1165 Aug 21, Philip II
Augustus, 1st great Capetian king of France (1179-1223), was born.
1525 Aug 21, Estavao Gomes
returned to Portugal after failing to find a clear waterway to Asia.
1560 Aug 21, Tycho Brahe
(1546-1601) became interested in astronomy.
1660 Aug 21, Hubert Gautier,
engineer, wrote 1st book on bridge building, was born in Nimes,
1680 Aug 21, New Mexico
Governor Antonio de Otermín, barricaded in the Palace of the
Governors, sallied outside the palace with all of his available men
and forced the Puebloans to retreat with heavy losses. He then led
the Spaniards out of Santa Fe and retreated southward along the Rio
Grande, headed for El Paso del Norte. The Puebloans shadowed the
Spaniards but did not attack. This marked the end of the Pueblo
1765 Aug 21, William IV
(d.1837), king of England (1830-37) the "sailor king," was born.
(WSJ, 4/27/00, p.A24)(SC, 8/21/02)
1789 Aug 21, Augustin-Louis
Baron Cauchy, French mathematician, was born.
1794 Aug 21, France surrendered
the island of Corsica to the British.
1798 Aug 21, Jules Michelet,
French historian was born in Paris to a family with Huguenot
traditions. He wrote the 24-volume "Historie de France".
1807 Aug 21, Robert Fulton's
North River Steamboat set off from Albany on its return trip to New
York, arriving some 30 hours later.
1808 Aug 21, Napoleon
Bonaparte's General Junot was defeated by Wellington at the first
Battle of the Peninsular War at Vimiero, Portugal.
1810 Aug 21, Sweden’s Riksdag
elected Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, Marshal of France under Napoleon,
as heir apparent to the Swedish throne.
1831 Aug 21, Nat Turner led a
rebellion in Southampton county, Va. This became known as "Nat
Turner's Rebellion" or the "Southampton Slave Revolt." Turner and
about seven followers murdered 55 white people, including the entire
family of his owners, the Joseph Travis's. Turner had been taught to
read by the Travis children and his studies of the bible led him to
have visions of insurrection. Turner was later executed. A 1998 play
by Robert O’Hara "Insurrection: Holding History" centered on the
1/16/98, p.D1)(AP, 8/21/07)
1841 Aug 21, John Hampson of
New Orleans patented the Venetian blind.
1853 Aug 21, Henry Wellcome
(d.1936) was born in Wisconsin. In 1880 Henry went to London to join
Silas Burroughs and set up a successful pharmaceutical firm called
Burroughs, Wellcome & Co.
1858 Aug 21, The first of seven
debates between Illinois senatorial contenders Abraham Lincoln and
Stephen Douglas took place in Ottowa, Ill. Douglas went on to win
the Senate seat in November, but Lincoln gains national visibility
for the first time. Douglas stated in the 1st debate: "I believe
this government was made on the white basis. I believe it was made
by white men for the benefit of white men and their posterity
forever, and I am in favor of confining citizenship to white men."
(WSJ, 3/3/00, p.W11)(HN, 8/21/00)(AP, 8/21/08)
1863 Aug 21, William Clarke
Quantrill (d.1865), a pro-Confederate guerrilla fighter during the
American Civil War, attacked Lawrence, Kansas, with a force
estimated at anywhere from 200 to 450 raiders. Though Senator Lane,
a prime target of the raid, managed to escape through a cornfield in
his nightshirt, the bushwhackers killed an estimated 150-200 men and
boys, dragging many from their homes to kill them before their
families. When Quantrill rode out at 9 a.m., most of Lawrence's
buildings had been burned, including all but two businesses; his
raiders looted indiscriminately and also robbed the town's bank. The
raid would become notorious in the North as one of the most vicious
atrocities of the Civil War.
1864 Aug 21, Confederate
General A.P. Hill attacked Union troops south of Petersburg, Va., at
the Weldon railroad. His attack was repulsed, resulting in heavy
1872 Aug 21, Aubrey Beardsley
(d.1898), English artist (Salome), was born in Brighton.
1878 Aug 21, The American Bar
Association was founded in Saratoga, N.Y.
1887 Aug 21, Mighty (Dan) Casey
Struck-out in a game with the NY Giants.
1890 Aug 21, Bill Henry,
newscaster (Who Said That?), was born in SF, Calif.
1896 Aug 21, Roark Bradford,
writer, humorist (Ol' Man Adan an' His Chillun), was born.
1904 Aug 21, William "Count"
Basie, American band leader and composer, was born. [see Apr 26]
1906 Aug 21, Friz Freleng,
animator (Bugs Bunny-Emmy 1982), was born.
1907 Aug 21, Dr. Roy K.
Marshall, TV scientist (Nature of Things), was born in Glen Carbon,
1909 Aug 21, C. Dillon Douglas,
US Secretary of Treasury (1961-65), was born in Geneva, Switz.
1910 Aug 20-1910 Aug 21, The
Great Idaho Fire killed 86 people and destroyed some 3 million acres
of timber in Idaho and Montana. In 2009 Timothy Egan authored “The
Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Save America."
1911 Aug 21, Leonardo da
Vinci’s “Mona Lisa" was stolen from the Louvre Museum. The painting
turned up in Italy two years later.
1912 Aug 21, Mr. Carter-Cotton
was chosen as 1st chancellor of Univ. of British Columbia.
1915 Aug 21, Jack Weston
[Morris Weinstein], actor (4 Seasons, Rad), was born in Cleveland.
1915 Aug 21, Italy declared war
1921 Aug 21, Nancy Kulp,
actress (Jane-Beverly Hillbillies), was born in Harrisburg, Pa.
1922 Aug 21, Curly Lambeau and
Green Bay Football Club were granted an NFL franchise.
1923 Aug 21, Chris Schenkel,
sportscaster (Monday Night Fights), was born in Biuppus, Ind.
1927 Aug 21, The 4th
Pan-African Congress met in NYC.
1929 Aug 21, Marie Severin,
comic book artist, was born. In the 1950s she worked for the Federal
Reserve Bank of New York as it began publishing educational
1930 Aug 21, Princess Margaret
Rose (d.2002), sister to Elizabeth, was born to King George VI and
Queen Elizabeth at Glamis Castle, Scotland.
(WSJ, 8/10/00, p.A16)(SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A12)
1931 Aug 21, Nancy Hadley,
actress (Love That Jill, Joey Bishop Show), was born in LA, Calif.
1931 Aug 21, Babe Ruth hit his
600th HR as the Yanks beat Browns 11-7.
1933 Aug 21, Dame Janet Baker,
mezzo-soprano (Owen Wingrave), was born in York, England.
1936 Aug 21, Wilt Chamberlain
(d.1999 at age 63), four-time MVP for the National Basketball
Association, was born in Philadelphia. From 1952-1955 he led
Overbrook High School to a 56-3 record.
(HN, 8/21/98)(SFC, 10/13/99, p.D4)
1936 Aug 21, Mart Crowley,
playwright (Boys in the Band), was born.
1938 Aug 21, Kenny Rogers,
country singer, was born in Houston.
(HN, 8/21/00)(SSFC, 5/20/01, Par p.22)
1939 Aug 21, Clarence Williams
III, actor (Mod Squad, 52 Pick Up, Purple Rain), was born in NYC.
1940 Aug 21, Leon Trotsky,
exiled Communist revolutionary, died in Mexico City from wounds
inflicted by an assassin the day before. Earlier this year Josef
Grigulevich (27), a Lithuania-born KGB agent, established a safe
house at Zook's Pharmacy in Santa Fe, NM, for the assassins of Leon
Trotsky. The pharmacy, visible in archive photos, was replaced in
1990 by a Haagen-Dazs ice cream shop. Grigulevich was recruited by
Soviet strongman Josef Stalin's secret police as a university
student in Paris and learned the assassin's trade during the Spanish
civil war. He later published 58 books on Latin American history. In
2011 intelligence expert E.B. Held authored "A Spy's Guide to
Albuquerque and Santa Fe."
(AP, 8/21/08)(AFP, 2/4/11)
1942 Aug 21, U.S. Marines
turned back the first major Japanese ground attack on Guadalcanal in
the Battle of Tenaru.
1944 Aug 21, Jackie DeShannon,
singer (What the World Needs Now), was born in Hazel, Kentucky.
1944 Aug 21, The US, Britain,
the Soviet Union and China opened the Dumbarton Oaks conference in
Washington, D.C. It laid the foundation for the establishment of the
(SFEC, 6/29/97, p.T10)(AP, 8/21/07)
1945 Aug 21, Patty McCormack,
actress (Mama, Peck's Bad Girl, Ropers), was born in Brooklyn NY.
1945 Aug 21, President Harry S.
Truman ended the Lend-Lease program that had shipped some $50
billion in aid to America's Allies during World War II.
(AP, 8/21/97)(HN, 8/21/98)
1946 Aug 21, Lev Alburt, USSR
International Chess Master (1976), was born.
1951 Aug 21, Harry Smith, TV
host (CBS Morning Show), was born in Indiana.
1953 Aug 21, Joe Strummer [John
Mellor], rocker (Clash-Rock the Casbah), was born.
1953 Aug 21, Marion Carl in
Douglas Skyrocket reached a record 25,370 m.
1953 Aug 21, US CIA officials
funneled $5 million to Iran to help the coup leaders consolidate
(SFEC, 4/16/00, p.A18)
1956 Aug 21, Kim Cattrall,
actress (Mannequin, Star Trek VI), was born in Liverpool, England.
1957 Aug 21, Kim Sledge,
vocalist (Sister Sledge-We are Family), was born in Phila.
1958 Aug 21, Walter Schumann
(44), choral director (Ford Show), died.
1959 Aug 21, Hawaii became the
50th state as President Eisenhower signed an executive order, five
months after he'd signed the Hawaiian statehood bill.
1962 Aug 21, Matthew Broderick,
actor (Ferris Buehler, Biloxi Blues), was born.
1963 Aug 21, Martial law was
declared in South Vietnam as police and army troops began a
crackdown on Buddhist anti-government protesters.
1965 Aug 21, Gemini 5 was
launched into Earth orbit atop Titan V with Cooper and Conrad.
(SFC, 7/9/99, p.A6)
1967 Aug 21, Michael Bendetti,
actor (Officer Tony McCann-21 Jump Street), was born.
1968 Aug 21, William Dana
reached 81.53 km. in the last high-altitude X-15 flight.
1968 Aug 21, After 5 years
Russia once again jammed Voice of America radio.
1968 Aug 21, The Soviet Union
and other Warsaw Pact nations invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the
"Prague Spring" liberalization drive led by Alexander Dubcek.
1971 Aug 21, Three prisoners,
George Jackson (29), Ronald Kane (28), John Lynn (29), and 3 guards,
Jere Graham (39), Frank DeLeon (44) and Paul Krasenes (52), were
killed during an attempted prison escape at San Quentin, California.
Jackson after meeting with his lawyer, Stephen Bingham, pulled a
hidden automatic pistol from his hair and began to release other
prisoners. Jackson’s prison letters were published as "Soledad
Brother." Hugo Pinell, one of the San Quentin 6, was killed in 2015
by two fellow inmates.
(WUD, 1994, p.1688)(SFC, 8/25/96, Z1 p.5)(SSFCM,
8/19/01, p.7)(SFC, 12/10/15, p.D8)
1971 Aug 21, In the Philippines
there was a grenade attack on a political rally of the opposition
Liberal party. It nearly wiped out the party's senatorial slate
running against Marcos' Nacionalista Party. Marcos blamed the
communists, but others believed that Marcos planned the attack.
(SFC, 3/21/00, p.A23)
1971 Aug 20-21, In Vietnam
heavy rains flooded the Red River delta and some 100,000 people were
1972 Aug 21, The US Republican
convention opened in Miami Beach, Florida.
1972 Aug 21, The US orbiting
astronomy observatory Copernicus was launched.
1972 Aug 21, Donald A. Cameron,
British aeronaut, made the 1st hot air balloon flight over the Alps.
1973 Aug 21, Teamster's Union
and AFL-CIO's United Farm Workers' union came to a settlement with
regard to organizing grape growers in California. In response Cesar
Chavez called an end to the UFW grape strike. A nationwide boycott
of California’s non-union grapes, lettuce and Gallo wines was
1975 Aug 21-22, In Los Angeles
Kathleen Ann Soliah (later known as Sarah Jane Olson) and other
members of the SLA placed 2 pipe bombs under parked police cars at
an Int'l. House of Pancakes on Sunset Blvd. They did not explode.
Olson pleaded guilty to 2 felony accounts in 2001. Olson was
convicted and sentenced in 2002 to 20 years to life in prison and
was then arraigned with 3 others for the Apr 21 murder of Myrna
(SFEC, 6/20/99, p.A3)(SFC, 1/23/01, p.A13)(SFC,
11/1/01, p.A1)(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A1)
1978 Aug 21, Charles Eames
(1907-1978), an American polymath artist, died. Together with his
wife he designed numerous objects, furniture and made more than 75
1982 Aug 21, Calvin Simmons
(b.1950), Oakland, Ca. symphony conductor, died in a canoeing
accident near Lake George, NY. Simmons was the first
African-American conductor of a major US symphony.
1982 Aug 21, A group of
Palestinian guerrillas left Lebanon by ship under an evacuation plan
mediated by the United States.
1982 Aug 21, In Swaziland
Sobhuza II (b.1899), former king and father of King Mswati III,
died. At his death he had 70 wives and left over 1000 grandchildren.
1983 Aug 21, The musical play
"La Cage Aux Folles" opened on Broadway.
1983 Aug 21, Philippine
opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino Jr., ending a self-imposed exile
in the United States, was shot dead moments after stepping off a
plane at Manila International Airport. Fabian Ver (d.1998 at 78),
leader of the Philippine army, was among 20 men later charged in the
murder of Aquino. Ver fled to Hawaii in 1986 along with Marcos.
1984 Aug 21, Democratic
vice-presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro appeared before
reporters in Queens, N.Y., to field questions about her family's
1985 Aug 21, Tunisia expelled
253 Libyans in apparent retaliation for Libya’s expulsion of over
20,000 Tunisian workers in recent weeks.
1986 Aug 21, In Cameroon 1,746
people died when toxic gas, an invisible bubble of CO2, erupted
[seeped out] from a volcano under Lake Nyos. Venting of the lake
began in 2001.
(AP, 8/21/97)(WSJ, 11/17/97, p.B1)(SFC, 8/14/99,
p.A6)(SC, 8/21/02)(AP, 2/15/03)
1987 Aug 21, Sgt. Clayton
Lonetree, the first Marine ever court-martialed for spying, was
convicted in Quantico, Va., of passing secrets to the KGB after
becoming romantically involved with a Soviet woman while serving as
a U.S. Embassy guard in Moscow. Lonetree ended up serving eight
years in a military prison, and was released in February 1996.
