Today in History - January 16

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1219        Jan 16, Floods followed a storm in Northern Netherlands and thousands were killed.
    (MC, 1/16/02)

1493        Jan 16, Columbus aboard the Nina departed Hispaniola along with the Pinta to return to Spain.
    (ON, 8/09, p.2)

1547        Jan 16, Ivan IV, popularly known as "Ivan the Terrible," crowned himself the new Czar of Russia in Assumption Cathedral in Moscow. He was the first Russian ruler to assume that title.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.17)(HN, 1/16/99)(AP, 1/16/08)

1581        Jan 16, English parliament passed laws against Catholicism.
    (MC, 1/16/02)

1707        Jan 16, Scotland ratified the Treaty of Union by a majority of 110 votes to 69. The Acts created a new state, the Kingdom of Great Britain, by merging the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland together.

1749        Jan 16, Vittorio Alfieri (d.1803), Italian dramatist and tragic poet famous for Cleopatra and Parigi Shastigliata, was born. "Often the test of courage is not to die but to live."
    (HN, 1/16/99)

1757        Jan 16, Samuel McIntire, architect of Salem, Massachusetts, was born.
    (HN, 1/16/99)

1776        Jan 16, Continental Congress approved the enlistment of free blacks. This led to the all-black First Rhode Island Regiment, composed of 33 freedmen and 92 slaves, who were promised freedom if they served to the end of the war. The regiment distinguished itself at the Battle of Newport.
    (SFEC,11/23/97, Par p.19)(MC, 1/16/02)

1786        Jan 16, The Council of Virginia passed the Virginia Act for Establishing Religious Freedom. Thomas Jefferson had drafted The Virginia Act for Establishing Religious Freedom in 1779 three  years after he wrote the Declaration of Independence. 
    (, 1/16/99)(WSJ, 12/14/02, p.W17)

1836        Jan 16, The Galena & Chicago Union Railroad was chartered to connect Chicago with the lead mines at Galena.

1847        Jan 16, US Navy commodore Robert Stockton appointed John C. Fremont (1830-1890), the famed "Pathfinder" of Western exploration, as governor of California. Fremont, explorer, soldier and politician, earned his nickname "The Pathfinder" because of his explorations of the Pacific Northwest, California, and Nevada during the 1840s.
    (HN, 1/16/99)(HNQ, 3/11/00)(SSFC, 7/1/07, p.M4)

1850        Jan 16, The first real play in San Francisco, “The Wife," was staged at the modest Washington Hall theater. This was located on the 2n d floor of a building that later became the city’s swankiest brothel.
    (SFC, 5/24/14, p.C2)

1853        Jan 16, Andre Michelin, French industrialist and tire manufacturer (Michelin), was born.
    (MC, 1/16/02)

1865        Jan 16, General Sherman began a march through the Carolinas. During the march Sherman issued Field Order No. 15 that set aside land, “40 acres and a mule," in Georgia and South Carolina for freed slaves.
    (HN, 1/16/99)(SFC, 6/20/00, p.A6)(SFC, 4/5/02, p.H4)
1865        Jan 16, Charles (19) and Michael de Young (17) started a free theater-program sheet in SF called The Daily Dramatic Chronicle. Early quarters were at 417 Clay. They borrowed a $20 gold piece from Capt. William Hinkley, who owned the building where they lived, to start the paper.
    (SFC, 7/18/96, p.A1)(SFEC, 3/8/98, BR p.1)(SFC, 8/7/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/16/09, Extra p.1)(SFC, 12/8/18, p.C3)

1868        Jan 16, The refrigerated railroad car was patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit. [see Nov 26, 1867]
    (MC, 1/16/02)

1878        Jan 16, Harry Carey Sr., actor (Aces Wild, Border Cafe, Air Force), was born in Bronx, NY.
    (MC, 1/16/02)

1883        Jan 16, The U.S. Civil Service Commission was established. The US Civil Service Reform Act prohibited federal employees from contributing to political campaigns.
    (AP, 1/16/98)(SFEC, 10/5/97, p.D9)

1889        Jan 16, An Australian record temperature of 128.5F, or 53.1C, was recorded in Cloncurry, Queensland. Later investigations revealed that this temperature was measured in an improvised screen made from a beer crate and that it equated to 47–49 °C under standard conditions.

1900        Jan 16, The U.S. Senate consented to the Anglo-German treaty of 1899 by which the UK renounced its rights to the Samoan Islands.
    (HN, 1/16/99)

1901        Jan 16, Fulgencio Batista (d.1973), later president and dictator of Cuba (1933-44, 1952-59), was born. He was overthrown by Fidel Castro and died in Spain.

1906        Jan 16, Marshall Field (71), Chicago department store founder, died in NYC.
    (AP, 1/16/06)

1909        Jan 16, Ethel Merman, U.S. singer and actress, was born. She was known as the “Queen of Broadway." [2nd source says 1908]
    (HN, 1/16/99)(MC, 1/16/02)
1909        Jan 16, One of Ernest Shackleton's polar exploration teams reached the Magnetic South Pole.
    (HN, 1/16/00)

1910        Jan 16, David McCampbell, US pilot and captain (WW II-Pacific-downed 34 Japanese planes), was born.
    (MC, 1/16/02)

1911        Jan 16, Jay Hanna Dean, aka “Dizzy Dean," one of baseball's greatest pitchers, hall of fame, was born.
    (MC, 1/16/02)

1912        Jan 16, British explorer Robert Falcon Scott wrote in his diary after reaching the South Pole on January 16, 1912, "Great God this is an awful place and terrible enough for us to have labored to it without the reward of priority." Robert Scott, attempting to lead the first exploration party to the South Pole, wrote the passage after finding the black flag of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. Thoroughly demoralized, the five members of the Scott party died during their 800-mile trek back to their base camp. [see Jan 18]
    (HNQ, 7/22/98)

1913        Jan 16, Prof. Thaddeus Lowe (80), balloonist pioneer, died.

1914        Jan 16, Maxim Gorky was authorized to return to Russia after an eight year exile for political dissidence.
    (HN, 1/16/99)

1919        Jan 16, San Francisco reinstated a mask law after some 600 new cases of the flu were reported in a single day. The law was rescinded in February and by the fall the epidemic was over.
    (SSFC, 5/10/20, p.C2)
1919        Jan 16, Nebraska, Wyoming and Missouri became the 36th, 37th and 38th states to ratify Prohibition, which went into effect a year later. Prohibition became law in the US with the passage of the Volstead Act on Oct 28, which enforced and defined the 18th Amendment. It was passed over President Wilson's veto with the necessary two-thirds majority of state ratification.
    (WSJ, 8/22/96, p.A14)(AP, 1/16/98)

1920        Jan 16, Prohibition began as the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took effect. It was later repealed by the 21st Amendment. Alcohol was outlawed in the US with the passage of the 18th amendment. It was made law on Jan 16,1919, but became effective on this day. At the time US authorities expected few violations of the new law. Over the next fourteen years, Prohibition corrupted all levels of society, swamped the judiciary, killed thousands of people, and gave rise to underworld syndicates that still exist.
    (, 1/16/98)(SFC, 4/7/96, p.B-11)
1920        Jan 16, The League of Nations held its first meeting in Paris.
    (HN, 1/16/99)
1920        Jan 16, Allies lifted the blockade on trade with Russia.
    (HN, 1/16/99)

1924        Jan 16, Katy Jurado (d.2002), Mexican-US film actress, was born as Maria Cristina Jurado Garcia in Guadalajara.
    (SFC, 7/6/02, p.A19)

1925        Jan 16, Leon Trotsky was dismissed as CEO of Russian Revolution Military Council. Stalin took power over Trotsky.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1925)(MC, 1/16/02)

1928        Jan 16, The 4 Marx Brothers arrived at the Columbia Theater in SF to perform in the Kaufman and Berlin musical “The Cocoanuts." The farce dealt with the Florida land boom.
    (SFC, 1/10/03, p.E6)

1933        Jan 16, Oleg Grigoryevich Makarov (d.2003 at 70), USSR cosmonaut (Soyuz 12, 18A, 27, T-3), was born.
    (MC, 1/16/02)(SFC, 5/31/03, p.A21)

1935        Jan 16, US federal agents killed gangsters Ma Barker and Freddy, one of her 4 sons, at Lake Weir, Fla.
    (AH, 2/05, p.16)

1938        Jan 16, The Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert featured an outstanding solo by saxophonist Lester Young. Goodman performed at Carnegie Hall along with Count Basie, Harry James, Lester Young, Gene Krupa, Johnny Hodges, Lionel Hampton and 17 others. The concert was recorded and in 2000 Columbia issued a remastered edition of the performance.
    (WSJ, 8/29/96, A11)(WSJ, 1/12/00, p.A20)

1939        Jan 16, The comic strip "Superman" debuted.
    (MC, 1/16/02)
1939        Jan 16, Franklin D. Roosevelt asked for an extension of the Social Security Act to more women and children.
    (HN, 1/16/99)
1939        Jan 16, Albert Fish, mass murderer, was executed.
    (MC, 1/16/02)

1940        Jan 16, Hitler canceled an attack in the West due to bad weather and the capture of German attack plans in Belgium.
    (HN, 1/16/99)

1941        Jan 16, US vice admiral Bellinger warned of an assault on Pearl Harbor.
    (MC, 1/16/02)
1941        Jan 16, The US War Dept formed the 1st Army Air Corps squadron for black cadets.
    (MC, 1/16/02)

1942        Jan 16, William Knudsen became the 1st civilian appointed as general in US army.
    (MC, 1/16/02)
1942        Jan 16, Actress Carole Lombard and her mother were among some 20 people killed when their plane crashed near Las Vegas while returning from a tour to promote war bonds.
    (AP, 1/16/00)
1942        Jan 16, Japan’s advance into Burma began. [see Jan 19]
    (HN, 1/16/99)

1943        Jan 16, A state record of -60F (-51C) was recorded in Island Park Dam, Idaho.
    (MC, 1/16/02)

1944        Jan 16, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower assumed supreme command of the Allied Expeditionary Force in London.
    (AP, 1/16/98)(HN, 1/16/99)
1944        Jan 16, The U.S. First and Third armies link up at Houffalize, effectively ending the Battle of the Bulge
    (HN, 1/16/02)
1944         Jan 16, In Leon Province, Spain, train wrecks in the Torro Tunnel killed more than 500 people.
    (AP, 2/18/04)(SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)

1945        Jan 16, The U.S. First and Third armies linked up at Houffalize, effectively ending the Battle of the Bulge. In 1997 Charles B. MacDonald authored “A Time for Trumpets: The Untold Story of the Battle of the Bulge."
    (HN, 1/16/99)(WSJ, 12/7/04, p.D11)

1948        Jan 16, Anatoli Yakovlevich Solovyov, cosmonaut (TM-5,9,15,26, STS 71), was born in Riga, Latvia.
    (MC, 1/16/02)

1951        Jan 16, World's largest gas pipeline opened from Brownsville Tx, to 134th St, NYC.
    (MC, 1/16/02)
1951        Jan 16, French forces repulsed a Viet Minh offensive near Hanoi.

1954        Jan 16, "South Pacific" closed at Majestic Theater, NYC, after 1928 performances.
    (MC, 1/16/02)
1954        Jan 16, Mexico closed its borders to all farm laborers heading for the US following a breakdown in negotiations with the US over renewal of an annual agreement on labor flow.
    (SFC, 1/16/04, p.E5)

1956        Jan 16, Egyptian Pres. Nasser pledged to reconquer Palestine. His government made Islam the state religion.
    (HN, 1/16/99)(MC, 1/16/02)

1957        Jan 16, Three B-52's (accompanied at first by two spare aircraft) took off from Castle Air Force Base in California on the first nonstop, round-the-world flight by jet planes, which lasted 45 hours and 19 minutes.
    (AP, 1/16/07)
1957        Jan 16, Arturo Toscanini (b.1867), Italian-US conductor (NBC), died in NYC. He led the NBC Symphony from 1937-1954. In 1978 Harvey Sachs wrote a biography of Toscanini. In 2002 Sachs edited "The Letters of Arturo Toscanini," his correspondence with Ada Mainardi. In 2017 Sachs authored a 2nd biography “Toscanini."
    (, 3/25/01)(WSJ, 4/30/02, p.D7)(Econ 6/24/17, p.75)

1962        Jan 16, R.H. Tawney, English economic historian, died. His books include “Equality" (1931). It was here that he wrote “Freedom for the pike is death to the minnows."

1963        Jan 16, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev made a visit to the Berlin Wall from the East Berlin side, then delivered an address to the Communist leadership of East Germany at the SED Party Congress.
1963        Jan 16, Nikita Khrushchev claimed the USSR had a 100-megaton nuclear bomb.

1964        Jan 16, The musical "Hello, Dolly!," starring Carol Channing, opened on Broadway at the St. James Theater, beginning a run of 2,844 performances.
    (AP, 1/16/98)
1964            Jan 16, Pres. Johnson approved OPLAN 34A-64, calling for stepped up infiltration and covert operations against North Vietnam to be transferred from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to the military."

1965        Jan 16, "Outer Limits" last aired on ABC-TV.
    (MC, 1/16/02)
1965        Jan 16, Eighteen were arrested in Mississippi for the murder of three civil rights workers.
    (HN, 1/16/99)

1967        Jan 16, Alan S. Boyd was sworn in as the first US secretary of transportation.
    (AP, 1/16/98)
1967        Jan 16, Gov. Reagan met with FBI agents at his governor’s mansion in Sacramento, Ca., for information on UC campus radicals.
    (SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F1)

1969        Jan 16, In Czechoslovakia philosophy student Jan Palach (20) poured petrol over himself in protest of the Soviet-led occupation. With burns to 85 percent of his body, Palach died on January 19, 1969.
    (AFP, 1/16/19)

1973        Jan 16, NBC presented the 440th and final showing of "Bonanza."

1974        Jan 16, NY Yankees Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford were elected to Hall of Fame.

1975        Jan 16, The Irish Republican Army called an end to a 25-day cease fire in Belfast.
    (HN, 1/16/99)

1978        Jan 16, NASA named 35 candidates to fly on the space shuttle, including Sally K. Ride, who became America's first woman in space, and Guion S. Bluford Jr., who became America's first black astronaut in space. Six women, out of some 3,000 original applicants, graduated from NASA's rigorous training program to become the 1st female astronauts in the space program.
    (AP, 1/16/98)(

1979        Jan 16, Aaliyeh (d.2001), R&B singer and actress, was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Detroit. In 2001 she was killed (22) in a plane crash in the Bahamas.
    (SFC, 8/27/01, p.A16)
1979        Jan 16, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi fled Iran for Egypt as millions united with Ayatollah Khomeini calling for his death. The Shah of Iran was overthrown in a revolution led from exile by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who established a Muslim Theocracy. Iran was overwhelmingly Shiite, which believes that authority is invested only in descendants of Muhammad’s son-in-law, Ali, who is buried in An Najaf, Iraq. The Shah of Iran fled and the Ayatollah Khomeini took charge.
    (NG, 5/88, p.653)(TMC, 1994, p.1979)(HN, 1/16/99)(AP, 1/16/05)

1980        Jan 16, In Colorado Helene Pruszynski (21), a senior at Massachusetts's Wheaton College, was returning to her aunt’s home from an internship at a Denver radio station when she was stabbed to death. In 2019 the Douglas County sheriff announced the arrest of Florida truck driver, James Curtis Clanton, in the abduction, sexual assault and murder of Pruszynski. Analysis of DNA information shared on genealogy websites helped break the cold case.
    (NY Times, 12/17/19)(SFC, 12/17/19, p.A5)
1980        Jan 16, Paul McCartney was arrested in Tokyo for marijuana possession. He was released and deported on Jan 25.

