Today in History - February 9
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Feb 9, A Lithuania army under Treniota defeated the Livonian Knights
of the Cross.
1267 Feb 9, Synod of Breslau
ordered Jews of Silesia to wear special caps.
1404 Feb 9, Constantine XI
Dragases, last Byzantine Emperor, was born.
1540 Feb 9, The 1st recorded
race met in England at Roodee Fields, Chester.
1555 Feb 9, John Hooper, the
deprived Bishop of Gloucester, was burned for heresy.
1567 Feb 9, Henry Stuart, earl
of Darnley, Lord Darnley, the second husband of Mary, Queen of
Scots, was murdered in his sick-bed in a house in Edinburgh when the
house blew up. In 2003 Alison Weir authored "Mary, Queen of the
Scots, and the Murder of Lord Darnley."
(HN, 2/9/99)(MC, 2/9/02)(WSJ, 5/1/03, D10)
1571 Feb 9, Algonquin Indians
attacked the Jesuit mission on the Virginia peninsula killing Fr.
Juan Bautista de Segura and 4 other remaining priests.
(AH, 2/06, p.15)
1578 Feb 9, Giambattista
Andreini, Italian playwright, actor (L'adamo), was born.
1602 Feb 9, Franciscus van de
Enden, Flemish Jesuit, free thinker, tutor of Spinoza, was born.
1617 Feb 9, Hans Christoph
Haiden (44), composer, died.
1640 Feb 9, Murad IV (27),
sultan of Turkey (1623-40), died in Baghdad. Ibrahim (1640-1648)
succeeded Murad IV in the Ottoman House of Osman.
(Ot, 1993, xvii)(MC, 2/9/02)
1674 Feb 9, English reconquered
NY from Netherlands.
1741 Feb 9, Henri-Joseph Rigel,
composer, was born.
1744 Feb 9, Battle at Toulon:
French-Spanish faced the English fleet of Adm. Matthews.
1765 Feb 9, Elisabetta de
Gambarini (33), composer, died.
1773 Feb 9, William Henry
Harrison, the 9th president of the United States (March 4- April 4,
1841), was born in Charles City County, Va.
(HN, 2/9/97)(AP, 2/9/99)(MC, 2/9/02)
1775 Feb 9, English Parliament
declared the Mass. colony was in rebellion.
1780 Feb 9, Walenty Karol
Kratzer, composer, was born.
1797 Feb 9, John Quincy Adams’
(Sr.) emerged victorious from America's first contested presidential
1799 Feb 9, The USS
Constellation captured the French frigate Insurgente off the coast
1807 Feb 9, French Sanhedrin
was convened by Napoleon.
1812 Feb 9, Franz Anton
Hoffmeister (57), composer, died.
1814 Feb 9, Samuel Jones
Tilden, philanthropist, was born.
(HN, 2/9/97)(MC, 2/9/02)
1819 Feb 9, Lydia E. Pinkham,
patent-medicine maker and entrepreneur, was born.
1822 Feb 9, The American Indian
1824 Feb 9, Anna Katharina
Emmerick (b.1774), a sickly, virtually illiterate German nun, died.
Her gory visions of Jesus' last hours of suffering before his
crucifixion drew pilgrims to her bedside in the years before her
death. In 2004 she was beatified by Pope John Paul VI.
1825 Feb 9, The House of
Representatives elected John Quincy Adams Jr. 6th U.S. president
(1825-1829) after no candidate received a majority of electoral
(A&IP, ESM, p.96b, photo)(AHD, 1971,
p.14)(HN, 2/9/97)(AP, 2/9/99)
1834 Feb 9, Franz Xaver Witt,
composer, was born.
1846 Feb 9, Wilhelm Maybach,
German engineer, was born. He designed the first Mercedes
1861 Feb 9, The Confederate
Provisional Congress, meeting in Alabama, declared all laws under
the US Constitution were consistent with constitution of Confederate
states. The Congress elected Jefferson Davis of Mississippi as
president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president. Jefferson Davis'
Mexican War exploits led him to the Confederate White House. In 2001
William C. Davis authored "The Union That Shaped the Confederacy:
Robert Toombs and Alexander H. Stephens."
(HN, 2/9/97)(AP, 2/9/99)(WSJ, 6/13/01, p.A18)(AH,
1861 Feb 9, Tennessee voted
1863 Feb 9, A fire extinguisher
was patented by Alanson Crane.
1863 Feb 9, Henri Dunant
(1828-1910) addressed the Geneva Society for Public Welfare and
asked the members to form a volunteer society to aid wounded
soldiers. The Intl. Committee of Red Cross (Nobel 1917, 1944, 1963)
was formed in Geneva, Switz. The red cross design based on the Swiss
flag with the colors reversed.
(ON, 4/08, p.11)(www.redcross.org)(SFC, 6/20/06,
1864 Feb 9, After a courtship
that began at a party on Thanksgiving Day 1862, Brevet General
George Armstrong Custer and Miss Elizabeth Bacon, both of Monroe,
Michigan, married. Until Custer died at the Battle of the Little
Bighorn a dozen years later, Libbie followed him to postings
throughout the West whenever possible. Libbie never remarried, even
though she outlived her husband by 50 years, preferring to keep his
memory alive by lecturing and writing books about their life
together on the Plains. Elizabeth Custer lived comfortably in New
York City until her death on April 8, 1933, at the age of 91.
1864 Feb 9, 109 Union prisoners
escaped through a tunnel from the Confederate Libby Prison in
Richmond, Va., including Lt. James M. Wells of Michigan. In 1904
Wells published an account of the escape in the Jan. issue of
(ON, 3/01, p.7)
1865 Feb 9, Wilson Bentley
(d.1931) was born on a farm near Jericho, Vermont. His interest in
snow flakes led him to make the 1st photographs of snow crystals on
Jan 15, 1885.
(ON, 11/04, p.4)
1865 Feb 9, Mrs. [Beatrice]
Patrick Campbell, actress (Pygmalion), was born in England.
1870 Feb 9, The U.S. Army
established the US National Weather Service. Congress under
continued petition from Smithsonian secretary Joseph Henry and
colleagues, passed a military appropriation enabling the US Army
Signal Service to make standardized weather observations.
(AP, 2/9/99)(ON, 2/06, p.7)
1871 Feb 9, Howard T. Ricketts,
pathologist, was born.
1874 Feb 9, Amy Lowell
(d.1925), poet, critic, was born. “Youth condemns; maturity
(AP, 11/25/00)(HN, 2/9/01)
1874 Feb 9, Jules Michelet
(75), French historian (History of France), died. He was the first
historian to use and define the word Renaissance ("Re-birth" in
French), as a period in Europe's cultural history that represented a
drastic break from the Middle Ages.
1880 Feb 9, James Stephens
(d.1950), Irish poet and novelist, was born. His work included “The
Charwoman's Daughter” and “The Crock of Gold.” "Originality does not
consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying
exactly what you think yourself."
(AP, 5/21/99)(HN, 2/9/01)
1881 Feb 9, Feodor M.
Dostoevsky (59), Russian novelist (Crime & Punishment), died.
1885 Feb 9, Alban Maria
Johannes Berg, composer, was born in Vienna, Austria.
1885 Feb 9, The 1st Japanese
arrived in Hawaii.
1886 Feb 9, President Cleveland
declared a state of emergency in Seattle because of anti-Chinese
1886 Feb 9, Modest Mussorgsky’s
(1839-1881) opera “Khovanschchina,” arranged by Rimsky-Korsakov,
premiered in St. Petersburg. The Gregorian date is Feb 21.
1891 Feb 9, Ronald Colman, 1947
Academy Award actor (Tale of 2 Cities), was born in England.
1893 Feb 9, Giuseppe Verdi’s
last opera, “Falstaff,” was first performed in Milan, Italy.
1893 Feb 9, Suez Canal builder
De Lesseps and others were sentenced to prison for fraud.
1895 Feb 9, Volleyball was
invented by W.G. Morgan in Massachusetts. A game called “mintonette”
was created by William George Morgan, physical director at the YMCA
in Holyoke, Mass., to accommodate players who thought basketball was
too strenuous. The objective was to hit a basketball over a rope. It
was the predecessor to volleyball.
(SFC,11/15/97, p.C4)(HNQ, 11/26/99)(MC, 2/9/02)
1902 Feb 9, Doctor Doyen of
Paris, performed a successful operation on Siamese twins from the
Barnum and Bailey Circus.
1904 Feb 9, Japanese troops
landed near Seoul, Korea, after disabling two Russian cruisers.
1906 Feb 9, Poet Paul Laurence
Dunbar (33), son of former slaves, died of TB in his hometown of
(AH, 2/06, p.15)
1906 Feb 9, Natal proclaimed a
state of siege in Zulu uprising.
1909 Feb 9, Dean Rusk, was
born. He was Secretary of State (1961-1969) under presidents John F.
Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.
(HN, 2/9/99)(MC, 2/9/02)
1909 Feb 9, The 1st US federal
legislation prohibiting narcotics was directed at opium.
1909 Feb 9, In San Francisco
Louis’s Fashion Restaurant opened at 73 Sutter St. It had begun
operations under Louis Besozzi in 1898, but was destroyed in the
1906 earthquake. The new resaturant came to be called The Fly Trap
due to fly paper rolls hung from the ceiling. Operations continued
(SSFC, 7/21/13, p.42)
1909 Feb 9, France agreed to
recognize German economic interests in Morocco in exchange for
1913 Feb 9, Leo van der Kar,
masseur, businessman, founder (Sports funds), was born.
1913 Feb 9-18, The 10 Day
Tragedy of Mexico City when 3,000 died.
1914 Feb 9, Gypsy Rose Lee,
stripper, was born in Seattle Wash.
1914 Feb 9, Bill "Rhymes with
Wreck" Veeck, baseball club owner, was born.
1916 Feb 9, Conscription began
in Great Britain as the Military Service Act becomes effective.
1917 Feb 9, In San Francisco
Thomas Mooney was found guilty of murder in the July 22, 1916,
Preparedness Day parade bombing on Market St. that left 10 people
(SSFC, 2/5/17, DB p.54)
1918 Feb 9, Army chaplain
school organized at Ft. Monroe, Va.
1920 Feb 9, The Svalbard Treaty
gave Norway sovereignty over the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, but
allowed other countries to establish settlements there and to
exploit its natural resources. The treaty allowed Russia to pursue
mining at Spitsbergen. By 2017 there were more than 40 countries
party to the treaty.
(WSJ, 9/19/97, p.A1)(Econ, 10/11/08, p.70)(Econ,
1921 Feb 9, James Huneker
(b.1857), American musical writer and critic, died.
1922 Feb 9, The U.S. Congress
established the World War Foreign Debt Commission.
1923 Feb 9, Brendan Behan,
Irish playwright and poet, was born in Dublin, Ireland. His work
included “The Hostage” and “The Quare Fellow.”
(HN, 2/9/01)(MC, 2/9/02)
1923 Feb 9, Norman E. Shumway,
pioneer cardiac transplant surgeon, was born in Mich.
1923 Feb 9, Soviet Aeroflot
1926 Feb 9, Teaching theory of
evolution was forbidden in Atlanta, Georgia, schools.
1928 Feb 9, Frank Frazetta,
American fantasy and science fiction artist, was born in Brooklyn.
He became noted for work in comic books, paperback book covers,
paintings, posters, record-album covers, and other media. In 2003, a
feature film documenting the life and career of Frazetta was
released, entitled: “Frank Frazetta: Painting With Fire.”
1933 Feb 9, The Oxford Union,
Oxford University's debating society, endorsed, 275-153, a motion
stating "that this House will in no circumstances fight for its King
and Country," a pacifist stand widely denounced by Britons. [see Feb
1937 Feb 9, In San Francisco
United Airlines DC-3 crashed 2 miles from Mills Field. The co-pilot
had dropped his microphone which jammed the controls preventing the
pilot from pulling out of the glide. The plane crashed killing all
2/5/12, DB p.42)
1941 Feb 9, British troops
conquered El Agheila.
1941 Feb 9, Nazi collaborators
destroyed the pro-Jewish cafe Alcazar Amsterdam. Alcazar had refused
to hang "No Entry for Jews" signs in front.
1942 Feb 9, The U.S. Joint
Chiefs of Staff held its first formal meeting to coordinate military
strategy during World War II.
1942 Feb 9, FDR reimposed
daylight saving time (DST) in the US calling it "war time" with
clocks turned one hour forward. It was repealed after the war. [see
(AP, 2/9/99)(WSJ, 3/31/05, p.D8)
1942 Feb 9, The former French
cruise ship Normandie, launched in 1935, burned in New York Harbor
during its conversion to an Allied trip transport ship. It was once
regarded as most elegant ocean liner ever built. In 1947 it was cut
up for scrap. In 2007 John Maxtone-Graham authored “Normandie.”
(AP, 2/10/97)(WSJ, 12/8/07, p.W13)
1942 Feb 9, Chiang Kai-shek met
with Sir Stafford Cripps, the British viceroy in India. Detachment
101 harried the Japanese in Burma and provided close support for
regular Allied forces.
1942 Feb 9, Japanese troops
landed near Makassar, South Celebes.
1943 Feb 9, FDR ordered a
minimal 48 hour work week in war industry.
1943 Feb 9, The World War II
battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an Allied
victory over Japanese forces.
1943 Feb 9, The Russians took
back Kursk 15 months after it fell to the Nazis.
1944 Feb 9, Alice Walker,
Pulitzer prize winning author, was born. Her books include "The
Autobiography of Malcolm X" and "The Color Purple."
1944 Feb 9, U-734 and U-238
sank off Ireland.
1945 Feb 9, [Maria] Mia Farrow,
actress (Rosemary's Baby, Purple Rose of Cairo, was born in LA.
1945 Feb 9, The German
submarine U-864 with a crew of 73 sank about 2 1/2 miles off Fedje,
Norway. It was on a desperate mission to supply Japan with advanced
weapons technology and carried a poisonous cargo of 70 tons of
mercury. Leakage of the mercury posed a severe threat in 2006 and
plans were made to encase the wreck. In 2007 Norway’s government
said it would be buried in special sand to protect the coastline.
(AP, 12/20/06)(AP, 2/13/07)
1946 Feb 9, Stalin announced
the new five-year plan for the USSR, calling for production boosts
of 50 percent.
1947 Feb 9, Bank robber Willie
Sutton escaped jail in Philadelphia.
1950 Feb 9, In a speech at the
Republican Women's Club in Wheeling, W. Va., Sen. Joseph McCarthy,
R-Wis., charged the State Department was riddled with Communists and
that he had a list of them. He asserted that Sec. of State Dean
Acheson knew this and refused to do anything about it. McCarthy said
there were 205 communists working in the US State Dept.
(AP, 2/9/99)(WSJ, 12/6/99, p.A32)(WSJ, 2/9/00,
p.A26)(WSJ, 5/12/98, p.A20)
1951 Feb 9, St. Louis Browns
signed baseball pitcher Satchel Paige (45).
1951 Feb 9, Actress Greta Garbo
got U.S. citizenship.
1953 Feb 9, "Adventures of
Superman" TV series premiered in syndication.
1953 Feb 9, General Walter
Bedell Smith, USA, ended term as 4th director of CIA. Allen W.
Dulles, became acting director of CIA and served to 1961.
