Today in History - September 28
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48 BC Sep 28, On landing in
Egypt, Pompey was murdered on the orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt.
(HN, 9/28/98)(MC, 9/28/01)
855 Sep 28, The Emperor Lothar
died in Gaul, and his kingdom was divided between his three sons.
929 Sep 28, Wenceslaus I, duke
of Bohemia, was murdered.
1066 Sep 28, William the
Conqueror invaded England to claim the English throne.
(AP, 9/28/97)(HN, 9/28/98)
1106 Sep 28, King Henry I of
England defeated his brother Robert Curthose of Normandy at the
Battle of Tinchebrai and reunited England and Normandy. Robert
remained a prisoner until he died in 1134.
(HN, 9/28/98)(PC, 1992, p.90)
1238 Sep 28, James of Aragon
retook Valencia, Spain, from the Arabs.
1521 Sep 28, Turkish sultan
Suleiman I's troops occupied Belgrade.
1528 Sep 28, A Spanish fleet
sank in Florida hurricane; 380 died.
1542 Sept 28, Juan Rodriguez
Cabrillo, Spanish explorer, stepped ashore at the present day harbor
of San Diego and named it San Miguel. He went on to explore the
coast of California. The tip of Point Loma in San Diego is the home
of the Cabrillo National Monument, the second most visited monument
in the US after the Statue of Liberty. The island of Coronado was
named in honor of the Four Crowned Martyrs, Los Quatro Martires
Coronados, on whose feast day it was discovered.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.16)(AAM, 3/96, p.52)(NPS-CNM,
4/1/97)(SFC, 12/26/97, p.C22)
1565 Sep 28, Alessandro
Tassoni, political writer (Rape of Bucket), was born in Modena,
1573 Sep 28, Caravaggio
(d.1610), painter, was born in Italy. His emphasis on the play of
light and shadow invoked greater realism and set a new trend in
painting. His paintings included “Boy Bitten by Lizard.” In 1999
Helen Langdon published "Caravaggio, A Life." [see 1565-1609 &
(SFEM, 8/31/97, p.8,13)(SFEC, 7/11/99, BR
1607 Sep 28, Samuel de
Champlain and his colonists returned to France from Port Royal Nova
1678 Sep 28, "Pilgrim's
Progress" by John Bunyan (b.1628) was published. [see Feb 18]
1781 Sep 28, American forces in
the Revolutionary War, backed by a French fleet, began their siege
of Yorktown Heights, Va.
1787 Sep 28, Congress voted to
send the just-completed Constitution of the United States to state
legislatures for their approval.
1687 Sep 28, Venetians took
Athens from the Turks.
1704 Sep 28, Maryland allowed
divorce if a wife displeased the clergyman or preacher.
1708 Sep 28, At the Battle at
Lesnaya the Russian army captured a Swedish convoy.
1745 Sep 28, Bonnie Prince
Charlie became "king" of Scotland.
1781 Sep 28, American forces in
the Revolutionary War, backed by a French fleet, began their siege
of Yorktown Heights, Va. 9,000 American forces and 7,000 French
troops began the siege of Yorktown.
(AP, 9/28/97)(MC, 9/28/01)
1785 Sep 28, Napoleon Bonaparte
(16) graduated from the military academy in Paris. He was 42nd in a
class of 51.
1789 Sep 28, Richard Bright,
physician (Bright's Disease, nephritis), was born in England.
1794 Sep 28, The
Anglo-Russian-Austrian Alliance of St. Petersburg, which was
directed against France, was signed.
1803 Sep 28, Prosper Merimee
(d.1870), archeologist and playwright (Carmen-1845), was born in
1815 Sep 28, Joachim Murat's
fleet sailed from Corsica to Naples.
1820 Sep 28, Friedrich Engels
(d.1895), socialist who collaborated with Karl Marx on The Communist
Manifesto and Das Kapital, was born in Prussia.
1825 Sep 28, George Stephenson
operated the first locomotive to pull a passenger train in England.
The British engineers Richard Trevithick and George Stevenson were
the first innovators of the technology. The first passenger train in
America was the Baltimore and Ohio railway which opened in 1830.
1829 Sep 28, Walker's Appeal, a
racial antislavery pamphlet, was published in Boston.
1833 Sep 28, Lemuel Haynes,
Revolutionary War veteran, died at 88.
1839 Sep 28, Frances E.C.
Willard, founder of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, was born
1841 Sep 28, Georges
Clemenceau, premier of France during World War I, was born. He
served as premier from 1906-09 and 1917-1920.
(HN, 9/28/98)(MC, 9/28/01)
1848 Sep 28, Lajos Kossuth,
finance minister, assumed control of the revolution in Hungary.
1850 Sep 28, Flogging was
abolished as a form of punishment in the U.S. Navy.
1858 Sep 28, Donati's comet
became the 1st to be photographed.
1864 Sep 28, Union General
William Rosecrans blamed his defeat at Chickamauga on two of his
subordinate generals. They were later exonerated by a court of
1864 Sep 28-30, The Battle of
Fort Harrison Va. (Chaffin's Farm New Market Heights).
1868 Sep 28, In the Opelousas
Massacre at St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, 200 blacks were killed.
1874 Sep 28, Colonel Ranald
Mackenzie (d.1889) raided a war camp of Comanche and Kiowa at the
Battle of Palo Duro Canyon, Texas, slaughtering 2,000 of their
(HN, 9/28/98)(SFCM, 3/11/01, p.53)
1891 Sep 28, Herman Melville
(b.1819), writer (Billy Budd, Moby Dick), died at 72. In 1921
Raymond Weaver authored a pioneering study of Melville. In 2002
Hershel Parker authored "Herman Melville: A Biography, Volume 2." In
2005 Andrew Delbanco authored “Melville: His World and Work.”
(SSFC, 7/14/02, p.M5)(SSFC, 10/2/05, p.F6)(WSJ,
1895 Sep 28, Louis Pasteur,
French bacteriologist (Pasteurization), died at 72.
1901 Sep 28, Ed Sullivan,
television host was born. [see Sep 28, 1902]
1901 Sep 28, At Balangiga on
Samar Island, Philippine villagers surprised the US military Company
C, 9th Infantry Regiment. Church bells, used to signal the attack,
were taken by the Americans. 38 of 74 US soldiers were killed and
all the rest but 6 were wounded. Philippine casualties were
estimated at 50-250 with 48 American soldiers killed.
(WSJ, 11/19/97, p.A6)(SFC, 10/18/03, p.A18)
1902 Sep 28, Ed Sullivan,
television host, was born. He was also a newspaper columnist and
radio host. “The Ed Sullivan Show” first aired in 1948. His
show had many debut acts including Lewis and Martin, Elvis, the
Beatles and the Rolling Stones. [see Sep 28, 1901]
1902 Sep 28, Emile Zola
(b.1840), novelist (Nana, Germinal, J'accuse), died by asphyxiation
in his Paris apartment at age 62. In 1895 he began taking
photographs and took some 7,000 pictures before his death.
(SFC, 12/29/00, p.C6)(MC, 9/28/01)
1904 Sep 28, A woman was placed
under arrest for smoking a cigarette on New York's Fifth Avenue.
1906 Sep 28, US troops
reoccupied Cuba. They stayed until 1909.
1909 Sep 28, Al Capp (Alfred
Gerald Caplin), cartoonist, was born in New Haven, Ct. From 1934
until 1977, Capp wrote and drew the cartoon, "Li’l Abner", with its
cast of wonderful characters, Mammy and Pappy Yokum, their son
Abner, the lovely Daisy Mae, Fearless Fosdick and the lovable
Schmoos. Al Capp even invented a holiday, Sadie Hawkins Day. "Don't
be a pal to your son. Be his father. What child needs a 40-year-old
for a friend?"
(HN, 9/28/98)(AP, 11/11/99)(MC, 9/28/01)
1912 Sep 28, W.C. Handy’s
“Memphis Blues” was published. It was the first published blues
composition. [see Sep 27]
(HN, 9/28/98)(SFC, 12/27/99, p.E3)
1912 Sep 28, The SS Kichemaru
disappeared in a storm off the Japanese coast and 1,000 died.
1913 Sep 28, Race riots in
Harriston, Mississippi, killed 10 people.
1914 Sep 28, San Francisco city
engineer M.M. O’Shaughnessy presented the completed Stockton Street
tunnel to the city through Andrew Gallagher, chairman of the Tunnel
Committee of the Board of Supervisors.
(SSFC, 12/28/14, DB p.38)
1915 Sep 28, Ethel Rosenberg,
who, with her husband Julius, became one of the first American
civilians executed for espionage, was born.
1915 Sep 28, At the Battle of
Kut-el-Amara the British defeated the Turks in Mesopotamia.
1920 Sep 28, 8 White Sox
players were indicted for throwing the 1919 World Series (Black Sox
scandal). [see Sep 27]
1922 Sep 28, Mussolini marched
1923 Sep 28, William Windom,
actor (Farmer's Daughter, Murder She Wrote), was born in NYC.
1924 Sep 28, Marcello
Mastroianni (d.1996), Italian actor, was born. His films included
“La Dolce Vita” and “8 ½.”
1924 Sep 28, Two US Army planes
landed in Seattle, Wash., having completed the first round-the-world
flight in 175 days. Three U.S. Army aircraft arrived in Seattle,
Washington, after completing a 22 day round-the-world flight.
(AP, 9/28/97)(HN, 9/28/98)
1925 Sep 28, Seymour Cray
(d1996), computer expert, was born. His computers were all designed
along RISC lines (Reduced Instruction Set Computing), for which
credit is often given to IBM design work in the 1970s. He invented
“vector processing” which involved chaining together long series of
calculations in specialized hardware to expedite solutions.
(SFEC, 10/6/96, C12)
1925 Sep 28, William Schlich
b.1840), German-born forester, died in Oxford. He worked extensively
in India and for the British administration. His 5-volume “Manual of
Forestry” (1889-1996) became the standard and enduring textbook for
1928 Sep 28, Prussia forbade a
speech by Adolf Hitler.
1930 Sep 28, Lou Gehrig's
errorless streak ended at 885 consecutive games.
1931 Sep 28, In Peking some
200,000 demonstrators demanded a declaration of war on Japan.
1934 Sep 28, Brigitte Bardot,
French film actress, sex kitten (And God Created Women), was born in
(HN, 9/28/00)(MC, 9/28/01)
1937 Sep 28, FDR dedicated
Bonneville Dam on Columbia River in Oregon.
1938 Sep 28, Ben E. King, was
born. He was the lead singer of The Drifters and composer of
“Spanish Harlem” and “Stand by Me.”
1938 Sep 28, Koko Taylor, blues
singer, was born.
1939 Sep 28, The Boundary and
Friendship Treaty between the USSR and Germany was supplemented by
secret protocols to amend the secret protocols of Aug 23. Among
other things Lithuania was reassigned to the Soviet sphere of
influence. Poland’s partition line was moved eastwards from the
Vistula line to the line of the Bug. Germany kept a small part of
south-west Lithuania, the Uznemune region. A separate Soviet mutual
defense pact was signed with Estonia that allowed 25,000 Soviet
troops to be stationed there.
(DrEE, 9/28/96, p.3)(DrEE, 10/26/96, p.4)(DrEE,
10/26/96, p.4)(AP, 9/28/97)
1941 Sep 28, Ted Williams ended
the baseball season with .406 batting avg.
1942 Sep 28, Luftwaffe bombed
1943 Sep 28, J.T. Walsh, actor
(Col. Frank Bach, Dark Skies), was born.
1944 Sep 28, At the Battle of
Arnhem the Germans defeated the British airborne in Netherlands.
1949 Sep 28, "My Friend Irma"
was 1st of 12 films starring Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis.
1953 Sep 28, The "Bob & Ray
Show," TV Variety, last aired on NBC.
