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3CE Feb 19, Sadiq Hidajat,
Persian writer (Blind Person Owl), was born.
197 Feb 19, Lucius Septimius
Severus' army beat Clodius Albinus at Lyon. D Clodius Septimus
Albinus, Roman dignitary in England, died in the battle.
356 Feb 19, Emperor Constantius
II shut all heathen (non-Christian) temples.
842 Feb 19, The Medieval
Iconoclastic Controversy ended as a council in Constantinople
formally reinstated the veneration of icons in the churches.
1401 Feb 19, William Sawtree,
1st English religious martyr, was burned in London.
1408 Feb 19, Henry IV led a
victory in the Battle of Brabham Moor that marked the end of
domestic threats. The revolt of Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland,
against King Henry IV, ended with his defeat and death at Bramham
(MWH, 1994)(HN, 2/19/98)
1414 Feb 19, Thomas Arundel,
archbishop of Canterbury, chancellor of England, died.
1473 Feb 19, The astronomer
Copernicus (1473-1543) was born in Torun, Poland. He promulgated the
theory that the earth and the planets move around the sun.
(WUB, 1994, p. 322)(HN, 2/19/98)(AP, 2/19/98)
1539 Feb 19, Jews of Tyrnau,
Hungary, (then Trnava, Czech), were expelled.
1545 Feb 19, Pierre Brully,
[Peter Brulius], Calvinist minister, was burned to death.
1600 Feb 19, Arequipa, Peru,
was destroyed as the Huaynaputina volcano exploded catastrophically,
in the largest volcanic explosion in South America in historic
times. The eruption continued with associated earthquakes into March
and devastated the socioeconomic fabric of southern Peru and
neighboring Chile and Bolivia. The explosion had effects on climate
around the Northern Hemisphere, where 1601 was the coldest year in
six centuries, leading to a famine in Russia.
1634 Feb 19, At the Battle at
Smolensk Polish king Wladyslaw IV beat the Russians. [see Mar 1]
1671 Feb 19, Charles-Hubert
Gervais, composer, was born.
1674 Feb 19, Netherlands and
England signed the Peace of Westminster. NYC became English.
1687 Feb 19, Johann Adam
Birkenstock, composer and sandal designer, was born.
1701 Feb 19, Philip V of Spain
made his ceremonial entry into Madrid.
1704 Feb 19, In Japan Kabuki
actor Ichikawa Danjuro I (b.1660, the first of the Danjuro line, was
murdered by a rival on stage.
1736 Feb 19, Georg F. Handel's
"Alexander's Feast," premiered.
1743 Feb 19, [Rodolfo] Luigi
Boccherini, Italian composer, cellist (Minuet), was born.
1797 Feb 19, Pope Pius VI ceded
papal territory to France in the Treaty of Tolentino.
(PC, 1992 ed, p.353)
1803 Feb 19, Congress voted to
accept Ohio's borders and constitution. However, Congress did not
get around to formally ratifying Ohio statehood until 1953.
1807 Feb 19, Former Vice
President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama. He was subsequently
tried for treason and acquitted. [see May 22, Sep 1]
(HN, 2/19/98)(AP, 2/19/98)
1817 Feb 19, William III, King
of the Netherlands, was born.
1831 Feb 19, The 1st practical
US coal-burning locomotive made its 1st trial run in Penn.
1843 Feb 19, Adelina Patti,
opera soprano (Lucio), was born in Madrid, Spain.
1846 Feb 19, The Texas state
government was formally installed in Austin, with J. Pinckney
Henderson taking the oath of office as governor.
1847 Feb 19, Rescuers finally
reached the ill-fated Donner Party in the Sierras, where many
resorted to cannibalism to survive.
1856 Feb 19, Tin-type camera
was patented by Hamilton Smith in Gambier, Ohio.
1858 Feb 19, Leschi, a
Nisqually American Indian leader from the Puget Sound region, was
hanged a mile east of Fort Steilacoom. On June 10, 1857, he had been
convicted of the murder of Abrams Moses, and was sentenced to hang.
Appeals to the Supreme Court delayed the initial hanging. In 2004
seven judges at a Historical Court of Inquiry and Justice
unanimously decided that regardless of who shot Moses, “The killing
was a legitimate act of war, immune from prosecution.” Consequently,
Leschi was declared “exonerated” of Abrams Moses’ murder. In
2011 Richard Kluger authored “The Bitter Waters of Medicine Creek: A
Tragic Clash Between White and Native America.”
1858 Feb 19, Alois Basil
Nikolaus Tomasini (78), composer, died.
1859 Feb 19, Svante Arrhenius,
Swedish chemist, founder of physical chemistry, was born.
1859 Feb 19, Daniel E. Sickles,
NY congressman, was acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary
insanity. This was the 1st time this defense was successfully used.
Sickles had shot and killed Philip Barton Key, son of Francis Scott
Key, author of "Star Spangled Banner." He shot Lee, the DC district
attorney, in Lafayette Square for having an affair with his wife.
Sickles pleaded temporary insanity and the sanctity of a man’s home
and beat the murder rap.
(WSJ, 3/29/02, p.W10)(MC, 2/19/02)
1861 Feb 19, Pres.-elect
Lincoln traveled through NYC on his way to Washington.
(WSJ, 2/12/04, p.D12)
1876 Feb 19, Gardiner Hubbard
submitted Alexander Graham Bell's patent application for a
(ON, 1/03, p.4)
1877 Feb 19, Louis
Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (Habanera), was born.
1878 Feb 19, Thomas Edison
received a U.S. patent for "an improvement in phonograph or speaking
1878 Feb 19, Charles Francois
Daubigny (b.1817), French painter of the Barbizon school, died.
1881 Feb 19, Kansas became the
first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.
1884 Feb 19, A series of
tornadoes left an estimated 800 people dead in 7 US states (Miss,
Ala, NC, SC, Tenn., Ky & In).
(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(MC, 2/19/02)
1887 Feb 19, The 49th US
Congress passed the Edmunds-Tucker Act. It abolished women's
suffrage, forced wives to testify against their husbands,
disincorporated the LDS Church, dismantled the Perpetual Emigrating
Fund Company, abolished the Nauvoo Legion, and provided that LDS
Church property in excess of $50,000 would be forfeited to the
1902 Feb 19, Kay Boyle, short
story writer (“The White Horses of Vienna”), was born.
1902 Feb 19, Smallpox
vaccination became obligatory in France.
1903 Feb 19, The
Austria-Hungary government decreed a mandatory two year military
1904 Feb 19, Winston Churchill
spoke at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester and said: “Large views
always triumph over small ideas.”
(http://tinyurl.com/jpb2gsu)(Econ, 4/9/15, p.58)
1906 Feb 19, In Michigan W.K.
Kellogg & Charles Bolin incorporated the Battle Creek Toasted
Corn Flake Co. Will Kellogg spent 2/3 of the company budget to
advertise Corn Flakes.
(SFC, 11/16/96, p.E4)(ON, 2/05, p.10)
1910 Feb 19, English premiere
of Richard Strauss' "Elektra."
1910 Feb 19, Mary Mallon (aka
Typhoid Mary) was released from 4 years of quarantine on New York’s
North Brother Island. She was a carrier of Salmonella typhi, the
bacterium that causes typhus, but showed no symptoms herself. In
1914 she caused a typhus outbreak in the Sloane Maternity Hospital.
She was again arrested and returned to North Brother Island where
she died Nov 11, 1938.
(ON, 7/01, p.12)(Econ, 4/11/20, p.62)
1911 Feb 19, Merle Oberon, film
actress, was born.
1912 Feb 19, Stan Kenton,
[Newcomb], jazz musician (Music 55), was born in Wichita, Ks.
1915 Feb 19, British and French
warships began their attacks on the Turkish forts at the mouth of
the Dardenelles, in an abortive expedition to force the straits of
Gallipoli. Winston Churchill was the architect of the disastrous
campaign. Allied forces were evacuated at the end of the year after
both sides had suffered appalling hardships and losses. In 2011
Peter Hart authored “Gallipoli.”
(HN, 2/19/99)(NW, 12/24/01, p.64)(Econ, 10/8/11,
1917 Feb 19, Carson McCuller,
writer (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter), was born.
1917 Feb 19, American troops
were recalled from the Mexican border.
1919 Feb 19, The First Pan
African Congress met in Paris, France.
1921 Feb 19, Claude Rene
Georges Pascal, composer, was born.
1921 Feb 19, The U.S. Red Cross
reported that approximately 20,000 children died yearly in auto
1923 Feb 19, Jean Sibelius' 6th
1925 Feb 19, President
Calvin Coolidge proposed the phasing out of inheritance tax.
1926 Feb 19, Dr. Lane of
Princeton estimated the earth’s age at one billion years.
1929 Feb 19, A medical
diathermy machine was 1st used in Schenectady, NY.
1930 Feb 19, John Frankenheimer
(d.2002), Hollywood film director (Birdman of Alcatraz, The Train),
was born in NYC.
(SSFC, 7/7/02, p.A23)(MC, 2/19/02)
1932 Feb 19, Jean-Pierre
Ponnele, opera director (Carmina Burana), was born in Paris, France.
1933 Feb 19, Herman Goring,
Nazi Prussian minister, banned all Catholic newspapers.
1940 Feb 19, Smokey Robinson,
American singer and songwriter, was born. He was famous for his
songs "Tears of a Clown" and "Tracks of My Tears."
1940 Feb 19, Saparmurad
Niyazov, later president of Turkmenistan (1992-2006), was born.
1941 Feb 19, George Orwell
published his essay “The Lion and the Unicorn: Socialism and the
English Genius,” expressing his opinions on the situation in wartime
(Econ, 2/2/13, SR
1941 Feb 19, Nazi police were
attacked and driven away from Koco, Amsterdam by young Jews. Nazis
raided Amsterdam and rounded up 429 young Jews for deportation.
1941 Feb 19, Hamilton Harty
(61), composer, conductor, died.
1942 Feb 19, Tommy Dorsey and
his orchestra recorded "I'll Take Tallulah."
1942 Feb 19, President
Roosevelt signed executive order 9066 that gave the military the
authority to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans. The order
resulted in the incarceration of more than 110,000
Japanese-Americans living in California, Oregon, Washington and
Arizona. By the end of March, 1942, the Japanese-Americans were
moved to 10 relocation camps throughout the U.S. interior. The
mass expulsion of Japanese-Americans from the West Coast ended on
January, 2, 1945. [see Feb 20]
(AP, 2/20/98)(SFC, 2/19/98, p.A13)(HNQ, 9/3/99)
1942 Feb 19, Port Darwin, on
the northern coast of Australia, was bombed by about 150 Japanese
warplanes. General George C. Kenney, who pioneered aerial warfare
strategy and tactics in the Pacific theater, ordered 3,000 parafrag
bombs to be sent to Australia, where he thought they might come in
handy against the Japanese. Darwin was virtually leveled by 64
bombing raids over 21 months.
(AP, 2/19/98)(HN, 2/19/98)(SFEC, 9/10/00, p.T10)
1942 Feb 19, Japanese troops
landed on Timor. Australian commandos battled the Japanese with
support from local people. Japanese reprisals killed 60,000
civilians, 13% of the population.
(SFC, 5/17/02, p.A15)(MC, 2/19/02)
1943 Feb 19, German tanks under
brig. general Buelowius attacked Kasserine Pass, Tunisia.
1944 Feb 19, The U.S. Eighth
Air Force and Royal Air Force began "Big Week," a series of heavy
bomber attacks against German aircraft production facilities.
1944 Feb 19, U-264 sank off
1945 Feb 19, About 60,000
[75,000] US marines went ashore at Iwo Jima, an 8-sq. mile island of
rock, volcanic ash and black sand. During World War II, some 30,000
U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima, where they began a month-long
battle to seize control of the island from Japanese forces. 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, 2/19/98)(AP,
2/19/98)(SFC, 9/21/00, p.C6)
1945 Feb 19, On Ramree Island
off the coast of old Burma, some 900 Japanese soldiers retreated
from British soldiers into an alligator filled swamp. Only about 20
(SFEC, 2/23/96, Z1 p.2)(MC, 2/19/02)
1945 Feb 19, Ivan Kozhedub of
the Ukraine became the only Soviet pilot to shoot down a
Messerschmitt Me-262 jet fighter and, on April 19, 1945, he downed
two Focke-Wulf Fw-190s to bring his final tally to 62--the top
Allied ace of the war. He was the Allies’ top ace and one of only
two Soviet fighter pilots to be awarded the Gold Star of a Hero of
the Soviet Union three times during World War II. Ironically
prevented from fighting because his skill as a pilot made him more
useful as an instructor, Kozhedub did not fly his first combat
mission until March 26, 1943.
1947 Feb 19, CBS radio premiere
of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 3."
1949 Feb 19, Ezra Pound won the
(HFA, '96, p.24)
1949 Feb 19, Mass arrests of
communists took place in India.
1951 Feb 19, Andre
Paul-Guillaume Gide (b.1869), French novelist and critic, died.
Andre Gide’s novels included "The Immoralist," "Straight Is the
Gate," "Lafcadio's Adventures," "Corydon," "The Counterfeiters" and
his explicit memoir "If It Die…" (1926). In 1999 Alan Sheridan
published the biography "André Gide: A Life in the Present." Gide
won the Nobel Prize in 1947. "There are very few monsters who
warrant the fear we have of them." "Believe those who are seeking
the truth; doubt those who find it." “The color of truth is gray.”
(AP, 10/31/97)(AP, 3/24/98)(SFEC, 6/28/98, Z1
p.8)(WSJ, 4/6/99, p.A24)(SFEC, 6/13/99, BR p.4)(MC, 11/22/01)
1952 Feb 19, Amy Tan, novelist
(The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife), was born.
1952 Feb 19, There was a French
offensive at Hanoi.
1952 Feb 19, Knut Hamsun
(b.1859), Norwegian writer, died. He won the Nobel Prize in
literature in 1920. His work included "From the Cultural Life in
Modern America" (1889), "Hunger," "The Growth of the Soil,"
"Victoria," and "An Overgrown Path." A film portrait of his life was
produced in 1997. In 2009 Ingar Sletten Kolloen authored “Knut
Hamsun: Dreamer and Dissenter.”
(SFEC, 4/20/97, DB p.47-49)(Econ, 11/7/09, p.79)
1953 Feb 19, William Inge's
"Picnic," premiered in NYC.
1953 Feb 19, Georgia approved
the 1st US literature censorship board.
1954 Feb 19, The Crimea was
ceded to Ukraine as a gift from Russia by Nikita Khrushchev. In 2004
ethnic Russians made up a majority of the population.