(MC, 2/9/02)(SFC, 5/29/97, p.A4)
1953 Feb 9, The French
destroyed six Viet Minh war factories hidden in the jungles of
1955 Feb 9, US federations of
trade unions agreed to merge into the AFL-CIO: The American
Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations.
(AH, 2/05, p.17)(SFC, 2/4/05, p.F9)
1955 Feb 9, In South Africa
some 2,000 policemen, armed with handguns, rifles and clubs known as
knobkierries, forcefully moved the black families of Sophiatown to
1960 Feb 9, The Hollywood, Ca.,
Walk of Fame began with an installation of its first pink terrazzo
star for, actress Joanne Woodward, at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. The first
eight stars were dedicated in September 1958 and placed in the
sidewalk on the northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland
1960 Feb 9, The Angelo Petri,
the world’s largest wine tanker, foundered outside the San Francisco
Golden Gate. It carried a capacity load of 2,383,000 gallons of wine
and vegetable oil. In 1946 the vessel had broken in two near
(SSFC, 2/7/10, DB
1960 Feb 9, Ernst von Dohnanyi
(82), US composer, died.
1961 Feb 9, Grigory Levenfish
(70), Int’l. chess grandmaster from Russia, died.
1962 Feb 9, An agreement was
signed to make Jamaica an independent nation within the British
Commonwealth later in the year.
1963 Feb 9, 1st flight of
Boeing 727 jet.
1964 Feb 9, The Beatles made
their first live American television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan
1964 Feb 9, The U.S. embassy in
Moscow was stoned by Chinese and Vietnamese students.
1964 Feb 9, In Britain Maria
Callas sang in a live production of Pucini's Tosca produced at
Covent Garden by Franco Zeffirelli. It was later made available on
(SFEC, 5/23/99, DB p.58)
1966 Feb 9, Sophie Tucker (79),
Russian-US singer, actress (My Yiddish Mama), died.
1967 Feb 9, The US military
said American casualties in the Vietnam War now number 50,529. This
included 8,790 killed since January 1, 1960.
(SSFC, 2/5/17, DB p.54)
1969 Feb 9, The Boeing 747, the
world's largest airplane, made its 1st commercial flight. The Juan
T. Trippe, named after the founder of Pan Am, was sold in 2000 to a
South Korea couple, who transformed it into an aviation themed
restaurant. The venture failed in 2005 and the plane was demolished
in late 2010.
1969 Feb 9, Gabby Hayes
(b.1885), American film and TV actor, died. He played the sidekick
to Hopalong Cassidy and later Roy Rogers Westerns.
1971 Feb 9, Satchel Paige
became the 1st negro-league player elected to baseball HOF.
1971 Feb 9, The "Apollo 14"
spacecraft returned to Earth after man's third landing on the moon.
1971 Feb 9, In San Fernando,
Ca., a 6.5 earthquake killed 65 people.
(SFEC, 10/17/99, p.A3)
1974 Feb 9, US female Figure
Skating championship was won by Dorothy Hamill.
1977 Feb 9, The TV series “The
Life and Times of Grizzly Adams” premiered with Dan Haggerty
(1942-2016) as Grizzly Adams. It was based on the 1974 movie, which
was based on the book by Charles Sellier Jr.
1978 Feb 9, Kimberly Leach (12)
was killed by Ted Bundy in Lake City, Fla.
1978 Feb 9, Canada announced it
was expelling 13 Soviet diplomats who it said had tried to recruit a
Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer.
1978 Feb 9, In Tanzania cholera
broke out and killed 300 people.
(WUD, 1994, p.1691)
1979 Feb 9, Allen Tate
(b.1899), poet and exponent of the New Criticism, died in Nashville.
(WSJ, 8/2/08, p.W9)(http://tinyurl.com/5g27ry)
1981 Feb 9, Bill Haley
(b.1925), vocalist (Rock Around Clock), died of heart attack. Haley
was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in
1982 Feb 9, On approach to
Haneda Airport a Japan Airlines DC-8 plunged into Tokyo Bay killing
24 people. 141 survived the crash caused when the captain pushed the
nose down prematurely and engaged in a struggle with the co-pilot.
1983 Feb 9, In a dramatic
reversal from 50 years earlier, the Oxford Union Society at Oxford
University rejected, 416 to 187, a motion "that this House would not
fight for Queen and Country." [see Feb 9, 1933]
1984 Feb 9, Soviet leader Yuri
V. Andropov (69) died, less than 15 months after succeeding Leonid
Brezhnev. He was succeeded by Konstantin U. Chernenko. US Pres.
Ronald Reagan said he wouldn’t go to any memorial for Andropov: “I
don’t want to honor that prick.”
(AP, 2/9/99)(Econ, 2/4/06, p.75)
1985 Feb 9, Madonna's album
"Like a Virgin," released in 1984, reached #1.
1985 Feb 9, Seoul admitted
using force against opposition leader Kim Dae Jung.
1986 Feb 9, Halley's Comet
reached 30th perihelion, its closest approach to Sun. 5 spacecraft
from the USSR, Japan, and the European Community visited Comet
Halley in early 1986.
1986 Feb 9, The tomb of
Tutankhamen's treasurer, Maya, was found in Egypt.
1987 Feb 9, Robert McFarlane
(1919-2006), former US national security adviser, attempted suicide.
1987 Feb 9, Antanas
Sabaniauskas (b.1903), Lithuania's leading pop tenor, died.
1989 Feb 9, President Bush, in
his first major speech to Congress, proposed a $1.16 trillion
"common sense" budget for fiscal 1990.
1989 Feb 9, In Missouri Kelli
Hall (17) was abducted as she finished her shift at a gas station in
suburban St. Louis. Her naked body was found 13 days later on a St.
Louis County farm. Jeffrey Hall (59), who was convicted for her
murder and sentenced to death, was executed on March 26, 2014.
(SFC, 3/27/14, p.A9)
1990 Feb 9, John Gotti
(1940-2002) was acquitted of charges that he commissioned the
Westies gang to shoot a union official in Manhattan’s Hell’s
Kitchen. This earned him the nickname “The Teflon Don.”
(SFC, 6/11/02, p.A2)
1990 Feb 9, Perrier Group of
America Inc. announced it was voluntarily recalling its inventory of
mineral water in the United States after tests showed the presence
of benzene in a small number of bottles.
1990 Feb 9, The Galileo
satellite, launched Oct. 18, 1989, made its closest approach to
1991 Feb 9, Defense Secretary
Dick Cheney and Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin L. Powell met with
military commanders in Saudi Arabia to evaluate a possible ground
assault against Iraqi forces.
1991 Feb 9, In a national poll
3 quarters of Lithuanian citizens called for independence from the
Soviet Union in a non-binding plebiscite.
(AP, 2/9/01)(LHC, 2/9/03)
1992 Feb 9, Magic Johnson
returned to professional basketball by playing in the NBA All-Star
game. Johnson was named most valuable player as his side, the
Western Conference, defeated the Eastern Conference 153-to-113.
1992 Feb 9, The government of
Algeria declared a state of emergency to quell spreading Muslim
1992 Feb 9, An Air Senegal
flight chartered by Club Med crashed and 30 people were killed. In
2000 a French court convicted Club Med founder Gilbert Trigano and
his son, Serge, for involuntary manslaughter.
1993 Feb 9, NBC News announced
it had settled a defamation lawsuit brought by General Motors over
the network's "inappropriate demonstration" of a fiery pickup truck
crash on its "Dateline NBC" program.
1993 Feb 9, Saburo Okita
(b.1914), Japanese economist and former foreign minister (1979-80),
died. He to a large part introduced the “flying geese” pattern of
economic development to the Western political and business
audiences. Kaname Akamatsu, Japanese economist, had developed the
multi-tier hierarchical 'flying geese' model in the 1930s to
describe how industrialization spreads from developed countries to
the developing countries.
1994 Feb 9, PLO leader Yasser
Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres initialed an
agreement on security measures that had been blocking a peace
1994 Feb 9, NATO delivered an
ultimatum to Bosnian Serbs to remove heavy guns encircling Sarajevo,
or face air strikes. Hours before the ultimatum was issued, the
Bosnian Serbs agreed to withdraw their artillery and mortars from
1994 Feb 9, Jarmila Novotna
(86), Czech-US soprano (Madame Butterfly), died.
1995 Feb 9, A preview of
"Heiress" opened at Cort Theater NYC for 340 performances.
1995 Feb 9, Former US Sen. J.
William Fulbright (b.1905) died in Washington, DC.
1995 Feb 9, David Wayne
(b.1914), [Wayne Mcmeekan], US actor (Dallas), died.
1996 Feb 9, Pres. Clinton
signed the new telecommunications bill into law. It included a
subsidy program, “E-Rate,” to provide schools with a connection to
the Internet. Phone companies in 1998 began charging their
long-distance customers a surcharge to cover the subsidies. It also
included a ban on Internet smut that was upheld by the Supreme Court
(WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)(WSJ, 4/20/99, A1)
1996 Feb 9, In Fort Lauderdale,
Florida, a former member of the city’s beach detail shot and killed
five former co-workers before killing himself.
1996 Feb 9, A collision of
rush-hour commuter trains in Secaucus, New Jersey, claimed the lives
of both engineers and a passenger.
1996 Feb 9, Leo Jenkins was
executed under a new Texas law that allowed the family of his
victims to witness his execution. A film was made of the execution
for HBO titled: “A Kill for a Kill.”
(WSJ, 1/6/97, p.A10)
1996 Feb 9, The Irish
Republican Army ended its cease-fire with a massive blast that
killed two people in London's East End and injured nearly a 100
people. The bomb was a 500 pound device hidden in a rebuilt truck.
(WSJ, 2/12/96, p.A-1)(WSJ, 2/14/96, p.A-10)(AP,
1996 Feb 9, Adolf Galland (83),
German general (Luftwaffe Ace), died.
1997 Feb 9, Fox cartoon series
"Simpsons" aired its 167th episode, the longest running animated
series in cartoon history.
1997 Feb 9, The East beat the
West in the NBA All-Star game, 132-to-120.
1997 Feb 9, Best Products
closed the last of its stores, a victim of the diminishing allure of
the catalog showroom concept of retailing.
1997 Feb 9, In Newton, Mass.,
an 8-month old baby died while under the care of a 19-year-old
British nanny. Louisa Woodward, pleaded innocent, but was tried and
convicted on 2nd-degree murder charges in Oct.
1997 Feb 9, In Ecuador an
agreement was reached to have Rosalia Arteaga serve as interim
president until the passing of a constitutional amendment to elect a
(SFC, 2/10/97, p.A8)
1998 Feb 9, Pres. Clinton
declared 27 counties in California a federal disaster area.
Estimated storm damage reached over $275 million.
(SFC, 2/10/98, p.A1)
1998 Feb 9, The Pentagon
announced that some 3,000 ground troops from Fort Hood, Texas, were
to be sent to the Persian Gulf region over the next 10 days. The
move was to discourage “creative thinking” on the part of Saddam
Hussein of Iraq.
(SFC, 2/10/98, p.A1)(AP, 2/9/99)
1998 Feb 9, From Georgia it was
reported that Steuart and Jane Dewar were attempting to set up a
Gorilla Haven for retired gorillas in the area of Morgantown on part
of 275 acres they owned in Fannin County. There was substantial
(SFC, 2/9/98, p.A11)
1998 Feb 9, At the Nagano
Games, German Georg Hackl won the men's luge for the third
1998 Feb 9, In Columbia rebels
blew up the nation’s main oil pipeline spilling 15,000 gallons and
forcing a suspension of pumping. It was the 7th attack on a pipeline
(WSJ, 2/10/98, p.A1)
1998 Feb 9, In Tbilisi,
Georgia, armed attackers ambushed Pres. Shevardnadze (70). One
attacker and one bodyguard were killed.
(SFC, 2/10/98, p.A12)
1998 Feb 9, In Indonesia a
curfew was imposed on the town of Ende after 2 days of riots burned
21 stores owned by the ethnic Chinese, who dominate most of the
(SFC, 2/10/98, p.A12)(WSJ, 2/10/98, p.A1)
1998 Feb 9, In Northern Ireland
a Protestant drug dealer, Brendan Campbell (33), and a Protestant
militant, Bobby Dougan (38), were slain in separate incidents.
Police blamed the IRA and a dissident gang.
(SFC, 2/11/98, p.B3)
1998 Feb 9, South Korean unions
voted down a pact to make it easier for businesses to lay off
workers. The unions also called for a nationwide strike this week.
The strike was called off.
(WSJ, 2/10/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/13/98, p.A1)
1998 Feb 9, In Mexico it was
reported that flash floods in Tijuana killed at least 13 people.
(WSJ, 2/9/98, p.A1)
1999 Feb 9, The Senate began
closed-door deliberations in President Clinton's impeachment trial,
even though members from both parties acknowledged that the
two-thirds margin for conviction could not be attained.
1999 Feb 9, It was reported
that USA Networks would merge its cable-television AT Home Shopping
Network with the Lycos Internet portal.
(WSJ, 1/3/00, p.R12)
1999 Feb 9, In Cambodia some
1,700 guerrillas of the Khmer Rouge were inducted into the Cambodian
(SFC, 2/10/99, p.A10)
1999 Feb 9, An Ethiopian plane
bombed an Eritrean village and at least 5 civilians were killed.
Eritrea reported that a large number of Ethiopian forces were killed
near Tsorena, but Ethiopia denied the Eritrean version of the
(SFC, 2/10/99, p.C2)
1999 Feb 9, In Europe heavy
snows caused avalanches that killed at least 5 people. Ten people
were killed in the French Alps.
(WSJ, 2/10/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/11/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 9, In Iran the head of
the intelligence ministry, Qorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi, resigned
along with 3 deputies due to last year's killings of dissident
writers and politicians.
(SFC, 2/10/99, p.A10)
2000 Feb 9, In Renton, Wa.,
some 17,000 Boeing engineers and technical workers began a 40-day
strike, one of the biggest white-collar strikes in US history.
(SFC, 2/10/00, p.A9)(AP, 2/9/01)
2000 Feb 9, Hackers stepped up
their “denial of service” attacks on popular Internet sites, zeroing
in on such targets as eTrade and ZDNet, inconveniencing millions of
Web users and unnerving Wall Street.
2000 Feb 9, In Britain the
House of Commons passed a bill to suspend home-rule in Northern
(WSJ, 2/10/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 9, In Indonesia
clashes between troops and rebels in Aceh province left 15 people
(SFC, 2/11/00, p.D2)
2000 Feb 9, Israeli jets struck
targets in southern Lebanon for the 11th day and Foreign Minister
David Levy threatened that it would set Lebanon on fire if militants
retaliated with rockets.
(SFC, 2/10/00, p.A10)
2000 Feb 9, In Nigeria it was
reported that 17 people were killed when a young man, who was not
allowed to participate, lit a match at a site where people were
siphoning off fuel from a pipeline in Ogwe.
