Today in History - December 16
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Dec 16, The An Lushan rebellion began when general An Lushan
declared himself emperor in Northern China, establishing a rival Yan
Dynasty. The rebellion was quashed in 763.
1431 Dec 16, Henry VI of
England was crowned King of France.
1485 Dec 16, Katherine of
Argon, first wife of Henry VIII, was born.
1631 Dec 16, In Italy Mount
Vesuvius erupted and destroyed 6 villages. Some 3.5-4,000 people
(SFEC, 5/2/99, p.T8)(MC, 12/16/01)
1653 Dec 16, Oliver Cromwell
took on dictatorial powers with the title of lord protector” of
England, Scotland and Ireland. He served as dictator of England to
(CFA, '96, p.44)(AHD, p.315)(AP, 12/16/97)(HN,
1687 Dec 16, William Petty
(b.1623), English designer, inventor and pioneering economist, died
in London. He came up with the “quantity theory of money” and was
the first to measure gross domestic product (GDP).
1689 Dec 16, English Parliament
adopted a Bill of Rights after Glorious Revolution. The Bill of
Rights included a right to bear arms. William and Mary gave it Royal
Assent which represented the end of the concept of divine right of
1740 Dec 16, Prussia’s
Frederick the Great seized Silesia from the newly crowned
Archduchess of Austria. She sent troops to reconquer Silesia. A
showdown battle occurred on April 10, 1741, in Silesia at Mollwitz.
Most of Silesia was seized by King Frederick the Great of Prussia in
the War of the Austrian Succession.
1770 Dec 16, Ludwig Von
Beethoven (d.1827), German composer best known for his 9th Symphony,
was born in Bonn. His Sixth Symphony “Pastorale” was in F-Major.
Locks of his hair were cut off after his death and preserved by a
number of collectors.
(CFA, '96, p.60)(WUD, 1994, p.134)(WSJ, 5/29/96,
p.A1,5)(AP, 12/16/97)(SFC, 7/7/98, p.B3)(HN, 12/16/98)
1773 Dec 16, Some 50-60 “Sons
of Liberty” of revolutionary Samuel Adams disguised as Mohawks
defied the 3 cents per pound tax on tea boarded a British East India
Tea Company ship and dumped 342 chests of British tea into the
Boston Harbor in what became known as the Boston Tea Party.
Parliament had passed the 1773 Tea Act not to regulate trade or make
the colonies pay their own administrative costs, but to save the
nearly bankrupt British East India Tea Company. The Tea Act gave the
company a monopoly over the American tea trade and authorized the
sale of 17 million pounds of tea in America at prices cheaper than
smuggled Dutch tea. In spite of the savings, Americans would not
accept what they considered to be taxation without representation.
Overreacting to the Boston Tea Party, the British attempted to
punish Boston and the whole colony of Massachusetts with the
Intolerable Acts of 1774--another in the series of events that
ultimately led to American independence. A bill for the tea ($196)
was paid Sep 30, 1961.
(HFA, '96, p.44)(A&IP, Miers, p.18)(SFEC,
11/23/97, Par p.14)(AP, 12/16/97) (HNPD, 12/16/98)(MC, 9/30/01)
1774 Dec 16, Francois Quesnay
(b.1694), French economist, died. He was the first to think of the
economy as a system of interacting parts to be judged by the
necessities and conveniences it produces. Quesnay wrote his Tableau
Économique (1758), renowned for its famous "zig-zag" depiction of
income flows between economic sectors.
1775 Dec 16, Jane Austin
(d.1817), novelist, was born in Hampshire, England, as the 6th of 7
children [7th of 8]. Her work included “Sense and Sensibility”
(1811), “Pride and Prejudice” (1812), “Mansfield Park” (1814) “Lady
Susan” and “Emma” (1815). Her books “Persuasion” (1817) and
“Northanger Abbey” were published posthumously. "One does not love a
place the less for having suffered in it unless it has all been
suffering, nothing but suffering." Two biographies were published in
1997 with the same title: “Jane Austen: A Life,” one by Calire
Tomalin and the other by David Nokes.
(SFEC, 5/11/97, BR p.10)(Hem., 5/97, p.102)(AP,
5/31/97)(SFEC, 11/9/97, BR p.4) (WSJ, 11/17/97, p.A24) (HN,
1809 Dec 16, Napoleon Bonaparte
was divorced from the Empress Josephine by an act of the French
Senate. Metternich had convinced Francis I of Austria to offer his
daughter Marie Louise as a bride to Napoleon.
(AP, 12/16/97)(ON, 5/04, p.2)
1811 Dec 15-16, A 7.3
earthquake struck the central US on the Mississippi River. It was
centered at New Madrid, Missouri, and reversed the course of the
Mississippi for a while. Aftershocks continued into 1812. In 1976
James Penick Jr. authored "The New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812."
Three intraplate tremblers hit New Madrid.
(HC, 6/7/98)(ON, 10/99, p.5,6)(SFC, 2/24/01,
p.A10)(NH, 3/1/04, p.66)
1817 Dec 16, The Georgia
legislature enacted laws that defined the common boundary with
Tennessee and created a boundary commission to jointly survey and
mark the state border.
1835 Dec 16, A fire in New York
City destroyed property estimated to be worth $20,000,000. Beginning
in a store at Pearl and Merchant (Hanover) Streets, it lasted two
days, ravaged 17 blocks (52 acres), and destroyed 674 buildings
including the Stock Exchange, Merchants' Exchange, Post Office, and
the South Dutch Church. 13 acres were scorched. 23 of the city’s 26
fire-insurance companies were forced into bankruptcy.
(HN, 12/16/98)(WSJ, 9/14/00, p.A24)(WSJ, 9/4/02,
1838 Dec 16, Boers led by
Andreas Pretorius defeated the Zulus in the Battle of Blood River
and settled in Natal. The Afrikaners while escaping from British
rule encountered resistance from the native black peoples. In the
Battle of Blood River a few hundred Boers repelled an attack by more
than 10,000 warriors of the Zulu king Dingaan.
(EWH, 4th ed, p.885)(NG, Oct. 1988, p. 563)
1847 Dec 16, Mary Catherwood
(d.1901), American novelist, was born in Luray, Ohio. "Next to the
slanderer, we detest the bearer of the slander to our ears."
1863 Dec 16, Confederate
General Joseph Johnston took command of the Army of Tennessee,
replacing Lt. General William Hardee.
1864 Dec 16, Union forces under
General George H. Thomas routed Confederate forces under Gen. Hood
at the battle at Nashville, Tenn. There were some 4,400 casualties.
(HFA, ‘96, p.20)(HN, 12/16/98)(AH, 10/02, p.43)
1882 Dec 16, Walther Meissner,
German physicist (Meissner effect), was born.
1890 Dec 16, Harlan Sanders,
founder and CEO of Kentucky Fried Chicken, was born. [see Sep 9]
1897 Dec 16, The 1st submarine
with an internal combustion engine was demonstrated.
1898 Dec 16, Pavel Tretyakov
(b.1832), founder of Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery, died.
1899 Dec 16, Sir Noel Coward
(d.1973), the English actor, playwright and composer, was born in
London. "I love criticism just so long as it's unqualified praise."
1904 Dec 16, Japanese warships
quit Port Arthur in order to cut off the Russian Baltic fleet’s
1905 Dec 16, The entertainment
trade publication Variety came out with its first weekly issue.
1907 Dec. 16, US Navy
battleships, which came to be known collectively as the "Great White
Fleet," set sail from Hampton Roads, Va., on a 14-month
round-the-world voyage at the order of President Theodore Roosevelt,
who wanted to demonstrate American sea power.
1913 Dec 16, Charlie Chaplin
began his film career at Keystone for $150 a week.
1917 Dec 16, Arthur C. Clark,
English science fiction writer, was born. "Any sufficiently advanced
technology is indistinguishable from magic." He is best remembered
for his book "The Sentinel," the source of Kubrick’s film "2001: A
1920 Dec 16, In China an 8.6
earthquake in the northwestern provinces of Gansu and Shanxi caused
massive landslides and the deaths of 100,000- 200,000 people.
1922 Dec 16, Gabriel Narutowicz
(b.1865), a Lithuanian-born, Swiss banking engineer and Poland’s
first post WWI president was assassinated while attending an art
exhibition, in the National Gallery of Art.
1930 Dec 16, In Spain, a
general strike was called in support of the revolution.
1937 Dec 16, Two men from
Oklahoma escaped from Alcatraz Island Federal Penitentiary. Warden
Johnson suspected that Theodore Cole (26), a kidnapper serving 50
years, and Ralph Roe, a bank robber serving 99 years, had died in
(SSFC, 12/16/12, DB p.42)
1939 Dec 16, National Women’s
Party urged immediate congressional action on equal rights.
1940 Dec 16, British carried
out an air raid on Italian Somalia.
1943 Dec 16, Steven Bochco,
producer (Hill St Blues, LA Law, St Elsewhere, NYPD Blue), was born.
1944 Dec 16, The Germans
mounted a major surprise counterattack in the Ardennes Forest in
Belgium. As the center of the Allied line fell back, it created a
bulge, leading to the name--the Battle of the Bulge. Hitler hoped to
cripple the advance Allies by breaking through their lines to
destroy fuel supplies and lines of communication. The striking force
(the Fifth and Sixth Panzer Armies) amounted to 24 divisions, 10 of
them armored. The German attack achieved total surprise, but slowed
by the end of December due to German supply problems and Allied
resistance. Between January 8-16, in the face of a fierce Allied
counteroffensive, the Germans finally withdrew. By January 21, the
Germans had been pushed back to their original line, having lost
some 120,000 men in the offensive. The Allies suffered 81,000
casualties including some 19,000 Americans killed. In 1997 Charles
B. MacDonald authored “A Time for Trumpets: The Untold Story of the
Battle of the Bulge.”
(AP, 12/16/97)(HN, 12/16/98)(HNQ, 7/11/01)(WSJ,
1944 Dec 16, US Army Lt.
Charles P. Murray Jr. (1921-2011) single-handedly overcame a force
of some 200 Germans in northeastern France. He killed at least 20
enemy soldiers and with his platoon captured 10 others before a
grenade severely injured his leg. He was later awarded the Medal of
Honor for his efforts.
(SFC, 8/17/11, p.A7)
1949 Dec 16, Chinese Communist
leader Mao Tse-tung was received at the Kremlin in Moscow.
1950 Dec 16, President Truman
proclaimed a state of National Emergency, as Chinese communists
invaded deeper into South Korea, in order to fight "Communist
(AP, 12/16/97)(HN, 12/16/98)
1953 Dec 16, Pres. Eisenhower
held the 1st White House Press Conference before 161 reporters.
1953 Dec 16, Charles E. Yeager
flew 2,575 kph in Bell X-1A.
1956 Dec 16, Cardinal Francis
Spellman, the Archbishop of New York, personally denounced the
yet-to-be released movie "Baby Doll," saying Catholics would be
committing a sin if they saw it.
1960 Dec 16, A United Air Lines
DC-8 and a TWA Super Constellation collided over Staten Island, New
York City. 134 people were killed including 128 people on both
1965 Dec 16, Somerset Maugham
(91), British playwright and author, died in France. His books
included “Of Human Bondage” (1915) and “The Moon and Sixpence”
(1919), a novel whose main character is based on Paul Gauguin. In
2004 Jeffrey Meyers authored "Somerset Maugham: A Life."
p.M3)(Econ, 3/6/04, p.75)
1965 Dec 16, Taufa’ahau Tupou
IV (1918-2006) became king of Tonga following the death of his
mother Queen Salote Tupou III.
1966 Dec 16, The UN General
Assembly endorsed the Int’l. Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
(ICCPR). It came into force from March 23, 1976, and committed its
parties to respect the civil and political rights of individuals. In
1992 the US Senate ratified the treaty but exempted itself from a
provision that banned the execution of those under 18.
1966 Dec 16, The International
Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), a
multilateral treaty, was adopted by the United Nations General
Assembly and in force from 3 January 1976. It commits its parties to
work toward the granting of economic, social, and cultural rights
1971 Dec 16, Bahrain, which had
declared independence on Aug 15, won independence from British
(SFEC, 3/7/99, p.D8)(AP,
1971 Dec 16, Pakistani forces
in East Pakistan surrendered to the allied forces of India and
Bangladesh, jointly known as the Mitro Bahini. Bangladesh gained
independence. Bangladesh later accused Pakistan of war atrocities
that led to the death of some 3 million people during the 9-month
1975 Dec 16, The daytime soap
"One Day At a Time" premiered. It featured Bonnie Franklin as a
divorced mother in Indianapolis with Valerie Bertinelli as her
teenage daughter. The show ran until 1984.
1976 Dec 16, President Jimmy
Carter appointed Andrew Young as Ambassador to the United Nations.
1976 Dec 16, The US government
halted its swine flu vaccination program following reports of
paralysis apparently linked to the vaccine.
1976 Dec 16, Marjorie Mitchell,
a nurse at Napa State Hospital, Ca., testified that a man, later
identified as Richard Allen Davis, awakened her in the early hours
and clubbed her with a fire poker.
(SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-21)
1977 Dec 16, The movie
"Saturday Night Fever," starring John Travolta as a Brooklyn disco
dancer, opened in wide release.
1979 Dec 16, In South Africa
Eugene TerreBlanche gave instructions to some 40 men to tar and
feather Van Jaarsveld at the University of South Africa, after Van
Jaarsveld had delivered a paper calling for the abolition of the Day
of the Covenant.
1980 Dec 16, Harland Sanders,
founder of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant chain, died in
Shelbyville, Kentucky, at age 90.
1981 Dec 16, In Poland riot
police opened fire on protesting miners in Katowice. Nine were
killed 25 wounded. A 4 year trial acquitted 22 riot police in 1997.
In 2008 a court upheld the conviction of 14 policemen involved in
(SFC, 11/22/97, p.C2)(Econ, 6/28/08, p.58)
1982 Dec 16, Anne M. Gorsuch,
head of the Environmental Protection Agency, became the first
Cabinet-level officer to be cited for contempt of US Congress for
refusing to submit documents requested by a congressional committee.
1983 Dec 16, Argentina’s Pres.
Raúl Alfonsín launched a truth commission on the systematic yet
secret, disappearance, torture, and death of thousands of
individuals suspected by the government of supporting the left-wing
agenda following the military coup in 1976. Over the next nine
months the commission established that at least 8,960 people had
1985 Dec 16, Reputed
organized-crime chief Paul Castellano was shot to death outside a
New York City restaurant on orders from John Gotti (d.2002). Gotti
seized power in the Mafia after he had Paul Castellano killed.
(AP 12/16/97)(SFC, 6/11/02, p.A2)(SSFC, 8/11/02,
1986 Dec 16, Ronald W. Pelton,
former National Security Agency employee convicted of selling
defense secrets to the Soviet Union, was sentenced by a judge in
Baltimore to life in prison.
1986 Dec 16, Dinmukhamed
Kunaev, an ethnic Kazakh and long-serving head of Kazakhstan’s
Communist Party, was replaced by Gennady Kolbin, a Russian outsider.
2 days of student protests followed, which were brutally put down
with at least 2 deaths.
(Econ, 12/23/06, p.59)
1987 Dec 16, Former White House
aide Michael K. Deaver was convicted of lying to a House
subcommittee and a grand jury investigating whether he had violated
federal ethics laws. He was later fined and ordered to perform
1987 Dec 16, In South Korea
fellow opposition leaders Kim Young-sam and Kim Dae-jung split the
opposition vote in the country’s first democratic elections. This
allowed Chun Doo-hwan’s handpicked former army general Roh Tae-woo
to win with 37% of the vote.
p.C4)(Econ 5/6/17, p.36)
1988 Dec 16, President-elect
Bush chose former Texas Sen. John Tower to be his secretary of
defense, a nomination that went down to defeat in the U.S. Senate.
1988 Dec 16, Political cult
leader Lyndon LaRouche was convicted of tax and mail fraud.
1988 Dec 16, Sylvester James
(b.1947), disco superstar, died in San Francisco of AIDS-related
1989 Dec 16, US Federal appeals
court judge Robert S. Vance was killed by a mail bomb at his Alabama
home. Walter Leroy Moody Junior was later sentenced to death for
killing Vance, and received seven life terms on federal charges in
that killing and the death of civil rights attorney Robert E.
1989 Dec 16, In Romania a
revolt began in Timisoara when authorities tried to forcibly move
ethnic Hungarian pastor Laszlo Toekes to a remote rural parish.