1955 Feb 19, An explosion
aboard the submarine Pomodon at Hunters Point left 2 sailors dead
and 3 more presumed dead.
(SFC, 2/18/05, p.F4)
1955 Feb 19, In San Francisco
Kit Hing Hui (33), aka the "Phantom of Playland," was arrested while
trying to break into the Golden Gate View coffee shop at 1004 Point
Lobos Ave. The World War II veteran had lived in two caves at Lands
End since 1949.
(SFC, 4/18/20, p.B1)
1958 Feb 19, Rebecca ("Becky")
Hoppe, founder of Soccer Moms of US, was born.
1958 Feb 19, Hail the size of
baseballs was reported with flash lightning over parts of
1959 Feb 19, A USAF
rocket-powered rail sled attained Mach 4.1 (4970 kph) in NM.
1959 Feb 19, An agreement was
signed by Britain, Turkey and Greece granting Cyprus its
1960 Feb 19, California Gov.
Edmund G. Brown gave a 60-day stay of execution for San Quentin
inmate Caryl Chessman (39), convicted sex offender and best-selling
author, the Red Light Bandit.” The governor hoped to quiet public
sentiment in Latin America for Pres. Eisenhower’s impending visit.
(SFC, 4/20/02, p.A23)(SSFC, 2/14/10, DB p.42)
1960 Feb 19, UC Regents
retracted the following question from an English aptitude test for
high school applicants: "What are the dangers to a democracy of a
national police organization, like the FBI, which operates secretly
and is unresponsive to public criticism." FBI director J. Edgar
Hoover had organized a covert public relations campaign and put
pressure on Gov. Brown to retract the question.
(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F3)
1960 Feb 19, Prince Andrew of
Britain, Albert Christian Edward, Duke of York was born.
(HN, 2/19/98)(MC, 2/19/02)
1963 Feb 19, The Soviet Union
informed President Kennedy it would withdraw "several thousand" of
an estimated 17,000 Soviet troops in Cuba.
1965 Feb 19, Fourteen Vietnam
War protesters were arrested for blocking U.N. doors in New York.
1966 Feb 19, Robert F. Kennedy
suggested the U.S. offer the Vietcong a role in governing South
1968 Feb 19, The children's
program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, created by Fred Rogers
(1928-2003), premiered on NET (later PBS).
1968 Feb 19, Mississippi state
troopers used tear gas to stop Alcorn A&M demonstrations.
1969 Feb 19, Elvis Presley
recorded the Eddie Rabbit song "Kentucky Rain."
1973 Feb 19, Joseph Szigeti
(b.1892), Hungarian-born US violinist, died.
1976 Feb 19, Rick Stevens,
former lead vocalist of the Tower of Power, was arrested in San
Jose, Ca., for his roll in a triple slaying after a drug deal went
awry. Stevens was later convicted of murder and sentenced to
death. In 2012 he was paroled by Gov. Jerry Brown after 36
years in prison.
1/29/13, p.E1)(SFC, 9/6/17, p.D6)
1976 Feb 19, Britain slashed
1981 Feb 19, The U.S. State
Department called El Salvador a "textbook case" of a Communist plot.
1981 Feb 19, George Harrison
was ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for "subconscious
plagiarism" in "My Sweet Lord" with "He's So Fine." The word
plagiarism derives from Latin roots: plagiarius, an abductor; and
plagiare, to steal. An example of plagiarism would be copying
this definition and pasting it straight into a report. Plagiarism is
a very ancient art. Shakespeare stole most of his historical plots
directly from Holinshed. Laurence Sterne and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
were both accused of plagiarism. Oscar Wilde was repeatedly accused
of plagiarism, hence the celebrated exchange with Whistler: "I wish
I'd said that, James." "Don't worry, Oscar, you will."
(http://digital-law-online.info/cases/221PQ490.htm)(Nature News from
Jake Sigg, 9/10/09)
1983 Feb 19, A shooting at the
Wah Mee gambling parlor in Seattle, Wa., left 13 men dead. Kwan-Fai
Mak and Benjamin Ng were later found guilty on 13 murder counts.
(SFC, 7/6/98, p.A7)(SFC, 4/16/07, p.A8)
1985 Feb 19, William Schroeder
(d.1986) was the 1st artificial heart patient to leave hospital. He
spent 15 minutes outside Humana Hospital in Louisville, Ky.
1985 Feb 19, Mickey Mouse was
welcomed in China.
1985 Feb 19, 150 were killed
when a Spanish jetliner crashed approaching Bilbao, Spain.
1986 Feb 19, The U.S. Senate
approved a treaty outlawing genocide, 37 years after the pact had
first been submitted for ratification.
1986 Feb 19, Barry Seal
(b.1939), gunrunner, drug trafficker, and covert CIA operative
extraordinaire, was murdered in a hail of bullets by Medellin cartel
hit men outside a Salvation Army shelter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
He had testified in federal court in Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale, and
Miami for the US government against leaders of the Medellin drug
1986 Feb 19, In the SF Bay Area
water breached a levee on the 8,800 acre Tyler Island wiping out
crops and nearly destroying the Mello family’s farming business.
(SFC, 1/2/09, p.A1)
1986 Feb 19, The Soviet Union
launched the first component of its Mir space station. Mir meant
(WSJ, 6/27/97, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/5/98, p.W14)(SFC,
1986 Feb 19, Adolfo Celi
(b.1922), Italian film actor and director (Thunderball), died.
1987 Feb 19, An anti-smoking ad
aired for the 1st time on TV and featured Yul Brynner (1920-1985),
who had died of lung cancer.
1987 Feb 19, Pres. Reagan
lifted remaining economic sanctions against Poland.
1987 Feb 19, New York Governor
Mario Cuomo declared that he would not run for president in the next
1988 Feb 19, A group calling
itself the "Organization of the Oppressed on Earth" claimed
responsibility for the kidnapping in Lebanon of U.S. Marine Lt. Col.
William R. Higgins. Higgins was later slain by his captors.
1989 Feb 19, Iran's Ayatollah
Khomeini rejected the apology of "Satanic Verses" author Salman
Rushdie, exhorting Muslims to "send him to hell" for committing
1990 Feb 19, US Defense
Secretary Dick Cheney, snubbed by Philippine President Corazon
Aquino, met in Manila with Defense Minister Fidel Ramos to discuss
the future of U.S. bases in the country.
1990 Feb 19, Michael Powell
(84), English director (Life & Death of Col Blimp), died.
1991 Feb 19, President Bush
told reporters a Soviet proposal to end the Persian Gulf War fell
“well short of what would be required.” Russian Federation President
Boris Yeltsin delivered an unprecedented public appeal for Soviet
President Mikhail S. Gorbachev to resign.
1992 Feb 19, "Crazy For You"
opened at Shubert Theater in NYC for 1622 performances.
1992 Feb 19, The US Labor
Department reported consumer prices rose by just 0.1 percent in
1992 Feb 19, In San Francisco
porn entrepreneur Jim Mitchell (48) was found guilty of voluntary
manslaughter in the Feb 27, 1991, rifle slaying of his brother Artie
Mitchell at Artie’s home in Corte Madera.
(SSFC, 2/19/17, DB p.50)
1992 Feb 19, Peter Collins of
Boulder, Colo., discovered Nova Cygni 1992.
1992 Feb 19, Former Irish
Republican Army member Joseph Doherty was deported from the United
States to Northern Ireland following a 10-year battle for political
1993 Feb 19, President
Clinton's economic plan won praise from Federal Reserve Chairman
Alan Greenspan. The president, visiting Hyde Park, N.Y., suggested
the United States might have to consider a national sales tax "not
too long in the future," then said he'd meant in 10 years or so.
1993 Feb 19, Gerhard Gesell
(82), judge (Pentagon Papers), died of liver cancer.
1994 Feb 19, American
speedskater Bonnie Blair won the fourth Olympic gold medal of her
career as she won the 500-meter race in Lillehammer, Norway.
1994 Feb 19, With Bosnian Serbs
facing a NATO deadline to withdraw heavy weapons encircling Sarajevo
or face air strikes, President Clinton delivered an address from the
Oval Office reaffirming the ultimatum.
1994 Feb 19, Derek Jarman,
British film-maker and artist, died in London of AIDS-related
illness. Jarman was outspoken about homosexuality, his public fight
for gay rights, and his personal struggle with AIDS. His books
included the autobiography "Dancing Ledge" (1984) and two
volumes of diaries "Modern Nature" and "Smiling in Slow Motion".
1995 Feb 19, A day after being
named the new chairwoman of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People, Myrlie Evers-Williams outlined her
plans for revitalizing the civil rights organization, saying she
intended to take the group back to its roots.
1995 Feb 19, Calder Willingham
(b.1922), novelist, scriptwriter (The Graduate), died of lung cancer
in New Hampshire.
1996 Feb 19, Pres. Clinton told
Monica Lewinsky that their relationship must end. It was later
(SFC, 9/12/98, p.A13)
1996 Feb 19, Republican
presidential hopefuls argued taxes, trade and negative ads in a
final burst of contentious campaigning on the eve of New Hampshire’s
leadoff primary, with Bob Dole the principal target.
1996 Feb 19, Charlie O. Finley
(77), baseball showman, died in Chicago.
1997 Feb 19, The US FCC made
available 311 for non-emergency calls & 711 for hearing or
speech-impaired emergency calls.
1997 Feb 19, Detroit's daily
newspapers accepted a back-to-work offer from employees who'd been
on strike for 19 months, but the strikers charged the conditions for
return amounted to a lockout.
1997 Feb 19, In southwestern
Alaska Evan Ramsey (16) opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun as
students assembled in a high school lobby, killing a principal and
16-year-old classmate in Bethel, a town of 6,000. Ramsey was
sentenced to a 198-year prison term.
1997 Feb 19, Larry Singleton
murdered Roxanne Hayes, a prostitute, in Tampa, Fla. He had served 8
years of a 14-year sentence for the 1978 rape and maiming of
15-year-old Mary Vincent in Ca. A trial in Dec ended in a mistrial
and another was set for 1998. He was sentenced to death in 1998 but
died of cancer in a prison hospital in 2001.
(SFC,12/11/97, p.A3)(SFC, 4/15/98, p.A3)(SFC,
1997 Feb 19, Prof. James J.
Parsons, authority on the historical geography of Latin America,
died. He authored 5 books and 150 articles.
(SFC, 2/27/97, p.A16)
1997 Feb 19, Leo Rosten (88),
writer, humorist (Joys of Yiddish), died.
1997 Feb 19, Deng Xiaoping
(92), the last of China's major Communist revolutionaries, died from
Parkinson’s disease. He smoked heavily and Panda was his brand. In
2011 Ezra Vogel authored “Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of
China.” In 2015 Alexander Pantsov and Steven Levine authored “Deng
Xiaoping: A Revolutionary Life.”
(AP, 2/19/98)(WSJ, 5/26/04, p.A1)(Econ,
10/22/11, p.103)(Econ, 6/27/15, p.73)
1998 Feb 19, At the Nagano
Olympics, Austrian Hermann Maier won the men's giant slalom while
Hilde Gerg of Germany won the women's slalom.
1998 Feb 19, Federal officials
in Henderson, Nevada, arrested Larry Wayne Harris and William Job
Leavitt for possession of suspected anthrax bacterium. Harris had
earlier published the 131-page book: "Bacteriological Warfare: A
Major Threat to North America." The substance turned out to be a
harmless veterinary vaccine. Harris was later sentenced to 6 months
(SFC, 2/20/98, p.A1,8)(SFEC, 2/22/98, p.A11)(SFC,
1998 Feb 19, Scientists
reported the discovery of the brain’s hunger hormone. It was named
“orexin” after the Greek word “orexis” meaning hunger.
(SFC, 2/20/98, p.A11)
1998 Feb 19, In Columbia Jose
Nelson Urrego, aka “El Loco” and the purported head of the so-called
Cartel del Norte del Valle, was arrested.
(SFC, 2/20/98, p.A14)
1998 Feb 19, In Georgia gunmen
kidnapped 4 UN observers and 6 civilians and demanded the release of
7 suspects held for last week’s assassination attempt on Pres.
(WSJ, 2/20/98, p.A1)
1998 Feb 19, In Indonesia 3
Chinese tycoons led by Liem Sioe Liong, the No. 1 individual
taxpayer, started a huge food giveaway to the poor. In Kendari mobs
attacked Chinese-owned shops and homes. In Jakarta some 600 students
demanded that the government quit.
(SFC, 2/20/98, p.A12)(WSJ, 2/20/98, p.A1)
1998 Feb 19, U.N.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan set out for Iraq on a last-chance peace
mission, saying he was "reasonably optimistic" about ending the
standoff over weapons inspections without the use of force.
1998 Feb 19, North Korean
officials sent letters to South Korea offering talks between
political parties and civic groups.
(SFC, 2/20/98, p.A12)
1998 Feb 19, In Pakistan Kanwar
Ahson was arrested in Karachi, a Mohajir-dominated city of 14
million, for having sex outside of marriage with his lover Riffat
Afridi, who was in hiding. The couple were of rival ethnic groups
and the Afridi’s father refused to allow them to marry. They married
last week and set off a riot where 2 people were killed and 8
(SFC, 2/20/98, p.A14)
1998 Feb 19, In Switzerland
police arrested 3 Israeli Mossad agents for spying on diplomats in
(SFC, 2/26/98, p.A9)
1999 Feb 19, President Clinton
posthumously pardoned Henry O. Flipper, the first black graduate of
West Point, whose military career was tarnished by a racially
1999 Feb 19, The US Commerce
Dept. reported that the 1998 trade deficit soared to $168.8 billion.
(SFC, 2/19/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 19, OSHA proposed an
ergonomics standard after 8 years of study.
(SFC, 2/19/99, p.A6)
1999 Feb 19, Ohio inmate
Wilford Berry, "The Volunteer", became the first inmate to be
executed in Ohio since 1963.
1999 Feb 19, It was reported
that Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon helped reduce the risk of cancer due
to its high content of flavonols.
(SFC, 2/19/99, p.A12)
1999 Feb 19, In Allentown, Pa.,
An explosion at a chemical processing plant in the Lehigh Valley
Industrial Park killed 5 people and injured 14.
(SFEC, 2/21/99, p.A7)(WSJ, 2/22/99, p.A1)
1999 Feb 19, In Sylacauga,
Alabama, Billy Jack Gaither (39), a textile warehouse worker, was
abducted, beaten to death with an ax handle and burned on a pyre of
tires due to a sexual advance. Steven Eric Mullins (25) and Charles
Monroe Butler Jr. (21) were later arrested and charged with murder.
