Today in History - September 27
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70CE Sep 27,
The walls of upper city of Jerusalem were battered down by Romans.
1130 Sep 27, Roger II
(1095-1154) became King of Sicily.
1259 Sep 27, Ezzeline III da
Romano, gentleman of Verona, "cruel monster", died.
1404 Sep 27, William of
Wykeham, chancellor and Bishop of Winchester, died.
1540 Sep 27, The Society of
Jesus, a religious order under Ignatius Loyola, was approved by the
Pope. The Jesuits were recognized by Pope Paul III. They were to
become the chief agents of the Church of Rome in spreading the
(TL-MB, 1988, p.16)(HN, 9/27/98)
1601 Sep 27, Maria de Medicis
(1575-1642), the 2nd wife of King Henry IV of France, gave birth to
Louis XIII, who later became king of France (1610-43). Henry IV, in
honor of the birth, revived a tapestry scheme by poet Nicholas Houel
and artist Antoine Caron, that had been conceived in honor of
Caterina de Medici (1519-1589). Louis ascended to the throne at the
age of nine following the assassination of his father. At 17, he
seized control of the empire from his mother Marie de' Medici. Louis
XIII proved to be a strongly pro-Catholic ruler.
1605 Sep 27, Jan Karol
Chodkiewicz (1560-1621), Lithuanian Hetman (Jonas Karolis
Katkevičius-Katkus), led Lithuanian and Polish forces to victory
against a Swedish army at Kircholm, Latvia. Chodkiewicz carried the
day in a victory that, taking into account the disparity of power
and strategic result, was huge. It is estimated that 6000 Swedes
died. Sweden’s King Charles IX was wounded.
1660 Sep 27, St. Vincent de
Paul, Vincentian founder, died.
1696 Sep 27, Alfonsus M. de'
Liguori, Italian theologian, bishop, and religious order founder,
1722 Sep 27, Samuel Adams
(d.1803), American propagandist, political figure, revolutionary
patriot and statesman who helped to organize the Boston Tea Party,
was born. He was Lt. Gov. of Mass from 1789-94.
(AHD, 1971, p.14)(HN, 9/27/98)(MC, 9/27/01)
1779 Sep 27, John Adams was
named to negotiate the Revolutionary War's peace terms with Britain.
1787 Sep 27, The US
Constitution was submitted to states for ratification. [see Sep 28]
1791 Sep 27, Jews in France
were granted French citizenship. Jews were granted religious and
civic rights in 1791.
(HN, 9/27/98)(WSJ, 8/7/00, p.A13)
1792 Sep 27, George Cruikshank,
London, caricaturist (Oliver Twist), was born.
1803 Sep 27, Samuel Francis
DuPont (d.1865), Rear Admiral (Union Navy), was born.
1809 Sep 27, Raphael Semmes
(d.1877), Rear Admiral (Confederate Navy), was born.
1821 Sep 27, The Mexican Empire
declared its independence. Revolutionary forces occupied Mexico City
as the Spanish withdraw.
1825 Sep 27, The first
locomotive to haul a passenger train was operated by George
Stephenson in England. [see Sep 28]
1833 Sep 27, Charles Darwin
rode a horse to Santa Fe.
1834 Sep 27, Charles Darwin
returned to Valparaiso.
1840 Sep 27, Alfred T. Mahan,
navy admiral, was born. He wrote “The Influence of Seapower on
History” and other books that encouraged world leaders to build
larger navies. Although a brilliant naval historian and noted
theorist on the importance of sea power to national defense, Alfred
Thayer Mahan hated the sea and dreaded his duties as a ship's
1840 Sep 27, Thomas Nast,
caricaturist, was born. He created the Democratic donkey and the
1850 Sep 27, The US Donation
land Act was enacted. It allowed Americans to stake claims that
would become valid after treaties were negotiated with Indian tribes
and ratified by Congress.
1852 Sep 27, "Uncle Tom's
Cabin," premiered in Troy, NY.
1854 Sep 27, The first great
disaster involving an ocean liner in the Atlantic occurred when the
steamship Arctic sank off the coast of Newfoundland with 300 people
aboard. It had collided in heavy fog with the French ship Vesta.
(AP, 9/27/97)(Arch, 7/02, p.7)(Arch, 9/02, p.6)
1855 Sep 27, George F.
Bristow's "Rip Van Winkle," 2nd American opera, opened in NYC.
1862 Sep 27, Louis Botha,
commander-in-chief of the Boar Army against the British and first
president of South Africa, was born.
1863 Sep 27, Jo Shelby's
cavalry in action at Moffat's Station, Arkansas.
1864 Sep 27, Confederate
guerrilla Bloody Bill Anderson and his henchmen, including a teenage
Jesse James, massacred 20 unarmed Union soldiers at Centralia, Mo.
1864 Sep 27, Battle at Pilot
Knob (Ft Davidson), Missouri. 1700 were killed or injured.
1869 Sep 27, Wild Bill Hickok,
sheriff of Hays City, Kan., shot down Samuel Strawhim, a drunken
teamster causing trouble.
1870 Sep 27, Henry T.P.
Comstock (50), Canadian silver prospector, died.
1892 Sep 27, Book matches were
patented by Diamond Match Company.
1896 Sep 27, Sam Ervin,
(Sen-D-NC), Watergate committee chairman, was born.
1898 Sep 27, Vincent (Miller)
Youmans, songwriter, was born. He is best known for “Tea for Two”
and musical scores such as “No, No Nanette” and “Flying Down to
(HN, 9/27/00)(MC, 9/27/01)
1905 Sep 27, Annalen der Physik
published a fourth paper by Albert Einstein, "Does the Inertia of a
Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?," in which Einstein developed
an argument for arguably the most famous equation in the field of
physics: E = mc². Einstein considered the equivalency equation to be
of paramount importance because it showed that a massive particle
possesses an energy, the "rest energy", distinct from its classical
kinetic and potential energies.
1910 Sep 27, 1st test flight of
a twin-engined airplane was made in France.
1912 Sep 27, W C Handy
published "Memphis Blues," the 1st Blues Song.
1916 Sep 27, Constance of
Greece declared war on Bulgaria.
1917 Sep 27, Louis Auchincloss
(d.2010), novelist, was born in Lawrence, NY. His work included
“Portrait in Brownstone, The Embezzler,” and ”Watchfires.
1917 Sep 27, Hilaire Germain
Edgar Degas (b1834), French impressionist painter died in Paris. His
fascination with horses was covered in the 1998 book "Degas at the
Races" by Jean Sutherland.
(WSJ, 10/2/96, p.B5)(SFEC, 6/21/98, BR
1918 Sep 27, President Woodrow
Wilson opened his fourth Liberty Loan campaign to support men and
machines for World War I.
1919 Sep 27, British troops
withdrew from Archangel.
1919 Sep 27, Adelina [Adela JM]
Patti, Italian soprano (Lucio), died at 76.
1920 Sep 27, Eight Chicago
White Sox players were charged with fixing the 1919 World Series.
[see Sep 28]
1921 Sep 27, Engelbert
Humperdinck, German opera composer (Hansel & Gretel), died.
1924 Sep 27, Bud Powell, jazz
pianist, was born.
1825 Sep 27, The Stockton and
Darlington rail line opened in England. The first locomotive to haul
a passenger train was operated by George Stephenson in England. The
British engineers Richard Trevithick and George Stevenson were the
first innovators of the technology.
1927 Sep 27, Red Rodney,
trumpeter, was born.
1928 Sep 27, The United States
said it was recognizing the Nationalist Chinese government. [see Sep
1930 Sep 27, Igor Kipnis,
harpsichordist and professor (Fairfield), was born in Berlin,
1936 Sep 27, Franco troops
1937 Sep 27, The 1st Santa
Claus Training School opened in Albion, NY.
1938 Sep 27, Ocean liner Queen
Elizabeth was launched at Glasgow. The RMS Queen Elizabeth, the
largest passenger liner built to that date, boasted a
200,000-horsepower engine and beautiful art deco style. The elegant
ocean liner was named to honor Queen Elizabeth, a consort of King
George VI of England and mother to Queen Elizabeth II.
1938 Sep 27, Jewish lawyers
were forbidden to practice in Germany.
1938 Sep 27, League of Nations
declared Japan the aggressor against China.
1939 Sep 27, Germany occupied
Warsaw. Poland surrendered after 19 days of resistance to invading
forces from Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Poland had endured a
brutal 3 day bombing campaign by the German Luftwaffe.
(AP, 9/27/97)(HN, 9/27/98)
1940 Sep 27, Black leaders
protested discrimination in US armed forces.
1940 Sep 27, 55 German
aircrafts were shot down above England.
1940 Sep 27, Nazi-Germany,
Italy and Japan signed a formal alliance called Tripartite Pact, a
10 year military and economic alliance strengthening the Axis
1942 Sep 27, Glenn Miller and
his Orchestra performed together for the last time, at the Central
Theater in Passaic, N.J., prior to Miller's entry into the Army.
1942 Sep 27, The S.S. Stephen
Hopkins, a Liberty Ship with an all-San Francisco crew, engaged the
German raider Stier and her tender, Tannenfels. It shelled and
brought down the Stier and hit the Tannenfels before it was sunk. Of
a crew of 58, only 15 survived. They reached the shore of Brazil
after a 31-day voyage in an open lifeboat.
(SFC, 9/27/96, p.B1)
1942 Sep 27, Australian forces
defeated the Japanese on New Guinea in the South Pacific.
1942 Sep 27, Heavy German
assault in Stalingrad.
1942 Sep 27, Reinhard Heydrich,
"Butcher of Prague," was appointed SS-general.
1943 Sep 27, Bing Crosby, the
Andrews Sisters and the Vic Schoen Orchestra recorded "Pistol
Packin' Mama" and "Jingle Bells" for Decca Records.
1944 Sep 27, Aimee Semple
McPherson (b.1890), Canadian and US evangelist and faith healer,
died at age 53.
1944 Sep 27, Aristide Maillol,
French sculptor and graphic artist, died in car crash at 82.
1944 Sep 27, Thousands of
British troops were killed as German forces rebuffed their massive
effort to capture the Arnhem Bridge across the Rhine River in
1945 Sep 27, Misha Dichter,
pianist (Tchaikovsky 2nd prize-1966), was born in Shanghai, China.
1945 Sep 27, Stephanie Pogue,
artist and art professor, was born.
1949 Sep 27, HUAC held hearings
on alleged communist infiltration of the Radiation Laboratory at UC
(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F2)
1950 Sep 27, U.S. Army and
Marine troops liberate Seoul, South Korea.
1951 Sep 27, Persian troops
occupied oil refinery at Abadan.
1953 Sep 27, A typhoon
destroyed 1/3 of Nagoya, Japan.
1954 Sep 27, "Tonight!" hosted
by Steve Allen, made its debut on NBC-TV.
1956 Sep 27, Mildred E "Babe"
Didrikson Zaharias (b.1911), track and field gold medalist (1932)
and Hall of Fame golfer, died in Galveston, Texas. Six years earlier
the Associated Press had named her the Greatest Female Athlete of
the First Half of the 20th Century.
1956 Sep 27, The U.S. Air Force
Bell X-2, the world's fastest and highest-flying plane, crashed,
killing the test pilot.
1956 Sep 27, Gerald Raphael
Finzi, composer, died at 55.
1959 Sep 27, Beth Heiden, 3000m
speed skater (Olympic-bronze-1980), was born in Madison, Wisc.
1959 Sep 27, Soviet leader
Nikita Khrushchev concluded his visit to the United States. During
the visit he debated with Richard Nixon. He also saw the filming of
Can Can and the found the dance immoral. Bassetts produced 50 tubs
of borscht sorbet in honor of Premier Nikita Khrushchev’s visit to
(TMC, 1994, p.1959)(SFEC, 9/15/96, C10)(WSJ,
8/1/00, p.A24)(AP, 9/27/00)
1959 Sep 27, Typhoon Vera
battered the main Japanese island of Honshu, killing nearly 5,000
(AP, 9/27/97)(MC, 9/27/01)
1960 Sep 27, Europe's 1st
"moving pavement," (travelator), opened at Bank station.
1960 Sep 27, Sylvia Pankhurst,
feminist, died. She with her mother, Emmeline Pankhurst, had
established the militant Women's Social and Political Union in 1903.
These British suffragettes employed controversial, even violent
methods to win the right to vote. In 1918, women over thirty were
granted the vote, and in 1928, the voting age was lowered to 21, the
voting age of men.
1961 Sep 27, Hilda Doolittle
(b.1886), American poet, died in Zurich. In 1984 poet Barbara Guest
(d.2006) authored the biography “Herself Defined: The Poet H.D. and
1963 Sep 27, Lee Harvey Oswald
visited the Cuban consulate in Mexico.
1963 Sep 27, At 10:59 AM census
clock, the US population was recorded at 190,000,000.
1964 Sep 27, The Warren
Commission, investigating the assassination of President John F.
Kennedy, announced that according to its findings Lee Harvey Oswald
acted alone as did Jack Ruby in the assassination. Later evidence
indicated a Mafia contract killing. In 1965 Harold Weisberg (d.2002)
authored “Whitewash: The Report on the Warren Report.”
(WSJ, 5/17/95, p.A-18)(AP, 9/27/97)(HN,
9/27/98)(HC)(SFC, 2/25/02, p.B6)
1965 Sep 27, Clara Bow
(b.1905), silent film star, died in Los Angeles. David Stenn later
authored "Clara Bow: Runnin’ Wild."
1967 Sep 27, Felix Yusupov
(b.1887), Russian aristocrat, died in Paris. He is best known for
participating in the 1916 assassination of Grigori Rasputin. In 1927
Yusupov published his memoir detailing the killing of Rasputin.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Yusupov)(Econ, 12/24/16, p.115)
1968 Sep 27, Portugal’s
President Americo Thomaz replaced PM Antonio de Oliveira Salazar
with Marcelo Caetano after Salazar suffered a major stroke, caused
by his falling from a chair in his summer house.
