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1347 Dec 3,
Pope Clemens VI declared Roman tribune, Cola di Rienzi, a heretic.
1468 Dec 3, Lorenzo the
Magnificent and his brother Giuliano succeeded their father, Piero
de Medici, as rulers of Florence, Italy.
1469 Dec 3, Piero de' Medici
(53), ruler of Florence, died.
1557 Dec 3, The 1st Covenant of
Scottish protestants formed.
1621 Dec 3, Galileo invented
the telescope. [see Aug 25, 1609]
1660 Dec 3, Jacques Sarazin
(70), French sculptor and painter, died.
1678 Dec 3, Edmund Halley
received an MA from Queen's College, Oxford.
1684 Dec 3, Ludvig Baron
Holberg, founder of Danish & Norwegian literature, was born.
1685 Dec 3, Charles II barred
Jews from settling in Stockholm, Sweden.
1729 Dec 3, Padre Antonio
Francisco J. Jose Soler, composer (Fandango), was born in Olot,
1753 Dec 3, Samuel Crompton,
English inventor (mule-jenny spinning machine), was born.
1755 Dec 3, Gilbert Stewart,
portrait painter, was born.
1762 Dec 3, France ceded to
Spain all lands west of the Mississippi- the territory known as
Upper Louisiana. [see Nov 3]
(CO, Grolier's, 11/10/95)(HN, 12/3/98)
1789 Dec 3, Claude-Joseph
Vernet, French seascape painter, died.
1795 Dec 3, Rowland Hill,
introduced 1st adhesive postage stamp (1840), was born.
1800 Dec 3, US state electors
met and cast their ballots for the presidency. A tie resulted
between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr.
1800 Dec 3, Austrians were
defeated by the French at the Battle of Hohenlinden, near Munich.
1803 Dec 3, Hector Berlioz,
French composer (Symphony Fantastique), was born. [see Dec 11]
1806 Dec 3, Henry Alexander
Wise (d.1876), Brig General (Confederate Army), was born.
1818 Dec 3, Illinois was
admitted as the 21st state.
(AP, 12/3/97)(HN, 12/3/98)
1826 Dec 3, George Brinton
McClellen (d.1885), Union general who defeated Robert E. Lee at
Antietam and ran against Abraham Lincoln for president, was born.
(HN, 12/3/98)(MC, 12/3/01)
1828 Dec 3, Andrew Jackson was
elected 7th president of the United States over John Quincy Adams.
Resentment of the restrictive credit policies of the first central
bank, the Bank of the United States, fueled a populist backlash that
elected Andrew Jackson.
(AP, 12/3/97)(WSJ, 12/31/97, p.A11)(WSJ, 6/10/98,
1833 Dec 3, Carlos Juan Finlay,
Cuban epidemiologist, was born.
1833 Dec 3, Oberlin College in
Ohio, the first truly coeducational school of higher learning in the
United States, opened its doors.
1834 Dec 3, 1st US dental
society was organized in NY.
1835 Dec 3, 1st US mutual fire
insurance company issued 1st policy in RI.
1847 Dec 3, Frederick Douglass
and Martin R. Delaney established the North Star, an anti-slavery
1849 Dec 3, California asked to
be admitted into the Union as a free state.
(SFC, 2/21/97, p.A25)
1849 Dec 3, Jesuit Fr. John
Nobili and Fr. Michael Accolti (1807-1878) arrived in San Francisco.
(GenIV, Winter 04/05)
1857 Dec 3, Joseph Conrad
(d.1924), novelist, was born in Berdychiv, Poland, as Teodor Jozef
Konrad Korzeniowski. He is best known for “Heart of Darkness." His
work “The Secret Agent" had a profound effect on Unabomber Theodore
J. Kaszynski in the late 20th cent. Conrad also wrote the short
story “The Informer."
(SFC, 7/9/96, p.A3)(HN, 12/3/98)(AP, 12/3/07)
1861 Dec 3, In his first annual
message Pres. Lincoln argued that "labor is prior to, and
independent of capital. Capital is the fruit of labor, and could
never have existed if labor had not first existed..."
1862 Dec 3, Confederate rebels
attacked a Federal forage train on the Hardin Pike near Nashville,
1863 Dec 3, Confederate General
Longstreet abandoned his siege at Knoxville, Ten., and moved his
army east and north toward Greeneville. This withdrawal marked the
end of the Fall Campaign in Tennessee.
(HN, 12/3/98)(MC, 12/3/01)
1864 Dec 3, Major General
William Tecumseh Sherman met up with some resistance from
Confederate troops at Thomas Station on his march to the sea.
1872 Dec 3, George Smith,
Assyriologist at the British Museum, presented a lecture before the
Biblical Archeology Society in London, on Assyrian tablets that
described an ancient flood as part of an epic whose hero was named
(ON, 11/07, p.4)
1876 Dec 3, Hermann Goetz (35),
1894 Dec 3, Robert Louis
Stevenson (b.1850), Scottish-American writer, died in Samoa. He was
the author of such works as "Treasure Island," "Dr. Jekyll and Mr.
Hyde," "The Master of Ballantrae," "The Silverado Squatters,
"Kidnapped" and "Travels with a Donkey." In 2005 Clair Harman
authored “Robert Louis Stevenson: A Biography."
(Smith., 8/95, p.51-58)(AP, 12/3/97)(Econ,
1897 Dec 3, Kate O'Brien, Irish
writer (Without My Cloak), was born.
1906 Dec 3, The U.S. Supreme
Court ordered Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) leaders
extradited to Idaho for trial in the Steunenberg murder case.
1907 Dec 3, George M. Cohan's
musical "Talk of the Town," premiered in NYC.
1908 Dec 3, Edward Elgar's 1st
Symphony in A premiered.
1910 Dec 3, Neon lights were
1st publicly seen at the Paris Auto Show.
1910 Dec 3, Mary Baker Eddy
(b.1821), founder of the Church of Christ, Science (the Christian
Science movement), died.
(MC, 12/3/01)(WSJ, 9/26/03, p.W17)
1911 Dec 3, Nino Rota, composer
(Torquemada), was born in Milan, Italy. He composed operas and
orchestral music and taught at Italy's Bari Conservatory. He also
wrote scores for Federico Fellini and other film directors.
(WSJ, 3/5/99, p.W10)(MC, 12/3/01)
1912 Dec 3, Turkey, Serbia,
Montenegro, Greece & Bulgaria signed a weapons pact.
1915 Dec 3, The U.S. expelled
German attaches on spy charges.
1916 Dec 3, French commander
Joseph Joffre was dismissed after his failure at the Somme. General
Robert Nivelle became the new French commander-in-chief.
1918 Dec 3, The Allied
Conference ended in London; Germany was required to pay to full
limits for the war.
1919 Dec 3, Pierre A. Renoir
(78), French painter and sculptor, died.
1922 Dec 3, Sven Nykvist,
Swedish cinematographer, was born.
1922 Dec 3, The 1st successful
Technicolor movie, Tall of the Sea, was shown in NYC.
1924 Dec 3, John Backus,
inventor (FORTRAN computer language), was born.
1925 Dec 3, "Concerto in F," by
George Gershwin, had its world premiere at New York's Carnegie Hall,
with Gershwin himself at the piano.
1925 Dec 3, Jean-Luc Godard,
French film director, was born. In 2004 Colin MacCabe authored the
biography "Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy."
(HN, 12/3/98)(SSFC, 1/18/04, p.M1)
1925 Dec 3, The League of
Nations ordered Greece to pay an indemnity for the October invasion
1926 Dec 3, British reports
claimed that German soldiers were being trained in the USSR.
1930 Dec 3, Andy Williams,
singer (Moon River, Andy Williams Show), was born in Wall Lake,
1931 Dec 3, Miles Laboratories
introduced Alka Seltzer. [see Feb 21]
(SFEC, 8/28/98, Z1 p.8)(MC, 12/3/01)
1931 Dec 3, Danielius Dolskis
(b.1891), Lithuanian-Jewish singer, died. His songs included “Onyte,
einam su manim pašokti" (Dear Anna, Come Dance With Me) (1930).
1933 Dec 3, Paul Crutzen, Dutch
chemist, was born.
1937 Dec 3, Stephen Rubin,
English attorney and shoe manufacturer (Reebok, Adidas), was born.
1941 Dec 3, Hitler viewed
1943 Dec 3, Howard Hanson's 4th
1943 Dec 3, Battle of Monte
Cassino, Italy began.
1944 Dec 3, US 5th Armour
division occupied Brandenburg, Hertzgenwald.
1944 Dec 3, A British order to
disarm caused a general strike in Greece.
1944 Dec 3, Hungarian death
march of Jews ended.
1947 Dec 3, The Tennessee
Williams play “A Streetcar Named Desire" opened on Broadway with
Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski and Jessica Tandy as Blanche
DuBois and Kim Hunter as Stella Kowalski. Brando’s first film was
“The Men" directed by Fred Zinnemann.
(TMC, 1994, p.1947)(SFC, 3/15/97, p.A19)(SFEM,
10/19/97, DB p.11) (AP, 12/3/97)
1948 Dec 3, The "Pumpkin
Papers" came to light. The House Un-American Activities Committee
announced that former Communist spy Whittaker Chambers had produced
microfilm of secret documents hidden inside a pumpkin on his
1948 Dec 3, In San Francisco
Sam Shockley (b.1909) and Miran Edgar Thompson (b.1917), 2 Alcatraz
inmates, were executed at the San Quentin gas chamber for a 1946
escape attempt in which 2 guards and 3 prisoners were killed.
1948 Dec 3, Chinese refugee
ship "Kiangya" exploded in East China Sea killing 1,100. [see Dec 4]
1950 Dec 3, The Chinese closed
in on Pyongyang, Korea and UN forces withdrew southward.
1953 Dec 3, The musical
"Kismet" opened on Broadway at the Ziegfeld Theater for 583
(AP, 12/3/99)(MC, 12/3/01)
1953 Dec 3, Eisenhower
criticized McCarthy for saying communists are in Republican party.
1954 Dec 3, Samuel Barber's
"Prayers of Kierkegaard," premiered.
1954 Dec 3, William Walton's
opera "Troilus & Cressida," premiered in London.
1956 Dec 3, England &
France pulled troops out of Egypt.
1957 Dec 3, Maria Ridulph (7)
disappeared while playing in Sycamore, Illinois. In April, 1958, two
people foraging for mushrooms found her remains. In 2011 prosecutors
in Sycamore charged Jack Daniel McCullough (71), a former police
officer, in the abduction of Ridulph after an ex-girlfriend's
discovery of an unused train ticket blew a hole in his alibi. At the
time, McCullough's name was John Tessier. On Sep 14, 2012,
McCullough was convicted of the murder.
