Return to homeFor Asian History https://www.asiaobserver.org/category/news/on-this-day-in-asian-history3102BC Feb 18, The epoch
(starting point or first day of the zeroth year) of the current era
of Hindu calendar (both solar and lunisolar) is February 18, 3102
BCE in the proleptic Julian calendar or January 23, 3102 BCE in the
proleptic Gregorian calendar. According to the Purāṇas this was the
moment when Śrī Kṛṣṇa returned to his eternal abode. Both the solar
and lunisolar calendars started on this date. After that, each year
is labeled by the number of years elapsed since the epoch.
999 Feb 18, Gregory V, [Bruno]
1st German Pope, died.
1217 Feb 18, Alexander Neckum
de Sancto Albano (59), English encyclopedist, died.
1404 Feb 18, Leon Battista
Alberti (d.1472), Italian humanist, architect (Della Pittura), was
born in Genoa, the illegitimate son of a Florentine merchant.
(WSJ, 11/30/00, p.A20)(MC, 2/18/02)
1478 Feb 18, George, the Duke
of Clarence, who had opposed his brother Edward IV, was murdered in
the Tower of London. George underwent forced drowning in a wine
barrel ("A butt of Malmsey").
(HN, 2/18/99)(MC, 2/18/02)
1493 Feb 18, Columbus landed on
the island of Santa Maria, the southernmost island of the
(ON, 8/09, p.3)
1516 Feb 18, Mary Tudor, later
Queen Mary I of England (1553-1558) and popularly known as "Bloody
Mary," was born in Greenwich Palace.
(HN, 2/18/98)(AP, 2/18/98)
1546 Feb 18, Martin Luther
(b.1483), leader of the Protestant Reformation in Germany, died in
Eisleben. In 1989 Harvard professor Heiko A. Oberman (1930-2001)
(V.D.-H.K.p.165)(WSJ, 6/23/07, p.P10)(AP,
1563 Feb 18, Huguenot Jean
Poltrot de Merde shot French Gen. Francois De Guise (44).
1564 Feb 18, Michelangelo
(b.1475), painter and sculptor, died in Rome. In 1996 George Bull
wrote a biography and in 1999 James H. Beck published "Three Worlds
of Michelangelo." In 2003 Ross King authored "Michelangelo & the
Pope’s Ceiling." In 2005 James Hall authored “Michelangelo and the
Reinvention of the Human Body."
(AP, 2/18/98)(SFEC, 3/14/99, BR p.6)(SSFC,
1/26/03, p.M3)(SSFC, 6/26/05, p.C5)
1632 Feb 18, Giovanni Battista
Vitali, composer, was born.
1634 Feb 18, Ferdinand II
ordered General Albrecht von Wallenstein's execution.
1678 Feb 18, John Bunyan's
"Pilgrim's Progress" was published. [see Sep 28]
1688 Feb 18, At a Quaker
meeting in Germantown, Pa, German Mennonites penned a memorandum
stating a profound opposition to Negro slavery. Quakers in
Germantown, Pa., adopted the fist formal antislavery resolution in
1735 Feb 18, The 1st opera
performed in America, "Flora," in Charleston, SC.
1745 Feb 18, Count Alessandro
Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta (d.1827), Italian physicist,
inventor (battery), was born.
1745 Feb 18, Bonnie Prince
Charlie's troops occupied Inverness, Scotland.
1787 Feb 18, Austrian emperor
Josef II banned children under 8 from labor.
1795 Feb 18, George Peabody,
U.S. merchant and philanthropist, was born in South Danvers,
(HN, 2/18/98)(MC, 2/18/02)
1805 Feb 18, Louis Malesherbes
Goldsborough, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), was born.
1813 Feb 18, Czar Alexander
entered Warsaw at the head of his Army.
1817 Feb 18, Lewis Addison
Armistead (d.1863), Brig General (Confederate Army), was born. He
died leading "Pickett's Charge" on the final day of the Gettysburg
1817 Feb 18, Walter Paye Lane
(d.1892), Brig General (Confederate Army), was born.
1828 Feb 18, More than 100
vessels were destroyed in a storm at Gibraltar.
1836 Feb 18, Swami Ramakrishna
[Gadadhar Chatterji], Indian mystic, Hindu leader, was born.
1841 Feb 18, The 1st continuous
filibuster in US Senate began and lasting until March 11.
1845 Feb 18, John Chapman, aka
Johnny Appleseed, died in Allen County, Indiana. In 1954
Robert Price authored Johnny Appleseed: Man and Myth."
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Appleseed)(ON, 4/09, p.12)
1848 Feb 18, Louis Comfort
Tiffany (d.1933), American painter, stained-glass artist, and glass
manufacturer, was born. He was the son of Charles Lewis Tiffany
(1812-1902), founder of the Tiffany & Co. jewelry business
(HFA, ‘96, p.22)(AHD, p.1344)(HN, 2/18/98)(WSJ,
1850 Feb 18, The California
state legislature created the original 18 counties including the
city of San Francisco.
(SFEC, 1/11/98, DB
1856 Feb 18, The American
(Know-Nothing) Party abolished secrecy.
1857 Feb 18, Max Klinger,
German graphic artist, painter, sculptor, was born.
1859 Feb 18, Shalom Aleichem
(Solomon Rabinowitz, d.1916), Russian-Yiddish playwright,
author and humorist, was born in the Ukraine. "To want to be the
cleverest of all is the biggest folly."
1861 Feb 18, Jefferson F. Davis
was inaugurated as the Confederacy’s provisional president at a
ceremony held in Montgomery, Ala., where the Confederate
constitutional convention was held. Davis was sworn in on Feb 22 in
(AP, 2/18/98)(HN, 2/18/98)(AH, 10/04, p.60)
1862 Feb 18, Charles M. Schwab,
"Boy Wonder" of the steel industry, was born. He became president of
both U.S. Steel and Bethlehem Steel.
1865 Feb 18, Union troops
forced the Confederates to abandon Fort Anderson, N.C.
1865 Feb 18, Battle of Ft.
1865 Feb 18, Columbia, SC, was
evacuated and Sherman's troops burned the city.
1876 Feb 18, A direct telegraph
link was established between Britain & New Zealand.
1878 Feb 18, The bitter and
bloody Lincoln County War began with the murder of Billy the Kid's
mentor, Englishman rancher John Tunstall. Hired killers of James J.
Dolan gunned down John Tunstall in Lincoln, N.M. Tunstall’s partner
Alexander McSween formed a posse known as the Regulators to get
even. Billy the Kid was part of the posse.
(SFEC, 2/23/96, p.T8,9)(HN, 2/18/99)
1884 Feb 18, Police seized all
copies of Tolstoy's "What I Believe In."
1884 Feb 18, General Charles
Gordon arrived in Khartoum to battle the Mahdi and his terrorists.
1885 Feb 18, Mark Twain's
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published and became one of the
writer's most famous works. Samuel Clemens, born in 1835, first used
the pseudonym of Mark Twain when he wrote a humorous travel account
in 1863. Books such as Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom
Sawyer made Mark Twain a popular American author because people
could relate to his stories of boyhood adventures colored with
social commentary. As a satirical, critical voice of the United
States, Twain continued to write and lecture across the country and
the world. Mark Twain died in 1910.
(AP, 2/18/98)(HNPD, 2/18/99)
1887 Feb 18, Nikos Kazantzakis,
Greek writer, was born. [see Dec 2, 1885]
1890 Feb 18, Boris L.
Pasternak, Russian poet, writer (Dr. Zhivago), was born. [ NS][see
1892 Feb 18, Wendell Wilke was
born. He was a presidential candidate against President Franklin
1893 Feb 18, Serranus Clinton
Hastings (b.1814), California’s first Chief Justice (1849-1851),
died in San Francisco. He had been a promoter and financier of
Indian-hunting expeditions in the 1850s.
1895 Feb 18, Semjon Timoshenko,
Russian marshal, inspector-general (WW II), was born.
1896 Feb 18, Andre Breton
(d.1966), French writer, founder and principal provocateur of the
surrealist movement, was born. An exhaustive biography was published
in 1995 by Mark Polizzotti titled: Revolution of the Mind: The Life
of Andre Breton.
(WSJ, 8/1/95, p.A-9)(MC, 2/18/02)
1898 Feb 18, Enzo Ferrari
(d.1988), Italian sports car manufacturer, was born.
1899 Feb 18, Sir Arthur Bryant,
English historian, was born.
1899 Feb 18, Marius Sophus Lie
(b.1842), a Norwegian-born mathematician, died. He largely created
the theory of continuous symmetry, and applied it to the study of
geometry and differential equations.
1900 Feb 18, Battle at
Paardeberg (Boer War), 1,270 British killed or injured.
1902 Feb 18, The opera
"Hunchback of Notre Dame" premiered in Monte Carlo.
1907 Feb 18, 600,000 tons of
grain were sent to Russia to relieve the famine there.
1907 Feb 18, In SF according to
an agreement between Mayor Schmidt, Pres. Theodore Roosevelt and the
SF School Board, Japanese children under 16 were to be admitted to
the city’s public schools, skilled and unskilled laborers from Japan
were to be banned from entering the US and American laborers were to
be excluded from Japan.
(SSFC, 2/18/07, DB p.58)
1908 Feb 18, The 1st US postage
stamps in rolls were issued.
1909 Feb 18, Wallace Stegner,
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist (Angle of Repose), was born.
1913 Feb 18, Artur Axmann, Nazi
youth leader, was born.
1913 Feb 18, Marcel Duchamp’s
painting "Nude Descending a Staircase" was displayed at the Armory
Show in NYC.
1915 Feb 18, Germany began a
blockade of England.
1919 Feb 18, Jack Palance
(d.2006), later film and TV star, was born as Volodymir Ivanovich
Palahniuk in Latimer Mines, Pa.
(SFC, 11/11/06, p.B6)
1920 Feb 18, Vuillemin and
Chalus completed their first flight over the Sahara Desert.
1921 Feb 18, British troops
1922 Feb 18, Helen Gurley
Brown, editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, was born.
1927 Feb 18, The U.S. and
Canada established diplomatic relations independently of Great
1929 Feb 18, Leonard Cyril
Deighton, English spy author (Ipcress File, Fighter), was born.
(AP, 2/18/01)(MC, 2/18/02)
1930 Feb 18, Luigi Pirandello's
"Come Tu Mi Vuoi," premiered in Milan.
1930 Feb 18, Richard Rodgers'
& Lorenz Hart's "Simple Simon," premiered in NYC.
1930 Feb 18, Planet X (Pluto),
the ninth planet of our solar system, was discovered by Clyde
Tombaugh (1907-1997) at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz. It is
2.76 billion miles (5,888 million km.) from the sun at the closest
point of its orbit. Pluto was later designated a "dwarf planet."
(SFEC, 1/19/97, p.B6)(SFC, 10/23/99, p.B7)(AP,
1931 Feb 18, Toni Morrison,
Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author (The Bluest Eye,
Beloved), was born.
1932 Feb 18, Milos Forman,
Czech-US director (Cuckoos Nest, Amadeus), was born.
1932 Feb 18, Sonja Henie won
her 6th straight World Women's figure skating title.
1932 Feb 18, In SF federal
prohibition agents seized the offices and storehouses of two
wholesale liquor setups: The Chicago Specialty Company at 724
Montgomery St. and J.C. Millet at 241 Clay St. The raids were aimed
at breaking up a major bootlegging ring said to be headed by Johnny
(SSFC, 2/18/07, DB p.58)
1932 Feb 18, Manchurian
independence was formally declared. In 1928 the Japanese army
unilaterally instigated armed clashes in China's Manchuria region to
justify full-scale intervention. In 1931 the Japanese army invaded
Manchuria without its own government's consent.
1933 Feb 18, James Corbett
(b.1866), American heavyweight boxing champ, died. He is best known
as the man who defeated the great John L. Sullivan in 1892.
Corbett’s 1926 memoir was titled “The roar of the Crowd: the True
Tale of the Rise and Fall of a Champion."
1934 Feb 18, Aldo Ceccato,
conductor (Detroit Symph Orch 1973-77), was born in Milan, Italy.
1934 Feb 18, Audre Lord, poet,
1935 Feb 18, Rome reported
sending troops to Italian Somalia.
1938 Feb 18, San Quentin prison
held its first double hanging in two years as convicted murderers
Lee Grant Goodwin and Roy Leon Righthouse were executed before 51
(SSFC, 2/17/13, p.42)
1939 Feb 18, The Golden Gate
International Exposition opened on Treasure Island in the SF Bay.
Pan American transferred its headquarters to Treasure Island and its
Clipper flights took off from Clipper Cove. Zoe Dell Lantis
(1915-2020), a ballerina and nightclub dancer, served as one of the
theme girls for the expo.
(SFC, 2/18/99, p.D10)(Ind, 5/1/99, p.5A)(SFC,
1942 Feb 18, Japanese troop
landed on Bali.
1943 Feb 18, Augusto Pinochet
Ugarte (Chilean gen., dictator) married Lucia Hiriart.
1943 Feb 18, Munich resistance
group "White Rose" was captured by Nazis.
1943 Feb 18, Rommel took three
towns in Tunisia, North Africa. The intercepted communications of an
American in Cairo provided a secret ear for the Desert Fox.
1944 Feb 18, The Army, Navy and
Marines invaded Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.
1945 Feb 18-19, U.S. Marines
stormed ashore at Iwo Jima. About 60,000 US marines went ashore at
Iwo Jima, an 8-sq. mile island of rock, volcanic ash and black sand.
The 36-day battle took the lives of 7,000 Americans and about 20,000
of 22,000 Japanese defenders.
(SFC, 6/19/96, p.A20)(HN, 2/18/98)
1945 Feb 18, Soviet Gen. Ivan
Chernyakhovsky (b.1906) died from wounds received outside
Konigsberg. Chernyakhovsky was buried in Vilnius, Lithuania, near a
square named in his honor. After Lithuania declared its independence
from the Soviet Union in 1990 and following the dissolution of the
Soviet Union itself in 1991, Chernyaknovsky's remains were reburied
at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow in 1992.
1947 Feb 18, Gian Carlo
Menotti's opera "Telephone," premiered in NYC.
1950 Feb 18, John Hughes,
director (Breakfast Club, 16 Candles, Weird Science), was born in
1952 Feb 18, Two tanker ships
broke apart off Cape Cod. 14 men died in the wrecks, 9 of 41 on the
Pendleton and 5 of 43 on the Fort Mercer.
(SSFC, 2/1/09, p.B7)
1953 Feb 18, "Bwana Devil," the
movie that heralded the 3D fad of the 1950s, opened in New York
1954 Feb 18, East and West
Berlin dropped thousands of propaganda leaflets on each other after
the end of a month long truce.
1956 Feb 18, The US lifted its
arms ban and shipped tanks to Saudi Arabia.
(EWH, 1968, p.1241)
1956 Feb 18, Gustave
Charpentier (95), French opera composer (Louise), died.
1960 Feb 18, The Eighth Winter
Olympic Games were formally opened in Squaw Valley, Calif., by Vice
President Nixon. A drought of snow ended 2 days before the start of
(AP, 2/18/98)(SSFC, 1/3/10, p.A13)
1962 Feb 18, Robert F. Kennedy
said that U.S. troops would stay in Vietnam until Communism was
1964 Feb 18, Muriel Resnik's
"Any Wednesday," premiered in NYC.
1964 Feb 18, The Beatles
visited Cassius Clay in training for his match with heavyweight
champion Sonny Liston.
(SFC, 3/6/04, p.D17)
1964 Feb 18, The U.S. cut
military aid to five nations in reprisal for having trade relations
1965 Feb 18, Alabama police
were sent to Marion as some 500 people marched from a church toward
the city jail to protest the jailing of a civil rights worker.
Street lights went out and troopers began swinging clubs on the
marchers. Jimmie Lee Jackson (26) was shot while aiding his
grandfather (82) and mother. Jackson died 2 days later. In 2007
trooper James Bonard Fowler was indicted for the shooting death of
Jackson. In 2010 Fowler (77) pleaded guilty to 2nd degree
manslaughter and was sentenced to 6 months in jail.
(SFC, 5/10/07, p.A3)(SFC, 11/15/10, p.A17)
1965 Feb 18, Gambia gained
independence from Britain.
(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)(www.vdiest.nl/gambia.htm)
1967 Feb 18, The National Art
Gallery in Washington agreed to buy a Da Vinci for a record $5
1967 Feb 18, Robert Oppenheimer
(62), theoretical physicist and leader of atomic bomb development,
died. His work included outlining processes by which old stars of
sufficient mass might collapse beyond the Schwarzschild radius and
become black holes. Physicist John Wheeler named the phenomena black
holes. In 2005 Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin authored “American
Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer," and
Priscilla J. McMillan authored “The Ruin of J. Robert Oppenheimer."
In n2013 Ray Monk authored “Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the
(SFC, 12/19/98, p.C3)(SSFC, 4/10/05, p.B1)(SSFC,
7/31/05, p.F2)(SSFC, 5/26/13, p.F3)
1968 Feb 18, Three US pilots,
who had been held by the Vietnamese, arrived in Washington. The
Vietnamese people later pressured Hanoi to account for their own
1968 Feb 18, British adopted
year-round daylight savings time.
1968 Feb 18, Some 10,000 people
in West Berlin demonstrated against US in Vietnam War.
1969 Feb 18, The PLO (PFLP-GC)
machine-gunned an Israeli El-Al plane in Zurich, Switzerland.
One Palestinian was killed and 4 were arrested.
