Today in History - August 3
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1347 Aug 3,
Six burghers of the surrounded French city of Calais surrendered to
Edward III of England in hopes of relieving the siege.
1492 Aug 3, Christopher
Columbus, set sail from the port of Palos de la Frontera, in
southern Spain and headed for Cipangu, i.e. Japan. The voyage took
him to the present-day Americas. His squadron consisted of three
small ships, the Santa Maria, the Pinta, and the Nina. The 2nd ship
was owned by Cristóbal Quintero, and was named Pinta. The 3rd ship
was owned by Juan Niño, and was named the Santa Clara, but became
known by its nickname, the Nina.
(http://tinyurl.com/774v3)(SFEC, 8/8/99, Z1
p.8)(ON, 8/09, p.2)
1546 Aug 3, French printer
Etienne Dolet, accused of heresy, blasphemy and sedition, was hanged
and burned at the stake for printing reformist literature.
1553 Aug 3, Mary Tudor, the new
Queen of England, entered London.
1596 Aug 3, David Fabricius
discovered light variation of Mira (1st variable star).
1610 Aug 3, Henry Hudson of
England discovered a great bay on the east coast of Canada and named
it for himself.
(HN, 8/3/98)(HNQ, 7/23/00)
1667 Aug 3, Francesco Borromini
(b.1599), Italian Baroque architect and sculptor, died. He designed
the San Ivo della Sapienza church in Rome. In 2005 Jake Morrissey
authored “The Genius in the Design: Bernini, Borromini and the
Rivalry that Transformed Rome.”
1678 Aug 3, Robert LaSalle
built the 1st ship in America, Griffon.
1692 Aug 3, French forces under
Marshal Luxembourg defeated the English at the Battle of Steenkerke
in the Netherlands.
1721 Aug 3, Grinling Gibbons
(b.1648), Dutch-British sculptor and wood carver, died. He was known
for his work in England.
1753 Aug 3, Charles Earl
Stanhope, radical politician, scientist, was born in England.
1778 Aug 3, In Milan the
Teatro alla Scala, originally known as the Nuovo Regio Ducale Teatro
alla Scala (New Royal-Ducal Theatre alla Scala), was inaugurated. It
was built by Giuseppe Piermarini in neo-Classical style.
1804 Aug 3, US Commodore Edward
Prebble’s squadron bombarded Tripoli inflicting heavy damages on the
(ON, 2/03, p.4)
1805 Aug 3, Mohammed Ali became
the new ruler of Egypt.
1807 Aug 3, Former Vice
President Aaron Burr went on trial before a federal court in
Richmond, Va., charged with treason. He was acquitted less than a
1811 Aug 3, Elisha Graves Otis
(d.1861), inventor (safe elevator), was born. The Vermont native,
was a master mechanic working at a bedstead factory in Yonkers,
N.Y., when he built a hoisting machine with two sets of metal teeth
at the car’s sides. If the lifting rope broke, the teeth would lock
into place, preventing the car from falling. Otis ever realized the
potential of his invention. His sons built the Otis Elevator
Company, enabling the skylines of cities throughout the world to be
transformed with skyscrapers.
1851 Aug 3, Lady Isabella
Caroline Somerset, temperance leader, was born.
1852 Aug 3, In the 1st
intercollegiate rowing race, Harvard beats Yale by 4 lengths.
1860 Aug 3, The American Canoe
Association was founded at Lake George, NY.
1863 Aug 3, Horatio Seymour
(1810-1886), two-time governor of NY (1853-54 and 1863-64), asked
Pres. Lincoln to suspend the draft in NY.
1863 Aug 3, The Saratoga Race
Course opened in Saratoga Springs, NY.
1864 Aug 3, Federal gunboats
attacked but did not capture Fort Gains, at the mouth of Mobile Bay,
Alabama. [see Aug 4]
1867 Aug 3, Stanley Baldwin,
British Prime Minister (1923-24, 1924-29, 1935-37), was born.
(HN, 8/3/98)(SC, 8/3/02)
1871 Aug 3, Vernon Louis
Parrington, critic, educator, author (Pulitzer 1928), was born.
1872 Aug 3, Haakon VII, King of
Norway, was born in Charlottenlund, Denmark.
1873 Aug 3, Inventor Andrew S.
Hallidie successfully tested a cable car he had designed for the
city of San Francisco. Hallidie made the first cable car trip aboard
his Nob Hill Line traveling down Clay St. from Knob Hill to Kearney
and then back up.
p.A16)(AP, 8/2/06)(SFC, 5/30/15, p.C2)
1881 Aug 3, US Nation Lawn
Tennis Association removed "Nation" from name.
1882 Aug 3, US Congress passed
the 1st Immigration Act. The amended act banned Chinese immigration
for ten years. The Chinese Exclusion Act barred laborers from China
and halted a massive immigration of Cantonese peasants. [see
(HN, 8/3/98)(SFEC, 9/20/98, Z1
1884 Aug 3, Louis Gruenberg,
composer (Daniel Jazz), was born near Brest Litovsk, Poland.
1887 Aug 3, Rupert Brooke
(d.1915), English poet who mainly wrote about World War I, was born:
"Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night."
(AP, 2/20/98)(HN, 8/3/98)
1900 Aug 3, Ernie Pyle
(d.1945), World War II correspondent who wrote about the common
soldier, was born. "One of the paradoxes of war is that those in the
rear want to get up into the fight, while those in the lines want to
(HN, 8/3/98)(AP, 4/18/99)
1900 Aug 3, John T. Scopes,
Tennessee teacher convicted for teaching evolution, was born.
1901 Aug 3, John Stennis,
Sen-D-Miss, was born.
1902 Aug 3, Ray Block,
orchestra leader (Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason), was born in France.
1902 Aug 3, Habib Bourguiba,
1st president of Tunisia, was born.
1902 Aug 3, Judson Laire,
actor, singer (Papa-Mama), was born in NYC.
1905 Aug 3, Maggie Kuhn, social
activist and founder of "The Gray Panthers," was born.
1905 Aug 3, Dolores Del Rio,
actress (What Price Glory?), was born in Mexico.
1907 Aug 3, Irene Tedrow,
actress (Lucy-Dennis the Menace, Mr. Novak), was born in Denver,
1908 Aug 3, Col. Allan
Allensworth (1842-1914) filed the site plan for the first
African-American town, Allensworth, California. Allensworth had
purchased 800 acres in Tulare County along the Sante Fe rail line
and planned a settlement to be governed, financed and operated by
black people. The town flourished for a decade and then began to
crumble. In 1976 it was transformed into a 240-acre state park.
(HN, 8/3/98)(SFC, 1/8/07, p.A1)
1909 Aug 3, Walter Van
Tilberg, Western novelist, was born. He wrote "The Ox-Bow Incident."
1911 Aug 3, Airplanes were used
for the first time in a military capacity when Italian planes
reconnoitered Turkish lines near Tripoli.
1914 Aug 3, Germany invaded
Belgium and declared war on France at the onset of World War I. The
German plan for victory in France was known as the Schlieffen Plan,
and was based on a quick strike and the capture of Paris.
(HN, 8/3/98)(AP, 8/3/08)(ON, 8/08, p.5)
1914 Aug 3, German Admiral
Souchon, commander of the battle cruisers Goeben and Breslau,
received an unexpected change in his orders. After attacking the
Algerian coast he was no longer to sail west to the Atlantic Ocean.
Instead, he was now ordered to turn around and sail east to Turkey.
His new mission was to persuade the neutral Turkish government to
enter the war on the side of Germany. The 2 ships were sold to
Turkey and Souchon was made commander of the Turkish navy. He took
the ships into the Black Sea, where he bombarded the Russian cities
of Odessa, Sebastopol and Novorossiysk without the knowledge or
consent of the Turkish government.
1916 Aug 3, Roger Casement,
knighted for his service in the Congo, was hanged at London’s
Pentonville Prison for his activities on behalf of Irish
1918 Aug 3, James MacGregor
Burns, political writer (The Lion & the Fox), was born.
1920 Aug 3, P.D. James (Phyllis
Dorothy James), British mystery writer, was born.
1920 Aug 3, Maria Karnilova,
actress (Olga-Ivan the Terrible), was born in Hartford, Ct.
1921 Aug 3, Hayden Carruth,
novelist (Crow & Heart), was born in Waterbury, Ct.
1921 Aug 3, Marilyn Maxwell,
actress (East of Sumatra), was born.
1921 Aug 3, Baseball
commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis refused to reinstate the former
Chicago White Sox players implicated in the "Black Sox" scandal,
despite their acquittals on a technicality in a jury trial.
(AP, 8/3/01)(SC, 8/3/02)
1921 Aug 3, The 1st aerial crop
dusting was in Troy, Ohio, to kill caterpillars.
1923 Aug 3, Anne Klein, fashion
designer (Anne Klein II), was born.
1923 Aug 3, Calvin Coolidge was
sworn in as the 30th president of the United States, following the
death of Warren G. Harding. It took several hours for the news of
President Warren G. Harding's death in California to reach the small
town of Plymouth, Vermont, where he was enjoying a short vacation,
but by 2 a.m., Coolidge was told that Harding was dead.
Traditionally, the president is sworn in by the chief justice of the
Supreme Court--but he slept 500 miles away. At 2:30 a.m. on August
3, 1923, Coolidge's father, a notary public, administered the oath
of office to his son by the light of a kerosene lamp.
(AP, 8/3/97)(HNPD, 8/3/98)
1924 Aug 3, Leon Uris, writer,
was born. His works included "Battle Cry" and "Exodus."
1924 Aug 3, Joseph Conrad
(b.1857), Ukraine-born and Poland-raised novelist (Jozef Teodor
Konrad Korzeniowski), died in England. In 2008 Jim Stape authored
“The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad.”
1926 Aug 3, Tony Bennett,
singer, was born in Queens, NY.
1927 Aug 3, Gordon Scott, actor
(Tarzan & the Trappers), was born in Portland, Oregon.
1927 Aug 3, Members of the West
Virginia Univ. Botanical Expedition on a trip to Peters Mountain in
Virginia, found wildflowers that were related to the Kankakee
mallow, and named it the Peters Mountain mallow. [see 1872]
(Nat. Hist., 3/96, p.57-58)
1928 Aug 3, Ray Barbuti saved
the US team from defeat in Amsterdam Olympics track events by
winning 400 m (47.8 sec).
1929 Aug 3, Bethel Leslie,
entertainer (Capt Newman MD, Rabbit Trap), was born in NYC.
1930 Aug 3, James Komack,
writer, director, actor (Courtship of Eddie's Father), was born in
1931 Aug 3, Alex Cord, actor
(Brotherhood, Fire, Street Asylum), was born.
1935 Aug 3, Richard D. Lamm,
Gov-D-Colo, was born.
1935 Aug 3, Georgi S. Shonin,
cosmonaut (Soyuz 6), was born.
1936 Aug 3, The State
Department urged Americans in Spain to leave because of that
country's civil war.
1938 Aug 3, George Memmoli,
actor (Earl-Hello Larry), was born in NYC.
1938 Aug 3, Terry "5 Wigs"
Wogan, British talk show host (Irish Days), was born.
1940 Aug 3, John W. Carlin,
Gov-D-KS, was born.
1940 Aug 3, Martin Sheen, actor
(Subject Was Roses, Wall St), was born.
1940 Aug 3, The Supreme Soviet
officially registered the acceptance of Estonia, Latvia and
Lithuania into the USSR.
1941 Aug 3, Beverly Lee, singer
(Shirelles-Soldier Boy), was born in Passaic, NJ.
1941 Aug 3, Martha Stewart,
cookbook author, actress (Those Two), was born.
1943 Aug 3, Gen. George S.
Patton slapped a private at an army hospital in Sicily, accusing him
of cowardice. Patton was later ordered by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
to apologize for this and a second, similar episode.
1945 Aug 3, Ron Hendren, TV
host (Entertainment Tonight), was born in Pinehurst, NC.
1945 Aug 3, Chinese troops
under American General Joseph Stilwell took the town of Myitkyina
from the Japanese.
1948 Aug 3, Whittaker Chambers,
an editor for Time Magazine and a former Communist, told a hearing
of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) that he was a
courier of stolen government documents in a Communist espionage
operation during the 1930s, some of which were supplied by Alger
Hiss. He publicly accused former State Department official Alger
Hiss of having been part of a Communist underground, a charge Hiss
(SFC, 11/16/96, p.A3)(AP, 8/3/97)
1949 Aug 3, The US Congress
approved the celebration of Flag Day. Presidents had tried since
1916 to establish a national observance to show respect for the
flag. It was President Truman who signed it into law, finally,
establishing June 14th as Flag Day.
1949 Aug 3, The Basketball
Association of America and the National Basketball League merged to
form the National Basketball Association.
1950 Aug 3, John Landis,
American film director, was born.
1950 Aug 3, A US Military
Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) of 35 men arrives in Saigon. By the
end of the year, the US was bearing half of the cost of France's war
effort in Vietnam. Pres. Truman gave military aid to the Vietnamese
regime of Bao-Dai.
1950 Aug 3, In South Korea Maj.
Gen'l. Hobart R. Gay ordered the demolition of the Waegwan Bridge
over the Naktong River to prevent enemy crossings. The bridge was
filled with refugees. 25 miles down river the 650-foot long
Tuksong-dong bridge was also destroyed as refugees crossed.
(SFC, 10/14/99, p.A6)
1951 Aug 3, Frank Pace, Jr.,
Secretary of the Army, announced that 90 cadets of the United States
Military Academy at West Point, NY, were to be expelled for cheating
during examinations. Many of them were on the football team. In 1996
James Blackwell authored “On Brave Old Army Team: Cheating Scandal
That Rocked the Country - West Point, 1951.”
1952 Aug 3, Jay North, actor
(Dennis the Menace, Maya), was born in North Hollywood, Calif.
1952 Aug 3, The 15th Olympic
Games concluded in Helsinki. US competitors won 40 gold medals.
(SFC, 8/2/02, p.E4)(SC, 8/3/02)
1953 Aug 3, Ian Bairnson,
guitarist (Alan Parsons Project, Pilot), was born in Shetland Isles,
1953 Aug 3, Pres. Eisenhower
created the US Information Agency to communicate with foreign
nations and counter Soviet propaganda. "The USIA explains and
supports American foreign policy and promotes US national interests
through a wide range of overseas information programs." Theodore
Streibert served as its first director. The agency was dissolved in
1999. In 2008 Nicholas J. Cull authored “The Cold War and the United
States Information Agency.”
1953 Aug 3, Frank Blair became
the news anchor of the Today Show.
1954 Aug 3, The 1st VTOL
(Vertical Take-off & Land) aircraft was flown.