(AP, 7/3/11)(AP, 9/14/12)
1960 Dec 3, Daryl Hannah, film
star, was born in Chicago, Ill.
(SSFC, 3/14/04, Par p.18)
1960 Dec 3, The Frederick Loewe
& Alan Jay Lerner musical "Camelot" opened on Broadway.
(AP, 12/3/99)(MC, 12/3/01)
1961 Dec 3, In the SF Bay Area
Francis Patrick Kennedy jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and landed
on the ground near Lime Point in Marin County. He survived the
200-foot leap and doctors gave him a 50-50 chance of pulling
through. Kennedy died 10 days later.
(SSFC, 12/4/11, DB p.46)
1964 Dec 3, "Rudolph The
Red-Nosed Reindeer" 1st aired on TV.
1964 Dec 3, California Gov.
Edmund Brown sent police from throughout the East Bay to arrest
protesters at UC Berkeley and clear Sproul Hall. Police arrested 824
students one day after the students stormed the administration
building and staged a massive sit-in as part of the Free Speech
Movement. It was the largest mass arrest in US history.
(AP, 12/3/98)(SSFC, 12/29/02, p.M5)(SSFC,
1965 Dec 3, Katarina Witt,
figure skater (Olympic-Gold-1984, 88), was born in Staaken, GDR.
1965 Dec 3, Beatles began their
final UK concert tour in Glasgow.
1965 Dec 3, The National
Council of Churches asked the U.S. to halt the massive bombings in
1967 Dec 3, The 20th Century
Ltd., the famed luxury train, completed its final run from New York
City to Chicago.
1967 Dec 3, Surgeons in Cape
Town, South Africa, led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard, performed the
first human heart transplant at the Groote Shur Hospital. Louis
Washkansky lived 18 days with the new heart. The first heart
transplant operation in the U.S. was on December 6, 1967, in New
(AP, 12/3/97)(HNQ, 1/9/99)
1969 Dec 3, Andrew Lloyd Weber
and Tim Rice offered John Lennon the role of Jesus Christ in Jesus
Christ Superstar, but the offer was withdrawn the next day.
1971 Dec 3, The 3rd
Indo-Pakistani war began when India under Indira Gandhi intervened
in the Pakistani civil war. Pakistan attacked Indian airfields and
India mobilized its army after nearly 10 million refugees poured
into India. The India-Pakistani civil war ended with independence
for East Pakistan, which became known as Bangladesh.
(SFEC, 8/3/97, p.A15)(SFC, 6/12/99, p.A12)(SSFC,
1972 Dec 3, A Spantax Convair
990A charter carrying West German tourists crashed in Tenerife,
Canary Island, and 155 died.
1973 Dec 3, Pioneer 10 passed
Jupiter (1st fly-by of an outer planet).
1975 Dec 3, King Savang
Vatthana of Laos abdicated his throne and the communist Lao People's
Democratic Republic (LPDR) was established.
1976 Dec 3, Fidel Castro was
elected president of Cuba.
(WSJ, 8/5/06, p.A9)
1977 Dec 3, The State
Department proposed the admission of 10,000 more Vietnamese refugees
to the United States.
1978 Dec 3, William Grant Still
(b.1895), the first important black symphonic composer, died.
1979 Dec 3, Christie's in
Switzerland auctioned a thimble for a record sum. A London dealer
bid $18,000 for a Meissen porcelain thimble that dated to about
1979 Dec 3, In Ohio 11 people
were killed in a crush of fans at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum,
where The Who, a British rock group, was performing.
(AP, 12/3/97)(HN, 12/3/98)
1980 Dec 3, Bernadine Dohrn, a
former leader of the radical Weather Underground, surrendered to
authorities in Chicago after more than a decade as a fugitive.
1980 Dec 3, In El Salvador
peasants discovered the bodies of nuns Dorothy Kazel, Ita Ford,
Maura Clark, and lay worker Jean Donovan and buried them.
1982 Dec 3, Rebecca Marrero
(b.1962) was last seen in Seattle, Wa. She was believed to have
become a victim of Gary Ridgeway, the so-called Green River Killer.
In 2010 her skull was found by children playing in a ravine south of
Seattle. On Feb 7, 2011, Ridgeway, already serving 48 life terms,
was charged with her murder.
(SFC, 12/24/10, p.A6)(SFC, 2/8/11, p.A6)
1984 Dec 3, More than 4,000
people died and 200,000 were injured after a gas escaped from a
pesticide plant operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary in Bhopal,
India. 40 tons of vaporous methyl isocyanate, hydrogen cyanide,
monomethyl amine, carbon monoxide and possibly 20 other chemicals
were released after an explosion. Over the years, according to the
Indian government, some 15,000 people have died from effects of the
gas. In 2011 India issued notices to Dow seeking payment of $1.7
billion, on top of $470 million already paid, due to the lingering
effects of the poison.
(WSJ, 11/27/96, p.A1)(HN, 12/3/98)(SFEC, 3/5/00,
p.A23)(AP, 12/3/04)(SFC, 3/1/11, p.A2)
1987 Dec 3, Four days before
his summit with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to sign a treaty
banning intermediate-range nuclear missiles, President Reagan said
in an interview with television network anchormen that there was a
reasonably good chance of progress toward a treaty on long-range
1988 Dec 3, Barry Sanders of
Oklahoma State University won the Heisman Trophy.
1988 Dec 3, In South Africa, 11
black funeral mourners were slain in Natal Province in an attack
blamed on security forces.
Dec 3, The East German SED Politburo resigned. 3 days later
Communist leader Egon Krenz stepped down as Chairman of the Council
1989 Dec 3, In Malta Presidents
George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev announce the official end to the
1990 Dec 3, A Northwest
Airlines DC-9 collided on the ground with a Northwest Boeing 727 at
Detroit Metropolitan Airport, resulting in a fire that claimed eight
1990 Dec 3, President Bush
began a five-nation South American tour as he arrived in Brazil.
1990 Dec 3, Walter Hickel
(1919-2010), former governor of Alaska (1966-1969) and US Interior
chief (1969-1970) under Pres. Nixon, took office as Alaska’s 8th
governor. He served to Dec 5, 1994.
1991 Dec 3, Embattled US White
House chief of staff John H. Sununu resigned; he was succeeded by
Samuel K. Skinner.
1991 Dec 3, Radicals in Lebanon
released American hostage Alann Steen, who had been held captive
nearly five years.
1992 Dec 3, The U.N. Security
Council unanimously approved a U.S.-led military mission to help
1992 Dec 3, The Greek tanker
Aegean Sea spilled 21.5 million gallons of crude oil when it ran
aground at La Coruna, Spain.
1993 Dec 3, Britain's Princess
Diana, saying she was fed up with media's intrusions, announced she
would be limiting her public appearances.
1993 Dec 3, Georgia became a
member of Russia's Commonwealth of Independent States; Russia, in
return, backed Shevardnadze against Abkhaz rebels.
1994 Dec 3, Elizabeth Glaser,
who became an AIDS activist after she and her two children were
infected with HIV via a blood transfusion, died in Santa Monica,
Calif., at age 47.
1994 Dec 3, Rebel Serbs in
Bosnia failed to keep a pledge to release hundreds of U.N.
peacekeepers, some already held for more than a week.
1994 Dec 3, Japan’s Sony Corp.
launched its PlayStation game console.
(WSJ, 3/7/05, p.A8)(Econ, 12/10/11, SR p.4)
1995 Dec 3, President Clinton,
wrapping up a five-day European trip, authorized a vanguard of 700
American troops to open a risky mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
1995 Dec 3, The US and Europe
signed a trans-Atlantic trade and security accord in Madrid, Spain.
(WSJ, 12/4/95, p.A-9)
1996 Dec 3, In Hawaii Judge
Kevin Chang ruled that the state had to issue marriage licenses to
same-sex couples (allow gay marriages), prompting an appeal.
(SFC, 12/5/96, p.A3)(AP, 12/3/97)
1996 Dec 3, The Justice
Department barred 16 Japanese army veterans suspected of World War
II atrocities from entering the United States.
1996 Dec 3, In Burma riot
police dispersed hundreds of student demonstrators and detained
dozens outside Rangoon at the Schwedagon Pagoda.
(SFC, 12/3/96, p.A13)
1996 Dec 3, In France a bomb
exploded in the Paris subway at the Port-Royal station. Two (4)
people were killed and dozens injured. It appeared to be the work of
(WSJ, 12/4/96, p.A1)(AP, 12/3/97)
1996 Dec 3, In Ireland Sophie
Toscan du Plantier, the wife of high-profile French filmmaker Daniel
Toscan du Plantier (d.2003), was found beaten to death near the
remote house in Schull. On Mar 1, 2012, Ian Bailey, a British
journalist and the chief suspect in the murder, won his appeal
against extradition to France.
1996 Dec 3, In Mexico Fernando
Balderas, lawyer-journalist, and his wife Yolanda Figueroa and 3
children were beaten to death. The couple had reported exposes on
drugs and corruption in the government. Balderas published the
magazine Fourth Power. Alejandro Perez, the family chauffeur, later
confessed to participating in the killings with 2 others because
Balderas had raped the gardener’s wife and attempted to rape his
wife. Balderas had helped his wife write “The Boss of the Gulf,"
about drug cartel leader Juan Garcia Abrego.
(SFC, 12/7/96, p.A10)(SFC, 12/26/96, p.B4)
1996 Dec 3, In Belgrade,
Serbia, Milosevic gagged the independent radio stations, Radio B-92
and Boom 93. Protests continued.
(SFC, 12/5/96, p.C2)
1997 Dec 3, President Clinton
hosted his first town hall meeting on America's race relations in
1997 Dec 3, It was reported
that former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, Edward J. DeBartolo, owner
of the SF 49ers, and three others were about to be indicted for
alleged fraud. DeBartolo was caught offering to pay the governor as
much as $400,000 for a riverboat casino license.
(SFC, 12/3/97, p.A1)(SFC, 12/4/97, p.A1)
1997 Dec 3, Walt Disney
Chairman Michael Eisner exercised stock options for a profit of $565
(SFC, 12/4/97, p.A1)
1997 Dec 3, In Canada as many
as 120 countries began signing a ban on land mines in Ottawa. The
US, China, Russia, Iraq were among those countries refusing to sign
(SFC, 12/4/97, p.A1)
1997 Dec 3, South Korea struck
a deal with the International Monetary Fund for a record $55 billion
bailout of its foundering economy.
1997 Dec 3, In Norway Dr.
Christian Sandsdalen was convicted for the mercy killing in Jun 1996
of Bodil Bjerkmann (45), who suffered from multiple sclerosis. He
was the first Norwegian tried for mercy killing.
