Return to home1223 Jul 14,
Philip II Augustus (57), King of France (1180-1223), died. Louis
VIII succeeded his father.
(HN, 7/14/98)(MC, 7/14/02)
1420 Jul 14, Jan Zizka
(1360?-1424) led the Taborites in Battle at Vitkov Zizka's hill
(Prague). The Taborites beat forces under Sigismund, the
pro-Catholic King of Hungary and Bohemia. This was part of the
Hussite Wars (1419-1436).
1430 Jul 14, Joan of Arc, taken
prisoner by the Burgundians in May, was handed over to Pierre
Cauchon, the bishop of Beauvais.
1456 Jul 14, Hungarians
defeated the Ottomans at the Battle of Belgrade, in present-day
Yugoslavia. The 1456 Siege of Belgrade decided the fate of
1486 Jul 14, Andrea del Sarto
(d.1531), aka Vanucchi or di Francesco, Italian Renaissance artist
(Recollets), was born. He represented what Vasari called the terza
maniera, the third or modern manner of painting.
(WUD, 1994, p.55)(WSJ, 10/29/96, p.A21)(MC,
1520 Jul 14, Hernando Cortes
fought the Aztecs at the Battle of Otumba, Mexico.
1536 Jul 14, France and
Portugal signed the naval treaty of Lyons aligning themselves
1581 Jul 14, English Jesuit
Edmund Campion was arrested.
1602 Jul 14, Jules Mazarin,
French cardinal, French 1st Minister (1642-61), was born.
1614 Jul 14, Camillus de Lellis
(64), Italian soldier, monastery founder, saint, died.
1634 Jul 14, Pasquier Quesnel,
French theologian, Jansenist (Jesus-Christ Penitent), was born.
1682 Jul 14, Henry Purcell was
appointed organist of Chapel Royal, London.
1698 Jul 14, The first Company
of Scotland expedition of five ships (Saint Andrew, Caledonia,
Unicorn, Dolphin, and Endeavour) set sail from the east coast port
of Leith to avoid observation by English warships, with around 1,200
people on board. After calling at Madeira and the West Indies, the
fleet made landfall off the coast of Darien on 2 November. The
settlers christened their new home "New Caledonia."
1771 Jul 14, Father Junipero
Serra founded the Mission San Antonio de Padua in California.
(SFEC, 3/12/00, p.T4)(MC, 7/14/02)
1776 Jul 14, Jemima Boone (13),
the daughter of Daniel Boone, and 2 friends were kidnapped by a
group of 5 Shawnee and Cherokee Indians near Boonesborough,
Kentucky. They were rescued on July 16 by Daniel Boone and 7 other
(ON, 8/08, p.6)
1789 July 14
, Bastille Day. Tens of thousands of the citizens of Paris stormed
the Bastille, the Paris fortress used as a prison to hold political
prisoners, and released the seven prisoners inside at the onset of
the French Revolution. Over 100 rioters were killed or wounded. The
average Frenchman was 5 foot 2 and weighed 105 pounds. France’s
Louis XIV made a diary entry that read “Rien" (nothing). Historian
Francois Furet (1927-1997), a leading writer on the French
Revolution, was best known for his work: "Critical Dictionary of the
French Revolution." He refuted Marxist interpretations of the events
that preceded and followed the fall of the monarchy. In 1939 W.
Higgins edited "The French Revolution Told by Contemporaries."
(AP, 7/14/97)(HN, 7/14/98)(WSJ, 1/11/99,
p.R12)(ON, 4/01, p.1)(Econ, 6/25/05, p.52)(SFC, 7/15/97, p.A18)
1789 Jul 14, The French
Revolution. "It was not the literate and cultured minority of
Frenchmen who brought down the government, as had been the case in
England and America. Instead it was the common people, who marched
upon the king and queen in their palace at Versailles. The Jacobins
promulgated a Declaration of Rights of Man and of the Citizen that
went beyond the American Bill of Rights in affirming, "Nothing that
is not forbidden by Law may be hindered, and no one may be compelled
to do what the Law does not ordain," for "Liberty consists in being
able to do anything that does not harm others."
(V.D.-H.K.p.230-231)(SFC, 6/23/96, Z1 p.2)
1791 Jul 14-1791 Jul 17, Riots
took place in Birmingham, England. The houses of Joseph Priestley
and other political dissenters were burned to the ground. Priestley
had rejected various supernatural elements of Christianity,
criticized the Church of England, and supported the French
1795 Jul 14, "La Marseillais,"
written in 1792, became the French national anthem.
1798 Jul 14, The Sedition Act,
the last of four pieces of legislation known as the Alien and
Sedition Acts, was passed by Congress, making it unlawful to write,
publish, or utter false or malicious statements about the U.S.
president and the U.S. government, among other things. Violations
were made punishable by up to 2 years in jail and a fine of $2,000.
(AP, 7/14/97)(HN, 7/14/98)(WSJ, 10/29/04, p.W10)
1798 Jul 14, 1st direct federal
tax in US states took effect on dwellings, land and slaves.
1817 Jul 14, Madame de Stael
(51), writer and daughter of former French finance minister Jacques
Necker, died. She was intimate with Benjamin Constant and their
intellectual collaboration made them one of the most important
intellectual pairs of their time. In 2005 Maria Fairweather authored
“Madame de Stael." In 2008 Renee Winegarten authored the dual
biography “Germaine de Stael & Benjamin Constant."
p.88)(www.kirjasto.sci.fi/stael.htm)(WSJ, 6/23/08, p.A15)
1827 Jul 14, Augustin-Jean
Fresnel (b.1788), French engineer, died. He contributed
significantly to the establishment of the theory of wave optics.
Fresnel studied the behavior of light both theoretically and
experimentally. He worked out a way to focus light using diffraction
and was the first to construct a special type of lens, now called a
Fresnel lens, as a substitute for mirrors in lighthouses.
1845 Jul 14, Fire in NYC
destroyed 1,000 homes and killed many.
1850 Jul 14, The 1st public
demonstration of ice made by refrigeration took place. James
Harrison of Australia designed an ice-making machine. It was an
improvement on one invented by Jacob Perkins in 1834.
(MC, 7/14/02)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R14)
1853 Jul 14, Pres. Franklin
Pierce opened the 1st industrial exposition in NY. Some 4,000
exhibitors gathered for a trade show at the New York Crystal Palace
(later Bryant Park).
(WSJ, 9/14/00, p.A24)(MC, 7/14/02)
1853 Jul 14, Commodore Matthew
Perry met with Prince Toda and Prince Ido at ceremony at Kurihama,
Japan, and presented a letter from former Pres. Fillmore to Emperor
Osahito requesting trade relations. Fillmore's term of office had
already expired by the time the letter was delivered.
(ON, 11/04, p.12)(AP, 7/14/07)
1858 Jul 14, Emmeline
Pankhurst, British suffragist and founder of the Women's Social and
Political Union, was born in Manchester, England.
(HN, 7/14/98)(AP, 7/14/08)
1860 Jul 14, Owen Wister
(d.1938), novelist, was born in Germantown, Pa. His 1902 novel
"The Virginian" inspired 5 films.
(HN, 7/14/01)(SFC, 1/9/02, p.D8)(AH, 10/02, p.18)
1861 Jul 14, Union troops tried
to force a crossing at Seneca Falls on the Potomac, northwest of
Washington but were repulsed by the Confederates. A company of the
Louisiana Tiger Rifles helped defend the line.
1861 Jul 14, Gen McDowell
advanced toward Fairfax Courthouse, VA, with 40,000 troops.
1861 Jul 14, Naval Engagement
at Wilmington, NC. USS Daylight established a blockade.
1863 Jul 14, Jews of Holstein
Germany were granted equality.
1864 Jul 14, At Harrisburg,
Mississippi, Federal troops under General Andrew Jackson Smith
repulsed an attack by General Nathan Bedford Forrest, one of
Forrest's only two defeats.
1864 Jul 14, Gold was
discovered in Helena, Mont. Four prospectors discovered gold in a
small stream they called "Last Chance." This marked the birth of
Helena, future capital of Montana. [see 1863]
(Visitor’s brochure, 9/11/97)(MC, 7/14/02)
1865 Jul 14, Edward Whymper,
Charles Hudson, Michel Croz, and Douglas Hadow became the 1st to
climb the Matterhorn, on the border of Switzerland and Italy. Only
Edward Whymper survived the descent.
1868 Jul 14, Alvin J. Fellows
patented a tape measure.
1877 Jul 14, The Great Railroad
Strike of 1877 began in Martinsburg, West Virginia, and ended some
45 days later after it was put down by local and state militias.
1881 Jul 14, Outlaw Billy the
Kid (21), (born as Henry McCarty) aka William H. Bonney or Kid
Antrim, was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner,
New Mexico. Billy had been held in Lincoln County Courthouse jail
but escaped and killed two guards. The Kid had fled to Fort Sumner
and on a tip, Garrett set out toward Fort Sumner to find him, with
lawmen John Poe and Thomas C. "Kip" McKinney. According to some,
Pete Maxwell had alerted Poe to the Kid's whereabouts. Many details
about Billy the Kid's death are controversial but, apparently, as he
was returning to Maxwell's house he came upon Poe and McKinney
outside, unsure of whether they were friends or foes. Garrett was
awaiting inside, and as the Kid entered the room, Garrett shot him
above the heart. Newspaperman A.J. Fountain awarded Garrett a gold
star, which fetched $100,000 at auction in 2008. Joel Jacobsen later
authored "Such Men as Billy the Kid."
(AP, 7/14/97)(HNPD, 7/14/98)(SFC, 2/2/01,
p.A14)(SFC, 6/17/08, p.B8)
1882 Jul 14, Johnny Ringo, a
fast draw gunman, was found dead in Tombstone, Az.
(SFC, 4/22/00, p.E3)
1895 Jul 14, William Leefe
Robinson, the first man to win the Victoria Cross for shooting down
a German Zeppelin, was born.
1896 Jul 14, The Pacific Mail
$680,000 Steamship Colombia was destroyed on rocks near Pescadero,
(Ind, 7/20/02, 5A)(Ind, 8/10/02, 5A)
1897 Jul 14, Swede Saloman
Andrée (b.1854)) and 2 accomplices, Knute Fraenkle and Nils
Strindberg, in the Ornen balloon were forced down after 64 hours in
the first expedition to fly by balloon from Spitsbergen across the
North Pole. Their attempt to return ended on White Island. Their
fate was only discovered Aug 5-6, 1930, by Norwegian whalers.
(HNQ, 5/22/01)(ON, 11/01, p.11)(Econ, 5/11/13,
1900 Jul 14, European Allies
retook Tientsin, China, from the rebelling Boxers.
1904 Jul 14, Isaac Singer
(1991), Polish-born American author (Enemies-Nobel 1978), was born.
"God is the sum of all possibilities." "When you betray somebody
else, you also betray yourself."
(AP, 3/30/97)(AP, 6/4/99)(HN, 7/14/01)(MC,
1906 Jul 14, Tom Carvel, ice
cream mogul (Carvels), was born.
1908 Jul 14, The short film
"The Adventures of Dollie," the first movie directed by D.W.
