1506 Jan 22, The Swiss Guard
mercenaries, summoned by Pope Julius II to protect the pope and the
Vatican, arrived in Rome. In 2006 Robert Royal authored “The Pope’s
(USAT, 5/6/98, p.6A)(AP, 1/22/06)(WSJ, 4/14/06,
1510 Jan 22, Jews were expelled
from Colmar, Germany.
1528 Jan 22, England &
France declared war on Emperor Charles V of Spain. The French army
was later expelled from Naples and Genoa.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.13)(MC, 1/22/02)
1531 Jan 22, Andrea del Sarto
(44), Italian painter, died.
1552 Jan 22, Edward Seymour,
Duke of Somerset, was beheaded for treason.
(MC, 1/22/02)(MT, Fall 02, p.23)
1561 Jan 22, Sir Francis Bacon
(e.1626), English philosopher, was born in London. He was a
statesman and essayist. Educated at Cambridge, he served under Queen
Elizabeth and King James I. “He wrote the “Essays" throughout his
life and these are filled with pithy wisdom and homely charm. His
“Advancement of Learning" and “Novum Organon" constitute his most
important contribution to knowledge. He held for the inductive
method of learning as opposed to the deductive method. The deductive
method, according to Bacon, failed because the seeker after
knowledge deduced from certain intuitive assumptions conclusions
about the real world that might have been logically correct but were
not true to nature. The inductive method succeeded because the
student of nature ascended by what Bacon called a "ladder of
intellect" from the most careful and indeed humble observations to
general conclusions that had to be true because their foundation was
experience. "If a man will begin in certainties he shall end in
doubts; but if he will be content to begin in doubts he shall end in
certainties." In 1998 Perez Zagorin published “Francis Bacon."
(V.D.-H.K.p.140)(AP, 5/1/98)(HN, 1/22/99)
1575 Jan 22, English queen
Elizabeth I granted Thomas Tallis and William Byrd a music press
1689 Jan 22, England's
"Bloodless Revolution" reached its climax when parliament invited
William and Mary to become joint sovereigns. A specially-called
parliament declared that James had abdicated and offered the throne
to William and Mary. In 1938 G.M. Trevelyan authored “The English
Revolution." In 2009 Steve Pincus authored “The First Modern
(HN, 1/22/99)(HNQ, 12/28/00)(Econ, 10/17/09,
1775 Jan 22, Marshal Oscar von
Lubomirski expelled Jews from Warsaw, Poland.
1788 Jan 22, George Gordon
(d.1824), (6th Baron Byron) aka Lord Byron, English poet, was born
with a deformed foot. His work included “Lara," “Childe Harold’s
Pilgrimage" and “Don Juan." He died in Greece at Missolonghi on the
gulf of Patras preparing to fight for Greek independence. In 1997
the biography: “Byron: The flawed Angel" by Phyllis Grosskurth was
(WUD, 1994, p.204,917)(SFC, 6/9/97, p.D3)(SFEC,
11/15/98, Z1 p.10)(HN, 1/22/99)
1798 Jan 22, Lewis Morris (71),
US farmer (signed Declaration of Independence), died.
1807 Jan 22, President Thomas
Jefferson exposed a plot by Aaron Burr to form a new republic in the
1813 Jan 22, During the War of
1812, British forces under Henry Proctor along with Indian allies
under Tecumseh defeated a U.S. contingent planning an attack on Fort
(HN, 1/22/99)(AM, 7/00, p.19)
1813 Jan 22, A combined British
and Indian force attacked an American militia retreating from
Detroit near Frenchtown, later known as Monroe, Mich. Only 33 men of
some 700 men escaped the battle of the River Raisin. Over 400
Kentucky frontiersmen were killed.
1824 Jan 22, A British force
was wiped out by an Asante army under Osei Bonsu on the African Gold
Coast. This was the first defeat for a colonial power.
1837 Jan 22, An earthquake in
southern Syria killed thousands.
1859 Jan 22, Brahms' 1st piano
concerto (in D minor) premiered in Hanover.
1862 Jan 22, Confederate
government raised the premium for volunteers from $10 to $20.
1863 Jan 22, In an attempt to
out flank Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, General Ambrose
Burnside led his army on a march north Fredericksburg, but foul
weather bogged his army down in what became known as "Mud March."
1863 Jan 22, The interim
Lithuanian government in Warsaw announced an uprising against
Russian rule. The uprising aspired to restore the Polish-Lithuanian
state and was supported by large numbers of peasants.
(DrEE, 9/14/96, p.4)(LHC, 1/22/03)
1871 Jan 22, The Paris
proletariat and the National Guards held a revolutionary
demonstration, initiated by the Blanquists. They demanded the
overthrow of the government and the establishment of a Commune. By
order of the Government of National Defense, the Breton Mobile
Guard, which was defending the Hotel de Ville, opened fire on the
demonstrators. After massacring the unarmed workers, the government
began preparations to surrender Paris.
1874 Jan 22, D.W. [David Wark]
Griffith, U.S. film director, was born. He was the most influential
figure in early film history, and made "The Birth of A Nation"
1877 Jan 22, Hjalmar Horace
Greely Schacht, president of German Reichsbank, minister of
Economics, was born.
1879 Jan 22, In South Africa
battles at Isandlwana Zulu impis or regiments armed with spears and
shields killed around 1,300 British troops bearing rifles. Private
Samuel Wassall lived through the battle and was awarded the Victoria
Cross along with 14 others.
(AFP, 2/5/07)(Econ, 2/10/07, p.91)
1879 Jan 22-24, Eighty-two
British soldiers with rifles held off attacks by 4,000 Zulu warriors
with spears at the Battle of Rorke's Drift in South Africa. A large
British troop had just been massacred prior to this battle. The 1964
film “Zulu" was based on this event.
(HC, 4/9/98)(HN, 1/22/00)
1881 Jan 22, Ancient Egyptian
obelisk, "Cleopatra's Needle," was erected in Central Park.
1890 Jan 22, Fred Vinson, 13th
Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1946-1953), was born.
1890 Jan 22, Jose Marti formed
La Liga (Union of Cuban exiles) in NYC.
1897 Jan 22, Rosa Ponselle,
opera diva (Norma, La Forza del Destino), was born.
1897 Jan 22, Eighty-two British
soldiers held off attacks by 4,000 Zulu warriors at the Battle of
Rorke's Drift in South Africa.
1901 Jan 22, Britain's Queen
Victoria died at age 82. She was the monarch of Great Britain and
Ireland and Empress of India, and died after presiding over her vast
empire for nearly 64 years--the longest reign in British history.
Born in 1819, the only child of George III's fourth son, Victoria
became queen in 1837. In 1840, she married Prince Albert of
Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Although the match was a political one, the two
were devoted to each other, having nine children before Albert's
death in 1861. Through dynastic marriages, Victoria's descendants
are connected to almost all 20th-century Europe's royal houses.
During Victoria's long reign the monarchy lost much of its political
power to Parliament, but she was the beloved symbol of the Victorian
Era--a golden age of British history. In 2000 Christopher Hibbert
authored “Queen Victoria: A Personal History."
(AP, 1/22/98)(HNPD, 1/22/99)(WSJ, 12/29/00, p.W6)
1901 Jan 22, After 63 years
England stopped the sale of Queen Victoria postage stamps series
& began the King Edward VII series.
1904 Jan 22, George Balanchine,
composer, choreographer, was born. [see Jan 9]
1905 Jan 22, (New Style
calendar) On what would become known as “Bloody Sunday," Russian
Orthodox Father George Gapon led a procession in St. Petersburg of
some 200,000 who were marching on the Winter Palace to present their
grievances to Czar Nicholas. Troops on the scene panicked, firing
into the crowd and killing hundreds, thus igniting the Revolution of
1905. Across Russia, government officials were attacked, peasants
seized private estates and workers’ strikes virtually paralyzed the
economy. In St. Petersburg, a council (soviet) of workers’ delegates
threatened to take over the government. Nicholas consented to
the adoption of a constitution and election of a parliament (Duma).
The first Duma met in 1906. [see Jan 9]
(SFC, 9/28/99, p.A27)(HNQ, 10/1/00)(AP, 1/22/07)
1906 Jan 22, Willa
Brown-Chappell, pioneering aviator, was born.
1907 Jan 22, The Richard
Strauss opera "Salome" made its American debut at the Metropolitan
Opera in NYC; its racy content (including the Dance of the Seven
Veils) sparked outrage.
1908 Jan 22, Katie Mulcahey
became the first woman to run afoul of New York City's just-passed
ban on females smoking in public. Declaring, "No man shall dictate
to me," Mulcahey served a night in jail after being unable to pay a
1909 Jan 22, Hariette Lake (aka
Ann Sothern, d. 2001), film and TV actress, was born in Valley City,
(SFC, 3/17/01, p.A23)
1909 Jan 22, U Thant, Secretary
General of United Nations General Assembly (1962-1972), was born in
Burma. He played a major role in the Cuban crisis.
(HN, 1/22/99)(MC, 1/22/02)
1911 Jan 22, Bruno Kreisky,
bandleader, chancellor (1970-83), was born in Austria.
1912 Jan 22, Second Monte-Carlo
auto race began.
1913 Jan 22, Turkey consented
to the Balkan peace terms and gave up Adrianople.
1917 Jan 22, President Wilson
pleaded for an end to war in Europe, calling for "peace without
victory." By April, however, America was also at war.
1920 Jan 22, William Warfield,
singer (Show Boat), was born.
1922 Jan 22, Jean-Pierre Rampal
(d.5/20/2000), flautist, was born in Marseilles France.
1922 Jan 22, James Bryce
(b.1838), 1st Viscount Bryce, British jurist, historian and
politician, died. He had served as ambassador to the United States
from 1907 to 1913. His books included “The American Commonwealth," a
classic study of the US Constitution.
1922 Jan 22, Pope Benedict XV
died; he was succeeded by Pius XI.
1924 Jan 22, J.J. Johnson,
composer, jazz trombonist, was born.
1930 Jan 22, Adm. Richard Byrd
charted a vast area of Antarctica.
1932 Jan 22, Pablo Picasso
(SFC, 6/4/96, p.E5)
1932 Jan 22, British Anglicans
merged with the Old-Catholic church.
1932 Jan 22, Government troops
crushed a Communist uprising in Northern Spain.
1934 Jan 22, Bill Bixby, actor
(Incredible Hulk, My Favorite Martian), was born in SF, Calif.
1934 Jan 22, In Tucson,
Arizona, a fire broke out at the Hotel Congress, where members of
the Dillinger gang were staying. Firefighters salvaged baggage
belonging to the gang and the next day one of the firefighters
spotted one the gang’s mug shots in an issue of True Detective
magazine. Within a few days 5 members of the Dillinger gang were
arrested including John Dillinger and girlfriend Evelyn Frechette.
In 2009 Elliot Gorn authored “Dillinger’s Wild Ride: The Year That
Made America’s Public Enemy Number One."
(SFC, 7/1/09, p.E3)
1934 Jan 22, Dmitri
Shostakovich premiered his 1932 opera: “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk
District," in Leningrad.
(WSJ, 5/7/02, p.D7)(WSJ, 5/2/03, p.W6)
1936 Jan 22, In San Francisco 5
Filipino men appeared before a municipal judge on vagrancy charges
and admitted to intermingling with white girls. Police chief Quinn
instructed police officers to take into custody all white girls seen
with Filipinos, together with their escorts.
(SSFC, 1/23/11, DB p.42)
1937 Jan 22, In San Francisco
riots between longshoremen factions surged through the financial
district. 33 men were sent to jail and 4 to the hospital. This was
the first major disturbance in the 85-day-old maritime strike.
(SSFC, 1/22/12, DB p.42)
1938 Jan 22, Thornton Wilder's
play "Our Town," a portrait of small-town life in Grover's Corners,
NH, was performed publicly for the first time, in Princeton, N.J. It
opened on Broadway on Feb 4.
(AP, 2/4/97)(AP, 1/22/98)
1939 Jan 22, A Nazi order
erased the old officer caste, tying the army directly to the Party.
1941 Jan 22, British and
Australian troops captured Tobruk from Italians.
1941 Jan 22, The 1st mass
killing of Jews took place in Romania. [see Jan 9]
1943 Jan 22, Battle of Anzio:
1943 Jan 22, Axis forces pulled
out of Tripoli for Tunisia, and destroyed bases as they left.
1944 Jan 22, US troops under
Major General John P. Lucas made an amphibious landing behind German
lines at Anzio, Italy, just south of Rome. Major General Lucas
commanded Operation Shingle, a surprise landing behind German lines
in Italy. General Lucas harbored grave doubts about the chances for
success in this, the most daring operation of the Italian campaign.
The seaborne operation was planned as a way of outflanking German
strength on Italy’s Gustav Line and swiftly capturing Rome, but
almost nothing went according to plan.
(HNQ, 4/4/01)(AP, 1/22/08)
1945 Jan 22, There was a heavy
US air raid on Okinawa.
1945 Jan 22, The Burma highway
1946 Jan 22, President Truman
set up the Central Intelligence Group. In late 1945 he had
coordinated various intelligence reform plans considered in the
drafting of the directive that created the CIG. In 1947 it was
re-named the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
1949 Jan 22, Police broke into
Rm. 203 of the Mark Twain Hotel in San Francisco and arrested Billie
Holiday (1915-1959) and her manager, John Levy, on charges of
possession of opium. Her defense attorney, Jake Erlich, fingered
Levy as an informer and persuaded the jury to return a verdict of
(SFC, 5/19/96, DB,
1951 Jan 22, Fidel Castro, as a
baseball pitcher, was ejected from a Winter League game after
beaning a batter.
1953 Jan 22, The Arthur Miller
drama "The Crucible" opened on Broadway.
1957 Jan 22, The “Truth or
Consequences" TV show with Bob Barker became the first program to be
recorded on videotape for subsequent airing in all time zones.
(SFC, 12/23/16, p.E3)
1957 Jan 22, Suspected "Mad
Bomber" George P. Metesky, accused of planting more than 30
explosive devices in the New York City area, was arrested in
Waterbury, Conn. He was later found mentally ill and committed to a
mental hospital; he was released in 1973, and died in 1994 at age
(AP, 1/22/98)(AP, 1/22/04)
1957 Jan 22, Israel completed
its evacuation of Egyptian territory, excepting the Gaza Strip and
the area of Aqaba.
(EWH, 1968, p.1242)
1959 Jan 22, USAF concluded
that less than 1% of UFO's are unknown objects.
1959 Jan 22, The Adolph Coors
Co. of Golden, Colombia, introduced the aluminum beer can.
1960 Jan 22, The Johnburg coal
mine caved in and 417 die.