(SFC, 12/4/97, p.C4)
1997 Dec 3, In Poland Cardinal
Jozef Glemp chastised Rev. Tadeusz Rydzyk for his daily broadcasts
of hate and rage mingled with prayer sessions. Rydzyk began
broadcasting over Radio Maryja in 1991 and has become the 4th most
popular station in Poland with 5 million listeners, mostly among
older, religious observant women.
(SFEC, 12/14/97, p.A22)
1997 Dec 3, Pres. Yeltsin
announced that Russia is ready to cut troop strength in the Baltic
region by 20% by Jan 1, 1999.
(SFC, 12/4/97, p.C4)
1997 Dec 3, In Rwanda Hutu
rebels attacked a prison and released 507 jailed comrades in
(SFC, 12/4/97, p.C4)
1998 Dec 3, Republicans
jettisoned campaign fund-raising from their inquiry of President
Clinton, clearing the way for a historic House Judiciary Committee
vote on articles of impeachment over President Clinton's
relationship with Monica Lewinsky and his effort to cover it up.
1998 Dec 3, The movie
"Shakespeare in Love" premiered.
1998 Dec 3, Digital MP3
file-squishing technology was reported as a threat to recording
industry. MPEG Layer 3 was a compression technology that allowed CD
quality music to be sent over the Internet. The Rio portable player
by Diamond Multimedia was released to stores in the midst of piracy
(SFC, 12/3/98, p.A1)(SFEC, 12/20/98, p.B1)
1998 Dec 3, A scientific report
from the Multispecies Monitoring Committee said that the cod fishing
in the Gulf of Maine has collapsed due to overfishing.
(SFC, 12/4/98, p.A3)
1998 Dec 3, A 4-day conference
in Washington, attended by 44 countries, the Vatican and over a
dozen Jewish organizations, produced guidelines for documenting Nazi
plunder to resolve claims on confiscated art.
(SFC, 12/4/98, p.A18)
1998 Dec 3, In Europe the
central banks of 11 countries issued a coordinated interest-rate cut
in response to softening economic conditions.
(WSJ, 12/3/98, p.A16)
1998 Dec 3, In Vienna 33
nations signed the Wassenaar Arrangement limiting arms exports. The
agreement included export controls on the most powerful
(SFC, 12/4/98, p.B2)
1998 Dec 3, In Japan it was
reported that the Jul-Sep quarter fell 0.7%. It was the 4th
consecutive decrease in GDP.
(WSJ, 12/3/98, p.A16)
1998 Dec 3, In the Philippines
a fire burned the Catholic Bahay Kalinga orphanage in Manila and at
least 28 people were killed including 23 children.
(SFC, 12/3/98, p.A21)(WSJ, 12/4/98, p.A1)
1998 Dec 3, In Romania Brother
Cleopa, an Orthodox monk, died at age 87 at the 14th century
Sihastra Monastery. He was renowned for his lectures and sermons,
some of which were published under the title “Talks with Brother
Cleopa," in Sobornost, an ecumenical Orthodox and Anglican journal
published in Oxford.
(SFC, 12/7/98, p.A25)
1998 Dec 3, Yugoslav border
guards killed 8 ethnic Albanians as they tried to cross the border
into Kosovo. In Pristina Hizri Talla, a senior guerrilla commander
was killed along with Kosovar journalist Afrim Maliqi and student
(WSJ, 12/3/98, p.A1)(SFC, 12/10/98, p.C9)
1999 Dec 3, Pres. Clinton
offered to reduce bombing practice on Vieques in the spring and use
only dummy bombs plus $40 million in economic incentives with phase
out in 5 years. Puerto Rico rejected the offer.
(SFC, 12/4/99, p.A3)
1999 Dec 3, The WTO
negotiations in Seattle collapsed with no agreement reached on an
agenda for talks.
(SFC, 12/4/99, p.A1)
1999 Dec 3, Regular but
restricted passenger service from NY to Havana was resumed for the
1st time in nearly 4 decades with a flight by Marazul Charters.
(SFC, 12/4/99, p.A6)
1999 Dec 3, Tori Murden (36) of
the United States became the 1st woman to complete a rowboat
crossing of the Atlantic. Her 81-day, 7 hr. and 31 min. trip began
in the Canary Islands and finished at Fort-du-Bas in Guadeloupe.
(SFC, 12/4/99, p.A3)
1999 Dec 3, The Mars Polar
Lander touched down at the Martian South Pole. 2 probes burrowed
into the polar surface to test for water and carbon dioxide. NASA
failed to make contact with the $165 million lander following
(SFC, 1/4/99, p.A2)(SFC, 12/3/99, p.A3)(SFC,
1999 Dec 3, Ice in Arctic
waters was reported to be shrinking by about 14,000 square miles
annually. Global warming from human activity was suspected.
(SFC, 12/3/99, p.A6)
1999 Dec 3, In Worcester,
Mass., 6 firefighters died after 4 tried to rescue 2 who were in
trouble in a burning warehouse. A homeless couple who allegedly
knocked over a candle were later charged with involuntary
(SFEC, 12/5/99, p.A2)(SFC, 12/8/99, p.A13)
1999 Dec 3, Oscar-nominated
actress Madeline Kahn died at age 57.
1999 Dec 3, A 129 country
environmental conference in China agreed to provide poor countries
an additional $440 million over 3 years to stop using chemicals that
harm the ozone layer.
(SFC, 12/4/99, p.A14)
1999 Dec 3, In Chechnya some
250 Russian soldiers were reported killed by rebels south of Grozny.
Separately as many as 40 Chechen civilians were killed when Russian
troops fired on a refugee convoy.
(SFC, 12/4/99, p.A12)(SFEC, 12/5/99, p.A27)
1999 Dec 3, In the Maldives a
helicopter crashed enroute to Male and killed all 10 people onboard.
(SFC, 12/4/99, p.A14)
1999 Dec 3, In Monaco
billionaire banker Edmund Safra (67), founder of the Republic
National Bank of New York, was suffocated to death in a fire set by
intruders at his home in Monte Carlo. His American nurse, Ted Maher
(41), was jealous of other servants and later admitted that he had
set the fire and fabricated the intruder story to gain attention.
Maher was convicted in 2002 and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Maher escaped but was soon captured.
(SFC, 12/4/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 12/2/02, p.A1)(SSFC,
9/11/05, Par p.2)
2000 Dec 3, In Florida Circuit
Judge Sanders Sauls finished listening to testimony on Al Gore’s
request for a hand count of 13,000 ballots in 2 counties.
(SFC, 12/4/00, p.A1)
2000 Dec 3, The cable TV
Showtime station aired the premier of “Queer as Folk," a drama about
homosexuals based on a British series.
(SFC, 12/1/00, p.C1)
2000 Dec 3, Sandra Baldwin was
elected the first female president of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Baldwin resigned in May 2002 after she admitted lying about her
2000 Dec 3, Space shuttle
Endeavour's astronauts attached the world's largest, most powerful
set of solar panels to the international space station.
2000 Dec 3, Gwendolyn Brooks,
African-American poet, died at age 83. Brooks won a 1949 Pulitzer
Prize for her 2nd book of poetry, “Annie Allen." She was the poet
laureate of Illinois since 1968.
(SFC, 12/4/00, p.E3)
2000 Dec 3, In Chechnya rebels
struck numerous check points and at least 13 Russian soldiers were
(SFC, 12/5/00, p.A16)
2000 Dec 3, In Venezuela a
referendum was scheduled on suspending the leaders of the nation’s
labor unions for 180 days pending new labor elections. Voters in a
20% turnout approved the referendum to oust the leaders of the labor
unions. This paved the way for a government-dominated workers’
(SFC, 11/14/00, p.A17)(SFC, 12/5/00, p.A14)(WSJ,
2001 Dec 3, Tom Ridge, dead of
Homeland Security, ordered a state of high alert across the US to at
least the end of Ramadan in 2 weeks.
(WSJ, 12/4/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 3, Sec. of State
Powell met in Romania with officials from 55 nations in a conference
on fighting terrorism.
(WSJ, 12/3/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 3, Gov. Davis of
California met with Pres. Fox and Mexican legislators in Mexico City
to discuss economic solutions on mutual interests.
(SFC, 12/4/01, p.A3)
2001 Dec 3, In New Jersey Judge
Clarkson S. Fisher began jailing striking teachers, who defied his
(SFC, 12/5/01, p.A3)
2001 Dec 3, Enron took steps to
bolster its weak financial footing following its historic bankruptcy
filing, arranging $1.5 billion in financing and slashing 4,000 jobs,
or 20 percent of its work force.
2001 Dec 3, Dean Kamen,
inventor, unveiled his battery-powered, 12 mph Segway Human
Transporter in NYC. Kamen had spent $100 million over the last
decade to develop the vehicle. In 2003 Steve Kemper authored "Code
Name Ginger," the story of the Segway's development.
(SFC, 12/4/01, p.A2)(WSJ, 6/17/03, p.D5)
2001 Dec 3, A test US
anti-missile launched from Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Islands
successfully hit a dummy warhead from Vandenberg Air Base in
California, 4,800 miles away.
(SFC, 12/4/01, p.A4)
2001 Dec 3, Some 3,000 Taliban
surrendered at Char Dara, 6 miles west of Kunduz. Pashtuns battled
Taliban forces at Kandahar’s airport. The UN evacuated staff at
Mazar-e-Sharif due to Northern Alliance infighting.
(SFC, 12/4/01, p.A11)(WSJ, 12/4/01, p.A1,15)
2001 Dec 3, In Argentina the
government put a 90-day partial freeze on bank accounts to help stem
a run on banks. Weekly withdrawals were limited to $250.
(SFC, 12/4/01, p.A3)(WSJ, 12/4/01, p.A12)
2001 Dec 3, Israel struck the
West Bank and Gaza Strip and destroyed 3 Palestinian Authority
helicopters. In the wake of bombings that killed 26 Israelis, PM
Ariel Sharon declared war on terror. Arafat was effectively confined
to Ramallah after Israel destroyed his helicopters.
(SFC, 12/4/01, p.A1)(AP, 12/3/02)(SFC, 11/11/04,
2002 Dec 3, Thousands of
personnel files released under a court order showed that the
Archdiocese of Boston went to great lengths to hide priests accused
of abuse, including clergy who allegedly snorted cocaine and had sex
with girls aspiring to be nuns.
2002 Dec 3, In western Algeria
6 soldiers and 6 suspected Islamic militants were killed during
fighting in the Stamboul forest.
2002 Dec 3, In Burundi Pres.
Pierre Buyoya and Pierre Nkurunziza, leader of the main faction of
the Forces for the Defense of Democracy, or FDD, agreed to a
cease-fire in their 9-year civil war (effective Dec 30), in theory
leaving only one rebel group fighting in a conflict that has killed
more than 200,000 people.
