Today in History - August 4
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1060 Aug 4,
Henry I (52), King of France (1027-60), died.
1181 Aug 4, A supernova was
seen in Cassiopeia. Chinese and Japanese astronomers observed a
supernova. The star 3C58 was later identified as the heart of the
explosion in the constellation Cassiopeia. In 2002 it was thought to
be composed of quarks.
(MC, 8/4/02)(SFC, 4/11/02, p.A2)
1265 Aug 4, King Henry III in
the Battle at Evesham put down a revolt of English barons lead by
Simon de Montfort. Montfort, the English earl of Leicester, died in
(HN, 8/4/98)(MC, 8/4/02)
1347 Aug 4, English troops
conquered Ft. Calais. After an 11 month siege, French Calais fell to
England's King Edward III. English rule lasted for more than two
(WSJ, 11/6/95, p. A-1)(MC, 8/4/02)
1476 Aug 4, Jacob van
Armagnac-Pardiac, French duke of Nemours, was beheaded.
1498 Aug 4-1498 Aug 12,
Christopher Columbus explored the Gulf of Paria (Venezuela) between
Trinidad and South America.
1558 Aug 4, 1st printing of
Zohar (Jewish Kabala).
1578 Aug 4, A crusade against
the Moors of Morocco was routed at the Battle of Alcazar-el-Kebir.
King Sebastian of Portugal and 8,000 of his soldiers were killed.
Sebastian was killed along with the King of Fez and the Moorish
Pretender in the Battle of Alcazar. He was succeeded by Cardinal
(TL-MB, 1988, p.22)(HN, 8/4/98)
1664 Aug 4, Louis Lully,
composer, was born.
1666 Aug 4, Johan Evertsen,
Italian admiral of Zeeland, was lynched in Brielle.
1689 Aug 4-5, War between
England and France led them to use their native American allies as
proxies. In retaliation for the French attack on the Seneca in 1687,
one thousand, five hundred Iroquois, with English support, attacked
Lachine down river from the mission of the Mountain of Ville-Marie
(Montreal), killing some 400. They put everything to fire and
axe. Some suggest that this is a gross exaggeration and that
only 24-25 were killed and likely 90 were captured by the Iroquois,
but never returned.
1693 Aug 4, Dom Perignon
invented champagne. [see 1688]
1704 Aug 4, In the War of
Spanish Succession, an Anglo-Dutch fleet captured Gibraltar.
1705 Aug 4, Vaclav Matyas
Gurecky, composer, was born.
1717 Aug 4, A friendship treaty
was signed between France and Russia.
1735 Aug 4, A jury acquitted
John Peter Zenger of the New York Weekly Journal of seditious libel.
1753 Aug 4, George Washington
became a master mason.
1789 Aug 4, The Constituent
Assembly in France dissolved feudal system by abolishing the
privileges of nobility.
(HN, 8/4/98)(MC, 8/4/02)
1790 Aug. 4, US Treasury
Secretary Alexander Hamilton urged that ten boats for the collection
of revenue be built. This was to stop smuggling, especially of
coffee, which was hampering trade. The Coast Guard was born as the
Revenue Cutter Service. The Coast Guard was empowered to board and
inspect any vessel in US waters and any US boat anywhere in the
(Smith., 8/95, p.25)(HFA, '96, p.36)(SFC,
5/20/96, p.A-16)(AP, 8/4/00)
1792 Aug 4, Percy Bysshe
Shelley (d.1822), English poet and author who wrote "Prometheus
Unbound," was born in Field Place, England. He married Mary
Wollstonecraft Godwin, author of "Frankenstein." He wrote the poem
(WUD, 1994, p.1314)(HN, 8/4/98)
1805 Aug 4, William Rowan
Hamilton (d.1865), Irish scientist, was born.
1809 Aug 4, Hapsburg Emp.
Francis I appointed Count Clemens von Metternich (36) minister of
(PC, 1992 ed, p.371)
1821 Aug 4, The 1st edition of
Saturday Evening Post was published. It continued until 1969.
1830 Aug 4, Plans for the city
of Chicago were laid out.
1855 Aug 4, John Bartlett, a
Cambridge bookseller, published the 1st edition of "Bartlett’s
(WSJ, 10/18/02, p.W17)(MC, 8/4/02)
1859 Aug 4, French priest John
Vianney (b.1789), known as the Cure of Ars, died. He had helped to
hide priests on the run during the French Revolution. In 1925 he was
canonized by Pope Pius XI, who in 1929 made him patron saint of
parish priests. In 2019 the Knights of Columbus fraternity sponsored
a US pilgrimage of his heart.
1864 Aug 4, Federal troops fail
to capture Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island, one of the Confederate
forts defending Mobile Bay. [see Aug 3]
1875 Aug 4, The first
Convention of Colored Newspapermen was held in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1875 Aug 4, Hans Christian
Andersen (b.1805), Danish fairy tale writer, died. His biography was
later written by Elias Bredsdorff (d.2002 at 90).
(SFC, 8/23/02, p.A27)(MC, 8/4/02)
1879 Aug 4, A law was passed in
Germany making Alsace Lorraine a territory of the empire.
1884 Aug 4, Thomas Stevens
(1853-1935) arrived in Boston after 104 days from SF in the 1st
bicycle trip to cross the US. He later continued around world (2 yrs
9 mos) on a trip financed with articles for "Outing and the
(MC, 4/22/02)(ON, 9/03, p.12)
1892 Aug 4, Lizzie Borden’s
father and stepmother, Andrew and Abby Durfee Gray Borden, were
killed with an ax in Fall River, Mass. Based on strong
circumstantial evidence, Sunday school teacher Lizzie (32), Andrew
Borden's daughter from a previous marriage, was charged and
acquitted of the murders by an all-male jury. Later an opera titled
"Lizzie Borden" by Jack Beeson drew a portrait of family pathology
that depicted her as guilty of the crime.
(WSJ,3/13/95, p.A-13)(AP, 8/4/97)(SFC, 9/17/97,
1900 Aug 4, Elizabeth
Bowes-Lyon (d.2002), later known as the Queen Mum (mother of Queen
Elizabeth II), was born in Scotland as the daughter of Lord Glamis,
who became the 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne. She later
became the wife of King George VI.
(SFC, 8/4/00, p.A18)(SFC, 8/5/00, p.A12)(WSJ,
8/10/00, p.A16)(MC, 8/4/02)
1901 Aug 4, Louis Armstrong,
jazz trumpet player, was born. Laurence Bergreen in 1997 wrote a
biography titled: "Louis Armstrong: An Extravagant Life." [see Jul
(SFEC, 6/29/97, BR p.4)(HN, 8/4/01)
1903 Aug 4, Cardinal Giuseppe
Sarto of Venice was elected Pope Pius X.
1908 Aug 4, Bronson Howard
(b.1842), playwright and Detroit-born founder of the American
Dramatist’s Club, died in New Jersey.
1909 Aug 4, Baseball umpire Tim
Hurst instigated a riot by spitting at A's 2nd baseman Eddie
Collins, who had questioned a call. This lead to Hurst's banishment.
1912 Aug 4, Raoul Wallenberg,
Swedish diplomat credited with saving nearly 100,000 Budapest Jews
during World War II, was born.
1912 Aug 4, The 1st detachment
of American forces requested by President Diaz, arrived at Managua,
Nicaragua, from Corinto. It was a handful of seamen from the USS
1914 Aug 4, Britain and Belgium
declared war after German troops entered Belgium. The United States
proclaimed its neutrality. Britain’s entry also committed its
dominions of Australia, Canada, Newfoundland, New Zealand and South
Africa. AS WWI started the financial press helped to cover up news
of a run on the Bank of England.
(HNQ, 7/24/98)(AP, 8/4/97)(Econ, 8/2/14,
p.45)(Econ, 9/27/14, p.70)
1916 Aug 4, The United States
signed a treaty to purchase the Danish Virgin Islands for $25
million. The US purchased the southern Virgin Islands including St.
Thomas, St. John, St. Croix and about 50 other small Caribbean
islets and cays from Denmark. They were then known as the Danish
West Indies. The Act of March 3, 1917, authorized payment by the US
of $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
(WUD, 1994, p.1595)(AP, 8/4/97)(HNQ, 11/20/99)
1917 Aug 4, Pravda called for
the killing of all capitalists, priests and officers.
1927 Aug 4, Eugène Atget
(b.1857) French photographer, died. He was noted for his photographs
documenting the architecture and street scenes of Paris. An
inspiration for the surrealists and other artists, his work only
gained wide attention after his death.
1929 Aug 4, Some 60,000 SA and
SS storm troopers marched in Munich.
1930 Aug 4, Michael Cullen
introduced King Kullen in queens, NYC, the 1st US supermarket.
(SFC, 8/4/05, p.C1)
1930 Aug 4, Siegfried Wagner
(61), German opera composer and son of Richard Wagner, died.
1932 Aug 4, Luigi Beccali
(1907-1990), Italian athlete, won Olympic gold in the 1500 meters.
He gave a Fascist salute at the winners’ podium.
(WSJ, 4/12/08, p.R2)(http://tinyurl.com/6al4up)
1936 Aug 4, Jesse Owens
(1913-1980) won his 2nd Olympic medal (long jump) at the Berlin
1940 Aug 4, The Paris Soir
reported that Gen. Charles de Gaulle had been condemned to death in
absentia for treason by a Vichy military court.
(WSJ, 8/2/00, p.A12)
1940 Aug 4, Zeev Jabotinsky
(b.1880), a revisionist Zionist leader, died in NY. He co-founded
the Jewish Legion of the British army in World War I and later
established several Jewish organizations, including Beitar, Hatzohar
and the Irgun. He had argued that no concession could appease Arabs.
1942 Aug 4, The British
government charged that Mohandas Gandhi and his All-Indian Congress
Party favored "appeasement" with Japan.
1942 Aug 4, The 1st train with
Jews departed Mechelen, Belgium, to Auschwitz.
1944 Aug 4, RAF pilot T. D.
Dean became the first pilot to destroy a V-1 buzz bomb when he
tipped the pilotless craft's wing, sending it off course.
1944 Aug 4, British 8th army
reached the suburbs of Florence, Italy.
1944 Aug 4, Nazi police
raided the secret annex of a building in Amsterdam and arrested
eight people, including 15-year-old Anne Frank, whose diary became a
famous account of the Holocaust. She died at the Bergen-Belsen
concentration camp in the spring of 1945, just weeks before the camp
was liberated. Miep Gies (1909-2010), secretary to Anne’s father
Otto, collected the scattered pages of Anne’s diary and returned
them to Otto Frank after the war.
(AP, 8/4/02)(Econ, 1/30/10, p.95)
1944 Aug 4, A Halifax JP-276A
took off on its final flight from the Italian city of Brindisi
around 8 p.m., to drop weapons, ammunition and medical supplies for
resistance fighters involved in the Warsaw Uprising against the
Nazis. The plane was shot down by Poland's Nazis occupiers and
crashed near the town of Dabrowa Tarnowska, in southern Poland.
Remnants were recovered in 2006 and the remains of the crew, 5
Canadians and 2 Britons, were formally buried in 2007.
1948 Aug 4, A 5 day US southern
filibuster succeeded in maintaining the poll tax.
1952 Aug 4, Helicopters from
the U.S. Air Force Air Rescue Service landed in Germany, completing
the first transatlantic flight by helicopter in 51 hours and 55
minutes of flight time.
1953 Aug 4, Black families
moved into the Trumbull Park housing project in Chicago.
1954 Aug 4, A uranium rush
began in Saskatchewan, Canada.
1955 Aug 4, Billy Bob Thornton,
American actor, was born. He became an occasional director,
playwright, screenwriter and singer. By 2009 he was married five
times, his most recent ex-wife being actress Angelina Jolie.
1955 Aug 4, Eisenhower
authorized $46 million for the construction of CIA headquarters.
1955 Aug 4, The U-2
reconnaissance prototype made its first flight.
(NPub, 2002, p.17)
1956 Aug 4, Elvis Presley
released "Hound Dog."
1958 Aug 4, Mary Decker
Stanley, winner of seven track and field records, was born.
1958 Aug 4, Billboard, founded
in 1894, premiered its all-genre singles Hot 100 chart.
1961 Aug 4, Barack Obama, later
US Senator from Illinois, was born in Honolulu to a black Kenyan
father and a white American mother. He lived most of his early life
in Hawaii. From ages six to ten, he lived in Jakarta, Indonesia with
his mother and Indonesian stepfather.
1964 Aug 4, Pres. Johnson
ordered an immediate retaliation for the Aug 2 attack on the US
destroyer Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin off North Vietnam.
(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.F5)
1964 Aug 4, The destroyers
U.S.S. Maddox and Turner Joy allegedly exchanged fire with supposed
North Vietnamese patrol boats. At the time it was taken as evidence
that Hanoi was raising the stakes against the United States. The
destroyers were in effect shooting at false radar contacts. In 2005
it was reported that a secret 2001 report had concluded that the NSA
officers deliberately distorted the Aug 4 data to support the belief
that North Vietnamese ships attacked American destroyers 2 days
after a previous clash.
1964 Aug 4, The bodies of
missing civil rights workers Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew Goodman
and James E. Chaney were found buried in an earthen dam in Nashoba
County, Mississippi. Schwerner and Goodman were Jewish-Americans
from Pelham and New York City respectively and Chaney was a Black
from Meridian, Mississippi. The three civil rights workers had
disappeared from Philadelphia, Mississippi, on June 21, 1964, not
long after they had been held for six hours in the Neshoba County,
Mississippi jail on charges of speeding. Their burned car was
discovered on June 23rd, prompting a search by the FBI for the three
young men. Their story became the basis for the movie Mississippi
Burning, starring Gene Hackman, Willem Defoe and Frances McDormand
in 1988. In 2005, on the forty-first anniversary of the crime, Edgar
Ray Killen (80) an ordained Baptist minister, was found guilty of
three counts of manslaughter.
(AP, 8/4/97)(WSJ, 1/16/98, p.A12)
1972 Aug 4, Arthur Bremer
(b.1950) was sentenced to 63 years for shooting Alabama Gov. Wallace
and 3 bystanders on May 15, 1972, in Laurel, Maryland. An appeal
reduced the sentence to 53 years. After 35 years of incarceration,
Bremer was released from prison on parole on November 9, 2007. He
remains on probation until 2025 and resides in a halfway house in
1972 Aug 4, Uganda’s president
Idi Amin gave some 50,000 Asians 90 days to leave the country
following an alleged dream in which, he claimed, God told him to
1975 Aug 4, In Malaysia the
Japanese Red Army raided a building in Kuala Lumpur that housed US,
Swedish, Japanese and Canadian embassies. 52 hostages were exchanged
for Red Army members.