1981        Jan 16, Leon Spinks b.1953), former heavyweight boxing champion (1978), was mugged. His assailants even took his gold teeth.
1981        Jan 16, In Northern Ireland, Protestant gunmen shot and wounded Irish nationalist leader Bernadette Devlin McAliskey and her husband.
    (AP, 1/16/01)

1987        Jan 16, China’s Communist Party chief Hu Yaobang became the scapegoat for student protests and was forced to resign. He was succeeded by Zhao Ziyang.
    (SFC, 2/20/96, p.A4)
1987        Jan 16, In Spain Jose Ignacio De Juana Chaos (b.1955), a former police officer who joined one of ETA's most active commando units, was arrested. In 1989 he was convicted of killing 25 people in a string of attacks, including the Madrid car bombing that killed 12 Civil Guard policemen on July 14, 1986. In 2008 De Juana Chaos (52) was released from prison after serving 21 years.
    (AP, 8/2/08)(

1988        Jan 16, Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder was fired as a CBS Sports commentator one day after telling a TV station in Washington, D.C., that, during the era of slavery, blacks had been bred to produce stronger offspring. He was fired because he claimed blacks were superior to whites in athletics, and he traced it back to how blacks were bred. To make matters worse, he also said "if blacks take over coaching like everybody wants them to, there is not going to be anything left for the white people."
    (AP, 1/16/98)(
1988        Jan 16, Andrija Artukovic (b.1899), a Croatian  Ustasha and a convicted war criminal for the crimes committed against minorities in the WWII Independent State of Croatia (NDH), died in a prison hospital in Zagreb.
    (SSFC, 4/4/10, Par. p.4)(

1989        Jan 16, Three days of rioting erupted in Miami when a police officer fatally shot a black motorcyclist, causing a crash that also claimed the life of a passenger.
    (AP, 1/16/99)

1990        Jan 16, Two Bank of Credit and Commerce (BCCI) members pleaded guilty to money laundering.
    (MC, 1/16/02)
1990        Jan 16, The Soviet Union sent more than 11,000 reinforcements to the Caucasus to halt a civil war between Armenians and Azerbaijanis.
    (AP, 1/16/00)

1991        Jan 16, The White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait. President Bush said in a nationally broadcast address “the battle has been joined" as fighter bombers pounded Iraqi targets. Because of the time difference, it was early January 17th in the Persian Gulf when the attack began. At 4:30 P.M. EST, the first fighter aircraft are launched from Saudi Arabia and off of U.S. and British aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf on bombing missions over Iraq.
    (AP, 1/16/01)(MC, 1/16/02)

1992        Jan 16, Officials of the government of El Salvador and rebel leaders signed a pact at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City ending 12 years of civil war that had left at least 75,000 people dead.
    (AP, 1/16/98)(Econ, 1/21/17, p.25)

1993        Jan 16, US Attorney General-designate Zoe Baird and her husband paid a $2,900 fine for employing illegal aliens in their home. Controversy over the hirings derailed her nomination.
    (AP, 1/16/98)
1993        Jan 16, Glenn Corbett (63), US actor (Shenandoah, Chisum, Midway), died.
    (MC, 1/16/02)

1994        Jan 16, President Clinton held marathon talks in Geneva with Syrian President Hafez Assad, who offered Israel "normal, peaceful relations" in exchange for land.
    (AP, 1/16/99)
1994        Jan 16, In Moscow, Yegor Gaidar, first deputy prime minister and architect of Russia's market reforms, announced his resignation.
    (AP, 1/16/99)

1995        Jan 16, In Union, S.C., a prosecutor announced he would seek the death penalty for Susan Smith, the woman accused of drowning her sons, 3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alex. Smith was later convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 1/16/00)

1996        Jan 16, Chechens hijacked a ferry with 165 passengers and crew from the Turkish port of Trabzon bound for the Russian city of Sochi. Gunmen in Trabzon, Turkey, hijacked a Black Sea ferry with more than 200 people on board, and demanded that Russian troops stop fighting Chechen rebels in Pervomayskaya. The hostages were released three days later after the Russian troops stormed Pervomaiskoye.
    (WSJ, 1/17/96, p.A-1)(AP, 1/16/01)
1996         Jan 16, Greece's ailing PM Andreas Papandreou resigned.
    (, 1/16/96, p. A-1)

1997        Jan 16, Ennis Cosby (27), son of Bill Cosby, was murdered in Los Angeles while changing a tire in an apparent roadside robbery. A Ukrainian emigre teenager, Mikail Markhasev, was picked up and charged for the murder in March. Eli Zakaria and girlfriend Sara Peters were in a car with Markhasev. Markhasev was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Markhasev admitted his guilt in 2001 and made a public apology.
    (SFC, 2/1/97, p.E4)(WSJ, 3/14/97, p.A1)(SFC, 3/15/97, p.A3)(AP, 1/16/98)(SFC, 6/27/98, p.A5)(WSJ, 8/12/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/12/00, p.A1)
1997        Jan 16, In Atlanta, two bomb blasts an hour apart rocked a building containing an abortion clinic, injuring six people.
    (SFC, 1/17/97, p.A1)(AP, 1/16/98)
1997        Jan 16, Maurice Strong, Canadian millionaire businessman and environmentalist, was appointed by Kofi Annan to coordinated UN reform for a salary of $1 per year.
    (SFC, 1/17/97, p.A14)
1997        Jan 16, In the SF Bay Area Peninsula Open Space Trust negotiated an agreement to purchase 1,626 acres of Bair Island for $15 million from Redwood Shores Properties. The land would be restored to marshland with no billboards. The Peninsula Open Space Trust was formed in this year to purchase and set aside land for open space.
    (SFC, 1/16/96, p.A1)(SFC, 4/8/99, p.A19)(SFC, 3/15/07, p.A11)
1997        Jan 16, In Haiti strikes swept the country and protestors demanded the resignation of premier Rosny Smarth and an end to IMF-backed austerity measures..
    (WSJ, 1/17/97, p.A1)
1997        Jan 16, Israeli soldiers dismantled their military headquarters in Hebron, marking the beginning of the end of Israel's 30-year-old rule in the West Bank city. A 5th of the city where 500 militant settlers live will maintain a force of some 2,500.
    (SFC, 1/17/97, p.A12)(AP, 1/16/98)

1998        Jan 16, Texas settled with the tobacco industry for $15.3 billion.
    (SFC, 1/17/98, p.A6)(AP, 1/16/99)
1998        Jan 16, NASA officially announced that John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, would fly aboard the space shuttle later in the year.
    (AP, 1/16/99)
1998        Jan 16, Baltic leaders signed an agreement, the US-Baltics Charter of Partnership, at the White House strengthening US and NATO ties with Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. The leaders also established a $15 million fund with equal contributions from the Agency for Int’l. Development and George Soros to promote nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).
    (WSJ, 1/16/98, p.A1)(SFC, 1/17/98, p.A8)
1998        Jan 16, In El Salvador Israel Job Pineda, a fisherman in La Herradura, was shot and killed by a pirate intruder. Pirates had become a growing threat to the local shrimp fisherman. Police later arrested nine fishermen linked to the attack.
    (SFEC, 2/8/98, p.A26)
1998        Jan 16, In Germany the Bonn Parliament took steps to allowing private phones to be bugged. The Bundestag (lower house) voted to secure a 2/3 majority needed to change the constitution to give police greater powers.
    (SFC, 1/17/98, p.A8)
1998        Jan 16, In Guatemala 13 college students and 3 faculty members from St. Mary's College of Maryland were robbed and 5 women were raped after their bus was ambushed near Santa Lucia. 4 suspects were later arrested and 3 more were sought by police. In 1999 three men, Cosbi Gamaliel Ortiz (38), Rony Leonel Polanco Sil (29) and Reyes Guch Ventura (25), were convicted and sentenced to 28 years in prison.
    (SFC, 1/19/98, p.A8)(SFC, 2/9/99, p.A8)
1998        Jan 16, From Indonesia it was reported that Pres. Suharto and his six children have an estimated net worth of $40 billion, equal to about half the country’s gross domestic product.
    (SFC, 1/16/98, p.B3)
1998        Jan 16, In Kenya the WHO recommended that travelers take precautions against Rift Valley Fever, a mosquito born disease that has killed 300 people.
    (SFC, 1/17/98, p.A10)
1998        Jan 16, It was reported that Nevis planned to withdraw from St. Kitts if 2/3 of the voters approved a midyear referendum. The 9,000 citizens of Nevis lived on 36 square miles, while the 35,000 people of St. Kitts lived on 65 square miles. Nevisians were particularly upset about drug barons on St. Kitts, especially Charles “Little Nut" Miller.
    (SFC, 1/16/98, p.B2)
1998        Jan 16, In Turkey the Islamist Welfare Party was banned by the Constitutional Court for “activities against the secular regime." Former Welfare deputies created the Virtue Party.
    (SFC, 1/17/98, p.A1)(AP, 11/4/02)

1999        Jan 16, Closing three days of opening arguments, House prosecutors demanded President Clinton's removal from office, telling a hushed Senate that otherwise the presidency itself may be "deeply and perhaps permanently damaged."
    (AP, 1/16/00)
1999        Jan 16, Methodist ministers in Sacramento, Ca., blessed the union of 2 lesbians in contradiction to Church law.
    (SFEC, 1/17/99, p.C1)
1999        Jan 16, The US and North Korea opened talks on inspections of a suspected underground nuclear facility.
    (SFEC, 1/17/99, p.A10)
1999        Jan 16, In Kosovo 45 ethnic Albanians were found massacred at Racak. It was later reported that the killing was ordered by senior Serbian officials, who attempted to orchestrate a cover-up.
    (SFEC, 1/17/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/22/99, p.A10)(SFC, 1/28/99, p.A1)

2000        Jan 16, In Kosovo an American soldier, Staff Sgt. Frank J. Ronghi (35), was charged with the rape and murder of an 11-year-old Albanian girl.
    (SFC, 1/17/00, p.A10)(WSJ, 1/17/00, p.A1)
2000        Jan 16, Nelson Mandela addressed peace talks in Arusha, Tanzania, and admonished the leaders of Burundi for having failed their people and all of Africa.
    (SFC, 1/20/00, p.A12)
2000        Jan 16, In Chechnya Russian warplanes bombarded the area around Grozny and federal forces reported 120 rebels killed. Islamic militants reported at least 18 civilians killed.
    (SFC, 1/17/00, p.A10)
2000        Jan 16, In Chile Socialist Ricardo Lagos (61) won the presidential elections in a 51.3% to 48.7% vote over Joaquin Lavin, a former aide to Gen. Pinochet.
    (SFC, 1/17/00, p.A10)(WSJ, 1/17/00, p.A1)
2000        Jan 16, In Colombia at least 13 guerrillas were killed in Bolivar state. Rebel bombings of power lines left Medellin out of power for several hours. Rebels blew up 22 high-voltage pylons that took out power in Antioquia, Choco and Cordoba provinces.
    (SFC, 1/18/00, p.A9)(WSJ, 1/18/00, p.A1)
2000        Jan 16, Prince Ernst August of Hannover (b.1954), a great-grandson of the last German emperor, Wilhelm II, slapped hotel owner Josef Brunlehner on Lamu Island, Kenya, allegedly as a symbolic reproach over noise from a disco. He was pursued in Germany where the law allows prosecutors to charge citizens who commit crimes abroad. August was convicted in 2004 and fined $633,000. In 2010 August was retried on charges of causing serious bodily harm. On march 9, 2010, a German judge sentenced Prince August to pay a fine of euro200,000 ($270,000) after convicting him for the decade-old altercation.
    (AP, 1/13/10)(SFC, 1/14/10, p.A2)(, 3/9/10)
2000        Jan 16, In Lhasa, Tibet, Soinam Puncog (2), was designated the 7th Reting Lama in a ceremony presided over by Chinese authorities.
    (SFC, 1/18/00, p.A8)
2000        Jan 16, In Uganda a weekend rebel attack by Allied Democratic Forces killed 25 civilians and 3 soldiers at the Kirindi camp, 186 miles west of Kampala.
    (SFC, 1/18/00, p.A12)

2001        Jan 16, Dave Winfield and Kirby Puckett were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on their first try.
    (AP, 1/16/02)
2001        Jan 16, Confirmation hearings for Attorney General-designate John Ashcroft opened in Washington with Senate Democrats throwing jabs at him over abortion and civil rights.
    (AP, 1/16/02)
2001        Jan 16, Leonard Woodcock, former head of the United Auto Workers union, died in Ann Arbor, Mich., at age 89.
    (AP, 1/16/02)
2001        Jan 16, In China the Shenzhou II unmanned space craft landed after 108 orbits.
    (WSJ, 1/17/01, p.A1)
2001        Jan 16, In Congo Pres. Kabila was assassinated by one of his bodyguards, Rashidi Kasereka, who was immediately killed. In 2003 a military court sentenced 26 people to death for the assassination.
    (SFC, 1/17/01, p.A1)(SFC, 1/24/01, p.A12)(SFC, 1/8/03, p.A16)
2001        Jan 16, The Ecuadoran tanker Jessica with 243,000 gallons of fuel, ran aground on San Cristobal island in the Galapagos and began leaking fuel 3 days later.
    (SFC, 1/20/01, p.A11)(SFC, 1/22/01, p.A10)
2001        Jan 16, In Kashmir 11 people died when militants attacked the airport at Srinagar. The Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba guerrillas claimed responsibility. The group was later banned in Pakistan but reappeared under the name Jamaat-ud-Dawa.
    (SFC, 1/17/01, p.A11)(Econ, 7/29/06, p.39)
2001        Jan 16, Luther and Johnny Htoo, twin adolescent leaders of an ethnic Karen rebel group in Myanmar, surrendered to Thai border police.
    (WSJ, 1/17/01, p.A1)
2001        Jan 16, In the Philippines the prosecution against Pres. Estrada quit after the Senate voted to deny access to crucial evidence.
    (SFC, 1/17/01, p.A10)
2001        Jan 16, In Sri Lanka a government offensive left 41 people dead including 22 rebels and 18 soldiers.
    (SFC, 1/17/01, p.A11)

2002        Jan 16, Richard Reid, the al Qaeda trained shoe-bomber, was indicted on 9 counts in Boston. Reid pleaded guilty Oct 4.
    (SFC, 1/17/02, p.A1)(AP, 10/4/02)
2002        Jan 16, Mokhtar Haouari was sentenced to 24 years in prison for providing fake ID and $3,000 to Ahmed Ressam in 1999. Ressam planned to detonate explosives at the LA Int’l. Airport during millennium celebrations.
    (SFC, 1/17/02, p.A12)
2002        Jan 16, Four former SLA members, Sara Jane Olson, William Harris, Emily Harris and Michael Bortin, were arrested in California for the 1975 slaying of Myrna Lee Opsahl.
    (SFC, 1/17/02, p.A1)
2002        Jan 16, In Grundy, Va., Peter Odighizuwa shot and killed the dean, a professor and a student at the Appalachian School of Law following suspension due to low grades. He was later found incompetent to stand trial.
    (SFC, 1/17/02, p.A3)(AP, 1/16/03)
2002        Jan 16, In Afghanistan Hamid Karzai issued a decree that banned the cultivation of opium poppies.
    (SFC, 1/17/02, p.A12)
2002        Jan 16, In Cyprus rival leaders, Glafcos Clerides and Rauf Denktash, met on the border in Nicosia in the 1st formal negotiation in 4 years.
    (SFC, 1/17/02, p.A8)
2002        Jan 16, In Indonesia a Boeing 737-300 with 60 people crash-landed on a river in Java. One person was killed and 23 injured.
    (SFC, 1/17/02, p.A10)
2002        Jan 16, In Pakistan the government announced electoral reforms and freed non-Muslims to vote along with the Islamic majority. Lower house seats were increased to 350 from 237 and college graduation was made a requirement for candidates.
    (SFC, 1/17/02, p.A13)
2002        Jan 16, Pakistan police arrested 5 al Qaeda members in Punjab province as they attempted to flee disguised under burqas.
    (SFC, 1/18/02, p.A18)
2002        Jan 16, In the West Bank a Palestinian killed another Palestinian, who was mistaken for an Israeli.
    (SFC, 1/17/02, p.A11)

