235 Mar 18, Marcus Aurelius
Severus Alexander (b.208), Syrian emperor of Rome (222-235), was
978 Mar 18, Edward the Martyr
(15), King of Anglo-Saxons (975-78), was murdered.
1190 Mar 18, The people of Bury
St. Edmonds, England, killed 57 Jews.
1229 Mar 18, German emperor
Frederick II crowned himself king of Jerusalem.
1314 Mar 18, In France Jacques
de Molay (b.1244), Grand Master of the Templars, was burned at the
stake along with his aides. Surviving monks fled, with some absorbed
by other orders.
1455 Mar 18, Fra Angelico,
Italian monk and Renaissance painter born around 1387 as Guido di
Pietro, died. Fra Angelico gained a reputation as a painter under
that name before joining the Dominicans in the 1420s. However, much
of the influence found in his work is thought to come from Dominican
teachings. He stayed at Dominican monasteries in Florence for most
of his life doing a variety of religious painting until being called
to Rome in 1445 by Pope Eugene IV, where he completed several chapel
frescoes. Returning to Florence in the early 1450s, he died on a
return visit to Rome in 1455 and is entombed at the church of Santa
Maria della Minerva. In 1984 Fra Angelico was beatified by Pope John
1532 Mar 18, English parliament
banned payments by English church to Rome.
1584 Mar 18, Ivan IV (53), the
terrible, Russian tsar (1547-84), died. He was succeeded by his
weak-minded son, Fyodor I. Boris Godunov, Fyodor’s brother-in-law,
assumed general control. During his rule Ivan replaced the sale of
beer and mead with vodka at state-run taverns.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.23)(MC, 3/18/02)(SFC, 9/5/03,
1692 Mar 18, William Penn was
deprived of his governing powers.
1745 Mar 18, Robert Walpole
(68), 1st British premier (1721-42), died. His children found that
he had run up debts of over £50,000. In 2007 Edward Pearce authored
“The Great Man – Sir Robert Walpole: Scoundrel, Genius and Britain’s
First Prime Minister.
p.89)(Econ, 5/18/13, p.89)
1765 Mar 18, David H. Chass,
Dutch baron, general (fought Napoleon at Waterloo), was born.
1766 Mar 18, Britain repealed
the Stamp Act of 1765.
(AP, 3/18/97)(PCh, 1992, p.311)
1782 Mar 18, John C. Calhoun
(d.1850), U.S. statesman, was born. He served as US
vice-president from 1825-1832 under Adams and Jackson.
(HN, 3/18/99)(WUD, 1994, p.210)
1793 Mar 18, The 2nd Battle at
Neerwinden: Austria army beat France.
1835 Mar 18, Charles Darwin
departed Santiago, Chile, on his way to Portillo Pass.
1837 Mar 18, Stephen Grover
Cleveland was born in Caldwell, N.J. He was the 22nd (1885-1889) and
24th (1893-1897) president of the United States, the only President
elected for two nonconsecutive terms.
(AP, 3/18/97)(HN, 3/18/02)
1838 Mar 18, Randal Cremer,
British trade unionist, pacifist (Nobel 1903), was born.
1842 Mar 18, Stephane Mallarme
(d.1898), French essayist and symbolist poet, was born. "Every soul
is a melody which needs renewing."
(AP, 7/17/98)(HN, 3/18/01)
1850 Mar 18, Henry Wells &
William Fargo formed American Express in Buffalo. [see Mar 18, 1852]
(HN, 3/18/98)(MC, 3/18/02)
1851 Mar 18, In San Francisco
the new 40-foot-wide Mission Plank Road opened at a cost of $96,000.
A horse rider was charged 25 cents; a wagon with two horses, 75
cents; a four-horse team, $1. The road was an enormous financial
(SFC, 11/28/20, p.B4)
1852 Mar 18, Henry C. Wells
founded Wells, Fargo & Co. with William C. Fargo in San
Francisco as a Western equivalent to their east coast American
Express. It evolved into Wells Fargo Bank, headquartered in San
Francisco and now one of the largest financial institutions in the
U.S. In 2002 Philip L. Fradkin authored "Stagecoach: Wells Fargo and
the American West" for the company’s 150th anniversary. [see Mar 18,
(SFEC, 1/4/98, Z1p.4)(SFC, 6/9/98, p.A10)(HNQ,
11/20/98)(SFC, 2/6/02, p.D1)(SFC, 3/19/02, p.B1,4)
1858 Mar 18, Rudolf Diesel,
German mechanical engineer, was born in Paris. He designed the
compression-ignition engine (1893).
(HN, 3/18/99)(AP, 3/18/08)
1863 Mar 18, Confederate women
rioted in Salisbury, N.C. to protest the lack of flour and salt in
1864 Mar 18, The Dale Dike on
Humber River, England, crumbled drowning some 240.
1865 Mar 18, The Congress of
the Confederate States of America adjourned for the last time.
1865 Mar 18, Battle of Wilson's
raid to Selma, AL.
1869 Mar 18, Neville
Chamberlin, British Prime Minister (1937-40), was born. He tried to
make peace "in our time" with German Chancellor Adolf Hitler, but
instead made it easier for Hitler to take over continental Europe.
1870 Mar 18, The 1st US
National Wildlife Preserve was Lake Merritt in Oakland, Calif. Lake
Merritt, actually a tidal lagoon, was named after Samuel Merritt, a
physician and one of the 1st mayors of Oakland.
(SFEC, 3/8/98, p.W31)(SFC, 1/5/01, WBb p.8)(SFCM,
1874 Mar 18, Hawaii signed a
treaty giving exclusive trading rights with the islands to the
1877 Mar 18, Edgar Cayce
(d.1945), self-proclaimed psychic, was born in Hopkinsville, Ky. In
2000 Sidney D. Kirkpatrick authored “Edgar Cayce, An American
(SFEC, 7/26/98, BR p.3)(SSFC, 1/14/01, BR
p.12)(SFC, 8/7/08, p.E1)
1881 Mar 18, Barnum and
Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth opened in Madison Square Gardens.
[see Mar 16]
1890 Mar 18, The 1st US state
naval militia was organized in Massachusetts.
1893 Mar 18, Wilfred Owen
(d.1918), World War I English poet, was born. He was killed one week
before Armistice Day of WW I. His fellow poet Siegfried Sassoon
published Owen’s single slim volume of poetry.
(NH, 10/98, p.18)(HN, 3/18/01)
1895 Mar 18, Some 200 blacks
left Savannah, Ga., for Liberia.
1897 Mar 18, Fr. Anthony
Maraschi (b.1820), founder of the University of San Francisco and
Saint Ignatius College Preparatory as well as the first pastor of
Saint Ignatius Church in San Francisco, California, died.
1899 Mar 18, Lavrenti Beria
(d.1953), chief of Soviet secret police under Stalin, was born.
1899 Mar 18, Phoebe, a moon of
Saturn, was discovered by Pickering.
1906 Mar 18, Roy L. Johnson, US
admiral (WW II-Pacific Ocean), was born.
1909 Mar 18, Einar Dessau of
Denmark used a short-wave transmitter to converse with a government
radio post about six miles away in what is believed to have been the
first broadcast by a "ham" operator.
1911 Mar 18, Theodore Roosevelt
opened the Roosevelt Dam in Phoenix, Ariz., the largest dam in the
U.S. to date.
1911 Mar 18, A vote was held
for the incorporation of Daly City, Ca. The voting place was the
upstairs backroom of Jack Letlos’ Restaurant on Mission Rd. The vote
was for 132, against 130. Also passed in the vote was the new
official name of Daly City in honor of John Daly.
(GTP, 1973, p.84)(LaPen, 12/86, p.4)
1913 Mar 18, Greek King George
I was killed by an assassin. Constantine I was to succeed.
1916 Mar 18, On the Eastern
Front, the Russians countered the Verdun assault with an attack at
Lake Naroch. The Russians lost 100,000 men and the Germans lost
1917 Mar 18, The Germans sank
the U.S. ships, City of Memphis, Vigilante and the Illinois, without
any type of warning.
1921 Mar 18, Steamer "Hong Koh"
ran aground off Swatow China killing 1,000.
1922 Mar 18, Mohandas K. Gandhi
was sentenced in India to six years' imprisonment for civil
disobedience. He was released after serving two years. [see Mar 22]
(AP, 3/18/97)(HN, 3/18/98)
1925 Mar 18, The great
Tri-State Tornado killed 695 people in Illinois, Indiana and
Missouri and injured some 13,000 people, and causing $17 million in
property damage. Several other destructive tornadoes in Tennessee,
Kentucky, and Indiana, as well as tornadoes in Alabama and Kansas
brought the total to at least 747 dead.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri-State_Tornado)(SSFC, 5/11/03, Par
Mar 18, Jackie Mitchell became the 2nd female in professional
baseball as she signed with the Chattanooga Lookouts, a Tennessee
Class AA minor league team. In 1898, Lizzie Arlington played one
game, pitching for Reading (PA) against Allentown.
1931 Mar 18, Schick Inc.
marketed the first electric razor.
1932 Mar 18, John Updike,
American poet, novelist, was born. He wrote "Witches of Eastwick."
1933 Mar 18, Unita Blackwell,
1st black mayor in Mississippi, was born.
1936 Mar 18, Frederik Willem de
Klerk, president of the Republic of South Africa, was born in
Johannesburg. He initiated the abolition of apartheid.
(Hem. 1/95, p. 19)(HN, 3/18/99)
1937 Mar 18, Some 300 people,
mostly children, were killed in a gas explosion at a school in New
1937 Mar 18, In Missouri Jim
the Wonder Dog died at age 12 at the Lake of the Ozarks. The dog had
uncanny abilities that were verified but never explained.
(SFC, 3/29/99, p.A3)
1938 Mar 18, NY 1st required
serological blood tests of pregnant women.
1938 Mar 18, Mexican President
Lazaro Cardenas nationalized his country's petroleum reserves and
took control of foreign-owned oil facilities.
(WSJ, 3/20/96, p.A-1)(WSJ, 6/14/96, p.A15)(AP,
1939 Mar 18, The U.S. raised
the duties on German imports by 25 percent.
1939 Mar 18, Georgia finally
ratified the Bill of Rights, 150 years after the birth of the
federal government. Connecticut and Massachusetts, the only other
states to hold out, also accepted the Bill of Rights in this year.
1940 Mar 18, Adolf Hitler and
Benito Mussolini held a meeting at the Brenner Pass across the Alps
during which the Italian dictator agreed to join in Germany's war
against France and Britain.
1942 Mar 18, The third military
draft began in the U.S. because of World War II.
1942 Mar 18, Black players,
Jackie Robinson and Nate Moreland, requested a tryout with the
Chicago White Sox. They were allowed to work out.
1943 Mar 18, American forces
took Gafsa in Tunisia. In the crucible of Operation Torch, the men
of Sub-Task Force Goalpost received their baptism of fire capturing
the Moroccan town of Port Lyautey.
1943 Mar 18, The ships James
Oglethorpe (US) and Terkolei (Neth.), were torpedoed and sank.
1943 Mar 18, The Reich called
off its offensive in Caucasus.
1943 Mar 18, Red Army evacuated
1944 Mar 18, Nazi Germany
1944 Mar 18, The Russians
reached the Rumanian border in the Balkans.
1945 Mar 18, 1,250 US bombers
1945 Mar 18, US Task Force 58
attacked targets on Kyushu.
1945 Mar 18, Suicide bombs were
(HFA, '96, p.26)
1948 Mar 18, France, Great
Britain and Benelux signed the Treaty of Brussels.
1948 Mar 18, Philips began
experimental TV broadcasting.
1950 Mar 18, Nationalist troops
landed on the mainland of China and captured Communist held Sungmen.
1952 Mar 18, The 1st plastic
lens for cataract patients was fitted in Phila.
1952 Mar 18, There was a
Communist offensive in Korea.
1953 Mar 18, Margaret L.
Augustine, project manager for Biosphere 2, was born in Buffalo, NY.
1953 Mar 18, The Braves
baseball team announced that they were moving from Boston to
1954 Mar 18, Howard Hughes paid
$23.5 million for the RKO motion picture company.
(SFC, 4/18/98, p.C3)
1959 Mar 18, President
Eisenhower signed the Hawaii statehood bill. Hawaii became a state
on Aug. 21, 1959.
1959 Mar 18, The publisher of
Big Table Magazine deposited at the Chicago Post Office several
hundred copies of its first issue of Big Table Magazine. The
contents consisted of a novel by Jack Kerouac, "Old Angel Midnight,"
two poems by Edward Dahlberg, "Ten Episodes from Naked Lunch" by
William S. Burroughs and three poems by Gregory Corso. The Post
Office General Counsel later alleged that the first and third
articles were obscene and filthy. The magazine was published by
Roland Pitschel (1942-2009) and his sister.
1961 Mar 18, The "Poppin'
Fresh" Pillsbury Dough Boy was introduced.
1962 Mar 18, France and
Algerian rebels agreed to a truce, which took effect the next day.
(HN, 3/18/98)(AP, 3/18/08)
1963 Mar 18, Vanessa L.
Williams, 1st black Miss America (1983), singer, was born in
1963 Mar 18, The US Supreme
Court made its Gideon v Wainwright ruling which said poor defendants
have a constitutional right to an attorney. Gideon had been forced
to defend himself in Florida in Jan 1962, and petitioned the Supreme
Court to hear his complaint.
(SFC, 11/21/03, p.D4)(SSFC, 11/30/03,
p.A31)(Econ, 4/4/09, p.39)
1964 Mar 18, Norbert Wiener
(b.1894), American mathematician and considered to be the father of
cybernetics, died in Stockholm, Sweden.
1965 Mar 18, The first
spacewalk took place as Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov (30) left
his Voskhod 2 capsule and remained outside the spacecraft for 20
minutes, secured by a tether.
(SFC, 5/27/00, p.A26)(AP, 3/18/97)
1966 Mar 18, Hedda Hopper,
American gossip columnist (1890-1966). died. "Having only friends
would be dull anyway -- like eating eggs without salt."
1968 Mar 18, Pres. Johnson
signed Public Law 90-269 removing gold backing from US paper money.
1969 Mar 18, President Richard
M. Nixon authorized Operation Menu, the 'secret' bombing of Cambodia
[see Feb 23].
1970 Mar 18, The US Postal
Service was paralyzed by the first postal strike. A walkout of
letter carriers in Brooklyn and Manhattan set off a strike that
involved 210,000 of the nation’s 750,000 postal employees. Pres.
Nixon declared a state of national emergency and assigned military
units to NYC post offices.
(HN, 3/18/98)(SFC, 10/4/02, p.A17)
1970 Mar 18, In Cambodia Prince
Sihanouk was overthrown by Gen’l. Lon Nol. The next 8 years are
covered in the 1988 book "Goodnight Cambodia, Forbidden History" by
Vibol Ouk, who lived through the horrors of Pol Pot.
(SFEC, 1/11/98, BR p.3)
1971 Mar 18, U.S. helicopters
airlifted 1,000 South Vietnamese soldiers out of Laos.
1975 Mar 18, Mulla Mustafa gave
the order to the Kurdish army to abandon the struggle. This time
round, Mulla Mustafa obtained refuge in the United States.
