Today in History - December 27
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418 Dec 27,
Zosimus, Greek Pope (417-8), died.
537 Dec 27, The Haghia Sophia
Byzantine cathedral in Constantinople was consecrated. St. Sophia
(meaning "the holy wisdom" in Greek) was built by Emperor Justinian.
It remained a symbol of Byzantine grandeur until Istanbul was
conquered by Muslim armies.
1194 Dec 27, Frederick II,
German Emperor, was born.
1512 Dec 27, The laws of Burgos
gave New World natives legal protection against abuse and authorized
1571 Dec 27, Johannes Kepler
(d.1630), German astronomer known as the “father of modern
astronomy," was born. Working with the data gathered by Tycho Brahe,
he established the three laws of planetary motion:
a) The planets do not travel in concentric
circles, but in ellipses, with the sun at one of the two foci of the
b) A radius vector joining a planet to the sun
sweeps out equal areas in equal times.
c) The third law asserted a mathematical relation
between the periods of revolution of the planets and their distance
from the sun.
1603 Dec 27, Thomas Cartwright
(~68), English Presbyterian publicist, died.
1773 Dec 27, George Cayley,
founder of the science of aerodynamics, was born in England.
1794 Dec 27, The Portuguese
slave ship Sao Jose--Paquete de Africa sank off the coast of South
Africa’s Cape Town. Some 400-500 African slaves from Mozambique were
on board the vessel bound for Brazil. About half of them perished.
Wreckage of the ship was found in 2015.
1822 Dec 27, Louis Pasteur
(d.1895), French chemist and microbiologist, was born in Dole,
France. One of his several monumental contributions to science and
industry was pasteurization, the process of heating wine, beer and
milk to kill microorganisms that cause fermentation and disease.
Pasteur also developed important vaccines and his work on molecular
asymmetry led to the science of stereochemistry. He was the first to
vaccinate animals for anthrax and chicken cholera, and in 1885 he
proved that his rabies vaccine could be used successfully on humans
when he saved the life of a 9-year-old boy who had been bitten by a
rabid dog. The Pasteur Institute was formed in Paris in 1888 for
research on rabies. Pasteur ran the institute until his death in
(WUD, 1994, p.1055)(AP, 12/27/97) (HNPD,
1825 Dec 27, The 1st public
railroad using steam locomotive was completed in England.
1829 Dec 27, Hinton Helper,
southern abolitionist, was born. He wrote "The Impending
Crisis," the most stinging indictment of slavery.
1831 Dec 27, HMS Beagle
departed from Plymouth. Naturalist Charles Darwin set out on a
voyage to the Pacific aboard the HMS Beagle. Darwin's
discoveries during the voyage helped formed the basis of his
theories on evolution.
(HN, 12/27/98)(AP, 12/27/97)
1834 Dec 27, Charles Lamb
(b.1775), English critic, poet, essayist, died. "No one ever
regarded the first of January with indifference. It is the nativity
of our common Adam."
1836 Dec 27, Stephen Fuller
Austin (43), founder of state of Texas, died.
1845 Dec 27, Ether was 1st used
in childbirth in US at Jefferson, Ga.
1855 Dec 27, Paul Ehrenreich,
German ethnologist and mythologist, was born.
1862 Dec 27, Rosecrans’ army
moved slowly toward General Bragg at Murfreesboro.
1862 Dec 27, Battle of
Chickasaw Bluffs, Miss. (Chickasaw Bayou), began.
1862 Dec 27, Battle of
1871 Dec 27, World's 1st cat
show took place at the Crystal Palace, London.
1887 Dec 27, Start of Sherlock
Holmes "Adventure of Blue Carbuncle."
1888 Dec 27, Tito Schipa
(d.1965), tenor (La Rondine), was born in Italy. His birthday was
recorded as January 2, 1889 for military conscription purposes.
1900 Dec 27, Militant
prohibitionist Carry Nation carried out her first public smashing of
a bar, at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, Kan. She published the Smasher
in Topeka. Advertisers boycotted and the paper failed.
(AP, 12/27/97)(SFEC, 3/8/98, BR p.6)
1901 Dec 27, Marlene Dietrich
(d.1992), German-born singer and actress best known for her roles in
"Shanghai Express" and "Witness for the Prosecution," was born. “I’m
a realist and so I think regretting is a useless occupation. You
help no one with it. But you can’t live without illusions even if
you must fight for them, such as ‘love conquers all.’ It isn’t true,
but I would like it to be.”
(SFC, 5/8/96, p.D-2)(HN, 12/27/98)(AP, 11/23/00)
1904 Dec 27, Duke of York
Theatre opened in London with the 1st performance “Peter Pan: The
Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up,” a dream-play written by J.M. Barrie.
1906 Dec 27, Oscar Levant,
American composer and actor, was born in Pittsburgh.
1913 Dec 27, In San Francisco
over 25,000 people gathered at Lotta’s Fountain to celebrate the
postponed Christmas Eve festival.
(SSFC, 12/22/13, DB p.42)
1913 Dec 27, Charles Moyer,
president of the Miners Union, was shot in the back and dragged
through the streets of Chicago.
1915 Dec 27, William Howell
Masters, sex author and physician, was born.
1915 Dec 27, In Ohio, iron and
steel workers went on strike for an eight hour day and higher wages.
1925 Dec 27, In Los Angeles
Hilario Camino Moncado founded the Filipino Federation of America
(FFA), one of the country’s first and largest Filipino
1927 Dec 27, The musical play
"Show Boat," with music by Jerome Kern and libretto by Oscar
Hammerstein the Second, opened at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York.
1927 Dec 27, Stalin's faction
won All-Union Congress in USSR. Trotsky was expelled.
1932 Dec 27, Radio City Music
Hall was opened in New York City. The new acoustics proved
unpopular. In 2002 Emily Thompson authored “The Soundscape of
Modernity,” a look at the early era of modern acoustics.
(HFA, '96, p.44)(AP, 12/27/97)(WSJ, 4/24/02,
1933 Dec 27, Josef Stalin
called tensions with Japan a grave danger.
1934 Dec 27, The 1st youth US
hostel opened at Northfield, Mass.
1936 Dec 27, Lee Salk, doctor
(CBS TV), was born.
1937 Dec 27, Mae West performed
an Adam and Eve skit that got her banned from NBC radio.
1938 Dec 27, Osip Mandelstam
(b.1891), Russian poet born in Poland to Jewish parents, died while
in transit to a labor camp. In 1998 Emma Gerstein authored “Moscow
Memoirs: Memories of Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam and Literary
Russia Under Stalin.” An English translation by John Crowfoot became
available in 2004.
1939 Dec 26-27, In Turkey a
series of vicious earthquakes in Erzincan province, magnitude 7.9,
took some 33,000 lives in Turkey.
(HN, 12/27/98)(MC, 12/27/01)(SFEC, 8/22/99,
1941 Dec 27, Japanese bombers
attacked Manila, despite its claim as an open city.
1942 Dec 27, The 1st Japanese
women camp at Ambarawa went into use.
1943 Dec 27, Cokie Roberts,
American political broadcaster for NPR and ABC, was born.
1943 Dec 27, President Franklin
Roosevelt ordered the U.S. Army to take temporary possession of all
railroads in order to prevent a strike by railway workers. The
action was taken under the wartime Labor Disputes Act. The railroads
were returned to private management on January 18, 1944.
1944 Dec 27, General Patton’s
Third Army, spearheaded by the 4th Armored Division, relieved the
surrounded city of Bastogne in Belgium.
1944 Dec 27, Sister Sara
Salkahazi was killed by the Arrow Cross, the Hungarian allies of the
Nazis, for hiding Jews in a Budapest building used by her religious
order, the Sisters of Social Service. In 2006 she was beatified by
Pope Benedict XVI.
1945 Dec 27, Arthur Laurent's
"Home of the Brave," premiered in NYC.
1945 Dec 27, Foreign ministers
from the former Allied nations of the United States, the Soviet
Union, and Great Britain agreed to divide Korea into two separate
occupation zones and to govern the nation for five years.
1945 Dec 27, The International
Monetary Fund and the Int’l. Bank for Reconstruction and Development
(World Bank) were created. 28 nations signed an agreement creating
the World Bank. The IMF was created to promote healthy international
trade and began transactions in 1947. The World Bank was designed by
Englishman John Maynard Keynes and American Harry Dexter White. The
IMF and WB were originally intended to part of the UN, but this link
was abandoned under American pressure. WB chronology @
(AP, 12/27/97)(HN, 12/27/98)(HNQ, 12/27/00)(Econ,
7/24/04, p.63)(Econ, 6/22/13, p.18)
1945 Dec 27, The Dutch formally
relinquished sovereignty to Indonesia.
(WSJ, 7/24/01, p.B4)
1947 Dec 27, Buffalo Bob Smith
(1917-1998) and puppet Howdy Doody starred on the first nationally
broadcast children’s TV show. It ran to Sep. 30, 1960. The
children’s television program “Howdy Doody,” hosted by Bob Smith,
made its debut on NBC. The show was produced by Martin Stone. The
characters Clarabell the Clown (Bob Keeshan later Captain Kangaroo),
Chief Thunderthud, Princess Summerfall, Phineas T. Bluster and
Flub-a-Dub were featured. The theme song was based on the French
(SFC, 9/9/96, p.A18)(AP, 12/27/97)(SFC, 6/19/98,
p.B6)(SFC, 7/31/98, p.D7)
1947 Dec 27, The new Italian
constitution was promulgated in Rome.