1971 Sep 27, Pamela Churchill
Harriman (1920-1997), English-born socialite, married her former
lover and former New York Governor Averell Harriman (79). She was
the former wife (1939-1946) of Randolph Churchill, the son of
Winston Churchill. From 1993-1997 she served as the US ambassador to
1977 Sep 27, Japan Airlines
Flight 715, a DC-8, crashed into a hill in bad weather while
attempting to land at the Kuala Lumpur Subang Airport. 34 people,
including 8 of the 10 crew members and 26 of the 69 passengers, were
killed when the aircraft broke on impact.
1979 Sep 27, Congress gave
final approval to forming the Department of Education, the 13th
Cabinet agency in U.S. history.
1981 Sep 27, In Iran the
Mojahedin used machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers
against units of the Pasdaran. Smaller left-wing opposition groups,
including the Fadayan, attempted similar guerrilla activities.
1985 Sep 27, Hurricane Gloria,
having come ashore at North Carolina with winds of 130 mph,
proceeded to head up the Atlantic coast toward New England. The NYSE
closed for one day due to the storm
(AP, 9/27/97)(SFC, 10/29/12, p.D2)
1986 Sep 27, The US Senate
joined House of Reps voting for "sweeping tax reforms."
1986 Sep 27, Ohio's city of
Cleveland released 1.5 million helium-filled balloons over the city
as part of a fundraiser for United Way. The balloons were promptly
brought down by a storm wreaking havoc on the city for weeks to
1987 Sep 27, Football fans
suffered through their first Sunday without football since players
went on strike. NFL owners soon organized games with replacement and
1988 Sep 27, Canadian sprinter
Ben Johnson left for home in disgrace 3 days after placing first in
the men's 100-meter dash at the Seoul Summer Olympics. He was
stripped of his gold medal by officials who said he had used
1988 Sep 27, Grand jury
evidence showed Tawana Brawley fabricated her rape story.
1989 Sep 27, Columbia Pictures
Entertainment Inc. agreed to a $3.4 billion buyout by Sony
1990 Sep 27, The US Senate
Judiciary Committee approved the Supreme Court nomination of David
1990 Sep 27, The deposed emir
of Kuwait delivered an emotional address to the UN General Assembly
in which he denounced the “rape, destruction and terror” inflicted
upon his country by Iraq.
1991 Sep 27, President Bush
announced in a nationally broadcast address that he was eliminating
all U.S. battlefield nuclear weapons, and called on the Soviet Union
to match the gesture.
1991 Sep 27, The US Senate
Judiciary Committee deadlocked, 7-7, on the nomination of Clarence
Thomas to the US Supreme Court.
1991 Sep 27, Oona Chaplin
(b.1926), daughter of Eugene O'Neill and wife of Charlie Chaplin,
died in Switzerland at age 66.
1992 Sep 27, Texas billionaire
Ross Perot spoke with his supporters in Dallas on the eve of a
meeting with representatives of President Bush and Democrat Bill
Clinton, both of whom were hoping Perot would stay on the campaign
1993 Sep 27, Sen. Kay Bailey
Hutchison, R-Texas, was indicted on charges that, as Texas state
treasurer, she'd misused state facilities and employees. The
indictment was dismissed for technical reasons; Hutchison was
reindicted and later acquitted.
1993 Sep 27, Retired Gen. James
H. Doolittle died in Pebble Beach, Calif., at age 96.
1994 Sep 27, More than 350
Republican congressional candidates gathered on the steps of the
Capitol to sign the "Contract with America," a 10-point platform
they pledged to enact if voters sent a GOP majority to the House.
1995 Sep 27, The US government
unveiled its redesigned $100 bill, featuring a larger, off-center
portrait of Benjamin Franklin.
1995 Sep 27, At the O.J.
Simpson trial, the prosecution and defense presented dueling
1995 Sep 27-1995 Oct 6,
Hurricane Opal caused at least 50 deaths in Guatemala and Mexico and
20 deaths in the United States. The storm hit Central America before
striking Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina.
1995 Sep 27, Azzam Rahim, a
naturalized US citizen, was arrested during a visit to the West Bank
by intelligence officers of the Palestinian Authority. He was
imprisoned in Jericho and was reportedly tortured and killed there
on Sep 29.
(SFC, 4/19/12, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/7udfqt2)
1996 Sep 27, Texan Charles
Hurwitz of Maxxam Inc. agreed to exchange his hold on the Headwaters
forest in California in exchange for cash, land or other government
(SFC, 9/28/96, p.A1)
1996 Sep 27, John G. Bennett
Jr., head of the defunct Foundation for New Era Philanthropy since
1989, was indicted on 82 counts of fraud, money laundering, tax
crimes and false statements. He was allegedly responsible for
bilking charities of $135 million in a scheme that collapsed in
1995. In 1997 he was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He helped to
reduce losses from 100 to 20 million
(SFC, 9/28/96, p.A3)(SFC, 3/27/97, p.A3)(SFC,
1996 Sep 27, US Defense Sec.
William Perry said the 3 Baltic nations would not be among the first
new NATO members drawn from Eastern Europe.
(SFC, 9/28/96, p.A8)
1996 Sep 27, The Taliban
militia, a band of former seminary students, forced President
Burhanuddin Rabbani and his government out of Kabul.
1996 Sep 27, In Gambia Yahya
Jammeh defeated 3 civilian rivals in national elections. Observers
said that the elections were severely flawed. Jammeh’s government
had outlawed opposition parties, muzzled the press, forbade meetings
between rival candidates and foreign diplomats, and used soldiers to
attack opposition rallies.
(SFC, 9/28/96, p.A11)
1996 Sep 27, In Milan, Italy,
50,000 metal workers marched on strike.
(SFC, 9/28/96, p.A8)
1996 Sep 27, In Japan the Prime
Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto dissolved the parliament and set new
elections for Oct. 20.
(SFC, 9/28/96, p.A8)
1996 Sep 27, In Mexico PRI
deputies presented a final report on government corruption and voted
to end the commission of corruption. A separate government panel
said $1.34 billion was missing from the 1990 privatization of
Telefonos de Mexico.
(SFC, 9/28/96, p.A9)
1996 Sep 27, Rwandan Pastor
Elizaphan Ntakirutimana (73) was charged with ordering the slaughter
of hundreds of Tutsis in Kibuye in 1994. It was charged that he had
arranged that they seek refuge in his Seventh Day Adventist Church,
whereupon he called in Hutus to kill them.
(SFC, 9/28/96, p.A11)
1997 Sep 27, The space shuttle
Atlantis, docked with the problem-plagued Russian Mir station to
drop off American David Wolf and pick up Michael Foale.
1997 Sep 27, In Algeria
witnesses said armed men killed 11 female teachers at Ain Adden
School in Sfisef while shouting “Blood, blood, blood, destruction,
destruction, destruction,” the rallying cry of the Armed Islamic
(SFC, 9/30/97, p.A12)
1997 Sep 27, In Indonesia two
cargo ships collided in the strait of Malacca and at least 28 crew
members were missing. Smog from fires impacted visibility.
(SFEC, 9/28/97, p.A21)
1997 Sep 27, In Hong Kong
lawmakers approved an election law that reduced the number of people
who could vote and increased the power of big business.
(SFC, 9/29/97, p.A12)
1997 Sep 27, In North Korea Kim
Jong Il ordered the establishment of the “9-27” camps for orphaned
and homeless children to “normalize” the country.
(SFC, 9/30/98, p.A10)
1997 Sep 27, In Thailand the
parliament passed a constitution intended to fight government
corruption and rejected a no-confidence motion against Prime
(WSJ, 9/29/97, p.A1)
1998 Sep 27, In Holmdel, N.J.,
the nation’s first Vietnam Museum opened as the Vietnam Era
(SFC, 9/28/98, p.A7)
1998 Sep 27, St. Louis Cardinal
Mark McGwire hit his 69th and 70th home runs in his last game of the
season against the Montreal Expos at Busch Stadium. The ball was
later sold at auction for $3.005 million to Todd McFarlane, creator
of "Spawn" comic books.
(SFC, 9/28/98, p.A1)(SFC, 2/9/99, p.A2)
1998 Sep 27, Gerhard Schroeder
and his Social Democrats won national elections in Germany,
following 16 years of conservative rule under Chancellor Helmut
(SFC, 9/28/98, p.A1) (AP, 9/27/99)
1998 Sep 27, In Malaysia about
10,000 people gathered in Kuala Lumpur to protests a crackdown on
dissent by the Mahathir regime.
(WSJ, 9/28/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 27, Serbian troops
bombarded and burned villages in southern Kosovo.
(SFC, 9/28/98, p.A10)
1998 Sep 27, In Slovakia
opposition leaders claimed victory after 2 days of elections for a
new parliament. Prime Minister Meciar’s Movement for a Democratic
Slovakia won 27% of the vote. Slovak Democratic Coalition leader
Mikulas Dzurinda was seen as Meciar’s successor
(SFC, 9/28/98, p.A9)
1998 Sep 27, In Sri Lanka
government troops clashed with Tamil rebels and at least 49 people
(SFC, 9/28/98, p.A10)
1999 Sep 27, Tiger Stadium
closed in grand fashion after 87 years as the Tigers beat the Kansas
City Royals, 8-to-2.
1999 Sep 27, Senator John
McCain of Arizona officially opened his campaign for the Republican
presidential nomination, the same day former Vice President Dan
Quayle dropped his White House bid.
(WSJ, 9/28/99, p.A1)(AP,
1999 Sep 27, Afghanistan's
rulers protested a UN decision to reseat the former Rabbani
government, which was driven from Kabul in 1996.
(WSJ, 9/28/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 27, In Algeria
attackers killed 7 people at a fake roadblock at Hamman Salhine.
(SFC, 9/30/99, p.D14)
1999 Sep 27, In Chechnya
Russian jets dropped bombs for a 5th day and thousands of civilians
fled to towns and villages in the region. Some 300 people were
reported killed in the air strikes around Grozny.
(SFC, 9/28/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 27, In South Africa a
bus of British tourists overturned as it approached Lydenburg and 27
people were killed.
(SFC, 9/28/99, p.C16)
2000 Sep 27, In Sydney,
Australia, the U.S. Olympic baseball team beat Cuba 4-0 to capture
its first baseball gold medal.
2000 Sep 27, Venus Williams
became only the second player to win Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and
the Olympics in the same year with her 6-2, 6-4 victory over Elena
Dementieva. The first was Steffi Graf, in 1988.
2000 Sep 27, It was reported
that the Asian swamp eel, Monopterus albus, was within a mile of the
fragile Florida Everglades National Park.
(WSJ, 9/27/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 27, In China an
explosion at the Muchonggou Coal Mine in Shuicheng, Guizhou
province, killed 118 miners.
(SFC, 9/28/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 27, In the Czech
Republic IMF and World Bank officials ended their meetings a day
early due to disruptions by protestors. Some 600 demonstrators were
arrested from an estimated total of 12,000.
(SFC, 9/28/00, p.C2)
2000 Sep 27, In Egypt Shereef
Fawzi Mohammad el-Falali (35), a civil engineer, was arrested in
Heliopolis for providing intelligence information to Israel.
(SFC, 11/29/00, p.C7)
2000 Sep 27, Jordan planned a
flight to Iraq regardless of clearance from the UN sanctions
(SFC, 9/27/00, p.A15)
2000 Sep 27, In the Philippines
Jolo Island villagers in Lapu dumped 3 Abu Sayyaf rebel bodies at a
police station. 3 villagers were also killed in the fight with
(SFC, 9/28/00, p.C2)
2000 Sep 27, In the Philippines
10 people died after some 50 rebels of the Moro Islamic Liberation
Front attacked farmers and soldiers in Carmen village, North
(SFC, 9/29/00, p.D2)
2000 Sep 27, In Syria 99
intellectuals published a demand for more democracy and freedom of
(SFC, 9/29/00, p.D5)
2000 Sep 27, OPEC’s top leaders
gathered in Caracas for a 2-day meeting. OPEC speakers called on
Western countries to reduce taxes levied on oil to ease prices.
(SFC, 9/27/00, p.A1)(SFC, 9/28/00, p.A1)
2001 Sep 27, Pres. Bush
announced enhanced airport security measures that included national
guard soldiers at checkpoints and armed air marshals on planes as a
first step toward federal control of airline security.
(SFC, 9/28/01, p.A1)(AP, 9/27/02)
2001 Sep 27, US and British
warplanes struck 2 artillery sites in Iraq’s southern no-fly zone.
(SFC, 9/28/01, p.D6)
2001 Sep 27, Def. Sec. Donald
Rumsfeld displayed the new Medal for the Defense of Freedom to be
awarded to all Defense Dept. civilian employees killed or wounded in
the sep 11 terrorist attacks.
(SFC, 9/28/01, p.A16)
2001 Sep 27, The WTO issued a
blueprint for a new round of talks scheduled for Nov 9 in Qatar. It
called for concessions from the US, EU and Japan in opening markets
for textiles, steel and agriculture.
(WSJ, 9/28/01, p.A12)
2001 Sep 27, In Afghanistan the
Taliban said it had delivered an official request for Osama bin
Laden to leave the country.
(WSJ, 9/28/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 27, In India the
central government banned the Student’s Islamic Movement of India
(SIMI). This triggered a day of riots and led to 4 deaths in
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
(WSJ, 10/1/01, p.A21)
2001 Sep 27,
Israeli-Palestinian fighting left 5 Palestinians dead. Israel
demolished some houses in a Gaza camp in response to a Hamas attack.
(WSJ, 9/28/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 27, In Jakarta,
Indonesia, protesters burned US flags outside the US Embassy and
threatened to kill Americans.
(SFC, 9/28/01, p.A9)
2001 Sep 27, In Macedonia
ethnic Albanian rebels declared that they had formally disbanded and
were returning to civilian life.
(SFC, 9/28/01, p.D4)
2001 Sep 27, In Romania Gellu
Naum, surrealist poet, playwright and translator, died at age 86.
His work included 20 poetry books, of which the 1st was “The
Incendiary Traveler” (1936) and the novel “Zenobia” (1985).
