Today in History - December 7
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International Civil Aviation Day. In 1996 the UN
General Assembly proclaimed December 7 as International Civil
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. 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.
(TMC, 1994, p.1941) (WUD, 1944, p.1683)(TL, 1988,
p.112) (SFC, 12/7/96, p.A3)
(SFC12/6/96, p.A5)(SFC, 12/5/97, p.A29)(AP,
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, 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, 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, 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, Balia,
Indonesia WTO leaders, ending a 4-day meeting, reached a deal to
boost global trade. It 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 future.
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.
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