1948 Dec 27, Gerard Depardieu,
actor (Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, Danton, Green Card), was born in
1949 Dec 27, Queen Juliana of
the Netherlands granted sovereignty to Indonesia after more than 300
years of Dutch rule. The Netherlands retained control of Irian Jaya,
inhabited by Melanesians, until 1963.
(EWH, 1968, p.1168)(SFC, 9/8/99, p.A17)(AP,
1950 Dec 27, U.S. and Spain
resumed relations for the first time since the Spanish Civil War of
1954 Dec 27, Gian Carlo
Menotti's opera "Saint of Bleecker Street" premiered in NYC.
1956 Dec 27, Segregation on
Tallahassee, Fla., buses was outlawed.
1960 Dec 27, France exploded a
3rd atom bomb in the Sahara Desert, code-named Gerboise Rouge (“red
1961 Dec 27, Styne-Comden-Green
musical "Subways are for Sleeping," premiered.
1961 Dec 27, Tony Bennett,
starring in the Venetian Room of the SF Fairmont Hotel, made his 1st
solo public performance of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
The song was written by George Cory and Douglass Cross in 1954 and
had languished in obscurity for years.
(SSFC, 2/4/07, p.F1)(SFC, 1/25/12, p.A11)(SFC,
1967 Dec 27, Singer Bob Dylan
(b.1941 as Robert Allen Zimmerman) released his "John Wesley
1968 Dec 27, The US agreed to
sell fifty F-4 Phantom jets to Israel.
1968 Dec 27, Apollo 8, the 1st
manned mission to the moon, and its three astronauts made a safe,
nighttime splashdown in the Pacific.
1970 Dec 27, "Hello, Dolly!"
closed at the St. James Theater on Broadway after a run of 2,844
1974 Dec 27, Amy Vanderbilt
(b.1908), American etiquette expert, died. "One face to the world,
another at home makes for misery." In 1952 she published the best
selling book Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Book of Etiquette.
1978 Dec 27, Algerian President
Houari Boumediene, one of the Third World's most prominent and
outspoken leaders, died after 40 days in a coma.
1978 Dec 27, King Juan Carlos
ratified Spain's 1st democratic constitution. A parliamentary
monarchy was established with power in the hands of the legislative
branch. Many powers centralized under Franco were devolved to the 17
autonomous regions. Manuel Fraga (1922-2012) helped write the
country's post-Franco, democratic Constitution.
1978 Dec 27, In South Yemen the
Supreme Council elected a new president. He reversed moves toward
reconciliation with North Yemen and acquiesced to a continued Soviet
(PC, 1992, p.1065)
1979 Dec 27, "Knots Landing,"
premiered on CBS-TV.
1979 Dec 27, Soviet forces
seized control of Afghanistan after a 2nd leftist coup. The Soviet
backed coup ousted leftists and put a more pro-Moscow regime in
power in Kabul. Babrak Karmal (1929-1996) became the new puppet
leader and Soviet troops bolstered his rule against Muslim
resistance fighters. Hafizullah Amin, who was overthrown, was
executed and replaced by Babrak Karmal. Some 15,000 Soviet soldiers
reportedly died along with 1 million Afghans.
(SFC, 9/23/96, A9)(SFC, 9/28/96, p.A8)(WSJ,
12/6/96, p.A1) (WA, 1997,p.737) (AP,
1981 Dec 27, Hoagy Carmichael
(b.1899), US actor, songwriter (Stardust), died in California at age
82. His songs included "Stardust" and over 600 other melodies.
(WSJ, 9/9/99, p.A24)(SFC, 11/25/99,
1983 Dec 27, President Reagan
took all responsibility for the lack of security in Beirut that
allowed a terrorist on a suicide mission to kill 241 Marines on Oct
1983 Dec 27, Pope John Paul II
pardoned Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot him. The Pope visited
Mehmet Ali Agca at Rome’s Rebibbia prison and personally pardoned
him for the 1981 assassination attempt.
1983 Dec 27, A propane gas fire
devastated 16 blocks of Buffalo, NY. The fire killed five
firefighters, two civilians, destroyed about a million in fire
equipment, and leveled several city blocks, as well as the infamous
fire alarm box # 29 also known as the Hoodoo Box.
1984 Dec 27, Geologist Roberta
Score found the Martian meteorite labeled Allan Hills (ALH) 84001
while snowmobiling in the Antarctic. The 4.5 billion year old rock
was knocked of Mars by an asteroid some 16 million years earlier and
landed in Antarctica some 13,000 years before Score’s find.
(PacDis, Winter ’97, p.29)(SSFC, 2/19/06, p.M6)
1984 Dec 27, Four Polish
officers were tried for the slaying of Reverend Jerzy Popieluszko.
1985 Dec 27, Palestinian
guerrillas opened fire inside the Rome and Vienna airports; a total
of twenty people were killed, including five of the attackers, who
were slain by police and security personnel. Abu Nidal was
considered responsible. President Reagan blamed Libyan leader
(AP, 12/27/97)(SFC, 8/25/98, p.A6)(NYT, 10/8/04,
1985 Dec 27, American
naturalist Dian Fossey, who had studied gorillas in the wild, was
found hacked to death at a research station in Rwanda.
1987 Dec 27, Scores of
Palestinian prisoners appeared before Israeli military courts in the
first trials of several hundred protesters arrested in the
"intefadeh," or uprising, in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
1988 Dec 27, Bulgaria stopped
jamming Radio Free Europe after more than 3 decades.
1988 Dec 27, Hundreds of
residents of Lockerbie, Scotland, paid silent tribute to five of the
Americans killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, as coffins
containing victims' remains began the journey home.
1989 Dec 27, President Bush, on
a visit to Beeville, Texas, said he was determined to bring deposed
Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega to justice "for poisoning the
children of the United States" with illegal drugs.
1991 Dec 27, The United States
and the Philippines announced that the United States would abandon
the Subic Bay naval base by the end of 1992.
1991 Dec 27, Muslim
fundamentalists in Algeria won a major victory in free legislative
elections; however, the military ended up canceling the election
1992 Dec 27, The United States
shot down an Iraqi fighter jet during what the Pentagon described as
a confrontation between a pair of Iraqi warplanes and U.S. F-16 jets
in U.N.-restricted airspace over southern Iraq.
1993 Dec 27, U.S. officials
said that Strobe Talbott, who had served as the Clinton
administration's chief Russia policy architect, would take over the
number-two spot at the State Department.
1993 Dec 27, In Egypt, a gun
and bomb attack on a tourist bus in old Cairo wounded 8 Austrians
and 8 Egyptians. The militant group Gama’a al-Islamiya claimed
(WSJ, 10/11/04, p.A17)
1995 Dec 27, France set off a
fifth nuclear bomb at a South Pacific Atoll.
(WSJ, 12/28/95, p. A-1)
1995 Dec 27, Israeli jeeps sped
out of the West Bank town of Ramallah, capping a seven-week pullout
giving Yasser Arafat control over 90 percent of the West Bank's 1
million Palestinian residents and one-third of its land.
1996 Dec 27, Officials of NBC
and Panasonic activated the new 891 sq. foot Astrovision screen near
the base of One Times Square, New York.
(SFC, 12/28/96, p.A6)
1996 Dec 27, Officials in Las
Vegas announced that the 12-story, 900-room, 10-year-old Hacienda
Hotel would be blown up on New Year’s Eve. A new 4,000 room resort
owned by Circus Circus would replace it.
(SFC, 12/28/96, p.A6)
1996 Dec 27, In South Bend,
Ind., Annie Fulford was shot and killed during a drug-related
robbery. Her boyfriend, Leif O’Connell, began a rampage and after 2
months began drive-by shootings of black men that left 1 dead and
five injured. He and accomplice, Jerred Kahlenbeck, faced murder and
attempted murder charges.
(SFC, 5/13/97, p.A2)
1996 Dec 27, In France the
foreign ministry said that it would no longer participate in the
Operation Provide Comfort after the end of the year. The operation
was a multi-national air reconnaissance effort to safeguard Kurdish
civilians in northern Iraq.
(SFC, 12/28/96, p.A12)
1996 Dec 27, In Peru Pres.
Fujimori declared a 60-day state of emergency.
(SFC, 12/28/96, p.A12)
1996 Dec 27, Russia and China
agreed to remove troops along their border and to build a nuclear
power plant in eastern China’s Jiangsu province with a $2.5 billion
loan from Russia.
(SFC, 12/28/96, p.A12,13)
1996 Dec 27, Some 300 people
were trapped in the Roksky Pass tunnel in the Caucasus between North
Ossetia and the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia. Also
Alexander Lebed announced the new Russian Popular Republican Party.
(SFC, 12/28/96, p.A12,13)
1996 Dec 27, In Rwanda the
first trial was held in connection with the 1994 genocide. Deo
Bizimana was accused of killing 20 people and ordering the massacre
of thousands of others.
(SFC, 12/28/96, p.A12)
1996 Dec 27, In Tibet Ngawang
Choepel, a musician on a Fullbright scholarship, was sentenced to 18
years in prison for espionage. He had arrived as a Chinese citizen
in 1995 to make a documentary on folk music and dance.
(SFC, 12/28/96, p.A13)
1996 Dec 27, The Organization
for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), led by former Spanish
Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez, recognized the Yugoslavia opposition
victories in the Nov 17 local elections.