1953 Sep 28, Edwin P. Hubble
(b.1889), astronomer, died at age 63. He discovered that the more
distant a galaxy seemed to be, the more its light was shifted toward
the lower frequencies. This is know as the Doppler redshift, named
after C.J. Doppler, an Austrian Physicist (1803-1853).
1954 Sep 28, Patrick McCarran
(b.1876), Nevada US Senator since 1932, died in Hawthorne, Nevada.
In 2004 Michael J. Ybarra authored “Washington Gone Crazy: Senator
Pat McCarran and the Great American Communist Hunt.”
1956 Sep 28, RCA Records
reported Elvis Presley sold over 10 million records.
1958 Sep 28, Voters in the
African country of Guinea overwhelmingly favored independence from
1959 Sep 28, Explorer VI, the
U.S. satellite, took the first video pictures of earth.
1959 Sep 28, Gerard Hoffnung,
artist, humorist, musician, died.
1960 Sep 28, "Millionaire,"
last aired on CBS-TV.
1960 Sep 28, "Sunrise at
Campobello" premiered at Palace theater.
1961 Sep 28, Richard Nixon
jumped into the race for governor of California and said he would
not run for president in 1964.
(SSFC, 9/25/11, DB p.42)
1961 Sep 28, “Dr. Kildare,”
starring Richard Chamberlain and Raymond Massey, and “Hazel,”
starring Shirley Booth, premiered on NBC TV.
1963 Sep 28, "New Phil Silvers
Show," debuted on CBS-TV.
1963 Sep 28, Murray The K, a NY
DJ played "She Loves You" on the radio.
1964 Sep 28, Harpo [Arthur]
Marx, comedian (Marx Bros), died at 75.
1965 Sep 28, A volcano exploded
on Luzon, Philippines; 500 killed.
1967 Sep 28, Moon Zappa,
singer, was born. Valley Girl, actress: Dark Side of Genius,
Heartstopper, Spirit of '76, The Boys Next Door; daughter of the
famous singer, Frank Zappa.
1967 Sep 28, Walter E.
Washington (d.2003) took office as the first mayor of the District
of Columbia. He had been appointed mayor-commissioner by Pres.
Lyndon B. Johnson and won by election in 1974.
(AP, 9/28/97)(SFC, 11/1/03, p.A20)
1968 Sep 28, Beatles' "Hey
Jude" single went #1 and stayed #1 for 9 weeks.
1969 Sep 28, The Murchison
Meteorite crashed into Australia. It was found to contain amino
acids and frozen ice.
1970 Sep 28, John Roderigo Dos
Passos (b.1896), US writer (Manhattan Transfer), died.
1970 Sep 28, In Egypt Pres.
Gamal Abdul Nasser (b.1918) died of a heart attack. He became
president in 1953. Anwar Sadat replaced Nasser.
1971 Sep 28, Cardinal Josef
Mindszenty (1892-1975) of Hungary, who had spent 15 years in refuge
in the US Embassy in Budapest, ended his exile and flew to Rome.
1972 Sep 28, Japan and
Communist China agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations.
1974 Sep 28, First lady Betty
Ford underwent a mastectomy at Bethesda Naval Medical Center in
Maryland, following discovery of a cancerous lump in her breast.
1976 Sep 28, Muhammad Ali kept
his world heavyweight boxing championship with a close 15-round
decision over Ken Norton at New York's Yankee Stadium.
1977 Sep 28, The Japanese Red
Army hijacked a Japan Airlines plane over India. The Douglas DC-8,
en route from Paris to Haneda Airport in Tokyo with 156 people on
board, stopped in Mumbai, India. After taking off from Mumbai, five
armed JRA members hijacked the aircraft and ordered it flown to
Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Japanese government freed 6 imprisoned
members of the group and paid $6 million in ransom. On October 2 the
hijackers released 118 passengers and crewmembers. The remaining
hostages were freed later.
1978 Sep 28, Rosemary Cobbs
(26), a graduate student at USC in Los Angeles, was beaten and shot
to death by Stevie Lamar Fields (22). Williams had been out of
prison for just 2 weeks when he went on a 3-week crime spree. In
2007 a federal appeals court reinstated his death sentence.
(SFC, 9/11/07, p.D2)(http://tinyurl.com/2osxw8)
1978 Sep 28, Israeli Knesset
endorsed the Camp David accord.
1978 Sep 28, Pope John Paul I
[Albino Luciano] died after 33 days as pope. He was found dead the
next day in his Vatican apartment.
1980 Sep 28, Carl Sagan's 13
part "Cosmos" premiered on PBS.
1980 Sep 28, Lanford Wilson's
"Balm in Gilead," premiered in Chicago on the Steppenwolf stage. In
1984 it moved to NYC.
1981 Sep 28, US Pres. Ronald
Reagan designated, October 24, 1981, as United Nations Day. In 2002,
September 21 was declared the annual date for "commemorating and
strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations
1985 Sep 28, There was a race
riot in the London area of Brixton.
1987 Sep 28, US Rep. Patricia
Schroeder, D-Colo., announced in Denver that she would not run for
the Democratic presidential nomination.
1987 Sep 28, Mehdi Hashemi,
Iranian aid of Ayatollah Khomeini, was shot for treason.
1988 Sep 28, President Reagan
vetoed legislation designed to toughen curbs in textile, apparel and
shoe imports, arguing it would have "disastrous effects" on the
economy at a time when exports were growing.
1989 Sep 28, Deposed Philippine
President Ferdinand E. Marcos died in exile in Hawaii at age 72. He
was the author of 2 books: "The Law of Human Rights in the
Philippines" and "Democracy in the Philippines." Marcos’ corrupt US
backed regime in the Philippines spanned over twenty years. Corazon
Aquino was his successor.
(SFC, 8/23/96, p.A26)(AP, 9/28/97)(SFC, 5/12/97,
1990 Sep 28, The exiled emir of
Kuwait visited the White House, where he told President Bush the
Iraqis were destroying and looting his country.
1991 Sep 28, The quotable
former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry was sentenced to six
months in prison for possession of crack (a crystalline form of
1991 Sep 28, Jazz great Miles
Davis died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 65.
1991 Sep 28, Stanislau
Shushkevich became the first leader and head of state of independent
Belarus after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
1991 Sep 28, Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev praised President Bush's pledge to drastically
reduce the U.S. nuclear arsenal, and promised to “reciprocate.”
1991 Sep 28, U.N. weapons
inspectors ended a five-day standoff with Iraq over documents
relating to Iraq's nuclear weapons program.
1992 Sep 28, Aides to President
Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton met in Dallas with supporters of Ross
Perot, who hinted afterward he might re-enter the presidential race.
1992 Sep 28, Gloria Estefan and
a cavalcade of musicians and comedians raised
one-point-three-million dollars at a hurricane relief concert in
1992 Sep 28, A Pakistani
jetliner crashed in Nepal, killing all 167 people aboard. The crew
had miscalculated their altitude.
(AP, 9/28/97)(SFC, 11/13/01, p.A10)
1993 Sep 28, First lady Hillary
Rodham Clinton went to Capitol Hill to begin selling the
administration's health care plan to Congress.
1993 Sep 28, Peter De Vries
(b.1910), novelist, essayist (New Yorker), died at 83.
1994 Sep 28, The film "Ed Wood"
premiered. A stranger-than-fiction true story of the early career of
Edward D. Wood, Jr., the undisputed "worst movie director of all
time." Director Ed Wood died in 1978.
1994 Sep 28, CIA Director R.
James Woolsey announced reprimands of 11 senior officers in the wake
of the Aldrich Ames spy scandal.
1994 Sep 28, Harry Saltzman
(78), producer (Dr No, Nijinski), died.
1994 Sep 28, More than 900
(909) people died when the ferry Estonia capsized and sank off the
Finnish coast in the Baltic sea. 852 people of 989 onboard were
killed. In 1999 evidence was reported that 3 explosive devices had
been placed on the ship's visor-like bow door.
(AP, 9/28/99)(SFC, 12/31/99, p.A16)
1994 Sep 28, In Mexico Jose
Francisco Ruiz Massieu, the No. 2 man of the governing Institutional
Revolutionary Party (PRI) was murdered. Raul Salinas de Gortari was
later arrested and accused of masterminding the murder. Manuel Munoz
Rocha, a federal congressman, disappeared after the 9/28/94 slaying
of Ruiz Massieu. Prosecutors later said that Salinas and Rocha
conspired to kill Massieu. Raul Salinas was convicted in 1999.
(WSJ, 4/15/96, p.A-15)(SFC, 10/10/96, p.A12)(SFC,
1995 Sep 28, In the US the
Freeman headquarters were moved from Roundup, Mont., to Ralph
Clark’s former ranch near Jordan, Mont.
(SFC, 6/16/96, p.A4)
1995 Sep 28, Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat signed an
accord to transfer much of the West Bank to the control of its Arab
1996 Sep 28, Landmark
legislation to crack down on illegal immigrants in the United States
won House passage as part of a giant federal spending bill.
1996 Sep 28, With the United
States abstaining, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution
indirectly calling on Israel to close an archaeological tunnel in
Jerusalem that had touched off fighting between Israelis and
1997 Sep 28, Mark McGwire of
the St. Louis Cardinals hit his 58th home run on the final day of
the regular season as his team beat the Chicago Cubs, 2-1.
1997 Sep 28, Newscaster David
Brinkley, 74, retired after 54 years in broadcasting.
1997 Sep 28, In California a
wildfire killed livestock and forced the evacuation of some 1500
people in Yuba County. Scores of homes were burned.
(SFC, 9/29/97, p.A1)
1997 Sep 28, From LA it was
reported that Cirildo Chacarito, a 52-year-old Mexican Indian
tribesman, won a 100-mile endurance run along mountain trails in 19
(SFC, 9/29/97, p.A23)
1997 Sep 28, In Indonesia an
earthquake measuring 6.0 hit Sulawesi island and at least 7 people
(SFEC, 9/28/97, p.A21)
1997 Sep 28, Swiss voters
overwhelmingly endorsed their government's liberal drug policies,
including the controversial state distribution of heroin to hardened
1998 Sep 28, Hurricane Georges
plowed into the Gulf Coast, weakening to a tropical storm but
pouring rain at a pace of an inch per hour. President Clinton
declared an emergency late in the day.
1998 Sep 28, Yasser Arafat met
with Benjamin Netanyahu and Pres. Clinton at the White House and
agreed to hold a full-scale summit next month.
(SFC, 9/29/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 28, In Albania Prime
Minister Fatos Nano resigned following 2 weeks of rioting. Pandeli
Majko (31), general secretary of the Socialist Party, was the
party’s candidate for prime minister. The opposition called for an
interim government and new elections.
(SFC, 9/29/98, p.A10)(WSJ, 9/30/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 28, In Germany Gerhard
Schroeder announced that he would form a coalition between his
Social Democrats and the Green Party, which received 6.7% of the
vote. The 669-seat parliament would have 298 Social Democrats and 47
(SFC, 9/29/98, p.A9)
1998 Sep 28, Two senior Iranian
clerics claimed that the $2.5 million reward for Rushdie’s death was
a fatwa that must be enforced.
(SFC, 9/29/98, p.A10)
1998 Sep 28, In central Mexico
heavy rains caused mudslides in Mexico City that left 6 people dead
in the squatter hillsides south of the city.
(SFC, 9/29/98, p.A10)
1998 Sep 28, Russia’s Justice
Ministry announced that it would release 115,000 prisoners to ease
over-crowding in its cash-strapped jails.
(SFC, 9/29/98, p.A10)
1999 Sep 28, Groundbreaking was
scheduled for the US National Museum of the American Indian in
Washington DC. The $110 million museum was scheduled to open on the
National Mall in 2002.