2003        Jan 16, The Bush administration urged the Supreme Court to strike down admissions policies at the University of Michigan and its law school, arguing that university admissions programs that gave an edge to minority students were unconstitutional.
    (AP, 1/16/04)
2003        Jan 16, The US government announced that men from Bangladesh, Egypt, Jordan, Indonesia and Kuwait will be subject to fingerprints, photographs and interviews in addition to men from 18 other Arab and Muslim countries.
    (SFC, 1/16/03, p.A6)
2003        Jan 16, AOL Time Warner chief executive Dick Parsons was tapped to be the media conglomerate's new chairman, succeeding Steve Case.
    (AP, 1/16/04)
2003        Jan 16, Microsoft announced its 1st dividend along with a stock split.
    (SFC, 1/17/03, p.A1)
2003        Jan 16, The shuttle Columbia carried a crew of 7 for a 16-day mission. Col. Ilan Ramon was aboard as Israel's 1st astronaut. The mission ended in tragedy on Feb. 1, when the shuttle broke up during its return descent, killing all seven crew members.
    (SFC, 1/17/03, p.A2)(AP, 1/16/04)
2003        Jan 16, Argentina reached a preliminary agreement with the International Monetary Fund to avoid default.
    (AP, 1/17/03)
2003        Jan 16, In Brazil mudslides killed at least 36 people in Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo states.
    (SFC, 1/17/03, p.A10)(AP, 1/18/03)
2003        Jan 16, In Colombia a car bomb exploded outside the attorney general's office in Medellin, killing three people and wounding at least 19. Gunmen entered the tiny village of Dos Quebradas and killed a dozen people, leaving surviving villagers terrified and waiting for government forces to arrive. At least 16 people were killed by FARC rebels in villages around San Carlos.
    (AP, 1/16/03)(AP, 1/18/03)(AP, 1/19/03)
2003        Jan 16, The European Union's Court of Justice ordered Spain and Italy to drop national rules on what constitutes chocolate, saying they can no longer bar British and Irish confections made with vegetable fats instead of cocoa butter.
    (AP, 1/16/03)
2003        Jan 16, In Greenland Premier Hans Enoksen, head of the social democratic Siumut party, struck a deal with the island's liberal Atassut party. 2 days earlier Enoksen evicted the left-wing Inuit Ataqatigitt party, leaving the Arctic island of 56,000 without a government. A spat had developed over the use of a healer to chase away evil spirits from government offices.
    (AP, 1/17/03)

2004        Jan 16, Pres. Bush sidestepped Congress and installed Mississippi judge Charles Pickering to the federal appeals court after a two-year battle filled with racial, religious and regional argument.
    (AP, 1/16/04)
2004        Jan 16, Paul Bremmer, the U.S. administrator in Iraq, said the US will revise its plan to create self-rule in Iraq, following consultations with President Bush.
    (AP, 1/16/04)
2004        Jan 16, The US Army awarded Halliburton a 2-year contract worth up to $1.2 billion to rebuild the oil industry in southern Iraq.
    (SFC, 1/17/04, p.A8)
2004        Jan 16, Pop star Michael Jackson pleaded innocent to child molestation charges during a court appearance in Santa Maria, Calif. The judge scolded Jackson for being 21 minutes late.
    (AP, 1/16/05)
2004        Jan 16, Starbucks opened its 1st coffee shop in France.
    (Econ, 1/17/04, p.67)
2004        Jan 16, Bone-chilling arctic winds and record low temperatures swept the US Northeast.
    (WSJ, 1/16/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 16, NASA said it would not send another shuttle mission to service and repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
    (SFC, 1/17/04, p.A1)
2004        Jan 16, A Canadian regulator ruled that a song lauding the joys of an "enormous penis" is not obscene because the object of the lyric's affection isn't necessarily sexual.
    (AP, 1/16/04)
2004        Jan 16, Kalevi Sorsa (73), Finland's longest serving prime minister, died.  Sorsa headed four coalition governments from 1972 to 1987 and led the Social Democrats, Finland's largest party, for 12 years.
    (AP, 1/17/04)
2004        Jan 16, In Bombay, India, activists gathered for the 6-day World Social Forum. The meeting, which attracts activists, political workers and intellectuals from around the world, is meant to be a counterpoint to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland later this month.
    (AP, 1/17/04)
2004        Jan 16, Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin brushed off warnings by a top Israeli official that he is "marked for death" and, in a defiant appearance at a Gaza City mosque, and said his Islamic militant group will continue to attack Israelis.
    (AP, 1/16/04)

2005        Jan 16, At the 62nd annual Golden Globe Awards winners included “The Aviator" for best drama picture with Leonardo DiCaprio as best actor. Hillary Swank won the best actress award for her role in “Million Dollar Baby."
    (SFC, 1/17/05, p.D2)
2005        Jan 16, Acclaimed prison journalist Wilbert Rideau spent his first full day of freedom after being released from prison, where he'd spent nearly 44 years for the 1961 killing of Louisiana bank teller Julia Ferguson. During his time in prison Rideau received national fame for his work editing the prison newspaper, the Angolite. In 2010 Rideau authored “In the Place of Justice: A Story of Punishment and Deliverance."
    (AP, 1/16/06)(SSFC, 5/2/10, p.F2)
2005        Jan 16, Marjorie Williams (b.1958), American journalist and political writer, died of liver cancer. In 2008 her husband Timothy Noah published “Reputation: Portraits in Power," an anthology of her work.
    (WSJ, 10/3/08, p.W5)(
2005        Jan 16, The US military freed 81 Afghan prisoners, and the Afghan government was negotiating the release of hundreds more from American custody.
    (AP, 1/16/05)(WSJ, 1/17/05, p.A1)
2005        Jan 16, Algeria's government signed an agreement to end years of conflict with the restive Berber minority, pledging to accept long-standing demands including greater recognition of the Berber language.
    (AP, 1/16/05)
2005        Jan 16, Australian born and bred Charlie Bell (44), the first non-American to head the McDonald's chain of 30,000 burger restaurants in 119 countries, died in Sydney from cancer.
    (AP, 1/17/05)
2005        Jan 16, Croatians returned to the polls for presidential runoff. Pres. Stipe Mesic won a 2nd term in the runoff election with 66% of the vote.
    (AP, 1/17/05)
2005        Jan 16, Indonesia increased its tsunami death toll by 5,000, raising the overall number of people who died in the Dec. 26 disaster to more than 162,000.
    (AP, 1/16/05)
2005        Jan 16, In Iraq a total of 17 people were killed in the Baghdad area, including three Iraqi policemen and three Iraqi National Guard soldiers killed in separate attacks. As mourners gathered for the policemen's funeral, a suicide bomber killed another seven people.
    (AP, 1/17/05)
2005        Jan 16, A 25-hour stand-off between Islamic guerrillas and Indian forces in Srinagar, Kashmir, ended after two militants holed up inside an indoor stadium were killed by troops.
    (AP, 1/16/05)
2005        Jan 16, The first Kuwaiti released from Guantanamo Bay was taken into government custody after he arrived home.
    (AP, 1/16/05)
2005        Jan 16, A top PLO decision-making body called on Palestinian militants to halt attacks against Israel, charging that the violence gives Israel an excuse to carry out military operations.
    (AP, 1/16/05)
2005        Jan 16, Qatar Gas Transport planned the country’s largest share flotation. They recently unveiled a large LNG project with Exxon.
    (Econ, 1/8/05, p.54)
2005        Jan 16, A 66-year-old Romanian woman became the world's oldest woman recorded to give birth when she delivered a daughter by cesarean section.
    (AP, 1/17/05)
2005        Jan 16, In Russia protests by retirees against the loss of welfare benefits swept President Vladimir Putin's home city for the second straight day.
    (AP, 1/16/05)
2005        Jan 16, The armed Basque separatist group ETA threw its weight behind an initiative by its political wing to open dialogue with the Spanish government on solving the Basque problem.
    (AP, 1/16/05)
2005        Jan 16, The Sudanese government and an alliance of opposition groups reached a tentative agreement on Sudan's political future that builds on a peace accord already signed with southern rebels.
    (Reuters, 1/16/05)

2006        Jan 16, The Palestinian film "Paradise Now," which explores the lives of a pair of suicide bombers, won the Golden Globe for best foreign film. "Brokeback Mountain" won four Golden Globes, including best motion picture drama; "Lost" won best dramatic television series while "Desperate Housewives" won for best musical or comedy series.
    (AP, 1/17/06)(AP, 1/16/07)
2006        Jan 16, A suicide bomber on a motorbike drove up to a crowd watching a wrestling match in Spin Boldak, an Afghan border town, killing 23 people and wounding at least 30 others. A bomb hit a convoy of Afghan army trucks loaded with troops as they were driving through Kandahar, killing four people and wounding 16.
    (AP, 1/16/06)(SSFC, 7/30/06, p.A18)
2006        Jan 16, A lawyer told a government inquiry that Australia's wheat exporter, AWB Ltd., knowingly provided hundreds of millions of dollars in kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's regime and deceived the United Nations about the payments under the oil-for-food program.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 16, Chinese state media reported that foreign currency reserves rose 34% last year to a record $818.9 billion.
    (SFC, 1/17/06, p.C5)
2006        Jan 16-2006 Jan 18, In southwestern China workers protesting the sale of a factory in Chengdu clashed for three days with baton-wielding police. According to, an overseas-hosted Chinese-language Web site, the factory was worth $37 million, but was going to be sold for $9.9 million.
    (AP, 1/23/06)
2006        Jan 16, Colombia's president ordered an investigation into allegations that outlawed paramilitary groups have infiltrated congressional campaigns using illegal drug money.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 16, In Strasbourg, France, demonstrators fought with police and smashed windows at the European Parliament building during a protest over a proposal to make port operations in the European Union more competitive.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 16, A US-registered private jet crashed in the French Alps outside Bourdeau and 4 people were killed.
    (AP, 1/17/06)
2006        Jan 16, State radio reported that Iran has allocated the equivalent of $215 million for the construction of what would be its second and third nuclear power plants.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 16, In Baghdad, Iraq, a car bomb detonated next to a police convoy, killing a 6-year-old child and five police officers. A US military helicopter crashed north of Baghdad killing the two crew members. It was the third American chopper to go down in 10 days.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 16, Israeli police seized buildings and rooftops in a Jewish settler enclave in Hebron, restoring order after three days of riots sparked by plans to evict Israeli squatters from an abandoned Palestinian market.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 16, Galymzhan Zhakiyanov (41), a Kazakh opposition leader jailed for more than three years, returned home, to the cheers of hundreds of supporters. The leader of the now-disbanded Democratic Choice party, was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2002 on abuse-of-office charges.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 16, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf pledged a "fundamental break" with Liberia's violent past as she was sworn in as president, carving her name into history as Africa's first elected female head of state.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 16, In Mongolia some 2,000 people gathered in the main square of Ulan Bator, demanding their president resign.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 16, Deputy PM Alexander Zhukov said more money entered Russia than left it last year for the first time in the country's post-Soviet history.
    (AP, 1/16/06)
2006        Jan 16, Turkish health officials said preliminary tests have confirmed that a girl (12) who died was infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, raising Turkey's death toll to four.
    (AP, 1/16/06)

2007        Jan 16, The US Senate voted to shine more light on thousands of expensive pet projects buried in legislation after the new Democratic majority bowed to a successful push by Republicans to make new disclosure rules even tougher than originally planned.
    (AP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) launched his bid for the White House.
    (AP, 1/16/08)
2007        Jan 16, Ron Carey (b.1935), TV and film actor, died in Los Angeles. He played Officer Carl Levitt in the Barney Miller (1976-1982) TV sitcom. His 15 movies included “High Anxiety" (1977) and “History of the World: Part I" (1981), both with Mel Brooks.
    (SFC, 1/23/07, p.B4)
2007        Jan 16 Pookie Hudson (72), lead singer for the Spaniels doo-wop group, died in Capitol Heights, Md.
    (AP, 1/16/08)
2007        Jan 16, In southern Afghanistan NATO-led troops and Afghan forces detained a prominent Taliban commander during a raid on a compound.
    (AP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 16, Canadian Trade Minister David Emerson signed a technology deal with China, on a visit aimed at reinvigorating relations with the Asian superpower that have been dented by Canada's blunt talk on human rights.
    (Reuters, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, Chinese search engine and EMI Music launched an Internet venture that will let users listen to streaming music for free, adding to Baidu's growing entertainment business.
    (AP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, Colombian police found about $19 million belonging to a drug trafficking group buried under a house in the southwestern city of Cali. On Jan 12 police found $16 million hidden in a modest house in Cali.
    (AP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, The European Parliament elected German conservative Hans-Gert Poettering as president of the chamber to replace outgoing Spanish Socialist Josep Borrell.
    (AFP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, Indian PM Manmohan Singh reiterated his government's offer for talks with separatist rebels in restive northeast Assam state after recent violence left 73 people dead.
    (AFP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, An Indonesian passenger train jumped its tracks, sending a crowded rail car plunging nearly 20 feet near the central Javanese town of Purwokerto. Five people were reported killed and more than 250 injured.
    (AP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, Baghdad was struck by two bombings apparently targeting Shiite neighborhoods one near a university as students were leaving classes for the day that killed at least 31, and another at a used motorcycle marketplace that killed at least 15 people. The death toll across Iraq approached 150 including four who died when a roadside bomb struck a police patrol in a predominantly Shiite area of downtown Baghdad. Gianni Magazzeni, the chief of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq in Baghdad, said 34,452 civilians were killed and 36,685 were wounded last year.
    (AP, 1/16/07)(WSJ, 1/17/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 16, In Israel Abir Aramin, a 10-year-old Palestinian girl, was hit by a rubber-coated bullet as she stood some distance from a demonstration. She died two days later in a Jerusalem hospital. In 2010 a Jerusalem court  decided in a ruling that the Israeli state was responsible for the death of the girl. In 2011 an Israeli court ordered the government to pay $432,000 to the family of Abir.
    (AP, 8/18/10)(, 9/26/11)
2007        Jan 16, In Kenya deaths due to Rift Valley fever (hemorrhagic fever) had climbed to at least 95 for the past month.
    (AFP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, Pedro Diaz Parada, a drug cartel leader, was arrested in the southern state of Oaxaca and taken to Mexico City. This was the first major drug arrest under the administration of President Felipe Calderon.
    (AP, 1/18/07)
2007        Jan 16, King Mohammed VI of Morocco launched work on a major road linking Fez to the Algerian border as part of construction on a north African highway stretching from Mauritania to Libya. Construction of the 328-kilometer road (204-mile) from Fez to the eastern city of Oudja, on the border with Algeria, is expected to cost 820 million euros (one billion dollars).
    (AFP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 16, Royal Dutch Shell evacuated staff from two oil installations in southern Nigeria and the military boosted troop levels in the volatile area after a dozen village elders were killed in a riverboat attack.
    (AP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, Pakistan's army destroyed suspected al-Qaida hideouts in an airstrike near the Afghan border, killing 10 people. A resident said the slain men were Afghan laborers.
    (AP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, In the Philippines Jainal Antel Sali Jr. (41), popularly known as Abu Sulaiman, a top al-Qaida-linked militant, was killed. He was accused of kidnapping three Americans in 2001 and of masterminding one of Southeast Asia's worst terror attacks three years later. DNA evidence soon confirmed Sulaiman’s death.
    (AP, 1/17/07)(AP, 1/20/07)
2007        Jan 16, Russia said it had delivered new anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran and would consider further requests by Tehran for defensive weapons.
    (Reuters, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, Spanish court officials said Spain has issued an international arrest warrant for three US soldiers after reopening a murder investigation into the killing of Spanish television cameraman Jose Couso in Iraq on Apr 18, 2003.
    (Reuters, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, In Sri Lanka fierce clashes for control of a stretch of rebel-held-land in eastern Batticaloa district left at least 16 dead. The military said it lost four soldiers and that 29 more were wounded during the battle. A pro-rebel Web site said only 12 guerrillas died. TamilNet said 40 Sri Lankan soldiers were killed.
    (AP, 1/17/07)
2007        Jan 16, Rebels said Sudanese government planes bombed Darfur rebel areas despite a declared truce.
    (AP, 1/16/07)
2007        Jan 16, Benon Sevan (69) of Cyprus, former UN oil-for-food chief, was charged with taking a $160,000 bribe to influence who could buy Iraqi oil during the $64 billion program that ran from 1996-2003. This brought to 14 the number of people charged in the case.
    (WSJ, 1/17/07, p.A6)