2002 Dec 3, U.N. weapons
inspectors made their first unannounced visit to one of Iraqi leader
Saddam Hussein's presidential palaces.
2002 Dec 3, An Israeli soldier
in Ramallah shot and killed a 95-year-old Palestinian woman as her
taxi tried a back road to go around an Israeli checkpoint.
(SFC, 12/4/02, p.A14)
2002 Dec 3, Shanghai will host
the 2010 World Exposition after bidding fiercely to organize an
event expected to fuel millions of dollars of investment, Expo
officials announced in Monaco.
2003 Dec 3, US federal
authorities arrested 57 Hells Angles Motorcycle club members in 5
Western states on drugs, firearms and racketeering charges. The
charges stemmed from a casino brawl in Laughlin, Nev., in Apr. 2002
that left 3 dead.
(SFC, 12/4/03, p.A1)(SFC, 12/5/03, p.A25)
2003 Dec 3, A California state
commission denied a Texas company's plan to sell GloFish,
genetically-altered glow-in-the-dark fish. National sales of the
transgenic fish were set for Jan.
(SFC, 12/4/03, p.A2)
2003 Dec 3, A Colorado state
judge in Denver declared the new school voucher plan to be
(SFC, 12/4/03, p.A3)
2003 Dec 3, It was reported
that England planned to spend $17 billion to transform its health
care system with information technology to make all medical records
available in a secure central database.
(WSJ, 12/3/03, p.B1)
2003 Dec 3, David Hemmings
(62), British film actor, died after shooting scenes for "Samantha's
Child." In 1966 he starred as the photographer in Antonioni's
(SFC, 12/5/03, p.A27)
2003 Dec 3, The head of the
Iraqi Governing Council renewed his demand that a proposed
transitional legislature be elected by Iraqi voters, a move opposed
by U.S. occupation officials. Leaders of the top political parties
agreed with the US-led administration to create a militia picked by
the parties and governing council.
(AP, 12/3/03)(SFC, 12/4/03, p.A16)
2003 Dec 3, Ivory Coast
security forces fired tear gas at protesters who rallied for a 3rd
day outside the main French military base, demanding that
peacekeepers withdraw to allow resumed government attacks on rebels.
2003 Dec 3, A UN tribunal
convicted and sentenced a radio news director and a newspaper editor
to life imprisonment for their role in promoting the 1994 Rwandan
2003 Dec 3, In northern Senegal
a passenger bus and a cement truck collided, killing 22 people and
injuring 35 others.
2003 Dec 3, It was reported
that Syria's president had agreed to a proposal to halt violence
along Israel's northern border if Israel promises to end flights
over Lebanon and not attack its territory.
2004 Dec 3,
US Pres. George W. Bush signed a law extending normal trade
relations to Laos.
2004 Dec 3, It was announced
that US Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was staying on the job.
2004 Dec 3, Tommy G. Thompson
(63), US sec. of health and human services, announced his
resignation and expressed concern over the threat of global flu and
the possibility of a terrorist attack on the nation’s food supply.
(SFC, 12/4/04, p.A1)
2004 Dec 3, It was reported
that methamphetamine initially revs up the dopamine nervous system
in the brain and that sex is the No. 1 reason people use it. The
effect of an IV hit of meth is the equivalent of 10 orgasms all on
top of each other lasting for 30 minutes to an hour, with a feeling
of arousal that lasts for another day and a half. After you have
been using it a little bit longer you can't have sex even when
you're high. Nothing happens. It doesn't work. Later hair falls out
and teeth fall out. A total of 1,083 clandestine methamphetamine
labs were cleaned up in Tennessee in 2003.
2004 Dec 3, A boat carrying at
least 91 Dominican migrants apparently trying to reach Puerto Rico
illegally capsized, killing eight people.
2004 Dec 3, In France
Liberation's founding CEO Serge July announced the start of
exclusive negotiations with Banker Edouard de Rothschild over a $27
million capital increase that would let the banker acquire 37
percent of the popular daily.
2004 Dec 3, In Germany 3 Iraqi
citizens of Kurdish origin were arrested for plotting to kill Iraqi
PM Ayad Allawi. In 2008 the 3 men were convicted and sentenced to
prison. The Stuttgart state court convicted the three men of
attempted participation in murder and membership in terrorist
organization Ansar al-Islam, a radical Islamic group linked to
2004 Dec 3, In western
Guatemala 2 buses collided head-on along a mountain highway, and one
toppled into a nearby ravine, killing 21 people and injuring at
2004 Dec 3, India's foreign
exchange reserves vaulted $3.8 billion in the week through Dec. 3 to
a record $130.72 billion, as foreign capital poured into Asia's
fourth-biggest economy and the dollar slid against the euro.
2004 Dec 3, Insurgents launched
two major attacks against a Shiite mosque and a police station in
Baghdad, killing 30 people, including at least 16 police officers.
2004 Dec 3, Ramush Haradinaj
(36) was elected prime minister of Kosovo.
2004 Dec 3, Sheikh Hassan
Yousef, a top Hamas leader, said the militant group would accept the
establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
as well as a long-term truce with Israel.
(AP, 12/3/04)(SFC, 12/4/04, p.A3)
2004 Dec 3, In Russia 15 people
were killed when a fire broke out in a furniture factory warehouse
in the Moscow region.
2004 Dec 3, Ukraine’s Supreme
Court overturned the results of the disputed presidential elections
and ordered a new runoff by Dec 26.
(SFC, 12/4/04, p.A1)
2005 Dec 3, In Silicon Valley,
Ca., Adobe Systems merged with Macromedia.
(Econ, 12/10/05, p.70)
2005 Dec 3, Retired Navy vice
admiral Frederick L. "Dick" Ashworth, the weaponeer aboard the B-29
that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, died in Phoenix at
2005 Dec 3, Peter Haas Sr.
(86), former CEO and president of Levi Strauss, died in SF.
(SFC, 12/5/05, p.B4)
2005 Dec 3, In Bangladesh
police said they had arrested over 200 suspected Islamic militants
in a three-day sweep after suicide bombers killed at least nine
people and wounded scores in a spate of attacks this week.
2005 Dec 3, In Brazil the Greek
billionaire Athina Roussel Onassis (20) married Alvaro Afonso de
Miranda (32) a Brazilian Olympic equestrian in a palm-tree lined
estate in Sao Paulo.
2005 Dec 3, Economic officials
from the world's richest countries resumed their pressure on China
to adopt a more flexible exchange rate as they concluded a meeting
2005 Dec 3, British girls
Olivia Bazlinton (14) and Charlotte Thompson (13) died when they
were hit by an express train in Elsenham. In 2011 the rail regulator
said Network Rail will be prosecuted over the deaths of the two
young girls killed at a level crossing.
2005 Dec 3, In Canada tens of
thousands of people demonstrated in Montreal, host of the UN Climate
Change Conference, to demand that governments worldwide take
concrete measures against global warming.
2005 Dec 3, It was reported
that the Central African Republic has ordered radio and television
stations to stop broadcasting songs which encourage men to dump
their wives, saying such music is a hindrance to the country's
2005 Dec 3, Chechnya’s top
election official said a Kremlin-backed political party has won the
largest number of seats in the new parliament.
2005 Dec 3, Iran's hard-line
constitutional watchdog approved a bill blocking international
inspections of atomic facilities if the nation is referred to the
U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.
2005 Dec 3, In Iraq insurgents
ambushed an Iraqi patrol northeast of Baghdad, detonating a roadside
bomb and then firing on the patrol, killing 19 and wounding two.
2005 Dec 3, Troops exhumed the
remains of 25 bodies from a mass grave near a former Syrian military
base in eastern Lebanon. About 17,000 Lebanese who disappeared
during 1975-90 civil war are still missing, including 61 Lebanese
2005 Dec 3, Malaysia's state
media said Southeast Asian lawmakers want Myanmar expelled from the
ASEAN regional grouping unless it frees democracy icon Aung San Suu
Kyi and other political prisoners within a year.
2005 Dec 3, Myanmar’s
government confirmed for the first time that it has extended
pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's detention for six months.
2005 Dec 3, Taiwan's opposition
Nationalist Party won an overwhelming victory in island-wide
municipal elections, putting it in position to push its agenda of
reunification with China during the 2008 presidential campaign.
2005 Dec 3, Ukraine reported
its first outbreak of bird flu, discovered among some 1,500 dead
chickens and geese in the Black Sea region of Crimea.
2005 Dec 3, A rupture in an oil
pipeline caused a fire in western Venezuela, but firefighters
quickly brought the blaze under control. Evidence of sabotage was
soon found. [see Dec 5]
(AP, 12/04/05)(AP, 12/05/05)
2006 Dec 3, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide car bomb exploded next to a British convoy in
Kandahar city, and troops speeding away from the scene fired at
several civilian cars. 3 Afghans were killed and 19 people were
wounded, including three British soldiers. In southern Afghanistan
an estimated 70 to 80 Taliban militants were killed by NATO soldiers
in fighting after police told military authorities where insurgents
(AP, 12/3/06)(AP, 12/4/06)
2006 Dec 3, A major political
alliance in Bangladesh staged a nationwide transport blockade to
force electoral reforms. Separate clashes between rival political
activists and police left one man dead and at least 65 people
2006 Dec 3, Bolivia’s Pres. Evo
Morales signed contracts giving the government control over foreign
energy companies’ operations.
(SFC, 12/4/06, p.A11)
2006 Dec 3, In southern England
2 firefighters were killed in a blaze at a fireworks factory near
Lewes that injured a dozen others.
2006 Dec 3, Members of
Alberta's ruling Conservative party picked Ed Stelmach (55), a
moderate farmer, as premier of the western Canadian province.
2006 Dec 3, A Dubai-based
developer announced that it plans to build a new Russian city on
44,000 acres near Moscow.
2006 Dec 3, In East Timor a man
was hacked to death and 17 others were injured in overnight gang
fighting in Dili.
2006 Dec 3, Andris Piebalgs,
the EU Energy Commissioner from Latvia, signed an accord on nuclear
cooperation with Kazakhstan. The EU hoped to increase Kazakhstan
uranium sales to the EU from 3% to 20%.
(WSJ, 12/4/06, p.A6)
2006 Dec 3, Commodore Frank
Bainimarama told Fiji One television that he wants PM Laisenia
Qarase to resign so the military can name a new government for the
South Pacific island nation.