Griffith, opened in New York.
1911 Jul 14, Terry Thomas,
actor (It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World), was born in England.
1912 Jul 14, Woodrow Wilson
"Woody" Guthrie, American folk singer, was born. Woody Guthrie
(d.1967) was born in Okemah, Okla.
(HN, 7/14/98)(SFC, 11/27/98, p.C11)
1913 Jul 14, Gerald Ford
(d.2006), 41st vice-president and 38th president of the United
States, was born as Leslie King, Jr. in Omaha, Nebraska, and
achieved his highest prominence as the 38th president of the Untied
States. He became president upon Richard Nixon's resignation from
office. Gerald Rudolph Ford was age two when his mother divorced his
father and moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan. She remarried Gerald
Ford, Sr., who adopted the young boy and gave him his name. Ford
assumed the presidency on August 9, 1974, upon the resignation of
Richard M. Nixon.
(HN, 7/14/99)(HNQ, 11/24/99)(AP, 12/27/06)
1913 Jul 14, Jimmy Hoffa,
missing labor leader, was born.
1913 Jul 14, Fritz Erler,
German politician (SDP), was born.
1914 Jul 14, 1st patent for
liquid-fueled rocket design was granted to Dr. R. Goddard.
1916 Jul 14, Natalia Ginzberg,
Italian novelist (The Dry Heat, Family Sayings), was born.
1918 Jul 14, Ingmar Bergman,
Swedish film director (The Seventh Seal, Fanny and Alexander), was
born in Uppsala, Sweden.
(HN, 7/14/01)(MC, 7/14/02)
1918 Jul 14, Arthur Laurents,
writer and librettist, was born.
1921 Jul 14, Italian anarchists
Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were convicted for the May 5,
1920 killing of a paymaster and guard at a shoe factory in South
Braintree, Massachusetts. Many claimed there was unsubstantial
evidence and that the two were tried for their radical views rather
than any crime. A defense committee secured a stay of their death
sentences and the cause of Sacco and Vanzetti grew around the world.
In 1927 a commission appointed by the governor of Massachusetts
examined the conduct and evidence of the trial and sustained the
verdict. Sacco and Vanzetti were put to death in the electric chair
on August 23, 1927.
1927 Jul 14, John William
Chancellor, news anchor (NBC, VOA), was born in Chicago, Ill.
1933 Jul 14, All German
political parties except the Nazi Party were outlawed.
1933 Jul 14, Nazi Germany
promulgated the Law for the Protection of Hereditary Health. It was
the beginning of their Euthanasia program.
1938 Jul 14, Jerry Rubin,
activist (Chicago 7), stockbroker, was born.
1938 Jul 14, Howard Hughes
landed at Floyd Bennet Field in NY with a crew of four after flying
around the world in 3 days, 19 hours, and 17 min., a new record.
(Hem., 2/96, p.44)
1938 Jul 14, Italian Premier
Mussolini published an anti-Jewish and African manifesto prepared by
1940 Jul 14, Due to beanball
wars, Spalding advertised batting helmet with earflaps.
1940 Jul 14, A force of German
Ju-88 bombers attacked Suez, Egypt, from bases in Crete.
1941 Jul 14, Vichy French
Foreign Legionaries signed an armistice in Damascus, allowing them
to join the Free French Foreign Legion.
1941 Jul 14, 6,000 Lithuanian
Jews were exterminated at Viszalsyan Camp.
1944 Jul 14, SS men Heinrich
Boere and Jacobus Petrus Besteman shot and killed Dutch pharmacist
Fritz Hubert Ernst Bicknese at his home in Breda for suspected
activity in Nazi resistance. Boere was sentenced to death in
absentia by a Dutch court in 1949. This was later commuted to life
imprisonment. In 2009 Boere (88) was slated to stand trial for
murder in Germany for the execution-style killings of three Dutch
civilians during World War II. In 2010 a German court convicted
Boere (88) of murdering the three Dutch civilians. He was given the
maximum sentence of life in prison for the killings.
1945 Jul 14, American
battleships and cruisers bombarded the Japanese home islands for the
first time. The battleship USS South Dakota was 1st US ship to
(HN, 7/14/98)(MC, 7/14/02)
1946 Jul 14, Dr. Benjamin
Spock's "Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published.
1946 Jul 14, Heart Mountain,
Wyoming, Japanese-American draft resisters were released from McNeil
(SFC, 10/26/01, p.A28)
1948 Jul 14, Israel bombed
1951 Jul 14, The George
Washington Carver National Monument in Joplin, Missouri became the
first national park honoring an African American.
1952 Jul 14, SS United States
crossed the Atlantic in 84:12, a record westward.
1953 Jul 14, The freighter
Jacob Luckenbach from SF rammed the Matson freighter Hawaiian Pilot
near Point Montara, 17 miles from the Golden Gate. The Luckenbach
sank while the Hawaiian Pilot limped to SF. Oil leaked from the
Luckenbach later killed numerous birds. In 2002 a $3.5 million plan
for cleanup was begun. A $19 million cleanup ended in Sep.
(Ind, 3/31/01, 5A)(SFC, 2/5/02, p.A15)(SFC,
5/8/02, p.A22)(SFC, 10/1/02, p.A13)
1953 Jul 14, There was a
Communist offensive in Korea.
1957 Jul 14, Soviet steamer
"Eshghbad" sank in Caspian Sea and 270 drowned.
1958 Jul 14, In Iraq Gen. Abdel
Karim al-Kassem (Qassim) assassinated Faisal II with his son and
premier. Karim proclaimed a republic. Jordan’s King Hussein
succeeded Faisal. Faisal II, Hashemite King of Iraq (1939-58), was
assassinated at Baghdad and Noeri el-Said, premier of Iraq, was
murdered. Mohammed Hadid (d.1999 at 92) served as the first finance
minister under the government of Abdel Karim Qassem.
(PC, 1992 ed, p.963)(AP, 7/14/97)(USAT, 3/24/99,
p.18A) (SFC, 8/6/99, p.D4)
1960 Jul 14, Fire raging
through a Guatemala City, Guatemala, insane asylum and 225 were
killed with 300 severely injured.
1961 Jul 14, Pope John XXIII
published his encyclical Mater et magistrate.
1962 Jul 14, Borehole for Mont
Blanc-tunnel, between France and Italy, was finished. [see Aug 14]
1964 Jul 14, The United States
sent 600 more troops to Vietnam.
1965 Jul 14, The American space
probe Mariner 4 flew by Mars, sending back photographs of the
1965 Jul 14, U.S. Ambassador
Adlai E. Stevenson Jr., the Democratic presidential nominee in 1952
and 1956, died in London at age 65.
1966 Jul 14, German-born
playboy Gunter Sachs (1932-2011) married Brigitte Bardot in Las
Vegas. They divorced in 1969.
1966 Jul 14, In Chicago Richard
Speck murdered 8 student nurses in a Chicago dormitory. He made a
videotape in prison and admitted to the killings. Gloria Davy,
Patricia Matusek, Nina Schmale, Pamela Wilkening, Suzanne
Farris, Mary Ann Jordan, Merlita Gargullo, and Valentina
Paison; all nursing students at the South Chicago Community
Hospital; were raped then strangled or stabbed to death by Richard
Speck. One survivor, Cora Amurao, identified Richard Speck, and he
was put in jail. He was serving consecutive sentences of 50 to 150
years and died of a heart attack in 1991 at age 49. The video shows
him having sex and snorting cocaine in prison.
(USA Today, 5/14/96, p.3A)(TMC, 1994, p.1966)(AP,
1967 Jul 14, The Convention
Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization, or WIPO
Convention, was signed at Stockholm, Sweden, and entered into force
on April 26, 1970. As its name suggests, it established the World
Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). WIPO Convention has 184
Contracting Parties. The Convention is written in English, French,
Russian and Spanish, all texts being equally authentic. The
Convention was amended on September 28, 1979.
1969 Jul 14 - 1969 Aug 2, In
West Papua the "Act of Free Choice" was conducted by the Indonesian
military forces. A UN approved referendum, involving 1,026
handpicked pro-Jakarta tribal chiefs, ratified Indonesia’s 1963
annexation of West Papua. Many voted at gunpoint in the unanimous
decision. In papers released in 2004 it was revealed that US
Ambassador Marshall Green in 1969 had foreknowledge that Indonesia
had no intention of allowing a Papuan vote that might prevent
Indonesia from annexing West Papua as a Indonesian province; he
further pointed out that any UN member would be unwise to expect
free or direct elections.
(WSJ, 6/6/00, p.A23)(SSFC, 9/1/02,
p.A15)(http://tinyurl.com/7cxq3)(Econ, 6/30/12, p.46)
1972 Jul 14, The US State
Department criticized actress Jane Fonda for making antiwar radio
broadcasts in Hanoi, calling them "distressing."
1974 Jul 14, Bundy victims
Janice Ott and Denise Naslund disappeared at Lake Sammamish, WA.
Jul 14, Carl A. Spaats (b.1891), 1st chief of staff of USAF, died at
1976 Jul 14, Jimmy Carter won
the Democratic presidential nomination by an overwhelming margin at
the party's convention in New York City.
1976 Jul 14, Carmelo Soria
(b.1921), a Spanish UN official in Chile, was abducted. His corpse
found two days later in a car sunk in the Canal del Carmen in the
Piramide sector of Santiago de Chile. He was assassinated by Chile's
DINA agents as a part of Operation Condor. Soria was first detained
in the Vía Naranja house in the sector of Lo Curro, shared by DINA
agent Michael Townley.
1977 Jul 14, US House
Resolution 658 established a permanent Select Committee on
1978 Jul 14, Soviet dissident
Anatoly (Natan) Sharansky was convicted of treasonous espionage and
anti-Soviet agitation, and sentenced to 13 years at hard labor. He
was released in 1986.
1982 Jul 14, The US made
assurances to Taiwan regarding arms sales.
1982 Jul 14, Virginia Hall
(b.1906), a Baltimore native who had worked in France for British
intelligence during WW II, died. In 1942 the Gestapo circulated
posters offering a reward for the capture of "the woman with a limp.
She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies and we must find and
destroy her." Hall’s left leg had been amputated below the knee
about a decade earlier after she stumbled and blasted her foot with
a shotgun while hunting in Turkey.
1982 Jul 14, Iran launched a
"Ramadan-offensive" in Iraq.
1984 Jul 14, Al Schacht (91),
baseball player, died. He was known as the Clown prince of baseball.
The former Washington Senators pitcher turned top hat jester had
entertained the crowd before twenty-five World Series and eighteen
1984 Jul 14, David Lange
(1942-2005) was elected prime minister of New Zealand. He served
1985 Jul 14, Carolyn Muncey’s
badly beaten body was found near her home in eastern Tennessee. Paul
House was convicted in 1986 and sentenced to die for the murder. In
2008 DNA evidence indicated he was not responsible for her sexual
assault and a federal judge ordered that he be quickly retried or
1986 Jul 14, Richard W. Miller
became the 1st FBI agent convicted of espionage.
1986 Jul 14, An expedition from
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute filmed the wreck of the Titanic
for the first time.