1975 Mar 18, South Vietnam
abandoned most of the Central Highlands of Vietnam to Hanoi.
1977 Mar 18, In SF Paul Gaer
transformed Al’s Transbay Tavern on Fourth St. into the Hotel Utah
Saloon. The structure dated back to 1908 and in 2007 marked its 30th
(SFC, 3/15/07, 96H p.4)
1977 Mar 18, Marien Ngouabi,
the military president of the Republic of the Congo
(Congo-Brazzaville), was assassinated.
1977 Mar 18, The Vietnamese
"discovered" and returned to the US the remains of Bruce C. Ducat.
For eleven years, Ducat, alive or dead, was a prisoner of war.
1978 Mar 18, In Pakistan the
Punjab High Court condemned former pres. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to
death on charges of a political murder.
(WUD, 1994, p.1691)
1979 Mar 18, Iranian
authorities detained American feminist Kate Millett, a day before
deporting her and a companion for what were termed "provocations."
1980 Mar 18, John Favara struck
a killed Frank Gotti (12), the son of mobster John Gotti, as the boy
darted in front of his car on a minibike in Brooklyn. Favara
disappeared on July 28. In 2009 it was reported that mobster Charles
Carneglia (62) had killed Favara and dissolved his body in acid.
(SFC, 1/9/09, p.A2)
1981 Mar 18, The TV series
“Greatest American Hero" began with Robert Culp as an FBI agent. He
played in 44 episodes until 1986.
1981 Mar 18, The U.S. disclosed
that there were biological weapons tested in Texas in 1966.
1983 Mar 18, Mexico's financial
crisis was causing a surge of illegal aliens over the border into
1985 Mar 18, Baseball
commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstated Willie Mays and Mickey
1985 Mar 18, The 1st remote
location for ABC’s "Nightline" news was in South Africa.
1986 Mar 18, Buckingham Palace
announced the engagement of Prince Andrew to Sarah Ferguson.
1986 Mar 18, Bernard Malamud
(b.1914), writer, died. His work included "Talking Horse: Bernard
Malamud on Life and Work," edited by Alan Cheuse and Nicholas
Delbanco (1997). In 2006 his daughter authored “My Father Is a Book:
A Memoir of Bernard Malamud." In 2007 Philip Davis authored “Bernard
Malamud: A Writer’s Life."
3/19/06, p.M3)(WSJ, 1/15/08, p.D5)
1987 Mar 18, Susan Butcher won
her second consecutive Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, covering the
distance from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, in 11 days, 2 hours, 5
minutes and 13 seconds.
1988 Mar 18, In Alabama
Elizabeth Dorleen Sennett (45), the wife of a preacher, died after
she was brutally beaten and stabbed in a contract killing. A week
after becoming a suspect in the case, the victim's husband, Charles
Sennett, shot and killed himself in his son's backyard. Sennett had
contracted Bill Gray Williams to kill his wife for $3,000. According
to court documents, Williams paid Kenneth Eugene Smith and John
Forrest Parker $1,000 each to commit the murder. Parker was
convicted in 1989 and executed for the murder in 2010.
(http://tinyurl.com/2696ump)(SFC, 6/11/10, p.A6)
1988 Mar 18, The government of
Panama, controlled by Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, declared a "state
of urgency" in a move apparently aimed at forcing the reopening of
banks and other businesses that closed during Panama's economic and
1989 Mar 18, The space shuttle
Discovery landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California, completing
a five-day mission.
1990 Mar 18, There was a theft
of art work from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. 2
men dressed as policemen made off with masterworks that included
Rembrandt’s "The Storm on the Sea of Galilee," Vermeer’s "The
Concert," Manet’s "Chez Tortoni," and 5 paintings and drawings by
Edgar Degas and a 1200 BC Chinese bronze beaker valued at $300
million. The theft led Sen. Edward Kennedy to sponsor the museum
theft provision of the 1994 Omnibus Crime Act. In 2009 Ulrich Boser
authored “The Gardner Heist." In 2013 the FBI said it knows who
stole the artwork but withheld the identity of the thieves.
(WSJ, 8/9/96, p.A8)(WSJ, 5/13/97, p.A21)(SFC,
8/26/97, p.A3)(SFC,12/15/97, p.A3)(WSJ, 2/20/09, p.W10)(SFC,
1990 Mar 18, An alliance of
conservative parties won a surprising victory over the Communists in
East Germany's first free elections.
1991 Mar 18, In Nevada Irish
boxer Pat Lawler (27) defeated Roberto Duran in a 6th round
technical knockout in Las Vegas. Lawler, a resident of San
Francisco, was an 8-1 underdog for the fight.
(SSFC, 3/113/16, DB p.50)
1991 Mar 18, Results from a
non-binding Soviet referendum showed overwhelming support for
preserving the union, a victory for President Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
However, in a boost for Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin, voters
in his republic also endorsed electing the federation president by
1992 Mar 18, US National
Football League owners voted to drop the use of instant videotape
replays to settle disputed calls during games. Instant replay was
brought back in 1999.
1992 Mar 18, Leona Helmsley was
sentenced to 4 years for tax evasion.
1992 Mar 18, South African
President F.W. de Klerk claimed victory for his reforms a day after
a whites-only referendum on whether to end apartheid.
1993 Mar 18, On Capitol Hill,
the House approved President Clinton's deficit-reduction blueprint
on a virtual party-line 243-183 vote.
1993 Mar 18, In Pennsylvania
Amish man Edward Gingerich outraged his normally peaceful religious
community of Rockdale Township, where he crushed his wife's skull
and used a kitchen knife to remove her stomach organs from her dead
body. Gingerich was diagnosed with schizophrenia and convicted of
manslaughter in 1994. After serving his maximum sentence of four
years in prison for the killing, moved to a mental institution in
Michigan before going to Indiana and eventually returning to
Pennsylvania and the Brown Hill Amish community in 2007. In 2011
Gingerich (44) committed suicide in a barn in Cambridge Springs, Pa.
1994 Mar 18, The space shuttle
Columbia returned from a two-week mission.
1994 Mar 18, Published reports
said first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton had made nearly $100,000 from
the commodities market in the late 1970's on an initial investment
of only $1,000.
1994 Mar 18, Zsa Zsa Gabor,
Hungarian-born actress, filed for bankruptcy.
1994 Mar 18, Muslim and Croat
leaders signed agreements to create a Bosnian federation.
1994 Mar 18, Lithuania
and Poland signed an agreement in Warsaw on friendship and
1994 Mar 18, The South Africa
Goldstone Commission published a report which finally confirmed that
senior South African Police (SAP) officials had been involved in
supplying Inkatha with weapons and financial support.
1994 Mar 18, The U.N. Security
Council unanimously condemned the Hebron mosque massacre.
1995 Mar 18, The United States
Catholic Conference's administrative board criticized a Republican
welfare reform plan, saying it would hurt poor children and could
push women to have abortions.
1995 Mar 18, Michael Jordan
announced that he was ending his 17 month NBA retirement.
1995 Mar 18, Spain's Princess
Elena married a banker, Jaime de Marichalar y Saenz de Tejada, in
Seville; it was Spain's first royal wedding in 89 years.
1996 Mar 18, Rejecting an
insanity defense, a jury in Dedham, Mass., convicted John C. Salvi
III of murdering two women in a pair of attacks at two Boston-area
abortion clinics in December 1994. Salvi later committed suicide in
1996 Mar 18, Jacquetta Hawkes
(85), British archaeologist, died.
1996 Mar 18, Some 2,000 Chinese
made assault guns were illegally shipped through the port of Oakland
in the US.
(SFC, 5/23/96, p.A17)
1996 Mar 18, Odysseus Elytis,
Greek poet and Nobel Prize winner (1979), died in Athens at age 84.
1997 Mar 18, Labor
Secretary-designate Alexis Herman got a generally favorable
reception from Democrats and Republicans alike at her Senate
1997 Mar 18, Bulldozers began
clearing away rocks and earth for a Jewish housing project in
disputed east Jerusalem, triggering Palestinian protests.
(WSJ, 3/19/97, p.A1)(AP, 3/18/98)
1997 Mar 18, Former PM Arthur
Robinson (1926-2014) began serving as the 3rd president of Trinidad
& Tobago. PM Basdeo Panday backed Robinson as president.
1998 Mar 18, Julie Hiatt
Steele, a former friend of Kathleen Willey's, released a sworn
affidavit undercutting Willey's claim that President Clinton had
made an unwanted sexual advance toward her in 1993. According to
Steele, Willey instructed her to tell Newsweek that Willey had
confided the alleged episode to her immediately after it supposedly
happened; Steele said she first heard about the accusation in 1997.
1998 Mar 18, The NYC Board of
Education voted to require its schoolchildren to wear uniforms. The
dress code would begin in 1999.
(SFC, 3/19/98, p.A5)
1998 Mar 18, A study of Finnish
smokers reported in the Journal of the national Cancer Institute
indicated that vitamin E reduced the risk of prostate cancer.
(WSJ, 3/18/98, p.A1)
1998 Mar 18, In India the
Bharatiya Janata Party agenda was outlined. It included plans to
protect domestic industry from foreign competition and to develop
nuclear weapons for protection against China and Pakistan.
(SFC, 3/19/98, p.A11)
1999 Mar 18, A US federal judge
ordered US telephone companies to pay $6.2 million owed to Cuba to
the families of 3 Cuban Americans killed in 1996.
(SFC, 3/19/99, p.A12)
1999 Mar 18, In Afghanistan
fighting continued for a 2nd day and 12 people were reported killed
by Taliban bombing in Parwan province.
(SFC, 3/19/99, p.A14)
1999 Mar 18, In China the Grand
Hyatt Shanghai opened on the top 35 stories of the new $540 million
Jin Mao Tower, the 3rd tallest in the world.
(WSJ, 3/17/99, p.B1)
1999 Mar 18, In Ecuador Pres.
Mahuad revoked the decree doubling gas prices under protests from
(SFC, 3/19/99, p.A14)
1999 Mar 18, In Paris the
ethnic Albanians signed the peace proposal, which the Serbian
delegation rejected. The Kosovar Albanian delegation signed a
U.S.-sponsored peace accord following talks in Paris; the Clinton
administration warned NATO would act against Serb targets if
Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic didn't accept the agreement.
(SFC, 3/19/99, p.A12)(AP, 3/18/00)
1999 Mar 18, In India 35
upper-caste villagers of Senari in Bihar state were killed by
members of the Maoist Communist Center.
(SFC, 3/19/99, p.A14)
1999 Mar 18, In Indonesia at
least 59 people were killed on Borneo as ethnic groups clashed for a
(SFC, 3/19/99, p.A14)
1999 Mar 18, In Malaysia an
outbreak of encephalitis caused an order for the extermination of
64,000 pigs and the evacuation of 11,000 people.
(SFC, 3/19/99, p.A14)
2000 Mar 18, In Kenya it was
reported that some 10,000 cattle, 25,000 camels and 20,000 goats had
starved to death over the last 3 months. 2 million people faced
famine and 20 died in the last 2 weeks in the Wajir district.
(SFC, 3/18/00, p.C16)
2000 Mar 18, In Taiwan Chen
Shui-bian was elected as president ending 51 years of Nationalist
Party rule. He won with 39% of the vote over James Soong with 37%.
Annette Lu (55) was elected as vice-president. Chen Shui-bian’s
party favored Taiwan’s formal independence from the rest of China.
(SFEC, 3/19/00, p.A1,23)(AP, 3/18/01)
2001 Mar 18, John Phillips, who
co-founded the Mamas and the Papas and wrote its biggest hits,
including "California Dreamin" and "Monday," died in Los Angeles at
(SFC, 3/19/01, p.A19)(AP, 3/18/02)
2001 Mar 18, It was reported
that the Bush administration planned to sidestep the American Bar
Association in the screening of federal judges, an "indication that
they want to pick judges of the hard right."
(SSFC, 3/18/01, p.A5)
2001 Mar 18, It was reported
that the US National Reconnaissance Office was planning a $25
billion project for some 12 satellites to be deployed by 2005.
(SSFC, 3/18/01, p.A3)
2001 Mar 18, An Amtrak train
bound for the Bay Area derailed in Iowa and 1 person was killed with
(SFC, 3/19/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 18, In Algeria weekend
attacks by suspected Islamic militants left 5 people dead and 23
(SFC, 3/20/01, p.A11)
2001 Mar 18, Chechen rebels
killed at least 21 Russian troops.
(WSJ, 3/19/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 18, In France mayoral
elections were held in Paris. Bertrand Delanoe, candidate of the
Socialist, Communists and 2-other left-wing parties, won over
Philippe Seguin. Socialists also won in Lyon. This ended a century
of nearly unbroken rule by the right.
(SFC, 3/8/01, p.A12)(SFC, 3/19/01, p.A8)(AP,
2001 Mar 18, In Iran the
judiciary banned the nation’s only real opposition group and closed
down 4 pro-reform newspapers.
(SFC, 3/19/01, p.A9)
2001 Mar 18, In Macedonia the
government ordered a general mobilization to counter the guerrilla
(SFC, 3/19/01, p.A8)
2002 Mar 18, The FBI "Operation
Candyman" snared over 90 people following a 14-month investigation
of child pornography over the Internet.
(SFC, 3/19/02, p.A3)
2002 Mar 18, A US federal grand
jury unsealed a Mar 7 indictment against 7 men that included 3
Colombian guerrillas for smuggling planeloads of cocaine. These
included Tomas Molina Caracas, commander of the FARC 16th Front.
(SFC, 3/19/02, p.A6)
2002 Mar 18, Flooding hit
Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia following a 2nd day of heavy rains.
(SFC, 3/19/02, p.A3)
2002 Mar 18, In Ohio Brittanie
Cecil (13) died 2 days after being hit by a hockey puck while
watching an NHL game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Calgary
Flames. It was apparently the first such fan fatality in NHL
(SFC, 3/20/02, p.A2)(AP, 3/18/07)
2002 Mar 18, Angola’s army and
Unita rebels began cease-fire talks.
(WSJ, 3/18/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 18, Britain planned to
send 1,700 troops to Afghanistan to join the 6,300 US forces.
(WSJ, 3/19/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 18, Britain’s House of
Commons again voted to ban fox hunting along with the hunting of
stags and hares with packs of hounds.
(SFC, 3/19/02, p.A7)
2002 Mar 18, Van Leo (80),
Armenian-born Egyptian photographer (Leon Boyadjian), died. His
portraits gave Egypt’s beggars, strippers and the elite the look of
Hollywood film stars.
2002 Mar 18, In India police
shot and killed 4 people while trying to disperse mobs and stop
looting in 2 towns, Bharuch and Modasa, in Gujarat state.
(SFC, 3/20/02, p.A10)
2002 Mar 18, Israel withdrew
some forces from Palestinian-ruled territory as VP Cheney arrived to
help with peace talks.
(SFC, 3/19/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/19/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 18, A UN conference on
aid opened in Mexico.
(WSJ, 3/18/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 18, In Spain police
discovered at least 19 corpses at the home and car of an ex-funeral
parlor employee in Malaga.