(SFC, 2/10/00, p.C4)
2000 Feb 9, In Turkey Kurdish
rebels of the PKK announced that they had given up their war and
would press their cause "within the framework of peace and
(SFC, 2/10/00, p.A12)
2001 Feb 9, The US nuclear
submarine Greeneville struck the Japanese fishing boat, Ehime Maru,
near Oahu with 35 people on board including 13 students. The boat
sank in 5 minutes and 9 men and boys were killed. The sub was
practicing a rapid ascent and had 15 civilian guests onboard. It was
later revealed that civilian visitors sat at 2 of the subs 3 main
controls when it surfaced. Capt. Scott Waddle, the sub skipper, was
relieved of duty pending investigation. Sonar contact with the
fishing vessel had been established over an hour before the
accident. Capt. Waddle was later reprimanded and submitted his
(SFC, 2/10/01, p.A1)(SSFC, 2/11/01, p.A3)(SFC,
2/13/01, p.A3)(SFC, 2/14/01, p.A2)(SFC, 2/15/01, p.A3)(SFC, 2/21/01,
p.A2)(SFC, 3/15/01, p.A3)(WSJ, 4/24/01, p.A1)(AP, 2/9/08)
2001 Feb 9, In Colombia Pres.
Pastrana and FARC commander Marulanda agreed to resume peace
(SFC, 2/10/01, p.A10)
2001 Feb 9, In Israel Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon asked Ehud Barak to serve as defense minister.
A Palestinian shepherd was killed by an Israeli bullet.
(SFC, 2/10/01, p.A10)(SSFC, 2/11/01, p.C5)
2001 Feb 9, In Mexico Pres. Fox
inaugurated a $50 million aid plan for Chiapas. Yucatan’s PRI Gov.
Victor Cervera refused to accept a state electoral commission.
(SFC, 2/10/01, p.A10)(WSJ, 2/12/00, p.A18)
2002 Feb 9, At the Winter
Olympics in Salt Lake City, Jochem Uytdehaage of the Netherlands won
the gold medal in the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race in world
record time of 6:14.66.
2002 Feb 9, Oakland's Rich
Gannon led the AFC to a 38-30 victory over the NFC in the Pro Bowl.
2002 Feb 9, The US and Pakistan
signed an agreement to enhance defense cooperation.
(SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A19)
2002 Feb 9, The Afghan
government released 320 captured Taliban fighters and gave each
soldier the equivalent of $15 as a gesture of reconciliation.
(SFC, 2/9/02, p.A18)
2002 Feb 9, In Algeria security
forces killed Antar Zouabri, head of the Armed Islamic Group, and 2
other insurgents in Boufarik.
(SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A14)
2002 Feb 9, Britain's Princess
Margaret (71), the high-spirited and unconventional sister of Queen
Elizabeth II, died in London.
(SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A12)(AP, 2/9/03)
2002 Feb 9, East Timor approved
a draft for a new constitution. Full independence was scheduled for
(SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A14)
2002 Feb 9, In Honduras police
broke up a drug-smuggling, kidnapping and bank robbery ring in
Lempira. It was an arm of cartels based in Tijuana.
(SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A14)
2002 Feb 9, In South Africa
Bulelani Vukwana (29), shot and killed his girlfriend and 9 others
before killing himself in Mdantsane suburb of East London.
(SFC, 2/11/02, p.A8)
2003 Feb 9, The West beat the
East 155-145 in the first double overtime game in NBA All-Star
2003 Feb 9, President Bush told
congressional Republicans at a policy conference that Iraq had
fooled the world for more than a decade about its banned weapons and
the United Nations was now facing "a moment of truth" in disarming
2003 Feb 9, The U.S. Navy ended
its last planned bombing exercises on Puerto Rico's Vieques Island.
2003 Feb 9, In China Xinhua’s
first SARS report was issued for leaders’ eyes only. By this time
there were already some 300 cases and 5 deaths dating back to
(Econ, 6/19/10, p.43)
2003 Feb 9, In China state
media reported that scientists had discovered a massive underground
lake, some 35 billion cubic feet, in the arid northwest beneath the
2003 Feb 9, The leaders of
Germany and Russia renewed their calls for a peaceful resolution in
Iraq, restating their opposition to any U.S.-led war to disarm and
oust Saddam Hussein.
2003 Feb 9, Iran reported the
discovery of uranium reserves and planned production facilities for
peaceful use of nuclear energy.
(SFC, 2/10/03, p.A8)
2003 Feb 9, Montenegro's 2nd
attempt in 2 months to elect a president failed.
2003 Feb 9, Three Palestinians
were killed when their explosives-laden car blew up outside an
Israeli army post after crashing into a cement block barrier. In
secret talks last week Israel offered the Palestinians a gradual
(AP, 2/9/03)(SSFC, 2/9/03, p.A22)
2003 Feb 9, Swiss voters
approved measures to further extend their direct democracy.
2004 Feb 9, President Bush and
Democratic front-runner John Kerry sparred over the president's
economic leadership, while Kerry's rivals sought to slow his brisk
2004 Feb 9, Tower Records Inc.
filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, after the music and
entertainment chain has so far proven unable to cope with
competition from large retailers, digital downloading and file
2004 Feb 9, Rebel attacks and
land mines in Chechnya killed at least 9 Russian servicemen and
local pro-Moscow police over the last 24 hours.
(SFC, 2/10/04, p.A6)
2004 Feb 9, An Egyptian enraged
at the events in the Middle East stabbed 2 foreign tourists in
Cairo’s historic Ghawriya district.
(WSJ, 10/11/04, p.A17)
2004 Feb 9, In Haiti government
police retook 2 of nearly a dozen towns seized by rebels as the
death toll in the violent uprising rose to at least 40.
(SFC, 2/9/04, p.A5)(AP, 2/9/05)
2004 Feb 9, Culturecom Holdings
Ltd. of Hong Kong unveiled a DVD player and word-processing device
built with chips developed by Chinese computer scientist Chu
Bong-foo. Chu found a way to put Asia characters in position to
command binary code.
(WSJ, 2/9/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 9, Japan passed a law
making it easier to impose economic sanctions on impoverished North
Korea, prompting the communist country to demand that Tokyo be
barred from future multilateral talks on its nuclear program.
2004 Feb 9, In Malaysia
anti-corruption officers arrested the former head of scandal-plagued
steel company Perwaja.
2004 Feb 9, Saloum Cohen (82),
high priest of the tiny Samaritan community and a Palestinian
lawmaker, died. Cohen had been the spiritual head of the 660-strong
Samaritans since 2001.
2004 Feb 9, The UN adopted
Resolution 1559. It called for free elections in Lebanon and the
withdrawal of all foreign forces and the disbanding of all militias.
2004 Feb 9, Venezuela devalued
its currency by 17 percent against the U.S. dollar, a surprise
decision that could fuel inflation but help the government meet
2005 Feb 9, Ceremonies were
scheduled for a first-day-of-issue stamp commemorating Pres. Ronald
(SFC, 10/7/04, p.B3)
2005 Feb 9, Carly Fiorina's
nearly six-year reign at Hewlett-Packard Co. ended as the company's
board forced her out as chief executive. Patricia Dunn took over as
chairman. In 2006 Fiorina authored “Tough Choices,” a memoir of her
tenure at H-P.
(AP, 2/9/05)(Econ, 2/12/05, p.59)(WSJ, 10/6/06,
2005 Feb 9, Wal-Mart said it
planned to close its store in Jonquiere, Quebec, where workers were
seeking to become the 1st ever to win a union contract with
Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart began operations in Canada in 1994 and currently
operated 254 stores there. Doors were shut May 6.
(WSJ, 2/10/05, p.A2)(SFC, 4/15/05, p.A12)
2005 Feb 9, Ethnic Chinese
communities across Asia celebrated the start of the lunar year 4703,
the Year of the Rooster, with visits to crowded temples and family
(AP, 2/9/05)(SFC, 2/9/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 9, The French National
Assembly approved a reform of the controversial 35-hour working
week. The Socialist measure had been introduced to cut unemployment
but is now blamed by the right for doing exactly the reverse.
2005 Feb 9, Gunmen killed an
Iraqi journalist working for a U.S.-funded television station and
his son as they left their home in the southern city of Basra.
Gunmen also killed 3 members of a Kurdish political party and a
Housing Ministry official. The US military announced the deaths of 4
(AP, 2/9/05)(SFC, 2/10/05, p.A9)
2005 Feb 9, In Kashmir
suspected Muslim rebels shot dead a popular municipal councilor
outside a mosque. Separately Indian troops killed 4 militants in a
gunbattle inside a mountain cave.
2005 Feb 9, Palestinian leader
Mahmoud Abbas said Israel will lift travel restrictions on
Palestinians in parts of the West Bank and abandon several major
checkpoints as part of its withdrawal from five towns in the coming
2005 Feb 9, An explosion ripped
through a mine in a coal-rich region of Siberia, killing at least 18
workers and leaving eight missing.
2005 Feb 9, In Somalia BBC
journalist Kate Peyton was shot to death outside a Mogadishu hotel
where she had interviewed some members of the interim parliament.
(SFC, 2/19/05, p.A14)
2005 Feb 9, In Spain a car bomb
exploded in a business park on the outskirts of Madrid just after
the morning rush hour, injuring 43 people. Government officials
blamed the Basque separatist group ETA.
2005 Feb 9, Sudanese Aviation
Minister Ali Tamim Fartak said European aviation consortium Airbus
Industrie has cancelled the 45-million dollar debt owed to it by
2005 Feb 9, Faure Gnassingbe,
Togo's new president, addressed the nation for the first time since
succeeding his father. He offered talks with the exiled opposition
and promised general elections as soon as possible.
2005 Feb 9, Helicopters rescued
stranded Venezuelans after flood waters struck the mountainous
central coast, triggering landslides, destroying homes and washing
out roads. Officials said at least 13 people were killed and
thousands of others were forced from their homes.
2006 Feb 9, President Bush
outlined details of an alleged plot to hijack an airliner and fly it
into a skyscraper in Los Angeles. The next day security officials
and terrorism experts in Southeast Asia said Malaysian engineer
Zaini Zakaria (38) was among three men al-Qaida was preparing to
take part in an attack on Los Angeles. Zaini has been detained
without trial under the Internal Security Act in Malaysia since he
surrendered in December 2002.
2006 Feb 9, The US Treasury
Dept. sold $14 billion of 30-year bonds at 5.52%. The last 30-year
auction was on Aug. 15, 2001.
(SFC, 2/10/06, p.D3)
2006 Feb 9, Neil Entwistle
(27), a British man, whose wife and daughter were found shot dead in
their Massachusetts home, was arrested in Britain and charged with
2006 Feb 9, American
International Group, Inc. (AIG), agreed to pay $1.64 billion to
resolve allegations that it used deceptive accounting practices to
mislead investors and regulatory agencies.
(SFC, 2/10/06, p.D3)
2006 Feb 9, Sir Freddie Laker
(83), pioneer of low-cost airline travel, died in Florida.
(WSJ, 2/11/06, p.A1)(Econ, 2/18/06, p.82)
2006 Feb 9, An Australian
inquiry into alleged kickbacks paid to Iraq under the UN
oil-for-food program claimed its first scalp with the resignation of
Andrew Lindberg, the chief executive of wheat exporter AWB.
2006 Feb 9, In Afghanistan
hundreds of Shiite Muslims and Sunnis clashed in Herat during an
important Shiite festival, exchanging fire, hurling grenades and
burning mosques. At least five people were killed and 51 injured.
2006 Feb 9, Australian senators
voted to remove an effective ban on abortion drug RU-486.
2006 Feb 9, Tesco, Britain's
biggest retailer and the world's third-biggest retailer, said it is
preparing to take on number-one Wal-Mart on its own turf after
unveiling plans to set up shop in the US next year.
2006 Feb 9, Rene Preval took a
strong lead in Haiti's presidential election, with most of the first
votes counted going to the former president who is seen as a
champion of the poor.
2006 Feb 9, In central
Indonesia an Islamic teacher named Sahal, suspected of involvement
in a Southeast Asian terrorist network, was arrested in the town of
2006 Feb 9, A roadside bomb
blast killed two US Marines near the western Anbar province city of
2006 Feb 9, Kidnapped American
journalist Jill Carroll appeared in a video aired on a private
Kuwaiti TV channel, appealing for her supporters to do whatever it
takes to win her release and saying "there is a very short time."
She was freed on March 30, 2006.
(AP, 2/9/06)(AP, 2/9/07)
2006 Feb 9, Premier Silvio
Berlusconi's government easily won a confidence vote in the Chamber
of Deputies on a bill that included financing the country's military
2006 Feb 9, An Italian judge
dismissed an atheist's petition that a small-town priest should
stand trial for asserting that Jesus Christ existed. Luigi Cascioli,
a 72-year-old retired agronomist, had accused the Rev. Enrico Righi
of violating two laws with the assertion, which he called a
deceptive fable propagated by the Roman Catholic Church.
2006 Feb 9, Japanese officials
said 45 cows at a farm in northern Japan were suspected of having
mad cow disease and will be destroyed.
2006 Feb 9, Moroccan state
media reported that the US has handed over three suspected Islamic
militants held at the Guantanamo Bay prison.
2006 Feb 9, In Nepal thousands
of opposition protesters flooded the streets of Kathmandu, as early
results showed pro-government candidates sweeping local elections
that were marred by rebel attacks, the shooting of protesters and
2006 Feb 9, Some 58 containers
were swept from the P&O Nedlloyd ship Mondriaan, which got
caught in a storm about 9 miles off the coast of the island of
Terschelling, in the North Sea. The next day thousands of tennis
shoes, aluminum briefcases and children's toys washed onto the beach
of a Dutch island, drawing crowds of treasure-hunting residents.
2006 Feb 9, Health authorities
imposed a quarantine on poultry farms across northern Nigeria. 2
more states reported cases of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus.
(AP, 2/9/06)(SFC, 2/10/06, p.A8)
2006 Feb 9, North Korea has
requested 150,000 tons of fertilizer from South Korea, months after
it demanded that the UN World Food Program halt emergency food
2006 Feb 9, In Pakistan’s
Northwest Frontier province a suspected suicide bombing and gunfire
killed at least 29 minority Shiite Muslims and gunmen killed at
least four more people in an attack on a bus in Hangu.
(AP, 2/9/06)(SFC, 2/10/06, p.A3)
2006 Feb 9, Palestinian
prosecutors froze bank accounts and seized assets of dozens of
suspects in a widening corruption probe of senior government
officials believed to have stolen hundreds of millions of dollars in
2006 Feb 9, Two masked gunmen
shot out the tires of a diplomatic vehicle and kidnapped Egypt's
military attache to the Palestinian Authority, in a brazen daylight
abduction just outside the heavily guarded Egyptian mission in Gaza
2006 Feb 9, Russian President
Vladimir Putin invited leaders of Hamas to Moscow, saying his
country does not see the Palestinian group as a terrorist
2006 Feb 9, Spanish police in
Madrid arrested Ricardo Taddei (63), a former Argentine police
officer, wanted in connection with kidnappings and torture during
his country's "dirty war" against leftist dissidents.
2006 Feb 9, In Turkey a bomb
attack wounded at least 17 people at an Internet cafe in Istanbul. A
hardline Kurdish militant group claimed responsibility.
2006 Feb 9, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez unleashed more criticism toward President Bush
and accused the US and Britain of planning to invade Iran.
2007 Feb 9, US Defense
Secretary Robert Gates told reporters in Munich, Germany, that
serial numbers and other markings on bombs suggested that Iranians
were linked to deadly explosives used by Iraqi militants.
