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Apr 27, Alexander I, king of Scotland (1107-24), died.
1296 Apr 27, England’s King
Edward I defeated the Scots at the Battle of Dunbar. He deposed King
John and exiled him to France.
1509 Apr 27, Pope Julius II
excommunicated the republic of Venice. The pope lifted the ban in
1521 April 27, Ferdinand
Magellan (50), Portuguese explorer, was killed by natives in the
Philippines. [see Apr 26]
1565 Apr 27, First Spanish
settlement in Philippines was established in Cebu City.
1570 Apr 27, Pope Pius V
excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I [see Feb 25].
1623 Apr 27, Johann Adam
Reincken, composer, was born.
1646 Apr 27, King Charles I
1650 Apr 27, Scottish general
Montrose was defeated.
1662 Apr 27, Netherlands and
France signed a treaty of alliance in Paris.
1677 Apr 27, Colonel Jeffreys
became the governor of Virginia.
1702 Apr 27, Jean Bart (51),
French captain, sea hero (Escape out of Plymouth), died.
1737 Apr 27, Edward Gibbon,
historian, writer of “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” was
1759 Apr 27, Mary
Wollstonecraft Godwin (d.1797), English writer, feminist (Female
Reader), was born. "The mind will ever be unstable that has only
prejudices to rest on, and the current will run with destructive
fury when there are no barriers to break its force."
(AP, 11/10/97)(MC, 4/27/02)
1768 Apr 27, John Wilkes
(b.1725), English journalist, was arrested for seditious libel
following his February return from exile in Europe.
(ON, 12/11, p.8)
1773 Apr 27, British Parliament
passed the Tea Act. [see May 10, 1772]
1791 Apr 27, Samuel Finley
Breece Morse, inventor, was born in Boston. Morse was a well-known
painter who gained a wide reputation as a portrait artist. He
graduated from Yale in 1810 and then studied painting in England for
several years. Morse painted two notable portraits of Lafayette, was
a founder of the National Academy of Design in 1826 and became
professor of painting and sculpture at New York University in 1832-a
position he held until his death in 1872. Morse invented the first
practical recording telegraph in America and developed the Morse
code, revolutionizing communication.
(HN, 4/27/99)(HNQ, 2/26/00)
1799 Apr 27, In Saint-Domingue
(later Haiti) Gen. Toussaint L’Ouverture signed a treaty of
friendship with the US under Pres. John Adams. Certain elements were
kept secret in order not to alienate France.
(ON, 2/10, p.8)
1802 Apr 27, Abraham Louis
Niedermeyer, composer, was born.
1805 Apr 27, US navy ships
began to bombard the Tripoli port of Derna. Mercenaries gathered in
Egypt and a small contingent of US Marines under former Tunis consul
William Eaton attacked Tripoli and captured the city of Derna [later
part of Libya].
(AP, 4/27/97)(HN, 4/27/98)(ON, 10/06, p.9)
1812 Apr 27, Friedrich von
Flotow, composer (Martha), was born.
1813 Apr 27, Americans forces
under Gen. Zebulon M. Pike (34) captured York (present day Toronto),
the seat of government in Ontario; Pike was killed.
(HN, 4/27/99)(MC, 4/27/02)
1822 Apr 27, Ulysses S. Grant
(d.1885), general and 18th U.S. president (1869-1877), was born in
Point Pleasant [Hiram], Ohio.
(AP, 4/27/97)(HN, 4/27/02)
1824 Apr 27, William Richard
Bexfield, composer, was born.
1828 Apr 27, The London Zoo
opened to fellows of the Zoological Society of London. It was
originally intended to be used as a collection for scientific
study. As of 2017 it was the world's oldest scientific zoo and
housed 20,166 animals.
1838 Apr 27, Fire destroyed
half of Charleston.
1840 Apr 27, Edward Whymper,
first to climb the Matterhorn on the border of Switzerland and
Italy, was born.
(WUD, 1994, p.885)(HN, 4/27/98)
1848 Apr 27, Slave trade was
abolished in the French colonies.
1849 Apr 27, Italian
revolutionary Garibaldi took control of the defenses of Rome. He and
his family had returned to Italy from Uruguay in 1848 to fight on
behalf of the newly declared Republic of Rome, which had taken
control of Rome and expelled Pope Pius IX, who opposed the goals of
(ON, 10/06, p.5)
1857 Apr 27, Establishment of
Jewish congregations in Lower Austria prohibited.
1859 Apr 27, "Pomona" sank in
North Atlantic drowning all 400 aboard.
1860 Apr 27, Thomas J Jackson
(the future "Stonewall") was assigned to command Harpers Ferry.
1861 Apr 27, President Lincoln
suspended the writ of habeas corpus.
1861 Apr 27, West Virginia
seceded from Virginia after Virginia seceded from the Union.
1863 Apr 27, Battle of
Streight's raid: Tuscumbia to Cedar Bluff, AL.
1863 Apr 27, The Army of the
Potomac began marching on Chancellorsville.
1865 Apr 27, John Wilkes Booth
was killed by Federal Cavalry in Virginia. In 2004 Michael W.
Kauffman authored “American Brutus.” In 2006 James L. Swanson
authored “Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer. [see Apr
(HN, 4/27/98)(WSJ, 2/11/06, p.P10)(WSJ, 1/28/07,
1865 Apr 27, The steamer
Sultana caught fire and burned after one of its boilers exploded on
the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn., killing more than 1,400
paroled Union prisoners on their way home. One account reported
1,547 people dead. At least 1,238 of the 2,031 passengers, mostly
former Union POWs, were killed.
(AP, 4/27/97)(SFC, 3/13/99, p.E6)(HN,
1867 Apr 27, Charles Gounod's
Opera "Romeo et Juliette" was produced in Paris.
1870 Apr 27, Heinrich
Schliemann discovered Troy.
1877 Apr 27, Jules Massenet's
Opera "Le Roi de Lahore" was produced in Paris.
1877 Apr 27, President Hayes
removed Federal troops from LA. Reconstruction ended. [see Apr 24]
1881 Apr 27, Pogroms against
Russian Jews started in Elisabethgrad.
1882 Apr 27, Ralph Waldo
Emerson, US poet, philosopher, author, essayist, died. He was one of
the original members of the Transcendental Club with Thoreau and
(HNQ, 6/14/98)(WSJ, 5/28/99, p.W11)(MC, 4/27/02)
1886 Apr 27, A band of Apaches
led by Geronimo attacked a ranch west of Fort Huachuca and killed 3
(ON, 10/06, p.1)
1891 Apr 27, Sergei Sergeyevich
Prokofiev, composer, was born.
1892 Apr 27, Louis Victor de
Broglie, physicist (studied electrons), was born.
1896 Apr 27, Wallace Hume
Carothers (d.1937), American chemist, was born. Carothers became a
brilliant organic chemist who, in addition to first developing
nylon, also helped lay the groundwork for Neoprene.
1896 Apr 27, Rogers Hornsby
(d.1963), among the greatest hitters in baseball history, was born
1897 Apr 27, Grant's Tomb was
1900 Apr 27, Walter Lantz,
cartoonist, creator of Woody Woodpecker, was born.
1904 Apr 27, Cecil Day-Lewis,
Irish poet, father of actor Daniel Day-Lewis, was born.
1909 Apr 27, In Turkey April 27
Reshad Efendi, the brother of Sultan Abdulhamid II, was proclaimed
Sultan Mehmed V.
1913 Apr 27, The Knights of
Lithuania were begun as a youth organization. Its purpose was
to unite the Lithuanian youth living in the USA, and through them,
preserve Lithuanian culture and restore freedom to Lithuania, then
divided between Russia and Germany.
1915 Apr 27, Alexander N.
Scriabin (43), Russian pianist, composer (Prometheus), died.
(SFC, 2/16/99, p.B1)(MC, 4/27/02)
1920 Apr 27, Pogrom leader
Petljoera (Petlyura) declared Ukraine Independence.
1922 Apr 27, Fritz Lang's "Dr
Mabuse, der Spieler" premiered in Berlin.
1927 Apr 27, Coretta Scott
King, civil rights activist, wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., was
1927 Apr 27, Actress Mae West
was released from jail after 10 days. She and the entire cast and
producers of her Broadway play “Sex” had been thrown in jail. The
1926 Mae West comedy-drama "Sex" caused a scandal and police closed
it down after 375 performances.
(WSJ, 11/18/06, p.P10)(SSFC, 4/15/01, DB
p.35)(SFC, 6/24/02, p.D2)
1931 Apr 27, Hawaii recorded a
record 100 degrees in Pahala.
(SFC, 4/27/09, p.D10)
1931 Apr 27, Igor Oistrach,
Russian violinist, son of David Oistrach, was born.
1932 Apr 27, American poet Hart
Crane (b.1899) drowned after jumping from a steamer while en route
to New York. In 1967 R.W.B. Lewis (d. 2002) authored “The Poetry of
(AP, 4/27/97)(SFC, 6/17/02, p.B5)
1935 Apr 27, US Congress
declared soil erosion "a national menace" in an act establishing the
Soil Conservation Service in the Department of Agriculture (formerly
the Soil Erosion Service in the U.S. Department of Interior). Under
the direction of Hugh H. Bennett, the SCS developed extensive
conservation programs that retained topsoil and prevented
irreparable damage to the land. Farming techniques such as strip
cropping, terracing, crop rotation, contour plowing, and cover crops
were advocated. Farmers were paid to practice soil-conserving
(www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/depression/dustbowl.htm)(Sm, 3/06, p.111)
1936 Apr 27, Joseph "Dutch"
Bowers (b.1896), reportedly the first man to attempt an escape from
Alcatraz prison, fell seventy feet to his death after being shot by
a guard while climbing a fence.
1937 Apr 27, Sandy Dennis,
actress (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), was born in Nebraska.
1937 Apr 27, The Franklin
Roosevelt administration began distributing the nation’s first
Social Security checks.
(AP, 4/27/06)(AH, 4/07, p.14)
1937 Apr 27, German bombers of
the Condor Legion conducted follow up raids at Guernica, Spain. [see
1937 Apr 27, Antonio Gramsci
(b.1891), Italian communist, philosopher and political theorist,
died. He said that to eliminate the bourgeois state one must seize
the institutions that reproduce the dominant class’s thought
1938 Apr 27, King Zog of
Albania married Geraldine Apponyi (22) of Hungary.
(SFC, 10/28/02, p.A17)
1941 Apr 27, Judith Blegen,
opera singer (Papagena-Magic Flute), was born in Missoula, Mont.
1941 Apr 27, The Greek army
capitulated to the Germans. Greece and the Greek islands were
secured by Hitler.
(SFC,10/29/97, p.A23)(HN, 4/27/98)
1942 Apr 27, The 1st convoys of
Japanese detainees arrived at the Tanforan detention center south of
San Francisco. The assembly center remained in operation for 169
days after which detainees were transferred to relocation camps.
Most of the Tanforan detainees were transferred to Abraham, Utah.
(Ind, 2/2/02, 5A)
1942 Apr 27, Tornado destroyed
Pryor, Oklahoma, killing 100 and injuring 300.
1942 Apr 27, Belgium Jews were
forced to wear stars.
1944 Apr 27, Dr. H. Corwin
Hinshaw (d.2000) first treated 4 tuberculosis-infected guinea pigs
with the newly developed streptomycin antibiotic. The animals were
cured. Hinshaw was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 1952 but the
prize went to Dr. Selman a. Waksman of Rutgers, who discovered
(SFC, 1/11/01, p.C16)
1945 Apr 27, August Wilson, US
playwright (Fences, Pulitzer 1987), was born.
1945 Apr 27, US 5th army
1945 Apr 27, Italian partisans
1946 Apr 27, 1st radar
installation aboard a commercial ship was installed.
1947 Apr 27, It was "Babe Ruth
Day" at Yankee Stadium as baseball fans across the country honored
the ailing star.
1950 Apr 27, South Africa
passed the Group Areas Act, formally segregating races.
(HN, 4/27/98)(SFEC, 10/15/00, p.T8)
1953 Apr 27, President Dwight
D. Eisenhower signed Executive Order 10450: Security Requirements
for Government Employment. The order listed "sexual perversion" as a
condition for firing a federal employee and for denying employment
to potential applicants. Homosexuality, moral perversion, and
communism were categorized as national security threats; the issue
of homosexual federal workers had become a dire federal personnel
1953 Apr 27, US General Mark W.
Clark issued Operation Moolah to coincide with Operation Little
Switch, an exchange of sick and wounded POWs between the Communist
and UN forces in North and South Korea. The US set up Operation
Moolah to award $100,000 to the first pilot to defect in a Russian
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Moolah)(Econ, 5/16/15, p.79)
1955 Apr 27, The US government
suspended the use of all Salk vaccine manufactured by Cutter
Laboratories in Berkeley, Ca., pending the investigation of 7-14
cases among children inoculated with the company’s vaccine.
(SFC, 4/22/05, p.F3)
1956 Apr 27, Light heavyweight
boxer Rocky Marciano announced his retirement. Marciano, with 43
knockouts to his credit, retired having won every fight in his
1957 Apr 27, Mario A. Gianini,
creator of the maraschino cherry, died.
1958 Apr 27, Billy Graham began
a 6-week Bay Area crusade at the Cow Palace in Daly City, Ca. Some
18,000 crowded inside as another 5,000 stood in the parking lot.
Graham began a 3-day revival crusade at the Cow Palace that drew
nearly 700,000 people.
(SFC, 10/1/96, p.D1)(SSFC, 4/27/08, DB p.58)
1959 Apr 27, US State Dept.
announced small arms stored in Canal Zone will be provided to
Panamanian forces to repel Cuban invaders.
1959 Apr 27, Gordon Armstrong,
inventor of the baby incubator, died.
1959 Apr 27, Liu Shaoqi
(d.1969) was named president of China in the wake of the Great Leap
1960 Apr 27, The 1st atomic
powered electric-drive submarine was launched at Tullibee.
1960 Apr 27, France’s Gen.
Charles de Gaulle flew into San Francisco and was welcomed by a
21-gun salute and some 250,000 people along his downtown motorcade.
(SSFC, 4/25/10, DB p.54)
1960 Apr 27, South Korean pres
Syngman Rhee resigned. The government of Syngman Rhee was toppled.
Parliament began investigations of alleged summary executions during
the 1950-1953 war.
(SFC, 4/21/00, p.A19)(MC, 4/27/02)
1960 Apr 27, Togo, a UN Trust
territory under French administration, gained independence. Sylvanus
Olympio became the 1st chief of state.
(PC, 1992, p.973)(EWH, 1st ed., p.1170)
1961 Apr 27, United Kingdom
granted Sierra Leone independence.
(SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)(SFC, 3/11/98, p.A10)(HN,
1963 Apr 27, San Francisco real
estate developer Marvin L. Sheldon said he wants no negroes in any
of the homes he has built in Golden Gate Heights. He recently
rejected a $39,950 offer by Wilt Chamberlain, star of the San
Francisco Warriors, for a home.
(SSFC, 4/28/13, p.50)
1963 Apr 27, Cuban premier
Fidel Castro arrived in Moscow.
1965 Apr 27, RC Duncan patented
"Pampers," a disposable diaper.
1965 Apr 27, Edward R. Murrow
(b.1908), newscaster (Person to Person), died of cancer in Pawling,
N.Y. He had filed radio broadcast from London during the WW II
German air raids. In 1986 A.M. Sperber authored “Murrow: His Life
(AP, 4/27/05)(SFC, 2/10/06, p.E11)(WSJ, 12/1/07,
1967 Apr 27, Expo '67 was
officially opened in Montreal by Canadian Prime Minister Lester B.
Pearson. The urban theme park, La Ronde, was built on the Ile
Sainte-Helene for the exposition and continues on to today. The Expo
featured the big-screen, multi-projector film Polar Life. This led
to the formation of Multiscreen Corporation and eventually IMAX.
(Hem., 7/95, p.129)(Hem., 3/97, p.81)(AP,
1967 Apr 27, Rocky Marciano
(1923-1969), American heavyweight champion, retired as the
undefeated boxing champ.
1967 Apr 27, It was disclosed
that an employee at the San Francisco Mint had walked out of the
facility at least two months earlier with a 21-pound gold bar valued
(SSFC, 4/23/17, p.50)
1968 Apr 27, In San Francisco
Muhammad Ali spoke in front of some 15,000 anti-war and anti-racist
demonstrators at Civic Center Plaza saying: "any intelligent white
woman and white man" doesn't want a "Kinky haired Negro" marrying
into his or her family. Neither, he added, did any intelligent
"so-called Negro" want his children marrying whites.
(SSFC, 4/22/18, DB p.50)
1968 Apr 27, In the Netherlands
part of a group of Catholic radicals left their own party and formed
the Political Party of Radicals (PPR). The party dissolved in 1991.
1969 Apr 27, Gen. Rene
Barrientos (b.1919), military president of Bolivia, died in a
1971 Apr 27, In South Korea Kim
Dae-jung, a serious challenger to Park's dictatorship, nearly
defeated Park in the presidential election. After the stunning
election outcome, Park revised the constitution to guarantee himself
victory in future elections.
1972 Apr 27, Apollo 16 returned
1972 April 27, The German
opposition took advantage of the crumbling Bundestag majority of the
social-liberal coalition to bring a vote of no-confidence against
Willy Brandt. In a secret vote, Rainer Barzel failed to achieve the
required majority in the Bundestag and Willy Brandt remained Federal
1972 Apr 27, Kwame Nkrumah
(62), former president of Ghana, died in Romania of cancer.
1973 Apr 27, Acting FBI
Director L. Patrick Gray resigned after it was revealed that he had
handed over bureau files on the Watergate burglary to the Nixon
1975 Apr 27, Saigon was
encircled by North Vietnamese troops. NVA fire rockets into downtown
civilian areas as the city erupts into chaos and widespread looting.
1976 Apr 27, Jimmy Carter
clinched the Democratic presidential nomination by beating Henry
“Scoop” Jackson and Morris Udall in the Pennsylvania primary.
1978 Apr 27, Convicted
Watergate defendant John D. Ehrlichman was released from an Arizona
prison after serving 18 months.
1978 Apr 27, In West Virginia
51 construction workers plunged to their deaths when a scaffold
inside a cooling tower at the nuclear Pleasants Power Station on
Willow Island fell 168 feet to the ground.
1978 Apr 27, The Afghanistan
revolution began. There was a leftist coup. Afghanistan armed forces
seized power. Pres. Mohammed Daud Khan was killed and Nur Mohammad
Tarakai was installed as president. Babrak Karmal became his deputy
Prime Minister. It was the first country in South Asia to fall while
under communist rule. Assadulah Sarawary became the secret police
chief under the Tarakai regime. In 2006 he faced war crime charges.
In 2008 Afghan authorities announced they had found mass graves
containing the remains of ex-president Mohammad Daud Khan and 17
family members and associates. In 2009 Daud Khan was reburied along
with family members on a hillside overlooking the mountains that
(HN, 4/27/98)(WSJ, 9/20/01, p.A12)(Econ, 1/21/06,
p.42)(AP, 8/17/08)(AP, 12/4/08)(AP, 3/17/09)
1982 Apr 27, The trial of John
W. Hinckley Jr., who had shot four people, including President
Reagan, began in Washington. The trial ended with Hinckley's
acquittal by reason of insanity.
1983 Apr 27, Nolan Ryan became
the strikeout king (3,509), passing Walter Johnson.
1983 Apr 27, SF Mayor Diane
Feinstein overwhelmingly defeated a recall attempt.
(SSFC, 4/27/08, DB p.58)
1983 Apr 27, In San Diego, Ca.,
Philip Buell, age 33 months, died from injuries of a fall while
under the care of Ken Marsh. In 1984 Marsh was convicted of murder.
He was freed in 2004, after spending 21 years in prison, before it
was proven that he had been wrongfully convicted. In 2005 state
prosecutors ruled that he should be compensated $756,000 for the
time spent in prison.
1984 Apr 27, In Oregon Billy
Gilley Jr. (28) murdered his parents and a sister (11) with a
baseball bat and ran away with his other sister Jody (16). She soon
contacted the police and Billy was arrested. In 2008 Kathryn
Harrison authored “While They Slept: An Inquiry into the Murder of a
(SFC, 6/17/08, p.E3)
1986 Apr 27, A video pirate
calling himself “Captain Midnight” interrupted a movie on Home Box
Office with a printed message protesting de-scrambling fees. Captain
Midnight turned out to be John R. MacDougall of Florida, who was
fined and placed on probation.
1986 Apr 27, In Ukraine the
town of Pripyat was evacuated some 36 hours following the worst
nuclear disaster in history.
(Econ, 4/30/15, p.48)
1987 Apr 27, The US Justice
Department barred Austrian President Kurt Waldheim from entering the
US, saying he aided in the deportation and execution of thousands of
Jews and others as a German Army officer during World War II.
1988 Apr 27, The US Senate
approved a sweeping trade bill, 63-36, falling short of the
two-thirds vote needed to override a threatened veto by President
1989 Apr 27, In China more than
150,000 students and workers calling for democracy marched, cheered
and sang as they took over Tiananmen Square in central Beijing.
(HN, 4/27/98)(AP, 4/27/99)
1989 Apr 27, In South Africa
Frans "Ting-Ting" Masango (1958-2009), an anti-apartheid activist,
was sentenced to death following the historic "Delmas Four" trial.
He was released in 1991 after the ANC was unbanned. In 2008 Peter
Harris authored “In A Different Time, the Story of the Delmas Four.”
1990 Apr 27, The aperture door
of the Hubble Space Telescope was opened by ground controllers as
the space shuttle Discovery, which had carried the Hubble into
orbit, prepared to return home.
1991 Apr 27, A group of 250
Kurds became the first refugees to move into a new US-built camp in
1992 Apr 27, Olivier Messiaen
(b.1908), French composer, died. His work included the 1983 opera
"St. Francis d’Assise."
1992 Apr 27, The Federal
Republic of Yugoslavia was proclaimed in Belgrade by the Republic of
Serbia and its lone ally, Montenegro.
1992 Apr 27, Russia and 12
other former Soviet republics won entry into the International
Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
1993 Apr 27, After a hiatus of
more than four months, Israeli and Arab delegates resumed Middle
East peace talks in Washington, D.C.
1993 Apr 27, Eritrea declared
itself an independent state.
1994 Apr 27, Former President
Richard M. Nixon was remembered at an outdoor funeral service
attended by all five of his successors at the Nixon presidential
library in Yorba Linda, Calif.
1995 Apr 27, Former Orange
County, Calif., Treasurer Robert Citron pleaded guilty to six counts
of defrauding investors in the county investment pool.
1995 Apr 27, Willem Frederik
Hermans (b.1921), Dutch author, died. His 1966 novel “Beyond Sleep”
was considered to be one of the founding works of modern Dutch
literature. In 2007 an English translation became available.
1996 Apr 27, William Egan Colby
(76), CIA Director, disappeared while canoeing near his waterfront
home in southern Maryland. His body was found 8 days later. In 2003
John Prados authored "Lost Crusador," a biography of Colby.
1996 Apr 27, In Lebanon tens of
thousands of refugees streamed home to southern Lebanon after a
U.S.-brokered cease-fire silenced the guns in the 16-day
Israel-Hezbollah war. The World Bank, which had committed $300
million to rebuilding Lebanon, will consider if more money is needed
after the Israeli blitz.
(SFC, 5/4/96, P.A-8)(AP, 4/27/97)
1996 Apr 27, The southern
Iranian town of Baft, 350 miles Southeast of Tehran, was invaded by
millions of cockroaches, locusts, and grasshoppers.
(SFC, 4/27/96, p.A-7)
1996 Apr 27, As many as 590
million voters will participate in elections for three days of
balloting held over nearly two weeks in India. It will determine the
pace of reforms and serve as a referendum on the recent corruption
(WSJ, 4/16/96, p.A-1)
1997 Apr 27, President Clinton,
along with former presidents George Bush and Jimmy Carter, helped
polish gritty city streets in Philadelphia as they launched the
Summit for America's Future, a three-day gathering on community
1997 Apr 27, A Texas militia
group, called Republic of Texas, took 2 hostages at the Davis
Mountain Resort community in a standoff with 300 police officers.
They advocated independence for the state. The hostages were
released later the next day in exchange for a jailed comrade, but
the standoff continued. Richard McLaren and Robert Otto were later
captured, convicted and sentenced to 99 and 50 years in prison.
(WSJ, 4/29/97, p.A1)(SFC, 4/29/97, p.A1)(AP,
1997 Apr 27, In Hong Kong the
Tsing Ma Bridge that connects the mainland part of Hong Kong with
the islet of Chek Lap Kok was opened. It was hailed as the longest
road-and-rail suspension bridge in the world.
(SFC, 4/28/97, p.A12)
1997 Apr 27, In Mexico two
federal police agents, Roberto Espinoza and Marco Vasquez, were
found shot dead with signs of torture in Mexico city. They had been
investigating Amado Carrillo, Mexico’s most powerful drug lord.
(SFC, 4/28/97, p.A12)
1998 Apr 27, A Pentagon panel
said remains of the Vietnam veteran in the Tomb of the Unknowns in
Arlington National Cemetery should be exhumed to determine whether
they belonged to Air Force 1st Lt. Michael J. Blassie, as his family
believed. The remains were later positively identified as Blassie's.
1998 Apr 27, A Pentagon panel
said the remains of the Vietnam veteran in the Tomb of the Unknowns
in Arlington National Cemetery should be exhumed to determine
whether they belonged to Air Force 1st Lt. Michael J. Blassie, as
his family believed. The remains were later positively identified as
1998 Apr 27, In Arlington,
Washington, a fire at a 90-year-old building, used as a home for the
elderly, killed 7 residents.
(SFC, 4/29/98, p.A3)
1998 Apr 27, Florida teenagers
Bryan Donahue and William Dodge (aged 17 and 16) beat and kicked to
death a gay man, Steven Goedereis (29), who had called one of them
"beautiful." The teenagers were convicted of 2nd and 3rd degree
murder in 1999.
(http://tinyurl.com/yb7asxzd)(SFC, 6/15/99, p.A6)
1998 Apr 27, Carlos Castaneda
(72), author, died. His 1968 thesis: “The Teachings of Don Juan: A
Yaqui Way of Knowledge,” published by the Univ. of Calif. Press
(1968), became an int’l. best seller. In 1997 his ex-wife Margaret
Runyan Castaneda authored "A Magical Journey With Carlos Castaneda."
In 2000 Richard DeMille authored "Castaneda's Journey: The Power and
the Allegory." In 2003 Amy Wallace, Castaneda's lover in the 1970s,
authored "The Sorcerer's Apprentice: My Life With Carlos Castaneda."
(SFC, 6/19/98, p.A2)(SSFC, 8/24/03, p.E2)
1998 Apr 27, The UN extended
security sanctions against Iraq but agreed to reviews every 60 days.
It was earlier reported that Iraq recently had executed 1,500
(SFC, 4/28/98, p.A6)
1998 Apr 27, Afghanistan peace
talks between the Taliban and its opponents were scheduled to begin
(SFC, 4/18/98, p.A10)
1998 Apr 27, In Cuba Canada’s
Prime Minister Chretien urged Fidel Castro to release four leading
dissidents. It was reported that about 350 political prisoners were
(SFC, 4/28/98, p.A6)
1998 Apr 27, In Denmark some
550,000 workers walked of their jobs after unions turned down a
compromise contract. The unions called for a 6th week of paid
(SFC, 4/30/98, p.A10)
1998 Apr 27, In India the
hunger strike that began Mar 10 ended as police forced the Tibetan
strikers to be fed intravenously as Gen’l Fu Quanyou of China began
talks with Indian officials. One Tibetan exile set himself on fire
and was not expected to survive.
(SFC, 4/28/98, p.A6)
1998 Apr 27, In Japan a court
ruled that the government must compensate 3 South Korean women
forced into sexual slavery during WW II, and awarded the women
(SFC, 4/28/98, p.A8)
1998 Apr 27, In Kosovo the
Yugoslav army clashed with ethnic Albanians and 3 insurgents were
killed. Albanian reports said up to a dozen were slain and that none
of them were militants.
(SFC, 4/28/98, p.A8)
1998 Apr 27, From Venezuela it
was reported that Hugo Chavez, leader of the Fifth Republic Movement
(MVR), was campaigning for the office of president. He led a 1992
failed coup and was jailed for 2 years.
(WSJ, 4/27/98, p.A16)
1999 Apr 27, A week after the
Columbine High School massacre, President Clinton called for new gun
control measures, saying, "People's lives are at stake here."
1999 Apr 27, The US Pentagon
announced a call for 33,102 reservists for active duty in Kosovo.
(SFC, 4/28/99, p.A1)
1999 Apr 27, A federal grand
jury indicted ten top political figures in Arkansas for corruption.
Nick Wilson, the senior state senator, was indicted as the ring
leader of a group that diverted state money.
(SFC, 4/28/99, p.A3)
1999 Apr 27, In Florida Gov.
Jeb Bush and the Legislature agreed on a plan to allow children in
the lowest-rated schools to use state vouchers for private schools.
(SFC, 4/28/99, p.A3)
1999 Apr 27, Al Hirt, "The King
of the Trumpet," died in New Orleans at age 76.