2008        Jan 16, CIA analyst Tom Donahue disclosed that criminals have been able to hack into computer systems via the Internet and cut power to several cities outside the US. He offered few specifics on what actually went wrong.
2008        Jan 16, US District Judge Charles Breyer sentenced Gregory Reyes, former CEO of Brocade Communications Systems Inc., to 21 months in prison and fined him $15 million for ordering options grants to employees to be changed to look as though they were made on days when the stock's value was lower. On March 26, 2010, Reyes was convicted in a 2nd jury trial over backdating employee stock options.
    (AP, 1/16/08)(SFC, 3/27/10, p.D1)
2008        Jan 16, A US District court in Kansas City, Mo., unsealed a 42-count indictment that accused the Islamic Relief Agency of paying Mark Deli Siljander, a former Michigan congressman (1981-1987), $50,000 for lobbying funds that were sent to terrorists.
    (SFC, 1/17/08, p.A4)
2008        Jan 16, In Georgia 2 off-duty DeKalb County police officers were killed in what appeared to be an ambush at an apartment complex in what residents described as a high-crime neighborhood.
    (AP, 1/16/08)
2008        Jan 16, BEA Systems accepted an $8.5 billion offer to be acquired by Oracle Corp.
    (SFC, 1/17/08, p.C1)
2008        Jan 16, Sun Microsystems agreed to buy MySQL AB, a Swedish-based database firm, for $1 billion.
    (SFC, 1/17/08, p.C3)
2008        Jan 16, Texas was ranked as the biggest polluter in the US, making it the 7th worst in the world if it were its own nation.
    (WSJ, 1/17/08, p.A1)
2008        Jan 16, A British cultural organization accused Russian authorities of harassing its staff and said it had temporarily closed its offices in St. Petersburg.
    (AP, 1/17/08)
2008        Jan 16, Chile's congress backed a pension reform bill to ensure the country's landmark social security program for the first time covers every citizen.
    (AP, 1/17/08)
2008        Jan 16, Pres. Bush visited Egypt. Stalled reforms and bitterness over the jailing of hundreds of dissidents haunted his visit. Bush promised to stay engaged in pulling Israelis and Palestinians toward a peace pact by the end of his term.
    (AP, 1/16/08)
2008        Jan 16, In Iraq a woman wearing a vest lined with explosives blew herself up near a popular market and Shiite mosque in turbulent Diyala province, killing eight civilians. Small arms fire killed 3 US soldiers conducting operations in Salahuddin province.
    (AP, 1/16/08)
2008        Jan 16, In Israel a hawkish faction in PM Ehud Olmert's coalition pulled out of the government, weakening him at a time when he needs broad support to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians by the end of the year. Israeli forces evacuated two makeshift settlement outposts in the West Bank. Israeli aircraft targeting Palestinian rocket squads hit a wrong vehicle killing a boy (12), along with his father and uncle.
    (AP, 1/16/08)(SFC, 1/17/08, p.A10)
2008        Jan 16, Italian police arrested scores of suspected mobsters in Palermo in the latest raid on suspected Sicilian Mafia hideouts.
    (AP, 1/16/08)
2008        Jan 16, Japan's whaling fleet in the Antarctic halted its operations and scrambled to arrange the turnover of two activists who boarded one of its harpoon ships after a tense, high-seas chase, accusing the Sea Shepherd conservation group of piracy.
    (AP, 1/16/08)
2008        Jan 16, In Kenya police fired tear gas and bullets to disperse thousands of protesters in several cities at the start of three days of opposition rallies that reignited post-election violence. At least one person was fatally shot by police.
    (AP, 1/16/08)
2008        Jan 16, In Morocco 16 people were killed and 30 injured when an apartment block being built in Kenitra collapsed.
    (AFP, 1/17/08)
2008        Jan 16, In New Zealand Hone Tuwhare (86), the first Maori poet to be published in English and one of New Zealand's most celebrated verse writers, died.
    (AP, 1/17/08)
2008        Jan 16, Niger authorities formally charged two French journalists with threatening state security for attempting to report on rebel groups in Niger's volatile north, a crime punishable by death in the West African country.
    (AP, 1/16/08)
2008        Jan 16, Russia warned Kosovo's leaders that if they declare independence the territory will never become a member of the UN or other international political institutions.
    (AP, 1/16/08)
2008        Jan 16, South Korea's conservative president-elect Lee Myung-bak revealed plans to scrap the government ministry that has preached reconciliation with North Korea, after pledging to be tougher on Pyongyang than his liberal predecessors.
    (AP, 1/16/08)
2008        Jan 16, In southeastern Sri Lanka a bomb and shooting attack blamed on Tamil separatists ripped through a packed civilian bus, killing 27 people as the government officially withdrew from a cease-fire with the rebels. Commandoes advanced into rebel territory in Mannar and destroyed a bunker, killing 4 female rebels. 9 rebels were killed in a clash elsewhere in Mannar.
    (AP, 1/16/08)(AP, 1/17/08)
2008        Jan 16, Turkey's PM Erdogan challenged a ban on women wearing head scarves in universities and public offices, saying there is no need to wait for a constitutional change to remove the ban.
    (AP, 1/16/08)
2008        Jan 16, Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov was sworn in for a third presidential term, despite a constitutional two-term limit. Freedom House, a US-based democracy watchdog, said in its annual report that Uzbekistan remains among the world's most repressive societies.
    (AP, 1/16/08)
2008        Jan 16, The UN Security Council imposed sanctions on three Kuwaitis who allegedly help finance al-Qaida operations and recruit fighters for the terrorist network. The three men, Hamid Al-Ali, Jaber Al-Jalamah and Mubarak Mushakhas Sanad Al-Bathali, will be added to a list of some 480 individuals and businesses with purported links to al-Qaida and the Taliban.
    (AP, 1/16/08)
2008        Jan 16, The Venezuelan Observatory of Prisons said more than an inmate a day died violently in Venezuela's crowded prisons last year. Some 498 prisoners were killed in riots and other violent acts in 2007, up from 412 in 2006.
    (AP, 1/17/08)

2009        Jan 16, A US government watchdog said 83 of the nation's 100 largest corporations, including Citigroup, Bank of America and News Corp., had subsidiaries in offshore tax havens in 2007, and some of the companies received federal bailout funding.
    (AP, 1/16/09)
2009        Jan 16, The US Treasury Dept. froze the assets of 4 key al-Qaida operatives including Saad bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s 3rd son. Mike McConnell, US Director of National Intelligence, said Saad bin Laden is no longer under arrest in Iran and is probably in Pakistan.
    (WSJ, 1/17/09, p.A2)
2009        Jan 16, Citigroup said it is splitting into two businesses as it reported a fourth-quarter net loss of $8.29 billion, its fifth straight quarterly loss.
    (AP, 1/16/09)
2009        Jan 16, Bank of America Corp , posted its first quarterly loss in 17 years and slashed its dividend, hours after winning a multibillion-dollar lifeline from the US government to help absorb Merrill Lynch, which lost a record $15.31 billion in the quarter.
    (AP, 1/16/09)
2009        Jan 16, Kellogg Co. of Battle Creek, Mich., recalled 16 products containing peanut butter due to possible salmonella contamination as federal officials confirmed contamination at a Georgia facility that ships peanut products to 85 food companies. On Jan 21 federal health authorities confirmed that peanut butter and paste made by a Virginia company were the sole sources of the outbreak. The Blakely, Ga., facility was owned by Peanut Corp. of America, based in Lynchburg, Va. In 2013 four former executives of Peanut Corp. were indicted for the outbreak that left 9 people dead and hundreds sickened.
    (SFC, 1/17/09, p.A2)(WSJ, 1/22/09, p.A4)(SFC, 2/22/13, p.A11)
2009        Jan 16, Circuit City, a bankrupt electronics retailer based in Richmond, Va., said it failed to find a buyer and will liquidate its 567 US stores resulting in the loss of some 30,000 jobs. Circuit city’s last day of sales was on March 8.
    (SFC, 1/17/09, p.C1)(SFC, 3/9/09, p.B1)
2009        Jan 16, Artist Andrew Wyeth (b.1917), American artist, died at his home in the Philadelphia suburb of Chadds Ford. He had portrayed the hidden melancholy of the people and landscapes of Pennsylvania's Brandywine Valley and coastal Maine in works such as "Christina's World."
    (AP, 1/16/09)
2009        Jan 16, In Afghanistan 10 people were killed and more than 30 others had to be rescued when avalanches buried their vehicles in the Salang pass north of Kabul.
    (AFP, 1/18/09)
2009        Jan 16, An Algerian customs officer was killed by armed Islamists west of Algiers. The 35-year-old official had his throat slit after being stopped at a fake barricade put up and manned by about 10 armed Islamists at Miliana near Ain Defla.
    (AFP, 1/17/09)
2009        Jan 16, Australia granted asylum to 28 people from Afghanistan and Iran, in the first such move since relaxing tough rules on asylum seekers.
    (AFP, 1/17/09)
2009        Jan 16, British pop star Boy George (47) was sentenced to 15 months in jail for imprisoning a Norwegian male escort (29) after a nude photoshoot. The singer and disc jockey, who stood trial under his real name George O'Dowd, admitted to police to handcuffing Audun Carlsen to his bed on April 28, 2007, as he investigated the Norwegian's alleged tampering with his computer.
    (AFP, 1/16/09)
2009        Jan 16, Farhad Hakimzadeh, a wealthy US businessman with a passion for books about the Middle East, was sentenced to two years in jail for stealing pages from rare texts at two of Britain's most venerable libraries.
    (AP, 1/16/09)
2009        Jan 16, John Mortimer (b.1923), British lawyer and writer, died. He was the creator of the curmudgeonly criminal lawyer Rumpole of the Bailey.
    (AP, 1/16/09)
2009        Jan 16, In eastern Congo the leader of a splinter rebel faction said his forces would stop fighting the government and the two sides would work together to battle Rwandan militias at the heart of the conflict. Ugandan rebels, according to the UN, massacred 100 civilians in Tora, a village in northeast Congo, the latest atrocity blamed on the insurgents.
    (AP, 1/16/09)(AP, 1/29/09)
2009        Jan 16, The EU threatened new sanctions against Robert Mugabe's government in Zimbabwe, blamed for political deadlock, a surging cholera epidemic and runaway inflation. The UN said the death toll from the cholera outbreak had risen to 2,201 and that the epidemic is still not under control.
    (AP, 1/16/09)
2009        Jan 16, Frenchman Lluis Colet broke the world record for the longest speech after rambling nonstop for 124 hours about Spanish painter Salvador Dali, Catalan culture and other topics.
    (AFP, 1/17/09)
2009        Jan 16, In India a herd of nearly 150 hungry elephants rampaged through a village in the remote northeast, trampling to death a young family as they slept in their hut.
    (AP, 1/17/09)
2009        Jan 16, In Iraq a Shiite candidate for provincial elections was assassinated while campaigning south of Baghdad, underscoring fears that political rivalries will lead to a spike in violence ahead of a Jan. 31 vote.
    (AP, 1/16/09)
2009        Jan 16, Israel said it was close to winding up its offensive against Hamas, and diplomats in Washington said the US will provide assurances on ending weapons smuggling into Gaza as part of a cease-fire. More than 1,100 Palestinians have been killed since the war began on Dec. 27, including 346 children. Khaled Mashaal, Hamas' political chief, rejected Israeli conditions for a Gaza cease-fire and demanded an immediate opening of the besieged territory's borders. Dr. Ezzeldeen Abu al-Aish (Izzeldin Abuelaish) told Channel 10 that his house in the northern Gaza strip town of Jebalia had been hit by Israeli shells and his daughters, ages 22, 15 and 14, were killed along with a neighbor girl. In 2011 Dr. Abuelaish authored “I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity.
    (AP, 1/16/09)(AP, 2/5/09)(Econ, 2/26/11, p.91)
2009        Jan 16, Kenya's president declared the country's food crisis a national disaster and asked international donors to contribute $406 million toward emergency food aid. The US and Britain signed legal agreements with Kenya, essentially extradition treaties, in which Kenya agreed to try suspected pirates.
    (AP, 1/16/09)(WSJ, 2/17/09, p.A8)
2009        Jan 16, In Lithuania police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse some 7,000anti-government protesters throwing rocks and eggs at the Parliament building. They had gathered to demonstrate against unpopular reforms aimed at combating the Baltic state's deepening economic crisis. The Finance Ministry announced it intended to borrow 1 billion euros (US$1.3 billion) from the European Investment Bank to help plug a yawning budget gap.
    (AP, 1/16/09)
2009        Jan 16, Mauritania and Qatar suspended contacts with Israel to protest the Gaza bloodshed at an Arab summit that deepened the divisions between pro-US Arab nations and their rivals in the Middle East.
    (AP, 1/17/09)
2009        Jan 16, Mexico’s central bank, the Bank of Mexico, cut its benchmark interest rate a half point to 7.75%.
    (Econ, 1/24/09, p.42)
2009        Jan 16, Nicaragua’s Supreme Court overturned former President Arnoldo Aleman's conviction and 20-year prison sentence for money laundering, ending a long-running legal saga that has been colored by Nicaragua's political landscape. Hours later Mr. Aleman’s Liberal Constitutional Party ended a filibuster in the National Assembly and voted to let the Sandinistas run the legislature’s affairs.
    (AP, 1/16/09)(Econ, 2/21/09, p.40)
2009        Jan 16, South African police and game park rangers said they have arrested 11 suspects in an international rhinoceros poaching ring. Some of the rhinos had their horns hacked from them while they were still alive.
    (AP, 1/16/09)
2009        Jan 16, In South Korea Yonhap news agency said Busan District Court handed a man named Lim (42) a suspended 30-month sentence for raping his wife (25) at knifepoint. It was the first time a man in traditionally male-dominated South Korea has been convicted of marital rape. Lim was found dead of apparent suicide on Jan 20.
    (AP, 1/16/09)(AP, 1/20/09)
2009        Jan 16, The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution expressing its intention to establish a UN peacekeeping force in Somalia, but putting off a decision for several months in order to assess the volatile situation in the Horn of Africa nation.
    (AP, 1/17/09)
2009        Jan 16, In Venezuela a takeover of the Caracas City Hall began violently when dozens of armed Chavez supporters wearing ski masks stormed in after shooting at the building and tying up security guards. Chavez backers occupied the civil registry and other municipal buildings to protest Ledezma's decision to cut them off the city payroll. Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma took to working from an undisclosed friend's office.
    (AP, 1/31/09)