2007 Feb 9, Fred Everts (36),
the former roommate of Dean Arthur Schwartzmiller (one of the
nation's most prolific child molesters), was sentenced in San Jose,
Ca., to at least 800 years in prison for sexually abusing three
2007 Feb 9, Fortress Investment
Group LLC, became the 1st private equity group to go public. Shares
were issued on the NYSE at $18.50 and closed at $31.
(WSJ, 2/10/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 9, It was reported
that researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have
overcome a major obstacle in harnessing the full power and speed of
the light waves for Internet fiber-optic networks.
2007 Feb 9, Taliban militants
ambushed a truck full of Afghan police in southern Afghanistan,
killing four officers and injuring three. A separate gunfight left
11 Taliban fighters dead.
2007 Feb 9, Bolivia’s Pres. Evo
Morales declared the Vinto tin smelter to be nationalized. Glencore,
the Swiss based owner, demanded compensation saying the seizure
violated a 1991 bilateral agreement between Bolivia and Switzerland.
(Econ, 2/17/07, p.40)
2007 Feb 9, In London airline
tycoon Richard Branson announced a $25 million prize for the first
person to come up with a way of scrubbing greenhouse gases out of
the atmosphere in the battle to beat global warming.
2007 Feb 9, British government
scientists said the avian flu strain that hit the farm in Suffolk
owned by poultry giant Bernard Matthews appeared to be identical to
that found in Hungary, where Matthews owns local company Saga Foods.
2007 Feb 9, British bus and
train operator FirstGroup PLC said it agreed to buy US-based bus
company Laidlaw International Inc. in a 1.9 billion pound ($2.7
2007 Feb 9, Ian Richardson
(b.1934), Scottish-born film and TV actor, died in London. He played
the evil Francis Urquhart in 3 TV miniseries “House of Cards”
(1990), “To Play the King” (1993) and “The final Cut” (1995).
(SSFC, 2/11/07, p.B7)
2007 Feb 9, In Cambodia the
American navy's USS Gary docked at Sihanoukville, becoming the first
US military craft to visit the former communist country in more than
2007 Feb 9, China’s state Food
and Drug Administration vowed to probe up to 170,000 medicines
produced by manufacturers, which allegedly bribed its sacked head
Zheng Xiaoyu for production licenses. The top drug safety official
was being investigated for bribery after a number of deaths and
scandals were linked to shoddy medicines.
2007 Feb 9, In China envoys to
international talks on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program
struggled to find a compromise as differences emerged over a Chinese
proposal on how to begin the disarmament process.
2007 Feb 9, A French appeals
court ruled that Pierre Pinoncelli (78), who attacked Marcel
Duchamp's famed porcelain urinal (fountain) with a hammer last year,
does not have to pay $260,000 in damages. Pinoncelli urinated on
"Fountain" during a 1993 exhibition in Nimes in southern France, and
cut off his own finger as an expression of solidarity with
Colombian-French politician Ingrid Betancourt, held hostage by
leftist guerrillas in Colombia since 2002.
2007 Feb 9, In France
Alcatel-Lucent SA said it plans to cut another 3,500 jobs after it
swung to a loss in the fourth quarter, the first for which the
telecom equipment maker reported combined earnings.
2007 Feb 9, In Guinea President
Lansana Conte named Eugene Camara, a recently appointed cabinet
member, as prime minister. The move was apparently aimed at
appeasing union leaders who led a crippling two-week strike. Under
an agreement signed by the two sides, the new PM cannot have
previously served in the government.
2007 Feb 9, Hundreds of UN
peacekeepers raided Haiti's largest and most violent slum, seizing a
portion of it in a six-hour gunbattle that left a gang member dead
and two soldiers wounded.
2007 Feb 9, The UN atomic
monitor suspended nearly half the technical aid it provides to Iran,
a symbolically significant punishment for nuclear defiance that only
North Korea and Saddam Hussein's Iraq had faced in the past.
2007 Feb 9, Gunmen dressed in
Iraqi army uniforms swept into a village south of Baghdad,
kidnapping 13 civilians and killing at least 11 of them. A British
soldier was killed and three others were hurt in a roadside bomb
attack in southern Iraq. 3 US soldiers died in an explosion in
volatile Diyala province northeast of Baghdad.
(AP, 2/9/07)(AFP, 2/9/07)(AP, 2/10/07)
2007 Feb 9, Israeli police
stormed the grounds of Islam's third-holiest shrine, firing stun
grenades and tear gas to disperse thousands of Muslim worshippers
who hurled stones, bottles and trash in an eruption of outrage over
Israeli renovation nearby.
2007 Feb 9, Nichiro Corp., a
Japanese food company, recalled nearly 5 million cans of tuna after
a customer found part of a box cutter blade in a can. The small
piece of blade was found in a can of tuna produced in Vietnam in
February 2006 and imported to Japan by a third company for sale by
2007 Feb 9, An official said
flooding in central Mozambique threatened some 285,000 people.
2007 Feb 9, Gazans rejoiced in
the streets to celebrate a Hamas-Fatah power-sharing deal they hope
will avert civil war, but Palestinian officials preached patience,
saying implementing the agreement would be a challenge.
2007 Feb 9, The Kremlin said
oil tycoon and Chelsea soccer club owner Abramovich will stay on as
governor of the Chukotka region in northeastern Russia. Abramovich
had submitted his resignation in December.
2007 Feb 9, In Vietnam the US
ambassador said the US government will give Vietnam $400,000 toward
cleaning up a former US military base contaminated by Agent Orange,
its biggest step yet toward resolving one of the most contentious
legacies of the Vietnam War.
2007 Feb 9, The United Nations
agreed to a Serbian request to delay final talks on the fate of
breakaway Kosovo province by a week to give Belgrade time to appoint
2008 Feb 9, Sen. Barack Obama
swept the Louisiana primary and caucuses in Nebraska and Washington
state, slicing into Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's slender delegate
lead in their historic race for the Democratic presidential
nomination. Obama also won almost 90% in the Virgin Islands. McCain
narrowly won Washington while Huckabee took Kansas along with a
narrow win in Louisiana.
(AP, 2/10/08)(SSFC, 2/10/08, p.A1)
2008 Feb 9, In San Mateo
County, Ca., police found John Alfred Dennis Jr. (59), an Oakland
historian and respected college teacher, slain in a vehicle at
Montara State Beach. Troy Tyrone Thomas (43), the driver of the
vehicle, was arrested. Dennis had mentored Thomas for some years. On
July 7 Thomas pleaded guilty and faced life in prison.
(SFC, 2/11/08, p.D1)(SFC, 2/12/08, p.B1)(SFC,
2008 Feb 9, Michigan’s
unemployment rate topped the nation at 7.6%.
(Econ, 2/9/08, p.31)
2008 Feb 9, A massive fire in
London's famed Camden market caused extensive damage to the market
and area buildings.
2008 Feb 9, Egypt's highest
civil court ruled that 12 Coptic Christians who had converted to
Islam could return to their old faith, ending a yearlong legal
battle over the predominantly Muslim state's tolerance for
2008 Feb 9, The French
government suspended the use of genetically modified corn crops in
France while it awaits EU approval for a full ban.
2008 Feb 9, In Haiti a man
blamed for kidnappings in the Port-au-Prince suburb of Petionville
was pummeled with rocks and killed by neighbors in the seaside Cite
Soleil slum. The next day UN and Haitian police rescued a suspected
kidnapper (27) from a mob in downtown Port-au-Prince.
2008 Feb 9, In India Baba Amte
(93), founder of a leper center in Warora (1951), died at the center
in western Maharashtra state.
(SFC, 2/22/08, p.B9)(Econ, 3/1/08, p.93)
2008 Feb 9, A stampede at an
Indonesian punk rock concert left 10 people dead and dozens more
injured, most of them teenagers.
2008 Feb 9, Iraqi police killed
Abu Omar al-Dori, a local al-Qaida in Iraq leader, in his home in
Samarra. 12 decomposed bodies were discovered in a mass grave near
Baqouba. Iraqi police arrested 31 Shiite activists in early morning
raids south of Baghdad.
2008 Feb 9, An 8-year-old boy
lost his leg in a rocket attack on Sderot, one of the 11 rockets
fired at southern Israel. Four Israeli airstrikes after the attack
killed a Gaza gunman and targeted weapons-making operations of the
Islamic militant Hamas group.
2008 Feb 9, In Japan the
world's leading economies pledged to work together to secure
stability in volatile markets but brushed off the idea of a single
uniform remedy for the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations.
2008 Feb 9, Raila Odinga,
Kenya's opposition leader, demanded that Pres. Kibaki resign, a
sharp turnaround from his conciliatory tone during talks with the
government earlier this week.
2008 Feb 9, In northwestern
Pakistan a suicide bomber struck at an election rally in Peshawar,
killing 27 people and wounding more than 25.
(AP, 2/9/08)(AP, 2/10/08)
2008 Feb 9, Sudan and the
African Union-UN peacekeeping mission for Darfur signed an agreement
determining how the joint force will operate, capping weeks of
2008 Feb 9, Turkey’s parliament
voted to amend the constitution to lift a decades-old ban on Islamic
head scarves at Turkey's universities, despite fierce opposition
from the secular establishment.
2009 Feb 9, US Federal judges
tentatively ordered California to release tens of thousands of
inmates, up to a third of all prisoners, in the next three years to
stop dangerous overcrowding.
2009 Feb 9, Baseball player
Alex Rodriguez admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs with
the Texas Rangers from 2001 to 2003.
(WSJ, 2/10/09, p.A1)
2009 Feb 9, In Argentina the
ultraconservative Society of St. Pius X said British Bishop Richard
Williamson, whose denials of the Holocaust led to Vatican demands he
recant, has been removed as the head of an Argentine seminary. On
Feb 19 the bishop was ordered to leave Argentina within 10 days.
(AP, 2/9/09)(AP, 2/20/09)
2009 Feb 9, In Argentina at
least 12 people were missing and over 1000 evacuated after a
mudslide swept away a railroad bridge and homes in the northern
border town of Tartagal.
(SFC, 2/10/09, p.A2)
2009 Feb 9, In Australia police
declared incinerated towns crime scenes, and PM Rudd spoke of "mass
murder" after investigators said arsonists may have set some of the
country's worst wildfires in history. The official death toll from
the wildfires was later downgraded to 173 from a previous count of
(AP, 2/9/09)(AP, 2/10/09)(AP, 3/30/09)
2009 Feb 9, In Montreal,
Canada, researchers said that an Indevus Pharmaceuticals gel
formulated to protect women from the virus that causes AIDS appeared
to protect about a third of them from infection, the first time a
so-called microbicide has been shown to work.
2009 Feb 9, In Beijing, China,
the tower of a nearly completed skyscraper was destroyed by a fire
believed to have ignited by a fireworks display marking the end of
the Lunar New Year celebrations. It was part of the new headquarters
for China Central Television (CCTV). In 2010 a Beijing court
sentenced 20 people to up to seven years in prison over the deadly
fire at CCTV's iconic headquarters.
(SFC, 2/10/09, p.A6)(AP, 5/10/10)
2009 Feb 9, In Cuba Orlando
"Cachaito" Lopez (b.1933), considered the "heartbeat" of Cuba's
legendary Buena Vista Social Club for his internationally acclaimed
bass playing, died of complications from prostate surgery.
2009 Feb 9, The French
government said it would give $8.4 million in low interest loans to
Renault SA and PSA Peugeot-Citroen in exchange for pledges that the
car makers won’t close any factories of lay off workers in France
for the duration of the funding.
(WSJ, 2/10/09, p.B2)
2009 Feb 9, A senior Iraqi
security official said that four prisoners have been transferred
from the US military detention center in Guantanamo Bay to Iraqi
custody. A suicide bomber detonated his car near a US Army patrol in
Mosul killing 4 soldiers and their Iraqi translator.
(AP, 2/9/09)(SFC, 2/10/09, p.A3)
2009 Feb 9, In northern Italy
Eluana Englaro (38) died at her clinic as the Italian Senate
discussed legislation clarifying the right to die. Englaro had been
in a vegetative state since a 1992 car accident and died after her
family cut off her food and water.
2009 Feb 9, Nissan said it is
slashing 20,000 jobs, or 8.5 percent of its global work force, to
cope with what Japan's third-largest automaker expects will be its
first annual loss in nine years.
2009 Feb 9, Scientists in Japan
reported that they have identified an enzyme which appears to
suppress breast cancer and they hope the finding will spur new
therapies to control the second most common cancer in the world.
2009 Feb 9, In Madagascar
defense minister Cecile Manorohanta said she has resigned because
civilians were killed when security forces fired on anti-government
protesters over the weekend.
2009 Feb 9, A Palestinian
fighter died in a clash with Israeli troops and Israeli aircraft
attacked two targets in Gaza as mediators tried to broker a
long-term cease-fire a day before Israel holds national elections.
2009 Feb 9, In the Philippines
Abu Sayyaf militants holding three Red Cross workers tried to break
a military cordon that has boxed them in for days, setting off a
clash that wounded five marines and sparked concerns over the
2009 Feb 9, South Korean
prosecutors cleared police of any wrongdoing over a commando raid
last month that left six people dead in a clash with displaced
tenants in central Seoul.
2009 Feb 9, Spain's interior
minister blamed the armed Basque separatist group ETA for an
explosion in the east of Madrid, which police said caused extensive
damage but no casualties.
2009 Feb 9, In Sri Lanka a
woman with a bomb strapped to her body hid in a crowd of civilians
at a refugee camp in Vishvamadu, blowing herself up and killing 29
people as security forces frisked people fleeing the northern war
(AP, 2/9/09)(SFC, 2/10/09, p.A6)(Econ, 2/14/09,
2009 Feb 9, In Sri Lanka 9
bodies were dumped on farmland in the northerly district of
Mullaitivu after they were killed in an army multi-barrel shell
attack. The grave was discovered in 2014. Another mass grave was
reported to be 200 meters away.
2009 Feb 9, In Switzerland
Paula Oliviera (26), a lawyer from Brazil, claimed she was attacked
by three skinheads, one with a Nazi symbol tattooed on the back of
his head, outside a Zurich train station. On Feb 13 investigators
said was not pregnant and probably cut wounds into herself.
2010 Feb 9, US Federal
government offices were closed for a second straight day and utility
workers struggled to restore power knocked out by a weekend
2010 Feb 9, California
lawmakers called for federal and state investigations into Anthem
Blue Cross regarding new rates hikes of as much as 39% for thousands
of policyholders statewide. On Feb 13 Anthem announced that it would
delay the increase for two months to allow state regulators to
conduct a review. On April 29 WellPoint, the parent of Anthem Blue
Cross, said it was withdrawing the proposed rate increase and
planned to file new rates.
(SFC, 2/10/10, p.A1)(SSFC, 2/14/10, p.A1)(SFC,
2010 Feb 9, Phil Harris (53),
the fishing boat captain whose adventures off the Alaska coast were
captured on the television show "Deadliest Catch", died in Anchorage
following a massive stroke on Jan 29.
2010 Feb 9, Walter Fredrick
Morrison (90), the man credited with inventing the Frisbee, died at
his home in Monroe, Utah. Morrison began manufacturing his flying
discs in 1948. He sold the production and manufacturing rights to
his "Pluto Platter" in 1957. The plastic flying disc was later
renamed the "Frisbee," with sales surpassing 200 million discs.