(SFEC,12/797, DB p.37)
1986 Jul 14, In North Carolina
Harold Gentry’s gunshot-ridden body was found sprawled on the floor
of the home he shared with his wife, Betty Neumar. She collected at
least $20,000 in life insurance, plus other benefits from the
military and sold the couple's house and other items. In 2008 Neumar
(76) was charged with hiring a hit man to gun him down. After
arresting her, authorities realized that five times since the 1950s,
she was married, and each union ended with the death of her husband.
1986 Jul 14, Raymond Loewy
(92), US industrial designer, died. His designs included the 1973
1986 Jul 14, In Spain Jose
Ignacio De Juana Chaos (b.1955), a former police officer who joined
one of ETA's most active commando units, took part in a Madrid car
bombing. The car bomb on República Dominicana Square killed 12 Civil
Guard policemen. 45 people were wounded.
1987 Jul 14, The National
League took 13 innings to defeat the American League, 2-0, in the
58th All-Star Game in Oakland, Calif.
1987 Jul 14, Lt. Col. Oliver
North concluded six days of testimony before the Iran-Contra
1987 Jul 14, Greyhound Bus
bought Trailways Bus for $80 million.
1988 Jul 14, Speaking before
the U.N. Security Council, Iran's foreign minister, Ali-Akbar
Velayati, denounced the U.S. downing of an Iranian jetliner as "a
barbaric massacre." Vice President Bush replied that the U.S.S.
Vincennes had fired in self-defense.
1988 Jul 14, The Soviet press
agency Tass reported that Azerbaijan has rejected an attempt by
Nagorno-Karabakh, a predominantly Armenian enclave, to secede and
join Armenia. Some 200,000 demonstrated in Soviet Armenia for the
incorporation of Nagorno-Karabakh.
1989 Jul 14, 16th James Bond
movies "License to Kill" premiered in the US.
1989 Jul 14, Leaders of the
seven richest nations opened a summit in Paris, which was also
celebrating the bicentennial of the French Revolution with pomp and
1989 Jul 14, In San Francisco
promoters staged a four-round exhibition match between legendary
boxer Roberto Duran (38) and Irishman Pat Lawlor (25) of the Sunset
District before 4,787 fans at the Civic Auditorium.
(SSFC, 7/13/14, DB p.38)
1990 Jul 14, West German
Chancellor Helmut Kohl arrived in Moscow for talks with Soviet
President Mikhail Gorbachev that were aimed at soothing Kremlin
concerns about German unification.
1991 Jul 14, American and
Soviet negotiators in Washington continued work on trying to
complete a treaty slashing long-range nuclear arsenals.
1991 Jul 14, In California a
Southern Pacific tanker car derailed near Dunsmuir and spilled
18,000 gallons of pesticides (19k gallons of metam sodium) into the
Sacramento River. This killed every living thing in the river for 40
miles downstream including 250,000 trout.
(SFEC, 8/16/98, p.T7)(SFC, 11/13/99, p.A22)
1991 Jul 14, Leaders of the
Group of Seven nations began gathering in London for their annual
1992 Jul 14, The American
League won the All-Star game, defeating the National League team
13-6 at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego.
1992 Jul 14, The second day of
the Democratic National Convention heard from speakers who included
former President Carter, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and AIDS activist
1993 Jul 14, President Clinton
visited flood-stricken Iowa for the second time in 10 days, telling
flood victims to "hang in there."
1994 Jul 14, A tidal wave of
Hutu refugees from Rwanda's civil war flooded across the border into
Zaire, swamping relief organizations.
1995 Jul 14, Under pressure
from Congress, FBI Director Louis Freeh removed his friend Larry
Potts as the bureau’s deputy director because of controversy over
Potts’ role in a deadly 1992 FBI siege in Idaho.
1995 Jul 14, Physicists
announced that a new state of matter was formed by using lasers and
evaporation to plunge the temp. of rubidium gas to minus 459.67
degrees F. A full article on the experiment appeared in the journal
(WSJ, 7/14/95, A-1)
1996 Jul 14, Fire crews battled
blazes covering more than 16,000 acres in California, Colorado,
Idaho, Oregon and Utah.
1996 Jul 14, In Afghanistan the
new prime minister, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, closed movie theaters and
banned music on TV and radio, claiming that they were repugnant to
(SFC, 7/15/96, p.A11)
1996 Jul 14, If elections are
to proceed in Bosnia, Swiss foreign minister Flavio Cotti must
determine that they can be free and fair by this date. He is the
chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
(SFC, 6/8/96, p.A10)
1996 Jul 14, In Northern
Ireland, a car bomb at the Killyhevlin Hotel in the town of
Enniskillen exploded and injured 17 people soon after the building
was evacuated; a group calling itself "Continuity" claimed
responsibility for the blast.
(SFC, 7/15/96, p.A1)(AP, 7/14/97)
1997 Jul 14, O.J. Simpson's
California mansion was auctioned off for $2.6 million.
1997 Jul 14, The international
war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia sentenced Dusan Tadic,
a Bosnian Serb, to 20 years in prison for turning on his Muslim and
Croat neighbors in a deadly campaign of terror and torture.
1997 Jul 14, In Algeria a bomb
exploded in an Algiers market filled with women and children and
killed 21 people and wounded 40. Weekend massacres left 40 villagers
(SFC, 7/15/97, p.A10)
1997 Jul 14, In Bangladesh
monsoon flooding killed at least 64 people in the last week.
(WSJ, 7/14/97, p.A1)
1997 Jul 14, In El Salvador
regulators seized Financiera Insepro which collapsed and left more
than 1000 account holders demanding justice. The $15 million bank
failure led to a call for US investigators and 5 prominent business
leaders were jailed.
(SFEC, 7/20/97, p.A18)
1997 Jul 14, A footbridge over
the Yarkon River collapsed while being crossed by the Australian
delegation to the 15th Maccabiah games. Two died immediately in the
accident and 2 died later from complications possibly caused by the
pollution in the river. The games are held every 4 years for Jewish
athletes. The bridge was thrown up in less than a month with no
blueprint or foundation. 5 Israelis were convicted in 2000 for
criminal negligence. 4 officials were sentenced to prison terms from
(SFC, 8/11/97, p.A6)(SFC, 4/18/00, p.A10)(SFC,
1997 Jul 14, In Kenya thousands
of students fought riot police in Nairobi and demanded
constitutional reforms. Naironi Univ. and Jomo Kenyatta Univ. were
(SFC, 7/15/97, p.A10)
1997 Jul 14, In Rwanda weekend
clashes between the army and Hutu rebels left more than 170 people
(SFC, 7/18/97, p.A11)
1997 Jul 14, In Spain more than
2 million people took to the streets across Spain to mourn the death
of Miguel Angel Blanco and to condemn the Basque separatist
guerrillas who killed him.
(SFC, 7/15/97, p.A10)
1998 Jul 14, The city of Los
Angeles sued 15 tobacco companies for $2.5 billion over the dangers
of secondhand smoke.
1998 Jul 14, Flash floods hit
Tennessee and Alabama and 2 people were reported killed. Meanwhile
hot weather in Texas was responsible for some 23 deaths where
temperatures hit over 100 for the last 26 days.
(SFC, 7/15/98, p.A3)
1998 Jul 14, In Puerto Rico the
telephone union gave in after a 26-day strike and agreed to go back
(SFC, 7/15/98, p.A3)
1999 Jul 14, Major league
umpires voted to resign September second and not work the final
month of the season. The strategy collapsed, with baseball owners
accepting the resignations of 22 umpires.
1999 Jul 14, Race-based school
busing in Boston came to an end after 25 years.
1999 Jul 14, The EU agreed to
resume British beef exports on Aug 1, ending a 3-year ban due to mad
(WSJ, 7/15/99, p.A13)
1999 Jul 14, China announced
that it had developed the design technology to make neutron bombs 11
years ago and could make miniaturized nuclear weapons.
(SFC, 7/15/99, p.A9)(WSJ, 7/16/99, p.A1)
1999 Jul 14, In France robbers
raided the Draguignan Museum during Bastille Day celebrations. A
stolen Rembrandt painting, “Child With a Soap Bubble," was recovered
in Nice in 2014 and two suspects were detained.
(SFC, 3/22/14, p.A2)
1999 Jul 14, Iranian
hard-liners answered a week of pro-democracy rallies with one of
their own, sending 100,000 people into the streets of Tehran.
(SFC, 7/15/99, p.A1)(AP, 7/14/00)
1999 Jul 14, In Northern
Ireland the Ulster Unionists under David Trimble rejected a
compromise for the creation of a power sharing government.
(SFC, 7/15/99, p.A12)
1999 Jul 14, In Jamaica troops
were deployed in Kingston to control gang violence. Some 500 people
had been murdered since the start of the year.
(WSJ, 7/15/99, p.A1)
1999 Jul 14, In Peru army
soldiers captured Oscar Ramirez Durand (46), aka Comrad Feliciano,
head of the Shining Path rebels. He was later sentenced by a
military tribunal to life in prison.
(SFC, 7/15/99, p.A12)(SFC, 8/18/99, p.C2)(SFC,
1999 Jul 14, The Sudanese
government banned aid flights to Western Upper Nile province where 2
factions allied to the government were fighting for control of oil
fields. This soon put 150,000 people to face starvation.
(SFC, 7/29/99, p.A16)
2000 Jul 14, In Florida a
Miami-Dade County jury awarded $144.8 billion in punitive damages to
500,000 Florida smokers. Tobacco executives planned to appeal. In
2003 a state appeals court reversed not only the award but also the
class action unifying hundreds of thousands of sick Florida smokers
under a single lawsuit; the Florida Supreme Court agreed in May 2004
to review that decision.
(SFC, 7/15/00, p.A1)(SFC, 5/22/03, p.A10)(AP,
2000 Jul 14, In Waco, Texas, a
federal jury decided that federal agents were not responsible for
the deaths of 80 Branch Davidians in 1993.
(SFC, 7/15/00, p.A1)
2000 Jul 14, A powerful flare
erupted on the sun. It was the largest solar radiation event since
Oct, 1989, and the associated coronal mass ejection was expected to
trigger geomagnetic disturbances on Earth.
(SFC, 7/15/00, p.A2)(SFEC, 7/16/00, p.A16)
2000 Jul 14, Actress Meredith
MacRae of TV’s "Petticoat Junction" died in Manhattan Beach,
California, at age 56.
2000 Jul 14, In Australia John
Roche contacted the Australian intelligence agency, known as ASIO to
discuss information regarding his contacts with al-Qaeda.
2000 Jul 14, Mark Oliphant, a
physicist who helped split the atom in 1932, died at age 98. He
founded the Australian Academy of Science and was appointed as the
governor of South Australia state (1971-1976).
(SFC, 7/18/00, p.A22)
2000 Jul 14, In Canada a
tornado hit the Green Acres campground near Red Deer, Alberta, and 9
people were killed. A 10th camper died the next day.
(SFEC, 7/16/00, p.A2)(SFC, 7/17/00, p.A13)
2000 Jul 14, In Germany the
Parliament passed a major tax-cut program.
