Today in History - April 28
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Workers Memorial Day, to remember those killed or
injured on the job.
(WSJ, 11/2/98, p.B1)
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357AD Apr 28,
Constantius II visited Rome for the first time.
1109 Apr 28, Hugo van Cluny,
6th abbot of Cluny, saint, died.
1202 Apr 28, King Philip II
threw out John-without-Country, from France.
1282 Apr 28, Villagers in
Palermo led a revolt against French rule in Sicily.
1376 Apr 28, English parliament
demanded the supervision on royal outlay.
1442 Apr 28, Edward, the son of
Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, was born in Rouen, France. He was
crowned as Edward IV in 1461 and became the first king of the House
of York (1471-1483). In a 2004 television documentary, records were
found in the Rouen Cathedral archives which revealed that, from 14
July to 21 August 1441, the crucial five-week period in which Edward
must have been conceived, Edward's supposed father was away on
campaign at Pontoise, several days' march from Rouen (where Cecily
of York was based), and that prayers were being offered for his
safety. This was taken to suggest that the Duke of York could not
have been available to father Edward.
1550 Apr 28, Powers of Dutch
inquisition were extended.
1592 Apr 28, George Villiers,
1st duke of Buckingham, English admiral, was born.
1635 Apr 28, Virginia Governor
John Harvey was accused of treason and removed from office.
1655 Apr 28, English admiral
Blake beat a Tunisian pirate fleet.
1748 Apr 28, Lorenz Justinian
Ott, composer, was born.
1753 Apr 28, Franz K. Achard,
German physicist, was born.
1758 Apr 28, James Monroe
(d.1831), later secretary of state and the fifth president of the
United States (1817-1825), was born in Westmoreland County, Va. He
created the Monroe Doctrine, warning Europe not to interfere in the
(HFA, ‘96, p.28)(HNQ, 7/27/99)(HN, 4/28/02)
1760 Apr 28, French forces
besieging Quebec defeated the British in the second battle on the
Plains of Abraham.
1770 Apr 28, Marie AC de
Camargo (60), Spanish-Italian-Belgian dancer, died.
1788 Apr 28, Maryland became
the seventh state to ratify the US constitution, but on condition
that a Bill of Rights be added.
(AP, 4/28/07)(WSJ, 9/20/08, p.A21)
1789 Apr 28, Fletcher Christian
lead a mutiny on the Bounty as the crew of the British ship set
Captain William Bligh and 18 sailors adrift in a launch in the South
Pacific. Richard Hough later authored: "Captain Bligh and Mr.
(AP, 4/28/97)(HN, 4/28/98)(SFC, 10/9/99,
1795 Apr 28, Charles Sturt
(d.1869), explorer of Australia, was born in India. British explorer
Charles Sturt is known as the "father of Australian exploration." He
was the first to penetrate deep into Australia's interior from 1828
to 1845 during three hazardous expeditions. In 1828 he discovered
the Darling River and in January 1830 the Murray River, which he
followed until he reached present day Goolwa. His last expedition
came to an end when his eyesight was impaired by exposure and
illness. Scotsman John McDouall Stuart was part of Stuart's final
expedition and went on to become a major explorer, crossing the
continent from Adelaide to Port Darwin in 1862.
(HN, 4/28/98)(HNQ, 5/26/98)
1799 Apr 28, Francois Giroust
(62), composer, died.
1813 Apr 28, Prince Mikhail
Illarionovich Golenishchev-Kutuzov (b.1745), Field Marshal of the
Russian Empire, died. Kutuzov forced the French army to leave Russia
along the path it had devastated when it entered the country. He
served as one of the finest military officers and diplomats of
Russia under the reign of three Romanov Tsars: Catherine II, Paul I
and Alexander I. His military career was closely associated with the
rising period of Russia from the end of the 18th century to the
beginning of the 19th century. Kutuzov is considered to have been
one of the best Russian generals.
1815 Apr 28, Andrew Jackson
Smith (d.1897), Major General (Union volunteers), was born.
1818 Apr 28, President Monroe
proclaimed naval disarmament on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain.
1826 Apr 28, Alexander
Stadtfeld, composer, was born.
1848 Apr 28, The last slaves in
French colonies were freed.
1856 Apr 28, Yokut Indians
repelled an attack on their land by 100 would-be Indian fighters in
1858 Apr 28, NYC commissioners
approved the “Greensward” plan for Central Park. Frederick Law
Olmstead (1822-1903), the recently selected park superintendent, and
landscape architect Calvert Vaux won a design competition to improve
and expand the park. Olmstead and Vaux brought in George Waring, an
expert on farm drainage, who raised low lying areas and installed a
network of underground pipes to ensure that the grass would drain
freely. The park had first opened in 1857, on 770 acres of city
owned land. Construction began in 1858 and was completed in 1873.
The initial budget for the new park was $1.5 million.
1865 Apr 28, Giacomo
Meyerbeer's opera "L'Africaine," premiered in Paris.
1873 Apr 28, A. Manzoni (88),
writer, died. Giuseppi Verdi dedicated his "Requiem" to his memory.
1878 Apr 28, Lionel Barrymore,
American stage, screen and radio actor, was born. He won an Oscar
for his role in "A Free Soul."
1881 Apr 28, Billy the Kid was
held in Lincoln County Courthouse jail, near Carrizozo N.M. for the
shooting of Sheriff William Brady, but escaped and killed two
guards. He used an 1876 single-action army revolver made by Samuel
Colt. The gun sold for $46,000 in 1998.
(SFEC, 2/23/96, p.T8,9)(AP internet 7/14/97)(WSJ,
5/22/98, p.W12)(SFC, 2/2/01, p.A14)
1881 Apr 28, Robert W.
Ollinger, US warden, last victim of Billy the Kid, died.
1882 Apr 28, Alberto Pirelli,
Italian industrialist, was born.
1886 Apr 28, Erich Salomon,
German photographer, was born.
1887 Apr 28, Carl Ferdinand
Pohl (67), composer, died.
1889 Apr 28, Antonio de
Oliveira Salazar, premier, dictator of Portugal (1932-68), was born.
1892 Apr 28, John Jacob Niles,
American folk singer and folklorist, was born.
1892 Apr 28, The 1st
performance of Antonin Dvorak's overture "Carneval."
1896 Apr 28, Heinrich von
Treitschke, German historian, died.
1898 Apr 28, William Soutar,
Scottish poet, was born.
1902 Apr 28, Johan Borgen,
Norwegian novelist, was born.
1902 Apr 28, A revolution broke
out in the Dominican Republic.
1906 Apr 28, Bartholomeus J
"Bart" Bok, Dutch-US astronomer (Milky Way), was born.
1906 Apr 28, Kurt Gödel
(d.1978), Austrian mathematician, was born in the Moravian city of
Brno. Godel later developed his incompleteness theorem showing that
within any logical system, no matter how rigidly structured, there
are always questions that cannot be answered with certainty,
contradictions that may be discovered, and errors that may lurk.
(V.D.-H.K.p.340)(SFC, 6/14/05, p.D2)
1906 Aug 28, John Betjeman
(d.1984), poet laureate of England (1972-1984), was born.
1908 Apr 28, In SF a fire began
just before midnight at a stable at 475 11th St. 48 horses belonging
to F.M. Barrett, a lumber drayman, were killed.
(SSFC, 4/27/08, DB p.58)
1910 Apr 28, The first night
air flight was performed by Claude Grahame-White in England.
1912 Apr 28, Odette Hallowes,
British secret agent in France, was born. She was later captured and
tortured by the Gestapo.
1914 Apr 28, W.H. Carrier was
issued a patent for a method of “dew point control,” crucial to the
development of automatic air cooling systems. In 1923 he invented an
air-conditioning system powerful enough for installation at movie
1914 Apr 28, At Eccles, WV, 181
died in coal mine collapse.
1916 Apr 28, The British
declared martial law throughout Ireland.
1917 Apr 28, Robert Anderson,
writer (Tea & Sympathy, Never Sang for My Father), was born in
1918 Apr 28, Gavrilo Princip
(22), Bosnian murderer of arch duke Ferdinand, died in prison of
1919 Apr 28, The first jump
with an Army Air Corp (rip-cord type) parachute was made by Les
(HN, 4/28/98)(MC, 4/28/02)
1920 Apr 28, Azerbaijan joined
the USSR. The Red Army invaded Azerbaijan and turned the country
into a Soviet Republic.
(HN, 4/28/98)(CO, Grolier’s Amer. Acad. Enc./
1925 Apr 28, Kurd rebels
surrendered to Turkish army.
1926 Apr 28, Harper Lee,
American novelist, was born. Her 1960 book, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
won a Pulitzer.
(HN, 4/28/99)(SSFC, 6/25/06, p.M3)
1930 Apr 28, James Baker III
was born. He became Secretary of Treasury (1985-88) for President
Ronald Reagan, and Secretary of State (1989-1992) for President
1930 Apr 28, The first night
organized baseball game was played in Independence, Kansas.
1932 Apr 28, A yellow fever
vaccine for humans was announced.
1934 Apr 28, FDR signed a Home
Owners Loan Act.
1935 Apr 28, The Moscow 81-km
1935 Apr 28, Alexander Campbell
Mackenzie (87), Scottish composer, died.
1936 Apr 28, Kenneth White,
poet and essayist, was born.
1937 Apr 28, A ceremony marked
the driving of the last rivet into the Golden Gate Bridge. A rivet
gun destroyed a symbolic gold rivet and a steel rivet finished the
(SSFC, 4/22/12, DB p.46)
1937 Apr 28, The 1st animated
cartoon electric sign was displayed in NYC.
1937 Apr 28, Saddam Hussein,
future president of Iraq, was born in the village of al-Oja near the
desert town of Tikrit. His invasion of Kuwait prompted the Persian
Gulf War. This became a state holiday under Hussein's rule and was
abolished in 2003. He was executed in Dec 2006.
(SFEC, 3/29/98, p.A12)(HN, 4/28/99)(WSJ, 1/20/02,
1937 Apr 28, Jean Redpath,
Scottish folk singer, was born.
1939 Apr 28, Hitler claimed the
German-Polish non-attack treaty to be still in effect.
1940 Apr 28, Glenn Miller and
his orchestra recorded "Pennsylvania 6-5000" for RCA Victor.
1940 Apr 28, Rudolf Hoess
became commandant of concentration camp Auschwitz.
1940 Apr 28, Luisa Tetrazzini
(b.1871), celebrated Italian soprano, died in Milan.
1941 Apr 28, Ann-Margret,
actress (Bye Bye Birdie, Tommy), was born in Valsjobya, Sweden.
1941 Apr 28, Last British
troops in Greece surrendered.
1942 Apr 28, Nightly "dim-out"
began along the East Coast.
1942 Apr 28, In the SF Bay Area
some 700 Japanese from San Francisco and the East Bay moved into the
enclosed internment camp at Tanforan Racetrack. Another 600 were
expected the next day and 900 more a day later.
(SSFC, 4/23/17, DB p.50)
1943 Apr 28, German-Italian
forces launched a counter offensive in North-Africa.
1944 April 28, Exercise "Tiger"
ended with 749 U.S. soldiers and sailors killed, when their D-Day
landing practice was attacked by German torpedo boats off the south
coast of England. The casualties were not announced until nearly two
months after the Normandy invasion. Full details were not known
(MC, 4/28/02)(AP, 4/27/04)
1945 Apr 28, John F. Kennedy,
correspondent for the Hearst Newspapers, filed his 1st dispatch on
the founding of the UN in San Francisco.
(SSFC, 6/26/05, p.F1)
1945 Apr 28, US 5th army
reached the Swiss border.
1945 Apr 28, British commands
attacked Elbe and occupied Lauenburg.
1945 Apr 28, Italian dictator
Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, were executed by
Italian partisans as they attempted to flee the country. In 1961
Charles F. Delzell, a historian at Vanderbilt Univ., wrote
"Mussolini's Enemies: The Italian Anti-Fascist Resistance.” In 2005
R.J.B. Bosworth authored ”Mussolini’s Italy.” In 2007 Philip Morgan
authored “The Fall of Mussolini. In 2009 the diaries of Clara
Petacci were published as a book.
(AP, 4/28/97)(SFC, 9/21/99, p.E4)(Econ, 10/8/05,
p.92)(Econ, 7/14/07, p.89)(Econ, 11/21/09, p.55)
1946 Apr 28, Allies indicted
Hideki Tojo, former premier and war minister of Japan, with 55
counts of war crimes. The International Military Tribunal for the
Far East meted out justice to Japanese war criminals at locations
(AP, 11/12/97)(HN, 4/28/98)
1946 Apr 28, Kazue Katz became
the 1st Japanese woman to marry an American following WW II. Her
marriage to Sgt. Frederick Katz in Tokyo required 29 endorsements.
(SFC, 12/9/05, p.F6)
1946 Apr 28, Domenico Leccisi
(d.2008 at 88) and 2 other Italians marked the first anniversary of
the death of Mussolini by digging up his body in a Milan cemetery.
They passed the body to 2 monks, who buried it in a nearby
monastery. The theft sparked a nationwide manhunt for the group. The
body was later returned for burial in Predappio, Mussolini’s
(SFC, 11/5/08, p.B15)
1947 Apr 28, Norwegian
anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl (d.2002) and five others sailed from
Peru aboard a balsa wood raft named the Kon-Tiki on a 101-day, 4,300
nautical mile journey across the Pacific Ocean to Polynesia. They
wanted to prove that Peruvian Indians could have settled in
Polynesia. Heyerdahl published “Kon-Tiki” in 1950.
(AP, 4/28/97)(WSJ, 5/22/97, p.A13)(HN,
4/28/99)(SFC, 4/19/02, p.A2)
1952 Apr 28, War with Japan
officially ended as a treaty that had been signed by the United
States and 47 other countries took effect. Japan regained
independence. Okinawa remained under American military control for
another two decades. The government immediately revoked Japanese
nationality from ethnic Koreans, called zainichi. Those loyal to
north Korea were called Soren and those loyal to South Korea were
(AP, 4/28/00)(Jap. Enc., BLDM, p. 216)(Econ,
6/3/06, p.40)(Econ., 4/25/15, p.38)
1952 Apr 28, Gen. Dwight D.
Eisenhower stepped down to run for President.
1953 Apr 28, French troops
evacuated northern Laos.
1956 Apr 28, Last French troops
1958 Apr 28, Vice President
Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat, began a goodwill tour of Latin
America that was marred by hostile mobs in Lima, Peru, and Caracas,
1958 Apr 28, The United States
conducted the first of 35 nuclear test explosions in the Pacific
Proving Ground as part of Operation Hardtack I.
1959 Apr 28, Organization of
American States voted unanimously to send a commission to Panama.
1959 Apr 28, Charles de Gaulle
resigned as president of France.
1963 Apr 28, In the 17th Tony
Awards: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and A Funny Thing Happened
on the Way to the Forum won.
1965 Apr 28, Barbra Streisand
starred on "My Name is Barbra" special on CBS.
