Return to homeInternational Civil Aviation Day. In 1996 the UN
General Assembly proclaimed December 7 as International Civil
11/24/12, p.68) 43BC
Dec 7, Cicero (b.106BCE), considered one of the greatest sons of
Rome was assassinated on the orders of Marcus Antonius. Cicero,
elected Consul in 63, had chosen to support Pompey over Caesar. He
translated Greek works that they might be understood by his fellow
Romans, and tried to apply Greek ethical thought to Roman business
and politics. His last work was "On Duties," where he propounds a
common solution to all social problems i.e. "Always do the right
thing... that which is legal... that which is honest, open and
fair...keeping your word... telling the truth... and treating
everyone alike. In 2002 Anthony Everitt authored "Cicero: The Life
and Times of Rome’s Greatest Politician," a biography based on his
letters. In 2006 Robert Harris authored “Imperium," a novel that
covers Cicero’s early courtroom feats.
(V.D.-H.K.p.74)(HN, 12/7/98)(WSJ, 6/11/02,
p.D7)(WSJ, 11/10/06, p.W4)
185 Dec 7, Emperor Lo-Yang of
China saw a supernova (MSH15-52?).
967 Dec 7, Abu Sa'id ibn Aboa
al-Chair, Persian mystic, was born.
983 Dec 7, Otto II the Red
(~28), German king and emperor (973-83), died. Otto III [aged 3]
took the throne after his father's death in Italy.
(HN, 12/7/98)(MC, 12/7/01)
1542 Dec 7, Mary Stuart, Queen
of Scotland (1560-1587), was born. [see Dec 8]
1598 Dec 7, Giovanni "Gian"
Lorenzo Bernini (d.Nov 28, 1680), Italian sculptor, painter,
architect, was born. He was the greatest sculptor of the 17th
century and worked under the patronage of Pope Urban VII. His work
included the “Ecstasy of St. Teresa," “David" and “Daphne and
(WSJ, 12/4/97, p.A20)(WSJ, 9/15/98, p.A20)(WSJ,
1637 Dec 7, Barnardo Pasquini,
composer, was born.
1761 Dec 7, Madame Tussaud
[Marie Grosholtz], creator of the wax museum, was born. [see Dec 1]
1787 Dec 7, Delaware became the
first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1796 Dec 7, Electors chose John
Adams to be the second president of the United States. [see Nov 3]
1808 Dec 7, Electors chose
James Madison to be the fourth president of the United States in
succession to Thomas Jefferson.
(HN, 12/7/98)(AP, 12/7/08)
1810 Dec 7, Theodor Schwann,
German physiologist, was born.
1817 Dec 7, William Bligh (63),
British naval officer of "Bounty" infamy, died.
1820 Dec 7, Peru’s army, after
sweeping out the Spanish, swore in the first mayor of the Peruvian
Republic, in Chaupimarca plaza, the central district of Cerro de
Pasco. By 2010 the town faced destruction due to industrial mining.
1823 Dec 7, Leopold Kronecker,
German mathematician (Tensor of Kronecker), was born.
1835 Dec 7, The Adler, a steam
engine built in Newcastle by British father and son George and
Robert Stephenson, began running between Nuremberg and Furth,
marking the birth of the German railway system.
(Econ, 10/23/10, p.77)
1836 Dec 7, Martin Van Buren
was elected the eighth president of the United States.
1840 Dec 7, Hermann Goetz,
composer, was born.
1842 Dec 7, The New York
Philharmonic gave its first concert.
1861 Dec 7, USS Santiago de
Cuba, under Commander Daniel B. Ridgely, halted the British schooner
Eugenia Smith and captured J.W. Zacharie, a New Orleans merchant and
Confederate purchasing agent.
1862 Dec 7, Confederate forces
surprise an equal number of Union troops at the Battle of Prairie
1863 Dec 7, Outlaw George Ives,
an alleged member of an outlaw gang known as the "Innocents," robbed
and then killed Nick Thiebalt in the Ruby Valley of what would
1868 Dec 7, Jesse James gang
robbed a bank in Gallatin, Missouri, and killed 1 person.
1873 Dec 7, Willa Cather,
American author famous for “O Pioneers" and “My Antonia," was born.
1877 Dec 7, Thomas A. Edison
demonstrated the gramophone. [see Dec 6]
1888 Dec 7, Joyce Cary
(d.1957), Irish-born novelist (The Horse's Mouth), was born. "It is
the tragedy of the world that no one knows what he doesn't know --
and the less a man knows, the more sure he is that he knows
(HN, 12/7/00)(AP, 1/30/99)
1888 Dec 7, Ernst Toch,
composer and pianist, was born.
1888 Dec 7, John Boyd Dunlop
(1840-1921), Scotland-born inventor, patented a pneumatic tire. Two
years after he was granted the patent Dunlop was officially informed
that it was invalid as Scottish inventor Robert William Thomson
(1822–1873), had patented the idea in France in 1846 and in the US
in 1847. Dunlop's patent was later declared invalid on the basis of
Thomson's prior art.
1889 Dec 7, Gilbert and
Sullivan’s "Gondoliers," premiered in London.
1895 Dec 7, Sir Milton Margay,
first Prime Minister of Sierra Leone, was born.
1896 Dec 7, Stuart Davis,
painter, was born.
1905 Dec 7, Gerard Kuiper,
Dutch-US astronomer (moons of Uranus, Neptune), was born.
1907 Dec 7, The first Christmas
Seals to help the fight against tuberculosis were sold, in
Wilmington, Del. [Some sources say Dec. 9].
1909 Dec 7, Dr. Leo H.
Baekeland patented Bakelite, the 1st completely synthetic plastic
thermosetting plastic. [see 1907]
(HNQ, 5/8/98)(WSJ, 1/11/98, p.R18)(MC, 12/7/01)
1913 Dec 7, Aaron Montgomery
Ward (b.1844), Chicago founder of the mail-order industry (1872),
1915 Dec 7, Eli Wallach
(d.2014), American film, TV and stage actor, was born in Brooklyn,
(SFC, 1/14/15, p.E5)
1917 Dec 7, The US declared war
on Austria-Hungary with only one dissenting vote in Congress and
became the 13th country to do so.
1918 Dec 7, Spartacists called
for a German revolution.
1926 Dec 7, Victor Kermit Kiam
II CEO (Remington shavers), NFL owner (Patriots), was born.
1926 Dec 7, A gas refrigerator
1928 Dec 7, Noam Chomsky,
writer, linguist and political activist, was born.
1931 Dec 7, A report indicated
that Nazis would ensure "Nordic dominance" by sterilizing certain
1934 Dec 7, Wiley Post
discovered the jet stream.
1938 Dec 7, Philip Barry's
"Here Come the Clowns," premiered in NYC.
1939 Dec 7, Lou Gehrig, 36, was
elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame.
1941 Dec 7, At 7:50 a.m. [7:55
a.m.] Japan launched an aerial attack on the U.S. naval base at
Pearl Harbor, the home base of the U.S. Pacific fleet, and forced US
entry into the war. They also attacked the Philippines, the Int’l.
Settlement at Shanghai, Thailand and Hong Kong. Relations between
Japan and the United States had been strained for a decade as both
nations sought to dominate the Pacific. Long aware that a Japanese
surprise attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor could precede war,
U.S. authorities were still woefully unprepared when 363 Japanese
fighters, dive-bombers and torpedo planes sunk or damaged eight
battleships and three light cruisers, destroyed 188 planes and
killed 2,400 men in just over two hours. The Battleship Arizona lost
1,177 men. An estimated 900 were entombed in the sunken ship. 429
people aboard the battleship Oklahoma were killed as the ship
capsized. The US lost  19 ships, 140 aircraft and 2,300 [2,338]
lives. In all 2,403 people were killed and 1,178 were wounded; 187
planes were destroyed and 159 damaged. The Japanese lost 29 planes
and 5 midget submarines. The next day, President Franklin D.
Roosevelt denounced December 7, 1941, as a "date which will live in
infamy" as he asked Congress to declare war on Japan.
p.A5)(SFC,12/5/97, p.A29)(AP, 12/7/97)(HNPD, 12/7/98)(SFC, 3/23/19,
1941 Dec 7, Evidence arose in
1999 that one of five Japanese mini submarines penetrated Pearl
Harbor and hit at least one ship with torpedoes. In 1999 Robert B.
Stinnett published "Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl
Harbor." Edward Latimer “Ned" Beach (1918-2002), former Navy captain
authored “Scapegoats! A Defense of Kimmel and Short at Pearl
(SFC, 12/7/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 12/7/99, p.A24)(SFC,
1941 Dec 7, Australian bombers
landed on Timor and Ambon.
1941 Dec 7, The 8 month German
siege of Tobruk ended.
1941 Dec 7, The 1st Japanese
submarine was sunk by a US ship, the USS Ward.
1942 Dec 7, Harry Chapin, rock
vocalist (Taxi, Cat's in the Cradle), was born in NYC.
1942 Dec 7, The U.S. Navy
launched the USS New Jersey, the largest battleship ever built.
1945 Dec 7, The microwave oven
was patented. Percy LeBaron Spencer accidentally discovered that
microwaves would also heat food. Spencer, an eighth-grade dropout
and electronic wizard, worked for the Raytheon Manufacturing
Corporation of Massachusetts developing a radar machine using
(HN, 9/5/01)(Econ, 10/29/11, p.100)
1946 Dec 7, The president of
the United Mine Workers, John L. Lewis, ordered all striking miners
back to work.
1946 Dec 7, A fire broke out at
the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, killing 119 people,
including hotel founder W. Frank Winecoff.
1947 Dec 7, Johnny Bench,
baseball catcher (Reds), was born.
1947 Dec 7, Nicholas Murray
Butler (b.1862), former presidential advisor and president of
Columbia Univ. (1902-1945) and won the Nobel Peace Prize winner
(1931) died. In 1940, Butler completed his autobiography with the
publication of the second volume of “Across the Busy Years." In 2006
Michael Rosenthal authored “Nicholas Miraculous," a biography
1948 Dec 7, Yoko Morishita,
prima ballerina (Baterina No Habataki), was born.
1949 Dec 7, Tom Waits, Calif,
rocker and song writer (Blue Valentine), was born.
1949 Dec 7, The A.F.L. and the
C.I.O. organized a non-Communist international trade union.
1949 Dec 7, The Nationalist
Chinese government escaped to Formosa.
(WUD, 1994, p.1684)
1953 Dec 7, Audrey Hepburn was
featured on the cover of Life Magazine.
(SFC, 11/8/96, p.C6)
1953 Dec 7, Israel's PM
1956 Dec 7, Larry Bird,
American basketball player for the Boston Celtics, was born. He won
the NBA MVP award three years in a row.
1960 Dec 7, The first episode
of "Coronation Street", the longest running TV soap opera in the
world, was broadcast by Granada.
1962 Dec 7, Great Britain
performed a nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site.
1963 Dec 7,
During the Army-Navy game, videotaped instant replay was used for
the first time in a live sports telecast as CBS re-showed a one-yard
touchdown run by Army quarterback Rollie Stichweh. Navy beat Army,
1964 Dec 7, UC Pres. Clark Kerr
held an unprecedented campus-wide meeting at the Greek Theater to
propose a compromise that fell short of campus free speech demands.
Mario Savio attempted to announce an FSM rally to vote on the
proposal and was dragged away by police officers.
(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F4)(SSFC, 9/21/14, p.A13)
1968 Dec 7, The Rolling Stones
released their album "Beggar’s Banquet" in the US, one day after it
was released in the UK. They soon filmed a concert performance right
after the Who’s performance of "A Quick One" that the Stones did not
match and the film was shelved. In 1996 it was planned to release
the film where Jethro Tull and Taj Mahal are also featured. The
album included the song "Sympathy for the Devil."
p.D11)(SFC, 10/23/00, p.F3)
1970 Dec 7, Rube Goldberg (87),
US cartoonist (Mike & Ike, Pulitzer 1948), died.
1970 Dec 7, In Pakistan polling
began for 300 seats in the National Assembly. The Awami League, led
by Sheik Mujibur Rahman, emerged as the single largest party in the
National Assembly by winning 160 seats. It was also able to win 288
out of 300 seats in the East Pakistan Assembly. However, the party
failed to win even a single seat in the four Provincial Assemblies
of West Pakistan. The Pakistan People’s Party, led by landlord
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, won a majority in West Pakistan. Mr. Bhutto and
military leader, Gen. Yahya Khan, refused to honor the results.
1970 Dec 7, Poland and West
Germany signed a pact renouncing use of force to settle disputes,
recognizing the Oder-Neisse River as Poland's western frontier, and
acknowledging transfer to Poland of 40,000 square miles of former
1972 Dec 7, America's last moon
mission to date was launched as Apollo 17 blasted off from Cape
Canaveral at 12:33 a.m. It landed on the moon December 11 at 3:15
p.m. and took a historic photo of the Earth that showed our
"isolated blue planet."
(AP, 12/7/97)(SFC, 3/13/98, p.A19)(HNQ, 7/21/99)
1972 Dec 7-1972 Dec 8, Two
skeletons were found on the Ulap fairgrounds in Berlin. They were
later identified as Hitler's deputy Martin Bormann (1900-1945) and
Ludwig Stumpfegger, one of Hitler’s doctors.
1972 Dec 7, Jean McConville, a
widowed Belfast mother, was abducted from her home by 12 IRA members
and was never seen alive again. The IRA suspected her of being an
informant. Her 10 children were put into foster care. In 1999 the
IRA admitted responsibility and revealed the general location of her
body. Her body was found in Aug, 2003.
(SFEC, 5/30/99, p.A17)(AP, 11/1/03)(SFC,
1972 Dec 7, Imelda Marcos, wife
of Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos, was stabbed and
seriously wounded by an assailant who was then shot dead by her
1975 Dec 7, Thornton Wilder
(b.1897), American novelist and playwright, died. In 2008 his
selected letters, edited by Robin G. Wilder and Jackson R. Bryer,
(HN, 4/17/99)(WSJ, 10/4/08, p.W8)
1975 Dec 7, Indonesia invaded
East Timor nine days after the Timorese political party Fretilin
claimed independence. Some 600,000 were left dead after a prolonged
(SFC, 7/21/96, Z1, p.8)(SFEC, 8/29/99,
1976 Dec 7, The UN Security
Council endorsed Kurt Waldheim (1918-2007) of Austria for a 2nd
5-year term as UN Secretary-General.
