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Mar 28, Publius Helvius Pertinax, Roman Emperor (192-93), was
(HFA, '96, p.26)(MC, 3/28/02)
1472 Mar 28, Fra Bartolommeo
(d.1517), Florentine Renaissance painter, was born.
1483 Mar 28, Raphael, painter
(School of Athens), was born in Urbino, Italy. [see Apr 6]
1503 Mar 28, The 2nd Lithuanian
war with Russia (1500-1503) ended with a treaty. Lithuania lost a
fourth of its territory.
1515 Mar 28, Theresa of Avila
(d.1582), Teresa de Jesus (St. Theresa), Spanish Carmelite nun,
mystic writer, saint, was born. She initiated reforms in the Order.
She co-founded with John of the Cross (1542-1591) the Order of
Discalced (barefoot) Carmelites. "Untilled ground, however rich,
will bring forth thistles and thorns; so also the mind of man." "To
wish to act like angels while we are still in this world is nothing
(CU, 6/87)(WUD, 1994, p.769)(AP, 12/8/97)(AP,
1556 Mar 28, Philip II, Charles
V's son, was crowned king of Spain. [see Sep 12]
1652 Mar 28, Samuel Sewall,
British colonial merchant and one of the Salem witch trial judges,
1660 Mar 28, Georg Ludwig,
German monarch of Hanover, King George I of Great Britain, was born.
1673 Mar 28, Adam Pijnacker
(51), Dutch landscape painter, etcher, was buried.
1687 Mar 28, Constantine
Huygens (90), diplomat, poet, composer (Bluebottles), died.
1737 Mar 28, Francesco Zanetti,
composer, was born.
1766 Mar 28, Joseph Weigl,
Austrian composer, conductor (Emmeline), was born.
1774 Mar 28, Britain passed the
Coercive Act against Massachusetts. [see May 20]
1776 Mar 28, Mexican Captain
Juan Bautista de Anza, Lt. Jose Moraga, and Franciscan priest Pedro
Font arrived at the tip of San Francisco. De Anza planted a cross at
what is now Fort Point. They camped at Mountain Lake and searched
inland for a more hospitable area and found a site they called
Laguna de los Dolores or the Friday of Sorrows since the day was
Friday before Palm Sunday. Anza became known as the “father of SF.”
Mission Dolores was founded by Father Francisco Palou and Father
Pedro Cambon. Rancho San Pedro, near what is now Pacifica, served as
the agricultural center. Laguna de los Dolores was later believed to
be a spring near the modern-day corner of Duboce and Sanchez.
p.C7)(SFEC, 3/1/98, p.W34)(SFC, 2/19/11, p.A10)
1878 Mar 28, The Hastings
College of Law, the law department of the University of California,
was founded with a donation of $100,000 by Serranus Clinton
1794 Mar 28, Marie-Joseph de
Condorcet (b.1743), mathematician (Theory of Comets) and
philosopher, died as a fugitive from French Revolution Terrorists.
1797 Mar 28, Nathaniel Briggs
of New Hampshire patented a washing machine.
1799 Mar 28, NY state abolished
1800 Mar 28, The Parliament in
Westminster passed an Act of Union formally binding Ireland with
England and abolished the Irish parliament. The Act of Union
entailed the loss of legislative independence of the Irish
Parliament. The Act of Union received royal assent on August 1 and
became effective on Jan 1, 1801.
12/22/96, Z1 p.6)(WSJ, 11/20/98, p.W6)
1804 Mar 28, Ohio passed law
restricting movement of Blacks. [see Jan 5]
1818 Mar 28, Wade Hampton
(d.1902), Confederate general, was born.
(HN, 3/28/98)(MC, 3/28/02)
1818 Mar 28, Giuseppe Antonio
Capuzzi (62), composer, died.
1821 Mar 28, Greek Independence
Day celebrates the liberation of Southern Greece from Turkish
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A15)
1834 Mar 28, The US Senate
voted to censure Pres. Jackson for the removal of federal deposits
from the Bank of the United States. The Senate declared that Pres.
Andrew Jackson: "in the last executive proceedings in relation to
the public revenue, has assumed upon himself authority and power not
conferred by the constitution and laws, but in derogation of both."
1837 Mar 28, Felix Mendelssohn
married Cecile Jeanrenaud.
1844 Mar 28, Jose Zorilla's
"Don Juan Tenorio," premiered in Madrid.
1845 Mar 28, Mexico dropped
diplomatic relations with US.
1854 Mar 28, During the Crimean
War, Britain and France declared war on Russia.
1859 Mar 28, 1st performance of
John Brahms' 1st Serenade for orchestra.
1862 Mar 28, Aristide Briand,
premier of France (1909-22), was born.
1862 Mar 28, US Civil War
skirmish at Bealeton Station, Virginia.
1864 Mar 28, A group of
Copperheads attacked Federal soldiers in Charleston Ill. Five were
killed and twenty wounded.
1868 Mar 28, Maxim Gorki,
Russian writer, was born. [see Mar 16]
1871 Mar 28, Willem Mengelberg,
conductor (NY Philharmonic 1922-30), was born in Utrecht, Neth.
1879 Mar 28, British mounted
troops under Colonel Henry Evelyn Wood went up Hlobane Mountain to
battle the Zulus—only to be surrounded by a 22,000-man impi (army).
Lieutenant Colonel Redvers Buller, received the Victoria Cross for
his gallantry during the difficult withdrawal of his troopers from
the mountain. Hlobane was the worst rout of British cavalry—and the
last Zulu victory—of the Anglo-Zulu War in South Africa.
(HN, 3/12/98)(HN, 3/28/99)
1881 Mar 28, "Greatest Show On
Earth" was formed by P.T. Barnum and James A. Bailey. [see 1879 and
Mar 16,18, 1881]
1881 Mar 28, Modest Petrovich
Mussorgsky (42), composer, died. [see Mar 16]
1885 Mar 28, The Salvation Army
was officially organized in the U.S.
1886 Mar 28, Jarosla Novotny,
composer, was born.
1890 Mar 28, Paul Whiteman,
orchestra leader (Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club), was born in Denver,
1895 Mar 28, Spencer W.
Kimball, 12th Prophet of the Mormon Church, was born.
1895 Mar 28, Major James
McCudden, the first RAF pilot to receive the Victoria Cross, was
1896 Mar 28, The opera "Andrea
Chenier," by Umberto Giordano, premiered in Milan, Italy.
1898 Mar 28, The Supreme Court
ruled in United States v. Wong Kim Ark that a child born in the
United States to Chinese immigrants was a US citizen.
1903 Mar 28, Rudolf Serkin,
pianist (Marlboro School of Music), was born in Eger, Bohemia.
1905 Mar 28, Marlin Perkins, TV
host (Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom), was born in Carthage, Mo.
1907 Mar 28, Pavel Ivanovich
Blaramberg (65), composer, died.
1908 Mar 28, Automobile owners
lobbied Congress, supporting a bill that called for vehicle
licensing and federal registration.
1909 Mar 28, Nelson Algren
(d.1981, novelist (The Man with the Golden Arm, A Walk on the Wild
Side), was born.
1910 Mar 28, Pres. Theodore
Roosevelt gave his “Law and Order in Egypt” speech at Cairo Univ.
Sheikh Ali Yusuf, Muslim cleric and popular columnist, had written
an open letter in praise of Roosevelt’s visit, but the president’s
imperious tone soon disappointed Egyptian hopes.
1910 Mar 28, The first seaplane
took off from water at Martinques, France.
1911 Mar 28, M.K. Ciurlionis
(b.1875), Lithuanian artist and composer, died.
(LC, 1998, p.12)
1914 Mar 28, Edmund Sixtus
Muskie, (Sen-D-Me), US Sec of State (1980), was born.
1917 Mar 28, The Women’s Army
Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was founded, these were Great Britain’s first
official service women.
1917 Mar 28, Puccini's "La
Rondine," premiered in Monte Carlo.
1917 Mar 28, Jews were expelled
from Tel Aviv and Jaffa by Turkish authorities.
1920 Mar 28, Dirk Bogarde,
actor (Death in Venice, Servant), was born in London, England.
1920 Mar 28, Thomas Masaryk was
elected president of Czechoslovakia.
1922 Mar 28, The 1st microfilm
device was introduced.
1927 Mar 28, Karl Prohaska
(57), composer, died.
1928 Mar 28, Zbigniew
Brzezinski, US national security advisor (Carter), was born in
1928 Mar 30, Petaluma farmers
shipped 58 carloads of eggs by train to SF. 50,000 cases contained
some 18 million eggs.
(Ind, 4/26/03, p.5A)
1928 Mar 28, J.L. Rutledge,
Pacific Air Transport pilot, ran out of fuel and parachuted from his
plane near Orinda, Ca. The plane crashed nearby and he retrieved the
mail and delivered it to the Orinda post office.
(SFC, 3/28/03, p.E8)
1928 Mar 28, Giuseppe Ferrata
(63), composer, died.
1929 Mar 28, Frederick Exley,
American novelist (A Fan's Notes), was born.
1930 Mar 28, Jerome Isaac
Friedman, American physicist, was born. He helped confirm the
existence of quarks.
1930 Mar 28, The names of the
Turkish cities of Constantinople and Angora were changed to Istanbul
(AP, 3/28/97) (HN, 3/28/98)
1931 Mar 28, Byron Bancroft
Johnson (b.1864), founder of the American League Baseball
organization, died. In 1937 he was elected to the Baseball Hall of
(ON, 6/09, p.12)
1933 Mar 28, Nazis ordered a
ban on all Jews in businesses, professions and schools.
1933 Mar 28, German Reichstag
conferred dictatorial powers on Hitler.
1935 Mar 28, Goddard used
gyroscopes to control a rocket.
1936 Mar 28, Mario Vargas
Llosa, Peruvian novelist (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, Death in
the Andes), was born.
1938 Mar 28, The US Supreme
Court in Lovell v City of Griffin declared that it is
unconstitutional to require someone to get a government permit to
engage in free speech.
1938 Mar 28, Colonel Edward
Mandell House (b.1858), friend and advisor to Pres. Woodrow Wilson,
died in Texas. In 2006 Godfrey Hodgson authored “Woodrow Wilson’s
Right Hand: The Life of Colonel Edward M. House.”
1939 Mar 28, Philip Barry's
"Philadelphia Story," premiered in NYC.
1939 Mar 28, Clark Gable
(d.1960) and Carol Lombard (d.1942) stayed at the Arizona Oatman
Hotel for their honeymoon. [see Mar 29]
(SSFC, 6/17/01, p.T8)
1939 Mar 28, The Spanish Civil
War ended as Madrid fell to Francisco Franco. He emerged victorious
and became head of Fascist Spain ending the Spanish Civil War.
France executed more than 100,000 people who had opposed him. In
1982 Dan Richardson wrote "Comintern Army," a historical work on the
Spanish Civil War. "The Historical Dictionary of the Spanish Civil
War" was published in 1982. In 1991 Burnett Bolloten wrote "The
Spanish Civil War." In 2006 Antony Beevor authored “The Battle for
Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1936.” This was an update of his
(SFC, 11/12/96, p.A12)(AP, 3/28/97)(HN,
3/28/98)(WSJ, 11/19/96, p.A22)(Econ, 6/24/06, p.97)
1941 Mar 28, Novelist and
critic Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), born as Virginia Stephen, died in
Lewes, England. She feared a mental breakdown and threw herself into
the River Ouse near her home in Sussex. Her body was never found.
She was an English novelist, essayist and critic and wrote standing
up. In 1997 “Art and Affection, A Life of Virginia Woolf” was
published. In 1997 a biography by Hermione Lee was published.
(WUD, 1994, p.1643)(SFC, 6/23/96, zone 1
p.2)(SFEM, 1/12/97, BR p.7)(AP, 3/28/97)(SFEC, 6/22/97, BR p.8)(HN,
1941 Mar 28, The Italian fleet
was routed by the British at the Battle of Matapan off the coast of
Greece. More than 2,000 Italian sailors died and five Italian ships
were destroyed. Mavis Batey (1921-2013) of British intelligence had
decoded a message that signaled the attack three days earlier.
(HN, 3/28/99)(SFC, 11/29/13, p.C4)
1942 Mar 28, Samuel Ramey, bass
(La Scala, Met Opera), was born in Colby, Kansas.
1942 Mar 28, Japanese-American
lawyer Minoru Yasui (1916-1986) violated a military curfew in
Portland, Oregon, and demanded to be arrested after he was refused
enlistment to fight for the US. He was one of the few Japanese
Americans who fought laws that directly targeted Japanese Americans
or Japanese immigrants following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In
2015 he was among 17 people awarded the presidential Medal of
1942 Mar 28, British naval
forces continued the raid on the Nazi-occupied French port of St.
Nazaire. British Bomber Command launched an attack on the German
city of Lubeck with 234 RAF bombers.
(AP, 3/28/97)(HN, 3/28/98)(MC, 3/28/02)
1942 Mar 28, A British ship,
the HMS Capbeltown, a Lend-Lease American destroyer, which was
specifically rammed into a German occupied dry-dock in France,
exploded, knocking the area out of action for the German battleship
1943 Mar 28, Sergei Vasilyevich
Rachmaninoff (70), Russian-born composer, died in Beverly Hills,
1945 Mar 28, Germany launched
the last of the V-2 rockets (buzz bomb) against England.
1949 Mar 28, Sec. of Defense
James Forrestal resigned due to a mental breakdown. He was worn out
by his futile efforts to bring about the unification of the armed
services. He was succeeded by Louis A. Johnson. Johnson proceeded to
slash defense expenses. He retired all but 5 aircraft carriers and
dismantled the first supercarrier.
1951 Mar 28, China proclaimed
the “peaceful liberation” of Tibet. Some 5,000 Tibetans were killed
in the process.
(Econ, 7/10/10, p.40)
1953 Mar 28, In the 7th Tony
Awards: Crucible and Wonderful Town won.
1953 Mar 28, Jim Thorpe
(b.1887), native American decathlon athlete (Olympics-gold-1912),
died in Lomita, California.
1954 Mar 28, In the 8th Tony
Awards: Teahouse of the August Moon and Kismet won
1955 Mar 28, John Marshall
Harlan was sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court.
1958 Mar 28, W.C. Handy, the
"Father of the Blues," died in New York at age 84.
1959 Mar 28, China announced
the dissolution of the Tibetan government. The State Council of the
People's Republic of China dissolved the Government of Tibet, which
according to official history, liberated Tibetans from feudalism and
theocracy. On January 19, 2009, this day was adopted as a holiday,
“Serf Emancipation Day,” by the Tibetan legislature.