1977 Aug 4, President Carter
signed a measure establishing the Department of Energy.
1977 Aug 4, In San Francisco
some 50 elderly tenants of the International Hotel in Chinatown were
forcefully evicted by police as thousands of protestors filled the
streets. The structure was demolished in 1979 and a hole occupied
the site. In 2004 city officials declared a 2-block corridor on
Kearny as “Manilatown” as construction rose on 14-story Int’l. Hotel
Senior Residences. In 2007 Estella Habal authored “San Francisco’s
International Hotel: Mobilizing the Filipino American Community in
the Anti-Eviction Movement.”
(SFC, 12/13/96, p.A30)(SFC, 8/1/97,
p.A25)(eyewitness)(SFC, 6/8/01, WBa p.6)(SFC, 7/24/02, p.A17)(SFC,
7/28/04, p.B1)(SSFC, 8/19/07, p.M1)
1980 Aug 4, Susan G. Komen (36)
died of breast cancer. Her sister Nancy G. Brinker went on to found
the Susan B. Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity. In 2010 she
authored her memoir “Promise Me.”
(SSFC, 8/8/10, Par p.8)
1981 Aug 4, In Bolivia Pres.
Luis Garcia Meza, 1980 military coup leader, was succeeded by Gen.
Celso Torrelio (1933-1999). Meza resigned in the face of outcries at
home and abroad about corruption, cruelty and economic catastrophe.
1982 Aug 4, Ronald Smith of
Canada killed two Americans in Montana during a drunken road trip.
In March 1893 Smith was convicted and sentenced to death.
1983 Aug 4, In Burkina Faso
Blaise Compaore played a key role in a coup that brought Thomas
Sankara (1949-1987) to power.
1984 Aug 4, In Germany Robert
Brown (24), a former American soldier, struck Nicola Stiel (19) and
raped her, then strangled her to prevent her from reporting the
rape. In 2009 Brown was extradited to Germany to face charges that
he raped and murdered the woman near where he worked on a US
military base in Hesse state.
1987 Aug 4, The Federal
Communications Commission voted 4-0 to rescind the Fairness
Doctrine, which required radio and television stations to present
balanced coverage of controversial issues. The US Supreme Court had
ruled it constitutional in 1969.
(AP, 8/4/97)(SFC, 5/5/03, p.B4)
1987 Aug 4, Carlina White (19
days) was abducted from a Harlem hospital. In 2011 Ann Pettway of
North Carolina surrendered to authorities days after White (23),
raised as Nejdra Nance, re-united with her biological mother Joy
1987 Aug 4, Jesse Unruh
(b.1922), Democrat and the 54th speaker of the California state
Assembly (1961-1969), died while serving as California state
treasurer (1975-1987). In 2007 Bill Boyarsky authored “Big Daddy:
Jesse Unruh and the Art of Power Politics.”
1988 Aug 4, Hertz car rental
agreed to pay out $23 million in a consumer fraud case.
1989 Aug 4, Iranian President
Hashemi Rafsanjani offered to help end the hostage crisis in
Lebanon, prompting President Bush to say he was "encouraged."
1990 Aug 4, In Armenia Levon
Ter-Petrosyan (52) was elected Chairman of the Armenian Supreme
1990 Aug 4, The European
Community imposed an embargo on imports of oil from Iraq and Kuwait
to protest the Baghdad government’s invasion of its oil-rich
1991 Aug 4, The Greek luxury
liner "Oceanos" sank in heavy seas off South Africa’s southeast
coast; all 402 passengers and 179 crew members survived.
1991 Aug 4, Israeli Cabinet
members overwhelmingly backed a Middle East peace conference under
conditions set by Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir.
1992 Aug 4, The crew of the
space shuttle Atlantis encountered difficulties as they tried to
reel out a satellite attached to miles of thin cord as part of an
1993 Aug 4, The US Senate
approved a $5.8 billion disaster bill for Midwestern flood victims.
1993 Aug 4, A federal judge
sentenced Los Angeles police officers Stacey Koon and Laurence
Powell to 2 1/2 years in prison for violating Rodney King's civil
1993 Aug 4, Rwandan Hutu's and
Tutsi's negotiated power-sharing agreement in Arusha, Tanzania. It
was viewed as a sellout by extremist leaders of the Hutu majority.
1994 Aug 4, Howard Stern
dropped out of the NY gubernatorial race.
1994 Aug 4, Serb-dominated
Yugoslavia withdrew its support for Bosnian Serbs, sealing the
300-mile border between Yugoslavia and Serb-held Bosnia.
1995 Aug 4, A US judge ruled
that Oregon's assisted-suicide law, approved by the voters last
Nov., is unconstitutional. The law would have allowed doctors to
prescribe lethal doses of drugs for dying patients.
(WSJ, 8/4/95, p.B-1)
1995 Aug 4, That 1% of
Americans own 40% of the nation's wealth is uncontested as fact.
(WSJ, 8/4/95, p.A-11)
1995 Aug 4, J. Howard Marshall
II, Texas oil tycoon and alumnus of Haverford College, Pa., died. In
1994 Marshall had married Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith (26).
In 2002, a federal judge ruled that the dying 90-year-old truly
loved his then 26-year-old wife and awarded her $88 million in a
court fight with Marshall’s son. In 2004 an appeals court reversed
the judgment. In 2010 a federal appeals court recognized a 2001 jury
verdict in Texas that determined an irrevocable trust and will
leaving $1.6 billion to Pierce Marshall was valid.
12/31/04)(SFC, 3/20/10, p.A6)
1995 Aug 4, Croatia launched an
offensive against Krajina, Operation Storm, and captured in days a
region that Serb rebels had held for 4 years. Most of its province
of Krajina, including the Serb stronghold Knin, was taken in a 3-day
offensive. Some 3,000 shells were fired into Knin and less than 250
hit military targets. Some 100,000 Croatian Serbs were driven from
the area. Up to 600 Serb civilians were killed. A report on the
events was published in 1999: "Report on the Military Operation
Storm and its Aftermath" by the Croatian Helsinki Committee for
(WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A14)(SFC,10/16/97, p.A12)(SFEC,
3/21/99, p.A17)(SFC, 4/27/99, p.A10)
1996 Aug 4, On the final day of
the Atlanta Olympics, Josia Thugwane became the first black South
African to win a gold medal as he finished first in the marathon;
the U.S. women's basketball team defeated Brazil 111-87 to win the
gold; David Reid won the only boxing gold medal for the United
States. A three-hour closing ceremony of music, dance and light,
attended by at least 80,000 people, brought the games to an official
close with a final ceremony.
(WSJ, 8/5/96, p.A1)(AP, 8/4/97)
1996 Aug 4, In San Francisco
the Cannabis Buyer’s Club at 1444 Market St. was raided by agents of
the California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.
(SFC, 8/5/96, p.A1)
1997 Aug 4, US Teamsters under
Ron Carey (1935-2008) went on a 15-day strike against United Parcel
Service after talks broke down with nation's largest package
(AP, 8/4/98)(SFC, 12/13/08, p.B5)
1997 Aug 4, From Bosnia it was
reported that Croats near Jajce had driven out hundreds of Muslims
who had recently returned to their homes.
(WSJ, 8/4/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 4, In Cuba a small
explosion damaged a lobby in a Havana hotel. US-based groups were
blamed for this and a pair of bombings from 3 weeks ago.
(WSJ, 8/5/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 4, In France the
world’s oldest person, Jeanne Calment (b.1875), died in Arles at the
record age of 122. The title was passed on to Christien Mortensen of
San Rafael, Ca., (115). It was later found that Marie-Louise
Febronie Meilleur of Ontario was to turn 117 in August.
p.A18)(SFC, 8/15/97, p.A20)
1997 Aug 4, From Mexico it was
reported that the Lacandon Jungle rain forest was 40% destroyed from
its original 4 million acres. Poor peasants were clearing the jungle
by fire to provide for agricultural needs.
(SFC, 8/4/97, p.A8)
1997 Aug 4, In Mexico gunmen
killed 6 people in the Max Fim restaurant in Ciudad Juarez.
(SFC, 8/5/97, p.A9)
1997 Aug 4, In Montserrat
superheated rock from the Soufriere Hills volcano flowed into the
abandoned capital of Plymouth.
(SFC, 8/5/97, p.A9)
1997 Aug 4, Russia announced
that it would redenominate the ruble at the beginning of 1998. Three
zeroes would be taken off the bills with current inflation at about
(WSJ, 8/5/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 4, In Sri Lanka
weekend fighting reportedly left 200 Tamil Tigers and 67 government
troops dead. The rebel bodies were severely disfigured.
(SFC, 8/5/97, p.A9)
1997 Aug 4, In Turkey 76
military officers and nco’s were dismissed in a continuing effort to
root out Islamic activism in the ranks.
(WSJ, 8/5/97, p.A1)
1998 Aug 4, Turning aside an
urgent White House appeal, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist
cleared the way for prosecutors to question White House lawyers
about their advice to President Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky case.
1998 Aug 4, In Michigan
Geoffrey Fieger, a defense lawyer for Dr. Jack Kevorkian, won the
Democratic nomination for governor.
(SFC, 8/6/93, p.A5)
1998 Aug 4, The US Air Force
announced plans to group its combat aircraft into ten teams over the
next 2 years.
(SFC, 8/5/98, p.A4)
1998 Aug 4, The Dow Jones
industrial average plunged 299.43 points, the third-biggest point
drop to that time finishing at 8,487.31.
(SFC, 8/5/98, p.A1)(AP, 8/4/99)
1998 Aug 4, In Colombia over 2
dozen attacks in half of the nation’s 32 provinces left at least 76
(SFC, 8/5/98, p.A10)(WSJ, 8/5/98, p.A1)
1998 Aug 4, The Egyptian Jihad
under Dr. Zawahri denounced the CIA-led arrests in Albania and said
Americans should soon receive a response "in the only language that
(WSJ, 7/2/02, p.A8)
1998 Aug 4, Japan announced
that it will begin a new nuclear power plant in Higashidori in Dec.
51 nuclear power plants currently supply about 1/3 of the nation’s
(SFC, 8/5/98, p.A10)
1998 Aug 4, A heat wave swept
over Eastern Europe and caused 20 deaths in Romania.
(SFC, 8/5/98, p.A10)
1998 Aug 4, In Sri Lanka Pres.
Kumaratunga ordered a month-long state of emergency and effectively
postponed provincial elections scheduled for August.
(SFC, 8/8/98, p.B1)
1999 Aug 4, On the eve of
congressional votes on the Republicans’ $792 billion tax cut
proposal, President Clinton again pledged a veto, saying the GOP
package was "risky and plainly wrong."
1999 Aug 4, The New Jersey
Supreme Court ruled that the 1990 expulsion of a gay assistant
scoutmaster by the Boy Scouts of America violated the state's
(SFC, 8/5/99, p.A3)
1999 Aug 4, Dow Chemical said
it was acquiring Union Carbide for $9.3 billion in stock.
(SFC, 8/5/99, p.A1)
1999 Aug 4, Victor Mature
(b.1913), film star died in San Diego County, California. His career
included 55 movies, 5 marriages and $18 million which he invested
1999 Aug 4, George Robertson,
British Defense Minister, was chosen as the new secretary general of
(SFC, 8/5/99, p.A10)
1999 Aug 4, It was reported
that flooding of the Yangtze River had left 1.8 million people
homeless. Summer flooding left some 725 people dead.
(WSJ, 8/5/99, p.A1)(SFC, 8/6/99, p.A12)
1999 Aug 4, In Congo at least
518 people, mostly civilians, were killed when Sudanese planes, at
the request of Congo's government, bombed the rebel-held towns of
Makanza and Bogbonga. Sudan denied the charges and Congolese Pres.
Kabila denied responsibility.
(SFC, 8/5/99, p.A12)(SFC, 8/7/99, p.A12)
1999 Aug 4, Cuban high jumper
Javier Sotomajor was stripped of his gold medal from the Pan
American Games after he tested positive for cocaine.
(WSJ, 8/5/99, p.A1)
1999 Aug 4, In Iran the daily
Salam newspaper was banned for 5 years and publisher
Mousavi-Khoeiniha was barred from journalism.
(SFC, 8/5/99, p.A14)
1999 Aug 4, In Kashmir 4 days
of fighting left at least 50 people dead including 32 militants and
7 Indian soldiers.
(SFC, 8/6/99, p.A16)
1999 Aug 4, It was reported
that flooding in North Korea had claimed 42 lives.
(WSJ, 8/4/99, p.A1)
1999 Aug 4, In Russia the
Fatherland Party of Yuri Luzhkov merged with the governor's All
(SFC, 8/5/99, p.A12)
2000 Aug 4, Fresh from the
Republican national convention in Philadelphia, GOP presidential
nominee George W. Bush and running mate Dick Cheney began an air and
rail tour of four swing states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and
Illinois. For his part, Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore
mocked the Republican gathering as a special-interests-sponsored
2000 Aug 4, NY officials issued
a statewide alert for West Nile encephalitis after the 1st case of
the year was reported on Staten Island.
(SFC, 8/5/00, p.A3)
2000 Aug 4, In England the
Queen Mum celebrated her 100th birthday.
(SFC, 8/4/00, p.A18)
2000 Aug 4, It was reported
that the war in Chechnya had killed 2,508 Russian soldiers since
8/2/99. A mother’s group put the figure up to 6,000.
(WSJ, 8/4/00, p.A1)
2000 Aug 4, In Georgia three
Red Cross workers were believed to have been kidnapped. Their car
was found the next day near the border with Chechnya.
(SFC, 8/7/00, p.C16)(WSJ, 8/7/00, p.A1)
2000 Aug 4, Ildefonso Salido
Ibarra, owner of the El Debate newspaper, was kidnapped in Sinaloa
state. He was released after 4 days.
2000 Aug 4, Russia reported
that Chechen rebels had decapitated 2 Russian colonels, who had been
seized earlier in the Vedeno region.
(SFC, 8/5/00, p.C1)
2001 Aug 4, In Florida an
immigration official turned back Muhammed al-Kahtani (al-Qahtani), a
Saudi who had flown in from London with $2,800 in cash and no return
ticket. He was later captured in Afghanistan and detained at
Guantanamo after officials suspected that he was the intended 20th
hijacker for the Nov 11 attacks. In 2008 the Pentagon dropped
charges against al-Qahtani.