(SFC, 10/6/01, p.A18)
2001 Sep 27, In Switzerland
Friedrich Leibacher went on a shooting rampage in the local
parliament of Zug, killing 14 people before taking his own life.
(SFC, 9/28/01, p.D2)(AP, 9/27/02)
2001 Sep 27, In Turkey 2 more
prisoners died from a hunger strike against the new high-security
prisons. This raised the total to 38.
(SFC, 9/28/01, p.D6)
2002 Sep 27, President Bush
said the UN should have a chance to force Saddam Hussein to give up
his weapons of mass destruction before the US acted on its own
against Iraq, but told a Republican fund-raising event in Denver
that action had to come quickly.
2002 Sep 27, In Washington DC
some 1,500-2,000 activists protested the start of the annual
meetings of the World Bank and IMF. About 650 were arrested.
(SFC, 9/28/02, p.A3)
2002 Sep 27, Three U.S.
lawmakers, all Democrats, arrived in Baghdad to gauge the possible
effects of war on ordinary Iraqi citizens. The visit by Rep. Jim
McDermott of Washington and fellow House Democrats David Bonior of
Michigan and Mike Thompson of California followed a Sept. 14 visit
by a delegation led by Rep. Nick Rahall, a West Virginia Democrat.
2002 Sep 27, The DJIA fell 295
to 7701.45. Nasdaq fell 22.45 to 1199.16.
(SFC, 9/28/02, p.B1)
2002 Sep 27, All West Coast
ports shut down when the Pacific Maritime Assoc. locked out some
10,500 longshoremen in retaliation for work slowdowns. Contract
negotiations had recently deteriorated.
(SFC, 9/28/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 27, The federal
government increased the flow of water into the Klamath River from
Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon following the die-off of some 12,000
salmon in northern California.
(SFC, 9/28/02, p.A2)
2002 Sep 27, Charles Henri Ford
(94), poet and novelist, died in Manhattan. His work included "The
Young and Evil" (1933), considered by some as the 1st gay novel, and
"Water From a Bucket: A Diary, 1947-1957."
(SFC, 10/1/02, p.A18)
2002 Sep 27, In Australia a
federal judge formally gave control of a remote chunk of the
northwest slightly bigger than Greece to an Aboriginal tribe,
marking the end of six years of negotiations.
2002 Sep 27, Lord Ashdown
(b.1941) began serving as the international community's High
Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He ended his term May 30,
2002 Sep 27, East Timor, the
first country to be born in the 21st century, gained a seat at the
United Nations, swelling the membership roll to 191.
2002 Sep 27, In Lebanon tens of
thousands marched through the streets of Beirut chanting "death to
Israel" and "death to America," in support of Palestinians' third
year of uprising.
2002 Sep 27, A Mexican military
court charged three army officers (Gen. Francisco Quiros Hermosillo,
Brig. Gen. Mario Arturo Acosta Chaparro and Maj. Francisco Barquin)
with homicide in the killings of 143 leftist activists and
revolutionaries, the first prosecution of soldiers for crimes
committed during the so-called "dirty war" of the 1970s.
(AP, 9/27/02)(SFC, 9/28/02, p.A6)
2002 Sep 27, In Morocco 26
parties, nearly a dozen of them formed in the past two years,
contested parliamentary in elections. A fundamentalist party that
wants to apply Islamic law, performed strongly in elections. The
socialists of Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi finished first
with 50 seats, Jettou said. The conservative Istiqlal Party, the
socialists' coalition partner in the previous parliament, won 48
(AP, 9/26/02)(AP, 9/28/02)(AP, 9/29/02)(AP,
2002 Sep 27, Russian troops
used artillery overnight to block suspected rebels from crossing
into Chechnya through a forested part of the republic of Ingushetia
after firefights that left at least 17 Russian servicemen dead.
2002 Sep 27, In Sudan a thunder
storm killed 26 people in two separate accidents in Khartoum when a
Ferris wheel collapsed and a pleasure boat sank.
2003 Sep 27, President Bush and
Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Iran and North Korea to
abandon suspected nuclear weapons programs, but disagreed over how
to deal with both countries; Putin also declined at the end of a
two-day summit at Camp David to pledge any postwar help for Iraq.
2003 Sep 27, Donald O'Connor
(78), film star and composer, died in Calabasas, Calif. His films
included "Singing in the Rain" (1952).
(SSFC, 9/28/03, p.A1)
2003 Sep 27, The Algerian army
reported that it had killed 150 armed Islamic militants in a
two-week operation in the eastern foothills of this north African
2003 Sep 27, Brazil and Cuba
signed $200 million in new business deals in Cuba by private
2003 Sep 27, Europe's first
mission to the moon blasted off aboard a European Ariane rocket from
French Guiana. The SMART-1 probe made it to within 3,100 miles of
the moon on Nov 15, 2004, and proceeded to move into an elliptical
orbit. The spacecraft ended its mission Sep 3, 2006, when it crashed
into the lunar surface.
(AP, 9/28/03)(SFC, 11/17/04, p.A3)(SSFC, 9/3/06,
2003 Sep 27, In western Iran a
bus plunged from a mountain road into a river, killing 21 passengers
and injuring 11.
2003 Sep 27, A Palestinian
militant was killed when a bomb he was making blew up on as Israel
maintained a high alert over a New Year holiday weekend.
2003 Sep 27, A Russian rocket
brought two Russian and four foreign satellites, including Nigeria's
first, into orbit. Nigeria's $13 million craft, to be used for
taking photos, was built by a British firm.
(AP, 9/27/03)(Econ, 9/13/03, p.42)
2003 Sep 27, In northeast
Uganda rebels of the LRA fighting a 17-year insurgency raided a
village, killing at least 22 people.
2004 Sep 27, President Bush
asked Congress for more than $7.1 billion to help Florida and other
Southeastern states recover from their lashing by four hurricanes.
2004 Sep 27, A US Justice
Department audit said the FBI had a backlog of hundreds of thousands
of hours of untranslated audio recordings from terror and espionage
2004 Sep 27, NBC announced that
"Tonight Show" host Jay Leno would be succeeded by "Late Night" host
Conan O'Brien in 2009.
2004 Sep 27, John Kamm (53),
the businessman-turned-rights lobbyist behind the release of scores
of dissidents from Chinese prisons, was one of 24 people awarded
500,000-dollar MacArthur Foundation grants. 7 of the winners,
including Kamm, were from the SF Bay Area.
(AP, 9/28/04)(SFC, 9/28/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 27, Operation Black
Widow, a local, state and federal investigation in San Francisco,
ended as 8 top members of the Nuestra Familia prison gang entered
guilty pleas to federal racketeering charges.
(SFC, 9/28/04, p.B3)
2004 Sep 27, San Francisco
renamed its sports stadium "Monster Park", in a 4-year deal that
trades $6 million from an electronics cable company for the name to
(AP, 9/28/04)(SFC, 9/28/04, p.B1)
2004 Sep 27, The body of Maxina
Danner (17), a student at Lincoln High, was found wrapped in a
blanket near Visitacion Ave. and Mansell. She had disappeared that
morning on her way to school. In 2005 Royce Miller (21), a youth
councilor at a group home, was arrested in connection with the
murder. In 2007 Miller was convicted of 2nd degree murder.
(SFC, 9/30/04, p.A1)(SFC, 2/12/05, p.B2)(SFC,
2004 Sep 27, In Brazil a strike
by bank workers entered its 2nd full week.
(WSJ, 9/28/04, p.A20)
2004 Sep 27, In Dubai a wall
collapsed at an airport construction site, killing more than eight
workers and injuring many more.
2004 Sep 27, Galapagos park
rangers ended a 17-day protest after Ecuador's government fired a
new park director the rangers claimed favored commercial fishing
over the islands' unique environment.
2004 Sep 27, U.S. jets pounded
suspected Shiite militant positions in the Baghdad slum of Sadr
City, killing at least five people and wounding 40. Elsewhere,
insurgents detonated car bombs and fired rockets, killing at least 7
National Guardsmen, in separate attacks.
(AP, 9/27/04)(WSJ, 9/28/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 27, An Israeli
helicopter fired a missile at a Palestinian vehicle traveling in the
southern Gaza Strip, killing one person and wounding three others. 7
Palestinians were killed in several incidents across the West Bank
and Gaza. In Gaza City gunmen kidnapped a CNN TV producer and
released him the next day.
(AP, 9/27/04)(SFC, 9/28/04, p.A8)(WSJ, 9/29/04,
2004 Sep 27, Lebanon said
Ismail Katib, a local al Qaeda operative captured a week earlier,
died “of a heart attack” while in police custody.
(WSJ, 9/28/04, p.A1)(Econ, 10/2/04, p.47)
2004 Sep 27, In Nigeria
militiamen trying to wrest control of the oil-rich Niger Delta
threatened to launch a "full-scale armed struggle" on
petroleum-pumping operations in Africa's largest crude oil producing
(AP, 9/28/04)(WSJ, 9/28/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 27, In Thailand
officials announced that a case of avian-flu was possibly caused by
(SFC, 9/28/04, p.A3)
2005 Sep 27, Former FEMA
director Michael Brown angrily blamed the Louisiana governor, the
New Orleans mayor and even the Bush White House that appointed him
for the dismal response to Hurricane Katrina in a fiery appearance
before Congress; in response, lawmakers alternately lambasted and
mocked the former official.
2005 Sep 27, New Orleans Police
Superintendent Eddie Compass stepped down from his post 4 weeks
after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the city.
2005 Sep 27, Army reservist
Lynndie England was sentenced to three years behind bars for her
role in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.
2005 Sep 27, NASA and other
institutions reported a huge galaxy, HUDF-JD2, dating from about 800
million years after the Big Bang. Odds on the date were given at
75%. The galaxy was said to be unusually massive and mature for its
place in the young universe.
(SFC, 10/10/05, p.A4)
2005 Sep 27, A research team
from Hong Kong reported that the horseshoe bat is the source of the
SARS virus. A 2nd team from China, Australia and the US reported
similar findings 2 days later. The syndrome 1st appeared in China in
2002 and killed 774 people worldwide.
(SFC, 9/30/05, p.A12)
2005 Sep 27, In Afghanistan Ali
Ahmad Jalali, the Interior Minister, resigned and said some senior
officials were involved in drugs and corruption.
(SFC, 9/28/05, p.A14)
2005 Sep 27, An American
supervisor for USPI, a Houston-based security firm, allegedly shot
to death his Afghan interpreter after a quarrel. Officials said Noor
Ahmad (37) was shot in the head at a compound of his employer, U.S.
Protection and Investigations, at Tut village in Farah province's
Gulistan district in western Afghanistan.
2005 Sep 27, Australian PM John
Howard won unanimous support from state premiers for tough new
counter-terrorism laws, including detention without charge and
electronic tagging of suspects.
2005 Sep 27, In Colombia
government spraying of coca plant killer was reported to be driving
growers and traffickers out of their usual territory into national
parks where spraying is banned. Here they are burning thousands of
acres of virgin rain forest and poisoning rivers with chemicals.
2005 Sep 27, A suicide bomber
attacked Iraqis applying for jobs as policemen in Baqouba, 30 miles
north of Baghdad, killing nine and wounding 21. US and Iraqi
authorities said their forces had killed Abdullah Abu Azzam, the No.
2 official in the al-Qaida in Iraq organization, in a weekend raid
in Baghdad, claiming to have struck a "painful blow" to the
country's most feared insurgent group.
2005 Sep 27, In Iraq NATO's top
brass opened a long-awaited training academy for the Iraqi military
that the alliance say will significantly increase its role in the
2005 Sep 27, In southern Iraq
police found the bodies of 22 Iraqi men who had been shot in the
head and dumped in a deserted area of Badrah district northeast of
Kut and 100 miles southeast of Baghdad.
2005 Sep 27, Protestant
politicians rejected the Irish Republican Army's disarmament as
inadequate, and said they would not share power in Northern
Ireland's government with the IRA's political party Sinn Fein for
years, if ever.
2005 Sep 27, Israel hit Gaza
with shells and airstrikes to suppress rocket fire and detained 379
West Bank militants in an overnight sweep against Hamas and Islamic
(AP, 9/27/05)(WSJ, 9/28/05, p.A1)
2005 Sep 27, Andre Rieu
introduced violinist, Akim Camara (b.10/27/2001), during his 'Flying
Dutchman Concert' at Parkstad Stadium in the Netherlands. Akim
played Concerto G Major op.11 with the Johan Strauss Orchestra.
2005 Sep 27, At least 18 people
were killed and 40 others injured when two passenger buses crashed
head on along Peru's coastal Panamerican highway.
2005 Sep 27, The leader of
Poland's Law and Justice party (PiS) said he would begin talks to
form a new center-right coalition government after the final count
confirmed its election victory. PiS won by promising to uproot the
uklad, a network of ex-spies, corrupt businessmen and political
insiders, who have dominated Poland since 1989.
(AP, 9/27/05)(Econ, 9/29/07, p.54)
2005 Sep 27, In Russia Pres.
Putin fielded questions on live coast-to-coast television and
rebuffed the idea of holding on to the presidency past 2008.
(SFC, 9/28/05, p.A10)
2005 Sep 27, Russia’s navy said
it successfully test-launched a newly-developed intercontinental
2005 Sep 27, In South Africa
Brett Kebble (41), a mining entrepreneur, African National Congress
supporter and cultural philanthropist, was found shot to death in
Johannesburg. His business dealings had come under scrutiny. Drug
trafficker Glen Agliotti was implicated in the murder. Jackie
Selebi, South Africa’s chief of police, later admitted to being a
friend to Agliotti. In 2010 a judge dropped murder charges against
(AP, 9/28/05)(Econ, 1/19/08, p.50)(Reuters,
2005 Sep 27, A senior US State
Department official said the president of Uzbekistan made it clear
that American forces must leave their air base in the Central Asian
country, and the U.S. intends to do so "without further discussion."
2005 Sep 27, After killing at
least 31 people in China and the Philippines, Typhoon Damrey slammed
ashore in Vietnam, forcing the evacuation of nearly 300,000 people.
