1194 Mar 27, The
Archbishop of Canterbury, on behalf of King Richard I, talked with
the rebels inside the castle at Nottingham, who soon surrendered.
(ON, 8/07, p.10)
1350 Mar 27, While besieging
Gibraltar, Alfonso XI of Castille died of the black death.
1378 Mar 27, Gregory XI,
[Pierre R the Beaufort], last French Pope (1370-78), died.
1513 Mar 27, Spanish explorer
Juan Ponce de Leon sighted Florida.
(AP, 3/27/97)(HN, 3/27/98)
1519 Mar 27, A truce was
arranged with Cortes when Mayan caciques brought food and gold as
well as 20 female slaves. Among these was a young woman from Jalisco
named Marina, who had been stolen from a noble family when small and
sold into slavery, where she learned the language of Yucatán. As a
bilingual translator from Aztec to Mayan, Marina played a major role
in the eventual conquest of Tenochtitlán.
1599 Mar 27, Robert Devereux
became Lt-general of Ireland.
1625 Mar 27, James I (VI),
Stuart king of Scotland (1567), England (1603-25), died. He was
described as the “wisest fool in Christendom."
1625 Mar 27, Charles I (d.1649)
became the English king. He was King of England, Ireland and
Scotland until he was beheaded.
(AP, 3/27/97)(WSJ, 6/13/96, p.A12)
1668 Mar 27, English king
Charles II gave Bombay to the East India Company.
1710 Mar 27, Joseph Marie
Clement dall' Abaco, composer, was born.
1746 Mar 27, Carlo Bonaparte,
Corsican attorney, father of emperor Napoleon, was born.
1757 Mar 27, Johann Wenzel
Anton Stamitz (39), composer, died.
1761 Mar 27, Johann Ludwig
Steiner (72), composer, died.
1769 Mar 27, Josef Antonin
Gurecky (60), composer, died.
1770 Mar 27, Giovanni B.
Tiepolo (73), Italian painter (Banquet of Cleopatra), died.
1780 Mar 27, August L. Crelle,
German inventor, mathematician (1st Prussian Railway), was born.
1785 Mar 27, Louis XVII,
Pretender to the throne (1793-1795) during the French Revolution,
was born. His father may have been Marie Antoinette’s Swedish lover,
Count Axel von Fersen.
(HN, 3/27/98)(SFC, 4/20/00, p.A18)(MC, 3/27/02)
1790 Mar 27, The shoelace was
1794 Mar 27, The US Congress
approved "An Act to provide a Naval Armament" of six armed ships.
[see Oct 13, 1775]
1802 Mar 27, The Treaty of
Amiens was signed ending the French Revolutionary War.
1808 Mar 27, Joseph Haydn’s
oratorio "The Seasons," premiered in Vienna.
1809 Mar 27, Georges-Eugene
Haussmann (d.1891), French town planner, was born. He designed
1813 Mar 27, Nathaniel Currier,
lithographer for Currier and Ives, was born.
1814 Mar 27, General Jackson
led U.S. soldiers who killed 700 Creek Indians at Horseshoe Bend,
La. [in Northern Alabama] Jackson lost 49 men.
(SFEC, 2/16/97, BR p.4)(HN, 3/27/99)
1836 Mar 27, The first Mormon
temple was dedicated, in Kirtland, Ohio.
(AP, 3/27/97)(HN, 3/27/98)
1836 Mar 27, Mexican Colonel
Jose Nicolas de la Portilla executed his Texan prisoners at Goliad.
Colonel Portilla had the 342 Texians marched out of Fort Defiance
into three columns. The Texians were then fired on at point-blank
range. The wounded and dying were then clubbed and stabbed. Those
who survived the initial volley were run down by the Mexican
1841 Mar 27, The first U.S.
steam fire engine was tested in New York City.
1845 Mar 27, Wilhelm Conrad
Röntgen (d.1923), German scientist, was born. He discovered X-rays
(HN, 3/27/99)(MC, 3/27/02)
1849 Mar 27, Joseph Couch
patented a steam-powered percussion rock drill.
1850 Mar 27, The party of Dr.
Thadeus Hildreth found a 22-pound gold nugget in Tuolemne County,
Ca. The place was initially named Hildreth’s Diggings, then changed
to New Camp, then American Camp and finally Columbia. The population
soon swelled to 15,000.
(SFEC, 1/5/97, p.T5)(SFEC, 3/19/00, p.T6)(CVG,
Vol 16, p.1)
1851 Mar 27,
Paul-Marie-Theodore-Vincent d'Indy, composer (Symphonie Cevenole),
was born in Paris.
1855 Mar 27, Abraham Gesner
1860 Mar 27, M.L. Byrn patented
a "covered gimlet screw with a 'T' handle" (corkscrew).
1861 Mar 27, Black
demonstrators in Charleston staged ride-ins on street cars.
1863 Mar 27, Sir Henry Royce,
Rolls Royce founder, was born. [see Mar 26]
1863 Mar 27, Confederate Pres.
Jefferson Davis called for this to be a day of fasting and prayer.
1865 Mar 27, Siege of Spanish
Fort, AL. It was captured by Federals.
1866 Mar 27, President Andrew
Johnson vetoed the civil rights bill, which later became the 14th
1866 Mar 27, Andrew Rankin
patented the urinal.
1868 Mar 27, John Muir (30)
arrived by steamer in San Francisco and almost immediately set off
on a 300-mile journey to Yosemite Valley along with Englishman
(SSFC, 4/2/06, p.B1)(SSFC, 5/14/06, p.B3)
1871 Mar 27, Heinrich Mann,
Germany, novelist, essayist (Blue Angel); brother of Thomas Mann,
1879 Mar 27, Edward Steichen,
pioneer of American photography, was born.
1884 Mar 27, The first
long-distance telephone call was made, between Boston and New York
City. [see Mar 24, 1883]
(AP, 3/27/97)(HN, 3/27/98)
1886 Mar 27, Ludwig Mies Van
Der Rohe, German-US architect (Bauhaus), was born.
1889 Mar 27, John Bright
(b.1811), Quaker and British Radical and Liberal statesman, died. He
was associated with Richard Cobden in the formation of the Anti-Corn
Law League. In 2011 Bill Cash authored “John Bright: Statesman,
1892 Mar 27, Ferde (Ferdinand
Rudolf von) Grof, composer, was born in NY.
1892 Mar 27, Thorne Smith,
author (Topper, Rain in the Doorway, Stray Lamb), was born.
1893 Mar 27, The American Bell
telephone Company made its first long distance telephone call to its
branch office in New York.
1899 Mar 27, The first
international radio transmission between England and France was
achieved by the Italian inventor G. Marconi.
1900 Mar 27, The London
Parliament passed the War Loan Act which gave 35 million pounds to
the Boer War cause.
1906 Mar 27, Pee Wee Russell,
jazz clarinetist, was born.
1910 Mar 27, John Robinson
Pierce, the father of communications satellites, was born.
1910 Mar 27, Alexander E.
Agassiz (74), US businessman, biologist, geologist, died.
1912 Mar 27, James Callaghan
(d.2005), British prime minister (1976-1979), was born in
(SSFC, 3/27/05, p.A21)
1912 Mar 27, The first cherry
blossom trees, a gift from Japan, were planted in Washington, D.C.
First Lady Helen Herron Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the
Japanese ambassador, planted two Yoshina cherry trees on the
northern bank of the Potomac Tidal Basin, near the Jefferson
Memorial. The event was held in celebration of a gift, by the
Japanese government, of 3,020 trees to the US government for
planting along Washington's Potomac River.
1914 Mar 27, Budd Schulberg,
journalist, novelist and screenwriter (What Makes Sammy Run, On the
Waterfront), was born in NYC.
(HN, 3/27/01)(MC, 3/27/02)
1914 Mar 27, 1st successful
blood transfusion took place in Brussels.
1917 Mar 27, Cyrus Vance
(d.2002) was born in Clarksburg. In 1980 President Carter accepted
the resignation of Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, who had opposed
the failed rescue mission aimed at freeing American hostages in
(AP, 4/28/97)(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A27)
1917 Mar 27, The Seattle
Metropolitans became the first U.S. team to win the Stanley Cup as
they defeated the Montreal Canadiens.
1920 Mar 27, Richard Hayman,
bandleader, conductor, pianist (Theme of 3 Penny Opera), was born.
1923 Mar 27, Louis Simpson,
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, was born.
1924 Mar 27, Sarah Vaughan,
'the Divine One,' jazz singer, was born. She was famous for singing
"What a Difference a Day Makes."
1927 Mar 27, Mstislav Leopold
Rostropovich, cellist, conductor, was born in Baku, Azerbaijan,
1928 Mar 27, The U.S. accepted
the new oil-land laws enacted by Mexico, ending a long-standing
dispute between Mexico and the United States.
1930 Mar 27, David Janssen,
[Meyer], actor (Fugitive, Harry O) and son of Clark Gable, was born
in Naponee, Nebraska.
1930 Mar 27, 1st US radio
broadcast from a ship at sea.
1931 Mar 27, David Janssen
(d.1980), later TV star ("Fugitive," "Harry O"), was born as (David
Harold Meyer) in Naponee, Nebraska.
1931 Mar 27, Charlie Chaplin
received France's distinguished Legion of Honor.
1933 Mar 27, Some 55,000 people
staged a protest against Hitler in New York.
1933 Mar 27, Polythene was
discovered by Reginald Gibson and Eric William Fawcett.
1933 Mar 27, Japan left the
League of Nations.
1938 Mar 27, The U.S. stopped
buying Mexican silver in reprisal for the Mexican seizure of
American oil companies.
1938 Mar 27, San Francisco SPCA
officer Al Girolo broke up a cockfight at the back of 1363 Underwood
Street in Hunters Point. 7 men were arrested and 6 roosters seized.
(SSFC, 3/24/13, DB p.42)
1939 Mar 27, The Borley
Rectory, reputedly the most haunted house in England, was severely
damaged by a fire. It was demolished in 1944.
1940 Mar 27, Himmler ordered
the building of Auschwitz concentration camp. [see Feb 21]
1941 Mar 27, Britain leased
defense bases in Trinidad to the U.S. for a period of 99 years.
1941 Mar 27, Tokeo Yoshikawa
arrived in Oahu, Hawaii, to begin spying for Japan on the U.S. Fleet
at Pearl Harbor.
1941 Mar 27, Hitler signed
Directive 27 for an assault on Yugoslavia.
1942 Mar 27, Michael York,
actor (Cabaret, Logan's Run, 3 Musketeers), was born in England.
1942 Mar 27-28, Allies raided
the Nazi submarine base at St. Nazaire, France.
(HN, 3/27/98)(MC, 3/27/02)
1943 Mar 27, US began an
assault on Fondouk-pass, Tunisia.
1944 Mar 27, In San Francisco a
fire at the New Amsterdam Hotel on Fourth St. killed 22 people.
(SSFC, 3/24/19, p.39)
1944 Mar 27, One-thousand Jews
left Drancy, France for the Auschwitz concentration camp.
1944 Mar 27, Forty Jewish
policemen were shot in the Riga Latvia ghetto by the Gestapo.
1944 Mar 27, Some 2,000 Jews
were murdered in Kaunas, Lithuania.
(HN, 3/27/98)(MC, 3/27/02)
1945 Mar 27, Ella Fitzgerald
and the Delta Rhythm Boys recorded "It's Only a Paper Moon."
1945 Mar 27, General Dwight D.
Eisenhower told reporters in Paris that German defenses on the
Western Front had been broken.
(AP, 3/27/97)(HN, 3/27/98)
1945 Mar 27, Iwo Jima was
occupied, after 22,000 Japanese and 6,000 US killed.
1945 Mar 27, US 20th Army corps
1950 Mar 27, Maria Ewing, opera
singer, was born in Detroit, Mich.
1952 Mar 27, Elements of the
U.S. Eighth Army reached the 38th parallel in Korea, the original
dividing line between the two Koreas.
1952 Mar 27, There was a failed
assassination attempt of German Chancellor Adenauer.
1953 Mar 27, Charles Bohlen was
named the U.S. ambassador to the USSR
1955 Mar 27, Steve McQueen made
his network TV debut on the Goodyear Playhouse.
1956 Mar 27, US seized the US
communist newspaper "Daily Worker."
1956 Mar 27, French commandos
landed in Algeria.
1957 Mar 27, In the 29th
Academy Awards "Around the World in 80 Days" won the Academy Award
for best picture; Yul Brynner won best actor for "The King and I,"
Ingrid Bergman was awarded best actress for "Anastasia" and George
Stevens received best director for "Giant."
1958 Mar 27, The U.S. announced
a plan to explore space near the moon.
1958 Mar 27, CBS Labs announced
new stereophonic records.
1958 Mar 27, The Havana Hilton
1958 Mar 27, Nikita Khrushchev
became Soviet premier in addition to First Secretary of the
(AP, 3/27/97)(HN, 3/27/98)
1961 Mar 27, In San Francisco
the hiring of the city’s first Negro milk route driver precipitated
name calling an argument between Mayor George Christopher and Terry
Francois, head of the local NAACP. The mayor said Teamsters Local
226 would not let Negroes into the union. Christopher, owner of
Christopher Dairy Farms, had hired William Garrick (24) to run a
route in South San Francisco serving schools and restaurants.
(SSFC, 3/27/11, DB p.42)
1963 Mar 27, John F. Kennedy
met with King Hassan II of Morocco.
1964 Mar 27, On Good Friday,
Valdez, Alaska, in Prince William Sound was rocked by an 8.6
earthquake, the largest ever recorded in North America. In 1977
seismologists pegged the quake at 9.2. It lasted 4 minutes and was
followed by tsunamis and fires and 131 people were killed. Survivors
moved 4 miles west to solid bedrock and rebuilt the town.
(AP, 3/27/97)(SFEC, 2/8/98, p.T5)(SFEC, 4/5/98,
Z1 p.8)(SFEC, 10/17/99, p.A3)(SFC, 11/26/99, p.C21)(WSJ, 9/13/01,
p.B11)(SFC, 2/15/02, p.G8)(AP, 3/11/11)
1964 Mar 27, Great Train
Robbers were sentenced to a total of 307 years behind bars.
1966 Mar 27, Anti-Vietnam war
demonstrations took place in US, Europe and Australia.
1967 Mar 27, A North Vietnamese
spokesman unequivocally rejected a new peace plan proposed by UN
Sec. General U Thant (1907-1974) on March 14.
1968 Mar 27, Suharto succeeded
Sukarno as president of Indonesia. Gen'l. Suharto thwarted a
Communist coup and gradually assumed power. Thousands of alleged
communists were executed amid widespread violence.
(WSJ, 5/22/98, p.A15)(SFC, 9/8/99, p.A17)(MC,
1968 Mar 27, Yuri Gagarin
(b.1934), Soviet cosmonaut (Vostok I) and the first man to orbit the
Earth, died while on a routine training flight out of Chkalovsky Air
1971 Mar 27, PM of India,
Indira Gandhi, expressed full support of her government to the
Bangladeshi struggle for independence. The Bangladesh-India border
was opened to allow the Bangladeshi Refugees safe shelter in India.