Butler was convicted in 1999 and sentenced to life in prison without
(SFC, 3/5/99, p.A1)(SFC, 6/25/99, p.A3)(SFC,
1999 Feb 19, In Najaf, Iraq,
Shiite Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Sadiq al-Sader was killed with his 2
sons in a drive-by shooting. Dissidents blamed the government and
said riots followed the killings. The government denied any
(SFEC, 2/20/99, p.A23)
1999 Feb 19, In Japan the lower
house passed a record $682.5 billion budget with huge spending
increases and tax cuts.
(SFC, 2/20/99, p.B1)
2000 Feb 19, George W. Bush
beat Sen. John McCain in the South Carolina Republican primary 53%
(SFEC, 2/20/00, p.A1,6)
2000 Feb 19, Friedensreich
Hundertwasser (b.1928), Austrian architect and artist, died. "If man
walks in nature's midst, then he is nature's guest and must learn to
behave as a well-brought-up guest," shortened a bit in popular
literature to “You are a guest of Nature. Behave.”
2000 Feb 19, It was reported
that physicists from Italy and China had described the possible
detection of a neutralino particle, also called a weakly interacting
massive particle (WIMP). Such particles were suspected to make up
the mysterious dark matter and the vast majority of all matter in
the universe. On Feb 25 physicists from Stanford reported evidence
that seemed to contradict the Italian and Chinese findings.
(SFC, 2/19/00, p.A1,13)(SFC, 2/26/00, p.A3)
2000 Feb 19, It was reported
that some 200 people had died in East Timor, mostly women and
children, in the last week due to illnesses attributed to sanitation
problems caused by recent flooding.
(SFC, 2/19/00, p.C1)
2000 Feb 19, In Mexico people
in Tepatepec, Hidalgo, captured at least 65 policemen after state
police raided the El Mexe Rural Teachers College. The police were
later freed after the release of hundreds of students and
(SFC, 2/21/00, p.A10)
2001 Feb 19, President George
W. Bush opened a museum commemorating the 1995 Oklahoma City
2001 Feb 19, Stanley Kramer
(b.1913), Hollywood film producer and director, died in Woodland
Hills, Ca., at age 87. His work included 35 films.
(SFC, 2/21/01, p.A18)(AP, 2/19/02)(NW, 12/31/01,
2001 Feb 19, In Britain an
outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease was found in 27 pigs at a
slaughterhouse in Essex. The last outbreak was in 1981. The outbreak
was 1st identified in pigs at Heddon-on-the-Wall.
(SFC, 2/21/01, p.A12)(SFC, 3/31/01, p.D8)
2001 Feb 19, In Burma a
helicopter crash killed junta Lt. Gen. Tin Oo (67) and left 14
(SFC, 2/20/01, p.A10)
2001 Feb 19, In the West Bank
Mahmoud Madani (25), a Hamas activist, was shot to death from long
(SFC, 2/20/01, p.A9)
2001 Feb 19, In the Philippines
Pres. Arroyo announced a cease-fire with southern separatists. She
hoped Mindanao rebels would reciprocate. Separately 10 people
drowned and a dozen were missing when their illegal ferry capsized
as they tried to reach Malaysia for work.
(SFC, 2/20/01, p.A9)
2002 Feb 19, President Bush
opened a two-day visit to South Korea. Bush urged the “despotic
regime” in North Korea to reunite with the free South.
(SFC, 2/20/02, p.A14)(AP, 2/19/07)
2002 Feb 19, The US Supreme
Court ok’d peer grading in schools.
(SFC, 2/20/02, p.A3)
2002 Feb 19, In Salt Lake City,
a win by bobsledders Jill Bakken and Vonetta Flowers gave the United
States 21 medals in the Winter Games; Flowers became the first black
athlete ever to strike gold at the Winter Olympics.
2002 Feb 19, A suit was filed
on behalf of 3 detainees, one Australian and 2 British citizens,
held at Guantanamo, Cuba.
(SFC, 2/19/02, p.A10)
2002 Feb 19, In Bolivia a flash
flood in La Paz killed at least 22 people. The death toll later
climbed to 52.
(SFC, 2/20/02, p.A11)(SFC, 2/21/02, p.A13)
2002 Feb 19, In Cairo, Egypt,
an overcrowded train en route from Cairo to the southern city of
Luxor burst into flames from a gas cannister. It then traveled 2 1/2
miles before the driver stopped. 361 people were killed.
(SFC, 2/20/02, p.A9)(SFC, 2/21/02, p.A8)(AFP,
2002 Feb 19, In Germany a man,
who recently lost his job, killed 2 ex-bosses and the principal of
his former high school in Freising.
(WSJ, 2/20/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 19,
Israeli-Palestinian fighting left 15 people dead. 6 Israeli soldiers
died at a checkpoint.
(SFC, 2/20/02, p.A8)(SFC, 2/21/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 19, Italian
authorities arrested 4 Moroccans in Rome, members of the Salafist
Group for Call and Combat. Maps were found of the US Embassy, small
quantities of cyanide, and a map of the city’s water system.
(SFC, 2/21/02, p.A16)
2002 Feb 19, In Jordan a
military prosecutor froze the assets of some prominent businessmen
and former intelligence officials. Fraudulent loans were reported to
be as much as $85 million.
(WSJ, 2/20/02, p.A18)
2002 Feb 19, In Liberia rebels
were repelled at Heindi and Bong Mines, 20 miles northeast of
Monrovia, as some 15,000 civilians fled.
(SFC, 2/21/02, p.A13)
2002 Feb 19, It was reported
that Pakistan had begun disbanding the Afghan and Kashmir units of
its Inter-Services Intelligence agency.
(SFC, 2/20/02, p.A14)
2002 Feb 19, Peru's justice
minister ruled out a presidential pardon for Lori Berenson after the
Supreme Court confirmed the American woman's 20-year sentence for
aiding leftist rebels.
2002 Feb 19, In Saudi Arabia
some 2 million Muslims gathered in Mecca for the annual hajj.
(SFC, 2/20/02, p.A11)
2003 Feb 19, Missouri Rep. Dick
Gephardt announced his second candidacy for president with a pledge
to repeal most of President Bush's tax cuts.
2003 Feb 19, In San Francisco
Armando Arce (26) was gunned down as he walked at Willow and Polk
streets. In 2009 Joeven Bowen was charged with Arce’s murder. Bowen
was alleged to have accompanied members of Oakland’s Nut Case gang,
which was involved with 2 murders earlier in the day. On Feb 14,
2011, Bowen was convicted of first-degree murder.
(SFC, 9/9/09, p.D1)(SFC, 2/15/11, p.C2)
2003 Feb 19, Armenia
held national elections. Pres. Kocharian was being challenged by 8
contenders who criticized his failure to secure a final deal with
Azerbaijan over the Armenian-populated enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.
He also faced accusations over about 30 unresolved political
killings in recent years and the widening gap between rich and poor
in this nation of 3.3 million people. Kocharian failed to win the
necessary 50 % of votes for re-election, forcing a runoff in
balloting that the opposition complained was rigged.
(AP, 2/19/03)(AP, 2/20/03)
2003 Feb 19, In Bolivia
Pres. de Lozada announced a new Cabinet, replacing eight ministers
and eliminating six ministries.
2003 Feb 19, China
outlined plans for an enormous, 30-50 year project to carry water
from the country’s water-saturated south to its arid north. The
project was 1st conceived by Mao Zedong in the 1950s.
(AP, 2/19/03)(SSFC, 9/5/04, p.A16)
2003 Feb 19, In Germany
Mounir el Motassadeq (28) was sentenced to the maximum 15 years in
prison for helping the Hamburg-based al-Qaida terror cell in the
9/11 attacks on the US.
2003 Feb 19, An Iranian
military plane carrying 275 members of the elite Revolutionary
Guards crashed in southeastern Iran, killing all on board.
(WSJ, 2/20/03, p.A1)(AP, 2/19/08)
2003 Feb 19, Israeli
tanks and soldiers battled Palestinian militants in the streets of
Gaza City before dawn in violence that left 11 Palestinians dead,
including a suicide bomber who tried to blow up a tank. Hamas fired
4 Qassam rockets into Sderot in retaliation.
(AP, 2/19/03)(SFC, 2/20/03, A6)
2003 Feb 19, NATO
approved the deployment of defense equipment to Turkey in the event
of a war in Iraq. Turkey and the US failed again to agree on the
size of an economic aid package.
2003 Feb 19, In Pakistan
heavy rains fell for a 5th day and left over 26 people dead. The
country had experienced 5 years of drought.
(SFC, 2/20/03, A9)
2003 Feb 19, In the
southern Philippines suspected separatist rebels attacked Poblacion.
They rounded up some villagers and gunned down 14 people.
2003 Feb 19, In
Venezuela the secret police (DISIP) arrested Carlos Fernandez, head
of the largest business federation, for his role in the general
(SFC, 2/21/03, A10)
2004 Feb 19, The AFL-CIO
endorsed Democrat John Kerry for president.
2004 Feb 19, After sanctioning
more than 2,800 gay marriages, the city of San Francisco sued the
state of California, challenging its ban on same-sex marriages.
2004 Feb 19, Jeffrey Skilling,
former CEO of Enron, pleaded not guilty to 35 felony charges and was
released after posting a $5 million bail.
(SFC, 2/20/04, p.B1)
2004 Feb 19, It was announced
that Philip Anschutz (64), Denver billionaire and founder of Qwest
Communications, purchased the Fang newspapers including the SF
Examiner for $20 million.
(SFC, 2/21/04, p.A1)
2004 Feb 19, In Canada bird flu
was detected at a chicken producer in the Fraser Valley near
Vancouver. By the end of April some 19 million birds were culled,
But the disease continued to spread.
(ST, 4/30/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 19, In Iraq an
explosion ripped through an infantry patrol in an insurgent center
west of Baghdad, killing two U.S. soldiers and injuring another.
2004 Feb 19, In Kenya a fire
raced through a Nairobi slum, destroying hundreds of ramshackle tin
and timber houses and leaving 4,500 families homeless.
2004 Feb 19, A Japanese
consortium announced it will develop an Iranian oil field with
reserves of up to 26 billion barrels. The deal was opposed by the
United States because of fears the money could go to nuclear
2005 Feb 19, The $3.2 billion
USS Jimmy Carter entered the Navy's fleet as the most heavily armed
submarine ever built, and as the last of the Seawolf class of attack
subs that the Pentagon ordered during the Cold War's final years.
2005 Feb 19, In Arkansas a
train slammed into an ambulance that apparently tried to get out of
its path, but stopped at a rail crossing, killing all three
paramedics on board. The patient in the vehicle survived.
2005 Feb 19, In Bangladesh a
double-decker passenger ferry capsized and sank during a tropical
storm, leaving at least 151 people dead. The MV Maharaj was carrying
about 200 people when it capsized on the Buriganga River just
(AP, 2/21/05)(AP, 2/22/05)
2005 Feb 19, China's state news
said North Korea no longer wants to negotiate with the US and 4
other nations in an effort to ease the standoff over Pyongyang's
2005 Feb 19, About half a
million hunters and supporters rallied across England and Wales in a
massive display of force against a new fox hunting ban.
2005 Feb 19, In Haiti heavily
armed gunmen attacked the national penitentiary, killing one guard
in a shootout that allowed some 500 prisoners to escape.
2005 Feb 19, Eight suicide
bombings in Baghdad and other parts of Iraq killed over 50 people,
including a US soldier, and injured 150 as Shiite Muslim worshippers
around the country celebrated Ashura, their holiest day of the year.
(AP, 2/19/05)(SSFC, 2/20/05, p.A1)
2005 Feb 19, Libyan leader
Moamer Kadhafi and Egyptian Pres. Hosni Mubarak backed an African
solution to the crisis in Sudan's Darfur region during 2 rounds of
talks in Cairo.
2005 Feb 19, Nigerian soldiers,
sailors and police descended on Odioma to hunt down a local militia
leader and black magic guru who was accused of murdering 12 people
from Obiaku. 28 people killed and Odioma was burned down by
2005 Feb 19, Former Presidents
George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton visited a Thai fishing village
that had been devastated by the December 2005 tsunami.
2005 Feb 19, In Trinidad
security chiefs from 34 countries in the Americas outlined broad
strategies for fighting money laundering, passport fraud and drug
smuggling, warning that Islamic terrorists could exploit lawlessness
in the region to raise money and slip through borders.
2006 Feb 19, Jimmie Johnson won
the Daytona 500.
2006 Feb 19, The East rallied
from 21 points down for a 122-120 victory over the West in the NBA
2006 Feb 19, In southern
Afghanistan Taliban rebels attacked a police checkpost in
insurgency-hit, killing three policemen.
2006 Feb 19, Almost five months
after publishing 12 cartoons of the prophet to highlight what it
described as self-censorship, Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten newspaper
printed a full-page apology in a Saudi-owned pan-Arab newspaper.
2006 Feb 19, French President
Jacques Chirac arrived in India for a whistle-stop visit aimed at
bolstering trade and civilian nuclear cooperation with the emerging
2006 Feb 19, Jacques Bernard,
the head of Haiti's electoral council, fled the country after
opponents threatened his life and burned down his farmhouse nearly
two weeks after disputed elections.
2006 Feb 19, India and France
both confirmed their first outbreak of the deadly strain of bird flu
among fowl. Health officials and farm workers in western India began
slaughtering a half-million birds to check the spread of the
2006 Feb 19, India's private
Kingfisher Airlines signed a deal to purchase 15 French ATR 72-500
aircraft for 270 million dollars, with the option to buy another 20.
Kingfisher began operations in May and has a 7.6 percent share of
the domestic market.
2006 Feb 19, In western India a
bomb exploded at a railway station in Ahmadabad, injuring at least
2006 Feb 19, Gunmen ambushed a
convoy of trucks carrying construction material to US military north
of Baghdad, killing four Iraqi drivers. A police general also died
in a roadside bombing in northern Iraq.
2006 Feb 19, Israel's Cabinet
approved an immediate freeze on the transfer of hundreds of millions
of dollars in tax money to the Palestinians in its first response to
the takeover of the Palestinian parliament by the militant group
2006 Feb 19, Amr Moussa, the
head of the Arab League, said that members would meet this week to
hammer out a plan for sending millions of dollars a month to the
Palestinian Authority, despite US attempts to stop the flow of money
to the new Hamas-led government.
2006 Feb 19, An Israeli
aircraft attacked two Palestinians laying a bomb near the
Gaza-Israel border fence. Palestinians said two militants were
2006 Feb 19, A gas explosion in
a northern Mexico coal mine trapped 65 miners some 600 feet below
ground with a limited supply of oxygen. In 2007 a judge ordered the
arrest of 5 mine managers and inspectors on charges of negligent
homicide in the deaths of the miners.