1960 Mar 28, In Glasgow,
Scotland, a factory exploded burying 20 fire fighters.
1962 Mar 28, The U.S. Air Force
announced research into the use of lasers to intercept missiles and
1963 Mar 28, Alec A. Templeton
(52), composer, pianist (Alec Templeton Time), died.
1964 Mar 28, Much of Crescent
City, Ca., was demolished early today by a tsunami generated from
the 8.6 earthquake that hit Valdez, Alaska. 11 people were killed.
(AP, 3/11/11)(SSFC, 3/23/14, DB p.42)
1964 Mar 28, First pirate radio
station began to broadcast off the coast of England. Radio Caroline
debuted with a combination of rock music and lively disk jockey
whose patter played to a huge audience in Great Britain. British
authorities, tried unsuccessfully, to shut down the radio station
ship. Radio Caroline had become competition to the staid and usually
dull British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). [see Dec 23]
1965 Mar 28, In San Francisco
the Rev. Martin Luther King said that his Southern Christian
Leadership Conference would soon call for a massive economic
withdrawal program against the State of Alabama.
(SSFC, 3/29/15, DB p.42)
1966 Mar 28, Navy corpsman
Robert R. Ingram was shot while with his platoon of marines on a
ridge in Quang Ngai province, South Vietnam. He continued providing
medical attention to his comrades with multiple wounds to himself.
He was awarded a belated Medal of Honor in 1998 due to lost
(SFC, 7/11/98, p.A3)
1968 Mar 28, The U.S. lost its
first aircraft in Vietnam. An F-111 vanished in a combat mission
over North Vietnam. Republic Aircraft's F-105 Thunderchief, better
known as the 'Thud,' was the Air Force's war-horse in Vietnam.
1968 Mar 28, In Memphis a riot
erupted during a protest march in support of striking sanitation
workers led by Martin Luther King. One African-American marcher was
killed and King urged calm as National Guard troops are called to
Memphis to restore order. King subsequently departed Memphis, but
vowed to return on April 4 to attend another march.
(SFC, 12/1/97, p.A3)(http://tinyurl.com/atrl3z)
1969 Mar 28, Dwight D.
Eisenhower (b.1890), the 34th president of the US, died at Walter
Reed General Hospital in Washington at age 78. In 2002 Carlo D’Este
authored "Eisenhower: A Soldier’s Life." In 2006 John Wukovits
authored “Eisenhower. In 2007 Kasey S. Pipes authored “Ike’s Final
Battle: The Road to Little Rock and the Challenge of Equality.” In
2007 Michael Korda authored “Ike: An American Hero.” In 2012 Jean
Edward Smith authored “Eisenhower: In War and Peace.”
(AP, 3/28/97)(WSJ, 7/12/02, p.W12)(WSJ, 3/7/07,
p.D7)(AH, 6/07, p.70)(SFC, 8/22/07, p.E1)(Econ, 3/17/12, p.92)
1970 Mar 28, Over 1,000 people
were killed when a major earthquake damaged 254 villages in Gediz,
Turkey. Estimates of the magnitude varied from 6.9 to 7.3.
1971 Mar 28, CBS aired the
final broadcast of its Ed Sullivan Show. Reruns and pre-emptions
aired in that time slot throughout the following April and May, and
in June, CBS announced that The Ed Sullivan Show had been cancelled.
1971 Mar 28, In the 25th Tony
Awards held in NYC “Sleuth” won for best play & “Company” won
for best musical.
1973 Mar 28, The Irish Navy
caught Joe Cahill (1920-2004) as he tried to smuggle 5 tons of
Russian-made explosives, guns and ammunition from Libya.
(SFC, 7/26/04, p.B4)(http://tinyurl.com/5lfwh2)
1974 Mar 28, In Romania the
position of President of the Republic was created especially for
Nicolae Ceausescu, who is then named President for life by Grand
1977 Mar 28, In the 49th
Academy Awards "Rocky," Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway won.
1978 Mar 28, Laura Beyerly (16)
was last seen in the Los Altos, Ca., school parking lot. Her remains
were found a year later in the Santa Cruz County hills on property
belonging to the uncle of Scott B. Schultz. In 2006 police in
Colorado arrested Scott B. Schultz, a boy friend with whom she had
broken up. In 2007 Schultz faced just one year in jail in a plea
(SFC, 8/24/06, p.B1)(SFC, 9/2/06, p.B3)(SFC,
1979 Mar 28, America's worst
commercial nuclear accident occurred inside the Unit Two reactor at
the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pa., almost to
meltdown. Thousands living near the plant left the area before the
12-day crisis ended, during which time some radioactive water and
gases were released. A combination of mechanical and human factors
allowed the Unit 2 reactor to lose cooling water. It cost more than
$1 billion and more than a decade to remove the damaged nuclear
fuel. A 1997 study indicated increased cancer rates for people
(TMC, 1994, p.1979)(SFC, 6/8/96, p.A2)(SFC,
2/24/96, p.A3)(AP, 3/28/97) (HN, 3/28/98)(MC, 3/28/02)
1979 Mar 28, Michelle Triola
Marvin lost her palimony suit against actor Lee Marvin. She had
sought half of $3.6 million that Marvin earned during their
1964-1970 relationship. A judge awarded her $104,000 so that she
could learn new job skills. In 1981 a California State Court of
Appeal rescinded the award.
1980 Mar 28, Jesse Owens
(b.1913), Olympic-gold medal winner (1936), died. In 1986 William J.
Baker authored “Jess Owens: An American Life.”
1982 Mar 28, Voters in El
Salvador went to the polls for a constituent assembly election that
resulted in victory for the Christian Democrats, led by President
Jose Napoleon Duarte.
1984 Mar 28, Zoe, the 1st
frozen-embryo child, was born in Melbourne, Australia. Scientists
reported the birth 2 weeks later.
1985 Mar 28, Neil Simon's
"Biloxi Blues," premiered in NYC.
1985 Mar 28, Marc Chagall
(b.1887), Belarus-born French painter, died. In 2008 Jackie
Wullschlager authored “Chagall: A Biography.”
(www.artelino.com/articles/marc_chagall.asp)(Econ, 9/20/08, p.101)
1986 Mar 28, The U.S. Senate
passed a $100 million aid package for the Nicaraguan contras.
1986 Mar 28, Extremist Sikhs
killed 13 Hindus in Ludhiana, India.
1987 Mar 28, Maria Augusta von
Trapp (b.1905), one of the Trapp Family Singers, died in
Morrisville, Vt. Her 1949 book “The Story of the Trapp Family
Singers” was fictionalized in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical
The Sound of Music (1965).
1988 Mar 28, Richard Gephardt
ended his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, following
his third-place finish in the Michigan caucuses.
1989 Mar 28, President Bush
sent three high-ranking officials to Alaska to "take a hard look" at
the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound. '
1990 Mar 28, Jesse Owens
(1913-1980) was awarded (posthumously) the Congressional Gold Medal
from President George Bush.
1990 Mar 28, British customs
officials announced they had foiled an attempt to supply Iraq with
40 American-made devices for triggering nuclear weapons, following
an 18-month investigation by U.S. and British authorities.
1991 Mar 28, Former President
Reagan declared his support for the so-called “Brady Bill” requiring
a seven-day waiting period for handgun purchases.
1991 Mar 28, Fire seriously
damaged the US Embassy in Moscow.
1991 Mar 28, Tens of thousands
of supporters of Boris N. Yeltsin marched in Moscow in defiance of
President Mikhail S. Gorbachev’s ban on rallies.
1992 Mar 28, Democrats Bill
Clinton and Jerry Brown clashed over Brown's flat-tax proposal, with
Clinton charging the plan would hurt the poor, and Brown accusing
Clinton of inventing "another big lie."
1993 Mar 28, Francisco Garcia
Diaz discovered a type II supernova in M81 (NGC 3031).
1993 Mar 28, Chinese Premier Li
Peng won a second term.
1993 Mar 28, About 10,000
people marched in Dublin, Ireland, to protest an IRA bombing that
killed two young boys.
1993 Mar 28, Russian President
Boris Yeltsin and his chief political rival, parliament speaker
Ruslan Khasbulatov, claimed victory after surviving attempts by the
Russian Congress to oust them.
1994 Mar 28, In Johannesburg,
South Africa, ANC guards killed more than 50 people in violence that
erupted during a march by Zulu nationalists.
(AP, 3/28/99)(WSJ, 3/29/96, p.A-1)
1994 Mar 28, Absurdist
playwright Eugene Ionesco died in Paris at age 81.
1995 Mar 28, Loomis guard Rick
Price was shot in the head and killed during an armored car robbery
in Sonoma, Ca. Bank robber William Crouch was also killed by a
second guard and alleged accomplice Joan Carrafa of Glen Ellen was
later arrested. She was convicted in 1996 for first degree murder.
(SFC, 5/25/96, p.A16)
1995 Mar 28, In Japan,
Mitsubishi Bank and the Bank of Tokyo agreed to a merger to create
what was then the world's largest bank.
1996 Mar 28, Congress passed
the line-item veto, giving the president power to cut government
spending by scrapping specific programs.
1996 Mar 28, The space shuttle
Atlantis astronauts said goodbye to the crew of Russia's space
station Mir and then flew away, leaving Shannon Lucid behind for a
five-month stay in orbit.
1996 Mar 28, Col. Gadhaffi of
Libya sent troops to put down unrest in northeastern Libya after a
400 prisoners, many including dissidents and Islamic militants,
escaped from prison last week.
(WSJ, 3/28/96, p.A-1)
1997 Mar 28, Robert Pinsky (56)
of Boston Univ. was named poet laureate of the United States by the
Library of Congress.
(SFC, 3/28/97, p.A7)
1997 Mar 28, A medical examiner
revealed that some members of the Heaven's Gate cult who'd committed
suicide in a California mansion had also been castrated in apparent
pursuit of the group's ideal of androgynous immortality.
1997 Mar 28, The UN Security
Council agreed to send a multinational force to Albania to protect
the delivery of humanitarian aid.
(SFC, 3/29/97, p.A10)
1998 Mar 28, President Clinton,
during his visit to South Africa, went to Soweto, a landmark in the
bloody uprising against apartheid, to honor South Africans "who
answered the call of conscience" and defeated their country's system
of white supremacy.
1998 Mar 28, It was reported
that the US government conducted a series of “sub-critical”
underground explosions involving radioactive plutonium in a sealed
chamber 960 feet below ground at the Los Alamos National Lab.
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A5)
1998 Mar 28, In France tens of
thousands marched in demonstrations against the right-wing National
Front, which made gains in recent regional elections.
(SFEC, 3/29/98, p.A12)
1998 Mar 28, In India the Hindu
Nationalist BJP won a confidence vote in parliament by a narrow
(SFEC, 3/29/98, p.A12)
1998 Mar 28, In Madagascar the
locust swarm was reported to have covered an estimated 24 million
acres in the south of the country.
(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A5)
1998 Mar 28, In Russia former
Prime Minister Victor Chernomyrdin announced his candidacy for the
presidential election in 2000.
(SFEC, 3/29/98, p.A12)
1999 Mar 28, Venus Williams
beat kid sister Serena 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to win the Lipton Championships
in the first all-sister women's final in 115 years.
1999 Mar 28, The Sea Launch Co.
successfully fired a Ukrainian and Russian built rocket from their
Odyssey, marine based, self-propelled platform.
(SFC, 3/29/99, p.A2)
1999 Mar 28, It was reported
that Amnesty Int'l. placed the US on its list of human rights
violators on the 1st day of the 1st week of the UN annual meeting on
global democratic rights in Geneva.
(SFEC, 3/28/99, p.A25)
1999 Mar 28, In SF the 15-story
Verducci Hall of California State Univ. on Lake Merced Drive was
blown up. It was to be replaced by a new apartment complex. The
building, which opened in 1969, was named after Joe Verducci, a
former CSU athletic director, and had been vacant since 1991.
(SFC, 3/17/99, p.A12)(SFC, 3/29/99, p.A1,5)
1999 Mar 28, In Cuba the
Baltimore Orioles beat a Cuban baseball all-star team 3:2 in 11
innings. A rematch in Baltimore was scheduled for May 3.
(SFC, 3/29/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 28, Ethiopia claimed
to have killed tens of thousands of Eritrean soldiers since Feb 23.
Eritrea made equally high and unconfirmed claims of enemy
(WSJ, 3/29/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 28, In Israel hundreds
of government and public service workers resumed their nationwide
strike against a decision to cap wage increases.
(SFC, 3/29/99, p.A8)
1999 Mar 28, In Japan the
exploits of Nasubi, a 23-year-old comedian, came to an end as his
producers revealed him naked to a studio audience. For over a year
he had been shown on weekly TV, without his knowledge, trying to
survive on prizes from magazine competitions. He never won any
(SFC, 4/1/99, p.E5)
1999 Mar 28, An American
Stealth F117 Nighthawk is shot down over northern Yugoslavia during
the NATO air strikes against Serbs attacking Kosovo.
1999 Mar 28, NATO broadened its
attacks on Yugoslavia to target Serb military forces in Kosovo in
the fifth straight night of airstrikes. UN officials reported that
some 500,000 ethnic Albanians had fled Kosovo. NATO officials raised
the possibility of using ground troops in Yugoslavia as low-level
strikes against tanks began. It was feared that anger over the war
would spill over to Bosnia.
(SFC, 3/29/99, p.A1,10)(AP, 3/28/00)
1999 Mar 28, The notorious
Scorpions unit stormed the northern Kosovo town of Podujevo. In 2004
a Belgrade court convicted Sasa Cvjetan, a member of the unit, of
killing 14 ethnic Albanian civilians, mostly women and children. The
verdict was overturned but in 2005 a re-trial confirmed his guilt
and 20-year sentence. In 2008 four members of the Scorpions
paramilitary group were tried by a Belgrade court for allegedly
gunning down 19 civilians in Podujevo. On June 18, 2009, they were
convicted sentenced to between 15 and 20 years in prison.
(AP, 6/17/05)(AP, 12/11/08)(AP,
1999 Mar 28, In Paraguay Pres.
Raul Cubas resigned and ended a week of political turmoil. Senator
Luis Gonzalez Macchi was sworn in as president. Gen'l. Lino Oviedo
was granted asylum in Argentina.
(SFC, 3/29/99, p.A9)(SFC, 3/30/99, p.F2)
2000 Mar 28, In a unanimous
ruling, the Supreme Court sharply curtailed police power to rely on
anonymous tips to stop and search people.
