Return to home1197 Sep 29,
Emperor Henry VI died in Messina, Sicily.
1399 Sep 29, Richard II
(1367-1400) of England signed his "Cession and Renunciation." His
cousin, Henry of Lancaster, declared himself king under the name
Henry IV. Richard had earlier introduced the lace handkerchief,
triple-taxed the citizenry and stole the estates of his relatives.
[see Sep 30, Oct 13]
(HN, 9/29/98)(SFEC, 10/29/00, Z1 p.2)
1513 Sep 29, Spanish explorer
Vasco Nunez de Balboa discovered the Pacific Ocean.
1547 Sep 29, Miguel de
Cervantes Saavedra (d.1616) was born, at Alcala de Henares, near
Madrid. "He was first a soldier and was captured by Barbary pirates
in 1575. His family was unable to raise the ransom money until 1580.
He was not initially successful as a writer until he wrote "The
Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha" (1604). The true
greatness of Cervantes was in his discovery of a way to enjoy both
romance and progress. Don Quixote and his friend Sancho Panza seek
what a modern poet has called an impossible dream, a dream of
justice in an earthly paradise, a contradiction in terms, as
practical men have always known... Cervantes was the first to see
that the new world coming into being needed such heroes; otherwise
it would go mad."
1758 Sep 29, Horatio Nelson
(d.1805), British naval commander who defeated the French and her
allies on numerous occasions during the age of Napoleon, was born in
Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk. He was made post-captain at the young age
of 21. Nelson died at the moment of his greatest victory at the
Battle of Trafalgar. Although a national hero, he displayed common
human frailty. His colorful private life, coupled with his genius
and daring as a naval commander, seem to make the Nelson story
irresistible to every generation.
(AP, 9/29/97)(HN, 9/29/98)(HNQ, 6/3/01)
1775 Sep 29, Mexican Captain
Juan Bautista de Anza (39) and his party of Spanish soldiers and
setters departed Tubac, Arizona, on a journey to the SF Bay Area
following reports of a great river flowing into the bay. Anza led
240 soldiers, priests and settlers to Monterey. Jose Manuel Valencia
was one of the soldiers. His son, Candelario Valencia, later served
in the military at the Presidio and owned a ranch in Lafayette and
property next to Mission Dolores. One of the soldiers was Don Salvio
(SFEC, 9/21/97, p.C7)(SFC, 12/31/99, p.A22)(SFC,
1789 Sep 29, The U.S. War
Department established a regular U.S. army with a strength of
several hundred men.
(AP, 9/29/97)(HN, 9/29/98)
1829 Sep 29, London’s
reorganized police force, "bobbies", which became known as Scotland
Yard, went on duty. In 1828 Sir Robert Peel set up a committee whose
findings paved the way for his police Bill, which led to the setting
up of an organized police service in London.
1833 Sep 29, A civil war broke
out in Spain between Carlisists, who believed Don Carlos deserved
the throne, and supporters of Queen Isabella.
1850 Sep 29, Pres. Millard
Fillmore named Mormon leader Brigham Young as the first governor of
the Utah Territory.
(HN, 9/29/98)(SFC, 10/23/02, p.H4)
1858 Sep 29, Rudolf Diesel,
engineer, was born. He invented the diesel engine.
1862 Sep 29, Union general
Jefferson C. Davis shot and killed a fellow general in a dispute at
a hotel during the Civil War. After a series of angry confrontations
with General William Nelson, Davis shot his superior officer to
death in a Louisville, Kentucky, hotel. Because of the scarcity of
officers needed to form a court-martial for a trial, Davis was never
charged with the crime and went on to build an extensive Civil War
combat record. Davis was of no relation to Confederate President
1864 Sep 29, Union troops
captured the Confederate Fort Harrison, outside Petersburg,
Virginia. After nearly 10 months of trench warfare, Confederate
resistance at Petersburg, Va., suddenly collapsed.
1864 Sep 29-30, Christian A.
Fleetwood was one of 13 African-American soldiers who won the Medal
of Honor at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm, Virginia.
1879 Sep 29, John Wise
(b.1808), balloonist, drowned when his “Pathfinder" long-distance
balloon fell into Lake Huron.
(ON, 11/00, p.8)
1879 Sep 29, Dissatisfied Ute
Indians killed Agent Nathan Meeker and nine others in the "Meeker
1901 Sep 29, Enrico Fermi,
Italian-born U.S. physicist who led the group which created the
first man-made nuclear chain reaction, was born.
1902 Sep 29, Broadway
impresario David Belasco reopened the Republic Theatre under his own
1902 Sep 29, William McGonagall
(b~1825), poet, died in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was mocked by
literary critics and had food thrown at him during public readings.
He died penniless and was buried in an unmarked grave. Critics later
awarded him the "world's worst" label because of the crashing lack
of subtlety in terms of rhyme, imagery, vocabulary or repetition.
His most famous poem is about the Tay Bridge disaster of 1879, in
which 75 people died. In 2008 35 broadsheets of his original poems
were auctioned for $13,200.
1907 Sep 29, The foundation
stone was laid for Washington National Cathedral, which wasn't fully
completed until 1990.
1907 Sep 29, Gene Autry
(d.1998), singing cowboy and baseball executive, was born in Tioga,
(SFC, 10/3/98, p.A14)(AP, 9/29/07)
1911 Sep 29, Walter Brookins
set an American record by flying 192 miles from Chicago to
Springfield, Ill., making two stops.
(NPub, 2002, p.8)
1913 Sep 29, The Treaty of
Constantinople was signed. Turkey obtained not only Adrianople, but
also Kirk Kilissé and Demotica. The Bulgarians were not even left
masters of the one railway leading to Dedeagatch, their sole port on
the Aegean Sea.
1914 Dec 29, In San Francisco
the Stockton Street Tunnel opened with fanfare by Mayor James Rolph.
It had first been proposed by Dr. Hartland Law in 1910.
(SSFC, 11/2/14, p.A2)(SSFC, 12/21/14, p.D2)
1918 Sep 29, Allied forces
scored a decisive breakthrough of the Hindenburg Line during World
1918 Sep 29, Lt. Frank Luke Jr.
against orders destroyed 3 German balloons and downed 2 pursuing
fighters in a final flight of vengeance for the loss of his wingman
Lt. Joseph Wehner. Luke received a posthumous medal of honor.
(AH, 6/02, p.18)
1930 Sep 29, Ilya Repin
(b.1944), Ukrainian born Russian artist and sculptor, died.
1932 Sep 29, A five-day work
week was established for General Motors workers.
1934 Sep 29, In Vallejo, Ca.,
the body of Joe Soon (40), a member of the Hop Sing tong, was found
dead in the Vallejo business district with a hatchet wound between
the eyes and 4 bullets in his torso. The murderers were believed to
be hatchetmen from San Francisco’s Chinatown.
(SSFC, 9/27/09, p.50)
1938 Sep 29, British, French,
German and Italian leaders signed the Munich Agreement, which was
aimed at appeasing Adolf Hitler by allowing Nazi annexation of
Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland, inhabited by a German-speaking
minority. The treaty ceded three areas of Czechoslovakia to other
powers: the Sudetenland was annexed into Germany, the Teschen
district was given to Poland, and parts of Slovakia went to Hungary.
British PM Neville Chamberlain gained a brief peace agreement from
Hitler at Munich and without consulting the Czechs agreed that Nazi
forces could occupy Sudetenland. Some mark this "appeasement policy"
as the decisive event of the century. Chamberlain predicted "peace
in our time." French PM Edouard Daladier was very depressed from the
meeting. In 1980 Telford Taylor published "Munich: The Price of
Peace." It is a detailed political & diplomatic history of the
1930's in Europe, culminating in the Munich conference. Taylor later
helped write the rules for Nuremberg Trials. In 2008 David Vaughan
authored “Battle for the Airwaves: Radio and the 1938 Munich
6/9/96, Z1 p.5)(SFC, 6/16/96, Z1 p.6)(WSJ, 6/8/98, p.A21)(AP,
9/29/06)(SFC, 5/26/98, p.B2)(Econ, 10/11/08, p.115)
1939 Sep 29, Germany and the
Soviet Union reached an agreement on the division of Poland.
1940 Sep 29, In the SF Bay Area
the $7.8 Int'l. Exposition on Treasure Island closed at a financial
loss. During its 2 seasons some 17 million people visited the
404-acre man made island.
(Ind, 1/23/99, p.5A)(SFC, 8/16/13, p.C3)
1941 Sep 29, In Ukraine some
33,711 Jews of Kiev were killed over 2 days before Yom Kippur in the
ravine at Babi Yar by the Nazis. Over the next 2 years some 100-200
thousand more people, mostly Jews, were killed at the site.
(SFC, 10/29/96, p.A6)(SFC, 6/25/01, p.A8)(SFC,
6/26/01, p.A8)(AP, 11/16/07)
1943 Sep 29, Adolf Hitler's
book Mein Kampf was published in the United States.
1943 Sep 29, General Dwight D.
Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio signed an armistice
aboard the British ship Nelson off Malta.
1943 Sep 29, Lech Walesa,
Polish labor leader who founded the Solidarity party and later
became the president of Poland, was born.
1944 Sep 29-1944 Oct 5, Nazi
murders took place in Marzabotto, Italy, under SS-major Reder.
Retreating Nazi troops killed some 1,000 women, children and elderly
while allegedly pursuing resistance fighters. In 2002 German Pres.
Rau apologized for the massacre. In 2007 an Italian military
tribunal gave life sentences in absentia to 10 German former SS men
for massacring about 800 Italian villagers. They had laid waste to
the villages of Marzabotto, Grizzana and Vado di Monzuno near
Bologna, as the Germans retreated before Allied troops.
1948 Sep 29, Bryant Gumbel,
broadcast journalist, best known for the "Today Show," was born.
1950 Sep 29, General Douglas
MacArthur officially returned Seoul, South Korea, to President
1953 Sep 29, The family comedy
"Make Room for Daddy," starring Danny Thomas, premiered on ABC.
1954 Sep 29, The movie musical
"A Star Is Born," starring Judy Garland and James Mason, had its
world premiere at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.
1955 Sep 29, The Arthur Miller
play "A View From the Bridge" opened at the Coronet Theater in New
1956 Sep 29, Anastasio Somoza
(b.1896), Nicaraguan dictator, died at a Panama Canal Zone hospital
after being shot on Sep 21 by poet Rigoberto Lopez Perez. He was
succeeded by his son Luis Anastasio Somoza Debayle (1922-1967).
1957 Sep 29, The New York
Giants played their last game at the Polo Grounds, losing to the
Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-to-1. The Giants moved to San Francisco.
1957 Sep 29, The Brooklyn
Dodgers played their last game before moving to Los Angeles, losing
to the Phillies 2-1 in Philadelphia.
1957 Sep 29, In Montgomery,
West Pakistan (later renamed to Sahiwal, Pakistan), an express train
collided with stationary oil train and 250 people were killed.
(SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)
1963 Sep 29, "The Judy Garland
Show" premiered on CBS.
1963 Sep 29, The situation
comedy "My Favorite Martian" premiered on CBS. It starred Bill Bixby
and Ray Walston (d.2000 at 86). The show ran to 1966.
(SFC, 1/3/01, p.A17)(AP, 9/29/03)
1963 Sep 29, The second session
of Second Vatican Council opened in Rome.