Supporters gathered outside his house and soon the site was teeming
with protesters. 6 days of fighting left 118 people killed.
1990 Dec 16, Jean-Bertrand
Aristide, a left-leaning former Catholic priest, was elected
president of Haiti in the country’s first democratic elections. He
was overthrown in a military coup in 1991, but was later restored to
(SFC, 3/9/99, p.A12)(AP, 12/16/00)
1991 Dec 16, Russian President
Boris Yeltsin met for four hours with visiting U.S. Secretary of
State James Baker, after which Yeltsin said the new Commonwealth of
Independent States would begin operating by the end of the year.
1991 Dec 16, The UN General
Assembly rescinded its 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism
by a vote of 111-25.
1992 Dec 16, US Secretary of
State Lawrence S. Eagleburger said Serbian President Slobodan
Milosevic and Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic had to answer for
atrocities committed in former Yugoslavia. In 2000 a US federal jury
ordered Radovan Karadzic to pay $745 million to a group of women,
who accused him of atrocities.
(AP, 12/16/97)(SFC, 8/11/00, p.A14)
1992 Dec 16, Yugoslavia was
kicked out of the IMF.
(WSJ, 4/28/99, p.A18)
1993 Dec 16, President Clinton
announced the nomination of Bobby Ray Inman to succeed Les Aspin as
defense secretary. Inman, however, later withdrew.
1993 Dec 16, Sen. Bob Packwood
(R-Ore.), accused by more than two dozen women of sexual harassment,
turned over his tape-recorded personal diaries to a federal judge.
1994 Dec 16, White House and
Republicans traded barbs over whose tax plan was fairer to the
middle class, a day after President Clinton presented a package of
proposed tax cuts.
1994 Dec 16, White House Press
Secretary Dee Dee Myers announced she was leaving her job at the end
of the year.
1995 Dec 16, President Clinton
and congressional Republicans traded accusations as their budget
impasse led to a second shutdown of the federal government.
1996 Dec 16, The US Supreme
Court ruled that states must let parents appeal orders terminating
such rights even when they cannot afford court fees.
1996 Dec 16, Intel announced
the world’s fastest computer capable of 1 trillion operations per
(SFC, 12/17/96, p.C1)
1996 Dec 16, The US, EU and
other countries agreed to a package of economic and military
assistance to Lebanon worth $2.2 billion. The US said that its aid
would increase to more than $20 million next year.
(SFC, 12/17/96, p.B3)
1996 Dec 16, Former South
Korean President Chun Doo-hwan, condemned to death for a 1979 coup
and a deadly military crackdown the next year, had his death
sentence commuted to life by an appellate court.
(SFC, 12/16/96, p.A16)(AP, 12/16/97)
1996 Dec 16, In Serbia
Milosevic granted opponents the original election results in Nis and
a recount in Smederovska Palanka, 2 of the 15 cities where election
results had been annulled.
(SFC, 12/17/96, p.B2)
1997 Dec 16, In Washington
Pres. Clinton awarded 14 scientists the National Medal of Science.
(SFC, 12/16/97, p.A20)
1997 Dec 16, Originally
scheduled for a Fall opening. The new $1 billion Getty Center was
designed by Richard Meier and opened at the 25-acre site in
Brentwood, Ca. It included a 750,000 volume library, auditorium and
exhibition space. The 110-acre arts and cultural campus was being
built in the Santa Monica Mountains above west Los Angeles. The old
Museum, a villa in Malibu, will be renovated and reopened in 2001
with one of its current 7 collections of Greek and Roman
(SFC, 7/15/96, p.D2)(SFC, 6/24/97, p.B3)(SFEM,
12/797, p.18)(WSJ, 12/16/97, p.A1)
1997 Dec 16, A
Pentagon-appointed panel concluded that the Army, Navy and Air Force
should segregate male and female recruits in their earliest phases
of basic training.
1997 Dec 16, The Galileo
spacecraft flew to within 124 miles of the surface and recorded
images of Europa. Volcanic ice flows implicated a vast ocean below
the surface. Giant lightning bolts on Jupiter, a hundred times more
powerful that those on Earth, were reported via the spacecraft and
it indicated a magnetic field around Ganymede. It also indicated an
atmosphere of hydrogen and carbon dioxide around Callisto. Metallic
cores inside Io, Ganymede and Europa and the lack of a similar core
inside Callisto was also indicated.
(SFC, 12/17/97, p.A4)
1997 Dec 16, Ralph Fasanella
(b.1914), American artist, died. His work focused on 20th century
immigration and labor themes.
1997 Dec 16, In Hong Kong it
was reported that 2 people died of an avian flu. It was the first
known instance of human infection. The flu came from chickens
imported from Guangdon province in China. The first case was
reported in May.
(WSJ, 12/16/97, p.A1)(SFC, 12/17/97, p.A2)
1997 Dec 16, U.N. weapons
monitor Richard Butler left Iraq after failing to persuade President
Saddam Hussein to open his palaces to inspections.
1997 Dec 16, In Japan Prime
Minister Hashimoto proposed a one-time cut in the national income
tax of about $15.38 billion.
(SFC, 12/17/97, p.A18)
1997 Dec 16, In Japan, at least
700 mostly young TV viewers suffered nausea and epilepsy-like spasms
after watching an animated cartoon show, “Pokemon” that featured
bright, flashing colors.
(SFC, 12/17/97, p.A26) (AP, 12/16/98)
1997 Dec 16, Pres. Mandela
stepped aside as leader of the African National Congress and was
succeeded by Deputy Pres. Thabo Mbeki. In 2005 William Mervin Gumede
authored “Thabo Mbeki and the Battle for the Soul of the ANC.”
(SFC, 12/17/97, p.A26)(Econ, 3/26/05, p.82)
1998 Dec 16, Pres. Clinton
ordered a sustained series of missile strikes against Iraq forces in
response to Saddam Hussein's continued defiance of UN weapons
inspectors. Iraqi envoy Nizar Hamdoon accused UN weapons inspector
Richard Butler of producing a biased report on weapons inspections.
The strike came one before scheduled vote on Clinton’s impeachment
by the House of Representatives and days before the beginning of
Ramadan. Some 200 missiles fell on Iraq in the first 24 hours of the
attack and initial reports indicated two people killed and 30
injured. The House Republicans postponed impeachment by at least 24
(SFC, 12/17/98, p.A1, 8)(AP, 12/16/99)
1998 Dec 16, The House delayed
a debate set to begin the next day on four articles of impeachment
against President Clinton.
1998 Dec 16, Federal
prosecutors in NYC charged 5 men in the Aug 7 bombing of the
American Embassy in Tanzania. Mustafa Mohamed Fadhil of Egypt,
Khalfan Khamis Mohamed and Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani of Tanzania, and
Fahid Mohammed Ally Msalam and Sheik Ahmed Salim Swedan of Kenya. A
6th man, “Ahmed the German,” detonated the explosive device and was
(SFC, 12/17/98, p.C2)
1998 Dec 16, William Gaddis,
American writer, died at age 75. His work included “A Frolic of His
(WSJ, 12/18/98, p.A1)
1998 Dec 16, In Angola UNITA
rebels advanced on Cuinji and dozens of civilians were killed at the
train station when rebels attacked with automatic weapons and
(SFC, 12/17/98, p.C10)
1998 Dec 16, In China members
of the “Two Gun, One Ax” gang were executed in Guangdong province.
The group had been found guilty of killing 3 people and about 50
armed robberies and weapons trafficking.
(SFC, 12/17/98, p.C10)
1998 Dec 16, In Indonesia in
the Borneo town of Samarinda a strike turned violent and
ethnic-Chinese shops were looted by mobs.
(WSJ, 12/17/98, p.A1)
1998 Dec 16, In Northern
Ireland there was a bomb attack on a Catholic-owned country pub in
Crumlin. No one was hurt and 2 pro-British, Protestant extremist
groups claimed responsibility.
(SFC, 12/18/98, p.D9)
1998 Dec 16, In Italy Abdullah
Ocalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party, was freed by an
appeals court in Rome. Turkish officials were outraged and renewed
threats of economic retaliation.
(SFC, 12/17/98, p.C4)
1998 Dec 16, Philip True (50),
a reporter for the San Antonio Express-News, was found dead in a
remote mountain range between Jalisco and Nayarit states in Mexico.
He went hiking the area Nov 29 to photograph and write about the
Huichol Indians and apparently fell into a deep ravine. A coroner’s
report later indicated that he had been strangled and dropped into
the ravine. In 2002 an appeals court overturned the acquittal of 2
Huichol Indians, who were arrested with True’s camera and backpack.
In 2005 Robert Rivard authored “Trail of Feathers: Searching for
(SFC, 12/18/98, p.D6)(SFC, 5/31/02, p.A22)(SSFC,
1998 Dec 16, In Rome an
apartment building collapsed and killed 20 people.
(SFC, 12/17/98, p.C5)
1998 Dec 16, Researchers in
South Korea claimed to have cloned a human embryo, but destroyed it
early in its development.
(SFC, 12/17/98, p.A10)
1998 Dec 16, In Russia the
Parliament approved a bill to print $1.2 billion worth of rubles for
the last quarter of 1998. High inflation was feared to result.
(SFC, 12/17/98, p.C5)
1998 Dec 16, In Hanoi, Vietnam,
the ASEAN nations approved the “Hanoi Action Plan,” a 34-point
declaration that emphasized economic recovery based on free-market
(SFC, 12/17/98, p.C6)
1998 Dec 16, In Zimbabwe former
Pres. Canaan Banana (63) was returned from South Africa and was
placed under house arrest. He had been convicted Nov 26 of 11 sex
(SFC, 12/17/98, p.A20)
1999 Dec 16, Israel and Syria
ended two days of inconclusive peace talks and scheduled a
resumption for Jan 3.
(SFC, 12/17/99, p.A12)(AP, 12/16/00)
1999 Dec 16, In Lebanon
shelling by the Israeli allied South Lebanon Army his an elementary
school and 20 children were wounded.
(SFC, 12/17/99, p.D8)
1999 Dec 16, In Venezuela
torrential rains flooded 9 northern states and Caracas and forced
some 120,000 people to flee their homes. Over 1000 people were
killed in Vargas state and 25,000 were described missing.
(SFC, 12/17/99, p.D6)(SFC, 12/18/99, p.A14)(SFC,
12/20/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 12/20/99, p.A1)
2000 Dec 16, Pres.-elect Bush
chose retired Gen. Colin Powell (63) to become the 65th Sec. of
State, the 1st African American to hold that post.
(SFC, 12/16/00, p.A1)(SSFC, 12/17/00, p.A1)
2000 Dec 16, In Alabama
tornadoes hit the state and 10 people were killed at a Tuscaloosa
trailer park. 12 people were killed and 50 injured.
(SSFC, 12/17/00, p.A7)(WSJ, 12/18/00, p.A1)
2000 Dec 16, Federal prisoner
Theodore Kaczynski (58), aka the Unabomber, donated his writings to
a special collection at the Univ. of Michigan, where he received his
doctorate in 1977. Kaczynski had graduated from Harvard in 1962.
(SSFC, 12/17/00, p.A1)(SFC, 5/23/12, p.A7)
2000 Dec 16, It was reported
that the source of the Amazon had been located at the Carhuasanta
Creek on the 18,363-foot peak of Nevado Mismi in southern Peru.
(SFC, 12/16/00, p.A22)
2000 Dec 16, In Algeria armed
gunmen shot to death 15 students and a security guard at the Lycee
Technique of Medea boarding school.
(SFC, 12/18/00, p.E6)
2000 Dec 16, In Chechnya a
series of rebel attacks killed 16 Russian soldiers. A Chechen family
of 4 was shot to death in Alkhan-Kala by unidentified assailants.
(SSFC, 12/17/00, p.D11)(SFC, 12/19/00, p.B4)
2000 Dec 16, In Sri Lanka
government troops stage an offensive against rebels in the northern
Jaffna Peninsula. 12 soldiers were killed along with 26 rebels.
(SSFC, 12/17/00, p.D9)
2001 Dec 16, Cleveland Browns
fans threw thousands of bottles onto the field after officials
overturned a last-minute call, a decision that helped the
Jacksonville Jaguars win the game 15-10.
2001 Dec 16, The first U.S.
commercial food shipments since 1963 arrived in communist Cuba. The
Mexican freighter N.V. Ikon Mazatlan arrived in Cuba with 26,400
tons of American corn a day after 500 tons of American frozen
chicken parts were received.
(SFC, 12/17/01, p.A3)(AP, 12/16/02)
2001 Dec 16, It was reported
that all the anthrax spores mailed to Capital Hill were identical to
stocks from the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious
Diseases at Fort Detrick, Md. (USAMRIID), maintained since 1980.
(SSFC, 12/16/01, p.A9)
2001 Dec 16, In Afghanistan 25
bin Laden soldiers were captured and 200 were killed in the Tora
Bora region. After 9 weeks of fighting, Afghan militia leaders
claimed control of the last mountain bastion of Osama bin Laden's
al-Qaida fighters. There was no sign of bin Laden.
(SFC, 12/17/01, p.A1)(AP, 12/16/02)
2001 Dec 16, The Muslim Ramadan
season came to an end.
(SFC, 12/17/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 16, In China a weekend
bombing killed 5 people.
(WSJ, 12/17/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 16, In Chile a
congressional election showed the Coalition for Democracy with 47.8%
of the vote vs. 445 for the opposition Alliance for Chile.
(SFC, 12/17/01, p.A6)
2001 Dec 16, In Colombia a
5-day battle over cocaine-producing plantations left up to 44
leftist guerrillas and right-wing paramilitary fighters dead in
(SFC, 12/17/01, p.A7)
2001 Dec 16, In Iran Abdullah
Ramezanzadeh, a Cabinet Secretary, was sentenced to 6 months in jail
for “spreading lies” against the conservative Guardian council.
(SFC, 12/18/01, p.A7)(WSJ, 12/17/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 16, In Italy a
state-run home for the disabled burned down near Buccino and 19
patients were killed.
(SFC, 12/17/01, p.A3)
2001 Dec 16, In Madagascar
elections were held but no candidate won a majority.
(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.C12)
2001 Dec 16, The Mexican
freighter N.V. Ikon Mazatlan arrived in Cuba with 26,400 tons of
American corn a day after 500 tons of American frozen chicken parts
(SFC, 12/17/01, p.A3)
2001 Dec 16, Yasser Arafat
appealed for a halt of armed activities and suicide bombings. He
accused PM Sharon of waging a “brutal war” against Palestinians.
(SFC, 12/17/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 16, In Portugal the
Social Democratic Party lost heavily to the Socialists in local
elections. PM Antonio Guterres resigned following the results.
(SFC, 12/18/01, p.A7)
2002 Dec 16, Pres. Bush named
Thomas Kean, former Gov. of New Jersey, to replace Henry Kissinger
as head of the Sep. 11 investigation panel.
(SFC, 12/17/02, p.A2)
2002 Dec 16, Senate Republican
leader Trent Lott, in an interview on Black Entertainment
Television, asked black Americans to forgive his seeming nostalgia
2002 Dec 16, A jury in
Baltimore acquitted former altar boy Dontee Stokes of attempted
murder in the shooting of a Roman Catholic priest he'd claimed
molested him a decade earlier.
2002 Dec 16, The EPA issued a
water-pollution rule to cover animal waste from "factory farms."
(WSJ, 12/17/02, p.A1)
2002 Dec 16, It was reported
that a severe drought ravaging most of Australia's rural sector will
slash farm exports by 13 percent this fiscal year. Triggered by
abnormal sea temperatures, El Nino was blamed for severe drought in
Australia, which slashed crops and caused a liquidation of the
nation's livestock. The drought continued thru 2005.
(AP, 12/16/02)(AP, 5/24/05)
2002 Dec 16, Canada ratified
the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 treaty on reducing greenhouse gas
2002 Dec 16, French counter
terrorism agents arrested 4 suspected Islamic militants in a Paris
suburb. The three Algerians and a Moroccan had an unidentified
liquid and an anti-contamination suit.
2002 Dec 16, Israeli soldiers
killed three Palestinians, including two armed Hamas fighters, and
troops also destroyed 16 shacks, leaving more than 200 people
homeless in confrontations in the Gaza Strip.
(AP, 12/16/02)(SFC, 12/17/02, p.A13)
2003 Dec 16, The 3rd film
episode of "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" opened.