(SFC, 3/20/02, p.A10)
2002 Mar 18, In Zimbabwe Terry
Ford became the 10th white farmer killed by militants in the last 2
(SFC, 3/19/02, p.A8)
2003 Mar 18, The US mounted
"Operation Liberty Shield" to detain asylum seekers from suspect
(WSJ, 3/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 18, A jury in Corpus
Christi, Texas, cleared Bayer Corp. of liability in a $560 million
lawsuit that accused the pharmaceutical giant of ignoring research
linking the cholesterol-lowering drug Baycol to dozens of deaths.
2003 Mar 18, In Salt Lake City,
Brian Mitchell and Wanda Barzee were charged with aggravated
kidnapping, sexual assault and burglary in the abduction of
Elizabeth Ann Smart, who was found with them six days earlier.
2003 Mar 18, Olympic gold medal
figure skater Sarah Hughes won the Sullivan Award as the nation's
top amateur athlete.
2003 Mar 18, A major snowstorm
hit Colorado and Wyoming with over 3-6 feet of snow. The Denver
Airport closed under the worst storm in 90 years.
(SFC, 3/19/03, p.A3)(WSJ, 3/20/03, p.A1)(SSFC,
2003 Mar 18, In Australia PM
John Howard said his government would commit 2,000 military
personnel to any U.S.-led strike aimed at disarming Iraq.
2003 Mar 18, In Colombia gunmen
killed Luis Eduardo Alfonso Parada (27), print and radio journalist,
outside his office in the eastern state of Arauca. Alfonso had
reported on alleged corruption in Arauca and said he was receiving
death threats. On Dec 30, 2009, prosecutors ordered the preventative
detention of Jose Ruben Pena Tobon, a paramilitary commander of the
right-wing paramilitary bloc that killed Alfonso.
(AP, 3/19/03)(AP, 12/30/09)
2003 Mar 18, Congo leaders
signed a cease-fire with tribal militias and local chiefs in
2003 Mar 18, Some $900 million
in US bills and as much as 100 million in euros was taken from
Iraq's Central Bank by Saddam Hussein and his family. The New York
Times reported on May 5 that Saddam ordered the money taken from the
Central Bank and sent his son Qusai in the middle of the night. This
became the largest cash theft in recent history.
(AP, 5/6/03)(AP, 2/28/06)
2003 Mar 18, Israeli forces
killed 2 Hamas militants in West Bank clashes. One Israeli solder
(SFC, 3/19/03, p.A6)(WSJ, 3/19/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 18, The Palestinian
parliament established the post of prime minister. It gave Mahmoud
Abbas (Abu Mazen), the new PM, control of domestic affairs and
internal security issues.
(SFC, 3/19/03, p.A3)
2003 Mar 18, In Serbia the
parliament elected Zoran Zivkovic to replace assassinated PM Zoran
Djindjic. Zivkovic promised to continue reforms, fight crime and
bring war crimes suspects to justice.
(SFC, 3/19/03, p.A7)
2003 Mar 18, In Yemen a man
shot 4 Hunt Oil company workers. He killed 3 and shot himself dead.
(SFC, 3/19/03, p.A5)
2003 Mar 18-19, In Zimbabwe a
2-day national strike, called to protest the increasingly
authoritarian government, shut down businesses and disrupted
transportation services across the country.
2004 Mar 18, Addressing
thousands of soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., President Bush warned
that terrorists could never be appeased and said there was no safety
for any nation that "lives at the mercy of gangsters and mass
2004 Mar 18, Overruling its
staff, the FCC declared that an expletive (the "F-word") uttered by
rock star Bono on NBC the previous year was indecent and profane.
2004 Mar 18, New Jersey
officials arrested 11 people in a pharmaceutical theft ring and
charged them with stealing some $3 million in drugs for resale.
(WSJ, 3/19/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 18, A 100-foot
diameter asteroid passed within 26,500 miles of Earth, the
closest-ever brush on record by a space rock.
2004 Mar 18, A rebel group in
Chad captured Amari Saifi, one of North Africa's most notorious
terrorists, along with 9 others. Saifi is and an Algerian extremist
suspected in the hostage-taking of 32 European tourists last year.
2004 Mar 18, Georgia's
President Mikhail Saakashvili met with Aslan Abashidze in Batumi,
Ajaria, to settle misunderstandings.
(Econ, 3/20/04, p.54)
2004 Mar 18, In northeast
Guatemala a bus collided with a tractor-trailer, killing at least 14
2004 Mar 18, Jordan's King
Abdullah and PM Ariel Sharon held a secret meeting at the Israeli
leader's ranch to discuss Sharon's plan to withdraw unilaterally
from Palestinian areas.
2004 Mar 18, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded at a hotel in the southern city of Basra as a British
military patrol passed by, killing five Iraqi bystanders. US Army
soldiers shot 2 al-Arabiya television network employees. [see Mar
(AP, 3/18/04)(SFC, 3/30/04, p.A3)
2004 Mar 18, Albanians set fire
to Serb Orthodox churches in Kosovo as NATO scrambled to deploy up
to 1,000 more troops to stifle an explosion of ethnic violence. The
death toll reached 31 with hundreds injured in fighting between
Serbs and ethnic Albanians as violence continued for a 2nd day.
(SFC, 3/19/04, p.A13)(Econ, 3/20/04, p.52)
2004 Mar 18, In northwestern
Uganda unidentified gunmen raided and looted a college and killed
two American missionaries and a Ugandan student.
2005 Mar 18, The US State
Department said it had denied a diplomatic visa to the Hindu
nationalist chief minister of Gujarat state, Narendra Modi, and
revoked his existing tourist/business visa under the U.S.
Immigration and Nationality Act due to his role in religious riots
2005 Mar 18, Standard &
Poor’s said the public debt in America, Germany and France was about
65% of GDP.
(Econ, 3/26/05, p.75)
2005 Mar 18, Former Connecticut
3-term Gov. John G. Rowland was sentenced to a year in prison after
pleading guilty to a single federal corruption charge.
(SFC, 3/19/05, p.A4)
2005 Mar 18, Doctors in Florida
removed the feeding tube of Terri Schiavo (41) despite efforts by
congressional Republicans to halt the process. The brain-damaged
woman died on March 31, 2005, at age 41.
(SFC, 3/19/05, p.A1)(AP, 3/18/06)
2005 Mar 18, The S&P 500
index was revised after the market close to change the weightings of
many of its shares. The SmallCap 600 and MidCap 400 made the same
(SFC, 3/18/05, p.C3)
2005 Mar 18, Wal-Mart agreed to
pay a record $11 million to settle a civil immigration case for
using illegal immigrants to clean floors at stores in 21 states.
(SFC, 3/19/05, p.C1)
2005 Mar 18, Sol Linowitz (91),
US diplomat, died. In 1977 he negotiated the 1999 transfer of the
Panama Canal to Panama.
(WSJ, 3/21/05, p.A1)
2005 Mar 18, A
Cambodian-Japanese joint venture, JC Royal, was awarded a 30-year
management lease to oversee and upgrade the Choeung Ek memorial,
site of the killing fields (1975-1979). Profits were marked for the
unregistered Sun Fund charity.
(Econ, 5/14/05, p.45)(http://tinyurl.com/dlpm7)
2005 Mar 18, World donors
approved $1 billion in aid projects for Haiti, promising to repair
its roads and rebuild its battered power grid, in an effort to help
the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation as it prepares for fall
2005 Mar 18, Israel welcomed a
temporary truce declared by Palestinian militants and promised to
hold its fire in return, but demanded that the Palestinian Authority
eventually dismantle the armed groups.
2005 Mar 18, King Abdullah II
of Jordan proposed a new peace strategy that drops traditional Arab
demands that Israel give up all land seized in the 1967 war and
offers the Jewish state normalized relations with Arab countries.
2005 Mar 18, In Kiev
prosecutors said Ukrainian weapons dealers smuggled 18
nuclear-capable cruise missiles to Iran and China in 2001 during
former President Leonid Kuchma's administration.
2005 Mar 18, In Pakistan’s
Baluchistan province bombs exploded in two trains killing two people
and wounding nine.
2005 Mar 18, Former Solomon
Islands warlord Harold Keke and two other men were sentenced to life
in prison for the 2002 murder of a Catholic priest.
2006 Mar 18, Anti-war
protesters marched in Australia, Asia, Turkey and Europe in
demonstrations that marked the third anniversary of the US-led
invasion of Iraq with a demand that coalition troops pull out.
2006 Mar 18, Bill Beutel (75),
the longtime television news anchor and host of the show that became
ABC's "Good Morning America" (1975-2001), died in Pinehurst, NC.
2006 Mar 18, In Afghanistan at
least nine policemen, a former governor, his four companions and a
security guard were killed in separate attacks in Afghanistan blamed
on the Taliban.
2006 Mar 18, In Algeria Farouk
Ksentini, the head of the government human rights body said up to
200,000 Algerians have died in a 15-year Islamic insurgency.
2006 Mar 18, A mudslide swept
down on a scouting expedition in central Colombia, killing nine
young hikers and leaving two others missing. The scouts had just
been bathing and practicing knots when they were carried away.
2006 Mar 18, In Cuba the wives
and mothers of about two dozen political prisoners marched along
several of the city's main avenues, singing hymns and carrying signs
reading "amnesty" to commemorate the third anniversary of the
crackdown that put their husbands behind bars.
2006 Mar 18, Egypt's health
ministry said a 30-year-old Egyptian woman has died of bird flu, the
country's first human victim of the virus.
2006 Mar 18, As many as 1.5
million people took to the streets of French cities in a show of
strength over a contested new labor law, the government's First
Employment Contract (CPE), as police deployed in force in Paris to
head off the risk of violence. An open-ended contract for under
26-year-olds that can be terminated within the first two years
without explanation, the CPE is supposed to encourage employers to
take on young staff by removing some of the financial risks
involved. Police made 170 arrests.
(AP, 3/18/06)(Econ, 3/25/06, p.53)
2006 Mar 18, Indonesian
authorities said they have detained another 11 people in Papua
province after three policemen and a soldier died in clashes with
protesters demanding closure of a giant mine run by US-based
Freeport-McMoran Cooper & Gold Inc. 57 people had already been
detained after the March 16 violence in the provincial capital,
Jayapura, on the northeastern shore of Papua. Shooting into the air,
the security forces pulled people out of their cars, kicking and
2006 Mar 18, Iraq’s Interior
Ministry said 16 men were found dead with their hands tied and
bullets in their heads.
(SSFC, 3/19/06, p.A14)
2006 Mar 18, The US military
released more than 350 detainees in Iraq. The releases were
recommended by a review committee consisting of US officers and
Iraqi officials from the ministries of human rights, justice and
interior, which found no reason to hold them.
2006 Mar 18, A Maoist-dictated
strike hobbled Nepal for a fifth day.
2006 Mar 18, Hamas said it has
formed a government two weeks before a deadline but apparently
without coalition partners that might have softened the Islamic
militant group's image.
2006 Mar 18, Slobodan Milosevic
was laid to rest in a makeshift grave dug in the backyard of the
family estate in Pozarevac, eastern Serbia. About 80,000 people
attended the farewell ceremony in Belgrade, while some 20,000
mourned the former leader in Pozarevac.
2006 Mar 18, Tens of thousands
of slogan-chanting Taiwanese took to the streets to protest rival
China's military threats against the island.
2006 Mar 18, Two US Navy
warships exchanged gunfire with suspected pirates off the coast of
Somalia, and one suspect was killed and five others were wounded.
2007 Mar 18, An estimated 3,000
protesters marched in SF to mark the 4th anniversary of the US
invasion of Iraq and demanding an end to the war there.
(SFC, 3/19/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 18, Scientists said
that after four years of intensive collaboration, 18 top
mathematicians and computer scientists from the United States and
Europe have successfully mapped E8, one of the largest and most
complicated structures in mathematics. E8 was discovered over a
century ago, in 1887, and until now, no one thought the structure
could ever be understood.
2007 Mar 18, Afghanistan's
Taliban said it had handed an Italian journalist, whom it captured
two weeks ago and threatened to kill, to tribal elders pending a
final deal for his release.
2007 Mar 18, Bangladeshi police
filed extortion charges against Tarique Rahman, a former prime
minister's son, who had been a powerful political leader in a
country that ranks among the world's most corrupt.
2007 Mar 18, In Bangladesh
Cholesh Ritchil, an activist of the Garos people, was tortured to
death while in army custody. Father Eugene Homrich (79), a native of
Muskegon, Mich., made the news public. Homrich began working with
the Garos in 1956 when they numbered about 25,000 in the Modhupur
forest. By 2007 illegal logging had reduced the forest to a tenth of
its size to 23,000 square miles.
2007 Mar 18, In northern China
a coal mine explosion killed 19 with two miners still missing and
presumed dead in a mine in the suburbs of Shanxi province's Jincheng
2007 Mar 18, Officials said
Cesare Battisti, a former Italian communist revolutionary who went
into hiding in France two and a half years ago, was arrested in
Brazil. In 1993 the former revolutionary was given a life sentence
by an Italian court for his role in four murders committed in 1978
2007 Mar 18, Eurostar trains
ran on a normal schedule following a trackside fire the fire, near
the London terminus at Waterloo station, that brought chaos to the
service over the previous two days.
2007 Mar 18, In Egypt over 100
mainly Islamist lawmakers walked out of parliament to protest
government moves to push through constitutional laws that opponents
fear will entrench the ruling party's grip on power.
2007 Mar 18, Finns voted in a
parliamentary election in a tight race between PM Matti Vanhanen's
Center Party, its left-leaning coalition partner and the
Conservative opposition. The ruling centrist party of PM Matti
Vanhanen retained power. The Center Party won 23.1% of the vote
while the Conservatives had 22.3% and the Social Democrats 21.4%,
according to provisional results.
2007 Mar 18, Iran's justice
ministry said Shahram Jazayeri, a fugitive Iranian businessman, was
arrested outside the country after escaping from authorities last
month. Jazayeri had been sentenced in 2002 to 27 years in prison for
embezzlement in a high-profile conviction.
2007 Mar 18, In Iraq gunmen
opened fire on a minibus carrying civilians, killing seven men and
wounding four others in Hibhib, just east of Baqouba. A car bomb
killed seven Iraqis in a predominantly Shiite district of Baghdad. A
roadside bomb hit an Iraqi police convoy in eastern Baghdad, killing
two policemen and wounding five. In Shorja market, Baghdad's most
popular central shopping district, a man tossed a grenade into a
group of workers. One worker was killed and another was wounded.
Eleven bodies were found, six in Baqouba, in Diwaniyah and four in
Mosul, many with signs of torture and all apparently victims of
sectarian killings. US troops captured 12 suspected militants in
raids across Iraq.
2007 Mar 18, In Jamaica Bob
Woolmer (58), Pakistan cricket coach, was found dead in his hotel
room, hours after Pakistan was upset by Ireland and eliminated from
advancing at the Cricket World Cup. A pathologist report found
Woolmer's death was due to "asphyxia as a result of manual
strangulation." An inquest into Woolmer's death ended with the
Jamaican jury unable to reach a ruling.
(AP, 3/21/07)(AP, 3/23/07)(AP, 3/18/08)
2007 Mar 18, In Japan 3 masked
men stole 220-pound block of gold worth more than $2 million from
the Ohashi Collection Kan museum in Takayama. 26 railways and 75 bus
companies in the greater Tokyo area were scheduled to begin sharing
a new stored value system called Pasmo.