1970 Feb 18, The Chicago Seven
defendants were found innocent of conspiring to incite riots at the
1968 Democratic national convention; five were convicted of
violating the Anti-Riot Act of 1968, but those convictions were
later reversed. In January reporter J. Anthony Lukas published "The
Barnyard Epithet and Other Obscenities: Notes on the Chicago
(AP, 2/18/08)(SFC, 6/7/97, p.A19)
1972 Feb 18, The California
Supreme Court declared the death penalty cruel and unusual
punishment in violation of the state constitution. 107 inmates were
taken off death row and resentenced. A similar decision was rendered
in 1976 and 68 inmates were resentenced.
1973 Feb 18, Frank Costello
(b.1891), Italian-born US gangster, died in NYC.
1974 Feb 18, Randolph Hearst
was to give $2 million in free food for the poor in order to open
talks for his daughter Patty.
1975 Feb 18, Italy broadened
its abortion law.
1975 Feb 18, The Tigray
People’s Liberation Front began a rebellion in northern Ethiopia.
1975 Feb 18, In Italy Renato
Curcio, Red Brigades leader, was freed in a daring prison assault
led by Margherita Cagol. She was later killed while trying to kidnap
a businessman and Curcio was recaptured.
(WSJ, 12/13/07, p.A18)
1976 Feb 18, Pres. Gerald Ford
signed an executive order prohibiting US officials from plotting or
engaging in political assassination. The order was later broadened
by Presidents Carter and Reagan. Ford issued Executive Order
11905 to clarify U.S. foreign-intelligence activities. In a section
of the order labeled "Restrictions on Intelligence Activities," Ford
concisely but explicitly outlawed political assassination. It became
effective on March 1.
1976 Feb 18, The Tigray
People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) issued a manifesto to secede from
1977 Feb 18, The space shuttle
Enterprise, sitting atop a Boeing 747, went on its maiden "flight"
above the Mojave Desert.
1977 Feb 18, In Nigeria
soldiers from the army of Gen'l. Obasanjo raided Kalakuta, the
communal home of singer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Fela's mother (77) was
thrown from a 2nd-story window and later died from her injuries. The
compound was burned and a fire brigade was prevented from reaching
the site. Fela wrote the song "Coffin for Head of State" to describe
how he and his followers carried her coffin to present it to Gen'l.
(WSJ, 2/24/99, p.A1,10)
1979 Feb 18, The miniseries
"Roots: Next Generations" premiered on ABC TV.
1979 Feb 18, Snow fell in the
Sahara Desert of southern Algeria.
1980 Feb 18, Pierre Elliott
Trudeau's Liberal Party won Canada's elections. Trudeau again served
as the 15th Prime Minister of Canada.
1982 Feb 18, Mexico devalued
the peso by 30 percent to fight an economic slide.
1982 Feb 18, Edith Ngaio Marsh
(b.1895), New Zealand detective writer, producer, died.
1983 Feb 18, The Venezuelan
bolivar suffered a serious devaluation. Pres. Luis Herrera initiated
a round of currency devaluations. The Herrera government was forced
to devalue the currency, which at 4.3 bolivars to the US dollar had
been underwriting a lifestyle the country could no longer afford. By
2000 the bolivar lost 16,185% to the dollar.
1983 Feb 18-1983 Feb 20, In
India Hindu attacks against Moslems in Assam state left over 1500
1988 Feb 18, Anthony M. Kennedy
was sworn in as the 104th justice of the Supreme Court.
1988 Feb 18, Soviet Communist
Party leaders dropped former Moscow party chief Boris N. Yeltsin
from the ruling Politburo.
1989 Feb 18, Author Salman
Rushdie, under a death sentence from Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini for
his book "The Satanic Verses," expressed regret for any distress
he'd caused Muslims.
1990 Feb 18, In general
elections, Japan's conservative governing party held onto its
34-year-old majority in the Parliament's lower house.
1991 Feb 18, Iraqi Foreign
Minister Tariq Aziz held talks in Moscow with Soviet President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev, who presented a proposal for ending the
Persian Gulf War.
1991 Feb 18, The Irish
Republican Army claimed responsibility for a bomb that exploded in a
London rail station, killing a commuter.
1992 Feb 18, Republican Pres.
George H.W. Bush won the New Hampshire primary over Pat Buchanon,
58.6 to 41.4%. Democrat Paul Tsongas won over Bill Clinton, Bob
Kerrey, Tom Harkin and Jerry Brown 38 to 28.3 to 12.7 to 11.6 to
(SFEM,11/2/97, p.12)(AP, 2/18/02)(SSFC, 1/25/04,
1992 Feb 18, John Frohnmayer
announced his resignation as US chairman of the National Endowment
for the Arts.
1993 Feb 18, President Clinton
hosted a campaign-style rally at St. Louis' Union Station to enlist
citizen support for his economic plan.
1994 Feb 18, President Clinton
notified Congress he was prepared to order bombing by U.S. warplanes
1994 Feb 18, At the Winter
Olympic Games in Norway, speedskater Dan Jansen finally won a gold
medal, breaking the world record in the 1,000 meters.
1995 Feb 18, The National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People replaced veteran
chairman William Gibson with Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of
slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, after the rank-and-file
declared no confidence in Gibson's leadership.
1996 Feb 18, A member of the
Irish Republican Army blew himself up and wounded nine other people
when the briefcase bomb he was carrying detonated accidentally on a
double-decker bus in London’s West End. It was the third IRA bombing
in 10 days.
(WSJ, 2/20/96, p.A-1)(AP, 2/18/01)
1997 Feb 18, Bill Richardson
began work as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
1997 Feb 18, Astronauts on the
space shuttle Discovery completed their tune-up of the Hubble Space
Telescope after 33 hours of spacewalking; the Hubble was then
released using the shuttle's crane.
1997 Feb 18, It was reported
that scientists found evidence that upheld the theory of an asteroid
hitting the Earth 65 million years ago in seabed drill sediments 300
miles off the coast of northern Florida.
(SFC, 2/18/97, p.A3)
1997 Feb 18, In Algeria Islamic
militants shot, hacked or burned to death 33 people in Blida, south
of Algiers. Meanwhile the government passed a law that banned
political parties based on religion, language and regionalism.
(SFC, 2/19/97, p.A10)
1997 Feb 18, In France it was
reported that the National Front was the fastest growing political
party in the country and was led by Bruno Megret (47), a former
student at UC Berkeley. The party championed a national preference
program where jobs, public housing and university slots would be
reserved for the ethnic French majority.
(SFC, 2/18/97, p.A1)
1997 Feb 18, In Mexico General
Jesus Guitterez Rebollo was dismissed from the armed forces and held
for charges of collaborating with Amado Carillo Fuentes, leader of
the most powerful Mexican drug cartel. He was the head of the
National Institute for Combating Drugs (INCD), which became defunct.
(SFC, 2/19/96, p.A1)(SFC, 7/28/97, p.A11)
1997 Feb 18, In Peru at least
33 people were killed and a hundred were missing after an Andean
mountain collapsed and buried the villages of Choch and Pumaranra
near Abancay. Total killed reached 250-300. Only 50 bodies were
(SFC, 2/19/97, p.A11)(SFC, 2/25/97, p.a14)
1997 Feb 18, The UN endorsed a
5-point peace plan for Zaire.
(SFC, 2/19/97, p.A10)
1988 Feb 18, The American
hockey team in Nagano lost to the Czechs. Members of the team that
night trashed their quarters in the Olympic Village, drained a fire
extinguisher and tossed it out their 5th story window.
(SFC, 2/20/98, p.A1,16)
1998 Feb 18, President
Clinton's foreign policy team encountered jeers during a town
meeting at Ohio State University while trying to defend the
administration's threat to bomb Iraq into compliance with UN weapons
1998 Feb 18, A military
helicopter crashed in central California during a training mission
and 4 people were killed.
(SFC, 2/19/98, p.A22)
1998 Feb 18, Harry Caray,
baseball broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs and other teams, died at
age 77. Sportscaster Harry Caray died in Rancho Mirage, Calif., at
(WSJ, 2/19/98, p.A1)(AP, 2/18/99)
1999 Feb 18, The Clinton
administration warned Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic to choose
peace with ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, or face a devastating
1999 Feb 18, Transamerica was
bought by Aegon NV of the Netherlands in a deal valued at $9.7
billion. The assessed value of the Transamerica Pyramid in SF was
set at $190 million.
(SFC, 2/19/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/29/04, p.C2)
1999 Feb 18, Scientists
reported a way to slow down the speed of light by a factor of 20
million using a cluster of "Bose-Einstein" atoms chilled to 50
billionths of a degree above absolute zero.
(SFC, 2/18/99, p.A7)
1999 Feb 18, In Chile Lee Pope
of California and 27 demonstrators against the Ralco Dam project on
the Bio Bio River were arrested.
(SFEC, 3/14/99, p.A3)
1999 Feb 18, Israeli troops
seized the southern Lebanon village of Arnoun to prevent guerrilla
attacks from the Crusader Castle of Beaufort.
(WSJ, 2/19/99, p.A1)
2000 Feb 18, Mariano Faget
(54), a 34-year US immigration officer in Miami, was reported to be
a Cuban spy. Faget was found guilty of disclosing government secrets
(SFC, 2/19/00, p.A3)(SFC, 5/31/00, p.A3)
2000 Feb 18, In Florida Sholam
Weiss (b.1954) was sentenced in absentia to 845 years in prison for
causing the 1994 collapse of the National Heritage Life Insurance
Co. He was eventually apprehended by Austrian authorities in the
Fall of 2000.
(SFC, 3/25/10, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/ykab9qe)
2000 Feb 18, Ford Motor Co.
agreed to pay $3.8 million in a settlement with the Labor Dept. over
charges of discrimination in hiring against women and minorities at
(SFC, 2/19/00, p.A3)
2000 Feb 18, Announcer Bob Hite
Sr. (86), whose rich voice introduced "The Lone Ranger" on radio,
died in West Palm Beach, Fla.
2000 Feb 18, In Colombia at
least 9 villagers were killed over 3 days near Ovejas by suspected
(SFC, 2/19/00, p.A10)
2000 Feb 18-19, At El Salado,
Colombia, over 300 right-wing paramilitary executed at least 36
people whom they accused of collaborating with leftist guerrillas.
Nearby military and police made no effort to stop the slaughter.
(SFC, 7/15/00, p.A12,14)
2000 Feb 18, In Chechnya rebels
shot down a Russian helicopter and 15 men were killed.
(SFEC, 2/20/00, p.A32)
2000 Feb 18, Iranians voted in
an election that gave reformers a majority in the parliament, long a
bastion of hard-liners. Voters elected reform candidates to about
72% of the 290-member Majlis (parliament).
(SFEC, 2/20/00, p.A24)(WSJ, 2/22/00, p.A1)(AP,
2000 Feb 18, In Kashmir a land
mine killed 10 police officers in Tral. Another 6 were seriously
wounded. Militants for independence or union with Pakistan claimed
(SFC, 2/19/00, p.C1)
2000 Feb 18, In South Africa
the telephone company, Telkom, announced that it would buy and
distribute 5 million condoms to its employees in an effort to fight
AIDS which had infected some 13% of the adult population.
(SFC, 2/19/00, p.A12)
2001 Feb 18, Robert Philip
Hanssen (56), senior FBI agent, was arrested for spying. He had
allegedly passed information to the Russians for 15 years. It was
believed that he had betrayed the construction of a tunnel under the
Soviet Embassy in Washington. He pleaded guilty July 3 to avoid
execution. His disclosures were later reported to have played a role
in the execution or jailing of at least 3 Russians and threatened
the identity of another 50 people. In 2002 David A. Wise authored:
"The Bureau and the Mole." Hanssen was sentenced to life in prison
on May 10, 2002.
(SFC, 2/21/01, p.A1)(SSFC, 3/4/01, p.A6)(SFC,
7/4/01, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/8/02, p.A16)(AP, 2/18/02)(SSFC, 4/7/02,
p.A14)(SFC, 5/11/02, p.A3)
2001 Feb 18, Balthus (b.1908),
painter aka Count Balthazar Klossowski de Rola, died at age 92 in
Switzerland. In 2002 His memoir "Vanished Splendors," as told by
Alain Vircondolet, was published.
(SFC, 2/21/01, p.A18)(AP, 2/18/02)(SSFC, 1/12/03,
2001 Feb 18, Broadcaster Roger
Caras (72) died.
2001 Feb 18, In Florida Dale
Earnhardt (b.1951), race car driver, was killed on his final turn at
the NASCAR Daytona 500. Later this year Joe Menzer authored "The
Wildest Ride," a history of NASCAR racing.
(SFC, 2/19/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 7/9/01, p.A26)(NW,
2001 Feb 18, Frank B. Gilbreth
Jr. (89) co-author of "Cheaper by the Dozen" died.
2001 Feb 18, Eddie Mathews
(69), baseball Hall of Famer, died.
2001 Feb 18, In Brazil some
15,000 convicts held uprisings in 29 prisons that left 16 people
dead. It was coordinated by Idemir Carlos Ambrosio, leader of the
PCC prison-based gang. Ambrosio was killed in prison in July.
(SFC, 2/19/01, p.A9)(SFC, 5/16/06, p.A7)
2001 Feb 18, In Chechnya rebels
blew a Russian troop train of its tracks and 3 people were killed.
(WSJ, 2/21/01, p.A1)
2001 Feb 18, In Indonesia
gunmen shot journalist Oz Rusli Radja and human rights worker
Khairuddin to death in Aceh.
(SFC, 2/20/01, p.A10)
2001 Feb 18, Fresh clashes in
Borneo and separatist violence in Aceh erupted. Fighting between the
Dayaks and immigrants left over 100 people killed.
(WSJ, 2/21/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/22/00, p.A1)
2001 Feb 18, The Iraqi press
referred to Pres. Bush as "son of the snake" and "the new dwarf"
following the Feb. 16 bombing attacks.
(SFC, 2/19/01, p.A9)
2001 Feb 18, In Serbia a
suspected mine ripped a police van and 3 Serbian officers were
killed just outside Kosovo.
(SFC, 2/19/01, p.A10)
2002 Feb 18, Addressing Japan's
national legislature, President George Bush said the country's
recession-ravaged economy was "on the path to reform," and he urged
the Diet to help curb the spread of terrorism in the region.
2002 Feb 18, The EU ordered
home from Zimbabwe its 30-member observer team and voted to impose
sanctions, which included cutting off $110 million in aid, a ban on
travel to the EU by Mugabe and 20 Cabinet members and freezing of
(SFC, 2/19/02, p.A8)
2002 Feb 18, France's Marina
Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat narrowly won the Olympic ice dancing
2002 Feb 18, A Palestinian
militant ambushed a settler’s convoy, shot 3 people dead and blew
himself up. A car bombing outside Jerusalem killed an Israeli
policeman along with the bomber. 2 Palestinian gunmen attacked a
settlement in the Gaza Strip and one was killed.
(SFC, 2/19/02, p.A6)
2003 Feb 18, Declaring that
America's security should not be dictated by protesters, President
Bush said he would not be swayed from compelling Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein to disarm.
2003 Feb 18, Johnny
Paycheck (64), American country singer, died in Nashville, Tenn. In
1977 he had a big hit with the David Allan Coe song "Take This Job
and Shove It."
(SFC, 2/20/03, A18)(AP, 2/18/04)
2003 Feb 18, The
Bolivian Cabinet resigned after violent street protests left 29 dead
and the government of Pres. de Lozada near collapse.
2003 Feb 18, In Colombia
heavy fighting left at least 29 leftist rebels and right-wing
(WSJ, 2/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Feb 18, In India a
bus carrying a wedding party fell into a gorge, killing 23 people
and injuring 31 others in the mountainous northern state of
2003 Feb 18, At least 40
Israeli tanks headed for Gaza City, accompanied by bulldozers and
2003 Feb 18, In Daegu,
South Korea, a fire raged through two packed subway trains after a
man lit a container of flammable liquid and tossed it, killing 196
people and injuring 145. In August the perpetrator was sentenced to
life in prison.
(SFC, 2/19/03, A1)(WSJ, 2/19/03, p.A1)(AP,
2/27/03)(WSJ, 8/7/03, p.A1)
2003 Feb 18, Saudi
Arabia said it has referred 90 Saudis to trial for alleged al Qaeda
links. Another 250 were reported under investigation.
(SFC, 2/19/03, A10)
2003 Feb 18, Syria said
it would pull 4,000 of 20,000 troops out of Lebanon.
(WSJ, 2/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Feb 18, Turkey
asked the US to nearly double its multibillion dollar aid package as
a condition for allowing U.S. troops on its soil in a war against
2003 Feb 18, In
Venezuela police reported that the bodies of 3 soldiers, who had
called for "civic disobedience" against President Hugo Chavez's
government, had been found with their hands tied and faces wrapped
2004 Feb 18, The US federal
debt passed the $7 trillion mark.
(WSJ, 2/19/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 18, President Bush
praised social progress in Tunisia and welcomed its leader, Zine El
Abidine Ben Ali, as a partner in the fight against terrorism while
also urging political reforms in the moderate Muslim nation in North
2004 Feb 18, The race for the
Democratic nomination narrowed to a two-man contest between
front-runner John Kerry and plucky rival John Edwards after Howard
Dean ended his bid before the campaign spread to the 10 crucial
"Super Tuesday" states.
2004 Feb 18, Scientists
reported that X-rays form galaxy RX J1242-11 indicated a black hole
tearing apart a star and gobbling up a share of its gaseous mass.
(SFC, 2/19/04, p.A9)
2004 Feb 18, In Neyshabur,
northeastern Iran, a 51-car train, carrying fuel, fertilizer and
industrial chemicals, derailed and exploded. It rolled out of a
switchyard and eventually reach a speed of more than 90 mph before
it derailed, caught fire and exploded. The explosions destroyed five
villages killing at least 200 people and injuring hundreds more.