1967 Sep 29, Author Carson
McCullers (b.1917) died in Nyack, N.Y., at age 50. Her first novel
“The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" explores the spiritual isolation of
misfits and outcasts of the US South. Her short story “The Ballad of
the Sad Café" (1951) was turned into a play by Edward Albee and was
made into a film (1991) of the same name with Vanessa Redgrave.
1968 Sep 29, Piere Mulele
voluntarily returned from exile to Kinshasa, Congo.
(WUD, 1994, p.1687)
1968 Sep 29, A Greek plebiscite
was held by the then ruling dictatorial regime to endorse, by public
vote, the junta's new Constitution. Participation was made
obligatory and abstention punishable by imprisonment.
1973 Sep 29, Wystan Hugh Auden
(b.Feb 21, 1907), English born American poet, critic and playwright
(Spain, Platonic Blow), died in Austria after suffering from
Touraine-Solente-Gole in which the skin of the forehead, face,
scalp, hands, and feet becomes thick and furrowed. He wrote the
libretto for Benjamin Britten’s first music drama, "Paul Bunyan." In
1999 Edward Mendelson published "Later Auden," which covered the
1/8/98, p.A7)(SFEC, 4/18/99, BR p.3)
1975 Sep 29, Peter Sutcliffe,
who became known as the Yorkshire Ripper, killed his 1st victim.
1978 Sep 29, Mary Vincent (15),
was raped, maimed and left for dead in a canyon near Modesto, Ca.
She lived and identified Lawrence Singleton as her assailant. He was
convicted but released after serving 8 years of a 14 year sentence.
In 1997 he was arrested for the murder of woman, Roxanne Hayes, a
prostitute, in Tampa, Florida. A trial in Dec 1997 ended in a
mistrial and another was set for 1998. He was sentenced to death in
1998, but died of cancer in 2001 in a Florida prison hospital.
(SFC, 2/20/96, p.A1,11)(SFC,12/11/97, p.A3)(SFC,
2/9/98, p.A22)(SFC, 1/1/02, p.A13)
1978 Sep 29, In West Bengal,
floods killed 150 people.
(WUD, 1994, p.1691)
1979 Sep 29, John Paul II
became the first pope to visit Ireland as he arrived for a three-day
1982 Sep 29, Extra-Strength
Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide claimed the first of seven
victims in the Chicago area. As of 2008 the case remained unsolved.
1985 Sep 29, Andre Kertesz
(b.1894), Hungarian-born photographer, died in NYC.
1986 Sep 29, The TV series
"Designing Women" began with Dixie Carter (1939-2010) and continued
1986 Sep 29, The Soviet Union
released Nicholas Daniloff, an American journalist confined in
Moscow on spying charges.
1987 Sep 29, Henry Ford II
(70), longtime chairman of Ford Motor Company, died in Detroit.
1988 Sep 29, The space shuttle
Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., marking America's
return to manned space flight following the Challenger disaster.
1988 Sep 29, Florence Griffith
Joyner and Jackie Joyner-Kersee of the U.S. won their second gold
medals of the Seoul Olympics, in the 200-meter and the long jump,
1989 Sep 29, In California The
Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 was signed into law.
Republican Gov. George Deukmejian and Democratic lawmakers in
control of the Legislature had negotiated the creation of the
Integrated Waste Management Board to oversee the reduction of waste
going to landfills.
(SSFC, 6/14/09, p.A10)(http://tinyurl.com/l9wx7d)
1989 Sep 29, Actress Zsa Zsa
Gabor was convicted of battery for slapping a Beverly Hills police
officer who had pulled over her Rolls-Royce for expired license
plates. As part of her sentence, Gabor served three days in jail.
1990 Sep 29, Top leaders of
Congress and the Bush administration began closed-door negotiations
in an attempt to reach an eleventh-hour budget agreement.
1990 Sep 29, The YF22 fighter,
an American prototype fighter aircraft designed by Northrop and
McDonnell Douglas, was first flown by Lockheed test pilot Dave
1991 Sep 29, California Gov.
Pete Wilson vetoed a bill outlawing job discrimination against
homosexuals, saying it could have led to unjustified lawsuits.
1992 Sep 29, Magic Johnson,
infected with the AIDS virus, announced he was returning to
basketball (however, he scrapped his comeback attempt the following
1992 Sep 29, Lawmakers in
Brazil voted overwhelmingly to impeach President Fernando Collor de
Mello. He was impeached following allegations of corruption. The
proceedings were largely ignored by the Rede Globo TV network.
(WSJ, 12/4/95, p.A-9)(AP, 9/29/97)
1993 Sep 29, Bosnia's
parliament spurned an international peace plan, voting
overwhelmingly to reject it unless Bosnian Serbs returned land taken
1994 Sep 29, The US House voted
to end the age-old practice of lobbyists buying meals and
entertainment for members of Congress.
1994 Sep 29, The first phase of
jury selection in the O.J. Simpson murder trial ended, with a pool
of 304 potential jurors chosen.
1994 Sep 29, Gunmen in Italy
fired at the rental car of the Green family of Bodega Bay, Ca., and
killed their young boy, Nicholas Green. The parents donated his
organs and saved 7 lives in Italy. An appeals court in 1998 found 2
men guilty of the botched highway robbery. Michelle Ianello was
sentenced to life in prison and Francesco Mesiano was sentenced to
20 years. In 1999 Reg Green published "The Nicholas Effect, A Boy's
Gift to the World."
(SFEC, 10/27/96, p.B8)(SFC, 6/6/98, p.A10)(SFEM,
1995 Sep 29, California
Governor Pete Wilson abandoned his bid for the 1996 Republican
1995 Sep 29, The O.J. Simpson
trial was sent to the jury.
1995 Sep 29, Three U-S
servicemen were indicted in the rape of a 12-year-old Okinawan girl
and handed over to Japanese authorities. They were later convicted.
1996 Sep 29, The organization
that supervised Bosnia's first postwar elections officially
certified the results -- with victories by nationalist parties and
the country's Muslim president, Alija Izetbegovic.
1997 Sep 29, Maxine Hong
Kingston, American writer, was scheduled to receive a National
Humanities Medal from Pres. Clinton. Her best known is: “The Woman
Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts."
(SFEC, 9/28/97, p.D7)
1997 Sep 29, Oklahoma City
bombing defendant Terry Nichols went on trial in the same courtroom
in Denver where Timothy McVeigh was convicted and sentenced to die.
Nichols was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter and
conspiracy, but acquitted of murder and weapons-related counts; he
was sentenced to life in prison.
1997 Sep 29, A 10,000 gallon
oil spill occurred off the coast of Santa Barbara from an undersea
pipeline to an offshore oil platform.
(SFC, 10/1/97, p.A3)
1997 Sep 29, Roy Lichtenstein
(b. 10/28/23), American pop artist, died at age 73 in New York.
(SFC, 9/30/97, p.A7)
1997 Sep 29, In Algeria some 15
armed attackers killed 52 members of one extended family in Chebil
and kidnapped 5 young women.
(SFC, 10/1/97, p.A12)
1997 Sep 29, In Chile a fire
killed 30 children in a home for retarded children in northern
(SFC, 9/30/97, p.A13)
1997 Sep 29, Iranian warplanes
bombed anti-Tehran rebel bases inside Iraq.
(WSJ, 9/30/97, p.A1)
1997 Sep 29, It was reported
that Jordan shut down 13 weekly newspapers for allegedly failing to
maintain assets and cash to $430,000.
(SFC, 9/29/97, p.A12)
1997 Sep 29, It was reported
that Swiss voters backed the continuation of a 3-year experiment in
more lenient drug laws that included free heroin to hard-core
addicts to cut crime.
(WSJ, 9/29/97, p.A1)
1997 Sep 29, Turkish planes
attacked Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq and drove the
guerrillas toward the Iran border.
(WSJ, 9/30/97, p.A1)
1998 Sep 29, The US Federal
Reserve cut the federal funds rate .25% to 5.25%.
(SFC, 9/30/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 29, Hurricane Georges
drenched the Gulf Coast as it headed to Georgia and South Carolina.
The US death toll stood at 4.
(WSJ, 9/30/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 29, Tom Bradley,
former mayor of Los Angeles (1973-1993), died at age 80.
(SFC, 9/30/98, p.A1)
1998 Sep 29, In Iran security
officials raided homes and offices of members of the Bahai faith. It
was an effort to shut down the Bahai Institute of Higher Education.
(SFC, 10/30/98, p.A20)
1998 Sep 29, Japanese Leasing,
a non-bank affiliate of the failed Long Term Credit Bank, announced
that it is filing for bankruptcy with liabilities of 2.2 trillion
yen or more than $16 billion. Two other affiliates of the LTCB are
expected to suffer the same fate. This was the country's
biggest-ever bankruptcy. LTCB was later renamed Shinsei.
p.66)(Econ, 6/28/08, p.82)
1998 Sep 29, In North Korea the
European charity Doctors Without Borders withdrew from the country
because it was denied access to a large population of malnourished
and sick children located in the “9-27" camps.
(SFC, 9/30/98, p.A10)
1998 Sep 29, In the West Bank
one Palestinian was killed and 2 were injured when a bomb blew up
their car. They were suspected to be members of Hamas.
(SFC, 9/30/98, p.A11)
1998 Sep 29, In Sri Lanka a
commercial plane carrying 55 people disappeared off the coast after
leaving the Jaffna peninsula. The Ukrainian-built Antonov-24 was
bound for Colombo. The government said 700 soldiers and rebels had
died in a 3-day battle in the north. Later reports put the death
toll to 1300.
(SFC, 9/30/98, p.A11)(WSJ, 9/30/98, p.A1)
1999 Sep 29, Pres. Clinton
offered to forgive all the official debts to the US by as many as 36
of the world's poorest nations. The write-off could total as much as
(SFC, 9/30/99, p.A14)
1999 Sep 29, Pres. Clinton
signed a $28 billion Treasury and Postal Services spending bill that
doubled the next president's salary to $400k, gave a 3.4% raise to
senators and representatives and a federal worker's average raise of
(WSJ, 9/30/99, p.A1
1999 Sep 29, Vice President Al
Gore abruptly moved his presidential campaign headquarters from
Washington DC to Nashville to get “out of the Beltway and into the
1999 Sep 29, The Associated
Press reported on the alleged mass killing of civilians by US
soldiers in the early days of the Korean War, beneath a bridge at a
hamlet called No Gun Ri.
1999 Sep 29, A California
appeals court ruled that gunmakers can be held responsible for the
criminal use of their weapons. The ruling was made in association
with the 1993 SF massacre at 101 California.
(SFC, 9/30/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 29, In Mexico Rosario
Robles was sworn in as the first female mayor of Mexico City.
(SFC, 9/30/99, p.D14)
1999 Sep 29, Russia demanded
that Chechnya condemn terrorism and extradite the criminals
responsible for the bombings in Russia.
(SFC, 9/30/99, p.A14)
1999 Sep 29, In Serbia some
25,000 protestors were dispersed by riot police in Belgrade as the
crowd headed toward the home of Pres. Milosevic.
(SFC, 9/30/99, p.D14)
1999 Sep 29, In Uganda Pres.
Museveni ordered the arrest of homosexuals and said that UN human
rights conventions do not necessarily apply to Africa.
(SFC, 9/30/99, p.D14)
2000 Sep 29, A US AM-RAAM
missile sale to Taiwan was designed so that delivery would not occur
unless China threatened an attack.
