Today in History - December 9

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Int’l. Anti-Corruption Day. On 31 October 2003, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption and requested that the Secretary-General designate the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as secretariat for the Convention’s Conference of States Parties (resolution 58/4). 
    (Econ, 12/15/12, p.61)(www.un.org/en/events/anticorruptionday/)

536        Dec 9, Having captured Naples earlier in the year, Belisarius took Rome.
    (HN, 12/9/98)

1165        Dec 9, Malcom IV (24), king of Scotland (1153-65), died.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1292        Dec 9, Sa'di, great Persian poet (Orchard, Rose Garden), died.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1437        Dec 9, Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor, died. Major Czech factions had accepted Sigismund as king of Bohemia prior to his death.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigismund%2C_Holy_Roman_Emperor)

1561        Dec 9, Edwin Sandys, a founder of the Virginia colony, was born.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1565        Dec 9, Pius IV (66), [Gianangelo de' Medici], Italian Pope (1559-65), died.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1569        Dec 9, Martinus de Porres, saint (patron of social justice), was born in Peru.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1594        Dec 9, Gustavus II Adolphus (d.1632), king who made Sweden a major power (1611-32), was born.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1608        Dec 9, English blind poet and polemical pamphleteer John Milton (1608-1674) was born in London. His work included “Paradise Lost,” Paradise Regained,” and “Samson Agonistes.” Milton lost one eye at 36 and the other when he was 44. In 1996 Paul West wrote a novel: “Sporting with Amaryllis,” that begins in 1626 and gives a fictional account of his life. In 1997 Peter Levy wrote a biography of Milton titled: “Eden Renewed.”
    (WUD, '94, p.911)(WSJ, 5/6/97, p.A20)(AP, 12/9/97)

1640        Dec 9, Settler Hugh Bewitt was banished from the Mass colony when he declared himself to be free of original sin.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1641        Dec 9, Anthonie "Antoon" van Dyck (42), Flemish painter, died.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1688        Dec 9, King James II's wife and son fled England for France.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1717        Dec 9, Johann J. Winckelmann, German archaeologist (History of Ancient Art), was born.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1724        Dec 9, Colley Cibber's "Caesar in Aegypt," premiered in London.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1738        Dec 9, Jews were expelled from Breslau, Silesia.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1742        Dec 9, Carl W. Scheele, Swedish pharmacist and chemist (lemon acid), was born.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1747        Dec 9, England and Netherlands signed a military treaty.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1767        Dec 9, Benedetto Alfieri, Italian architect (San Giovanni Battista), died.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1770        Dec 9, Gottlieb Theophil Muffat (80), composer, died.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1775        Dec 9, Lord Dunmore (1730-1809), governor of Virginia, lost decisively at the American Revolution Battle of Great Bridge. Following that defeat, Dunmore loaded his troops, and many Virginia Loyalists, onto British ships. Smallpox spread in the confined quarters, and some 500 of the 800 members of his Ethiopian Regiment died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Murray,_4th_Earl_of_Dunmore)(Econ, 8/10/13, p.26)

1783        Dec 9, The 1st execution at English Newgate-jail took place.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1793        Dec 9, Noah Webster established NY's 1st daily newspaper, American Minerva.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1809        Dec 9, William Barret Travis, Commander of the Texas troops at the battle of the Alamo, was born.
    (HN, 12/9/98)

1824        Dec 9, In the Battle of Ayacucho (Candorcangui) Peru defeated Spain.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1837        Dec 9, Charles Emile Waldteufel, waltz composer (Skaters), was born in Strasbourg, France.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1842        Dec 9, Mikail Glinka's his epic opera "Russlan & Ludmilla," premiered in Petersburg. It was based on Pushkin's Russianized version of Ariosto's “Orlando Furioso.”
    (WSJ, 9/21/95, p.A-20)(MC, 12/9/01)

1848        Dec 9, Joel Chandler Harris, writer, was born. He created the Uncle Remus tales.
    (HN, 12/9/00)

1854         Dec 9, Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem, "The Charge of the Light Brigade," was published in England.
    (AP, 12/9/97)

1861        Dec 9, U.S. Senate approved the establishment of a committee that would become the Joint Committee on the Conduct of War.
    (HN, 12/9/98)

1863        Dec 9, Major General John G. Foster replaced Major General Ambrose E. Burnside as Commander of the Department of Ohio.
    (HN, 12/9/98)

1867        Dec 9, The capital of Colorado Territory was moved from Golden to Denver.
    (HN, 12/9/98)

1872        Dec 9, P.B.S. Pinchback became the first African American Governor of Louisiana. [see Dec 11]
    (HN, 12/9/98)

1878        Dec 9, Joseph Pulitzer bought the St Louis Dispatch for $2,500.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1882        Dec 9, Joaquin Turina, composer (Rima), was born in Seville, Spain.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1886         Dec 9, Clarence Birdseye, inventor of flash freezing foods, was born.
    (HNPD, 12/9/98)

1892        Dec 9, "Widowers' Houses," George Bernard Shaw's first play, opened at the Royalty Theater in London.
    (AP, 12/9/06)

1894        Dec 9, Jules Regnault (b.1834), French economist, died. He first suggested a modern theory of stock price changes in Calcul des Chances et Philosophie de la Bourse (1863).
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jules_Regnault)

1898        Dec 9, Emmett Kelly, circus clown (Weary Willie), was born in Sedan, Kansas.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1899        Dec 9, Jean de Brunhoff (d.1937), illustrator and author, creator of the Babar series of books, was born.
    (HN, 12/9/00)(SFC, 4/15/03, p.A16)

1900        Dec 9, The Russian Czar rejected Paul Kruger’s pleas for aid to the Boers in South Africa against the British.
    (HN, 12/9/01)

1902        Dec 9, Margaret Hamilton, character actress, was born in Cleveland, Oh. She became best known as the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz (1939).
    (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=3146)

1903        Dec 9, The Norwegian parliament voted unanimously for female suffrage.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1905        Dec 9, Richard Strauss' opera "Salome," premiered in Dresden. Soprano Marie Wittich delegated the dance of the seven veils to a member of the corps de ballet.
    (http://operetta.stanford.edu/Strauss/Salome/main.html)(WSJ, 10/16/03, p.D8)
1905        Dec 9, The French Assembly National voted for separation of church and state. Laicite was enshrined in law to keep religion out of public bodies while protecting freedom of private worship.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yyvx2d)(WSJ, 4/25/03, W13)(Econ, 9/5/15, p.57)

1906        Dec 9, Grace Hopper, mathematician and computer pioneer, was born.
    (HN, 12/9/00)

1907        Dec 9, US Christmas seals went on sale for the first time, at the Wilmington, Del., post office. Proceeds went to fight tuberculosis. The fists US Christmas seals were issued by the Red Cross in a program founded by a Delaware woman to support a TB sanitarium [see Dec 7].
    (AP, 12/9/97)(SFC, 12/23/98, Z1 p.3)

1908        Dec 9, A child labor bill passed German Reichstag forbidding work for children under age 13.
    (HN, 12/9/98)

1909        Dec 9, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, actor (Ghost Story), was born in NYC.
    (MC, 12/9/01)
1909        Dec 9, The 1st US monoplane was flown by Henry W. Walden at Long Island, NY.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1912        Dec 9, Thomas P. "Tip" O’Neill, Speaker of the House of Representatives, was born.
    (HN, 12/9/98)

1915        Dec 9, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, soprano (Der Rosenkavalier), was born in Jarotschin, Germany.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1916        Dec 9, Kirk Douglas, film star, was born as Issur Demsky in Amsterdam, NY.
    (SSFC, 10/8/06, Par p.2)(www.imdb.com/name/nm0000018/)

1917        Dec 9, British forces under General Allenby captured Jerusalem. He liberated the city from Turkish control.
    (WSJ, 4/4/96, A-12)(SFC, 10/18/96, C8)(MC, 12/9/01)
1917        Dec 9, New Finnish Republic demanded the withdrawal of Russian troops.
    (HN, 12/9/98)

1918        Dec 9, Kirk Douglas, American actor best known for his role in “Spartacus,” was born as Issur Danielovitch Demsky.
    (HN, 12/9/98)(SFEC, 7/16/00, DB p.48)
1918        Dec 9, French troops occupied Mainz.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1930        Dec 9, Buck Henry, screenwriter and comedian (SNL, Get Smart), was born in NYC.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1931        Dec 9, Japanese army attacked the Chinese province of Jehol.
    (MC, 12/9/01)
1931        Dec 9, Spain became a republic.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1934        Dec 9, Judi Dench, actress (Henry V, Wetherby), was born in York, England.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1939        Dec 9, A Russian air raid was made on Helsinki.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1940        Dec 9, British troops opened their first major offensive in North Africa during World War II and seized 1,000 Italians in a sudden thrust in Egypt.
    (AP, 12/9/97)(HN, 12/9/98)
1940        Dec 9, Illegal Jewish immigrants to Haifa were deported to Mauritius.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1941        Dec 9, Franklin D. Roosevelt told Americans to plan for a long war.
    (HN, 12/9/98)
1941        Dec 9, 1st US WW II bombing mission in Far East took place over Luzon, Philippines.
    (MC, 12/9/01)
1941        Dec 9, China declared war on Japan, Germany and Italy.
    (AP, 12/9/97)
1941        Dec 9, Hitler ordered US ships torpedoed.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1942        Dec 9, Dick Butkus, NFL hall of fame linebacker (Bears) and sportscaster, was born in Chicago, Ill.
    (MC, 12/9/01)
1942        Dec 9, The Aram Khachaturian ballet "Gayane," featuring the surging "Saber Dance," was first performed by the Kirov Ballet.
    (AP, 12/9/97)

1947        Dec 9, In western Java up to 430 men were rounded up and shot by Dutch troops in the village of Rawagedeh. The Dutch called the incident a "police action" to quell an uprising. The Dutch government conceded in 1995 that summary executions had taken place in Rawagedeh, now known as Balongsari, but said prosecutions were no longer possible. In September, 2011, a Dutch court ordered the government to compensate the widows of Indonesian villagers, to apologize for the killings and to give each of the 10 plaintiffs $27,000. Old friends and neighbors cajoled, bullied and intimidated the plaintiffs and their families until local officials jumped in, forcing them to part with half their cash.
    (AP, 9/14/11)(http://tinyurl.com/5sp5psn)(AP, 11/23/11)(AP, 1/16/12)

1948        Dec 9, U.S. abandoned a plan to de-concentrate industry in Japan.
    (HN, 12/9/98)
1948        Dec 9, The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was approved by the UN General Assembly. It entered into force on Jan 12, 1951.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genocide_Convention)(SFC, 9/3/98, p.A14)(Econ., 4/18/15, p.54)

1949        Dec 9, UN took trusteeship over Jerusalem.
    (HN, 12/9/98)

1950        Dec 9, President Truman banned U.S. exports to Communist China.
    (HN, 12/9/98)
1950        Dec 9, Harry Gold got 30 years imprisonment for passing atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union during World War II.
    (HN, 12/9/98)

1953        Dec 9, John Malkovich, actor and director (Killing Fields), was born in Christopher, Ill.
    (MC, 12/9/01)
1953        Dec 9, General Electric announced all Communist employees would be fired.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1955        Dec 9, Sugar Ray Robinson won the middle-weight boxing crown for the third time when he knocked out Carl "Bobo" Olson in Chicago.
    (SFC, 6/29/96, p.E4)(HN, 12/9/98)(SFC, 12/9/05, p.F6)

1957        Dec 9, Japan [announced?] its 1st ambassador to Israel.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1958        Dec 9, Robert H.W. Welch Jr. and 11 other men met in Indianapolis to form the anti-Communist John Birch Society.
    (AP, 12/9/97)

1959        Dec 9, A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in New York that established IRRI (Int’l. Rice Research Institute) “as an organization to do basic research on the rice plant and applied research on all phases of rice production, management, distribution and utilization.”
    (http://irri.org/about-us/our-history)

1960        Dec 9, The Laos government fled to Cambodia as the capital city of Vientiane was engulfed in war.
    (HN, 12/9/98)

1961        Dec 9, SS Col. Adolf Eichmann was found guilty of war crimes in Israel.
    (MC, 12/9/01)
1961        Dec 9, The British Trust Territory of Tanganyika became independent. The first president was socialist Julius Nyerere (1922-1999). He resigned in 1985. Tanganyika became the mainland part of Tanzania in 1964.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanganyika)(SFC, 8/8/98, p.A12)(SFC, 10/15/99, p.D7)