1977 Dec 7, Peter Carl Goldmark
(b.1906), Hungarian-born engineer, died in the US. He developed the
first commercial color television and the long-playing phonograph
record. Goldmark's LP records were introduced by Goddard Lieberson
(1911-977), who later became president of Columbia Records
(1956-1971 and 1973-1975).
1979 Dec 7, Gannet Co. bought
California Marin County’s San Rafael Independent Journal. The Gannet
chain owned 78 daily papers in 30 states.
(SFC, 7/28/00, p.A19)(SFC, 12/3/04, p.F8)
1979 Dec 7, Walter A. Haas Sr.
(b.1889), former head of Levi Strauss (1928-1955), died in his
1981 Dec 7, The Reagan
Administration predicted a record deficit in 1982 of $109 billion.
1982 Dec 7, Convicted murderer
Charlie Brooks Junior became the first U.S. prisoner to be executed
by injection, at a prison in Huntsville, Texas. Brooks, convicted of
murdering an auto mechanic, received an intravenous injection of
1982 Dec 7, In Suriname 15
politicians, journalists, union leaders, lawyers and soldiers, were
rounded up and slain in a hundreds-year-old fort in Paramaribo. In
2007 Desire Bouterse, the former dictator, faced trial for the
murders. In 2008 a military tribunal in Suriname ruled that those
accused of a 1982 massacre, including the country's former dictator,
must stand trial.
(AP, 3/12/07)(WSJ, 10/8/07, p.A6)(AP, 4/5/08)
1983 Dec 7, In the SF Bay Area
three of Marsha Carter's (25) four boys found a pool of blood on her
bed in Richmond. Her body was later discovered in the trunk of a car
in West Sacramento. In 2018 a jury convicted Sherill Smothers (56),
a former boyfriend, of fatally stabbing Carter.
(SFC, 9/21/18, p.D1)
1983 Dec 7, Edgar Graham
(b.1954), member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, was shot dead by
1983 Dec 7, In Madrid, Spain,
an Aviaco DC-9 collided on a runway with an Iberia Air Lines Boeing
727 that was accelerating for takeoff, killing all 42 people aboard
the DC-9 and 51 aboard the Iberia jet.
1985 Dec 7, Retired Supreme
Court Justice Potter Stewart died in Hanover, N.H., at age 70.
1987 Dec 7, Soviet leader
Mikhail S. Gorbachev set foot on American soil for the first time,
arriving for a Washington summit with President Reagan.
1987 Dec 7, A Pacific Southwest
Airlines jetliner crashed in California after a gunman apparently
opened fire on a fellow passenger and the two pilots. Flight 1771,
bound for San Francisco, crashed and killed all 43 people onboard.
The FBI later said David Burke, a fired USAir worker, shot his
former supervisor and the pilots in cockpit.
(AP, 12/7/97)(SSFC, 12/23/12, DB p.42)
1988 Dec 7, A magnitude 6.9-8.0
earthquake devastated Spitak in northern Armenia; an estimated
25,000-55,000 people died with some $14 billion in losses.
1989 Dec 7, East Germany's
Communist Party agreed to cooperate with the opposition in paving
the way for free elections and a revised constitution.
1990 Dec 7, As President Bush
arrived in Venezuela on the last stop of his South American tour,
his chief spokesman, Marlin Fitzwater, warned Iraq that there was
“no lessening in the threat of war," despite Iraq’s promise to
release its hostages.
1991 Dec 7, Fifty years after
Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, a visibly moved President Bush
led the nation in services commemorating the anniversary.
1992 Dec 7, The Supreme Court
rejected a challenge to a Mississippi abortion law that required
women to get counseling and then wait 24 hours before terminating
1993 Dec 7, US Energy Secretary
Hazel O'Leary revealed that the government had conducted more than
200 nuclear weapons tests in secret.
1993 Dec 7, Surgeon General
Joycelyn Elders suggested that the government study the impact of
1993 Dec 7, A gunman opened
fire on a Long Island Rail Road commuter train, killing six people
and wounding 17.
1994 Dec 7, PLO chairman Yasser
Arafat, meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher in
Gaza City, pledged to protect Israelis from militant extremists.
1995 Dec 7, Under Republican
pressure, President Clinton reluctantly presented a seven-year
balanced-budget plan that was quickly criticized by GOP lawmakers.
1995 Dec 7, Bill Gates
announced Microsoft’s Internet counterattack on Netscape and the
(WSJ, 11/25/98, p.B1)
1995 Dec 7, A 746-pound probe
from the Galileo spacecraft hurtled into Jupiter's atmosphere,
sending back data to the mothership before it was presumably
(WSJ, 1/23/96, p.A-1)(AP, 12/7/97)
1995 Dec 7, US paratrooper
James N. Burmeister (21) shot and killed Jackie Burden and Michael
James. He was convicted on Feb 27, 1997 of 1st degree murder and
conspiracy in the hate crime and faced the death penalty. The jury
deadlocked 11 to 1 in favor of death so the judge sentenced him to 2
consecutive life terms in prison. He will have to serve at least 50
years before becoming eligible for parole. Malcolm Wright, a fellow
soldier, was also charged in the murders and convicted on May 2,
(SFC, 2/28/97, p.A24)(SFC, 5/3/97, p.A3)
1995 Dec 7, 5000 Serbs
protested in Serajevo against the US brokered peace accord. They
were opposed to control by the Bosnian-Croat federation.
(WSJ, 12/8/95, p.A-1)
1996 Dec 7, The space shuttle
Columbia landed at the Kennedy Space Center, ending a nearly 18-day
mission marred by a jammed hatch that prevented two planned
1997 Dec 7, Singer Bob Dylan,
actor Charlton Heston, actress Lauren Bacall, opera singer Jessye
Norman and ballet master Edward Villella shared the 20th annual
Kennedy Center Honors in Washington D.C.
1997 Dec 7, Republicans
threatened Attorney General Janet Reno with contempt of Congress
over her decision to forgo an independent counsel's investigation of
White House campaign fund raising.
1997 Dec 7, A new Presidential
Decision Directive was reported to replace one put into place by
Pres. Reagan in 1981. It reset the guidelines for the use of nuclear
weapons. Nuclear weapons would still be maintained as a deterrent.
(SFC, 12/897, p.A14)
1997 Dec 7, It was reported
that some 19 sperm whales washed up along the Danish and German
North Sea coasts over the last several weeks.
(SFEC, 12/797, p.A27)
1997 Dec 7, It was reported
that the world’s tiger population was down to 6000, from 100,000 a
century ago. 5 of 8 subspecies are left: Indian (Bengal), Sumatran,
Chinese, Indo-Chinese, and Amur (Siberian).
(SFEC, 12/797, Par p.12)
1997 Dec 7, Three skydivers, 2
Americans and an Austrian, died while jumping to the South Pole on a
trip organized by Adventure Network Int’l.
(SFC, 12/897, p.A18)
1997 Dec 7, In Israel the
Histadrut labor federation declared an end to a 4-day strike by
700,000 public sector workers.
(SFC, 12/897, p.A18)
1997 Dec 7, In Serbia elections
failed to elect a president with a 50% majority. Milan Milutinovic,
an ally of Slobodan Milosevic received 42% and Vojislav Seselj, a
former paramilitary leader, had 33%. Vuk Draskovic received 16% and
threatened to call a boycott in a Dec 21 runoff.
(SFC, 12/9/97, p.A13)(SFC, 12/10/97, p.A13)
1998 Dec 7, Pres. Clinton
announced the removal of Iran from the list of drug problem
countries due to an energetic campaign to eliminate opium poppies.
(SFC, 12/8/98, p.A12)
1998 Dec 7, On the eve of
historic hearings, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde
said there was a "compelling case" for impeaching President Clinton.
Attorney General Janet Reno declined to seek an independent counsel
investigation of President Clinton over 1996 campaign financing.
1998 Dec 7, South Carolina
ended its participation in the antitrust case against Microsoft.
(SFC, 11/6/99, p.A3)
1998 Dec 7, The UN agreed to
give Cambodia’s UN seat to the new government.
(SFC, 12/8/98, p.A15)
1998 Dec 7, In Chechnya a
rescue attempt was made to free 4 men kidnapped Oct 3. The action
led to the murder of the 4 men whose severed heads were found the
(SFC, 12/9/98, p.A9)
1998 Dec 7, On the secessionist
Comoros island of Anjouan separatist militias broke a short cease
fire and some 10 people were reported killed.
(SFC, 12/8/98, p.B5)
1998 Dec 7, Congolese rebels
dismissed the tentative truce worked out in Paris by UN Sec. Gen’l.
(SFC, 12/8/98, p.B5)
1998 Dec 7, In Russia Pres.
Yeltsin left the hospital, fired several aides and returned to the
hospital to recover from pneumonia.
(WSJ, 12/8/98, p.A1)
1999 Dec 7, Daniel S. Goldin,
NASA administrator, acknowledged the failure of the Mars Polar
Lander and planned to appoint an independent committee of experts to
examine the Mars program. In 2000 it was determined that a computer
signal was misread and caused breaking to stop at 130 feet above the
(SFC, 12/8/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/29/00, p.A1)
1999 Dec 7, The Recording
Industry Association of America (RIAA) filed suit against Napster
for being a haven for music piracy.
(WSJ, 9/9/03, p.B1)
1999 Dec 7, In Germany
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder won re-election as leader of the Social
(SFC, 12/8/99, p.A16)
1999 Dec 7, In Holland a
student (17) in Veghel shot and wounded a teacher and 4 fellow
students in the 1st school shooting in Dutch history. The student
was reported to have been upset over a romance. The student's father
(35) and sister (15) were arrested 2 days later as accessories.
(SFC, 12/8/99, p.A15)(SFC, 12/10/99, p.D8)
2000 Dec 7, Al Gore's lawyer,
David Boies, pleaded with the Florida Supreme Court to order vote
recounts and revive his presidential campaign. Republican attorneys
called George W. Bush the certified, rightful victor.
(WSJ, 12/6/00, p.A1)(AP, 12/7/01)
2000 Dec 7, In Texas Claude
Howard Jones was executed for the Nov 14, 1989, slaying of Allen
Hilzendager in Point Blank. Jones was the 40th execution this year
and the 239th since 1982. Jones was executed based on a single hair
as evidence from the liquor store killing. DNA analysis later found
the strand of hair did not belong to Jones.
(SFC, 12/8/00, p.D4)(SFC, 11/12/10,
2000 Dec 7, Some 4,000
protestors clashed with police at the opening of the EU summit in
(SFC, 12/8/00, p.A20)
2000 Dec 7, In Ghana
presidential elections were held. Representatives for the 200-seat
parliament were also chosen. Opposition candidate John Agyekum
Kuffuor led Vice Pres. John Atta Mills 48-44% in the 1st round of
elections. A runoff vote was planned within 3 weeks.
(SFC, 12/7/00, p.C18)(SFC, 12/11/00, p.F8)(WSJ,
2000 Dec 7, In India indigenous
rebels massacred 30 Hindi-speaking people in Assam state.
(SSFC, 12/17/00, p.T10)
2000 Dec 7, In Indonesia a
separatist mob attacked a police station in Jayapura, Irian Jaya,
and 2 officers were killed.
(SFC, 12/8/00, p.D9)
2000 Dec 7, In the Philippines
the Senate began the impeachment trial of Pres. Estrada.
(SFC, 12/7/00, p.A12)
2001 Dec 7, Americans held
services on the 60th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.
2001 Dec 7, The US called to
cut off discussions about enforcing a 1972 Biological Weapons
Convention on the final day of a 3-week conference in Geneva. The
conference sought binding measures and disbanded in chaos.
(SFC, 12/8/01, p.A5)
2001 Dec 7, The US Senate voted
65 to 33 in a procedural vote to defeat an effort to block an
automatic pay raise of 3.4% ($4,900) to $150,000.
(SSFC, 12/9/01, p.A14)
2001 Dec 7, In New Jersey
nearly 230 teachers were ordered freed from jail after their union
agreed to end the 9-day strike and go into mediation.
(SFC, 12/8/01, p.A4)
2001 Dec 7, The space shuttle
Endeavour docked with the international space station, delivering a
new three-member crew to relieve a crew in place since August.
2001 Dec 7, The U.S.
unemployment rate jumped to 5.7 percent in November, the highest in
2001 Dec 7, Jason-1, a
satellite for tracking rising sea levels, was launched as a joint US
and French effort. Its useful life ended in 2013.
(SFC, 7/4/13, p.D3)
2001 Dec 7, In Afghanistan
Taliban soldiers fled Kandahar and left the city in chaos. Day 62:
Assaults continued around Tora Bora where up to 2,000 bin Laden
loyalists were positioned at a mountain redoubt. Aryana Airline made
its 1st domestic flight since Oct 7 with a flight from Herat to
(SFC, 12/8/01, p.A1,14)(SFC, 12/14/01, p.E6)
2001 Dec 7, David Astor
(b.1912), English newspaper publisher and member of the Astor
family, died. Astor had edited the Observer, Britain’s principal
source of information from 1948 to 1975. His father had purchased
the paper in 1911. In 2016 Jeremy Lewis authored the biography
2001 Dec 7, Statistics Canada
reported a jobless increase to 7.5%, the highest level since
(SSFC, 12/9/01, p.A16)
2001 Dec 7, Israeli helicopters
fired missiles at a Palestinian security compound in Gaza. Arafat
said his forces had arrested 17 of 33 militants wanted by Israel.
(SFC, 12/8/01, p.A3)
2001 Dec 7, Russia and Nato
proclaimed a commitment “to forge a new relationship" following a
meeting in Brussels.
(SFC, 12/8/01, p.A5)
2001 Dec 7, In Sri Lanka Pres.
Kumaratunga called on Ranil Wickremesinghe, head of the United
National Party, to form a government. The UNP promised to pursue
peace talks with Tamil rebels.
(SFC, 12/8/01, p.A6)
2002 Dec 7, Louisiana
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu beat Republican Suzanne Terrell in a
runoff 52-48%, despite a recent visit by Pres. Bush.