1954 Aug 3, Sidonie Gabrielle
Colette (b.1873), French actress, librettist, novelist (Claudine)
and critic, died. Her novels included "Le Ble en herbe" (The
Ripening Seed) and "Julie de Carneilhan (1941). In 1999 Judith
Thurman authored "Secrets of the Flesh," a biography of Colette.
(WSJ, 10/14/99, p.A24)(SC, 8/3/02)
1955 Aug 3, Automobile
Association of America ended support of auto racing.
1955 Aug 3, Hurricane Connie
began pounding US for 11 days.
1956 Aug 3, Kirk Brandon,
rocker (Theatre of Hate, Spear of Destiny-Outland), was born.
1958 Aug 3, The nuclear-powered
submarine USS Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North
Pole underwater. The Nautilus was decommissioned in 1980 and
designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982.
(PCh, 1992, p.965)(AP,
1959 Aug 3, Victoria Jackson,
actress (Casual Sex, SNL), was born in Miami, Fla.
1960 Aug 3, Niger gained
independence from France. Hamani Diori was president.
(SFC, 8/9/97, p.A12)(SC, 8/3/02)(EWH, 1st ed.,
1961 Aug 3, Britain’s
Parliament adopted the Suicide Act of 1961, which decriminalized
suicide in the UK, but made assisting one punishable by up to 14
years in jail.
1963 Aug 3, James Hetfield,
heavy metal rocker (Metallica-Helpless), was born.
1963 Aug 3, Carlo Imperato,
actor (Fame), was born in Bronx, NYC.
1963 Aug 3, Allan Sherman
released "Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda."
1963 Aug 3, Beatles made a
final performance the Cavern Club in Liverpool.
1963 Aug 3, Phil Graham,
publisher of the Washington Post, committed suicide. His wife,
Katharine Graham (1917-2001), took over as publisher. She published
her autobiography in 1997: "Personal History."
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katharine_Graham)(SFEC, 2/9/97, BR
1966 Aug 3, Lenny Bruce
(b.1925), stand up comic, died at his home in Hollywood, Ca., from a
1967 Aug 3, John Femia, actor
(Square Pegs, Hello Larry), was born in Brooklyn, NY.
1967 Aug 3, President Lyndon B.
Johnson announced plans to send 45,000 more troops to Vietnam.
1970 Aug 3, A 4-day NFL strike
ended when the owners agreed to put $4.5 million into the players'
pension fund and insurance benefits annually. The players also
received increased preseason and per diem payments.
1970 Aug 3, Hurricane "Celia"
reached its peak as it made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas, as
a strong Category Three hurricane.
1971 Aug 3, Paul McCartney
announced the formation of his group Wings.
1972 Aug 3, The US Senate
ratified the Anti Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM treaty). It banned
the construction of systems to defend against ballistic missile
attacks. It had been signed in Moscow on May 26 and entered into
force on October 3.
1974 Aug 3, Jenny Beck, TV and
film actress, was born.
1975 Aug 3, The Louisiana
Superdome was dedicated.
1976 Aug 3, Valeri Sablin,
Soviet Navy officer, was executed for mutiny. He was a
character in the 1990 Hollywood film “Hunt for Red October.”
1977 Aug 3, Radio Shack issued
a press release introducing the TRS-80 computer. 25 existed and
within weeks thousands were ordered.
1977 Aug 3, Archbishop Makarios
(b.1913), president of Cyprus, died.
1979 Aug 3, INS inspectors at
the SF Int’l. Airport stopped 2 male Mexican nationals because their
bags contained cosmetics. The INS soon issued a new directive
temporarily halting its agents from turning back foreign visitors
suspected of being homosexuals.
(SFC, 8/13/04, p.F4)
1980 Aug 3, Closing ceremonies
were held in Moscow for the 1980 Summer Olympic Games, which had
been boycotted by dozens of countries, including the United States.
1981 Aug 3, US air traffic
controllers (PATCO) went on strike, despite a warning from President
Reagan they would be fired. Most of the 13,000 controllers defied
Reagan’s order to return to work within 48 hours and were fired.
(AP, 8/3/02)(SFC, 10/4/02, p.A17)
1982 Aug 3, An explosion on
board a hot air balloon carrying 9 people at a festival in
Albuquerque, New Mexico, killed four people and injured five.
1983 Aug 3, Carolyn Jones
(b.1930), actress, died. She is best remembered for playing the role
of Morticia Addams in the classic TV Series The Addams Family.
1984 Aug 3, In Pennsylvania
Barbara Rowan (14) was raped and killed. Her body was found two
weeks after she went missing in Bensalem, Bucks County. In 2015
George Franz Shaw (55) and Robert Scott Sanders were arrested for
her rape and murder.
1987 Aug 3, The Iran-Contra
congressional hearings ended, with none of the 29 witnesses tying
President Reagan directly to the diversion of arms-sales profits to
1988 Aug 3, The Soviet Union
released Mathias Rust, the West German who landed a small plane in
Moscow's Red Square in May 1987.
1989 Aug 3, Shiite Muslim
kidnappers in Lebanon suspended their threat to execute another
American hostage, three days after the purported hanging of Lt. Col.
William R. Higgins.
1989 Aug 3, Hashemi Rafsanjani
was sworn in as president of Iran.
1990 Aug 3, US announced the
commitment of Naval forces to Gulf regions.
1990 Aug 3, Radio Kuwait went
off the air due to the Iraqi invasion.
1990 Aug 3, A day after Iraq
invaded Kuwait, thousands of Iraqi soldiers pushed to within a few
miles of the border with Saudi Arabia, heightening world concerns
that the invasion could spread.
1991 Aug 3, Radio La Colifata
(Loony Radio) began broadcasting in Buenos Aires to help mentally
ill patients communicate with their peers. The weekly radio show was
broadcast from inside a psychiatric hospital. Initially taped
segments were broadcast, but by 2007 live programming reached over
30 stations in Argentina and elsewhere in Latin America.
p.A8)(SFC, 1/9/07, p.D3)
1991 Aug 3, The Pan Am games
opened in Havana.
1991 Aug 3, US Secretary of
State James A. Baker III met with King Hassan the Second of Morocco.
Baker asked the monarch for his help in gaining Palestinian
participation in a Middle East peace conference.
1992 Aug 3, The US Senate voted
to sharply restrict and eventually end U.S. testing of nuclear
1992 Aug 3, Millions of South
African blacks joined a nationwide strike against white-led rule.
1993 Aug 3, The US Senate voted
96-3 to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
1993 Aug 3, James Jordan, the
father of basketball star Michael Jordan, was found dead in a South
Carolina creek, 11 days after he was slain; his remains were not
identified until Aug. 13.
1994 Aug 3, President Clinton
told a prime-time news conference he would sign either of two
Democratic health care plans before Congress.
1994 Aug 3, VP Al Gore broke a
50-50 tie in the US Senate by voting in favor of an ethanol tax
credit. In 2009 the credit added almost $5 billion to the federal
deficit. In 2010 Gore admitted that first-generation ethanol was a
1994 Aug 3, Stephen G. Breyer
was sworn in as the US Supreme Court's newest justice in a private
ceremony at Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist's Vermont summer
1994 Aug 3, Arkansas carried
out the nation's first triple execution in 32 years.
1995 Aug 3, Wisconsin Gov.
Tommy Thompson announced an end to welfare offices in the state at
the site of a new jobs center in Racine.
(SFC, 9/1/97, p.A3)
1995 Aug 3, A Palestinian, Eyad
Ismoil, was flown to the United States from Jordan to face charges
he’d driven a bomb-laden van into New York’s World Trade Center. The
1993 explosion killed six people and injured more than one-thousand;
Ismoil is serving a life sentence.
1996 Aug 3, At the Atlanta
Olympics, the U.S. men's 400-meter relay, without Carl Lewis, failed
to win the gold medal, finishing behind Canada. The American women's
400 and 1,600 relay teams, and the men's 1,600, all won gold. The
U.S. men's basketball team beat Yugoslavia 95-69 to win the gold.
1996 Aug 3-4, In Malaysia there
was a nationwide power blackout that lasted 16 hours in some areas.
(WSJ, 8/9/96, p.A5c)
1996 Aug 3-4, Sri Lanka’s
military said it killed some 200 Tamil separatist rebels in a
weekend battle. Rebels said 100 government soldiers were killed.
Both sides denied the others claims.
(WSJ, 8/6/96, p.A1)
1997 Aug 3, The US Court of
Appeals issued a reprieve for Thomas Thompson, accused of the 1981
murder of Ginger Fleischli, less than 36 hours before his scheduled
death. California filed an appeal with the US Supreme Court. He was
executed Jul 14, 1998.
(SFC, 8/4/97, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/db9ve)
1997 Aug 3, UPS went out on
(SFC, 8/4/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 3, Anjouan Island
unilaterally declared independence from Comoros. It complained that
it was not receiving a fair share of export revenues mainly from the
sale of ylang-ylang flowers, used to make perfume.
1997 Aug 3, On Feb 8, 2011,
Otto Rene Rodriguez (52) told the Associated Press in an exclusive
interview that he received powerful C-4 explosives and $2,000 in
cash directly from Luis Posada Carriles to carry out an Aug 3, 1997,
bombing at Havana's Melia Cohiba hotel. He was captured trying to
enter the country on a subsequent trip with 1.5 kilos (3.3 pounds)
of C-4 that Posada had given him.
1997 Aug 3, Iran's new
president, moderate Muslim cleric Mohammad Khatami, took office with
a message of peace to the world. In a reference to the United
States, he said his country opposed the "high-handedness of certain
1997 Aug 3, In South Africa a
Greyhound bus crashed near Trompsburg and left 4 people dead.
(Eyewitness, Brett Moses)
1998 Aug 3, The White House
played down the possibility that President Clinton would reverse
previous statements and admit to a sexual relationship with former
White House intern Monica Lewinsky when he testified before a grand
1998 Aug 3, Lucky Stores and
Albertson’s announced a merger creating the largest supermarket
chain in the US.
(SFC, 8/4/98, p.A1)
1998 Aug 3, It was reported
that the US prison population grew 5.2% to 1,244,554 in 1997.
(WSJ, 8/3/98, p.A1)
1998 Aug 3, US researchers
announced the discovery of a number of new species on the island of
Navassa, a US territory of 2 sq. miles in the Greater Antilles, 40
miles west of Haiti.
(SFC, 8/4/98, p.A3)
1998 Aug 3, The Oregon coastal
Coho salmon were listed by the federal government as a Threatened
(SFC, 8/4/98, p.A7)
1998 Aug 3, Soviet composer
Alfred Schnittke (63) died in Germany. The Kronos Quartet released a
2-disk recording "Alfred Schnittke: The Complete String Quartets"
just weeks before his death.
(WSJ, 8/4/98, p.A1)(SFEC, 10/18/98, DB p.49)
1998 Aug 3, In Austria Hermann
Nitsch (b.1938) ignored animal rights protestors and began a 6-day
festival during which he planned to kill pigs and bulls and paint
pictures with their blood. This was his 100th such performance
(named the 6-Day Play after its length) and it took place at his
castle, Schloss Prinzendorf.
1998 Aug 3, In Congo rebellious
troops seized control of several cities. Sylvain Mbuchi, claimed to
be the rebel leader and announced that the military had decided to
remove Kabila from power. Kabila last week ordered Rwandan and Tutsi
troops to leave Congo.
(SFC, 8/4/98, p.A8)(WSJ, 8/4/98, p.A1)
1998 Aug 3, In India 34
villagers were killed in Himachal Pradesh state.
(SFC, 8/4/98, p.A12)
1998 Aug 3, In Northern Ireland
Protestant marchers and Catholic residents compromised on the Aug 8
Apprentice Boys parade scheduled in Londonderry.
(SFC, 8/4/98, p.A12)
1998 Aug 3, It was reported
that Mexico’s bill for preventing the collapse of its banking system
in 1995 was up to $65 billion.
(SFC, 8/3/98, p.A1)
1998 Aug 3, In Rwanda Hutu
rebels massacred at least 104 civilians over the weekend.
(SFC, 8/4/98, p.A12)
1998 Aug 3, Serb forces overran
2 more ethnic Albanian strongholds.
(SFC, 8/4/98, p.A8)
1998 Aug 3, In Sudan the
government declared a unilateral cease-fire.
(SFC, 8/4/98, p.A12)
1998 Aug 3, The UN approved
plans for a NATO action in Kosovo to counter the Serb offensive.
(WSJ, 8/4/98, p.A1)
1999 Aug 3, The new Talk
Magazine, a Hearst publication, hit the newsstands under Tina Brown,
editor-in chief, and Ron Galotti, publisher.
(SFC, 8/3/99, p.A7)(SFC, 8/7/99, p.A9)
1999 Aug 3, Congressional
Republicans, shrugging off a presidential veto threat, nailed down
the details of an agreement for a ten-year, $792 billion tax cut.
1999 Aug 3, Arbitrators ruled
the government had to pay the heirs of Dallas dressmaker Abraham
Zapruder $16 million for his movie film that captured the
assassination of President Kennedy.
1999 Aug 3, It was reported
that scientists had identified the gene, ABC1, that regulates the
body's good cholesterol, HDL.
(SFC, 8/3/99, p.A6)
1999 Aug 3, Richard Olney,
writer on French cooking, died in France at age 71. His
autobiography "Reflexions" was due for publishing in Oct.
(SFC, 8/4/99, p.C2)
1999 Aug 3, In Colombia
fighting died down in Currulao with 15 FARC rebels and one soldier
dead. 2 Pentecostal pastors were reported killed near Lejanias.
(SFC, 8/4/99, p.A9)
1999 Aug 3, In Indonesia Pres.
Habibie validated the June 7 election results.
(WSJ, 8/4/99, p.A1)
1999 Aug 3, An Iraqi military
doctor, who had defected to Jordan, reported that 400 Iraqi
dissidents, wounded in recent clashes with security forces, were
executed. Maj. Saad Khazal Jabbar said 120 people were killed in the
anti-government riots in Baghdad.
(SFC, 8/5/99, p.A14)
1999 Aug 3, Three days of rain
in the Manila area left 33 dead. In South Korea 57 people died or
were missing from Monsoon rains. In Vietnam 24 were dead and at
least 5 died in Thailand. Numerous people were left homeless and
many were missing.
(SFC, 8/4/99, p.A8)(WSJ, 8/4/99, p.A1)
1999 Aug 3, In Turkey Abdulah
Ocalan called on the PKK to abandon its armed struggle and pull
forces out of Turkey by Sept. 1.