(SFC, 12/17/03, p.A1)
2003 Dec 16, Pres. Bush signed
legislation to curb unsolicited commercial e-mails and a bill to
establish a national museum devoted to black history.
(WSJ, 12/17/03, p.A1)(AP, 12/16/04)
2003 Dec 16, Pres. Bush signed
a measure that made WW II Filipino American veterans eligible for
full Veterans Affair health care. Previous benefits were at half the
rate of US veterans. Veterans in the Philippines did not qualify.
(SFC, 12/17/03, p.A2)(SFC, 12/30/03, p.A15)
2003 Dec 16, US special envoy
James A. Baker III said France, Germany and the US agreed to seek
reductions in Iraq's foreign debt within the Paris Club of creditor
(AP, 12/16/03)(SFC, 12/17/03, p.A18)
2003 Dec 16, US borrowing from
foreign investors stood at $1.5 billion a day.
(WSJ, 12/16/03, p.A1)
2003 Dec 16, U.S. troops killed
11 guerrilla attackers, some of whom released a flock of pigeons to
signal the Americans' approach, in an ambush in a town north of
2003 Dec 16, Actress Madlyn
Rhue died in Los Angeles at age 68.
2003 Dec 16, In Afghanistan
several dozen delegates broke away from a crucial constitutional
assembly to celebrate the inauguration of the Kabul-Kandahar
highway, a vital artery linking the capital with the lawless and
2003 Dec 16, In Canada Robert
Lorne Stanfield (89), former leader of the federal Tories, died.
Stanfield led the Progressive Conservatives from 1967 to 1976.
2003 Dec 16, Chechen rebels,
who fought their way into the neighboring Dagestan region and
occupied a village, released all their hostages and fled, avoiding
2003 Dec 16, A fire broke out
at Denmark's North Sea Museum, destroying much of the building
housing Europe's largest aquarium.
2003 Dec 16, In Haiti a strike
to press for the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide closed
down schools, stores and banks in Port-au-Prince.
2003 Dec 16, A cyclone tore
into India's southeastern coast, killing 11 people.
2003 Dec 16, In central Somalia
rival militias battled over barren desert lands in fighting that
killed at least 31 people and wounded 50 others.
2003 Dec 16, Taiwan's lawmakers
banned the selling of dog meat and introduced heavy fines for
killing pets for food or fur.
2004 Dec 16, Pres. Bush closed
a 2-day economic conference that covered social security changes,
tax cuts and federal spending.
(WSJ, 12/17/04, p.A1)
2004 Dec 16, Donald Trump chose
software executive Kelly Perdew (37) over SF lawyer Jennifer Massey
in the season finale of “The Apprentice.”
(SFC, 12/17/04, p.A2)
2004 Dec 16, Montana approved
issuing licenses to hunt 10 bison that roam beyond Yellowstone. The
practice was halted over a decade ago amid protests.
(WSJ, 12/17/04, p.A1)
2004 Dec 16, Symantec agreed to
acquire Veritas Software.
(SFC, 12/17/04, p.D1)
2004 Dec 16, Bobbie Jo Stinnet
(23) was found strangled to death in Maryville, Mo., with her baby
girl cut from her womb. Police within days arrested Lisa M.
Montgomery (36) of Melvern, Kansas. The baby was rescued alive.
Montgomery faced trial for allegedly strangling Stinnett, performing
a crude Caesarean section on her and parading the infant around as
her own. Montgomery was convicted in Oct, 2007, and sentenced to
death in April, 2008.
(SFC, 12/22/04, p.A3)(AP, 12/16/05)(SFC, 4/5/08,
2004 Dec 16, Agnes Martin (92),
renowned abstract painter, died in Taos, NM.
(WSJ, 12/17/04, p.A1)
2004 Dec 16, Farouk Ksentini,
an Algerian government-appointed official, said security forces
members are believed responsible for the deaths of 5,200 civilians
who disappeared during a decade-long struggle with Islamic rebels
and should face justice.
2004 Dec 16, An Argentine judge
struck down an arrest warrant for former President Carlos Menem, who
was wanted for questioning in a federal court probe of
multimillion-dollar accounts in Switzerland.
2004 Dec 16, An apartment
building was inaugurated in Brazil, each of whose 11 storeys turned
independently, giving residents 360-degree views of the eco-friendly
city of Curitiba.
2004 Dec 16, Britain's highest
court dealt a huge blow to the government's anti-terrorism policy by
ruling that it cannot detain foreign suspects indefinitely without
2004 Dec 16, A Colombian court
convicted three IRA-linked men of training Colombian rebels in
terrorist tactics and sentenced them to up to 17 1/2 years in
2004 Dec 16, In France 10
accused Islamic militants were convicted and sentenced to prison
terms ranging from one to 10 years for their roles in a millennium
plot to blow up a Christmas market in the eastern city of Strasbourg
on New Year's Eve 2000.
2004 Dec 16, Former Iraqi
dictator Saddam Hussein met with a lawyer for the first time since
his capture a year earlier.
2004 Dec 16, Rebel strikes
across Baghdad killed 10 people, including three paramilitary
policemen and a government official. A US Marine was killed in Anbar
(AP, 12/16/04)(SFC, 12/17/04, p.A12)
2004 Dec 16, Italy’s Pres.
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi vetoed a bill that would have placed
magistrates under government oversight and forced them to choose
between careers as judges or prosecutors.
(SFC, 12/17/04, p.A3)
2004 Dec 16, The Sudanese
government agreed to stop a military offensive in Darfur region.
2005 Dec 16, US Senate
Democrats blocked passage of a new Patriot Act to combat terrorism
at home, depicting the measure as a threat to the constitutional
liberties of innocent Americans. The result was a revised Patriot
Act signed by Bush in March 2006.
(AP, 12/17/05)(AP, 12/16/06)
2005 Dec 16, The US House acted
to stem the tide of illegal immigration by taking steps to tighten
border controls and stop unlawful immigrants from getting jobs. But
lawmakers left for next year the tougher issue of what to do with
the 11 million undocumented people already in the country.
2005 Dec 16, US Attorney
General Alberto Gonzales announced a government crackdown on sexual
trafficking in children.
(SFC, 12/17/05, p.A6)
2005 Dec 16, Howard Stern (51),
NYC radio show host, ended his terrestrial radio career. He planned
to start working for Sirius Satellite Radio on Jan 9.
(SFC, 12/17/05, p.A2)
2005 Dec 16, Google announced
it would pay $1 billion for a 5% stake in AOL. The deal was
finalized on Dec 20.
(WSJ, 12/17/05, p.A1)(SFC, 12/21/05, p.C1)
2005 Dec 16, Actor John Spencer
(58), who played the role of Leo McGarry in "The West Wing," died of
a heart attack.
2005 Dec 16, Enzo Stuarti (86),
singer-actor died in Midland, Texas.
2005 Dec 16, Bangladesh police
seized two large caches of bomb-making materials and arrested 4
suspected members of a banned Islamic group that has been blamed for
a wave of deadly bombings. A 5th suspect was arrested the next day.
2005 Dec 16, Belarus'
parliament set March 19 as the date for presidential elections,
giving the opposition just a week to register a candidate to
challenge authoritarian incumbent Alexander Lukashenko.
2005 Dec 16, Chechnya's top
prosecutor said a state-owned chemical company on the outskirts of
the Chechen capital had "catastrophic" radiation levels tens of
thousands of times greater than normal.
2005 Dec 16, Exploratory peace
talks between Colombia and its second-largest rebel group began in
Cuba with help from the Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia
Marquez and facilitators from Spain, Norway and Switzerland.
2005 Dec 16, Mohammed Ali
Hamadi, a Lebanese man serving a life sentence in Germany for the
1985 hijacking of a TWA jetliner and killing of a U.S. Navy diver,
returned to Lebanon after being paroled in Germany.
2005 Dec 16, A 3-day session
held by the UN's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission ended in
Hyderabad. India said it would not share information on
earthquakes below a magnitude of six on the Richter scale due to
2005 Dec 16, Adnan al-Dulaimi,
head of the Iraqi Accordance Front, said Sunni Arab participation in
the elections could have been even higher if there had there been
more polling centers in key Sunni areas.
2005 Dec 16, The U.S. military
said Iraq has issued an arrest warrant naming Mullah Halgurd
al-Khabir as the "prime suspect" in the Aug 19, 2003, bombing of UN
headquarters in Baghdad.
2005 Dec 16, Italian
prosecutors showed a court thank you notes and other correspondence
that they contended proved a former curator at the J. Paul Getty
museum knew artifacts were being illegally acquired.
2005 Dec 16, Sony Corp.
unveiled an upgrade of its 23.5-inch humanoid robot QRIO, which can
now recognize boxes and play with them like building blocks.
2005 Dec 16, The Hamas militant
group won local elections in the West Bank's largest cities,
according to preliminary results, dealing a harsh blow to the ruling
Fatah party just six weeks ahead of a parliamentary poll.
2005 Dec 16, Liberian electoral
authorities dismissed international soccer star George Weah's claims
that fraud had robbed him of victory in a presidential run-off vote
last month, but his party vowed to appeal.
2005 Dec 16, Morocco’s state
news agency reported that a truth commission tasked with
investigating more than four decades (1956-1999) of human rights
abuses uncovered nearly 600 disappearances and the deaths of about
500 people during street riots or while in police custody.
2005 Dec 16, A Dutch court
sentenced Henk Slebos, a Dutch businessman who oversaw the sale of
dual-use nuclear technology to Pakistan (1999-2002), to a year
2005 Dec 16, In Northern
Ireland Sinn Fein expelled Denis Donaldson, a prominent party
member, for serving as a British agent for the past two decades.
2005 Dec 16, In Turkey a trial
against novelist Orhan Pamuk opened in Istanbul. It was then
adjourned to February. Charges were dropped on Jan 23.
(Econ, 12/24/05, p.71)
2006 Dec 16, You were named
Time magazine "Person of the Year" for the explosive growth and
influence of user-generated Internet content such as blogs,
video-file sharing site YouTube and social network MySpace.
2006 Dec 16, Residents of the
Pacific Northwest struggled to stay warm after the worst windstorm
in more than a decade knocked out power to more than 1.5 million
homes and businesses and killed at least six people.
2006 Dec 16, US-based
Westinghouse Electric Co. won a two-year battle for a
multibillion-dollar nuclear power deal with China, edging out French
and Russian rivals. Stephen Tritch, Westinghouse Electric Co.
President and CEO, said the four plant deal was a multi-billion
dollar one, but gave no specifics. Past estimates put the deal at $8
2006 Dec 16, A rocket carrying
two experimental satellites blasted off in the first launch from the
mid-Atlantic region's commercial spaceport. The Virginia Commercial
Space Flight Authority, a state agency, built the commercial launch
pad in 1998 on land leased from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility to
try to help bring jobs to the economically depressed Eastern Shore
region. Maryland later joined the venture.
2006 Dec 16, In Kansas City,
Missouri, Hersel Isadore (35) killed 6 people including 4 of his
children before shooting himself to death.
(SFC, 12/18/06, p.A4)
2006 Dec 16, Ex-spy Yuri
Shvets, who is based in the US, told the BBC that murdered Russian
spy Alexander Litvinenko was killed because of an eight-page dossier
he had compiled on a powerful Russian figure for a British company.
The BBC said the report contained damaging personal details about a
"very highly placed member of Putin's administration."
2006 Dec 16, In Petaluma, Ca.,
Gibb Theopolis Olivarez Jr. (16) stabbed and wounded Salvador Cucci
after demanding that Cucci buy liquor for him. Olivarez fled but was
chased down by Nathaniel Reifers (31) of Santa Rosa. Olivarez then
stabbed Reifers, who died within minutes. In 2009 Olivarez was
sentenced to 11 years in prison.
(SFC, 12/18/09, p.C3)
2006 Dec 16, Seven Afghan men
arrived in their home country, weary, angry and proclaiming their
innocence, after years of imprisonment in the US military prison at
2006 Dec 16, British PM Tony
Blair arrived in Egypt for Middle East peace talks, saying the next
few days and weeks would be critical in determining whether Israel
and the Palestinians can break their cycle of violence.
2006 Dec 16, John Rae (b.1931),
English novelist and educator, died. In 2009 his diaries were
published under the title: “The Old Boys’ Network: A Headmaster’s
2006 Dec 16, In Copenhagen,
Denmark, police fired tear gas and detained up to 300 people after
protesters attacked them with cobblestones and fireworks during a
demonstration against the planned eviction of squatters from a
2006 Dec 16, An Egyptian court
denied Bahais the right to state their religion on official
documents and described them as pro-Israeli apostates, in a landmark
case condemned by rights organizations.
2006 Dec 16, Trams returned to
Paris after a 69-year gap, with the inauguration of a new commuter
service around part of the city's southern periphery.
2006 Dec 16, Researchers from
Germany, America, and Israel met in Heidelberg to discuss
vibration-response imaging, invented by Dr. Igal Kushnir, an Israeli
(Econ, 12/16/06, p.83)
2006 Dec 16, Indian health
officials said nearly 30 children have died this month of
mosquito-borne encephalitis in northern India, taking the toll since
July to 401.
2006 Dec 16, Iran's president
said his country was ready to transfer nuclear technology to
neighboring countries, Kuwaiti television reported, a week after
Arab states on the Persian Gulf announced plans to consider a joint
nuclear program. Early election returns showed hard-line President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's conservative opponents leading in elections
for local councils and a powerful clerical body.
(AP, 12/16/06)(AP, 12/17/06)
2006 Dec 16, Iraq's army has
"opened its doors" to all former members of Saddam Hussein's army,
the prime minister said at a national reconciliation conference
boycotted by one of his main Shiite allies, a major Sunni group and
Iraq's exiled opposition. Iraqi and US forces detained six suspects
in a raid and an airstrike on the Shiite slum of Sadr City that left
one fighter dead and another wounded. A roadside bomb killed three
American soldiers and injured a fourth serviceman north of Baghdad.
(AP, 12/16/06)(AP, 12/17/06)
2006 Dec 16, An Italian judge
rejected a paralyzed man's request to be removed from a respirator,
ruling that the law does not permit the denial of lifesaving care
and urging lawmakers to confront the issue. Piergiorgio Welby (60)
died Dec 20 after he was taken off his respirator.
(AP, 12/16/06)(AP, 12/21/06)
2006 Dec 16, In Mexico hundreds
of federal police officers packed up their tents and marched out of
Oaxaca’s central square, ending their seven-week occupation to put
down a lengthy protest by leftists that had left nine people dead. A
Mexican air force plane crashed into the sea near the resort city of
Acapulco and rescue teams were searching for its four crew members.
2006 Dec 16, A fire erupted in
a wedding tent in eastern Pakistan, triggering a stampede and the
collapse of a wall that killed 27 women and children.
2006 Dec 16, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas called for new presidential and
parliamentary elections, a dramatic challenge to ruling Hamas
militants that threatens to touch off a civil war.
2006 Dec 16, In Peru 5 police
officers and two employees of the state-run coca company were shot
to death in a southern jungle state.
2006 Dec 16, Russian
authorities pulled hundreds of opposition activists off buses and
trains and detained them along with scores of others ahead of a rare
anti-government rally in Moscow. More than 2,000 people gathered in
Triumfalnaya Square, where leftist and liberal groups demanded that
Russian President Vladimir Putin stop what they called Russia's
retreat from democracy.
2006 Dec 16, A Somali lawmaker
bypassed the government and signed an agreement to end hostilities
with the country's powerful Islamic militia, a symbolic gesture that
is unlikely to have any real effect. Nearly 200 troops serving
Somalia's weak Western-backed government defected to the Islamic
courts movement, as both sides braced for impending war.
(AP, 12/16/06)(AP, 12/17/06)
2006 Dec 16, The African Union
(AU) said the situation in Sudan's troubled Darfur region was
worsening due to the return of re-armed Janjaweed militia and
Khartoum's resolve to use military force.
2006 Dec 16, Some 6,000
hand-picked voters chose members of a government advisory panel in
the UAR’s first election, the Arab world's latest tentative step
toward democracy. This was the first of a three-day vote for 20 open
seats on the Federal National Council.
(AP, 12/16/06)(AP, 9/24/11)
2007 Dec 16, Morgan Stanley
senior executive Stephen Roach said the US is heading for a
recession and the rest of the world would be "dead wrong" to think
this will not impact on growing Asian economies.
