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82CE        Jul 27, Joseph of Arimathea, died and was buried in tomb he once lent to Jesus.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1214        Jul 27, At the Battle of Bouvines in France, Philip Augustus of France defeated John of England.
    (HN, 7/27/98)

1245        Jul 27, Frederick II of France was deposed by a council at Lyons, which found him guilty of sacrilege.
    (HN, 7/27/98)

1361        Jul 27, The Battle of Wisby (Visby) was fought near the town of Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland, between the forces of the Danish king and the Gotland peasants. The Danish force was victorious.
    (Econ, 12/18/10, p.111)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Visby)

1452        Jul 27, Ludovico Sforza (Ludovico il Moro, "The Moor," d.1508), Italian duke of Milan (1494-1500), was born. He was the second son of Francesco Sforza, and was famed as patron of Leonardo da Vinci and other artists.

1501        Jul 27, Copernicus was formally installed as canon of Frauenberg Cathedral.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1586        Jul 27, Sir Walter Raleigh returned to England from Virginia with the 1st samples of tobacco.
    (HN, 7/27/01)(MC, 7/27/02)

1588        Jul 27, The Spanish anchored off Calais in a crescent-shaped, tightly-packed defensive formation, not far from Parma's army of 16,000, which was waiting at Dunkirk.

1643        Jul 27, Cromwell defeated the Royalists at the Battle of Gainsborough.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1663        Jul 27, British Parliament passed a second Navigation Act, requiring all goods bound for the colonies be sent in British ships from British ports.
    (HN, 7/27/98)

1689        Jul 27, Government forces defeated the Scottish Jacobites at the Battle of Killiecrankie.
    (HN, 7/27/98)

1694        Jul 27, The Bank of England received a royal charter as a commercial institution.  It had been set up by William III, the ruler of Britain and the Netherlands, in the midst of a war against France. The mission of the bank was to provide war finance. Financiers agreed to lend the crown £1.2 million in return for a partial monopoly on the issue of currency. The bank was nationalized in 1946.
    (SFC, 5/7/97, p.C2)(AP, 7/27/97)(Econ, 1/10/09, p.49)(Econ, 11/5/11, p.92)(Econ, 4/29/17, p.56)(Econ, 9/16/17, p.78)

1768        Jul 27, Charlotte Corday, French patriot who assassinated Jean Paul Marat, was born.
(HN, 7/27/98)

1776        Jul 27, Silas Deane (1737-1789), secretly sent to France as America’s first official envoy, wrote a letter to the US Congress informing them that he has been successful beyond his expectations. Deane had served as the Connecticut delegate to the Continental Congress.

1777        Jul 27, Thomas Campbell, Scottish writer (The Pleasures of Hope), was born.
    (HN, 7/27/01)
1777        Jul 27, The Marquis of Lafayette arrived in New England to help the rebellious colonists fight the British.
    (HN, 7/27/98)

1778        Jul 27, British and French fleets fought to a standoff in the first Battle of Ushant.
    (HN, 7/27/98)

1781        Jul 27, Mauro Giuseppe Sergio Pantaleo Giuliani, composer, was born.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1789        Jul 27, President Washington signed a measure establishing the Department of Foreign Affairs, forerunner of the Department of State.
    (AP, 7/27/08)

1793        Jul 27, In France, Robespierre became a member of the Committee of Public Safety.
    (HN, 7/27/98)

1794        Jul 27, French revolutionary leader Maximilien Robespierre was overthrown and placed under arrest; he was executed the following day.
    (AP, 7/27/00)

1809        Jul 27, In Bolivia a proclamation of independence of the La Paz colony, said to have been written by Priest Medina and the first proclamation of that kind, was released and sent to the other main cities of the colony, hoping they would support the uprising.
1809        Jul 27-1809 Jul 28, Arthur Wellesley led the British army to triumph against the Spanish King Joseph Bonaparte at Talavera de la Reina against a French army twice his size. For this he was made Lord (the Duke of) Wellington.
    (WSJ, 6/6/96, p.A15)

1816        Jul 27, US troops destroyed the Seminole Fort Apalachicola, to punish the Indians for harboring runaway slaves.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1824        Jul 27, Alexandre Dumas fils, French playwright, novelist (Camille), was born.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1828        Jul 27, Gilbert Charles Stuart, painter, died.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1830        Jul 27, A second Revolution broke out in Paris opposing the laws of Charles X.

1833        Jul 27, Bartolommea Capitanio (26), Italian monastery founder, saint, died.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1839        Jul 27, Chartist riots broke out in Birmingham, England.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1841        Jul 27, Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov (b.1814), poet, novelist, died.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1848        Jul 27, In Ohio the foundation stone for the Burnet House hotel was laid in Cincinnati. Before 1802 the site was occupied by an Indian mound. From 1802-1825 it was occupied by the estate of Judge Jacob Burnet (1770-1853). Jacob’s half-brother David G. Burnet was the first president of the Republic of Texas.

1852        Jul 27, George Foster Peabody, philanthropist and namesake of the Peabody awards for excellence in broadcasting, was born.
    (HN, 7/27/98)

1857        Jul 27, Jose Celso Barbosa, Puerto Rican statesman and humanitarian, was born in Bayamon.
    (AP, 7/27/07)

1861        Jul 27, President Abraham Lincoln replaced General Irwin McDowell with General George B. McClellen as head of the Army of the Potomac.
    (AP, 7/27/97)(HN, 7/27/98)
1861        Jul 27, Battle of Mathias Point, VA. Rebel forces repelled a Federal landing.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1863        Jul 27, William Lowndes Yancey (b.1814), former Alabama state senator, and advocate of states’ rights and slavery, died at his home near in Montgomery, Alabama. In 2006 Eric H. Walther authored “William Lowndes Yancey and the Coming of the Civil War."

1864        Jul 27, Battle of Darbytown, VA (Deep Bottom, Newmarket Road) (Strawberry Plains).
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1866        Jul 27, Cyrus W. Field finished laying out the first successful underwater telegraph cable between North America and Europe. A previous cable in 1858 burned out after only a few weeks of use.
    (AP, 7/27/08)

1867        Jul 27, Enrique Granados, composer (Maria del Carmen), was born in Lerida, Spain.
    (MC, 7/27/02) 

1870        Jul 27, Hilaire Belloc, French writer (Cautionary Tales), was born.
    (HN, 7/27/01)

1877        Jul 27, Ernst von Dohnanyi, composer (Message to Posterity), was born in Hungary.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1880        Jul 27, A.P. Abourne patented a process for refining coconut oil.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1883        Jul 27, Albert Franz Doppler (61), composer, died.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1888        Jul 27, Philip Pratt unveiled the 1st electric automobile.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1890        Jul 27, Artist Vincent van Gogh shot himself in Auvers-sur-Oise, France. He survived the impact, but not realizing that his injuries were to be fatal, he walked back to the Ravoux Inn. He died 2 days later.
    (Econ, 10/31/09, p.95)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_van_Gogh)

1894        Jan 27, The privately financed Mid-Winter International Exposition opened in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. It featured an Electric Tower, a Fine Arts Building and a Royal Pavilion. The Tennis courts were situated at their current site. It was the result of a campaign led by Michael de Young, founding publisher of the SF Chronicle. The Egyptian-styled fine arts building became the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum.
    (SFC, 5/19/96,City Guide, p.4)(SFC, 7/29/97, p.A5,6)(SFC, 10/3/97, p.A22)(SFC, 7/5/14, p.C2)

1906        Jul 27, Leo Durocher, baseball player and manager, was born.
    (HN, 7/27/98)

1908        Jul 27, Joseph Mitchell (d.1996), writer for The New Yorker, was born. He pursued the "general of nuisance: flops, drunks, con-artists, panhandlers, gin-mill owners and their bellicose bartenders..." 
    (SFC, 5/25/96, p.A19)(HN, 7/27/01)

1909        Jul 27, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, conductor, was born.
    (MC, 7/27/02)
1909        Jul 27, Orville Wright tested the U.S. Army's first airplane, flying himself and a passenger for 1 hour, 12 minutes and 40 seconds over Fort Myer, Virginia.
    (AP, 7/27/97)(HN, 7/27/02)(MC, 7/27/02)

1914        July 27, Germany informed Belgium and Luxembourg of its intention to pass its troops through their countries. German Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg reportedly called the 1839 London Treaty, in which all the European powers had guaranteed Belgian neutrality, "a scrap of paper" not worth fighting over. Bethmann-Hollweg was trying to persuade Britain not to declare war based on the treaty. Unsuccessful in his efforts, Britain and Belgium declared war when German troops entered Belgium on August 4.
    (HNQ, 7/24/98)

1914        Jul 27, British troops invaded the streets of Dublin, Ireland, and began to disarm Irish rebels.
    (HN, 7/27/98)

1919        Jul 27, In a Chicago race riot 15 whites and 23 blacks were killed with 500 injured.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1920        Jul 27, A radio compass was used for 1st time for aircraft navigation.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1921        Jul 27, Canadians Sir Frederick Banting and Charles Best isolated insulin at the University of Toronto.
    (HN, 7/27/01)

1922        Jul 27, Norman Lear, TV writer, producer (All in The Family), was born.
    (MC, 7/27/02)
1922        Jul 27, The US government recognized the Lithuanian government de jure.
    (Dr, 7/96, V1#1, p.4)

1924        Jul 27, The summer Olympics closed in Paris.
1924        Jul 27, Ferruccio Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto Busoni (58), composer, died. He left unfinished his opera "Doktor Faust," which was finished in 1982 by Antony Beaumont. The opera was based on work by Christopher Marlowe and puppet plays that preceded the Goethe treatment.
    (SFC, 6/25/96, p.E2)(WSJ, 9/2/99, p.A12)(MC, 7/27/02)

1925        Jul 27, Charlie Poole (1892-1931) and His North Carolina Ramblers recorded “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down Blues" at the NYC studios of Columbia Records.
    (WSJ, 7/27/05, p.D10)(www.emusic.com/artist/11579/11579058.html)

1929        Jul 27, Jack Higgins, [Harry Patterson], novelist, was born.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1930        Jul 27, David Hughes, English novelist (The Horsehair Sofa, The Man Who Invented Tomorrow), was born.
    (HN, 7/27/01)

1931        Jul 27, Grasshoppers in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota destroyed thousands of acres of crops.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1939        Jul 27, Michael Longley, Irish poet, was born.
    (HN, 7/27/01)

1940        Jul 27, Bharati Mukherjee, Indian novelist (The Middleman and Other Stories), was born.
    (HN, 7/27/01)
1940        Jul 27, Bugs Bunny made his official debut in the Warner Bros. animated cartoon "A Wild Hare." This marked the beginning of the Bugs Bunny series by Fred "Tex" Avery along with the rhetorical "What’s up, Doc?"
    (AP, 7/27/97)(SFEC, 10/5/97, Z1 p.6)

1941        Jul 27, The German army entered Ukraine.
    (MC, 7/27/02)
1941        Jul 27, Japanese forces landed in Indo-China.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1942        Jul 27, Benny Goodman and his Orchestra and vocalist Peggy Lee recorded "Why Don't You Do Right" in New York for Columbia Records.
    (AP, 7/27/02)

1944        Jul 27, U.S. troops completed the liberation of Guam.
    (HN, 7/27/98)

1945        Jul 27, US Communist Party formed.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1946        Jul 27, Gertrude Stein (72), US-French author, poet (Ida, Tender Buttons), died in France. Her work included the murder mystery "Blood on the Dining-Room Floor" and “The Biography of Alice B. Toklas" (1933). She once said of Oakland, Ca.: "There is no there there." Painter Francis Rose carved the headstone on her grave at the Pere Lachaise cemetery. A biography of Stein by Linda Wagner-Martin was published in 1996 titled "Favored Strangers." In 2007 Janet Malcolm authored “Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_Stein)(SFC, 6/9/96, Z1 p.5)(WSJ, 10/5/99, p.A24)(WSJ, 9/25/07, p.D6)

1948        Jul 27, Otto Skorzeny escaped an anti-Nazi camp at Darmstadt.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1949        Jul 27, The British 36-seat jet-propelled De Havilland Comet 1 flew for the first time. This was the world’s first passenger jet.
    (www.centennialofflight.gov/essay/Commercial_Aviation/Opening_of_Jet_era/Tran6.htm)(Econ, 11/22/14, p.51)

1953        Jul 27,    An armistice ending fighting in the three-year Korean War was signed by representatives of the United Nations, Korea and China in Panmunjom. Lt. Gen. William K. Harrison represented the UN and Gen. Nam Il represented North Korea. General Mark Clark, commander of the UN forces, added his signature to the armistice agreement. Armistice negotiations had begun in July 1951, when the outlook for reunifying North and South Korea became bleak, and fighting continued. The cease-fire provided for an exchange of prisoners of war and established a 2 ½ mile wide demilitarized zone and a demarcation line at the 38th parallel. Not all aspects of the agreement, however, were finalized—the UN Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea was not suspended until 1977. N. Korea measures 46,540 sq. miles, its population in 1974 was ~15 million people. 33,651 Americans had died and 8,000 were still missing in 2000.
    (NG, 8/74, p.255)(TMC, 1994, p.1953)(WSJ, 6/24/96, C1)(WUD, 1994, p.1685)(HNPD, 7/27/98)(HN, 7/27/98)(SFEC, 5/9/99, p.T10)(SFEC, 6/25/00, Par p.5)(SFC, 7/25/03, p.E6)
1953        Jul 27, Vatican disallowed priests holiday work in factories.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1958        Jul 27, Claire Chennault (b.1893), renowned leader of the Flying Tigers in China and Burma during WW II, died in New Orleans.

1960        Jul 27, Vice President Nixon was nominated for president at the Republican national convention in Chicago. 
    (AP, 7/27/00)

1962        Jul 27, Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed in Albany, Georgia.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1963        Jul 27, Garrett A. Morgan (86), inventor and founder of the Cleveland Call, died.
    (ON, 3/02, p.12)

1964        Jul 27, President Lyndon Johnson sent an additional 5,000 advisers to South Vietnam.
    (HN, 7/27/98)

1965        Jul 27, Pres. Johnson signed a bill requiring cigarette makers to print health warnings on all cigarette packages about the effects of smoking.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1967        Jul 27, President Johnson appointed the 11-member Kerner Commission to assess the causes of race riots in the United States and to provide recommendations for the future. The same day, black militant H. Rap Brown said violence was "as American as cherry pie."
    (AP, 7/27/97)(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerner_Commission)

1968        Jul 27, A 3-day race riot began in Gary, Indiana.

1970        Jul 27, Antonio de Oliveira Salazar (b.1889), former dictator of Portugal (1932-68), died.

1972        Jul 27, "Applause" closed at Palace Theater in NYC after 900 performances.

1973        Jul 27, Eddie Rickenbacker (b.1890), American WW I fighter pilot, died in Zurich. He and several associates bought Eastern Airlines in 1938 and guided it to become one of the most profitable airlines in the postwar era.
    (HNPD, 10/7/98)(www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=324)

1974        Jul 27, The House Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to recommend President Nixon's impeachment on a charge that he had personally engaged in a "course of conduct" designed to obstruct justice in the Watergate case.
    (AP, 7/27/97)(HN, 7/27/98)

1976        Jul 27, John Lennon was granted a green card for permanent residence in US.
1976        Jul 27, Air Force veteran Ray Brennan became the first person to die of so-called "Legionnaire’s Disease" following an American Legion convention in Philadelphia.
    (AP, 7/27/00)
1976        Jul 27, Kakuei Tanaka, former PM (1972-1974) of Japan, was arrested for accepting a bribe from the US Lockheed Corp. Tanaka was convicted in 1983 but continued to fight the charges. A. Carl Kotchian (d.2008 at 94), a Lockheed salesman, had testified that Lockheed had paid $12.6 million in bribes to Japanese businessmen and government officials.
    (www.international.ucla.edu/eas/restricted/lockheed.htm)(Jap. Enc., BLDM, p. 216)(SFC, 12/24/08, p.B7)

1980        Jul 27, On day 267 of the Iranian hostage crisis, the deposed Shah of Iran (1941-1979) died at a military hospital outside Cairo, Egypt, at age 60.
    (AP, 7/27/00)