1988 Aug 21, More than 1,000
people were killed in an earthquake on the Nepal-India border.
1989 Aug 21, The US space probe
Voyager 2 fired its thrusters to bring it closer to Neptune's
mysterious moon Triton.
1989 Aug 21, Colombian soldiers
and police raided the estates of drug lords as part of a crackdown
that followed the shooting death of a presidential candidate.
1990 Aug 21, Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein delivered a speech in which he defended the detaining
of foreigners in his country, and promised "a major catastrophe"
should fighting break out in the Persian Gulf.
1991 Aug 21, The hard-line coup
against Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev collapsed in the face
of a popular uprising led by Russian federation President Boris N.
Yeltsin. The coup failed in part when General Alexander Lebed
refused to move troops to surround Yeltsin’s Moscow stronghold. 3
young men were killed on the night of the failed coup.
(SFC, 10/18/96, A15)(AP, 8/21/97)(Econ, 12/3/11,
1991 Aug 21, Boris Yeltsin
assured the Foreign Ministers of NATO, who were convened in
Brussels, that the coup attempt was failing.
(DrEE, 1/4/97, p.4)
1992 Aug 21, The day after the
close of the Republican National Convention in Houston, the two
major party candidates traded hard blows, with President Bush
deriding Bill Clinton as a "wishy-washy" leader, and Clinton lashing
back at Bush as a "great fearmonger."
1992 Aug 21, US marshals moved
onto the property of Randy Weaver in Ruby Ridge, Idaho and began a
shoot out where Mr. Weaver’s 14-year old son, Sammy, was killed as
well as Marshall Bill Degan. Federal agents were than held at bay
for 11 days and before it ended Weaver’s wife was shot dead. The
FBI, in an attempt to serve an arrest warrant on Randy Weaver on
weapons charges, killed Weaver's wife and son at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.
Kevin Harris was acquitted of federal charges in 1993. In 1995 the
government awarded Weaver family $3.1 mil for wrongful-death claims.
In 1996 criminal charges were filed against Michael Kahoe, chief of
the Violent Crimes and Major Offenders Section of the FBI, for
destroying a report critical of the FBI. He was sentenced and fined
in 1997. In 1997 Kevin Harris was charged with the murder of Bill
Degan and FBI agent Lon Horiuchi was charged with the murder of
Vicki Weaver. State murder charges against Kevin Harris were dropped
in 1997. State manslaughter charges were filed against sharpshooter
Horiuchi in 1998.
(WSJ,3/13/95, p.A-14)(SFC, 6/14/96, p.A19)(WSJ,
8/16/95, p. A-1)(SFC, 8/22/97, p.A19)(WSJ, 10/3/97, p.A1)(SFC,
10/11/97, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/8/98, p.1)
1992 Aug 21, In the Bahamas PM
Lynden Pindling (1930-2000), in office since 1973, retired from
office and was succeeded by Hubert Ingraham. There were allegations
that Pindling had taken bribes from Colombian drug lords. Ingraham
continued in office to 2002 and again from 2007-2012.
1992 Aug 21, Serbian soldiers
separated over 200 men, mostly Croats and Muslims, from a convoy of
civilians from the Trnopolje detention camp in Bosnia. The captives
were taken to a wooded ravine at Mount Vlasic and shot dead. In 2003
Darko Mrdja, commander of a special police unit, admitted to a court
in the Hague of playing a role in the slaughter. In 2009 Bosnian
forensic experts found the remains of at least 60 Muslims and Croats
in the ravine.
(SSFC, 7/27/03, p.A8)(AP, 8/26/09)
1993 Aug 21, The US Justice
Dept. took over the FTC investigation into the business practices of
(WSJ, 11/8/99, p.A30)
1993 Aug 21, In a serious
setback for NASA, engineers lost contact with the Mars Observer
spacecraft on a $980 million mission. Its fate remains unknown.
1994 Aug 21, The US House, by a
vote of 235-195, passed a $30 billion crime bill that banned certain
1994 Aug 21, Mexico held its
presidential election, which was won by Ernesto Zedillo.
1994 Aug 21, An Air Morocco
regional jet crashed and killed all 44 onboard. It was suspected
that the pilot steered the plane into the ground.
1995 Aug 21, ABC News settled a
$10 billion libel suit by apologizing to Philip Morris for reporting
the tobacco giant had manipulated the amount of nicotine in its
1995 Aug 21, A commuter plane
crashed near Carrollton, Georgia. Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight
529 enroute to Gulfport, Miss., crashed with 29 people aboard. 10
died. In 2001 Gary M. Pomerantz authored "Nine Minutes, Twenty
Seconds: The Tragedy & Triumph of ASA Flight 529."
(AP, 8/21/00)(SSFC, 10/21/01, p.R4)
1995 Aug 21, Ethiopia’s new
federal constitution came into force. It created nine ethnically
based semi-autonomous states, but gave each of more than 80 ethnic
groups the right to form its own state or secede. The constitution
guaranteed free land to farmers. All land was owned by the state,
but farmers and poor people had few legal protections from eviction.
7/27/19, p.38)(Econ., 8/1/20, p.39)
1995 Aug 21, A Palestinian
suicide bomber blew up a bus in Jerusalem and killed 4 Israelis, 1
American, and wounded more than 100 people. Hamas took
(WSJ, 3/6/96, p. A-15)(G&M, 7/31/97, p.A8)
1995 Aug 21, In Thailand Prince
Thitiphan Yugala (60) was poisoned by his new wife Chalasai Yugala
(23), aka Luk Pla (Baby fish). He died after 8 days and Luk Pla ran
off with Uthet Choopwa (19), a chestnut peddler. She had become his
lover at 14 and wife at 23. In 2002 she was sentenced to 6 years in
(SFC, 2/20/02, p.A2)
1996 Aug 21, President Clinton
signed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of
1996, aimed at making health insurance easier to obtain and keep.
(SFC, 8/22/96, p.A3)(AP, 8/21/97)
1996 Aug 21, Today’s issue of
Science reported the 1,738 gene sequence of the organism
Methanococcus jannaschii that oceanographers in 1982 found in an
undersea volcanic vent and later classified as Archaea, distinct
from Prokarya and Eukarya.
(SFC, 8/23/96, p.A21)
1996 Aug 21, In Australia
rescuers worked to save some 200 pilot whales on the southwestern
coast near Dunsborough. Most were herded to sea but 14 died.
(SFC, 8/22/96, p.E3)
1996 Aug 21, The new Globe
theater opened in England.
1996 Aug 21, It was reported
that police in Oulu, Finland have come up with a 3-foot harpoon to
stop runaway drivers. The harpoon could also release tear gas if
(SFC, 8/21/96, p.A9)
1996 Aug 21, In France
thousands marched in support of illegal immigrants and called for
the removal of newly appointed Interior Minister Jean Louis-Debre.
(SFC, 8/22/96, p.E2)
1996 Aug 21, In Nepal the
Communists called a general strike against the center-right
(WSJ, 8/22/96, p.A1)
1996 Aug 21, In Vietnam, The
Red River flooded to its worst level since 1971 and hundreds were
forced to evacuate.
(SFC, 8/22/96, p.E3)
1997 Aug 21, A hamburger recall
was extended to cover some 25 million pounds. The Hudson Foods Inc.,
of Rogers, Ark., closed its Nebraska beef-processing facility under
a "non-negotiable" recommendation by Agricultural Sec. Dan Glickman
due to E. coli poisonings in Colorado.
(SFC, 8/22/97, p.A3)(AP, 8/21/98)
1997 Aug 21, The CEO of Philip
Morris Cos. said that cigarettes "might have" killed 100,000
Americans. It was the first acknowledgement by the company of a
possible link between smoking and death.
(SFC, 8/22/97, p.A3)
1997 Aug 21, In Afghanistan
leaders of the alliance fighting the Taliban army were killed in an
air crash aboard an Antonov 32 about 90 miles NW of Kabul.
(SFC, 8/22/97, p.A15)
1997 Aug 21, From Bosnia Judge
Jovo Rosic reported that he was beaten up and ordered to vote
against Pres. Plavsic last week.
(SFC, 8/22/97, p.A14)
1997 Aug 21, In France Pope
John Paul II began a visit to Paris with an outdoor encounter with
500,000 young people from around the world.
(SFC, 8/22/97, p.A14)
1997 Aug 21, In North Korea a
tidal wave from a passing typhoon struck and destroyed some 700,000
tons of corn and left 28,000 people homeless.
(WSJ, 9/2/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 21, Palestinians began
an embargo of Israeli goods.
(SFC, 8/22/97, p.A14)
1997 Aug 21, In Russia Yuri
Nikulin (b.1921), a cherished comic actor, died.
(SFC, 8/22/97, p.A24)
1997 Aug 21, From Russia the
Kremlin demanded the release of journalists of ORT TV. They were
jailed in Belarus for allegedly trying to cross the border illegally
into Lithuania. The journalists had made negative reports on Pres.
(SFC, 8/22/97, p.A15)
1998 Aug 21, Samuel Bowers, a
73-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader, was convicted in
Hattiesburg, Miss., of ordering a 1966 firebombing that killed civil
rights activist Vernon Dahmer. Bowers died in prison in November
2006 at age 82.
1998 Aug 21, In Bogota,
Colombia, Venezuelan trafficker Fernando "Fatso" Flores was
arrested. He was expected to be extradited to the US for shipping
nearly 8 tons of cocaine to Florida in 1991.
(SFC, 8/28/98, p.D3)
1998 Aug 21, In South Africa
former Pres. Botha (82) was convicted of ignoring a subpoena to
testify about apartheid atrocities in front of the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission. He was fined $1,577 and given a suspended
1 year jail sentence.
(SFC, 8/22/98, p.A8)
1998 Aug 21, Pres. Omar
el-Bashir said that Sudan could prove that the bombed Shifa
Pharmaceutical factory was not used for chemical weapons. Ten people
were reportedly treated for injuries and damages were estimated at
(SFC, 8/22/98, p.A1,3)
1998 cAug 21, Sudanese
authorities, angered by the US attack of US cruise missiles,
released 2 men suspected in the bombing of 2 US embassies on Aug 7.
The men were sent to Pakistan.
(SFC, 7/30/99, p.A12)
1998 Aug 21, Zimbabwe sent 600
troops to support Pres. Kabila in the Congo. Rwanda called for a
cease fire and warned that it would intervene if the troops from
Zimbabwe were not withdrawn.
(SFC, 8/22/98, p.A8)
1999 Aug 21, In France the St.
Pierre-de-Trivisy town council, home of Roquefort cheese, imposed a
100% tax on Coca Cola in retaliation for American tariffs on
(SFC, 8/27/99, p.D4)
1999 Aug 21, In Turkey the
death toll from the Aug 17 earthquake reached 12,000. Governors in 3
of 9 stricken provinces called off searches for survivors. US
President Clinton urged Americans to contribute to the relief
effort. The death toll from the massive earthquake eventually
(SFEC, 8/22/99, p.A1)(AP, 8/21/00)
2000 Aug 21, Britain deployed
troops in Belfast after 2 men were killed in a feud between
Protestant paramilitary factions. Sam Rocket was gunned down 2 days
later in retaliation. The Ulster Defense Assoc. and the Ulster
Volunteer Force appeared to be feuding over control of rackets.
(WSJ, 8/22/00, p.A1)(SFC, 8/25/00, p.D5)(WSJ,
2000 Aug 21, In China an
earthquake in Wuding county, Yunnan province, left 177,000 people
homeless and 211 injured.
(SFC, 8/26/00, p.A9)
2000 Aug 21, Iraq threatened to
retaliate against Turkey over airstrikes that left some 40 civilians
(WSJ, 8/22/00, p.A1)
2000 Aug 21, In Kashmir Muslim
guerrillas used booby traps to kill 5 Indian soldiers, while Indian
security forces killed 8 people believed to be part of the
separatist movement. Indian shelling into the Pakistani controlled
side killed a man and an 8-year-old girl. In Jachil Dhara guerrilla
set explosives killed an Indian general and a colonel.
(SFC, 8/22/00, p.A12)
2000 Aug 21, Norwegian divers
opened the hatch to the Russian Kursk submarine but found no sign of
(SFC, 8/21/00, p.A1)
2000 Aug 21, In the Philippines
rebels killed 17 army soldiers in Negros Occidental province.
(SFC, 8/22/00, p.A12)
2000 Aug 21, In Sierra Leone
Issa Sesay, the top field commander of the Revolutionary United
Front, replaced Foday Sankoh as head.
(SFC, 8/22/00, p.A11)(WSJ, 8/22/00, p.A1)
2001 Aug 21, It was reported
that the US had given Russia an unofficial deadline of November to
agree to changes in the anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty or face a
unilateral US withdrawal. The State Dept. denied the ultimatum the
(SFC, 8/22/01, p.A10)
2001 Aug 21, The CIA placed
Khalid Al-Midhar and Nawaf Alhazmi under suspicion as part of the
investigation in the bombing of the destroyer Cole in Yemen. The 2
were among the hijackers who commandeered the jet that hit the
Pentagon on Sep 11.
(SFC, 5/17/02, p.A19)
2001 Aug 21, The US Federal
Reserve announced another .25% lowering of the short-term federal
funds interest rate.
(SFC, 8/22/01, p.C1)
2001 Aug 21, Federal
authorities working with McDonald's announced they had broken up a
criminal ring, 8 people nationwide, that allegedly rigged the
popular Monopoly and "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" games played by
millions of the fast-food chain's customers over the previous six
years. $13 million had been illegally won by insider Jerome Jacobsen
(58), at Simon Marketing Inc. in LA.
(SFC, 8/22/01, p.A2)(AP, 8/21/02)
2001 Aug 21, It was reported
that nuclear waste researchers had developed a process,
pyroprocessing, to remove long term radioactive elements from waste
and transmute them to less radioactive elements.
(WSJ, 8/21/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 21, Robert Tools, the
first person to receive a self-contained artificial heart (Jul 2),
was introduced to the public at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky.,
through a video link from his doctor's office. Tools survived with
the device for 151 days, and died Nov. 30, 2001, of other health
2001 Aug 21, In Argentina it
was planned to begin the use of the patacon, a negotiable bond, as
legal tender in the Buenos Aires province. The IMF announced plans
to add $8 billion to a $14 billion rescue package.