1961 Jan 22, A Portuguese ocean
liner, the “Santa Maria," was hijacked in the Caribbean with some
600 passengers aboard; the drama ended eleven days later when the
ship docked in Brazil.
1963 Jan 22, Gen. Charles de
Gaulle and German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer signed the
Franco-German "reconciliation treaty," aka the Elysee friendship
1964 Jan 22, World's largest
cheese (15,723 kg) was manufactured in Wisconsin.
1968 Jan 22, The TV variety
show "Laugh In" began on NBC with comedians Dan Rowan and Dick
Martin. It continued running to May 14, 1973.
9/24/96, p.B2)(AP, 1/22/98)
1968 Jan 22, The off Broadway
show "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" premiered
at the Village Gate Theater. A film version was produced in 1975.
Brel (1929-1978), a Belgian singer, was later buried in the
Marquesas Island of Hiva Oa, in the same cemetery as Paul Gauguin.
1968 Jan 22, Apollo 5 was
launched to the Moon from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
1969 Jan 22, In Massachusetts
Francis Sargent (1915-1998) became governor after John Volpe was
made transportation secretary in the Nixon administration.
1971 Jan 22, Communist forces
shelled Phnom Penh, Cambodia for the first time.
1972 Jan 22, The TV series
"Emergency" began with Julie London and Bobby Troup. It ran until
1972 Jan 22, Britain, Denmark,
Ireland and Norway joined the European Economic Community.
1973 Jan 22, The US Supreme
Court in a 7-2 ruling handed down its Roe vs. Wade decision, which
legalized abortion, using a trimester approach. The court ruled that
a woman's right to privacy encompasses her decision to terminate a
pregnancy. Norma McCorvey (1947-2017), the anonymous Jane Roe,
revealed her identity in 1989. She ended up having her 3rd baby two
and a half years before the final decision was made.
(AP, 1/22/98)(SFC, 1/28/98, p.E1)(SFC, 3/5/99,
p.A15)(NW, 6/30/03, p.44)(SSFC, 2/19/17, p.A10)(Econ, 2/25/17, p.78)
1973 Jan 22, Former President
Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969) died at his Texas ranch at age 64.
Robert Dallek in 1998 published the biography “Flawed Giant."
(SFC, 7/19/97, p.A6)(AP, 1/22/98)(SFC, 3/16/98,
1975 Jan 22, The US Supreme
Court in the Goss vs. Lopez case ruled that students had the right
to due process, informal hearings were considered sufficient, when
threatened with suspension of more than 10 days.
1976 Jan 22, A PLO bank robbery
in Beirut netted a world record $20-50 million.
1979 Jan 22, Abu Hassan (Ali
Hassan Salameh), the alleged planner of the 1972 Munich raid, was
killed by a bomb in Beirut. He was the chief of operations for the
Black September militant Palestinian group. Erica Chambers, a
British passport holder, recruited by Mossad, triggered the huge car
1980 Jan 22, Russian dissidents
Andrei Sakharov and Jelena Bonner were banished.
1982 Jan 22, President Reagan
formally linked progress in arms control to Soviet repression in
1982 Jan 22, Eduardo Frei
Montalva (b.1911), former Chilean President (1964-1970), died from
septic shock as he recovered from stomach surgery at a Santiago
clinic. In 2007 his family filed a court complaint claiming that
Frei had been assassinated by poisoning after a Belgian university
investigation found mustard gas in the body of the former Christian
Democratic leader. In 2009 a Chilean judge ruled that Montalva was
assassinated and that his killing was covered up by people linked to
the dictatorship of Gen. Pinochet. Six people were charged in the
(AP, 1/24/07)(AP, 12/7/09)
1984 Jan 22, The American TV
series "Airwolf" premiered with Jan-Michael Vincent.
1985 Jan 22, A cold wave
damaged 90% of Florida's citrus crop.
1986 Jan 22, The body of Yvonne
Coleman (15) was found in a park in Inglewood, California. In 2008
DNA evidence linked Michael Hughes (51), already in jail for 4 other
murders (1992-1993), to her murder and 3 others. In 2011 Hughes, a
former security guard dubbed the “Southside Slayer," was found
guilty of strangling three more victims in a series of attacks that
stretched over a decade.
(SFC, 7/4/08, p.B6)(SFC, 11/4/11, p.C5)
1987 Jan 22, R. Budd Dwyer,
Penn. State Treasurer, facing prison for conspiracy & perjury,
shot himself to death at a televised news conference.
1987 Jan 22, France named
Manuel Noriega, head of Panama, a Commander of the Legion of Honor
1988 Jan 22, A US federal
appeals court ruled that court appointment of independent counsels
to investigate allegations of wrongdoing by high-ranking government
officials was unconstitutional; however, the Supreme Court upheld
the law the following June.
1989 Jan 22, In Super Bowl
XXXIII, the San Francisco 49ers came from behind to defeat the
Cincinnati Bengals 20-to-16 in Miami's Joe Robbie Stadium. Joe
Montana rifled a 10-yard touchdown pass to John Taylor with just 34
seconds left in the game to win.
(AP, 1/22/99)(SSFC, 1/19/14, DB p.42)
1990 Jan 22, SF Giant’s first
baseman Will Clark became the baseball’s highest paid player as he
signed a 4-year contract for $15 million.
(SSFC, 1/18/15, DB p.46)
1990 Jan 22, A jury in
Syracuse, N.Y., convicted graduate student Robert T. Morris of
federal computer tampering charges for unleashing a "worm" that
crippled a computer network.
1990 Jan 22, Roman Vishniac
(b.1897), Russian-American street photographer, died in NYC. He is
best known for capturing on film the culture of Jews in Central and
Eastern Europe before the Holocaust.
(Econ, 1/26/13, p.76)
1990 Jan 22, Up to 2 million
Azerbaijanis marched through the republic's capital to mourn those
killed when Soviet troops put down a nationalist revolt.
1991 Jan 22, During the Gulf
War, Iraq fired six Scud missiles into Saudi Arabia; all were either
intercepted, or fell into unpopulated areas. However, in Tel Aviv, a
Scud eluded the Patriot missile defense system and struck the city,
resulting in three deaths.
1992 Jan 22, President Bush
named Andrew H. Card Jr. to be transportation secretary.
1992 Jan 22-30, The space
shuttle Discovery blasted off with seven astronauts. Roberta Bondar
was the first Canadian woman in space. She rode the shuttle
Discovery and performed life and material-science experiments.
(USAT, 7/26/99, p.14A)(AP, 1/22/02)
1993 Jan 22, President Clinton
resumed his search for an attorney general, following the
early-morning withdrawal of nominee Zoe Baird in the face of a
complaints over her hiring of illegal aliens. Clinton reversed the
federal policy barring the mention of abortion by doctors in
federally financed institutions.
(AP, 1/22/98)(SFC, 9/13/01, p.C7)
1993 Jan 22, On the 20th
anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision, President Clinton lifted a
series of abortion restrictions imposed by his Republican
1993 Jan 22, Donna E. Shalala
became US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).
1993 Jan 22, Norwegian Air
Shuttle was founded by Bjorn Kjos to take over the regional airline
services produced by Busy Bee for Braathens in Western Norway.
1994 Jan 22, "Schindler's
List," Steven Spielberg's drama about the Holocaust, won Golden
Globes for best dramatic picture and best director.
1994 Jan 22, Jean-Louis
Barrault (83), French actor (La Ronde), died.
1994 Jan 22, Actor Telly
Savalas died in Universal City, Calif., a day after turning 70.
1995 Jan 22, The Macedonia
Baptist Church in Manning, S.C., burned down. Arson was suspected
and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun. Four
Klansmen were later arrested and convicted.
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)(SFEC, 7/21/98, p.A3)
1995 Jan 22, Rose Fitzgerald
Kennedy died at the family compound in Hyannis Port, Mass., at age
1995 Jan 22, Two Palestinians
blew themselves up at Beit Lid junction in central Israel and killed
21 Israelis. Dozens of others were injured and the Islamic Jihad
(WSJ, 3/6/96, p. A-15)(G&M, 7/31/97,
1996 Jan 22, Clinton declared
Pennsylvania a disaster area after floods on the Susquehanna and
other rivers killed 8 and forced a 100,000 people to leave their
(WSJ, 1/22/96, p.A-1)
1996 Jan 22, The White House
announced that First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton had been subpoenaed
by the Whitewater special prosecutor to testify before a grand jury
investigating the mysterious discovery of her law firm billing
records in the White House residence.
1996 Jan 22, O.J. Simpson
testified for the first time since the killings of his ex-wife
Nicole and her friend, Ronald Goldman, as he gave a videotaped
deposition for a wrongful death lawsuit.
1997 Jan 22, The US Senate
confirmed Madeleine Albright as secretary of state, the first woman
to hold that office. William Cohen, a Republican, was ratified as
secretary of defense.
(SFC, 1/23/97, p.A3) (AP, 1/22/98)
1997 Jan 22, A jury in Florida
ruled that Owens-Corning Fiberglass Co. must pay $31 million to a
Mississippi man dying of cancer from exposure to asbestos.
(SFC, 1/23/97, p.A3)
1997 Jan 22, Canada and Cuba
announced a 14-point agreement. They pledged cooperation on human
rights and sought to shield foreign investors targeted for
punishment by Washington.
(SFC, 1/23/97, p.A8)
1997 Jan 22, In Rwanda gunmen
killed at least 20 civilians. In Kigali a special court sentenced 2
Hutu men to be executed for their roles in the 1994 mass killings.
(WSJ, 1/23/97, p.A12)
1998 Jan 22, Theodore J.
Kaczynski pleaded guilty in Sacramento, Calif., to the Unabomber
killings in return for a sentence of life in prison without parole.
In Dec. co-authors Chris Waits and Dave Shors published “Unabomber:
The Secret Life of Ted Kaczynski. His 25 Years in Montana."
(SFC, 1/22/98, p.A1)(AP, 1/22/99)
1998 Jan 22, Microsoft under
court pressure signed an agreement giving PC makers the freedom to
install Windows 95 without an Internet Explorer icon.
(WSJ, 11/8/99, p.A30)
1998 Jan 22, The Endeavour
space shuttle shot up on its way to meet with the Mir space station.
Astronaut Andrew Thomas traded places with David Wolf for a 4-month
(SFC, 1/23/98, p.A5)
1998 Jan 22, Goran Jelisic
(29) was detained by UN peace troops in Bijeljina. An indictment
against him held that he commanded the Luka prisoner camp in Brcko
in May 1992 and killed 16 Muslims, and that he was responsible for
the deaths of countless detainees. In 1999, he was found guilty on
all counts of crimes against humanity and violating the customs of
war. He was acquitted on the charge of genocide as the court did not
believe the prosecution had proved this beyond reasonable doubt. On
May 29, 2003, Jelisić was transferred to Italy to serve the
remainder of his sentence with credit for time served since his
1998 Jan 22, On the first full
day of his visit to Cuba, Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass,
preaching the message, "Be not afraid."
1998 Jan 22, In Pristina,
Serbia, ethnic Albanians clashed with Serbian police. There was one
death and 2 were injured.
(SFC, 1/24/98, p.A10)
1999 Jan 22, Sen. Robert C.
Byrd, D-WVa, abruptly called for dismissal of charges against
President Clinton to "end this sad and sorry time for our country."
President Clinton called for spending $2.8 billion to protect the
nation from cyber terrorism and chemical and germ warfare.
1999 Jan 22, More twisters hit
the South and 3 more people were killed in Arkansas and one in
Tennessee. The 100 year-old Quapaw district of Little Rock was hit
hard as was the historic district of Clarksville, Tenn.
(SFC, 1/23/99, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/25/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 22, Charles Brown,
blues legend, died in Oakland at age 78.
(SFC, 1/23/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 22, Pope John Paul II
began a 5-day pilgrimage to Mexico and St. Louis. He was greeted by
Pres. Zedillo some 2 dozen official sponsors who would help defray
the $2 million costs of the 4-day visit.
(SFC, 1/22/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/23/99, p.A10)
1999 Jan 22, A 2nd member of
the Int'l. Olympic Commission resigned as part of the bribery
scandal on the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
(SFC, 1/23/99, p.A1)
1999 Jan 22, The International
Monetary Fund (IMF) determined that members having more than 85% of
the total of Fund quotas have consented to increases in their quotas
under the Eleventh General Review of Quotas.
1999 Jan 22, In Argentina a
federal judge indicted 7 former military officials for the
disappearances of over 200 babies during the 1976-1983 dictatorship.
(SFC, 1/23/99, p.C1)
1999 Jan 22, In Beijing
telecommunications authorities issued a circular clamping down on
the use of phone lines for telephone sex.
(SFC, 1/25/99, p.A7)
1999 Jan 22, In eastern Congo
government and rebel authorities accepted UN care for hundreds of
thousands displaced by war.
(SFC, 1/23/99, p.A11)
1999 Jan 22, France convicted
107 people for supporting insurgents in Algeria.
(SFC, 1/23/99, p.C1)
1999 Jan 22, In Manoharpur,
India, Graham Stewart Staines (58), an Australian missionary, and
his 2 sons (10 & 8) were burned to death by activists of the
radical Bajrang Dal. Dara Singh led some 30 men in the attack. Singh
was captured in Jan 2000. In 2003 Mahendra Hembram (23), a security
guard, stood by the statement he gave in a lower court in 2002 that
he burned the missionary's jeep, killing the missionary and young
sons as they slept. In 2003 13 men were convicted for the murders. A
trial court later sentenced Dara Singh to death but in 2011 it was
reduced to life in prison on appeal.
(SFEC, 1/24/99, p.A14)(SFC, 2/2/00, p.A17)(AP,
3/24/03)(AP, 9/15/03)(AP, 1/21/11)
1999 Jan 22, In Indonesia order
was restored on the island of Ambon after 45 people died in 4 days
(SFC, 1/23/99, p.A10)
1999 Jan 22, In Jordon King
Hussein informed his brother Hassan that he would be removed as
successor and would be appointed as a deputy. Hussein desired to
move his own sons in line for the Crown.
(SFC, 1/23/99, p.A10)
1999 Jan 22, In Mongolia the
parliament repealed its law authorizing casinos.
(WSJ, 1/25/99, p.A18)
1999 Jan 22, In Romania miners
halted a violent strike after reaching a settlement with Prime
Minister Rady Vasile.
(SFC, 1/23/99, p.C1)
2000 Jan 22, Elian Gonzalez’s
grandmothers met privately with US Attorney General Janet Reno as
they appealed for help in removing the boy from his Florida
relatives and reuniting him with his father in Cuba.
2000 Jan 22, Food writer Craig
Claiborne died at a New York hospital at age 79.