(SFC, 8/4/99, p.A1)
2000 Aug 3, George W. Bush
accepted the Republican presidential nomination at the party’s
convention in Philadelphia with a 52 minute speech He presented
himself as an outsider who would return "civility and respect" to
(SFC, 8/4/00, p.A1)(AP, 8/3/01)
2000 Aug 3, It was reported
that scientists had developed the genetic blueprint of the cholera
(SFC, 8/3/00, p.A10)
2000 Aug 3, Canadian sailors
dropped from helicopters and took over the GTS Katie, a private
American freighter, that held 3 Canadian soldiers and $250 million
in military equipment that was being returned from Kosovo. The
freighter had refused to dock over a payment dispute.
(SFC, 8/4/00, p.A17)
2000 Aug 3, In Indonesia
prosecutors charged former Pres. Suharto with corruption for
allegedly skimming $750 million in public funds from charities under
(SFC, 8/4/00, p.D3)
2000 Aug 3, In Sri Lanka the
government presented rebels with a new constitution that offered
autonomy to minority Tamils. Ramil Wickremesinghe, opposition United
National Party leader, rejected the offer.
(SFC, 8/4/00, p.D3)(SFC, 8/5/00, p.A11)
2001 Aug 3, In Chicago an
elevated commuter train rear-ended another and over 140 people were
(SFC, 8/4/01, p.A3)
2001 Aug 3, Banamex was
acquired by Citigroup in a $12.5 billion deal.
(SFC, 8/9/01, p.A9)
2001 Aug 3, Christopher Hewett
(b.1922), British theater, film and TV Actor, died in LA, Ca. He was
best known for his role as Mr. Lynn Belvedere on the ABC sitcom Mr.
Belvedere. He also portrayed Mr. Roarke's sidekick Lawrence on the
final season of the original Fantasy Island, and the effeminate
stage director Roger DeBris in Mel Brooks's classic 1968 film comedy
2001 Aug 3, Yasser Arafat’s
news agency called for a halt to armed attacks against Israel.
(SFC, 8/4/01, p.A6)
2001 Aug 3, Kim Jong Il arrived
in Moscow following 9-day train ride from North Korea.
(SFC, 8/4/01, p.A10)
2001 Aug 3, Russia freed John
E. Tobin Jr. (24), a US Fulbright scholar. Tobin had spent 6 months
in jail, half of one-year drug sentence, on a marijuana conviction
that he claimed was set up.
(SFC, 8/4/01, p.A6)(AP, 8/3/02)
2001 Aug 3, In Thailand the
Constitutional Court acquitted PM Thaksin Shinawatra of corruption
(SFC, 8/4/01, p.A7)
2002 Aug 3, The American
Service-Members' Protection Act (ASPA), a United States federal law
introduced by US Senator Jesse Helms as an amendment to the National
Defense Authorization Act, was passed by Congress. The stated
purpose of the amendment was "to protect United States military
personnel and other elected and appointed officials of the United
States government against criminal prosecution by an international
criminal court to which the United States is not party." It became
known as the “Hague invasion act.”
2002 Aug 3, Barbara Jean Laney
(67), former model and actress (TV’s Sky King), was beaten,
strangled and stabbed to death at her Bradenton, Florida, condo. In
2006 Gary Michael Cloud (49) was sentenced to life in prison for her
(SSFC, 7/30/06, p.A3)(http://tinyurl.com/hosx8)
2002 Aug 3, In Indonesia some
5,000 Muslims marched peacefully through Jakarta, calling for the
nationwide imposition of Shariah, or Islamic law, to rescue the
country from its many ills.
2002 Aug 3, In Londonderry,
Northern Ireland, Catholic mail carriers went on strike, over fears
they could be targeted in revenge for the latest killing of a local
Protestant. Chris Whitson (20), a Catholic, was pummeled outside of
Kelly's nightclub in Belfast. He died Aug 13.
(AP, 8/3/02)(AP, 8/13/02)
2002 Aug 3, North and South
Korea opened a fresh round of talks amid moves by the communist
North to improve ties with the United States and Japan and
revitalize its faltering economy.
2002 Aug 3, In Nigeria amid
political wrangling and fears of violence, President Olusegun
Obasanjo said nationwide municipal elections would be postponed for
the second time in six months.
2002 Aug 3, Philippine troops
captured seven suspected members of the Muslim Abu Sayyaf guerrilla
group said to be linked to al Qaeda.
2002 Aug 3, Taiwanese President
Chen Shui-bian declared in a speech that Taiwan was "not someone
else's province" but rather an independent country separate from
China. Chen's comments sparked an uproar both in China and at home,
prompting him to back away from his pointed rhetoric.
2002 Aug 3, Turkey's parliament
approved a reform package aimed at boosting its chances of joining
the European Union by abolishing the death penalty and granting
greater rights to the nation's Kurds.
2003 Aug 3, Hank Stram, Marcus
Allen, James Lofton, Elvin Bethea and Joe DeLamielleure were
inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
2003 Aug 3, The Episcopal
Church's House of Deputies further paved the way for the Rev. V.
Gene Robinson to become the church's first openly gay elected
bishop, approving him on a 2-1 vote.
2003 Aug 3, As of this day 249
U.S. soldiers have died since the beginning of military operations
2003 Aug 3, Fires in Flathead
Ct., Montana, covered over 23,000 acres and into the edge of Glacier
National Park. Tow other fires burned nearby.
(SSFC, 8/3/03, p.A13)
2003 Aug 3, Dr. Pater Safar
(79), regarded as the father of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (cpr),
died in Pittsburgh, Pa.
(SFC, 8/5/03, p.A1)
2003 Aug 3, Annika Sorenstam
completed a career Grand Slam at the Women's British Open, beating
Se Ri Pak by a stroke in a thrilling head-to-head showdown.
2003 Aug 3, In western India 3
buildings collapsed when a cooking gas cylinder exploded, killing at
least 43 people and injuring 39.
2003 Aug 3, In northern
Pakistan dynamite used for building a water channel blew up in a
village, killing at least 45 people and injuring 150 others.
2003 Aug 3, The worst wildfires
in 20 years raged across central Portugal, killing at least nine
2003 Aug 3, It was reported
that the economic crises in Zimbabwe has led to corpses being
stacked up because relatives could not afford burial costs.
(SSFC, 8/3/03, p.A16)
2004 Aug 3, Homeland Security
Secretary Tom Ridge defended the decision to tighten security in New
York and Washington even though the intelligence behind the latest
terror warnings was as much as four years old.
2004 Aug 3, The Statue of
Liberty pedestal in New York City reopened to the public for the
first time since the Sept. 11 attacks.
2004 Aug 3, At Cape Canaveral,
Fla., a Delta II rocket lifted the spacecraft Messenger on a 6 ½
year journey toward Mercury. The name stood for Mercury Surface,
Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging.
(SFC, 8/4/04, p.A2)(Econ, 7/24/04, p.74)
Aug 3, Missouri voters solidly endorsed a state constitutional
amendment banning gay marriage. The Democratic primary endorsed
Auditor Claire McCaskill (51) over Gov. Bob Holden.
(AP, 8/4/03)(SFC, 8/4/04, p.A2)
2004 Aug 3, In London 13 Asian
men were arrested. One known as Moussa (or al-Hindi) was later said
to be the head of al-Qaeda in Britain.
(Econ, 8/7/04, p.46)
Aug 3, A car bomb planted by suspected Colombian rebels ripped apart
three passing police vehicles, killing nine officers.
2004 Aug 3, Henri
Cartier-Bresson (b.1908), French photographer of the decisive
moment, died. In 2005 Pierre Assouline authored “Henri
Cartier-Bresson: A Biography.”
(WSJ, 8/5/04, p.A1)(Econ, 8/7/04, p.67)(Econ,
Aug 3, Fierce gunbattles broke out between Iraqi police and dozens
of masked militants roaming the northern city of Mosul, killing 12
Iraqis and wounding 26 others.
Aug 3, A Sudanese official and Arab tribal leader said rebels
masquerading as Arab militia have killed 28 Arab tribesman in
attacks in western Sudan over the last week.
2005 Aug 3, Luis Diaz (67), a
Florida man who spent 26 years in prison on rape charges, was
released after a judge exonerated him because new DNA evidence cast
doubts on his guilt. Authorities believed at the time the former
cook was Miami's infamous "Bird Road rapist" blamed for attacks on
at least 25 women between 1977 and 1979.
2005 Aug 3, The FBI raided the
Maryland residence of Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar as part
of a probe into whether a US congressman made or approved payments
to officials in West Africa.
2005 Aug 3, NASA astronaut
Steve Robinson successfully pulled 2 protruding gap fillers from the
underside of the shuttle Discovery.
(SFC, 8/4/05, p.A3)
2005 Aug 3, Some 2,000 Afghan
security forces rushed to an eastern province after dozens of
suspected Taliban rebels wearing army uniforms killed 8 police and
soldiers in an attack on a region that has been largely peaceful in
2005 Aug 3, British police
charged Ismael Abdurahman (23) of South London, arrested on July 28,
on an offense relating to terrorism.
(SFC, 8/4/05, p.A10)
2005 Aug 3, In Canada 43 of 140
train cars left the tracks at Wabamun, Alberta. Some of the cars
contained bunker fuel oil, used in liquid asphalt and to power
barges and ships. 15 of those cars, as well as a car full of
lubricating oil, began to leak into Wabamun lake.
2005 Aug 3, China's UN
ambassador said the US and China have agreed to work together to
block a plan to expand the powerful UN Security Council.
2005 Aug 3, German shoemaker
Adidas-Salomon AG said it will buy Reebok for $3.8 billion, giving
the company about 20 percent of the US market and the potential to
better challenge leader Nike Inc. on its home turf.
2005 Aug 3, An Iraqi Airways
plane landed at Istanbul airport and then took off again for
Baghdad, inaugurating its Iraq-Turkey route after a 14-year hiatus.
2005 Aug 3, About 1,000 U.S.
Marines and Iraqi forces launched attacks in western Iraq in
operation Quick Strike, aimed at disrupting insurgents and foreign
fighters in the Euphrates River valley. A Marine amphibious assault
vehicle on patrol during combat operations near the Syrian border
hit a roadside bomb. 14 Marines and a civilian interpreter were
killed. A US Marine was killed by small-arms fire in Ramadi.
(AP, 8/3/05)(AP, 8/4/05)(AP, 8/5/05)
2005 Aug 3, A group of
Mauritanian army officers, including Colonel Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz,
announced the overthrow of Pres. Maaouiya Ould Taya. The Military
Council for Justice and Democracy named Col. Ely Mohammed Vall as
temporary leader. Vall installed 17-member ruling junta and a
24-member cabinet of technocrats to govern the country. The junta
promised to create true democratic institutions after a 2-year
transitional period. A quick return to calm indicated acceptance of
Taya's bloodless overthrow. The UN and EU denounced the coup and
Washington called for Taya to be restored to power.
(AP, 8/3/05)(AP, 8/5/05)(WSJ, 8/5/05, p.A7)(WSJ,
3/1/06, p.A7)(Econ, 8/16/08, p.50)
2005 Aug 3, Dutch authorities
seized 5 tons of cocaine, valued at $275 million, hidden in reels of
steel cable in the Port of Rotterdam in what was described as one of
the country's biggest drug busts. 13 suspects (aged 15-50) from the
Netherlands, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Greece and the US, were
2005 Aug 3, UN agencies
increased their appeals to a total of $75 million to help 2.5
million people in desperate need of food in Niger.
2005 Aug 3, Islamic Jihad, a
major Palestinian militant group, declared that it would fire no
more rockets at Israelis through Israel's planned Gaza Strip
withdrawal, after a deadly barrage inadvertently killed a 5-year-old
2005 Aug 3, Southern Sudanese
Arabs fled Juba after ethnic Africans angered by the death of their
popular rebel leader went on a two-day rampage, chasing Arabs in the
street and burning Arab shops and homes. At least 18 people were
killed. Northern and southern Sudanese leaders called for calm
during a third day of clashes in the capital that have killed at
least 84 people since the death of former southern rebel John
Garang. Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir announced the launch of a
committee to probe the death of vice president John Garang.
2005 Aug 3, Suriname's
president Ronald Venetiaan easily won re-election in a vote by an
assembly of regional councils, ending a heated battle that had left
the South American country's leadership in limbo for more than two
2005 Aug 3, According to
Amnesty International 2 Yemeni men said they were held in solitary
confinement in secret, underground US detention facilities in an
unknown country and interrogated by masked men for more than 18
months without being charged or allowed any contact with the outside
2006 Aug 3, US authorities
confirmed at least 25 deaths in 9 states from the heat wave that set
in on July 30.
(SFC, 8/4/06, p.A3)
2006 Aug 3, In Phoenix, Ariz.,
Dale S. Hausner (33) and Samuel John Dieteman (30), accused of
shooting two dozen people, including six fatally, were arrested
after police tailed them for a week. In 2009 Hausner was convicted
of 6 murders. In 2009 Dieteman was sentenced to life in prison for
random shootings in the Phoenix area in 2005 and 2006.
(AP, 8/5/06)(WSJ, 3/28/09, p.A2)(SFC, 7/30/09,
2006 Aug 3, Arthur Lee (61),
rock pioneer, died in Memphis. He fronted the band Love and
established himself as the 1st black rock star in the post Beatle’s
era. The group’s debut album, “Love,” was the 1st rock record
released by Electra Records.
(SSFC, 8/6/06, p.B6)
2006 Aug 3, Afghanistan's
government ordered around 1,500 South Korean Christians who came to
the Islamic republic for a "peace festival" to leave the country.
The US-led coalition killed 25 Taliban fighters in a joint operation
with Afghan forces in the country's south. A gunbattle near the
capital killed one militant. A suspected Taliban suicide car bomber
killed 21 civilians and wounded 13 at a bazaar in Panjwayi. On the
outskirts of Kandahar city militant attacks killed 4 Canadian
soldiers and wounded another 10.
(AFP, 8/3/06)(AP, 8/4/06)
2006 Aug 3, Elisabeth
Schwarzkopf (90), German-born opera soprano, died in Schrums,
(SFC, 8/4/06, p.B9)(Econ, 8/12/06, p.72)
2006 Aug 3, In Brazil officials
said authorities are evicting thousands of peasants who have been
ordered off ranches in northern Brazil by a court ruling obtained by
the land owners.
2006 Aug 3, More than 230,000
customers in Ontario and Quebec were without power following a
series of violent thunderstorms over the past couple of days.
2006 Aug 3, Typhoon Prapiroon
slammed into southern China, packing heavy rain and 75 mph winds as
authorities evacuated tens of thousands of people from their homes.
2006 Aug 3, State press
reported that China is building a 27-billion-dollar train line from
Beijing to the southern economic hub of Shenzhen and foreign
investors will be invited to join the project. The new
2,300-kilometer (1,420-mile) railway will cut travel time between
Beijing and Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, from 24 hours to 10.