1972 Mar 27, The Addis Ababa
accords ended fighting between north and south Sudan. It made the
south a self-governing region. Pres. Gaafar Muhammed Nimeiri ended
the 17 year civil war in the Sudan between the north and south.
1973 Mar 27, Ruth Lewis Farkas
(1907-1996), was appointed ambassador to Luxembourg by Pres. Nixon
after she and her husband, founder of Alexander’s department stores,
contributed $300,000 to Nixon’s re-election campaign.
1973 Mar 27, The 45th Academy
Awards were held in Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
"The Godfather" won the Academy Award for best picture of 1972, but
its star, Marlon Brando, refused to accept his Oscar for best actor.
Liza Minnelli won best actress for "Cabaret."
(AP, 3/27/98)(SFC, 3/19/02, p.D1)
1975 Mar 27, The 1st pipe of
the Alaska oil pipeline was laid at Tonsina River.
1975 Mar 27, Arthur Bliss
(b.1891), English composer, conductor (Checkmate), died.
1975 Mar 27, In Laos Communist
Pathet Lao launched an attack against Hmong defenders.
1976 Mar 27, In Washington DC
the first 4.6 miles of track for the Washington Metro was completed.
The Gallery Place metro station opened. Harry Weese (d.1998)
Associates of Chicago did the design work. By 2012 Metrorail had
106.3 miles of track.
(SFC, 11/4/98, p.C7)(WSJ, 12/16/98,
1977 Mar 27, A KLM Boeing 747,
attempting to take off, crashed into a Pan Am 747 on the Canary
Island of Tenerife. 583 people were killed with 54 survivors.
(SSFC, 10/17/04, p.B7)(AP, 3/27/07)
1978 Mar 27, Bob Fosse's
"Dancin'" opened at Broadhurst Theater in NYC for 1,774
1979 Mar 27, The U.S. Supreme
Court ruled 8-1 that police could not stop motorists at random to
check licenses and registrations unless there was reason to believe
a law had been broken.
1980 Mar 27, Mount St. Helens,
dormant for 123 years, erupted with ash and steam. A crater formed
at the summit and the north flank began to bulge.
1980 Mar 27, The Alexander L.
Kielland, a North Sea Norwegian floating oil field platform,
capsized during a storm killing 123 workers. It was owned by the
Stavanger Drilling Company of Norway and was on hire to the US
company Phillips Petroleum at the time of the disaster.
1982 Mar 27, The musical "Best
Little Whorehouse in Texas" closed at 46th St in NYC after 1577
1983 Mar 27, Neil Simon's
"Brighton Beach Memoirs," premiered in NYC.
1984 Mar 27, "Starlight
Express," a techno musical, roller-skating venture by Andrew Lloyd
Weber and Richard Stilgoe, premiered at the Apollo Victoria Theatre,
1987 Mar 27, The Marine Corps
charged that Sgt. Clayton J. Lonetree, a Marine guard, had escorted
Soviet agents through the U.S. Embassy in Moscow -- an accusation
that was later dropped, although Lonetree was convicted of
1988 Mar 27, Jesse Jackson,
rejoicing from an upset victory in Michigan's primary-style caucuses
the day before, vowed that his Democratic presidential campaign
would continue to "win and grow."
1989 Mar 27, Boris N. Yeltsin
and other anti-establishment candidates claimed victory in
parliamentary elections for the new Congress of People's Deputies.
1990 Mar 27, The U.S. began
test broadcasts of TV Marti to Cuba, which promptly jammed the
1990 Mar 27, Soviet soldiers
began rounding up Lithuanians who had fled the Red Army after the
republic's declaration of independence.
1991 Mar 27, In a surprising
flap, President Bush publicly disagreed with General H. Norman
Schwarzkopf, who claimed he had urged further fighting in the
Persian Gulf War at the time Bush ordered a cease-fire. Schwarzkopf
later apologized to Bush.
1992 Mar 27, Democratic
presidential front-runner Bill Clinton, campaigning in New York,
apologized for recently golfing at an all-white club.
1992 Mar 27, German Chancellor
Helmut Kohl met with Austrian President Kurt Waldheim in Munich, a
meeting denounced by Jewish groups because of Waldheim's alleged
involvement with Nazi persecution during World War II.
1992 Mar 27, Lang Hancock
(b.1909), pioneer Pilbara tycoon, died. He was famous for
discovering the world's largest iron ore deposit in 1952 and
becoming one of the richest men in Australia,
1993 Mar 27, A top U.N. relief
official accused Bosnian Serbs of breaking their promises by
blocking an aid convoy for trapped Muslims in eastern Bosnia, a day
after a cease-fire agreement.
1994 Mar 27, More than 40
people were killed as violent thunderstorms tore across the
Southeast. A church in Piedmont, Alabama, collapsed in a tornado and
19 were killed.
1994 Mar 27, Italians went to
the polls in general elections that resulted in big gains for a
1994 Mar 27, Ukraine held its
first parliamentary elections since the collapse of the Soviet
1995 Mar 27, The 67th Academy
Awards, held at the Shrine Auditorium in LA, was hosted by David
Letterman. "Forrest Gump" won six Academy Awards, including best
picture and a second consecutive Best Actor Oscar for Tom Hanks;
Jessica Lange won Best Actress for "Blue Sky."
(AP, 3/27/00)(SFC, 3/22/02, p.D1)
1995 Mar 27, Former President
Jimmy Carter announced he had brokered a two-month cease-fire
between Sudan's Islamic government and rebels.
1995 Mar 27, Joanne Marie
Mascha, an Ursuline Sister, was murdered while walking near her
motherhouse just outside Cleveland.
(MT, 3/96, p.10)
1995 Mar 27, In Italy Maurizio
Gucci (46), businessman, was shot to death in Milan. He was the last
family member to have held shares in the Gucci fashion company, now
part of the Bahrain-based Investcorp. In 1997 police arrested his
former wife, a psychic, a doorman, and two hitmen for their roles in
the murder. In 1998 Patrizia Reggiani Martinelli (50) was convicted
and sentenced to 29 years in prison. The psychic got 25, the doorman
got 26, the driver got 29 and the gunman got life.
(SFC, 2/1/97, p.A12)(SFC, 11/4/98, p.A13)
1996 Mar 27, The Gay’s Hill
Baptist Church in Millen, Ga., burned down. Arson was suspected and
investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun.
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)
1996 Mar 27, In Algeria
seven French Trappist monks were kidnapped overnight from the Notre
Dame del’Atlas monastery near Medea. The monks were abducted from
the Priory of Our Lady of Atlas in Tibehirine, about 80 km (50
miles) south of Algiers, by members of the insurgent Armed Islamic
Group of Algeria (GIA). Their heads were discovered two months later
and their death was announced by the GIA. On Jan. 26, 2018, Pope
Francis declared the monks to be martyrs.
(SFC, 5/24/96, p.A14)(AFP, 1/27/18)
1996 Mar 27, Bangladesh passed
a constitutional amendment setting up a process for calling new
elections. Prime Minister Zia may resign soon.
(WSJ, 3/27/96, p.A-1)
1996 Mar 27, The European Union
imposed a global ban on British beef and beef products due to
concerns over mad cow disease.
(SFC, 6/14/96, p. A17)
1996 Mar 27, An Israeli court
convicted Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's confessed assassin of
murder, then sentenced former law student Yigal Amir to life in
1996 Mar 27, The UN Security
Council (Resolution 1051) established an export-import monitoring
system for Iraq and demanded full cooperation.
(SFC, 9/24/02, p.A12)
1997 Mar 27, Dexter King, son
of Martin Luther King Jr., met with James Earl Ray, the man in
prison for the assassination of the civil rights leader. Ray denied
having anything to do with the shooting, to which King replied, "I
1997 Mar 27, In Afghanistan an
avalanche buried at least 100 people near the Salang tunnel north of
(WSJ, 3/28/97, p.A1)
1997 Mar 27, In Argentina it
was reported that former economy minister Domingo Cavallo claimed
that Alfredo Yabran, the country’s most successful businessman, led
an all-powerful mafia of businessmen, politicians and judges.
(SFC, 3/27/97, p.A14)
1997 Mar 27, In Nigeria
villagers occupied a 7th oil installation on the Niger Delta in
protests over local government elections. Tribesmen last week seized
6 Shell sites. This shut down 10% of Nigeria’s oil production.
(WSJ, 3/28/97, p.A12)
1997 Mar 27, Russian workers
staged a nationwide strike to demand overdue wages.
1997 Mar 27, Ella Maillart
(b.1903), Swiss sportswoman and travel writer, died. She chronicled
the savage collectivisation of Karakalpak agriculture in Uzbekistan,
Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan in the 1930s.
1998 Mar 27, The US Food and
Drug Administration approved the drug Viagra, made by Pfizer, saying
it helped about two-thirds of impotent men improve their sexual
function. Viagra’s effects were shown to last 8-12 hours. Pfizer had
originally tested the compound UK 92,480 as a drug for angina and
found that male volunteers were getting frequent erections. They
renamed it Viagra and sought sales approval.
(AP, 3/27/99)(SFC, 5/28/02, p.A4)(Econ, 7/16/05,
1998 Mar 27, It was reported
that toxic waste was sold to 454 fertilizer companies by 600 steel
mills, foundries and chemical plants between 1990-1995.
(WSJ, 3/27/98, p.A1,B8)
1998 Mar 27, In California
federal documents were released that charged Dr. Aramais Paronyan
with heading a $13 million Medi-Cal fraud ring from LA to SF.
(SFEC, 3/29/98, p.E1)
1998 Mar 27, Robbers in
Commerce, east of LA, escaped with $2.94 million in cash from a
Dunbar Security armored car after shooting the driver.
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A14)
1998 Mar 27, Two Afghans
convicted of murder had their throats cut in front of 30,000
spectators in Kabul’s sports stadium.
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A9)
1998 Mar 27, Ferdinand Porsche
Jr., creator of the Porsche sports car, died at age 88 in Zell am
See, Austria. He was born in Wiener-Neustadt and moved to Germany
with his family after WW I where his father became chief engineer of
Daimler-Benz, the manufacturer of the Mercedes Benz cars. He wrote
an autobiography titled “Cars Are My Life."
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.B12)(AP, 3/27/99)
1998 Mar 27, Argentina, Brazil
and Paraguay signed a pact to heighten security on their triple
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A9)
1998 Mar 27, In Columbia rebels
under Comandante Romana freed 9 Columbian hostages but held 4
American birdwatchers and an Italian businessman for ransom.
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A10)
1998 Mar 27, In Cuba two oil
tankers collided and spilled heavy crude into Matanzas Bay, 60 miles
east of Havana.
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A9)
1998 Mar 27, In Mexico Adrian
Carrera Fuentes, former director of the Federal Judicial Police, was
arrested on charges of being on the payroll of the Arellano Felix
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A9)
1998 Mar 27, In Northern
Ireland a former policeman was shot and killed by masked gunmen in
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A8)
1998 Mar 27, In Paraguay the
Supreme Court ratified Lino Oviedo as the ruling Colorado Party’s
candidate, despite his jail sentence.
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A9)
1998 Mar 27, Pres. Yeltsin
nominated acting Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko (35) to head the
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A8)
1999 Mar 27, This was the 1st
day of the Muslim feastday Id al-Lahma, feast of meat, or Id
al-Adha, feast of sacrifice.
(SFC, 3/29/99, p.A7)
1999 Mar 27, Maria Butyrskaya
of Russia won the World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki,
Finland; defending champion Michelle Kwan of the United States
1999 Mar 27, Chinese Pres.
Jiang Zemin in a speech to Swiss business leaders criticized NATO
airstrikes in Yugoslavia.
(SFEC, 3/28/99, p.A16)
1999 Mar 27, NATO expanded its
air assault on Yugoslavia in the 4th straight day of attacks. A $42
million US F-117A stealth fighter was downed over Yugoslavia during
continued NATO airstrikes. The American pilot was rescued by US
forces. The wreckage was later believed to have been sold. In 2005
it was reported that Col. Zoltan Dani of Serbia was behind the
shooting down of the stealth fighter. Dani said the F-117 was
detected and shot down during a moonless night, just three days into
the war, by a Soviet-made SA-3 Goa surface-to-air missile.
(SFEC, 3/28/99, p.A1,16)(SFC, 9/17/99, p.A10)(AP,
1999 Mar 27, In Paraguay at
least 5 people were killed and some 100 injured in Asuncion as
protestors called for the resignation of Pres. Cubas.
(SFEC, 3/28/99, p.A21)
1999 Mar 27, Serbian troops
ordered villagers of Mamusa, Kosovo, to drive refugees to the
border. 3 Turks and 4 ethnic Albanians were killed and 30 houses
(SFC, 3/12/02, p.A10)
1999 Mar 27, In Turkey a young
woman set off grenades strapped to her body in a suicide that
wounded 10 others in Istanbul.
(SFEC, 3/28/99, p.A25)
2000 Mar 27, The Supreme Court
decided the federal government could deny food stamps and other
welfare benefits to people who live permanently in the United States
but who are not citizens.
2000 Mar 27, A San Francisco
jury ordered Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds to pay $20 million in
punitive damages to Leslie Whiteley (40).
(SFC, 3/28/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 27, Cisco Systems
passed Microsoft as the most valuable company in the world.
(SFC, 3/28/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 27, DaimlerChrysler AG
announced it would buy 34 percent of Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors
2000 Mar 27, In Texas an
explosion at a Phillips Petroleum at Pasadena plant killed one
worker and injured at least 71 others.
(SFC, 3/28/00, p.A2)
2000 Mar 27, In Uganda laborers
unearched 73 bodies at Rugazi associated with the Movement for the
Restoration of Ten Commandments of God. [see Mar 28]
(SFC, 3/28/00, p.A10)
2001 Mar 27, A US federal judge
ruled that the Univ. of Michigan racial criteria for accepting
minority students with lower test scores than whites was invalid.
(SFC, 3/28/01, p.A3)
2001 Mar 27, California
regulators approved electricity rate hikes of up to 46 percent.
2001 Mar 27, An empty train
riding on the wrong side of the tracks crashed into a crowded
commuter train at Pecrot, Belgium, killing eight people.
(SFC, 3/28/01, p.D4)(AP, 3/27/02)
2001 Mar 27, The Brazilian
Electricity Regulatory Agency, Aneel, ordered federal agencies and
state companies to reduce consumption by 10% due to power shortages
caused by poor rains.
(WSJ, 3/28/01, p.A16)
2001 Mar 27, In its first
specific accusation against a detained U.S.-based scholar, China
said Gao Zhan had confessed to spying for foreign intelligence
agencies. The US denied employing her as a spy. Gao, who had been
detained on Feb. 11, was released the following July. In 2003 Gao
Zhan admitted to illegal profits of over $539,000 from selling 80
microprocessors to the Chinese government. [see Feb 11]
(WSJ, 3/28/01, p.A1)(AP, 3/27/02)(SFC, 11/27/03,
2001 Mar 27, China reported
that its population stood at 1.26 billion, an 11.7% increase over
the last decade.