(SFC, 12/28/96, p.A1)
1996 Dec 27, In Belgrade,
Yugoslavia, about 60,000 opposition supporters defied riot police
and rallied in celebration of an international report backing their
triumph over Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic in recent local
1997 Dec 27, Lower level talks
between Turkish and Greek Cypriot officials were suspended by the
Turkish Cypriots to protest the inclusion of the Greek side in EU
1997 Dec 27, In Egypt Hussein
Khalifa was sentenced to death for the 1993-94 murders of 26
policemen and 8 Romanian nationals. Rifaat Zeidan and Abdul-Hamid
Othman, all members of al-Gama’a al-Islamiya, were sentenced to
death in absentia.
1997 Dec 27, In Italy Some 825
illegal immigrants, mostly Kurds, were rescued by Italian tugboats
from the Turkish ship Ararat. They were attempting to smuggle into
Italy from Turkey.
1997 Dec 27, The Laos kip
plunged to about half its value since July when the Thai baht was
1997 Dec 27, In Mexico
authorities charged Jacinto Arias Cruz, the mayor of Chenalho, and
23 supporters with murder of the villagers in Acteal.
1997 Dec 27, In Northern
Ireland inmate Billy Wright (37), aka King Rat and Northern
Ireland's most notorious Protestant militant, was shot and killed by
another inmate of the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA), an IRA
splinter group at the Maze prison. In 1998 3 Irish extremists,
Christopher McWilliams, John Kennaway and John Glennon, were
sentenced to life in prison for the killing.
(SFEC,12/28/97, p.A1)(SFC, 10/21/98, p.C2)(AP,
1997 Dec 27, In Northern
Ireland masked killers shot and killed Seamus Dillon (45), a
Catholic security guard at the Glengannon Hotel. Two other bouncers
and a 14-year-old bar worker were wounded. The attack was a response
to the killing of Billy Wright.
(SFC, 12/29/97, p.A6)
1998 Dec 27, Six inmates,
including four convicted killers, escaped from Riverbend Maximum
Security Institution in Tennessee. All were recaptured by the end of
1998 Dec 27, A vaccine for AIDS
by VaxGen Inc. of South San Francisco was reported to be in Phase
III clinical trials. It was derived from g-120, a genetically
engineered protein copied from a protein found in the HIV virus.
Other vaccines were also under development.
(SFEC, 12/27/98, p.A3)
1998 Dec 27, In Michigan 6
children of Femeeka O'Steen (27) died of smoke inhalation in Detroit
as their mother recovered in a hospital after giving birth.
(SFC, 12/28/98, p.A2)
1998 Dec 27, A week after she
was born weighing just 10.3 ounces, the smallest of the Houston
Chukwu octuplets, Chijindu Chidera, died.
(SFC, 12/28/98, p.A1) (AP, 12/27/99)
1998 Dec 27, In Algeria armed
groups attacked 2 villages and killed at least 30 people at Khenis
Miliana and Ain N'Sour.
(SFC, 12/29/98, p.A8)
1998 Dec 27, In China a 4th
dissident for democracy received a 10 year prison sentence for
speaking to a reported by telephone about farmer's protests.
(SFC, 12/28/98, p.A6)
1998 Dec 27, In Colombia a
natural gas pipeline exploded in Arroyo de Piedra and killed 12
(SFC, 12/28/98, p.B1)
1998 Dec 29, In Colombia rebels
claimed to have killed a right-wing paramilitary leader in a weekend
capture of his northern stronghold.
(WSJ, 12/30/98, p.A1)
1998 Dec 27, In the Congo
Republic troops from Angola, allied to Pres. Sassou-Nguesso, killed
dozens of people in a weekend attack on Nkayi.
(WSJ, 12/30/98, p.A1)
1998 Dec 27, Iraq said it would
reject any extension of a UN monitored food program and would
require monitors to leave.
(SFC, 12/28/98, p.A6)
1998 Dec 27, In Mexico 2
Huichol Indians, Juan Chivarrer Lopez and Miguel Hernandez de la
Cruz, were arrested for the murder of reporter Philip True.
(SFC, 12/28/98, p.B1)
1998 Dec 27, In Russia the
first group of 10 solid-fuel Topol-M missiles was to be inaugurated
by Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev. They were designed to replace the
multiple warhead missiles banned by START II.
(SFEC, 12/27/98, p.A20)
1998 Dec 27, In Sierra Leone
Nigerian jets killed some 50 rebels in Makeni and ECOMOG forces took
control following fierce fighting.
(SFC, 12/28/98, p.B1)
1998 Dec 27, In Tonga Cyclone
Cora hit the islands and destroyed all the banana trees.
(SFC, 12/28/98, p.B1)
1999 Dec 27, Six inmates,
including four convicted killers, escaped from Riverbend Maximum
Security Institution in Tennessee. All were recaptured by the end of
1999 Dec 27, A week after she
was born weighing just ten-point-three ounces, the smallest of the
Houston octuplets (Chijindu Chidera) died from heart and lung
1999 Dec 27, Space shuttle
Discovery landed at Cape Canaveral, Fla., following a successful
repair of the Hubble Space Telescope.
(SFC, 12/28/99, p.A3)
1999 Dec 27, In Indonesia rival
mobs of Muslims and Christians clashed in Maluku province and at
least 39 people were killed.
(SFC, 12/28/99, p.A10)
1999 Dec 27, In northeast
Pakistan Salamat Shah, a Shiite Muslim, opened fire and killed 12
members of a rival Sunni Muslim group, Sipa-e-Sahaba, during a
funeral procession in Sikunder Pur.
(SFC, 12/28/99, p.A10)
2000 Dec 27, Pres. Clinton
appointed Roger Gregory as the 1st African American judge to the US
Court of appeals in Richmond, Va.
(SFC, 12/28/00, p.A3)
2000 Dec 27, Software engineer
Michael McDermott pleaded innocent to 7 counts of murder in the
shooting deaths of seven co-workers the day before at an Internet
consulting company in Wakefield, Mass. McDermott was later convicted
and sentenced to life without parole.
2001 Dec 27, Pres. Bush
permanently normalized trade relations with China.
(WSJ, 12/28/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 27, The US announced
plans to hold Taliban and al Qaeda prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay
naval base in Cuba.
(SFC, 12/28/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 27, US warplanes
destroyed a compound in eastern Afghanistan believed used by a
Taliban intelligence chief. Local villagers said as many as 40
civilians were killed. Qari Ahmadullah (40), former Taliban chief of
intelligence, was killed while fleeing US bombardment near Naka
village in Paktia province.
(SFC, 12/28/01, p.A22)(SFC, 1/3/02, p.A1)
2001 Dec 27, In NYC a van
lurched out of control in Herald Square at 34th ST. and 6th Ave. and
killed 6 pedestrians. A 7th died the next day.
(SFC, 12/28/01, p.A3)(SFC, 12/29/01, p.A6)
2001 Dec 27, In El Salvador
forensic scientists found human bones buried under the national
police headquarters. The were believed to belong to people who
disappeared during the 1980s civil war.
(WSJ, 12/28/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec 27, India banned
Pakistan’s national airline from entering its airspace and ordered
Pakistan to withdraw half of its diplomats from New Delhi. Pakistan
(SSFC, 12/30/01, p.A22)(AP, 12/27/02)
2001 Dec 27, In Israel defense
minister Gen. Binyamin Ben-Eliezer (65) took over leadership of the
Labor Party. Israeli troops raided Palestinian territory for a 2nd
day and arrested 7 suspected militants.
(SFC, 12/28/01, p.A3)
2001 Dec 27, Zambia held
national elections. Early returns showed a virtual tie between Levy
Mwanawasa of the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy and
Anderson Mazoka of the United Party for National Development.
Mwanawasa won the elections with 29% of the vote.
(SSFC, 12/30/01, p.A21)(Econ, 7/2/05, p.43)
2002 Dec 27, Gov. Engler of
Michigan signed a bill eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for
(WSJ, 12/30/02, p.A1)
2002 Dec 27, The hamlet of
Bridgeville on Highway 36 in Humboldt County, Ca., was sold on Ebay
for $1.77 million. The Ebay deal failed and in 2004 Southern
California investor purchased the 82-acre town for $700,000.
(SFC, 12/28/02, p.A3)(SFC, 5/21/04, p.B3)
2002 Dec 27, George Roy Hill
(81), film director, died. His films included "The Sting" and "Butch
Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."
(SFC, 12/28/02, p.A1)
2002 Dec 27, Argentine
lawmakers approved the 2003 budget and ratified a new central bank
chief, helping President Eduardo Duhalde's efforts to secure an aid
agreement with the IMF.
2002 Dec 27, Chechen rebel
suicide bombers rammed vehicles packed with a ton of explosives into
the local government headquarters in Grozny, gutting the building
and killing at least 83 people.
(Reuters, 12/27/02)(AP, 12/28/02)(SFC, 12/31/02,
2002 Dec 27, In Indonesia at
least 9 people including two children were killed and 50 injured
when heavy rain triggered a mud slide on Sumatra island.
2002 Dec 27, Palestinian gunmen
killed 4 Israelis at the Otniel religious community near Hebron.
(SFC, 12/28/02, p.A9)
2002 Dec 27, In Kenya political
veteran Mwai Kibaki (71), head of an opposition alliance that
promised to fight corruption and revive Kenya's ailing economy, won
the elections over Uhuru Kenyatta 62% to 31%. The opposition
alliance won 125 of 210 elective seats in the National Assembly,
breaking the ruling party's 39-year grip on power. Kibaki promised
to curb corruption.
(AP, 12/28/02)(SFC, 12/28/02, p.A11)(AP,
1/2/03)(Econ, 12/18/04, p.65)
2002 Dec 27, In Bishkek,
Kyrgyzstan, 7 people were killed and 26 injured when a container of
fireworks exploded, detonating a gas tank in the Dordoi market.