(AP, 3/19/07)(Econ, 2/17/07, p.72)
2007 Mar 18, In Nigeria a
senior veterinary official said the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus is
spreading among poultry farms around Kano, northern Nigeria's
2007 Mar 18, In Pakistan the
lawyer for a man convicted of killing Wall Street Journal reporter
Daniel Pearl said he will file an appeal using an al-Qaida
lieutenant's recent confession that he beheaded the reporter.
2007 Mar 18, Panamanian police
working with agents from the US Drug Enforcement Agency seized a
boat off the nation's Pacific coast carrying 21.4 tons of cocaine in
one of the biggest maritime cocaine busts anywhere on record.
2007 Mar 18, In Somalia
insurgents struck the Mogadishu's seaport and former intelligence
quarters, killing two people and injuring at least 16 who were
caught in fighting that drew in Ethiopian and government troops.
2007 Mar 18, The UN said a
first group of Congolese refugees, who escaped a 2004 massacre at a
camp in Burundi, left for the US to start a program to resettle more
than 500 people.
2007 Mar 18, In Zimbabwe Nelson
Chamisa, a spokesman for the opposition Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC), was prevented from leaving the country and suffered
serious injuries after being beaten up at Harare International
2008 Mar 18, The US Federal
Reserve approved a .75% cut in the federal funds rate to 2.25%. This
was aimed at shoring up the US financial system shaken by huge
losses in the housing market. The DJIA responded with a gain of
420.41 to close at 12,392.66.
(SFC, 3/19/08, p.C1)
2008 Mar 18, Barack Obama
addressed his problem with pastor Jeremiah Wright in a speech in
Philadelphia and turned to a broad discussion of race, hitherto
untouched in his campaign.
(Econ, 3/22/08, p.31)
2008 Mar 18, The US FCC ended
261 rounds of bidding in the auction of airwaves and raised almost
(WSJ, 3/19/08, p.B6)
2008 Mar 18, Protesters in
Australia burned Chinese flags, demanding freedom for Tibet,
following similar demonstrations in Europe and the US against
Beijing's crackdown on anti-government riots in the Himalayan
2008 Mar 18, Five Belgian
parties sealed a deal for a coalition government under Christian
Democrat Yves Leterme, ending a political limbo which threatened to
split the linguistically divided country.
2008 Mar 18, In Botswana De
Beers and the government set up a Diamond Trading Company (DTC) as a
(Econ, 3/22/08, p.74)
2008 Mar 18, Anthony Minghella
(54), Oscar winning British director, died. He turned such literary
works as "The English Patient," "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Cold
Mountain" into acclaimed movies.
2008 Mar 18, A British judge
ruled against Exxon Mobil Corp., tossing out an order to freeze $12
billion in assets belonging to Venezuela's state oil company in a
case that stemmed from the nationalization of a project last year.
2008 Mar 18, The world's
biggest passenger plane, Airbus's A380, touched down in London on
its first commercial flight to Europe facing questions from green
groups over its eco-friendly billing.
2008 Mar 18, The World Food
Program (WFP) made a six million dollar appeal to feed some 90,000
Burundian refugees in Tanzania who expect to return to the central
African country in 2008.
2008 Mar 18, Canada formally
recognized the breakaway republic of Kosovo, a decision Serbia said
was a major mistake that could encourage separatists in the province
2008 Mar 18, Egypt's President
Hosni Mubarak, amid rising public discontent at sky-rocketing food
prices, said in the official Al-Ahram daily that uncontrolled
population explosion is draining the state's budget. A baby is born
every 23 seconds in Egypt, which is the Arab world's most populous
nation with a population of 78 million.
2008 Mar 18, Egyptian police
fatally shot a Sudanese woman and arrested a second one who was with
an infant as they tried to cross into Israel.
2008 Mar 18, In India 4 migrant
workers were shot and killed in two separate shootings on the
outskirts of Impala, the capital of Manipur state.
2008 Mar 18, In India the Dalai
Lama vowed he would resign as leader of Tibet's exiles if violence
back home worsened, just hours before his aides said 19 people were
killed in new demonstrations.
2008 Mar 18, Iraq's main Sunni
bloc boycotted a conference aimed at reconciling the nation's
sectarian groups. A roadside bomb near a gas station in northern
Baghdad killed three people, including two police officers. Vice
President Dick Cheney, delving into internal Iraqi politics, pushed
a Kurdish leader to play a helpful role in passing legislation to
foster national reconciliation and forge a new agreement for US-Iraq
relations in years to come.
2008 Mar 18, In Israel Angela
Merkel, chancellor of Germany, addressed Israel’s parliament and
condemned the rocket attacks from Gaza.
(Econ, 3/22/08, p.59)
2008 Mar 18, Kenya's President
Mwai Kibaki signed into law two bills passed by parliament that put
in place a power-sharing deal which halted post-election unrest.
2008 Mar 22, The population of
Kosovo was about 2 million, with about 90% ethnic Albanian.
(Econ, 3/22/08, p.60)
2008 Mar 18, In Sri Lanka
battles, roadside bombings and artillery attacks across the front
lines of Sri Lanka's civil war killed 35 ethnic Tamil rebels and two
soldiers. The combatants were killed in at least 17 different
2008 Mar 18, Darfur rebels said
they had fought off a major assault from Sudanese government forces
in the troubled region, inflicting casualties and pushing troops
back to West Darfur's capital.
2008 Mar 18, In the UAR South
Asian workers, striking over pay in the Emirate of Sharjah, torched
offices and vehicles.
2008 Mar 18, An appeals court
in Ho Chi Minh City sentenced an Australian woman to death for
heroin trafficking. Vietnam-born Jasmine Luong (34), of Sydney, was
convicted during a one-day trial of trafficking 3 pounds of heroin.
2008 Mar 18, In Yemen a mortar
shell exploded by a high school next to the American embassy,
killing one Yemeni guard and wounding 13 students and three other
guards. Five suspects were later arrested in the attack, which the
US said targeted its embassy. An Interior Ministry official later
said al-Qaida militant Hamza al-Dayan launched three mortars at the
embassy before fleeing the scene in a vehicle with three
accomplices. In 2009 four Al-Qaida militants were convicted for the
attack and sentenced to death.
(AP, 3/18/08)(WSJ, 3/21/08, p.A1)(AP,
2009 Mar 18, US Pres. Barack
Obama named retired Air Force general Scott Gration as his special
envoy to Sudan to confront what Washington sees as a "horrendous"
situation in Darfur.
2009 Mar 18, The White House
endorsed a bill to triple the size of the AmeriCorps program and
expand service opportunities for students and seniors.
2009 Mar 18, The US central
bank said it would pump more than $1 trillion into the economy with
plans to buy up to $300 billion long-term government bonds and some
$750 billion in mortgage-backed securities, which would help revive
the country's sagging housing market.
2009 Mar 18, The US government
sued Union Pacific in San Diego and Houston saying the rail company
had failed to prevent smuggling of illegal drugs by rail into the US
from Mexico. The government cited at least 58 occasions of illegal
drug transport, mostly marijuana, since 2001. At least one case
(WSJ, 3/19/09, p.A7)
2009 Mar 18, New Mexico Gov.
Bill Richardson, who has supported capital punishment, decided to
sign legislation to repeal the state’s death penalty. The repeal
takes effect on July 1, and applies only to crimes committed after
2009 Mar 18, Felipe E. Sixto
(29) of Miami, a former White House aide, was sentenced to 2½ years
in federal prison for stealing nearly $600,000 from a federally
funded nonprofit group that promotes democracy in Cuba.
(SFC, 3/19/09, p.A5)
2009 Mar 18, In Alaska lance
Mackey won his 3rd consecutive Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
(WSJ, 3/19/09, p.A6)
2009 Mar 18, IBM announced that
it was in talks to acquire Sun Microsystems for at least $6.5
billion in cash. The deal soon faltered as the companies failed to
agree on terms.
(Econ, 3/21/09, p.69)(SFC, 4/6/09, p.A5)
2009 Mar 18, Natasha Richardson
(45). British actress, died in NYC from a severe brain injury in a
skiing accident in Canada earlier this week.
2009 Mar 18, The Australian
government said it plans to crack down on excessive executive pay
packages. It will amend the Corporations Act to require shareholder
approval for any termination payments that exceed average annual
base salary, which excludes additional compensation such as shares
or stock options.
(WSJ, 3/19/09, p.C2)
2009 Mar 18, Azerbaijan
citizens overwhelmingly voted to scrap presidential term limits in
the oil-rich country courted by Russia and the West. Opposition
leaders claimed the constitutional referendum was rigged and vowed
to dispute the outcome in court. A small European observer mission
said, however, that the vote was transparent and it had seen no
2009 Mar 18, Sean Hodgson (57),
a British man who spent 27 years in prison, walked free after his
murder conviction was overturned because of new DNA evidence in a
case that may help others who have been wrongly convicted.
2009 Mar 18, The prime
ministers of China and North Korea discussed the nuclear situation
on the Korean peninsula as they met in Beijing amid rising tensions
over Pyongyang's atomic and missile programs.
2009 Mar 18, Colombia
extradited former Maj. Julio Cesar Parga Rivas to the US on drug
2009 Mar 18, Costa Rica said it
will re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba, and El Salvador's new
president-elect, Mauricio Funes, promised to do the same after he
2009 Mar 18, Egypt opened its
border crossing with the Gaza Strip for the second time in two
months to allow medical aid and Palestinians to enter the coastal
2009 Mar 18, Amnesty
international said authorities in Gambia have rounded up about 1,000
people and forced them to drink hallucinogens in a witch-hunting
campaign. Authorities began inviting "witch doctors," who combat
witches, to come from nearby Guinea soon after the death earlier
this year of President Yahya Jammeh’s aunt. The concoctions left six
(AP, 3/18/09)(AFP, 7/18/11)
2009 Mar 18, Mumbai police
arrested an Indian businessman (49) for allegedly raping his
daughter for more than eight years, apparently on the advice of a
Hindu mystic who .said it would make him wealthy. Tantrik Hansmukh
Bhai Rathode (54) was arrested the next day.
2009 Mar 18, In Iran Omid
Mirsayafi (29), a blogger convicted of insulting the country’s
ruling clerics, died in Tehran’s main prison.
(SFC, 3/20/09, p.A2)
2009 Mar 18, In Iraq a bomb
killed a farming couple in Diyala province. A suicide car bomber
struck a patrol, killing a policeman and wounding two others in
2009 Mar 18, Gianni Giansanti
(52), an award-winning Italian photographer, died in Rome after
battling bone cancer. He shot the 1978 image that for many captured
the horror of that era — the bullet-riddled body of Aldo Moro, the
kidnapped former Italian Christian Democrat premier, in the truck of
a parked car. He also had snapped candid portraits of Pope John Paul
II during his pilgrimages.
2009 Mar 18, Kuwait's emir,
Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah, dissolved the 50-member
parliament, to avert parliamentary questioning of his nephew, the
prime minister. He called for new elections within two months,
saying some lawmakers had abused democracy and become a threat to
(AP, 3/18/09)(WSJ, 4/9/09, p.A1)
2009 Mar 18, Kyrgyzstan police
detained several prominent activists as they held a ceremony to mark
the seventh anniversary of shootings that left six protesters dead.
2009 Mar 18, Madagascar's
highest court endorsed the army's move to replace the toppled
president with his rival, but the African Union was considering
whether it constituted a coup.
2009 Mar 18, In Mexico Vicente
"El Vicentillo" Zambada, top figure in the Sinaloa drug cartel, was
arrested before dawn at a home in an elite Mexico City neighborhood.
2009 Mar 18, Mozambique’s
interior ministry said 12 prisoners arrested during a riot over a
cholera epidemic have died in their cell in unclear circumstances.
They were among 29 people arrested when riots broke out last month
when Red Cross volunteers were blamed for causing a cholera epidemic
plaguing the country.
2009 Mar 18, Russian news
agencies cited a top defense official as confirming that a contract
to sell powerful air-defense missiles to Iran was signed two years
ago, but saying no such weapons have yet been delivered.
2009 Mar 18, Russia said it was
banning the hunting of baby harp seals, weeks after PM Putin
reportedly called the hunt a bloody industry.
(SFC, 3/19/09, p.A2)
2009 Mar 18, Defiant Sudanese
Pres. Omar al-Bashir rallied Arab supporters in Darfur by saying no
war crimes court or the UN Security Council can touch even "an
eyelash" on him despite an international order for his arrest.
2009 Mar 18, In Yemen a suicide
bomber struck a convoy carrying South Korean officials sent to Yemen
to investigate a bombing earlier in the week that killed four South
Korean tourists. No one was hurt.
2010 Mar 18, Pres. Obama signed
a $17.6 billion job-creation measure a day after it was passed by
(SFC, 3/18/10, p.A6)
2010 Mar 18, The final version
of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 (FATCA) became
law as part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE)
Act. FATCA was due to take effect July 1, 2014. FATCA required
foreign financial institutions to spill the beans on American
clients, turning it into an enforcement arms of the IRS.
p.71)(Econ, 10/12/13, p.38)(Econ, 7/27/19, p.61)
2010 Mar 18, David Coleman
Headley (b.1960), Chicago-based Pakistani American, pleaded guilty
to 12 counts of terrorism for his role as a scout for the 2008
coordinated assault in Mumbai that left 173 people dead.
2010 Mar 18, US federal and
state agents swept across the El Paso area to round up and question
members of the Barrio Azteca gang, which is believed to be behind
the recent murder of US consular workers in neighboring Ciudad
Juarez. Seven people were arrested.
2010 Mar 18, Fess Parker,
former film and TV star, died at his home in Santa Ynez, Ca. He was
best know for his role as Davy Crocket on the Disneyland TV show. He
later played Daniel Boone in the 1964-1970 TV series “Daniel Boone."
(SFC, 3/19/10, p.C6)
2010 Mar 18, Astronauts from
the US and Russia landed safely in northern Kazakhstan's chilly
steppes after spending almost six months on the International Space
2010 Mar 18, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai boosted the power of an anti-corruption body that had
faced fierce accusations of being toothless and half-hearted in its
battle to wipe out official graft. US military officials said
operations to push the Taliban out of their Afghan stronghold of
Kandahar are under way and will steadily build in the months ahead.
2010 Mar 18, Michael Daly (49),
a former detective with Scotland Yard's drug squad, was sentenced to
22 years in prison for his role in a plot to smuggle hundreds of
millions of dollars worth of cocaine into Ireland. Daly's plan was
foiled when his boat ran out of fuel in rough seas and was
shipwrecked off the Irish coast on July 2, 2007. Daly his
co-conspirator Alan Wells, a former firefighter (57), have both
admitted conspiring to supply to the drug. Wells was sentenced to 15
2010 Mar 18, China’s state
media reported that parts of southern China are suffering from the
worst drought in decades, leaving millions of people with inadequate
water and huge areas of farmland too dry to plant.
2010 Mar 18, In the Dominican
Rep. Jorge Puello (32), a fugitive who once acted as the lawyer for
a group of US Baptist missionaries accused of kidnapping 33 Haitian
children, was arrested on human-trafficking charges at the request
of the United States.
2010 Mar 18, Israeli copycat
drugs giant Teva made a major stride into Europe with the
five-billion-dollar purchase of Ratiopharm, formerly owned by a
German billionaire who killed himself.