(SFC, 4/28/99, p.C4)
1999 Apr 27, In Indonesia Pres.
Habibie announced plans for a ballot on independence on Aug 8.
Anti-independence militiamen rejected the plans.
(SFC, 4/28/99, p.C2)
1999 Apr 27, A NATO bomb missed
a targeted army barracks and killed at 20 people, half of them
children, in a residential area of Surdulica, Serbia.
(SFC, 4/28/99, p.A10)(SFC, 4/28/99, p.A14)
1999 Apr 27, Up to 5,000 ethnic
Albanians entered Macedonia and many more were said to be following.
Another 2,000 entered at the Lojane border post.
(SFC, 4/28/99, p.A10)
1999 Apr 27, Near the
town of Meja Yugoslav troops executed over 100 men from a caravan of
(SFC, 4/28/99, p.A14)
2000 Apr 27, New York City
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani disclosed that he had prostate cancer. He
later bowed out of the US Senate race against Hillary Rodham
2000 Apr 27, In Colombia a riot
broke out at Bogota’s El Modelo federal prison after an inmate’s
mutilated body was found in a sewer pipe. 26 people were killed over
the next 24 hours in fighting between paramilitary and common
(SFC, 4/29/00, p.A12)
2000 Apr 27, Some 288 migrant
Haitians were rescued from Flamingo Cay in the Bermuda Islands after
their boat ran aground. 2-14 of the migrants died of exposure and
dehydration while awaiting rescue.
(SFC, 4/28/00, p.D4)(SFC, 4/29/00, p.A12)
2000 Apr 27, In Iran Islamic
hard-liners closed 3 more newspapers, including the daily run by the
brother of Pres. Khatami.
(SFC, 4/28/00, p.A19)
2000 Apr 27, In Uganda workers
in Ggaba, a residential area south of Kampala, exhumed the bodies of
55 more people associated with the Movement for the Restoration of
Ten Commandments. Total deaths stood at 979.
(SFC, 4/28/00, p.D2)
2001 Apr 27, The US GDP was
reported at 2% growth due to buying by American consumers. The DJIA
rose 117 to 10,810. The Nasdaq rose 40 to 2,075.
(SFC, 4/28/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 27, It was reported
that IBM scientists had assembled transistors using carbon
nanotubules. The structures were first discovered in 1991 by Sumio
Iijima of NEC Fundamental Research Labs in Tsukuba, Japan.
(SFC, 4/27/01, p.B1,4)
2001 Apr 27, The US National
Arbor Day Foundation announced that the oak tree was nominated as
the national tree in its sponsored vote.
(SFC, 4/28/01, p.A9)
2001 Apr 27, Four students from
Newton, Mass., were killed near Sussex, New Brunswick, when their
bus crashed while enroute to a music festival in Halifax. At least
37 others were injured.
(SFC, 4/28/01, p.A10)
2001 Apr 27, In Nigeria 53
African states signed a joint declaration to boost health spending
to 15% to fight AIDS.
(SFC, 4/28/01, p.A10)
2001 Apr 27, In Puerto Rico the
US Navy resumed bombing exercises on Vieques Island where 14
protesters were arrested.
(SFC, 4/28/01, p.A3)(AP, 4/27/02)
2001 Apr 27, In Russia John
Edward Tobin (24), a US Fullbright scholar, was convicted of
possession and distribution of marijuana and sentenced to three
years and one month in prison. Police had acknowledged making up
evidence. The prosecutor said she was ashamed to handle the case.
Tobin, who maintained his innocence, was paroled and released last
(SFC, 4/28/01, p.A10)(AP, 4/27/02)
2002 Apr 27, Derek Lowe (news)
of the Boston Red Sox pitched a no-hitter against the Tampa Bay
Devil Rays, 10-0.
2002 Apr 27, South African
entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth arrived at the international space
station for an eight-day, seven-night cruise that cost him $20
2002 Apr 27, In Laughlin, Nev.,
members of the Hells Angels clashed with members of the Mongol gang
and 3 people were killed in a shootout at Harrah’s. Some 80,000
bikers were in town for the annual Laughlin River Run party.
Investigations led to arrests on Dec 3, 2003.
(SSFC, 4/28/02, p.A9)(SFC, 12/5/03, p.A25)
2002 Apr 27, Ruth Handler (85),
co-founder of Mattel and creator of the Barbie doll (1959), died.
(SSFC, 4/28/02, p.A2)
2002 Apr 27, In Afghanistan 25
people were killed in Gardez from rockets fired by Padsha Khan
Zadran in a bid to take the provincial capital. The attack came just
before Sec. of Defense Rumsfeld landed at Bagram Air Base.
(SSFC, 4/28/02, p.A17)(WSJ, 4/29/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr 27, China’s VP Hu
Jintao (59), heir apparent, stopped in Hawaii on his way to meet
with Pres. Bush.
(WSJ, 4/29/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr 27, At least 200,000
protesters marched in cities around France in anger at the electoral
showing of Jean-Marie Le Pen.
(SSFC, 4/28/02, p.A12)
2002 Apr 27, A UN team
scheduled to arrive in Israel for an inspection at Jenin was
postponed for a day over differences in the teams’ objectives.
(SFC, 4/27/02, p.A13)
2002 Apr 27, Palestinian gunmen
attacked the Israeli settlement of Adora and killed 4 people
including a 5-year-old girl. 3 gunmen escaped but one was later
found and killed in a nearby village.
(SSFC, 4/28/02, p.A1)
2003 Apr 27, Kevin Millwood
pitched his first career no-hitter to lead the Philadelphia Phillies
over the San Francisco Giants 1-0.
2003 Apr 27, Peter Stone (73),
screen and stage writer died in New York.
2003 Apr 27, In Argentina
former President Carlos Menem (72) finished first in presidential
elections but failed to win an outright victory in his comeback bid,
setting up a runoff vote with Nestor Kirchner, governor of
(AP, 4/28/03)(SFC, 4/28/03, A3)
2003 Apr 27, In China's central
Hunan province a wagon overturned and tumbled into a gully, killing
16 people and injuring seven others. In Beijing theaters, cafes and
karaoke bars were closed as 126 new SARS cases were reported. Total
confirmed cases in China rose to 2,914 with 131 deaths. 26 of
China's 31 provinces were infected.
(AP, 4/27/03)(WSJ, 4/28/03, A1)(SFC, 4/28/03, A1)
2003 Apr 27, In Iraq Lt. Gen.
Hossam Mohammed Amin al-Yasin (6 of clubs), chief Iraqi liaison with
UN weapons inspectors, surrendered to US forces. The US military
arrested the self-anointed mayor of Baghdad, Mohammed Mohsen
al-Zubaidi, reflecting US determination to brook no interlopers in
its effort to build a consensus for administering Iraq.
(AP, 4/28/03)(AP, 4/27/04)
2003 Apr 27, In Indonesia a
bomb ripped through a crowded terminal at Jakarta's main airport,
wounding 11 people and sending hundreds of passengers fleeing from
2003 Apr 27, In Paraguay
elections were held for a successor to Pres. Luis Gonzalez Macchi, a
former Senate leader appointed president in March 1999 after the
resignation of Raul Cubas amid a political crisis stemming from the
assassination of the country's vice president. Colorado Party leader
Nicanor Duarte (49) extended his party's 55-year grip on power,
winning a presidential election by handily defeating two challengers
seeking to tap building anger over the country's deepening economic
(AP, 4/26/03)(AP, 4/28/03)(SFC, 4/28/03, A12)
2003 Apr 27, In Yemen
parliamentary elections for 301 seats were marred by gunfights that
wounded at least 15 people.
(SFC, 4/28/03, A12)
2004 Apr 27, Republican Sen.
Arlen Specter, of Pennsylvania, beat back a tough primary threat,
barely defeating conservative congressman Pat Toomey.
2004 Apr 27, It was reported
that ten US contractors in Iraq have paid over $300 million in
penalties since 2000 to resolve various allegations.
(SFC, 4/27/04, p.C1)
2004 Apr 27, The Chinese
government said it had shut down a U.S. visa information center in
Shanghai because of complaints of overcharging.
2004 Apr 27, It was reported
that China planned to consolidate some 35,000 rural cooperatives
over the next 3 years to about 3,000. The government estimated
cooperative bad loans at 26% of the total loans.
(WSJ, 4/27/04, p.A16)
2004 Apr 27, In Indonesia
gunmen in Ambon killed two paramilitary police officers and
critically wounded a third and a Muslim man later was incinerated by
a bomb explosion, bringing the death toll since Sunday to 24.
2004 Apr 27, US troops fought
gunbattles with militiamen overnight near the city of Najaf, killing
64 gunmen and destroying an anti-aircraft system belonging to the
2004 Apr 27, Iraqi police moved
into the streets of the besieged city of Fallujah following hours of
pounding by US warplanes and artillery on Sunni insurgents.
2004 Apr 27, Israeli troops
killed two Hamas fugitives and seriously wounded a third in a gun
battle in the West Bank Tulkarem refugee camp.
2004 Apr 27, Libyan leader
Moammar Gadhafi arrived in Brussels, his first trip to Europe in 15
years. Gadhafi sought "full normalization" of relations and entry to
the aid and trade program the EU runs with countries around the
Mediterranean, including Israel.
2004 Apr 27, Peruvian police
retook control of an Andean town, a day after highland Indians beat
to death the mayor, accusing him of corruption.
2004 Apr 27, Russian Foreign
Minister Sergey Lavrov and EU officials signed an accord extending
the EU-Russia partnership accord to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania,
Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Cyprus and
Malta, which join May 1.
2004 Apr 27, In Damascus 4
gunmen detonated a bomb placed under a car before firing bullets and
grenades at Syrian security forces. Hours later police found weapons
including rocket propelled grenades and guns during the raid in the
nearby town of Khan al-Sheih.
2005 Apr 27, Touting technology
as a way to solve the country's energy problems, President Bush
called for construction of more nuclear power plants and urged
Congress to give tax breaks for fuel-efficient hybrid and
2005 Apr 27, The Airbus A380,
the world's largest jetliner, made its maiden flight.
2005 Apr 27, Abdus Samad Azad
(83), a former foreign minister and Bangladeshi independence hero,
died in Dhaka.
2005 Apr 27, The Dominican
Republic education secretary said all public elementary and
secondary schools will institute mandatory English classes by the
next school year.
2005 Apr 27, Hundreds of
pro-democracy activists protested in 15 Egyptian cities and towns,
drawing out large numbers of riot police who briefly detained 75
2005 Apr 27, The world's
largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, completed a maiden flight
in France that took it over the Pyrenees mountains.
2005 Apr 27, Police fired on
protesters demanding the release of detainees loyal to Haiti's
ousted president, killing at least five demonstrators.
2005 Apr 27, Indian troops
killed nine suspected Islamic militants in three separate clashes in
2005 Apr 27, Lamia Abed
Khadouri al-Sagri, a member of the National Assembly and of outgoing
premier Ayad Allawi's Iraqi List party, was killed in her house in
the Hay Aour neighborhood in eastern Baghdad.
2005 Apr 27, Vladimir Putin
became the first Kremlin leader to visit Israel, capping a historic
rapprochement between two nations that once faced each other as
bitter enemies across the Cold War divide.
2005 Apr 27, In northwestern
Sri Lanka an intercity passenger train collided with a bus that
tried to dash through a railroad crossing, killing 35 people.
2005 Apr 27, A UN tribunal in
Tanzania sentenced Mika Muhimana, a former local government official
in western Rwanda, to imprisonment for the rest of his life for
shooting to death and raping mostly Tutsi victims during the 1994
2005 Apr 27, Opposition
supporters protesting the presidential election victory by the son
of Togo's longtime dictator threw Molotov cocktails and rocks during
street clashes with security forces in the capital, leaving at least
six people dead and some foreign embassies damaged.
2006 Apr 27, The Bush
administration announced that it had reached a tentative agreement
with Canada to settle the long-running trade battle over softwood
2006 Apr 27, Alberto Gonzales,
the US Attorney General, said police nationwide had arrested 9,037
people in a roundup of fugitives from April 17 to 23, including over
1,100 sex offenders.
(WSJ, 4/28/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 27, The US states
joined by environmentalists sued the federal government to compel it
to regulate carbon-dioxide emissions blamed for global warming.
(WSJ, 4/28/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 27, The publisher of
the teen novel “How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life”
pulled the book off the market after its author, Harvard student
Kaavya Viswanathan acknowledged that numerous passages had been
lifted from another writer.
2006 Apr 27, In NYC
construction began at the site of the World Trade Center on a
project to build 5 towers by 2012.
(WSJ, 4/27/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 27, A fiery crash in
the San Francisco’s Castro District killed one person and left at
least 8 vehicle gutted.
(SFC, 4/28/06, p.B1)
2006 Apr 27, Austria, in its
role as current president of the EU, began a poster campaign called
"Temptress Europe" designed to reawaken Europeans to the continent's
2006 Apr 27, Thousands of
Bulgarians demonstrated against a deal to allow US troops to use
military facilities in the country.
2006 Apr 27, Canadian and US
scientists reported success with an experimental vaccine against the
Marburg virus in monkeys, even if the shot is given after infection.
(SFC, 4/27/06, p.A7)
2006 Apr 27, China's central
bank raised interest rates by .27% in the government's strongest
move yet to cool an economy verging on overheating. The news sent
resource stocks, oil and commodity prices lower around the world.
(AP, 4/27/06)(Econ, 4/29/06, p.43)
2006 Apr 27, Liliana Gaviria
(52), sister of the former Colombian president Cesar Gaviria
(1990-1994), died in a botched kidnapping in the province of
Risaralda, 110 miles west of Bogota. She was real estate agent and
owner of a transport company. On Feb 26, 2010, Beatriz Villalba (25)
was arrested after being under observation for four months. She had
been conducting spying operations for the Revolutionary Armed Forces
of Colombia in Bogota. Prosecutors alleged that Villalba was in
charge of buying a building and modifying a vehicle used in the
abduction and transportation of Liliana Gaviria Trujillo. Gaviria's
bodyguard was shot dead during the kidnapping in Pereira.
(AP, 4/28/06)(AP, 2/26/10)
2006 Apr 27, Indian student
doctors staged a one-day strike at state-run hospitals in New Delhi
to protest government plans to boost quotas for the poor in top
2006 Apr 27, Iran's UN
ambassador denounced Israel's election as a vice-chair of the U.N.
Disarmament Commission, calling the Jewish state a threat to peace
in the Middle East.
2006 Apr 27, A sister of Iraq's
new Sunni Arab vice president was killed in a drive-by shooting in
Baghdad, a day after the politician called for the Sunni-dominated
insurgency to be crushed by force. In southern Iraq a bomb blast
rocked an Italian convoy at a base, killing three Italian soldiers
and a Romanian.