1981        Jul 27, Adam Walsh (6) disappeared from a Hollywood mall. Fishermen discovered his severed head 2 weeks later in a canal 120 miles away. In 2008 police named Ottis Toole, who had died in prison in 1996, as the murderer. The Adam Walsh Act of 2006 obliged states to make their sex offender registries public.
    (SFC, 12/17/08, p.A7)(Econ, 8/8/09, p.9)
1981         Jul 27, William Wyler (b.1902), German-born American film director (The Best Years of Our Lives, Ben Hur), died.
    (SFC, 7/8/02, p.D2)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Wyler)

1982        Jul 27, Menken and Ashman's musical "Little Shop of Horrors" premiered in NYC.

1984        Jul 27, Actor James Mason died in Lausanne, Switzerland, at age 75.
    (AP, 7/27/99)

1987        Jul 27, Retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk, accused of being the sadistic Nazi guard known as "Ivan the Terrible," testified at his trial in Jerusalem that he was not "the hangman you're after." His subsequent conviction was overturned by the Israeli Supreme Court.
    (AP, 7/27/97)
1987        Jul 27, In Warwick, RI, Craig Price (13) crept across his neighbor's yard, broke into a little brown house on Inez Avenue and stabbed Rebecca Spencer 58 times. She was a 27-year-old mother of two. On Sep 1, 1989, he butchered Joan Heaton (39) with kitchen knives she had bought earlier that day. The bodies of her daughters, Jennifer 10, and Melissa 8, were found in pools of blood, pieces of knives broken off in their bones; Jennifer had been stabbed 62 times. Price was scheduled to be released in 1994 but was sentenced to 15 years, seven to serve and eight suspended, following contempt charges and belligerent statements. Fights in prison added more time to his sentence. As of 2007 Price's scheduled release date was February 2022. He will be 48.
    (AP, 12/16/07)(www.projo.com/extra/2004/craigprice/content/timeline.htm)

1988        Jul 27, Sein Lwin (d.2004) then became chairman of Burma's ruling party and the country's president, but the pro-democracy protests grew. Instead of negotiating, Sein Lwin tried to end the protests by force, and the capital became a bloody battleground.
    (AP, 4/10/04)

1989        Jul 27, Workers at the Nissan Motor Corp. assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn., voted against representation by the United Auto Workers.
    (AP, 7/27/99)
1989        Jul 27, Charles Stevens (20) of Oakland, Ca., was arrested on a freeway on-ramp while watching police attend to the wrecked car of his last murder victim. Over the last 4 months he had shot to death 4 people and fired at 10 others. In 2007 the California state Supreme Court upheld his death sentence.
    (SFC, 6/5/07, p.C2)
1989        Jul 27, Eighty people were killed when a Korean Air DC-10 crashed in Libya.
    (AP, 7/27/99) 

1990        Jul 27, Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer vetoed a tough abortion bill passed by his state’s legislature.
    (AP, 7/27/00)
1990        Jul 27, A mistrial was declared in Raymond Buckey’s retrial on charges of molesting children at the McMartin Pre-School in California.
    (AP, 7/27/00)
1990        Jul 27, Zsa Zsa Gabor began a 3 day jail sentence for slapping a cop in 1989.
1990        Jul 27, In Trinidad Yasin Abu Bakr and 114 rebels set off a car bomb that gutted the police station in front of Parliament. They then stormed into the legislature, spraying bullets, and took the prime minister and his Cabinet hostage in a rebellion that killed 24 people.
    (AP, 10/21/10)
1990        Jul 27, White Russia (Belarus) declared independence.

1991        Jul 27, Fighting escalated in the breakaway republic of Croatia, as a Yugoslav air force jet fired on Croatian forces and ground fighting erupted into clashes with federal tanks and troops.
    (AP, 7/27/01)

1992        Jul 27, President Bush's aides attacked Democratic nominee Bill Clinton's foreign policy credentials and judgment.
    (AP, 7/27/97)
1992        Jul 27, At the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, the U.S. men's volleyball team was stripped of its victory over Japan the day before in an opening-round game.
    (AP, 7/27/97)

1993        Jul 27, IBM reported a record $8.4 billion quarterly loss.
    (AP, 7/27/98)
1993        Jul 27, Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis died after collapsing on a Brandeis University basketball court during practice; he was 27.
    (AP, 7/27/98)
1993        Jul 27, Israeli guns and aircraft pounded southern Lebanon in reprisal for rocket attacks by Hezbollah guerrillas.
    (HN, 7/27/98)
1993        Jul 27, Bombs exploded in Rome and Milan, killing at least five people.
    (AP, 7/27/98)

1994        Jul 27, Bosnian Serbs reimposed their blockade of Sarajevo and fired on a U.N. convoy, killing one British soldier and wounding another.
    (AP, 7/27/99)

1995        Jul 27, The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington by President Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young-sam.
    (AP, 7/27/98)
1995        Jul 27, Miklos Rozsa (88), Hungarian movie composer (Atomic Cafe, Fedora), died.

1996        Jul 27, The Santa Fe Opera premiered "Emmeline" by Tobias Picker. It was based on a novel by Judith Rossner.
    (WSJ, 8/15/96, p.A10)(www.current.org/prog613.html)
1996        Jul 27, American Gail Devers won the women's 100-meter dash.
    (AP, 7/27/97)
1996        Jul 27, A pipe bomb was set off at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. One person, Alice Stubbs Hawthorne (44), was killed and 111 injured. Eric Rudolph was later charged with the bombing. He was arrested May 31, 2003. Rudolph later pleaded guilty to the bombing.
    (WSJ, 7/29/96, p.A1,3)(WSJ, 8/9/96, p.A10)(SSFC, 6/1/03, p.A1)(AP, 7/27/08)
1996        Jul 27, The cruise ship Universe Explorer caught fire in Alaska’s Inside Passage and 5 crew members were killed and 76 people injured.
    (WSJ, 7/29/96, p.A1)
1996        Jul 27, Lee Lescaze, journalist and editor, died of cancer. In 2007 Lynn Darling, his widow, authored “Necessary Sins," a chronicle of their life together.
    (WSJ, 6/2/07, p.P9)(www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-797868.html)
1996        Jul 27, A ship carrying 69 people sank in the Indian Ocean off the Comoro islands near the island of Mwali. 5 survivors were found.
    (WSJ, 7/29/96, p.A1)
1996        Jul 27, In Burundi a Tutsi-led army killed at least 30 Hutu rebels in retaliation for an attack on a coffee plantation. Independent sources said that Hutus set fire to the factory and rice plantation in Giheta to justify a retaliatory attack on villages where Hutu rebels were thought to have taken refuge. Villagers said Tutsi soldiers massacred about 1,000 Hutus as they roamed from village to village in Gitega province.
    (WSJ, 7/30/96, p.A1)(SFC, 8/8/96, p.A8)
1996        Jul 27, In Indonesia soldiers raided the headquarters of Megawati Sukarnoputri. They arrested 176 people and riots followed with 2 dead and 26 injured.
    (WSJ, 7/29/96, p.A1)

1997        Jul 27, United Auto Workers approved a deal to end a six-day strike at a General Motors parts plant that forced four assembly plant shutdowns and threatened GM's entire North American production.
    (SFC, 7/28/97, p.A3)(AP, 7/27/98)
1997        Jul 27, In Belarus Some 5-7 thousand marchers rallied to condemn Pres. Lukashenko. within hours activists were detained by the government.
    (SFC, 7/28/97, p.A3)
1997        Jul 27, In San Sebastian, Spain, some 30,000 marched in support of the ETA separatist movement.
    (SFC, 7/28/97, p.A11)
1997        Jul 27, Mohammed Mahdi al-Jawahri, classical Arab poet, died in Syria. He was the most famous poet of Iraq from whence he fled in 1979. His work included "Between Passion and Feeling" (1928) and "Al Jawahri’s Divan" (1935).
    (SFC, 8/2/97, p.A21)

1998        Jul 27, President Clinton held a town meeting in Albuquerque, N.M., on the future of Social Security, during which he expressed skepticism about proposals to privatize part of the Social Security trust fund.
    (AP, 7/27/99)
1998        Jul 27, Monica Lewinsky was interviewed for five hours by prosecutors in New York in a possible prelude to an immunity deal.
    (AP, 7/27/99)
1998        Jul 27, In Chicago two boys, aged 7 and 8, reportedly killed an 11-year-old girl, Ryan Harris, with a thrown rock that caused the girl to fall and hit her head. The boys dragged her to a wooded area and began to play with her body and later lied to police. The boys faced the juvenile equivalent of first degree murder. Her body was found the next day. Later evidence of semen caused prosecutors to drop murder charges against the boys. The boys later sued Chicago for false arrest and settled for $6.2 million. In September police arrested another suspect whose DNA matched that found on Ryan. The charges on the 2 boys were dropped Sept 4 and in 1999 Floyd Durr was indicted for the murder of Ryan Harris. On March 4, 2005 Floyd Durr, was convicted of three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated kidnapping. He was sentenced to 20-year terms of imprisonment on the former convictions and a 15-year term of imprisonment on the latter. On April 10, 2006, Durr was sentenced to life plus 30 years in exchange for pleading guilty to raping and killing Ryan.
    (SFC, 8/11/98, p.A3)(SFC, 9/5/98, p.A3)(SFC, 9/23/98, p.A6)(USAT, 3/24/99, p.6A) (http://tinyurl.com/6rkl3d)
1998        Jul 27, Noel Behn (70), novelist and screenwriter, died in Manhattan. His work included "The Kremlin Letter," "The Big Stick-Up at Brink’s," and "The Shadowboxer."
    (SFC, 8/1/98, p.A19)
1998        Jul 27, In Fiji a new constitution took effect with a bill of rights that replaced a document that barred non-native people from top posts. Indians made up about 46% of the population.
    (SFC, 7/28/98, p.A10)
1998        Jul 27, In Colombia rebels kidnapped a congressman and 6 others at a roadblock in Santander province.
    (WSJ, 7/28/98, p.A1)
1998        Jul 27, It was reported that Russia and Iran were supporting the Northern Alliance of rebel groups fighting against the Taliban.
    (SFC, 7/27/98, p.A9)
1998        Jul 27, In Hodeida, Yemen, 3 nuns were killed by Abdullah al-Nashri (25), an unstable, mental patient treated by the Missionaries of Charity.
    (SFC, 7/28/98, p.A10)

1999        Jul 27, The House approved President Clinton’s one-year extension of normal trade with China.
    (AP, 7/27/00)
1999        Jul 27, In an overwhelming defeat for major league umpires, their threatened walkout collapsed when all of the umpires withdrew their resignations; however, about one-third of them ended up losing their jobs anyway.
    (AP, 7/27/00)
1999        Jul 27, The US eased sanctions against Iran, Libya and Sudan to allow the sale of food, medicine and medical equipment.
    (SFC, 7/27/99, p.A5)
1999        Jul 27, The Columbia space shuttle landed at Cape Canaveral after a 3 day mission to deploy the Chandra X-ray telescope. With Air Force Colonel Eileen Collins at the controls, space shuttle "Columbia" returned to Earth, ending a five-day mission.
    (SFC, 7/28/99, p.A3)(AP, 7/27/00)
1999        Jul 27, Binney & Smith Inc., makers of Crayola crayons, adopted the name "chestnut" to replace "Indian red."
    (SFC, 7/28/99, p.B12)
1999        Jul 27, In Indonesia renewed fighting in Ambon and Aceh left 17 people dead.
    (WSJ, 7/28/99, p.A1)
1999        Jul 27, A bomb in Pakistan-ruled Kashmir killed 7 people and injured 40 when it exploded on a bus in the Kotli district.
    (WSJ, 7/28/99, p.A1)
1999        Jul 27, It was reported that Paraguay had raised $400 million through 2 bond issues arranged by the government of Taiwan with 20-year maturities and an interest rate of about 6.8%.
    (WSJ, 7/28/99, p.A20)
1999        Jul 27, In Switzerland 19 people were killed as they tried to "canyon" down a narrow gorge on the Saxeten River off Lake Brienz. Two people were still missing and 13 were identified as Australians. 18 tourists and 3 guides died in the flash flood. In 2001 6 former employees of the adventure company were convicted of negligent manslaughter and given suspended sentences with fines.
    (SFC, 7/28/99, p.A1)(SFC, 7/29/99, p.A10)(SFC, 12/12/01, p.A7)

2000        Jul 27, In Chechnya 74 bodies, mostly men, were removed from a mass grave near Tangi-Chu. As many as 80 more remained.
    (SFC, 7/28/00, p.A12)
2000        Jul 27, In Germany an explosive device detonated and injured 9 people at a train station in Duesseldorf. A group of people were on their way back from a German language course when an explosive, hung in a plastic bag on a fence near the Wehrhahn station entrance, went off, sparking panic. Ten eastern European migrants, six of them Jews from the former Soviet Union, were wounded. A Ukrainian pregnant woman (26) lost her unborn child and had to undergo emergency surgery after the blast ripped off one of her feet. In 2018 Ralf Spies (52) was cleared of 12 counts of attempted murder with a "racist" motive.
    (SFC, 7/28/00, p.D3)(AFP, 7/31/18)
2000        Jul 27, In Nepal a Canadian built Twin Otter Royal Nepal Airlines plane crashed near Jogbudha and all 25 people aboard were killed.
    (SFC, 7/28/00, p.A1)
2000        Jul 27, North Korea joined the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
    (SFC, 7/28/00, p.D3)
2000        Jul 27, Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic called presidential, parliamentary and local elections for the following September. The election resulted in Milosevic’s fall from power.
    (AP, 7/27/01)

2001        Jul 27, A judge in West Palm Beach, Fla., sentenced 14-year-old Nathaniel Brazill to 28 years in prison for fatally shooting teacher Barry Grunow at Lake Worth Middle School.
    (AP, 7/27/02)
2001        Jul 27, Jeanine Sanchez Harms was last seen alive in Campbell, Ca. In 2004 San Jose architect Maurice Xavier Nasmeh was arrested for her murder. In 2007 a judge dismissed murder charges against Nasmeh due to lack of evidence. On Jan 15, 2011, Wayne Sanchez (52), the brother of Harms, shot and killed Nasmeh at the El Paseo de Saratoga Shopping Center, and then killed himself. In August, 2011, evidence linked Nasmeh to the murder of Harms and the case was closed.
    (SFC, 12/17/04, p.B1)(SFC, 6/28/07, p.B3)(SFC, 1/17/11, p.A1)(SFC, 8/25/11, p.C6)
2001        Jul 27, It was reported that the Earth Liberation Front had begun selling a promotional videotape for $10 called "An Introduction to the Earth Liberation Front."
    (SFC, 7/27/01, p.A10)

2002        Jul 27, John Ruiz retained the WBA heavyweight title in Las Vegas after his opponent, Kirk Johnson, was disqualified for hitting low blows.
    (AP, 7/27/03)
2002        Jul 27, Five US soldiers were wounded during a joint recon patrol east of Khost. 2 allied Afghan militiamen were killed. On Aug 7 Sgt. Christopher James Speer (28) of Albuquerque died from his wounds. Omar Khadr (15) was arrested for throwing the grenade that mortally wounded Speer and sent to Guantanamo. Khadr was born in Canada to a family with deep ties to al-Qaida. In 2007 a military judge dismissed charges against Khadr.
    (SFC, 8/13/02, p.A6)(SSFC, 6/3/07, p.A4)(AP, 6/4/07)
2002        Jul 27, Nearly 60 false killer whales stranded on an Australian beach died or were euthanized after failed attempts to return them to the water.
    (AP, 7/27/02)
2002        Jul 27, In Austria a hand grenade exploded in the X-Large Disco makeshift discotheque in Linz, frequented by young Serbian and Croatian immigrants, wounding 27 teenage revelers.
    (AP, 7/27/02)
2002        Jul 27, In Iran a hard-line court outlawed the leading reform-minded opposition party, the Freedom Movement, and gave its leaders jail terms of up to 10 years and fines of more than $6,000. The court said Freedom Movement leaders acted against national security with the intention of "overthrowing the establishment."
    (AP, 7/27/02)
2002        Jul 27, New Zealanders gave Prime Minister Helen Clark a historic second term after she called early elections to capitalize on a strong economy that pulled the country through the global slump largely untouched.
    (AP, 7/27/02)
2002        Jul 27, In Pakistan a court sentenced Wajihul Hassan (27) to death for making derogatory comments about the prophet Mohammed and Islam.
    (SSFC, 7/28/02, p.A14)
2002        Jul 27, South American leaders ended a two-day summit with an agreement to strengthen cooperation to better negotiate with the United States a free-trade zone for the hemisphere. In a document called the "Guayaquil Consensus," the 10 presidents said it was important to fortify cooperation between the region's two major trade blocs (Mercosur, made up of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, with Chile and Bolivia as associated members, and the Andean pact, composed of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia) to permit South America to proceed successfully with negotiations for a hemispheric-wide free-trade zone.
    (AP, 7/27/02)     
2002        Jul 27, In Lviv, Ukraine, a fighter jet slammed onto the tarmac and sliced through a crowd watching an air show, killing 85 people and injured 116.
    (AP, 7/28/02)(WSJ, 8/8/02, p.A1)