(Econ, 2/16/08, p.39)(AP, 5/13/08)
2001 Aug 4, Steve Fossett
launched his 5th bid to circle the globe in an unpressurized gondola
from Australia. He set a duration record on Aug 16 over Argentina.
He was forced down over Brazil on Aug 17.
(SFC, 8/17/01, p.D1)(SFC, 8/18/01, p.A8)
2001 Aug 4, In NYC police
officer Joseph Gray (40) ran over Maria Herrera (24), her son Andy
and her sister (16). A baby boy was delivered by c-section but did
not survive. Gray had been drinking with fellow officers at a strip
club and was later charged with manslaughter for killing the family
while driving drunk on his way to work. 17 cops at the 72nd precinct
were soon disciplined transferred or suspended. Gray was convicted
of manslaughter in 2002 and sentenced to five to 15 years in prison.
Ms. Herrera's husband, Victor, and his mother-in-law, Maria Peña,
later filed lawsuits. The city settled the civil lawsuit for $1.5
2001 Aug 4, Thousands of
admirers turned out in London to celebrate the 101st birthday of
Britain's Queen Mother Elizabeth in what would be the last such
celebration. The Queen Mother died March 30, 2002.
2001 Aug 4, In India torrential
rains and floods swept over Bihar state and at least 3 people were
killed. Thousands were marooned.
(SSFC, 8/5/01, p.A14)
2001 Aug 4, The Israeli army
fired missiles at a convoy carrying the Palestinian West Bank leader
(SSFC, 8/5/01, p.A12)
2001 Aug 4, In Macedonia ethnic
Albanian rebels lobbed mortars at police stations near Tetovo.
(SSFC, 8/5/01, p.A14)
2001 Aug 4, Philippine soldiers
rescued 13 hostages of the 36 seized by Abu Sayyaf rebels on Aug 2.
(SSFC, 8/5/01, p.A14)
2001 Aug 4, In Moscow Kim Jong
Il and Pres. Putin signed a joint statement declaring that North
Korea’s missile program is not designed to threaten any nation.
(SSFC, 8/5/01, p.A12)(AP, 8/4/02)
2002 Aug 4, US Treasury Sec.
Paul O'Neill arrived in Uruguay and announced a $1.5 billion
temporary loan to stabilize the financial crises.
(SFC, 8/5/02, p.A10)
2002 Aug 4, It was reported
that low-grade inflammation is worse for human health than high
cholesterol levels. Increases of C-reactive protein from the
inflammation could trigger the release of lumps of plaque and cause
arterial clots leading to heart attacks. Associated factors included
high blood pressure, smoking and chronic gum disease.
(SSFC, 8/4/02, p.A9)
2002 Aug 4, In Dallas, Tx., a
man, woman and 3 children were shot to death. The woman's husband
was taken into custody.
(SFC, 8/5/02, p.A7)
2002 Aug 4, In Bolivia Gonzalo
Sanchez de Lozada (72), a wealthy businessman who grew up in the
United States and former president (1882-1997), was voted by
Congress (84-43) to the presidency for a second time.
2002 Aug 4, Britain's Queen
Elizabeth closed Manchester's hugely successful Commonwealth Games
after 11 days of sport and ceremony.
2002 Aug 4, Holly Wells and
Jessica Chapman vanished while walking near their homes in Soham, 12
miles northeast of Cambridge, England. [see Aug 16] On August 17,
2002 a game warden found their partially burned bodies in a
six-foot-deep ditch close to the RAF Lakenheath airbase in Suffolk.
2002 Aug 4, India's federal
government planned to distribute 7.142 billion rupees ($147 million)
to 12 states to tackle problems arising out of a failed monsoon.
Much of India was facing the worst drought in a decade due to
erratic monsoon rains. An outbreak of encephalitis in India's remote
northeastern state of Assam rose to 100 on Sunday, as heavy monsoon
rains wreaked havoc in large parts of the region.
2002 Aug 4, In northern Israel
a Palestinian suicide bomber blew apart a bus during rush hour,
killing at least nine people, wounding dozens. 3 more people died in
a gun battle outside the Damascus Gate. 7 Arabs with Israeli
citizenship were later arrested for assisting the bomber.
(AP, 8/4/02)(SFC, 8/5/02, p.A1)(SFC, 8/27/02,
2002 Aug 4, In southeastern
Spain 2 people, including a 6-year-old girl, were killed and several
others were injured when a car bomb exploded in front of a military
police barracks. Twenty-five others were injured.
2003 Aug 4, California Governor
Gray Davis asked the state Supreme Court to delay his Oct. 7 recall
election until the following March. The recall went ahead as
2003 Aug 4, In northern
Afghanistan a soldier of warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum mishandled a
mortar and the shell exploded, killing 13 troops and injuring nine
2003 Aug 4, Azerbaijan's
parliament named ailing President Geidar Aliev's son, Ilham Geidar
Oglu Aliev (b.1961), as PM.
2003 Aug 4, Brazilian novelist
Ruben Fonseca (b.1925) won Mexico's prestigious Juan Rulfo Prize for
2003 Aug 4, In China’s Qiqihar
city one person died and 43 people were injured after construction
workers broke open several barrels of World War II mustard gas
abandoned by Japanese troops. In 2010 a Tokyo court rejected
compensation claims by a group of Chinese plaintiffs, who demanded
the Japanese government pay 1.43 billion yen ($16 million) in
2003 Aug 4, In Honduras 9
members of a family were shot to death by suspected gang that raided
their home in San Pedro Sula.
2003 Aug 4, West African forces
arrived in Liberia to oversee the departure of President Charles
2003 Aug 4, Chung Mong-hun (54)
a top executive of the Hyundai conglomerate, whose business
spearheaded reconciliation efforts with North Korea but ended up
tangled in debt and scandal, plunged to his death from his office
2003 Aug 4, Mexico's federal
government dispatched some 650 federal agents to Tijuana in the
latest attempt to curb smuggling and corruption in the rough border
2003 cAug 4, Pres. Putin
visited Malaysia to seal a $900 million sale of Sukhoi fighter jets
and tout Russia's liberal sale policies.
(WSJ, 8/5/03, p.A1)
2004 Aug 4, The Georgia men's
basketball team was placed on four years' probation for rules
violations under former coach Jim Harrick.
2004 Aug 4, Richard Smith, a
Staten Island ferry pilot, pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in
a crash that killed 11 commuters in the October 15, 2003, wreck of
the Andrew J. Barberi Staten Island ferry, acknowledging that he'd
passed out at the helm after arriving at work with medication in his
2004 Aug 4, Former teacher Mary
Kay Letourneau, convicted of having sex with a sixth-grade pupil,
was released from a Washington state prison.
2004 Aug 4, It was reported
that LeapFrog Enterprises would donate 20,000 interactive women’s
health books to Afghan women under a $1.25 million development and
distribution grant from the US Dept. of health and Human Services.
(SFC, 8/4/04, p.C1)
Aug 4, In China a school employee with a history of schizophrenia
slashed 15 students and three teachers with a kitchen knife at a
Beijing kindergarten, killing one child and leaving terrified
classmates covered in blood.
2004 Aug 4, Fighting between
insurgents and Iraqi security forces in Mosul left at least 22 dead.
At least 14 of the dead were civilians.
(SFC, 8/5/04, p.A12)
2004 Aug 4, In Kashmir Muslim
militants killed nine Indian troopers in an attack on a paramilitary
camp, just hours before India and Pakistan, which both claim the
region, began a round of peace talks.
2004 Aug 4, Police in eastern
Nigeria discovered skulls and corpses of at least 83 people in
shrines where a secretive cult was believed to have carried out
traditional ritual killings. 30 shamans were arrested in a part of
Anambra state called “the evil forest.”
(AP, 8/5/04)(WSJ, 8/6/04, p.A1)(CP, 8/13/04)
2004 Aug 4, Clashes in the Gaza
Strip left 4 Palestinians dead including a 10-year-old boy. Israeli
forces uncovered a smuggling tunnel on the border with Egypt.
(SFC, 8/5/04, p.A3)
2004 Aug 4, The official Saudi
Press reported that municipal elections across Saudi Arabia, the
first such polls in decades, have been have been pushed back two
months to November.
2004 Aug 4, In southern
Tanzania some 22 villagers appeared in court on charges of killing 7
people who allegedly practiced witchcraft. Villagers said the
witches cut off the sexual organs of dead villagers and used them to
concoct charms intended to bring good harvests and fortune.
2005 Aug 4, In Washington DC
Steven Rosen (53) and Keith Weissman (53), former employees of a
pro-Israeli lobbying group, were indicted for passing classified
information to foreign officials beginning in 1999.
(SFC, 8/4/05, p.A11)
2005 Aug 4, Mayor Gavin Newsom
signed a $5.3 billion SF city budget.
(SFC, 8/5/05, p.B4)
2005 Aug 4, Milton Campbell
(70), blues singer, died in Memphis, Ten.
(SFC, 8/5/05, p.B7)
2005 Aug 4, A roadside bomb
exploded near a US military vehicle near the Afghan border with
Pakistan, killing an American service member and wounding another. 2
US service members drowned after their Humvee slid into a river
during an operation targeting insurgents in eastern Afghanistan.
2005 Aug 4, Al-Qaida's No. 2,
Ayman al-Zawahri, threatened more destruction in London in a
videotape aired on Al-Jazeera. He also threatened the United States
with tens of thousands of military dead if it did not withdraw from
Iraq; President Bush responded by saying, "We will stay the course,
we will complete the job."
2005 Aug 4, The Bank of England
cut official interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point to
4.5 percent, noting the risk that already sluggish household
spending and investment growth in Britain could slow further.
2005 Aug 4, India’s Supreme
Court upheld a lower court's death sentence on Mohammed Afzal, a
resident of south Kashmir. Afzal was found guilty of involvement in
the December 2001 parliament raid in which five gunmen killed nine
people before being shot dead.
2005 Aug 4, In Bali a truth
commission set up by Indonesia and East Timor began work, seeking to
deflect growing calls for an international tribunal to probe the
tiny territory's bloody independence vote in 1999.
2005 Aug 4, A car bomb hit
members of a radical Shiite militia in northern Iraq as attacks
nationwide killed at least 11 people. Unidentified gunmen attacked
an Iraqi army patrol in a town north of Baghdad, killing four Iraqi
troops. An American soldier assigned to a unit in Mosul was killed
(AP, 8/4/05)(AP, 8/6/05)
2005 Aug 4, Israel announced
plans to expand a settlement near Jerusalem even as it prepares to
withdraw from the Gaza Strip.
2005 Aug 4, Eden Natan Zada
(19), an Israeli soldier absent without leave, opened fire while
riding a bus in Shfaram, killing 4 Israeli Arabs and wounding 13. A
video released later shows him being beaten to death by the crowd
immediately after, while he was still on the bus.
(AP, 8/4/05)(SFC, 8/5/05,
2005 Aug 4, A Jordanian
prosecutor said Jordan has arrested 17 militants linked to al-Qaida
who were allegedly plotting to attack U.S. troops and Jordanian
2005 Aug 4, In Northern Ireland
some 40 police officers were injured trying to break up a five-hour
riot by Protestant militants who burned 10 cars and a double-decker
bus in Belfast. The mob claimed to be venting their anger over
recent police raids on the homes of Protestant paramilitary figures
in the area. About 15 homes were raided and six men arrested shortly
before the riot began.
2005 Aug 4, North Korea's envoy
to disarmament talks said that Pyongyang insists on retaining the
right to "peaceful nuclear activities," a condition that other
delegates say has deadlocked the talks.
2005 Aug 4, Pakistan's Supreme
Court blocked a proposal by an Islamist-controlled provincial
government to introduce what critics say would be a Taliban-style
judicial system enforced by religious police.
2005 Aug 4, A mini-submarine
carrying seven Russians became caught on an underwater antenna 600
feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean; the men were rescued
three days later with help from a British vessel.
2005 Aug 4, South Korean
researchers reported their successful cloning of a dog. The puppy
was born 3 months earlier and was the only success of 1,095 embryos.
In 2006 Dr. Hwang Woo Suk’s stem cell work was discredited but the
cloning of Snuppy supported.
(SFC, 8/4/05, p.A15)(WSJ, 12/24/05, p.A1)(WSJ,
2005 Aug 4, The Sudanese Red
Crescent (SRC) said at least 130 people have been killed and around
350 injured after 3 days of violence following the death of former
rebel leader and First Vice President John Garang.
2005 Aug 4, In Turkey an
explosion in a trash can in an Istanbul suburb killed a mother and
daughter and injured five others as they left a wedding party.
2006 Aug 4, The US placed
sanctions on 7 firms from North Korea, Russia, India and Cuba for
arms dealings with Iran.
(WSJ, 8/5/06, p.A1)
2006 Aug 4, In Philadelphia
Danieal Kelly (14), a disabled girl, was found dead in her mother's
squalid house covered with bone-deep, maggot-infested bedsores. She
weighed 42 pounds. In 2008 4 social workers were among 9 people
charged in relation to her death. In 2008 Andrea Kelly, the mother,
was charged with murder and Daniel, the father, was charged with
child endangerment. Both parents retained lawyers who filed suits
against their criminal co-defendants, blaming them for the girl's
demise. In 2009 mother Andrea Kelly pleaded guilty and was sentenced
to 20-40 years in prison. In 2010 case worker Julius Murray was
sentenced to 11 years in prison on fraud and obstruction in the
case. He had skipped visits and still faced involuntary manslaughter
p.A4)(SFC, 6/12/10, p.A9)
2006 Aug 4, In southern
Afghanistan 2 police officers were killed and eight others wounded
in a roadside bomb aimed at a district governor. UNICEF said schools
are increasingly being attacked across Afghanistan and an estimated
100,000 children in the south are shut out of the classroom due to
(AFP, 8/5/06)(Reuters, 8/4/06)
2006 Aug 4, In Argentina Julio
Simon, a former police officer, was sentenced to 25 years in prison
for human rights abuses in connection with the 1978 disappearance of
Chilean Jose Poblete and his Argentine wife, Gertrudis Hlaczik,
during the military dictatorship.
2006 Aug 4, Bangladesh
announced a fresh round of polio vaccination drives amid growing
signs that the lethal disease has staged a comeback in the
impoverished South Asian country.