(SFC, 3/28/01, p.D4)
2001 Mar 27, In Germany some
20,000 police blocked protesters who sought to block a train
delivering radioactive waste from France. The German nuclear waste
was reprocessed in France and returned.
(SFC, 3/28/01, p.A12)
2001 Mar 27, Two bombings in
Jerusalem wounded some 35 people.
(SFC, 3/28/01, p.A10)
2001 Mar 27, Militiamen
attacked a relief convoy and 14 Somalis were killed. 5 kidnapped aid
workers were freed the next day, but 4 remained hostage. 2 Britons
were released April 4.
(SFC, 3/28/01, p.A10)(WSJ, 3/29/01, p.A1)(SFC,
2001 Mar 27, In Uganda rebels
ambushed students on a field trip to Murchison Falls and killed 11
(SFC, 3/28/01, p.D4)
2002 Mar 27, The US Supreme
Court ruled that illegal immigrants do not have the same rights as
Americans when they are wrongly fired from US jobs.
(WSJ, 3/28/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 27, Milton Berle (93),
known as Uncle Miltie and Mr. Television, died. He rose to TV
stardom as the host of Texaco Star Theater in 1948. He was said to
be freakishly well-endowed. Haskel Frankel co-wrote: "Milton Berle,
an Autobiography" in 1974.
(SFC, 3/28/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 4/16/06, p.M6)
2002 Mar 27, Dudley Moore (66),
British actor and musician, died. His films included “10" and
(SFC, 3/28/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 27, Billy Wilder (95),
Austrian-born Hollywood film writer and director, died. He wrote and
directed numerous films and won 6 Oscars. In 1999 Cameron Crowe
authored “Conversations with Billy Wilder."
(AP, 3/27/03)(SFC, 3/29/02, p.A1,14)
2002 Mar 27, A gunman killed
eight members of the Nanterre city council outside Paris; a suspect
killed himself the next day while in police custody.
2002 Mar 27, In Beirut the Arab
League opened a summit of its 22 member states. Egypt’s Pres.
Mubarek did not attend. It dissolved into chaos when Palestinian
delegates stalked out when Arafat was not given a prominent place
for a live broadcast. Arafat endorsed the peace initiative of Prince
(SFC, 3/26/02, p.A10)(WSJ, 3/27/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 27, A Palestinian
Hamas suicide bomber killed 29 Israelis gathered at the Park Hotel
in Netanya for the Passover Seder.
(SFC, 3/28/02, p.A1)(SFC, 3/29/02, p.A11)(SFC,
4/15/02, p.A12)(AP, 3/27/03)
2003 Mar 27, Pres. Bush and
British Prime Minister Tony Blair met to assess the progress of the
war in Iraq.
2003 Mar 27, The Bush
administration seized $1.62 billion in Iraqi assets already frozen
in the US. The money would be used to help rebuild Iraq once Saddam
Hussein is ousted.
2003 Mar 27, Richard Perle quit
as head of the Pentagon advisory board amid allegations of conflicts
of interests with his business deals.
(WSJ, 3/28/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 27, It was reported
that the SARS disease had killed 50 people and infected some 1,300
in 13 countries.
(WSJ, 3/27/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 27, Paul Zindel (66),
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, died in New York.
2003 Mar 27, In Afghanistan
Ricardo Munguia (39), a Red Cross water engineer from El Salvador,
was killed by Taliban gunmen.
(SFC, 4/8/03, p.A5)(Reuters 3/28/03)
2003 Mar 27, In Colombia FARC
land mines killed 11 soldiers near Aracataca, the birthplace of
Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
2003 Mar 27, EU governments
agreed to ban single-hulled oil tankers carrying heavy fuel in an
attempt to reduce the risk of slicks.
2003 Mar 27, France introduced
a new terrorism alert system, with 4 color-coded levels to make the
national warning plan more flexible and understandable.
2003 Mar 27, In the 9th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom a British armored unit destroyed 14 Iraqi
tanks trying to break out of the besieged city of Basra. A sea-borne
relief operation was postponed after discovering Iraqi mines in the
shipping channel leading to the recently captured Iraqi port of Umm
Qasr. Heavy bombing on Baghdad destroyed a main telephone exchange.
(AP, 3/27/03)(SFC, 3/28/03, p.W1)
2003 Mar 27, In Israel Israeli
forces killed 3 Palestinian police officers in Beit Hanoun, Gaza.
(SFC, 3/27/03, p.A10)
2003 Mar 27, in Kyrgyzstan a
fire engulfed a crowded passenger bus, killing 21 victims, believed
to have been Chinese vendors of Uighur ethnicity. Robbery was
(AP, 3/27/03)(AP, 3/28/03)
2003 Mar 27, Mexican federal
agents killed 2 suspected drug runners in a shootout near the Texas
2003 Mar 27, In Yangon,
Myanmar, a bomb went off in front of a state telecommunications
office, killing at least one person and wounding three as the
country marked Armed Forces Day.
2003 Mar 27, Russia's Evgeni
Plushenko won his 2nd World Figure Skating Championships title,
edging American Tim Goebel.
2003 Mar 27, In Serbia Milan
Lukovic and Dusan Spasojevic, Zemun Clan leaders and suspects in the
Zoran Djindjic assassination, were killed as they resisted arrest.
(SFC, 3/28/03, p.A12)
2003 Mar 27, In Zimbabwe
opposition leaders urged the nation's soldiers and police to disobey
orders to crush any show of dissent against the government.
2004 Mar 27, Adan Sanchez (19),
Mexican-American singer, died in a car crash in Sinaloa, Mexico. He
was the son of narco-ballad singer Chalino Sanchez, murdered in
(WSJ, 4/9/04, p.B1)
2004 Mar 27, Robert Merle (95),
French author, died. His books included "The Day of the Dolphin,"
which was made into a 1973 film.
(SFC, 4/1/04, p.B7)
2004 Mar 27, Edward J. Piszek
(87), founder of Mrs. Paul's Kitchens, died in Fort Washington, Pa.
(SFC, 4/1/04, p.B7)
2004 Mar 27, The 15-nation
Caribbean Community withheld recognition from Haiti's U.S.-backed
interim government as leaders closed a summit renewing calls for a
U.N. investigation into the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand
2004 Mar 27, Tens of thousands
of security forces guarded voting stations as Nigerians cast ballots
in tense municipal elections.
2004 Mar 27, A 7-year-old
Palestinian boy was killed by what the Israeli military said was
haphazard Palestinian gunfire toward an army jeep in a West Bank
2004 Mar 27, Rwanda reported
plans to release at least 30,000 suspects who have confessed to
participating in the 1994 genocide, letting them be tried in
community courts rather than by the country's overburdened judicial
2004 Mar 27, A half million
people swarmed into Taiwan's capital to protest the disputed
2005 Mar 27, In a live Internet
interview with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Michael Jackson declared
himself "completely innocent" of child molestation charges, and said
he was the victim of a conspiracy.
2005 Mar 27, In Brazil
Vitalmiro Moura, the rancher accused of ordering the killing of
American nun Dorothy Stang in the Amazon rainforest six weeks ago,
surrendered to police and declared his innocence.
2005 Mar 27, A Cairo court
sentenced an Egyptian to 35 years in prison after finding him guilty
of spying for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and planning to
assassinate Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The court gave Mahmoud
Eid Mohamed Dabbous 10 years in prison for spying for a foreign
state and another 25 years for plotting to kill Mubarak.
2005 Mar 27, Egyptian police
detained about 200 members and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood,
before and during an attempt to protest outside parliament in favor
2005 Mar 27, Ahmed Zaki (55),
one of Egypt's most acclaimed actors, died. He portrayed former
Egyptian presidents Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar Sadat.
2005 Mar 27, Iraqi security
officials opened fire on a crowd of protesters outside a government
building, killing one. Al-Qaida's arm in Iraq posted a video
purportedly showing an Iraqi Interior Ministry official being
2005 Mar 27, Kashmir police
said suspected militants shot dead a grandmother, mother and her
infant daughter after the child's father, a former Kashmiri
separatist rebel, surrendered to Indian security forces.
2005 Mar 27, In Kyrgyzstan 2
rival parliaments competed for power, raising political uncertainty
in the former Soviet nation. Both groups, the parliament newly
elected in a disputed vote that sparked massive discontent, and the
one that lost the election, met in separate chambers over the
weekend, each claiming to represent the people.
2005 Mar 27, Macedonians cast
ballots in municipal elections, but the voting was marred by
irregularities that could potentially harm the country's ambitions
to join NATO and the EU.
2005 Mar 27, Morocco’s per
capita income was reported to be about $1,200 per year. One of 5
urban Moroccans was unemployed.
(SFCM, 3/27/05, p.11)
2005 Mar 27, The head of
Myanmar's ruling junta said the country was moving toward democracy
but gave no indication of when the military would relinquish its
43-year grip on power.
2005 Mar 27, Communist North
Korea for the first time confirmed an outbreak of deadly bird flu at
its poultry farms and said hundreds of thousands of chickens had
been culled to contain it.
2005 Mar 27, Pope John Paul II
delivered an Easter Sunday blessing to tens of thousands of people
in St. Peter's Square, but the ailing pontiff was unable to speak
and managed only to greet the saddened crowd with a sign of the
2006 Mar 27, The US Senate
Judiciary Committee approved a proposal to legalize undocumented
migrants and provide temporary work visas. Mexicans cheered the
approval and credited huge marches of migrants across the US as the
decisive factor behind the vote.
2006 Mar 27, Al-Qaida
conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui testified at his federal trial that
he was supposed to hijack a fifth airplane on Sept. 11, 2001, and
fly it into the White House.
2006 Mar 27, In SF several
thousand protesters marched down Market Street in a peaceful call
for legal status for an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in
(SFC, 3/28/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 27, It was reported
that European researchers have developed "neuro-chips" in which
living brain cells and silicon circuits are coupled together.
2006 Mar 27, Lyn Nofziger (81),
President Reagan's political adviser, died in Falls Church, Va.
2006 Mar 27, TV
producer-director Dan Curtis (78) died in Los Angeles.
2006 Mar 27, Abdul Rahman, an
Afghan man who had faced the death penalty for converting from Islam
to Christianity, quickly vanished after he was released from prison,
apparently out of fear for his life with Muslim clerics still
demanding his death.
2006 Mar 27, Officials said a
roadside bombing killed three villagers and wounded two when it blew
up their car in southern Afghanistan.
2006 Mar 27, Finance Minister
Antonio Palocci, the architect of Brazil's economic recovery and
market-friendly fiscal policy, resigned after becoming caught up in
a political scandal. His office was party to the illegal disclosure
of payments to a bank account belonging to a witness against him in
a corruption case.
(AP, 3/27/06)(Econ, 4/1/06, p.32)
2006 Mar 27, Ian Hamilton
Finlay, British artist and poet, died.
(FT, 3/29/06, p.10)
2006 Mar 27, In Ethiopia a
series of blasts killed one person and injured several others in
Addis Ababa, the first fatality in a string of mysterious explosions
in the capital.
2006 Mar 27, In Haiti
scavengers found 10 human skulls in a trash heap, the second such
grisly find in as many days in Port-au-Prince, where authorities
speculated that the bones may have come from a Voodoo ritual.
2006 Mar 27, Shiite leaders cut
off political talks and denounced the US over a weekend raid that
they said killed worshippers in a mosque. In northern Iraq a suicide
bombing killed at least 40 people at an army recruitment center in
(AP, 3/27/06)(SFC, 3/28/06, p.A3)
2006 Mar 27, Gunmen kidnapped
16 employees of an Iraqi trading company in an upscale Baghdad
2006 Mar 27, In an audiotape
broadcast Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Saddam Hussein's chief deputy,
purportedly called for Arab leaders to back Iraq's Sunni-backed
2006 Mar 27, Abu Umar, a major
Al-Qaeda figure in Iraq, was killed near Baquba.
2006 Mar 27, PM Silvio
Berlusconi said on radio that he does not want Italy to become a
multiethnic, multicultural country, drawing plaudits from a
right-wing ally and criticism from center-left opponents.
2006 Mar 27, Japan's parliament
passed the nation's most austere budget in 8 years, marking another
achievement for PM Junichiro Koizumi and his efforts to cut the huge
2006 Mar 27, Malaysia’s
government said it will end subsidies to flag carrier Malaysia
Airlines and let it operate only 19 domestic routes, in competition
with budget carrier AirAsia, under a major restructuring that will
shed thousands of jobs.
2006 Mar 27, Nepalese army
helicopters launched an attack on a gathering of communist rebels in
the mountains of north-central Nepal, killing at least four people.
2006 Mar 27, The Dutch Equal
Treatment Commission ruled that a Muslim woman who refuses to shake
men's hands for religious reasons cannot be barred from a Dutch
2006 Mar 27, In Nigeria a
weeklong census ended as workers scrambled to tally everyone across
Africa's most-populous nation, but many remained uncounted in the
exercise, marred by violence and the lack of forms, census takers
2006 Mar 27, Militants
demanding control of revenues from Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta
released their last remaining foreign hostages, two Americans and a
Briton, but the group threatened to continue attacks on oil
2006 Mar 27, Gunmen loyal to
rival pro-Taliban clerics fought street battles in Pakistan's tribal
belt bordering Afghanistan, leaving at least 25 people dead.
2006 Mar 27, In the Philippines
a bomb exploded in a grocery store on southern Jolo island, killing
9 people and wounding 20. Police said an extortion attempt by
suspected militants was likely behind the bombing.
2006 Mar 27, “Shooting Dogs," a
new film on Rwanda's genocide, reduced many survivors to tears at
its premiere in Kigali. The film's title refers to the way UN troops
shot dogs eating the corpses that littered the streets of the
Rwandan capital. The next day President Paul Kagame said the movie
would help to ensure memories of the mass murder were kept alive.
2006 Mar 27, Stanislaw Lem
(b.1921), Polish science fiction writer, died in Poland. His work
included “His Master’s Voice" (1968). His best-known work,
"Solaris," was adapted into films by director Andrei Tarkovsky
(1972) and by Steven Soderbergh (2002). That version starred George
Clooney and Natascha McElhone.
(AP, 3/27/06)(WSJ, 4/8/06, p.P14)
2006 Mar 27, In Ukraine early
election results showed pro-Russia party led by Viktor Yanukovych
taking the largest number of votes, followed by the president's
former ally, Yulia Tymoshenko. President Viktor Yushchenko's party
was a distant third, a stinging rebuke to his West-leaning
administration. Yanukovych's party, which has pledged to make
Russian a second state language, drop plans to join NATO and restore
frayed ties with Moscow, was dominating in the Russian-speaking east
2007 Mar 27, US Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice said Israeli and Palestinian leaders have
agreed to meet every two weeks to discuss day-to-day issues, in a
quickening diplomatic pace that eventually could spur talks on a
final peace settlement.
2007 Mar 27, The US offered a
$5 million reward for information leading to the capture of a
US-trained Malaysian engineer accused of involvement in a series of
deadly bombings in the Philippines.