2003        Jul 27, Bob Hope (b.1903), master of the one-liner and favorite comedian of servicemen and presidents alike, died at his home in Toluca Lake, Ca. He was born Leslie Townes Hope on May 29, 1903, in Eltham, England, the 5th of 7 sons of a British stonemason and a Welsh singer of light opera.
    (AP, 7/28/03)
2003        Jul 27, In Bermuda Premier Jennifer Smith stepped down after retaining her seat by just eight votes and watching her governing party narrowly win elections in the British territory.  Members of the center-left Progressive Labor Party endorsed Alex Scott (63) to replace her.
    (AP, 7/28/03)
2003        Jul 27, Lance Armstrong rode to his 5th straight Tour de France victory in a ceremonial final stage in Paris.
    (SSFC, 7/27/03, p.A1)
2003        Jul 27, Cambodia held elections for seats in the123-member national Assembly in the third democratic election in a decade.
    (AP, 7/27/03)(SSFC, 7/27/03, p.A9)
2003        Jul 27, The Israeli Cabinet voted to release up to 540 jailed Palestinians.
    (SFC, 7/28/03, p.A1)
2003        Jul 27, In Manila some 300 mutinous Philippine troops, who seized a downtown residential shopping complex, surrendered. This ended a 19-hour standoff with government forces without a shot fired. Pres. Arroyo declared a state of rebellion, which lasted to Aug 11. In 2008 Arroyo pardoned 9 military officers who apologized after being convicted of the coup. In 2010 Antonio Trillanes IV, the most prominent of the 300 troops, was released from seven years in detention in a presidential amnesty for military rebels.
    (AP, 7/27/03)(WSJ, 8/12/03, p.A1)(AP, 5/12/08)(AP, 12/21/10)

2004        Jul 27, Barack Obama, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate from Illinois, delivered a speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. Other speakers included Ted Kennedy, Howard Dean, Ron Reagan, and Teresa Heinz Kerry. Democrats assailed President Bush's handling of the Iraq war at their convention in Boston and painted a vivid portrait of John Kerry as a decorated war hero. The candidate's wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, told the gathering: "He earned his medals the old-fashioned way, by putting his life on the line."
    (AP, 7/27/04)(AP, 7/27/05)
2004        Jul 27, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited a slum in Haiti and met interim leaders.
    (AP, 7/27/04)
2004        Jul 27, A boat carrying people to a flood shelter capsized in Bangladesh killing 10 people. The total monsoon death toll for SE Asia passed 1,000 as the worst flooding in years turned the capital, Dhaka, into an open sewer and disease spread.
    (AP, 7/27/04)
2004        Jul 27, Belarus ordered a leading independent university closed, citing licensing problems, a week after a march against Lukashenko’s rule.
    (WSJ, 7/28/04, p.A1)
2004        Jul 27, Brazil’s police said they have arrested 6 suspects in the Jan 28 shooting deaths of 4 Labor Ministry employees. They still don't know who ordered the killings.
    (AP, 7/27/04)
2004        Jul 27, The official Xinhua News Agency said Chinese authorities have shut down 700 pornographic Web sites in less than two weeks as part of a massive campaign to clean up the Internet.
    (AP, 7/27/04)
2004        Jul 27, A Costa Rican policeman apparently distraught over an impending job transfer killed himself and three of the 10 hostages he had taken at the Chilean embassy.
    (AP, 7/28/04)
2004        Jul 27, A Baghdad mortar barrage killed an Iraqi garbage collector and injured 14 coalition soldiers.
    (AP, 7/27/04)
2004        Jul 27, The chief executive of a Jordanian firm working for the U.S. military in Iraq said he was withdrawing from the country to secure the release of two employees who have been kidnapped by militants.
    (AP, 7/27/04)
2004        Jul 27, The U.N. Security Council extended an arms embargo on Congo for a year as fighting continued between rival factions.
    (AP, 7/27/04)
2004        Jul 27, All but three of 70 suspected mercenaries accused of plotting a coup in Equatorial Guinea pleaded guilty to lesser charges in Zimbabwe.
    (AP, 7/27/04)

2005        Jul 27, The US House approved the Central America trade pact, CAFTA, 217-215. It is aimed at reducing trade barriers among the US, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.
    (WSJ, 7/28/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 27, Ahmed Ressam, an Algerian who'd plotted to bomb the Los Angeles airport on the eve of the millennium, was sentenced to 22 years in prison by a judge in Seattle.
    (AP, 7/27/06)
2005        Jul 27, The US charged Iraqi-born Wasem al Delaema (32), a Dutch citizen, with conspiring to kill Americans in Iraq and asked the Dutch government to extradite him for prosecution. Authorities alleged al Delaema was one of several men calling themselves the Fighters of Fallujah who plotted attacks near that Iraqi city in October 2003. In 2010 a Dutch court reduced his sentenced to 8 years and released him.
    (AP, 7/30/05)(AP, 10/13/10)
2005        Jul 27, Wal-Mart filed suit in Arkansas against former Vice Chairman Thomas Coughlin for alleged fraud using company cards for bogus expenses.
    (WSJ, 7/28/05, p.B2)
2005        Jul 27, NASA grounded the shuttle fleet after admitting a large piece of foam had fallen off the Jul 26 Discovery launch.
    (SFC, 7/28/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 27, In Miami, Florida, Arthur Teele Jr., a former city commissioner, committed suicide in the lobby of the Miami Herald. He had been recently indicted on federal charges that included mail fraud and money laundering. Columnist Jim DeFede was fired shortly thereafter after admitting that he had just taped a conversation with Teele, but without direct consent.
    (SFC, 7/29/05, p.A4)
2005        Jul 27, Robert Wright (90), composer and lyricist, died in Miami. His work in collaboration with George Forrest included the Broadway musicals “Song of Norway" (1944) and “Kismet" (1953).
    (SFC, 7/30/05, p.B4)
2005        Jul 27, Environment Minister Ian Campbell said Australia and the US have been secretly negotiating a new international pact on greenhouse gas emissions to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which they refused to sign. The other participants in the pact to use cleaner energy technologies to curb climate-changing pollution included China, India, Japan, South Korea.
    (AP, 7/27/05)(SFC, 7/28/05, p.A3)
2005        Jul 27, British police arrested 4 men in raids in Birmingham including Yasin Hassan Omar, who was suspected of being a member of the gang that carried out botched bombings last week in London.
    (Reuters, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 27, It was reported that some Chinese beer makers used small quantities of formaldehyde to improve color and prevent sediment from forming during storage. Major producers did they did not use the additive. The practice was abandoned in the West.
    (WSJ, 7/27/05, p.B9)
2005        Jul 27, In Ethiopia state media reported that police had arrested 25 people in connection with a series of bombings that killed five and injured 31 in an apparent attempt to disrupt elections in an eastern province.
    (AP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 27, A French court convicted 62 defendants in a mass pedophilia trial and sentenced some of them to up to 28 years in prison for their roles in a network that systematically raped and prostituted children in western France.
    (AP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 27, France Telecom bought an 80% stake in Amena, Spain’s 3rd largest mobile telephone operator.
    (Econ, 7/30/05, p.54)
2005        Jul 27, The heaviest rainfall ever recorded in India shut down the financial hub Bombay, snapped communication lines and closed airports. Officials said at least 633 people had died across India in two months of monsoon downpours.
    (AP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 27, There was a massive fire on an oil platform in India's biggest oil field. Ships and helicopters rescued more than 350 survivors. 10 people were confirmed dead with several still missing.
    (AP, 7/28/05)
2005        Jul 27, Iran said it will restart some nuclear activities as soon as August and that it has fully developed solid-fuel technology in producing missiles, a major breakthrough that increases the accuracy of missiles hitting targets.
    (AP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 27, Iraqi commandos captured Hamdi Tantawi, an Egyptian said to be an associate of Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's 2nd in command. Iraq's most feared terror group said it had killed two kidnapped Algerian diplomats.
    (AP, 7/27/05)(AP, 7/27/06)
2005        Jul 27, Israeli troops killed a Palestinian stone-thrower during an arrest raid that caught a wanted Islamic Jihad militant in this West Bank town.
    (AP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 27, Bishop Jovan Vraniskovski in Skopje, Macedonia, was sentenced to at least 18 months in jail for “instigating national and religious hatred."
    (Econ, 9/10/05, p.50)
2005        Jul 27, North Korea said it would give up its nuclear weapons only after the alleged US atomic threat is removed from the divided peninsula and relations with the US are normalized.
    (AP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 27, Officials reported that Pakistani security forces have rounded up about 600 suspected militants and Islamic clerics in a week-long crackdown that followed the July 7 London attacks.
    (AFP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 27, In eastern Pakistan Hashim Qadeer, an Islamic militant who set up the initial meeting (Jan 23, 2002) between Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and his kidnappers, was arrested. The suspect was a member of two outlawed militant groups, Harkat-ul Mujahedeen and Jaish-e-Mohammed.
    (AP, 7/28/05)
2005        Jul 27, Rescuers found the bodies of four South Korean soldiers, a day after they were swept away by a fast moving river during training exercises near the border with North Korea.
    (AP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 27, The UN started evacuating more than 400 refugees from a camp in Kyrgyzstan and will fly them to a third country to keep them from being sent home to Uzbekistan where they fear prosecution. Uzbekistan has been pressuring Kyrgyzstan to hand over the refugees, and Kyrgyz officials relented in recent weeks, sending at least 87 of them back.
    (AP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 27, A UN envoy presented her report condemning Zimbabwe's sweeping slum clearance to the Security Council, despite opposition from China, Russia and African countries, and called for urgent assistance to help those who have lost their homes and jobs.
    (AP, 7/27/05)

2006        Jul 27, Pres. Bush signed Adam Walsh Act of 2006. It required convicted child molesters to be listed on a national Internet database and face a felony charge for failing to update their whereabouts.
    (SFC, 7/28/06, p.A1)(www.fd.org/odstb_AdamWalsh.htm)(Econ, 8/8/09, p.9)
2006        Jul 27, Floyd Landis' stunning Tour de France victory just four days earlier was thrown into question when he tested positive for high levels of testosterone during the race. Landis denied cheating.
    (AP, 7/27/07)
2006        Jul 27, An Arkansas judge approved a $90 million settlement between Google Inc. and advertisers who claimed improper billing for fraudulent clicks on ads.
    (SFC, 7/28/06, p.D3)
2006        Jul 27, In California as many as 126 people were reported dead over the last 12 days from a heat wave. The heat also killed an estimated 16,000 livestock in the Central Valley as well as some 1 million poultry. By the end of the month the heat wave left 164 dead in California and moved east.
    (SSFC, 7/30/06, p.A12)(WSJ, 8/2/06, p.A1)(SFC, 8/3/06, p.C2)
2006        Jul 27, In Richmond, California, police and federal agents arrested Jose Santos Bonilla (33), a suspected leader of the local MS-13 street gang. The gang was in a street war with Richmond Sureno Trece (RST).
    (SFC, 7/28/06, p.B5)
2006        Jul 27, Sharman Networks Ltd., the company behind Kazaa file-sharing software, said it will redesign its software and pay over $115 million in penalties to leading music and movie companies.
    (SFC, 7/28/06, p.D3)
2006        Jul 27, Robert Charles Browne, serving a life sentence in Colorado for murdering a teenage girl, claimed responsibility for as many as 48 slayings across the country dating back from 1970 until his arrest in 1995. The other claims include 17 murders in Louisiana, nine in Colorado, seven in Texas, five in Arkansas, three in Mississippi, two each in California, New Mexico and Oklahoma, and one in Washington state.
    (AP, 7/28/06)
2006        Jul 27, In California the Trust for Public Land donated 6,845 acres of coastline property north of Santa Cruz to the state for public use. The Coast Dairies property was initially settled by the Moretti and Respini families in 1866.
    (SFC, 7/28/06, p.A1)
2006        Jul 27, Matthew Amorello, chairman of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, resigned in the wake of problems with Boston’s Big Dig tunnels.
    (SFC, 7/28/06, p.A10)
2006        Jul 27, Intel introduced a new line of microprocessors called Core 2 Duos. New features included higher performance and lower power consumption.
    (SFC, 7/28/06, p.D1)
2006        Jul 27, Ayman al-Zawahri, Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader, issued a worldwide call for Muslims to rise up in a holy war against Israel and join the fighting in Lebanon and Gaza until Islam reigns from "Spain to Iraq."
    (AP, 7/27/06)
2006        Jul 27, A fire raged through a rain forest along Brazil's eastern coastline, burning up to 25,000 acres of trees.
    (AP, 7/27/06)
2006        Jul 27, Canadian police said they had busted two cross-country drug smuggling schemes, seizing 110 kilograms (243 pounds) of cocaine worth C$8.8 million ($7.8 million) and charging six people.
    (Reuters, 7/27/06)
2006        Jul 27, China’s government introduced new taxes on real estate to discourage speculation. State media said flooding and landslides caused by Tropical Storm Kaemi have killed at least 25 people in southern China, including six who died when a torrent of water washed away a military barracks.
    (AP, 7/27/06)(SFC, 7/28/06, p.D1)
2006        Jul 27, In Kinshasa, Congo, 3 policemen and a civilian were killed in clashes outside a stadium where 40,000 supporters greeted Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba, a rebel leader turned presidential candidate.
    (AFP, 7/27/06)
2006        Jul 27, The European Court of Human Rights found Russia guilty of violating the "right to life" of a young Chechen who disappeared after a Russian general ordered him shot. Khadzimurat Yandiyev (25) was last seen in the hands of Russian troops in February 2000.
    (AP, 7/27/06)
2006        Jul 27, French health officials said 64 people have died in a heat wave that has gripped the country for nearly two weeks.
    (AP, 7/27/06)
2006        Jul 27, Georgia’s Pres. Saakashvili said his troops had established control over the Kodori Gorge area after Emzar Kvitsiani, a former presidential envoy, said he was reactivating a local militia.
    (SFC, 7/28/06, p.A3)
2006        Jul 27, Greek authorities said 5 schoolchildren have been charged with killing an 11-year-old boy who disappeared five months ago. Alex Mechisvili dropped from sight in the northern town of Veroia. His body has not been found.
    (AP, 7/27/06)
2006        Jul 27, Former Haitian PM Yvon Neptune was released from jail, more than two years after his arrest on charges of orchestrating the killing of political opponents at the start of a rebellion that engulfed the country.
    (AP, 7/27/06)
2006        Jul 27, In India police arrested two more men in connection with Bombay's deadly train blasts, bringing to eight the number of people detained by investigators since the explosions killed more than 200 people earlier this month.
    (AP, 7/28/06)
2006        Jul 27, In Iraq a rocket and mortar barrage followed by a car bomb blasted an upscale, mostly Shiite district of Baghdad, killing 32 people and wounding 153. 4 US Marines died in action in western Anbar province. A Salvadoran soldier was killed in Iraq, the 2nd soldier from El Salvador to be killed in the conflict in 8 days. Armed men in Iraqi army uniforms and driving Iraqi army vehicles stole $1.35 million in Iraqi currency in West Baghdad. Gunmen killed 3 men working for a foreign security company in Baghdad’s Mansour neighborhood. The bodies of at least 19 men, shot in the head and bearing signs of torture, were found in various parts of Baghdad.
    (AP, 7/27/06)(AP, 7/28/06)(SFC, 7/28/06, p.A3)(Reuters, 7/29/06)
2006        Jul 27, Top Israeli Cabinet ministers decided not to expand the country's Lebanon offensive but ordered the call up of thousands of additional reserve soldiers to boost the campaign. The decision came as Israeli jets pounded across Lebanon, extending their air campaign.
    (AP, 7/27/06)
2006        Jul 27, The Israeli air force fired missiles at a target in eastern Gaza City, wounding 15 people, at least one of them critically. 5 Palestinians were killed including a woman (75) and a child. A Palestinian was shot and killed in Jerusalem after he attacked a police patrol. The severely burned body of man, thought to be Israeli, was found in the West Bank.
    (AP, 7/27/06)(SFC, 7/28/06, p.A14)
2006        Jul 27, Japan said it will allow US beef imports, suspended for the past six months, to restart from all but one of 35 US beef processing plants authorized by the US government as suppliers to Japan.
    (AP, 7/27/06)
2006        Jul 27, Malawi's former President Bakili Muluzi was arrested on corruption charges related to millions of dollars in donor funds that allegedly ended up in his personal account. He was released on bail after being questioned. Muluzi faced 42 counts of theft, corruption and breach of trust.
    (AP, 7/28/06)
2006        Jul 27, President-elect Alan Garcia made good on a pledge to draw talent from across the political spectrum in his 16-member Cabinet by appointing six women, including Peru's first female justice and interior ministers.
    (AP, 7/27/06)
2006        Jul 27, The head of Russia's state arms-trading agency said that Russia has signed contracts with Venezuela for 24 military planes and 53 helicopters.
    (AP, 7/27/06)
2006        Jul 27, A Russian rocket that was to put 18 satellites in orbit crashed shortly after liftoff. The Dnepr rocket crashed about 15 miles south of the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The rocket was carrying a Russian satellite and 17 from other countries, including the United States and Italy.
    (AP, 7/27/06)
2006        Jul 27, At least 20 members of Somalia's parliament resigned, accusing the country's virtually powerless government of failing to bring peace. The parliament is supposed to have 275 member but 16 members have defected to the Islamic militia and other seats remain unfilled after members' deaths.
    (AP, 7/27/06)
2006        Jul 27, Police found the bodies of four Africans on a boat packed with 26 other would-be immigrants that was intercepted off Spain's Canary Islands.
    (AP, 7/28/06)
2006        Jul 27, Zambian opposition leaders were scrambling after President Levy Mwanawasa called elections for Sept. 28 and dissolved the parliament and Cabinet.
    (AP, 7/27/06)