2006 Aug 3, In eastern Congo a
small passenger plane crashed into a mountain and then tumbled into
a valley, killing all 17 passengers and crew.
2006 Aug 3, A pair of European
central banks raised interest rates, increasing expectations on Wall
Street that the Federal Reserve would follow suit next week. The
European Central Bank hiked rates .25% to 3%, with a similar hike by
the Bank of England to 4.75%.
2006 Aug 3, A French law that
allows regulators to force Apple Computer Inc. to make its iPod
player and iTunes online store compatible with rival offerings went
2006 Aug 3, French health
officials said the sweltering temperatures that gripped Europe last
month killed 112 people.
2006 Aug 3, UN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan, making his first trip to Haiti, called
for strengthening the national police force to stem an upsurge in
kidnapping and lawlessness.
2006 Aug 3, In India federal
MPs demanded a nationwide ban on Pepsi and Coke after the
privately-funded Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said 11
drinks sold by the two US companies contained unacceptable doses of
2006 Aug 3, Siti Fadilah
Supari, Indonesia’s health minister, declared that genomic data on
bird flu viruses could be accessed by anyone.
(Econ, 8/12/06, p.65)
2006 Aug 3, In Iraq an
improvised explosive device in a pile of garbage exploded in the
center of Baghdad, killing at least 10 people and injuring 32.
Gunmen shot to death four people in separate incidents in Baghdad,
Amarah, Mosul and Basra. The bodies of 9 men were found floating in
separate places in the Tigris River. At least two of the bodies were
blindfolded, bound and shot. Coalition forces killed at least three
"terrorists" during an air strike and multiple raids southeast of
Baghdad. A suicide bomber drove into a soccer field in the town of
Hatra near Mosul, setting off a blast that killed 7 spectators and 3
policemen. Gunmen shot and killed 4 people and wounded 8 from a
Shiite family in Dujail. 2 US Marine were killed in Anbar province.
(AP, 8/3/06)(AP, 8/4/06)(SFC, 8/4/06, p.A9)
2006 Aug 3, A massive wave of
guerrilla rockets pounded northern Israel in a matter of minutes,
killing 8 people. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's leader,
offered to stop the attacks if Israel ends its airstrikes. Israel
lost four soldiers in fighting. Israeli military said four Hezbollah
fighters were killed and two wounded. Lebanese security officials
said a missile crashed into a two-story house in the border village
of Taibeh, killing a couple and their daughter. Lebanese PM Fuad
Saniora said Lebanon's death toll in more than three weeks of
Israel-Hezbollah fighting has reached more than 900. France
circulated a revised UN resolution calling for an immediate halt to
Israeli-Hezbollah fighting and spelling out conditions for a
permanent cease-fire in Lebanon.
2006 Aug 3, Israeli troops
raided southern Gaza, killing at least eight Palestinians, including
four militants and an 8-year-old boy.
2006 Aug 3, Japanese Foreign
Minister Taro Aso arrived in Baghdad on a surprise visit, bringing
with him a loan of 3.3 billion yen ($29 million) to jump-start
Iraq's economic development.
2006 Aug 3, In Malaysia the
Islamic world's largest organization of countries demanded on that
the UN implement an immediate cease-fire in Lebanon and investigate
what it called flagrant human rights violations by Israel.
2006 Aug 3, In Mexico Mrs.
Alberta Alcantara Juan and Mrs. Teresa Gonzalez Cornelio were
arrested (along with Jacinta Francisco Marcial) for events that
supposedly occurred on March 26, 2006 when Federal Investigation
Agents attempted to confiscate local merchants’ goods and damaged
some of them. In 2010 Mexico's Supreme Court overturned kidnapping
convictions and ordered the release of the two Otomi Indian market
vendors whose case received international attention. Marcial was
freed last year.
2006 Aug 3, Pakistani Interior
Minister Aftab Sherpao and US envoy Ryan Crocker signed a memorandum
of understanding for $2.7 million in security and communications
gear and to help build more posts on the Afghan frontier.
2006 Aug 3, Fresh fighting
broke out between Philippine forces and Al-Qaeda-linked militants
after four people were killed in a major operation to capture two
suspected Bali bombers.
2006 Aug 3, In Sri Lanka
artillery fire hit 4 schools being used as shelters from fighting
raging between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels, killing at
least 17 people in the northeastern town of Muttur.
(AP, 8/3/06)(SFC, 8/4/06, p.A10)
2006 Aug 3, Ukrainian Pres.
Viktor Yushchenko nominated former foe Viktor Yanukovych for prime
minister after Yanukovych signed a memorandum on national unity.
(SFC, 8/3/06, p.A3)
2007 Aug 3, In Alaska Mindy
Schloss (52), a nurse practitioner, was last seen alive in
Anchorage. Her body was found on Sep 13 near Wasilla. In 2010 Joshua
Alan Wade (29) acknowledged that he had shot and killed Schloss, who
lived next door to him.
2007 Aug 3, A jury at Camp
Pendleton, Calif., sentenced Marine Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III to
15 years in prison for the murder of an Iraqi civilian during a
fruitless search for an insurgent. In 2013 the military’s highest
court overturned the Hutchins murder conviction saying his rights
were violated during his interrogation in Iraq. On June 17, 2015,
Hutchins was found guilty of unpremeditated murder.
(AP, 8/3/08)(SFC, 6/27/13, p.A5)(SFC, 6/18/15,
2007 Aug 3, In Kentucky a judge
ruled that 3 attorneys, accused of bilking their clients in a $200
million fen-phen settlement, must repay at least $62.1 million in
settlement funds and interest.
2007 Aug 3, Oakland police
arrested 7 people, including Yusuf Bey IV, in a predawn raid on Your
Black Muslim Bakery and 3 homes in connection with 3 homicides
including the Aug 2 murder of Oakland Post journalist Chauncey
Bailey. The Post had been investigating the organization’s finances.
Alameda County health inspectors shut down the bakery after finding
health-code violations. A judge converted the bakery’s Chapter 11
bankruptcy case to Chapter 7 liquidation setting Aug 9 as its last
day of business.
(SFC, 8/4/07, p.A1,6)(SSFC, 8/5/07, p.A11)
2007 Aug 3, American Home
Mortgage released all but 750 of its 7,000 employees as it ran out
of money, the latest victim of the subprime mortgage implosion.
(SFC, 8/4/07, p.C2)
2007 Aug 3, Two dogs belonging
to actor Ving Rhames mauled Jacob Adams (40), a caretaker for the
actor's dogs, to death at the star's Brentwood, Ca., home.
(AP, 8/4/07)(AP, 8/5/07)
2007 Aug 3, It was reported
that Bolivia’s Lake Titicaca is being strangled by city-fed
pollution that is driving away local people who draw sustenance from
its mythical waters.
2007 Aug 3, Four people were
killed after a helicopter flying from northern England to southern
Scotland crashed in northwest England. The wreckage was found the
2007 Aug 3, China asserted the
sole right to recognize living Buddhas, reincarnations of famous
lamas that form the backbone of the religion's clergy. All future
incarnations of living Buddhas related to Tibetan Buddhism must get
2007 Aug 3, China banned
Indonesian seafood after checks turned up dangerous contamination.
Indonesian authorities called the move an apparent reaction to an
Indonesian ban on some tainted Chinese products. The Chinese
administration said Indonesian products have been found to contain
mercury and cadmium, metals that can accumulate in water and soil
from burning garbage, mining or other industrial processes.
2007 Aug 3, Lenovo Group Ltd.
said it will sell a basic personal computer aimed at China's vast
but poor rural market and priced as low as $199.
2007 Aug 3, About 50 women
occupied a central square in Makhachkala, Dagestan, declaring a
hunger strike and vowing not to leave until authorities tell them
what happened to their missing children. The president of Dagestan,
Mukhu Aliev, admitted last month that 76 people have been kidnapped
so far this year in Dagestan. In six of those cases, the abductors
wore camouflage uniforms similar to those worn by law enforcement
2007 Aug 3, The death toll in
south Asia rose to at least 186 people killed. 19 million have been
driven from their homes as heavy monsoon rains triggered floods,
destroyed crops and submerged roads across a wide swath of northern
India and Bangladesh. The UN child welfare agency said that in India
alone, the number of dead from the monsoons topped 1,100.
(AP, 8/3/07)(AFP, 8/4/07)
2007 Aug 3, In Tanzania
Darfur's fractious rebel groups gathered for talks aimed at
hammering out a united front, following UN approval of a beefed up
peacekeeping mission in the Sudanese region.
2007 Aug 3, In Uganda gunmen on
Lake Albert attacked a boat operated by Canada's Heritage Oil Corp.,
killing a British contractor. 3 armed patrol boats from Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC), on the other side of the lake, had opened
fire on Heritage's boat.
2007 Aug 3, In Venezuela US
actor Sean Penn accompanied Pres. Chavez on a visit to western
Venezuela. "I'm also here as a journalist and so I owe it to that
medium to wait until I've digested, fact-checked and finished my
journey here" before saying more, Penn said. He thanked Chavez for
2007 Aug 3, Virgin Islands’
authorities arrested Kamal Thomas and charged him with first-degree
murder and assault, as well as using a dangerous weapon while
committing a crime. James Cockayne (21) of new Hope, Pa., was killed
on June 19 near a shopping center.
2007 Aug 3, In Zimbabwe the
Interception of Communication Act was published in the government
gazette. The bill, signed by President Robert Mugabe, allows the
state to eavesdrop on private phone conversations and monitor faxes
2008 Aug 3, Some 19,000 runners
participated in the 31st annual SF Marathon. Chad Worthen (34) of
Sacramento won with a time of 2:31:52. Lauren Gustafson of Millbrae
won among the women with a time of 2:52:33.
(SFC, 8/4/08, p.B1)
2008 Aug 3, In Gearhart,
Oregon, a small plane crashed into a seaside house killing 2 people
aboard and 2 children in the vacation home.
(SFC, 8/5/08, p.A3)
2008 Aug 3, Lou Teicher
(b.1924), pianist, died in North Carolina. He was half of the
popular piano duo Ferrante & Teicher whose movie themes and love
songs earned them wide popularity in the 1960s. Together they
recorded some 150 albums.
(SFC, 8/7/08, p.B5)
2008 Aug 3, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb struck a US-led coalition vehicle, killing one service
member and wounding another on the outskirts of Kabul. Afghan and
NATO troops targeted a group of Taliban fighters in Helmand
province, killing 17 militants and wounding six others. Four police
were killed separately in a militant ambush in central Ghazni
(AP, 8/3/08)(AP, 8/4/08)
2008 Aug 3, In Algeria 21
people, six of them policemen, were injured in a suicide car bomb
attack in the town of Tizi Ouzou in Algeria's Kabylie region.
2008 Aug 3, Cambodia said that
Thai soldiers are occupying a second temple site on their border in
an escalation of an ongoing armed standoff that nearly led to
clashes between the neighbors last month.
2008 Aug 3, In Canada a small
plane crashed on Vancouver Island. Two survivors were pulled from
the wreckage but five other people on the aircraft died.
2008 Aug 3, In Greece
Athanassios Arvanitis (31) beheaded his girlfriend and her dog on
the island of Santorini and then escaped in a patrol car. Police
shot him 5 times as he ran over 2 women on a motorcycle before being
(SFC, 8/4/08, p.A3)
2008 Aug 3, Hundreds of
Honduran squatters angry over a land dispute attacked the home of
Henry Sorto, a local police official. Five employees and six of
Osorto's family members were burned, shot and hacked to death with
(AP, 8/4/08)(AP, 8/5/08)
2008 Aug 3, In northern India
145 people, including many women and children, were killed when
pilgrims stampeded at a Hindu temple. The devotees were attending a
9-day religious festival at the Naina Devi Temple in the Bilaspur
district of the Himachal Pradesh state.
2008 Aug 3, In Indonesia a top
health official said a factory worker had died of bird flu west of
Jakarta, bringing the death toll in the country worst hit by the
virus to 112.
2008 Aug 3, In Iraq a truck
bomb exploded during rush hour on a busy street in northern Baghdad,
killing at least 12 people and wounding about two dozen. A roadside
bomb killed six people, including three Iraqi soldiers, and wounded
13 others south of Baghdad. In Tarmiyah a clash between US-allied
fighters and civilians killed one civilian and wounded 10 others.
2008 Aug 3, Israeli and
Palestinian officials said most of the 180 Fatah supporters, who had
fled into Israel, would be sent back into the Gaza Strip.
2008 Aug 3, The breakaway
republic of South Ossetia began sending hundreds of children across
the border to its Russian ally amid increasing violence between the
republic and Georgian government forces.
2008 Aug 3, Alexander
Solzhenitsyn (b.1918), Russian Nobel literature laureate (1970),
died of heart failure in his Moscow home. His books, which included
“One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” (1962) and "Gulag
Archipelago" (1973), chronicled the horrors of dictator Josef
Stalin's slave labor camps. In 1974, he was stripped of his
citizenship and put on a plane to West Germany for refusing to keep
silent about his country's past.
(Reuters, 8/4/08)(WSJ, 8/9/08, p.W12)
2008 Aug 3, In Scotland the
Int’l. Primatological Society Congress opened a 6-day conference. On
August 5 scientists released a report saying the nearly half of the
world’s 634 types of primates are in danger of becoming extinct due
to human activity.
(SFC, 8/5/08, p.A3)
2008 Aug 3, In Senegal former
US president Bill Clinton wound up a four-nation Africa tour aimed
at combating HIV/AIDS in Dakar, praising France for its financial
support through the agency Unitaid.
2008 Aug 3, In Somalia a bomb
hidden under a pile of garbage killed at least 20 people, half of
them women who were sweeping the street in Mogadishu.
2008 Aug 3, In Sri Lanka the
South Asian summit ended. Tensions between India and Pakistan
overshadowed the summit, but the two nuclear-armed rivals vowed to
work together and save a tenuous peace process. A draft summit
declaration called for collective action to combat "all forms of
terrorist violence" that was threatening their "peace, stability and
security." The leaders also agreed to implement a regional trade
pact, signed in 1995 but never fully implemented. Troops repulsed an
attempt by Tamil rebels to retake a recently captured guerrilla
stronghold in heavy fighting that killed 21 rebels and three
soldiers. Thirteen rebels and three soldiers were killed in other
clashes in the Mannar, Vavuniya and Welioya regions.
(AFP, 8/3/08)(AP, 8/4/08)
2008 Aug 3, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez says 24 Sukhoi fighter jets have been
delivered to Venezuela, and are ready to defend his country from
2008 Aug 3, Zimbabwe's rival
parties resumed power-sharing talks, a day ahead of the expiry of a
deadline to conclude discussions to end a ruinous political crisis.