2010 Mar 18, In Mexico gunmen
in a convoy of six vehicles opened fire on a navy helicopter on a
reconnaissance patrol in Fresnillo, outside of Monterrey. Marines
aboard the chopper returned fire, killing one of the gunmen as
suspected gang members blocked roads in the city.
2010 Mar 18, A rocket fired by
Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip killed a Thai worker
inside Israel, in the first death from such an attack since Israel's
Gaza offensive last year. Israeli missiles hit smuggling tunnels and
a metal workshop in Gaza.
(AP, 3/18/10)(AP, 3/19/10)
2010 Mar 18, A Polish court
convicted three men of the theft of the notorious "Arbeit Macht
Frei" (Work Sets You Free) sign from the Auschwitz memorial site in
December. The men, two of whom are brothers, were given prison
sentences ranging from 18 months to 2 1/2 years.
2010 Mar 18, In Qatar the CITES
convention said consumer appetite for caviar is pushing sturgeon to
the brink of extinction. Fishing nations led by Japan rejected a US
backed proposal to ban export of the Atlantic bluefin tuna. A
proposal to ban the int’l. sale of polar bear skins also failed to
(SFC, 3/19/10, p.A2,5)
2010 Mar 18, Sudan's government
and a collection of Darfur rebel groups signed a cease-fire, opening
the way for political negotiations ahead of a full peace agreement.
Government representative Ghazi Salah Eddin Atabani and rebel leader
Al-Tijani Al-Sissi signed the truce in Doha, Qatar. Al-Sissi's
Liberation and Justice Movement is an umbrella organization that
includes several small Darfur rebel groups that recently united to
negotiate with the government.
2010 Mar 18, UN Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon signed a cooperation agreement with Nikolai
Bordyuzha, the head of the Collective Treaty Organization, a
Moscow-dominated alliance that includes Russia and six other former
2010 Mar 18, Zimbabwe's rival
leaders faced fresh pressure to mend their differences and push
toward new elections, as South African President Jacob Zuma led
talks on the fragile unity government.
2011 Mar 18, President Barack
Obama endorsed military action against Libya's Moammar Gadhafi,
saying US values and credibility are at stake to stop "the potential
for mass murder" of innocents.
2011 Mar 18, The United States
disavowed torture and pledged to treat terror suspects humanely, but
set aside calls to drop the death penalty, as the UN carried out its
first review of Washington's human rights record.
2011 Mar 18, The US Federal
Reserve and Bank of Canada confirmed that they had intervened to
cool the soaring yen, in concert with other G7 central banks.
2011 Mar 18, US wildlife
advocates and the Dept. of Interior reached an agreement to lift
gray wolf protections in Montana and Idaho and allow hunting of the
predators to resume.
(SFC, 3/19/11, p.A5)
2011 Mar 18, The Internet
Corporation for Assigned names and Numbers approved the .xxx domain
for adult-content websites.
(SFC, 3/19/11, p.D2)
2011 Mar 18, The US and Chile
signed a nuclear energy accord.
(SFC, 3/19/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 18, Warren Christopher
(b.1925), former US Sec. of State under Pres. Clinton, died in Los
(SSFC, 3/20/11, p.A10)(Econ, 3/26/11, p.98)
2011 Mar 18, Bahrain's Shiites
buried their dead amid a continued government crackdown in this
Sunni-ruled island nation in the Persian Gulf.
2011 Mar 18, Canada announced
it was deploying CF-18 fighter jets to help enforce a no-fly zone
over Libya and said the deployment would go ahead despite the
ceasefire declared by Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi.
2011 Mar 18, In Egypt
pro-democracy activists flocked to Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square for
a new protest to urge a "no" vote in a weekend referendum on the
military's plans for the future after Hosni Mubarak's ouster.
2011 Mar 18, In Haiti former
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide received celebrity treatment
following his arrival after seven years in exile.
2011 Mar 18, Honduras'
president ordered striking school teachers back to work following
clashes with police that left one teacher dead and two others
2011 Mar 18, In India 2 British
men were sentenced to six years in jail in India for sodomizing
young boys living at the Anchorage Shelter Home in Mumbai. Charges
against Duncan Grant and John Allan Waters were originally filed in
2011 Mar 18, In Iraq thousands
of protesters rallied in mostly Shiite cities against what some are
calling "sectarian attacks" by security forces against Shiite-led
protesters in the Sunni-ruled kingdom of Bahrain.
2011 Mar 18, Italy's foreign
minister said his nation will allow its military bases to be used
for the UN-backed military intervention to enforce a no-fly zone
2011 Mar 18, The Japanese
government acknowledged that it was overwhelmed by the scale of last
week's twin natural disasters. The earthquake and tsunami has now
officially left more than 6,900 dead and more than 10,700
missing. Japanese engineers conceded that burying a crippled
nuclear plant in sand and concrete may be a last resort to prevent a
catastrophic radiation release. Authorities raised the rating of the
nuclear crisis to a Level 5 from a Level 4 on a seven-point
international scale. Radiation at the crippled Fukushima No.2
nuclear reactor was recorded at 500 microsieverts per hour.
(AP, 3/18/11)(Reuters, 3/18/11)(Reuters, 3/23/11)
2011 Mar 18, In Jordan hundreds
of protesters calling for reforms demonstrated peacefully, rejecting
the beginning of a national dialogue as insufficient.
2011 Mar 18, Libya said it will
halt all military operations immediately in compliance with a newly
adopted UN Security Council resolution. A Libyan rebel spokesman
dismissed the cease-fire announcement, claiming Moammar Gadhafi's
forces are still attacking key cities in the east and the west.
(AFP, 3/18/11)(AP, 3/18/11)
2011 Mar 18, Malaysian police
said that they had found equipment they suspect could be used to
make nuclear weapons smuggled on board a ship headed to Iran. On
March 8 police confiscated two containers from the MV Bunga Raya
Satu traveling from China to Tehran.
2011 Mar 18, Mexican Senators
voted with 69 in favor and one abstention to get rid of a law that
made cheating on a spouse an offense punishable by two years in
prison. They said it was never enforced but remained on the books.
The change already passed the lower House of Deputies and now went
to President Felipe Calderon for his signature. 6 gunmen were shot
dead during a gunfight with security forces in the Monterrey while
eight alleged kidnappers were killed in the Gulf coast state of
(AP, 3/24/11)(AP, 3/19/11)
2011 Mar 18, In Nigeria sea
raiders carted away some $400,000 from Douala’s Pan-African Ecobank
killing 7 people. Two gunmen were arrested after the attack.
Cameroon’s army later said it killed 18 pirates suspected of the
robbery. Police in Cameroon later detained 4 navy officers and 5
civilians in connection with the robbery.
(SFC, 4/21/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 18, Saudi Arabia's
king promised a multibillion dollar package of reforms, raises,
cash, loans and apartments in what appeared to be the Arab world's
most expensive attempt to appease residents inspired by the unrest
that has swept two leaders from power.
2011 Mar 18, Senegal's
government foiled an alleged coup just hours before anti-government
protests were set to begin by arresting 15 people who had planned
attacks across the capital. Opposition leaders said the accusations
were a way of undercutting the demonstrations.
2011 Mar 18, In Swaziland a
protest sparked by plans to freeze civil service salaries drew
nearly 7,000 demonstrators, one of the largest crowds ever seen in
the normally placid monarchy, as pro-democracy activists used
Friday's gathering to push their cause.
2011 Mar 18, In Syria human
rights activists said plainclothes security officers forcefully
broken up about a dozen protesters in central Damascus. Syrian
security forces launched a harsh crackdown on protesters calling for
political freedoms. Accounts from activists and social media say at
least five people died in Daraa.
(AP, 3/18/11)(AP, 3/19/11)
2011 Mar 18, Yemeni government
snipers firing from rooftops and houses shot at tens of thousands of
anti-government demonstrators, killing at least 52 people and
injuring hundreds in the crowd demanding the ouster of the
autocratic president. The total dead after about a month of protests
was raised to 80.
(AP, 3/18/11)(AFP, 3/19/11)
2012 Mar 18, Mitt Romney won
all 20 delegates in the Puerto Rico Republican presidential
(SFC, 3/19/12, p.A7)
2012 Mar 18, In China Ling Gu,
the son of a loyal aide to President Hu Jintao, was killed in a
Ferrari accident which initially garnered only minimal coverage in
China's state media. Two young women were also injured. A report on
Sep 3 said Ling was half-naked when the crash occurred and his two
passengers were naked or half-dressed, suggesting they had been
involved in some kind of high-speed sex game. Ling Jihua made a
botched attempt to cover-up the incident. His youngest brother Ling
Wancheng, director of the Communist party’s General Office, later
fled to the US.
(AP, 9/4/12)(SFC, 8/4/15, p.A10)
2012 Mar 18, German lawmakers
elected Joachim Gauck (72), a former Lutheran pastor and advocate of
civil rights, as the new president.
(SFC, 3/19/12, p.A2)
2012 Mar 18, Guinea-Bissau
began voting for a new president, an office nobody has held for a
full five-year term. Chronic instability here has fed a booming
cocaine trade. Ex-military intelligence deputy chief Colonel Samba
Diallo was shot dead by men in military uniform in the capital hours
after polls closed in a presidential vote. He was accused of
involvement in a 2009 bombing that killed the country's then army
2012 Mar 18, Indonesia police
fatally shot five men who were suspected of planning robberies of
money changers, jewelers and other targets on the resort island of
Bali so they could fund terrorist attacks.
2012 Mar 18, In Indonesia at
least 10 members of one family were killed, as their minivan spun
out of control after colliding with a moving train and flipped over
in a nearby rice field in West Java province.
2012 Mar 18, Israeli troops
wounded a six-year-old Palestinian boy when they opened fire east of
the town of Rafah.
2012 Mar 18, In Libya a clash
erupted in Tripoli between a militia and residents of the Abu Selim
neighborhood, a pro-Gadhafi stronghold, killing at least one person.
2012 Mar 18, In Mexico gunmen
ambushed and killed 12 police officers on a road leading out of the
town of Teloloapan. Another 11 officers were wounded. They had been
sent to search for the bodies of 10 people whose severed heads were
found in southern Guerrero state.
2012 Mar 18, Pakistani planes
bombed the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, killing 26 militants.
An official at least 25 militants and four soldiers were killed in
Bara, a restive town in Khyber tribal district in gunfights between
March 12 and today. Four militants and one soldier were killed when
militants stormed a security forces check point in Miranshah.
(AFP, 3/18/12)(AFP, 3/19/12)
2012 Mar 18, In Syria an
explosion ripped through a residential neighborhood in the northern
city of Aleppo. State news said it was a "terrorist bombing." Two
people were reported killed and 30 wounded. The opposition faced a
harsh security crackdown aimed at preventing rallies marking one
year since the first nationwide demonstrations of the country's
2012 Mar 18, The king of Tonga
George Tupou V (63), who brought democracy to the impoverished South
Pacific island nation, died in Hong Kong. Next in line was his
younger brother, Crown Prince Tupouto’a Lavaka Ata.
(AFP, 3/18/12)(Econ, 3/24/12, p.43)
2012 Mar 18, In Turkey
thousands of Kurds massed in Diyarbakir and Istanbul to celebrate
the Kurdish new year (Nowruz). A Kurdish politician and Turkish
policeman died as riot police fired tear gas to disperse the crowds.
(Econ, 3/24/12, p.54)
2012 Mar 18, In Uruguay murder
charges were filed against two male nurses and a female nurse was
charged with covering up a crime in a case involving more than a
dozen deaths at two hospitals in Montevideo.
2012 Mar 18, In central Yemen
two gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead Joe Schrum (29), an American
teacher working at a language institute. He was shot in his car in
(AP, 3/18/12)(SFC, 3/21/12, p.A2)
2013 Mar 18, Former Secretary
of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her support for gay
marriage, putting her in line with other potential Democratic
presidential candidates on a social issue that is rapidly gaining
2013 Mar 18, A US military
official said a hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay prison has grown
and now involves at least 21 of 166 men held there.
2013 Mar 18, A new academic
study said an estimated 2.2% of all US gun sales are made to
smuggling rings that take the firearms to Mexico.
(SFC, 3/19/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 18, The US attorney in
San Francisco filed criminal charges against Fred Buenrostro, former
CEO of CALPERS, and former board member Alfred Villalobos for
extensive malfeasance in the nation’s largest public employee
(SFC, 3/19/13, p.D1)
2013 Mar 18, In Florida college
student James Oliver Seevakumaran (30) put a bullet in his head as
police closed in. He had two guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition
and a backpack filled with explosives. He had pulled a dorm fire
alarm in an apparent attempt to force other students out into the
open so that he could slaughter them.
2013 Mar 18, In Nevada 7
Marines were killed when a mortar round exploded during a live-fire
training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot.
(SFC, 3/20/13, p.A8)
2013 Mar 18, In New Jersey
computer hacker Andrew Auernheimer (27) was sentenced to three years
and five months in prison for stealing the personal data of about
120,000 Apple Inc iPad users, including big-city mayors, a TV
network news anchor and a Hollywood movie mogul.
2013 Mar 18, In Utah Willard
Bay State Park officials closed down the facility on the
northeastern edge of the Great Salt Lake and evacuated two campers
and the park manager’s family after around 4,200 to 6,300 gallons of
diesel fuel leaked from the pipeline just north of the park.
2013 Mar 18, Afghan opposition
parties, frustrated with the government's lack of progress in making
peace with the Taliban, confirmed that they have been talking since
the beginning of the year to the Taliban as well as the militant
group headed by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.
2013 Mar 18, Argentina’s Pres.
Cristina Fernandez asked Pope Francis to intervene in the dispute
with Britain over the Falkland Islands.
(SFC, 3/19/13, p.A3)
2013 Mar 18, Argentina's
government accused the British banking giant HSBC of facilitating
money laundering and tax evasion.
2013 Mar 18, In Australia
visiting Myanmar President Thein Sein welcomed closer ties with
Australia as he asked for continued support through his country's
transition to "peace, democracy and prosperity," a mission that he
said "has no parallel in modern times."
2013 Mar 18, The British
government said it will join industrial partners to create a 2
billion pound aerospace center, part of efforts to bolster
manufacturers as it struggles to revive a flagging economy.
2013 Mar 18, Britain's three
main political parties agreed to create a new system to regulate the
country's scandal-hungry newspapers, after a public inquiry exposed
a culture of industrial-scale phone hacking and other unethical
2013 Mar 18, The Queen
Elizabeth Prize for Engineering was awarded to Marc Andreessen, Sir
Timothy Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf, Robert Kahn and Louis Pouzin, for
their efforts in the development of the Internet.
(Econ, 3/23/13, p.84)
2013 Mar 18, Chinese police
arrested the husband of a Tibetan woman who died last week after
setting herself alight in protest.
(SFC, 3/19/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 18, India's Supreme
Court indefinitely extended its order barring the Italian ambassador
from leaving the country and rejected his explanation of his
country's refusal to return two Italian marines charged with killing
two Indian fishermen.
2013 Mar 18, In Lebanon several
hundred demonstrators angry over attacks against Sunni Muslim
clerics blocked roads with garbage bins and burning tires in Beirut
and other Lebanese cities.