2006 Aug 4, In Colombia leftist
rebels were blamed for two attacks, a car bomb that killed four
officers outside a Cali police station and an attack that killed two
soldiers in a western province.
2006 Aug 4, In India floods
caused by heavy monsoon rains swept away people and destroyed homes
in the southern coastal area of Andhra Pradesh, killing at least 31
people over the last 2 days.
2006 Aug 4, Hundreds of
thousands of Shiites chanting "Death to Israel" and "Death to
America" marched through the streets of Baghdad's biggest Shiite
district in a massive show of support for Hezbollah in its battle
against Israel. At least 35 people were killed elsewhere in Iraq,
many of them in a car bombing and gunbattle in the northern city of
Mosul. Some 3,700 soldiers of the Army's 172nd Stryker Brigade moved
into Baghdad from the northern city of Mosul. In Mosul 20 militants
were believed to have been killed during prolonged street gunfights
with security forces in the city's eastern neighborhoods. Gunmen
killed a bodyguard of a senior Justice Ministry official in western
Baghdad, and a police commando was killed by a roadside bomb in the
central city of Samarra.
(AP, 8/4/06)(AP, 8/5/06)
2006 Aug 4, Israel expanded its
assault on Lebanon, launching its first major attack on the
Christian heartland north of Beirut and severing the last
significant road link to Syria. Hezbollah renewed attacks on
northern Israel, killing two civilians in a barrage of 120 rockets.
An Israeli airstrike hit dozens of farm workers loading vegetables
near the Lebanon-Syria border, killing as many as 33. Five Lebanese
civilians were killed and 19 wounded in the Israeli airstrikes north
of Beirut in Christian areas where Hezbollah has little support.
Hezbollah's leader offered to stop attacking if Israel ends its
airstrikes. Israeli airstrikes flattened two southern Lebanese
houses and more than 50 people were buried in the rubble, security
officials and the state news agency said. Israel denied attacking
(AP, 8/4/06)(SFC, 8/5/06, p.A11)
2006 Aug 4, Israel began
pulling tanks out of southern Gaza after a two-day incursion.
Israeli troops conducted house-to-house searches in the southern
Gaza Strip and killed three Palestinians with tanks and air strikes.
2006 Aug 4, In Mexico's
southernmost Chiapas state a 7-year-old boy and his father died,
bringing to 10 the number of people killed after eating poisonous
mushrooms. Officials said recent genetic mutations have made some
mushrooms, consumed for years in Indian communities, newly
2006 Aug 4, In southern Nigeria
3 Filipinos working for a US construction firm were kidnapped, a day
after a German was abducted in the same region.
2006 Aug 4, In northern
Pakistan monsoon rains triggered fresh landslides and floods, as
officials and reports said 37 people had died over the last 4 days
in weather-related incidents.
2006 Aug 4, Sri Lankan troops
thwarted a Tamil Tiger rebel attack in northeastern Muttur, killing
35 insurgents. The Red Cross said 6,000 to 7,000 families were still
trying to flee Muttur.
(AP, 8/5/06)(AP, 8/7/06)
2006 Aug 4, In Turkey 2
explosives detonated within minutes of each other in a southern city
of Adana, seriously wounding one person and injuring 16 others.
2006 Aug 4, In Uganda Vincent
Otti, deputy leader of The Lord's Resistance Army, said his group
has declared a unilateral cease-fire, but government negotiators
said they have not yet agreed to peace.
2006 Aug 4, The Ukraine
Parliament named Viktor Yanukovych prime minister. His fraud-tainted
2004 presidential victory was turned back by the Orange Revolution.
2007 Aug 4, President Bush
toured the site of a collapsed highway bridge in Minneapolis,
pledging to cut red tape that could delay rebuilding.
2007 Aug 4, Barry Bonds tied
Hank Aaron's 755 career home runs as his San Francisco Giants lost
3-2 to the San Diego Padres.
2007 Aug 4, Alex Rodriguez
became at age 32 the youngest player in major league history to hit
500 home runs with a first-inning homer in a 16-8 NY Yankee victory
over Kansas City.
2007 Aug 4, In Newark, New
Jersey, 3 friends were forced to kneel against a wall behind an
elementary school and were shot to death at close range, and a
fourth was found about 30 feet away with gunshot and knife wounds to
her head. Natasha Aerial (19) was listed in fair condition at
Newark's University Hospital. Police identified her companions as
her brother, Terrance Aerial (18), Ofemi Hightower (20), and Deshawn
Harvey (20). On Aug 7 a 15-year-old boy was arrested in the case. On
Aug 8 Jose Carranza (28), an illegal immigrant from Peru, was also
arrested as a suspect. Two more suspects were arrested in suburban
DC on Aug 18.
2007 Aug 4, Oakland, Ca.,
police said they have identified Devaughndre Broussard (19), a
handyman at Your Black Muslim Bakery, as the person responsible for
the Aug 2, murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey. He was one of 7 men
arrested a day earlier. It was later learned that Broussard falsely
confessed to the killing at the urging of Yusuf Bey IV, head of the
bakery. In 2011 Broussard (23) was sentenced to 25 years behind
(SSFC, 8/5/07, p.A1)(SFC, 8/21/07, p.B1)(SFC,
2007 Aug 4, Yousef Megahed (21)
of Egypt and Ahmed Mohamed (24) of Kuwait, students from the Univ.
of South Florida, were arrested following a speeding stop in the
vicinity of the Naval Weapons Station, located in Goose Creek, South
Carolina. Pipe bombs were found in their vehicle. They were later
indicted for carrying explosives across state lines. In 2008 Ahmed
Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed pleaded guilty in a Tampa court to making
a video demonstrating how to build a remote bomb detonator to help
9/1/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/19/08, p.A2)
2007 Aug 4, NASA launched its
Phoenix Mars Lander, a robotic dirt and ice digger, scheduled to
land on Mars on May 25, 2008.
(SSFC, 8/5/07, p.A10)
2007 Aug 4, Lee Hazlewood
(b.1929), songwriter, died in Henderson, Nev. His songs included
“These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” sung by Nancy Sinatra in 1966.
2007 Aug 4, A suicide car
bomber blew himself up next to a convoy of foreign troops just west
of Kandahar city, killing two civilians who were nearby. Four
civilians were killed in a roadside blast in Zhari district of
(AP, 8/4/07)(AFP, 8/5/07)
2007 Aug 4, Algerian newspapers
reported that the army, stepping up a counter-offensive after
attacks by al Qaeda's north Africa wing, has killed around 16 of the
group's fighters in the past three days.
2007 Aug 4, In Bangladesh
deaths from monsoon rains topped 200, with at least 16 more
fatalities reported overnight. 7.5 million people have been either
marooned or displaced from their homes.
2007 Aug 4, Thousands of
Brazilians marched in Sao Paulo to denounce President Luiz Inacio
Lula da Silva's government as corrupt and indifferent.
2007 Aug 4, British PM Gordon
Brown said that authorities were doing "everything in our power" to
track the source of a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak and wipe out
the animal illness before it wreaked economic devastation.
2007 Aug 4, A Hong Kong
newspaper reported that China is cracking down on cable television
operators who offer unauthorized foreign satellite broadcasts, the
communist government's latest bid to maintain its monopoly on
2007 Aug 4, A roadside bomb
targeting an Iraqi Army convoy killed one civilian and wounded five
others at a busy intersection in central Baghdad. In western Baghdad
a mortar round landed on a house in Ghazaliyah, killing another
civilian. In northern Iraq Salim Khudaeir, a police lieutenant
colonel, was gunned down on his way to work. US forces killed four
suspects in a raid targeting an insurgent group believed to be
coordinating logistical support from Iran for Shiite militias in
Iraq. The killings took place in the town of Qasirin in Diyala
province. West of Tarmiyah US troops captured 20 suspects accused of
having ties to a high-ranking al-Qaida in Iraq figure. Two more
suspects were also arrested for alleged ties to another leader from
the same group. Four more suspects were detained for alleged
involvement in a sniper cell that employed 35 gunmen. In Kirkuk five
people were captured, three accused of association with an al-Qaida
media cell, and two for involvement in car bomb attacks. 3 US
soldiers died Saturday south of Baghdad.
(AP, 8/4/07)(AP, 8/7/07)
2007 Aug 4, In Nepal the toll
from monsoon-triggered flooding and landslides stood at 91, with
most of the deaths in the Terai plains region on Nepal's southern
border with India.
2007 Aug 4, Javed Hashmi, one
of Pakistan's top opposition leaders, was released to the raucous
cheers of supporters after four years in prison and immediately
vowed to resume his campaign against President Gen. Pervez
Musharraf. He left prison a day after the Supreme Court granted him
bail in his 23-year sentence on charges of treason and inciting an
army mutiny against Musharraf. A suicide attacker detonated a car
bomb at a busy bus station in Parachinar, North West Frontier
Province, killing at least nine people and wounding 35 others. 4
soldiers and 10 militants were killed in a checkpoint shootout.
2007 Aug 4, Two Palestinians
were killed and six wounded in an Israeli air strike on two vehicles
near the southern Gaza Strip's border with Egypt.
2007 Aug 4, Zbigniew Krakowski
(56), a Polish sea captain in charge of the 2,000-ton Jork, crashed
his ship into an unmanned gas platform in the North Sea while drunk.
The platform, owned by US firm ConocoPhillips, went out of action
with losses at 615,000 pounds a month in revenue. In November
Krakowski was jailed for 12 months.
2007 Aug 4, Serbian police
exchanged fire with uniformed gunmen in an ethnic Albanian area of
southern Serbia bordering the breakaway Kosovo province. One person
2007 Aug 4, Unemployment in
Sierra Leone, with a population of some 6 million, stood at close to
80% with poverty and corruption widespread and endemic. The
country’s Anti-Corruption Commission was now a lame duck as its $2
million annual funding was suspended by exasperated British donors.
(Econ, 8/4/07, p.42)
2008 Aug 4, President George W.
Bush signed into law legislation paving the way for Libya to pay
hundreds of millions of dollars to compensate US victims of bombing
attacks that Washington blames on Tripoli.
2008 Aug 4, Alaska sued the US
government saying its listing of polar bears as a threatened species
will hurt oil exploration and tourism.
2008 Aug 4, In SF Mayor Newsom
signed into law stringent green building codes for new construction
and renovations of existing structures in the city.
(SFC, 8/5/08, p.B1)
2008 Aug 4, In Afghanistan a
pair of Taliban fighters died when a mine they were planting
exploded prematurely in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar
province. Police killed five Taliban fighters after the militants
ambushed a police patrol in Kandahar’s Panjwayi district.
(AP, 8/4/08)(AP, 8/5/08)
2008 Aug 4, Bangladesh held
local elections that observers hailed as a success. A fire swept
through a five-story building in a crowded section of the capital,
Dhaka, killing at least 10 people and injuring five others.
(AFP, 8/5/08)(AP, 8/4/08)(Econ, 8/9/08, p.42)
2008 Aug 4, In Chile Alberto
Achacaz Walakial, one of the last surviving members of the nomadic
Kaweskar tribe, died of blood poisoning. Government documents listed
Achacaz's age at 79, but some believe he was close to 90. The tribe
once plied the waters off Chile's Patagonian coast. Experts estimate
that only about a dozen full-blooded Kaweskars, or Alacalufes,
survive and the group appears destined to disappear in the near
future as there are no women of fertile age left. Since the arrival
of the first Europeans, Chile has lost five of its original 14
indigenous tribes to disease, displacement or the overuse of their
2008 Aug 4, In western China 2
Uighur men rammed a truck into a clutch of jogging policemen and
tossed explosives, killing 17 officers, in an attack in Kashgar,
Xinjiang province, just days before the Beijing Olympics. The 2 men
were sentenced to death on Dec 17.
(AP, 8/4/08)(SFC, 8/5/08, p.A11)(AP, 12/17/08)
2008 Aug 4, Ecuador's
government said it would seize a family business group's stock
shares in 58 companies to help recover debts generated by the
collapse of the family's former bank. The action came a little less
than a month after authorities seized 200 businesses linked to the
family of William and Roberto Isaias, who fled to the US in 2000
shortly after their bank collapsed.
2008 Aug 4, India announced an
additional $450 million in aid for development projects in
Afghanistan. PM Singh met with Afghan Pres. Karzai in New Delhi and
both countries pledged to fight terrorism.
(WSJ, 8/4/08, p.A10)
2008 Aug 4, Indian officials
pledged to stop Hindus from imposing an economic blockade on the
mainly Muslim Kashmir valley as tensions heightened with the deaths
of protesters. Police opened fire at hundreds of stone-throwing
Hindu protesters angry over a government decision to not transfer
land to a Hindu shrine, killing two people. A Muslim protester was
also killed by a tear gas shell.
(AFP, 8/4/08)(AP, 8/4/08)(WSJ, 8/6/08, p.A10)
2008 Aug 4, In Iran journalist
Yaghoob Mirnehad was executed in the city of Zahedan after being
sentenced to death earlier this year. Iran accused Mirnehad of being
involved in the armed Jundallah group, which operates along the
Iranian-Pakistani border. The Jundallah group, or God's Brigade, has
launched attacks against Iranian soldiers and police in the area
near Pakistan and Afghanistan, which is a key crossing point for
2008 Aug 4, Iraqi officials
reported that at least nine Iraqis died in a separate series of
bombings. 2 American soldiers were killed and one was wounded by a
roadside bomb in Baghdad that also killed 2 Iraqis.
2008 Aug 4, Israel's defense
minister said a group of around 150 Fatah fighters who fled to
Israel from the Gaza Strip will be allowed to relocate to the West
Bank because they face "immediate danger" from Gaza's Hamas rulers.
2008 Aug 4, Italy’s Defense
Ministry deployed some 3,000 soldiers in cities across the country
as part of government measures to fight street crime.
2008 Aug 4, A Jordanian
military court sentenced 12 men to up to five years in jail for
planning to join Iraq's insurgency and carry out attacks against US
and Iraqi forces. The five men who received the longest jail terms
were at large and tried in absentia.
2008 Aug 4, A shootout between
Mexican police and smugglers driving a truck carrying illegal
immigrants left 2 people dead near Agua Dulce.