2007 Mar 27, Walter Anderson,
the telecommunications entrepreneur who admitted hiding hundreds of
millions of dollars from the IRS and District of Columbia tax
collectors, was sentenced to nine years in prison and ordered to
repay about $23 million to the city. But US District Judge Paul
Friedman said he couldn't order Anderson to repay the federal
government $100 million to $175 million because the Justice
Department's binding plea agreement with Anderson listed the wrong
2007 Mar 27, US Attorney John
Brownlee announced that ITT Corp. has agreed to pay a $100 million
penalty for illegally sending classified night-vision technology to
China and other countries.
(SFC, 3/28/07, p.A7)
2007 Mar 27, US National
Football League (NFL) owners voted 30-2 to make the video replay
system a permanent officiating tool.
2007 Mar 27, SF city leaders
approved a ban on plastic grocery bags after weeks of lobbying on
both sides from environmentalists and a supermarket trade group. San
Francisco would be the first US city to adopt such a rule if Mayor
Gavin Newsom signs the ban as expected.
(AP, 3/28/07)(SFC, 3/28/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 27, United Commercial
Bank of San Francisco said it had concluded negotiations to become
the sole owner of the Business Development Bank of Shanghai. In 1992
the Business Development Bank of Shanghai was established as China’s
first foreign-owned bank.
(Econ, 4/7/07, p.73)
2007 Mar 27, Texas Governor
Rick Perry's office said that he had signed a new law that expands
Texans' existing right to use deadly force to defend themselves
"without retreat" in their homes, cars and workplaces. The new law
takes affect on September 1.
2007 Mar 27, The New York Stock
Exchange won control of pan-European market operator Euronext,
creating an entity worth 29 billion dollars linking trading
platforms in six cities.
2007 Mar 27, Paul Lauterbur
(77), the father of Magnetic Resonance Imagery (MRI), died. He
shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2003.
(Econ, 4/7/07, p.84)
2007 Mar 27, In southern
Afghanistan a suicide attacker dressed in army uniform blew himself
up outside a provincial police headquarters, killing four policemen.
2007 Mar 27, Roxana Arias
Becerra (32), a former Miss Bolivia (1993), was arrested on charges
of carrying 1.8 pounds of cocaine while boarding a flight to the
2007 Mar 27, British lawmakers
unanimously passed an emergency bill to preserve the Northern
Ireland Assembly and permit its Protestant and Catholic leaders to
forge a historic administration by a new May 8 deadline.
2007 Mar 27, State media said
China will pour billions of dollars into an airport, power plants,
roads and education to help raise the standard of living of Tibetans
over the next three years.
2007 Mar 27, In Cuba Faustino
Oramas (95), a popular traditional singer and among the last
original members of the Buena Vista Social Club, died of cancer.
2007 Mar 27, Egypt’s government
said voters had overwhelmingly approved a set of controversial
amendments to Egypt's constitution, a day after opposition groups
massively boycotted the referendum. Egyptian blogs soon showed cell
video clips of ballot stuffing.
(AP, 3/27/07)(WSJ, 3/30/07, p.A1)
2007 Mar 27, French riot police
firing tear gas and brandishing batons clashed with bands of youths
who shattered windows and looted shops at a major Paris train
station. Nine people were arrested.
2007 Mar 27, In Germany a board
member of Siemens AG, Europe's biggest electronics and engineering
company, was arrested in connection with an investigation of alleged
payments to the head of a tiny labor union. A trail against 2
managers had begun on March 13, for use of funds to smooth contracts
with Italy’s utility, Enel.
(AP, 3/27/07)(Econ, 3/17/07, p.71)
2007 Mar 27, Guatemala named
Adela Camacho de Torrebiarte (57), an anti-crime crusader, as its
first female interior minister.
2007 Mar 27, In Iraq 2 nearly
simultaneous truck bombs, including one detonated by remote control,
ripped through markets in Tal Afar, killing at least 48 people and
wounding dozens as violence surged outside the Iraqi capital. It was
later reported that the main blast killed 152 people. A suicide car
bomber killed at least 10 in a market near Ramadi and a mortar
attack on a Shiite district area in southern Baghdad killed at least
four people. Clashes broke in Iskandariyah after suspected Shiite
militants broke into a Sunni mosque, leaving four Sunni militants
dead and one Shiite militant wounded. A roadside bomb struck Iraqi
police on a foot patrol in southeastern Baghdad, killing a policeman
and wounding two others. Another police officer was killed in a
drive-by shooting in eastern Baghdad. Harith Dhaher al-Dhari, a
military leader of the 1920 Revolution Brigades, a major Sunni Arab
insurgent group, was killed along with 2 associates west of Baghdad.
Two Americans, a contractor and a soldier, were killed in a rocket
attack on the heavy guarded Green Zone.
(AP, 3/27/07)(Reuters, 3/31/07)
2007 Mar 27, Ivory Coast rebels
and mediators said Guillaume Soro, the main rebel leader, will
become prime minister in a new government called for in the
country's latest peace plan.
2007 Mar 27, In Japan a Cabinet
official said an electrical glitch has knocked out a satellite in a
spy network Japan hoped to use to gather intelligence on North Korea
and other trouble spots around the world.
2007 Mar 27, Police in Mexico
City kicked off a campaign to exchange guns for computers and other
gifts in an attempt to reduce firearm deaths. Two bodies were found
wrapped in plastic bags and sheets behind a television station in
Mexico's port city of Veracruz, apparent victims of drug-related
(AP, 3/27/07)(AP, 3/28/07)
2007 Mar 27, In Nigeria
Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell confirmed that the federal government
had charged it with the alleged loss of some "radioactive tools"
belonging to one of its contractors. Shell denied reports that it
had been involved in any dumping of toxic waste in Nigeria.
2007 Mar 27, Residents and
officials said Pakistanis living along the Afghan border have signed
a third peace deal with the government promising not to shelter
foreign militants. In Islamabad female and male Islamic students on
an anti-vice drive abducted Aunty Shamin, an alleged brothel owner,
and locked her up at their fundamentalist seminary. A grenade attack
in Bajaur killed 5 ISI officers.
(AP, 3/27/07)(SFC, 3/29/07, p.A9)(Econ, 4/14/07,
2007 Mar 27, In Palestine’s
northern Gaza Strip an earth embankment around a cesspool collapsed,
spewing a river of sewage and mud that killed four people.
2007 Mar 27, A Tamil Tiger
rebel drove an explosive-laden tractor to a military camp in eastern
Sri Lanka, drawing fire from guards and triggering a blast at the
entrance. At least seven people, including the bomber, were killed.
2007 Mar 27, Swedish artist
Hans Hedberg (89), known for his outsized fruit and egg ceramic
sculptures and, died.
2007 Mar 27, In Kiev, Ukraine,
a Russian businessman allied with Ukraine's president was killed by
a sniper as he was escorted from a courthouse during a break in his
2008 Mar 27, A US appeals Court
in Philadelphia overturned the death sentence of Mumia Abu Jamal,
who had been convicted of killing Officer Daniel Faulkner on Dec 9,
(SFC, 3/28/08, p.A4)
2008 Mar 27, In Kansas City,
Mo., a judge convicted Terry Blair (46) of killing 6 women in 2004.
Blair faced life in prison.
(SFC, 3/28/08, p.A4)
2008 Mar 27, Adobe systems, the
maker of the popular photo-editing software Photoshop, launched a
basic version available for free online.
2008 Mar 27, In Columbus,
Georgia, Charles Johnston (63) stormed a hospital and killed 3
people including a nurse he blamed for his mother’s death in 2004.
Johnston was wounded and taken into custody.
(SFC, 3/29/08, p.A2)
2008 Mar 27, Comorans staged
angry anti-French protests as France decided whether to give ousted
rebel leader Mohamed Bacar asylum after he fled to its Indian Ocean
territory of Mayotte.
2008 Mar 27, Iraq’s PM Nouri
al-Maliki promised to pursue his fight against Shiite militias in
Basra to "the end." Al-Sadr called for a political solution to the
burgeoning crisis and an end to the "shedding of Iraqi blood." Tens
of thousands of Shiites took to Baghdad's streets to protest the
government crackdown on militias in Basra as heavy fighting between
Iraqi security forces and gunmen erupted for a third day in the
southern oil port and the capital. The death toll in the Shiite city
of Hillah, about 60 miles south of Baghdad, rose to at least 60.
Tahseen Sheikhly, the Sunni civilian spokesman for the Baghdad
security operation, was kidnapped and three bodyguards killed. A
booby-trapped car exploded near the Iraqi Red Crescent Society's
offices in Baghdad, killing two civilians and wounding five.
(AP, 3/27/08)(AP, 3/28/08)
2008 Mar 27, The Mexican
government said it has sent more than 2,500 soldiers and federal
police to curb soaring violence in a border state across from Texas
and New Mexico.
2008 Mar 27, Myanmar's junta
chief insisted that he is not power-hungry and intends to hand
control of the government to the winners of elections in 2010.
2008 Mar 27, Geert Wilders, a
Dutch lawmaker, released his 15-minute film “Fitna," which linked
verses of the Koran to violent images from terrorist attacks.
(SFC, 3/28/08, p.A4)
2008 Mar 27, North Korea
expelled all 11 South Korean officials from a joint industrial
estate just north of the border in retaliation for Seoul's new
tougher line towards the communist state.
2008 Mar 27, Suspected
militants attacked an ambulance in a Pakistani tribal region on the
Afghan border killing at least six people, including two
paramilitary soldiers. A gunman on a motorcycle has fatally shot two
anti-terrorism officials in the southern city of Karachi.
(AP, 3/27/08)(AP, 3/28/08)
2008 Mar 27, The
editor-in-chief of the local edition said the Philippines will get
its own edition of Playboy magazine, only without the nudity that
made the US version famous. The Philippine edition will be launched
on April 2 as a "mature lifestyle magazine."
2008 Mar 27, Puerto Rico’s Gov.
Anibal Acevedo Vila was charged with 19 counts in a campaign finance
probe, including conspiracy to violate US federal campaign laws and
giving false testimony to the FBI. 12 others were also charged in
the corruption probe.
(AP, 3/27/08)(WSJ, 3/28/08, p.A1)
2008 Mar 27, In northern Sri
Lanka a series of battles along the front lines killed 17 ethnic
Tamil rebels and two government soldiers.
2008 Mar 27, A group of monks
shouting there was no religious freedom disrupted a carefully
orchestrated visit for foreign reporters to Tibet's capital, an
embarrassment for China as it tried to show Lhasa was calm following
deadly anti-government riots.
2008 Mar 27, Turkey's armed
forces killed 15 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party
(PKK) in northern Iraq using long-range land weapons.
2008 Mar 27, A helicopter
belonging to Ukraine's border guards crashed off an island in the
Black Sea. One officer was rescued and 12 were missing.
2009 Mar 27, President Barack
Obama ordered 4,000 more military troops into Afghanistan, vowing to
"disrupt, dismantle and defeat" the Taliban and al-Qaida.
2009 Mar 27, The Texas Board of
Education approved a science curriculum opening the door for
teachers and texts to raise doubts about evolution.
(WSJ, 3/28/09, p.A1)
2009 Mar 27, In North Dakota
the Red River rose to a daunting 112-year high and breached one of
the dikes fortifying Fargo, but the mayor pledged to "go down
swinging" as he called for more evacuations and additional National
Guard troops to prevent a devastating flood.
2009 Mar 27, In Tracy, Ca.,
Sandra Cantu (8) went missing from her mobile park home. On April 6
her body was found in a suitcase dumped in an irrigation pond a few
miles away. On April 10 Melissa Huckaby (28), a Sunday school
teacher, was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and killing Cantu.
(AP, 4/7/09)(AP, 4/11/09)
2009 Mar 27, Jack Dreyfus (95),
founder of the Dreyfus Fund (1951), died in NYC. His fund helped
found the retail mutual-fund business.
(WSJ, 3/28/09, p.A5)
2009 Mar 27, Southern African
countries (Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia) have been
hit by the worst floods in years, killing more than 100 people and
displacing thousands, as a tropical storm threatened to bring more
2009 Mar 27, Bolivia's Interior
Minister Alfredo Rada said police have uncovered one of the
country's biggest known cocaine processing factories. Two Colombians
and a Bolivian were arrested at the nearly 1,000-acre (400 hectare)
site in the dense, southeastern jungles.
2009 Mar 27, In Chile the
Progressive Governance Summit, a 2-day gathering of leaders from
Latin America and Europe, opened at the resort city of Vina del Mar.
All agreed for an export-credit fund to get trade flowing again.
(AP, 3/27/09)(Econ, 4/4/09, p.43)
2009 Mar 27, Chinese health
officials said that hand, foot and mouth disease has sickened 41,000
people across the country and killed 18 children so far this year.
2009 Mar 27, In China a minibus
collided with two trucks and a bus tumbled into a mountain gorge in
two unrelated crashes, killing a total of 37 people.
2009 Mar 27, In Honda,
Colombia, Arcebio Alvarez (59), a farmer and widower, was arrested
on charges of incest and sexual abuse. He was accused of incest for
allegedly fathering eight children with his daughter. He denied
being the woman's biological father.
2009 Mar 27, In Indonesia
torrential rain caused a dam to burst outside Jakarta, sending a
wall of muddy water crashing into a densely packed neighborhood and
killing at least 96 people with some 130 still missing. The earthen
dam, built in 1933 when Indonesia was still under Dutch rule,
surrounded a man-made lake in Cirendeu on the southwestern edge of
(AP, 3/27/09)(AP, 3/29/09)
2009 Mar 27, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy wrapped up his mini-tour of three African countries,
after meeting with Niger leader Mamadou Tandja. This followed visits
to Kinshasa and Brazzaville.
2009 Mar 27, An overcrowded
boat packed with migrants capsized in stormy seas off the coast of
Libya. Only 20 survived when the wooden vessel with 257 people on
board, mostly African migrants, including 70 women and two children,
both of whom died, sunk only three hours off Libya.
(AP, 3/31/09)(AP, 4/1/09)
2009 Mar 27, Pakistan President
Asif Ali Zardari called for a US change of policy and voiced
opposition to missile strikes. A suicide bomber demolished a mosque
packed with hundreds of worshippers attending prayers near Jamrud in
the Khyber Pass, killing at least 50 people and injuring over 100
(AFP, 3/27/09)(AP, 3/27/09)(SFC, 3/28/09, p.A2)
2009 Mar 27, Russian media
reported that the presidential Security Council has released a
document outlining government policy for the Arctic that includes
creating a special group of military forces.
2009 Mar 27, Saudi Arabia’s
King Abdullah (84) appointed his half-brother, Prince Nayef (75), as
his 2nd deputy prime minister.
(Econ, 4/4/09, p.51)
2009 Mar 27, Sri Lanka’s
military said it had killed 29 rebels. 13 were reported killed in a
battle near Puthkkudiyirippu, while army snipers killed another 16.
2009 Mar 27, Thai PM Abhisit
Vejjavija's rejected calls for his resignation by thousands of
anti-government protesters who ringed his office for a second day in
a boisterous rally.