(SFC, 9/30/00, p.A14)
2000 Sep 29, US navy pilot, Lt.
Bruce Joseph Donald, was killed when his F/A-18C Hornet fighter
crashed into the Persian Gulf.
(SFC, 10/2/00, p.A5)
2000 Sep 29, Five people were
killed in clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police
at the Temple Mount. It was the 2nd day of clashes following a visit
to the site by Ariel Sharon.
(SFC, 9/30/00, p.A1)
2000 Sep 29, In Serbia
thousands rallied across the country against Pres. Milosevic.
(SFC, 9/30/00, p.A10)
2001 Sep 29, Pres. Bush in his
weekly radio address condemned the Taliban for sheltering terrorists
and said: “We did not seek this conflict, but we will win it."
(SSFC, 9/30/01, p.A4)
2001 Sep 29, Sen. John Kyl, an
Arizona Republican, said a nuclear launch would be the most
appropriate response in the case of a massive biological weapons
(SSFC, 9/30/01, p.A19)
2001 Sep 29, The annual 2-day
meeting of the World Bank and IMF was scheduled to take place in
Washington DC. The meeting was reduced to 2-days due to expected
anti-globalization protests. The meeting was cancelled following the
Sep 11 terrorist attacks.
(SFC, 8/14/01, p.A3)(SSFC, 9/30/01, p.A3)
2001 Sep 29, Some 7,000 people
marched for peace in Washington DC while an estimated 7-10 thousand
marched in San Francisco. They marched to mourn terrorist victims,
and to urge the nation to heal poverty and injustice that fuels
global violence instead of focusing on military revenge.
(SSFC, 9/30/01, p.A3)
2001 Sep 29, In California Abdo
Ali Ahmed, a Yemeni-born father of 8, was shot to death by
assailants at his store in Reedley, Fresno Ct. A carload of
teenagers fled the scene.
(SFC, 10/2/01, p.A1)
2001 Sep 29, In Colorado Joel
and Michael Stovall (24), twin brothers, were caught following an
all-day pursuit. They had been arrested the previous day for
shooting a neighbor’s dog and then shot Deputy Jason Schwartz in the
back of the head several times.
(SFC, 10/1/01, p.A8)
2001 Sep 29, Nguyen Van Thieu
(b.1923), former President of South Vietnam, died in Boston.
(AP, 9/29/02)(NW, 12/31/01, p.107)
2001 Sep 29, In Bangladesh over
500,000 soldiers and police were deployed to control escalating
violence prior to elections.
(SSFC, 9/30/01, p.A17)
2001 Sep 29, Tens of thousands
of Palestinians marched in Gaza and the West Bank to support their
uprising against Israel. 3 Palestinians were killed in
confrontations with Israeli troops.
(SSFC, 9/30/01, p.A17)
2001 Sep 29, It was reported
that Swaziland King Mswati III had told the country’s young women to
stop having sex for 5 years to help stop the spread of AIDS. 25% of
the country’s 900,000 people were estimated to be infected.
(SFC, 9/29/01, p.B2)
2002 Sep 29, West Coast ports
faced the 2nd lockout in 2 days as talks failed between the Pacific
Maritime Assoc. and the ILWU.
(SFC, 9/30/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 29, In Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, Charlie Young Jr. (36) was beaten to death by a mob of
youths after he punched and knocked out the tooth of a 14-year-old
who hit him with an egg.
(ADN, 10/8/02, p.A4)
2002 Sep 29, In Cambodia 2 nuns
and a monk burned to death in bathtubs of gasoline and three
suffered multiple stab wounds in Wat Thmar Sar. Police later
detained Dem Mam the leader of an extremist Buddhist cult.
2002 Sep 29, Cuba struck deals
to buy more than $66 million of American food during a mammoth
agribusiness show aimed at bringing more U.S. farm products to the
communist island. More contracts were expected.
2002 Sep 29, In Guatemala a bus
carrying at least 45 passengers plunged into the Selegua River, and
23 of them drowned.
(AP, 9/30/02)(AP, 10/3/02)
2002 Sep 29, Israel withdrew
forces from Yasser Arafat's headquarters compound Responding to U.S.
pressure, but said the hunt for men inside whom it accuses of
terrorism would continue. Some 250 Palestinian militiamen were
granted conditional freedom.
(AP, 9/29/02)(SFC, 9/30/02, p.A3)
2002 Sep 29, Hurricane Lili
killed 3 people in Jamaica and headed for Cuba.
2002 Sep 29, Serbian voters
picked a new president from among 11 candidates. Vojislav Kostunica
(31%) will face Deputy PM Miroljub Labus (28%), a pro-Western
candidate, in a runoff vote Oct 13 in Serbia's 1st presidential
election since the ouster of Slobodan Milosevic.
(AP, 9/29/02)(AP, 9/30/02)(SFC, 9/30/02, p.A16)
2002 Sep 29, A Saudi prince
signed deals worth $330 million to export Sudanese livestock and
build a five-star hotel in Sudan's capital.
2002 Sep 29, Rafael Santos
Torroella (88), an art historian and one of the world's leading
experts on Salvador Dali, died in Barcelona.
2002 Sep 29, Hans Peter Tschudi
(88), twice Swiss president (1965, 1970) and interior minister for
14 years, died.
2003 Sep 29, President Bush
signed legislation to ratify the Federal Trade Commission's
authority to set up a national do-not-call list for telemarketers.
2003 Sep 29, US The Justice
Department launched a full-blown criminal investigation into who
leaked the name of CIA officer Valerie Plame, the wife of
ex-Ambassador Joseph Wilson, and President Bush the next day
directed his White House staff to cooperate fully. The White House
denied that President Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, had
leaked a CIA agent's identity to retaliate against an opponent of
the administration's Iraq policy.
(WSJ, 10/1/03, p.A1)(SFC, 10/4/03, p.A3)(AP,
2003 Sep 29, Dennis Kozlowski,
CEO of Tyco Int'l., and financial chief Mark Swartz went on trial on
charges that they stole over $600 million from their Bermuda-based
(WSJ, 2/4/04, p.C2)
2003 Sep 29, Irshad Manji (34),
Canadian author of the recently published: "The Trouble With Islam:
A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith," was reported saying: "I
leave my fellow Muslims with a very basic question here: Will we
remain spiritually adolescent, caving to cultural pressures to
conform or will we finally mature to the full fledged citizens that
we are allowed to be in this part of the world?"
(AP, 9/29/03)(WSJ, 1/27/04, p.D8)
2003 Sep 29, India's army said
that it killed 15 Islamic militants as they tried overnight to sneak
into Indian-controlled Kashmir from Pakistan-controlled territory.
2003 Sep 29, In Japan a
23-month-old bull tested positive for new strain of mad cow disease.
A quarantine of 604 cows followed to prevent the spread of the
2003 Sep 29, In Malaysia PM
Mahathir Mohamad presided at the inauguration of the Berjaya Times
Square, a $460 million project that was derailed by the 1997-98
Asian financial crises.
2003 Sep 29, Rwandans began
casting ballots at the start of three days of voting in the nation's
first genuine multiparty legislative elections since independence
from Belgium in 1962.
2003 Sep 29, Vietnam refused to
recognize Archbishop Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man, Pope John Paul
II's new appointment, as the new cardinal for Ho Chi Minh City.
2004 Sep 29, A US federal judge
ruled that a section of the Patriot Act, that allowed the search of
phone and Internet records, was unconstitutional.
(WSJ, 9/30/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 29, In a deal paving
the way for future joint ventures, U.S. oil giant ConocoPhillips has
won an auction with a bid of nearly $2 billion US for the Russian
government's 7.6 per cent stake in Russia's Lukoil - the world's No.
2 oil company by reserves.
2004 Sep 29, Mike Melvill
piloted SpaceShipOne, designed by Burt Rutan, climbed to 337,500
feet in the 1st leg of an attempt to capture the $10 million X
Prize. The prize required a 2nd success within 2 weeks.
(SFC, 9/30/04, p.A4)
2004 Sep 29, The asteroid
Toutatis, a few kilometers in diameter, came within 1½ million km.
of Earth. It was 1st discovered in 1989.
(Econ, 10/2/04, p.80)
2004 Sep 29, Chile's foreign
and defense ministers stepped down in moves making it easier for
them to seek public office.
2004 Sep 29, A video surfaced
showing Kenneth Bigley, a British hostage held by Iraqi militants,
pleading for help between the bars of a makeshift cage. Bigley was
2004 Sep 29, A large force of
Israeli tanks, armored vehicles and troops pushed into northern Gaza
in an overnight raid aimed at militants who have fired rockets
against nearby Israeli towns. The incursion killed at least three
2004 Sep 29, Tropical storm
Meari battered Japan, killing five people and injuring 52 and forced
thousands to evacuate to shelters. [see Sep 30]
2004 Sep 29, Kyrgyzstan police
arrested a man for attempting the black market sale of 60 small
containers of what was confirmed as plutonium.
(WSJ, 9/30/04, p.A1)
2004 Sep 29, Nigeria reached a
truce with Alhaji Dokubo-Asari, head of an ethnically diverse mix of
fighters, that threatened a war in the Niger Delta.
(WSJ, 9/30/04, p.A1)(Econ, 10/2/04, p.45)
2004 Sep 29, Forty-four North
Korean men, women and children scaled the walls of the Canadian
embassy in Beijing in a likely bid for political asylum.
2004 Sep 29, In northern Norway
an Algerian asylum seeker on a commuter plane attacked both pilots
and a passenger with an ax as the aircraft was landing.
2004 Sep 29, Russian Foreign
Minister Sergey Lavrov met with President Fidel Castro and other
Cuban leaders as the countries worked on re-creating more modest
versions of political and economic alliances that unraveled after
the Soviet Union's collapse.
2004 Sep 29, A Yemeni judge
sentenced two men to death and four others to prison terms ranging
from five to 10 years for orchestrating the 2000 suicide bombing of
the USS Cole.
2005 Sep 29, John Glover
Roberts Jr., confirmed by the Senate to lead the Supreme Court,
became the 17th chief justice of the US.
2005 Sep 29, California Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill to give same sex couples the
right to marry in the state.
(SFC, 6/27/15, p.A13)
2005 Sep 29, In southern
California a wind-whipped brush fire quickly doubled in size to at
least 7,000 acres, destroying at least one home and prompting
evacuations in the San Fernando Valley as flames rose along a ridge
2005 Sep 29, US federal agents
raided an Illinois laboratory where the steroid that ignited the
BALCO scandal is suspected to have been created. Chemist Patrick
Arnold was believed to be the man who resurrected the 1960s steroid
norbolethone as “the clear," later known as tetrahydrogestrinone
(SFC, 9/30/05, p.A5)
2005 Sep 29, NY Times reporter
Judith Miller was released from 85 days of federal detention after
agreeing to testify in a criminal probe into the leak of a covert
CIA officer's identity.
2005 Sep 29, The Oregon Supreme
Court held yesterday that its State Constitution protects live sex
shows and nude dancing, also voiding a 4' limitation.
2005 Sep 29, E-Trade Financial
Corp. said that it will buy BrownCo from JPMorgan Chase & Co.
for $1.6 billion.
(SFC, 9/30/05, p.C1)
2005 Sep 29, Benjamin DeMott
(b.1924), former Amherst professor and cultural critic, died in
Worthington, Mass. His books included “The Imperial Middle: Why
Americans Can’t Think Straight About Class" (1990).
