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
Dec 9, Having captured Naples earlier in the year, Belisarius took
1165 Dec 9, Malcom IV (24),
king of Scotland (1153-65), died.
1292 Dec 9, Sa'di, great
Persian poet (Orchard, Rose Garden), died.
1437 Dec 9, Sigismund, Holy
Roman Emperor, died. Major Czech factions had accepted Sigismund as
king of Bohemia prior to his death.
1561 Dec 9, Edwin Sandys, a
founder of the Virginia colony, was born.
1565 Dec 9, Pius IV (66),
[Gianangelo de' Medici], Italian Pope (1559-65), died.
1569 Dec 9, Martinus de Porres,
saint (patron of social justice), was born in Peru.
1594 Dec 9, Gustavus II
Adolphus (d.1632), king who made Sweden a major power (1611-32), was
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,
1640 Dec 9, Settler Hugh Bewitt
was banished from the Mass colony when he declared himself to be
free of original sin.
1641 Dec 9, Anthonie "Antoon"
van Dyck (42), Flemish painter, died.
1688 Dec 9, King James II's
wife and son fled England for France.
1717 Dec 9, Johann J.
Winckelmann, German archaeologist (History of Ancient Art), was
1724 Dec 9, Colley Cibber's
"Caesar in Aegypt," premiered in London.
1738 Dec 9, Jews were expelled
from Breslau, Silesia.
1742 Dec 9, Carl W. Scheele,
Swedish pharmacist and chemist (lemon acid), was born.
1747 Dec 9, England and
Netherlands signed a military treaty.
1767 Dec 9, Benedetto Alfieri,
Italian architect (San Giovanni Battista), died.
1770 Dec 9, Gottlieb Theophil
Muffat (80), composer, died.
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.
1783 Dec 9, The 1st execution
at English Newgate-jail took place.
1793 Dec 9, Noah Webster
established NY's 1st daily newspaper, American Minerva.
1809 Dec 9, William Barret
Travis, Commander of the Texas troops at the battle of the Alamo,
1824 Dec 9, In the Battle of
Ayacucho (Candorcangui) Peru defeated Spain.
1837 Dec 9, Charles Emile
Waldteufel, waltz composer (Skaters), was born in Strasbourg,
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
(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.
1854 Dec 9, Alfred, Lord
Tennyson's poem, "The Charge of the Light Brigade," was published in
1861 Dec 9, U.S. Senate
approved the establishment of a committee that would become the
Joint Committee on the Conduct of War.
1863 Dec 9, Major General John
G. Foster replaced Major General Ambrose E. Burnside as Commander of
the Department of Ohio.
1867 Dec 9, The capital of
Colorado Territory was moved from Golden to Denver.
1872 Dec 9, P.B.S. Pinchback
became the first African American Governor of Louisiana. [see Dec
1878 Dec 9, Joseph Pulitzer
bought the St Louis Dispatch for $2,500.
1882 Dec 9, Joaquin Turina,
composer (Rima), was born in Seville, Spain.
1886 Dec 9, Clarence Birdseye,
inventor of flash freezing foods, was born.
1892 Dec 9, "Widowers' Houses,"
George Bernard Shaw's first play, opened at the Royalty Theater in
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
1898 Dec 9, Emmett Kelly,
circus clown (Weary Willie), was born in Sedan, Kansas.
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.
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).
1903 Dec 9, The Norwegian
parliament voted unanimously for female suffrage.
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
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.
W13)(Econ, 9/5/15, p.57)
1906 Dec 9, Grace Hopper,
mathematician and computer pioneer, was born.
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.
1909 Dec 9, Douglas Fairbanks
Jr, actor (Ghost Story), was born in NYC.
1909 Dec 9, The 1st US
monoplane was flown by Henry W. Walden at Long Island, NY.
1912 Dec 9, Thomas P. "Tip"
O’Neill, Speaker of the House of Representatives, was born.