2007        Jul 27, The United States and India said they have worked out differences blocking the sharing of civilian nuclear fuel and technology, hailing a "historic milestone" accord that would reverse three decades of American anti-proliferation policy.
    (AP, 7/27/07)
2007        Jul 27, Joe Nacchio, the former Qwest Communications chief who was forced to resign during a multibillion-dollar accounting scandal, was sentenced to six years in prison for illegally selling $52 million in stock while not telling investors that his telecommunications company faced serious financial risks. On March 17, 2008, the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit overturned his conviction on the basis of defense expert witness testimony that was improperly excluded, and ordered a new trial before a different trial judge.
    (AP, 7/27/07)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Nacchio)
2007        Jul 27, California’s top court ruled that police can no longer seize vehicles of suspects in drug or prostitution arrests.
    (WSJ, 1/28/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 27, SF Mayor Newsom signed a $6.06 billion spending package, the largest budget in SF history.
    (SFC, 7/28/07, p.B3)
2007        Jul 27, The DJIA ended down over 500 points in its worst week in 5 years.
    (SFC, 7/28/07, p.C1)
2007        Jul 27, In Phoenix, Arizona, 2 news helicopters covering a police chase on live television collided and crashed to the ground, killing all four people on board.
    (AP, 7/28/07)
2007        Jul 27, Afghan and NATO troops over the last 24 hours clashed with Taliban insurgents and called in airstrikes, killing at least 50 suspected militants and dozens of civilians. The third British soldier to die in three days in southern Afghanistan was killed in a rocket attack.
    (AP, 7/27/07)(AFP, 7/28/07)
2007        Jul 27, Mohamed Haneef (27), an Indian doctor, was freed from custody after Australia's chief prosecutor said that a charge linking him to failed terrorist bombings in Britain was a mistake. In 2010 Haneef accepted what his lawyer described as a "substantial" but confidential settlement for his ordeal in which authorities incorrectly linked him to failed car bombings at airports in London and Glasgow.
    (AP, 7/27/07)(AFP, 12/21/10)
2007        Jul 27, In China 2 men were sentenced to death for masterminding a plan to steal oil from an underwater pipeline, a botched plot that caused an estimated $53 million in damages.
    (AP, 7/28/07)
2007        Jul 27, French judges filed preliminary charges against former PM Dominique de Villepin for his suspected role in a smear campaign that targeted Nicolas Sarkozy before he became president.
    (AP, 7/27/07)
2007        Jul 27, A fierce gunbattle broke out after a joint US-Iraqi force arrested a rogue Shiite militia leader in the holy city of Karbala, some 50 miles south of Baghdad, leading to an airstrike and the deaths of some 17 militants. A truck bomb in Baghdad’s Shiite neighborhood of Karrada killed at least 105 people and injured 193.
    (AP, 7/27/07)(AP, 7/28/07)(SFC, 9/20/07, p.A17)
2007        Jul 27, The Israeli army suspended an officer and five soldiers involved in wounding a Palestinian man July 26 in the southern West Bank and put all of their unit's operational duties on hold.
    (AP, 7/27/07)
2007        Jul 27, Pakistan’s Pres. Musharraf held secret talks in Abu Dhabi with former PM Benazir Bhutto. In Islamabad hundreds of students clashed with security forces and a nearby bombing killed 13 people during the reopening of the Red Mosque for the first time since a bloody army raid to oust Islamic militants from the complex. In Quetta gunmen opened fire on the vehicle of Raziq Bugti, the official spokesman for a provincial government in Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan, killing him.
    (AP, 7/27/07)(AP, 7/28/07)(SSFC, 7/29/07, p.A14)
2007        Jul 27, Victor Frunza (72), a Romanian anti-communist dissident and writer, died in Denmark of a heart attack. He was forced to leave Romania in 1980 after writing a letter critical of the communist regime led by dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. While in Romania, Frunza secretly wrote a history of communism in the country that was published in Denmark in 1984. He also wrote essays championing human rights and published a political magazine.
    (AP, 7/30/07)
2007        Jul 27, Russia said it planned to send a small submarine to the ocean floor under the North Pole to stake a claim to the region.
    (WSJ, 1/28/07, p.A1)
2007        Jul 27, Sudan said it would appeal a US ruling ordering it to pay $7.9 million in compensation to the families of the 17 sailors killed in the October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen. The bombing was carried out by two Yemeni militants with Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network who had trained in Sudan. US federal Judge Robert Doumar ruled in mid-March that Sudan should be held accountable for the attack, and on July 25 ruled that it must pay compensation to the families.
    (AP, 7/27/07)
2007        Jul 27, Zimbabwe's former finance minister Chris Kuruneri was acquitted by the high court for allegedly smuggling money abroad to build a house in South Africa.
    (AFP, 7/28/07)

2008        Jul 27, In Knoxville, Tennessee, Jim D. Adkisson (58) entered the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church during a children's performance and killed 2 people. In 2009 Adkisson pleaded guilty to killing 2 people and wounding 6 others because he hated the church’s liberal politics.
    (AP, 7/28/08)(SFC, 7/28/08, p.A2)(SFC, 2/10/09, p.A7)
2008        Jul 27, In Afghanistan some 50 to 70 insurgents were killed when helicopter gunships and ground fighting repulsed an attack by about 100 rebels in the Spera district of Khost province near the Pakistan border. 2 Policemen were killed in the attack. Elsewhere in Khost province, a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a tent of security guards, killing one of them and injuring six more. NATO troops killed two children in southern Afghanistan by opening fire on a car that they feared was about to attack their convoy.
    (AFP, 7/27/08)(WSJ, 7/28/08, p.A10)(AP, 7/28/08)
2008        Jul 27, In Antigua newlyweds Benjamin and Catherine Mullany, both 31, were attacked inside their cottage at the Cocos Hotel resort in the island's southwest. Both were shot in the head. Catherine was killed. A comatose Benjamin was flown back to Britain where he was pronounced dead on August 3. On August 18 a 20-year old man and 17-year-old male were taken to a magistrate court in St. John's and were charged with murder, robbery and receiving stolen goods. The trial of Avie Howell and Kaniel Martin began June 1, 2011.
    (AP, 8/2/08)(AP, 8/4/08)(AP, 8/19/08)(AP, 6/2/11)
2008        Jul 27, Cambodian PM Hun Sen's party claimed it won a sweeping victory in polls overshadowed by a military standoff with Thailand. Tens of thousands of opposition supporters were excluded from the electoral register.
    (AFP, 7/27/08)(Econ, 8/2/08, p.45)
2008        Jul 27, In Egypt Youssef Chahine (1926), filmmaker, died in Cairo. His 28 films included “The Blazing Sun" (1954) with Omar Sharif. His 1994 film “The Emigrant," about the Old Testament figure of Joseph, was denounced by militant Islamists and banned.
    (SFC, 7/29/08, p.B5)
2008        Jul 27, Iran hanged 29 people at dawn after they had been convicted of murder, drug trafficking and other crimes.
    (AP, 7/27/08)
2008        Jul 27, In Iraq gunmen hiding in reeds in Madain, a Sunni town south of Baghdad, killed seven Shiite pilgrims as they were marching to a shrine in the capital for a major holiday.
    (AP, 7/27/08)
2008        Jul 27, Israeli troops killed a Hamas militant in the West Bank town of Hebron. Troops exchanged gunfire with the man (25) for 12 hours before bulldozing the structure.
    (AP, 7/27/08)
2008        Jul 27, Mexico City residents voted against the president's proposal to give private companies a bigger role in the country's state-run oil industry in a nonbinding referendum.
    (AP, 7/28/08)
2008        Jul 27, Ram Baran Yadav, Nepal's first president, appealed for rival parties in the newly-republican nation to form a consensus government and end weeks of political deadlock, in his maiden address to the people.
    (AFP, 7/27/08)
2008        Jul 27, Spain's National Court jailed seven people on charges of belonging to a militant cell of the Basque separatist group ETA.
    (AP, 7/27/08)
2008        Jul 27, In Sri Lanka at least 16 different battles broke out in the Welioya and Vavuniya regions, some of them sparked by government attacks on the rebels' bunker lines. The rebels also carried out at least five roadside bombings against troops. The violence killed 18 rebels and four soldiers.
    (AP, 7/28/08)
2008        Jul 27, In Istanbul, Turkey, bomb blasts killed 17 people in a crowded square in the residential neighborhood of Gungoren. 5 of the dead were children. Turkish warplanes bombed 12 Kurdish rebel targets on Mount Qandil in northern Iraq.
    (AP, 7/28/08)(AP, 7/27/08)
2008        Jul 27, Floods in western Ukraine killed 22 people, including 4 children, and 5 in neighboring Romania after 5 days of nonstop rain. A senior government official described them as the worst in a century. Heavy rain in the southwestern Carpathian Mountains caused the Prut and Dniestr rivers to overflow. The flooding affected more than 40,000 houses and led to the evacuation of some 20,000 people.
    (Reuters, 7/27/08)(AP, 7/28/08)
2008        Jul 27, Venezuela’s Pres. Chavez, during his weekly TV program "Alo Presidente", made some sharp criticisms of various government officials, calling on them to fight against bureaucracy and corruption. He then brought to the attention of the audience the book, "Reformism or Revolution" by Alan Woods (b.1944), a Welsh Trotskyist.
    (www.marxist.com/alan-woods-speaking-tour-in-venezuela/)(Econ, 11/20/10, p.44)

2009        Jul 27, President Barack Obama in Washington, DC, opened 2 days of high-level talks with China. Obama called for deeper US-Chinese economic cooperation and outlined a broad agenda for a positive relationship between two countries that do not always see eye to eye.
    (Reuters, 7/27/09)
2009        Jul 27, In North Carolina Daniel Patrick Boyd (39) was arrested with his two sons and four other North Carolina men. Prosecutors accused them of military-style training at home and plotting "violent jihad" through a series of terror attacks abroad. In 1991 Boyd and his brother were convicted of bank robbery in Pakistan. They were also accused of carrying identification showing they belonged to the radical Afghan guerrilla group, Hezb-e-Islami, or Party of Islam. Each was sentenced to have a foot and a hand cut off for the robbery, but the decision was later overturned. In 2011 Zakarija Boyd (22) pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. In June, 2012, Anes Subasic was sentenced to 30 years in jail. On Aug 24, 2012, Daniel Patrick Boyd was sentenced to 18 years in prison. 
    (AP, 7/28/09)(SFC, 6/8/11, p.A8)(SFC, 8/25/12, p.A5) 
2009        Jul 27, Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai said he wants new rules governing the conduct of US-led forces in Afghanistan and would be willing to talk with Taliban leaders who publicly renounce violence and endorse peace. The British government announced the end of the first phase of Operation Panther's Claw against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, saying it now needs to hold and build on the ground it has cleared of insurgents. A Taliban rocket killed 4 civilians at home in the central province of Ghazni overnight. A civilian was killed in a bomb blast in eastern Khost province. The US military in Afghanistan said it has stopped releasing body counts of insurgents believed killed in operations because the tolls distract from the US objective of protecting Afghans.
    (AP, 7/27/09)(AFP, 7/27/09)
2009        Jul 27, Algerian papers reported that security forces have killed five armed Islamic extremists in the northeastern Tizi Ouzou region, about 100 km (60 miles) east of Algiers.
    (AFP, 7/27/09)
2009        Jul 27, In Canada union officials in Toronto said they had reached a tentative deal to settle a civic workers strike that had halted garbage collection and many other city services for more than a month.
    (Reuters, 7/27/09)
2009        Jul 27, In Colombia three soldiers and two civilians were killed in a rifle and grenade attack on a boat carrying coca eradication workers on the San Juan river in Choco state. Six people were wounded and six more were missing.
    (AP, 7/28/09)
2009        Jul 27, A Congo government spokesman said The Democratic Republic of Congo has suspended transmission of French broadcaster Radio France International (RFI).
    (Reuters, 7/27/09)
2009        Jul 27, El Salvador announced a decision to close schools nationwide for two weeks to combat the spread of swine flu. El Salvador has already confirmed 545 cases of swine flu, including seven deaths.
    (AP, 7/27/09)
2009        Jul 27, In Ethiopia Bashir Ahmed Makhtal (36), an Ethiopian-born Canadian citizen, was found guilty of being a member of a rebel group fighting for autonomy for an ethnically Somali part of the country. Bashir was convicted of membership in the ONLF and supporting terrorism in Ogaden, and could face the death penalty. His grandfather was a founder of the ONLF. On August 3 he was sentenced to life in prison for terrorism-related charges.
    (Reuters, 7/27/09)(AP, 8/3/09)
2009        Jul 27, European Union nations gave their final approval to a ban on imports of seal products in an effort to force Canada to end its annual seal hunt.
    (AP, 7/27/09)
2009        Jul 27, An overloaded sailboat carrying an estimated 200 Haitian migrants sank off the Turks and Caicos Islands and as many as 85 people were missing.
    (AP, 7/28/09)
2009        Jul 27, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the closure of Kahrizak prison, where rights workers say protesters detained in the country's election turmoil have died.
    (AP, 7/28/09)
2009        Jul 27, In Iraq 2 people were killed in bombings targeting police officers, considered the weakest link among the Iraqi security forces that have taken the lead from withdrawing American forces. The first bombing came in eastern Baghdad, when a roadside bomb targeted a police patrol but missed, killing one civilian. A short time later, a bomb attached to a car exploded in Fallujah, killing a police captain.
    (AP, 7/27/09)
2009        Jul 27, Mexico announced a pilot program to have special courts handle cases involving addicted offenders who commit crimes while under the influence of drugs.
    (AP, 7/27/09)
2009        Jul 27, Amnesty Int’l. launched a campaign to repeal Nicaragua’s 2006 total ban on abortion.
    (SFC, 7/28/09, p.A4)
2009        Jul 27, In Nigeria Residents of Gamboru-Ngala in Borno state said heavily armed members of a Nigerian Taliban sect stormed the town and went on the rampage, burning a police headquarters, a church and a customs post. Police put the death toll in weekend religious clashes at 65, including 5 police officers.
    (AP, 7/27/09)
2009        Jul 27, In Pakistan North West Frontier Province Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour said security forces had rescued dozens of children aged 6 to 15 who the Taliban were allegedly training as suicide bombers.
    (AP, 7/28/09)
2009        Jul 27, Russia’s Interior Ministry said Semyon Mogilevich, an alleged organized crime boss who is also wanted in the US, was released from pretrial detention 18 months after his arrest in Moscow. He has been on the FBI's wanted list since 2003, accused of manipulating the stock of a Pennsylvania-based company, YBM Magnex Inc., which collapsed in 1998.
    (AP, 7/27/09)
2009        Jul 27, In Somalia mortar attacks by rebels disrupted a parliamentary session as heavy fighting between the militia and African Union-backed government forces killed 7 civilians.
    (AP, 7/27/09)
2009        Jul 27, Thousands of South African council workers went on strike to press for wage hikes, crippling public services in Africa's biggest economy and piling political pressure on new President Jacob Zuma.
    (AP, 7/27/09)
2009        Jul 27, Sweden said it was demanding an explanation as to why Swedish-made anti-tank rocket launchers, sold to Venezuela years ago, were obtained by Colombia's main rebel group. Three launchers were recovered in October in a FARC arms cache belonging to a rebel commander known as "Jhon 40" and Colombia only recently asked Sweden to confirm whether they had been sold to Venezuela,
    (AP, 7/27/09)
2009        Jul 27, The Taiwanese and Chinese presidents swapped messages, the first such exchange since the two sides split amid civil war 60 years ago.
    (AP, 7/27/09)
2009        Jul 27, The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, led solemn prayers in Kiev on the first day of 10-day visit aimed at reasserting Moscow's dominance over church leaders in Ukraine.
    (AP, 7/27/09)