2006 Dec 3, Haitians cast
ballots in municipal and local elections that were billed as the
final step in the troubled country's return to democratic rule
following a bloody February 2004 revolt that toppled former
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
2006 Dec 3, Seven Iraqis were
killed and 12 wounded including 3 policemen killed by a suicide
bomber at a checkpoint near the northern city of Kirkuk. The
bullet-ridden body of the Sunni Arab chairman of one of Iraq's
leading soccer clubs was found, several days after he was kidnapped
in the capital. A US soldier was killed during combat in Baghdad.
(AP, 12/3/06)(AP, 12/6/06)
2006 Dec 3, Madagascar's
president faced 13 challengers in the first elections since voting
five years ago led to a six-month power struggle that split the
Indian Ocean nation between two governments.
2006 Dec 3, Mexico’s newly
sworn-in president Felipe Calderon decreed a 10% pay cut for himself
and his cabinet members, echoing a central campaign promise of the
leftist rival he beat by a razor-thin margin.
2006 Dec 3, In southern Taiwan
a double-decker tour bus crashed into a steep ravine in a scenic
mountain area, killing 22 and seriously injuring two dozen others.
2006 Dec 3, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez won re-election, defeating Manuel Rosales,
governor of the western state of Zulia. With 78% of voting stations
reporting, Chavez had 61% of the vote, to 38% for Rosales.
(Econ, 11/11/06, p.44)(AP, 12/3/06)(AP, 12/3/07)
2007 Dec 3, A consensus
judgement of the US intelligence community was released saying Iran
had halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003, and though it
continues an enriched uranium program, it apparently has not resumed
moving toward a nuclear capability. On Dec 11 the national Council
for Resistance in Iran said Iran’s weaponization program was
relocated and restarted in 2004.
(SFC, 12/4/07, p.A14)(WSJ, 12/11/07, p.A4)
2007 Dec 3, US Treasury
Secretary Henry Paulson proposed a freeze on interest rates on loans
made to millions of risky borrowers. Resistance by the mortgage
industry was expected. Paulson said he is confident there will soon
be an agreement to help thousands of homeowners avoid mortgage
defaults by temporarily freezing their interest rates.
(SFC, 12/4/07, p.C1)(AP, 12/3/07)
2007 Dec 3, The US national
debt was reported to be expanding by about $1.4 billion a day, or
nearly $1 million a minute.
2007 Dec 3, Former commissioner
Bowie Kuhn was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame; former Dodgers
owner Walter O'Malley, managers Dick Williams and Billy Southworth
and ex-Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss also were elected.
2007 Dec 3, In NYC Don Imus
returned to the airwaves eight months after he was fired for a
racially charged remark about the Rutgers women's basketball team,
and introduced a new cast that included two black comedians on
2007 Dec 3, AT&T said that
it planned to leave the rapidly shrinking pay-phone business.
(SFC, 12/4/07, p.C1)
2007 Dec 3, In Afghanistan’s
southwestern Nimroz province a suicide bomber blew himself up next
to a police patrol, killing four other people, including two
2007 Dec 3, Ten people believed
to be Algerian asylum seekers drowned while a Dutch ship tried to
rescue them in stormy Mediterranean waters. Two men survived the
2007 Dec 3, Labor Party leader
Kevin Rudd became Australia's 26th prime minister and immediately
began dismantling the former government's policies by ratifying the
Kyoto Protocol on climate change.
2007 Dec 3, Artist Mark
Wallinger won Britain's prestigious Turner Prize for a fiercely
anti-war exhibit based on a lone protester's six-year vigil outside
2007 Dec 3, The Bank of England
under governor Mervyn King brought down its base interest rate by a
quarter point to 5.5%.
(Econ, 12/8/07, p.65)
2007 Dec 3, In Congo (DRC) some
25,000 government forces army attacked a stronghold of renegade
Tutsi General Laurent Nkunda, a day after his men seized a strategic
town from the government and forced out thousands of civilians. The
troops were routed by some 4,000 insurgents.
2007 Dec 3, In Cuba a human
rights leader said that police have detained 29 anti-government
activists in less than two weeks and seven remain jailed, including
a man who called for the communist-run island to tolerate
2007 Dec 3, Hundreds of civil
servants protested in front of Egypt's Cabinet, demanding wage
increases to cope with rising prices and inflation.
2007 Dec 3, Egypt opened its
border crossing with Gaza to let in Palestinian religious pilgrims
headed for Saudi Arabia, the first time Palestinians have been
allowed to enter Egyptian territory since Hamas militants seized
Gaza in June.
2007 Dec 3, In Jakarta,
Indonesia, 6 Islamic militants were sentenced to up to 19 years in
prison for terrorist acts in eastern Indonesia that include
beheading three Christian schoolgirls in 2005 and shooting to death
Rev. Irianto Kongkoli in 2006.
2007 Dec 3, In Bali, Indonesia,
climate experts at a massive UN conference urged quick action toward
a new international pact to stem global warming. The UN Framework
Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) hoped for an agreement to
mitigate climate change after the Kyoto protocol runs out in 2012.
(AP, 12/3/07)(Econ, 12/1/07, p.73)
2007 Dec 3, Iran ordered
Canada's ambassador to leave the country after Canada rejected
candidates Tehran had proposed to represent the Islamic Republic in
2007 Dec 3, Lawmakers from
Iraq's largest Sunni Arab bloc ended their boycott of parliament
over the "house arrest" of their leader, Adnan al-Dulaimi, who also
attended the session. In Baghdad an Interior Ministry aide was
gunned down in his car. The mutilated bodies of four guards at an
oil facility who were kidnapped at a checkpoint on their way back
from vacation were found north of Baghdad.
2007 Dec 3, Israel
released 429 Palestinian prisoners in a gesture meant to strengthen
moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
2007 Dec 3, Daniele Emmanuello
(43), the Mafia godfather of Gela, Sicily, was killed while trying
to escape police. He was considered one of Italy's 30 most dangerous
(AP, 12/3/07)(Econ, 12/8/07, p.62)
2007 Dec 3, In Qatar Iran’s
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reached out to Gulf Arab states,
proposing security and economic pacts free of "foreign influence" in
the first appearance by an Iranian leader before a summit of a key
group of Persian Gulf nations. The six-member Gulf Cooperation
Council (GCC) was formed shortly after the outbreak of the 1980
Iran-Iraq war, partly to counter the spread of Iran's Islamic
2007 Dec 3, Opposition leader
Nawaz Sharif risks disqualification from Pakistan's crucial
parliamentary elections after an official rejected his nomination
papers. Sharif was said to be ineligible because of a conviction on
charges related to the 1999 coup, in which Musharraf ousted his
government. A bomb exploded inside an Islamic school in southwestern
Pakistan, killing six students and wounding four others.
2007 Dec 3, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas closed 92 charities linked to Hamas, as part
of a West Bank crackdown on Islamic militants.
(WSJ, 12/4/07, p.A1)
2007 Dec 3, Foreign observers
and Russian opposition groups accused authorities of manipulating a
sweeping parliamentary election victory for the party of President
Vladimir Putin, who hailed the results as a validation of his
leadership. With ballots from nearly 98 percent of precincts
counted, Putin's United Russia party was leading with 64.1 percent
of the vote. Europe joined the US in demanding Russia investigate
alleged abuses in the election, and Germany denounced the poll as
(AP, 12/3/07)(Reuters, 12/3/07)
2007 Dec 3, A Moscow court
convicted Igor Reshetin, the head of the company TsNIIMASH-Export, a
rocket and space technology company, on charges of leaking sensitive
technology to China. This was the latest case involving a Russian
scientist who was prosecuted despite claims the sensitive materials
were in the public domain. Reshetin was sentenced to 11 1/2 years in
prison after prosecutors said the information Reshetin had handed
over to the Chinese could be used for building missiles capable of
carrying nuclear warheads.
2007 Dec 3, Government troops
and Tamil Tiger rebels battled each other with rifles, mortars and
artillery across northern Sri Lanka, leaving 42 rebels and six
2007 Dec 3, Sudan's president
pardoned Gillian Gibbons, the British teacher jailed for insulting
Islam after allowing her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad.
Gibbons arrived back in England the next day.
(AP, 12/3/07)(AP, 12/4/07)
2007 Dec 3, A colleague said
Karim Bozorboyev, a prominent Uzbek human rights activist, has been
sentenced to six years and three months in jail as part of a
crackdown on dissidents and government critics.
2007 Dec 3, In Venezuela
President Hugo Chavez, humbled by his first electoral defeat ever,
said he may have been too ambitious in asking voters to let him
stand indefinitely for re-election and endorse a huge leap to a
2008 Dec 3, The US government
released the first part of a $400 million aid package to support
Mexico's police and soldiers in their fight against drug cartels.
Jesus Martin Huerta, the No. 2 federal prosecutor in the border city
of Ciudad Juarez, was shot dead.
2008 Dec 3, Laura Garza, an
aspiring dancer, disappeared after leaving a NYC nightclub with a
registered sex offender. On April 11, 2010, her remains were found
in Olyphant, Pa. DNA confirmation was announced on April 26.
2008 Dec 3, In California
Theodore Neff (66) was found strangled to death as his house on San
Pablo Bay burned. Within days police arrested Alejandro Hernandez
Rivera (24), a male prostitute, in a sting operation. Neff’s golden
flute was in Rivera’s car. In 2010 Rivera was convicted of 1st
degree murder and sentenced to 33 years in prison.
(SFC, 9/21/10, p.A1)(SFC, 10/5/10, p.C1)(SFC,
2008 Dec 3, Lynn Gilderdale
(31), who suffered from myalgic encephalomyelitis (aka chronic
fatigue syndrome), died in East Sussex with the assistance of her
mother, Kay Gilderdale. In 2010 a British jury cleared the mother of
2008 Dec 3, In Iraq a sticky
bomb attached to a minibus carrying Education Ministry employees
exploded, killing at least one civilian and wounding five others in
eastern Baghdad. Another such bomb attached to a car exploded near
the entrance of the heavily fortified Green Zone, wounding the
driver, an Iraqi contractor working with US forces.
2008 Dec 3, An international
rights group said the torture of prisoners including al-Qaida
suspects has increased under the military junta that rules
Mauritania, where security forces routinely abuse detainees with
electric shocks, burnings, beatings and sexual violence.
2008 Dec 3, NATO foreign
ministers affirmed their support for US plans to install
anti-missile defenses in Europe despite Russia's strong opposition.
NATO foreign ministers said they expected Albania and Croatia to
become the alliance's newest members by April.
2008 Dec 3, In the southern
Nigerian state of Akwa Ibom one person was killed during an attack
on a convoy of Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN), a subsidiary of US oil
2008 Dec 3-2008 Dec 4, In
Norway 94 nations signed a treaty banning cluster bombs in a move
that supporters hope will shame the US, Russia and China and other
non-signers into abandoning weapons blamed for maiming and killing
civilians. Norway, which began the drive to ban cluster bombs 18
months ago, was the first to sign, followed by Laos and Lebanon,
both hard-hit by the weapons.