2002 Dec 27, A defiant North
Korea ordered U.N. nuclear inspectors to leave the country and said
it would restart a laboratory capable of producing plutonium for
nuclear weapons. But the U.N. nuclear watchdog said its inspectors
were "staying put" for the time being.
2002 Dec 27, Poland
announced it will buy 48 U.S.-made F-16 jet fighters from Lockheed
Martin for $3.5 billion to upgrade its air force to NATO standards
2002 Dec 27, Russia said it
will no longer accept US Peace Corps volunteers, after suggesting
the workers were spying.
(AP, 12/27/02)(SFC, 12/28/02, p.A11)
2002 Dec 27, Uruguay's Congress
approved a plan to merge 3 major banks verging on insolvency amid
the country's economic crisis.
2003 Dec 27, In Afghanistan
suspected al Qaeda fighters ambushed Afghan security forces near the
Pakistani border. A senior Afghan intelligence official was killed
along with 6 attackers.
(SSFC, 12/28/03, p.A14)
2003 Dec 27, Alan Bates (69),
British stage and film actor, died. His films included "Zorba the
Greek" and "Georgy Girl."
(SFC, 12/29/03, p.A12)
2003 Dec 27, China announced
its first suspected SARS case since July.
2003 Dec 27, An Indonesian army
tank accidentally ran over a public minibus on Java island, killing
18 people and injuring at least five.
2003 Dec 27, Governments around
the world rushed medical experts, rescue teams, water-purification
systems and tea to the earthquake-ravaged Iranian city of Bam.
2003 Dec 27, In Iraq insurgents
launched 3 coordinated attacks in the southern city of Karbala,
killing 13 people, including six Iraqi police officers, 2 Thai
soldiers and 5 Bulgarians.
(AP, 12/28/03)(SSFC, 12/28/03, p.A3)(WSJ,
12/29/03, p.A1)(AP, 12/27/04)
2003 Dec 27, Israeli troop
staged a huge raid in Nablus that left a Palestinian teenager dead
and 17 others wounded.
(SSFC, 12/28/03, p.A18)
2003 Dec 27, Juan Garcia Ponce
(71), a renowned Mexican art critic, translator and prize-winning
novelist, died. Ponce was born in Merida, the capital of Yucatan
state, on Sept. 22, 1932. The author of at least 50 books, Ponce
wrote novels, plays, screenplays and essays and was considered a
master of erotic literature.
(AP, 12/28/03)(SFC, 12/29/03, p.A12)
2003 Dec 27, Russia removed all
Soviet-built anti-aircraft missiles from its vast arms depots in a
Moldova province to prevent them from falling into the hands of
terrorists. The missiles were flown from Transdniestria Province to
2004 Dec 27, In southern Asia
the death toll from the Dec 26 earthquake-tsunami catastrophe rose
to more than 23,000.
2004 Dec 27, The Central Africa
Republic (CAR) established a new Constitution.
2004 Dec 27, The euro reached
an intraday high of $1.364.
(WSJ, 12/28/04, p.C2)
2004 Dec 27, A massive burst of
energy from a neutron star, SGR 1806-20, was detected in the
constellation Sagittarius. It was the equivalent of what the sun
emits every 150,000 years.
(SFC, 2/19/05, p.A2)
2004 Dec 27, Honduras' security
minister pledged to eliminate violent youth gangs, nine of whose
members have been charged with homicide in connection with a Dec. 23
shooting attack on a public bus that killed 28 people.
2004 Dec 27, The foreign
secretaries of nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan began two-day
talks that will include their first formal dialogue on disputed
Kashmir since they launched a peace process a year ago.
2004 Dec 27, In an audiotape, a
man purported to be Osama bin Laden endorsed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as
his deputy in Iraq and called for a boycott of January's elections
in the country.
2004 Dec 27, A suicide bomber
detonated his car at the gate of the home of the leader of Iraq's
biggest political party and most powerful Shiite political group,
killing 15 people and injuring dozens. Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, head of
the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, the
country's, was unharmed.
2004 Dec 27, The Iraqi Islamic
Party, the biggest Sunni political group, pulled out of the Jan. 30
elections citing the deteriorating security situation.
2004 Dec 27, Poisonous liquor
sold by an illegal alcohol bar in India's financial capital killed
at least 51 people and sent nearly 100 others to hospital over two
days, prompting citywide raids on alcohol vendors.
2004 Dec 27, Israel released
159 Palestinian prisoners as a gesture to the new Palestinian
2004 Dec 27, Jordan's military
court on acquitted 13 Muslim militants, including three Saudi
fugitives, of conspiring to commit terror attacks against U.S.
targets in Jordan, but sentenced 11 of them to prison terms ranging
from six to 15 years for possessing explosives.
2004 Dec 27, In western Sudan
rebel forces attacked the market town of Ghubaysh and the government
retaliated. The UN World Food Program suspended food convoys to the
Darfur region following the attacks.
2004 Dec 27, Ukraine election
officials said opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko won 51.99 percent
to 44.19 percent for Moscow-backed PM Viktor Yanukovych. Supporters
of the pro-Russian PM vowed to challenge the results in court.
2004 Dec 27, Ukrainian
Transport Minister Heorhiy Kirpa, a supporter of the trailing
candidate in the presidential election, was found dead in his house
from a gunshot wound. Opposition figures claimed that Kirpa
allocated trains to ferry Yanukovych supporters to vote at multiple
polling sites in Nov. 21 presidential balloting that eventually was
annulled by the Ukraine Supreme Court.
2005 Dec 27, The US State Dept.
announced sanctions against 9 foreign companies, 6 Chinese, for
selling missile and chemical-arms goods to Iran.
(WSJ, 12/28/05, p.A1)
2005 Dec 27, In NYC the
executive board of the transit workers approved a tentative contract
that included a 10.9% raise over 3 years and a requirement for
workers to contribute to their health care plans.
(SFC, 12/28/05, p.A3)
2005 Dec 27, A reported
inversion with long-term interest rates dropping below short-term
rates prompted a sell-off on Wall Street. The trend often precedes
an economic downturn.
(WSJ, 12/28/05, p.A1)
2005 Dec 27, Grass fires burned
in drought-stricken Texas and Oklahoma. Over three days, nearly 200
homes were lost and the fires blamed for at least four deaths.
2005 Dec 27, A close aide said
Bolivia’s President-elect Evo Morales will reject US economic and
military aid if the US requires continued coca-eradication efforts
to get the money.
2005 Dec 27, Inmates at a
prison in Brazil's remote Amazon jungle held more than 200 people
hostage, demanding the return of their leader from another prison.
Authorities agreed to bring him back, but both sides remained at an
impasse, waiting for the other to make the first move.
2005 Dec 27, In China Tian
Fengshan, former minister of land and resources, was sentenced to
life in prison on charges of taking $545,000 in bribes from
2005 Dec 27, US financial
services giant Citigroup Inc. said it plans to increase its stake in
China's Shanghai Pudong Development Bank to 19.9 percent, the
maximum legal holding for a single foreign bank in a local lender.
2005 Dec 27, Leftist rebels
ambushed a group of soldiers who were protecting civilians in
southern Colombia, killing 28.
2005 Dec 27, East Timor's
president formally opened a consulate in Indonesia's neighbouring
West Timor province in an effort to strengthen relations between the
2005 Dec 27, A conference
underlining the gravity of Egypt's landmines problem kicked off in
Cairo, with delegates appealing for international support in the
mine clearing effort. Egypt is one of the most heavily-mined regions
in the world, a legacy of World War II and the Arab-Israeli wars,
which left the northwestern desert infested with an estimated 22
million mines and other unexploded ordnance (UXOs).
2005 Dec 27, In Indonesia a
year after the tsunami destroyed their battlefield, Aceh rebels
formally disbanded their armed wing, effectively ending their
30-year separatist insurgency.
2005 Dec 27, Clashes erupted
between gunmen and Iraqi police in Baghdad, killing two policemen
and two bystanders. South of Baghdad, a roadside bomb targeting a
police patrol killed two officers, and gunmen in southern Baghdad
killed another. Gunmen southeast of Kirkuk, killed one police
2005 Dec 27, The Israeli
military fired a barrage of artillery and missiles at the Gaza
Strip, hitting two offices of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades and a
bridge the army said was used by militants to reach areas where they
2005 Dec 27, Three rockets
landed in a residential area of a northern Israeli town near the
Lebanese border, damaging some property but causing no injuries.
2005 Dec 27, The Japanese
government endorsed measures that would put more women in top
government posts and provide more support for working mothers at a
time when the country is facing low birth rates and a looming labor
2005 Dec 27, In Kuwait 6 men
were convicted and sentenced to death on charges they belonged to a
terrorist group that planned to attack US troops in Kuwait. They
were among 37 Kuwaitis and other nationals accused of joining the
Lions of the Peninsula, a group the prosecution claims was planning
attacks. The defendants were captured after clashing with Kuwaiti
police in January 2005.
(AP, 12/27/05)(AP, 3/9/06)
2005 Dec 27, Abdel-Qadar Abdel
Qader, a Syrian, was arrested in Lebanon on suspicion of involvement
in the assassination of Gibran Tueni, the anti-Syrian general
manager and columnist of Lebanon's leading newspaper.
2005 Dec 27, Philippine
prosecutors charged four US Marines with rape in what is seen as a
test case for a bilateral accord allowing American troops to train
2005 Dec 27, Andrei Illarionov,
an outspoken economic adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin,
announced that he was resigning, saying he could no longer work in a
government that had done away with political freedoms.