2000 Jan 22, In Chechnya
Russian forces claimed control over a third of Grozny. Russian
commander Viktor Kazantsev said Pres. Aslan Maskhadov was wounded in
fighting in the Argun Gorge.
(SFEC, 1/23/00, p.A27)
2000 Jan 22, In Ecuador Vice
President Gustavo Noboa took over as president under int'l. pressure
against the civilian-military junta.
(SFEC, 1/23/00, p.A21)
2000 Jan 22, In Turkey the body
of Konca Kuris, described as a Muslim feminist, was exhumed in
Konya, 220 miles northwest of Mersin. Her body was one of 33 found
at properties used by Hezbollah, a radical group dedicated to
overthrowing the Turkish state and establishing an Islamic republic.
(SFC, 1/26/00, p.A9)
2001 Jan 22, Pres. Bush banned
US funding for overseas abortion counseling. On the anniversary of
the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, Bush signed a
memorandum reinstating full abortion restrictions on U.S. overseas
(SFC, 1/23/01, p.A1)(AP, 1/22/02)
2001 Jan 22, US police in
Colorado caught 4 escaped Texas convicts. A 5th committed suicide.
The 2 at large were caught a day later.
(SFC, 1/23/01, p.A3)(SFC, 1/24/01, p.A2)
2001 Jan 22, In Britain the
House of Lords passed legislation that effectively legalized the
creation of cloned human embryos.
(SFC, 1/23/01, p.A12)
2001 Jan 22, Israeli and
Palestinian negotiators met in Taba, Egypt.
(SFC, 1/23/01, p.A12)
2001 Jan 22, In Japan Fukushiro
Nukaga, economics minister, resigned in a bribery scandal and was
succeeded by Taro Aso.
(WSJ, 1/23/01, p.A1)
2001 Jan 22, In Russia Pres.
Putin put his domestic security agency in charge of the war effort
(SFC, 1/23/01, p.C3)
2002 Jan 22, Kmart Corp., the
discount chain that gave America the BlueLight Special, filed for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
2002 Jan 22, Stanley Marcus
(b.1905), former president and chairman of the Texas based Nieman
Marcus department store chain, died.
2002 Jan 22, Jack Shea (91), a
gold medal-winning speedskater and patriarch of the nation's first
family with three generations of Olympians, died in Lake Placid,
N.Y., of injuries suffered in a car accident.
2002 Jan 22, US officials
reported that Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, a former head of al Qaeda
training in Afghanistan, had provided information on an alleged plot
to blow up the US Embassy in Yemen a week earlier.
(SFC, 1/23/02, p.A9)
2002 Jan 22, The Burmese army
was charged by Amnesty Int’l. of killing and torturing hundreds of
ethnic Shan villagers. Some 300,000 Shan villagers have been forced
to flee their homes in the past 2 years.
(SFC, 1/23/02, p.A6)
2002 Jan 22, At least 4 police
officers were killed when 2 gunmen opened fired at the American
Center in Calcutta. 19 people were wounded. 3 Bangladeshis and 3
teachers from an Islamic school were later arrested and charged with
murder. Gangster Aftab Ansari was later arrested in Dubai and said
his motive was to punish police for killing his friend, Asif Raza
Khan, last year. Harkat-ul Jihadi-e-Islami (HUJEI) was later
implicated. In 2005 7 people were sentenced to death for the
(SFC, 1/22/02, p.A8)(SFC, 1/23/02, p.A4)(SFC,
1/24/02, p.A7)(SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A14)(SFC, 2/15/02, p.A20)(AP,
2002 Jan 22, In Indonesia
troops shot and killed Abdullah Syafei, commander of the Free Aceh
(SFC, 1/24/02, p.A8)
2002 Jan 22, Israeli troops
killed 4 Hamas militants in Nablus. Yousef Soragji (42), mastermind
of several suicide bombings, was among the dead.
(SFC, 1/23/02, p.A6)(SFC, 1/24/02, p.A7)
2002 Jan 22, In Israel a
Palestinian gunman killed 2 women in Jerusalem and wounded 14 others
before he was killed by police.
(SFC, 1/23/02, p.A1)
2002 Jan 22, Pres. Putin said
that Russian fitness and sports infrastructure had so declined in
the last decade that only 1 in 10 citizens exercise of play sports.
(SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A13)
2003 Jan 22, Opponents and
supporters of abortion rights rallied on the 30th anniversary of the
Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling.
2003 Jan 22, Maryland's new
governor, Robert Ehrlich, declared an end to a moratorium on
executions instituted by Gov. Glendening.
(WSJ, 1/23/03, p.A1)(SFC, 1/31/03, p.A9)
2003 Jan 22, Bill Maudlin
(b.1921), WW-II era cartoonist, died in Newport Beach, Ca. In 1945
he won a Pulitzer Prize for his war cartoons and authored "Up
Front," a collection of cartoons and an essay on war. A 2nd Pulitzer
followed in 1958. He was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame on
May 19, 1991. In 2008 Todd DePastino authored “Bill Maudlin: A Life
Up Front." On March 31, 2010, the US Post Office released a
first-class denomination ($.44) postage stamp in Mauldin's honor
depicting him with WWII characters Willie & Joe.
(SFC, 1/23/03, p.A2)(WS, 2/22/08,
2003 Jan 22, In Colombia ELN
rebels kidnapped Scott Dalton, photographer and native of Conroe,
Texas; and Ruth Morris, a British reporter in Arauca state. They
were released Feb 1.
(AP, 1/23/03)(AP, 2/1/03)
2003 Jan 22, France and Germany
joined forces to prevent any U.S.-led war on Iraq. Countering blunt
talk of war by the Bush administration, France and Germany defiantly
stated they were committed to a peaceful solution to the Iraq
(Reuters, 1/22/03)(AP, 1/22/04)
2003 Jan 22, In the Netherlands
voters rejected an anti-immigration party and gave 44 seats to the
Christian Democrats and 42 to the Labor party.
(SFC, 1/23/03, p.A10)
2004 Jan 22, US Congress
approved an $820 billion spending bill. It included a labeling law
for the seafood industry for "country of origin."
(SFC, 1/23/04, p.A3)(SFC, 2/4/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 22, South Dakota
politician Bill Janklow was sentenced to 100 days in jail for an
auto accident that killed a motorcyclist and ended Janklow's career
2004 Jan 22, Enron
Corporation's former top accountant, Richard Causey, surrendered to
federal authorities; he pleaded innocent to conspiracy and fraud
2004 Jan 22, It was reported
that Kodak, headquartered in Rochester, NY, planned to cut its work
force by as much as 21% by the end of 2006.
(WSJ, 1/22/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 22, NASA said it lost
contact with the Mars spirit rover.
(WSJ, 1/23/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 22, Ann Miller (81),
tap dancing film actress, died in Los Angeles.
(SFC, 1/23/04, p.A2)(AP, 1/22/05)
2004 Jan 22, In Cambodia gunmen
assassinated Chea Vichea, a prominent labor leader linked to the
main opposition party, as he read a newspaper on a capital street.
2004 Jan 22, The Chinese New
Year (Lunar Year 4702) ushered in the Year of the Monkey. In Korea
the event is called Solnal and in Vietnam it is called Tet. The
Chinese New Year marked a traditional time of settling debts.
Migrant workers in the Chinese construction industry were reportedly
owed over $40 billion in back pay.
(WSJ, 1/19/04, p.A1)(SFC, 1/22/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 22, In Iraq gunmen
firing from a van killed two Iraqi policemen and wounded three
others in an attack on a checkpoint between Fallujah and Ramadi.
2004 Jan 22, Israeli soldiers
shot and killed a 14-year-old Palestinian boy as he and six other
unarmed teenagers tried to sneak from the Gaza Strip into Israel.
2004 Jan 22, A Philippine
tribunal ordered the immediate transfer to the government of $683
million in illegally accumulated funds from Swiss bank accounts of
former dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
2004 Jan 22, In Tanzania Judge
William Sekule said the tribunal found Jean de Dieu Kamuhanda (51),
former minister for culture and higher education, guilty of genocide
and extermination for his role the 1994 Rwanda genocide. He was
acquitted of eight other charges of crimes against humanity.
2004 Jan 22, In southern
Thailand a Buddhist monk was hacked to death. Muslim extremists were
(WSJ, 1/23/04, p.A1)
2004 Jan 22, Zimbabwe's only
independent daily newspaper brought out a slim edition that was
snatched up by readers after a court ordered police to allow the
popular Daily News to resume publishing.
2005 Jan 22, Donald Trump (58)
married Slovenian model Melania Knauss (34) with all the glamour,
glitz and gold that money and star power can buy.
2005 Jan 22, On the 32nd
anniversary of Roe vs. Wade rival sides of the abortion issue staged
dueling marches on Market St. in SF. Some 6,000 antiabortion
activists were jeered by some 3,000 advocates for abortion rights.
(SSFC, 1/23/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 22, Rose Mary Woods
(87), President Nixon's former secretary, died in Ohio.
2005 Jan 22, In India actress
Parveen Babi, who played the siren in dozens of Bollywood films, was
found dead at her suburban Bombay apartment. Babi, famed for her
unconventional western looks, starred in more than 50 Hindi films
mostly in the 1970s and early 1980s.
2005 Jan 22, Iran's state-run
television reported that the hard-line constitutional watchdog has
decided that women can run for president in June elections.
2005 Jan 22, Insurgents said
they had executed 15 kidnapped Iraqi National Guardsmen for
cooperating with U.S. forces. Insurgents decided to release 8
Chinese construction workers taken hostage in Iraq after China
pledged to discourage its citizens from traveling to Iraq.
2005 Jan 22, In Italy a war
within the Camorra, the regional mafia of Naples, was reported to
have claimed 35 lives over the last 4 months.
(Econ, 1/22/05, p.46)
2005 Jan 22, In Japan the
world's nations ended their tsunami conference and agreed to work
together to better guard their people against natural disasters.
2005 Jan 22, Maldivians cast
votes to elect a parliament, three weeks after the election was
postponed because of the Indian Ocean tsunami. Police arrested 20
(AP, 1/22/05)(WSJ, 1/24/05, p.A1)
2005 Jan 22, Consuelo Velazquez
(84), whose song "Besame Mucho" became a standard in many languages
and styles of music, died in Mexico City.
2005 Jan 22, Nepali troops
killed at least nine Maoist guerrillas including four women in
weekend gunbattles in the west of the revolt-torn Himalayan kingdom.
2005 Jan 22, Thousands of poor
Russians demonstrated across Russia as part of a campaign of protest
against abolition of some benefits that has dented Pres. Putin's
2005 Jan 22, Somalia's
government vowed to bring to justice militiamen who exhumed hundreds
of skeletons from an Italian colonial-era cemetery and dumped them
near Mogadishu's airport.
2005 Jan 22, South Sudan leader
John Garang arrived in his southern bastion for the first time since
a peace accord ended Africa's longest-running civil war.
2005 Jan 22, Turkey’s large
debt was reported to amount to about 74% of its GDP.
(Econ, 1/22/05, p.47)
2006 Jan 22, Kobe Bryant scored
81 points, the second-highest in NBA history, in the Los Angeles
Lakers' 122-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors.
2006 Jan 22, The Pittsburgh
Steelers won the AFC title game over the Denver Broncos 34-17. The
Seattle Seahawks claimed the NFC title over the Carolina Panthers
2006 Jan 22, In Massachusetts
the bodies of Rachel (27) and 9-month-old daughter Lillian Entwistle
were found in their home in Hopkinton. Rachel was shot in the head
and the young baby in the body. They had been killed as much as 3
days earlier. On Jan 27 Neil Entwistle (27) was seen leaving his
parents home in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, accompanied by two
plain-clothes detectives. He was soon extradited back to
Massachusetts. In 2008 Entwistle was convicted of murder.
(AP, 1/27/06)(SFC, 6/26/08, p.A2)
2006 Jan 22, An Afghan boy and
four men, including staff of a US security firm, were freed after
being briefly kidnapped by Taliban rebels.
2006 Jan 22, In Afghanistan 7
Taliban rebels escaped from Policharki Prison, the main
high-security prison outside Kabul. 10 prison guards suspected of
aiding the escape were arrested.
2006 Jan 22, An
opposition-sponsored strike closed shops and shut down public
transport across Bangladesh as authorities deployed thousands of
security forces to deter violence.
2006 Jan 22, Evo Morales,
Bolivia's first Indian president, took office with a promise to lift
his nation's struggling indigenous majority out of centuries of
poverty and discrimination.
2006 Jan 22, Cambodia held its
first Senate election. PM Hun Sen's ruling party secured a landslide
victory. Only 123 parliamentarians and 11,261 members of commune
councilors, local administrative bodies, were able to vote.
2006 Jan 22, Xinhua News
reported that US-based General Electric has won an
196-million-dollar bid to help build China's West-East Gas Pipeline.
2006 Jan 22, Georgia began
receiving natural gas late in the day from Azerbaijan following
explosions on pipelines in southern Russia that cut off delivery of
gas to Georgia and its neighbor Armenia during a cold snap.
2006 Jan 22, Iran said it was
not withdrawing its foreign currency reserves from European banks,
despite reports late last week that it already had begun the
2006 Jan 22, The US military
confirmed that the last of 2 Reuters journalists detained by US
military in Iraq was freed after nearly eight months without being
charged. 2 others were released Jan 15.
2006 Jan 22, Bomb blasts,
shootings and rocket-propelled grenade attacks killed at least 13
people throughout Iraq, including a policeman's four children. Sunni
Arab leaders opposed anyone linked with sectarian violence being
given ministries in the next government. 2 American airmen died in a
roadside bombings near Taji. Another car bomb exploded on a highway
about 20 miles south of Baghdad, killing one Iraqi civilian and
wounding four others. Drive-by gunmen shot dead a doctor who worked
at the Iraqi Health Ministry as he drove to work in Baghdad's
(AP, 1/22/06)(AP, 1/23/06)
2006 Jan 22, An Israeli
aircraft fired at three Palestinian gunmen trying to infiltrate
Israel from the Gaza Strip, killing one man and wounding the other
2006 Jan 22, In Nepal an
electoral candidate in Janakpur was murdered.
(Econ, 1/28/06, p.40)
2006 Jan 22, Thousands of angry
Pakistanis protested against a US airstrike that killed civilians,
chanting "Long live Osama bin Laden!" as anti-American rallies in
the country entered their second week.
2006 Jan 22, Portugal voted in
a presidential election. Anibal Cavaco Silva (66), a former
centre-right prime minister (1985-1995), won over his five left-wing
rivals. He has pledged to help lead Portugal out of an economic
slump and supports deeper European Union integration.
2006 Jan 22, Explosions hit
pipelines running through southern Russia, cutting the natural gas
supply to Georgia and Armenia during a cold snap.