2007 Dec 16, Street and highway
crews were at work trying to clear roads across the Great Lakes
states into New England as a storm blamed for three deaths spread a
hazardous mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain. The storm was blamed
for at least 10 deaths including 4 in Indiana, 2 in Michigan and
Wisconsin, one in Pennsylvania and one in Nova Scotia.
(AP, 12/16/07)(SFC, 12/18/07, p.A19)
2007 Dec 16, Dan Fogelberg
(56), the singer and songwriter, died at his home in Maine after
battling prostate cancer. His hits "Leader of the Band" and "Same
Old Lang Syne" helped define the soft-rock era.
2007 Dec 16, In eastern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb blast killed two Afghan civilians and
wounded five others, while a clash in the south left four Taliban
dead. Harald Kleber (42) a German national locally known by his
Muslim name, Abdul Rahman, was kidnapped in heart province. The next
day German authorities said Kleber was wanted in Germany for fraud.
(AP, 12/16/07)(AFP, 12/17/07)(AFP, 12/18/07)
2007 Dec 16, Argentina and
Brazil successfully launched a rocket into space in the first joint
space mission by the two South American nations. The VS30 rocket,
which carried experiments from both countries, blasted off from
Brazil's Barreira do Inferno launch center in northern Rio Grande do
2007 Dec 16, Australian police
said they had broken up an alleged nationwide child porn ring with
the arrest of six men overnight, including a former policeman, a
trainee teacher and a swimming instructor.
2007 Dec 16, In Grozny,
Chechnya, a police officer and 4 militants were killed in a
2007 Dec 16, China announced
holiday changes to ease overcrowding on trains, flights and other
transport systems. The changes will bring back three traditional
one-day holidays and let workers take paid vacations at times other
than officially-set breaks.
2007 Dec 16, The EU signed a
new trade agreement with the 15-member Caribbean Forum.
(Econ, 1/5/08, p.74)
2007 Dec 16, In eastern India
299 communist prisoners overpowered guards and escaped from a
2007 Dec 16, British forces
formally handed over responsibility for Basra, the last region in
Iraq under their control, marking the start of what Britain hopes
will be a transition to a mission aimed at aiding the economy and
providing jobs in an oil-rich region beset by militia infighting. A
total of 174 British personnel have died in Iraq since the March
2003 invasion. The venture cost Britain some $10 billion.
(Econ, 12/22/07, p.94)(AP, 12/16/08)
2007 Dec 16, In the Indian
portion of Kashmir hundreds of people clashed with police, hours
after burying a 20-year-old man killed by police a day earlier. At
least 35 people were injured.
2007 Dec 16, Kyrgyzstan held
parliamentary elections. Critics have said election code changes,
introduced in October, were designed to evict all opposition
politicians from the legislature. The Central Election Commission
said Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's Ak Jol party won 71 out of
90 parliament seats in the parliamentary election. The top
opposition party failed to win parliament seats and the party
accused the government of rigging the vote and said it would appeal
the results in court.
(AP, 12/17/07)(AP, 12/20/07)
2007 Dec 16, Malaysia’s Premier
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi intervened to head off rising anger among the
Southeast Asian country's ethnic Indian population after a rare
public rally on Nov 25 led to violent clashes with police.
2007 Dec 16, Russian
authorities expelled a Moldovan journalist critical of the Kremlin
in a move condemned by media watchdogs.
2007 Dec 16, Millions of
Muslims from around the world gathered in Mecca for the start of the
annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage, as the Saudi Interior Ministry
announced tough security precautions.
2007 Dec 16, Spanish police
said they had arrested 63 people across the country in five
investigations into child pornography being posted, viewed and paid
for on the Internet.
2007 Dec 16, Spanish
construction group BTP Sacyr Vallehermoso said it had created a
joint company with the Libyan government to bid for infrastructure
2007 Dec 16, Darfur rebels said
they had inflicted a crushing defeat on Sudan's army in West Darfur
in an overnight battle during which they captured 29 soldiers, 32
vehicles and heavy weaponry.
2007 Dec 16, Turkish warplanes
hit Kurdish rebel targets, marking an escalation of force against
the outlawed separatist group. An Iraqi official said the planes
attacked several villages, killing one woman. Turkey’s military
later said up to 175 rebels were killed on this day. A Kurdish
leader said the figure was exaggerated.
(AP, 12/16/07)(AP, 12/25/07)
2008 Dec 16, The US Federal
Reserve announced that it was reducing its target for the federal
funds rate to between zero and 0.25 percent, down from 1 percent, a
level that was already the lowest target rate in a half century.
2008 Dec 16, Ronald E. Ferguson
(66), former chief executive of General Re Corp., received a 2 year
sentence for his role in a fraudulent scheme to manipulate the
financial statements of American International Group (AIG). This
cost AIG shareholders over a half billion dollars.
(WSJ, 12/17/08, p.C7)
2008 Dec 16, The publisher of
the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News confirmed plans to cut
home delivery to three days a week and cut close to 900 jobs.
(WSJ, 12/17/08, p.B4)
2008 Dec 16, NASA said
satellite data since 2003 indicated that more than 2 trillion tons
of land ice in Alaska, Antarctica and Greenland are among the latest
signs of global warming. A scientist from America’s National Snow
and Ice Data Center said the shrinking of Arctic ice (and exposure
of extra sea to radiation) was warming the world at an accelerating
(SFC, 12/17/08, p.A20)(Econ, 12/20/08, p.109)
2008 Dec 16, Sam Bottoms
(b.1955), film and TV actor, died of brain cancer at his home in Los
(SFC, 12/19/08, p.B6)
2008 Dec 16, Melvin S. Cohen
(b.1918), longtime chairman of Wisconsin-based National Presto
(WSJ, 12/27/08, p.A7)
2008 Dec 16, Three Guantanamo
prisoners were flown to Bosnia and released to their families.
(SFC, 12/17/08, p.A2)
2008 Dec 16, In eastern
Afghanistan police and US troops in Khost province killed three
insurgents suspected of links to Al-Qaeda, denying local claims that
the victims were civilians.
2008 Dec 16, Bangladesh's
military-backed government said it will end nearly two years of
emergency rule and restore civil liberties before this month's
2008 Dec 16, In Brazil South
American leaders agreed to create a regional defense council aimed
at preventing local conflicts and reducing dependence on US
weaponry. 33 countries from across the Americas had gathered for a
2-day meeting to discuss issues ranging from defense to economics.
(WSJ, 12/17/08, p.A16)(Econ, 12/20/08, p.57)
2008 Dec 16, Chinese
agricultural officials ordered the slaughter of some 377,000
chickens after finding the H5N1 bird flu virus in two areas of
(WSJ, 12/17/08, p.A14)
2008 Dec 16, Stein Bagger,
Danish business executive, was sent back to Denmark from the US,
where he had surrendered following the exposure of an estimated $185
swindle in his firm, IT Factory.
(WSJ, 12/17/08, p.A1)
2008 Dec 16, French police
found explosives hidden in a Paris department store after a tip-off
from a group demanding the withdrawal of French troops from
2008 Dec 16, French competition
watchdogs slapped a record fine of 575 million euros (785 million
dollars) on global steel giant ArcelorMittal and another 10 steel
firms found guilty of price-fixing.
2008 Dec 16, In Greece
protesters forced their way into Greece's state NET television news
studio and interrupted a news broadcast featuring the prime minister
so they could urge viewers to join mass anti-government
2008 Dec 16, An Indonesian
province beleaguered by a spiraling HIV infection rate scrapped
plans to implant microchips in those with full-blown AIDS, following
strong opposition from government officials, health workers and
2008 Dec 16, In Iraq Muntadhar
al-Zeidi (28), the journalist who threw his shoes at President
George W. Bush, was handed over to the Iraqi judiciary, a move that
signals the start of criminal proceedings. 3 bombings in Baghdad and
another in Diyala province killed four people and wounded at least
2008 Dec 16, Israeli troops
killed Jihad Nawhda (23), a wanted Palestinian militant in the West
Bank, and the Islamic Jihad group retaliated with rocket fire from
the Gaza Strip.
2008 Dec 16, In Israel a bus
filled with 49 passengers plunged into a desert ravine near the
resort town of Eilat. 24 Russian travel agents were killed. In 2014
the bus driver was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
(AP, 12/16/08)(SFC, 12/17/08, p.A8)(Reuters,
2008 Dec 16, Italian police
backed by helicopters arrested almost 90 suspected mobsters and
thwarted a plan by the hobbled Sicilian Mafia to reconstitute itself
and form a new ruling commission to set strategy. Gaetano Lo Presti
(52), the alleged Mafia boss of a Palermo neighborhood, hanged
himself in jail, hours after he was arrested in a blitz against Cosa
(AP, 12/16/08)(AP, 12/17/08)
2008 Dec 16, In Italy Fiat
Group SpA for the first time shut down most of its Italian plants
for a month, laying off nearly 50,000 workers for an extended
holiday as it copes with the precipitous drop in demand for new
2008 Dec 16, The central banks
of Sweden and Denmark came to the aid of Latvia with currency swap
agreements. This enabled the Bank of Latvia, to borrow as much as
(WSJ, 12/17/08, p.C2)
2008 Dec 16, Somalia's
UN-backed government crumbled further as the president defied
parliament and Kenya announced sanctions against him in a strong
2008 Dec 16, Somali pirates
hijacked a tugboat belonging to total SA off the Yemeni coast. On
August 3 pirates freed the tugboat TB Masindra 7, its attached
Indonesian barge ADM1 and its 11 Indonesian sailors after a ransom
was paid to end the second-longest hostage saga off the coast of
(AP, 12/16/08)(AFP, 8/3/09)
2008 Dec 16, In Spain an
unoccupied hotel on the resort island of Mallorca partially
collapsed during remodeling work, killing four workers.
2008 Dec 16, In northern Sri
Lanka intense fighting left at least 25 government troops and 120
Tamil Tigers dead in ongoing battles for the rebels' political
capital. The rebels said they forced the troops to retreat after a
day of bloody battles, killing 170 soldiers and wounding more than
(AP, 12/16/08)(AP, 12/17/08)
2008 Dec 16, The UN Security
Council approved land and air attacks on pirate bases in Somalia.
(SFC, 12/17/08, p.A14)
2009 Dec 16, Pres. Obama signed
a $163.5 billion appropriations bill for labor, health and education
that included the repeal of a 21-year-old ban on federal funding for
local programs that supply clean needles for drug users.
(SFC, 12/18/09, p.A26)
2009 Dec 16, The US Federal
Trade Commission voted to sue Intel Corp. over its business
practices, saying it engaged in anti-competitive behavior by abusing
its dominant market position. Intel controlled over 80% of the CPU
market and will face an administrative law judge in September.
(SFC, 12/17/09, p.A1)
2009 Dec 16, South Carolina
lawmakers voted to formally rebuke Gov. Mark Sanford, sparing him
from impeachment over secret trips to his Argentine mistress and his
use of state planes.
(SFC, 12/17/09, p.A12)
2009 Dec 16, It was reported
that nearly 40 people have been arrested in Virginia this week on
charges of dealing heroin and prescription narcotics in the suburbs
of Washington, DC.
(SFC, 12/15/09, p.A9)
2009 Dec 16, SF Mayor Gavin
Newsom struck a deal with the US Navy to acquire Treasure Island for
a guaranteed payment of $55 million over several years. Additional
considerations could make the package worth over $105 million to the
(SFC, 12/17/09, p.A1)
2009 Dec 16, Bank of America’s
board of directors chose banking chief Brian Moynihan to replace Ken
Lewis as CEO on Jan 1.
(SFC, 12/17/09, p.A12)
2009 Dec 16, In Las Vegas,
Nevada, the 76-acre CityCenter opened at a cost of around $8.5
billion. It was the largest privately funded construction project in
(Econ, 7/10/10, SR
2009 Dec 16, Roy Edward Disney
(b.1930), the nephew of Walt Disney, died. His commitment to the
Disney company led to executive regime changes (1984) and a revival
of the studio’s legendary animation unit.
(SFC, 12/17/09, p.C4)
2009 Dec 16, In Belarus the
Nasha Niva independent newspaper said President Alexander Lukashenko
has issued a decree to tighten state control over the Internet.
2009 Dec 16, The British board
of the UK Payments Council, the body for setting payment strategy in
Britain, agreed to set a target date of October 31, 2018 for winding
up the check clearing system.
2009 Dec 16, In Dagestan,
Russia, police killed three suspected militants in a clash.
2009 Dec 16, In Denmark police
fired pepper spray and beat protesters with batons outside the UN
climate conference, as disputes inside left major issues unresolved
just two days before world leaders hope to sign a historic agreement
to fight global warming.
2009 Dec 16, The 8-day Dubai
Int’l. Film Festival (DIFF) closed.
2009 Dec 16, Egypt's
antiquities chief said the wall paintings that caused a feud between
Egypt and the Louvre Museum will be returned to their original
location in a tomb in Luxor.
2009 Dec 16, France’s Finance
Minister Christine Lagarde said France will follow Britain and slap
a 50 percent tax on bankers' bonuses above 27,500 euros (40,000
2009 Dec 16, Germany's new
center-right government unveiled a 2010 budget that forecasts record
debt and a 10.5 percent rise in spending.
2009 Dec 16, Germany said it is
donating euro60 million ($87 million) to a new endowment for
Auschwitz-Birkenau to preserve barracks, gas chambers and other
evidence of Nazi crimes at the former death camp in Poland. The
donation is half the amount experts believe is needed to preserve
2009 Dec 16, In Ghana 3 alleged
al-Qaeda associates were arrested in a sting operation on cocaine
trafficking. Oumar Issa, Harouna Toure and Idriss Abelrahman were
soon transferred to the US and on Dec 18 were charged with
conspiring to engage in narco-terrorism.
(SFC, 12/19/09, p.A6)
2009 Dec 16, Lieutenant
Aboubacar "Toumba" Diakite, a former aide to Guinean junta leader
Moussa Dadis Camara confessed in an aired radio interview to
shooting the Camara out of fear that he would be held to blame for
the bloody quashing of a pro-democracy rally.
2009 Dec 16, Indonesian police
killed Kelly Kwalik (60), one of the most active Papuan rebel
commanders, sparking angry protests in a region scarred by unrest
and rights abuses. Police said they shot Kwalik after he threatened
to open fire on them during a raid on a house in Timika. Kwalik
commanded the Free Papua Movement (OPM) in southern Mimika district.
2009 Dec 16, Iran test-fired an
upgraded version of its most advanced missile, which is capable of
hitting Israel and parts of Europe, in a new show of strength aimed
at preventing any military strike against it amid the nuclear
standoff with the West.
2009 Dec 16, Iraq’s PM Nuri
al-Maliki said the Iraqi cabinet has approved a plan to offer
rewards of up to 85,000 dollars for tip-offs about car bombs. A bomb
attached to a car killed an Awakening Council member and injured two
others in Madain, about 14 miles south of Baghdad. A bomb hidden
inside a sack left in a minibus killed two passengers and wounded 6
others mid-afternoon in Baghdad's northern Kazimiyah neighborhood.
(AFP, 12/16/09)(AP, 12/16/09)
2009 Dec 16, In Mexico 200
sailors raided an upscale apartment complex and killed a reputed
Mexican drug cartel chief in a two-hour gunbattle. Arturo Beltran
Leyva, the "boss of bosses," and three members of his cartel were
slain in the shootout in Cuernavaca. Beltran Levya was one of five
brothers who split from the Sinaloa Cartel several years ago and
aligned themselves with Los Zetas, a group of former soldiers hired
by the rival Gulf Cartel as hit men. The severed heads of 6 state
police investigators were found at a public plaza in Cuencame,
(AP, 12/17/09)(SFC, 12/17/09, p.A2)
2009 Dec 16, In Myanmar 6
people were killed and 12 injured when a time bomb exploded in Karen
2009 Dec 16, Nigerian
authorities announced the creation of five committees that will
address oil, environmental and disarmament issues, following an
amnesty in the southern Niger Delta.
2009 Dec 16, A Pakistani court
struck down an amnesty protecting President Asif Ali Zardari and
other politicians from possible prosecution for corruption.
2009 Dec 16, In Paraguay
President Fernando Lugo’s lawyer said Lugo has agreed to take a DNA
test following a judicial request presented by Hortensia Damiana
Moran (40), the third woman to claim he fathered her child.
2009 Dec 16, In Peru a
storm-loosened wave of mud and rocks rolled through the streets of
Ayacucho in the Peruvian Andes, killing at least 9 people while
destroying homes and cars.