(WSJ, 12/4/02, p.A1)(AP, 12/8/02)
2002 Dec 7, Entertainment giant
Vivendi Universal signed an agreement to build a Universal Studios
theme park in booming Shanghai, beating much-fancied Walt Disney Co
to the punch.
2002 Dec 7, Space shuttle
Endeavour returned to Earth along with space station voyagers Peggy
Whitsun, Valery Korzun and Sergei Treschev.
(SSFC, 12/8/02, p.A14)
2002 Dec 7, In Australia
wildfires raging across Sydney's northern fringe blackened 250,000
2002 Dec 7, In Bangladesh 19
people were killed and nearly 300 wounded in near-simultaneous bomb
blasts at four cinemas packed with families celebrating the end of
the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
(Reuters, 12/7/02)(SSFC, 12/8/02, p.A9)(AP,
2002 Dec 7, In London Azra
Akin, Miss Turkey, won the Miss World Pageant bringing to a close
the pageant that had incited deadly rioting in Nigeria, the original
site of the event.
2002 Dec 7, The Iraqi
government presented to the rest of the world a 12,000 page
declaration detailing its nuclear, chemical and biological
activities and formally declaring to the UN that it has no weapons
of mass destruction. Saddam Hussein grudgingly apologized to
Kuwaitis for invading their country in 1990.
(AP, 12/7/02)(SSFC, 12/8/02, p.A1)
2002 Dec 7, In Kashmir 14
people, including eight Muslim rebels, were killed in fresh
separatist violence, as a four-day truce announced by a hardline
militant group neared its end.
2002 Dec 7, In Liberia
civilians were killed in a government offensive on a rebel-held
town. Their deaths were blamed on crossfire.
2002 Dec 7, In the Seychelles
after 3 days of voting Pres. France Albert Rene's party retained
control of parliament even though the main opposition party more
than tripled its number of seats.
2003 Dec 7, Daniel Morcombe
(13) was last seen waiting for a bus in northern Queensland. In 2011
west coast truck driver Brett Peter Cowan (41) was charged with
Morcombe's abduction, murder and interfering with his corpse. Police
confirmed that three bones recently found at Beerburrum State Forest
belonged to Morcombe.
2003 Dec 7, Grayson Perry (43),
British artist, was named winner of the 20th annual Turner Prize. He
decorated ceramic vases with disturbing images and texts.
(SFC, 12/9/03, p.D8)
2003 Dec 7, The Progressive
Conservative Party of Canada, founded in 1942, was dissolved under
Stephen Harper and merged into the Conservative party of Canada.
2003 Dec 7, Tropical Storm
Odette lashed the Dominican Republic with torrential rains,
prompting thousands to flee their homes and killed at least 8 people
before it dissipated over the Atlantic.
2003 Dec 7, A group of 160
Colombian paramilitary fighters handed over their weapons, becoming
the second faction of outlawed right-wing militias to do so in less
than two weeks.
2003 Dec 7, Voters on the
French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique rejected
reforms to their legislatures that opponents had criticized as a
step toward independence from France.
2003 Dec 7, Former Guatemala
Pres. Arnoldo Aleman, dogged by corruption allegations for years,
was convicted of embezzling millions of dollars from his
impoverished country and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
2003 Dec 7, In Indian-held
Kashmir an overcrowded bus skidded off a steep mountain road and
plunged 1,500 feet into a gorge, killing 23 passengers and injuring
2003 Dec 7, In southern India
Hindu-Muslim clashes broke out overnight in Hyderabad, killing at
least five and injuring 27.
2003 Dec 7, Insurgents attacked
a U.S. military patrol in northern Iraq, killing one soldier and
2003 Dec 7, In Liberia
government troops launched U.N.-sponsored disarmament.
2003 Dec 7, A Nicaraguan judge
sentenced former Pres. Aleman to 20 years for diverting some $100
million in government funds to his campaigns.
(WSJ, 12/8/03, p.A1)
2003 Dec 7, Palestinian
militants rejected a comprehensive truce offer to Israel despite
intense pressure from Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia and Egypt to sign
onto a deal.
2003 Dec 7, Russia held Duma
elections. The pro-Kremlin United Russia party won about 36% of the
vote. Ultra-nationalists and Communists each won 13%.
(AP, 12/7/03)(WSJ, 12/8/03, p.A1)
2003 Dec 7, Saudi security
forces stormed a gas station and killed one of the country's most
wanted terrorist suspects and a second militant.
2003 Dec 7, Zimbabwe pulled out
of the Commonwealth rather than endure a suspension after members in
Nigeria decided to extend the southern African country's suspension
from the organization of Britain and its former colonies.
2004 Dec 7, In Illinois after
Babs the gorilla died at age 30, keepers at Brookfield Zoo, decided
to allow surviving gorillas to mourn the most influential female in
their social family. One by one, the gorillas filed into the Tropic
World building where Babs' body lay, arms outstretched. Curator
Melinda Pruett Jones called it a "gorilla wake."
2004 Dec 7, IBM and China’s
Lenovo Group planned a joint PC venture. Lenovo was expected to pay
some $2 billion for a majority share of IBM’s PC business. Lenovo
announced a $1.75 billion cash and stock deal to acquire a majority
interest in IBM’s PC business.
(WSJ, 12/7/04, p.A3)(SFC, 12/8/04, p.A1)
2004 Dec 7, Jay Van Andel (80)
Amway co-founder died in Ada, Mich.
2004 Dec 7, Singer Jerry
Scoggins (93), who performed "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," the theme
song to "The Beverly Hillbillies," died.
2004 Dec 7, Hamid Karzai was
sworn in as Afghanistan's first popularly elected president.
2004 Dec 7, The mayor of
Albania's capital Tirana, painter Edi Rama (40), was elected "World
Mayor 2004" in an Internet competition organized by a London-based
2004 Dec 7, DragonMart, a 1.2km
dragon-shaped mall in Dubai featuring Chinese products, opened its
doors to the public as the biggest Chinese shopping mall outside of
2004 Dec 7, The
German-registered MSC Ilona was punctured during a collision night
with the Panama-registered Hyundai Advance near the mouth of the
Pearl River, northwest of Hong Kong. The collision of the container
ships caused a huge oil spill and cleanup effort.
2004 Dec 7, A roadside bomb
exploded near an Iraqi National Guard patrol south of Baghdad,
killing three guardsmen and wounding 11.
2004 Dec 7, Hamas militants
killed an Israeli soldier and wounded four with an explosion in a
booby-trapped chicken coop. An Israeli aircraft fired a retaliatory
missile at armed Palestinians near Gaza City leaving 4 gunmen dead.
(AP, 12/7/04)(WSJ, 12/8/04, p.A1)
2004 Dec 7, Libya listed three
conditions under which it is prepared to drop charges against five
Bulgarian nurses condemned to death on suspect charges of spreading
2004 Dec 7, Nigerian villagers
lifted their blockade of three oil pumping stations in the volatile
Niger Delta after energy giants Shell and ChevronTexaco agreed to
discuss funding local development projects.
2005 Dec 7, In Miami, Florida,
US Air Marshals shot and killed Rigoberto Alpizar on suspicion of
having a bomb. No bomb was found, and federal officials later
concluded there was no link to terrorism. Witnesses said his wife,
Anne, frantically tried to explain he was bipolar, a mental illness
also known as manic-depression, and was off his medication.
2005 Dec 7, New Jersey Sen. Jon
Corzine picked Rep. Menendez to serve out his Senate term. Wining
the governorship let him appoint his own successor.
(WSJ, 12/8/05, p.A1)
2005 Dec 7, US Congress voted
to add nearly 5,000 acres of Rancho Corral de Tiera, an area between
Half Moon Bay and Pacifica, to California’s Golden Gate National
Recreation Area. Congress still needed to appropriate $15 million to
buy the land from the Peninsula Open Space Trust.
(SFC, 12/8/05, p.B1)
2005 Dec 7, A new economic
report said a sustained decline will hit the U.S. housing market
next year, costing the nation as many as 800,000 jobs.
2005 Dec 7, In Clearlake, Ca.,
Shannon Edmonds (31) shot and killed 2 of 3 intruders at his home.
Renato Hughes Jr. (21), the 3rd intruder, was charged with 2 counts
of 1st degree murder under a controversial legal theory. In 2008
Hughes was acquitted of murder by a jury in Contra Costa County. He
was found guilty of 2 lesser charges, assault and burglary. The jury
deadlocked on a final charge of assault causing great bodily injury.
On Sep 8 Hughes was sentenced to 8 years in prison with credit for
33 months in custody.
(SFC, 2/7/06, p.B8)(SFC, 8/9/08, p.B1)(SFC,
8/12/08, p.B3)(SFC, 9/9/08, p.B3)
2005 Dec 7, An Afghan court
cleared an American, but convicted two Britons and an Indian of
gun-smuggling charges and gave them two-year suspended sentences,
following a one-day trial that one of them called a "circus." Sargon
Heinrich of Rio Vista, Cal., Naveen Joshi of India and Peter Eaton
and Mike Shaw, both of Britain, had been jailed since their Oct. 13
2005 Dec 7, Australia’s
Treasurer Peter Costello unveiled details of the nation’s Future
Fund with seed capital of $13.56 billion to cover public service
(WSJ, 12/8/05, p.A14)
2005 Dec 7, In Chile Gen.
Augusto Pinochet was stripped of his legal immunity by an appeals
court, allowing his trial in the disappearance of 29 additional
dissidents during his 1973-90 dictatorship.
2005 Dec 7, In northern China
an explosion tore through the Liuguantun coal mine in Hebei province
and killed at least 91 workers. Police arrested seven people accused
of responsibility for a coal mine disaster.
2005 Dec 7, Some 25 American
anti-war activists marched from the eastern Cuban city of Santiago
toward the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay to protest treatment of
terror suspects there.
2005 Dec 7, The UN rejected an
Eritrean order to expel Western members of the peacekeeping mission
that monitors its tense border with Ethiopia amid concerns that war
between the two countries could re-ignite.
2005 Dec 7, The EU and host
Canada piled pressure on the US to join an international pact to
curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit the predicted chaos from
2005 Dec 7, European businesses
rushed to sign up for the new ".eu" Internet domain name, putting in
100,000 Web site applications by the end of its first day available.
2005 Dec 7, The European
aircraft manufacturer Airbus said that German Wings, a low-cost
airline, had placed a firm order for 18 Airbus 319 airliners.
2005 Dec 7, In Egypt police
fired tear gas and rubber bullets at crowds trying to break through
blockades of polling stations in an opposition stronghold, the final
day of parliamentary elections, and a hospital official said two
people were killed.
2005 Dec 7, Honduras'
ruling-party candidate for president conceded defeat, even though
official results were still unavailable 10 days after the election
because of vote-counting delays.
2005 Dec 7, In Iraq gunmen
killed three police officers when they burst into a hospital in the
northern city of Kirkuk and freed a wounded man who had been
arrested for plotting to kill a judge in the Saddam Hussein trial.
2005 Dec 7, In Iraq gunmen
kidnapped the 8-year-old son of a bodyguard for a judge in the trial
of Saddam Hussein.
2005 Dec 7, An Israeli aircraft
fired a missile at a car carrying Palestinian militants, killing at
least one militant and wounding 10 others.
2005 Dec 7, Kazakhstan's Pres.
Nursultan Nazarbayev was officially declared the winner of last
weekend's election, while the opposition insisted the vote was
2005 Dec 7, The Hague war
crimes tribunal sentenced Miroslav Bralo (aka Cicko), a former
Bosnian Croat soldier, to 20 years in jail on eight counts of war
crimes and human rights abuses committed during the 1993
Muslim-Croat war in central Bosnia.
2005 Dec 7, In Northern Ireland
Chris Ward (24), a Northern Bank supervisor who claimed he aided a
gang of robbers under the threat of death, was charged as a willing
participant in the record Dec 20, 2004, $50 million heist.
2005 Dec 7, Peru and the US
completed negotiations on a free-trade agreement.
(WSJ, 12/8/05, p.A14)
2005 Dec 7, In Russia an
explosion, apparently caused by a natural gas leak, killed one
person and injured at least five others at a Moscow apartment
2005 Dec 7, The governing
African National Congress accepted the withdrawal of Jacob Zuma, its
popular deputy president from leadership duties for the duration of
his rape trial.
2005 Dec 7, Spanish authorities
arrested former Gen. Ante Gotovina, the top Croatian war crimes
suspect, after four years on the run. He was captured in the Canary
Islands when special police agents surprised him as he dined in a
luxury beach hotel.
2005 Dec 7, A UN court in
Tanzania trying masterminds of Rwanda's genocide convicted Paul
Bisengimana, former mayor of Gikoro, for abetting the 1994
slaughter, but dropped three counts including genocide.
2005 Dec 7, In Thailand a
5-year-old boy became the country’s 2nd bird flu fatality in two
2006 Dec 7, Pres. Bush and
Britain’s PM Tony Blair vowed to fight to victory in Iraq and both
were skeptical that talks with Iran and Syria would be useful.
President Bush gave a chilly response to the Iraq Study Group's
proposals for reshaping his policy, objecting to talks with Iran and
Syria, refusing to endorse a major troop withdrawal and vowing no
retreat from embattled US goals in the Mideast.
(WSJ, 12/8/06, p.A1)(AP, 12/7/07)
2006 Dec 7, The US military
transferred the first group of Guantanamo Bay detainees to a new
maximum-security prison on the naval base.
2006 Dec 7, The 3,300-member
Seminole Tribe of Florida said it was buying the Hard Rock business
in a $965 million deal with Rank Group PLC, a British casino and
(SFC, 12/8/06, p.D2)
2006 Dec 7, The Norma CDO 1
Ltd. was established as a company in the Cayman Islands with N.I.R.
Group LLC of NYC as its manager. The company packaged derivatives
linked to triple-B rated mortgage securities In March 2007 Moody’s,
Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings gave Norma their seal of
approval and Merrill Lynch sold Norma to investors. By October much
of Norma dropped to junk status as the US mortgage market declined.
(WSJ, 12/27/07, p.A1)
2006 Dec 7, Scientists at MIT
reported the development of a strain of baker’s yeast that can speed
ethanol production by about 50%.