2006 Jan 22, Sudanese President
Omar Hassan al-Bashir urged the world to provide more equipment and
other support for cash-strapped African forces monitoring a
tentative truce in Sudan's violent Darfur region.
2006 Jan 22, Sudanese police
raided a human rights meeting, seized documents and laptops and
briefly detained participants on the eve of an African summit in the
2006 Jan 22, The UN refugee
agency said a smuggler's boat capsized off the coast of Yemen,
killing at least 22 people. Twenty-eight were reported missing.
2007 Jan 22, The US Supreme
Court struck down a California sentencing law because it allowed
judges to add years to a prison term based on their own fact
finding. The court said juries must rule on any evidence used to
justify longer prison terms.
(SFC, 1/23/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/23/07, p.A1)
2007 Jan 22, It was reported
that federal officials had arrested 119 people in Contra Costa
County, Ca., in a weeklong immigration crackdown that was part of
“Operation Return to Sender." Immigration officials arrested over
750 illegals in the Los Angeles area. The operation has arrested
13,000 nationwide people since June 2006.
(SFC, 1/23/07, p.B8)(WSJ, 1/24/06, p.A1)
2007 Jan 22, Intel and Sun
Microsystems announced a major partnership under which Sun would
begin selling business computers running on Intel’s Xeon
microprocessors, while Intel will endorse and support sun’s Solaris
(SFC, 1/23/07, p.D3)
2007 Jan 22, Nickel prices
surged to an all-time peak above $37,000 per ton in London trading
owing to concerns over dwindling stockpiles of the metal.
2007 Jan 22, Scientists warned
that glaciers will all but disappear from the Alps by 2050, and that
most would be gone by 2037.
(SFC, 1/23/07, p.A4)
2007 Jan 22, Brazil’s
government announced a growth acceleration package.
(Econ, 1/27/07, p.34)
2007 Jan 22, Hundreds of
scavengers swooped onto a beach in southwest England and carted away
motorcycles, wine barrels, car parts and tennis shoes spilling from
a container ship damaged in recent storms and listing about a mile
2007 Jan 22, The EU threatened
Sudan with sanctions if it refused to allow UN peacekeepers into
war-torn Darfur, but rights groups and analysts said the warning was
not enough to stop the killings.
2007 Jan 22, Abbe Pierre
(b.1912), a French priest praised as a living legend for devoting
his life to helping the homeless, using prayer and provocation to
tackle misery, died in Paris. He founded the international Emmaus
Community for the poor. Abbe Pierre, born as Henry Groues,
served as a spokesman for France's conscience since the 1950s when
he persuaded parliament to pass a law, still on the books,
forbidding landlords to expel tenants during winter months.
(AP, 1/22/07)(Econ, 2/3/07, p.87)
2007 Jan 22, In Guinea security
forces fired on protesters marching on the presidential palace. At
least 30 people were killed and over a hundred injured.
(Econ, 1/27/07, p.48)
2007 Jan 22, In Indonesia 16
people, including a policeman, were shot dead and others wounded in
a shootout with residents on Sulawesi, as police searched for
suspected militants in the restive town of Poso.
(AFP, 1/22/07)(Econ, 1/27/07, p.42)
2007 Jan 22, Iran barred 38
nuclear inspectors on a UN list from entering the country in what
appeared to be retaliation for the UN sanctions imposed last month.
2007 Jan 22, A suicide bomber
crashed his car into a central Baghdad market crowded with Shiites
just seconds after another car bomb tore through the stalls where
vendors were hawking DVDs and used clothing, leaving 88 dead in the
bloodiest attack in two months. An Egyptian embassy worker was
kidnapped in Baghdad while on a trip outside the compound. 137
people were killed or found dead across Iraq. Two US soldiers were
killed in Iraq, one in fighting in Anbar province and the other in a
(AP, 1/22/07)(AP, 1/23/07)
2007 Jan 22, Leftist Nicaraguan
President Daniel Ortega, who took power earlier this month, said
that he was slashing his salary and those of Cabinet members.
2007 Jan 22, In Northern
Ireland a report was published that detailed how some in the old
Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) protected a band of loyalist
(Econ, 1/27/07, p.56)
2007 Jan 22, Pakistan's
military lodged a protest saying US-led forces in Afghanistan
mistakenly fired at a Pakistani border post and killed a soldier. A
suicide car bomber attacked a military convoy in northwestern
Pakistan, killing himself and at least four soldiers.
2007 Jan 22, Rosoboronexport
chief Sergei Chemezov said Russia had fulfilled a contract to sell
air defense missiles to Iran. This included 29 sophisticated missile
systems under a $700 million contract signed in December 2005.
2007 Jan 22, Voting results in
Serbia indicated that the ultra-nationalist Radicals won the most
votes in parliamentary elections, but several pro-democratic groups
collected enough seats to form a new government if they can unite.
2007 Jan 22, Klas Bergenstrand
(61), the head of Sweden's intelligence agency, died from an
apparent heart attack.
2007 Jan 22, In Turkey police
said Yasin Hayal, a nationalist militant convicted of bombing a
McDonald's restaurant in 2004, had confessed to inciting the killing
of an ethnic Armenian journalist last week. Hayal said he provided a
gun and money to the teenager who is suspected of carrying out the
Jan 19 shooting.
2007 Jan 22, In northern Uganda
a minibus with 21 people collided with a truck. The dead included 6
foreign missionaries, an American couple, a Dutch couple and two
2007 Jan 22, UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that an external audit would
be conducted of the UN Development Program in North Korea after the
US alleged the program had funneled millions of dollars to Kim Jong
2008 Jan 22, In a surprise move
the US Fed move cutting its key lending rate a steep three-quarters
of a percentage point reducing the federal funds rate to 3.5%, a
week before its regularly scheduled meeting. It was aimed at fears
troubling the financial markets from the US subprime crisis was
spreading to the broader economy.
(AP, 1/22/08)(SFC, 1/23/08, p.C1)
2008 Jan 22, A US official said
thousands of Vietnamese living illegally in the US now face
deportation after the two countries completed an agreement following
a decade of work on the pact.
2008 Jan 22, The NYC Board of
health voted to require restaurant chains to state the number of
calories in everything on their menus. Full enforcement began in
2008 Jan 22, Heath Ledger (28),
an Australian-born actor, was found dead at a Manhattan apartment.
He received an Oscar nomination for his role as a troubled gay
cowboy in the 2006 film, "Brokeback Mountain." The NYC medical
examiner later said Ledger died of an accidental overdose of
painkillers, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medication and other
(AP, 1/22/08)(AP, 2/6/08)
2008 Jan 22, In Afghanistan
Sayed Parwez Kaambakhsh (23) was sentenced to death by a three-judge
panel in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif for distributing a
report he printed off the Internet to fellow journalism students at
Balkh University. The judges said the article humiliated Islam, and
members of a clerics council had pushed for Kaambakhsh to be
punished. A media group said he is actually being punished for
reporting by his brother about abuses by northern warlords. On
appeal the death sentence was reduced to 20 years. In 2009
Kaambakhsh was freed and left the country following a pardon signed
by President Hamid Karzai.
(AP, 1/23/08)(Reuters, 9/7/09)
2008 Jan 22, The Bank of Canada
held back in the face of an aggressive interest rate cut by the US
Federal Reserve, shaving just a quarter-point off its own key rate,
but it signaled more cuts to come as US recession worries spiral.
2008 Jan 22, The foreign
ministers of China and Germany said that ties between their
countries had normalized after months of stony silence over Berlin
receiving the Dalai Lama.
2008 Jan 22, A new survey said
war, disease and malnutrition are killing 45,000 Congolese every
month in a conflict-driven humanitarian crisis that has claimed 5.4
million victims in nearly a decade.
2008 Jan 22, The French
government unveiled proposals to slash youth unemployment in the
high-immigrant suburbs that exploded into rioting in 2005, pledging
to create tens of thousands of new jobs.
2008 Jan 22, In India officials
said an outbreak of bird flu in India's most densely populated state
could spiral out of control, as the disease spread to a seventh
district in West Bengal.
2008 Jan 22, Iraq's parliament
passed a law to change the Saddam Hussein-era flag, meeting the
demands of Iraq's Kurdish minority who threatened not to fly the
banner during a pan-Arab meeting in the Kurdish-run north next
month. A suicide bomber detonated his explosives in front of a high
school in Baqouba. One 25-year-old male bystander was killed and 21
people were wounded, including 12 students and eight teachers.
Gunmen broke into a house and killed six men in a family for
cooperating with the Iraqi army. The men had given information on
al-Qaida movements to local Awakening Council members. A US soldier
was killed and another was injured when their vehicle rolled over in
the northern city of Kirkuk.
(AP, 1/22/08)(AP, 1/23/08)
2008 Jan 22, Israel eased a
5-day blockade of Gaza for a day, allowing in shipments of fuel and
medicine. But tensions erupted over Egypt's closure of its Gaza
border, with Palestinian protesters breaking through the crossing
and clashing with Egyptian guards.
(AP, 1/22/08)(WSJ, 1/23/08, p.A1)
2008 Jan 22, In Lithuania
Michael Campbell (35), a prominent IRA dissident, was arrested along
with a female companion in a sting operation while allegedly trying
to purchase weapons and explosives.
2008 Jan 22, In Mexico 11
alleged hit men for a powerful drug cartel were captured at two
Mexico City mansions stocked with grenades and automatic weapons, a
day after Mexican authorities reported nabbing one of the cartel's
2008 Jan 22, North Korea
accused the US of failing to meet its commitments toward the
communist nation, blaming Washington for the slow progress in a
nuclear disarmament deal.
2008 Jan 22, North Korea said
it will close its embassy in Australia because it can no longer
2008 Jan 22, An influential
group of retired officers from Pakistan's powerful military urged
President Pervez Musharraf to immediately step down, saying his
resignation would promote democracy and help combat religious
militancy. Islamic militants in Pakistan attacked a fort near the
Afghan border, one of two clashes with government forces that left
seven troops and 37 fighters dead. In Europe, President Pervez
Musharraf said border attacks were "pinpricks" that his government
(AP, 1/22/08)(AP, 1/23/08)
2008 Jan 22, Serbia agreed to a
multi-billion-dollar gas pipeline project as part of an energy deal
with Russia. This would boost Moscow’s control over gas supplies to
(WSJ, 1/23/08, p.A4)
2008 Jan 22, According to
anti-Khartoum Sudanese rebels armed militias backed by Sudan's
government killed 21 people in an attack on Sureif Judad, a village
in West Darfur.
2008 Jan 22, The UN Security
Council's permanent members and Germany agreed on a new draft
resolution on sanctions against Iran, strengthening existing
measures over the country's refusal to suspend its nuclear program.
2008 Jan 22, A UN report said a
newborn in Sierra Leone has the lowest chance in the world of
surviving until age 5, and the prospects are almost as bad for
children in Angola and Afghanistan.
2009 Jan 22, President Obama
signed an executive order to shutter Guantanamo within one year,
fulfilling his campaign promise to close a facility that critics
around the world say violates the rights of detainees. Obama also
banned the CIA from operating secret prisons.
(AP, 1/22/09)(WSJ, 1/23/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 22, Pres. Obama named
George Mitchell as envoy to the Mideast and Richard Holbrook as
envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
(WSJ, 1/23/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 22, US federal agents
raided Kuchera Industries and Kuchera Defense systems, 2 small
Pennsylvania defense contractors. They were given millions in
federal funding by Rep. John Murtha, chairman of the defense
appropriations committee. In 2007 the WSJ identified Murtha as the
largest earmarker in the House.
(WSJ, 1/23/09, p.A6)
2009 Jan 22, John Thain (53),
former head of Merrill Lynch, was forced out of top job at Bank of
America, after it was revealed that he had approved multi-million
bonuses for Merrill executives in the wake of big quarterly losses
ahead of its acquisition by Bank of America.
(WSJ, 1/23/09, p.A1)
2009 Jan 22, In Bangladesh the
Awami League won a landslide victory in the country’s 481 upazilas
(subdistricts). Three people were killed, 150 injured and voter
intimidation was rife.
(Econ, 1/31/09, p.50)
2009 Jan 22, In Bolivia the
government of President Evo Morales began publishing its own
newspaper "Cambio" (Change). Morales grew so irked at the local
press last month that he said he would no longer hold press
conferences for local reporters and said that only 10 percent of
journalists are "honorable."
2009 Jan 22, Asian economic
gloom worsened when China said growth plunged in the final quarter
of 2008 while Japan said exports fell at a record pace in December
amid weakening Western consumer demand.
2009 Jan 22, A Chinese court
condemned two men to death and gave a dairy boss life in prison in
the first sentences handed down in the tainted milk scandal, which
ignited public anger and accusations of cover-ups.
2009 Jan 22, Congolese and
Rwandan troops advanced on the headquarters of Tutsi rebel leader,
Laurent Nkunda, as Kinshasa used its neighbor to smother a rebellion
in eastern DR Congo. Rwanda arrested Congo rebel leader Laurent
Nkunda after he fled a joint operation launched by the armies of the
(AP, 1/22/09)(AP, 1/23/09)
2009 Jan 22, Estonia said it
will end its nearly six-year military mission in Iraq after it
failed to agree with the Iraqi government on terms for its troop
2009 Jan 22, European Union
antitrust regulators said they raided Slovakia's main telecom
operator last week on suspicion of monopoly abuse.
2009 Jan 22, In Germany Klaus
Zumwinkel (65), the former chief executive of Deutsche Post,
admitted in court that he evaded taxes by squirreling money away in
Liechtenstein, calling it the greatest mistake of his life. A court
on Jan 26 convicted Zumwinkel of tax evasion, giving him a two-year
suspended sentence and a hefty fine.
(AP, 1/22/09)(AP, 1/26/09)
2009 Jan 22, In Iraq gunmen
killed eight members of a Sunni family and kidnapped two others in a
tense area northeast of Baghdad where Shiite militiamen still
operate. A US soldier was killed in a non-combat vehicle accident.
2009 Jan 22, Israel said it is
lifting restrictions on foreign journalists entering the Gaza Strip,
a ban that had drawn strong criticism from news media.
2009 Jan 22, Mexico inaugurated
one of the world’s largest wind farms, a $550 million project built
by Spain’s Acciona Energia.
(SFC, 1/23/09, p.A4)
2009 Jan 22, In Mexico a man
accused of helping a drug kingpin dispose of hundreds of victims by
dissolving their bodies in caustic soda was arrested in the border
city of Tijuana. Authorities said Santiago Meza Lopez confessed to
disposing of at least 300 bodies over a decade. Army troops acting
on a tip raided a chili-drying warehouse, belonging to the brother
of Zacatecas state Sen. Ricardo Monreal, and found people loading
marijuana onto trucks. More than 11.4 tons of the drug were seized
at the plant, near the city of Fresnillo.