2009 Dec 16, Yegor Gaidar (53),
Russian economist and former acting prime minister (1992), died at
his Moscow-area home. He oversaw Russia's painful economic
transition from communism to the free market in the 1990s.
(AP, 12/16/09)(Econ, 12/19/09, p.149)
2009 Dec 16, South Africa's
former health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang (69) died. She
gained notoriety for her dogged promotion of lemons, garlic and
olive oil to treat AIDS.
2009 Dec 16, In South Korea at
least 14 elderly people were killed and 17 injured when their bus
plunged off a mountain road.
2009 Dec 16, The Swiss
government said it will take in one detainee from the US detention
facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
2009 Dec 16, Vietnam said it
has ordered submarines and fighter jets from Russia, its former
communist ally, in a deal reportedly worth hundreds of millions of
2010 Dec 16, President Barack
Obama said the United States will start withdrawing US troops from
Afghanistan in July as promised. He still warned of sobering days,
saying the war will remain a "very difficult endeavor." In
Afghanistan a bomb killed 14 members of the same family north of
Herat city. 4 Afghan soldiers died overnight in a NATO air strike in
(AP, 12/16/10)(AFP, 12/16/10)
2010 Dec 16, The US FDA said it
was beginning the process to rescind Avastin’s accelerated approval
in breast tumors. The drug had global sales of $6 billion in 2009.
(SFC, 12/17/10, p.C1)
2010 Dec 16, The big set of
sand barriers erected by Louisiana's governor to protect the
coastline at the height of the Gulf oil spill was criticized by a
presidential commission as a colossal, $200 million waste of BP's
money so far.
2010 Dec 16, Lorillard Tobacco
Co. was ordered to pay $81 million in punitive damages to the estate
and son of a Boston woman who started smoking at age 13. A day
earlier jurors ordered Lorillard to pay $71 million in compensatory
damages to Willie Evans and the estate of his mother Marie, who died
of lung cancer in 2002.
(SFC, 12/17/10, p.A10)
2010 Dec 16, US authorities
said 7 people have been arrested following the seizure of nearly 11
tons of marijuana, valued at $22 million, packed into railroad cars
from Mexico and destined to Chicago.
(SFC, 12/17/10, p.A13)
2010 Dec 16, The California Air
Resources Board approved the creation of the nation’s first
broad-based program to put a cap on green house gas emissions.
(SFC, 12/17/10, p.A1)
2010 Dec 16, In California
Rohayent Gomez (13) was shot and paralyzed by police officer Victor
Abarca as the boy held a replica gun. In 2012 a jury ruled that the
LAPD must pay $24 million to Gomez.
(SSFC, 12/16/12, p.A12)
2010 Dec 16, Prosecutors in
Atlanta, Georgia, said they have seized 700,000 tabs of Ecstasy and
charged Devon Samuels, a US Customs and Border Protection agent,
along with 13 others in a large scale drug trafficking scheme.
(SFC, 12/17/10, p.A10)
2010 Dec 16, New York police
scoured a 10-mile stretch of a Long Island beach access road where
four bodies were discovered this week.
2010 Dec 16, Oklahoma executed
John David Duty (58) using a drug combination that included the
sedative pentobarbital, commonly used to euthanize animals. Duty had
strangled a cellmate nearly a decade ago.
(SFC, 12/17/10, p.A13)
2010 Dec 16, A federal
indictment said a Texas couple, Najmeh Vahid and Dr. Hossein Lahiji,
and the head of an Oregon charity secretly sent millions of dollars
to an Iranian bank and to a contact in Iran for nine years,
violating a US embargo. The head of the charity, Mehrdad Yasrebi,
allegedly funneled money that was meant for food and other
assistance to his cousin and to a bank controlled by the Iranian
2010 Dec 16, Astronauts from
the US, Russia and Italy blasted off in a Soyuz spacecraft from
Kazakhstan on a mission to the Int’l. Space Station.
(SFC, 12/16/10, p.A2)
2010 Dec 16, Gene Smith
(b.1936), librarian and Tibetologist, died in NYC. In 1999 he set up
the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center in Boston and then in NYC.
2010 Dec 16, In Bangladesh
Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, a key figure in the opposition
Bangladesh Nationalist Party, was arrested. A tribunal has said it
has found evidence of Chowdhury committing genocide, rape, arson and
looting during the bloody 9-month liberation struggle against
Pakistan in 1971. Allegations soon emerged that security forces
tortured Chowdhury during interrogations.
2010 Dec 16, In Belgium NATO
Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, speaking at a
groundbreaking ceremony for a new NATO building, said the new
structure is essential to meet the demands of a rapidly changing
security environment. Completion is due in 2015.
2010 Dec 16, In Bolivia
lawmakers in a natural gas-rich eastern province removed Tarija Gov.
Mario Cossio, a key opponent of leftist President Evo Morales, after
he was charged with dereliction of duty and causing economic damage.
His unseating by a legislature dominated by Morales supporters left
opposition governors in control of just two of Bolivia's nine
2010 Dec 16, London's High
Court upheld a decision to release WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange,
under strict conditions, as he fought extradition to Sweden over
alleged sex crimes.
2010 Dec 16, Chinese Premier
Wen Jiabao pressed on with a charm offensive in India, offering
support for New Delhi's bid for a greater role in the United Nations
and agreeing on an ambitious target of $100 billion annually in
trade between the rising Asian powers by 2015.
(Reuters, 12/16/10)(SFC, 12/17/10, p.A2)
2010 Dec 16, China’s General
Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine
said in a statement that it has banned poultry and poultry product
imports from Manitoba, Canada, after an outbreak of low-pathogenic
H5N2 bird flu there.
2010 Dec 16, Human Rights Watch
urged the EU to stop returning migrants and asylum seekers to
Ukraine, saying that they faced abuse and torture in the former
2010 Dec 16, Lawyers said a
French judge has filed preliminary charges against six people close
to President Paul Kagame of Rwanda over the 1994 assassination of
the country's then-president in a missile attack on his plane. Among
the six people in question are ranking Rwandan army officers,
including James Kabarebe, who has been Rwanda's defense minister
since April, Charles Kayonga and Jackson Nkurunziza. The remaining
three were identified as Jacob Tumwine, Sam Kaka and Franck Nziza.
2010 Dec 16, India's Hero Group
said it was ending a 26-year-old joint venture with Honda Motor and
buying out the Japanese firm's stake in the biggest Indian
motorcycle manufacturer by sales.
2010 Dec 16, In Iraq bombs
hidden in trash cans exploded near a group of pilgrims in a town
north of Baghdad, killing two people as millions of Shiites headed
to ceremonies to mark Ashura, a day of mourning. Karbala provincial
council chief Mohammed al-Mussawi said "We were able to destroy 14
terrorist cells and arrest 73 people, including 37 wanted persons."
(AP, 12/16/10)(AFP, 12/16/10)
2010 Dec 16, The Israeli
military said the air force has shot down a suspicious object,
"apparently a balloon," hovering over southern Israel, where its
main nuclear reactor is located.
2010 Dec 16, In Ivory Coast
gunfire and explosions shook Abidjan as supporters and security
forces loyal to the two men claiming to be president clashed. An
attempt by Alassane Ouattara’s people to march on the state
television building left about 20 people dead.
(AP, 12/16/10)(AFP, 12/17/10)(Econ, 1/8/11, p.46)
2010 Dec 16, Malaysian
opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and three of his allies were
suspended from parliament for six months in votes that triggered
pandemonium and an opposition walkout.
2010 Dec 16, Mexico said that
more than 30,000 people have been killed in drug violence since
President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown against cartels in
late 2006. Masked men pulled up in a car in front of the governor's
office in Chihuahua. One appeared to exchange words with anti-crime
crusader Marisela Escobedo Ortiz, who was holding a vigil outside.
She tried to flee by running across the street, but the gunman
chased her down and shot her in the head. The burned and dismembered
remains of Escobedo's 17-year-old daughter were found in a Ciudad
Juarez trash bin in June, 2009. Three judges ordered the release of
the main suspect in the daughter's killing after he was absolved by
a court in April for lack of evidence. The scandal resulted in the
suspension of the judges. The judges resigned on March 11, 2011.
(AP, 12/16/10)(AP, 12/18/10)(AP, 3/15/11)
2010 Dec 16, In Mexico some
50-100 migrants were reportedly abducted by an armed group that
stopped a freight train they were traveling on as it entered Oaxaca
state from the border state of Chiapas.
2010 Dec 16, In Nigeria
Pentecostal pastor John Nadrew (46) was given three years and eight
months after security agents found an AK-47 rifle and five pistols
in his house in Dot village during a raid last month.
2010 Dec 16, In Pakistan 16
people were wounded, two critically, when an assailant threw an
explosive device at Shiite Ashoura procession. A US missile strike
killed 7 militants in the Spin Drand area of Khyber close to the
2010 Dec 16, Palestinian
negotiator Nabil Shaath said he has asked representatives of several
EU countries to recognize the truce lines before the 1967 Mideast
war as the borders between Israel and a Palestinian state.
2010 Dec 16, Russian
cardiologist Ivan Khrenov told PM Putin during a live call-in show
that his bosses instructed doctors and nurses to show fake pay slips
and pose as recovering patients surrounded by new equipment during
the premier's November visit to a hospital in the central town of
Ivanovo. Putin's visit to the hospital was nationally televised,
just like the call-in show where Khrenov made his claims.
2010 Dec 16, In Saudi Arabia
hundreds of Sunni hard-liners in Medina attacked those participating
in the commemorations, known as Ashura. The day of mourning marks
the killing of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein in the year
680 in present day Iraq. Shiites represented 10% of predominantly
Sunni Saudi Arabia's 22.6 million people.
2010 Dec 16, The UN's human
rights chief said that Sudan is blocking aid workers from entering
the country ahead of next month's referendum on independence for the
2010 Dec 16, The UN Security
Council adopted Resolution 1960, which called for an end to all acts
of sexual violence. The Secretary-General was asked to include
information on parties suspected to be responsible for acts of rape
or other acts of sexual violence, which the Council would use to
engage with the parties or take action against them.
2010 Dec 16, A fierce fight in
Ukraine's parliament sent at least six lawmakers to the hospital
with concussions, a fractured jaw and multiple bruises, setting a
new low for the often-tumultuous body. Pro-Tymoshenko legislators
had been blocking legislative work all day, protesting a corruption
probe against her.
2010 Dec 16, A
Vietnam-registered fishing boat, named Phu Tan, capsized off the
Chinese coast leaving 27 fishermen missing.
2010 Dec 16, In Zimbabwe
Raphael Khumalo, chief executive at the Zimbabwe Standard said first
lady Grace Mugabe (45) has filed a $15 million lawsuit against the
independent newspaper after they published a story citing WikiLeaks
cables, dating to 2008, alleging her involvement in illegal diamond
2011 Dec 16, It was reported
that US presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (61) was
collecting $7,700 a month in state pension in addition to his nearly
$133,000 annual salary as governor. State coded permitted the double
(SFC, 12/17/11, p.A10)
2011 Dec 16, The US SEC brought
civil fraud charges against 6 former top executives of Fannie Mae
and Freddie Mac, saying they misled investors about risky subprime
(SFC, 12/17/11, p.D1)
2011 Dec 16, Zynga, a SF-based
game company, went public for $10 a share, valuing the company at $1
billion. Shares closed down 5% at $9.50.
(SFC, 12/16/11, p.A1)(SFC, 12/17/11, p.A1)
2011 Dec 16, In Atlanta,
Georgia, rapper Slim Dunkin was gunned down in a music studio as he
was preparing to record a video.
2011 Dec 16, Jennifer Anderson
(54), former keyboardist and singer for the Nuns, died of
complications from breast and liver cancer in NYC. She performed
under the name Jennifer Miro with the pioneering SF punk band.
(SFC, 1/11/12, p.C5)
2011 Dec 16, Veteran film and
television actor Dan Frazer, best known for his role as Captain
Frank McNeil on the 1970s television series "Kojak," died in
Manhattan. His films include "Cleopatra Jones," ''Take the Money and
Run" ''Gideon's Trumpet" and "Deconstructing Harry." Besides
"Kojak," Frazer's television appearances include "Car 54, Where Are
You," ''Route 66," ''Barney Miller" and "Law & Order."
2011 Dec 16, In Bahrain a
protester was killed after reportedly being hit by a police car
during a rally.
2011 Dec 16, China's government
gave the first sign that prominent civil rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng
is alive, saying he would be sent to prison for three years for
violating his probation. Zhisheng, an advocate of constitutional
reform, was convicted in 2006 of subversion and disappeared 20
months ago. On Jan 1, 2012, his brother said Gao has been imprisoned
in Shaya prison in the far western region of Xinjiang.
(AP, 12/16/11)(AFP, 1/1/12)
2011 Dec 16, Beijing city
authorities issued new rules requiring microbloggers to register
their real names before posting online, as the Chinese government
tightens its grip on the Internet.
2011 Dec 16, England's highest
court granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange permission to appeal
against his extradition to Sweden to face rape allegations, setting
the hearing for February 1.
2011 Dec 16, Egyptian troops
clashed with petrol bomb-throwing protesters against military rule
in Cairo, as the worst violence in weeks overshadowed the count in
the second phase of a landmark general election. Fighting raged from
dawn well into the night. The clashes left at least 8 people dead.
(AFP, 12/16/11)(AFP, 12/17/11)
2011 Dec 16, Europol said
police have arrested 112 people in 22 countries after a yearlong
investigation into child pornography, warning that technology is
making combating the spread of child abuse images ever more
difficult. The investigation, code named "Operation Icarus," was
carried out under the leadership of Danish police, due to Danish
expertise in analyzing the peer-to-peer networks that were used to
2011 Dec 16, A court in Paris
charged Sosthene Munyemana, a Rwandan doctor living in France, on
suspicion he took part in the country's 1994 genocide.
2011 Dec 16, A Soyuz rocket
carrying six satellites launched from French Guiana in the
Russian-built rocket model's second mission this year. It was to
first release a French Earth observation satellite, Pleiades 1. Next
to come would be four French micro-satellites and a Chilean Earth
observation satellite was to be released last.
2011 Dec 16, Indian student
Jyoti Amge (18), measuring just 62.8 centimeters (less than two
foot, one inch), was confirmed as the world's shortest living woman.
2011 Dec 16, Indonesia's
Parliament passed a long-awaited law allowing the government to
acquire land for public projects by paying compensation. The law
must be signed by the president within 30 days before taking effect.
2011 Dec 16, In Ivory Coast
final election results from Dec 11 said Ouattara's Rally of
Republicans (RDR) won 127 of the 254 seats contested, with its main
ally, the Ivory Coast Democratic Party (PDCI), getting 77. Turnout
in the vote was 36.56 percent.
2011 Dec 16, Japan's PM
Yoshihiko Noda announced that the country's Fukushima Dai-ichi
tsunami-damaged nuclear plant has achieved a stable state of "cold
shutdown," a crucial step toward the eventual lifting of evacuation
orders and closing of the plant.
2011 Dec 16, In Kazakhstan at
least 15 people died in a clash with police in the city of
Zhanaozen. The city had been the site of a sit-in by oil workers
seeking higher wages. Many of those workers were fired over the
summer. Opposition leader Vladimir Kozlov was later jailed on
trumped-up charges of fomenting the turmoil.
(AP, 12/18/11)(Econ, 12/22/12, p.57)(Econ,
2011 Dec 16, Kuwaiti riot
police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse hundreds of
stateless protesters, known as bidoon, who were demanding
citizenship and other basic rights. Under Kuwaiti law, only citizens
have the right to hold public gatherings.
(AFP, 12/16/11)(AP, 12/18/11)
2011 Dec 16, In Kyrgyzstan 4
parties agreed to form a broad coalition government, a development
that could create much-needed political stability.
2011 Dec 16, Malaysian
shipbuilder Boustead Naval Shipyard says it has won a 9.0 billion
ringgit ($2.8 billion) deal from Kuala Lumpur for six naval patrol
vessels developed by French manufacturer DCNS.
2011 Dec 16, In Mexico a marine
officer, his two sons, also marines, and his wife disappeared in the
western state of Guerrero. Several suspects were arrested on Jan 13
and confessed to kidnapping them at a fake checkpoint and killing
2011 Dec 16, In the Netherlands
a long-awaited report said thousands of children suffered sexual
abuse in Dutch Catholic institutions over the past 65 years, and
church officials knew about the abuse but failed to adequately
address it or help the victims.