2006 Sep 27, President Bush
hosted a peacemaking dinner at the White House for the bickering
leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Gen. Pervez Musharraf and Hamid
(WSJ, 9/28/06, p.A1)(AP, 9/27/07)
2006 Sep 27, Republicans
announced they would hold their 2008 presidential convention in the
Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
(Econ, 1/13/07, p.30)(AP, 9/27/07)
2006 Sep 27, Jacob "Kobi"
Alexander, the former chief and founder of Comverse Technology Inc.,
was arrested in Namibia, where he awaited extradition to the US to
face criminal fraud charges related to stock options. Alexander had
recently transferred tens of millions of dollars to Namibia. He was
released after 6 days on $1.4 million bail.
(Reuters, 9/27/06)(WSJ, 9/28/06, p.A1)(WSJ,
2006 Sep 27, The US FDA
approved Vectibix (panitimumab), a new colon cancer drug developed
by Amgen and Abgenix.
(SFC, 9/28/06, p.C1)
2006 Sep 27, In Bailey,
Colorado, Duane Morrison (53) held 6 girls hostage at Platte Canyon
High School for hours before fatally wounding Emily Keyes (16). He
sexually molested the girls and then killed himself as authorities
(AP, 9/28/06)(SFC, 9/28/06, p.A3)(AP,
9/29/06)(SFC, 10/6/06, p.A3)
2006 Sep 27, In Charleston,
South Carolina, a video store was held up by a group of children,
including a 14-year-old girl suspected of wielding a BB gun that
looked like a pistol. City Council member Larry Shirley, reacting
later to the video store holdup, said parents who can't properly
care for their kids should be sterilized.
2006 Sep 27, Afghan security
forces killed 25 suspected insurgents during a clash in southern
Afghanistan, while a suicide bombing targeting a NATO convoy wounded
2006 Sep 27, British
billionaire Richard Branson proposed changes to aircraft movements
at busy airports and the way planes land under a plan he said would
cut the world's aviation emissions by up to 25%.
(Reuters, 9/27/06)(Econ, 9/30/06, p.65)
2006 Sep 27, EU air safety
officials backed tightened rules on the amount of liquids and size
of carry-on baggage passengers can bring onto commercial flights.
2006 Sep 27, France ended a
decades-old system of inequality by bringing lagging pensions of war
veterans from former colonies into line with those of their French
counterparts whose retirement payment is two-thirds higher. The
decision was not retroactive.
2006 Sep 27, A team of French
doctors said they successfully operated on a man in near
zero-gravity conditions on a flight looping in the air like a roller
coaster to mimic weightlessness.
2006 Sep 27, Germany opened a
conference in Berlin on opening a 2-year dialogue separating Islamic
fundamentalism from Islam.
(Econ, 9/30/06, p.62)
2006 Sep 27, Indonesia’s
government said it will resettle more than 3,000 families whose
houses have been swamped by mud surging from a gas exploration site
and will dump the sludge into the sea to avoid more destruction. The
eruption took place 4 months earlier 150 meters from where PT
Lapindo Brantas was drilling an exploratory well. The company was
controlled by the family of Aburizal Bakrie, Indonesia’s welfare
(AP, 9/27/06)(Econ, 10/7/06, p.51)
2006 Sep 27, In Iraq the US
military said it killed four suspected terrorists and four
civilians, including a pregnant woman, in a raid in Baqouba. An
investigation followed as surviving family members said the attack
was unprovoked. Gunmen killed 10 people near a Sunni mosque at
(AP, 9/27/06)(SFC, 9/28/06, p.A19)(WSJ, 9/28/06,
2006 Sep 27, An Israeli court
released the Palestinian deputy prime minister, the highest ranking
Hamas official to be freed following a crackdown on the Islamic
militant group. But the court temporarily banned him from going to
his government office in the city of Ramallah. Israeli airstrikes on
a house in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah killed a
14-year-old girl and wounded seven other people.
2006 Sep 27, Jordan's military
court convicted five men of plotting attacks against US troops in
Iraq, including a cousin of slain al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab
2006 Sep 27, At the Hague,
Netherlands, a UN tribunal sentenced Momcilio Krajisnik (61), the
former speaker of the Bosnian Serb parliament, to 27 years in prison
for war crimes, but acquitted him of the harsher charge of genocide.
2006 Sep 27, In northwestern
Pakistan drive-by gunmen killed two militants and wounded three in
another car. The militants who came under attack were believed to be
loyal to a pro-Taliban tribesman known only as Hanan, who had
started a campaign to oust Uzbek militants living in the Shakai
mountain valley region north of Wana.
2006 Sep 27, Russia's chief
election body dismissed a petition aimed at allowing President
Vladimir Putin to run for a third term.
2006 Sep 27, The Sri Lanka
government revealed that Tamil Tigers have agreed to resume
face-to-face negotiations and end a seven-month deadlock in talks.
2006 Sep 27, The Ugandan army
accused rebels of violating the increasingly fragile truce, which
was signed last month, by leaving neutral assembly points.
2006 Sep 27, In Venezuela’s Los
Roques islands Elena Vecoli (34), a newly married Italian woman, was
murdered and her husband, Riccardo Prescendi (46) beaten inside an
inn popular with foreign tourists. Police identified 3 suspects the
2007 Sep 27, President Bush
promised to take steps to reduce air traffic congestion and long
delays that were leaving travelers grounded.
2007 Sep 27, The US Supreme
Court halted the execution of Carlton Turner Jr. (28), a man
convicted of killing his parents in Texas, after already agreeing to
review lethal injection procedures in Kentucky. Turner was 19 when
he shot Carlton Turner Sr., (43) and Tonya Turner (40) several times
in the head. Turner was executed on Jul 10, 2008.
(AP, 9/28/07)(SFC, 7/10/08, p.A4)
2007 Sep 27, The Cleveland
adult toy firm GVA-TWN said they would acquire Good Vibrations, a SF
sex toy retailer.
(SFC, 9/28/07, p.C1)
2007 Sep 27, In Oakland, Ca., 4
people were charged with growing marijuana that since 2001 was used
in cookies and other packaged food made by Tainted Inc.
(SFC, 9/28/07, p.B3)
2007 Sep 27, In Florida a
spacecraft named Dawn blasted off aboard an unmanned Delta rocket on
a mission to explore two giant asteroids between Mars and Jupiter.
Dawn was powered by a trio of solar-powered electric engines that
ionize and expel xenon gas. It could serve as a blueprint for future
2007 Sep 27, Miles Cooper (27),
a caretaker at a primary school in Cambridge, was convicted of
sending a spate of letter bombs that hurt eight people in England
and Wales earlier this year.
2007 Sep 27, China issued an
evenhanded plea for calm in Myanmar, calling on all sides to show
2007 Sep 27, Irakli
Okruashvili, Georgia's hawkish former defense minister, was detained
on corruption charges, days after he alleged that President Mikhail
Saakashvili had ordered him to kill a prominent businessman.
2007 Sep 27, Iran’s President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad traveled stopped in Bolivia, where he pledged $1
billion in investment. He pledged investment over the next five
years to help the poor Andean nation tap its vast natural gas
reserves, extract minerals, generate more electricity and fund
agricultural and construction projects. He then visited Venezuela to
meet President Hugo Chavez. Chavez embraced the Iranian leader,
calling him "one of the greatest anti-imperialist fighters" and "one
of the great fighters for true peace."
2007 Sep 27, Iraq's Sunni vice
president held a rare meeting with the country's top Shiite cleric
to seek support for a 25-point blueprint for political reform. A
parked car bomb struck a predominantly Shiite area in eastern
Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding two others.
2007 Sep 27, In Iraq a road
bomb exploded under a US armored vehicle killing US Sergeant First
Class Randy Johnson. Fingerprints were later found on adhesive tape
used to make two bombs leading to the arrest and May 21, 2015,
conviction in London of Anis Sardar. Sardar argued that he had
become involved in the conflict in Iraq to protect Sunni villages
from attack by Shi'ite militias.
2007 Sep 27, Israeli forces
killed two Gaza militants in a missile strike.
2007 Sep 27, In Myanmar troops
cleared protesters from the streets of central Yangon, giving them
10 minutes to leave or be shot as the Myanmar junta intensified a
two-day crackdown on the largest uprising in 20 years. At least nine
people were killed, including a Japanese national. In December a UN
investigator documented 31 people killed by the end of the crackdown
(Reuters, 9/27/07)(AP, 12/7/07)
2007 Sep 27, In Nigeria gunmen
disguised as soldiers killed a Colombian oil worker and abducted two
other foreigners in a raid on the construction yard of oil services
2007 Sep 27, Pakistan's chief
justice ordered the immediate release of detained opposition members
as President Gen. Pervez Musharraf formalized his disputed candidacy
for a new five-year term.
2007 Sep 27, Somali and
Ethiopian troops ordered thousands to vacate their homes in
Mogadishu to allow the forces to search for arms and insurgents.
2007 Sep 27, In northern Sri
Lanka the military said artillery fire, gunbattles and a bombing had
killed 25 rebels, three civilians and a soldier. The civilian
casualties occurred when a remote-control bomb went off in a
2007 Sep 27, A UN tribunal
convicted Mile Mrksic (60), a Serb army officer, of clearing the way
for the torture and killing of 194 Croats seized from a hospital in
a 1991 massacre. Veselin Sljivancanin (54), the area's chief
security officer, was sentenced to five years for failing to protect
the Croats from beatings and torture by the local Serb paramilitary
forces and Territorial Defense units. Officer Miroslav Radic (45)
was acquitted of any wrongdoing.
(AP, 9/27/07)(WSJ, 9/28/07, p.A1)
2008 Sep 27, Taliban militants
released the last 30 of approximately 150 Afghan laborers they had
abducted for almost a week after suspecting the workers of being
Afghan soldiers. 118 were released a day earlier. 3 had been
released earlier in the week due to illness.
2008 Sep 27, According to an
estimate by the Australian Crime Commission (ACC), up to A$12
billion ($10 billion) in illicit drug money could be flowing out of
Australia every year.
2008 Sep 27, Mission commander
Zhai Zhigang floated, a Chinese astronaut, performed the nation's
first-ever spacewalk, the latest milestone in an ambitious program
that is increasingly rivaling the United States and Russia in its
rapid expansion. Fellow astronaut Liu Boming also emerged briefly
from the capsule to hand Zhai a Chinese flag that he waved for an
exterior camera filming the event. The third crew member, Jing
Haipeng, monitored the Shenzhou 7 from inside the re-entry module.
2008 Sep 27, It was reported
that the elephant population in Congo’s Virunga National Park had
dropped to under 200, mostly due to poaching. In 1964 there were an
estimated 2,900. In 2006 the number had dropped to 400.
(Econ, 9/27/08, p.62)
2008 Sep 27, In India one child
was killed and 18 people were wounded in a bomb attack in a crowded
shopping area in New Delhi. A young boy was killed instantly when he
picked up a bag containing the bomb to return it to suspects who
fled the market before the explosion. A 2nd man died the next day
from his injuries.
(AFP, 9/27/08)(AP, 9/28/08)
2008 Sep 27, The UN Security
Council unanimously approved a new resolution reaffirming previous
sanctions on Iran for refusing to halt its uranium enrichment
program and offering Tehran incentives to do so.
2008 Sep 27, Iraqi police
fatally shot Riya Qahtan, a Kurdish politician, in Diyala province,
a killing that underlines the growing tensions between Kurds and
Arabs in parts of the north. The US military arrested five
Iranian-backed Shiite extremists, in 3 separate locations in eastern
Baghdad. accused in recent rocket attacks on Iraqi and American
forces. The extremists were suspected of links to the Hezbollah
Brigades, a Shiite extremist group that the US believes is backed by
2008 Sep 27, The AIDS virus was
reported to afflict some 5.5 million of South Africa’s 49 million
(Econ, 9/27/08, p.19)
2008 Sep 27, The population of
Seoul, South Korea, was reported to be about 23 million.
(Econ, 9/27/08, SR p.3)
2008 Sep 27, Sri Lankan fighter
jets bombed a rebel base in Kilinochchi district. The government it
said was used to train suicide bombers. The pro-rebel Tamilnet
website said the bombs fell on a civilian town, killing one person
and injuring two, including a child. Clashes between government
soldiers and rebels left 17 dead in the country's war-ravaged north.
(AFP, 9/27/08)(AFP, 9/28/08)
2008 Sep 27, In Damascus,
Syria, a car packed with explosives detonated on a crowded
residential street, killing 17 people and wounding more than a dozen
2008 Sep 27, A Ukrainian ship,
sailing under a North Korean flag, sank in the Black Sea and all
crew members were missing. the 5,000-ton Tolstoy was carrying a
cargo of scrap metal to the Turkish port of Nemrut.
2008 Sep 27, Zimbabwe's main
opposition leader and designated prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai
said it was "urgent" the country form a new government to ensure
food supplies and prevent starvation.
2009 Sep 27, Donald Fisher,
co-founder of the Gap Inc. (1969), died in SF. He and his wife began
collecting art as they founded their blue jeans outlet and by 2009
the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection had become one of the world’s
largest private holdings of late 20th and early 21st century art.
(SFC, 9/28/09, p.A1)
2009 Sep 27, William Safire
(b.1929), conservative columnist for the NY Times, died. Safire had
authored over a dozen books and won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary
in 1978, for his scathing articles on the financial affairs of
Carter White House budget director Bert Lance.
(SFC, 9/28/09, p.A4)
2009 Sep 27, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomb explosion targeting Afghanistan's energy minister
killed four civilians in Herat province. In southern Afghanistan a
roadside explosion killed a British soldier on a vehicle patrol in
Helmand province. Taliban militants ambushed a truck convoy in
eastern Kunar province, killing six drivers and burning their
vehicles. A private van hit a roadside bomb in northern Faryab
province. Six of the people inside were killed and another seven
(AP, 9/27/09)(AP, 9/28/09)
2009 Sep 27, Germans voted on
whether to give Chancellor Angela Merkel a second term, as the
country faces rising unemployment and threats by Islamic extremists
over Germany's role in Afghanistan. Voters ended the conservative
Merkel's right-left "grand coalition" and gave her a comfortable
center-right majority, thanks to a strong performance by her new
government ally, the business-oriented Free Democrats.