1915 Dec 9, Elisabeth
Schwarzkopf, soprano (Der Rosenkavalier), was born in Jarotschin,
1916 Dec 9, Kirk Douglas, film
star, was born as Issur Demsky in Amsterdam, NY.
(SSFC, 10/8/06, Par
1917 Dec 9, British forces
under General Allenby captured Jerusalem. He liberated the city from
(WSJ, 4/4/96, A-12)(SFC, 10/18/96, C8)(MC,
1917 Dec 9, New Finnish
Republic demanded the withdrawal of Russian troops.
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
1930 Dec 9, Buck Henry,
screenwriter and comedian (SNL, Get Smart), was born in NYC.
1931 Dec 9, Japanese army
attacked the Chinese province of Jehol.
1931 Dec 9, Spain became a
1934 Dec 9, Judi Dench, actress
(Henry V, Wetherby), was born in York, England.
1939 Dec 9, A Russian air raid
was made on Helsinki.
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.
1941 Dec 9, Franklin D.
Roosevelt told Americans to plan for a long war.
1941 Dec 9, 1st US WW II
bombing mission in Far East took place over Luzon, Philippines.
1941 Dec 9, China declared war
on Japan, Germany and Italy.
1941 Dec 9, Hitler ordered US
1942 Dec 9, Dick Butkus, NFL
hall of fame linebacker (Bears) and sportscaster, was born in
1942 Dec 9, The Aram
Khachaturian ballet "Gayane," featuring the surging "Saber Dance,"
was first performed by the Kirov Ballet.
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.
1948 Dec 9, U.S. abandoned a
plan to de-concentrate industry in Japan.
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.
p.A14)(Econ., 4/18/15, p.54)
1949 Dec 9, UN took trusteeship
1950 Dec 9, President Truman
banned U.S. exports to Communist China.
1950 Dec 9, Harry Gold got 30
years imprisonment for passing atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet
Union during World War II.
1953 Dec 9, John Malkovich,
actor and director (Killing Fields), was born in Christopher, Ill.
1953 Dec 9, General Electric
announced all Communist employees would be fired.
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,
1957 Dec 9, Japan [announced?]
its 1st ambassador to Israel.
1958 Dec 9, Robert H.W. Welch
Jr. and 11 other men met in Indianapolis to form the anti-Communist
John Birch Society.
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.”
1960 Dec 9, The Laos government
fled to Cambodia as the capital city of Vientiane was engulfed in
1961 Dec 9, SS Col. Adolf
Eichmann was found guilty of war crimes in Israel.
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.
8/8/98, p.A12)(SFC, 10/15/99, p.D7)
1962 Dec 9, "I Can Get It For
You Wholesale" closed on Broadway.
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,
7/22/06, p.P10)(Econ, 2/19/11, p.94)
1965 Dec 9, "A Charlie Brown
1965 Dec 9, Nikolai V. Podgorny
replaced Anastas I. Mikoyan as president of the Presidium of the
1967 Dec 9, Nicolae Ceausescu
became president (dictator) of Romania.
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,
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.
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.
1975 Dec 9, William Wellman
(b.1896), American filmmaker, died. His film “Wings” received the
1st Academy Award for Best Picture.
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.”
1979 Dec 9, Archbishop Fulton
J. Sheen, the religious broadcaster, died in New York City at age
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,
(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.
1982 Dec 9, Leon Jaworski
(b.1905), special prosecutor (Watergate), died.
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."
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
1990 Dec 9, The first American
hostages to be released by Iraq began arriving in the United States.
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
(www, Albania, 1998)(SFC, 12/18/00,
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.
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
1992 Dec 9, Former CIA spy
chief Clair George was convicted of lying to Congress about the
Iran-Contra affair. President Bush pardoned him.
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.
1993 Dec 9, The US Air Force
destroyed the first of 500 Minuteman II missile silos marked for
elimination under an arms control treaty.