1965 Apr 28, U.S. Army and
Marines under US Pres. Lyndon Johnson invaded the Dominican Republic
to stop a civil war. Johnson sent 22,800 troops at the urging of
Thomas Mann (d.1999 at 87), a high state department official. The
troops stayed until stay until Oct 1966.
(SFC, 5/17/96, p.A-14)(HN, 4/28/98)(MC, 4/28/02)
1967 Apr 28, Heavyweight boxing
champion Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the Army and was
stripped of his boxing title.
(AP, 4/28/97) (HN, 4/28/98)
1967 Apr 28, Gen. William C.
Westmoreland told Congress the United States "would prevail in
1967 Apr 28, Lt. Col. Leo
Thorsness and “backseater” Harry Johnson ejected over North Vietnam
following an attack by an enemy MiG fighter. They were released
along with other POWs in 1973. In Oct, 1973, Thorsness received a
Medal of Honor. In 2008 he authored “Surviving Hell: A POWs
(WSJ, 12/30/08, p.A9)
1969 Apr 28, San Francisco
police raided the Black Panther party headquarters in the 1300 block
of Fillmore Street after loudspeakers at the entrance to the office
blared insults at the police. 16 people were arrested and a number
of guns seized.
(SSFC, 4/28/19, DB p.38)
1969 Apr 28, French President
Charles de Gaulle resigned his office after a referendum on the
reform of the Senate and local government failed. Alain Pohrer
(1909-1996), as president of the Senate, then served as interim
president for 7 weeks.
(SFC, 12/12/96, p.C8)(AP, 4/28/97)(Econ, 6/19/10,
1970 Apr 28, The US invasion of
Cambodia took place. Congress and the press learned of the invasion
on April 30.
1971 Apr 28, The US
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established
within the Dept. of Labor under the Occupational Safety and Health
Act, which was passed on Dec 29, 1970. It was formed to protect
workers from on-the-job injuries and illnesses.
1974 Apr 28, A federal jury in
New York acquitted former Attorney General John Mitchell and former
Commerce Secretary Maurice H. Stans of charges in connection with a
secret $200,000 contribution to President Nixon's re-election
campaign from financier Robert Vesco. Vesco had gained control of
IOS, a mutual fund firm, and looted hundreds of millions. In 1971 he
fled to the Bahamas, then Costa Rica and finally to Cuba where he
was convicted in 1996 for economic crimes against the state and
sentenced to 13 years in prison.
(AP, 4/28/99)(WSJ, 7/10/02, p.A8)
1975 Apr 28, Gen. Duong Van
Minh was named the interim President of South Vietnam and promised
to seek reconciliation with North Vietnam. Saigon fell 2 days later.
(SFC, 8/8/01, p.A20)
1977 Apr 28, US regulations
implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act were signed.
Americans with physical disabilities had begun staging protests at
federal buildings in San Francisco, LA and Washington DC. The SF
protest grew to 150 people and lasted 25 days.
(SFC, 5/1/97, p.A20)(http://tinyurl.com/3xje8f)
1977 Apr 28, Andreas Baader and
members of Baader-Meinhof gang, also known as the "Red Army
Faction," were jailed for life after a trial lasting nearly 2 years
in Stuttgart, Germany.
1977 Apr 28, In Italy the Red
Brigades assassinated Fulvio Croce, the president of the Turin Bar
1979 Apr 28, Carlos Muniz
Varela, a Cuban travel agent and an activist for Puerto Rico's
independence, was killed in Puerto Rico.
1980 Apr 28, President Carter
accepted the resignation of Secretary of State Cyrus Vance
(1917-2002), who had opposed the failed rescue mission aimed at
freeing American hostages in Iran. The decision to proceed had been
spearheaded by Zbigniev Brzeninski.
(AP, 4/28/97)(SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A27)(SFC, 3/16/03,
1983 Apr 28, The nuclear
powered aircraft carrier Enterprise ran aground in SF Bay and was
stick for over 5 hours yards from her berth at the Alameda Naval air
(SSFC, 4/27/08, DB p.58)
1983 Apr 28, Argentine
government declared all 15-30,000 "missing persons" dead from "Dirty
1984 Apr 28, "La Tragedie de
Carmen" closed at Beaumont Theater in NYC after 187 performances.
1984 Apr 28, Silvia A. Warner
(b.1908), New Zealand-born writer, died. Her 1958 novel “Spinster”
was made into the 1961 film “Two Loves” (also known as The Spinster)
starring Shirley MacLaine.
1986 Apr 28, The Soviet Union
informed the world of the Apr 26 nuclear disaster at Chernobyl,
saying the accident damaged a reactor and that aid was being
rendered to "those affected."
1987 Apr 28, Contra rebels in
Nicaragua killed Benjamin Ernest Linder (b.1959), an American
engineer working on a hydroelectric project for the Sandinista
government. In 2001 Joan Kruckewitt authored “The Death of Ben
Linder: The Story of a North American in Sandinista Nicaragua.”
1988 Apr 28, A flight attendant
was killed and 61 persons injured when part of the roof of an Aloha
Airlines Boeing 737 peeled back during a flight from Hilo to
1989 Apr 28, President Bush
announced the U.S. and Japan had concluded a deal on joint
development of a new Japanese jet fighter, the FSX, despite concerns
that U.S. technology secrets would be given away.
1990 Apr 28, Anti-abortion
demonstrators marched in Washington D.C.; authorities put the number
of protesters at 200,000, but organizers claimed a turnout of about
1991 Apr 28, Anti-abortion
demonstrators marched in Washington DC; authorities put the number
of protesters at 200,000, but organizers claimed a turnout of about
1991 Apr 28, The musical “A
Chorus Line” closed after 6,137 performances on Broadway.
1992 Apr 28, President Bush and
Bill Clinton won the Pennsylvania presidential primary.
1992 Apr 28, The US Agriculture
Department unveiled its pyramid-shaped recommended-diet chart that
had cost nearly $1 million to develop.
1993 Apr 28, The first "Take
Our Daughters to Work Day," promoted by the New York City-based Ms.
Foundation, was held to boost self-esteem of girls with invitations
to a parent's workplace.
1994 Apr 28, Former CIA
official Aldrich Ames, who had betrayed U.S. secrets to the Soviet
Union and then Russia, pleaded guilty to espionage and tax evasion,
and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. His wife
Rosario also pleaded guilty.
(AP, 4/28/99)(MC, 4/28/02)
1995 Apr 28, In Taegu, South
Korea, a gas line exploded in the middle of an intersection crowded
with morning traffic, killing 101 people.
1995 Apr 28-1995 Apr 29, In Sri
Lanka Tigers used anti-aircraft missiles for the first time and
downed 2 air force transport planes that killed 90 people.
(SFC, 7/24/96, p.A9)
1996 Apr 28, President Clinton
gave 4 1/2 hours of videotaped testimony as a defense witness in the
criminal trial of his former Whitewater business partners.
1996 Apr 28, A lone gunman,
Martin Bryant (b.1967), killed 35 tourists visiting a colonial
prison on the Australian island of Tasmania. He was later sentenced
to 35 life terms in prison. Less than two weeks after the Port
Arthur massacre, Australia banned semi-automatic rifles and
p.A-1)(SFC, 11/22/96, p.A22)(AP, 3/28/19)
1996 Apr 28, In Pakistan a bomb
killed 40 people aboard a bus traveling home for a Muslim festival
in a town southeast of Lahore. They were going home to celebrate the
most sacred holiday in Islam, Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice.
(SFC, 5/5/96, p.T-9)
1996 Apr 28, In Taegu, South
Korea, a gas line exploded in the middle of an intersection crowded
with morning traffic, killing 101 people.
1997 Apr 28, "Jekyll &
Hyde" opened at Plymouth Theater NYC.
1997 Apr 28, In Philadelphia,
President Clinton and three predecessors -- George Bush, Jimmy
Carter and Gerald Ford -- began drafting a national army of
community service volunteers during the Presidents' Summit for
1997 Apr 28, It was reported
that a type of Mad Cow Disease was killing deer and elk in the Fort
Collins region of Colorado and Wyoming. The “spongiform
encephalopathies” riddled the brain with holes and it was wondered
if the disease might be transmitted to humans as the fatal
(SFC, 4/28/97, p.A5)
1997 Apr 28, It was reported
that millions of tons of smog-causing pollution were being spewed
from coal-burning power plants from Atlanta to Boston.
(SFC, 4/28/97, p.A5)
1997 Apr 28, A bomb in southern
Russia killed one person and injured 17 at a train station in
Pyatigorsk. It was the 2nd bombing in a week and Chechen rebels were
(WSJ, 4/29/97, p.A1)
1998 Apr 28, The US Senate
opened a new round of hearings on alleged abuse and mismanagement at
the Internal Revenue Service.
1998 Apr 28, US Social
Security's trustees in their annual report predicted three extra
years of full pension benefits for retiring baby boomers before a
potential cash shortfall in 2032.
1998 Apr 28, A new group, the
Historical Society, was announced as a back-to-basics professional
organization. The American Historical Association had 15,000
members. The Organization of American Historians had 9,000 members.
(SFC, 4/29/98, p.A6)
1998 Apr 28, Public Radio Inc.
of SF received a NEA grant for $185,000 to create “Lost and Found
Sound: An American Record.” The project will produce a series of
radio programs for NPR to chronicle, reflect and celebrate the 20th
(SFC, 4/29/98, p.E1)
1998 Apr 28, In a breakthrough
for the government's tobacco investigation, cigarette maker Liggett
& Myers agreed to tell prosecutors whether the industry had
hidden evidence of health damage from smoking.
1998 Apr 28, The Arizona
Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional a voter-approved law
requiring English be used in official state and local business.
(SFC, 4/29/98, p.A4)
1998 Apr 28, In SF Supervisor
Mabel Tang announced that the Boy Scouts of America will be barred
from taking part in a city charity drive due to the group’s stance
against admitting gays.
(SFC, 4/29/98, p.A15)
1998 Apr 28, In Algeria 40
people were killed in a massacre at a village in Medea province.
(SFC, 4/29/98, p.A11)
1998 Apr 28, In Iraq
Americares, a US relief organization, flew in $2 million in medical
supplies for 22 centers throughout the country.
(SFC, 4/30/98, p.A10)
1998 Apr 28, In Nigeria a
military tribunal sentenced 6 men to death for plotting a 1997 coup
against Gen’l. Abacha. Gen’l. Oladipo Diya, former deputy head of
state, maintained that he was framed by officers close to Abacha who
fabricated the plot.
(SFC, 4/29/98, p.A10)
1999 Apr 28, The US House voted
249-180 that congressional approval would be required to send troops
to Yugoslavia. A Democratic resolution supporting NATO air strikes
(SFC, 4/29/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/29/99, p.A1)
1999 Apr 28, The US announced
that it would allow US firms to sell food and medicine to Iran,
Sudan and Libya.
(SFC, 4/29/99, p.A3)
1999 Apr 28, San
Francisco-based McKesson Corp. announced irregularities in the books
of its newly acquired HBO & Co. The stock plunged 48%. The
January merger had cost McKesson $13.9 billion.
(SFC, 10/17/03, p.B4)(SFC, 6/19/12, p.D1)
1999 Apr 28, Rory Calhoun
(76), Western film star, died in Burbank, Calif., from emphysema and
diabetes. He starred in the 1950s TV series "The Texan."
1999 Apr 28, In Canada a
14-year-old boy shot 2 17-year-olds and killed one at W.R. Myers
High School in Taber, Alberta. Jason Lang was killed and Shane
Christmas was seriously wounded.
(SFC, 4/29/99, p.A16)(SFC, 4/29/99, p.D4)
1999 Apr 28, The IMF reached a
preliminary agreement with Russia for a $4.5 billion, that would not
go to Russia but work as an accounting measure to prevent default on
money already owed.
(SFC, 4/29/99, p.C5)
1999 Apr 28, The 124-member
Palestine Central Council decided not to declare a Palestinian state
on May 4, and that deliberations would continue till after Israel's
May 17 elections. In exchange Arafat won EU backing for a state
within a year and the support of Pres. Clinton for
(SFC, 4/29/99, p.C2)(WSJ, 4/30/99, p.A1)
1999 Apr 28, In Peru labor
unions staged a nation-wide strike to protest stagnant living
(WSJ, 4/29/99, p.A1)
1999 Apr 28, Yugoslav Pres.
Milosevic fired Deputy Prime Minister Vuk Draskovic.
(SFC, 4/29/99, p.A14)
1999 Apr 28, In Korenica,
Kosovo, Serb forces retaliated for an ambush and executed every man
over 16 that they could find. 155 unarmed men, women and children
(SFC, 6/16/99, p.A12)
1999 Apr 28, In eastern Congo
Gov. Kanyamuhanga Gafunzi ordered 100,000 Rwandan refugees in Kivu
province to go home within 15 days for supporting Hutu rebels.
(SFC, 4/29/99, p.D8)
1999 Apr 28, The UN Human
Rights Commission voted in favor of a worldwide moratorium on
executions over the objections of fewer than a dozen countries that
included the US, China, Rwanda and Sudan.
(SFC, 4/29/99, p.C16)
2000 Apr 28, In a sharp
repudiation of President Clinton’s policies, the House rejected, on
a tie vote of 213-to-213, a measure expressing support for NATO’s
five-week-old air campaign against Yugoslavia; the House also voted
249-to-180 to limit the president’s authority to use ground forces
2000 Apr 28, The US Justice
Dept. and 17 states filed to split Microsoft Corp. into 2
(SFC, 4/29/00, p.A1)
2000 Apr 28, In Florida William
O’Brien, the Miami police chief, resigned after Mayor Joe Carollo
fired Donald Warshaw, the city manager, who refused to fire O’Brien.
O’Brien did not alert the mayor to the federal action in the Elian
(SFC, 4/29/00, p.A1)
2000 Apr 28, In Pennsylvania
Richard Baumhammers (34) shot and killed 5 people in a racially
motivated shooting spree in McKees Rocks. He was sentenced to death
(SFC, 4/29/00, p.A3)(BS, 5/12/01, p.3A)
2000 Apr 28, English writer
Penelope Fitzgerald (b.1916) died. In 2012, The Observer named her
final novel, The Blue Flower (1995), as one of "the ten best
historical novels." In 2013 Hermione Lee authored “Penelope
Fitzgerald: A Life.”
2000 Apr 28, In southern
Lebanon guerrillas attacked the Aramta outpost with a car bomb and
killed 3-4 Israeli-allied militiamen.
(SFC, 4/28/00, p.A19)(SFC, 4/29/00, p.A14)
2000 Apr 28, In the Philippines
government troops on Basilan Island gained control of the rebel
stronghold after week of fighting that left 6 soldiers were dead and
32 wounded. No hostages were recovered.