(SFC, 7/22/99, p.A5)(SFC, 9/29/99, p.A3)
1999 Sep 28, The Supreme Court
agreed to decide whether a state can give visitation rights to
grandparents when, after a divorce or some other family split, the
children’s parents say no. In June, 2000, the court ruled that
Washington state went too far in letting grandparents and others
seek visitation, but it stopped short of giving parents absolute
veto power over who gets to visit their children.
1999 Sep 28, James Wolfensohn
(65) was expected to be re-appointed for a 2nd five year term as
head of the World Bank at the opening of its annual meeting. He was
its 9th president in 53 years.
(SFC, 9/28/99, p.C16)
1999 Sep 28, In Afghanistan 30
people were killed a 35 others injured as a truck carrying refugees
skidded off a road and plunged into a river. The refugees were
fleeing the Taliban bombing at Taloqan.
(SFC, 9/29/99, p.C14)
1999 Sep 28, It was reported
that the Burundi army has recently forced over 200,000 villagers
into makeshift camps without food or water and that 100 people had
died over the past week.
(SFC, 9/29/99, p.C14)
1999 Sep 28, In Chechnya 8
people were killed when a schoolhouse was bombed on the 6th day of
Russian air attacks. Some 60,000 people had reportedly fled to the
neighboring regions of Ingushetia, Dagestan, North Ossetia and
(SFC, 9/29/99, p.A12)
1999 Sep 28, In Mexico
Cuauhtemoc Cardenas stepped down as mayor of Mexico City to launch
his 3rd bid for the presidency.
(SFC, 9/29/99, p.A10)
1999 Sep 28, In Kosovo 2
grenades exploded in a Serb marketplace in the Pristina suburb of
Kosovo Polje and 2 people were killed and 40 others injured.
(SFC, 9/29/99, p.A11)
2000 Sep 28, In Sydney,
Australia, Venus Williams earned her second Olympic gold medal,
teaming with sister Serena in the final of women's doubles to beat
Miriam Oremans and Kristie Boogert of the Netherlands, 6-1, 6-1.
2000 Sep 28, Capping a 12-year
battle, the US FDA approved the French abortion pill, RU-486
(mifepristone). It will be sold as Mifeprex by Danco Laboratories.
(SFC, 9/29/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 28, In Washington DC a
gay, deaf student at Gallaudet Univ. was beaten to death. Thomas
Minch (18) was later arrested for the death of Eric Franklin
Plunkett (19). Minch was released within 24 hours. In 2002 Joseph M.
Mesa Jr. was convicted of killing and robbing 2 Gallaudet
classmates. [See Feb 3, 2001]
(SFC, 10/4/00, p.A2)(SFC, 10/5/00, p.A2)(SFC,
2000 Sep 28, Peter Gennaro
(80), choreographer, died.
2000 Sep 28, In Canada Pierre
Elliott Trudeau, 2-time former premier, died at age 80. He led
Canada from 1968-1979 and from 1980-1984.
(SFC, 9/29/00, p.D7)
2000 Sep 28, In Chechnya
Russian troops reportedly killed Isa Munayev, a rebel military
(SFC, 10/4/00, p.A12)
2000 Sep 28, Danes voted 53-47%
not to join the European Monetary Union.
(SFC, 9/28/00, p.A12)(SFC, 9/29/00, p.A18)
2000 Sep 28, In India some
1,000 people were left dead following 10 days of torrential rains.
(SFC, 9/29/00, p.A20)
2000 Sep 28, In Indonesia a
court dismissed the corruption case against former Pres. Suharto
(79) after doctors concluded he was too ill to stand trial.
(SFC, 9/29/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 28, Ariel Sharon led
an armed contingent of supporters to the top of Temple Mount in
Jerusalem, the site of 2 mosques, and incited Arab demonstrations.
This marked the beginning of the 2nd Palestinian uprising
(SFC, 4/30/02, p.A8)(SFC, 3/23/04, p.A11)
2000 Sep 28, Peru’s Pres.
Fujimori flew to Washington to meet with OAS officials as rumors of
a coup swirled.
(WSJ, 9/29/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 28, OPEC leaders in
Venezuela signed a united declaration of 20 resolutions and agreed
to meet again in 5 years.
(SFC, 9/29/00, p.A17)
2001 Sep 28, President George
W. Bush told reporters the United States was in "hot pursuit" of
terrorists behind the Sept. 11 attacks.
2001 Sep 28, A Bush
administration official said that small groups of US and British
special forces had entered Afghanistan.
(SFC, 9/29/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 28, Pres. Bush
authorized $50 million in aid to Pakistan.
(SFC, 9/29/01, p.A10)
2001 Sep 28, The FBI released a
4-page document, handwritten in Arabic, that served as a set of
final instructions for the Sep 11. hijackers. Copies were found in a
rental car, in the suitcase of Mohamed Atta and the wreckage of the
UA plane that crashed in Pa.
(SFC, 9/29/01, p.A5)
2001 Sep 28, The FAA allowed
airlines to restore curbside checking under new security
(SFC, 9/29/01, p.A3)
2001 Sep 28, Dr. Kenneth M.
Berry of Pittsburgh filed a patent application for a system
responsive to bioterrorism attacks. In 2004 the FBI probed him in
relation to investigations on letters containing anthrax.
(SSFC, 8/8/04, p.A9)
2001 Sep 28, The UN Security
Council unanimously adopted a US sponsored resolution to oblige all
189 member states to crack down on the financing, training and
movement of terrorists.
(SFC, 9/29/01, p.A10)
2001 Sep 28, The UN Security
Council lifted sanctions against Sudan after the US abstained from
(SFC, 9/29/01, p.A10)
2001 Sep 28, In Afghanistan
Taliban leader Mohammed Omar told a 9-member Pakistani delegation
that the Taliban would be willing to fight to the death to protect
Osama bin Laden from US military forces.
(SFC, 9/29/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 28, In Australia a
leech dropped off Peter Cannon as he and an accomplice tied a woman
(71) to a chair in her remote home in the Tasmanian woods and stole
several hundred dollars in cash. Australian officials extracted
blood from the leech. In 2009 DNA evidence led the police to Cannon,
who admitted to robbing the elderly woman.
2001 Sep 28, In Bangladesh 3
people were killed in Barisal, Sandeep and Pabna. Another 4 were
killed in Chiatagong City as elections approached.
(SSFC, 9/30/01, p.A17)
2001 Sep 28, It was reported
that clashed in Burundi between government forces and Hutu rebels
had killed at least 19 civilians and 22 soldiers over the last week.
(SFC, 9/28/01, p.D6)
2001 Sep 28, In China Wu
Jianmin, a Chinese-born American writer, was released from jail and
expelled. The state media said he had confessed to his crimes of
spying for Taiwan.
(SFC, 9/29/01, p.B1)
2001 Sep 28,
Israeli-Palestinian security officials met to work out details for
ending the bloodshed as fighting left at least 3 Palestinians. 1
Palestinian apparently blew himself up in Hebron while making a
bomb. Another 3 Palestinians were later killed while planting a mine
(SFC, 9/29/01, p.B1)
2001 Sep 28, In Northern
Ireland Martin O’Hagan (51), a Catholic journalist, was killed in a
driveby shooting in Lurgan. O’Hagan had written exposes of
Protestant extremists and their criminal activities. In 2008 police
charged 3 suspected members of the outlawed Protestant paramilitary
group, the Loyalist Volunteer Force, with the murder.
(SFC, 9/29/01, p.B2)(SFC, 11/23/01, p.D2)(AP,
2002 Sep 28, In Washington DC
the World Bank and IMF agreed to speed efforts to develop a new
"sovereign bankruptcy" procedure for countries in debt crises.
Thousands demonstrated, but only 5 arrests were reported.
(SSFC, 9/29/02, p.A1,9)
2002 Sep 28, U.S. jets raided
the Basra civilian airport for the second time inside a week,
targeting its radar systems and the passenger terminals.
2002 Sep 28, Patsy Mink (74),
12-term Hawaii state representative, died in Honolulu.
(WSJ, 9/30/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 28, In India at least
14 people died when they thousands stampeded to board a train
following a political rally in Lucknow.
(SSFC, 9/29/02, p.A24)
2002 Sep 28, Iraq rejected a
U.S.-British plan for the United Nations to force President Saddam
Hussein to disarm and open his palaces for weapons searches.
2002 Sep 28, Kuwait closed its
last fiscal year with a $1.94 billion surplus, the National Bank of
2002 Sep 28, In South Africa a
commuter bus veered off a road and flipped several times down a
mountain pass, killing 21 people and injuring 52 in the Eastern
2002 Sep 28, In South Korea
torches from 44 diverse lands converged and rival South and North
Korean teams marched together as Asia kicked off its biggest
festival of sport.
2002 Sep 28, Sri Lanka and
Tamil Tiger rebels exchanged prisoners of war as part of the ongoing
peace process, and the rebels claimed they had no more prisoners in
2002 Sep 28, About 50,000
Taiwan teachers marched through the capital to demand the right to
form labor unions in the island's biggest protest in years.
2002 Sep 28, In Turkey
paramilitary police reported the seizure of 35 pounds of uranium
near the Syrian border and arrested two Turks who they said planned
to sell the weapons-grade substance. The amount was later changed to
3 ounces and then found to be inert.
(AP, 9/29/02)(SSFC, 9/29/02, p.A12)(AP, 9/30/02)
2002 Sep 28, Zimbabweans in
rural areas voted in elections for local councils, and the main
opposition party said hundreds of its candidates were barred from
running for office.
2003 Sep 28, In Linden, Texas
Billy Ray Johnson (42) was lured to an all-white party where
underage drinkers fed him alcohol and picked on him. In 2007 a jury
awarded $9 million to Johnson, a mentally disabled black man who
suffered permanent brain damage after being beaten and dumped in a
field by 4 white men.
2003 Sep 28, Althea Gibson
(76), Wimbledon's 1st black tennis champion (1957), died in New
(WSJ, 9/29/03, p.A1)
2003 Sep 28, Elia Kazan
(b.1909), Anatolian-Greek-born writer, film and stage director,
died. His films included "On the Waterfront" (1954) and "A Streetcar
Named Desire" (1951). In 2005 Richard Schickel authored “Elia Kazan:
(AP, 9/29/03)(SSFC, 12/4/05, p.M6)
2003 Sep 28, In Colombia a
remote-controlled bomb on a motorcycle exploded as revelers left a
disco in a Florencia, killing at least 13 people and wounding 48
2003 Sep 28, Cuba's foreign
minister made an impassioned appeal for the lifting of the trade
embargo against his country, saying the blockade has cost the
Caribbean nation $72 billion in the last 42 years.
2003 Sep 28, In Guinea-Bissau
senior army officers, who staged a recent coup, installed Henrique
Rosa as civilian president and Artur Sanha as prime minister to
govern the West African country until elections. Civil servants
hadn't been paid in nearly a year and teachers hadn't been paid in
two. Soldiers were getting bags of rice instead of paychecks.
(AP, 9/29/03)(AP, 10/6/03)
2003 Sep 28, A nationwide power
blackout in Italy hit virtually the whole population in the dead of
night. Power was out for as much as 18 hours. Problems began after a
tree branch hit power lines in Switzerland.
(AP, 9/28/03)(WSJ, 10/1/03, p.A1)(AP, 10/1/03)
2003 Sep 28, Israeli and
Palestinian fatalities over the last 3 years totaled some 3,277 with
860 on the Israeli side and 2,417 Palestinian dead. An additional 60
Palestinians were killed by militants for informing to Israel.
(SSFC, 9/28/03, p.A14)
2003 Sep 28, Pope John Paul II
named 31 new cardinals.
2004 Sep 28, The US Treasury
issued a new $50 bill with touches of red, blue and yellow.