2010 Feb 9, In Afghanistan US
Army soldiers launched a preliminary operation in support of a
planned US-Afghan attack on Marjah, the largest Taliban-controlled
town in the south. Two NATO service members were killed in separate
attacks, including an American who died in a bombing in the south. A
French soldier was killed during a gunfight after insurgents
attacked an Afghan army convoy being escorted by French troops in
the eastern Kapisa province.
2010 Feb 9, In Afghanistan
massive avalanches roared down a northern mountain pass. The death
toll soon reached 171 and it was unclear how many more bodies might
be buried in the snow. Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak said
3,000 people had been trapped in vehicles along the mountain pass at
3,400 meters (11,000) feet.
(AP, 2/9/10)(Reuters, 2/10/10)(AP, 2/11/10)
2010 Feb 9, Chile’s
President-elect Sebastian Pinera named a Cabinet of technocrats to
run his government, calling more on political independents than
members of the Chilean conservative parties that made him their
2010 Feb 9, A Chinese court
sentenced activist Tan Zuoren (56), who investigated the deaths of
thousands of schoolchildren in the country's massive 2008
earthquake, to five years in jail for inciting subversion of state
power. In 2010 the Sichuan provincial high court upheld the
(AP, 2/9/10)(AP, 6/9/10)
2010 Feb 9, China said its
first national pollution census has mapped nearly 6 million sources
of industrial, residential and agricultural waste. The 2-year survey
results gave the government one year to shape the next 5-year
environmental protection plan.
(SFC, 2/10/10, p.A4)
2010 Feb 9, In Germany GM's
Opel unit asked European governments for billions of euros (dollars)
in aid even as it formally presented a restructuring plan that will
result in some 8,300 job cuts in Europe.
2010 Feb 9, In Guatemala Manuel
Pop Sun and Reyes Collin Gualip, two former sergeants who belonged
to a military squad specializing in counterinsurgency, were arrested
for their roles in the 1982 massacre of more than 200 people in the
village of Dos Erres in the country's northern Peten region. They
were among 17 soldiers in the army's elite Kaibil unit blamed for
2010 Feb 9, India halted the
release of the world's first genetically modified eggplant, saying
further study needed to be done to guarantee consumer safety before
it could be cultivated in the country.
2010 Feb 9, Indonesian police
said 8 people have died after drinking liquor laced with methanol on
the country's main island of Java. The victims had bought the drink
from the same stall on Feb 5.
2010 Feb 9, Iran began
enriching uranium to a higher level over the vociferous objections
of the US and its allies who fear the process could eventually be
used to give the Islamic republic nuclear weapons.
2010 Feb 9, Toyota officials
went to Japan's Transport Ministry to formally notify officials the
company is recalling the 2010 Prius gas-electric hybrid. The
automaker is also recalling two other hybrid models in Japan, the
Lexus HS250h sedan, sold in the US and Japan, and the Sai, which is
sold only in Japan. The total recall amounted to 437,000 Prius and
other hybrid vehicles worldwide to fix brake problems.
2010 Feb 9, Honda Motor Co.
added 378,000 US vehicles and 41,000 in Canada to its 15-month-old
global recall for faulty air bags in the latest quality problem to
hit a Japanese automaker. The next day 17,000 cars in Japan were
added to the list.
2010 Feb 9, Authorities in
Malaysia caned three Muslim women for having extramarital sex,
making them the first women in the country to receive such
punishment under Islamic law. Each woman reportedly received between
four and six strokes of a rattan cane.
2010 Feb 9, Nigeria's
Parliament empowered Vice President Goodluck Jonathan to take over
for ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua, whose absence has stoked
2010 Feb 9, In Pakistan a
suicide car-bomber killed 18 people in the Khyber region on the
Afghan border. A military helicopter gunship crashed in another part
of Khyber, where security forces are fighting militants, killing the
two crew. Militants later opened fire on an army rescue party,
killing a senior officer and wounding two men.
(Reuters, 2/10/10)(AFP, 2/11/10)
2010 Feb 9, The UN said in an
international appeal that aid groups in Pakistan need nearly $538
million over the next six months to help hundreds of thousands of
people displaced by army clashes against the Taliban.
2010 Feb 9, Philippine
prosecutors filed charges against Andal Ampatuan senior, the head of
a powerful clan, and 195 others in the biggest and deadliest murder
case since the country's WW II war crimes trials.
(AP, 2/9/10)(Econ, 2/20/10, p.40)
2010 Feb 9, In South Africa a
fire raged through the Hope in Christ Home orphanage at Newcastle in
the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal. The blaze killed Sarah
Holland, the director and founder of the Hope of Christ Home in
KwaZulu-Natal province, along with two adults and eight children
between the ages of 4 and 15. Holland died a hero, rescuing nine
children as their rural home burned.
(AFP, 2/9/10)(AP, 2/10/10)
2010 Feb 9, Sri Lanka's
president dissolved the parliament, setting the stage for new
elections a day after authorities arrested the leader of the
opposition, a move analysts said was meant to prevent him from
contesting the vote. The opposition called for countrywide protests
after its defeated presidential candidate was arrested for allegedly
plotting to overthrow the government while serving as army
2010 Feb 9, In Sudan militias
raided a Darfur refugee camp, shooting dead two people and injuring
at least 10. The raid followed the murder of a militia member's
relative who appeared to be searching the camps in Kass, South
Darfur for the suspect.
2011 Feb 9, US federal
prosecutors announced charges against 41 alleged gang members for
activities ranging from racketeering conspiracy to drug and gun
trafficking and murder in four states and Washington D.C. Some 29
defendants were arrested and more arrests are expected in connection
with the separate cases from Los Angeles; McAllen, Texas; Kansas
City; Washington D.C.; and Las Vegas.
2011 Feb 9, US authorities
ordered sanctions on two Afghan nationals said to be part of the
financial network that supports Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the
Haqqani network. The US Treasury named as Specially Designated
Global Terrorists Said Jan Abd Al-Salam and Khalil Al-Rahman
2011 Feb 9, A US judge approved
the extradition to Mexico of Chinese-Mexican businessman, Zhenli Ye
Gon, on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.
2011 Feb 9, New York state
Republican Congressman Christopher Lee (46) said he is resigning
after the release of e-mails he allegedly sent through an online
personals site. The website Gawker hours earlier published an
exchanged between the married Lee and an unidentified woman that
included a shirtless photo of him.
(SFC, 2/10/11, p.A4)
2011 Feb 9, Enrico Ponzo, aka
Jay Shaw, appeared in a Boise courtroom to face charges from a 1997
indictment for racketeering and attempted murder. The New England
mobster vanished in 1994 after trying to kill his boss, Frank
Salemme, former head of the Patriarca Family of La Cosa Nostra.
(SFC, 2/10/11, p.A4)
2011 Feb 9, Hewlett-Packard
unveiled its new TouchPad computer. It used Palm’s updated webOS
(SFC, 2/10/11, p.D1)
2011 Feb 9, A second powerful
blizzard in a week roared through parts of the US midsection,
bringing biting winds and dumping more than a foot of snow on areas
still digging out from last week's major storm. Up to 2 feet of snow
fell on parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma.
(AP, 2/9/11)(SFC, 2/10/11, p.A5)
2011 Feb 9, In southern
Afghanistan 2 NATO service members died. In the north a roadside
bomb exploded and killed the director of criminal investigations in
Chimtal district of Balkh province.
2011 Feb 9, Brazil, faced with
climbing inflation and slowing growth, unveiled $30 billion in cuts
to its 2011 budget. Finance Minister Guido Mantega said this would
affect "all ministries."
2011 Feb 9, The British
government said it has struck a deal with the country's top banks to
curb bonus payments and boost lending to businesses as it seeks to
draw a line under a crisis that culminated in a multibillion pound
(dollar) state bailout of the sector.
2011 Feb 9, The London Stock
Exchange agreed to buy Canada's stock market operator TMX, while
Germany's Deutsche Boerse was in talks to buy NYSE Euronext,
signaling that exchanges globally are looking to consolidate.
2011 Feb 9, Chinese officials
said they were preparing for a severe, long-lasting drought in
several parched provinces, causing wheat prices to spike on the
prospect of the world's largest consumer putting pressure on a
global supply that's already squeezed.
2011 Feb 9, In Colombia Marcos
Baquero (35), a town councilman taken hostage in June 2009, was
released by FARC rebels, the first of five captives they promised to
free this week. He was the 15th captive released by the FARC since
early 2008 in what was widely seen as good-faith gestures seeking a
2011 Feb 9, Danish police
arrested a 44-year-old man after he allegedly shot and killed his
three children and attempted to commit suicide.
2011 Feb 9, In Djibouti the
president of the Djiboutian League of Human Rights, was arrested
after reporting on the arrests of students and members of opposition
political parties following the demonstrations, according to Human
2011 Feb 9, Egypt's
anti-government activists pushed to expand their protests and sought
to drum up labor unrest as thousands launched strikes at state firms
and offices around the country, in defiance of the vice president's
warning that demonstrations calling for President Hosni Mubarak's
ouster would not be tolerated for much longer.
2011 Feb 9, In Haiti Radio
Kiskeya journalist Garry Desrosiers was fatally shot on a busy
street in Port-au-Prince after withdrawing about $1,000. An off-duty
police officer fatally shot one gunman. Two other suspects escaped.
2011 Feb 9, In India millions
of census workers fanned out across the country as they began a
mammoth effort to document every person in the world's second most
populous country over the next three weeks.
2011 Feb 9, Indonesia's biggest
palm oil producer (Golden Agri) pledged to follow new standards to
protect carbon-rich forests and peatlands, in a move cautiously
welcomed by environmentalists including Greenpeace. A suspect was
arrested in his Jakarta art shop during a raid carried out by police
and forestry officials for allegedly using the Internet to sell
hundreds of illegal wildlife parts, from ivory and tiger skins to
the teeth of the world's smallest bears.
(AFP, 2/9/11)(AP, 2/17/11)(Econ, 8/1/15, p.59)
2011 Feb 9, Iran's state
prosecutor said the opposition should not stage its own rally in
support of Egyptian protesters, warning of repercussions if it does
2011 Feb 9, Iran media reported
that science minister Kamran Daneshjou has called for universities
to enforce strict sex segregation, saying allowing men and women to
mingle on campus is a sign of the influence of alien western values.
2011 Feb 9, Hussein Abdullahi,
Iran's ambassador to Nigeria, said that a Gambia-bound arms shipment
seized at Nigeria's busiest port three months ago did not breach
sanctions imposed by the UN, because Iran and Gambia had signed a
secret agreement two years before the UN's 2010 ban on Iranian arms
2011 Feb 9, In Iraq a suicide
bomber posing as a dairy deliveryman struck a Kurdish security
headquarters, setting off a series of rapid-fire attacks against the
oil-rich Iraqi city of Kirkuk. Three car bombs killed 10 people and
wounded up to 80. The attacks were blamed on Sunni militant group
(AP, 2/9/11)(AFP, 2/9/11)(SFC, 2/10/11, p.A2)
2011 Feb 9, Israeli aircraft
overnight carried out retaliatory airstrikes in the Gaza territory
after militants launched rockets into Israel on Feb 8. The
airstrikes lightly wounded 8 Palestinians.
2011 Feb 9, Italian prosecutors
filed a request for an immediate trial of PM Berlusconi on criminal
charges relating to prostitution and abuse of power.
(SFC, 2/10/11, p.A2)
2011 Feb 9, An Ivory Coast
regulatory board loyal to incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo ordered
United Nations radio off the air. UN radio director Sylvain
Semilinko said the next day that work continued as normal at UN
radio headquarters as preparations were being made in case their
signal was jammed.
2011 Feb 9, Jordan’s King
Abdullah II swore in a new 27-member Cabinet following protests
demanding jobs, reduced prices for food and fuel and changes to an
election law giving government loyalists more seats in the national
(SFC, 2/10/11, p.A2)
2011 Feb 9, Mexican journalist
Carmen Aristegui said that she was let go by MVS radio for refusing
to apologize for her Feb 4 comments regarding a congressman's
allegation that President Felipe Calderon is an alcoholic. The
firing stirred a debate over freedom of expression in Mexico and
allegations that the government still holds sway over the media.
Aristegui was reinstated on Feb 14.
(AP, 2/9/11)(AP, 2/15/11)
2011 Feb 9, In Mexico a
shootout between troops and armed men killed one soldier and 8
gunmen in Zacatecas state.
2011 Feb 9, North Korean
military officers stalked out of the first official talks with rival
South Korea in months, dashing hopes for eased tensions after a
deadly artillery attack in November increased fears of war on the
peninsula. The meeting was sunk because the two sides disagreed
about what should be on the agenda of their next talks.
2011 Feb 9, Pakistan's federal
cabinet resigned to allow PM Yusuf Raza Gilani to set up a new,
smaller cabinet and reduce government expenditure.
2011 Feb 9, In Pakistan a
tribal elder and a government official said Sunni and Shiite
communities in a region close to the Afghan border have agreed to
end their four-year long conflict. The main road leading to Kurram
from Peshawar was now open again and both Shiites and Sunnis were
2011 Feb 9, In Pakistan strike
action forced Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to ground or
delay all flights, affecting thousands of passengers and heaping
further woes on the troubled state carrier.
2011 Feb 9, The Puerto Rican
Association of University Professors began staging a 24-hour strike
in support of students who have clashed with police during protests
over a new fee.
2011 Feb 9, Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev made it clear he will not give up the southern Kuril
islands to Japan. In fact, he said Russia will send more weapons to
the disputed islands to keep them secure.
2011 Feb 9, Ten moderate Saudi
scholars asked the king for recognition of their Umma Islamic Party,
the kingdom's first political party.
2011 Feb 9, Pirates seized the
Irene SL, a Greek-flagged supertanker, off the coast of Oman bound
for the US carrying a crew of 25 and a load of more than 1.9 million
barrels of oil.
2011 Feb 9, A south Sudanese
minister, Jimmy Lemi Milla, and his bodyguard were shot dead in Juba
in a revenge killing by the minister's brother-in-law. At least 16
people died when rebels attacked troops in troubled Jonglei state,
breaking a ceasefire signed last month.
(AFP, 2/9/11)(AFP, 2/10/11)
2011 Feb 9, Tunisia's Senate
agreed unanimously to grant wide powers to the interim president
struggling to restore order to the country following the overthrow
of ex-leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
2012 Feb 9, President Barack
Obama freed 10 states from the strict and sweeping requirements of
the No Child Left Behind law, giving leeway to states that promise
to improve how they prepare and evaluate students.
2012 Feb 9, Five of the largest
US banks agreed to a $26 billion, 3-year settlement over reckless
lending practices in 49 states. The agreement would provide some
foreclosure relief and partially compensate those who have lost
(SFC, 2/10/12, p.A1)
2012 Feb 9, The US House passed
a bill, “Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge” (STOCK), making it
explicit that members of Congress are not allowed to engage in
insider trading and get away with it.
(Econ, 2/18/12, p.30)
2012 Feb 9, The US EPA approved
a federal rule banning ships from flushing their sewage into the sea
within 3 miles of the California coast.
(SFC, 2/10/12, p.A1)
2012 Feb 9, The US Nuclear
Regulatory Commission voted 4-1 to grant a license to build two more
nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in eastern Georgia.