1962        Dec 9, "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" closed on Broadway.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1963        Dec 9, Frank Sinatra Jr. was kidnapped. Frank Sinatra Sr. ransomed his kidnapped son, Frank Sinatra Jr., for $240,000. Barry Keenan, who set up the kidnapping, was a classmate of Nancy Sinatra. He served 4 1/2 years in prison and went on to become a successful real estate developer.
    (SFC, 9/7/98, p.B6)(MC, 12/9/01)

1964        Dec 9, Dame Edith Sitwell (d.1964), English poet, died. "Good taste is the worst vice ever invented." A book of her collected poems was published in 2006. In 2011 Richard Greene authored “Edith Sitwell: Avant Garde Poet, English Genius.”
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edith_Sitwell)(WSJ, 7/22/06, p.P10)(Econ, 2/19/11, p.94)

1965        Dec 9, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," premiered.
    (MC, 12/9/01)
1965        Dec 9, Nikolai V. Podgorny replaced Anastas I. Mikoyan as president of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet.
    (AP, 12/9/97)

1967        Dec 9, Nicolae Ceausescu became president (dictator) of Romania.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1968        Dec 9, Doug Engelbart and researchers at Stanford Research Institute first demonstrated in SF the computer mouse along with a graphical user interface (gui), display editing, integrated text and graphics, hyper documents and 2-way video-conferencing with shared work spaces. In 2001 Thierry Bardini authored "Bootstrapping: Douglas Engelbart, Coevolution, and the Origins of Personal Computing."
    (SFC, 12/4/98, p.B2)(SSFC, 1/21/01, BR p.6)(SFC, 12/8/08, p.A1)

1971        Dec 9, Ralph J. Bunche (b.1903), Detroit-born 1st black US diplomat and UN delegate, died In NYC. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950.
    (www.gale.cengage.com/free_resources/bhm/bio/bunche_r.htm)

1975        Dec 9, President Ford signed a $2.3 billion seasonal loan-authorization that officials of New York City and State said would prevent a city default.
    (AP, 12/9/00)
1975        Dec 9, William Wellman (b.1896), American filmmaker, died. His film “Wings” received the 1st Academy Award for Best Picture.
    (SFC, 7/20/96, p.E1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_A._Wellman)

1977        Dec 9, Clarice Lispector (b.1920), Ukraine-born Brazilian-Jewish writer, died in Brazil. From 1952-1959 she lived in the US. Her books included “The Passion According to G.H” (1964). In 2009 Benjamin Moser authored “Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector.”
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarice_Lispector)

1979        Dec 9, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, the religious broadcaster, died in New York City at age 84.
    (AP, 12/9/97)

1981        Dec 9, In Philadelphia Mumia Abu Jamal shot and killed Officer Daniel Faulkner shortly after the officer stopped William Cook, Jamal’s brother (see July 3, 1981).
    (SFC, 3/28/08, p.A4)

1982        Dec 9, The Washington, D.C., police shot and killed Norman Mayer (b.1916), an American anti-nuclear weapons activist, 10 hours after he threatened to blow up the Washington Monument. Police found he had no explosives.
    (HN, 12/8/98)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Mayer)
1982        Dec 9, Leon Jaworski (b.1905), special prosecutor (Watergate), died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Jaworski)

1983        Dec 8, US Att. Gen. Edwin Meese said people go to soup kitchens "...because food is free and that's easier than paying for it."
    (http://ignatz.blogspot.com/2004_06_01_archive.html)

1984        Dec 9, In Iran a five-day hijack drama ended when Iranian commandos captured the Kuwaiti plane. 4 armed men had seized a Kuwaiti airliner en route to Pakistan and forced it to land in Tehran, where the hijackers killed American passenger Charles Hegna.
    (AP, 12/4/04)

1987        Dec 9, On the second day of their White House summit, President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev grappled with differences over Afghanistan and cutbacks in long-range nuclear arms.
    (AP, 12/9/97)
1987        Dec 8-1987 Dec 9, The first Palestinian intefadeh (Arabic for uprising) began as riots broke out in Gaza and spread to the West Bank, triggering a strong Israeli counter-response.
    (AP 12/8/97)(SFC, 4/24/98, p.A17)(AP, 12/9/07)

1988        Dec 9, In the wake of the Armenian earthquake that claimed tens of thousands of lives, countries around the world began sending emergency supplies and offering pledges of relief funds.
    (AP, 12/9/98)

1989        Dec 9, President Bush's national security adviser, Brent Scowcroft, and Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger began a surprise visit to Beijing, six months after China's crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.
    (AP, 12/9/99)

1990        Dec 9, The first American hostages to be released by Iraq began arriving in the United States.
    (AP, 12/9/00)
1990        Dec 8, In Albania Tirana University students demonstrated in the streets and called for the dictatorship to end. Ramiz Alia met with the students 4 days later; a multiparty system was introduced; the Democratic Party, the first opposition party was established; the regime authorized political pluralism.
    (www, Albania, 1998)(SFC, 12/18/00, p.E2)     
1990        Dec 9, Lech Walesa, founder of Solidarity, was elected president of Poland in a runoff by a landslide.
    (WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A12)(HN, 12/999)(AP, 12/9/00)

1991        Dec 9, European Community leaders meeting in the Dutch city of Maastricht tentatively agreed to begin using a single currency by 1999.
    (AP, 12/9/01)
1991        Dec 9, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev challenged Boris Yeltsin's declaration that the Soviet Union was dead, branding a new Slavic commonwealth ”illegal and dangerous.”
    (AP, 12/9/01)

1992        Dec 9, Former CIA spy chief Clair George was convicted of lying to Congress about the Iran-Contra affair. President Bush pardoned him.
    (AP, 12/9/97)
1992        Dec 9, U.S. Marines landed in Somalia to ensure that food and medicine reach the deprived areas of that country. The US Operations Restore Hope, Continue Hope and others began in Somalia and ended Mar 3, 1995. They cost $1.7 billion and left 43 US casualties with 153 wounded.
    (WSJ, 9/22/99, p.A8)(HN, 12/999)
1992        Dec 9, Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation. Their divorce became final Aug. 28, 1996.
    (AP, 12/9/97)

1993        Dec 9, The US Air Force destroyed the first of 500 Minuteman II missile silos marked for elimination under an arms control treaty.
    (AP, 12/9/98)
1993        Dec 9, Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Endeavour completed repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope.
    (AP, 12/9/98)

1994        Dec 9, President Clinton fired Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders after learning she'd told a conference that masturbation should be discussed in school as a part of human sexuality.
    (AP, 12/9/99)
1994        Dec 9, It was recommended to buy global resource stocks such as Dutch Royal Petroleum, British Petroleum or South African Mining shares.
    (WSJ, 12/9/94, p.R-14)
1994        Dec 9, Representatives of the Irish Republican Army and the British government opened peace talks in Northern Ireland.
    (AP, 12/9/99)

1995        Dec 9, Rep. Kweisi Mfume (the Swahili name means conquering son of kings), D-Md., was chosen to head the NAACP.
    (WSJ, 12/11/95, p.A-1)(AP, 12/9/97)
1995        Dec 9, Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan (b.1927), legendary American aviator, died.
    (http://tinyurl.com/2e7bn)

1996        Dec 9, More than four months after the Olympic Games bombing, the FBI posted a $500,000 reward. Richard Jewell, the security guard who was wrongfully accused of planting a bomb during the Olympics, and his lawyers negotiated a $500,000 settlement from NBC. NBC settled to avert a defamation suit.
    (WSJ, 1/3/97, p.A1)(AP, 12/9/97)
1996        Dec 9, Archaeologist and anthropologist Mary Leakey died in Nairobi, Kenya at age 83.
    (SFC, 12/10/96, p.A6)(AP, 12/9/97)
1996        Dec 9, UN chief Boutros-Ghali gave Iraq the go-ahead to resume oil exports for the first time since 1990 to buy food and medicine. Two billion of oil sales will be allowed every 6 months to buy food, medicine and other necessities.
    (WSJ, 12/9/96, p.A1)(AP, 12/9/97)

1997        Dec 9, Confronting her critics, Attorney General Janet Reno traded testy remarks with House Republicans on the House committee investigating campaign fund-raising; she defended her decision not to seek an independent counsel for fund-raising calls made by President Clinton and Vice President Gore.
    (AP, 12/9/98)
1997        Dec 9, It was reported that the US had agreed to provide over $500 million towards the construction of a new atom smasher in Geneva under the direction of CERN. The large Hadron Collider was expected to be completed for $6 billion by 2005.
    (SFC, 12/9/97, p.A9)
1997        Dec 9, In Texas Michael Lee Lockhart was put to death by lethal injection for the 1988 murder of a Beaumont police officer. He was also wanted by Florida and Indiana where in 1987 he killed a 14-year old girl and 16 year-old girl. He was the 37th to be executed by Texas this year.
    (SFC, 12/10/97, p.A3)
1997        Dec 9, In Virginia Michael Charles Satche (29) was put to death for the rape and murder of a woman. It was the state’s 8th execution this year.
    (SFC, 12/10/97, p.A3)
1997        Dec 9, A former Algerian diplomat in London said that the government was involved in the recent massacres of civilians to garner support against the Islamic opposition.
    (SFC, 12/10/97, p.A14)
1997        Dec 9, Israeli officials scrambled to stop a Yasser Arafat’s government from conducting a census of Palestinians in East Jerusalem.
    (SFC, 12/10/97, p.A13)
1997        Dec 9, North Korean officials agreed to a 4-nation meeting in Geneva for a permanent peace treaty to the 1950-1953 Korean War. The talks inaugurated formal discussion for a permanent peace agreement and a new session was scheduled for Mar 16.
    (SFC, 11/22/97, p.C1)(SFC, 12/11/97, p.A18)
1997        Dec 9, In Russia 3 armed hijackers seized an Ilyushin-62 passenger plane from far east city of Magadan with at least 140 people onboard. They demanded $10 million and a flight to Switzerland.
    (SFC, 12/10/97, p.A13)
1997        Dec 9, In Zimbabwe thousands of protestors, angry over taxes, fought with the police for 4 hours in Harare during one of the biggest local labor strikes. The strike was called by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions amid discontent over unemployment, taxes and inflation along with corruption and lavish spending by politicians.
    (SFC, 12/10/97, p.A13)

1998        Dec 9, The Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee drafted 4 articles of impeachment for Pres. Clinton, all stemming from his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky and long campaign to cover it up. The Democrats countered with a censure plan.
    (SFC, 12/10/98, p.A1)(AP, 12/9/99)
1998        Dec 9, An appeals court in Oregon ruled that the state constitution gives gay and lesbian government employees the right to health and life insurance benefits for their domestic partners.
    (SFC, 12/10/98, p.C11)
1998        Dec 9, It was reported that scientists in Japan had cloned several calves from an adult cow. It was the 3rd mammal duplicated after mice and sheep.
    (SFC, 12/9/98, p.A8)
1998        Dec 9, The David and Lucille Packard Foundation announced an additional $200 million for environmental causes to be spent over the next 5 years.
    (SFC, 12/10/98, p.A1)
1998        Dec 9, Archie Moore, former light heavy-weight boxing champion, died at age 84.
    (SFC, 12/10/98, p.A1)
1998        Dec 9, In Angola Unita rebels advanced on Cuito after saying they had routed an attack by government forces on their southern stronghold.
    (WSJ, 12/10/98, p.A1)
1998        Dec 9, In Armenia Vagram Khorkhoruni, deputy defense minister, was shot dead outside his home in Yerevan.
    (SFC, 12/10/98, p.C7)
1998        Dec 9, Britain’s Home Secretary, Jack Straw, turned down Gen’l. Augusto Pinochet’s plea to be set free. The decision for extradition moved to the courts.
    (SFC, 12/10/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 12/10/98, p.A1)
1998        Dec 9, In Hyde, England, authorities exhumed a 12th body killed by Dr. Harold Shipman (52). The family doctor was accused of killing female patients for their money from 1994 to Jun 1998.
    (SFC, 12/10/98, p.C7)
1998        Dec 9, In Cambodia Khmer Rouge guerrillas kidnapped 48 people, including 3 aid workers, and demanded ransom.
    (WSJ, 12/10/98, p.A1)
1998        Dec 9, In France the National Assembly instituted the Civil Solidarity Pact, a bill to improve the lot of cohabiting gay and unmarried couples.
    (SFC, 12/10/98, p.C7)
1998        Dec 9, In Iran the body of Mohammed Mokhtari, a prominent writer missing for a week, was found. It appeared that he was murdered by strangulation. Shortly later Mohammad Jafar Pouyandeh (45), another dissident writer, was reported missing. Pouyandeh was later found murdered.
    (SFC, 12/10/98, p.C2)(SFC, 12/11/98, p.A22)(SFC, 12/15/98, p.A14)
1998        Dec 9, Iraq refused UN inspectors access to an office of the ruling Baath Party.
    (SFC, 12/11/98, p.D2)
1998        Dec 9, In Israel the Supreme Court ruled that the exemption for rigorously Orthodox Jewish yeshiva students from army service was illegal.
    (SFC, 12/10/98, p.C6)
1998        Dec 9, In Malaysia Azizan Abu Bakar, the ex-driver of Anwar Ibrahim, repeated in court his allegation that he was sodomized by Ibrahim in 1992.
    (SFC, 12/10/98, p.C7)
1998        Dec 9, A Palestinian teenager was killed as Israeli forces and Palestinian protestors clashed.
    (SFC, 12/10/98, p.A12)