2000 Mar 28, The inflatable
boat of a UC Davis research group capsized off the coast of Baja
California and at least 3 people died.
(SFC, 3/29/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 28, In Tennga,
Georgia, a freight train collided with a school bus and 2 children
were killed with 5 critically injured.
(SFC, 3/29/00, p.A3)
2000 Mar 28, A tornado hit fort
Worth, Texas, and 4 people were killed with over 100 injured. It cut
a 2-mile swath and inflicted $450 million in damages.
(SFC, 3/29/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/6/02, p.A1)
2000 Mar 28, Prof. Adam B. Ulam
of Harvard Univ., died at age 77. His 18 books included “Stalin: The
Man and His Era” (1973).
(SFC, 4/1/00, p.A26)
2000 Mar 28, Nine of 11 OPEC
nations voted to raise oil production by a total of 1.45 million
barrels a day.
(SFC, 3/29/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 28, In Niedersill,
Austria, a massive avalanche killed 11 people.
(SFC, 3/29/00, p.A15)
2000 Mar 28, Mohamad Hasan
(69), an Indonesian timber tycoon associated with former Pres.
Suharto, was arrested for fraud. He had directed the state
sanctioned plywood monopoly and controlled a forest mapping company.
Hasan received a 6-year sentence and was jailed at Batu prison where
he soon organized the inmate obsidian polishing operations.
(WSJ, 3/29/00, p.A19)(WSJ, 8/13/03, p.A1)
2000 Mar 28, Jordan with US
intelligence help indicted 28 followers of Osama bin Laden for
plotting attacks against American tourists in Dec.
(SFC, 3/29/00, p.A14)
2000 Mar 28, In Rugazi, Uganda,
28 bodies were found under the floor of the home of Dominic
Kataribabo, leader of the Movement for the Restoration of Ten
Commandments. This brought the total dead to at least 591.
(SFC, 3/29/00, p.A15)
2001 Mar 28, The EU expressed
concern over Pres. Bush’s abandonment of the Kyoto Treaty for
cutting carbon dioxide emissions.
(WSJ, 3/29/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 28, The US Senate
voted to double the “hard money” contribution limits to candidates
and political parties.
(SFC, 3/29/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 28, A federal appeals
court in San Francisco threw out a record $107 million verdict
against anti-abortion activists, ruling that a Web site and wanted
posters branding abortion doctors “baby butchers” and criminals were
protected by the First Amendment.
2001 Mar 28, The authors of a
book on the Oklahoma City bombing revealed that during prison
interviews, Timothy McVeigh had shown no remorse for what happened,
and called the 19 children who died “collateral damage.”
2001 Mar 28, Bosnian Croat
soldiers deserted by the hundreds following orders by the
self-proclaimed Croat National Assembly led by the nationalist Croat
Democratic Union. Many returned after the defense ministry warned
that they would forfeit wages and benefits.
(SFC, 3/29/01, p.A12)
2001 Mar 28, Two Israeli
teenagers were killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber. Israeli
gunships followed up with missile strikes at Arafat’s personal
security forces (Force 17) and at least 3 Palestinians were killed.
(SFC, 3/29/01, p.A10)
2001 Mar 28, In Jordan an Arab
summit convened. Delegates had already approved a draft resolution
for the UN to allow Baghdad to fund the Palestinian uprising.
(WSJ, 3/27/01, p.A17)
2001 Mar 28, Macedonia began
final assaults on rebels near the Kosovo border as political talks
were set to begin.
(SFC, 3/29/01, p.A10)
2001 Mar 28, In Mexico
Zapatistas told the Mexican legislature that the military phase of
their struggle was over and that political efforts would take
(SFC, 3/29/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 28, Russia’s Pres.
Putin replaced his defense and interior ministers. Sergei Ivanov was
appointed the new defense minister and Boris Gryzlov the new
(SFC, 3/29/01, p.A10)
2002 Mar 28, A US diplomat,
reportedly the CIA station chief, was pulled from Belgrade following
accusations that he was receiving military secrets.
(WSJ, 3/29/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 28, Walter Hewlett, a
dissident director of Hewlett-Packard Co., claimed HP used corporate
assets to entice and coerce certain financial institutions to vote
for the merger with Compaq Corp.
(SFC, 3/29/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 28, US Air Force Staff
Sergeant Timothy Woodland was convicted in a Japanese court and
sentenced to nearly three years in prison for raping a woman on the
southern island of Okinawa.
2002 Mar 28, Matthew J.
Bourgeois (35), a Navy Seal from Tallahassee, was killed by a land
mine in Kandahar.
(SFC, 3/29/02, p.A9)
2002 Mar 28, A US Navy
helicopter crashed on Split Mountain in the Sequoia National Forest
and 2 crew members were killed.
(SFC, 3/29/02, p.A5)
2002 Mar 28, In Beirut the Arab
League committed to accepting Israel as a neighbor under conditions
that included the creation of an independent Palestinian state and
Israel's full withdrawal from war-won lands, an offer that Israel
did not accept.
(SFC, 3/29/02, p.A15)(AP,
2002 Mar 28, A Hamas attack
left 4 Israelis dead in a West Bank settlement. Arafat said he was
ready to call for a cease-fire.
(WSJ, 3/29/02, p.A1)
2002 Mar 28, In Pakistan police
in Faisalabad and Lahore seized over 40 suspects in the Islamabad
bombing. At least 2 suspects were killed in Faisalabad. Abu
Zubaydah, a top al Qaeda commander, was among those arrested.
(SFC, 3/29/02, p.A10)(SSFC, 3/31/02, p.A17)(SFC,
2002 Mar 28, Pope John Paul II
accepted the resignation of Julius Paetz, archbishop of Poznan,
Poland, due to a sex scandal and accusations of molesting young
(SFC, 3/29/02, p.A7)
2003 Mar 28, In the 10th day of
Operation Iraqi Freedom the biggest bombs dropped on Baghdad so far,
two 4,700-pound "bunker busters," struck a communications tower. In
the south, Iraqi fighters defending the besieged city of Basra fired
on hundreds of civilians trying to flee. The British supply ship Sir
Galahad docked at the port of Umm Qasr. The Bush administration said
fighting might not be over for months. At least 58 people were
killed in a crowded market in northwest Baghdad by what local
officials called a coalition bombing. A US pilot was heard saying
"I'm going to be sick," then "we're in jail, dude," after firing on
the British convoy in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Lance
Corporal of Horse Matty Hull was killed by American pilots.
(AP, 3/28/03)(SFC, 3/29/03, p.W1)(AP,
2/6/07)(Econ, 2/10/07, p.58)
2003 Mar 28, Chechen rebels
killed six Russian soldiers and two riot police.
2003 Mar 28, In Hong Kong at
least 58 more people became sick with symptoms of SARS. 11 Hong Kong
deaths were on the disease.
(SFC, 3/29/03, p.A1)
2003 Mar 28, In Jammu-Kashmir
suspected Islamic militants attacked and mutilated 5 Kashmiri Muslim
villagers, accusing them of being police informants.
2003 Mar 28, Japan's first spy
satellites were blasted into orbit, causing an angry North Korea to
warn the move could spark an arms race in the region.
2003 Mar 28, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously to extend the UN assistance mission in
Afghanistan for a year.
2004 Mar 28, Art James (74), TV
game show host died in Palm Springs, Calif.
2004 Mar 28, Sir Peter Ustinov
(b. Apr 16, 1921), a brilliant wit and mimic who won two Oscars for
an acting career that ranged from the evil Nero in "Quo Vadis" to
the quirky Agatha Christie detective Hercule Poirot, died at age 82
2004 Mar 28, A powerful storm,
dubbed Catarina, lashed Brazil's southern coast, damaging thousands
of homes, killing two people.
2004 Mar 28, In Kinshasa,
Congo, government forces battled attackers at military installations
and television headquarters. Diplomats called it a coup attempt
against Pres. Joseph Kabila.
2004 Mar 28, France's left-wing
opposition bulldozed its way across the country in second-round
midterm regional elections, putting pressure on President Jacques
Chirac to revamp his Cabinet and perhaps even ditch his prime
minister due to widely unpopular economic reforms and rising
(AP, 3/28/04)(AP, 3/29/04)
2004 Mar 28, Georgians voted in
the country's third election in less than six months. Supporters of
President Mikhail Saakashvili swept to victory in Georgia's
parliamentary election, according to early results.
(AP, 3/28/04)(AP, 3/29/04)
2004 Mar 28, Guadeloupe's
leader conceded defeat in regional elections that pushed her
conservative party out of power for the first time in 12 years, a
loss seen as public backlash toward moves to win greater autonomy
2004 Mar 28, In Iraq US
soldiers in the northern city of Mosul shot and killed four rebels
suspected of involvement in attacks in the region. Gunmen in Mosul
killed 2 British and Canadian electrical engineers. Coalition forces
closed Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's newspaper, claiming it
incited anti-US violence.
(AP, 3/29/04)(WSJ, 4/1/04, p.A10)(WSJ, 4/19/04,
2004 Mar 28, Israel's state
attorney officially recommended that PM Ariel Sharon be indicted for
2004 Mar 28, The Thailand
government said violence in the Muslim-dominated south was at a
"crucial stage" and pledged tougher measures, after a bombing in the
region injured 29 people, including 10 Malaysian tourists.
2004 Mar 28, Premier Recep
Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic-rooted party appeared headed for a
resounding victory in Turkey's local elections.
2004 Mar 28, Clashes between
supporters of Zimbabwe's ruling party and the opposition killed one
person and wounded at least 11 during the second day of polling in a
2004 Mar 28-29, In Uzbekistan 2
suicide bombings, attacks on police and an explosion at a terrorist
bomb-making factory in Kakhramon killed 19 people and injured 26.
The explosion led to 4 days of violence that left at least 47 people
dead in including 33 militants.
(AP, 3/29/04)(SSFC, 4/4/04, p.A22)
2005 Mar 28, The Colorado
Supreme Court threw out the death penalty in a rape-and-murder case
because five of the jurors had consulted the Bible and quoted
Scripture during deliberations.
2005 Mar 28, Hank Greenberg,
former longtime CEO of American Int’l. Group (AIG), announced his
retirement. He was ousted as CEO 2 weeks earlier.
(WSJ, 3/29/05, p.C1)
2005 Mar 28, It was reported
that a consortium of 7 private equity firms purchased SunGard Data
systems for $11.3 billion in the biggest buyout since 1989.
(Econ, 4/2/05, p.66)
2005 Mar 28, Hu Xiaoliam was
appointed the 1st female head of China’s State Administration of
Foreign Exchange (SAFE). The regulator will oversee new trading and
price quotes in 8 currency pairs through the interbank China foreign
Exchange Trade System (CFETS).
(Econ, 4/2/05, p.68)
2005 Mar 28, In Haiti gunmen
with assault rifles ambushed a group of police in Port-au-Prince,
spraying their car with bullets in a bold daylight attack that
killed 2 officers and a driver.
2005 Mar 28, An 8.7 earthquake
occurred in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, in what technically was
considered an aftershock to the Dec 26 quake. At least 330 people
were killed in collapsed buildings on Nias Island. No major tsunami
followed. The UN raised its toll to 624. The government estimated
400-500 were killed.
(SFC, 3/29/05, p.A1)(AP, 3/31/05)(Econ, 4/2/05,
2005 Mar 28, In Iraq 3 Romanian
journalists and their translator were abducted near their Baghdad
hotel. The journalists were freed by US forces on May 22. In 2015
Iraqi-born Mohammad Munaf, sentenced in absentia to 10 years prison
in 2008 by the Bucharest Appeals Court, was brought to Romania.
Munaf was the journalists' guide at the time of the kidnapping and
had been held by the US military since May 2005. A Syrian
businessman was serving a 20-year sentence in Romania for
masterminding the kidnapping.
(AP, 3/29/05)(SSFC, 10/15/06, p.A20)(AP, 8/27/15)
2005 Mar 28, Ireland enacted a
law outlawing English on road signs and official maps on much of the
nation’s western coast, where many people speak Gaelic.
(SFC, 3/29/05, p.A2)
2005 Mar 28, Israeli troops
raided the West Bank town of Jenin, carrying out house-to-house
searches and arresting eight Palestinians.
2005 Mar 28, It was reported
that Japanese consumer prices had fallen in February at their
fastest pace in nearly 2 years. Japan’s deflation was now almost 6
years old. The Ministry of Finance said government debt hit a new
record high of $7.062 trillion as of the end of Dec.
(WSJ, 3/28/05, p.A14)
2005 Mar 28, Interim leader
Kurmanbek Bakiyev recognized Kyrgyzstan's new parliament as
legitimate even though it was chosen in disputed elections, a move
designed to end a struggle between the rival legislatures.
2005 Mar 28, Tafa Balogun,
Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, was arrested. He was later
charged with numerous counts including embezzling $93 million from
(Econ, 8/20/05, p.37)(www.efccnigeria.org/)
2005 Mar 28, In Peshawar,
Pakistan, thousands of opposition activists chanted "Death to
dictatorship!" in the latest demonstration against Pres. Gen. Pervez
Musharraf's grip on power.
2005 Mar 28, Pres. Vladimir
Putin ordered the Russian government to draft legal reforms that
would close the book on shady privatization deals of the 1990s and
streamline tax collection.
2005 Mar 28, Sudanese
authorities said they had detained 14 people on suspicion of crimes,
including rape and murder, committed in the war-ravaged western
region of Darfur.
2006 Mar 28, President Bush
announced that White House chief of staff Andy Card has resigned and
will be replaced by budget director Joshua Bolten.
2006 Mar 28, The US Federal
Reserve under new chairman Ben Bernanke raised its key federal funds
rate by a quarter percentage point to 4.75%.
(SFC, 3/29/06, p.C1)
2006 Mar 28, Caspar W.
Weinberger (b.1917), former US defense secretary under Pres. Reagan,
(SFC, 3/29/06, p.B9)(Econ, 4/1/06, p.71)
2006 Mar 28, In southern
Afghanistan a roadside bomb blew up a vehicle carrying Afghan army
soldiers, killing six of them.
2006 Mar 28, Rights advocates
said some 20 detained opposition supporters have gone on hunger
strike to protest conditions at a Belarusian jail holding 400
opposition supporters, as authorities continued to crackdown on
dissent following the disputed March 19 election.
2006 Mar 28, In China new
regulations viewed on the Health Ministry's Web site forbade the
buying and selling of organs and require that donors give written
permission for their organs to be transplanted.