(WSJ, 8/21/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 8/22/01, p.A3)
2001 Aug 21, It was reported
that Chinese authorities had removed Khenpo Jigme Phuntsog (68), a
Tibetan monk, from his Serthar religious academy in the Larung
valley of Sichuan province. The move was seen as an effort to reduce
the 6-7 thousand monks and nuns living in the area.
(SFC, 8/21/01, p.A7)
2001 Aug 21, Yasser Arafat
agreed to truce talks with Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres.
(SFC, 8/22/01, p.A10)
2001 Aug 21, In Macedonia a
14th century monastery, St. Atanasie and the Holy Virgin, in Lesok
was bombed. Each side blamed the other.
(SFC, 8/22/01, p.A10)
2001 Aug 21, In Kosovo gunmen
killed 5 Albanians.
(WSJ, 8/22/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 21, It was reported
that rebels in Sierra Leone were still mining diamonds using
conscripts and children. Sales were being made to middlemen who
smuggled the stones out of the country. The UN mandate to enforce a
cease-fire did not include enforcing a mining ban.
(SFC, 8/21/01, p.A6)
2001 Aug 21, Zimbabwe halted
beef exports as foot-and-mouth disease broke out in the latest
series of farm expropriations where militants released quarantined
(WSJ, 8/22/01, p.A1)
2002 Aug 21, President Bush
told reporters at his Texas ranch that ousting Iraq's Saddam Hussein
was "in the interests of the world" but indicated the United States
was in no hurry.
2002 Aug 21, A jury in San
Diego convicted David Westerfield of kidnapping 7-year-old Danielle
van Dam from her home and killing her. Westerfield was later
sentenced to death.
2002 Aug 21, Michael Kopper,
former Enron financial executive, pleaded guilty to charges related
to wire fraud and money laundering. He admitted to large kickbacks
to the CFO, Andrew Fastow, and agreed to return $12 million.
(SFC, 8/21/02, p.A1)(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 21, Weldon Spring,
Missouri, was reported open to the public as tourist attraction. The
radioactive site opened after a $1 billion, 16-year cleanup.
(SFC, 8/21/02, p.A2)
2002 Aug 21, A new Lockheed
Martin Atlas V rocket launched a 4-ton French communications
satellite into orbit.
(WSJ, 8/23/02, p.A1)
2002 Aug 21, In Canada Pres.
Chretien, amid growing rifts within his Liberal Party, said he will
not seek a 4th term and will resign in Feb 2004.
(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A8)
2002 Aug 21, Israeli troops
blew up two apartment buildings in a Gaza Strip refugee camp, just
hours after undercover forces killed the brother of a radical
Palestinian leader during an arrest raid in the West Bank. Israeli
security officials announced the breakup of a Hamas cell in East
(AP, 8/21/02)(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A7)
2002 Aug 21, In east Nepal a
massive landslide triggered by monsoon rains wiped out a village,
killing at least 60 people.
2002 Aug 21, North Korean
leader Kim Jong Il toured the shop floor of a Russian defense plant,
getting a firsthand glimpse of how Russia's Sukhoi fighter jets are
2002 Aug 21, In Pakistan Pres.
Musharraf announced sweeping changes to the Constitution that
boosted the power of his authoritarian regime. His decrees included
a security council that institutionalized the military's role in
government; power to fire the prime minister and dissolve the
legislature; a requirement for all candidates to have university
(SFC, 8/22/02, p.A1)(SSFC, 10/12/02, p.A20)(SSFC,
2003 Aug 21, Alabama's top
judge, Chief Justice Roy Moore, refused to back down in his fight to
keep a Ten Commandments monument and lashed out at his colleagues
who ordered it removed from the rotunda of the state judicial
2003 Aug 21, Paul Hamm put
together a near-perfect routine on the high bar to become the first
American man to win the all-around gold medal at the World
2003 Aug 21, Coca Cola signed
basketball prodigy LeBron Jones (18) to a 6-year deal to pitch
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R10)
2003 Aug 21, Argentina's Senate
voted overwhelmingly to scrap a pair of amnesty laws dating to the
1980s that had ended trials for human rights abuses committed during
the country's military dictatorship.
2003 Aug 21, The US military
reported that Ali Hassan al-Majid, No. 5 on the list of most-wanted
Iraqis, had been captured. [see Apr 5]
2003 Aug 21, In Ecuador some
1000 Indians and union workers marched through Quito, protesting the
economic policies of President Lucio Gutierrez.
2003 Aug 21, France raised the
death toll from the recent heat wave to as many as 10,000.
(SFC, 8/22/03, p.A9)
2003 Aug 21, Israel killed
Ismail Abu Shanab, a senior Hamas political leader, in a missile
strike, retaliating for a suicide bombing of a bus in which 20
people died including six children. Abu Shanab was widely
regarded as a moderate in the group, and served as a liaison with
Abbas during the prime minister's efforts to persuade Hamas to halt
attacks. Palestinian militants abandoned a two-month-old truce after
Israel killed the Hamas leader.
(AP, 8/21/03)(AP, 8/21/08)
2003 Aug 21, Liberia's rebels
and government chose Gyude Bryant, a gentle-mannered businessman, to
lead a transition administration.
2003 Aug 21, Vladimir Gusinsky,
former Russian media mogul who clashed with the Kremlin and fled
under fraud accusations three years ago, was arrested at the Athens
airport. Russia initially sought Gusinsky on charges of
misrepresenting the assets of his company Media-Most to obtain a
$262 million loan from the government-controlled gas giant Gazprom.
It later added allegations of money laundering.
2004 Aug 21, In Ohio health
officials said cases of gastrointestinal illness had risen to 510
from people in the Put-in-Bay resort area.
(SSFC, 8/22/04, p.A3)
2004 Aug 21, In Afghanistan US
soldiers opened fire on a pickup truck that failed to stop at a
checkpoint in central Ghazni province, killing a man and two women.
2004 Aug 21, In Dhaka,
Bangladesh, a series of bombs exploded as Sheikh Hasina, a top
opposition leader, was speaking at a rally from atop a truck,
killing 23 people and injuring hundreds. On March 18, 2012 a court
charged Tareque Rahman (46), the eldest son of former premier
Khaleda Zia, over the grenade attack. Rahman was living in Britain
and would be tried in absentia.
(AP, 8/21/04)(Econ, 6/18/05, p.37)(AFP, 3/18/12)
2004 Aug 21, In Chechnya gunmen
attacked a police station and polling sites in Grozny, killing
several people 8 days before a special election to replace the
region's assassinated president.
2004 Aug 21, A Chinese official
said a lethal strain of avian influenza had been found among pigs at
(SFC, 8/21/04, p.A9)
2004 Aug 21, The International
Gymnastics Federation ruled that South Korean Yang Tae-young was
unfairly docked a tenth of a point in the all-around gymnastics
final at the Athens Olympics, costing him the gold medal that ended
up going to Paul Hamm of the United States; however, the ruling did
not change the final result.
2004 Aug 21, Iraq celebrated
their national soccer team's startling 1-0 victory over Australia in
the Olympic quarterfinal.
2004 Aug 21, In Najaf, Iraq,
militants loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr kept their
hold on a revered shrine, and clashes flared.
2004 Aug 21, Pakistani
officials said they had arrested at least five al-Qaida-linked
terrorists who were plotting suicide attacks on government leaders
and the U.S. Embassy.
2004 Aug 21, Sudan signed an
agreement to ensure the voluntary return of more than one million
people displaced by fighting in the Darfur region and said it was
giving Darfuris more say in local government.
2004 Aug 21, The head of the
Organization of American States said the results of an audit
supported the official vote count showing that President Hugo Chavez
won this month's recall referendum in Venezuela.
2004 Aug 21, A military plane
crashed into a mountain in central Venezuela, killing 25 people,
including five children.
2005 Aug 21-2005 Aug 22, US
federal authorities indicted 87 Asians and US citizens on charges of
smuggling counterfeit money, drugs and cigarettes into the US.
(SFC, 8/23/05, p.A3)
2005 Aug 21, Harvard scientists
said they have fused an adult skin cell with an embryonic stem cell
in a potentially dramatic development that could lead to the
creation of useful stem cells without first having to create and
destroy human embryos.
(AP, 8/22/05)(SFC, 8/22/05, p.A2)
2005 Aug 21, Robert Moog
(b.1934), developer of the music synthesizer (1964), died in NC. The
1968 hit record “Switched-On-Bach" by Walter Carlos (Wendy Carlos)
used the Moog synthesizer and Carlos used it to produce the
soundtrack for “A Clockwork Orange" (1971).
(SFC, 8/23/05, p.B5)(WSJ, 8/24/05, p.D10)(Econ,
2005 Aug 21, Afghan forces and
US Marines killed more than 40 suspected militants in an operation
against insurgents in the Koregnal Valley, believed responsible for
twin attacks that killed 19 troops in June.
2005 Aug 21, A roadside bomb
killed four US soldiers and wounded three others as they patrolled
2005 Aug 21, Bangladeshi and
Indian border officials resolved a dispute over embankment building
on a river cutting across their frontier that led to heavy firing by
2005 Aug 21, A merchant vessel
rescued 3 people north of Matanzas, Cuba, after 5 days at sea. No
one else was found. 31 people were believed killed in the Florida
Straits in their attempt to reach the US.
2005 Aug 21, Protests in
Ecuador's northeast Amazon region that brought oil production to a
halt were suspended after demonstrators and the government agreed to
2005 Aug 21, Egyptian police
arrested 300 people as security forces deployed 2,100 men backed by
armored vehicles in the Sinai Peninsula for a massive sweep through
the rugged desert region in search of terrorists involved in a
series of recent bombings.
2005 Aug 21, Voting in eastern
Ethiopia ended peacefully, as elite forces, pro-government militia
and police patrolled streets to secure the region's delayed
elections. Dr. Berhanu Nega (b.1958) was elected mayor of Addis
Ababa. He was jailed in Kaliti Prison following riots in October
from where he authored a book entitled “Dawn of Freedom." Nega, the
founder of Ginbot 7, was sentenced to death in absentia in 2009
after he moved to exile in the US.
2005 Aug 21, Pope Benedict XVI
triumphantly ended his four-day trip to his native Germany,
celebrating an open-air Mass for a million people in Cologne.
2005 Aug 21, Thousands of
troops poured into four Gaza settlements, the final phase of
removing settlers from the coastal strip.
2005 Aug 21, Security forces
arrested 10 suspected militants from Pakistan's North Waziristan
region and recovered weapons, wigs and women's outfits from a fake
2005 Aug 21, In Scotland Rory
Blackhall (11), from Livingston in West Lothian, was found
2006 Aug 21, California’s Gov.
Schwarzenegger and Democratic lawmakers agreed to raise California’s
minimum wage by $1.25 over the next year to $8.00 per hour, making
it the highest minimum wage in the nation.
(SFC, 8/22/06, p.A1)
2006 Aug 21, NATO and Afghan
forces used aircraft in clashes that left 14 militants dead, capping
several days of intense fighting that killed more than 100 people
and threatened efforts to stabilize southern Afghanistan.
2006 Aug 21, Burundi police
arrested former President Domitien Ndayizeye, apparently in
connection with an alleged plot to overthrow the tiny central
African country's government.
2006 Aug 21, A fierce gun
battle pinned down foreign envoys in the Congolese capital Kinshasa
as fighting erupted for a second day following the announcement of a
presidential election run-off. At least five people died in
(Reuters, 8/21/06)(AFP, 8/21/06)
2006 Aug 21, In northern Egypt
a passenger train barreled into railway station and collided with a
second train outside Qalyoub, killing at least 58 people and
injuring more than 100.
(AFP, 8/21/06)(SFC, 8/22/06, p.A3)
2006 Aug 21, In London,
England, 11 people were charged with conspiracy to commit murder in
the alleged plot to blow up as many as 10 trans-Atlantic jetliners.
One person, a woman, was released without charge. In 2009 Adam
Khatib (23) was sentenced for plotting with Abdulla Ahmed Ali, who
was convicted of leading the team. Ali was sentenced in September,
2009, to 40 years. Nabeel Hussain (25) received eight years while
Mohammed Shamin Uddin (39) was jailed for seven years.
(AP, 8/21/06)(AP, 12/10/09)
2006 Aug 21, In Haiti Amaral
Duclona, the leader of a major gang, defied President Rene Preval's
orders to disarm, saying his followers would give up their weapons
only if UN peacekeepers stop conducting raids in the slums.
2006 Aug 21, Diplomats and UN
officials said Iran has turned away UN inspectors wanting to examine
its underground nuclear site in an apparent violation of the
2006 Aug 21, In Iraq a US
serviceman was killed when the vehicle he was traveling in was hit
by a roadside bomb north of Baghdad. A defiant Saddam Hussein
refused to enter a plea on genocide charges and dismissed the court
as illegitimate as his second trial began.
(Reuters, 8/21/06)(AP, 8/21/07)
2006 Aug 21, Police raided the
official residence of Israeli President Moshe Katsav as part of a
sexual harassment investigation, seizing computers and documents.
Israeli troops shot two Hezbollah guerrillas during a clash in the
southern Lebanese village of Chamaa.
(AP, 8/21/06)(AP, 8/22/06)
2006 Aug 21, In Mexico’s
Chiapas state Juan Sabines, of Lopez Obrador's Democratic Revolution
Party (PRD), held a razor-thin lead over Jose Antonio Aguilar
Bodegas, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), who also is
backed by President Vicente Fox's National Action Party. Oaxaca sank
further into chaos as protesters armed with machetes, pipes and
clubs seized 12 private radio stations, cut off highways, and
blockaded bus terminals and newspaper offices.
2006 Aug 21, In Nigeria
soldiers stopped cars at checkpoints and arrested 60 people in the
third day of a crackdown on militants in the volatile oil region.
2006 Aug 21, In Russia a bomb
blast tore through a Moscow market, killing at least 11 people and
over 50 people. 3 detainees, all in their late teens or early 20s,
confessed to the crime.
(AP, 8/21/06)(AP, 8/22/07)
2006 Aug 21, Somalia’s
embattled PM Ali Mohamed Gedi named a new Cabinet, two weeks after
the old one was dissolved amid a rift within the UN-backed
transitional government over how to respond to the growing influence
of Islamic militants.
2006 Aug 21, South Korea and
the US launched joint military exercises, held annually since 1975,
despite protests from North Korea. The Ulchi Focus Lens exercises
were scheduled to run until September 1.
2006 Aug 21, In northern Spain
at least 6 people died in a train derailment.
2006 Aug 21, Saudi police
killed two armed men during clashes in the Red Sea port of Jeddah.
