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322BCE Mar 7, Aristotle
(d.322 BCE) died. His writings included treatises on logic,
metaphysics, ethics, politics, rhetoric and natural sciences. He
first described language in terms of subject and predicate as well
as parts of speech. Aristotelian logic is based on a small number of
unambiguous constructs, such as, "if A, then B": the truth of one
implies the truth of another. This celebrated rule gives
Aristotelian reasoning the power to establish facts through
inference. The constructs also included A=A, representing that every
entity is equal to itself. He defined politics as the science of the
sciences that looks after well-being. His writings included “De
Generatione Animalum.” His "Historia Animalium" was later translated
by D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson." "Hope is a waking dream." The opening
of his “Metaphysics” began: “All men by nature desire to know.”
(V.D.-H.K.p.44,45)(I&I, Penzias, p.73)(Hem.,
1/96, p.11)(LSA, Spg/97, p.6)(EEE, p.12)(AP, 8/9/98)(WSJ, 9/30/98,
p.A16)(NH, 12/98, p.10)(SFC, 8/13/02, p.A13)
161 CE Mar 7, Marcus Aurelius became emperor on
the death of Antoninus Pius [Titus Aurelius], age 74, at Lorium.
Antoninus ruled from 138-161.
(HN, 3/7/99)(MC, 3/7/02)
1040 Mar 7, Harold I, King of
England (1035-40), died.
1274 Mar 7, Thomas Aquinas
(48), Italian theologian, saint, died.
1530 Mar 7, King Henry VIII's
divorce request was denied by the Pope. Henry then declared that he,
not the Pope, is supreme head of England's church.
1574 Mar 7, John Wilbye,
composer, was born.
1644 Mar 7, Massachusetts
established 1st 2-chamber legislature in colonies.
1659 Mar 7, Henry Purcell,
English organist, composer (Dido & Aeneas), was born.
1663 Mar 7, Tomaso Antonio
Vitali, composer, was born.
1695 Mar 7, In Britain John
Trevor (1637-1717), the speaker of the House of Commons office, was
found guilty of accepting a bribe of 1000 guineas (equivalent to
around £1.6 million in 2009) from the City of London to aid the
passage of a bill through the house. He was expelled from the House
of Commons, a move which he initially resisted on the ground of
ill-health, but retained his judicial position until his death.
1696 Mar 7, English King
William III departed Netherlands.
1707 Mar 7, Stephen Hopkins,
signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born.
1715 Mar 7, Ewald Christian von
Kleist, German lyric poet (Der Freuhling), was born.
1765 Mar 7, Joseph N. Niepce
(d.1883), French lithographer, inventor (photography), was born.
Photo etching was invented by Joseph Nicephore Niepce early in the
19th century. He also invented photography. His partner, L.J.M.
Daguerre, perfected Niepce's process and popularized daguerreotypes
as the first commercial photographs.
(V.D.-H.K.p.273)(I&I, Penzias, p.114)(MC,
1774 Mar 7, A 2nd Boston tea
party was held.
(SFEC, 11/23/97, Par p.14)
1774 Mar 7, The British closed
the port of Boston to all commerce.
1778 Mar 7, Capt. James Cook
1st sighted the Oregon coast and named Perpetua Cape in honor of St.
(SSFC, 9/21/08, p.E7)
1785 Mar 7, Alessandro Manzoni,
poet, novelist (Betrothed), was born in Italy.
1799 Mar 7, Napoleon captured
Jaffa, Palestine, and his men massacred more than 2,000 Albanian
prisoners. [see Mar 26]
1804 Mar 7, John Wedgwood,
founder (Royal Horticulture Society), died.
1824 Mar 7, Meyerbeer's opera
"Il Crociati in Egitto," premiered in Venice.
1835 Mar 7, HMS Beagle returned
from Concepcion to Valparaiso.
1838 Mar 7, Soprano Jenny Lind
("the Swedish Nightingale") made her debut in Weber's opera Der
1844 Mar 7, Anthony Comstock,
anti-vice "crusader,” was born in New Canaan, Ct.
1847 Mar 7, U.S. General Scott
occupied Veracruz, Mexico. Pres. Polk decided to attack the heart of
Mexico. He sent Gen. Winfield Scott, who landed at Veracruz and with
his troops hacked their way to Mexico City. [see Mar 9]
(HFA, '96, p.48)(HN, 3/7/98)
1849 Mar 7, Luther Burbank
(d.1926) American Horticulturist was born in Lancaster, Mass. “For
those who do not think, it is best at least to rearrange their
prejudices once in a while.”
(AP, 3/7/98)(AP, 4/26/98)
1849 Mar 7, The Austrian
Reichstag was dissolved.
1850 Mar 7, Tomas Masaryk,
Pres. of Czech (1918-35), was born to a Slovak father and
Czech-German mother in the small town of Hodonin in South Moravia,
very close to what is now the border with Slovakia.
1850 Mar 7, In a three-hour
speech to the U.S. Senate, Daniel Webster endorsed the Compromise of
1850 as a means of preserving the Union.
1854 Mar 7, Charles Miller
patented the 1st US sewing machine to stitch buttonholes.
1862 Mar 7, Confederate forces
surprised the Union army at the Battle of Pea Ridge, in Arkansas,
but the Union was victorious. [see Mar 6]
1862 Mar 7, In the second day
of the Battle of Elkhorn Tavern, Generals McCulloch and McIntosh
1865 Mar 7-10, Battles were
fought around Kingston, NC.
1872 Mar 7, Piet Mondrian
(d.1944), Dutch abstract painter, was born. He was born in
Amersfoort, near Amsterdam. His two principal styles date from
before and after 1907. His Red Tree in 1908 reflects the stance of a
Van Gogh. In 1911 he went to Paris and quickly changed his
style in response to Cubism. He emigrated to New York in 1940. His
Broadway Boogie Woogie was done in 1942-1943. He was labeled as a
degenerate by the Nazis and was sent to New York to continue
working. He went through a number of styles i.e. fauvist,
neoimpressionist Dutch landscapes, to total abstractions in a manner
of his own that he called neoplasticism. He was a pioneer of
(WSJ, 6/6/95, p.A-14)(WSJ, 10/3/95, p.A-18)(SFC,
10/4/97, p.E1)(HN, 3/7/98)
1874 Mar 7, The opera “I
Lituani,” by Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-1886) premiered at Milan’s La
Scala with great success. The libretto was based on Adam
Mickiewicz's long epic poem Konrad Wallenrod. The opera was about
the incursions of the Teutonic Knights against the pagan
1875 Mar 7, Composer Maurice
Ravel was born in Cibourne, France.
1876 Mar 7, US Patent #174,465
was issued to Alexander Graham Bell (d.1924) for his telephone. In
2008 Seth Shulman authored “The Telephone Gambit,” the story behind
Alexander Graham Bell’s 1876 telephone patent. Shulman made a case
that Bell stole the critical technology for making the telephone
work from Elisha Gray, who had filed his own papers just hours after
(SFEM, 1/11/98, p.12)(HN, 3/7/98)(AP,
3/7/98)(WSJ, 1/16/08, p.D10)
1887 Mar 7, Helen Parkhurst,
educator, was born. She developed a technique later known as the
1896 Mar 7, Gilbert and
Sullivan's last operetta "Grand Duke," premiered in London.
1901 Mar 7, Blacks were found
to be still enslaved in certain parts of South Carolina.
1904 Mar 7, Reinhard Heydrich,
German SS Leader and Architect of the "final solution," was born.
1904 Mar 7, The Japanese bombed
the Russian town of Vladivostok.
1907 Mar 7, Rolf Jacobsen,
Norwegian poet, was born.
1908 Mar 7, Anna Magnani,
Italian actress (Awakening, Roma), was born in Rome.
1908 Mar 7, Cincinnati Mayor
Mark Breith stood before city council and announced that, "women are
not physically fit to operate automobiles."
1911 Mar 7, The United States
sent 20,000 troops to the Mexican border in the wake of the Mexican
1912 Mar 7, Roald Amundsen
announced the discovery of the South Pole [see Dec 14, 1911].
1912 Mar 7, French aviator,
Heri Seimet flew non-stop from London to Paris in three hours.
1916 Mar 7, French Defense
Minister Joseph Gallieni resigned from his position.
1918 Mar 7, Pres. Wilson
authorized US Army's Distinguished Service Medal.
1918 Mar 7, Finland signed an
alliance treaty with Germany.
1920 Mar 7, The Bolsheviks
opened major offensive on the Polish front.
1921 Mar 7, Red Army under
Trotsky attacked the sailors of Kronstadt.
1925 Mar 7, The Soviet Red Army
occupied Outer Mongolia.
1926 Mar 7, The first
successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephone conversation took place,
between New York City and London.
1927 Mar 7, A Texas law that
banned Negroes from voting was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme
1927 Mar 7, Earthquake
measuring 8 on Richter scale struck Tango, Japan.
1930 Mar 7, Lord Snowdon,
[Anthony Armstrong-Jones], photographer, was born in London.
1932 Mar 7, Riots at Ford
factory in Dearborn, Michigan, killed 4.
1932 Mar 7, Aristide Briand
(b.1862), 11-time premier of France (Nobel 1926), died.
1933 Mar 7, George Darrow added
some copyrighted art work to the board game Monopoly and began
selling it commercially in Philadelphia. He sold it to Parker
Brothers in 1934. The game had originally been patented in 1904 as
the Landlord’s Game by Elizabeth J. Magie. In Oct 1929 Ruth Hoskins
brought a version to Atlantic City, refined the rules and street
names. It was later introduced to George Darrow.
1933 Mar 7, Chancellor
Engelbert Dollfuss (1892-1934) dissolved the Austrian parliament.
From this point onwards, he governed as dictator by emergency decree
with absolute power.
1935 Mar 7, In an effort to
reduce street noise, the city of New York revoked the licenses of
all organ grinders.
1935 Mar 7, Malcolm Campbell
set an auto speed record of 276.8 mph in Florida.
1935 Mar 7, Saar was
incorporated into Germany.
1936 Mar 7, Adolf Hitler
ordered his troops to march into the Rhineland, thereby breaking the
Treaty of Versailles and the Locarno Pact.
(AP, 3/7/98)(HN, 3/7/98)
1938 Mar 7, California’s San
Quentin prison received a new lethal gas chamber to supplant its
(SSFC, 3/3/13, p.42)
1939 Mar 7, Guy Lombardo and
Royal Canadians made the 1st recording of "Auld Lang Syne."
1941 Mar 7, British troops
invaded Abyssinia (Ethiopia).
1941 Mar 7, 50,000 British
soldiers landed in Greece.
1941 Mar 7, Gunther Prien,
German U-boat commander and war hero (U-47), died in battle.
1942 Mar 7, Michael Eisner, CEO
(Walt Disney), was born in Mt. Kisko, NY.
1942 Mar 7, Tamara Faye
LaValley (d.2007) was born in International Falls, Minn. She later
married fellow bible college student Jim Bakker. Together they
established a Christian talk variety show, the PTL Club, which
collapsed in 1987 amid a sex and money scandal.
(SSFC, 7/22/07, p.B7)
1942 Mar 7, Japanese troops
landed on New Guinea.
1942 Mar 7, 15 Mk-VB Spitfires
1944 Mar 7, Japan began an
offensive in Burma.
1944 Mar 7, Emanuel Ringelblum
(b.1900), Jewish historian, died in the Warsaw ghetto. He is known
for his “Notes from the Warsaw Ghetto,” “Notes on the Refugees in
Zbąszyn” chronicling the deportation of Jews from the town of
Zbąszyń, and the so-called Ringelblum's Archives of the Warsaw
Ghetto. In 2009 Samuel D. Kassow authored “Who Will Write our
History? Rediscovering a Hidden Archive from the Warsaw Ghetto.
1945 Mar 7, The US 9th Armored
Division crossed the Rhine River at Remagen, Germany, using the
damaged but still usable Ludendorff Bridge. This marked the 1st
incursion of Allied forces into Germany. The bridge was the
last of 22 road and railroad bridges over the Rhine still standing
after German defenders failed to demolish it. US forces were able to
capture the bridge.
3/7/98)(SFC, 4/9/03, p.A16)
1945 Mar 7, Cologne was taken
by allied armies.
1945 Mar 7, In Yugoslavia the
Communist government of Tito formed.
(MC, 3/7/02)(AP, 10/20/02)
1951 Mar 7, Lillian Hellman's
"Autumn Garden," premiered in NYC.
1951 Mar 7, U.N. forces in
Korea under General Matthew Ridgeway launched Operation Ripper, an
offensive to straighten out the U.N. front lines against the
1951 Mar 7, Shah Ali Razmara of
Iran was assassinated.
1952 Mar 7, The U.S. signed a
military aid pact with Cuba.
1955 Mar 7, Baseball
Commissioner Ford Frick said he favors legalization of spitter.
1955 Mar 7, Mary Martin was
"Peter Pan" televised.
1959 Mar 7, "Bells Are Ringing"
closed at Shubert Theater in NYC after 925 performances.
1959 Mar 7, Arthur Cecil Pigou
(b.1877), English economist, died. His major work, “Wealth and
Welfare” (1912, 1920), brought welfare economics into the scope of
economic analysis. He was known for his work in many fields
and particularly in welfare economics. Pigou advocated taxation as a
way to combat the side effects associated with certain activities.
Pigovian taxes, taxes used to correct negative externalities, are
named in his honor.
1959 Mar 7, Hinsdale Smith
(88), developer of roll-down auto windows, died.
1960 Mar 7, Ivan Lendl, tennis
pro (US Open 1985-87), was born in Czechoslovakia.
1961 Mar 7, Max Hymans (60), WW
II resistance fighter, head of Air France, died.