2008 Aug 4, A Nigerian
presidential panel on oil and gas sector reform recommended that the
state oil company be transformed into an "independent limited
2008 Aug 4, In Pakistan a
remote-controlled bomb explosion struck a military convoy and
wounded eight soldiers in South Waziristan. Militants torched four
girls' schools, a health office and a forestry office. A senior
officer said that over the past week 94 Islamist militants were
killed and 14 soldiers lost in fighting in the northwestern Swat
valley. At least 25 civilians and eight policemen were also killed
in the fighting. Brigadier Zia Bodla said the army planned a major
operation against the insurgents.
2008 Aug 4, The Philippine
Supreme Court, acting on a petition by Christian politicians,
blocked the signing of a key accord granting an expanded southern
homeland to minority Muslims as part of a deal to end decades of
bloody Islamic rebellion.
(AP, 8/4/08)(Econ, 8/9/08, p.41)
2008 Aug 4, In Venezuela
changes in areas from the military to small business loans were
pushed through by the president in 26 laws released in the official
gazette. Chavez approved them on the final day of an 18-month period
during which lawmakers had granted him special legislative powers.
2009 Aug 4, A US federal court
panel ordered California to reduce its prison population by 40,000
over the next 2 years to meet constitutional standards for inmate
(SFC, 8/5/09, p.A1)
2009 Aug 4, Sen. Charles
Schumer, D-N.Y., said that the SEC plans to ban so-called "flash
trading," where high-frequency traders can get information just
before it becomes public.
2009 Aug 4, SF Mayor Gavin
Newsom signed a $6.6 billion city budget, making it the city’s
biggest budget ever.
(SFC, 8/5/09, p.D1)
2009 Aug 4, In Bridgeville,
Pennsylvania, George Sodini (48) sprayed bullets into a fitness
class filled with women, killing three and then himself. He kept a
Web page in which he wrote about years of rejection by women and an
earlier plan for violence at the gym.
2009 Aug 4, In Afghanistan a
string of rockets slammed into Kabul at daybreak in the first major
attack on the relatively calm Afghan capital in the run-up to this
month's presidential election. A child and a man were lightly
wounded when they were hit by flying glass in residential areas next
to the airport, where most of the rockets landed. A suicide bomber
killed five people and wounded 18 in southern Zabul province.
2009 Aug 4, Antigua's highest
mountain, Boggy Peak, officially became "Mount Obama" as the small
Caribbean nation celebrated the American president on his birthday
and saluted him as a symbol of black achievement.
(AP, 8/4/09)(SFC, 8/5/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 4, Australian police
said they thwarted a terrorist plot in which extremists with ties to
an al-Qaida-linked Somali Islamist group planned to invade a
military base and open fire with automatic weapons until they were
shot dead themselves. Some 400 officers from state and national
security services took part in 19 raids on properties in Melbourne,
before dawn, arresting four men and detaining several others for
questioning. Police said all four arrested are Australian citizens
of Somali or Lebanese descent aged between 22 and 26.
2009 Aug 4, In Belgium three
prisoners escaped from the sprawling Palace of Justice courthouse in
central Brussels when two armed men burst into a court hearing and
took them with them, bringing the total to 12 over the past two
weeks. Five of the escaped inmates have been caught again, but seven
remained at large.
2009 Aug 4, Officials said a
forest fire on the Canary Island of La Palma was brought under
control and another that raged for two weeks in Spain's northern
Catalonia region has been extinguished.
2009 Aug 4, China’s state media
reported that police have formally arrested 83 people on charges
including murder and arson in connection with last month's deadly
rioting in the western region of Xinjiang.
2009 Aug 4, In northern China
an unfinished factory building collapsed as torrential rain hit the
city of Shijiazhuang. 17 people were reported killed.
2009 Aug 4, Haiti’s lawmakers
voted to more than double the minimum wage after long hours of
debate and clashes between police and protesters, who complained
they can't feed and shelter their families on the current pay of
about $1.75 a day.
2009 Aug 4, India’s Right to
Education Act (RTE) was passed. It included provisions for the
minimum size of playgrounds and the minimum level of teachers’
salaries effective in 2014. It made school attendance compulsory up
to age 14.
(Econ, 3/23/13, p.74)(Econ 6/10/17, p.39)
2009 Aug 4, In eastern India at
least 11 people were killed and 15 others seriously injured after
being struck by lightning in Burdwan district in West Bengal state.
2009 Aug 4, The Lithuanian
ministry said that the Lithuanian-flagged refrigerator vessel
Saturnas, with a crew of 14, was attacked by unidentified
perpetrators off the coast of Nigeria. Five crew members were said
to have been taken hostage. The attackers did not seize the vessel
itself but left in a high-speed boat with the hostages. The 5
Lithuanian sailors were reported freed on Aug 14, ending their
(AFP, 8/4/09)(AFP, 8/14/09)
2009 Aug 4, In Mexico 4 bodies
were found in the border city of Ciudad Juarez. In the nearby town
of Llano Blanco, police chief Gerardo Silva (40) was found dead in a
pickup truck, shot five times.
2009 Aug 4, NATO's governing
body approved a plan to reorganize the alliance's command structure
in Afghanistan by setting up a new headquarters to handle the
day-to-day running of the war.
2009 Aug 4, In Niger clashes
erupted as citizens voted in a constitutional referendum to extend
President Mamadou Tandja's long rule amid low turnout after an
opposition boycott in the uranium-rich African nation. On Aug 7 the
Electoral Commission released provisional results saying that 92.5%
of votes cast supported a new constitution that would allow
President Mamadou Tandja to stay in power. About 68.3% of all
registered voters participated.
(AP, 8/4/09)(AP, 8/7/09)
2009 Aug 4, In North Korea
former US Pres. Bill Clinton met with North Korean leader Kim Jong
Il on the first day of a surprise visit to Pyongyang, with the
"exhaustive" talks covering a wide range of topics. Clinton was in
communist North Korea on a mission to secure the release of
Americans, who were arrested along the Chinese-North Korean border
in March and sentenced in June to 12 years of hard labor for illegal
entry and engaging in "hostile acts." After 140 days in custody, the
reporters were granted a pardon by North Korea.
(AP, 8/4/09)(AP, 8/5/09)
2009 Aug 4, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas launched his Fatah movement's first
conference in two decades with a call for his people to limit their
resistance to Israel to marches and protests and not to abandon
peace talks despite years of setbacks. The 3-day general assembly’s
main task was to elect a new central committee.
(AP, 8/4/09)(Econ, 8/8/09, p.42)
2009 Aug 4, Sudanese police
fired tear gas and beat women protesting outside a Sudanese court
during the trial of a female journalist accused of violating the
Islamic dress code by wearing trousers in public. The judge
adjourned Lubna Hussein's trial for a month to seek clarification
from Sudan's foreign ministry.
2009 Aug 4, In Thailand a
passenger plane skidded off the runway and crashed into a building
after landing on the Thai resort island of Samui, killing the chief
pilot and injuring at least seven people including foreign tourists.
2010 Aug 4, BP PLC reached what
it called a significant milestone overnight when mud that was forced
down the well held back the flow of crude. A government report said
much of the spilled oil is gone, though what's left is still at
least quadruple the amount that poured from the Exxon Valdez.
2010 Aug 4, A judge struck down
California's same-sex marriage ban as an unconstitutional violation
of gay couples' civil rights, but a pending appeal of the landmark
ruling could prevent gay weddings from resuming in the state any
2010 Aug 4, In Afghanistan NATO
operations killed as many as 26 civilians. 9 civilians travelling to
collect voting cards were killed in southern Helmand province when
their vehicle struck an insurgent-placed roadside bomb.
2010 Aug 4, In China heavy
rains hindered efforts by workers to repair reservoirs and place
sandbags along breached riverbanks as the death toll from China's
worst flooding in a decade climbed above 1,000.
2010 Aug 4, Indian police
battled Maoist rebels who ambushed their patrol in dense jungle, as
violence worsens in an insurgency that has seen bigger and bolder
attacks on government forces this year. 5 people were killed when
the rebels blasted a vehicle carrying security guards of a bank in
the eastern state of Jharkhand.
2010 Aug 4, In Indonesia the
Trisal Pratama sank shortly after a collision with another cargo
vessel near Selayar island off South Sumatra province. Rescuers
saved 11 people, including a 1-year-old girl, but searched the next
day for nine others still missing.
2010 Aug 4, In Iraq a judge
said Khamis Sirhan al-Muhammadi, No. 54 out of 55 on a former US
military list of most-wanted Saddam officials, has been released
from prison after he was found innocent of helping the former regime
punish opponents by draining the country's fabled marshlands. 3
traffic policemen were killed in drive-by shootings in western
Baghdad while gunmen stormed the house of a policeman, killing him,
his wife and a relative.
(AP, 8/4/10)(AP, 8/5/10)
2010 Aug 4, Israeli soldiers
killed a Gaza Strip militant was killed. The Israeli military said
soldiers saw a group of men approach Israel's border fence with Gaza
and launched an airstrike against them before dawn. 3 other
militants were wounded in the attack.
2010 Aug 4, In Kashmir tens of
thousands of Kashmiri Muslims marched to a town where seven people
were killed over the weekend, defying a curfew in another day of
massive protests against Indian rule in the Himalayan region. The
Indian government warned that further "mindless violence" in Indian
Kashmir could only lead to more deaths after two months of unrest
that has already claimed 45 lives.
(AP, 8/4/10)(AFP, 8/4/10)
2010 Aug 4, Kenyans formed long
lines before sunrise across the country to vote on a new
constitution that would reduce the powers of the presidency in the
nation's first ballot since postelection violence left more than
1,000 dead. 67% of Kenyans backed the new constitution to replace a
British colonial-era draft that inflated the powers of the
president. The new constitution provided for a wider measure of
devolution to 47 new counties.
(AP, 8/4/10)(AP, 8/6/10)(SFC, 8/6/10, p.A3)(Econ,
2010 Aug 4, Mexican authorities
said 7 bodies were found in a clandestine grave in Mazatlan, Sinaloa
state. The bodies were found after an anonymous tip and showed signs
of having been tortured prior to their death.
(SFC, 8/5/10, p.A2)
2010 Aug 4, In Nigeria Erastus
Akingbola, ex-chief executive of Intercontinental Bank, turned
himself in after returning from Britain. He was accused of taking
part in corruption blamed for helping cause a financial crisis. The
central bank removed a list of executives from their jobs at
financial institutions, including Akingbola, in 2009 in a bid to
clean up the banking sector.
2010 Aug 4, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber struck a vehicle carrying the chief of a paramilitary
police force in Peshawar, killing him and four others in an attack
that ended a relative lull in violence in a city often targeted by
2010 Aug 4, Moscow was engulfed
by the thickest blanket of smog yet this summer, an acrid, choking
haze from wildfires that have wiped out Russian forests, villages
and a military base.
2010 Aug 4, In Edinburgh,
Scotland, the 3 children Theresa Riggi (46), an American mother,
were found dead after a suspected gas explosion. On Aug 6 she was
charged with murder. On March 7, 2010, California-born Theresa Riggi
pled guilty to a charge of culpable homicide on the grounds of
diminished responsibility at the High Court in Edinburgh. On April
27, 2011, Riggi was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
(SFC, 8/7/10, p.A2)(AFP, 3/7/11)(AP, 4/27/11)
2010 Aug 4, In South Africa
vigilantes used whistles and vuvuzelas, the deafening horns used by
fans during the World Cup, to arouse a mob to assault and kill 3
suspected thieves in their neighborhood. The victims, suspected of
stealing power cables in the Lenasia district of southern
Johannesburg, were burned alive. 2 others were beaten to death for
wearing stolen clothes.
2010 Aug 4, A Sudanese court
sentenced 19 young Muslim men to 30 lashes and a fine for breaking
moral codes by wearing women's clothes and makeup, a case exposing
Sudanese sensitivity toward homosexuality.
2011 Aug 4, US Congressional
leaders struck a deal to resolve a partisan dispute and end a
partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that
has halted airport projects and threatened thousands of jobs.
Congress adjourned earlier this week for its August recess but
Democratic aides said the Senate will finalize the deal on Aug 4 by
approving a version of the spending measure already passed by the
U.S. House of Representatives.
2011 Aug 4, The US stock market
finished its worst day since the financial crisis. The DJIA plunged
513 points. It was the worst day for the Dow since October 22, 2008.
2011 Aug 4, US investigators
confronted Jesse Osmun in Connecticut and obtained a written
confession that as a Peace Corps volunteer, he had sexually molested
at least 5 girls at a South African shelter for AIDS orphans and
other children. None of the girls were older than 6.
2011 Aug 4, A Texas jury
convicted polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs (55) of child sexual
assault, in a case stemming from two young followers he took as
brides. Prosecutors used DNA evidence to show Jeffs fathered a child
with a 15-year-old girl and played an audio recording of what they
said was him sexually assaulting a 12-year-old. On Aug 9 Jeffs was
sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting two underage
girls he claimed as "spiritual" brides.
(AP, 8/4/11)(Reuters, 8/9/11)
2011 Aug 4, Computer security
firms McAfee and Dell SecureWorks said Chinese hackers had attacked
over 72 networks beginning in 2006. McAfee dubbed the attacks
“Operation Shady RAT.”
(SFC, 8/5/11, p.D6)
2011 Aug 4, NASA scientists
said they have detected the first clear signs that water may be
flowing on Mars. Evidence came from the HiRISE camera aboard the
Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been circling Mars for 5 years.
(SFC, 8/5/11, p.A11)
2011 Aug 4, In Afghanistan a
man in an Afghan police uniform shot dead a NATO service member in
the east of the country, the 2nd such killing in less than a month.
Another NATO service member died following an insurgent attack in
eastern Afghanistan. An employee with the Afghan national
intelligence service was killed when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb
just outside Kunduz city. 3 children were wounded in the blast and
one died on the way to hospital.
2011 Aug 4, Belarus police
detained Ales Belyatsky of the human rights Vesna group outside his
home in the capital, Minsk, and also conducted searches in his
apartment and country house, as well as the group's offices. The
group criticized Lithuanian authorities for providing information on
Belyatsky's activities to Belarusian police. The Lithuanian Justice
Ministry said it will now cut off communication channels that were
used to provide legal information to Belarus.
2011 Aug 4, In Britain north
London police shot and killed Mark Duggan (29) during an attempted
arrest in Tottenham. See August 6. The family only learned of the
death of their son from watching television.
(Econ, 8/13/11, p.51)(AFP, 8/7/11)(AFP, 2/29/12)
2011 Aug 4, In Chile riot
police battled high school and university students in Santiago.
Police detained 235 students demanding major changes to the
underfunded and unequal public education system.