(WSJ, 12/8/06, p.A1)
2006 Dec 7, Zillow.com, led by
Richard Barton, began offering US for-sale real estate listings in
competition with such firms as Trulia.com and Reply Inc.
(SFC, 12/9/06, p.C1)
2006 Dec 7, Researchers said
the Ebola virus may have killed more than 5,000 gorillas in West
Africa (Congo-Gabon), enough to send them into extinction if people
continue to hunt them.
2006 Dec 7, Johnnie Bryan Hunt
(79), founder of Arkansas-based J.B. Hunt Transport Services (1969),
(WSJ, 12/9/06, p.A5)
2006 Dec 7, Jeane J.
Kirkpatrick (80), an unabashed apostle of Reagan era conservatism
and the first woman U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, died.
(AP, 12/8/06)(Econ, 12/23/06, p.127)
2006 Dec 7, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomb targeting a NATO convoy killed two civilians in
Kandahar. Elsewhere a district chief and a senior policemen were
killed by Taliban gunmen.
2006 Dec 7, In Armenia 3
teenagers and their grandmother set themselves on fire in Yerevan to
protest what they said was authorities' inaction on investigating a
relative's death, a family member said. Two of them were injured.
They argued that the case was not being investigated because of
discrimination against the Yazidi, a Kurdish ethnic group. About
50,000 Yazidi live in Armenia.
2006 Dec 7, In northeastern
Bulgaria a truck collided with a bus, sending both vehicles off a
bridge into a river and killing at least 17 people.
2006 Dec 7, Gao Qinrong (51), a
Chinese journalist jailed in 1998 after exposing government
corruption, was released 5 years early for good behavior. He
maintained that he was innocent and that he would continue trying to
clear his name.
(AP, 12/12/06)(AP, 12/20/06)
2006 Dec 7, Egyptian
authorities expelled two Belgians and eight French terrorist
suspects, but an American and another French citizen remained in
2006 Dec 7, Fiji's
newly-imposed premier, Jona Senilagakali (77), admitted the army
ouster of the elected government was illegal and that elections
could be two years away, but said the nation did not need
2006 Dec 7, The Constitutional
Court ruled Indonesia's much-criticized truth and reconciliation
commission to be illegal, casting doubt on whether victims of former
dictator Suharto will ever see justice.
2006 Dec 7, Ali Reza Asgari, a
retired general who served in Iran's Revolutionary Guard, arrived in
Turkey on a private visit from Damascus, Syria. He had become
involved in the olive business after retirement. Iranian officials
later said that he disappeared on Dec 9. In March, 2009, a former
German Defense Ministry official said Asgari had defected and was
providing information to the West on Iran's nuclear program. Asgari
allegedly told the West that Iran was financing North Korean steps
to transform Syria into a nuclear weapons power, leading to an
Israeli airstrike that targeted a site in Syria on Sept. 6, 2007. In
November Iranian news Web sites reported that Asgari had been
abducted by Israeli agents and is now being held in Israel.
2006 Dec 7, A series of
bombings and shootings killed at least 23 people in Iraq, including
a 7-year-old girl and two college professors. Iraqi police found 35
bullet-riddled bodies that had been bound and blindfolded and left
in different parts of the capital. A roadside bomb killed an
American soldier during a joint patrol with the Iraqi army.
(AP, 12/7/06)(AP, 12/8/06)
2006 Dec 7, A Jordanian
military court convicted three Syrians and one Iraqi and sentenced
them to death for firing rockets at two US warships in August 2005.
2006 Dec 7, In Kyrgyzstan
President Kurmanbek Bakiyev called for US troops deployed in the
former Soviet nation to be stripped of diplomatic immunity after a
US serviceman fatally shot a Kyrgyz civilian. The US air base said
the serviceman who fatally shot a Kyrgyz truck driver had been
threatened with a knife and responded as his training required.
2006 Dec 7, Lebanon's
Hezbollah-led opposition called for its supporters to take to the
streets this weekend in a massive show of force, stepping up the
pressure on the US-backed government, which has vowed not to give in
2006 Dec 7, Gunmen attacked a
southern Nigerian oil installation belonging to a subsidiary of
Italy's Eni SpA, taking three Italians hostage and killing another
2006 Dec 7, The Prosecutor
General's office said Russia has opened a criminal case in the
poisoning death of former spy Alexander Litvinenko. The office also
said it had opened a criminal investigation into the attempted
killing of Dmitry Kovtun, one of at least two Russian businessmen
who met Litvinenko in London's Millennium Hotel on Nov. 1, hours
before the former spy fell fatally ill.
2006 Dec 7, In Saudi Arabia
armed men shot and killed two guards outside a prison in the western
city of Jiddah before taking cover in a residential building where
they were surrounded by Saudi security forces.
2006 Dec 7, Islamic militants
in control of most of southern Somalia warned that war will erupt
over a UN decision authorizing an African force to protect the
country's virtually powerless government.
2006 Dec 7, The South African
central bank raised its key lending rate by half a percentage point
to 9.0%. In the wake of the repo rate increase, the country's four
main commercial banks announced increases of their prime lending
rates by half a point to 12.5%.
2006 Dec 7, Turkey offered to
open a major seaport and an airport to longtime foe Cyprus to try to
keep its EU entry talks on track. The EU called the step positive
2007 Dec 7, US Congressional
Democrats demanded a full Justice Department investigation into
whether the CIA had obstructed justice by destroying videotapes
documenting the harsh 2002 interrogations of two alleged terrorists.
2007 Dec 7, Howard Krongard,
the US State Department's embattled inspector general, announced his
resignation. He was accused of impeding a Justice Department
investigation of Blackwater Worldwide.
2007 Dec 7, US federal
officials outlined a new plan on how to allocate water to
California, Arizona and Nevada from the Colorado River in case of
(SFC, 12/10/07, p.A9)
2007 Dec 7, Former Alaska House
Speaker Pete Kott was sentenced to six years in a federal prison for
accepting $9,000 in bribes from the founder of an oil field services
2007 Dec 7, Barry Bonds pleaded
not guilty in San Francisco to charges he'd lied to federal
investigators about using performance-enhancing drugs.
2007 Dec 7, In NYC 2 window
washers fell 47 stories from a Manhattan skyscraper when their
scaffolding failed; Edgar Moreno was killed, but his brother,
Alcides, miraculously survived.
2007 Dec 7, Afghan and NATO
troops surrounded the town of Musa Qala and launched air strikes to
dislodge Taliban rebels who had been in control for 10 months.
2007 Dec 7, The Aruba
prosecutors' office said a judge has ordered the release of a Dutch
suspect who was re-arrested last month in the 2005 disappearance of
2007 Dec 7, Australian police
said they had smashed an international cocaine smuggling ring
spanning three continents and operating out of the Netherlands,
Thailand and Canada. Of the total 40 people arrested, 14 Canadian
and Australian nationals of Chinese and Vietnamese descent were
picked up in Sydney and Melbourne over the past six months.
Australian conman Peter Foster, once linked to the "Cheriegate"
scandal involving the wife of former prime minister Tony Blair, was
jailed for money laundering. Foster, who pleaded guilty to a charge
related to fraudulently obtaining 234,000 US dollars from the Bank
of the Federated States of Micronesia, was sentenced to
(AFP, 12/7/07)(AP, 12/13/07)
2007 Dec 7, Canada's TV
watchdog blessed the launch of Vanessa, a national pay TV porn
2007 Dec 7, The Caribbean
Community (Caricom) meeting in Guyana, agreed to open up its markets
to certain European goods, on the condition that entertainment
workers from the region are allowed free access to Europe.
2007 Dec 7, Six French
nationals detained in Chad on suspicion of trying to illegally fly
103 children to Europe started a hunger strike, complaining their
case was being neglected.
2007 Dec 7, China said it will
not consider mandatory cuts on greenhouse gases, saying the United
States and other industrialized countries should take the lead in
fighting climate change by embracing a less-extravagant lifestyle.
2007 Dec 7, The World Health
Organization confirmed that the father of a Chinese man who died of
bird flu has been infected with the virus that causes the disease,
saying it could not rule out the possibility of human-to-human
2007 Dec 7, In Zagazig, Egypt,
3 students were killed and dozens injured when a fire broke inside
an Al-Azhar university campus building in the Nile Delta.
2007 Dec 7, Germany's top
security officials said they consider the goals of the US-based
Church of Scientology to be in conflict with the principles of the
nation's constitution and will seek to ban the group.
2007 Dec 7, In Iraq’s Diyala
province a female suicide bomber attacked the offices of an
anti-al-Qaida group that has joined forces with the US, killing 16
people. The bomber was a former member of Saddam Hussein's Baath
Party whose two sons joined al-Qaida and were killed by Iraqi
security forces. A second attack at a checkpoint manned by Iraqi
soldiers and another of the US-backed groups killed 10 people.
(AP, 12/7/07)(AFP, 12/7/07)
2007 Dec 7, Officials said
swarms of desert locusts have invaded Kenya's arid northeast for the
first time since 1962.
2007 Dec 7, NATO ministers
pledged to keep their KFOR peace force in Kosovo at current strength
as the Serbian province heads towards independence and to make more
troops available as necessary to deal with any violence.
2007 Dec 7, Gyude Bryant, a
former president of Liberia (2003-2005), was arrested for violating
the conditions of his bail while on trial on charges of embezzling
$1.3 million in government funds.
2007 Dec 7, Two gunmen barged
into a central Philippine town hall and killed the vice mayor, a
human rights advocate who had condemned a series of killings of
2007 Dec 7, A crane-carrying
vessel collided with the Hebei Spirit, an oil tanker off of South
Korea's west coast, spilling nearly 80,000 barrels of crude oil in
what was believed to be South Korea's largest offshore oil leak. On
Jan 21, 2008, courts indicted Samsung Heavy Industries and the owner
of the tanker on charges relating to the spill.
(AP, 12/7/07)(AP, 12/20/07)(Econ, 2/9/08, p.71)
2007 Dec 7, A UN court in
Tanzania trying masterminds of Rwanda's 1994 genocide sentenced
Francois Karera, a former provincial governor, to life imprisonment
for his role in the killings, including helping soldiers kill
refugees in a church.
2008 Dec 7, NYC police officers
escorted a drunken Gap designer (29) to her East Village apartment.
In 2011 a Manhattan jury acquitted two officers of rape, but found
them guilty of misconduct for three unauthorized post midnight
visits to her apartment.
(SFC, 5/27/11, p.A6)
2008 Dec 7, Off the coast of
Cameroon at least three dozen people were missing and feared dead
after a ferryboat accident. It was transporting 43 people in West
Africa's Gulf of Guinea.
2008 Dec 7, Former Central
African Republic president Ange-Felix Patasse arrived in Bangui
after 5 years in exile in Togo to participate in long-delayed peace
talks in the troubled country.
2008 Dec 7, China protested
strongly to France over President Nicolas Sarkozy's meeting with the
Dalai Lama, calling it a "rude intervention" into Chinese affairs.
2008 Dec 7, Francois-Xavier
Lalanne (81), French sculptor, died at his home in Ury. For 40 years
he and his wife worked in tandem, producing some works jointly,
2008 Dec 7, Ghanaians voted for
a new president in a tight race between two foreign-educated lawyers
hoping to lead the West African nation into an era of greater
prosperity thanks to offshore oil. Two technocrats were expected to
get the most votes in a filed of 8 seeking to replace incumbent
Pres. John Kufuor. No candidate managed to win a majority and Nana
Akufo-Addo and John Atta Mills were scheduled for a runoff on Dec
(Reuters, 12/7/08)(WSJ, 12/8/08, p.A12)(WSJ,
2008 Dec 7, In Greece rioters
rampaged through Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki,
hurling Molotov cocktails, burning stores and blocking city streets
with flaming barricades after protests against the fatal Dec 6
police shooting of Alexandros Grigoropoulos (15) in Exarchia erupted
(AP, 12/7/08)(Econ, 12/13/08, p.59)
2008 Dec 7, In Iraq a bomb
hidden in an abandoned store exploded as the mayor of Baqouba was
leading a tour through the city center. The blast wounded the mayor,
Abdullah al-Hiali, and 34 other people. In northern Iraq Dr. Adel
Hussein, freelance journalist, was pardoned by Massoud Barzani, the
president of the self-ruled Kurdish region in the country's north.
He had been imprisoned for 13 days for violating a public decency
law by writing a story in 2007 about homosexuality. He was among 121
people pardoned by the president in advance of the Muslim
celebration of Eid al-Adha.
(AP, 12/7/08)(AP, 12/10/08)
2008 Dec 7, Large crowds voted
in several towns in Indian Kashmir, while separatists in other areas
boycotted the polls and clashed with government forces in the fourth
phase of state elections in the disputed Himalayan region.
2008 Dec 7, Kenya’s PM Raila
Odinga said foreign troops should prepare to intervene in Zimbabwe
to end a worsening humanitarian crisis and Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe should be investigated for crimes against humanity.
2008 Dec 7, A Kurdish rebel
group declared a nine-day holiday cease-fire in their fight against
Turkey, calling it a "first step toward peace."
2008 Dec 7, In southern
Malaysia a bus skidded off a highway, smashed into a tree and
plunged into a ditch, killing nine people and injuring 19 others.
2008 Dec 7, In Mexico 10
suspected drug traffickers and a soldier were killed in gunbattles
in southern Guerrero state. 6 people were killed when assailants
opened fire inside a pool hall in Ciudad Juarez, across the border
from El Paso, Texas.
2008 Dec 7, A Mexican
government Learjet plunged into Atlangatepec lake in central Mexico,
killing two pilots in the second deadly crash in a month involving a
federally owned plane.
2008 Dec 7, Gunmen blasted
their way into two transport terminals in Pakistan and torched more
than 160 vehicles, including 790 Humvees, destined for US-led troops
in Afghanistan, in the biggest assault yet on a vital military
supply line. The losses possibly exceeded $10 million.
2008 Dec 7, Pakistani security
forces overran a militant camp on the outskirts of Muzaffarabad,
Pakistani Kashmir's main city, and seized Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, an
alleged mastermind of the attacks that shook Mumbai last month.