1999        Dec 9, The federal CDC issued guidelines that called for states and local public health departments to report all HIV cases either by name or code.
    (SFC, 12/10/99, p.A1)
1999        Dec 9, Scientists reported that nearly complete human cornea cells were grown in a laboratory petri dish.
    (SFC, 12/10/99, p.A6)
1999        Dec 9, Seven Marines were killed after a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter crashed while ferrying troops between ships 14 miles off Point Loma, Ca.
    (SFC, 12/10/99, p.A3)(SFC, 12/11/99, p.A3)
1999        Dec 9, In Worcester, Massachusetts, six firefighters who had died in a warehouse blaze were honored as fallen heroes by thousands of their brethren from around the world.
    (AP, 12/9/00)
1999        Dec 9, In Missouri a twin-engine Cessna crashed near Branson and all 6 people aboard were killed.
    (SFC, 12/10/99, p.A17)
1999        Dec 9, Xiana La-Shay (7), Xiana Fairchild, was last seen at a school bus stop in Vallejo, Ca. Her skull was found Jan. 19, 2001, in the Los Gatos hills and police focused on Curtis Dean Anderson as the primary suspect. Anderson (1961-2007), while serving a 251-year sentence for another kidnapping, was arrested in 2004 for Xiana’s murder. In 2005 Anderson pleaded guilty to kidnapping, molesting and murdering Xiana.
    (SFEC, 12/12/99, p.C1)(SSFC, 2/4/01, p.A1)(SFC, 5/12/04, p.A6)(SFC, 12/15/05, p.B1)
1999        Dec 9, European leaders gathered in Helsinki for an EU summit. On the agenda was the creation of a defense force, expansion to 28 members and clearing the path for Turkey to join.
    (SFC, 12/10/99, p.D4)
1999        Dec 9, The first day of Ramadan. In Saudi Arabia a young man was scheduled to be beheaded by this day unless the family of a man he killed, while performing the mizmar dance, was paid some $1.3 million in blood money.
    (SFC, 12/6/99, p.A13)

2000        Dec 9, Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke won the Heisman Trophy.
    (AP, 12/9/01)
2000        Dec 9, The US Supreme ruled 5-4 to stop the recount in Florida until arguments are heard Dec 11.
    (SSFC, 12/10/00, p.A1)(AP, 12/9/01)
2000        Dec 9, In Algeria 5 soldiers and an assailant were killed in an ambush near Tissemsilt. Another 3 local guards were killed in Boghar and the attacks continued the next day.
    (SFC, 12/12/00, p.B2)
2000        Dec 9, In Chechnya 2 rebel car bombs killed at least 19 people in Alkhan-Yurt.
    (SSFC, 12/10/00, p.C5)
2000        Dec 9, In Israel Prime Minister Barak announced that he would submit his resignation and call for new elections.
    (SSFC, 12/10/00, p.A1)(AP, 12/9/01)
2000        Dec 9, In Nigeria 62 people were killed when a bus collided with a truck a 3rd vehicle hit the 1st two and burst into flames.
    (SFC, 12/13/00, p.B4)
2000        Dec 9, In Pakistan former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was released from prison and sent into exile in Saudi Arabia. He agreed to stay out of politics and forfeited property valued at $8.3 million.
    (SSFC, 12/10/00, p.A28)(WSJ, 12/11/00, p.A1)
2000        Dec 9, It was reported that Tropical Storm Rumbia had killed at least 29 people in the Philippines.
    (SFC, 12/9/00, p.D8)
2000        Dec 9, Pres. Putin said he would follow the recommendation of the pardons commission and free Edmond Pope. It was later reported that Pope’s efforts to buy technology ran parallel to Canadian efforts to buy advanced Shkval torpedoes from a defense plan in Kyrgyzstan.
    (SSFC, 12/10/00, p.A27)(SFC, 1/3/01, p.A10)

2001        Dec 9, The United States disclosed the existence of a videotape in which Osama bin Laden said he was pleasantly surprised by the extent of damage from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
    (AP, 12/9/02)
2001        Dec 9, US B-52s continued strikes over Tora Bora. A Northern Alliance helicopter crashed and 18 people were killed including 2 Pashtun commanders. The last province under Taliban control, Zabul, was handed over to tribal leaders.
    (SFC, 12/10/01, p.A12)
2001        Dec 9, An Amtrak Acela train killed 3 people on tracks northeast of Philadelphia.
    (WSJ, 12/10/01, p.A1)
2001        Dec 9, The Friendship Bridge linking Afghanistan and Uzbekistan was opened for aid transport.
    (SFC, 12/10/01, p.A12)
2001        Dec 9, In Argentina Domingo Cavallo announced that he would annul $4 million in business tax cuts and push for the release of $1.3 billion IMF loans.
    (SFC, 12/11/01, p.A6)
2001        Dec 9, An outbreak of the Ebola virus was confirmed in the Ogoouer Ivindo province of Gabon. 7 deaths were reported.
    (SFC, 12/10/01, p.A3)(WSJ, 12/10/01, p.A1)
2001        Dec 9, A suicide bomber injured 9 Israelis in Haifa. Israeli troops killed 4 Palestinian police officers in their cars. Israeli soldiers also killed a Palestinian taxi driver trying to enter Jenin, which was sealed off. 30 suspected militants were arrested in Israeli raids.
    (SFC, 12/10/01, p.A3)(WSJ, 12/10/01, p.A1)
2001        Dec 9, In Uganda a gasoline truck crash killed 58 people near Iganga. Many of the victims had tried to gather up fuel when it ignited.
    (WSJ, 12/10/01, p.A1)

2002        Dec 9, Pres. Bush chose John Snow, chairman of CSX Corp., to replace Paul O'Neill as secretary of the Treasury. Bush fired Paul O'Neill 3 days earlier.
    (SFC, 12/9/02, p.A1)
2002        Dec 9, Senate Republican leader Trent Lott apologized for remarks he'd made praising the 1948 presidential run of then-segregationist Strom Thurmond, saying, "A poor choice of words conveyed to some the impression that I embraced the discarded policies of the past."
    (AP, 12/9/03)
2002        Dec 9, The United States received a copy Monday of Saddam Hussein's massive arms declaration as inspectors began combing the dossier for clues about whether Iraq is free of weapons of mass destruction.
    (AP, 12/9/02)
2002        Dec 9, US and Spanish forces seized an unflagged ship from North Korea that was carrying Scud missiles to Yemen.
    (SFC, 12/11/02, p.A1)
2002        Dec 9, United Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and reported losses of $20 million a day.
    (SFC, 12/9/02, p.A1)(SFC, 12/10/02, p.A1)
2002        Dec 9, The UN Security Council lifted 9-year-old sanctions against Angola's UNITA movement, welcoming efforts by the government and the former rebel group to end the country's civil war.
    (AP, 12/9/02)
2002        Dec 9, In Angra dos Reis, Brazil, mudslides triggered by torrential rains slashed through this southeastern city, burying houses and killing at least 34 people.
    (AP, 12/10/02)
2002        Dec 9, In Bogota, Colombia, a car bomb exploded near a police command post, during lunch hour, injuring at least 58 passersby.
    (AP, 12/9/02)
2002        Dec 9, Indonesia and rebels in Aceh signed an accord to end one of the world's longest-running insurgencies.
    (Reuters, 12/9/02)
2002        Dec 9, Israeli soldiers killed Basem Kou (28), a mentally handicapped Palestinian near Beit Lid. At Nablus Israeli soldiers fired on a taxi and killed Rehaneh Hesham Kilani (25) and injured 2 other passengers.
    (SFC, 12/10/02, p.A8)
2002        Dec 9, Serbia headed for a major political crisis after it failed a second time to elect a president, with supporters of the top vote-getter vowing to challenge the outcome.
    (AP, 12/9/02)
2002        Dec 9, In Venezuela a general strike aimed at ousting leftist President Hugo Chavez sparked panic buying at supermarkets and gasoline stations and forced the national guard to commandeer delivery trucks and ensure that service stations opened.
    (AP, 12/9/02)

2003        Dec 9, Jeffrey and Michael Derderian, owners of a Rhode Island nightclub, and Dan Biechele, the tour manager for the rock band Great White, were indicted on charges related to the February 20 fire that killed 100 people. In 2006 a judge gave the owners 4 years and probation.
    (AP, 12/9/04)(SFC, 5/10/06, p.A7)(WSJ, 9/30/06, p.A1)
2003        Dec 9, The Dutch cargo ship Stellamare capsized at the Port of Albany, NY.
    (SFC, 12/19/03, p.D10)
2003        Dec 9, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited with Pres. Bush for talks on trade, Taiwan and other issues.
    (WSJ, 12/9/03, p.A1)
2003        Dec 9, Former Vice President Al Gore endorsed Howard Dean for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    (AP, 12/9/03)
2003        Dec 9, Paul Simon (75), former Illinois Senator (1984-1997), died in Springfield. His work included 13 published books.
    (SFC, 12/10/03, p.A2)
2003        Dec 9, Shanghai reported plans to ban bicycles from its major roads next year, banishing China's most popular form of transportation to make more room for cars.
    (AP, 12/9/03)
2003        Dec 9, French police arrested Gorka Palacios Alday, the alleged military leader of the banned Basque separatist group ETA, along with three accomplices.
    (AP, 12/9/03)
2003        Dec 9, In Talafar, Iraq, a suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives at the gates of a military barracks, injuring 41 American troops and six Iraqi civilians. Hours earlier, 3 soldiers died in a road accident in central Iraq, and 3 civilians died when a Baghdad mosque was rocketed.
    (AP, 12/9/03)
2003        Dec 9, In Japan PM Junichiro Koizumi's Cabinet approved the dispatch of about 1,000 soldiers to help in the reconstruction of Iraq.
    (AP, 12/9/03)
2003        Dec 9, North Korea offered an apparent counterproposal to a U.S.-backed plan to resolve the standoff over its nuclear program, saying it would freeze the project in return for energy aid and being removed from Washington's list of countries that sponsor terrorism.
    (AP, 12/9/03)
2003        Dec 9, In southern Mexico Salvatrucha gang members attacked illegal immigrants from Central America on a train, killing three people and wounding four in the latest in a series of violent incidents in the region. The Mara Salvatrucha spanned Central America. It was named for its Salvadoran founders, who claimed to be as wise as trout.
    (AP, 12/10/03)(Econ, 5/22/04, p.31)
2003        Dec 9, In Russia a female suicide bomber blew herself up outside the National Hotel across from Moscow's Red Square. At least 6 bystanders were killed and at least 14 wounded.
    (AP, 12/9/03)(SFC, 12/10/03, p.A3)
2003        Dec 9, Former Pres. Frederick Chiluba, Zambia's first democratically elected president, went on trial before a packed courtroom, accused of stealing millions of dollars from state coffers during his decade in power.
    (AP, 12/9/03)

