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 Aviation Day.
    (
https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/un/international-civil-aviation-day )(Econ, 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?).
    (MC, 12/7/01)

967        Dec 7, Abu Sa'id ibn Aboa al-Chair, Persian mystic, was born.
    (MC, 12/7/01)

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]
    (MC, 12/7/01)

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 Apollo."
    (WSJ, 12/4/97, p.A20)(WSJ, 9/15/98, p.A20)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R53)

1637        Dec 7, Barnardo Pasquini, composer, was born.
    (MC, 12/7/01)

1761        Dec 7, Madame Tussaud [Marie Grosholtz], creator of the wax museum, was born. [see Dec 1]
    (MC, 12/7/01)

1787        Dec 7, Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
    (AP, 12/7/97)

1796        Dec 7, Electors chose John Adams to be the second president of the United States. [see Nov 3]
    (AP, 12/7/97)

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.
    (HN, 12/7/00)

1817        Dec 7, William Bligh (63), British naval officer of "Bounty" infamy, died.
    (MC, 12/7/01)

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.
    (AP, 4/19/10)

1823        Dec 7, Leopold Kronecker, German mathematician (Tensor of Kronecker), was born.
    (MC, 12/7/01)

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.
    (AP, 12/7/97)

1840        Dec 7, Hermann Goetz, composer, was born.
    (MC, 12/7/01)

1842        Dec 7, The New York Philharmonic gave its first concert.
    (AP, 12/7/97)

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.
    (HN, 12/7/98)

1862        Dec 7, Confederate forces surprise an equal number of Union troops at the Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas.
    (HN, 12/7/99)

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 become Montana.
    (HN, 12/7/98)

1868        Dec 7, Jesse James gang robbed a bank in Gallatin, Missouri, and killed 1 person.
    (MC, 12/7/01)

1873        Dec 7, Willa Cather, American author famous for “O Pioneers" and “My Antonia," was born.
    (HN, 12/7/98)

1877        Dec 7, Thomas A. Edison demonstrated the gramophone. [see Dec 6]
    (MC, 12/7/01)

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 everything."
    (HN, 12/7/00)(AP, 1/30/99)
1888        Dec 7, Ernst Toch, composer and pianist, was born.
    (HN, 12/7/00)
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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Boyd_Dunlop)

1889        Dec 7, Gilbert and Sullivan’s "Gondoliers," premiered in London.
    (MC, 12/7/01)

1895        Dec 7, Sir Milton Margay, first Prime Minister of Sierra Leone, was born.
    (HN, 12/7/98)

1896        Dec 7, Stuart Davis, painter, was born.
    (HN, 12/7/00)

1905        Dec 7, Gerard Kuiper, Dutch-US astronomer (moons of Uranus, Neptune), was born.
    (MC, 12/7/01)

1907        Dec 7, The first Christmas Seals to help the fight against tuberculosis were sold, in Wilmington, Del. [Some sources say Dec. 9].
    (AP, 12/7/07)

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), died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Montgomery_Ward)

1915        Dec 7, Eli Wallach (d.2014), American film, TV and stage actor, was born in Brooklyn, NY.
    (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.
    (HN, 12/7/98)

1918        Dec 7, Spartacists called for a German revolution.
    (HN, 12/7/98)

1926        Dec 7, Victor Kermit Kiam II CEO (Remington shavers), NFL owner (Patriots), was born.
    (MC, 12/7/01)
1926        Dec 7, A gas refrigerator was patented.
    (MC, 12/7/01)

1928        Dec 7, Noam Chomsky, writer, linguist and political activist, was born.
    (HN, 12/7/00)

1931        Dec 7, A report indicated that Nazis would ensure "Nordic dominance" by sterilizing certain races.
    (HN, 12/7/98)

1934        Dec 7, Wiley Post discovered the jet stream.
    (MC, 12/7/01)

1938        Dec 7, Philip Barry's "Here Come the Clowns," premiered in NYC.
    (MC, 12/7/01)

1939        Dec 7, Lou Gehrig, 36, was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame.
    (MC, 12/7/01)

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 [18] 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, 12/7/97)(HNPD, 12/7/98)
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 Harbor."
    (SFC, 12/7/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 12/7/99, p.A24)(SFC, 12/2/02, p.A19)
1941        Dec 7, Australian bombers landed on Timor and Ambon.
    (MC, 12/7/01)
1941        Dec 7, The 8 month German siege of Tobruk ended.
    (MC, 12/7/01)
1941        Dec 7, The 1st Japanese submarine was sunk by a US ship, the USS Ward.
    (MC, 12/7/01)