2010        Jul 27, An audit by the US Special Investigator for Iraq Reconstruction said the US Defense Department is unable to properly account for over 95 percent of $9.1 billion in Iraqi oil money tapped by the US for rebuilding the war ravaged nation.
    (AP, 7/27/10)
2010        Jul 27, BP said its much-criticized CEO Tony Hayward will be replaced by American Robert Dudley on Oct. 1, as it reported a record quarterly loss and set aside $32.2 billion to cover costs of the devastating Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
    (AP, 7/27/10)
2010        Jul 27, SF supervisors voted 10-1 to transform the abandoned Hunters Point Naval Shipyard into a new waterfront community.
    (SFC, 7/28/10, p.A1)
2010        Jul 27, The Walt Disney Co. announced a deal to buy Playdom Inc. of Mountain View, Ca., a maker of social-networking games, in a deal valued at $563.2 million.
    (SFC, 7/28/10, p.D2)
2010        Jul 27, In southern Afghanistan a US service member died. A NATO drone went down in a Taliban-held area of northern Afghanistan because of mechanical problems.
    (AP, 7/28/10)
2010        Jul 27, Bangladesh raised the minimum wage for its millions of garment workers by 80 percent, following months of violent protests over pay and conditions.
    (AFP, 7/27/10)
2010        Jul 27, Bolivian authorities arrested Valentin Mejillones (55), an Aymara priest who inaugurated President Evo Morales, in a bust that netted 530 pounds (240 kg) of liquid cocaine.
    (AP, 7/29/10)
2010        Jul 27, In Brazil Wallace Souza (51), a former TV crime show host and state legislator accused of commissioning killings to boost ratings, died. He suffered from Budd Chiari syndrome, a rare disorder that causes clots to form in blood vessels in the liver.
    (AFP, 7/28/10)
2010        Jul 27, British PM David Cameron visited Turkey, saying the world needs Turkey's help in pushing Iran to address concerns about its nuclear program and harshly criticizing Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla that killed nine Turkish activists.
    (AP, 7/27/10)
2010        Jul 27, Canadian actor Maury Chaykin (b.1949) died at a Toronto hospital. Chaykin had roles in "Dances With Wolves," "The Postman," "Owning Mahoney," "Mystery, Alaska," "A Life Less Ordinary," and "The Adjuster."
    (AP, 7/27/10)
2010        Jul 27, In southern China a landslide caused by rains left 21 people missing, adding to a growing death toll from China's worst flood season in a decade, which is expected to worsen with heavy rains forecast across the country.
    (AP, 7/27/10)
2010        Jul 27, In CongoDRC a boat ferrying about 200 passengers to Kinshasa capsized after hitting a rock. As many as 138 people were killed with 80 confirmed dead.
    (Reuters, 7/29/10)
2010        Jul 27, In Egypt armed and masked Bedouin tribe members hijacked a bus from an industrial area in the central Sinai peninsula. The bus was carrying 30 employees of Sinai Cement who were dumped before the hijackers fled with the vehicle.
    (Reuters, 7/27/10)
2010        Jul 27, French PM Francois Fillon said France is "at war" with al-Qaida and will step up efforts to fight its North African offshoot after it executed a French hostage in the Sahara.
    (AP, 7/27/10)
2010        Jul 27, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated a new policy to encourage population growth, dismissing Iran's decades of internationally-acclaimed family planning as ungodly and a Western import.
    (AP, 7/27/10)
2010        Jul 27, Iran vowed to press ahead with its nuclear program even as it expressed readiness to resume talks on the thorny issue despite being slapped with tough new EU sanctions. Russia condemned new EU sanctions on Iran, tempering hopes of closer cooperation between Moscow and the West over Iran's nuclear program.
    (AFP, 7/27/10)(Reuters, 7/27/10)
2010        Jul 27, In Iraq mortars killed 7 people and wounded 46 in the Shiite holy city of Karbala.
    (AP, 7/28/10)
2010        Jul 27, Japan and China agreed in Tokyo to seek an early conclusion to talks over plans to jointly exploit oil and gas fields in a disputed area of the East China Sea.
    (AFP, 7/27/10)
2010        Jul 27, Kyrgyzstan's government appealed to an international donors conference for $1.2 billion in aid to rebuild the country after months of political and ethnic violence.
    (AP, 7/27/10)
2010        Jul 27, In Mexico 3 federal police agents were shot to death on a highway in a confrontation with gunmen. A second cousin of Gov.-elect Cesar Duarte was shot to death by attackers in the city of Parral. The severed heads of eight men were found left in pairs along highways in the northern Mexico state of Durango. Rogelio Segovia Hernandez, a suspected drug cartel lieutenant with a quarter-million-dollar reward on his head, was captured in the border state of Chihuahua, where rival gangs are waging a bloody turf war.
    (AP, 7/27/10)(AP, 7/28/10)
2010        Jul 27, Dutch judges gave the green light for a teenage girl's bid to become the youngest person to sail around the world solo, thwarting a bid to have Laura Dekker (14) kept in child care.
    (AFP, 7/27/10)
2010        Jul 27, A former Pakistani spy, Sultan Amir Tarar, kidnapped by militants four months ago in northwestern Pakistan threatened in a video to expose the government's "weaknesses" unless it frees prisoners to secure his release as demanded by his captors.
    (AP, 7/27/10)
2010        Jul 27, Philippine police tracked down Mark Dizon (28), a suspect in a series of grisly robberies and killings, with the help of his Facebook account. He was accused of killing nine people, six Filipinos, an American, a Canadian and a Briton, in three different robberies at hotels and homes this month in Angeles city.
    (AP, 7/27/10)
2010        Jul 27, In central Russia a Tver city court sentenced Dmitry Orlov (22), a neo-Nazi leader, to life in jail and imprisoned 13 others for four hate killings and multiple assaults.
    (AP, 7/27/10)
2010        Jul 27, Iranian Shiite cleric Yasser Khalili was arrested in Saudi Arabia and put on trial on September 3 charged with "raising a shoe" at Prophet Mohammed's shrine. He was arrested while on pilgrimage by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice and "jailed for 38 days in handcuffs. A judge ordered him to be whipped 150 times in public in the prophet's shrine. The story was not made public until Jan 8, 2011.
    (AFP, 1/8/11)
2010        Jul 27, Serb lawmakers passed a resolution vowing that their country will never recognize Kosovo as an independent state, despite a UN court ruling backing the independence declaration by the former Serbian province.
    (AP, 7/27/10)
2010        Jul 27, In Somalia clashes in Mogadishu, pitting Islamist insurgents against government troops backed by African Union forces, killed at least 17 civilians.
    (AFP, 7/28/10)
2010        Jul 27, In South Africa 4 white former students pleaded guilty to charges surrounding a 2007 video they made humiliating black university employees at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. The video emerged in 2008 and the case prompted bitter protests that racism remains entrenched in South Africa more than a decade after the end of racist white rule. A court on July 30 ordered the 4 students to pay fines of nearly $3,000 each for making the video.
    (AP, 7/27/10)(AP, 7/30/10)
2010        Jul 27, In Uganda African Union leaders wrapping up a three-day summit in Kampala agreed to send thousands of extra troops to reinforce its military contingent battling Al Qaeda-linked insurgents in Somalia.
    (AFP, 7/27/10)
2010        Jul 27, Venezuela's justice ministry announced the capture of a purported Colombian drug trafficker, Gloria Esther Chavez Ceballos, alias "Gloria Amparo." Ceballos was alleged to lead a group of smugglers known as "Los Indios" that moves drugs to the Caribbean and Europe. Authorities said police have apprehended six alleged far-right paramilitary fighters from Colombia, including a militia leader wanted in the killing of a Venezuelan mayor near the border with Colombia.
    (AP, 7/27/10)

2011        Jul 27, House Democrats said that President Barack Obama should invoke a little-known constitutional provision to prevent the nation from going into default if Congress fails to come up with a plan to raise the debt ceiling. The 14th amendment says that the validity of the nation's public debt "shall not be questioned." However, only Congress has the authority to extend the government's borrowing authority.
    (AP, 7/27/11)
2011        Jul 27, Florida authorities captured Frederick Barrett (60) in Colorado. He had escaped in 1979 ago from the Florida prison where he was serving a life sentence for murder. Barrett was convicted of killing a traveling companion on the Florida Turnpike in February 1971.
    (AP, 7/29/11)
2011        Jul 27, The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh, the tea party-backed Republican who squeaked into office last year by vowing to bring fiscal responsibility to Washington and who has been one of President Barack Obama's most outspoken critics during the standoff over the debt ceiling, is being sued for more than $100,000 in unpaid child support.
    (AP, 7/29/11)
2011        Jul 27, Pfc. Naser Abdo (21) was arrested at a Texas motel about three miles from Fort Hood's main gate. The AWOL infantry soldier was caught with weapons and a bomb inside a backpack and admitted planning what would have been Fort Hood's 2nd terrorist attack in less than two years. He had spoken out against the 2009 Fort Hood shootings last year as he made a public plea to be granted conscientious objector status to avoid serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.
    (AP, 7/29/11)
2011        Jul 27, In Afghanistan Kandahar Mayor Ghulam Haidar Hamidi (64), a close ally of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, was assassinated in a suicide attack.
    (AFP, 7/27/11)(Econ, 8/6/11, p.75)
2011        Jul 27, In Australia a 25-year-old unemployed truck driver (online nickname "Evil"), who had been unable to find a job in information technology, faced 49 charges after a six-month investigation into his online activities.
    (AP, 7/27/11)
2011        Jul 27, Britain officially recognized Libya's main opposition group as the country's legitimate government, and expelled all diplomats from Moammar Gadhafi's regime.
    (AP, 7/27/11)
2011        Jul 27, Chadian rebels denounced the repatriation and imprisonment of 27 senior members of their force captured in Sudan.
    (AFP, 7/27/11)
2011        Jul 27, China’s Ministry of Public Security said police had rescued 81 children from a major child trafficking ring in Hebei province.
    (SFC, 7/28/11, p.A2)
2011        Jul 27, Honduras authorities seized a semi-submersible craft off the country's Caribbean coast. The crew tried to sink it but officials recovered 7.3 tons (6.6 metric tons) of cocaine.
    (AP, 7/29/11)
2011        Jul 27, An Indian judge investigating corrupt mining practices in a resource-rich southern state said that illegal extraction had cost the public $3.6 billion. He accused politicians in Karnataka, including the state's chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, of causing the losses from 2006 to 2010 through the illicit mining of iron ore, much of which is thought to have been shipped to China. A day later Yeddyurappa offered to quit following the charges.
    (AFP, 7/27/11)(AFP, 7/28/11)
2011        Jul 27, India and Pakistan's foreign ministers insisted relations were back on track after peace talks that highlighted a "new era" of cooperation over the ruptures of the past. It was the first meeting of the arch-rivals' foreign ministers for a year.
    (AFP, 7/27/11)
2011        Jul 27, An Indian army officer was shot dead in a battle with rebels along the de facto Kashmir border. The latest fighting came after Indian foreign minister S.M. Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart, Hina Rabbani Khar, outlined in New Delhi the countries' commitment to fight militancy, boost trade and sustain the peace process.
    (AFP, 7/28/11)
2011        Jul 27, In Kosovo some 200 Serbs attacked police outposts on the border with Serbia, setting one of them on fire and killing Kosovo policeman Enver Zymberi. As the masked Serbs attacked, European Union police on the scene leaped into their cars and fled the area. In late August EU special police launched an operation related to a criminal investigation of the attack.
    (AP, 7/28/11)(AP, 8/31/11)
2011        Jul 27, In Mexico six men were shot to death and four were wounded by assailants at a fair in the town of Yurecuaro, Michoacan state. Three men who had been tortured and shot in the head were found dead on the outskirts of the Morelia, the capital of Michoacan.
    (AP, 7/27/11)
2011        Jul 27, Mozambique’s state daily Noticias said the country’s highest decision-making body, the Council of Ministers, has endorsed measures to criminalize embezzlement, influence peddling, and graft.
    (AFP, 7/27/11)
2011        Jul 27, Niger announced the creation of the High Authority to Combat Corruption to step up its fight against graft.
    (AFP, 7/27/11)
2011        Jul 27, In the Philippines winners were announced for Asia's Magsaysay award this year for giving green technologies to the poor. They included US-trained Indian engineer Harish Hande (44) for bringing solar lights to a country where half of all households have no electricity; Indonesian social worker Tri Mumpuni (46) was recognized after her IBEKA foundation built 60 small power plants harnessing the energy of water stored in dams to bring electricity to half a million people; and Dutch marine engineer Auke Idzenga's Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation won for using an ancient, near-forgotten technology, the ram pump, to help impoverished communities on Negros island. Other winners included a man who set up an Islamic school for girls in Indonesia, a lender to India's poorest, and a man working to restore democracy in Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge murdered his father.
    (AFP, 7/27/11)
2011        Jul 27, In the Philippines heavy rains and floods battered the northeast for a third day, swamping homes of about a half million people. Tropical Storm Nock-ten was expected to blow out of the country to the South China Sea by July 28 after cutting through the heart of Luzon Island. The death toll reached 52 with 27 still missing.
    (AP, 7/27/11)(AFP, 7/31/11)
2011        Jul 27, Scottish teenager Jake Davis (18) was arrested with 16 computers in the Shetland Islands. This was the alleged nerve center of Lulz Security (LulzSec), a group of internet hackers whose targets included computer-security and online gaming firms. The group had broken from Anonymous, another hacker group, three months earlier. Ryan Cleary (19) was arrested in June at his home in Wickford, Essex, charged with attacking websites as part of LulzSec.
    (Econ, 8/6/11, p.49)(http://shetlopedia.com/Jake_Davis)(AFP, 8/30/11)
2011        Jul 27, South Korean scientists said they have created a glowing dog using a cloning technique that could help find cures for human diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
    (Reuters, 7/27/11)
2011        Jul 27, In South Korea walls of mud buried 10 college students sleeping in a resort cabin and flash floods submerged the streets and subway stations in Seoul, killing at least 36 people in the country’s heaviest rains this year.
    (AP, 7/27/11)(SFC, 7/28/11, p.A2)
2011        Jul 27, It was reported that the price of a cow in Juba, South Sudan, has risen to between $375 and $560. The price for a bride ranged from 150 cows to 400.
    (SFC, 7/25/11, p.D2)
2011        Jul 27, UNAMID, the joint African Union-UN peacekeeping force, said air strikes 2 weeks ago around the village of Abu Hamara in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region killed one civilian and prompted villagers to flee their homes.
    (AFP, 7/27/11)
2011        Jul 27, In Swaziland a court overturned a government application to stop protesters from demonstrating over the king's handling of an economic crisis.
    (AP, 7/28/11)
2011        Jul 27, Syrian troops opened fire on scores of people in a Damascus suburb, killing at least 8 people trying to halt the soldiers' advance by throwing stones and burning tires. Zainab al-Hosni (18) was abducted by plainclothes individuals believed to be members of the security forces, apparently to pressure her activist brother Mohammad Deeb al-Hosni to turn himself in. On Sep 23 it was reported that her family found her corpse by chance as they searched for her activist brother's body in Homs. The family said she had been decapitated, her arms cut off, and skin removed.
    (AP, 7/27/11)(AP, 9/23/11)
2011        Jul 27, Zimbabwe police arrested 13 members of the Restoration of Human Rights group, who staged a protest outside a court where allegations of police assaults and torture were to be raised. The High Court again postponed an appeal for bail by eight activists of the prime minister's former opposition group accused over the killing of a police inspector in May.
    (AP, 7/27/11)