1965 Mar 7, A march by some 600
civil rights demonstrators was broken up in Selma, Ala., by state
troopers and posse under Sheriff Jim Clark (d.2007). The Black
community of Marion, Ala., marched to protest the earlier killing of
a demonstrator by a state trooper. John Lewis, later US
Representative, led the march and was hit in the head by a state
(AP, 3/7/98)(SFC, 3/8/99, p.A9)(SFC, 11/27/99,
p.C3)(Econ, 6/16/07, p.99)
1965 Mar 7, In San Francisco a
mob of teenage boys and girls rampaged through the Mission district
following the film “T.A.M.I” featuring James Brown at the Crown
Theater at 2555 Mission Street.
(SSFC, 3/8/15, p.42)
1966 Mar 7, Charles de Gaulle
said he would pull France out of NATO's integrated military command.
French military personnel stepped down from their positions in NATO
on July 1.
1967 Mar 7, The Los
Angeles-based Doors made their 2nd trip to SF and performed for a
mid-week engagement at the Matrix ahead of a weekend performance at
the Avalon. Peter Abrams, co-owner of the Matrix, recorded the show
with a recently installed tape recorder.
(SFC, 11/17/08, p.E1)(http://tinyurl.com/mxky7j)
1967 Mar 7, Clark Gesner's
musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown” premiered in NYC.
1967 Mar 7, Convicted Teamster
boss Jimmy Hoffa began an eight-year prison term at Lewisburg
Federal Prison in Pennsylvania for defrauding the union and jury
tampering. The sentence was commuted by President Nixon Dec 23,
1967 Mar 7, Alice B. Toklas
(b.1877), the life partner of writer Gertrude Stein, died In Paris,
France. Her work included “The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook” (1954). In
2007 Janet Malcolm authored “Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice.”
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_B._Toklas)(WSJ, 9/25/07, p.D6)
1968 Mar 7, The First Battle of
Saigon, begun on Jan 30 as part of the Tet Offensive, ended.
1972 Mar 7, Republican Richard
Nixon won the New Hampshire primary over Paul McCloskey 67.6 to
19.8%. Democrat Edmund Muskie won over George McGovern 46.4 to
(SSFC, 1/25/04, p.A19)(http://tinyurl.com/5dndxk)
1973 Mar 7, Pres. Nixon invited
Thomas Pappas, a Greek-American businessman, to the oval office to
thank him for money that was used to buy the silence of the
(SFC, 11/1/97, p.A3)(http://tinyurl.com/3nxt8d)
1973 Mar 7, Sheikh Mujibur
Rahman (1920-1975), a leader of the Bangladeshi independence
movement and first prime minister of Bangladesh, won a landslide
victory in the country's first general elections. Rahman and the
Awami League won elections.
1973 Mar 7, Dr. Lubos Kohoutek,
Czech astronomer, used a double exposure and discovered the comet
Kohoutek then 370 million miles from earth.
(NG, Aug., 1974,
1974 Mar 7, Duke Univ. and the
North Carolina Department of Archives and History announced the
discovery of the Civil War ship USS Monitor.
1975 Mar 7, The US Senate
revised its filibuster rule "cloture vote," allowing 60 senators to
limit debate in most cases, instead of the previously required
two-thirds (67) of senators present.
(AP, 3/7/98)(Econ, 5/21/05, p.30)
1977 Mar 7, Israeli PM Yitzhak
Rabin met with Pres. Carter in Washington.
1977 Mar 7, Ali Bhutto's
Pakistan People's Party won elections.
1979 Mar 7, Voyager 1 reached
1980 Mar 7, US Congress
declared today as National Teacher Day for this year only. The
National Education Association (NEA) and its affiliates continued to
observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985, when
the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first
full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make
the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.
1981 Mar 7, Anti-government
guerrillas in Colombia executed kidnapped American Bible translator
Chester Allen Bitterman, whom they accused of being a CIA agent.
1981 Mar 7, Kirill Petrovich
Kondrashin (b.1914), Russian conductor, composer, died.
1983 Mar 7, TNN (The Nashville
Network) began on Cable TV.
1983 Mar 7, Igor Markevitch
(b.1912), Ukraine-born conductor, composer, died in Antibes.
1983 Mar 7, In France Claude
Vivier (b.1948), a French-Canadian composer, was found stabbed to
death. A 19-year-old man was convicted of the murder. Vivier left
behind 48 completed scores and part of a 49th. His 1976 "Siddartha"
was a 30 minute orchestral piece written on commission from the CBC.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Vivier)(SFEC, 1/4/98, DB. p.31)
1985 Mar 7, Victor W. Farris
(75), inventor of paper clip and paper milk carton (1932), died in
Palm Beach, Fla. [see 1824 and Oct 19, 1915]
1985 Mar 7, George Schick (76),
Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony), died.
1985 Mar 7, Robert W. Woodruff
(b.1889), CEO (Coca-Cola), died.
1986 Mar 7, The film “Desert
Hearts,” directed by Donna Deitch (b.1945), was released. This was
the first feature film to depict a lesbian love story in a generally
mainstream vein, with positive and respectful themes. It was based
on Jane Rule’s novel “Desert of the Heart” (1964) and became a
pinnacle of LGBTQ cinema.
1986 Mar 7, Jacob K. Javits
(b.1904), (Sen-R-NY), died in Palm Beach, Fla.
1986 Mar 7, In France thieves
made off with 1.5 million francs in an armored car robbery. In 2007
Jean Pierre Belkalem, a former Cartier employee, was arrested in San
Francisco on charges of aiding and abetting in the robbery.
(SSFC, 4/1/07, p.D3)
1988 Mar 7, The US Supreme
Court sided with an investor who lost money when he sold shares in
Basic Inc because a pending merger was being publicly denied by the
company. This led to the established the principle of
1988 Mar 7, Divine (born as
Harris Milstead in 1945), female impersonator (Pink Flamingos,
1988 Mar 7, Robert Livingston
(b.1904), actor (Lone Ranger), died of emphysema. He was born as
Robert Edgar Randall. There were 51 Three Mesquiteers yarns churned
out by Republic Pictures from 1936-1943, and Livingston appeared in
1988 Mar 7, Three Israelis were
killed when three Arab gunmen hijacked a commuter bus in the Negev
Desert; the hijackers themselves were killed when Israeli forces
stormed the vehicle.
1989 Mar 7, US Secretary of
State James A. Baker III met with Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard
Shevardnadze in Vienna, Austria. Baker agreed to visit Moscow the
following May to discuss prospects for a summit between Pres. Bush
and Soviet Pres. Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
1989 Mar 7, Britain dropped
diplomatic relations with Iran over Salmon Rushdie's book.
1990 Mar 7, Health and Human
Services Secretary Louis Sullivan announced the US government would
propose a more informative food-labeling system that would require
the disclosure of the fat, fiber and cholesterol content of nearly
all packaged foods.
1991 Mar 7, In the wake of the
allied victory in the Persian Gulf, Secretary of State James A.
Baker the Third left for a tour of the Middle East, seeking to
promote a new Arab-Israeli dialogue.
1991 Mar 7, Iraq continued to
explode oil fields in Kuwait.
1992 Mar 7, Democrat Bill
Clinton picked up additional victories in the South Carolina primary
and the Wyoming caucuses, while fellow Democrat Paul Tsongas won the
Arizona caucuses. President George H.W. Bush won the Republican
primary in South Carolina.
1992 Mar 7, An Israeli security
chief was killed in a car bomb attack in Ankara, Turkey. Islamic
Jihad claimed responsibility.
(NYT, 10/8/04, p.A12)
1993 Mar 7, Authorities said
David Koresh, the leader of the Branch Davidians, was becoming
irritable and had rejected proposals to end a week-long standoff at
his compound near Waco, Texas.
1994 Mar 7, The Supreme Court
ruled that parodies that poke fun at an original work can be
considered "fair use" that doesn't require permission from the
1994 Mar 7, The U.S. Navy
issued its first permanent orders assigning women to regular duty on
a combat ship -- in this case, the USS Eisenhower.
1994 Mar 7, At San Quentin
prison officer Timothy Scott shot and killed inmate Mark Adams. In
1998 a federal jury awarded the Adams family $2.3 million following
a trial based on wrongful death.
(SFC, 12/1/98, p.A15)
1995 Mar 7, New York Gov.
George Pataki signed a death penalty bill into law. NY became the
38th state to adopt the death penalty.
1995 Mar 7, In a
near-party-line vote, the House passed, 232-193, a business-backed
measure designed to pressure combatants in lawsuits to settle their
differences short of costly trials.
1996 Mar 7, Bob Dole handily
won the New York Republican primary.
1996 Mar 7, Three US servicemen
were convicted in the rape of a 12-year-old Okinawan girl and
sentenced by a Japanese court to six and a-half to seven years in
1996 Mar 7, The Hubble Space
Telescope photographed the 1st surface photos of Pluto.
1997 Mar 7, The first
cross-adoption by 2 lesbians whose children were half-sisters took
place in New York. The women had used the same sperm donor for their
(SFC, 3/8/96, p.A4)
1997 Mar 7, After a week of
embarrassing disclosures about White House fund raising, President
Clinton told a news conference, "I'm not sure, frankly" if he also
had made calls for campaign cash. But he insisted that nothing had
undercut his pledge to have the highest ethical standards ever.
1997 Mar 7, In Australia it was
disclosed that the reputed Aboriginal painter Eddie Burrup was
actually 82-year-old Elizabeth Durack.
(SFC, 3/8/96, p.A11)
1997 Mar 7, Oxford Univ.
scientists established a blood tie between the 9,000 year-old
skeleton known as Cheddar Man and an English teacher who lived just
half-a-mile from the cave where the bones were found.
(SFC, 3/8/96, p.A8)
1997 Mar 7, The former Haiti
police chief, Lt. Col. Michel Francois, was arrested in Honduras for
helping to smuggle 33 tons of Columbian drugs through Haiti into the
US. Francois had fled to the Dominican Republic in 1994.
(SFC, 3/8/96, p.A10)
1997 Mar 7, Japanese PM Ryutaro
Hashimoto was sued by 5 people, because his smoking had violated the
constitution guaranteeing a wholesome life.
1997 Mar 7, In Peru foreign
officials and local journalists confirmed that the police were
digging tunnels to the residence of the Japanese ambassador where
hostages were being held by the Tupac Amaru rebels.
(SFC, 3/8/96, p.A1)
1997 Mar 7, In Belgrade,
Serbia, students ended 106 days of daily protests after their
rector, Dragutin Velickovic -A Milosevic supporter, resigned.
(SFC, 3/8/96, p.A12)
1997 Mar 7, In Ecuador the
Supreme Court charged Bucaram with corruption, embezzlement,
nepotism and influence peddling. When ousted Pres. Abdala Bucaram
abandoned the presidential palace in Feb., he walked out with 11
burlap bags allegedly stuffed with $3 million.
(SFC, 3/10/97, p.A9)
1998 Mar 7, Secretary of
State Madeleine Albright, speaking in Rome, said the United States
wouldn't tolerate any more violence in Kosovo, which she blamed on
Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.
1999 Mar 7, Movie director
Stanley Kubrick, whose films included "Dr. Strangelove," "A
Clockwork Orange" and "2001: A Space Odyssey," died in
Hertfordshire, England, at age 70.
(SFC, 3/8/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/7/00)
1999 Mar 7, In Austrian state
elections the anti-immigration Freedom Party of Joerg Haider won
42.1% of the vote in Carinthia.
(SFC, 3/8/99, p.A12)
1999 Mar 7, In El Salvador
presidential elections were scheduled. FMLN candidate Facundo
Guardado was expected to lose to ARENA candidate Francisco Flores
(39). Flores and his Republican National Alliance won with about 52%
of the vote.
(SFC, 3/4/99, p.A12)(SFC, 3/8/99, p.A12)(SFC,
1999 cMar 7, An Antonov 32
Indian air force plane crashed near New Delhi airport killing all 18
onboard and 3 people on the ground.
(WSJ, 3/8/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 7, Ukraine restarted
nuclear reactor No. 3 at Chernobyl following repairs that began Dec
(SFC, 3/8/99, p.A16)
2000 Mar 7, In Super Tuesday
primaries Republican George W. Bush won 8 states to 4 for John
McCain. Vice Pres. Gore won 14 states with none for Bill Bradley.
(SFC, 3/8/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 7, The DJIA fell 374
points in its 4th largest decline ever. The Nasdaq composite crossed
the five-thousand mark for the first time before retreating.
(SFC, 3/8/00, p.A19)(AP, 3/7/01)
2000 Mar 7, In Baltimore Joseph
C. Palczynski shot and killed 3 people following a breakup with a
girlfriend. The next night he killed another woman and wounded a
2-year-old boy during an attempted carjacking. On Mar 17 Palczynski
took 3 hostages and held off police for 3 days. He was fatally shot
by police on Mar 21.
(SFC, 3/10/00, p.D3)(SFC, 3/20/00, p.A3)(SFC,
2000 Mar 7, Country singer
Frank “Pee Wee” King died in Louisville, Kentucky, at age 86.
2000 Mar 7, William Donald
Hamilton, an English evolutionary biologist, died. In 2013 Ullica
Segerstrale authored “Nature’s Oracle: The Life and Work of W.D.
2000 Mar 7, In Kosovo 24
civilians and 16 French peacekeepers were wounded in a street battle
that escalated from a fight between a Serb and Albanian in
(WSJ, 3/8/00, p.A1)
2001 Mar 7, Pres. Bush met with
South Korea’s Pres. Kim Dae Jung and said he did not plan to resume
talks with North Korea.
(WSJ, 3/8/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 7, United States
census 2000 results showed that the Hispanic population at 35.3
million, just above the 34.7 million African Americans.
(SFC, 3/8/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 7, It was reported
that Bogota, Colombia, Mayor Antanas Mockus called on women to take
a night out and leave men at home to do the chores.
(SFC, 3/7/01, p.A9)
2001 Mar 7, In Congo soldiers
killed some of the 11 Lebanese nationals detained in the aftermath
of the Kabila assassination.