2009 Aug 3, Bank of America
agreed to pay $33 million to settle a complaint filed by the SEC
alleging that the bank misled investors over bonuses at Merrill
Lynch as BofA was finalizing its takeover of the securities firm in
(Econ, 8/8/09, p.63)
2009 Aug 3, In Afghanistan a
bomb hidden in a rubbish bin exploded near a police convoy in Herat,
killing 12 people, including a woman and a girl and 2 police
officers, as a wave of Taliban violence gripped the nation ahead of
elections. An ambush in Faryab province killed an Afghan driver, but
his passenger, a Korean engineer, escaped without injury.
(AFP, 8/3/09)(SSFC, 8/2/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 3, Belgian authorities
recaptured Abdelhaq Melloul-Khayari, a convict who escaped twice in
as many weeks, including once from a Bruges prison by helicopter.
2009 Aug 3, Karlheinz Schreiber
(75), a German-Canadian arms dealer and key figure in a political
party financing scandal involving former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, was
extradited to Germany from Canada to face criminal charges after
losing a decade-long court battle. He was key figure in a funding
scandal which badly damaged Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives
a decade ago. Schreiber was arrested in Canada about 10 years ago,
and is wanted by prosecutors in Augsburg for tax evasion, fraud and
(AP, 8/3/09)(Reuters, 8/3/09)
2009 Aug 3, China’s state media
reported that more than 500 villagers in central China have been
found to have high concentrations of a dangerous metal in their
bodies after a series of leaks from the Changsha Xianghe Chemical
Plant in Hunan province's Zhentou township. 509 people were found to
have high concentrations of cadmium and 33 were hospitalized over
2009 Aug 3, Ecuadorean
President Rafael Correa, announced that "many" radio and TV
frequencies will revert to the state over what he called
irregularities in their licenses. He gave no specifics.
2009 Aug 3, Nikolaos Makarezos
(90), one of the leaders of the military dictatorship that ruled
Greece from 1967-1974, died. Makarezos, the junta's chief economic
policymaker, served as deputy prime minister and minister for
coordination under dictator George Papadopoulos.
2009 Aug 3, A seven-minute
video, apparently made by the Korps Brigade Mobil, or Brimob, the
paramilitary police, shows prisoner Yawen Wayeni lying in a jungle
clearing in eastern Indonesia moments after troops allegedly sliced
open his abdomen with a bayonet. Police said Wayeni, captured for
allegedly vandalizing several of their buildings and vehicles, was
shot in the thigh and stomach while resisting arrest and that he
died on the way to the hospital. The video was made public in the
Internet in 2010.
2009 Aug 3, In Iran Fahimeh
Mousavi-nejad, the wife of former Vice President Mohammad Abtahi on
trial for postelection violence, said his televised "confessions"
were made under pressure. Her husband was one of the top figures in
a trial that began Aug 1 for around 100 people detained in the
postelection crackdown. Iran's supreme leader formally endorsed
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a second term as president in a ceremony
that sought to portray unity among the country's leadership but was
snubbed by prominent critics of the disputed election.
2009 Aug 3, In Iraq Asaib Ahl
al-Haq (League of the Righteous), a group believed to be responsible
for killing US soldiers and kidnapping British soldiers, agreed to
renounce violence following a weekend meeting with PM al-Maliki. A
suicide car bomber detonated his explosives at a police checkpoint
in Saqlawiya. 3 civilians were killed and 7 people were wounded
including 3 police officers.
(SFC, 8/4/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 3, Israeli police said
that they had broken up an Israeli-American crime ring specializing
in tax fraud and money laundering in an operation codenamed
"American Pie." The chief suspect was Marvin Berkowitz (62) who
holds dual Israeli and US citizenship. Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's
ultranationalist foreign minister, promised to step down if he is
charged after police recommended that he be indicted for a string of
alleged corruption offenses.
2009 Aug 3, Kenya's Pres. Mwai
Kibaki said all prisoners on death row will immediately have their
sentences commuted to life imprisonment. Kenya's 97 prisons were
built for a population of about 15,000 but currently have an inmate
population of more than 40,000.
2009 Aug 3, Anders Fogh
Rasmussen, a former Danish prime minister, took office as NATO's new
secretary-general. He said his top priorities would be guiding the
war in Afghanistan to a successful conclusion, repairing ties with
Russia, and expanding NATO's partnership with moderate nations in
North Africa and the Middle East.
2009 Aug 3, The Palestinian
Fatah movement published a new platform saying it will keep pursuing
peace talks but reserves the right to resist Israeli occupation.
2009 Aug 3, In South Korea
thousands of riot police strengthened their siege of a troubled
South Korean auto firm, spraying liquid tear gas from a helicopter,
after talks to end a prolonged occupation by strikers collapsed.
2009 Aug 3, In Switzerland
there was an arson attack at Novartis CEO Daniel Vasella's lodge in
Bach, Austria. An attack on his mother's grave took place a week
earlier. The next day drug maker Novartis said animal rights
militants were responsible.
2009 Aug 3, In Venezuela a
far-left party led by Lina Ron attacked the opposition-aligned
Globovision TV station. The next day Pres. Chavez condemned the
attack and had Ron arrested for taking part in the assault.
(SFC, 8/3/09, p.A2)
2010 Aug 3, Time magazine
reported on that Haitian-American music star Wyclef Jean (37) will
announce his bid for president of earthquake-ravaged Haiti this
week. A three-time Grammy award-winner, Jean was a founding member
of the hip-hop trio The Fugees and won wider fame for his
collaboration with Colombian pop star Shakira. He released a song
two years ago called "If I Was President". Haiti’s ruling Unity
party nominated ousted ex-Prime Minister Jacques-Edouard Alexis to
lead the earthquake-ravaged nation.
(Reuters, 8/4/10)(AP, 8/4/10)
2010 Aug 3, In Manchester,
Connecticut, Omar Thornton (34), a black warehouse driver who was
caught steeling beer, went on a shooting rampage at the Hartford
Distributors warehouse after he was asked to quit, killing eight
people before committing suicide.
(SFC, 8/4/10, p.A4)
2010 Aug 3, In San Francisco
federal authorities announced the seizure of over 200,000
counterfeit retail items at Fisherman’s Wharf valued at $100
million. 11 people were charged with conspiracy and smuggling. The
targeted network was accused of importing goods from China that
imitated 70 national and int’l. brands. Estimates of sham goods were
reported to account for as much as 7-8% of the world’s retail
(SFC, 8/4/10, p.A9)
2010 Aug 3, Intel and the FTC
confirmed the settlement of an anti-trust case.
(SFC, 8/4/10, p.D1)
2010 Aug 3, In Afghanistan
insurgents wearing suicide vests tried to storm NATO's largest base
in the south, but did not breach its defenses. All of the attackers
were killed in the fighting including "approximately four" people in
suicide vests. New Zealand suffered its first combat fatality in
Afghanistan when a soldier died in an ambush that left another two
New Zealand soldiers and an Afghan interpreter wounded in central
Bamiyan province. An Afghan operation began in a rugged region east
of Kabul in Laghman province to flush out the Taliban. Commanders
called for backup from foreign forces after at least 10 Afghan
soldiers were killed and up to 20 captured.
(AP, 8/3/10)(AFP, 8/13/10)
2010 Aug 3, British MPs of
Pakistani origin hit out at President Asif Ali Zardari, saying he
should be back home sorting out the flooding disaster rather than
launching his son's career.
2010 Aug 3, British oil giant
BP said it will sell its Colombian business for a total of 1.9
billion dollars (1.4 billion euros) to national oil company
Ecopetrol and Talisman of Canada.
2010 Aug 3, In eastern China
Fang Jiantang (26), a knife-wielding man, went on a slashing rampage
in a kindergarten, leaving 3 children and one teacher dead in
Shandong province. About 20 children and staff members were injured.
Police detained Jiantang.
2010 Aug 3, In China gas
exploded at a coal mine in the southern province of Guizhou, killing
10 people and trapping 7.
2010 Aug 3, In Iraq a car bomb
in Kut killed at least 15 people. Suspected al-Qaida militants
killed 5 Iraqi soldiers in a brazen dawn attack at a western Baghdad
checkpoint and planted the terror group's black banner before
fleeing the scene. An Iraqi soldier and a policeman were killed and
nine people were wounded in other attacks across Baghdad.
(AP, 8/3/10)(SFC, 8/4/10, p.A3)
2010 Aug 3, Israeli municipal
officials confirmed the approval for the building of 40 apartments
in a Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem's disputed eastern sector.
2010 Aug 3, In Indian Kashmir 4
more demonstrators died as new protests erupted in defiance of pleas
for calm from the region's chief minister.
2010 Aug 3, Lebanese and
Israeli troops exchanged fire on the border in the most serious
clashes since a fierce war four years ago. 3 Lebanese nationals, two
soldiers and a journalist, and an Israeli soldier were killed in the
shootout which saw both sides threatening retaliation if the
shooting recurred. Israeli troops returned the next day to the site
of the shootout and cut down a number of trees growing along the
border, completing a task which had set off the confrontation.
(AP, 8/3/10)(AFP, 8/4/10)
2010 Aug 3, Mexico’s President
Felipe Calderon said he would consider a debate on legalizing drugs
as his government announced that more than 28,000 people have been
killed in drug violence since he launched a crackdown against
cartels in 2006. In 2014 the 28,000 estimate was reduced to 21,000.
(AP, 8/3/10)(AP, 5/23/14)
2010 Aug 3, In Nigeria Islamic
police smashed 80,000 bottles of beer in the city of Kano to enforce
a sharia law ban on consumption of alcohol that exists in much of
the country's north.
2010 Aug 3, In Northern Ireland
Irish Republican Army dissidents detonated a bomb in a hijacked taxi
outside a police base in Londonderry, damaging buildings but
wounding no one despite the attackers' inaccurate warning. On Jan
12, 2011, police charged Londonderry resident Martin McCloone with
six criminal counts connected to the attack.
(AP, 8/3/10)(AP, 1/12/11)
2010 Aug 3, In Pakistan gunmen
killed at least 45 people Karachi after the assassination of a
prominent lawmaker set off a cycle of revenge attacks. Dozens of
vehicles and shops were set ablaze as security forces struggled to
regain control of the city.
2010 Aug 3, In Pakistan
floodwaters that devastated the mountainous northwest surged into
the heartland, submerging dozens of villages along bloated rivers
whose torrents have killed at least 1,500 people and put 100,000 at
risk of disease. Fresh rains in the hardest-hit northwest threatened
to overwhelm a major dam and unleash a new deluge.
2010 Aug 3, Authorities in
Panama said they recovered three more bodies on property owned by a
jailed US man who prosecutors say has confessed to killing five
fellow Americans to get their money and property in a Panamanian
2010 Aug 3, In Peru at least
one farmer died when police cleared a roadblock set by coca growers
demanding the government halt efforts to eradicate coca plantations
in the world's top producer of the leaf, used to make cocaine.
2010 Aug 3, Russia's
Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu said some of the devastating
wildfires sweeping western Russia are out of control. PM Putin said
he would personally supervise the reconstruction of fire-ravaged
homes via video cameras to be installed at each construction site.
2010 Aug 3, In Rwanda the
French-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) accused Kigali of
"flouting democracy" ahead of elections as Rwanda's regulatory body
suspended some 30 media organizations.
2010 Aug 3, In northern Siberia
a twin-engine Antonov-24 turboprop passenger plane crashed near
Igarka, killing at least 11 of the 15 people on board.
2010 Aug 3, In South Africa a
judge sentenced former national police chief Jackie Selebi (60) to
15 years in prison on corruption charges, saying he was an
embarrassment to the crime-plagued country and the police officers
who had served under him.
2010 Aug 3, In Arusha,
Tanzania, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR),
found Dominique Ntawukulilyayo (68) guilty of genocide and sentenced
him to 25 years of imprisonment. Prosecutors said Ntawukulilyayo in
1994 had transported soldiers to a hill where thousands of refugee
Tutsis had gathered after he promised to feed and protect them. The
soldiers joined other assailants in an attack, leaving possibly
thousands of Tutsis dead.
2010 Aug 3, The UN launched an
appeal for 478 million dollars (362 million euros) in aid to
Zimbabwe, 100 million dollars more than in 2009, saying the country
was at crossroads.
2011 Aug 3, US meat giant
Cargill said it is recalling 36 million pounds of ground turkey
linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak that has killed one
person in California and sickened at least 76 others. The fresh and
frozen ground turkey products were produced at the company's
Springdale, Ark., plant from Feb. 20 through Aug. 2.
2011 Aug 3, Stanford Univ.
researchers reported that they have found a way to kill cancer cells
by turning off their ability to absorb glucose, often the primary
source of energy in rapidly growing tumors.
(SFC, 8/4/11, p.A1)
2011 Aug 3, In Afghanistan 3
members of the US-led military coalition were killed. Two died in a
roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan where foreign forces are
trying to hold the ground they seized from Taliban insurgents in
major offensives over the past year. The third soldier died in a
noncombat-related incident in east Afghanistan.
2011 Aug 3, In Australia a
masked man, later identified as Paul Peters, strapped a fake bomb to
the neck of Madeleine Pulver (18) in her suburban Sydney home.
Pulver endured a horrifying 10-hour ordeal with experts working into
the night to remove the device, only later establishing it was an
elaborate hoax. Peters fled to the US and was arrested nearly two
weeks later in Louisville, Kentucky. He was extradited to Australia
and faced 20 years in prison. On Nov 20 Peters was sentenced to 13
years and six months in prison.
(Reuters, 8/16/11)(AFP, 3/8/12)(AP, 10/31/12)(AP,
2011 Aug 3, British officials
said they have seized about 300 million pounds ($492 million) worth
of cocaine in a record-setting drug bust on a pleasure boat. 1.2
tons of cocaine were found hidden in a specially-designed
compartment on a boat docked in southern England in June and it took
six days of searching the Louise to find the drugs. Six men arrested
were all Dutch nationals.
2011 Aug 3, China warned that
tortured efforts to raise the US limit on borrowing had failed to
defuse Washington's "debt bomb", and signaled it would further
diversify its holdings away from the dollar.
2011 Aug 3, In Cyprus the
junior party in the ruling coalition left the government.
(Econ, 8/6/11, p.63)
2011 Aug 3, In Indonesia 9
people, including two Australians, two South Africans and five
Indonesians, were killed when a helicopter flying to a Newcrest mine
crashed with 10 on board.
2011 Aug 3, An Iraqi policeman
was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Al-Rusafa
prison complex. The interior ministry said 3 Iraqi translators
wounded and that two US soldiers were killed. A spokesman for US
forces said that there was an IED attack in the Rusafa area, but
that it did not result in any US casualties.