2004 Sep 28, IBM Corp. claimed
unofficial bragging rights as owner of the world's fastest
supercomputer. IBM said its still-unfinished BlueGene/L System,
named for its ability to model the folding of human proteins, can
sustain speeds of 360 teraflops. A teraflop is 1 trillion
calculations per second. BlueGene/L reached full capacity in 2005
(AP, 9/29/04)(SFC, 9/29/04, p.C1)(SFC, 8/29/05,
2004 Sep 28, A 6.0 earthquake
shook central California, cracking pipes, breaking bottles of wine
and knocking pictures from walls. The quake was centered about seven
miles southeast of Parkfield, a town of 37 people known as
California's earthquake capital.
2004 Sep 28, Geoffrey Beene
(77), the award-winning designer whose simple, classic styles for
men and women put him at the forefront of American fashion, died.
2004 Sep 28, The Pentagon
notified Congress of plans to build five bases in Afghanistan for
the Afghan National Army at a cost of up to one billion dollars.
2004 Sep 28, In southern
Argentina a student (15) drew a handgun and opened fire in a
classroom, killing 3 classmates and wounding 5 at the Islas Malvinas
Middle School No. 2.
2004 Sep 28, In Iraq kidnappers
released two female Italian aid workers and five other hostages. A
$1 million ransom was alleged. In 2005 it was reported that Italy's
Red Cross treated four Iraqi insurgents and hid them from U.S.
forces in exchange for the freedom of two Italian aid workers
kidnapped in Baghdad.
(AP, 9/28/04)(WSJ, 9/30/04, p.A1)(AP, 8/25/05)
2004 Sep 28, Kenya said it will
push for an international ban on trade in lion trophies and skins,
expressing concern that the African lion is "under threat."
2004 Sep 28, Virgin Group boss
Richard Branson has signed an agreement with Nigerian President
Olusegun Obasanjo to launch a new airline out of the west African
nation that will be majority owned by Nigerian investors.
2004 Sep 28, Saudi Arabia's
highest religious authority issued an edict barring the use of cell
phones with built-in cameras, blaming them for "spreading
2005 Sep 28, President George
W. Bush waived some defense export restrictions on Libya to allow
U.S. companies to participate in destroying Tripoli's chemical
weapons and to refurbish eight transport planes.
2005 Sep 28, Tom DeLay, a
powerful political ally of President George W. Bush, stepped down as
head of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives
after being indicted in Texas on a campaign finance charge. He was
the 1st House leader to be indicted in more than a century.
(AFP, 9/29/05)(SFC, 9/29/05, p.A1)
2005 Sep 28, A newly designed
$10 bill was unveiled featuring splashes of orange, yellow and red
to go with the traditional green. The bills will not actually go
into circulation until early next year.
2005 Sep 28, In NYC a
groundbreaking ceremony unveiled the $3 million memorial design by
Rodney Leon, a Yale-trained architect who has lived in West Africa.
As many as 20,000 slaves and free blacks who helped build New York's
economy from docks to warehouses will be honored with a memorial
near their burial ground. Closed in 1794, the five-acre burial
ground was forgotten as a construction landfill eventually buried it
20 feet underground. When the cemetery was rediscovered during
construction of a federal office tower in 1991, community pressure
prompted the government to abandon the project.
2005 Sep 28, It was reported
that General Electric has agreed to pay $100 million for a 7% stake
in China’s Shenzhen Development Bank.
(WSJ, 9/29/05, p.A2)
2005 Sep 28, A high-speed
Amtrak Acela hit a car at a crossing in Waterford, Conn., killing 2
people and causing major Northeast Corridor delays.
(WSJ, 9/29/05, p.A1)
2005 Sep 28, Afghan and US
forces arrested Gafar, a Taliban commander suspected in bomb attacks
against coalition forces, during a raid in the Andar district of
Ghazni province, where he tried to conceal his identity by dressing
as a woman.
2005 Sep 28, A suspected
suicide attacker detonated a bomb outside an Afghan military
training center in Kabul, killing nine people and wounding 28.
2005 Sep 28, Argentina’s Senate
removed Antonio Boggiano from the Supreme Court finding him guilty
of arbitrary, biased and inconsistent rulings. He was last of
justices left from the 1990 Supreme Court additions made under Pres.
(Econ, 10/8/05, p.46)
2005 Sep 28, In Australia a
team from Holland, known more for its windmills than its sunshine,
won a four-day, 1,860 mile, international solar-powered car race
across deserts, notching up their third straight victory. The
"Challenge," to design and build a car capable of crossing Australia
on the power of daylight, was launched in 1987 and teams and
individuals from corporations and universities throughout the world
2005 Sep 28, Brazilian police
recovered about $4.3 million of the $70 million stolen last month in
a heist from Brazil's Central Bank, making five arrests in one of
the world's biggest bank robberies.
2005 Sep 28, China announced
color-coded emergency measures to avert or handle an influenza
pandemic amid fears that a deadly strain of bird flu could mutate
and infect millions of people around the world.
2005 Sep 28, In Colombia a man
in a wheelchair who hijacked an airliner two weeks ago was ordered
released from jail on a court technicality, a decision that sent
officials scrambling to issue a new arrest warrant. Porfirio Ramirez
and his 17-year-old son Linsen armed with hand grenades, seized the
Aires airliner with 24 people aboard on Sept. 12, surrendering five
hours later at a Bogota airport without injuring anyone. A judge
ordered the release saying that prosecutors had presented
insufficient evidence at a hearing to keep holding the man.
2005 Sep 28, Egyptian police in
the Sinai peninsula shot dead two men suspected of organizing
bombings which killed 67 people in the Red Sea resort of Sharm
el-Sheikh in July.
2005 Sep 28, French police
commandos swooped onto the deck of a ferry seized by striking
unionized sailors in the Mediterranean Sea, recapturing the vessel
and steering it back toward France. Butler Capital Partners, the
private investment firm picked by the government to take over ferry
operator SNCM, said 350-400 jobs might be lost in the privatization.
2005 Sep 28, Germany's outgoing
parliament voted overwhelmingly to keep its troops in Afghanistan
for another year.
2005 Sep 28, In Haiti Rev.
Gerard Jean-Juste, a jailed Catholic priest who was suspended from
his religious duties for political activities, appealed to church
authorities to reverse a punishment that supporters claim was
intended to halt his growing influence in the Western Hemisphere's
2005 Sep 28, A woman strapped
with explosives and disguised as a man blew herself up outside an
Iraqi army recruiting center in the northern town of Tal Afar,
killing 7 other people and wounding at least 35 in the first known
attack by a female suicide bomber in the country's bloody
(AP, 9/28/05)(SFC, 9/29/05, p.A12)
2005 Sep 28, In Najaf, Iraq, an
attacker set off an explosion in the home of a bodyguard of radical
Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, killing two people and wounding five
2005 Sep 28, In Iraq 5 US
soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing in Ramadi.
2005 Sep 28, Widening its
five-day campaign against Palestinian militants, Israel for the
first time fired live artillery shells into the Gaza Strip and shut
down 15 West Bank offices suspected of distributing money to
families of suicide bombers.
2005 Sep 28, Italian Premier
Silvio Berlusconi said a $5.2 billion project to build flood
barriers to save Venice from its high tides will go forward.
2005 Sep 28, In Indian Kashmir
6 Islamic militants were killed in two shootouts including one near
the border with Pakistan, while suspected rebels killed a civilian.
4 militants were killed in a gunbattle that erupted when police
raided a militant hideout in the northern district of Kupwara near
the ceasefire Line of Control with Pakistan. Two other rebels died
in a fierce gunfight that broke out when soldiers launched a search
for militants in a village in the central district of Budgam.
2005 Sep 28, In Nigeria 2 oil
workers, one Briton and the other from Ireland, were kidnapped in
the southern delta.
2005 Sep 28, In Pakistan a
security official said agents raided a home near the capital of
Islamabad and arrested Asif Chotto, the reputed head of
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, an al-Qaida-linked militant group accused of
killing hundreds of minority Shiites.
2005 Sep 28, Gazprom, the
world's largest natural-gas producer, signed an agreement to buy a
majority stake in the Sibneft oil company for $13.01 billion from
Roman Abramovitch and associates. The deal will significantly
further the state-controlled company's stature in the oil sector as
Russian President Vladimir Putin moves to recapture government
influence in the lucrative energy industry. Gazprom re-registered
Sibneft in St. Petersburg depriving Chukotka a big chunk of tax
(AP, 9/28/05)(Econ, 10/1/05, p.57)(WSJ, 1/10/06,
2005 Sep 28, Jan Egeland, UN
humanitarian chief, said escalating violence in the Sudanese region
of Darfur is threatening to halt aid work as increasing numbers of
international staff come under attack.
2005 Sep 28, An unprecedented
attack on a displaced persons' camp in Sudan's embattled Darfur
region reportedly killed 29 people. UN reports said up to 300 armed
Arab men on horses and camels attacked the camp in northwest Darfur
and burned about 80 makeshift shelters.
2006 Sep 28, It was reported
that US federal and state authorities were investigating a mortgage
fraud in Virginia that involved loans totaling about $80 million.
(WSJ, 9/28/06, p.A1)
2006 Sep 28, The US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention warned that travelers to parts of
Africa and Asia are returning with a new mosquito-borne virus. Some
people returning to Europe, the US, Canada, Martinique and French
Guyana reported cases of Chikungunya fever (CHIKV). The virus first
emerged in Tanzania in 1953.
2006 Sep 28, It was reported
that Merck saved some $1.5 billion in US taxes by transferring
patents and income to an offshore holding in Bermuda called Project
Ryland from 1993-2003. In 2006 the IRS challenged the transactions.
(WSJ, 9/28/06, p.A1)
2006 Sep 28, Novartis
Pharmaceuticals Corp., the US unit of Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG,
said that at least three out of four patients given an experimental
multiple sclerosis treatment were free of relapses for more than two
2006 Sep 28, William Whalen
(66), former director of the US National Park Service (1977-1980),
died. He served as the 1st director of the Golden Gate National
Recreation Area (1972-1977). In 1980 he implemented the Alaska
Native Lands Claims Settlement Act, which created 10 national parks
(SFC, 9/30/06, p.B6)
2006 Sep 28, In Bangladesh
thousands of people set fire to power supply offices and attacked
government vehicles Dhaka in protest over electricity shortages.
2006 Sep 28, Belgian government
officials said the transfer of confidential banking records by a
Belgium-based company to US authorities for use in anti-terrorism
investigations breached Belgian and likely European Union data
2006 Sep 28, A leaked UK
Ministry of Defence (MoD) paper said Pakistan's intelligence
service, ISI, indirectly backs terrorism by supporting religious
parties in the country.
2006 Sep 28, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country rejected the suspension of
uranium-enrichment activities by Tehran, "even for one day."
2006 Sep 28, An explosion on a
natural gas pipeline outside Bazargan, an Iranian border city, shut
down the flow of gas to Turkey. Officials believed the explosion was
an act of sabotage by separatist Kurdish rebels.
2006 Sep 28, Iraq's Central
Criminal Court said it had convicted 22 suspected insurgents of a
range of crimes, including weapons violations and illegally entering
the country. The bodies of 60 people who been tortured were found in
and around Baghdad in a span of 24 hours. 5 people died from a
car-bomb explosion near a restaurant. Attacks left 21 Iraqis dead.
Al-Qaida in Iraq released an audiotape calling for nuclear
scientists to join in a holy war and urged insurgents to kidnap
(AP, 9/28/06)(SFC, 9/29/06, p.A12)(WSJ, 9/29/06,
2006 Sep 28, It was reported
that the industrial city of Shymkent, Kazakhstan, was reeling after
learning that at least 63 children had contracted AIDS through
medical negligence many blame on corruption and the illicit sale of
blood. At least five infected toddlers had died after receiving
injections or blood transfusions. Parents said regional health
officials were aware of the outbreak in March, and have been trying
to cover it up by pulling pages from the infected toddlers'
treatment records to eliminate any mention of blood transfusions.