(SFC, 7/15/00, p.A16)
2000 Jul 14, In Durban, South
Africa, Nelson Mandela closed the 13th Int’l. Conference on AIDS
with a call for scientists to set aside differences with Pres. Thabo
Mbeki and to concentrate on fighting the disease.
(SFC, 7/15/00, p.A1)(AP, 7/14/01)
2001 Jul 14, The US launched a
prototype missile interceptor from the Marshall Islands and
successfully struck a mock warhead launched from Vandenberg Air
Force Base, 4,800 miles away. This was the 4th such Pentagon test. A
$100 million prototype radar failed to detect the strike.
(SSFC, 7/15/01, p.A3)(SFC, 7/18/01, p.A3)
2001 Jul 14, NASA launched an
unmanned solar-powered plane named Helios over Hawaii.
(WSJ, 7/16/01, p.A1)
2001 Jul 14, Katharine Graham
(b.1917), chairman of the executive committee of The Washington
Post, suffered a head injury in a fall in Sun Valley, Idaho. She
died three days later.
(AP, 7/14/02)(NW, 12/31/01, p.106)(NW, 12/31/01,
2001 Jul 14, China convicted Li
Shaomin (44), a Chinese-born American business professor, of spying
for Taiwan and ordered his expulsion.
(SSFC, 7/15/01, p.A12)
2001 Jul 14, Gen. Pervez
Musharraf of Pakistan arrived in India for talks on Kashmir and
other issues with PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
(SSFC, 7/15/01, p.A12)
2001 Jul 14, In Spain gunmen
shot and killed a police officer, Mikel Uribe (44), in Leaburu and a
bomb killed a local politician, Jose Javier Mugica (50), in Leiza.
The ETA was blamed.
(SSFC, 7/15/01, p.A18)
2002 Jul 14, Joaquin Balaguer
(95), who ruled the Dominican Republic for 22 years and dominated
his country's politics for years after leaving office, died.
(AP, 7/14/02)(SFC, 7/15/02, p.B6)
2002 Jul 14, Maxime Brunerie, a
man described as an emotionally disturbed neo-Nazi, tried to
assassinate French President Jacques Chirac. He pulled a rifle from
a guitar case and fired off a shot before being wrestled to the
ground during a Bastille Day parade. Brunerie, sentenced to 10
years, was released from prison in 2009.
(AP, 7/14/02)(AP, 8/22/09)
2002 Jul 14, Mexican state
officials freed 10 prisoners in hopes of winning freedom for
hostages held by farmers protesting construction of a new Mexico
2002 Jul 14, A Palestinian man,
on trial for allegedly collaborating with Israel, was killed by
Palestinian militants after an Israeli airstrike disrupted court
proceedings. Israeli aircraft fired missiles and destroyed a
building in the southern Gaza Strip, injuring about 10 Palestinians.
2002 Jul 14, A bus with 52
passengers, mostly Polish students, crashed in western Romania,
killing five people and injuring 26.
2002 Jul 14, A passenger bus
overturned and burst into flames after hitting a cow, killing at
least 18 people in South Africa's Eastern Cape province.
2003 Jul 14, President Bush,
facing questions about his credibility, said the United States was
working overtime to prove Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of
mass destruction before the United States invaded Iraq.
2003 Jul 14, Columnist Robert
Novak identified Valerie Plame as a CIA officer. Joseph Wilson,
former American ambassador, had earlier alleged (July 6) that Pres.
Bush had falsely accused Iraq of trying to buy uranium from Niger.
Two White House officials soon called at least 6 Washington
journalists and told them that Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, was an
undercover CIA agent who had worked in Niger. In 2006 Richard
Armitage, former Deputy Sec. of State, said he had confessed to the
FBI on Oct 1, 2003, that he told Robert Novak about Valerie Plame
during a July 8, 2003, meeting.
(Econ, 8/21/04, p.28)(SFC, 10/14/04, p.A4)(SFC,
7/16/05, p.A4)(SFC, 8/29/06, p.A2)
2003 Jul 14, In China Yang Bin
(40), a Chinese-born Dutch citizen, was convicted of fraud and
bribery and sentenced to 18 years in prison. The orchid-selling
tycoon was once ranked by Forbes magazine as China's second-richest
(AP, 7/14/03)(SFC, 7/15/03, p.A11)
2003 Jul 14, In China a
mountain on a tributary of the Three Gorges gave way killing 13
farmers. A large tongue of land was sheered into the water and a
resulting wave crashed over 20 boats killing 11 fisherman.
(WSJ, 8/29/07, p.A12)
2003 Jul 14, The Cyprus
parliament voted unanimously to approve the accession of the
Mediterranean island to the European Union.
2003 Jul 14, Iraq's new
governing council, in its first full day on the job, voted to send a
delegation to the U.N. Security Council and assert its right to
represent Baghdad on the world stage.
2003 Jul 14, It was reported
that Kim Jong Il of North Korea maintained an unpublicized trading
network and slush fund named Division 39 with a cash hoard as large
as $5 billion. Its operations included counterfeiting, drug
trafficking and trade in illicit weapons systems.
(WSJ, 7/14/03, p.A1)
2003 Jul 14, In Manila Fathur
Rohman al-Ghozi, terror suspect, escaped from prison.
(Econ, 7/19/03, p.34)
2004 Jul 14, The US Senate
scuttled a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. 48
senators voted to advance the measure, 12 short of the 60 needed,
and 50 voted to block it.
2004 Jul 14, King Sihanouk
reappointed Hun Sen as Cambodia’s premier.
(WSJ, 7/15/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 14, Canada pulled its
ambassador from Iran, which refused to admit observers to the trial
of a policeman over a Canadian journalist’s fatal beating.
(WSJ, 7/15/04, p.A1)
2004 Jul 14, In Iraq a suicide
attacker detonated a massive car bomb at a checkpoint near the
British Embassy and the interim government's headquarters in
Baghdad, killing 11 people.
(SFC, 7/14/04, p.A12)(AP, 7/14/05)
2004 Jul 14, Militants in Iraq
said they killed a captive Bulgarian truck driver and threatened to
put another hostage to death in 24 hours. Georgi Lazov (30) and
Ivaylo Kepov (32) were kidnapped Jun 29.
(AP, 7/14/04)(USAT, 7/4/04, p.5A)
2004 Jul 14, Gov. Osama Youssef
Kashmoula, a university professor, was gunned down as his convoy
traveled to Baghdad for meetings with police officials on improving
2005 Jul 14, US Chief Justice
William H. Rehnquist, ending a two-day stay in the hospital, pledged
to continue working as long as his health permitted. He died in
September 3, 2005.
2005 Jul 14, The US budget
office said it expects a 2005 federal deficit of $333 billion, down
20% from a previous estimate and $79 billion below the record posted
(SFC, 7/14/05, p.A1)
2005 Jul 14, A US appeals court
overturned the 2003 “mad cow" ban on beef imports from Canada. The
USDA said it would lift restrictions within days.
(WSJ, 7/15/05, p.A1)
2005 Jul 14, US and Afghan
soldiers fought Taliban insurgent near the Pakistan border inside
Afghanistan. Maj. Gen. Rehmatullah Raufi, the top army commander in
Paktia, said the Afghan base was attacked in the Lwara area. The
next day Pakistani troops found the bodies of 24 suspected Taliban
militants. Pakistan protested the US cross-border raid.
(AP, 7/15/05)(WSJ, 7/18/05, p.A1)
2005 Jul 14, In Colombia
commandos acting on a tip seized Jose Aldemar Rendon, as he was
jogging outside Medellin. Rendon was a suspected leader of the Norte
del Valle cartel drug cartel believed to have trafficked half the
cocaine sold in the United States in the 1990s. In Maria la Baja the
local paramilitary group disbanded and handed over its weapons under
a peace agreement with the government.
(AP, 7/15/05)(Econ, 3/24/07, p.41)
2005 Jul 14, The body of
Jacques Roche, a well-known Haitian journalist, was found shot to
death with signs of torture, 5 days after he was seized while
driving in the capital.
2005 Jul 14, Indian troops
recovered the bodies of 5 Islamic militants as they hunted rebels
high in the rugged Himalayas in northern Indian Kashmir. 7 people
died in other violence. A spokesman identified one of the slain
rebels as Abu Lukman, a senior member of the region's main rebel
group Hizbul Mujahedin.
2005 Jul 14, In Iraq 2 US
Marines were killed by roadside bomb near the Jordanian border.
2005 Jul 14, In Iraq 2 suicide
bombers struck near the Green Zone in central Baghdad, but a third
was wounded and captured by US and Iraqi security forces, officials
said. At least 9 people were wounded in the blasts. Gunmen killed
five Iraqi employees of an American base in Baqouba. At least 9
policemen also were killed in separate attacks nationwide.
2005 Jul 14, In central Kenya
Luigi Locati (b.1928), the bishop of Isiolo diocese, was shot to
death in what appeared to be an attempted robbery. Five men shot and
killed the Bishop after a row over cash donated to the Isiolo
diocese. In 2014 Father Waqo Guyo was named as the mastermind of the
plot. He and four others were sentenced to death on Nov 6, 2014.
(AP, 7/15/05)(AFP, 11/6/14)
2005 Jul 14, In southern
Thailand at least 60 insurgents plunged Yala city into darkness by
destroying electrical transformers, then roamed the streets with
fire-bombs, explosives and guns, targeting an area near a hotel,
convenience stores, a restaurant and the railway station. Suspected
Islamic separatists set off 5 bombs and exchanged gunfire with
security personnel in an attack, killing a police officer and
wounding 19 other people.
(AP, 7/14/05)(AP, 7/17/05)
2006 Jul 14, A US federal
appeals court reversed a ruling that struck down Nebraska's same-sex
marriage ban, which was approved by voters in 2000.
2006 Jul 14, The US Court of
International Law slapped an injunction on the United States
government preventing it from handing over any more duties from
Canadian softwood lumber imports to US industry competitors.
2006 Jul 14, US Gen. Bantz
Craddock, head of the US Southern Command, was announced as the next
chief of NATO.
(WSJ, 7/15/06, p.A1)
2006 Jul 14, The Dow Jones fell
106 to 10,739 and Nasdaq closed down 16 to 2,037. Crude oil for
August delivery closed at a record $77.03. Spurred by Mideast
fighting, oil prices rose to an intraday record $78.40 a barrel.
(SFC, 7/14/06, p.D1)(AP, 7/14/07)
2006 Jul 14, The Sawtooth
Complex fire in southern California merged with the Millard fire
creating a 69,000-acre blaze. Some 1,800 firefighters battled the
fire which so far had destroyed 45 homes.
(SFC, 7/15/06, p.A1)
2006 Jul 14, Actress Carrie Nye
died in New York at age 69.
2006 Jul 14, A suicide bomber
was the sole victim in a failed attack on an Afghan police convoy in
the Gurbuz district of southeastern Khost province, bordering
Pakistan. Skirmishes between coalition and Taliban militants raged
throughout the southern Uruzgan province. An estimated 31 enemy
extremists were killed during engagements in Chora, Kala Kala, and
Khorma villages. Afghan and coalition soldiers also killed two male
"foreigners" wearing burkas, the body-shrouding veil worn by women,
and detained five Taliban in Uruzgan's Dihrawud district. The Afghan
army killed eight rebels in Sangin.