2011 Aug 3, Activists from
Israel's social protest movement reacted furiously after parliament
passed a housing bill that they say will favor the rich and endanger
2011 Aug 3, Japan’s Parliament
passed legislation allowing the use of public money to shore up
Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), the company operating the crippled
Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant to help it pay expected billions in
(SFC, 8/4/11, p.A5)
2011 Aug 3, Kashmiris shut down
shops and businesses in a general strike to protest a man's death in
police custody in the Indian-controlled portion of the disputed
Himalayan region. Separatists called the strike to protest the July
31 death of a 28-year-old man just hours after he was picked up for
questioning in connection with an unsolved murder.
2011 Aug 3, In Kuwait a
24-year-old Filipina domestic worker, reportedly blinded by her
employer, sought refuge at the Philippines Embassy after escaping
from her employer last month.
(SSFC, 8/7/11, p.A4)
2011 Aug 3, Libya’s Seif
al-Islam Kadhafi, the high-profile son of leader Moammar Gadhafi,
said his family had forged an alliance with Islamist rebels among
the insurgents to drive out the secular opposition to his father's
40-year rule. He claimed to have negotiated the pact with Ali
Sallabi, a leading Islamist in the rebel-held east. Sallabi
acknowledged their conversations but denied the Islamists had
switched sides. Rebels reportedly seized the Cartagena, which NATO
had prevented from delivering oil to Tripoli.
(AFP, 8/4/11)(Econ, 8/6/11, p.38)
2011 Aug 3, Conservationists
urged Malaysia to impose a national ban on the trade and consumption
of turtle eggs to ensure the survival of the marine creatures.
Turtles once arrived in their thousands to lay eggs on Malaysian
beaches but are now increasingly rare due to poaching and coastal
2011 Aug 3, In Mexico 9
pollsters, recently kidnapped in Michoacan state, were released.
2011 Aug 3, In Pakistan the
death toll in Karachi reached 58, after at least 35 people were
killed in the space of 24 hours. Much of the fighting has been
blamed on supporters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) political
party representing the Urdu-speaking majority, and the rival Awami
National Party (ANP).
2011 Aug 3, Saudi Arabia said
Abdel-Salam Rashed al-Farraj, an al-Qaida member on the kingdom's
most-wanted list, has turned himself in after calling his family
2011 Aug 3, The drought and
famine in Somalia have killed more than 29,000 children under the
age of 5, according to US estimates, the first time such a precise
death toll has been released related to the Horn of Africa crisis.
2011 Aug 3, Syrian tanks took
over a main square in the besieged city of Hama and electricity and
telephone phone lines were cut off. Security forces shot dead at
least 7 people who took part in anti-regime protests that erupted
after nighttime Ramadan prayers across the country. A rights group
that tracks death tallies reported up to 30 people were killed in
(AP, 8/3/11)(AP, 8/4/11)(AP, 8/4/11)
2011 Aug 3, Tajikistan's
authoritarian President Emomali Rakhmon approved a law barring
minors from praying in mosques as his secular government seeks to
minimize the rising influence of Islam in the Central Asian nation.
2011 Aug 3, Thai police
arrested a Swedish man wanted in Scandinavia for a $3 million
banking scam committed 1998-2001. Carl-Gustav Alexander Tartagni
(52) was detained in the seaside town of Hua Hin, where he had been
living for a year.
2011 Aug 3, Turkey said it
would put 106 more Kurdish politicians on trial for alleged
terrorist propaganda, choosing to go ahead with prosecutions despite
lingering tensions over the trial of dozens of others accused of
fanning separatist violence.
2011 Aug 3, Venezuela and Iran
signed a deal for Iran build over 10,000 homes in three central
states of the South American nation in a billion-dollar investment
package that signals the two country's increasingly close ties.
2011 Aug 3, Computer hackers
attacked the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange website, prompting the
authorities at the bourse to shut it down. ZSE does not conduct
trading on the Internet.
2012 Aug 3, Ex-Alabama Gov. Don
Siegelman (66), convicted in 2006, was sentenced to 6½ years in
prison for bribery and other convictions.
(SFC, 8/4/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 3, In southern
California Darren Burley (29) was arrested following a confrontation
with police in Compton. Burley was zapped with a stun gun and
handcuffed by officers after he allegedly tried to choke a pregnant
woman. He died 12 days later. In December 2014, Long Beach jurors
found deputies liable for negligence and battery and awarded
Burley’s family $8 million.
(http://tinyurl.com/n7qbd6g)(SFC, 1/2/15, p.A5)
2012 Aug 3, In Afghanistan a
remote-controlled bomb in a busy market killed two policemen and one
civilian in the country's northwest. Officials looked for a member
of a government-backed village defense force suspected of killing 11
civilians at a house in Uruzgan province.
(AP, 8/3/12)(AP, 8/4/12)
2012 Aug 3, In Australia
Tasmania Zoo owner Dick Warren said 9 birds, including an endangered
swift parrot, had their heads smashed in or ripped off and more than
60 animals were missing after vandals went on the rampage.
2012 Aug 3, Britain’s Foreign
Secretary William Hague pledged greater support for Syria's rebel
fighters, as the battle for the country's commercial capital Aleppo
2012 Aug 3, Britain's
GlaxoSmithKline PLC said it has completed its $3.6 billion
acquisition of US biotech company Human Genome Sciences for 14.25
2012 Aug 3, Britain's oldest
shipping firm, Stephenson Clarke Shipping Ltd, appointed liquidator
Tait Walker, after nearly 300 years of trading, becoming a casualty
of the worsening global downturn.
2012 Aug 3, Fiji’s former PM
Laisenia Qarase (71) was sentenced to one year in prison on
corruption charges. Qarase was ousted in a 2006 coup.
(SFC, 8/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 3, In Guyana police
found 57 pounds of cocaine about to be loaded onto a flight to NYC.
Officials the next day said they will fire almost a dozen baggage
handlers and ramp attendants complicit in the operation.
(SSFC, 8/5/12, p.A7)
2012 Aug 3, In India torrential
rains hit the state of Himachal Pradesh, drowning a man in his
vehicle, washing away several bridges and partly destroying a key
2012 Aug 3, In Iraq a roadside
bomb killed four soldiers at an army patrol east of Dhuluiyah.
2012 Aug 3, In Japan thousands
of people staged a rally in front of the prime minister's office,
maintaining anti-nuclear sentiment triggered by last year's atomic
crisis at Fukushima.
2012 Aug 3, In Kenya a grenade
attack killed one person in a Somali suburb of Nairobi, on the eve
of a visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the city.
2012 Aug 3, Pakistan’s Supreme
Court struck down a law recently passed by parliament and aimed at
protecting PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf from being charged with contempt
2012 Aug 3, Papua New Guinea
re-elected Peter O'Neill as the next leader, ending a turbulent
period in the nation's politics which at one point saw it with two
rival prime ministers. Sir Michael Somare (76) accepted the defeat
of his party in the vote and agreed to support O'Neill in his bid to
form the next government.
2012 Aug 3, Typhoon Saola,
which battered Manila and the north for several days, blew away
leaving at least 53 people dead.
2012 Aug 3, A Swazi court
ordered the government to reinstate more than 300 teachers fired
after taking part in a five-week strike over salaries, saying their
action was legal.
2012 Aug 3, In Syria mortars
rained down on a crowded marketplace in the Palestinian Yarmouk
refugee camp Damascus, killing 21 people as regime forces and rebels
clashed on the southern outskirts. Senior Syrian officials pleaded
with Moscow for financial loans and supplies of oil products, an
indication that international sanctions are squeezing Assad's
(AP, 8/3/12)(AP, 8/4/12)
2012 Aug 3, The UN General
Assembly denounced Syria’s crackdown on dissent voting 133 in favor,
12 against and 31 abstaining. UN Security Council resolutions have
been stopped by Russian and Chinese vetoes.
(SFC, 8/4/12, p.A3)
2012 Aug 3, In Yemen explosions
in two marketplaces in different parts of the country killed six
2013 Aug 3, The New York Times
said it would sell the Boston Globe and its affiliated companies to
businessman John Henry, the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox,
for $70 million. In 1993 the New York Times Company paid $1.1
billion to acquire Boston Globe.
(SSFC, 8/4/13, p.A7)(Econ, 8/10/13, p.55)
2013 Aug 3, Twitter said it is
handing down new rules to control abusive language, a move which
follows a barrage of nasty, harassing, and threatening messages
directed at high-profile female users of the microblogging site.
2013 Aug 3, In Afghanistan 3
militants wearing explosives-rigged vests killed at least 9
civilians, including 6 children, in a botched attack on the Indian
consulate in Jalalabad near the border with Pakistan. Officials said
22 police officers and 76 Taliban were killed in the Sherzad
district of Nangarhar in two days of battles with insurgents that
broke out when militants shot a tribal elder.
2013 Aug 3, Heavy rains swept
across eastern Afghanistan, leveling homes and killing at least 58
people in five provinces, while an estimated 30 others were missing.
2013 Aug 3, Australia’s PM
Kevin Rudd and the President of Nauru, Baron Waqa, signed a
memorandum of understanding providing for asylum seekers arriving by
boat to be sent to Nauru where they can opt for resettlement after
their claims for refugee status are processed.
2013 Aug 3, In Cambodia the two
rival parties claiming victory in the July 28 general election
reached an agreement with the state National Election Committee to
investigate polling irregularities, a move that could pave the way
to ending the country's political deadlock.
Aug 3, Egypt's army-installed government promised
supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi a safe exit from their
protest camps and urged them to rejoin the political process.
2013 Aug 3, Honduran President
Porfirio Lobo ordered the militarization of the country's main
prison after a gunfight there left at least three gang members dead
and 12 people injured.
2013 Aug 3, In Iraq gunmen in a
car killed 2 off-duty policemen near the northern city of Mosul. In
Tikrit a roadside bomb explosion killed a father and his son. In
western Baghdad a bomb went off near a line of car spare-part
stores, killing 2 people and wounding seven others. Southeast of
Baghdad a blast missed a police patrol but killed 2 civilian
passers-by. Bombings and shootings across the country killed 19
2013 Aug 3, Libya's Deputy PM
Awad al-Barassi resigned citing failed government policies and the
deterioration of security following a string of assassinations.
2013 Aug 3, Dramane Dembele,
the candidate of Mali's largest political party, broke ranks with
his own party and said he will back former prime minister Ibrahim
Boubacar Keita in a run-off. He had came third in the first round of
the country's presidential election.
2013 Aug 3, Morocco’s King
Mohamed VI revoked a pardon granted on July 30 to Spanish pedophile
Daniel Fino Galvan. Galvan, already back in Spain, was soon arrested
by Spanish authorities.
2013 Aug 3, In Pakistan gunmen
ambushed and killed 4 police officers overnight in their patrol
vehicle in Karachi.
2013 Aug 3, Syrian warplanes
struck targets near the volatile border with Lebanon, killing at
least 9 people. Rebels captured an arms depot near Damascus, seizing
weapons and ammunition from the regime.
2013 Aug 3, Over 100,000
Taiwanese protesters converged on the presidential office in Taipei
accusing the defense ministry of cover-ups over the death last month
of army conscript Hung Chung-chiu.
(Econ, 8/10/13, p.34)
2013 Aug 3, Tens of thousands
of Tunisians came out in a show of force for the ruling Ennahda
party. The opposition pledged to overtake those numbers in a rally
the next day.
2013 Aug 3, Turkish police
fired teargas and water cannon to disperse small groups of
anti-government protesters in central Istanbul.
2013 Aug 3, A Turkish man,
Ramazan Zeybel (45) was killed by a stray bullet fired from Syria
into the Turkish town of Ceylanpinar.
2013 Aug 3, In Yemen tribesmen
blew up the main oil export pipeline late today, halting the flow of
2013 Aug 3, Zimbabwean election
commissioner Mkhululi Nyath resigned, citing doubts about the
integrity of results showing a big win for President Robert Mugabe's
ZANU-PF party, but dismissed as a fraud-riddled farce by his main
challenger. Election officials announced that Mugabe won 61% of the
presidential vote, trailed by Morgan Tsvangirai at 33%.
(Reuters, 8/3/13)(AP, 8/3/13)
2014 Aug 3, In southern Texas
US Border Patrol agent Javier Vega was killed during an attempted
robbery while fishing with his family. Mexican nationals Gustavo
Tijerina-Sandoval and an accomplice were soon arrested.
(http://tinyurl.com/ydcz454b)(SFC, 5/14/18, p.A4)
2014 Aug 3, In southern China a
magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Yunnan province toppled thousands of
homes. The death toll soon climbed to nearly 600 people with more
than 1,800 injured.
(AP, 8/3/14)(SFC, 8/4/14, p.A3)(AFP, 8/6/14)
2014 Aug 3, Egyptian troops
killed 11 militants in shoot-outs in the restive Sinai Peninsula
where security forces have battled an insurgency since president
Mohamed Morsi's overthrow.
2014 Aug 3, India’s PM Narendra
Modi embarked on a visit to Nepal to help speed up negotiations on a
power trade pact.
2014 Aug 3, In Iraq Islamic
State fighters seized control of Mosul Dam, the biggest dam in the
country, an oilfield and three more towns after inflicting their
first major defeat on Kurdish forces since sweeping through the
region in June. some 40,000 Yazidis, a minority religious sect, fled
the northern towns of Sinjar and Zumar.
(Reuters, 8/3/14)(AP, 8/4/14)
2014 Aug 3, An Israeli air
strike killed 10 people and wounded about 30 others in a UN-run
school in the southern Gaza Strip. Earlier today Israeli shelling
killed at least 30 people in Gaza. The Israeli army said that more
than 55 rockets had been fired today from Gaza at Israel. The
fighting pushed the Gaza death toll given by Palestinian officials
to 1,770, most of them civilians. Israel has confirmed that 64
soldiers have died in combat, while Palestinian rockets have also
killed 3 civilians in Israel.
2014 Aug 3, In Libya the exodus
of foreigners gathered pace as the government said at least 22
people were killed in clashes in Tripoli and warned of a "worsening
humanitarian situation." Thousands of Egyptians seeking to flee were
being airlifted home after being allowed into neighboring Tunisia.
2014 Aug 3, Portugal’s Banco
Espirito Santo (BES), 20% owned by the Espirito Santo family, was
restructured following losses of $4.9b.
(Econ, 8/9/14, p.60)
2014 Aug 3, Somalia executed 3
suspected Shebab Islamic militants by firing squad in Mogadishu. At
least 3 women were killed and several others injured in Mogadishu
after a bomb went off in a pile of rubbish.
2014 Aug 3, Tropical Storm
Nakri made landfall on South Korea and left at least 10 people dead.
2014 Aug 3, In Syria regime air
strikes and rebel mortar fire killed 17 people in Douma, 15 in Kfar
Batna, and 12 in Damascus.