2006 Sep 28, Jailed Kurdish
rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has appealed to his Kurdistan Workers'
Party (PKK) to call a ceasefire in its separatist campaign against
the Turkish government.
2006 Sep 28, Mexico’s
President-elect Felipe Calderon asked Congress to get tougher on
criminals, create a universal health care system and generate jobs
so millions of Mexicans do not have to migrate to the US to find
work. Calderon also called for reducing the gap between rich and
poor and called for a return to life sentences for hardened
criminals, including violent kidnappers.
2006 Sep 28, Nigeria's vice
president Atiku Abubakar was suspended by his party for three months
because of corruption allegations, preventing him from running for
president on the party's ticket.
2006 Sep 28, Typhoon Xangsane
battered the northern and central Philippines with rains and winds,
killing at least 76 people.
(AP, 9/29/06)(AFP, 10/1/06)
2006 Sep 28, Russia agreed to
grant Cuba credit worth $350 million and restructure some of its
recent debt during a visit by PM Putin. The two countries also
signed a military cooperation agreement.
2006 Sep 28, Singapore banned
the Far Eastern Economic Review magazine after it failed to comply
with media regulations. The Review, published by Dow Jones & Co
Inc., is being sued by Singapore's PM Lee Hsien Loong and his
father, Singapore's founding PM Lee Kuan Yew, over a July article
about opposition politician Chee Soon Juan.
2006 Sep 28, Somali police
investigating a car bomb assassination attempt on the president
arrested three suspected members of a fundamentalist Islamic group
and recovered explosives.
2006 Sep 28, South Korea and
the US agreed on a program to reshape their military alliance and
give Seoul a bigger role in countering any North Korean attack. The
two sides signed new terms for the decades-old alliance after talks
2006 Sep 28, European
cease-fire monitors said at least 200 civilians have been killed in
two months of fighting between Sri Lankan soldiers and separatist
Tamil rebels, and both sides are to blame.
2006 Sep 28, Thailand's auditor
general, Jaruvan Maintaka, told reporters that Gen. Surayud
Chulanont (62), a highly regarded retired officer, would lead the
country until promised elections next year. The US suspended $24
million in military aid due to the coup.
(AP, 9/29/06)(WSJ, 9/29/06, p.A1)
2006 Sep 28, Thailand’s new
Suvarnabhumi Airport, built on an area known as "Cobra Swamp,"
officially opened its doors, more than four decades after the
(AP, 9/27/06)(AP, 9/28/06)
2006 Sep 28, Uganda state media
reported that rebels have walked out of peace talks aimed at ending
a 19-year conflict in which thousands of civilians have died.
2006 Sep 28, Zambians voted to
decide whether President Levy Mwanawasa would stay in office for a
second term despite a strong challenge from opposition candidates
who lambasted his economic policies. Voters jammed polling stations
after a national election campaign marked by bitter debate about the
president's effort to increase foreign investment and combat poverty
(AP, 9/28/06)(AP, 9/29/06)
2007 Sep 28, The United States
announced it would spend up to $25 million to pay for 50,000 tons of
heavy fuel oil for North Korea as part of an agreement to dismantle
the North’s nuclear program.
2007 Sep 28, The US government
shut down NetBank Inc., an online bank with $2.5 billion in assets,
due to excessive mortgage defaults.
(SFC, 9/29/07, p.C1)
2007 Sep 28, A federal judge
refused to block a new NYC city rule that requires taxi drivers to
install global positioning systems and credit card machines in their
cabs by Oct 1.
2007 Sep 28, It was reported
that the average American has access to over $418,000 in intangible
wealth as opposed to the average Mexican with $34,000. The World
Bank compiled its measures of intangible wealth based on such
factors as trust among people in a society, an efficient judicial
system, clear property rights and effective government.
(WSJ, 9/29/07, p.A9)
2007 Sep 28, Traveler Carol
Anne Gotbaum of New York died in a holding cell at Sky Harbor
International Airport in Phoenix; authorities say Gotbaum
accidentally asphyxiated herself after being chained to a bench.
2007 Sep 28, Charles Griffith
(1930-2007), screenwriter and director, died. He wrote the
screenplay for the 1960 film “Little Shop of Horrors,” which became
a cult classic.
(SFC, 10/12/07, p.B11)
2007 Sep 28, The IMF chose
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, France’s former Socialist finance minister,
as its new head, continuing the tradition of a European leading the
(WSJ, 9/29/07, p.A1)
2007 Sep 28, In Algiers an
Arab-language daily reported that Hassan Hattab (40), one of the
most hardline guerrilla chiefs opposed to Algeria's government, has
surrendered. Hattab, aka Abou Hamza, founded the Salafist Movement
for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) in 1998. Al Hayat, based in London,
reported that Hattab was "arrested on September 22 by Algerian
2007 Sep 28, Australia's
Anglican Church said women can be appointed bishops for the first
time, drawing immediate criticism from conservatives.
2007 Sep 28, Britain's biggest
water supplier was handed a fine of more than 12 million pounds for
"inadequate" reporting to the industry regulator and poor customer
service to its eight million customers.
2007 Sep 28, Britain’s deputy
chief veterinarian said bluetongue disease is circulating in Britain
after being reported in a cow at the weekend in southern England.
2007 Sep 28, Thousands of
opposition supporters rallied in Georgia's capital, demanding that
the president step down following the arrest of a former defense
minister who accused the leader of involvement in a murder plot.
2007 Sep 28, Iraqi PM Nouri
al-Maliki rejected a US Senate proposal calling for the
decentralization of Iraq's government and giving more control to the
country's ethnically divided regions, calling it a "catastrophe." A
military panel acquitted U.S. Army Spc. Jorge G. Sandoval (22) on
charges he killed two unarmed Iraqis, but it convicted him of
planting evidence on one of the men in attempt to cover up the
2007 Sep 28, Japan suspended
poultry imports from Canada after the H7N3 strain of avian influenza
was found on a Saskatchewan chicken farm.
2007 Sep 28, In Mexico City
more than 30 federal agents arrested Avila Beltran (46), who
allegedly spent more than a decade working her way to the top
echelons of Mexico's male-dominated drug trade.
2007 Sep 28, Hurricane Lorenzo
crashed into Mexico's Gulf coast before dawn, ripping apart shacks,
uprooting trees and sending billboards flying through the air. At
least 5 people died.
(AP, 9/28/07)(AP, 9/29/07)
2007 Sep 28, Myanmar soldiers
clubbed and dragged away activists while firing tear gas and warning
shots to break up demonstrations before they could grow, and the
government cut Internet access, raising fears that a deadly
crackdown was set to intensify. The US administration slapped visa
bans on more than 30 members of the Myanmar junta and their
(AP, 9/28/07)(AFP, 9/29/07)
2007 Sep 28, Pakistan's Supreme
Court removed the main obstacle to President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's
bid for another 5 years in power as it dismissed legal challenges to
2007 Sep 28, Representatives of
Serbia and the Kosovo Albanians opened the first face-to-face talks
on the future of the breakaway Serbian province with international
mediators in NYC.
2007 Sep 28, Naval attack craft
waged a three-hour sea battle with 20 Tamil Tiger boats off the
eastern coast of Sri Lanka, sinking three of the rebels' vessels and
killing one of their top naval commanders.
2007 Sep 28, Turkey and Iraq
signed a counterterrorism pact aimed at cracking down on separatist
Kurdish rebels who have been attacking Turkey from bases in Iraq.
2008 Sep 28, Congressional
leaders and the Bush administration agreed on the main elements of a
$700 billion bailout for the financial industry, paving the way for
swift enactment of the largest government intervention in markets
since the Great Depression.
2008 Sep 28, In San Francisco
hundreds of thousands gathered for the 25th Folsom Street Fair, the
world’s biggest celebration of leather, bondage and sexual fetish.
(SFC, 9/29/08, p.B1)
2008 Sep 28, Space Explorations
Technologies (SpaceX) successfully launched its 2-stage Falcon 1
rocket into orbit with a dummy payload. The South Pacific launch was
its 4th attempt following 3 earlier failures.
(SFC, 9/29/08, p.A5)
2008 Sep 28, In Maryland a
medical helicopter crashed and killed 4 of 5 people on board.
(SFC, 9/29/08, p.A2)
2008 Sep 28, In Afghanistan two
gunmen on a motorbike shot and killed Malalai Kakar (41), a
high-ranking woman police official in Kandahar city. A suicide
bomber killed three police and three civilians in the Spin Boldak
district of Kandahar province. An Afghan police official said a
US-led coalition killed three civilians in an operation apparently
targeting a suicide bomb cell in eastern Afghanistan. That claim was
disputed by the coalition, which said its troops killed two al-Qaida
militants. A NATO soldier and an Afghan policeman were killed in a
row that erupted after a bomb strike. Gunmen opened fire on the head
of a provincial council, near his home in Kandahar city. Mohammad
Hashim Granai survived, but 4 of his bodyguards were killed.
(AP, 9/28/08)(AP, 9/29/08)
2008 Sep 28, In Algeria a
suspected suicide bombing killed three people and wounded six in a
village east of Algiers.
2008 Sep 28, Austrians voted in
parliamentary elections that analysts say could bolster the standing
of the country's far-right and give the main ruling parties their
worst results in years. The rightist Freedom Party (18%) and the
Alliance for the Future of Austria (11%), capitalized on voter
discontent and got a combined 29%. The voting age had recently been
lowered to 16.
(AP, 9/28/08)(AP, 9/29/08)(Econ, 10/4/08, p.16,
2008 Sep 28, Belarussians voted
in parliamentary elections that could determine whether President
Alexander Lukashenko's regime warms to the West or moves deeper into
Russia's orbit. Loyalists of Lukashenko won every seat in the
parliamentary polls that observers said failed Western standards and
had the opposition crying foul.
(AFP, 9/28/08)(AFP, 9/29/08)
2008 Sep 28, The governments of
Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg took partial control of
struggling bank Fortis NV.
2008 Sep 28, In England Frank
McGarahan (45), a top Barclays executive, was beaten to death by a
group of youths in Norwich as he tried to stop them attacking a
2008 Sep 28, Konstantin Pavlov
(b.1933), Bulgarian poet and screenwriter, died. He was among the
few Bulgarian intellectuals who dared to assert their professional
independence during the 1945-89 communist regime. Some of his most
popular volumes of poetry are "Sweet Agony" (1991), "The Murder of
the Sleeping Man" (1992) and "A Long Time Ago..." (1998).
2008 Sep 28, Three Chinese
astronauts made a jubilant return to Earth after successfully
completing the country's first-ever spacewalk, an event the premier
said was "a stride forward" in China's space history.
2008 Sep 28, Ecuadoreans voted
on a new constitution that would significantly broaden leftist
President Rafael Correa's powers and let him run for two more
consecutive terms. Correa's avowed quest for an "equitable, just"
Ecuador won a major boost as voters approved a new constitution that
will help the leftist president consolidate power and enable him to
run for two more consecutive terms. The new constitution conferred
on ecosystems “the inalienable right to exist, flourish and evolve.”
The new constitution also imposed a 12-month deadline for approving
new regulatory measures.
(AP, 9/28/08)(AP, 9/29/08)(Econ, 10/18/08,
p.68)(Econ, 10/3/09, p.44)
2008 Sep 28, In Ethiopia 4
people were killed and 22 injured in an explosion in eastern Somali
province. Police the next day said a suspect had confessed to being
a member of the Al-Ittihad Al-Islamiya operating in the region.
