1397 Aug 16, Albrecht II von
Habsburg, king of Bohemia, Hungary and Germany, was born.
1419 Aug 16, Wenceslas
(b.1361), son of Charles IV and King of Germany, died. He served as
King Wenceslas IV of Bohemia (1363) and King of the Romans
1419 Aug 16, Sigismund, Holy
Roman Emperor, became king of Bohemia following the death of
Wenceslaus IV, but was ejected by the Hussites due to the execution
of Jan Huss.
1498 Aug 16, Christopher
Columbus reached the island of Margarita (Venezuela).
1513 Aug 16, Henry VIII of
England and Emperor Maximilian defeated the French at Guinegatte,
France, in the Battle of the Spurs.
1645 Aug 16, Jean de la
Bruyere, French writer and moralist famous for his work "Characters
of Theophratus," was born.
1678 Aug 16, Andrew Marvell
(b.1621), English poet (Definition of Love), died.
1691 Aug 16, Yorktown, Va., was
1745 Aug 16, Skirmish at
Laggan: Glengarry beat the Royal Scots.
1777 Aug 16, American forces
won the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington, Vt.
1777 Aug 16, France declared a
state of bankruptcy.
1799 Aug 16, Vincenzo
Manfredini (b.1737), Italian composer, died.
1780 Aug 16, American troops
under Gen. Horatio Gates were badly defeated by the British at the
Battle of Camden, South Carolina.
(HFA, '96, p.36)(HN, 8/16/98)(ON, 12/01, p.9)
1812 Aug 16, American General
William Hull surrendered Detroit without resistance to a smaller
British and Indian forces under General Isaac Brock.
(AP, 8/16/97)(HN, 8/16/98)
1819 Aug 16, English police
charged unemployed demonstrators at St. Peter's Field in the
Manchester Massacre. Marchers were demanding voting rights for the
working class. 18 people were killed in the Peterloo massacre. The
press responded with a volley of attacks that included “The
Political House that Jack Built" by William Hone and illustrator
1829 Aug 16, The original
Siamese twins, Chang and Eng Bunker, arrived in Boston aboard the
ship Sachem to be exhibited to the Western world.
1846 Aug 16, Gioacchino Rossini
married Olympe Pelissier in Paris and stopped composing operas.
1852 Aug 16, In northern
California trader James Savage entered the Kings River Indian
reservation and encountered Major Harvey, who had led an attack
there on local Indians. A fight ensued and Harvey shot and killed
(SFC, 5/23/15, p.C2)
1858 Aug 16, A telegraphed
message from Britain’s Queen Victoria to President Buchanan was
transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable. The cable
linked Ireland and Canada and failed after a few weeks.
1861 Aug 16, President Lincoln
prohibited the states of the Union from trading with the seceding
states of the Confederacy.
1861 Aug 16, Union and
Confederate forces clashed near Fredericktown and Kirkville,
1862 Aug 16, Amos Alonzo Stagg,
football pioneer, inventor of the tackling dummy, was born in West
Orange, New Jersey.
1863 Aug 16, Chickamauga
campaign took place in GA. Union General William S. Rosecrans moved
his army south from Tullahoma, Tennessee to attack Confederate
forces in Chattanooga.
(HN, 8/16/99)(MC, 8/16/02)
1864 Aug 16, Battle of Front
Royal, VA. (Guard Hill).
1868 Aug 16, Bernard McFadden,
publisher responsible for the magazine True Story, was born.
1868 Aug 16, Charles Sanford
Skilton (d.1941), composer, was born.
1875 Aug 16, Charles Grandison
Finney (b.1792), American revivalist preacher, died.
1876 Aug 16, Wagner's Opera
"Siegfried" premiered at Bayreuth. [See Aug 13]
1884 Aug 16, Hugo Gernsback
(d.1967), sci-fi writer, publisher (1960 Hugo), was born in
1894 Aug 16, George Meany, the
first president of the AFL-CIO, was born in New York City.
1894 Aug 16, Indian chiefs from
the Sioux & Onondaga tribes met to urge their people to renounce
Christianity and return to their old Indian faith.
1896 Aug, 16, A white man from
California named George Carmack, a fellow not employed at anything
in particular, was hiking around northwest Canada’s Yukon River area
with his two Indian brothers-in-law "Skookum Jim" Mason and "Tagish
Charley." The three found gold on Rabbit Creek, a stream that feeds
the Yukon River near Dawson, Alaska.
(CFA, '96, p.88)(HN,
1897 Aug 16, Robert Ringling,
circus master, was born.
1898 Aug 16, Edwin Prescott
patented a roller coaster.
1904 Aug 16, NYC began building
the Grand Central Station.
1906 Aug 16, A magnitude 8.6
earthquake in Valparaiso, Chile, left an estimated 20,000 people
(SFEC, 6/13/99, Z1 p.5)(AP, 6/22/02)
1912 Aug 16, Virginia executed
Virginia Christian (b.1895) in the electric chair. Christian, an
African-American maid, was convicted for the murder of her white
employer Mrs. Ida Virginia Belote (72), a white woman, in her home
at Hampton on March 18.
1913 Aug 16, Menachem Begin,
Israeli statesman (1977-83) and Nobel Peace Prize (1978) recipient,
(HN, 8/16/98)(MC, 8/16/02)
1914 Aug 16, Liege, Belgium,
fell to the German army.
1914 Aug 16, Zapata and Pancho
Villa over ran Mexico.
1915 Aug 16, A hurricane hit
Galveston, Texas. It caused 12 deaths and an estimated $5-8 million
in property damage in the city.
1916 Aug 16, In San Francisco
the 1,000 ton Ohio Building, created for the Panama-Pacific Expo,
was dragged on skids to a barge and shipped 23 miles to San Carlos.
In 1956 it was intentionally torched to clear the property.
(SFC, 2/24/21, p.B5)
1917 Aug 16, In San Francisco
six United Railroads substitute platform men were arrested after
they drove in an out of a parade of striking carmen. The men were
recruited from Los Angeles. Two other machines carrying seven men
each escaped. Loaded revolvers were found in the side pockets and
under the chauffeur’s coat along with black jacks and clubs.
(SSFC, 8/13/17, DB p.50)
1918 Aug 16, US troops
overthrew Archangel (Russia).
1920 Aug 16, Charles Bukowski,
poet and novelist, was born.
1924 Aug 16, Conference about
German recovery payments opened in London.
1929 Aug 16, Bill Evans, jazz
pianist, was born. [see Aug 28]
1930 Aug 16, Ted Hughes,
English poet laureate, was born.
1930 Aug 16, Rafael Leonidas
Trujillo (b.1891), an American-trained National Guard general, began
ruling as dictator of the Dominican Republic and continued to 1961,
when he was assassinated.
1934 Aug 16, US ended its
occupation of Haiti (begun in 1915).
1934 Aug 16, US explorer
William Beebe descended 3,028' (923 m) in Bathysphere.
1936 Aug 16, The 11th Olympic
games closed in Berlin.
1936 Aug 16, Spanish poet
Garcia Lorca was arrested in Granada. He disappeared shortly
thereafter. The 1997 film "The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca" was an
attempt to depict the circumstances of his disappearance. Lorca was
the author of "Gypsy Ballads," "Blood Wedding" and "The Poet."
Spanish poet Fredico Garcia Lorca was shot by Franco's troops after
being forced to dig his own grave.
(LVRJ, 11/1/97, p.12B)(HN, 8/19/98)(MT, Spg. ‘99,
1940 Aug 16, Bruce Beresford,
Australian film director, was born. His films include "Breaker
Morant" and "Driving Miss Daisy."
1940 Aug 16, 45 German
aircrafts were shot down over England.
1942 Aug 16, The US Navy L-8
patrol blimp crash-landed at 419 Bellevue St., Daly City, Ca., after
drifting in from the ocean. The ship’s crew, Lt. Ernest Dewitt Cody
(27) and Ensign Charles E. Adams (38), were missing and no trace of
them was ever found.
(GDCH, 1986, p.17)(Ind, 5/3/03, p.5A)
1943 Aug 16, Bulgarian czar
Boris III visited Adolf Hitler.
1944 Aug 16, US bombers of the
8th Air Force raided the oil refinery at Rositz, Germany. As of 1998
21 unexploded bombs were dug up at the site.
(WSJ, 11/24/08, p.A12)
1944 Aug 16, Chartres, France,
1945 Aug 16, Suzanne Farrel,
ballerina, was born.
1945 Aug 16, Lieutenant General
Jonathan Wainwright, who was taken prisoner by the Japanese on
Corregidor on May 6, 1942, was released from a POW camp in Manchuria
by U.S. troops.
1945 Aug 16, Takijiro Ohnishi,
leader of Japanese kamikaze pilots, died.
1945 Aug 16, The communist
dominated Polish government signed a treaty with the USSR to
formally cede eastern territories, including Galicia.
1946 Aug 16, A 3-day riot began
in Calcutta that left some 6,000 people dead. The day marked the
start of what is known as “The Week of the Long Knives".
1948 Aug 16, Famed home-run
slugger George Herman "Babe" Ruth died at age 53 in New York City.
He is credited with turning baseball from a game of speed and skill
to one of power. During a flamboyant major league career that began
as a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox in 1914 and ended with his
retirement from the Boston Braves in 1935, the Babe hit an
astonishing total of 714 homers, a feat that was not surpassed until
Henry Aaron of the Atlanta Braves broke Ruth’s record in 1974. The
fans loved the warm-hearted Babe Ruth, who had a reputation as a
hard drinker, carouser and womanizer. In 1931, at the height of his
career with the Yankees, Ruth earned $80,000, which made him the
highest-paid ballplayer in history. At a special "Babe Ruth Day"
just two months before his death, the cancer-stricken Babe donned
his uniform for the last time and appeared before a cheering crowd
at Yankee Stadium. In 2006 Leigh Montville authored “The Big Bam," a
biography of Babe Ruth.
(SFC, 10/15/96, p.A19)(AP, 8/16/97)(HNPD,
8/16/98)(WSJ, 5/9/06, p.D6)
1948 Aug 16, Harry Dexter
White, former assistant US Treasury Secretary, died of a heart
attack. White had helped write the UN Charter. A few days
earlier he had testified before the House-Un-American Activities
Committee and denied leaking secrets to Soviet intelligence. Later
evidence confirmed that he had worked for Soviet intelligence. In
2004 R. Bruce Craig authored "Treasonable Doubt," a study of White.
(WSJ, 4/16/04, p.W8)
1949 Aug 16, Margaret Mitchell
(48), US writer (Gone With the Wind), died.
1953 Aug 16, Shah Pahlavi of
Persia and princess Soraya fled to Baghdad and then Rome.
1954 Aug 16, Sports Illustrated
was first published by Time Inc.
1955 Aug 16, Fiat Motors
ordered the 1st private atomic reactor.
1956 Aug 16, Adlai E. Stevenson
was nominated for president at the Democratic National Convention in
Chicago. John F. Kennedy made his convention debut at the Democratic
convention in Chicago. Tennessee Senator Estes Kefauver withdrew his
name from the balloting and asked his 200 delegates to support Adlai
E. Stevenson for the presidential nomination. Stevenson won the
nomination on the first ballot with 905 votes to New York Governor
Averell Harriman's 200 votes. Kefauver then went on to narrowly
defeat Senator John F. Kennedy for the party's
(WSJ, 8/26/96, p.A12)(HNQ, 8/10/99)(AP, 8/16/97)
1956 Aug 16, Bela Lugosi
(b.1882), actor (Dracula), died of heart attack in Hollywood. He was
born in Hungary as Bela Blasko.
1958 Aug 16, Madonna [Ciccone],
entertainer and singer whose biggest record was "Like a Virgin," was
1959 Aug 16, William F. Halsey
(Bull Halsey), US vice-admiral (WW II Pacific), died.
1960 Aug 16, Timothy Hutton
(actor: Taps, Made in Heaven, Ordinary People, The Dark Half,
The Temp, Q&A), was born.
1960 Aug 16, American test
pilot Joe Kittinger’s history-making parachute jump was from an
altitude of 102,800 feet, or 19.3 miles. In a gondola lifted by a
360-foot helium balloon, Kittinger reached the highest altitude ever
reached by man in nonpowered flight. His free fall lasted four
minutes and 36 seconds and he became the first man to exceed the
speed of sound without an aircraft or space vehicle. In 1984
Kittinger became the first to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in a
helium balloon alone.
(HNQ, 5/21/99)(WSJ, 2/27/06, p.A1)
1960 Aug 16, Britain granted
independence to the crown colony of Cyprus. Archbishop Makarios
began serving as the 1st post-independence president. He chose
Spyros Kyprianou (28) as foreign minister. Under the provisions of
the independence settlement, Turkey, along with Greece and Britain,
maintained a right to military intervention if the island’s
constitutional order is threatened.
(AP, 8/16/97)(SFC, 3/13/02, p.A26)(Econ, 1/28/17,
1961 Aug 16, Martin Luther King
protested for black voting rights in Miami.
1961 Aug 16, Some 250,000 West
Berliners demonstrated against East Berlin.
1962 Aug 16, The Beatles
dropped Pete Best as their drummer. They took on Ringo Starr on Aug
17. Best later authored the autobiography "Beatle! The Pete Best
(SFC, 7/5/02, p.G5)(MC, 8/16/02)
1965 Aug 16, The Watts riots
ended in south-central LA after six days with the help of 20,000
National Guardsmen; the riots left 34 dead, 857 injured, over 2,200
arrested, and property valued at $200 million destroyed. The riots
started when police on August 11th brutally beat a black motorist
suspected of drunken driving in Watts area of LA.
(HN, 8/16/00)(MC, 8/16/02)
1969 Aug 16, Canned Heat
performed "Let's Work Together" live Woodstock.
1970 Aug 16, Benny Bufano
(b.1898), California-based Italian-American sculptor, died. He was
known for his late-career bullet-shaped public sculptures.
1972 Aug 16, The Moroccan Air
Force attempted to shoot down a Boeing 727 carrying King Hassan II.
The attempt failed and the coup leaders were arrested. Gen. Mohammad
Oufkir was shot to death for the attack. In 2000 a letter was
produced that implicated Abderrahmane Youssoufi, the prime minister,
in conspiracy with Oufkir.
p.A9)(SFC, 12/15/00, p.D2)
1973 Aug 16, Pres. Richard
Nixon proclaimed August 26 as Women’s Equality Day. A joint
resolution of the US Congress, submitted in 1971, had designated
August 26 of each year as Women's Equality Day. Roxcy O’Neal Bolton
(1927-2017) had prompted Pres. Richard Nixon to proclaim August 26
as Women's Equality Day.
1974 Aug 16, The Ramones 1st
performed at the CBGB in NYC. Dee Dee Ramone (d.2002) had formed the
Ramones punk rock band in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens
along with Jeffrey Hyman, John Cummings (aka Johnny Ramone, d.2004)
and Tom Erdelyi.
(SFC, 6/8/02, p.D4)(Econ, 9/25/04, p.100)
1977 Aug 16, In San Francisco
some 16 thousand kids paid $6.50 apiece to watch the Kiss concert at
the Cow Palace.