2007 Aug 21, A research firm
said US foreclosure filings rose 9 percent from June to July and
surged 93 percent over the same period last year, with Nevada,
Georgia and Michigan accounting for the highest foreclosure rates
2007 Aug 21, The US shuttle
Endeavour landed in Florida following a 13-day assembly mission on
the international space station.
(SFC, 8/22/07, p.A3)
2007 Aug 21, California state
senators ended a 52-day budget impasse and agreed on a $145 million
spending plan for 2007-2008.
(SFC, 8/22/07, p.A1)
2007 Aug 21, The board of MGM
Mirage approved a deal with Dubai World in which the holding company
for the Persian Gulf state will eventually acquire a 9.5% stake and
50% ownership in the Las Vegas CityCenter project.
(WSJ, 8/22/07, p.A3)
2007 Aug 21, An Australian
court ruled that the country's immigration minister wrongly revoked
a work visa for an Indian doctor who was briefly accused of links
with a failed British car bomb plot in June.
2007 Aug 21, Students in
emergency-ruled Bangladesh clashed with police for a second day
demanding that the army withdraw from Dhaka university campus.
2007 Aug 21, China’s government
announced that mainland citizens would be allowed to invest in Hong
Kong. State media reported that a test run of traffic controls to
clear Beijing's smoggy skies for next year's Olympic Games
successfully improved air quality. Media also reported that China
will execute people who sabotage the electricity supply, reversing
recent steps to rein in widespread use of the death penalty.
2007 Aug 21, The European
Central Bank provided more cash for banks that have been clamoring
for money, injecting $370.6 billion in its normal weekly
2007 Aug 21, The EU said it
will resume vital fuel aid to the Gaza Strip's electric company,
money the bloc suspended because of suspicions that Gaza's Hamas
rulers were diverting revenues.
2007 Aug 21, Haleh Esfandiari,
a detained Iranian-American academic accused of conspiring against
the government, was freed on bail from the Tehran prison where she
had been jailed since early May. Esfandiari, director of the Middle
East program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for
Scholars, was freed on $333,000 bail.
2007 Aug 21, In Iraq French
Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner called on Europe to play a bigger
role in Iraq because "the Americans will not be able to get this
country out of difficulty alone." The postwar Iraqi tribunal trying
former Saddam Hussein aides opened its third proceeding, putting
former Defense Minister Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical
Ali," and 14 other men on trial.
(AP, 8/21/07)(AP, 8/21/08)
2007 Aug 21, The Israeli army
said ground forces fired at gunmen who approached the Israel-Gaza
border fence. The Islamic Jihad group said three militants on a
mission against Israel were killed. Palestinians fired three rockets
into Israel including one that hit an empty kindergarten in the town
of Sderot near Gaza. Israeli troops targeted two figures spotted
near a rocket launcher in an area of northern Gaza where a rocket
had been fired into Israel earlier. The fire killed a 10-year-old
and a 12-year-old who were members of the same extended family. The
army said Palestinian rocket teams have been known to send young
children to retrieve rocket launchers after firing.
2007 Aug 21, Japanese PM Shinzo
Abe arrived in New Delhi to firm up billions of dollars of
investment projects, expand trade ties and discuss India's
controversial nuclear cooperation deal.
2007 Aug 21, Hurricane Dean
slammed into the Caribbean coast of Mexico as a roaring Category 5
hurricane, the most intense Atlantic storm to make landfall in two
decades. Dean made landfall after killing 13 people in the
2007 Aug 21, In Northern
Ireland animal rights officials seized more than a dozen dogs bred
for combat in the latest crackdown on illegal dogfighting.
2007 Aug 21, Russian news
agencies reported that authorities have detained a high-level
narcotics officer they say was behind large-scale drug sales over
2007 Aug 21, Hana Ponicka (85),
a Slovak writer and former anti-communist dissident, died.
2007 Aug 21, The leader of
India's ruling party, Sonia Gandhi, arrived in South Africa for a
three-day visit in a bid to strengthen ties between the two nations.
2007 Aug 21, Sudanese forces
surrounded and attacked Darfur's most volatile camp to flush out
rebels they say are behind recent attacks on police.
2007 Aug 21, Hundreds of people
held an anti-gay protest in Uganda's capital, denouncing what they
called an "immoral" lifestyle and demanding the deportation of an
American journalist writing about gay rights in the deeply
2007 Aug 21, Venezuela's
National Assembly, dominated by allies of President Hugo Chavez,
gave unanimous initial approval to constitutional reforms that would
allow him to run for re-election and possibly govern for decades to
2008 Aug 21, David Walker,
recently with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), was the
subject of the film documentary I.O.U.S.A. The film focused on
America’s financial condition and that it is a lot worse than
advertised, as the US debt rose to $9.5 trillion. It was produced by
Sarah Gibson, Christine O'Malley; directed by Patrick Creadon;
written by Patrick Creadon, Christine O'Malley; music by Peter
Golub; distributed by Roadside Attractions.
(Econ, 8/16/08, p.68)(http://tinyurl.com/4t3r2g)
2008 Aug 21, The US government
said it will allow producers of fresh iceberg lettuce and spinach to
use irradiation to control food-borne pathogens and extend shelf
(SFC, 8/22/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 21, Forbes magazine
reported that Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej (80) is the world's
richest royal sovereign with a fortune estimated at 35 billion
dollars, and oil-rich Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (60) of Abu
Dhabi is far back at No. 2 with 23 billion.
2008 Aug 21, Intel showed off a
wireless electric power system at the California firm's annual
developers forum in San Francisco. Analysts said it could
revolutionize modern life by freeing devices from transformers and
2008 Aug 21, In the US Virgin
Islands a judge imposed a life sentence on Daniel Castillo,
convicted of strangling Laquina Hennis, a 12-year-old girl, last
2008 Aug 21, Tropical Storm Fay
forced the evacuation of more Florida residents as it made landfall
for a 3rd time this week.
(WSJ, 8/22/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 21, British PM Gordon
Brown visited Kabul after meeting with British troops in Helmand
province. Brown pledged more support for Afghanistan including 120
million dollars towards a development fund that would include paying
teachers' salaries and 17 million dollars for a radio station in
Helmand. 11 militants reportedly died in a clash in the south.
Afghan and international troops clashed with militants in Khas in
Uruzgan province, killing 11 militants.
(AP, 8/21/08)(AP, 8/22/08)
2008 Aug 21, Britain's
government confirmed that a contractor lost a memory device
containing information on every prison inmate in England and Wales.
2008 Aug 21, Greek police
announced the arrest of Vassilis Paleokostas, the country's most
wanted man, while tracking down the alleged kidnappers of
industrialist Giorgos Mylonas, who was freed in June after his
family paid a ransom.
2008 Aug 21, Monsoon rains
pummeled northern India, bringing dozens of buildings crashing down
and killing 74 people. The deaths were reported in Uttar Pradesh
state, bringing this monsoon season's death toll to more than 300
people across India.
2008 Aug 21, US Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari
said they agree that timetables should be set for the withdrawal of
US troops. A key part of the US-Iraqi draft agreement envisions the
withdrawal of American forces from Iraq's cities by next June 30.
The US military released an Iraqi television cameraman for the
Reuters news agency and other news organizations without charges
after 26 days in detention.
(AP, 8/21/08)(AP, 8/22/08)
2008 Aug 21, Seif al-Islam
Gadhafi, the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, said he will no
longer be involved in politics, defying in a surprise announcement
long-held expectations he was preparing to succeed his father.
2008 Aug 21, In Mexico Pres.
Calderon, congressional leaders, all state governors and a bevy of
others signed a “National Agreement for Security."
(Econ, 9/6/08, p.44)
2008 Aug 21, A Montenegrin
court ordered three US citizens and seven other ethnic Albanians
back to prison after convicting them of plotting a rebellion to
establish an Albanian autonomous region within the Adriatic country.
2008 Aug 21, In Pakistan 2
suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the country’s main
defense industry complex in Wah, killing at least 67 people with 102
(Reuters, 8/21/08)(AP, 8/22/08)
2008 Aug 21, Russian forces
blocked the only land entrance to Georgia's main port city, a day
before Russia promised to complete a troop pullout from its
2008 Aug 21, Armed pirates
hijacked a Japanese chemical tanker with 19 crew, an Iranian bulk
carrier with 29 crew, and a German cargo ship with a crew of 9 off
(AP, 8/21/08)(AP, 8/22/08)
2008 Aug 21, In Sri Lanka
helicopter gunships attacked a rebel fortification in the northern
district of Vavuniya. 21 rebels and two soldiers died in fighting.
(AP, 8/21/08)(AP, 8/22/08)
2009 Aug 21, Guaranty Bank
became the 2nd-largest US bank to fail this year after the Texas
lender was shut down by regulators and most of its operations sold
at a loss of billions of dollars for the US government to a major
Spanish bank. Guaranty's failure, along with those of three small
banks in Georgia and Alabama, brought to 81 the number of US bank
failures this year.
2009 Aug 21, Afghan President
Hamid Karzai's campaign and chief rival Abdullah Abdullah both said
they had won Afghanistan's election, but Washington's chief envoy
warned candidates not to declare victory prematurely.
2009 Aug 21, Australian leader
Kevin Rudd and his trans-Tasman counterpart John Key chaired the
first-ever joint meeting of their cabinets, and said it had been a
valuable opportunity to discuss their joint challenges. They vowed
closer military ties and collaboration on climate change in the
2009 Aug 21, A massive oil and
gas leak forced the evacuation of an oil rig off Australia's
northwest coast. PTTEP Australasia, a branch of Thai-owned PTT
Exploration and Production Co. Ltd., said about 40 barrels of oil
had been discharged in the initial incident, and it was still
attempting to bring the leak under control at the rig, owned by
Norway's Seadrill. After 2 days PTTEP said plugging the leak will
take weeks. Government officials said there was little threat of
environmental damage. By the end of October an estimated 400 barrels
a day of oil continued leaking from the fissure off the Australian
coast. PTTEP Australasia has failed repeatedly to stop the leak but
said it is still trying.
(AFP, 8/22/09)(AP, 8/23/09)(AP, 10/30/09)
2009 Aug 21, In Chechnya
suicide bombers on bicycles detonated explosives, killing at least
four police officers and a civilian in coordinated attacks in the
2009 Aug 21, Chile's health
ministry said it ordered a quarantine for two turkey farms outside
the port city of Valparaiso after genetic tests confirmed sick birds
were afflicted with the same swine flu virus circulating in humans.
2009 Aug 21, In Iraq a small
truck passed through an Iraqi police checkpoint in southern Baghdad
but was not searched minutes before exploding at the front gate of
the market, killing two and wounding 20.
2009 Aug 21, Mexico
decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and heroin, a
move that prosecutors say makes sense even in the midst of the
government's grueling battle against drug traffickers. Gunmen killed
an army officer Capt. Alejandro Aranda and another man in a bowling
alley in Ciudad Juarez, a border city that has seen Mexico's highest
levels of drug-related violence in recent years.
(AP, 8/21/09)(AP, 8/22/09)
2009 Aug 21, New Zealanders
voted overwhelmingly to overturn a law that prohibits parents from
hitting children, according to the results of a nationwide
referendum, but the government said the law is working and won't be
changed. In the postal vote 87.6% of voters responded "No" to the
question: "Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a
criminal offense in New Zealand?"
2009 Aug 21, Leading Pakistani
Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud was appointed the new head of
the militant group. Hakimullah (28), the military chief of
Baitullah's Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or Pakistani Taliban
Movement, commanded 3 tribal regions and has a reputation as
Baitullah's most ruthless deputy. A US drone fired a missile into a
suspected militant hide-out in North Waziristan, killing 12 people
in an attempt to take out Siraj Haqqani, a jihadist commander
accused of attacks on Western troops in Afghanistan. Haqqani, a
prime suspect in suicide blasts in Kabul, held close ties to
Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency and controlled a
swathe of territory in North Waziristan and eastern Afghanistan.
(AP, 8/22/09)(AP, 8/21/09)(SFC, 8/22/09,
p.A2)(Econ, 10/17/09, p.36)
2009 Aug 21, Philippine police
arrested Dinno-Amor Rosalejos Pareja, also known as Khalil Pareja,
the alleged leader of a radical Islamist group believed to be
responsible for one of Southeast Asia's deadliest terror attacks.
Pareja is allegedly the leader of the Rajah Solaiman Movement, a
group of Christian converts to Islam. The group is believed to be
behind the 2004 ferry bombing that killed 116 people in Manila Bay.
It was the second-most deadly terrorist attack in Southeast Asia
after the 2002 attack on the Indonesian resort island of Bali that
killed 202 people.
2009 Aug 21, A landslide at
Portugal’s Maria Luisa beach in Albufeira on the Algarve coast
killed five people and injured at least four.
2009 Aug 21, Slovakia stopped
Hungary’s Pres. Laszlo Solyom from crossing its border. This was a
breach of EU rules on freedom of movement. Solyom had planned
to unveil a statue of St. Stephen, the first king of Hungary, in the
predominantly Hungarian city of Komarno. Slovakia’s government had
objected to the visit as the date coincided with the “Prague Spring"
of 1968, when Hungary, as part of the Warsaw pact, took part in the
Soviet crush of Czechoslovakia’s independence movement.
(Econ, 8/29/09, p.46)
2009 Aug 21, In Somalia an
insurgent attack on a peacekeeping base sparked gunbattles that
killed at least 22 people, as the undermanned African peacekeeping
force tried to maintain the government's tenuous hold on Somalia's
2010 Aug 21, Newly ubiquitous
"Golden Girls" actress Betty White won the fifth Emmy of her career
for hosting an episode of "Saturday Night Live," while fellow screen
veteran Ann-Margret got a standing ovation after receiving her first
2010 Aug 21, In Alaska a
float-plane carrying 4 people went missing 285 miles southwest of
Anchorage. The passengers included 3 Katmai National Park rangers.
(SFC, 8/23/10, p.A5)
2010 Aug 21, Roland Haas (58),
a Georgia-based former Army Reserve intelligence officer, was found
dead from a gunshot wound that pierced his femoral artery. In 2007
Haas had authored “Enter the Past Tense: My Secret Life as a CIA
Assassin." Several former CIA officials denounced the book as a
(SFC, 8/26/10, p.A10)
2010 Aug 21, It was reported
that the cost of sustaining each American soldier in Afghanistan is
about $1 million.