(AP, 1/23/09)(AP, 1/29/09)
2009 Jan 22, NATO's Secretary
General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said President Barack Obama's plan to
nearly double American troop numbers in Afghanistan needs to be
matched by a similar surge in development workers and aid funding.
2009 Jan 22, Hundreds of
workers toiled in southern Gaza to repair dozens of tunnels dug
under tents or fake greenhouses while smugglers brought in food and
fuel just days after Israel ended a barrage of bombs and missiles
aimed at cutting off the supply route from Egypt.
2009 Jan 22, Russia's Central
Bank said it will widen the ruble's trading range to allow an
effective 10 percent devaluation of the national currency.
2009 Jan 22, The Sri Lankan
military shelled a village and a makeshift hospital inside a
government-declared "safe zone" for civilians in the north, killing
at least 30 people and injuring scores of others, according to local
2009 Jan 22, Sudanese troops
battled with rebels in southern Darfur, and the fighting killed five
rebels and two soldiers.
2009 Jan 22, Turkey’s police
detained 39 more suspects in a new wave of arrests connected with
Ergenekon, an alleged secularist plot to bring down the
(AP, 1/22/09)(Econ, 1/31/09, p.58)
2010 Jan 22, James Mitchell
(b.1920), theater, film and TV actor, died. For nearly three decades
he played gruff patriarch Palmer Cortland on the ABC soap opera "All
My Children." His film credits include "The Band Wagon" (1953) with
Fred Astaire, "Deep in My Heart" (1954) and "Oklahoma" (1955).
2010 Jan 22, Jean Simmons (80),
British-born film actress, died in Santa Monica, Ca.
(SSFC, 1/24/10, p.C5)
2010 Jan 22, Afghanistan banned
the use of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, which was also used to make
bombs, giving farmers and other holders a month to turn in their
supplies. 4 Afghan soldiers were killed and one wounded when the
convoy of the governor of Wardak province near Kabul was struck by a
bomb. 7 Afghan civilians were killed and one wounded in the north
when they tried to dig out a bomb left over from the Soviet
(AP, 1/22/10)(AFP, 1/23/10)
2010 Jan 22, Belgian scientists
said nearly 80 percent of the 300,000 conflict-related deaths in
Darfur were due to diseases like diarrhea, not violence.
2010 Jan 22, The British
government raised its terror threat assessment from substantial to
severe, suggesting an attack was "highly likely", ahead of
international meetings on Yemen and Afghanistan in London next week.
2010 Jan 22, In Britain two
brothers, ages 10 & 11, from the Yorkshire village of Edlington
were convicted of torturing and sexually abusing two younger boys in
an ordeal that one of them close to death.
(Econ, 2/6/10, p.61)
2010 Jan 22, Sir Percy Cradock
(86), the British diplomat who negotiated the terms for returning
Hong Kong to Chinese rule, died. He was ambassador to Beijing in
1983 when Britain opened negotiations on the hand-over of Hong Kong.
Britain gained an agreement on the principle of "one nation, two
systems" which preserved some of Hong Kong's democratic and economic
(AP, 1/29/10)(Econ, 2/13/10, p.87)
2010 Jan 22, Beijing issued a
stinging response to US criticism that it is jamming the free flow
of words and ideas on the Internet, accusing the United States of
damaging relations between the two countries by hoisting its
"information imperialism" on China. An attorney for a US free speech
group said US trade officials have asked for more information as
they consider whether to pursue a possible World Trade Organization
case against Chinese Internet barriers.
(AP, 1/22/10)(Reuters, 1/22/10)
2010 Jan 22, Some 124 refugees,
who said they are Kurds and Tunisians, landed on the southern shore
of Corsica after a lengthy journey at sea.
2010 Jan 22, In East Timor
police launched a full-scale anti-ninja operation and later extended
it for six months with support from the armed forces.
2010 Jan 22, Aid officials said
Haitians are fleeing their quake-ravaged capital by the hundreds of
thousands, as their government promised to help nearly a
half-million more move from squalid camps on curbsides and vacant
lots into safer, cleaner tent cities.
2010 Jan 22, In Indonesia
incessant rain caused floods in two remote villages in eastern
Indonesia leaving eight people dead and 13 others missing.
2010 Jan 22, In northern Iraq
Saad Uwayid Obeid Mijbil al-Shammari, also known as Abu Khalaf, a
key al-Qaida in Iraq leader was killed during a joint Iraqi-US raid
in Mosul. Intelligence officials said he was responsible for
bringing hundreds of suicide bombers across the border from Syria.
2010 Jan 22, Police in Mexico
City rescued 150 ferrets from armed robbers after a high speed
chase. 14 boxes of ferrets imported from the US were taken by force
by 3 robbers from a truck after it left the Mexico City airport. Two
suspects were under arrest and another escaped.
2010 Jan 22, New Zealand’s
commerce minister, Simon Power, said New Zealand is reviewing its
liberal system of company registration after investigators found a
shell company based here leased an airplane that smuggled arms from
North Korea. A New Zealand shell company, SP Trading Ltd., leased an
airplane seized last month in Thailand carrying an illegal arms
shipment from North Korea.
2010 Jan 22, Pakistani gunship
helicopters pounded a suspected militant hideout in a northwestern
tribal area known for sheltering Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters.
2010 Jan 22, In Russia a court
sanctioned on fraud charges the arrest of Alexei Dymovsky, a police
officer who has complained on YouTube of abuse and corruption in the
country's law enforcement system. In November Dymovsky posted 3
videos on YouTube in which he said he was promised a promotion in
return for jailing an innocent person. He also accused his superiors
of forcing officers to fake reports on unsolved crimes. Dymovsky was
fired and founded a rights defense group.
2010 Jan 22, In Rwanda the
latest feature film on the 1994 Rwanda genocide premiered in Kigali.
Belgian director Philippe Van Leeuw shot "Le jour ou Dieu est parti
en voyage" (The Day God Stayed Away) over two months -- June to
August 2008 -- partly in Kigali, partly in the southwestern province
of Cyangugu. It shows in excruciating detail what day-to-day life
must have been like for those who survived beyond the first days of
2010 Jan 22, In Serbia Irinej
Gavrilovic, a moderate who recently called for better ties with the
Roman Catholics, was chosen as the new head of the influential
Serbian Orthodox Church.
2010 Jan 22, Singapore rejected
allegations by a US-based human rights group that it is a
"politically repressive state."
2010 Jan 22, In South Africa
the national parks authority said poachers have killed 14 rhinos
this year. The parks authority announced military patrols in Kruger
National Park, where 7 of the rhinos were killed. The other 7 were
killed in the North West province.
2010 Jan 22, In Sri Lanka a key
opposition activist was targeted at home by a bomb attack blamed on
the ruling party as violence escalated ahead of next week's
2010 Jan 22, A Swiss court
ruled that Switzerland cannot hand over files on 26 suspected tax
cheats to US authorities because their failure to declare assets
does not constitute fraud under Swiss law.
(SFC, 1/23/10, p.A2)
2010 Jan 22, Turkish police
launched a nationwide crackdown on suspected militants linked to the
al-Qaida terror network, rounding up 120 people in simultaneous
2010 Jan 22, In Vietnam 19 rare
Asiatic moon bears, found at an illegal Taiwanese-owned operation in
southern Vietnam, reached a new home at Tam Dao National Park,
joining 29 bears already at the rescue center. Ultrasound tests had
found evidence of thickened gall bladders, a telltale sign of gall
bladder milking. Some may need to have the organ removed because of
2010 Jan 22, Yemen rebel
leader, Abdel-Malek al-Hawthi, appeared in a video posted on the
group's Web site to disprove Yemeni government claims that he was
killed in an attack last month. Al-Hawthi was shown sitting on a
chair and speaking into a microphone.
2011 Jan 22, In Oakland, Ca.,
schools police officer Sgt. Barhin Bhatt shot and killed Raheim
Brown (20) as Brown allegedly tried to stab Sgt. Jonathan Bellusa
with a screwdriver. Bellusa later contradicted Bhatt’s story and a
federal lawsuit was filed in connection with the shooting. In 2013
the Oakland Unified School District agreed to pay $995,000 to settle
two lawsuits in connection with Brown’s death. In 2014 Bellusa (39)
agreed to settle his suit for $550,000.
(SFC, 5/19/12, p.C4)(SSFC, 10/6/13, p.C3)(SFC,
2011 Jan 22, In Albania a
political crisis escalated as the government and the opposition
traded blame for the deaths of three protests during a violent
demonstration against an administration accused of deeply rooted
2011 Jan 22, In Algeria riot
police clashed with protesters in Algiers as they broke up a banned
pro-democracy rally amid mounting public grievances that have
fuelled fears of Tunisia-style unrest. Karim Bendine (35) died in a
hospital in Douera, a suburb of Algiers, where he was admitted
earlier this week with most of his body covered in third-degree
burns. Seven other Algerians have set themselves on fire since
January 12, apparently inspired by the self-immolation in Tunisia of
26-year-old Mohammed Bouazizi.
(AFP, 1/22/11)(AFP, 1/23/11)
2011 Jan 22, Ireland’s PM Brian
Cowen announced his resignation as leader of the dominant Fianna
Fail party but intends to keep leading the government through the
2011 Jan 22, A Japanese rocket
carrying supplies for the International Space Station lifted off
from a remote island on a mission designed to help fill a hole left
by the retirement of NASA's space shuttle program.
2011 Jan 22, In Mexico a police
commander died and three officers were wounded when a car bomb
exploded in the central state of Hidalgo.
2011 Jan 22, The head of
Nepal's former communist rebels handed command of his fighters over
to the government as part of a peace deal that ended the Himalayan
nation's decade-long conflict.
2011 Jan 22, In Nigeria
soldiers shot and killed a motorcyclist who tried to avoid an army
checkpoint, mistaking him for an Islamists seeking to carry out an
2011 Jan 22, The Rwandan army
said its former chief of staff and an ex-spy chief, both exiled in
South Africa, have formed a rebel group operating in neighboring
Democratic Republic of Congo. Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa and Patrick
Karegeya and two other former top officials, also in exile, were
last week sentenced to heavy jail terms for threatening state
2011 Jan 22, In Tunisia
protesters who overthrew the president took to the streets again to
accuse his lieutenants of clinging to power and to demand new
leaders now. Tunisia's once-feared police staged a rally of their
own, demanding better salaries and insisting they're not to blame
for shooting deaths among protesters. An official count put 78
(Reuters, 1/22/11)(AP, 1/22/11)(Econ, 1/22/11,
2011 Jan 22, In Turkey talks
meant to nudge Iran toward meeting UN Security Council demands to
stop uranium enrichment collapsed, with Tehran shrugging off calls
by six world powers to cease the activity that could be harnessed to
make nuclear weapons.
2011 Jan 22, In western Uganda
15 people died after a bus lost control when it hit a cow on the
road and rammed into an oncoming truck.
2012 Jan 22, US Rep. Gabrielle
Giffords of Arizona announced she intends to resign from Congress
this week to concentrate on recovering from wounds suffered in an
assassination attempt a little more than a year ago.
2012 Jan 22, Joe Paterno (85),
the longtime Penn State coach, died. He won more games than anyone
in major college football but was fired amid a child sex abuse
scandal that scarred his reputation for winning with integrity.
2012 Jan 22, Algeria sentenced
in absentia Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a top leader in Al-Qaeda's north
African branch, to death along with 3 others for acts of terrorism
and "participation in voluntary acts of homicide" against members of
the armed forces. Algeria has had a moratorium on the death penalty
2012 Jan 22, The Arab League
officials said its observer's mission in Syria has been extended for
2012 Jan 22, British author
Salman Rushdie accused Indian police of making up an underworld plot
to assassinate him that forced him to pull out of a literary
festival this weekend.
2012 Jan 22, Voters in Chad
went to the polls for the first local elections in the central
African country's history, after the ballot had been rescheduled
2012 Jan 22, In southwest China
a man who contracted the bird flu virus died, the second human death
from the virulent disease in the country in just under a month.
2012 Jan 22, Croatians voted in
a referendum on whether to join the European Union. 68% approved the
referendum with a turnout of 47% of eligible voters. Croatia signed
an EU accession treaty last year and is on track to become a member
in July 2013.
(AP, 1/22/12)(SFC, 1/23/12, p.A2)
2012 Jan 22, Finns voted for a
new president. The front-runner, ex-finance minister Sauli Niinisto,
won 37% setting up a 2nd round on Feb 5. Pekka Haavisto of the
Greens Party was second with 18.8%. Finland's 12th president since
independence from Russia in 1917 will replace Tarja Halonen.
(AP, 1/22/12)(SFC, 1/23/12, p.A2)
2012 Jan 22, Indian authorities
said at least 26 infants have died in the past five days in a
state-run hospital in West Bengal state. Most of them were
underweight and had been suffering from birth asphyxia.
2012 Jan 22, Human Rights Watch
said Iraq’s Shiite-led government is turning the country into a
“budding police state" as security forces routinely abuse
protesters, harass journalist, torture detainees and intimidate
(SFC, 1/23/12, p.A2)
2012 Jan 22, The head of
Libya's transitional government suspended delegates from Benghazi.
Abdul-Jalil said he appointed a council of religious leaders to
investigate corruption charges and identify people with links to the
Gadhafi regime. NTC deputy head Abdel Hafiz Ghoga resigned from his
post, as thousands of students demonstrated against him in
Benghazi's University of Ghar Yunis.
(AP, 1/22/12)(AFP, 1/22/12)
2012 Jan 22, In Mexico’s
Guerrero state Atoyac de Alvarez municipal police officers found
seven dead and two injured at the scene of a funeral vigil. One of
the injured later died. Acapulco police said that three bodies were
found dumped in a vacant lot in the resort city, while a fourth was
found decapitated in a car and another man died in a shootout with
2012 Jan 22, In Mozambique
storms left 12 people dead in the central province of Zambezia. Ten
deaths in southern areas had been reported earlier in the aftermath
of a tropical depression that brought fierce rains and wind last
2012 Jan 22, In northern
Nigeria 11 people were killed overnight in an attack in Bauchi
2012 Jan 22, In Pakistan a
Kenyan aid worker and his Pakistani driver working for CARE Int’l
went missing in southern province of Sindh.
2012 Jan 22, A Philippines’
military statement said communist insurgents have stepped up
"extortion-based violence" and attacks on "soft targets" to raise
funds amid waning public support. It also said the strength of the
New People’s Army (NPA) has fallen to just over 4,000 last year from
about 4,300 in 2010.