(AP, 2/19/06)(WSJ, 2/21/06, p.A1)(AP, 3/20/07)
2006 Feb 19, Ismail Haniyeh
(46), a Gaza lawmaker seen as a leader of Hamas' pragmatic wing, was
nominated to be Palestinian prime minister.
2006 Feb 19, Pakistani security
forces arrested hundreds of Islamic hard-liners, virtually sealed
off the capital and used gunfire and tear gas to quell protests
against caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
2006 Feb 19, Pakistani
President Pervez Musharraf arrived in China on a visit that analysts
said would focus on anti-terrorism cooperation, trade and
2006 Feb 19, In Peru Hector
Aponte, a Shining Path guerrilla commander believed responsible for
an ambush that killed eight policemen in December, was killed in a
shootout with authorities in the Huallaga Valley. Aponte was a top
commander under Comrade Artemio, one of the last original Shining
Path leaders still at large.
2007 Feb 19, New Jersey became
the 3rd US state to offer civil unions for gay couples.
(SFC, 2/20/07, p.A3)
2007 Feb 19, XM Satellite Radio
Holdings and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. announced an agreement to
merge as equals. Sirius planned to XM shareholders $4.57 billion in
(SFC, 2/20/07, p.C1)
2007 Feb 19, Actress Janet
Blair (85) died in Santa Monica, Calif.
2007 Feb 19, In Afghanistan
suspected Taliban insurgents briefly captured Bakwa, a small town in
Farah province after police abandoned their posts.
2007 Feb 19, An official said
Algeria has translated the Koran into the Berber language,
Tamazight, for the first time, to promote Islam among a community
that has long campaigned for more language and cultural rights.
2007 Feb 19, British police
arrested a man near Cambridge in connection with a series of letter
bombs sent to offices linked to traffic enforcement. On Feb 22 Miles
Cooper (22), a primary school caretaker, was charged with 12
offences under the Explosive Substances Act and the Offences Against
the Person Act.
(AP, 2/19/07)(AFP, 2/23/07)
2007 Feb 19, Canada
unexpectedly granted permanent resident status to Amir Kazemian
(41), an Iranian, man who spent nearly three years in sanctuary in a
Vancouver church before being arrested over the weekend. The
Citizenship and Immigration officials granted him residency on
humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
2007 Feb 19, Maria Consuelo
Araujo, Colombia’s foreign minister, resigned as a growing scandal
linking the political establishment and far-right paramilitaries
claimed its first member of President Alvaro Uribe's Cabinet. 4 days
earlier her brother, a senator, was jailed on charges of colluding
with the paramilitaries and the kidnapping of a potential political
rival. 2 clowns were shot and killed by an unidentified gunman
during their performance of Circo del Sol de Cali, a traveling
circus, in the eastern town of Cucuta.
(AP, 2/19/07)(Reuters, 2/22/07)
2007 Feb 19, Police found the
charred bodies of three Salvadoran representatives to the Central
American Parliament and their driver on a rural road outside
2007 Feb 19, In Iraq
gunmen ambushed a minivan on the main highway from Baghdad to Anbar.
The attackers accused the 13 aboard of opposing al-Qaida in Iraq.
All 13 were executed, including an elderly woman and two boys. A
string of car bombings and other attacks claimed more than 40
civilian lives in Baghdad and elsewhere. Insurgents launched a
brazen coordinated attack on a US combat post near Tarmiyah, sending
in a suicide bomber and clashing with American troops. Six US
service members were killed.
(AP, 2/19/07)(AP, 2/20/07)(AP, 2/25/07)
2007 Feb 19, Three-way talks
between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Israeli and
Palestinian leaders, initially billed as a new US push to restart
peace efforts, ended with little progress other than a commitment to
2007 Feb 19, Mexican President
Felipe Calderon announced that soldiers waging an offensive against
drug traffickers will get a pay hike of 45 percent this year in a
bid to insulate them from corruption. This coincided with a decision
to lower his own pay by 10% and abolish pensions for Mexican
(AP, 2/19/07)(SSFC, 7/8/07, p.A7)
2007 Feb 19, In Pakistan
suspected Islamic militants killed an Afghan refugee they accused of
spying for the US and dumped his beheaded body by a road in North
2007 Feb 19, Daniel Petru
Corogeanu, a Romanian priest, was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
In 2005 he had led a dayslong exorcism ritual with 4 nuns for
Maricica Irina Cornici (23), a young nun, that ended with the
woman's death. One of the nuns, Nicoleta Arcalianu, was sentenced to
eight years in prison, and the other three, Adina Cepraga, Elena
Otel and Simona Bardanas, received five-year sentences.
2007 Feb 19, Gen. Nikolai
Solovtsov, a top Russian general, warned that Poland and the Czech
Republic risk being targeted by Russian missiles if they agree to
host a proposed US missile defense system.
2007 Feb 19, Rwanda released
8,000 prisoners accused of involvement in the country's 1994
genocide, prompting anger from survivors of the slaughter who fear
new ethnic killings.
2007 Feb 19, A Saudi court
ordered the bodies of four Sri Lankans to be displayed in a public
square after being beheaded for armed robbery.
2007 Feb 19, Anglican leaders
in Tanzania demanded that the US Episcopal Church unequivocally bar
official prayers for gay couples and the consecration of more gay
bishops to undo the damage that North Americans have caused the
2007 Feb 19, In Thailand
violence continued as bombs exploded at four locations in the south,
killing an army major and wounding two soldiers, three policemen and
2007 Feb 19, Military officials
said ongoing clashes between the Yemeni army and followers of a
Shiite rebel leader in the north of the country have killed more
than 100 people in the past five days.
2007 Feb 19, The EU extended
sanctions on Zimbabwe for another year including an arms embargo,
travel ban and asset freeze on President Robert Mugabe and other top
2008 Feb 19, President George
W. Bush paid somber homage to the estimated 800,000 killed in
Rwanda's 1994 genocide and urged global action to end the bloodshed
in Sudan's Darfur region "once and for all."
2008 Feb 19, Barack Obama won
Wisconsin (58%) and Hawaii (76%) adding to a primary season winning
streak that now totals 10. This put Hillary Rodham Clinton into a
virtual must-win scenario in Democratic contests coming early next
month in Texas and Ohio.
(AP, 2/20/08)(SFC, 2/21/08, p.A10)
2008 Feb 19, The SF-based
Sharper Image retailer filed for bankruptcy protection. The
184-store chain planned to close 96 stores nationwide. The Sharper
Image brand name was later sold to Hilco Organization and Gordon
Brothers Group LLC for $33 million in partnership with Windsong
Brands LLC and Bluestar Alliance.
(SFC, 3/8/08, p.C1)(SSFC, 6/29/08, p.C5)
2008 Feb 19, In southwestern
Minnesota a driving a van crashed into a school bus, killing four
students. Olga Marino Franco del Cid (24) of Minneota, was later
charged in state court with four counts of criminal vehicular
homicide. Federal prosecutors later filed identity theft charges
against the woman, who had identified herself as Alianiss
Nunez-Morales. Immigration investigators said they found the real
Nunez-Morales in Connecticut.
2008 Feb 19, In southern
Afghanistan a car bomb exploded near a police compound, killing at
least one person and wounding four.
2008 Feb 19, The African Union
extended by two months sanctions slapped on the rebellious Comoran
isle of Anjouan in the Indian Ocean.
2008 Feb 19, Armenians voted
for a new president. PM Serzh Sarkisian (Sargsyan), given credit for
rising living standards, won with 53% of the vote, enough to avert a
runoff with rival Levon Ter-Petrosian (21%).
(Reuters, 2/19/08)(Econ, 2/23/08, p.70)(Econ,
2008 Feb 19, In England Karen
Matthews reported that her daughter was missing in the Yorkshire
town of Dewsbury. Shannon (9) was found safely 24 days later in the
base of a divan bed at the flat of Michael Donovan. On Dec 4 Karen
Matthews (33) and Michael Donovan (40) were found guilty of
kidnapping. The mother allegedly hoped to scoop the reward money
when the girl was found.
2008 Feb 19, Canada’s province
of British Columbia announced its intention to implement a carbon
tax of $10 per ton of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions
(2.41 cents per liter on gasoline) beginning July 1, 2008, making BC
the first North American jurisdiction to implement such a tax.
2008 Feb 19, An ailing,
81-year-old Fidel Castro resigned as Cuba's president after nearly a
half-century in power, saying he will not accept a new term when
parliament meets Feb 24.
2008 Feb 19, A Japanese navy
destroyer equipped with advanced radar plowed into a fishing boat
off the Pacific coast, splitting the boat in two and plunging two
fishermen into the chilly waters. The men remained missing.
2008 Feb 19, Japan’s Toshiba
Corp. announced it would no longer develop, make or market
high-definition HD DVD players and recorders, conceding defeat to
the competing Blu-Ray technology backed by Sony Corp.
2008 Feb 19, Myanmar's ruling
junta said the country's new draft constitution, which will replace
one scrapped in 1988, has been completed.
2008 Feb 19, Pakistan's ruling
party conceded defeat after opposition parties routed allies of
President Pervez Musharraf in parliamentary elections.
2008 Feb 19, Serbs set off
sporadic explosions and torched checkpoints between Serbia and
Kosovo to protest Kosovo's declaration of independence and
international recognition of the new nation.
2008 Feb 19, In Thailand Glenn
Richard Allen (61), an American man was sentenced, to 16 years in
prison for raping a 13-year-old girl and sexually abusing a second
teenager in Pattaya, a Thai seaside resort town notorious for its
2008 Feb 19, The body of a
teenage girl was found hanging in the woods of a Welsh village, and
authorities said it was the 17th young suicide in just over a year
near one town in South Wales.
2009 Feb 19, Barack Obama made
his first foreign trip as president to Canada where he sought to
quell Canadian concerns about US protectionism.
2009 Feb 19, The DJIA fell
89.68 to 7465.95, a new 6-year low.
(WSJ, 2/20/09, p.A1)
2009 Feb 19, The California
state Senate approved a long-awaited budget intended to wipe out a
$42 billion deficit, possibly steering the state clear of a fiscal
2009 Feb 19, Banking giant UBS
said it has agreed to pay $780 million and turn over once-secret
Swiss banking records to settle allegations it conspired to defraud
the US government of taxes owed by thousands of American clients.
2009 Feb 19, In Daly City, Ca.,
a car with 4 friends was sprayed by gun fire on John Daly Blvd.,
near the BART station. Moises Frias Jr. (21), a student at City
College, was killed. Two men in a sedan escaped. The 4 friends had
no known gang affiliations. Police later arrested Luis Herrera (18)
and Danilo Velasquez (28), members of the MS-13 gang, for their
participation in the murder. Jaime Balam (20), a 3rd gang member was
being sought. He was deported to Mexico 8 days after the shooting,
but before being identified as a suspect. In 2011 Herrera pleaded
guilty to racketeering and conspiracy after federal prosecutors
agreed to drop a murder charge. Velasquez was convicted of
racketeering and conspiracy.
(SFC, 2/25/09, p.B2)(SFC, 7/10/09, p.D1)(SFC,
11/11/11, p.C3)(SFC, 11/30/11, p.C2)
2009 Feb 19, In Pennsylvania
Roger Leon Barlow (19) was charged with setting 9 fires in
arson-prone Coatesville, 35 miles west of Philadelphia.
(SFC, 2/20/09, p.A10)
2009 Feb 19, Virginia’s House
of Delegates voted 60-39 on a partial ban on smoking in bars and
restaurants. The Senate had voted 27-13 earlier on the bill, which
was supported by Gov. Timothy Kaine.
(WSJ, 2/20/09, p.A6)
2009 Feb 19, Thomas E. Bolger
(b.1927), former head of Bell Atlantic (1983-1988), died.
(WSJ, 2/21/09, p.A5)
2009 Feb 19, In southern
Bangladesh 13 people died and scores were missing after a ferry
carrying more than 100 passengers collided with a cargo boat and
2009 Feb 19, Belgium took
Senegal to the International Court of Justice over the African
nation's failure to prosecute a former Chad president for crimes
against humanity and torture.
2009 Feb 19, Europe's highest
human rights court has awarded Abu Qatada, an extremist Muslim
preacher, euro2,800 ($3,550) for being held unlawfully by British
authorities during an anti-terrorist probe. A day earlier Britain's
highest court ruled that Abu Qatada could be deported to Jordan
despite fears he could face torture there. The European Court of
Human Rights ruled that Qatada and 10 other detainees had their
right to liberty violated when they were held in high-security
2009 Feb 19, France bowed to
demands for wage increases in Guadeloupe in the hope of ending a
month-long strike that has plunged the French Caribbean island into
2009 Feb 19, In southern India
lawyers sympathetic to Sri Lankan rebels set fire to a police
station in Chennai and clashed with police leaving 20 police
(WSJ, 2/20/09, p.A12)
2009 Feb 19, In Israel
far-right politician Avigdor Lieberman endorsed Benjamin Netanyahu
for Israeli prime minister, all but guaranteeing that Netanyahu will
be the country's next leader.
2009 Feb 19, Kyrgyzstan's
parliament voted to close a key US air base in the country, a move
that could hamper Pres. Obama's efforts to increase the number of US
forces in Afghanistan.
2009 Feb 19, About 12 pirates
armed with guns attacked the tug and barge in the Malacca Strait and
kidnapped two crew members as the vessel was en route to Singapore.
2009 Feb 19, US Sen. John Kerry
as well as 2 other congressional Democrats came to the Gaza Strip,
the highest-level visit by a US official since the Hamas militant
group seized power in the territory nearly two years ago. Kerry said
he was in Gaza to view the aftermath of Israel's recent military
offensive against Hamas.
(AP, 2/19/09)(SFC, 2/20/09, p.A6)
2009 Feb 19, US Defense Sec.
Robert Gates, in Europe for NATO talks, signed a new military
cooperation agreement with Poland.
(WSJ, 2/20/09, p.A12)
2009 Feb 19, A Moscow court
acquitted three men accused of helping murder Kremlin critic and
journalist Anna Politkovskaya, leaving Russia's most politically
charged killing in years still unsolved. This decision was
overturned in June.
(Reuters, 2/19/09)(AP, 6/25/09)
2009 Feb 19, In Spain the
mobile phone industry's biggest trade show wrapped up after four
days that delivered exciting news for technophiles, average phone
users and even environmentalists. During the show leading
manufacturers announced an initiative to produce a standard charger
that would fit all phones by 2012 in a step set to reduce waste and
2009 Feb 19, The International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said samples taken from a Syrian site
suspected of being a secretly built reactor have revealed new traces
of processed uranium.