2006 Apr 27, Israel's military
intelligence chief said in a published interview that Iran has
received its first batch of North Korean-made surface-to-surface
missiles that put European countries within firing range.
2006 Apr 27, Israeli aircraft
fired missiles at two cars in Gaza packed with rockets, killing one
Islamic Jihad militant and critically wounding another.
2006 Apr 26, Malaysia’s central
bank raised its main interest rate by a quarter point to 3.5%.
(WSJ, 4/27/06, p.A8)
2006 Apr 27, Reports from
Myanmar and Thailand said Myanmar troops were waging their biggest
military offensive in almost a decade and have uprooted more than
11,000 ethnic minority civilians in a campaign punctuated by
torture, killings and the burning of villages.
2006 Apr 27, Nepal's communist
rebels pledged to halt attacks for three months to give the
Himalayan country a chance for peace as a new government takes over
in the wake of bloody protests that forced the king to reinstate
2006 Apr 27, A Dutch agency
said the number of reported cases of legal euthanasia and
doctor-assisted suicide in the Netherlands increased in 2005 for the
third year in a row. Doctors reported 1,933 cases in 2005, up from
1,886 in 2004 and 1,815 in 2003.
2006 Apr 27, In Nigeria
President Hu Jintao said China wants a "strategic partnership" with
Africa, seeking to add a new political dimension to a blossoming
economic romance. China agreed to commit $4 billion for
infrastructure in exchange for 4 oil drilling licenses.
(Reuters, 4/27/06)(WSJ, 4/27/06, p.A1)
2006 Apr 27, Russia’s
Agriculture Ministry said it has banned all imports of poultry and
poultry products in connection with violations of veterinary
regulations. Moscow claimed to have found diseased chickens and
insufficient veterinary monitoring on US poultry farms, but there
were also Russia media reports linking the ban to the country's
unhappiness over US President George W. Bush's decision to impose
hefty tariffs on foreign steel imports.
2006 Apr 27, In South Korea
state prosecutors requested an arrest warrant for Hyundai Motor Co.
Chairman Chung Mong-koo amid a bribery and slush fund scandal that
has rocked the large automaker.
2006 Apr 27, In Sri Lanka
rebels said some 40,000 civilians fled homes in northeastern Sri
Lanka to escape government airstrikes on Tamil rebel areas in recent
days that have killed at least a dozen people. In northern Sri Lanka
mine attacks killed five military personnel and wounded another
five. Police found five headless corpses near Colombo.
2006 Apr 27, Turkey said it has
deployed more than 30,000 additional troops in its predominantly
Kurdish southeast and along its rugged border with Iraq and Iran to
fight Kurdish guerrillas and stop them from coming across the
2006 Apr 27, The UN panel
overseeing compensation for victims of Iraq's 1990 invasion of
Kuwait said the UN has paid out a $248 million installment to cover
claims for losses and damages.
2007 Apr 27, President Bush and
visiting Japanese PM Shinzo Abe threatened stronger punitive actions
against North Korea if it reneged on a promise to padlock its sole
2007 Apr 27, The US dollar slid
to a record low against the euro. The worst economic growth in four
years raised concern that troubles in the US housing market will
spread and throw the country into a recession before the year is
(Reuters, 4/28/07)(AP, 4/27/07)
2007 Apr 27, Randall Tobias,
head of the Bush administration's foreign aid programs, abruptly
resigned after his name surfaced in an investigation into a
high-priced call-girl ring.
2007 Apr 27, The Pentagon said
it had taken custody of Abdul Hadi al-Iraqi, a senior al-Qaeda
commander. Officials said al-Iraqi was handed over to the CIA in
(SFC, 4/28/07, p.A3)
2007 Apr 27, The Ninth Circuit
federal appeals court rebuffed a Bush administration effort to relax
dolphin-safe labeling standards.
(SFC, 4/28/07, p.A1)
2007 Apr 27, The DJIA rose
15.44 to a record 13,120.94. Nasdaq rose 2.75 to 2,557.
(SFC, 4/28/07, p.C1)
2007 Apr 27, In Santa Cruz,
Ca., Steven Harold Smith (50), a supervisor at a wastewater
treatment plant, wounded his estranged wife, shot and killed a
co-worker and then killed himself.
(SFC, 4/28/07, p.B2)
2007 Apr 27, Hundreds of Afghan
soldiers and police retook the Giro district from the Taliban,
pushing out militants who had seized the area in fierce fighting a
2007 Apr 27, China’s Premier
Wen Jiabao pledged to phase out tax breaks and discounts on land and
electricity for highly polluting industries, saying the country's
environmental situation was grim and required urgent action.
2007 Apr 27, China said it has
expelled five Americans who staged a protest against the Olympics on
Mount Everest to challenge Chinese rule over the mountainous region.
2007 Apr 27, Estonia removed a
Soviet war memorial from downtown Tallinn under cover of darkness,
carrying out a plan that has rankled Russia and provoked protests
that left one person dead and dozens injured.
2007 Apr 27, US-led forces
detained nine suspected insurgents in raids aimed at al-Qaida in
Iraq, including five in Mosul that has seen a recent rise in
violence as militants fled there to escape a crackdown in Baghdad.
2007 Apr 27, Former Italian
prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was cleared in a high-profile
corruption case involving bribing judges.
2007 Apr 27, Japan's Supreme
Court upheld a ruling denying compensation to two Chinese women who
were forced to work in military brothels during World War II. The
court said that the women had no right to seek war compensation from
Japan because of a 1972 agreement with China. The top court also
overturned a lower court ruling awarding compensation to five
Chinese who were forced to work for a Japanese construction company
during the war.
2007 Apr 27, The UN Security
Council lifted its embargo on Liberia's diamond exports, saying the
west African nation has made progress in certifying the origin of
its rough diamonds. A multi-day strike at the Firestone Rubber
plantation in Liberia turned violent as police clashed with striking
workers, leaving at least six people wounded.
(AFP, 4/27/07)(AP, 4/27/07)
2007 Apr 27, Nigeria's Supreme
Court voided the removal of Joshua Dariye, a Plateau state governor,
who fled London on money laundering charges in November 2004. In
Nigeria police said 5 gunmen and two police officers were killed
during an attempt to kidnap two foreign oil workers in the oil-rich
city of Port Harcourt.
2007 Apr 27, An apparent US
missile strike killed 4 people in Saidgi, a village in the North
Waziristan of Pakistan near the Afghan border.
2007 Apr 27, A Russian military
helicopter crashed in Chechnya, killing all 18 people aboard,
emergency officials said. There were conflicting reports about
whether the craft was shot down.
2007 Apr 27, Mstislav
Rostropovich (b.1927), master cellist, died. He had fought for the
rights of Soviet-era dissidents and later triumphantly played Bach
suites below the crumbling Berlin Wall.
(AP, 4/27/07)(Econ, 5/12/07, p.92)
2007 Apr 27, Saudi
Arabia’s Interior Ministry said police had arrested 172 Islamic
militants, some of whom had trained abroad as pilots so they could
fly aircraft in attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil fields. A spokesman
said all that remained in the plot "was to set the zero hour." More
than $32.4 million was seized in the operation, one of the largest
sweeps against terror cells in the kingdoms.
2007 Apr 27, A Spanish judge
indicted three US soldiers in the 2003 death of Jose Couso, a
Spanish journalist who was killed when their tank opened fire at a
hotel in Baghdad.
2008 Apr 27, It was made public
that Mars Inc. of McLean, Va., together with Berkshire Hathaway had
agreed to acquire Wrigley Co. of Chicago, Ill., for about $23
billion. The deal closed on Oct 6.
(WSJ, 4/29/08, p.A1)(SFC, 10/7/08, p.D2)
2008 Apr 27, In Arizona a truck
jammed with as many as 60 illegal immigrants crashed near Arizona
City killing 4 people.
(SFC, 4/28/08, p.A3)
2008 Apr 27, In San Ramon, Ca.,
Kashmir Billon (42), a mortgage lender, was shot and killed. On May
1 Reginald Robinson (31) was charged with the murder. They were
involved in a deal to sell a home to a fictitious person and leave a
bank holding the bag.
(SFC, 5/2/08, p.B1)(SFC, 5/8/08, p.B1)
2008 Apr 27, Hal Stein, veteran
jazz saxophonist and teacher, died at his home in Oakland, Ca. His
career spanned the swing and bebop eras of jazz.
(SFC, 5/6/08, p.B5)
2008 Apr 27, Suspected Taliban
militants attacked the Mujahideen Day parade attended by the Afghan
president, unleashing automatic weapons fire that sent foreign
dignitaries and senior members of the government fleeing for cover.
3 people, including a lawmaker, were killed and 8 were wounded.
Pres. Karzai later appeared on television saying several suspects in
the attack had been arrested. The Afghan government later accused
the Pakistani intelligence service of organizing the plot to
assassinate Pres. Karzai. Taliban militants attacked an Australian
patrol with automatic rifles and rocket propelled grenades in
southern Afghanistan, and the ensuing battle left one of the
commandos dead and four others wounded.
(AP, 4/27/08)(Econ, 5/3/08, p.50)(SFC, 6/26/08,
2008 Apr 27, President Rene
Preval chose Ericq Pierre, an international banking official, to be
the troubled country's next prime minister.
2008 Apr 27, Iraq's PM
al-Maliki met with the Sunni Arab vice president to discuss
reintegrating Sunni political parties into the Shiite-dominated
government. Police said five people died in violence in Baghdad.
Elsewhere in Baghdad, a suicide car bomber blew himself up at a
security checkpoint in the eastern neighborhood of Zayouna killing
three people and injuring nine. Shiite extremists lobbed rockets or
mortar shells at the US protected Green Zone as American and Iraqi
troops engaged militants in the most violent clashes in weeks in
Baghdad. Abrams tanks were used to repel attacks on two army
checkpoints, killing 22 militants in one clash. 16 other militants
were killed in separate firefights. A US military statement said an
unmanned drone had killed a total of five militants using Hellfire
missiles in three separate engagements.
(AP, 4/27/08)(AP, 4/28/08)
2008 Apr 27, A summit aimed at
kick-starting Maghreb economic integration was disrupted when
Moroccan and Algerian government ministers clashed over the disputed
Western Sahara region.
2008 Apr 27, Hundreds of
workers at Scotland's only oil refinery began a 48-hour strike. This
forced BP PLC to shut a pipeline system that delivers almost a third
of Britain's North Sea oil.
2008 Apr 27, A North Korean
defector tried to set himself on fire to halt the Olympic torch
relay through Seoul, while thousands of police guarded the flame
from protesters blasting China's treatment of North Korean refugees.
A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea for the first time in
a decade across the heavily fortified border dividing the countries.
(AP, 4/27/08)(AP, 4/28/08)
2008 Apr 27, In Sri Lanka Tiger
rebels used aircraft to bomb military targets, dealing a
psychological blow to security forces, as the two sides fought heavy
2008 Apr 27, In Sudan China’s
state-owned China Water and Electric Corp (CWE) and Sino-Hydro
signed a 400-million dollar (255-million euro) deal to raise the
height of Sudan's oldest dam, in the southern Blue Nile state.
2009 Apr 27, America, Canada,
Europe and Japan promised to cooperate on validating alternatives to
using animals in medical research. An estimated 50-100 million
animals were used in research annually around the world.
(Econ, 5/9/09, p.18)
2009 Apr 27, Five members of
the US Congress were arrested while protesting the expulsion of aid
groups from Darfur in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington,
DC. The included Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Jim
McGovern of Massachusetts, John Lewis of Georgia, Donna Edwards of
Maryland and Lynn Woolsey of California.
2009 Apr 27, In Maryland an
indictment named Metro Dream Homes founder Andrew Hamilton Williams
Jr. (58) of Hollywood, Fla.; financial officer Michael Anthony
Hickson (46) of Commack, N.Y.; president Isaac Jerome Smith (46) of
Spotsylvania, Va.; and vice president Alvita Karen Gunn (31) of
Hanover, Md., for defrauding over 1,000 people out of about $70
million. They were given 48 hours to turn themselves in. Investors
were told they were investing in ATM machines, television
advertising and calling card kiosks that would raise money for the
mortgage payments. Prosecutors said those businesses never made any
2009 Apr 27, US cases of the
deadly new flu strain rose to 40. Governments around the world acted
to stem a possible flu pandemic, as a virus that has killed 149
people in Mexico and spread to North America was confirmed to have
reached Europe. Spain's Health Ministry confirmed the country's
first case of swine flu and said another 20 people are suspected of
having the disease.
(Reuters, 4/27/09)(AP, 4/27/09)(WSJ, 4/28/09,
2009 Apr 27, Conde Nast
Publications closed its Portfolio magazine after less than 2 years
due to a downturn in advertising.
(WSJ, 4/28/09, p.B8)
2009 Apr 27, General Motors
Corp. said it will cut 21,000 US factory jobs by next year, phase
out its storied Pontiac brand and ask the government to take more
than half its stock in exchange for half of GM's government debt as
part of a major restructuring that would leave current shareholders
holding just 1 percent of the company.
2009 Apr 27, Ernie Barnes
(b.1938), former American Football League player turned artist,
died. He was named the official artist of the 1984 Olympic Games in
(SFC, 5/1/09, p.B5)
2009 Apr 27, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai vowed to change a law critics say legalizes marital
rape to remove concerns that it violates human rights. Karzai also
announced that he intended to run for re-election in the country's
second ever presidential vote on August 20. In Kabul province 12
"terrorists" and a police official were killed during a clash. In
the east, a roadside bomb killed four police.
(AP, 4/27/09)(AP, 4/28/09)
2009 Apr 27, Belarus'
authoritarian Pres. Lukashenko met with Pope Benedict XVI on his
first trip to Western Europe since the European Union lifted a
travel ban imposed in 1999 over his dismal human rights record. The
EU lifted the ban to allow Lukashenko to attend an East-West summit
in Prague, Czech Republic, in May.
2009 Apr 27, An international
human rights group said elite soldiers in junta-ruled Guinea are
taking advantage of an anti-corruption drive to rob, extort and beat
intimidated civilians in the West African nation with impunity.
2009 Apr 27, In Japan Univ. of
Wyoming professor Craig Arnold (41), an award-winning poet, was
reported missing after he failed to return from a hike on the tiny
island of Kuchinoerabu-jima, about 30 miles (50 km) off the coast of
southern Kyushu island.