(AFP, 9/28/08)(AFP, 9/29/08)
2008 Sep 28, In Germany Haile
Gebrselassie of Ethiopia broke the marathon world record for the
second straight year, becoming the first man to run the distance in
under two hours and four minutes. He clocked 2:03.59 in winning his
third straight Berlin Marathon, breaking the mark of 2:04.26 he set
last year over the same flat course.
2008 Sep 28, In Iraq 3
explosions in Baghdad killed at least 31 people.
(SFC, 9/29/08, p.A19)
2008 Sep 28, An Israeli
official said the US had installed an advanced American radar system
in the Negev Desert.
(SFC, 9/29/08, p.A3)
2008 Sep 28, In Pakistan
suspected militants seized a Polish engineer and killed his
Pakistani driver, guard and assistant in the northwestern city of
Attock. A government official in Bajur said militants attacked
security forces in three places overnight. He said the troops
repulsed each attack, killing 11 fighters.
2008 Sep 28, In Sri Lanka a
suicide attack in Vavuniya killed one civilian and left 8 wounded. A
soldier died form wounds the next day. Troops captured part of a
strategic road in Kilinochchi district after a seven-hour battle
that killed seven rebels and one soldier. Attacks on rebel bunkers
and other scattered fighting killed 11 rebels in the Welioya, Jaffna
and Vavuniya districts. Two other rebels were killed in a brief
clash in Ampara in the east, which the government ousted the rebels
from last year.
(AP, 9/28/08)(AP, 9/29/08)
2008 Sep 28, Sudanese forces
engaged a group of kidnappers in a gunbattle in northwest Sudan who
had been sent out to get gas and food. Six kidnappers were killed in
the fight, and two captured. The two told the authorities where the
rest of the kidnappers and their captives were hiding. The
kidnappers were believed to be armed desert tribesmen. Kidnappers
released the 19-member European tour group, abducted on Sep 19, into
one car near the Sudanese-Chadian border. The group drove some 200
miles before encountering Egyptian special forces and returning
safely to Cairo.
(AP, 9/29/08)(AP, 9/30/08)
2008 Sep 28, President Hugo
Chavez said that Russia will help Venezuela develop nuclear energy,
a move likely to raise US concerns over increasingly close
cooperation between Caracas and Moscow.
2009 Sep 28, In San Jose, Ca.,
Cristina Warthen (36), a Stanford law school graduate, was sentenced
to home detention for one year for tax evasion and ordered to pay
$243,000 in back taxes. She had run an escort service beginning in
2001 (touchofbrazil.net), and grossed $133,717 in 2003. In 2004 she
married David Warthen, co-founder of Ask Jeeves, later Ask.com. They
were later divorced.
(SFC, 9/29/09, p.C5)
2009 Sep 28, In Afghan three
civilians, including a woman, were killed when their car hit a bomb
in the road between Herat and Kandahar. A US team and Afghan
soldiers killed 30 Taliban fighters at a militant stronghold in
2009 Sep 28, Britain’s Business
Secretary Peter Mandelson said the government will extend its car
scrapping scheme with extra funding for an additional 100,000 cars
2009 Sep 28, Canada’s train
maker Bombardier Transportation says its Chinese joint venture has
been awarded a $4 billion contract to build 80 high-speed trains for
China's railway ministry.
2009 Sep 28, In China foreign
ministers from China, Japan and South Korea pledged to deepen
cooperation on non-proliferation and disarmament, as pressure grew
on Pyongyang over its nuclear program.
2009 Sep 28, Luis Alberto
Santacruz Echeverri, an alleged Colombian cocaine trafficker
arrested in the Dominican Republic, was extradited to the US to face
drug trafficking charges.
2009 Sep 28, In Ecuador
hundreds of Indians blocked the Pan American highway in several
provinces with rocks, tree trunks and burning tires to protest new
water, mining and oil laws.
2009 Sep 28, In Cairo, Egypt, a
2-day meeting of the International Commission on Nuclear
Nonproliferation and Disarmament (ICNND) opened. It was set up by
the governments of Australia and Japan to probe ideas on how to cut
the world's nuclear arms stockpile ahead of a UN conference on the
subject next year. Iran and Israel stated their positions on
disarmament separately during the gathering.
2009 Sep 28, Guinea’s
military's presidential guard shot at pro-democracy demonstrators in
Conakry, leaving at least 157 people dead. The government put the
death toll at 57. Eyewitnesses said security forces had stripped
female protesters and raped them in the streets. Other eyewitnesses
said soldiers had stabbed protesters with knives and bayonets. On
June 27, 2013, Lieutenant-Colonel Claude Pivi, an influential member
of the junta at the time and now minister for presidential security,
was charged over his alleged role in a stadium massacre.
(AP, 9/29/09)(AP, 10/2/09)(Reuters, 6/28/13)
2009 Sep 28, Honduras'
coup-installed government silenced two key dissident broadcasters
hours after it suspended civil liberties to prevent an uprising by
backers of ousted Pres. Manuel Zelaya. The measures were announced
just hours after Zelaya called on his backers to stage mass protest
marches in what he called a "final offensive" against the
government. Interim president Roberto Micheletti promised to restore
civil liberties and allow an Organization of American States
mediation team into the country, quickly backpedalling from tough
measures amid criticism from his own allies that he had gone too far
in his fight to stay in power.
(AP, 9/28/09)(AP, 9/29/09)
2009 Sep 28, In Iraq a tanker
truck packed with explosives ripped through a police outpost,
killing at least 7 people in a suicide attack at a former insurgent
stronghold outside Ramadi. In a separate attack, at least three
Iraqi soldiers were killed in a double roadside bombing in the
predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Ghazaliyah in western Baghdad.
In southern Iraq, bomb attached to a bus exploded in mostly Shiite
southern Iraq, killing at least six. In northern Iraq, a roadside
bomb targeting a police patrol in Mosul killed two officers and
wounded two. The US military freed another 35 members of a group
linked to the abduction of five British citizens from Iraq's Finance
Ministry in 2007. The prisoner release means nearly 100 members of
Asaib Ahl al-Haq, or League of the Righteous, have left U.S. custody
since late last week. In total, about 250 have been freed since July
as talks intensify over the fate of Peter Moore, the sole British
hostage believed to be still alive.
2009 Sep 28, In Malaysia news
reports said a judge has upheld a court verdict to cane a Muslim
woman for drinking beer, re-igniting a controversy over Islamic
justice in this moderate Muslim-majority country. The chief Shariah
judge of Pahang state ruled that a Shariah High Court's verdict
against Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno (32) was correct and should stay.
2009 Sep 28, In Mexico 2
Canadian men were shot to death in execution-style slayings outside
an apartment building in the Mexican resort of Puerto Vallarta.
Gordon Douglas Kendall and Jeffrey Ronald Ivans were believed to be
involved in the drug trade. In Michoacan state police arrested three
federal agents for allegedly passing information to organized crime.
(AP, 9/28/09)(SFC, 9/29/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 28, In Pakistan a
suicide car bomber killed five people including a prominent tribal
elder in Baka Khel, which lies close to Waziristan. One Pakistani
soldier was killed and seven others critically wounded in a militant
rocket attack on an army camp in the northwest. Hundreds of
civilians fled the Taliban and al-Qaida's main stronghold in the
2009 Sep 28, Guillermo Endara
(73), Panama’s former President (1989-1994), died. He led Panama to
democracy after the US invasion that toppled dictator Gen. Manuel
2009 Sep 28, In Peru former
President Alberto Fujimori, who already faces the prospect of
spending the rest of his life in prison, pleaded guilty to
authorizing illegal wiretaps and bribes of politicians, journalists
2009 Sep 28, In Romania Gen.
Nicolae Plesita (b.1929), a die-hard Communist and ruthless chief of
the Securitate secret police (1980-1984), died. He had arranged
shelter in Romania for terrorist Carlos the Jackal, and was tried
for the 1981 bombing in Munich of Radio Free Europe.
2009 Sep 28, In Somalia the
al-Shabab extremist Islamic group executed two Somali men in
Mogadishu, accusing them of being spies for foreign organizations.
Mortars and missiles pounded parts of Mogadishu, killing at least 13
civilians in two separate battles between Islamic militiamen and the
African Union peacekeeping force.
2009 Sep 28, South Korea's
parliament endorsed the appointment of economics professor Chung
Un-Chan as prime minister despite strong objections by opposition
2009 Sep 28, In Sudan a
Nigerian peacekeeper was killed and two Kenyan colleagues were
wounded in the troubled Darfur region when armed men ambushed their
2009 Sep 28, In Thailand
climate talks kicked off in Bangkok with the UN urging nations to
break the deadlock over a global warming deal that is supposed to be
finalized in just 70 days time, and warning that failure to act
would leave future generations fighting for survival.
2009 Sep 28, In Venezuela Pres.
Hugo Chavez and Libya's Muammar Gaddafi called for a new global
definition of terrorism. Meeting a day after the end of a summit of
African and South American leaders in Venezuela, the two men signed
a declaration urging a global conference be held to sketch out new
terms defining terrorism.
2010 Sep 28, President Barack
Obama endorsed a plan to rehabilitate the Gulf of Mexico with some
of the billions of dollars in water pollution fines expected from
the companies responsible for the worst offshore oil spill in US
2010 Sep 28, Pres. Obama signed
an executive order imposing sanctions on 8 Iranian officials deemed
responsible for serious human rights abuses.
(SFC, 9/30/10, p.A4)
2010 Sep 28, Mayor Octavio
Garcia Von Borstel (29) of Nogales, Az., was arrested by FBI agents
on multiple charges including bribery, theft, fraud and money
(SFC, 9/29/10, p.A7)
2010 Sep 28, AOL acquired
SF-based TechCrunch, the operator of an influential network of
technology news blogs, for an estimated $25 million.
(SFC, 9/29/10, p.D1)
2010 Sep 28, Amyris
Biotechnologies (AMRS), an Emeryville, Ca., startup, went public on
NASDAQ with 5.3 million shares. The IPO opened and closed at $16.50
per share. The company, founded by Prof. Jay Keasling, used
genetically engineered organisms to turn plant sugars into a
precursor of diesel.
p.D1)(http://tinyurl.com/24uklyv)(Econ, 3/12/11, TQ p.22)(SFC,
2010 Sep 28, Seth Walsh (13), a
California middle school student, died in the hospital, days after
he attempted to take his own life after reportedly enduring
2010 Sep 28, Arthur Penn (88),
American film director, died at his home in Manhattan. His films
included “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967) and “Little Big Man” (1970).
(SFC, 9/30/10, p.C6)
2010 Sep 28, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed Deputy Gov. Khazim Allayar and
five others. Later, a tearful Pres. Karzai decried the violence,
fretting that young people will choose to flee their country. The
Afghan government announced who will sit on a 70-member peace
council, formalizing efforts already underway to reconcile with top
Taliban leaders and lure insurgent foot soldiers off the
(AP, 9/28/10)(AFP, 9/28/10)
2010 Sep 28, Australia’s new
Parliament was sworn in and included Ed Husic, the country’s first
elected Muslim, who was sworn in with his hand on his parents'
2010 Sep 28, An Australian
mining company said it has discovered deposits in Mozambique of rare
minerals with a variety of industrial uses. The minerals found
included dysprosium, used to make laser materials and in components
of nuclear reactors.
2010 Sep 28, Brazilian Finance
Minister Guido Mantega warned in remarks reported from Sao Paulo
that the world is in the grip of a currency "war,” with leading
nations using devaluation to solve economic problems.
2010 Sep 28, A Scotland Yard’s
special crimes unit arrested 19 people suspected of draining
millions of dollars from British banks by hacking into customers’
(SFC, 9/30/10, p.A2)
2010 Sep 28, In Canada an
Ontario court tossed out key provisions of Canada's
anti-prostitution laws, saying they did more harm than good,
following a constitutional challenge by three sex-trade workers. The
ruling allowed sex workers to solicit customers openly.