(SFC, 4/29/00, p.A12)
2001 Apr 28, It was reported
that the CIA had released some 10,000 pages of documents on 20 Nazis
that included Hitler, Eichmann, Mengele, Barbie, Mueller, Waldheim
(SFC, 4/28/01, p.A10)
2001 Apr 28, It was reported
that researchers at the Univ. of Pennsylvania had used gene therapy
to reverse a form of congenital blindness in dogs.
(SFC, 4/28/01, p.A3)
2001 Apr 28, A young girl’s
decapitated body was found near an intersection in Kansas City, Mo.
In 2005 “Precious Doe” was identified as Erica Michelle Marie Green.
Her mother and stepfather were charged with murder. In 2009 a park
was dedicated in her honor.
(SFC, 5/6/05, p.A7)(SSFC, 4/26/09, p.A7)
2001 Apr 28, In Argentina a
plane crash killed 10 people near Roque Perez.
(WSJ, 4/30/01, p.A1)
2001 Apr 28, Shimon Peres,
Israel’s foreign minister, traveled to Cairo to discuss objections
to the Jordanian-Egyptian Middle East peace initiative.
(SFC, 4/28/01, p.A12)
2001 Apr 28, In Gaza mortar
shells hit a Jewish settlement and 5 teenagers were injured.
(SSFC, 4/29/01, p.A16)
2001 Apr 28, In Macedonia 8
government soldiers and police were killed by rebels near the Kosovo
(SFC, 4/30/01, p.A8)
2001 Apr 28, In Mexico the
Congress approved broad constitutional reforms granting autonomy and
other rights to millions of indigenous people.
(SSFC, 4/29/01, p.A16)
2001 Apr 28, A Russian Soyuz
rocket lifted off for the Int’l. Space Station with two cosmonauts
and California businessman Dennis Tito (60), who paid some $20
million, for the experience. Tito was the founder of the Wilshire
Associates investment firm.
(SSFC, 4/29/01, p.A15)(AP, 4/28/02)
2001 Apr 28, In Senegal
legislative elections were held and a soldier and 4 others were
killed in the Casamance region.
(WSJ, 4/30/01, p.A1)
2002 Apr 28, US Sec. of Defense
Rumsfeld visited Pres. Niyazov in Turkmenistan and Pres. Nazarbayev
(SFC, 4/29/02, p.A9)
2002 Apr 28, Bernard J. Ebbers
(60), CEO of WorldCom Inc., resigned as the stock dropped to 2.35
from a high of 64.5 in June 1999.
(WSJ, 4/30/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr 28, Storms hit the
Ohio and Tennessee valleys with tornadoes in Missouri and Maryland.
At least 6 people were killed.
(SFC, 4/29/02, p.A3)(WSJ, 4/30/02, p.A1)(AP,
2002 Apr 28, China’s VP Hu
Jintao (59), heir apparent, rang the bell at the NY Stock Exchange
and viewed ground zero.
(WSJ, 4/30/02, p.A1)
2002 Apr 28, In Indonesia a mob
stabbed and burned to death 14 Christians in the village of Soya on
the outskirts of Ambon. The Muslim militia Laskar Jihad was blamed.
(SSFC, 4/28/02, p.A19)(SFC, 4/29/02, p.A5)
2002 Apr 28, General Murat
Zyazikov was elected president of Ingushetia, replacing military
commander Ruslan Aushev.
(www.nupi.no/cgi-win/Russland/krono.exe?5105)(Econ, 11/29/08, SR
2002 Apr 28, The Israeli
Cabinet approved a deal to lift the siege of Arafat’s compound in
Ramallah after promises that US and British jailers would guard the
terrorist suspects held there. The Cabinet refused to allow a UN
team to investigate charges of a massacre at Jenin. Israeli troops
had surrounded the compound in Ramallah demanding Arafat turn over
the six men who had sought refuge inside. Five of the men, including
Ahmad Saadat, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine, were implicated in the 2001 assassination of Israeli
Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi. The sixth, Fuad Shobaki,
masterminded an illegal weapons shipment to the Palestinian
Authority on a ship called the Karine A. President Bush brokered a
deal with Israeli PM Ariel Sharon that sent the six men to a
Palestinian prison in Jericho, where they were guarded by US and
British monitors. In return, Israeli troops pulled back from
Arafat's West Bank compound.
(SFC, 4/29/02, p.A1)(AP, 3/15/06)
2002 Apr 28, In Russia
Alexander I. Lebed (52), governor of Krasnoyarsk, was killed in a
helicopter crash with 6 others at Abakan, 200 miles from Mongolia.
Gen. Lebed was instrumental in helping Yeltsin retain power in 1991.
(SFC, 4/29/02, p.B8)
2002 Apr 28, A bomb killed 7
people in a Russian provincial town near Chechnya.
(WSJ, 4/29/02, p.A1)
2003 Apr 28, US soldiers opened
fire on Iraqis at a nighttime demonstration against the American
presence here after people shot at them with automatic rifles. The
director of the local hospital said 13 people were killed and 75
injured. Amer Mohammed Rashid (6 of spades), known to UN weapons
inspectors as the "Missile Man" and ranked 47th on the US
most-wanted list of 55 members of Saddam's inner circle,
2003 Apr 28, The US moved an
air operation center from Saudi Arabia to Qatar.
2003 Apr 28, The United States
pledged $4 million to help keep peacekeepers in the Ivory Coast in
addition to the $5 million it has already given to ECOWAS.
2003 Apr 28, Ten of the largest
US Wall Street firms agreed to pay $1.4 billion to settle government
charges involving abuse of investors during the late 1990s. Details
of the settlement, which called for one of the largest penalties
ever levied by securities regulators, will change the way major
investment firms do business.
(SFC, 4/29/03, A1)
2003 Apr 28, In San Francisco
Steve Jobs raised the curtain on the iTunes Music store.
(SSFC, 4/28/13, p.D1)
2003 Apr 28, An environmental
group reported that chemical perchlorate, the explosive ingredient
in rocket fuel, was found in samples of lettuce traced to growers in
southern California or Arizona. The Bush administration had already
imposed a gag order on the EPA from publicly discussing perchlorate
(SFC, 4/28/03, A1)(WSJ, 4/28/03, A3)
2003 Apr 28, Scientists
reported the discovery of a type of mouse that appears to the have a
genetic resistance to cancer.
2003 Apr 28, In Colombia Rafael
Rojas, a 20-year veteran of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of
Colombia (FARC) and the commander of the group's 46th Front,
surrendered and urged his former comrades to do the same.
2003 Apr 28, On Saddam
Hussein's 66th birthday, some 300 prominent Iraqis met in Baghdad
under US direction to convene a national conference to create an
(SFC, 4/29/03, A1)(AP, 4/28/04)
2003 Apr 28, Japan’s Nikkei 225
stock prices hit bottom more than a decade after they first started
(Econ, 10/18/08, p.86)(http://tinyurl.com/6d5bz8)
2003 Apr 28, The Soyuz space
capsule carrying a U.S.-Russian space crew docked with the
international space station.
2003 Apr 28, Ukraine's Pres.
Leonid Kuchma signed a bill prohibiting media censorship amid claims
by journalists that his administration is meddling in their work.
2004 Apr 28, The US monetary
policy subcommittee approved a bill to put the faces of US
presidents on new dollar coins.
(SFC, 4/29/04, p.C3)
2004 Apr 28, CBS broadcast
photos on “60 Minutes” showing US abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib
(SFC, 5/6/04, p.A17)
2004 Apr 28, In Colombia a
construction crew's backhoe tumbled down a hillside onto a school
bus on the highway below, killing 21 children and two adults and
injuring 36 others.
2004 Apr 28, The Dian Fossey
fund reported that the lowland gorilla population in eastern Congo
has dropped over 70% since 1994 due to human warfare.
(WSJ, 4/29/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 28, Masked
demonstrators stormed the main cathedral in El Salvador's capital
and demanded the country's new president withdraw troops from Iraq
and rehire dozens of fired government employees.
2004 Apr 28, Iran's Ayatollah
Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi ordered a ban on the use of torture for
(SFC, 4/29/04, p.A3)
2004 Apr 28, In Iraq a series
of explosions and gunfire rocked Fallujah in new fighting the day
after a heavy battle in which U.S. warplanes and artillery pounded
the city in a show of force against Sunni insurgents. Elsewhere 1 US
and 2 Ukrainian soldiers were killed.
(AP, 4/28/04)(WSJ, 4/29/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 28, Macedonians chose
between a liberal prime minister and a nationalist candidate in
presidential elections. Front-runner Branko Crvenkovski, the current
PM, and right-wing opposition politician Sasko Kedev, a
U.S.-educated doctor with little political background, competed in
the runoff election for the mostly ceremonial post. Oremier
Crvenkovski claimed victory and Kedev claimed fraud.
(AP, 4/28/04)(WSJ, 4/29/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 28, The six nations
involved in resolving the North Korea nuclear arsenal dispute — the
United States, China, the two Koreas, Russia and Japan —scheduled to
begin working level talks May 12 in Beijing, China.
2004 Apr 28, Pakistan said it
will reduce the size of its army by 50,000, but military officials
said this 1st reduction in its 57-year history men will not hurt
2004 Apr 28, A Spanish judge
indicted Amer Azizi, a Moroccan fugitive, on charges of helping to
plan the Sept. 11 hijackings.
2004 Apr 28, In Thailand police
gunned down machete-wielding militants who stormed security outposts
in Thailand's Muslim-dominated south, killing at least 112 people.
The 16th century Krue-sae Mosque was damaged by soldiers who fired
automatic weapons, tear gas and grenades at it and killed 32
suspected Islamic insurgents.
2004 Apr 28, The UN Security
Council unanimously approved Resolution 1540 requiring all 191 UN
states to pass laws to keep weapons of mass destruction out of the
hands of terrorists.
2005 Apr 28, Pres. Bush
endorsed changes to Social Security that would cut benefits for
future middle-class and wealthy retirees, while raising retirement
checks for the poor.
(SFC, 4/29/05, p.A1)
2005 Apr 28, A military jury at
Fort Bragg, N.C., sentenced Sgt. Hasan Akbar to death for the 2003
murders of two officers in Kuwait.
2005 Apr 28, More than 100
volunteers joined police in Duluth, Ga., in searching for Jennifer
Wilbanks, a bride-to-be who had vanished two days earlier. Wilbanks
turned up in Albuquerque, N.M., having run away on her own.
2005 Apr 28, Steve Wynn opened
the new $2.7 billion Wynn Las Vegas casino-resort.
(SFC, 4/29/05, p.A3)
2005 Apr 28, Scientists
reported that deep ocean readings promised a steadily warming world
and attributed global warming to human activity.
(SFC, 4/29/05, p.A1)
2005 Apr 28, Percy Heath (81),
bassist and last surviving member of the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ),
died in Southampton, NY.
(SFC, 4/30/05, p.B4)
2005 Apr 28, India’s central
bank raised its key interest rate to 5% to stem inflation.
(WSJ, 4/29/05, p.A15)
2005 Apr 28, Indian troops shot
dead four Muslim rebels who infiltrated into Indian Kashmir from the
Pakistani-zone of the divided state.
2005 Apr 28, Premier Silvio
Berlusconi's new government won approval from the Italian Senate,
ending a government crisis that followed an embarrassing defeat in
2005 Apr 28, In Iraq Ahmad
Chalabi captured a key position in the new government, a deputy
prime minister's spot and temporary control of the lucrative oil
2005 Apr 28, Lt. Col. Ala'a
Khalil Ibrahim, who worked in the visa section of the Interior
Ministry, was shot dead on the way to work by gunmen in Baghdad's
eastern section of al-Shaab. A suicide car bomb exploded near an
Iraqi army checkpoint, wounding four Iraqi soldiers, three U.S.
soldiers and seven Iraqi civilians.
2005 Apr 28, Four US soldiers
were killed and two wounded when a Task Force Freedom convoy was hit
by a roadside bomb in Tal Afar city, 90 miles east of the Syrian
2005 Apr 28, Islamic militant
group Army of Ansar al-Sunna said it shot dead six abducted Sudanese
drivers working for U.S. forces in Iraq, according to a video posted
on the Internet.
2005 Apr 28, A twin-engine army
plane slammed nose-first into Peru's southern desert coast, killing
all 13 people aboard.
2005 Apr 28, A military
helicopter crashed into a wooded ravine on a northern Philippine
mountain, killing all nine people on board.
2005 Apr 28, Dharmeratnam
Sivaram (46), a top Tamil journalist whose articles favored the
mainstream Tamil rebels over a breakaway faction, was fatally shot
hours after being seized by attackers at a restaurant in Colombo.
2005 Apr 28, The African Union
agreed to more than triple the size of its peacekeeping force in
Sudan's western Darfur region.
2005 Apr 28, Swiss engineers
blasted through the final four yards of rock to complete the bore of
the first of two deep rail tunnels under the Swiss Alps linking
north and south Europe. The 21-mile Loetschberg tunnel, part of a
massive construction project to move heavy European Union trucks off
Switzerland's narrow highways and onto transport trains, will
shorten the travel time between Germany and Milan, Italy, by an
2006 Apr 28, President George
W. Bush approved Dubai's $1.24 billion takeover of Doncasters, a
British engineering company with US plants that supply the Pentagon.
2006 Apr 28, Five member of US
Congress were willingly arrested and led away from the Sudanese
Embassy in plastic handcuffs after protesting the Sudanese
government's alleged role in atrocities in the Darfur region.
2006 Apr 28, The US government
adopted a federal advisory council’s recommendations for deep cuts
to the 2006 salmon season for California and Oregon.
(SFC, 4/29/06, p.B1)
2006 Apr 28, Attorneys for Rush
Limbaugh, who had been accused by Florida prosecutors of "doctor
shopping" for painkillers, announced a deal under which a single
prescription fraud charge against the talk show host would be
dismissed after 18 months provided he stayed drug-free and did not
violate any laws.
2006 Apr 28, Storms battered
eastern Texas with wind up to 100 mph and hail the size of
2006 Apr 28, Rhode Island,
America's smallest state, was reported to be seeking to become the
first state to offer a wireless broadband network from border to
border. The Rhode Island Wireless Innovation Networks (RI-WINs) was
expected to be fully in place by 2007, providing wireless
connectivity throughout the state, whose land mass of about 1,045
square miles is only slightly more than double the size of
metropolitan Los Angeles.
2006 Apr 28, Ellen DeGeneres
swept the Daytime Emmy awards, winning best talk show host for the
second time and earning talk show honors for the third consecutive
2006 Apr 28, It was reported
that a research team at UC Berkeley had created microscopic versions
of compound eyes as used by insects.
(SFC, 4/28/06, p.B1)
2006 Apr 28, NASA launched 2
weather satellites designed to provide the 1st 3-D views of Earth’s
clouds and help predict how cloud cover contributes to global
(SFC, 4/29/06, p.A10)
2006 Apr 28, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai urged Taliban militants to end the violence raging
across the country and join forces with the new government to help
Afghanistan's reconstruction. NATO foreign ministers reaffirmed the
alliance's readiness to nearly double its peacekeeping operations in
Afghanistan, where violence is increasing.