(AP, 9/27/09)(AP, 9/28/09)
2009 Sep 27, Iran said it
successfully test-fired short-range missiles during military drills
by the elite Revolutionary Guard, a show of force days after the US
warned Tehran over a newly revealed underground nuclear facility it
was secretly constructing.
2009 Sep 27, In Iran a
consortium of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and a
multi-billion dollar business empire known as Setad, that is
controlled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, bid on a
controlling stake in Telecommunication Co of Iran, or TCI, which had
a near monopoly on landline telephone services. They won the stake
for $7.8 billion, Iran's largest privatization ever.
(AP, 9/28/09)(Reuters, 12/24/13)
2009 Sep 27, Two Uzbeks,
including Oybek Jabbarov (31), freed from the Guantanamo Bay prison
arrived in Ireland. Amnesty International appealed to other EU
nations to deliver on pledges to give new homes to US terror
2009 Sep 27, Israeli police
used stun grenades to disperse Palestinian rioters at a volatile
Jerusalem site holy to Jews and Muslims. The compound is home to the
gold-capped Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa mosque, and Muslims see
it as their religion's third-holiest site after the Saudi Arabian
holy cities of Mecca and Medina. The site has been under Israeli
control since 1967, but is administered by a Muslim religious body
known as the Waqf.
2009 Sep 27, A New Zealand
teen, Cherelle May Dudfield (18), flashed her breasts at passing
cars and ended with up in a hospital after a distracted driver ran
into her. In Dec she was found guilty of disorderly behavior for the
prank and was fined $198.
2009 Sep 27, In the northern
Philippines rescuers plucked bodies from muddy floodwaters and saved
drenched survivors from rooftops. The death toll in the Philippines
from Typhoon Ketsana reached 246 with 42 missing. The economic cost
was nearly $100 million.
(AP, 9/27/09)(AP, 9/30/09)
2009 Sep 27, Portugal voted in
parliamentary elections that are predicted to keep the Socialist
Party in power despite the highest jobless rate in over 20 years.
The center-left Socialist Party of PM Jose Socrates retained power
winning 36.5% of the vote compared with 29% for the center-right
Social Democratic Party. Turnout was about 60%.
(AP, 9/27/09)(SFC, 9/28/09, p.A2)(Econ, 10/3/09,
2009 Sep 27, It was reported
that some 300,000 Syrian farmers, herders and their families have
been forced by drought to abandon their homes for makeshift urban
(SSFC, 9/27/09, p.A18)
2009 Sep 27, Sudan’s President
Omar al-Beshir announced the immediate lifting of state censorship
on the press, meeting a key demand of the media ahead of Sudan's
first elections in almost 25 years.
2009 Sep 27, In Venezuela Pres.
Hugo Chavez proposed that South American and African nations unite
to create a cross-continental mining corporation to keep control of
their resources. Chavez made diplomatic inroads in Africa at a
summit of South American and African leaders where he offered
Venezuela's help in oil projects, mining and financial assistance.
Venezuela signed agreements to work together on oil projects with
South Africa, Mauritania, Niger, Sudan and Cape Verde.
(Reuters, 9/27/09)(AP, 9/28/09)
2010 Sep 27, President Barack
Obama signed a $30 billion small business lending bill into law,
claiming a victory on economic policy for his fellow Democrats ahead
of November congressional elections.
2010 Sep 27, Sponsored by the
US Department of Homeland Security, Cyber Storm III kicked off for a
3-day series of simulated events designed to exploit holes in the
nation's cybersecurity system. It was Washington's first chance to
test the new National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration
Center, which was set up last fall to act as a hub for coordinating
2010 Sep 27, Six US Air Force
officers and one researcher assembled at the prestigious National
Press Club in Washington, DC, to give their intriguing testimony of
personal involvement in a major UFO cover-up. The officers planned
to discuss UFOs and nuclear missiles, including an alleged incident
in March, 1967, at a Montana missile base where 10 Minuteman
missiles were mysteriously deactivated as a UFO allegedly hovered
2010 Sep 27, In a videotaped
statement US Spec. Jeremy Morlock (22) admitted involvement in a
plan to kill 3 Afghan civilians in Kandahar between January and May
this year. He sought to shift blame for the plot on his squad’s
staff sergeant, who he said planted the idea. In March 2011 Morlock
was sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to three
counts of murder, as well as conspiracy and other charges. He said
the killings were part of a deliberate plan to murder Afghan
civilians. Dan Krauss directed the documentary film “The Kill Team”
(2014) featuring Adam Winfield, Andrew Holmes and Jeremy Morlock,”
the soldiers involved in the Maywand District murders of Afghan
(SFC, 9/28/10, p.A6)(AP, 3/30/11)
2010 Sep 27, Downtown Los
Angeles, Ca., recorded a record 113 degrees.
(SFC, 9/29/10, p.A1)
2010 Sep 27, In Florida Patrick
Dell (41) shot and killed his wife, Natasha Whyte-Dell (36) and 4
step children before killing himself. A 5th stepchild survived the
rampage in Riviera Beach.
(SFC, 9/28/10, p.A7)
2010 Sep 27, In Georgia Brandon
Joseph Rhode (31) was executed by lethal injection for the 1998
murders of a trucking company owner and his 2 children. He was
convicted in 2000 of the killings of Steven Moss (37), his
11-year-old son Bryan and 15-year-old daughter Kristin during a
burglary of their Jones County home in central Georgia.
(SFC, 9/28/10, p.A6)
2010 Sep 27, George Blanda
(83), former American football star, died. He played longer than
anyone in pro football history and racked up the most points in a
career that spanned four decades, mostly with the Chicago Bears and
2010 Sep 27, In Afghanistan a
Polish soldier died of injuries sustained when a land mine exploded
under his patrol vehicle in the eastern province of Ghazni. US
General David Petraeus said many small insurgent groups had already
made "overtures" to NATO forces about quitting the fight.
(AP, 9/27/10)(SFC, 9/28/10, p.A4)
2010 Sep 27, Police in Brazil’s
state of Rio Grande do Sul arrested Rev. Avelino Backes (70) after
finding him in a hospital in the town of Santa Rosa. Backes
disappeared in 2008 after being sentenced to seven years in jail for
molesting girls aged 9 and 10 in the neighboring state of Santa
Catarina in the 1990s.
2010 Sep 27, Cambodia laid out
plans to tackle graft in one of the world's most corrupt nations, in
an attempt to reassure foreign investors.
2010 Sep 27, In eastern China 2
men were sentenced to death for abducting and trafficking 40
infants. They were sentenced for their involvement in a ring that
abducted dozens of baby boys from Sichuan and Yunnan provinces and
sold them to villagers in neighboring Fujian for up to $6,000 each.
2010 Sep 27, Colombia's
inspector general ousted Sen. Piedad Cordoba (55), an outspoken
opposition senator, barring her from public service for 18 years for
allegedly "promoting and collaborating" with Latin America's last
remaining rebel army.
2010 Sep 27, In Colombia a
mudslide swept over people changing from one bus to another because
an earlier slide was blocking a mountain road, and at least 20
people were buried.
2010 Sep 27, Indonesia and
France served as co-chairs of the Group of 20 Working Group on
Anti-corruption during a 2-day meeting in Jakarta. The WGAC was
among the most significant outcomes of the G20 summit in Toronto in
2010 Sep 27, Iran’s IRNA news
agency reported that the Stuxnet worm is mutating and wreaking
further havoc on computerized industrial equipment in Iran where
about 30,000 IP addresses have already been infected.
2010 Sep 27, Iraqi police
officials said a bomb exploded as Alaa Muhsen, a news anchor for
Iraqiya television, drove through southern Baghdad.
2010 Sep 27, Settlement
building resumed across the West Bank just hours after a 10-month
freeze expired, but Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held back on
a threat to quit peace talks with Israel over the move. Abbas said
he would wait at least a week before deciding whether to quit
Mideast peace talks, giving US mediators precious time to broker a
2010 Sep 27, In Jamaica
hundreds of medical technicians, nurse's aides and other support
staff at major public hospitals went on strike to demand pay raises
and allowances they say haven't been paid by the government.
2010 Sep 27, In Mexico the
bodies of Tancitaro Mayor Gustavo Sanchez and city adviser Rafael
Equihua were discovered in a pickup truck abandoned on a dirt road
near the city of Uruapan, the fifth city leader to be slain in
Mexico since mid-August. Also in Michoacan state, five gunmen and a
marine were killed in a shootout in Coahuayana on the Pacific coast.
Another gunbattle in the Gulf coast state of Tamaulipas left eight
gunmen and one marine dead in the border city of Reynosa. In the
border state of Chihuahua, gunmen broke into a police complex,
subdued the guards and stole at least 40 automatic rifles and 23
2010 Sep 27, In Nigeria gunmen
hijacked a school bus in Abia state and kidnapped 15 children on
board in the oil-rich south. The next day they demanded a $130,000
ransom for their release. On Oct 1 a joint military and police
taskforce "rescued" the children and no ransom was paid.
(AFP, 9/28/10)(AP, 10/1/10)
2010 Sep 27, Pakistan was
chosen to head the UN atomic agency's governing body, despite its
refusal to accept the nonproliferation treaty and its link to the
nuclear black marketer who supplied Iran and North Korea.
2010 Sep 27, Pakistani
intelligence officials said two NATO helicopters carried out a third
strike inside Pakistani territory, killing five militants and
wounding nine others. A suspected US missile strike killed four
people near Mir Ali, North Waziristan. Pakistan's Frontier Corps
paramilitary said it had recovered a huge hoard of military
equipment stolen from NATO supply convoys travelling to Afghanistan.
The equipment was looted during the last five to six months.
(AP, 9/27/10)(AFP, 9/27/10)
2010 Sep 27, The Romanian
government was in an uproar over austerity protests. The interior
minister resigned, the opposition demanded the prime minister go as
well and top police officials held emergency talks with the
2010 Sep 27, In Serbia
basketball player Miladin Kovacevic (23) pleaded guilty to beating a
fellow American student into a coma in the case that has strained
relations between the United States and Serbia. In November he was
sentenced to two years and three months for the beating of Bryan
Steinhauer (24) in May 2008 near Binghamton University in upstate
(AP, 9/27/10)(AP, 1/21/11)
2010 Sep 27, Representatives of
45 nations and international bodies met in Madrid to consider plans
to strengthen an African Union peacekeeping force in war-torn
2010 Sep 27, Sudan’s government
promised to inject almost two billion dollars into conflict-stricken
Darfur, but again demanded war crimes charges against its president
2010 Sep 27, A boat with 85
African migrants capsized off Yemen drowning at least 13 people. It
was being towed by the US Navy back to Somalia a day after being
(SFC, 9/28/10, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/2wxgqmv)
2011 Sep 27, Anthony Mangione
(50), the chief of US Immigration and Customs in South Florida, was
indicted on child pornography charges. US federal investigators had
found child pornography images on his computer last April.
(SFC, 9/29/11, p.A8)
2011 Sep 27, The US Census
Bureau released figures indicating that same-sex households had
increased by 80% over the past decade.
(SFC, 9/28/11, p.A1)
2011 Sep 27, The US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention said that 72 illnesses were linked to
tainted Colorado cantaloupe. Colorado state and local officials said
they are investigating three additional deaths that may be
connected. Cantaloupes from Jensen Farms were recalled on Sep 10.
The listeria outbreak left 33 people dead. On Sep 26, 2013, Eric and
Ryan Jensen were arested on charges of introducing adulterated food
into interstate commerce. On Oct 22, 2013, Eric and Ryan pleaded
guilty to misdemeanor charges.
(AP, 9/28/11)(SFC, 10/1/11, p.A6)(SFC, 9/27/13,
p.A7)(SFC, 10/22/12, p.A5)
2011 Sep 27, In Utah Uta von
Schwedler (49) was found dead in her bathtub in Salt Lake City. On
March 12, 2015 her ex-husband, pediatrician John Brickman Wall (51),
was convicted of her murder.
(http://tinyurl.com/poayapn)(SFC, 3/14/15, p.A7)
2011 Sep 27, In western
Afghanistan 16 wedding guests, including 11 children, were killed
when a bus hit a roadside bomb in Herat province. 5 people were
killed in a suicide car bombing near the police headquarters in
Lashkar Gah, southern Helmand province. Police claimed
pro-government forces killed 25 Taliban insurgents who attacked a
logistics convoy in Ghazni province. NATO captured Haji Mali Khan, a
senior Haqqani leader inside Afghanistan along with other
insurgents. Khan’s arrest was later described as a "significant
milestone" in disrupting the terror group's operations.
(AFP, 9/27/11)(AFP, 9/28/11)(AP, 10/1/11)
2011 Sep 27, Algerian residents
and security officials said troops have killed five militants in a
large operation against hideouts used by Al-Qaeda's regional
franchise east of the capital.
2011 Sep 27, In Australia
thousands of international air travelers faced delays as Customs and
Border Protection officers walked off the job at airports across the
country after workers rejected a 9 percent pay rise over three
2011 Sep 27, Protesters
demanding that Brazil's legislators sweep out corruption planted 594
brooms in front of Congress so the 513 members of the House and the
81 senators could see them the next morning.
2011 Sep 27, Police in
northeastern Brazil began arresting members of three families who
are believed to have killed 95 people as part of a feud that
stretches back years. The Oliveira, Veras and Suassuna families are
suspected of murdering 64 members of rival clans. They're also
suspected of executing 31 people within their own families.
2011 Sep 27, In Brazil a
Guarani Indian, Teodoro Ricardi, was beaten and stabbed to death
near the town of Paranhos, Mato Grosso do Sul state. The area has
been the scene of much violence against indigenous people. Activists
said his killers were apparently hired by a local rancher occupying
land claimed by the Guarani tribe.
2011 Sep 27, BAE Systems,
Europe's biggest defense contractor, said it will cut nearly 3,000
jobs in Britain as smaller global defense budgets hit orders for its
2011 Sep 27, In China a
Shanghai subway train crashed into a stopped train during a signal
failure, injuring more than 270 people.