(SSFC, 10/2/05, p.A21)
2005 Sep 29, In southern
Afghanistan an attack killed one US and one Afghan soldier.
(SSFC, 10/2/05, p.A3)
2005 Sep 29, Algerians voted on
a peace plan the government says will help turn the page on a brutal
Islamic insurgency that left an estimated 120,000 dead. Critics,
however, say the plan will whitewash past crimes.
2005 Sep 29, Officials
announced that Rupert Murdoch's Asian broadcast business is buying a
20 percent stake in the Indonesian television network ANTV.
2005 Sep 29, In Brazil an
Amazon River passenger ship crashed into two barges and sank,
leaving at least eight people dead and a dozen missing.
2005 Sep 29, Canada’s Supreme
Court cleared the way for the government of British Columbia to sue
cigarette companies for the cost of treating smoking-related
illnesses and to seek damages dating back 50 years as well as costs
for future smoking-related maladies.
(SFC, 9/30/05, p.A3)
2005 Sep 29, In India thousands
of airport workers backed by civil servants and state-run bank and
insurance company employees held a one-day nationwide strike to
protest government privatization plans they fear will affect their
2005 Sep 29, A bus accident in
India's portion of Kashmir has left 44 people dead and 42 others
2005 Sep 29, Thousands of
students, truck drivers and laborers rallied across Indonesia to
protest impending fuel price hikes, some blocking roads with burning
tires and throwing stones outside a house belonging to the vice
2005 Sep 29, In Baghdad US
forces raided the homes of two officials from a prominent Sunni Arab
organization, arresting bodyguards and confiscating weapons. 12
Iraqis were killed in a number of shootings and other attacks in the
2005 Sep 29, Three suicide
attackers exploded near-simultaneous car bombs in the heart of
Balad, a mainly Shiite town, killing 62 people and wounding 70 amid
a new surge of violence before an Oct. 15 referendum on Iraq's
(AP, 9/29/05)(SFC, 9/30/05, p.A14)
2005 Sep 29, Israeli soldiers
killed 3 Palestinian gunmen in arrest raids in the West Bank,
pressing on with a major offensive against militants even as
Palestinian officials said they have begun enforcing a ban on public
2005 Sep 29, In Japan
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. reported a new chip that uses the
common electric socket as your home's connection to broadband, doing
away with all the Ethernet cables or the hassle of hooking up to a
wireless network device.
2005 Sep 29, Editors of five
Kazakh opposition newspapers ended a hunger strike after reaching a
deal with a new printing house that would allow them to return to
business after being forced to shut down.
2005 Sep 29, Hundreds of
African migrants charged a razor-wire border fence at a Spanish
enclave in northern Morocco before dawn, and five people were killed
and 50 injured, prompting Spain to send troops to secure the
2005 Sep 29, Detectives said
the IRA is still in business as owners of pubs and clubs, smugglers
of fuel and cigarettes, bank robbers by night and property investors
by day. Ireland's Criminal Assets Bureau, the United Kingdom Assets
Recovery Agency and the Police Service of Northern Ireland estimate
that IRA rackets generate more than $20 million annually.
2005 Sep 29, Hamas captured up
to 1/3 of the votes in Palestinian municipal elections. Palestinian
leader Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party won in 51 of 104 municipalities,
to 13 for the Hamas militant group.
(SFC, 9/30/05, p.A10)(AP, 10/1/05)
2005 Sep 29, Clashes between
Pakistani troops with militants suspected of links with al-Qaida in
remote tribal regions near the Afghan border left at least 4
2005 Sep 29, Residents of the
breakaway Somaliland voted in the 1st multiparty parliamentary
elections since the region separated from Somalia more than a decade
2005 Sep 29, Samsung
Electronics Co., the world's biggest maker of computer memory chips,
announced that it plans to invest $33 billion over seven years to
build a chip research and development facility and eight
manufacturing lines south of Seoul.
2005 Sep 29, In Sweden Saab
said it plans to recall almost 300,000 cars worldwide because of a
problem with the ignition system.
2005 Sep 29, Northern Vietnam
reported at least 57 people dead and widespread destruction from the
aftermath of Typhoon Damrey.
2005 Sep 29, The UN warned that
a global flu pandemic could kill as many as 150 million people if
the world fails to prepare for an expected mutation of the bird flu
virus enabling it to spread from human to human.
2006 Sep 29, Pres. Bush met
with Kazakhstan’s Pres. Nazarbayev and praised him. The meeting was
criticized as an unseemly gesture to an oil-rich ruler who tolerates
(WSJ, 9/30/06, p.A1)
2006 Sep 29, US Rep. Mark
Foley, a prominent House Republican from Florida, resigned after the
revelation that he exchanged raunchy electronic messages with a
teenage boy, a former congressional page. Foley was the chairman of
the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children.
(AP, 9/30/06)(SFC, 9/30/06, p.A3)
2006 Sep 29, A Rhode Island
nightclub owner was sentenced to four years in prison and his
brother to probation, angering relatives of the 100 people who died
in a 2003 fire at their club.
2006 Sep 29, Police in Florida
said 2 Roman Catholic priests allegedly misappropriated more than $8
million from their church and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars
on real estate, travel, rare coins and girlfriends.
2006 Sep 29, In Oakland, Ca.,
Anthony J. Quintero, a Brink’s security guard and former Marine, was
shot dead during a daylight robbery. Quintero’s partner, Clifton
Wherry Jr. (28), was soon arrested for the murder and admitted that
he had planned the robbery. On Oct 5 Dwight Omar Campbell (23) was
arrested in San Diego County for allegedly shooting Quintero.
(SFC, 9/30/06, p.B1)(SFC, 10/3/06, p.B3)(SFC,
2006 Sep 29, In Lakeland, Fla.,
9 SWAT team members fatally shot Angilo Freeland, a man suspected of
killing a sheriff's deputy a day earlier. An autopsy showed that
officers fired 110 rounds of ammunition at Freeland.
(AP, 9/29/06)(AP, 9/30/06)
2006 Sep 29, In Cazenovia,
Wisconsin, Eric Hainstock (15) walked into Weston High School with a
shotgun. The principal confronted him in a corridor and was shot and
killed. Hainstock was taken into custody and all the children were
(AP, 9/29/06)(Econ, 10/7/06, p.38)
2006 Sep 29, In Bolivia police
killed two coca farmers and injured a third in the first violent
confrontation over coca eradication since President Evo Morales,
himself a former coca grower, was elected last year. An estimate 200
coca growers in the Chapare region ambushed a team of police sent to
destroy their crop, planted illegally inside the borders of a
national park 220 southeast of the capital of La Paz.
2006 Sep 29, A Brazilian
jetliner, Gol airlines Flight 1907, with 155 people aboard crashed
in the Amazon jungle after reportedly colliding with a smaller
ExcelAire executive jet carrying 16 passengers. The Legacy jet
stabilized after the apparent collision and then landed at a
Brazilian air force base in the Amazon state of Para. It was later
reported that the US executive jet was at the wrong altitude and
Brazil confiscated the passports of the pilots. In November it was
reported that the flight recorder transcript from the executive jet
involved in the air disaster showed that the jet's American pilots
were told by Brazilian air traffic control to fly at the same
altitude as a Boeing 737 before the planes collided over the Amazon
rainforest. Pilots Joseph Lepore (42), of Bay Shore, N.Y., and Jan
Paladino (34), of Westhampton Beach, N.Y., were allowed to return to
the US on Dec 8 after signing a document promising to return to
Brazil for their trial or when required by local authorities. In
2010 Air force Sgt. Jomarcelo Fernandes dos Santos was sentenced to
14 months in jail for failing to take action when he saw that the
Legacy's anti-collision system had been turned off. In 2011 the
American pilots were sentenced to four years of unspecified
community service in the USA. On May 19 air traffic controller
Lucivando de Alencar was convicted of endangering air safety and
sentenced to three years and four months of community service.
(AP, 9/30/06)(AP, 10/1/06)(WSJ, 10/5/06,
p.A1)(AP, 11/2/06)(AP, 10/27/10)(AP, 5/17/11)(AP, 5/19/11)
2006 Sep 29, The Nature
Conservancy of Canada announced that Roberta Langtry (1916-2005), a
Canadian teacher who lived a frugal life but gave large, anonymous
donations to people in need, has left a C$4.3 million ($3.8 million)
fortune to the environmental charity.
2006 Sep 29, Segolene Royal,
who tops polls as the Socialist choice to run for French president
next spring, formally announced her candidacy.
2006 Sep 29, Georgia charged
four Russian military officers with spying, while Russian government
planes evacuated dozens of diplomats and their relatives as the
diplomatic dispute worsened between Moscow and the former Soviet
2006 Sep 29, The World Diamond
Council suggested that all Ghanaian rough-diamond exports be
suspended to ensure that Ivorian diamonds were not being illegally
exported. Rebel-controlled mines in Ivory Coast produced diamonds
worth up to $23 million that were being smuggled to Mali and Ghana,
violating UN sanctions and funding the rebel war effort.
(Econ, 11/11/06, p.53)
2006 Sep 29, A senior official
said Indian authorities plan to nearly double the number of
treatment centers providing free drugs and medical care to people
2006 Sep 29, In central India,
higher cast villagers of Khairlanji attacked and brutally killed the
wife of Bhaiyalal Bhotmanje, a low cast Dalit, along with his 2 sons
(19 & 21) and daughter (17). Bhotmanje had left his ancestral
occupation of handling cow carcasses and successfully set up a small
farm causing envy among neighbors. He escaped the attack thinking
his family would not be bothered. Dalit neighborhoods soon exploded
across Maharashtra state as protesters set vehicles and store fronts
(WSJ, 12/27/07, p.A1)
2006 Sep 29, In Iraq Kadhim
Abdul-Hussein, the brother-in-law of Judge Mohammed Oreibi
al-Khalifa, the new judge presiding over Saddam Hussein's genocide
trial, was killed and his nephew was wounded in a shooting in
Baghdad. Al-Khalifa had been deputy to the original chief judge in
the trial. 3 other people died in scattered attacks. 10 bodies with
signs of torture were found in and around Baghdad, apparently
victims of the sectarian death squads. The names of more than 150
people who allegedly spied on their fellow Kurds for Saddam's
mukhabarat intelligence service after the Kurdish uprising of 1991
were published by the Awina (Mirror) and Hawalati (Citizen)
(AP, 9/29/06)(AFP, 10/1/06)
2006 Sep 29, Ireland’s PM
Bertie Ahern faced mounting pressure to explain why he received
money from Irish businessmen in England, a scandal threatening to
torpedo his leadership after nine years in power.
2006 Sep 29, Israeli soldiers
killed two Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip. Tens of
thousands of Hamas supporters marched in the Gaza Strip to show
their backing for the militant group, even as its efforts to form a
national unity government appeared stalled.
2006 Sep 29, A press report
said Japan has decided to stop financial support for the development
of Iran's largest onshore oil field if the Islamic republic
continues uranium enrichment. The move means Japan's virtual
withdrawal from its two billion-dollar contract to develop the
Azadegan field. The contract was signed in 2004 by Inpex Corp., a
Japanese oil exploration company that is supported by the government
but also has private stakeholders.
2006 Sep 29, In Mexico a judge
and four jail guards were killed in separate attacks in the Pacific
resort city of Acapulco.