(Reuters, 9/28/10)(SSFC, 10/3/10, p.A4)
2010 Sep 28, An Iranian news
website said a court has sentenced Hossein Derakhshan, a well-known
Canadian-Iranian blogger, to more than 19 years in prison for
cooperating with hostile states and insulting Islam. Derakhshan, who
made trips to Israel and blogged in both English and Farsi, has been
in prison since 2008. Iran banned two newspapers for insulting
political and religious figures, in a continued crackdown on dissent
more than a year after a disputed presidential election.
(AP, 9/28/10)(Reuters, 9/28/10)(Econ, 10/23/10,
2010 Sep 28, Iran offered the
first official indication that Oman is playing a role in trying to
secure the release of two American men imprisoned for more than a
2010 Sep 28, Ireland's
borrowing costs leapt again after two credit rating agencies warned
its debt is at risk of further downgrades, piling pressure on the
government to bring forward its budget.
2010 Sep 28, Irish Nobel
laureate and peace activist Mairead Maguire (66) was detained after
arriving in Israel because she had been deported in June for trying
to reach Gaza by boat in defiance of an Israeli naval blockade.
Airport officials told her she would not be allowed in to Israel for
10 years. Her appeal on Oct 1 was rejected. She was deported on Oct
(AP, 10/1/10)(AP, 10/5/10)
2010 Sep 28, Israeli naval
forces intercepted a catamaran carrying nine Jewish activists toward
the Gaza Strip, encountering no resistance as they took control of
the sailboat and escorted it to shore.
2010 Sep 28, In Malaysia Kylie
Tanti Marion (42), an Australian woman, fell to her death when her
parachute failed to open after she jumped off the Alor Setar Tower
to practice for the KL Tower International Jump on Oct. 7.
2010 Sep 28, In Mexico a
hillside collapsed on the rural community of Santa Maria de
Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca state. Although hundreds of people were
initially feared dead only 11 people were missing and likely dead.
(AP, 9/28/10)(AP, 9/29/10)(AP, 9/30/10)
2010 Sep 28, In Nepal an
avalanche caught 3 Japanese climbers and a Sherpa guide. Dhaulagiri
at 26,790 feet (8,167 meters) is the seventh highest mountain in the
world. The body of Daisuke Honda (32) was recovered on Oct 12.
2010 Sep 28, North Korea’s Kim
Jong Il made his mysterious youngest son, Kim Jong Un, a four-star
general in a promotion seen as the first step toward his ascent as
the country’s next leader, extending the family dynasty in the
reclusive totalitarian country to a third generation.
(AP, 9/28/10)(Econ, 10/16/10, p.47)
2010 Sep 28, In Pakistan a
suspected American missile strike killed four militants in South
2010 Sep 28, Russia's Pres.
Medvedev fired defiant Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, ousting the man
who gave the crumbling capital a modern facelift but was maligned
for his wife's hold on construction projects and for staying on
vacation while forest fires choked his city. Luzhkov's deputy,
Vladimir Resin, was named acting mayor pending the appointment of a
2010 Sep 28, Somali pirates
hijacked the Asphalt Venture, a cargo ship with 15 Indian crew on
board, off East Africa.
2010 Sep 28, Spanish police
arrested a US citizen of Algerian origin who is suspected of
financing al-Qaida's North African affiliate. Mohamed Omar Dehbi
(43) was arrested in the town of Esplugues de Llobregat, a Barcelona
suburb. On Sep 30 a Spanish judge ordered Dehbi’s release, citing
lack of evidence, but barred him from leaving Spain and ordered him
to check in with police daily. Dehbi was cleared of suspicion on
March 8, 2011.
(AP, 9/29/10)(AP, 9/30/10)(AP, 3/22/11)
2010 Sep 28, In southern
Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents disguised as policemen killed
five people in an attack on a warehouse in Pattani province.
2011 Sep 28, A man was arrested
and accused of plotting an assault on the Pentagon and US Capitol
using remote-controlled aircraft armed with explosive. Rezwan
Ferdaus (26) was arrested in Framingham, Mass., after undercover
federal agents delivered materials he had allegedly requested,
including grenades, six machine guns and what he believed was 24
pounds of C-4 explosive.
2011 Sep 28, Amazon.com CEO
Jeff Beezos unveiled the new Kindle Fire tablet computer to sell for
$199, compared with $499 for Apple’s least expensive iPad.
(SFC, 9/29/11, p.A1)
2011 Sep 28, Mir Najibullah
Sadat Sahou (68), the former governor of Afghanistan’s central bank,
was shot and killed during a suspected robbery near San Diego. Sahou
had fled to the United States as a political fugitive. In December
the remains of Ismael Lopez, suspected of Sahou, were found by
divers off San Diego.
(SFC, 12/24/11, p.A5)
2011 Sep 28, In Everett,
Washington, Leslie Pedersen (69), the stepmother of David Joseph
Pedersen was found stabbed to death. On Oct 5 DJ Pedersen (31) and
girlfriend Holly Grigsby (24) were arrested in California. Grigsby
later admitted to killing Leslie. They were also charged with
killing Christian Cody Myers, a 19-year-old Oregon jazz fan on his
way to a music festival. The pair also killed DJ’s father, David
Jones Pedersen, as well as Alan Clark (54), found dead on Oct 7 in
northern California. In 2012 federal racketeering charges were filed
in Oregon against David Pedersen and Holly Grigsby alleging that
their rampage was part of a white supremacist campaign.
(SFC, 10/6/11, p.A7)(AP, 10/10/11)(SFC, 10/11/11,
p.A6)(SFC, 8/18/12, p.A7)
2011 Sep 28, In southern
Afghanistan gunmen killed 8 policemen at checkpoint in Helmand
province. In Uruzgan province a district police chief was killed and
three of his bodyguards were injured when their vehicle struck a
roadside bomb. The UN said the average number of armed clashes,
roadside bombings and other violence in the country each month is
running 39% higher in 2011 compared to last year. NATO said Afghan
and US-led coalition troops destroyed drugs worth more than $350
million and 3 drug laboratories in what is believed to be
Afghanistan's largest drug seizure this past decade. A New Zealand
special forces soldier was shot in the head and killed during a
gunbattle with suspected insurgents in Kabul. 3 foreign soldiers
were killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in the east, and
another 3 died in another IED attack in the south, along with two
others in separate incidents.
(AP, 9/28/11)(AFP, 9/28/11)(AFP, 9/29/11)
2011 Sep 28, In Australia
popular right-wing columnist Andrew Bolt was found guilty of
breaking Australian discrimination law by implying that fair-skinned
Aborigines chose to identify as indigenous for profit and career
2011 Sep 28, In Bolivia tens of
thousands took to the streets in major cities to heap reproach on
Pres. Morales over a police crackdown on indigenous protesters
marching against a proposed highway through their Amazon reserve.
(SFC, 9/29/11, p.A2)
2011 Sep 28, A British High
Court judge said in a landmark ruling that a brain-damaged,
minimally conscious woman should not be allowed to die.
2011 Sep 28, In London Reginald
Davis, a 77-year-old man from Australia, was charged with a string
of child sex attacks dating back to 1949.
2011 Sep 28, In CongoDRC a
dozen men scaled the wall of the private television station that
supported Etienne Tshisekedi, the country's leading opposition
presidential candidate. Investigators said the attackers doused the
offices in gasoline and set them ablaze.
2011 Sep 28, In Denmark a fire
has destroyed the 73-year-old K.B. Hallen sports arena in the
Copenhagen just hours before a sex fair was to open.
2011 Sep 28, An Egyptian court
convicted Anas al-Fiqqi, former Pres. Mubarak's powerful information
minister, on corruption charges and sentenced him to seven years in
2011 Sep 28, In France a fire
in an abandoned building, set for demolition in the city-owned
building in the Paris suburb of Pantin, killed six suspected illegal
2011 Sep 28, In Greece a
24-hour public transport strike left Athens without buses, metros,
taxis and trams. Customs and tax office workers were also on strike,
while about 350 pensioners demonstrated outside the Finance Ministry
against pension cuts and tax increases.
2011 Sep 28, Iran announced the
mass production of a new cruise missile, designed to destroy
warships and coastal targets. The Qader had a range of 125 miles.
(SFC, 9/29/11, p.A2)
2011 Sep 28, In Abu Ghraib,
Iraq, gunmen wearing military-style uniforms broke into the house of
Hameed al-Zobaie, a pro-government Sunni militiaman, and killed five
members of his family, including three children.
2011 Sep 28, Ivory Coast
politicians and the country’s most famous soccer player, Chelsea
striker Didier Drogba, launched a Truth and Reconciliation
Commission that aims to find peace after months of postelection
violence rocked the country.
2011 Sep 28, ANA, a Japanese
airline, flew the first commercial Dreamliner into Tokyo. Its first
passenger flight was made on Oct 26 from Tokyo to Hong Kong.
(Econ, 10/1/11, p.42)(SFC, 10/27/11, p.A16)
2011 Sep 28, In Ciudad Juarez,
Mexico, the federal Attorney General's Office announced that 10
former federal officers have been arrested and ordered to stand
trial on charges of extortion, abuse of authority and drug
possession, among others. Prosecutors said the officers were
detained earlier this month on a citizen complaint. They were caught
with a captive man in their vehicle, who told investigators the
police had threatened to plant drugs on him and demanded money in
return for releasing him. Federal agents detained Roberto Lopez (32)
in Zapopan, a suburb of Guadalajara. He is alleged to be one of four
members of the Zetas drug cartel who planned the Aug. 25 arson of
the Casino Royale in Monterrey.
(AP, 9/28/11)(AP, 9/30/11)
2011 Sep 28, In Nigeria Borno
state Gov. Kashim Shettima said security forces have arrested a top
commander of a radical Muslim sect who is accused of orchestrating
attacks in the country's northeast that have left police, clerics
and others dead. Police on patrol found the corpses of 12 persons,
suspected murdered, with their hands tied at the back, in the Niger
Delta region. 10 people were killed after an out-of-control cement
truck crashed into a taxi and bus stand in the northern town of
Dukku, Gombe state.
(AP, 9/28/11)(AP, 9/29/11)(AFP, 9/30/11)
2011 Sep 28, Dozens of
Palestinian olive trees were destroyed in an attack near the city of
Hebron in what local residents called an act of revenge carried out
2011 Sep 28, Officials said
South Africa and Vietnam have launched talks toward an agreement to
curb rhino poaching, which has soared in recent years driven by
booming demand in Asia.
2011 Sep 28, South Sudan UN
Rep. Hilde F. Johnson said hundreds of millions of dollars meant for
South Sudan's government have been wired to private bank accounts
abroad. She called such acts unacceptable. President Salva Kiir
announced at UN headquarters that steps were being taken to end
impunity for perpetrators.
2011 Sep 28, In Sudan a Chinese
oil worker was killed and another wounded by unidentified gunmen in
South Kordofan, Sudan's only oil producing state where the army is
battling insurgents. A leader of the local Misseriya tribe said
criminals had carried out the attack on the Chinese workers.
2011 Sep 28, Swaziland's King
Mswati III fired Judge Thomas Masuku, seen as one of the only
critical voices in the kingdom's judiciary. Masuku had already been
suspended from the bench in June and faced a series of misdemeanor
charges, including insulting Mswati in a 2010 ruling that used the
phrase "forked tongue" in reference to the monarch.
2011 Sep 28, Syria's state-run
news agency said Aws Khalil, a nuclear engineer, has been
assassinated in a hail of bullets in the restive central city of
Homs. He became the fourth Syrian academic to be assassinated in
2011 Sep 28, Taiwan said that
it plans to upgrade a fleet of 56 home-grown fighters and buy more
than 50 trainers as part of a major air force modernization package.