2006 Apr 28, In Brazil police
charged Antonio Palocci, a former finance minister, with four
crimes, including money laundering. He was viewed as the architect
of Brazil's economic recovery.
2006 Apr 28, Prince Harry,
third in line to the British throne, launched a charity in memory of
his late mother Princess Diana to help AIDS orphans in Lesotho.
2006 Apr 28, In Bulgaria
Secretary Rice signed a Defense Cooperation Agreement, which
included a US lease of 3 bases in Bulgaria.
2006 Apr 28, Canadian currency
topped out at C$1.1162 to the US dollar, or 89.59 US cents, its
highest level since June 1978, rising for the sixth straight
2006 Apr 28, Chinese President
Hu Jintao signed an oil exploration contract with Kenya, the latest
in a series of deals designed to keep Africa's natural resources
flowing to China's booming economy.
2006 Apr 28, It was reported
Baiyangdian Lake in northern China's Hebei province was choking for
its life. Large-scale fish deaths have occurred regularly since the
1980s as excessive amounts of untreated industrial waste water and
raw sewage, coupled with drought and constantly falling water
levels, have left fish farms decimated.
2006 Apr 28, Representatives of
the Colombian government and that nation's second largest rebel
group wrapped up four days of talks in Cuba without resolution, but
agreed to meet again after their country's May 28 elections.
2006 Apr 28, A cargo plane
carrying telecom equipment crashed in eastern Congo, killing as many
as eight passengers and crew on board. Another aircraft carrying
three people disappeared in the same region.
2006 Apr 28, In East Timor
hundreds of former soldiers burned cars and shops in Dili, sparking
violent clashes with police that left at least two people dead and
27 injured. The soldiers, who were dismissed last month for striking
against "discriminatory" working conditions, have held near-daily
rallies in Dili this week demanding that their grievances be heard.
2006 Apr 28, US forces killed a
local al-Qaida in Iraq leader and two other insurgents in a raid
north of Baghdad. Roadside bombs killed an American soldier and an
Iraqi policeman. The death toll in two days of fighting in Baqouba
climbed to 58, including seven Iraqi soldiers.
2006 Apr 28, A senior Israeli
military official said Palestinian militants have smuggled dozens of
Katyusha rockets into the Gaza Strip, potentially threatening towns
well inside Israel.
2006 Apr 28, Mexican lawmakers
approved a bill that would allow people to possess small amounts of
cocaine, heroin, even ecstasy for their personal use.
2006 Apr 28, Mexican police in
Tijuana found the body of a US citizen kidnapped nearly 3 weeks
earlier. They said he had been beaten, strangled, stripped naked and
stashed in the trunk of a car. George Kwok Choi Chu, a seafood
wholesaler, worked in Tijuana but lived across the border in San
2006 Apr 28, It was reported
that Morocco has just graduated its first team of women preachers to
be deployed as a vanguard in the kingdom's fight against any slide
towards Islamic extremism. A pioneer group of 50 Morchidat, or
guides, finished a 12-month course in early April. They were trained
to "accompany and orient" Muslim faithful, notably in prisons,
hospitals and schools.
2006 Apr 28, Nepal's Parliament
reconvened for the first time in four years, and legislators
proposed a cease-fire with the Himalayan country's Maoist rebels and
elections for a constitutional assembly.
2006 Apr 28, More than 45,000
Puerto Ricans marched through the streets of San Juan demanding
politicians resolve a budget impasse that could lead to a government
shutdown next week.
2006 Apr 28, In South Korea
prosecutors arrested Hyundai Motor Co. Chairman Chung Mong-koo in an
embezzlement and slush fund scandal.
2006 Apr 28, The UN food agency
said it is cutting rations in half for about 3 million refugees in
Sudan's war-ravaged Darfur region because of a shortage of money,
calling it "scandalous" that it has to stretch out supplies while it
pleads for funds.
2006 Apr 28, A powerful group
of developing nations blocked reform proposals that would have given
Secretary-General Kofi Annan more budget power, and rich countries
warned the move could push the world body toward financial crisis.
2006 Apr 28, An official said
Vietnam needs more than $400 million to fight bird flu and prepare
for a potential pandemic over the next five years, and expects about
half to come from international donors.
2007 Apr 28, Actors and
musicians including Elton John, George Clooney, Bob Geldof and Mick
Jagger called on world leaders to take "decisive action" over
atrocities in Darfur. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi urged African,
Arab and Western diplomats to work with Sudanese rebels to find an
immediate solution to the crisis in Sudan's troubled Darfur region.
2007 Apr 28, Richard Holbrooke,
the former US ambassador to the UN, said Afghanistan's US-backed
government, tarnished by corruption and unable to control large
swaths of its own territory, is rapidly losing the support of
2007 Apr 28, Dabbs Greer,
character actor, died at age 90.
2007 Apr 28, Tommy Newsom,
"Tonight Show" assistant conductor, died at age 78.
2007 Apr 28, Lou Papan (78),
long-time California state assemblyman for San Mateo County, died.
Papan had started his political career as a Daly City councilman.
(SFC, 5/1/07, p.B5)
2007 Apr 28, The Taliban freed
a female French aid worker who was kidnapped more than three weeks
ago, but demanded the withdrawal of French troops or release of
prisoners for the freedom of a French man and three Afghans still
being held. Afghan and coalition forces clashed with Taliban
militants in separate incidents in the east and south, killing 21
(AFP, 4/28/07)(AP, 4/28/07)
2007 Apr 28, Australia's
centre-left Labor Party scrapped its 25-year ban on new uranium
mines in a move miners said would encourage new investment and
growth in the industry.
2007 Apr 28, China's president
called for closer business ties with Taiwan to help squelch the
self-ruled island's pro-independence movement as he met with a
former Taiwanese opposition leader.
2007 Apr 28, China's ZTE signed
a $200 million deal with Ethiopia's state-owned Telecom Corp.
2007 Apr 28, In Estonia
minority Russian youths angry over the government's decision to
remove a Soviet war memorial from Tallinn rioted for a second night,
with unrest spreading to at least two other towns. 66 people were
injured in the capital, including six policemen. More than 500
people, many of them adolescents, were detained overnight as vandals
prowled the streets, breaking shop windows and looting stores.
2007 Apr 28, Guyana police
found the remains of an elderly woman who was lynched by a crowd of
villagers. She had been accused of being an “Old Higue,” an evil
spirit who drinks the blood of human babies.
2007 Apr 28, It was reported
that pro-Indonesian militias had regrouped in the mountainous center
of Aceh as the Communication Forum for Children of the Nation
(Econ, 4/28/07, p.47)
2007 Apr 28, A parked car
exploded near one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines in the city of
Karbala as people were headed to the area for evening prayers,
killing 68 people and wounding dozens. In Baghdad gunmen opened fire
on a vehicle in a Sunni-Shiite neighborhood, killing 4 of 7 people
aboard. In western Baghdad, two mortar shells hit another
residential area of poor, two-story homes, killing 3 Iraqi children,
between the ages of 5 and 7, and wounding 10 Iraqis, including 3
children. US forces detained 17 suspected insurgents in raids
targeting al-Qaida in Iraq. The Danish military announced that it
has sent an unspecified number of special forces to Iraq to
reinforce its 460-strong contingent near the southern city of Basra.
A US soldier was slain by small arms fire during a patrol in eastern
(AP, 4/28/07)(AP, 4/29/07)(AP, 4/30/07)
2007 Apr 28, Israeli troops
killed at least three Hamas militants who were en route to carrying
out an attack.
2007 Apr 28, In Jamaica the
7-week, 1st Cricket World Cup ended with Australia defeating Sri
(Econ, 5/5/07, p.48)
2007 Apr 28, The 1st round of
the Mali presidential election garnered a turnout of around 36%.
Incumbent President Amadou Toumani Toure (59), one of 8 candidates,
was widely expected to win a second term. General Amadou Toumani
Toure and Soumaila Cisse, candidate for the ruling party Adema,
faced each other for the 2nd round.
2007 Apr 28, In Nigeria ballot
papers were stolen and voters intimidated as polls were re-staged
for hundreds of state and federal legislators' seats after elections
widely condemned as fraudulent. Oil officials said Nigeria is
currently losing 600,000 barrels of oil per day in the oil rich
Niger Delta as a result of the activities of militants in the
(AP, 4/28/07)(AFP, 4/28/07)
2007 Apr 28, In northwest
Pakistan a suicide attacker detonated a bomb as Aftab Khan Sherpao,
the interior minister, finished speaking at a public meeting,
killing 28 people and wounding the official. Saud Memon (44), a
suspect in the death of WSJ reporter Daniel Pearl, was dumped, badly
injured and weighing less than 80 pounds, in front of his Karachi
home. He had been secretly detained and interrogated by US and
(Reuters, 4/28/07)(AP, 4/29/07)(WSJ, 11/12/07,
2007 Apr 28, A Philippine air
force helicopter crashed on a busy street in Lapu Lapu City, Cebu
Island, pinning a motorcycle taxi and hitting another with its
spinning rotors. At least 9 people on the ground and one airman were
killed. Norberto Linao Jr., the mayor of Morong town in Bataan
province, escaped injury after assailants sprayed his house with
(AFP, 4/28/07)(AP, 4/30/07)
2007 Apr 28, Turkey's
Islamist-rooted government called the army to order, saying it is
answerable to the civilian authority, after the military threatened
action to defend the country's secular system.
2007 Apr 28, President Hugo
Chavez said that Venezuela is ready to become the sole energy
supplier to Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Haiti, presenting the
countries with his most generous offer yet of oil-funded diplomacy
in the region.
2007 Apr 28, Zimbabwe announced
new controls to clamp down on charities and other humanitarian
organizations, including democracy and human rights groups that the
government accuses of campaigning against it. A state daily reported
that Zimbabwe has compensated 800 white farmers for property seized
during controversial land reforms launched by President Robert
2008 Apr 28, The US Supreme
Court upheld Indian’s voter-ID law, passed in 2005. It ruled that
states can require voters to produce photo identification without
violating their constitutional rights, validating
Republican-inspired voter ID laws.
(AP, 4/28/08)(WSJ, 4/29/08, p.A1)(Econ, 5/3/08,
2008 Apr 28, The IRS began
depositing tax-rebate checks in thousands of bank accounts as the US
stimulus program began early.
(WSJ, 4/29/08, p.A1)
2008 Apr 28, In Washington
truck drivers honked horns, waved placards and shouted through
bullhorns at the Capitol to protest rising fuel prices they say are
hurting their livelihood.
2008 Apr 28, In Oakland, Ca., a
jury convicted Hans Reiser, a computer programmer, of 1st degree
murder in the death his wife Nina Reiser, even though her body has
not been found.
(SFC, 4/29/08, p.A1)
2008 Apr 28, In South Carolina
the new 140-acre Hard Rock Park opened for business in Myrtle Beach.
The official opening was set for May 9. The park closed in
September. On Jan 6, 2009, a Delaware court approved a request the
company to begin liquidating. Private investors had put up some $75
million for the park and raised another $320 million in debt to fund
2008 Apr 28, In southeast
Virginia 6 destructive tornadoes resulted in much devastation and
over 200 injuries but no deaths. Gov. Timothy Kaine declared a state
of emergency in the hardest hit areas.
(AP, 4/29/08)(SFC, 4/30/08, p.A3)
2008 Apr 28, In Australia
police in Perth arrested Robert Agius (58) on charges of running a
money laundering scheme that helped clients avoid taxes by
transferring $93 million through offshore bank accounts.
2008 Apr 28, In China a
policeman and a Tibetan activist were killed following a raid
against ethnic Tibetans in Qinghai province.
(WSJ, 5/1/08, p.A11)
2008 Apr 28, In eastern China a
high-speed passenger train jumped its tracks and slammed into
another train, killing 72 people and injuring 416 in China's worst
train accident in a decade.
(AP, 4/28/08)(AP, 7/24/11)
2008 Apr 28, Egypt’s official
MENA news agency reported that PM Ahmed Nazif has urged anyone who
can resolve the nationwide problem of price rises to come forward
2008 Apr 28, In Indonesia
hundreds of protesters in West Java province chanted "Kill, kill"
and set fire to a mosque belonging to the Muslim Ahmadiyah sect they
claim is heretical. Last week, a team of prosecutors, religious
scholars and government officials said the sect "had deviated from
Islamic principles" and recommended it be outlawed.
2008 Apr 28, Iran and Russia
discussed the outlines of "serious proposals" aimed at assuring the
international community that Tehran's nuclear program is peaceful,
state media reported.
2008 Apr 28, Shiite extremists
lobbed more rockets or mortar shells at the US protected Green Zone.
A suicide attacker on a motorcycle struck a checkpoint manned by
US-allied Sunni fighters in eastern Baghdad, killing at least one
and wounding four other members of the awakening council. Gunmen
killed a local commander of al-Sadr, Ali Ghalib, in Basra. US
soldiers killed 7 extremists in Sadr City after coming under small
arms fire. 4 US soldiers were killed in Baghdad by rocket or mortar
(AP, 4/28/08)(SFC, 4/29/08, p.A5)
2008 Apr 28, An Israeli tank
shell slammed into a tiny Gaza Strip home during a skirmish with
gunmen, killing a Palestinian woman and four of her children as they
prepared to sit down for breakfast. A militant and an unidentified
man were also killed in fighting in Beit Hanoun, a northern border
town frequently used by militants to fire rockets and mortars at
2008 Apr 28, Residents of Rome
elected Gianni Alemanno, the Italian capital's first right-wing
mayor since World War II. He took 53.6 percent of the vote to 46.3
percent for Francesco Rutelli, a former two-time center-left Rome
(AP, 4/29/08)(Econ, 5/3/08, p.61)
2008 Apr 28, In Morocco 3
people burned to death in a factory fire in Casablanca.
2008 Apr 28, Baitullah Mehsud,
a Pakistani Taliban commander, pulled out of a peace deal with the
government after it refused to withdraw the army from tribal lands
on the Afghan border.
2008 Apr 28, Russia ordered two
American military attaches at the US Embassy in Moscow to leave the
country following the expulsion of a pair of Russian diplomats from
Washington. One Russian military officer was ordered to leave
Washington in November last year. The second was ordered to leave on
2008 Apr 28, Sri Lanka hailed
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit as an important step
in cementing closer ties between the two nations.
2008 Apr 28, A Ukrainian
helicopter crashed onto an offshore drilling platform in the Black
Sea, killing all 20 people on board.
2008 Apr 28, Officials said
Vietnam is ending a child adoption agreement with the United States
after being accused of allowing baby-selling and corruption.
2008 Apr 28, The Olympic torch
arrived in Vietnam from North Korea, where tens of thousands of
citizens were mobilized to celebrate the relay in Pyongyang in the
flame's first visit to the authoritarian nation.
2008 Apr 28, Lawyers in
Zimbabwe appealed for the release of some 200 jailed opposition
activists as officials defied pressure from the West to release the
results of last month's presidential election.