(Econ, 8/21/10, p.33)
2010 Aug 21, In Afghanistan 2
foreign soldiers fighting the Taliban were killed in separate
attacks. 5 civilians were killed in northern Afghanistan when an IED
detonated. In the north insurgents, using a bomb detonated by remote
control, destroyed the vehicle in which former guerrilla commander
Salaam Pahlawan was traveling as he made his way to government
offices in Faryab province's Al Mar district. The attack also killed
two of Pahlawan's sons, ages 5 and 10, and two bodyguards. In Herat
province insurgents ambushed a convoy carrying a provincial council
member running for a seat in next month's elections for the national
parliament, killing the man's brother. Insurgents in Kandahar
province killed the head of a private security company, while one
civilian was killed and five wounded by a land mine in Herat's Anjil
district. At least 15 police officers were killed across the
country. This included 6 killed while asleep at a checkpoint on ring
Road in Helmand province.
(AFP, 8/21/10)(AP, 8/22/10)(SSFC, 8/22/10, p.A6)
2010 Aug 21, Australians voted
between giving their first female prime minister her own election
mandate and returning to a conservative government after just three
years. The inconclusive election left the nation facing its first
hung parliament since 1940. Both Labor and the Liberal-led coalition
conceded that neither is likely to hold the 76 seats needed to form
a government in the 150-seat lower chamber.
(Reuters, 8/21/10)(AP, 8/22/10)
2010 Aug 21, In Australia Ken
Wyatt (b.1952) took office as the country’s first indigenous member
of the House of Representatives. In 2017 he became Minister for
Indigenous Health, the country’s first aboriginal minister.
2010 Aug 21, In Bangladesh at
least 15 people died over the last 24 hours after drinking toxic
home-brewed liquor in the northeast. They had consumed alcohol mixed
with toxic methanol in the Sylhet district late Aug 18.
2010 Aug 21, In Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, gunmen engaged in a shootout with police took 30 people
hostage at a luxury hotel popular with foreign tourists but within
hours freed the captives and surrendered to police. One bystander
was killed as she was getting out of a taxi.
2010 Aug 21, In China the Yalu
river, which marks the Chinese-North Korean border, breached its
banks on both sides following torrential rains. Four people died and
more than 94,000 were evacuated. In North Korea at least 5,150
people were evacuated as residents clambered on rooftops or took
shelter on hilltops.
(AFP, 8/21/10)(AP, 8/22/10)
2010 Aug 21, In Egypt a Vincent
Van Gogh painting, identified as "Poppy Flowers," was cut out of its
frame in the Mahmoud Khalil museum after it opened in the morning.
The painting was valued at 55 million dollars. The painting of the
yellow and red flowers in a vase had been stolen before, in 1977,
but was found the following year. None of the alarms and only seven
out of 43 surveillance cameras were working at the Cairo museum
where the painting was stolen. In October a court convicted 11
officials from the Culture Ministry of gross negligence and
sentenced them to 3 years in prison, pending an appeal.
(AFP, 8/21/10)(AP, 8/22/10)(SFC, 10/13/10, p.A2)
2010 Aug 21, Iranian and
Russian engineers began loading fuel into Iran's first nuclear power
plant, which Moscow has promised to safeguard to prevent material at
the site from being used in any potential weapons production.
2010 Aug 21, Israel and the
Palestinians accepted a US call to restart direct peace talks but
politicians on both sides have warned of the pitfalls ahead, saying
talks will be stillborn unless Israel halts building in West Bank
settlements. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak accepted an invitation
to attend the start of direct peace talks.
2010 Aug 21, In Mexico a
gunbattle erupted between police and gunmen in Ciudad Juarez,
killing one person and prompting US authorities to close a highway
that runs along the border in El Paso, Texas. The bodies of two
security guards for Mexican bottling company FEMSA were found dead a
day after a shootout in Santa Catalina, a suburb of Monterrey.
2010 Aug 21, A consortium of
Mexican investors said they have acquired 95 percent of Mexicana de
Aviacion airline, which earlier this month filed for bankruptcy
protection. The Tenedora K group was formed "to capitalize" and
"save" Nuevo Grupo Aeronautico, the holding company that controls
Mexicana de Aviacion and two domestic airlines, Mexicana Click and
2010 Aug 21, About 150,000
Pakistanis were forced to move to higher ground over the last 24
hours as floodwaters from a freshly swollen Indus River submerged
dozens more towns and villages in the south. The floods have
affected about one-fifth of Pakistan's territory, straining its
civilian government as it also struggles against al-Qaida and
Taliban violence. At least 6 million people have been made homeless
and 20 million affected overall. The economic cost is expected to
run into billions of dollars.
2010 Aug 21, In Pakistan
suspected US missiles fired from an unmanned drone killed six
militants in a tribal region near the Afghan border.
2010 Aug 21, Laura Dekker, a
14-year-old Dutch sailor, departed in secrecy from Gibraltar on her
quest to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world,
avoiding the media because her manager said she didn't want the
2010 Aug 21, In the Philippines
communist guerrillas, the New People’s Army, killed a local council
member in northern Samar province and then waited for police to
arrive. They then killed 8 police officers.
(SSFC, 8/22/10, p.A6)
2010 Aug 21, In Romania
Gheorghe Apostol (b.1913), a veteran Communist politician, died. He
gained international attention in 1989 by publicly criticizing
Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
2010 Aug 21, In Russia
Madomedali Vagabov, the man suspected of organizing suicide bombings
that killed 40 people on the Moscow subway in March, was killed in a
shootout with Russian security forces. The National Antiterrorism
Committee told Russian news agencies that Vagabov was effectively
second in command in the separatist insurgency in Russia's
mountainous North Caucasus region.
2010 Aug 21, Hundreds of
residents of Kaliningrad, Russia's Baltic exclave, gathered on a
central square to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Vladimir
2010 Aug 21, In Venezuela a
soldier, identified as Jeffersson Jose Trujillo Vasquez, shot and
killed two officers at the Fort Tiuna military base in Caracas,
setting off a gunfight that wounded six other soldiers. Trujillo
Vasquez was arrested on Sep 21 in a slum in the city of Araure in
the western state of Portuguesa.
(AP, 8/21/10)(AP, 9/22/10)
2011 Aug 21, Northwestern
University researchers reported that they found that the basis of
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a malfunctioning protein
recycling system in the neurons of the brain and spinal cord.
2011 Aug 21, In El Cajon, San
Diego County, Ca., Kevin Collier committed suicide after killing his
baby daughter and mother-in-law. He wounded a police officer and
torched his home before killing himself. His wife had filed for
divorce days before.
(SFC, 8/27/11, p.A4)
2011 Aug 21, In northern
Indiana Arthur L. Anderson a 76-year-old Scout leader was stabbed to
death while leading Boy Scouts on a hiking trip. Suspect Shane C.
Golitko (22), who battered his mother and killed a dog near the
trail, was arrested following an eight-mile police chase.
2011 Aug 21, Afghan election
officials said that nine parliamentarians should be removed from
their posts because of election fraud allegations, an attempt to put
an end to a nearly yearlong state of limbo in the legislature. 3
government officials were gunned down, 2 in Helmand province and one
in Kandahar city. A district education director and two tribal
leaders were shot and killed by Taliban militants in Paktika
province's Omany district. Two Afghan civilians were killed in
Paktika’s Yahyakhail district when their motorbike hit a roadside
bomb. Villagers in Helmand province stoned to death a Taliban
commander and his bodyguard after they killed a local man (60)
accused of aiding the government.
(AP, 8/21/11)(SFC, 8/23/11, p.A3)
2011 Aug 21, In Cape Verde, one
of Africa's most stable and prosperous nations, liberal opposition
candidate Jorge Carlos Fonseca unseated the party which held the
presidency for a decade. Fonseca, a former foreign minister, won
54.90 percent of the vote, besting his socialist rival Manuel
Inocencio Sousa, who garnered 45.91 percent of the vote.
2011 Aug 21, An Indian
government report said hundreds of unmarked graves in Kashmir hold
more than 2,000 bullet-riddled bodies that may include innocent
victims, despite police claims that they were militants fighting
Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan territory.
2011 Aug 21, In Libya large
anti-regime protests erupted in several Tripoli neighborhoods where
thousands braved the bullets of snipers perched atop high buildings.
At the same time, hundreds of rebel forces advanced to within 15
miles west of the capital and were rushing forward in pickup trucks
and on foot. Rebels swarmed into Tripoli late in the day and
restored the country’s internet connection.
(AP, 8/21/11)(AP, 8/22/11)(Econ, 8/27/11, p.11)
2011 Aug 21, In Nigeria three
Christians died in an overnight attack on the village of Kwi in
troubled Plateau state. At least 4 people died in floods in the
northeast town of Kari. Some 1,800 people were displaced by the
floods. Another house collapse in Kano killed six more people.
Nigerian officers arrested Babagana Ismail Kwaljima and Babagan
Mali, two men tied to Boko Haram. They were planning an attack that
took place on August 26. A 3rd suspect, Mamman Nur, remained at
(AP, 8/21/11)(AP, 8/22/11)(SFC, 9/1/11, p.A2)
2011 Aug 21, In Pakistan
militants carried out a series of attacks against soldiers in the
rugged tribal region along the Afghan border, killing two troops and
wounding more than a dozen others.
2011 Aug 21, Palestinian
militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip bombarded southern Israel
with rockets and mortars and Israel hit back with an airstrike.
Israeli troops also rounded up 50 Hamas activists in the West Bank
in a sweeping overnight raid. Gaza militants agreed to a cease-fire
with Israel to stop three days of violence.
2011 Aug 21, In the central
Philippines the steel-hulled inter-island ferry, M/V Island
Fastcraft 1, with at least 75 people caught fire then sank amid
stormy weather, leaving 3 people dead, one missing while the rest
2011 Aug 21, In Poland two
small planes have crashed within half an hour of each other in
separate accidents in the southern part of the country, killing six
2011 Aug 21, In Spain Pope
Benedict XVI urged more than 1.5 million young people to become
missionaries for the faith as he concluded a glitch-marred church
youth festival and announced that the next edition will be in Rio de
Janeiro in 2013.
2011 Aug 21, Syria’s Pres.
Assad promised imminent reforms, including parliamentary elections
by February. The opposition rejected his remarks. Pro-regime gunmen
fired their guns in celebration after Assad's appearance, killing
two people overnight.
2011 Aug 21, Trinidad President
George Maxwell Richards issued the state of emergency decree
following a spike in violent crime that saw 11 murders in 48 hours.
Dusk to dawn curfews were imposed.
2011 Aug 21, Turkish airstrikes
on suspected rebel targets in northern Iraq killed seven Iraqi
civilians, including five children and a woman, in an attack on
Kortak mountain. Police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse
Kurdish protesters who tried to march to a main square in Istanbul
to denounce the Turkish raids. In demonstrators marched to protest
2011 Aug 21, Vietnamese police
swooped in and crushed an anti-China rally, arresting dozens of
protesters who refused to stop chanting and forcing them onto two
buses that were driven away.
2011 Aug 21, In southern Yemen
a pair of suicide bombings targeting anti-al-Qaida tribesmen killed
11 people in Abyan province.
2012 Aug 21, American swimmer
Diana Nyad (63) ended her 4th attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida
after 41 hours and 45 minutes of swimming.
(SFC, 8/22/12, p.A6)
2012 Aug 21, Cuba said it has
sentenced 12 people to prison for corruption, including high-ranking
government officials and employees of a jointly run Cuban-Canadian
2012 Aug 21, In Germany a trial
opened in Koblenz for 26 alleged neo-Nazis on accusations they were
responsible for a spate of attacks on leftists.
2012 Aug 21, Two leading rights
groups called for an end to international cash and technical
assistance to Iran's anti-drug campaign, which they said was
bolstering a rise in executions.
2012 Aug 21, In Lebanon
overnight clashes between supporters and opponents of President
Bashar Assad left two dead and as many as 45 wounded.
2012 Aug 21, Liberian President
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf suspended 46 government officials, including
her son, for failing to declare their assets.
2012 Aug 21, Mexico's Supreme
Court declared unconstitutional a key portion of a military law that
has broadened the influence of military courts and angered civilian
victims seeking justice.
2012 Aug 21, In Pakistan US
drones fired missiles at a vehicle in North Waziristan killing 5
suspected militants and injuring two.
(SFC, 8/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 21, In Pakistan barber
Yousaf Khan (32) was kidnapped by seven members of a landowning
family who gouged his eyes with a sharp knife before slitting his
ears, nose, lips and tongue over a relationship with a married woman
in the family in Mirzapur village.
2012 Aug 21, Sierra Leone said
it has signed a $15 million (12 million euro) loan agreement with
China for the installation of a fiber optic cable which will boost
2012 Aug 21, In South Africa
Platinum giant Lonmin eased off its threat to fire miners who failed
to return to work, as the government pleaded for time to mourn the
44 people killed during a wildcat strike. The company said about
one-third of Lonmin's 28,000 employees at the Marikana platinum mine
reported for work today.
2012 Aug 21, Syrian government
forces stormed Moadamiyeh, a rebel-held town outside Damascus after
days of fierce fighting, killing at least 23 fighters. Army shelling
bombarded a cemetery in a Damascus suburb during funerals for
victims of a freshly discovered massacre. Warplanes and helicopters
attacked towns and villages north of Aleppo, killing 2 civilians,
including a young boy. At least 128 people were killed nationwide,
among them 81 civilians.
(AP, 8/21/12)(AFP, 8/21/12)(SFC, 8/22/12, p.A2)
2012 Aug 21, Syrian deputy PM
Qadri Jamil visiting Moscow held out the prospect that embattled
President Bashar al-Assad could leave power as part of a negotiated
settlement to the increasingly ferocious conflict.
2012 Aug 21, Togolese
authorities fired tear gas to disperse a protest by several thousand
people in the capital Lome. This was the first of three days of
demonstrations planned by Let's Save Togo, a coalition of opposition
and civil society groups. A week earlier Togo's government banned
street demonstrations in commercial centers.
2012 Aug 21, In Yemen suspected
Al-Qaeda militants blew up a pipeline pumping liquefied gas to the
southern Balhaf export terminal. The early morning attack caused a
complete halt in operations.
2013 Aug 21, In Maryland a
military judge sentenced Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison
for providing more than 700,000 government files to WikiLeaks.
(SFC, 8/22/13, p.A5)
2013 Aug 21, Former south Texas
Judge Abel Limas (59) was sentenced to six years in prison and three
years of supervised release for collecting bribes and kickbacks in
his Brownsville courtroom totalling $257,000.
(SFC, 8/22/13, p.A5)
2013 Aug 21, In the Central
African Republic a Red Cross official said at least 12 people are
dead following clashes in Bangui.
2013 Aug 21, An Egyptian court
ordered the release of ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
2013 Aug 21, The EU decided to
suspend exports of weapons and goods that could be used for internal
repression but did not halt aid programs for fear of hurting
ordinary Egyptians already hit hard.