(SFC, 7/22/17, p.C1)
1977 Aug 16, Elvis Presley
(b.1935), The "King" of rock-n-roll, died in the upstairs bedroom
suite at Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tenn. of a drug overdose at
42. Elvis died of heart failure after years of substance abuse. In
1994 Peter Guralnick published "Last Train to Memphis," the first of
a 2-part biography on Elvis. In 1998 Guralnick published "Careless
Love." More than 150 books were in print on Elvis in 1997. In 1998
Ernest Jorgensen published "Elvis Presley: A Life in Music. The
Complete Recording sessions."
(SFEC, 2/9/97, Par p.7)(SFEC, 8/3/97, DB
p.33)(AP, 8/16/97)(SFEC, 8/16/98, p.D7)(WSJ, 1/7/98, p.W1)
1978 Aug 16, James Earl Ray,
convicted assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., told a Capitol
Hill hearing he did not commit the crime, saying he'd been set up by
a mysterious man called "Raoul."
1978 Aug 16, Antonio Guzman
assumed office as president of the Dominican Rep. Mindful of the
fate of Juan Bosch sixteen years before, Guzman determined to move
slowly in the area of social and economic reforms and to deal as
directly as possible with the threat of political pressure from the
1978 Aug 16, The World Bank
under Robert McNamara issued its first World Development Report
(WDR). the 68-page document provided a comprehensive assessment of
global development issues.
(Econ, 1/24/09, p.65)(http://tinyurl.com/d3xzs6)
1984 Aug 16, A federal jury in
Los Angeles acquitted auto maker John Z. DeLorean of trafficking in
cocaine due to entrapment.
1985 Aug 16, Mary Gioia (22) of
New York and Gregory Kniffin (18) of Connecticut were shot and
killed in Berkeley, Ca. Their bodies were soon found in the SF Bay
with gunshot wounds to the head. They had been staying at a homeless
encampment in the Berkeley Marina while waiting for the next
Grateful Dead concert. Ralph International Thomas was convicted of
the murders. In 2009 the 2 convictions against Thomas (55) were
overturned. In 2012 the US Ninth Circuit court of Appeals said
Thomas (57) was entitled to a new trial due to missing witnesses in
his first trial.
(SFC, 9/16/09, p.D3)(SFC, 5/11/12, p.C3)
1986 Aug 16, Flozelle Woodmore
(18), shot and killed her abusive boyfriend, Clifton Morrow, with a
.357 magnum in the presence of their 2-year-old son in Los Angeles.
In 2007 Gov. Schwarzenegger, said he no longer oppose her parole.
(SFC, 8/3/07, p.B12)(http://tinyurl.com/2mvdzg)
1987 Aug 16, Thousands of
people worldwide began a two-day celebration of the "harmonic
convergence," which heralded what believers called the start of a
new, purer age of humankind. Nearly 5,000 people gathered at Mount
Shasta, Ca., for the Harmonic Convergence aimed at bringing about
(AP, 8/16/97)(SSFC, 10/12/02, p.C5)
1987 Aug 16, In Michigan 156
people were killed when Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed while
trying to take off from a Detroit airport; the sole survivor was
4-year-old Cecelia Cichan. The MD-80 plane hit a freeway overpass in
Romulus following takeoff.
(AP, 8/16/97)(SFC, 11/13/01, p.A12)(AP, 5/15/13)
1987 Aug 16, Iraqi warplanes
bombarded the northern Kurdish village of Balisan, dropping bombs
that spread a smoke smelling "like rotten apples." Helicopters then
came and bombed the mountains to prevent the villagers from taking
1988 Aug 16, VP George Bush
tapped Indiana Sen. Dan Quayle to be his running mate.
1989 Aug 16, A rare "prime
time" lunar eclipse occurred over most of the United States,
although clouds spoiled the view for many.
1990 Aug 16, President Bush met
with Jordan’s King Hussein in Kennebunkport, Maine, where he urged
the monarch to close Iraq’s access to the sea through the port of
1990 Aug 16, In Iraq, President
Saddam Hussein issued a statement in which he repeatedly called Bush
a "liar" and said the outbreak of war could result in "thousands of
Americans wrapped in sad coffins."
1991 Aug 16, Pope John Paul the
Second began the first-ever papal visit to Hungary.
1991 Aug 16, In Moscow,
Alexander Yakovlev, a top adviser to Soviet President Mikhail S.
Gorbachev, resigned from the Communist Party, warning that
hard-liners were plotting "a party and state coup."
1992 Aug 16, On the eve of the
Republican National Convention in Houston, President Bush and party
officials heatedly denied a report in The New York Times that a
confrontation with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was motivated by
1993 Aug 16, President Clinton
opened his campaign for health care reform with a speech to the
nation's governors in Tulsa, Okla.
1993 Aug 16, New York police
rescued business executive Harvey Weinstein from a covered
14-foot-deep pit, where he'd been held for ransom for nearly two
1993 Aug 16, Actor Stewart
Granger (80) died in Santa Monica, Calif.
1994 Aug 16, President Clinton
and other top Democrats were scouring the House of Representatives
for converts in hopes of reviving a stalled anti-crime bill.
1994 Aug 16, In Sri Lanka the
People’s Alliance government came to power and promised to end the
(SFC, 7/24/96, p.A9)
1995 Aug 16, The US government
more than doubled its estimate of rapes or attempted rapes in the US
each year, to 310,000, a finding praised by leaders of women’s
1995 Aug 16, In Orinda, Ca.,
Maria Corrieo and her sister, Gina Roberts, were killed by Dalton
Lolohea and 2 others during a robbery. Lolohea was tried and
convicted for the double murder in 2000 along with robbery and
burglary. David Ross was sentenced to 20 years in prison in exchange
for testifying against Corey Williams. In 2013 the state Supreme
Court upheld the death sentence against Williams.
(SFC, 2/8/00, p.A19)(SFC, 2/18/00, p.D3)(SFC,
8/18/00, p.A22)(SFC, 2/8/13, p.D1)
1995 Aug 16, Rebel soldiers in
Sao Tome overthrew Pres. Miguel Trovoada. This is a two-island
nation off the west coast of Africa.
(WSJ, 8/16/95, p. A-1)
1996 Aug 16, A jubilant Bob
Dole set out from the Republican convention, promoting his tax-cut
plan as a boon to working families.
1996 Aug 16, The brokerage firm
E*Trade Group went public and saw its shares rise 7.1% on its first
day of trading.
(WSJ, 11/13/07, p.A21)
1996 Aug 16, In Brookfield,
Ill., a 3-year-old boy fell 15-feet into a concrete area of a zoo’s
gorilla exhibit and was rescued by Binti-jua, a 7-year-old gorilla
with her own 2-year-old on her back.
(SFC, 8/17/96, p.A3)(MC, 8/16/02)
1996 Aug 16, Eric Nesbitt (21),
an airman at Langley AFB, was shot and killed after he was abducted
and forced to withdraw money from an ATM machine by Daryl R. Atkins
and another man. Atkins scored 59 on an IQ test in 1998, below the
Virginia cut-off of 70 for retardation. In 2002 the US Supreme Court
ruled that it was unconstitutional to execute the mentally retarded.
In 2004 Atkins scored 74 and faced another trial. In 2005 a jury
found Atkins to be mentally competent.
(SSFC, 2/6/05, p.A9)(SFC, 8/6/05,
1996 Aug 16, Dominican Rep.
Pres. Balaguer left office. Leonel Antonio Fernández Reyna (b.
1953), a 42-year-old lawyer who grew up in New York City, was the
100th president of the Dominican Republic. He replaced Joaquín
Amparo Balaguer Ricardo (1906-2002), President of the Dominican
Republic from 1960 to 1962, from 1966 to 1978, and again from
1996 Aug 16, In Mexico Attorney
General Antonio Lozano fired 734 members of the judicial police in
an attempt to reform the drug-fighting force.
(SFC, 8/17/96, p.A14)
1997 Aug 16, Thousands of Elvis
Presley fans thronged Graceland on the 20th anniversary of his
1997 Aug 16, It was reported
that the US led the world in arms sales last year with 35.5% of all
orders. Britain ranked 2nd with 15.1% and Russia 3rd with 14.5%.
(SFC, 8/16/97, p.A10)
1997 Aug 16, In Mexico
Alejandro Ortiz Martinez, brother of the finance minister Guillermo
Ortiz, was shot and killed by three gunmen in Mexico City.
(SFEC, 8/17/97, p.A21)
1997 Aug 16, Nusrat Fateh Ali
Khan, the most popular singer in Pakistan, died in a London
hospital. He was considered one of the world’s greatest singers of
Sufi devotional music in a style called qawwali, where long
performances built up emotion and complexity to the backdrop of
stringed instruments and the harmonium.
(SFEC, 8/17/97, p.D8)
1997 Aug 16, Scientists
reported that an underground seismic event occurred in Russia.
Inquiries were being made about nuclear testing. Russian scientists
claimed a magnitude-2 earthquake near the Novaya Zemlya test range
triggered the event.
(SFC, 8/29/97, p.A18)(WSJ, 9/3/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 16, Two cosmonauts
just returned from Mir (Vasily Tsibliyev and Alexander Lazutkin)
rejected criticism that they were to blame for troubles aboard the
aging, problem-plagued space station.
1998 Aug 16, A day before
President Clinton was to face a criminal grand jury about his
relationship with Monica Lewinsky, his lawyer said, "The truth is
the truth, and that's how the president will testify."
1998 Aug 16, An int’l. crew
broke the 1995 Steve Fossett record for sailing across the Pacific
Ocean. The Explorer twin-hulled catamaran set sail from Yokohama on
Aug 2 and arrived in SF after 14 days, 17 hours and 22 minutes.
(SFC, 8/17/98, p.A5)
1998 Aug 16, Steve Fossett ran
into heavy storms and plunged with his balloon into the Coral Sea,
500 miles from Queensland, Australia.
(SFC, 8/17/98, p.A1)
1998 Aug 16, It was reported
that about 80% of breeding-age swordfish had been eliminated by
(SFEC, 8/16/98, p.T9)
1998 Aug 16, Congo Pres. Kabila
flew to Angola to meet with Pres. dos Santos and request direct
support against rebels. Air cargo support was being provided as well
as several thousand Congolese exiles known as the Katangese
(SFC, 8/17/98, p.A10)
1998 Aug 16, Protestants and
Catholics in Northern Ireland united in uncomprehending grief over
the car bomb slaughter of 29 people in Omagh a day earlier.
1999 Aug 16, The TV quiz show
"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" began a limited two-week run on ABC.
Imported from London, the show was hosted by Meredith Vieira and it
was still on the air in 2008. This became the most popular TV show
of the 1999-2000 season pulling in 28.5m viewers every Tuesday
5/1/10, SR p.10)
1999 Aug 16, Republican Lamar
Alexander folded his presidential campaign.
1999 Aug 16, Four months after
two gunmen sent them fleeing in horror, students reclaimed Columbine
High School in Colorado for the start of the school year.
1999 Aug 16, In Lebanon Abu
Hassan, a Hezbollah commander, was killed by a roadside bomb in
Sidon. Guerrillas blamed the attack on Israel.
(SFC, 8/17/99, p.A8)
1999 Aug 16, In Russia Vladimir
Putin was confirmed as prime minister, the fifth since early 1998.
(SFC, 8/17/99, p.A8)(AP, 8/16/00)
1999 Aug 16, In Kosovo 2 Serbs
were killed in a mortar attack from an ethnic Albanian village.
(WSJ, 8/18/99, p.A1)
1999 Aug 16, In South Africa
thousands of state workers stayed home from work and some 10,000
Telkom and post office workers demonstrated in Pretoria and other
(SFC, 8/17/99, p.A10)
2000 Aug 16, Delegates to the
Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles formally nominated Al
Gore for president.
2000 Aug 16, Senator John
McCain (Republican, Arizona) was diagnosed with a second bout of
melanoma. The cancer was later surgically removed, with no sign that
it had spread.
2000 Aug 16, Montana Gov. Marc
Racicot declared the whole state a disaster area due to the raging
(SFC, 8/17/00, p.A3)
2000 Aug 16, In Afghanistan the
Taliban shut down 25 bakeries run by widows saying that Islam
forbids women to work.
(SFC, 8/17/00, p.A16)
2000 Aug 16, In Brazil armed
hijacked an airliner and forced it to land in southern Parana state.
They escaped with an estimated $3.3 million in stolen money.
(SFC, 8/17/00, p.A15)
2000 Aug 16, In Chechnya 2
civilians were killed when rebels blew up a police car in Grozny.
(SFC, 8/18/00, p.D6)
2000 Aug 16, Hipolito Mejia
(59) assumed the presidency of the Dominican Republic succeeding
Leonel Fernandez. He proceeded to use foreign borrowing to finance
(SFC, 8/17/00, p.A16)(Econ, 12/13/03, p.35)
2000 Aug 16, It was reported
that Libya had paid millions to free 9 Westerners held hostage by
Muslim rebels in the Philippines.
(SFC, 8/16/00, p.A17)
2000 Aug 16, In Uganda at least
18 people died after a fire ignited while they scooped oil from an
(SFC, 8/17/00, p.A16)
2001 Aug 16, Zacarias Moussaoui
(33), a French citizen of Moroccan descent, was arrested in Eagan,
Minnesota, on immigration charges. He was taking lessons on flying
Boeing jets with no interest in taking off or landing. He was later
suspected as a 5th member of one of the Sep 11 WTC attack teams. In
Nov the FBI reported that Moussaoui wanted to learn how to take off
and land but not to fly. Mueller also said Ramzi Omar of Yemen, aka
Ramsi Binalshibh, may have been the 20th hijacker. The local FBI
contacted the CIA for action on Moussaoui when FBI managers failed
to take action. Agent Coleen Rowley later charged that senior
officials fumbled an opportunity to possibly prevent the Sep 11
(SFC, 11/8/01, p.A7)(SFC, 11/15/01, p.A12)(WSJ,
2/4/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/24/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/25/02, p.A1)(SFC, 6/6/02,
2001 Aug 16, Wild fires in the
10 Western US states covered over 50,000 acres, half in Oregon.
20,000 fighters fought 42 major blazes.
(SFC, 8/17/01, p.A8)
2001 Aug 16, Paul Burrell,
trusted butler of Princess Diana for many years, was charged with
the theft of hundreds of royal family items, a charge he denied. He
was tried for theft in 2002 but the trial collapsed after evidence
was given that Queen Elizabeth II had spoken with him regarding the
disputed events. In 2003 he released his book, “A Royal Duty," which
talks about his time as butler to Diana.
2001 Aug 16, In Colombia Pres.
Pastrana signed legislation giving the military broad new powers to
wage war with less scrutiny from human rights monitors. Gunmen in
Santo Tomas killed 12 people for being members in the ELN.
(SFC, 8/17/01, p.A12)(SSFC, 8/19/01, p.A16)
2001 Aug 16, In Indonesia Pres.
Sukarnoputri, in her 1st state of the nation speech, apologized for
atrocities in rebellious provinces, urged the military to reform
itself and ruled out independence for Aceh and Irian Jaya.