(AP, 2/19/04)(AP, 4/23/04)
2004 Feb 18, In Iraq 2 trucks
packed with explosives blew up outside Hilla, Polish-run base south
of Baghdad, after coalition forces opened fire on the suicide
bombers racing toward them. 11 Iraqi civilians were killed and at
least 64 people were wounded.
(AP, 2/18/04)(SFC, 2/19/04, p.A14)
2004 Feb 18, Ireland's
government announced plans to ban smoking in all enclosed workplaces
as of March 29.
(SFC, 2/19/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 18, The armed Basque
separatist group ETA unilaterally declared a cease-fire for the
northeastern region of Catalonia, but the move was immediately
criticized by Spain's prime minister and politicians who refuse to
negotiate with the militant group.
2004 Feb 18, The UN said it
would redeploy 4,000 of its forces to Congo's volatile northeast,
where peacekeepers have come under fire from rival ethnic militias
fighting for control of mineral riches.
2004 Feb 18, In northern Uganda
government soldiers backed by helicopter gunships attacked a group
of rebels in a remote village, killing 36 insurgents.
2005 Feb 18, President Bush
declared American Samoa a major disaster area following Hurricane
Olaf, which wiped out nearly all homes in at least one village in
the Manua Islands.
2005 Feb 18, Pres. George W.
Bush signed the US Class Action Fairness Act. It expanded federal
jurisdiction over many large class-action lawsuits and mass actions
taken in the United States.
2005 Feb 18, The US envoy
Christopher Hill said the US and China agreed that North Korea must
end its nuclear ambitions and resolve the standoff through
2005 Feb 18, An advisory panel
said Merck & Co. Inc.'s withdrawn arthritis drug Vioxx is safe
enough to rejoin Pfizer's rival pain relievers Celebrex and Bextra
on the U.S. market, after concluding that all three medicines posed
some level of heart risk.
2005 Feb 18, Uli Derickson, the
flight attendant who helped save passengers during the 1985 TWA
hijacking, died in Tucson, Ariz., at age 60.
2005 Feb 18, Britain faced the
threat of mass strikes in the public sector ahead of an upcoming
election as teachers, nurses and civil servants protested against a
plan to raise their retirement age and cut pensions.
2005 Feb 18, A British ban on
hunting with dogs became effective.
2005 Feb 18, Colombia’s army
chief said troops had killed between 70 and 80 Marxist guerrillas
over the past 3 weeks in a region where the rebels operate cocaine
2005 Feb 18, The World Health
Organization (WHO) said an outbreak of plague in northeastern
Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 61 diamond miners and
infected hundreds more.
2005 Feb 18, Indonesia welcomed
efforts by the US to restore full military training ties with
Jakarta, saying the time was ripe to resume links that were
downgraded 13 years ago.
2005 Feb 18, Explosions ripped
through Baghdad, killing about 3 dozen people and injuring dozens on
the eve of Ashura, Shiite Islam's most important holiday.
(AP, 2/18/05)(SFC, 2/19/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 18, Israel let 16 of
about 55 Palestinians expelled from the West Bank return home, and
it has concluded that demolishing the homes of Palestinian suicide
bombers and gunmen does not deter attackers and should be stopped.
2005 Feb 18, The Lebanese
opposition stepped up its campaign against the pro-Syrian
government, calling for a peaceful uprising to force the resignation
of Prime Minister Omar Karami and the withdrawal of Syrian troops.
2005 Feb 18, Libya refused to
extend the deadline of the Lockerbie compensation deal in a possible
bid to pressure Washington to drop it from the U.S. list of state
sponsors of terrorism.
2005 Feb 18, The royal
government plunged Nepal into a communications blackout, the
country's annual celebration of democracy, cutting phone service to
thwart opposition activists trying to organize nationwide protests.
2005 Feb 18, Pakistan deployed
specially trained anti-Al-Qaeda commandos to guard against sectarian
violence as two Sunni militants planning to attack parades by rival
Shiites blew themselves up.
2005 Feb 18, Russian Pres.
Vladimir Putin said that Moscow will continue its nuclear
cooperation with Iran and that he is convinced Tehran does not
intend to develop atomic weapons.
2005 Feb 18, The government of
South Africa said the number of deaths increased by 57 percent in
the five years ending in 2003, with AIDS and related illnesses among
the leading causes in adults. The rate is far lower than that
reported by world health groups.
2006 Feb 18, Eight workers at a
meat processing plant in Nebraska won a record $365 million
2006 Feb 18, Character actor
Richard Bright ("The Godfather") was struck and killed by a bus in
New York; he was 68.
2006 Feb 18, In the US
thousands of people remained without power after a winter storm
packing wind gusts of up to 77 mph rolled across the Northeast,
downing trees and power lines. Four people were killed.
2006 Feb 18, In Brazil a
coalition of American churches sharply denounced the US-led war in
Iraq, accusing Washington of "raining down terror" and apologizing
to other nations for "the violence, degradation and poverty our
nation has sown." Christian leaders explored the question: Should
churches use their investment portfolios to protest Israeli policies
2006 Feb 18, More than 10,000
angry people protested in central London against the Prophet
Muhammad cartoons that have infuriated many in the Muslim world.
2006 Feb 18, The Democratic
Republic of Congo adopted a new constitution aimed at bringing an
end to decades of dictatorship, war and chaos in the vast country,
and paving the way for elections by mid-2006.
2006 Feb 18, India confirmed
the H5N1 bird flu virus in chickens. Iran confirmed the virus in
wild swans. Indonesia confirmed its 19th death from the virus.
Germany France and Austria reported more dead birds. Nigeria claimed
to be bringing the virus under control.
2006 Feb 18, India and Pakistan
restored train service along a line that was severed during their
war 40 years ago, establishing a second rail link between the two
South Asian rivals.
2006 Feb 18, A spate of
roadside bombings in Baghdad and north of the capital killed a US
soldier and at least 11 Iraqis.
2006 Feb 18, A German plane
from Azerbaijan went missing in northern Iraq. 5 Germans and an
Iraqi on board were found dead the next day.
2006 Feb 18, Italy's Reforms
Minister Roberto Calderoli resigned following deadly clashes in
Libya over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad that he had made into
T-shirts and wore on state television.
2006 Feb 18, In Italy Kjetil
Andre Aamodt of Norway outwaited the weather and outran the field to
successfully defend the men's super-G title for his record eighth
Olympic Alpine medal. American Shani Davis won the men's 1,000-meter
speedskating in Turin, becoming the first black athlete to win an
individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history.
(AP, 2/18/06)(AP, 2/18/07)
2006 Feb 18, Conservation
officials said a searing drought in Kenya and neighboring Tanzania
has killed dozens of hippopotamuses and other wild animals, and
disrupted the annual migration of wildebeests and zebras between the
two East African nations.
2006 Feb 18, Libya suspended
Nasr al-Mabrouk, its interior minister, citing an "excessive use of
force" in riots the day before that left at least 10 people dead in
the bloodiest protest yet against the Prophet Muhammad cartoons
roiling the Muslim world.
2006 Feb 18, Nepal's communist
insurgents called for an indefinite nationwide strike to begin Apr 3
as the country's major political parties prepared for a weekend
protest amid growing anger at the king's autocratic rule.
2006 Feb 18, In Nigeria armed
militants carried out a wave of attacks across the troubled Niger
delta, blowing up oil and gas pipelines and seizing nine foreign oil
workers: 3 Americans, a Briton, 2 Egyptians, 2 Thais and one
Filipino. Royal Dutch Shell suspended exports from the 380,000
barrel-a-day Forcados terminal after militants bombed the tanker
2006 Feb 18, Nigerian Muslims
protesting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad attacked Christians
and burned churches, killing at least 15 people in the deadliest
confrontation yet in the whirlwind of Muslim anger over the
2006 Feb 18, In southwestern
Pakistan insurgents blew up four gas pipelines and two people were
injured in landmine explosions in Baluchistan province.
2006 Feb 18, Palestinian leader
Mahmoud Abbas asked Hamas to form the next Palestinian government,
but demanded that the Islamic militant group recognize existing
peace deals and fall in line with his moderate policies, including
negotiations with Israel.
2006 Feb 18, Hamas legislator
Abdel Aziz Duaik, a geography professor from the West Bank, was
elected speaker of the new Palestinian parliament.
2006 Feb 18, On the southern
Philippine island of Jolo, janitor for US troops was killed and 13
people wounded in an explosion near an army base. Abu Sayyaf was
2006 Feb 18, The WHO said a
cholera outbreak in south Sudan has claimed 52 lives with more than
2,000 cases of the deadly disease.
2007 Feb 18, The United States
sent eight more US F-22 stealth fighter planes to the southern
Japanese island of Okinawa in their first full deployment overseas.
2007 Feb 18, Scientists at a
symposium on the neurobiology of chocolate reported that flavanols,
a chemical found in cocoa beans, could be good for memory. They
noted that chocolate usually looses its flavanols during processing.
(SFC, 2/19/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 18, A US military
helicopter crashed in southeastern Afghanistan after its pilot
reported engine failure, killing eight American troops and wounding
14. A roadside bomb killed four officers involved in opium poppy
eradication in Farah province. In western Ghor province a clash
between poppy farmers and police involved in eradication left one
civilian dead and two wounded.
(AP, 2/18/07)(AP, 2/19/07)
2007 Feb 18, Albanians went to
the polls in municipal elections. Allegations of vote-rigging flared
within a few hours of polls opening, as the opposition accused PM
Sali Berisha's Democratic Party of releasing false identity
documents to allow some supporters to vote repeatedly. In Tirana
Interior Minister Sokol Olldashi (34) faced Socialist Party leader
and city mayor, Edi Rama (42).
2007 Feb 18, A Bangladesh
anti-graft body named 50 people for having wealth that did not match
their income. 30 arrests soon included 11 former ministers,
lawmakers and businessmen with party links.
2007 Feb 18, British PM Tony
Blair announced plans to overhaul gun laws after three teenage boys
were shot dead in south London this month, prompting a national
debate about guns and gangs among youths.
2007 Feb 18, The Chinese
flocked to temples, parks and Disneyland to pray, play, eat, and
celebrate the first day of the Lunar New Year, ushering in the Year
of the Pig. The celebrations extended to March 4.
(AP, 2/18/07)(WSJ, 3/3/07, p.A1)
2007 Feb 18, Egyptian
authorities arrested Mohammed Sayed Saber (35), an Egyptian engineer
from the country's nuclear energy agency, for spying for Israel, but
the arrest was not announced until April 17.
2007 Feb 18, Fierce inter-clan
fighting killed at least 43 people in Ethiopia's southeastern Ogaden
region, inhabited mainly by ethnic Somalis.
2007 Feb 18, India’s federal
minister for women and child development said the government plans
to open centers where people can abandon unwanted daughters in a bid
to tackle the abortion of female fetuses and infanticide.
2007 Feb 18 In northern India 2
bombs exploded on a train headed from India to Pakistan, sparking a
fire that swept through two coaches and killed at least 68 people.
Most of the dead were Pakistani. Officials said the attack was aimed
at undermining the peace process between the rivals.
(AP, 2/19/07)(Econ, 2/24/07, p.47)
2007 Feb 18, Twin landslides
hit Indonesia's Java island, killing at least 12 people after they
were buried under mounds of earth.
2007 Feb 18, Israel and the US
agreed ahead of a three-way meeting with the Palestinians to shun
any new Palestinian government that does not renounce violence,
recognize Israel and accept existing peace agreements.
2007 Feb 18, Japanese
researchers said they had grown normal-looking teeth from single
cells in lab dishes, and transplanted them into mice.
2007 Feb 18, Officials said the
Mexican government will expand its anti-drug raids to two states
across the border from Texas, deploying more than 3,000 soldiers,
sailors and federal police.
2007 Feb 18, In Nigeria gunmen
seized three Croatian workers. The men were abducted in the region's
main city of Port Harcourt.
2007 Feb 18, In the southern
Philippines an unidentified gunman fatally shot Hernani Pastolero
(64), the editor of a weekly newspaper in front of his home in the
village of Bulalo.
2007 Feb 18, In St. Petersburg,
Russia, an explosion hit a McDonald's restaurant in the city center,
injuring at least six people.
2007 Feb 18, In Thailand 29
bombings and 20 other attacks rocked the country's four southernmost
provinces. Most of the attacks took place in a span of 45 minutes.
2007 Feb 18, A bus and a truck
carrying goods collided head-on in Uganda, killing 7 people and
injuring 20. Police said 2,000 Ugandans die in road accidents on
average each year.
2007 Feb 18, Zimbabwe riot
police crushed an opposition rally amid government fears of a new
street campaign against President Robert Mugabe. Morgan Tsvangirai
cancelled a planned mass rally in Harare after police blocked
supporters from attending the gathering in defiance of a court
(AFP, 2/18/07)(Reuters, 2/19/07)
2008 Feb 18, President Bush
handed out hugs and bed nets in Tanzania's rural north, saying the
US is part of a new international effort to provide enough mosquito
netting to protect every child between one and five from contracting
malaria in this east African nation.
2008 Feb 18, President Bush
hailed Kosovo's bold and historic bid for statehood, saying "The
Kosovars are now independent."
2008 Feb 18, Platinum hit a
record high for the 13th successive day on lingering power supply
shortages which have disrupted mining in main producer South Africa.
2008 Feb 18, In Afghanistan a
suicide car bomber targeting a Canadian military convoy killed 37
civilians at a busy market in Spin Boldak in southern Kandahar
province. Afghan and NATO-led troops killed two regional Taliban
commanders in southern Afghanistan
(AP, 2/18/08)(AP, 2/21/08)
2008 Feb 18, The British
government introduced emergency legislation to temporarily
nationalize Northern Rock PLC. British PM Gordon Brown, detailing
nationalization plans, said the stricken mortgage lender will remain
nationalized until adverse market conditions change.
2008 Feb 18, In Colombia a
cashiered army lieutenant colonel and 14 soldiers were convicted of
murdering 10 elite counternarcotics police agents in an ambush that
showed how deeply drug corruption threatens Colombia's security
2008 Feb 18, Egyptian security
sources said police have rounded up some 500 Palestinians in north
Sinai in the past four days and plan to deport them back into Gaza
2008 Feb 18, Ethiopia’s
state-media reported that 309 police officers, suspected of links
with separatists rebels, have been arrested in the Ogaden region as
part of a government crackdown.
2008 Feb 18, More than 1,000
police raided housing projects outside Paris, detaining over 30
people in a bid to find rioters who led an outburst of violence last
2008 Feb 18, Alain
Robbe-Grillet (85), avant-garde French author, died. He dispensed
with conventional storytelling as a pioneer of the postwar "new
2008 Feb 18, At least 13 Maoist
rebels and six paramilitary soldiers were killed in renewed fighting
in eastern India, days after carefully coordinated rebel attacks
killed 13 police and two civilians.
2008 Feb 18, In Goa, India, the
bruised body of Scarlette Keeling (15), a British citizen, was found
on a beach with her clothes partially removed. Some of her injuries
indicated sexual assault. In March 3 men were detained in connection
with her murder. On March 13 police confirmed murder charges against
local barman Samson D'Souza (29) and Placido Carvalho, an alleged
drugs dealer working the beaches of the former Portuguese colony.
(AP, 3/9/08)(AFP, 3/13/08)
2008 Feb 18, Italian police
captured Pasquale Condello (57), the top boss of a powerful
organized crime syndicate. The Condello crime clan was one of the
most ferocious 'ndrangheta families and Condello had received
several life prison terms for four murders and other crimes.
2008 Feb 18, Kosovo's leaders
sent letters to 192 countries seeking formal recognition of
independence, and suspense gripped the province as its citizens
awaited key backing from the US and key European powers.
2008 Feb 18, Pakistanis voted
for a new parliament in elections shadowed by fears of violence and
questions about the political survival of President Pervez
Musharraf. 56% of the votes cast in Baluchistan province were fake.
(AP, 2/18/08)(SSFC, 9/25/11, p.A4)
2008 Feb 18, Callixte
Nzabonimana (55), Rwanda’s former youth and sport minister, was
arrested in the town of Kigoma, Tanzania. He faced trial for
participating in the 1994 genocide. The trial of Nzabonimana,
described by prosecutors as "the Butcher of Gitarama," began at the
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Tanzania on Nov
(Reuters, 2/19/08)(AFP, 11/9/09)
2008 Feb 18, Sri Lankan
soldiers captured a line of strategic rebel bunkers after a battle
that killed 10 rebels and one soldier.
2009 Feb 18, President Barack
Obama unveiled the next step in his multi-pronged efforts to lift
the United States out of recession, pledging up to $275 billion to
help stem a wave of home foreclosures that sparked the US financial
meltdown. Obama advisors said he has settled on Kansas Gov. Kathleen
Sebelius as top choice for secretary of health and human services.
(Reuters, 2/18/09)(SFC, 2/19/09, p.A4)
2009 Feb 18, Fifty-one
Democrats and 2 Republicans, sent a letter to President Barack Obama
urging him to enforce a ban on importing assault weapons, saying
many such guns are later smuggled south to arm Mexico's ruthless
drug cartels. The ban was implemented under the administrations of
Pres. George H.W. Bush and Pres. Bill Clinton, and the US government
can enforce it under provisions of the 1968 Gun Control Act. But the
US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has
quietly abandoned the ban in recent years.
(AP, 2/18/09)(AP, 2/24/09)
2009 Feb 18, A Florida jury
ordered Philip Morris to pay $8 million in damages to Elaine Hess,
the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer.
(SFC, 2/19/09, p.A2)
2009 Feb 18, Al Qaeda's
Algeria-based branch (AQMI) claimed it is holding two missing
Canadian diplomats hostage and 4 tourists. UN envoy Robert Fowler
and his aide Louis Guay, went missing in the West African country of
Niger last month.
