p.A7)(SFC, 9/3/15, p.A6)

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 vessel.
    (AP, 9/24/97)

1988        Sep 24, Members of the eastern Massachusetts Episcopal diocese elected Barbara C. Harris the first female bishop in the church's history.
    (AP, 9/24/98)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/00)
1990        Sep 24, East Germany signed a treaty with the Soviet Union ending its membership in the Warsaw Pact.
1990        Sep 24, The Supreme Soviet voted to give preliminary approval to a plan for switching the Soviet Union to a free-market economy.
    (AP, 9/24/00)

1991        Sep 24, Children's author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, died in La Jolla, Calif., at age 87.
    (AP, 9/24/97)
1991        Sep 24, Kidnappers in Lebanon freed British hostage Jack Mann after holding him captive for more than two years.
    (AP, 9/24/97)

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.
    (AP, 9/24/97)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/97)

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 democracy.
    (AP, 9/24/98)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/99)

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.
    (SFC, 1/9/96, p.A10)(AP, 9/24/00)(SFC, 4/30/02, p.A8)
1995        Sep 24, A 16-year-old boy in Cuers, France, killed 13 people before turning a gun on himself.
    (AP, 9/24/00)

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 nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 9/24/97)

1997        Sep 24, Garth Brooks was named best entertainer by Country Music Association.
    (AP, 9/24/98)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/98)
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, 7/6/98, p.A8)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/00)
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 terrorizing Russia.
    (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 journalist.
    (AP, 9/24/00)
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 from 7.
    (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 attacks.
    (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 the US.
    (SFC, 9/24/01, p.B1)
2001        Sep 24, Russia pledged support for US efforts and arms for anti-Taliban forces in Afghanistan.
    (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 refrigerators.
    (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.
    (AP, 9/24/03)
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 for treatment.
    (AP, 9/26/02)
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 1953.
    (AP, 9/24/02)   
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, 9/26/02, p.A1)
2002        Sep 24, Iraq dismissed a British government report that said Saddam Hussein is pursuing chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 9/24/02)
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.
    (AP, 9/25/02)
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 Nablus.
    (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 others.
    (AP, 9/24/02)
2002        Sep 24, Tropical Storm Lili unleashed a mudslide that buried a woman and three of her children in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
    (AP, 9/25/02)

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.
    (AP, 9/24/04)
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.
    (SFC, 10/11/03, p.A3)(
2003        Sep 24, Herb Gardner (68), Tony-winning playwright, died in New York.
    (AP, 9/24/04)
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.
    (AP, 9/25/03)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/03)   
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.
    (AP, 9/24/03)

2004        Sep 24, The California Air Resources Board backed sweeping reductions in auto emissions.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
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 unconstitutional.
    (AP, 9/24/04)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/04)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/04)
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.
    (CP, 9/24/04)

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 nations.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
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 interest rates.
    (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.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
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 Peppers" serial.
    (AP, 9/25/05)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
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 civilian.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
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 Khayri al-Rihawi.
    (AP, 10/15/05)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/05)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/05)

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."
    (AP, 9/24/07)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
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 as pets.
    (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.
    (, 4/25/08, p.A1)(
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.
    (AP, 9/25/06)
2006        Sep 24, In Ecuador a speeding bus overturned on a curving mountain road near Quito, killing 47 people and injuring five children.
    (AP, 9/25/06)
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 northeastern state.
    (AP, 9/24/06)
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 nearby Bandipora.
    (AP, 9/24/06)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/06)
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.
    (AP, 9/25/06)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/06)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/06)

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.
    (SFC, 9/25/07, p.A1)(
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.
    (Reuters, 9/25/07)
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 manhunt.
    (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.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
2007        Sep 24, A US navy MH60 helicopter crashed into a lake on the Pacific island of Guam, killing one crew member.
    (Reuters, 9/25/07)
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 operation.
    (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 cutting-edge technology.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
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 deficits.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
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 revolution.
    (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 officials.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
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 uprising.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
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 leader.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
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 presidential elections.
    (AP, 9/25/07)
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 region.
    (AP, 9/24/07)
2007        Sep 24, The Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG said that the European Commission had approved its Exelon skin patch to treat Alzheimer's disease.
    (AP, 9/24/07)