2004        Dec 9, President Bush ruled out raising taxes to finance a Social Security overhaul. Bush also announced he was keeping the heads of the Transportation, Interior, Housing and Labor departments.
    (AP, 12/09/05)
2004        Dec 9, Scientists tracked an algae bloom covering 400 square miles in the Gulf Coast that has caused a mass fish kill and dolphin deaths near Florida.
    (WSJ, 12/9/04, p.A1)
2004        Dec 9, Canada's highest court said the government can redefine marriage to include same-sex couples, but it added that religious officials cannot be forced to perform unions against their beliefs.
    (AP, 12/9/04)
2004        Dec 9, China reported that its monthly trade surplus widened in November for the fourth straight month, hitting $9.9 billion as exports surged at an annual rate of nearly 46 percent.
    (AP, 12/9/04)
2004        Dec 9, An aid agency reported that some 1,000 Congolese civilians a day are dying from disease and malnutrition, due to a festering conflict that has killed 3.8 million people.
    (AP, 12/9/04)
2004        Dec 9, General Motors Europe reaffirmed it will chop 12,000 jobs over two years, around a fifth of its workforce, to lop 500 million euros ($673 million) from costs to cut losses.
    (AP, 12/9/04)
2004        Dec 9, The French government sold an 18.4 percent stake in Air France-KLM, the world's largest airline, to help reduce the state debt.
    (AP, 12/9/04)
2004        Dec 9, Indian officials cautioned Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that a proposed US sale of military hardware worth $1.2 billion to Pakistan could damage a fragile peace process between the nuclear-armed neighbors and harm India-US relations.
    (AP, 12/9/04)
2004        Dec 9, In Iraq insurgent mortar fire in Baghdad left 3 people dead.
    (SFC, 12/10/04, p.A20)
2004        Dec 9, The Irish Republican Army declared for the first time that it's willing to get rid of its entire weapons stockpile within weeks.
    (AP, 12/9/04)
2004        Dec 9, Interfax reported that Russian authorities have assessed a new tax claim for $114 million on one of Yukos' smaller subsidiaries.
    (AP, 12/9/04)
2004        Dec 9, In Kiev, Ukraine, opposition protestors lifted their 2-week siege.
    (SFC, 12/10/04, p.A3)
2004        Dec 9, In Venezuela a law that gives the government control over the content of radio and television programs took effect.
    (AP, 12/9/04)
2004        Dec 9, United Airlines was scheduled to begin service to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
    (SFC, 7/23/04, p.C1)
2004        Dec 9, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's ruling party passed a controversial new law that aims to bar foreign rights groups from the country, as well as foreign funding for local groups doing similar work.
    (AP, 12/9/04)

2005        Dec 9, President Bush, addressing a political fundraiser in Minnesota, said the United States would wage an unrelenting battle in Iraq to protect Americans at home.
    (AP, 12/9/06)
2005        Dec 9, A US congressional report said the federal government's medical response to Hurricane Katrina was bungled by a lack of supplies and poor communication.
    (AP, 12/9/06)
2005        Dec 9, Former US Pres. Clinton called Bush’s global warming stance “flat wrong” while speaking at the climate conference in Montreal.
    (WSJ, 12/10/05, p.A1)
2005        Dec 9, The US film “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” produced by Philip Anschutz, was released. It was adapted from a book by C.S. Lewis that was an allegory of Christ’s crucifixion. Anschutz made his 1st fortune drilling for oil and later built the Qwest telecom company.
    (Econ, 11/26/05, p.82)
2005        Dec 9, Viacom closed a deal to pay $1.6 billion to acquire DreamWorksSKG, a Hollywood studio founded by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.
    (SFC, 12/10/05, p.C1)
2005        Dec 9, Afghanistan welcomed NATO's decision to expand its peacekeeping mission, saying it would boost security, while the Taliban said more alliance troops would only increase opportunities for guerrillas to attack them.
    (AP, 12/09/05)
2005        Dec 9-2005 Dec 10, In southern Afghanistan Taliban fighters attacked two police posts, with eight policemen and six attackers killed in the ensuing battles.
    (AFP, 12/10/05)
2005        Dec 9, Police in Bangladesh hunting for Islamist suicide bombers seized explosives and detained 30 militants.
    (Reuters, 12/10/05)
2005        Dec 9-2005 Dec 11, Fidel Ramos, former president of the Philippines, and Michael Camdessus, former managing IMF director, chaired the 1st annual meeting of the Emerging Markets Forum at Templeton College, Oxford, England.
    (Econ, 12/17/05, p.76)
2005        Dec 9, In Beijing, China, the US ambassador for fighting international slavery said that many North Korean refugees who flee to China every year end up as sex slaves and China often sends them back for punishment.
    (AP, 12/09/05)
2005        Dec 9, Haiti's interim government said it has removed five of the 10 judges from the Supreme Court, another move in a tense power struggle ahead of next month's national elections.
    (AP, 12/9/05)
2005        Dec 9, In Iraq the American military arrested Amir Khalaf Fanus, also known in the Ramadi area as "the Butcher." Fanus, a high-ranking member of al-Qaida in Iraq, was wanted for criminal activities including murder and kidnapping. A US soldier was killed and 11 others wounded in a suicide bombing in western Baghdad.
    (AP, 12/9/05)(SSFC, 12/11/05, p.A6)
2005        Dec 9, In Ireland more than 10,000 labor union members protested in Dublin and other cities over shipping company Irish Ferries' plan to replace its workers with Latvians making $4.25 an hour, half the local minimum wage. It was the country's most bitter industrial showdown in decades.
    (AP, 12/09/05)(WSJ, 12/10/05, p.A1)
2005        Dec 9, Israel rounded up 19 Islamic militants in the West Bank and pounded the Gaza Strip with artillery fire, pressing forward with a crackdown in the wake of a suicide bombing at a shopping mall this week.
    (AP, 12/09/05)
2005        Dec 9, Kenya swore in a new Cabinet whose difficult formation reflected increasing questions about the president's political strength.
    (AP, 12/09/05)
2005        Dec 9, In Nigeria Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, the governor of the oil-rich state of Bayelsa who skipped bail in Britain to escape trial there for money-laundering, was arrested by 200 armed policemen, after lawmakers removed his immunity from prosecution.
    (AFP, 12/09/05)
2005        Dec 9, In Nigeria police broke down the gate of a huge housing complex to oust thousands of civil servants and their families in the third mass eviction by the government this week in the commercial capital of Lagos. The move followed a decision by the government to sell off several publicly owned housing blocks for civil servants in a privatization scheme. Authorities have not provided the estimated 8,000 residents with other accommodation.
    (AP, 12/09/05)
2005        Dec 9, Marc Garlasco, a Human Rights Watch investigator, said Poland served as the CIA's main center to detain terrorist suspects in Europe at clandestine prisons.
    (AP, 12/09/05)
2005        Dec 9, President Vladimir Putin signaled he would scrap some of the harshest provisions of a much-criticized bill that would severely restrict the work of foreign-funded non-governmental organizations in Russia.
    (AP, 12/09/05)
2005        Dec 9, Russia's parliament gave final approval to legislation allowing direct foreign ownership of shares in Gazprom, the world's largest natural gas producer.
    (AP, 12/09/05)
2005        Dec 9, Spanish police arrested at least 7 people over the last 24 hours suspected of financing and giving logistical support to an Islamic extremist group with links to al-Qaida.
    (AP, 12/09/05)

2006        Dec 9, The US Congress gave its final approval to landmark legislation allowing export of civilian nuclear fuel and technology to India for the first time in 30 years. Congress also gave final approval to open 8.3 million acres of federal waters west of Florida to oil and gas drilling.
    (AFP, 12/9/06)(SFC, 12/9/06, p.A1)
2006        Dec 9, The US Space Shuttle Discovery was launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, with 7 international crew members aboard on a mission to the International Space Station.
    (AFP, 12/10/06)
2006        Dec 9, Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith won the Heisman Trophy.
    (AP, 12/9/07)
2006        Dec 9, Singer Georgia Gibbs (87), who had reached the top of the charts in the 1950s, died in New York City.
    (AP, 12/9/07)
2006        Dec 9, Martin Nodell (91), the creator of Green Lantern, the comic book superhero who uses his magical ring to help him fight crime, died in Wisconsin. The first Green Lantern appearance came in July 1940, an eight-page story in a comic book also featuring other characters. The character then got his own series, and Nodell drew it until 1947 under the name Mart Dellon. After its cancellation in 1949, the series was reborn in 1959 with a revised story line, and it has been revived several times.
    (AP, 12/12/06)
2006        Dec 9, In Afghanistan Taliban militants, following up on a death threat, broke into a house overnight in the Narang district of eastern Kunar province, and fatally shot two teachers and 3 other family members, bringing to 20 the number of educators slain in attacks this year. The top US anti-drug official said that Afghan poppies would be sprayed with herbicide to combat an opium trade that produced a record heroin haul this year, a measure likely to anger farmers and scare Afghans unfamiliar with weed killers. Afghan opium production this year increased 49% over 2005 and was providing 92% of the world supply.
    (AP, 12/9/06)(AP, 12/10/06)(Econ, 12/2/06, p.47)
2006        Dec 9, In Bolivia South American leaders called for greater continental unity as they opened a two-day summit that drew the region's new wave of leftist leaders. They agreed to create a high-level commission to study the idea of forming a continent-wide community similar to the European Union.
    (AP, 12/9/06)
2006        Dec 9, Freddy Munoz (36), a Colombian journalist, was charged with rebellion and terrorism for a series of bombings in 2002, a move his news channel said was in response to his reporting on human rights violations. Munoz worked for the news channel Telesur, which is majority owned by the Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chavez.
    (AP, 12/9/06)
2006        Dec 9, German police found traces of radiation in two buildings linked to a Russian businessman who met the murdered ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko in London on the day he fell ill. Radiation traces were found overnight in an apartment belonging to Dmitry Kovtun's ex-wife in the northern city of Hamburg. Kovtun is now in hospital.
    (AP, 12/9/06)
2006        Dec 9, Iraq's influential Association of Muslim Scholars and the country's largest Sunni Arab political party condemned a deadly US military attack they say killed civilians in the predominantly Sunni village of al-Ishaqi in Salahuddin province. A suicide car bomb struck near a Shiite shrine, killing at least five people. A suicide car bomb exploded outside of the Al-Abbas shrine in Karbala killing five Iraqis with 44 wounded. Outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld paid a surprise visit to Iraq and said American forces should not quit the war until the enemy is defeated. Gunmen attacked two Shiite homes in western Baghdad, killing 10 people. A nephew of Saddam Hussein serving a life sentence for making bombs for Iraq's insurgency escaped from prison in northern Iraq.
    (AP, 12/9/06)(AP, 12/10/06)
2006        Dec 9, Nigeria’s governing party suspended gubernatorial primaries in at least two of 36 states following candidate protests and violent clashes.
    (AP, 12/10/06)
2006        Dec 9, Typhoon Utor, the 2nd to hit the Philippines in two weeks, made landfall forcing the evacuation of thousands in Eastern Samar province where hundreds died in the last storm. Typhoon Utor killed at least 5 people.
    (AP, 12/9/06)(Reuters, 12/10/06)
2006        Dec 9, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would dismiss the parliament and call early elections to end a political impasse with Hamas, but left open the possibility of a compromise with the Islamic militant group, PLO.
    (AP, 12/9/06)
2006        Dec 9, A suspicious fire combined with a blocked exit turned the women's ward of a Moscow drug treatment hospital into a deathtrap as flames and smoke overcame patients while they struggled to get out. At least 45 women were killed.
    (AP, 12/9/06)
2006        Dec 9, Tiger rebels said artillery duels in northeast Sri Lanka had killed at least 45 people, including 15 civilians and 30 government soldiers, after a Norwegian peace bid failed.
    (AFP, 12/9/06)
2006        Dec 9, UN Special Envoy Stephen Lewis said South Africa had made "a breakthrough" on AIDS after sidelining its controversial health minister and unveiling a new program for helping people with HIV. Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang contended that eating a mixture of garlic and vegetables can fight HIV.
    (AFP, 12/9/06)
2006        Dec 9, In Sudan militiamen on horseback ambushed a refugee convoy in Sirba in western Darfur, killing 22 civilians. The governor of West Darfur said the attack was carried out by rebel groups who refused to sign the May peace agreement.
    (AFP, 12/10/06)
2006        Dec 9, Taiwan's ruling party narrowly won a crucial mayoral election in one southern city, while the opposition candidate won comfortably in the capital of Taipei in a pair of votes seen by many as a referendum for President Chen Shui-bian.
    (AP, 12/9/06)
2006        Dec 9, In Thailand a police informant who survived two attacks by suspected Muslim insurgents was killed in a drive-by shooting in the restive south.
    (AP, 12/9/06)
2006        Dec 9, In Turkey the state-run Anatolia news agency reported that police had detained 10 suspected al-Qaida militants, including a lawyer who identified himself as the group's leader.
    (AP, 12/9/06)
2006        Dec 9, It was reported that Lake Victoria, the greatest of Africa's Great Lakes and the biggest freshwater body after Lake Superior, has dropped fast, at least six feet in the past three years. The Uganda government cited the outflow through two hydroelectric dams at Jinja as part of the problem along with drought and rising temperatures. At 27,000 square miles the lake matched size of Ireland.
    (AP, 12/9/06)