2009 Feb 18, In Antigua panicky
depositors were turned away from Stanford International Bank and
some of its Latin American affiliates, unable to withdraw their
money after US regulators accused Texas financier R. Allen Stanford
of perpetrating an $8 billion fraud against his companies'
2009 Feb 18, A British judge
discharged the jury in the trial of a group of British Muslims
accused of plotting to blow up trans-Atlantic passenger jets in
mid-air, citing legal reasons. Britain’s high court ruled that Abu
Qatada, an extremist Muslim preacher, can be deported to
Jordan despite fears he could face torture there.
(AP, 2/18/09)(SFC, 2/19/09, p.A2)
2009 Feb 18, A Chinese state
news agency said AIDS was the top killer among infectious diseases
in China for the first time last year, with 6,897 people dying in
the nine months through September.
2009 Feb 18, In Ecuador US
diplomat Mark Sullivan was declared a “persona non grata" and told
to leave. Pres. Correa later said Sullivan had directed CIA
operations in Ecuador.
(SFC, 2/23/09, p.A2)
2009 Feb 18, A leading Egyptian
dissident, Ayman Nour (44), who was jailed after challenging the
country's longtime president in the 2005 elections, was unexpectedly
freed after years of pressure from the United States.
2009 Feb 18, Georgia and Russia
agreed to let monitors visit anywhere they want in Georgia and its 2
(WSJ, 2/19/09, p.A1)
2009 Feb 18, Greek police
destroyed a powerful car bomb left outside the offices of Citibank
in a northern Athens suburb in an escalation of left-wing militant
2009 Feb 18, In Guadeloupe
rioters manning barricades fatally shot Jacques Bino, tax agent and
union member, in a housing project in Pointe-a-Pitre, as he returned
home from protests. This was the first death in unrest that has
convulsed France's Caribbean islands for weeks.
2009 Feb 18, Iran’s Deputy
Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said in published remarks that Iran
has built an unmanned surveillance aircraft with a range of more
than 600 miles, enough to reach Israel. Iran announced two years ago
that it had built an unmanned aircraft, but Vahidi's comments were
the first by a top official revealing its range.
2009 Feb 18, In Iraq a roadside
bomb targeting a police patrol in the northern city of Mosul killed
one policeman. In Baghdad gunmen killed a local official from the
Sunni Iraqi Islamic Party.
2009 Feb 18, Israel set a
series of tough conditions for accepting a proposed cease-fire with
Hamas, saying there would be no deal, and no open borders for Gaza,
until the Islamic militant group releases a captured Israeli
soldier. Israeli planes attacked smuggling tunnels around the
Gaza-Egypt border and a disused Hamas security base near the town of
2009 Feb 18, Japanese PM Taro
Aso met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on an island near disputed
resource-rich maritime territory, hoping to make progress toward
resolving a dispute lingering since World war II.
2009 Feb 18, In Morocco
Abdelkader Belliraj (50) was arrested together with a number of
other people, allegedly in possession of a large arsenal of
firearms. The Belgian-Moroccan national was suspected of
spearheading a presumed 35-member terrorist ring.
2009 Feb 18, In Nigeria gunmen
in a midnight raid attacked a compound housing ExxonMobil staff in
the Niger Delta but were repulsed after a fierce battle with
2009 Feb 18, In Pakistan a
pro-Taliban cleric vowed to restore calm to the troubled Swat
valley, leading thousands of men in a march for peace after securing
a controversial deal to enforce sharia law. Gunmen killed a
television reporter hours after he covered the peace march in the
(AFP, 2/18/09)(AP, 2/18/09)
2009 Feb 18, Polish police said
they have detained 78 people, including a priest and a doctor,
suspected of possessing child pornography and spreading it on the
2009 Feb 18, In Sri Lanka
government artillery attacks and air raids inside the northern war
zone killed at least 38 civilians and wounded 140 others.
2009 Feb 18, Sudanese forces
bombed rebel positions in Darfur, with the ink barely dry on a deal
between Khartoum and the strongest rebel group that was hailed as a
turning point in efforts to end the six-year conflict. The next day
the Sudanese army said that it was an allied armed group that fought
Darfur rebels the previous day, not government troops.
(AP, 2/18/09)(AFP, 2/19/09)
2009 Feb 18, Taiwan’s central
bank cut interest rates to a record low as a government statistician
predicted that its economy will shrink for five consecutive
(WSJ, 2/19/09, p.A1)
2009 Feb 18, Zimbabwe’s the new
finance minister announced that Zimbabwe has begun paying government
workers in US dollars and will allow more trade in foreign currency
in the first act by a unity government that gave the opposition
control of much of the devastated economy. A court ordered
ministerial nominee Roy Bennett to be kept in custody until March 4,
on the grounds there was "reasonable suspicion" against him in a
2010 Feb 18, President Barack
Obama met the Dalai Lama at the White House, brushing aside China's
warning that talks with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader could
further damage strained Sino-US ties.
2010 Feb 18, Pres. Obama
created a bipartisan debt-reduction commission.
(SFC, 2/19/10, p.A6)
2010 Feb 18, The Obama
administration ratcheted up pressure on health insurers, saying some
planned double-digit rate hikes while making billions in profits and
paying executives multimillion-dollar salaries.
2010 Feb 18, An absent-minded
attendee at the Republican National Committee (RNC) confab in Boca
Grande, Florida, left a 72-page document from its 2010 strategizing
session in a hotel room. The memo tracks the fundraising
presentation that RNC Finance Director Rob Bickhart delivered to the
RNC's $2,500-a-head annual retreat and revealed a GOP plan to use
scare tactics to raise money. This became public on March 4.
2010 Feb 18, US researchers
unveiled a vehicle that earns money for its driver instead of
guzzling it up in gasoline and maintenance costs. The presentation
of the box-like, unassuming looking Scion was the researchers' way
of introducing the "vehicle-to-grid" (V2G) concept as it begins to
gain momentum in the United States and around the world.
2010 Feb 18, In Texas Joe Stack
(b.1956), a software engineer, committed suicide by slamming his
single-engine Piper PA-28 into an Austin office building that houses
the IRS. One person was missing and 13 were injured. Stack felt the
federal government, especially its tax code, had robbed him of his
savings and destroyed his career while allowing corrupt executives
to walk away with millions.
(AP, 2/19/10)(SFC, 2/19/10, p.A6)
2010 Feb 18, It was reported
that a new type of computer virus is known to have breached almost
75,000 computers in 2,500 organizations around the world. The virus,
known as "Kneber botnet," gathers login credentials to online
financial systems, social networking sites and email systems from
infested computers and reports the information back to hackers.
2010 Feb 18, Microsoft won
unconditional European Union approval for its planned search deal
with Yahoo Inc to challenge market leader Google.
2010 Feb 18, The Afghan
Interior Ministry said a NATO airstrike aimed at insurgents missed
its target, killing 7 policemen in northern Kunduz province. Another
Afghan official said Pakistan has captured two "shadow governors"
belonging to Afghanistan's Taliban movement. The Afghan governor for
Kunduz said Mullah Abdul Salam and Mullah Mir Mohammad, respectively
the shadow governors of the northern Afghan provinces of Kunduz and
Baghlan happened in Pakistan's Baluchistan province and were
captured about a week ago. 9 militants linked to al-Qaida were
nabbed overnight near Karachi. Six coalition troops were killed in
the assault on Marjah, making it the deadliest day since the
offensive began. The death toll so far is 11 NATO troops and one
(AP, 2/18/10)(AP, 2/19/10)
2010 Feb 18, London police
released Ray Gosling, a veteran British TV reporter, on bail after
he was arrested and questioned about claims he made on the air that
he killed his lover who was dying of AIDS.
2010 Feb 18, Speed skater
Christine Nesbitt of Canada mounted a gutsy charge to the finish
line to claim gold in the women's 1,000 meters at the Richmond
2010 Feb 18, Dubai police
directly accused Israel's Mossad spy agency of orchestrating the Jan
19 hit squad slaying of a Hamas commander as the number of suspects
rose to 18.
2010 Feb 18, In Germany
attorney Ursula Raue said 115 former students have come forward with
charges of sexual abuse at schools run by Germany's Jesuit order.
Victims had named 12 priests and several women among the attackers.
Most of the victims were former students of one of Germany's most
prestigious high schools, Berlin's private Catholic Canisius Kolleg.
2010 Feb 18, Haiti’s PM
Jean-Max Bellerive said the government will appropriate land to
build temporary camps for earthquake victims. The decision was
potentially explosive in a country where a small elite owns most of
the land in and around the capital.
2010 Feb 18, In India suspected
Maoist rebels raided a village in eastern Bihar state, and killed at
least 12 people in an apparent act of revenge after several
guerrillas were captured and turned over to police. The dead
included a family of 4 burned to death in Kasari.
(AP, 2/18/10)(SFC, 2/19/10, p.A2)
2010 Feb 18, In Iraq a suicide
car bomb exploded outside the gate of the main government compound
in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, killing at least 13
people, including 4 police. At least 26 people were wounded.
2010 Feb 18, Vicente Zambada
Niebla (34), a man accused of being an influential,
second-generation member of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was extradited
from Mexico to the US on charges he helped move tons of cocaine from
Colombia to California, New York and Chicago.
2010 Feb 18, In Mozambique 7
people died in a riot in the district of Gurue sparked by false
rumors that health workers were spreading cholera.
2010 Feb 18, In Niger armed
soldiers stormed the presidential palace and witnesses said the
president's whereabouts were unknown after heavy gunfire. Pres.
Mamadou Tandja (72) was deposed in a military coup after he stayed
in office months beyond his legal mandate.
(AP, 2/18/10)(AP, 1/17/11)
2010 Feb 18, In Pakistan a bomb
blast at a mosque in the northwestern Khyber tribal region killed 29
people including some militants. Missiles fired from a US unmanned
drone aircraft killed Mohammad Haqqani, the brother of Afghan
Taliban commander Siraj Haqqani, along with 3 associates. Both
Haqqanis are sons of Jalaluddin Haqqani, a former US ally in the war
against the Soviets in the 1980s.
(AP, 2/18/10)(AP, 2/19/10)(Reuters, 2/19/10)(SFC,
2010 Feb 18, In northern
Pakistan up to 37 people were feared dead after an avalanche slammed
into a remote mountain village in Kohistan district.
2010 Feb 18, Philippine troops
arrested Jumadali Arad, a suspected Muslim militant accused in the
high-profile kidnappings of three Americans, two of whom were later
killed, and dozens of Filipinos nine years ago.
2010 Feb 18, Rwanda state radio
said a Seventh Day Adventist pastor, Peday Ntihanabayo, has been
sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in Rwanda's 1994
genocide by a grass-roots gacaca appeals court.
2010 Feb 18, Turkmenistan Pres.
Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov said "If anyone wishes to propose
creating a new political party, we can register one this year, as
stipulated by the Constitution." The constitution, adopted in 1992,
allows for the formation of political parties.
2010 Feb 18, Zimbabwe state
newspapers reported that the Supreme Court has ordered two
government mining firms to stop operations on British-owned diamond
mining fields plagued by human rights abuses.
2010 Feb 18-2010 Mar 3, In the
northern Mexican border city of Reynosa 8 journalists were kidnapped
over a period of two weeks in a wave of abductions unprecedented in
the Western Hemisphere. Two were released alive and one was found
dead with signs of torture.
2011 Feb 18, The Obama
administration vetoed a UN Arab-backed Security Council resolution
that would have condemned Israel for continuing to build Jewish-only
settlements in the West Bank.
2011 Feb 18, The United States
sanctioned the New Ansari Money Exchange, a major Afghan
money-exchange outfit, suspected of laundering billions of dollars
in drug money.
2011 Feb 18, The US military
said Noor Uthman Muhammed, a Guantanamo Bay prisoner who helped run
an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan, will serve less than three
years in prison under a plea deal that requires him to testify
against other suspected terrorists.
2011 Feb 18, Ford Motor Co.
said it plans to team up with a Russian automaker to make and
distribute cars in the country. The announcement came shortly after
Italian automaker Fiat SpA backed out of a potential partnership
with the same Russian company.
2011 Feb 18, SF-based novelist
Victor Martinez (56), died of cancer. His book “Parrot in the Over:
Mi Vida" was awarded the 1996 National Book Award for Young People’s
(SFC, 3/4/11, p.C5)
2011 Feb 18, In northern
Afghanistan a man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire on
German troops working on a vehicle, killing two soldiers and
wounding at least eight others. A suicide car bomber struck a police
station in the eastern city of Khost, killing 11 people — one Afghan
policeman and 10 civilians. A roadside bomb killed three Afghan
policemen and wounded two others in Shinwar district of the eastern
province of Nangarhar. A roadside bomb also killed a coalition
service member in the south.
2011 Feb 18, Tens of thousands
of Albanian opposition supporters marched peacefully through the
capital to demand the government resign over corruption allegations,
almost a month after four people died when a similar demonstration
2011 Feb 18, Bahrain soldiers
fired tear gas and shot heavy weapons into the air as thousands of
protest marchers defied a government ban and streamed toward the
landmark square that has been the symbolic center of the uprising
against the Gulf nation's leaders. At least 50 people were wounded.
(AP, 2/18/11)(SFC, 2/19/11, p.A4)
2011 Feb 18, Brazil set out its
foreign policy aims under new President Dilma Rousseff, talking up
China ties, blaming rich countries for hampering global trade talks,
stressing dialogue with Iran, and saying it sees itself as an agent
for "world peace."
2011 Feb 18, China raised
required reserves to a record 19.5 percent, adding to an
increasingly aggressive effort by Beijing to stamp out stubbornly
2011 Feb 18, The Danish Supreme
Court gave the government the green light to take control of
Christiania, a largely self-governing Copenhagen neighborhood that
was occupied by hippies four decades ago.
2011 Feb 18, In Djibouti
thousands of demonstrators gathered in the tiny East African city
state to demand that the president step down after two terms, the
latest in a series of rallies modeled after political demonstrations
across Africa and the Middle East. At least 2 people were killed.
(AP, 2/18/11)(Econ, 2/26/11, p.54)
2011 Feb 18, In Egypt hundreds
of thousands of flag-waving Egyptians packed into central Tahrir
Square for a day of celebration to mark the fall of longtime leader
Hosni Mubarak a week ago and push their new military rulers to steer
the country toward reform.
2011 Feb 18, Germany’s defense
minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (39) apologized for individual
errors in his doctoral dissertation. He was accused of copying parts
of the dissertation he wrote for his university doctorate without
correctly attributing them.
2011 Feb 18, The Guatemalan
government lifted a two-month-old state of siege in a northern
province that authorities said was controlled by Mexican drug
traffickers. Xinabajul soccer club vice president Carlos Noe Gomez
was ambushed and shot to death by two men as he left a team meeting.
(AP, 2/18/11)(AP, 2/20/11)
2011 Feb 18, In Haiti several
thousand supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide
protested in the capital, waving photos of their exiled leader and
vowing to derail a runoff election next month unless he returns.
2011 Feb 18, In Iran thousands
of government supporters called for the execution of opposition
leaders at a prayer service in response to anti-government
demonstrations earlier in the week. Authorities, meanwhile, appeared
to tighten restrictions on one of the leaders under house arrest.
2011 Feb 18, Iraqis demanding
better public services, jobs and pensions blocked a bridge in the
southern oil hub of Basra, as spreading Middle East unrest emboldens
Iraqis to take on government officials over poor living standards.
2011 Feb 18, In Jordan clashes
broke out in Amman between government supporters and opponents at a
protest calling for more freedom and lower food prices, injuring
2011 Feb 18, In Libya Moamer
Kadhafi's regime vowed to snuff any further attempt to challenge the
Libyan leader, after an opposition "day of anger" turned into a
bloodbath that a rights group said cost at least 24 lives. At least
35 people were killed in Benghazi.
(AFP, 2/18/11)(SFC, 2/19/11, p.A4)
2011 Feb 18, In southern Mexico
4 men with their hands and feet tied and heads covered in duct tape
were thrown 600 feet to their deaths from a bridge. They were among
13 people slain in Guerrero state. The other nine were killed in the
resort city of Acapulco and included a severed head that had been
scalped and whose face had been skinned. They included five taxi
drivers found dead in or near their vehicles. Soldiers killed eight
suspected drug cartel members in two clashes near the industrial
city of Monterrey. Another group of gunmen fired on soldiers in
Juarez, another Monterrey suburb, sparking a firefight that killed
three attackers. There were 20 murders in Ciudad Juarez.
(AP, 2/18/11)(AP, 2/20/11)(AFP, 2/20/11)
2011 Feb 18, A documentary film
“Presumed Guilty" (2008) was released in Mexico. It told the story
of Antonio Zuniga, a computer repairman, who was convicted of a 2005
murder that took place near his Mexico city market stall, despite
evidence of his innocence. The film was banned 2 weeks later.
2011 Feb 18, In Pakistan a
judge ordered the arrest of the driver of a US vehicle that struck
and killed a Pakistani while rushing to help an American detained in
a pair of fatal shootings on Jan 27 in Lahore.
2011 Feb 18, Peruvian
journalist Vicky Pelaez (55), deported by the United States last
year to Russia in a spy swap, returned home and said she was in Peru
to attend her father's burial.
2011 Feb 18, In the Philippines
rebels freed army officer Mario Veluz, who they snatched at gunpoint
on Feb. 6 along a road near Bukidnon province.
2011 Feb 18, In Russia masked
gunmen shot dead three vacationers from the Moscow area on a road in
Kabardino-Balkaria in the violence-plagued North Caucasus region.
2011 Feb 18, In Senegal a man
set himself on fire in front of the presidential palace in Dakar,
the latest self-immolation on the African continent.
2011 Feb 18, Somali pirates
hijacked the yacht Quest with four Americans on board in the Arabian
sea off the coast of Somalia. The Americans were identified as Jean
and Scott Adams, a retired couple from southern California, and
Phyllis Macay and Robert Riggle of Seattle.