(SFC, 3/8/01, p.A16)
2001 Mar 7, In Israel Ariel
Sharon took office as the nation’s 11th Prime Minister. He insisted
that Palestinians must reduce violence before he would resume
negotiations for peace.
(SFC, 3/7/01, p.A9)(SFC, 3/8/01, p.A12)
2001 Mar 7, The UN Security
Council imposed an embargo on Liberia’s trade in weapons and
diamonds in an effort to halt arms to rebels in Sierra Leone.
(SFC, 3/8/01, p.A13)
2001 Mar 7, In Russia an
avalanche on a Siberian highway in the Yermakov district buried some
200 people. At least 2 people died.
(SFC, 3/8/01, p.A16)
2001 Mar 7, In Serbia NATO
soldiers moved into the Kosovo village of Mijak to stem the flow of
arms to Albanian guerrillas in Macedonia.
(SFC, 3/8/01, p.A12)
2001 Mar 7, Pres. Mugabe of
Zimbabwe left Europe after meetings in France and Belgium over the
11,000 troops he has stationed in Congo.
(SFC, 3/9/01, p.D3)
2002 Mar 7, The US House passed
417-3 a bill cutting taxes and extending unemployment benefits.
2002 Mar 7, Brazil’s 4-party
coalition collapsed with the pullout of the Liberal Front Party.
Roseana Sarney (40), Gov. of Maranhao state and PFL presidential
candidate, was involved in a scandal over a consulting firm she
owned with her husband. Sarney called the government investigation a
witch-hunt. Her presidential bid was killed when images of half a
million dollars in banknotes, found at her husband’s office, were
broadcast on television.
(SFC, 3/8/02, p.A13)(SFC, 3/9/02, p.A7)(Econ,
2002 Mar 7, In Burma Aye Zaw
Win (54) and 3 adult sons, 4 relatives of former dictator Ne Win,
were arrested and some military officers were dismissed for planning
a coup. Later Ne Win and his daughter were put under house arrest.
Aye Zaw Win and his 3 sons were convicted and sentenced to death Sep
(SSFC, 3/10/02, p.A15)(SFC, 3/19/02, p.A7)(SFC,
2002 Mar 7, In India the death
toll from Hindu-Muslim violence in the region climbed to 665, and
was expected to climb if construction begins Mar 15 on a Hindu
temple in Ayodha.
(WSJ, 3/8/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 7, Irish voters
narrowly rejected an abortion proposal that would have tightened a
near total ban.
(SFC, 3/8/02, p.A14)
2002 Mar 7, Venezuela sent some
2,000 troops to its border with Colombia to block fleeing rebels.
(WSJ, 3/8/02, p.A1)
2003 Mar 7, The US and its allies moved to
set March 17 as the final deadline for Saddam Hussein to prove he
has given up his weapons of mass destruction.
(AP, 3/8/03)(SFC, 3/8/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 7, Pres. Bush invoked economic
sanctions against Pres. Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and dozens of
officials of his government on grounds they undermined the country's
2003 Mar 7, The US Labor Dept. reported
that US jobs fell 308,000 in Feb.
(SFC, 3/8/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 7, Virtually every
musical on Broadway shut down as musicians went on strike, and
actors and stagehands said they wouldn't cross their picket lines;
the walkout lasted four days.
(SFC, 3/8/03, p.A3)(AP, 3/7/04)
2003 Mar 7, Kazem al-Sahir (41), Iraqi pop
singer with over 30 million records sold, scheduled a benefit
concert at the Berkeley Community Theater. His US tour was set to
raise medical and school supplies for Iraqi children.
(SSFC, 3/2/03, A28)(SFC, 3/6/03, p.F1)
2003 Mar 7, Jose Marcio Ayres
(49), Brazilian biologist and senior Wildlife Conservation Society
(WCS) biologist, died in NYC. In 1996 he set up the Mamiraua
Sustainable Development Reserve to protect a 4,300 square-mile area
of the Amazon rain forest.
(Econ, 6/19/04, p.77)
2003 Mar 7, International officials froze
assets linked to top Bosnian-Serb war crimes fugitive Radovan
Karadzic. A panel of Bosnian and int'l. judges ordered Bosnia's Serb
Republic to pay $2.25 million in compensation for the 1995 massacre
(AP, 3/7/03)(SFC, 3/8/03, p.A7)
2003 Mar 7, In Bulgaria Ilya
Pavlov, owner of the energy and tourism-related company Multigroup
and Bulgaria's richest man, was killed by a sniper in Sofia. Pavlov,
a former wrestler, was instrumental in the demise of the Kremikovtzi
2003 Mar 7, Heavy snow set off avalanches
along the cease-fire line dividing Kashmir between India and
Pakistan, killing at least 17 people, mostly soldiers, and stranding
2003 Mar 7, Nai Shwe Kyin (90), a veteran
guerrilla leader from Myanmar's Mon ethnic minority, died. He
founded the Mon Freedom League in 1947. He also helped found the Mon
People's Front in 1952 and the New Mon State Party in 1958. The
party signed a cease-fire agreement with Myanmar's military
government in 1995.
2003 Mar 7, In Nigeria the "Oba," or king,
of Lagos Island, Adeyinka Oyekan II (92), died. Ritual human
sacrifice was feared and a week of mourning left streets deserted.
2003 Mar 7, Pakistan's Baluchistan
provincial home minister said that two sons of Osama bin Laden, Saad
and Hamza bin Laden, were arrested in southwestern Afghanistan. The
report was later proved false.
2003 Mar 7, Mohamed ElBaradei, UN chief
nuclear weapons inspector, expressed frustration at the quality of
US information on Iraqi weapons and charged that some documents may
have been faked.
(SFC, 3/8/03, p.A11)
2004 Mar 7, An investiture
ceremony was held in Concord, N.H., for V. Gene Robinson, the
Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop.
2004 Mar 7, Seattle's mayor
said the city will begin recognizing the marriages of gay employees
who tie the knot elsewhere, although it will not conduct its own
2004 Mar 7, Paul Winfield (62),
an Academy Award-nominated actor who was known for his versatility
in stage, film and television roles, died of a heart attack.
2004 Mar 7, In Austria Joerg
Haider Haider's Freedom Party won 42.4 percent of the vote, compared
to just over 38 percent for the rival Socialists in Carinthia
2004 Mar 7, in China's Muslim
Xinjiang region the No. 2 Mine of the Hami Coal Co. flooded. 25
managed to escape while rescuers worked desperately to save
survivors. Rescue workers saved 15 coal miners trapped in a flooded
shaft, but seven miners were still missing.
2004 Mar 7, In Greece Costas
Karamanlis (47) led the New Democracy party over former Foreign
Minister George Papandreou's Socialists 45.4 percent to 40.6
percent. The result gave New Democracy 165 seats in the 300-member
parliament. The Socialists (Pasok) received 117 seats, Greece's
Communist Party got 12 and the Coalition of the Radical Left won
(AP, 3/8/04)(Econ, 3/13/04, p.51)
2004 Mar 7, In Haiti U.S.
Marines shot and killed one of the gunmen who fired at a huge
demonstration of protesters celebrating the flight from Haiti of
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. That raised the toll to six dead
and more than 30 injured in the protest.
2004 Mar 7, In Iraq insurgents
in a car fired rocket-propelled grenades at a police station in
Mosul, and two Iraqi civilians were killed.
2004 Mar 7, Israeli troops
traded heavy gunfire with Palestinians in a raid near Bureij Refugee
Camp, killing 14 Palestinians. Among the dead were 11 militants and
three boys between the ages of 8 and 15, and 81 people were wounded.
(AP, 3/7/04)(AP, 3/8/04)
2004 Mar 7, In central Japan a
helicopter chartered by a TV news station crashed while filming a
highway accident, killing all four aboard,
2004 Mar 7, The Samson, a ferry
carrying 113 people, vanished after it was caught in a cyclone as it
sailed between the Indian Ocean islands of Comoros and Madagascar.
There were 2 survivors. The drownings brought the death toll from
Cyclone Gafilo to 154.
(AP, 3/10/04)(AP, 3/11/04)
2004 Mar 7, Zimbabwean
authorities seized a US-registered cargo plane at Harare carrying 64
"suspected mercenaries" and military equipment. Equatorial Guinea
later said the men were mercenaries from South Africa en route to
stage a coup. Twenty South Africans, 18 Namibians, 23 Angolans, two
Congolese and one Zimbabwean carrying a South African passport were
arrested when their aging Boeing 727 was impounded. Another 15
suspects were arrested in Equatorial Guinea the next day. In 2006
Adam Roberts authored “The Wonga Coup,” an account of the attempted
(AP, 3/8/04)(WSJ, 3/10/04, p.A1)(AP,
3/10/04)(WSJ, 7/26/06, p.D11)
2005 Mar 7, President Bush
named John R. Bolton (56), undersecretary of state for arms control
and international security, as US ambassador to the UN.
(AP, 3/8/05)(SFC, 3/8/05, p.A10)
2005 Mar 7, Sony Corp. picked
Sir Howard Stringer (63), Welsh-born head of its US operations, to
replace chairman and CEO Nobuyuki Idei.
(WSJ, 3/7/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 7, United Defense
Industries, maker of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, agreed to merge
with British defense firm BAE Systems in a $4 billion deal.
(SFC, 3/8/05, p.D1)
2005 Mar 7, China said it will
keep controversial exchange-rate controls and hold down industrial
investment this year as it tries to rein in surging growth and
2005 Mar 7, An international
human rights group said militiamen and renegade soldiers have raped
and beaten tens of thousands of women and young girls in eastern
Congo, and nearly all the crimes have gone unpunished by the
country's broken judicial system.
2005 Mar 7, In the Dominican
Republic rival gangs fighting for control of a provincial prison set
pillows and sheets ablaze, starting a fire that killed 136 inmates
after rescuers were thwarted by a jammed entrance.
2005 Mar 7, It was reported
that Indonesia’s army had killed 30 Aceh separatists over the past
(WSJ, 3/7/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 7, In Iraq guerrillas
launched a series of attacks that left 33 people dead and dozens
(AP, 3/7/05)(SFC, 3/8/05, p.A10)
2005 Mar 7, The presidents of
Lebanon and Syria announced that Syrian forces will pull back to
Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley by March 31, but a complete troop
withdrawal will be deferred until after later negotiations.
2005 Mar 7, Authorities said
Nigerian police have rescued more than 100 children from child
traffickers over the last 3 days, including 56 discovered at a
checkpoint in a frozen food truck.
2005 Mar 7, Officials in South
Africa's capital voted to rename the city Tshwane, retaining the
name Pretoria for the city center only.
2005 Mar 7, A Turkish alcohol
company ordered the recall of millions of bottles of Turkish liquor
as the death toll from a bootleg version of the drink rose to at
2006 Mar 7, The Bush
administration drew a hard line on Iran, warning of "meaningful
consequences" if the Islamic government did not back away from an
international confrontation over its disputed nuclear program.
2006 Mar 7-2006 Mar 8, The NYSE
under John Thain consummated its purchase of Archipelago Holdings,
an electronic trading system partly owned by Goldman Sachs. It began
trading as a for-profit public company, NYSE Group Inc., on Mar 8
under the symbol NYX. Thain was formerly employed by Goldman.
(SFC, 3/7/06, p.C1)(Econ, 5/27/06, p.67)
2006 Mar 7, Gordon Parks (93),
black photographer, writer and film director, died in NY. His
semi-autobiographical novel “The Learning Tree” became a best seller
in 1963. His films included “Shaft” (1971) and “Leadbelly” (1976).
(SFC, 3/7/06, p.A2)
2006 Mar 7, In Buenos Aires,
Argentina, Mayor Anibal Ibarra was removed from office over
allegations that poor government safety regulation contributed to
the death of 194 people in a December 2004 nightclub fire.
2006 Mar 7, Britain unveiled a
new system for screening immigrants. Entry would depend on points
accumulated in any one of 5 proposed tiers.
(Econ, 3/11/06, p.52)
2006 Mar 7, In Colombia the
70-member La Gaitana company of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of
Colombia (FARC), handed over 63 weapons and a small aircraft during
a ceremony near Alvarado, a town 50 miles west of Bogota. Various of
the men who posed as guerrillas later testified that they were not
insurgents but rather thieves, indigents and unemployed who were
recruited by a jailed former FARC fighter and paid at least $250
each for participating.
(AP, 3/7/06)(AP, 2/10/12)
2006 Mar 7, Nobel Peace
laureate Oscar Arias was declared Costa Rica's president-elect.
2006 Mar 7, In France
protesters opposed to a government plan to reduce joblessness by
making it easier to fire young workers rallied throughout the
country, disrupting airports, schools and the Paris Metro.
2006 Mar 7, In Varanasi, India,
explosions rocked a packed railway station and crowded Hindu temple
in Hinduism's holiest city. At least 10 people died in the
explosions at the train station, and five were killed in the blast
at the temple. Five people died overnight in hospitals. Indian
police shot dead Salar, an Islamic militant suspected of links to a
triple bombing. He was found with a pistol and 2.5 kilograms (5.5
pounds) of explosives after he was shot on the outskirts of the
Uttar Pradesh state capital Lucknow, 300 kilometers (190 miles)
north of Varanasi.
(AP, 3/8/06)(AFP, 3/8/06)
2006 Mar 7, A four-year-old
Indonesian boy became the latest suspected human casualty of bird
flu as the virus spread in Nigeria and Poland. A Russian virus
expert warned that a human pandemic was highly likely and told the
government to get ready.
2006 Mar 7, In central
Indonesia a 66-foot-high mountain of sand collapsed onto diggers,
killing at least 11 people in Cipatat village near West Java's
provincial capital of Bandung.
2006 Mar 7, Iran’s President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on the IAEA, the UN nuclear agency, to
compensate Iran for suspending its nuclear activities since 2003.