(SFC, 8/5/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 4, Dominican Republic
authorities said they have seized more than 400 kg of cocaine hidden
in crates of tobacco about to be exported to Spain.
2011 Aug 4, Tropical Storm
Emily brushed the southern coast of Hispaniola leaving one person
dead in Haiti and three in the Dominican Republic.
2011 Aug 4, In India a 740-foot
(225-meter) vessel, which had been transporting coal from Indonesia
to the western Indian state of Gujarat, sank off Mumbai. The navy
rescued 30 crew members. The ship was estimated to be carrying 325
tons of fuel oil and 56 tons of diesel. By Aug 7 oil had spread over
an area of 7 nautical miles and cleanup efforts were underway.
2011 Aug 4, An Israeli a prison
services spokeswoman said Israel is to free 770 Israeli and
Palestinian prisoners due to overcrowding. They included Hassan
Yusef, a founder of the Islamist movement Hamas. Israel's air force
carried out 3 night time raids on the Gaza Strip, wounding 3 people.
The Israeli army said they had targeted 3 tunnels and an operations
base in the central Gaza Strip and a fourth target in the south in
response to rocket fire.
2011 Aug 4, In Mexico the
entire 20-man police force resigned in the northern town of
Ascension, Chihuahua state, after a series of attacks that killed
the police chief and five officers over the last three months. The
Defense Department announced that a 19-day offensive in northern
states against the Zetas drug cartel had resulted in the shooting
deaths of 30 alleged criminals and a soldier. Among those killed was
Jorge Luis de la Pena, the Zetas boss for Nuevo Laredo. Near
Monterey police found the bodies of two men each hanging by an ankle
from a pedestrian bridge.
2011 Aug 4, In Mexico the chief
prosecutor in Chiapas state said former Gov. Pablo Salazar, jailed
on suspicion of embezzlement, will also face manslaughter charges
involving the 2002-2003 deaths of two babies and with negligence in
the deaths of 31 other newborns.
2011 Aug 4, Morocco took
delivery of the first of 4 of 24 F-16 fighter jets from the United
States as part of its air force modernization program.
2011 Aug 4, In Nigeria a clash
between security forces and suspected members of a radical Muslim
sect left two dead in the volatile northeast. The clash came after
six assailants from the Boko Haram sect detonated a bomb that blew
up the median of a major Maiduguri road.
2011 Aug 4, A UN report was
released that described oil destroying crops and seeping into
drinking water supplies in Ogoniland, Nigeria, a region of the Niger
Delta. In one case, the UN found one village where drinking water
was polluted with benzene 900 times more than the international
2011 Aug 4, A group of South
Sudanese rebels formerly linked to militia leader Peter Gadet, who
agreed to a ceasefire this week, accused him of taking government
bribes and rejected the peace deal. The splinter faction (SSLM/A)
disowned his accord with the government, adding that it had not
affected the group, which remained with 780 officers and a force of
2011 Aug 4, In Spain clashes
between demonstrators, angry over the government’s austerity
program, and police left 7 officers and 13 protesters injured.
(SSFC, 8/7/11, p.A5)
2011 Aug 4, Syria’s Pres. Assad
issued two legislative decrees that will allow the formation of
political parties alongside the Baath Party and enable newly formed
parties to run for parliament and local councils. Telephone and
communication lines remained cut with the restive city of Hama,
where a deadly military operation has been under way since July 31.
Military operations were also under way in the central city of Homs,
where heavy machine guns and automatic gunfire was heard throughout
the night in the Bab Sbaa and Qalaa districts.
2011 Aug 4, Tanzania’s Legal
and Human Rights Center said police brutality has led to the deaths
of 20 people in Tanzania in the first six months of this year. Five
police officers were killed by civilians during the same period.
2011 Aug 4, Turkey appointed
commanders to posts left vacant by the resignation of the military's
top brass in a dispute with the government that showcased the
elected leaders' strengthening control over the once-mighty
2011 Aug 4, Zambia's main
opposition party said President Rupiah Banda is ineligible for
re-election because both his parents were allegedly born outside the
country. Banda, who is in his 70s, was born before Zambia gained
independence in 1964.
2012 Aug 4, In Ohio John Wise
(67) shot and killed his wife of 45 years in her hospital bed.
Barbara Wise (65) had suffered three cerebral aneurysms that left
her unable to speak. Mercy killing was not a legal defense option in
Ohio. On Nov 8, 2013, John Wise was convicted of murder.
(SFC, 11/4/13, p.A5)(SFC, 11/9/13, p.A10)
2012 Aug 4, The Afghan
parliament voted to dismiss the country's defense and interior
ministers, a move that threatens to throw the country's security
apparatus into confusion as foreign forces withdraw. Two New Zealand
soldiers were killed and six wounded in a battle in Bamiyan
(AP, 8/4/12)(AFP, 8/5/12)
2012 Aug 4, Minor Bollywood
actress Sherlyn Chopra (28), the first Indian woman to pose naked
for Playboy magazine, said she is proud to have "pushed the
envelope" in a country where public nudity in any form remains
2012 Aug 4, In India flash
floods in the northern state of Uttarakhand killed at least 34
people and left hundreds of Hindu pilgrims stranded.
2012 Aug 4, Several thousand
Israelis demonstrated their discontent at government austerity
measures and the lack of universal military service in two separate
protests in Tel Aviv.
2012 Aug 4, In Libya a
gunbattle over market space and a car explosion rocked the center of
2012 Aug 4, In Mauritania a
10-party opposition bloc signed a charter rejecting any solution to
the country's political crisis that does not involve the departure
of Pres. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.
2012 Aug 4, Off the coast of
Nigeria gunmen attacked a barge belonging to oil services company
Sea Trucks Group, kidnapping four foreigners and killing two
Nigerian sailors. The 4 foreign oil workers were released on Aug 22.
(AFP, 8/4/12)(AFP, 8/23/12)
2012 Aug 4, North Korean state
news said floods which hit parts of North Korea in recent weeks
killed 169 people and left 400 missing, sharply updating earlier
casualty figures. Over 200,000 people reportedly lost their homes.
(AFP, 8/4/12)(Econ, 8/11/12, p.33)
2012 Aug 4, Pakistan reopened
the Torkham crossing, having signed a deal with the United States on
July 31 allowing NATO convoys to travel into Afghanistan until the
end of 2015.
2012 Aug 4, A Saudi policeman
and an armed protester were killed in overnight clashes in the
kingdom's Shiite-populated Eastern Province. the attackers were
participating in a protest that took place in Qatif late on Friday.
2012 Aug 4, Landlocked South
Sudan said it has a struck a deal with Sudan over the exportation of
oil through Sudan's pipelines. In a statement South Sudan's
government said that it will pay approximately $9.48 a barrel to
transport its fuel through Sudan's pipelines.
2012 Aug 4, In Syria heavy
explosions shook Damascus and helicopters circled overhead as rebels
appeared to be renewing their offensive in the city. The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian television presenter
Mohammed al-Saeed, kidnapped from his Damascus home on July 19, has
been executed. Violence nationwide reportedly killed 205 people, 115
civilians, 38 rebel fighters and 52 soldiers.
(AP, 8/4/12)(AFP, 8/4/12)(AFP, 8/5/12)
2012 Aug 4, In Syria gunmen
snatched a bus filled with 48 Iranian pilgrims from a Damascus
suburb as they headed to visit a shrine holy to Shiites.
2012 Aug 4, Turkish officials
said the military has retired all 40 generals on trial on charges of
plotting to overthrow the Muslim-led government.
(SSFC, 8/5/12, p.A7)
2012 Aug 4, Turkey reported the
defection of another Syrian general, along with five colonels, who
came over the border with a group of refugees.
2012 Aug 4, In south Yemen a
suspected Al-Qaeda suicide bombing in Jaar left 45 people dead. A
suspected US drone strike in the east late in the day and killed
five Al-Qaeda militants.
2012 Aug 4, In southern Zambia
coal miners killed a Chinese mine manager and injured his colleague
in a riot over wages at the Collum Coal mine in Sinazongwe known for
tensions with the Chinese investor.
2013 Aug 4, In southern
California Nathan Louis Campbell (38) drove into a crowd of people
at the Venice Beach boardwalk and then fled the scene. Alice
Gruppioni (32), an Italian woman on her honeymoon was killed. 11
others were injured. Campbell turned himself in a few hours later.
(SFC, 8/5/13, p.A3)
2013 Aug 4, In northern
California Sandra Coke (50) was last seen leaving her North Oakland
home. On Aug 9 her body was found off I-80 in Vacaville. Randy Alana
(56), a parolee and sex offender who had dated Coke, was arrested on
Aug 6. On June 18, 2015, Alana was sentenced to 131 years in prison.
(SFC, 10/18/12, p.A10)(SFC, 6/19/15, p.D1)
2013 Aug 4, In South Carolina a
small plane crashed near a subdivision in Conway killing all 3
(SFC, 8/5/13, p.A3)
2013 Aug 4, In Afghanistan
lawyer Abdul Qayyum, who prosecuted Taliban militants, was seriously
wounded by a roadside bomb in Jalalabad.
2013 Aug 4, In Brazil 25 police
officers were found guilty of killing 52 inmates during the 1992
riot at Sap Paulo’s Carandiru prison. Each officer was sentenced to
a prison term of 624 years.
(SSFC, 8/4/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 4, It was reported
that nearly 35,000 disappearances have taken place in the city and
state of Rio de Janeiro.
(SSFC, 8/4/13, p.A6)
2013 Aug 4, Iranian President
Hassan Rouhani took the oath of office before parliament in Tehran.
He was expected later in the day to name a cabinet he said would be
chosen from figures across the political spectrum.
2013 Aug 4, In Iraq a roadside
bomb struck an army patrol near the northern city of Mosul, killing
3 soldiers. In Tikrit a car bomb killed judge Sajid Abdul-Amir as he
was driving to his work. In eastern Baghdad, 2 people were killed in
a blast in a commercial street. Mortar rounds landed on houses in
Baghdad’s western suburbs, killing two people.
2013 Aug 4, The Israeli Cabinet
expanded its list of West Bank settlements eligible for government
subsidies, a decision that came just days after the resumption of
long-frozen peace talks and drew quick Palestinian condemnation.
2013 Aug 4, In Kuwait a new
cabinet was sworn in before the emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber
al-Sabah. It included six members of the royal family and one member
2013 Aug 4, In northeast
Nigeria at least 35 people were killed in two separate gun battles
between security forces and Islamist sect Boko Haram in Borno state.
12 soldiers and 7 police officers were also killed in the attacks.
Momodu Bama, 2nd in command of Boko Haram, was killed along with 17
other members of the sect during clashes in Bama.
(Reuters, 8/5/13)(AP, 8/10/13)(Reuters, 8/14/13)
2013 Aug 4, Syria’s government
announced that traders who price goods in foreign currency will face
up to 10 years in jail in a move aimed at stemming the increasing
dollarization of an economy crippled by two years of civil war.
Rebels attacked government outposts in the Jabal al-Akrad hills. At
least 32 government troops and militiamen and at least 19 rebels,
including foreign fighters, died in the fighting.
(Reuters, 8/4/13)(AP, 8/5/13)
2013 Aug 4, Jihadi-led rebel
fighters in Syria killed at least 190 civilians and abducted more
than 200 during an offensive against pro-regime villages in Latakia
province. Human Rights Watch issued a report on the attacks on Oct
2013 Aug 4, Tunisian police
shot dead an Islamist militant in Tunis and arrested several
suspected militants, as the government grappled with growing
security and political crises. One soldier was killed and seven
others wounded by a landmine near the Algerian border, where
security forces have been hunting Islamist militants.
2013 Aug 4, African leaders
meeting in Uganda said the Somali city of Kismayo "should be handed
over" to the central government, a decision that puts pressure on
Kenyan troops who face charges of backing a powerful militia in the
disputed port city.
2013 Aug 4, Yemen's Nobel Peace
Prize winner Tawakkul Karman was denied entry into Egypt after she
landed at Cairo airport. She has stated her opposition to the
military coup that ousted fellow Islamist Mohammed Morsi on July 3
and was sent back on a flight that brought her to Cairo from the
United Arab Emirates.
2014 Aug 4, Pres. Obama opened
a 3-day summit in Washington DC for more than 40 African heads of
state as hundreds gathered outside the State Dept. to denounce some
of the leaders as torturers and killers.
(SFC, 8/5/14, p.A6)(Econ, 8/2/14, p.19)
2014 Aug 4, The US federal
government said that the NYC Dept. of corrections has systematically
violated the civil rights of male teenagers at Rikers Island by
failing to protect them from rampant use of unnecessary and
excessive force by correction officers.
(SFC, 8/5/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 4, Jim Brady (b.1940),
the White House Press Sec. under Ronald Reagan, died. He became an
advocate of gun control after he, Pres. Reagan and two others were
shot by John W. Hinckley Jr. on March 30, 1981. A Virginia medical
examiner soon ruled his death as a homicide.
(SFC, 8/5/14, p.A6)(SFC, 8/9/14, p.A5)
2014 Aug 4, In Ohio John
Crawford III (22) was fatally shot by two white policemen inside a
Wal-Mart store in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek. Police responded
after a caller said a man was waving a gun; they say Crawford
refused orders to put down an air rifle. A grand jury concluded that
the shooting was justified. On Dec 16 Crawford’s family filed a
federal lawsuit charging negligence and violation of civil rights.
(AP, 8/30/14)(SFC, 12/17/14,
2014 Aug 4, Azerbaijan and
Armenia both reported more losses in a sharp escalation of fighting
over the South Caucasus region Nagorno-Karabakh, with 18 soldiers
now confirmed dead.
2014 Aug 4, In Bangladesh the
M.V. Pinak ferry, licensed at 85 capacity, capsized in the Padma
river southwest of Dhaka with about 200 passengers on board. About
100 people were rescued with 19 bodies recovered and at least 125
presumed dead. Police soon launched a hunt for the captain and crew
(Reuters, 8/4/14)(SFC, 8/5/14, p.A2)(SFC, 8/7/14,
2014 Aug 4, China’s state media
said the government is offering more than 300 million yuan ($49
million) for residents of Xinjiang, the homeland of mainly Muslim
Uighurs, who help a crackdown on "terrorists." A total of 4.23
million yuan was already handed out to individuals and government
agencies who helped in the killing and capture of 10 "suspected
terrorists" in Hotan prefecture last week.