2009 Mar 27, Zimbabwe PM Morgan
Tsvangirai decried a fresh wave of farm invasions across the country
and warned that those responsible for the farm disruptions risk
2010 Mar 27, Robert Krentz
(58), a prominent Arizona rancher near the Mexican border, was shot
while working at his remote cattle ranch on the Arizona-Mexico
border. His family's ranch sprawled over 35,000 acres. Investigators
tracked the footprints of the suspected gunman about 20 miles south
to the border with Mexico, prompting some authorities to blame
smugglers or illegal immigrants for the killing.
2010 Mar 27, Federal agents in
southern Michigan raided the home of David Stone, the suspected
leader of the Hutaree militia, a group of self-proclaimed Christian
warriors. Authorities recovered hand grenade instructions and
schematics, a container of potassium chlorate, and other items.
(SFC, 4/13/10, p.A5)
2010 Mar 27, In southern
Afghanistan an international service member was killed by a roadside
bomb. 6 civilians were killed in two separate roadside bomb
explosions, one in Sangin district and one in Nawa district.
(AP, 3/27/10)(AP, 3/28/10)
2010 Mar 27, In Australia
Sydney's iconic Opera House and Harbor Bridge went dark along with
millions of homes at the start of Earth Hour, a global switch-off
aimed at revitalizing efforts against climate change.
2010 Mar 27, British Airways
cabin crew launched a four-day strike, the second wave of action in
a week as part of a bitter, long-running dispute over pay and
2010 Mar 27, Pirates off the
coast of Cameroon’s Bakassi peninsula seized the MV Gull, a Ghanaian
ship, and kidnapped two sailors for ransom. Pirates took control of
the ship and kidnapped its captain and an officer on board once they
found nothing worth stealing. Pirates freed the two West African
sailors on March 31.
(AP, 3/30/10)(AFP, 3/31/10)
2010 Mar 27, In China a
recycling pool at a sewage treatment plant collapsed in northern
Shaanxi province and some 1,000 tons of oil sludge contaminated
farmland and the Luohe River, a tributary of the Yellow River.
2010 Mar 27, Iran used an
ancient new year celebration to reach out to Afghanistan,
Azerbaijan, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Turkey at a summit
meeting that projected Iranian leadership in the strategic region
straddling the Middle East and Central Asia.
2010 Mar 27, In Turin, Italy,
Mao Asada (19) of Japan toppled Olympic champion Yu-Na Kim in a
triumphant season finale which saw her claim her second world title
at the world figure skating championships.
2010 Mar 27, A two-day Arab
League summit opened in Sirte, Libya. Amr Moussa, the head of the
Arab League, urged the 22-nation bloc to engage Iran directly over
concerns about its growing influence in the region and its disputed
2010 Mar 27, Libya lifted a
visa ban on citizens of 25 European countries after EU president
Spain said a Swiss-instigated visa blacklist against 188 Libyans in
those countries had been scrapped.
2010 Mar 27, In western Mexico
two police officers and two other men have been found shot to death
at a gas station in Michoacan state. In Guerrero state a man was
found tied up and fatally shot in a car in the resort of Acapulco.
The bodies of four men and a woman were found on a rural road in a
town not far from the violent border city of Ciudad Juarez. More
than 7,000 people gathered in the northern city of Monterrey to
protest a wave of violence that has affected the country's third
largest city in recent weeks.
2010 Mar 27, Pakistani air
strikes killed at least 11 militants in a new offensive against
foreign fighters in the restive northwest tribal belt bordering
Afghanistan. Suspected US missiles killed 4 people in the northwest.
(AFP, 3/27/10)(SSFC, 3/28/10, p.A6)
2010 Mar 27, Peruvian police
said five people have been killed by a mudslide set off by heavy
rains in a remote community of wildcat miners in the southeastern
2010 Mar 27, In Russia an
apartment block west of Moscow partially collapsed following a
suspected gas explosion, killing three people and possibly trapping
others under the rubble.
2010 Mar 27, In Russia former
Soviet world chess champion Vasily Smyslov (89) died of heart
failure. Smyslov beat Mikhail Botvinnik in 1957 to become the
seventh world champion, before losing in a re-match the following
year. His career in the top flight of world chess spanned some four
decades. He was beaten by Garry Kasparov in 1984 in the
Candidates Final match for the right to challenge Anatoly Karpov for
the world title, which Kasparov went on to capture.
2010 Mar 27, In Somalia 3
people were killed and four injured in clashes between government
soldiers and armed protesters opposing the demolition of their
houses near Mogadishu's main airport.
2010 Mar 27, Korea Life became
the first big South Korean life insurer to go public. Others were
expected to soon follow.
(Econ, 3/27/10, p.81)
2010 Mar 27, In Sudan Darfur
rebels allegedly shot down 2 Sudanese army helicopters in the latest
reports of fighting that have marred faltering peace talks between
Khartoum and other insurgents. Sudan's army said two of its
helicopters crashed after developing technical problems.
2010 Mar 27, Thai troops
retreated from security posts in the capital, bowing to demands from
80,000 jubilant red-shirted protesters who mounted a rally to demand
2010 Mar 27, In Yemen policemen
opened fire in Daleh on the funeral procession for a Southern
Movement member killed by police gunfire a week earlier, wounding 28
2010 Mar 27, Zimbabwe police
shut down an art exhibit exploring violence blamed on President
Robert Mugabe. Artist Owen Maseko had collected family photos of
missing people, images of mine shafts where bodies were believed
dumped and reports on an armed uprising after independence in 1980
in the western Matabeleland district that was crushed by troops
loyal to Mugabe. Thousands of civilians were massacred in the
2011 Mar 27, DJ Megatron (32),
an urban radio and TV personality, was shot and killed in NYC. The
occasional BET TV host was killed while going to a store.
(SFC, 3/28/11, p.A4)
2011 Mar 27, Farley Granger
(b.1925), screen and theater actor, died. His films included
“Strangers on a Train" (1951), a Hitchcock film based on a novel by
Patricia Highsmith. His 2007 memoir was titled “Include Me Out."
(SFC, 3/30/11, p.C4)
2011 Mar 27, In southern
Afghanistan a NATO service member was killed in a roadside bombing.
A team of suicide bombers shot their way into the compound of a road
construction company in eastern Afghanistan and detonated a truck
loaded with explosives, killing at least 24 people and wounding 56
others in Paktika province.
(AP, 3/27/11)(AP, 3/28/11)(SFC, 3/29/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 27, Bahrain's largest
Shi'ite opposition group Wefaq accepted Kuwait as a mediator with
Bahrain's government to end a political crisis gripping the tiny
2011 Mar 27, In Brazil renowned
Belgium-born theologian Jose Comblin (88) died of natural causes.
Comblin was a leading exponent of liberation theology, which
advocates activism on behalf of the poor. The movement swept Latin
America in the 1960s following the Second Vatican Council.
2011 Mar 27, The Central
African Republic voted in the second round of parliamentary
elections expected to hand President Francois Bozize's party a large
majority because of an opposition boycott. The party of CAR's
president won an overall majority in the run-off legislative
elections, garnering 61 of the 105 seats in parliament, according to
provisional results showed on April 7.
(AFP, 3/27/11)(AFP, 4/7/11)
2011 Mar 27, Yang Hengjun (46),
a Sydney-based spy novelist, phoned an assistant from Guangzhou
airport in southeastern China to say three men were following him.
Yang was later able to briefly phone a sister in Guangzhou to say
"he's having a long chat with his old friends." This was a
prearranged signal that Yang had been taken by the secret police.
Yang was an official in the Chinese Foreign Ministry before moving
to Australia. His novel, "Fatal Weakness," deals with espionage
between China and the United States and has been published on the
Internet in China.
2011 Mar 27, India's navy and
coast guard captured 16 Somali pirates after a three-hour-long
battle in the Arabian Sea. The pirates were trying to seize a
merchant ship, MV Maersk Kensington, using a hijacked trawler. 16
crew members who had been taken hostage by the pirates were rescued
from the hijacked Iranian trawler off India's western Lakshadweep
2011 Mar 27, Israel deployed a
cutting-edge rocket defense system on the outskirts of Beersheba.
“Iron Dome" is expected to be fully operational in a matter of
months. Israeli aircraft struck a Palestinian rocket squad in the
Gaza Strip, killing two militants as the military activated a new
defense system to shoot down incoming rockets.
(AP, 3/27/11)(SFC, 3/28/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 27, Ivory Coast's
embattled strongman Laurent Gbagbo accepted the African Union's
choice to mediate a bloody post-election crisis. But former Cape
Verde's foreign minister Jose Brito was rejected by presidential
rival Alassane Ouattara.
2011 Mar 27, In Japan emergency
workers struggling to pump contaminated water from the stricken
Fukushima nuclear complex fled from one of the troubled reactors
after reporting a huge increase in radioactivity, a spike that
officials later apologetically said was inaccurate. Police said the
death toll from earthquake and tsunami stood at 10,668, with more
than 16,574 people missing. Hundreds of thousands of people remained
2011 Mar 27, Libyan rebels
pushed further west to retake more territory abandoned by Muammar
Gaddafi's retreating forces, which have been weakened by Western air
strikes. Their gains put the rebels back in control of all the main
oil terminals in the eastern half of Libya: Es Sider, Ras Lanuf,
Brega, Zueitina and Tobruk. Misrata remained under siege by Gaddafi
2011 Mar 27, South Africa's
newly appointed government spokesman Jimmy Manyi said the government
is launching a newspaper to rectify media censorship of government
information. Its bimonthly magazine will launch next month as a
20-page, free, monthly newspaper called Vuk'uzenzele, which means
"Wake up and do it for yourself" in Zulu.
2011 Mar 27, The Red Cross said
South Korea has repatriated 27 of 31 North Koreans whose status was
uncertain for more than a month because 4 others on their drifting
fishing boat defected.
2011 Mar 27, The Somali
government voted to extend its term for another year, despite int’l.
calls for it to leave office when its mandate expires in August.
(SFC, 3/28/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 27, South Sudan rebels
were reported to have united in a new armed movement, the Southern
Sudan Democratic Movement, against the young southern government. It
brought together 5 different armed militias spanning 4 of South
Sudan’s 10 states.
(SSFC, 3/27/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 27, Syria's government
said that unknown gunmen firing from rooftops and prowling the
streets of Latakia are to blame for two days of violence that killed
12 people. A human rights activist said authorities have released 17
political detainees in another apparent attempt to appease the
2011 Mar 27, United Nations
police returned full control of East Timor to the national force,
more than four years after bloody clashes threatened to push the
country into civil war.
2011 Mar 27, Venezuela’s
President Chavez urged citizens to cut their calories to avoid
obesity, the latest lifestyle recommendation by the self-proclaimed
socialist crusader. Chavez has lobbied in recent weeks against what
he calls the evils of capitalism, including alcoholism, breast
implants and violent television programs.
2011 Mar 27, In Yemen Islamic
militants seized control of a weapons factory, a strategic mountain
and a nearby town in the southern province of Abyan, as a political
stalemate in the capital causes security to unravel around the
2011 Mar 27, Zimbabwean
President Robert Mugabe vowed his party would not back down from its
controversial drive to force foreign-owned companies to sell
majority shareholdings to local blacks. Police barred PM Morgan
Tsvangirai's party from holding a rally, saying it coincided with
the funeral of a close ally of President Mugabe.
(Reuters, 3/27/11)(AFP, 3/27/11)
2012 Mar 27, US Pres. Barack
Obama and Pakistan's PM Yousuf Raza Gilani vowed to rescue a
troubled anti-terror alliance on the sidelines of a nuclear security
summit in Seoul.
2012 Mar 27, The Obama
administration set the first-ever limits on heat-trapping pollution
from new power plants.
(SFC, 3/28/12, p.A6)
2012 Mar 27, The California
Judicial Council voted to kill a $2 billion computer system linking
the state’s 58 county courts. Over $500 million was already spent in
a launch effort.
(SSFC, 4/1/12, p.C1)
2012 Mar 27, Adrienne Rich
(b.1929), American feminist poet, died in her Santa Cruz, Ca., home
after a long struggle with rheumatoid arthritis.
(SFC, 3/29/12, p.A1)
2012 Mar 27, Arab officials
gathered in Baghdad this week for a series of meetings. Their agenda
of tourism, tackling water security and organizing regional
responses to natural disasters was overshadowed by the crisis in
2012 Mar 27, Brazil’s Tourism
Ministry said it is asking more than 2,000 websites to remove sexual
content that promotes Latin America's biggest country as a sex
2012 Mar 27, Britain’s Health
and Socal Care Act 2012 received Royal Assent. It increased
competition, gave the NHS greater autonomy, and put more decisions
about care in the hands of local doctors.
2012 Mar 27, British Royal Mail
announced that stamp prices will shoot up to record highs of 60p for
first class and 50p for second class effective April 30.
2012 Mar 27, In Chile Daniel
Zamudio, a young gay man, died following a March 3 attack in
Santiago. Attackers had brutally beaten him and carved swastikas
into his body. The suspects included Raul Alfonso Lopez (25);
Alejandro Axel Angulo Tapia (26); Patricio Ahumada Garay (25); and
Fabian Mora Mora (19). On Oct 28, 2013, Garay was sentenced to life
(AP, 3/29/12)(SFC, 10/29/13, p.A2)
2012 Mar 27, In Egypt liberal
and leftist parties announced that they have pulled out of a panel
drafting Egypt's new constitution, accusing Islamists of
monopolizing the process that will deliver the country's
post-revolution charter. Cairo's Administrative Court began looking
into the legitimacy of the constitutional panel after lawsuits were
filed by several legal experts who argue that the constitution
cannot be drafted by those whose role it will define.
2012 Mar 27, In India Maoists
insurgents killed 12 paramilitary officers and injured 28 others in
a landmine blast in Maharashtra state, marking the rebels' third
high-profile strike this month.
(AFP, 3/27/12)(SFC, 3/28/12, p.A2)(Econ, 3/31/12,
2012 Mar 27, In Indonesia
thousands protested nationwide to reject the government's plan to
hike the subsidized fuel price, with sporadic violence breaking out
and injuring several people.
2012 Mar 27, A cloud of
explosive natural gas boiling out of the North Sea from a leak at
Total's abandoned Elgin platform forced wider evacuations off the
Scottish coast as the French firm warned it may take six months to
halt the flow.
2012 Mar 27, In Israel Shaul
Mofaz, a former military chief and defense minister, captured 62% of
the votes the race for Kadima Party chief, trouncing Tzipi Livni,
who took 37%.
2012 Mar 27, An Israeli army
game caused a melee at a home in the West Bank village of Rammun. 3
brothers including Rashad Shawakha, stood to defend their home.
Rashad was wounded by two intruders posing as Arabs ands died of his
wounds on April 2.
2012 Mar 27, In Jamaica some 60
protesters who gathered outside the security ministry in a rare
street demonstration to demand an end to police shootings. A March
16 raid in the poor Cassava Piece neighborhood Diane Gordon, a
mother of two, was fatally shot in the head on the street as she
returned from a child's wake. Police said Gordon was killed during a
shootout between officers and gunmen, but residents deny there were
gunmen in the area. There have been roughly 50 police killings in
Jamaica so far this year, nearly 30 of them in March.