2012 Jan 22, In Somalia 2
Kenyan and one Somali soldiers were killed during an attack on
hardline Shehab positions at Delbio and Hosingo.
2012 Jan 22, Syrian security
forces retreated from the center of Douma one of the biggest
Damascus suburbs after intense clashes with anti-government army
defectors. State-run news agency, SANA, said an estimated 5,255
prisoners have been released over the past week under a recent
amnesty, raising the total freed since November to more than 9,000.
11 residents of Douma were either shot dead by security forces or
killed in clashes between army defectors and troops.
2012 Jan 22, A Turkish doctor
whose 25-member team performed the world's first triple limb
transplant, two arms and a leg, said the leg has been removed due to
2012 Jan 22, Outgoing Yemeni
President Ali Abdullah Saleh delivered a farewell speech,
apologizing for mistakes and saying it is time to hand over power.
He announced the promotion of Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi
to the rank of marshal and left the country for medical treatment in
NYC. Tens of thousands demanded Saleh's execution protesting against
a law giving him full immunity from prosecution.
(AP, 1/22/12)(AFP, 1/22/12)(AP, 1/23/12)(SFC,
2013 Jan 22, US officials said
the Pentagon has found that Gen. John Allen did not engage in
inappropriate communications with Jill Kelley, a civilian woman
linked to the sex scandal that led retired Gen. David Petraeus to
resign as CIA director.
(SFC, 1/23/13, p.A6)
2013 Jan 22, In Connecticut
Kevin Wallin (61), a Catolic priest, pleaded not guilty to federal
charges of selling crystal meth to an undercover police officer. On
April 2 Wallin pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge. He was
accused of making over $300,000 in methamphetamine sales while
running an adult video and sex toy shop.
(SFC, 1/24/13, p.A10)(SFC, 4/3/13, p.A5)
2013 Jan 22, Nebraska Gov. Dave
Heineman approved a revised route for the Keystone XL pipeline
(SFC, 1/23/13, p.A6)
2013 Jan 22, Ryan Walker Grant,
a co-owner of a now closed Texas strip club, was sentenced to 10
years in prison for a failed plot to hire hit men to kill Arlington
Mayor Robert Cluck and a Dallas lawyer.
(SFC, 1/23/13, p.A6)
2013 Jan 22, An Algerian
official said the search is on for the five foreigners unaccounted
for from the terrorist attack on the remote natural gas site, who
may be lost in the vast Sahara desert.
2013 Jan 22, Eleven EU
countries received the green light to plan a financial transaction
tax that could generate billions of dollars in revenue for
(SFC, 1/23/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 22, French and German
Cabinets held a joint meeting before both countries' Parliaments met
in the landmark Reichstag building to mark the anniversary of the
signing of the 1963 Elysee Treaty, a milestone for two countries
that had fought three wars in 70 years.
2013 Jan 22, A foul-smelling
cloud of gas escaped from a factory in northern France, making life
unpleasant from the outskirts of Paris to Britain's shores and
prompting scores of emergency calls. The mercaptan gas from the
Rouen chemical factory was said to be harmless.
2013 Jan 22, An Indonesian
court sentenced British grandmother Lindsay June Sandiford (56), to
death for smuggling 8.4 pounds of cocaine worth $2.5 million in her
suitcase onto the resort island of Bali — even though prosecutors
had sought only a 15-year sentence. Indonesia has not carried out an
execution since 2008, when 10 people were put to death.
(AP, 1/22/13)(SFC, 4/9/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 22, A magnitude 6.0
earthquake rocked parts of western Indonesia, killing a 9-year-old
girl, panicking residents and ruining homes.
2013 Jan 22, In Iraq a string
of car bomb attacks, most of them in and around Baghdad, killed at
least 25 people and wounded dozens.
(AP, 1/22/13)(SFC, 1/23/13, p.A2)
2013 Jan 22, Israelis voted in
an election likely to keep hardline PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the
helm of government for a third term despite a turbulent record. The
parliamentary election left the two main blocs deadlocked with 60
seats each, based on nearly complete official vote counts. Yesh Atid
(There is a Future), led by Yair Lapid (49), emerged as the
second-largest party in parliament.
(AP, 1/22/13)(AP, 1/23/13)
2013 Jan 22, The Philippines
took a desperate legal step against China's claims to virtually the
entire South China Sea, formally notifying the Asian superpower that
Manila is seeking international arbitration to declare Beijing's
moves in the potentially oil-rich waters "unlawful."
2013 Jan 22, In South Africa
police fired rubber bullets at protesters during a third day of
violent clashes. Residents of Sasolburg were angry over a proposed
change in municipal boundaries, which they say could affect the
delivery of services.
2013 Jan 22, Syrian government
forces and rebels battled in the suburbs of Damascus and elsewhere.
Four buses carrying Russian citizens escaping the civil war crossed
into Lebanon, in the first evacuation organized by Moscow since the
start of the conflict nearly two years ago.
2013 Jan 22, UN agencies and
international aid groups said Yemen's government and international
donors must allocate over $700 million to help ease a deepening
humanitarian crisis that includes widespread malnutrition in the
Arabian peninsula's poorest country.
2013 Jan 22, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously to adopt Resolution 2087, the third of its
kind since 2006, condemning a North Korean rocket launch as
violating a ban on missile activity.
(AP, 1/23/13)(Econ, 2/2/13, p.34)
2013 Jan 22, Venezuela’s
government said President Hugo Chavez is in good spirits and
recovering six weeks after he underwent cancer surgery in Cuba.
2014 Jan 22, The New York
Yankees signed Japanese pitching ace Masahiro Tanaka to a $155
(SSFC, 1/26/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 22, The
Washington-based Int’l. Consortium of Investigative Journalists
(ICIJ) said it has obtained documents showing the identities of
nearly 22,000 owners of companies and trusts in the British Virgin
Islands, Samoa and other offshore centers. It said they include the
brother-in-law of China’s Pres. Xi, former Premier Wen Jiabao’s son
and son-in-law and relatives of other ruling party figures.
(SFC, 1/23/14, p.A4)
2014 Jan 22, The northeastern
United States dug out from a storm that dumped more than 15 inches
of snow in some places with frigid, windy weather closing some
schools and offices and delaying or canceling thousands of flights.
2014 Jan 22, California
Governor Jerry Brown (75) took credit for his state's fiscal rebound
in a state of the state address.
2014 Jan 22, Texas executed
Edgar Tamayo Arias (46), a Mexican convicted of killing a policeman,
despite a diplomatic outcry and pressure from the US federal
government to further review his case.
2014 Jan 22, US hotel giant
Marriott announced it had finalized a deal to buy the South
Africa-based Protea group, Africa's largest hotel chain, for $186
2014 Jan 22, TransCanada began
delivering oil from Cushing, Oklahoma, to customers in Nederland,
Texas, through the southern portion of the proposed Keystone XL
(SFC, 1/23/14, p.A6)
2014 Jan 22, Azerbaijan said it
had repelled a cross-border raid by Armenian forces in the latest
outbreak of violence over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region.
2014 Jan 22, In the Central
African Republic the Red Cross said it has found 11 corpses, most
burnt beyond recognition, dumped in Bangui. At least 10 people were
killed in clashes between former Seleka fighters and civilians in
Bangui. Hundreds of Christians went on a rampage in Bangui, looting
and setting fire to Muslim-owned homes and businesses and
threatening to go on a killing spree as the country prepared to
inaugurate a new interim president.
(Reuters, 1/22/14)(AFP, 1/22/14)(AP, 1/23/14)
2014 Jan 22, The Chinese
government condemned a report on the wealth of the country's elite
being hidden in overseas tax havens as illogical and having ulterior
motives, as the government blocked websites and censored mention of
the story online.
2014 Jan 22, In southern India
forest officials in Tamil Nadu state shot dead a tiger suspected of
killing three people, ending its three-week reign of terror which
forced dozens of schools to close.
2014 Jan 22, In Indonesia
Andrea Waldeck, British woman, was jailed for 14 years but escaped
the death penalty after admitting that she smuggled crystal
methamphetamine into Indonesia from China. she had confessed to
taking the drugs through the airport in Surabaya.
2014 Jan 22, In Iraq several
neighborhoods in south Fallujah were hit by shelling late today,
with four people killed and 18 others wounded.
2014 Jan 22, An Israeli air
strike killed 2 Palestinians including one militant in northern
Gaza. Israel blamed one of them for firing rockets across the border
during former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon's funeral last week.
2014 Jan 22, Israel said it has
arrested an Al-Qaeda-run militant cell in annexed east Jerusalem
which was planning to bomb the US embassy.
2014 Jan 22, Israel moved
forward with plans for 261 new homes in two settlements located deep
in the occupied West Bank. The plans included 256 housing units in
Nofei Prat settlement, between east Jerusalem and Jericho, and
another five in the sprawling Ariel settlement in the north.
2014 Jan 22, Italian police
seized 27 pizzerias, cafes and other eateries in the heart of Rome
and elsewhere in a probe highlighting the seemingly legitimate
business fronting for organized crime in places far from the
mobsters' Naples base.
2014 Jan 22, The Latvian
parliament approved the country's first woman prime minister,
Laimdota Straujuma, who pledged to stick to the fiscal discipline of
the previous cabinet and to push ahead with liberalizing the
country's gas market.
2014 Jan 22, In Mali Issaka
Sidibe, a high-ranking ruling party lawmaker and relative of the
president, became the country’s second most powerful politician as
he was elected to lead the nation's new parliament.
2014 Jan 22, In northern
Nigeria thousands of protesters threw stones into the Shariah court
in Bauchi city, urging the speedy convictions and executions of 11
men arrested for belonging to gay organizations. Suspected Islamist
extremists attacked another farming settlement in northeast Borno
state, killing another 8 people and razing homes.
(AP, 1/22/14)(AP, 1/24/14)
2014 Jan 22, In Pakistan gunmen
opened fire on police escorting Spanish cyclist Javier Colorado
through Baluchistan province, killing six officers and wounding the
Spaniard. He was reported to be cycling around the world.
2014 Jan 22, In northwest
Pakistan a bomb rigged to a bicycle exploded next to a police patrol
on its way to guard a polio vaccination team outside Peshawar. 6
officers were killed as well as a boy who was nearby.
2014 Jan 22, In Switzerland
peace talks intended to carve a path out of Syria's civil war got
off to a rocky start in Montreux as a bitter clash over President
Bashar Assad's future threatened to collapse the negotiations even
before they really begin. On Jan 24 the talks moved to Geneva.
(AP, 1/22/14)(Econ, 1/25/14, p.37)
2014 Jan 22, Syria hailed the
reopening of Aleppo international airport after a year's closure as
a military victory over rebels. The Syrian Observatory for Human
Rights reported clashes between government forces and opposition
fighters in the suburbs of Damascus, Daraa in the south, Idlib and
Aleppo in the north and the central province of Homs.
(Reuters, 1/22/14)(AP, 1/22/14)
2014 Jan 22, In northeast
Thailand a leading pro-government activist was shot and wounded. A
60-day state of emergency began in Bangkok where protesters were
trying to force PM Yingluck Shinawatra from power.
2014 Jan 22, A Ugandan court
ordered the deportation of Bernard Randall (65), a British man,
facing criminal charges related to images of him having sex with
2014 Jan 22, In Ukraine Unity
Day protests left 5 people dead. The bodies of 2 protesters were
found near the site of clashes with police in Kiev. Prosecutors said
they were shot with live ammunition, the first deaths after two
months of largely peaceful protest. Some 25 people went missing.
Yanukovich met opposition leaders in an attempt to defuse street
violence in which 3 people were killed overnight.
(AP, 1/22/14)(Reuters, 1/22/14)(Econ, 1/25/14,
p.41)(Econ, 2/22/14, p.20)
2015 Jan 22, The United States
and Cuba began historic discussions on restoring diplomatic
relations, aiming to reach agreement on the opening of embassies in
each other's countries.
2015 Jan 22, The Bulletin of
the Atomic Sciences moved its famous “Doomsday Clock" ahead two
minutes placing it three minutes from a catastrophic midnight due to
global warming and nuclear weaponry.
(SFC, 1/23/15, p.A14)
2015 Jan 22, In New York
Sheldon Silver, the speaker of the State Assembly, was arrested on
federal corruption charges for using his office to secure millions
of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.
(SFC, 1/23/15, p.A7)(Econ, 1/31/15, p.23)
2015 Jan 22, Benin’s parliament
approved a new law that removes custodial sentences for offences
deemed offensive against the head of state, and regulates access to
2015 Jan 22, In Bolivia Evo
Morales (55) was sworn in for a third term as president at a
ceremony in the country's national assembly as thousands of
supporters cheered outside.
2015 Jan 22, In Britain a
topless model appeared on the Sun’s third page, after an absence of
several days sparked reports that the controversial feature had been
2015 Jan 22, In CongoDRC
government spokesman Lambert Mende said that 12 people have died in
three days of unrest and pillaging that began on Jan 19. A coalition
of human rights groups said 42 people were killed by security forces
firing on protesters. In the east 4 more people died during protests
over a proposed law the opposition fears will prolong the
president's time in power. On Feb 5 the government raised the death
toll in Goma and Kinshasa to 27.
(AP, 1/22/15)(AFP, 2/5/15)
2015 Jan 22, An Egyptian court
ordered the release of ousted president Hosni Mubarak's two sons
pending their retrial on corruption charges.
2015 Jan 22, The European
Central Bank began 2015 with a QE (quantitative easing) stimulus,
revealing plans for a massive trillion-euro bond purchase program to
ward off deflation and end stagnation in the eurozone economy.
2015 Jan 22, A European Union
high court annulled sanctions that the 28-nation bloc imposed on an
Iranian bank and a shipping line and companies linked to it, over
Tehran's nuclear program.
2015 Jan 22, In India a court
ordered the release of frail activist Irom Sharmila (42), who has
been on a hunger strike for nearly 15 years to protest alleged
military brutality in the remote northeast. She has been protesting
against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, which is in effect in
Indian-ruled Kashmir and in northeastern areas like Manipur that are
wracked by separatist insurgencies.
2015 Jan 22, In Iraq a suicide
car bomb at a military base in Taji and an explosive device hidden
in a booby-trapped house near Samarra killed 14 soldiers and Shiite
2015 Jan 22, Kurdish officials
claimed they had cut a key road linking the IS stronghold of Mosul
with Tal Afar to the west as US and coalition bombers, fighter jets
and drones carried out a total of 31 air raids over the last 24
hours, including ten in Syria and 21 in Iraq.
2015 Jan 22, In Libya fighters
for one of the factions battling for control of the country seized
the Benghazi branch of the country’s central bank.