2013 Aug 21, In southern
Germany a gunman opened fire on a meeting in Dossenheim village,
killing 2 people and wounding five before taking his own life.
2013 Aug 21, Greece's new state
television channel began airing news programs, more than two months
after the government's abrupt closure of state broadcaster ERT drew
international condemnation and triggered an acute political crisis.
2013 Aug 21, In Iraq two bomb
attacks halted the flow of crude oil through a pipeline running from
the Kirkuk oil fields to the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan in Turkey,
causing severe damage.
2013 Aug 21, Jordan's King
Abdullah II swore in 13 new Cabinet ministers, enlarging the
government as part of promised reforms.
2013 Aug 21, In Liberia Rodney
Sieh, managing director of Frontpage Africa, was taken into custody
following a Supreme Court ruling that the paper should pay US $1.6
million (1.2 million euros) for libelling former agriculture
minister J. Chris Toe. The court ordered that the paper be closed
down until the damages are paid in full. On Nov 20 Sieh said all
charges against him have been dropped.
(AFP, 8/27/13)(AP, 11/20/13)
2013 Aug 21, In Malaysia a bus
travelling from the hilltop gambling resort of Genting Highlands to
the capital Kuala Lumpur plunged 200 feet into a ravine, killing 37
people. 16 people survived.
(Reuters, 8/21/13)(SFC, 8/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 21, In northeast
Nigeria Islamist sect Boko Haram attacked the Gwoza Police Station,
killing 2 officers but losing 7 of its members.
2013 Aug 21, The Pakistani
military accused Indian troops of shelling across the disputed
Kashmir border and killing an army captain, the latest in a series
of alleged attacks over the past two weeks that have sparked tension
between the nuclear-armed rivals.
2013 Aug 21, Pakistan’s
government said flooding from monsoon rains has killed 139 people
and affected nearly a million others.
(SFC, 8/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 21, In Peru coffee
growers from the central jungle clashed with police as they demanded
more government help in grappling with the roya fungus that has
eaten up their crops and earnings this year.
2013 Aug 21, In Puerto Rico US
federal authorities had arrested at least 68 people and were seeking
seven more in a multimillion dollar Social Security fraud case.
Puerto Rico has been said to have one of the highest rates of fraud
involving federal disability benefits.
2013 Aug 21, In Mogadishu,
Somalia, gunmen killed 2 men and wounded two women, including a
Swede, as they ambushed a car in what police believe may have been
an attempted kidnap.
2013 Aug 21, Syrian
anti-government activists accused the regime of carrying out a toxic
gas attack that killed at least 130 people, including many children,
during intense artillery and rocket barrages on the eastern suburbs
(AP, 8/21/13)(SFC, 8/24/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 21, Yemen’s government
apologized to southern secessionists over the 1994 civil war begun
against them by the previous president, in hopes of bringing them
back to talks on the future of the country. Assailants shot dead the
intelligence chief of the southern city of Aden and his nephew.
(SFC, 8/22/13, p.A2)(Reuters, 8/21/13)
2014 Aug 21, A US federal judge
ruled that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional,
but put a stay delaying the effect of his order.
(SFC, 8/22/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 21, California’s Gov.
Jerry Brown signed legislation, effective Jan 1, overturning a ban
on pets at bars and restaurants, and giving businesses the option of
allowing dogs in outside spaces.
(SFC, 8/23/14, p.A1)
2014 Aug 21, In Massachusetts
Dias Kadyrbayev (20) pleaded guilty to impeding the investigation in
the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. He was accused of removing a
backpack containing emptied-out fireworks from the dorm room of
(SFC, 8/22/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 21, Oklahoma police
officer Daniel Ken Holtzclaw (27) was arrested on complaints of
sexually assaulting at least six women during traffic stops.
(SFC, 8/23/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 21, In Oregon Blue
Kalmbach (16) was sentenced to 11 years in prison for carving a
swastika into another teen's forehead last February. Before carving
the swastika with a box-cutter style of knife, he and three others
shot the victim with a BB gun, forced him to eat cat feces and hit
with him a crow bar and cricket-type bat. Kalmbach was the last of
four teenagers to be sentenced in the case.
2014 Aug 21, A new study
suggested that there is an oversupply of synapses in at least some
parts of the brains of children with autism.
(SFC, 8/22/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 21, Cambodian
officials said at least 45 people have been killed due to flooding
in the last month. Some 11,500 families have been forced to flee
their homes due to the flash floods along the Mekong River.
(SFC, 8/21/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 21, China's Xi Jinping
began a two-day trip to neighboring Mongolia -- the first Chinese
president to visit in more than a decade -- with trade high on the
agenda against a backdrop of resource nationalism.
2014 Aug 21, In southern China
at least seven people were stabbed in an apparently random attack in
(SFC, 8/21/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 21, The WHO said at
least 70 people have died in northern Democratic Republic of Congo
from an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, denying that the
illness was Ebola.
2014 Aug 21, Egypt's Cairo
airport and Tunisia cancelled most flights to and from Libya, days
after the Libyan government said unidentified war planes had
attacked positions of armed groups in Tripoli.
2014 Aug 21, In Iraq the
Islamic State stoned a man to death in Mosul.
2014 Aug 21, An Israeli air
strike in the Gaza Strip killed 3 senior Hamas commanders (Mohammed
Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum). Palestinian
health officials said 26 Palestinians, including 3 children, the
Hamas commanders and at least 2 other militants, were killed in
2014 Aug 21, Lithuania signed a
deal with Norway's Statoil to supply natural gas to the country's
new terminal starting 2015, as the Baltic state strives to cut its
dependence on Russian energy.
2014 Aug 21, Mexican officials
increased the number of disappeared people since the 2006 start of
its drug war to 22,322.
(SFC, 8/23/14, p.A2)(http://tinyurl.com/onzjzhj)
2014 Aug 21, Pakistan’s lower
house of parliament passed a unanimous resolution rejecting calls
for PM Sharif's resignation and vowing to uphold democracy.
Opposition politician Imran Khan called off talks with the
government aimed at ending protests seeking the fall of the prime
minister, which have unnerved the nuclear-armed nation.
2014 Aug 21, Gunmen in
northwest Pakistan opened fire on tankers carrying fuel for NATO
troops in Afghanistan, killing a driver and wounding two others.
2014 Aug 21, Philippine police
arrested eight suspected members of an online syndicate in bulacan
province. They were accused of blackmailing over 1,00 Hong Kong and
Singaporean residents after luring them into exposing themselves in
front of a webcam.
(SFC, 8/23/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 21, Russian natural
gas exporter Gazprom said that Ukraine's outstanding debt for gas
supplies stood at $5.3 billion as of Aug. 1 and called on Kiev to
ensure that gas continues to transit without disruption to Europe.
2014 Aug 21, Russia said it was
investigating dozens of McDonald's restaurants, in what many
businessmen said was retaliation for Western sanctions over Ukraine
they fear could spread to other symbols of Western capitalism.
2014 Aug 21, Saudi police
arrested at least 400 mostly African illegal migrants south of
Riyadh. Authorities have been cracking down on illegal migrants
since the expiration in November of a seven-month amnesty during
which they had to regularize their status or leave the kingdom.
2014 Aug 21, Senegal closed its
land border with Guinea as part of intensifying efforts to contain
the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 people since March in
Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
2014 Aug 21, Syrian troops
killed dozens of jihadi fighters, including a prominent media
activist, in heavy clashes around Tabqa air base, Raqa province,
that the Islamic State group is trying to seize. The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said at least 70 Islamic State jihadist
fighters have been killed in 48 hours of clashes with Syrian army
(AP, 8/21/14)(AFP, 8/22/14)
2014 Aug 21, Thailand's
legislature voted overwhelmingly to name Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha as
prime minister. Prayuth was the only candidate and the assembly was
hand-picked by the military junta.
2014 Aug 21, Ukrainian border
guards began to inspect a Russian truck convoy carrying aid
earmarked for humanitarian relief in eastern Ukraine that has been
stranded at the frontier for nearly a week. A Ukrainian military
spokesman said 3 refugees including a child (5) were killed near
Luhansk when rebel gunfire hit their car. 5 Ukrainian servicemen
were also reported killed overnight.
2014 Aug 21, Ukrainian Economy
Minister Pavlo Sheremeta said he had tendered his resignation,
voicing frustration at the poor pace of economic reform by a
government which he said acted "like a predator towards business".
2015 Aug 21, US District Judge
Dolly Gee ordered the government to release immigrant children from
family detention centers "without unnecessary delay," and with their
mothers when possible.
2015 Aug 21, US stock prices
plunged for a 2nd day. The DJIA fell 530 to 16,459. The S&P fell
64 to 1,970. Nasdaq closed down 17 to 4,706.
(SFC, 8/22/15, p.A1)
2015 Aug 21, In Afghanistan a
Taliban ambush on Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum's convoy
backfired when the war-hardened leader's men fought back, killing at
least 4 militants and capturing a dozen more on a remote highway in
2015 Aug 21, Médecins Sans
Frontières (MSF) said around 40,000 people have fled their homes in
Chad in the past two weeks following attacks by Islamist militant
group Boko Haram.
2015 Aug 21, In northern France
two people were wounded in the struggle to subdue a
Kalashnikov-toting attacker aboard a high-speed train from Amsterdam
to Paris. US servicemen Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos, American
Anthony Sadler and French-American Mark Moogalian were among the
passengers who stopped the gunman, later identified as Ayoub el
Khazzani (26) of Morocco and known to European authorities as a
suspected Islamist militant. Khazzani had boarded the train in
Brussels. Moogalian, who wished to remain anonymous was the first
person to discover the attacker leaving a restroom with a
Kalashnikov slung over his shoulder. He tried to tackle him before
the attacker fired several shots with a hand gun. Moogalian was
hospitalized with a bullet wound. Stone and another passenger
suffered knife wounds.
(Reuters, 8/22/15)(Reuters, 8/23/15)(SFC,
8/22/15, p.A3)(Reuters, 8/24/15)(AP, 8/25/15)(SFC, 8/27/15, p.A5)
2015 Aug 21, In Greece far left
Syriza members, who oppose the promises of yet more austerity and
economic reform that PM Tsipras made to secure 86 billion euros ($97
billion) in bailout loans, broke away to form a new party.
2015 Aug 21, Guatemala's
attorney general sought to impeach President Otto Perez over a
customs fraud that led to the arrest of his former vice president
2015 Aug 21, In Iraq Islamic
State militants killed up to 50 soldiers in two separate ambushes in
(SSFC, 8/23/15, p.A5)
2015 Aug 21, Israel said it
carried out an air raid that killed up to 5 Iran-backed militants it
said were behind a rare rocket attack from across the border in
2015 Aug 21, Italy's civil
aviation authority suspended the license of the helicopter pilot who
flew low over Rome a day earlier to drop flower petals during the
over-the-top funeral of a purported local crime boss, the first head
to roll in a scandal that has outraged city residents.
2015 Aug 21, A court in Kenya
granted bail to Feisal Mohammed Ali, the suspected ringleader of an
ivory smuggling gang. Government prosecutors said they would appeal.
On August 24 his bail was suspended.
(AFP, 8/20/15)(AFP, 8/24/15)
2015 Aug 21, Macedonia said it
would allow a limited number of "vulnerable" migrants to enter the
country after sealing its border with Greece to them. At least 1,000
migrants and refugees pressed against Macedonian police lines on the
Greek-Macedonian border and at least 10 people appeared to faint in
(AFP, 8/20/15)(Reuters, 8/20/15)
2015 Aug 21, North and South
Korea appeared headed toward another clash, as Seoul refused an
ultimatum that it halt anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts by Aug
22 afternoon or face military action, and North Korea said its
troops were on a war footing.
2015 Aug 21, In the northern
Philippines 4 people died and hundreds fled their homes as category
three Typhoon Goni bore down on Cagayan and Batanes provinces.
2015 Aug 21, In Senegal a panel
of judges sentenced seven men to six months in prison for
homosexuality. The verdict was based on a police discovery of
condoms and lubricant in the house where the men were arrested, and
became a hammer blow to groups promoting safe sex.
2015 Aug 21, Sri Lanka's new
prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, was sworn in and the island
nation's two major political parties signed an agreement to work
together and draft a new constitution that would safeguard the
rights of ethnic groups.
2015 Aug 21, In central Syria
the Islamic State group demolished the Saint Elian Monastery founded
more than 1,500 years ago, near Qaryatain, a town where the
extremists abducted dozens of Christians earlier this month.
2015 Aug 21, A UK military
drone strike killed 3 fighters in Syria, including 2 British men,
Reyaad Khan and Ruhul Amin, who had joined Islamic State militants.
This was the first such drone strike acknowledged by the British
(AP, 9/7/15)(Econ, 9/12/15, p.44)(AP, 4/26/17)
2015 Aug 21, Turkey’s private
Dogan news agency said 12 km (7 miles) of concrete barrier have
already been erected along the border at Reyhanli town, in Hatay
province, a main point for smuggling and border crossing from Syria.
2015 Aug 21, A Turkish captain,
was killed in a rocket and long-range gun attack late today on a
military post in Beytussebap district in southeastern Sirnak
2015 Aug 21, Venezuela's
President Nicolas Maduro indefinitely closed his country's border
with Colombia and declared a state of emergency in part of the
frontier region, following an earlier attack that wounded four
2015 Aug 21, In Yemen 3
suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed in an apparent US drone
strike in Marib province.
2015 Aug 21, In Yemen a
helicopter from the Saudi-led forces battling anti-government
fighters crashed along the Saudi border, killing the two pilots.
Huthi rebels said they have shot down a Saudi Apache helicopter. 53
civilians died in Saudi-led air strikes on Taiz that also hit 20
(AFP, 8/21/15)(Reuters, 9/1/15)
2016 Aug 21, In Brazil the
curtain descended on two weeks of high drama at the Rio Games as
Tokyo took up the baton and promised to go one better in 2020.
2016 Aug 21, The Rio police
force executed search warrants to seize passports and evidence from
Ireland team leader Kevin Kilty, chief executive Stephen Martin and
secretary general Dermot Henihan, who are accused of illegally
selling Olympic tickets.
2016 Aug 21, British police
arrested Laurence former priest Soper (72) for sex crimes he is
accused of committing from 1972 to 1986. He was arrested at Luton
Airport after he was deported from Kosovo.
2016 Aug 21, In Chile tens of
thousands protested against the country’s privatized pension system.