Zarar Shah, another top operational commander, and 10 others were
seized at the camp run by the banned group Laskhar-e-Taiba.
(AP, 12/8/08)(WSJ, 12/9/08, p.A10)
2008 Dec 7, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf and Muslim militants engaged in fierce clashes with
governments troops who took over a southern village on Basilan
island notorious as a hide-out for kidnappers and al-Qaida-linked
rebels. At least five soldiers were killed and dozens wounded.
2008 Dec 7, In Saudi Arabia
nearly 3 million Muslims converged on a rocky desert hill outside
Mecca to perform the ritual of forgiveness marking the climax of the
2008 Dec 7, Thailand's main
opposition party called for an emergency parliament session to prove
its majority in a bid to form the next government and end months of
political chaos, as loyalists of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra
struggled to stay in power.
2009 Dec 7, Pres. Obama met
with Turkey’s PM Recep Erdogan, who stressed the role of diplomacy
in persuading Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions. Erdogan made
clear his unwillingness to back new coercion and said he was willing
to mediate negotiations.
(SFC, 12/8/09, p.A9)
2009 Dec 7, In New York a
federal jury convicted Joseph Bruno, a former NY state Senate
leader, on 2 counts of corruption.
2009 Dec 7, Scientists at
Stanford University in California reported that they have
successfully turned paper coated with ink made of silver and carbon
nanomaterials into a "paper battery" that holds promise for new
types of lightweight, high-performance energy storage.
2009 Dec 7, Virgin Galactic
unveiled its first commercial spaceship, the VSS Enterprise, at the
Mohave Air and Space Port in California. Initial trips to the edge
of space were expected to cost $200,000 per person.
(Econ, 12/12/09, p.91)
2009 Dec 7, Rick Hendricks
(54), SF-based composer and steel guitar player, passed away of
brain cancer as a huge gathering of the musical cohorts and many
friends assembled at the Amnesia club, San Francisco's home of
bluegrass and roots music, on Valencia Street.
2009 Dec 7, In Utah Susan
Powell (28) was last seen at her West Valley City home as her
husband, Josh Powell, took their two boys (ages 2 and 4) on a
camping trip. Powell later claimed she ran off with another man. In
2012 authorities found her blood in the family home and a
hand-written note expressing fear about her husband.
(SSFC, 12/27/09, p.A10)(SFC, 9/19/11, p.A4)(SFC,
2009 Dec 7, Afghan lawmakers,
refusing to be a rubber stamp, demanded a full, not partial, list of
President Hamid Karzai's new Cabinet, the first test of the
embattled leader's commitment to clean up graft and bribery in his
government. Kabul Mayor Abdul Ahad Sahebi 963) was found guilty of
awarding a contract for a city project without competition. An
Afghan court sentenced him to four years in jail and ordered him to
repay more than $16,000 involved in the contract. A British soldier
from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment was killed in Nad-e
Ali in southern Helmand Province. He became Britain’s 100th soldier
to die in the current war.
(AP, 12/7/09)(AFP, 12/8/09)(AP, 12/9/09)
2009 Dec 7, Brazilian
authorities arrested 11 people in an alleged US work-visa scam that
raked in more than $50 million from thousands of Brazilians since
2002. Some of those scammed went to the US and wound up as illegal
aliens because promised jobs didn't exist.
2009 Dec 7, ITV, the British TV
channel behind hit show "I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!",
apologized for the death of a rat during filming in Australia, as
the stars who killed it faced police charges.
2009 Dec 7, Government forces
in the Central African Republic attacked rebel positions near the
border with Chad to prevent them from storming a key northern town.
Several fighters from the rebel Convention of Patriots for Justice
and Peace (CPJP) were reported killed as well as 2 government
2009 Dec 7, In China 8 children
died in a crush after someone stumbled while hundreds of children
leaving their evening classes raced down the narrow stairway closest
to their dormitory in Xiangxiang city, Hunan province.
2009 Dec 7, In Denmark the
largest and most important UN climate change conference in history
opened in Copenhagen, with organizers warning diplomats from 192
nations that this could be the last best chance for a deal to
protect the world from calamitous global warming. This was the 15th
conference of the parties to the 1992 UNFCCC in Rio de Janeiro.
(AP, 12/7/09)(Econ, 12/5/09, SR p.3)
2009 Dec 7, In Iran security
forces and militiamen clashed with thousands of protesters shouting
"death to the dictator" outside Tehran University, beating them with
batons and firing tear gas on the officially designated “Student
Day." Students demonstrated nationwide.
(AP, 12/7/09)(Econ, 12/12/09, p.51)
2009 Dec 7, In Iraq an
explosion outside an elementary school in Sadr City, a Shiite
district of Baghdad, killed at least 8 people including 6 children.
Gunmen stormed a checkpoint near Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad, killing
five members of an anti-al-Qaida group. A roadside bomb killed one
soldier and wounded two others in southeastern Baghdad, and in the
west of the capital, a bomb attached to a vehicle killed one
2009 Dec 7, Kenyan police
arrested a suspected weapons smuggler with up to 100,000 bullets and
an assortment of guns, a huge cache in a country with stringent gun
2009 Dec 7, A Pakistani convoy
embarked to Waziristan from Peshawar as a suicide bomber blew
himself up at a police check point, killing 11 people.
(Econ, 1/2/10, p.17)
2009 Dec 7, In Somalia hundreds
of students marched in Mogadishu's streets in the first known
protest against Islamic militants, as Somalia's government warned
that militants are planning suicide attacks against key
installations in Mogadishu.
2009 Dec 7, South Africa
offered to slash the growth of its greenhouse gas emissions by 42
percent by 2025, but in exchange wants rich nations to expand aid
for poor countries to cope with climate change.
2009 Dec 7, In Sudan southern
protesters torched offices of the ruling party after Khartoum police
arrested 3 southern leaders and dozens of protesters in a crackdown
against a pro-reform demonstration. Pagan Amum, Yassir Arman and
Abbas Gumma from the former rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement
(SPLM) were freed after a few hours.
2009 Dec 7, In Turkey a Kurdish
rebel group, acting on its own initiative, carried out an assault in
the central city of Tokat killing 7 Turkish soldiers. 3 soldiers
were also wounded in the rebel ambush on a military vehicle.
2009 Dec 7, President Hugo
Chavez said that Venezuela has received thousands of Russian-made
missiles and rocket launchers as part of his government's military
preparations for a possible armed conflict with neighboring
2010 Dec 7, Pres. Obama reached
a deal with GOP leaders to extend all tax cuts in return for an
extension of unemployment benefits.
(SFC, 12/8/10, p.A1)
2010 Dec 7, The New York Times
reported that US officials believe the militant group Hezbollah,
based in Lebanon, has acquired an arsenal of some 50,000 rockets and
missiles, raising fears of an enlarged conflict with Israel. Iran
and Syria were named as the sources.
2010 Dec 7, The three-yearly
OECD Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) report said
the United States has fallen from top of the class to average in
world education rankings and warned of US economic losses from the
trend. America came 26th in a ranking of high school math scores.
(AFP, 12/8/10)(Econ, 12/11/10, p.82)
2010 Dec 7, In California 52
Filipino hospital workers sued their employer, Delano Regional
Medical Center, alleging they were the sole ethnic group targeted by
a rule requiring them to speak only English.
2010 Dec 7, Data released on
education in California indicated that in 2009 some 37% of African
American students in public schools had dropped out. The Hispanic
dropout rate was 27%. The general dropout rate in SF was 9%, in
Oakland it was 40%.
(SFC, 12/8/10, p.A1)
2010 Dec 7, In Connecticut the
maker of Skoal and Copenhagen smokeless tobacco agreed to pay $5
million to the family of a man who died of mouth cancer in what is
believed to be the first wrongful-death settlement won from a
chewing tobacco company.
2010 Dec 7, WikiLeaks' founder
Julian Assange was remanded in custody until December 14 by a London
court after he said he would fight extradition to Sweden where he
faces rape allegations.
2010 Dec 7, Elizabeth Edwards
(b.1949), separated wife of former presidential candidate John
Edwards, died in North Carolina of cancer.
(SFC, 12/8/10, p.A8)
2010 Dec 7, Maj. Gen. Richard
Mills, a senior US Marine general in Afghanistan, declared the
battle in the southern Taliban stronghold of Marjah "essentially
2010 Dec 7, John James
Audubon's "Birds of America," a rare blend of art, natural history
and craftsmanship, sold for more than $10.27 million at a London
auction, making it the world's most expensive book.
2010 Dec 7, China hit back at
the United States and its Asian allies for their refusal to talk to
North Korea, saying dialogue was the only way to calm escalating
tension on the divided Korean peninsula.
2010 Dec 7, In central China an
explosion at a coal mine killed 26 miners who were working despite
an order to halt production, while a mine tunnel collapse elsewhere
left four dead in the latest accidents to strike the country's
2010 Dec 7, Hendrik Coetzee
(35), an acclaimed South African outdoorsman, was dragged from his
craft by a crocodile on the Lukuga River in Congo. 2 Americans
watched, horrified, and paddled to safety. Coetzee was leading a
kayaking expedition from the source of the White Nile into Congo. In
2004 he had kayaked down the Nile, four months and 4,200 miles, from
source to sea.
(AP, 12/9/10)(Econ, 1/1/11, p.78)
2010 Dec 7, The EU conceded
that its previous bank stress tests were not stringent enough as it
confirmed that it will start a new round in February, while the
continent's strongest economies bet they can sort out the region's
debt crisis without the need to top up bailout funds.
2010 Dec 7, An expert report
submitted to the French foreign ministry said respected French
epidemiologist Professor Renaud Piarroux conducted a study in Haiti
last month and concluded the epidemic began with an imported strain
of the disease that could be traced back to the Nepalese base.
2010 Dec 7, Georgia said it has
arrested six people, all of them Georgian citizens, suspected of
being agents for Russia and accused them of staging a series of
explosions, including one outside the US Embassy in the capital.
2010 Dec 7, Leaders of six
US-allied Gulf Arab nations, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC),
said they were monitoring with "utmost concern" developments in
Iran's disputed nuclear program and issued a thinly veiled warning
to their Persian neighbor not to meddle in their internal affairs.
The 2-day gathering of leaders from the Emirates, Saudi Arabia,
Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman followed the publication of leaked
US diplomatic memos that revealed deeper concern among Gulf Arab
leaders over Tehran's nuclear program than had previously been
2010 Dec 7, In Haiti furious
supporters of an apparently eliminated candidate set fires and
manned barricades in the streets of Port-au-Prince after officials
announced that government protege Jude Celestin and former first
lady Mirlande Manigat would advance to a runoff in presidential
2010 Dec 7, In India a bomb
hidden in a metal canister exploded in Varanasi as thousands
gathered for a Hindu ceremony, killing a toddler and triggering a
stampede that left many others wounded.
2010 Dec 7, Jordanian computer
engineer Mohammed Rateb Qteishat (33) was killed by Iraqi forces in
Mosul. He was an al-Qaida operative fighting American forces in
Iraq. In 2006, he was sentenced to death in absentia in his native
Jordan for plotting attacks on Americans in Jordan and attempting to
blow up hotels in Amman.
2010 Dec 7, Israel expressed
disappointment with Argentina's recognition of a Palestinian state
in territories Israel occupied in 1967, saying they undercut
American-led efforts to create such a state through negotiations
2010 Dec 7, In Israel 3 dozen
top rabbis threw their support behind a religious ruling barring
Jews from selling or renting homes to non-Jews, an indication of
growing radicalism within the rabbinical community at a time of
mounting friction between Israeli Arabs and Jews.
2010 Dec 7, In the Ivory Coast
Laurent Gbagbo, the man who the UN says lost the country’s
presidential election, went ahead with naming his new cabinet
anyway. He tapped Charles Ble Goude as minister of youth,
professional education and employment. Goude was sanctioned in 2006
by both the US and UN. He has been accused of making repeated public
statements advocating violence against foreigners and UN
installations and personnel.
2010 Dec 7, Mexico's Defense
Department said soldiers killed six assailants in a clash in the
northern state of Tamaulipas, across the border from Texas. In
Cancun police said they found the bodies of three men who had been
shot to death in neighborhoods far from where UN Climate Change
conference was taking place. The body of a fourth man was found in
another Cancun neighborhood.
2010 Dec 7, In the Netherlands
a teacher (27) was arrested on suspicion of molesting dozens of very
young children. The man's computers containing child pornography
were seized and he later confessed to dozens of sex crimes allegedly
committed over the past year and a half.
2010 Dec 7, Nigeria's
anti-corruption agency charged former US Vice President Dick Cheney
over a bribery scheme involving oil services firm Halliburton Co.
during the time he served as its top executive. A Nigerian court
charged Charles Okah, the brother of an alleged militant, and three
other suspects with treason and terrorism over the October 1
Independence Day twin car bombings that killed 12 people.
(AP, 12/7/10)(AFP, 12/8/10)
2010 Dec 7, In Norway Nobel
officials said China and 18 other countries have declined to attend
this year's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony honoring imprisoned Chinese
dissident Liu Xiaobo, as China unleashed a new barrage deriding the
2010 Dec 7, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber attacked a convoy carrying the top official in the
restive Baluchistan province, wounding 9 people but leaving the
chief minister unscathed.
2010 Dec 7, In Saudi Arabia the
Omma Conference magazine said in a statement posted on its website
that police arrested its editor Mohammed Al-Abdul Karim at his home
and took him to Hayer prison outside the capital Riyadh. In an
article last week, Al-Abdul Karim predicted that Abdullah's death
might cause the oil-rich kingdom to fall apart.
2010 Dec 7, South Korea's Pres.
Lee Myung-bak promised to transform five islands that lie along the
tense maritime border with North Korea into "military fortresses"
impervious to the kind of deadly attack the rival neighbor launched
2010 Dec 7, In Switzerland 6
world powers wrapped up two days of "substantive" talks with Iran on
its contentious nuclear program, with the two sides agreeing to meet
again in Istanbul next month.
2011 Dec 7, US Pres. Obama and
Canada’s PM Stephen Harper announced a new bilateral accord, called
Beyond the Border, regarding trade and shared border security.
(Econ, 12/10/11, p.41)
2011 Dec 7, In San Francisco
police cleared the Occupy SF encampment in an early morning raid.