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 officers.
    (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.
    (AP, 9/24/08)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/08)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/08)
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 the doldrums.
    (AP, 9/24/08)(Econ, 9/27/08, p.53)(Econ, 11/1/08, p.51)
2008        Sep 24, In Morocco at least 12 people were killed and 43 injured when a bus overturned in the southern province of Taroudannt.
    (AFP, 9/25/08)
2008        Sep 24, In Nicaragua Russia's ambassador to Managua said that his country will replace the Nicaraguan army's aging weaponry.
    (AP, 9/25/08)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/08)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/08)
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.
    (AP, 9/25/08)(
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 million dollars.
    (AFP, 9/24/08)
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.
    (Reuters, 9/24/08)

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.
    (AP, 9/24/09)
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 public education.
    (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 prison.
    (SFC, 9/29/09, p.A7)(, 12/9/10)(SFC, 8/30/11, p.A6)
2009        Sep 24, In Pennsylvania US Pres. Obama hosted a 2-day meeting of the G20 as it opened in Pittsburgh.
    (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.
    (AP, 9/25/09)
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.
    (AFP, 9/24/09)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/09)
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.
    (AFP, 9/25/09)
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.
    (AP, 9/25/09)
2009        Sep 24, Two French military fighter Rafale jets crashed into the Mediterranean Sea during a training mission and one pilot was missing.
    (AP, 9/24/09)
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 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.
    (AP, 9/24/09)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/09)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/09)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/09)
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 Waziristan.
    (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.
    (AP, 4/16/11)
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 settlement policy.
    (AP, 9/24/09)
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.
    (AP, 9/25/09)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/09)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/09)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/09)
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.
    (AP, 9/25/09)
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 Network."
    (AP, 9/24/10)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/10)
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.
    (AFP, 9/24/10)
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.
    (AFP, 9/24/10)
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.
    (AFP, 9/25/10)
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.
    (AFP, 9/24/10)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/10)
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.
    (AP, 10/8/10)
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.
    (AP, 9/25/10)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/10)
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.
    (AFP, 9/24/10)
2010        Sep 24, In Kuwait US Army Spc. Marc C. Whisenant (23) of Holly Hill, Fla., died in a military vehicle roll-over.
    (AP, 9/28/10)
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.
    (AFP, 9/24/10)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/10)
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.
    (AP, 9/25/10)
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.
    (AP, 9/26/10)
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.
    (AFP, 9/24/10)
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 settlements.
    (Reuters, 9/25/10)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/10)
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.
    (AFP, 9/24/10)
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.
    (AP, 9/25/10)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/10)

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 after midnight.
    (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.
    (AP, 9/25/11)
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.
    (AFP, 9/24/11)
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.
    (AFP, 9/24/11)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/11)
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.
    (AFP, 9/26/11)
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.
    (AP, 9/25/11)
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 were made.
    (AFP, 9/25/11)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/11)
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.
    (Reuters, 9/24/11)
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.
    (AFP, 9/24/11)
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 relations.
    (AP, 9/27/11)
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 participation.
    (AFP, 9/24/11)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/11)
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.
    (AFP, 9/24/11)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/11)

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 2009 ruling.
    (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 day.
    (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 firms.
    (Reuters, 9/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/12)
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 four children.
    (AP, 9/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/12)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/12)

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.
    (AP, 9/25/13)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/13)
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 by journalists.
    (AFP, 9/24/13)
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.
    (AFP, 9/24/13)
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 weapons.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 9/24/13)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/13)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, In Pakistan a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the southern part of Baluchistan province.
    (Reuters, 9/24/13)
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 cartel.
    (AP, 9/25/13)
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.
    (AFP, 9/24/13)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/13)
2013        Sep 24, In Syria a car bomb killed at least 7 civilians when it exploded in a southern Damascus neighborhood.
    (Reuters, 9/24/13)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/13)
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.
    (Reuters, 9/24/14)
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 1964.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 9/24/14)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
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 budget.
    (AFP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, In India the death toll from flash floods and landslides in the northeast rose to 73.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
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 laundering.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
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 approval.
    (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.
    (AFP, 9/24/14)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
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 trade area. 
    (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.
    (Reuters, 9/25/14)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
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 jobs.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
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.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, South Korea said it will buy 40 F-35A fighter jets from Lockheed Martin for about $7 billion.
    (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.
    (AFP, 9/24/14)
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.
    (AFP, 9/24/14)
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 eviction.
    (AFP, 9/26/14)

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