2011 Sep 28, In southern
Thailand more than a dozen suspected Muslim insurgents attacked a
school, killing four soldiers and seriously wounding one child.
2011 Sep 28, In Turkey a
pro-Kurdish party said it is ending its four-month-old boycott of
parliament, even as tensions grew over a surge in attacks by Kurdish
2011 Sep 28, In Yemen hundreds
of thousands of people demonstrated near Sanaa's Change Square,
demanded the ouster of Pres. Saleh. Tribesmen fighting the
Republican Guard north of Sanaa shot down a fighter jet.
2012 Sep 28, President Barack
Obama, citing national security risks, blocked a Chinese company
from owning four wind farm projects in northern Oregon near a Navy
base where the US military flies unmanned drones and
electronic-warfare planes on training missions.
2012 Sep 28, In Arizona Jodon
F. Romero (33) fired at officers and a police helicopter at one
point during a pursuit for carjacking. He died at the scene from a
self-inflicted gunshot wound in an event that was broadcast live by
Fox News, which later apologized for the live coverage of the
2012 Sep 28, In California a US
Border Patrol agent fatally shot Valeria Alvarado (32), a mother of
five in suburban San Diego as he rode on the hood of her car after
she ran into him.
2012 Sep 28, Damon Thibodeaux
(38) of Louisiana was released from death row after serving 15 years
for a slaying that DNA evidence showed he did not commit. He was the
18th death row prisoner freed based on such evidence.
(SFC, 9/29/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 28, Massachusetts
chemist Annie Dookhan, 34, accused of faking drug test results, was
arrested. She faced more than 20 years in prison on charges of
obstruction of justice and falsely pretending to hold a degree form
a college or university. Her alleged mishandling of drug samples
prompted the shutdown of the Hinton State Laboratory Institute in
Boston last month.
2012 Sep 28, Damon Thibodeaux
(38) of Louisiana was released from death row after serving 15 years
for a slaying that DNA evidence showed he did not commit. He was the
18th death row prisoner freed based on such evidence.
(SFC, 9/29/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 28, In Bahrain
security forces killed a boy (17) during street clashes in Sadad
village, southwest of the capital Manama.
2012 Sep 28, Britain’s PM David
Cameron told reporters that his country would be exercising its
right to opt out of a mass of European policing and crime measures,
including the European Arrest Warrant (EAW).
(Economist, 10/6/12, p.68)
2012 Sep 28, China's communist
leadership expelled Bo Xilai (63) from the ruling party and sought
to bury him with charges ranging from corruption to sexual affairs,
aiming to sweep away their most damaging scandal in decades while
finally scheduling their long-awaited leadership transition for
2012 Sep 28, China launched a
second satellite built for Venezuela's government. The $140 million
remote sensing satellite soared into orbit atop a rocket from the
northwestern Chinese province of Gansu. It will provide images for
tasks such as mapping croplands, counter-drug efforts and monitoring
2012 Sep 28, In eastern
CongoDRC another person was killed in Goma. That raised to 6 the
number of people killed this week in Goma in shootouts linked to the
2012 Sep 28, The French
government presented a budget that was heavy on taxes — including a
controversial 75 percent income rate on high earners. It committed
to reduce the deficit to 3% next year.
(AP, 9/28/12)(Economist, 10/6/12, p.17)
2012 Sep 28, In Iraq prisoners
overnight seized weapons and set off hours-long clashes with
security guards at a prison in Tikrit that left 20 dead, including
16 security force members. Of 303 inmates at the prison, 102 escaped
in the jailbreak, including 47 al-Qaida-linked inmates awaiting
execution. The Interior Ministry called it an inside job. In Basra
gunmen shot dead the former governor, Mohammed al-Wailie, as he was
driving his car in the city center.
(AP, 9/28/12)(AP, 9/29/12)
2012 Sep 28, Hundreds of
Libyans held a demonstration in Tripoli demanding the breakup of
militia groups and the formation of a national army and police.
2012 Sep 28, In Nepal a Sita
Air airplane carrying trekkers to the Mount Everest region hit a
bird and crashed just after takeoff in Katmandu, killing the 19
Nepali, British and Chinese people on board.
2012 Sep 28, Pakistani
authorities said monsoon rains and flooding killed more than 400
people across the country during the rainy season this year.
2012 Sep 28, Saudi Arabia began
expelling over a thousand Nigerian women on religious pilgrimage to
the country because they had arrived without male guardians.
2012 Sep 28, Shareholders of
Singapore-based conglomerate Fraser & Neave agreed to sell their
39.7 percent stake in Asian Pacific Breweries, the owner of Tiger
and other popular Asian brands, to Heineken. Heineken NV is spending
another €3.2 billion ($4.0 billion) to gain control over the Tiger
beer brand as part of a strategy to significantly expand its
operations in Asia.
2012 Sep 28, One Somali
journalist was shot dead by gunmen. A second journalist, a day
earlier, was beheaded and his body dumped in the street. The two
attacks brought the number of Somali journalists killed this year to
15. Kenyan troops invaded Kismayo, al-Shabab's last stronghold in
Somalia, coming ashore in a predawn assault.
2012 Sep 28, In Spain a tornado
swept through a fair ground in Gandia, Valencia state, knocking down
a Ferris wheel and injuring 35 people. Flooding in the same southern
region left 10 people dead.
2012 Sep 28, In Syria fighting
over Aleppo intensified with some of the fiercest battles in two
months as rebel forces launched a new offensive to rout President
Bashar Assad's forces. A huge fire began in Aleppo amid heavy
(AP, 9/28/12)(AP, 9/29/12)
2012 Sep 28, The UN's top human
rights body extended by six months the mission of its independent
expert panel probing alleged war crimes in Syria's 18-month
2012 Sep 28, In Yemen thousands
of protesters marched in the capital, demanding the return of
millions of dollars that were allegedly stolen by the country's
former authoritarian ruler, Ali Abdullah Saleh.
2013 Sep 28, The NYC Opera
production of “Anna Nicole,” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music,
(Econ, 10/5/13, p.34)
2013 Sep 28, In Afghanistan 3
civilians died when their minivan was struck by a roadside bomb as
they were driving from Dayak district to Ghazni city. In Uruzgan
province 2 men died when their car ran over a bomb.
2013 Sep 28, An Egyptian
soldier was shot dead in the Sinai Peninsula. Militants released a
video showing attacks against the army in the region where the state
is trying to stamp out al Qaeda-linked fighters.
2013 Sep 28, Greek police
arrested the leader and more than a dozen senior members and
lawmakers from the far-right Golden Dawn party after the killing of
an anti-fascist rapper by a party supporter triggered outrage and
protests across the country.
2013 Sep 28, Guinea held
elections, Voters waited in long lines and a special security force
patrolled in all-terrain vehicles as polls opened for hotly
contested legislative elections.
2013 Sep 28, In Iraq militants
planted bombs around four houses belonging to policemen and
government employees in Tarmiyah, killing 4 civilians and wounding
14 others. A bomb in an outdoor market in Baghdad's southeastern
suburb of Nahrawan killed 2 civilians and wounded 15. A roadside
bomb killed a civilian in Baiji, while militants attacked a
checkpoint near the town, leaving 2 gunmen and a soldier dead.
2013 Sep 28, In Lebanon
Hezbollah fighters and residents of the eastern city of Baalbek
exchanged fire, leaving 3 dead and six wounded.
2013 Sep 28, In northern Mali 4
suicide bombers let off explosives in a car in front of a military
camp in Timbuktu, killing 2 civilians.
2013 Sep 28, A 7.2 earthquake
rocked Pakistan's southwest. At least 15 people were killed in the
Mushkay area of Awaran, just days after another quake in the same
region killed hundreds of people.
(AP, 9/28/13)(SSFC, 9/29/13, p.A8)
2013 Sep 28, Officials in the
Philippines said the standoff between government troops and Muslim
rebels has ended. The clashes left 183 rebels dead as well as 23
soldiers and 12 civilians.
(SSFC, 9/29/13, p.A5)
2013 Sep 28, Miss Philippines,
Megan Young 23), was crowned Miss World 2013 in a glittering finale
on the Indonesian resort island of Bali amid tight security
following weeks of hardline Muslim protests.
2013 Sep 28, Sudanese police
fired teargas to break up thousands of protesters calling President
Omar Hassan al-Bashir a killer, after days of unrest in which dozens
of people have died. 31 politicians, including members of
al-Bashir's ruling party and military officials signed a petition
calling on the president to carry out reforms because his rule is
(Reuters, 9/28/13)(AP, 9/28/13)
2013 Sep 28, Sudan's most
popular newspaper, which has been a regular critic of a
controversial government decision to cut fuel subsidies, was ordered
to stop publishing. Authorities also shut the Khartoum offices of
pan-Arab satellite channels Al-Arabiya and Sky News Arabia.
2013 Sep 28, Syrian rebels
including members of an al-Qaida-linked group captured a military
post on the border with Jordan after four days of fighting. 26
soldiers were killed in the battle as well as a number of rebels,
including 7 foreign fighters. at least 19 government fighters were
reported killed in fighting on the outskirts of Damascus.
(AP, 9/28/13)(Reuters, 9/29/13)
2013 Sep 28, Tunisia's
governing Islamist party agreed to step down following negotiations
with opposition parties that begin next week.
2014 Sep 28, Instagram, the
popular photo-sharing service owned by Facebook Inc., was reported
blocked in China amid pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
2014 Sep 28, In Egypt an
appeals court acquitted 112 people convicted of holding an illegal
protest on the third anniversary of the 2011 revolt that toppled
2014 Sep 28, Air France's
leading pilots union announced an end to a 14-day strike that
grounded roughly half of the airline's flights, stranded passengers
worldwide and led to stern shows of frustration by the French prime
minister. The union was ending the walkout so that service could
resume and negotiations continue peaceably.
2014 Sep 28, In Germany Dennis
Kimetto of Kenya knocked 26 seconds off the world marathon record.
Kimetto won the 41st edition of the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 2
minutes, 57 seconds, becoming the first man to complete a marathon
in under 2 hours, 3 minutes.
2014 Sep 28, Hong Kong police
fired volleys of tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protests and
baton-charged a crowd blocking a key road in the government district
in defiance of official warnings against illegal demonstrations.
2014 Sep 28, Libya's
internationally recognized parliament in Tobruk held a swearing-in
ceremony for the 10-member Cabinet, a day after calling for
international aid in its battle with Islamist-allied militias.
2014 Sep 28, In the Netherlands
a tricked-out truck, sporting outsized tires and a powerful engine,
surged off the track after driving over a line of prop cars,
crashing through a barricade and into the audience in the eastern
town of Haaksbergen. 3 people died in the accident.
2014 Sep 28, In northwestern
Pakistan a bomb blast killed 8 people at a refugee camp on the
outskirts of Hangu as a US drone strike in nearby South Waziristan
killed 4 suspected militants.
2014 Sep 28, In Serbia several
hundred gay activists proceeded undisturbed through downtown
Belgrade thanks to the protection of thousands of riot police. A day
earlier thousands of extremists had protested in Belgrade against
2014 Sep 28, Spanish police
said they have arrested 10 of the country's most active graffiti
painters on suspicion of being responsible for over 600,000 euros
($760,000) worth of damage to subway rolling stock.
2014 Sep 28, In Syria
airstrikes likely carried out by the US-led coalition struck an oil
refinery held by the Islamic State group, shaking buildings and
sending flames shooting into the air near the Turkish border.
2014 Sep 28, In Yemen hundreds
of Yemenis demonstrated in Sanaa demanding that Houthi rebels who
had seized control of the capital last week leave. A car bomb
exploded at a hospital used as a base by the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi
movement, killing or wounding dozens of people in Marib province.
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