(AP, 12/3/08)(Econ, 12/13/08, p.70)
2008 Dec 3, Pakistani
airstrikes killed 30 suspected militants in 2 area of the Mohmand
border region. A suicide attack on a convoy in the same region
killed 3 soldiers and a civilian.
(SFC, 12/4/08, p.A13)
2008 Dec 3, In Puerto Rico a
Rockwell International 690B plane slammed into El Yunque mountain,
killing Caribbean pilot Ken Webster and two US tourists on board. A
spokesman for the Medical Mutual of Ohio health insurance company
later identified the two Americans as Kent W. Clapp, the firm's
chief executive, and his fiancee, Tracy Turner.
2008 Dec 3, In Spain's northern
Basque region suspected ETA separatists shot and killed a
businessman in the first attack linked to the group since the arrest
of its military chief last month.
2008 Dec 3, In Thailand the
first commercial flight in a week arrived in Bangkok as
anti-government protesters ended their siege of the country's two
main airports, declaring victory after PM Somchai Wongsawat was
ousted by a court ruling.
2008 Dec 3, In Yemen the bodies
of 24 Somalis washed ashore following an accident involving a boat
trying to smuggle migrants. Strong winds pushed the bodies on to
beaches over the last 2 days near the town of al-Qasha'a. 184 more
Somalis involved in the accident managed to swim ashore.
2008 Dec 3, Zimbabwe riot
police charged into a group of doctors and nurses protesting the
deepening economic and health crisis, as deaths rose sharply from a
cholera epidemic blamed on collapsing infrastructure.
2009 Dec 3, The IRS auctioned
7,100 acres of Crow creek Sioux tribal land near Pierre, South
Dakota to help pay off over $3 million in back taxes. The land sold
for $2.6 million.
(SFC, 12/4/09, p.A15)
2009 Dec 3, Comcast Corp.
announced it plans to buy a majority stake in NBC Universal for
$13.75 billion, giving the nation's largest cable TV operator
control of the Peacock network, an array of cable channels and a
major movie studio.
2009 Dec 3, Wisconsin police
found the bodies of 2 women and their 2 young daughters shot to
death in Madison. Police searched for Tyrone Adair (38), the father
linked to the deaths of his two young daughters and their mothers.
Adair was found dead of suspected suicide in his SUV on Dec 7.
(AP, 12/5/09)(SFC, 12/8/09, p.A12)
2009 Dec 3, A Chinese court
handed down a further five death sentences to people convicted of
murder and other crimes during ethnic rioting in the far western
Xinjiang region in July in which almost 200 people died.
2009 Dec 3, A Congolese court
upheld death sentences for two Norwegians convicted of espionage and
murder, prompting condemnation from Norwegian officials. They had
been convicted in Sep of murdering their driver and attempting to
murder a witness in May 2009.
2009 Dec 3, In Cuba activists
from 32 little-known organizations opposed to the communist
government issued a call for an end to social repression on the
island at a gathering in the home of a prominent human rights
2009 Dec 3, Guinea’s President
Moussa "Dadis" Camara (45) was shot by Abubakar "Toumba" Diakite,
who commands the presidential guard. He was flown to Morocco for
medical treatment following the assassination attempt nearly a year
after he seized power in a coup. Toumba is accused of having led the
presidential guard that opened fire Sep 28 on the peaceful
demonstrators, who had gathered inside the capital's national
2009 Dec 3, In Iraq Ahmed Subhi
al-Fahal, a top counterterrorism officer, was killed in a suicide
bombing in Tikrit. The bombing also killed two of his bodyguards and
two bystanders. Within hours dozens of Web sites affiliated with
al-Qaida in Iraq celebrated the death of their longtime nemesis.
2009 Dec 3, Mexico City police
freed 107 people who were forced to work under slave-like conditions
in a clandestine factory making shopping bags and clothing clasps.
2009 Dec 3, Nigerian AIDS and
malaria activists said at least 144 women die each day in Nigeria
during pregnancy or childbirth, according to the UN and World Bank
statistics. Activists premiered three short but hard-hitting
Nollywood films to push for an urgent change in attitude and
provision of adequate healthcare services to avoid pregnancy-related
2009 Dec 3, In Pakistan 10
suspects were killed in overnight fighting following a raid on a
militant hide-out near the Swat Valley area of Kabal. Abu Faraj, a
militant leader who was captured in September and accused of
plotting suicide bombings in the area, led troops to a militant
hide-out and was killed in the fighting. Five other militants were
killed when security forces repelled attacks on three checkpoints in
the Bajur area.
2009 Dec 3, Rusal, the world’s
largest aluminium company, said it had reached a deal to restructure
debts of $17 billion, including $7 billion held by foreigners,
clearing the way for an IPO. Russia’s state-owned Vnesheconobank
(VEB) had recently agreed to extend a $4.5 billion loan to Rusal,
lead by Oleg Deripaska, one of the country’s richest tycoons.
(Econ, 12/5/09, p.73)
2009 Dec 3, In Somalia a male
suicide bomber dressed as a woman attacked a university graduation
ceremony in a small part of Mogadishu still under government
control, killing 24 people, including 3 Cabinet ministers, 3
journalists and a number of graduating doctors. The president of
Benadir University said 43 students were taking part in the
graduation ceremony at the Shamo Hotel. The bomber was later
reported to be a Danish citizen of Somali descent.
(AP, 12/3/09)(AP, 12/4/09)(AP, 12/10/09)(Econ,
2009 Dec 3, Pope Benedict XVI
and visiting Russian Pres. Dmitry Medvedev agreed to upgrade
Vatican-Kremlin relations to full diplomatic ties.
(SFC, 12/4/09, p.A2)
2010 Dec 3, President Barack
Obama slipped unannounced into Afghanistan, one year after widening
an ever deadlier war and just days before a pivotal review about the
9-year-plus conflict. Due to weather Obama planned a secure video
conference with Pres. Karzai from Bagram Air Field.
2010 Dec 3, The White House
announced that Pres. Barack Obama has granted the first pardons of
his presidency, to 9 people convicted of crimes including possessing
drugs, counterfeiting and even mutilating coins.
2010 Dec 3, A US federal court
search warrant said Navy Reserve Intelligence Officer Minkyu Martin
(22) was under investigation for passing classified information to
an FBI agent he thought was a foreign intelligence agent.
2010 Dec 3, US and South Korean
representatives broke through a stalemate on issues related to the
automobile industry, clearing the way for closer economic ties with
fast-expanding South Korea. President Barack Obama hailed the
agreement as a "landmark trade deal" that would support at least
70,000 US jobs.
2010 Dec 3, It was reported
that California is the only state in the nation to provide vehicles
to its rank-and-file lawmakers for unlimited use. The state faced a
$6 billion deficit and lawmakers already have cut programs such as
adult dental care and health care programs for children from
2010 Dec 3, The US Air Force's
secrecy-shrouded X-37B unmanned spaceplane returned to Earth after
more than seven months in orbit on a classified mission.
2010 Dec 3, Online payment
service provider PayPal said in a company blog it has cut off the
account used by WikiLeaks to collect donations.
2010 Dec 3, Wikileaks struggled
to stay online as corporations and governments moved to cut its
access to the Internet, a potentially crippling blow for an
organization dedicated to releasing secret information via the web.
2010 Dec 3, US diplomatic
cables, revealed today by WikiLeaks, portrayed Afghanistan as rife
with graft to the highest levels of government, with tens of
millions of dollars flowing out of the country and a cash transfer
network that facilitates bribes for corrupt Afghan officials, drug
traffickers and insurgents.
2010 Dec 3, In Argentina
leaders of the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world held their
annual goal-setting summit amid tensions raised by the publication
of US diplomatic cables that in some cases plant doubts about the
unity and friendship they publicly profess.
2010 Dec 3, Rio Tinto, an
Anglo-Australian mining firm, announced a joint venture with
Chinalco, to hunt for minerals in China.
(Econ, 12/18/10, p.130)
2010 Dec 3, In Vienna, Austria,
the 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency
approved an IAEA-run repository for nuclear fuel, in a move meant to
limit proliferation by making domestic uranium enrichment programs
2010 Dec 3, Authorities in
Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro declared a state of emergency and
evacuated hundreds of people after heavy rainfall caused severe
flooding along the Drina River, the worst in 104 years.
2010 Dec 3, Outgoing Brazilian
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva announced recognition of a
Palestinian state within the 1967 borders in a public letter
addressed to Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas. This was made public
by Brazil's foreign ministry.
2010 Dec 3, Negotiators for the
US and Brazil initialed a text in Rio de Janeiro for a new air
transport agreement. Once formally approved, the pact will establish
an Open Skies air transportation relationship between the two
countries that will expand services and could bring down prices.
2010 Dec 3, Former British
Labor MP David Chaytor (61) pleaded guilty to fraud charges,
becoming the first politician to be convicted over his expenses
2010 Dec 3, British forecasters
issued warnings of widespread ice and hazardous conditions lasting
well into the weekend as the country's cold snap tightened its grip
and three more deaths were reported.
2010 Dec 3, A land dispute on
Easter Island turned violent when riot police evicting islanders
from their ancestral home were surrounded by rock-throwing
protesters. About two dozen people were injured in a 7-hours-long
confrontation. The official native name of Easter Island, known for
its stunning gigantic stone heads known as Moais, is Rapa Nui, and
that's what many natives call themselves, refusing to identify with
Chile, which annexed the island in 1888.
2010 Dec 3, Chinese police
detained the wife of Hada, the co-founder of a Mongolian separatist
movement, and raided the family bookstore just days before the
activist is to be released from 15 years in prison.
2010 Dec 3, A Chinese passenger
train set a new record for speed, hitting 302 miles per hour (486 km
per hour) during a test run.
2010 Dec 3, A Chinese cargo
ship with 24 Chinese passengers and crew members sank off the coast
of the Philippines. At least 14 crewmen were rescued and 10 were
(www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6B30U120101204)(SFC, 12/6/10, p.A2)
2010 Dec 3, The death toll in
Haiti’s cholera epidemic reached nearly 1,900 people since erupting
less than two months ago. The Health Ministry said there have been
more than 80,000 cases since it was first detected in late October.
The Pan-American Health Organization projected it could sicken
400,000 people within a year.