(AP, 2/19/11)(SSFC, 2/20/11, p.A5)
2011 Feb 18, A senior UN
official said 5,000 suspected ex-combatants remain in Sri Lankan
camps 21 months after a quarter-century civil war ended.
2011 Feb 18, In Tunisia Marek
Marius Rybinski (34), a Polish priest, was found with his throat
slit and stab wounds in the parking lot of the religious school in
the Tunis suburb of Manouma.
(AP, 2/19/11)(Econ, 3/12/11, p.29)
2011 Feb 18, Uganda held
elections. Pres. Yoweri Museveni (67) won with a huge lead over his
nearest rival, Kizza Besigye, extending his 25-year hold on power
for another 5 years. Museveni got 68% of the vote. Besigye got 26%
of the vote and rejected the results as marred by fraud. Museveni
had handed out envelopes of cash to peasants, teachers and local
officials up and down the country.
(AP, 2/19/11)(SFC, 2/21/11, p.A2)(Econ, 2/26/11,
2011 Feb 18, The Vatican said
Fernando Karadima, a prominent Chilean priest, has been found guilty
of abusing minors and must retire to a life of prayer and penitence.
(SFC, 2/19/11, p.A2)
2011 Feb 18, In Yemen at least
two people were killed in Taez after a grenade was lobbed at
protesters from a speeding car that carried government registration
plates. Clashes between police and protesters continued in the 9th
straight day of protests. Organizers used social media sites
Facebook and Twitter in summoning people to the streets for the
"Friday of Rage" following noon prayers, and tens of thousands
responded in the capital of Sanaa, the southern port of Aden and the
political hotbed of Taiz. 4 people were killed by police in Aden and
48 wounded in Taiz.
(Reuters, 2/18/11)(AP, 2/18/11)(AFP,
2/18/11)(SFC, 2/19/11, p.A5)
2012 Feb 18, In Arizona Pinal
County Sheriff Paul Babeu resigned as a volunteer co-chair of
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's campaign in Arizona
after he was accused of threatening a former male lover with
deportation to Mexico if he talked about their relationship.
2012 Feb 18, Afghan Pres. Hamid
Karzai met with Maulana Samiul Haq, a Pakistani cleric linked to
Taliban insurgents. The meeting in Islamabad marked the first public
contact between an Afghan official and members of the Afghan
Taliban's support network in Pakistan.
2012 Feb 18, African leaders
began talks in Benin on insecurity in the Sahel region where fresh
violence in Mali has sparked what rights groups say is the area's
worst human rights crisis in 20 years.
2012 Feb 18, A Chinese court
sentenced two top former Football Association officials to more than
a decade in jail, in a graft scandal that brought the football
league to its knees.
2012 Feb 18, In Djibouti an
American reconnaissance plane crashed 6 miles (10km) from the only
US base in Africa, killing four service members on board, after
returning from a mission in support of the war in Afghanistan.
2012 Feb 18, In India a school
bus plunged into a river and at least seven people, including 6
children, were killed in the west-coast resort state of Goa. The
driver and conductor both jumped from the vehicle as it was falling
and were unharmed.
2012 Feb 18, In Iran a trial
began in a $2.6 billion dollar banking fraud case with some 32
people involved in taking bribes and financial corruption. At the
center of the fraud, which surfaced last September, is a company
called the Aria group, which was founded in 2005 with a mere
$50,000. In 2011, estimates put its value at more than $3.5 billion.
2012 Feb 18, In Iraq some 400
members of an Iranian exile group reluctantly moved from Camp Ashraf
in the northwest to Camp Liberty, a deserted military base outside
Baghdad in what they called a show of good faith that they
eventually will be allowed to leave the country peacefully. It was
the first group to move of the more than 3,300 members of the
People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran who have lived at the camp
for three decades.
2012 Feb 18, Latvia voted in a
referendum on whether Russian should become the Baltic country's
second national language. The Russians and other minorities who
organized the referendum admit they have virtually no chance at
winning the plebiscite. According to the current law, anyone who
moved to Latvia during the Soviet occupation, or was born to parents
who moved there, is considered a noncitizen and must pass the
Latvian language exam in order to become a citizen. Latvian voters
resoundingly rejected the proposal.
2012 Feb 18, In southern Mali
rebels entered the village of Hombori and killed a 78-year-old
village chief. They also ransacked the village for weapons.
2012 Feb 18, Morocco said it
has banned the distribution of the Feb 16 edition of Spain's
influential El Pais, as a cartoon published by the newspaper
allegedly tarnished King Mohammed VI's name. Earlier this month
French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur was banned after printing an
image of God.
2012 Feb 18, In northeast
Nigeria gunmen shot dead an Islamic cleric and a local politician in
2012 Feb 18, A Palestinian
official in Gaza said Egypt has promised to provide diesel fuel for
the Gaza Strip's sole power plant, which went down Feb 14 after
running out of fuel.
2012 Feb 18, Russian police
said 17 officers have been killed during a 4-day operation to wipe
out several militant bands in Chechnya and Dagestan. At least 20
rebels were reported killed.
(SSFC, 2/19/12, p.A4)
2012 Feb 18, Somalia's
disparate leaders agreed on the basic structure of a new parliament
and government to replace the fragile transitional body that has
failed to bring peace to the war-torn country. The accord proposed a
parliamentary system for anarchic Somalia, with both Puntland and
Galmudug recognized as states within a federal system.
2012 Feb 18, Mohammed Wardi
(b.1932, Sudan's lead singer, died.
2012 Feb 18, Syrian security
forces fired live rounds and tear gas at thousands of people
marching in a funeral procession that turned into a protest in
Damascus, killing at least one person. The Observatory said two
other people were killed, one in Homs who died from sniper fire and
another in the north, who was shot by security forces conducting
raids. Visiting Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun called on all
parties to stop violence. Jamal Bish, a city councilor in Aleppo was
reported killed. Syrian authorities freed blogger Razan Ghazzawi,
symbol of an 11-month uprising, and six other female activists
arrested last week.
(AP, 2/18/12)(AFP, 2/19/12)
2012 Feb 18, It was reported
that more than 3,000 children in northern Uganda are suffering from
a debilitating mystery ailment known as nodding disease. For several
years, scientists have tried and failed to determine the cause of
the illness. Scientists did not know if the disease is linked to
similar outbreaks in neighboring South Sudan and Tanzania.
2012 Feb 18, In Uganda the body
of Jeff Rice, American television producer, was found at the Serena
hotel in Kampala. Police later said he died after taking
contaminated cocaine. His assistant, identified as Kathryne Fuller,
was found unconscious at the same time. By Feb 25 she was conscious
but paralyzed down the right hand side of her body.
2012 Feb 18, Pope Benedict XVI
brought 22 new Catholic churchmen into the elite club of cardinals
who will elect his successor, in a greatly simplified ceremony that
took account of evidence the 84-year-old pontiff is slowing down.
This brought to 125 the number of cardinals under age 80 who are
thus eligible to vote in a papal election.
2013 Feb 18, US Attorney
General Eric Holder discussed regional crime with Caribbean leaders
during a summit in Haiti.
2013 Feb 18, The owner of the
stricken Carnival Triumph cruise ship was hit by a lawsuit seeking
class action status for stranding more than 3,000 passengers for 5
days on a ship without electricity or adequate sanitation.
2013 Feb 18, In Maryland Dr.
Nikita A. Levy (54) was found dead. The gynecologist’s employment at
Johns Hopkins was terminated on Feb 8 following reports of his
surreptitiously photographing and videotaping his patients. In
2014 the John Hopkins Health System agreed to pay $190 million to
some 8,000 women to settle the case.
(SFC, 2/19/13, p.A7)(SFC, 7/22/14, p.A4)
2013 Feb 18, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai officially banned Afghan security forces from
requesting international airstrikes during operations in residential
2013 Feb 18, Armenia held
elections. President Serge Sarkisian (58) easily won a second term
with nearly 59% of the vote, but international observers said the
vote "lacked competition." The closest of his six rivals,
American-born Raffi Hovanessian, got 37% of the vote.
2013 Feb 18, In Belgium 8
masked gunmen forced their way through the security fence at
Brussels' international airport, drove onto the tarmac and snatched
some $50 million worth of diamonds from the hold of a Swiss-bound
plane without firing a shot.
2013 Feb 18, In Brazil
protesters backing the Cuban government blocked the screening of a
documentary featuring Cuba's best-known dissident, the blogger Yoani
Sanchez, who was in attendance after being allowed to leave the
communist island for the first time in nearly a decade. This was the
first stop on her 80-day tour of about a dozen nations.
2013 Feb 18, British PM David
Cameron flew into India promising to try to revive Indian interest
in the Eurofighter even though New Delhi has chosen a French-made
2013 Feb 18, Britain's Royal
Mint said it has started to manufacture gold sovereign coins in
India for the first time since 1918.
2013 Feb 18, The European Union
officially launched a training mission with the goal of making the
disparaged Malian army good enough to patrol the whole country.
2013 Feb 18, EU finance
ministers, condemning the Feb. 12 nuclear test by North Korea,
imposed more trade and economic sanctions on the Asian nation.
2013 Feb 18, EU foreign
ministers announced that they are keeping current sanctions against
Syria in place for three months, rejecting any attempt to ease the
arms embargo so military aid could be funneled to rebel forces.
2013 Feb 18, The European Union
said it has removed 21 loyalists of Zimbabwe's president from a
sanctions list of people facing travel and banking bans. It said the
decision to remove those restrictions was a result of a "step
forward" in finalizing a draft constitution which is set to go voted
on in a national referendum on March 16.
2013 Feb 18, In Guinea
supporters of President Alpha Conde looted and burned the Kankan
offices of opposition politician Lansana Kouyate, 700 km (435 miles)
north of Conakry.
2013 Feb 18, In Pakistan at
least 15,000 Shiite Muslims took to the streets in Quetta in a 2nd
day of protests following a bombing that left 89 people dead. Gunmen
opened fire on a restaurant in Karachi, killing two people.
Militants wearing suicide vests and disguised as policemen attacked
the office of Khyber Political Agent Mutahir Zeb in Peshawar,
killing 5 police officers. In Lahore gunmen on a motorcycle shot to
death a Shiite doctor and his son (12).
(AP, 2/18/13)(SFC, 2/19/13, p.A3)
2013 Feb 18, Palestinians
blocked roads and held marches across the West Bank to protest the
fate of thousands of their countrymen held in Israeli jails and
demand the release of four detainees on hunger strike. Israel is
holding some 4,500 Palestinians for charges ranging from throwing
stones to undertaking deadly militant attacks.
2013 Feb 18, In Russia the body
of Lipetsk city councilman Mikhail Pakhomov (37), kidnapped last
week, was found in a cement barrel. Investigators have arrested
eight people in the case. Evgeny Kharitonov, a former deputy
minister in Moscow's provincial government, was charged with
organizing the kidnapping over what police called an $80 million
2013 Feb 18, In South Africa
Mamphela Ramphele, an academic and co-founder of the nation’s Black
Conscious Movement, announced the creation of Agang, a new political
party "to build the South Africa of our dreams," lambasting the
101-year-old African National Congress of Nelson Mandela for
corruption and power abuse.
(AP, 2/18/13)(Econ, 2/23/13, p.47)
2013 Feb 18, In South Africa 9
miners and 4 guards were injured when a machete-wielding mob
attacked union stewards and security guards opened fire with rubber
bullets amid ongoing labor rivalry at an Anglo American Platinum
mine. Some miners accuse the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM),
which is allied with the governing ANC, of becoming elitist, cozying
up to business and putting those interests before that of mine
2013 Feb 18, Syrian rebels
captured a government checkpoint on the main road to the country's
second-largest airport as opposition fighters pressed their campaign
to capture the strategic facility in Aleppo. A new report from a
UN-appointed panel said Syria's civil war is becoming increasingly
sectarian and the behavior of both sides is growing more and more
radicalized. A regime missile strike leveled a stretch of buildings
and killed at least 19 people in Aleppo, leaving residents combing
through the rubble to find those trapped beneath it.
(AP, 2/18/13)(AP, 2/19/13)
2013 Feb 18, President Hugo
Chavez returned to Venezuela after more than two months of treatment
in Cuba following cancer surgery.
2014 Feb 18, Pres. Obama
announced his intention to nominate Jane Chu (56), a pianist and
arts administrator from Kansas City, Mo., to lead the National
Endowment for the Arts.
(SFC, 2/19/14, p.F5)
2014 Feb 18, In Chicago an
elderly nun who broke into what was supposed to be one of the most
carefully guarded nuclear facilities in the US was sentenced to 35
months in prison. Sister Megan Rice (84) cut through fences and
several layers of security at the Y-12 National Security Complex in
Tennessee along with two other members of Transform Now Plowshares
-- a pacifist group -- in July 2012. Fellow anti-nuclear activists
Michael Walli (64) and Greg Boertje-Obed (58) were sentenced to five
years and two months in prison because of their criminal histories.
2014 Feb 18, Egyptian
authorities charged two Israelis and two Egyptians with forming an
espionage ring for Israel, the second such trial to be called for in
2014 Feb 18, French police
arrested a 48-year-old man in connection with the Sep 2012 killings
of a British-Iraqi family and a cyclist in the Alps, in their first
breakthrough in the case.
2014 Feb 18, Gambia's President
Yahya Jammeh called homosexuals "vermin."
2014 Feb 18, A German court
sentenced Onesphore Rwabukombe, a Rwandan Hutu, to 14 years in jail
for his role in the genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994, ending
Germany's first trial related to the mass killings in central
2014 Feb 18, In Guinea at least
one person was killed and six others injured in Conakry when
protests against frequent power cuts turned violent. The offices of
a Brazilian construction firm were attacked.
2014 Feb 18, In Iraq bombs
exploded in predominantly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad
killing 14 people. Another 35 people were killed in seven car
explosions in the southern city of Hilla and nearby towns.
2014 Feb 18, Irish drugmaker
Actavis PLC said it plans to buy Forest Laboratories Inc. in an
approximately $25 billion deal that will boost the company's
presence in US primary-care doctor offices and bulk up its portfolio
of branded drugs.
2014 Feb 18, In Libya security
guards forced Benghazi airport to close for six hours to demand back
wages as well as an investigation into the crash of a helicopter
which took off from the airport last week.
2014 Feb 18, Pakistani Taliban
fighters opened fire at an army car and killed a senior officer.
2014 Feb 18, In Papua New
Guinea police opened fire after hundreds of men broke out of an
Australia-run detention camp for asylum seekers. One inmate was
(SFC, 2/19/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 18, Polish prosecutors
said they have charged a Catholic priest (Wojciech G.) with four
counts of sex abuse against children in Poland and in the Dominican
Republic, where he was working in a rural parish.
2014 Feb 18, Saudi crown prince
Alwaleed bin Talal and deputy prime minister Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al
Saud concluded a three-day-visit to Pakistan. Pakistani Finance
Minister Ishaq Dar announced the creation of the new fund, the
Pakistan Development Fund, to channel money from "friendly
countries" like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
2014 Feb 18, South Sudan rebel
forces launched a major assault against the key oil-hub of Malakal,
as a ceasefire agreement with the government appeared to be in
tatters. The government admitted that the rebels controlled some
parts of the town. A top government general was seriously wounded in
the attack said to involve tens of thousands of rebel fighters. 10
people were killed in "inter-communal clashes" within a peacekeeping
base in Malakal.
(AFP, 2/18/14)(AP, 2/19/14)
2014 Feb 18, Human Rights Watch
said Saudi Arabian authorities have deported more than 12,000
migrants held under "appalling conditions" back to their native
Somalia. The International Organization for Migration said the
Somali government expects Saudi Arabia to deport another 30,000
people in the coming weeks.
2014 Feb 18, Two American
security officers, Mark Daniel Kennedy (43) and Jeffrey Reynolds
(44) were found dead Port Victoria, Seychelles, in a cabin on the
Norfolk-based Maersk Alabama. The ship had grabbed headlines in a
2009 hijacking by Somali pirates, an incident dramatized in the
movie "Captain Phillips" starring Tom Hanks. Police later said that
a syringe and traces of heroin were found in their cabin. On April
29 Seychelles police said a mixture of heroin and alcohol caused the
deaths of the two former US Navy SEALs.
(AP, 2/20/14)(AP, 2/24/14)(AP, 4/29/14)
2014 Feb 18, A Syrian
government barrel bomb landed next to a school in the village of
Mzairib. 18 people were killed, including 15 Palestinian refugees.
(Econ, 2/22/14, p.40)
2014 Feb 18, In Thailand
gunbattles broke out as hundreds of riot police made their strongest
attempt to clear anti-government protest sites around Bangkok. At
least 4 people and one policeman were killed and 64 others injured.
(AP, 2/18/14)(Econ, 2/22/14, p.34)
2014 Feb 18, Uganda’s Pres.
Museveni said in a statement that he would not sign a proposed
antigay law until after a hearing from scientists.
(SFC, 2/22/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 18, In Ukraine riot
police stormed Independence Square (Maidan) in Kiev. The deadly
clashes between police and anti-government protesters left at least
25 people dead and hundreds injured, raising fears of a civil war.
(AP, 2/18/14)(AFP, 2/18/14)(AP, 2/19/14)(Econ,
2014 Feb 18, Venezuelan protest
leader Leopoldo Lopez (42) surrendered to troops after speaking to
over 10,000 people gathered in Caracas. This followed his
spearheading three weeks of often rowdy demonstrations.
(Reuters, 2/19/14)(SFC, 2/19/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 18, In Yemen
secessionist rebels attacked an army truck carrying food to a unit
in the southern Dali province, killing 7 soldiers and wounding nine.