(SFC, 8/17/01, p.A12)
2001 Aug 16, A Jamaica
government commission recommended that marijuana, aka ganja, be
legalized for personal use by adults.
(SFC, 8/18/01, p.E1)
2001 Aug 16, In Nepal the
government outlawed discrimination against members of the lowest
caste, the Dalits, who would be free to enter any temple or
(SFC, 8/17/01, p.A12)
2001 Aug 16, Col. Vidoje
Blagojevic, former commander of Bratunac, pleaded innocent at the
Hague war crimes tribunal for 1995 war crimes in Srebrenica. On
January 17, 2005, Col. Vidoje Blagojevic became the second indictee
to be convicted on Srebrenica Genocide charges and other human
rights violations. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison. On May 9,
2007, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for
the former Yugoslavia ruled that Col Blagojevic had not been
complicit in the genocide at Srebrenica because he had not known his
troops intended to commit it. Blagojevic’s sentence was reduced to
2002 Aug 16, Major League
Baseball players set a strike deadline of Aug. 30. The two sides
finally reached an agreement with just six hours to spare.
2002 Aug 16, Jeff Corey (88),
blacklisted actor, died in Santa Monica. Corey developed a post
blacklist career teaching and then appeared in over 70 films or TV
(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A19)
2002 Aug 16, Stephen P. Yokich
(66), former United Auto Workers president died in Detroit.
(SFC, 8/19/02, p.B6)(AP, 8/16/03)
2002 Aug 16, In Algeria Islamic
insurgents reportedly killed 26 people, including women and
children, in a rural western hamlet.
2002 Aug 16, In Soham,
Cambridgeshire, England, police arrested two people on suspicion of
murdering a pair of 10-year-old girls, Holly Wells (b. 10-4-1991)
and Jessica Chapman (b. 9-1-1991), who vanished from a rural village
on August 4th. On December 17, 2003 Ian Huntley (28), a caretaker at
the local secondary school, was convicted by two eleven-to-one
majority jury verdicts, and on that day began serving two concurrent
life sentences. On September 29, 2005, the High Court announced that
Huntley must remain in prison until he has served at least 40 years,
a minimum term which will not allow him to be released until at
least 2042, by which time he will be 68 years old. His girlfriend
Maxine Carr (25), a classroom assistant, was charged with attempting
to pervert the course of justice. She was given three-and-a-half
years for conspiring to pervert the course of justice but cleared of
two counts of assisting an offender. She was freed and
electronically tagged within 30 days, because she had already spent
16 months in jail.
2002 Aug 16, In Germany
authorities evacuated thousands of people near Dresden's historic
center as floodwaters in the Elbe River rose to a record high and
spilled into a square close to some of the city's cultural
2002 Aug 16, Sabri al-Banna,
aka Abu Nidal (65), Palestinian guerrilla commander and head of the
Fatah-Revolutionary Council, died from gunshot wounds in his Baghdad
home. Iraqi officials said he killed himself.
(Reuters, 8/19/02)(WSJ, 8/20/02, p.A18)(AP,
2002 Aug 16, In central Nigeria
gunmen killed Ahmad Ahman Pategi, Kwara state chairman of the
Peoples Democratic Party and a senior official of President Olusegun
Obasanjo's ruling party, along with his police bodyguard.
2002 Aug 16, Russia and Iraqi
officials planned to sign a 5-year $40 billion economic cooperation
(SFC, 8/17/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 16, Pope John Paul II
returned to Poland for a 3-day visit.
(SFC, 8/17/02, p.A10)
2002 Aug 16, President Hugo
Chavez railed against a Supreme Court decision to absolve four
military officers accused of leading an April coup but urged
Venezuelans to accept it.
2002 Aug 16, The Zambian
government has rejected donations of genetically modified corn from
the United States, even though a massive food shortage threatens
nearly 2.3 million of its people with starvation.
2002 Aug 16, The Zimbabwean
government appeared to be cracking down on white farmers who defied
orders to leave their land, charging seven in court and detaining at
least 27 others across the country.
2003 Aug 16, The Midwest and
Northeast were almost fully recovered from the worst power outage in
2003 Aug 16, Bill Janklow (64),
US Congressional Representative and former South Dakota governor,
ran a stop sign and killed motorcyclist Randolph E. Scott (55) near
Flandreau, SD. On Aug 29 Janklow was charged with manslaughter.
Janklow was found guilty of felony manslaughter on Dec 8 and
announced his resignation effective Jan 20. Janklow was sentenced to
serve 100 days in a county jail.
(SFC, 8/30/03, p.A3)(SFC, 12/9/03, p.A5)(SFC,
2003 Aug 16, Haroldo de Campos
(73), Brazilian poet, died in Sao Paulo. He was the best know of the
Brazilian Concrete poets.
(SFC, 8/26/03, p.A19)
2003 Aug 16, In Nigeria's
southern oil port city of Warri, authorities imposed a nighttime
curfew following gunbattles between rival tribal militias that have
killed at least 20 people.
2003 Aug 16, In southern
Pakistan unidentified gunmen shot to death Ibn-e-Hasan (45), a
Shiite Muslim doctor, sparking rowdy protests by hundreds of youths.
2003 Aug 16, In north central
Uganda rebels from the shadowy Lord's Resistance Army slashed up to
15 people to death with machetes during an attack on the village of
Bata. They also made off with 40 children. All the people killed
were formerly abductees who had been rescued. The army said the next
day it had killed 20 rebel fighters and rescued 127 abducted
2003 Aug 16, Former Ugandan
dictator Idi Amin, blamed for the murder of tens of thousands of his
people in the 1970s, died in a Saudi hospital where he had been
critically ill for weeks. In 2006 the film “The Last King of
Scotland," was adopted from a novel by Giles Foden that focused on
Idi Amin. The film, directed by Kevin McDonald, featured Forest
Whitaker as Amin.
2003 Aug 16, It was reported
that African swine fever (ASF) had killed half of the pigs in Uganda
(SFC, 8/16/03, p.A24)
2004 Aug 16, Pres. Bush
announced plans to pull 70-100 thousand US troops from Europe and
Asia and redeploy them to meet the demands of the global war on
2004 Aug 16, Colorado certified
a ballot question that would make it the 1st state to award
electoral votes by popular-vote percentages, not as winner take all.
(WSJ, 8/17/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 16, The FDA approved
the 1st surgical device to clear clots from the brains of stroke
(WSJ, 8/17/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 16, The children’s TV
show “Lazytown" made its US premier. Magnus Scheving spent over a
decade building the brand in Iceland before moving overseas.
2004 Aug 16, General Motors
said it will start making Cadillacs in China this year, joining a
race by foreign luxury car brands to sell to the country's newly
2004 Aug 16, Costco began
piloting the sale of discounted coffins.
(Econ, 8/21/04, p.50)
2004 Aug 16, Kamala Markandaya
(79), Indian novelist, died. Her books focused on rural life,
interracial relationships and conflicting Eastern and Western
(SFC, 12/28/04, p.D12)
2004 Aug 16, In China villagers
in an eastern province dug with farm tools to search for 24 people
missing in massive landslides unleashed by Typhoon Rananim.
2004 Aug 16, In Nigeria an oil
tanker truck went out of control and plowed into a bustling Nigerian
market in Kano, killing 17.
2004 Aug 16, In Russia the Novy
Ochevidets (New Eyewitness) magazine was introduced in Moscow. It
resembled the New Yorker.
(SFC, 8/21/04, p.A9)
2004 Aug 16, Election officials
in Venezuela announced that voters had overwhelmingly chosen to keep
President Hugo Chavez in office.
2005 Aug 16, Pres. Bush
selected Donald Winter of Northrup Grumman to be Navy secretary and
Michael Wynne, Pentagon aide, as Air Force head.
(WSJ, 8/17/05, p.A1)
2005 Aug 16, The Bush
administration reduced the estimated value of recreation in national
forests from $111 billion to $11 billion. Environmentalists warned
the new Forest Service assessment could be used to justify increased
(SFC, 8/17/05, p.A4)
2005 Aug 16, Nebraska Gov. Dave
Heineman secured a deal for his state to export $17 million in
agricultural goods to communist Cuba. The first US shipment of great
northern beans to the island since Fidel Castro came to power in
2005 Aug 16, Several new
computer worms hit systems running MS Windows 2000. On Aug 25
authorities in Morocco arrested Farid Essebar (18) for writing the
Zotob worm. Atilla Ekici (21) was arrested in Turkey for paying
Essebar to write the worm. In 2006 Morocco sentenced Farid Essebar
(19) to 2 years in prison and Achraf Bahlouo (21) to one year for
their role in unleashing the Zotob worm. Ekici’s trial continued in
(SFC, 8/27/05, p.A2)(WSJ, 9/14/06, p.B3)(WSJ,
2005 Aug 16, J.P. Morgan Chase
agreed to pay $350 million to settle claims over the role it played
in the fraud that led to the collapse of Enron in 2001.
(SFC, 8/17/05, p.C3)
2005 Aug 16, Francy Boland
(75), jazz pianist, died in Geneva, Sw.
(SFC, 8/17/05, p.B7)
2005 Aug 16, Vassar Clements
(77), fiddle virtuoso, died in Nashville, Ten. He recorded on more
than 2,000 albums in various styles from bluegrass to classical.
(SFC, 8/17/05, p.B7)
2005 Aug 16, Two helicopters
carrying NATO-led forces to prepare for next month's elections
crashed in the desert in western Afghanistan, killing at least 17
2005 Aug 16, It was reported
that scientists in Australia's tropical north are collecting blood
from crocodiles in the hope of developing a powerful antimicrobial
drugs for humans, after tests showed that the reptile's immune
system kills HIV.
2005 Aug 16, In Britain an
official investigation contradicted the police account of the July
21 killing of Jean Charles de Menezes, an electrician from Brazil.
(SFC, 8/17/05, p.A12)
2005 Aug 16, Bulgaria's
Parliament overwhelmingly approved historian Sergei Stanishev (39),
the leader of the Socialist Party, as the country's new prime
minister bringing to power his socialist-liberal coalition
2005 Aug 16, A university
professor in Shanghai said is he is offering China's first class on
homosexuality and gay culture and that several hundred students have
applied for the 100 openings.
2005 Aug 16, In Taize, France,
Brother Roger, the 90-year-old founder of an ecumenical religious
community dedicated to peace and reconciliation, was knifed to death
by an apparently deranged Romanian woman at an evening prayer
service attended by 2,500 people. Brother Roger founded the Taize
religious community in 1940 emphasizing the need for all Christians
to come together in peace, love and reconciliation.
(AP, 8/17/05)(WSJ, 8/18/05, p.A1)
2005 Aug 16, A top Indian
official said Indian and Chinese oil firms will sign agreements
aimed at bidding jointly for foreign oil and gas projects and
reducing cut-throat competition.
2005 Aug 16, Iraqi leaders, a
day after failing to meet their deadline, expressed confidence they
would overcome differences over key issues like the role of Islam
and the power of regional governments and finish the new
constitution by next week.
2005 Aug 16, Israeli security
forces clashed with hundreds of opponents of Israel's withdrawal
from the Gaza Strip, arresting dozens of people in the roughest
confrontation between troops and settlers since the start of the
2005 Aug 16, A 7.2 earthquake
shook northeastern Japan, triggering landslides, sending a shower of
ceiling debris into a crowded indoor swimming pool and shaking
skyscrapers as far away as Tokyo. At least 59 people were reportedly
(AP, 8/16/05)(WSJ, 8/17/05, p.A1)
2005 Aug 16, North Korean
officials visited South Korea's parliament for the first time in a
symbolic gesture of reconciliation with their democratic rivals.
2005 Aug 16, Peru’s President
Alejandro Toledo swore in a new Cabinet with Pedro Pablo Kuczynski,
the former finance minister, as prime minister and cabinet chief.
(AP, 8/16/05)(WSJ, 8/17/05, p.A9)
2005 Aug 16, Russia's Supreme
Court overturned a lower court decision banning the National
Bolshevik Party, handing a rare victory to the radical youth
organization known for flamboyant acts of political protest.
2005 Aug 16, Russia said an
outbreak of bird flu in Chelyabinsk was dangerous to humans, as
teams of sanitary workers destroyed birds in Siberia in an attempt
to prevent the westward spread of the deadly virus.
2005 Aug 16, A chartered jet
filled with tourists returning home from Panama to the French
Caribbean island of Martinique crashed in western Venezuela, killing
all 160 people on board. The pilot had been attempting an emergency
landing after both engines failed.
(AP, 8/16/05)(WSJ, 8/17/05, p.A1)
2006 Aug 16, New York City
officials released new tapes of hundreds of heart-wrenching phone
calls from the World Trade Center on 9-11, along with other
2006 Aug 16, Google launched a
free wireless network for its hometown of Mountainview, Ca.
(SFC, 8/16/06, p.C1)
2006 Aug 16, John Mark Karr
(41), a former American school teacher, was arrested in Thailand for
the December, 1996, murder JonBenet Ramsey in Boulder, Colo. He said
he tried to kidnap JonBenet for a $118,000 ransom but that his plan
went awry and he strangled her. Karr's confession that he had killed
JonBenet was later discredited.
2006 Aug 16, Over 80 immigrant
workers in New Orleans filed suit against Decatur Hotels LLC saying
they were being exploited. The workers from Peru, Bolivia and the
Dominican Rep. had not been reimbursed for travel and were not
getting the promised work hours.
(SFC, 8/17/06, p.A16)
2006 Aug 16, In southeastern
Afghanistan US and Afghan forces raided compounds suspected of being
al-Qaida sanctuaries, seizing weapons and explosives and arresting 8
people. US-led forces killed eight suspected militants after coming
under attack in Kunar province. A US soldier was killed when his
vehicle struck a Soviet-era mine in Paktika province. Western
officials said opium cultivation in Afghanistan has hit record
levels, up by more than 40% from 2005, despite hundreds of millions
in counternarcotics money.
(AP, 8/16/06)(AP, 8/17/06)
2006 Aug 16, Alfredo Stroessner
(93), anti-communist dictator of Paraguay (1954-1989), died in exile
in Brazil. He used the right-wing Colorado Party to rule with a
blend of force, guile and patronage for 35 years before his ouster
in 1989. During his rule membership in the Colorado Party was
compulsory for all teachers, doctors, engineers, officers or those
who hoped for government service. Party dues was docked from
(AP, 8/16/06)(Econ, 8/26/06, p.71)
2006 Aug 16, Colombian police
arrested 14 top paramilitary leaders for violating the terms of a
peace accord that has led to the demobilization of 30,000 right-wing
fighters. Anti-narcotics police said they chemically fumigated the
Sierra Macarena national park last week, clearing its entire 11,370
acres of coca. The spraying destroyed coca capable of producing 17.5
tons of high-grade cocaine and was likely a major blow to the
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
(AP, 8/16/06)(AP, 8/17/06)(Econ, 8/26/06, p.28)
2006 Aug 16, In northeast India
a grenade exploded in a Hindu temple, killing at least four people
and leaving 40 others injured, mainly in a stampede that followed
2006 Aug 16, Bombings in
Baghdad, killed 21 people and wounded 59. One American soldier was
also killed as he was distributing candy to the children. British
troops drove off gunmen who attacked the Basra governor's office,
apparently to avenge a tribal leader killed the day before. In Mosul
armed clashes between police and assailants in three predominantly
Sunni Arab neighborhoods killed least five gunmen with six arrested.