(SFC, 1/23/15, p.A2)
2015 Jan 22, Nepal's opposition
parties protested both inside parliament and on the streets against
governing coalition plans to push through a draft of a new
2015 Jan 22, Pakistan's
Maritime Security Agency arrested 38 Indian fishermen for violating
its waters in the Arabian Sea.
2015 Jan 22, Pakistan announced
that Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the political wing of Lashkar-e-Taiba, was
banned. Lashkar-e-Taiba was responsible for the bloody attacks on
Mumbai in 2008.
(Econ, 1/24/15, p.33)
2015 Jan 22, Romanian
prosecutors arrested Cristian David, a senator and former minister,
on suspicion of taking a bribe of 500,000 euros ($580,000) in a 2008
land ownership case. In a separate case Constitutional Court Judge
Toni Grebla was indicted on suspicion of trying to violate Russia's
embargo on the EU by exporting food there via Turkey.
2015 Jan 22, Saudi Arabia
postponed the flogging of blogger Raef Badawi, whose case has
sparked international criticism, for a second week on medical
2015 Jan 22, Saudi Arabia’s
King Abdullah (b.1924) died after a short illness. He was
immediately succeeded by Crown Prince Salman (79).
2015 Jan 22, In Somalia at
least 5 people were killed in a suicide car bombing against a hotel
in Mogadishu, where Turkey’s Pres. Erdogan was due to arrive a day
2015 Jan 22, In South Africa
Jackie Selebi (64), a former police chief and member of parliament,
died. He was convicted of corruption in 2010, accused of accepting
bribes from a drug smuggler in exchange for tipoffs into police
2015 Jan 22, In eastern Ukraine
an artillery shell or mortar struck a public transport stop in the
rebel-controlled city of Donetsk, killing at least 13 civilians in
an incident both sides blamed on the other. 10 Ukrainian soldiers
were reported killed overnight, six at the airport complex.
(Reuters, 1/22/15)(AP, 1/22/15)
2015 Jan 22, The UN General
Assembly held its first-ever meeting devoted to countering
(SFC, 1/23/15, p.A5)
2015 Jan 22, Yemen's Houthi
rebels welcomed proposed concessions by the government on
power-sharing but their gunmen still held positions outside the
residence of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. A government
spokesman said the cabinet has submitted its resignation to
President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi amid a standoff with Shiite
(Reuters, 1/22/15)(AP, 1/22/15)
2016 Jan 22, The Obama
administration said it will overhaul 30-year-old regulations for oil
and gas operations on public and tribal lands to limit the "wasteful
release" of natural gas and curb methane emissions.
2016 Jan 22, In southern
California three jail inmates, including a man suspected of murder,
escaped from the Orange County Men's Jail. Bac Duong (43)
surrendered on Jan 29. Hossain Nayeri (37) and Jonathan Tieu (20)
were recaptured in the SF Bay Area on Jan 30.
(SSFC, 1/24/16, p.A15)
2016 Jan 22, The leading US
regulator for the coal industry said it suspects Wyoming officials
have wrongly allowed mining companies to forego cleanup insurance.
2016 Jan 22, Technology giant
Google said it will pay Â£130 million ($185.4 million, 172 million
euros) in back taxes to Britain following a government inquiry into
its tax arrangements.
2016 Jan 22, Thousands of
flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare as
millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to
dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States.
2016 Jan 22, Argentina's
national electrical utility ENRE said a heat wave has led to power
cuts in the capital and surrounding areas.
2016 Jan 22, A Belgian judge
charged an 11th person with terrorism-related offences over the
deadly Paris attacks, two days after the suspect, identified as
Zakaria J, was arrested in a raid in Brussels.
2016 Jan 22, In Burkina Faso
former members of the presidential guard raided an armory outside
the capital. Eleven soldiers from the disbanded elite unit were soon
2016 Jan 22, In western Canada
a gunman opened fire at a high school and a home in an aboriginal
community, leaving 4 dead including a teacher and wounding at least
two people in the remote Dene aboriginal community of La Loche,
Saskatchewan. The gunman was taken in custody.
2016 Jan 22, In Chechnya tens
of thousands of people rallied in Grozny in support of strongman
leader Ramzan Kadyrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin in a
rally organized by Chechen trade unions.
2016 Jan 22, Croatia's
parliament approved a new center-right government led by political
novice Tihomir Oreskovic, who warned "difficult decisions" lie ahead
as the EU's newest member struggles with meagre economic growth and
an influx of refugees.
2016 Jan 22, France said it
will provide one billion euros ($1.1 billion) to Tunisia over the
next five years as part of an economic support package.
2016 Jan 22, French farmers in
the western region of Brittany blocked a national highway with a
pile of smoldering tires to protest falling prices.
2016 Jan 22, At least 46
people, including 17 children, drowned when their boats capsized off
two Greek islands near the Turkish coast.
(Reuters, 1/22/16)(SFC, 1/23/16, p.A2)
2016 Jan 22, Haiti called off
its presidential election, two days before it was due, over concerns
of escalating violence sparked by the opposition candidate's refusal
to take part in a process he said was riddled with fraud.
2016 Jan 22, The Lao state news
agency KPL reported that the 10th Congress of the Lao People's
Revolutionary Party closed with the selection of Bounnhang Vorachit,
succeeding Choummaly Sayasone, who was party secretary general for
2016 Jan 22, In northern Libya
firefighters battled a blaze at an oil facility for a second day,
after an assault by jihadists aiming to seize export terminals.
2016 Jan 22, Mexican
authorities said they have arrested three more suspects in
connection with the disappearance and presumed slaughter of 43
students in Iguala in 2014. Authorities have now detained 113
people, including police officers and drug cartel suspects.
2016 Jan 22, In Moldova some
3,000 people protested in the capital for a third day running
calling for early elections, better governance and demanding an end
to widespread corruption.
2016 Jan 22, Myanmar's
military-backed government released at least 20 political prisoners,
just a few months before it is scheduled to hand over power to an
elected pro-democracy party.
2016 Jan 22, Niger said nearly
a quarter of its potential voters - 1.5 million people - will be
barred from casting ballots in next month's presidential poll, after
politicians failed to agree on a system for registering them.
2016 Jan 22, Pakistan's Supreme
Court lifted a ban on hunting a rare bird, after the government
argued it hurt relations with Gulf states whose wealthy hunters
traditionally travel to Pakistan to pursue the endangered species
2016 Jan 22, In the Philippines
ASEAN tourism ministers launched a 10-year plan to ramp up marketing
of their region as a single destination to raise tourism's share of
the regional economy to 15 percent by 2025.
2016 Jan 22, Saudi Arabia
executed 47 people, most of whom were terrorists linked to al-Qaida.
(Econ, 1/9/16, p.7)
2016 Jan 22, Sudan's state-run
news agency said the Sudanese President Omar Bashir has ordered
revisions to the economic agreements struck with South Sudan in a
positive gesture to the breakaway southern state.
2016 Jan 22, Tunisia declared a
nighttime curfew across the country after a wave of protests and
clashes that constitute the most serious outbreak of social unrest
since its 2011 revolution.
2016 Jan 22, The government of
Uganda said it will stop sending housemaids to Saudi Arabia,
eclipsing a deal between the two nations to ship workers to the
wealthy Gulf nation amid complaints of poor conditions and
2016 Jan 22, Vanuatu held a
snap election called after more than a quarter of MPs were jailed in
a corruption scandal. Unofficial results indicated a number of
long-serving politicians, including former justice minister Robert
Bohn and former parliamentary speaker Philip Boedoro, were set to
lose their seats.
2016 Jan 22, Venezuela's
opposition-led congress rejected Pres. Nicolas Maduro's request for
emergency powers amid a plunging national economy, the depths of
which were dramatized by an IMF estimate that inflation this year
will top 700 percent up from an estimated 200% in 2015.
(AP, 1/22/16)(Econ, 1/9/16, p.29)
2016 Jan 22, In Yemen an
ambulance for an MSF-supported hospital was hit in a Saudi-led
coalition airstrike. 26 people were reported killed during the
bombing of Dahyan. 22 were reported killed in strikes on Sanaa.
(AP, 1/22/16)(SFC, 1/23/16, p.A2)
2017 Jan 22, In Florida Mark
Baumer (33) was killed on Highway 90 while walking barefoot across
the US to raise awareness about climate change.
(SFC, 1/24/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 22, James Stephen
Boggs (b.1955), artist and trickster, died in Tampa, Fla. He is best
known for his hand-drawn depictions of banknotes.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._S._G._Boggs)(Econ, 2/4/17, p.78)
2017 Jan 22, In Georgia (US) 14
people died in weekend tornadoes and thunderstorms, with seven dying
in Cook County in the southern part of the state.
2017 Jan 22, The Port Authority
of New York and New Jersey police said they have arrested Alesandel
Rodriguez of New Jersey for avoiding tolls nearly 900 times owing
unpaid fees of more than $56,000. An investigation found some 888
(SFC, 1/23/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 22, In Texas one
person was killed and five others injured after two men robbed a
jewelry store in San Antonio. One robber was wounded and the 2nd was
arrested later that night.
(SFC, 1/23/17, p.A5)
2017 Jan 22, The documentary
film “Plastic China" premiered at the Utah Sundance Film Festival.
Director Jiu-liang Wang captured a Chinese countryside covered
almost entirely in imported plastic.
2017 Jan 22, China’s state
planner ordered the closure of 111 golf courses, after a multi-year
campaign to tackle illegal development in the sector. A further 18
golf courses have been ordered to return illegally occupied land,
and 47 have been told to stop construction.
2017 Jan 22, Equatorial
Guinea's opposition denounced the government's decision to welcome
exiled Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who flew to the Central
African nation over the weekend after 22 years in power. A special
adviser to Gambia’s Pres. Barrow accused Jammeh of plundering state
coffers for $11 million and shipping out luxury vehicles by cargo
plane prior to his departure.
(AP, 1/23/17)(Econ, 1/28/17, p.41)
2017 Jan 22, Egypt's National
Defense Council extended the military's participation in a Saudi-led
operation in Yemen. It did not specify how long the extension would
2017 Jan 22, French left-wing
voters cast ballots in a nationwide presidential primary aimed at
producing a Socialist candidate strong enough to confront formidable
conservative and nationalist rivals in the April-May general
2017 Jan 22, In Gambia West
African troops were seen approaching the capital, Banjul, as they
sought to secure the country and allow new President Adama Barrow to
take office. Dictator Yahya Jammeh fled Gambia overnight en route to
Equatorial Guinea as the regional force was poised to remove him.
(Reuters, 1/22/17)(Econ, 1/28/17, p.41)
2017 Jan 22, In Germany the
agriculture ministers of the G20 leading economies said greater
global efforts should be taken to safeguard precious world water
supplies to secure food production.
2017 Jan 22, In India lawmakers
in Tamil Nadu state passed an emergency order allowing bull-taming
festivals (Jallikattu) to resume after a court ban on the
traditional events led to mass protests. The Supreme Court had
banned Jallikattu in 2014 and upheld the ban earlier this month.
(Reuters, 1/23/17)(Econ, 1/28/17, p.36)
2017 Jan 22, In northeastern
India rebels ambushed a patrol vehicle in Assam state, killing two
paramilitary soldiers. An ongoing government counterattack has
killed several rebels. Rebels participating in the attack included
the United Liberation Front of Assam and groups from neighboring
2017 Jan 22, An Iranian appeals
court confirmed a five-year jail sentence for British-Iranian aid
worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on security charges. She works for
the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a London-based charity that is
independent of Thomson Reuters and operates independently of Reuters
2017 Jan 22, Iraqi forces
retook two areas from the Islamic State group in Mosul, sealing
their control of the east bank three months into an offensive to
reclaim the city. Army Col. Sabhan Hasan al-Jubouri died in fighting
on the eastern bank.
(AFP, 1/22/17)(Reuters, 1/22/17)
2017 Jan 22, In Israel the
municipality of Jerusalem granted final approval for the
construction of hundreds of new homes in east Jerusalem, while a
hard-line Cabinet minister pushed the government to annex a major
West Bank settlement as emboldened Israeli nationalists welcomed the
presidency of Donald Trump.
2017 Jan 22, Masaya Nakamura
(91), the "Father of Pac-Man," died in Japan. He founded Namco, part
of Bandai Namco, the Japanese video game company behind the hit
creature-gobbling game in 1955. Pac-Man, designed by Namco engineer
and video game maker Toru Iwatani, went on sale in 1980, at a time
when there were few rival games, such as Space Invaders.
2017 Jan 22, In Romania
thousands marched through Bucharest and other cities to protest a
government proposal to pardon thousands of prisoners which critics
say could reverse the anti-corruption fight.
2017 Jan 22, Police in Spain
said that 75 people have been arrested and more than 3,500 stolen
artifacts and pieces of art seized in a joint operation with 17
other European countries that dismantled an int’l. cultural goods
(SFC, 1/23/17, p.A2)
2017 Jan 22, In Sweden teenager
and two men in their 20s were arrested in the city of Uppsala, after
police received tips about a rape and live streaming in a closed
Facebook group from users.
2017 Jan 22, In Syria US-led
coalition jets conducted 14 air strikes near Deir al-Zour.
2017 Jan 22, In Taiwan
thousands of military personnel, teachers, police and civil servants
protested a plan to reform the pension system outside of the
Presidential Office in Taipei, as a national conference to discuss
reform was held in the Office. Pensions for the armed forces wee
expected to go bust in 2020; for private sector workers in 2027; for
teachers in 2030; and for civil servants in 2021.
(Reuters, 1/22/17)(Econ 5/20/17, p.34)
2017 Jan 22, Turkish
authorities said they have captured two men believed to be among
those responsible for rocket attacks on the Istanbul police
headquarters and the offices of the ruling AK Party on Jan 20. One
of the assailants was captured by police early today, while the
other was shot dead later in the day in the northwestern province of
Tekirdag. Police identified them as a members of the outlawed
Revolutionary People's Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C).
2017 Jan 22, In Yemen three
suspected members of al Qaeda were killed by what local officials
said they believed were two separate US drone strikes in the
al-Soumaa district of southern al-Bayda province. Clashes killed at
least 66 people over the last 24 hours, as pro-government forces
pushed to oust rebels from a key stretch of coastline.
(Reuters, 1/22/17)(AFP, 1/22/17)
2018 Jan 22, The US three-day
government shut down ended as Senate Democrats voted for a stopgap
spending bill with a promise by Republican leaders to hold debates
on immigration that will provide legal status for the 690,000
Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigrants.
(SFC, 1/23/18, p.A1)
2018 Jan 22, US Vice President
Mike Pence told Israel's parliament that the US Embassy will be
moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of 2019.
2018 Jan 22, US Interior Sec.
Ryan Zinke signed a land trade agreement that could lead to
construction of a road through Alaska's Izembek National Wildlife
Refuge. The road would connect the King Cove fishing community to an
all weather airport at Cold Bay.