2010 Dec 3, In Iraq 24 people,
including 22 Iranian pilgrims visiting Shiite holy sites, died when
two buses collided head-on south of Baghdad. A sniper shot and
killed a policeman manning a checkpoint in Baghdad. Gunmen with
silencers opened fire from a speeding car on a police colonel and
2010 Dec 3, In Ivory Coast new
figures put up by a Gbagbo loyalist said that the incumbent
president had in fact been re-elected. They put Gbagbo on top with
more than 51% of the vote by chucking out some 500,000 ballots from
2010 Dec 3, In Kenya two
attacks in Nairobi killed three police officers. Police asked the US
FBI for help and hoped that advanced forensics would determine
whether the attacks were linked and if they were carried out by
2010 Dec 3, In Lebanon the
militant Hezbollah group said it discovered what it said was an
Israeli device on Hezbollah's private telecommunications network in
the southern village of Majdel Silim. The device was apparently
detonated remotely by the Israelis.
2010 Dec 3, Lithuania said a
South Korean bidder, Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO), had pulled
out of a four-nation nuclear power plant project and another was
rejected. Lithuania itself has been aiming to have a stake of around
one-third, but there has been disagreement with Estonia, Latvia and
Poland about their relative holdings and power share-out.
2010 Dec 3, Mexican Judge
Fernando Cordova del Valle ruled that prosecutors failed to bring
enough evidence against Sandra Avila Beltran, described by US and
Mexican officials as a major decision-maker for the Sinaloa gang,
Mexico's most powerful cartel. The "Queen of the Pacific" had been
charged with organized crime, conspiracy to traffic drugs and money
laundering. Mexican police arrested Jacobo Tagle Dobin (31), a
suspect in the 2005 kidnapping and presumed killing of Hugo Alberto
Wallace (36), a Mexican businessman, whose crusading mother led a
high-profile campaign that helped crack open the case. In January,
2011, Beltran was sentenced to time already served on a weapons
(AP, 12/3/10)(AP, 12/5/10)(AP, 2/6/11)
2010 Dec 3, The Netherlands'
justice minister and five southern Dutch cities said they will
implement new restrictions on marijuana cafes after a wave of
drug-related gangland violence.
2010 Dec 3, Pakistani police
said they have arrested five suspects linked to an attack on a spy
agency building in Lahore last year which killed 24 people. Police
said the suspects belonged to the previously unknown
Al-Toheed-wa-al-Jihad faction which falls under the umbrella
Pakistani militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
2010 Dec 3, Palestinian
president Mahmud Abbas threatened to dissolve the Palestinian
Authority if Israel does not stop building settlements on occupied
2010 Dec 3, In Peru a bank
robber held 34 people hostage for more than seven hours in a
nationally televised drama that ended when a police sniper crawled
through a ventilation duct and shot and killed him.
2010 Dec 3, The Philippine
government and communist rebels announced they will resume peace
negotiations to end the 41-year-old Maoist insurgency early next
year after the talks were suspended more than six years ago.
2010 Dec 3, In Poland the death
toll from a deep freeze increased to 30 with a dozen more deaths
overnight. The death toll across Europe reached at least 40.
2010 Dec 3, South Korea
threatened to bomb North Korea if it tries a repeat of last week's
attack, raising its rhetoric after the US warned of an "immediate
threat" from Pyongyang.
2010 Dec 3, The Spanish
government approved new austerity measures and a limited economic
stimulus package to ease investor fears about its debt, and insisted
again it was taking strong steps to right its ailing economy.
2010 Dec 3, In Spain a sickout
by air traffic controllers created travel chaos. Spain’s military
assumed control and the government threatened the controllers with
jail terms in an unprecedented emergency order to get planes back in
the skies and clear chaotic airports clogged with irate travelers.
(AP, 12/4/10)(SFC, 12/4/10, p.A2)
2011 Dec 3, Businessman Herman
Cain, plagued by allegations of sexual harassment and marriage
infidelity, announced that he is officially suspending his campaign
for US president.
2011 Dec 3, In Colorado a small
plane with 4 people crashed in the mountains near Silverton.
(SFC, 12/5/11, p.A6)
2011 Dec 3, In eastern
Afghanistan 3 troops from the NATO-led International Security
Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed by a roadside bomb.
2011 Dec 3, In Brazil a
tractor-trailer slammed into a bus carrying sugarcane cutters,
killing at least 33 people and injuring 13 others in the
northeastern state of Bahia.
2011 Dec 3, The London-based
Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organization (IKWRO) reported
that more than 2,800 so-called honor attacks, punishments for
bringing shame on the family, were recorded by Britain's police in
2011 Dec 3, Congo's Pres.
Kabila, who is seeking a second term in a nation reeling from
poverty and pummeled by war, was leading with just over 50 percent
of the votes after early presidential poll results were released.
2011 Dec 3, Early results from
Egypt's first post-revolution election showed Islamist parties
sweeping to victory, including hardline Salafists, with secular
parties trounced in many areas. Full results after the first Nov
28-29 voting, which saw 62 percent turnout, have been delayed
2011 Dec 3, Guyana's new Pres.
Donald Ramotar (61) was sworn in, pledging that his minority
government will work with an opposition-controlled Parliament.
Ramotar replaced Bharrat Jagdeo, who served the two-term maximum set
by Guyana's constitution.
2011 Dec 3, In Honduras a
female Peace Corps volunteer was shot in the leg during an armed
robbery in a bus in the city of San Pedro Sula. Two others were
wounded. One of the three alleged robbers was killed by a bus
passenger. A US government decision to pull out the entire Peace
Corps delegation came 18 days later
2011 Dec 3, A key ally of
India’s ruling coalition said the government has "suspended" plans
to open the nation's huge retail sector to global competition that
have paralyzed parliament.
2011 Dec 3, Thousands protested
in India against the country's decision to compete in the London
Olympics despite sponsorship of the Games by Dow chemical, a US firm
linked to the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy. Thousands of survivors of the
tragedy blocked trains demanding more compensation.
(AFP, 12/3/11)(SSFC, 12/4/11, p.A8)
2011 Dec 3, The Kenyan army
said it had lost four troops killed in action against Somalia's
Shebab Islamist rebels while 10 had been hospitalized with wounds
since it launched its incursion in mid-October.
2011 Dec 3, In Nigeria
suspected Muslim sect members shot and killed two people during a
wedding ceremony in Maiduguri.
2011 Dec 3, Pakistani actress
Veena Malik said a nude photo has been published in violation of her
agreement with FHM India and she was considering legal action
against the magazine. She had posed in the nude for the Indian
magazine with the initials of Pakistan's feared and powerful
intelligence agency on her arm and triggered fury across her
2011 Dec 3, In Panama a small
plane, piloted by a US citizen, crashed about 50 miles west of
Panama City, killing pilot Monty Polo and Panamanian passenger Josue
2011 Dec 3, In the Philippines
more than 1,000 gays, lesbians and transgenders marched in Manila to
demand equal rights, an end to discrimination, and more support for
2011 Dec 3, Sierra Leone's
Pres. Ernest Bai Koroma officially declared the Gola Rainforest a
2011 Dec 3, The head of Sri
Lanka's Roman Catholic church declared he will boycott state
functions to protest against police allegations of child trafficking
involving the Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.
2011 Dec 3, Violence swept
across Syria killing 25 people, most of them in a battle between
troops and a growing force of army defectors who have joined the
movement to oust President Bashar Assad. Syrian troops detained at
least 27 people in the village of Talkalakh on the border with
Lebanon and set fire to the homes of nine activists who were on the
run. The Arab League approved details of sanctions against Syria
aimed at pressuring the regime to end its deadly eight-month
crackdown on dissent.
2011 Dec 3, In Tunisia
thousands of Islamist supporters descended on central Tunis to
confront liberal demonstrators rallying against extremism as
lawmakers draft a new constitution.
2011 Dec 3, In Venezuela
leaders from across Latin America and the Caribbean pledged closer
ties to safeguard their economies from the world financial crisis as
they formed a new bloc on Saturday including every nation in the
hemisphere except the US and Canada. The leaders formally launched
the new bloc, known by its Spanish initials CELAC, by approving a
declaration of shared principles as well as a clause dealing with
2011 Dec 3, Five Yemeni
soldiers were killed in an attack by Al-Qaeda suspects on their post
near the southern restive city of Zinjibar in Abyan province.
2012 Dec 3, In NYC Naeem Davis
(30) shoved Ki-Suck Han (58) in front of an oncoming subway train.
Davis, who later said he was high on drugs, was charged with 2nd
(SSFC, 12/9/12, p.A10)
2012 Dec 3, Software company
founder John McAfee, wanted for questioning in connection with the
killing of a fellow American ex-pat, said he has left Belize and is
still on the run.
2012 Dec 3, In Afghanistan two
NATO coalition service members were killed in a bomb attack in the
2012 Dec 3, It was reported
that Moktar Belmoktar, an Algerian-born jihadist, has decided to
leave the al-Qaida franchise AQIM in order to create a movement
spanning the entire Sahara desert.
2012 Dec 3, Software company
founder John McAfee, wanted for questioning in connection with the
killing of a fellow American ex-pat, said he has left Belize and is
still on the run. He escaped to Guatemala and requested asylum.
(AP, 12/3/12)(SFC, 12/5/12, p.E1)
2012 Dec 3, Gambia detained
Imam Baba Leigh. Media reports linked his arrest with comments he
made in August 2012 in which he described the executions of nine
people carried out by the government as "un-Islamic." Leigh was
released on May 10, 2013.
2012 Dec 3, In the Netherlands
volunteer soccer linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen (42) died a day
after he was beaten by players from Osdorp following a match against
his club Buitenboys in the city of Almere. The offenders, aged
14-17, were all ethnic Moroccans.
(Econ, 1/12/13, p.46)(http://tinyurl.com/cdpsf42)
2012 Dec 3, In Northern Ireland
a vote in the Belfast City Council reduced sharply the flying of the
British flag atop the city hall. The Alliance Party, which
represents middle-ground opinion and seeks support from both sides
of the community, voted with the Catholic side to take down the flag
except for 18 official days annually. Protestants reacted with
2012 Dec 3, In Pakistan a
gunman on a motorcycle shot and severely wounded an elderly Swedish
woman who worked at a church in Lahore. Also in Lahore, gunmen
desecrated over 100 graves of Ahmadis, members of a persecuted
religious sect. A bomb ripped through a police van as it was
patrolling the outskirts of Peshawar, killing two officers and
wounding two others. A gunman riding on a motorcycle killed the
leader of an Islamic seminary in the southern city of Karachi.
2012 Dec 3, Peru asked the UN’s
highest court to set a maritime border between it and Chile, which
insisted that the border was clearly set by treaties signed in 1952
(SFC, 12/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 3, Syrian warplanes
bombed a security building that had been taken over by rebels along
the Turkish border, killing at least one person, wounding 20 more
and sending dozens of civilians fleeing across the frontier. A
regime shell attack on the Aleppo neighborhood of Bustan al-Qasr
killed 12 men. 13 people were reported dead in a separate attack in
Aleppo's Halak neighborhood. At least 17 unidentified bodies were
found in the Damascus suburb of Thiyabiyeh.