2005 Dec 27, Saudi police
arrested Mohammed Abdel-Rahman Mohammed al-Suwailmi, a terror
suspect on the country's list of most wanted militants.
2005 Dec 27, In Spain a new law
that took effect ordering government ministries to close no later
than 6 p.m., part of a broad package of measures that are geared to
help Spaniards juggle their jobs and families.
2005 Dec 27, In Sri Lanka a
land mine killed at least 10 soldiers on the northern Jaffna
peninsula. A police officer patrolling the eastern town of Kalmunai
was killed. Tiger rebels were blamed.
(SFC, 12/28/05, p.A5)
2005 Dec 27, Official Syrian
news reported that Syria has signed a $2.7 billion memorandum of
understanding with a Russian company for construction of a refinery
and petrochemical plant in northeast Syria.
2005 Dec 27, Turkey reported an
outbreak of avian influenza in chickens in the eastern area of
Igdir, less than a month after declaring its territory free of the
virus, and said it had culled 359 birds as a precautionary measure.
2005 Dec 27, Ukraine and
Bulgaria said all their troops had left Iraq. Poland said it would
remain but reduce its number of troops by 600 next year.
2006 Dec 27 Former Democratic
vice presidential nominee John Edwards jumped into the presidential
race a day earlier than he had planned after his campaign
accidentally went live with his election Web site a day before his
2006 Dec 27, A Florida doctor
pleaded guilty to securities fraud in connection with a life
insurance scam that cost 28,000 investors nearly $1 billion. Clark
Mitchell, the former director of a prominent AIDS clinic who was
arrested more than five years ago on insurance fraud charges, agreed
to be responsible for restitution of $367 million to investors in
Mutual Benefits Corp., a Fort Lauderdale company that sought
investors in life insurance policies held by elderly or ill people.
2006 Dec 27, Ohio’s state
Supreme Court publicly reprimanded Gov. Bob Taft for his ethics
violations in office, a black mark that will stay on his permanent
record as an attorney.
2006 Dec 27, It was reported
that the SF Dept. of Parking and Traffic had begun a 90-day test run
using cameras to scan license plates in search of cars with unpaid
citations. Metal boots were immediately attached to cars with at
least 5 outstanding tickets.
(SFC, 12/27/06, p.B1)
2006 Dec 27, A 2-day storm with
60 mph winds hit the SF Bay Area. In Marin County the main hall of
Manka’s Inverness Lodge, built in 1917, burned down when wind
knocked a tree into a water heater. A woman was killed when a tree
crashed through her cottage in Lagunitas.
(SFC, 12/28/06, p.A1, B1)
2006 Dec 27, In southern
Afghanistan a bomb explosion caused a NATO vehicle to crash, killing
one British soldier and wounding three.
2006 Dec 27, Angry protesters
attacked government offices and damaged vehicles in northern
Bangladesh after authorities rejected applications by former army
ruler Hossain Mohammad Ershad to contest next month's elections.
2006 Dec 27, Belarus issued an
implicit threat that it could stop Russian gas deliveries through
its pipelines to western Europe unless Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom
relented on demands Minsk pay steep price increases in 2007.
2006 Dec 27, Brazilian
travelers incensed about an overbooked flight stormed a runway to
prevent a commercial jet from taking off. A tourism industry leader
said two months of chronic flight delays have been a "disaster" for
2006 Dec 27, A helicopter
carrying natural gas workers crashed off the northwest English
coast, killing six people and leaving the only other person aboard
2006 Dec 27, Central African
President Francois Bozize ordered the army to set fire to the homes
of two leaders of a dissident Baptist church, after they did the
same to a pastor's house, to teach them a lesson.
2006 Dec 27, China’s state
media reported that temperatures in China will rise significantly in
coming decades and water shortages will worsen, citing the
government's first national assessment of global climate change.
2006 Dec 27, Colombia's
second-largest rebel group (ELN) released two police officers taken
hostage earlier this month, a move that could revive slow-moving
peace talks with the government. Gunmen shot and killed Jaime Andres
Angarita (33), a paramilitary leader, as he was dining at a
restaurant in the western city of Medellin. Angarita was considered
the right-hand man of warlord Salvatore Mancuso, the architect of a
2003 peace deal with the government that has led to the
demobilization of 31,000 militia fighters.
(AP, 12/27/06)(AP, 12/28/06)
2006 Dec 27, Fighting broke out
in eastern Congo between government troops and forces loyal to a
dissident general, killing at least 19 people. A group of Congolese
soldiers went on trial for war crimes, a month after UN
investigators found mass graves inside their eastern army camp with
some 30 bodies including women and children.
(AP, 12/27/06)(Reuters, 12/28/06)
2006 Dec 27, A 26-year-old
Egyptian man died of bird flu, the third member of his extended
family to die of the virus.
2006 Dec 27, Ethiopian and
Somali government troops drove Islamic fighters out of the last
major town on the road to Mogadishu, the Islamist-held capital.
2006 Dec 27, Gabon's
Constitutional Court confirmed President Omar Bongo Ondimba's camp
as official winner of the nation's general elections held December
17 and 24.
2006 Dec 27, A new report said
a third of India’s rural population, or more than 200 million
people, still live on 12 rupees (26 cents) a day or less.
2006 Dec 27, Saddam Hussein's
Baath Party threatened to retaliate if the ousted Iraqi leader is
executed, warning in an Internet posting it would target US
interests anywhere. Saddam Hussein urged Iraqis to embrace
"brotherly coexistence" and not to hate U.S.-led foreign troops in a
goodbye letter posted on a Web site a day after Iraq's highest court
upheld his death sentence. A car bomb explosion killing 8 civilians
and wounding 10 near an Iraqi army checkpoint in Baghdad. Police
found the bodies of 51 people apparent victims of sectarian
killings. US and Iraqi troops in Najaf killed Sahib al-Amiri, a top
deputy of Muqtada al-Sadr. 2 Latvian soldiers were killed and 3 were
wounded when a roadside bomb exploded under their Humvee in
Diwaniyah. 3 US soldiers were killed by roadside bombs in and around
(AP, 12/27/06)(AP, 12/28/06)(SFC, 12/28/06,
p.A12)(WSJ, 12/28/06, p.A1)(AP, 12/27/07)
2006 Dec 27, Israel decided to
resume pinpoint attacks against Palestinian rocket-launching cells
in Gaza, jeopardizing what is already a shaky, month-old truce with
2006 Dec 27, A Taiwanese court
convicted Chao Chien-min, the son-in-law of President Chen
Shui-bian, of insider trading and sentenced him to six years in
2006 Dec 27, Telephone lines
and Internet service went dead across much of Asia after two
powerful earthquakes off Taiwan damaged undersea cables used by
several countries to route calls and online traffic.
2006 Dec 27, Yemeni authorities
opened fire on boats filled with refugees fleeing the fighting in
Somalia and at least 17 people drowned when one of the vessels
2007 Dec 27, Bayron Jimenez
Castaneda (44), suspected Colombian cocaine trafficker, was arrested
in Orlando, Florida, for the kidnapping of an undercover US agent.
Three other suspects in the kidnapping of a US Immigration and
Customs Enforcement agent on Dec. 14, 2005 remain at large.
Traffickers initially demanded a $2 million ransom, but released him
after half a day when they realized he was a US government agent.
2007 Dec 27, In Richmond, Ca.,
2 gunmen shot and killed Ravinder (30) and Paramjit (42) Kalsi as
they closed their restaurant. In 2009 police named Rajesh Kumar of
Fiji, as a suspect in the case. Kumar was wanted for allegedly
defrauding a woman connected to the restaurant.
(SFC, 1/2/09, p.B2)
2007 Dec 27, Steven Florio
(b.1949), former CEO of Conde Nast, died in NYC.
(SFC, 12/29/07, p.B5)
2007 Dec 27, The Afghan
government expelled UN advisor Mervyn Patterson and EU official
Michael Semple, on accusations they held unauthorized meetings with
Taliban militants. A spokesman for the UN mission said the diplomats
had traveled to Musa Qala, a former Taliban stronghold in southern
Helmand province on Dec 24, where they met with local leaders.
2007 Dec 27, In Bahrain more
than a dozen people detained during recent Shiite protests were
charged with attempted murder, illegal assembly and rioting.
2007 Dec 27, In Chechnya
unidentified gunmen shot and killed a police officer in Grozny.
2007 Dec 27, Shawn Wang, the
chief financial officer of leading Chinese search engine Baidu.com,
died in an accident while on holiday.
2007 Dec 27, In eastern India
Hindu extremists burned down the house of a prominent Christian
politician, as violence by gangs from both sides continued despite a
curfew imposed after two days of attacks against Christians by Hindu
hard-liners. In Orissa state at least three people were killed when
they opened fire on a group of hard-line Hindus who set fire to a
police station during ongoing clashes between Hindus and Christians.
(AP, 12/27/07)(AP, 12/28/07)
2007 Dec 27, In Ingushetia
several militants ambushed a border guards' vehicle, killing two
officers and wounding two other servicemen.
2007 Dec 27, In Iraq a bomb
left inside a bus in eastern Baghdad exploded and killed two
passengers and wounded 12 others. US troops allegedly killed 11
members of a Mahdi Army splinter group in Kut. A local official said
4 people were killed and that they were innocent. Kut police said 6
suspected militiamen were killed. The military announced that it had
detained two more suspects in the capture of 3 US soldiers on May
12. The US military said in a statement that troops killed 12
suspected al-Qaida in Iraq terrorists and detained 37 others during
a Dec 22-25 operation near Muqdadiyah.