2009 Feb 19, Naser Abdel Karim
al-Wahishi, Yemen's most wanted fugitive and leader of al-Qaida in
the Arabian Peninsula, used an audio recording to urge Yemenis to
rise up against the government and called on Arabs in Saudi Arabia
and Gulf countries to help their brothers in Yemen.
2009 Feb 19, Trading resumed at
the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) after a three-month suspension but
transactions were carried out only in US dollars, the first time in
President Robert Mugabe's 29-year rule.
2010 Feb 19, Pres. Obama,
speaking in Nevada targeted Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan
and Nevada in a $1.5 billion “innovation fund” to assist homeowners
struggling against foreclosure.
(SFC, 2/20/10, p.A1)
2010 Feb 19, The US Federal
Reserve raised the rate banks pay for emergency loans by a quarter
point to 0.75% effective today.
(SFC, 2/19/10, p.D1)
2010 Feb 19, From Ponte Vedra
Beach, Fla. Golf star Tiger Woods faced the world and formally
apologized for his infidelity. Woods said part of his rehab would
include a return to his Buddhist faith.
2010 Feb 19, A newly released
study by a major US consulting firm found that premiums for Medicare
Advantage plans offering medical and prescription drug coverage
jumped 14.2 percent on average in 2010, after an increase of only
5.2 percent the previous year.
2010 Feb 19, In Afghanistan a
Western service member was killed in small arms fire as coalition
forces continued to drive the Taliban from Marjah.
(SFC, 2/20/10, p.A3)
2010 Feb 19, Two Muslim women
were stopped from boarding a flight at Manchester airport from
Britain to Pakistan for refusing to go through new body scanners,
citing religious and medical reasons.
2010 Feb 19, Lionel Jeffries
(b.1926), British actor and film director, died. He played Grandpa
Potts in the “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (1968). He wrote and directed
the 1970 film “The Railway Children” adopted from the Edwardian
children’s book by E. Nesbit.
(SSFC, 2/21/10, p.C11)
2010 Feb 19, A Canadian sailing
ship, the three-masted SV Concordia, filled with high school and
college students sank off the coast of Brazil in strong winds, but
all 64 aboard were rescued. The students spent up to 16 hours on
life boats before they were rescued by three passing cargo ships.
2010 Feb 19, In the Central
African Republic rebels of Uganda’s Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)
kidnapped at least 40 people and wounded a soldier during an attack
in the southwest.
2010 Feb 19, The German Tax
Union said about 2,500 people in Germany have confessed to tax
evasion to avoid punishment amid a heated debate over whether
authorities should buy stolen data from Swiss bank accounts.
2010 Feb 19, Iraq rejected
calls to abolish or suspend capital punishment made during a review
by the UN's top human rights body. Iraq has also dismissed
suggestions that it should reduce the number of crimes for which the
death penalty can be imposed.
2010 Feb 19, In Ivory Coast
anti-government demonstrations spread to at least eight cities.
Police fired on demonstrators at a rally in Gagnoa, killing 5 people
and wounding a dozen others in the latest protest since the
president dissolved the government a week ago.
(AP, 2/19/10)(SFC, 2/20/10, p.A2)
2010 Feb 19, In Mexico one
officer was killed and two others wounded when they were ambushed in
Nogales, across the border from the Arizona city of the same name.
The officers were responding to an apparently false report of a
robbery at a beer store when gunmen opened fire on.
2010 Feb 19, In Morocco the
minaret of the 18th century Bab Berdieyinne mosque collapsed in the
city of Meknes, killing 41 people and injuring 76 others.
2010 Feb 19, In Niger a junta
that seized power in a coup named a platoon commander as its leader,
hours after soldiers announced on state TV that their group was in
charge of the uranium-rich country.
2010 Feb 19, Hamas claimed that
two ex-officers from the rival Fatah organization were involved in
the Jan 20 assassination of a Hamas operative in Dubai, and Fatah
shot back by insinuating Hamas members were the ones who
collaborated with the killers.
2010 Feb 19, In the Philippines
2 soldiers were killed and one wounded on southern Basilan Island
when they tripped the wire on a homemade bomb during an operation to
track down militants.
2010 Feb 19, In Russia's
Ingushetia region a series of bomb blasts killed at least two people
and wounded 33, including senior police officials.
2010 Feb 19, In Rwanda 3
grenade attacks in Kigali killed 1 person and injured 30. Another
person died overnight from injuries in the attack.
(AP, 2/20/10)(AFP, 2/22/10)
2010 Feb 19, Pope Benedict XVI
approved sainthood for Mother Mary MacKillop (1842-1909), making the
woman known for her work among the needy Australia's first saint.
Sainthood was also approved for Stanislaw Soltys, a 15th-century
Polish priest; Italian nuns Giulia Salzano and Battista Varano;
Spanish nun Candida Maria de Jesus Cipitria y Barriola and a
Canadian brother, Andre Bessette (d.1937). The formal canonization
will take place Oct. 17 in Rome.
2010 Feb 19, Some 1,000
Zimbabwe civil servants marched through the streets of the capital
Harare demanding hefty increases in their salaries.
2011 Feb 19, The
Republican-controlled US House agreed to cut $61 billion from
hundreds of federal programs and shelter coal companies, oil
refiners and farmers from new government regulations.
2011 Feb 19, In northern
California the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) opened its new West
Dublin/Pleasanton station, its 44th station.
(SFC, 2/18/11, p.C3)
2011 Feb 19, San Francisco
celebrated its annual Chinese Lunar New Year Parade, welcoming in
the Year of the Hare.
(SSFC, 2/20/11, p.A1)
2011 Feb 19, In Nevada Filipino
fighter Nonito Donaire stopped Mexico's Fernando Montiel in the
second round to take the World Boxing Council and World Boxing
Organization bantamweight titles.
2011 Feb 19, Researchers
estimated that at least 50 billion planets exist in the Milky Way.
(SSFC, 2/20/11, p.A9)
2011 Feb 19, In eastern
Afghanistan gunmen and suicide bombers dressed as border police
killed 38 people and wounded more than 70 in an attack on a bank in
Jalalabad. Seven insurgents had attacked the bank, three of them
detonating explosive vests inside the building. On June 20 two men
were hanged in Kabul's Pule Charkhi prison for their part in the
(Reuters, 2/19/11)(AP, 2/20/11)(AFP,
2011 Feb 19, An Australian
soldier and an Afghan interpreter were shot dead by insurgents in
Uruzgan province, bringing Australia's death toll from the conflict
2011 Feb 19, In Algeria riot
police clashed with thousands of pro-democracy supporters who tried
to stage a rally in central Algiers, leaving one Algerian opposition
deputy seriously injured.
(AFP, 2/19/11)(AP, 2/19/11)
2011 Feb 19, In Bahrain
thousands of singing and dancing protesters streamed back into
Manama's central Pearl Square after leaders withdrew tanks and riot
police following two straight days of a bloody crackdown by security
forces in the tiny monarchy.
2011 Feb 19, In Bangladesh 2
trains plowed into packed buses at unmanned railroad crossings in
separate accidents, killing at least 13 people and injuring 45
2011 Feb 19, Chinese
authorities cracked down on activists as a call circulated for
people to gather in more than a dozen cities Feb 20 for a "Jasmine
Revolution." Rights lawyer Teng Biao disappeared. Officers searched
his home and seized two computers, a printer, articles, books, DVDs
and photos of another rights lawyer, Chen Guangcheng. Biao was
released on April 29.
(AP, 2/19/11)(AP, 4/29/11)
2011 Feb 19, An Egyptian court
licensed the Al-Wasat Al-Jadid (the New Center), a moderate Islamic
party founded in 1996, after its application for legal status was
turned down four times by the former Egyptian government.
2011 Feb 19, German police
fired tear gas and water cannons to keep apart groups of far-right
supporters and thousands of counterdemonstrators trying to hinder
their rally in Dresden. The annual protest rally constitutes one of
Europe's biggest far-right gatherings, usually held earlier in
February to commemorate the anniversary of a deadly Allied bombing
at the end of World War II.
2011 Feb 19, Iran warned of a
crackdown if opposition supporters stage new rallies which they have
called to mourn the deaths of two victims of recent unrest and to
show support to their leaders.
2011 Feb 19, An Iranian court
threw out a 20-month prison sentence for two German journalists
arrested after interviewing the son of a woman condemned to die by
stoning. Journalist Marcus Hellwig and photographer Jens Koch were
released and departed for home.
(AP, 2/19/11)(AFP, 2/19/11)(AP, 2/5/12)
2011 Feb 19, In Iraq around
2,000 university students demonstrated in Sulaimaniyah province,
demanding an apology from regional president Massud Barzani after
protests earlier in the week left two dead. Ten protesters were
wounded in clashes with Kurdish security forces.
2011 Feb 19, In the Ivory Coast
an opposition meeting was disrupted by security forces loyal to
incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo.
(SSFC, 2/20/11, p.A6)
2011 Feb 19, In Libya Moammar
Gadhafi's forces fired on mourners in the eastern city of Benghazi,
wiped out a protest encampment and clamped down on Internet service
throughout the country as the regime tried to squelch calls for an
end to the ruler's 42-year grip on power. Human Rights Watch
said that Libyan security forces have killed more than 80
anti-regime protesters in eastern Libya.
(AP, 2/19/11)(AFP, 2/19/11)
2011 Feb 19, Madagascar's
ousted president Marc Ravalomanana was barred by officials in his
homeland from returning from exile in South Africa, but the
politician told reporters at Johannesburg's airport that he would
keep trying to return.
2011 Feb 19, In Mexico an
Acapulco taxi driver was found bound and shot to death near his
taxi, and two others were found dead of bullet wounds inside their
vehicles. One of the drivers had been beheaded. Gunmen opened fire
on yet another taxi, killing the driver and three passengers.
There were 19 more murders in Ciudad Juarez.
(AP, 2/20/11)(AFP, 2/21/11)
2011 Feb 19, Dirar Abu Sisi
(42), a Palestinian engineer, went missing "under unknown
circumstances" after boarding a train in the Ukraine city of Kharkiv
bound for the capital Kiev. The UN refugee agency later confirmed
his wife's fears that he is being held in prison by the Israeli
secret service. Sisi's Ukrainian wife, Veronika (32), alleged the
Israeli secret service Mossad carried out the abduction in order to
sabotage a key electric power plant in the Hamas-controlled Gaza
Strip where he worked as a senior manager.
2011 Feb 19, In the Philippines
police officer Jorge Sabatin walked free after being wounded and
snatched by New People's Army guerrillas in a Feb. 1 attack on a
police outpost in Agusan del Sur province's Trento town.
2011 Feb 19, In Somalia 4
civilians were killed after clashes broke out between Somali
soldiers backed by African Union forces and Al Qaeda-inspired
2011 Feb 19, In Thailand
thousands of "Red Shirts" gathered in Bangkok to mark nine months
since a bloody crackdown on their anti-government rally and to press
for the release of detained leaders. In the south suspected Muslim
insurgents detonated a car bomb and raked a karaoke restaurant with
gunfire, wounding at least 17 people in back-to-back attacks in the
(AFP, 2/19/11)(AP, 2/19/11)
2011 Feb 19, Yemeni riot police
in the capital shot dead a protester and injured five others when
they opened fire on thousands marching in the 10th day of unrest
rocking the country.
2011 Feb 19, In Zimbabwe
Munyaradzi Gwisai, a university lecturer and former lawmaker from PM
Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party was
arrested along with 45 others at a meeting to discuss the uprising
that led to the ouster of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.
Police tortured some of the 46 rights activists facing treason
charges after their arrest.
2012 Feb 19, In Washington
state 4 people were killed in avalanches at two ski resorts.
(SFC, 2/20/12, p.A6)
2012 Feb 19, In Afghanistan
insurgents beheaded four people in Washer district, Helmand
province, on the charge that they were spies. A roadside bomb killed
four civilians in southern Kandahar province.
(AP, 2/21/12)(AP, 2/19/12)
2012 Feb 19, Algerian state
news said a roadside bomb has killed four people and wounded 19 east
of the capital.
2012 Feb 19, In northern
Ecuador a bus toppled over a cliff killing 27 adults and 2 children
near the town of Quajara.
(SFC, 2/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Feb 19, Egypt said it was
withdrawing its ambassador to Syria, the latest Arab country to
scale back its relations with the embattled regime in Damascus.
2012 Feb 19, In northern France
a coach taking 47 British holidaymakers home from a school skiing
trip rolled into a ditch, killing a teacher and injuring 23 people.
2012 Feb 19, UN nuclear
inspectors arrived in Iran in the latest push to hold key talks with
Iranian officials about how far the country's controversial nuclear
program has come. Access to Parchin, a military site suspected of
testing nuclear weapon components, was denied.
(AP, 2/20/12)(Econ, 2/25/12, p.28)
2012 Feb 19, In Iraq a suicide
bomber detonated his car as a group of police recruits left their
academy in Baghdad, killing 20 in the latest strike on security
officials that angry residents blamed on political feuding.
investigators in the southern port city of Um Qasr said a Shiite
mosque that was partially destroyed in an overnight fire was likely
an act of sabotage.
2012 Feb 19, Israeli police
arrested 13 Palestinians in the grounds of Jerusalem's flashpoint
Al-Aqsa mosque complex after police and tourists visiting the site
2012 Feb 19, In Mexico a riot
broke out at about 2 a.m. at a prison in Apodaca outside of the
northern industrial city of Monterrey. 44 people were left dead and
some prisoners were missing indicating the riot might have been
staged to cover a breakout. Officials the next day said 9 guards
have confessed to helping Zetas drug gangsters escape from prison
before other Zetas slaughtered rival inmates,
(AP, 2/19/12)(AP, 2/20/12)(SFC, 2/20/12, p.A3)
2012 Feb 19, In Nigeria a bomb
planted in an abandoned car exploded outside a church in the middle
of a worship service in Suleja near Abuja, wounding five people amid
a continuing wave of violence by a radical Islamist sect.
2012 Feb 19, In northwest
Pakistan a bomb planted at a checkpoint manned by members of a
Pakistani militia fighting a radical group similar to the Taliban
exploded and killed eight militia members in the Khyber tribal
2012 Feb 19, In the Philippines
gunmen fired two grenades at the Kidapawan city jail and then
engaged policemen and guards in a brief firefight before
withdrawing. At least one civilian was killed in the crossfire.