Demonstrators returned in the evening and clashed with police. A
half dozen people were arrested, but police pulled back as
demonstrators refused to leave Justin Herman Plaza.
(SFC, 12/8/11, p.A1)
2011 Dec 7, In Illinois a
federal judge sentenced impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to
14 years in prison, giving little weight to Blagojevich's first-ever
apology this morning since his arrest three years ago.
2011 Dec 7, In Nevada 5 people
were killed when a helicopter flying tourists over the Hoover Dam
crashed into a mountain range bordering Lake Mead.
(SFC, 12/9/11, p.A11)
2011 Dec 7, In Pennsylvania
prosecutors abandoned their 30-year push for the execution of Mumia
Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther convicted in 1982 of killing
police Officer Daniel Faulkner. Abu-Jamal (58) will spend the rest
of his life in prison.
(SFC, 12/8/11, p.A11)
2011 Dec 7, TV and film star
Harry Morgan (b.1915 as Harry Bratsberg) died in Los Angeles. He had
played Col. Sherman T. Potter in the sitcom MASH as well as Bill
Gannon in Dragnet.
(SFC, 12/8/11, p.A14)
2011 Dec 7, In southern
Afghanistan a minibus struck a roadside bomb, triggering an
explosion that killed 19 Afghan civilians in Helmand province.
2011 Dec 7, In Argentina Czech
national Karel Abelovsky (51) was nabbed for trying to board a
transatlantic flight with 247 live animals including poisonous
snakes and endangered reptiles packed in a bulging suitcase.
2011 Dec 7, Bahrain's Health
Ministry said a woman (27), who was seriously hurt during a recent
anti-government protest, has died of her injuries. Bahrain halted
trial proceedings for over 100 athletes and dropped all charges
related to their participation in street protests against the
island's Sunni monarchy. It was unclear what will happen to athletes
(AP, 12/6/11)(AP, 12/8/11)
2011 Dec 7, The Brazilian
government said it will invest more than $2 billion to curb the
spread of crack cocaine.
2011 Dec 7, Scotland Yard said
Ilir Nazmi Kumbaro (58), a former Albanian intelligence chief, is on
the run after failing to attend a Dec 1 extradition hearing in
Britain over charges of torture and kidnap in his homeland.
2011 Dec 7, Cambodia opened the
Kamchay dam, the country's largest hydropower dam to date. The $280
million dollar Chinese-funded project has destroyed hundreds of
hectares of forest and farmland and attracted criticism from
2011 Dec 7, Chinese authorities
said police last week had arrested 608 suspects and rescued 178
children in busts of two separate child trafficking networks.
2011 Dec 7, China inserted
itself into the fight over oil between Sudan and its former
territory South Sudan, sending a special envoy to try to break a
deadlock between two rivals who often appear on the brink of renewed
2011 Dec 7, In Colombia a
hillside loosened by heavy rains collapsed on a bus, killing five
adults and a boy. Rains since Sept. 1 have caused at least 140
2011 Dec 7, In CongoDRC with
89.2% of precincts counted, Pres. Kabila had 8.3 million out of the
17.3 million votes, or 48%. Tshisekedi was trailing with 5.9 million
votes, or 34%.
2011 Dec 7, Egypt's military
ruler swore-in a new government that he says will have more powers
than its predecessor. Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi promised to
transfer some of his ruling military council's executive powers to
PM Kamal el-Ganzouri. The Freedom and Justice Party said in a
statement that it won 36 of the 56 seats awarded to individual
candidates in voting which concluded on Dec 6. A member of the junta
said the army would have a final say over those appointed to write a
new constitution next year.
(AP, 12/7/11)(AFP, 12/8/11)
2011 Dec 7, India’s finance
minister Pranab Mukherjee confirmed that retail reform to allow
foreign supermarkets into India would be indefinitely suspended.
(Econ, 12/10/11, p.47)
2011 Dec 7, Iran blocked an
Internet website, http://iran.usembassy.gov/, the United States was
touting as a "virtual embassy," and which senior MPs slammed as an
attempt to deceive the Iranian people and divide them from the
2011 Dec 7, In Iraq a series of
attacks mainly targeting security forces killed at least 5 people.
2011 Dec 7, Israeli warplanes
hit targets east of Gaza City, killing one militant and injuring
another two, with the military saying they were planning to fire
rockets across the border.
2011 Dec 7, Israel's official
Holocaust memorial says it has received its largest private donation
ever, a $25 million gift from US casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. He
also owns a leading daily newspaper, Israel Hayom, which is
distributed in Israel for free.
2011 Dec 7, Italian police
captured Michele Zagaria, one of the country’s most-wanted fugitive
mobsters, arresting the last major boss of the Casalesi clan of the
Neapolitan Camorra, one of Italy's bloodiest mafia clans.
2011 Dec 7, Japan offered a
"heartfelt apology" for the systematic mistreatment of Canadian
prisoners during World War Two, helping to heal ties between the two
2011 Dec 7, The Kenyan
parliament approved a plan for their troops in southern Somalia to
join a 9,000 strong African Union force supporting the weak
UN-backed government based in Mogadishu.
2011 Dec 7, In Kenya hundreds
of doctors from public medical facilities marched through Nairobi to
demand a larger stock of drugs in their hospitals, better equipment
and better pay.
2011 Dec 7, In Mexico gunmen
attacked an ambulance in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, killing
the driver, two patients and a fourth person in the vehicle.
Authorities reported six other slayings in addition to the ambulance
2011 Dec 7, In Nepal hundreds
of Buddhists demonstrated in Katmandu to protest the appointment of
Maoist party chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal to head a project to develop
Lumbini, an area where Buddha was believed born.
2011 Dec 7, In Nigeria a
powerful explosion rocked the northern city of Kaduna, killing 7
people, wounding many others. A Red Cross report said two men on a
motorbike had stopped in front of an auto parts shop in Kaduna just
before the explosion went off. The police's anti-bomb squad had
concluded that the blast was accidental.
(AFP, 12/7/11)(AP, 12/8/11)
2011 Dec 7, The US government
said it is giving Paraguay more than $1 million in equipment and
training to help it combat a small guerrilla band in the north of
2011 Dec 7, Former Soviet
leader Mikhail Gorbachev said Russian authorities should annul the
results of the parliamentary vote and hold a new one, as popular
indignation grew over widespread allegations of election fraud.
Thousands of Russians have rallied in Moscow and St. Petersburg in
the last two days, facing off against tens of thousands of police
and Interior Ministry troops. Popular anger boiled over into a 3rd
straight night of protests with scores arrested in Moscow and St.
(AP, 12/7/11)(SFC, 12/8/11, p.A5)
2011 Dec 7, In South Africa an
investigation commissioned by the government into the UN
oil-for-food program in Iraq cleared Deputy President Kgalema
Motlanthe of corruption. The probe was ordered in 2006 by then
president Thabo Mbeki, into what has become known in the country as
"Oilgate," to look at allegations of kickbacks sourced by senior
members of the ruling party from the State Oil Marketing
Organization of Iraq (SOMO). The UN oil-for-food program ran from
1996 until 2003.
2011 Dec 7, Sudan's ruling
party approved a new coalition government, giving representation to
14 other parties but keeping the top cabinet posts.
2011 Dec 7, Syria’s Pres.
Assad, speaking to veteran journalist Barbara Walters in a rare
interview to foreign media, said he was not responsible for the
bloodshed and drew a distinction between himself and individual
members of the military. Assad dismissed the death toll, estimated
by the UN at more than 4,000 people, saying: "Who said that the
United Nations is a credible institution?"
2011 Dec 7, In Thailand Arisman
Pongruangrong, a militant leader of Thailand's "Red Shirt" protest
movement, surrendered to authorities on terrorism charges over his
role in opposition rallies last year, after almost 20 months on the
2011 Dec 7, Yemeni regime and
opposition spokesmen accused each other's forces of shelling
government and residential areas in the capital. The accusations
come in advance of the expected declaration of a national unity
government to take over from ministers allied with embattled
President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Militants linked to al-Qaida attacked
an army post in the south but were driven back, leaving nine of
their dead behind. One soldier was also killed in the night
firefight east of Zinjibar in Abyan province.
(AP, 12/7/11)(AP, 12/8/11)
2012 Dec 7, Belarus Pres.
Lukashenko signed a decree banning some industrial workers from
leaving their jobs, in an effort to stem an expodus of workers to
(SFC, 12/8/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 7, In Brazil Michael
Misick, the former jet-setting premier of the Turks and Caicos
islands, was arrested after having disappeared a couple years ago.
2012 Dec 7, In London nurse
Jacintha Saldanha (46) was discovered hanging by a scarf from a
wardrobe in her nurses' quarters by a colleague and a member of
security staff at London's King Edward VII Hospital. She had
answered the phone on Dec 4 when two Australian disc jockeys called
to seek information about the former Kate Middleton, who was being
treated for severe morning sickness.
2012 Dec 7, Canada’s PM Stephen
Harper approved China's biggest ever foreign takeover, a $15.1
billion bid by state-controlled CNOOC Ltd for energy company Nexen
Inc., but drew a line in the sand against future buys by state-owned
enterprises. He also approved a smaller deal for a Canadian gas
producer by Petronas, Malaysia’s state energy company.
(Reuters, 12/7/12)(Econ, 12/15/12, p.38)
2012 Dec 7, On the French
island of Corsica a man was shot dead and at least 17 houses were
bombed. The vacation destination is also home to criminal gangs and
a simmering homegrown nationalist movement.
2012 Dec 7, Thousands of
Egyptians took to the streets after midday prayers in rival rallies
and marches across Cairo, as the standoff deepened over what
opponents call the Islamist president's power grab, raising the
specter of more violence.
2012 Dec 7, Ghana voters lined
up to select their next president and parliament in a ballot that is
expected to mark its sixth transparent election. 8 presidential
contenders included President John Dramani Mahama and his main
challenger Nana Akufo-Addo.
2012 Dec 7, Iran's border
police confiscated over 11 tons of narcotics after fierce clashes
with drug traffickers in the southeast, the biggest single
consignment ever seized in Iran's war against drugs.
2012 Dec 7, A magnitude 7.3
earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan’s
Miyagi prefecture. This was the same Japanese coast devastated by
last year's massive quake and tsunami. There were no reports of
deaths or serious damage.
2012 Dec 7, In Kenya a grenade
thrown at worshippers leaving a mosque in a Somali neighborhood of
Nairobi killed 3 people and wounded 15.
(SFC, 12/8/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 7, The Dutch
government approved a NATO request to send two batteries of Patriot
missile defense systems to Turkey, following in Germany's footsteps.
2012 Dec 7, Khaled Mashaal, the
exiled Hamas chief, broke into tears as he arrived in the Gaza Strip
for his first-ever visit. Mashaal had left the West Bank as a child.
He leads the Islamic militant movement from Qatar.
2012 Dec 7, Syrian rebels
fighting to topple President Bashar Assad declared Damascus
International Airport a "legitimate target" in a bid to cut off
regime supplies, as clashes between government troops and rebels
forced the closure of the airport road for the second time this
2012 Dec 7, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez arrived back home in Caracas after 10 days of
medical treatment in Cuba.
2012 Dec 7, Zimbabwe's Pres.
Mugabe said he would fire government ministers accused of soliciting
for bribes in a bid to purge corruption from his party as loyalists
met at a convention to map out a winning election strategy to end a
conflict-ridden four-year-old coalition.
2013 Dec 7, Pentagon chief
Chuck Hagel said that Afghanistan's defense minister reassured him
that a security agreement with the US will be signed in a timely
2013 Dec 7, A cold snap in the
US led to at least 6 weather-related deaths in traffic accidents.
Over 100,000 people in the Dallas area were without power as were
thousands in other states.
(SSFC, 12/8/13, p.A12)
2013 Dec 7, Australia's first
gay marriages were celebrated in the national capital Canberra,
despite the prospect of a High Court decision ruling against the
unions later this week.
2013 Dec 7, In Colombia 8
people were killed in a bombing blamed on FARC rebels currently
engaged in peace talks with the government. 6 soldiers and 2
civilians died when a vehicle loaded with explosives blew up in the
small town of Inza.
2013 Dec 7, An Egyptian court
acquitted 155 people arrested during deadly clashes in the capital
between Islamist protesters and police in October.
2013 Dec 7, French President
Francois Hollande said France will increase its troop deployment in
Central African Republic to 1,600 soldiers by this evening. The
African Union agreed to increase its troops there to 6,000.
(Reuters, 12/7/13)(SSFC, 12/8/13, p.A4)
2013 Dec 7, In Bali, Indonesia,
WTO leaders, ending a 4-day meeting, reached a deal to boost global
trade. The Trade Facilitation Agreement was approved by the 159
member economies for the first time in nearly two decades, keeping
alive the possibility that a broader agreement to create a level
playing field for rich and poor countries can be reached in the
(AP, 12/7/13)(Econ, 2/4/17, p.64)
2013 Dec 7, In Iraq a bomb went
off inside an outdoor market in the northern city of Mosul, killing
two shoppers and wounding 15 others. An hour later 2 people were
killed and seven others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded on a
road frequently used by military convoys in Mishahda village, just
north of Baghdad. Attacks nationwide killed 16 people, nine of whom
were shot dead at alcohol shops in Baghdad.
(AP, 12/7/13)(AP, 12/8/13)
2013 Dec 7, The Italian foreign
ministry said Marcello Rizzo (55) has been kidnapped in the Niger
felta of Nigeria. Rizzo was said to have disappeared several days
2013 Dec 7, Two Japanese
whaling ships and a surveillance vessel left for the annual hunt in
the Antarctic Sea. The three ships departed from the western port of
Shimonoseki to join other ships to hunt up to 935 Antarctic minke
whales and up to 50 fin whales through March.
2013 Dec 7, In northern Kenya
more than 10 people were killed in fighting in the town of Moyale
where troops have been sent to stop a week of fighting between rival
ethnic groups that has sent thousands fleeing into Ethiopia.
2013 Dec 7, Moroccan police
violently suppressed a peaceful protest in the Western Sahara
against a planned EU fishing accord with Rabat that covers the
disputed territory's waters.