2010        Jan 16, President Barack Obama declared one of the largest relief efforts in US history to help Haiti four days after an earthquake killed up to 200,000 people and devastated the Caribbean nation's capital.
    (Reuters, 1/16/10)
2010        Jan 16, A small boat packed with illegal immigrants overturned off the San Diego coast at Torrey Pines State Park. 2 people died and 5 were injured. 16 people, all Mexican citizens, were accounted for. On Jan 28 two men were indicted on charges of illegal smuggling.
    (SSFC, 1/17/10, p.A14)(SFC, 1/18/10, p.A6)(SFC, 1/30/10, p.A4)
2010        Jan 16, Afghanistan's parliament rejected more than half of President Hamid Karzai's second list of Cabinet nominees, including two of three women, dealing him a fresh political blow as his government struggles to face the growing Taliban threat. The Taliban kidnapped two Chinese engineers and four Afghans accompanying them in the north of the country.
    (AP, 1/16/10)(AFP, 1/17/10)
2010        Jan 16, A small part of Antarctica turned green as the ice-covered continent's biggest wind farm, which can generate enough electricity to power 500 homes, was formally switched on in a joint New Zealand-US project on Antarctica's Ross Sea coast.
    (AP, 1/16/10)
2010        Jan 16, Egypt's largest opposition movement, the Muslim Brotherhood announced its new leader, Mohammed Badie (66), a member of the group's conservative faction. He was chosen by the movement's 30-member international council and becomes the group's eighth supreme leader since its foundation in 1928.
    (AP, 1/16/10)
2010        Jan 16, In Iraq gunmen in a speeding car opened fire on a police checkpoint in the western neighborhood of Baiyaa, killing two policemen.
    (AP, 1/16/10)
2010        Jan 16, In Israel the Yediot Ahronot daily reported that Lillian Peretz, who worked as the Netanyahu family housekeeper in their beachside home in the town of Caesaria for six years, has filed a lawsuit accusing Sara Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister's 3rd wife, of abusing her in the first scandal to hit Benjamin Netanyahu's year-old administration. Peretz claims Sara Netanyahu verbally abused her and forced her to change clothes and shower several times a day to keep a "sterile" environment. It also alleges she was paid less than minimum wage and forced to work on the Jewish Sabbath even though she is an observant Jew.
    (AP, 1/17/10)(Econ, 1/23/10, p.45)
2010        Jan 16, Mexican authorities seized over 3 1/2 tons of pseudoephedrine, a chemical used in the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine, found hidden in a shipment of fire extinguishers at the Pacific coast seaport of Manzanillo.
    (AP, 1/18/10)
    (AP, 1/18/10)
2010        Jan 16, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran said they had agreed to work together more closely to combat extremism, illegal weapons trading and drug trafficking.
    (AP, 1/16/10)
2010        Jan 16, In the Pakistani section of Kashmir a suicide bomber attacked an army vehicle, wounding two soldiers.
    (AP, 1/16/10)
2010        Jan 16, In the Philippines a fire raced through a slum near the main port Manila, leaving 4,000 people homeless and killing a 5-year-old girl.
    (AP, 1/17/10)
2010        Jan 16, Senegal offered free land to Haitians wishing to "return to their origins" following this week's devastating earthquake, which has destroyed the capital and buried thousands of people beneath rubble.
    (AP, 1/17/10)
2010        Jan 16, Sudanese warplanes and artillery pounded insurgents in the troubled western region of Darfur.
    (AFP, 1/16/10)
2010        Jan 16, Venezuelan authorities said they have captured Salomon Camacho Mora (65), a prominent Colombian drug trafficker wanted by the United States. Venezuelan intelligence and counter-drug agents captured Mora during the past week in the city of Valencia.
    (AP, 1/16/10)

2011        Jan 16, The 68th Golden Globes ceremony gave 4 awards to the film “The Social Network," best picture (drama), best director, best screenplay and best score. Natalie Portman won best actress for her role in “Black Swan." Colin Firth won best actor for his role in “The King’s Speech."
    (SFC, 1/17/11, p.D1)
2011        Jan 16, In northern Afghanistan a roadside bomb destroyed a car carrying nine people to a wedding in Baghlan province, killing everyone inside including a child. A joint Afghan and NATO force killed 3 more militants in Wardak province.
    (Reuters, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, In Brazil survivors of mudslides that have killed 611 carried food, water and blankets to friends, neighbors and relatives still stranded in remote, stricken villages.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, Chinese President Hu Jintao, ahead of a visit to Washington, urged an end to a "zero sum" Cold War relationship with the United States and proposed new cooperation, but resisted US arguments about why China should let its currency strengthen.
    (Reuters, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 16, France's far-right National Front party elected the daughter of its founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen, as its new leader, who says she wants to broaden the appeal of a party known best for its anti-immigration, anti-Islam platform.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, Greek authorities said a ship carrying a reported 263 migrants has sunk west of the island of Corfu and 22 passengers are missing. The passengers in the ship were rescued by a Dutch cargo ship about seven hours after the call that alerted the coast guard. The ship's captain reported he took 241 people on board and that the Italy-bound Hasan Reis sank.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier (59) returned to Haiti after nearly 25 years in exile. The human rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch issued statements urging Haiti to hold Duvalier accountable for the torture and killing of civilians during his 15-year rule.
    (AP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 16, The Int’l. Campaign for Human Rights said Iran has hanged at least 47 prisoners since Jan 1.
    (SFC, 1/17/11, p.A2) 
2011        Jan 16, In Iraq a bomb planted near offices of the military wing of one of Iraq's dominant Shiite political parties exploded, killing one worker and wounding three people. The afternoon bomb followed two earlier explosions in Baghdad that police and health officials said wounded 10 people during the morning rush hour.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, Israeli authorities said they are moving ahead with a new proposal to build 1,400 apartments in a contested part of Jerusalem, enraging Palestinians who denounced the plan as another settler land grab.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, A Mauritania court sentenced three women for keeping children in slave-like conditions. The women included the mothers of the two girls, 10 and 14, and were convicted of negligence and of participating in the exploitation of minors for selling their children. Each woman was given six months' imprisonment. Mauritania outlawed slavery in 2007.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, In Mexico City Juan Vasconcelos, a reputed local gang assassin, killed 8 people. He had allegedly gone on a cocaine- and alcohol-fueled killing spree that ended with his arrest in February. His first attack left five people dead on Jan. 8. Another killed eight people Jan. 16 and the third left seven dead Feb. 13.
    (AP, 4/3/11)
2011        Jan 16, In Paraguay a bomb injured five people just before midnight in the third bombing in a week. It raised alarm about increasing activity by the self-styled Paraguayan People's Army. The leftist guerrilla group EPP soon claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 1/17/11)
2011        Jan 16, A group of Saudi activists launched a campaign, named My Country, to push the kingdom to allow women to run in upcoming municipal election, scheduled this spring.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, Southern Sudan's Pres. Salva Kiir offered a prayer of forgiveness for northern Sudan and the killings that occurred during a two-decade civil war, as the first results from a weeklong independence referendum showed an overwhelming vote for secession.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, Swiss whistleblower Rudolf Elmer is planning to handover to WikiLeaks two CDs containing data of around 2,000 bank clients who may have been evading taxes, according to an interview published today.
    (AFP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, Syria’s first American ambassador since 2005 arrived in Damascus at a time of regional turmoil and with Syrian-US relations still mired in mutual distrust.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, Tunisian authorities struggled to restore order, arresting the top presidential security chief and trying to stop gunfights that erupted across the capital. One clash broke out near Tunisia's main opposition party building, another by the dreaded Interior Ministry.
    (AP, 1/16/11)

2012        Jan 16, Bounty hunter Leonard Padilla told paroled killer Loren Herzog that his partner in crime, Wesley Shermantine, was prepared to disclose the location of missing bodies and was trying to pin the murders on him. Hours later Herzog was found dead in his Lassen County, Ca., trailer. Investigators believed that the two men, dubbed the “speed freak killers," killed as many as 19 people during a methamphetamine spree in the 1980-1990s.
    (SFC, 1/19/12, p.C6)
2012        Jan 16, Gelareh Bagherzadeh (30), a Texas medical student well-known in her community as an Iranian activist, was mysteriously shot and killed in her car around midnight, just yards from her home in Houston.
    (AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 16, In southern Afghanistan a civilian helicopter crashed, killing all three people on board. Police said the Russian-made aircraft probably went down because of a technical malfunction. At least 14 people died in avalanches after heavy snowfall in the mountainous Badakhshan province.
    (AP, 1/16/12)(AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 16, An Algerian court sentenced Nadji Abdelaziz (38), a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, to three years in jail for membership of an extremist group active overseas.
    (AFP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, Belgian authorities raided the administrative offices of three Catholics bishops, part of an ongoing child abuse investigation that has previously raised the ire of the Vatican and church officials.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, Britain's deputy prime minister Nick Clegg accused Israel of carrying out "deliberate vandalism" by continuing to build settlements on land the Palestinians hope will form part of a future state.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, Canada charged Navy Sub-Lieutenant Jeffrey Paul Delisle with giving "a foreign entity" secret information between July 6, 2007 and Jan 13, 2012. He was arrested in Halifax, Nova Scotia. On Jan 20 the Globe and Mail newspaper said two diplomats and two technical staff at the Russian embassy had been dropped from the official list of diplomatic, consular and foreign government representatives recognized by Ottawa.
    (Reuters, 1/20/12)
2012        Jan 16, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, the big winner in the first election since the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak last February, said it has joined several other parties in backing Saad el-Katatni. He's the secretary-general of the Brotherhood's own party.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, El Salvador Pres. Mauricio Funes apologized for the 1981 El Mozote massacre of 936 civilians in an army counterinsurgency operation. Funes also commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1992 peace accords that put an end to the country's 12-year civil war.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, German dairy giant Mueller Group said it has bought Britain's biggest supplier of fresh milk, Robert Wiseman Dairies, for almost £280 million.
    (AFP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, In Haiti 29 people died and 67 were injured after a truck's brakes failed and the vehicle crashed on Route Delmas, one of the busiest streets of  Port-au-Prince.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 16, All 158 Peace Corps volunteers in Honduras left the country, weeks after the United States announced that it would pull them out for safety reasons.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, In India Khonra Badshah, accused of making toxic home-brewed alcohol that killed 172 people, surrendered to authorities after a month-long hunt by police.
    (AFP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, In Indonesia 30 Pakistani and Afghan immigrants tunneled their way out of an detention center in Surabaya using spoons, nails and wooden sticks. Police soon arrested 11 of the escapees leaving 19 at large.
    (AFP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 16, In Iraq car bombs ripped through Mosul and Hillah, killing at least 11 people.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, Israeli defense officials said the Israeli and US militaries have postponed large-scale war games, scheduled for April, in part to avoid aggravating mounting tensions between the international community and Iran over its disputed nuclear program.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, International election monitors said that Kazakhstan's parliamentary election failed to meet the fundamental principles of a democratic vote.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, The Maldives' military arrested the chief justice of the country's criminal court after he released an opposition leader who had been detained without a warrant for allegedly defaming the government. A day later the arrest of Judge Abdulla Mohamed prompted all courts to boycott sessions.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 16, Al-Qaida's North African branch issued a new video that shows a Mauritanian officer who was recently captured by the terror group during a raid in the country's southeast.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 16, Mexican investigators detained three more women in the city of Guadalajara in connection with an apparent child-trafficking ring that aimed to supply babies to Irish couples. Authorities last week detained four women and seized nine children, all of them between two months and two years of age. At least 11 Irish couples are involved in the case. On Jan 18 a Mexican official said four of 10 children seized showed signs of sexual abuse.
    (AP, 1/16/12)(AP, 1/18/12)
2012        Jan 16, In Mexico 7 gunmen were killed following a pre-dawn shootout with police on a highway in the city of Cuernavaca.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, Gustav Leonhardt (b.1928), Dutch keyboard player and father of the early-music movement, died in Amsterdam.
    (Econ, 1/28/12, p.90)
2012        Jan 16, Nigerian unions ended a week-old nationwide strike after President Goodluck Jonathan agreed to lower petrol prices, while security forces shot into the air and fired tear gas to disperse protesters. An unidentified gunmen shot dead three Chadian builders and stole their mobile phones in the northeastern city of Damaturu. 2 people were killed when gunmen invaded their homes in Borno state.
    (AFP, 1/16/12)(AFP, 1/17/12)(AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 16, Pakistan's top court found PM Yousuf Raza Gilani in contempt for failing to re-open corruption cases, exacerbating a crisis likely to force early elections.
    (AFP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, In the Philippines a historic impeachment trial of the nation’s top judge began in one of Pres. Benigno Aquino's boldest yet most divisive moves to tackle pervasive corruption. Renato Corona was accused of violating the constitution in his efforts to protect graft-tainted former president Gloria Arroyo from prosecution, while also for allegedly amassing a personal fortune above the limits of his salary.
    (AFP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, In Romania dozens of demonstrators gathered in downtown Bucharest as PM Emil Boc warned that violent protests, that left 59 injured over the weekend, could jeopardize stability and economic growth.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, A hacker network that claims to be based in Saudi Arabia paralyzed the websites of Israel's stock exchange and national airline. El Al Israel Airlines took down its website after hacker OxOmar, who has been linked to the Saudi group, warned that both sites would be targeted by allied pro-Palestinian hackers.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, In southern Somalia at least nine people were reportedly killed after jets bombed an al-Shabab militant camp in the town of Afmadow.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 16, The South Korea Customs Service said 8 men allegedly transformed $260,000 in gold bars into small beads and smuggled them in their rectums to Japan two times in 2010 to avoid import taxes.
    (AP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, In South Sudan members of the Murle community attacked a Lou Nuer community called Duk Padiet in Jonglei state. 47 people were killed.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 16, The Sudanese Media Center said intelligence officers have broken up a ring preparing to smuggle Eritreans to Israel, just days after UN officials voiced concern over the gangs.
    (AFP, 1/16/12)
2012        Jan 16, In Sudan rebels in South Kordofan reportedly captured El-Ahmier, a key outpost near the state capital. The country's armed forces denied even being in the area.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 16, In Syria an "armed terrorist group" reportedly launched rocket-propelled grenades at an army checkpoint, killing an officer and five army personnel about 6 miles (9 km) southwest of Damascus.
    (AP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 16, In Thailand a foreign suspect, identified as Atris Hussein, with alleged links to Hezbollah militants led police to a warehouse filled with materials commonly used to make bombs. Hussein, a Lebanese man, was carrying a valid Swedish passport when he was arrested on Jan 12. On Sep 18, 2013, Hussein was convicted and sentenced to 2 years and 8 months for illegal possession of ammonium nitrate.
    (AP, 1/16/12)(SFC, 9/19/13, p.A4)
2012        Jan 16, In Yemen some 200 al-Qaida militants seized full control of Radda, a town 100 miles south of the Yemeni capital Sanaa. They stormed the local jail and freed 150-200 inmates, including an unspecified number of militants loyal to al-Qaida. At least 3 people were killed in clashes with soldiers and armed tribesmen.
    (AP, 1/16/12)