2012 Feb 19, In Russia hundreds
of cars circled central Moscow during an opposition demonstration to
demand that PM Vladimir Putin allow free elections. A similar
protest in support of Putin a day earlier drew what police said were
2012 Feb 19, A Saudi court
acquitted rights activist Said bin Zeghair, who spent five years in
detention accused of supporting al-Qaida's ideology. The court cited
lack of evidence. Bin Zeghair was first detained in 1995 but was
freed after nine years without being charged or tried. Later he was
sentenced to five years in prison but was pardoned when King
Abdullah ascended to the throne in 2005. He was detained again in
2012 Feb 19, In Senegal
protesters demanding the departure of aging Pres. Wade (85) seized
control of a three-block stretch in the heart of the capital,
erecting barricades and lobbing rocks at police just days before a
contentious presidential poll. The state-owned news agency reported
two more people have been killed in protests. This brought to six
the number of people killed in three weeks of violence before next
week's contentious presidential poll.
2012 Feb 19, In Spain hundreds
of thousands of protesters marched in 57 cities in a show of anger
over new labor reforms that make it easier for companies to fire
workers and pull out of collective bargaining agreements.
(SFC, 2/20/12, p.A2)
2012 Feb 19, South African
police said at least 350 people have been arrested after deadly
violence during an illegal strike at the world's largest platinum
mine run by Impala Platinum. At least 2 miners were killed since
violence began on Feb 16. A 3rd death was reported on Feb 24.
(AFP, 2/19/12)(AFP, 2/20/12)(AFP, 2/24/12)
2012 Feb 19, In Sudan Justice
and Equality Movement (JEM) rebels in the Darfur region detained 49
international peacekeepers and three suspected Sudanese intelligence
agents for "investigation" after they entered a rebel-held area. The
next day Rebels freed all 49 international peacekeepers, but
continued to hold three Sudanese.
2012 Feb 19, Syrian security
forces flooded a tense neighborhood where a mourner was shot dead in
the largest anti-regime rally seen in Damascus, blunting calls for a
"day of defiance." Activists said 18 people were killed, with nine
in Idlib and six in Homs. This included a Syrian state prosecutor, a
judge and their driver in Idlib. Regime forces pounded the
flashpoint central city of Homs for the 15th straight day. Leading
Syrian businessman Faisal al-Qudsi told the BBC that foreign
exchange reserves have tumbled from $22 billion (16.7 billion euros)
to about $10 billion.
(AFP, 2/19/12)(AP, 2/20/12)
2013 Feb 19, In southern
California Ali Syed (20) shot and killed woman in her home and two
commuters in Orange County. Syed committed suicide as police closed
in on him.
(SFC, 2/19/13, p.A7)
2013 Feb 19, In Los Angeles a
body was found in a water tank on the roof of the historic Cecil
Hotel. It was soon identified as that of a Canadian woman who went
missing in late January. Elisa Lam (21), a college student from
Vancouver, British Columbia, was last seen by staff at the hotel on
2013 Feb 19, NATO and Afghan
forces killed at least 25 insurgents and three of their commanders
in separate operations around the country.
2013 Feb 19, Afghan security
said intelligence officers have arrested a senior Pakistan Taliban
commander. Maulvi Faqir Mohammed was arrested over the weekend in
eastern Nangarhar province.
2013 Feb 19, Brazil’s Pres.
Dilma Rousseff announced increased welfare payments to 2.5m poor
(Econ, 2/23/13, p.35)
2013 Feb 19, In Cameroon a
vacationing French family of seven was kidnapped and whisked toward
Nigeria. The family was freed after two months in captivity,
returning on April 19 to safety in Douala.
(AP, 2/20/13)(AP, 4/19/13)
2013 Feb 19, In Egypt hundreds
of protesters in Port Said pressured government employees to leave
work early as they enforced the third day of a general strike.
2013 Feb 19, Germany’s highest
court ruled that one member of a civil partnership should be able to
adopt the partner’s stepchild or adopted child.
(SFC, 2/20/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 19, Greek journalists
walked off the job for 24 hours to protest austerity measures and
income cuts, pulling radio and television news broadcasts off the
air and leaving news websites without updates.
2013 Feb 19, In Guinea
anti-riot police fired tear gas to disperse anti-government
protesters who barricaded streets and threw stones at vehicles in
the capital, Conakry.
2013 Feb 19, Ireland’s PM Enda
Kenny apologized on behalf of the government for decades of abuses
in the Magdalene Laundries.
(SFC, 2/19/13, p.A6)
2013 Feb 19, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu added his first coalition partner as he works to
build a new government. Former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni will
serve as justice minister in the next Israeli government, in charge
of peace efforts with the Palestinians.
2013 Feb 19, An Ivory Coast
military spokesman says that Guinean soldiers have occupied Kpeaba,
a border village in western Ivorian territory, since early this
2013 Feb 19, In Malawi public
workers on strike demanding a 67 percent pay hike threatened to
close the country's airports. The government said it doesn't have
the money to meet the demands.
2013 Feb 19, In Mali a French
soldier was shot to death in a clash with jihadists in a mountainous
region of the far north. 20 extremists were reported killed on this
second day of the ongoing operation, code named Panthere, aimed at
locating jihadists and dismantling their sanctuaries.
2013 Feb 19, In Pakistan
thousands of minority Shiite Muslims (Hazaras) ended three days of
protests Quetta after the government launched a paramilitary
operation against militants responsible for a weekend bombing
targeting the minority sect that killed 89 people. Four members of
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, including a senior commander, were killed in a
shootout, and over 170 other suspected militants were arrested.
(AP, 2/19/13)(SFC, 2/20/13, p.A3)
2013 Feb 19, Palestinian
protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers at a rally in support of
four imprisoned Palestinians on hunger strike, as hundreds of
inmates said they were refusing food for the day in solidarity with
the fasting inmates.
2013 Feb 19, Gaza Strip's Hamas
government and local smugglers accused Egypt of flooding
cross-border tunnels with sewage water in order to halt a thriving
smuggling trade. Egyptian engineers began flooding the tunnels in
(AP, 2/19/13)(Econ, 3/9/13, p.41)
2013 Feb 19, In the Philippines
over 100 communist guerrillas stormed a vast Del Monte plantation in
Bukidnon province, killing one guard, burning farm equipment and
blocking traffic in 3 towns.
(SFC, 2/21/13, p.A2)
2013 Feb 19, Russia said it had
sent two jets carrying humanitarian aid to Syria and are inviting
Russians who want to leave the country to take the flights back.
2013 Feb 19, The Sudanese army
said clashes in the country's south near the border with South Sudan
have killed at least 60 rebels.
2013 Feb 19, A Syrian missile
strike leveled a block of buildings in an impoverished district of
Aleppo, killing at least 33 people, almost half of them children.
Two mortars exploded near one of President Bashar Assad's palaces in
Damascus, but no casualties were reported.
2013 Feb 19, Tunisia's PM
Hamadi Jebali announced his resignation following a failed effort to
form a technocratic government to see the country out of its
political crisis. His own party, Ennahda, rejected his initiative,
insisting that the country still needed a government of politicians.
2013 Feb 19, A Yemeni military
plane crashed into a neighborhood in the country's capital, Sanaa,
killing at least nine people and injuring 18.
2013 Feb 19, Zimbabwe police
raided the suburban Harare offices of the independent Zimbabwe
Election Support Network searching for alleged subversive materials.
2014 Feb 19, A $425 million
Powerball drawing went to Ray Buxton of the SF Bay Area. He had
purchased the ticket at a Chevron station in Milpitas.
(SFC, 4/2/14, p.E5)
2014 Feb 19, In Missouri the
body of a girl, believed to be Hailey Owens (10), was found in the
home of Craig Michael Wood (45), a middle-school football coach. She
had been kidnapped a day earlier. Wood was arrested on suspicion of
(SFC, 2/20/14, p.A6)(SFC, 2/24/14, p.A5)
2014 Feb 19, A Nebraska judge
struck down a 2011 law that allowed the Keystone XL pipeline to
proceed through the state.
(SFC, 2/20/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 19, In Pennsylvania
Herbert and Catherine Schaible were sentenced to 3½ to seven years
in prison in the death of a 2nd child who never saw a doctor despite
being stricken with pneumonia.
(SFC, 2/20/14, p.A6)
2014 Feb 19, Facebook said it
will pay $19 billion in cash and stock to buy WhatsApp, a mobile
messaging company founded in 2009. This was the most ever paid for a
(SFC, 2/20/14, p.C6)(Econ, 2/22/14, p.54)
2014 Feb 19, In Austria
ambitious nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers entered a
second day in Vienna with Tehran's foreign minister saying a deal
2014 Feb 19, Europe's largest
defense contractor BAE Systems says the governments of the United
Kingdom and Saudi Arabia have agreed on new pricing for a massive
sale of 72 Eurofighter Typhoon jets.
2014 Feb 19, In the Central
African Republic heavy fighting erupted near the airport in Bangui,
as Christian militia tried to block the evacuation of Muslims and
disrupted a visit by a top United Nations aid official.
2014 Feb 19, Egypt’s interim
Pres. Adly Mansour ordered a pay raise for police after some of them
joined factory workers, doctors and pharmacists increasingly on
strike over the last month.
(SFC, 2/20/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 19, French
industrialist and senator Serge Dassault (88), the billionaire
manufacturer of fighter jets, was taken into custody for alleged
vote buying in his former fiefdom east of Paris from 2008-2010.
2014 Feb 19, Kuwait’s
loss-making state-owned Kuwait Airways Co signed contracts with
Airbus to buy 25 planes, its first order for new aircraft in more
than 20 years.
2014 Feb 19, In Lebanon 2
suicide bombers targeted the Iranian cultural center in Beirut,
killing 8 people and themselves in an attack claimed by Sunni
militants who said it was a response to the intervention of Iran and
Hezbollah in the Syrian war. On March 8 the al-Qaida-linked Abdullah
Azzam Brigades issued a statement on militant websites apologizing
for the civilian deaths.
(Reuters, 2/19/14)(AFP, 2/20/14)(AP, 3/8/14)
2014 Feb 19, In Libya a threat
by powerful militias to dissolve parliament ramped up pressure on
the weak central government on the eve of a vote to elect a
2014 Feb 19, Libya said it will
offer compensation to women raped during the 2011 NATO-backed
uprising that toppled Moammar Khadafy.
(SFC, 2/20/14, p.A2)
2014 Feb 19, In northeast
Nigeria an attack on Bama town by suspected Islamic extremists left
115 people dead.
2014 Feb 19, Poland's deputy
foreign minister said consensus has been reached among EU states
about imposing sanctions on Ukrainian officials over the violence in
Kiev that has killed dozens of people.
2014 Feb 19, South Africa's top
three platinum companies issued a take-it-or-leave-it wage ultimatum
to striking miners, hoping to break a month-long stoppage that has
crippled production. Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and
Lonmin said they would not raise an already rejected wage offer and
warned of impending job losses.
2014 Feb 19, South Sudan's army
said that it has lost contact with its troops in the key oil hub of
Malakal following a major offensive by rebels.
2014 Feb 19, Sri Lanka's
government said that it was considering a process similar to South
Africa's post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission to heal
the wounds of the island nation's decades-long civil war.
2014 Feb 19, Ukrainian
President Viktor Yanukovich accused pro-European opposition leaders
of trying to seize power by force after at least 26 people died in
the worst violence since the former Soviet republic gained
independence. Defiant protesters seized control of Kiev’s central
post office, hurling fire bombs and rocks and standing their ground
against officers in riot gear. Opponents of the president declared
political autonomy in the major western city of Lviv.
(Reuters, 2/19/14)(AP, 2/19/14)
2014 Feb 19, In Venezuela
Imprisoned protest leader Leopoldo Lopez (42) urged supporters to
keep fighting for the departure of the socialist government, even as
he was due in court accused of fomenting unrest that has killed at
least 4 people.
2015 Feb 19, Pres. Obama
designated the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago, where African
American railroad workers won a historic agreement, as the Pullman
(SFC, 2/19/15, p.A8)
2015 Feb 19, The website
Intercept posted documents saying the US National Security Agency
(NSA) and Britain’s GCHQ had hacked into the networks of Gemalto, a
SIM card maker, to steal codes allowing them to seamlessly eavesdrop
on mobile phones worldwide.
(SFC, 2/21/15, p.A3)
2015 Feb 19, In the SF Bay Area
dockworkers shut down the Port of Oakland as they took a day off for
a monthly union meeting, historicall held at night. This intensified
the bitter contract dispute at 29 West Coast ports.
(SFC, 2/20/15, p.A1)
2015 Feb 19, A US federal judge
ruled that American Express violated antitrust laws by barring
merchants from asking customers to use one credit card over another.
Visa and Mastercard ended similar practices after settling with the
Justice Dept. in 2010.
(SFC, 2/20/15, p.C3)
2015 Feb 19, Bone-chilling cold
in the US Midwest shattered records in Chicago, closing schools and
starting its trudge eastward to an already frozen Boston and New
2015 Feb 19, British teenager
Brusthom Ziamani (19) was found guilty of plotting to behead a
soldier in London after being influenced by the murder of an Afghan
war veteran who was hacked to death by two Islamists in the capital
a year earlier. Ziamani was arrested last August carrying a 12-inch
(30-cm) knife and a hammer, wrapped in a black Islamic flag.
2015 Feb 19, In Burundi
thousands marched through the capital in one of the largest
demonstrations in recent years after the release of Bob Rugurika, a
popular journalist and government critic from jail, months ahead of
2015 Feb 19, Canadian federal
police charged Montreal-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin and its
subsidiaries with corruption for allegedly bribing officials in
Libya during former strongman Moamer Kadhafi's reign.
2015 Feb 19, Cinemas in China
began showing “Wolf Totem,” based on a Chinese novel critiquing
man’s impulse to tame nature. Author Lu Jiamin, jailed for over a
year for his role in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, had
published the novel under the name Jiang Rong. The film was directed
by Jean-Jacques Annaud, a French director who China had banned for
making the 1997 film “Seven Years in Tibet.”
(Econ, 2/14/15, p.40)
2015 Feb 19, Chinese were
seeing in the Year of the Sheep as fireworks and firecrackers
ushered in the Lunar New Year across Asia.
2015 Feb 19, In China Luo
Renchu (64) attacked elderly residents and staff at the privately
run home in Hunan province. He killed 3 elderly residents with a
brick and injured 15 other people after arguing with his boss over
unpaid wages. On April 1, 2016, Renchu was sentenced to death for
killing 9 people.
(AP, 2/21/15)(AP, 4/2/16)
2015 Feb 19, It was reported
that the Czech humanitarian organization, People in Need, is setting
up an international center to support activists in former Soviet
Union countries who face pressure from their governments. It is
being co-financed by the US Agency for International Development,
the Swedish and Czech governments, and two private US foundations.
2015 Feb 19, The French victim
of a racist incident, involving Chelsea soccer fans in the Paris
metro on Feb 17, lodged an official complaint with police. He had
not initially know the incident had been filmed and widely
(Reuters, 2/19/15)(SFC, 2/19/15, p.A2)
2015 Feb 19, Georgia condemned
the signing of a border agreement between its breakaway region of
South Ossetia and Russia, accusing Moscow of moving closer to
annexing a territory it supported in a five-day conflict in 2008.