(AP, 12/27/07)(AP, 12/28/07)(SFC, 12/28/07, p.A3)
2007 Dec 27, Israeli PM Ehud
Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held their first
summit since they agreed last month to renew peace talks, seeking to
resolve a dispute over planned Israeli construction in east
2007 Dec 27, Kenya held
elections. President Mwai Kibaki tried to fend off fiery opposition
leader Raila Odinga. In Nairobi monitors from the EU saw tens of
thousands of votes pinched for Kibaki. In 2009 Philip Alston, a UN
investigator, published a report documenting around 500 death-squad
executions in the months leading up the elections.
(AP, 12/27/07)(Econ, 1/5/08, p.37)(Econ, 3/14/09,
2007 Dec 27, Nigeria reported
that Nuhu Ribadu, head of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC), was being forced to resign in order to attend a
one year course at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic
Studies at Jos.
(Econ, 1/5/08, p.38)
2007 Dec 27, Pakistan’s
opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a suicide
attack in Rawalpindi that also killed at least 20 others at the end
of a campaign rally. Doctors reported that Bhutto died from a bullet
wound. Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif announced his party was
boycotting next month's elections following the assassination. He
demanded that President Pervez Musharraf resign immediately. Within
hours Sindhis began to rampage. After the 1st frenzy over 50 people
were killed and damages were later estimated at $200 million. In
February, 2008, her book “Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the
West,” was published. In it she alleged that Qari Saifullah Akhtar
was involved in an October bombing in Karachi that killed some 150
(AP, 12/27/07)(SFC, 12/31/07, p.A3)(Econ, 1/5/08,
p.22)(Econ, 2/16/08, p.93)(AP, 8/6/08)
2007 Dec 27, In northern Sri
Lanka Air force jets destroyed a Tamil naval base.
2007 Dec 27, South Sudanese
former rebels rejoined the national government, two months after
walking out because of disputes over the implementation of a peace
deal that ended two decades of war.
2007 Dec 27, In Thailand
officials said deposed PM Thaksin Shinawatra would be arrested if he
returns home from a self-imposed exile as planned, even if his
victorious allies form a government following last weekend's general
2007 Dec 27, In southern
Zimbabwe floodwaters swept a truck down a raging river, killing 7
people. Their deaths bring the number of drownings in Zimbabwe to 21
in the past month.
2008 Dec 27, It was reported
that the mountain pine beetle was expected to kill virtually every
mature lodgepole pine in Colorado. The beetle had already destroyed
pine forests from Mexico to Canada.
(WSJ, 12/27/08, p.A2)
2008 Dec 27, Sculptor Robert
Graham (b.1938) died in Santa Monica, Ca. His massive bronze works
mark civic monuments across America, included the Franklin Delano
Roosevelt Memorial in Washington.
(AP, 12/28/08)(SFC, 12/29/08, p.A2)
2008 Dec 27, In northern Nevada
a 13 rail cars containing grain were involved in a derailment along
the Humboldt River. The derailment triggered the collapse of a
102-year-old bridge spanning the river.
(SSFC, 12/28/08, p.B2)
2008 Dec 27, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker detonated a car bomb at a police
checkpoint, killing three policemen and two civilian men on a
motorbike. 2 Canadian soldiers were killed in a blast in southern
Kandahar province. An Afghan policeman and an interpreter also died
in the attack in Panjwayi district, a Taliban stronghold about 25
kilometers (15 miles) west of Kandahar city. A member of the
Kandahar provincial council was shot dead in a mosque. US troops
killed five militants and detained six in operations against
(AP, 12/27/08)(AFP, 12/28/08)
2008 Dec 27, An explosion in
central China's Henan province killed 15 people and injured nine
others. Explosives, used for small-scale demolition, were illegally
stored at a home when they ignited, destroying more than 10
neighboring houses. At least 17 workers were killed and one
seriously injured when an elevator suddenly dropped to the ground at
a construction site in central Hunan province.
2008 Dec 27, Guinea's coup
leader said he would allow the opposition and union leaders to help
choose a prime minister. The military junta was boosted by the
endorsement of neighboring Senegal as it attempted to garner
international backing, and, after meeting political parties,
promised to stamp out the burgeoning drugs trade.
(AP, 12/27/08)(Reuters, 12/27/08)
2008 Dec 27, In Iraq a bomb
tore through a busy square in Baghdad at midday, killing at least 24
people and wounding 54. A suspected al-Qaida in Iraq fugitive was
killed in a gun battle with police in the western city of Ramadi. He
was one of four suspected al-Qaida in Iraq members who escaped
during a jailbreak and ensuing riot at a Ramadi police station a day
earlier that left six policemen and seven insurgents dead. An Iraqi
soldier and two other people were killed when a car bomb exploded as
they were trying to defuse it in Musayyib. Police in the northern
city of Kirkuk also arrested six suspected insurgents, including the
former driver of Hassan al-Majid — Saddam Hussein's cousin who is
also known as "Chemical Ali."
(AP, 12/27/08)(SSFC, 12/28/08, p.A4)
2008 Dec 27, Israel began
“Operation Cast Lead” as its warplanes retaliating for rocket fire
from the Gaza Strip pounded dozens of security compounds across the
Hamas-ruled territory in waves of airstrikes, killing nearly 200
people and wounding 270 others in the single bloodiest day of
fighting in years. Gaza militants fired 30 rockets and mortars after
the air offensive began. A missile hit the town of Netivot, killing
an Israeli man and wounding four people.
(AP, 12/27/08)(Econ, 1/10/09, p.24)
2008 Dec 27, In Malaysia Tuanku
Ja'afar Tuanku Abdul Rahman (86), a royal state ruler, died. He
became Malaysia's king for five years (1994-1999) under the
country's unique monarchal system.
2008 Dec 27, Turkey's
parliament reduced the budget allocations of most ministries by up
to 16 percent to cut overall spending as the country seeks a loan
deal with the International Monetary Fund.
2008 Dec 27-2009 Jan 21, In
Egypt security forces arrested at least 860 activists of the Muslim
Brotherhood as public demonstrations mounted during the Israeli
assault on Gaza.
(Econ, 1/17/09, p.48)
2009 Dec 27, The New York Times
reported that the United States has quietly opened a third, largely
covert front against the Al-Qaeda terror network in Yemen. The paper
said the Pentagon will be spending more than 70 million dollars over
the next 18 months, and using teams of special forces, to train and
equip Yemeni military, Interior Ministry and coast guard forces.
2009 Dec 27, In Afghanistan 10
civilians, including 8 students, were killed in fighting involving
international forces in eastern Kunar province. Pres. Karzai
condemned the deaths and called for an investigation. Afghan and
international security forces captured militants in Kandahar
province in southern Afghanistan and in Wardak and Khost provinces
in the east. On Dec 30 Asadullah Wafa, a senior adviser to Pres.
Karzai, said that 8 schoolchildren between the ages of 12 and 14
were among the dead discovered in a village house in the Narang
district of Kunar province.
(AP, 12/28/09)(AP, 12/30/09)
2009 Dec 27, Croatians went to
the polls amid a deepening economic crisis and concerns over
high-level corruption to elect a president to steer the Balkans
country into the EU. Centrist Stipe Mesic (75) stands down in
February after serving the maximum two five-year terms and
successfully transforming the country from a nationalist autocracy
into a parliamentary democracy. Social Democrat lawmaker Ivo
Josipovic garnered 32.4% of votes and Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic, who
ran as independent candidate, got 14.8% of votes. The top two
finishers will face each other in a Jan. 10 runoff.
(AFP, 12/27/09)(AP, 12/28/09)
2009 Dec 27, In Iran Ali
Mousavi, a nephew of Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi,
was killed in fighting between protesters and security forces.
Security forces fired on anti-government protesters in Tehran,
killing 8 people in the fiercest clashes in months.
(AP, 12/27/09)(AP, 12/28/09)
2009 Dec 27, In Iran
authorities detained two German diplomats and accused them of
playing a role in organizing deadly anti-government protests. Iran's
state media only reported this on Jan 27, 2010. Germany's Foreign
Ministry said it had no knowledge about any diplomats being detained
and dismissed accusations that German officials had a hand in the
demonstrations and clashes that left eight people dead.
2009 Dec 27, In northeast Iraq
a bomb killed five Shiite pilgrims in a procession in the town of
Tuz Khormato. Blasts in Baghdad killed 2 more pilgrims as millions
of people marched to commemorate Ashoura, the most important Shiite
religious observance. The 10-day religious ceremonies culminated
today with huge processions.
(AP, 12/27/09)(SFC, 12/28/09, p.A4)
2009 Dec 27, Italian officials
said 7 people, including a German teenager, have been killed by
weekend avalanches in northern Italy.
2009 Dec 27, Japanese PM Yukio
Hatoyama arrived in India on a three-day visit aimed at
strengthening economic and security cooperation with the emerging
2009 Dec 27, In Lebanon
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah called on Egypt to stop
building a steel wall along the Gaza border that could obstruct
tunnels which provide a lifeline for the blockaded enclave.
2009 Dec 27, In Malawi
officials arrested 2 men for celebrating their engagement to each
other in a ceremony on Dec 26. Stevem Monjeza (26) and Tiwonge
Chimbalanga (20) were charged with indecency and could get 5 to 14
years in jail if convicted.