2012        Jul 27, In Detroit the bodies of Jacob Kudla (18) and Jourdan Bobbish (17), both of Westland, were found with gunshot wounds on the East Side. The next day police charged Casey Green (39) and Larry Anderson (40) with larceny, obstruction of justice, and tampering with evidence in the car the two teens were driving.
    (SSFC, 7/29/12, p.A12)
2012        Jul 27, In Pennsylvania Kevin Cleeves (35) confronted his estranged wife about custody arrangements for their daughter and shot the woman to death and killed her boyfriend and his mother in Quincy Township. He then fled with his daughter (4) before the two were found the next day about 250 miles away in Ohio.
    (AP, 7/28/12)
2012        Jul 27, Singer and actor Tony Martin (b.1913 as Alvin Morris) died at his home in LA. He had appeared in over 30 films included “Casbah" (1948).
    (SFC, 7/31/12, p.A7)
2012        Jul 27, Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez granted vast new power over the nation's economy to Axel Kicillof (41), a young firebrand who was the brains behind the takeover of YPF from Spain's Repsol oil company. Fernandez also put Kicillof in charge of a commission responsible for implementing the country's new energy policy.
    (AP, 7/27/12)
2012        Jul 27, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II declared the London Olympics open after playing a cameo role in a dizzying ceremony designed to highlight the grandeur and eccentricities of the nation that invented modern sport. More than 10,000 athletes from 204 countries will compete in 26 sports over 17 days of competition in the only city to have staged the modern Games three times.
    (Reuters, 7/28/12)
2012        Jul 27, Indian officials said a truck bringing pilgrims from the Amarnath Shrine in Jammu-Kashmir state plunged into a gorge killing 16 men, bringing the overall toll in this year’s pilgrimage to 128.
    (SFC, 7/28/12, p.A2)   
2012        Jul 27, Israel's Supreme Court delayed by at least 3 weeks the scheduled evacuation of the unauthorized West Bank Migron outpost that has become a symbol of settler defiance.
    (AP, 7/27/12)
2012        Jul 27, In Kenya Olga Fonseca Gimenez (57), the charge d'affaires and acting ambassador of Venezuela, was found dead at her official residence in Nairobi. Police said she was murdered by strangulation. Fonseca arrived in Kenya in July to replace Ambassador Gerardo Carillo-Silva, who had fled the country after three male workers at the ambassador's residence filed a complaint with the police accusing him of sexual harassment. Dwight Sagaray, First Secretary at the embassy, was arrested the next day in connection to the murder.
    (AP, 7/27/12)(AFP, 7/30/12)
2012        Jul 27, The wife of Madagascar's ousted leader Marc Ravalomanana was deported and put on a flight to Thailand, hours after she landed at the island nation's capital.
    (AFP, 7/27/12)
2012        Jul 27, In southern Nepal at least 14 pilgrims were killed when a jeep carrying them to a sacred Hindu site swerved off a highway and fell 100 meters (330 feet) into a stream below.
    (AFP, 7/28/12)
2012        Jul 27, The Netherlands said it has suspended part of its development aid to Rwanda because of Kigali's alleged support for rebels in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
    (AFP, 7/27/12)
2012        Jul 27, Saudi authorities detained a number of protesters in the restive eastern Shiite region after they set tires ablaze during an overnight rally. Security forces opened fire on Shiite protesters in the tense Qatif district of Eastern Province, wounding several as hundreds marched to demand the release of detainees.
    (AP, 7/27/12)
2012        Jul 27, In Serbia Ivica Dacic, Slobodan Milosevic's former spokesman, became the new prime minister, promising to promote reconciliation in the Balkans after his nomination triggered fears of resurgent nationalism in the volatile region.
    (AP, 7/27/12)
2012        Jul 27, In South Africa Germany-born conservationist Rita Miljo (81) died in a fire that destroyed much of her Center for Animal Rehabilitation and Education in the bush of Limpopo province. Sha had cared for and reintroduced packs of baboons into the wilds of South Africa.
    (SFC, 7/28/12, p.A2)
2012        Jul 27, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said troops bombarded the neighborhood of Fardous (Fardoss) killing at least four people. It added that Sunni cleric Abdul-Latif al-Shami was kidnapped and killed in Aleppo. Rebels captured 150 regime troops and militia members in the northern city of Aleppo and the northwestern province of Idlib. The Observatory said that at least 148 people were killed nationwide including 90 civilians, 24 rebels and 34 soldiers.
    (AP, 7/27/12)(AFP, 7/27/12)(AFP, 7/28/12)
2012        Jul 27, Tunisian Finance Minister Houcine Dimassi resigned following a disagreement with the policies of the government led by Islamist PM Hamadi Jebali. Dimassi complained of excessive spending.
    (AFP, 7/27/12)
2012        Jul 27, Zimbabwe's central bank chief warned the country's fragile economy could grind to a halt if the government rushes its planned seizure of majority stakes in foreign-owned banks.
    (AFP, 7/27/12)

2013        Jul 27, In Florida Pedro Vargas (42) went on a shooting rampage overnight at an apartment building in the Miami suburb of Hialeah. He killed 6 people before a SWAT team killed him and rescued two neighbors he was holding hostage.
    (Reuters, 7/27/13)(SFC, 7/29/13, p.A4)
2013        Jul 27, John Wrana (95), a WWII veteran, was fatally shot by police with bean bag rounds after he refused medical treatment and became belligerent at a suburban Chicago senior facility. In 2014 a police officer was charged with one count of reckless conduct.
    (http://tinyurl.com/penpswl)(SFC, 4/3/14, p.A8)
2013        Jul 27, In Indiana a bus carrying teenagers from a church camp crashed in Indianapolis. 3 people were killed.
    (SSFC, 7/28/13, p.A8)
2013        Jul 27, Lindy Boggs (b.1916), former Louisiana congresswoman (1973-1991), died.
    (Econ, 8/3/13, p.78)
2013        Jul 27, In Brazil Pope Francis challenged bishops from around the world to get out of their churches and preach, and to have the courage to go to the farthest margins of society to find the faithful.
    (AP, 7/27/13)
2013        Jul 27, In London, England, Ilya Segalovich (48) died of brain cancer. He was the co-founder of Russia's largest search engine, Yandex.
    (AP, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 27, In Canada Sammy Yatim (18) was shot to death while holding a knife by police officers in an empty Toronto streetcar. The event, caught on video and posted to YouTube, sparked calls of unnecessary police force. On August 19 a Toronto police officer was charged with murder.
    (SFC, 7/30/13, p.A2)(SFC, 8/20/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 27, China and the EU announced a truce on solar panel and related component tariffs. The EU planned to set a minimum sales price and a quota. An August 8 deadline loomed on the dispute.
    (Econ, 8/3/13, p.36)
2013        Jul 27, In Egypt clashes erupted in Cairo between security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. More than 80 people were killed in the violence at a Cairo vigil by backers of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. People living on Badr el-Din street in Cairo found two young men dumped in a pile of rubbish by a park. Amr Mohammed Salim (22), a street vendor, was dead, hands bound and body covered with gashes, residents said. Hany Moussa (24), a kitchen helper, was still alive, but barely.
    (AP, 7/27/13)(Reuters, 7/28/13)(AP, 8/6/13)(Econ, 8/3/13, p.13)
2013        Jul 27, Iran’s semi-official news agency ISNA reported that a member of Ahl Al-Haq faith, a small religious minority, set himself on fire next to the country's parliament building. He was hospitalized.
    (AP, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 27, Kuwaiti held parliamentary elections, the third parliamentary election in 17 months. Liberals and candidates from some of the more marginalized tribes won seats in a parliament which may prove more cooperative with the ruling family after opposition Islamists and populists boycotted the election.
    (AP, 7/27/13)(Reuters, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 27, In Libya protesters in Benghazi attacked offices of the Muslim Brotherhood and the headquarters of a liberal coalition after demonstrations sparked by assassinations turned violent. In Tripoli a crowd stormed JCP headquarters before heading on to ransack the headquarters of the liberal National Forces Alliance (NFA), the country's biggest political party founded by wartime rebel PM Mahmoud Jibril. More than a thousand inmates escaped al-Kweifiya prison in Benghazi.
    (Reuters, 7/27/13)(AP, 7/27/13)
2013        Jul 27, A group of protesters tried to disrupt Lithuania's second gay pride parade ever, defying an enormous police presence by throwing eggs at marchers and attempting to storm a stage.
    (AP, 7/27/13)
2013        Jul 27, In Manila Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe met with Pres. Benigno Aquino III and pledged support for Philippine maritime forces as both countries confronted China in separate territorial disputes.
    (SSFC, 7/28/13, p.A6)
2013        Jul 27, Niger and Nigerian intelligence agents arrested a Nigerian terrorist leader in a border area. His identify or group was not revealed.
    (AP, 8/1/13)
2013        Jul 27, In Saudi Arabia one more man died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 39 the number of deadly cases in the kingdom at the center of the growing outbreak.
    (AP, 7/27/13)
2013        Jul 27, In Somalia a Turkish security official and a Somali student were killed in a terrorist attack on the Turkish consulate and relief mission. Three suicide bombers also died in the attack in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 27, In Spain a youth (16) was gored in the back while celebrating the Apostle James feast at Isso, 322 km (200 miles) southeast of Madrid.
    (AP, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 27, In Sudan new clashes erupted between the army and rebels in the country's main oil-producing state of South Kordofan, bordering South Sudan. A rebel ambush on an army convoy in Abyei killed 9 soldiers. Tribal leaders said up to 94 people have been killed in new clashes between two rival tribes in the strife-torn Darfur region.
    (Reuters, 7/27/13)(AP, 7/31/13)
2013        Jul 27, Syrian government forces captured the ancient Khalid Ibn al-Walid Mosque in Khaldiyeh, an embattled northern neighborhood in Homs.
    (AP, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 27, In Thailand about 50,000 liters (13,200 gallons) of oil, about the amount contained in one and a half tanker trucks, spilled into Prao Bay on the west coast of Samet Island from a leak in a pipeline operated by PTT Global Chemical Plc., a subsidiary of state-owned oil and gas company PTT Plc.
    (AP, 7/30/13)
2013        Jul 27, In Tunisia thousands of protesters chanting anti-government slogans joined a funeral march to lay to rest assassinated opposition politician Mohammed Brahmi. One man was killed in violent protests in the southern city of Gafsa.
    (AP, 7/27/13)(Reuters, 7/27/13)
2013        Jul 27, In Vietnam Nguyen Van Hai (61), better known as Dieu Cay, resumed eating after 35 days after the Supreme People's Procuracy, the prosecutor's office, agreed to look into his claim of abusive treatment. He had been jailed for criticizing the country's rulers.
    (Reuters, 8/3/13)
2013        Jul 27, In southern Yemen rockets fired from unmanned aircraft killed at least four suspected Islamist militants.
    (Reuters, 7/28/13)

2014        Jul 27, The US stepped up pressure on Moscow by releasing satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for pro-Russian separatists has crossed the border.
    (AP, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 27, A tanker carrying crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan was cleared by the US Coast Guard to unload its cargo at sea off Texas. Iraq's central government, in a court filing the next day, laid claim to the cargo that it says was sold by the regional government of Kurdistan without permission from Baghdad. In response a US judge signed an order telling the US Marshals Service to seize the cargo. On July 29 federal magistrate Nancy K. Johnson said that because the tanker was some 60 miles (100 km) offshore, and outside territorial waters, an order she issued to seize the cargo could not be enforced.
    (Reuters, 7/28/14)(Reuters, 7/29/14)
2014        Jul 27, In Afghanistan Taliban insurgents attacked the home of Gen. Abdul Razeq, the provincial police chief of Kandahar. The 6 gunmen killed a civilian and a border policeman before they were shot dead.
    (SFC, 7/28/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 27, In Cameroon Boko Haram militants from Nigeria kidnapped the wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister and killed at least 3 people in a cross-border attack involving more than 200 assailants in the northern town of Kolofata.
    (Reuters, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 27, China’s Xinhua news agency said retired military officers have been told to return non-essential public housing after an investigation found "irregularities."
    (AFP, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 27, Egypt's army said it has destroyed 13 more tunnels connecting the Sinai Peninsula to the Gaza Strip, taking to 1,639 the overall number it has laid waste to.
    (AFP, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 27, In Iraq Shiite militiamen in Baquba dragged four bodies of Islamic State jihadist fighters (Daash) through the streets and hung them from a bridge and a utility pole. Fighting between government forces and IS in the Ramadi region killed 9 policemen in 17 hours of battle. Militants destroyed the Prophet Jirjis Mosque and Shrine in Mosul.
    (AFP, 7/27/14)(AFP, 7/28/14)(SFC, 7/28/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 27, Israel’s cabinet voted to extend a truce until midnight at the request of the UN, but called it off when Hamas launched rockets into Israel during the morning. Palestinian medics said at least 10 people had died in the wave of subsequent strikes that swept Gaza. Fighting subsided in Gaza after Hamas Islamist militants said they backed a 24-hour humanitarian truce, but there was no sign of any comprehensive deal to end their conflict with Israel.
    (Reuters, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 27, In Japan Aiwa Matsuo (15) was found with her head and left hand severed on a bed in a suspect's apartment A schoolgirl (15) was arrested on suspicion of murdering her classmate and dismembering the body in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture.
    (AFP, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 27, Liberia’s Pres. Ellen Sirleaf Johnson closed all but three border crossings, restricted public gatherings and quarantined communities heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak.
    (SFC, 7/29/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 27, In Libya at least 36 people were killed in Benghazi, many of them civilians, in clashes between Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants over the last 24 hours. A tank containing six million liters of fuel was set ablaze by rocket fire late today near Tripoli’s airport.
    (Reuters, 7/27/14)(AFP, 7/28/14)
2014        Jul 27, In Malaysia a car crash involving a faulty air bag killed a pregnant woman. On Nov 14 Ford Motor Co. agreed to recall more 2004 and 2005 Ranger small pickup trucks in response to the crash, because their air bags are similar to the one that caused the woman's death.
    (AP, 11/15/14)
2014        Jul 27, In Nigeria a bomb attack on a Catholic church in the northern city of Kano killed 5 people and wounded eight. In a separate incident, a female suicide bomber tried to attack police officers on the streets. She killed herself but only wounded two of the officers.
    (Reuters, 7/28/14)
2014        Jul 27, In Pakistan a mob attacked homes of Ahmadis after a sect member was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook. A woman member of the religious sect and two of her granddaughters were killed in the town of Gujranwala.
    (Reuters, 7/28/14)
2014        Jul 27, Spanish police said they have arrested 14 members of a gang of suspected of selling forged passports for entry to the US. Eleven Cuban and three Spaniards were arrested in Tenerife and Madrid.
    (SFC, 7/28/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 27, In Syria the Islamic State killed 15 Syrian rebels in an ambush as the jihadists tried to advance on Aleppo province. Rebels in Hama province captured Khattab and Rahbeh villages. In Homs city 7 people were killed and 20 wounded in a car bomb attack on an Alawite district.
    (Reuters, 7/27/14)(AFP, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 27, In southern Thailand a roadside bomb was detonated as soldiers were patrolling near a mosque in Pattani. A girl was killed and five people were injured.
    (Reuters, 7/28/14)
2014        Jul 27, The UN Security Council agreed on a statement calling for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas.
    (AP, 7/27/14)
2014        Jul 27, In southern Yemen militant attacks on two army outposts and killed at least 8 people early today, two months after the government said it had cleared that area of al Qaeda fighters in an offensive.
    (Reuters, 7/27/14)