2007        Dec 9, In Arvada, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, a gunman walked into a training center dormitory for young Christian missionaries and opened fire, killing two of the center's staff members and wounding two others. 2 more people, including the gunman, were killed at the New Life megachurch in Colorado Springs. Matthew Murray, killed himself.
    (AP, 12/9/07)(AP, 12/10/07)(AP, 12/9/08)
2007        Dec 9, In southern Afghanistan Afghan, British and US troops closed in on Musa Qala, a Taliban-held town. A second NATO soldier was killed in the operation. This was the first mission in which British forces have participated with the Afghan army as the main fighting force. Afghan and NATO forces killed 30 Taliban fighters in Kandahar's Panjwayi district.
    (AP, 12/9/07)(AFP, 12/9/07)
2007        Dec 9, Bolivia’s constitutional assembly approved a new charter that would empower Pres. Evo Morales to run for re-election indefinitely. The new constitution required approval by Bolivians in a national referendum expected in 2008.
    (SFC, 12/10/07, p.A16)
2007        Dec 9, Voters in Bosnia's Serb entity went to polls to choose a new president, as the country was taking initial steps towards European integration.
    (AFP, 12/9/07)
2007        Dec 9, Anne Darwin, whose husband is accused of faking his own death in an insurance scam, was arrested upon her return to Britain from Panama on suspicion of fraud. Police said Darwin masterminded an elaborate fraud to pay off family debts.
    (AP, 12/9/07)
2007        Dec 9, A Canadian jury in British Columbia convicted Robert 'Willie' Pickton (58), a pig farmer, of murdering six women, handing him an automatic life sentence but finding that the killings were not planned. Pickton still faced 20 more murder charges for the deaths of women, most of them prostitutes and drug addicts from a seedy Vancouver neighborhood. On Dec 11 Pickton was sentenced to life in prison with no hope of parole for 25 years. Canadian authorities spent more than C$100 million ($98 million) to catch and convict Pickton.
    (AP, 12/9/07)(Reuters, 12/12/07)(Reuters, 11/17/10)
2007        Dec 9, Beijing's foreign exchange regulator said the ceiling on foreign investment in Chinese securities will be raised to $30 billion from $10 billion.
    (AP, 12/9/07)
2007        Dec 9, Iran signed a contract with China's Sinopec for the development of Iran's huge Yadavaran oil field, the kind of energy deal the United States has been trying to prevent. Hundreds of Iranian students angry over a crackdown on activists protested at Tehran University, the second such demonstration in less than a week.
    (Reuters, 12/9/07)(AP, 12/9/07)
2007        Dec 9, Maj. Gen. Jalil Khalaf, the police chief of Basra, said religious vigilantes have killed at least 40 women this year there because of how they dressed. A roadside bomb struck a convoy carrying Brig. Gen. Qais al-Maamouri, the police chief of Babil, the provincial capital of Hillah, a predominantly Shiite province south of Baghdad, killing him and two of his bodyguards. British PM Gordon Brown flew into southern Iraq to rally troops and confirm that Iraqi forces will take command of the last region under British control in mid-December.
    (AP, 12/9/07)(AP, 12/10/07)
2007        Dec 9, In Pakistan former PM Nawaz Sharif's opposition party decided to run in next month's parliamentary elections, a move could clear the way for other members of Pakistan's largest opposition coalition to participate. A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a police outpost near Imam Dheri, the headquarters of pro-Taliban cleric Maulana Fazlullah, killing 8 people. The military there has been battling Islamic militants loyal to the fugitive cleric.
    (AP, 12/9/07)
2007        Dec 9, A blast on a bus in Russia’s Stavropol region killed two people. An exploding gas canister was suspected.
    (Reuters, 12/9/07)
2007        Dec 9, In Lisbon, Spain, Senegal's Pres. Abdoulaye Wade said most African leaders have rejected EU proposals for a free-trade deal that would replace colonial-era trading systems at a summit marred by disputes over Zimbabwe and Darfur. Africa and Europe's first summit in seven years ended without agreement on the key issue of trade.
    (AP, 12/9/07)(Reuters, 12/9/07)
2007        Dec 9, A charter aircraft flying from the Czech Republic crashed near Kiev airport in Ukraine killing at least 5 people.
    (AFP, 12/9/07)

2008        Dec 9, Federal authorities arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (51) on charges that he brazenly conspired to sell or trade the US Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder. Upon his arrest Blagojevich and his wife were awash in over $200,000 in credit card debt. Blagojevich was released after paying a $4,500 bond.
    (AP, 12/9/08)(SFC, 12/10/08, p.A4)(SFC, 7/2/10, p.A6)
2008        Dec 9, The US Treasury said it had sold $30 billion in four-week bills at an interest rate of zero percent, for the first time since the notes began issuing in 2001.
    (SFC, 12/10/08, p.C4)
2008        Dec 9, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it will pay up to $54.25 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleged the discount giant cut workers' break time and didn't prevent employees from working off the clock in Minnesota.
    (AP, 12/10/08)
2008        Dec 9, SF Mayor Gavin Newsom announced $71 million in cuts that included the loss of jobs for nearly 400 city employees.
    (SFC, 12/10/08, p.A1)
2008        Dec 9, Nevada state and federal authorities said they arrested nearly two dozen people, many with ties to Eastern Europe, in a credit card fraud and identity theft scheme that cost Las Vegas businesses and consumers about $1.5 million.
    (AP, 12/9/08)
2008        Dec 9, In Afghanistan Mohammad Bobi, a Taliban commander, was killed during a targeted overnight operation just south of Kabul.
    (AP, 12/9/08)
2008        Dec 9, In Argentina officials announced that 10,000 bone fragments had been unearthed between February and September, inside the once-secret Arana detention center in La Plata. Political dissidents were tortured and killed there during the 1976-1983 “Dirty War.”
    (AP, 12/10/08)
2008        Dec 9, The Bank of Canada unexpectedly cut its key interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point to a 50-year low of 1.50 percent and declared the Canadian economy to be in a recession.
    (AP, 12/9/08)
2008        Dec 9, In Beijing delegates from six nations focused on a Chinese proposal on how to verify North Korea's claims about its atomic program in talks aimed at ending the secretive regime's nuclear activities.
    (AFP, 12/9/08)
2008        Dec 9, In China activists issued a new public call for greater freedoms ahead of the 60th anniversary of the UN convention on human rights, but police detained two of the signatories before it was even issued. The petition known as Charter 08 was issued online and initially signed by 303 intellectuals. Within a week 5,000 people added their signature.
    (AP, 12/9/08)(Econ, 1/17/09, p.42)(Econ, 2/14/09, SR p.17)
2008        Dec 9, Ethiopian troops were reported to be pouring into neighboring Somalia to fight radical Islamists who have taken over much of the country, raising fears of more violence in a country fighting a deadly insurgency and piracy.
    (AP, 12/9/08)
2008        Dec 9, In Paris, France, entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, Jordan's Queen Noor and other dignitaries launched an ambitious project aimed at eliminating the world's nuclear weapons over the next 25 years.
    (AP, 12/9/08)
2008        Dec 9, The European Union and Canada reached a deal to open their aviation markets to each other by removing restrictions on direct flights and foreign ownership in airlines.
    (AP, 12/9/08)
2008        Dec 9, Hong Kong health authorities said more than 80,000 chickens will be slaughtered after bird flu was found on a poultry farm, the first outbreak at a farm here in nearly six years.
    (AFP, 12/9/08)
2008        Dec 9, India police released the names of nine suspected Islamic militants killed during their attack on Mumbai, bolstering India's charges that all of them came from Pakistan. A speeding bus caught fire in northern Uttar Pradesh state, killing at least 63 Hindu pilgrims.
    (AP, 12/9/08)(AP, 12/10/08)
 2008        Dec 9, Ireland's farm minister said Irish cattle have tested positive for chemicals which have triggered a cancer scare previously confined to pork.
    (AFP, 12/9/08)
2008        Dec 9, Israel reopened its crossings with Gaza to shipments of humanitarian aid and fuel. International journalists were also being allowed in.
    (AP, 12/9/08)
2008        Dec 9, Sony said it is slashing 8,000 jobs, or 4 percent of its global work force, aiming to cut costs by $1.1 billion a year as an economic downturn and a stronger yen batter profits at the Japanese electronics maker.
    (AP, 12/9/08)
2008        Dec 9, Andrius Kubilius (b.1956) began serving as the Prime Minister of Lithuania. He already served as the PM 1999. He led the conservative political party Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrius_Kubilius)
2008        Dec 9, Mexico's Congress voted to broaden police powers, allowing law enforcement agencies to use undercover agents and taped conversations as evidence in a bid to help them fight increasingly bloody drug cartels. In the Gulf coast state of Tabasco, soldiers detained 11 police officers from four towns for questioning on suspicion of aiding the Gulf drug cartel. In the northern city of Tijuana four bodies were found.
    (AP, 12/9/08)
2008        Dec 9, Pakistan arrested some 40 people in raids that targeted Lashkar-e-Taiba in the Northwest Frontier Province and Punjab.
    (WSJ, 12/10/08, p.A9)
2008        Dec 9, A South African man accused of attempting to smuggle hundreds of rare chameleons, snakes, lizards and frogs out of Madagascar inside his jacket and luggage was convicted and sentenced to a year in jail.
    (AP, 12/9/08)
2008        Dec 9, President Robert Mugabe rejected mounting Western pressure for him to resign, even as his health minister called for more international aid to battle a deadly cholera epidemic. US President George W. Bush joined calls for Robert Mugabe to step down, but the African Union rejected tougher action against Mugabe and said only dialogue could solve its crisis.
    (AFP, 12/9/08)(Reuters, 12/9/08)