(SFC, 12/30/09, p.A2)(SFC, 1/19/10, p.A2)
2009 Dec 27, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside a large gathering of
Shiite Muslims in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-controlled
Kashmir, killing five people and wounding 80. Another blast in
Karachi wounded 30, but it was attributed to a buildup of gas in a
(AP, 12/27/09)(AP, 12/29/09)
2009 Dec 27, Isaac Schwartz
(b.1923), Russian composer, died at his home just outside St.
Petersburg. His music adorned some of the most popular movies of the
Soviet era. Schwartz wrote the music for a total of 110 movies and
35 theatrical performances.
2009 Dec 27, Sudan, angling to
become Africa's leading exporter of ethanol, sent out its first
shipment of the bio-fuel to the Netherlands. Kenana's plant, located
in the White Nile State south of Khartoum, was built by the
Brazilian ethanol supplier Dedini.
2009 Dec 27, Syrian security
agents detained Tal al-Mallohi (19), a high school student blogger,
after summoning her for questioning. Authorities have not allowed
al-Mallohi's family to communicate with her since she was picked up.
On Sep 20, 2010, The New York-based Human Rights Watch called for
her immediate release. On Feb 14, 2011, she was sentenced to 5 years
in prison on charges of spying for a foreign country.
(AP, 9/20/10)(SFC, 2/15/11, p.A2)
2009 Dec 27, Human rights
groups warned that the Thai government's planned expulsion of 4,000
ethnic Hmong to Laos could turn violent.
2009 Dec 26, Turkey's military
arrested eight of its officers in connection with an alleged plot to
assassinate Bulent Arinc, the country's deputy prime minister.
(http://tinyurl.com/yhgzlkp)(Econ, 1/2/10, p.38)
2010 Dec 27, Hundreds of
passengers were stuck at airports up and down the US East Coast as a
blizzard menaced travelers trying to get home after the holidays.
2010 Dec 27, Alfred Kahn (93),
US airline deregulator, died. In 1977 he took over the Civil
aeronautics Board for Pres. Carter. His academic efforts included
the 2-volume work: “The Economics of Regulation: Principles and
(Econ, 1/22/11, p.101)
2010 Dec 27, In Afghanistan a
Taliban car bomb targeted a bank where police queued for salaries in
Kandahar, killing three people. NATO said one of its service members
was killed in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan.
(AP, 12/27/10)(AFP, 12/27/10)
2010 Dec 27, In China 14
children died when the vehicle taking them to school plunged into a
creek in the central province of Hunan. In Guizhou province 7 people
died and 15 were injured after a truck crashed into a gas station in
fog, causing a pileup involving more than 100 cars.
2010 Dec 27, An Egyptian
Ministry of Health official said a resurgent H1N1 swine flu virus
has infected 1,172 people in Egypt and killed 56 since October 8.
2010 Dec 27, In Guatemala men
claiming to belong to the Zetas drug gang forced radio stations to
broadcast a threat of war in a northern Guatemalan province where
the government declared a state of siege last week.
2010 Dec 27, In Iraq 2 suicide
bombers blew themselves up, killing nine people at the government
compound in Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar province. 43
people were injured by the blasts. 3 members of the same family were
killed when a roadside bomb hit their car outside the town of
Dujail, 50 miles (80km) north of Baghdad.
2010 Dec 27, A Tel Aviv
University team excavating a cave in central Israel said teeth found
in the cave are about 400,000 years old and resemble those of other
remains of modern man, known scientifically as Homo sapiens, found
in Israel. The earliest Homo sapiens remains found until now are
half as old. The prehistoric Qesem cave was discovered in 2000, and
excavations began in 2004.
2010 Dec 27, In Italy bomb
squad experts defused a package bomb that was delivered to the Greek
Embassy in Rome, four days after similar mail bombs exploded at two
other embassies, wounding two people.
2010 Dec 27, In Mexico police
in Guerrero state found the remains of three people in a clandestine
grave in the town Teloloapan. A police report said the three unknown
people were believed to have been killed about four months ago. In
the Gulf coast state of Veracruz one policeman was killed, and a
local police commander was wounded when a man opened fire on
municipal offices in the town of Otatitlan. The Defense Department
said troops patrolling the mountainous area of Tamazula, Durango,
discovered a cache of weapons and 770 kg (1,697 pounds) of marijuana
in 191 bales.
2010 Dec 27, Morocco’s interior
ministry said security forces have arrested six Moroccans suspected
of planning attacks in the country and abroad.
2010 Dec 27, In Pakistan
intelligence officials and tribal elders say the Pakistani Taliban
have kidnapped 23 tribesmen who recently met the army chief in South
Waziristan. Suspected US missiles struck two vehicles in a Taliban
stronghold on Pakistan's side of the border with Afghanistan,
killing 25 suspected militants.
(AP, 12/27/10)(SFC, 12/28/10, p.A3)
2010 Dec 27, In the Philippines
US Lt. Cmdr. Scintar Buenviaje Mejia (35) died of head injuries
after jumping from a second-floor staircase while a security guard
escorted him to the bathroom. He was arrested a day earlier with
what was thought to be cocaine. Tests later showed the white powder
wasn't an illegal drug.
2010 Dec 27, In Russia jailed
ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was found guilty of money laundering
and theft of billions of dollars at a trial that has renewed doubts
about the Kremlin's commitment to the rule of law.
2010 Dec 27, In Serbia a series
of explosions damaged the Sloboda ammunition factory in Cacak.
(Econ, 1/8/11, p.51)
2010 Dec 27, Somali pirates
seized a ship with eight crew onboard. The MV EMS River was seized
approximately 175 miles (280 km) northeast of the port of Salalah,
2010 Dec 27, Venezuela said it
has detained 12,376 people for drug-related crimes this year, about
40 percent more than in 2009.
2011 Dec 27, Sears Holdings
Corp. said it will close up to 120 stores in its Kmart and namesake
chains, blaming poor sales of consumer electronics so far this
holiday season and saying it would focus its energy on its better
2011 Dec 27, China announced a
cut in its rare earths export quota as it tries to shore up sagging
prices for the exotic metals used in mobile phones and other
2011 Dec 27, Colombian FARC
rebels announced plans to release six hostages who have been held
captive for more than a decade. They included police officers Jorge
Trujillo, Jorge Romero and Jose Libardo Forero, who were kidnapped
in southern Colombia on July 11, 1999.
2011 Dec 27, An Egyptian court
ordered the Egyptian army to stop forced virginity tests on female
detainees, months after the practice sparked a national outcry and
stained the ruling military's reputation.
2011 Dec 27, Guinea Bissau's
army clashed with renegade forces overnight, leaving at least two
dead as they combed the capital for suspects after thwarting an
alleged coup attempt. Navy Chief Jose Americo Bubo Na Tchuto, who
has previously been accused of involvement in coup plans and in the
drugs trade, was arrested for plotting a coup. Tchuto and 18 other
co-accused were released on June 20, 2012.
(AFP, 12/27/11)(AFP, 6/21/12)
2011 Dec 27, UN human rights
officials in Haiti issued a report accusing the national police
department of excessive force, saying there is evidence officers may
have killed at least nine people in the capital.
2011 Dec 27, Hungarian media
officials say two employees, who have been on hunger strike for over
two weeks in protest at alleged political meddling with journalists'
work in state-funded media, have been fired. The state Media Service
Support and Asset Management Fund (MTVA, said that Balazs Nagy
Navarro and Aranka Szavuly were dismissed because their fast — in
which they have only been ingesting liquids since Dec. 10 — is
illegal and a "provocation" of their employer.
2011 Dec 27, India and Pakistan
tentatively agreed to renew an agreement designed to reduce the risk
of an accidental nuclear war.
(SFC, 12/28/11, p.A2)
2011 Dec 27, In eastern
Indonesia mudflows streaming from a volcano killed four villagers
and about 1,000 others have fled their homes. Mount Gamalama in the
Molucca Islands sprang to life this month with a powerful, non-fatal
2011 Dec 27, Iran warned that
it would block the Strait of Hormuz if Western powers attempt to
impose an embargo on Iranian petroleum exports in their effort to
isolate the country over its suspect nuclear energy program.
(SFC, 12/28/11, p.A2)
2011 Dec 27, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded near a police station in the town of Hawija, 150 miles (240
km) north of Baghdad, killing two civilians and injuring another.
2011 Dec 27, Israeli strikes
overnight killed a Palestinian and wounded 10 others, as the
military struck what it described as "global jihad" targets who were
planning cross-border attacks on southern Israel from the Egyptian
(AFP, 12/29/11)(AFP, 12/30/11)
2011 Dec 27, Kuwait's public
prosecutor released 32 stateless people on bail after holding them
for nine days for taking part in a protest to demand citizenship.
2011 Dec 27, Mexican police in
the northern state of Nuevo Leon said that information provided by
arrested members of a kidnapping gang has led them to at least seven
bodies found buried in shallow graves or dumped in a well. The
Attorney General's Office said that former regional police security
coordinator Herrera Valles, arrested in 2008 for aiding the Sinaloa
drug cartel, has been convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Federal police detained one of the United States' most-wanted drug
traffickers, Luis Rodriguez Olivera, aka "Blondie," at Mexico City's
(AP, 12/27/11)(AP, 12/28/11)
2011 Dec 27, In southern
Nigeria attackers threw homemade explosives inside an Islamic school
in a predominantly Christian city where some 50 children had
gathered for an Arabic class, wounding six pupils and a teacher in
Delta state. Gunmen in a late night attack shot dead a
three-year-old girl and her parents near the volatile central city
of Jos. The attackers were suspected to be Fulani tribesmen, a
mostly Muslim group which has been blamed for previous raids on the
2011 Dec 27, The governor of
Puerto Rico signed 4 laws that he said will help track suspects and
provide aid to crime victims as the island struggles with a record
number of killings.