A roadside bomb exploded near an Iraqi army patrol north of Hillah,
killing three soldiers and wounding four. In Karbala 10 militia
fighters were killed and 281 arrested. A US soldier died of wounds
suffered in Anbar province.
(AP, 8/16/06)(SFC, 8/17/06, p.A14)(AP, 8/17/06)
2006 Aug 16, In Kashmir 5
Islamic rebels were shot dead by Indian troops after they sneaked
across the de facto border from the Pakistani zone. The army
suffered one casualty.
2006 Aug 16, Top foreign
diplomats planned the dispatch of a 15,000-strong international
force to enforce a cease-fire in southern Lebanon, but the
government was divided over whether Hezbollah should lay down its
arms or even withdraw them from the border with Israel.
2006 Aug 16, Palestinian gunmen
from the rival Hamas and Fatah militias clashed in southern Gaza,
killing a 14-year old boy in the crossfire and injuring four others.
2006 Aug 16, A Russian patrol
boat opened fire on a Japanese vessel in disputed waters, killing a
fisherman and prompting a strong protest from Tokyo. Moscow urged
Japanese boats to stay out of its waters. 3 fishermen were detained.
(AP, 8/16/06)(AP, 8/17/06)
2006 Aug 16, In Mogadishu,
Somalia, Islamic leaders gave seven men 40 lashes each for using or
selling marijuana, meting out the punishment in public in a dramatic
example of the region's new fundamentalist rule.
2006 Aug 16, The presidents of
South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe gathered for the official
opening the new Giriyondo border post linking South Africa and
Mozambique. This was another step in the creation of the 14,000
square mile Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which would span the
(SFC, 8/17/06, p.A2)
2006 Aug 16, A South Korean aid
group claimed that massive floods in North Korea last month left
about 54,700 people dead or missing and some 2.5 million homeless.
2006 Aug 16, Sri Lankan war
planes bombed Tamil Tiger positions as troops hunted rebel
infiltrators in northern Jaffna peninsula after resisting a
2007 Aug 16, The US offered
Israel an unprecedented $30 billion military aid package.
2007 Aug 16, Jose Padilla, a US
citizen held for 3 1/2 years as an enemy combatant, was convicted of
helping Islamic extremists and plotting overseas attacks. Padilla,
once accused of plotting with al-Qaida to detonate a radioactive
"dirty bomb," was later sentenced to 17 years and four months in
prison on the unrelated terror support charges.
2007 Aug 16, US authorities
indicted Igor Klopow (24), a Russian national, for his role in an ID
theft gang that targeted wealthy individuals. Klopow was lured to
the US and arrested under the Brooklyn Bridge.
(WSJ, 8/17/07, p.B2)
2007 Aug 16, A new Jefferson
one dollar coin went into circulation nationwide. It followed the
Washington coin, which was introduced in February, and the John
Adams coin, introduced in May. The coin honoring James Madison was
scheduled to go into circulation in November.
2007 Aug 16, US officials said
C&D Distributors in Lexington, South Carolina, collected about
$20.5 million over six years from the Pentagon for fraudulent
shipping costs, including $998,798 for sending two 19-cent washers
to a Texas base. The firm was run by sisters Charlene Corley and
Darlene Wooten (d.2006). The owners had exploited a flaw in an
automated Defense Department purchasing system: bills for shipping
to combat areas or US bases that were labeled “priority" were
usually paid automatically.
8/16/07)(Econ, 8/25/07, p.31)
2007 Aug 16, Kathleen Culhane
(40), former private investigator in California, was sentenced to 5
years in state prison for forging documents to save the lives of
Death Row inmates.
(SFC, 8/16/07, p.B5)
2007 Aug 16, CARE spokeswoman
Alina Labrada said the donation of wheat and other crops does not
help in regions where people consistently go hungry because local
farming has been weakened by international competition. The
Atlanta-based group turned down $46 million worth of US food aid,
arguing that the way the American government distributes its help
hurts poor farmers.
2007 Aug 16, In Utah the search
for six miners missing deep underground was abruptly halted after a
second cave-in killed three rescue workers and injured at least six
others who were trying to tunnel through rubble to reach them. The
search for six trapped miners at the Crandall Canyon Mine was later
abandoned. In 2012 mine operator Genwal Resources Inc. agreed to
plead guilty to two misdemeanor criminal charges and pay a $500,000
(AP, 8/17/07)(AP, 8/16/08)(SFC, 3/10/12, p.A6)
2007 Aug 16, In Afghanistan 6
civilians, including 3 children, were killed by the mortar and
machine-gun attack on the village of Nangarkhel, Paktika province.
Two other civilians died of their wounds in a hospital. 7 Polish
soldiers were later charged with war crimes. On Jun 1, 2011, a
military court in Poland acquitted the soldiers saying there was not
enough evidence to support war crime charges. On March 19, 2015,
four Polish soldiers were cleared of war crimes over the killing of
the six civilians, but were convicted of lesser charges for which
three of them were given suspended sentences.
2007 Aug 16, Australia’s PM
John Howard said he would lift a ban on selling uranium to India,
subject to strict conditions.
(Econ, 8/25/07, p.40)
2007 Aug 16, It was reported
that a highly infectious swine virus, blue pork disease, had spread
to 25 of China’s 33 provinces, prompting pork shortages and an 85%
increase in pork prices over the last year.
(SFC, 8/16/07, p.A15)
2007 Aug 16, In Greece a huge
forest fire burned two dozen homes, animals and cars in the northern
outskirts of Athens before firefighters extinguished most of it.
2007 Aug 16, A conservation
group said mercury used by gold miners has seeped into rivers and
streams and sickened scores of Indian villagers in rural Guyana.
2007 Aug 16, The Iraqi prime
minister and president announced a new alliance of moderate Shiites
and Kurds in a push to save the crumbing government, saying a key
Sunni bloc refused to join but the door remained open to them. In
Baghdad, a car bomb struck a parking garage in a central commercial
district during the morning rush hour, killing at least nine people
and wounding 17. US troops clashed with suspected Sunni insurgents
holed up in a mosque north of Baghdad and launched an air-to-ground
Hellfire missile into the structure. One American soldier was killed
in the fighting.
(AP, 8/16/07)(AP, 8/17/07)
2007 Aug 16, Japan sizzled
through its hottest day on record as a heat wave claimed at least
nine lives and threatened power supplies strained by a recent
earthquake. The mercury hit 105.6 degrees in the western city of
Tajimi in the afternoon, breaking a previous national record of
105.4 degrees set in 1933.
2007 Aug 16, Uganda announced
plans to send 250 extra soldiers to a peacekeeping mission in
Mogadishu, but Somalia's government warned they were not enough and
urged other African nations to commit troops.
2007 Aug 16, Opponents of
President Hugo Chavez vowed to block his plans to radically overhaul
the constitution, warning the changes would give him unlimited power
and cripple democracy in Venezuela.
2007 Aug 16, The 14-member
Southern African Development Community (SADC) met in Lusaka, Zambia
for its 27th summit. The 2-day summit provided scant hope for the
people of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe rejected the need for political reform
at the summit of regional leaders that is meant to find ways to ease
the country's political and economic crisis.
(AP, 8/16/07)(Econ, 8/25/07,
2008 Aug 16, Afghan and foreign
troops clashed with militants in a mountainous area of Zabul
province, killing 7 militants. In Kandahar province a roadside blast
killed 10 police officers on patrol. In eastern Paktika province
police clashed with militants in the Shwak district, killing 4
insurgents. In Helmand province British troops accidentally killed 4
civilians during an operation against Taliban insurgents.
(AP, 8/17/08)(WSJ, 8/18/08, p.A9)(Reuters,
2008 Aug 16, Jailed Belarusian
opposition leader Alexander Kozulin, considered in the West to be
the ex-Soviet state's most prominent political prisoner, was
released. Kozulin was one of two opposition candidates to run
against Lukashenko in a 2006 election and was jailed for 5 1/2 years
for helping stage mass protests against the official result
declaring the president the winner by a landslide.
2008 Aug 16, Dorival Caymmi
(b.1914), Brazilian composer, died. He had composed over 100 songs
and catapulted to fame when Carmen Miranda performed one of his
songs in 1938.
2008 Aug 16, A monthlong
standoff between Thailand and Cambodia appeared to be ending as both
sides pulled back their troops from disputed territory around a
temple near their shared border.
2008 Aug 16, Carol Huynh, whose
parents fled communist Vietnam in the 1970s, won Canada's first gold
of the Olympics in the women's 48 kg freestyle wrestling. Usain Bolt
of Jamaica was crowned the world's fastest man when he raced to
victory in the Olympic men's 100 meters final in a world record time
of 9.69 sec.
(AP, 8/16/08)(AFP, 8/16/08)
2008 Aug 16, Authorities in the
Central African Republic gave the green light for a leading rebel
group headed by a former defense minister to form a political party.
Both the rebel group and the new NAP party are headed by former
defense minister Jean-Jacques Demafouth, currently in exile in
2008 Aug 16, Dominican Republic
President Leonel Fernandez promised to boost agricultural production
and warned of dire economic times as he was sworn in for a third
2008 Aug 16, Tropical Storm Fay
lashed Haiti and the Dominican Republic with torrential rains and
floods that killed at least 18 people including at least 14 people
in Haiti, feared to have died aboard a bus that tried to cross a
(AP, 8/17/08)(AP, 8/18/08)
2008 Aug 16, In India police
arrested the alleged leader of the July Ahmadabad bombings. Mufti
Abu Bashir was arrested in the northern Indian city of Lucknow.
2008 Aug 16, Tens of thousands
of Muslims marched in India's portion of Kashmir in honor of a
prominent separatist leader killed in a recent wave of violence that
has rocked the volatile Himalayan region.
2008 Aug 16, On Indonesia's
Sumatra island at least nine people have died and dozens were
injured when a slow-moving passenger train hit a parked freight
2008 Aug 16, Russian forces
pulled back from the center of a town not far from Georgia's capital
after Russia's president signed a cease-fire deal. Russia’s Foreign
Minister Sergey Lavrov later suggested there would be no immediate
broader withdrawal. Georgia's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that
Russian-backed separatists from the province of Abkhazia had taken
over 13 villages in Georgia and a power plant. Russian troops blew
up a key railroad bridge linking the Caucasus to the Black Sea
(AP, 8/16/08)(SSFC, 8/17/08, p.A4)
2008 Aug 16, In Iraq a car bomb
exploded as Shiite pilgrims were boarding minibuses in Baghdad,
killing at least 3 people, in a third straight day of attacks on
travelers heading to a religious ceremony in Karbala. Iraqi police
and hospital employees said six people were killed and 11 injured.
The US military put the toll at three dead and eight injured.
2008 Aug 16, In Mexico gunmen
killed 13 people at a family party in the border state of Chihuahua.
2008 Aug 16, A man used Semtex
in a rocket-propelled grenade attack against Northern Ireland police
officers, the first attack using the deadly explosive since
paramilitary groups agreed to hand in their weapons.
2008 Aug 16, A top ruling party
official gave Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf a two-day
deadline to quit or face impeachment proceedings.
2008 Aug 16, In Rwanda Jozefina
Zaninka (75), a woman who lost nearly all her family in the 1994
genocide, was murdered, in the latest of several killings of
survivors of the slaughter. Some 167 survivors of the genocide have
been murdered between 1995 and mid-May 2008.
2008 Aug 16, In South Africa a
regional summit of southern African leaders opened with Zimbabwe's
crisis high on the agenda, and with the country's main political
rivals in attendance.
2008 Aug 16, In Sri Lanka a
series of raging battles across the northern war zone killed 27
Tamil Tiger fighters and seven government troops. Soldiers took
control of a rebel training base in Andankulam in the Welioya region
after Tamil Tiger fighters fled the area.
2009 Aug 16, Y.E. Yang (37) of
South Korea won the PGA Championship at Chaska, Minnesota, with a
2-under par 70 beating Tiger Woods who shot a 5 over par 75.
2009 Aug 16, In San Francisco
BART management and union leaders reached a tentative contract
agreement less that 6 hours before a planned strike to shut down the
regional rail system.
(SFC, 8/17/09, p.A1)
2009 Aug 16, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai took part in a live television debate with two of his
main rivals running in this week's election, a first for an
incumbent head of state in the war-scarred country. The Afghan
defense ministry said that more than 30 rebels, including
foreigners, were killed in an operation pounding Taliban centers in
a bid to secure a northeast troublespot for key elections. Two US
troops and a US civilian died in gun and bomb attacks in eastern
Afghanistan. 3 British soldiers were killed in an explosion in the
(AFP, 8/16/09)(AFP, 8/17/09)
2009 Aug 16, Chinese
authorities in central Henan province called off the takeover of
Linzhou Iron and Steel Co. Ltd., a state-owned steel plant, after
workers protested and trapped an official in the factory office for
four days, the second time in a month that the country's
steelworkers have rallied to successfully avoid privatization.
2009 Aug 16, Iran expanded its
mass trial of opposition supporters, adding 25 more defendants
including a Jewish teenager who are accused of involvement in unrest
over the disputed presidential election.
2009 Aug 16, The US Peace Corps
says it has pulled more than 100 American volunteers out of
Mauritania for security reasons. The volunteers left for neighboring
Senegal and will not return to Mauritania.
2009 Aug 16, North Korean
leader Kim Jong Il held talks with Hyun Jeong-eun, the head of South
Korea's Hyundai Group, in a rare meeting that could warm prospects
for a resumption of stalled cross-border projects.
2009 Aug 16, In Pakistan seven
suspected Taliban militants were killed during a gunfight with
soldiers in Kabal village, about 20 kilometers northwest of Mingora
in the Swat Valley. Police arrested militant commander Qari
Saifullah, a close Mehsud aide, as he was being treated in a private
hospital in Islamabad.
(AP, 8/17/09)(AP, 8/18/09)
2009 Aug 16, It was reported
that Peru has become the world’s largest “factory" of counterfeit US
dollars. Police were said to seize some $10 million in false dollars
each month in Lima alone. The Peruvian dollars were mostly found in
such countries as Italy, France, Germany and Ecuador. Gunmen robbed
12 foreigners on an ecological tourism trip to the Manu nature
reserve in the Tres Cruces area of the Cusco region.
(SSFC, 8/16/09, p.A4)(AP, 8/16/09)
2009 Aug 16, Two Russian air
force fighters rehearsing acrobatic maneuvers collided near Moscow,
killing one pilot and sending the jets crashing into nearby vacation
2009 Aug 16, An American cargo
plane arrived in Taiwan with supplies for victims of the recent
Typhoon Morakot disaster. It was the first American military
aircraft to land in Taiwan in the 30 years since the US severed its
diplomatic ties in favor of China.