2013 Dec 7, North Korea freed
Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old US veteran of the Korean War, after a
2013 Dec 7, Pakistan's Supreme
Court identified six 'missing persons' who relatives say were
disappeared by the country's army from a detention center and
ordered the defence ministry to produce them.
2013 Dec 7, A Palestinian boy,
Wajih Wajdi Al-Ramah (15), died of a gunshot wound in the occupied
West Bank. His father and two friends blamed Israeli troops guarding
a nearby settlement for the shooting. The father said the boy had
left a grocery store when he was shot from the nearby settlement,
about 300 meters away.
2013 Dec 7, Polish authorities
said icy winter storms with hurricane-force winds battering northern
Europe have claimed four more lives in Poland, where some 350,000
homes remained without power. This brought the reported death toll
from the storms across north Europe to 14.
2013 Dec 7, In northeastern
Romania Chevron Oil Co. suspended exploration for shale gas after
hundreds of anti-fracking protesters tore down fences.
(SSFC, 12/8/13, p.A4)
2013 Dec 7, Sudanese President
Omar al-Bashir announced the resignation of First Vice President Ali
Taha. Taha was replaced by Lieutenant General Bakri Hassan Saleh.
2013 Dec 7, Syria’s largest
Islamist rebel force seized arms depots belonging to the mainstream
Western-backed Free Syrian Army. The Observatory said the arms had
been brought across the border from Turkey and that five fighters
were killed. Government aircraft pounded Raqqa, a rebel-held city in
the country's northeast, killing at least 18 people including five
(AFP, 12/7/13)(AFP, 12/8/13)
2013 Dec 7, Thai PM Yingluck
Shinawatra ruled out a political comeback for her influential
self-exiled brother and said an unpopular amnesty bill that would
have allowed him to return has been scrapped.
2014 Dec 7, In northern
California angry crowds hurled objects at police who responded with
tear gas in a second night of clashes in Berkeley following a grand
jury decision not to indict a white New York police officer in the
chokehold death of an unarmed black man.
2014 Dec 7, Egyptian security
forces raided a bath house and arrested 25 men for homosexuality,
dragging them naked out of the building in downtown Cairo.
2014 Dec 7, In Greece a
demonstration through central Athens to mark the 6th anniversary of
the lethal police shooting of an unnamed teen quickly turned brutal
as demonstrators damaged bus station and store fronts, and sets fire
to clothing looted from a store.
2014 Dec 7, Israel's military
said has opened 8 new illicit investigations into its Gaza conflict
operations, including cases involving the fatalities of thirty
2014 Dec 7, Israeli warplanes
struck near Damascus' international airport, as well as outside a
town close to the Lebanese border.
2014 Dec 7, In Mexico a farmer
made front pages when he immolated himself to demand the release of
his father, an indigenous leader in Chiapas state arrested last year
on charges stemming from demonstrations in 2011 that turned violent.
2014 Dec 7, In Nepal an
overcrowded bus plunged off a mountain road killing at least 17
people and injuring 50 more.
(SFC, 12/9/14, p.A2)
2014 Dec 7, North Korea
released a report that clearly appreciated a cyber-attack on Sony
Pictures, which is producing an upcoming film that shows a murder
plot against Pyongyang's supreme leader.
2014 Dec 7, In Pakistan a
senior al Qaeda member and 3 other alleged militants were killed
when a US drone attacked a home they were in.
2014 Dec 7, It was reported
that Taliban commander Latif Mehsud, held under Afghan and NATO
custody for some, has been handed over to Pakistan along with 3
2014 Dec 7, In the Philippines
Typhoon Hagupit left at least 3 people dead.
(SFC, 12/8/14, p.A2)
2014 Dec 7, Russia’s Pres.
Vladimir Putin discussed energy collaboration with leaders of
Hungary and Serbia.
2015 Dec 7, The United States
said it has agreed with Singapore on a first deployment of the US P8
Poseidon spy plane in Singapore this month, in a fresh response to
China over its pursuit of territorial claims in the South China Sea.
2015 Dec 7, US Vice President
Joe Biden assured Ukraine of continuing US support and announced the
release of an additional $190 million in US aid to help support
2015 Dec 7, US presidential
candidate Donald Trump has called for a "total and complete shutdown
of Muslims entering the United States," immigrants and visitors
alike, because of what he describes as hatred among "large segments
of the Muslim population" toward Americans.
2015 Dec 7, Two Afghan men
failed to report to maintenance training with the 81st Fighter
Squadron while training with the US military at a base in south
2015 Dec 7, The County of
Hawaii said 119 residents and 17 visitors have been confirmed with
(SFC, 12/8/15, p.A6)
2015 Dec 7, Lawyers hired by
the Turkish government filed a civil suit against cleric Fethullah
Gulen, a political enemy of President Tayyip Erdogan, in a US court
alleging human rights abuses. Gulen has lived in Pennsylvania since
2015 Dec 7, Thermo Fisher
Scientific, a US based life sciences company, opened a new aseptic
processing laboratory at its Molecular Biology Center of Excellence
in Vilnius, Lithuanian capital. The new laboratory will produce
Dynabeads, the magnetic beads. Coated with antibodies the magnetic
beads stimulate lymphocytes, enabling the patient's cells to fight
cancer and prevent metastasis. The company expects the new
technology will replace conventional treatment methods to treat
2015 Dec 7, In eastern
Afghanistan a suicide car bombing wounded nine people, including six
policemen in the Surkh Rud district in Nangarhar province.
2015 Dec 7, In Brazil
impeachment proceedings against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff
faced their first major hurdle with the formation of a special
congressional committee that will analyze the accusations against
2015 Dec 7, Beijing issued its
first-ever red alert for smog, urging schools to close and invoking
restrictions on factories and traffic that will keep half of the
city's vehicles off the roads.
2015 Dec 7, Interpol agents
arrested a Rwandan with a $5 million bounty on his head who is among
the most wanted for the 1994 genocide. Ladislas Ntaganzwa was
arrested in the eastern Congo city of Goma. Between about 14 and 18
April 1994 he is accused of substantially participating in the
planning, preparation and execution of the massacre of over 20,000
Tutsis at Cyahinda Parish.
2015 Dec 7, Germany said the
number of people registered as asylum-seekers this year hit 965,000
by the end of November.
2015 Dec 7, The German firm JAB
Holding Co. announced a $13.9 billion acquisition of Keurig Green
Mountain as part of its quest to dominate the global coffee
industry. JAB Holding is the investment arm of the Reimann family,
heirs to consumer goods company Joh. A. Benckisser GmbH.
(SFC, 12/8/15, p.D3)
2015 Dec 7, In eastern India a
speeding train rammed into an SUV at an unmanned railroad crossing,
killing all 13 people in the vehicle in Jharkhand state.
2015 Dec 7, Latvian PM Laimdota
Straujuma said that she was resigning her post after political
squabbles within her center-right ruling coalition and
dissatisfaction about her leadership.
2015 Dec 7, Al Qaeda in the
Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) released a video showing three men
purportedly confessing to spying for the Mauritanian and French
military and then one being taken out of a pick-up truck in the
desert and shot in the head. The 22-minute video shows the men
saying they had been spying in northern Mali since at least 2006.
2015 Dec 7, A Palestinian man
stabbed and critically wounded an Israeli in the West Bank city of
Hebron and was then shot dead by security forces. Genadi Kaufman
(41) died of his wounds on Dec 30.
(Reuters, 12/7/15)(AFP, 12/30/15)
2015 Dec 7, The Kremlin said is
not interested in the allegations made in a recent documentary
because they do not concern the prosecutor general, but his sons.
Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny and his team released
an investigation and a documentary online last week, detailing what
they described as shady deals involving sons of the prosecutor
general and other senior prosecutors.
2015 Dec 7, In Russia five
people were lightly injured when a grenade exploded at a bus stop in
central Moscow. The hand grenade went off on Pokrovka Street, an
area dotted with bars and restaurants.
2015 Dec 7, In Somalia
Abdimalik Jones, an American who had been fighting with al-Shabab,
left the rebels and was arrested by Somalia's security forces in the
southern port of Barawe. Jones claimed he fled al-Shabab because of
rifts within the group.
2015 Dec 7, Syria's government
accused the US-led coalition of launching airstrikes a day earlier
on an army camp in Der el-Zour that killed 3 soldiers and wounded
13, which if confirmed would mark the first time US-led forces have
struck troops loyal to President Bashar Assad. A US military
official said the strike was from a Russian warplane.
(AP, 12/7/15)(SFC, 12/8/15, p.A4)
2015 Dec 7, Syrian authorities
released 35 opposition detainees in Homs, ahead of a deal that will
lead to the departure of thousands of opposition fighters.
2015 Dec 7, Eastern Tajikistan
was struck by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. State television said one
person was killed ten were injured.
2015 Dec 7, Thailand's military
government blocked an anti-corruption protest, detaining about three
dozen students and other activists who were headed to a park
honoring past kings that was allegedly built with money from shady
dealings involving several senior officers.
2015 Dec 7, Turkey said it
would not withdraw hundreds of soldiers who arrived last week at a
base in northern Iraq, despite being ordered by Baghdad to pull them
out within 48 hours.
2015 Dec 7, The UN appealed for
a record $20.1 billion (18.6 billion euros) to provide aid to a
surging number of people hit by conflicts and disasters around the
2016 Dec 7, A transition
official said president-elect Donald Trump will nominate Iowa
Governor Terry Branstad as the next US ambassador to China, choosing
a longstanding friend of Beijing after rattling the world's
second-largest economy by speaking to Taiwan's president.
2016 Dec 7, Time Magazine named
Donald Trump as Person of the Year.
(SFC, 12/8/16, p.A9)
2016 Dec 7, In Americus,
Georgia, a man fatally shot police Officer Nicholas Smarr and
wounded Officer Jody Smith before fleeing an apartment complex near
Georgia Southwestern State Univ. Smith died of his wounds the next
day and suspect Minquell Lembrick was found dead at a home where he
(SFC, 12/8/16, p.A7)(SFC, 12/9/16, p.A6)
2016 Dec 7, In Michigan a
federal judge who ordered the state to begin a recount of Nov 8
presidential voting, ended the recount following a state court
ruling that found Green Party candidate Jill Stein had no legal
standing to requests another look at the ballots.
(SFC, 12/8/16, p.A9)
2016 Dec 7, Amazon completed
its first delivery by drone, in what the global online giant hopes
will become a trend in automated shipments by air. The delivery was
made to a customer near Cambridge, England.
2016 Dec 7, London-based
think-tank Overseas Development Institute said one third of children
living in the slums of Bangladesh's capital spend more than 60 hours
a week making clothes for the garment sector, well beyond the legal
2016 Dec 7, In Bahrain British
PM Theresa May and leaders from the six-member Gulf Cooperation
Council (GCC) agreed to counter Iran's "destabilizing activities," a
pledge meant to calm nerves following the nuclear deal with world
powers. The summit aimed to advance plans to turn the (GCC) into a
Gulf Union with tighter defense coordination.
(AP, 12/7/16)(Econ, 12/10/16, p.50)
2016 Dec 7, British musician
Greg Lake (b.1947) died. He had co-founded both King Crimson and
Emerson, Lake and Palmer. ELP broke up in 1979, reunited in 1991,
later disbanded again and reunited for a 2010 tour.
2016 Dec 7, Paris, France, was
smothered by its worst winter pollution in a decade, with commuters
enjoying free public transport and half of all cars ordered off the
road to try to clear the air.
2016 Dec 7, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel's conservatives toughened their tone on integrating
migrants, passing a resolution on tackling forced marriage and honor
killings, and cracking down on dual citizenship.
2016 Dec 7, Ghana held
elections. President John Mahama sought a second and final term.
Opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo’s New Patriotic Party said the
government has mismanaged national finances, not least revenue from
oil from an offshore field operated by British company Tullow that
began to flow in 2010.
2016 Dec 7, In Indonesia a
magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocked Aceh province early today, killing
more than 100 people and sparking a frantic rescue effort in the
rubble of dozens of collapsed and damaged buildings.
(AP, 12/7/16)(AP, 12/8/16)
2016 Dec 7, Iran struck a
preliminary memorandum of understanding with Royal Dutch Shell to
develop prospective oil fields.
(Econ, 12/10/16, p.62)
2016 Dec 7, Iraqi army troops
entered another neighborhood held by the Islamic State group in the
southeastern part of Mosul. Soldiers from the 9th Division took over
the hospital building in the al-Salam neighborhood.
2016 Dec 7, Iraq's parliament
speaker said an airstrike targeting the Islamic State-held town of
Qaim near the Syrian border killed and wounded "dozens" of
civilians, and that he is holding the Iraqi government responsible.
2016 Dec 7, In Ireland a Dublin
judge ordered Irish authorities to unfreeze 100 million euros ($107
million) in cash belonging to exiled Russian oligarch Mikhail
Khodorkovsky, ruling that police had provided no evidence that the
funds were illegally gained as Russia contends.
2016 Dec 7, Italian Premier
Matteo Renzi said he would resign this evening now that Parliament
has approved the 2017 national budget, a step required by the
nation's president before he would let the leader step down. Pres.
Mattarella had asked him to stay long enough to secure passage of
(AP, 12/7/16)(Econ, 12/10/16, p.51)
2016 Dec 7, Kazakhstan's state
security service said it has detained several people suspected of
stealing oil and fuel from a refinery in Aktobe and being linked to
2016 Dec 7, Kenya’s Pres. Uhuru
Kenyatta urged medical workers to return to work saying nearly 20
people have died three days into a strike because of lack of care.
(SFC, 12/8/16, p.A2)
2016 Dec 7, Eastern Libyan
forces said they thwarted an attempted advance on some of Libya's
major oil ports, hitting a rival faction with air strikes and
capturing some of its commanders.
2016 Dec 7, NATO’s top military
officer said that about 150 Turkish officers have been recalled or
retired from the alliance’s high command since Turkey’s July 15
(SFC, 12/8/16, p.A2)
2016 Dec 7, Netherlands said it
will gradually phase out subsidizes for renewable energy and shift
its climate change strategy to areas such as energy saving and
2016 Dec 7, In northern
Pakistan a plane carrying 47 people crashed on the slope of a
mountain in the Havelian area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. There
were no survivors.