2009 Apr 27, In Kenya 2 men
pleaded guilty in court to illegally possessing 1,500 pounds (700
kilograms) of elephant tusks in what was believed to be the largest
seizure of illegal ivory in recent years. Rangers and police
arrested the two, a Kenyan and a Tanzanian, on April 25, when the
Kenya Wildlife Service acted on a tip about planned ivory smuggling
in Amboseli National Park.
2009 Apr 27, In Kosovo Serbs
protesting the building of homes for ethnic Albanians in northern
Kosovo threw two hand grenades and fired gunshots at European Union
police officers, who responded with tear gas and stun grenades to
drive the crowd away.
2009 Apr 27, In Mexico an
earthquake of magnitude 5.6 was centered near Chilpancingo, about
130 miles (210 km) southwest of Mexico City. 2 women aged 67 and 75
died of heart attacks during or shortly after the earthquake, and
four homes and a perimeter wall collapsed in and around the resort
2009 Apr 27, In Tijuana,
Mexico, 7 police officers were assassinated in about an hour's time
in what authorities said was a coordinated effort. 4 of the
officers, three men and a woman, were found amid more than 200
2009 Apr 27, In Pakistan
Taliban militants declared their peace deal with the Pakistani
government "worthless" after authorities deployed helicopters and
artillery against hide-outs of Islamist guerrillas seeking to extend
their grip along the Afghan border. Paramilitary troops killed 20
suspected militants, and a total of 46 have died since the operation
began. A remote-controlled bomb exploded near a police patrol,
killing an officer and a passer-by while wounding five other police
in the northwest Lakki Marwat area.
2009 Apr 27, Palestinian
officials established formal ties with Venezuela and opened a
diplomatic mission in the South American country.
2009 Apr 27, Peru's government
said that it has granted political asylum to Manuel Rosales, a
Venezuelan opposition leader, who faced corruption allegations in
his homeland but claimed to be persecuted by leftist President Hugo
2009 Apr 27, A Moscow district
police chief opened fire on the street and in a supermarket, killing
three people and wounding seven others, four of them critically.
Maj. Denis Yevsyukov killed a cab driver and wounded several
passers-by in the street, then gunned down a cashier and a customer
in the market. He then held two dozen people hostage for several
hours and shot at police officers before they disarmed and detained
him. On Feb 19, 2010, a Moscow court sentenced the police precinct
chief to life in prison for the drunken shooting spree.
(AP, 4/27/09)(AP, 2/19/10)
2009 Apr 27, The Sri Lankan
government, under intense pressure to prevent civilian deaths, said
it would immediately stop airstrikes and artillery attacks but
rejected calls for a cease-fire in its war against the Tamil Tiger
2009 Apr 27, In southern
Thailand suspected Muslim rebels killed 10 civilians in a flurry of
attacks, just ahead of the fifth anniversary of a bloody assault by
security forces against militants at the Krue Se mosque.
2009 Apr 27, In Turkey a
five-hour police shootout with a leftist militant in Istanbul left
three people dead, including the militant described as a top member
of a group tied to the Kurdish separatist PKK. The militant was
identified as Orhan Yilmazkaya, one of three top members of the
2010 Apr 27, It was reported
that Fritz Maytag, owner of the SF-based Anchor Brewing Co., has
sold the company to the Griffon Group, run by Keith Greggor and Tony
(SFC, 4/27/10, p.A1)
2010 Apr 27, The Oklahoma
Senate voted to override Gov. Brad. Henry’s veto of two abortion
bills, one that an abortion-rights group has said would be among the
nation’s strictest measures against the procedure. On July 19
Oklahoma County District Judge Noma Gurich granted an injunction
blocking enforcement of the abortion law.
(SFC, 4/28/10, p.A6)(SFC, 7/20/10, p.A4)
2010 Apr 27, A Texas inmate,
Samuel Bustamante (40), was executed evening for fatally stabbing an
illegal immigrant during an attempted robbery a dozen years ago.
Bustamante was convicted of the 1998 slaying of Rafael Alvarado
(27), a Mexican national in Fort Bend County, southwest of Houston,
who became a target of what Bustamante and some of his friends
called "shopping trips" where they would hunt illegal immigrants,
then beat and rob them.
2010 Apr 27, In eastern
Afghanistan a NATO soldier was killed following a gun attack.
2010 Apr 27, Brazil, a UN
Security Council member, demanded that Iran guarantee its nuclear
program has no military aims, saying the crisis has become the
single most important security issue in the world.
2010 Apr 27, British
researchers reported that a single sigmoidoscopy between ages 55 and
64 can reduce deaths by at least 43%.
(SFC, 4/28/10, p.A8)
2010 Apr 27, Czech Republic
vice premier Martin Bartak said the government has approved an
agreement with the United States on scientific cooperation in
2010 Apr 27, Germany officially
opened its first offshore wind farm in the North Sea after years of
delays and technical problems. The $340 million test field, Alpha
Ventus, consisted of 12 windmills.
2010 Apr 27, India’s foreign
ministry said a female diplomat, Mrs. Gupta (53), working in the
Indian embassy in Islamabad has been arrested on charges of spying
for Pakistan. Strikes to protest rising food and fuel prices shut
down air, rail and road traffic in several parts of India.
(AFP, 4/27/10)(SSFC, 5/2/10, p.M3)
2010 Apr 27, Two Iraqi soldiers
were killed in an overnight mortar attack on a security station in a
Shiite neighborhood in northern Baghdad.
2010 Apr 27, In Kyrgyzstan the
leader of the interim authorities said ousted president Kurmanbek
Bakiyev has been charged with organizing mass killings in the deadly
uprising that forced him from office in this Central Asian country
earlier this month.
2010 Apr 27, The Mexican Senate
passed a measure to make soldiers accountable to civilian courts for
abuses involving civilians, and ensure the use of troops in actions
like the offensive against drug cartels is temporary. Gunmen
attacked a caravan of rights observers and leftists near the restive
town of San Juan Copala in southern Oaxaca state, killing Finnish
human rights worker Jyri Jaakkola and Mexican political activist
Beatriz Carino Trujillo. An Italian man and a Belgian man were still
unaccounted for more than 24 hours after the ambush. The National
Network of Human Rights Civic Organizations said another Finn, three
Mexicans and two journalists from the Mexican magazine Contralinea
were also missing. The army reported that it freed 16 hostages at a
house in Sabinas Hidalgo, a town near the northern city of
Monterrey. One of the hostages was a 1-year-old child. 4 inmates
were killed when an armed gang stormed a prison in the northern town
of Altamira. 29 officers in four patrol vehicles were detained in
the resort city of Acapulco after being stopped and searched by navy
personnel. Searchers found a 33-pound (15-kg) bag of marijuana in
one of the vehicles and 36 non-regulation firearms overall, mostly
machine pistols and assault rifles.
(AP, 4/27/10)(AP, 4/29/10)(AP, 4/28/10)(AP,
2010 Apr 27, In Nepal Oh
Eun-sun (44), a South Korean mountaineer, became the first woman to
scale the world's 14 highest mountains, crawling on all fours as she
reached the last summit. She reached the summit of Annapurna 13
years after she scaled her first Himalayan mountain, Gasherbrum II,
in 1997. She scaled Everest in 2004.
2010 Apr 27, Pakistani troops
killed 13 suspected insurgents in the Orakzai tribal region near
Afghanistan. 8 militants died after a battle over a checkpoint in
the Bezod area of Orakzai. Airstrikes killed five more in the Kasha
2010 Apr 27, Sierra Leone
launched a program to provide free health care to mothers and
children in the West African nation, which suffers from high rates
of maternal and child mortality. UNICEF says it will distribute $6
million in medicines.
2010 Apr 27, Singapore
previewed the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) casino, owned and operated by
the Las Vegas Sands Corp.
(http://tinyurl.com/4lqzq5g)(Econ, 2/26/11, p.72)
2010 Apr 27, In Somalia a truck
full of explosives pulled up to a new AU base in Mogadishu. Two
soldiers opened fire on the truck and were wounded along with 2
civilians when the explosion went off. The suicide attacker was the
only one to die in the attack. Later at least 14 civilians were
killed during a prolonged battle between government soldiers and
(AP, 4/27/10)(SFC, 4/28/10, p.A2)
2010 Apr 27, In Thailand
anti-government protesters forced a rush hour shutdown of Bangkok's
busy elevated train system and promised to expand protests that have
plunged the Thai capital into chaos by sending teams of
demonstrators throughout the city.
2010 Apr 27, Ukraine's
parliament erupted into chaos as deputies scuffled and hurled smoke
bombs during a tumultuous session that ratified a bitterly contested
deal with Russia extending a naval base lease.
2011 Apr 27, President Barack
Obama produced a detailed Hawaii birth certificate in an
extraordinary attempt to bury the issue of where he was born and
confirm his legitimacy to hold office.
2011 Apr 27, Obama
administration officials said Leon Panetta (72) would be named as
the new US Sec. of Defense, Gen. David Petraeus would head the CIA
and that Gen. John Allen would assume military command in
(SFC, 4/28/11, p.A1)
2011 Apr 27, US Fed Chairman
Ben Bernanke held his inaugural post-policy meeting news conference.
The Federal Reserve committed to keep interest rates low.
2011 Apr 27, The Indiana state
House approved a bill to cut $3 million in federal money for the
Planned Parenthood organization. The state Senate approved the bill
earlier this month. Rep. Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the bill on May
(SFC, 4/28/11, p.A6)(SFC, 4/30/11, p.A7)(SFC,
2011 Apr 27, Dozens of
tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system wiped out neighborhoods
across a wide swath of the South, killing at least 350 people in the
deadliest outbreak in nearly 40 years. Alabama had 254 deaths, 34 in
Mississippi, 34 in Tennessee, 15 in Georgia, 8 in Arkansas, 5 in
Virginia and one in Kentucky.
(AP, 4/28/11)(AP, 4/29/11)(AFP, 4/30/11)
2011 Apr 27, The Mississippi
Emergency Management Agency reported three storm-related deaths
overnight from severe weather that damaged homes, downed trees and
power lines and sparked flash flooding in at least 23 counties
across the state.
2011 Apr 27, The city of
Altoona, Pa., enacted a 60-day name change to "POM Wonderful
Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold," after the latest film by
sarcastic documentarian Morgan Spurlock, in order to make some money
and to help Spurlock make a point about the proliferation of
advertising in American life.
2011 Apr 27, Health products
giant Johnson & Johnson said it will buy US-Swiss medical device
maker Synthes Inc. for $21.3 billion, greatly increasing its share
of the market for surgical trauma equipment and orthopedic implants.
2011 Apr 27, In Afghanistan 8
American troops and a US contractor died after Afghan military pilot
Ahmad Gul (48) opened fire during a meeting at Kabul airport.
2011 Apr 27, In Australia
University of Sydney officials said an anonymous American donor has
given "Jeune fille endormie, a 1935 Pablo Picasso painting worth
millions, to the university on the condition the school use proceeds
from the painting's sale to fund scientific research. The portrait
was donated last year.
2011 Apr 27, In the Bahamas
more than 100 people were left homeless after a fire wrecked a
crowded shantytown on Abaco Island filled mostly with Haitian
2011 Apr 27, In Belarus a Minsk
court found Dmitry Bondarenko guilty of organizing a rally
protesting election results last December that attracted some 50,000
people. He was sentenced to two years in prison for his part in
organizing the rally.
2011 Apr 27, In Costa Rica
former Pres. Miguel Angel Rodriguez (b.1940) was sentenced to 5
years in prison on corruption charges. Rodriguez served from
1998-2002 and was briefly Secretary General of the Organization of
American States (OAS) in 2004.
2011 Apr 27, In Egypt masked
gunmen blew up a natural gas terminal near the border with Israel,
sending flames shooting into the air in the early hours of the
morning and forcing the shutdown of the country's gas export
pipeline to Israel and Jordan. Suspicion immediately fell on Sinai
Bedouins angered by what they see as the neglect of their areas by
the central government or Muslim militants opposed to the export of
natural gas to Israel.
2011 Apr 27, In southern Iraq a
US soldier died in a non-combat related incident.
2011 Apr 27, Ivory Coast
renegade warlord Ibrahim "IB" Coulibaly (47), a two-time coup
plotter who began the pro-democracy battle for Abidjan, was killed
in fighting with one-time allies turned enemy. A commander for
Defense Minister Guillaume Soro said Coulibaly appeared to have
killed himself rather than surrender.
2011 Apr 27, Ratings agency
Standard & Poor's cut its outlook on Japan's sovereign debt
following last month's quake-tsunami disaster and warned that
reconstruction costs could pass $600 billion.
2011 Apr 27, Kenya's government
said it is removing the tax on maize and wheat imports in a bid to
cushion citizens from the effects of rising global food prices. PM
Raila Odinga told parliament that the government also wants to
remove all taxes on kerosene, the main fuel used for cooking.
2011 Apr 27, Libya's tribes
urged Moamer Kadhafi to cede power, as rebels backed by NATO air
strikes said they forced the strongman's missiles out of range of
the lifeline port of Misrata. Gaddafi forces fired Russian-made Grad
missiles into the rebel-held town of Zintan. A NATO airstrike in
Misrata reportedly killed 12 rebels.
(AFP, 4/27/11)(Reuters, 4/27/11)(AP, 4/28/11)
2011 Apr 27, Mexico's Senate
approved constitutional changes that would let lawmakers run for
re-election and permit independents to seek office. Security forces
exhumed eight more bodies from mass graves in Durango where drug
gangs are believed to have buried their victims, bringing the total
from a monthlong search to 104.
2011 Apr 27, In North Korea
former US president Jimmy Carter met with Kim Yong-Nam, North
Korea's de facto head of state, during a peace mission to Pyongyang
and said in a blog posting that the North seeks better ties with
Washington. Travelling with Carter on this trip were former Finnish
president Martti Ahtisaari, ex-Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem
Brundtland and former Irish president Mary Robinson.
2011 Apr 27, Rival Palestinian
groups said they reached an agreement on reuniting their governments
in the West Bank and Gaza after years of bitter infighting that
weakened them politically and caused the deaths of hundreds in
violent clashes and crackdowns since. Israel swiftly rejected the
2011 Apr 27, Syrian troops
tightened control over flashpoints of protest against President
Bashar al-Assad, who faced growing international calls to end
violence that a rights group said had killed over 450 people. The
Syrian army sent more tanks and reinforcements into Daraa as part of
a widening crackdown.
2011 Apr 27, In Taiwan a
popular tourist train overturned in the southern mountains, killing
at least six Chinese visitors.
2011 Apr 27, Tibetan exiles
elected Lobsang Sangay (43), international law expert and Harvard
academic, as their new prime minister. He will face the daunting
task of assuming the political duties of a global icon, the Dalai
2011 Apr 27, Thailand pulled
out of talks with Cambodia and deadly border clashes continued for a
2011 Apr 27, Turkey's PM
Erdogan announced what he called a "crazy and magnificent" plan to
build a new waterway to the Black Sea, to be completed by 2023,
promising that the tanker-clogged Bosporus through Istanbul would
soon be used for sports and boat trips.