2006 Mar 7, Iraq's president
postponed a decision on when to call the new parliament into session
after the dominant Shiite alliance requested a delay to resolve a
deadlock over the composition of the government. Bombings, gunfire
and mortars across Iraq left at least 11 people dead and more than a
2006 Mar 7, A US military
patrol and Iraqi police discovered 18 bodies, many of them
handcuffed and strangled, in an abandoned minibus in Baghdad.
Bombings, mortar blasts and gunfire killed 19 people. Police also
reported finding four bullet-riddled bodies, two with their eyes
gouged out. A US soldier was killed and 4 others wounded by a bomb
explosion in Tal Afar. A US Marine was killed by insurgents in Anbar
(AP, 3/8/06)(SFC, 3/9/06, p.A9)
2006 Mar 7, Iraqi forces
captured Mohammed Hila Hammad Obeidi, also known as Abu Ayman, the
prime suspect in last year's kidnapping of Italian journalist
Giuliana Sgrena. His capture was not announced until April 6 due to
DNA tests to verify his identity.
2006 Mar 7, The Irish Supreme
Court ruled that Brendan "Bik" McFarlane, a legendary Irish
Republican Army figure who in 1983 oversaw the biggest prison
breakout in British history, should stand trial for kidnapping.
2006 Mar 7, Ehud Olmert, the
acting Israeli premier, pledged a drastic cut in spending on Jewish
settlements in the West Bank.
2006 Mar 7, Ali Farka Toure
(b.1939), a traditional African musician who won two Grammy Awards,
died in his home in Bamako, Mali, after a long illness.
2006 Mar 7, Malaysia said it
has lifted a ban on US beef imports in place for more than two
years, to make up for a shortage after it restricted access to
Australian and New Zealand beef.
2006 Mar 7, More than 20,000
union workers marched in downtown Mexico City, accusing the
government of meddling in the affairs of the national miners union
by seeking to oust its leader.
2006 Mar 7, In Nuevo Laredo,
Mexico, heavily armed assailants killed a state police chief and an
officer and wounded two more officers in a brazen midmorning ambush.
2006 Mar 7, Hundreds of
communist rebels attacked security bases overnight and bombed
government buildings in eastern Nepal, sparking battles that left at
least 13 people dead.
2006 Mar 7, The World Bank
announced a $42 million grant to the Palestinian Authority, which
was plunged into a financial crisis by a drop in revenues after the
Islamic militant group Hamas won Palestinian parliament elections in
2006 Mar 7, In Sweden masked
gunmen crashed through an airport fence at the Landvetter airport
outside Goteborg, held up luggage handlers unloading crates of
foreign currency from an airliner, and left behind a suspicious
package that looked like a bomb.
2006 Mar 7, Venezuela's solidly
pro-Chavez National Assembly gave final approval to changes in the
flag proposed by the socialist president: an eighth star and a
turnabout of the horse that until now has galloped to the right.
2007 Mar 7, At least two people
woke on their way to becoming millionaires. Someone bought a winning
ticket for the record $370 million Mega Millions jackpot in Dalton,
Ga., and another winning ticket was purchased in Woodbine, N.J. Ed
Nabors (52), a Georgia truck driver, stepped forward to claim half
of a $390 million jackpot, the richest lottery prize in US history.
He elected to take his winnings in a lump sum instead of annual
installments, and will get over $80 million after taxes.
(AP, 3/7/07)(AP, 3/8/07)
2007 Mar 7, Sex offender John
Evander Couey was found guilty in Miami of kidnapping, raping and
murdering 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, who was buried alive.
2007 Mar 7, In NYC 9 people,
including 8 children, died inside their burning Bronx house. Another
child died the next day.
(AP, 3/8/07)(SFC, 3/9/07, p.A8)(SSFC, 3/11/07,
2007 Mar 7, In Afghanistan NATO
forces fought Taliban militants in the second day of the alliance's
largest-ever offensive. Mullah Abdul Qassim, a top Taliban commander
in Helmand province told The Associated Press that his group has
4,000 fighters bracing to rebuff NATO's largest-ever offensive in
southern Afghanistan. Suicide bombers are ready, land mines have
been planted and helicopters will be targeted.
2007 Mar 7, Britain’s House of
Commons voted 337-224 to introduce elections to the House of Lords.
(SFC, 3/8/07, p.A3)
2007 Mar 7, In China a
government directive said all pet dogs will be killed in a district
of the southwestern city of Chongqing as part of an anti-rabies
campaign. Residents of the city's Wanzhou district had until March
15 to hand over their dogs.
2007 Mar 7, Ecuador’s highest
electoral court voted to dismiss 57 congressmen for allegedly
interfering with a referendum on whether to rewrite the
constitution, in an escalating fight over Ecuador's charter.
2007 Mar 7, In France a new law
took effect that makes it a crime for anyone, who is not a
professional journalist, to film real-world violence and distribute
the images on the Internet. Critics call it a clumsy effort by
authorities to battle "happy slapping," the youth fad of filming
violent acts, which most often they have provoked, and spreading the
images on the Web or between mobile phones.
2007 Mar 7, A packed Garuda
Indonesia jetliner crash-landed and erupted in flames at Yogyakarta
airport, killing 22 people trapped inside the burning wreckage. More
than 115 others escaped through emergency exits as black smoke
billowed behind them.
(AP, 3/7/07)(Econ, 3/10/07, p.40)
2007 Mar 7, In Iraq at least 11
Shiite pilgrims were killed by bombs and gunfire as they streamed
toward a Muslim shrine ahead of a weekend holiday. Three American
soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb. An Iraqi TV cameraman
working for a privately owned Shiite station was among 22 people
killed in a car bombing at a police checkpoint in south Baghdad. A
suspected financier of insurgents was captured in Kirkuk province. A
suicide attacker blew himself up in a cafe northeast of Baghdad,
killing 30 people.
(AP, 3/7/07)(AP, 3/8/07)(AP, 3/11/07)(AP, 3/7/08)
2007 Mar 7, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir cable operators said 4 foreign television
channels have been pulled from the air after Islamic militant groups
demanded cable companies stop airing "obscene" shows.
2007 Mar 7, Israeli troops
raided the Palestinian military headquarters in Ramallah and
arrested 18 fugitives who had sought shelter there.
2007 Mar 7, The Israeli air
force unveiled its newest unmanned aircraft, saying the plane can
fly longer, faster and higher than any other surveillance aircraft.
2007 Mar 7, A Nigerian court
cleared Vice President Atiku Abubakar to take part in next month's
presidential poll, overturning a decision by the electoral
commission to disqualify him.
2007 Mar 7, North Korea
reported that it has slaughtered hundreds of cows and pigs after an
outbreak of foot and mouth disease. The report said the sickened
cows had been imported from Tieling, China.
2007 Mar 7, In Pakistan senior
officials from India and Pakistan wrapped up the first meeting of a
joint panel on counterterrorism set up in September under a peace
process begun in 2004. They pledged to share information and help
each other prevent terrorism. In southwestern Pakistan a bomb
attached to a motorcycle exploded near a vehicle carrying
pro-government tribal elders, killing one of them and wounding 12
2007 Mar 7, Russian nuclear
energy officials hosted an Iranian delegation for talks on the
construction of a Russian-built plant that has fallen behind
schedule because of what Moscow said were delays in payments by
2007 Mar 7, In Russia Vladimir
Nikolayev, the mayor of Vladivostok, was ordered arrested amid a
criminal investigation into suspect land deals and embezzlement in
the latest bout of corruption to hit the long-troubled port.
2007 Mar 7, In Somalia a gunman
shot dead two policemen south of Mogadishu, close to the airport
where hundreds of African Union peacekeepers have begun deploying.
2007 Mar 7, Han Myung-sook,
South Korea's prime minister, stepped down saying she would think
about running for the nation's top job. Han was the first woman to
hold the government's No. 2 position, although the job is largely
ceremonial in a country where power is concentrated around the
2007 Mar 7, In Timor-Leste a
three-judge panel found Rogerio Lobato, a former interior minister,
guilty of fueling violence a year ago that ultimately led to the
downfall of the government and sentenced him to 7 1/2 years in
2007 Mar 7, Turk Telekom
blocked access to Google's YouTube video-sharing site after a court
ruling over videos deemed insulting to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the
founder of modern Turkey.
2008 Mar 7, Pres. Bush called
an impromptu new conference to calm fears following news of a 63,000
job loss nationwide in February. The January job loss was 22,000.
The Federal Reserve said it plans to make $100 billion available to
banks in March to ease the credit crises.
(SFC, 3/8/08, p.C1)
2008 Mar 7, US Congressman
questioned ex-corporate CEOs on executive compensation as their
companies lost billions in the subprime debacle.
(SFC, 3/8/08, p.C1)(WSJ, 3/8/08, p.A3)
2008 Mar 7, The IRS said it
will spend nearly $42 million on letters alerting taxpayers to
(WSJ, 3/8/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 7, Texas oilman David
Chalmers was sentenced to two years in prison after admitting to
paying millions of dollars in kickbacks to Iraq in connection with
the UN oil-for-food program.
2008 Mar 7, David Gale
(b.1921), UC mathematician, died. In 1962 he and UCLA Prof. Lloyd
Shapley proposed a solution to the “stable marriage problem.” The
paper proved a fertile contribution to real cases of “two-sided
(WSJ, 3/28/08, p.A6)
2008 Mar 7, Algerian
authorities seized 2 tons of cannabis on the border with Morocco. 2
more tons were seized Mar 3. The total was valued at around 4
2008 Mar 7, Captain Paul Watson
of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a protest ship harassing
Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean, said he was shot in a
high-seas clash and his crew members pelted with flash grenades,
injuring one. Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith and Japanese
officials insisted only warning devices were fired.
2008 Mar 7, Australian
officials said police have rescued 10 South Korean women who were
forced to work in a Sydney brothel by a sex slavery syndicate that
lured them to Australia with promises of legitimate jobs.
2008 Mar 7, The Belarusian
Foreign Ministry said it has demanded that the US ambassador leave
the country and recalled its ambassador in the US over Washington's
economic sanctions against the ex-Soviet nation.
2008 Mar 7, Francis Pym (86),
former Northern Ireland secretary (1973-74) under Edward Heath, died
after a long illness. He also served as former PM Margaret
Thatcher’s foreign secretary during the Falklands War (1982) but was
fired in 1983 and became a Thatcher antagonist.
2008 Mar 7, A flight crew
prevented an apparent attempt to crash a China Southern flight from
Urumqi. Officials later said a Uighur woman attempted to start a
fire on board the flight to Beijing. No passengers were injured. In
northern Hebei province 10 people were killed in a collision between
a bus and a truck loaded with coal.
(AP, 3/9/08)(AP, 3/7/08)(Econ, 3/22/08, p.29)
2008 Mar 7, At a summit in the
Dominican Republic the presidents of Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador
agreed to end a bitter dispute triggered by a Colombian cross-border
raid with testy handshakes and an apology.
2008 Mar 7, An official said
Egypt is building a 13-foot high concrete and rock wall interspersed
with watch towers along its narrow boundary with the Gaza Strip to
prevent Hamas militants from breaching the border.
2008 Mar 7, Bombings in the
northern city of Mosul killed at least 4 people and wounded 46. Twin
bombings in the central part of the city killed one person and
injured 14 others. An American soldier was killed during an
operation in Diyala province.
(AP, 3/7/08)(AP, 3/8/08)
2008 Mar 7, Mexican soldiers
seized assault rifles, grenades, marijuana and bulletproof vests
bearing police insignia after a brief shootout in the border city of
Tijuana. Police commander Ricardo Rodriguez was shot dead in a city
plaza by gunmen who opened fire with assault rifles from a moving
2008 Mar 7, Both of Spain's
major political parties called off all election campaigning
nationwide after Isaias Carrasco, a former city councilman, was shot
dead in the Basque region just two days before general elections.
2008 Mar 7, Suspected Kurdish
rebels killed a civilian and took another hostage in a southern
Turkish province near the border with Syria.
2009 Mar 7, President Barack
Obama promised to do "all that's necessary" to boost the economy and
warned, in an opening shot at critics of his budget proposals, that
the country had tough choices ahead.
2009 Mar 7, SF Bay Area police
completed a 2-day sweep arresting at least 42 people, all alleged
member of the so-called “Taliban” gang.
(SSFC, 3/8/09, p.A1)
2009 Mar 7, A widow in western
Afghanistan burned herself alive in what relatives called a
desperate move to escape her miserably poor life.
2009 Mar 7, In Algeria 2 people
were killed and five others wounded in an attack on the barracks of
security forces at Tadmait near Tizi Ouzou east of the capital.
2009 Mar 7, The British
government said it will take a majority stake in Lloyds Banking
Group and guarantee toxic assets, leaving only two major British
banks outside the state's control.
2009 Mar 7, In France a
commuter train slammed into a group of football fans who were
walking on railway tracks in a Paris suburb, killing two youths and
injuring 11 people.
2009 Mar 7, Iraq's PM Nouri
al-Maliki called for an end to the practice of distributing top
government jobs along religious and ethnic lines, saying the system
leads to weakness and mismanagement.
2009 Mar 7, Suspected IRA
dissidents opened fire on British troops and pizza delivery men at
the entrance to Massereene army barracks in Antrim, west of Belfast,
killing two soldiers and wounding four other people. The attackers
fired on Mark Quinsey (23) and Patrick Azimkar (21) again as they
lay wounded on the ground. A week later 3 men were arrested over the
killings. On March 27 Colin Duffy (41), a prominent dissident
republican, was remanded in custody after being charged with the
murders of the two British soldiers. He was linked to the soldiers'
murder by DNA evidence. On April 2 police arrested a 19-year-old man
on suspicion of gunning down the two British soldiers. On Jan 20,
2012, Brian Shivers (46) was found guilty of the shooting and
sentenced to at least 25 years in prison. Colin Duffy was cleared.
On May 3, 2013, a judge dismissed the forensic evidence against
Shivers and ruled he was too feeble to have played a role.