2015 Feb 19, A German
government spokesman said Russian President Vladimir Putin has
agreed in a conference call with the leaders of France, Germany and
Ukraine to use his influence on separatists to start an agreed
prisoner swap with Ukraine.
2015 Feb 19, Greece said the EU
had two choices, to accept or reject its request for a six-month
extension to its EU loan program, as a row over the bailout crisis
2015 Feb 19, In Iraq and Syria
the US-led coalition staged 15 air strikes on Islamic State forces
over the last 24 hours.
2015 Feb 19, Moldova sought to
stabilize the country's currency, which plummeted 25 percent this
week amid concerns over the financial and political system.
2015 Feb 19, This marked the
start of Mongolia’s Lunar new year: “Year of the Blue Ewe,”
according to a 60-year calendar cycle paring five colors or elements
with 12 animals in male and female forms.
(SSFC, 2/15/15, p.L2)
2015 Feb 19, In Mozambique at
least one person was killed and 12 wounded when a cargo train laden
with coal derailed near Magude.
2015 Feb 19, In Myanmar about
4,000 workers were striking at clothing factories outside Yangon,
demanding that their overtime pay of 17 cents an hour be doubled.
Workers vowed to camp outside their factories unless employers meet
their demand, claiming they cannot live on pay amounting to 80,000
kyats ($80) a month as the cost of living rises.
2015 Feb 17, In Niger 36
civilians at a funeral ceremony were killed when an unidentified
plane bombarded a village near the Nigerian border.
(AFP, 2/18/15)(CSM, 2/19/15)
2015 Feb 19, Nigerian warplanes
bombarded training camps and caches of weapons and vehicles
belonging to the Islamist group Boko Haram in the northeasterly
Sambisa forest. Suspected Boko Haram gunmen hit the village of
Ladi-Shehuri, where they killed and burned a man in his car.
Soldiers from Konduga responded and killed about a dozen of the
(Reuters, 2/19/15)(AP, 2/21/15)
2015 Feb 19, In Nigeria Boko
Haram militants fleeing an army offensive killed at least 30 people
in attacks near the village of Chibok, close to where the rebels
abducted more than 200 schoolgirls last year. The rebels were
fleeing a land and air offensive to clear them out of the Sambisa
forest when they raided the smaller villages of Gatamarwa, Makalama
(Reuters, 2/20/15)(AFP, 2/20/15)
2015 Feb 19, In Puerto Rico a
federal grand jury indicted 25 suspects on charges of running a
multimillion-dollar drug trafficking ring. The group allegedly began
operating in 2010 and generated at least $6 million in sales.
2015 Feb 19, In Slovakia
thousands of court officials went on a one-day warning strike,
complaining of low pay and underfunding of the legal system.
2015 Feb 19, In Syria rebels
recaptured the village of Hardatnein, two days after it was taken by
government forces. The Observatory said 90 troops and pro-government
gunmen, in addition to 81 rebels, have been killed since the
fighting began near Aleppo on Feb 17.
2015 Feb 19, Former Thai
premier Yingluck Shinawatra was formally indicted over a bungled
rice subsidy scheme in the latest legal move against her polarizing
family that could see her jailed for up to a decade.
2015 Feb 19, Thailand passed a
law banning foreign couples from using Thai women as surrogates
after a series of high-profile scandals tainting the image of the
hitherto unregulated industry.
2015 Feb 19, Turkish media
quoted the national intelligence agency (MIT) as saying that Islamic
State militants have entered Turkey and are plotting to attack
diplomatic missions in Ankara and Istanbul.
2015 Feb 19, Turkish
legislators scuffled for a second day in parliament over a new
security bill which critics say aims to crush dissent.
2015 Feb 19, Fighting raged in
eastern Ukraine despite European efforts to resurrect a still-born
ceasefire, a day after pro-Russian separatists who spurned the truce
forced thousands of government troops out Debaltseve. Ukraine said
more than 90 troops were captured and 82 were still missing after
pro-Russian rebels seized Debaltseve.
(Reuters, 2/19/15)(AFP, 2/19/15)
2015 Feb 19, In Venezuela
agents of the security police (Sebin) broke into the Caracas office
of Mayor Antonio Ledezma (59) and carted off the longtime critic of
the socialist government, adding to tensions on the anniversary of
the outbreak of protests that paralyzed the nation a year ago.
(AP, 2/19/15)(SFC, 2/20/15, p.A4)(Econ., 2/28/15,
2016 Feb 19, The United States
and its allies targeted Islamic State militants in Iraq with 16
strikes and nine in Syria.
2016 Feb 19, Virgin Galactic
rolled out a new version of its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket at
Southern California's Mojave Air & Space Port, as it prepared to
return to flight testing for the first time since a 2014 accident
destroyed the original craft, killing a pilot and setting back the
2016 Feb 19, A Florida-based
sports agent who has worked for a company in a joint venture with
entertainer Marc Antony's firm was arrested on federal charges
involving illegal smuggling of Cuban baseball players from the
communist island to the US.
2016 Feb 19, Harper Lee (89),
American author of “To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), died.
(Econ, 2/27/16, p.82)
2016 Feb 19, Austria introduced
a daily cap on asylum-seekers, sparking EU fears of a domino effect
along the Balkan migrant trail and a threat from Greece to veto an
accord keeping Britain in the bloc.
2016 Feb 19, The Brazilian
government announced nearly $6 billion in spending cuts in its 2016
budget amid the country's worst recession in decades.
2016 Feb 19, Britain’s PM David
Cameron faced a second day of tough talks with European Union
partners after arguing for much of the night over concessions to
help keep Britain in the bloc.
2016 Feb 19, Bulgarian truckers
sealed off all six checkpoints along the country's land border with
Greece to protest at weeks of intermittent blockades by Greek
farmers that have disrupted road traffic.
2016 Feb 19, In northern
Cameroon two suicide bombers killed at least 19 people and injured
50 others in a market in Meme.
2016 Feb 19, China government
said it plans to make it easier for foreigners to live and work in
the country under new rules for obtaining permanent residency, amid
efforts to stimulate the flagging economy with more inward
2016 Feb 19, The Colombian
military killed 7 ELN leftist guerrillas and captured an eighth in
an operation near the Venezuelan border.
2016 Feb 19, Congolese
authorities said they had ordered the arrest of former army chief
Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko, who is challenging President Denis Sassou
Nguesso, in power for more than 30 years, in elections next month.
2016 Feb 19, Italian author
Umberto Eco (b.1932) died at home in Milan. His books included the
best-selling medieval thriller, "The Name of the Rose" (1980). The
book was adapted for the big screen by Jean-Jacques Annaud in 1986,
starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater.
(AP, 2/20/16)(Econ, 2/27/16, p.82)
2016 Feb 19, Kosovo opposition
lawmakers again used tear gas to block work from being done in
Parliament to pressure the government into renouncing deals with
Serbia and Montenegro.
2016 Feb 19, In Libya a US air
strike killed 49 people near Tripoli, where members suspected of the
Islamic State group were gathered. A Western official quoted by the
NY Times said the strike targeted a senior Tunisian operative linked
to two major jihadist attacks in Tunisia last year. Most of those
killed were believed to be from Tunisia. Two Serbian Embassy staff
members abducted in Libya in November were among those killed. The
Serbians were later said to have been associated with weapons deals.
(AFP, 2/19/16)(Reuters, 2/19/16)(Reuters,
2/20/16)(Econ, 4/16/16, p.44)
2016 Feb 19, A Palestinian man
(20) stabbed and wounded two policemen outside Jerusalem's Damascus
Gate before they shot him dead.
(AFP, 2/19/16)(AFP, 2/20/16)
2016 Feb 19, Spanish police
arrested a sixth executive of China's ICBC bank as part of a money
laundering and tax fraud probe.
2016 Feb 19, A task force set
up to discuss a planned cessation of hostilities in Syria met for
the first time in Geneva. Western powers rejected a Russian bid at
the UN to halt Turkey's military actions in Syria, as France warned
of a dangerous escalation in the nearly five-year conflict.
(Reuters, 2/19/16)(AFP, 2/19/16)
2016 Feb 19, Two Turkish
soldiers and one police officer were killed in an attack by Kurdish
militants in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir.
2016 Feb 19, Police in Uganda
arrested opposition leader Kizza Besigye at his party's headquarters
after heavily armed police surrounded the building and a helicopter
fired tear gas at a crowd. Vote counting continued in the country's
2016 Feb 19, Vietnam protested
to China at a "serious violation" of its sovereignty over Beijing's
apparent deployment of an advanced missile system on a disputed
South China Sea island, while Australia and New Zealand urged
2017 Feb 19, In Florida a
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched space station supplies
from NASA’s launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center.
(SFC, 2/20/17, p.A7)
2017 Feb 19, In Massachusetts
hundreds scientists, environmental activists and their supporters
rallied in Boston to protest what they see as increasing threats to
science and research in the US.
(SFC, 2/20/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb 19, In Abu Dhabi
Australia's Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne and Sheikh
Mohammed, who is also Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed
Forces, met on the sidelines of the biennial International Defence
Exhibition and Conference (IDEX). The two agreed to consider a
10-year defense plan that could include more than 1 billion
Australian dollars ($767 million) in sales to the UAE.
2017 Feb 19, In Colombia a
bombing in Bogota killed a police officer and seriously wounded
several others. ELN rebels later claimed responsibility.
2017 Feb 19, Ecuador held
elections choosing between a candidate who vowed to continue
President Rafael Correa's populist platform or one of several more
conservative contenders who pledge to attack corruption and cut
taxes to stimulate the Andean nation's flagging economy. Ruling
party leftist Lenin Moreno was just shy of a first-round victory and
faced ex-banker Guillermo Lasso in a runoff on April 2.
(AP, 2/19/17)(SFC, 2/22/17, p.A2)
2017 Feb 19, French activists
demonstrated in Paris and other cities against corruption amid a
presidential campaign marked by a fake jobs investigation and other
2017 Feb 19, Gambian police
arrested 51 people in a former stronghold of ex-president Yahya
Jammeh for harassing followers of new leader Adama Barrow, amid
lingering tensions following Jammeh's flight into exile.
2017 Feb 19, Thousands of
Georgians rallied in the capital in support of Rustavi-2, the
country's opposition-minded television station, that they suspect is
about to be transferred to a more government-friendly owner.
2017 Feb 19, In Iraq US-backed
Iraqi forces launched a ground offensive to dislodge Islamic State
militants from their remaining stronghold in western Mosul. Save the
Children warned that around 350,000 children are trapped in western
(Reuters, 2/19/17)(AFP, 2/19/17)
2017 Feb 19, Italy's ex-prime
minister Matteo Renzi resigned as head of the center-left Democratic
Party (PD), triggering a leadership battle as the country's ruling
party grapples with the threat of a split.
2017 Feb 19, Kuwait's supreme
court sentenced a top bureaucrat to 10 years in jail for joining and
fighting with the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria and Iraq.
2017 Feb 19, Malaysian police
said four North Korean suspects in the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the
estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, fled
Malaysia on the day he was attacked at Kuala Lumpur airport and
apparently killed by a fast-acting poison.
2017 Feb 19, The Mongolian
government and envoys from the International Monetary Fund said that
they and other partners have agreed on terms for a more than $5
billion loan package to the north Asian country to help get its
economy back on track. The IMF agreed to lend Mongolia $440 million
over three years to help it avoid default and rebuild its reserves.
(AP, 2/19/17)(Econ, 2/25/17, p.32)
2017 Feb 19, Hamas military
courts in Gaza sentenced three Palestinians to death for allegedly
spying for Israel and upheld the sentences of three others.
2017 Feb 19, The Philippines'
Bureau of Immigration arrested Cody Dean Turner. The convicted
American pedophile, wanted by US authorities for a string of crimes,
will be deported for being an undocumented and undesirable alien.
2017 Feb 19, In Somalia a car
bomb ripped through a market in Mogadishu, killing 39 people and
injuring around 50.
2017 Feb 19, In Sri Lanka at
least 11 people were killed and 24 others rescued after the boat
they were traveling in capsized off of the southwestern coast.
2017 Feb 19, Syrian government
forces fired rockets at a rebel-held area on Damascus's outskirts,
pressing an attack that began the day before and has killed up to 16
2017 Feb 19, The United Arab
Emirates (UAE) awarded 4.5 billion dirhams ($1.2 billion) in
military procurement deals, part of a total of 20 billion dirhams
worth of purchases it expects to make at an arms fair this week.
2017 Feb 19, The United Arab
Emirates' main state oil company said it has signed a deal giving
China National Petroleum Company an 8 percent stake in a major
onshore oil project. The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company said CNPC
will pay an initial $1.77 billion for the concession operated by the
Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Petroleum Operations, also known as
2018 Feb 19, A US federal judge
approved a $300 million loan for Puerto Rico's power company to keep
the agency working until late March.
(SFC, 2/20/18, p.A5)
2018 Feb 19, Pennsylvania's
high court issued a new congressional district map for the state's
2018 elections. Republicans had held seats in bizzarely contorted
(SFC, 2/20/18, p.A5)
2018 Feb 19, In Rhode Island a
grand jury indictment was unsealed accusing Republican Sen. Nicholas
Kettle of extorting sex from a male page.
(SFC, 2/20/18, p.A9)
2018 Feb 19, In Texas a US
Postal Service worker was found fatally shot inside a mail truck
along a highway in Dallas.
(SFC, 2/20/18, p.A5)
2018 Feb 19, An Afghan official
said that bodies of nine civilians abducted by militants early last
year in Kot have been found in the country's eastern province of
2018 Feb 19, Brazil's lower
house approved a decree to put the military in charge of Rio de
Janeiro's security forces amid a spike in violence. The Senate was
scheduled to debate it the next day.
2018 Feb 19, Renew, a new
British party inspired by French President Emmanuel Macron's
movement, launched a campaign to thwart Brexit by convincing
lawmakers to block any EU withdrawal deal PM Theresa May can strike.
2018 Feb 19, A British judge
sentenced a prolific pedophile to 32 years in prison. Geophysicist
Matthew Falder (29) admitted to 137 offenses, including blackmail,
voyeurism and encouraging the rape of a child.
2018 Feb 19, Former English
youth soccer coach Barry Bennell was jailed for 30 years for abusing
12 young footballers. Bennell has already served three jail terms,
totaling 15 years, for similar offenses involving 16 other victims
in England and the United States.
2018 Feb 19, Authorities in
eastern Congo said two workers with a French aid group have been
killed by armed gunmen in a village North Kivu province while a
third has been taken hostage.