2011 Sep 27, In Egypt
assailants in two pickup trucks struck a pumping station on a gas
pipeline to Israel about 15 miles (25 km) west of the region's main
city of el-Arish before, causing a loud explosion and fire.
2011 Sep 27, In Germany an
artist identified as Wolfgang B. (60), admitted in court that he
faked 14 modern paintings that sold for millions of dollars. 4
people were accused of fraud totaling $22 million in the case in
(SFC, 9/28/11, p.A4)
2011 Sep 27, In Guinea clashes
between police and opposition demonstrators left at least 2 dead and
several injured, after the opposition, demanding electoral reform,
defied a government ban on rallies.
(AFP, 9/27/11)(AFP, 9/28/11)
2011 Sep 27, Indian air force
helicopters dropped food parcels and hundreds of boats shuttled
stranded people to safer ground as surging floodwaters hit eastern
India. 5 people were missing in addition to the 79 killed in Orissa
state since Sep 23. Flooding also killed at least 44 since Sep 23 in
northern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states.
(AP, 9/27/11)(AFP, 9/28/11)
2011 Sep 27, In Iraq a late
night car bomb killed three people and wounding 10 others near a
popular restaurant in a Shiite neighborhood in southwestern Baghdad.
2011 Sep 27, Israel's
government granted the go-ahead for construction of 1,100 new
housing units in occupied east Jerusalem, raising already heightened
tensions fueled by last week's Palestinian move to seek UN
2011 Sep 27, The 6th annual
Internet Governance Forum opened in Nairobi, Kenya. The theme this
year was “Internet as a catalyst for change: access, development,
freedoms and innovation.”
(Econ, 10/1/11, p.63)(www.intgovforum.org/cms/)
2011 Sep 27, Kyrgyzstan
officials said Gazpromneft-Aero Kyrgyzstan, a Russian-controlled
company, will soon start supplying 20 percent of the aviation fuel
to the Manas Transit Center, strategically vital US air base, and it
could eventually increase that share. Family members of the two
previous Kyrgyz presidents, both of whom were overthrown in popular
uprisings, have been accused of profiting from dealings with the
2011 Sep 27, Libyan
revolutionary forces battled their way into the eastern outskirts of
Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte, in a bid to link up with
anti-Gadhafi fighters besieging the city from the west and tighten
the noose around the loyalist stronghold. Anti-Kadhafi fighters
overran Sirte's port. A member of the NTC said that formation of a
transitional government, already delayed by squabbling over
power-sharing, has been postponed until the entire country is
(AP, 9/27/11)(AFP, 9/27/11)
2011 Sep 27, Mexican police
found five severed heads in front of a primary school in the Pacific
coast resort of Acapulco.
2011 Sep 27, NATO troops shot
at Serb protesters after the military alliance's troops were
attacked near Kosovo's border with Serbia.
2011 Sep 27, Typhoon Nesat
smashed into the Philippines, leaving at least 35 people dead, with
the capital Manila enduring waist-deep floods, blackouts and
dramatic storm surges.
(AFP, 9/27/11)(AP, 9/29/11)
2011 Sep 27, In Saudi Arabia
Shaima Jastaina was sentenced to be lashed 10 times with a whip for
defying the kingdom’s prohibition on driving.
(SFC, 9/28/11, p.A2)
2011 Sep 27, Scotland's First
Minister Alex Salmond announced a new 35-million-pound offshore wind
technology fund at the start of a two-day Scottish low carbon
2011 Sep 27, Spanish police
arrested five Algerians suspected of helping finance an
al-Qaida-linked terror group in North Africa. On Oct 1 they were
freed by a judge who said there was no significant evidence against
(AP, 9/27/11)(AP, 10/2/11)
2011 Sep 27, Syrian government
troops firing machine guns mounted on tanks stormed the rebellious
town of Rastan as part of military operations aimed at crushing the
six-month-old uprising against President Assad. Security operations
also took place in the northwestern region of Jabal al-Zawiya with
at least two people killed.
2011 Sep 27, Sudanese security
officers shut down the independent Al-Jarida newspaper, in what
rights groups say is the latest sign of increasing political
repression. Sudanese riot police used tear gas to disperse youths
demonstrating in Khartoum against unaffordable food prices, in the
second incident of its kind in just two days.
2011 Sep 27, The UN refugee
agency said some 25,000 people have fled Sudan's troubled Blue Nile
state to Ethiopia in the last three weeks amid fighting between the
Sudanese army and rebels.
2011 Sep 27, In southern
Thailand 16 militants in two pick up trucks and motorcycles opened
fire on a military outpost in Narathiwat, killing a 21-year-old
private and injuring two other troops. A 47-year-old Muslim man was
gunned down in a drive-by attack.
2011 Sep 27, In Yemen a suicide
attacker driving an explosives-laden car blew himself up next to the
passing convoy of Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Mohammed Nasser Ahmed,
who escaped the attack unharmed. At least 10 were wounded in the
blast. Attackers in the south struck a major oil pipeline in the
city of Marib, causing a disruption in oil exports.
2012 Sep 27, In Minnesota
Andrew Engeldinger (38) killed 5 people before shooting himself at
Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis, where he had recently been
(SFC, 9/29/12, p.A5)
2012 Sep 27, NYC Mayor Michael
Bloomberg unveiled plans to build a $230 million, 625-foot-tall
Ferris wheel on the Staten Island waterfront.
(SFC, 9/28/12, p.A12)
2012 Sep 27, The top 4 US car
rental companies agreed to ban rentals and sales of recalled cars.
They also agreed to support legislation by Sen. Barbara Boxer,
D-Calif., to codify the ban.
(SFC, 9/28/12, p.A9)
2012 Sep 27, The man behind the
crudely produced anti-Islamic video that sparked violence in the
Middle East was arrested in Los Angeles after authorities said he
violated his probation from a 2010 check fraud conviction. Nakoula
Basseley Nakoula told a judge his real name was Mark Basseley
Youseff. He said he'd been using that name since 2002, even though
he went by Nakoula in his fraud case.
2012 Sep 27, Brazil’s National
Petroleum Agency said Chevron has paid a $17.3 million fine for 24
of 25 irregularities detected in the spill of some 155,000 gallons
of crude oil in Nov, 2011.
(SFC, 9/29/12, p.D2)
2012 Sep 27, In London Russian
billionaires Oleg Deripaska and Michael Cherney reached an 11th-hour
settlement in a dispute over a billion dollar slice of aluminium
giant RUSAL, shortly before they were due to give evidence in a
drawn-out London court case.
2012 Sep 27, Kareem Serageldin,
a former Credit Suisse executive facing extradition to the U.S. on
fraud charges for his handling of mortgage-based securities during
the financial crisis, was freed on bail after an appearance before a
British court. He was slated to receive more than $7 million in
compensation in 2007 before the company learned about the alleged
fraud and withheld $5.2 million of his pay.
2012 Sep 27, An Egyptian court
upheld a six-year jail sentence for Michelle Bishoy, also known as
Bishoy el-Behiri, a Coptic Christian school teacher convicted of
insulting Islam and the country's Islamist president in postings on
2012 Sep 27, Greece's coalition
government reached a "basic agreement" on a new round of harsh
austerity cuts demanded by its international lenders.
2012 Sep 27, Mexican officials
said they have struck a major blow against a faction of the
hyper-violent Zetas cartel, arresting one of the country's
most-wanted drug traffickers, Ivan Velazquez Caballero, known as "El
Taliban," and placing him on display in a morning press conference.
Also known as "Z-50," Velazquez Caballero had a 30 million peso
($2.3 million) reward on his head.
2012 Sep 27, Leading Russian
non-government organizations said they would defy a new Kremlin law
requiring those who receive funding from abroad to register as
2012 Sep 27, Spain outlined
plans to reduce government spending and raise taxes to convince
international lenders and financial markets it is on track to cut
deficits. Spain’s government warned it will stop a Catalonia
referendum on self-determination after the regional parliament voted
to stage such a referendum with a view of possibly seceding.
(AP, 9/27/12)(SFC, 9/28/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 27, In Syria fighters
from the main rebel group known as the Free Syrian Army began a new
push to drive regime forces from Aleppo, Syria's commercial capital,
calling it the "Decisive Battle." The Syrian military sent text
message on cellular telephones to members of the armed rebellion
reading: "Game over."
2012 Sep 27, Venezuelan and
Russian officials signed eight agreements to boost cooperation in
energy projects. Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russia's state-controlled
Rosneft oil company, was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying
he also gave Chavez a 3-month-old black terrier puppy as a present
2013 Sep 27, President Barack
Obama and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani had a 15-minute
phone conversation reflecting wide support for a peace initiative
that has the backing of both reformists and the country's
conservative clerical leadership. They discussed ongoing efforts to
reach an agreement over Iran's nuclear program.
2013 Sep 27, The executive
director of President Barack Obama's Council on Jobs and
Competitiveness was named to manage more than $300 million in
federal, state and private aid packages given to Detroit, which has
filed for bankruptcy.
2013 Sep 27, In San Francisco
Kevin San (16) was killed after Jennie Zhu (58) crashed her speeding
Mercedes into a minivan. On Dec 16 Zhu was charged with felony gross
(SFC, 12/17/13, p.D1)
2013 Sep 27, In Florida Joseph
Jenkins (34), a convicted killer, was mistakenly released from
Carabelle prison after forced documents reduced his sentence. On Oct
8, Charles Walker (34), another convicted killer, was also
mistakenly released from prison after forced documents reduced his
sentence. Both prisoners were re-captured on Oct 19.
(SFC, 10/18/13, p.A7)(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A9)
2013 Sep 27, Louisiana Pastor
Ronald Harris Jr. was fatally shot as he preached to some 65 people
during a revival service in Lake Charles. Woodrow Karey (53) was
charged with the murder.
(SFC, 9/30/13, p.A4)
2013 Sep 27, A New Jersey judge
ordered state officials to allow same-sex couples to marry starting
on October 21, saying the current civil union system unfairly
deprived them of federal benefits available to married couples.
2013 Sep 27, In NYC two former
US soldiers and a German ex-soldier were charged with plotting to
kill a US drug-enforcement agent and an informant for $800k. Joseph
Hunter (48), described as a contract killer and the leader of the
group, was flown in from Thailand.
(SFC, 9/28/13, p.A9)(SSFC, 9/29/13, p.A11)
2013 Sep 27, In Virginia George
Washington’s Mount Vernon estate formally opened the new $47 million
Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.
(SFC, 9/28/13, p.A5)
2013 Sep 27, CongoDRC customs
officers seized 375 kg of coltan, a precious mineral used in
electronics, en route to Rwanda.
2013 Sep 27, Cuba announced 18
new categories of independent employment under Pres. Raul Castro’s
economic reforms. These included real estate agents and raised the
total to 199.
(SSFC, 9/29/13, p.A19)
2013 Sep 27, Cuba announced
that its athletes will be allowed to sign contracts to compete in
foreign leagues, a shift from decades of policy that held
professional sports to be anathema to socialist ideals.
2013 Sep 27, In Egypt
unidentified gunmen shot dead a policeman in the city of El-Arish in
North Sinai, near the border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip and
Israel. In Alexandria dozens of people were hurt when pro-Morsi
protesters clashed with residents.
2013 Sep 27, French police
arrested six men in and around Paris over their suspected
involvement in the theft of gold bars worth about 1.6 million euros
($2.1 million) from an Air France plane flying to Zurich. The bars
were stolen from the plane just before it left Paris's Charles de
Gaulle airport on September 19.
2013 Sep 27, Gambia's Pres.
Yahya Jammeh warned the UN General Assembly that gays were a threat
to human existence, along with excessive greed and obsession with
world domination, and criticized other countries for regarding
homosexuality as a human right.
2013 Sep 27, Ghana said it has
resolved a dispute with Argentina that began with last year's
seizure of an Argentinian naval ship over a massive debt claim.
2013 Sep 27, In India rescuers
pulled a small girl alive from a collapsed apartment building in
Mumbai nearly 12 hours after the structure caved in, and leaving
dozens trapped under the rubble. At least 45 people were killed. It
was owned by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corp., the city's municipal
government, and that most of the people who lived in its 22
apartments were city employees.
(AP, 9/27/13)(AFP, 9/28/13)
2013 Sep 27, At least 22
people, mostly children, drowned and scores were missing after an
Australia-bound boat, carrying asylum-seekers from Lebanon, Pakistan
and Iraq, sank off Indonesia in rough seas.
(AFP, 9/27/13)(SFC, 9/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 27, Iran resumed
payments on old loans to the World Bank.
2013 Sep 27, Iraq ratified the
Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), an accord that however
cannot enter into force until the United States, China and six other
states follow suit. This raised the number of countries that have
adhered fully to the treaty to 161.
2013 Sep 27, Israeli troops
clashed with stone-throwing protesters in Hebron as Palestinians
marked the 13th anniversary of their 2nd uprising against Israeli
(SFC, 9/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 27, Japan's coastguard
searched for six crew of the Eifukumaru No.18 cargo ship that
capsized after colliding with a Sierra Leone-registered vessel.
2013 Sep 27, In central Nigeria
a boat overloaded with passengers and goods travelling on the Niger
River capsized, killing 42 people with 100 others missing.
2013 Sep 27, In Pakistan 19
people were killed when a remote-controlled bomb exploded on a bus
carrying government officials in Peshawar.
(Reuters, 9/27/13)(SFC, 9/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 27, Pakistani
officials said the death toll from the Sep 24 earthquake in
Baluchistan province has reached 515.
2013 Sep 27, Philippine forces
said they have rescued the last civilians held by Muslim rebels on
Mindanao island after nearly three weeks of fighting. About 200
people, including 166 rebels, were killed and more than 100,000
residents Zamboanga city were displaced.
2013 Sep 27, Russian security
forces killed five suspected militants in the North Caucasus
province of Dagestan including one believed to be a local Islamist
2013 Sep 27, A Saudi diplomat,
involved in a fatal road accident, left Iran. An Iranian citizen was
killed mid-March when the diplomat's car reportedly hit another
vehicle on a expressway in Tehran while speeding at 130 kph (80
mph). Iranian authorities said the accident happened because the
diplomat had been driving while drunk.