(AP, 3/8/09)(AFP, 3/14/09)(Econ, 3/14/09,
p.59)(AFP, 3/27/09)(AP, 4/2/09)(AFP, 1/20/12)(AP, 2/10/12)(AP,
2009 Mar 7, In Pakistan Taliban
militants reportedly shot down a suspected drone aircraft in a
tribal area bordering Afghanistan. In the northwest a bomb-laden car
exploded as police tried to pull a body from it, killing 7 police
and a bystander. A roadside bombing in Darra Adam Khel killed 3
civilians. A suicide bomber in the Khyber tribal region killed 4
(AFP, 3/7/09)(AP, 3/7/09)(SSFC, 3/8/09, p.A10)
2009 Mar 7, Palestinian PM
Salam Fayyad submitted his resignation, a move that could help pave
the way for an elusive power-sharing deal between Palestinian
moderates and militants.
2009 Mar 7, In Sri Lanka more
than 100 Tamil Tiger rebels were killed in two days of fighting as
they tried to break a military stranglehold.
2010 Mar 7, In the US Academy
Awards the film “The Hurt Locker” triumphed with six prizes and made
Kathryn Bigelow the first woman ever to win the directing Oscar.
Sandra Bullock won as best actress for "The Blind Side"; Jeff
Bridges as best actor for "Crazy Heart"; Mo'Nique as supporting
actress for "Precious: Based on the Novel `Push' by Sapphire"; and
Christoph Waltz as supporting actor for "Inglourious Basterds." The
best documentary feature was won by “The Cove,” an examination of a
bloody dolphin hunt filmed with hidden cameras in Taiji, Japan.
(AP, 3/8/10)(SSFC, 3/14/10, p.A4)
2010 Mar 7, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai made an unannounced visit to the southern town of
Marjah, promising angry elders that he will rebuild the former
Taliban stronghold after a big NATO operation. Scores of Islamist
militants defected and joined the Afghan government as infighting
among rebel groups left dozens dead including civilians. Regional
police spokesman Laal Mohammad Ahmadzai said 11 Hezb-i-Islami
commanders and 68 of their men in Baghlan province had defected to
the government. Over the weekend 3 men in Helmand and Laghman
provinces and 2 children in Kandahar were killed in a wave of bomb
blasts. 3 NATO service members were killed in attacks, one in the
south and two in the east. A roadside bomb blew up a car in the
southwestern province of Badghis killing 10 civilians. Another
civilian died in a separate bomb blast in the same region.
(Reuters, 3/7/10)(AFP, 3/7/10)(AP, 3/8/10)
2010 Mar 7, Sir Kenneth Dover
(89), a distinguished British historian of Greek culture, died. He
gained wider fame by admitting his wish to kill a fellow historian
Trevor Aston (d.1985). His books included commentaries on
Thucydides, Theocritus and Aristophanes; "Ancient Greek Literature"
(1980), "Greek and the Greeks" (1987), "The Greeks and Their Legacy"
(1989), "Greek Popular Morality in the Times of Plato and Aristotle"
(1994), "The Evolution of Greek Prose Style" (1997) and a popular
history, "The Greeks" (1981) written in conjunction with a
television series for the British Broadcasting Corp.
2010 Mar 7, Ethiopia
inaugurated a museum in Addis Ababa in memory of the victims of
former dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam's so-called Red Terror purge
which killed tens of thousands in 1977-78.
2010 Mar 7, In Germany police
said heavy snowfall over the weekend triggered a deadly avalanche
and caused thousands of accidents, leaving at least seven people
dead and dozens more injured.
2010 Mar 7, Iran announced that
it has started a new production line of highly accurate, short range
cruise missiles, which would add a new element to the country's
already imposing arsenal.
2010 Mar 7, Iraq held its 2nd
election since the 2003 ouster of Saddam Hussein. 62% of Iraqis
voted. Insurgents bombed a polling station and lobbed grenades at
voters, killing at least 37 people in 136 attacks aimed at
intimidating those taking part in an election that will determine
whether the country can overcome the sectarian divisions that have
plagued it since the 2003 US-led invasion. PM Nuri al-Maliki, the
Shiite who helped ease Iraq's sectarian strife, soon emerged as a
front-runner in a parliamentary election.
(AP, 3/7/10)(AFP, 3/8/10)(SFC, 3/9/10, p.A3)(SFC,
2010 Mar 7, Jamaica said plans
to open a music museum next year that officials say will feature
rare pieces from the island's music history, such as the sole album
that the late reggae star Bob Marley produced before he gained
2010 Mar 7, NATO said it is
suspending the training of Kosovo's security troops after a
military-style parade that broke the force's agreement to focus only
on civil emergencies. An armed honor guard had appeared at a parade
on March 5 marking the 12th anniversary of the killing of the leader
of the Kosovo Liberation Army.
2010 Mar 7, In Nigeria some 500
people, mainly women and children, were allegedly killed in
overnight attacks in the three villages of Dogo Nahawa, Ratsat and
Zot near the city of Jos. Residents and local rights activists
blamed the overnight attack on ethnic Fulani pastoralists. A
military spokesman said security forces have arrested 24 people last
week accused of stealing crude oil and illegally refining it.
Security forces soon detained 95 suspects in the violence.
(AFP, 3/7/10)(AP, 3/8/10)(AFP, 3/9/10)
2010 Mar 7, A skeptical
Palestinian leadership agreed to hold US-mediated peace talks with
Israel for four months, effectively ending a 14-month breakdown in
communications between the two sides.
2010 Mar 7, Philippine marines
killed at least seven al-Qaida-linked militants in a raid on a
coastal hide-out but failed to capture a Malaysian terror suspect
long wanted by Washington.
2010 Mar 7, In Thailand some
3,000 supporters of fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra
demonstrated a week ahead of a crucial mass anti-government protest.
2010 Mar 7, Togo's top
opposition party said they have proof that the ruling party
committed fraud to win the country's contentious presidential
election and that they will show their evidence in court.
2010 Mar 7, In Yemen Sharif
Mobley, an American al-Qaida prisoner receiving treatment in a
hospital, attacked guards killing one and wounding another, while
trying to escape. He was caught after a chase.
(AP, 3/7/10)(AP, 3/14/10)
2011 Mar 7, Pres. Obama cleared
the way for new military trials for suspected terrorists at the Navy
base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
(SFC, 3/8/11, p.A5)
2011 Mar 7, A US federal judge
extended his temporary order banning collection of an $18 billion
judgment by the courts in Ecuador against Chevron, saying the oil
company could face irreparable harm because it appeared that lawyers
for Ecuadoreans who sued over rainforest contamination were going to
try to quickly collect the award.
2011 Mar 7, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb in Jalalabad killed two policemen and wounded another
2011 Mar 7, In Algeria
thousands of auxiliary police marched across the country to demand a
pay raise, breaking through heavy security to reach parliament in a
rare mass show of dissent in the tightly controlled country.
2011 Mar 7, In Bahrain hundreds
of members of the Shiite Muslim majority protested outside the US
Embassy to appeal for Washington to back their campaign for greater
2011 Mar 7, Two Colombian air
force helicopters crashed during a training exercise, killing four
Colombian soldiers and a Mexican lieutenant participating in the
2011 Mar 7, A long-awaited
French corruption trial opened with former President Jacques Chirac
(78) as the star defendant. Chirac was accused of embezzlement,
breach of trust and conflict of interest, based on allegations
linked to his tenure as Paris mayor, before he became president from
1995 to 2007.
2011 Mar 7, French fashion
colossus LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton announced that it has
agreed to buy Rome-based jeweler Bulgari SpA in a cash-and-shares
deal worth euro4.3 billion ($6 billion).
2011 Mar 7, India's Supreme
Court ruled that in rare cases a terminally ill patient can be
removed from life support, a major shift in a country where such
acts have long been illegal. It rejected, however, a plea to end the
life of a woman who was brain damaged more than 30 years ago.
2011 Mar 7, In the Ivory Coast
the government of the democratically elected president confirmed
that rebels allied with their leader had seized control of a nearly
30-mile corridor along the country's border with Liberia following
an intense weekend battle.
2011 Mar 7, Japan's health
ministry halted the use of vaccines made by Pfizer Inc and
Sanofi-Aventis SA that prevent meningitis and pneumonia following
the recent deaths of four children. The deaths happened between
March 2 and March 4.
2011 Mar 7, Ten Japanese
companies said they plan to install electric vehicle chargers at the
sites of beverage vending machines across Japan in a cost-cutting
2011 Mar 7, Libyan warplanes
launched fresh airstrikes on rebel positions around Ras Lanouf, a
key oil port, trying to block the opposition fighters from advancing
toward Moammar Gadhafi's stronghold in the capital, Tripoli.
Pro-Gaddafi security forces bombarded the city of Zawiya from the
east and west.
(Reuters, 3/7/11)(AFP, 3/7/11)
2011 Mar 7, In Mexico Marisol
Valles Garcia (20), recently named police chief of Praxedis G.
Guerrero, was fired for apparently abandoning her post after
receiving death threats. Gunbattles between rival gangs killed 18
people in the northeastern town of Abasolo, Tamaulipas state.
(AP, 3/7/11)(AP, 3/8/11)
2011 Mar 7, In Mexico
assailants in Chilpancingo, capital of Guerrero state, doused three
government offices with gasoline and set them ablaze. The fire
destroyed documents and computer equipment at offices of the health
department, the interior department and a federal government health
2011 Mar 7, Palestinian
president Mahmud Abbas travelled to Britain for a one-day visit to
discuss the stalled peace process with Israel.
2011 Mar 7, In Puerto Rico a
jury convicted Sen. Hector Martinez and island businessman Juan
Bravo Fernandez, who owns one of the island's largest security
companies, of bribery in a high-profile trial that featured
allegations the lawmaker accepted a trip to Las Vegas to see a
boxing match in exchange for political favors.
(AP, 3/7/11)(AP, 3/8/11)
2011 Mar 7, Somali President
Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed claimed victory over the insurgents, and he
called for the "final elimination" of al-Shabab, though it was far
from clear that the militants have been defeated.
2011 Mar 7, Spanish drivers
slowed down under a new speed limit designed to reduce energy use,
angering some motorists but pleasing others who say every euro saved
helps a nation slammed by Libya's oil chaos and Europe's financial
2011 Mar 7, Syrian authorities
released Haitham al-Maleh (80), a leading lawyer and human rights
activist, just hours after President Bashar Assad issued an amnesty
for older prisoners and others convicted of minor crimes.
2011 Mar 7, In Yemen about
2,000 inmates staged a riot at a prison in the Sanaa after taking a
dozen guards hostage and joined calls by anti-government protesters
for the country's president to step down. In the southern port city
of Aden a young protester was critically wounded by a bullet to the
head during a rally. 25 protesters were arrested.
2011 Mar 7, A Zimbabwean court
freed 38 of 46 people, arrested on Feb 19, who were charged with
plotting an Egypt-style uprising against the country's longtime
ruler. A magistrate ordered 8 others to face treason charges later
2012 Mar 7, Apple unveiled a
third-generation iPad enhanced with features aimed at keeping it on
top of the booming tablet computer market. The new iPad will go on
sale March 16 in Canada, France, Germany and the United States at
$499, the same price as the previous models, for the most basic iPad
featuring wireless connectivity only.
2012 Mar 7, In Afghanistan 6
British soldiers were killed when a massive explosion hit their
armored vehicle, taking the British toll in the war against Taliban
insurgents to more than 400. In Uruzgan province 9 policemen were
killed by Taliban insurgents after a checkpoint guard allowed them
to enter a sleeping area.
(AFP, 3/7/12)(SFC, 3/9/12, p.A3)
2012 Mar 7, In Colombia an
accident at a small coal mine, named "El Desespero" (Desperation),
killed at least four miners and five others were still missing.
2012 Mar 7, In Egypt the Cairo
Criminal Court acquitted policeman Mohammed Abdel-Moneim, who was
sentenced to death for shooting 20 protesters on Jan. 28 last year
in front of a Cairo police station. The court did not give reasons
for its ruling.
2012 Mar 7, Indian police said
they had arrested Syed Mohammed Kazmi (50), an Indian journalist
working for an Iranian media organization in connection with a bomb
attack last month targeting an Israeli diplomat.
2012 Mar 7, Iran's state media
said Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered the creation
of an Internet oversight agency that includes top military and
political figures in the country's boldest attempt to control the
2012 Mar 7, Iranian media
reported that Ali Shakouri-Rad, a ranking member of the Islamic Iran
Participation Front, former lawmaker and a leading reformist from a
banned political party has been sentenced to four years in prison
for allegedly spreading anti-regime propaganda.
2012 Mar 7, In northern Iraq 2
bombs exploded in swift succession killing 13 people near a crowded
restaurant in Tal Afar. Separate car bombings in Baghdad killed four
people and wounded 14 in a Sunni area of the capital.
2012 Mar 7, Libyan leader
Mustafa Abdel Jalil said he would defend national unity "with force"
if necessary, after tribal leaders and a political faction declared
autonomy for an eastern region.
2012 Mar 7, In northern Nigeria
gunmen attacked a police station and two banks, killing at least
four policemen, amid a wave of violence blamed on Islamist group
Boko Haram. A raid was conducted in the northern city of Zaria
leading to the arrest of Abu Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the
kidnapping of a Briton and an Italian, and five others.
(AFP, 3/8/12)(AFP, 3/14/12)
2012 Mar 7, Qatar’s official
QNA news agency reported that the government has promised to invest
$2 billion in Sudan, as Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visited
the gas-rich state.
2012 Mar 7, In South Africa
tens of thousands of protesters marched through 32 towns and cities
in a protest by the powerful Cosatu labor body, the latest sign of
tensions within the ANC-led government.