2009        Dec 9, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told Congress that the administration will extend the government's financial bailout program until next fall, saying it's needed to protect against fresh economic shocks.
    (AP, 12/9/09)
2009        Dec 9, Time Warner, which acquired America Online (AOL) in 2001, span off AOL and its 7,000 employees as a separate company under CEO Tim Armstrong (38).
    (SFC, 5/29/09, p.C2)(Econ, 12/12/09, p.73)
2009        Dec 9, A blizzard dumped over a foot of snow across much of the Midwest and New England. Nearly 19 inches fell in Madison, Wis., 16 inches was reported in Des Moines, Iowa. At least 16 deaths were blamed on the storm.
    (SFC, 12/10/09, p.A17)
2009        Dec 9, In Chula Vista, Ca., Maribel Arteaga (28), a pregnant woman, was fatally stabbed in front of her two children by a man authorities believe is her estranged husband. On Jan 28, 2011, Arteaga Garcia was detained by Mexican police.
    (SSFC, 1/30/11, p.A10)(http://tinyurl.com/47x9hte)
2009        Dec 9, Gene Barry (1919), American film and TV actor, died. He played Bat Masterson in the NBC TV series from 1958-1961. From 1963-1966 he starred in “Captain Amos Burke,” later renamed “Amos Burke: Secret Agent.” From 1968-1971 he played a publishing tycoon in “the name of the Game.” From 1972-1973 he starred as a government agent in the British series “The Adventurer.”
    (SFC, 12/15/09, p.C5)
2009        Dec 9, Australia’s government said 5 North Korean artists have been banned from entering Australia for an exhibition of their work, drawing accusations of censorship from the arts community. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the artists and a translator have been refused visas because it is contrary to foreign policy interests and because they are from a studio linked to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il.
    (AFP, 12/9/09)
2009        Dec 9, Bolivia seized a 12,500-hectare (48-square-mile) ranch in the eastern lowlands from a soybean magnate who is among the chief political rivals of just re-elected President Evo Morales. The next day deputy land minister said the Yasminka ranch taken from Branko Marinkovic will be given to the Guarayo Indians. The Marinkovic family, which immigrated from Croatia in the 1950s, is fighting in court to keep a slightly bigger ranch, Laguna Corazon, from the same fate.
    (AP, 12/10/09)
2009        Dec 9, The British government fired a broadside at banks, slapping a 50% tax rate on bonuses over 25,000 pounds to recoup cash spent saving the sector.
    (AFP, 12/9/09)
2009        Dec 9, In Costa Rica former President Rodrigo Carazo Odio (82) died of complications from open-heart surgery. Odio governed Costa Rica from 1978 to 1982.
    (AP, 12/9/09)
2009        Dec 9, Germany’s Volkswagen announced that it has agreed to pay $2.5 billion for a 19.9% stake in Suzuki, a family-owned Japanese maker of small cars and motorcycles.
    (Econ, 12/12/09, p.72)
2009        Dec 9, In Guatemala former Pres. Kjell Eugenio Laugerud (79) died from complications related to cancer. He is credited with helping rebuild Guatemala after the devastating 1976 earthquake.
    (AP, 12/12/09)
2009        Dec 9, The Honduras government granted authorization for ousted Pres. Zelaya to leave the country and go to Mexico.
    (AP, 12/9/09)
2009        Dec 9, India’s federal government agreed to give in to a high-profile hunger strike and create the new state of Telangana out of the vast state of Andhra Pradesh.
    (AP, 12/11/09)
2009        Dec 9, Iran claimed that a newly built UN station to detect nuclear explosions was built in Turkmenistan near its border to give the West a post to spy on the country. The Vienna-based Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, or CTBTO, said the station has now been fully constructed and is currently undergoing testing.
    (AP, 12/9/09)
2009        Dec 9, In Iraq a bomb attached to a minibus exploded in northern Baghdad, killing two and injuring 11. A bomb hidden in a garbage heap killed two street sweepers and injured three passers-by in northern Baghdad. An hour later in the same neighborhood a gunman killed a police officer at a checkpoint.
    (AP, 12/9/09)
2009        Dec 9, Some 10,000 West Bank settlers turned out to support resistance to a government ban on most new housing.
    (SFC, 12/10/09, p.A2)
2009        Dec 9, In Mexico the bound, bullet-riddled bodies of seven men were found along a highway in Chihuahua state. 2 federal agents were killed in separate attacks in the cities of Uruapan and Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan state. Police found four mutilated bodies near a middle school in Chilpancingo, state capital of drug-plagued Guerrero state.
    (AP, 12/10/09)(AP, 12/11/09)
2009        Dec 9, Amnesty International said that police in Nigeria carry out hundreds of extra-judicial killings every year and only those who can afford to pay bribes can guarantee their safety from execution or torture.
    (AFP, 12/9/09)
2009        Dec 9, In Pakistan 5 American men (18-24) were arrested at a house in Sargodha linked to Jaish-e-Mohammed. They had met with representatives of an al-Qaida linked group and asked for training but were turned down because they lacked references from trusted militants. One, Ramy Zamzam, was a dental student at Howard University. The others were identified as Waqar Hussain Khan, Ramy Zamzam, Ahmal Abdul Minni, Aman Hassan Yamer and Umer Farooq. Khalid Farooq, Umer’s father, was also detained. On June 24, 2010, the 5 American Muslims were convicted of plotting terrorist attacks and sentenced to 10 years in jail.
    (AP, 12/10/09)(SFC, 12/12/09, p.A2)(AP, 6/24/10)
2009        Dec 9, Philippine police named 161 suspects in the Nov 23 massacre of 57 people in the country's worst election violence, including government militiamen led by members of a powerful clan facing murder and rebellion charges.
    (AP, 12/9/09)
2009        Dec 9, Russia's error-prone Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile suffered its eighth failure in 12 tests.
    (AP, 12/10/09)
2009        Dec 9, In Switzerland the world's largest atom smasher recorded its first high energy collision of protons.
    (SFC, 12/10/09, p.A2)
2009        Dec 9, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said it needs $32 million to feed 220,000 Zimbabweans who cannot access hard currency in the collapsed economy.
    (AP, 12/9/09)

2010        Dec 9, Bank of America agreed to pay $137 million to settle federal and California state bid-rigging and kickback charges related to municipal bond contracts dating back to 1998.
    (SFC, 12/10/10, p.D1)
2010        Dec 9, In West Virginia an explosion at AL Solutions Inc., a small chemical plant in New Cumberland, killed 2 workers and injured 2 people.
    (SFC, 12/10/10, p.A17)
2010        Dec 9, James Moody (b.1925), jazz musician, died in San Diego. His work included over 50 solo albums.
    (SSFC, 12/12/10, p.C10)
2010        Dec 9, In southern Afghanistan insurgents killed a NATO service member.
    (AP, 12/9/10)
2010        Dec 9, Heavy British police presence held off angry student protesters marching to London's Parliament Square as lawmakers debated a controversial plan to triple university tuition fees in England. Protesters attacked a Rolls Royce carrying Prince Charles and wife Camilla Parker-Bowles, as they drove through London’s West End. The couple were not hurt.
    (AP, 12/9/10)(SFC, 12/10/10, p.A6)
2010        Dec 9, England’s Glastonbury Holy Thorn Tree, venerated for centuries by Christians, was chopped down overnight after a sprig from the tree was cut off in a ceremony so it could be given to Queen Elizabeth II to decorate her Christmas table. Religious tradition holds that the original tree was planted by St. Joseph of Arimathea, the wealthy merchant who volunteered his tomb to Jesus, after he first made landfall in England some 2,000 years ago.
    (AP, 12/10/10)
2010        Dec 9, A report in the medical journal Lancet criticized Canada for exporting chrysotile, or white asbestos, while it virtually bans the product at home, who fibers can lead to respiratory diseases and cancers.
    (SFC, 12/9/10, p.A2)
2010        Dec 9, In China the inaugural Confucius Peace Prize was awarded to former Taiwan vice-president Lien Chan at a chaotic press conference held by a handful of Chinese university professors. Lien's office in Taiwan declined comment, saying they had no knowledge of the award. Chinese poet Qiao Damo, one of the "candidates", told reporters the lack of any word from Lien represented "silent acceptance" of the prize, prompting laughter from assembled journalists.
    (AFP, 12/9/10)
2010        Dec 9, Former Croatian PM Ivo Sanader, under investigation in a corruption case, left the country crossing into Slovenia, hours before parliament voted on lifting his immunity from prosecution so that he could be detained.
    (AP, 12/9/10)
2010        Dec 9, Human Rights Watch said India's security forces routinely gun down cattle smugglers and other civilians crossing the border with Bangladesh despite scant evidence of any crime.
    (AP, 12/9/10)
2010        Dec 9, In Iran Ali Shakouri-rad, one of the prisoners of the post-election events, was jailed for "propagating against the regime and spreading lies." He was released on Jan 24, 2011. He was previously freed on bail on October 28, two weeks after being arrested for what Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi called "security reasons."
    (AFP, 1/24/11)
2010        Dec 9, In Iraq attacks on a police patrol in northern Baghdad and a checkpoint north of the city killed two policemen.
    (AP, 12/9/10)
2010        Dec 9, The Israeli air force bombed four sites in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, causing no casualties. The air raids came after Palestinian militants fired several mortars into southern Israel from Gaza the previous day.
    (AFP, 12/9/10)
2010        Dec 9, In Ivory Coast pressure increased on Laurent Gbagbo as continental heavyweights South Africa and Kenya joined UN calls for him to abandon his bid to cling to power after disputed polls. The African Union suspended Ivory Coast until Gbagbo hands over power to Alassane Ouattara, whom the AU and UN consider the winner of last month's election.
    (AFP, 12/9/10)(Reuters, 12/9/10)
2010        Dec 9, Jamaican police discovered a body buried in a shallow grave at a construction site outside the capital. The remains were identified as those of Esmond Morris (32), who had not been seen since Dec 6. He had a gunshot wound in the back of the head. 2 more bodies were found the next day and police said they expected to find more.
    (AP, 12/11/10)
2010        Dec 9, In Japan the 3rd International Pole Dancing Championships concluded. The competition was held in a large arena near the Tokyo Dome, the Japanese capital's main sports stadium, with competitors from countries ranging from Malaysia to Moldova. Japan's Mai Sato defended her title as the women's champion, and Duncan West of Australia won in men's. This year also had a disabled division, which was won by hearing-impaired Eri Kamimoto of Japan.
    (AP, 12/10/10)
2010        Dec 9, Jordan appointed a woman, Ihsan Barakat (46), as chief district attorney of the country's capital, marking the first time a woman has held a top prosecutor's post in the pro-American Arab kingdom.
    (AP, 12/9/10)
2010        Dec 9, In Mexico federal police hunted for top leaders of the La Familia drug cartel in Michoacan state, unleashing narco-blockades and shootouts that left 2 more people dead. La Familia cartel leader Nazario Moreno Gonzalez (40), known as "The Craziest One," was killed in a clash between police and cartel gunmen. Police recovered the bodies of three other suspected La Familia members and detained three others. In northern Chihuahua state six people were gunned down by the side of a highway leading south of the capital. In the resort city of Acapulco, a traffic cop was found shot to death on a road, his hands bound.
    (AP, 12/10/10)(SFC, 12/10/10, p.A12)(AP, 12/11/10)
2010        Dec 9, Netherlands arrested a young hacker who confessed to participating in attacks by WikiLeaks sympathizers on websites, including MasterCard, PayPal and Visa.
    (AP, 12/10/10)
2010        Dec 9, In Nigeria an election officials said thieves had infiltrated Murtala Muhammed International Airport and stole just-arrived equipment needed to register voters ahead of next year's hotly contested presidential election. Police arrested four men while four others had fled, after a 30-minute shootout with members of Boko Haram, a radical Muslim sect, who ambushed security officers at a checkpoint in Maiduguri.
    (AP, 12/9/10)
2010        Dec 9, Communist allies North Korea and China proclaimed their unity as the North's leader Kim Jong-Il held his first meeting with a senior Chinese envoy since the region's worst crisis in years erupted.
    (AFP, 12/9/10)
2010        Dec 9, South Africa unveiled its national space agency, aiming to become a leader in earth observation technology across the continent in 10 years.
    (AFP, 12/9/10)
2010        Dec 9, The Provea human rights group said 13,985 people were murdered in Venezuela last year and the figure could be significantly higher, alluding to the rampant crime that has become a central concern of Venezuelans.
    (AP, 12/9/10)