2006 Mar 28, Some 1-3 million
protesters poured onto France's streets and absent workers hobbled
transport services in the first nationwide strike against a new
labor law for youths, increasing pressure on the embattled PM to
withdraw the contested measure.
(AP, 3/28/06)(Econ, 4/1/06, p.22)
2006 Mar 28, It was reported
that France produced 78% of its electricity from nuclear power.
(WSJ, 3/28/06, p.A1)
2006 Mar 28, The German state
of Bavaria announced a ban on the use of cell phones in schools to
prevent students from viewing images of pornography and extreme
2006 Mar 28, Three groups of
gunmen kidnapped 24 Iraqis from a currency exchange and two
electronics stores in Baghdad, while a car bomb exploded south of
the capital as police exchanged fire with two suicide bombers at a
police station, wounding a dozen people. Two US soldiers were killed
and three wounded in two attacks outside Baghdad.
(AP, 3/28/06)(AP, 3/29/06)
2006 Mar 28, Israelis voted in
an election billed as a referendum on the future of the West Bank,
with the leading candidate, acting PM Ehud Olmert, promising to pull
back from most of the territory and draw Israel's final borders by
2010. The Kadima Party won the parliamentary elections. Two Israelis
were killed in an explosion in southern Israel near the Gaza Strip
(AP, 3/28/06)(AP, 3/28/07)
2006 Mar 28, President Anote
Tong of the Republic of Kiribati announced the formation of the
world's third-largest marine reserve at the 8th UN conference on the
Convention on Biological Diversity under way this week in Brazil.
2006 Mar 28, Officials said
former Liberian President Charles Taylor disappeared from his
Nigerian haven, days after his hosts agreed to transfer him to a war
crimes tribunal for the murder, rape and maiming of more than a
half-million Africans. Taylor was arrested trying to cross the
border into Cameroon. He then was flown back to Liberia.
(AP, 3/28/06)(AP, 3/29/06)
2006 Mar 28, A Mexican judge
ordered an Argentine journalist to remove references to one of the
first lady's sons in a book that claims he benefited financially
from his family's political connections. The book "Cronicas
Malditas," or roughly "Accursed Chronicles" (2005), alleged that two
of Sahagun's three sons, principally Manuel Bribiesca, had used
their connections to get preferential treatment on federal
government work contracts during the administration of President
Vicente Fox, which began in December 2000.
2006 Mar 28, The Palestinian
parliament overwhelming approved the new Hamas Cabinet, setting the
stage for the new administration to take office later this week.
2006 Mar 28, In South Korea
prosecutors formally arrested the top executive of an affiliate of
Hyundai Motor Co. in an investigation into suspicions that South
Korea's largest carmaker created slush funds through its 39
subsidiaries for bribery.
(AP, 3/28/06)(WSJ, 4/8/06, p.1)
2006 Mar 28, Spain’s ENCE said
it will suspend construction of a controversial pulp mill in Uruguay
to allow Argentina and Uruguay to resolve their differences over the
environmental impact of the project. In October ENCE announced that
it was abandoning the project.
(FT, 3/29/06, p.8)(Econ, 10/7/06, p.46)
2006 Mar 28, In Sudan Arab
League Secretary-General Amr Moussa called on Arab leaders to move
toward a goal of "entering the nuclear club" and making use of
atomic energy for peaceful purposes. The absence of at least 10
heads of state, including President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Saudi
Arabia's King Abdullah, raised concerns of a lackluster summit.
2006 Mar 28, In Sudan Arab
leaders promised to fund African soldiers in Darfur from October
this year, despite international pressure to allow the United
Nations to take over the mission.
2006 Mar 28, Thousands of
Kurdish protesters rampaged after funerals for 4 Kurdish PKK
guerrillas killed by Turkish troops. They hurled firebombs at
armored police vehicles and smashed windows at a police station. 2
Kurds were killed and 40 people injured.
(AP, 3/29/06)(Econ, 4/15/06, p.54)
2006 Mar 28, Ukraine President
Viktor Yushchenko met separately with both his estranged Orange
Revolution ally and an old pro-Moscow adversary as he sought to form
a coalition after most voters rejected his party in weekend
2007 Mar 28, Circuit City, a US
electronics retailer, fired 3,400 of its highest paid hourly workers
and planned to hire replacements wiling to work for less. The
laid-off workers were to get a severance package and a chance to
reapply for their former jobs at lower pay.
(SFC, 3/29/07, p.C3)
2007 Mar 28, The California
Dept. of Agriculture ordered an intrastate quarantine on plants to
fight the infestation of light brown apple moths. On May 2 the US
Dept. of Agriculture ordered similar restrictions.
(SFC, 5/4/07, p.C3)
2007 Mar 28, Discount retailer
TJX Cos. revealed that information from at least 45.7 million credit
and debit cards was stolen over an 18-month period. The breach was
initially disclosed in January.
2007 Mar 28, Jazz musician Tony
Scott (85), a clarinetist, composer and arranger who worked with
such greats as Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker, died in Rome.
2007 Mar 28, In Afghanistan a
suicide bomber trying to blend in with street beggars exploded
himself near a top intelligence official in a crowded part of Kabul,
killing four people.
2007 Mar 28, In Australia a
passenger ferry plowed into a pleasure boat under Sydney's iconic
Harbor Bridge, killing at least 3 people, including two professional
figure skating judges.
2007 Mar 28, Retired Gurkha
soldiers staged a mass protest in London over Britain's refusal to
give them full pensions and other rights.
2007 Mar 28, Briton Richard
Rogers (73), the famed architect of a series of iconic buildings all
over the world, was announced winner of the 2007 Pritzker
2007 Mar 28, In northern China
an underground gas explosion killed 26 miners in a coal mine in
Linfen city, Shanxi province. 6 workers were trapped underground
after a subway construction site for the 2008 Beijing Olympics
collapsed. Hopes for their survival were slim.
2007 Mar 28, Ecuador's highest
electoral court fired a judge who tried to return half the country's
legislators to their posts as a political crisis over the rewriting
of the country's constitution deepened.
2007 Mar 28, In France an
official at a Paris maternity hospital said Sister
Marie-Simon-Pierre is the French nun whose testimony of a mystery
cure from Parkinson's disease will likely be accepted as the miracle
the Vatican needs to beatify Pope John Paul II.
2007 Mar 28, Guinean leaders
agreed on the formation of a new government in a bid to end months
of unrest and political crisis.
2007 Mar 28, Iran aired a video
of 15 captured British sailors and marines; the lone female captive,
shown in a white tunic and a black head scarf, said the British
boats had "trespassed." The crew members were released April 4,
2007 Mar 28, In Iraq Shiite
militants and police enraged by massive truck bombings in the
northwestern town of Tal Afar went on a revenge spree against Sunni
residents there, killing as many as 60 people. Suicide bombers
detonated explosives on trucks carrying highly toxic chlorine in
Fallujah, wounding about 15 US and Iraqi security forces.
2007 Mar 28, Hundreds of
Israeli police in riot gear dragged squatters from the ruins of the
former Homesh settlement, ending a three-day showdown between the
government and settlers trying to re-establish the settlement.
Homesh was one of four settlements in the northern West Bank
dismantled in 2005.
2007 Mar 28, A Japanese man was
sentenced to death for murdering three people he lured through a
suicide Web site by offering to die with them.
2007 Mar 28, In Tank, Pakistan,
hundreds of militants fired rockets, killed one security official
and kidnapped a school principal where police had slain two men
accused of recruiting students for suicide attacks.
2007 Mar 28, Unidentified
gunmen shot at a Hamas militant leader and his family during a car
chase through Gaza City, injuring five people, including bystanders
and a child. A small group of Arab lesbians quietly defied Islamist
protesters and a social taboo to gather at a rare public conference
in Haifa, Israeli. It was organized by Aswat, an organization for
Arab lesbians with members in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
2007 Mar 28, The health
department of Philippines said HIV/AIDS is ravaging the large
overseas work force, posing a long-term threat to one of Manila's
key sources of foreign exchange. Jun Ducat (56), a Manila day-care
center owner armed with grenades and guns, held more than 30
youngsters and teachers hostage on a bus, then freed them after a
10-hour standoff that he used to denounce corruption and demand
better lives for impoverished children.
2007 Mar 28, Russia's
scientific elite, in a rare show of disobedience to the Kremlin,
voted against a government-proposed charter that would have
transferred control of the historically independent Academy of
Sciences to the state.
2007 Mar 28, Sudan and the UN
signed an agreement to guarantee humanitarian access to refugees in
Darfur. UN chief Ban Ki-moon tried to persuade President Omar
al-Bashir to accept UN peacekeepers in Darfur, hours after al-Bashir
flatly rejected the deployment.
2007 Mar 28, In Tanzania 14
Southern African leaders meet for a two-day extraordinary summit on
economic and political regional woes spurred by crises in Zimbabwe
and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
2007 Mar 28, Police stormed the
offices of Zimbabwe's main opposition party and arrested leader
Morgan Tsvangirai, hours before he planned to talk to reporters
about a wave of political violence that had left him briefly
hospitalized. Tsvangirai was released after several hours.
(AP, 3/28/07)(AP, 3/29/07)
2008 Mar 28, The US
Transportation Security Administration said it will change they way
its officers search passengers with body piercings after a Texas
woman complained she was forced to remove a nipple ring with pliers
in order to board an airplane.
2008 Mar 28, The grey wolf of
the northern Rocky Mountains was taken off the federal protection
list after reaching a population of some 1,500 in the greater
Yellowstone region. Wolves were reintroduced in 1995 after
disappearing from the area in 1926. On July 18 a judge restored
protection for the wolves in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, derailing
plans for public wolf hunts this fall. On Sep 29 a federal court
overturned the Bush administration’s decision to remove gray wolves
from the endangered species list in the Great lakes region.
(Econ, 3/29/08, p.44)(SFC, 7/19/08, p.A4)(WSJ,
2008 Mar 28, Helen Yglesias
(92), American novelist and editor, died. Her first book: “How she
Died” (1972), tells of Mary Moody Schwartz, the daughter of a
Communist convicted of spying for the Soviets in the 1930s.
(SFC, 4/8/08, p.B5)
2008 Mar 28, British Airways
Plc cancelled a fifth of flights from its new $8.6 billion terminal
at London's Heathrow airport as chaos from its shambolic opening
spilled into a second day.
2008 Mar 28, Jean-Jacques
Demafouth, an exiled former defense minister in the Central African
Republic, said that he had been elected head of the main rebel group
and would lead it into peace talks. The UN said rebel fighters
attacked CAR villages between Feb 9 and Mar 10 raping women and
taking 150 hostages, including 55 children.
2008 Mar 28, In Chile 5 youths,
aged 14-20, attacked 9 German soldiers and took them hostage in the
port city of Iquique. One soldier escaped and police quickly
surrounded the house and arrested four suspects after a shootout.
2008 Mar 28, China allowed the
first foreign diplomats to visit Tibet following deadly riots, as
Germany joined some other European nations in announcing its leader
would skip the Olympics opening. Police closed off Lhasa's Muslim
quarter, two weeks after Tibetan rioters burned down the city's
mosque during the largest anti-Chinese protests in nearly two
2008 Mar 28, Mohamed Bacar, the
rebel leader of the Comoros island of Anjouan, arrived in Reunion to
an uncertain future, two days after his ouster by Comoran and
African Union forces.
2008 Mar 28, President Raul
Castro's government said it is allowing cell phones for ordinary
Cubans, a luxury previously reserved for those who worked for
foreign firms or held key posts with the communist-run state.
2008 Mar 28, A commerce
ministry official said Egypt is to suspend rice exports for six
months to try to meet the demands of its own people hit by soaring
food prices. Hundreds of residents of the ancient city of Luxor
clashed with riot police during a protest against government
attempts to move them to make room for an open-air museum free of
(AP, 3/28/08)(AP, 3/29/08)
2008 Mar 28, Indonesian police
said they were investigating the deaths over the last 2 weeks of 21
people who drank a concoction labeled an herbal remedy.
2008 Mar 28, PM Nouri
al-Maliki's office says the Iraqi government has given residents of
Basra until April 8 to turn over "heavy and medium-size weapons" in
return for a reward. US warplanes carried out at least two
airstrikes overnight in Basra for the first time since clashes
between Shiite militias and Iraqi security forces erupted this week.
A US warplane strafed snipers in the southern city of Basra, killing
at least 16 suspected militants after Iraqi troops came under heavy
fire. Shiite militants also clashed with government forces for a
fourth day in Iraq's oil-rich south and sporadic fighting broke out
in Baghdad. A US helicopter also fired a Hellfire missile during
fighting in the Baghdad's militia stronghold of Sadr City, killing
four gunmen. Iraqi police and hospital officials in Sadr City said 5
civilians were killed and 4 others wounded in the attack. A US air
assault in the Kazamiyah neighborhood, west of Sadr City, killed 10
militants. At least 12 militia fighters were killed and 7 others
wounded in fighting in Mahmoudiya. Fierce fighting in the Mahdi Army
stronghold of Nasiriyah killed at least 4 people. 2 Iraqi security
forces were killed and 3 wounded in Kut.
(AP, 3/28/08)(AP, 3/29/08)(AP, 3/30/08)
2008 Mar 28, Jordan, Iraq and
Yemen announced at the last minute that their top leaders will not
attend this weekend's Arab summit in Damascus.
2008 Mar 28, North Korea
test-fired a barrage of short-range missiles in apparent response to
the new South Korean government's tougher stance on Pyongyang.
2008 Mar 28, Palestinian medics
say a Palestinian man was killed by Israeli army fire as he
approached Gaza's border fence with Israel. The Israeli military
said the man was armed and hurled a grenade at forces close to the
2008 Mar 28, South Africa
launched a four million dollar program to track down tuberculosis
patients who have defaulted treatment, leading to resistant strains
of the illness.
2008 Mar 28, In northeastern
Tanzania 75 miners were missing and believed to have died in mines
following heavy rains.
2008 Mar 28, Turkish warplanes
hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq.
2008 Mar 28, Combat helicopters
and F-16 fighter jets opened fire at a clandestine airstrip in
Venezuela's remote southern plains as part of a government
counter-drug effort. Army Gen. Jesus Gonzalez told state television
that so far this year, the military has demolished 67 airstrips used
by drug traffickers to smuggle cocaine from neighboring Colombia to
the United States and Europe. Another 90 are to be destroyed next
2009 Mar 28, In Milton,
Massachusetts, Samantha Revelus (17) was stabbed and killed by her
brother. Kerby Revelus (23) then decapitated his 5-year-old sister
as her birthday cake from the day before sat on the kitchen table.