2018 Feb 19, Egypt's military
said three troops, including an officer, have been killed in restive
Sinai in fighting with militants. Four militants were also reported
2018 Feb 19, In Greece
seventeen Turkish nationals landed on a beach on an island close to
Turkey. Greek media said they had asked for political asylum.
2018 Feb 19, Indonesia's Mount
Sinabung on the island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more
than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds
down its slopes.
2018 Feb 19, In Iran Sufis
rallied in front of a police station in Tehran demanding the release
of a detainee. Sufi follower Mohammad Salas rammed a bus into a
group of police officers, killing three of them before being
arrested. Two members of the Basij forces also were killed in a
stabbing and another car-ramming attack, which also injured 30.
Police arrested over 300 Sufi followers, including the drivers of
both vehicles. Salas was convicted in march and sentenced to death.
(AP, 2/20/18)(AP, 3/19/18)
2018 Feb 19, Israel's PM
Benjamin Netanyahu announced a "historic" $15 billion contract for
sales of natural gas to Egypt.
2018 Feb 19, In Kuwait Sheikh
Athbi Al Sabah, a nephew of the ruling emir and former head of
Kuwait's National Security Office, and Sheikh Khalifa Al Sabah, the
publisher of the now-shuttered Al Watan newspaper, were among six
people sentenced for insulting the country's National Assembly
speaker. They received five-year prison sentences and 5,000 Kuwaiti
dinar ($16,700) fines.
2018 Feb 19, Latvia's
anti-corruption agency said it suspects the nation's central bank
chief Ilmars Rimsevics of demanding and receiving bribes of at least
100,000 euros ($125,000) and has started a criminal investigation
2018 Feb 19, Maldives Pres.
Yameen Abdul Gayoom asked Parliament to extend the state of
emergency that has helped him reinforce his power. Yameen has had
two Supreme Court judges arrested, accusing them of corruption.
2018 Feb 19, In Mozambique
heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of
garbage at the Hulene dump on the outskirts of Maputo, killing as
many as 17 people who were buried by debris.
2018 Feb 19, Philippine police
and army troops reported the arrest of an Arab man they believe was
a former commander of the Islamic State group along the Syria and
Turkey border in a raid on a Manila apartment. Fehmi Lassoued, who
is reportedly from Egypt, and his Filipina companion, Anabel Moncera
Salipada, were arrested last week based on intelligence provided by
2018 Feb 19, Serbian officials
said eight foreign citizens, including two Americans and two
Ukrainians, have been arrested on suspicion that they tried to
photograph and enter military facilities without authorization.
2018 Feb 19, In Somalia a
US-led air strike against al Shabaab militants killed three members
of the al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgency group. The strike near
the town of Jilib was coordinated with Somalia's government.
2018 Feb 19, In South Korea a
doping case involving a medal-winning Russian curler rocked the
Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Alexander Krushelnitsky's failed drug
test came to light a week after he won mixed doubles bronze with his
wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova.
2018 Feb 19, A Spanish judge
allowed leading Catalan separatist Marta Rovira, who faces charges
over her region's independence bid, to walk free but ordered her to
post bail of 60,000 euros ($75,000).
2018 Feb 19, Syrian media
reported that militias allied to the Syrian government will enter
the Afrin region to help Kurdish forces end a Turkish offensive.
2018 Feb 19, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said Syrian government
air strikes and artillery killed 71 people in the eastern Ghouta
pocket near Damascus over the past 24 hours. Bombardment today
killed nearly 100 people including 20 children and 15 women.
(Reuters, 2/19/18)(SFC, 2/21/18, p.A2)
2018 Feb 19, Long-awaited talks
between Togo's government and the opposition began to try to end a
six-month political stand-off that has seen thousands take to the
streets in almost weekly protests against the ruling party.
2018 Feb 19, Turkey's foreign
minister warned that Turkey's military would confront any Syrian
government forces entering the northwest Afrin province to protect
Kurdish YPG fighters.
2018 Feb 19, A top UN food
agency official said about 224 million people are under-nourished in
Africa as climate change and conflicts heighten food insecurity
across the continent.
2018 Feb 19, A Vatican
statement said the pope had accepted the resignation of Peter Ebere
Okpaleke as bishop of Nigeria's diocese of Ahiara. It said the
position had been declared vacant and that a papal administrator
would run it for the time being. Rebel priests and faithful had
rejected him as an ethnic outsider.
2019 Feb 19, A delegation of US
lawmakers sought to reassure European allies in Brussels that
differences over President Donald Trump's policies were mere "family
squabbles" and transatlantic ties remain strong.
2019 Feb 19, In Afghanistan at
least six civilians were killed by a roadside bomb as their vehicle
was traveling through the eastern province of Laghman.
2019 Feb 19, Egyptian state
media reported that security forces have killed 16 suspected
militants in two separate raids in the city of Arish in North Sinai.
2019 Feb 19, Estonian
authorities said that the local branch of Danske Bank must close
after the financial group admitted that massive amounts of money
from Russia and former Soviet states had been laundered through the
2019 Feb 19, The European Union
reached a tentative agreement on the first specific EU standards for
trucks, seeking to get polluting CO2 levels down.
2019 Feb 19, French residents
and public officials from across the political spectrum joined
nationwide rallies against anti-Semitism following a series of
anti-Semitic acts. Vandals daubed swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans
overnight on around 90 graves in a Jewish cemetery in the eastern
village of Quatzenheim.
(AP, 2/19/19)(Reuters, 2/19/19)
2019 Feb 19, Karl Lagerfeld
(85), German-born French fashion designer, died in Paris. Lagerfeld
was one of the most hardworking figures in the fashion world,
holding down the top design jobs at LVMH-owned luxury label Fendi
from 1977, and Paris' family-owned power-house Chanel in 1983.
2019 Feb 19, France and Germany
launched a drive in Berlin to overhaul the European Union's
competition rules to facilitate the creation of world-leading
companies. They pushed forward a project to create a car battery
consortium aimed at catching up with Asian rivals.
2019 Feb 19, Hungary launched a
new anti-immigration media campaign in which it accused George Soros
and EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker of allegedly supporting
illegal migration. Brussels immediately this dismissed as "fake
2019 Feb 19, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu held back-to-back meetings with Slovak PM Peter
Pellegrini, Czech PM Andrej Babis and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban
before hosting all three for lunch at his official residence. The
series of sit-downs replaced a high-profile summit in Jerusalem that
was cancelled over a rift with Poland.
2019 Feb 19, Pakistan accused
India of sponsoring terrorism and of using the United Nations'
highest court for "political theater" as it urged judges to dismiss
an Indian case seeking to save alleged spy Kulbhushan Jadhav from
2019 Feb 19, Romania's Social
Democratic government adopted emergency legislation including a
provision to limit how long top prosecutor agencies can be managed
by interim appointees. The measure also removes the prosecutor
general's oversight of a unit tasked with investigating magistrates.
2019 Feb 19, Russian lawmakers
approved a bill prohibiting military personnel from using
smartphones on duty, a move intended to block leaks of sensitive
information on social media.
2019 Feb 19, Saudi Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman arrived in India after visiting Pakistan.
2019 Feb 19, A Swedish court
convicted Kurda Bahaalddin H Saeed H Saeed (38), who fought against
the Islamic State group in Iraq, of war crimes for posting macabre
pictures and videos on Facebook. He was sentenced to 15 months in
2019 Feb 19, In Switzerland an
avalanche buried several skiers on the busy slopes of the resort of
Crans-Montana. Scores of rescuers worked to dig out survivors. 10 to
12 people were believed to be trapped under the snow. A Frenchman
(34) whose job was to check the safety of ski slopes, was one of
four people rescued, but soon died from injuries in the avalanche.
(AP, 2/19/19)(AP, 2/20/19)
2019 Feb 19, A senior adviser
to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flatly rejected the idea of
giving Syrian Kurds a measure of autonomy, saying such a move would
open the door to the partition of the country.
2019 Feb 19, A Tanzanian court
sentenced Yang Feng Glan (69) of China to 15 years in jail for her
role in trafficking tusks from more than 400 elephants. Two
Tanzanian men were also found guilty for their role in the illegal
commerce. They were also sentenced to 15 years each.
(AFP, 2/19/19)(Reuters, 2/19/19)
2019 Feb 19, A Turkish appeals
court upheld jail sentences against opposition journalists in a
long-running case targeting the Cumhuriyet newspaper -- one of the
few remaining dailies critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
2019 Feb 19, Ukraine's Pres.
Petro Poroshenko signed a constitutional amendment committing to
join NATO and the European Union, acknowledging that the nation
still has a long way to go to meet the membership criteria.
2019 Feb 19, The United Arab
Emirates' armed forces signed 514.8 million dirham ($140.17 million)
defense contracts with international firms at the IDEX military
exhibition in Abu Dhabi.
2019 Feb 19, A UN report said
more than 100,000 people have been displaced by factional fighting
and lawlessness in Burkina Faso, most within the past two months.
2019 Feb 19, At the Vatican
Catholic religious orders from around the world apologized for
having failed to respond when their priests raped children,
acknowledging that their family-like communities blinded them to
sexual abuse and led to misplaced loyalties, denial and cover-ups.
2019 Feb 19, Venezuelan Defense
Minister Vladimir Padrino said the country's opposition would have
to pass over "our dead bodies" to oust President Nicolas Maduro and
impose a new government.
2020 Feb 19, President Trump
confirmed that he is appointing Richard Grenell, the US ambassador
to Germany, as acting director of national intelligence. Current
acting DNI Joseph Maguire, who would have had to step down by March
12 because he lacked Senate confirmation, was reportedly blindsided
by the news. Grenell has no real intelligence experience and has
never run a large bureaucracy.
(The Week, 2/19/20)
2020 Feb 19, The US military
said that Tehran continues to deliver weapons to Yemen's Huthi
rebels, following a second interception in less than three months of
what Washington said were Iranian arms.
2020 Feb 19, Figures released
by the Environmental Protection Agency indicated that the Trump
administration completed the fewest cleanups of toxic Superfund
sites last year than any administration since the program’s first
years in the 1980s.
2020 Feb 19, The US designated
five Chinese media companies as “foreign missions,” a decision that
reflects the Trump administration’s view that the communist party of
Xi Jinping is imposing increasingly draconian government-control
over news services.
2020 Feb 19, In southern
California rapper Pop Smoke (20), born as Bashar Barakah Jackson,
was fatally shot by intruders during a break-in at a Hollywood Hills
(SFC, 2/20/20, p.A5)
2020 Feb 19, A 3-judge panel of
the 11th US Circuit court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injuction
against a Florida law that barred felons who served their time from
registering to vote because they have failed to pay all fines and
fees stemming from their cases.
(SFC, 2/20/20, p.A7)
2020 Feb 19, Rod Blagojevich
returned home to Chicago, shaking hands and signing autographs after
President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed
to the former Illinois governor for political corruption.
2020 Feb 19, In Nevada
Democrats savaged New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg and raised
pointed questions about Bernie Sanders' take-no-prisoners politics
during a contentious debate that threatened to further muddy the
party's urgent quest to defeat President Donald Trump.
2020 Feb 19, In Australia a
mother and her three children died in a car fire after Rowan Baxter
(42), her estranged husband and the children's father, allegedly
doused his family with gas before setting the car alight. Baxter was
found dead near the scene, reportedly after stabbing himself..
2020 Feb 19, Boris Johnson’s
government unveiled plans to end what it called Britain's dependence
on “cheap low-skilled labor” and deliver on its pledge to halt
freedom of movement from the European Union after Brexit.
2020 Feb 19, China's President
Xi Jinping called for greater protection of medical staff fighting
the new coronavirus after the deaths of prominent doctors sparked
national anger at the government's handling of the outbreak. 1,716
medical workers have been confirmed as infected. Mainland China
reported 1,749 new cases and 136 additional deaths. The death toll
from the virus jumped past 2,000, while 74,185 cases of infection
have been confirmed on the mainland. Inspectors in protective suits
went door-to-door in the epicenter of the viral outbreak to try to
find every infected person in an epidemic that is showing signs of
waning as new cases fell for a second straight day.
(AFP, 2/19/20)(AP, 2/19/20)
2020 Feb 19, French PM Edouard
Philippe said that the Fessenheim nuclear reactor will be shut down
at the end of June.
(SFC, 2/20/20, p.A2)
2020 Feb 19, In Germany a
massacre in the Frankfurt suburb of Hanau erupted late today at two
hookah bars. The shooting left 11 people dead, including the
suspected gunman. Investigators said a video the suspect posted
online allegedly expressed right-wing conspiracy theories.
(ABC News, 2/20/20)
2020 Feb 19, Two people in Iran
tested positive for the deadly new coronavirus, in the Islamic
republic's first cases of the disease.
2020 Feb 19, Authorities in
northern Italy arrested the captain of a Lebanese-flagged cargo ship
on suspicion of international arms trafficking while they
investigate if the vessel transported tanks, rockets and other
weapons from Turkey to Libya.
2020 Feb 19, Libya's Khalifa
Hifter, commander of the eastern-based forces, was in Moscow and met
with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
2020 Feb 19, Pakistani
officials said soybean dust from shipping containers, not toxic gas
from a gas leak, was responsible for the recent deaths of 14 people
in the southern port city of Karachi.
2020 Feb 19, Palestinian Salah
Zakarna (17) was shot and killed in overnight clashes between
Palestinian forces and local gunmen in the West Bank. It was unclear
who shot him.
2020 Feb 19, Sri Lanka's PM
Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the government has decided to withdraw
from co-sponsorship of a 2015 UN Human Rights Council resolution
calling for the investigation of allegations of war crimes committed
during the island nation's long civil war. Rajapaksa said the
resolution has enabled other countries to blame members of Sri
Lanka's armed forces for being human rights violators.
2020 Feb 19, Sweden's Riksbank
said it had begun testing an e-krona, taking the country a step
closer to the creation of the world's first central bank digital
2020 Feb 19, A Syrian passenger
jet landed in Aleppo from Damascus, marking the resumption of
domestic flights between the two cities for the first time since
2012. The government's onslaught continued nearby with airstrikes
reported in several rebel-held towns and villages.
2020 Feb 19, Turkey's Pres.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the European Union’s decision to
launch a maritime effort focused on enforcing the U.N arms embargo
2020 Feb 19, A UN-backed report
said children and adolescents are being bombarded with ads on social
media promoting harmful products from fast food to tobacco and
2020 Feb 19, In Yemen a
landmine explosion killed six guards of the Yemeni defense minister
and wounded eight others in the central province of Marib, the
latest casualties of unmarked landmines that litter the war-torn
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