(AP, 12/3/12)(AP, 12/4/12)
2013 Dec 3, The US voiced
solidarity with Japan against China's claim to airspace over
disputed islands, vowing not to tolerate the aggressive move as VP
Joe Biden prepared to deliver that message personally to Beijing.
2013 Dec 3, In California El
Centro police officers pulled over Charlie Sampson (57) under
suspicion of his being a drug dealer. Police repeatedly ignored
signs of his medical distress and Sampson died hours later. An
edited video of the arrest was released on October 8, 2015.
2013 Dec 3, In Florida a number
of pilot whales were spotted in extremely shallow water in the
Everglades park south of Naples. 22 whales died after a pod of 51
was first spotted.
(SFC, 12/6/13, p.A12)(SFC, 12/9/13, p.A8)
2013 Dec 3, The Illinois
Legislature approved a historic plan to eliminate the state’s $100
billion pension shortfall. Gov. Pat Quinn said he will sign it.
(SFC, 12/4/13, p.A9)
2013 Dec 3, US Federal Judge
Steven Rhodes ruled that Detroit is eligible to proceed with its
Chapter 9 bankruptcy, the largest public US bankruptcy to date.
(SFC, 12/4/13, p.A9)(Econ, 12/7/13, p.29)
2013 Dec 3, In southern
Afghanistan roadside bombs killed 9 people, including six civilians,
as insurgents pressed forward with a relentless campaign against the
government and its security forces.
2013 Dec 3, In Belgium more
than 130 vehicles were involved in three pileups in a dense morning
fog. At least one person was killed.
(SFC, 12/4/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 3, Ida Pollock
(b.1908), romance novelist, died in southwest England. Her more than
120 books included some 70 "bodice-rippers" for romance publisher
Mills & Boon, the British arm of Harlequin Enterprises.
2013 Dec 3, In the Central
African Republic UN officials said at least 12 people of the Peuhl
Muslim minority, including children and a pregnant woman, have been
killed by Christian vigilantes.
2013 Dec 3, Prominent Egyptian
youth leader Ahmed Duma was arrested for participating in a protest,
the third pro-democracy activist to be detained within a week.
2013 Dec 3, Egyptian poet Ahmed
Fouad Negm (84), renowned for his revolutionary poetry and outspoken
criticism of Arab political leaders, died. He became recognized as a
voice of protest in 1967 when he wrote poems on the Arab-Israeli
war, which were highly acclaimed.
2013 Dec 3, French PM Jean-Marc
Ayrault said in a published interview that France will allow private
security forces to protect its shipping fleet against the threat of
2013 Dec 3, Retired French
general Paul Aussaresses (b.1918) died. He led a "death squadron"
that tortured people during Algeria's 1954-1962 war of independence.
In 2004 he was fined 7,500 euros ($10,200) for defending torture and
had his membership of the prestigious Order of the Legion d'Honneur
removed by then President Jacques Chirac.
2013 Dec 3, French experts
released findings that ruled out the poisoning theory of Yasser
Arafat and went in the sense of a natural death. This differed
significantly from those of Swiss scientists, who said last month
their research offered some support for the suggestion Arafat was
killed by polonium poisoning.
2013 Dec 3, Hong Kong officials
said they will quarantine 17 people after the city confirmed its
first human case of the deadly H7N9 bird flu.
2013 Dec 3, In Indonesia top
trade officials began talks that will either produce an eleventh
hour deal that could boost the global economy by $1 trillion or
possibly spell the end of the World Trade Organization's relevance
as a forum for negotiations.
2013 Dec 3, Iran's foreign
ministry asked Afghanistan not to sign a security deal with the US
that could keep thousands of American and allied forces in its
neighboring country for another decade.
2013 Dec 3, In Iraq attacks
mostly targeting Sunni Arab areas of Baghdad as well as northern and
western Iraq killed at least 23 people.
2013 Dec 3, Italian PM Enrico
Letta announced measures to try to combat a fresh rubbish emergency
in the area around the southern city of Naples where organized crime
and widespread abuse have created a chronic environmental crisis.
2013 Dec 3, In Mali excavation
began on a mass grave containing 21 skulls near the Kati military
barracks, formerly the fief of Gen. Amadou Haya Sanogo. The spot
where the remains were found matches the place where witnesses said
around 20 soldiers were shot and killed by troops loyal to Sanogo in
2013 Dec 3, Mexico's Senate
overwhelmingly approved an electoral reform demanded by the
opposition, helping pave the way for Congress to focus on an energy
bill at the center of President Enrique Pena Nieto's economic
2013 Dec 3, Netherlands-based
Royal Dutch Shell PLC said it has completed building the hull of the
world's largest floating facility, which has been constructed to
process natural gas off the coast of western Australia.
2013 Dec 3, Nigerian university
lecturers vowed to press on with their five-month strike over pay
and conditions, on the eve of a government ultimatum to go back to
work or be sacked.
2013 Dec 3, In Peru prosecutors
said the remains of 54 people, mostly women and children, have been
found in 19 graves in the town of Chungui. Experts believed the
victims were killed perhaps in 1986 during the first term of
president Alan García (1985-1990).
2013 Dec 3, In Russia Bolshoi
star dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko was sentenced to six years in prison
over an acid attack on the ballet's director that exposed vicious
backstage bickering and intrigue at the renowned theater.
2013 Dec 3, South Africa's
government launched a widely unpopular road toll around the economic
hub of Johannesburg, a move likely to heighten tensions with its
union allies and alienate some voters in the run-up to next year's
2013 Dec 3, South Korean
lawmakers said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is believed to have
dismissed Jang Song Thaek, a powerful uncle and a man key to his
rise to power, from his posts.
(Reuters, 12/3/13)(SFC, 12/5/13, p.A3)
2013 Dec 3, Syria's state TV
reported that a suicide attacker blew himself up in central
Damascus, killing 4 and wounding 17 others. Syria's Greek Orthodox
patriarch appealed for the quick release of 12 nuns abducted by
opposition forces a day earlier.
2013 Dec 3, Thailand's
government ordered police to stop confronting protesters demanding
the resignation of the prime minister, raising hope that days of
political violence may end, but the leader of the campaign said the
fight would go on.
2013 Dec 3, Ukraine's
opposition failed to force out the government with a parliamentary
no-confidence vote, leaving the country's political tensions
unresolved with calls for more mass protests.
2013 Dec 3, UN forces in
Democratic Republic of Congo launched unmanned aircraft to monitor
the volatile border with Rwanda and Uganda, the first time UN
peacekeepers have deployed surveillance drones. The UN announced its
peacekeeping troops will go after other armed groups in the DRC,
after helping to defeat the M23 rebel force.
(Reuters, 12/3/13)(AFP, 12/3/13)
2014 Dec 3, US officials said
they have indications that Iran has carried out air strikes on
Islamic State targets in Iraq 10 days earlier.
2014 Dec 3, Psychotherapist and
writer Nathaniel Brandon (84), former devotee and lover of Ayn Rand,
died at his home in Los Angeles.
(SFC, 12/10/14, p.E8)
2014 Dec 3, The Afghan
government said it will send a delegation to Iran to ask the
government to extend temporary visas to allow 760,000 Afghan
refugees who have no documents and risk deportation to stay on for
at least a year.
2014 Dec 3, In Afghanistan an
attack on a police checkpoint in northern Jawzjan province killed 4
2014 Dec 3, Britain’s Treasury
chief George Osborne unveiled plans to crack down on multinational
tax avoiders as he sought to deflect criticism for failing to meet
his budget targets.
2014 Dec 3, In northeastern
China an employee of the central bank shot and killed two colleagues
at the branch he was working at in Dashiqiao city, Liaoning
2014 Dec 3, In France Faouzi
Lamdaoui, an adviser to President Francois Hollande, resigned after
being summoned to answer charges of fraud by a Paris criminal court.
Lamdaoui, an equality and diversity advisor, was suspected of
misusing corporate assets, money laundering and forgery from 2007 to
2008 related to a transport company he founded.
2014 Dec 3, Germany's cabinet
agreed on plans to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 78 million tons by
2020 to help Europe's biggest economy meet ambitious targets to
fight climate change.
2014 Dec 3, A Japanese space
explorer took off on a six-year journey to blow a crater in a remote
asteroid and bring back rock samples in hopes of gathering clues to
the origin of Earth. Hayabusa2, is expected to reach the asteroid in
2014 Dec 3, A Lebanese military
expert was killed and two others were wounded when a bomb they were
about to dismantle near the border with Syria exploded.
2014 Dec 3, In Libya warplanes
struck the western port of Zuwara.
2014 Dec 3, A Palestinian (16)
stabbed two Israelis in a supermarket in the West Bank before a
private security guard shot him. The guard shot the attacker in the
legs and police later arrested him.
2014 Dec 3, In Somalia a
suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into a UN convoy near Mogadishu's
airport, killing 3 people.
2014 Dec 3, In South Africa
golfer Jackques van der Sandt (29) was grabbed and killed by a
crocodile while retrieving gold balls from Lake Panic dam in Kruger
National Park. Rangers killed the crocodile after a two-hour
(SFC, 12/5/14, p.A2)
2014 Dec 3, Sweden's parliament
voted down the minority center-left coalition's budget proposal
sparking a government crisis and raising the chance PM Stefan Lofven
will call a snap election for early next year.
2014 Dec 3, Human Rights Watch
urged Turkey to remove from its border with Syria landmines which
have killed 3 people and wounded nine among more than 2,000 Syrian
refugees camped in a minefield.
2014 Dec 3, In the Turkmen
frontier village of Ak-Yayla the presidents of Iran, Kazakhstan and
Turkmenistan attended the official opening of a railway line linking
landlocked Central Asia with the Persian Gulf.
2014 Dec 3, Pope Francis
assured Dominican authorities that the truth must prevail in the
case of his former ambassador to the Caribbean country who is
accused of sexually abusing young boys. The Holy See recalled Jozef
Wesolowski last year after rumors surfaced in Santo Domingo that he
allegedly paid shoeshine boys to masturbate.
2014 Dec 3, In Venezuela Maria
Corina Machado, a former member of the National Assembly, was
informed that she would be charged with conspiracy alleging
involvement in a purported plot to kill Pres. Maduro. She denied
that charges and supposed evidence.
(SFC, 12/4/14, p.A2)
2014 Dec 3, In Yemen a car bomb
attack on the Iranian ambassador's house in the capital Sanaa killed
2 Yemeni soldiers and a civilian. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
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