(Econ, 8/27/16, p.24)
2016 Aug 21, In Egypt gunmen
killed an informer and a soldier and injured five other people,
including two civilians, in an attack at a police checkpoint in the
province of Menoufia north of Cairo.
2016 Aug 21, Indian army
soldiers have killed 3 suspected rebels near the heavily militarized
line of control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.
2016 Aug 21, In Indonesia a
small wooden tourist boat capsized in rough seas off Bintan island,
south of Singapore. Only two of 17 people survived.
2016 Aug 21, Iraq hanged 36 men
convicted over the 2014 "Speicher" massacre by Sunni jihadists and
allied militants of hundreds of military recruits.
2016 Aug 21, In Libya fighters
of the unity government, backed by US air strikes, recaptured more
ground from jihadists holed up in the center of Sirte. 12 fighters
were killed and 85 wounded in the clashes.
2016 Aug 21, In Madagascar the
bodies of the two French citizens, a man and a woman aged in their
20s, were found on a beach of Sainte Marie with head injuries.
Police soon arrested five suspects.
2016 Aug 21, One of Mexico's
leading investigative journalists published a report saying
President Enrique Pena Nieto plagiarized nearly a third of his 1991
undergraduate law thesis.
2016 Aug 21, Pakistani security
forces reported 6 “terrorists" killed in the remote Khyber region in
a new offensive against Islamist militants in the area.
2016 Aug 21, In central Somalia
at least 17 people were killed and more than 30 others wounded in
two explosions in the town of Galkayo. A suicide bomber detonated an
explosives-laden vehicle at the gates of a local government
headquarters while another bomber targeted a nearby marketplace. The
Shabaab militant group claimed responsibilty for the blasts.
2016 Aug 21, Ukraine said
Russian activist Roman Roslovtsev, better known for his walks across
Red Square in a President Vladimir Putin mask, has requested
political asylum in their country.
2017 Aug 21, US Pres. Donald
Trump offered few specifics in a televised address about
Afghanistan, but promised a stepped-up military campaign against
Taliban insurgents who have gained ground against US-backed Afghan
2017 Aug 21, The United States
began to scale back its visa services in Russia, drawing an angry
reaction from Moscow three weeks after President Vladimir Putin
ordered Washington to more than halve its embassy and consular
2017 Aug 21, An early morning
collision off Singapore between the USS John S. McCain and an oil
tanker, the merchant vessel Alnic MC, left 10 US sailors missing.
Singapore and Malaysia both said the incident took place in their
territorial waters. Divers soon found the remains of two of the 10
sailors in sealed compartments of the ship. On May 25, 2018, Cmdr.
Alfredo Sanchez pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty.
(AP, 8/21/17)(Reuters, 8/21/17)(AFP, 8/22/17)(AP,
8/25/17)(SFC, 5/26/18, p.A6)
2017 Aug 21, In Ohio Jefferson
County Judge Joseph Bruzzesse Jr. (65) was shot and wounded outside
a courthouse in Steubenville. Gunman Nathaniel Richmond (51) was
killed by a probation officer. Richmond was the father of a local
high school football player who was convicted of rape in 2013.
Richmond had filed a wrongful death lawsuit in April against the
county housing authority. Video of the shooting was made public in
(SFC, 8/22/17, p.A6)(SFC, 11/25/20, p.A6)
2017 Aug 21, In the US a total
eclipse of the sun spread across the United States for the first
time in 99 years casting a 70-mile-wide path through fourteen
(SFC, 8/22/17, p.A1)
2017 Aug 21, Brazil's army went
into action again to support police in raids on some of Rio de
Janeiro's most violent favelas. A soldier (19) was arrested on
suspicion of having tipped off gangs several hours before the
operation took place.
2017 Aug 21, London's Big Ben
bell fell silent for four years of repair work that will keep it
quiet on all but a few special occasions.
2017 Aug 21, The Chilean
government rejected a controversial $2.5-billion copper and iron
project proposed by privately-held Andes Iron after a prolonged
evaluation period that conservatives alleged was tainted by
2017 Aug 21, In France at least
one person was killed and another injured in Marseille when a van
crashed into two bus shelters in different parts of the city, in an
incident not being treated as terrorism at this stage. The driver, a
35-year-old man being treated for psychological problems, was
(Reuters, 8/21/17)(SFC, 8/22/17, p.A2)
2017 Aug 21, French oil company
Total agreed to buy Danish conglomerate AP Moller-Maersk's oil
business for $7.45 billion, in a deal to strengthen its position in
the North Sea.
2017 Aug 21, The Iraqi military
said its forces have made significant progress as they closed in on
the Islamic State-held town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul.
2017 Aug 21, Italy’s health
ministry said two of 114 tested egg samples have shown traces of the
insecticide fipronil, making the country the latest to become
embroiled in a Europe-wide scandal.
2017 Aug 21, In Italy an
earthquake hit the tourist-packed holiday island of Ischia this
evening, killing two people, injuring dozens and trapping three
young brothers who survived for up to 16 hours before being rescued.
2017 Aug 21, Lebanon's
President Michel Aoun signed off on public sector pay rises and tax
hikes, a move that has triggered business concerns but could help
politicians shore up support ahead of a legislative election next
2017 Aug 21, Lebanon's
Hezbollah said it used drones to strike Islamic State in Syria close
to the border with Lebanon, their first public declaration that they
had used such a weapon.
2017 Aug 21, A confidential UN
report, seen by Reuters today, found North Korea evaded UN sanctions
by "deliberately using indirect channels" to export banned
commodities and had generated $270 million since February.
2017 Aug 21, Pakistan's
military claimed success in a month-long operation against militants
in a troubled Khyber tribal region. Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Asif
Ghafoor said that ground troops backed by the air force killed 52
terrorists since July 15.
2017 Aug 21, In the southern
Philippines Abu Sayyaf militants killed nine people and wounded 16
others in an early morning attack on Tubigan village in Maluso town
on Basilan island, which may have been in retaliation for a series
of battle setbacks.
2017 Aug 21, Poland's Defense
Ministry started a new program to boost the nation's defenses by
offering military training to university student volunteers.
2017 Aug 21, Russia said it has
intensified its air campaign in Syria to help Pres. Bashar Assad’s
forces drive Islamic State militants from Deir el-Zour, killing an
estimated 800 militants across the country this month alone.
(SFC, 8/22/17, p.A2)
2017 Aug 21, Serbia recalled
its embassy staff from Macedonia in protest at "offensive actions"
which coincided with reports that Skopje was joining diplomatic
efforts to secure Kosovo membership of the UN cultural agency
2017 Aug 21, South Korean and
US forces began computer-simulated military exercises amid tension
over North Korea's weapons programs.
2017 Aug 21, The head of the
International Committee of the Red Cross warned that South Sudan's
inability to pay civil servants risked worsening a humanitarian
crisis and urged donors to step in.
2017 Aug 21, Police in Spain
shot and killed Younes Abouyaaqoub (22), the driver of the van that
killed 13 people in Barcelona on August 17. He was found in a
vineyard just outside Barcelona.
(SFC, 8/22/17, p.A2)
2017 Aug 21, In Syria US-led
air strikes killed at least 42 civilians in Raqa in several
neighborhoods under IS control. 19 children and 12 women were among
2017 Aug 21, In southeastern
Turkey a US MQ-1 Predator drone crashed. The cause of the crash was
2017 Aug 21, The United Arab
Emirates approved a new law that imposes taxes on tobacco products,
energy drinks and soft drinks to boost revenue and help offset the
impact of lower oil prices. Tobacco and energy drinks will be taxed
at 100 percent and soft drinks at 50 percent.
2018 Aug 21, The US
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released plans to replace
former Pres. Barack Obama's regulations governing greenhouse gas
emissions from power plants with a looser system that gives states
more leeway in controlling emissions.
(SFC, 8/22/18, p.A1)
2018 Aug 21, Prosecutors in six
California counties filed 13 new charges in the high-profile Golden
State Killer case and announced that they will jointly prosecute
Joseph James DeAngelo (72) in Sacramento. In 2020 DeAngelo agreed to
plead guilty to dozens of crimes in return for being spared the
(SFC, 8/22/18, p.D1)(SFC, 6/16/20, p.A5)
2018 Aug 21, Hawaiian Airlines
announced that nonstop service between Honolulu and Beijing will end
in October, citing low demand. The service, launched in 2014, flew
three days a week between the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport
and the Beijing Capital International Airport.
2018 Aug 21, A Virginia court
found Paul Manafort, the longtime political operative who for months
led Donald Trump's successful presidential campaign, guilty of eight
financial crimes in the first trial victory of the special counsel
investigation into the president's associates. The jury deadlocked
on ten other charges.
(AP, 8/22/18)(SFC, 11/27/18, p.A12)
2018 Aug 21, In New York, Pres.
Donald Trump's longtime fixer, the attorney Michael Cohen, admitted
to charges that included making illegal campaign contributions. In
addition to two counts of violating campaign finance laws, Cohen
pleaded guilty to five counts of tax fraud and one of bank fraud
during the hearing.
2018 Aug 21, It was reported
that Orchard Supply Hardware, a unit of Lowe's, will permanently
shut its stores nationwide by the end of this year. Lowe's had
acquired the OSH chain in 2013.
(SFC, 8/22/18, p.C6)
2018 Aug 21, In Afghanistan
rockets were fired toward the presidential palace in Kabul as Pres.
Ashraf Ghani was delivering his holiday message for the Muslim
celebrations of Eid al-Adha. An Islamic State affiliate soon claimed
responsibility. Afghan forces killed four out of nine insurgents who
launched the mortar attacks The Taliban released more than 160
civilian passengers a day after they were kidnapped from three buses
in northern Afghanistan but kept at least 20 soldiers and policemen
(AP, 8/21/18)(Reuters, 8/21/18)
2018 Aug 21, Australian PM
Malcolm Turnbull called on his government to unite behind him after
he survived an internal leadership challenge.
2018 Aug 21, Bahrain's interior
ministry said that it would stop issuing new visas to Qatari
nationals, escalating measures against Qatar more than a year into a
2018 Aug 21, The British
government apologized to 18 long-term UK residents from the
Caribbean who were deported or detained because they could not
produce documents to prove their right to live in the country.
2018 Aug 21, Cambodian
journalists Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, charged with espionage
for filing news reports to a US-funded radio station, were freed on
bail in a move seen by a rights group as a government bid to improve
its image weeks after a disputed election.
2018 Aug 21, In China Malaysian
PM Mahathir Mohamad told reporters on the final day of a visit to
Beijing told reporters that multibillion-dollar China-financed
projects in Malaysia have been canceled because they aren't needed
and will saddle the country with an unsustainable amount of debt.
2018 Aug 21, CongoDRC said it
has approved four more experimental treatments against the deadly
Ebola virus as the health ministry raced to contain an outbreak in
its violence-torn east. The total number of deaths rose to 59 and
confirmed cases to 75 since last month.
2018 Aug 21, The leader behind
an insurgency in the Republic of Congo accepted the principle of
laying down arms in his first public appearance since he agreed to a
ceasefire last December. Frederic Bintsamou, also known as Pastor
Ntumi, headed the powerful militia called the Ninjas which launched
a revolt in April 2016 in the southern region of Pool, prompting
more than 138,000 people to flee their homes.
2018 Aug 21, Czechs and Slovaks
marked 50 years since Soviet tanks crushed the "Prague Spring"
democratic reform drive, while protesters used the anniversary to
rail against the current Czech government's ties to the Communist
2018 Aug 21, In Egypt John
Cooper (69) and his wife Susan Cooper (63) who worked for the Thomas
Cook holiday company in Britain, died within hours of each other
while staying at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel at the popular
Red Sea resort of Hurghada. It later emerged that 13 other customers
had food poisoning among guests at the hotel and Cook evacuated 301
of its guests.
(Reuters, 8/24/18)(AP, 8/26/18)
2018 Aug 21, El Salvador's
president, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, announced in a nationally
televised speech that his government had broken off diplomatic
relations with Taiwan and instead established ties with China.
2018 Aug 21, Ethiopian Airlines
said it is teaming up with four African airlines and has inked a
deal to set up a fifth, as it continues its expansion on the
2018 Aug 21, Germany, citing
its "moral duty", took in Jakiw Palij, a 95-year-old former guard at
the Trawniki Nazi labor camp where more than 6,000 people were
killed in 1943, after he was stripped of his US citizenship.
2018 Aug 21, Greek PM Alexis
Tsipras said the country had good reason to expect better days ahead
after formally exiting its last financial bailout, putting an
epilogue to a dramatic nine-year debt crisis.
2018 Aug 21, An Indonesian
court sentenced Meiliana (44), an ethnic Chinese woman, to 18 months
in prison for blasphemy. She had complained about noisy mosque
loudspeakers. Mobs burned and ransacked at least 14 Buddhist temples
throughout Tanjung Balai, a port town on Sumatra, in a July 2016
riot following reports of Meiliana's complaint.
2018 Aug 21, Iran unveiled its
first domestic fighter jet, with President Hassan Rouhani insisting
that Tehran's military strength was only designed to deter enemies
and create "lasting peace".
2018 Aug 21, Israel's military
said it would launch a criminal investigation into two incidents in
which its troops shot dead Palestinian teenagers taking part in
protests along the Gaza border. The inquiry into the deaths of Abed
Nabi (18) on March 30, and Othman Helles (15) on July 13 was the
first announced by the military into its use of lethal force in the
border demonstrations that began five months ago.
2018 Aug 21, Myanmar leader
Aung San Suu Kyi defended her government's actions in Rakhine state,
where about 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled from a brutal
counterinsurgency campaign to neighboring Bangladesh. She said
terrorism, not social discrimination or inequality, triggered the
2018 Aug 21, Pakistan's newly
installed PM Imran Khan offered to start a dialogue with archrival
India to resolve conflicts between the two nuclear armed nations,
including the long-standing dispute over the Kashmir region.
2018 Aug 21, Romanian hunting
officials shot dead a brown bear after it rampaged through an empty
high school and scared residents in Miercurea Ciuc. There are
believed to be more than 6,000 brown bears in Romania.
2018 Aug 21, Moscow and the
Central African Republic signed a military cooperation agreement,
less than a month after three Russian journalists were killed in the
strife-torn CAR while probing alleged Russian mercenaries.
2018 Aug 21, In Saudi Arabia
Muslims celebrated Eid al-Adha as over 2 million pilgrims carry out
the final rites of the hajj.
2018 Aug 21, Serbia's air force
took the delivery of two Russian MiG-29 fighter jets, part of an
arms purchase that could heighten tensions in the Balkans and
increase Moscow's influence in the region.