2013        Jan 16, Pres. Obama signed 23 gun-related executive orders. One nominated acting ATF Director B. Todd Jones to lead the agency permanently.
    (SFC, 1/17/13, p.A12)
2013        Jan 16, The US federal government grounded Boeing’s new 787s until the risk of battery fires is addressed. The FAA emergency order affected only United Airlines, the lone US carrier to operate the 787 Dreamliners.
    (SFC, 1/17/13, p.A7)
2013        Jan 16, Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the US District Court ruled that Russia should pay a $50,000 fine until it complies with his 2010 order to return thousands of religious books and manuscripts stolen from Jews during the Russian revolution and World War II to the Brooklyn-based Chabad-Lubavitch group. Following Lamberth's 2010 ruling, Russia completely halted the loan of its art treasures for exhibit in the US, for fear that they would be seized and held hostage in the court battle.
    (AP, 1/17/13)
2013        Jan 16, In Afghanistan Taliban suicide bombers in Kabul attacked the gates of the Afghan intelligence agency, killing one person and wounding dozens. 6 suicide bombers died in  the attack.
    (AP, 1/16/13)(SFC, 1/17/13, p.A4)
2013        Jan 16, In Algeria gunmen attacked the gas complex at Ain Amenas in retaliation for France's military intervention against al-Qaida-linked rebels in neighboring Mali. The attack was carried out by militants from across northern Africa and two from Canada. Gas processing was stopped because of the terrorist attack. The attack left 37 hostages and 29 militants dead. Moktar Belmoktar (41), aka MBM, orchestrated the attack.
    (AP, 1/16/13)(AP, 1/20/13)(AP, 1/21/13)(SFC, 2/25/13, p.A2)
2013        Jan 16, British PM David Cameron condemned horse meat found in beef burgers sold by Tesco and said this was likely to prove both embarrassing and costly for the firm.
    (AP, 1/16/13)
2013        Jan 16, A helicopter crashed into a crane and fell on a crowded street in central London, sending flames and black plumes of smoke into the air. The pilot and one person on the ground were killed and 13 others injured.
    (AP, 1/16/13)
2013        Jan 16, An Egyptian prosecutor said ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his family paid back 18 million Egyptian pounds ($3 million) for gifts they received from a state newspaper while he was still in office.
    (AP, 1/16/13)
2013        Jan 16, In Egypt an 8-story apartment building collapsed, killing 26 people in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria — the second tragic accident in the country as many days.
    (AP, 1/16/13)(AP, 1/17/13)
2013        Jan 16, French troops pressed northward in Mali toward territory occupied by radical Islamists. The start of the land assault put soldiers in direct combat.
    (AP, 1/16/13)
2013        Jan 16, Andre Cassagnes, inventor and renowned kite maker, died in France. He was the inventor of the Etch-a-Sketch toy (1959), which he sold to Ohio Art for $25,000.
    (Econ, 2/16/13, p.90)
2013        Jan 16, A Germany court in Regensburg fined British bishop Richard Williamson $2,400 for denying the Holocaust in a television interview some 4 years ago.
    (SFC, 1/17/13, p.A2)
2013        Jan 16, India and Pakistan agreed to ease tensions in disputed Kashmir after recent clashes there.
    (AP, 1/16/13)
2013        Jan 16, In northern Iraq a suicide bomber driving a vehicle packed with explosives blew himself up outside the offices of a major Kurdish party in Kirkuk killing at least 19 people. A 3rd bomb at a nearby facility used by Kurdish security forces killed 4 more. Morning attacks across the country killed at least 33 people.
    (AP, 1/16/13)(AP, 1/17/13)(SFC, 1/17/13, p.A5)
2013        Jan 16, Armed men hijacked the ITRI, a Panamanian-flagged tanker carrying 5,000 tons of oil, from the Ivory Coast port at Abidjan. Officials later located the vessel off neighboring Ghana.
    (AP, 1/21/13)
2013        Jan 16, Japan's two leading airlines grounded their fleets of Boeing 787s after one of the Dreamliner passenger jets made an emergency landing.
    (AP, 1/16/13)
2013        Jan 16, In Jordan a civil defense spokesman said a fire in a center for Syrian refugees has killed seven members of a family.
    (AP, 1/16/13)
2013        Jan 16, In Kenya hundreds of demonstrators angered at the conduct of outgoing Kenyan legislators doused 221 coffins with gasoline and set them on fire, causing an inferno outside parliament's main entrance.
    (AP, 1/16/13)
2013        Jan 16, A Kenyan official said gunmen suspected to belong to Somalia's al-Qaida-linked rebels have shot dead five people and seriously wounded three others at a restaurant in Garissa town.
    (AP, 1/16/13)
2013        Jan 16, In the Netherlands Alexander Dolmatov (36), a rocket engineer who feared arrest in Russia after an opposition protest turned violent in May, was taken to the prison-like deportation center in Rotterdam. The next morning he was found dead in his cell. Dutch authorities had denied his asylum request on Dec 14.
    (AP, 2/7/13)
2013        Jan 16, In Pakistan several thousand people rallied in Peshawar, denouncing the killing of 18 local villagers in an overnight raid in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which they blamed on security forces.
    (AP, 1/16/13)
2013        Jan 16, Somalia's most dangerous militant group reportedly killed French hostage Denis Allex, whom French military forces tried to rescue last weekend during a botched raid. French officials have said they believe Allex was killed the night of the raid and that claims by al-Shabab of an execution were simply propaganda.
    (AP, 1/17/13)
2013        Jan 16, In northern Syria suicide bombers driving vehicles packed with explosives blew themselves up near security targets, killing at least 22 people in Idlib.
    (AP, 1/16/13)
2013        Jan 16, Senior UN investigators opened a new round of talks with Iranian officials in Tehran in the hopes of restarting a probe into allegations that the Islamic Republic carried out atomic bomb trigger tests and other suspected weapons-related studies.
    (AP, 1/16/13)
2013        Jan 16, In Yemen gunmen on a motorcycle killed Col. Abdullah al-Mushki, the deputy police chief of Damar, in a drive-by shooting south of the capital city of Sanaa.
    (AP, 1/16/13)

2014        Jan 16, The Catholic diocese of Stockton, Ca., filed for bankruptcy after pauing millions of dollars to plaintiffs who made sexual abuse allegations during the past two decades.
    (SFC, 1/17/14, p.A8)
2014        Jan 16, Albrecht Muth (49), an eccentric German who pretended to be an Iraqi general, was convicted in DC of killing his socialite and journalist wife, Viola Drath (91) in August, 2011. On April 30 Muth was sentenced to 50 years in prison.
    (SFC, 1/17/14, p.A7)(SFC, 5/1/14, p.A8)
2014        Jan 16, Bud Spangler (b.1938), jazz drummer, DJ and producer, died in Oakland, Ca.
    (SFC, 1/20/14, p.C4)
2014        Jan 16, In northern Indiana a man fatally shot two women in a grocery store and was waving a gun at a kneeling store manager when police arrived and killed the gunman in Elkhart.
    (SFC, 1/17/14, p.A7)
2014        Jan 16, Judge Steven Rhodes overseeing Detroit’s bankruptcy turned down a $169 compromise with major banks saying the amount was too high.
    (SFC, 1/17/14, p.A7)
2014        Jan 16, In Ohio Dennis McGuire (53) was executed by a new combination of lethal drugs for the 1989 rape and murder of Joy Stewart (22), who was pregnant. The execution took nearly 25 minutes from injection to death and left him gasping for air in the final minutes.
    (SFC, 1/8/14, p.A5)(, 1/17/14, p.A8)
2014        Jan 16, In Utah 5 people were found dead after co-workers reported that police officer Joshua Boren (34) failed to show up for his shift at the Lindon Police Dept. Boren had shot and killed his wife, mother-in-law and two children before killing himself. Kelly Boren had just confronted her husband about raping her and told him their marriage was over.
    (SFC, 1/18/14, p.A4)(AP, 7/8/14)
2014        Jan 16, American actor Russell Johnson (89), best known for his role a the Professor on “Gilligan’s Island" (1964-1967), died at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington state.
    (SFC, 1/17/14, p.D5)
2014        Jan 16, British police working alongside counterparts in the Philippines and Australia said they had dismantled a paedophile ring that streamed live sexual abuse of Filipino children as young as six over the Internet, with victims' parents involved in some cases.
    (AFP, 1/16/14)
2014        Jan 16, It was reported that a study by Canadian researchers identified seven nations as the top sources for global warming. The report said Brazil, Britain, China, Germany, India, Russia and the US accounted for over 60% of all heat-trapping gas emissions between 1750 and 2005.
    (SFC, 1/16/14, p.C6)
2014        Jan 16, In the Central African Republic at least 7 people were killed in overnight clashes in Bangui.
    (AFP, 1/16/14)
2014        Jan 16, Egypt's state media said the new constitution was overwhelmingly approved in a referendum. A senior official said an overwhelming majority of Egyptians who voted on the country's new constitution have backed the draft charter. An international monitoring group criticized the clampdown ahead of the vote and said authorities had imposed "severe limits" on freedom of expression.
    (Reuters, 1/16/14)(AP, 1/16/14)
2014        Jan 16, Indian police said that they were closing in on six homeless men in the Jan 14 gang rape of a 51-year-old Danish tourist in New Delhi.
    (AP, 1/16/14)
2014        Jan 16, Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip overnight wounded a woman and four children, with Israel saying it had struck in retaliation for rocket fire.
    (AFP, 1/16/14)
2014        Jan 16, In Kenya an explosive device blew up a trash can and part of the ceiling of the Java House restaurant near the entrance of an international departure terminal at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.  Four suspects, including a man identified as a Somali diplomat, were soon arrested.
    (AP, 2/4/14)
2014        Jan 16, In Lebanon a suicide car bomber killed 3 people in a Hezbollah stronghold on the northern border with Syria.
    (Reuters, 1/16/14)
2014        Jan 16, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan replaced his entire military leadership without explanation as he struggles with an Islamist insurgency and political crisis within his ruling party.
    (Reuters, 1/16/14)
2014        Jan 16, In northwestern Pakistan a bomb ripped through a crowded Sunni Islamic seminary, killing seven people and wounding 55 at the Tableeghi Jamaat religious school on the outskirts of Peshawar.
    (AP, 1/16/14)
2014        Jan 16, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report detailing atrocities in South Sudan and warning that "appalling crimes have been committed against civilians for no other reason than their ethnicity."
    (AFP, 1/16/14)
2014        Jan 16, In Spain Catalan lawmakers voted in favor of asking for the right to hold a referendum on independence.
    (AP, 1/16/14)
2014        Jan 16, Supporters of Ukrainian Pres. Viktor Yanukovich rammed a sweeping law through parliament in an attempt to curb anti-government protests, sparking an outcry from the opposition and raising tensions on the streets.
    (Reuters, 1/16/14)
2014        Jan 16, In central Yemen suspected al-Qaida militants attacked a military camp on the outskirts of Radda. Militants killed 10 soldiers in three simultaneous attacks on army positions in the central province of Bayda.
    (AP, 1/16/14)(AFP, 1/16/14)

2015        Jan 16, In Brazil protesters in Sao Paulo clashed with police who used tear gas and sound bombs to disperse crowds, as thousands rallied against the latest round of bus fare hikes.
    (AFP, 1/16/15)
2015        Jan 16, French police arrested 12 people suspected of helping militant Islamist gunmen in last week's killings in Paris. An armed man who took several hostages at a post office northwest of Paris surrendered with no one hurt.
    (Reuters, 1/16/15)
2015        Jan 16, In Germany police in Berlin arrested two men on suspicion of recruiting fighters for the Islamic State group in Syria. Prosecutors said 250 police officers raided 11 residences at dawn, part of a months-old investigation into Turkish extremists.
    (AP, 1/16/15)
2015        Jan 16, In Haiti Evans Paul, formerly in the moderate opposition to Pres. Martelly before becoming his No. 2 official, was formally installed as prime minister.
    (AP, 1/17/15)
2015        Feb 16, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo said he had postponed the nomination of three-star general Budi Gunawan as police chief, but not cancelled it. Gunawan had been named as a bribery suspect on Jan 13.
    (Econ, 1/24/15, p.35)
2015        Jan 16, In Iraq a series of bombings and mortar attacks killed nine people in the capital, Baghdad.
    (AP, 1/16/15)
2015        Jan 16, Italian aid workers Greta Ramelli (20) and Vanessa Marzullo (21), abducted in northern Syria on the night of July 31-August 1, 2014, flew home straight into a row over whether Al-Qaeda's Syrian arm was paid $12 million to release them.
    (AFP, 1/16/15)(SFC, 1/17/15, p.A2)
2015        Jan 16, In Libya the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) militia alliance said it has agreed to a ceasefire on the condition rival factions respected the truce.
    (AFP, 1/18/15)
2015        Jan 16, Malawi VP Saulos Chilima said the death toll from flooding has risen to 176 and others are still missing.
    (Reuters, 1/16/15)
2015        Jan 16, In Montenegro hundreds of Serb nationalists demonstrated against a visit by Kosovo Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci, chanting "Kill! Kill!" as he met with his counterpart Igor Luiksic. Serb nationalists accuse Thaci, a former ethnic Albanian rebel leader, of war crimes against Kosovo Serbs during the 1998-99 war for independence.
    (AP, 1/16/15)
2015        Jan 16, In Myanmar hundreds of protesters led by Buddhist monks rallied to denounce a visit by a human rights envoy of the UN, which has urged the government to grant citizenship to persecuted Rohingya Muslims.
    (Reuters, 1/16/15)
2015        Jan 16, In Niger 4 people were reported killed and dozens injured at a protest over a French satirical weekly's latest caricature of the Prophet Muhammad.
    (AP, 1/16/15)
2015        Jan 16, In northeastern Nigeria a suicide bomber killed at least five people and wounded 11 near a marketplace in Gombe.
    (AFP, 1/16/15)
2015        Jan 16, A Norwegian appeals court upheld the maximum sentence for Rwandan Sadi Bugingo found complicit in the death of 2,000 people during his country's genocide in 1994.
    (AFP, 1/16/15)
2015        Jan 16, Pakistan police fired tear gas and water cannon at about 200 protesters outside the French consulate in the southern port city of Karachi when a demonstration against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo turned violent. The clashes left four people with gunshot wounds.
    (Reuters, 1/16/15)(SFC, 1/17/15, p.A4)
2015        Jan 16, In the Philippines Pope Francis issued his strongest defense yet of church teaching opposing artificial contraception, using a rally in Asia's largest Catholic nation to urge families to be "sanctuaries of respect for life." The Philippines is the only country in the world — aside from the Vatican — where divorce is forbidden.
    (AP, 1/16/15)
2015        Jan 16, Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was questioned by Russian investigators and his offices were raided by police in what his colleagues called an attack on his anti-corruption campaigning activities.
    (Reuters, 1/16/15)
2015        Jan 16, A senior Russian diplomat said far more than 800 Russians are fighting alongside the Islamic State group. Those who have joined the group include people from Chechnya and some other regions in the volatile North Caucasus.
    (AP, 1/16/15)
2015        Jan 16, Saudi Arabia postponed the 2nd round of flogging for blogger Raef Badawi, sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, because his wounds from last week's 50 lashings have not yet healed.
    (AFP, 1/16/15)
2015        Jan 16, Saudi Arabia beheaded one of its citizens for shooting dead a compatriot with a machine gun, bringing to 10 the number of executions in just over two weeks.
    (AFP, 1/16/15)
2015        Jan 16, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Islamic State has beheaded or shot 17 men in Syria in the past two days as it faces increasing attacks from unidentified gunmen in areas it controls.
    (Reuters, 1/16/15)
2015        Jan 16, Ukraine officials said 6 soldiers have been killed in attacks by separatists in the past 24 hours, as fighting raged at the international airport in the big eastern city of Donetsk.
    (Reuters, 1/16/15)
2015        Jan 16, Zimbabwe's government says it must export elephants to raise funds for wildlife management. About 60 elephants will be sold for between $40,000 and $60,000 each to China, France and the United Arab Emirates.
    (AP, 1/16/15)