(Econ, 8/22/09, p.36)
2009 Aug 16, In Uruguay some 20
dead Fraser's dolphins turned up this weekend on the Punta Negra
beach in Piriapolis outside Montevideo. Experts theorized the
tropical dolphins became disoriented or were carried there by
changing water currents.
2010 Aug 16, The US Justice
Dept. dropped its 6-year investigation of former US House majority
leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex) and his interactions with lobbyist Jack
(SFC, 8/17/10, p.A4)
2010 Aug 16, The US Interior
Dept. announced new rules for offshore drilling.
(SFC, 8/17/10, p.A4)
2010 Aug 16, US-based Rapaport
Diamond Trading Network, one of the world's largest diamond trading
networks, said it will expel members who knowingly trade Zimbabwean
stones tainted by allegations of killings and human rights abuses.
2010 Aug 16, Sheriff’s deputies
at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, Ca., stunned inmate Martin Harrison
(51) with Tasers as they tried to move him to another cell so that
his could be cleaned. Harrison was in the midst of alcohol
withdrawal and died two days later. In 2015 Alameda County and
Corizon Health Inc. agreed to pay $8.3 million to settle a federal
lawsuit filed by his four adult children.
(http://tinyurl.com/ldo9487)(SFC, 2/11/15, p.D1)
2010 Aug 16, Shrimpers returned
to Louisiana waters for the first commercial season since the Gulf
oil disaster, uncertain what crude may still be in the water and
what price they'll get for the catch if consumers worry about
possible lingering effects from the massive BP spill.
2010 Aug 16, In South Carolina
Shaquan Duley suffocated her 2 sons, ages 3 years and 14 months, put
their bodies into a car and rolled the car into the North Edisto
River. On March 16, 2012, she pleaded guilty to murder charges.
(SFC, 3/17/12, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/75e5z3u)
2010 Aug 16, Mazda Motor Corp
announced a recall of 215,000 Mazda 3 and Mazda 5 vehicles sold in
the United States because of the risk that they could lose power
steering without warning.
2010 Aug 16, Dell Inc. said
it's buying 3Par Inc., a maker of enterprise data storage equipment,
for about $1.13 billion cash or $18 per share. Hewlett Packard soon
countered with a higher bid and a bidding war ensued raising the
value of 3Par $2 billion, or $30/share. HP ended an 18-day battle
with a $33 per share offer. On Sep 2 Dell refused to continue
bidding and said it was entitled to a $72 million termination fee.
(AP, 8/16/10)(SSFC, 8/29/10, p.A9)(SFC, 9/3/10,
2010 Aug 16, Celebrity plastic
surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan (50), who made headlines for performing
multiple surgeries on reality TV star Heidi Montag, died in a car
crash in southern California. He was texting while driving and
accidentally went over a cliff. Ryan opened his private practice in
1994, the same year he established his namesake charitable
foundation that provides free removal of gang-related tattoos and
hosts day and overnight camps for children at Malibu's Bony Pony
2010 Aug 16, In South Carolina
Shaquan Duley (29) suffocated her two boys (18 months and 2 years
old) and rolled her car into the North Edisto River in an attempt to
cover their murder. She confessed to their murder the next day.
(SFC, 8/18/10, p.A4)
2010 Aug 16, In Afghanistan 6
police officers in Kandahar province were poisoned by a cook who
defected to the Taliban.
(SSFC, 8/22/10, p.A6)
2010 Aug 16, Teams from
Australia, Germany and Switzerland have set off from Geneva in
electric vehicles for what they hope will be the first carbon
neutral race around the world. The race set up by Swiss inventor
Louis Palmer will pass through 150 cities including Berlin, Moscow,
Shanghai, Los Angeles and Cancun before returning to Geneva in
January after 18,642 miles (30,000 km) on the road.
2010 Aug 16, In Bolivia
protesters suspended road blockades and hunger strikes, saying
government officials agreed to address their grievances after 19
days of demonstrations that paralyzed Bolivia's southern Potosi
region. The government agreed to build a new airport and cement
factory in the area to end the 3-weeks of roadblocks.
(AP, 8/16/10)(SSFC, 8/22/10, p.A4)
2010 Aug 16, In northeast China
a massive explosion ripped through a fireworks factory, killing 19
workers, damaging nearby buildings and causing secondary blasts.
2010 Aug 16, In China at least
36 more people have died and 23 others were missing in fresh
flooding from torrential rains in Gansu province.
2010 Aug 16, A Boeing 737
jetliner with 131 passengers aboard crashed on landing and broke
into three pieces at Colombia’s at San Andres Island in the
Caribbean. The region's governor said it was a miracle that only one
person died. On Sep 1 a girl (11) died from her injuries raising the
death toll to two.
(AP, 8/16/10)(AP, 9/1/10)
2010 Aug 16, In Greece
Dimitrios Ioannidis (87), a feared security chief, died. He led the
1974 countercoup against Greece's military leaders and provoked
Turkey's invasion of Cyprus. He was jailed in 1975 for life for his
part in the 1967-74 dictatorship.
2010 Aug 16, Iran said it plans
to build 10 new uranium enrichment sites inside protected mountain
strongholds, with construction on the first starting in March, in
continuing defiance of international efforts to curb its nuclear
2010 Aug 16, In Iraq a car bomb
killed four Iranian Shiite pilgrims and an Iraqi citizen travelling
on a bus northeast of Baghdad with women among nine others wounded.
2010 Aug 16, Israeli troops
killed a Palestinian militant who the military said was planting a
bomb along the border.
2010 Aug 16, Mexico's Supreme
Court voted to uphold a Mexico City law allowing adoptions by
same-sex couples, drawing jubilant cheers from gay advocacy groups
and angry protests from Roman Catholic Church representatives.
2010 Aug 16, In Mexico 4
inmates were found dead with their throats slashed at a prison in
the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa.
2010 Aug 16, Nigerian officials
said a cholera outbreak has killed 87 people during the past month
while 1,315 others have been infected.
2010 Aug 16, In Pakistan angry
flood survivors blocked a highway to protest slow delivery of aid
and heavy rain lashed makeshift housing as a forecast of more
flooding increased the urgency of the massive international relief
2010 Aug 16, In Peru American
Lori Berenson apologized for aiding leftist rebels and asked a
Peruvian court to let her remain free on parole after serving 15
years of her 20-year sentence behind bars.
2010 Aug 16, In Romania a fire
at a Bucharest maternity hospital killed 3 babies. A 4th died the
next day and seven remained in critical condition. The accident
provoked a wave of public indignation, throwing light on Romania's
poorly funded and understaffed health system.
2010 Aug 16, Russia’s ruling
party said it would not re-nominate Georgy Boos, the unpopular
governor of Kaliningrad, for a new term.
2010 Aug 16, In Russia Gabriel
Grecu, first secretary in the political department of the Romanian
Embassy in Moscow, was detained while trying to obtain secret
military information from a Russian citizen. He was given 48 hours
to leave the country.
2010 Aug 16, In Sudan lightning
struck a religious school in the country's western Darfur region,
killing seven children.
2011 Aug 16, The US National
Marriage Project reported that the number of Americans with children
who live together without marrying has increased 12-fold since 1970.
(SFC, 8/17/11, p.A6)
2011 Aug 16, Tampa police
arrested Jared Cano (17), an expelled student, after thwarting what
they called a "catastrophic" plot to set off a bomb at his former
high school next week.
2011 Aug 16, Seattle voters
approved a measure to build the biggest ever deep bore tunnel to
carry cars past the city’s downtown. The $1.9 billion tunnel would
be part of a $3.1 billion project to demolish a 2-level viaduct on
the scenic waterfront.
(SFC, 8/18/11, p.A8)
2011 Aug 16, In Afghanistan a
gunman riding a motorcycle killed Rabia Sadat, a woman who works for
the Afghan government, in a drive-by shooting outside of her home in
Kandahar. A bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded at a market in
Uruzgan province killing 8 people.
(AP, 8/16/11)(SFC, 8/17/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 16, In Bahrain an
international panel investigating unrest closed its office after
angry crowds scuffled with staff members following reports that
government officials would be cleared of committing abuses against
protesters seeking greater rights.
2011 Aug 16, In Britain a
16-year-old boy was ordered to stand trial for the murder of a
retiree attacked when he confronted rioters in London. Richard Bowes
(68) was found lying in a street during violence in Ealing, on Aug.
8. He died of head injuries three days later.
2011 Aug 16, Hackers attacked
the website of a prominent Canadian newspaper and posted a false
news item alleging Quebec Premier Jean Charest had died of a heart
2011 Aug 16, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel called for
greater economic and political unity among the 17 nations that share
2011 Aug 16, In India
anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare (74), arrested for planning a
public hunger strike, began his fast behind bars as his supporters
held protests across the country, with thousands detained by police.
The government decided to release as public anger rose, but Hazare
refused to leave jail unless he was given written permission to
resume his fast in a park in central Delhi.
(AP, 8/17/11)(SFC, 8/17/11, p.A3)
2011 Aug 16, Israeli aircraft
struck 5 targets in the Gaza Strip, killing 1 militant and wounding
4 other Palestinians in retaliation for rocket fire on southern
Israel the previous evening.
2011 Aug 16, Ivory Coast
Minister of Defense Paul Koffi Koffi said the government plans to
disarm and demobilize some 10,000 fighters in the wake of
postelection violence earlier this year. He said the process should
be completed by the end of the year.
2011 Aug 16, In Libya rebels
clashed with Gadhafi troops for control of the refinery in Brega. A
rebel doctor said 18 rebels had been killed and 74 injured.
2011 Aug 16, Mexican President
Felipe Calderon signed into law a constitutional change eliminating
the "pocket veto," a measure that formerly allowed presidents to
kill legislation by refusing to sign it.
2011 Aug 16, In southern Nepal
an overcrowded boat carrying at least 35 people capsized in the
rain-swollen Kamala river. At least 20 people were missing.
2011 Aug 16, Norway’s Statoil
said that the North SEa Aldous and Avaldsnes oil discoveries
together contain between 500 million and 1.2 billion barrels of oil,
significantly more than previously thought.
(SFC, 8/31/11, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/3u5v3zp)
2011 Aug 16, Poland's
prosecutor general announced the dismissal of two officials who
played a role in giving Belarus financial data about Ales Belyatsky,
a leading human rights activist, information that resulted in his
2011 Aug 16, Romania’s
controversial Tourism Minister Elena Udrea sparked outrage with a
frock she admitted cost as much as many Romanians make in more than
a month. She defended the $1290 dress, insisting it cost less than
the thousands of euros that media has reported.
2011 Aug 16, In Syria heavy
machine-gun fire erupted across the besieged city of Latakia as the
death toll rose to 35 from a military assault now in its fourth day.
Army units began withdrawing from Deir el-Zour after clearing the
city of "armed terrorist gangs" in an operation that lasted several
2011 Aug 16, In Yemen at least
33 people were killed over the last 24 hours in government raids in
a restive tribal area northeast of the capital Sanaa. President Ali
Abdullah Saleh vowed to return to Yemen soon from Saudi Arabia,
where he has been recuperating from wounds he suffered in an attack
on his palace compound.
2011 Aug 16, In Zimbabwe former
military chief Gen. Solomon Mujuru (62), one of the country’s main
political power brokers and the husband of the vice president, died
in an overnight fire at one of his homes.
2012 Aug 16, In California 12
federal counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud
were brought against Terence Bonner (59), former leader of the
national union representing Border Patrol agents. He allegedly filed
false claims for hundreds of thousands of dollars from 2007-2010.
(SFC, 8/18/12, p.A6)
2012 Aug 16, In California gang
member Pierre Mercado was found guilty in Los Angeles of 4 counts of
murder during a mid 1990’s crime spree. He was a member of the Asian
Boys founded by his brother, Marvin, now serving life in prison.
(SFC, 8/17/12, p.A8)
2012 Aug 16, William Windom, TV
actor, died at his home in Woodacre, Ca. He received an Emmy for
best actor for his performance in “My World and Welcome to It"
(1970), a program based on James Thurber’s humorous essays. He also
appeared in over 50 episodes of “Murder She Wrote."
(SFC, 8/21/12, p.C3)
2012 Aug 16, In Louisiana 2
sheriff’s deputies were killed and 2 others injured during a
shootout in Laplace, John the Baptist Parish. 7 people were arrested
in connection to the shootings. The suspects were later reported to
be heavily armed adherents to an ideology known as the "sovereign
(SFC, 8/17/12, p.A9)(SFC, 8/18/12, p.A5)(AP,
2012 Aug 16, Detroit police
found a woman and 2 children slain when officers went to notify her
that her husband, Michael VanDerLinden had died in a fatal car crash
in Indiana. He was driving the wrong way on an interstate and killed
a stranger as he slammed into the man’s car.
(SFC, 8/18/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 16, A solar powered
toilet that turns urine and feces into hydrogen and electricity won
a $100,000 first prize in the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge in
Seattle, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
(SFC, 8/17/12, p.A8)
2012 Aug 16, It was reported
that lion bones have become a hot commodity for their use in Asian
traditional medicine, driving up exports from South Africa to the
East and creating new fears of the survival of the species.
2012 Aug 16, In Afghanistan
Taliban fighters reportedly shot down a NATO helicopter during a
firefight in Kandahar province. 11 people were killed in the crash,
including 7 Americans and 4 Afghans. An Afghan army vehicle hit a
roadside bomb in Baghlan province, killing 3 Afghan soldiers and
wounding 3 others.
(AP, 8/16/12)(SFC, 8/17/12, p.A3)
2012 Aug 16, Prominent Bahraini
human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was found guilty of calling and
participating in several illegal gatherings and sentenced to three
years in jail. In December an appeals court reduced his sentence
from three years to two.
(AP, 8/16/12)(AP, 12/11/12)
2012 Aug 16, British High Court
judges dismissed a legal plea by Tony Nicklinson (58) for the right
to die, unanimously ruling that it would be wrong to depart from a
precedent that equates voluntary euthanasia with murder. Nicklinson
had locked-in syndrome after suffering a stroke on a business trip
to Athens in 2005. He died at his home in Melksham on Aug 22 after
2012 Aug 16, It was reported
that Britain’s town of Bristol has re-scheduled the launch of the
Bristol pound, usable only with member businesses in the city in
southwest England, to Sep 19. The Bristol pound will not be legal
tender and must be exchanged through the Bristol Credit Union, with
a three percent charge for conversion back to sterling.
2012 Aug 16, Ecuador granted
political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, setting up a
diplomatic confrontation with Britain, which angrily insisted it
would extradite him to Sweden.
2012 Aug 16, In Egypt a Cairo
court charged controversial TV presenter Tawfiq Okasha with
suggesting the killing of Pres. Morsi during his nightly TV show.
The court also referred the chief editor of el-Dustour daily, Islam
Afifi, for his newspaper's harsh criticism of Morsi.