2011 Apr 27, Yemeni residents
in scores of cities and towns across the nation launched a civil
disobedience campaign to bring down the country's long-serving
president. 12 protesters were killed in Sanaa.
(AP, 4/27/11)(AP, 4/28/11)
2012 Apr 27, In Albany,
Indiana, the remains of Stephanie Marie Kirk (35), last seen on
March 25, were found at the home of William Gibson. He was being
held in connection with the death last week of Christine Whitis (75)
and the death of Karen Hodella (44), whose body was found in 2003.
(SSFC, 4/29/12, p.A9)
2012 Apr 27, It was reported
that the Taliban have succeeded in closing or partly closing some 50
schools in southern Afghanistan in response to a government decision
last fall to ban motorcycles in the southern districts of Ghazni
province. A British soldier was shot dead in the southern province
of Helmand. NATO said 3 US service members were killed in a bomb
attack in the east.
(SFC, 4/27/12, p.A2)(AFP, 4/28/12)(SFC, 4/28/12,
2012 Apr 27, In Australia
Clarence Marae, the private secretary of Vanuatu’s PM Kilman, was
arrested at Sydney airport while traveling with PM Kilman, en route
to Israel for a state visit. The arrest was linked to an alleged
international tax scam.
2012 Apr 27, In China the
nephew of activist Chen Guangcheng defended himself from intruders
who broke into the family home in eastern Shandong province
apparently searching for his uncle following his April 22 dramatic
escape from house arrest. The nephew later faced a charge of
"intentional murder," despite the fact no one died in the encounter.
2012 Apr 27, Denmark's
intelligence service said 3 men have been arrested in Copenhagen on
suspicion of plotting a terror attack after police found them with
automatic weapons and ammunition.
2012 Apr 27, Guinea-Bissau's
coup leaders released the country's ousted prime minister and
interim president after more than two weeks of captivity, allowing
the former leaders to travel to Ivory Coast.
2012 Apr 27, In central Iraq a
Sunni mother and her three children were shot dead in an apparent
sectarian attack in the village of Abu Garma, Diyala province.
2012 Apr 27, Malaysian
authorities took action to prevent a mass political rally calling
for electoral reform from going ahead this weekend, sealing off a
square in the capital and serving a court order banning the protest.
2012 Apr 27, The Mexican
government said it will tighten inspections and lower maximum
allowed weights for freight trucks after protests over a string of
deadly accidents involving double-trailer trucks.
2012 Apr 27, A Dutch judge
upheld the government's plan to introduce a "weed pass" to prevent
foreigners from buying marijuana in coffee shops in the Netherlands.
2012 Apr 27, In northern
Nigeria gunmen suspected of belonging to the Boko Haram Islamist
sect fatally shot a police inspector outside his home Yobe state. A
car in which Edo state Gov. Oshiomhole normally rides was struck by
an oncoming vehicle. 3 journalists were killed in the suspicious
(AFP, 4/27/12)(AFP, 6/28/12)
2012 Apr 27, In Oman say eight
members of a family burned to death after their car struck a truck
parked on the roadside.
2012 Apr 27, In Pakistan about
eight people were killed in the day long fighting between LEAs and
criminal elements in the Lyari area of Karachi.
2012 Apr 27, Romania's
government fell in a no-confidence vote, as opposition parties
seized on widespread public anger over biting austerity measures,
cronyism and corruption. Some 235 lawmakers voted against the
government of PM Mihai Razvan Ungureanu, four more votes than
2012 Apr 27, South African
police snipers shot dead a 30-year-old man who had taken two women
hostage inside a Durban hospital. Police believed the man was a
teacher who suffered from bipolar disorder, and was receiving
treatment at the hospital.
2012 Apr 27, Tens of thousands
of South Koreans flocked to the opening show of Lady Gaga's global
tour, amid colorful scenes as female and male fans donned outrageous
outfits in honor of the US pop diva.
2012 Apr 27, Spain’s government
reported that unemployment rose to 24.4% in the first quarter.
(SFC, 4/28/12, p.A2)
2012 Apr 27, In Sudan a mother
and her two children were killed when a Sudanese plane bombed a
village around Umm Durain, South Kordofan state. Government troops
were reported killed when they tried to retake a position from
rebels in the Talodi area.
2012 Apr 27, Syrian state media
said a suicide car bombing in Damascus killed 11 people. Thousands
of Syrians protested elsewhere to denounce persistent violence by
President Bashar Assad's regime. Damascus was hit by four
explosions. At least 7 more people were killed in protests
(AFP, 4/27/12)(AP, 4/28/12)(AFP, 4/30/12)
2012 Apr 27, In Ukraine four
blasts within minutes rocked the center of Dnipropetrovsk in what
prosecutors believed was a terrorist attack. Nine children were
among the 31 injured. The crime was investigated as a terrorist
attack and 4 men were soon arrested.
(AP, 4/27/12)(AFP, 4/28/12)(AP, 6/1/12)
2012 Apr 27, The UN food agency
appealed to oil- and mineral-rich nations to set up a fund to combat
the food crisis gripping the Sahel desert region (Chad, Mali,
Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger) and other parts of Africa. The
group said it needed $110 million (83 million euros) to combat the
crisis in the short term.
2013 Apr 27, The US military
said that 100 of 166 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have joined the
hunger strike. 19 were receiving liquid nutrients through a nasal
tube to prevent dangerous weight loss. Lawyers put the number of
hunger strikers at 130.
(SSFC, 4/28/13, p.A5)(Econ, 5/4/13, p.27)
2013 Apr 27, The FBI arrested
Everett Dutschke (41) at his Tupelo, Miss., home in connection with
poisoned letters sent to the president and others.
2013 Apr 27, In California
Leila Fowler (8) was stabbed to death near her home in Calaveras
County. On May 11 police arrested her brother (12) as a suspect in
the murder. The boy had blamed an intruder.
(SSFC, 5/12/13, p.A9)
2013 Apr 27, In Kentucky
Rosemarie Smead (70), former Carmelite nun, was ordained a priest as
part of a dissident group operating outside of official Roman
Catholic Church authority. The modern woman priest movement started
in Austria in 2002, when seven women were ordained by the Danube
River by an independent Catholic bishop.
2013 Apr 27, NASA telescopes
recorded a massive, record-setting gamma ray burst, indicating the
death of a star and the formation of a black hole, 3.7 billion
(SFC, 11/22/13, p.A18)
2013 Apr 27, In Afghanistan a
coalition MC-12 Liberty aircraft crashed in Zabul province killing
four service members. The Taliban announced the start of their
spring offensive, signaling plans to step up attacks as the weather
warms, making both travel and fighting easier.
(AP, 4/27/13)(AP, 4/28/13)
2013 Apr 27, Algeria’s Pres.
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (76) suffered a stroke and was flown
to France for treatment. It was initially described as a
mini-stroke, but a June 11 statement said it was a full stroke.
2013 Apr 27, British anti-war
protesters demonstrated outside a Royal Air Force base used to
control drone flights over Afghanistan. Until this week, British
drones were operated only from a US Air Force base in Nevada.
2013 Apr 27, Ethiopian Airlines
flew a Boeing 787 from Ethiopia to Nairobi, Kenya, the first
commercial flight of the Dreamliner since it was grounded for
(SSFC, 4/28/13, p.A5)
2013 Apr 27, Icelanders voted
in a parliamentary election. The center-right parties that led the
country into economic collapse five years ago returned to power. The
conservative Independence Party won the most votes but it and the
rural-based Progressive Party each won 19 seats in the 63-seat
parliament. The Pirate Party, just a few months old, took 5.1% of
the vote, gaining three seats in the Althingi.
(AP, 4/27/13)(SFC, 4/29/13, p.A2)(AP,
4/30/13)(Econ, 5/4/13, p.56)
2013 Apr 27, In Indonesia an
Australia woman (28) was attacked and raped while vacationing with
her family near Bali’s popular Kuta beach. Her assailant also stole
stole three iPads, two cellphones and $154 in cash.
2013 Apr 27, In Iraq gunmen
killed five soldiers in Ramadi near the main Sunni protest camp west
of Baghdad. Gunmen also opened fire on a checkpoint manned by
government-allied Sunni fighters, killing five of them, near the
city of Tikrit.
2013 Apr 27, Israel was hit by
rockets fired from the Gaza Strip by Islamic militant group Hamas.
They exploded in open areas with no injuries.
2013 Apr 27, Italy’s
center-left leader Enrico Letta (46) forged a new government in a
coalition with former Premier Silvio Berlusconi's conservatives, an
unusual alliance of bitter rivals that broke a two-month political
stalemate from inconclusive elections.
2013 Apr 27, In Libya an
explosion at the Barka police station in Benghazi destroyed the
facade but left no causalities.
2013 Apr 27, Mexican
authorities said they have detained 108 undocumented immigrants
along routes that thousands of Central Americans use every year to
cross Mexico and enter the US illegally.
2013 Apr 27, In northern Mexico
10 members of the musical group La Reyna de Monterrey were killed
and five injured in a road accident.
2013 Apr 27, Syrian rebels
attacked the Abu Zuhour air base in the country's northwest. Rebels
entered the Kweiras military air base in Aleppo province and
destroyed its operations room. In the south opposition forces
launched a new offensive called "the Houran Volcano," assaulting a
string of army checkpoints and positions.
2013 Apr 27, Venezuelan
officials arrested retired Brig. Gen. Antonio Rivero. He had gained
fame for denouncing Cuban involvement in the Venezuelan military in
2010 and became a prominent member of the opposition, participating
in post-vote protests this month.
2013 Apr 27, In Yemen tens of
thousands rallied across the south to mark the 19th anniversary of
the start of the country's brief, but bloody civil war. The
protesters demanded independence from the north. 5 soldiers and 2
al-Qaida militants were killed in fighting in the central town of
Radda. Col. Ahmed Abdel-Razaq, the intelligence chief in Mukalla,
was gunned down in a drive-by shooting.
2014 Apr 27, President Barack
Obama said that comments reportedly made by Donald Sterling, the
owner of the LA Clippers pro basketball team, are "incredibly
offensive racist statements," before casting them as part of a
continuing legacy of slavery and segregation that Americans must
2014 Apr 27, President Barack
Obama pressed the Malaysian government to improve its human rights
record and appealed to Southeast Asia's teeming youth population to
stand up for the rights of minorities and the rule of law.
2014 Apr 27, US and Philippine
officials said the two countries have reached a 10-year agreement
that would allow a larger US military presence in the Philippines as
it grapples with increasingly tense territorial disputes with China.
2014 Apr 27, A broad tornado
killed at least 15 when it sliced through Arkansas at the start of
the US tornado season. Two more people were killed died in Iowa and
(Reuters, 4/28/14)(Reuters, 4/29/14)
2014 Apr 27, In Montana
exchange student Diren Dede of Hamburg was shot to death in
Missoula. Marks Kaarma said he found an intruder in his garage and
shot him twice. Kaarma was charged the next day with deliberate
homicide. Kaarma had reportedly baited and shot Dede following
previous burglaries by local teenagers. On Feb 12, 2015, Kaarma was
sentenced to seventy years in prison.
(SFC, 4/29/14, p.A5)(SFC, 12/5/14, p.A10)(SFC,
2014 Apr 27, Afghan officials
said recent torrential rains have caused flash floods in the north
that killed more than 100 people. Scores more were missing as
helicopters searched for stranded villagers.
(AFP, 4/25/14)(SFC, 4/28/14, p.A2)
2014 Apr 27, In Central African
Republic heavily armed African and French peacekeepers escorted some
of the last remaining Muslims out of Bangui, trucking more than
1,200 people who for months had been trapped in their neighborhood
by violent Christian militants.
(AP, 4/27/14)(AP, 4/28/14)
2014 Apr 27, Dominican Rep.
police arrested Nicola Pignatelli (43), an alleged high-ranking
member of the Italian mafia. He had fled Italy in 2011 to avoid a
(SFC, 4/29/14, p.A2)
2014 Apr 27, An Egyptian court
sentenced 42 supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi to prison
terms ranging from three to 15 years on violence-related charges.
2014 Apr 27, Iraqi army
helicopters attacked a jihadist convoy inside eastern Syria as it
tried to approach the border, killing 8 people.
2014 Apr 27, Polls opened for
Macedonia's double election, a presidential election runoff and snap
national elections. PM Nikola Gruevski's ruling center-right party
won its fourth consecutive general election victory, but looked
likely to fall just short of gaining an outright majority. The main
opposition Social Democrats refused to recognize the result.
(AP, 4/27/14)(AP, 4/28/14)
2014 Apr 27, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb killed three soldiers in an area bordering South and
North Waziristan near the Afghan border.
2014 Apr 27, The Palestine
Liberation Organisation's central council adopted a plan to pursue
attempts to join 60 United Nations bodies and international
2014 Apr 27, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas called the Holocaust "the most heinous
crime" of modern history and expressed his sympathy for the victims,
a rare acknowledgment by an Arab leader of Jewish suffering during
the Nazi genocide.
2014 Apr 27, In the northern
Philippines a light plane crashed while on a cloud-seeding flight
over farmlands that have been scorched by the intense summer heat,
killing all four people on board.
2014 Apr 27, South Korea's PM
Chung Hong-won resigned over the government's handling of a ferry
sinking that has left more than 300 people dead or missing and led
to widespread shame, fury and finger-pointing. Officials have taken
into custody all 15 people involved in navigating the ferry Sewol,
which sank April 16.
2014 Apr 27, In Taiwan nearly
30,000 rallied in opposition to the proposed 4th Longmen nuclear
power plant near Taipei. PM Jiang Yi-huah backed down and agreed
mothball two plants, stop construction at a third and hold a
referendum prior to any operations.
(Econ, 5/3/14, p.36)
2014 Apr 27, In Ukraine
pro-Russian separatists seized control of the offices of regional
state television in the eastern city of Donetsk.
2014 Apr 27, Pope Francis
declared Popes John XXIII and John Paul II saints before some
800,000 people in an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic
by the presence of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square.
2014 Apr 27, Thousands of
Yemenis rallied in the port city of Mukalla to demand statehood for
the formerly independent south 20 years after the crushing of a
2015 Apr 27, The United States
and Japan unveiled new guidelines for defense cooperation,
reflecting Japan's willingness to take on a more robust
international role amid growing Chinese power and rising concerns
about nuclear-armed North Korea. This was the first revision to the
guidelines since 1997.
2015 Apr 27, In southern
California truck drivers walked off the job in a dispute over their
wages and employee status, months after another West Coast labor
conflict cost major delays in billions of dollars of trade.