2009 Apr 28, World health
officials raised a global alert to an unprecedented level as swine
flu was blamed for more deaths in Mexico and the epidemic crossed
new borders, with the first cases confirmed in the Middle East and
the Asia-Pacific regions.
2009 Apr 28, Veteran Republican
Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania switched parties with a suddenness
that seemed to stun the Senate, a moderate's defection that pushed
Democrats to within a vote of the 60 needed to overcome filibusters
and enact President Barack Obama's top legislative priorities.
2009 Apr 28, The US Supreme
Court upheld an FCC rule penalizing broadcasters for isolated
utterances of expletives before 10 pm.
(WSJ, 4/28/09, p.A1)
2009 Apr 28, In California a
charter bus carrying French tourists overturned near Soledad killing
at least 5 people.
(SFC, 4/29/09, p.B1)
2009 Apr 28, Ursula Askham
Fanthorpe (b.1929), a highly regarded English poet, died near her
home in Wotton-under-Edge in western England. She was first inspired
by the human tragedy she saw in a neurological hospital.
2009 Apr 28, In eastern China
police freed a total of 32 people in a raid on kilns located on the
outskirts of the city of Jieshou in Anhui province. Police later
arrested 10 men for allegedly enslaving mentally handicapped people
who were forced to work at brick kilns and endure beatings.
2009 Apr 28, An EU court ruled
that judges in Cyprus can compel the return of land seized after the
1974 Turkish invasion.
(WSJ, 4/28/09, p.A1)
2009 Apr 28, An Indonesian
court sentenced a Singaporean man to 18 years in prison on terrorism
charges. Mohammad Hasan bin Saynudin (36), who claimed to have met
Osama bin Laden on many occasions, was convicted of plotting to kill
a teacher and planning a deadly attack on a bar frequented by
2009 Apr 28, Lithuania reported
a 12.6% drop in GDP in the first quarter as compared to a year
(WSJ, 4/28/09, p.A8)
2009 Apr 28, Pakistani jets and
attack helicopters bombed Taliban positions in the Buner district
near the capital, in an expansion of an offensive against militants
seemingly emboldened by a much-criticized peace deal. Militants
seized three police stations in the north of Buner and kidnapped 70
police and paramilitary troops.
(AP, 4/28/09)(AP, 4/29/09)
2009 Apr 28, Peru’s Pres. Alan
Garcia and Brazil’s Pres. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed an
agreement for six hydroelectricity schemes in Peru. The Inambari dam
would be the first to be built, and most of its power would be
exported to Brazil.
2009 Apr 28, Ekaterina Maximova
(70), legendary Russian ballerina, died. Maximova's dancing career
at the Bolshoi spanned three decades, from her debut as Masha in
"The Nutcracker" in 1958 until 1988.
2009 Apr 28, The Russian
destroyer Admiral Panteleyev seized a vessel with 29 suspected
pirates off the coast of Somalia. A Russian tanker fended off an
attack by the same group earlier in the day. On May 4 the Russian
warship freed 8 Iranians who were seized along with the suspected
(AP, 4/29/09)(AP, 5/4/09)
2009 Apr 28, The Seychelles
Coast Guard said it had arrested nine suspected pirates believed to
be behind the weekend attempt to hijack the melody, a luxury cruise
liner carrying an estimated 1,000 tourists in the Indian Ocean. The
Spanish navy had tracked the skiff and apprehended the suspects.
They were then turned over to the Seychelles Coast Guard.
2009 Apr 28, South Korean
scientists said they have engineered four beagles that glow red
using cloning techniques that could help develop cures for human
2009 Apr 28, A Sri Lanka
rebel-linked Web site and a doctor in the region said government
forces pounded rebel territory with a fierce artillery barrage, a
day after the government pledged to stop using heavy weapons to
prevent civilian casualties.
2009 Apr 28, Taiwan was
formally invited by the World Health Organization (WHO) to take part
as an observer in the May 18 meeting of its governing body under the
name “Chinese Taipei.” This was the first time the nation has
officially participated in a United Nations meeting or event since
the ROC walked out of the world body in 1971.
2009 Apr 28, Venezuela recalled
its ambassador to protest Peru's decision to grant political asylum
to a prominent opponent of President Hugo Chavez, calling it a
mockery of international law and escalating a diplomatic dispute.
2010 Apr 28, Coast Guard Rear
Adm. Mary Landry was emphatic at a hastily called news conference
that a new leak was discharging 5,000 barrels a day of sweet crude,
not the 1,000 barrels officials had estimated for days since the
Deepwater Horizons drilling rig exploded and sank 50 miles off the
Louisiana Coast. Shrimpers in Louisiana filed a class-action lawsuit
against oil giant BP Plc and owners of the drilling platform that
exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, as claims for economic losses
anticipated from the disaster began to mount.
(AP, 4/29/10)(Reuters, 4/29/10)
2010 Apr 28, The US Supreme
Court refused to order the removal of a cross from the Mohave
National Preserve in southern California. Veterans of Foreign Wars
had placed a cross there in 1934 to honor soldiers killed in WWI.
The first wooden cross was later replaced by a metal cross, which
was around May 9-10, 2010.
2010 Apr 28, Sempra Energy, the
parent company of San Diego Gas and Electric Co., agreed to pay $410
million to settle claims that it played Enron-style games with
California’s electricity market during the 2000-2001 energy crises.
(SFC, 4/28/10, p.D1)
2010 Apr 28, The International
Olympic Committee, acting on evidence that Dong Fangxiao was only 14
at the 2000 Games in Sidney, stripped China of the women's team
bronze medal. China was ordered to give the medal back, allowing the
United States to claim it instead.
2010 Apr 28, Palm Inc. a
pioneer in the smart phone business that couldn't quite make the
comeback it needed, agreed to be bought out by Hewlett-Packard Co.
for about $1.4 billion in cash. Palm was founded in 1992 by Donna
Dubinsky and Jeff Hawkins and helped originate the handheld
computing market with its Palm Pilot "personal digital assistants"
in the 1990s.
2010 Apr 28, Scientists
reported that infrared analysis of asteroid 24 Themis indicated that
it contained evidence of water ice as well as organic compounds.
Themis, a 120-mile wide asteroid, stood as one of the largest in the
(SFC, 4/28/10, p.A6)
2010 Apr 28, In Beijing France
and China said they would work together to consider an overhaul of
the global monetary system, at the start of a state visit by French
President Nicolas Sarkozy.
2010 Apr 28, In southern China
Chen Kangbing (33) wielding a knife broke into a primary school and
stabbed 15 students and a teacher in Leizhou city, the same day
another school attacker was executed for killing eight children last
month. Xu Yuyuan (47) was found guilty of attempted homicide in
mid-May by the Taizhou Intermediate Court in Jiangsu province. He
was executed on May 30. Kangbing was sentenced to death on June 11.
(AP, 4/28/10)(AP, 5/30/10)(AP, 6/11/10)
2010 Apr 28, An Egyptian court
convicted 26 men of spying for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah
and plotting attacks in Egypt, and gave them prison sentences
ranging from six months to life. A Hamas security official in charge
of the tunnel area along the border said Egyptians had filled a
passage with some type of crowd dispersal gas killing four
Palestinians. The next day Egypt denied the charges saying fires
sparked by such explosions could use up all the oxygen in the tunnel
and people caught inside could suffocate.
(AP, 4/28/10)(AP, 4/29/10)
2010 Apr 28, Bangladesh Labor
and Manpower Minister Mosharraf Hossain said Bangladesh will raise
the minimum wage for millions of garment workers, as workers staged
another mass protest that blocked the country's main highway.
2010 Apr 28, EU Pres. Herman
Van Rompuy said he is fully confident that debt-laden Greece will
receive the financial assistance it needs in time to address its
debt problems and to preserve eurozone stability. Greece faced a May
19 deadline, when around euro 10 billion of debt comes due.
2010 Apr 28, In Iraq former PM
Ayad Allawi, the front-runner in the recent parliamentary elections,
called for the formation of an impartial, internationally supervised
caretaker government to prevent the country from sliding into
violence and counter what he says are efforts to change the vote
results. The US military said an American soldier has been killed by
a roadside blast in the Diyala province in northern Iraq.
2010 Apr 28, In Mexico gunmen
stormed into a bar, dragged out eight people and killed them in the
parking lot, the first of several shootings in Ciudad Juarez that
left 16 dead, including a man in a wheelchair. In the Pacific coast
state of Guerrero, gunmen killed, Jose Santiago Agustino, the mayor
of the small town of Zapotitlan Tablas, while he was in the state
capital of Chilpancingo. In 2009 he had complained that a government
hospital built in his region more than a decade earlier had never
2010 Apr 28, Nigeria's senate
ordered a probe into Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima (49) for his alleged
marriage to a 13-year-old Egyptian girl, after the national rights
watchdog and other 10 groups accused him of shaming the country.
Gunmen seized four officers of an agency responsible for combating
counterfeit pharmaceuticals in the southern state of Abia.
(AFP, 4/28/10)(AFP, 4/30/10)
2010 Apr 28, In Pakistan
security forces have killed seven suspected insurgents in the
Orakzai tribal region near Afghanistan.
2010 Apr 28, Dunkin' Donuts
said it is returning to Russia, following an 11-year absence, with
plans to tap growing appetite for coffee and sweets by opening up to
20 outlets in Moscow this year.
2010 Apr 28, In Sudan around
2,000 people gathered in El Fasher, capital of North Darfur, after
discovering that the scheme had collapsed. Police used tear gas to
break up a protest by hundreds of investors who lost money in a
Ponzi scheme that stretched across Sudan's strife-ridden Darfur
region and beyond.
2010 Apr 28, Thai security
forces fired into a crowd of anti-government protesters during a
clash just outside Bangkok as they tried to keep the Red Shirts from
expanding their demonstrations from a base in the capital. One
soldier was killed, and at least 18 protesters were hurt.
2011 Apr 28, Pres. Obama
declared a major disaster in Alabama. Declarations for Mississippi
followed on Apr 29, Georgia on Apr 30, and soon followed for
Tennessee and Arkansas.
(Econ, 5/7/11, p.28)
2011 Apr 28, Arizona Gov. Jan
brewer signed a bill designating the colt Single-Action Army
revolver as the state’s first official firearm. Brewer also signed a
bill authorizing the construction of a fence along the state's
portion of the US-Mexico border, either with other states or by
itself. He also signed a bill approving special new license plates,
including a “Don’t Tread On Me” slogan to commemorate the Tea Party.
(SFC, 4/29/11, p.A7)(AP, 4/29/11)(SFC, 4/30/11,
2011 Apr 28, The Christian
Brothers in North America filed for bankruptcy becoming the 2nd
Catholic order to do so because of sexual abuse claims.
(SFC, 4/29/11, p.A7)
2011 Apr 28, Lightning hit
Florida’s Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge during a severe
drought and started a fire. By late July it had consumed 300,000
acres and was 70% contained. By late October costs to taxpayers
reached $52.7 million and the fire continued to burn in the
(Econ, 7/23/11, p.29)(SFC, 10/29/11, p.A5)
2011 Apr 28, Exelon Corp., the
largest operator of nuclear plants in the US, said it has agreed to
buy Constellation Energy Group for about $7.9 billion in stock. This
would add stakes in 5 reactors and make it the largest US
(SFC, 4/29/11, p.D3)
2011 Apr 28, Afghan authorities
said 74 escapees had been recaptured and 2 more killed following the
April 25 prison break.
(SFC, 4/29/11, p.A5)
2011 Apr 28, A Bahraini
military court convicted four Shiite protesters and sentenced them
to death for the killing of two policemen during anti-government
demonstrations last month. Three other Shiite activists were
sentenced to life in prison for their role in the policemen's
2011 Apr 28, Cambodia and
Thailand called a ceasefire halting their bloodiest clashes in
decades, after seven days of fighting left 15 dead and around 75,000
2011 Apr 28, China released
2010 census numbers indicating a total mainland population of 1.34
(Econ, 5/7/11, p.43)
2011 Apr 28, Authorities in
Colombia arrested Sen. Ivan Moreno, the brother of Bogota Mayor
Samuel Moreno, on corruption charges for his alleged role in a
bid-rigging scandal involving road construction.
2011 Apr 28, Egypt's new
foreign minister, Nabil al-Araby, said that the closure of the key
Rafah border crossing with the Palestinian Gaza Strip was about to
end, calling the decision to close the crossing "a disgusting
matter" in an interview with Al-Jazeera.
2011 Apr 28, France based Total
SA announced plans to buy a 60% stake in SunPower Corp. of San Jose,
(SFC, 4/29/11, p.D1)
2011 Apr 28, In northern Iraq a
car bomb explosion killed a police officer and three of his guards
in Hawija. A suicide bomber blew himself up in a Shiite mosque in
(AP, 4/28/11)(SFC, 4/29/11, p.A2)
2011 Apr 28, Libyan government
forces closed on rebel outposts, showering the western mountain city
of Zintan with missiles and attacking insurgents holed up near the
Tunisian border. Pro-Gaddafi forces also shelled rebel positions
around the Dehiba-Wazin border crossing with Tunisia. 7 insurgents
were killed overnight when a checkpoint in Misrata came under rocket
and heavy artillery fire.
2011 Apr 28, A Mauritania
fishing boat shipwrecked off the coast leaving 12 sailors missing.
2011 Apr 28, In Morocco a
massive explosion ripped through the Argana café, popular among
tourists in Marrakech, killing 16 people including 2 Canadians, 8
French citizens, 3 Moroccans, a Dutchman, a Portuguese, a Swiss and
a British national. More than 20 people were wounded. The Al-Qaeda
terror network was suspected of involvement. Another Swiss national
died a week later raising the death toll to 17. In 2012 a court
confirmed the death sentence for the ringleader, Adel al-Othmani,
and changed the life sentence of his associate Hakim Dah into
capital punishment. Six other defendants convicted of being
associated with the bombing had their prison sentences of two and
four years increased to 10 years. Only one defendant, Abdel-Fattah
Dehaj, kept his two-year sentence.
(AP, 4/29/11)(AP, 5/2/11)(AP, 5/6/11)(AP,
2011 Apr 28, Nigeria's ruling
party won the delayed governorship elections in two northern states
where hundreds died in rioting after a vote two weeks ago.
2011 Apr 28, In Pakistan a
roadside bomb set by Taliban militants killed 4 people in a bus
carrying navy personnel in Karachi.
(SFC, 4/29/11, p.A4)
2011 Apr 28, In Peru the
leaders of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru agreed to launch the
Pacific Alliance in the declaration of Lima.
2011 Apr 28, In South Korea
former US President Jimmy Carter said that North Korean leader Kim
Jong Il wants direct talks with South Korea's leader, an offer
unlikely to be accepted until Pyongyang takes responsibility for
violence that killed 50 South Koreans last year.
2011 Apr 28, Sudan’s President
Omar al-Bashir warned that Khartoum will not recognize the new state
of south Sudan when it declares independence in July if it insists
on claiming the disputed Abyei region.