14 soldiers were captured. An opposition leader said the clashes
were prompted by the army's 33rd brigade random shelling of three
districts in Dali that destroyed five houses and killed six people
including a child.
2015 Feb 18, The Obama
administration and Canada agreed on financing construction of a
plaza for a new $2.1 billion bridge connecting Detroit to Windsor. A
public-private partnership will reimburse the plaza construction
with bridge tolls.
(SFC, 2/19/15, p.A8)
2015 Feb 18, The Univ. of
California in San Francisco (UCSF) announced a $100 million gift
from philanthropist Charles Feeney (83).
(SFC, 2/19/15, p.A1)
2015 Feb 18, Dimitry Jean-Noel
of Massachusetts pleaded guilty to his role in the creation of a
fictitious uniform manufacturing company that did business in
Afghanistan and defrauded the US government of as much as $200,000.
2015 Feb 18, Kate Brown (54),
former Oregon secretary of state, was sworn in as the state’s new
governor, becoming the country’s first openly bisexual governor.
(SFC, 2/19/15, p.A10)(Econ., 2/21/15, p.30)
2015 Feb 18, In Pennsylvania
Khaliyfa Neely stabbed Devon Andre Pickett, the tour manager for
Nicki Minaj, to death outside a bar in Germantown. In 2020 Neely was
convicted of third-degree murder, aggravated assault, simple assault
and possession of an instrument of crime.
2015 Feb 18, In Virginia two
Colombians were sentenced to prison for the 2013 kidnapping and
murder of US Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent James
Watson in Bogota. Edwin Gerardo Figueroa Sepulveda (39) and Wilson
Daniel Peralta-Bocachica (31) were among seven Colombians in a
robbery-and-kidnapping ring extradited to the United States in July
2014 to face charges stemming from Watson's killing.
2015 Feb 18, Scientists led by
Michael Farzan, a professor at the Scripps Research Institute in
Florida, said a new drug tested on monkeys provided an astonishingly
effective shield against an animal version of the AIDS virus, a
major gain in the quest for an HIV vaccine.
2015 Feb 18, Citigroup Inc said
it would set aside $100 billion to fund environmental projects over
the next decade, doubling the amount it had earmarked for such
projects in 2007.
2015 Feb 18, In Argentina some
400,000 people marched in silence to the presidential palace in
Buenos Aires to protest the Jan 18 death of prosecutor Alberto
(Econ., 2/21/15, p.35)
2015 Feb 18, Bosnian
authorities arrested six men suspected of supporting the Islamic
State group, including two who allegedly were preparing to go to
Syria to fight and were arrested at Sarajevo airport.
2015 Feb 18, In Brazil 9 people
burned to death when the bus they were riding on hit a light post
and burst into flames in the Rio de Janeiro district of Sao Goncalo.
2015 Feb 18, The Chinese New
Year holiday began today due to the insertion of a lunar leap month
(Econ, 2/14/15, p.40)
2015 Feb 18, In Germany the
Roman Catholic archdiocese of Cologne published financial accounts
indicating assets of 3.35 billion euros (($3.82 billion) at the end
(SFC, 2/19/15, p.A4)
2015 Feb 18, In Iraq a suicide
car bomber killed 6 troops and Shiite militiamen at a checkpoint
jointly manned by the Shiite militia and Iraqi army near Samarra.
2015 Feb 18, Israel's Supreme
Court has overturned last week's decision by the country's election
committee that disqualified Arab lawmaker Hanin Zoabi and Baruch
Marzel allowing them to run in next month's parliamentary elections.
2015 Feb 18, Israel unveiled
some 2000 silver and gold coins, the largest collection ever found
in the country. Amateur divers had found the coins, dating back to
the 10th and 11th centuries, a few weeks earlier near the port city
(SFC, 2/19/15, p.A2)
2015 Feb 18, In southern Mexico
ten people injured following an attack on the offices of the
Coca-Cola company in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero state.
2015 Feb 18, Myanmar's
government accused three more ethnic rebel groups: the Kachin
Independence Army, the Shan State Army (South) and the Ta'ang
National Liberation Army, of being involved in armed clashes in
northeastern Shan state, where a week of fighting against Kokang
rebels has left dozens of soldiers dead and sent tens of thousands
of refugees fleeing to neighboring China.
2015 Feb 18, The Dutch Safety
Board said Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil Corp and the Dutch
government ignored the danger of earthquakes caused by gas
extraction at the massive Groningen gas field for decades.
2015 Feb 18, Nigeria claimed to
have killed more than 300 Boko Haram militants in a
counter-offensive, as Chad pushed into rebel-held areas. Suspected
Boko Haram gunmen attacked the Tamsu-Shehuri village on where they
killed more than 12 people.
(AFP, 2/18/15)(AP, 2/21/15)
2015 Feb 18, In Pakistan at
least 2 people were killed in an attack on a mosque in Rawalpindi
belonging to the Shiite Muslim community. Fahad Marwat, a spokesman
for the Taliban splinter group Jundullah, claimed responsibility,
saying it was revenge for an ongoing army operation aimed at driving
militants out of their North Waziristan stronghold.
2015 Feb 18, News leaked that
two NCOs in Peru’s naval intelligence agency were being tried in a
military court for selling information to Chile.
(Econ., 2/28/15, p.31)
2015 Feb 18, In Saudi Arabia
military chiefs from 26 nations involved in the US-led coalition
battling the Islamic State group began a two-day meeting aimed at
giving military leaders an opportunity to exchange views about the
fight against the extremist group.
2015 Feb 18, South Sudan's army
and rebels fought heavy battles for a third day with scores of
casualties, a day ahead of a planned restart of peace talks.
2015 Feb 18, Swiss authorities
raided the offices of British banking giant HSBC's Swiss unit as
part of a money laundering probe into the bank that has been accused
of helping clients to dodge millions of dollars in taxes.
2015 Feb 18, Syrian rebels
regained much of the territory north of the city of Aleppo lost to
government troops in fierce fighting the previous day in clashes
that left more than 100 dead on both sides. UN envoy Staffan de
Mistura said he received a government commitment to suspend
airstrikes on the city of Aleppo for six weeks. Rebels captured 32
soldiers and pro-government gunmen near Aleppo, where fighting raged
as the two sides tried to grab new territory ahead of a possible
(AP, 2/18/15)(AP, 2/19/15)
2015 Feb 18, Tanzanian police
said they have found the mutilated body of a one-year-old albino boy
An armed gang had snatched Yohana Bahati from his mother at their
home in northwestern Tanzania's Geita region on Feb 15. His
abduction renewed calls for tougher action to stop the killing of
albinos for their body parts, prized in black magic.
2015 Feb 18, Four Tunisian
police were killed in a pre-dawn attack by suspected Al-Qaeda-linked
militants near the Algerian border.
2015 Feb 18, The Turkish
parliament descended into chaos when a furious brawl erupted as the
country's ruling party sought to push through a controversial bill
boosting the powers of police in protests.
2015 Feb 18, In Turkey a
snowstorm in Istanbul grounded planes, halted traffic and forced the
closure of the Bosphorus Strait shipping channel.
2015 Feb 18, Ukraine government
forces pulled out of Debaltseve after a fierce assault by
Russian-backed separatists which Kiev and Europe said violated a
crumbling ceasefire. Kiev reported that 22 Ukrainian soldiers had
been killed and more than 150 wounded in fighting with
Russian-backed separatists in the railway junction of Debaltseve in
the last few days.
2016 Feb 18, President Barack
Obama slapped North Korea with more stringent sanctions for defying
the world and pushing forward with its nuclear weapons program,
weeks after it launched a satellite-carrying rocket into space and
conducted its fourth underground nuclear test.
2016 Feb 18, California state
regulators said an underground natural gas pipeline rupture at the
Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field, that caused the state’s
largest-ever methane leak, has been permanently capped, paving the
way for thousands of displaced Los Angeles residents to return home.
2016 Feb 18, In New Jersey
Arkadiy Dubovoy (51), a resident of Alpharetta, Georgia, admitted he
participated in an international hacking scheme that prosecutors
said used stolen news releases to make $30 million in profits. He
was one of nine people arrested in the US and Ukraine who were
described as computer hackers or stock traders.
2016 Feb 18, A court-appointed
mediator in New York said Argentina has reached a settlement with
bondholders seeking more than $110 million of the $10 billion being
pursued by investors. The deal was small compared with a $1.1
billion deal announced two weeks ago that resolved claims by two of
the six largest bondholders.
2016 Feb 18, Apple Inc.
launched its smartphone-based payment system in China where the
electronic payments market is already dominated by an arm of
e-commerce giant Alibaba.
2016 Feb 18, US sports
equipment giant Nike axed Manny Pacquiao after he described gay
couples earlier this week as "worse than animals", slamming the
Filipino boxer's remarks as "abhorrent."
2016 Feb 18, In central
Afghanistan 2 patients and a caretaker were killed during an
overnight raid by Afghan forces on a Swedish-run health clinic in
Wardak province. 4 insurgents were reported killed.
2016 Feb 18, Albania's
Parliament extended the right to vote to citizens living abroad, who
could form almost half of the electorate in the future. Since the
fall of the communist regime in 1990 more than 1.5 million Albanians
have spread around the globe.
2016 Feb 18, Colombia suspended
permits for rebel leaders negotiating a peace deal in Cuba to visit
guerrilla camps after top commanders showed up with weapons in a
town's main plaza in what the government said was a flagrant
violation of the ground rules for such missions.
2016 Feb 18, Disgruntled
Egyptians beat up a policeman, blocked roads, and surrounded the
local security headquarters late today after the officer killed a
driver in a dispute over a fare for a ride in Cairo. Police Sergeant
Mostafa Abdel Haseeb shot tuk-tuk driver Mohamed Ismail (25) fatally
in the head following a dispute. On April 2 Haseeb was sentenced to
(AP, 2/19/16)(Reuters, 4/2/16)
2016 Feb 18, The Egyptian
branch of the Islamic State group posted pictures online of what it
says was the execution of two men caught spying for the army in the
2016 Feb 18, EU Migration
Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos wrote to the Austrian government
to warn Vienna that its plan for a daily cap on the number of asylum
seekers it would let across its border would break EU law.
2016 Feb 18, The European
Union's top court ruled that the EU unfairly froze the funds of
Iran's Bank Mellat for six years when it claimed the bank was
backing the Islamic Republic's nuclear and missile programs. The EU
lifted the freeze in January as part of an international agreement
over Iran's nuclear program.
2016 Feb 18, An Iraqi court
sentenced 40 men to hang over the June 2014 massacre by Sunni
jihadists and allied militants of hundreds of military recruits in
2016 Feb 18, Panasonic Corp.
said it will recognize same-sex marriages in its employment policies
in a rare move for a major Japanese manufacturer.
2016 Feb 18, Pakistani Taliban
militants shot and killed at least nine security forces personnel in
two separate attacks in the northwestern Mohmand tribal region.
(Reuters, 2/18/16)(AP, 2/20/16)
2016 Feb 18, Gunmen in South
Sudan opened fire overnight on civilians sheltering inside a United
Nations base. At least 18 people were killed and over 70 wounded in
the clashes in the UN camp over the last 24 hours in the
north-eastern town of Malakal. Troops wearing the uniform of the
Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) reportedly took part in the
(AP, 2/18/16)(AP, 2/19/16)
2016 Feb 18, The Syrian army
backed by heavy Russian aerial bombing said it had captured the town
of Kansaba in the northern countryside of the coastal province of
2016 Feb 18, In northeastern
Syria strikes by a US-led coalition against the Islamic State group
killed at least 15 civilians, including 3 children. 9 IS fighters
were also killed in the strikes on the four villages in Hasakeh
2016 Feb 18, Six Turkish
security force members were killed and one soldier was seriously
wounded in a blast in the mainly Kurdish southeast.
2016 Feb 18, Ugandans began
voting in a presidential election that pits President Yoweri
Museveni (71), in power for three decades, against a long-time rival
Kizza Besigye. Police fired tear gas to disperse furious voters in
Kampala as the election commission apologised for hours-long delays
in delivering ballot papers.
(Reuters, 2/18/16)(AFP, 2/18/16)
2016 Feb 18, Ukraine sank
deeper into political turmoil as the governing coalition lost its
majority in parliament after a second faction bailed out. The move
by Samopomich (Self Help), which held 26 seats in the 450-seat
parliament, left the coalition partners with 217 votes.
2016 Feb 18, The United Arab
Emirates threw its support behind a plan by major oil producers to
freeze output levels in an attempt to halt a slide in crude prices.
2016 Feb 18, Pope Francis
questioned Donald Trump's Christian faith over his vow to build a
border wall to keep out immigrants, sparking a backlash from the
Republican presidential candidate.
2016 Feb 18, Yemeni
pro-government forces seized a town overlooking the besieged city of
Taez after weeks of deadly fighting with Iran-backed rebels in the
2017 Feb 18, Omar Abdel Rahman
(b.1938), the Egyptian jihadist spiritual leader linked to the 1993
World Trade Center bombing, died at the Federal correction Complex
in Butner, N.C., While serving a life sentence.
(AFP, 2/18/17)(SSFC, 2/19/17, p.A10)
2017 Feb 18, Clyde Stubblefield
(73), a former drummer for James Brown, died in Madison, Wis. His
short solo on Brown’s 1970 single “Funky Drummer" was sampled on
more than 1,000 songs and served as the backbeat on for countless
(SFC, 2/20/17, pp.)
2017 Feb 18, In Argentina a
passenger bus has flipped over on an Andean highway, killing 19 of
the 42 people aboard.
2017 Feb 18, In Belgium one
person died and 27 were injured, three seriously, when a train
derailed shortly after leaving a station east of Brussels.
2017 Feb 18, China announced
that it will temporarily stop its imports of coal from North Korea
for the rest of this year (including coal for which customs
applications have been made but not yet processed). China will
suspend all imports of coal from North Korea starting Feb. 19 as
part of its efforts to implement UN sanctions against the country.
(AFP, 2/18/17)(Reuters, 2/19/17)
2017 Feb 18, Thousands of
Gambians gathered at Independence Stadium to witness the official
inauguration of President Adama Barrow and celebrate the country’s
independence anniversary. Barrow said orders have already been given
for all those detained without trial to be released.
2017 Feb 18, In western
Guatemala an 83-year-old woman and her disabled son were murdered in
Flores Costa Cuca, prompting calls for the army to patrol the
(Econ, 2/25/17, p.30)
2017 Feb 18, Kenyan officials
said police have arrested two Kenyans who were deported from Turkey
on suspicion of training with the Islamic State organization in
2017 Feb 18, Tens of thousands
of Malaysians rallied in Kuala Lumpur to support the adoption of a
strict Islamic penal code, a proposal religious minorities fear
could infringe their rights.
2017 Feb 18, Pakistani
authorities shut down a second key border crossing into Afghanistan,
halting trade supplies to the neighboring landlocked country and
increasing tensions between the two nations in the wake of a bloody
suicide bombing at a beloved shrine in Pakistan.
2017 Feb 18, In the Philippines
thousands of Catholic faithful gathered in Manila for a "show of
force" in the biggest rally yet to stop extrajudicial killings in
President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war.
2017 Feb 18, The Kremlin
announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an order
for Russia to recognize passports and other documents issued by
separatist rebel authorities in eastern Ukraine. Russian lawmaker,
Vladimir Dzhabarov, said the measure does not formally recognize the
rebel authorities as legitimate.
2017 Feb 18, Russia's Foreign
Minister Sergei Lavrov said after meeting with his Ukrainian, German
and French counterparts in Munich that a Feb. 20 ceasefire between
Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists has been agreed.
2017 Feb 18, In Saudi Arabia
one person was killed and three others injured as a result of an
Aramco oil pipeline leak in the east of the kingdom.
2017 Feb 18, South African
President Jacob Zuma (74) said that the state's anti-graft agency,
the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), was owed almost 390 million
rand ($30 million) by government departments and called on them to
repay the debt.
2017 Feb 18, In Spain thousands
of protesters marched in Barcelona to demand that Spain's
conservative-led government increase its efforts to take in refugees
from war-torn countries like Syria. Spain has taken in just 1,100
refugees of the over 17,000 it has pledged to accept.
2017 Feb 18, Sri Lankan police
arrested an army officer and two soldiers over the alleged
abduction, assault and illegal detention of journalist Keith Noyahr
in 2008, during the war against separatist rebels.
2017 Feb 18, Syrian warplanes
bombarded a besieged rebel-held district of Homs, killing at least
two people and raising the death toll from nearly two weeks of air
strikes there to more than 20. Warplanes also hit
insurgent-controlled areas in Deraa in southern Syria during a
series of heavy raids over the last day.
2017 Feb 18, In northern Syria
a US-backed predominantly Kurdish force captured the village of
Jawees in an ongoing move to close in on the Islamic State de facto
capital of Raqqa.
(SSFC, 2/19/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 18, Taiwan said it
"deeply regrets" a Feb 17 decision by the Spanish government to
deport to China around 200 Taiwanese nationals suspected of telecom
2017 Feb 18, Hundreds of
Venezuelans marched to demand the release of opposition leader
Leopoldo Lopez, the annual demonstration taking on added urgency
after President Donald Trump met with the activist's wife and his
administration slapped drug sanctions on the country's vice
2018 Feb 18, Tropical Cyclone
Kelvin hit the resource-rich north coast of Western Australia,
lashing it with strong winds and causing floods that could cut the
main highway for up to two weeks.
2018 Feb 18, In Brazil eight
guards and 10 inmates were taken hostage during a riot in an
overcrowded Rio de Janeiro prison. All the hostages were freed early
the next day.
2018 Feb 18, Almost 200 British
female entertainment stars called for an international movement to
end sexual misconduct across society in a letter published ahead of
today's British Academy Film Awards.