2006 Sep 29, A new report by
Amnesty International alleged that Pakistani authorities have
illegally detained innocent people on suspicion of terrorism and
secretly imprisoned them or handed them to the US for money.
2006 Sep 29, Rosamund Carr, a
New Jersey fashion designer who lived a colorful and tragic life for
more than a half century in tumultuous central Africa, died in
Rwanda. In 1999 she authored her memoir "Land of a Thousand Hills -
My Life in Rwanda."
2006 Sep 29, In Scotland police
found the body of Angelika Kluk (23), a missing Polish student, at
Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in the Anderston area of
2006 Sep 29, Somalia's Islamic
fighters seized control of Jawill, a strategic village near the
Ethiopian border, widening their grip over much of the southern part
of the country. 3 pro-government militiamen and one Islamic courts
fighter were killed during the gunbattle for the village.
2006 Sep 29, In Sri Lanka war
planes bombed rebels and 8 people were killed in new violence. The
UN warned that fighting between troops and Tamil guerrillas had
badly hit tsunami reconstruction.
2006 Sep 29, The UN Security
Council extended the mandate of peacekeepers in Eritrea and Ethiopia
by four months, and threatened to overhaul the mission if the two
sides don't make progress toward demarcating their border.
2006 Sep 29, The UN Security
Council allowed UN experts, who have recommended sanctions on top
Sudanese officials, to continue monitoring atrocities and arms
embargo violations in Darfur.
2006 Sep 29, Yemeni government
forces raided a tribal settlement following the kidnappings of
foreign tourists, arresting five suspects but killing two women and
wounding three children.
2007 Sep 29, President Bush
signed a bill to prevent a government shutdown, but lambasted
Democrats controlling Congress for sending him the stopgap measure
while they continued to work on more than a dozen spending bills.
2007 Sep 29, The Topps Meat Co.
expanded its recall of frozen hamburger patties to include 21.7
million pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli
bacteria that sickened more than a dozen people in eight US states.
2007 Sep 29, A Taliban suicide
bomber wearing an Afghan army uniform set off a huge explosion while
trying to board a military bus in the capital, killing 30 people,
most of them soldiers. Hours later, the Afghan president offered to
meet personally with the Taliban leader for peace talks and give the
militants a position in government. Four employees with the
International Committee of the Red Cross, kidnapped earlier this
week while negotiating the release of a German hostage, were freed
in good health. Afghan insurgents ambushed a convoy of foreign
troops in eastern Paktia province. After a brief gunbattle,
airstrikes were called in that killed 11 militants. 3 Afghan
civilians were killed during the clash of NATO-led forces with
Taliban insurgents in Paktia. Another battle in Paktia between
police and militants left one suspected insurgent dead. In
neighboring Ghazni province, coalition forces fought with
insurgents, killing two Taliban in Andar district. Police in
Kandahar city discovered a landmine that exploded while they were
trying to defuse it, killing two police.
(AP, 9/29/07)(AP, 9/30/07)(Reuters, 9/30/07)
2007 Sep 29, Lois Maxwell
(b.1927), the woman James Bond never seduced, died in Western
Australia. The Canadian-born actress, born as Lois Ruth Hooker, took
on the Miss Moneypenny role in 1962 alongside Sean Connery in "Dr
No," and continued for 14 Bond films. Her films also included
"Bedtime For Bonzo" with Ronald Reagan.
2007 Sep 29, Egypt’s government
and the striking workers in Mahalla el-Kobra announced a deal ending
the textile worker’s strike after officials agreed to demands for
three months' worth of profit-sharing bonuses.
2007 Sep 29, Iran's parliament
voted to designate the CIA and the US Army as "terrorist
organizations," a largely symbolic response to a US Senate
resolution seeking a similar designation for Iran's Revolutionary
2007 Sep 29, Three Iraqi
soldiers and three civilians, killed in a suicide truck bombing near
Mosul, were among 18 victims of sectarian violence across Iraq. Army
sniper Spc. Jorge G. Sandoval (22) was sentenced to five months in
prison, a reduction in rank and forfeiture of pay for planting
evidence in connection with the deaths of two Iraqi civilians. 3
Sunni clerics were killed in Mosul. US aircraft killed more than 20
al-Qaida in Iraq fighters who opened fire on an American air patrol
northwest of Baghdad.
(AP, 9/29/07)(AFP, 9/30/07)(AP, 10/1/07)
2007 Sep 29, In southern Japan
more than 100,000 people protested against the central government's
order to modify school textbooks which say the country's army forced
civilians to commit mass suicide at the end of World War II.
2007 Sep 29, A bomb exploded at
the entrance to a recreation park in the Maldives, wounding at least
12 foreign tourists.
2007 Sep 29, UN envoy Ibrahim
Gambari flew into Myanmar carrying worldwide hopes he can persuade
its ruling generals to use negotiations instead of guns to end mass
protests. The streets of Myanmar's two biggest cities were eerily
quiet after a brutal crackdown on demonstrators seeking to end 45
years of military rule. Soldiers quickly snuffed out one small
demonstration in Yangon, dragging several men to waiting trucks.
2007 Sep 29, Riot police fired
tear gas and used batons on protesting lawyers as Pakistan's
Election Commission approved President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's
candidacy for re-election.
2007 Sep 29, In Sudan a large
force of rebels stormed an African Union peacekeeping base in
Haskanita, Darfur, killing 12 soldiers and wounding 8 others in the
biggest attack on the mission so far. More than 50 AU peacekeepers
and support personnel were missing in action. In 2009 the
International Criminal Court (ICC) said fighters commanded by Darfur
rebel chief Bahar Idriss Abu Garda brutally murdered 12 African
peacekeepers before looting their camp. In 2010 Abdallah Banda
Abakaer Nourain and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus, suspected in the
deadly attack, voluntarily surrendered in the Netherlands to the
International Criminal Court to face war crimes charges.
(AP, 9/30/07)(Reuters, 10/8/07)(AFP,
2007 Sep 29, In southeastern
Turkey Kurdish rebels ambushed a minibus carrying pro-government
village guards and civilians and killed 12 people.
2008 Sep 29, The US House of
Representatives rejected the Bush administration’s $700 billion
emergency rescue plan. Democrats voted 140 to 90 in favor, while
Republicans voted 133-65 against the plan. The Dow Jones industrial
average lost 777.68 points, its biggest single-day fall ever, easily
beating the 684 points it lost on the first day of trading after the
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Crude oil futures closed down
$10.52 in their biggest decline since Jan 17, 1991, when the US
opened strategic oil reserves during the first Gulf war.
(AP, 9/29/08)(SFC, 9/30/08, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/30/08,
p.C8)(Econ, 10/4/08, p.30)
2008 Sep 29, The US Federal
Reserve with the help of the ECB, the Bank of England and the Bank
of Japan agreed to lend banks a further $620 billion.
(Econ, 10/04/08, p.73)
2008 Sep 29, Kyle Dustin Foggo
(53), former executive director of the CIA, pleaded guilty to
defrauding the government. His guilty plea to a single charge wiped
out 27 additional counts. The case was linked to the corruption
scandal involving Randy Cunningham, former Republican congressman
from San Diego. In 2009 Foggo was sentenced to 37 months in prison.
(SFC, 9/30/08, p.A3)(SFC, 2/27/09, p.A5)
2008 Sep 29, Kelsey Peterson
(26), a former 6th grade math teacher in Nebraska, was sentenced to
6 years in federal prison for having sex with a 13-year-old boy
student beginning in Nov, 2006. In 2009 Peterson was sentenced to
8-10 years after pleading guilty to 2 state counts of 1st-degree
sexual assault of a minor.
(SFC, 10/2/08, p.A6)(SFC, 4/24/09, p.A5)
2008 Sep 29, Citigroup bought
the operations of Charlotte-based Wachovia Corp. for $2.2 billion in
stock and assumed $42 billion in losses on the bank’s risky $312
billion loan portfolio, in exchange for the FDIC backstopping losses
beyond that. Citigroup agreed to give the FDIC $12 billion in
preferred stock. Wachovia shares fell 8.20 to close at $1.80.
Wachovia’s new 48-story headquarters in Charlotte, NC, was still
(AFP, 9/29/08)(SFC, 9/30/08, p.D1)(WSJ, 9/30/08,
2008 Sep 29, Scientists
reported that NASA's Phoenix spacecraft has discovered evidence of
past water at its Martian landing site and spotted falling snow for
the first time. Soil experiments revealed the presence of two
minerals known to be formed in liquid water. Scientists identified
the minerals as calcium carbonate, found in limestone and chalk, and
2008 Sep 29, US warships and
helicopters surrounded a hijacked cargo ship loaded with Sudan-bound
tanks and other arms to keep the weapons from falling "into the
wrong hands." The shipment of 33 Russian-designed tanks, rifles and
ammunition on the Ukrainian-operated Faina was headed for Sudan, not
Kenya as previously claimed by Kenyan officials. Somali pirates
demanded a $20 million ransom.
(AP, 9/29/08)(SFC, 9/29/08, p.A12)
2008 Sep 29, In Afghanistan a
bomb struck a vehicle killed two civilians and wounding two others
in rural eastern Paktika province. Taliban attacked a police outpost
in Ghazni province overnight and killed two policemen, taking one
away with them. International forces bombed a Taliban group in
Ghazni and killed five rebels.
2008 Sep 29, Opposition
activists in Belarus called for the US and EU not to recognize the
results of parliamentary elections swept by supporters of Belarusian
President Alexander Lukashenko, who had promised the vote would meet
2008 Sep 29, Brazilian
officials said the Amazon is being deforested more than three times
as fast as last year, acknowledging a sharp reversal after three
years of declines in the deforestation rate.
2008 Sep 29, Britain seized
control of mortgage lender Bradford & Bingley. Germany organized
a credit lifeline for blue-chip commercial real estate lender Hypo
Real Estate Holding AG, while Iceland's government took over Glitnir
bank, the country's third largest.
2008 Sep 29, British candy
maker Cadbury said it is recalling 11 types of Chinese-made
chocolates found to contain melamine, as police in northern China
raided a network accused of adding the banned chemical to milk.
2008 Sep 29, The parliament of
the Central African Republic (CAR) adopted an amnesty law aimed at
laying the foundations for a process of "inclusive political
dialogue" between the government and rebels.
2008 Sep 29, China kicked off
its National Day celebrations.
2008 Sep 29, Typhoon Jangmi
roared toward eastern China after lashing Taiwan with torrential
rains and powerful winds that killed two people and injured more
2008 Sep 29, In Georgia almost
300 monitors from 22 EU nations were in place to oversee Russia's
promised troop withdrawal from the large swaths it has occupied
since the August war.
2008 Sep 29, Two bombs exploded
in separate towns in western India in crowded markets packed with
Muslim shoppers, killing six people and wounding 45 others.
2008 Sep 29, Israel’s Central
Bureau of Statistics released its annual population figures to mark
the New Year. It said 7.34 million people live in Israel, including
5.54 million Jews, or 75 percent of the population. There are 1.48
million Arabs, about 20 percent, and 315,000 members of other
groups. This year the Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashana, began at
sundown and coincided with Eid el-Fitr, one of the holiest days on
the Muslim calendar.
2008 Sep 29, Japan’s Mitsubishi
UFJ said it would take a 21% stake in Morgan Stanley at a cost of $9
2008 Sep 29, In northern
Lebanon a car bomb exploded near a military bus carrying troops
going to work, killing at least five people and injuring 25 others.