2011 Apr 28, Syrian tanks
rolled into the northern port of Latakia, a key city in the
heartland of Syria's ruling elite, and security forces opened fire
on anti government demonstrators, while heavy shooting rang out
again in the southern protest hotbed of Daraa.
2011 Apr 28, The UN nuclear
agency said for the first time that a target destroyed by Israeli
warplanes in the Syrian desert five years ago was a covertly built
nuclear reactor, countering assertions by Syria that it had no
atomic secrets to hide.
2011 Apr 28, Venezuelan
authorities said inmates have taken 22 employees hostage at a prison
to demand human rights guarantees and improved living conditions.
The uprising inside El Rodeo prison began the previous day, when
inmates complained of a tuberculosis outbreak inside the lockup.
2011 Apr 28, In Yemen tens of
thousands are rallying across the country, denouncing the killing of
12 protesters the previous day in the capital Sanaa and insisting
the country's long-time ruler step down.
2012 Apr 28, US officials said
that $147 million in aid programs to Palestinians has been restored.
The money had been frozen as a penalty for a Palestinian UN
(SSFC, 4/29/12, p.A4)
2012 Apr 28, The 37-foot yacht
Aegean ran into trouble during a race off the coast of California
and Mexico. Three crew members were killed and a 4th was missing.
(SSFC, 4/29/12, p.A2)
2012 Apr 28, A storm struck
Louisville, Ky., and hail damaged some 3,500 Ford Escapes assembled
at a plant nearby.
(SFC, 5/28/12, p.A8)
2012 Apr 28, In southern
Afghanistan 2 Taliban militants hiding handguns in their shoes
slipped into the Kandahar governor's compound, setting off a fierce
gunbattle that left two security guards and both attackers dead. A
roadside bomb killed 10 Afghan security forces in eastern Wardak
2012 Apr 28, In Colombia French
journalist Romeo Langlois (35) went missing along with five
Colombian security force members following combat with leftist FARC
rebels that claimed the lives of three soldiers and a police
officer. Langlois was freed on May 30.
(AP, 4/29/12)(AP, 5/31/12)
2012 Apr 28, In Egypt reform
leader Mohamed ElBaradei launched the Constitution Party, a new
political party that he said aims to unite Egyptians and save the
country's revolution from a messy democratic transition. Assailants
attacked demonstrators gathered outside the Defense Ministry in
Cairo to call for an end to military rule with rocks and firebombs,
killing one protester and wounding 30.
(AP, 4/28/12)(AP, 4/29/12)
2012 Apr 28, In Germany some
2,000 members of the new Pirates’ party gathered in the northern
city of Neumuenster to discuss the group's growth, new polls
predicted it would win seats in two more state legislatures in May.
2012 Apr 28, Top Iraqi
politicians, many of whom feel marginalized by PM Nuri al-Maliki's
style of governing, called in Arbil, the capital of Kurdistan, for
greater democracy in running the country.
2012 Apr 28, The Ivory Coast
government and opposition agreed to launch a formal dialogue and
meet four times a year to reconcile the country after last year's
2012 Apr 28, Malaysian police
unleashed tear gas and chemical-laced water at thousands of
demonstrators who staged one of the country’s largest street rallies
in years. The Bersih demanded fair rules for national elections
expected soon. News organizations estimated the number of
demonstrators at 80k-100,000.
(AP, 4/28/12)(Econ, 7/14/12, p.33)
2012 Apr 28, Mexican
authorities in Xalapa, the capital of Veracruz state, found Regina
Martinez, a correspondent for the national magazine Proceso, dead in
her bathroom with signs she had been beaten and strangled. Over six
months later Jorge Antonio Hernandez Silva, a low level criminal,
was later arrested. No forensic evidence matched and Hernandez said
he had been tortured into confessing to the murder. He was still
sentenced to 38 years as an accessory to the crime.
(AP, 5/4/12)(SFC, 12/2/16, p.A4)
2012 Apr 28, North Korea began
sending electronic GPS jamming signals affecting civilian flights in
South Korea amid simmering cross-border tensions.
2012 Apr 28, In Pakistan at
least seven people including Station House Officer (SHO) of Civil
Lines and two constables were killed along with 16 others wounded in
Lyari, in the consecutive second day of violence and unrest.
2012 Apr 28, In the Philippines
2 communist rebels and a soldier were killed in separate clashes as
NPA insurgents stepped up their attacks.
2012 Apr 28, Saudi Arabia's
official news agency said the kingdom has closed its embassy and
consulates in Egypt and recalled its ambassador following protests
over a detained Egyptian human rights lawyer Ahmed el-Gezawi.
2012 Apr 28, A South African
court halted the roll-out of tolls on major highways around
Johannesburg in the latest delay for the project which has met
2012 Apr 28, South Africa
officials said some 14,600 inmates will be released to ease
overcrowding. Violent criminals would not be freed.
(SSFC, 4/29/12, p.A4)
2012 Apr 28, A South African
policeman was shot dead by a game ranger in the Kruger National Park
while searching for rhino poachers in a deadly exchange that also
claimed the gunman's life.
2012 Apr 28, South Sudan
government spokesman Barnaba Mariel Benjamin said China has agreed
to loan the country eight billion dollars for infrastructure
2012 Apr 28, Sudan rejected UN
Security Council involvement in efforts to end weeks of border
clashes with South Sudan, which said it repelled an attack by
Khartoum-backed rebels. A Briton, a Norwegian, a South African and a
South Sudanese were captured by Sudanese troops in the oil-rich
region of Heglig. The next day a representative for one of the three
said that they were on a humanitarian mine-clearing mission.
(AFP, 4/28/12)(AP, 4/29/12)
2012 Apr 28, Syrian army
defectors clashed briefly with troops in the coastal town of Burj
Islam, home to the presidential summer palace.
2013 Apr 28, A New York Times
report, citing current and former advisers to Afghan Pres. Karzai,
said tens of millions of US dollars in cash were delivered by the
CIA in suitcases, backpacks and plastic shopping bags to the office
of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai for more than a decade.
2013 Apr 28, US air traffic
controllers resumed normal operations after lawmakers rushed through
a bill to withdraw furloughs that resulted from automatic spending
cuts in the sequester. Pres. Obama signed the legislation on May 1.
(SSFC, 4/28/13, p.A7)(SFC, 5/2/13, p.A5)
2013 Apr 28, It was reported
that the number of feral pigs in the US has risen to some 6 million
with sightings in 47 states, up from 2 million in 1990 in 20 states.
(SSFC, 4/28/13, p.A11)
2013 Apr 28, Kirsten Englund
(57), a retired accountant from Castro Valley, Ca., was killed at a
rest stop on the Oregon coast. On day later Jeffrey Griffin Boyce of
Coos County was arrested in Greenbrae, California, after holding two
people hostage. He son became the prime suspect in the murder of
(SFC, 5/2/13, p.A1)
2013 Apr 28, Janos Starker,
world-renowned cellist, died in Indiana. Starker, born in Hungary in
1924, had arrived in the in the US in 1948.
(SFC, 5/7/13, p.C3)
2013 Apr 28, In eastern
Afghanistan remote-controlled roadside bomb killed Col.
Mohammad Hussain, the deputy provincial police chief, and two other
officers in Ghazni province, an attack the Taliban claimed as the
opening round of their spring offensive. Afghan and coalition forces
arrested six insurgents — three in Helmand province, one in Baghlan
province and two in Kandahar province.
2013 Apr 28, In Afghanistan
NATO forces encountered insurgents in Zabul province. 4 insurgents
were killed in the incident. On May 8 the US-led coalition said it
had opened an investigation into allegations of misconduct during
the April 28 encounter.
2013 Apr 28, In Bangladesh
Mohammed Sohel Rana, the fugitive owner of an illegally-constructed
building that collapsed on April 24, was captured at a border
crossing with India by members of a commando force. Rescuers located
nine people alive inside the rubble of the building.
2013 Apr 28, In Croatia a
referendum failed to derail plans for the construction of a large
golf complex that could change the face of the ancient walled resort
of Dubrovnik. Only 31% of Dubrovnik voters cast their ballots, well
below the official 50% requirement.
2013 Apr 28, A fire blazed
through The Museum of Danish Resistance in Copenhagen, destroying
large parts of the building but most of the collection was saved.
2013 Apr 28, In France a
possible gas explosion ripped off the side of a five-story
residential building in Reims, killing at least 3 people and
injuring at least 10 others.
2013 Apr 28, Greece, in its 6th
year of recession, passed legislation allowing incompetent civil
servants to be fire more easily. 15,000 civil servants will be
sacked by the end of 2014.
(Econ, 5/4/13, p.57,
2013 Apr 28, Iraqi authorities
a0nnounced that they have revoked the operating licenses of pan-Arab
broadcaster Al-Jazeera and nine other satellite TV channels,
alleging that they are promoting a sectarian agenda as the country
grapples with a wave of violence.
2013 Apr 28, Israel said it has
responded to rockets fired the previous evening from the Gaza Strip
with airstrikes on sites used by Islamic militant group Hamas.
Israel also responded to the rocket fire by closing the Kerem Shalom
crossing with Gaza.
2013 Apr 28, In Italy a gunman
shot and wounded two policemen in a crowded square outside the
premier's office in Rome. The man "wanted to shoot politicians, but
given that he couldn't reach any, he shot the Carabinieri" police at
the edge of Chigi Square.
2013 Apr 28, Japan's All Nippon
Airways successfully conducted its first test flight of the Boeing
787 aircraft since battery problems grounded the planes earlier this
2013 Apr 28, In Libya some 200
armed men surrounded the Foreign Ministry building in Tripoli,
demanding that it reform and hire former fighters who helped
overthrow former dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Gunmen also stormed the
Interior Ministry and a state-owned television station. They charged
that the ministry is not paying them their salaries.
2013 Apr 28, French troops in
Mali arrested overnight Gilles Le Guen, a French citizen who
converted to Islam. Le Guen had taken on the jihadist cause and
threatened his native country in a video last fall.
2013 Apr 28, In Mexico some 400
people gathered in the center of Veracruz's state capital, Xalapa,
for a march to demand justice in the case of journalist Regina
Martinez (d.2012) and an end to attacks on the press.
2013 Apr 28, Pakistani Taliban
detonated bombs at the campaign offices of 3 politicians in the
country's northwest, killing at least 12 people in an escalation of
attacks on secular, left-leaning political parties.
(AP, 4/28/13)(SFC, 4/29/13, p.A4)
2013 Apr 28, Syrian rebels
seeking to topple President Bashar Assad fought intense battles with
his troops at Abu Zuhour air base in Idlib province and the Kweiras
military air base in Aleppo province. At least seven fighters were
killed in the fighting in Abu Zuhour, in addition to an unknown
number of soldiers.
2013 Apr 28, In Thailand a
suspension bridge over the Pasak River collapsed killing at least 4
people near Ayutthaya.
(SFC, 4/29/13, p.A2)
2013 Apr 28, Turkmenistan
President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov (55) escaped serious injury
when his horse stumbled and he pitched into the dirt track at the
hippodrome on the outskirts of the capital, Ashgabat. State
television's video of the race cut off just before the fall. State
media reported that Berdymukhamedov won the race. The president
reappeared about half an hour later to accept the winner's prize —
about $11 million.
2014 Apr 28, The US signed a
new 10-year military pact with the Philippines granting a larger
presence for US forces. Pres. Obama said it would bolster the
Southeast Asian country's maritime security, but was not aimed at
countering China's growing military might.
2014 Apr 28, The United States
levied new sanctions on seven Russian government officials, as well
as 17 companies with links to Vladimir Putin's close associates, as
the Obama administration seeks to pressure the Russian leader to
deescalate the crisis in Ukraine.
2014 Apr 28, Detroit reached a
5-year collective bargaining deal with some 3,500 of 10,000 city
workers as it grappled with an $18 billion debt.
(SFC, 4/29/14, p.A5)
2014 Apr 28, One of several
twisters to tear across Mississippi struck Tupelo, damaging hundreds
of homes and businesses, downing power lines and shredding trees. At
least one person was killed in Tupelo. The storm system later pushed
into parts of Alabama, where at least 2 people were killed at a
trailer park near Athens. 6 people were killed in Winston County,
Miss. At least 9 people were killed in the Louisville area of
(Reuters, 4/29/14)(SFC, 4/29/14, p.A6)(SFC,
2014 Apr 28, NY Congressman
Michael Grimm (44), a former Marine and FBI agent, was charged with
evading taxes by concealing more than $1 million in sales and wages
while running a Manhattan restaurant.
(SFC, 4/29/14, p.A6)
2014 Apr 28, Six environmental
advocates won this year's Goldman Prize. India's Ramesh Agrawal
received the prize for helping villagers fight a large coal mine in
Chhattisgarh state. American lawyer Helen Slottje received the award
for helping communities fight fracking in New York State. Peru's
Ruth Buendia was recognized for helping to prevent construction of
two large dams that would have displaced nearly 10,000 indigenous
people in the Peruvian Amazon. Russian zoologist Suren Gazaryan won
for defending protected areas around Sochi from illegal land
seizures for Olympic construction projects. South Africa's Desmond
D'Sa won for helping to close down one of the country's largest
toxic waste dumps. Indonesian biologist Rudi Putra won for helping
to shutter 26 illegal palm oil plantations that were causing
deforestation in northern Sumatra.
2014 Apr 28, In Afghanistan
about 300 Haqqani insurgents and foreign fighters came under
intensive fire when they tried to storm Afghan bases in Ziruk
district of Paktika province. Afghan troops backed by Western air
power killed at least 60 militants.
2014 Apr 28, Algeria’s Pres.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika (77) recited the oath of office from a
wheelchair and briefly thanked voters. In a speech handed out to
journalists, however, he promised to continue democratic reforms and
efforts at national reconciliation. He suffered from a stroke last
year and rarely appears in public.
2014 Apr 28, Azerbaijan police
detained Leyla Yunus, a prominent rights defender, as well as her
husband Arif Yunus.
(Econ, 8/22/15, p.44)
2014 Apr 28, Britain's Serious
Fraud Office said it had opened a criminal investigation into
possible money laundering associated with corruption in Ukraine and
had frozen $23 million of assets in the UK in relation to the case.
2014 Apr 28, British celebrity
publicist Max Clifford (71), one of the most influential figures in
Britain's entertainment world, was convicted of eight counts of
indecent assault on victims aged between 15 and 18 at the time of
offense in the 1970s and '80s. On May 2 he was sentenced to eight
years in prison for the string of indecent assaults on four women.
2014 Apr 28, In Britain Anne
Maguire (61), a popular Spanish teacher, was stabbed multiple times
in front of pupils at Corpus Christi Catholic College, Leeds, in
what is thought to be the first time a teacher has been fatally
stabbed in a British classroom. A male pupil (15) was arrested. On
Nov 3 Will Cornick (16) was sentenced to life in prison and ordered
to serve a minimum of 20 years.