(AP, 7/14/06)(AFP, 7/15/06)
2006 Jul 14, The World Bank
said it and Chad had resolved a dispute over oil revenues that will
result in significant increases in government spending on projects
that benefit the poor.
2006 Jul 14, In China Qiu
Xinhua (47) killed the abbot of the Tiewadian temple in the northern
city of Ankang, five staff members and four pilgrims. He reportedly
believed the abbot had flirted with his wife. Xinhua was executed on
2006 Jul 14, East Timor's
President Xanana Gusmao swore in a new government as his tiny nation
looked for a return to political order after several weeks of
2006 Jul 14, Militants forced
open a border gate between Egypt and Gaza, wounding an Egyptian
officer and letting hundreds of Palestinians who had been trapped on
the Egyptian side of the border to get into Gaza.
2006 Jul 14, India's PM Singh
said the Bombay train bombers were "supported by elements across the
border" and that Pakistan must rein in terrorists before a peace
process can move ahead.
2006 Jul 14, A bomb struck a
Sunni mosque in Baghdad, killing seven people and wounding five,
while mortars barraged a Shiite mosque north of the capital, leaving
five wounded. At least 26 people were killed across Iraq, including
13 Iraqi soldiers in an attack on their checkpoint near the northern
oil hub of Kirkuk.
2006 Jul 14, Israel tightened
its seal on Lebanon, blasting its air and road links to the outside
world and bringing its offensive to the capital for the first time
to punish Hezbollah and with it, the country for the capture of 2
Israeli soldiers. Israel destroyed the home and office of
Hezbollah's leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah. Lebanese guerrillas
fired a barrage of at least 60 Katyusha rockets throughout the day,
hitting more than a dozen communities across northern Israel.
Israeli warplanes destroyed the building housing the headquarters of
Hezbollah guerrillas in southern Beirut. Hezbollah guerrillas
attacked an Israeli warship that had been firing missiles into
southern Beirut. A senior Israeli intelligence official said Iranian
troops helped Hezbollah fire a missile that damaged the warship off
the Lebanese coast. He also said about 100 Iranian soldiers are in
Lebanon and helped fire the Iranian-made, radar-guided C-802 at the
ship that killed 4 sailors. Deaths in 3 days of fighting rose to 61
people in Lebanon and 10 in Israel.
(AP, 7/14/06)(AP, 7/14/07)(Econ, 11/30/13, p.58)
2006 Jul 14, Japan’s central
bank raised a key interest rate for the first time in six years,
ending an unorthodox experiment meant to jump-start the country
after a decade of economic doldrums. The rate increased from zero to
(AP, 7/14/06)(Econ, 7/22/06, p.65)
2006 Jul 14, In Kazakhstan
police under Mayor Imangali Tasmagambetov moved in to destroy the
illegal Shanyrak settlement on the outskirts of Almaty. 30-40 people
on each side were injured. A policeman died after being doused with
petrol and set on fire.
(Econ, 8/5/06, p.39)
2006 Jul 14, Kyrgyzstan and the
US resolved a payment dispute that had threatened the future of the
US military base near Bishkek.
2006 Jul 14, In Karachi,
Pakistan, a suicide bomber killed a prominent Shiite Muslim cleric
and two other people in an attack that was likely to heighten
sectarian tensions. About 80% of Pakistan's 150 million people are
Sunni; most of the rest are Shiite.
2006 Jul 14, Malaysia's
government declassified documents on negotiations with Singapore
over an aborted bridge in a bid to counter criticism from defiant
ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad.
2006 Jul 14, Poland's Pres.
Lech Kaczynski (57) swore in his identical twin brother, Jaroslaw,
as prime minister, along with a socially conservative Cabinet made
up largely of the same ministers who resigned in a shake-up days
2006 Jul 14, In St. Petersburg,
Russia, authorities detained more than 200 anti-globalization
activists hoping to protest the G-8 summit, as protest organizers
vowed to hold a march despite a ban on demonstrations.
2006 Jul 14, In Serbia criminal
charges were filed against 9 people accused of helping UN war crimes
suspect Ratko Mladic evade justice. The 9 were indicted for "hiding
and helping hide Mladic although they knew that he was charged" with
2006 Jul 14, Somalia's nearly
powerless interim government said it would boycott weekend peace
talks with the Islamic militia that has seized control of nearly all
the nation's south, accusing the group of civilian massacres and
ties to foreign terrorists.
2006 Jul 14, Sri Lankan
government troops clashed with Tamil Tiger rebels in the worst
fighting since a cease-fire halted the civil war in 2002, leaving as
many as 16 dead. The military said 13 soldiers were missing.
2006 Jul 14, In Trinidad a
high-court judge convened a special hearing that stayed an arrest
order against Satnarine Sharma, the chief justice of Trinidad, who
was charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice by
helping former PM Basdeo Panday.
(Econ, 7/22/06, p.40)
2007 Jul 14, The Los Angeles
archdiocese agreed to a landmark $660 million clergy abuse
settlement. Over 500 claimants will get an average payout in excess
of $1.3 million.
(AP, 7/15/07)(SSFC, 7/15/07, p.A1)
2007 Jul 14, In Algeria about
50 members of the Al Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb
attacked two police stations in Yaourene village in Tizi Ouzou
province, about 100 km (60 miles) east of Algiers. The Algerian army
halted the attack and killed 4 in the northeastern Kabylie region.
2007 Jul 14, In London an
Indian doctor arrested the same day his brother allegedly drove a
Jeep Cherokee loaded with gas bombs into Glasgow's main airport was
charged with a terrorism offense. A distant cousin in Australia was
also charged in the failed attacks in London and Glasgow.
2007 Jul 14, Egyptian police
said authorities have arrested 35 men suspected of membership in an
al-Qaida- inspired group that planned to carry out attacks in Egypt.
2007 Jul 14, In southern France
Pascal Payet (43), who was serving a 30-year sentence for a holdup
on an armored truck that left a guard dead, escaped by helicopter
from the Grasse prison. Payet had escaped from the Luynes prison in
October 2001. In 2003, he helped organize the helicopter escape of
three fellow inmates from the same prison. In September Payet was
arrested along with 2 accomplices in Mataro, Spain.
(AP, 7/17/07)(AP, 9/22/07)
2007 Jul 14, PM Nouri al-Maliki
said that the Iraqi army and police are capable of keeping security
in the country when American troops leave "any time they want,"
though he acknowledged the forces need further weapons and training.
A car bomb in Baghdad leveled a two-story apartment building, and a
suicide bomber plowed his explosives-packed vehicle into a line of
cars at a gas station. The two attacks killed at least eight people.
A group of 24 Iranians escaped from detention in an Iraqi police
station in the southern town of Badra. Four were quickly recaptured,
but the remainder may have fled across the nearby border.
(AP, 7/14/07)(AP, 7/16/07)
2007 Jul 14, Lebanon's
political factions including the pro-Syrian opposition Hezbollah
began two days of talks in France to try to ease the deadlock
paralyzing the nation.
2007 Jul 14, UN inspectors
arrived in North Korea to monitor the communist country's
long-anticipated promise to scale back its nuclear weapons program.
North Korea said it had shut down its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon,
hours after a ship cruised into port loaded with oil promised in
return for the country's pledge to disarm.
(SSFC, 7/15/07, p.A4)(AP, 7/14/08)
2007 Jul 14, Islamic militants
launched a deadly suicide attack, detonated a roadside bomb and
fired rockets as thousands of Pakistani troops deployed to the
northwestern frontier to thwart the launch of a holy war. A suicide
bomber struck in North Waziristan, his explosives-laden vehicle
killing at least 26 soldiers and wounding 29 others in a military
(AP, 7/14/07)(AP, 7/15/07)
2007 Jul 14, Palestinian PM
Salam Fayyad resigned as head of an emergency government and was
immediately appointed to lead an interim Cabinet.
2007 Jul 14, Russia suspended
its participation in a key European arms control treaty that governs
deployment of troops on the continent. Under the moratorium, Russia
will halt inspections and verifications of its military sites by
NATO countries and will no longer limit the number of its
conventional weapons. The treaty, between Russian and NATO members,
was signed in 1990 and amended in 1999 to reflect changes since the
breakup of the Soviet Union, adding the requirement that Moscow
withdraw troops from the former Soviet republics of Moldova and
Georgia. Russia has ratified the amended version, but the United
States and other NATO members have refused to do so until Russia
2007 Jul 14, Sri Lankan troops
used war planes and long-range weapons to attack suspected Tamil
Tiger positions as fresh fighting broke out. The clash with Tamil
Tiger rebels killed at least 10 Sri Lankan soldiers and left 34
2007 Jul 14, Sudan arrested 14
alleged plotters including retired army officers. The next day the
interior ministry accused an opposition leader of heading a plot to
overthrow the regime by creating armed chaos that would lead to
2007 Jul 14, A miner (29) died
in western Uganda from the deadly Marburg virus, first discovered in
(Econ, 8/18/07, p.40)
2007 Jul 14, Alexandre Robert
(15), a French-Swiss youth, was raped by 3 UAR nationals in Dubai.
The case went to court in November. On Dec 12 a panel of judges
sentenced two Emirati men to 15 years in prison each in connection
with a kidnapping and sexual attack on the French-Swiss boy.
(Reuters, 11/7/07)(AP, 12/12/07)
2008 Jul 14, Pres. Bush lifted
the presidential moratorium on offshore drilling, however Congress
has renewed its ban on drilling every year since 1981 and top
Democrats said it will do so again this year.
(SFC, 7/15/08, p.A1)
2008 Jul 14, David Remnick,
editor of The New Yorker magazine, defended the newest satirical
cover of the magazine by cartoonist Barry Blitt, which depicted Sen.
Barack Obama in Muslim garb and his wife as an Afro-sporting gun
(SFC, 7/15/08, p.A10)
2008 Jul 14, Thousands of Univ.
of California workers faced suspension and other disciplinary action
for walking off their jobs despite a judge’s ruling barring them
from doing so. The employees had been without a contract since
(SFC, 7/15/08, p.B1)
2008 Jul 14, In Pennsylvania
Luis Ramirez (25), an illegal Mexican migrant worker, died in
Shenandoah after being beaten by white youths. 4 young men were
charged and found responsible for the fight, but most of the federal
charges against them were dropped. Local police were later accused
of tampering with evidence and witnesses or lying to the FBI. In
2010 Derrick Donchak and Brandon Piekarsky were convicted for a
federal hate crime. In 2011 former police chief Matthew Nestor was
found guilty of falsifying his police report, a charge that carries
up to 20 years in prison. Officer William Moyer was found guilty of
lying to the FBI but was acquitted of four other counts. Officer
Jason Hayes, who's engaged to the mother of one of Ramirez's
attackers, was acquitted of both charges against him. In all, the
jury convicted on two of nine counts.
2008 Jul 14, In eastern
Afghanistan seven insurgents were killed in fighting in Wanat,
Nuristan province, where 9 US soldiers were killed a day earlier. An
"Arab terrorist" was captured during the operation.