Two more people died from their wounds the next day, raising the
total death toll to seven.
(AP, 9/29/08)(AP, 9/30/08)
2008 Sep 29, In Mexico the
bodies of 11 men and one woman, some with their tongues cut out,
were found dumped in an empty lot next to a Tijuana elementary
school, an hour before children were scheduled to arrive. A message
nearby, written on a white piece of cardboard, read: "This is going
to happen to all of those who are with 'The Engineer' for being
blabbermouths." Minutes later four other bodies were found in
another empty lot in Tijuana. Two other bodies were discovered the
day before in a lot next to a factory.
2008 Sep 29, Pakistan appointed
Lieutenant General Ahmed Shujaa Pasha as new head of its powerful
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, amid US accusations that
the military spy organization secretly backs Taliban rebels on the
2008 Sep 29, Somali Islamist
insurgents attacked government forces and African Union peacekeepers
overnight in Mogadishu. At least four people were killed in the
clashes. Somalia pirates released Malaysia’s palm oil tanker, MT
Bunga Melati 2, two days after its first vessel was released.
(AP, 9/30/08)(AFP, 9/29/08)
2008 Sep 29, South Korea said
its state run Korea Gas Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding
with Russia’s Gazprom to import gas from Russia for 30 years
starting in 2015 as part of a $102 billion bilateral gas and
(WSJ, 9/30/08, p.A9)
2008 Sep 29, Suspected Tamil
separatists set off a bomb in a parking lot in Colombo, Sri Lanka's
capital, wounding three people.
2008 Sep 29, In Sudan a
helicopter contracted to UN-led peacekeepers crashed in the Darfur
region, killing two people with two more feared dead.
2008 Sep 29, UNESCO accept a
proposal to launch a prize for achievement in life sciences paid for
and named after Pres. Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea.
2008 Sep 29, Zimbabwe's central
bank introduced 10,000- and 20,000-dollar bank notes to ease a cash
crunch in the country struggling to cope with the world's highest
2009 Sep 29, The US signaled a
new approach to Myanmar as Kurt Campbell, assistant to the US Sec.
of State, met in NY with U Thaung, Myanmar’s minister of science,
technology and labor.
(Econ, 10/3/09, p.52)
2009 Sep 29, Norman Hsu (58),
former US Democratic fundraiser, was sentenced to over 24 years in
prison for fraud and breaking campaign finance laws. His decade long
Ponzi scheme collapsed in Sep. 2007 after he stole over $50 million
from investors. He must separately serve a 3 years sentence for a
conviction in California.
(SFC, 9/30/09, p.A8)
2009 Sep 29, Starbucks
premiered its new instant coffee, Via, with tens of thousands of
free samples nationwide. A 3-pack was priced at just under $1 per
(SFC, 9/30/09, p.C3)
2009 Sep 29, Toyota Motor Corp.
issued its largest-ever US recall, involving 3.8 million vehicles.
Toyota and the government warned owners to remove the mats from
their vehicles that could cause accelerators to get stuck and lead
to a crash.
2009 Sep 29, Xerox launched a
$6.4 billion bid for Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), an
(Econ, 10/3/09, p.80)
2009 Sep 29, In southern
Afghanistan at least 30 civilians were killed when a bus hit a
roadside bomb in an attack blamed on the Taliban.
2009 Sep 29, China said it has
completed a high-resolution, three-dimensional map of the entire
surface of the moon, in an important step towards a future lunar
2009 Sep 29, Ethiopian and
Kenyan authorities seized more than 2,600 pounds (1,200 kilograms)
of ivory from nearly 100 illegally killed elephants. Specially
trained dogs sniffed out a consignment of bloodstained tusks at
Kenya's national airport. Another shipment of tusks sent by the same
individual had been seized a day earlier at the airport in
2009 Sep 29, In India 2 boats
capsized in flooded rivers in eastern Bihar state during a major
Hindu festival, killing at least 27 people and leaving around 24
2009 Sep 29, Iran's nuclear
chief said his country built its newly revealed uranium enrichment
facility inside a mountain and next to a military site near the city
of Qom to ensure continuity of its nuclear activities in case of an
attack. Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi said the site will be open
to inspections by the UN nuclear watchdog.
2009 Sep 29, In northwest
Pakistan two suspected US missile strikes killed 13 militants. The
first attack killed six militants and wounded six others in South
Waziristan. A 2nd missile hit a house owned by a known Afghan
militant in North Waziristan killing 7 insurgents. Kalimullah
Mehsud, the brother of the new head of the Pakistani Taliban, was
said to be among several militants to die in one of the drone
(AP, 9/29/09)(AP, 9/30/09)
2009 Sep 29, Paraguay's
interior minister Rafael Filizzola said 3 police chiefs imprisoned
for torture have finally have been fired after collecting their
salaries from behind bars since 1995. Filizzola called it
unfortunate that convicts Camilo Almada Morel, Lucilo Benitez and
Juan Martinez were able to collect pay for so long.
(AP, 9/29/09)(SFC, 9/30/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 29, In the southern
Philippines 2 US soldiers were killed in the deadliest attack
against American troops there since they began helping local forces
stamp out Muslim extremists in 2001. In 2011 Arabi Sali, suspected
of involvement in the roadside bombing that killed the 2 US
soldiers, was arrested. On June 1, 2014, Miraji Bairulla, a bomb
expert of the rebel group the Moro National Liberation Front, was
arrested for his role in the attack.
(AFP, 9/29/09)(AP, 2/2/11)(AP, 6/1/14)
2009 Sep 29, In southern Puerto
Rico hundreds of US and local agents swept into a town to break up
violent drug rings accused of operating out of several public
2009 Sep 29, A magnitude
8.0-8.3 earthquake struck about 120 miles south of the islands of
Samoa, population about 180,000 people, and American Samoa, a US
territory of 65,000. Four tsunami waves 15 to 20 feet (4 to 6
meters) high roared ashore on American Samoa, reaching up to a mile
(1.5km) inland. At least 142 were killed in Samoa and at least 32 on
American Samoa and leaving dozens missing. Authorities in Tonga,
south of the Samoas, confirmed at least 9 dead. In 2010 new research
indicated that 2 great earthquakes caused the tsunami.
(AP, 9/30/09)(AFP, 10/1/09)(AP, 10/5/09)(SSFC,
10/11/09, p.A14)(SFC, 8/19/10, p.A2)
2009 Sep 29, Beauty queen Miss
Singapore World gave up her crown after it emerged that she had
stolen credit cards to go on a shopping spree for lingerie. Ris Low
had come under public pressure to be stripped of her 2009 title,
after local media reported she stole seven credit cards last year
while working at a medical clinic, buying goods worth about S$8,000
($5,662) including gold anklets and phones.
2009 Sep 29, Typhoon Ketsana
slammed into central Vietnam, killing 74 as officials recovered more
bodies from the muck and swollen rivers along the country's long
coastline. 179 were reported injured and a dozen missing. In
neighboring Cambodia, at least 11 people were killed and 29 injured.
(Reuters, 9/29/09)(AP, 9/30/09)
2010 Sep 29, The World Trade
Organization ruled that a US ban on Chinese poultry is illegal,
giving Beijing a win in the first international commerce ruling
against the administration of President Barack Obama.
2010 Sep 29, California
officials put on hold executions until at least early 2011 in order
to review procedures in its lethal injection system.
(SFC, 9/30/10, p.A1)
2010 Sep 29, Gloria Allred, a
Los Angeles attorney who represents Meg Whitman's former maid, Nicky
Diaz Santillan, said she would release evidence on Sep 30 showing
Whitman, a candidate for governor of California, was aware of the
maid's illegal status as far back as 2003, a claim Whitman denies.
2010 Sep 29, Two American
balloonists disappeared in rough weather off the Italian coast.
Richard Abruzzo (47) and Carol Rymer-Davis (65) were participating
in the 54th Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race, in which teams try to
fly the farthest on a maximum of about 1,000 cubic meters (35,300
cubic feet) of gas. Searching was called off on Oct 4. On Dec 6 an
Italian fishing boat pulled the remains of the two from the Adriatic
(AP, 9/30/10)(SFC, 10/5/10, p.A2)(AP, 12/6/10)
2010 Sep 29, American film
actor Tony Curtis, born in the Bronx as Bernard Schwartz (1925),
died at his home in Nevada. He shaped himself from a 1950s movie
heartthrob into a respected actor, showing a determined streak that
served him well in such films as "Sweet Smell of Success," "The
Defiant Ones" and "Some Like It Hot." In 1977 he authored a novel,
"Kid Cody and Julie Sparrow" and in 1993 he wrote "Tony Curtis: The
2010 Sep 29, Oscar-nominated
actor Joe Mantell (94) died in Tarzana, Ca. He had more than 70 film
and TV credits and received an Academy Award nomination in 1956 for
his performance as Angie, the best friend of Ernest Borgnine in
"Marty." In the film "Chinatown" he delivered one of movies' most
famous lines: "Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown."
2010 Sep 29, The Afghan
government announced that it is investigating whether the relatives
or close associates of high-ranking officials are receiving improper
payments, kickbacks or bribes.
2010 Sep 29, In Bangladesh a
speeding train plowed into two buses at a busy crossing in Dhaka,
killing at least seven people and injuring dozens.
2010 Sep 29, Security sources
and media reports said Western intelligence agencies have uncovered
an Al-Qaeda plot to launch attacks in Britain, France and Germany by
extremists based in Pakistan.
2010 Sep 29, China repeated
promises of exchange rate flexibility but offered no new measures
that might avert a possible vote by the U.S. House of
Representatives on currency legislation.
2010 Sep 29, In CongoDRC Armand
Tungulu (30), a Congolese citizen living in Belgium, was taken into
custody by Pres. Kabila's bodyguards after he threw rocks at the
presidential motorcade. Witnesses said the guards beat Tungulu
before arresting him. On Oct 4 a statement from the Congolese
attorney general's office said Tungulu killed himself on the night
of Oct 1 with a piece of cloth he had been using as a pillow. On
October 14 the DR Congo refused to return to Belgium the body of a
(AP, 10/4/10)(AP, 10/23/10)
2010 Sep 29, The European Union
decided to launch legal action against France over its expulsions of
Gypsies, or Roma, to poorer EU nations.
2010 Sep 29, Anti-austerity
protests erupted across Europe. Greek doctors and railway employees
walked out, Spanish workers shut down trains and buses, and one man
even blocked the Irish parliament with a cement truck to decry the
country's enormous bank bailouts.
2010 Sep 29, India began the
massive task of issuing unique identification numbers to its 1.2
billion people, many of whom don't have documents establishing their
2010 Sep 29, India imposed a
nationwide ban on bulk cell phone text messaging amid concerns that
a potentially explosive court judgment on who should control a
disputed holy site could spark unrest.
2010 Sep 29, In northwest
Ireland managers at Anderson's Mink Farm said that many of their
cages and fences were cut and opened over the weekend, freeing an
estimated 5,000 animals into the wilds of County Donegal. About
28,000 others declined to bolt for freedom.
2010 Sep 29, Jamaica was hit by
Tropical Storm Nicole causing flooding and mudslides that left at
least 5 people dead and 14 missing.