2016        Jan 16, Pres. Obama unveiled a proposal to provide workers with wage insurance.
    (Econ, 1/23/16, p.23)
2016        Jan 16, President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Michigan and ordered federal aid for state and local response efforts in the county where the city of Flint has been contending with lead-contaminated drinking water.
    (Reuters, 1/17/16)
2016        Jan 16, In Argentina social activist Milagro Sala was arrested. She was accused of inciting criminal acts linked to a protest against authorities.
    (SSFC, 7/30/17, p.A4)
2016        Jan 16, China’s government and private debt stood at about $25 trillion or 240% of GDP.
    (Econ, 1/16/16, p.23)
2016        Jan 16, In Greece some 3,000 workers marched through the streets of Athens to protest against the leftist-led government's planned pension reform which the country's international creditors have demanded as part of its third bailout.
    (Reuters, 1/16/16)
2016        Jan 16, Indonesian police named the five men they suspect launched the Jan 14 gun and bomb attack in Jakarta. Police also said they had arrested 12 people linked to the plot who planned to strike other cities.
    (Reuters, 1/16/16)
2016        Jan 16, Iran freed four Americans in a prisoner swap. They included Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, Idaho pastor Saeed Abedini, former Marine Amir Hekmati and Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari. The US planned to release seven Iranian nationals currently serving jail terms. A fifth prisoner, American student Matthew Trevithick, was released separately. Diplomats gathered to announce the lifting of international sanctions and bringing the country of 80 million people back to the global economic stage.
    (Reuters, 1/16/16)(Reuters, 1/17/16)
2016        Jan 16, In northwest Italy a pre-dawn explosion blamed on a gas leak has killed five people in the apartment building where they lived in Arnasco.
    (AP, 1/16/16)
2016        Jan 16, In Moldova thousands protested in Chisinau against the nominee for prime minister, calling for Parliament to be dissolved and early elections.
    (AP, 1/16/16)
2016        Jan 16, Nepal officially launched the much-delayed reconstruction of about 1 million homes and buildings nearly nine months after they were damaged by devastating earthquake which killed 9,000 people.
    (AP, 1/16/16)
2016        Jan 16, In Niger at least 6 soldiers were killed on patrol when their vehicle hit a mine in the Diffa border region used by neighboring Nigeria's Boko Haram militants.
    (AFP, 1/18/16)
2016        Jan 16, Palestinian officials said Qatari-funded construction projects have provided 1,000 new dwellings for Palestinians left homeless by the 2014 Gaza war with Israel, and a similar number for low-income families in the territory.
    (Reuters, 1/16/16)
2016        Jan 16, In Syria Islamic State militants kidnapped at least 400 civilians when they attacked government-held areas in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor. Air strikes on the Islamic State group's bastion of Raqa killed 40 civilians, including 8 children. It was unclear if the strikes were carried out by regime or Russian planes. The UN said it has unverified reports that 15-20 people died of starvation in the Syrian city of Deir Al-Zor in 2015, where 200,000 people face sharply deteriorating conditions and a severe food shortage.
    (Reuters, 1/16/16)(Reuters, 1/17/16)(AFP, 1/17/16)
2016        Jan 16, Taiwan elected its first female president. Independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader Tsai Ing-wen won a convincing victory in presidential elections and pledged to maintain peace with giant neighbor China, which warned it would oppose any move towards independence.
    (Reuters, 1/16/16)(Econ, 12/17/16, p.34)   
2016        Jan 16, In Tunisia Ridha Yahyaoui (28) died from electrocution after scaling a utility pole in Kasserine. He had recently been denied a government job and reportedly threatened suicide.
    (Econ, 1/30/16, p.42)
2016        Jan 16, In central Yemen an apparent US drone strike killed 3 suspected al Qaeda militants in an overnight attack.
    (Reuters, 1/16/16)

2017        Jan 16, US motor giant Ford announced the recall of 4,500 1.6-litre Kuga cars in South Africa after nearly 40 incidents in which vehicles were reported to have burst into flames.
    (AFP, 1/16/17)
2017        Jan 16, In Florida three men working on a Key Largo road project collapsed and died after trying to rescue a man stuck while working in a drainage manhole.
    (SFC, 1/17/17, p.A4)
2017        Jan 16, US astronaut Eugene Cernan (b.1934), the last man to walk on the moon, died in Houston, Texas. Cernan, James Lovell and John Young were the only three astronauts to voyage twice to the moon.
    (Reuters, 1/17/17)(SFC, 1/17/17, p.A5)
2017        Jan 16, A Bangladesh court sentenced 26 people, including a politician and three officials of an elite security battalion, to death in the grisly, politically motivated killings of seven people in 2014. Nur Hossain, the main suspect, was found guilty of hiring members of his Rapid Action Battalion to kill his rival to establish supremacy in local politics and business.
    (AP, 1/16/17)(SFC, 1/17/17, p.A2)
2017        Jan 16, Brazilian authorities said a new uprising has broken out at the Alcaçuz prison where 26 inmates were killed by a rival gang faction over the weekend.
    (Reuters, 1/16/17)
2017        Jan 16, British company Rolls Royce, in a deal with American, British and Brazilian regulators, agreed to pay £671 million to settle allegations that it had in the past secured sales with bribery of officials in six countries in schemes that lasted more than a decade.
    (Econ, 1/21/17, p.54)(Reuters, 5/8/20)
2017        Jan 16, An Egyptian court ruled against the government's attempt to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, an embarrassment for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi that could deepen tensions with his onetime Gulf patron.
    (AP, 1/16/17)
2017        Jan 16, India's election commission backed Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, in his battle with his father, Mulayam Singh Yadav, for control of their party, a feud PM Narendra Modi wants to exploit in a crucial election.
    (Reuters, 1/16/17)
2017        Jan 16, In southern India police arrested an American man (42) in Hyderabad on suspicion of circulating child pornography on the internet.
    (Reuters, 1/19/17)
2017        Jan 16, Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State group in Mosul retook the Nabi Yunus area where the jihadists levelled one of the city's most well-known shrines in 2014. Two other neighborhoods in eastern Mosul were also retaken from the IS.
    (AFP, 1/16/17)
2017        Jan 16, Israeli border police shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian youth as violence erupted near the town of Bethlehem between a crowd of stone-throwing Palestinians and Israeli troops.
    (Reuters, 1/16/17)
2017        Jan 16, It was announced the Italy’s Luxottica, a maker of fancy specs, will merge with Essilor, a French producer of eye lenses.
    (, 1/21/17, p.54)
2017        Jan 16, Japan's PM Shinzo Abe promised Vietnam six new patrol boats during a visit to the Southeast Asian country, which is locked in a dispute with China over the busy South China Sea.
    (Reuters, 1/16/17)
2017        Jan 16, In Libya forces loyal to Marshal Khalifa Haftar retook a district in Benghazi from jihadists after fighting that killed nine soldiers in two days.
    (AFP, 1/16/17)
2017        Jan 16, Lithuania said it plans to use EU funds to build a fence on the border with Russia's highly militarized Kaliningrad exclave to boost security and prevent smuggling.
    (AFP, 1/16/17)
2017        Jan 16, In Mexico at least five people, including four foreigners, were killed and 15 were wounded early today when a shooter opened fire at a nightclub in the Playa del Carmen resort during the BPM electronic music festival in Quintana Roo state.
    (Reuters, 1/16/17)
2017        Jan 16, Mozambique, caught between a scandal over hidden debt that has prompted an aid cut-off and a commodity price slump, said it would miss a $60 million interest payment.
    (AFP, 1/16/17)
2017        Jan 16, In Nigeria three suicide bombers, including a child, exploded at dawn at the northeastern University of Maiduguri, killing a university professor and another child. The bombers also died.
    (AP, 1/16/17)
2017        Jan 16, Oman said it has accepted 10 detainees from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay ahead of President Barack Obama leaving office, part of his efforts to shrink the facility he promised to close.
    (AP, 1/16/17)
2017        Jan 16, A court in Pakistan sentenced a mother to death for burning her daughter alive as punishment for marrying without the family's consent. Zeenat Rafiq (18) married Hassan Khan and eloped to live with his family a week before she was killed last June 8.
    (Reuters, 1/16/17)
2017        Jan 16, Fuel from Qatar arrived in the Gaza Strip, helping ease a crippling power shortage that has sparked rare demonstrations against the territory's Hamas rulers who responded with a crackdown on protesters.
    (AP, 1/16/17)
2017        Jan 16, Low-cost Saudi carrier flynas signed an $8.6-billion deal with European plane manufacturer Airbus to purchase 80 A320neo single-aisle jets.
    (AFP, 1/16/17)
2017        Jan 16, In South Korea special prosecutors accused Lee Jae-yong, the only son of Samsung’s chairman Lee Kun-hee, of bribery, embezzlement and perjury. Three days later a court rejected a request for his arrest.
    (Econ, 1/21/17, p.53)
2017        Jan 16, In Syria the Islamic State continued its fiercest assault in a year against a besieged government enclave in the city of Deir al-Zor, trying to cut it off from a nearby military air base. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that at least 82 people had been killed.
    (Reuters, 1/16/17)
2017        Jan 16, In Turkey Abdulkadir Masharipov, the Uzbek gunman who carried out the New Year’s attack on Istanbul’s Reina nightclub, was detained in Istanbul.
    (AP, 1/17/17)
2017        Jan 16, In southeastern Turkey a roadside bomb in a pre-dominantly Kurdish city killed three policemen and wounded three others.
    (AP, 1/16/17)
2017        Jan 16, A Turkish cargo jet crashed near Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport, killing at least 37 people including 4 crew members. Most of the dead were residents of a village struck by the Boeing 747 as it tried to land in dense fog. 23 of 43 houses in the village were destroyed.
    (Reuters, 1/16/17)(SFC, 1/17/17, p.A3)
2017        Jan 16, The UN humanitarian aid official in Yemen said that the civilian death toll in the nearly two-year conflict has reached 10,000, with 40,000 others wounded.
    (AP, 1/16/17)
2017        Jan 16, Lawyers at a UN court urged Turkey to release Judge Aydin Sedaf Akay, who is being held in connection with July's coup attempt, saying his detention was delaying a Rwandan politician's conviction for genocide.
    (Reuters, 1/17/17)
2017        Jan 16, Former Yugoslav army general Vlado Trifunovic (78) died in Serbia. His treason conviction by Serbia's wartime nationalist leadership became a symbol of the senselessness of the 1990s' Balkan conflict.
    (AP, 1/17/17)

2018        Jan 16, The United States and Canada co-hosted the day-long meeting in Vancouver to discuss ways to increase pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Twenty nations agreed to consider tougher sanctions to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Pyongyang it could trigger a military response if it did not choose negotiations. China was not invited to the 20-nation conclave in Vancouver.
    (Reuters, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 16, In New Jersey Phil Murphy (60), a former Wall Street executive and Obama administration diplomat, was sworn in as governor.
    (SFC, 1/17/18, p.A4)
2018        Jan 16, In Utah the Mormon church appointed Russell Nelson (93), a former heart surgeon, as its new president.
    (SFC, 1/17/18, p.A4)
2018        Jan 16, Citigroup reported an $18.3 billion loss in the fourth quarter — effectively wiping out the company's full-year 2017 profit — as the financial conglomerate had to take more than $20 billion in accounting write-downs related to the new tax law.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, Broadway and film actor Bradford Dillman (b.1930) died in Santa Barbara, Ca. He played Edmund Tyrone in the original Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's “Long Day's Journey into Night" (1956) and starred with Orson Welles in the film “Compulsion" (1959).
    (SFC, 1/31/18, p.D5)
2018        Jan 16, Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to complete within two years the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who had fled an army crackdown last year in Myanmar.
    (Reuters, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, The World Health Organization announced that it now considers all of Brazil's Sao Paulo state at risk for yellow fever, recommending that all international visitors to the state be vaccinated.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, Britain's business secretary called for a fast-tracked investigation into the collapse of construction giant and state contractor Carillion, expanding the remit of the probe to include the behavior of executives both past and present.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, BP said it would take a new charge over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill after again raising estimates for outstanding claims, lifting total costs to around $65 billion.
    (Reuters, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, The new US embassy in London opened with little fanfare after US President Donald Trump refused to attend the inauguration because of its price tag and less-than-central location.
    (AFP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, In Chile Pope Francis expressed "pain and shame" over a sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in Chile, seeking forgiveness for a crisis that has scarred its credibility and left many faithful skeptical of reform.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, The leaders of Cyprus, Greece and Jordan pledged a new partnership with tighter cooperation on fighting terrorism, and rallied international support for countries hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the war in Syria.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, Czech PM Andrej Babis's minority government lost a confidence vote, forcing him to try to build a coalition with opposition parties as he battles allegations of subsidy fraud.
    (Reuters, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, The European Union's legislature called for a ban on electric pulse fishing, seen by some as a cruel way to kill fish. It was unclear whether such a ban can be enacted because member states also need to approve it.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, French President Emmanuel Macron promised to stem the flow of migrants through the port of Calais, saying there would be no return to the "jungle" migrant camp, and said he understood the region's concerns about the threat from Brexit.
    (Reuters, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, In northern France a person was crushed to death by a Eurostar train. Train traffic between London and Paris was halted after the apparent suicide.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, In eastern Guinea a Saudi Arabian Islamic preacher was killed after proselytizing to hunting communities in a remote region near the Mali border.
    (Reuters, 1/19/18)
2018        Jan 16, In northern Kosovo leading Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic (64) was gunned down, an attack that raised ethnic tensions in the Balkans and prompted the suspension of EU-mediated talks between Kosovo and Serbia. The assailants escaped in a car that was later found burned out.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf rejected her expulsion from the governing party as illegal, saying she will appeal the decision.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, Myanmar police opened fire at hundreds of protesters angry about a ban on a local festival in Rakhine state, killing seven people.
    (AP, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 16, In Nigeria kidnappers abducted one American and one Canadian in the northern state of Kaduna, killing two police officers.
    (Reuters, 1/17/18)
2018        Jan 16, Philippine lower house lawmakers voted to convene the chamber as a constitutional assembly, looking to amend the 30-year-old charter and shift to a system of federal government, allowing the president up to two terms in office.
    (Reuters, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, The central Philippine Albay province declared a state of calamity as the Mount Mayon volcano spewed lava that reached the limits of a six-km radius no-go zone and spread ash on nearby farming villages.
    (Reuters, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, Romania's Pres. Klaus Iohannis appointed Defense Minister Mihai Fifor as interim prime minister after Premier Mihai Tudose unexpectedly resigned. Romania's ruling Social Democrat party (PSD) chose to nominate European MP Viorica Dancila (54) as the new PM in a unanimous vote. Japan's PM Shinzo Abe arrived in Romania at the end a six-country European tour and met for talks with Pres. Klaus Iohannis.
    (AP, 1/16/18)(Reuters, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, South African prosecutors said they are seeking $130 million from global consultancy McKinsey and a local firm linked to a graft scandal that has engulfed President Jacob Zuma.
    (AFP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, South Sudan government and opposition forces have committed multiple violations since the cease-fire began on Dec. 24, according to four separate investigations released by the Cease-fire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism, an independent body.
    (AP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, In Sudan anti-riot police fired tear gas and beat protesters with batons as hundreds of people demonstrated against soaring bread prices near a presidential palace in Khartoum.
    (AFP, 1/16/18)
2018        Jan 16, In Ukraine several hundred people rallied outside the Supreme Rada in Kiev to protest a new law governing the areas in the country's east under separatist control. they criticized the new law as being too lenient on separatist leaders.
    (AP, 1/16/18)