2012 Aug 16, Thousands of
Indians from the northeast of the country fled southern cities after
rumors they would be attacked by Muslims in reprisal for recent
ethnic violence. The army and paramilitary troopers called out in
the Nalbari and Kamrup districts after mobs torched a bus, a car and
a wooden road bridge. 11 people were injured when acid was thrown on
a group in the western Assam town of Gossaigaon in the troubled
2012 Aug 16, India's top
carmaker Maruti Suzuki said that more than 500 workers had been
sacked after riots on July 18 at a plant near New Delhi left one
manager dead. Production was set to partially re-start on August 21
with 200 anti-riot police on rolling shifts inside the factory.
2012 Aug 16, In Iraq a wave of
attacks killed at least 93 people. More than 100 people were wounded
in 15 explosions, including seven car bombs, a suicide attack, and a
shooting, in nine cities and towns nationwide.
(AFP, 8/16/12)(AP, 8/17/12)
2012 Aug 16, In Iraq Banin
Haider (4) was kidnapped in Zubair, a rundown town just outside the
city of Basra. Police later found her body in a derelict area with
her hands and legs bound. She was raped multiple times, and her head
was smashed by what was believed to be a large brick. An off-duty
soldier assigned to a nearby army base, Akram al-Mayahi, was
arrested in connection with the Banin's murder. He was found guilty
on Oct. 22 and sentenced to death for abusing and killing the girl.
2012 Aug 16, In Italy 6 of 10
horses crashed during the latest Palio bareback horse race in Siena.
One horse broke a front leg. Some 50 horses have died during the
race since 1970.
(SFC, 8/18/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 16, In Ivory Coast
fighting broke out overnight with villagers near the economic
capital Abidjan reporting heavy gunfire, trapping them in their
homes. Armed men had attacked an army base, a prison and police
stations overnight leaving 3 civilians dead. The local police
commissioner said two gunmen were killed, about a dozen were
arrested and that there were no army fatalities.
2012 Aug 16, Malta said its
navy has recovered two bodies and rescued around 160 Eritrean and
Somali migrants from two boats which got into trouble on the
2012 Aug 16, A Mauritanian man
has the throats of his four children to avoid the expense of buying
them new clothes for the upcoming Muslim holiday Eid-al-fitr.
2012 Aug 16, In northwest
Pakistan Taliban militants wearing explosive vests and armed with
rocket-propelled grenades attacked Air Force Base Minhas in Kamra,
possibly linked to the country's nuclear program, and fought a
two-hour battle that left one security official and 9 insurgents
dead and the base in flames. Hours later in northern Pakistan,
gunmen forced 22 Shiite Muslims off of 3 buses in the Naran Valley,
lined them up and killed them.
(AP, 8/16/12)(SFC, 8/17/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 16, Pakistani police
in Islamabad arrested Rimsha, a young Christian girl with Down's
Syndrome, after she was reported holding in public burnt pages which
had Islamic text and Koranic verses on them. Pakistani cleric Khalid
Chisti (30), who handed over the girl (14) to police, later claimed
he did so to protect her from mob violence. On Sep 2 Chisti was
arrested for falsifying evidence. On Sep 7 a Pakistani judge granted
Rimsha bail of $10,500. On Nov 20 she was acquitted.
(AFP, 8/19/12)(AFP, 8/24/12)(SFC, 9/3/12,
p.A3)(AP, 9/7/12)(AP, 11/20/12)
2012 Aug 16, Unknown assailants
firebombed a Palestinian taxi in the West Bank leaving 6 people
wounded. Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu later vowed to bring the
people responsible for the firebombing to justice. The Israeli
military has counted 196 Palestinian firebomb attacks and six
shooting incidents in the first half of 2012.
2012 Aug 16, Peru’s military
said 5 soldiers have been killed in a clash with resurgent Shining
Path rebels in the Junin region, 175 miles east of Lima.
(SFC, 8/17/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 16, In Mecca, Saudi
Arabia, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the top world
Muslim body, suspended Syria, saying it can no longer accept a
regime that "massacres its people", as rights groups accused
Damascus of a new atrocity against civilians.
2012 Aug 16, Singapore's High
Court ruled that more than $23 million seized from the estate of
late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos rightfully belongs to a
2012 Aug 16, South African
police fired on strikers at the Lonmin platinum mine leaving 34
dead. This was the deadliest police action since the end of
white-minority rule in 1994.
2012 Aug 16, In South Korea
Hanwha Corp. chairman Kim Seung-youn, one of the country’s largest
conglomerates, was sentenced to four years prison and fined 5.1
billion won ($4.5 million) for embezzlement in a ruling that shows a
tougher stance against wrongdoing by leaders of the country's
2012 Aug 16, Syrian forces
shelling the besieged city of Aleppo struck a bread line outside a
bakery killing at least 10 people. The LCC said 49 people were
killed all over Aleppo.
2012 Aug 16, The United Nations
said deadly clashes between soldiers and a Muslim rebel group in the
violence-plagued southern Philippines had displaced up to 45,000
people. Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF)
attacked several army detachments in the southern province of
Maguindanao last week, triggering gunbattles that left at least five
2012 Aug 16, Yemen's top
security committee said 62 officers and soldiers loyal to
ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh's son were charged with resisting
authorities and mutiny after trying to storm the Ministry of Defense
2 days earlier.
2013 Aug 16, In California a US
District Judge ruled that a Los Angeles County law requiring adult
film performers to wear condoms is constitutional.
(SSFC, 8/18/13, p.A12)
2013 Aug 16, In Afghanistan a
roadside bomb late today killed 3 women in Helmand's Sangin
2013 Aug 16, A Bahrain activist
said at least 40 prisoners were hurt when security forces used
batons, tear gas, pepper spray and stun grenades against inmates
protesting over their conditions.
2013 Aug 16, British PM David
Cameron asked European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso to
"urgently" send monitors to Gibraltar's border with Spain where
tightened security checks are fuelling a row between the two
2013 Aug 16, In Egypt tens of
thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters took to the streets in
defiance of a military-imposed state of emergency following
bloodshed earlier this week. Street fighting in Cairo and other
clashes across the country left 173 people dead.
(AP, 8/16/13)(AP, 8/17/13)
2013 Aug 16, Indian security
forces said they had picked up Abdul Karim “Tunda," a bomb maker for
the Pakistani-based Lashkar-e-Talib.
(Econ, 9/7/13, p.42)
2013 Aug 16, In Iraq two
bombings around Baghdad killed 7 people.
(SFC, 8/17/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 16, In Kenya some 40
armed extremist, believed to be from Somalia's Islamic extremist
group al-Shabab, killed at least 4 police in an attack on a police
post near the Somalia border.
2013 Aug 16, In Lebanon a car
bombing, blamed on Sunni extremists, killed 22 people in a Shiite
neighborhood south of Beirut.
(SFC, 8/17/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 16, In southwestern
Pakistan assailants fired a rocket at a moving train in a
mountainous region, killing 2 passengers and wounding 19 near Dozan,
2013 Aug 16, In the Philippines
a ferry disaster killed at least 64 people and 56 remained missing.
The ferry sank after a collision with the Sulpicio Express 7, a
cargo vessel just outside the central port of Cebu. The Sulpicio
Express 7 is owned by unlisted firm Philippine Span Asia Carrier
Corp, formerly known as Sulpicio Lines Inc.
(AP, 8/17/13)(AP, 8/18/13)(SSFC, 8/25/13, p.A4)
2013 Aug 16, A WHO official
said Somalia is suffering an "explosive" outbreak of polio and now
has more cases — 105 — than all other countries in the world
combined. The outbreak is complicated by the fact health workers
have limited access to south-central Somalia, controlled by
2013 Aug 16, Syrian warplanes
struck targets in a rebel-held district in the northern city of
Aleppo, killing at least 15 people, wounding dozens of others and
leaving some buried under the rubble of buildings.
2014 Aug 16, In California the
search for Erin Corwin (19) ended when her body was spotted with a
video camera 140 feet down a mine shaft on federal land near her
home in Twentynine Palms, where her Marine husband was stationed.
Former Marine Christopher Brandon Lee (24) was arrested the next day
in Alaska. Corwin had disappeared on June 28.
2014 Aug 16, In Missouri
vandals attacked stores in Ferguson early today, hours after police
said the unarmed black teenager shot dead by a white officer in an
incident that unleashed days of rioting was a robbery suspect.
Protesters stormed into the same convenience store that Michael
Brown was accused of robbing. Gov. Jay Nixon ordered a midnight to 5
am curfew as he declared a state of emergency in Ferguson.
(AFP, 8/16/14)(SSFC, 8/17/14, p.A7)
2014 Aug 16, At Britain’s
Tilbury Docks one man was found dead and 34 others still alive in a
shipping container after staff at the port heard banging and
screaming coming from inside. The men, women and children, were all
from Afghanistan. On Aug 19 Northern Ireland police arrested a man
(34) in Limavady suspected of smuggling the migrants.
(AFP, 8/16/14)(SFC, 8/20/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 16, China’s state
media reported that police have arrested seven people in the
northwest allegedly involved in a scheme that forced school children
to donate blood.
2014 Aug 16, Egypt’s PM Ibrahim
Mehlib blamed saboteurs for some 300 attacks on electricity pylons
nationwide that have deepened the country’s energy shortage.
(SSFC, 8/17/14, p.A4)
2014 Aug 16, It was reported
that authorities in Guyana have discovered a 65-foot, diesel engine
submarine near the border with Venezuela. It was locally built and
believed to be used to ferry drugs across the Atlantic.
(SFC, 8/16/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 16, In Iraq airstrikes
pounded the area around the Mosul Dam in an effort to drive out
militants who captured it earlier this month. Germany's Foreign
Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced in Baghdad that his
government would provide more than 24 million euros ($32.2 million)
in humanitarian aid to Iraq.
2014 Aug 16, In Israel
thousands of supporters of peace talks with the Palestinian
Authority demonstrated in Tel Aviv to end the Gaza conflict.
2014 Aug 16, In Liberia
residents in Monrovia’s in the West Point slum raided a quarantine
center for suspected Ebola patients and took items including bloody
sheets and mattresses. Up to 30 patients were staying at the center
and many of them fled at the time of the raid.
2014 Aug 16, In Pakistan
thousands of protesters led by populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri
alongside opposition leader Imran Khan's march, arrived in Islamabad
to force Nawaz Sharif's government to step down for alleged
2014 Aug 16, In northern Mali 2
UN peacekeepers were killed and nine others injured in a suicide
attack on a patrol base in the village of Ber.
2014 Aug 16, Nepalese officials
said flooding and lanslides in the west have killed at least 54
people and left 142 missing over the last three days.
(SSFC, 8/17/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 16, In the Philippines
about 30 Abu Sayyaf gunmen breached a perimeter wall of the Sulu
provincial government compound late today and took chief mechanic
Ronald Pelegrin at gunpoint from the motorpool under cover of
darkness. The gunmen also tried to seize Pelegrin's deputy, Dante
Avilla, but the latter resisted and was shot and killed by the
militants when he tried to run away.
2014 Aug 16, In South Korea
Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean martyrs killed in the 18th and
19th centuries by the Joseon Dynasty.
(SSFC, 8/17/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 16, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said the Islamic State militant group
has executed 700 members of the al-Sheitaat (Shueitat) tribe it has
been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks.
(Reuters, 8/16/14)(SFC, 8/19/14, p.A5)
2014 Aug 16, Ukrainian forces
and pro-Russian separatists fought skirmishes near the Russian
border but there was no sign of the conflict widening after Kiev
said it partially destroyed an armored column that had crossed the
border from Russia. A rebel Internet news outlet said that
separatist fighters had killed 30 members of a Ukrainian government
battalion in fighting in Luhansk province. Ukrainian defense
ministry spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, said 3 Ukrainian servicemen had
been killed over the past 24 hours. Alexander Zakharchenko,
self-proclaimed separatist government in the Donetsk region, said
newly-trained fighters have 150 armored vehicles, including 30
tanks, and have gathered near a "corridor" along the Russian border.
(Reuters, 8/16/14)(AP, 8/17/14)
2014 Aug 16, Ukraine government
forces captured a district police station in Luhansk after bitter
clashes in the Velika Vergunka neighborhood. Separatists shot down a
Ukrainian fighter plane over the Luhansk region after it launched an
attack on rebels.
2014 Aug 16, In eastern Yemen a
drone attack killed 3 suspected al Qaeda militants in Hadramout
2015 Aug 16, In southern
California two small planes collided midair as they approached Brown
Field Municipal Airport in San Diego County, killing 5 people.
(SFC, 8/17/15, p.A5)
2015 Aug 16, In Brazil
demonstrators took to the streets of cities and towns across the
country for a day of nationwide anti-government protests.
2015 Aug 16, Egypt's President
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi boosted police and judicial powers with a new
anti-terrorism law that also imposes hefty fines for "false" media
2015 Aug 16, East African
leaders met in Ethiopia ahead of a deadline for South Sudan's
warring leaders to strike a peace deal or risk international
2015 Aug 16, Indian and
Pakistani troops traded heavy gunfire and mortar rounds for a
seventh straight day along the highly militarized line of control in
Kashmir. Indian police said six civilians had died in the Pakistani
shelling over the last two days. Pakistan's army said that two
civilians had been killed.
2015 Aug 16, In Indonesia an
aircraft with 54 people on board crashed in the remote and
mountainous region of Papua. The 27-year-old Trigana ATR 42-300
crashed into Tangok mountain. All 54 people on board the aircraft
(Reuters, 8/16/15)(Reuters, 8/18/15)
2015 Aug 16, An Iraqi
parliamentary panel called for dozens of security and political
officials, including former PM Nuri al-Maliki, to be referred to
court in connection with the fall of the northern city of Mosul to
2015 Aug 16, In Iraq Islamic
State militants launched an attack against government troops outside
the militant-held city of Fallujah, killing at least 17 troops.
2015 Aug 16, Libyan residents
said the Islamic State has executed and displayed the bodies of 4
members of a rival group which had staged a revolt against the
militants in the central city of Sirte. Unknown gunmen fired on the
airport of Benghazi, partly destroying a passenger terminal. Rockets
also landed in a residential district in the eastern city of Derna,
from which Islamic State was expelled by a rival group in June.
2015 Aug 16, In Nicaragua 5
police officers were killed in the south of the country after being
attacked by a criminal group trying to free a detained member in
2015 Aug 16, Nigeria's ruling
party called on the country's people to support efforts by President
Muhammadu Buhari to recover billions of dollars lost to government
corruption and punish the perpetrators in the graft-plagued nation.
2015 Aug 16, Abubakar Shekau,
the leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram, denied he had been killed or
ousted as chief of the jihadist group in an audio recording released
today and attributed to him by security experts.
2015 Aug 16, In Pakistan a bomb
killed Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada and 18 other people at
his home in the political heartland of PM Nawaz Sharif.
Lashkar-e-Islam, a Taliban-affiliated militant group, claimed
responsibility for the attack.