1942        Dec 7, Harry Chapin, rock vocalist (Taxi, Cat's in the Cradle), was born in NYC.
    (MC, 12/7/01)
1942        Dec 7, The U.S. Navy launched the USS New Jersey, the largest battleship ever built.
    (HN, 12/7/98)

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 microwave radiation.
    (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.
    (HN, 12/7/98)
1946        Dec 7, A fire broke out at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, killing 119 people, including hotel founder W. Frank Winecoff.
    (AP, 12/7/04)

1947        Dec 7, Johnny Bench, baseball catcher (Reds), was born.
    (MC, 12/7/01)
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 Butler.
    (WSJ, 1/25/06, p.D10)(http://nobelprize.org/peace/laureates/1931/butler-bio.html)

1948        Dec 7, Yoko Morishita, prima ballerina (Baterina No Habataki), was born.
    (MC, 12/7/01)

1949        Dec 7, Tom Waits, Calif, rocker and song writer (Blue Valentine), was born.
    (MC, 12/7/01)
1949        Dec 7, The A.F.L. and the C.I.O. organized a non-Communist international trade union.
    (HN, 12/7/98)
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 Ben-Gurion retired.
    (MC, 12/7/01)

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.
    (HN, 12//99)

1960         Dec 7, The first episode of "Coronation Street", the longest running TV soap opera in the world, was broadcast by Granada.
    (http://media.guardian.co.uk/broadcast/story/0,7493,1057710,00.html)

1962        Dec 7, Great Britain performed a nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site.
    (MC, 12/7/01)

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, 21-15.
    (AP, 12/7/03)

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."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beggars_Banquet)(SFC, 8/16/96, p.D11)(SFC, 10/23/00, p.F3)

1970        Dec 7, Rube Goldberg (87), US cartoonist (Mike & Ike, Pulitzer 1948), died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rube_Goldberg)
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.
    (www.storyofpakistan.com/articletext.asp?artid=A140&Pg=2)(Econ, 9/21/13, p.90)
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 German territory.
    (HN, 12/7/98)

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.
    (http://greyfalcon.us/restored/myPictures/Martin%20Bormann.htm)
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, 11/28/14, p.A4)
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 bodyguards.
    (AP, 12/7/97)

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, were published.
    (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 war.
    (SFC, 7/21/96, Z1, p.8)(SFEC, 8/29/99, p.A19)(HNQ, 11/9/00)

1976        Dec 7, The UN Security Council endorsed Kurt Waldheim (1918-2007) of Austria for a 2nd 5-year term as UN Secretary-General.
    (www.worldofquotes.com/history/12_7/6/index.html)

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).
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Carl_Goldmark)

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 sleep.
    (SFC, 12/3/04, p.F8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_A._Haas%2C_Sr.)

1981        Dec 7, The Reagan Administration predicted a record deficit in 1982 of $109 billion.
    (HN, 12/7/98)

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 sodium pentathol.
    (AP, 12/7/99)
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 IRA.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Graham)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/03)

1985        Dec 7, Retired Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart died in Hanover, N.H., at age 70.
    (AP, 12/7/97)

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.
    (AP, 12/7/97)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/97)(AP, 6/22/02)(www.who.int/archives/inf-pr-1997/en/pr97-08.html)

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.
    (AP, 12/7/99)

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.
    (AP, 12/7/00)

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.
    (AP, 12/7/01)

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 their pregnancies.
    (AP, 12/7/97)

1993        Dec 7, US Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary revealed that the government had conducted more than 200 nuclear weapons tests in secret.
    (AP, 12/7/98)
1993        Dec 7, Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders suggested that the government study the impact of drug legalization.
    (AP, 12/7/98)
1993        Dec 7, A gunman opened fire on a Long Island Rail Road commuter train, killing six people and wounding 17.
    (AP, 12/7/98)

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.
    (AP, 12/7/99)

1995        Dec 7, Under Republican pressure, President Clinton reluctantly presented a seven-year balanced-budget plan that was quickly criticized by GOP lawmakers.
    (AP, 12/7/00)
1995        Dec 7, Bill Gates announced Microsoft’s Internet counterattack on Netscape and the browser market.
    (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 destroyed.
    (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, 1997.
    (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 spacewalks.
    (AP, 12/7/97)