2014 Aug 4, China's
smog-plagued capital announced plans to ban the use of coal by the
end of 2020 as the country fights deadly levels of pollution,
especially in major cities.
2014 Aug 4, Egypt said it plans
to build a new Suez Canal alongside the existing 145-year-old
historic waterway in a multi-billion dollar project aimed at
expanding trade along the fastest shipping route between Europe and
2014 Aug 4, Germany's Economy
Ministry confirmed it has halted Rheinmetall's export of combat
simulation gear to Russia, going beyond recently imposed EU
sanctions which block future defense contracts.
2014 Aug 4, Ghana asked the IMF
for help after its currency, the cedi, fell by a third against the
dollar since the start of this year.
(Econ, 8/9/14, p.61)
2014 Aug 4, A senior Iranian
official said Hamas is able to fire missiles into Israel because
Tehran provided weapons technology to the militant group to defend
itself against Israeli attacks.
2014 Aug 4, Baghdad's air force
and Kurdish fighters from Syria joined forces with Iraq's embattled
peshmerga to push back jihadists whose latest attacks sent thousands
of civilians running for their lives.
2014 Aug 4, In a predawn air
strike, Israel killed Danyal Mansour, a senior commander of Islamic
Jihad, a Palestinian group fighting alongside Hamas, just hours
ahead of a seven-hour truce announced by Israel. 10 Palestinians
were reported killed in Israeli strikes throughout the Gaza Strip.
Palestinians and Israel accused each other of breaking a seven-hour
ceasefire intended to allow humanitarian aid into the battered Gaza
Strip soon after it came into force. A Palestinian killed an Israeli
and overturned a bus with a construction vehicle and a gunman
wounded a soldier in attacks in Jerusalem.
(AP, 8/4/14)(Reuters, 8/4/14)(AFP, 8/4/14)
2014 Aug 4, In eastern Lebanon
thousands of civilians and Syrian refugees crammed into cars and
pickup trucks fled Arsal as troops battled al-Qaida-linked militants
from neighboring Syria who overran the border region. Several days
of fighting killed 19 soldiers, 16 civilians and dozens of
(AP, 8/4/14)(AFP, 8/28/14)
2014 Aug 4, Libya's newly
elected parliament met in Tobruk and held its first formal session
as armed factions continued to battle for dominance.
2014 Aug 4, Nigerian
authorities said that a doctor in Lagos who treated a Liberian
victim of Ebola has contracted the virus, the second confirmed case
in sub-Saharan Africa's largest city.
2014 Aug 4, In Pakistan a bomb
killed religious leader Faqir Jamshed and two of his guards as they
traveled to a celebration at a Sufi shrine near the city of Dera
2014 Aug 4, Palestinian groups
including envoys of Hamas and Islamic Jihad held their first formal
meeting in Cairo with Egyptian mediators hoping to secure a durable
ceasefire with Israel after more than three weeks of fighting.
Israel declined to send its envoys.
2014 Aug 4, Saudi authorities
in Arar beheaded a Nepalese housemaid convicted of murdering a
two-year-old boy by slitting his throat. Saudi national Hamad
al-Ahmadi was decapitated in Medina for stabbing his wife to death
while she was asleep.
2014 Aug 4, Ukraine said 5
government soldiers were killed and 15 wounded over the last 24
hours in fighting in the east where Kiev forces recaptured an
important railway hub from pro-Russian rebels. Ukraine acknowledged
that 311 soldiers and border guards had been forced by fighting with
separatists to cross into Russia.
(Reuters, 8/4/14)(AP, 8/4/14)(Reuters, 8/5/14)
2014 Aug 4, The World Bank said
that it would provide up to $200 million to Guinea, Liberia and
Sierra Leone to help the west African nations contain the deadly
2014 Aug 4, In Yemen 4 soldiers
were killed in ambushes in Hadramawt province.
2015 Aug 4, In Connecticut
Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin went missing in Easton. Their bodies were
found on Oct 29 outside a vacant home in Weston. Police soon
arrested their son Kyle (27) and his girlfriend Jennifer Valiante
(31). The parents had planned to cut Kyle out of their will.
(SSFC, 11/1/15, p.A16)
2015 Aug 4, NYC officials said
the number of people sickened by Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx
has climbed to 86. Water cooling towers were thought to be the
source of the problem, which has left 7 elderly people dead.
(SFC, 8/5/15, p.A6)
2015 Aug 4, The Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Milwaukee said it will pay $21 million top more than
300 victims of clergy abuse in a settlement that would end a
four-year bankruptcy proceeding.
(SFC, 8/5/15, p.A6)
2015 Aug 4, The Arab League
condemned Turkey's actions and called on Ankara to recognize the
sovereignty of Iraq. The Arab League also called on Turkey and Iraq
to increase cooperation in order to try and preserve peace. Qatar
however, distanced itself from the Arab League declaration.
2015 Aug 4, ASEAN countries
backed a US call to halt land reclamation in the South China Sea,
underlining unease in the region over Beijing's continued expansion
on disputed islands.
2015 Aug 4, Taliban official
Syed Mohammad Tayab Agha announced he was stepping down as director
of the Political Office in the Qatari capital Doha, originally set
up to enable the Taliban to negotiate in any peace process. His
resignation came amid a growing leadership struggle in the Afghan
insurgent movement after the news of the death of leader Mullah
Mohammad Omar last week.
2015 Aug 4, Cameroon said it
has expelled more than 3,000 Nigerians as part of the fight against
Nigeria's Islamic extremists who have launched attacks across
borders. 9 people were killed and about 50 others were believed
kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants in an overnight raid on
Tchakarmari village near the northern border. Dozens of children and
teenagers who were thought to have been kidnapped by Islamic
extremists returned home on August 6 after having avoided being
(AP, 8/4/15)(Reuters, 8/4/15)(AFP, 8/5/15)(AP,
2015 Aug 4, China’s Catholic
Church ordained Joseph Zhang Yinlin as coadjutor bishop of Anyang,
Hebei province. The appointment was approved by the Vatican.
(Econ, 4/9/15, p.45)
2015 Aug 4, In Egypt militants
in the restive northern Sinai shelled a house near a security
checkpoint early today, killing an entire family of 5 members inside
it and wounding nine of their neighbors.
2015 Aug 4, The EU and Vietnam
announced a free trade deal removing nearly all tariffs, with
Brussels calling it a "milestone" on the way to a region-wide
agreement with Southeast Asia.
2015 Aug 4, Migrants in France
made hundreds of attempts overnight to penetrate the Channel Tunnel
to get to Britain overnight, as an unidentified "anomaly" in the
tunnel slowed traffic.
2015 Aug 4, In India 12 people
were killed early today when an old building on the outskirts of
Mumbai collapsed after days of heavy rain.
2015 Aug 4, In Kashmir
Pakistani and Indian border guards traded gunfire and mortar shells
along their disputed border, killing two Pakistanis and an Indian.
2015 Aug 4, Kosovo lawmakers
approved a law overnight to set up a special war crimes court paving
the way for indictments to be filed against top wartime leaders and
current politicians. A day earlier the assembly amended the
constitution so that the court could be created.
2015 Aug 4, Kosovo police said
they have arrested three people suspected of committing cyber
crimes, following a joint investigation with the US Federal Bureau
2015 Aug 4, Kuwait reported
that the Interior Ministry will soon prepare a DNA database of all
persons living or visiting the country.
(SSFC, 8/9/15, p.A4)
2015 Aug 4, Around 250 Latvian
nationalists picketed the Riga’s main government building to protest
against EU plans to resettle refugees from Africa and the Middle
East. The Baltic state has agreed to take in 250 refugees over two
years under the EU's controversial plan to distribute 40,000
migrants across the 28-country bloc.
2015 Aug 4, Liberian state
radio said 14 men from Sierra Leone illegally mining for gold fell
victim to a landslide last week. They were trapped under rubble and
were presumed dead.
2015 Aug 4, Macedonia’s PM
Vladimir Pesevski said overnight flash floods killed at least 4
people, including 3 children, and injured a dozen others as
landslides, power outages and road damage followed a storm in the
northwest of the country.
2015 Aug 4, In Pakistan Shafqat
Hussain was this morning executed, despite widespread calls, both
within and outside the country, for a stay. School records showed
was 17 in 2004 when he was burnt with cigarettes and had fingernails
removed until he confessed to killing a child. His family said he
was 14 at the time.
2015 Aug 4, In the southern
Philippines flash floods caused by heavy rain killed at least 7
people, including 4 children. Two others remain missing.
2015 Aug 4, Russia pressed a
claim at the UN for an additional 1.2 million square km (463,000
square miles) of Arctic shelf, an area of escalating international
2015 Aug 4, Russia tightened
controls on imports of cut flowers from the Netherlands, a move that
comes amid a strain in ties over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines
plane in Ukraine.
2015 Aug 4, Russia's PM Dmitry
Medvedev ordered preparation of retaliatory measures against several
non-EU European nations that have joined the European Union's
sanctions against Russia. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway,
Montenegro, Albania, Moldova and Ukraine joined the EU sanctions
2015 Aug 4, Russian police
broke into a family apartment in Nizhny Novgorod and found the
bodies of the six children and their mother hacked to pieces. Oleg
Belov was detained on suspicion of carrying out the murders. A woman
(52), identified as Belov's mother, was found hacked to pieces, in
the neighboring Vladimir region. Local media said Belov was
unemployed and lived on disability payments after being diagnosed
2015 Aug 4, A South African
judge threw out a corruption case against firebrand politician
Julius Malema after three years of delays, giving a major boost to
President Jacob Zuma's fiercest critic.
2015 Aug 4, Al-Qaeda's Syria
affiliate captured at least five more US-trained rebel fighters in
overnight raids in northwestern village of Qah.
2015 Aug 4, Thailand police
said they have arrested five people suspected of trafficking Thai
women into sex slavery in China and believed to be part of a ring
that has also trafficked women into Malaysia and Singapore.
2015 Aug 4, Two Turkish
soldiers and an armed guard were killed in a blast from a homemade
mine planted by Kurdish militants in Sirnak province. Turkish
warplanes pounded suspected Kurdish rebel targets near Daglica,
Hakkari province, in retaliation to a rebel mortar attack at a
military base which wounded a 6-year-old girl. Kurdish militants
attacked Turkey's Shah Deniz pipeline carrying natural gas from
Azerbaijan, but the blast did not impact supply as flow had already
been halted for maintenance.
(Reuters, 8/4/15)(AP, 8/4/15)
2015 Aug 4, Doctors Without
Borders (MSF) said that health services in Yemen were "nearing
collapse", with pregnant women dying for lack of transport and
hospitals under fire from snipers.
2016 Aug 4, In San Francisco a
federal court sentenced Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow (56) to life in
prison for racketeering and murder following an 8-week trial.
(SFC, 8/5/16, p.A1)
2016 Aug 4, In California
Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva was arrested on charges that he
supplied alcohol to underage counselors at acity run youth camp and
surreptitiously recorded a group of young people playing strip poker
in Silva’s bedroom in 2015. Silva denied the charges.
(SFC, 8/5/16, p.D1)
2016 Aug 4, New York federal
prosecutors unveiled an indictment charging 46 defendants of crimes
ranging from extortion to illegal gambling throughout the East
(SFC, 8/5/16, p.A5)
2016 Aug 4, A Pakistani
helicopter crash-landed in Afghanistan in Taliban-held territory in
Logar province and all passengers and crew were missing and feared
captured by insurgents. The Afghan Taliban released all five
Pakistanis and one Russian crew member on August 13.
(Reuters, 8/4/16)(Reuters, 8/13/16)
2016 Aug 4, In Argentina pot
banging protests took place across the country as higher energy
bills landed in consumer post boxes.
(Econ, 8/13/16, p.23)
2016 Aug 4, Hurricane Earl,
packing 130 km (80 mile) per hour winds and heavy rain, made
landfall in Central America near Belize City, where officials warned
of likely flooding and damage to homes. Earl was soon downgraded to
a tropical storm.
2016 Aug 4, Britain's central
bank moved to stem the economic fallout from the vote to leave the
European union, approving its first interest rate cut since the
global financial crisis as part of a broader stimulus package. The
Bank of England cut its key rate to 0.25 percent from a previous
record low of 0.5 percent.
2016 Aug 4, China sentenced
Zhou Shifeng, a prominent civil rights lawyer, to seven years in
prison on charges of subversion.
(SFC, 8/5/16, p.A2)
2016 Aug 4, The European Union
extended its civilian mission in Libya by a year and allocated a
$18.92 million budget for the task.
2016 Aug 4, A German federal
court said a person with a genetic abnormality who identifies as
neither woman nor man can't be entered in Germany's birth register
under an alternative label such as "inter" or "diverse." The
plaintiff planned to go to Germany's highest court, the Federal
2016 Aug 4, Israel's internal
security agency said Mohammed el-Halabi, a senior employee of the
international aid group World Vision in the Gaza Strip, siphoned off
millions of dollars of the charity's funds and transferred them to
the Islamic militant group Hamas, assisting it in building tunnels
and purchasing arms. El-Halabi was arrested in June as he was
crossing from Israel into Gaza.
2016 Aug 4, Italy's
anti-corruption authority (ANAC) confirmed that it is investigating
Rome's public rubbish management agency as concerns grew that waste
problems plaguing the capital could turn critical.
2016 Aug 4, Aid agencies said
they have delivered a month's worth of food and supplies this week
to more than 75,000 Syrians stuck on Jordan's sealed border, using
cranes to lift bags from the Jordanian side over an earthen barrier
along the frontier.
2016 Aug 4, Kenyan police
charged a British national with trafficking nearly 100 kg (220
pounds) of cocaine that was impounded last week at the country's
main seaport. Jack Alexander Wolf Marrian denied the charge in
court. A Kenyan, Roy Francis Mwanthi, was charged separately with
trafficking the cocaine. It was not clear what happened to a third
suspect, also Kenyan.
2016 Aug 4, A court in
Kazakhstan ordered the release on parole of opposition activist
Vladimir Kozlov, after spending nearly five years in jail accused of
participating in a failed attempt to overthrow the government.
2016 Aug 4, Kosovo's government
ratified a border demarcation agreement with neighboring Montenegro,
despite disapproval from the opposition. The government sent the
deal to the Parliament, which was expected to concur.
2016 Aug 4, Montenegro's police
arrested Vlado Zmajevic (47) suspected of killing at least six
ethnic Albanians, including two women, in a Kosovo village in 1999.