2012 Mar 7, UN's humanitarian
chief Valerie Amos arrived in Syria to try to secure aid for
battered protest cities, as tanks and troops headed for a rebel
bastion in Idlib. Syria's deputy oil minister, Abdo Husameldin,
defected to Turkey. His online video emerged the next day, making
him the highest ranking civilian official to abandon the regime
since the uprising against President Bashar Assad erupted a year
(AFP, 3/7/12)(AP, 3/8/12)(Econ, 3/10/12, p.60)
2013 Mar 7, A US federal judge
ruled unconstitutional a 2011 Idaho law that prohibited abortions
after 20 weeks.
(SFC, 3/8/13, p.A6)
2013 Mar 7, In Bangladesh over
100 people were reported killed over the last 3 days by law
enforcement agencies under the pretext of controlling violence.
(Econ, 3/9/13, p.49)
2013 Mar 7, British stock
market trader Paul Milsom was sentenced to two years in jail, the
first sentence to come out of the Financial Services Authority's
(FSA) biggest investigation into insider dealing. Milsom, who was a
senior equities trader at the investment arm of life insurer Legal
& General, was also ordered to pay 245,000 pounds, the total
profit he made from insider trading.
2013 Mar 7, Gogglebox, a
British reality show, began airing on Channel 4. The show featured
recurring couples, families and friends from around Britain sitting
in their homes watching weekly British television shows.
2013 Mar 7, Coalfield Resources
said Daw Mill Colliery in Warwickshire, Britain's largest coal mine,
will close permanently with the loss of at least 550 jobs due to a
fire that has burned ferociously for two weeks.
2013 Mar 7, Chinese officials
castigated the Tibetan Kirti monastery, at the center of a wave of
self-immolations, saying it has been inciting the fiery protests.
They also indicated that authorities will not relax controls over
2013 Mar 7, Egyptian policemen
protested for a 4th day in several cities across the country,
refusing orders to work and accusing officials of trying to
politicize the force.
(AP, 3/7/13)(SFC, 3/8/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 7, Iraq's parliament
approved a $118.6 billion national budget after months of wrangling
over how much should be allocated to foreign oil companies working
in the country's self-ruled northern Kurdish region. Police and
health officials said six people were killed and 10 others were
wounded in attacks across Iraq.
2013 Mar 7, A Milan court
convicted former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi of breach of
confidentiality for the illegal publication of wiretapped
conversations related to a failed bank takeover in a newspaper owned
by his media empire. His brother, Paolo Berlusconi, was convicted of
the same charge and sentenced to two years and three months.
2013 Mar 7, Kuwait
government-affiliated newspapers reported that activists Sager
al-Hashash and Naser al-Daihani were sentenced to two years and one
year for Twitter posts offensive to the country's ruler.
2013 Mar 7, Dozens of Libyan
militiamen stormed the headquarters of a private TV network in
Tripoli, looting and smashing equipment before abducting staffers.
News editor Sulieman Abu-Azza suspected the attack could have been
carried out in retaliation to the network's heavy criticism of the
unruly militia and its coverage of assaults against the country's
National General Congress.
2013 Mar 7, Malaysian security
forces gunned down 31 Filipino intruders in Borneo, the highest
number of casualties in a single day since nearly 200 members of a
Philippine Muslim clan took over an entire village last month. At
least 60 people, including 8 Malaysian police officers, have been
killed in the conflict.
(AP, 3/7/13)(SFC, 3/8/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 7, A South African
police officer allegedly dragged a man from a police vehicle in the
second such incident in recent weeks. The officer was later
2013 Mar 7, Clashes flared
between Syrian troops and rebels close to Israeli-controlled
territory in the Golan Heights.
2013 Mar 7, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously for tough new sanctions to punish North
Korea for its latest nuclear test. North Korea’s Army Gen. Kang Pyo
Yong told a crowd of tens of thousands that North Korea is ready to
fire long-range nuclear-armed missiles at Washington.
2013 Mar 7, Venezuela's acting
head of state, VP Nicolas Maduro, said that Hugo Chavez's body would
be forever displayed inside a glass tomb at a military museum not
far from the presidential palace.
2013 Mar 7, Zimbabwe wildlife
rangers caught put down three lions that killed two people near a
suburb in the northern resort town of Kariba. A lioness and two
"sub-adult" cubs between two and three years old were baited into
traps and given lethal injections using darts.
2014 Mar 7, In Washington DC
the Organization of American States voted to approve a declaration
that rejected violence and called for just outcomes for the 21
people the Venezuelan government says have died in weeks of street
protests. The OAS also supported the Venezuelan government's
attempts to use political dialogue to end the protests. The United
States, Panama and Canada voted against the resolution.
2014 Mar 7, US officials said
Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael McClendon, accused of secretly
photographing and videotaping a dozen women the US Military Academy
at West Point, has agreed to a plea bargain that includes a 33-month
sentence, loss of pay, reduction in rank to private and a
(SFC, 3/8/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 7, The US Centers for
Disease Control issued an alert after health authorities in the
United States reported that at least 19 women in five states had
developed serious mycobacterial wound infections over the previous
12 months following cosmetic procedures in the Dominican Republic
such as liposuction, tummy tucks and breast implants.
2014 Mar 7, In Michigan a house
covered with stuffed animals and dolls became the latest casualty in
a string of suspicious fires at the Heidelberg Project in Detroit.
(SFC, 3/8/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 7, In Fort Hood,
Texas, Army Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen, a coordinator of the
post’s sexual assault and harassment program, was charged with 21
counts of pandering, conspiracy and maltreatment of a subordinate.
(SSFC, 3/9/14, p.A9)
2014 Mar 7, In Washington state
some 750 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma went
on a hunger strike to protest deportations and conditions at the
(SSFC, 3/9/14, p.A9)
2014 Mar 7, Two shipping
companies agreed to civil settlements following accusations that
they fixed prices of government cargo transportation contracts
between the US and Puerto Rico. Sea Star Line LLC agreed to pay $1.9
million and Horizon Lines LLC $1.5 million to settle the cases.
2014 Mar 7, Online retailer
Coupons.com, which took coupon clipping to the Web in 1998, raised
$168 million in its IPO and rose 88% to close at $30 per share.
(SFC, 3/8/14, p.D1)
2014 Mar 7, Hundreds of British
lawyers marched on Parliament to protest legal aid cuts. The
government planned to reduce the legal aid budget by $360 million a
year through 2019.
(SFC, 3/8/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 7, BAE Systems Applied
Intelligence, the cyber arm of Britain's premier defense contractor,
published its own research on suspected Russian spyware known as
Turla, which it called "snake." The sophisticated piece of spyware
has been quietly infecting hundreds of government computers across
Europe and the United States in one of the most complex cyber
espionage programs uncovered to date.
2014 Mar 7, Chinese authorities
allowed the country's first corporate bond default, inflicting
losses on small investors in a painful step toward making its
financial system more market-oriented.
2014 Mar 7, Congolese warlord
Germain Katanga was convicted of being an accessory to war crimes
including murder and pillage - only the second conviction in the
12-year history of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The
Hague. Katanga was convicted as an accessory in the attack on Bogoro
village in 2003 that left some 200 civilians dead and many women
raped and turned into sex slaves.
(Reuters, 3/7/14)(SFC, 3/8/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 7, Greek Dr. Costas
Kastaniotis (57) was convicted of breaking anti-racism laws for
putting up a "Jews not welcome" sign outside his office and given a
16-month suspended sentence. The neurologist denied he was the one
to have put up the sign, which was written in German, and said he
took it down when it was brought to his attention.
2014 Mar 7, Hundreds of people
protested in the streets in Indian-controlled Kashmir over the
expulsion of dozens of Kashmiri college students because they
cheered for the Pakistani cricket team over India's.
2014 Mar 7, Kenya's president
and cabinet agreed to a pay cut as part of austerity measures meant
to reduce the government wage bill and free up funds for use in
economic development. They called on lawmakers to do the same.
2014 Mar 7, An Indian naval
officer was killed and "some" dock workers were injured in a gas
leak aboard a yet-to-be commissioned naval ship.
2014 Mar 7, In Iraq shelling in
Fallujah, held by anti-government fighters for more than two months,
and a shooting targeting a local official killed seven people.
2014 Mar 7, Mark Karpeles, head
of the Tokyo-based Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange, said 200,000 missing
bitcoins, valued at $116 million, were found in old format wallets.
Some $378 million of bitcoin currency remained missing.
(SFC, 3/22/14, p.C1)
2014 Mar 7, Macedonian police
said they have arrested 13 people, including the head of a customs
office at the Macedonia-Bulgaria border crossing, on suspicion of
participating in a ring smuggling designer clothing from Greece and
2014 Mar 7, A Malaysian court
sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on
sodomy charges, overturning a 2012 acquittal and throwing his
political career into jeopardy.
(AP, 3/7/14)(Econ, 3/15/14, p.40)
2014 Mar 7, Malaysia banned an
Ultraman comic book because it uses the word "Allah" to describe the
Japanese action hero. The Home Ministry said that the Malay-edition
of "Ultraman, The Ultra Power" contained elements that can undermine
public security and societal morals.
2014 Mar 7, Mozambican PM
Alberto Vaquina says attacks by the opposition party and former
rebel movement Renamo have displaced more than 6,000 people in the
central parts of the country.
2014 Mar 7, Russia rallied
support for a Crimean bid to secede from Ukraine, with Russia's top
lawmaker assuring her Crimean counterpart that the region would be
welcomed as "an absolutely equal subject of the Russian Federation."
Russia said that Organization for Security and Co-Operation in
Europe (OSCE) observers, who were barred from Crimea, had failed to
obtain "official invitations" from the Crimean authorities.
(AP, 3/7/14)(AFP, 3/7/14)
2014 Mar 7, Saudi Arabia
identified the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group along with
al-Qaida and two Syrian jihadist groups, warning those who join them
or support them they could face five to 30 years in prison.
(AP, 3/7/14)(AFP, 3/7/14)
2014 Mar 7, A diplomatic source
said South Africa has expelled three Rwandan diplomats it says were
linked to an attack by gunmen this week on the Johannesburg home of
an exiled dissident Rwandan general. Rwanda retaliated by ordering
out six South African diplomats.
2014 Mar 7, South Africa's
under-fire police faced a fresh scandal after footage emerged of
uniformed officers punching and kicking a half-naked and unarmed man
on a Cape Town street.
2014 Mar 7, Syrian warplanes
pounded an area near the rebel-held town of Yabrud near the Lebanese
2014 Mar 7, In Thailand 6
suspected drug dealers were shot dead during a firefight with Thai
security forces who seized illegal amphetamines in the Mae Sai
district of northernmost Chiang Rai province.
2014 Mar 7, A Turkish court
ordered the release of former army chief Ilker Basbug from a life
2015 Mar 7, In San Francisco
the Chinese New Year Parade ushered in the Year of the Ram.
(SSFC, 3/8/15, p.A12)
2015 Mar 7, In Brazil recent
rains led to increased mosquitoes transmitting dengue fever. Since
January 224,000 cases were reported to date.
(Econ., 3/28/15, p.42)
2015 Mar 7, In Burkina Faso the
24th pan-African FESPACO wrapped up in Ouagadougou. It featured the
screening of "Captaine Thomas Sankara", a flattering 90-minute
portrait of the iconoclastic Marxist soldier by Swiss director
2015 Mar 7, In Chechnya a man
killed in a standoff with police was wanted by police in connection
with Nemtsov's killing. When police arrived at an apartment block in
Grozny, the man threw one grenade at officers and then blew himself
up with a second.
2015 Mar 7, Colombia's
government and Marxist FARC rebels announced in Cuba that they had
reached a deal on demining, a stride forward on a key issue to
negotiate peace after decades of conflict. Over 11,000 Colombians
have been killed or wounded by mines in the last quarter-century.
(AFP, 3/8/15)(Econ., 3/28/15, p.40)
2015 Mar 7, Egypt Interior
Ministry said that Mahmoud Ramadan was executed after being
convicted of murder. He was said to be behind the deaths of a young
man and a child who were thrown off a roof on July 5, 2013, two days
following the ouster of Pres. Morsi.
2015 Mar 7, In Iraq gunmen
dressed all in black abducted 31 Shiite men from their homes in
eastern Baghdad. Officials said they suspect the kidnapped men were
involved in prostitution and criminal activities. Separate attacks
in the capital killed 6 people.
2015 Mar 7, Iraqi officials in
the northern city of Mosul said that militants with the Islamic
State group have begun demolishing the ancient archaeological site
of Hatra in a push to rid its territory of symbols it says promote
idolatry. In April a video was released showing extremists smashing
walls and shooting assault rifles at priceless statues.
(AP, 3/7/15)(SSFC, 4/5/15, p.A7)
2015 Mar 7, In Iraq and Syria
US and coalition forces conducted 17 air strikes against Islamic
State fighters over the past 24 hours with 6 in Syria and 11 in
2015 Mar 7, The Israeli navy
opened fire on boats off the coast of the Gaza Strip, killing one
Palestinian fisherman after four vessels had strayed from a six
nautical-mile fishing zone. The Israeli army opened fire after the
boats did not heed calls to halt.
2015 Mar 7, In Mali militants
killed 5 people in a gun attack on a restaurant in Bamako, including
3 Malians, a French citizen and a Belgian security officer with the
EU delegation in and around La Terrasse restaurant. The Sahara-based
Islamist group al-Mourabitoun, run by leading Algerian militant
Mokhtar Belmokhtar, claimed responsibility.
(Reuters, 3/7/15)(Reuters, 3/8/15)(AFP, 3/13/15)
2015 Mar 7, In Mali two Arab
teenagers were lynched and their bodies burned on in Gao by an angry
mob that believed they had planted bombs in the area. They came from
a family that supports Bamako against a predominantly Tuareg
rebellion in the restive north.
2015 Mar 7, In Mozambique
hundreds of human rights activists and students marched in Maputo
demanding justice for the March 3 murder of lawyer Gilles Cistac.