2015        Jul 27, A senior US official said United States and Turkey have agreed to work together to clear the Islamic State group from northern Syria.
    (AFP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, The US State Department took Malaysia and Cuba off its “tier 3" list of countries failing to combat modern-day slavery, leaving the US open to criticism that politics is swaying the often-contentious rankings in its annual human trafficking report. South Sudan, Burundi, Belize, Belarus and Comoros were downgraded to Tier 3, where Thailand remained for a second year.
    (AP, 7/27/15)(Reuters, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, A US federal judge in New Orleans ordered BP to begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments across the Gulf Coast for lost tax revenue and other damages for the company’s 2010 oil spill. The judge said all payment s must be made within 30 days.
    (SFC, 7/28/15, p.A6)
2015        Jul 27, In New Jersey ATM employees forgot a bag of $150,000 outside a business in Mahwah. On July 29 police arrested Alton Harvey (42), who purchased a new Chevrolet Tahoe with money from the bag of cash just hours after it was left behind. Suspect Jamar Bludson (35) was reported arrested on Aug 13.
    (SFC, 8/1/15, p.A4)(SFC, 8/13/15, p.A6)
2015        Jul 27, Delta said it will pay $450 million to buy a stake in China Eastern Airlines as the Atlanta-based airline seeks to expand into China's fast-growing travel industry.
    (AP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, launched in 2013, heard that the local Jehovah's Witnesses Church failed to report to police more than 1,000 cases of child sexual abuse going back more than 60 years.
    (Reuters, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, The Bosnian government adopted a plan of reforms in a crucial step forward on the country's EU integration path. The plan addresses socio-economic issues and aims to decrease the 40 percent unemployment rate in the country.
    (AP, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 27, In El Salvador street gangs called for a public transport boycott, ordering bus drivers to stay off the roads. They killed five defiant drivers that day and another a day earlier. A 7th driver was killed July 29 for defying their campaign and force the government to recognize the feared gangs. On July 28 police captured a suspected leader of a gang called Barrio 18.
    (AFP, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 27, In Ethiopia US President Barack Obama praised the country for its fight against Shebab militants in Somalia, but also challenged Addis Ababa on its democratic record.
    (AFP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, EU foreign ministers formally approved the launch of the first phase of a military operation to target people smugglers in the Mediterranean.
    (AFP, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 27, French farmers angry over low prices turned back hundreds of trucks at the German border, looking for cargos of foreign meat and milk products.
    (AP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, Indian forces fought an extended gunbattle with militants who attacked a moving bus and stormed into the Dina Nagar police station at the Pakistan border in Gurdaspur, Punjab state. 3 civilians and 4 policemen were killed in the violence. All 3 attackers were killed in the 12-hour fight.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Gurdaspur_attack)(AP, 7/27/15)(SFC, 7/28/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 27, Israeli police said Palestinian Mohammed Abu Latifa (19), wanted on suspicion of planning a militant attack, fell to his death from a rooftop as he fled from police in the occupied West Bank. A witness said Latifa was shot dead and had not fallen off the roof.
    (Reuters, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. said it is purchasing Dublin-based Allergan PLC's generic pharmaceuticals business for $40.5 billion, in what Israeli analysts called the largest-ever acquisition by an Israeli company.
    (AP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, In Laos a Soviet-made Mi-7 Lao military helicopter missing with 23 people on board. Search teams located the crash site on July 29.
    (AP, 7/29/15)
2015        Jul 27, A Malawian official said hundreds of Mozambicans have fled into the neighboring country following fighting between the government and opposition fighters.
    (AP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, Myanmar’s state-run Kyemon daily reported that recent flooding due to heavy rains falling in the northwest has killed at least 14 people.
    (AP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, In northeastern Nigeria Boko Haram Islamists slit the throats of 10 men in villages near Baga on the shores of the Lake Chad. This included 4 fishermen in Bundaram, 2 in Fishdam and 4 in Kwatar Mali.
    (AFP, 7/30/15)
2015        Jul 27, In Pakistan gunmen opened fire on a police convoy, killing 2 officers and a woman passer-by in the southwestern city of Quetta. Police fired back and killed one of the attackers and wounded the other who escaped.
    (AP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, Peruvian soldiers rescued 26 children, 10 women and 3 men whom they said had been held as slaves for up to 30 years by Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path).
    (Econ, 8/1/15, p.33)
2015        Jul 27, In South Sudan soldiers believed to be with the South Sudanese army and allied militia stole relief supplies and killed 7 people in an attack on a rebel-part of Unity state. The attack on Dablual village forced some 35,000 civilians to flee into the bush.
    (SFC, 7/31/15, p.A2)
2015        Jul 27, Syrian journalist Thaer al-Ajlani, working for pro-government media, was killed early today as he was reporting on clashes in the Jobar area of east Damascus.
    (AFP, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, In northern Syria the YPG made further gains against Islamic State, capturing a town near the Euphrates River after a month-long offensive aimed at cutting their supply lines. Kurdish fighters in northern Syria accused the Turkish army of shelling their positions.
    (Reuters, 7/27/15)
2015        Jul 27, In Turkey a gendarmerie major in the eastern province of Mus died after being shot by suspected PKK militants. In the nearby province of Van a military unit came under fire.
    (Reuters, 7/28/15)
2015        Jul 27, Yemeni military sources Saudi-led coalition warplanes hit positions of pro-government forces in south Yemen by mistake, killing 12 people on the first day of a humanitarian truce.
    (AFP, 7/27/15)

2016        Jul 27, In Philadelphia President Barack Obama implored Americans to help Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump, warning the 2016 race was not just about politics, but the nature of US democracy.
    (AFP, 7/28/16)
2016        Jul 27, Donald Trump said "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 (Hillary Clinton) emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press." A day later he retracted the statement saying he was being sarcastic.
    (AFP, 7/28/16)
2016        Jul 27, Jack Davis (b.1924), Mad magazine illustrator and movie poster artist, died in St. Simons Island, Ga.
    (SFC, 7/29/16, p.D3)
2016        Jul 27, In Saipan community members and an environmental group sued the US Navy over a plan to turn the islands of Pagan and Tinian in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands into live-fire testing sites.
    (SFC, 7/28/16, p.A5)
2016        Jul 27, Maryland prosecutors dropped all remaining charges against three Baltimore police officers who were still awaiting trial in the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray. Three other officers were already acquittted. A mistrial was declared for a 4th officer when a jury deadlocked.
    (SFC, 7/28/16, p.A6)
2016        Jul 27, A US federal judge ordered John Hinckley (61), who tried to assassinate president Ronald Reagan 35 years ago, to be freed from a psychiatric hospital to live full-time with his mother.
    (AFP, 7/27/16)
2016        Jul 27, In China a court in Shenzhen sentenced four people, including Hong Kong magazine publisher Wang Jianmin and editor Guo Zhongxiao, to prison on charges of running an illegal business after they reportedly sent copies of their sensitive political magazines to mainland China.
    (SFC, 7/28/16, p.A3)
2016        Jul 27, The European Space Agency (ESA) announced that Earth bid a final farewell to robot lab Philae, severing communications after a year-long silence from the pioneering probe hurtling through space on a comet.
    (AFP, 7/27/16)
2016        Jul 27, The European Commission gave Poland three months to boost the powers of its Constitutional Tribunal, stepping up pressure on Warsaw's eurosceptic government to respect the EU's democratic standards.
    (Reuters, 7/27/16)
2016        Jul 27, India signed a contract to buy four maritime spy planes from Boeing Co for about $1 billion, aiming to bolster the navy as it tries to check China's presence in the Indian Ocean.
    (Reuters, 7/27/16)
2016        Jul 27, In Iraq militants unleashed a series of attacks in and around Baghdad, killing at least 18 people.
    (AP, 7/27/16)(SFC, 7/28/16, p.A2)
2016        Jul 27, Israeli forces fired anti-tank missiles at a house in the West Bank after a shootout overnight, killing a Hamas member accused of the July 1 deadly attack on Miki Mark (48), a father of ten.
    (AFP, 7/27/16)(SFC, 7/28/16, p.A2)
2016        Jul 27, A Kuwaiti court sentenced Shiite lawmaker Abdulhameed Dashti, a strong supporter of Iran and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, to 14 years and six months in absentia for remarks deemed highly offensive to fellow Gulf states Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Dashti has been living overseas for the past four months.
    (AFP, 7/27/16)
2016        Jul 27, Mexico’s Interior Secretary said the government will comply with a judge’s order to release drug lord Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo (86) to serve out the last nine of of his 40-year sentence at home.
    (SFC, 7/28/16, p.A2)
2016        Jul 27, A Nepalese home ministry official said flash floods and landslides swept through villages, killing at least 58 people over two days.
    (Reuters, 7/27/16)
2016        Jul 27, Pope Francis landed in Poland at the start of 5-day visit to join young Catholics for World Youth Day.
    (AP, 7/27/16)
2016        Jul 27, Romania’s National Council for Attesting Titles, Diplomas and University Certificates voted 37-10 to strip former PM Victor Ponta of his doctorate after a council upheld a verdict that he plagiarized his thesis.
    (AP, 7/27/16)
2016        Jul 27, In Spain pro-independence parties governing Catalonia approved a resolution in the regional parliament to press ahead with secession. Spain’s caretaker government said it will take legal action the parliament of Catalonia.
    (SFC, 7/28/16, p.A2)
2016        Jul 27, Spanish police arrested two Moroccan brothers in the northern city of Girona and charged them with helping to fund Islamic State's operations in Syria and Iraq.
    (AP, 7/27/16)
2016        Jul 27, In Syria a large truck bomb blast claimed by Islamic State  targeted Kurdish security forces and killed at least 48 people and wounded scores more in the northeastern city of Qamishli. Government air strikes and artillery fire killed at least 16 civilians on in rebel-held neighbourhoods in the east of Aleppo city.
    (Reuters, 7/27/16)(AFP, 7/27/16)
2016        Jul 27, Thai police captured a Japanese lawyer who altered his appearance through plastic surgery to escape arrest for an alleged stock share manipulation scheme more than a decade ago. Yasuo Tsubaki (62) was sought by Japanese authorities for securities fraud amounting to more than 12 billion yen ($116 million) from 2001-2005.
    (AP, 7/29/16)
2016        Jul 27, Turkish authorities issued warrants for the detention of 47 former executives or senior journalists at the Zaman newspaper, which was associated with the US-based Muslim cleric who the government says is behind Turkey's failed July 15 coup.
    (AP, 7/27/16)
2016        Jul 27, In Ukraine thousands of Russian Orthodox Christian pilgrims reached the center of Kiev and finished their procession to the city's most revered monastery after their march was disrupted a day earlier.
    (AP, 7/27/16)
2016        Jul 27, In Venezuela a union leader said some 50 animals have starved to death in the last six months at the Caricuao zoo in Caracas, due to chronic food shortages that have plagued the crisis-stricken South American nation.
    (Reuters, 7/27/16)
2016        Jul 27, Thousands of Zimbabweans rallied in support of President Robert Mugabe, days after war veterans called the 92-year-old a corrupt dictator, highlighting maneuvering over the ZANU-PF leader's succession and anger over growing hardships.
    (AP, 7/27/16)
2016        Jul 27, Zimbabwe police arrested Douglas Mahiya, a senior official from the country’s war veterans' association, after it accused President Robert Mugabe of "dictatorial" behaviour in a shock rupture with the 92-year-old leader. The association's secretary-general, Victor Matemadanda, was also taken from his rural home in Gokwe, after being summoned for police questioning.
    (AFP, 7/28/16)

2017        Jul 27, Attorney General Jeff Sessions flew to El Salvador seeking ways to stamp out the brutal street gang MS-13. This trip was planned before Pres. Trump's broadsides against his attorney general, and it remained to be seen whether his work in El Salvador will help mend their fractured relationship.
    (AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, The California Air Resources Board approved the first phase of Volkswagen’s plan to invest $800 million to support zero-emission vehicle use in the state over ten years.
    (SFC, 7/28/17, p.C1)
2017        Jul 27, In Chicago Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau (26) was found dead in the apartment of Wyndham Lathem (42), a professor at Northwestern University. He had been stabbed several times in an attack so brutal that police said the knife broke. On August 4 suspects Wyndham Lathem surrendered at the Oakland, Ca., federal building at around the same time that Andrew Warren (56), a Univ. of Oxford staffer, turned himself in to police in San Francisco. In 2019 Warren agreed to testify against Latham in exchange for a 45-year prison sentence.
    (AP, 8/5/17)(SFC, 7/23/19, p.A7)
2017        Jul 27, In Indiana police Officer Aaron Allen was shot and killed while responding to a traffic crash on the south side of Indianapolis. Other officers returned fire striking a person inside the vehicle.
    (SFC, 7/28/17, p.A6)
2017        Jul 27, D.L. Menard (85), Cajun singer and songwriter, died in Scott, La. His songs included “The Back Door" sung in French.
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf0he709d1k)(SFC, 8/2/17, p.D5)
2017        Jul 27, Sam Shepard (b.1943), American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and film star, died at his home in Kentucky. His films included “The Right Stuff" in which he played test pilot Chuck Yeager.
    (SFC, 8/1/17, p.A1)(SFC, 8/2/17, p.E1)
2017        Jul 27, Texas executed TaiChin Preyor (46) for the 2004 slaying of Jami Tackett (24), identified by court records as his drug supplier in San Antonio.
    (SFC, 7/28/17, p.A6)
2017        Jul 27, Amazon announced express delivery to Singapore in its first direct effort to tap into surging online shopping in fast-growing Southeast Asia.
    (AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, Martin Sklar (b.1934), a pioneering Disney “Imagineer," died. He was known for having distilled Walt Disney’s wisdom into a creed known as “Mickey’s Ten Commandments".
    (SFC, 7/22/17, p.A6)
2017        Jul 27, Afghan officials said security forces backed by air strikes have been fighting to retake a district in the western province of Ghor since it fell to the Taliban earlier this week. A joint US and Afghan military operation in eastern Paktika province killed two al-Qaida linked leaders, identified as Asad Mehsud and Gul Wali Mehsud, and led to the capture of Jamal Mehsud.
    (Reuters, 7/27/17)(AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, Brazilian federal police arrested former Petrobras Chief Executive Officer Aldemir Bendine on suspicion he received large bribes from construction conglomerate Odebrecht.
    (Reuters, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, The European Commission ordered France and Belgium to end tax breaks for ports, saying they distort competition in the 28-nation European Union.
    (AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, The European Commission announced a new emergency support package for Greece to help it deal with the refugee crisis that has seen tens of thousands of migrants and refugees stuck in the country.
    (AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, French politicians will no longer be allowed to employ their spouses or children as parliamentary assistants under rules adopted in response to a scandal involving former PM Francois Fillon and his wife.
    (Reuters, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, Germany's transport minister announced plans for a fund to help cities modernize their transport systems and reduce pollution, but said it was too soon to bury the internal combustion engine.
    (Reuters, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, Haiti announced a slight minimum wage increase for garment workers that fell well short of their demands, prompting union calls for a strike.
    (AP, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 27, Iran successfully launched a satellite-carrying rocket into space. The launch involved a "Simorgh" rocket capable of carrying a satellite weighing 250 kg (550 pounds).
    (AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, Human Rights Watch said an Iraqi army division trained by American forces summarily executed prisoners in west Mosul.
    (AFP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, An al-Qaida-linked propaganda network said Kashmiri militant Zakit Musa will head Ansar Ghawzat-ul-Hind to challenge India’s rule over Kashmir.
    (SFC, 7/28/17, p.A2)
2017        Jul 27, A ceasefire took effect in a mountainous area of the Lebanese-Syrian border where Lebanon's Hezbollah says it is on the verge of defeating Nusra Front militants in their last foothold at the frontier.
    (Reuters, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, In Mali Stephen McGown (42) of South Africa was freed after being held hostage by Al-Qaida's North Africa branch for six years.
    (AP, 8/3/17)
2017        Jul 27, In Mexico nine bodies, including five women and four men, were found in a bloody pile in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, across from Laredo, Texas. Nuevo Laredo has long been dominated by the Zetas cartel, which has splintered into factions following the arrest or killing of top leaders.
    (AP, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 27, Myanmar health authorities said they have asked the UN's health agency for help to combat a deadly outbreak of swine flu that has sparked alarm in Yangon. At least six people have died and 30 more have been infected over the past week, most of them in Yangon.
    (AFP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, In northeastern Nigeria three young female suicide bombers were killed when their explosives detonated prematurely in Bama.
    (AFP, 7/29/17)
2017        Jul 27, Pakistani police arrested the head of the Raja Pur village council for allegedly sanctioning the rape of a teenage girl. Council chief Saeed Patwari allegedly gave Mohammad Ashfaq permission to rape a 17-year-old girl to avenge the July 16 rape of his 13-year-old sister by another man, Omar Wadda. 23 councilmen were already arrested in the case.
    (AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas backed calls for worshippers to return to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque after Israeli authorities removed controversial new security measures from the entrance to the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount.
    (AFP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, In the Philippines officials announced the six winners of this year's Ramon Magsaysay Awards, regarded as Asia's version of the Nobel Prize. Winners included Japanese historian Yoshiaki Ishizawa (79), who helped Cambodians preserve the Angkor temples, and Sri Lankan teacher Gethsie Shanmugam (82) who counseled war widows and orphans to overcome their nightmares. The other recipients included Abdon Nababan, an Indonesian working for the return of large tracts of forest land to indigenous communities; Tony Tay, a Singaporean who leads the cooking of 6,000 meals a day for the destitute; the Philippine Educational Theater Association, a Philippine theater group which stood up to a dictatorship, and Lilia de Lima, a Filipino who oversaw the opening of job-generating export processing zones.
    (AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, Saudi local media said the Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences of 14 men convicted of armed attacks, all of them from the Sunni-ruled kingdom's Shi'ite Muslim minority. The Okaz newspaper also reported that another appeals court upheld the death sentences of 15 people convicted of spying for Iran.
    (Reuters, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, Slovakia’s PM Robert Fico took a fight about the quality of food on his country's supermarket shelves to the European Commission, calling for action to stop companies selling lower-quality products in Central and Eastern Europe than elsewhere in the continent.
    (AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, A South Korean court convicted Kim Ki-choon, a former presidential chief of staff, and Kim Jong-deok, the former culture minister, for blacklisting thousands of artists and denying them state support because they were believed to be unfriendly to ousted Pres. Park Geun-hye. Jong-deok was sentenced to three years in prison and Jong-deok to two years.
    (SFC, 7/28/17, p.A5)
2017        Jul 27, Swedish PM Stefan Lofven replaced two ministers in a scandal over the leaking of sensitive data, trying to contain the damage and stave off an early election. The scandal involved the handling of data under a 2015 outsourcing deal between the Swedish Transport Agency and IBM Sweden. Lofven admitted on July 24 that his country and its citizens had been exposed to risks by potential leaks of sensitive information.
    (Reuters, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, It was reported that US-backed Syrian fighters have captured almost half of the Islamic State group's de facto capital of Raqqa. The push into the city has slowed due to stiff resistance and large amounts of explosives planted by the extremists.
    (AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, In Syria Islamic State militants carried out a deadly attack on US-backed forces near Raqqa, killing and wounding many fighters and civilians. The attack killed 53 SDF members and damaged two armored vehicles.
    (AP, 7/28/17)
2017        Jul 27, Turkey's parliament stripped two pro-Kurdish lawmakers of their parliamentary status, further reducing the presence of the HDP, the second-largest opposition party in the general assembly.
    (Reuters, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, In Vietnam Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman spoke at a joint briefing with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh at a joint commission meeting on economic and technological cooperation. Minh said the two countries have agreed to expand cooperation on defense and security to include counterterrorism, fighting pirates and transnational crimes.
    (AP, 7/27/17)
2017        Jul 27, Twenty Yemeni soldiers were killed in a rebel strike on the Khaled base in Taiz province, around 40 km (25 miles) east of Mokha.
    (AFP, 7/30/17)