2012 Mar 27, In Mali the
military junta lifted a curfew imposed after its coup 5 days
earlier. Coup leaders presented a new constitution consisting of 69
articles. The first part appeared to be lifted from the country's
current constitution, including the guarantees of free speech,
liberty of movement and freedom of thought. The middle and final
sections set out the role of the military committee now controlling
the country, which calls itself the National Committee for the
Reestablishment of Democracy and the Restoration of the State.
ECOWAS in an emergency meeting again demanded the immediate
restoration of constitutional order in Bamako.
(AFP, 3/27/12)(AFP, 3/28/12)
2012 Mar 27, Pakistan was
reported to have banned India's James Bond, outlawing a high-octane
Bollywood action flick in which an Indian secret agent thwarts
Pakistani spies from detonating a nuclear bomb in Delhi. Agent Vinod
grossed $9.7 million on its opening weekend. It showed an Indian
agent jetting around the world, dodging assassins to save his
country from nuclear armageddon plotted by rogue Pakistani spies and
2012 Mar 27, In Pakistan gunmen
and arsonists went on the rampage in Karachi, killing at least eight
people and setting dozens of vehicles alight. The unrest was sparked
by the murder of a party worker and his brother the previous
2012 Mar 27, In Pakistan Sobia
Bibi (25), a mother of one child, was doused with petrol and burned
alive in a dispute with her husband's family. Her 90-year-old
mother-in-law was among those later named as suspects in Narowal
district, northeast Lahore.
2012 Mar 27, In South Korea
world leaders including US President Barack Obama called for strong
steps to combat nuclear terrorism, wrapping up a 53-nation summit
overshadowed by North Korea's planned rocket launch.
2012 Mar 27, South Sudan said
Sudan's military bombed oil fields in the town of Bentiu.
2012 Mar 27, Spanish police
arrested a suspected member of al-Qaida, identified as M.H.A. M.H.A.
– born in Jordan with Saudi citizenship, who was key to the terror
group's Internet propaganda and recruiting operations.
2012 Mar 27, In Sudan 3 people
were killed, including one apparently shot dead by government
troops, in a dispute over a market in the Darfur region.
2012 Mar 27, Swiss authorities
said five out of every 1,000 deaths in Switzerland now involve
assisted suicide, with women more likely to die this way than men.
2012 Mar 27, Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad toured the flashpoint Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs.
A spokesman for UN envoy Kofi Annan said Syria has accepted his
6-point plan to end the bloodshed in the country. Syrian security
forces reportedly killed 10 people as the regime pushed to retake
areas still under rebel control.
(AFP, 3/27/12)(AP, 3/27/12)
2013 Mar 27, Eric Harroun of
Phoenix, Az., was arrested at Dulles Int’l. Airport upon returning
to the US from Turkey, where he had described to FBI agents his
journey to the front lines of Syria's civil war with fighters from
the al-Nusra Front, a designated terrorist organization also
referred to as al Qaeda in Iraq. Harroun served in the US Army from
2000 to 2003.
2013 Mar 27, The California
Dept. of Toxic Substances Control said a toxic waste dump site near
Kettleman city has agreed to pay $311,000 in fines for failing to
report 72 hazardous materials spills over the last 4 years.
(SFC, 3/29/13, p.D7)
2013 Mar 27, Tennessee Gov.
Bill Haslam said he would not expand Medicaid in his state joining
18 other Republican governors who have rejected expansion for now.
(SFC, 3/28/13, p.A9)
2013 Mar 27, A team of int’l.
scientists reported the discovery of dozens of signposts in DNA that
can help reveal a person’s risk for breast, ovarian or prostate
(SFC, 3/28/13, p.A10)
2013 Mar 27, An Afghan teenager
killed US soldier Sgt. Michael Cable (26) in Nangarhar province by
stabbing him in the neck while he played with a group of local
children. The young man escaped to nearby Pakistan.
2013 Mar 27, The Bank of
England said that its recommendations for Britain's banks to plug a
25 billion-pound capital shortfall by December won't call on further
2013 Mar 27, Abu Qatada, a
radical Muslim cleric, thwarted another effort by Britain to have
him deported to Jordan after a court accepted arguments that he
would face testimony obtained by torture.
2013 Mar 27, It was reported
the Ecuador planned to auction off 7.4 million acres of Amazon rain
forest to Chinese oil companies. 7 indigenous groups said they had
not consented to the projects.
(SSFC, 3/31/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 27, Egypt's naval
forces captured three scuba divers who were trying to cut an
undersea Internet cable in the Mediterranean. Telecom executives
meanwhile blamed a weeklong Internet slowdown on damage caused to
another cable by a ship.
2013 Mar 27, An Egyptian
appeals court annulled a November presidential decree dismissing the
country's top prosecutor and ordered him reinstated.
2013 Mar 27, In Germany work
crews backed by about 250 police removed parts of the Berlin Wall
known as the East Side Gallery before dawn to make way for an
upscale building project, despite demands by protesters that the
site be preserved.
2013 Mar 27, In Iraq a parked
car bomb ripped through a residential area in the town of Musayyib,
killing three civilians and wounding 14. Another bomb targeted a
restaurant in the town of Madain, killing two people and wounding
2013 Mar 27, In Japan Takafumi
Horie, the former chief executive of Internet portal Livedoor, was
released from prison. He was jailed in 2011 for fraud. While in
prison he gathered almost one million Twitter followers.
(Econ, 4/6/13, p.74)
2013 Mar 27, In northern Mali
the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad, or NMLA,
announced that Mohamed Aly Ag Al Bessati would serve as the civil
administrator for Kidal.
2013 Mar 27, In Mexico hundreds
of armed vigilantes took control of Tierra Colorado, a town on a
major highway in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, arresting
local police officers and searching homes in response to the March
25 killing of vigilante leader Guadalupe Quinones Carbajal (28).
Several opened fire on a car of Mexican tourists headed to the beach
for Easter week.
2013 Mar 27, In central Nigeria
an assault on a village in the Riyom local government area killed 28
2013 Mar 27, North Korea cut
its last military hotline with Seoul, a link that has been essential
in operating the last major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation: an
industrial complex in the North that employs hundreds of workers
from the South.
2013 Mar 27, In South Africa
leaders of the five BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China,
South Africa) agreed to create a development bank to help fund their
$4.5 trillion infrastructure programs — a direct challenge to the
World Bank that they accuse of Western bias.
2013 Mar 27, A Sri Lanka judge
announced that more than 150 human skulls and bones recovered from a
mass grave Lanka were buried there about 25 years ago, strengthening
suspicion that they belonged to suspected Marxist rebels killed at
the time. The skeletal remains were found inside the premises of a
government hospital dated to between 1987 and 1990.
2013 Mar 27, Syria's Pres.
Assad appealed o the leaders of a five-nation economic forum meeting
in South Africa to help end his country's two-year conflict. Assad
sent a letter urging the leaders of the five nation BRICS forum —
Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — to "work for an
immediate cessation of violence. The Observatory said rebels overran
three army posts near Bir Ajam.
2013 Mar 27, A magnitude 6.1
earthquake struck central Taiwan, killing at one person and injuring
19 as it damaged buildings on the island.
2013 Mar 27, The Yugoslav war
crimes tribunal in The Hague convicted two senior Bosnian Serbs of
war crimes in the 1992-1995 Bosnian war. Mico Stanisic and Stojan
Zupljanin were each sentenced to 22 years in prison. In 2016 appeals
(SFC, 3/28/13, p.A3)(SFC, 7/1/16, p.A2)
2013 Mar 27, Zimbabwe's High
Court freed on bail four senior officials from PM Morgan
Tsvangirai's party accused of illegally collecting information on
high level corruption.
2014 Mar 27, A visibly
energized President Barack Obama held a nearly hour-long audience
with Pope Francis at the Vatican, expressing his great admiration
for the pontiff and inviting him to visit the White House.
2014 Mar 27, The US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention released a report saying one in 68 US
children has been diagnosed with autism. The CDC report was based on
data from 2010.
(SFC, 3/28/14, p.D1)
2014 Mar 27, The US Mint put
new collector gold and silver coins on sale to commemorate the
Baseball Hall of Fame which celebrates its 75th anniversary this
year. The design by Cassie McFarland's featured a curved baseball
2014 Mar 27, The US Air Force
fired nine midlevel nuclear commanders and said it will discipline
dozens of junior officers at a nuclear base in Great Falls, Montana,
in response to an exam cheating scandal.
(SFC, 3/28/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 27, Police in southern
California served over two dozen search warrants and made six
arrested in an investigation targeting the theft of baggage at Los
Angeles Int’l. Airport. Those arrested did not directly work for the
(SFC, 3/28/14, p.A6)
2014 Mar 27, Dr. James
Schlesinger (1929), former US defense secretary under Presidents
Nixon and Ford, died in NYC. He also served as the first secretary
of the new Energy Dept. under Pres. Carter. In 1960 he authored “The
Political Economy of National Security: A study of the economic
aspects of the contemporary power struggle."
(SFC, 3/28/14, p.D2)
2014 Mar 27, Mark Stock (62), a
realist figure painter, died in Oakland, Ca. He was known for a
series of butlers in tuxedos including “"The Butler’s in Love"
(SFC, 3/28/14, p.D3)
2014 Mar 27, In his first visit
to Afghanistan as Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani called for
regional unity as regional leaders celebrated the Persian New Year
2014 Mar 27, Cambodia's
opposition party said it will defy a government ban on meeting in
one of the capital's public parks, setting up a possible clash with
2014 Mar 27, In the Central
African Republic at least 9 people were killed when extremists threw
hand grenades at a crowd of mourners during a funeral service in
Bangui. A recent uptick in violence had seen around 20 people killed
in Bangui since March 22.
(AFP, 3/28/14)(AP, 3/29/14)
2014 Mar 27, China’s Defense
Ministry said it will beef up its internet security after recent
reports that the US government spied on a major telecommunications
2014 Mar 27, China’s Xinhua
state news said a Wuhu city court has sentenced to death a rapist
who posed as a female on social networks to lure 16 girls to meet
him. Wang Yong (40) was sentenced earlier this month for raping the
girls aged 12 to 16 starting in 2009.
2014 Mar 27, In China a man
(34) involved in a property dispute stabbed six people to death in a
Beijing district and injured others.
2014 Mar 27, Colombia’s Pres.
Juan Manuel Santos said Venezuela’s government has accepted the
political opposition’s conditions for dialogue.
(SFC, 3/28/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 27, Egypt’s Field
Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ditched his military fatigues and
resigned as Egypt's defense minister, a day after announcing he
would run for president.
2014 Mar 27, A French court
ordered Closer magazine to pay 15,000 euros for publishing photos of
what it said was a helmeted President Francois Hollande visiting an
actress for a secret tryst. Julie Gayet had sued the magazine for
violation of privacy.
2014 Mar 27, Germany's main
airports were hit by a strike as public sector workers raised
pressure on the government in pay talks.
2014 Mar 27, Iraqi army forces
began shelling the region of Zoba, just south of Fallujah, sparking
clashes with militants. At least 3 people were killed and 53 wounded
in the shelling and firefights. A series of attacks targeting
commercial areas killed 26 people. In Ramadi 4 soldiers were killed
and 10 wounded in a booby-trapped building.
(AFP, 3/28/14)(AP, 3/28/14)(AP, 4/1/14)
2014 Mar 27, Israel said it
will allow into the Gaza Strip construction materials and electric
equipment to help build a Turkish-sponsored hospital, in a possible
sign of improving ties with Ankara.
2014 Mar 27, Japan’s Shizuoka
District Court suspended the death sentence and ordered a retrial
for Iwao Hakamada (78). The world's longest-serving death row inmate
had been convicted in the 1966 murder of a family and was sentenced
to death in 1968. The judge who freed him found that police and
prosecutors had fabricated evidence in the original trial.
(AP, 3/27/14)(Econ, 12/5/15, p.39)
2014 Mar 27, Lebanon’s
government ordered the army and security forces to control the
security situation in Tripoli and to seize arms caches in the city.
A soldier was killed by two masked men on motorbikes in Tripoli. A
day earlier a municipal worker was murdered in the same fashion.
2014 Mar 27, In Libya slain
dictator Moamer Kadhafi's son Saadi asked Libyans for forgiveness in
a taped interview released by prison authorities three weeks after
his extradition from neighboring Niger.
2014 Mar 27, In Macau "The
Grandmaster" won best picture, best director for Wong Kar Wai and
five other honors at the Asian Film Awards.
2014 Mar 27, Mexican soldiers
and police killed 10 Zetas drug cartel suspects in a gunfight in the
eastern state of Veracruz.
2014 Mar 27, In Myanmar
Buddhist-led mobs tore through streets hurling stones at the offices
and residences of international aid workers in western Rakhine
state, prompting the evacuation of almost all non-essential staff.
One girl (11) was killed when police fired into the air to disperse
(AP, 3/27/14)(SFC, 3/29/14, p.A5)
2014 Mar 27, In Qatar Matthew
and Grace Huang, an American couple charged with starving their
adopted daughter (8) to death, were sentenced to three years in
prison. Their daughter was pronounced dead when the Huangs took her
to the hospital in January 2013.
2014 Mar 27, The Philippine
government signed a peace accord with the Moro Islamic Liberation
Front, the country's largest Muslim rebel group. The deal grants
largely Muslim areas of the southern Mindanao region greater
political autonomy in exchange for an end to armed rebellion.
2014 Mar 27, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin said that Russia would develop its own credit card
system to reduce reliance on Western-based companies and soften the
potential blow from US and EU sanctions.
2014 Mar 27, Saudi Arabia’s
reigning King Abdullah (~89) appointed by royal decree his youngest
surviving brother, Muqrin (b.1945), as 2nd in line to the throne
after ailing crown prince Salman (78).
(Econ, 4/5/14, p.40)
2014 Mar 27, South Korea's
military seized a North Korean fishing boat that it said had crossed
a disputed maritime border after ignoring warnings to retreat amid
growing tension between the two sides.
2014 Mar 27, South Korea
formally approved a request from women rights activists, including
one "comfort woman", to meet North Korean counterparts at a
conference on Japan's wartime use of sex slaves.
2014 Mar 27, Syrian forces
bombarded rebel positions with artillery and warplanes in the
Mediterranean coastal province of Latakia.
2014 Mar 27, In Turkey
KanalTurk television station, linked to opponents of PM Recep Tayyip
Erdogan, said authorities have withdrawn its license to broadcast
nationally just days before crucial local elections.
2014 Mar 27, A scandal in
Uganda over alleged sex abuse of female runners deepened after it
emerged that Moses Kipsiro, the athlete who exposed the issue, was
dropped from the national half-marathon team.
2014 Mar 27, Ukraine PM Arseniy
Yatsenyuk warned that everyone is going to feel some pain from
necessary financial reforms ahead as the International Monetary Fund
pledged up to $18 billion in loans to prop up the teetering economy.