2008 Jul 14, Britain vowed to
increase pressure on Zimbabwe's leaders by pushing for tougher EU
sanctions and hunting down their assets around the world, after
failing to secure bolstered UN action.
2008 Jul 14, Three British
Muslim men pleaded guilty to conspiring to cause explosions, part of
a plan prosecutors say would have involved smuggling liquid bombs
onto airliners with the intention of blowing them up mid-flight.
2008 Jul 14, At Britain’s
Farnborough International Airshow Etihad Airways, the national
carrier of the United Arab Emirates, said it had agreed to buy 45
Boeing passenger jets worth 9.4 billion dollars (5.9 billion euros).
2008 Jul 14, A Chinese migrant
worker at the Shuangqiao Garden Plaza in Wenshan county killed one
person and stabbed nine others after discovering his savings of
2,600 yuan ($380) had been swapped for counterfeit notes while he
visited a prostitute.
2008 Jul 14, An explosion at a
mine in northern Hebei province killed 34 miners and a rescue
worker. In November, 2009, officials at the mine were charge with
moving dead bodies, destroying evidence and paying journalists 2.6
million yuan ($380,000) not to report the explosion. In 2010 a
journalist was sentenced to 16 years in prison for taking bribes to
help cover up the disaster, which took place just 3 weeks before the
2008 Jul 14, Greek police said
9 British women faced prostitution charges after being arrested at
the weekend for taking part in an oral sex competition in the Greek
holiday island of Zakynthos. Six British and six Greek men,
including two bar owners, were also charged in the incident, which
took place at Laganas beach.
2008 Jul 14, Police in the
Adriatic city of Pescara arrested Otttaviano Del Turco, the governor
of Italy's Abruzzo region, in a health care corruption
investigation. Prosecutors said at least 35 people are being
(AP, 7/14/08)(Econ, 7/19/08, p.60)
2008 Jul 14, Malaysian police
locked down Parliament with roadblocks and massive security to
prevent opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and his supporters from
attending a key debate.
2008 Jul 14, In Mexico
commander Gerardo Valdes, the head of kidnapping and organized crime
investigations in the border state of Coahuila, was seized by at
least six men when he was driving in Saltillo. An unidentified man
called police and said that Valdes had been grabbed by the Juarez
2008 Jul 14, In Peru a new law
went into effect allowing couples who agree upon alimony, child
custody and division of assets to seek divorce from a qualified
notary or municipality.
2008 Jul 14, Russia agreed to
write off $242 million in Tajikistan debt and take control of the
Okno mountaintop station, operational since 2004. It was designed to
track satellites and even fragments of space debris.
2008 Jul 14, South Korea said
it will recall its ambassador from Japan over a rekindled debate
about disputed islands between the countries, as the new Seoul
government seeks to lift its sagging popularity at home with an
appeal to nationalism.
2008 Jul 14, Spain's biggest
bank, Santander, said it had reached agreement to buy British lender
Alliance and Leicester in an all-share deal worth 1.26 billion
pounds (1.57 billion euros) as it continues its push into the
2008 Jul 14, Spanish
construction giant Martinsa-Fadesa announced in a filing with
Spanish stock market regulators that it is seeking protection from
2008 Jul 14, The prosecutor of
the International Criminal Court filed genocide charges against
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, accusing him of masterminding
attempts to wipe out African tribes in Darfur with a campaign of
murder, rape and deportation. The filing marked the first time
prosecutors at the world's first permanent, global war crimes court
have issued charges against a sitting head of state.
2008 Jul 14, In Turkey
prosecutors indicted 86 secular Turks, including high-ranking
ex-military officials, on terrorism charges for their alleged
involvement in plots to topple the Islamic-rooted government. They
were suspected of being part of Ergenekon, an ultra-nationalist gang
bent on overthrowing the AKP government.
(AP, 7/14/08)(Econ, 7/19/08, p.34)
2008 Jul 14, In Vietnam Dayana
Mendoza, Miss Venezuela, was crowned Miss Universe 2008 in a contest
marked by the spectacle of Miss USA falling down during the evening
gown competition for the second year in a row.
2009 Jul 14, President Barack
Obama unveiled a $12 billion initiative to boost community colleges
and propel the United States toward his goal of having the highest
proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.
2009 Jul 14, Episcopalians
meeting in Anaheim, NY, declared gays and lesbians eligible any
(SFC, 7/15/09, p.A6)
2009 Jul 14, Exxon Mobil said
it would put $300 million into an effort to create a new generation
of biofuels, and to add $300 if plans with Synthetic Genomics, a San
Diego firm under Craig Venter, proved successful.
(Econ, 7/18/09, p.78)
2009 Jul 14, In San Francisco
Rev. Floyd Lotito (74), founder of St. Anthony’s Dining Room (1981)
died after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. The St. Anthony
free-meal program currently served nearly 2,600 meals per day.
(SFC, 7/20/09, p.C5)
2009 Jul 14, The Int’l.
Accounting Standards Board (IASB) proposed to put all financial
assets into 2 buckets. Loans and securities would be in one and held
at cost; all others would be in another and held at fair value.
(Econ, 7/18/09, p.74)
2009 Jul 14, In Afghanistan a
NATO-contracted helicopter was shot down killing six Ukrainian crew
members on board and an Afghan child on the ground in Helmand
province. A roadside bomb killed one Italian soldier and wounded
three others in western Afghanistan. Another roadside blast hit a
civilian vehicle in Uruzgan province, killing three people and
wounded six others. US coalition and Afghan forces searched
compounds in Kandahar and found bomb-making materials, mortar
rounds, AK-47 rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and 100 pounds (45
kilograms) of opium.
(AP, 7/14/09)(SFC, 7/15/09, p.A2)(AP, 7/26/09)
2009 Jul 14, The European
Parliament elected ex-Polish Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek as its
president, making him the first leader from a former Soviet bloc
country to hold one of the top European Union posts.
2009 Jul 14, Iran’s official
IRNA news agency reported that authorities in the southeastern city
of Zahedan hanged 13 members of a Sunni Muslim rebel group convicted
of bombings and killings in the area. The report said Abdulhamid
Rigi, brother of Abdulmalik Rigi, leader of the group known as
Jundallah or soldiers of God, had been scheduled to be hanged along
with the 13 men, but his execution was postponed.
2009 Jul 14, In Iraq one person
was killed and 9 others were wounded when a bomb exploded near an
Internet cafe late at night in south Baghdad. Two traffic policemen
were killed in eastern Baghdad by 2 gunmen who refused to stop at a
checkpoint near the fortified Green Zone.
2009 Jul 14, Lithuania's
Parliament approved a censorship bill that sharply curbs the
spreading of public information that lawmakers say could harm the
mental, physical, intellectual and moral development of youngsters.
The bill comes into law on March 2010 at the latest.
2009 Jul 14, In Nairobi, Kenya,
authorities seized over 660 pounds of illegal ivory and black
rhinoceros horn, some of it still bloody, on a Mozambique-to-Asia
(SFC, 7/15/09, p.A2)
2009 Jul 14, Nigeria's main
militant group declared a 60-day truce, effective July 15, in its
"oil war" with the government after the release of its leader Henry
Okah under an amnesty deal.
2009 Jul 14, In Pakistan
fighting overnight in the lawless tribal belt killed 23 Taliban
militants. An attack in the Khyber region destroyed an oil tanker
supplying NATO forces based across the border in Afghanistan and
left 2 civilians dead. Troops killed 13 militants in the latest
clashes in the Swat Valley, underscoring the region's fragile
security even as refugees displaced by fighting return home.
(AFP, 7/14/09)(AP, 7/15/09)
2009 Jul 14, In Russia 6 men
emerged from three months of isolation in Soviet-era metal tubes
after completing an experiment simulating a mission to Mars.
2009 Jul 14, In Somalia two
French officials working as security advisers to the Somali
government were kidnapped in Mogadishu. Agent Marc Aubriere managed
to escape on August 26. Secret-agent Alexx Denis remained captive.
(Reuters, 7/14/09)(AP, 8/26/09)(SFC, 8/27/09,
p.A2)(Econ, 8/13/11, p.45)
2009 Jul 14, South Korean
police said hackers extracted files from computers they contaminated
with the virus that triggered cyberattacks last week in the United
States and South Korea, a sign that they tried to steal information
from the victims. North Korea has supposedly trained an elite group
of hackers at Mirim College, its military school.
(AP, 7/14/09)(Econ, 7/11/09, p.62)
2009 Jul 14, In Tanzania
Tharcisse Renzaho, the former prefect of Rwandan capital Kigali, was
sentenced to life for genocide-related crimes by the UN-backed war
crimes court trying masterminds of the country's 1994 massacre.
2009 Jul 14, Venezuela's oil
minister Rafael Ramirez said workers at the state oil company must
support President Hugo Chavez's endeavors or be suspected of
conspiring against his socialist revolution.
2009 Jul 14, Zimbabwe's
constitution talks, violently disrupted by militant backers of
President Robert Mugabe, resumed with calls for tolerance in work on
a charter meant to pave the way to fresh polls.
2010 Jul 14, NYC unveiled its
first electric car charging station.
(SFC, 7/15/10, p.A6)
2010 Jul 14, After days of
progress on the Gulf of Mexico oil leak, BP said that delays have
temporarily stopped work beneath the water on both a stopgap
solution and a permanent fix to the gusher.
2010 Jul 14, In Afghanistan 4
American troops were killed by a roadside bomb in the south, while
one more US service member died the same day of wounds from a
gunbattle. 9 Afghan civilians died in the south when their vehicle
hit a roadside bomb in the volatile district of Marjah in Helmand
province. Another homemade bomb killed 2 security guards traveling
on a road in eastern Paktika province. 2 suspected Taliban also died
in Helmand's Lashkar Gar district when the roadside bomb they were
trying to plant exploded prematurely. Gunmen kidnapped five Health
Ministry employees in Kandahar province while insurgents.
(AP, 7/14/10)(AP, 7/15/10)
2010 Jul 14, Jornal do Brazil
said it will end its print editions in September after 119 years,
but will continue with a paid online edition.
(SFC, 7/15/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 14, British Airways
and Iberia won the EU's regulatory approval to merge and to team up
with American Airlines to share more of their lucrative
2010 Jul 14, In Canada Violet
(78) and Allen Large (75), who live in a modest home in Lower Turo,
Nova Scotia, scooped the Lotto 649 jackpot winning $11.2 million.
They proceeded to give most of the money away to charity.
2010 Jul 14, In Germany new
statistics were released indicating the number of Germans with
immigrant roots has reached more than 16 million, or nearly 20
percent of the population.
2010 Jul 14, India's Foreign
Minister S.M. Krishna arrived in Pakistan saying that he brought a
message of "peace and friendship" but called on Islamabad to act
decisively against terrorism.
2010 Jul 14, An Air India plane
carrying more than 200 passengers from New York became the first
commercial flight to land at New Delhi's new Terminal 3, part of a
$2.7-billion airport upgrade.