(AFP, 4/29/14)(AFP, 11/3/14)
2014 Apr 28, Bulgarian
prosecutors charged two senior magistrates (Veselin Pengezov,
chairman of the Sofia appeals court, and Petar Petkov, head of the
military appeals court) with embezzling EU funds in a scandal that
has further dented public trust in the judiciary system of the EU's
poorest member state.
2014 Apr 28, In Central African
Republic 2 civilians were killed when gunmen ambushed a convoy of
Muslims fleeing violence in Bangui.
2014 Apr 28, In China a man
distressed by his divorce case intentionally rammed a car into
electric scooters and pedestrians near a school in the southeast,
killing 6 people, including 3 children. Police subdued Lin Jianxin
(37) with a water gun in Zhuangtou village, Fujian province.
2014 Apr 28, In China the
large, officially approved, Sanjiang Protestant Church was
demolished in Wenzhou. It had been built six years earlier at a cost
of $4.8 million, but officials said it had violated building codes.
(Econ, 5/3/14, p.40)
2014 Apr 28, It was reported
that small farmers in Colombia have launched a nationwide strike
less than a month before the presidential election. They accused the
government of failing to adhere to agreements reached after a
violent work stoppage last year.
2014 Apr 28, In Egypt judge
Said Yusuf (Youssef) sentenced to death 683 alleged supporters of
the country's ousted Islamist president, including the Muslim
Brotherhood's spiritual leader. The same judge also upheld the death
penalty for 37 of 529 defendants sentenced in a similar case in
March, though he commuted the rest of the sentences to life
imprisonment. In October Youseff was removed from his criminal court
to the civilian judiciary.
(AP, 4/28/14)(Econ, 5/3/14, p.45)(SFC, 10/2/14,
2014 Apr 28, An Egyptian court
banned “April 6,” a pro-democracy movement that helped ignite the
uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011, tightening a
crackdown on dissent a month ahead of a presidential election the
former army chief is expected to win.
2014 Apr 28, The European Union
added 15 more officials to its Russian sanctions list to protests
Moscow's meddling in Ukraine.
2014 Apr 28, In Iraq 25 people
were killed in the Kurdish town of Khanaquin as suicide bombers
attacked police and soldiers casting their vote early for a national
election in two days' time. Over the last two days nearly 50 people
were killed in violence across the country.
(Reuters, 4/28/14)(SFC, 4/29/14, p.A2)
2014 Apr 28, Malaysian police
detained nine people during raids in and around the capital Kuala
Lumpur and the northern state of Kedah on suspicion of involvement
in terrorist acts or forming links with terrorists inside the
country and abroad. Two more were soon arrested in an operation to
break up Islamic terror groups posing as humanitarian organizations.
(Reuters, 4/28/14)(AFP, 5/2/14)
2014 Apr 28, Moldovans with
biometric passports — containing a chip with a photo and fingerprint
data — began traveling without visas across 26 European nations, the
so-called Schengen area. The European Parliament had approved
visa-free travel across most of Europe for Moldovan citizens in
2014 Apr 28, In Pakistan a
bombing killed 3 seminary students in the southern commercial hub of
2014 Apr 28, In Peru about
1,500 police and troops in a surprise raid dynamited $20 million
worth of heavy machinery as the government dialed up a crackdown on
illegal gold mining that has badly scarred the ecologically rich
southeastern jungle region of Madre de Dios.
2014 Apr 28, Police in Taiwan
fired water cannons to disperse hundreds of anti-nuclear protesters
refusing to give up their campaign despite a government pledge to
halt work on the island's fourth nuclear power plant.
2014 Apr 28, In Ukraine Hennady
Kernes, the mayor of Kharkiv, was shot in the back and fought to
stay alive following an operation. Kernes has insisted he does not
support the pro-Russia insurgents and backed a united Ukraine.
Pro-Russia insurgents seized more government buildings.
2015 Apr 28, President Barack
Obama welcomed Japanese PM Shinzo Abe with full pomp and ceremony.
Trade and security issues topped their agenda.
2015 Apr 28, The US Supreme
Court heard arguments on whether gay couples have a constitutional
right to wed.
2015 Apr 28, The US National
Football League (NFL) said it has decided to give up its tax-exempt
status under section 501(c)6 of the IRS code.
(SFC, 4/29/15, p.C1)
2015 Apr 28, Google says it
will give European publishers 150 million euros ($162.33 million) to
help them adapt to the challenge of selling news online.
2015 Apr 28, Afghan forces
battled Taliban fighters on the outskirts of Kunduz city, with
police in Kunduz province saying scores of combatants had been
killed as insurgents mounted an offensive following the withdrawal
of most NATO forces.
2015 Apr 28, In northeastern
Afghanistan a massive landslide killed at least 52 people in
2015 Apr 28, Bahraini
authorities said they have arrested 28 people who had been planning
attacks in villages in the kingdom. Some of those detained had
already been convicted on terrorism charges in absentia and had been
sentenced to life terms in jail, while others had their citizenships
2015 Apr 28, In Burundi police
fired tear gas and shot in the air to disperse hundreds of people
protesting in the outskirts of Bujumbura against President Pierre
Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term. The UN said more than
5,000 Burundians fled to Rwanda over the weekend.
(Reuters, 4/28/15)(AFP, 4/28/15)
2015 Apr 28, The European
Parliament approved rules to clamp down on the use of flimsy plastic
bags that are hazardous for the environment, removing the last major
hurdle to pass the legislation. 28 member nations have already
approved the measure once and their final backing should be
confirmed later this year.
2015 Apr 28, The World Health
Organization (WHO) said air pollution in Europe causes illnesses and
hundreds of thousands of deaths costing governments a combined $1.6
trillion a year.
(SFC, 4/29/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 28, The Finnish
military fired handheld underwater depth charges as a warning
against a suspected submarine in waters near Helsinki.
2015 Apr 28, In Indonesia nine
drug traffickers held emotional farewell meetings with their
families at a prison, after Jakarta rejected last-ditch pleas from
around the world for clemency and ordered their mass execution to
proceed within hours.
2015 Apr 28, Iranian naval
ships fired across the bow of the Maersk Tigris, a Marshall
Islands-flagged cargo vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, and forced it
to head to Iranian territory. A day later Iran said the seizure was
based on a lawsuit by a private company called Pars Talayieh Oil
Product company (Golden Pars Oil Products) against the Maersk ship
company. The ship was released on May 7 after the Maersk group
promised to abide by an Iranian court decision.
(AFP, 4/28/15)(AFP, 4/29/15)(AP, 5/7/15)
2015 Apr 28, In Iraq the bodies
of 6 displaced Sunni men of the Albu Nimr tribe were found dumped in
Baghdad with bullet wounds to the head. Police also found 2 bodies
dumped by the side of a road in the Amil district of Baghdad.
2015 Apr 28, Israel's Arab
minority observed a general strike that was to climax with a rally
in Tel Aviv to protest against a wave of demolitions of Arab homes.
2015 Apr 28, Morocco arrested
four people in the Western Sahara after they allegedly issued a
fatwa authorizing the burning alive of a person they accused of
2015 Apr 28, In Nepal up to 250
people were missing after an avalanche hit a village in a popular
trekking area to the north of the capital Kathmandu. 19 people were
killed including 14 Sherpa guides.
(Reuters, 4/28/15)(AP, 4/29/15)
2015 Apr 28, Nigeria’s military
carried out a mass rescue of 200 girls and 93 women from the Sambisa
Forest stronghold of Boko Haram. 160 civilians were also rescued. An
additional 234 women and children were rescued through the Kawuri
and Konduga end of the Sambisa Forest bringing the total to 677
females. Several women were crushed mistakenly by a military armored
car. 3 women were killed by a landmine as they walked to freedom.
(AP, 4/29/15)(AFP, 4/30/15)(AP, 5/2/15)(SFC,
2015 Apr 28, A Pakistani
private guard shot and killed himself in front of the US Consulate
in Lahore because of his "uneasy relations with his family."
2015 Apr 28, Palestinian
Mohammed Yehya died at a hospital in the West Bank city of Nablus.
He was shot in the abdomen the previous evening after hurling rocks
at Israeli troops.
2015 Apr 28, Russia’s Justice
Ministry said that the registration of the opposition Progress
Party, led by Alexei Navalny, has been cancelled because it has not
registered operation in at least half of Russia’s regions.
(SFC, 4/29/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 28, A Russian court
ordered the seizure of a factory belonging to Ukrainian President
Petro Poroshenko’s confectionery business Roshen, hampering his
plans to sell assets.
2015 Apr 28, Russia’s unmanned
Progress M-27M, loaded with 3 tons of goods for the Int’l. space
Station, began tumbling shortly after its launch from Kazakhstan.
(AP, 4/29/15)(SFC, 4/29/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 28, Saudi Arabia said
it has arrested 93 people suspected of belonging to the Islamic
State militant group, including two people who planned a failed
suicide car bombing against the US embassy in Riyadh.
2015 Apr 28, Senegal said on it
has set up a crisis unit to help the families of migrants
shipwrecked in the Mediterranean to get information about their
2015 Apr 28, In South Africa a
train guard was killed and 240 people injured when two crowded
commuter trains collided in Johannesburg.
2015 Apr 28, Togo's election
commission announced that provisional results showed incumbent Faure
Gnassingbe won the vote with more than 1.2 million votes or 58.75
percent of the total.
2015 Apr 28, In Yemen heavy
clashes overnight were reported in Marib province east of Sanaa, in
the city of Taiz in central Yemen, and in the southern port city of
Aden. At least 15 people were reported killed in the district of
Sirwah and around Marib city.
2016 Apr 28, In southern
California federal agents arrested three people, including the older
brother of San Bernadino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook, on charges of
marriage fraud and lying to federal investigators. Farook was one of
two people killed by police following the Dec 2 attack at the Inland
Regional Center in the city of San Bernardino.
(SFC, 4/28/16, p.A6)
2016 Apr 28, In the SF Bay Area
Keith Green (27) disappeared. He was supposed to meet Tiffany Li,
the mother of his two daughters, at a Millbrae pancake house. His
body was found on May 11 in a field off Highway 101 near Healdsburg.
Li was arrested May 21 for orchestrating his murder, which was
reportedly carried out by Kevin Bayat (30) and Oliver Adella (41).
In 2017 Li posted a $35 million bail, with cash and property valued
at $66 million. Bayat and Adella remained in jail. On Nov. 15, 2019,
Tiffany Li was found not guilty. A mistrial was declared in the case
of Kevin Bayat.
(SFC, 4/7/17, p.D4)(SFC, 11/16/19, p.C3)
2016 Apr 28, A Bahrain court
sentenced eight people to life in prison on various
terrorism-related charges connected to protests by the country's
majority Shiites demanding greater rights from the tiny-island
nation's Sunni-led monarchy.
2016 Apr 28, China passed a law
tightening controls over foreign non-governmental organizations by
subjecting them to close police supervision, a move officials say
will help the groups but critics charge is the latest attempt by
authorities to clamp down on perceived threats to the ruling
Communist Party's control.
2016 Apr 28, Colombia became
the fourth South American country to allow same-sex marriage when
the constitutional court definitively legalized it.
2016 Apr 28, French protesters
were back on the streets over proposed reforms to the country's
labor rules and strikers have forced cancellations and delays at two
airports serving Paris.
2016 Apr 28, Paris-based Drug
maker Sanofi said it has made a $9.3 billion bid for San Francisco
pharmaceutical firm Medivation, part of the firm's effort to expand
its portfolio of cancer treatments.
2016 Apr 28, The former Soviet
Republic of Georgia said it has arrested five people have been
arrested for trying to sell more than a kilogram of uranium. Georgia
announced on April 18 that six people were arrested for trying to
2016 Apr 28, India’s eastern
state of Bihar issued an advisory asking people not to cook or
conduct religious ceremonies between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. after 10
children and five adults were killed in a fire sparked during a
Hindu prayer ceremony in the Aurangabad district. Accidental fires
exacerbated by dry, hot and windy weather had swept through
shantytowns and thatched-roof houses in villages killing 79 people.
At least 300 people have died of heat-related illness this month
including 110 in Orissa state, 137 in Talangana state and another 45
in Andhra Pradesh state.
2016 Apr 28, In southern India
a female law student (30) was sexually penetrated by sharp objects
before being murdered in her home in Perumbavoor, Kerala state. On
May 3 police detained three men for questioning in the rape and
2016 Apr 28, Italian police
arrested four people suspected of conspiring to join Islamic State
in the Middle East in a probe that revealed a plan to carry out a
militant attack in Italy.
2016 Apr 28, In Japan Rina
Shimabukuro (20) went missing, after she messaged her boyfriend that
she was going for a walk. On May 19 police arrested Kenneth
Shinzato, aka Kenneth Franklin Gadson (32), an American working as a
computer and electrical contractor on the Kadena Air Base. After he
was questioned investigators found the body at a location he
provided, a forest in central Okinawa.
2016 Apr 28, Lebanese soldiers
killed Fayez al-Shaalaan, an Islamic State leader known as Abu Fawz,
when the army attacked an Islamic State position on the edge of the
town of Arsal in north Lebanon.
2016 Apr 28, In Myanmar
Buddhist monks joined several hundred protesters outside the US
Embassy in Yangon to demand it stop using the term "Rohingya" to
refer to a Muslim ethnic minority group. The protesters insisted the
group be called "Bengali" and be regarded as illegal migrants from
2016 Apr 28, A Myanmar
environment official said the government has banned lucrative
logging operations as the newly-elected government of democracy
leader Aung San Suu Kyi steps up a battle on deforestation. The
measure will cover teak and other hardwoods all across the country.
2016 Apr 28, Two suspected
powerful intermediate-range North Korean missiles failed to launch,
bringing the total to three apparent failures in recent weeks.
2016 Apr 28, Russia launched
its first rocket from the new Vostochny cosmodrome in the remote
Amur Region near China's border, a day after a technical glitch
forced a postponement of the event to carry three satellites into
2016 Apr 28, Serbia said it
will re-run voting at 15 polling stations after days of bickering
among the ruling and opposition parties over alleged irregularities
in the April 24 election, a move that could significantly affect the
2016 Apr 28, In Syria rebel
rocket and artillery fire on government-held neighborhoods of Aleppo
killed 18 civilians. Regime air strikes on rebel-held districts,
including the densely populated Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood, killed
31 civilians as the Syrian army prepared an offensive to retake the
city. Monitors and activists say at least 60 people have been killed
in airstrikes on Aleppo in the last 24 hours, including at least 27
who were killed when an MSF-supported hospital and nearby buildings
(AFP, 4/28/16)(AP, 4/28/16)(SFC, 4/30/16, p.A3)
2016 Apr 28, In Turkey an
Istanbul court sentenced two prominent journalists to two years
behind bars for illustrating their columns with a cartoon of the
Prophet Mohammed published by French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
2016 Apr 28, The Vatican's
financial watchdog said it received 544 reports of suspicious
financial transactions last year, thanks in part to beefed-up
efforts to flag potential tax cheats who are using the Vatican bank
to hide money.