2018 Aug 21, Taiwan vowed to
fight China's "increasingly out of control" behavior after Taipei
lost another ally to Beijing when El Salvador became the third
country to switch allegiances to China this year.
2018 Aug 21, Venezuela's
streets were quieter than normal but many businesses remained open
despite an opposition call for a national strike to protest economic
measures announced by socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
2019 Aug 21, President Donald
Trump said that he’s the “chosen one" to wage a trade war with China
and asserted that he’s winning.
2019 Aug 21, US Treasury
officials announced new economic sanctions against three Chinese
nationals and two companies suspected of producing fentanyl and
shipping the drug to the US. Zheng Fujing (36), his father Zheng
Guanghua (63), and Yan Xiaobing (42) were named in the action along
with two Shanghai-based entities, Qinsheng Pharmaceutical Technology
and another group referred to in the announcement as the Zheng Drug
(South China Morning Post, 8/22/19)
2019 Aug 21, California
announced a deal with four automakers that would increase vehicle
fuel efficiency and defy the Trump administration’s plan to ease
tailpipe emissions standards. In response, the president vented his
frustration on Twitter.
(Yahoo News, 8/22/19)
2019 Aug 21, In Florida prison
inmate Cheryl Weimar’s neck and spinal cord were broken during an
attack by guards at Lowell Correctional Institution attack, which
happened while she was on prison work duty. On August 25, 2020,
Weimar’s case was ordered closed. According to a settlement
agreement provided to the Miami Herald by the Department of
Financial Services, she will be paid $4.65 million, possibly the
largest such settlement from the state of Florida. Weimar (51)
remained bound to a special hospital bed and dependent on catheters,
mechanical breathing assistance, a tracheostomy and feeding tubes.
2019 Aug 21, In Minnesota
former NFL player Barry Bennett (63) and his wife Carol Bennett (63)
were found dead in their rural Long Prairie. Days later police in
Mexico arrested their son Dylan John Bennett (22) as a suspect in
the killings, believed to have taken place on Aug. 19.
(ABC News, 8/24/19)
2019 Aug 21, Texas executed
Larry Swearingen (48) by lethal injection for the 1998 killing of
Melissa Trotter (19). Swearingen maintained his innocense and had
argued that his conviction was based on junk science.
(SFC, 8/22/19, p.A7)
2019 Aug 21, PM Scott Morrison
said Australia has agreed to a request from the United States to
join a coalition of countries protecting oil tankers and cargo ships
from threats posed by Iran in the Straits of Hormuz.
2019 Aug 21, A Bangladeshi
refugee official said the heads of some 200 Rohingya families
interviewed by officials from the UN refugee agency and the
government have told them they will not go back to Myanmar unless
their demands for citizenship and safety are ensured.
2019 Aug 21, Far-right
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro followed the authoritarian
playbook when he claimed, without evidence, that non-governmental
organizations and environmental groups caused the forest fires
currently destroying large swathes of the Amazon rainforest.
(he National Interest, 8/22/19)
2019 Aug 21, In China a
parliament spokesman said limiting marriage to a relationship
between a man and a woman will remain China's legal position, ruling
out following neighboring Taiwan in allowing same-sex marriage,
despite pressure from activists.
2019 Aug 21, It was reported
that Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ratified a
controversial bill that amends a notorious law regulating local as
well as international NGOs working in the country. Under the new
law, local NGOs must notify the government of any potential foreign
2019 Aug 21, The European Union
took a stance against “killer robots" when the European Parliament
passed a resolution calling for an international ban on the
development, production and use of weapons that kill without a human
deciding to fire. A Dutch report this week said Amazon, Microsoft
and Intel are among leading tech companies putting the world at risk
through killer robot development.
2019 Aug 21, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel's government agreed to exempt most taxpayers from the
solidarity tax that was introduced after the county's reunification.
2019 Aug 21, Greece said it
won't endanger its relations with the United States by aiding an
Iranian supertanker sought by the US but released by Gibraltar
that's currently in the Mediterranean Sea, believed heading for a
2019 Aug 21, Hong Kong-based
Bank of East Asia Ltd (BEA) warned that weeks of protests in Hong
Kong could hit the economies of the Chinese-ruled city and mainland
China itself as hundreds of demonstrators held a sit-in at the
subway site of a midsummer mob attack.
2019 Aug 21, In Hungary three
South Korean citizens died in an accident late today, when the car
in which they were travelling was hit by a train.
2019 Aug 21, Ireland's high
court granted Ryanair an injunction to prevent its Dublin-based
pilots from going on strike this week in a setback to union hopes
for a wave of industrial action against Europe's biggest budget
2019 Aug 21, Israeli
authorities in Jerusalem carried out the court-ordered demolition of
what the municipality said was an illegally built Palestinian home
in the city's eastern sector.
2019 Aug 21, Japan and South
Korea agreed on the need for dialogue to resolve a feud over
compensating Korean wartime workers that has spilled into trade, and
put a deep chill on ties between Washington's two biggest Asian
2019 Aug 21, Mexico’s Economy
Minister Graciela Marquez said Mexican tomato producers have reached
a deal with the US government to avoid an anti-dumping
investigation, ending a testy tariff dispute that had rumbled on for
2019 Aug 21, Myanmar government
officials said more than 2,000 people have been forced to flee from
their homes, and 19 have been killed, since fighting broke out
between government troops and ethnic minority insurgents in the
north last week.
2019 Aug 21, It was reported
that Qatar has withdrawn its support of China for detaining millions
of Uighur Muslims, in a fresh split among Islamic states over how to
approach the mass persecution by the world’s rising superpower.
(The Telegraph, 8/21/19)
2019 Aug 21, Human Rights Watch
said the Saudi-led coalition carried out at least five deadly
attacks on Yemeni fishing boats in 2018, killing at least 47
fisherman including seven children.
(SFC, 8/22/19, p.A6)
2019 Aug 21, South Africa's
Equality Court restricted the display of the country's old
apartheid-era flag, ruling that its gratuitous use amounts to hate
speech and racial discrimination.
2019 Aug 21, In Sudan ten of
eleven military and civilian members of the new ruling body, the
Sovereign Council, were sworn in at the presidential palace in
Khartoum. One member of the Sovereign Council will be sworn in at a
2019 Aug 21, In Sudan Abdalla
Hamdok, an economist who’s worked for the United Nations and African
Development Bank and the opposition’s choice for the premiership,
took the oath of office as the first prime minister since President
Omar al-Bashir’s overthrow. Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan (59) was sworn
in before the country's top judge and will lead the 11-member
Sovereign Council for 21 months, followed by a civilian leader
appointed by the pro-democracy movement for the next 18.
(Bloomberg, 8/22/19)(AP, 8/22/19)
2019 Aug 21, In Syria
residents, rights groups and opposition sources said tens of
thousands of people have fled to the Turkish border in the last few
days as the Syrian army pushed a major advance further into the
opposition's last major stronghold.
2019 Aug 21, Thai chemicals
company Indorama Ventures said it has committed $1.5 billion of
investment in recycling as consumers become more aware of the
environmental impact of single-use plastic and regulators push for
2019 Aug 21, The UN World
Health Organization said the levels of microplastics in drinking
water don't appear to be risky, but that research has been spotty
and more is needed into their effects on the environment and health.
2020 Aug 21, The Trump
administration dismissed near universal opposition to its demand to
restore all UN sanctions on Iran, declaring that a 30-day countdown
for the “snapback" of penalties eased under the 2015 nuclear deal
2020 Aug 21, US Postmaster
General Louis DeJoy told lawmakers that mail-in ballots in the Nov.
3 election would be delivered on time, despite concerns that
cost-cutting measures could result in widespread delays and millions
of uncounted ballots. DeJoy earlier this week suspended all mail
service changes until after the election, but said today he did not
plan on returning decommissioned sorting machines to service before
Nov. 3. The Postal Service had planned to remove 671 mail sorting
machines nationwide, including 502 delivery barcode sorting machines
capable of processing 35,000 pieces of mail per hour, by Sept. 30.
As of Aug. 16 it had already decommissioned 95% of its target.
2020 Aug 21, On Wall Street the
S&P 500 closed at 3397.16, another all-time high.
(SFC, 8/22/20, p.C1)
2020 Aug 21, Six states led by
Pennsylvania sued the US Postal Service and the new postmaster
general, saying service changes in recent weeks have harmed the
ability of states to conduct free and fair elections.
2020 Aug 21, Firefighters and
aircraft from 10 states began arriving in California to help weary
crews battling some of the largest blazes in state history as
weekend weather threatened to renew the advance of flames that have
killed six people and incinerated hundreds of homes. Two Bay Area
clusters, the LNU Lightning Complex and the SCU Lightning Complex,
became respectively the second- and third-largest wildfires in
recent state history by size. The CZU Lightning Complex burned in
San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.
2020 Aug 21, Joseph James
DeAngelo, the former police officer known as the Golden State
Killer, was sentenced to life without parole after pleading guilty
to a series of murders and rapes in California during the 1970s and
2020 Aug 21, California
to date had 659,768 cases of coronavirus and 11,988 deaths. The SF
Bay Area had 77,556 cases and 1,031 deaths. Total cases nationwide
reached over 5,623,727 with the death toll at 175,406.
2020 Aug 21, In Louisiana
police officers followed Trayford Pellerin (31) on foot as he left a
convenience store late today where he had created a disturbance with
a knife in Lafayette. Stun guns failed to stop him, and the officers
shot Pellerin as he tried to enter another convenience store, still
with the knife. A night of violence erupted the next day after
police shot and killed the Black man.
2020 Aug 21, The US Attorney's
Office in New Orleans indicted 11 individuals in connection with a
scam to create crashes between cars and 18-wheelers and cash in on
2020 Aug 21, In Boston a
federal judge accepted plea deals from actress Lori Loughlin and her
husband Mossimo Giannulli in a video sentencing hearing. Loughlin
will serve two months in prison and her husband will serve five
months after the couple pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in the
college admissions scandal.
(CBS News, 8/21/20)
2020 Aug 21, In South Dakota
the city of Sturgis began testing all city employees along with some
first responders following the massive annual Sturgis Motorcycle
Rally. At least 15 cases in Minnesota have been linked to the rally.
(Good Morning America, 8/22/20)
2020 Aug 21, In Texas a
dredging vessel in the port of Corpus Christi hit a natural gas
pipeline sparking an explosion that sent six people to the hospital
and left four others missing. The bodies of two missing crew members
of a dredging boat were found the next day. Two other crew members
of the dredging vessel Waymon L Boyd remained missing.
(SFC, 8/22/20, p.A4)(AP, 8/22/20)
2020 Aug 21, In Virginia Peter
Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, a former Army Green Beret living, was
arrested, charged with divulging military secrets about his unit's
activities in former Soviet republics during more than a decade of
contacts with Russian intelligence. Prosecutors say the espionage
took place from 1996 to 2011.
2020 Aug 21, Belarus's state
publishing house stopped printing top independent newspapers the
Narodnaya Volya and Komsomolskaya Pravda, citing equipment
malfunction. Authorities threatened demonstrators with criminal
charges in a bid to stop protests.
2020 Aug 21, It was reported
that Britain's AstraZeneca has received regulatory approval to
conduct part of a Phase III trial of its potential COVID-19 vaccine
2020 Aug 21, In Cyprus
thousands of motorcyclists staged simultaneous rides through cities
and towns to protest a police decree that they claim infringes on
their constitutional right to unfettered mobility. Police say a ban
on large-displacement motorcycles from some city streets during the
predawn hours on certain days is needed to combat noise pollution
that has gotten out of hand because of illegally modified
2020 Aug 21, The Czech
authorities recorded 506 new coronavirus cases, the highest number
of new infections in one day since the outbreak began there. Czechia
has so far reported 21,551 confirmed cases of the virus, with 411
deaths, including 19 over the past week.
2020 Aug 21, It was reported
that Iran has offered to allow UN nuclear inspectors to visit two
controversial nuclear sites as part of its diplomatic charm
offensive to have the international arms embargo against Tehran
(The Telegraph, 8/21/20)
2020 Aug 21, In Iraq protesters
torched parliament offices in the oil-rich south following days of
inaction by the government after two activists were assassinated.
2020 Aug 21, Kenya's police
teargassed protesters holding a peaceful demonstration against
alleged corruption including the theft of supplies for the fight
2020 Aug 21, Lebanon began a
two-week partial lockdown and nighttime curfew after coronavirus
cases increased sharply following an explosion in Beirut that killed
and injured thousands of people.
2020 Aug 21, Libya's warring
rival administrations announced in separate statements that they
would cease all hostilities and organize nationwide elections soon,
an understanding swiftly welcomed by the United Nations.
2020 Aug 21, In Mexico the
famous “floating gardens" of Xochimilco in Mexico City reopened to
visitors after a five-month lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 Aug 21, In Mexico
independent journalist Juan Nelcio Espinoza was arrested while
covering a confrontation in the city of Piedras Negras, across the
border from Eagle Pass, Texas. Espinoza was later taken to a
hospital by police where he was pronounced dead. The office of the
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights soon called for an
2020 Aug 21, Pakistan issued
sweeping financial sanctions against Afghanistan’s Taliban and other
groups, just as the Taliban is in the midst of US-led peace process
in the neighboring country. The orders were issued as part of
Pakistan's efforts to avoid being blacklisted by the Financial
Action Task Force (FATF).
2020 Aug 21, Palestinian
militants fired 12 rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip overnight,
nine of which were intercepted. Israel responded with three
airstrikes on targets linked to the territory's militant Hamas
rulers. There were no reports of casualties.
2020 Aug 21, Poland reported
903 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily increase since the
pandemic began. The country has reported 60,281 cases in all, and
2020 Aug 21, The chief doctor
at the Siberian hospital where Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is
being treated said that Navalny would remain there until his
condition stabilized. Navalny's wife made a direct appeal to
President Vladimir Putin to allow her husband to be evacuated to
Germany, as Russian doctors denied he had been poisoned.
(Reuters, 8/21/20)(AFP, 8/21/20)
2020 Aug 21, South Korea
reported 324 new cases of the coronavirus. The recent surge of
infections now appears to be spreading nationwide.
(SFC, 8/22/20, p.A5)
2020 Aug 21, Spain reported
that the death toll in an outbreak of West Nile virus in the
southern region of Andalusia has risen to two, after an 85-year old
woman died in hospital.
2020 Aug 21, The Turkish
government formally converted Istanbul’s Church of St. Saviour in
Chora, a former Byzantine church, into a mosque. The move came a
month after it drew praise from the faithful and international
opposition for similarly turning Istanbul’s landmark Hagia Sophia
into a Muslim house of prayer.