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.
    (AP, 12/7/98)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/99)
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 next day.
    (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. Kofi Annan.
    (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 surface.
    (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 Democrats.
    (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, p.A9)(http://tinyurl.com/33p23qm)
2000        Dec 7, Some 4,000 protestors clashed with police at the opening of the EU summit in Nice.
    (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, 12/11/00, p.A1)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/02)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/02)
2001        Dec 7, The U.S. unemployment rate jumped to 5.7 percent in November, the highest in six years.
    (AP, 12/7/02)
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 Kabul.
    (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 mid-1999.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 12/7/02)
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 acres.
    (AP, 12/7/02)
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, 12/7/03)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/02)   
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.
    (Reuters, 12/8/02)
2002        Dec 7, In Liberia civilians were killed in a government offensive on a rebel-held town. Their deaths were blamed on crossfire.
    (AP, 12/9/02)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/02)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Daniel_Morcombe)(AFP, 8/28/11)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/03)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/03)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/03)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/03)
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 13 others.
    (AP, 12/7/03)
2003        Dec 7, In southern India Hindu-Muslim clashes broke out overnight in Hyderabad, killing at least five and injuring 27.
    (AP, 12/7/03)
2003        Dec 7, Insurgents attacked a U.S. military patrol in northern Iraq, killing one soldier and wounding two.
    (AP, 12/7/03)
2003        Dec 7, In Liberia government troops launched U.N.-sponsored disarmament.
    (AP, 12/7/03)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/03)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/03)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/03)

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."
    (AP, 12/8/04)
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.
    (AP, 12/07/05)
2004        Dec 7, Singer Jerry Scoggins (93), who performed "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," the theme song to "The Beverly Hillbillies," died.
    (AP, 12/07/05)
2004        Dec 7, Hamid Karzai was sworn in as Afghanistan's first popularly elected president.
    (AP, 12/7/04)
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 NGO.
    (AFP, 12/7/04)
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 China.
    (www.dragonmart.ae/HelpFAQs.html)(Econ, 4/14/12, p.78)
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.
    (AP, 12/9/04)
2004        Dec 7, A roadside bomb exploded near an Iraqi National Guard patrol south of Baghdad, killing three guardsmen and wounding 11.
    (AP, 12/7/04)
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 AIDS.
    (AFP, 12/8/04)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/04)

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.
    (AP, 12/08/05)
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.
    (AP, 12/07/05)
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 arrests.
    (AP, 12/07/05)
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 pension liabilities.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/07/05)
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.
    (AFP, 12/11/05)
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.
    (AP, 12/07/05)
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.
    (AP, 12/07/05)
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 global warming.
    (Reuters, 12/08/05)
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.
    (AP, 12/08/05)
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.
    (AFP, 12/07/05)
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.
    (AP, 12/07/05)
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.
    (AP, 12/07/05)
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.
    (AP, 12/07/05)
2005        Dec 7, In Iraq gunmen kidnapped the 8-year-old son of a bodyguard for a judge in the trial of Saddam Hussein.
    (AP, 12/07/05)
2005        Dec 7, An Israeli aircraft fired a missile at a car carrying Palestinian militants, killing at least one militant and wounding 10 others.
    (AP, 12/07/05)
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 manipulated.
    (AP, 12/07/05)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/07/05)
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.
    (AP, 12/07/05)
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 building.
    (AP, 12/07/05)
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.
    (AP, 12/07/05)
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.
    (AP, 12/08/05)
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.
    (AP, 12/07/05)
2005        Dec 7, In Thailand a 5-year-old boy became the country’s 2nd bird flu fatality in two months.
    (AP, 12/9/05)

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.
    (AP, 12/7/07)
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 hotel company.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 12/7/06)
2006        Dec 7, Johnnie Bryan Hunt (79), founder of Arkansas-based J.B. Hunt Transport Services (1969), died.
    (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.
    (AFP, 12/7/06)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/06)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/06)
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 Egyptian custody.
    (AP, 12/7/06)
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 Western-style democracy.
    (AFP, 12/7/06)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/06)
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.
    (AP, 11/16/09)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/06)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/06)
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 to protesters.
    (AP, 12/7/06)
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 person.
    (AP, 12/7/06)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/06)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/06)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/06)
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%.
    (AFP, 12/7/06)
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 but insufficient.
    (AP, 12/7/06)

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.
    (AP, 12/7/08)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/07)
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 shortages.
    (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 company.
    (AP, 12/7/07)
2007        Dec 7, Barry Bonds pleaded not guilty in San Francisco to charges he'd lied to federal investigators about using performance-enhancing drugs.
    (AP, 12/7/08)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/08)
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.
    (AFP, 12/7/07)
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 Natalee Holloway.
    (AP, 12/7/07)
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 four-and-a-half years.
    (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 channel.
    (Reuters, 12/7/07)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/07)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/8/07)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/07)
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 infection.
    (AP, 12/7/07)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/07)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/07)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/07)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/07)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/07)
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 left-wing activists.
    (AP, 12/8/07)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/7/07)