2015 Apr 27, In Baltimore
rioters plunged parts of the city into chaos torching a pharmacy and
setting cars on fire, following the funeral of Freddie Gray, who
died on April 19 after suffering a fatal spinal injury while in
police custody. The governor declared a state of emergency and
called in the National Guard to restore order.
(SFC, 4/28/15, p.A5)
2015 Apr 27, Bahrain's public
prosecutor said that eight men were sentenced to fifteen years in
prison for the attempted murder of nine policemen in 2013.
2015 Apr 27, In Bosnia’s Serb
Republic Muslim Bosniak Nerdin Ibric (24) was killed in an exchange
of fire as he stormed into a police station in Zvornik. A Bosnian
who fought in Syria was arrested the next day in connection with the
2015 Apr 27, Burundi
authorities arrested a leading dissident and shut down the main
independent radio station as they battled a second day of
demonstrations against a bid by the president to cling to power for
a third term. The Red Cross said at least 6 people have been killed
in the street clashes.
(AFP, 4/27/15)(SFC, 4/28/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 27, French
investigators provided details to AFP of their year-long probe into
the finances of Rifaat al-Assad, the younger brother of Syria’s late
dictator Hafez al-Assad. He was under investigation for amassing a
90-million-euro fortune, including a stud farm and luxury
apartments, despite being kicked out of Syria "with nothing" 30
2015 Apr 27, Greek PM Alexis
Tsipras reshuffled his team handling talks with European and IMF
lenders. Embattled Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis faced calls to
quit after returning from a meeting of euro zone finance ministers
in Riga isolated and empty-handed.
2015 Apr 27, In Libya 5 crew
members from a private TV network were found dead near Bayda, after
they were abducted last August in eastern Libya.
2015 Apr 27, In Nepal the death
toll from the April 25 magnitude 7.9 earthquake climbed to more than
4,000. Reports trickling in from remote areas suggested it would
rise significantly Another 66 were reported killed across the border
in India and at least another 20 in Tibet.
(Reuters, 4/27/15)(AP, 4/27/15)
2015 Apr 27, The Netherlands
turned out in orange as King Willem-Alexander turned 48 and the
whole country celebrated King's Day.
2015 Apr 27, In northeastern
Nigeria suspected Boko Haram gunmen were reported to have shot dead
21 people in who were trying to return home to recover abandoned
food supplies at Bultaram village, Yobe state.
2015 Apr 27, Polish border
guards blocked 10 nationalistic Russian bikers loyal to President
Vladimir Putin from entering Poland as part of a ride to commemorate
the Red Army's victory over Nazi Germany 70 years ago.
2015 Apr 27, Former Romanian
president Ion Iliescu (2000-2004) acknowledged approving the CIA's
request for a site in Romania in 2002-2003, but said he would have
refused had he known how it would be used.
2015 Apr 27, South Korea's
Pres. Park Geun-hye accepted the resignation of PM Lee Wan Koo over
a bribery scandal. He has been at the heart of a corruption scandal
involving a dead businessman and other high-profile figures.
2015 Apr 27, In Syria Islamic
insurgents overran a military base at the former Qarmeed factory in
northwestern Idlib province, carting off tanks and other weapons in
the latest blow to President Bashar Assad's forces in the region.
2015 Apr 27, In Yemen Saudi-led
aircraft pounded Iran-allied Houthi militiamen and rebel army units
in central Yemen and Sanaa despite a formal end to the air strikes.
2015 Apr 27, Yemen's exiled
government declared three areas in the country engulfed in fighting
between Shiite rebels, their allies and pro-government forces as
"disaster" zones, including the southern port city of Aden, and said
that the month of violence has claimed 1,000 civilian lives.
2016 Apr 27, The US-led
military coalition targeted Islamic State in Iraq and Syria with 22
2016 Apr 27, In Chicago Dennis
Hastert (74), former US House speaker, was sentenced to 15 months in
prison in a hush-money case that revealed accusations he sexually
abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling.
(SFC, 4/28/16, p.A6)
2016 Apr 27, The US state of
Georgia executed Daniel Anthony Lucas (37) for the April 23, 1998,
killings of a trucking company owner and his two children during a
home burglary near Macon.
(SFC, 4/28/16, p.A6)
2016 Apr 27, In NYC police and
federal agents arrested dozens of suspects in a wide-ranging
investigation of rival street gangs that terrorized a Bronx
(SFC, 4/28/16, p.A6)
2016 Apr 27, It was reported
that Islamic State supporters have published the names and addresses
of 3,600 New Yorkers in an apparent "hit list" seemingly meant to
escalate the group's campaign of sowing fear far from the
battlefield in Syria. The names were released last week by a group
calling itself United Cyber Caliphate on the encrypted chat
application Telegram, which IS supporters are known to use to
recruit supporters and spread propaganda.
2016 Apr 27, Tennessee Gov.
Bill Haslam signed a bill into law that allows mental health
counselors to refuse to treat patients based on the therapist’s
religious or personal beliefs.
(SFC, 4/28/16, p.A6)
2016 Apr 27, China's top
anti-graft authority said it has found irregularities at the
country's second-largest lender, China Construction Bank Corp.
2016 Apr 27, In Egypt a
roadside bomb in the North Sinai town of El-Arish targeted an
armored personnel carrier and killed 3 policemen with 8 others
2016 Apr 27, The EU's police
mission in Kosovo conducted a major operation against an
Albanian-Serb organized crime ring. Six people were arrested and
authorities were hunting for a governing party lawmaker suspected of
being the ringleader.
2016 Apr 27, The French
billionaire and art collector Francois Pinault announced the
creation of a new contemporary art museum in central Paris.
2016 Apr 27, Paris attacks
suspect Salah Abdeslam, Europe's most wanted fugitive until his
capture in Belgium last month, was returned to France to face
justice. His lawyer said Abdeslam is willing to cooperate.
2016 Apr 27, In Guatemala at
least 4 people died in a landslide at a trash dump in Guatemala
City. Two days later 24 people were listed as missing.
(http://tinyurl.com/hnqpobv)(SFC, 4/230/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 27, Israeli police
shot dead Palestinian woman Maram Abu Ismail (24) and her brother,
Ibrahim Taha (16), saying they were armed with knives and tried to
carry out an attack at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. Alaa
Soboh, a Palestinian bus driver said he witnessed the incident, and
that the pair appeared to be unfamiliar with crossing procedures and
were swiftly challenged at the checkpoint.
(Reuters, 4/27/16)(SFC, 4/28/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 27, Jordan banned a
performance by popular Lebanese rock band Mashrou’ Leila ("Leila's
Project") on religious grounds, spurring criticism of the
Western-allied kingdom, which portrays itself as an island of
tolerance in a turbulent region.
2016 Apr 27, In Kazakhstan
hundreds of people staged street protests in the western city of
Aktobe over land reform, a rare act of defiance that could pose a
challenge to the leadership of President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Critics had staged their first protest in the city of Atyrau on
2016 Apr 27, Two of the US Air
Force's most advanced jets landed in Lithuania for the first time in
a show of force and support for a region worried by Russian military
maneuvers. The two F-22 fighters had landed in Romania earlier this
week and F-22s last year visited Poland and Estonia, all counties
concerned about Russian military ambitions.
2016 Apr 27, A member of the
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said thousands of Nepali
women are being trafficked every year as sex workers and bonded
laborers, and China and South Korea are emerging as new
2016 Apr 27, In Spain
construction workers came across 19 amphoras containing thousands of
bronze and silver-coated coins dating from the end of the fourth
century in the southern town of Tomares outside Seville. The coins
are believed to have been recently minted at the time and had
probably been stored away to pay soldiers or civil servants.
2016 Apr 27, In Sudan clashes
between government troops and rebels began and continued until late
April 29, with fighting initially erupting west of the town of Um
Serdiba, South Kordofan state, leaving six insurgents dead and
2016 Apr 27, Thailand's
military government turned up the pressure on its opponents, filing
a legal complaint against critics of a proposed new constitution and
detaining 10 people in connection with social media postings.
2016 Apr 27, In Turkey a woman
suicide bomber blew herself up in Bursa, killing herself and
wounding at least 10 people.
2016 Apr 27, In eastern Ukraine
at least five people including a pregnant woman were killed and more
than 10 injured on the front line in the worst civilian loss of life
there in months. The victims were spending the night in their cars
at the checkpoint outside the village of Olenivka hoping to cross
the line in the morning.
2016 Apr 27, Venezuelan cities
cleaned up from a night of looting and fiery protests as government
offices closed their doors for the rest of the week in the face of a
worsening energy crisis that is causing daily blackouts.
2016 Apr 27, A Zanzibar health
official said a cholera outbreak on the island archipelago has
killed at least 45 people since March and that 3,000 people have
been hospitalized with the disease.
2017 Apr 27, President Donald
Trump said the leaders of Canada and Mexico called him asking the
United States to remain a partner in the North American Free Trade
Agreement and that he agreed.
2017 Apr 27, The United States
blacklisted Mubarak Mohammed A Alotaibi (31), a Saudi man, who it
said was the Syria-based deputy leader of Islamic State's affiliate
in Saudi Arabia.
2017 Apr 27, Arkansas executed
its 4th inmate in eight days. Kenneth Williams (38) was executed for
killing Cecil Breen, former deputy warden, after escaping from
prison in 1999. During the execution Williams briefly experienced
coughing, convulsing, lurching and jerking as the state began to
administer midazolam, the first of its three lethal injection drugs.
Williams was less than three weeks into a life term for the 1998
killing of college cheerleader Dominique Hurd, when he escaped in a
barrel of hog slop.
(SFC, 4/28/17, p.A6)(SFC, 4/29/17, p.A4)
2017 Apr 27, Texas lawmakers
approved SB4, a bill that penalizes local officials who fail to
cooperate with federal immigration authorities by allowing police to
inquire into the legal status of people who are merely detained
rather than arrested.
(Econ, 5/6/17, p.26)
2017 Apr 27, United Airlines
said it will raise the payment limit to customers who give up seats
on oversold flights to $10,000. Lawyers said United has reached a
settlement with passenger David Dao (69), who was injured when he
was yanked from a United flight on April 9.
(SFC, 4/28/17, p.C1)
2017 Apr 27, NASA said its
unmanned Cassini spacecraft has survived its plunge between the
rings of Saturn and, after briefly going dark for the flyby, is
communicating again with Earth.
2017 Apr 27, In Afghanistan a
military raid killed Abdul Haseeb Logari, the IS chief in Nangarhar.
Two US Army Rangers died in the raid. The Pentagon later said they
may have been killed as the result of friendly fire in the opening
minutes of the three-hour battle.
2017 Apr 27, Britain’s Criminal
Finances Act took effect, a significant step towards exposing dirty
money in the London property market. The law allowed the seizure of
homes from foreigners who cannot explain how they paid for them.
2017 Apr 27, London police
arrested a 27-year-old man near parliament on suspicion of terrorism
offences and possession of knives. Hours later, armed police raided
a property in north London as part of an unrelated counter-terrorism
investigation, firing CS gas as they entered and shooting a woman in
her 20s. Six people were arrested.
2017 Apr 27, Haroon Syed, a
British teenager arrested last September 8 and accused of planning a
bombing in London, pleaded guilty to preparing terrorist acts.
2017 Apr 27, China's top
anti-graft watchdog released new information on 22 fugitives who are
hiding out abroad down to the street names where they may live, as
China ramps up pressure on corruption suspects who have fled
2017 Apr 27, China passed a
revised mapping law to bolster understanding of its territorial
claims and to create hefty new penalties to "intimidate" foreigners
who carry out surveying work without permission.
2017 Apr 27, Uighur activists
reported that authorities in China’s Xinjiang region are prohibiting
parents from giving children at least 29 Islamic names, including
Muhammad, Jihad and Islam.
(SFC, 4/28/17, p.A2)
2017 Apr 27, Google activated a
line of caching servers in Cuba, becoming the first foreign company
with the ability to provide online content in the country.
2017 Apr 27, In Cyprus a
Cypriot-Norwegian child was kidnapped from outside a nursery school
in the capital Nicosia. The next day four men were remanded in
custody over the kidnapping. The Norwegian father emailed the mother
to say the girl was with him somewhere in Cyprus.
2017 Apr 27, Egypt’s Pres.
El-Sissi ratified much-contested legal amendments that effectively
give him power over the country's courts, as he will be the one
appointing heads of judicial bodies.
2017 Apr 27, The European
Commission stepped up its legal action against Poland over the
logging of the protected primeval Bialowieza forest in the north
east of the country, warning that the next step would be a lawsuit
in the EU's top court.
2017 Apr 27, French riot police
clashed with youths in central Paris when a demonstration against
far right leader presidential candidate Marine Le Pen and her
centrist rival Emmanuel Macron turned violent.
2017 Apr 27, Former German
Chancellor Helmut Kohl was awarded 1 million euros ($1.1 million) in
damages after the Cologne state court found his one-time ghostwriter
had violated his privacy rights.
2017 Apr 27, Hong Kong
authorities expanded their crackdown on the Chinese-controlled
territory's opposition with a fresh round of arrests of
pro-democracy activists. Police detained up to nine activists for
their apparent involvement in an anti-China protest last year.
2017 Apr 27, In Indonesia
female Islamic clerics declared a series of fatwas, including one to
tackle child marriage, a rare example of women taking a leading
religious role in the Muslim-majority country.
2017 Apr 27, Iraqi forces
retook the town of Hatra, southwest of Mosul, on the third day of an
operation that saw them wrest back a nearby UNESCO-listed ancient
2017 Apr 27, In Kashmir a
70-year-old civilian was killed and seven people were injured during
an anti-India protest that erupted following a gunbattle that killed
three Indian soldiers and two suspected rebels. Authorities have
banned 22 social media sites in an effort to calm tensions in the
disputed region after videos depicting the alleged abuse of
Kashmiris by Indian forces fueled protests. But the sites remained
online as the local telecom company struggled to block them.
2017 Apr 27, In Macedonia more
than 100 people were injured this evening including protestors,
policemen and lawmakers, after protesters broke through a police
cordon and entered the parliament to protest against the election of
an ethnic Albanian Talat Xhaferi as new speaker. In May, nine people
received suspended prison sentences for their part in the violence.
On Oct. 12 Pance Angelov (65) was convicted by a court of assaulting
MP Radmila Secerinska and violently pulling her hair during the
(AP, 4/28/17)(AFP, 10/12/17)
2017 Apr 27, Moldovan
anti-corruption prosecutors detained the transport minister and a
senior road management official on suspicion of embezzling European
2017 Apr 27, Montenegro's PM
Dusko Markovic said Russia has banned the import of its best-known
wine because of the Balkan country's decision to become a member of
NATO. Markovic said Russian authorities reported finding pesticides
and plastic in wine and other products made by the Plantaze company.