2018 Feb 18, The ferocious
female-led tragi-comedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
was the big winner at the British Academy Film Awards in London.
2018 Feb 18, The National Union
of Burkina Faso Filmmakers announced the death of prolific filmmaker
Idrissa Ouedraogo (64) from an undisclosed illness. He produced more
than 40 films including "Tilai," which won the Grand Prix at the
1990 Cannes Film Festival.
2018 Feb 18, In Dagestan a
gunman (22) opened fire on people leaving a church service in the
town of Kizlyar, killing at least five people. The manm was later
killed by security forces.
(AP, 2/18/18)(SFC, 2/19/18, p.A4)
2018 Feb 18, Gambia's Pres.
Adama Barrow declared a moratorium on the death penalty, calling it
a "first step toward abolition," while addressing a large crowd
gathered for the country's independence anniversary.
2018 Feb 18, In southern Iran a
commercial ATR-72 airplane brought back into service only months ago
after being grounded for seven years crashed into Mount Dena. All 65
people on board Iran's Aseman Airlines Flight No. EP3704 were
2018 Feb 18, In Iraq IS members
disguised as soldiers attacked a Hashed al-Shaabi unit in the Hawija
region about 300 km (185 miles) north of Baghdad, killing 27 members
of a paramilitary group.
2018 Feb 18, Israel's security
agency Shin Bet said that six Palestinians have been arrested
suspected of planning attacks targeting Defence Minister Avigdor
Lieberman and other Israelis in the occupied West Bank.
2018 Feb 18, Israeli
authorities arrested Bezeq CEO Stella Handler in connection with an
Israel Securities Authority (ISA) investigation of Bezeq over
possible fraud and financial reporting offences. Investigators were
looking into allegations that Bezeq, Israel's largest telecom
provider, received benefits in return for enabling favorable media
coverage of PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
2018 Feb 18, In Jordan a job
center opened in the country's 2nd largest refugee camp for Syrian
refugees in an effort to improve their lives and discourage them
from migrating onward.
(SFC, 2/19/18, p.A4)
2018 Feb 18, A judge in Kuwait
ordered 44 politicians, activists and others imprisoned over
protesters storming parliament in 2011 to be freed on bail pending
their appeal before the country's highest court. The next hearing in
the case was set for March 4.
2018 Feb 18, A senior Syrian
Kurdish official said Kurdish forces and the Syrian government had
reached a deal for the Syrian army to enter Afrin, and that it could
be implemented within two days.
2018 Feb 18, The UN Commission
on Human Rights and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said
violence by criminal gangs battling over drug trafficking areas has
displaced more than 800 people in northwestern Colombia.
2019 Feb 18, California and 15
other states filed a lawsuit against Pres. Donald Trump's emergency
declaration to fund a wall on the US-Mexico border.
(SFC, 2/19/19, p.A4)
2019 Feb 18, It was reported
that the Catholic Diocese of Oakland, Ca., has released the names of
45 clergymen and religious brothers they say are "credibly accused"
of sexually assaulting minors.
(SFC, 2/18/19, p.C1)
2019 Feb 18, The NYC Human
Rights Commission released guidelines enabling people to seek fines
and other remedies if they've been harassed or punished in public
spaces because of their hair texture or style.
(SFC, 2/19/19, p.A4)
2019 Feb 18, In Afghanistan a
doctor was killed late today as he returned home from his private
clinic in Kabul by an explosive device attached to his vehicle. The
Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.
2019 Feb 18, Albania's
center-right opposition party said its 33 lawmakers plan to resign
from parliament over alleged corruption and inefficiency of the
country's Socialist government.
2019 Feb 18, In southern
Bolivia a passenger bus crashed head-on with a dump truck, killing
at least 24 people and injuring 12 more.
2019 Feb 18, Brazil's
government banned new upstream mining dams and ordered the
decommissioning of all such dams by 2021, targeting the type of
structure that burst last month in the town of Brumadinho, where the
death toll rose to 169 people with 141 people yet to be located.
2019 Feb 18, Seven MPs quit
Britain's main opposition Labour Party, citing the leadership's
support for Brexit and a growing culture of racism, intimidation and
2019 Feb 18, British media
reported that Honda will close a car factory in Swindon in 2022 with
the potential loss of 3,500 jobs, in another blow to a British
economy made jittery by Brexit.
2019 Feb 18, China's cabinet
issued guidelines for developing a "Greater Bay Area" around the
Pearl River Delta, in a bid to spur growth in Guangdong province and
the cities of Hong Kong and Macau.
2019 Feb 18, China's government
accused the United States of trying to block its industrial
development by alleging that Chinese mobile network gear poses a
cybersecurity threat to countries rolling out new internet systems.
2019 Feb 18, In Egypt a
late-night suicide blast near Cairo's famed tourist market left two
policemen dead. Al-Hassan Abdullah (37) blew himself up after police
officers approached to arrest him. A wounded officer soon died
raising the death toll to three.
2019 Feb 18, Indian troops
suffered new losses in a battle with Kashmir militants that left
nine dead. Officials said four soldiers, a policeman, three
militants and a civilian were killed in the latest clash. The
suspected organizer of last week's suicide bombing was said to be
among the dead.
(AP, 2/18/19)(Reuters, 2/18/19)
2019 Feb 18, Israel says that
it would host bilateral meetings with the Czech, Slovak and
Hungarian leaders this week after Poland withdrew from a planned
five-way summit in Jerusalem in protest at Holocaust rhetoric.
2019 Feb 18, Lithuanian startup
Trafi said Berlin will be the first major European capital to get a
transport app that handles billing for all services centrally and
requires only a single login. Similar services are already available
in Vilnius, Rio de Janeiro and Jakarta.
2019 Feb 18, Maldives
authorities detained former strongman president Abdulla Yameen after
he was accused of trying to bribe witnesses in his money laundering
2019 Feb 18, Mexico's President
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he will close the famed Maria Madre
island penal colony. It was founded in 1905 off the country's
2019 Feb 18, Mexico's navy
seized more than 1,300 pounds (630 kg) of cocaine from a speedboat
off the country's Pacific coast. 15 crew members were detained.
2019 Feb 18, The Philippine
health secretary said that 136 people, mostly children, have died of
measles and 8,400 others have fallen ill in an outbreak blamed
partly on vaccination fears.
2019 Feb 18, Poland's PM
Mateusz Morawiecki cancelled Warsaw's participation in a Jerusalem
summit, accusing an Israeli minister of "racist" comments about the
actions of Poles during the Holocaust, further souring relations
between the two nations.
2019 Feb 18, In eastern Syria
more than 300 Islamic State militants surrounded in the village of
Baghouz refused to surrender to US-backed forces and were trying to
negotiate for a corridor to the rebel-held northwestern province of
Idlib. Two bomb blasts went off in the northwestern city of Idlib,
killing at least 13 people.
2019 Feb 18, The United Arab
Emirates announced that it had signed deals worth more than $1.6
billion for the purchase of Patriot missile launchers from US arms
2019 Feb 18, The UN said
Yemen's warring parties have agreed to start withdrawing forces from
the main port of Hodeidah under a UN-sponsored deal, following weeks
of diplomacy to salvage a pact that stalled over control of the Red
2019 Feb 18, Venezuela's
opposition said that the state internet provider CANTV has blocked a
webpage where volunteers sign up to answer National Assembly
president Juan Guaido's call to help bring in desperately needed
2019 Feb 18, Zimbabwe President
Emmerson Mnangagwa retired four generals, in the first major
shake-up of the armed forces since he took office.
2020 Feb 18, The Trump
administration announced significant new sanctions targeting
Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil company, for helping Venezuelan leader
Nicolás Maduro circumvent US sanctions.
(Miami Herald, 2/18/20)
2020 Feb 18, President Donald
Trump tweeted that Stone's recent conviction for witness tampering
and lying to Congress “should be thrown out".
2020 Feb 18, President Donald
Trump went on a clemency blitz, commuting the 14-year prison
sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and pardoning
former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik, among a long list of others.
Trump also told reporters that he has pardoned financier Michael
Milken, who pleaded guilty for violating US securities laws and
served two years in prison in the early 1990s. Trump also pardoned
Edward DeBartolo Jr. (73), the former San Francisco 49ers owner,
convicted in 1998 in a gambling fraud scandal.
(AP, 2/19/20)(SFC, 2/19/20, p.C1)
2020 Feb 18, Calling himself
“the chief law enforcement officer of the country," Pres. Trump
renewed his attacks on the criminal justice system, demanded a new
trial for his friend Roger Stone, and granted clemency to several
(NY Times, 2/19/20)
2020 Feb 18, The Trump
administration said that it will waive federal contracting laws to
speed construction of a wall at the US-Mexico border. The 10 waived
laws include requirements for having open competition, justifying
selections and receiving all bonding from a contractor before any
work can begin.
2020 Feb 18, It was announced
that billionaire Mike Bloomberg has qualified for the Feb 19
Democratic presidential debate in Nevada, marking the first time
he’ll stand alongside the rivals he has so far avoided by bypassing
the early voting states and using his personal fortune to define
himself through television ads.
2020 Feb 18, The Boy Scouts of
America, barraged with sex-abuse lawsuits, filed for bankruptcy
protection in Delaware in hopes of working out a potentially mammoth
victim compensation plan that will allow the 110-year-old
organization to carry on.
2020 Feb 18, Los Angeles city
and county officials announced a new strategy to speed the process
of getting homeless people into permanent housing. The new “Housing
Central Command," modeled on the federal government’s response to
natural disasters, overhauled how agencies work together in
addressing the growing number of people living on the street.
2020 Feb 18, In central
California a blaze at a public library in Porterville, allegedly
started by two 13-year-old boys, left two firefighters dead.
2020 Feb 18, Florida
authorities busted a ring of Miami burglars they say used Instagram
and high-tech surveillance to target wealthy marks. Police said the
ringleader was Xandi Garcia (30), currently jailed on a separate
(Miami Herald, 2/18/20)
2020 Feb 18, In southern
Florida the Brightline train, which operates between Miami and West
Palm Beach, struck a car at an intersection in Pompano Beach. One
person was confirmed dead.
2020 Feb 18, Massachusetts Rep.
David Nangle, D-Lowell, was arrested by the FBI and the IRS on
charges of bank fraud, wire fraud, filing false tax returns and
lying to a bank. Nangle had reportedly frequented casinos throughout
New England, accumulating so much gambling debt that he turned to
campaign funds to keep himself financially afloat.
(ABC News, 2/18/20)
2020 Feb 18, A Venezuelan
teenager (18) was forced back to Mexico by US government authorities
in Brownsville who denied her claims that she was fleeing political
repression and violence, even after they accepted the same claims
from her father.
2020 Feb 18, Afghanistan's
election commission announced that Ashraf Ghani has won a 2nd term
as president with 50.64% of the Sept. 28, 2019, vote. Opponent
Abdullah Abdullah won 30.52% and refused to accept the results. The
Taliban also rejected Ghani's win.
(SFC, 2/19/20, p.A2)
2020 Feb 18, The British Meat
Processors Association (BMPA) said British producers will not be
able to export processed meat like sausages and burgers to Europe
after Brexit unless they get a specific European Union health
certificate which currently does not exist.
2020 Feb 18, Cambodian health
authorities said that 409 of the 2,257 passengers and crew of the
Westerdam had left Cambodia for their homes scattered across the
globe. The rest remain in hotels in Phnom Penh, the capital, or on
the ship. After hundreds of passengers had earlier disembarked, one
soon tested positive for the coronavirus.
(NY Times, 2/18/20)
2020 Feb 18, Canada's PM Justin
Trudeau called for patience and dialog as indigenous-rights protests
that have brought rail traffic to a halt across the country dragged
2020 Feb 18, A study by the Tax
Justice Network said British overseas territory the Cayman Islands,
the United States and Switzerland do most to help the globe's
richest citizens hide and launder money.
2020 Feb 18, China reported
1,886 new cases and 98 more deaths. That raised the number of deaths
in mainland China to 1,868 and the total number of confirmed cases
to 72,436. China reported the death of Dr. Liu Zhiming (51), the man
who mobilized all the resources of his hospital in Wuhan's Wuchang
district to deal with the thousands of sick people arriving daily.
2020 Feb 18, French President
Emmanuel Macron announced measures intended to counter Islamic
extremism in France by giving the government more authority over the
schooling of children, the financing of mosques and the training of
2020 Feb 18, French drugmaker
Sanofi said it is working with a US government agency to develop a
vaccine against the new coronavirus from China, saying it could have
a candidate ready for clinical trials within a year.
2020 Feb 18, It was reported
that India has hastily built a half-km (1,640-foot) brick wall in
Gujarat state ahead of a visit by US President Donald Trump, with
critics saying it was built to block the view of a slum area
inhabited by more than 2,000 people.
2020 Feb 18, Iran said it has
sentenced eight environmental activists, including an Iranian who
reportedly also has British and American citizenship, to prison
sentences ranging from four to 10 years on charges of spying for the
United States and acting against Iran's national security.
2020 Feb 18, Iran said it has
had to reduce oil production projects because of a lack of funds as
income from oil exports has decreased.
2020 Feb 18, Israel said it
will provide hundreds of additional work permits for Palestinians in
the Gaza Strip, in a new step aimed at solidifying an informal
cease-fire with the Hamas militant group.
2020 Feb 18, A Tel Aviv court
ordered Facebook Inc to unblock the private account of a worker at
Israeli surveillance company NSO Group. Similar rulings were
expected for other employees in the coming days. Facebook's
messaging service WhatsApp had accused the Israeli firm of helping
government spies break into the phones of about 1,400 users in a
hacking spree targeting diplomats, political dissidents, journalists
and senior government officials across the globe.
2020 Feb 18, Japan, announced
that 88 more cases of the virus were confirmed aboard a quarantined
cruise ship, the Diamond Princess, bringing the total to 542 among
the 3,700 initially on board.
2020 Feb 18, Libya’s warring
sides resumed UN-brokered talks in Geneva aimed at salvaging a
fragile cease-fire in the North African country, even as eastern
Libyan forces stepped up their attacks on the Libyan capital,
hitting its port.
2020 Feb 18, A report by
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) found 80% of migrants waiting in Nuevo
Laredo, under the Trump administration’s so-called Migrant
Protection Protocols (MPP), to have been abducted by the mafia, and
45% to have suffered violence or violation.
(The Guardian, 2/18/20)
2020 Feb 18, It was reported
that thousands of people in the Netherlands have signed a petition
objecting to the construction of an airport in Portugal that could
threaten the black-tailed godwit, the Dutch national bird.
2020 Feb 18, Vladislav Surkov
(55), the Kremlin's chief ideologue and pointman on relations with
Ukraine and Moscow-backed separatists, was dismissed late today. He
was for many years viewed as one of Russia's most powerful men.
Surkov later said that he stepped down because of a shift in the
Kremlin course on the Ukrainian conflict.
(AFP, 2/19/20)(AP, 2/26/20)
2020 Feb 18, Spain's cabinet
voted to ban employers from dismissing workers due to illness, the
first step in a planned overhaul of the country's 2012 labor reform.
2020 Feb 18, Officials said the
worst locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70
years has reached South Sudan, a country where roughly half the
population already faces hunger after years of civil war.
2020 Feb 18, Turkey said it
will deploy more troops to Syria's Idlib region and retaliate
against attacks by government forces there, even as Ankara continues
to discuss the situation with Moscow.
2020 Feb 18, In Turkey nine
people, including prominent philanthropist Osman Kavala (63), were
acquitted of trying to overthrow the government by force. They had
faced trial for participating in the 2013 Taksim Square protests.
Arrests warrants were lifted for seven other defendants.
(SFC, 2/19/20, p.A3)
2020 Feb 18, The UN issued a
scathing report that accused Haitian police of not protecting an
impoverished neighborhood from corrupt officers and gang leaders
they say shot at people and set fire to homes and cars in a recent
2020 Feb 18, Vatican police
raided the home and office of a senior Catholic Church official,
seizing documents and computers in the latest phase of an
investigation into the purchase of luxury London real estate.
2020 Feb 18, It was reported
that Yemen’s Houthi rebels have blocked half of the United Nations’
aid delivery programs in the war-torn country — a strong-arm tactic
to force the agency to give them greater control over the massive
humanitarian campaign, along with a cut of billions of dollars in
2021 Feb 18, The Biden
administration revoked a Trump administration policy that aimed to
prevent federal agencies from weighing climate change impacts in
their decision-making around major projects like pipelines and
2021 Feb 18, The Biden
administration sent generators, blankets, and other supplies to
Texas to help people struggling without power or running water after
a brutal blast of extreme winter weather. President Biden also
approved emergency declarations for Oklahoma and Louisiana, two
other states hit hard by the storm.
(The Week, 2/19/21)
2021 Feb 18, The White House
announced that the US is committing $2 billion for the global COVAX
vaccine initiative within days (using funds already allocated by
Congress), plus an additional $2 billion over the next two years.
2021 Feb 18, The Biden
administration rescinded former president Donald Trump’s restoration
of UN sanctions on Iran. Secretary of State Tony Blinken announced
that the US is willing to open discussions with Iran about returning
to the 2015 nuclear deal.
(AP, 2/18/21)(Axios, 2/19/21)
2021 Feb 18, Former US
Republican Senator Bob Dole (97), who unsuccessfully ran for
president in 1996, said that he has been diagnosed with advanced
lung cancer and will undergo treatment beginning next week.
2021 Feb 18, Arkansas state
Sen. Jim Hendren said that he's leaving the GOP, citing Donald
Trump's rhetoric and the deadly riot at the US Capitol by the former
2021 Feb 18, California venture
capitalist Imaad Shah Zuberi was sentenced to 12 years in prison for
unregistered foreign lobbying, illegal campaign contributions and
obstruction of justice. The obstruction of justice charge against
Zuberi stemmed from an investigation into a $900,000 contribution he
made to former President Trump's inaugural committee.