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.
    (AP, 12/10/08)
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.
    (AFP, 12/8/08)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/08)
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, others independently.
    (www.nytimes.com/2008/12/14/arts/design/14lalanne.html)
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 28.
    (Reuters, 12/7/08)(WSJ, 12/8/08, p.A12)(WSJ, 12/11/08, p.A12)
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 into chaos.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/7/08)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/08)
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."
    (AP, 12/7/08)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/08)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/08)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/08)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/08)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/08)
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 annual hajj.
    (AP, 12/7/08)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/08)

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.
    (AP, 12/8/09)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/10/09)
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.
    (www.cbaontheweb.org/read.asp?messageid=39821&search)
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, 3/31/12, p.A5)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/09)
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.
    (AFP, 12/7/09)
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 soldiers.
    (AFP, 12/9/09)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/09)
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 civilian.
    (AP, 12/7/09)
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 laws.
    (AP, 12/8/09)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/09)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/09)
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.
    (AFP, 12/7/09)
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.
    (AP, 12/10/09)
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 Colombia.
    (AP, 12/7/09)

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.
    (AFP, 12/7/10)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/10)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/10)
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.
    (AFP, 12/7/10)
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 over."
    (AP, 12/7/10)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/10)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/10)
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 mining industry.
    (AP, 12/8/10)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/10)
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.
    (AFP, 12/7/10)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/10)
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 known.
    (AP, 12/7/10)
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 elections.
    (AP, 12/8/10)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/10)
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.
    (AP, 12/22/10)
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 with Israel.
    (AP, 12/7/10) 
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.
    (AP, 12/7/10)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/10)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/10)
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.
    (AP, 12/13/10)
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 decision.
    (AP, 12/7/10)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/10)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/10)
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 last month.
    (AP, 12/7/10)
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.
    (AFP, 12/7/10)

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.
    (AP, 12/8/11)
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)
    (AP, 12/9/11)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/11)
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.
    (AFP, 12/26/11)
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 already convicted.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/7/11)
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.
    (AFP, 12/7/11)
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 environmental groups.
    (AFP, 12/7/11)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/11)
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 conflict.
    (AP, 12/7/11)
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 deaths.
    (AP, 12/8/11)
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%.
    (AP, 12/7/11)
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 government.
    (AFP, 12/7/11)
2011        Dec 7, In Iraq a series of attacks mainly targeting security forces killed at least 5 people.
    (AP, 12/7/11)
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.
    (AFP, 12/8/11)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/11)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/11)
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 nations.
    (Reuters, 12/8/11)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/11)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/11)
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 attack.
    (AP, 12/8/11)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/11)
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 the country.
    (AP, 12/7/11)
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. Petersburg.
    (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.
    (AFP, 12/7/11)
2011        Dec 7, Sudan's ruling party approved a new coalition government, giving representation to 14 other parties but keeping the top cabinet posts.
    (AFP, 12/7/11)
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?"
    (AFP, 12/7/11)
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 run.
    (AP, 12/7/11)
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 Russia.
    (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.
    (AP, 12/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/13/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/12)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/12)
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 week.
    (AP, 12/7/12)
2012        Dec 7, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived back home in Caracas after 10 days of medical treatment in Cuba.
    (AP, 12/7/12)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/12)

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 manner.
    (AP, 12/7/13)
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.
    (AFP, 12/7/13)
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.
    (AFP, 12/7/13)
2013        Dec 7, An Egyptian court acquitted 155 people arrested during deadly clashes in the capital between Islamist protesters and police in October.
    (AFP, 12/8/13)
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.
    (AP, 12/7/13)
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 earlier.
    (Reuters, 12/7/13)
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.
    (AFP, 12/7/13)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/7/13)
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.
    (AFP, 12/8/13)
2013        Dec 7, North Korea freed Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old US veteran of the Korean War, after a weekslong detention.
    (AP, 12/7/13)
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.
    (AFP, 12/7/13)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/8/13)
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.
    (AFP, 12/7/13)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/8/13)
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 children.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 12/7/13)

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.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/lur6csa)
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 Palestinians.
    (Reuters, 12/7/14)
2014        Dec 7, Israeli warplanes struck near Damascus' international airport, as well as outside a town close to the Lebanese border.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
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.
    (AP, 12/8/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/7/14)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/7/14)
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 others.
    (http://tinyurl.com/o54f5a7)
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.
    (Reuters, 12/7/14)

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