2019        Jan 16, US federal agents arrested Hasher Jallal Taheb of Cumming Georgia, as he showed for a meeting with an undercover agent and FBI source to carry out an attack on the White House. On April 1, 2020, Taheb (23) pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to destroy, by fire or an explosive, a building owned by or leased to the United States.
    (, 4/3/20, p.A4)
2019        Jan 16, In Nevada Ernesto Martinez-Guzman (20), an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, fatally shot a Reno couple with it at their home with a gun stolen from the couple two weeks earlier. The couple had employed him as a landscaper. His DNA was found on the revolver also used to kill Connie Koontz and Sophia Renken in their homes in Gardnerville. Koontz was found dead Jan. 10. Renken's body was found Jan. 13. Martinez-Guzman was arrested Jan. 19 in Carson City.
    (SFC, 1/29/19, p.A5)(AP, 2/8/19)
2019        Jan 16, In Texas a child (9) was fatally shot by a cousin (9) while playing with a gun in Houston.
    (SFC, 1/18/19, p.A5)
2019        Jan 16, In Australia Aiia Maasarwe (21), an exchange student from Shanghai University in China, was attacked shortly after stepping off from a tram in the suburb of Bundoora. Codey Herrmann (20), an aspiring rapper, was soon charged with murder and rape in the death of the Israeli student.
    (AP, 1/19/19)
2019        Jan 16, Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and Argentina's President Mauricio Macri said after their first meeting that they agreed on their opposition to Venezuela's authoritarian government.
    (Reuters, 1/16/19)
2019        Jan 16, It was reported that Britain's Parliament has approved a law that will make it illegal to take so-called "upskirting" photos. Following "royal assent" the law will apply in England and Wales. The practice is already banned in Scotland.
    (AP, 1/16/19)
2019        Jan 16, In Burkina Faso Canadian geologist Kirk Woodman's body was found, following his abduction by a dozen gunmen at a mining site operated by Vancouver-based Progress Minerals. He had been shot, and his body was dumped in an area that is under growing threat from Islamist militants.
    (, 4/3/19)
2019        Jan 16, Egypt says its police forces have killed five militants in a shootout in the city of el-Arish in the turbulent northern Sinai Peninsula. It was unclear when the battle took place.
    (AP, 1/16/19)
2019        Jan 16, Egypt's capital Cairo and some of its port cities were hit by a severe sandstorm, with strong winds and heavy dust forcing the closure of several ports.
    (Reuters, 1/16/19)
2019        Jan 16, Gunmen in Ghana shot dead an investigative journalist who helped uncover corruption in soccer. Ahmed Hussein-Suale was shot three times by men on a motorbike while driving home from work in Accra. He was part of a team famous for a documentary last year that accused 77 referees and Ghana's then soccer chief Kwesi Nyantakyi of taking bribes.
    (Reuters, 1/17/19)
2019        Jan 16, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras very narrowly won a confidence vote after his right-wing partner left the governing coalition to protest an agreement to normalize relations with Macedonia. A nationwide poll this week found 70 percent of respondents oppose the agreement.
    (AP, 1/17/19)
2019        Jan 16, Guam's archdiocese of Agana filed for bankruptcy protection, estimating at least $45 million in liabilities over sexual assaults by Catholic clergy.
    (, 8/9/19, p.A5)
2019        Jan 16, Hong Kong customs officers and mainland officials seized 8,300 kilos of pangolin scales and 2,100 kilos of ivory tusks hidden inside a container -- declared to be carrying frozen beef -- at a customs facility. A man and a woman from a trading company in the city were soon arrested.
    (AFP, 2/1/19)
2019        Jan 16, Hungary detained Rui Pinto (30), a Portuguese man, on a European arrest warrant filed by Portuguese police on suspicion of extortion and secrecy violations. He had reportedly hacked football bodies' documents - which later appeared on the Football Leaks website - because he was "outraged" by criminality in the sport.
    (Reuters, 1/19/19)
2019        Jan 16, Kenya's government said security forces have killed at least five militants who stormed the upscale Nairobi DusitD2 hotel compound, taking at least 21 lives and forcing hundreds of others into terrifying escapes after a 20-hour, overnight siege.
    (AFP, 1/15/19)(Reuters, 1/15/19)(SFC, 1/17/19, p.A4)
2019        Jan 16, In Libya fighting between rival armed groups flared up again in Tripoli, four months after a UN-brokered cease-fire. At least one person was reported killed and 17 others wounded.
    (AP, 1/16/19)
2019        Jan 16, It was reported that Malaysia has imposed a ban on Israelis participating in any event hosted by the Southeast Asian nation after barring athletes from attending the World Para Swimming championships in July. Malaysia's cabinet had decided on the measure last week.
    (Reuters, 1/16/19)
2019        Jan 16, The lower house of Mexico's Congress passed a measure creating a National Guard. It was quickly criticized by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for weakening controversial proposals to give the military a greater formal role in policing.
    (AP, 1/17/19)
2019        Jan 16, International Criminal Court judges at the Hague said that former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and Mr. Ble Goude, a former government minister, should be released immediately following their acquittal on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence in 2010.
    (AP, 1/16/19)
2019        Jan 16, Philippine officials turned over to China a former government official wanted wanted back home on charges of corruption that amounted to $210 million. Xie Haojie (49) was arrested on Jan. 13 in Manila in an operation coordinated with Chinese authorities.
    (AP, 1/16/19)
2019        Jan 16, Polish private Radio Zet said that Iran has stopped issuing tourist visas for Poles.
    (Reuters, 1/16/19)
2019        Jan 16, Portuguese police discovered 430 kg (950 pounds) of cocaine concealed inside a banana shipment from Latin America at the port of Leixoes.
    (AP, 1/22/19)
2019        Jan 16, Romania's Constitutional Court ruled that secret protocols between prosecutors and the country's domestic intelligence agency were unconstitutional. The decision could cause murder and corruption trials in which prosecutors have relied on evidence that was obtained under the agreement to collapse.
    (AP, 1/16/19)
2019        Jan 16, South Africa's transport minister pledged to toughen penalities for reckless road users after more than 1,600 people were killed in traffic accidents over the six-week festive season. 17 traffic officers were arrested for corruption over the holidays.
    (AFP, 1/16/19)
2019        Jan 16, South Korean officials said they have stopped businessmen from bringing North Korean paintings into the country that a report said were purchased at an art studio under UN sanctions.
    (AP, 1/16/19)
2019        Jan 16, Sudanese police fired tear gas at crowds of anti-government protesters in Kassala, in the first such demonstration held in the eastern town bordering Eritrea.
    (AFP, 1/16/19)
2019        Jan 16, In Syria a suicide attack carried by IS insurgents killed 19 people, including four Americans, in the northern town of Manbij. The dead included 9 civilians and at least 5 US-backed Syrian fighters.
    (Reuters, 1/16/19)(AP, 1/16/19)(AP, 1/17/19)
2019        Jan 16, The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by the US, said it was ready to help create a safe zone suggested by US President Donald Trump in its region across north and east Syria.
    (Reuters, 1/16/19)
2019        Jan 16, It was reported that Turkish prosecutors are seeking an international arrest warrant for New York Knicks player Enes Kanter, accusing him of membership in a terror organization.
    (AP, 1/16/19)
2019        Jan 16, The UN Security Council unanimously approved the deployment of up to 75 observers to Yemen's port city of Hodeidah for six months to monitor a ceasefire and redeployment of forces by the warring parties.
    (AP, 1/16/19)
2019        Jan 16, The UN said at least 890 people are believed to have been killed over three days in December in ethnic violence in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo, and it warned that the toll could be higher still.
    (Reuters, 1/16/19)
2019        Jan 16, Leading Zimbabwean activist Evan Mawarire was arrested by armed police at his home in Harare. Scores of civilians were detained and charged with public violence and others were beaten during protests in response to Mnangagwa increasing the price of fuel by more than 150 percent.
    (AFP, 1/16/19)(Reuters, 1/16/19)

2020        Jan 16, The US Senate opened the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, with House Democrats reading the formal charges in the chamber ahead of the swearing in of all 100 senators as jurors for only the third trial to remove a president in US history. House prosecutors formally recited the charges under presiding Chief Justice John Roberts.
    (AP, 1/16/20)(AP, 1/17/20)
2020        Jan 16, After months of wrangling, US lawmakers ratified the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), brokered at the behest of President Donald Trump to replace the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
    (Reuters, 1/17/20)
2020        Jan 16, The US Government Accountability Office said in a report that the White House violated federal law in withholding security assistance to Ukraine, an action at the center of President Donald Trump's impeachment.
    (AP, 1/16/20)
2020        Jan 16, It was reported that Donald Trump threatened the UK last week with a 25 per cent tariff on its cars unless the British government officially accused Iran of breaking the 2015 nuclear deal, it has been reported.
    (The Independent, 1/16/20)
2020        Jan 16, The FBI arrested three men suspected of being members of The Base, a neo-Nazi hate group, who had weapons and discussed traveling to a pro-gun rally in Richmond, Va., next week.
    (SFC, 1/17/20, p.A8)
2020        Jan 16, Inmate Jonathan Watson (41) clubbed two men in the head at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in the central city of Corcoran. Prisoner David Bobb (48) died that day. Graham De Luis-Conti (62) died three days later at a hospital. Both were serving life sentences for aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14.
    (AP, 2/20/20)
2020        Jan 16, A South Carolina judge sentenced a woman to 25 years in prison after she admitted to poisoning her husband by inserting eye drops into his drinking water. Lana Clayton (53) pleaded guilty in a York County courthouse to voluntary manslaughter and tampering with food or drugs charges related to the July 21, 2018, killing of Steven Clayton.
    (ABC News, 1/16/20)
2020        Jan 16, Tesla announced it is opening a new design center in China and is already recruiting talent to help make "Chinese-style" cars.
    (Good Morning America, 1/16/20)
2020        Jan 16, In Abu Dhabi a bus and a truck collided on a major road, killing six people and injuring 19.
    (AP, 1/16/20)
2020        Jan 16, Taliban officials said they have given the US envoy their offer for a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan that would last between seven and 10 days.
    (AP, 1/16/20)
2020        Jan 16, It was reported that foul tasting and smelling tap water has been running for more than a week in dozens of neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro. The local O Globo newspaper has reported a spike in cases of diarrhea, gastroenteritis and vomiting in Rio's west zone.
    (SFC, 1/16/20, p.A2)
2020        Jan 16, In China officials in Wuhan and elsewhere under new orders finally got CDC-approved testing kits and a green light to start confirming new cases. Across the country, dozens of reported cases then began to surface, in some cases among patients who were infected earlier but had not yet been tested.
    (AP, 4/14/20)
2020        Jan 16, Egyptian authorities released four people, including two Egyptian journalists, arrested in a police raid on the Cairo bureau of Turkey's state-run news agency.
    (AP, 1/16/20)
2020        Jan 16, President Emmanuel Macron said in a speech to the French military that France has deployed a radar system on the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia to beef up its ally's defenses after missile attacks on the kingdom's oil infrastructure in September.
    (Reuters, 1/17/20)
2020        Jan 16, Germany's foreign minister said Libyan strongman General Khalifa Haftar has agreed to abide by a ceasefire and said he was ready to participate in an international conference in Berlin on Jan. 19.
    (The Telegraph, 1/16/20)
2020        Jan 16, Greek authorities found more than a ton of processed cannabis camouflaged among a shipment of date paste headed by sea from Lebanon to Libya.
    (AP, 1/23/20)
2020        Jan 16, Guatemalan police accompanied by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swept up the majority of some 300 migrants and returned them to the Honduran border. At another border point some 600 migrants rested at a shelter after crossing the frontier earlier in the day and encountering no resistance.
    (SFC, 1/17/20, p.A5)
2020        Jan 16, Eight Indonesians were abducted in Malaysian waters in Sabah. Three were released, while the remaining five were probably brought by their captors to the southern Philippine province of Sulu.
    (AP, 1/19/20)
2020        Jan 16, Iran accused European governments of sacrificing a troubled 2015 nuclear deal to avoid trade reprisals from US President Donald Trump who has spent nearly two years trying to scupper it. Pres. Hassan Rouhani declared that his country is now enriching more uranium than it was before agreeing to a nuclear accord with world powers in 2015.
    (AFP, 1/16/20)(The Telegraph, 1/16/20)
2020        Jan 16, The governments of countries that lost citizens when Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner demanded that Tehran accept “full responsibility" and pay compensation to the victims’ families. The victims included 57 Canadian citizens as well as 11 Ukrainians, 17 people from Sweden, four Afghans and four British citizens, as well as Iranians.
    (AP, 1/16/20)
2020        Jan 16, Israeli advocacy group Ir Amim said 104 housing units were demolished in 2019, compared() to 72 units in 2018. The 44% spike also ends what had been a decline in demolitions between 2016 and 2018.
    (AP, 1/16/20)
2020        Jan 16, An Israeli attack helicopter struck a Hamas target in the northern Gaza Strip late today in response to the launch of incendiary balloons into Israeli territory earlier in the day.
    (AP, 1/16/20)
2020        Jan 16, Lebanese protesters decried security forces' use of violence during rallies over the past two days, including attacks on journalists and the detention of over 100 people.
    (AP, 1/16/20)
2020        Jan 16, Russia's Pres. Vladimir Putin signed an order formally appointing Mikhail Mishustin, head of the Federal Tax Service, after lawmakers in the lower house of parliament voted overwhelming to confirm his candidacy, with 383 in favor and none against.
    (Bloomberg, 1/16/20)
2020        Jan 16, Jaime Botin (83), part of the Santander banking dynasty, was convicted by a court in Madrid and fined $57.9 million for trying to smuggle Picasso's "Head of a Young Woman" painting out of the country in 2015. The Spanish billionaire was sentenced to 18 months in jail. On Feb. 4 the sentence against Botin was raised to three years instead of 18 months. His fine was raised to $101 million.
    (CBS News, 1/17/20)(SFC, 2/5/20, p.A2)
2020        Jan 16, In northern Syria a car bombing late today killed three Turkish soldiers in a Turkish-controlled area. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.
    (AP, 1/17/20)
2020        Jan 16, Ukrainian police said they have opened an investigation into the possibility that US ambassador Marie Yovanovitch came under illegal surveillance by an unknown party before she was recalled from her post in May.
    (AP, 1/16/20)
2020        Jan 16, Military officials said Yemeni separatists and forces loyal to the country's UN-recognized government, whose deadly infighting erupted last summer, are pulling back from the key southern city of Zinjibar under a Saudi-brokered deal.
    (AP, 1/16/20)

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