He then turned on his 9-year-old sister, who called police.
Responding officers broke down the door and shot him dead. Sarafina
was hospitalized with defensive wounds to her hands and stab wounds
in her abdomen and one of her legs.
2009 Mar 28, The space shuttle
Discovery landed in Florida following a 13-day mission to the Int’l.
Space Station (ISS).
(SSFC, 3/29/09, p.A12)
2009 Mar 28, In North Dakota
the Red River crested at 12:15 a.m. at 40.82 feet, more than 22 feet
above flood stage.
2009 Mar 28, Afghanistan's
president offered support for the new US strategy for the growing
conflict in his country, praising increased civil and military aid
and highlighting a plan for reconciliation with moderate elements of
2009 Mar 28, Sydney became the
world's first major city to plunge itself into darkness for the
second worldwide Earth Hour, a global campaign to highlight the
threat of climate change.
2009 Mar 28, Thousands of
demonstrators marched through London to demand action on poverty,
jobs and climate change at the start of a week of protests aimed at
the G20 summit in the capital.
2009 Mar 28, In Dubai Sulim
Yamadayev, a former Chechen rebel and brother of Ruslan Yamadaev
(d.2008), was shot in a brazen attack and died on March 30. He had
switched sides to the government during Chechnya's long-running
conflict with Moscow. On April 5 Dubai authorities said they had
arrested two suspects in the slaying. They said Adam Delimkhanov, a
Chechen member of Russia’s lower house and the Chechen president's
right-hand man, had masterminded the killing. On April 12, 2010,
Mahdi Tagi Dhurnia of Iran and Tajik national Mahsoudjan Asmanov
were sentenced to 25 years in prison after being found guilty of
aiding and abetting the assassination of Yamadayev.
(AP, 3/31/09)(SFC, 3/31/09, p.A5)(AP,
4/5/09)(SFC, 4/6/09, p.A3)(AP, 4/12/10)(AP, 12/22/10)(Econ.,
2009 Mar 28, An Egyptian health
ministry spokesman said a two-year-old girl has contracted bird flu,
the 60th reported case since the first outbreak of the disease in
the country in 2006.
2009 Mar 28, In Guyana Janet
Jagan (88), a Chicago native who became Guyana's first white and
first female president (1997), died.
2009 Mar 28, Police in northern
India arrested a great-grandson of the country's first prime
minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, over allegations he made inflammatory
comments against Muslims. Police fired in the air and baton-charged
a crowd of at least 10,000 of Varun Gandhi's supporters shouting
pro-Hindu slogans as he was arrested in his constituency in Uttar
2009 Mar 28, Iraqi troops in
Baghdad arrested the head of Fadhil's Awakening Council for alleged
terrorist activity and for purportedly leading an armed group loyal
to Saddam Hussein's ousted party. Adil al-Mashhadani was believed to
have been involved in murder, extortion and other crimes as well as
leading an armed wing of Saddam's Baath party.
2009 Mar 28, In Nigeria police
s outside Lagos freed a Lebanese hostage after a shoot-out in which
six of his captors were killed. The man was seized March 23 by
gunmen from a waterfront construction site in Lagos' upmarket
residential and business area.
2009 Mar 28, Pakistani security
forces killed 26 militants during an operation in a restive tribal
region bordering Afghanistan. Helicopter gunships went into action
in Mohmand, one of seven lawless tribal districts in northwest
Pakistan where Taliban militants have been active. Dozens of
suspected militants fired rockets at a transport terminal in
Peshawar, damaging a dozen shipping containers.
(AFP, 3/28/09)(AP, 3/29/09)
2009 Mar 28, Tibetans rallied
against the China’s new holiday, Serfs Liberation Day, on the 50th
anniversary of Beijing’s crushing of a Tibetan uprising that led to
the Dalai lama’s exile.
2010 Mar 28, President Barack
Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan for a firsthand look at
the 8-year-old war he inherited and dramatically escalated. German
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere held talks in Afghanistan on
stuttering progress in training the country's security forces.
Russia accused the US of conniving with Afghanistan's drug producers
by refusing to destroy opium crops, the second time in a week Moscow
has taken a swipe at the West over drug policy.
(AP, 3/28/10)(AFP, 3/28/10)(Reuters, 3/28/10)
2010 Mar 28, US federal agents
in Ohio arrested 2 members of Hutaree, a Christian militia group
“preparing for end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus
Christ alive.” A 3rd person was arrested the next day in Indiana as
part of an investigation led by the FBI in Michigan.
(SFC, 3/29/10, p.A6)
2010 Mar 28, The Pritzker
Architecture Prize was awarded to Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa,
partners in Sanaa Ltd. of Tokyo. Their work included NYC’s New
Museum of Contemporary Art, completed in 2007.
(SFC, 3/29/10, p.A6)
2010 Mar 28, In Colorado
Kayleah Wilson (12) went missing as she walked to a b-day party in
Greeley. On May 19 police retrieved her decomposing body from an
irrigation ditch about a mile and a half from her home.
(SFC, 4/5/10, p.A4)(SFC, 5/21/10, p.A4)
2010 Mar 28, British Airways
cabin crew entered the second day of a four-day strike, bringing
further travel disruption with no end in sight for a dispute that
has become increasingly political.
2010 Mar 28, In Central Africa
LRA elements were chased by the Ugandan army, which killed at least
15 rebels in the village of Dembia. More than 40 people were
abducted from the three villages including in Bangassou, where about
400 people had taken refuge from the fighting.
2010 Mar 28, In northern China
at least 153 miners were trapped underground after water gushed into
the state-owned the Wangjialing coal mine. 115 Chinese miners were
pulled out alive on April 5 after being trapped for over a week in
the flooded mine. Some had eaten sawdust and strapped themselves to
the shafts' walls with their belts to avoid drowning while they
slept. As of April 11 the death toll stood at 33 with 5 miners still
(AP, 3/28/10)(AP, 3/29/10)(AP, 4/5/10)(AP,
2010 Mar 28, Zhejiang Geely
Holding Group signed a binding deal to buy Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo
Cars unit for $1.8 billion, representing a coup for the independent
Chinese automaker which is aiming to expand in Europe.
2010 Mar 28, Colombian rebels
handed over Pvt. Josue Calvo (23) to the International Red Cross in
their first release of a captive in more than a year. The insurgents
are promising to soon free a second soldier they've held for far
(AP, 3/28/10)(SFC, 3/29/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 28, In Guyana Sangeeta
Persaud (15) died after neighbors and a local pastor tried to treat
her convulsions with an exorcism at a church.
2010 Mar 28, In Iraq several
bombs exploded near a house linked to a prominent Sunni figure who
ran in this month's parliamentary elections, killing five people and
wounding 26 others.
2010 Mar 28, Israel said it
will restrict access to its territory from the occupied West Bank
starting late today ahead of the week-long Jewish Passover holiday.
2010 Mar 28, In Italy voters
cast their ballots in regional elections. Premier Silvio Berlusconi
emerged as the victor in the elections widely depicted as a test of
his popularity. Only 64% bothered to vote.
(AP, 3/28/10)(AP, 3/30/10)(Econ, 4/3/10, p.53)
2010 Mar 28, In Libya Arab
leaders renewed their support for Mideast peace efforts, rejecting
pressure from Syria and Libya on the Palestinians to abandon talks
with Israel and resume armed resistance.
2010 Mar 28, In Mexico gunmen
in Durango state killed 10 young people riding in pickup truck when
they didn't stop at a gang's illegal roadblock. 3 gunmen died in a
clash with soldiers near a park crowded with families in the border
city of Nuevo Laredo. Tamaulipas state investigators said police
found the bodies of three men who had been shot to death in the town
of Miguel Aleman. In the Nuevo Leon city of Santa Catarina, three
men and two women were killed in a shootout with soldiers inside a
2010 Mar 28, Pakistani troops
repulsed a Taliban attack on an army base and bombed two militant
hide-outs close to the Afghan border, killing 22 insurgents in
Orakzai tribal region where the army is pressing an offensive.
(AP, 3/28/10)(SFC, 3/29/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 28, In the Philippines
2 marines were wounded and several Abu Sayyaf fighters were believed
killed as troops pursued militants in an offensive on Jolo island
that ended today. At least one body of an Abu Sayyaf fighter, killed
in the 2-day assault, was dug up by troops.
(AP, 3/28/10)(SFC, 3/29/10, p.A2)
2010 Mar 28, Russia's Pres.
Medvedev thought the country had too much time on its hands, so on
Sunday he eliminated two of its 11 time zones.
2010 Mar 28, In Russia
thousands of angry people demonstrated in the northwestern city of
Arkhangelsk against the high cost of living and demanded that the
government of PM Vladimir Putin quits.
2010 Mar 28, In Switzerland an
armed gang of masked men raided the Grand Casino, packed with about
600 guests near Basel, and made off with hundreds of thousands of
2011 Mar 28, President Barack
Obama explained to a hesitant America why he launched the military
assault in Libya.
2011 Mar 28, Federal
agricultural workers in Louisiana were reported using blow torches
to burning every prickly pear cactus they came across in hope of
killing off a cactus-eating pest that's been on a tear across the
Gulf Coast and is moving West. Cactoblastis cactorum, a tan-colored
moth from Argentina, has been moving steadily across the Gulf Coast
for the past decade. Federal workers hoped to stop it before it gets
to Texas and the population explodes with an abundant food supply.
2011 Mar 28, Indiana House
Democrats, who fled the state 5 weeks ago to protest a Republican
assault on labor unions and public education, resumed work after
winning concessions on several issues.
(SFC, 3/29/11, p.A6)
2011 Mar 28, Michigan Gov. Rick
Snyder signed legislation that will lead the state to pay fewer
weeks of unemployment benefits next year than any other state.
(SFC, 3/29/11, p.A6)
2011 Mar 28, In Afghanistan
former transport minister Inayatullah Qasimi was arrested on charges
of corruption. He was released 3 days later, but faced trial for
misuse of public funds and abuse of authority. Qasimi was accused of
corruption and abuse of power while in office between 2004 and 2005.
2011 Mar 28, In Albania Alfred
Shkurti (45) was convicted of ordering six murders and personally
committing a seventh as head of a gang active in Albania, Turkey,
Bulgaria, Macedonia and Romania, which trafficked drugs to western
Europe. Shkurti was arrested in Turkey and extradited to Albania in
2009 on an international warrant.
2011 Mar 28, Australia launched
its first national health TV advertising campaign aimed at
Aboriginal people, hoping to halve the 50 percent of indigenous
people who smoke by 2018.
2011 Mar 28, Australia's annual
cane toad cull was declared a success by organizers who said that
more than 14,000 of the noxious pests had perished as a result. The
number of cane toads across Australia is estimated to have ballooned
to more than 200 million since being introduced from Brazil in the
1930s to control scarab beetles infesting the country's sugar cane.
2011 Mar 28, Bahrain's foreign
minister said it was "completely untrue" that Kuwait would mediate
to resolve the country's political crisis, a reaction leading
opposition group Wefaq said augured badly for any resolution.
2011 Mar 28, Former US
President Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba to discuss economic policies
and ways to improve Washington-Havana relations.
2011 Mar 28, Egypt's Supreme
Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), a group of 24 senior officers,
said on its website that ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his
family are under house arrest, denying that the former leader had
fled to Saudi Arabia. Members of an ultraconservative Muslim sect
clashed with villagers south of Cairo over demands that a liquor
store and coffee shops be closed a sign of the increasing
assertiveness of the fundamentalist Salafi movement.
(AFP, 3/28/11)(AP, 3/29/11)(Econ, 10/8/11, p.59)
2011 Mar 28, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel pledged to press ahead with a review of nuclear
power's future after her coalition suffered a "very painful" defeat
in a weekend state election dominated by Japan's nuclear crisis. The
anti-nuclear Greens doubled their voter share to 24.2% in
(AP, 3/28/11)(SFC, 3/28/11, p.A3)
2011 Mar 28, Honduran police
using tear gas and water cannons dispersed a group of protesters who
blocked a main avenue in the capital to demand the return of ousted
former President Manuel Zelaya from exile.
2011 Mar 28, In Ivory Coast
forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognized
president, seized the city of Duekoue.
(SFC, 3/29/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 28, In Japan power
company officials said plutonium has been detected in 5 locations in
the soil outside of the stricken Fukushima nuclear complex. A TEPCO
official said the amounts were very small and were not a risk to
public health. TEPCO said highly radioactive water has leaked from
the reactor. Environmental group Greenpeace said it had detected
high levels of radiation outside an exclusion zone.
(AP, 3/28/11)(Reuters, 3/28/11)
2011 Mar 28, Libyan rebel
forces fought their way to the doorstep of Moammar Gadhafi's
hometown of Sirte, a key government stronghold guarding the road to
the capital Tripoli. British jets bombed ammunition bunkers in
southern Libya after weekend strikes took out a score of tanks and
armored vehicles near the towns of Ajdabiya and Misrata. Libya's
Foreign Ministry declared a ceasefire in Misrata.
(AP, 3/28/11)(AFP, 3/28/11)(Reuters, 3/28/11)
2011 Mar 28, Mexican police
found the bodies of six men and one woman inside a car abandoned in
an exclusive gated community near Cuernavaca, Morelos state. The
dead included Juan Francisco Sicilia, son of poet Javier Sicilia.
Army soldiers killed four alleged gunmen in the border city of Nuevo
Laredo. A shootout between rival gangs in Monterrey killed two men,
including a hot dog vendor caught in the cross fire. In western
Michoacan state, the bodies of two men were found in Apatzingan with
messages from a new drug gang: "The Knights Templar will not permit
assassins to kill innocent people."
(AP, 3/29/11)(AP, 4/15/11)
2011 Mar 28, In Pakistan
Islamist militants ambushed a troop convoy near Peshawar killing 11
(SFC, 3/29/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 28, An association of
Israelis of Polish descent slammed Warsaw's decision to suspend
plans to offer compensation for property seized during the Nazi and
communist eras. Citing economic conditions Polish PM Donald Tusk
last week suspended work on a law that would have given some
compensation to former owners of lost property.
2011 Mar 28, Portugal's
financial tailspin gathered speed despite political efforts to
contain the acute debt crisis that is also unnerving the 17-nation
2011 Mar 28, In Russia at least
17 rebels and three law enforcement officers were killed in
Ingushetia. Authorities also detained two brothers in the security
raid on charges of helping stage the January 24 Domodedovo airport
(Reuters, 3/28/11)(AP, 3/29/11)
2011 Mar 28, Syrian security
forces fired tear gas and live ammunition on hundreds of protesters
in Daraa as President Bashar Assad faced down the most serious
unrest of his 11 years in power with a bloody, weeklong crackdown.