(SFC, 9/30/10, p.A2)(AP, 9/30/10)
2010 Sep 29, Mexican officials
announced that marines had captured 30 suspected Gulf cartel members
and seized an arsenal of weapons during two days of raids in the
northern border state of Tamaulipas. Two federal police officers
were slain at a downtown hotel in Ciudad Juarez. Attackers threw an
explosive at city hall in Matamoros, injuring three people.
2010 Sep 29, In Mexico a
landslide surged into a community in Chiapas state, killing 16
people and injuring 13, while another avalanche left three people
missing in a nearby town.
2010 Sep 29, New Zealand
rescuers cut free a humpback whale that had been entangled for at
least two days in a heavy nylon rope that officials said would have
caused its slow death.
2010 Sep 29, Nigerian
authorities said as many as 40,000 girls and women have been
trafficked to nearby West African countries to serve as sex workers.
2010 Sep 29, In Puerto Rico 7
US Postal Service workers were indicted on charges they shipped
thousands of parcels of heroin, cocaine and marijuana through the
2010 Sep 29, In Puerto Rico
police fatally shot William Malaret Pagan (77) after he opened fire
at them, a killing that comes as Puerto Rico's law enforcement
officers are under scrutiny for allegedly using excessive force.
Pagan shot at officers when they tried to arrest his son on drug
charges. The killing happened hours before Gov. Luis Fortuno
publicly introduced an independent monitor he appointed to assist a
federal investigation into allegations of excessive force and
corruption among police.
2010 Sep 29, A Russian firm
announced an ambitious bid to fill the vacuum in the space tourism
market by stationing an orbiting hotel in the cosmos. Orbital
Technologies wants to launch a seven-room station by 2016 but may
increase or decrease that capacity based on customer demand.
2010 Sep 29, In Tanzania a hot
air balloon carrying tourists over Serengeti National Park crashed,
killing an American and a Danish tourist and wounding eight others.
2010 Sep 29, The UN Security
Council lifted a 13-year-old arms embargo against Sierra Leone after
being assured that the nation is sufficiently stable following the
civil war that ended in 2002.
2010 Sep 29, Venezuela’s
attorney general's office said that psychiatrist Edmundo Chirinos
has been convicted of killing Roxana Vargas (19). He was sentenced
to 20 years in prison. Her body was found with a blow to the head in
2008 in a park on the outskirts of Caracas. Investigators had found
some 1,200 photographs of nude female patients in his home. Chirinos
was a fringe candidate for president in 1988, but came away with
only a tiny fraction of the vote.
2010 Sep 29, In Venezuela
fighting erupted between inmates feuding over control in Tocoron
prison in north-central Aragua state. The rioting killed 16 inmates
and injured 35.
2011 Sep 29, Manssor Arbabsiar
(56), a US citizen who holds an Iranian passport, was arrested when
he arrived at New York's Kennedy International Airport. Mexico
worked closely with US authorities to help foil an alleged $1.5
million plot to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington. On
Oct 11 Arbabsiar was charged in US District Court in New York with
conspiring to kill the Saudi diplomat, Adel Al-Jubeir (49).
2011 Sep 29, The US Navy said
it will turn over the former Alameda Naval Air Station in Alameda,
Ca. to the city of Alameda, for free.
(SFC, 9/30/11, p.C1)
2011 Sep 29, The annual Ig
Nobel prizes were awarded at Harvard Univ.
(SFC, 9/30/11, p.A8)
2011 Sep 29, In Oregon Dale and
Shannon Hickman, both 26, were convicted of manslaughter, becoming
the latest members of a faith-healing church to be blamed in their
child’s death. They were followers of Christ Church, which has a
history of rejecting medical care and relying instead on techniques
such as prayer and anointing the sick with oils. On Oct 31 the
Hickman’s were sentenced to over 6 years in prison.
p.A8)(http://tinyurl.com/3jncwsz)(SFC, 11/1/11, p.A6)
2011 Sep 29, The Journal of
Psychopharmacology reported that researchers at Johns Hopkins had
found psilocybin mushrooms can make people more open in their
feelings and aesthetic sensibilities.
(SFC, 9/30/11, p.A9)
2011 Sep 29, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed three NATO service members, while
a bomb targeting Afghan policewomen killed three people in Herat.
2011 Sep 29, Bahrain's special
security court sentenced a protester, Ali Yousef Abdulwahab
al-Tawee, to death for killing a policeman, and gave doctors and
nurses who treated injured protesters during the country's uprising
earlier this year lengthy prison sentences. Appeals were pending.
2011 Sep 29, a Brazilian judge
suspended work on the Belo Monte dam saying it would harm fishing on
the Xingu River in Para state. The government planned to appeal.
(SFC, 9/30/11, p.A2)
2011 Sep 29, British police and
medical regulators said Russian gangs and their Chinese associates
are making billions of dollars from selling fake and unlicensed
medicines over the Internet, putting thousands of people at risk.
More than 2.5 million doses of counterfeit, controlled and withdrawn
drugs were seized across 79 countries in seven days of raids
coordinated by international police organization Interpol under an
operation codenamed Pangea that ended on Sep 27.
2011 Sep 29, In south Cameroon
armed men dressed as soldiers fired into the air and stopped traffic
in Douala, demanding the departure of long-serving President Paul
Biya ahead of a controversial poll. Bertin Kisob (36), head of the
Cameroonian People's Liberation Army (ALPC), soon claimed
responsibility for the action that left one person dead.
2011 Sep 29, China ordered
manufacturers of potentially toxic products to conduct safety and
environmental checks after a recent spate of major anti-pollution
protests triggered fears of more unrest.
2011 Sep 29, China’s People’s
Daily reported that 12 officials in Hunan province have been fire
over allegations that family planning officials between 1999 and
2006 had kidnapped children in Longhui county and put them up for
(SFC, 9/30/11, p.A3)
2011 Sep 29, China launched an
experimental module into space, taking its first step towards
building a space station. Tiangong-1, or "Heavenly Palace", took off
from the Gobi desert in the northwest, propelled by a Long March 2F
2011 Sep 29, Typhoon Nesat made
landfall on the eastern tip of China's Hainan island.
2011 Sep 29, Cuba announced the
elimination of its Ministry of Sugar in a sign of how far the
symbolic crop has fallen since its heyday.
2011 Sep 29, A Danish court
sentenced 15 motorbike gang members to jail for six murder attempts
on rival gang members. Copenhagen's city court ruled earlier this
month that members of the Hells Angels and their support group,
AK81, were guilty of a series of shootings in the Danish capital in
2011 Sep 29, Egyptian security
officials raided the Cairo office of Al Jazeera, roughing up staff
and confiscating equipment. This was the second raid this month by
authorities complaining the station is operating without permits.
2011 Sep 29, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in Morocco to kick off work on Africa's
fastest rail line, in a bid to highlight France's role in the
2011 Sep 29, In Indonesia a
Casa 212 turboprop plane, carrying 14 passengers including four
children, and four crew, went down after departing Medan city, in
Sumatra. All 18 were killed.
(AFP, 9/30/11)(AFP, 10/1/11)
2011 Sep 29, In Iraq a suicide
bomber detonated his explosives-packed truck outside a bank in
Kirkuk killed at least two people.
2011 Sep 29, Kuwait local media
said the public prosecutor has expanded an unprecedented probe into
the bank accounts of several MPs suspected of receiving illegal
deposits. The public prosecutor launched the probe two weeks ago
after two banks reported large suspicious amounts being deposited
into the bank accounts of a number of MPs. The opposition suggested
the money was related to government efforts to buy the loyalty of
2011 Sep 29, In Libya Moamer
Kadhafi diehards fought pitched battles with combatants loyal to the
new rulers for control of the ousted despot's birthplace Sirte, with
the heaviest fighting at the port. Interpol placed another of ousted
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's sons on the equivalent of its
most-wanted list, placing pressure on the government of Niger to
surrender a man accused of overseeing bloody repressions. Kadhafi
sons Seif al-Islam was said to be in Bani Walid and Mutassim in
2011 Sep 29, Amnesty Int’l.
called on Lithuania to reopen its investigation into CIA prisons and
the alleged torturing of terrorist suspects based on what they said
was new evidence of a rendition flight to the Baltic state. A Boeing
727 allegedly carrying an al-Qaida suspect, Abu Zubaydah, landed in
the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius on Feb. 17, 2005, after taking off
from Morocco and refueling in Jordan. Reprieve, a human rights
organization, announced earlier this year that it had provided
investigators with confidential information that Abu Zubaydah, a
Palestinian repeatedly tortured by US investigators had been
secretly imprisoned in Lithuania between 2004 and 2006.
2011 Sep 29, Mexican
authorities in Veracruz detained Angel Mora (25), the Zeta drug
cartel's alleged top hit man for the disappearance of three marines.
Mora, nicknamed "Commander Devil," was detained with one other
gunman, Gregorio Maldonado.
2011 Sep 29, In the Netherlands
author Hella Haasse (93), an award-winning author best known for
chronicling colonial life in the Dutch East Indies, died. Haasse's
first novel, "Oeroeg" (1948), was an instant hit and has been read
at school by generations of Dutch children.
2011 Sep 29, A Nigerian joint
security team including the military and intelligence agents rescued
a Romanian engineer along with six Nigerian workers who had been
kidnapped earlier in the week in the same state. A truck accident in
Gombe state killed 19 people.
(AFP, 9/30/11)(AP, 10/3/11)
2011 Sep 29, Saudi Arabian men
cast ballots in local council elections, the second-ever nationwide
vote in the oil-rich kingdom. Women don't have the right to vote
this time around, but will be able to do so in 2015. The councils
are one of the few elected bodies in the country but have no real
power, mandated to offer advice to provincial authorities.
2011 Sep 29, In Spain a gunman
(34) walked into St. Mary's Church in a middle-class neighborhood of
Madrid as about 40 people were waiting for Mass to start. He shot a
pregnant woman (36) in the head at point-blank range, then proceeded
down the center aisle and shot a woman (52) in the chest, then
walked a bit further, knelt down in front of the altar and shot
himself dead. The 2nd victim survived. Paramedics cut the baby from
the mother and revived him following cardio-respiratory arrest. The
victims were apparently shot at random. The infant died on Oct 3.
(AP, 9/30/11)(AP, 10/4/11)
2011 Sep 29, In Sweden the
winners of Right Livelihood Awards, sometimes referred to as the
alternative Nobel prizes, were announced. Human rights activist
Jacqueline Moudeina of Chad; Spanish-based nonprofit GRAIN; and
American midwifery educator Ina May Gaskin will share the
euro150,000 ($205,000) cash award. Chinese solar power pioneer Huang
Ming received an honorary award for developing "cutting-edge
2011 May 29, In Tunisia police
officer Samir Feriani was arrested at the Aouina military base on
the outskirts of the capital after publishing two letters in the
weekly L'Expert, in which he accused an unnamed interior ministry
official of taking part in a crackdown on popular uprisings at Sidi
Bouzid in central Tunisia and Kasserine in the west. Feriani was
acquitted on Sep 29.
2011 Sep 29, In Venezuela 2
commuter trains collided outside Caracas, killing at least one
person and injuring about 30.
2011 Sep 29, In Yemen fierce
clashes erupted in Sanaa between troops loyal to embattled President
Ali Abdullah Saleh and forces led by defected General Ali Mohsen
al-Ahmar. One civilian was killed and five others were wounded in
overnight bombing in Taez.