2013 Sep 27, Serbia's
government banned a weekend gay pride march for the third
consecutive year, citing the threat of violence from right-wing
hooligans, in a move that sparked protests by gay activists and
criticism from the EU.
2013 Sep 27, Sudanese security
forces opened fire on protesters as thousands marched through the
streets of Khartoum in an opposition push to turn a wave of popular
anger over fuel price hikes into an outright uprising against the
24-year rule of President Omar al-Bashir.
2013 Sep 27, In Sweden top
climate scientists of a UN-backed climate change panel formally
endorsed an upper limit on greenhouse gases for the first time.
(SFC, 9/28/13, p.A3)
2013 Sep 27, The Swiss
government urged voters to reject a Nov 24 proposal to limit monthly
executive pay to no more than what the company's lowest-paid staff
earn in a year, saying it could hurt the attractiveness of
Switzerland as a business destination.
2013 Sep 27, In Syria a car
bomb exploded near the al-Sahel mosque in the town of Rankous north
of Damascus as worshippers emerged from prayers. At least 30 people
2013 Sep 27, Tanzania
authorities suspended the privately-owned Mwananchi and MTanzania
newspapers for 14 and 90 days respectively for publishing "hostile
articles aimed at inciting the people to lose confidence in state
institutions and thus endanger peace and national unity."
2013 Sep 27, A Uganda official
said China's state-owned CNOOC has secured a $2-billion deal to
develop a petroleum field in Uganda and help propel the east African
nation into the club of oil-producing countries.
2013 Sep 27, The UN Security
Council adopted a resolution that demands the eradication of Syria's
chemical weapons but does not threaten automatic punitive action
against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government if it does not
2014 Sep 27, James Traficant
(b.1941), former Ohio politician, died in Youngstown. He was
expelled from the US Congress in 2002 following conviction on
charges of racketeering and corruption.
(SSFC, 9/28/14, p.C11)
2014 Sep 27, In Utah the bodies
of two parents and three of their children were found in a home in
Springfield. Cause of death was yet unknown.
(SFC, 9/29/14, p.A6)
2014 Sep 27, Afghanistan said
it will delay paying salaries to hundreds of thousands of civil
servants next month because it does not have enough money. Villagers
of Arzakai hanged 4 captured Taliban militants from a tree as
security forces battled the insurgents for a sixth day in a district
of Ghazni province.
2014 Sep 27, In Hong Kong tens
of thousands of people massed in the heart of the city to demand
more democracy, as tensions grew over Beijing's decision to rule out
free elections in the former British colony. Riot police arrested
dozens of students who stormed the government headquarters compound
during a night of scuffles.
(Reuters, 9/27/14)(AP, 9/27/14)
2014 Sep 27, In India Jayaram
Jayalalitha, a charismatic former actress who later joined politics
and became the top elected official in the southern Indian state of
Tamil Nadu, was sentenced to four years in prison after a court
found her guilty of corruption in a case filed 18 years ago.
2014 Sep 27, In Indonesia
lawmakers in Banda Aceh, a conservative Muslim province, passed a
law that punishes gay sex by public caning and subjects non-Muslims
to strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.
2014 Sep 27, In central Japan
the Mount Ontake volcano erupted in spectacular fashion, catching
mountain climbers by surprise. At least 51 people were killed with
(AP, 9/27/14)(Reuters, 10/1/14)(AP, 10/4/14)
2014 Sep 27, Liberia's chief
medical officer, Bernice Dahn, placed herself under quarantine for
21 days after her office assistant died of Ebola.
2014 Sep 27, In southwestern
Mexico 6 people were reported killed overnight in a series of
violent incidents in Iguala, Guerrero state. 22 police officers were
arrested in the aftermath of the deaths. 58 students went missing
after protests turned deadly in Iguala. On Sep 30 fourteen students
turned up alive but relatives feared for those still missing as
authorities searched for them.
(AP, 9/27/14)(AFP, 9/28/14)(SFC, 9/29/14,
2014 Sep 27, In Peru a shallow
4.9-magnitude earthquake killed at least 8 people whose crudely
constructed homes collapsed in a remote Andean village near Cuzco.
2014 Sep 27, In Spain tens of
thousands of people gathered in Madrid for the beatification of
Alvaro del Portillo (1914-1994), an early leader of the Roman
Catholic organization Opus Dei. Del Portillo succeeded Opus Dei
founder Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer as leader of the organization.
2014 Sep 27, In Spain Artur
Mas, the president of the Catalonia region, signed a decree calling
for a referendum on independence on Nov. 9, putting the local
government on a collision course with Madrid, which says such a vote
2014 Sep 27, Spanish director
Carlos Vermut won this year's top award for his film "Magical Girl"
and also claimed the best director prize at Spain's San Sebastian
2014 Sep 27, Air strikes hit
Islamic State and other Islamist groups in eastern Syria. US strikes
hit the besieged area around Kobani and forces from Saudi Arabia,
Jordan and the UAE contributed to strikes around the country.
(Reuters, 9/27/14)(SSFC, 9/28/14, p.A8)
2014 Sep 27, Three Turkish
police were killed after an ambush in the overwhelmingly Kurdish
southeast, in an attack claimed by armed Kurdish militants despite a
2014 Sep 27, A Ukrainian
security official said that one serviceman and one civilian have
been killed in the past day as rebels in the east continue attacks
despite a cease-fire declared three weeks ago.
2014 Sep 27, In Venezuela
hard-line opponents of Pres. Nicolas Maduro began collecting
signatures seeking to force a constitutional assembly and remove the
socialist leader before presidential elections in 2019.
2014 Sep 27, In Yemen
Shi'ite Muslim rebels (Houthis or Hawthis) signed a security deal
that stipulated disarmament and withdrawal from areas they have
seized in recent months. Meanwhile Hawthi rebels attacked the home
of the intelligence chief in Sanaa. One soldier and two insurgents
were killed in the fighting.
(Reuters, 9/27/14)(SSFC, 9/28/14, p.A5)
2015 Sep 27, In Philadelphia,
Pa., Pope Francis met with victims of child sexual abuse on the
final day of his US visit and promised to hold accountable those
responsible for the scandal in the church.
2015 Sep 27, In eastern
Afghanistan Islamic State gunmen attacked checkpoints in Nangarhar
province, killing 3 police in the group's first attack on the
country's security forces. Afghanistan responded to the pre-dawn
attack with a wave of airstrikes that killed 85 IS militants. All
the terrorists killed were reportedly Pakistani citizens under the
command of Hafiz Saeed, who was also killed.
2015 Sep 27, Brazil pledged to
slash greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent by 2030 as its
contribution to a UN climate agreement, but said it will include
reductions from past efforts against deforestation to help it reach
the target. Pres. Dilma Rousseff presented the country's pledges
during a speech at the UN General Assembly in NYC.
2015 Sep 27, In Congo DRC 13
people were killed in the restive in an attack on a convoy
transporting some $40,000 in salaries for teachers in South Kivu
2015 Sep 27, France launched
its first air strikes against Islamic State in Syria in an act of
"self-defense" to stop to the militant group from carrying out
attacks inside France.
2015 Sep 27, Paris, France,
held its first car-free day.
(Econ, 9/26/15, p.53)
2015 Sep 27, India’s PM Modi
concluded a diplomatic visit to California with a visit to San Jose.
He has promised to turn India into the next Silicon Valley.
(SFC, 9/27/15, p.C1)
2015 Sep 27, An Iraqi spokesman
said Iraq, Russia, Iran and Syria have agreed to set up an
intelligence committee in Baghdad aimed at sharing and analyzing
2015 Sep 27, Clashes erupted
between Palestinians and Israeli security forces at Jerusalem's
flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, with further trouble feared in
the week ahead as Jews celebrate the Sukkot holiday.
2015 Sep 27, Christian schools
in Israel said they would end a nearly month-long strike over cuts
in government funding after reaching an agreement with the Education
2015 Sep 27, In Moldova some
20,000 people protested against the government, days after the
International Monetary Fund said it would not negotiate a new loan
agreement with the pro-European leadership which says it needs the
money to pay salaries and pensions.
2015 Sep 27, Nepal started
imposing restrictions on the movement of vehicles as a blockade of
cargo trucks trying to enter the country from neighboring India
continued to severely limit supplies of fuel and other essential
2015 Sep 27, Ten fishermen died
and three were missing after the crew of a fishing trawler abandoned
their vessel in rough seas off the South African coast.
2015 Sep 27, In Spain
separatists won a clear majority of seats in Catalonia's parliament
in an election that sets the region on a collision course with the
central government over independence.
2015 Sep 27, Rebels in Sudan's
Darfur region ambushed a South African unit that is part of a
UN-African Union peacekeeping mission, killing one soldier and
seriously injuring another.
2015 Sep 27, Syrian regime air
strikes killed 4 civilians in Kfarbatna. 2 people died inside
Damascus when opposition fighters fired shells onto the Adwa
2015 Sep 27, Seventeen migrants
drowned when their boat sank off the Turkish coast while headed for
the Greek island of Kos. 20 people were rescued.
2015 Sep 27, Yemen’s Pres.
Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi urged Shiite rebels to lay down their arms
and resume dialogue to end conflict, as he left for the UN General
Assembly. Air strikes by helicopters from a Saudi-led alliance
killed 25 civilians in the village of Bani Zela.
(AFP, 9/27/15)(Reuters, 9/27/15)
2016 Sep 27, In southern
California police in El Cajon shot and killed Alfred Olango (38), a
refugee from Uganda, after he drew an object from his pocket that
turned out to be an electronic cigarette device. Olango was
reportedly distraught over the recent death of his best friend.
(SFC, 9/29/16, p.A7)
2016 Sep 27, In Afghanistan at
least 13 army soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack on
their checkpoint in Kunduz province. Two of the fifteen soldiers at
the checkpoint had links to the insurgents and facilitated the
(SFC, 9/28/16, p.A2)
2016 Sep 27, China’s state
media said members of what the government calls a cult for causing
deaths, organizing the group and illegally collecting money, have
been jailed, part of a crackdown on what Beijing views as dangerous
religious movements. Yao Xiangzhi, a member of Mentuhui, or
"Disciples Sect" in the central province of Hubei, caused the death
of another cult member by denying him freedom, food and drink for a
week while people prayed for his recovery from schizophrenia.
2016 Sep 27, In Iraq two
suicide bombings in Baghdad killed at least 17 civilians. The
Islamic State claimed responsibility.
(SFC, 9/28/16, p.A2)
2016 Sep 27, Pakistan's Supreme
Court upheld the death penalty against Imdad Ali, a mentally ill man
convicted of murder in 2001, overturning a previous appeal and a
court decision staying his execution.
2016 Sep 27, In Saudi Arabia
activists said thousands of Saudis have signed a petition urging an
end to the guardianship system that gives men control over the
study, marriage and travel of female relatives.
2016 Sep 27, Syrian government
forces captured a central rebel-held neighborhood in Aleppo. The
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 11 people
were killed in airstrikes on eastern Aleppo, and that insurgents
shelled the nearby government-held villages of Nubal and Zahraa,
killing a baby girl.
2017 Sep 27, The Trump
administration outlined its new tax plan, which included a sharp
reduction in the taxation of business income, elimination of the
estate tax and eliminating the alternative minimum tax.
(SFC, 9/28/17, p.A4)
2017 Sep 27, The Trump
administration defended its decision to sharply curtail the number
of refugees allowed into the US to 45,000 next year.
(SFC, 9/28/17, p.A4)
2017 Sep 27, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a bill to move that state’s primary elections
from June to March, to maximize the state’s relevance in
(SFC, 9/28/17, p.A1)
2017 Sep 27, In California a
large rockfall killed a climber on the Waterfall Route up El Capitan
in Yosemite National Park.
(SFC, 9/28/17, p.A7)
2017 Sep 27, In the SF Bay Area
Richmond and Fairfield police shot Demilo Trayvon Hodge (45) of San
Leandro after he disobeyed commands to surrender. Hodge was wanted
on suspicion of murder in connection with the shooting of William
Freeman (68) in Fairfield on Dec 10, 2015. Hodge died of his wounds
the next morning.
(SFC, 9/29/17, p.D1)
2017 Sep 27, Baltimore
prosecutors said nearly 300 cases have been dropped due to four
allegations of police misconduct and a federal indictment of eight
officers on racketeering and fraud charges.
(SFC, 9/28/17, p.A4)
2017 Sep 27, Hugh Hefner
(b.1926), co-founder of Playboy Magazine (1953), died in Los
(SFC, 9/28/17, p.A5)
2017 Sep 27, In Afghanistan one
woman was killed and 11 other civilians were wounded when Taliban
rockets hit the Kabul airport targeting the plane of US Defense Sec.
Jim Mattis. Afghan special forces killed four attackers. The attack
on the airport, claimed by both Islamic State and Taliban
insurgents, came just hours after Mattis touched down to pledge
support for the government of President Ashraf Ghani.
(Reuters, 9/27/17)(AP, 9/27/17)(SFC, 9/28/17,
2017 Sep 27, Brazil’s Supreme
Court voted 6-5 to authorize state schools to promote specific
religions. Students however cannot be compelled to attend religious
(SFC, 9/28/17, p.A2)
2017 Sep 27, British police
arrested 11 men, including five on suspicion of preparing terrorist
acts, as part of an investigation into the banned far-right group
National Action. Christopher Lythgoe, the leader of a banned
neo-Nazi group, and five other men were later charged under the
(AFP, 9/27/17)(SFC, 10/27/17, p.A2)
2017 Sep 27, Avocet Mining Plc
said unknown attackers in northern Burkina Faso killed two
paramilitary police officers and wounded two others in an assault on
a convoy carrying fuel to the Inata gold mine.