2016 Apr 28, In Yemen a suicide
car bomber in women's clothes detonated his explosives-laden vehicle
near the house of the southern city of Aden's security chief,
wounding two people.
2017 Apr 28, Pres. Donald Trump
signed an executive order seeking to expand offshore oil and gas
drilling in areas that Pres. Obama put off-limits.
(SFC, 4/29/17, p.A1)
2017 Apr 28, The US urged the
UN Security Council to increase economic pressure on North Korea
over its nuclear weapons program and to lean on China to turn the
screws on its wayward ally.
2017 Apr 28, US Congress
approved a short-term spending bill preventing a partial federal
shutdown. The bill keeps the government functioning through May 5.
(SFC, 4/29/17, p.A4)
2017 Apr 28, US officials said
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is proposing to eliminate 2,300
jobs as part of a plan to cut more than a quarter of the State
Department's budget for the next fiscal year.
2017 Apr 28, US citizen Sandy
Phan-Gillis, arrested in March 2015 while about to leave mainland
China for Macau, arrived in Los Angeles. She had been convicted of
espionage and was held without trial for two years. She was deported
after being sentenced this week to three-and-a-half years in prison
2017 Apr 28, The Taliban
announced they will launch their spring offensive April 30,
signaling plans to step up attacks as the weather warms across
Afghanistan. This year's offensive was dubbed "Operation Mansouri,"
named for the Taliban leader killed last year in a US drone strike.
2017 Apr 28, In Brazil
nationwide strikes led by unions to protest President Michel Temer's
austerity measures crippled public transport in several major cities
across the nation, while factories, businesses and schools closed.
2017 Apr 28, The Nottingham
Crown Court jury found surgeon Ian Paterson (59) guilty of 17 counts
of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and three
counts of unlawful wounding. Victims had accused him of playing God
with their lives. He faced a life sentence after a jury convicted
him of carrying out unnecessary operations that maimed some of his
victims for life.
2017 Apr 28, Pope Francis
arrived in Cairo and urged Egypt's leading imams to teach their
students to reject violence in God's name and preach messages of
peace and tolerance instead.
2017 Apr 28, German authorities
arrested a 54-year-old Swiss citizen on suspicion of spying.
Prosecutors said Daniel M. is "suspected of working for the
intelligence agency of a foreign power since the start of 2012.” The
next day the Welt newspaper reported that man had been sent to
Germany by Switzerland's NDB intelligence agency to identify German
tax investigators involved in the purchase of confidential Swiss
bank client data.
(AP, 4/28/17)(AP, 4/30/17)
2017 Apr 28, Haitian officials
said flooding in the southwest has wiped out as much as 80 percent
of the spring harvest in a beleaguered region that is nearly
completely dependent on farming.
2017 Apr 28, Hungary said it
has completed a second anti-migrant fence on the Serbian border, a
"smart" barrier with night cameras, heat and movement sensors and
speakers blaring warnings in five languages.
2017 Apr 28, The Israeli
military said about 2000 Palestinians "participated in violent
riots" at several places in the West Bank. Palestinian health
officials said dozens of protesters were wounded at West Bank
demonstrations in support of hunger-striking prisoners held by
Israel. Some 6.500 Palestinians were currently in Israeli lockups.
(AP, 4/28/17)(SFC, 4/29/17, p.A2)
2017 Apr 28, Israel’s Housing
Ministry said it intends to build 15,000 new settlement homes in
East Jerusalem, despite US President Donald Trump's request to "hold
back" on settlements as part of a possible new push for
2017 Apr 28, Libya seized two
foreign-flagged oil tankers and detained their crews for allegedly
smuggling fuel after an hours-long gunbattle off the west coast.
2017 Apr 28, Macedonia's
interior minister offered his resignation a day after protesters
stormed the country's parliament.
2017 Apr 28, Mali's National
Assembly voted to extend a state of emergency by six months in a bid
to quell an upsurge in attacks by Islamist militants based in the
desert north of the West African country.
2017 Apr 28, Montenegro’s
parliament ratified the country's membership agreement with NATO,
taking the tiny former Yugoslav republic one step closer to becoming
the 29th member of the Atlantic alliance.
2017 Apr 28, In Myanmar
ultra-nationalist Buddhist monks and their supporters have forced
the closing of two Muslim schools in Yangon.
2017 Apr 28, In Manila the
leaders of Indonesia and the Philippines pledged to boost bilateral
ties and launch maritime patrols of their sea border to prevent
2017 Apr 28, Philippine marines
killed Alhabsy Misaya, an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander and a
notorious kidnapper, in Sulu province. He had sailed across the sea
border into Malaysia to snatch tourists and sailors for ransom.
2017 Apr 28, In Russia Nataliya
Fyodorova, an activist of the liberal opposition Yabloko party,
suffered burns to her face and partial loss of her sight as a result
of an attack near the entrance to her apartment building. Fyodorova
has actively protested city development plans, including plans to
build a shopping center in her Moscow neighborhood.
2017 Apr 28, In Syria US-backed
forces fighting Islamic State took several neighborhoods from the
militant group in the town of Tabqa, part of a campaign to oust
Islamic State from its stronghold in Raqqa city.
2017 Apr 28, Tanzanian
President John Magufuli ordered the immediate dismissal of more than
9,900 civil servants after a nationwide verification of academic
credentials uncovered workers with forged school and college
2017 Apr 28, In Thailand a
Bangkok court approved an arrest warrant for an heir to the Red Bull
energy drink fortune accused of a deadly hit-and-run accident,
moving the case forward after almost five years without charges
being pressed. Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya is accused of fleeing the
scene of a 2012 crash in his Ferrari after allegedly fatally hitting
a police officer on motorcycle patrol.
2017 Apr 28, Turkey's military
said that one of its outposts in the southeastern town of
Ceylanpinar bordering Syria came under rocket attack early today
from Syrian territory held by the Kurdish militia YPG. The army
returned fire killing 11 YPG militants.
2017 Apr 28, United Nations
officials said at least 11 people have died from a mysterious
illness in Liberia, and tests have been negative for the Ebola
virus. Those who fell sick this week all had attended a relative's
2017 Apr 28, The United Nations
Security Council unanimously backed attempts to restart talks
between Morocco and the Polisario independence movement over the
Western Sahara conflict and extended its peacekeeping mission for
2018 Apr 28, Larry Harvey (70)
the founder and guiding light behind the Burning Man art exhibition,
died in San Francisco.
(SSFC, 4/29/18, p.A8)
2018 Apr 28, New York City
hosted one of the biggest tributes to Sikh culture in America, a
parade down Madison Avenue capped by a sea of turbans.
2018 Apr 28, In northern
Afghanistan Taliban fighters seized a district center in Kunduz
province. A bomb at an army base in the southern province of Helmand
killed four civilians and two soldiers. A bombing in Jalalabad
wounded 12 people, including two traffic police.
(Reuters, 4/28/18)(AP, 4/28/18)(AP, 4/29/18)
2018 Apr 28, Armenian
opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan called for more demonstrations
against the country's ruling elite, days before the South Caucasus
nation's parliament is due to pick a new prime minister.
2018 Apr 28, The Australian
Olympic Committee awarded a posthumous Order of Merit to Peter
Norman, a record-holding sprinter who supported two Americans in
their famous Black Power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympics.
2018 Apr 28, A UN Security
Council delegation arrived in Bangladesh to get a firsthand look at
the plight of some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar to
escape military-led violence.
2018 Apr 28, Terminally-ill
British toddler Alfie Evans died after doctors withdrew life
support, following a long legal battle and a campaign by the parents
that drew support from Pope Francis.
2018 Apr 28, Burkina Faso
authorities said they have arrested around 100 people and seized
explosives in operations from April 19 to 27 in eastern and northern
regions near the Malian border where jihadists are active.
2018 Apr 28, The leaders of
China and India stressed the importance of close ties in talks,
against the background of their rivalry for leadership in Asia and
the potential for cooperation on economic and security matters.
2018 Apr 28, India's government
electrified all of its villages 12 days ahead of a deadline set by
PM Narendra Modi.
2018 Apr 28, In Madagascar more
than 1,000 opposition activists rallied in Antananarivo demanding
the resignation of the president on the eighth straight day of
anti-government protests in which at least two people have died.
2018 Apr 28, Former Malawi
president Joyce Banda returned home to a rousing welcome by
supporters and vowed to prove her innocence after more than three
years in self-imposed exile amid graft allegations.
2018 Apr 28, Firefighters in
Myanmar scrambled to put out a fire in a massive garbage dump on the
edge of its largest city, Yangon, as foul-smelling smoke from the
burning trash that injured dozens extended into its second week.
Some 600 firefighters and members of security forces have been
fighting the blaze since April 21.
2018 Apr 28, Thousands of
Nicaraguans marched peacefully through the capital Managua in a mass
demonstration to demand justice following the violent suppression of
a wave of protests that left 43 people dead.
2018 Apr 28, In Oman activist
Hassan al-Basham passed away in Samail Central Prison after a sharp
drop in his blood sugar levels. Rights groups later said his
deteriorating health was known to the courts, and that a request by
his lawyers for a medical examination was ignored by an appellate
2018 Apr 28, Pakistan's
disenfranchised Ahmadi community released an annual report that
detailed growing hostilities against the minority sect, including
indiscriminate arrests and impediments blocking them from voting in
2018 Apr 28, In southwestern
Pakistan gunmen attacked an electronics shop and fatally shot two
shopkeepers, both of them minority Hazara Shiites.
2018 Apr 28, Palestinian youth
Azzam Aweida (15) died after being shot the previous day by Israeli
troops during protests along the Gaza border.
2018 Apr 28, In Moscow Russian,
Iranian and Turkish foreign ministers talked up their successes in
brokering a political solution to the Syrian conflict.
2018 Apr 28, A floating nuclear
power plant built in Russia embarked on its first sea voyage so its
reactors can be loaded with fuel. The Lomonosov is to be put into
service in 2019 in the Arctic off the coast of Chukotka in the far
east, providing power for a port town and for oil rigs.
2018 Apr 28, Saudi Arabia
intercepted four ballistic missiles fired by Yemeni rebels. One
person was reported killed by "shrapnel" from the ballistic missile
2018 Apr 28, Saudi Arabia's
King Salman launched construction of an "entertainment city" near
Riyadh, part of a series of multi-billion dollar projects aimed at
helping the oil-dependent kingdom diversify its economy.
2018 Apr 28, Singapore's PM Lee
Hsien Loong said that Southeast Asian countries will work more
closely with new powers China and India to counter the pressure of
protectionism and ensure continued growth. ASEAN leaders affirmed
the need for peace in the South China Sea.
2018 Apr 28, In Somalia a
suicide bomber blew himself up in a military camp in the town of
Galkayo, killing four officers. The attack was claimed by the al
Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group.
2018 Apr 28, Turkey's state-run
Anadolu news agency said authorities have detained 63 people
suspected of links to a network accused of orchestrating a failed
coup and were hunting for 40 others.
2018 Apr 28, In southern Yemen
Saleh Nasr Fadl al-Bakhsh, a top Islamic State group leader, was
killed and three others arrested in a government raid on an IS
hideout in government-held territory.
2018 Apr 28, It was reported
that Zimbabwe has legalized the production of marijuana for
medicinal and scientific purposes, making it the rare African
country to turn the drug into a source of revenue. Recreational use
2019 Apr 28, US sanctions came
into effect to block Venezuela's economic lifeline of oil exports,
in what Washington hopes will be a major blow in its fledgling
campaign to topple leftist President Nicolas Maduro.
2019 Apr 28, In Maryland a
gunman fired into a crowd in Baltimore killing one person and
wounding seven others before fleeing the scene.
(SFC, 4/29/19, p.A5)
2019 Apr 28, The people of
Benin voted for a new parliament but without a single opposition
candidate to choose from. Voters were given the choice to select
their 83 members of parliament from two parties both allied to
President Patrice Talon. The country's main opposition parties were
effectively barred from fielding candidates by tough new eligibility
rules and asked their supporters to protest by boycotting the polls.
2019 Apr 28, In Burkina Faso
six people, including a pastor, were killed in an attack on a
Christian church in the country's north.
2019 Apr 28, A Cambodian court
charged three Chinese nationals with money laundering after the men
were allegedly caught carrying more than $3.5 million without proper
provenance for the money.
2019 Apr 28, Cypriot
investigators hunting for victims of a suspected serial killer
retrieved a suitcase containing the decomposing remains of a woman
from the bottom of a man-made lake. The retrieved suitcase is one of
two that were located in the lake a day earlier.
2019 Apr 28, Scandinavian
Airlines (SAS), the flag carrier of Denmark, Norway and Sweden,
announced further flight cancellations for the next week on the
third day of a pilots strike as the parties have failed to resume
talks on a new collective bargaining agreement.
2019 Apr 28, In Hong Kong tens
of thousands of people marched on parliament to demand the scrapping
of proposed extradition rules that would allow people to be sent to
mainland China for trial - a move which some fear puts the city's
core freedoms at risk.
2019 Apr 28, An Indonesian
official said more than 270 election staff have died following the
April 17 elections, mostly of fatigue-related illnesses caused by
long hours of work counting millions of ballot papers by hand.
2019 Apr 28, Iranian police
said that the suspect in the killing of a 46-year-old cleric in the
western city of Hamedan had died in a shootout with police. Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for a crackdown on illegal
2019 Apr 28, Israel released
two Syrian prisoners in what it described as a "goodwill gesture"
following the repatriation of the remains of an Israeli soldier who
went missing over 35 years ago.
2019 Apr 28, Spain held
national elections. No single party appeared close to winning a
majority. Spain faced weeks of coalition talks after PM Pedro
Sanchez's Socialists scored big but failed to gain a majority in a
snap election that split the right-wing bloc and let
ultra-nationalists into parliament.
(Reuters, 4/28/19)(AFP, 4/29/19)
2019 Apr 28, Sudanese protest
leaders held talks with the ruling military council after the
military condemned an attack on an Islamist party close to President
Omar al-Bashir, who was removed from power and jailed earlier this
2019 Apr 28, Tanzanian albinos
said they were living in fear of their lives after the remains of an
albino were exhumed in what they said was a "bestial" and "barbaric"
2019 Apr 28, In Turkey Zaki Y.
M. Hasan, a man held on suspicion of spying for the United Arab
Emirates, was found hanging from the bathroom door in his one-person
cell in Silivri prison. Hasan and another man were detained on April
15 and had reportedly confessed to spying on Arab nationals.
2019 Apr 28, It was reported
that Pope Francis has donated 500,000 dollars to help migrants in
Mexico, offering assistance to local projects that provide food,
lodging and basic necessities.
2019 Apr 28, A Zimbabwean
organization started exhuming the remains of victims of a government
massacre during former president Robert Mugabe's rule, which claimed
some 20,000 lives. The remains of Thembi Ngwenya, aged 21 at the
time of her death in 1983, were the first to be exhumed as part of a
healing process promised by the government.
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