1993 Dec 9, Astronauts aboard
the space shuttle Endeavour completed repairs to the Hubble Space
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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
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
(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
(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
(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,
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
(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
(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.
1999 Dec 9, In Missouri a
twin-engine Cessna crashed near Branson and all 6 people aboard were
(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
(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.
2000 Dec 9, The US Supreme
ruled 5-4 to stop the recount in Florida until arguments are heard
(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
(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.
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
(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
(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."
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.
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
(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.
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.
2002 Dec 9, In Bogota,
Colombia, a car bomb exploded near a police command post, during
lunch hour, injuring at least 58 passersby.
2002 Dec 9, Indonesia and
rebels in Aceh signed an accord to end one of the world's
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.
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.
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,
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
(WSJ, 12/9/03, p.A1)
2003 Dec 9, Former Vice
President Al Gore endorsed Howard Dean for the Democratic
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
2003 Dec 9, French police
arrested Gorka Palacios Alday, the alleged military leader of the
banned Basque separatist group ETA, along with three accomplices.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2004 Dec 9, Interfax reported
that Russian authorities have assessed a new tax claim for $114
million on one of Yukos' smaller subsidiaries.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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
2005 Dec 9, Police in
Bangladesh hunting for Islamist suicide bombers seized explosives
and detained 30 militants.
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.
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.
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.
2005 Dec 9, Kenya swore in a
new Cabinet whose difficult formation reflected increasing questions
about the president's political strength.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2006 Dec 9, Ohio State
quarterback Troy Smith won the Heisman Trophy.
2006 Dec 9, Singer Georgia
Gibbs (87), who had reached the top of the charts in the 1950s, died
in New York City.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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,
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.
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
(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.
2007 Dec 9, A blast on a bus in
Russia’s Stavropol region killed two people. An exploding gas
canister was suspected.
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.
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
(AP, 12/9/08)(SFC, 12/10/08, p.A4)(SFC, 7/2/10,
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
(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.
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
2008 Dec 9, In Afghanistan
Mohammad Bobi, a Taliban commander, was killed during a targeted
overnight operation just south of Kabul.
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.”
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.
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.
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
(AP, 12/9/08)(Econ, 1/17/09, p.42)(Econ, 2/14/09,
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
2008 Dec 9, Israel reopened its
crossings with Gaza to shipments of humanitarian aid and fuel.
International journalists were also being allowed in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
2009 Dec 9, The Honduras
government granted authorization for ousted Pres. Zelaya to leave
the country and go to Mexico.
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
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
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
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.
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
2009 Dec 9, Russia's
error-prone Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile suffered its
eighth failure in 12 tests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
2010 Dec 9, In Iraq attacks on
a police patrol in northern Baghdad and a checkpoint north of the
city killed two policemen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
2010 Dec 9, Netherlands
arrested a young hacker who confessed to participating in attacks by
WikiLeaks sympathizers on websites, including MasterCard, PayPal and
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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
(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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
2011 Dec 9, Mexico's navy said
the first woman has joined the ranks of its special forces.
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,
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
2012 Dec 9, In Senegal Roman
Catholic peacemakers mediated the release of eight Senegalese
soldiers held by rebels in the southern Casamance district.
2012 Dec 9, In Somalia African
Union and Somali troops took Jowhar, a rebel al-Shabab stronghold
north of Mogadishu.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2013 Dec 9, Representatives of
Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians signed a "historic" agreement to
link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea.
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
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.
2013 Dec 9, In Libya gunmen
killed senior police officer Col. Ramadan al-Turouk in Sirte, the
hometown of former dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
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
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.
2013 Dec 9, Thailand's PM
Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the lower house of Parliament and
called for early elections.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Dec 9, The Solomon Islands
parliament made Manasseh Sogavare (b.1955) prime minister.
2014 Dec 9, Swedish police
raided a server room in Stockholm in an action targeting the
file-sharing website The Pirate Bay.
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.
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
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