2013 Mar 18, In Nigeria at
least 41 people died in a suicide car bombing that struck a bus
station in Kano. The explosion came hours after another attack
blamed on Boko Haram killed a teacher and injured three students in
2013 Mar 18, The Pakistani
Taliban withdrew their offer of holding peace talks with the
government, saying that the authorities were not serious about
following through with negotiations.
2013 Mar 18, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber blew himself up in a courtroom in Peshawar, killing
four people and wounding more than 40 others.
2013 Mar 18, Palestinian
attackers shot and wounded an Israeli man in a drive-by shooting at
a West Bank bus stop.
2013 Mar 18, US officials
visiting Warsaw tried to reassure Poland that the cancellation of
the final stage of a European missile defense system will not
sideline the country and was not made to appease Russia.
2013 Mar 18, In Rwanda
Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda (39), nicknamed "The Terminator,"
showed up at the gates of the US Embassy in Kigali. Ntaganda asked
to be handed over to the International Criminal Court, which issued
its first arrest warrant for him in 2006.
2013 Mar 18, In Somalia an
explosives-laden car, apparently targeting a truck full of
government officials, hit a civilian car and exploded, setting a
nearby mini-bus on fire and killing at least 7 people in Mogadishu.
2013 Mar 18, The International
Committee of the Red Cross said more than 60 people have been
wounded in fighting between South Sudan's army and a rebel group
over the last two weeks.
2013 Mar 18, The Stockholm
International Peace Research Institute, a Swedish think tank, said
China has bypassed Britain as the world's fifth largest arms
2013 Mar 18, Syria's main
opposition coalition began a push to form an interim government to
provide services to people living in parts of the country now
controlled by rebel forces.
2014 Mar 18, US Vice President
Joe Biden warned Russia that the US and Europe will impose further
sanctions as Moscow seeks to annex the Ukrainian territory.
2014 Mar 18, The United States
and European Union (EU) accused China of using arrests and
harassment to silence human rights activists, also voicing
consternation at the death in custody of a prominent dissident.
2014 Mar 18, In NYC Guatemala’s
ex-president Alfonso Portillo pleaded guilty in federal court to a
conspiracy charge saying he accepted $2.5 million in bribes to
continue to recognize Taiwan diplomatically during his 2000-2004
(SFC, 3/19/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 18, In Washington
state a news helicopter crashed near Seattle’s Space Needle killing
pilot Gary Pfitzner and KOMO-TV photographer Bill Strothman.
(SFC, 3/19/14, p.A7)
2014 Mar 18, The Mega Millions
jackpot of $414 million, the third largest in the game’s history,
went to two winners of tickets sold in Florida and Maryland.
(SFC, 3/20/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 18, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber killed 15 people in an attack on a busy
marketplace in Maimana, Faryab province.
2014 Mar 18, Britain suspended
export licenses for military items to Russia.
2014 Mar 18, A Chechen Islamic
militant group, the Caucasus Emirate, reported that its leader, Doku
Umarov (49), was dead.
(SFC, 3/19/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 18, China's education
ministry ordered a nationwide investigation into whether schools are
giving students medication without permission after a protest in
Xi’an by parents of kindergarteners who were given an antiviral
2014 Mar 18, A Cairo court
sentenced a police officer to 10 years in prison with labor in
connection with the deaths of 37 Islamists last August. A legal
source said the men had died from asphyxiation in the back of a
crammed police van while they were being moved to a jail on the
outskirts of Cairo.
2014 Mar 18, In Egypt the
al-Qaida-inspired Ansar al-Shariah Brigades claimed it was behind
the slayings of 26 Egyptian troops in what it describes as "the
first phase of a campaign to punish traitors."
2014 Mar 18, French foreign
minister Laurent Fabius said that leaders of the Group of Eight
world powers have suspended Russia's participation in the club amid
tensions over Ukraine and Russia's incursion into Crimea.
2014 Mar 18, French police
arrested 57 Greenpeace activists who used a truck to ram their way
into a nuclear power plant operated by EDF in eastern France.
2014 Mar 18, Greek authorities
said they have recovered the bodies of 7 immigrants, including 2
children, who drowned overnight when a boat sank in the eastern
Aegean Sea after traveling illegally from nearby Turkey.
2014 Mar 18, Iranians jumped
over bonfires, threw firecrackers and floated wishing lanterns to
celebrate an ancient festival (Chaharshanbe Souri) marking the end
of the Persian year, ignoring calls by many Islamic clerics to shun
a ritual that has officially been denounced as pagan.
2014 Mar 18, In Iraq a series
of bombings targeting commercial streets and security forces in and
south of Baghdad killed 8 people.
2014 Mar 18, An explosion in
the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights wounded four Israeli soldiers
near the Syrian frontier. Israeli forces responded with artillery
fire into Syrian-held territory.
(Reuters, 3/18/14)(Reuters, 3/19/14)
2014 Mar 18, Gunmen from
Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group and local Shiite residents
tightened their chokehold on Arsal, a Sunni town near the Syrian
border, sparking concerns the standoff would cut off aid to
thousands of Syrian refugees stranded in the area.
2014 Mar 18, In Libya Adison
Karkha (54), a Christian Iraqi medical school professor, was found
slain inside his car in a central city.
2014 Mar 18, In Morocco
hundreds of migrants tried to force their way into Spain's North
African enclave of Melilla in two attempted mass crossings, throwing
stones at police who tried to stop them. 500 people made it over.
(Reuters, 3/18/14)(SFC, 4/10/14, p.A5)
2014 Mar 18, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin signed a treaty to annex Crimea, describing the move
as correcting past injustice and a necessary response to what he
called Western encroachment upon Russia's vital interests.
2014 Mar 18, In Serbia alleged
Balkan drug boss Darko Saric (43), one of the most wanted figures in
the crime-riddled region, surrendered to police as a dragnet
involving the CIA closed in on him in Latin America. He faced 13
indictments including the trafficking of 5.7 metric tons of cocaine
from South America to Europe and laundering of 22 million euros in
2014 Mar 18, The Syria cabinet
proudly announced the creation of a national space agency.
(Econ, 3/22/14, p.50)
2014 Mar 18, Taiwanese
activists occupied the main chamber of the Legislative Yuan to try
to stop the government ratifying a contentious trade agreement with
China. The three-week protest became known as the “Sunflower
(Econ, 3/29/14, p.39)(Econ, 12/6/14, p.44)
2014 Mar 18, In Crimea a
confrontation between Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Russian militia
left two dead, a Ukrainian serviceman and a member of a militia.
2014 Mar 18, United Nations
human rights investigators said they have added to their list of
suspected war criminals from both sides in the Syrian civil war
after a new round of atrocities in recent weeks.
2014 Mar 18, In Venezuela
Anthony Rojas (18), mechanical engineering student, was fatally shot
in Tariba, on outskirts of San Cristobal. Rojas had participated in
past opposition protests in San Cristobal, but was not doing so when
he was shot.
2014 Mar 18, In Tuban, south
Yemen, a suicide car bombing at a military intelligence headquarters
killed one person and wounded a dozen others.
2015 Mar 18, In Arizona a
gunman killed one person and wounded five others in rampage in Mesa.
Police soon arrested ex-con Ryan Giroux (41), who has already served
three stints in state prison since 1994.
(SFC, 3/19/15, p.A12)
2015 Mar 18, San Francisco
police officer Michael Robison (46), a 23-year veteran, resigned
after being identified as one of four officers involved in sending
racist and homophobic text messages. Robison had come out as gay
before being hired in 1992.
(SFC, 3/20/15, p.D1)
2015 Mar 18, GM said Opel will
leave the Russian market by December in the face of plummeting sales
in the economically troubled country. Chevrolet production will be
cut back significantly to focus on top-end products such as the
Corvette sports car and Tahoe SUV, which are imported into Russia
from the US.
2015 Mar 18, Evolution
Marketplace, a website for illegal drugs, was taken down in an
apparent “exit scam" by its anonymous administrators who made off
with up to $15 million in Bitcoin payments they were holding in
(Econ., 4/11/15, p.59)
2015 Mar 18, In Afghanistan
Mattiullah Khan, the police chief of Uruzgan province, was killed
while visiting Kabul by a suicide bomber disguised as a woman. A
bomb exploded in Helmand province near the governor’s offices in
Lashkar Gah killing 7 people and wounding over 45.
(AP, 3/19/15)(SFC, 3/19/15, p.A4)
2015 Mar 18, A Bangladesh court
indicted Mufti Jasimuddin Rahmani, a leader of the hard-line
Islamist group Ansarullah Bangla Team, and seven students in the
hacking death of atheist blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider two years ago.
2015 Mar 18, In eastern Congo
DRC violent clashes have erupted between the army and a militia,
forcing many civilians to flee their homes. Rebels killed at least
four civilians as they fled the Congolese army operation.
(AFP, 3/19/15)(AP, 3/20/15)
2015 Mar 18, A French court
handed controversial comedian Dieudonne a two-month suspended jail
sentence for condoning terrorism after a comment suggesting he
sympathized with one of the jihadists who attacked Paris.
2015 Mar 18, In Germany
anti-capitalist protesters clashed with riot police near the new
headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt. Police
counted 3,500; rally organizers said 7,000.
2015 Mar 18, A German court
banned Uber from offering its ridesharing service nationwide, adding
to the company's troubles in Europe.
2015 Mar 18, In Germany
hundreds of flights were canceled in a strike by Lufthansa pilots at
the airline's short- and medium-haul operations.
2015 Mar 18, The Greek
parliament overwhelmingly adopted a "humanitarian crisis" bill aimed
at helping its poorest people, ignoring apparent pressure from the
European Union to halt the legislation.
2015 Mar 18, In Libya fighting,
between Islamic State militants and forces loyal to the government
based in Tripoli, killed 12 troops near Nofaliya.
(AP, 3/18/15)(SFC, 3/19/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 18, In Moldova airport
authorities banned a Russian television crew from entering Moldova
and sent them back to Moscow. They were traveling to cover elections
this weekend in the semi-autonomous region of Gagauzia, a region
where most voters disapprove of Moldova's European aspirations and
want closer links to Russia.
2015 Mar 18, In northeast
Nigeria Islamists returned to the border town of Gamboru, killing 8
people. 3 more were killed there the next day.
2015 Mar 18, Pakistani air
strikes reportedly killed 34 militants in the Tirah Valley in the
Khyber region. Residents put the toll at 20. The Pakistani Taliban
claimed responsibility for the killing in Peshawar of a district
president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
2015 Mar 18, Poland's foreign
minister says his government will reciprocate if Russia continues to
bill for Poland's diplomatic buildings after the Arbitration Court
in St. Petersburg allowed bailiffs to evict Poland's consulate
there, saying Poland owes some $1 million in rent.
2015 Mar 18, Russia’s Pres.
Vladimir Putin signed a new treaty with the leader of South Ossetia,
a breakaway region of Georgia, that called for nearly full
(SFC, 3/19/15, p.A5)
2015 Mar 18, Serbian
prosecutors arrested seven suspects, accused of taking part in
killing more than 1,000 Bosnian Muslims in the 1995 Srebrenica
massacre, in pre-dawn raids at different locations in Serbia. An
eighth suspect was caught after an hours-long manhunt.
2015 Mar 18, Sierra Leone
President Ernest Bai Koroma sacked Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana
for seeking asylum in a foreign embassy.
2015 Mar 18, In Sweden gunmen
with automatic weapons stormed into a restaurant in in suburban
Goteborg, killing two people and wounding about a dozen in a
shooting that police said was likely gang-related.
2015 Mar 18, Thai authorities
said they had issued emergency measures across at least nine
provinces as thick smoke caused by farmers burning vegetation to
clear their fields chokes the north of the country.
2015 Mar 18, In Tunisia gunmen
opened fire at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis. Overall 22 people
were killed, including 21 foreign tourists. Yassine al-Abidi and a
fellow gunman were killed by police. Security forces arrested nine
people the next day in connection with the attack.
(AP, 3/18/15)(AP, 3/19/15)(AP, 3/20/15)(AFP,
2015 Mar 18, In eastern Ukraine
a civilian was killed and one injured after tripping a bomb in
Vuglegirsk, a separatist-controlled town 35 km (21 miles) north-east
of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.
2015 Mar 18, In Yemen
Abdel-Karim al-Khewani, a prominent politician and supporter of the
country's Shiite rebels, was assassinated by gunmen in front of the
family's home in Sanaa.
2016 Mar 18, US Defense
Secretary Ash Carter said President Barack Obama will name the first
woman to head a US combatant command, selecting Air Force General
Lori Robinson as the next head of the military's Northern Command.
2016 Mar 18, LAX Airport police
found 11 packages of cocaine wrapped in green cellophane inside one
of the bags left behind by a fleeing flight attendant wearing her
“known crew member" badge. Marsha Gay Reynolds “31" used an airline
badge with her real name to board another flight the next morning.
She surrendered four days later at Kennedy Airport in New York.
2016 Mar 18, A Florida jury
awarded wrestler Hulk Hogan $115 million in his sex tape lawsuit
against Gawker Media. On March 20 a jury added $25 million to the
verdict in punitive damages. It was later reported that Peter Thiel,
co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook, secretly
backed Hogan in the lawsuit. Thiel had been outed as gay by a
Gawker-owned website in 2007.
(SFC, 3/19/16, p.A5)(SFC, 3/22/16, p.A5)(SFC,
2016 Mar 18, A cruise ship off
the Florida coast rescued 18 Cuban migrants who said nine fellow
travelers died during their 22-day-long journey.
2016 Mar 18, General Mills
announced that it would voluntarily add genetically engineered food
(GMO) information to its labels.
(SFC, 3/19/16, p.D1)
2016 Mar 18, In Algeria
suspected jihadists launched a rocket attack on the In Salah gas
asset in Krechba jointly run by Britain's BP, Norway's Statoil and
Algerian company Sonatrach. Al-Qaida's North Africa arm soon claimed
responsibility for the attack.
(AFP, 3/18/16)(AP, 3/19/16)
2016 Mar 18, Australia’s PM
Malcolm Turnbull won approval from Parliament to simplify the
country’s convoluted system of proportional representation under
which the Senate is elected.
(Econ, 3/26/16, p.45)
2016 Mar 18, In Belgium Salah
Abdeslam (26), the prime surviving suspect in November's Paris
attacks, was arrested along with four others.
(Reuters, 3/19/16)(SFC, 3/19/16, p.A4)
2016 Mar 18, Brazilian riot
police fired water cannon and tear gas to clear anti-government
protesters from Sao Paulo's central Avenue Paulista, ahead of a
planned demonstration in favor of embattled President Dilma
2016 Mar 18, British minister
Iain Duncan Smith quit, two days after cuts were unveiled in a sixth
consecutive austerity budget that included plans to cut benefits for
the disabled while giving tax breaks for the better off. The work
and pensions secretary said he could no longer support policies that
he believes are driven more by political ideology than economic
2016 Mar 18, China state media
said the environment ministry has ordered an investigation after a
provincial environmental protection body fined a polluting factory
just 603 yuan ($90) for dumping waste water. The chemical plant in
Gaoyou city in Jiangsu province was given the fine for dumping water
with an abnormal pH level.