(Econ., 3/14/15, p.52)
2015 Mar 7, Nigeria-based Boko
Haram pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, after repeated
indications that it was seeking a formal tie-up and a series of
Nigerian military successes against the rebels.
2015 Mar 7, In northeastern
Nigeria three bombings in Maiduguri killed 58 people and wounded 139
2015 Mar 7, In Russia the
Investigative Committee, a state body leading the investigation in
the Feb 27 murder of Boris Nemtsov, named two men, Anzor Gubashev
and Zaur Dadayev. as suspects.
2015 Mar 7, Swedish police
began investigating what could be a triple homicide after 3 people
were found dead in the country's southwest.
2015 Mar 7, In northeastern
Syria Islamic State militants attacked a string of predominantly
Christian villages. At least 8 militants were killed in the fighting
and an unknown number of Kurds. At least 9 members of Islamic State
were killed during infighting near the town of al-Bab after some of
them tried to flee over the Turkish border.
(AP, 3/7/15)(Reuters, 3/9/15)
2015 Mar 7, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said the Syrian army has killed Deeb
Hedijan al-Otaibi, an Islamic State commander, in an air strike. 26
Islamic State militants were reported killed in the air strike near
the town of Hamadi Omar.
2016 Mar 7, The Golden State
Warriors won their 45th straight home game, setting a new NBA record
previously held by the Chicago Bulls in 1996.
(SFC, 3/8/16, p.B1)
2016 Mar 7, In Atlanta,
Georgia, a fire engulfed a boarding house in Atlanta, killing six
(AFP, 3/7/16)(SFC, 3/8/16, p.A7)
2016 Mar 7, In Kansas Pablo
Antonio Serrano-Vitorino (40) killed a neighbor and 3 other men in
Kansas City. He then gunned down another man the next morning at the
man's rural home in Missouri. He had been deported in April 2004
because he was in the country illegally, but had re-entered.
Serrano-Vitorino was captured on March 9.
2016 Mar 7, The New York Fed
put out a brief statement through its Twitter account, saying
"Regarding hacking reports, there is no evidence of attempts to
penetrate Federal Reserve systems & no evidence Fed systems were
2016 Mar 7, US regulators asked
oil and gas producers in central Oklahoma to restrict wastewater
disposal operations to help curb a spike in the number and severity
(SFC, 3/8/16, p.A7)
2016 Mar 7, Matthew Lane Durham
(21), a former missionary from Edmond, Okla., was sentenced to 40
years in federal prison after being convicted of sexually abusing
children at an orphanage in Kenya in 2014.
(SFC, 3/8/16, p.A7)
2016 Mar 7, In Australia a man
(33) who police say fatally shot one person and wounded two others
inside a western Sydney business was found dead inside the building
after a six-hour standoff.
2016 Mar 7, China’s state media
reported that police in the northern city of Baoding have broken up
a major toxic waste case that came to light when a restaurant owner
died after inhaling poisonous gases coming from his kitchen drain. A
parking lot near the restaurant had allowed factories to dump highly
toxic waste into its drain pipes for illegal gains.
2016 Mar 7, In India a
15-year-old girl was fighting for her life in a New Delhi hospital
after being raped and set on fire on the rooftop terrace of her
family's home in a village outside the city. Police soon arrested a
20-year-old man and charged him with raping and burning the girl.
The girl died on March 9.
(AP, 3/8/16)(AP, 3/9/16)
2016 Mar 7, In India thousands
of dead fish washed up on the banks of the polluted Ulsoor Lake in
the southern technology hub of Bangalore. Sewage has been flowing
into the lake, depleting its oxygen, and has been choked with water
hyacinth with no effort by authorities to clear it.
2016 Mar 7, Indonesia's
anti-graft commission said government agencies have agreed on a plan
to combat corruption in the forestry industry that costs the state
billions of dollars in lost revenue and is behind fires that pollute
2016 Mar 7, In Indonesia the
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit ended with a call
for a ban on products from Israeli settlements in the occupied
territories and pledged full support for the "inalienable rights" of
the Palestinians. the move was not binding on member states.
2016 Mar 7, Japanese police set
up a special unit to oversee efforts to stem what they are
describing as a full-fledged "war" between rival organized crime
groups. The Yamaguchi-gumi gang based in the western city of Kobe
has been rocked by internal strife since late last year following
the defection of several top leaders who formed a rival splinter
2016 Mar 7, Japanese
telecommunications and Internet company SoftBank Group Corp. said it
will reorganize into two new 100 percent-owned subsidiaries, with
its global investment business separated from its domestic
2016 Mar 7, In the Netherlands
the Marshall Islands began legal proceedings against India at the
International Court of Justice, as part of cases against three of
the world's nuclear powers aimed at breathing new life into
2016 Mar 7, A Nigerian court
charged retired air chief marshal Alex Badeh with a string of
corruption charges, in the latest case involving a high-ranking
2016 Mar 7, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide bomber attacked the entrance to a court, killing
16 people in the town of Shabqadar. A group affiliated with the
Pakistani Taliban and calling itself Jamat-ul-Ahrar claimed
(AP, 3/7/16)(SFC, 3/8/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 7, Russia's Defense
Ministry said that eight ceasefire violations had been registered in
Syria over the past 24 hours.
2016 Mar 7, Sri Lanka said it
will receive a loan of $1.5 billion from the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) to boost foreign exchange reserves and avert a balance of
2016 Mar 7, In northern Syria
warplanes bombed a fuel depot in an opposition-held town in Idlib
province, killing at least 12 people. The al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra
Front and Islamist group Jund al-Aqsa and others took the village of
(AP, 3/7/16)(Reuters, 3/8/16)
2016 Mar 7, In Tunisia dozens
of Islamist fighters stormed through the town of Ben Guerdan near
the Libyan border attacking army and police posts in a raid that
killed 55 people, including civilians.
(Reuters, 3/7/16)(Reuters, 3/8/16)
2016 Mar 7, Turkey offered the
EU greater help to stem a flood of migrants into Europe but demanded
more money, faster accession talks and quicker visa-free travel for
its citizens in exchange. EU leaders reached a tentative outline for
a possible deal with Ankara and hoped to finalize a deal at 2-day
summit beginning on March 17.
(Reuters, 3/7/16)(SFC, 3/8/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 7, In southeastern
Turkey 13 Kurdish militants were killed when a firefight broke out
in the town of Idil. Two Turkish soldiers were killed in the last 24
hours, one in Idil and the other in Sur, a historic district in
2016 Mar 7, An official in YPG,
the Syrian Kurdish militia, said that Turkey was firing artillery
shells at its fighters in northern Aleppo province.
2017 Mar 7, The US Justice
Department said the Chinese firm ZTE Corp. has agreed to plead
guilty and pay the United States $892 million for violating
sanctions against Iran. ZTE Corp. had illegally shipped sensitive
US-made equipment to Iran.
2017 Mar 7, WikiLeaks published
thousands of documents purportedly taken from the Central
Intelligence Agency's Center for Cyber Intelligence, a dramatic
release that appears to expose intimate details of America's
2017 Mar 7, In Mississippi a
freight train hit a tour bus in Biloxi killing at least four people.
(SFC, 3/8/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 7, Texas executed
Rolando Ruiz was executed for the 1992 contract killing of Theresa
Rodriguez (29) orchestrated by her husband and brother-in-law.
(SFC, 3/8/17, p.A5)
2017 Mar 7, Thousands of
stranded Afghans and Pakistanis returned home as Pakistan
temporarily reopened two main crossings that had been closed last
month after a wave of militant attacks.
2017 Mar 7, In Argentina
thousands of banner-waving trade unionists marched through Buenos
Aires to protest job losses and inflation.
(Econ, 3/18/17, p.32)
2017 Mar 7, British PM Theresa
May sacked Michael Heseltine (83), a senior figure in her
Conservative Party, from various advisory roles for rebelling
against the government in a Brexit vote in the House of Lords.
2017 Mar 7, Cambodia’s drug
czar said authorities have arrested more than 4,800 people in a
two-month-old campaign against drugs and that number could more than
2017 Mar 7, Europe’s top court
ruled that EU member states are not obliged to grant humanitarian
visas to people who want to enter their territory to apply for
(SFC, 3/8/17, p.A3)
2017 Mar 7, A European Union
court struck down a 2013 decision by EU regulators to block a
planned takeover of Dutch-based package delivery company TNT Express
by United Parcel Services Inc.
2017 Mar 7, In France poachers
broke into the Thoiry Zoo overnight and shot a 5-year-old rhinoceros
named Vince three times in the head. They used a chain saw to remove
the animal's ivory horn.
2017 Mar 7, Hungary's
parliament approved the systematic detention of all asylum-seekers
in container camps, in a move that PM Viktor Orban said will make
all of Europe safer from terror attacks.
2017 Mar 7, An Indian court
sentenced university professor G.N. Saibaba and four others to life
imprisonment on charges of belonging to a banned communist rebel
group and recruiting others to join them. Saibaba, arrested in 2014,
is paralyzed from the waist down and uses a wheelchair. He has
denied the charges.
2017 Mar 7, Iraqi government
forces fighting to drive Islamic State from western Mosul recaptured
the main government building, the central bank branch and the museum
where three years ago the militants had smashed statues and
2017 Mar 7, The Kenyan
government ordered striking medical staff to go back to work and
said it had withdrawn an offer of a 50 percent pay hike after the
workers' union became inflexible in their negotiations.
2017 Mar 7, National Olympic
Committee of Kenya (NOCK) executives, led by two-time Olympic
champion Kip Keino, defied the IOC at a meeting and refused to make
changes to their constitution.
2017 Mar 7, Kosovo's Pres.
Hashim Thaci asked parliament to transform the country's lightly
armed security forces into a regular army, a move immediately
denounced by Serbian leaders who refuse to recognize Kosovo's
2017 Mar 7, Lesotho's deputy
prime minister said the king has dissolved parliament and will
shortly set an election date, days after PM Pakalitha Mosisili lost
a confidence vote in the assembly.
2017 Mar 7, Libya's eastern
parliament voted to withdraw its support for a UN peace deal and
Government of National Accord. The body voted to annul its previous
acceptance of a presidential council and the UN-backed government
currently led by PM Fayez al-Serraj in Tripoli. East Libyan forces
carried out a fifth day of air strikes against a rival faction that
overran the major oil ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf.
(AP, 3/7/17)(Reuters, 3/7/17)
2017 Mar 7, The International
Organization for Migration said fighting between rival
people-smuggling gangs on Libya's Mediterranean coast has killed 22
2017 Mar 7, In Macedonia
vandals damaged a museum dedicated to the Albanian alphabet, amid
increasing political tension over the official status of the
Albanian language in the country. Three parties of the Albanian
minority, a quarter of Macedonia's population, demanded that
Albanian should become Macedonia's second official language as their
price to join in any coalition.
2017 Mar 7, Cyclone Enawo
slammed into Madagascar. The Indian Ocean tropical storm packed
winds up to 300 kph (185 mph). At least 38 people were killed and
some 50,000 people driven from their homes.
(Reuters, 3/8/17)(SSFC, 3/12/17, p.A4)
2017 Mar 7, Myanmar's
government urged ethnic rebel groups to join talks to achieve a
nationwide peace agreement even after one of the groups raided a
government-controlled town in an attack a day earlier that killed
five policemen and five civilians, including a schoolteacher.
2017 Mar 7, North Korea closed
its borders to Malaysians who want to leave the country, spurring
Malaysia to issue a retaliatory order and drawing hundreds of
ordinary people into an increasingly bitter diplomatic battle over
the killing of an exiled member of North Korea's ruling family. 11
Malaysian citizens were prevented from flying home.
(AP, 3/7/17)(Econ, 3/11/17, p.40)
2017 Mar 7, Russia’s Culture
Ministry said children under age 16 won't be able to go to the new
Disney film "Beauty and the Beast" in Russia because it includes a
2017 Mar 7, Senegalese
authorities arrested Khalifa Sall, the mayor of the capital Dakar, a
potential rival to President Macky Sall (no relation) in elections
expected in 2019, on suspicion of embezzling 1.8 billion CFA francs
2017 Mar 7, In Turkey the top
generals of the Turkish, Russian and US military met in Antalya in a
bid to step up coordination in Syria and avoid clashes between rival
forces in the fight against IS.
2017 Mar 7, A Ukraine judge
ordered Roman Nasirov, the country’s top tax official, to be jailed
or pay a hefty bail pending his trial for suspected embezzlement.
2017 Mar 7, UN Sec.-Gen.
Antonio Guterres urged int’l. support to alleviate Somalia’s
worsening hunger crisis.
(SFC, 3/8/17, p.A4)
2017 Mar 7, The United Nations
said South Africa's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court
has been revoked, stalling what would have been the first-ever
departure from the tribunal that pursues the world's worst
2017 Mar 7, A new United
Nations report described South Sudan as teetering on the edge of
genocide and experiencing ethnic cleansing, a stark portrayal of a
nation whose crises now include famine.
2018 Mar 7, The second winter
storm within a week crept into New York and surrounding states. New
York's three major airlines reported a total of 1,431 canceled
flights, about 40 percent of their normally scheduled flights. The
governors of New Jersey and Pennsylvania declared states of
2018 Mar 7, In Alabama a girl
(17) was killed in a shooting at Huffman High School in Birmingham.
A male student was also injured. Police the next day said they had
one person of interest in custody. On March 9 authorities charged
Michael Jerome Barber (17) in the death of Courtlin Arrington.
(SFC, 3/8/18, p.A8)(SFC, 3/9/18, p.A7)(SFC,
2018 Mar 7, Tom Pritzker of the
Chicago-based Hyatt Foundation announced that architect and educator
Balkrishna Doshi has been awarded the 2018 Pritzker Architecture
Prize, the first Indian to win architecture's highest honor in its
2018 Mar 7, William Pulte
(b.1932), home builder, died in Naples, Fl. He had founded Pulte
Homes in Detroit in 1950 and built his first subdivision, Concord
Green, in Bloomfield Hills, Mi., in 1959. In 1995 it became the
nation's largest home builder.