2011 Dec 16, Judges of the
International Criminal Court at The Hague decided not to charge
Rwandan rebel leader Callixte Mbarushimana (48) for crimes committed
in the Democratic Republic of Congo and ordered his release.
Mbarushimana faced 13 counts of war crimes and crimes against
humanity allegedly committed in DR Congo's Kivu provinces in 2009.
2011 Dec 16, In Nigeria a
gunmen opened fire on a police checkpoint on the outskirts of Kano,
resulting in a shootout which left one policeman dead and another
2011 Dec 16, In Gaza a man died
from heavy machine gun fire on the border between the Gaza Strip and
Israel. An Israeli military spokeswoman said soldiers on patrol in
the area heard explosions, and a tank responded with gunfire toward
"suspicious locations." Family members identified the victim as
Nafez Nabhein (35), a Bedouin civilian from the Bureij refugee camp.
2011 Dec 16, Russia gained
approval to join the World Trade Organization (WTO). Formal
membership was expected in early 2012.
(SFC, 12/17/11, p.A4)
2011 Dec 16, South Korea joined
a fresh multinational effort to press Iran to scrap its suspected
nuclear weapons program, adding more than 100 names to a financial
blacklist of Iranian firms and individuals.
2011 Dec 16, Syrian security
forces opened fire on anti-government protesters after Friday
prayers at several locations around the country, while the army sent
reinforcements into a southern area where military defectors
recently launched deadly attacks on regime troops. At least 10
people were left dead.
(AP, 12/16/11)(SFC, 12/17/11, p.A3)
2011 Dec 16, In Yemen hundreds
of thousands demonstrated across the country rejecting an amnesty
given to President Ali Abdullah Saleh against prosecution in a deal
that eases him out of office.
2011 Dec 16, Zimbabwe state
media said the national airline has suspended flights to South
Africa over a debt of $500,000, fearing creditors might impound more
of its planes.
2012 Dec 16, In Topeka, Kansas,
Cpl. David Gogian (50) and Jeff Atherly (29) were killed as they
responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle. Officers tried to
negotiate with suspect David Tiscareno (22) before firing tear gas
into the home. Tiscareno was shot by police and died of his wounds
the next day.
(AP, 12/17/12)(SFC, 12/18/12, pA7)
2012 Dec 16, In Bahrain police
fired tear gas at anti-government protesters who took to the streets
after King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa called for unity Sunday in a
speech for the kingdom's national day.
2012 Dec 16, A British medical
watchdog ruled that Derek Keilloh, a former army doctor, failed to
protect detainees and acted dishonestly following the death of Baha
Mousa, an Iraqi civilian beaten and killed in the custody of UK
troops in Sep, 2003.
2012 Dec 16, Key Egyptian
rights groups called for a repeat of the first round of the
constitutional referendum, alleging the vote was marred by
2012 Dec 16, The EU and
Singapore signed a regional trade agreement.
(Econ, 12/22/12, p.118)
2012 Dec 16, French actor
Gerard Depardieu said in an open letter that he is turning in his
passport following his move to tax-friendly Belgium after PM
Jean-Marc Ayrault called Depardieu pathetic and unpatriotic.
(SFC, 12/17/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 16, Ghana's government
said it will abide by the UN Tribunal's order for the immediate
release of Argentina’s ARA Libertad navy training ship seized two
months ago at the request of an American hedge fund.
2012 Dec 16, In India six men
raped medical student Jyoti Singh (23) and savagely beat her and her
companion with iron rods on a bus driving around New Delhi, passing
through several police checkpoints, before stripping them and
dumping them on the side of the road. The rapes triggered massive
protests on Dec 19 as police fished out the raped body of a 10-year
old girl from a canal in Bihar state's Saharsa district. Singh died
on Dec 29. Ram Singh, the bus driver and the fifth suspect in the
crime, was found hanging in his cell in Tihar prison in March 2013.
Four of the suspects were sentenced to death in 2013. On Dec 20,
2015, the youngest convict from gang rape was released after
fulfilling his three-year sentence in a reform home.
(AP, 12/19/12)(AP, 12/29/12)(Econ., 3/14/15,
p.43)(CSM, 12/20/15)(AP, 5/5/17)
2012 Dec 16, In Iraq a car bomb
explosion near a Kurdish party office killed two people in Julala, a
disputed city north of Baghdad. 6 others died in a series of blasts
aimed at Shiite targets in Kirkuk.
(AP, 12/16/12)(SFC, 12/17/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 16, In Japan exit
polls showed that the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)
returned to power in a landslide election victory after three years
in opposition. Hawkish former PM Shinzo Abe will get a second chance
to lead the nation after a one-year stint in 2006-2007. The LDP with
its new Komeito ally won control of 325 of 480 seats in the lower
house of the Diet.
(AP, 12/16/12)(Econ, 12/22/12, p.12)
2012 Dec 16, Kuwaiti security
forces blocked hundreds of protesters from staging a rally outside
the parliament building as emir Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah
denounced anti-government factions for threatening to "tear apart"
2012 Dec 16, Libya's parliament
voted to close the country's borders with Sudan, Niger and Chad,
declaring the south a restricted military area. Four policemen were
shot dead in the eastern city of Benghazi when gunmen fired
rocket-propelled grenades on a security compound there.
2012 Dec 16, Palestinian PM
Salaam Fayyad called for a boycott of Israeli products to protests
Israel’s withholding $100 million in taxes owed to the Palestinian
(SFC, 12/17/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 16, Pakistani security
forces cornered the last members of a group of Taliban militants who
staged a deadly raid on an airport in Peshawar city. All five,
believed to be Uzbeks, died in the ensuing firefight.
2012 Dec 16, South African
President Jacob Zuma acknowledged that corruption and violence have
marred the image of the African National Congress (ANC) under his
watch, but called on members to again support him to be the
political party's leader.
2012 Dec 16, In South Africa 4
white men were arrested and faced treason and terrorism charges over
an alleged plot that included plans to attack the ongoing African
National Congress political party convention and kill President
Jacob Zuma and others. On Dec 18 prosecutors identified them as Mark
Trollip, Johan Prinsloo, Martin Keevy and Hein Boonzaaier during a
court hearing in Bloemfontein. On Nov 6, 2014, Johan Prinsloo was
convicted of "high treason and possession of ammunition" and jailed
for eight years. Co-accused Mark Trollip had last year pleaded
guilty to a charge of conspiracy and was also handed an eight-year
jail term. Martin Keevy, was found mentally unfit to stand trial and
charges against him were withdrawn. Charges against Hein Boonzaaier,
then the party leader, were dropped due to insufficient evidence.
(AP, 12/18/12)(AFP, 11/6/14)
2012 Dec 16, In Syria the
Al-Tawheed Brigade, an Islamist faction of rebels, captured the
Hanano Barracks, an infantry base in the northern city of Aleppo.
Al-Tawheed commander, Col. Youssef al-Jader, was killed. Government
warplanes blasted a Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus, killing
eight people and wounding dozens.
2012 Dec 16, Venezuelans chose
governors and state lawmakers. Allies of cancer-stricken Pres. Hugo
Chavez steamrolled Venezuela's opposition in gubernatorial
elections, winning 20 of 23 states. Voter turnout was 53%.
2012 Dec 16, In Zimbabwe
mainstream Anglican Christians took back their cathedral in Harare
after a lockout of more than five years staged by an excommunicated,
breakaway bishop who claimed loyalty to the president's party and
used loyalist police to keep people out.
2013 Dec 16, A US judge struck
a first blow against the National Security Agency's bulk collection
of phone records, ruling it breaches citizens' privacy to an "almost
Orwellian" degree that is probably unconstitutional.
2013 Dec 16, US Secretary of
State John Kerry announced that the United States will boost
maritime security assistance to the countries of Southeast Asia amid
rising tensions with Beijing.
2013 Dec 16, US officials said
two Saudis from Guantanamo have been transferred to the custody of
their own government after a security review. The men are Saad
Muhammad Husayn Qahtani (35) and Hamood Abdulla Hamood (48).
2013 Dec 16, Environmentalists
filed a lawsuit against the US National Marines Fisheries Service to
demand that it force the Navy to consider alternatives to its 5-year
plan that will intensify sonar use off southern California and
Hawaii. The Navy had already estimated that its activitescould kill
hundreds of whales and dolphins.
(SFC, 12/17/13, p.A5)
2013 Dec 16, Researchers
reported that the molten rock beneath Yellowstone National Park is
2.5 times larger than previously estimated.
(SFC, 12/17/13, p.A7)
2013 Dec 16, In Ohio Bobby
Thompson (67), aka John Donald Cody, was sentenced to 28 years in
prison for masterminding a $100 million Navy veteran’s charity fraud
across the US.
(SFC, 12/17/13, p.A5)
2013 Dec 16, Ray Price
(b.1926), American country singer, died in Texas. His more than 100
hits included his 1970 version of “For the Good Times,” written by
(SFC, 12/18/13, p.A11)
2013 Dec 16, Australia’s PM
Tony Abbott said Australian combat troops have completed their
withdrawal from Afghanistan, marking the end of the nation's longest
war which left 40 of its soldiers dead.
2013 Dec 16, Bangladesh police
opened fire on bomb-throwing Islamist protesters as five more people
died in clashes sparked by the execution of an Islamist leader for
2013 Dec 16, British Petroleum
said it has won official approval to develop a key shale gas project
in Oman at a cost of $16 billion (11.6 billion euros).
2013 Dec 16, Sources said
China’s Pres. Xi Jinping and other party leaders have authorized a
corruption probe against Zhou Yongkang, a former head of the
domestic security apparatus.
(SFC, 12/16/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 16, Heavy gunfire
rocked the capital of the Republic of Congo, soon after Congolese
security forces encircled the home of Col. Marcel Tsourou recently
charged with complicity in a military arms depot fire and explosion
that claimed 200 lives.
2013 Dec 16, Egyptian security
forces fired tear gas at dozens of university students outside their
Cairo campus in an attempt to prevent their protest from reaching
the nearby defense ministry. Egypt's military killed Silmi Mohammed
Masbah, a jihadist suspected of involvement in an ambush that left
16 Egyptian soldiers killed near the border with Israel last year.
(AP, 12/16/13)(AFP, 12/17/13)
2013 Dec 16, European Union
foreign ministers pledged "unprecedented" amounts of political,
financial and security support for Israel and the Palestinians if
they come to a peace agreement.
2013 Dec 16, More than 50 top
European and US scientists wrote to the European Commission
President urging him to press ahead with a plan to label tar sands
as more polluting than other forms of oil, in defiance of intensive
lobbying from Canada.
2013 Dec 16, French police made
21 arrests as part of an investigation into claims that meat from
horses used to produce anti-rabies and other serums got into the
2013 Dec 16, Germany-based
Siemens said it has won an order to supply 448 wind turbines with a
total capacity of 1,050 megawatts (MW) to US-based MidAmerican
Energy, which the engineering group said was the largest single
order for onshore wind power ever awarded.
2013 Dec 16, In Indonesia
Canadian activist Jeremy Ball visited jailed independence supporters
in Papua at the end of a six-month bicycle tour to highlight human
rights concerns about the restive eastern region.
2013 Dec 16, In Iraq militants
attacked and temporarily occupied a city council headquarters in
Tikrit and assaulted a police station in Baiji, as violence across
the country killed at least 54 people.
(AFP, 12/16/13)(Reuters, 12/16/13)
2013 Dec 16, Moncler, a luxury
goods manufaturer, made its debut on the Italian stock exchange at
€10.20 per share. On Dec 30 its shares closed at €15.80 making its
boss Remo Ruffini a paper billionaire.
(Econ, 1/4/14, p.48)
2013 Dec 16, In Mali four more
bodies of soldiers were discovered, bringing to 25 the number of
troops believed to have been killed by the country's coup leader.
2013 Dec 16, In Mexico hundreds
of people were evacuated after an explosion and fire that was caused
by thieves trying to tap into a natural gas pipeline of state oil
and gas company Pemex on the outskirts of Mexico City. Seven people
were reported injured.
2013 Dec 16, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb killed three members of a bomb disposal team who were
on their way to defuse another bomb elsewhere in the city of
2013 Dec 16, In the Philippines
at least 22 people were killed when a speeding commuter bus crashed
off an elevated motorway onto a delivery van in Manila.
2013 Dec 16, Russia’s Izvestia
newspaper reported that Russia has deployed Iskander missiles with a
range of hundreds of kilometers in its Baltic Sea exclave of
Kaliningrad, which borders Poland and Lithuania.
2013 Dec 16, Russia said its
security forces have killed four alleged militants including the
leader of a group suspected of carrying out attacks on tourists and
ski facilities in the North Caucasus. The National Anti-Terrorist
Committee said the dead men included Arsen Khandokhov, described as
the leader of a militant cell suspected of crimes including the
killing of two tourists and attacks on a ski lift.
2013 Dec 16, In South Africa a
statue of Nelson Mandela was unveiled outside the government complex
in Pretoria, a day after his funeral. It was later revealed that
sculptors Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren had added a
small rabbit inside one ear, said to be a discreet signature on
their work. Officials soon ordered the rabbit removed.
2013 Dec 16, South Sudan's
President Salva Kiir declared a curfew in the capital Juba after
overnight clashes between rival factions of soldiers followed months
of tension between Kiir and his sacked deputy. Kiir said disgruntled
soldiers and politicians led by ousted VP Riek Macha had attempted
to overthrow the government.
(Reuters, 12/16/13)(AP, 12/16/13)
2013 Dec 16, Syrian government
aircraft pounded opposition areas in the northern city of Aleppo and
near the southern border with Jordan.
2013 Dec 16, Turkey’s Hurriyet
Daily News reported that Turkey has shipped 47 tons of weapons to
Syrian rebels since June despite repeated government denials.
2013 Dec 16, Turkey signed a
long-awaited deal with the European Union to send back people who
enter the bloc illegally from its territory in exchange for talks on
visa-free travel for its citizens.
2013 Dec 16, Ukraine's ruling
party demanded a sweeping cabinet reshuffle in a sign the leadership
was seeking to placate the opposition in a bitter standoff over a
rejected EU pact.
2013 Dec 16, The UN appealed
for a record $6.5 billion for Syria and its neighbors to help 16
million people, many of them hungry or homeless victims of a
conflict that has lasted 33 months with no end in sight.
2013 Dec 16, In Vietnam Duong
Chi Dung (b.1957), former director of the Vietnam Maritime Bureau,
former Chairman of the Board Members Maritime Corporation Vietnam
(Vinalines), Standing Member of the Party of business, was sentenced
to death on charges of embezzlement and 28 years in prison for
intentionally violating state regulations on economic management
causing serious consequences.
2014 Dec 16, Pres. Obama signed
a $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps the US government operating
over the next nine months.
(SFC, 12/17/14, p.A9)
2014 Dec 16, Pres. Obama signed
legislation imposing further sanctions on Russia and authorizing
additional aid to Ukraine.
(SFC, 12/17/14, p.A5)
2014 Dec 16, Lena Jacobs Coombs
(48), Utah-based former marketing director for Symantec, an
anti-virus software maker, pleaded guilty to embezzling over $1
million to fund personal expenses and vacations. On April 22, 2015,
Coombs was sentenced to three years in prison. She was also ordered
to pay $915,412 in restitution.
(SFC, 12/18/14, p.C5)(SFC, 4/24/15, p.C3)
2014 Dec 16, Rock Scully
(b.1941), the fist manager of the Grateful Dead, died in Monterey,
(SFC, 12/20/14, p.C1)
2014 Dec 16, In Afghanistan 11
insurgents were killed in a US drone strike in Nangahar province.
(AP, 12/17/14)(Reuters, 12/17/14)
2014 Dec 16, Bosnian police
said they have arrested 10 people suspects of war crimes committed
in northeast Bosnia where Serb forces in 1992 killed and expelled
non-Serbs in order to create an ethnically pure territory.
2014 Dec 16, A British jury
cleared three security guards of manslaughter in the 2010 death of
Jimmy Mubenga (46), an Angolan man, who collapsed while being
2014 Dec 16, Chinese PM Li
Keqiang visited Afghanistan to meet with Afghanistan's chief
executive officer, Abdullah Abdullah.