2011        Dec 9, The US Justice Dept. and the SEC announced a $148 million settlement with Wachovia Bank, now owned by Walls Fargo, for engaging in bid-rigging and kickback schemes relating to municipal bond contracts.
    (SSFC, 12/11/11, p.D1)
2011        Dec 9, In California Tyler Brehm (26) was shot and killed in Los Angeles after he walked down the middle of Sunset Boulevard firing on motorists. Music executive John Atterberry (40) died on Dec 12 from wounds suffered in Brehm’s shooting.
    (SSFC, 12/11/11, p.A11)(SFC, 12/13/11, p.A11)
2011        Dec 9, Payroll figures and names released for the first time by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey show 66 police officers have made more than $200,000 so far in 2011, thanks to overtime that in many cases has doubled their salaries.
    (AP, 12/9/11)
2011        Dec 9, In Maryland former Prince George’s County councilwoman Leslie Johnson was sentenced to a year in prison for obstructing an investigation into her husband’s corruption. Former County Executive Jack Johnson got over 7 years in prison this week for extorting hundreds of thousands in bribes from developers.
    (SFC, 12/10/11, p.A6)
2011        Dec 9, In eastern Afghanistan a suicide bomber attacked a mosque, assassinating a district police chief and killing at least five other people in Kunar province.
    (AFP, 12/9/11)
2011        Dec 9, Australia's highest court dismissed rival Apple's appeal in its global patent battle against South Korea’s Samsung Electronics. Samsung is now free to sell its Galaxy tablet computers in Australia.
    (AP, 12/9/11)
2011        Dec 9, In Australia a senior Queensland Health executive, Hohepa Morehu-Barlow (36), also known as Joel Barlow, was being hunted after Aus$16 million (US$16 million) went missing from the government department. He was arrested at his own apartment Dec 12 after three days on the run from police following the discovery of his alleged theft.
    (AFP, 12/9/11)(AP, 12/13/11)
2011        Dec 9, Bahraini security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of demonstrators in a Shiite neighborhood of the capital Manama.
    (AFP, 12/9/11)
2011        Dec 9, In China two exchange students accepted the Confucius Peace Prize on behalf of Russian PM Vladimir Putin, who was honored for enhancing Russia's status and crushing anti-government forces in Chechnya.
    (AP, 12/9/11)
2011        Dec 9, In northeastern China two tourists from Hong Kong were killed and 36 others were hurt when their bus overturned after colliding with a farm vehicle in Jilin province.
    (AP, 12/10/11)
2011        Dec 9, In CongoDRC provisional results published by the election commission handed victory to Pres. Joseph Kabila who won another term with 49% of the 18.14 million votes cast. Etienne Tshisekedi (78) took to the airwaves to say he rejected the results and proclaimed himself president, saying the election had been manipulated.
    (AP, 12/9/11)(AP, 12/10/11)
2011        Dec 9, Croatia signed a treaty to join the EU in 2013, a bittersweet milestone as the bloc prepares to take on board a sluggish economy it will have to drag along at the time of its worst crisis ever.
    (AP, 12/9/11)
2011        Dec 9, The EU said that 26 of its 27 member countries are open to joining a new treaty tying their finances together to solve the euro crisis. Only Britain remained opposed, creating a deep rift in the union. Britain's leaders argued that the revised treaty would threaten their national sovereignty and damage London's financial services industry.
    (AP, 12/9/11)
2011        Dec 9, EU president Herman Van Rompuy said Serbia's bid to be granted the status of candidate for membership in the bloc will be postponed until March.
    (AP, 12/9/11)
2011        Dec 9, Germany, the United States and nine other nations signed an agreement that expands access to the International Tracing Service (ITS), a unique Holocaust-era archive.
    (AP, 12/9/11)
2011        Dec 9, In India at least 89 people were killed when a fire engulfed patients at the AMRI Hospital in the city of Kolkata. Police arrested 6 hospital officials on charges of culpable homicide.
    (AFP, 12/9/11)(AP, 12/9/11)(SFC, 12/10/11, p.A5)
2011        Dec 9, An Israeli airstrike against a Hamas target in Gaza killed a Palestinian civilian and his son (12). Palestinian Mustafa Abelrazek al-Tamimi (28) was critically wounded when he was hit in the face by a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops at a rally in the West Bank. Tamimi had been throwing stones and died of his injuries the next day. Gaza militants fired twelve rockets at Israel.
    (AP, 12/9/11)(AFP, 12/9/11)(AP, 12/10/11)(AFP, 12/10/11)
2011        Dec 9, In Italy a letter bomb exploded at an office of the tax collection agency, Equitalia, slightly wounding the organization's director. The Italian group, known as the "Informal Anarchist Federation" claimed responsibility for package bombs sent to three Rome embassies around Christmas last year. A week later another bomb was intercepted at Equitalia.
    (AP, 12/9/11)(Econ, 1/7/12, p.45)
2011        Dec 9, Jamaican authorities said 217 of 362 police officers, who took voluntary lie-detector tests this year, failed. Officials denied re-enlistment to 62 officers this year. An additional 34 have been charged with corruption and seven dismissed for failing the test.
    (AP, 12/9/11)
2011        Dec 9, In Japan Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa and Kenji Yamaoka, the minister for consumer affairs were censured. Ichikawa was slapped down for a series of gaffes that riled the people of Okinawa, reluctant hosts to a large US military presence. Yamaoka was admonished for alleged ties with shady business groups. The main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has threatened to boycott parliament from January if the pair stay in place.
    (AFP, 12/9/11)
2011        Dec 9, Japanese workers discovered a nuclear plant leak. 1.8 ton of radioactive water leaked from the cooling system at the idled reactor at the Genkai nuclear plant in Saga prefecture in the southern Kyushu region. The leak was contained within the system.
    (AFP, 12/10/11)
2011        Dec 9, In Lebanon a roadside bomb struck a vehicle carrying UN peacekeepers in the south, wounding five French soldiers and a Lebanese bystander.
    (AP, 12/9/11)
2011        Dec 9, Mexico's navy said the first woman has joined the ranks of its special forces.
    (AP, 12/9/11)
2011        Dec 9, The Mexican army found a 50-yard (meter) long tunnel starting under a building in the northern city of Nogales, which is across the border from Nogales, Arizona.
    (AP, 12/11/11)
2011        Dec 9, Puerto Rico’s most wanted criminal, Miguel Diaz Rivera (39), was arrested in the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo. He is accused of running a drug trafficking network in at least five Puerto Rican cities.
    (AP, 12/10/11)
2011        Dec 9, In Sri Lanka political activists Lalith Kumar Weeraraj and Kugan Murugananthan went missing after they were intercepted by men on motorcycles in Jaffna.
    (Econ, 1/14/12, p.41)
2011        Dec 9, Syrian forces killed 41 people, including 7 children, as they fired on anti-government demonstrations across the country. The opposition warned the regime was planning a "massacre" in Homs which has been ringed by troops for more than two months.
    (AP, 12/9/11)(AFP, 12/10/11)
2011        Dec 9, In Thailand some 100 supporters of a grandfather jailed for 20 years in Thailand for insulting the king held a rare public protest against the kingdom's strict lese majeste laws in the capital Bangkok. Ampon Tangnoppakul (61) was last month found guilty of four counts of offending the royals in text messages last year. Article 112 of the criminal code contains the rules protecting the royals.
    (AFP, 12/9/11)
2011        Dec 9, UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged Somalia's Al Qaeda-linked insurgents to end violence during a surprise visit to war-torn Mogadishu.
    (AFP, 12/9/11)
2011        Dec 9, In Venezuela officials said floods and mudslides unleashed by torrential rains have caused at least eight deaths. Neighboring Colombia has also been coping with floods and President Juan Manuel Santos, touring flooded areas south of Bogota, promised assistance to those whose houses have been damaged.
    (AP, 12/9/11)
2011        Dec 9, In Yemen tens of thousands of people took to the streets across the country demanding that outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh be put on trial. A prison riot in Sanaa left two inmates dead and three guards injured.
    (AP, 12/9/11)

2012        Dec 9, Campaigners celebrated Int’l. Anti-Corruption Day.
    (Econ, 12/15/12, p.61)
2012        Dec 9, Norman Joseph Woodland (b.1921), co-inventor of the bar code, died in New Jersey. He and Bernard Silver (d.1963) submitted their patent in 1949. The patent was granted in 1952.
    (SFC, 12/14/12, p.A16)
2012        Dec 9, In eastern Afghanistan Dr. Dilip Joseph, an American doctor abducted by the Taliban five days ago in Kabul province, was rescued in a US-led operation. Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas Checque (28), a Navy SEAL, died of injuries sustained in the successful rescue of Dr. Joseph.
    (AP, 12/9/12)(AP, 12/10/12)
2012        Dec 9, Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez gave Susana Trimarco a human rights award before hundreds of thousands of people in the Plaza de Mayo for her efforts in rescuing sex slaves and helping them start new lives. Argentina's efforts to combat sex trafficking began largely as a result of Susana Trimarco's one-woman, decade-long quest to find her missing daughter, Maria de los Angeles "Marita" Veron.
    (AP, 12/11/12)(AP, 12/13/12)
2012        Dec 9, British astronomer Patrick Moore (89) died. He helped map the moon and inspired generations of star gazers with decades of television broadcasts.
    (Reuters, 12/9/12)
2012        Dec 9, Chinese state media said police have detained a monk and his nephew in Sichuan province and accused them of instigating the self-immolations of eight ethnic Tibetans on the instructions of the Dalai Lama and his followers.
    (AP, 12/9/12)
2012        Dec 9, Officials said 4 people have died in Croatia and 2 in Serbia as a result of blizzards in southwestern Europe over the weekend. The death toll in the region reached at least 9 people, with deaths in Bulgaria amd Kosovo, as the cold snap continued through the week.
    (AP, 12/9/12)(SFC, 12/15/12, p.A2)
2012        Dec 9, Egypt's liberal opposition called for more protests, seeking to keep up the momentum of its street campaign. Morsi overnight annulled his Nov. 22 decrees that gave him near unrestricted powers, but refused to rescind a draft constitution going to a referendum on Dec 15.
    (AP, 12/9/12)
2012        Dec 9, Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama was declared the winner of Ghana's presidential election, despite widespread technical glitches and protests by the country's opposition, which claimed the vote was rigged. Mahama won by a margin of only 325,000 votes out of 11 million. It took the Supreme Court until August, 2013, to uphold the result.
    (AP, 12/9/12)(Econ, 12/21/13, p.77)
2012        Dec 9, Iran said it has launched a video-sharing website in the latest move to create government-sanctioned alternatives to Internet powerhouses such as YouTube. The new site — Mehr, or affection in Farsi — seeks to promote Iranian and Islamic culture and artists.
    (AP, 12/9/12)
2012        Dec 9, In Iraq a bomb exploded near the house of an anti-al-Qaida militiaman south of Baghdad, killing him, his 8-year-old son and another family member in Iskandariyah.
    (AP, 12/9/12)
2012        Dec 9, In Lebanon four people were killed in fighting in the city of Tripoli between gunmen loyal to opposite sides in Syria's civil war.
    (AP, 12/9/12)
2012        Dec 9, Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera and 4 others died in a plane crash near Nuevo Leon that left no survivors.
    (SFC, 12/10/12, p.A2)
2012        Dec 9, In northeastern Nigeria a shootout began between security forces and members of a radical Islamist sect after suspected sect members bombed a local police station and attacked a bank branch. By the next day at least 15 people were killed in Potiskum.
    (AP, 12/11/12)
2012        Dec 9, In Nigeria Kamene Okonjo (83), the mother of Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was kidnapped from her home in the southern delta. She was released on Dec 14.
    (AP, 12/10/12)(AP, 12/14/12)
2012        Dec 9, In Pakistan four missiles struck a residential compound near Miran Shah, North Waziristan. 3 suspected militants were killed.
    (AP, 12/9/12)
2012        Dec 9, In the southern Philippines the number of people missing following Typhoon Bopha jumped to nearly 900 after families and fishing companies reported losing contact with more than 300 fishermen at sea.
    (AP, 12/9/12)
2012        Dec 9, Romanians voted in a parliamentary election. PM Victor Ponta's coalition won nearly three-fifths of the seats in the legislature. His battle with President Traian Basescu threatened to throw the country into a political standoff no matter the outcome.
    (AP, 12/9/12)(AP, 12/10/12)
2012        Dec 9, Russian and US diplomats met with UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi for more talks on the civil war in Syria.
    (AP, 12/9/12)
2012        Dec 9, In Senegal Roman Catholic peacemakers mediated the release of eight Senegalese soldiers held by rebels in the southern Casamance district.
    (AP, 12/9/12)
2012        Dec 9, In Somalia African Union and Somali troops took Jowhar, a rebel al-Shabab stronghold north of Mogadishu.
    (AP, 12/9/12)
2012        Dec 9, In Syria 9 judges in Idlib defected from the regime of Pres. Assad. They identified themselves by name and read a joint statement urging others to break ranks with Assad. Rebels captured parts of another large army base in the country's north, just west of the city of Aleppo, tightening the opposition's grip on areas close to the Turkish border.
    (AP, 12/9/12)(AP, 12/10/12)
2012        Dec 9, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez named his vice president as his chosen successor and prepared to head back to Cuba for more surgery for cancer after announcing that the illness returned despite two previous operations, chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
    (AP, 12/9/12)