(SFC, 2/10/12, p.A9)(Econ, 2/18/12, p.34)
2012 Feb 9, The Oglala Sioux
Tribe of South Dakota sued some of the world’s largest beer makers
for $500 million claiming they knowingly contributed to
alcohol-related problems on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
(SFC, 2/10/12, p.A14)
2012 Feb 9, In Missouri Edward
John Maher (56), a British armored car driver suspected of driving
off with $1.5 million in January, 1993, was arrested in the small
town of Ozark.
(SFC, 2/10/12, p.A8)
2012 Feb 9, Algeria’s Channel
Three radio said 30 died in road accidents over the past week caused
by cold weather, and 14 of asphyxia because of poor heating devices.
2012 Feb 9, The IMF said it has
extended its $1.34-billion (one-billion-euro) loan program in Angola
to March 30 to allow time for a final review before the last payout.
2012 Feb 9, In Brazil striking
police officers in the northeastern city of Salvador evacuated the
Bahia state legislative building they occupied in protest for more
than a week. The state government has offered a raise of 6.5 percent
as well as bonuses but refused to offer amnesty for the striking
2012 Feb 9, A British judge
sent 9 British Muslims men to prison with sentences of 5-16 years
for plots to bomb the London Stock Exchange in 2010.
(SFC, 2/10/12, p.A2)
2012 Feb 9, The Bank of England
said it will inject another £50 billion into Britain's weak economy
and keep interest rates at a record-low 0.50 percent.
2012 Feb 9, In Britain a new
367 megawatt offshore wind farm opened off the Cumbrian coast and
will supply up to 320,000 households with renewable power a year.
2012 Feb 9, China said a Syrian
opposition delegation visited Beijing and met Vice Foreign Minister
Zhai Jun as the country insisted it wants to maintain contacts and
communication with Syrian opposition groups.
2012 Feb 9, In China security
forces shot dead two Tibetan brothers who were on the run after
protesting against Chinese rule.
2012 Feb 9, Colombia’s chief
prosecutor's office obtained an arrest warrant for Luis Carlos
Restrepo, ex-President Alvaro Uribe's peace commissioner, for
allegedly choreographing the March 2006 bogus surrender of a column
of leftist guerrillas. Restrepo departed Colombia on Jan. 8 and his
whereabouts was unknown.
2012 Feb 9, Ecuador's foreign
minister said police in Italy found nearly 90 pounds (40 kilos) of
cocaine last month in diplomatic mail sent to the Mediterranean
country and two suspects have been arrested. The crates had been
inspected by police dogs before leaving Ecuador, but had traveled to
Italy through a third country.
2012 Feb 9, Germany expelled
four Syrian diplomats,.
2012 Feb 9, Greece’s political
leaders struck a deal to make deep cuts in government jobs and
spending to help save the country from default.
(SFC, 2/10/12, p.A5)
2012 Feb 9, Guinean authorities
confirmed charges against army Col. Moussa Tiegboro Camara in
connection with a Sep 28, 2009, massacre of pro-democracy
demonstrators at a soccer stadium, making him the first high-ranking
official to face trial for the atrocities.
2012 Feb 9, In Buncrana,
Ireland, Andrew "Chubby" Allen (24) died after a gunman on foot
opened fire through a window of his home and struck the victim at
least once in the head. Allen last year fled his Northern Ireland
hometown of Londonderry after receiving death threats from
Republican Action Against Drugs, an organization forged by former
members of both the IRA and a rival group called the Irish National
2012 Feb 9, In Israel half a
million public and private sector workers were on general strike for
a 2nd day. Media reported signs of an emerging agreement between
unions and government.
2012 Feb 9, In Israel Khader
Adnan (33), an imprisoned member of a Palestinian militant group,
has waged a hunger strike for almost two months, trying to draw
attention to Israel's military justice system and its treatment of
detainees who can be held without charge for lengthy periods.
2012 Feb 9, Jordanian public
school teachers ignored government calls to halt their strike to
press for full annual bonuses, leaving hundreds of thousands of
students at home.
2012 Feb 9, A Jordanian
prosecutor said he has ordered, Mohammed al-Dahabi, the former head
of the General Intelligence Department, to be detained for 14 days
pending a probe on charges of embezzlement of public funds, money
laundering and abuse of office.
2012 Feb 9, A Maldives court
issued an arrest warrant for former President Mohamed Nasheed, one
day after his supporters rampaged in the capital and his claim of
being ousted by a coup left unclear the stability of the fledging
Indian Ocean democracy.
2012 Feb 9, The World Food
Program said a food crisis in Mauritania as a result of drought is
expected to be three times worse that in 2010, when the Sahel was
crippled by food shortages.
2012 Feb 9, In Mexico Bruce
Beresford-Redman, former “Survivor” reality television producer,
arrived in Quintana Roo escorted by nearly a dozen agents after
being extradited from the United States so he can face trial in his
wife's killing. His wife’s body was found in a sewer cistern at a
swank Cancun resort following an April 2010 family vacation.
2012 Feb 9, In Morocco Renault
inaugurated a giant factory to build low-cost cars, sparking
controversy at home in France where a loss of industrial
competitiveness has rankled.
2012 Feb 9, It was reported
that a woman (35) recently walked through a field in northern
Mozambique, near where a group of teenage boys were undergoing their
ritual circumcision into adulthood. Accusing her of trespassing on
sacred ground forbidden to women, the traditional leader meted out
his punishment: He ordered 17 of his young initiates to gang rape
her. Four of the youths were arrested.
2012 Feb 9, On the Caribbean
island of Nevis a machete-wielding robber took $1000 from US Supreme
Court Justice Stephen Breyer and his guests. Police soon arrested
Vedel Brown and charged him with aggravated robbery.
(SFC, 2/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Feb 9, Pakistani officials
said US missiles in Miranshah killed Badar Mansoor, the most senior
Pakistani in Al-Qaeda, one of the Americans' main targets in the
country and wanted for attacks that killed scores of people. 4
militants were reported killed in the pre-dawn drone strike.
2012 Feb 9, In Peru the rebel
known as Comrade Artemio (50), Florindo "Jose" Flores, was reported
wounded. On Feb 12 government troops captured the badly wounded
leader of a remnant of the once-powerful Shining Path rebel group
that lives off the cocaine trade. Artemio had practically lost his
2012 Feb 9, Romania's
Parliament approved a government led by former spy chief Mihai
Razvan Ungureanu (43), which the ruling coalition hopes will improve
its popularity ahead of parliamentary elections this year. His
Cabinet has seven ministers from the previous cabinet, but new,
younger ministers for the key portfolios of economy, finance,
interior ministry and agriculture.
2012 Feb 9, In Saudi Arabia
Munir al-Medani (21) was killed and three wounded when security
forces exchanged gunfire with "masked men" in the Qatif district of
the kingdom's oil-rich Eastern Province. Activists and witnesses
said that security forces opened fire when a Shiite procession
marking the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed, a celebration
forbidden in ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia, turned
into a demonstration for reform and the release of Shiite detainees.
(AFP, 2/10/12)(AFP, 2/11/12)
2012 Feb 9, In a video posted
on an Islamic Internet forum Al-Qaida's leader, Ayman al-Zawahri,
said that the Somali militant group al-Shabab has formally joined
2012 Feb 9, South Africa’s
Pres. Zuma said the government will invest 300 billion rand ($39.6
billion, €29.7 billion) in rail and port projects over the next
seven years in a bid to create jobs.
2012 Feb 9, Spanish judge
Baltasar Garzon (56), celebrated for pursuing international human
rights cases, was convicted of overstepping his jurisdiction in a
domestic corruption probe and barred from the bench for 11 years.
2012 Feb 9, Spanish police
arrested 3 members of the Serbian paramilitary group known as
"Arkan's Tigers" as well as belonging to Zemun Clan. They included
Vladimir Milisavljevic, who had been a fugitive for five years after
being convicted in absentia for the March 12, 2003, assassination of
Serbia’s PM Zoran Djindjic. Milisavljevic was convicted in 2007 and
sentenced in absentia in Serbia to 35 years for his involvement in
the assassination of Djindjic and to another 40 years for other
crimes. Luka Bojovic (39) and Sinisa Petric were also arrested.
Bojovic was wanted in connection with 20 murders in Serbia, the
Netherlands and Spain.
2012 Feb 9, Swiss news reported
that Hafez Makhlouf, a cousin of Syria's President Bashar Assad, has
won a legal bid to unfreeze euro3 million ($4 million) held in bank
accounts in Switzerland, overturning a last-ditch effort by Swiss
prosecutors to block the release of the funds on suspicion of money
2012 Feb 9, Syrian forces fired
mortars and rockets that killed scores of people in the rebellious
city of Homs. The Local Coordination Committees said an estimated 90
people were killed in Homs, but the death toll was impossible to
independently verify. Activists also reported violence in Zabadani
2012 Feb 9, Uganda said it will
set up a national oil company to handle commercial interests in its
emerging oil sector after the government tabled a long-delayed bill
2012 Feb 9, Yemeni security
forces shot dead two southern Yemeni activists during a
demonstration in Daleh against presidential elections to be held
later this month.
2013 Feb 9, A record-breaking
blizzard packing hurricane-force winds hammered the northeastern
United States, cutting power to 700,000 homes and businesses,
shutting down travel and leaving at least five people dead. The
storm centered its fury on Connecticut, Rhode Island and
Massachusetts. 38 inches fell in Milford, Connecticut. 29.3 inches
fell on Portland, Maine, breaking a 1979 record.
2013 Feb 9, In southern
California three women walking in Anaheim died after they were hit
by a suspected drunk driver.
(SFC, 2/11/13, p.A5)
2013 Feb 9, In southern
Afghanistan two women and four men were killed in the blast in
the Nad Ali district, Helmand province.
2013 Feb 9, In Belgium a small
private plane crashed south of Brussels, killing five members of a
family including three small children.
2013 Feb 9, In Chile a bus
carrying fans of a soccer team plunged into a ravine killing 16
people and injuring 21 others.
(SSFC, 2/10/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 9, A Cairo court
ordered the government to block access to the video-sharing website
YouTube for 30 days for carrying an anti-Islam film that caused
deadly riots across the world. The ruling can be appealed and based
on precedent may not be enforced.
2013 Feb 9, The French and
British governments promised to punish those found responsible for
selling horsemeat in beef products. French consumer safety
authorities said companies from Romania, Cyprus and the Netherlands
were part of a supply chain that resulted in horsemeat being
disguised as beef in frozen lasagna sold around the continent.
(Reuters, 2/9/13)(AP, 2/10/13)
2013 Feb 9, In India Mohammed
Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri man convicted in Dec 13, 2001, attack on
India's Parliament that left 14 people dead, was hanged after a
final mercy plea was rejected. Guru had confessed in TV interviews
that he helped plot the attack, but later denied any involvement and
said he was tortured into confessing. Protests broke out in at least
four parts of Indian Kashmir, including the northwestern town of
Sopore, which was Guru's home.
2013 Feb 9, In Iraq rockets and
mortar rounds struck a refugee camp for Iranian exiles, members of
Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, next to Baghdad's international airport before
dawn, killing six people and wounding about 40. One of the injured
died on Feb 12. The UN urged the Iraqi government to ensure the
safety of the about 3,100 camp residents and move quickly to find
the still-unidentified attackers. Another of the injured died on
(AP, 2/9/13)(AP, 2/12/13)(AP, 3/14/13)
2013 Feb 9, In Ireland trade
unionists marched in Dublin and other cities to protest the
continuing high cost of the country’s bank bailout program.
(SSFC, 2/10/13, p.A4)
2013 Feb 9, Israeli troops
drove some 100 Palestinian activists out of an illegal tent camp
they had set up near the city of Hebron in the southern West Bank.
The operation marked the fifth time in the past month Israeli forces
broke up a Palestinian encampment.
2013 Feb 9, Members of a Muslim
royal clan from the southern Philippines landed in Malaysia’s
coastal village of Lahad Datu, Sabah state to claim the territory as
their own, citing ownership documents from the late 1800s.
2013 Feb 9, In northern Mali a
suicide bomber wearing military fatigues blew himself up near a
checkpoint at the entrance to Gao, wounding one soldier in the
second attack to hit the same location in 36 hours.
2013 Feb 9, Assailants in
northeastern Nigeria killed 3 North Korean doctors, beheading one of
the physicians in Potiskum. They had lived in the state since 2005
as part of a medical program between Nigeria and the North Korean
2013 Feb 9, In Russia Sergei
Udaltsov, a top opposition figure, was placed under house arrest for
two months. The move also banned him from using most forms of
communication, including the Internet, telephone and mail. He faced
charges in connection with a protest in May that ended in clashes
with police and for allegedly plotting to conduct mass disorder
aimed at overthrowing the government.
2013 Feb 9, In Senegal a woman
and her son were killed by a landmine in the southern Casamance
region near the Gambian border.
2013 Feb 9, In Syria fighting
in Damascus and its suburbs raged for a fourth consecutive day.
Pres. Assad reshuffled his Cabinet, appointing 7 new ministers in a
move that appeared aimed at trying to shore up an economy that has
been ravaged by the country's 2-year-old revolt.
2013 Feb 9, Several thousand
supporters of Tunisia's ruling moderate Islamist party rallied in
the capital in a pro-government demonstration. Protesters hurled
insults at France, accusing the former colonial ruler of interfering
in the North African country's politics.
2013 Feb 9, At the
Vatican the Knights of Malta marked its 900th birthday with a
colorful procession through St. Peter's Square, a Mass in the
basilica and an audience with Pope Benedict XVI, himself a member of
the onetime chivalrous order drawn from Europe's nobility. The
Knights are at once a Roman Catholic religious order, an aid group
that runs soup kitchens, hospitals and ambulance services around the
globe, and a sovereign entity that prints its own passports and
enjoys diplomatic relations with 104 countries — yet has no country
to call its own.
2014 Feb 9, Michael Sam, a
defensive end form the Univ. of Missouri, publicly came out as gay.
He was expected to be a 3rd A10of 4th round pick at the NFL draft.
(SFC, 2/11/14, p.A10)
2014 Feb 9, Bahamas’ military
said it has taken 40 Dominican fishermen into custody on suspicion
of poaching in Bahamian waters.
2014 Feb 9, In Bosnia hundreds
marched in Sarajevo to protest alleged police abuse of people
arrested during anti-government protests and to call for their
release. Police said all but 10 of 44 people have been let go.
2014 Feb 9, Severe flooding and
landslips cut off rail links to large parts of southwest England for
more than 24 hours as the government came under pressure for its
handling of storms battering Britain.
2014 Feb 9, Violence in Central
African Republic's capital, including mob attacks and an apparent
assassination attempt targeting the country's former justice
minister, killed at least 10 people over the last 24 hours. Gunmen
murdered politician Jean-Emmanuel Djarawa, a Christian
representative for eastern Haute-Kotto province, outside his house
(AFP, 2/9/14)(Reuters, 2/10/14)
2014 Feb 9, Denmark’s
Copenhagen Zoo killed a 2-year-old giraffe and fed its remains to
lions as visitors watched, ignoring a petition signed by thousands
and offers from other zoos and a private individual to save the
2014 Feb 9, Gabriel Axel
(b.1918), the first Dane to win an Oscar for best foreign film with
"Babette's Feast" (1987) which he directed, died.
2014 Feb 9, Egypt's interior
ministry said it has broken up a "military wing" of the Muslim
Brotherhood, allegedly formed to attack policemen, in the most
detailed accusation yet implicating the group in militant attacks.