(AP, 3/28/11)(SFC, 3/29/11, p.A3)
2011 Mar 28, In southern Yemen
a powerful blast at a factory making explosives and weapons killed
as many as 150 people after the facility was briefly taken over by
Islamic militants and then looted by residents of the area.
(AP, 3/28/11)(SFC, 3/29/11, p.A3)(Econ, 4/2/11,
2012 Mar 28, US undercover
federal agents attempted to buy a grenade launcher in Richmond, Ca.
The sellers planned to rob the suspected illegal arms dealers and a
gunbattle erupted. Otis Mobley Jr. and 2 accomplices were
(SFC, 5/16/13, p.A9)
2012 Mar 28, In New York a
dispute over the estate of Brooke Astor, who died in 2007 at age
105, ended with a settlement that freed $100 million for charities
and cut half the amount going to the son convicted of bilking her.
(SFC, 3/29/12, p.A7)
2012 Mar 28, Earl Scruggs
(b.1924), bluegrass banjo player, died in Nashville. He helped shape
the sound of 20th-century country music. His “Foggy Mountain
Breakdown” with guitarist Lester Flatt was used as the getaway music
in the film “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967).
(SFC, 3/29/12, p.C5)
2012 Mar 28, In Afghanistan a
NATO supply convoy came under attack in Farah province. 37 people
were reported killed, including 28 Taliban attackers.
(SFC, 3/30/12, p.A3)
2012 Mar 28, Human Rights Watch
said hundreds of Afghan women were languishing in prison for
so-called moral crimes, which included running away from home and
having sex outside marriage. The group estimated a total of 400
women were in prison and girls in juvenile detention facilities
having been accused or convicted of offences including "running
away", which is not a crime under the Afghan penal code.
2012 Mar 28, A collection of
about 100 African films went online, offering rentals for $5 to view
classics from directors like Senegal's Ousmane Sembene and Egypt's
Youssef Chahine. The African Film Library was 3 years in the making,
sponsored by South African satellite television service M-Net, which
digitally remastered the movies and placed them online for rental.
2012 Mar 28, In Cuba tens of
thousands of people massed in Havana's Revolution Plaza for Pope
Benedict XVI's Mass on the final day of his visit. The Pope demanded
more freedom for the Catholic Church in Cuba and preached against
"fanaticism" in an unusually political sermon. Shortly after the
Mass, Benedict met for about half an hour with Fidel Castro.
2012 Mar 28, In Egypt members
of a controversial panel tasked with drafting a new constitution
elected Muslim Brotherhood member Saad al-Katatni, currently the
speaker of parliament, to head the committee.
2012 Mar 28, Fiji's military
regime said it had seized control of national carrier Air Pacific
from Australia's Qantas because it did not want foreigners to own or
control Fijian airlines.
2012 Mar 28, Hong Kong's court
of appeal overturned a Sep 30, 2011, landmark ruling that opened the
door for thousands of foreign maids to claim residency saying the
High Court could not override the government's authority to decide
who can live in the city and who cannot.
2012 Mar 28, A coalition of
environmental groups warned that some 200 critically-endangered
orangutans in a protected area of Indonesia’s Aceh province will be
wiped out by the end of the year if land clearing in Tripa Swamp is
2012 Mar 28, In Iraq Arab
foreign ministers met in Baghdad to debate a draft resolution
calling on Damascus to end violence and hold talks with the
2012 Mar 28, Italy seized more
than 1.1 billion euros ($1.5 billion) of assets controlled by the
Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi's family including stakes in top
companies, land and a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
2012 Mar 28, Libyan government
spokesman Nasser al-Manaa said 3 days of clashes between tribes in
the southern town of Sabha have killed more than 70 people. The
clashes erupted in the city center when the Toubou refused to hand
over to local authorities one of their men accused of killing a
member of the Bussif tribe.
2012 Mar 28, In Mali thousands
marched in support of the coup leaders, who sought to quell fears
they plan to cling to power by promising democracy and ruling out
taking part in elections.
2012 Mar 28, In northeastern
Nigeria suspected members of Islamist group Boko Haram bombed a
police station and freed more than a dozen prisoners, while three of
the attackers were killed in Damagun in Yobe state. Two gunmen shot
dead a police inspector in Maiduguri.
2012 Mar 28, In Poland former
intelligence chief Zbigniew Siemiatkowski was charged with exceeding
his powers related to a secret CIA prison in Poland during his
tenure (2002-2004). Former CIA officials have told the AP that a
prison in Poland operated from December 2002 until the fall of 2003,
and that prisoners were subjected to harsh questioning and
waterboarding in the village of Stare Kiejkuty. Intelligence
officials, aviation reports and human rights groups have said "black
sites" were based in Afghanistan and Thailand as well as Poland,
Lithuania and Romania.
(SFC, 3/29/12, p.A2)(AP, 3/31/12)
2012 Mar 28, Puerto Rico's
police chief Emilio Diaz Colon, a retired National Guard general,
quit less than a year after being appointed to lead a department
that federal agents have accused of corruption, illegal killings and
civil rights violations.
2012 Mar 28, Syrian activists
said government forces have captured the northern town of Saraqeb
from rebels after four days of fighting in which more than 40 people
were killed and homes were burned down. 3 Syrian soldiers were
killed in clashes with rebels in the central province of Homs.
2012 Mar 28, Tunisia's interior
ministry banned demonstrations on the capital's main avenue which
has become a hub of protests since the fall of strongman Zine el
Abidine Ben Ali in January last year.
2012 Mar 28, A Tunisian court
convicted Jaber Majeri (Jabeur Mejri) and Ghazi Beji for posting
images of the prophet purportedly being intimate with one of his
wives. They were sentenced to 7½ years in prison and fined $800. An
appeals court in June upheld the conviction. Beji had fled to Europe
and was sentenced in absentia. On Feb 4, 2014, artists from a dozen
countries launched an online campaign called "100 drawings for
Jabeur" in support of Mejri.
2012 Mar 28, A Ugandan court
charged the country's main opposition leader Kizza Besigye with an
offence linked to the killing of a police officer during a rally
2012 Mar 28, Yemen's Saudi
Arabia's deputy consul, Abdullah al-Khalidi (Abdullah Mohammed
Khalifa al-Khaldi), was seized by unknown gunmen outside his home in
southern port city of Aden. Al-Qaida's Yemen branch claimed
(AFP, 3/28/12)(AP, 5/26/12)
2013 Mar 28, The Standard &
Poor’s 500 stock index hit an all-time high of 1569.19, surpassing
the Oct 9,2007 high of 1565.15.
(SSFC, 3/31/13, p.D1)
2013 Mar 28, Nevada’s
Legislature expelled an assemblyman for the first time in its
history. Steven Brooks, representing North Las Vegas, has been
arrested twice and hospitalized for mental health evaluation.
(SFC, 3/29/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 28, Bahrain cleared 21
medical personnel of charges linked to anti-government protests, but
cases remain open against two others who failed to appear in court.
2013 Mar 28, Britain's domestic
spy agency (MI5) chose Andrew Parker (50) as its new director.
Parker was an ornithologist with counter-terrorism experience in the
Middle East and Northern Ireland.
2013 Mar 28, In Britain
Giovanni Di Stefano, a flamboyant but unqualified lawyer, was
sentenced to 14 years in jail for fraud. His clients included
deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. He had no legal qualifications
and was not registered to practice in Britain or Italy, where he had
2013 Mar 28, Canadian Pacific
Railway Ltd reopened a rail line in western Minnesota, a day after a
mile-long train hauling crude oil from Alberta, Canada, derailed in
the area, spilling up to 30,000 gallons of oil.
2013 Mar 28, Ousted Central
African Republic President Francois Bozize requested exile in Benin
days after rebels invaded and overthrew his government of a decade.
2013 Mar 28, China’s State
Council, the country’s highest executive organ of state power,
released a code of conduct for officials in hopes for a more
(SSFC, 3/31/13, p.A4)
2013 Mar 28, The UN Security
Council authorized a new intervention brigade for CongoDRC with a
mandate to take military action alone or with Congolese troops
against rebel groups to help bring peace in the conflict-racked
(SFC, 3/29/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 28, Cypriots get their
first chance to access their savings in almost two weeks when the
country's banks reopened, albeit with strict restrictions on
2013 Mar 28, Israel fully
reopened its border crossings with the Gaza Strip that were closed
following militant rocket fire during President Barack Obama's visit
to the region last week.
2013 Mar 28, A Kosovo court
found three ethnic Serbs guilty of storming a UN-run court and
inciting riots that led to the death of a Ukrainian peacekeeper in
2008. Marijan Ilincic and Dragan Milojevic were sentenced to 22 and
18 months in prison, respectively. Zoran Cavic was convicted of
similar charges and given a 9-month sentence that was suspended for
one year. Three other defendants were cleared of all charges.
2013 Mar 28, In central Nigeria
an attack in the Bokkos local government area killed 18 civilians.
The military killed six while trying to repel attackers in the
2013 Mar 28, A West Bank
appeals court upheld a one-year prison term for Mamdouh Hamamreh, a
Palestinian journalist who had a photo on his Facebook page that
authorities claimed portrayed President Mahmoud Abbas as a traitor.
(AP, 3/28/13)(SFC, 3/29/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 28, Fitch, a ratings
agency, awarded the Philippines its first ever
investment-grade credit rating.
(Econ, 4/6/13, p.86)
2013 Mar 28, In northwest
Russia a bus crash killed six people and injured at least 18 others,
including orphans returning from a field trip.
2013 Mar 28, In Syria mortar
shells slammed into a cafeteria at Damascus University, killing at
least 10 people and wounding 20 in what was the deadliest in a
string of such attacks on President Assad's seat of power. Officials
denied opposition claims that an Iranian cargo plane, allegedly
carrying weapons to Assad's regime, was hit as it landed at Damascus
Int’l. Airport. This day of fierce clashes killed at least 38
(AP, 3/28/13)(AP, 3/29/13)
2013 Mar 28, Pope Francis
washed and kissed the feet of two young women at Rome’s Casal del
Marmo juvenile detention center, a surprising departure from church
rules that restrict the Holy Thursday ritual to men.
2013 Mar 28, A Thai court
jailed a man for three years and four months on for selling video
CDs showing sections of an Australian news series that contained
content deemed offensive to Thailand's royal family. Akachai
Hongkawan (37) was also fined 66,666 baht ($2,300).
2014 Mar 28, President Barack
Obama opened a fence-mending visit to Saudi Arabia, arriving in the
oil-rich Gulf nation for meetings to reassure its elderly monarch of
the US commitment to the Arab world.
2014 Mar 28, California’s
Democratic controlled state Senate voted to suspend three members.
They included Leland Yee of SF and San Mateo Ct. and Ron Calderon
and Roderick Wright of LA County. The suspended senators would
continue to receive pay until their terms expire.
(SFC, 3/29/14, p.A1)(SSFC, 3/30/14, p.C5)
2014 Mar 28, US authorities
said 11 people have been arrested for trafficking methamphetamine to
the Bakken oil patch and will face drug conspiracy charges in
(SSFC, 3/30/14, p.A11)
2014 Mar 28, In Afghanistan six
foreigners including three Americans were trapped inside a Kabul
guesthouse after a group of Taliban gunmen laid siege to the
building. A gun battle erupted after a Taliban suicide bomber blew
himself up outside the building and insurgents forced their way in.
The aid workers survived. One small Afghan girl, a passer-by, was
killed as well as a driver and all five attackers.
(Reuters, 3/28/14)(AFP, 3/29/14)(SFC, 3/29/14,
2014 Mar 28, Australian
officials moved the search area for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370,
that disappeared March 8, 1,100 km (680 miles) to the northeast
following a new analysis of radar data, and planes quickly found
multiple objects in the new zone.
2014 Mar 28, Brazilian
prosecutors sought the arrest of 13 executives from 3 int’l.
companies allegedly involved in a cartel to raise prices for the
construction and upkeep of subway and train systems in Sao Paulo.
(SFC, 3/29/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 28, In Egypt
Journalist Mayada Ashraf, from the privately owned Al-Dustour
newspaper, was shot in the head as she covered clashes between
police and supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in
the northern neighborhood of Ein Shams. 4 other people were killed
including a Christian woman named Mary Sameh (26). Prosecutors the
next day blamed five masked gunmen from the Muslim Brotherhood. A
protester who attended the Ein Shams rally said it was the police
who opened fire on the crowd as the demonstrators were about to
2014 Mar 28, The Guinean health
ministry confirmed eight cases of Ebola in Conakry, including one
fatality. The total number of suspected cases recorded from January
to March 28 was 111 cases of haemorrhagic fever, including 70
2014 Mar 28, An Indian air
force cargo plane inducted into service just last year crashed
during a training mission, killing all five crew members.
2014 Mar 28, In Iraq a triple
bombing struck a busy market area in northern Baghdad, killing 4
2014 Mar 28, Israeli police and
antiquities inspectors arrested a gang accused of looting ancient
Jewish burial caskets from a cave in the Jerusalem area.
2014 Mar 28, In the Ivory Coast
Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama was elected the new head of
the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at a summit
of the 15-nation regional bloc.
2014 Mar 28, In Kashmir at
least three gunmen disguised as Indian soldiers opened fire on a
car, killing a passenger and triggering a firefight with army troops
in the Dayalchak area.
2014 Mar 28, A Lebanese
policeman was killed by unknown gunmen in the northern city of
2014 Mar 28, In Morocco some
800 African migrants tried to climb barbed-wire fences to enter the
Spanish enclave of Melilla. Most were turned back by security forces
from both sides.
2014 Mar 28, Netherlands’
public prosecutor said Milutin Graic (41), wanted in Croatia on
suspicion of war crimes during the violent breakup of Yugoslavia in
the 1990s, has been arrested in Roosendaal.
2014 Mar 28, New Zealand’s
government announced it would sell a minority stake in power company
Genesis Energy for 736 million New Zealand dollars ($638 million).
The company will list on the New Zealand stock market on April 17.
More than two-thirds of people who voted in a referendum last year
said they opposed the government asset sales.
2014 Mar 28, Nigeria’s military
said they have arrested two Britons and 10 local citizens on charges
of trying to bribe a military officer to facilitate oil theft.
Security sources have said the sheer scale of oil theft would not be
possible without systematic collusion by various security agencies.
2014 Mar 28, In eastern
Pakistan gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire late today on a car
carrying senior journalist Raza Rumi, killing his driver before
escaping in Lahore.