2016 Mar 18, Cuba honored
visiting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with its highest state
honor in an act of defiance two days before US President Barack
Obama is due for a historic visit to Havana.
2016 Mar 18, In the Czech Rep.
film director Jan Nemec (79), a representative of the new wave of
Czechoslovak cinema in the 1960s, died. His films included "Diamonds
of the Night" (1964), about two boys escaping from a transport to a
Nazi death camp and "Report on the Party and Guests" (1966),
targeting totalitarian power. After "Oratorio for Prague," a
documentary about the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia,
Nemec was banned and lived in Germany and the United States from
1974 to 1989.
2016 Mar 18, The European Union
called for more countries to impose sanctions on Russia over its
annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula two years ago, but the
Kremlin said Crimea was Russian land and its status non-negotiable.
2016 Mar 18, EU leaders
approved a controversial deal with Turkey intended to halt illegal
migration flows to Europe in return for financial and political
rewards for Ankara.
2016 Mar 18, A German federal
court ruled that a levy charged to every household to finance public
broadcasters, regardless of whether it has a radio or television, is
constitutional. The current system under which households pay a
monthly levy of 17.50 euros ($19.72) was introduced in 2013.
2016 Mar 18, Guyana, a South
American country of 800,000 people, held long-delayed local
elections. The ruling coalition Partnership of National Unity won 25
of 30 city council seats in Georgetown. The opposition People's
Progressive Party led in most other parts.
2016 Mar 18, In Iraq thousands
of followers of influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr took
to the streets in Baghdad, pushing through security lines to cross a
bridge on the Tigris River to begin setting up tents in anticipation
of a prolonged sit-in close to the Green Zone, where the government
2016 Mar 18, Israeli soldiers
shot dead a Palestinian man who tried to stab them in the occupied
2016 Mar 18, Italian ships
picked up some 600 migrants and recovered one body, as European
leaders met in Brussels to try to stem the flow of migrants to the
2016 Mar 18, In Ivory Coast
clashes erupted between farmers and herders. By March 24 at least 20
people were killed and more than 1,000 were sent fleeing into
neighboring Burkina Faso. The UN peacekeeping mission later said it
planned to double its troop presence in the country's northeast from
200 to 400.
2016 Mar 18, The Red Cross said
hundreds of thousands of farm animals have perished in a slow-moving
natural disaster in Mongolia and the international aid response has
2016 Mar 18, North Korea fired
at least one ballistic missile which flew about 800 km (500 miles)
before hitting the sea off its east coast, as the isolated state
stepped up its defiance of tough new UN and US sanctions.
2016 Mar 18, Philippine troops
battled about 100 Muslim militants in fierce fighting that killed 7
gunmen and a soldier and wounded a top militant commander in a
jungle off Patikul town, Sulu province. The wounded included
one-armed rebel commander Radulan Sahiron, who led the Abu Sayyaf
2016 Mar 18, Serbia's interior
minister said police have arrested 46 people, including a former
soccer player, a judge and more than a dozen police officers,
accused of corruption and money laundering.
2016 Mar 18, In South Africa
the Indian Gupta brothers, who are accused of corrupting President
Jacob Zuma, lashed out at "xenophobic and hate speech" against them,
and denied benefiting from links to the government.
2016 Mar 18, In Syria Russian
warplanes flew in support of government troops in an offensive to
recapture the historic town of Palmyra from the hands of the Islamic
State group. 16 civilians were killed in air strikes on Raqa, the
main stronghold of the Islamic State jihadist group.
(AP, 3/18/16)(AFP, 3/19/16)
2016 Mar 18, The UN World Food
Program said some Syrians in the besieged areas of Daraya and Deir
al-Zor have been reduced to eating grass because food supplies are
2017 Mar 18, Rock 'n' roll
legend Chuck Berry (b.1926) died at his home in the St. Louis area.
His 1958 hit "Johnny B. Goode" was so influential and recognizable
that the US space program chose it to represent rock music for
potential extraterrestrial listeners on the Voyager spacecraft.
(AFP, 3/18/17)(SSFC, 3/19/17, p.A9)
2017 Mar 18, In Angola about
200 demonstrators protested under heavy police surveillance in
Luanda against a draft law criminalizing all abortions.
2017 Mar 18, Bangladesh police
in Dhaka shot dead a suspected militant on a motorbike carrying a
bag with improvised explosive devices.
2017 Mar 18, CongoDRC’s UN
mission said government forces have targeted civilians, including
women and children, resulting in numerous deaths in central Congo
this week and are restricting United Nations peacekeepers' access to
2017 Mar 18, In Egypt Salem
Salmy al-Hamadeen (aka Abu Anas al-Ansari), a leader in Islamic
State's Egyptian affiliate, was killed in an air raid.
2017 Mar 18, Meeting in Cairo
representatives of the United Nations, European Union, Arab League
and African Union supported efforts by Libya's unity government to
assert control over Tripoli after days of fighting with rival
2017 Mar 18, In France a man
was shot to death after attempting to seize a soldier's weapon at
the Orly Airport. He was soon identified as Ziyed Ben Belgacem, a
39-year-old born in France. Judicial sources said he became a
radicalized Muslim when he served a prison term several years ago
(AP, 3/18/17)(Reuters, 3/19/17)
2017 Mar 18, In Germany finance
chiefs of the world's top 20 economies (G20) pledged to finalize new
banking regulations, easing concerns that the new US administration
would pull out of a long-delayed global accord known as Basel III.
The G20 dropped a pledge to fully oppose trade protectionism, amid
pushback from the government of US President Donald Trump.
(Reuters, 3/18/17)(AP, 3/18/17)
2017 Mar 18, In Germany around
9,000 Kurdish supporters demonstrated in Frankfurt against Turkish
President Tayyip Erdogan and an April referendum that would give him
sweeping new powers.
2017 Mar 18, India’s PM
Narendra Modi picked Hindu hardliner Yogi Adityanath to lead Uttar
Pradesh, the country’s most populous state, after his party won a
landslide victory last week. Adityanath has been accused of inciting
violence against India's Muslim minority.
2017 Mar 18, In Iran the Fars
semi-official news agency reported that Faezeh Hashemi, the
outspoken daughter of Iran's late President Akbar Hashemi
Rafsanjani, has been sentenced to six months in prison for
"spreading lies against the judiciary".
2017 Mar 18, Elite Iraqi forces
said they were battling house by house in the Old City of Mosul,
inching towards the mosque where the Islamic State group proclaimed
its "caliphate" in 2014.
2017 Mar 18, The Israeli
military carried out the airstrikes early today against two Hamas
targets in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for a projectile that
landed in an open field. No militant group has claimed
responsibility for the firing.
2017 Mar 18, In Nigeria three
suicide bombers suspected to be members of Boko Haram detonated
explosive devices strapped on their bodies late today, killing at
least four people in Maiduguri.
2017 Mar 18, In Poland hundreds
of people, braving the winter cold and rain, protested in Warsaw
against plans by the conservative government to curb the power of
local governments and to subject the judiciary to the ruling party's
2017 Mar 18, Russian
authorities said Vladimir Evdokimov (56), a former top space agency
official, has been found dead with two stab wounds in a prison where
he was being held on charges of embezzlement. He had been jailed in
December on charges of embezzling 200 million rubles ($3.1 million)
from the MiG aerospace company.
2017 Mar 18, In South Africa
burglars targeted Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng's offices early
today, stealing 15 computers containing sensitive information about
250 judges. His court had severely criticized the ANC government.
2017 Mar 18, South Sudanese
rebels kidnapped four oil workers including a Pakistani national, in
a bid to force their Chinese and Malaysian consortium to leave the
2017 Mar 18, In Syria nearly
1,500 people, mostly civilians, left the last opposition-held
district of Homs under a controversial Russian-supervised deal to
bring the city under full government control.
2017 Mar 18, Thai police
uncovered a plot to assassinate the country's prime minister after
seizing a weapons cache at a house belonging to red shirt leader
Wuthipong Kochathamakun, who has been on the run since the military
2017 Mar 18, Turkish media said
authorities have detained 740 people for suspected links to the
outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) over the last three days.
2017 Mar 18, Rima Khalaf, a UN
undersecretary-general, resigned after refusing to withdraw her
report for the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.
She had authored a recent report that accused Israel of establishing
an "apartheid regime." Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas soon
informed Rima Khalaf by phone that she would receive the Palestine
Medal of the Highest Honor in recognition of her "courage and
support" for the Palestinian people.
2018 Mar 18, Former US
President Barack Obama embarked on a weeklong tour of Singapore, New
Zealand, Australia and Japan.
2018 Mar 18, In Arizona an Uber
car operating in autonomous mode struck Elaine Herzberg (49) in
Tempe, who soon died of her injuries at a local hospital. This was
believed to be the first pedestrian fatality involving a
self-driving car. Uber soon suspended autonomous testing in Tempe,
Pittsburgh, Toronto and San Francisco. Uber later announced plans to
end all autonomous-car testing in California. In 2020 Uber driver
Rafaela Vasquez (46) was charged with negligent homicide.
(SFC, 3/20/18, p.A1)(SFC, 3/28/18, p.A1)(SFC,
3/30/18, p.C1)(SFC, 9/16/20, p.A6)
2018 Mar 18, In California
police in Sacramento shot and killed a black man who was seen
breaking into at least three vehicles and a neighbor's home.
Officers fired 20 shots at the man who was holding a cell phone in
(SFC, 3/22/18, p.A6)
2018 Mar 18, In Massachusetts
three people died in a fire in Springfield. As many as 80 people
were displaced by the fire.
(SFC, 3/19/18, p.A4)
2018 Mar 18, Abu Dhabi state
energy company ADNOC said it had awarded French oil giant Total
stakes in two offshore oil concessions. Abu Dhabi National Oil Co.
said it has signed a deal worth $1.45 billion with French oil giant
Total SA granting it stakes in offshore fields.
(AFP, 3/18/18)(AP, 3/18/18)
2018 Mar 18, In Afghanistan an
attacker dressed in a school uniform set off a grenade amid a group
of hundreds of university students in Kabul, killing himself and
wounding five students.
2018 Mar 18, Australia's prime
minister and Southeast Asian leaders meeting in Sydney called on
North Korea to end its nuclear program and urged UN countries to
fully implement sanctions against the country.
2018 Mar 18, In northern
Australia about 25,000 homes were without power in the city of
Darwin after a tropical cyclone felled trees, canceled flights,
closed schools and delayed shipping. Bush and grass fires sweeping
across Australia's southeast destroyed homes, killed cattle and
forced hundreds to flee as dry, hot winds fanned the flames.
2018 Mar 18, In Australia a
fire began in southern New south Wales and over the next 24 hours
consumed 69 homes.
(SFC, 3/20/18, p.A2)
2018 Mar 18, A Bangladesh court
sentenced seven militants to death after finding them guilty of
killing a shrine worker in November, 2015. The convicted men were
members of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh group.
2018 Mar 18, In Bermuda Mark
Dombroski (19), a US student at Philadelphia's St. Joseph Univ.,
went missing early today in Hamilton. His body was found the next
day. An autopsy later concluded that Dombroski had died from an
apparent fall with no signs of foul play.
(SFC, 3/20/18, p.A2)(SFC, 3/23/18, p.A2)
2018 Mar 18, A second day of
icy weather led London's Heathrow Airport to cancel more than 100
flights and disrupted the homecoming celebrations of Ireland's
all-conquering rugby team.
2018 Mar 18, China's ceremonial
legislature appointed Premier Li Keqiang, the No. 2 leader of the
ruling Communist Party, to a second five-year term. The largely
rubber-stamp parliament appointed senior graft-buster Yang Xiaodu as
head of the country’s controversial new anti-corruption body, though
real power will remain as always with the ruling Communist Party.
(AP, 3/18/18)(Reuters, 3/18/18)
2018 Mar 18, Croatia declared a
state of emergency in its central Kosinj valley after the Lika river
flooded, cutting off road access to about 500 people and leaving
some villages without electricity.
2018 Mar 18, Israeli forces
knocked out a tunnel in the Gaza Strip dug by Hamas militants to
mount cross-border attacks.
2018 Mar 18, Israeli
authorities Arab Israeli Abed Hakim Assi (b.1998), suspected of
having stabbed to death Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal (29) near a settlement
in the occupied West Bank on Feb 5, has been arrested.
2018 Mar 18, In Kashmir five
members of an Indian family were killed and two injured by shelling
from Pakistani troops in the Poonch region along the Line of
Control, the de facto border between India and Pakistan.
(Reuters, 3/18/18)(SFC, 3/19/18, p.A2)
2018 Mar 18, Philippines
President Rodrigo Duterte called for other signatories of the Rome
Statute that established the International Criminal Court (ICC) to
join his country in withdrawing from the treaty.
2018 Mar 18, In the Philippines
a fire at a hotel at the Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino killed
five people and injured nearly two dozen.
(Reuters, 3/18/18)(SFC, 3/19/18, p.A2)(SFC,
2018 Mar 18, Russians voted in
a presidential election that was expected to give Vladimir Putin an
easy victory, but his opponents alleged officials were compelling
people to come to the polls so that a low turnout does not tarnish
the win. President Vladimir Putin easily won another six-year term
with about 76.69 percent of the vote with turnout at 67.7 percent.
(Reuters, 3/18/18)(Reuters, 3/19/18)
2018 Mar 18, The Pyeongchang
Winter Paralympics closed with a dazzling ceremony featuring light
shows, dancing and music.
2018 Mar 18, Sri Lanka
President Maithripala Sirisena said he had lifted a nationwide state
of emergency imposed on March 6 after Buddhist-Muslim clashes.
2018 Mar 18, In Syria more than
20,000 people left Eastern Ghouta via the town of Hammouriyeh. The
Center for Reconciliation in Syria, a body run by Russia's defense
ministry said more than 68,000 people have left the Eastern Ghouta
since humanitarian corridors were set up in the area. 13 people were
killed late today in air strikes and artillery fire on the battered
town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta.
(Reuters, 3/18/18)(AFP, 3/19/18)
2018 Mar 18, Turkish forces and
their Syrian rebel allies swept into the northwestern Syrian town of
Afrin, raising their flags in the town center and declaring full
control after an eight-week campaign to drive out Kurdish YPG
forces. The Kurdish administration of the Afrin region indicated
that Kurdish-dominated forces fighting Turkey-backed groups in the
area will shift from direct confrontation to guerrilla tactics.
2019 Mar 18, US federal
authorities said 1 million pounds (0.45 million kg) of pork products
allegedly smuggled from China have been seized at a New Jersey port.
Officials feared the meat could be contaminated with African swine
fever virus, which has killed more than a million pigs in China.
2019 Mar 18, Former
Pennsylvania pediatrician Johnnie Barto was sentenced to at least 79
years in prison for the sexual assault of 31 children, most of them
(SFC, 3/19/19, p.A8)
2019 Mar 18, A group of big
internet companies added more than 800 different versions of the New
Zealand mosque shooting video to a shared database used to block
violent terrorist images and videos.
2019 Mar 18, The world's
biggest plane maker faced escalating pressure after Ethiopia pointed
to parallels between its crash and one in Indonesia, sharpening
focus on the safety of software installed in Boeing's 737 MAX
2019 Mar 18, Brazilian
President Jair Bolsonaro visited the Central Intelligence Agency's
headquarters, an unusual move for a foreign head of state that was
not on the public agenda for his first official trip to Washington.