2014 Feb 9, Egypt's Health
Ministry said the number of people killed by swine flu in the
country since December has reached 38.
2014 Feb 9, Danish director
Lars von Trier brought an extra-long version of his "Nymphomaniac
Volume I" to the Berlin International Film Festival, a cut that
increases to nearly 2½ hours the first installment of the two-part
drama about a woman's sexual life from girlhood to age 50.
2014 Feb 9, In northern India a
tiger prowling near villages killed its 10th person in six weeks, a
day after eluding a trap set by hunters with a live calf as bait.
2014 Feb 9, Iran agreed to
start addressing UN nuclear agency suspicions that it may have
worked on designing an atomic weapon, a potential breakthrough in
unblocking a long-stalled investigation into Tehran's disputed
2014 Feb 9, In Iraq 9 people
were found dead in two brutal incidents, one where militants forced
Shiite policemen to pray before killing them, and another where
decapitated heads were left in a market.
2014 Feb 9, Israel denied entry
permits to some 50 Palestinian medical patients from the Gaza Strip
because the words "State of Palestine" was on the letterhead of
2014 Feb 9, A Palestinian
militant was in critical condition after an Israeli air strike on
central Gaza that the army said targeted a "key" figure responsible
for cross-border rocket fire.
2014 Feb 9, In Russia a man
employed as a private security guard (24) opened fire in a cathedral
on Russia's Sakhalin Island in the Pacific, killing a nun and a
parishioner and wounding six others.
2014 Feb 9, Swiss voters
narrowly backed proposals to reintroduce immigration quotas with the
European Union. 50.3% backed the so-called "Stop mass immigration"
2014 Feb 9, In Syria the
governor Homs said that over 600 people have been evacuated from
rebel-held parts of the city, in a rare 3-day cease-fire with
rebels. Government aircraft dropped barrel bombs on Aleppo, killing
at least 11 people. Extremist Islamic rebels overran Maan village in
Hama province, populated by the Alawite minority, and killed at
least 40 people
(AP, 2/9/14)(AP, 2/10/14)
2014 Feb 9, Ukraine's security
agency warned of a heightened risk of terrorism, including from
nearly three months of anti-government protests. An estimated 70,000
pro-Western Ukrainians thronged the heart of Kiev vowing never to
give up their drive to oust President Viktor Yanukovych for his
alliance with old master Russia.
(AP, 2/9/14)(AFP, 2/9/14)
2014 Feb 9, In Yemen Shiite
rebels and Yemeni tribesmen agreed a ceasefire after deadly clashes
between the two sides in the Arhab district near Sanaa. A bomb
planted in the car of a Yemeni intelligence colonel exploded near
the oil ministry, killing the officer and wounding 3 people.
2015 Feb 9, The US federal
government pledged $3.2 million to help save the monarch butterfly.
(SFC, 2/10/15, p.A4)
2015 Feb 9, Alabama became the
37th state where gays can legally wed. State chief justice Roy Moore
told judges not to let gays marry. At least seven of 67 counties
issued gay marriage licenses. 47 of the state’s 67 counties were
issuing licenses by Feb 13.
(SFC, 2/10/15, p.A4)(SSFC, 2/15/15, p.A7)
2015 Feb 9, New evidence
published in the journal Nature Geoscience that human activity can
disrupt the climate suggested that air pollution tied to
industrialization in the northern hemisphere almost certainly
reduced rainfall over Central America.
2015 Feb 9, In Afghanistan
Abdul Rauf, the top recruiter for the Islamic State group's
affiliate, was killed by a drone strike along with 7 other
militants. Afghan forces fired the missile. Rauf was released from
Guantanamo in 2007 and sent home to Afghanistan.
(AP, 2/9/15)(AP, 2/11/15)
2015 Feb 9, In Australia a
Japanese citizen died after a shark tore off his legs while he was
surfing off the coast of New South Wales.
(SFC, 2/10/15, p.A2)
2015 Feb 9, Bahrain said it
suspended a new pan-Arab news channel backed by a billionaire Saudi
prince within hours of its first broadcast because it failed to
obtain a proper license and did not meet anti-terrorist standards.
The Alarab network disappeared from TV screens early on Feb 2, a day
after its launch.
2015 Feb 9, Police in India
said that they had arrested eight people suspected in the rape and
murder of a Nepalese woman in the northwest state of Haryana. The
28-year-old woman had been staying with her sister when she went
missing Feb 1. Her mutilated body was discovered three days later.
In northern India police searched for a man who raped a Japanese
student sightseeing in Jaipur a day earlier. The accused tour guide
turned himself in on Feb 13.
(AP, 2/9/15)(AFP, 2/13/15)
2015 Feb 9, In Iraq attacks in
Baghdad killed 22 people with dozens left wounded.
(AFP, 2/9/15)(AP, 2/9/15)
2015 Feb 9, Macedonia's chief
opposition figure accused PM Nikola Gruevski of wire-tapping
journalists, religious and opposition leaders, deepening a scandal
that has engulfed the European Union candidate country in recent
2015 Feb 9, Myanmar troops
fought Kokang ethnic rebels in clashes near the Chinese border that
the government says the guerrillas provoked. Warlord Phone Kyar
Shin, aka Peng Jiasheng, launched attacks on the government army
(AP, 2/10/15)(Econ., 3/14/15, p.40)
2015 Feb 9, In northeast
Nigeria scores of militants armed with guns and explosives stormed a
police station in the town of Kanamma in Yobe state. Several police
officers were reported killed.
2015 Feb 9, Islamist fighters
from Nigeria's Boko Haram sect attacked a prison in neighboring
2015 Feb 9, In Senegal the
four-day African Land Forces Summit opened in Dakar. It brought
together top American military brass and the heads of 35 African
2015 Feb 9, Somali lawmakers
approved a new cabinet, hours after Shebab insurgents assassinated a
colleague as he made his way to parliament.
2015 Feb 9, Former South Korean
spy chief Won Sei-hoon was sent to prison for three years after
being found guilty of ordering an illicit online campaign to support
then-ruling party candidate and current President Park Geun-hye
ahead of the 2012 presidential election.
2015 Feb 9, In Syria at least
15 people were reported killed and dozens wounded on in government
air strikes on an area outside Damascus. Barrel bombs over the next
48 hours left at least 18 people dead in Douma, a rebel-held area of
(AFP, 2/9/15)(Econ., 2/21/15, p.45)
2015 Jan 9, In Turkey security
forces detained 13 foreigners and a Turkish citizen attempting to
cross into Syria from a village in the southeastern province of
Gaziantep to join the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group.
2015 Feb 9, In Turkey G20
finance ministers met in Istanbul. Britain and the United States
called on leading world powers to overhaul their economies and keep
budgets in line to encourage growth.
2015 Feb 9, The Ukraine
military said At least 1,500 Russian troops and convoys of military
hardware entered Ukraine over the weekend.
2015 Feb 9, The UN said over
2.5 million South Sudanese are on the brink of famine, with the
civil war likely to intensify as it launched a $1.8 billion aid
2016 Feb 9, The US Supreme
Court delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by putting on
hold federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions mainly
from coal-fired power plants, the centerpiece of his
administration's strategy to combat climate change.
2016 Feb 9, Los Angeles,
sometimes called the homeless capital of America, adopted a $1.87
billion plan to help its 44,000 down-and-out people without homes.
2016 Feb 9, Voting began in New
Hampshire in the first US presidential primary. Republican Donald
Trump led with 35% and Bernie Sanders won with 60%.
(AFP, 2/9/16) (AFP, 2/10/16)
2016 Feb 9, A sweep involving
teams of sniffer dogs and a helicopter was conducted simultaneously
in Paris and Craiova, in southern Romania. The joint operation by
Romania and France against pickpockets targeting visitors to
Disneyland Paris and other French tourist sites nabbed the
ringleaders and exposed their methods. The probe began last March
after local police noted a spike in pickpocketing by Romanians and
ethnic Roma outside Disneyland and on the train that links Paris to
the amusement park.
2016 Feb 9, In Germany two
passenger trains collided head-on near a Bavarian spa town about 60
km (37 miles) southeast of Munich. In July German prosecutors
brought charges against a rail dispatcher accused of causing the
crash that killed 12 while playing a mobile phone game on duty. On
Dec 5 dispatcher Michael Paul (40) was sentenced to
three-and-a-half-years in prison.
(Reuters, 2/9/16)(AP, 2/10/16)(AFP, 7/18/16)(AP,
2016 Feb 9, An Indonesian court
sentenced seven men for conspiring with the Islamic State group, the
first time the country has sent anyone to prison for IS links, as
radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir appealed his conviction.
2016 Feb 9, Iraqi forces
recaptured territory from Islamic State militants which links the
recently recaptured city of Ramadi to a major army base in western
2016 Feb 9, Protests
intensified in Iraq's Kurdistan region after the government unveiled
new austerity measures to avert an economic collapse that officials
warn could undermine the war effort against Islamic State.
2016 Feb 9, In Mali 3 soldiers
were killed after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device
in the central Mopti region.
2016 Feb 9, In Nepal former PM
Sushil Koirala (78), a moderate figure in Nepal's unsettled
politics, died, presenting a potential hurdle in attempts to win
greater rights for minorities in a new constitution.
2016 Feb 9, Saudi Arabia said
it had suspended $4 billion in funding for the French and Americans
to train and equip the Lebanonese army and security forces.
(Econ, 3/5/16, p.45)
2016 Feb 9, South African
opposition protesters marched on the country's Constitutional Court
in Johannesburg, where judges heard a case over public money spent
on President Jacob Zuma's private house.
2016 Feb 9, In Spain tens of
thousands of commuters in Barcelona faced travel chaos as smoke from
a fire filled railway tunnels and forced authorities to suspend
2016 Feb 9, In Syria a suicide
car bomber blew himself up at a police officers' club in a
residential district of Damascus, killing at least 10 people and
causing wide material damage.
2016 Feb 9, Turkish soldiers
spotted seven PKK militants entering Sirnak province's Cizre
district from Syria and, as they clashed, one soldier was killed and
one wounded. Military officials have detained a group of 34 people
at the border with Syria and seized luggage containing four suicide
vests and explosives.
2016 Feb 9, Yemeni forces
clashed with Al-Qaeda militants in Aden as the Saudi-led coalition
provided air cover, in a bid to drive the jihadists out of the city.
2017 Feb 9, President Donald
Trump reaffirmed Washington's long-standing "one China" policy in a
call with Beijing's leader.
2017 Feb 9, The Ninth US
Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate a temporary travel ban
on refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, but
the government planned to fight back on multiple legal fronts.
2017 Feb 9, Alabama’s attorney
general Luther Strange was sworn in as the new interim Republican
senator and will serve until November 2018, when a special election
will be held to fill the seat for the remainder of Jeff Sessions’
term, which ends in January of 2020.
(SFC, 2/10/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb 9, In Arizona the
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported Guadalupe Garcia
de Rayos, an immigrant mother in Phoenix, to Mexico. Seven
protesters were arrested.
(SFC, 2/10/17, p.A8)
2017 Feb 9, In Louisiana an
explosion and fire at a Phillips 66 pipeline station in Paradis left
two employees hospitalized and one missing.
(SFC, 2/11/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb 9, In Missouri Frank
Ancona (51), the leader of a Ku Klux Klan group, was fatally shot.
His wife Melissa (44) and stepson Paul Edward Jinkerson (24) were
soon charged with his murder. On April 19, 2019, Malissa Ancona was
sentenced to life in prison following a deal in which she pleaded
guilty to 2nd-degree murder and abandonment of a corpse.
(SFC, 2/22/17, p.A4)(SSFC, 4/21/19, p.A6)
2017 Feb 9, The Federal
Aviation Administration canceled all inbound and outbound flights at
John F. Kennedy Airport amid a winter storm that barreled its way
through the northeastern United States. More than 3,500 flights were
canceled across the region.
(Reuters, 2/9/17)(SFC, 2/10/17, p.A9)
2017 Feb 9, In Washington state
an electrical failure at the 32-acre West Point Treatment Plant,
next to Seattle’s largest park, resulted in catastrophic flooding
and damaged an underground network of equipment. This led to a raw
sewage flow into the Puget Sound that continued to Feb 16. Damages
were estimated at $25 million.
(SFC, 3/27/17, p.A5)
2017 Feb 9, In southern
Afghanistan 22 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed
during a joint operation against Taliban insurgents carried out by
US and Afghan forces in the Sangin district of Helmand province.
2017 Feb 9, The top US
commander in Afghanistan said he needs several thousand more
international troops in order to break a stalemate in the long war
with Taliban insurgents, signaling the matter may soon be put before
President Donald Trump.
2017 Feb 9, The Native American
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed a last-ditch legal challenge to
block the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline project after the
company constructing it won federal permission to tunnel under the
2017 Feb 9, In Brazil more than
100 people have been reported killed, with schools and businesses
closed and public transportation at a standstill, as a six-day
strike by police in the state of Espirito Santo showed no signs of
2017 Feb 9, A British
immigration tribunal upheld a government decision to strip four men
of citizenship. They had been convicted of grooming girls for sex in
a case that fueled racial tensions. They now faced deportation to
2017 Feb 9, The World Health
Organization (WHO) said that China has taken steps to end its
once-widespread practice of harvesting organs from executed
prisoners but that it's impossible to know what is happening across
the entire country.
2017 Feb 9, Egyptian police
closed down the Al-Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of
Violence, an organization that treats victims of torture and trauma.
2017 Feb 9, The European Union
announced aid worth 225 million euros ($240 million) for Gambia as
President Adama Barrow warned that the nation was "virtually
bankrupt" due to economic mismanagement by the former regime.
2017 Feb 9, A French court
threw out a complaint by a federation of Catholic families that
dating site Gleeden's business model is illegal and anti-social
because it encourages extramarital affairs.
2017 Feb 9, French carmaker PSA
Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroen vehicles, said it has been
referred to prosecutors over its diesel emissions.
2017 Feb 9, Germany reported
the world’s largest current-account surplus of about €270 billion
(Econ, 2/11/17, p.40)
2017 Feb 9, Some 450 German
special commandos made 12 coordinated raids and arrested two men
suspected of planning an imminent Islamist attack in Goettingen.
2017 Feb 9, German neo-Nazi
Maik Schneider (29) was sentenced to eight years jail for the August
2015 arson in the high school sports hall in Nauen that had been
designated to house refugees. He received an additional term of one
year and six months for other xenophobic crimes.
2017 Feb 8, Ljubisa Beara (77),
a Bosnian Serb commander convicted of war crimes over the 1995
Srebrenica massacre, died in a German prison.
2017 Feb 9, Hungary said it
plans to hold migrants in border camps made up of shipping
containers while their asylum requests are settled.
2017 Feb 9, In central Israel a
Palestinian (18) opened fire and stabbed shoppers with a screwdriver
near a busy open air market wounding at least six people in Petah
2017 Feb 9, Kenya's High Court
blocked the government's decision to close the Dadaab refugee camp
-- the world's largest -- and force Somali refugees to return home.