(SSFC, 3/11/18, p.C9)
2018 Mar 7, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber in Jalalabad killed three people including Abdul
Zahir Haqqani, the local head of the Ministry of Haj and Religious
2018 Mar 7, In Austria an
attacker from Afghanistan was detained shortly after the stabbing of
a 20-year-old man, also from Afghanistan. Police said the man
admitted to stabbing and severely injuring a family of three and a
20-year-old compatriot in Vienna because "he was in a bad,
aggressive mood and upset about his life's situation.”
2018 Mar 7, British authorities
identified said a "very rare" toxic substance was used to poison
Sergei Skripal (66) and his daughter, Yulia (33) on March 4.
2018 Mar 7, Queen Elizabeth II
welcomed Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as he began
a three-day visit to Britain. Britain and Saudi Arabia agreed to
strengthen a United Nations inspection regime for ships headed to
Yemen in order to ensure that all Yemeni ports remain open to the
humanitarian and commercial supplies.
(AP, 3/7/18)(AP, 3/8/18)
2018 Mar 7, In Chechnya at
least three people died in a Russian border guard Mi-8 helicopter
crash in the North Caucasus mountains.
2018 Mar 7, The EU's executive
branch pointed the finger at Belgium, Cyprus, Hungary, Ireland,
Luxembourg, Malta and the Netherlands for "aggressive" tax policies
designed to undercut others to attract multinational companies.
2018 Mar 7, The EU's top court
said Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of France's far-right National
Front, and a party official must repay nearly 600,000 euros
($744,550) to the European Parliament for wages wrongly paid to
alleged parliamentary assistants.
2018 Mar 7, European police
said they have smashed an international weapons-smuggling ring
operating in at least four countries. Police said the group traded
firearms in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France.
2018 Mar 7, A German court
sentenced seven men and one woman to four to 10 years in jail for
founding the far-right terrorist “Freital Group” responsible for
attempted murder and bomb attacks on refugee shelters and
politicians in the former Communist East.
2018 Mar 7, German prosecutors
said they have indicted a Vietnamese man (47) on suspicion of
espionage and involvement in the kidnap former Vietnamese oil
executive Trinh Xuan Thanh and a woman accompanying him in Berlin
2018 Mar 7, German and Romanian
officials raided homes and hotels in both countries to smash an
illegal migrant trafficking ring they said was one of the biggest of
its kind in Europe.
2018 Mar 7, Germany's Cabinet
agreed to extend six overseas military missions, including its
long-running operation in Afghanistan. It will increase the maximum
number of troops deployed as part of the international "Resolute
Support" mission by 320 to 1,300.
2018 Mar 7, Germany deported a
group of Egyptians to Cairo over violations of residency
requirements, including those whose asylum requests were rejected.
2018 Mar 7, Hungarian PM Viktor
Orban announced new pre-election handouts to families and
pensioners, saying the government would provide heating subsidies
and a one-off voucher for food purchases to pensioners.
2018 Mar 7, India said it has
imposed new restrictions on trade with North Korea, in line with UN
Security Council sanctions slapped on the reclusive country for its
nuclear and missile programs.
2018 Mar 7, Air India said
Saudi Arabia has given it permission to fly between New Delhi and
Tel Aviv over Saudi airspace, ending a 70-year ban and marking a
2018 Mar 7, In Iran Maryam
Mombeini, the widow of an Iranian-Canadian university professor who
died under disputed circumstances in a Tehran prison, was stopped
from traveling abroad.
2018 Mar 7, It was reported
that between 10,000 and 30,000 Nigerian prostitutes are estimated to
be walking Italian streets, often to pay off the debts they incurred
to get there.
2018 Mar 7, Three more members
of Macedonia's state anti-corruption commission stepped down because
of an unfolding spending scandal. Two other members, including the
head of the commission, stepped down earlier this week. The
seven-member body now has only two members left.
2018 Mar 7, In eastern Nigeria
rural communities in Taraba state were put on indefinite lockdown as
the authorities tried to contain mounting violence between cattle
herders and farmers.
2018 Mar 7, Pakistan's said it
has approved India's proposals for exchanges of civilian detainees,
in a statement believed to also cover some of those held over the
2018 Mar 7, In Pakistan 21
students were killed in a drone strike on a seminary near the Bajur
tribal region. The son of Taliban Mullah Fazlullah was the among 21
killed by missiles fired by a US drone.
2018 Mar 7, The Philippines'
embattled Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno urged
Filipinos to stand up against authoritarianism and threats to human
rights, in an indirect criticism of the country's volatile leader,
who has long called for her removal.
2018 Mar 7, Poland's parliament
voted to approve 15 new members of the judiciary council, all of
them proposed by the ruling party and its ally.
2018 Mar 7, Sierra Leone held
presidential elections. It was unlikely any one of 16 candidates
will receive 55 percent of the vote.
2018 Mar 7, South Africa's city
of Cape Town said that if no rainfall comes then "Day Zero", when
the taps are predicted to run dry, would be pushed back to 27 August
from July 9, and that the bullet could be dodged completely this
2018 Mar 7, In Sri Lanka
religious violence flared anew in the central hills despite a state
of emergency, with Buddhist mobs sweeping through towns and
villages, burning Muslim homes and businesses and leaving victims
barricaded inside mosques. Sri Lanka barred social messaging
networks including Facebook to stem the violence.
(AP, 3/7/18)(Reuters, 3/7/18)
2018 Mar 7, In Syria
government forces carried out punishing airstrikes against an
opposition-held suburb of Damascus. A Hezbollah-run media unit said
the Syrian army had taken full control of Beit Sawa village in the
besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of
(AP, 3/7/18)(Reuters, 3/7/18)
2018 Mar 7, Turkish President
Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani agreed in a
phone call to speed up efforts for the implementation of a ceasefire
in Syria's eastern Ghouta region.
2018 Mar 7, Turkey's police in
the southern city of Adana detained 13 Islamic State suspects,
including 12 Syrian nationals, who were allegedly plotting attacks
on a number of buildings in the city, including the US Consulate.
2019 Mar 7, US President Donald
Trump's special representative for Venezuela pledged that Washington
would "expand the net" of sanctions on the South American nation,
including more on banks supporting President Nicolas Maduro's
2019 Mar 7, First lady Melania
Trump joined Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department
to confer international courage awards on 10 women from Bangladesh,
Djibouti, Egypt, Ireland, Jordan, Montenegro, Myanmar, Peru, Sri
Lanka and Tanzania. The State Department has honored more than 120
women from scores of countries since it created the International
Women of Courage Award in 2007.
2019 Mar 7, Former Trump
campaign chief Paul Manafort (69) was sentenced to nearly four years
in prison for tax crimes and bank fraud in a high-profile case
stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian
interference in the 2016 election. This was much less than what was
called for under sentencing guidelines.
(AFP, 3/7/19)(AP, 3/8/19)
2019 Mar 7, The US House of
Representatives passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and
other bigotry. The one-sided 407-23 vote belied the emotional
infighting over how to respond to freshman Rep. lIhan Omar's recent
comments suggesting House supporters of Israel have dual
2019 Mar 7, In Texas Dan
Jenkins (89), the sports writing great and best-selling author whose
career covered Ben Hogan to Tiger Woods, died.
2019 Mar 7, In Afghanistan
rockets fired at a gathering of the Shi'ite Muslim Hazara minority
in Kabul killed at least three people and wounded dozens in an
attack claimed by Islamic State. Two insurgents were eventually
killed and one person arrested. The death toll in the mortar attack
soon rose to 11, while the number of wounded reached almost 100.
(Reuters, 3/7/19)(AP, 3/7/19)(AP, 3/8/19)
2019 Mar 7, FUNAI, Brazil's
indigenous affairs agency, said it has sent an expedition to the
Amazon region looking for members of the Koruba tribe that has had
little or no contact with the outside world to steer them clear of
the rival Matis group and avoid a bloody clash of cudgels against
2019 Mar 7, Canadian PM Justin
Trudeau defended his government's handling of a political crisis
that could dash his chances of winning re-election in October, while
admitting some mistakes had been made. Trudeau's Liberal government
has been on the defensive for a month over allegations by former
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould that officials inappropriately
pressured her last year to help construction firm SNC-Lavalin Group
Inc avoid a criminal trial.
2019 Mar 7, Chinese tech giant
Huawei challenged a US law that would limit its American sales of
telecom equipment on security grounds as the company steps up
efforts to preserve its access to global markets for next-generation
2019 Mar 7, Comoros Pres. Azali
Assoumani reportedly survived an attempt on his life as he
crisscrossed the country drumming up support ahead of polls on March
2019 Mar 7, In Costa Rico
judicial police raided Roman Catholic church offices in San Jose,
searching for information about two priests accused of sexual abuse.
2019 Mar 7, Medecins Sans
Frontières said the battle against Ebola in Democratic Republic of
Congo is failing because ordinary people do not trust health workers
and an overly militarized response is alienating patients and
2019 Mar 7, Egypt's the
interior ministry said on security forces have killed seven
suspected militants in two operations in Giza, across the Nile from
2019 Mar 7, Egyptian actor Amr
Waked (45), living in Spain and known for his criticism of President
Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government, said a military court has
sentenced him in absentia to eight years in prison in two separate
cases, the latest in a wide-ranging crackdown on dissent and the
media in Egypt in recent years.
2019 Mar 7, Ethiopia appealed
for $1.3 billion from the international community to assist 8.3
million displaced due to ethnic conflict as well those vulnerable to
climate shocks and disease.
2019 Mar 7, The 28 member
states of the European Union all backed a decision on to reject a
proposal from the EU executive to add Saudi Arabia to a blacklist of
countries suspected of being lax on terrorist financing and money
laundering. The decision will force the European Commission to
prepare a new list.
2019 Mar 7, French Catholic
cleric, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, was convicted of failing to
report allegations of sexual abuse in his diocese and said he would
submit his resignation to Pope Francis. The archbishop of Lyon was
handed a six-month suspended prison sentence.
2019 Mar 7, Eurostar trains
from Paris to London were running up to two hours late and trucks
stacked up on the approaches to the Channel port of Calais as French
customs officers staged the fourth day of a work-to-rule strike.
2019 Mar 7, In Germany a
regional court judge gave Klaus O. (57) a life sentence after
convicting him of attempted murder. He was found guilty of poisoning
his co-workers' sandwiches with mercury and other substances between
2015 and 2018.
2019 Mar 7, A German court
sentenced four men for their involvement in running an online child
pornography platform to prison sentences from three years and ten
months to almost 10 years.
2019 Mar 7, More than 200
protesters gathered at a Hong Kong university to condemn the
expulsion of a student defending free speech, in what was seen as
another incremental sign of eroding freedoms in the Chinese-ruled
2019 Mar 7, In the
Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir a civilian was killed and at
least 30 others were injured by a grenade blast at a bus station.
2019 Mar 7, Three Indonesian
soldiers were killed in a gunbattle with Papuan independence
fighters. They were part of a contingent to provide security for
military engineers on the trans Papua highway.
(AP, 3/7/19)(AP, 3/8/19)
2019 Mar 7, Iranian naval
forces intervened to repel pirates who attacked an Iranian oil
tanker in the Gulf of Aden.
2019 Mar 7, In northern Iraq
Islamic State militants ambushed a bus carrying Shiite Muslim
paramilitary fighters, killing six militiamen and wounding 31 others
in one of the deadliest attacks in recent months.
2019 Mar 7, Malaysian officials
said 35 people, mostly students, have been treated for poisoning
after a suspected chemical leak near two schools in Johor state.
2019 Mar 7, In Malaysia Mujahid
Yusof Rawa, the minister in charge of religious affairs, said the
Islamic Affairs Department had set up a unit to monitor writings and
communications insulting Islam and Muhammad.
2019 Mar 7, In central Mexico
at least 25 Central American migrants died when the truck they were
traveling in overturned in Chiapas state. 23 of those killed were
2019 Mar 7, Singapore axed a
gig by Watain, a Swedish metal band with Satanic beliefs, whose
performances have involved throwing pig's blood onto revelers, just
hours before it was due to go ahead.
2019 Mar 7, South Korea's
military said it is carefully monitoring North Korean nuclear and
missile facilities after the country's spy agency told lawmakers
that new activity was detected at a research center where the North
is believed to build long-range missiles targeting the US mainland.
2019 Mar 7, In Sudan an
emergency appeals court overturned prison sentences handed down to
eight protesters for participating in demonstrations against
President Omar al-Bashir's iron-fisted rule. Scores of protesters,
many of them women, rallied in Khartoum, condemning a slew of tough
measures imposed by President Omar al-Bashir to end weeks-long
demonstrations against his rule.
2019 Mar 7, In Geneva
Volkswagen-owned Bugatti said a one-off Bugatti luxury sports car
has been sold for a record 16.7 million euros ($18.9 million).
2019 Mar 7, In eastern Syria
scores of suspected IS members, including foreign fighters, were
screened and searched for concealed weapons and explosives after
leaving the last pocket of territory held by the Islamic State
2019 Mar 7, A court in Thailand
ordered the dissolution of the Thai Raksa Chart Party ahead of this
month's general election because it nominated a member of the royal
family to be its candidate for prime minister.
2019 Mar 7, Ukrainian
presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko promised life imprisonment
for anyone found guilty in alleged military corruption that
reportedly includes incumbent Petro Poroshenko.
2019 Mar 7, In Geneva three
dozen countries, including all 28 EU members, called on Saudi Arabia
to release 10 activists and cooperate with a UN-led investigation
into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul
consulate. This was the first rebuke of the kingdom at the UN Human
Rights Council since it was set up in 2006.
2019 Mar 7, In Venezuela power
went out this afternoon due to a problem at the main hydroelectric
plant. The government called the event an act of "sabotage" by
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