2014 Mar 28, A Palestinian
official said Israel will not free the final batch of prisoners they
had been expecting alongside US-brokered peace talks. Israeli
cabinet members had warned they would block the final release,
anticipated for the end of March, if the Palestinians refused to
extend the talks beyond their April 29 deadline.
2014 Mar 28, The Philippines
signed contracts worth $527 million to buy 12 fighter jets from
South Korea and four combat utility helicopters from Canada to boost
the capability of its air force.
2014 Mar 28, Russia's Pres.
Vladimir Putin said Ukraine could regain some arms and equipment of
military units in Crimea that did not switch their loyalty to
2014 Mar 28, Russia said
Switzerland has imposed restrictions on military exports to Russia
over events in Ukraine which were counterproductive and not in line
with the country's policy of neutrality.
2014 Mar 28, Sweden sentenced a
Malaysian couple to prison for beating their four children with
sticks and clothes hangers. The abuse occurred from 2010 until
December 2013, when Swedish police arrested the couple. The
children, aged 7-14, were taken back to their home country following
a massive social media campaign calling for their return.
2014 Mar 28, The UN's top human
rights body voted overwhelmingly to renew its war crimes
investigation in Syria for another year.
2014 Mar 28, The UN said over a
million people in South Sudan have been forced from their homes
during more than three months of ongoing fighting, with conditions
continuing to worsen.
2014 Mar 28, Uruguay’s drug
czar said every legal marijuana plant in the country will be
registered and tracked using radio frequency tags.
(SFC, 3/29/14, p.A2)
2014 Mar 28, In southern Yemen
2 al-Qaeda militants and a soldier were killed in a raid by security
forces on a residential building in Dalea.
2015 Mar 28, Many lights were
turned off around the world for Earth Hour, an initiative began in
Sydney in 2007, from 8:30pm.
2015 Mar 28, NASA said a
Russian Soyuz spacecraft with three crew on board successfully
docked with the International Space Station after blasting off from
Kazakhstan. An American and two Russians floated into the
International Space Station, beginning what is to be a year away
from Earth for two of them.
(AFP, 3/28/15)(AP, 3/28/15)
2015 Mar 28, It was reported
that the California Public Utilities Commission had accumulated
legal fees of $5.1 million relating to an ongoing state and federal
corruption probe of the agency. In 2014 the agency had signed a
$49,000 attorney representation contract with the Sheppard Mullin
(SFC, 3/28/15, p.D1)
2015 Mar 28, Albania received
266 million euros from the World Bank for its public finances and
(SSFC, 3/29/15, p.A6)
2015 Mar 28, Brazil said it has
accepted China's invitation to join a Beijing-backed international
2015 Mar 28, Residents of
eastern Cameroon killed several suspected fighters from a Central
African Republic rebel group who were trying to carry out a
large-scale kidnapping near the border town of Garoua-Boulai.
2015 Mar 28, China’s Pres. Xi
Jinping opened a major regional economic conference at the Boao
Forum on Hainan Island and argued for strong Chinese-led efforts to
promote Asian economic and political cooperation. Mr. Xi described
his “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) vision for regional and global
(SSFC, 3/29/15, p.A6)(Econ., 4/11/15, p.41)
2015 Mar 28, In Egypt a bomb
wounded four civilians and four policemen outside Cairo University.
2015 Mar 28, In northeastern
India 3 policemen were killed and six others injured when militants
of the Hmar People's Convention attacked a convoy of lawmakers in
Mizoram state with automatic weapons.
2015 Mar 28, Japan opened what
organizers billed as the world's first "Otaku" (geeks) summit,
drawing visitors from around the world as the country looks to boost
the international fan base for Japanese comic books and anime.
2015 Mar 28, Kenya's president
suspended four cabinet secretaries and 17 other senior officials to
facilitate investigations into allegations of corruption.
2015 Mar 28, Nigeria held
elections. Polling in the country's presidential and parliamentary
election was suspended in some places because of glitches with new
voter ID card readers. Boko Haram extremists killed at least 41
people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from
polling stations in three states in the northeast.
(AFP, 3/28/15)(AP, 3/29/15)
2015 Mar 28, Pakistan's
military said its soldiers killed at least 15 militants in the Tirah
valley of the Khyber region.
2015 Mar 28, Saudi Arabia's
navy evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen and the United Nations
pulled out international staff after a third night of Saudi-led air
strikes trying to stem advances by Iranian-allied Houthi fighters.
2015 Mar 28, In Sri Lanka
Priyantha Sirisena (42) the youngest brother of President
Maithripala Sirisena, died two days after he was attacked with an ax
in what authorities said was a personal dispute.
2015 Mar 28, In Syria Islamist
groups including al Qaeda's Nusra Front seized the city of Idlib for
the first time since the conflict in the country began. The bodies
of least 15 detainees were found, apparently executed by government
forces, after Idlib was taken.
(Reuters, 3/28/15)(AP, 3/29/15)(AFP, 3/29/15)
2015 Mar 28, In Tunisia Khaled
Ben Hamadi Chaieb, the operational chief in the March 18 deadly
museum attack on foreign tourists, was among 9 people killed in
anti-terrorist operations. Tens of thousands of Tunisians marched
through the capital to denounce extremist violence.
(Reuters, 3/29/15)(SFC, 3/30/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 28, In Yemen a series
of explosions rocked an arms depot in Aden, killing at least 14
people as looters swarmed the facility. At least 61 people were
reported killed in three days of fighting between Shiite rebels and
loyalist militia in Aden.
2016 Mar 28, The USS Sirocco
intercepted and seized a shipment of weapons hidden aboard a small
dhow in the Arabian Sea. The US Navy later said the shipment
included 1,500 Kalashnikov assault rifles, 200 rocket-propelled
grenade launchers and 21 .50-caliber machine guns likely heading to
war-torn Yemen from Iran.
2016 Mar 28, In Washington DC
Larry Dawson (66) was shot by police after he entered the Capitol
visitor center brandishing a weapon. He was hospitalized in critical
but stable condition.
2016 Mar 28, US authorities
said the FBI said it has unlocked the iPhone used by one of the San
Bernardino terror attackers, ending a heated legal standoff with
Apple that had pitted US authorities against Silicon Valley.
2016 Mar 28, California Gov.
Jerry Brown announced a deal with state lawmakers and public unions
that would make the minimum wage $15 an hour by 2022, up from $10.
The state Legislature passed the bill on March 31. Brown planned to
sign the legislation on April 4.
(SFC, 3/29/16, p.A1)(SFC, 4/1/16, p.A1)
2016 Mar 28, Utah Gov. Gary
Herbert signed legislation requiring doctors to give anesthesia to
women having an abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy or later, based on
the premise that a fetus can feel pain at that point.
(SFC, 3/29/16, p.A5)
2016 Mar 28, In Afghanistan
overnight attacks by the Taliban on two police checkpoints in the
volatile southern Helmand province killed at least 8 police. A US
soldier shot and killed an Afghan boy near Bagram Airfield close to
Kabul. The boy had been carrying what looked like an automatic
2016 Mar 28, An Angola a court
sentenced 17 youth activists, including a well-known rapper, to
between two and eight years in jail for rebellion against Pres. Jose
Eduardo dos Santos. They were arrested last June and have denied the
charges against them.
2016 Mar 28, Azeri human rights
activist and lawyer Intigam Aliyev was freed from jail. Aliyev was
detained in Baku in August 2014 and charged with tax evasion, abuse
of office and illegal entrepreneurship. Azerbaijan pardoned 148
prisoners including journalists, rights activists and political
opponents this month in an apparent move to deflect Western
criticism of the ex-Soviet republic's human rights record.
2016 Mar 28, Bangladesh's top
court rejected a 28-year-old petition to remove Islam as the
official religion of the Muslim-majority South Asian nation.
2016 Mar 28, In Britain some
100,000 homes were left without power due to Storm Katie. High winds
caused some 130 flights at Gatwick and Heathrow airports to be
diverted or cancelled.
(SFC, 3/29/16, p.A2)
2016 Mar 28, Chinese President
Xi Jinping arrived in the Czech Republic for a visit aimed at
boosting economic and political ties.
2016 Mar 28, China's state
media said the military will end so-called paid for services within
the next three years, the latest move to modernize the armed forces
amid a reform and anti-corruption push.
2016 Mar 28, Dubai-based Dodsal
Group said it has discovered 2.7 trillion cubic feet of gas deposits
in Tanzania's Ruvu Basin Coast Region valued at around $8 billion.
2016 Mar 28, In Guatemala at
least 19 people were killed after the bus they were traveling in
plunged down a 200-meter (660 feet) ravine near the town of Nahuala.
2016 Mar 28, Iran said it will
pursue its development of ballistic missiles despite the US
blacklisting of more Iranian companies linked to the program.
2016 Mar 28, Iraq's parliament
gave embattled PM Haider al-Abadi until March 31 to present a
cabinet of technocrats as Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr expanded his
protest movement for reform. Sadr himself spent the night camping in
the Green Zone.
2016 Mar 28, Japan switched on
a radar station in the East China Sea, giving it a permanent
intelligence gathering post close to Taiwan and a group of islands
disputed by Japan and China, drawing an angry response from Beijing.
The new Self Defense Force base is on the island of Yonaguni.
2016 Mar 28, Japanese PM Shinzo
Abe welcomed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe -- the 92-year-old
former guerrilla fighter who is widely shunned in the West but
frequently courted in Asia.
2016 Mar 28, In south Lebanon 2
people were shot dead and others wounded in the Ain al-Hilweh
Palestinian refugee camp after a dispute between rival political
groups erupted into gunfire.
2016 Mar 28, Montenegro
authorities deported 58 foreigners, including 43 Russians,
associated with a religious cult. Local media reported that they are
members of Aum Shinrikyo, the Japanese doomsday cult that carried
out a deadly nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subway in 1995.
2016 Mar 28, Myanmar's outgoing
government lifted a nearly four-year curfew in the western state of
Rakhine, where clashes between the minority Rohingya Muslims and
majority Buddhists left more than 200 people dead, mostly Muslims.
2016 Mar 28, The presidents of
Russia and Iran agreed to step up bilateral contacts, including over
the Syrian conflict, in which both countries are allies of President
2016 Mar 28, Syrian government
forces backed by Russian air strikes battled Islamic State
insurgents around Palmyra, trying to extend their gains after taking
back control of a city whose ancient temples were dynamited by the
2016 Mar 28, In Taiwan a man,
identified as Wang Ching-yu (33), grabbed a girl (3) from behind and
decapitated her with a kitchen knife shortly before noon outside a
subway in Taipei. The girl was with her mother, who was unable to
prevent the attack.
2016 Mar 28, In Ukraine over
500 protesters gathered outside the administrative headquarters of
the president to call for the resignation of Viktor Shokin, the
country's general prosecutor, who they say, has failed to use the
full power of his office to deal with endemic corruption.
2017 Mar 28, US President
Donald Trump signed an executive order to undo a slew of Obama-era
climate change regulations that his administration says is hobbling
oil drillers and coal miners, a move environmental groups have vowed
to take to court. Trump signed an executive order to review and
revise Obama’s flagship energy policy, the Clean Power Plan, which
has never been implemented.
(Reuters, 3/28/17)(Econ, 4/1/17, p.22)
2017 Mar 28, The US Supreme
Court voted 5-3 to reverse a Texas appeals court ruling that said
Death Row inmate Bobby James Moore was not intellectually disabled
in the 1980 murder of a Houston grocery store clerk.
(SFC, 3/29/17, p.A4)
2017 Mar 28, The US FDA
approved Dupixent, developed by Sanofi of Paris and Regeneron
Pharmaceuticals of New York, for moderate or severe eczema. The
initial price was listed at $37,000 per year. The FDA also approved
Genentech’s Ocrevus, the first drug for an aggressive kind of
(SFC, 3/29/17, p.C2)(SFC, 3/30/17,
2017 Mar 28, Tech giant Amazon
expanded its global reach with the announcement of a deal to buy
Dubai-based Souq.com, the Middle East's largest online retailer.
2017 Mar 28, Wells Fargo said
it has agreed to pay $110 million to settle a class-action lawsuit
over up to two million accounts that its employees opened for
customers without getting their permission.
(SFC, 3/29/17, p.C1)
2017 Mar 28, In Australia
Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit the far north of Queensland as a
category 4 storm. It was soon downgraded to category 2.
2017 Mar 28, In Bangladesh at
least four people died and several remain missing after a ferry
carrying about 80 passengers capsized the Panguchi River. At least
18 people remained missing.
2017 Mar 28, Britain's new
12-sided £1 coin with the symbols of England, Scotland, Wales and
Northern Ireland goes into circulation on the eve of the launch of a
Brexit process that has put national unity in doubt.
2017 Mar 28, London and Paris
signed a business agreement, to be launched in 2018, to cooperate in
attracting visitors and companies.
2017 Mar 28, Canada’s
prestigious Gairdner Award went to UCSF researcher David Julius for
his work on how pain is perceived by receptors in human nerve
(SFC, 3/28/17, p.A1)
2017 Mar 28, The Danish branch
of the ride-sharing service Uber said it is shutting down its
services in Denmark due to a proposed law that toughens standards
2017 Mar 28, The central
European Visegrad Group (Czech Rep., Hungary, Poland and Slovakia)
rejected a European Union policy that calls for all member states to
receive migrants, protesting suggestions that the level of their
compliance could be linked to the availability of EU funds to them.
2017 Mar 28, A French court
sent Carlos the Jackal, once one of the world's most wanted
criminals, back to jail for his third life sentence after convicting
him of a grenade attack 42 years ago on a Paris shop that killed two
2017 Mar 28, A Gambian boy (16)
was rescued by a Spanish frigate after a rubber boat packed with 147
migrants sank in the Mediterranean shortly after leaving Libya a few
days earlier. The sole survivor was transferred to an Italian Coast
Guard ship. 140 others disembarked at a different port March 30 and
several identified the boy as having been on the same boat. Aid
groups said this reduced the death toll to five.
(Reuters, 3/29/17)(Reuters, 3/31/17)
2017 Mar 28, German prosecutors
announced an investigation into claims that Turkish agents are
spying on alleged followers of exiled preacher Fethullah Gulen in
2017 Mar 28, Iceland became the
first country to introduce legislation requiring employers to prove
they are paying men and women equally.
(SFC, 3/31/17, p.C2)
2017 Mar 28, In Kashmir three
civilians were killed and 28 other people were injured in anti-India
protests that erupted following a gunbattle between rebels and
government forces that killed a rebel.