2017 Feb 9, A study by Mexico’s
government and independent experts was released indicating the
number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped by 27
percent this year, reversing last year's recovery from historically
2017 Feb 9, In Myanmar
production at Hangzhou Hundred-Tex Garment Company in Yangon was
halted. Workers had demanded a better performance review system and
healthcare coverage. Later in the month hundreds of workers stormed
the Chinese-owned factory making clothes for Swedish fashion
retailer Hennes & Mauritz. They damaged facilities including
textile machinery, computers and surveillance cameras.
2017 Feb 9, NATO alliance
deputy head Rose Gottemoeller said all 28 member allies fully
support Ukraine as it faces the worst upsurge in fighting against
pro-Russian rebels in two years.
2017 Feb 9, In Nigeria more
than 700 people took to the streets in Abuja to protest against the
government's economic policy in a sign of mounting public anger in
the oil producer grappling with recession.
2017 Feb 9, In northern Nigeria
Boko Haram killed one person and abducted a seven-year-old boy from
the village of Kaumutaiyahi near Chibok.
2017 Feb 9, Panamanian
prosecutors took law firm partners Ramon Fonseca Mora and Jurgen
Mossack into custody and searched their offices. The Mossack-Fonseca
firm has been accused of setting up offshore accounts that allowed
the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht to funnel bribes to
multiple countries. On April 21 Mora and Mossack were released on
(SSFC, 2/12/17, p.A4)(SSFC, 4/23/17, p.A4)
2017 Feb 9, A Serbian court
rejected an extradition request by Montenegro for Nemanja Ristic, a
suspect in an alleged pro-Russia plot to overthrow the small Balkan
2017 Feb 9, In northern Syria a
Russian warplane "accidentally" hit a building on with Turkish
soldiers inside, killing at least three troops and wounding 11 near
al-Bab. Russia intervened to halt a clash between Syrian government
forces and Turkey-backed Syrian rebels, the first confrontation
between them as both sides fight Islamic State in the area.
(AP, 2/9/17)(Reuters, 2/10/17)
2017 Feb 9, Turkish officials
said police have detained four Islamic State group suspects who were
allegedly planning to carry out a "sensational" attack and seized 24
suicide attack belts during an anti-terror operation in Gaziantep.
2018 Feb 9, US President Donald
Trump signed a crucial spending bill, reopening the US government
after a brief shutdown, the second in three weeks, and a night of
high drama in Congress. The bipartisan package extended funding
until March 23.
2018 Feb 9, US President Donald
Trump told Israel that it too would need to make "significant
compromises" for peace with the Palestinians, even as they accused
one of his Middle East envoys of bogging down diplomacy with what
they see as pro-Israel bias.
2018 Feb 9, The White House
formally notified the House intelligence committee that Pres. Trump
is unable to declassify a memo drafted by Democrats that counters
GOP allegations about abuse of government surveillance powers in the
FBI's Russia probe.
(SFC, 2/10/18, p.A7)
2018 Feb 9, The United States
said it had imposed sanctions on three people and three companies in
the Philippines, Turkey and Somalia that supported the Islamic State
militant group, including a business that procured parts for
2018 Feb 9, Reg E. Cathey
(b.1958), American TV and film actor, died in NYC. He was known for
his work on the TV shows “House of Cards” and “The Wire.”
(SSFC, 2/11/18, p.C9)
2018 Feb 9, A major winter
storm pounded the US Midwest and forced cancellation of hundreds of
flights as heavy snow and plummeting temperatures threatened to
bring travel to a standstill across the region. Winter weather this
week killed several people in accidents in the Midwest, including
six in Iowa, two in Missouri and one in Montana.
2018 Feb 9, In Afghanistan two
remote-controlled explosions went off during local cricket matches
in two different districts of eastern Nangarhar province, killing
three players and wounding another six people, including spectators.
At least six local police were killed in a Taliban attack on their
checkpoints in southern Helmand province.
(AP, 2/9/18)(AP, 2/10/18)
2018 Feb 9, Brazilian President
Michel Temer criticized the leftist government of neighboring
Venezuela for leading that country into a crisis that is causing an
exodus of refugees into northern Brazil.
2018 Feb 9, Trinity Mirror, the
publisher of Britain's left-wing Daily Mirror newspaper, struck a
£126.7 million deal to buy a series of titles including the
right-wing Daily Express in a bid to stem a decline in advertising
revenues and sales.
2018 Feb 9, The Times of London
reported that misconduct allegations against seven former Oxfam
staff in Haiti included the use of prostitutes — some of whom may
have been under 18 — and downloading pornography following the 2010
2018 Feb 9, Cambodia arrested a
woman, Sam Sokha, after she was repatriated from Thailand, where the
UN refugee agency reportedly had formally recognized her as a
refugee. She had thrown a shoe at a billboard depicting PM Hun Sen.
2018 Feb 9, It was reported
that former Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy has filed a legal
case in the United States to get Facebook to release information on
PM Hun Sen's use of the social media platform.
2018 Feb 9, In China detained
book publisher Gui Minhai surfaced nearly three weeks after
disappearing into police custody, confessing in a video of
wrongdoing and accusing his adopted country Sweden of manipulating
him like a "chess piece." The video of his confession shows him
flanked by two police officers.
2018 Feb 9, Colombia's former
FARC rebel group, now a political party, temporarily suspended its
presidential and legislative election campaigns due to security
concerns after angry protests disrupted their campaign stops.
Official figures showed that 51 FARC members have been killed since
the peace deal was signed in late 2016.
2018 Feb 9, The Egyptian army
announced the launch of a major operation against jihadists across
swathes of territory including the Sinai Peninsula, heart of a
persistent Islamic State group insurgency. The military destroyed
dozens of targets, killed 16 militants and detained over 30 suspects
as part of its latest operation against Islamic militants.
(AFP, 2/9/18)(AP, 2/11/18)(SFC, 2/12/18, p.A3)
2018 Feb 9, Hungary's PM Viktor
Orban said a forthcoming deal to import natural gas from neighboring
Romania means that the "age of the Russian gas monopoly in Hungary
2018 Feb 9, Indonesia's navy
seized more than a ton of crystal methamphetamine and arrested four
Taiwanese crew members in a major drug bust. The boat crew told the
military they planned to bring the drugs to Australia.
2018 Feb 9, Iranian authorities
called the wife of Seyed-Emami to say her husband had committed
suicide in Tehran's Evin prison. The environmental activist, a dual
national of Canada and sociology professor at Iran's Imam Sadegh
University, had been arrested on January 24 with at least nine other
staff members and executives of the Persian Wildlife Heritage
2018 Feb 9, Human Rights Watch
said in report that the Kurdish Asayish police force in Iraq last
year executed dozens of Islamic State fighters in their custody and
disposed of their bodies in a mass grave northwest of Mosul.
2018 Feb 9, In eastern Libya
two people were killed and 55 wounded in a twin bombing inside a
mosque in Benghazi.
2018 Feb 9, In the Maldives
privately owned television station Rajje TV, which highlights the
views of the political opposition, said it has gone off the air
because of threats during the country's current state of emergency.
2018 Feb 9, In central Mali
five civilians were killed and another 18 wounded when their
passenger vehicle struck a landmine in the Mopti region.
2018 Feb 9, North Korean leader
Kim Jong Un's younger sister took her place among dignitaries from
around the world, including US Vice President Mike Pence, at the
opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in an
unprecedented visit to South Korea.
2018 Feb 9, Philippine Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte ordered the cancellation of a $233 million dollar
deal to buy 16 helicopters from Canada and said purchases of US arms
should also be stopped because of too many imposed conditions,
although he said he still supports President Donald Trump.
2018 Feb 9, President Rodrigo
Duterte said he will ask its private airlines to evacuate its
nationals from Kuwait within 72 hours after the discovery of a
Filipino migrant worker dead in a freezer.
2018 Feb 9, The Russian Federal
Nuclear Center confirmed the arrest of two employees of its top
nuclear research institute in Sarov for using the facility's
supercomputer for crypto-currency mining.
2018 Feb 9, In Saudi Arabia a
senior member of the top Muslim clerical body said Saudi women need
not wear the abaya - the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic
of religious faith, another indication of the Kingdom's efforts
2018 Feb 9, In South Africa a
pride of lions killed a suspected poacher at the Umbabat Private
Nature Reserve. Human tracks found nearby suggested the alleged
poacher had companions who escaped.
2018 Feb 9, In Syria fresh air
strikes hit the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, the fifth straight
day of a bombing campaign that has killed more than 230 civilians.
2018 Feb 9, A Thai court issued
arrest warrants for four pro-democracy activists for staging a
public protest amid growing pressure on the junta to hold elections
2018 Feb 9, It was reported
that Turkey has launched a domestic messaging app to rival
Facebook's popular WhatsApp Messenger service, raising concerns
among government critics that Ankara could use the new platform to
tighten surveillance and bolster an 18-month-old crackdown.
2018 Feb 9, Turkish warplanes
bombarded Kurdish militia targets in Syria's Afrin region. A monitor
said the strikes killed seven fighters and two civilians. A Kurdish
official and top member of Afrin's civil administration, Hevi
Mustafa, said the Turkish offensive had killed 160 people so far.
2018 Feb 9, Turkish warships
stopped a rig belonging to the Italian energy firm ENI as it headed
toward an area southeast of Cyprus.
2018 Feb 9, The UN's World Food
Program (WFP) said poor rains and crop infestations in southern
Africa are threatening deeper hunger across the region, with
millions of people, particularly children, at risk.
2018 Feb 9, The UN said that
surging violence across Yemen had pushed some 85,000 people from
their homes in the past 10 weeks, with hundreds continuing to flee
2019 Feb 9, Police in Vallejo,
Ca., shot dead Willie McCoy (21), a local rapper, after finding him
asleep in a car in a Taco Bell drive-through lane with a hyandgun in
(SFC, 2/12/19, p.C1)
2019 Feb 9, Ron Miller (85),
former CEO of the Walt Disney Co. (1978-1984), died in Napa, Ca.
(SFC, 2/12/19, p.C3)
2019 Feb 9, Virginia's
embattled Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax called for authorities, including
the FBI, to investigate sexual assault allegations against him while
defying widespread demands for his resignation.
(SSFC, 2/10/19, p.A8)
2019 Feb 9, In Afghanistan the
Taliban killed at least eight police in an attack on a checkpoint in
the northern Sari Pul province.
2019 Feb 9, In Bosnia a
policeman was shot dead in Suhodol. Suspect Edin Gacic (42) was also
believed to have killed a grocery store owner near Konjic, southwest
of Sarajevo, a week earlier.
2019 Feb 9, The British Daily
Telegraph published details of allegations of sexual and racial
misconduct by retail tycoon Philip Green (66), after the Topshop
owner dropped a legal bid to stop the claims being reported.
2019 Feb 9, The British
government cancelled a ferry contract it had awarded to a firm with
no ships, ending weeks of public sniggering and indignation. The
Seaborne Freight contract was the smallest of three emergency ferry
deals transport secretary Chris Grayling quietly approved over the
2019 Feb 9, UK rising rapper
Cadet (28), aka Blaine Cameron Johnson, was killed in a car crash
early today on the way to a performance in central England.
2019 Feb 9, The Chadian
military said it had captured more than 250 rebels, including some
top leaders, after an operation against a convoy of militants trying
to cross into the country from Libya in late January that also
involved French airstrikes. An anti-Deby rebel group, the Union of
Resistance Forces (UFR), claimed to have crossed into northern Chad
with "three columns" of vehicles.
2019 Feb 9, China's foreign
ministry condemned Indian PM Narendra Modi's visit to the disputed
northeastern border state of Arunachal Pradesh, saying it
"resolutely opposes" activities by Indian leaders in the region.
2019 Feb 9, China's state media
reported that blizzards in Tibetan areas of western China have left
thousands of head of livestock dead and roads covered in up to 45
centimeters (18 inches) of snow.
2019 Feb 9, In Croatia water
polo team players from Serbia were attacked at a seaside café in
Split. Three people were soon detained over the attack and faced
hate crime charges.
2019 Feb 9, Thousands of French
"yellow vest" demonstrators marched for their 13th weekend of
action, with scuffles in Paris. One demonstrator's hand was blown
off by a flash-ball grenade.
(Reuters, 2/9/19)(AFP, 2/9/19)
2019 Feb 9, In France a woman
and a child were killed in a fire late today in the eastern city of
Lyon believed to have been sparked by a gas blast in a bakery.
2019 Feb 9, Indian officials
said at least 39 people have died and another 27 fallen sick from
drinking cheap spurious liquor containing toxic methanol in several
villages in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand states.
2019 Feb 9, In Italy hundreds
of thousands of people demonstrated in Rome led by unions demanding
pro-growth policies from the populist government, the biggest such
protest in four years.
2019 Feb 9, In Latvia several
thousand people, mostly elderly Russian speaking protesters, rallied
in front of Riga City Hall in support of Nils Usakovs, the city's
mayor and leader of the pro-Kremlin Harmony party, who is under
investigation for corruption. The gathering was supported by the
Latvian Union of Russians, a local Putinist party.
2019 Feb 9, In northeastern
Liberia a gold mine collapsed. Five bodies were recovered on Feb. 13
and 40 people remained trapped.
2019 Feb 9, Eastern Libyan
forces loyal to commander Khalifa Haftar carried out four air
strikes near the El Feel oilfield. The strikes were said to be
warnings directed at rival commander Ali Kennah, who was inside the
compound at the time of the strikes. The Government of National
Accord (GNA), backed by the UN, said in a statement that the strike
targeted a civilian plane that was trying to evacuate a number of
wounded people from the oilfield to Tripoli.
2019 Feb 9, Nigeria's main
political opposition said it had been forced to cancel a key
presidential campaign rally in the capital Abuja, and blamed
President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party.
2019 Feb 9, Pakistani
authorities detained rights activist Dr. Ammar Ali Jan, who led a
protest, and journalist Rizwan-ur-Rehman Razi, who allegedly
criticized state agencies on social media.
2019 Feb 9, The US-backed
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said it had begun to seize the last
four-square-km (one-square-mile) patch from the jihadists in eastern
2019 Feb 9, The Thai Raksa
Chart Party swore loyalty to the king a day after its stunning
decision to nominate the monarch's sister as its candidate for prime
minister backfired when the king called the move inappropriate and
2019 Feb 9, A Tunisian court
sentenced seven jihadists to life in prison over attacks at a museum
and on a beach in 2015 that killed 60 people, many of them British
2019 Feb 9, Turkey called on
China to close its internment camps for Muslims, saying the camps
which reportedly hold a million ethnic Uighur people are a "great
shame for humanity".
2019 Feb 9, It was reported
that shantytowns across the Turks and Caicos grow every day as
thousands of young Haitians try to escape the poorest economy in the
Caribbean, where 60 percent of the population of 11 million people
live on less than $2 a day.
2019 Feb 9, In Ukraine
far-right activists tried to storm a police station in Kiev after
forty others were detained at a campaign event for presidential
candidate Yulia Tymoshenko. The activists were demanding justice in
the killing of an anti-corruption activist.
2019 Feb 9, Active-duty
Venezuelan army doctor Colonel Ruben Paz Jimenez said in a video he
has dropped his allegiance to President Nicolas Maduro, backing
opposition leader Juan Guaido instead and urged his fellow soldiers
to help allow humanitarian aid into Venezuela.
2019 Feb 9, Conjoined twin boys
born two weeks ago in Yemen, who were in urgent need of treatment
abroad, died overnight in Houthi-controlled Sanaa.
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