(Reuters, 8/16/15)(AP, 8/17/15)(Reuters, 8/19/15)
2015 Aug 16, In the Philippines
the decomposing body of Kevin Fleischauer, a 58-year-old American,
was found. The body of his Filipino-American wife, Lolly Mangilaya
Fleischauer (60), was found a day later in a well. They had been
missing for about two weeks in a case of suspected robbery in Murcia
town, Negros Occidental province.
2015 Aug 16, In Portugal former
Serb army commander Mile Mrksic (68), serving a 20-year sentence for
his role in the massacre of Croats during the Balkans wars, died in
Lisbon. The former officer in the Yugoslav army (JNA), was convicted
in 2007 by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former
Yugoslavia (ICTY) for aiding and abetting the torture and murder of
nearly 200 civilians in Vukovar in eastern Croatia in 1991.
2015 Aug 16, In South Africa a
small Namibian medical plane crashed in the Tygerberg Nature Reserve
east of Cape Town, killing all 5 people aboard.
2015 Aug 16, In Spain an animal
rights activist was beaten with a duck by a woman defending one of
the country's most bizarre and controversial festival traditions in
the Catalonian seaside town of Roses. Every year since 1918 about 50
ducks are thrown into the sea in the town north of Barcelona, with
swimmers then racing in to catch them and bringing them ashore
however they can.
2015 Aug 16, A Syrian
government air strike northeast of Damascus killed at least 96
people in a marketplace in Douma. A Syrian military source said air
force strikes on Douma and nearby Harasta targeted the headquarters
of the rebel group Islam Army.
(Reuters, 8/16/15)(AFP, 8/17/15)
2015 Aug 16, In Yemen militia
forces loyal to the exiled government fought their way deep into the
central city of Taiz, largely pushing out Houthi militiamen from the
country's third largest city.
2016 Aug 16, Authorities in
southern California ordered the evacuation of 82,000 people, after a
wildfire broke out in Cajon Pass to rapidly engulf 15,000 acres
(6,070 hectares) of terrain. The so-called Bluecut Fire erupted in
heavy brush just west of Interstate 15, the main freeway between Las
Vegas and the Los Angeles area, forcing the closure of one stretch
of the highway. In nothern California the Clayton Fire was 35
2016 Aug 16, In Lousiana
ExxonMobil Corp shut a crude distillation unit at its 502,500 barrel
per day (bpd) Baton Rouge refinery as flooding disrupted operations
at a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage facility.
2016 Aug 16, China's Cabinet
announced that preparations to connect the Hong Kong and Shenzhen
stock exchanges are "basically completed." Charles Li, CEO of Hong
Kong Exchanges and Clearing, the city's stock market operator said
the link would likely launched by Christmas.
2016 Aug 16, China launched
Micius, the world’s first quantum communication satellite into space
from the Jiuquan launch base in the northwestern Gobi desert. It was
named after a Chinese philosopher of the 5th century. Experts said
this will push forward efforts to develop the ability to send
communications that can't be penetrated by hackers.
(AP, 8/16/16)(Econ, 9/2/17, p.67)
2016 Aug 16, Iranian security
forces killed 3 Sunni militants linked to Islamic State in
Kermanshah city close to the Iraqi border, confiscating a weapons
cache and belts armed with explosives.
2016 Aug 16, Iran said that it
arrested a British-Iranian last week on suspicion of links to the UK
2016 Aug 16, Government forces
in Indian-controlled Kashmir shot and killed four civilians and
injured at least 15 others as clashes intensified with anti-India
protesters in the troubled region.
2016 Aug 16, Peru's supreme
court overturned an embezzlement sentence against former president
Alberto Fujimori, although the decision will not alter the 25-year
prison term he is serving for crimes against humanity.
2016 Aug 16, Russian warplanes
took off from a base in Iran to target Islamic State fighters and
other militants in Syria.
2016 Aug 16, In South Korea an
accidental explosion at a naval base left 3 soldiers dead and
another injured in the southeastern port town of Jinhae.
2016 Aug 16, Turkish police
launched simultaneous raids on 44 companies in Istanbul and had
warrants to detain 120 company executives as part of the
investigation into last month's attempted military coup.
2017 Aug 16, The United States
said it had sanctioned Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest of the
anti-Indian Kashmiri militant groups fighting in the Himalayan
territory divided between Pakistan and India.
2017 Aug 16, The Trump
administration formally terminated the 2014 Obama CAM parole program
that granted Central American minors temporary legal residence.
(SFC, 8/17/17, p.A6)
2017 Aug 16, The US National
Parks Service announced that it will no longer allow parks to ban
the sale of plastic water bottles, an option that was part of the
2011 Green Parks Plan adopted under former Pres. Obama.
(SFC, 8/17/17, p.D1)
2017 Aug 16, In San Jose, Ca.,
a fire at the Golden Wheel Mobile Home Park killed three people,
including two young girls.
(SFC, 8/17/17, p.D1)
2017 Aug 16, Fiat-Chrysler said
it will cooperate with BMW to develop self-driving cars.
(SFC, 8/17/17, p.C2)
2017 Aug 16, In eastern
Afghanistan an American soldier was killed and several others were
wounded in a battle with Islamic State militants in the Achin
district of the Nangarhar province. A suicide car bomber killed
three civilians while trying to attack an Afghan army base in the
southern Helmand province late today. In southern Kandahar province,
Taliban fighters stormed police checkpoints in two districts late
today, killing seven policemen and wounding nine. In southern Zabul
province the Taliban attacked a police base, killing eight
2017 Aug 16, In Algeria Ahmed
Ouyahia began a fourth term as Prime Minister and held that position
until March 12, 2019.
2017 Aug 16, Belgium's
Agriculture Minister Denis Ducarme said the government will join in
legal action against those responsible for the egg contamination
scandal, which has hit at least 17 countries.
2017 Aug 16, British police
arrested Michal Konrad Herba (36), the brother of Lukasz Pawel
Herba, a man accused of the recent abduction of British model Chloe
Ayling in Italy, following a request from the Italian authorities.
2017 Aug 16, Cambodian tax
authorities denied there is a political motive for a crackdown on
delinquent taxpayers that prominently targets media and civil
society organizations critical of the government.
2017 Aug 16, In eastern Congo
DRC at least 200 people were believed killed in a landslide in Tora
village, Ituri province. 48 houses were destroyed. 140 bodies were
soon recovered and over 100 were believed still buried.
(Reuters, 8/17/17)(SSFC, 8/20/17, p.A4)(AFP,
2017 Aug 16, Deutsche Post DHL
Group and US automaker Ford unveiled a jointly manufactured electric
delivery van amid growing demand for emission-free utility vehicles.
2017 Aug 16, In Guatemala at
least two people were killed and five arrested when alleged gang
members shot up one of the country's largest hospitals to free a
2017 Aug 16, Mehdi Karroubi
(80), a detained Iranian opposition leader, started a hunger strike.
He wanted to be out on trial rather than remain under house arrest
where he has been held since 2011. Karroubi ended his hunger strike
after one day after officials promised that the 12 guards watching
over him would no longer be permanently stationed in his house.
(Reuters, 8/16/17)(SFC, 8/18/17, p.A2)
2017 Aug 16, In Iraq Islamic
State group suicide bombers killed seven members of the security
forces in an attack on police and army base in Baiji.
2017 Aug 16, Israel said it is
revoking the press credentials of an Al-Jazeera reporter Elias
Karram after he told another TV station that the work of Palestinian
journalists is part of the "resistance."
2017 Aug 16, Israeli forces
demolished the home of Palestinian Omar al-Abed (19), who fatally
stabbed three Israelis in a nearby Jewish settlement last July 21 at
a time when tensions soared over Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque
2017 Aug 16, A Kenyan
government watchdog said it will investigate whether police killed a
baby and a young girl during an Aug 12 crackdown on post-election
2017 Aug 16, Lebanon's
parliament abolished a law, in place since the 1940s, that allowed
rapists to avoid prison by marrying their victims.
2017 Aug 16, Lebanese troops
attacked IS positions on the other side of border with Syria,
tightening the siege on them. Syrian warplanes bombarded mountainous
areas controlled by the Islamic State group near the border with
2017 Aug 16, A short video that
circulated online showing a hand holding a revolver firing at a
target with an image of Mexico’s El Universal columnist Hector De
Mauleon's face. De Mauleon has received previous threats after
penning columns about organized crime in Mexico City.
2017 Aug 16, In the Philippines
police, later identified as identified as Arnel Oares, Jeremias
Pereda and Jerwin Cruz, reportedly shot Kian Loyd delos Santos (17)
in the head and left his body next to a pigsty. Police said they
shot delos Santos in self-defense after he opened fire on officers
during an anti-drugs operation. But there was outrage when the CCTV
footage emerged showing two officers marching a figure, subdued and
apparently unarmed, toward the spot where the youth's body was later
2017 Aug 16, In Spain imam
Abdelbaki Es Satty (40) died in an accidental explosion in Alcanar.
He was later identified as the ideological leader of a cell planning
an attack in Barcelona.
2017 Aug 16, In Tanzania Wayne
Lotter, the South African co-founder of the Protected Areas
management Solutions (PAMS), a conservation group for the protection
of elephants, was shot and killed in the Masa-ki district of Dar es
(SFC, 3/18/17, p.A2)(Econ, 9/2/17, p.78)
2017 Aug 16, In Thailand at
least eight people, first arrested in May, were re-arrested and
charged with insulting the monarchy for allegedly burning portraits
of members of the royal family.
2017 Aug 16, Venezuela’s
government-stacked Supreme Court announced it was ordering the
capture of German Ferrer, the ousted chief prosecutor's husband, and
referring the case to the new, all-powerful constitutional assembly.
Ferrer was accused of running a $6 million extortion ring.
(AP, 8/17/17)(SFC, 8/18/17, p.A4)
2017 Aug 16, In southern
Venezuela at least 37 people were killed overnight during clashes
between armed inmates and security forces at a prison in Puerto
Ayacucho, Amazonas state. Inmates had seized control of the prison
several weeks earlier.
(SFC, 8/17/17, p.A2)
2017 Aug 16, Zambian opposition
leader Hakainde Hichilema walked free from prison after treason
charges against him were dropped, averting a trial that threatened
turmoil in the southern African nation.
2017 Aug 16, Zimbabwe police
said first lady Grace Mugabe has claimed diplomatic immunity after
being accused of assaulting a 20-year-old model, in an incident that
could test cross-border relations. She is accused of attacking
Gabriella Engels with an electrical extension cord on August 13 at a
Johannesburg hotel where her two sons were staying.
2018 Aug 16, US newspapers big
and small hit back at President Donald Trump's relentless attacks on
the news media, with a coordinated campaign of editorials
highlighting the importance of a free press.
2018 Aug 16, The Pentagon late
today said that a show of US military prowess, originally scheduled
for November 10 in Washington, was being pushed back to a possible
date in 2019, after it emerged costs could soar as high as $92
2018 Aug 16, In Arkansas a
group called the Satanic Temple temporarily placed a a bronze statue
of a goat-headed, winged creature called Baphomet at the state
capitol during a rally calling for the removal of a Ten Commandments
monument mounted on Capitol grounds in 2017.
(SFC, 8/18/18, p.A7)
2018 Aug 16, In Colorado
Christopher Watts (33) was arrested on suspicion of killing his
pregnant wife and two daughters. The body of Shannan Watts (34) had
been found on property owned by Anadarko Petroleum, Where Mr. Watts
used to work. The bodies of the two girls, ages 3 and 4, were still
missing. Watts told police his wife had strangled the girls after
being told he wanted to separate. Police later learned Watts was
having an affair with a co-worker. On Nov. 19 Watts was sentenced to
life in prison.
(SFC, 8/17/18, p.A5)(SFC, 8/20/18, p.A5)(SFC,
2018 Aug 16, The journal
Science reported that the complex wheat genome, five times longer
than the human genome, has been sequenced.
(SSFC, 8/19/18, p.A20)
2018 Aug 16, Aretha Franklin
(76), the music legend, icon and Grammy-winning singer celebrated as
the "Queen of Soul," died at her home in Detroit. She influenced
generations of female singers with unforgettable hits including
"Respect" (1967), "Natural Woman" (1968) and "I Say a Little Prayer"
2018 Aug 16, In Afghanistan two
gunmen besieged a compound belonging to the Afghan intelligence
service in a northwestern Kabul neighborhood early today, opening
fire as Afghan security forces moved in to cut them off. The
standoff lasted for nearly six hours before police killed the gunmen
and secured the area.
2018 Aug 16, In Australia Paul
Bradshaw (74), a man with terminal cancer, said he could die happy
after reaching a 1 million Australian dollar ($727,000) landmark
settlement against the Catholic Irish Christian Brothers for sexual
abuse he suffered more than 50 years ago at the hands of Brothers
Lawrence Murphy, Bruno Doyle and Christopher Angus, who are all
2018 Aug 16, In Austria
authorities in Vienna decided to ban passengers from eating in the
capital's subway trains. But they don't plan to punish offenders, at
least to start with. The blanket ban will be introduced Sept. 1 on
the U6 line and extended to the other four lines on January 15.
2018 Aug 16, Bahrain's
government rejected the findings of the UN Working Group on
Arbitrary Detention, saying that offences by Nabeel Rajab did not
relate to his political views and that his trials had been
independent and transparent. Rajab was sentenced to five years in
prison in February for criticizing Saudi Arabia's air strikes in
Yemen and writing tweets accusing Bahrain's prison authorities of
torture. He was already serving a two-year term over a news
interview in which he said Bahrain tortured political prisoners.
2018 Aug 18, In Chile,
Argentina and Peru false bomb threats caused up to 11 commercial
flights to take emergency measures. Chilean authorities soon
arrested Franco Sepulveda Robles (29) for making false bomb threats
in anger over an airline not returning his suitcase.
(SSFC, 8/19/18, p.A4)
2018 Aug 16, Air France-KLM was
tipped to name its first non-French chief executive, with Ben Smith,
chief operating officer at Air Canada, set to be unveiled. Nine out
of 10 Air France unions opposed the selection.
2018 Aug 16, Former Indian PM
Atal Bihari Vajpayee (93) died after a prolonged illness. The Hindu
nationalist had set off a nuclear arms race with rival Pakistan but
later reached across the border to begin a groundbreaking peace
2018 Aug 16, Iraq's air force
carried out two airstrikes targeting Islamic State group inside
Syria, killing at least 28 IS militants.
2018 Aug 16, Malaysia's new
government repealed a widely criticized law prohibiting "fake news,"
in a move hailed as a landmark moment for human rights by a group of
Southeast Asian lawmakers.
2018 Aug 16, The Malian
government said President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won a landslide
victory in a run-off against opposition rival Soumaila Cisse, giving
him a second term to try to turn back a surge in ethnic and Islamist
2018 Aug 16, Mexican marines
seized a record 50 tons of crystal meth from a drug lab in the state
2018 Aug 16, In Myanmar the
Independent Commission of Enquiry held its first formal meeting in
the capital, Naypyitaw, a day after holding talks with the country's
leader, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
2018 Aug 16, Pakistan's foreign
ministry confirmed the suspension of a US military training program
for Pakistani soldiers.