(Reuters, 12/7/16)(AFP, 12/7/16)(AP, 12/8/16)
2016 Dec 7, The CEO of Rosneft,
Russia’s state-controlled oil company, said that it had agreed to
sell a 19.5 percent stake to Swiss commodities giant Glencore and
Qatar's sovereign wealth fund.
2016 Dec 7, In Somalia soldiers
loyal to the government retook control of Qandala port town from
insurgents who had declared allegiance to Islamic State.
2016 Dec 7, In Syria rebels in
Aleppo called for a five-day truce and the evacuation of civilians
after losing more territory including the Old City to a Syrian army
offensive. The leaders of six major Western nations called for an
immediate ceasefire in Aleppo and condemned Russia and Iran for
supporting the Syrian government.
(AFP, 12/7/16)(Reuters, 12/7/16)
2016 Dec 7, Thailand’s military
said Muslim separatist militants have shot dead six civilians over
the last 24 hours in the southern provinces of Narathiwat and
(SFC, 12/8/16, p.A2)
2016 Dec 7, In northern
Thailand six drug smugglers were fatally shot late today in a
gunbattle when they were confronted by soldiers. 554,000
methamphetamine tablets, 30 kg (66 pounds) of heroin, 1 kg (2.2
pounds) of opium, an AK-47 assault rifle and a short-barreled rifle
2016 Dec 7, The UN Committee
against Torture called on Sri Lanka to investigate "routine torture"
of detainees by security forces and rebuked its government for
failing to prosecute war crimes committed during the country's
2017 Dec 7, US Rep. Trent
Franks, R.- Arizona, said he will resign next month after revealing
that he discussed surrogacy with two female staff members. Trent
resigned on Dec. 8 bowing to an ultimatum from Speaker Paul Ryan.
(SFC, 12/8/17, p.A4)(SFC, 12/9/17, p.A5)
2017 Dec 7, US Sen. Al Franken,
D-Minn., announced that he would resign in the coming weeks
following charges of sexual harassment and indiscretions. On Dec. 13
Lt. Gov. Tina Smith was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to fill
(SFC, 12/8/17, p.A4)(SFC, 12/14/17, p.A6)
2017 Dec 7, A flight to Somalia
from Louisiana reached Dakar, Senegal before sitting on the runway
for 23 hours and returning to the US because the relief crew was not
rested enough. Ninety-two Somalis sat bound and shackled on an
airplane for nearly two days, some urinating on themselves, during
the botched US deportation attempt. This was according to a lawsuit
later filed in US District Court in Miami.
2017 Dec 7, California joined
13 other states to sue the Trump administration’s Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) for ignoring an October 1 deadline to update
the nation’s map of areas with unhealthy smog levels.
(SFC, 12/8/17, p.D8)
2017 Dec 7, In southern
California hundreds of Los Angeles area schools shut their doors as
raging wildfires wreaked havoc, forcing about 200,000 people to flee
and destroying hundreds of houses. Officials closed US 101 for more
than a dozen miles along the coast, cutting off a major route
between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for several hours as fire
charred heavy brush along lanes.
(Reuters, 12/7/17)(AP, 12/7/17)
2017 Dec 7, San Francisco-based
Dignity Health and Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives
announced plans to merge in a deal that create one of the nation’s
largest nonprofit health systems.
(SFC, 12/8/17, p.C1)
2017 Dec 7, Gilead Sciences of
Foster City, Ca., announced plans to acquire startup Cell Design
Labs for up to $587 million.
(SFC, 12/8/17, p.C2)
2017 Dec 7, In Hawaii the body
of Telma Boinville (51), who moved to Hawaii from Brazil in the
1990s, was found downstairs in a house on Oahu's North Shore, where
she reportedly was a house cleaner for the vacation property. Her
8-year-old daughter was found upstairs uninjured and tied up.
Stephen Brown (23) and Hailey Kai Dandurand (20) were soon arrested
on suspicion of murder.
2017 Dec 7, The NYC-based
Morgan Stanley financial services firm said Harold Ford Jr., a
former 5-term member of Congress representing Tennessee, has been
fired for conduct inconsistent with company values and in
violation of company policies.
(SFC, 12/8/17, p.A4)
2017 Dec 7, The NYC Ballet
confirmed that its leader Peter Martins (71) had requested and was
granted a temporary leave following accusations of past sexual
(SFC, 12/9/17, p.A5)
2017 Dec 7, Bitcoin surged past
$17,000 as the frenzy surrounding the virtual currency escalated
just days before it starts trading on major US exchanges. Bitcoin
has gained more than $5,000 in just the past two days. NiceHash, a
company that mines bitcoins on behalf of customers, said it is
investigating a breach that may have resulted in the theft of about
$70 million worth of bitcoin.
2017 Dec 7, Arabs and Muslims
across the Middle East condemned the US recognition of Jerusalem as
Israel's capital as an incendiary move in a volatile region and
Palestinians said Washington was abandoning its leading role as a
peace mediator. The European Union and United Nations also voiced
alarm at President Donald Trump's decision to move the US Embassy in
Israel to Jerusalem.
2017 Dec 7, Australia's
Parliament voted to allow same-sex marriage across the nation,
following a bitter debate settled by a much-criticized government
survey of voters that strongly endorsed change.
2017 Dec 7, British illustrator
Quentin Blake presented the 33 first editions of classic books, with
jackets specially created by leading artists, which will be
auctioned to benefit London's House of Illustration museum, which he
2017 Dec 7, Queen Elizabeth II
formally commissioned into the British navy the UK's newest and
biggest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, at a ceremony in
2017 Dec 7, In Congo DRC an
attack in North Kivu province targeted a base of the UN's MONUSCO
force, killing at least 14 UN peacekeepers from Tanzania. Five
Congolese soldiers and a further 53 personnel were also injured in
the worst single attack against a UN mission in recent history.
(AP, 12/7/17)(AFP, 12/9/17)(AFP, 12/15/17)
2017 Dec 7, The European Union
announced that it is taking the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland
to court for failing to accommodate their fair share of refugees
under a plan agreed to by the 28-country bloc two years ago.
2017 Dec 7, EU negotiators
agreed new rules that give Brussels the power to check up on
national car approval authorities and set targets for emission
checks in the aftermath of the Volkswagen emissions scandal.
2017 Dec 7, In southwestern
Iran eight climbers died in an avalanche and a ninth was missing on
Oshtorankouh mountain in the Zagros range.
2017 Dec 7, It was reported
that Iraqi historian, scholar and blogger Omar Mohammed (31) has
unveiled himself as Mosul Eye. Since 2014 Mosul Eye told the world
what was happening in occupied Mosul. If caught, he too would be
2017 Dec 7, Israeli army
gunfire and rubber bullets wounded at least 31 people in Palestinian
protests in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip after the
United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
2017 Dec 7, In Japan Nagako
Tomioka (58), the head priests of the Tomioka Hachimangu shrine in
Tokyo, was ambushed and killed with a samurai sword as she got out
of her car, apparently by her brother, who then took his own life.
(SFC, 12/9/17, p.A2)
2017 Dec 7, In southern Nepal
millions of people voted in the final phase of mostly peaceful
elections for members of national and provincial assemblies.
2017 Dec 7, Pakistani officials
said a boat carrying dozens of pilgrims has capsized near an island
in the Arabian Sea, killing 14 people. Over 30 people were missing
after the boat sank near Thatta, 100 km (60 miles) east of Karachi.
2017 Dec 7, Qatar's ruling emir
and French Pres. Emmanuel Macron signed 12 billion euros ($14
billion) in deals during Macron's visit to Doha, including the
purchase of 12 French-made Dassault Rafale fighter jets with the
option of buying 36 more.
2017 Dec 7, A Thai court issued
arrest warrants against five people over the discovery of a cache of
weapons, including figures with links to the "Red Shirt" followers
of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Police believed the
weapons were hidden during the instability that led up to a coup in
2017 Dec 7, In Turkey
Selahattin Demirtas, the jailed co-leader of the pro-Kurdish
opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), was remanded in prison
for at least two more months at the opening of his trial on
2017 Dec 7, Jan Egeland, a top
UN humanitarian adviser for Syria, said 12 people have died awaiting
evacuation from government-besieged suburbs of Damascus. Egeland
said the government has refused to approve evacuations on the UN
list, which has now reached 494 names.
2017 Dec 7, In northern Yemen
Saudi-led coalition airstrikes killed at least 23 civilians,
including women and children in Saada.
2018 Dec 7, US Pres. Donald
Trump announced his nomination of State Dept. spokeswoman Heather
Nauert to be the next US ambassador to the UN. Trump also said he
will nominate William Barr to serve as attorney general. Barr had
already served as attorney general (1991-1993) under the late Pres.
George H.W. Bush.
(SFC, 12/8/18, p.A7)
2018 Dec 7, In southern
California CHP Officer Robert stephano (44) was arrested on
suspicion of sexual misconduct with two teenage girls. Investigators
say he had solicited minors for sex as far back as 2010.
(SSFC, 12/9/18, p.A8)
2018 Dec 7, Court filings from
prosecutors in New York and special counsel Robert Mueller's office
laid out previously undisclosed contacts between Trump associates
and Russian intermediaries and suggested the Kremlin aimed early on
to influence Trump and his campaign by playing to both his political
aspirations and his personal business interests.
2018 Dec 7, In western
Afghanistan the Taliban staged a coordinated attack overnight on two
Afghan army outposts in Herat province, killing 14 Afghan soldiers
and taking 21 captive.
2018 Dec 7, ABC News reported
that a 28-year-old Australian man will spend five months in prison
for brutally killing a kangaroo in an attack filmed and posted on
social media. Ricky Ian Swan was one of four men charged in
September with using weapons to torture and kill two kangaroos.
2018 Dec 7, Meeting in Austria
OPEC and non-OPEC countries agreed to cut oil production 1.2 million
barrels a day in January for 6 months. Oil prices spiked sharply
higher in response.
2018 Dec 7, In northeastern
Brazil at least 12 people were killed, including six policemen, in
an early morning shootout between police and bank robbers on the
main street in Milagres, Ceará state.
2018 Dec 7, British teenager
George Duke-Cohan (19) was jailed for three years after his bogus
bomb threats led to school evacuations and an airport security
2018 Dec 7, Former Colombian
President Belisario Betancur (95) died in Bogota. He had attempted
to broker peace with leftist rebels during his 1982-1986
2018 Dec 7, CongoDRC officials
said authorities have arrested a Congolese colonel who failed to
disclose that he had met with two UN experts just two days before
the March 2017 killings of American Michael Sharp and Swedish
national Zaida Catalan.
2018 Dec 7, Police in Croatia
said they have detained 13 people suspected of smuggling migrants
who are trying to reach Western Europe through the Balkans.
2018 Dec 7, In Cuba Decree 349,
which was published in July, theoretically came into force. It gave
government inspectors the right to shut down exhibits and
performances deemed to violate Cuba's revolutionary values and to
confiscate artists' belongings. The government said it would seek
artists' backing for how it will be implemented, a move those who
had protested against the decree hailed as a victory.
2018 Dec 7, Pete Shelley (63),
the lead singer and songwriter with influential British pop punk
band the "Buzzcocks", died at his home in Estonia. The band helped
create the New Wave genre, fusing punk's energy with a more melodic
2018 Dec 7, The head of the
Czech Republic's counter-intelligence service said his agency broke
a Russian spying network earlier this year and completely paralyzed
2018 Dec 7, Germany's Christian
Democrats elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (56) to replace Angela
Merkel as party leader, a decision that moves her into pole position
to succeed Europe's most influential leader as chancellor.
2018 Dec 7, Rebels in
Indonesia's troubled Papua province demanded that the government
hold negotiations on self-determination for the province and warned
of more attacks.
2018 Dec 7, Mexico's Supreme
Court suspended a new law that cuts public sector pay, freezing it
until the tribunal has made a definitive ruling on the legislation,
and dealing a blow to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
2018 Dec 7, A Myanmar court
jailed three activists for defaming the military during anti-war
protests, amid growing concern about a clamp-down on civil society.
Lum Zawng, Nang Pu, and Zau Jat were sentenced to six months in
prison and fined $320 each..
2018 Dec 7, Pakistan's PM Imran
Khan said his country will no longer act as a hired gun in someone
else's war, striking a note of defiance against US demands for
Islamabad to do more in the battle against militancy.
2018 Dec 7, In Portugal a
walkout by rail workers over pay disrupted train services amid a
spate of strikes by government employees.
2018 Dec 7, Qatar paid the
salaries of nearly 30,000 Gazan civil servants, delighting the
impoverished workers but angering some in the deeply divided
Palestinian leadership who balked at the intervention of a foreign
2018 Dec 7, Romania's President
Klaus Iohannis refused to appoint two ministers, saying the
government is run by a "criminal" through intermediaries.
2018 Dec 7, Russia's Pres.
Vladimir Putin held Kremlin talks with Greek PM Alexis Tsipras and
overcome a rift over the expulsions of diplomats that have strained
their traditionally friendly ties.
2018 Dec 7, Prosecutors in
Slovenia said they have filed charges against right-wing politician
Andrej Sisko, who was shown leading a paramilitary group in a video
circulating on social media.
2018 Dec 7, In South Korea a
former military intelligence chief was found dead in a suspected
suicide. Former Defense Security Command head Lee Jae-su was being
investigated by state prosecutors for allegedly ordering the illegal
surveillance of families of people killed in a 2014 ferry sinking.
2018 Dec 7, South Korean
prosecutors charged four people with illegally importing North
Korean coal via Russia in violation of UN sanctions.
2018 Dec 7, Rath Rott Mony
(47), a Cambodian labor activist, was arrested in Bangkok as he
attempted to travel to the Netherlands with his family after helping
produce a sex-trafficking documentary for the Russia Today channel
in October. Cambodia has dismissed the documentary as fake.
2018 Dec 7, Turkey and the
United States agreed to speed up efforts to put in place an
agreement on Syria's Manbij by the end of the year.
2018 Dec 7, In southern Turkey
an employee fired shots in a municipality building in Cukurova,
Adana province, killing two of his colleagues. The gunman was
reportedly motivated by a "personal" feud between the employees.