2017 Sep 27, Human Rights Watch
(HRW) said Cameroon has broken international law by forcibly
deporting at least 100,000 Nigerians who had fled there to escape
Islamist Boko Haram militants. HRW said the expulsions reported
since 2015 were one of the largest illegal forced repatriations it
had seen in recent years, and were in "flagrant breach" of global
and Cameroonian law.
2017 Sep 27, A mining
association official said China will cancel about a third of its
iron ore mining licenses, mostly belonging to small polluting mines
as part of Beijing's efforts to improve air quality.
2017 Sep 27, Meeting in China
Interpol voted to admit the State of Palestine as a member over
Israeli objections at the international police organization's
general assembly in Beijing.
2017 Sep 27, Egyptian courts
sentenced 30 people to terms ranging between three years and life in
prison on violence-related charges.
2017 Sep 27, The European Union
unveiled a new plan to resettle at least 50,000 refugees, the
majority of them from northern Africa.
2017 Sep 27, Finnish energy
group Fortum offered to buy all the shares in German utility Uniper
in an 8.05 billion-euro ($9.5 billion) deal that aims to boost
Fortum's gas, hydroelectric and nuclear assets. Fortum offered to
buy the 46.65 percent stake that Germany's E.ON holds and the rest
of the shares for 22 euros each. E.ON has until early 2018 to decide
whether to sell its stake.
2017 Sep 27, French President
Emmanuel Macron's business-friendly government unveiled its first
annual budget. The government confirmed it plans to cut taxes on
high-earning finance sector jobs as part of efforts to make Paris
more attractive for firms shifting operations out of London due to
2017 Sep 27, Indian troops
exchanged gunfire with separatist guerrillas in a remote
northeastern region bordering Myanmar, killing or wounding several
of the insurgents.
2017 Sep 27, In Indonesia the
exodus from the menacing Mount Agung volcano on Bali neared 100,000
people, as hundreds of tremors from the mountain were recorded
2017 Sep 27, Iran's supreme
leader and thousands of others mourned Mohsen Hojaji (25), a
Revolutionary Guard soldier beheaded by the Islamic State group. His
killing struck a nerve within Iran as its forces continue to suffer
casualties in Iraq and Syria.
2017 Sep 27, Baghdad piled
pressure on Iraq's Kurds, demanding they cancel their vote for
independence while parliament urged the Iraqi central government to
send troops to take control of vital oil fields held by Kurdish
forces. Final results released today showed nearly 93 percent in
favor of independence, and 7.3 percent against.
2017 Sep 27, Irish budget
airline Ryanair cancelled another 18,000 flights, deepening its woes
over its mismanagement of pilots' holiday schedules.
2017 Sep 27, In northern Mexico
gunmen killed 15 people in a mass shooting at a drug rehabilitation
center in Chihuahua state in an apparent feud between drug gangs.
(SFC, 9/28/17, p.A2)
2017 Sep 27, A Myanmar minister
said burned land becomes government-managed land. Refugees arriving
in Bangladesh have accused the army and Buddhist vigilantes of
mounting a campaign of violence and arson aimed at driving Rohingya
out of Myanmar. Security forces and local administrators have been
collecting livestock left behind and bringing the animals by foot,
truck and sometimes boat to Buddhist-controlled areas.
(Reuters, 9/27/17)(AP, 9/27/17)
2017 Sep 27, It was reported
that hundreds of vultures in Namibia died after feeding on an
elephant carcass that poachers had poisoned. Poachers in Zimbabwe
used cyanide to kill dozens of elephants for their ivory tusks. In
Mozambique three lions died after eating bait infused with a crop
2017 Sep 27, Pakistan's army
said Indian troops have fired across the frontier in the disputed
region of Kashmir, killing a young man and wounding four people.
2017 Sep 27, President Vladimir
Putin announced that Russia was destroying its last chemical
weapons, hailing the move as a "historic event" and accusing the
United States of not following suit.
2017 Sep 27, A Russian court
found Ilmi Umerov (60), a Crimean dissident opposed to Russia's
annexation of Ukraine's Crimea, guilty of separatism and sentenced
him to two years in a prison colony. Umerov, who suffers from
Parkinson's disease and attacks of high blood pressure, was deputy
head of the Crimean Tatars' semi-official Mejlis legislature before
it was suspended by Moscow after it took control of the peninsula in
2017 Sep 27, In South Africa
thousands marched in anti-corruption protests, in a rallying cry
against scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma and his powerful allies
three months before a new ANC leader is chosen.
2017 Sep 27, South Sudan’s
President Salva Kiir ordered police to cooperate with a new
4,000-strong United Nations force being deployed in the capital
2017 Sep 27, A Thai court
sentenced former PM Yingluck Shinawatra, whose government was ousted
in a 2014 military coup, in absentia to five years in prison for
alleged negligence in a money-losing rice subsidy program.
2017 Sep 27, Turkey said it
will suspend flights to the northern Iraqi cities of Erbil and
Sulaimaniya starting on 1500 GMT on Sep 29, in response to a Kurdish
independence referendum held earlier this week.
2017 Sep 27, In Uganda a
government-backed lawmaker introduced a measure to extend the
long-time president's rule, following a fight in which opposition
lawmakers were forcibly evicted from the legislative chamber. At
least five lawmakers received hospital treatment for injuries
sustained while being dragged out of the parliament by plain-clothes
security guards that opposition MPs said were really soldiers from
Pres. Yoweri Museveni's special forces.
(AP, 9/27/17)(Reuters, 9/29/17)
2017 Sep 27, Ukrainian
authorities evacuated more than 30,000 people from the central
Vinnytsia region after a huge arms depot storing missiles caught
fire and exploded in what prosecutors said was a possible act of
2017 Sep 27, In Uzbekistan
Nurulloh Muhammad Raufkhon, the first prominent dissident to return
since the death of its long-time leader Islam Karimov, was detained
on arrival. Raufkhon had been charged in absentia and put on a
wanted list after a criminal investigation launched in May. Raufkhon
was in exile in Turkey after publishing in the spring of 2016 a book
critical of Karimov who had run the former Soviet republic with an
iron fist since 1989.
2017 Sep 27, Vanuatu
authorities have declared an emergency on Ambae island, where
activity at the Manaro volcano has increased recently, raising fears
of a major eruption. More than 7,000 people have fled their homes.
2018 Sep 27, Speaking before
members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee University Prof.
Christine Blasey Ford (51) said she believed she was going to be
raped or accidentally killed during an alleged assault 36 years ago
by Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's embattled nominee for the Supreme
Court. Kavanaugh (53) furiously refuted the testimony of Ford.
(AFP, 9/27/18)(AFP, 9/28/18)
2018 Sep 27, The magazine of
the Jesuit religious order in the United States publicly withdrew
its endorsement of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice
following testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee by the
Jesuit-educated Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexually
assaulting her decades ago.
2018 Sep 27, The US Justice
Department announced that US and Brazilian authorities have fined
Brazil's state oil giant Petrobras more than $853 million for
covering up a massive bribery scheme involving Brazilian politicians
and political parties. Brazil will receive 80 percent and the other
20 percent will be divided between the US Dept. of Justice and the
(AP, 9/27/18)(SFC, 9/28/18, p.A2)
2018 Sep 27, US Interior Sec.
Ryan Zinke said 76 people have been arrested over the last few weeks
on drug charges in a sweep of traffickers on reservation land in
western North Carolina of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
2018 Sep 27, California
Attorney General Xavier Becerra said police have busted a group of
17 people responsible for a series of Apple store robberies in 19
(SFC, 9/28/18, p.D1)
2018 Sep 27, Marty Balin
(b.1942), co-founder of the San Francisco-based Jefferson Airplane
rock group (1965), died in Florida.
(SFC, 9/29/18, p.A1)
2018 Sep 27, It was reported
that the Atlanta-based CDC has estimated that 80,000 Americans died
of flu last winter.
(SFC, 9/27/18, p.A4)
2018 Sep 27, North Carolina
police said search crews have found the body of Maddox Ritch (6).
The autistic boy had disappeared Sept. 22 after running after a
(SFC, 9/28/18, p.A4)
2018 Sep 27, US Maj. Gen.
Sidney Shachnow (b.1934) died in Pinehurst, NC. He had escaped a
Nazi labor camp in Lithuania as a boy and rose through the ranks of
the US Army. His 2004 autobiography, "Hope and Honor," was written
with Jan Robbins.
(SFC, 10/15/18, p.C12)
2018 Sep 27, In Tennessee
Philip Trenary (64), president of the Greater Memphis chamber of
Commerce, was shot and killed near Beale St. Three people, ages 22,
18 and 16, were later charged in the shooting.
(SFC, 10/1/18, p.A4)
2018 Sep 27, Texas executed
Daniel Acker (46) for fatally running over his girlfriend, Marquetta
George, in 2000.
(SFC, 9/28/18, p.A4)
2018 Sep 27, The chairman of
the Australian Broadcasting Corp. resigned over allegations that he
pressured the independent national broadcaster to fire two political
journalists because the ruling conservative government disliked
2018 Sep 27, Burundi's
government suspended the operations of non-governmental
organizations for three months, saying that "many of them do not
respect the law."
2018 Sep 27, Beijing urged the
United States to stop slandering China after President Donald Trump
accused the Asian giant of trying to interfere in upcoming American
2018 Sep 27, Mustafa el-Nagar
(38), a former Egyptian lawmaker, went missing. His wife later said
he may have been detained by security forces.
2018 Sep 27, The European Union
said it has approved 100 million euros ($116 million) in its
first-ever budget support to Somalia's government in the latest sign
of confidence in a country long shattered by conflict.
2018 Sep 27, In France Pascal
Filoe, a city hall official in the southern city of Rodez, was
stabbed to death in a daylight attack. A suspect was arrested. Local
media reported that he acted out of vengeance days after his
unregistered attack dog was confiscated.
2018 Sep 27, German steel
company and industrial equipment maker Thyssenkrupp said it plans to
split into two separate entities that will be run as independent,
2018 Sep 27, India's Chief
Justice Dipak Misra and the rest of the five-member court struck
down a 158-year-old law that treated adultery in certain cases as a
criminal offense punishable by up to five years in prison. The court
called the law unconstitutional and noted that a "husband is not the
master of woman." The law did not allow wives to prosecute
2018 Sep 27, Anti-India
protests and clashes erupted in several places in disputed Kashmir
after Indian troops killed a young shepherd who was tending his
sheep. An Indian soldier and three rebels were killed in two
2018 Sep 27, In Iraq Tara Fares
(22), a former beauty queen, was shot and killed at the wheel of her
Porsche on a busy Baghdad street. The fashion model and social media
star had expressed outspoken opinions on personal freedom.
(https://primalinformation.com/tara-fares-wiki/)(SFC, 10/4/18, p.A3)
2018 Sep 27, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu described to the UN General Assembly what he said
was a secret atomic warehouse in Tehran and accused Europe of
appeasing Iran as he sought to rally support for US sanctions
against the Islamic Republic.
2018 Sep 27, Israel's defense
minister said the country's Quneitra border crossing with Syria is
reopening for UN personnel and will resume operating as before the
civil war erupted next door.
2018 Sep 27, Mexican
prosecutors said that Javier Duarte, the former governor of the Gulf
coast state of Veracruz, has pleaded guilty to charges of organized
crime and money laundering. Duarte got a nine-year sentence and had
41 properties seized as part of the plea deal.
2018 Sep 27, Mexican officials
said two detectives have been shot to death in Puebla state while
trying to detain a suspect in the 2012 slaying of a youth soccer
coach in New York City. Orlando Orea is accused of slashing Michael
Jones (25) to death in Manhattan's Union Square. Jones worked in the
New York Red Bulls system.
2018 Sep 27, In central Mexico
a mob of about 100 people in the town of Metepec, Hidalgo state,
doused a detective with gasoline and burned him to death. Three
other men were beaten. The mob was reportedly roused by rumors that
the men were planning to abduct children.
2018 Sep 27, In the Netherlands
anti-terror units found a large quantity of bomb-making materials
including fertilizer likely to be used in a car bomb following the
arrest of seven terror suspects in the cities of Arnhem and Weert.
2018 Sep 27, The UN said the
cholera outbreak in Niger has killed 67 people since July out of
thousands of recorded cases.
2018 Sep 27, Nigerian
authorities said the death toll from large-scale flooding in recent
weeks has jumped to nearly 200 people.
(SFC, 9/28/18, p.A2)
2018 Sep 27, Palestinian
militant group Islamic Jihad selected a new leader for the first
time in more than 20 years. Syria-based Ziad al-Nakhala (b.1953)
will take over as the movement's secretary general from Ramadan
Shalah, who has been suffering from serious health issues for
2018 Sep 27, In the Philippines
Pres. Duterte said in a speech to government executives that he had
told the military they could remove him if they were unsatisfied
with his rule, and asked what "sins" he had committed. "Did I steal
even a peso?" he said. "My only sin is the extrajudicial killings."
2018 Sep 27, Polish Catholic
Bishop Romuald Kaminski apologized to those who were sexually abused
by priests in his Warsaw diocese and vowed to take steps to win back
2018 Sep 27, Romania's
education minister resigned over a political dispute involving the
teaching of the Romanian language in schools serving the country's
ethnic Hungarian minority. Valentin Popa said he disagreed with a
demand by the party representing the interests of Romania's 1.3
million Hungarians to allow Hungarian-speaking teachers to keep
2018 Sep 27, In Rwanda a new
law took effect making the drawing of cartoons or producing writing
that "humiliates" a government official a criminal offense.
2018 Sep 27, The Swiss-based
World Trade Organization lowered its global trade growth forecasts,
citing increased trade tensions between large economies and
2018 Sep 27, A court in
Thailand convicted a local businessman of fraud for selling fake
bomb detectors to the Thai government, five years after a court in
the United Kingdom sentenced the British head of the company that
supplied them to seven years in prison in a scandal that was
worldwide in scale.
2018 Sep 27, Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Germany for a controversial
three-day state visit that both sides hope will help rebuild
relations that have been battered in recent years.
2018 Sep 27, The UN's top human
rights body agreed to set up a team to collect evidence of alleged
crimes committed in Myanmar since 2011 that could one day be used to
prosecute violators in court.
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