2013        Dec 9, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the US military to transport troops from Burundi into the Central African Republic to help quell the latest upsurge in violence there.
    (AP, 12/10/13)
2013        Dec 9, The US remained in the grip of Arctic air. 1,650 flights were cancelled and tens of thousands of people were without power.
    (SFC, 12/10/13, p.A8)
2013        Dec 9, Major technology companies, stung by poor publicity for having helped the US government access personal data, issued an open letter to Pres. Barack Obama asking for tighter controls on surveillance.
    (AP, 12/9/13)
2013        Dec 9, In southern California charges were announced after 16 of 18 LA County current and former sheriff’s deputies were arrested for corruption and civil rights abuses.
    (SFC, 12/9/13, p.A10)
2013        Dec 9, Los Angeles MTA officials began a crackdown on homeless people sleeping at Union Station under a program that limits seats in the hub to ticketed passengers.
    (SFC, 12/23/13, p.A7)
2013        Dec 9, In southern California Angela Spaccia, the former assistant city manager of Bell, was convicted of corruption. She had given herself huge raises as most city residents lived in poverty.
    (SFC, 12/10/13, p.A6)
2013        Dec 9, In southern California Bob Filner, the former mayor of San Diego, was sentenced to three months of home confinement and three years of probation for harassing women while serving as mayor.
    (SFC, 12/10/13, p.A6)
2013        Dec 9, California pledged to restore 80,000 acres of the depleted Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta as part of a massive project to send fresh water from mountain streams in the north to farmers and residents in the parched south.
    (Reuters, 12/9/13)
2013        Dec 9, In Oakland, Ca., Jahi McMath (13) suffered a cardiac arrest during a tonsil operation at Children’s Hospital. On Dec 12 doctors pronounced her brain dead. Her family contended she was still alive and kept her connected to breathing and feeding tubes.
    (SFC, 12/26/13, p.A10)(SFC, 12/28/13, p.C4)
2013        Dec 9, American film actress Eleanor Parker (b.1922) died in Palm Springs. He Oscar nominations included “Caged” (1950), “Detective Story” (1951) and “Interrupted Melody” (1955).
    (SFC, 12/11/13, p.A9)
2013        Dec 9, In Florida one suspected Cuban migrant was found dead, and two others were missing and feared drowned, after a homemade raft with a sole survivor on board was found floating in Biscayne Bay.
    (Reuters, 12/9/13)
2013        Dec 9, Two Damien Hirst (48) signed prints, "Pyronin Y" and "Oleoylsarcosin," were taken from the Exhibitionist Gallery in west London in the early hours by a thief who forced the gallery doors.
    (AP, 12/11/13)
2013        Dec 9, Canada signalled intentions to claim the North Pole and surrounding Arctic waters while announcing the filing of a UN application seeking to vastly expand its Atlantic sea boundary.
    (AFP, 12/9/13)
2013        Dec 9, In Colombia Gustavo Petro (53), the leftist mayor of Bogota, was removed from his post for the mismanagement of garbage collection and banned from holding office for 15 years, a blow to the nation's left as peace talks continue with Marxist FARC rebels.
    (Reuters, 12/9/13)
2013        Dec 9, An Egyptian court sentenced three supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi to life imprisonment, in the latest tough ruling against opponents of the army-backed interim government.
    (Reuters, 12/9/13)
2013        Dec 9, Water ministers from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan held talks on an Ethiopian dam project, after Egypt's objections delayed formation of a committee to implement expert advice.
    (AFP, 12/9/13)
2013        Dec 9, A Paris auction of sacred objects from the Hopi and San Carlos Apache Native American tribes kicked off despite objections from the US and activists. The auction fetched more than 550,000 euros. On Dec 11 a US charitable foundation said that it was the anonymous bidder that paid $530,000 for 24 Native American masks in the auction and will return them to the Hopi Nation in Arizona and the San Carlos Apache tribe
    (AFP, 12/9/13)(AFP, 12/10/13)(AP, 12/11/13)
2013        Dec 9, Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party backed a deal to form a new German government with its center-left rivals, putting aside concerns over concessions that include a national minimum wage and a move to make it easier for some people to retire early.
    (AP, 12/9/13)
2013        Dec 9, In Indonesia a crowded commuter train crashed into a fuel tanker on the outskirts of Jakarta, killing at least 10 people in a huge explosion and injuring scores.
    (Reuters, 12/9/13)
2013        Dec 9, In Iraq a car bomb near a cafe in Buhruz, Diyala province, killed 11 people. A roadside bomb also exploded near a market in the Besmaya area southeast of Baghdad, killing at least 2 people and wounding at least eight. In the Suwaib area of south Baghdad, a roadside bomb killed 2 Sahwa anti-Al-Qaeda fighters and wounded at least two others. A blast in Madain killed at least one soldier and wounded at least two. At least 21 people were killed across the country.
    (AFP, 12/9/13)(AP, 12/9/13)
2013        Dec 9, Israel's parliament moved to ensure African migrants who enter the country illegally can be held without charge, despite a Supreme Court ruling that had struck down a previous detention law.
    (Reuters, 12/10/13)
2013        Dec 9, Representatives of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians signed a "historic" agreement to link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea.
    (AFP, 12/9/13)
2013        Dec 9, Kurdish rebels freed four Turkish soldiers abducted in the southeast of the country in the worst flareup of violence since a fragile ceasefire nine months ago.
    (AFP, 12/9/13)
2013        Dec 9, A Kuwait court acquitted 70 people, including nine former lawmakers, of storming the parliament in 2011 in an unprecedented protest against the then prime minister, a senior member of the ruling family.
    (Reuters, 12/9/13)
2013        Dec 9, In Libya gunmen killed senior police officer Col. Ramadan al-Turouk in Sirte, the hometown of former dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
    (AP, 12/9/13)
2013        Dec 9, President Vladimir Putin tightened his control over Russia's media by dissolving the main state news agency and replacing it with an organization that is to promote Moscow's image abroad. Putin appointed Dmitry Kiselyov to head the resources of the former RIA Novosti, which was renamed Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today).
    (Reuters, 12/9/13)(SFC, 12/10/13, p.A3)
2013        Dec 9, A Somali court sentenced to jail a woman (19) who said she was raped and two journalists who broadcast her story, saying they were guilty of defamation and insulting state institutions. The woman, who is also a journalist, was handed a suspended six-month jail sentence for defamation and lying, during which time she will be confined to her home.
    (AFP, 12/9/13)
2013        Dec 9, Syrian troops captured a western town near the country's main north-south highway as the government forged ahead with a punishing offensive in a mountainous region near the border with Lebanon.
    (AP, 12/9/13)
2013        Dec 9, Thailand's PM Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the lower house of Parliament and called for early elections.
    (AP, 12/9/13)
2013        Dec 9, In Ukraine  hundreds of police in full riot gear flooded into the center of Kiev as mass anti-government protests gripped the capital for yet another week. Heavily armed riot troops broke into the offices of a top opposition party in Kiev and seized its servers.
    (AP, 12/9/13)
2013        Dec 9, The World Health Organisation and UNICEF announced the launch of a polio vaccination campaign for 23 million children in the Middle East after 17 cases were discovered in Syria.
    (AFP, 12/9/13)

2014        Dec 9, The US Senate Intelligence Committee released its report on the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques at secret overseas facilities after the 9/11 terror attacks. President Barack Obama said the interrogation techniques "did significant damage to America's standing in the world and made it harder to pursue our interests with allies."
    (AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 9, Protesters in Berkeley, Ca., marched for a 4th straight day to denounce racial injustice and briefly shut down Highway 24 .
    (SFC, 12/10/14, p.A1)
2014        Dec 9, In Nevada a woman and two men from China pleaded guilty in federal court in Las Vegas to reduced charges in what prosecutors say amounted to a $13 million illegal Internet gambling operation broken up by an FBI raid at high-roller suites at Caesars Palace.
    (AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 9, In NYC Calvin Peters (49) stabbed an Israeli student in the head inside a synagogue at the Brooklyn headquarters of an international Jewish organization before being fatally shot by police after refusing to drop the knife. Peters was emotionally disturbed and had a documented history of mental illness.
    (AP, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, Philadelphia firefighter Joyce Craig Lewis died after becoming trapped in the basement of a burning home. She was the first female member of the city’s fire department to die in the line of duty.
    (SFC, 12/10/14, p.A8)
2014        Dec 9, In Bahrain an explosion killed a citizen and wounded an expatriate man in the second fatal attack in the Gulf Arab state in two days.
    (Reuters, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE) agreed to create a joint naval force based out of Bahrain and announced a police force based in Abu Dhabi.
    (SSFC, 12/14/14, p.A22)
2014        Dec 9, In Bangladesh an oil tanker carrying more than 350,000 liters (92,500 gallons) of bunker oil sank on a major river flowing through the Sundarbans after being hit by a cargo vessel.
    (AP, 12/12/14)
2014        Dec 9, London's New Scotland Yard, the world's most famous police headquarters, was reported sold to the Abu Dhabi Financial Group for 370 million pounds ($580 million), 120 million pounds over the asking price. The Gulf investors plan to develop luxury apartments. The Metropolitan Police was moving to a smaller headquarters as it tries to cut more than 500 million pounds ($800 million) in spending.
    (AP, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, In China Liu Tienan was jailed for life for receiving some $6 million in bribes. Mr. Liu was sacked in August 2013 as deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission after a disgruntled mistress blew the whistle on him.
    (AP, 12/10/14)(Econ, 12/13/14, p.46)
2014        Dec 9, In China a rights lawyer said seven students of Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti have been jailed for 3-8 years for inciting seperatism.
    (SFC, 12/10/14, p.A2)
2014        Dec 9, The Save the Elephants group reported that street prices for illegal ivory are soaring in China, where newly wealthy middle and upper class citizens are buying carved ivory and whole tusks as a status symbol of their riches.
    (AP, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro was awarded China's Confucius Peace Prize, portrayed by organizers as an alternative to the Nobel Prize. The prize was handed to a Cuban foreign student representative at a ceremony at a Beijing hotel.
    (AP, 12/11/14)
2014        Dec 9, Dominica PM Roosevelt Skerrit said he is humbled by the re-election after his Labor Party won 15 of 21 parliamentary seats. Dominica's ruling party won a 4th consecutive term following parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, Egyptian pro-democracy activist Ahmed Douma was sentenced to three years in jail after he accused the judge of bias and denounced his trial on charges of violence against the state as political.
    (Reuters, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, President Francois Hollande said that Serge Lazarevic (50), the last French citizen held hostage since 2011 by Al Qaeda's north African arm, has now been freed. Five prisoners in Mali were reported exchanged for the Frenchman.
    (Reuters, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, The Hungarian government said it has signed three contracts with a Russian company which will allow construction in 2018 of new reactors at the country's only nuclear power plant.
    (AP, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, India ordered state governments to halt the operations of all unregistered, web-based taxi companies after a female passenger reported she was raped in New Delhi by a driver contracted to US cab company Uber.
    (Reuters, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, In Iraq a bomb blast and mortar fire targeting Shiites killed 7 people in Baghdad as US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited the capital for a first-hand report on the battle against IS militants.
    (AP, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, Moldova police said seven people have been detained on suspicion they smuggled uranium and mercury in a metal container from Russia to be used in a dirty bomb.
    (AP, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, New Zealand lawmakers passed anti-terrorism measures that increase domestic surveillance powers and attempt to stop nationals from traveling abroad to fight for groups like Islamic State.
    (AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 9, The MN Wayward Wind, a lobster boat with 50 people onboard, capsized in the Caribbean off the coast of Nicaragua. At least 18 remained missing.
    (AP, 12/13/14)
2014        Dec 9, In Pakistan a couple and their four children were killed as retribution for a perceived "honor crime" in the town of Athara Hazari. Police south four men in the killings which stemmed from the mother's first marriage nearly 30 years ago to another man.
    (AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 9, In the southern Philippines a suspected bomb explosion in a bus in front of Central Mindanao University killed at least 10 people and wounded 34 others in Bukidnon province.
    (AP, 12/9/14)(AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 9, Russia resumed shipments of natural gas to Ukraine.
    (Reuters, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, Sierra Leone's junior doctors struck for a 2nd day to demand better care for medical workers after a spate of recent Ebola deaths.
    (AP, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, The Solomon Islands parliament made Manasseh Sogavare (b.1955) prime minister.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manasseh_Sogavare)(Econ, 12/13/14, p.43)
2014        Dec 9, Swedish police raided a server room in Stockholm in an action targeting the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay.
    (AP, 12/10/14)
2014        Dec 9, Ukrainian government troops and separatists said their forces were complying with an agreed "Day of Silence" in Ukraine's war-torn east, marking an attempt to forge an effective ceasefire which may lead to a new round of peace talks.
    (Reuters, 12/9/14)
2014        Dec 9, In eastern Yemen at least 5 government soldiers were killed when two al Qaeda suicide bombers tried to drive cars laden with explosives into a military compound in Seyoun. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 12/9/14)

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