2014 Aug 3, Syrian rebels
killed 8 Lebanese soldiers and claimed to have captured a dozen
security force members in a cross-border raid. Lebanese soldiers
traded fire with Islamist gunmen and shelled areas around the border
town of Arsal aiming to roll back the biggest incursion by militants
into Lebanon since Syria's civil war began.
(AP, 8/3/14)(Reuters, 8/3/14)
2014 Aug 3, A Tunisian soldier
was killed after Islamist militants tried to storm an army base in
the town of Sbitla near the Algerian border.
2014 Aug 3, In eastern Ukraine
fighting raged on the western outskirts of Donetsk as the advancing
Ukrainian army tried to seize control of the rebel stronghold. In
danger of being encircled, the separatists renewed their calls for
Russia to send troops to their aid.
2014 Aug 3, In Vietnam some 300
activists led a colorful parade through Hanoi in the nation's
largest ever gay pride event, as the communist country shows signs
of increasing tolerance of sexual difference.
2014 Aug 3, In Vietnam two
women were arrested for allegedly trafficking a child at an
orphanage in a Hanoi pagoda famed for rescuing abandoned babies.
2015 Aug 3, Pres. Obama
unveiled an aggressive plan to sharply limit greenhouse gases
emitted by US power plants.
(SFC, 8/4/15, p.A4)
2015 Aug 3, Robert Conquest
(98), British-born historian, died in Palo Alto, Ca. His 21 books
included “The Great Terror: Stalin’s Purge of the Thirties” (1968).
(SFC, 8/6/15, p.D3)
2015 Aug 3, In Florida a free
fall training accident occurred at the Eglin Air Force Base.
Sergeant Timothy Officer (32) and Sergeant Marty Bettelyoun (35)
soon died from injuries sustained during the parachuting accident.
2015 Aug 3, In New Hampshire
Robert Young (41) and his daughter Annabelle (6) were killed when a
circus tent collapsed under high winds at the Lancaster Fairgrounds.
In 2016 Walker Int’l. Events of Sarasota, Fl., was indicted with one
felony account and seven misdemeanors. In 2017 the circus operator
agreed to pay $25,000 in fines to resolve criminal charges in the
p.A6)(SFC, 2/16/17, p.A6)
2015 Aug 3, Oklahoma regulators
imposed new restrictions on energy companies injecting wastewater
underground, in the latest effort to stem a sharp increase in
2015 Aug 3, Texas Attorney
General Ken Paxton (52) was booked on securities fraud charges
accusing him of misleading investors in a tech startup before he
took office in January.
(SFC, 8/4/15, p.A4)
2015 Aug 3, Virginia-based
Alpha Natural, one of America’s largest coal firms, filed for
(Econ, 8/8/15, p.22)
2015 Aug 3, US airlines Delta
and American banned the shipment of big game trophies on flights, in
the wake of outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.
2015 Aug 3, Archer Daniels
Midland said it has sold its chocolate business to agribusiness
conglomerate Cargill for $440 million.
2015 Aug 3, Brazil's federal
police arrested former government minister Jose Dirceu, one of the
most senior members of the ruling Workers' Party to be jailed so far
in a probe of alleged corruption at state-run oil company Petrobras.
2015 Aug 3, Britain's
government promised new measures to crack down on illegal immigrants
by making landlords evict them, as the Calais migrants crisis
continued to dominate the headlines.
2015 Aug 3, Former British PM
Edward Heath (d.2005) was drawn into a child sex abuse scandal when
police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission said it
would investigate a retired policeman's claim that a prosecution was
dropped in the 1990s when the accused threatened to expose the
ex-premier. Heath led Britain between 1970 and 1974, taking it into
the European Economic Community in 1973.
2015 Aug 3, In London Tom
Hayes, (35), a trader who worked for UBS and Citigroup, was jailed
for 14 years after becoming the first person to be found guilty by a
jury of rigging the benchmark Libor inter-bank lending rate.
Prosecutors said Hayes was the "ringmaster" of more than a dozen
traders who worked to rig the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor).
2015 Aug 3, Burundian human
rights activist Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa was shot in the face as he
made his way home from work by a gunman on a motorbike. He publicly
opposed Pres. Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial and successful bid
for a third term last month. Mbonimpa survived and his condition the
next day was reported stable.
2015 Aug 3, In northern
Cameroon suspected Boko Haram fighters disguised as refugees with
explosives hidden in their luggage were arrested at a camp.
2015 Aug 3, In Canada a
shooting began at the Muzik nightclub in Toronto during an event
hosted by rapper Drake and then spilled onto the streets leaving at
least 2 people dead and three wounded.
(SFC, 8/5/15, p.A2)
2015 Aug 3, In China Wu Shengfu
(51) the general manager of China First Heavy Industries (CFHI), was
found hanging in his office in the northeastern city of Qiqihar as
anti-corruption investigators probed his firm.
2015 Aug 3, Chinese officials
said authorities over the weekend seized thousands of bottles of
spirits laced with chemicals used to make erectile dysfunction drugs
such as Viagra.
2015 Aug 3, In Colombia Genaro
Garcia, a community leader and activist for those forced to flee
their homes by the five-decade guerrilla war, was gunned down in
Tumaco. On August 24 FARC guerrillas admitted to the killing and
said it would punish all commanders and fighters involved.
2015 Aug 3, A consortium of
German automakers Audi, BMW and Daimler announced it is buying Nokia
Corp.'s HERE map business in a deal that values the unit at 2.8
billion euros ($3.1 billion).
2015 Aug 3, Greece's stock
exchange closed with a record drop of 16.23 percent on reopening
after a five-week shutdown caused by capital controls.
2015 Aug 3, India's PM Narendra
Modi signed an accord in New Delhi with Thuingaleng Muivah, the
leader of the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council
of Nagaland (NSCN), ending a rebellion that festered in Nagaland and
Manipur states for more than six decades.
(AP, 8/3/15)(Econ, 8/8/15, p.33)
2015 Aug 3, In eastern India at
least 75 people have died and tens of thousands have had to take
refuge in state-run relief camps after heavy rains caused floods and
landslides. Exacerbated by Cyclone Komen which struck the east coast
on July 31, the rainfall has made major rivers overflow, inundating
villages in parts of West Bengal, Odisha and Manipur states.
2015 Aug 3, Iran banned a
weekly newspaper owned by a critic of its nuclear deal and issued a
formal warning to the country's leading conservative daily for
alleged breaches of reporting guidelines.
2015 Aug 3, In Iraq North Oil
Company (NOC) chief engineer Saad Ali Hussain was driving to his
office in the northern oil city of Kirkuk when gunmen in a sports
utility vehicle opened fire, killing him and his driver.
2015 Aug 3, Italian police
arrested 11 suspects linked to the fugitive head of the Sicilian
Mafia, including a former boss who ran a secret message system for
the mobster using a sheep-based code. Matteo Messina Denaro (53) had
been on the run since 1993.
2015 Aug 3, Malaysia's
anti-corruption agency said that $700 million in PM Najib Razak's
personal bank accounts came from donations, not from a debt-ridden
state investment fund. Critics urged the agency to reveal the
2015 Aug 3, In northern Mali at
least 10 soldiers were killed in a "terrorist" attack on their camp
at Gourma-Rharouss in the Timbuktu region.
(AFP, 8/3/15)(SFC, 8/4/15, p.A2)
2015 Aug 3, Pakistani
authorities said the death toll from flash floods triggered by
seasonal monsoon rains in various parts of the country has risen to
118. Floodwater has inundated vast areas, leaving tens of thousands
2015 Aug 3, Puerto Rico’s
Public Finance Corp., a government agency, failed to make a $58
million payment to bondholders.
(Econ, 8/8/15, p.61)
2015 Aug 3, Russia said it has
merged several branches of its military into the Aerospace Forces, a
reorganization aimed at enhancing coordination and efficiency.
2015 Aug 3, Russia's Federal
Security Service (FSB) forces killed six Islamist rebels in in
Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria.
2015 Aug 3, Sierra Leone said
two new cases of Ebola have surfaced in the Tonkolili District after
a man died last week in the area where the deadly virus had been
gone for months. Following the death authorities quarantined 500
2015 Aug 3, Syrian government
air raids in the northwestern town of Ariha and a subsequent crash
by a Syrian warplane that slammed into a residential area there
killed at least 31 people.
2015 Aug 3, Ukraine’s military
said 4 servicemen have been killed and 15 wounded in fighting with
pro-Russian rebels in the past 24 hours just before talks on a
ceasefire were due to start.
2015 Aug 3, In Yemen hundreds
of pro-government troops and dozens of tanks and armored personnel
carriers pushed north toward the al-Anad military base, as Saudi-led
coalition airstrikes cleared the path for their advance. Houthi
rebels appeared to have lost most of their heavy weapons in a battle
to defend the al-Anad in Lahj.
(AP, 8/3/15)(AP, 8/5/15)
2016 Aug 3, The Obama
administration cut short the sentences of 214 federal inmates,
almost all of whom were serving time for nonviolent crimes.
(SFC, 8/4/16, p.A5)
2016 Aug 3, The United States
and Japan called for the urgent talks after North Korea’s launch of
a ballistic missile that for the first time landed in
2016 Aug 3, The Pentagon said
it will not pay Pakistan $300 million in military reimbursements
because it was taking adequate action against the Haqqani network.
2016 Aug 3, In New Jersey the
26-year-old Trump Taj Majal in Atlantic City said it will close
after Labor Day eliminating some 3,000 jobs. Current owner Carl
Icahn said he could no longer support the casino which was losing
millions each month.
(SFC, 8/4/16, p.A5)
2016 Aug 3, Armenia's top
investigative body said that 23 people are now in custody on
suspicion of organizing riots in Yerevan, during a two-week armed
2016 Aug 3, In London Zakaria
Bulhan (19), a Norwegian man of Somali origin, stabbed and killed
retired US teacher Darlene Horton (64). He stabbed five others
before he was immobilized and arrested by police. Bulhan was
suspected to have mental health issues. On Feb 6, 2016, Bulhan
pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility and
guilty to five counts of wounding. On Feb 7, 2016, he was sentenced
to be detained indefinitely at a mental hospital.
(AFP, 8/4/16)(AFP, 8/6/16)(AP, 2/6/17)(AP,
2016 Aug 3, China's state media
reported that the Jade Rabbit lunar rover, which won a large
following on social media, has been retired after a record 31 months
of collecting data from the moon's surface. China’s rover arrived on
the moon on Dec. 14, 2013, aboard the Chang'e 3 lunar lander and was
designed to operate for just three months.
2016 Aug 3, China hosted a
meeting with Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan. The four
countries agreed to set up an anti-terrorism alliance, as China
seeks to boost coordination with neighbors to tackle what it says is
a growing domestic militant threat.
2016 Aug 3, Germany-based
Volkswagen said it will roll out particulate filters in its petrol
engined cars between 2017 and 2022, a step which reduces the
pollution from particulate matter by up to 90 percent.
2016 Aug 3, The digital bitcoin
currency plunged after Hong Kong-based Bitfinex said it had been
hacked. 119,756 Bitcoins, valued at $72 million, were reported
(SFC, 8/4/16, p.C3)
2016 Aug 3, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir tens of thousands of people rallied to
protest the overnight killings of two civilians by government forces
amid a nearly monthlong security lockdown.
2016 Aug 3, Iran state IRNA
news agency reported that Hassan Abbasi, the head of the Center for
Doctrinal Strategic Studies, a think-tank, has been arrested on
charges of "spreading lies" and "creating an atmosphere of
skepticism about the armed forces."
2016 Aug 3, Libyan
pro-government forces battled to seize more territory from Islamic
State group jihadists in their stronghold Sirte but progress was
hindered by mines and snipers.
2016 Aug 3, Nepal's parliament
elected Maoist party leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal to lead a coalition
government as the country's new prime minister, a move that will
likely mean the continuation of political instability in the
2016 Aug 3, Nigeria said it has
resumed the payment of allowances to former Niger delta rebels under
an amnesty scheme, after low global crude prices plunged the
oil-rich country into a financial crisis.
2016 Aug 3, The Islamic State
group's newspaper identified a new leader of the group's West Africa
Province, popularly known as Nigeria's Boko Haram extremists, who
promises not to attack mosques or markets used by Muslims. The
Arabic-language newspaper al-Nabaa identified Abu Musab al-Barnawi
as the new "Wali," a title previously used to describe long-time
leader Abubakar Shekau.
2016 Aug 3, A Norwegian court
sentenced two men to prison for affiliation with the Islamic State
group in Syria. Hasan Ahmed was sentenced to six years and Adam
Idrisovich Magomadov to 7½.
2016 Aug 3, Philippine police
commandos clashed with the armed bodyguards of Mayor Rolando
Espinosa Sr. in the central town of Albuera. 6 guards were killed.
Espinosa, linked to illegal drugs, surrendered to national police a
2016 Aug 3, In Russia Yaroslavl
Mayor Yevgeny Urlashov, the only opposition mayor of a major Russian
city, was found guilty of soliciting bribes and sentenced to 12½
years in a high-security prison. Urlashov pleaded not guilty to the
charges and claimed that he had been framed by his political rivals.
2016 Aug 3, South Africans
voted in municipal elections described as the most closely contested
for the African National Congress since it took power in the first
all-race elections in 1994. More than 12 people have been killed
ahead of the vote. After three days the ANC led with the most votes
overall and said it would still try to form coalitions to govern the
municipalities where it lost its majority. Herman Mashaba (57) was
elected mayor of Johannesburg.
(AP, 8/3/16)(Reuters, 8/6/16)(Econ, 9/24/16,
2016 Aug 3, Researchers led by
Evangelos Eleftheriou at IBM’s research lab in Zurich announced that
they had built a working, artificial version of a neuron.
(Econ, 8/6/16, p.64)
2016 Aug 3, Syrian regime
forces bolstered by Russian air strikes recaptured territory
overnight in the battleground city of Aleppo, rolling back the
short-lived gains of a rebel offensive.
2016 Aug 3, Tunisian President
Beji Caid Essebsi named local affairs minister Youssef Chahed (40)
as prime minister-designate tasked with forming a unity cabinet to
tackle major economic and security challenges.
2016 Aug 3, Turkish police
raided the offices of the national science research council, as
authorities widen an investigation into followers of the US-based
cleric accused of masterminding last month's coup attempt.
2016 Aug 3, A Ukrainian
nationalist website published an email archive with copies of IDs
and personal data of Ukrainian and international journalists.
2016 Aug 3, In the United Arab
Emirates a Boeing crash landed in Dubai. All 300 passengers and crew
were safely evacuated from the plane, though one firefighter was
killed on the ground as the plane erupted in flames.
2016 Aug 3, A UN commission
investigating human rights abuses in Syria said the Islamic State
group is still committing genocide and other crimes against the
Yazidi minority in Iraq.