2012 Sep 29, Vincent Joseph
Cirelli (b.1920), revered accordion craftsman, passed away
peacefully in his sleep in SSF. Vincent, the son of Italian
immigrants, grew up in the North Beach area of San Francisco. There
he began learning the art of accordion building, developing skills
as a young boy that he perfected throughout his lifetime.
2012 Sep 29, Arthur Ochs
Sulzberger (86), former publisher and chairman of the NY Times
(1963-1992), died at his home in Southampton, NY.
(SSFC, 9/30/12, p.A12)
2012 Sep 29, In western
Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed two policemen in Herat province,
just hours before a ceremony to hand a nearby police training
academy over from NATO to Afghan control.
2012 Sep 29, The youngest
prisoner and last Westerner held in the Guantanamo military base,
Omar Khadr (26), was sent to finish his sentence in his native
2012 Sep 29, In Georgia an
estimated 100,000 opposition supporters rallied in the capital in a
show of strength days before a parliamentary election that presents
the toughest challenge to the future of President Mikhail
Saakashvili's government since he took office in 2004.
2012 Sep 29, Hundreds of
Libyans converged on a main square in Benghazi and another in
Tripoli in response to a call from the military to hand over their
2012 Sep 29, In Nigeria three
students were killed in an attack outside a university campus in
2012 Sep 29, In Northern
Ireland thousands of Protestants marched peacefully through the
heart of Belfast amid a heavy security presence.
2012 Sep 29, In Pakistan
thousands of members of radical Islamic groups rallied in the
southern city of Karachi against "Innocence of Muslims," an
anti-Islam film that has sparked violence across the Muslim world.
At least 51 people, including the US ambassador to Libya, have been
killed in violence linked to the film.
2012 Sep 29, In Poland
thousands blew horns, prayed and waved flags in downtown Warsaw to
show their anger over a new law that raises the retirement age and a
host of other issues. A new law put through by the pro-market
government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk will gradually raise the
retirement age to 67 for all Poles from 60 for women and 65 for men.
2012 Sep 29, In Puerto Rico
Wilnilia Sanchez Falcon (27) was suspected of killing her boyfriend,
Jesus Rivera Algarin (25), after he became upset about her
activities on Facebook.
2012 Sep 29, In southern
Somalia Al-Shabab rebels pulled out of Kismayo, a day after Kenyan
troops invaded and marched toward the city center and seaside port
that long served as the militants' key source of funding.
2012 Sep 29, Syrian rebels and
residents of Aleppo struggled to contain a huge fire that destroyed
parts of the city's medieval souks, or markets, following raging
battles between government troops and opposition fighters there.
2012 Sep 29, In southern
Thailand suspected Islamist insurgents fired 2 grenades at a fair in
Narathiwat injuring some 30 people.
(SFC, 10/1/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 29, Ukraine's jailed
former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko exhorted her country to "rise
up" against President Viktor Yanukovych's party in next month's
2012 Sep 29, In Venezuela 2
supporters of opposition candidate Henrique Capriles died in a
confrontation with Chavez supporters in the western state of
Barinas. A third was seriously wounded.
2013 Sep 29, US House
Republicans rejected a Senate stopgap measure that would have
averted a government shutdown at midnight Sep 30.
2013 Sep 29, The final TV
episode of Breaking Bad, an American crime drama television series,
aired on the AMC cable channel. The series had premiered on January
20, 2008 in the United States and Canada.
2013 Sep 29, San Francisco held
its 30th Folsom Street Fair.
(SFC, 9/30/13, p.C4)
2013 Sep 29, In southern
California a Cessna 525A jet crashed into a storage hangar at the
Santa Monica Municipal Airport igniting a fire that destroyed the
hangar. Mark Benjamin and his son Luke were believed killed in the
crash and fire.
(SFC, 9/30/13, p.A4)(SFC, 10/1/13, p.A6)
2013 Sep 29, In NYC Alexian
Lien was pulled from his SUV and beaten in front of his wife and
toddler. Lien said he feared for his life after getting caught in a
motorcyle rally and plowed through a crowd injuring one
motorcyclist. Eight bikers, including an off-duty police officer,
were soon arrested on charges ranging from criminal mischief to gang
(SFC, 10/12/13, p.A6)(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A9)
2013 Sep 29, In North Dakota a
leak was discovered in a Tesoro Logistics LP pipeline. It leaked an
estimated 20,600 barrels of crude oil into a wheat field, the
biggest leak in the state since it became a major US producer.
2013 Sep 29, SpaceX launched a
Falcon 9 rocket to carry Cassiope, a Canadian communications and
weather satellite, into orbit.
(Econ, 10/5/13, p.86)
2013 Sep 29, The Cygnus capsule
of Orbital Sciences, carrying hundreds of kilograms of supplies,
successfully docked with the ISS.
(Econ, 10/5/13, p.86)
2013 Sep 29, Austrians voted in
general elections. The two main centrist political parties scraped
together a majority, exit polls showed, enough for their coalition
to continue but with the far-right a close third.
2013 Sep 29, A Bahraini court
handed jail terms of up to 15 years to 50 Shiites, including a
prominent Iraqi cleric, convicted of forming a clandestine
opposition group. Some of the 50 people jailed were also convicted
of spying for Iran and had planned "vandalism and rioting" with the
backing of the Islamic Republic.
(AFP, 9/29/13)(Reuters, 10/1/13)
2013 Sep 29, China’s Shanghai
Free Trade Zone (SFTZ) was launched.
(Econ, 10/5/13, p.49)
2013 Sep 29, Greek lawmaker
Christos Pappas surrendered to police, bringing to six the number of
legislators from the extreme-right Golden Dawn party now in custody
and accused of being members of a criminal organization with intent
to commit crimes.
(AP, 9/29/13)(SFC, 9/30/13, p.A2)
2013 Sep 29, In Iraq 6 people
were killed in Erbil in a series of blasts targeting a security
directorate of the usually peaceful autonomous Kurdistan region, the
first such attack since 2007. A wave of attacks in Baghdad killed at
least 55 people.
(Reuters, 9/29/13)(SFC, 9/30/13, p.A2)(Econ,
2013 Sep 29, Israel's Shin Bet
domestic security service said it has arrested a Belgian citizen of
Iranian origin whom it claims was sent by Iran to spy on Israel
under the guise of a windows and roofing salesman.
2013 Sep 29, Israeli police
arrested four suspected Jewish nationalists for smashing headstones
in a Christian cemetery near Jerusalem's walled Old City.
2013 Sep 29, In Libya unknown
attackers assassinated 3 army officers in the eastern city of
2013 Sep 29, In Nigeria
suspected Islamic extremists attacked an agricultural college in the
dead of night, gunning down dozens of students as they slept in
dormitories and torching classrooms. As many as 50 students were
killed in the assault that began at about 1 am in rural Gujba, Yobe
2013 Sep 29, In Pakistan twin
blasts in Peshawar killed 33 people and wounded 70.
2013 Sep 29, In Poland Pavel
Khodorkovsky, a son of Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, received
a $100,000 human rights award on behalf of his imprisoned father
during a ceremony conducted by Solidarity founder Lech Walesa.
2013 Sep 29, Portugal held
municipal elections. The government said it won't stop its unpopular
austerity measures, even if it's a big loser in the elections.
2013 Sep 29, A Russian court in
the northern city of Murmansk sent six more Greenpeace activists to
jail for two months and showed no sign that the remaining two
activists would be treated any differently for a protest at a
drilling platform in Arctic waters.
2013 Sep 29, In Sweden a wave
of jellyfish forced the shut down of Oskarshamn nuclear reactor
number 3. By Oct 1 the pipes were cleaned of the jellyfish and
engineers prepared to restart the reactor.
2013 Sep 29, Syria's Pres.
Assad said his government will abide by last week's UN resolution
calling for the country's chemical weapons program to be dismantled
2013 Sep 29, In Syria at least
12 people, most of them students, were killed in an air strike that
hit a secondary school in the rebel-held city of Raqqa. Fighting
continued in provinces across the country.
2014 Sep 29, New Jersey-based
Honeywell International Inc. said that it is partnering with Tata
Power to help make navigation systems for India's military.
2014 Sep 29, A Texas jury
sentenced Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo (43) to ten years in prison
for poisoning Dr. George Blumenschein in 2013 with ethylene glycol
after he spurned her in favor of his longtime girlfriend.
(SFC, 9/29/14, p.A7)
2014 Sep 29, In Utah former FBI
agent Robert Lustyik Jr. (52) pleaded guilty to charges that he
derailed an investigation into military contract fraud by making a
suspect appear to be a key counterintelligence source.
2014 Sep 29, Afghanistan
inaugurated its first new president in a decade, swearing in
technocrat Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government. Ghani's
first act after being sworn in was to sign a decree creating the
post of chief executive. Abdullah Abdullah was sworn in to that job
moments later. A suicide bomber killed 7 people at a security
checkpoint near Kabul airport just before Ghani was sworn in. Four
suicide attackers killed 8 people near a government office in the
eastern province of Paktia.
2014 Sep 29, Bangladesh police
said they have arrested a British citizen suspected of entering the
country to recruit militants for jihadist groups overseas such as
the Islamic State organization.
2014 Sep 29, Britain’s Lloyds
Banking Group said it has sacked eight workers and withheld bonuses
in disciplinary measures linked to the Libor interest rate-rigging
2014 Sep 29, Canada's broadcast
regulator (CRTC) gave American companies Google and Netflix a
three-day deadline to turn over subscriber data or have their
testimony expunged from a major public hearing. The Internet giants
refused to share the data earlier this month.
2014 Sep 29, China reported
that policeman Li Shunlin died last week after about 20 Vietnamese
citizens attacked him and other officers who had impounded a vessel
suspected of smuggling in southern China.
2014 Sep 29, Hong Kong
democracy protesters defied volleys of tear gas and police baton
charges to stand firm in the center of the global financial hub, one
of the biggest political challenges for China since the Tiananmen
Square crackdown 25 years ago.
2014 Sep 29, Mexico said it has
nabbed five suspected members of a ring believed to have stolen over
1 million gallons (4 million liters) of oil per month in Tamaulipas
2014 Sep 29, Russia launched a
criminal case against "unidentified representatives of Ukraine's
senior political and military leadership", National Guard and
nationalist organizations, in which it accused them of committing
2014 Sep 29, The Professional
Web Journalists Association, a media rights group, said Sri Lanka's
government sabotaged a weekend training program for online
journalists for the fourth time in three months, and accused the
authorities of continued intimidation and suppression of the media.
2014 Sep 29, In South Sudan at
least 35 people were killed when a bus collided with a truck on a
highway linking South Sudan to Uganda. Most of the victims were from
2014 Sep 29, In Sudan a Spanish
diplomat (61) was found stabbed to death in his apartment in
2014 Sep 29, In Syria US-led
coalition air raids overnight and today targeted towns and villages
in northern and eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State group,
including one strike that hit a grain silo and reportedly killed
2014 Sep 29, Turkish tanks and
armored vehicles took up positions on a hill overlooking the
besieged Syrian border town of Kobani as shelling by Islamic State
insurgents intensified and stray fire hit Turkish soil.
2014 Sep 29, A shaky truce
between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian military was challenged
when 9 soldiers and 3 civilians were reported killed in a surge of
fighting across the separatist east.
(AFP, 9/29/14)(SFC, 9/29/14, p.A5)