2014 Dec 16, In Israel ten
members of Lehava, a far-right Jewish organization, were arrested on
suspicion of incitement and calls for acts of violence motivated by
(SFC, 12/17/14, p.A8)
2014 Dec 16, Israel's upgraded
ballistic missile shield failed its first live interception test, a
fresh setback for the US-supported system billed as a bulwark
2014 Dec 16, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed Palestinian Mahmoud Abdalla (20) as violence erupted
during an arrest operation in the West Bank. Palestinians in the
refugee camp of Qalandiya reportedly threw explosive charges and
opened fire at soldiers during the operation.
2014 Dec 16, Italian police
said they have arrested 59 suspects in a probe of ties between the
'ndrangheta organized crime syndicate and Milan businessmen,
including alleged efforts to snare San Siro stadium's catering
2014 Dec 16, In Mexico a
shootout between rival vigilantes in western Michoacan state left 11
2014 Dec 16, In Pakistan 150
people, including 132 students, were killed after Taliban gunmen
broke into a school in Peshawar. 9 suicide attackers were killed in
the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years. The attack
was later reported to have been masterminded by Umar Mansoor (36) of
the Pakistani Taliban (TTP).
(Reuters, 12/16/14)(AP, 12/16/14)(AP,
12/17/14)(Reuters, 12/19/14)(SFC, 12/22/14, p.A5)(Econ, 1/24/15,
2014 Dec 16, Romania's PM
Victor Ponta gave up the title of "doctor," more than two years
after he was accused of plagiarism in writing his doctoral thesis.
2014 Dec 16, The Russian
currency crashed to unprecedented lows as it reached 80 rubles to
the dollar and 100 to the euro, testing Vladimir Putin's ability to
ride out an economic storm and prevail in his confrontation with the
West. Russia's emergency move a day earlier to raise interest rates
to 17 percent failed to arrest the collapse of the ruble.
2014 Dec 16, The Spanish
Interior Ministry said Spanish and Moroccan police have arrested
seven people in an ongoing joint swoop on suspected efforts to
recruit women to go to Syria and Iraq to support Islamic State
2014 Dec 16, Syria's state news
agency SANA said that the army had killed more than 60 "terrorists"
from the Islamic State militant group in the province of Deir
2014 Dec 16, In Turkey dozens
of football fans who took part in last year's mass anti-government
protests went on trial accused of an attempted coup.
2014 Dec 16, In Uganda scores
of M23 rebels fled the camp where they were being held ahead of
repatriation to CongoDRC.
(SFC, 12/17/14, p.A2)
2014 Dec 16, In Vietnam rescue
teams struggled to save 12 laborers trapped and running low on
oxygen after a tunnel collapsed earlier in the day during
construction of a hydropower plant in the Central Highlands province
of Lam Dong. All twelve were rescued on Dec 19.
(Reuters, 12/16/14)(Reuters, 12/17/14)(AP,
2014 Dec 16, In Yemen two car
bombs exploded in Radaa city in the central province of al-Bayda.
Radaa is a bastion of the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian
Peninsula (AQAP). The bombs exploded hitting a school bus traveling
near a Shiite rebel gathering, killing 26, including at least 16
primary school students.
(Reuters, 12/16/14)(AP, 12/16/14)(SFC, 12/17/14,
2015 Dec 16, The Obama
administration announced the approval of a $1.83 billion arms deal
2015 Dec 16, The US central
bank raised interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade.
Fed officials voted unanimously to raise the key federal funds rate
— the interest banks charge each other overnight — to a range of
0.25 percent to 0.5 percent, up from near-zero for the first time
since December 2008.
2015 Dec 16, The United States
and its allies conducted 18 air strikes against Islamic State in
Iraq and Syria.
2015 Dec 16, In Baltimore a
judge declared a mistrial after jurors failed to reach a verdict in
the trial of Officer William Porter, the first of six defendants in
the Freddie Gray case.
(SFC, 12/17/15, p.A14)
2015 Dec 16, New York announced
a major overhaul in the way solitary confinement is administered in
the state’s prisons as part of a far-reaching legal settlement.
(SFC, 12/17/15, p.A15)
2015 Dec 16, In Oklahoma a man
began firing randomly from a pickup truck and killed 2 people on
I-40. A suspect was arrested the next day following a 25-mile chase.
(SFC, 12/18/15, p.A9)
2015 Dec 16, Total Trib Media
said it is closing the Valley Independent in Monessen and the Daily
News in McKeesport, western Pennsylvania on Dec 31, putting 87
employees out of work.
(SFC, 12/17/15, p.A12)
2015 Dec 16, Austria said two
people were arrested over the weekend at a refugee center in
Salzburg on suspicion of being connected to last month's Paris
2015 Dec 16, Fitch became the
2nd of three big credit-rating agencies to downgrade Brazil’s debt
to junk states. Standard & Poor’s soon followed Fitch. On Dec 18
finance minister Joaquim Levy resigned in despair after a year on
(Econ, 1/2/16, p.7,14)
2015 Dec 16, British lawmakers
voted in favor of the use of fracking to extract shale gas under
national parks, weakening a decision against fracking in national
parks made earlier this year and giving shale gas explorers access
to more resources.
2015 Dec 16, In Cambodia
garment workers in eastern Svay Rieng province went on strike to
boost their monthly wages to $148.
(SFC, 12/18/15, p.A2)
2015 Dec 16, As many as 69
Canadian special forces took part in a 17-hour counteroffensive east
of Mosul. Two CF-18 fighter jets, along with US, British and French
warplanes, launched airstrikes.
2015 Dec 16, In France the wife
of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi accepted the European
Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize on his behalf,
urging Arab countries to abandon theocratic diktats and embrace free
2015 Dec 16, Germany introduced
a new police unit that officials said will be better armed,
outfitted and trained to deal with terrorism.
2015 Dec 16, India's top court
ordered a temporary ban on the sale of large diesel cars in New
Delhi to combat toxic smog in the city, prompting concern in the
auto sector as some carmakers say they may reconsider investment
plans in the country.
2015 Dec 16, In India a
maintenance technician was accidentally sucked into an aircraft
engine at an airport in Mumbai.
(SFC, 12/18/15, p.A2)
2015 Dec 16, The World Bank
said it has approved a $1.5 billion loan for a state-led sanitation
program in India, where millions of people have no access to
2015 Dec 16, The embattled
speaker of Indonesia's House of Representatives resigned over his
involvement in one of the biggest political scandals in years. Setya
Novanto allegedly sought kickbacks from a giant US-owned gold and
copper mine in exchange for helping it extend its operating
2015 Dec 16, Indonesia deported
49 Taiwanese and one Chinese citizen who were members of a
cross-border telephone and Internet fraud ring.
2015 Dec 16, In southern Iraq
gunmen kidnapped at least 26 Qatari hunters, the second high-profile
abduction of foreigners in the country in three months.
2015 Dec 16, PM Matteo Renzi
said Italy will deploy 450 troops near the front line with Islamic
State militants in Iraq to protect workers carrying out repairs to
the Mosul hydro-electric dam, the country's biggest.
2015 Dec 16, A team of
sanctions monitors said Iran violated a UN Security Council
resolution on October 10 by test-firing a missile capable of
delivering a nuclear warhead.
2015 Dec 16, Japan's Supreme
Court ruled that requiring married couples to have the same surname
is constitutional, dealing a blow to a longtime effort for gender
equality in choosing names.
2015 Dec 16, Jordan said it
plans to deport about 800 Sudanese men, women and children to Sudan,
after troops tore down a makeshift tent camp for the displaced in a
2015 Dec 16, In Kenya al-Shabab
militants attacked a convoy on the Mpeketoni-Lamu road burning
vehicles and driving another police vehicle to Somalia. 2 people
were shot dead, including a police officer, in the coastal Lamu
2015 Dec 16, Nepal's parliament
approved new laws to allow the government to spend billions of
dollars pledged by foreign donors on reconstruction for hundreds of
thousands of people who lost their homes during a devastating
earthquake earlier this year.
2015 Dec 16, Dutch police fired
warning shots and arrested 14 demonstrators when a protest by
hundreds of people against the opening of a refugee center turned
violent, leaving several injured.
2015 Dec 16, North Korea's
Supreme Court sentenced Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim to life in
prison with hard labor for what it called crimes against the
2015 Dec 16, President Vladimir
Putin ordered his government to suspend Russia's free trade zone
with Ukraine from Jan. 1, making good on Moscow's threats to Kiev
which seeks closer ties with the European Union.
2015 Dec 16, Russia said its
air force made 59 sorties in Syria in the past 24 hours and hit 212
Islamic State targets in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Idlib,
Latakia, Hama, Homs, Khaseke and Raqqa.
2015 Dec 16, Sweden said it
would send a transport plane and logistical support to Mali and
other parts of Africa to free up French forces stationed there and
let them join the fight against Islamic State.
2015 Dec 16, Syrian government
forces captured the strategic Noba Mountain, inching closer to a
rebel-held stronghold in the coastal province of Latakia.
2015 Dec 16, Turkey's
ambassador to Qatar said Turkey will establish a military base in
Qatar as part of a defense agreement aimed at helping them confront
2015 Dec 16, Turkish security
forces stepped up operations targeting Kurdish militants in
southeastern towns, as pro-government media detailed plans for a
10,000-strong force to restore state control in the region.
2015 Dec 16, Ukraine accused
Russia of looting two of its oil rigs after Crimea-based oil and gas
firm Chornomornaftogaz moved the equipment off the coast of the
annexed peninsula into Russian waters.
2015 Dec 16, In Yemen clashes
were underway along several front lines, claiming at least 42 lives
and undermining a day-old cease-fire and peace talks between the
internationally recognized government and Shiite rebels taking place
in Switzerland. Saudi-led air strikes hit positions of the
Iran-allied Houthi group in two conflict zones. Warring parties
agreed to exchange hundreds of prisoners in a move aimed at
supporting UN-sponsored peace talks.
(AP, 12/16/15)(Reuters, 12/16/15)
2016 Dec 16, President-elect
Donald Trump announced that he will nominate attorney David Friedman
as US ambassador to Israel, selecting an envoy who supports Israeli
settlements and other changes to US policies in the region. Friedman
already headed a settlement fundraising organization.
(AP, 12/16/16)(Econ, 1/28/17, p.41)
2016 Dec 16, North Carolina
Republican stripped incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper of some of
his authority and were on the cusp of an even greater power grab.
(SFC, 12/17/16, p.A8)
2016 Dec 16, A blast of Arctic
air hammered the northeastern United States, bringing Boston the
coldest temperatures for this day in more than a century, prompting
schools closings and officials to warn residents to cover up or stay
2016 Dec 16, The British Home
Office said that National Action, an organization that praised the
murderer of lawmaker Jo Cox, has become the first far-right group in
Britain to be banned as a terrorist organization. The government
described he group as a "virulently racist, anti-Semitic and
homophobic" neo-Nazi organization.
(Reuters, 12/16/16)(AP, 6/12/18)
2016 Dec 16, A London jury
found Ralph Clarke (101) guilty of 21 counts of indecency and
indecent assault on two girls in the 1970s and '80s. The former
truck driver had admitted nine other charges against a boy. On Dec
19 Clarke was sentenced to thirteen years in jail.
(AP, 12/16/16)(AP, 12/19/16)
2016 Dec 16, In England an
estimated 600 inmates seized control and launched a destructive
rampage at HMP Birmingham. Ordered was restored the next day.
2016 Dec 16, In northern
Burkina Faso at least 12 soldiers were killed after dozens of
Islamic extremists attacked an army barracks in Nassoumbou.
2016 Dec 16, Cambodian
authorities found 1.3 metric tons of ivory, 10 cheetah skulls and 82
kg (180 pounds) of cheetah bones, and 137 kg (301 pounds) of
pangolin scales concealed in three containers shipped from
2016 Dec 16, In Canada police
in Montreal raided six cannabis shops one day after they opened,
following a warning by PM Justin Trudeau that the government is
still at least one year away from legalizing pot use.
2016 Dec 16, China enacted a
five-day smog red alert for Beijing and other northern cities
banning half of all vehicles from city streets and ordering
factories, schools and construction sites closed.
(SSFC, 12/18/16, p.A4)
2016 Dec 16, Chinese officials
said US assertions that China is the top source of the synthetic
opioids that have killed thousands of drug users in the US and
Canada are unsubstantiated.
2016 Dec 16, The Dubai Parks
& Resorts project after it formally opened. The park includes a
Legoland, a Bollywood-themed park, a movie-themed Motiongate park, a
hotel and a shopping district, a project estimated to be worth over
2016 Dec 16, In France an
elderly electrician and his wife were convicted of illicitly
procuring hundreds of Picasso artworks that they kept for almost 40
years in the garage of their home. An appeals court in the southern
city of Aix-en-Provence gave a two-year suspended sentence to Pierre
Le Guennec (77), who carried out electrical work at the home of
Pablo Picasso's last wife in the early 1970s, along with his wife,
Danielle. The 180 paintings, other artworks as well as a book of 91
drawings were estimated at a combined worth of $63-$105 million.
2016 Dec 16, French and Spanish
police made five arrests after discovering a suspected weapons trove
for the Basque militant group ETA in southern France.
2016 Dec 16, German discount
supermarket group Lidl announced plans to create 5,000 new jobs in
London as part of a major investment program in Britain, where it is
enjoying rapid growth.
2016 Dec 16, German airline
Lufthansa said it is launching a code-sharing agreement with Abu
Dhabi-based Etihad, a key financial backer of troubled rival Air
Berlin, from which Lufthansa will lease 38 aircraft for two of its
2016 Dec 16, It was reported
that Greenpeace and WWF have suspended their relationship with Asia
Pacific Resources International (April), one of Indonesia's leading
pulp and paper companies, saying it didn't live up to promises to
improve its environmental record.
2016 Dec 16, A World Trade
Organization dispute panel ruled that the EU had been largely within
its rights to impose anti-dumping duties on Indonesian fatty
alcohols, rejecting most of Indonesia's complaint at the
Geneva-based trade body.
2016 Dec 16, The governments of
Italy's two biggest cities came under judicial scrutiny, with
Milan's mayor suspending himself from his duties and a top aide in
Rome's administration put under arrest. Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala
was under investigation in a case involving tender bids at last
year's Expo world fair. Raffaele Marra, an aide to Mayor Virginia
Raggi of the 5-Star Movement, was arrested on suspicion of
corruption linked to a 2013 real estate deal.
2016 Dec 16, Japanese PM Shinzo
Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin wrapped up two days of
talks, with numerous economic deals but no big breakthrough on a
territorial row that has overshadowed ties since World War Two.
2016 Dec 16, Mali's national
assembly voted overwhelmingly to drop charges of high treason
against former president Amadou Toumani Toure in a decision that
should allow him to return from exile in Senegal.
2016 Dec 16, Myanmar government
forces started launching attacks on the northeastern headquarters of
the Kachin Independence Army, one of the country's ethnic rebel
2016 Dec 16, In Poland
opposition lawmakers, upset that the conservative ruling party plans
to limit reporters' access to lawmakers, protested in the lower
house of parliament, singing the national anthem and chanting "Free
media!" and "Democracy!"
2016 Dec 16, In Syria a blast
in the Midan district of Damascus left at least one person dead.
State television said a young girl of about nine years of age blew
herself. The evacuation of eastern Aleppo stalled after an eruption
of gunfire, as the Syrian government and rebels threw accusations at
(Reuters, 12/16/16)(AP, 12/16/16)
2016 Dec 16, Thailand
prosecutors indicted 19 senior members of the anti-coup Red Shirt
movement for violating a ban on political activities when they
sought to open an office to monitor last August's referendum on a
2016 Dec 16, Thailand's
military-appointed legislature approved a bill tightening the
country's already harsh Computer Crime Act, defying critics who said
it infringes on the right to free expression.
2016 Dec 16, The UN said it is
getting daily reports of rapes and killings of the Rohingya minority
in Myanmar and independent monitors are being barred from
2016 Dec 16, At the Vatican
Pope Francis brought Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos and his
main political opponent right-wing predecessor, Alvaro Uribe,
together to discuss the country's rebel peace deal.
2016 Dec 16, In Venezuela
protests and looting broke out in parts of the country due to a lack
of cash after the socialist government suddenly pulled the nation's
largest banknote from circulation in the midst of a brutal economic
crisis. Three deaths were reported amid violent scenes in the
southern mining town of Callao.