(AFP, 7/14/10)(Econ, 7/10/10, p.72)
2010 Jul 14, In India at least
92 people were sickened, eight of them critically, when they inhaled
chlorine that leaked from a cylinder in an industrial part of
2010 Jul 14, Iran's Foreign
Ministry said nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri was on a flight home,
traveling through the Gulf nation of Qatar and was expected to
arrive in Tehran on July 15. A US official confirmed that Amiri left
the United States. The Washington Post said that Amiri had been
working for the CIA for more than a year. It said he was paid $5
million out of a secret program aimed at inducing scientists and
others with information on Iran's nuclear program to defect.
(AP, 7/14/10)(AP, 7/15/10)
2010 Jul 14, Iraq's deputy
justice minister said that US has handed over 55 former members of
Saddam Hussein's inner circle, including the longtime int’l. face of
the regime, Tariq Aziz. As of July 15, Iraqi security officials will
control Camp Cropper, and the US will hand over roughly 1,600 Iraqi
prisoners currently in American custody.
2010 Jul 14, A ship sent by a
Libyan charity to break Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip
changed course in the Mediterranean Sea and docked at an Egyptian
port after agreeing to deliver its cargo of aid through Egyptian
(AP, 7/14/10)(AP, 7/15/10)
2010 Jul 14, In Mexico gunmen
shot and killed Mario Medina, the nephew of Chihuahua state
governor-elect Cesar Duarte, in a botched kidnapping attempt.
(SFC, 7/16/10, p.A2)
2010 Jul 14, Northern Ireland
police came under live fire during a third straight night of Belfast
unrest. No officers were hit by gunfire, but police said several
officers suffered minor injuries, adding to the 82 already wounded.
2010 Jul 14, In the Philippines
the first typhoon this year flooded parts of the capital, toppled
power lines and killed at least 26 people, many of them trying to
scramble to safety as the storm changed course. 38 people were
missing. Typhoon Conson came ashore on the east coast of Luzon the
previous night with winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km per hour).
2010 Jul 14, In Rwanda Andre
Kagwa Rwisereka, deputy president of the opposition Rwandan
Democratic Green Party, was found nearly decapitated and dumped by a
river. He was last seen a day earlier walking out of a bar in a
2010 Jul 14, In southern Yemen
suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen launched simultaneous attacks on the
intelligence and security services headquarters in the southern town
of Zinjibar, killing three policemen and wounding 11.
2011 Jul 14, The US Pentagon
said a cyber attack in March by a foreign government stole some
24,000 files from a defense industry computer network.
(SFC, 7/15/11, p.A8)
2011 Jul 14, Gov. Jerry Brown
signed a bill making California the first state in the nation to add
lessons about gays and lesbians to social studies classes in public
2011 Jul 14, Minnesota Gov.
mark Dayton and top Republican struck a deal to end a budget impasse
with the Democratic governor giving up on raising taxes.
(SFC, 7/15/11, p.A9)
2011 Jul 14, Nevada authorities
said federal and Las Vegas police seized 212 pounds of drugs,
$280,000 in cash, 6 guns and 9 vehicles after searching homes in Las
Vegas and Henderson. 8 illegal immigrants from Mexico were arrested
on drug trafficking charges.
(SFC, 7/15/11, p.A7)
2011 Jul 14, Bloomberg
Philanthropies announced a $24 million initiative to fund
“Innovation Delivery Teams" to help city mayors solve particular
(Econ, 7/16/11, p.34)
2011 Jul 14, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai ordered an investigation into provincial government
claims that a NATO raid killed six civilians in Khost province. NATO
said its troops killed insurgents linked to the Haqqani network
during gunfights in the area and that only one civilian was wounded.
A demonstration broke out after bodies of the dead were carried
through Khost and the provincial council announced it was going on
strike in protest over the deaths. A suicide bomber hiding
explosives in his turban blew himself up inside a mosque during a
memorial service for the slain half brother of President Karzai,
killing at least 5 people. A French soldier was killed in a skirmish
with insurgents in Kapisa province.
(AFP, 7/14/11)(AP, 7/14/11)
2011 Jul 14, In Argentina
former Gen. Hector Gamen and Col. Hugo Pascarelli were convicted of
murder, kidnapping and torture at El Vesubio, one of the most
notorious prisons run by the former dictatorship (1976-1983). Both
got life sentences for crimes against humanity.
2011 Jul 14, Bangladesh and
India launched a census of "enclaves" -- areas where one country's
territory is surrounded by the other -- in an effort to end complex
2011 Jul 14, British police
arrested Neil Wallis (60), another former News of the World
executive, in connection with the phone hacking scandal at the
tabloid. Wallis was deputy editor at the 168-year-old title from
2003 to 2007 under editor Andy Coulson.
2011 Jul 14, Britain's
Department for International Development (DFID) announced it was
suspending budgetary aid to Malawi over poor governance, as
fast-deteriorating relations between the two countries reached a new
low. The Malawi opposition quickly blamed President Bingu wa
Mutharika's "sheer arrogance" for the decision.
2011 Jul 14, Burkina Faso's
army chief of staff, Nabere Honore Traore, said the military has
discharged 566 soldiers following a wave of mutinies that swept
across the country earlier this year.
2011 Jul 14, Chad's former
president Hissene Habre, in exile in Senegal, said in a published
interview that he would be willing to appear before an international
tribunal to answer charges of atrocities during his 1982-1990 rule.
2011 Jul 14, Chinese dissident
artist Ai Weiwei said he had accepted a job at an art university in
Germany, as he battles charges of massive tax evasion after nearly
three months in police detention.
2011 Jul 14, China’s
state-backed Catholic hierarchy held a 3-hour ceremony to consecrate
a bishop in Shantou. 4 Rome-aligned bishops were reportedly abducted
and pressed to take part in the ceremony.
(Econ, 8/20/11, p.40)
2011 Jul 14, In France
thousands of angry travelers were still stranded in airports and in
Algiers as a strike by Air Algerie cabin crew, who want a 106% pay
rise, went into its 4th day. Air Algerie staff ended their four-day
strike after mediation by the office of PM Ahmed Ouyahia.
2011 Jul 14, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel met the president of oil-and-gas rich Nigeria after
her trip to Angola the previous day sparked controversy over an
offer to sell patrol boats.
2011 Jul 14, In Indonesia Mount
Lokon on Sulawesi island burst into life late at night and continued
to spew ash and searing gas into the air well into the next morning,
prompting more than 4,500 residents to head to safety.
2011 Jul 14, Israeli jets
struck three targets in Gaza, moderately wounding four Palestinians.
2011 Jul 14, In Lebanon 7
Estonian tourists abducted nearly four months ago while cycling
through Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley were released in good health.
Harakat al-Nahda wal-Islah, or the Movement for Renewal and Reform,
had claimed responsibility for the March 23 abduction and demanded
an unspecified ransom. Two men suspected of involvement in the
kidnapping were killed in a September 20 shootout with police.
(AP, 7/14/11)(AP, 11/2/11)
2011 Jul 14, Libyan forces
repelled a coordinated attack by NATO forces and rebels against the
strategic oil town of Brega.
2011 Jul 14, The Canadian head
of the NATO mission over Libya said Gaddafi has ordered his troops
to blow up refineries and other facilities if they have to retreat.
Russia’s special envoy to Libya told the Izvestia newspaper that
Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi has a "suicidal plan" to blow up the
capital Tripoli if it is taken by rebels.
(Reuters, 7/14/11)(AFP, 7/14/11)
2011 Jul 14, Malian security
services said they have arrested two men identified as supporters of
Al-Qaeda's north African branch in the northwestern Timbuktu region.
2011 Jul 14, In Pakistan Malik
Ishaq, an Islamist militant accused in dozens of killings and a 2009
attack on Sri Lanka's cricket team, was freed on bail after 14 years
in custody because the Supreme Court decided there was not enough
evidence to keep holding him.
2011 Jul 14, South Sudan became
the newest and 193rd member of the United Nations, as it was
welcomed into the world's top club amid pledges to help one of the
planet's poorest states take its first steps.
2011 Jul 14, The Satellite
Sentinel Project released images showing what appear to be freshly
dug sites in Southern Kordofan state, where Sudan's Arab military
has been targeting a black ethnic minority loyal to the military of
the newly independent Republic of South Sudan. The group said that
an eyewitness reported seeing 100 bodies or more put into one of the
pits on June 8.
2011 Jul 14, The Doha Document
for Peace in Darfur, finalized in May in Qatar, was signed by the
Sudanese government and the Liberation and Justice Movement, one of
a myriad of rebel groups.
(Econ, 4/6/13, p.57)(http://tinyurl.com/bg6u952)
2011 Jul 14, Switzerland
suspended imports of some seeds, beans and sprouts from Egypt, after
the EU blamed Egyptian fenugreek seeds for E.coli outbreaks in
Germany and France. The temporary ban would expire in October 31,
2011, in line with the EU's suspension.
2011 Jul 14, In Syria a
45-year-old man was shot dead in Deir el-Zour province, near the
border with Iraq, when security forces fired at protesters.
2011 Jul 14, An umbrella group
that includes Turkey's Kurdish party proclaimed Kurdish autonomy in
Diyarbakir, hours after a clash left 13 soldiers and seven Kurdish
2011 Jul 14, Human Rights Watch
said prisoners in Uganda are subjected to hard labor under
conditions resembling slavery and face routine abuse and
exploitation by officials.
2011 Jul 14, In southern Yemen
a US warplane attacked a police station overrun by Islamic
militants, killing three of the fighters. Fighting broke out at
night between the Guards, loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and
tribesmen, allied with demonstrators in Taez. 2 people were killed
and at least 22 others wounded.
(AP, 7/14/11)(AFP, 7/15/11)
2012 Jul 14, In northern
Afghanistan a suicide bomber blew himself up in a wedding hall. 23
people were killed including Ahmad Khan Samangani, a prominent
warlord-turned-politician who was greeting wedding guests, and three
security officials in Aybak, the capital of Samangan province. 2
NATO service members were killed in eastern Afghanistan.
(AP, 7/14/12)(AFP, 7/15/12)(AP, 7/17/12)
2012 Jul 14, In western
Australia a surfer was bitten in half in a savage shark attack near
Wedge Island, north of Perth, the fifth such fatality in the region
in less than a year.
2012 Jul 14, It was announced
that former British PM Gordon Brown is to become a special global
education envoy to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
2012 Jul 14, In northern Egypt
some 23,000 textile workers went on strike in Mahalla al-Kobra,
demanding higher wages.
2012 Jul 14, In Egypt an
11-storey building in the poor Alexandria neighborhood of al-Gomrouk
collapsed onto three adjacent buildings, reducing much of the
structures to rubble. 19 people were reported killed.
(AP, 7/15/12)(AFP, 7/16/12)
2012 Jul 14, India's struggling
Kingfisher Airlines cancelled more than three dozen flights when
frustrated pilots and other workers walked off the job to protest
about long-overdue pay.
2012 Jul 14, In northern Iraq
gunmen killed five soldiers and policemen when they attacked a
checkpoint in the Turkmen town of Rashidiyah.