2019 Mar 18, In Chechnya Oyub
Titiev, who runs the office of the Memorial Human Rights Center in
the southern Russian region, was sentenced to four years in a penal
settlement after he was found guilty of possessing illegal drugs.
His supporters say he was framed, with the drugs planted in his car.
2019 Mar 18, China reported
that it has arrested nearly 13,000 people, described as terrorists,
and broken up hundreds of "terrorist gangs" in Xinjiang since 2014.
2019 Mar 18, In Congo DRC 32
people were killed and 91 others injured when a freight train
carrying stowaways derailed overnight in central Kasai province.
2019 Mar 18, In Crimea Russian
flags flew across Simferopol as Pres. Vladimir Putin flew in to mark
the fifth anniversary of Moscow's internationally condemned
annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine. Putin inaugurated two new
power stations in Crimea.
(AFP, 3/18/19)(Reuters, 3/18/19)
2019 Mar 18, In Egypt new
regulations were published in the official gazette late today,
allowing the Supreme Media Regulatory Council to block websites and
accounts for "fake news," and impose stiff penalties of up to
250,000 Egyptian pounds ($14,400), all without having to obtain a
2019 Mar 18, The European Union
and NATO condemned Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean
Peninsula five years after Moscow declared the region Russian
2019 Mar 18, French PM Edouard
Phillipe announced a ban on "yellow vest" protests on Paris'
Champs-Elysees avenue and two other cities.
(SFC, 3/19/19, p.A2)
2019 Mar 18, An Indian police
official said a protester and a policeman have died in clashes
outside Vedanta Ltd's eastern Indian alumina refinery in Odisha
2019 Mar 18, Indonesian
officials said the number of people killed after torrential
downpours triggered flash floods and mudslides that tore through
mountainside villages in Papua province has climbed to 79.
2019 Mar 18, An Indonesian
official and veterinarian said that an endangered orangutan with a
young baby on Sumatra island was blinded after being shot at least
74 times with an air gun last week. The baby died from malnutrition
as rescuers rushed the two animals to an orangutan veterinary
2019 Mar 18, An Iraqi court
sentenced Bilal al-Marchohi (23), a Belgian man, to death by hanging
for being part of the Islamic State militant group. He was one of
dozens of foreign nationals facing the death penalty in Iraq.
2019 Mar 18, Israel's military
expanded its massive manhunt for a Palestinian assailant as
authorities announced that a second Israeli died of wounds sustained
in a West Bank shooting attack the previous day.
2019 Mar 18, Milan's Mayor
Giuseppe Sala said Italy's famed La Scala opera house will
immediately return 3 million euros ($3.4 million) sent to an escrow
account by Saudi Arabia. He did not rule out future dealings with
the kingdom despite concerns raised over its human rights record.
2019 Mar 18, It was reported
that military roadblocks on Kashmir's main highway are delaying
ambulances carrying patients and leading to confrontations with
motorists that occasionally turn physical.
2019 Mar 18, Mozambique's
President Filipe Nyusi said that more than 1,000 may have by killed
by Cyclone Idai. The official death count stood at 84. The Red Cross
said that 90 percent of Beira, a city of 500,000, had been damaged
or destroyed. The death toll in Malawi from heavy rains and flooding
stood at 56 as of last week.
(AP, 3/18/19)(Reuters, 3/18/19)
2019 Mar 18, Dutch police
launched a huge manhunt for a gunman who killed three people and
wounded nine others in a suspected terror attack inside a tram in
Utrecht. Turkish-born suspect Gokmen Tanis (37) was arrested after a
seven-hour manhunt by security forces. Two other suspects were also
in custody, but were soon released. Another suspect was arrested the
next day. On March 20, 2020, Tanis was sentenced to life in prison
for killing four people.
(AFP, 3/18/19)(Reuters, 3/19/19)(SFC, 3/20/19,
p.A2)(SFC, 3/21/20, p.A3)
2019 Mar 18, It was reported
that Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed bills restricting
online media and making a criminal of anyone who insults the state,
laws that critics see as part of Kremlin efforts to stifle criticism
and tighten media control.
2019 Mar 18, Dozens of Serbian
high school students have staged a sit-down protest demanding that
authorities release a fellow student who was jailed during weekend
anti-government protests in Serbia.
2019 Mar 18, Scores of Sudanese
protesters chanting "freedom, peace, justice" rallied in Khartoum,
as a campaign against President Omar al-Bashir's rule was poised to
enter its fourth month.
2019 Mar 18, Syria's the
defence minister warned that government forces will reclaim control
of northeastern areas controlled by the US-backed Kurds, whether by
force or through reconciliation.
2019 Mar 18, In eastern Syria
US-backed SDF forces battled holdout jihadists after a night of
shelling and heavy air strikes.
2019 Mar 18, Turkey and Iran
carried out a joint operation against militants from the outlawed
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on Turkey's eastern border.
2019 Mar 18, A UN report
released today showed an increase in allegations of sexual abuse and
exploitation by staff working in UN agencies and their partner
2019 Mar 18, Pope Francis
turned down an offer to resign by French Roman Catholic cardinal
Philippe Barbarin (68), but suggested he stand aside "for a while."
Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon, was recently convicted of failing
to report a known predator priest to police.
2020 Mar 18, US Pres. Donald
Trump announced that Canada and the US have agreed to temporarily
close their shared border to nonessential travel in the wakre of the
(SFC, 3/19/20, p.A6)
2020 Mar 18, The Trump
administration asked Congress for $500 billion for direct payments
to taxpayers and $500 billion in loans for businesses, as the
federal government ramped up its efforts to address the fallout from
the coronavirus epidemic. Pres. Donald Trump tapped his authority
under the 70-year-old Defense Production Act to give the government
more power to steer production by private companies and try to
overcome shortages in masks, ventilators and other supplies. Trump
described himself as a “wartime president" fighting an invisible
(NY Times, 3/19/20)(AP, 3/19/20)
2020 Mar 18, Wall Street
resumed a steep slide while bond markets rushed to price in the
sheer scale of government support programs and handouts announced
over the past 24 hours, all aimed at softening the economic shock of
coronavirus. Stocks tumbled more than 5%. The DJIA erased virtually
all its gains since Pres. Trump's 2017 inauguration.
(Reuters, 3/18/20)(SFC, 3/19/20, p.C1)
2020 Mar 18, The US federal
government gave taxpayers an extra 90 days to pay their federal
taxes and announced that it won't pursue foreclosures of evictions
on government guaranteed mortgages for at least 60 days.
(SFC, 3/19/20, p.C1)
2020 Mar 18, The US now has
more than 5,800 confirmed cases of coronavirus with at least 115
deaths. The virus has now infected over 205,000 and killed over
8,700 in 164 nations.
(Good Morning America)(Reuters,
2020 Mar 18, In Alaska Thomas
Waerner of Norway arrived first at the finish line in Nome to win
the Iditirod Trail Sled Dog Race.
(SSFC, 3/22/20, p.A5)
2020 Mar 18, California's Gov.
Gavin Newsom signed an executive order sending $100 million to local
governments for shelter support and emergency housing to help slow
the spread of coronavirus among the homeless population. Another $50
million will be used to buy trailers and lease hotel and motel rooms
to quarantine homeless people showing symptoms of COVID-19.
(SFC, 3/19/20, p.A5)
2020 Mar 18, Hawaii officials
said two cruise ships won't be allowed to disembark in Honolulu
after being turned away by other ports, even with no positive cases
of coronavirus on either vessel.
2020 Mar 18, Nevada shut down
all non-essential businesses, including the Las Vegas casinos at the
heart of the state's economy, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 Mar 18, South Carolina's
Supreme Court overturned the attempted murder conviction of Michael
Juan Smith, a Bloods gang member who in 2013 shot and critically
injured first-year University of South Carolina student Martha
Childress. Smith, sentenced to 40 years in state prison, will now
get a new trial.
(Charlotte Observer, 3/18/20)
2020 Mar 18, In South Texas an
immigrant (27) from Honduras was found dead at a US Immigration and
Customs Enforcement fsamily detention center. This was the ninth
death to occur in ICE custody since last October.
(SFC, 3/19/20, p.A4)
2020 Mar 18, In Texas Apollo 15
astronaut Al Worden (88), who circled the moon alone in 1971 while
his two crewmates test-drove the first lunar rover, died at a rehab
center in Houston.
2020 Mar 18, A 5.7-magnitude
earthquake shook Salt Lake City and its suburbs early today, sending
spooked residents fleeing their homes, knocking out power for tens
of thousands and closing the city's airport.
2020 Mar 18, It was announced
that Pixar animation pioneers Pat Hanrahan and Ed Catmulls are this
year's winners of the $1 million Turing Award.
(SFC, 3/19/20, p.C1)
2020 Mar 18, Honda Motor Co
said it is temporarily halting production in North America for six
days because of the anticipated decline in auto sales due to the
coronavirus outbreak and will reduce production by about 40,000
2020 Mar 18, JPMorgan Chase
& Co said that it has committed $50 million to funds and
community groups that are providing food, support and medical
supplies for people hurt by the coronavirus in the United States,
Europe and Asia.
2020 Mar 18, A new report said
a tiny fossil skull nicknamed "Wonderchicken" may be the oldest
known fossil from this group. A skull of partridge-sized bird, named
Asteriornis maastrichtensis, was found in Belgium and said to be
some 66.7 to 66.8 million years old. It lived just before the
asteroid impact that's blamed for killing off many species, most
notably the giant dinosaurs.
(AP, 3/18/20)(Reuters, 3/18/20)
2020 Mar 18, Bangladesh
reported its first coronavirus death.
2020 Mar 18, Belgium imposed a
lockdown from midday until April 5 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 May 18, Britain expanded
its testing scheme to allow anyone aged over five with COVID-19
symptoms to book a test to see if they have the virus. PM Boris
Johnson announced that schools would close due to coronavirus
(AP, 5/18/20)(Econ., 6/20/20, p.46)
2020 Mar 18, Burkina Faso
reported its second death from COVID-19.
2020 Mar 18, Chile's president
declared a 90-day state of catastrophe due to the coronavirus.
2020 Mar 18, Djibouti confirmed
its first coronavirus case.
2020 Mar 18, Catherine Hamlin
(b.1924), Australian obstetrician and gynaecologist, died in
Ethiopia. She and her husband, Reginald Hamlin, co-founded the Addis
Ababa Fistula Hospital. The Hamlins, together with the hospital
staff, have treated more than 60,000 women to date for obstetric
2020 Mar 18, The EU banned
nonessential travel from the rest of the world into 26 member
nations for 30 days due to the coronavirus pandemic.
(NY Times, 3/18/20)
2020 Mar 18, In France several
hundred Amazon workers protested at one of its sites, calling on the
online retailer to cease operations or make it easier for employees
loath to work during the coronavirus outbreak to stay away.
2020 Mar 18, Gambia announced
its first coronavirus case.
2020 Mar 18, Mitterteich,
Bavaria, became the first German town to impose a curfew to slow the
spread of the coronavirus. The curfew will last until April 2.
Citizens there were still allowed to buy groceries, go to work and
visit the doctor.
2020 Mar 18, Clashes broke out
on the Greek border with Turkey before dawn, after about 500
migrants attempted to break down a border fence and enter Greece.
2020 Mar 18, Hungarian PM
Viktor Orban announced a blanket moratorium on loan repayments for
all companies and private borrowers until the end of the year to
limit the economic fallout from the spread of the coronavirus.
2020 Mar 18, Indonesia's death
toll jumped from five to 19. Thousands of Muslim pilgrims from
across Asia gathered at Gowa, just two weeks after a similar event
in Malaysia caused more than 500 infections.
2020 Mar 18, Iran's government
said another 147 people have died from the coronavirus raising the
total to 1,135 people out of 17,361 cases since it first emerged in
the Islamic republic a month ago. President Hassan Rouhani defended
the response of his administration, which has yet to impose a
lockdown. Food markets were still packed with shoppers and highways
were crowded with traffic as families traveled between cities ahead
of the March 20 Persian New Year.
(AP, 3/18/20)(AFP, 3/18/20)
2020 Mar 18, Italy reported
nearly 500 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, the highest
one-day official toll of any nation. Italy added 4,207 new cases.
(AFP, 3/18/20)(Econ, 3/21/20, p.9)
2020 Mar 18, In Libya five
women were killed late today and five others were wounded, including
a child, when their houses were shelled near Tripoli.
2020 Mar 18, Malaysia warned of
"a tsunami" of cases if people did not follow new restrictions as
infections surged across Southeast Asia.
2020 Mar 18, Mexico reported
its first death from the coronavirus.
2020 Mar 18, Moldova reported
its first death due to the coronavirus.
2020 Mar 18, Morocco asked
citizens not to leave their homes except to buy essential goods,
seek medical treatment or go to work, as a precautionary measure.
2020 Mar 18, In the Netherlands
organizers of the Eurovision song contest said it will not take
place this year due to the global coronavirus outbreak. The
Netherlands was to host the 2020 contest after Dutch
singer-songwriter Duncan Laurence won in 2019 with a song called
2020 Mar 18, New Zealand
lawmakers passed a landmark bill that treats abortion as a health
issue rather than a crime.
(SFC, 3/19/20, p.A3)
2020 Mar 18, Pakistani security
forces raided a militant hideout in North Waziristan, triggering a
shootout that killed four soldiers and seven militants.
(SFC, 3/19/20, p.A2)
2020 Mar 18, Russia's Kremlin
Guard said it has closed Bolshevik revolutionary Vladimir Lenin's
tomb on Moscow's Red Square to the public amid coronavirus fears.
Russia has reported 147 cases of the virus so far and no deaths.
2020 Mar 18, Saudi Arabia
suspended work in most of the private sector for 15 days and
directed businesses to implement work-from-home policies due to the
2020 Mar 18, In South Africa
the number of people that tested positive for coronavirus rose to
116 from 85 the day before. 14 of those hadn’t traveled outside the
country. South Africa stepped up travel bans as the virus continued
to spread at a rapid pace.
2020 Mar 18, Switzerland
extended border controls and suspended the issue of Schengen and
national visas for three months due to coronavirus pandemic.
2020 Mar 18, Taiwan said it
would ban entry for most foreigners as its coronavirus tally rose by
23 to 100, most of them imported.
2020 Mar 18, Turkey reported
its first death due to the coronavirus. President Tayyip Erdogan
advised his people not to leave home unless necessary for three
weeks and to minimize social contact until the threat of coronavirus
recedes, but did not instruct people to stay away from work.
2020 Mar 18, The UAE stopped
Friday sermons to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
(Econ, 3/21/20, p.43)
2020 Mar 18, A Vietnam court
jailed Sung A Sinh and Lau A Lenh, from the Hmong ethnic minority,
for life after finding them guilty of attempting to overthrow the
state and set up a state of their own in northern Dien Bien province
in 2018-2019. Twelve other people were also sentenced in the case to
terms of up to 20 years.
2020 Mar 18, Wales closed its
schools due to the coronavirus pandemic. Scotland and Wales soon
(Econ, 3/21/20, p.17)
2020 Mar 18, Zambia confirmed
its first coronavirus case.