(SFC, 1/23/18, p.A6)
2018 Jan 22, In Oklahoma a
natural gas rig exploded killing five workers nerar Quinton. Three
companies were later fined a total of $118,000 for exposing
employees to fire and explosion hazards. The families of the workers
later filed wrongful-death lawsuits.
(SFC, 8/3/18, p.A6)
2018 Jan 22, America science
fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin (b.1929) died at her home in
Portland, Ore. Her work included 21 novels, more than 10 books of
poetry and more than 100 short stories.
(SFC, 1/24/18, p.D3)
2018 Jan 22, The Pennsylvania
Supreme Court struck down the boundaries of the state's 18
congressional districts, saying they violate the state constitution.
Democratic voters had argued that the districts were gerrymandered
to benefit Republicans.
(SFC, 1/23/18, p.A6)
2018 Jan 22, In Texas a girl
(15) was injured in a shooting at her high school cafeteria and a
boy (16) was taken into custody in the town of Italy, 45 miles south
(SFC, 1/23/18, p.A6)
2018 Jan 22, Angola's former
vice president Manuel Vicente failed to appear at a Portuguese court
where he was scheduled to stand trial for corruption.
2018 Jan 22, The prime
ministers of Bulgaria and the Czech Republic called for swift reform
of the European Union's asylum system.
2018 Jan 22, In Cyprus dozens
of people waving the Turkish flag smashed windows and hurled stones,
eggs and other items at the office of Afrika, A left-wing Turkish
Cypriot newspaper in Nicosia. Editor Sener Levent said Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had incited supporters to attack the
publication's office because the paper had criticized Ankara's
military offensive in Syria.
2018 Jan 22, The EU assured
President Mahmoud Abbas it supported his ambition to have East
Jerusalem as capital of a Palestinian state, in the bloc's latest
rejection of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize
Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
2018 Jan 22, The EU imposed
travel bans and asset freezes on North Koreans accused of helping
Pyongyang evade United Nations sanctions linked to the secretive
country's nuclear and ballistic missile tests.
2018 Jan 22, The EU announced
new sanctions on seven senior Venezuelan officials, saying this was
an expression of the bloc's concern with the political crisis under
President Nicolas Maduro.
2018 Jan 22, France's President
Emmanuel Macron hosted 140 world business leaders in a bid to
convince them to invest and hire in France — and to persuade the
French themselves of the merits of his economic policies.
2018 Jan 22, In France
protesting guards blocked dozens of the country's 188 prisons as the
conflict triggered by attacks on guards entered its second week.
2018 Jan 22, German and French
lawmakers stressed the need for closer cooperation between the two
nations as they mark the 55th anniversary of the 1963 signing of the
Elysee friendship treaty.
2018 Jan 22, German public
prosecutors said they had brought new charges against former nurse
Niels Hoegel, already serving a life sentence for murdering two
patients, accusing him of killing another 97 people with lethal
(Reuters, 1/22/18)(SFC, 1/23/18, p.A2)
2018 Jan 22, Indian and
Pakistani soldiers again targeted each other's posts and villages
along their volatile frontier in disputed Kashmir after a day's
lull, killing at least one civilian and wounding three others. The
recent flare-up has left 13 civilians and nine soldiers dead and
dozens injured on the two sides.
2018 Jan 22, Iraq signed a deal
with US company Orion Gas Processors to tap natural gas in one of
its southern oil fields, a step toward exploiting a natural resource
that has been neglected for decades.
2018 Jan 22, In Japan trade
officials gathered for two days of talks to try to forge a trade
pact that U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned last year. The
member countries of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for
Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTTP), also known as TPP 11, reached a
basic agreement on the pact in November.
2018 Jan 22, In Liberia former
football star George Weah was sworn in as president.
2018 Jan 22, Mexican
prosecutors said they have found eight badly decomposed bodies in a
clandestine burial pit in Chilpancingo, the capital of the southern
state of Guerrero.
2018 Jan 22, In Pakistan a
student shot and killed a college principal in the northwestern town
of Shabqadar after being scolded for regularly showing up late. In
Lahore students linked to rival groups clashed for hours at the
University of Punjab, with dozens reported wounded. The radical
Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba party dominates the university and has a
history of clashing with rival groups.
2018 Jan 22, In the Philippines
the Mount Mayon volcano ejected a huge column of lava fragments, ash
and smoke in a thunderous explosion. The alert level was raised to
four on a scale of five, which means an explosive eruption is
possible within hours or days.
2018 Jan 22, A Moscow district
court ordered the closure of the foundation crucial to the failed
election campaign of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
2018 Jan 22, South Africa's
ruling party confirmed that discussions were underway on President
Jacob Zuma's departure from office, possibly signaling the coming
end to his scandal-tainted nine-year reign.
2018 Jan 22, In Switzerland
film star Cate Blanchett, singer-songwriter Elton John and Bollywood
actor Shah Rukh Khan received awards at the World Economic Forum in
Davos for their work raising awareness about human rights issues.
The Crystal Award is given, by the WEF to artists who make a
positive change in society.
2018 Jan 22, Syrian state
television said 9 civilians were killed by insurgent shelling of the
old quarter of Damascus. Rebel factions in the besieged enclave of
Eastern Ghouta have escalated their shelling of
government-controlled areas in and around Damascus since November.
At least 21 people, including children, suffered breathing
difficulties in a suspected Syrian regime chemical attack on Douma
in Eastern Ghouta.
(Reuters, 1/22/18)(AFP, 1/22/18)
2018 Jan 22, The spokesman for
the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia alliance said the death
toll from a Turkish offensive in the Afrin region of northwestern
Syria stands at 18 civilians, including women and children.
2018 Jan 22, Turkey intensified
its offensive against Kurdish militia targets in Syria as President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed there would be no stepping back in a
campaign that has stoked concern among Ankara's allies and
2018 Jan 22, A 2nd Turkish
soldier was killed in action in Turkey's military offensive on a
Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria. Turkish shelling killed
three people in the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn.
(AP, 1/23/18)(Reuters, 1/23/18)
2018 Jan 22, In the United Arab
Emirates a house fire killed seven children near the eastern city of
2018 Jan 22, The UN agency for
Palestinian refugees launched an "unprecedented" appeal seeking
hundreds of millions of dollars in response to funding cuts by the
2018 Jan 22, In Vietnam Trinh
Xuan Thanh, an ex-chairman of PetroVietnam's construction arm, was
sentenced to life in prison. Former PetroVietnam chairman Dinh La
Thang received a 13 year prison term. Thanh was also ordered to pay
compensation of $1.5 million and Thang $1.3 million at the end of a
major corruption trial. 22 defendants in the case, mostly current or
former executives at PetroVietnam, were convicted of mismanagement,
embezzlement or both in their tenures at the state energy giant.
2018 Jan 22, Yemeni security
officials said Houthi rebels fired Katyusha rockets on a military
parade near the central city of Taiz, killing at least seven people,
including a local journalist, in an apparent assassination attempt
on the interior minister and his deputy. the pro-Houthi Masirah
channel reported that overnight and into the morning, coalition
airstrikes around the Houthi stronghold of Saada in the north killed
at least seven people, including five children.
2019 Jan 22, The US Supreme
Court moved toward allowing Pres. Trump to exclude most transgender
from military service.
(SFC, 1/23/19, p.A10)
2019 Jan 22, It was reported
that research from the University of Arkansas shows that more than
12,000 people from the Marshall Islands now live in northwest
2019 Jan 22, In Delaware Jose
Rivera (59), the ex-manager of a pest-control company in the US
Virgin Islands, was sentenced to a year in prison for poisoning a
Delaware family in 2015 with a banned pesticide. Terminix reportedly
paid $9.2 million in criminal fines in the case.
2019 Jan 22, An Iowa state
judge struck down the state's "fetal heartbeat" abortion law finding
(SFC, 1/23/19, p.A4)
2019 Jan 22, Afghanistan's main
spy agency reportedly killed the Taliban commander behind a deadly
attack on one of its bases a day earlier, and vowed to hunt down and
kill all the rest of those involved. Six gunmen were also reported
killed in the air strike in Maidan Wardak province. The Taliban
issued a statement, denying that the commander had been killed.
Officials in Maidan Wardak gave conflicting accounts of the
2019 Jan 22, Bulgaria said it
plans to stop allowing wealthy foreigners to buy citizenship against
investment, saying the scheme had failed to bring any significant
economic benefits for the country.
2019 Jan 22, Canada's
ambassador to the United States said the United States will proceed
with the formal extradition from Canada of Huawei executive Meng
Wanzhou, as Beijing vowed to respond to Washington's actions.
2019 Jan 22, China demanded the
US drop a request that Canada extradite Meng Wanzhou, a top
executive of the tech giant Huawei, shifting blame to Washington in
a case that has severely damaged Beijing's relations with Ottawa.
2019 Jan 22, Egypt said at
least seven troops, including an officer, have been killed in
clashes with militants in recent operations in restive northern
Sinai Peninsula. The military said in a statement that forces have
killed at least 59 suspected militants and arrested another 142
suspected militants and criminals.
2019 Jan 22, Ethiopia said it
had granted more than 13,000 people amnesty as part of a broad
reform agenda pushed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
2019 Jan 22, The EU and African
Union committed to work closely with Congo's president-elect Felix
Tshisekedi, backing off reservations about the disputed vote.
2019 Jan 22, It was announced
that the European Commission has fined MasterCard $650 million for
breaching antitrust rules by raising payment-processing fees
(SFC, 1/23/19, p.D4)
2019 Jan 22, In France several
suspects were on the run after they robbed a bank on the
Champs-Elysees in broad daylight.
2019 Jan 22, French officials
said US singer Chris Brown (29) and two other people are in custody
in Paris after a woman filed a rape complaint.
2019 Jan 22, In Germany
Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron signed
a new treaty in Aachen to update their 1963 post-war reconciliation
accord (Elysee Treaty), aiming to reinvigorate the European Union's
main axis as growing eurosceptic nationalism tests the bloc's
2019 Jan 22, In northeastern
India police arrested 31 Rohingya In Tripura state after they spent
two days in the open in a no man's land along the border with
2019 Jan 22, Indonesia's Pres.
Joko Widodo said that elderly Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, who
inspired the Bali bombers and other extremists, won't be released
from prison unless he renounces radicalism, backing down from plans
to free him without conditions.
2019 Jan 22, Israel said that
it has successfully tested the Arrow-3 interceptor, the country's
advanced missile defense system.
(SFC, 1/23/19, p.A2)
2019 Jan 22, In Italy
anti-mafia police said they had dealt a fresh blow to the Cosa
Nostra, arresting seven suspected rising-star mobsters after two of
the organized crime group turned state witnesses.
2019 Jan 22, A Tokyo court
rejected former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn's latest request for
bail, more than two months after his arrest.
2019 Jan 22, A Kosovo court
convicted a man for participating in terror groups in Syria and
jailed him for five years. In a separate trial, the same court in
Pristina convicted five others to prison terms for participation in
terror groups and other acts related to terrorism.
2019 Jan 22, Libya's coastguard
said 473 migrants trying to reach Italy by inflatables had been
brought back to the North African country. The UN criticized
European countries for not allowing migrants to disembark at safe
2019 Jan 22, In Mozambique
South African businessman Andre Mayer Hanekom (61), held on
suspicion of being a jihadist leader, died in hospital under
mysterious circumstances. Hanekom, who ran a maritime business in
Palma, was arrested in August alongside two locals and two
Tanzanians, with prosecutors accusing them of being part of a
2019 Jan 22, In Portugal
unidentified attackers threw petrol bombs at a police station in the
city of Setubal and torched cars in the capital Lisbon, hours after
a protest against alleged racially-motivated police violence ended
2019 Jan 22, Romania's Pres.
Klaus Iohannis said that a government decree that could invalidate
hundreds of corruption cases involving senior officials is "crassly
unconstitutional," a development that also prompted concern from the
2019 Jan 22, Russia's Pres.
Vladimir Putin met with Japan's PM Shinzo Abe in the Kremlin for the
latest round of talks on the dispute over a chain of islands in the
Pacific Ocean. Police detained 11 people protesting against
territorial concessions outside the Japanese embassy in Moscow.
2019 Jan 22, In Russia
Anastasia Vashukevich, a Belarusian model and self-styled sex
instructor who last year claimed to have evidence of Russian
interference in the 2016 US presidential election, was released from
detention pending trial.
2019 Jan 22, A Russian a
long-range Tu-22M3 bomber crash-landed in the Arctic, leaving three
of its crew of four dead.
2019 Jan 22, Russia's Transport
Ministry said ten crew died and another 10 were missing presumed
dead in a fire that broke out on two ships while they were
transferring fuel in the Black Sea. The vessels which caught fire a
day earlier have the same names as two Tanzania-flagged ships, the
Maestro and Venice, which last year were included on a US sanctions
advisory as delivering fuel to Syria.
2019 Jan 22, In Spain taxi
drivers striking to demand tighter regulations for companies using
ride-hailing apps blocked traffic for another day in Madrid and
Barcelona, while threatening to take their protest to the French
2019 Jan 22, Sudanese police
fired tear gas at crowds demonstrating in the capital's twin city of
Omdurman against the death of a fellow anti-government protester.
Sudan's embattled president flew to Qatar, the wealthy Gulf state
that has offered him help.
2019 Jan 22, In Switzerland the
annual World Economic Forum opened in Davos. Brazil's President Jair
Bolsonaro gave the keynote address vowing an investment-friendly
agenda and attacking leftwing politics in Latin America. US
President Donald Trump along with the leaders of France, Britain and
Zimbabwe stayed away from the forum as they fought political fires
2019 Jan 22, In Syria a car
bomb detonated in the government-held city of Latakia, killing one
person and wounding 14.
2019 Jan 22, In Syria seven
siblings were asleep late today in their apartment in Damascus when
a fire broke out and spread quickly, suffocating six in their
bedroom and burning to death the seventh, a girl, who was stuck
under a false ceiling that collapsed as she tried to flee.
2019 Jan 22, Thailand police
said DNA tests show that two bodies found washed up on the shore of
the Mekong River in the northeast are the corpses of anti-government
activists. The two, known by the pseudonyms Puchana and Kasalong,
were among three exiled activists who disappeared in December from
homes in Laos, where they took shelter after fleeing Thailand.
2019 Jan 22, A Turkish court
sentenced prominent journalist Nazli Ilicak, already serving a life
sentence, to almost six additional years in prison for leaking
information deemed secret by the government.
2019 Jan 22, Zimbabwe's
President Emmerson Mnangagwa called for a national dialogue among
political parties and civic leaders, even as arrests continued.