2017 Mar 28, Former rebels in
Mali reversed a decision to boycott a national reconciliation
conference after receiving assurances from the government.
2017 Mar 28, In northern Mexico
inmates rioted at a psychiatric block in a prison, broke into a
prison pharmacy and took drugs that caused the deaths of two of them
in Cadereyta, Nuevo Leon state. Disturbances had begun earlier this
week as inmates protested a new program to inspect visitors with a
type of X-ray machine to prevent contraband being smuggled into the
2017 Mar 28, In Mexico Rev.
Oscar Lopez Navarro was abducted late today outside his residence by
people who had been following him in the city of Tampico.
2017 Mar 28, Montenegro became
set to become NATO's 29th member following the US Senate's
2017 Mar 28, Air Koryo, North
Korea's national carrier, connected Pyongyang with the northeastern
Chinese city of Dandong on a twice-weekly inaugural flight.
2017 Mar 28, Thousands of
students at the Univ. of Puerto Rico went on a one-week strike to
protest multimillion-dollar cuts prompted by an economic crisis.
2017 Mar 28, Romania’s former
tourism minister Elena Udrea was handed a six-year sentence for
bribery and abuse of office connected to a boxing gala that she
organized in 2011. Former chairman of Romania's Boxing Federation
Rudel Obreja received a five-year sentence for tax evasion. Udrea's
assistant received three years for complicity to bribery.
2017 Mar 28, In South Africa
celebrated anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada (87), a Robben
Island prisoner and one of Nelson Mandela's closest colleagues in
the struggle against white rule, died in Johannesburg.
2017 Mar 28, In Syria the
Islamic State group launched a counter-attack to fend off a
US-backed advance around the Tabqa airbase near the jihadists'
stronghold Raqa. The SDF held back the attack and managed to seize
some ammunition and rocket stores.
2017 Mar 28, Thailand
authorities escalated their effort to collect taxes they say are due
from ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra, posting a bill for 17.6 billion
baht ($503 million) at the house where he lived before fleeing into
exile in 2008 to avoid a prison term for conflict of interest. A
lawyer for Thaksin contended that under the law in existence at the
time of the 2006 sale, the shares were exempt from tax.
2017 Mar 28, Yemeni troops
captured a senior leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
during an early morning raid in the southeastern Hadramawt region.
They detained three others and killed two more.
2018 Mar 28, Pres. Donald Trump
fired David Shulkin, the embattled head of the Department of Veteran
Affairs. Chief White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson was named as
the next VA secretary. Shulkin later said he was undone by advocates
of privatization within the administration.
(SFC, 3/29/18, p.A7)(SFC, 3/30/18, p.A8)
2018 Mar 28, US Immigration and
customs Enforcement officials said they found 34 immigrants at a
home in Phoenix and took them into custody for deportation.
(SFC, 3/29/18, p.A6)
2018 Mar 28, FBI agents
arrested Antoin Austin of Euclid, Ohio, after purchasing fentanyl on
a hidden website that featured his ads. He was accused of acting as
a sort-of middleman between Chinese suppliers of synthetic opioids
and users in the US.
(http://tinyurl.com/yaf8r8uy)(SFC, 4/4/18, p.A6)
2018 Mar 28, Facebook unveiled
new privacy settings aiming to give its users more control over how
their data is shared, following an outcry over hijacking of personal
information at the giant social network.
2018 Mar 28, In Afghanistan at
least two people including a district police chief were gunned down
when militants opened fire on a crowd gathered at a funeral in
eastern Nangarhar province.
2018 Mar 28, In Albania some
150 truck drivers from Kosovo held a peaceful protest against
Albania's first planned toll road.
2018 Mar 28, A Bulgarian state
commission said renowned psychoanalyst and philosopher Julia
Kristeva (76), who has lived in France since 1965, worked as an
agent and collaborator with the Balkan country's secret service
during the communist era. Foreign Policy magazine has ranked Kristev
as one of the 100 greatest thinkers of the 20th century.
2018 Mar 28, Croatia said it
will purchase upgraded Israeli F-16 fighter aircraft as it seeks to
bolster its defenses amid Russia's arming of neighboring Serbia.
They will replace the country's aging MiG-21 fighters, of which only
six are believed to be operational.
2018 Mar 28, The government of
Ecuador said it has suspended outside communications for Wikileaks
founder Julian Assange at its London Embassy due to his failure to
honor a 2017 written agreement not to send messages involving
"interference in relation to other states".
(SFC, 3/29/18, p.A4)
2018 Mar 28, Egyptian
authorities warned people to vote or risk paying a fine, as they
looked to boost turnout in a lackluster 3-day election that is
virtually guaranteed to hand President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi a
second four-year term.
2018 Mar 28, German police
searched the homes of 10 people suspected of providing support to
the far-right extremist "Freital Group" in the states of Saxony,
Lower Saxony and Bavaria.
2018 Mar 28, German Automakers
Daimler and BMW said they agreed to merge their transportation
services businesses, so they can expand offerings in ride-hailing
apps, car-sharing, parking, and charging electric cars.
2018 Mar 28, In Ghana some
3,500 people protested in Accra against the expansion of its defense
cooperation with the United States, in a rare public display of
opposition to the growing foreign military presence in West Africa.
2018 Mar 28, The Athens-based
Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN) said attacks by organized
groups against migrants, refugees and activists have been creeping
up in Greece, and called for zero tolerance towards racist violence.
2018 Mar 28, Israeli chief of
staff Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot warned the army has been
given authorization to open fire ahead of mass protests on the Gaza
border planned for March 30.
2018 Mar 28, Israel announced
it was launching a domestic digital health database that could make
it a global medical powerhouse. The move aims to improve public
health worldwide, but critics warn it risks compromising personal
2018 Mar 28, In Japan SoftBank
Group Corp. Chief Executive Masayoshi Son announced a $200 billion
solar power project in Saudi Arabia, which he described as "the
world's biggest solar power generation".
2018 Mar 28, Malaysia's
Parliament approved redrawn electoral boundaries despite protests
that the ruling coalition was cheating to ensure victory in the
upcoming general election. Embattled PM Najib Razak introduced the
new electoral maps, which were approved with 129 lawmakers voting
for them and 80 against.
2018 Mar 28, Montenegro decided
to expel a Russian diplomat over the poisoning of a former Russian
double agent that the British government has blamed on Moscow.
2018 Mar 28, Myanmar's
parliament elected Win Myint as the country's new president. The
longtime loyalist of Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to carry on his
predecessor's practice of deferring to her as her nation's de facto
2018 Mar 28, In the southern
Philippines Abu Sayyaf leader Nurhassan Jamiri surrendered with 13
of his men Basilan province.
(SFC, 3/30/18, p.A2)
2018 Mar 28, In Romania
Bucharest Mayor Gabriela Firea adopted a project that will provide
13,800 lei ($3,700) for women who seek in-vitro fertilization in a
bid to increase falling birthrates. Up to 1,000 women will be able
to benefit from the aid, to be paid in three installments.
2018 Mar 28, In Russia the head
of a human rights office in Dagestan was attacked near his home.
Memorial, one of Russia's biggest human rights groups, said the
assault was linked to his work.
2018 Mar 28, Saudi Arabia's
King Salman approved a recommendation made by his son and heir,
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to grant students abroad on
government scholarships and those studying at their own expense a
$2000 financial boost.
2018 Mar 28, In Scotland former
Catalan minister Clara Ponsati, facing extradition to Spain on
charges of rebellion, turned herself in to authorities in Edinburgh.
Ponsati was granted bail after appearing for an extradition hearing
at a Scottish court.
(AP, 3/28/18)(Reuters, 3/28/18)
2018 Mar 28, Singapore invited
Human Rights Watch to give evidence at a parliamentary hearing on
"fake news" as a dispute grew between the New York-based group and
the city state.
2018 Mar 28, Slovakia's foreign
minister said the government has decided to recall its ambassador to
Moscow for consultations over the nerve agent attack on a former spy
2018 Mar 28, In Spain
Catalonia's parliament said it supported detained ex-Catalan
president Carles Puigdemont's right to again lead the region while
he awaits a German court ruling on extraditing him to Spain for
directing a banned independence campaign.
2018 Mar 28, Thailand
authorities ordered the temporary closing of the beach made famous
by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie "The Beach" to halt environmental
damage caused by too many tourists. Maya Bay, on Phi Phi Leh island
in the Andaman Sea, will be closed to all visitors for four months
annually starting this June to allow for the recovery of the
island's battered coral reefs and sea life.
2018 Mar 28, In Venezuela a
fast-moving fire swept through a station where prisoners were being
kept in crowded cells, killing 68 people in one of the worst
catastrophes involving the nation's prison system.
2019 Mar 28, Pres. Donald Trump
announced that he was backing off a budget request to eliminate
funding for the Special Olympics following days of criticism for the
(SFC, 3/29/19, p.A5)
2019 Mar 28, The US House of
Representatives voted 238-185 to condemn Pres. Donald Trump's move
to restrict transgender men and women from military service. Five
Republicans broke ranks to vote with all the Democrats in the
(SFC, 3/29/19, p.A5)
2019 Mar 28, George Clooney
called for the boycott of nine hotels in the US and Europe with ties
to the sultan of Brunei, which on April 3 will implement Islamic
criminal laws to punish gay sex by stoning offenders to death.
(AP, 3/30/19)(Reuters, 3/30/19)
2019 Mar 28, In the SF Bay Area
Rev. Hector David Mendoza-Vela (42), the head priest of Corpus
Christi Parish in Fremont, was arrested on suspicion of 30 counts
child sex abuse from 2016-2017.
(SFC, 4/1/19, p.C1)
2019 Mar 28, In Virginia Darwin
Martinez-Torres of Sterling was sentenced to life in prison for
raping and killing Nabra Hassanen (17) of Reston, a Muslim teenager,
as she walked back to a mosque with friends for pre-dawn religious
services in June 2017. immigration authorities said Martinez-Torres
is an El Salvador native and was in the country illegally.
2019 Mar 28, Albanian
opposition protesters made further attempts to enter the parliament
by force as they demand the government's resignation and an early
2019 Mar 28, Hundreds of
protesters took to the streets of central Algiers again to demand
the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and changes to the
political system after the powerful army called for the veteran
leader to be removed.
2019 Mar 28, In Australia Saeed
Noori (37), an Islamic State group sympathizer, was sentenced to
life in prison. He had rammed a car into pedestrians on a busy
Melbourne sidewalk on Dec. 21, 2017, killing one person and injuring
2019 Mar 28, In Bangladesh a
fire broke out in a 22-storey commercial building, killing 25
people, injuring at least 60 and trapping many. The building had
four upper floors constructed illegally in the Banani district of
(AP, 3/28/19)(AP, 3/29/19)
2019 Mar 28, Human Rights Watch
said at least 170 civilians have been killed since October in
fighting in English-speaking western Cameroon between separatists
and government forces.
2019 Mar 28, Cuba and Google
signed a deal moving the island one step closer to having a
state-of-the-art connection to the internet. They agreed to create a
seamless, cost-free connection between their two networks once Cuba
is able to physically connect to a new undersea fiber-optic cable
that would be laid sometime in the future.
2019 Mar 28, A French court
granted bail to Belhassen Trabelsi, a brother-in-law of ousted
Tunisian leader Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, who was arrested on fraud
charges this month after three years on the run.
2019 Mar 28, German automaker
Daimler and China's Geely, its largest single shareholder, said that
they are setting up a joint venture to develop and operate Daimler's
Smart compact car brand worldwide as an all-electric car.
2019 Mar 28, In western
Guatemala a large truck slammed into a crowd gathered on a dark
highway, killing 18 people and leaving bodies scattered on the
roadway. The truck driver fled the scene.
2019 Mar 28, Icelandic budget
airline WOW Air collapsed under its financial problems, leading it
to ground planes and leave passengers stranded across two
2019 Mar 28, Kosovo banned all
gambling for the next decade in a bid to crack down on crime after
two casino staff were murdered last week.
2019 Mar 28, A court in the
Maldives ordered the release of former president Abdulla Yameen,
saying there was not enough reason to hold him beyond a month under
2019 Mar 28, Norway's justice
Minister Tor Mikkel Wara submitted his resignation after his partner
was accused of setting his car on fire and other threatening acts.
2019 Mar 28, In the Philippines
a rebel assault on a police station in eastern Victoria town
backfired when officers fought back and killed three insurgents and
captured three others. In the north two Muslim militants were
arrested with guns, explosives and Islamic State group-style black
flags in in Baggao town, Cagayan province, far from the traditional
territory of Muslim militants in the volatile south. Militants
Altero Bello and Greg Bello belonged to an IS-aligned jihadist group
named Syuful Khilafa Fi Luzon, which was established in 2016.
(AP, 3/29/19)(AP, 4/1/19)
2019 Mar 28, Russia detained a
former cabinet minister and oil executive on suspicion of defrauding
oil giant Rosneft. Viktor Ishaev was the second former minister from
PM Dmitry Medvedev's cabinet to be detained this week.
2019 Mar 28, Three of eleven
Saudi women's rights activists were temporarily released after 10
months in prison. The releases came a day after 11 women's rights
activists appeared before a three-judge panel in a Riyadh courtroom
and laid out their defense.
2019 Mar 28, In Siberia a
ruling by Sakha Republic head Aisen Nikolaev was made public. It
bans migrants from driving trucks or buses, producing food,
repairing vehicles and other jobs. Tensions between locals and
migrants soared this month after three Kyrgyzstan citizens were
arrest in a rape and kidnapping case.
2019 Mar 28, Slovakia's
Parliament amended the country's constitution to cap the retirement
age at 64. Some women can retire up to a year and a half earlier
than that, depending on the number of children they've had.
2019 Mar 28, In Somalia an
explosives-laden vehicle detonated outside a busy restaurant in
Mogadishu, killing at least 16 people. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab
extremist group claimed responsibility.
2019 Mar 28, Ukraine's interior
minister accused both Pres. Petro Poroshenko and former PM Yulia
Tymoshenko of waging campaigns that involve bribing voters ahead of
the March 31 presidential election.
2019 Mar 28, The UN Security
Council ordered countries worldwide to step up the fight against
terrorism financing by ensuring they have laws that make it a
serious crime to fund terrorist acts.
2019 Mar 28, Venezuela's
goverenment said it has barred opposition leader Juan Guaido from
holding public office for 15 years citing irregularities in his
financial records. Guaido has taken 90 international trips without
accounting for the origin of an estimated $94,000 in expenses.
(SFC, 3/28/19, p.A2)
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