2021 Feb 18, California to
date had 3,485,284 cases of coronavirus and 47,934 deaths. The SF
Bay Area had 398,739 cases and 5,029 deaths. Total cases nationwide
reached over 27,881,728 with the death toll at
2021 Feb 18, Prince Markie Dee
(52), a member of the trio Fat Boys, died in Miami. The group
released some of hip-hop’s most commercially successful albums of
the 1980s and helped speed the genre’s absorption into pop culture.
(NY Times, 2/19/21)
2021 Feb 18, Nevada health
officials confirmed the first known case of in the state of a
coronavirus variant that was first identified in South Africa. The
variant has now been found in 10 states.
(SFC, 2/19/21, p.A6)
2021 Feb 18, Gordon Caplan, the
former co-chairman of a major New York law firm, was suspended from
practicing law for two years after pleading guilty and spending time
in prison over his role in the US college admissions scandal.
2021 Feb 18, South Carolina
Gov. Henry McMaster (R) signed a restrictive "fetal heartbeat"
abortion ban bill into law. The controversial legislation, passed by
the state House a day earlier, requires doctors to search for a
fetal heartbeat using ultrasound before performing an abortion, and
outlaws the procedure if one is found, with exceptions for
pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, or in cases when the
woman's health is in danger.
(The Week, 2/19/21)
2021 Feb 18, Utility crews
rushed to restore power to nearly 3.4 million customers around the
US, most of them in Texas, after an extreme winter storm slammed
states from the Southwest to the Northeast. At least 30 people have
died in connection with the weather, which brought record cold to
(The Week, 2/18/21)
2021 Feb 18, Fox News reported
that US Senator Ted Cruz flew to the Mexican resort city of Cancun
with his family, as millions of his fellow Texans struggled through
a deadly deep freeze.
2021 Feb 18, NASA landed its
Perseverance rover on Mars this afternoon, searching for fossils of
ancient microbial life.
(NY Times, 2/18/21)
2021 Feb 18, Facebook blocked
all news in Australia as the country prepared to make tech companies
pay for the news on their platforms.
(NY Times, 2/18/21)
2021 Feb 18, A top Pfizer Inc
scientist said the company is in intensive discussions with
regulators to test a booster shot version of its coronavirus vaccine
specifically targeted for a highly contagious variant that is
spreading widely in South Africa and elsewhere.
2021 Feb 18, Africa's total
reported death toll from COVID-19 approached 100,000, a fraction of
those reported on other continents but rising fast as a second wave
of infections overwhelms hospitals.
2021 Feb 18, Algeria's
President Tebboune announced widely anticipated snap legislative
elections and a cabinet reshuffle.
2021 Feb 18, A court in Belarus
handed two local journalists two-year prison sentences for their
live coverage of an anti-government rally in the capital Minsk late
last year. Katerina Andreeva (27) and Daria Chultsova (23) who both
work for Poland-based television network Belsat, were convicted of
fomenting protest with their live-streamed coverage of a
demonstration against autocratic President Alexander Lukashenko.
(CBS News, 2/18/21)
2021 Feb 18, The European Union
took an important step toward fining Hungary for refusing to lift
restrictions on the financing of non-governmental organizations from
2021 Feb 18, It was reported
that health authorities in some European countries are facing
resistance to AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine after side-effects led
hospital staff and other front-line workers to call in sick, putting
extra strain on already-stretched services.
2021 Feb 18, French President
Emmanuel Macron unveiled a plan to better arm public facilities and
private companies against cybercriminals following ransomware
attacks at two hospitals this month and an upsurge of similar cyber
assaults in France.
2021 Feb 18, The WHO said it
will send more than 11,000 Ebola vaccinations from Geneva to Guinea
in the coming days to combat the recent epidemic. An additional
8,600 doses will be shipped from the US.
(SFC, 2/19/21, p.A5)
2021 Feb 18, New satellite
images published by the International Panel on Fissile Material
(IPFM), an independent expert group, indicated that Israel is
carrying out a major expansion of its Dimona nuclear facility in the
2021 Feb 18, Italy reported 347
coronavirus-related deaths against 369 the day before, while the
daily tally of new infections rose to 13,762 from 12,074 the day
before. Italy has registered 94,887 deaths linked to COVID-19 since
its outbreak emerged in February last year.
2021 Feb 18, It was reported
that Italian middlemen allegedly pocketed €70 million (£60 million)
in illicit “commissions" from Chinese companies in return for
helping to negotiate contracts for Italy to buy €1.25 billion worth
of face masks.
(The Telegraph, 2/18/21)
2021 Feb 18, It was reported
that in Mexico City tampons with plastic applicators, that many
women rely on as a monthly necessity, are gradually disappearing
from the shelves following a ban on single-use plastics.
2021 Feb 18, State railway
workers in Myanmar continued to strike despite a police rampage the
previous night targeting them in a sign of the military junta's
concern over growing civil disobedience by public workers protesting
the coup. Tom Andrews, the independent UN human rights expert on
Myanmar, said three-quarters of the country’s civil servants were on
strike, all private banks were closed and the protests have weakened
the economy significantly.
2021 Feb 18, NATO
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO is planning to scale up
its mission training Iraq's security forces with thousands of new
personnel as the military alliance seeks to help keep the Islamic
State group at bay.
2021 Feb 18, New Zealand PM
Jacinda Ardern and Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti
announced that the nation's schools would offer free sanitary
products to students starting in June.
(The Week, 2/19/21)
2021 Feb 18, Mohammed Dahlan, a
rival to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, announced that the UAE
is sending 20,000 doses of the Russian coronavirus vaccine to the
2021 Feb 18, It was reported
that Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has approved an amnesty
program for Muslim and communist rebels who agree to surrender their
weapons as they return to normal life.
(SFC, 2/18/21, p.A3)
2021 Feb 18, A Russian court
handed a suspended sentence to an activist accused of membership of
an “undesirable" organization, part of the authorities’ effort to
tighten control over the nation's political scene. Anastasia
Shevchenko (41) was accused of engaging in political activities
under the aegis of Open Russia, a group funded by self-exiled
Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
2021 Feb 18, It was reported
that Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has ordered that the
EU flag is flown from Scottish government buildings every day,
despite Britain no longer being a member of the bloc.
(The Telegraph, 2/18/21)
2021 Feb 18, In Spain more than
40 people were arrested and dozens injured during the second night
of unauthorized demonstrations across Spain over the jailing of
rapper Pablo Hasel.
2021 Feb 18, A UN report titled
"Making Peace With Nature" combined three intertwined environment
crises and called for dramatic changes to society, economics and
(SFC, 2/19/21, p.A2)
2021 Feb 18, Zimbabwe started
giving COVID-19 vaccinations, with Vice President Constantino
Chiwenga volunteering for the first jab at a hospital in the
2022 Feb 18, President Joe
Biden signed a bipartisan bill to extend government funding for
three weeks to give Congress more time to reach an overdue deal
financing federal agencies through the rest of the fiscal year.
2022 Feb 18, Judge Amit Mehta
of the US District Court for the District of Columbia said three
lawsuits by Democratic members of Congress and two police officers
accusing Donald Trump of inciting the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the US
Capitol, could proceed toward trial.
2022 Feb 18, The US National
Archives and Records Administration said in a letter to Congress
that classified information was found in the 15 boxes of White House
records that were stored at former President Donald Trump’s
2022 Feb 18, A State Department
spokesperson said the United States has halted nearly $160 million
in US aid to Burkina Faso after determining the January ouster of
President Roch Kabore constituted a military coup, triggering aid
restrictions under US law.
2022 Feb 18, The United States
ended a ban on imports of avocados from Mexico's Michoacan state and
restarted an agricultural inspection program it had halted out of
concern for the safety of US workers.
2022 Feb 18, US Defense
Secretary Lloyd Austin announced the planned sale of 250 Abrams
tanks to Poland, as Washington moves to strengthen the defenses of a
key eastern European ally amid a mounting threat of war between
neighboring Ukraine and Russia.
2022 Feb 18, Total US COVID-19
cases reached over 78,287,928 with the death toll at 932,157.
2022 Feb 18, Lindsey Pearlman
(43), an actress known for television series including General
Hospital and Chicago Justice, was found dead in Hollywood several
days after going missing. She was last seen at about 9pm on 15
(The Guardian, 2/19/22)
2022 Feb 18, A Minnesota
judge sentenced former police officer Kimberly Potter (49) to two
years in the fatal shooting of Black motorist Daunte Wright during a
traffic stop last April, a lighter sentence than the roughly seven
years in prison sought by prosecutors.
2022 Feb 18, NYC Mayor Eric
Adams said the city next week would deploy more teams of police
officers and mental health workers to the transit network and start
enforcing rules more strictly. The plan would start barring people
from sleeping on trains or riding the same lines all night. At least
six people were stabbed in the city's subway system over the
weekend, with the first attacks unfolding just hours after Mayor
Eric Adams and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul unveiled a new plan to
combat violence on public transit.
(AP, 2/18/22)(AP, 2/21/22)
2022 Feb 18, In West Virginia
Diana Toebbe, the wife of a US Navy nuclear engineer, pleaded guilty
to acting as a lookout for her husband, Jonathan Toebbe. He has
admitted to trying to pass secret information about nuclear-powered
submarines to a foreign country throughout 2021.
(CBS News, 2/18/22)
2022 Feb 18, County officials
said thousands of Texas voters' mail-in ballots for midterm primary
elections have been rejected for failing to comply with new
Republican-backed identification requirements passed in the wake of
Donald Trump's false claims of widespread fraud.
2022 Feb 18, It was reported
that Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have detained several British
citizens and an American, including a former freelance television
journalist who has been coming to Afghanistan for more than 40
years. Hassina Syed, the wife of Peter Jouvenal, a former freelance
cameraman turned businessman, said her husband was taken on Dec. 13.
2022 Feb 18, Australia's New
South Wales state ordered employers of freelance delivery drivers
such as Amazon.com Inc to pay a minimum rate, a decision hailed by a
union as making it the world's first jurisdiction to compel the
retailer to follow laws on such payments. The measure, to be phased
in over three years from March 1, requires companies which hire
drivers with their own small vehicles to pay a minimum of A$37.80
($27.20) per hour.
2022 Feb 18, Strong winds
battered parts of Britain and Northern Europe, damaging buildings
and severely disrupting travel. A total of 436 flights were
cancelled across the United Kingdom amid record winds from storm
Eunice. The 2nd major storm in three days, known in Germany as Storm
Zeynep, smashed through northern Europe. At least 12 people were
killed in Belgium, Britain, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands
(NY Times, 2/18/22)(Reuters, 2/18/22)(SSFC,
2022 Feb 18, Britain reported
47,685 new cases of COVID-19 and 158 further deaths within 28 days
of a positive test. That compared with 51,899 cases and 183 deaths
reported a day earlier.
2022 Feb 18, Police in Canada
began towing trucks from central Ottawa and stepped up arrests of
protesters in a bid to end a trucker-led movement that has blockaded
the capital for three weeks and embarrassed PM Justin Trudeau's
2022 Feb 18, Canada said it
will halt any further public funding for the Trans Mountain oil
pipeline expansion, after the government-owned company behind the
project said costs had surged 70% to C$21.4 billion ($16.8 billion).
2022 Feb 18, China and Russia
watered down a communique being drafted by heads of the Group of 20
major economies to remove a reference to "current" geopolitical
tensions clouding the global economic outlook. The G20 talks, held
virtually and in Jakarta, Indonesia, were also marked by
disagreements over what debt relief should be offered low-income
2022 Feb 18, China's Sui
Wenjing and Han Cong brought joy back to the Beijing Games rink with
a mesmerizing skate to shatter the world record in the short
2022 Feb 18, Cuba's Foreign
Ministry said Russia and Cuba will deepen ties and explore
collaboration in transportation, energy, industry and banking,
following a visit from Russia's Deputy PM Yuri Borisov.
2022 Feb 18, Continental said
it will continue investing in a factory in Lithuania, despite a
diplomatic dispute between Beijing and the Baltic state that has
threatened to embroil the German car parts maker.
2022 Feb 18, A blaze engulfed a
ferry sailing from Greece to Italy early today and fire fighters
were still battling to rescue people trapped on the ship off the
island of Corfu. A total of 240 passengers and 51 crew were onboard
the 600-foot Italian-flagged Euroferry Olympia when the fire broke
out. One man was rescued on Feb 20. The death toll soon rose to 8
with 3 still missing.
(Reuters, 2/19/22)(SFC, 2/19/22, p.A3)(SFC,
2/21/22, p.A3)(SSFC, 2/27/22, p.A7)
2022 Feb 18, India and the
United Arab Emirates signed a broad trade and investment pact that
will eventually cut all tariffs on each other's goods and aims to
increase annual trade between the two nations to $100 billion within
2022 Feb 18, An Indian court
sentenced 38 Muslim men to death and ordered life in prison for 11
others for a series of bomb blasts on July 26, 2008, in the city of
Ahmedabad that killed more than 50 people.
2022 Feb 18, It was reported
that Indian traders have contracted to import a record 100,000 tons
of soy oil from the United States because of limited supplies from
drought-hit South America, at a time when prices of rival palm oil
are scaling record highs.
2022 Feb 18, The Israeli
military said it fired interceptor missiles and protectively
scrambled warplanes after what it described as a drone launched from
Lebanon crossed its tense northern border. Hours later,
investigations concluded the drone managed to return to Lebanon.
2022 Feb 18, Gabriel Bach (94),
a prosecutor in the 1961 trial of notorious Nazi Adolf Eichmann who
went on to serve on Israel's Supreme Court, died in Jerusalem.
2022 Feb 18, Italy reported
53,662 COVID-19 related cases, against 57,890 the day before. The
number of deaths fell to 314 from 320.
2022 Feb 18, It was reported
that Malawi has declared a polio outbreak after a case was detected
in a young child in the capital Lilongwe, the first case of wild
poliovirus in Africa in more than five years. The case in Malawi was
in a three-year-old girl who experienced the onset of paralysis in
November last year. The strain was linked to one that has been
circulating in Pakistan. Polio remained endemic in Afghanistan and
2022 Feb 18, Malaysian
researchers said that treatment with the anti-parasite drug
ivermectin did not prevent patients with COVID-19 from becoming
severely ill in a randomized clinical trial. Their report was
published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal.
2022 Feb 18, In northeastern
Mali 8 soldiers were killed, 14 others injured following a clash
with armed Islamist militants on motorbikes. Four soldiers were
missing. The defense ministry said 57 armed jihadists were killed.
2022 Feb 18, Nicaraguan
authorities ordered home detention for three opposition figures
suffering from health problems, one week after another died
following months of incarceration.
2022 Feb 18, Niger said it has
accepted that French and European special forces will cross into its
territory from neighboring Mali to combat jihadists and try to
secure the border with the West African state.
2022 Feb 18, In Puerto Rico
public employees shut down the streets of San Juan to demand better
pay and pensions.
(SFC, 2/19/22, p.A3)
2022 Feb 18, Pres. Vladimir
Putin said that Russia needed to work on increasing its economic
sovereignty and that the West would always find a pretext to impose
sanctions on Moscow. Putin told Ukraine to sit down for negotiations
with Moscow-backed separatists in Ukraine's east.
2022 Feb 18, Russian President
Vladimir Putin welcomed his close ally Belarusian strongman
Alexander Lukashenko to the Kremlin, announcing the leaders would
discuss military cooperation and oversee upcoming war games.
2022 Feb 18, The Russian
military announced massive drills of its strategic nuclear forces
for Feb. 19, a stark reminder of the country’s nuclear might amid
Western fears that Moscow might be preparing to invade Ukraine.
2022 Feb 18, Russian-backed
separatists announced the sudden surprise evacuation of their
breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine, a shock turn in a conflict the
West believes Moscow plans to use to justify an all-out invasion of
2022 Feb 18, Singapore said it
will begin implementing a long-flagged increase to its goods and
services tax next year. Finance minister Lawrence Wong also
announced a slew of tax hikes aimed at higher income groups.
2022 Feb 18, South Korea
reported 109,831 new coronavirus cases, another record and about a
25-fold increase from the levels seen in mid-January. Officials
extended the curfew on restaurants and other businesses from 9 p.m.
to 10 p.m. but private social gatherings of seven or more people
will continue to be prohibited at least through March 13.
2022 Feb 18, President Kais
Saied extended Tunisia's state of emergency until Dec. 31 of this
year. A member of Tunisia's suspended parliament, Yassin Ayari, said
that a military court sentenced him in absentia to 10 months in
prison on charges of insulting the president and the army after he
described the president's move to freeze parliament as a military
2022 Feb 18, Uganda blamed its
withdrawal from an International Coffee Organization (ICO) agreement
this month on what it said are unfair tariffs and other barriers
that restrict export of processed coffee to Europe and elsewhere.
2022 Feb 18, Ukraine
called on the international community to condemn what it said were
provocations by Russia in separatist-held eastern Ukrainian areas,
saying that Moscow would only escalate the situation further if it
did not. Russian-backed separatist authorities in eastern
Ukraine said that a parked jeep with nobody inside had been blown up
near a government building in the center of the city of Donetsk.
2022 Feb 18, The United Nations
said the last UN staff member detained by the Ethiopian government
has been released, ending a months-long effort to gain freedom for
at least 16 UN employees picked up since late October during the
ongoing war in the country’s north.
2022 Feb 18, The UN Security
Council called for those responsible for violence in Haiti to be
held accountable and expressed deep concern at the Caribbean
nation’s “ongoing and protracted crises" including escalating gang
2022 Feb 18, The World Health
Organization said six African countries (Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria,
Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia) would be the first on the
continent to receive the technology needed to produce mRNA vaccines.