2018 Aug 16, Qatari broadcaster
BeIN said it has "irrefutable evidence" that a pirate channel
illegally showing hundreds of live European football matches is
being carried on the Saudi-based satellite provider Arabsat.
2018 Aug 16, Peter Morgan, a
Scottish man with far-right views, was sentenced in Edinburgh to 12
years in prison for attempting to build a bomb that prosecutors say
could have caused carnage.
2018 Aug 16, A Thailand
environment ministry official said imports of 432 types of scrap
electronics will be banned within six months. Southeast Asia nations
fear they are the new dumping ground for the world's trash after
China banned the entry of several types of waste as part of a
campaign against "foreign garbage".
2018 Aug 16, Turkish officials
said four soldiers have been killed in violence in the southeast
where troops are battling Kurdish rebels, three of them as a result
of a friendly fire in Adiyaman province.
2018 Aug 16, Three Ugandan
lawmakers, critics of President Yoweri Museveni, were charged with
treason for their suspected role in the August 13 stoning of his
convoy. Lawmaker, pop singer and government critic Kyagulanyi
Ssentamu, whose stage name is Bobi Wine, was charged with unlawful
possession of firearms and ammunition in a military court for his
alleged role in the stone throwing.
(Reuters, 8/16/18)(AP, 8/16/18)
2018 Aug 16, Uganda police
arrested Jimmy L. Taylor, an American man who in video footage is
seen attacking a hotel worker with punches and racial insults. CCTV
footage of the incident was posted on social media, angering some
Ugandans who demanded his arrest.
2018 Aug 16, Ukraine's
Prosecutor General's office said had it demanded a 15-year prison
sentence for ousted ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, accused by Kiev
of "betraying his nation" to Russia.
2018 Aug 16, It was reported
that Venezuela's opposition-run supreme court in exile in Colombia
has sentenced President Nicolas Maduro to 18 years in prison over
the infamous Odebrecht corruption scandal, a move dismissed by the
2018 Aug 16, A court in central
Vietnam sentenced activist Le Dinh Luong (53) to 20 years in prison
and five years of house arrest after finding him guilty of
attempting to overthrow the Communist government.
2019 Aug 16, The US justice
department issued a warrant for the seizure of an Iranian oil
tanker, a day after a Gibraltar judge allowed the release of the
2019 Aug 16, The US-led
coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq says it will
comply with new orders issued by the country's prime minister
regarding unauthorized flights in Iraqi airspace.
2019 Aug 16, Washington, DC,
encted emergency regulations to stop the federal government's plan
to house unaccompanied migrant children there. Mayor Muriel Bowser's
administration approved regulations that prohibited licensing
facilities housing more than 15 residents.
(SFC, 8/16/19, p.A7)
2019 Aug 16, In southern
California Hossein Nayeri (40), who previously escaped from jail and
was on the run for a week, was convicted of kidnapping and torturing
a marijuana dispensary owner in 2012 who he mistakenly believed had
buried large sums of money in the desert.
2019 Aug 16, In southern
California Oscar nominated actor Peter Fonda (b.1940), who played a
cool and introspective motorcyclist in the 1969 film "Easy Rider,"
died. His films also included Ulee's Gold" (1997) and "The Limey"
(Reuters, 8/17/19)(SFC, 8/17/19, p.C2)
2019 Aug 16, Police in Coral
Springs, Florida, said Timothy Norris (60) has been charged in the
knifepoint rape of a Florida woman at her home in 1983. DNA evidence
led authorities to Norris serving time for bank robbery at a West
Virginia federal prison.
2019 Aug 16, A Georgia boy (17)
was arrested at Wheeler High School in Marietta. He was accused of
bringing a loaded 9mm gun on his school bus and to his high school,
which was subsequently locked down amid threats.
2019 Aug 16, In Chicago a
guilty verdict was returned against Jovan Battle (32), a homeless
man who defended himself against murder and aggravated battery
charges, in the fatal shooting of John Rivera (23), an off-duty
Chicago police officer.
2019 Aug 16, In Iowa a judge
sentenced Randy Constant (60), the mastermind of the largest known
organic food fraud scheme in US history, to 10 years in prison,
saying he cheated thousands of customers into buying products they
(AP, 8/16/19)(SFC, 8/19/19, p.A5)
2019 Aug 16, Maryland
scientists reported data on a growing "dead zone" in the Chesapeake
Bay, confirming their dire warnings were correct. Environmental
scientists said heavy rains washed wastewater and agricultural
runoff into the bay and produced oxygen-stealing algae.
2019 Aug 16, A Missouri man who
shot two police officers while they were serving him an eviction
notice surrendered to authorities this afternoon after a long
(ABC News, 8/16/19)
2019 Aug 16, In upstate New
York two of four young men, arrested for plotting to attack the
Islamberg Muslim community near Binghamton with homemade explosives,
were sentenced to four to 12 years in prison. Brian Colaneri (20)
and Andrew Crysel (19) pleaded guilty to terrorism conspiracy in
2019 Aug 16, In Texas more than
20 local governments faced a coordinated ransomware attack that was
believed to have come from a single source.
(SFC, 8/21/19, p.A4)
2019 Aug 16, In rural
Washington state the last four members of a wolf pack that preyed on
cattle in an area bordering Canada were killed by state hunters in
helicopters, prompting protests from environmental groups.
2019 Aug 16, AbbVie Inc priced
its new rheumatoid arthritis treatment at $59,000 a year after
gaining US approval, a big boost for the drugmaker struggling with
rising competition for Humira, its blockbuster therapy for the same
condition. A four-week supply of Humira, the world's best-selling
medicine, has a list price of about $5,174, amounting to more than
$60,000 for a year.
2017 Aug 16, In Algeria Ahmed
Ouyahia began a fourth term as Prime Minister and held that position
until March 12, 2019.
2019 Aug 16, Bangladeshi and UN
officials said Myanmar and Bangladesh are making a second attempt to
start repatriating Rohingya Muslims after more than 700,000 of them
fled a security crackdown in Myanmar almost two years ago.
2019 Aug 16, In Bangladesh a
massive fire consumed several hundred shanties in a slum on the
northern outskirts of Dhaka leaving some 3,000 people homeless.
2019 Aug 16, A source in the
Cameroonian army said number of seamen have been kidnapped after an
attack on their vessel off the coast of Cameroon in the
piracy-plagued Gulf of Guinea.
2019 Aug 16, Huawei
Technologies sent a letter to The Wall Street Journal, refuting the
publication's bombshell report describing how China's tech giant
allegedly helped the governments of two African nations spy on their
political opponents. Uganda and Zambia denied that Huawei employees
had helped them conduct espionage
(South China Morning Post, 8/17/19)
2019 Aug 16, Congo DRC health
officials said a woman and her child were the first two cases
confirmed with Ebola in the South Kivu region this week, opening a
new front in the fight against the outbreak. The Ebola outbreak in
eastern Congo has killed 1,808 people out of 2,765 confirmed cases.
(Reuters, 8/16/19)(SFC, 8/17/19, p.A2)
2019 Aug 16, Cathay Pacific
Airways CEO Rupert Hogg resigned in a shock move, amid mounting
Chinese regulatory scrutiny of the Hong Kong carrier over the
involvement of its employees in the city's anti-government protests.
Cathay Pacific, which has already terminated two pilots for engaging
in illegal protests at the behest of the Chinese aviation regulator,
named Augustus Tang as its new CEO.
2019 Aug 16, In
Indian-controlled Kashmir hundreds of people protested an
unprecedented security crackdown and clashed with police, as India's
government said it was constantly reviewing the situation in the
disputed region and the restrictions there will be removed over the
next few days.
2019 Aug 16, Israel's interior
minister said he has received and granted a request by Democratic
Rep. Rashida Tlaib to enter the Israeli-occupied West Bank on
humanitarian grounds. The Michigan Democrat rejected the offer to
let her travel to the West Bank, saying she would not visit her
family after the Israeli government lifted a ban on her entry but
imposed "oppressive conditions" to humiliate her.
(AP, 8/16/19)(Reuters, 8/16/19)
2019 Aug 16, Israeli police
shot dead a Palestinian driver they said had carried out a
car-ramming attack that injured two Israeli civilians in the
occupied West Bank, one of them critically. Militants from the Gaza
Strip fired at least one rocket toward southern Israel.
(Reuters, 8/16/19)(AP, 8/16/19)
2019 Aug 16, Kazakh rights
activist Serkzhan Bilash, who campaigned against the detention of
ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims in special camps in China, pleaded
guilty to a hate speech charge in exchange for securing his freedom.
2019 Aug 16, North Korea
bluntly criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in for continuing
to hold military exercises with the US and over his rosy comments on
inter-Korean diplomacy, and said Pyongyang has no current plans to
talk with Seoul. Hours later South Korea's military detected two
projectiles North Korea fired into the sea to extend a torrid streak
of weapons display that's apparently aimed at pressuring Washington
and Seoul over their joint drills and slow nuclear negotiations.
2019 Aug 16, In southwest
Pakistan a blast at a mosque in killed four people. 20 more people
were wounded at the site 25 km (15 miles) from the city of Quetta.
2019 Aug 16, In northern Peru a
building in El Alto was set on fire in a protest against China
National Petroleum Corp that devolved into clashes between police
and demonstrators who want the company to make pledges to help the
2019 Aug 16, The union of
Portugal's fuel-tanker drivers said it will suspend a five-day-old
strike that led to fuel rationing at filling stations and negotiate
with employers in government-brokered talks.
2019 Aug 16, In Syria a
suspected Russian airstrike hit a displaced people's gathering in
the town of Hass south of Idlib province, killing at least 13,
including a number of children.
(AP, 8/16/19)(SFC, 8/17/19, p.A2)
2019 Aug 16, Syria’s SANA news
agency said that a projectile had entered the Syrian airspace
overnight from Lebanon's airspace, heading toward the town of Masyaf
in Hama province. Air defenses reportedly destroyed the missile
before it reached the town.
2019 Aug 16, It was reported
that Turkey's military pension fund OYAK has reached a provisional
agreement to take over British Steel and could close the deal by the
end of this year, potentially saving thousands of jobs.
2019 Aug 16, A group of UN
human rights experts called for the immediate release of three
Iranian women given long jail terms for protesting laws compelling
women to wear veils.
2019 Aug 16, The UN migration
agency said more than 500 migrants have lost their lives in the
Americas so far this year, about a 33% increase from a year ago.
2019 Aug 16, The UN expert on
human rights in Iran said last year saw increasing restrictions on
the right to freedom of expression and continuing violations of the
right to life, liberty and a fair trial in the Islamic Republic,
including 253 reported executions of adults and children.
2019 Aug 16, Yemen's Houthis
launched more drone attacks on Saudi Arabia's Abha international
airport. The attacks reportedly halted air traffic at the airport.
2019 Aug 16, Zimbabwe police
combed Harare's streets rounding up suspected opposition supporters,
enforcing a clampdown on dissent after using batons and water cannon
to break up a protest that authorities had declared illegal.
2020 Aug 16, Congressional
Democrats called on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a donor to
Republican President Donald Trump, and US Postal Service Chairman
Robert Duncan to testify in an Aug. 24 committee hearing.
2020 Aug 16, More than 100
demonstrators converged outside the North Carolina mansion of
postmaster general Louis DeJoy, protesting the cutbacks, delays and
other changes to the USPS that have created fears for mail-in voting
ahead of the November presidential election.
2020 Aug 16, California to
date had 624,007 cases of coronavirus and 11,243 deaths. The SF Bay
Area had 71,869 cases and 970 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached
over 5,401,167 with the death toll at 170,019.
2020 Aug 16, A monitoring
station in Death Valley measured a temperature of 54.4 degrees (130
(Econ., 8/29/20, p.17)
2020 Aug 16, In Ohio at least
18 people were shot, including four killed, as gunfire erupted in
several places around Cincinnati overnight.
2020 Aug 16, A riot was
declared in Portland, Oregon, as protesters demonstrated outside a
law enforcement building early today, continuing a nightly ritual in
2020 Aug 16, In Belarus
thousands of people gathered in a square near the main government
building for a rally to support President Alexander Lukashenko.
Opposition supporters whose protests have convulsed the country for
a week held a major march in Minsk.
2020 Aug 16, China's health
authority said new locally transmitted cases of COVID-19 fell to a
one-month low as a cluster in the western region of Xinjiang
receded. Mainland China had 84,827 confirmed coronavirus cases, with
the death toll unchanged at 4,634.
2020 Aug 16, Luis Rodolfo
Abinader (53) was sworn in as president of the Dominican Republic.
2020 Aug 16, India reported 944
new coronavirus deaths pushing total fatalities to near 50,000.
(SFC, 8/17/20, p.A6)
2020 Aug 16, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu said that a deal to establish full diplomatic
ties with the UAE proves that Israel doesn't need to retreat from
occupied land sought by the Palestinians in order to achieve peace
and normalization with Arab states. Telephone service between Israel
and the United Arab Emirates began working.
(AP, 8/16/20)(The Week, 8/16/20)
2020 Aug 16, Israel closed the
Gaza Strip's offshore fishing zone following a night of cross-border
fighting with Palestinian militants, the most intense escalation of
hostilities in recent months.
2020 Aug 16, Lebanon registered
439 new virus cases and six fatalities. The new infections bring to
8,881 the total number of cases, where COVID-19 has killed some 103
people. An August 4 explosion of nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium
nitrate killed around 180 people and left a quarter of a million
with homes unfit to live in.
2020 Aug 16, New Zealand
reported 13 new infections, bringing the country's number of active
cases up to 69. Most of the cases were from community transmission
and are linked to a cluster in Auckland, which is under a new
(The Week, 8/16/20)
2020 Aug 16, Thousands of
Puerto Ricans got a second chance to vote for the first time, a week
after delayed and missing ballots marred the original primaries in a
blow to the US territory’s democracy. Gov. Wanda Vázquez
acknowledged losing the primary of her pro-statehood party to Pedro
Pierluisi, who briefly served as the US territory's governor last
year amid political turmoil.
2020 Aug 16, The Kremlin said
Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Belarusian counterpart
Alexander Lukashenko that Moscow was ready to offer Minsk military
assistance if necessary to quell anti-government protests in
(The Week, 8/16/20)
2020 Aug 16, Somali special
forces ended a siege at a hotel in the capital Mogadishu that was
stormed by armed al-Shabab militants. At least 12 people were killed
at the beachside Elite Hotel, in addition to five militants.
2020 Aug 16, South Korea
reported 279 new confirmed infections, the highest 24-hour jump
since early March.
(The Week, 8/16/20)
2020 Aug 16, Authorities said
flash floods have ravaged swaths of Sudan for weeks, leaving at
least 60 people dead and destroying thousands of homes since late
July. More than 185,000 people in all but one of its 18 provinces
have been affected by the heavy rainfall and flooding.
2020 Aug 16, In Thailand
thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in Bangkok for a
rally that suggested their movement's strength may have extended
beyond the college campuses where it has blossomed.
(AP, 8/16/20)(SFC, 8/17/20, p.A2)