2018        Jul 27, President Donald Trump thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for "fulfilling a promise" to return the remains of US soldiers missing from the Korean War, as a US military plane made a rare trip into North Korea to retrieve 55 cases said to contain remains. Close to 7,700 US soldiers remain unaccounted for from the 1950-53 Korean War, and about 5,300 of those were lost in North Korea.
    (AP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 27, In California the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite Valley was 29% contained after burning 46, 675 acres. The Ranch Fire broke out in Mendocino County. The River Fire broke out in Lake County. By July 30 the Mendocino Complex fire covered 68,487 acres and surged to within a mile of Lakeport before it was beaten back.
    (SFC, 7/28/18, p.A8)(SFC, 7/30/18, p.A8)(SFC, 7/31/18, p.A1)
2018        Jul 27, Massachusetts abolished from its books an unenforced abortion ban with roots dating to 1845.
    (SFC, 7/28/18, p.A5)
2018        Jun 27, In Texas inmate Danny Paul Bible (66) was executed for a 1979 rape and murder in Houston. He had been accused of at least four killings and nine rapes.
    (SFC, 6/28/18, p.A6)
2018        Jul 27, A Texas doctor was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in her 70s. Nigeria-born Dr. Donald Ozumba (45) had six other sex assault cases pending and could face a life sentence.
    (SFC, 7/28/18, p.A5)
2018        Jul 27, In Texas Richard Starry (60) fatally shot four relatives late today before killing himself in suburban Corpus Christi.
    (SSFC, 7/29/18, p.A9)
2018        Jul 27, CBS stock fell 6% after a New Yorker story detailed allegations of sexual misconduct by CEO Les Moonves.
    (SFC, 7/28/18, p.D2)
2018        Jul 27, An Armenian court ordered former President Robert Kocharyan (1998-2008) detained on charges of usurping power.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, Australian researchers said thousands of aborigines are estimated to have been murdered in 500 massacres across Australia from European settlement in 1788 until the mid-20th century.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, Bulgaria's top court ruled that a European treaty to combat violence against women violates the constitution, likely eliminating any chance the treaty can be ratified.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang ended a 3-day visit to Tibet. He said the region is an inseparable part of China's "sacred" territory, and religious figures should promote national unity and ethnic harmony.
    (Reuters, 7/29/18)
2018        Jul 27, Equatorial Guinea's lawmakers were banned from foreign travel unless authorized by Vice President Teodorin Nguema Obiang, the president's son. In June, the country's civil servants were hit with a similar ban.
    (AFP, 8/23/18)
2018        Jul 27, European firefighters battled forest blazes and authorities banned barbecues, warning citizens of near-record temperatures as a heatwave scorched much of the EU region.
    (AFP, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, A major fire in the Paris suburbs paralyzed traffic in and out of the city's Montparnasse train station, just as thousands of French travelers head off on their holidays this weekend.
    (AFP, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, The German government said it took a minority stake in electricity transmission firm 50Hertz for "national security" reasons, thwarting Chinese investors from buying into the strategic company. 50Hertz is one of four transmission system operators in Germany and ensures that 18 million people are supplied with electricity.
    (AFP, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras said he took full political responsibility for a devastating wildfire which has killed at least 87 people and led to opposition accusations over the government's failure to protect lives.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, Hungary's right-wing PM Viktor Orban welcomed the idea of Steve Bannon's new anti-European Union group, The Movement, saying it was time that someone from the United States came to Europe to spread conservative thinking instead of liberal values.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, The International Fund for Animal Welfare said the controversial hunt for minke whales in Iceland has come to end after declining profits led to the local industry closing.
    (AFP, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called for a government to be formed as soon as possible to tackle corruption and poor basic services. Sistani told the incumbent caretaker administration of PM Haider al-Abadi to respond to protesters' fears.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, Israel's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said 400 new homes will be built in the Adam settlement in the occupied West Bank where a Palestinian last evening stabbed three Israelis, one fatally.
    (AFP, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, Israeli police closed the gates to Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound after masked youths discharged fireworks in the direction of Israeli police following midday prayers.
    (AFP, 7/27/18)(Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, An official of Macau's Yat Yuen, the company that ran the only dog-racing track in the world's largest gambling hub until last week, joined hands with animal rights group Anima to announce plans for a center to rehouse more than 500 greyhounds.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth said Roubina Jadoo-Jaunbocus, the minister for gender equality, has stepped down, after an inquiry on the Indian Ocean island linked politicians, police, lawyers and prison guards to drug traffickers.
    (AP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 27, In Mexico at least five people were killed and three others wounded in a late night shootout between police and criminals near the resort town of Cancun.
    (AFP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 27, In Mongolia Turkish teacher Veysel Akcay (50) was allegedly kidnapped in Ulaanbaatar and taken to the city's airport. He was released after authorities temporarily grounded an airplane. Akcay, who has lived in Mongolia for 24 years, is associated with the network of US-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, which Turkish authorities hold responsible for a failed 2016 coup in Turkey.
    (AFP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 27, North Korean soldiers, sailors and civilians gathered at a heroes' cemetery to commemorate their brothers in arms on the anniversary of the end of the Korean War. At the same time on the other side of the country, remains believed to be those of American servicemen killed in the war were being loaded onto a US aircraft for transportation to the South, in the first stage of their final journey home.
    (AFP, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, Thorvald Stoltenberg (87), Norway's highly popular ex-foreign minister, died. Stoltenberg was foreign minister 1987-1989, and again from 1990 to 1993. He also served as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the UN Special Representative to the Former Yugoslavia.
    (AP, 8/2/18)
2018        Jul 27, Palestinians Majdi al-Satari (11) and Ghazi Abu Mustafa (43) were killed by Israeli gunfire at a border protest.
    (AP, 7/28/18)
2018        Jul 27, A Saudi-led coalition launched heavy air strikes on Yemen's main port city of Hodeidah, in an apparent resumption of military operations on the Red Sea city after the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement attacked two Saudi oil tankers.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, Spain's PM Pedro Sanchez lost a key vote over his budget plans as political allies who brought him to power last month decided to abstain, showing how fragile his minority socialist administration is.
    (Reuters, 7/27/18)
2018        Jul 27, A court in Granada sentenced Spanish mother Juana Rivas to five years in jail after hiding with her sons, now 12 and 4, to avoid handing them over to their father, whom she accused of abuse.
    (AFP, 7/27/18)

2019        Jul 27, President Donald Trump hit out at US Representative Elijah Cummings, a prominent African-American critic, calling him a "brutal bully" who should concentrate on cleaning up his "disgusting, rat and rodent infested" Baltimore district rather than criticizing the work of U.S. immigration officers on the Mexican border.
    (Reuters, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 26, A US appeals court invalidated a permit that deals with threatened species for the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, designed to carry natural gas from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina.
    (SSFC, 7/28/19, p.A6)
2019        Jul 27, Alaska ferry workers and state officials sought a federal mediator's help to end a strike that has disrupted travel during the peak summer tourist season as the labor dispute surfaced in the 2020 presidential campaign.
    (Reuters, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 27, Off-duty Los Angeles police Officer Juan Diaz was shot and killed at a Lincoln Heights taco stand early today. Authorities searched for a suspect, believed to be a member of the Avenues gang. On Aug. 2 Francisco Talamantes (23); Cristian Facundo (20) and Ashlynn Smith (18), all of Temecula, were booked on suspicion of murder and held without bail.
    (AP, 7/27/19)(AP, 8/2/19)
2019        Jul 27, John Robert Schrieffer (88), a physicist who shared in the 1972 Nobel Prize in physics for developing a pioneering theory of superconductivity, died at a nursing facility in Tallahassee.
    (AP, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, In western New York state four people were killed and another was injured early today when a car full of teenagers crashed in the town of Burns.
    (AP, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 27, In NYC gunshots rang out at a neighborhood event in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn late today resulting in the death of one person and injuries to nearly a dozen others.
    (AP, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 27, Bahrain authorities announced that two men convicted in a mass terrorism trial were executed. Ali al-Arab (25) was reportedly coerced into signing a confession while blindfolded and subjected to torture. Ahmed al-Malali (24) was allegedly shot during his arrest and was held incommunicado for a month before signing a confession. Bahrain's attorney general said a third man, convicted of murder, was also executed.
    (AP, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, Protests broke out in Bahrain after the execution of two Shi'ite Muslim activists on terrorism-related charges revived tensions in the Sunni-led kingdom, a Western ally that has cracked down on dissent since a failed 2011 uprising. Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators in Bilad al-Qadeem suburb where one protester died from gas inhalation.
    (Reuters, 7/29/19)
2019        Jul 27, British PM Boris Johnson said Brexit was a "massive economic opportunity" but had been treated under his predecessor Theresa May as "an impending adverse weather event".
    (AFP, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, Mining company CAP reported a 40,000-liter diesel oil spill on an island on the far southern coast of Chilean Patagonia at its onshore terminal on Guarello Island.
    (Reuters, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, Carlos Cruz-Diez (b.1923), a Venezuelan artist who shaped the field of kinetic and optical art during the 20th century, died in Paris. He moved to France in 1960 after studying at Caracas' School of Fine Arts.
    (Reuters, 7/30/19)
2019        Jul 27, Hundreds of Guatemalans gathered to protest an agreement that President Jimmy Morales' government signed with Washington to require migrants passing through the Central American country to seek asylum here, rather than pushing on to the US.
    (AP, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, Hong Kong riot police deployed tear gas and pepper spray to disperse thousands of protesters in a suburb near the mainland Chinese border, after a day of pitched battles near the site of mob attacks on demonstrators earlier this week.
    (Bloomberg, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, In Libya an airstrike hit a field hospital south of the capital, Tripoli, killing at least four doctors and a paramedic. The Tripoli-based government blamed the airstrike on the self-styled Libyan National Army, led by commander Khalifa Hifter.
    (AP, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 27, Mexico's government said it would help Honduras create 20,000 jobs this year and support its coffee farmers as the two countries seek to curb migration to the United States that has created tensions with US President Donald Trump.
    (Reuters, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, In New Zealand thousands of people protested against a proposed housing development in Auckland on land seen as sacred to the indigenous Maori people, despite efforts by PM Jacinda Ardern to calm the dispute.
    (Reuters, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, In northeastern Nigeria suspected Boko Haram extremists killed more than 60 people during an attack on villagers leaving a funeral in the Nganzai local government area.
    (SFC, 7/29/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 27, In Pakistan a military vehicle was ambushed and six soldiers killed in the country's mountainous northern areas in the North Waziristan region.
    (Reuters, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, In the Philippines police in Manila closed hundreds of lottery outlets following orders by Pres. Duterte for an indefinite closureof government lotteries because of alleged corruption.
    (SSFC, 7/28/19, p.A4)
2019        Jul 27, An earthquake and aftershocks struck the Batanes islands off the north of the Philippines killing eight people and injuring 60.
    (Reuters, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, In Poland over 1,000 people gathered in Warsaw in support of LGBT rights a week after the first pride march in the city of Bialystok was marred by violence.
    (Reuters, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, Russian police arrested 1,373 people as they gathered in Moscow at the weekend to demand free and fair elections, the biggest crackdown on a rally in the country in years.
    (AFP, 7/27/19)(SFC, 7/29/19, p.A2)
2019        Jul 27, Sudanese prosecutors say the country's ruling generals did not order the deadly break-up of a protest camp last month. Eight officers from the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces had exceeded their orders when they led RSF troops to clear a pro-democracy sit-in on June 3. The prosecutor said a week-long crackdown in Khartoum killed at least 87 people, including 17 inside the sit-in area.
    (AP, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, Sudanese and South Sudanese officials agreed late today with the leader of an alliance of armed factions operating along their joint border to extend a ceasefire and grant humanitarian access to some areas affected by conflict in Sudan.
    (Reuters, 7/28/19)
2019        Jul 27, A Syrian government airstrike hit a busy open-air market in the country's northwest, killing at least 11 people, most of them children in Ariha.
    (AP, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, Turkey's Defense Ministry said it had "neutralized" 34 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq in air strikes on July 17-19. The Defense Ministry said it had "neutralized" a total of 255 PKK militants in operations in northern Iraq since May 27.
    (Reuters, 7/27/19)
2019        Jul 27, Yemeni officials said at least six people have been killed as floods swept through much of the country's south following heavy rainfall over the past 24 hours.
    (AP, 7/27/19)

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