2017 Apr 27, In Pakistan the
Islamic State killed Maulvi Daud, a senior Afghan Taliban official,
in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
2017 Apr 27, Pres. Mahmoud
Abbas's Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) told Israel it
would no longer pay for the electricity Israel supplies to Gaza, a
move that could lead to a complete power shutdown in the territory,
whose 2 million people already endure blackouts for much of the day.
2017 Apr 27, Palestinians
across the West Bank observed a general strike in support of
hundreds of hunger-striking prisoners held by Israel.
2017 Apr 27, Officials said
Poland has signed its first deal to purchase liquefied natural gas
from a US supplier, a step that will help the country's efforts to
cut its dependence on deliveries from Russia.
2017 Apr 27, Russian President
Vladimir Putin hosted Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to discuss a dispute
over four islands that has kept the two countries from signing a
peace treaty ending World War II.
2017 Apr 27, The Kremlin said
that an opposition protest planned for April 29 was illegal and
police would deal with anyone who showed up accordingly. Russian
police raided the Moscow office of Open Russia, an organization
founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a top foe of President Vladimir
Putin. Open Russia, which helps opposition candidates and political
prisoners, called for the protest.
(Reuters, 4/27/17)(AP, 4/27/17)
2017 Apr 27, In Russia unknown
attackers doused opposition leader Alexei Navalny with green
antiseptic, burning one of his eyes.
2017 Apr 27, The Russian naval
intelligence ship Liman sank off Turkey's Black Sea coast after
colliding with the Togo-flagged Youzarsif H carrying livestock. All
78 personnel on board were evacuated.
2017 Apr 27, Two Saudi soldiers
were killed in a rocket attack near the border with war-torn Yemen.
2017 Apr 27, An appeals court
in Senegal upheld the life sentence of former Chad dictator Hissene
Habre on war crimes and crimes against humanity charges, bringing to
an end a landmark trial pursued by victims for more than 16 years.
2017 Apr 27, In Sri Lanka
shops, offices and schools were closed and public transport was
halted in the country’s former civil war region in support of
families who are demanding information from the government about
loved ones listed as having disappeared during the conflict.
2017 Apr 27, Syrian activists
said airstrikes across the opposition-held Idlib province have
killed at least 19 people, with some targeting ambulances and
medical centers. The activists believed Russia or the Syrian
government launched the raids.
2017 Apr 27, Syria's state
media reported that Israel has attacked a military installation near
the Damascus International Airport.
2017 Apr 27, In Syria Mustafa
Gunes, an Islamic State operative from Turkey, was killed in a US
coalition air strike in Mayadin.
2017 Apr 27, In southern
Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents killed four paramilitary army
rangers in an ambush in Narathiwat province.
2017 Apr 27, The UN refugee
agency chose Yusra Mardini as a goodwill ambassador. The Syrian
teenage girl helped save a boat carrying fellow refugees and swam on
the first Refugee Olympic team in Rio last year.
2018 Apr 27, US Pres. Donald
Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel aired differences over
trade and NATO at a White House meeting where they tried to put on a
show of warmth and friendship. Merkel faced an uphill struggle to
save the Iran nuclear deal, avoid a trade war and make her
relationship with the US president functional again.
(AFP, 4/27/18)(Reuters, 4/28/18)
2018 Apr 27, A declassified US
congressional panel report released today on its investigation into
Moscow's suspected interference in the 2016 US election said Russia
has aggressively engaged in information warfare against the West for
2018 Apr 27, The Republican-led
House intelligence committee released a lengthy report concluding it
found no evidence that Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia
in the 2016 presidential campaign, drawing praise from the president
and rebuttals from Democrats.
2018 Apr 27, Volunteer US
lawyers gave legal workshops just across the border in Mexico to
Central American asylum seekers who traveled in a "caravan" that has
been harshly criticized by President Donald Trump.
2018 Apr 27, In Arizona a
wildfire began near the town of Clints Well. By April 30 it had
swelled to more than 13 square miles.
(SFC, 5/1/18, p.A5)
2018 Apr 27, Philadelphia mob
boss Joseph Merlino pleaded guilty to an illegal gambling charge as
part of a deal allowing him to avoid a retrial in in a NYC
(SFC, 4/28/18, p.A5)
2018 Apr 27, In eastern
Afghanistan a rocket fired by Taliban fighters late today hit a
house in the Hoodi area of Goshta district, Nangarhar province. Five
civilians were killed and three were injured.
2018 Apr 27, Armenia's acting
head of government Karen Karapetyan rebuffed talks proposed by
opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan, further escalating tensions after
two weeks of protests.
2018 Apr 27, A two-day
operation led by Belgian prosecutors seized servers and data from
Islamic State propaganda outlets in a multi-country effort aimed at
tracking down radicals and crimping the group's ability to spread
its violent message. The operation involved authorities in the US,
Canada, Britain, France, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Romania.
2018 Apr 27, Bosnian police
detained former Bosnian army commander Atif Dudakovic (64) and 12
other people on suspicion of war crimes against Serb and Bosnian
civilians and prisoners during the country's deadly 1992-95 war.
2018 Apr 27, Chinese President
Xi Jinping called for stepped-up cooperation with India during an
informal summit with PM Narendra Modi, amid tensions along their
contested border and a rivalry for influence with their smaller
neighbors that could determine dominance in Asia.
2018 Apr 27, China introduced a
law making it potentially criminal to defame or deny the deeds and
spirit of the country's historic martyrs, state media said, the
latest move to protect symbols of state.
2018 Apr 27, In northwestern
China an assailant killed seven middle school students who were on
their way home from classes in Mizhi county, Shaanxi province. The
suspected attacker was caught. The death toll soon rose to nine the
stabbing attack carried out by a former pupil (28) seeking revenge
for having been bullied.
(Reuters, 4/27/18)(AP, 4/27/18)
2018 Apr 27, The European Union
made a key breakthrough to completely ban pesticides that harm bees
and their crop pollination. The ban on the three prevalent
neonicotinoid pesticides will take effect at the end of the year.
2018 Apr 27, Football's world
governing body FIFA said it had banned the head of the Brazilian
football federation, Marco Polo Del Nero, for life following a graft
2018 Apr 27, The German
government said a Syrian presidential decree on real estate
registration is a "cynical plan" designed to confiscate refugees'
property. The decree, which ran in state-run media this month, gives
property owners in certain parts of Syria one month to provide
ownership deeds or face having their property confiscated.
2018 Apr 27, Former Guatemalan
Pres. Alvaro Arzu (72) died in Guatemala City. He served as
president from 1996 to 2000 and signed the 1996 peace accord ending
the country's civil war. He later became mayor of the capital.
2018 Apr 27, A Kenyan movie due
to become the first in the country's history to be screened at the
Cannes Film Festival was banned by the Kenya Film Classification
Board for seeking to "promote lesbianism." The story by Ugandan
writer Monica Arac Nyeko won the 2007 Caine Prize, which is awarded
to African writers of a short story published in English.
2018 Apr 27, Israeli soldiers
fired bullets and tear gas at thousands of Palestinian protesters at
the Gaza-Israel border, hours after the United Nations human rights
chief criticized Israel for using "excessive force". Three
Palestinians were killed and 200 were wounded by gunfire.
(Reuters, 4/27/18)(Reuters, 4/28/18)
2018 Apr 27, In Mali 44 Fulanis
were reported killed by Tuaregs along the Mali-Niger border.
Extremists reportedly killed at least 47 Tuaregs over the last two
(SFC, 5/4/18, p.A2)
2018 Apr 27, North Korean
leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in set aside
a year that saw them seemingly on the verge of war, grasped hands
and strode together across the cracked concrete marking the Koreas'
border. Kim became the first North Korean leader to visit South
Korean territory. The leaders pledged in a joint statement to rid
their peninsula of nuclear weapons.
2018 Apr 27, In Pakistan gunmen
late today fatally shot three local tourists and their driver in the
South Waziristan tribal region along the Afghanistan border.
2018 Apr 27, In Poland parents
of disabled children held a 10th day of protests to voice
frustration over what they consider inadequate state support, one of
several political challenges confronting the country's conservative
2018 Apr 27, Romania's
President Klaus Iohannis called on PM Viorica Dancila to resign,
saying that she is unfit for the job, signaling a fresh round of
political tensions between the centrist president and left-wing
2018 Apr 27, Russia's main
intelligence agency said it has detained four men from a Siberian
oil town who are linked to the Islamic State group and are suspected
of plotting terror attacks in Moscow.
2018 Apr 27, In Singapore
foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
(ASEAN) met to affirm a common vision amid happenings beyond their
2018 Apr 27, Four vessels
carrying 20 crew members from Suriname and neighboring Guyana were
attacked by assailants carrying guns and cutlasses. Five survivors
were later rescued or found their way to shore. Three dead bodies
have been recovered, but the fate of a dozen remained unclear.
2018 Apr 27, Sweden's legendary
disco group ABBA announced that they have reunited to record two new
songs, 35 years after their last single, sparking joy and surprise
2018 Apr 27, In Switzerland
Erwin Sperisen, Guatemala's former police chief, was slapped with a
15-year prison sentence after being reconvicted for the deaths of
seven inmates in Pavon jail (Guatemala) in September 2006. Sperisen
held dual Swiss and Guatemalan citizenship and local rules allowed
Swiss citizens to be tried at home for crimes committed abroad.
2018 Apr 27, Fighting between
Syrian troops and Islamic State group fighters in southern
neighborhoods of Damascus left dozens of people dead or wounded. The
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government
bombardment killed 17 people, including seven children and two women
in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk mostly controlled by IS.
2018 Apr 27, Thailand deported
Sam Serey, the leader of a Cambodian anti-government group. He was
at risk of being extradited to his homeland for imprisonment but
said he is safely back in Denmark, where he has had political asylum
for seven years.
2018 Apr 27, In Yemen an
airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition in Sanaa killed two Shiite rebel
leaders and dozens of their militiamen.
2019 Apr 27, US Navy Rear
Admiral John Ring was removed as commander, Joint Task
Force-Guantanamo "due to a loss of confidence in his ability to
command." 40 "war on terror" detainees were still being held there
after 17 years.
2019 Apr 27, Retired Lt. Col.
Oliver North announced that he will not serve a second term as
president of the National Rifle Association. This followed his
failed attempt to force out NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre.
(SSFC, 4/28/19, p.A5)
2019 Apr 27, In southern
California a shooting attack at a synagogue in Poway, north of San
Diego, left one person dead and three injured. Suspect John Earnest
(19) had used an AR-type assault weapon and was soon arrested.
(AFP, 4/28/19)(SSFC, 4/28/19, p.A5)
2019 Apr 27, Tennessee
authorities captured Michael Cummins (25), a suspect in the deaths
of five people found slain at two homes in Sumner County. Police
soon raise the death toll to seven.
(SSFC, 4/28/19, p.A5)(SFC, 4/29/19, p.A5)
2019 Apr 27, In Seattle, Wa., a
construction crane collapsed from a building on Google's new campus
killing four people.
(SFC, 4/29/19, p.A5)
2019 Apr 27, In Cameroon
jihadists from Nigeria's Boko Haram killed at least four people and
badly wounded four others in an attack on Kofia, an island on Lake
2019 Apr 27, China's President
Xi Jinping at the end of a 2-day summit hailed deals worth more than
$64 billion signed during China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)
this week as he sought to reassure skeptics the project will deliver
sustainable growth for all involved.
2019 Apr 27, In France "yellow
vest" demonstrations took place for the 214th consecutive week to
challenge the economic policies of Pres. Emmanuel Macron.
(SSFC, 4/28/19, p.A3)
2019 Apr 27, Indonesia's navy
intercepted a Vietnamese fishing vessel in waters off Indonesia's
Natuna island chain. One of its patrol vessels was rammed by two
Vietnamese coast guard ships after intercepting the fishing boat.
Indonesia detained 12 Vietnamese fishermen from the boat, which sank
in the clash.
2019 Apr 27, In Morocco 16
African migrants from various countries were killed in a vehicle
crash between the coastal cities of Saidia and nador. 17 others were
(SFC, 4/29/19, p.A2)
2019 Apr 27, Mozambican
officials urged those living near two rivers in the country's north
to move to higher ground, as Cyclone Kenneth dumped heavy rains and
caused some flooding. The death toll from Kenneth rose to five.
2019 Apr 27, Pakistani health
officials suspended a nationwide anti-polio campaign after a health
worker and two policemen escorting vaccination teams were killed in
separate attacks across the country in less than a week. The
decision to halt the campaign came after two new polio cases were
reported in the country's northwestern province of Khyber
2019 Apr 27, In Pakistan a bomb
blast near the Afghan border killed three security personnel in
2019 Apr 27, Peru's government
said former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is to spend three years
under house arrest while corruption charges are prepared against him
for allegedly taking bribes from Brazilian construction company
2019 Apr 27, Scandinavian
airline SAS canceled hundreds of flights scheduled for April 28 as a
pilot strike entered its second day, disrupting the travel plans of
tens of thousands of passengers.
2019 Apr 27, Sri Lanka's
government banned the militant National Thawheedh Jamaath (NTJ)
under new emergency laws.
2019 Apr 27, Sadiq al-Mahdi,
former Sudanese prime minister and top opposition leader called for
Sudan to join the International Criminal Court which has indicted
its ousted president Omar al-Bashir, as protesters and the military
met to discuss civilian rule.
2019 Apr 27, In Syria attacks
by two jihadist groups early today killed at least 22 government
troops and militiamen in the northern province of Aleppo. Eight
insurgents were also killed. The fighting subsided after Russian
aircraft struck jihadist positions in the area. Russia aircraft also
carried out strikes in neighboring Hama province, killing five
(AFP, 4/27/19)(SSFC, 4/28/19, p.A3)
2019 Apr 27, Taiwanese
President Tsai Ing-wen reaffirmed her opposition to nuclear power
before marching with anti-nuclear protesters, reviving an issue that
has proven politically divisive in the past.
2019 Apr 27, In Tunisia seven
women day laborer's being transported to work on a farm in the back
of a pickup were among 12 people killed when it collided with a
2019 Apr 27, Venezuela's
opposition leader Juan Guaido used his latest mass rally to
reiterate an appeal to the army to end its support for Nicolas
Maduro's regime, and announced massive Mayday protests to oust the
2019 Apr 27, In Vietnam
state-run media said police this week broke up an online gambling
ring that had handled more than $1 billion in bets and arrested 22
people, in what is believed to be the largest-ever internet betting
operation in the communist country. So far a total of 22 people have
been arrested including 12 organizers.
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