2016 Dec 16, A court in
northern Vietnam sentenced a former army officer and another
activist to more than 10 years in prison each for attempting to
overthrow the communist government. Tran Anh Kim (67) and Le Thanh
Tung were convicted of attempted subversion at a one-day trial
2017 Dec 16, California’s
Thomas Fire became the state's third largest blaze on record, with
more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds. It
has destroyed more than 1,000 structures, including about 750 homes,
in coastal communities in Southern California since erupting on Dec.
2017 Dec 16, In San Francisco
United Playaz organized a gun buyback in conjunction with police.
280 firearms were turned in for $100-$200 per gun.
(SSFC, 12/17/17, p.C1)
2017 Dec 16, Keely Smith
(b.1928), torch singer and former wife of bandleader Louis Prima,
died in Palm Springs. Her marriage to Prima in 1953 lasted to 1961.
(SFC, 12/20/17, p.D5)
2017 Dec 16, In southeastern
Indiana a single-engine Cessna crashed near Oldenberg killing three
(SFC, 12/18/17, p.A5)
2017 Dec 16, It was reported
that Argentina has fired the head of its navy a month after a
submarine disappeared in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members
onboard. The ARA San Juan submarine has not been located and is
thought to have exploded.
2017 Dec 16, Australian police
arrested Chan Han Choi (59), accused of working on the black market
to sell missile components and coal on behalf of North Korea. Choi
had been living in Australia for more than 30 years and was of
2017 Dec 16, In Australia two
female couples were married in Sydney and Melbourne after being
granted permission to waive a 4-week period in the first same-sex
weddings under new legislation allowing gay marriages.
2017 Dec 16, Austria's newly
formed conservative far-right coalition government said it would be
a reliable partner in a European Union it seeks to reform to return
more power to national governments.
2017 Dec 16, At a meeting in
Beijing Britain and China pledged to promote London as a center for
offshore use of Beijing's currency and cooperate in clean energy
research and promoting trade as the United Kingdom prepares to leave
the European Union.
2017 Dec 16, In southern Chile
a mudslide fueled by heavy rains swept over a village, leaving at
least five people dead and 15 missing. Rain caused a river to
overflow and the side of a hill to collapse, burying 20 of the 200
houses in Villa Santa Lucia in the Los Lagos region.
2017 Dec 16, Egypt reopened an
ancient library which holds thousands of centuries-old religious and
historical manuscripts at the famed St. Catherine Monastery, a
UNESCO World Heritage site, in South Sinai.
2017 Dec 16, Egypt opened its
largely sealed border with Gaza for only the second time since the
Palestinian Authority took control of the crossing from the
territory's Islamist rulers Hamas. The crossing was expected to stay
open for four days but, in the Egypt direction, for humanitarian
2017 Dec 16, In Gabon a Niger
national (53) stabbed two Danish journalists in Libreville,
declaring it was in retaliation for US attacks against Muslims. One
reporter was left in serious condition. The attacker was immediately
2017 Dec 16, In Honduras Hilda
Hernandez (51), sister of Pres. Juan Orlando Hernandez, and five
other people were killed in a military helicopter crash on a
mountain near Tegucigalpa. Hernandez was an agronomy engineer who
served as communications minister under her brother.
2017 Dec 16, In India Rahul
Gandhi, the scion of India's most famous political dynasty, took
over as president of the main opposition Congress party while facing
a stiff challenge from PM Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu nationalists.
2017 Dec 16, Indonesian
authorities recaptured American escapee Christian Beasley (32) in an
alley near a beach on Lombok after a five-day manhunt.
2017 Dec 16, A Lebanese Uber
driver with a criminal record killed Rebecca Dykes, a British woman,
who worked at the British Embassy in Beirut. Dykes' body was found
strangled by a main road outside Beirut. The driver was later
arrested and confessed.
2017 Dec 16, A group of Myanmar
journalists said they would begin wearing black T-shirts in protest
at the detention of two Reuters reporters accused of violating the
country's Official Secrets Act, as pressure builds on Myanmar to
release the pair.
2017 Dec 16, Nigerian
authorities said soldiers in a two week operation have arrested 167
Boko Haram fighters as well as 67 women and 173 children associated
with the extremist group hiding on the islands of Lake Chad.
2017 Dec 16, In the eastern
Philippines at least three people were killed and tens of thousands
were driven from their homes by floods as Tropical Storm Kai-Tak
pounded the area.
2017 Dec 16, South African
President Jacob Zuma said allegations of private businesses wielding
undue influence in his government will be investigated by a judicial
commission of inquiry. Zuma also said South Africa will raise
subsidies to universities to 1 percent of gross domestic product
over the next five years from nearly 0.7 percent at present as
recommended by a commission on higher education funding.
2017 Dec 16, The
government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media said Syrian
troops have captured the village of Tal al-Khanazeer on the
southeastern edge of Idlib.
2018 Dec 16, US Badger CEO John
Anton said that his company would halt shipment from Hetian Taida
Apparel while it investigates reports of sportswear being
manufactured at an internment camp in China's Xingiang region.
(SFC, 12/19/18, p.A4)
2018 Dec 16, In Florida Coast
Guard Petty Officer First Class John Presnar (44) shot and killed
his wife and their 7-year-old son and critically wounded their
daughter (8) before killing himself following an argument at their
home south of Miami.
(SFC, 12/17/18, p.A6)
2018 Dec 16, It was reported
that Boston's Museum of Fine Arts has received what museum officials
are calling a transformative gift of nearly 200 pieces of Chinese
art that have been in the same family for six generations. The gift
from Wan-go H. C. Weng is the largest and most significant gift of
Chinese art in museum history.
2018 Dec 16, Belgium police
deployed teargas and water cannon after scuffles broke out in
Brussels as thousands of people answered a call by far-right groups
to reject a UN migration pact.
2018 Dec 16, In Brazil Joao
Teixeira de Faria (76), better known as "Joao de Deus" or "John of
God," was arrested after women came forward in Brazilian media and
to police to allege he sexually forced himself on them on pretext of
"curing" them of ailments. Police conducted raids on properties
linked to Faria and found handguns, gemstones and -- hidden behind a
false panel in a wardrobe -- a suitcase containing the equivalent of
$300,000 in cash.
2018 Dec 16, In CongoDRC at
least one person was killed and over 80 injured in clashes between
supporters of rival candidates in Tshikapa, a city in the central
Kasai region, just days ahead of a crucial presidential election.
2018 Dec 16, In France yellow
vest protesters occupied dozens of traffic roundabouts across the
country even as their movement for economic justice appeared to be
losing momentum on the fifth straight weekend of protests.
2018 Dec 16, Georgia's incoming
President Salome Zurabishvili vowed to reconcile political divisions
and deepen ties with NATO and Europe at Sunday's inauguration that
opposition protesters were blocked from reaching.
2018 Dec 16, Thousands of
Hungarians protested in Budapest against a new labor law and what
they see as the increasingly authoritarian rule of right-wing
nationalist PM Viktor Orban.
2018 Dec 16, In India a New
Delhi security guard allegedly raped a three-year-old girl after
luring her with sweets. The girl was hospitalized and her suspected
attacker was soon arrested.
2018 Dec 16, In Indonesia Mount
Soputan, located on the northern part of Sulawesi island, erupted
twice. Local residents were urged to avoid activities near the
2018 Dec 16, In Iran the
appointment of Kambiz Mehdizadeh, President Hassan Rouhani's
son-in-law, as head of Iran's geological survey led to the
resignation of Jafar Sargheyni, head of the mining section in the
industries ministry. It was reported that the appointment has
renewed accusations of nepotism.
2018 Dec 16, Iranian
authorities detained an unspecified number of steel mill workers
after five weeks of protests over delays in salaries in Khuzestan
2018 Dec 16, In Iran a website
of the Revolutionary Guard reported that Gen. Ghodratollah Mansouri,
a vetran of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war, accidentally shot himself
in the head while cleaning a his pistol.
(SFC, 12/17/18, p.A2)
2018 Dec 16, Iraqis laid the
cornerstone in rebuilding Mosul's Al-Nuri mosque and leaning
minaret, national emblems destroyed last year in the ferocious
battle against the Islamic State group.
2018 Dec 16, The Israeli
military said it has exposed a fourth Hezbollah attack tunnel dug
2018 Dec 16, In northern Japan
42 people were injured in an explosion at a bar in Sapporo.
2018 Dec 16, In Kashmir a
security clampdown and a strike sponsored by separatists fighting
against Indian rule shut most of the Indian-administered state.
2018 Dec 16, In western Kenya
five people were killed in a village after residents resisted the
arrest of a suspect in a domestic abuse case. A policeman was soon
arrested in connection with the deaths.
2018 Dec 16, Hundreds of
Lebanese took to the streets to protest against a political
stalemate that has prevented the formation of a new government seven
months after elections.
2018 Dec 16, North Korea
condemned the US administration for stepping up sanctions and
pressure on the nuclear-armed country, warning of a return to
"exchanges of fire" and that disarming Pyongyang could be blocked
2018 Dec 16, It was reported
that Pakistan's army chief has approved death sentences for 15
people convicted by military courts of involvement in attacks that
killed 32 security forces and two civilians.
2018 Dec 16, In southern
Romania Anca Pop (34), a Romanian-Canadian singer-songwriter, died
after her car plunged into the Danube River.
2018 Dec 16, Russians living in
the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai elected a Kremlin-backed
candidate for governor on Sunday after a previous election was
thrown out due to voting fraud. Oleg Kozhemyako won 61.4 percent of
the votes after 95 percent of the ballots had been counted.
2018 Dec 16, At least two
Rwandan civilians were reported killed and eight injured when
attackers set fire to three passenger vehicles in the southern
Nyamagabe district, which borders Burundi.
2018 Dec 16, In southern Serbia
a bus skidded off the road and overturned amid wintry weather,
killing three people and injuring 32 others.
2018 Dec 16, In Somalia the US
military's Africa Command (Africom) carried out two air strikes with
Somali partners, killing 28 militants.
2018 Dec 16, In Spain dozens of
animal rights activists stripped naked and covered themselves in
fake blood in Barcelona in a protest against the use of fur and
2018 Dec 16, Sri Lanka's
president reappointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister, nearly
two months after firing him and setting off a long political
stalemate in the South Asian island nation.
2018 Dec 16, In Switzerland a
tour bus on its way to Germany crashed, killing one person and
injuring 44 others.
2018 Dec 16, In Syria a car
bomb killed at least eight people including four civilians near a
pro-Turkey rebel post in the northern city of Afrin.
2018 Dec 16, In Yemen clashes
shook Hodeida after air strikes and deadly fighting on the outskirts
overnight. At least 12 were killed and 25 others wounded from both
(AFP, 12/16/18)(SFC, 12/17/18, p.A2)
2019 Dec 16, US authorities
said at least nine people have died in weather-related crashes in
several Midwestern states amid a storm that dumped nearly a foot of
snow in places, forced schools to close and snarled traffic.
2019 Dec 16, Stocks advanced on
Wall Street for a 4th straight day sending the major indexes to
record highs. The Dow closed at 28,235.89; the Nasdaq closed at
8814.23; the S&P 500 closed at 3191.45.
(SFC, 12/17/19, p.D3)
2019 Dec 16, Three people were
confirmed dead, two in Alabama and one in Louisiana, and a dozen
more injured as a powerful storm front packing suspected tornadoes
smashed into buildings, downed trees and left a trail of destruction
around the Deep South.
2019 Dec 16, In Florida a Miami
federal court sent five businessmen to prison. They were convicted
of exploiting a “Buy American” program to fleece tens of millions of
dollars from US medical and food suppliers in a global racket.
Ringleader Bryamji Javat, a Pakistani who headed Dubai-based
Uniworld Group, received a 10-year sentence after pleading guilty to
a wire-fraud conspiracy.
(Miami Herald, 12/17/19)
2019 Dec 16, Hawaii police
Officer John Rabago admitted in federal court that he trapped Sam
Ingall in a restroom in January 2018 and gave him an ultimatum: lick
a urinal or face arrest. He had previously denied the charges
against him and another officer, Reginald Ramones, who pleaded
guilty in September.
(The Independent, 12/17/19)
2019 Dec 16, A Mississippi man
whose murder conviction was overturned by the US Supreme Court for
racial bias was granted bond and will be free for the first time in
2019 Dec 16, Bullets were fired
into an Oklahoma City home early today, killing a 2-year-old girl
and wounding her grandmother as the two were sleeping in bed.
2019 Dec 16, In South Carolina
Seth Hopkins, the son of a man accused of shooting seven law
officers in 2018, admitted to raping a young girl in his home
multiple times in 2017 and 2018. He was sentenced to 20 years in
prison for first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
2019 Dec 16, In Texas Eduardo
Arevalo (19) killed his pregnant sister in their home. He wrote a
fake suicide note in her name and later left her body in an alley.
He was arrested on Dec 22 in the Dallas suburb of The Colony.
2019 Dec 16, The American
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued its first new autism treatment
guidelines in 12 years aimed at helping doctors identify at-risk
children and getting them the care they need as early as possible.
2019 Dec 16, Axsome
Therapeutics Inc said its drug succeeded in reducing symptoms of
major depressive disorder in a late-stage trial, taking the company
a step closer to entering a multi-billion dollar market for
2019 Dec 16, Boeing Co
suppliers, customers and financiers braced for a possible freeze in
Boeing 737 production for the first time in more than 20 years as
the grounding of the best-selling MAX looks set to last well into
2019 Dec 16, US-based WPX
Energy Inc said it would buy privately held Felix Energy in a $2.5
billion deal, as the Permian basin operator looks to add oil-rich
acreage in the Delaware region of West Texas and southern New
Mexico, sending its shares up more than 9%.
2019 Dec 16, It was reported
that mass abuse of the opioid drug tramadol, originally made by
Grumenthal of Germany, is now creating havoc spanning continents
from India, to Africa to the Middle East. Most of the unregulated
drug was coming from India.
(SFC, 12/16/19, p.A4)
2019 Dec 16, Algeria's
Constitutional Council confirmed Abdelkader Tebboune as the new
president of Africa's largest country for the next five years —
despite mass protests challenging his election last week.
2019 Dec 16, Belarus said it
has reached an agreement with China to receive a $500-million loan.
The loan will be provided by the Shanghai office of the China
2019 Dec 16, Central Africa
Rep.'s Kwa Na Kwa party said former President Francois Bozize, who
was ousted nearly seven years ago by a coalition of rebel groups,
has returned from exile.
2019 Dec 16, China and Russia
proposed easing sanctions against nuclear-armed North Korea, in
response to steps the North takes towards denuclearization. The US
knocked back the call to ease sanctions on North Korea despite
threats of further provocations, as President Donald Trump said he
would “take care of” any threats the regime had in the works.
(AFP, 12/16/19)(Bloomberg, 12/17/19)
2019 Dec 16, India's PM
Narendra Modi appealed for calm today as violent nationwide
student-led protests against "anti-Muslim" citizenship legislation
continued for a fifth day.
2019 Dec 16, Amnesty
International said that at least 304 people were killed in last
month's anti-government protests in Iran, a significantly higher
number than what the rights group had reported previously.
2019 Dec 16, Seven African
migrants died and 70 other people were rescued when their boat sank
while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Morocco to Spain.
The rescued migrants, including 10 women and a baby, were brought
back to the Moroccan coastal city of Nador.
2019 Dec 16, Northern Ireland's
squabbling parties met in the hope of reviving their power-sharing
regional government after three years, with the UK election having
cleared the path to Brexit.
2019 Dec 16, Sri Lankan police
arrested a local Swiss embassy employee after she claimed she was
abducted by government officials, interrogated and sexually
assaulted before being released. The alleged victim claimed she was
abducted by CID officials in a white van on November 25, and held
for hours, while her abductors sexually abused her and tried to
force her to disclose embassy-related information.
(The Telegraph, 12/17/19)
2019 Dec 16, The United
Nations' AIDS agency fired two staffers for financial and sexual
misconduct, including whistleblower Martina Brostrom, whose
allegations of being sexually assaulted sparked months of turmoil at
2019 Dec 16, It was reported
that Venezuelan businessmen have taken advantage of his government’s
quiet abandonment of price, currency and import controls to buy
direct from US wholesalers including Costco and Walmart. Their
products now line the shelves in scores of new US dollar-only shops
known as “bodegones”.
2019 Dec 16, It was reported
that mosquito-borne dengue fever is the latest challenge facing
Yemenis who have endured almost five years of a conflict that has
killed thousands, pushed millions to the brink of famine and caused
major cholera outbreaks.
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