Former PM Yulia Tymoshenko announced that she will run for president
in the vote set for May 25.
2014 Mar 27, The UN passed a
non-binding resolution declaring invalid Crimea's Moscow-backed
referendum on seceding from Ukraine with 100 votes in favor, 11
against and 58 abstentions in the 193-nation General Assembly.
Russia threatened several Eastern European and Central Asian states
with retaliation if they voted in favor of a United Nations General
(Reuters, 3/28/14)(Reuters, 3/29/14)
2014 Mar 27, The UN's top human
rights body agreed to launch an international criminal investigation
into alleged abuses from Sri Lanka's ended civil war, approving a
US-led resolution over the strong protests of Sri Lanka's
2015 Mar 27, The White House
announced a five-year plan to fight the threat of
(SFC, 3/28/15, p.A5)
2015 Mar 27, Former Sec. of
State Hillary Clinton said she had permanently deleted all e-mails
from the private server she used to conduct officials business.
(SFC, 3/28/15, p.A6)
2015 Mar 27, In Boston police
Officer John Moynihan (34) was shot in the face by suspect Angelo
West (41) following a traffic stop. West was killed as he tried to
run away. Moynihan was hospitalized and put into an induced coma.
(SSFC, 3/29/15, p.A10)
2015 Mar 27, In NYC Moises
Lucon (26) and Nicholas Figueroa (23) were killed after an explosion
brought down three buildings and damaged a fourth property in the
East Village, injuring 22 people.
(AP, 3/27/15)(SSFC, 3/29/15, p.A12)(SFC, 3/30/15,
2015 Mar 27, In Bangladesh at
least 10 people were killed and dozens more injured in a stampede
during a Hindu religious gathering in Langalbandh.
2015 Mar 27, In Dominica a
police sergeant and four officers were charged with murder. They
were accused in last year's death of a prisoner found unresponsive
in his cell. Police have said that Joshua Etienne had fractured ribs
and a punctured lung.
2015 Mar 27, Egyptian and Saudi
Arabian warships deployed to the Bab al-Mandab strait off Yemen to
secure the strategic sea passage.
(SFC, 3/28/15, p.A3)
2015 Mar 27, In eastern
Indonesia an estimated 4,000 foreign fishermen were reported
stranded on a number of remote islands, including men reported to
have been enslaved. Some migrant workers from Myanmar said they had
been brought to Indonesia from Thailand and forced to work on
trawlers with Thai captains.
2015 Mar 27, Iraqi troops
pressed their push in Tikrit as fighter planes pounded IS targets
from above. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called for unity among
the country's forces battling the IS group.
2015 Mar 27, Israel said it
will transfer Palestinian tax revenues that were being withheld as
punishment for a Palestinian application to join the Int’l. Criminal
(SFC, 3/28/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 27, Italy’s highest
criminal court acquitted Ms. Knox, an American, and her Italian
ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito of murdering British student
Meredith Kercher in 2007.
2015 Mar 27, Kyrgyzstan’s
secret police, the GKNB, raided the office and home of lawyer
Khusanbay Saliev, who represented arrested Uzbek Imam Rashot
(Econ., 5/2/15, p.35)
2015 Mar 27, In Liberia woman,
who last week became the country's first Ebola patient in more than
a month, died. Two new suspected cases were also reported
2015 Mar 27, In The Netherlands
trains, trams and planes ground to a temporary halt in and around
Amsterdam as a huge power outage hit the Dutch capital and
surrounding towns. Power was soon restored.
2015 Mar 27, Nigeria's military
announced that troops had retaken the town of Gwoza from Boko Haram,
from which the group declared their caliphate last year. Suspected
Boko Haram gunmen beheaded 23 people and set fire to homes in
Buratai, on the eve of general elections. Elsewhere in the restive
northeast, suspected Islamist militants killed at least 7 people in
separate attacks in the Gombe state.
(AFP, 3/27/15)(AFP, 3/29/15)
2015 Mar 27, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb on a motorcycle hit a police bus in Karachi and left
10 people wounded. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.
2015 Mar 27, Sierra Leone's 6
million people were told to stay home for three days, except for
religious services, beginning today as the West African nation
attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola.
2015 Mar 27, In Somalia
suspected Islamist fighters stormed the popular Maka Al-Mukarramah
Hotel in Mogadishu, trapping government officials inside. The attack
killed at least 24 people, including six attackers.
(Reuters, 3/27/15)(AP, 3/28/15)
2015 Mar 27, South Africa's
state power company Eskom said more than 1,000 workers building a
much-needed new power plant had been sacked for staging an illegal
strike two days earlier, as the country grapples with rolling
2015 Mar 27, In Syria Islamist
rebels made fresh advances on the edges of Idlib city, after fierce
clashes that have left dozens of dead.
2015 Mar 27, The Turkish
parliament passed a stripped down version of its controversial
homeland security bill that has enraged the opposition, after a
16-hour debate that lasted all night.
2015 Mar 27, In Yemen at least
21 Shiite rebels were killed when residents in a tribal southern
region opened fire at their vehicles. Warplanes targeted Houthi
forces controlling Sanaa and their northern heartland and, in a
boost for Riyadh, fellow monarchy Morocco said it would join the
rapidly-assembled Sunni Muslim coalition against the Shi'ite Muslim
(AFP, 3/27/15)(Reuters, 3/27/15)
2015 Mar 27, Separatists in
eastern Ukraine handed over the bodies of 22 government soldiers
killed during the fierce, months-long battle over the airport near
the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.
2015 Mar 27, The UN High
Commissioner for Refugees said that LRA fighters kidnapped 16 people
last weekend who had been working in their fields in Congo, just
over the border from Central African Republic. The rebels released
13 of them but were still holding three refugee boys.
2016 Mar 27, In southwestern
Alaska the Pavlof Volcano erupted sending ash 20,000 feet into the
(SFC, 3/29/16, p.A14)
2016 Mar 27, In Algeria at
least 12 soldiers were killed when a military helicopter crashed in
the south of the country.
2016 Mar 27, Basque separatist
group ETA called for peace talks with the Spanish and French
governments and the return of ETA prisoners to the northern Basque
2016 Mar 27, Belgian
investigators launched 13 anti-terror raids in the capital and two
other cities and taking four more people in custody. Riot police
fired water cannon to disperse far-right football hooligans who
disrupted mourners at a shrine for victims of the Brussels attacks.
(AP, 3/27/16)(AFP, 3/27/16)
2016 Mar 27, In Greece hundreds
of migrants, egged on by activists, protested near the fence
separating Macedonia from Greece, demanding that the border be
opened to allow them to continue their journey into central Europe.
2016 Mar 27, Guyana's
government said it plans to establish several new jungle capitals on
the border regions with its South American neighbors as it moves to
develop its mineral-rich interior.
2016 Mar 27, Iraqi security
forces stepped aside to allow influential Iraqi Shiite cleric
Muqtada al-Sadr to start his sit-in in Baghdad's highly fortified
Green Zone after weeks of protests in the capital. Sadr met with PM
Haider al-Abadi as he began the sit-in.
(AP, 3/27/16)(SFC, 3/28/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 27, Italian
authorities announced the arrest of Djamal Eddine Ouali (40), an
Algerian man who was part of a counterfeiting ring that provided
forged documents to people involved in the Paris and Brussels
(SFC, 3/28/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 27, In Japan girl (15)
escaped from suspect Kabu Terauchi's apartment in downtown Tokyo
while he was shopping in Akihabara. She had been held captive for
nearly two years. Investigators captured Terauchi in the early hours
of March 28 near a forest west of Tokyo.
2016 Mar 27, World Bank Pres.
Jim Yong Kim said Jordan will get a cheap $100 million loan to help
create 100,000 jobs for Syrian refugees and its own citizens.
(AP, 3/27/16)(SFC, 3/28/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 27, Mexico’s federal
police reported that authorities in Oaxaca have captured Juan Manuel
Alvarez Inzunza, identified as the chief financial operator behind
drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's empire, who they say
laundered some $4 billion in the past decade.
2016 Mar 27, Thousands of
Moldovans marched through their capital calling for reunification
with Romania, restoring a union which lasted from 1918 to 1940.
2016 Mar 27, Dutch police found
ammunition in the house of a French national arrested in Rotterdam
on suspicion of plotting an attack. The man (32), thought to be
called Anis B., was detained on suspicion of receiving orders from
the Islamic State group to attack targets in France along with Reda
Kriket, who was detained near Paris last week.
2016 Mar 27, In Nigeria 3
people were killed and several wounded when an oil pipeline
belonging to Italy's ENI exploded during repair works in the
southern Delta region. Workers had been repairing the pipeline when
it caught fire.
2016 Mar 27, In eastern
Pakistan a bomb blast in Gulshan-e-Iqbal park in Lahore killed 74
people and wounded some 340. The suicide bombing was claimed by the
Pakistani Taliban's Jamaat-ur-Ahrar faction.
(Reuters, 3/28/16)(Econ, 4/2/16, p.39)
2016 Mar 27, Qatar's
state-funded broadcaster Al-Jazeera announced a fresh round of job
cuts with around 500 positions being lost, most of them at the
network's Doha headquarters.
2016 Mar 27, In Serbia
thousands marched against NATO and the West, carrying banners
praising Russian President Vladimir Putin. The march marked the 17th
anniversary of NATO's 78-day intervention in Serbia against its
bloody crackdown against Kosovo Albanian separatists in 1999.
2016 Mar 27, Syrian troops
recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State group
and pledged to build on the win with an advance against other
2016 Mar 27, Thailand seized 87
ivory tusks, worth an estimated $800,000, found in a dozen barrels
sent from Mozambique on a Kenya Airways flight. A routine X-ray at
Suvarnabhumi International Airport detected the contraband.
2016 Mar 27, The top security
court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced 38 people to prison in
connection to a cell accused of plotting terrorist attacks and
seeking to overthrow the government to create an Islamic state.
2016 Mar 27, In Yemen a
military coalition led by Saudi Arabia that is fighting a war with
Yemen's Shiite rebels traded 109 Yemeni prisoners taken during the
fighting in the neighboring country for nine Saudis who were held
2016 Mar 27, In southern Yemen
US air raids killed 14 men suspected of belonging to al Qaeda.
2017 Mar 27, The White House
confirmed that Jared Kushner, president Donald Trump's son-in-law
has, volunteered to answer questions before the Senate Intelligence
Committee about arranging meetings with the Russian ambassador and
2017 Mar 27, The United States,
Britain and France were among almost 40 countries that did not join
talks on a nuclear weapons ban treaty starting at the UN.
2017 Mar 27, In Oakland, Ca. an
early morning fire killed three people at a large transitional
housing building at 2551 San Pablo Ave. One person remained missing.
(SFC, 3/28/17, p.A1)
2017 Mar 27, National Football
League (NFL) owners voted 37-1 to approve the Oakland Raiders’ move
to Las Vegas.
(SFC, 3/28/17, p.A1)
2017 Mar 27, Michigan and the
city of Flint agreed to replace thousands of home water lines to
settle a lawsuit by residents over lead-contaminated water.
(SFC, 3/28/17, p.A7)
2017 Mar 27, In Bangladesh a
special anti-terrorism unit managed to kill the last four Islamic
militants in Sylhet. Police had cordoned off the area on March 24.
(Econ, 4/1/17, p.32)
2017 Mar 27, French energy
company Total announced the launching a multi-billion-dollar
petrochemical joint venture in Texas as it tries to profit from the
"business-friendly environment" under the current US administration.
2017 Mar 27, French Guiana
faced a nationwide strike over crime and economic difficulties, amid
protests that have paralyzed the French territory in South America,
halted flights and a rocket launch and prompted a US travel warning.
2017 Mar 27, In Germany thieves
broke into Berlin’s Bode Museum before dawn and made off with a
massive 100-kilogram (221-pound) gold coin worth millions of
dollars. In 2018 prosecutors indicted four young men for the theft
of the "Big Maple Leaf" coin.
(AP, 3/27/17)(SFC, 10/18/18, p.A2)
2017 Mar 27, Fraport Greece
said the European Union is clearing a 280 million euro loan from the
European Investment Bank to the company, which won the tender to
upgrade and operate 14 regional Greek airports.
2017 Mar 27, Lufthansa
announced a code-sharing deal with Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific
under which the German airline and its Swiss and Austrian Airlines
units will offer new connections to Australia and New Zealand.
2017 Mar 27, Hong Kong police
launched a fresh round of arrests of student leaders and other
prominent figures involved with the huge 2014 "Umbrella Movement"
2017 Mar 27, Israeli police
arrested more than 20 Jewish ultra-Orthodox suspected sex offenders
whose alleged crimes were known to their insular communities but
concealed from the authorities.
2017 Mar 27, In central Japan
an avalanche killed seven high school students and a teacher who
were among a group of almost 50 on mountain climbing training.
2017 Mar 27, In Mali former
rebels and opposition parties boycotted a national summit enshrined
in the country's 2015 peace deal, laying bare divisions with the
government and armed groups it relies on for security.
2017 Mar 27, In Mexico a priest
was shot to death in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit.
2017 Mar 27, In the northern
Netherlands two people were killed when a train hit a car at a rail
crossing near Harlingen.
2017 Mar 27, The foreign
minister of Nigeria visited Poland an effort to develop economic,
military and security ties with the fast-growing economy in central
2017 Mar 27, In Pakistan a
special 3-day anti-polio drive was launched in Islamabad after
traces of the virus were found in the city's sewage system.
2017 Mar 27, Hamas authorities
partially reopened the crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel,
after a one-day closure following the assassination of one of the
2017 Mar 27, Qatar PM Sheikh
Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani said his country will
invest £5 billion in Britain within five years in a boost for the
2017 Mar 27, Russian opposition
leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to 15 days behind bars and fined
after staging the biggest anti-corruption protests in years, an act
branded a "provocation" by the Kremlin.
2017 Mar 27, Saudi Arabia cut
taxes on oil companies in a major move that could attract
investments in its energy giant Aramco, expected to be offered to
investors in 2018.
2017 Mar 27, In Syria hundreds
of rebels left their last bastion in Homs city, resuming an
evacuation expected to be among the largest of its kind under a
Russian-backed deal with the government.
2017 Mar 27, Thailand's
broadcast regulator ordered television channel Voice TV to suspend
its over-the-air broadcasting for a week for what it called biased
reports affecting national security. The station is controlled by
the family of former PM Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted by a 2006
army coup and is in exile to avoid a prison term for corruption.
2018 Mar 27, It was reported
that the 2020 US Census will include a question about citizenship
status, a move that brought swift condemnation from Democrats, who
said it would intimidate immigrants and discourage them from
2018 Mar 27, In Pennsylvania
Taiwanese exchange student An Tso Sun (18) was arrested for
threatening to shoot up the Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop
Prendergast High School, which he attended in Upper Darby.
2018 Mar 27, Texas executed
Rosendo Rodriguez III (29) for the slaying of a Lubbock woman, whose
body was stuffed into a new piece of luggage and tossed in the
trash. he had also confessed to killing a girl (16) and similarly
disposing her body.