2011 Dec 27, Somali pirates
hijacked the Enrica Ievoli, an Italian ship carrying 15,000 tons of
caustic soda from Iran to Turkey. A ransom was paid on April 22,
2012, and the 18 crew members and ship were freed.
2011 Dec 27, Syria's army
suspended days of attacks on the restive city of Homs and began
withdrawing its tanks just as Arab League monitors visited the area.
The Sudanese head of the mission to Syria, Gen. Mohamed Ahmed
Mustafa al-Dabi, was leading the team of at least 12 observers to
Homs. Security forces shot dead two people in the Damascus suburb of
Douma, one in the southern province of Daraa and one in the
northwestern province of Idlib. The Local Coordination Committees
(LCC) said 23 people were killed, including six in Homs. A student
at Damascus University opened fire with a pistol inside a classroom
at the medical department killing one student and wounding four. He
was said to be a former anti-regime detainee who had been recently
beaten by the pro-regime students, including the one he shot dead.
2012 Dec 27, In NYC Sunando Sen
(46) was shoved in ront of a subway train and crushed to death in
Queens. On Dec 30 Erika Menendez (31) was charged in the death.
Menendez said she has hated Muslims since Sept. 11 and thought he
2012 Dec 27, Retired US Gen. H.
Norman Schwarzkopf (b.1934) died in Tampa, Fl. He topped an
illustrious military career by commanding the US-led international
coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991
but kept a low public profile in controversies over the second Gulf
War against Iraq.
2012 Dec 27, Former Argentine
economy minister Felisa Miceli was sentenced to four years in prison
for corruption. Miceli was forced to quit in 2007 when a bag of
money holding $32,000 was found in her office toilet.
2012 Dec 27, In Colombia Lorena
Henao, the sister of Orlando Henao (d.1998), founder of the Northern
Valley drug cartel, was shot to death by gunmen on the outskirts
Armenia. 4 suspects were arrested in the attack.
(SFC, 12/28/12, p.A2)
2012 Dec 27, Egypt's chief
prosecutor ordered an investigation into the leaders of the
country's opposition after a lawyer accused them of incitement to
overthrow the regime of newly elected Islamist President Mohammed
2012 Dec 27, Iranian state TV
reported that the country's president has dismissed the health
minister after her ministry put out a statement criticizing
authorities for not providing money to import medicine.
2012 Dec 27, Mexican
authorities discovered a sophisticated smuggling tunnel, as long as
a football field, equipped with electricity and ventilation not far
from the Nogales port of entry into Arizona.
2012 Dec 27, In northwest
Pakistan dozens of militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades
and automatic weapons attacked two tribal police posts in the town
of Darra Adam Khel, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, killing two
policemen. 21 other policemen were missing and presumed kidnapped.
2012 Dec 27, Russian President
Vladimir Putin said he will sign a controversial bill barring
Americans from adopting Russian children, as the Kremlin's
children's rights advocate recommended extending the ban to the rest
of the world.
2012 Dec 27, Russia and Lakhdar
Brahimi, UN envoy for Syria, both said that they want to revive a
long-shelved peace initiative that would call for a transitional
government to run the country until elections can be held.
2012 Dec 27, In Saudi Arabia a
man was killed in clashes with police in an oil-rich eastern region,
where the country's Shiite minority has been holding protests
against the Sunni ruling monarchy.
2012 Dec 27, In Thailand
leaders of the People's Alliance for Democracy, also known as the
Yellow Shirts, were indicted for storming the prime minister's
office compound and sealing off Parliament during massive
anti-government rallies in 2008 at the height of political turmoil,
which left the country deeply divided to this day.
2012 Dec 27, Vietnamese police
detained Le Quoc Quan (41), a well-known dissident lawyer,
escalating a crackdown on those who speak out against the country's
one-party, authoritarian rule.
2013 Dec 27, The A&E
channel said it is reversing its decision to drop “Duck Dynasty”
patriarch Phil Robertson from the show set in Louisiana for his
remarks on gays.
(SFC, 12/28/13, p.A7)
2013 Dec 27, In Los Angeles
Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen (24) pleaded guilty to federal terrorism
charges after admitting that he attempted to assist al-Qaida by
providing weapons training in Syria.
(SFC, 12/28/13, p.A7)
2013 Dec 27, In Colorado the
first batch of Denver businesses approved to sell recreational
marijuana received their licenses.
(SFC, 12/28/13, p.A7)
2013 Dec 27, In Afghanistan 3
NATO personnel were killed in a Taliban suicide car bomb attack on a
military convoy in Kabul.
2013 Dec 27, China’s
environment ministry said it will raise standards for the production
of cement, batteries, leather and heavy metals as part of its
efforts to cut air, water and soil pollution.
2013 Dec 27, A Chinese court in
Hunan province sentenced four municipal security officers to prison
for a clash that left Deng, a watermelon seller, dead and triggered
a public outcry.
2013 Dec 27, Danish drugmaker
Lundbeck said it has received marketing authorization from the
European Commission for its antidepressant Brintellix following
approval in the United States in September.
2013 Dec 27, In Egypt Muslim
Brotherhood supporters and police clashed across the country,
leaving at least 5 dead in protests after the army-backed government
declared the group a terrorist organization.
2013 Dec 27, Henri Rechatin
(82), aka Henry’s, the celebrated French tightrope walker who
balanced above high the Alps, the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls,
2013 Dec 27, In Indonesia Ambar
Arianto Mulyo (59), a Bali Hyatt hotel security employee, was
strangled to death after he tried to capture a 15-foot python.
(SFC, 12/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 27, In Iraq violence
across the country left six people dead.
2013 Dec 27, An Israeli
official said Israel plans to build 1,400 homes in its settlements
in the occupied West Bank and will announce the projects next week
after releasing a group of Palestinian prisoners.
2013 Dec 27, In Japan the
governor of Okinawa gave the go-ahead for land reclamation to begin
for a new US military base, advancing the effort to consolidate the
massive US troop presence on the southern Japanese island but also
making protests from residents likely.
2013 Dec 27, In Lebanon a
powerful car bomb tore through a business district in the center of
Beirut killing Mohammed Chatah (Shatah), a former finance minister
and senior aide to former PM Saad Hariri. 7 others were also killed
in the blast. Hariri blamed Hezbollah for the assassination. A
Lebanese teenager seen posing for a group "selfie" in front of the
bomb-laden car moments before it exploded died of his injuries the
(AP, 12/27/13)(AFP, 12/28/13)(Econ, 1/4/14, p.34)
2013 Dec 27, In Libya 3 gunmen
shot to death Maj. Mohammed Faraj al-Ziwi from the military's air
defense unit in the al-Salam district of Benghazi.
2013 Dec 27, In Montenegro an
overnight bomb blast shook the offices of the leading daily Vijesti
in the latest attack on a newspaper known for its criticism of the
authorities under long-term leader Milo Djukanovic.
2013 Dec 27, Morocco and Qatar
signed an aid deal worth $1.25 billion, part of a five-year package
of financial assistance extended by wealthy Gulf states to the North
African kingdom to help it weather 'Arab Spring' protests.
2013 Dec 27, Lack of fuel from
Israel brought Gaza's lone power plant to a halt, days after it was
fired back to life following a seven-week shutdown.
2013 Dec 27, Two Russian
astronauts began a spacewalk to install cameras and perform other
work on the International Space Station. This was the third
spacewalk in a week at the orbiting laboratory.
2013 Dec 27, In Russia at least
two people were killed in the explosion of an automobile in
Pyatigorsk in the restive North Caucasus region.
2013 Dec 27, An oil platform
belonging to Saudi oil giant Aramco sank as it was being used to
carry out maintenance work at an oil well in Safaniya. The bodies of
3 Asian workers who went missing were recovered over the next 24
2013 Dec 27, In Somalia at
least 10 people were killed in an explosion in a restaurant in
(AFP, 12/27/13)(SFC, 12/28/13, p.A2)
2013 Dec 27, Regional leaders
said South Sudan's government has agreed to end hostilities, at the
end of a crisis summit, raising hopes for a potential breakthrough
in efforts to cease violence that has displaced more than 120,000
people in the world's newest country. An army spokesman said South
Sudanese rebels loyal to former VP Riek Machar have been defeated in
Malakal, the capital of major oil producing Upper Nile state, after
four days of intense fighting.
(AP, 12/27/13)(Reuters, 12/27/13)
2013 Dec 27, Syrian state TV
and opposition activists say government forces have ambushed members
of an al-Qaida-linked group, killing dozens of the Nusra Front
rebels near Maaloula, a historic Christian village north of
Damascus. A monitoring group said 5 people, including an elderly
man, a woman and a disabled man, have died of hunger in a besieged
Palestinian refugee camp south of Damascus.
(AP, 12/27/13)(AFP, 12/27/13)(SFC, 12/28/13,
2013 Dec 27, The Thai
government appealed to the military to provide security for February
elections after violent clashes between police and opposition
protesters left two people dead and more than 150 wounded.
2013 Dec 27, In Turkey three
lawmakers, including a former minister, resigned from the ruling
Justice and Development Party (AKP). A Turkish court blocked a
government attempt to force police to disclose investigations to
(AFP, 12/27/13)(Reuters, 12/27/13)
2013 Dec 27, In Yemen an army
tank shelled a funeral tent erected by the Southern Movement at a
school in Sanah, Daleh province, killing 19 people, including 4
(AFP, 12/27/13)(AFP, 12/28/13)
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