2012 Jul 14, In Israel Moshe
Silman (58) set himself ablaze at a social justice demonstration in
the city of Tel Aviv. Silman blamed PM Netanyahu and the Israeli
establishment for "stealing" from him, saying they had "left him
with nothing." Silman died of his burns on July 20.
(AFP, 7/15/12)(AP, 7/20/12)
2012 Jul 14, An Italian Alpine
rescue team military official said the bodies of a Polish woman and
Spanish man were found 4,400 meters (14,436 feet) up on the Mont
Blanc Dome du Gouter peak on the Italian-French border after
spending more than 24 hours in a snow hole.
2012 Jul 14, In southwest Japan
about 400,000 people were ordered or advised to leave their homes in
as heavy rain pounded the area for a third day at least 26 people
(AFP, 7/14/12)(AP, 7/16/12)
2012 Jul 14, In Malaysia
conjoined 15-month-old twins attached at the pelvis and sharing
three legs were successfully separated at a hospital in a complex
2012 Jul 14, In northern Mali
members of the radical Islamic sect Ansar Dine were going from door
to door in Goundam town in a bid to arrest the leaders of a protest
2012 Jul 14, In Myanmar General
Electric became the first American company to invest in the former
pariah state, signing deals to provide medical equipment to a pair
of hospitals in the country's biggest city.
2012 Jul 14, Some 5,000
Pakistani Islamists, who oppose the anti-terrorism alliance with
Washington, began a march to the border in protest over the
reopening of NATO supply routes into Afghanistan.
2012 Jul 14, Pakistani police
arrested a man accused of burying his newborn daughter alive because
she was born deformed with large head and "abnormal" features. The
child was born July 12 at a hospital in the town of Kacha Khoh,
eastern Punjab province.
2012 Jul 14, In Puerto Rico
Carmen Paredes (46) was killed at home. She was shot multiple times,
including once in the forehead. On Jan 22, 2014, her husband Pablo
Casellas, the son of a US district court judge, was found guilty on
charges including murder, weapons offenses and destroying evidence.
2012 Jul 14, Rwanda refused to
take custody of 24 rebels who surrendered last May to UN
peacekeepers in DR Congo, which accuses Kigali of backing an army
mutiny in its restive east.
2012 Jul 14, Sri Lankan
authorities arrested another 131 would-be asylum seekers heading to
Australia and seized a fishing trawler used for the people-smuggling
operation. The number of Sri Lankans detained on charges of
illegally trying to leave the country has reached more than 250 over
the last week.
2012 Jul 14, In Syria hundreds
of soldiers backed by helicopter gunships attacked Khirbet Ghazaleh
in the province of Daraa. A pregnant woman was among 115 people
killed across the country. A suicide bomber blew up his car in the
central town of Muhrada killing three civilians and one security
(AFP, 7/14/12)(AP, 7/14/12)(AFP, 7/15/12)
2013 Jul 14, In Afghanistan
NATO forces carried out a "precision strike" in Paktia province
overnight, killing 5 militants. Afghan suspect Lamber Khan, the army
soldier who opened fire July 9 on Slovakian NATO troops, escaped
this morning with the help of at least one other Afghan soldier.
(AP, 7/14/13)(AP, 7/15/13)
2013 Jul 14, In Bahrain a
homemade bomb exploded in Janabiyah, a mostly Shiite area northwest
Manama, injuring four policemen.
2013 Jul 14, In eastern
CongoDRC fresh fighting erupted after more than 100 armed men
disguised in women's clothing entered the country from Rwanda.
2013 Jul 14, In Egypt Mohamed
ElBaradei (71), a leading reform advocate, took office as Egypt's
interim vice president, reinforcing the role in the new leadership
of liberals who are strongly opposed to the deposed president's
2013 Jul 14, In eastern
Indonesia 17 people were killed in a stadium stampede after
spectators rioted just before midnight to protest a local boxer's
loss in a championship match at the Kota Lama Sport Stadium.
2013 Jul 14, Iran’s new Pres.
Hasan Rowhani put the country’s inflation rate at 42%, 8% above
(Econ, 8/3/13, p.43)
2013 Jul 14, In Iraq a wave of
coordinated blasts that tore through overwhelmingly Shiite cities
shortly before the breaking of the Ramadan fast and other attacks
killed at least 38.
2013 Jul 14, Pakistan Air Force
jets pounded several militant hideouts between Orakzai and Khyber
overnight killing 7 insurgents.
2013 Jul 14, Taliban commanders
in Pakistan said they have decided to join the anti-Assad rebellion,
saying hundreds of fighters had gone to Syria to fight alongside
their "Mujahedeen friends."
2013 Jul 14, In Spain a bull
gored an Australian woman (23) and left her seriously injured during
the final run of this year's annual San Fermin festival. 4 other
runners were hospitalized with cuts and bruises.
2013 Jul 14, Toby Lanzer, the
UN humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan, said some 200 civilians
have been wounded in ongoing clashes between rival tribes in Jonglei
state. He urged the central government and local officials to stop
"the cycle of violence" that has killed many people and displaced
2013 Jul 14, Sudanese President
Omar al-Bashir arrived in Nigeria for an African Union summit on
HIV/AIDS as his hosts chose to ignore an International Criminal
Court (ICC) arrest warrant against him.
2013 Jul 14, Uganda Red Cross
said more than 60,000 Congolese have fled to Uganda after a rebel
attack on a town near the border in a continuing influx that is
stretching humanitarian capacities.
2013 Jul 14, Zimbabwe police
officers and soldiers, who will be on duty during the July 31
election, began voting, the eve of a court hearing to stop the
process because PM Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC party says police numbers
2014 Jul 14, MakerBot, now
owned by Stratasys Inc., and Home Depot announced a new partnership
to bring 3D printing capabilities to the masses. The MakerBot
Replicator Mini was priced at $1,375.
(http://tinyurl.com/q3atfda)(SFC, 7/16/14, p.C1)
2014 Jul 14, The Space X
company launched a Falcon rocket from Cape Canaveral packed with
(SFC, 7/15/14, p.A6)
2014 Jul 14, British PM David
Cameron announced an investment of £1.1 billion (1.38 billion euros,
$1.88 billion) into the armed forces, the bulk of it on intelligence
and surveillance equipment.
2014 Jul 14, The British
government faced a call to impose legal caps on executive salaries
after a study found top pay in Britain has reached 180 times average
2014 Jul 14, The Church of
England voted overwhelmingly in favor of allowing women to become
(SFC, 7/15/14, p.A3)
2014 Jul 14, In Cambodia 2
generals who led the helicopter unit of the air force were killed in
a crash, along with two pilots. Defense Minister Tea Banh, who
rushed to the crash site in a muddy pond south of the capital, said
a fifth person on the chopper was seriously injured.
2014 Jul 14, Chinese state
media reported that authorities have indicted British and American
investigators hired by GlaxoSmithKline on charges of illegally
obtaining and selling private information, as the Briton blamed the
pharmaceutical company for misleading and using him.
2014 Jul 14, China’s state
media reported that teachers are now banned from receiving gifts
from students and their parents to curb the buying of favors, often
in exchange for giving students special treatment.
2014 Jul 14, Chinese state
media reported that police have uncovered a series of illegal World
Cup betting cases involving almost $3 billion, as authorities
struggled to control the country's growing gambling problem.
2014 Jul 14, In southwest China
part of a railway tunnel collapsed, trapping an estimated 14 workers
in Yunnan province's Funing county.
2014 Jul 14, In Egypt a Cairo
appeals court ruled that leaders of the former ruling party of
ousted Pres. Mubarek will not be barred from running for elections.
(SFC, 7/15/14, p.A2)
2014 Jul 14, In France soldiers
carrying the flags of 76 countries marched down the Champs-Elysees
in Paris, as the traditional Bastille Day military parade
commemorated the centenary of World War I.
2014 Jul 14, An overloaded
fishing boat carrying some 70 illegal Indonesian migrants capsized
off southern Malaysia, killing at least 2 people with 9 left
2014 Jul 14, In Iraq two car
bombs in commercial areas of Baghdad killed at least 7 people, as
government forces and allied Sunni tribal fighters tried to dislodge
militants from Duluiyah, 45 miles north of Baghdad. Authorities
discovered 12 bloated bodies with gunshot wounds to the head near
the village of Nofal.
(AP, 7/14/14)(SFC, 7/15/14, p.A4)
2014 Jul 14, The Israeli
military said it downed a drone launched by Gaza militants, the
first time it encountered an unmanned aircraft since the start of
its offensive last week. New Israeli airstrikes pushed the death
toll from Israeli airstrikes to at least 175. Fighting continued as
two Israeli airstrikes struck the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis,
killing 4 Palestinians. A 21-year-old Palestinian was killed during
confrontations with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank village of
2014 Jul 14, Israel agreed to
an Egyptian truce plan, proposed late today. Under it, a 12-hour
period of de-escalation was to begin at mid-morning July 15. Once
both sides agree to halt hostilities, they would negotiate the terms
of a longer-term truce.
2014 Jul 14, Rockets were fired
at Israel from southern Lebanon, drawing retaliatory artillery fire
from Israeli forces.
2014 Jul 14, Hundreds of
Kurdish fighters entered Kobane, northern Syria, to help battle
jihadists besieging the Kurdish city of Ain al-Arab.
2014 Jul 14, In northern Mali a
French soldier died from wounds in a suicide bombing.
2014 Jul 14, Nepal's former
crown price Paras Shah, notorious for his flamboyant lifestyle, was
released on bail for marijuana possession in Thailand. In 2012 he
was arrested for marijuana possession on the resort island of Phuket
in southern Thailand.
2014 Jul 14, In northeastern
Nigeria at least 26 people were killed when suspected Islamist Boko
Haram militants stormed Dille village, Borno state, and a government
warplane opened fire to repel the attackers. Cannon fire from the
government jet killed at least 6 civilians, 4 women and 2 children.
2014 Jul 14, Pakistani
government forces moved in the town of Mir Ali, North Waziristan,
triggering a gunbattle in which 3 soldiers and 7 militants were
2014 Jul 14, Russia’s foreign
ministry said it has invited monitors from the OSCE European
security and rights body to two of its border crossings with Ukraine
as a sign of goodwill. A NATO military officer said Russia has been
building up its forces again along the Ukrainian border and now has
an estimated 10,000-12,000 troops in the area.
2014 Jul 14, In Syria the Al
Qaeda offshoot Islamic State expelled rival rebels from the eastern
city of Deir al-Zor, tightening its grip on the oil-producing
province abutting territory it also controls in Iraq. Heavy clashes
broke out between Syrian rebels and Hezbollah fighters near the
(Reuters, 7/14/14)(AP, 7/14/14)
2014 Jul 14, Ukraine's Defense
Minister said a military transport plane has been shot down along
the country's eastern border with Russia. All eight aboard the plane
managed to bail out safely. Kiev later said it has found four
survivors, that two others are being held by rebels, and that it
does not know the fate of the remaining two. President Petro
Poroshenko accused Russian military staff officers of fighting
alongside separatists in the east of the country and said a
newly-developed Russian missile system was being used against
(AP, 7/14/14)(Reuters, 7/14/14)(SFC, 7/15/14,