2016 Aug 4, A Pakistani
helicopter crash-landed in Afghanistan in Taliban-held territory in
Logar province and all passengers and crew were missing and feared
captured by insurgents. The Afghan Taliban released all five
Pakistanis and one Russian crew member on August 13.
(Reuters, 8/4/16)(Reuters, 8/13/16)
2016 Aug 4, In the Philippines
top broadcaster, ABS-CBN, reported that 603 people had been killed
since Duterte's May election, with 211 murdered by unidentified
2016 Aug 4, South Africa's
opposition Democratic Alliance led in three major cities as votes
were counted in local elections, threatening to deal the biggest
electoral blow to the African National Congress since the end of
apartheid two decades ago.
2016 Aug 4, Tajikistan said it
has meted out jail terms to 170 people convicted of complicity in an
armed attempt by a deputy defence minister to topple President
Imomali Rakhmon last September.
2016 Aug 4, A court in Turkey
issued a formal warrant for the arrest of US-based Muslim cleric
Fethullah Gulen, who the government accuses of being behind the
failed July 15 coup that left more than 270 people dead.
2016 Aug 4, Uganda's Police
raided a night club late today where a Gay Pride event was underway
and arrested at least 15 people, accusing them of staging an illegal
gathering and promoting homosexuality.
2016 Aug 4, The UN refugee
agency said it has received reports that the Islamic State group may
have captured up to 3,000 Iraqis who were fleeing violence and that
12 of them may have been killed.
2017 Aug 4, Dozens of Yemenis
and Iranians who won the chance to immigrate to the United States
sued the US State Department for not processing their visa
applications after President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban was
2017 Aug 4, In Michigan
Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt pleaded guilty in US District
Court in Detroit in connection with a massive diesel emissions
scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $25 billion.
Schmidt faced up to seven years in prison and a fine of between
$40,000 and $400,000.
2017 Aug 4, Martin Shkreli,
accused of defrauding his hedge fund investors and a pharmaceutical
company, was convicted in New York on three of eight counts. He
faced up to 20 years in prison.
(SFC, 8/5/17, p.D1)
2017 Aug 4, Afghan security
forces retook a district center in the eastern province of Paktia,
following a sequence of fighting with Taliban insurgents that has
seen control over a series of strongpoints change hands in recent
2017 Aug 4, A British judge
refused to extradite a London-based Russian businessman who is
accused of organizing the killing of a retail tycoon in his
homeland, saying there was little solid evidence against him.
Russian officials say Georgy Shuppe (46) arranged the January 2014
murder of Alexander Mineev, who was shot 22 times with a Kalashnikov
rifle on the outskirts of Moscow.
2017 Aug 4, Britain lifted a
ban on personal electronic devices for flights from Amman's Queen
Alia International Airport to the United Kingdom.
2017 Aug 4, In eastern Congo
DRC a group of Twa pygmies attacked the Luba, a Bantu ethnic group,
near Kalemi, in Tanganyika province. More than 50 people were killed
in clashes between the ethnic groups.
2017 Aug 4, Ethiopia arrested
Alemayehu Gujo, its state minister for finance, on suspicion of
corruption. This was part of an anti-graft drive that the government
says has led to dozens of arrests in the last two weeks. Zayed
Woldegabriel, the Director General of the Ethiopian Roads Authority.
was also detained.
2017 Aug 4, A district in
central Indonesia said it has invited the army, police and local
hunters to help battle bands of wild long-tailed macaque monkeys,
which were raiding plantations and attacking villagers in Boyolali
district in central Java.
2017 Aug 4, Iraqi officials
said troops have found a mass grave in the western city of Ramadi
containing the bodies of 40 men believed to have been executed by
the Islamic State group.
2017 Aug 4, In southeastern
Ivory Coast about 20 gunmen in military uniforms attacked a police
station early today, temporarily shutting officers inside and
2017 Aug 4, Japanese automakers
Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. said they plan to spend
$1.6 billion to jointly build auto manufacturing plant in the US, a
move that will create up to 4,000 jobs.
2017 Aug 4, In Kenya John
Aristotle Phillips, the CEO of US-based campaign data company
Aristotle, Inc, was detained and faced deportation along with
Canadian staffer Andreas Katsouris. The two men were assisting
opposition candidate Raila Odinga with issues including strategy and
data analysis and had chosen to get involved in the Kenyan election
because they thought it had the potential for irregularities.
2017 Aug 4, Popular Kenyan
televangelist Gilbert Deya was extradited from Britain to face
charges of child trafficking amid accusations that he stole
children, including newborn babies, to prove miracles.
2017 Aug 4, Myanmar security
forces fired warning shots to disperse some 600 Muslim villagers
while they were arresting four suspected insurgents in a western
region where government troops have been accused of human rights
violations against Rohingya minority.
2017 Aug 4, Romania's Social
Democrat-led government said it would cap special pensions for the
military and secret services to keep spending in check.
2017 Aug 4, A Russian court
extended probation for opposition leader Alexei Navalny by one year,
a sentence that should bar him from running for office until at
2017 Aug 4, In eastern Russia
rescuers at Alrosa’s Mir diamond mine in the Sakha region searched
for 9 miners still unaccounted for after water leaked into an
underground shaft with more than 100 workers inside. One of nine
missing was rescued the next day. On Aug 26 Alrosa said it has
called off the search for the missing miners.
(AFP, 8/4/17)(AP, 8/5/17)(AP, 8/26/17)
2017 Aug 4, Rwanda held
presidential elections. Incumbent leader Paul Kagame (59) swept to a
(AP, 8/4/17)(Reuters, 8/5/17)
2017 Aug 4, Singapore said it
had canceled the permanent residence status of Huang Jing, a
professor at a prominent postgraduate school, whom it identified as
a US citizen and accused him of being an agent of influence for a
foreign country. The ruling also applied to Huang's wife, Shirley
Yang Xiuping, and meant that if the couple leave Singapore they will
not be able to re-enter.
2017 Aug 4, In Spain
holidaymakers faced delays and long queues at Barcelona's El Prat
airport, the first day of strikes by security staff that may be
stepped up in coming weeks.
2017 Aug 4, In Sri Lanka
thousands of students from state-run universities finished a
five-day march across the country, demanding the government shut
down the private South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine,
the only private university training medical students. Doctors and
students say privatizing education could jeopardize the country's
tradition of state-funded education.
2017 Aug 4, In northern Sweden
an employee at Orsa Rovdjurspark, one of Europe's largest predator
parks, died of bite wounds after being attacked by a bear. The
2-year-old bear was euthanized after the attack.
2017 Aug 4, In northern Syria
the heaviest fighting and shelling for months hit Hama province, but
there were diverging accounts of how the battle started.
2017 Aug 4, In Syria Russian
military police deployed north of the central city of Homs, setting
up checkpoints and observation points as part of a cease-fire in a
third safe zone, but opposition activists said the truce was
violated by government forces.
2017 Aug 4, In Switzerland a
Piper PA28 plane crash at a summer camp killed two 14-year-old
campers and the pilot, while leaving a third teenager seriously
2017 Aug 4, Venezuela returned
opposition leader Antonio Ledezma from prison to his home.
Venezuela’s government inaugurated a new legislative superbody
authorized to expand the powers of leftist President Nicolas Maduro.
Chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz said it was fraudulently elected.
(Reuters, 8/4/17)(Reuters, 8/5/17)
2017 Aug 4, Residents said
Yemeni troops and armor have pushed al Qaeda militants out of main
cities in Shabwa, regaining government control over the southern
province for the first time in years. 12 civilians were reported
killed in two airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition in Saada
(Reuters, 8/4/17)(AP, 8/4/17)
2018 Aug 4, US Secretary of
State Mike Pompeo pledged to provide nearly $300 million in new
security funding for Southeast Asia. Pompeo unveiled the figure on
the sidelines of a meeting in Singapore of foreign ministers from
the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
2018 Aug 4, In Alaska a small
sight-seeing plane crashed on Thunder Mountain in Denali National
Park. 4 people were killed and a fifth was missing.
(SFC, 8/7/18, p.A4)
2018 Aug 4, In northern
California a ninth person died in a wildfire, as a couple of other
fast-growing wildfires in the state expanded by more than 25 percent
overnight and continued to spread. The Carr fire, about 162 miles
(261 km) north of Sacramento, claimed the life of a power company
lineman. The Mendocino Complex burned in Mendocino, Lake and Colusa
counties and covered 229,000 acres (92,600 hectares) and was
considered 32 percent contained.
(AP, 8/5/18)(SFC, 8/6/18, p.A1)
2018 Aug 4, Bryce Carlson (37)
arrived at St. Mary's in the Isles of Scilly, off England's
southwestern tip, late today, 38 days, six hours and 49 minutes
after setting out from St. John's, Newfoundland, setting a record
for a west-to-east crossing. The high school science teacher from
Cincinnati, Ohio, rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The previous
record was 53 days, eight hours and 26 minutes.
2018 Aug 4, In Texas the
estranged wife of Jean Pierre Ndossoka found their two children
fatally stabbed at a Houston home. The next day police found
Ndossoka (61) with a self-inflicted guinshot wound in his car. He
was expected to survive.
(SFC, 8/6/18, p.A4)
2018 Aug 4, Bangladesh police
fired tear gas and used batons in Dhaka to disperse hundreds of
protesting students angry over the traffic deaths of two fellow
students, leaving many people injured.
2018 Aug 4, In Brazil the
Workers' Party named jailed former Pres. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
as its nominee for the country's top job.
(SSFC, 8/5/18, p.A4)
2018 Aug 4, It was reported
that China plans to add a range of cancer drugs to medicines
eligible for reimbursement from the government. Xinhua news agency
added that negotiations on pricing with manufacturers should be
finished by the end of September.
2018 Aug 4, Ethiopian soldiers
traded fire with members of local government security forces in the
country's eastern Somali region after central authorities sought to
arrest regional officials.
2018 Aug 4, In France a
spokesman said EDF has halted four nuclear reactors at three power
plants because of the current heatwave affecting Europe.
2018 Aug 4, In Germany Sahra
Wagenknecht one of the country's most prominent left-wing
politicians, launched a website for the "Aufstehen" ("Stand Up")
movement, with a full official launch to follow next month.
Wagenknecht is a divisive figure even within her own party, in part
for taking a skeptical position on migration.
2018 Aug 4, Indonesian police
arrested Australian Brandon Johnson (43) and his Indonesian
girlfriend at a rented room in the tourist hotspot of Kuta on Bali
Island. Police reportedly found 11.6 grams of cocaine packed into 13
plastic bags. Johnson faced between five and 20 years in prison if
2018 Aug 4, In Iran sporadic
protests took place in cities for a fourth day, with demonstrators
attacking a Shi'ite seminary west of Tehran, as Iranians brace for a
return of US sanctions.
2018 Aug 4, Iraq's government
said areas under cultivation have halved this summer compared to
last year due to a drought that has led to a ban on water intensive
2018 Aug 4, In Israel tens of
thousands of the Druze minority along with their Jewish supporters
rallied in Tel Aviv against a new law that critics say sidelines
(SSFC, 8/5/18, p.A4)
2018 Aug 4, The Israeli navy
said it has intercepted a Swedish-flagged activist boat bent on
breaching its blockade of Gaza, the second in less than a week. The
vessel, named Freedom for Gaza and carrying 12 people, was taken to
the Israeli port of Ashdod.
2018 Aug 4, In Kashmir a young
man was killed and two other people wounded when India's army fired
at a funeral of a rebel in the suburbs of southern Shopian town.
2018 Aug 4, Top Asian diplomats
pressed North Korea to turn a pledge to completely dismantle its
nuclear arsenal into reality amid concerns that it's proceeding with
2018 Aug 4, Palestinian teen
Muadh al-Suri (15) died of his wounds a day after he was shot by
Israeli troops during clashes on the Gaza border.
2018 Aug 4, In southern
Portugal more than 740 firefighters battled a forest fire as
temperatures climbed to near record highs in the Iberian Peninsula
amid a Europe-wide heatwave that has brought drought and wildfires
from Greece to Sweden. Lisbon broke a 37-year-old record to notch
its hottest temperature ever as an unrelenting heat wave baked
Portugal and neighboring Spain. Heat records were set in 26 places
around Portugal. The capital reached 44 degrees Celsius (111.2 F)
this afternoon, surpassing the city's previous record of 43 C (109.4
F) set in 1981.
(Reuters, 8/4/18)(AP, 8/5/18)
2018 Aug 4, Russia's Defence
Ministry confirmed that it had proposed cooperating with the United
States on Syrian refugees and de-mining in a letter sent to the top
US general in July.
2018 Aug 4, Russian police
arrested 30 LGBT activists in Saint Petersburg during a coordinated
demonstration defending the rights of sexual minorities.
2018 Aug 4, A Russian
helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff in Siberia, killing all 18
people aboard, mostly oil workers.
2018 Aug 4, Saudi Arabia said
that it was resuming oil shipments through the Bab al-Mandab Strait,
ending a 10-day suspension triggered by rebel attacks off the coast
2018 Aug 4, In South Korea tens
of thousands of women staged a mass rally in Seoul to protest
against spycam porn, urging tougher punishments for peeping Toms as
anger over the growing scourge boils over.
2018 Aug 4, In Switzerland
several people died after a small plane crashed in a forest this
morning, causing a forest fire that completely destroyed the plane
in the Rengg mountain pass of Nidwalden canton.
2018 Aug 4, In Switzerland a
small vintage trimotor Junker JU-52 aircraft crashed ion the west
side of the Piz Segnas mountain, Grissons canton. Three Austrians
and 17 Swiss were aboard aircraft when it crashed. The 1930s-era
military aircraft was used by tourist flight operator JU-Air.
(Reuters, 8/5/18)(Reuters, 11/20/18)
2018 Aug 4, In Syria Aziz
Esber, a research director at a military agency linked to the
country's chemical weapons program, was assassinated late today.
Israel was suspected of carrying out the car bomb attack.
(AP, 8/5/18)(Reuters, 8/5/18)
2018 Aug 4, Turkey's Pres.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the assets of two US officials will be
frozen in retaliation for US sanctions against Turkey's justice and
interior ministers over the detention of American pastor Andrew
2018 Aug 4, In Venezuela a
drone blast hit during a military event where President Nicolas
Maduro was speaking. Seven soldiers were wounded by explosive-laden
drones during a military parade in Caracas A little known group
called the "National Movement of Soldiers in T-shirts" soon claimed
(Reuters, 8/5/18)(AFP, 8/5/18)
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