(SFC, 3/28/18, p.A5)
2018 Mar 27, Waymo, formerly
known as Google's self-driving car project, announced a partnership
with Jaguar Land Rover to build self-driving Jaguar luxury SUVs for
the company's autonomous Silicon Valley taxi fleet.
(SFC, 3/28/18, p.C1)
2018 Mar 27, Algerian doctors
expanded a pay strike and teachers resumed one, putting pressure on
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his prime minister at a time when
resources are limited.
2018 Mar 27, Australia and
Ireland joined more than 20 other nations in expelling Russian
diplomats in response to the nerve agent attack on a former Russian
military intelligence officer and his daughter in Britain.
2018 Mar 27, In Belgium
hundreds of taxis brought traffic to a standstill in Brussels to
protest proposed government reforms said to favor ride-hailing
competitors like Uber.
2018 Mar 27, In Brazil some
3,400 soldiers and 500 police entered the Lins Complex in Rio de
Janeiro in a show of force following recent violence.
(SFC, 3/28/18, p.A2)
2018 Mar 27, Bulgaria, which
holds the rotating EU presidency, said it has recalled its
ambassador from Russia to discuss the nerve agent attack in Britain
which London blames on Moscow.
2018 Mar 27, Bulgarian
prosecutors said they have launched an investigation into the owner
of a herd of around 100 horses after they were found starving to
death or already dead on snow-bound Mount Osogovo.
2018 Mar 27, In China Mindong
Bishop Vincenzo Guo Xijin was released after spending a night in
2018 Mar 27, Congo DRC
authorities said they are investigating exiled opposition leader
Moise Katumbi, who has vowed to stand in December's presidential
2018 Mar 27, In Congo DRC
rebels from a Ugandan Islamist group called the Allied Democratic
Forces (ADF) killed at least 11 civilians during a raid on the city
of Beni late today. The next day FIFA opened an investigation less
than three months before Russia hosts the World Cup.
2018 Mar 27, Cypriot President
Nicos Anastasiades hailed as "unprecedented" the EU's condemnation
of Turkey for blocking his government's search for offshore oil and
2018 Mar 27, In Egypt turnout
appeared low citizens voted on the second day of an election that
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is virtually certain to win. All
serious rivals had been either arrested or intimidated into dropping
2018 Mar 27, Ethiopia's ruling
coalition named a new chairman late today. A vote to install Abiy
Ahmed (42), a leader from the Oromo ethnic group, as prime minster
was expected in the coming days in parliament.
(AP, 3/28/18)(AFP, 3/28/18)
2018 Mar 27, Europe's bailout
fund approved a 6.7 billion euro ($8.32 billion) loan installment to
Greece as part of its third international rescue program, with
payment of the first 5.7 billion euros expected this week.
2018 Mar 27, France's top
appeals court upheld a 30,000-euro fine against former far-right
leader Jean-Marie Le Pen for dismissing the Nazi gas chambers as a
"detail" of history.
2018 Mar 27, Kidnappers in
waters off Ghana hijacked a fishing boat and steered it toward the
waters of Nigeria before using a speed boat to move three South
Koreans working on the boat elsewhere.
2018 Mar 27, An Indonesian
court ordered Australian Baker Joshua James to undergo
rehabilitation after finding him guilty of possessing a small amount
of drugs on the tourist island of Bali.
2018 Mar 27, Iraqi PM Haider
al-Abadi said government armed forces will prevent Kurdish militants
based in northern Iraq from staging cross-border attacks against
2018 Mar 27, Police in southern
Italy detained Mohy Eldin Mostafa Omer Abdel Rahman (59), an
Egyptian imam, who ran a cultural center where he allegedly preached
extremist and violent interpretations of Islam to children.
2018 Mar 27, In Kenya
columnists from the country's top media group resigned en masse a
day after police punched and kicked journalists covering the
attempted deportation of an opposition politician at Nairobi
2018 Mar 27, Kosovo Serbs set
up a roadblock in northern Kosovo and their representatives walked
out of Kosovo's government a day after the arrest and expulsion of a
senior Serbian government official that has refueled tensions
between the Balkan foes.
2018 Mar 27, Moldova's foreign
ministry ordered three Russian diplomats to leave the former Soviet
republic within seven days.
2018 Mar 27, NATO
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO has expelled seven
diplomats from Russia's mission to the alliance and blocked the
appointment of three others over the nerve agent attack in Britain
2018 Mar 27, It was reported
that Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former head of NATO and a current
deputy chairman of Latvian bank Norvik, has asked the prime minister
of Latvia to create an international task force to guide the country
in cleaning up its banking sector, which has been rocked by
accusations of money laundering and bribery.
2018 Mar 27, In the Netherlands
an appeals court ruled that Dutch police were liable for the April
9, 2011, mall shooting in which six people were killed as the gunman
should never have been granted an gun license.
2018 Mar 27, North Korean
leader Kim Jong Un's secretive talks with Chinese President Xi
Jinping in Beijing was confirmed after his return home.
2018 Mar 27, In Pakistan gunmen
opened fire on a rickshaw carrying a transgender woman who went by
the name Pinky and her male companion. Both later died of their
2018 Mar 27, In Russia
thousands of angry residents rallied in Kemerovo to demand a full
probe following a fire in a shopping mall that killed at least 64
people, many of them children. Russian President Vladimir Putin flew
to the city to look at the investigation into the blaze and declared
March 28 a day of national mourning.
2018 Mar 27, In Russia monkey
chants could be heard from the crowd in St. Petersburg when black
French players touched the ball in a friendly against Russia. The
abuse was also audible on a TV broadcast after Paul Pogba scored
France's second goal in a 3-1 win.
2018 Mar 27, In Spain
demonstrators angered by the detention of former leader Carles
Puigdemont blocked highways across Catalonia and roads in central
Barcelona, as the separatist politician remained in a German jail
pending a decision on Spain's extradition request.
2018 Mar 27, In Syria thousands
of people departed eastern Ghouta for rebel territory near the
Turkish border, the third group to leave under a deal brokered by
Russia to surrender the enclave near Damascus to the government.
2018 Mar 27, Tanzania charged
six opposition leaders with sedition and incitement to violence, a
move branded by critics of the government as an effort to silence
2018 Mar 27, The UN Security
Council unanimously backed a resolution that tasks the peacekeeping
mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo with helping to prepare
elections and avoid deadly violence.
2019 Mar 27, The head of the US
Customs and Border Protection held a press conference in El Paso to
say the breaking point had arrived. Arrests all along the southern
border have skyrocketed in recent months. Border agents were on
track to make 100,000 arrests and denials of entry at the southern
border this month.
2019 Mar 27, In Arkansas Andre
Jackson (34) pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 years in prison
for the murder of an Italian tourist during an attempted robbery.
Carlo Marigliano was found shot to death in a crashed jeep outside a
Little Rock apartment complex in July 2017.
2019 Mar 27, In California
PG&E received approval from a bankruptcy court to fully access
$5.5 billion in financing it lined up from major banks, despite
objections from wildfire victims.
(SFC, 3/28/19, p.D1)
2019 Mar 27, Speaking in Hawaii
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said her government has asked to
purchase advanced new fighter jets and tanks from the US, a request
that if approved, could set off new tensions between the US and
China. Tsai said requests have been submitted for F-16V fighters and
M1 Abrams tanks.
2019 Mar 27, In NYC Anna
Sorokin (28), the one-time darling of the Big Apple social scene,
stood trial on grand larceny and theft of services charges alleging
she swindled $275,000 in a 10-month odyssey that saw her jetting to
Omaha and Marrakesh before landing in a cell at Rikers Island.
2019 Mar 27, In Texas a
helicopter crashed during a controlled burn at the Sam Houston
National Forest killing Daniel Laird, a firefighter from northern
(SFC, 3/30/19, p.A6)
2019 Mar 27, In Virginia James
Alex Fields Jr. pleaded guilty to 29 of 30 federal charges stemming
from the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville.
Anti-racist activist Heather Heyer was killed when Fields plowed his
car into a crowd of protesters.
(SFC, 3/28/19, p.A6)
2019 Mar 27, In Wisconsin the
3rd District Court of Appeals reinstated laws passed during the 2018
lame-duck legislative session that weaken powers of the Democratic
governor and attorney general.
(SFC, 3/28/19, p.A6)
2019 Mar 27, The $1 million
Turing Award went to artificial intelligence pioneers Yoshua Bengio,
Yann LeCun and Geoffrey Hinton.
(SFC, 3/28/19, p.D2)
2019 Mar 27, Ford said it will
close three factories in Russia, causing heavy job losses, as it
pulls out of passenger vehicle manufacturing in the country.
2019 Mar 27, Algeria's biggest
union and an influential party backed an army call for President
Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit in a managed exit plan that was quickly
rejected by protesters demanding the overthrow of the entire
2019 Mar 27, Australia's top
cyberwarrior revealed that his country actively participated in the
electronic war against the Islamic State group in Syria, degrading
their communications during military operations and actively
stopping people seeking to join the extremist group.
2019 Mar 27, Austrian
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz confirmed that Martin Sellner, head of the
far-right Identitarian Movement, received 1,500 euros in 2018 from
the man charged with killing 50 people in mass shootings at mosques
in Christchurch, New Zealand. Sellner said he would give the money
to a charitable foundation.
2019 Mar 27, British lawmakers
debated multiple options for leaving the European Union as they
sought to bring some clarity to the tortured Brexit process and stop
the country tumbling out of the bloc within weeks with no exit plan
in place. PM Theresa May offered to give up her job in exchange for
her Brexit deal.
(AP, 3/27/19)(SFC, 3/28/19, p.A5)
2019 Mar 27, Amnesty
International slammed plans by Brunei to implement what the rights
group called "vicious" Islamic criminal laws such as stoning to
death for gay sex and amputation for theft. The new sections under
Brunei's Sharia Penal Code and will come into effect April 3.
2019 Mar 27, China said that it
has expelled former Interpol President Meng Hongwei from public
office and the ruling Communist Party as he awaits trial on
2019 Mar 27, A $436 million
superyacht belonging to Russian billionaire Farkhad Akhmedov, at the
center of one of the world's costliest divorce battles, was released
by a Dubai court after being impounded last year. Forbes has
estimated Akhmedov's net worth is $1.4 billion. The US Treasury
Department has put him on a list of sanctioned Russian state-owned
2019 Mar 27, A coalition of
opposition parties urged Egyptians to vote against constitutional
amendments that would potentially allow President Abdel-Fattah
el-Sissi to remain in power until 2034.
2019 Mar 27, The EU said it
will suspend ship patrols that have rescued tens of thousands of
migrants in the Mediterranean and brought them to Italy, amid deep
resistance by populist-led Rome. The rescues were part of the EU's
Operation Sophia which diplomats have decided to extend by six
months beyond its March 31 expiry date, but without new ship
2019 Mar 27, A report by the
investigative group Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
said Gambia's ex-President Yahya Jammeh looted the tiny West African
nation of $1 billion through fear and privilege during his 22 years
in power, an amount more than 10 times higher than originally
estimated by the new government, leaving the country in lingering
debt. The $1 billion was used to finance his lavish lifestyle and is
believed to still support him in his exile in Equatorial Guinea.
2019 Mar 27, India shot down
one of its satellites in space with an anti-satellite missile. The
government said the test was aimed at protecting India's assets in
space against foreign attacks. The United States ran the first
anti-satellite test in 1959, when satellites themselves were rare
2019 Mar 27, Indonesia's
Supreme Court rejected the appeal of Meliana, an ethnic Chinese
woman, whose complaint about the volume of mosque loudspeakers led
to an 18-month prison sentence for blasphemy.
2019 Mar 27, Iran's Pres.
Hassan Rouhani travelled to flood-hit zones for the first time after
nine days of heavy rains inundated most of the country and killed 43
2019 Mar 27, Iraqi court
officials said a warrant has been issued for the arrest of the
former governor of Nineveh on corruption charges after at least 90
people were killed in a ferry accident in the provincial capital
Mosul. The warrant also included the arrest of some local officials
after a court investigation concluded they colluded with the former
governor in misusing their powers and committed financial
violations. Nawfal Hammadi al-Sultan has fled to the Kurdish
regional capital Erbil.
2019 Mar 27, In Japan a Nissan
committee set up to strengthen corporate governance after the arrest
of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn said an investigation found he had
wielded too much power and recommended the scandal-hit automaker add
more independent outside directors to its board and better oversee
compensation and auditing.
2019 Mar 27, A Kazakh military
helicopter with 13 people on board crashed on during exercises.
There were casualties, but that it was not yet clear how many.
2019 Mar 27, The cargo ship El
Hiblu 1 picked up 108 migrants stranded at sea. Some of them then
hijacked the vessel when it became clear that it planned to take
them back to Libya. The small tanker docked in Malta's port of
Valletta the next day after Maltese special forces took control of
the vessel. Three migrant teenagers were soon charged in a Maltese
court with hijacking the small tanker. They pleaded not guilty.
(Reuters, 3/28/19)(Reuters, 3/30/19)
2019 Mar 27, A Lithuanian court
found former Soviet defense minister Dmitry Yazov (94) guilty of war
crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in a 1991 crackdown
against the Baltic state's pro-independence movement. 67 former
military officials and army officers were being sentenced after a
2019 Mar 27, A report released
today found gaps in the investigation and possible obstruction of
justice in Malaysia's 2015 discovery of mass graves believed to be
of Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshis held in trafficking camps in a
hilly jungle area on its border with Thailand. The report said
Malaysian authorities were aware of the human trafficking camps more
than four months before they were announced publicly.
2019 Mar 27, A Mozambique
government official said five cases of cholera have been confirmed
following Cyclone Idai that ravaged the country, killing at least
2019 Mar 27, In New Zealand
Artemiy Dubovskiy (54) killed himself during a standoff with police.
Police searched three of Dubovskiy's properties and found guns,
ammunition and violent extremist content.
2019 Mar 27, Pakistani police
arrested a man for beating his wife in public after the incident
triggered wide condemnation and uproar on social media. Faisal's
wife had complained that her husband had stripped her naked, beat
her and shaved her head for refusing to dance for his friends at
2019 Mar 27, About 150
Palestinian students threw firebombs and rocks at Israeli soldiers
who responded with tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets in the
occupied West Bank after an Israeli raid on their university.
Palestinian volunteer medic Sajid Muzher (17) was killed by Israeli
forces during the clashes. He was shot while trying to treat one of
(Reuters, 3/27/19)(AFP, 3/27/19)
2019 Mar 27, In Thailand the
leader of the Pheu Thai party, which headed the last elected
government, and the leaders of five other parties held a news
conference to say they believed they had won more than 250 seats in
the 500-seat lower house.
2019 Mar 27, UN officials said
at least 707 people had been reported killed by Cyclone Idai, the
flooding it caused and heavy rains before it hit. This included 468
in Mozambique, 259 in Zimbabwe and 60 in Malawi.
2019 Mar 27, In Venezuela new
disruption to the power grid had left 91 percent of the country
offline, reversing a "partial recovery" since the latest blackouts
started March 25.