2016 Aug 3, Zimbabwe police
fired tear gas and water cannons to break up anti-government
protests in the capital, Harare, as frustrations grew over a rapidly
2017 Aug 3, USAID said the
Trump administration has given $169 million to feed people starving
in Ethiopia and Kenya.
2017 Aug 3, In Texas Peter
Zuccarelli (62) of Plano pleaded guilty to federal charges that he
smuggled circuits abroad for use by space programs in China and
2017 Aug 3, It was reported
that Anchor Brewing, San Francisco’s 121-year-old brewery, is being
sold to Japan’s Sapporo Holdings Ltd.
(SFC, 8/3/17, p.A1)
2017 Aug 3, It was reported
that Maryland state attorneys are dismissing dozens of cases in
Baltimore after reviewing a video that appears to show a police
officer planting evidence at a crime scene as two other officers
(SFC, 8/3/17, p.A5)
2017 Aug 3, In Afghanistan a
Taliban suicide bomber disguised as a woman rammed his motorcycle
into an international convoy, killing a NATO soldier and two Afghan
civilians in an attack north of Kabul.
2017 Aug 3, Australian police
charged two men with planning a terrorist act, over their role in a
foiled "Islamic-inspired" plot to bring down an airplane.
2017 Aug 3, In Brazil federal
police and labor investigators raided a Word of Faith Fellowship
church and school in Franco da Rocha. The South Carolina-based
church was accused of physical and psychological abuse of students
and funneling students from Brazil to the US to work for little or
no pay at church associated businesses.
(SFC, 10/11/17, p.A3)
2017 Aug 3, British character
Robert Hardy (b,1925) died. He played in the British series “All
Creatures Great and Small” (1978-1990), but was best known for his
roles as Winston Churchill in British television movies.
(SSFC, 8/6/17, p.C12)
2017 Aug 3, Cambodian police
detained Nhek Bun Chhay, a former ally of PM Hun Sen, in connection
with allegations of illegal drug production from 2012.
2017 Aug 3, In southeastern
Central African Republic six Red Cross volunteers were killed in an
attack on a health center.
2017 Aug 3, China's Foreign
Ministry said India has been building up troops and repairing roads
along its side of the border amid an increasingly tense stand-off in
a remote frontier region beside the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.
2017 Aug 3, In China Turkey's
top diplomat vowed to root out militants plotting against China,
signaling closer cooperation against suspected Uighur militants
hailing from China's far west who have long been a sore point in
2017 Aug 3, In China two
vessels collided in the Pearl River estuary. Some 1,000 tons of palm
oil spilled into the water after the vessels collided, out of a
total of 9,000 tons and soon began to settle on the beaches of Hong
2017 Aug 3, Ecuador’s Pres.
Lenin Moreno removed VP Jorge Glas, a close friend of former Pres.
Rafael Correa, from any active role in government.
(Econ, 8/12/17, p.27)
2017 Aug 3, Indonesia sent 143
suspects to either the Chinese cities of Chengdu or Tianjin. Taiwan
protested to Indonesia for sending more than 100 telecoms fraud
suspects, including 22 Taiwan nationals, to China.
2017 Aug 3, In Kashmir a pair
of ambushes by Indian government forces and Kashmiri rebels killed
two soldiers and two militants in the disputed Himalayan region.
2017 Aug 3, In Kenya Somalia's
Islamic extremist rebels killed a Kenyan policeman when they
attacked a police station in northern Mandera County, raising
security concerns over next week's national elections.
2017 Aug 3, Malawi celebrated
the successful conclusion of a two-year project moving 520 sedated
elephants by truck to a reserve where the animals had been nearly
wiped out by poaching.
2017 Aug 3, In western Myanmar
suspected insurgents killed at least six members of the of the Mro
Buddhist ethnic minority.
2017 Aug 3, Researchers said
euthanasia has become a common way to die in the Netherlands,
accounting for 4.5 percent of deaths, and that requests are
increasing from people who aren't terminally ill.
2017 Aug 3, Nigeria’s state-run
oil firm said it has signed financing deals with oil majors Shell
and Chevron to develop projects that would boost reserves and
2017 Aug 3, Romanian police
listed Gabriel Popoviciu (58) as a wanted person after they were
unable to locate him following sentencing a day earlier. He was not
barred from leaving Romania during his trial. Prosecutors said he
had obtained land in north Bucharest from a state university from
2000 to 2004 at a vastly undervalued price where he built the
capital's best-known mall.
2017 Aug 3, Russia's Defense
Ministry announced a cease-fire for a third safe zone in war-torn
Syria, paving the way for the delivery of sorely needed humanitarian
relief to rebel-held areas north of the city of Homs.
2017 Aug 3, Senegalese singer
Amy Colle Dieng (39) was arrested for "offending the head of state
and broadcasting fake news," after audio of her lashing out at
President Macky Sall went viral.
2017 Aug 3, Spain’s police said
101 people, mostly Iranians and Spaniards, have been arrested in a
year-long operation coordinated with British and police and Europol.
The criminal network had smuggled Iranian nationals with false
documents into Britain.
2017 Aug 3, Spanish police
arrested Hamza Yalcin, a Turkish-Swedish reporter and writer in
Barcelona, on an international arrest order from Turkey for alleged
2017 Aug 3, In Syria the
Islamic State called on all men between 20 and 30 who are able to
fight to head to mobilization offices within a week in Deir el-Zour
2017 Aug 3, Thailand’s interior
ministry said floods have killed at least 23 people in the
northeastern farming region.
2017 Aug 3, The UN
Commission of Inquiry on Syria said Islamic State is still
committing genocide against the Yazidi minority in Iraq after three
years but the world is failing in its duty to punish the crime.
2017 Aug 3, A Vietnamese
official said flash floods triggered by heavy rains have killed
seven people and left 27 others missing in northern Vietnam.
Rescuers over the next few days recovered 16 more bodies, bringing
the death toll from floods in four northern provinces to 23.
(AP, 8/3/17)(AP, 8/6/17)
2017 Aug 3, In Yemen al Qaeda
militants withdrew to the mountains without a fight as armored
vehicles from the government army and a new force known as the Elite
Shabwa Forces rolled into the provincial capital Ataq, and other
towns and cities. The advance was backed by the United States and
the UAE (United Arab Emirates).
2018 Aug 3, The United States
imposed sanctions on Moscow-based Agrosoyuz Commercial Bank, which
it said had facilitated a transaction with Han Jang Su, a person
blacklisted by Washington for involvement with North Korea's nuclear
weapons program. The Treasury also added Ri Jong Won, the
Moscow-based deputy representative of Foreign Trade Bank, North
Korea's primary foreign exchange bank.
2018 Aug 3, US federal Judge
John Bates upheld his previous order to revive the Obama-era DACA
program shielding young immigrants from deportation. He gave the
government 20 days to appeal.
(SFC, 8/4/18, p.A7)
2018 Aug 3, The Ninth US
Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a California requirement that new
models of semi-automatic handguns stamp identifying information on
(SFC, 8/4/18, p.C3)
2018 Aug 3, In Los Angeles
Keith Walton (47), the leader of a robbery ring that stole some $6
million worth of watches from area jewelry stores, was sentenced to
55 years in federal prison.
(SSFC, 8/5/18, p.A9)
2018 Aug 3, In northern
California thousands more mountain residents were evacuated from the
path of the state's biggest wildfire as fatigued firefighters
battled gusting winds driving one of the state's worst fire seasons
in a decade. The Mendocino Complex Fire grew to 157,450 acres
(63,700 hectares). The Carr Fire was now 39-percent contained. It
has destroyed 1,567 homes and other structures and blackened 133,924
acres (54,197 hectares), making it the sixth most destructive
California wildfire on record.
2018 Aug 3, In Florida two
former police officers pleaded guilty to framing a black teenager
(16) in 2013 for burglaries he did not commit. They admitted to
being part of a scheme to frame the teenager so that the police
chief could claim a perfect rate of solving burglaries in Biscayne
Park. In October they were sentenced by a federal judge to one year
in federal prison.
2018 Aug 3, A new study
published in Nature said tegu lizards from South America, that can
grow up to four feet long (1.2 meters), have established a home in
the Florida wild after being brought to the United States as pets,
and that the reptiles could begin a voracious march across the US
2018 Aug 3, In South Dakota the
annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally got under way for a ten day run.
(SSFC, 8/5/18, p.A9)
2018 Aug 3, In Virginia one of
Paul Manafort's tax preparers admitted that she helped disguise
$900,000 in foreign income as a loan to reduce the former Trump
campaign manager's tax burden.
(SFC, 8/4/18, p.A8)
2018 Aug 3, In eastern
Afghanistan two suicide bombers disguised in women's clothing
attacked a Shi’ite mosque, killing 29 people and wounding 81 in
Gardez, Paktia province. In the south Taliban militants stormed a
military base in Uruzgan province. Dozens of bodies of Afghan
soldiers were later found in the military base in Chinartu district.
27 Afghan soldiers were reported killed and five wounded.
(AP, 8/3/18)(SFC, 8/4/18, p.A2)(Reuters, 8/9/18)
2018 Aug 3, It was reported
that Albanian has called for bids to build the Adriatic country's
first solar power station, telling investors it would favor whoever
committed to ramping up capacity and selling power more cheaply to
2018 Aug 3, China announced a
$60 billion list of US goods including coffee, honey and industrial
chemicals for retaliation if Washington goes ahead with its latest
2018 Aug 3, Chinese and
Southeast Asian naval forces ended their first computer-simulated
drills so they can jointly respond to emergencies and build trust
amid the long-seething disputes in the South China Sea. The two-day
exercises involved more than 40 sailors from China and the 10-member
Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
2018 Aug 3, China said it is
carrying out national inspections on foam industries to crack down
on illegal production of ozone depleting substances (ODS) widely
used in refrigerators and air conditioners.
2018 Aug 3, Chinese authorities
began razing the Beijing studio of artist Ai Weiwei. The studio in
the northeast suburbs has been Ai's primary work space since 2006,
although his has mostly been based in Europe in recent years.
2018 Aug 3, Congo DRC barred
opposition leader Moise Katumbi (53) from returning home to file a
bid to run in the volatile country's presidential elections. The
public prosecutor's office said Katumbi had been charged with
"harming the state's domestic and external security" and would be
immediately arrested if he returned.
2018 Aug 3, In Crimea employees
said US firm Best Western Hotels & Resorts, the last Western
hotel chain still in Crimea, has pulled out because of sanctions
imposed after Russia annexed the region from Ukraine.
2018 Aug 3, Danish police were
called to a shopping center in Horsholm, a city of some 46,000
inhabitants to confront a woman (28) wearing a niqab garment
covering her face. The woman was slapped with a fine of 1,000 Danish
kroner ($156) and requested to either remove the veil or leave the
premises. She opted to leave.
2018 Aug 3, Egyptian media
reported that human remains were found on a beach in Marsa Alam. A
Czech tourist was killed by a shark while swimming in the Red Sea.
2018 Aug 3, Police in Greece
raided an office in the greater Atherns area and arrested four
Bulgarian women after a criminal ring allegedly arranged to sell
officers a 4-day old infant. Nine people were arrested on suspicion
of running the criminal ring that sold newborn babies to childless
(SFC, 8/7/18, p.A2)
2018 Aug 3, Former Guatemalan
president Alvaro Colom, arrested in February over corruption
allegations, left preventative detention after his $133,000 bond was
2018 Aug 3, An Indonesian
fishing boat capsized in bad weather off the island of Java, leaving
13 people missing.
2018 Aug 3, In Italy an
artificial beach along the Tiber was officially was inaugurated. But
thunderstorms and uncompleted details kept Romans waiting until Aug.
3 for a full day of sunbathing and beach volleyball near Marconi
Bridge. The Tiber River was too polluted for swimming and rats are
often seen in the water.
2018 Aug 3, Japan's government
urged a medical university to promptly disclose the results of an
investigation into its admissions process after reports alleged it
had altered the test scores of female applicants for years to deny
them entry and ensure fewer women became doctors.
2018 Aug 3, Latvia's government
voted to fund the disposal of pig carcasses after a pork producer
decided to exterminate all of its livestock when the animals
contracted African swine fever. 15,570 pigs were to be killed via
2018 Aug 3, Netherlands-based
Heineken, the world's second-largest brewer, said it has struck a
deal to expand in China, the world's biggest beer market.
2018 Aug 3, In northern
Pakistan eight girls' and four boys' schools, were attacked by bombs
and set on fire overnight in Gilgit, where Taliban-linked militants
opposed to girls' education are active.
2018 Aug 3, Palestinian Ahmed
Yaghi (25) was killed by a sniper east of Gaza City. According to
the Israeli army, some 8,000 Gazans had gathered at different spots
along the frontier, attempting to sabotage the Israeli border fence.
2018 Aug 3, In southern
Portugal blaze broke out near the town of Monchique, in rolling
hills that extend back from popular beaches in the country's Algarve
region. Some 400 firefighters and five water-dropping aircraft
battled the wildfire. Eight places in the center, south and east of
the country have broken their local temperature records amid a
2018 Aug 3, Puerto Rico police
said Pedro Marrero Diaz (33) was shot a dozen times as he lay in bed
at the Hima hospital in the northern city of Caguas. Diaz was being
treated for stomach pains. The shooter escaped the scene.
2018 Aug 3, Russia denied a
report by the Wall Street Journal that said Moscow was allowing
thousands of fresh North Korean laborers into the country and
granting them new work permits in potential violation of UN
sanctions. Russia said fresh documents had been issued to laborers
already based in Russia who were working on old contracts.
2018 Aug 3, Spain's PM Pedro
Sanchez announced that a new central operational command for migrant
management will coordinate Spain's response to the thousands of
migrants arriving each month.
2018 Aug 3, Tunisian
authorities said they had arrested two suspects in connection with a
biological bomb plot thwarted on June 12 by police in Germany.
2018 Aug 3, A Turkish court
jailed nine defendants for life for twin bombings in the capital
Ankara in 2015 that killed more than 100 people.
2018 Aug 3, Official Turkish
statistics showed that local inflation rose again last month to
nearly 16 percent, increasing pressure on the central bank to hike
2018 Aug 3, UN experts said in
a new report that North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and
missile programs and is violating UN sanctions including by "a
massive increase in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum
2018 Aug 3, The World Health
Organization said Yemen may be on the brink of a new cholera
epidemic, with a heightened death rate due to widespread
malnutrition. The UN hoped for a ceasefire in the north to allow for
2018 Aug 3, Zimbabwe's
opposition leader Nelson Chamisa lashed the results of the country's
landmark presidential elections as "fraudulent" and "illegitimate"
but signaled he would take the path of law to contest the outcome.
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